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Wendy N. McDougal

Cookout fetes Miss Point Mallard Jamie Langley

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Good luck, Jamie

Miss Point Mallard Jamie Langley is in Birmingham this week hoping to become the third reigning Miss Point Mallard to win the Miss Alabama crown.

The board of directors gave her a good-luck party at the Pointe Mallard Estates home of Julian and Beverly Walker on Saturday. Beverly has directed the pageant since 1991 and has been a part of the committee for 23 years. Her daughter, Tish Hazel, is co-director and has been on the committee since she was 11 — 25 years ago.

Barry Sublett has been judges' chairman for 10 years and Sally Jo Green has been collecting scholarships and prizes for nine.

Also atttending the sendoff were Jamie's parents, Jeff and Mailey Langley of Wadley, Tish's husband Mike Hazel and their daughter Chloe, and Sally Jo's husband, Tim Green.

Jamie carries a long tradition of success into competition, which begins tonight. Teresa Cheatham won the 1978 Miss Alabama crown as Miss Point Mallard and Kim Wimmer won when she represented Decatur in 1991. Four former winners — Heather Whitestone (1992), Leigh Sherer (1993), Alison McCreary (1994) and Shannon Camper (2004) — later became Miss Alabama.

Jamie, a talent preliminary winner in state competition in 2004, competes tonight in evening gown, Thursday in talent and casual wear, and Friday in swimsuit. A new Miss Alabama will be crowned Saturday in the Wright Fine Arts Center at Samford University. Call (205) 871-6276 for tickets.

Decorator showhouse

If beautiful home décor is what you love, and cutting edge house design is what you are looking for, then mark your fall calendar now for the 2005 Decorator Showhouse. This inaugural event, sponsored by the Junior League of Morgan County, will be a first for the Decatur area. Angie Casciano will serve as chairwoman of this year's event, and Parkway Medical Center will be the major event sponsor. All proceeds from the showhouse will fund the two newest signature projects of Junior League, Even Start Literacy Program and the new Delano handicapped accessible playground.

The English manor style home in Chapel Hill Estates will feature the magnificent designs of 15 area decorators. Steve Reeves of Reeves General Contractors is building the home, which will open to the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning the last weekend in October and running through the first two weekends in November. Tickets, both presale and at the door, will be available for the house later this fall. Prices will vary.

Special events and group tours will be scheduled during the showhouse dates. If you are interested in booking an event for your club or business, or for more information on the showhouse, contact Casciano, 318-5588. If you are interested in sponsorship information, contact Jesslyn Reeves, 654-6719.

Hartselle Beauty Walk

Les Amies Sorority sponsored the recent Hartselle Beauty Walk. In the freshman class Emily Roden was named freshman beauty; Olivia Adams, first runner-up; Candice Leigh Patterson, second runner-up; and Kayla Byford, Miss Congeniality. In the sophomore class Shannon Coots was named sophomore beauty; Leslie Smith, first runner-up; Caitlin Elizabeth Vest, second runner-up; and Anna Summerford, Miss Congeniality. In the junior class Hope Wallace was named junior beauty; Halli Dean, first runner-up; Tiffany Jones, second runner-up; and Chelsea Hale, Miss Congeniality. For the overall beauty walk Reverie Chappell was named Miss Hartselle; Lizzie Hendrix, senior beauty; Ashley Jackson, first runner-up and most photogenic; Ashley Doyle, second runner-up; and Blaire Sams, Miss Congeniality.

When it's all said and done . . . what in the world would the South be without pageants?

Park Place Social

Park Place Residents Club recently sponsored a covered-dish social with more than 60 residents in attendance. New club officers were announced. Gale Montgomery is president; Ann Thompson, secretary; and Jerry Mitchell, treasurer.

Recent landscape and entrance designs for the facility were organized and presented by Katherine Wilks. Jerri Ellis, former treasurer, offered a financial report and update.

The group looks forward to future socials and extends an invitation to those unable to attend.


Chatterbox's new e-mail address was incorrectly listed in Sunday's column. Send Chatterbox news to It also can be mailed to Wendy McDougal, 2001 Katie Drive S.W., Decatur, AL 35603. You also can call it to 350-5730.

That's all for today folks. It's been great "chattin' " with ya! We'll see what's happening come Sunday.

Family reunions, graduation parties, summer stories . . . all are great Chatterbox items. Mail your "Chatterbox" news to Wendy McDougal at 2001 Katie Drive S.W., Decatur, AL 35603, or e-mail to

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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