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Heard Around Town January 2012

Cathey Carney Shares Local Huntsville News

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If you missed the December Column, you can catch up now. "Heard Around Town" is written by Editor Cathey Carney and reprinted from Old Huntsville Magazine. Here is the January 2012 column with all the gossip around town:

We were so very sorry to hear of the death of Bill Agnew, of Lebanon, Tn. Bill lived in Huntsville years ago and worked as a postal worker here. His sister is Jane Tippett, and his children are William Agnew and Netrean Morris. The family was very close and he will be missed so much.

Recently I was able to catch up with Charlie Garner, who worked for Lockheed Martin for 32 years. He moved to Huntsville in 1967 and now that he's retired he wonders how he ever had time to do so much while he was working.

Many in Huntsville have been to the store called Pearly Gates at sometime or the other. It is the health food store that Myrna Copeland operated for nearly 40 years. Myrna was a woman of strong will, and was an activist during one of the more turbulent periods of history and was a member of the NAACP. She died in mid-December at the young age of 73. We send our condolences to her daughter Deanna McGrew, and the people who loved and remember Myrna.

I met a really sweet guy recently - Dean Jones is the Assistant Creative Services Director for Fox 54 and he was really fun to talk with.

In last month's issue we ran a full page ad for the People's Law School, listing the schedule of classes & instructors for the coming year. There is a correction to that: Mike Wisner's topic of Feb. 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm will be "Dealing with IRS Collections and Audits."

It was so good talking with William Weller recently. He and his wife used to live in Huntsville but have moved to Neptune, New Jersey. He has to deal with lots more snow than we do here but I really enjoyed talking with him and he misses it here.

Last month we ran a question asking our readers whatever happened to the 4-sided clock & weather vane that were located on top of the old courthouse in Huntsville in the late fifties - the courthouse that was here before the one we have now. Louise Manning called, she is a Huntsville native, and she says the weather vane is on top of the old bank building downtown on West Side Square. She thinks the clock faces were put on each of the outside doors of the present courthouse, over the doors. Louise is 86 years old and she remembers that when that clock chimed, you could hear it all over Huntsville, it was so loud.

The Twickenham Historic Spirit of Christmas Past was just beautiful during December, with 6 beautiful, warm homes opened up for people to walk through and enjoy. The Weeden house was looking good, too.

Rosemary Leatherwood of Ole Dad's in Hazel Green is having a birthday Jan. 28. Also her grandson Alex Leatherwood is turning 4 on Jan. 31. Proud parents are Billy Leatherwood III and Melissa. Happy birthday to you guys.

A special hello to Steve Burcham, we're thinking about you.

There's going to be a great jewelry auction at Alpha Estate sales on 1214 Meridian Street on Jan. 29 at l:30pm. Call them at 256.536.3117 for more information.

Mischelle Ross, who works at BB&T Bank on Church Street, wants to wish her sweet sister-in-law a happy birthday in February. A couple of January birthdays among the BB&T staff are Miriam Huell, Jan. 9, and Mischelle Ross, Jan. 12. Happy birthday to you ladies.

Another important birthday is that of Mary Dudley, with special wishes sent to her by her best friend Peggy Hutson.

The Golden K Kiwanis held their annual Christmas party luncheon at Brookdale Place at Jones Valley, and the company and food were fabulous. In addition, the entertainment was by the Trinity Methodist Church Bell Ringers. That group was so good, people were wondering if they had a CD of Christmas music. Just beautiful. The members of the Golden K all brought toys for the Toys for Tots for the U.S. Marine Corps, and in addition donated a large check to them.

Also in December we were fortunate enough to hear the Christmas program put on by the Whitesburg Middle School Choral Department, lead by Choral Director Wallace E. Lee. The students did an outstanding job in singing beautiful Christmas songs, and proud principal Greg Hicks was there to cheer them on.

It was great to see Nancy Stephens recently - Nancy is married to sweet hubby Garlin E. Stephens, Jr. and they love living in Gurley and reading about this area's history.

One of the saddest days ever was when we found out that Barbara Chapman had lost her battle with cancer. Barbara was such an accomplished woman, as the owner and founder of Durham Advertising. She was not only beautiful, but also a loving mom and friend to many. You would always see her and her love Buddy Chapman together, before he passed away several years ago. They had been married 30 years, and I know they are together now. Barbara is survived by her mom Juanita Keel Durham; sons Bill Chapman, Reuben Chapman VI and wife Missy, and King Chapman; daughter Brandy Hand and husband Mike, special friends Donna and Bobby DeNeefe, and many other dear friends and family.

I read recently that the Greater Huntsville Humane Society is working to find senior owners for senior pets, at very reduced prices. Applicants have to be at least 50 years old. Call them at 256.881.8081 for more info.

A special hello to our dear friend Cecil Ashburn, who's under the weather a bit but is such a fighter. We love you Cecil.

Have a warm January and watch over your neighbors.

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