Here’s to a week filled with good news, deeds

Published 11:51 pm Monday, January 11, 2016

Good morning and good Tuesday. As we begin another week of work and school, still reeling in the wake of Monday’s big game, we take a moment to reflect on the highlights of the week gone by and to look ahead to the week to come:

• We’re wishing the best of like to Morgan Vardaman who represents Pike County in the Alabama Distinguished Young Woman competition this week in Montgomery. We know she’s representing our community well.

• It sure was nice to see U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., here in Pike County last week. Shelby stopped by Julia’s Restaurant at lunchtime – a sure-bet for meeting and greeting lots of community residents – and chatted with both the community leaders who came to greet him and the lucky lunch-goers who had stopped in for a bite. His visit is a good reminder that election season is under way and voters throughout Pike County have an opportunity – and a responsibility – to be educated and engaged in the process.

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• Congrats to Kati Thomas of Goshen High School, who signed a volleyball scholarship with Wallace Community College – Hanceville. Thomas has been a standout both on the court and on the softball field, and she’s well-deserving of the opportunities that lie ahead. We can’t wait to watch her post-high school career develop.

• Just a reminder that tonight is the “Dinner with a Message” event at Colley Senior Complex. The event features Chef Mark Anthony, a celebrity chef who will share his message about the health benefits of shifting to a plant-based diet and lifestyle. He’ll be cooking several different recipes, and sharing with the audience, so it’s sure to be entertaining and educational. The event is free to the public and begins at 6 p.m. today at the Complex on Elm Street.

•  And if a culinary adventure isn’t your cup of tea (pardon the pun), the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library is hosting a video presentation of “Nance Dude” at 5:30 p.m. today. The filmed monologue features famed storyteller Elizabeth Westall as she shares the tale of the Appalachian woman accused of killing her granddaughter. Fans who enjoyed the “Serial” podcasts would like this short, storytelling adventure.

Here’s hoping you have a week filled with good news and good deeds.