Centennial: Russell celebrates 100th birthday among friends, family

first_img Published 3:00 am Tuesday, January 6, 2015 Print Article Latest Stories “I’ve tried to be a good neighbor and do right by everybody,” he said. “My friends have done right by me.”Russell said he has no real secret for a long life but good clean living is the best way he can think of to live one’s life.“One hundred years is a long time and I’m thankful for it,” he said.Gov. Robert Bentley signed a certificate of recognition for Russell’s milestone birthday and congratulated him on a legacy that is testament to those “who have come before us and those who hold the keys to the future.”Russell’s niece Cathy McKinney said her uncle is indeed a remarkable individual.“Uncle Obie lives by himself,” McKinney said. “He gets up every morning and makes a cup of coffee and has instant grits or oatmeal. He said his house is not big enough for two families and he’ll let us know when he needs permanent company.”McKinney said Russell has millions of friends and he has a lot of visitors.“He still drives but he knows his limitations,” she said. “He drives to the cemetery and up to Bubba Dendy’s store at Shady Grove, places like that.”Russell doesn’t worry about getting stopped by law enforcement. After all, he is the mayor of Briar Hill.“He plans to get his driver’s license renewed this month and, when he goes to the courthouse, he’ll have to take his knife out of his pocket before he goes in,” McKinney said. “Uncle Obie said every country boy needs a pocketknife.”Russell has a 1995 S-10 pickup truck that McKinney was driving when the brakes went out.“I took the truck to Tucker’s Garage to get the brakes fixed and it needed new tires,” she said. “But, we didn’t get the tires with the 80,000-mile warranty. Uncle Obie thought the ones with the 40,000-mile warranty would do him. Book Nook to reopen Skip Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Obie Russell shakes hands with one of the many guests at his 100th birthday party.MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLA 100th celebration of life can be whatever the centenarian wants it to be.Obie Russell of the Briar Hill community wanted to spend Sunday afternoon with his family and friends at Oak Bowery Church of Christ and then go home and take a nap.Forget the nap. Russell’s 100th birthday celebration was a blowout. The church couldn’t hold all of those who wanted to congratulate Russell on reaching a remarkable milestone.“I’ve been blessed to have so many friends,” Russell said. “My family and friends have made me a rich and happy man.”Art McKnatt said Russell is a remarkable individual — as remarkable as the milestone he has reached. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author You Might Like IN REPAIR: Lewis’s bouncing back after fire took home just days before Christmas The Lewis family — Jerry, Amy, Kristen, Colten and Kyle — lost their home to a fire Dec. 23. Amy… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Centennial: Russell celebrates 100th birthday among friends, family “He has had a positive influence on everyone he knows,” McKnatt said. “His life is well lived. Everybody respects and appreciates Mr. Obie.”Russell said he never gave any thought to how long his life would be.“I just lived it one day at a time and the best I could,” he said, with a smile. “I’ve been blessed to live this long. The Lord has been good to me.”Russell said it has always been important to him to be a good community servant. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Blood Sugar Blaster By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Troy University’s Baylee Smith crowned Miss Alabama USA

first_imgSkip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Published 3:00 am Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Smith is no stranger to pageants. She competed in high school pageants in her hometown of Tuscaloosa. She competed in the teen division of Miss Alabama USA for two years. “My sister talked me into being in the Miss Alabama USA competition three weeks ago so I had to really rush to get ready.”The Miss Alabama USA pageant has several phases of competition – interview, evening gown, swimsuit and on-stage questions.“I can talk to anybody,” Smith said. “I never meet a stranger. I think the interview was the strongest part of the competition for me.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article Book Nook to reopen Email the author Smith was on cloud nine Monday and her excitement could only be tempered by an already busy calendar.“For me, this is a dream come true,” Smith said. “Even as a little girl I dreamed of something like this. To be Miss Alabama USA, how cool is that?”Smith’s platform for the 2017 Miss Alabama USA competition was anti-bulling.“To have the opportunity to travel around the state talking with young people about bulling is very important to me,” she said. “This is something important that I can do — something that I can do to, hopefully, make a difference. It’s important to me that I give back to my community – to my state.” You Might Like Relay for Life kicks off with Men in Pink wrap-up party SARHA CEO John Little poses with his award for raising the most money out of the “Men in Pink.” Beside… read more Troy University’s Baylee Smith crowned Miss Alabama USA Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Sponsored Content Latest Stories The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy University sophomore Baylee Smith was crowned 2017 Miss Alabama USA during the annual Miss Alabama USA competition Saturday night in Montgomery.Smith, who represented Pike County, will represent Alabama in the Miss USA competition next summer. The Miss USA competition will be aired on the Fox network and could possibly be held in Las Vegas. By Jaine Treadwell During the countdown process to the title, Smith said she was a little nervous and a little hopeful. But she was totally surprised when her name was called as 2017 Miss Alabama USA.“It’s still hard to believe,” she said. “But I’m so honored and looking forward to the opportunities that come with the title.”First, Smith will be involved with an area Relay for Life pageant. Then, it’s off to South Carolina for a state pageant and then to Tampa and that’s just the beginning of a whirlwind year for 2017 Miss Alabama USA.Smith is majoring in elementary education at Troy University. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the student alumni association. She works with the after-school program at Troy Elementary School. When asked why a girl for Tuscaloosa chose Troy University, Smith had a quick answer.“I was tired of the big city and my first college tour was to Troy University,” she said. “I fell in love with Troy. My mother wanted me to do a tour at Alabama but I had made up my mind. Troy University was my first and last college tour. I knew where I wanted to go. Troy is a great university and the perfect place when it comes to Southern hospitality.”Madison Neal, also a Troy University student, was named to the Top 10 in the 2017 Miss Alabama USA competition. Neal is from Cleveland. Neal is a junior at Troy University majoring in broadcast journalism. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority, Trojan Ambassadors and the Student Alumni Association. She works with the local Boys and Girls Club and the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center.She, like Smith, is no stranger to the pageant stage.“I’ve participated in pageants most of my life,” Neal said. “I grew up watching the Miss USA competition and wanting to compete one day.”Neal competed in the 2016 Miss Alabama USA and was in the Top 15.“This year, I was in the Top 10 so, maybe, I’ll keep moving on up,” she said, laughing. last_img read more

Osimhen still appreciating God for a career breakthrough

first_imgNapoli of Italy new boy, Victor Osimhen, is still appreciating the goodness of God in his football career. The Nigerian who recently signed the biggest deal of his career when he moved from Lille of France to Serie A club, is overwhelmed to see how God rescued him from slums and crowned his consistency with success. Osimhen stated on his twitter: ‘I Have Seen How Tears Turned Into Smiles,It’s Beautiful To See What Time Can Do.Stay Prayed Up’ The former Golden Eaglets top scorer believes prayer has done a lot for him and he never imagined what can do in any situation. read also:You must justify your worth at Napoli, Babangida, others charge Osimhen Loading… One of Osimhen’s followers on twitter, Cosmos Mikel also thanked God for the Napoli star and he wishes him the best of luck in Italy: ‘Born in slums of Lagos, became all-time top scorer at FIFA under-17 World Cup, injuries almost rued his development at Wolfsburg, failed trial at club Brugges because of malaria, proved his self at Royal Charleroi, sign by Lille, became all-time African most expensive player,good luck Victor’ Meanwhile, Napoli have named Kalidou Koulibaly in their squad for the final stages of the 2019-20 Champions League while there is no place for new recruit Osimhen and Algerian defender Faouzi Ghoulam. The Parthenopeans will take on Spanish giants Barcelona in the round of 16 of the tournament in a one-legged tie on August 8. According to the list announced by Uefa, Senegal international Koulibaly is the only African star who made the club’s 23-man squad. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made15 Celebs Who Fell From Grace With Their CareersTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Alexander: Harper goes to Philly, and maybe the Dodgers are fortunate

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “When the most famous player on the team can’t go 10 days without failing to run out a ground ball or overthrowing a cutoff man by 15 feet or throwing to the wrong base or being caught unprepared in the outfield or on the bases, it’s hard to demand total alertness from the other 24.”Then there were the local media people who seemed convinced that the Dodgers needed Harper’s star power, that he was the missing piece to a World Series puzzle that has perplexed the franchise for three decades, or that the primary goal here was to keep him away from the hated Giants.Well, mission accomplished with the latter, I suppose. They’ll only see Harper six or seven times a season now rather than 18 or 19.But Harper would not sell appreciably more tickets or merchandise for the Dodgers, who have led the majors in attendance for six straight seasons and haven’t drawn less than 3 million since 2011, the final full season of the Frank McCourt reign of error.As for being that X-factor? Since his MVP season in 2015 (42 homers, 118 runs scored, 1.109 OPS, 198 OPS-plus, 10.0 Wins Above Replacement), Harper has been an above-average player but not a superstar. His 100 RBIs and a 133 OPS-plus last season were offset by a marked decline in his defensive metrics. And he has 7.5 WAR in the last three seasons combined; his 1.3 in 2018 tied for 185th in the majors.By way of comparison, Mike Trout’s WAR last year was 10.2 and his career figure is 64.3, to Harper’s career 27.4. If Harper gets 13 years and $330 million, what is Trout worth? (Arte Moreno is fidgeting as we speak.)Then there is this: Harper is a .211 hitter, with an .801 OPS, in 19 career postseason games with Washington. If I’m paying for somebody to get me over that last October hurdle, I need much more production than that.We’ll reiterate what we said when Pujols joined the Angels in 2012, 10-year contract in hand: If the team that signs him wins a World Series in the first few years of the deal, that entire contract will be worth it. Otherwise, it becomes a burden.You can make the case that the Dodgers’ reluctance to do more than kick the tires on a marquee free agent isn’t appropriate for a big-market, big-revenue franchise. But don’t blame it all on Friedman.Consider: In 42 years of baseball free agency, under four different ownerships and eight general managers/executive VPs, these are the top-of-their-class free agents the Dodgers have signed: Dave Goltz, Kirk Gibson, Darryl Strawberry, Kevin Brown, and arguably Zack Greinke. That’s it. (Considering how a couple of those turned out, the team’s reluctance is more understandable.)Finally, consider: If you’re a Dodgers fan nervous about a possible postseason matchup, maybe the Phillie who worries you most shouldn’t be Harper but J.T. Realmuto, the catcher who got [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter I don’t know for sure if there were sighs of relief inside the Dodgers’ executive offices at Camelback Ranch on Thursday morning. But from this vantage point, Andrew Friedman and his people were entitled to exhale.The Philadelphia Phillies’ owner, John Middleton, pledged early in the winter to spend money – and if necessary to “even be a little bit stupid about it” – to upgrade his team. He didn’t mention being stupid about contract length, as well.But that was what it took to land Bryce Harper on Thursday: A 13-year deal for $330 million, with full no-trade rights and no opt-out clause, for a guy who has statistically slipped since his lone MVP season in 2015 and now will play in a town where that contract makes him a target. At the first sign of underachievement, Phillies fans will let him have it.Let’s set the over/under for that at June 1.center_img And Lord help them all at the back end of this contract. Harper and the Phillies are now bound to each other through 2031, when the player will be 38 years old. Those who are paying attention to the waning years of Albert Pujols’ contract in Anaheim can probably guess how this will end.But for the player, and for agent Scott Boras, this was a day of triumph. Money and contract terms are how most elite players (and their representatives) keep score. Harper blew past Manny Machado – who officially signed his 10-year, $300 million deal with the Padres last Friday – as well as the Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton, who signed his 13-year, $325 million deal with the Marlins in 2014, then forced a trade to New York when things collapsed around him in Miami.Harper’s average annual value, around $25 million per year, will be less than that of Machado or Nolan Arenado in his eight-year, $260 million deal with the Rockies. But that’s not the number everyone looks at, and the 13 years and $330 million were not coincidental or accidental. Until further notice, Bryce Harper is baseball’s King of the Hill.What does this mean for the Dodgers?Part of their fan base is surely disappointed, likely the same ones who couldn’t understand why the club traded Yasiel Puig. For those folks, we offer this from Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell, describing how the Nationals’ loss of Harper might be a case of addition by subtraction:last_img read more