Continuing to honor Black History Month
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Monday, March 6, is the Union Square Neighborhood Watch meeting. Let us come out and discuss trash pickup day before the snakes start crawling around and we might pick them up.
It has been some warm weather, and they are very much aware of it. The wasps have started their journey. So what’s next? The snakes.
The month of February has gone already, and Black History Month left with it. But not for former commissioner Unzell Kelley. Last but not least, a moment of his history.
Mr. Kelley held the Coosa County Commission position of District 3 for 24 years, from November 1998 until 2022. He won the June 1998 primary and the run-off election at the age of 26 and officially took office at the age of 27.
He has served in many national, state and local organizations, boards and committees. Mr. Unzell Kelley is a 1989 graduate of Central Coosa County High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 from Talladega College and his Masters of Public Administration in 1995 from the University of Akron, Ohio.
Kelley still serves Coosa County in many capacities, but time won’t permit me to write more. He is a smart young man, using his time and talent to work for the Lord in Elam Baptist Church in Kellyton (Pastor Eddie Jennings, overseer) where he teaches Sunday school. He is a faithful servant of God.
Coosa County Training School/J.D. Thompson High School held its annual Founder’s Day/Black History program on Saturday, February 25. “Preserving our legacy while restoring our community” was the topic. Pastor Mark Leonard was the master of ceremonies and did a wonderful job. Invocation was done by Deacon Felix Maxwell.
Welcome was by Mrs. Shirley Jennings; Negro National Anthem by Mrs. Sheryl Borden and her husband, Anthony Borden, playing the music so wonderfully; even as the Southernaires sang their songs as the program proceeded. Also, he played such beautiful soft music while Mrs. JoEtta Maxwell lit a lamp and held a moment of silent prayer in memories of all the deceased alumnae and alumni.
The youth did a great presentation, spearheaded by Mr. Steve Mitchell. Reflections were expressed well and with much joy speaking of the old times by Ms. Izora Maxwell, Mr. Dean Riggins, Mr. Levi Leonard, Mr. Joseph McKinney, and yours truly. Mrs. Mamie Ellis ended the program with a grateful appreciation.
I believe this was one of the better events held for this occasion. It felt like we were at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as we celebrated this wonderful occasion, enjoying seeing old items, photos, etc. of the past, some from the 1800s and 1900s – especially the things Mr. Levi Leonard presented, old shoes and tea kettles, etc. Mr. Joe McKinney is speaking of a museum in the future.
We wish all of you February and early March babies a happy birthday.
Prayer list: Mrs. Joyce Taylor, Lady Mandy Hill, Quon Cook, Mrs. Donna Whetstone, and all spouses of ill loved ones.
“Sacrifice is often required to maintain the benefits God offers His people.”
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