Our view: Be Thankful
Nov 23, 2011 | 2272 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We hear it all the time — there’s nothing but bad news in the paper.

We beg to differ.

Look back through last week’s edition of our paper, and this one, and take note.

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, which employs quite a few St. Clair County residents, celebrated its 10th anniversary of production. The company has invested $2 billion in its facility in Lincoln and announced an additional $84 million expansion at the celebration which will add about 100 more jobs to its current 4,000 associates, right here in our part of the state.

Ashville fisherman Allan Glasgow won $160,000 in a Bassmaster tournament in South Carolina. He’s thinking about quitting his day job.

A fishing tournament was held over the weekend on Logan Martin where 117 fishermen from more than a dozen college fishing teams — that’s right, college fishing teams —converged on the area to compete in their favorite sport.

A special “Adoption Day” was held in Pell City, where 10 children formally and legally became members of 10 loving host families.

The director of The Children’s Place placed a plaque posthumously honoring the support of children’s advocates Jim Isbell, Paul Kell and Charles Trotter.

Friends of Kate DeGaris in Pell City put together a fundraiser in her honor to raise money for the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Leeds Green Wave football team made it to the third round of the state playoffs, and the Ragland Purple Devils are headed on to week four after setting a new school record with a 13-0 season—so far.

At the St. Clair County Board of Education, Chief Financial Officer Laura Nance said revenue is actually up over what it was last year, and utility expenses are down, even though there are two new schools. The system is about $1.1 million ahead of where it was this time last year. All areas of revenue were up.

Leeds Mayor Eric Patterson choked up with pride while giving his “State of the City” address last week at the Chamber of Commerce, noting growth in the city and its revenue and improves in facilities such as a new sports complex.

And the generosity of the people in the county is shining through in a number of ways.

Springville Elementary’s recent Boosterthon Fun Run event brought in more than $17,000 to help with education. The St. Clair Historical Society has erected a bell tower in Ashville with personalized bricks recognizing those who have contributed to restoration projects and historic markers. The Pell City Lions Club donated to a hippotherapy riding program operated by the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.

DEC Fire and Water Restoration donated $3,100 to the non-profit Ann’s New Life Center for Women.

The Ashville Christmas Project for Kids is accepting applications to help families in need of assistance for Christmas. Leeds Family Chiropractic donated cash and supplies to Leeds Outreach.

And 30 American soldiers overseas will be getting special care packages thanks to the efforts of sixth and seventh grade students at Odenville Middle School.

It’s fitting to look back as Thanksgiving approaches, to take stock of where we’ve been, and gather strength as we move ahead. There is, indeed, much to be thankful for, all around us.

It’s not all bad news.

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