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Dignitaries attending the Walk-a-Thon included District 4 County Commissioner Ronnie Joiner, former District 3 County Commissioner Unzell Kelley and Judge of Probate Richard Dean. Photo submitted
Two of the honorees recognized during the Walk-a-Thon were Chlora K. May, retired educator and Walk-a-Thon chairperson, and Lt. Bradgel Moon with the Sheriff’s Office. Photo submitted
Special to the News
People arrived early Saturday, June 10, for the Walk-a-Thon health and wellness event in Cottage Grove.
The 1.1-mile fun run/walk around Mitchell Circle was a fundraising event sponsored by the J. D. Thompson High School Alumni Association.
The day was filled with several activities, which included special recognition awards to former District 3 County Commissioner Unzell Kelley for 24 years of outstanding leadership as a Coosa County commissioner. Retired educator and Walk-a-Thon chairperson, Chlora K. May, was recognized for her many years of dedication and excellent service to the community, and Lieutenant Bradgel Moon received recognition for his dedication to community safety.
Coach Doris Gamble encouraged event attendees to exercise, as she always comes prepared to teach everyone some quick and easy moves. Music was provided by D.J. James Tucker, and old school tunes set the tone for the “Show your Wheels Parade.”
The car parade was a big hit. LiTimothy Herron drove a black SS Monte Carlo, Robert Boleware cruised by in a 1966 green drop top Chevrolet, and the Maxwells made it a family affair. Felix showed off his 2013 white Silverado, Stewart drove his 1957 maroon and black Chevrolet, Sess joined in with his 2020 ZL1 gray Camaro, and the grandchildren drove their wheels on the grass, 4-year-old Copelman Maxwell drove a gray Jeep, and 3-year-old Maxwell Scott drove his John Deere tractor.
The highlight was Hubert Walton peddling his second-to-none Stretch Cruise bicycle with big tires, and First Lady Patricia Parker Brooks driving a red drop top 2007 Corvette.
The J. D. Thompson elementary building was open for tours. Door prizes were handed out, and prizes were also given to bingo winners.
The Food Crew Melvin and Mamie Ellis, Shanee Waller and DeRita Kelley sold grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks. Fresh produce was sold by Pastor Calvin Kelley; including peaches, tomatoes and watermelons; and Katrina Wellborn from the Alabama Parent Education Center provided books for children attending the event.
This event was planned with activities that every age group could enjoy. Sorry if you missed it, and we hope you will visit us next year.
The funds raised from the Walk-a-Thon event will be used to make repairs to the building. The Alumni Association appreciates everyone who attended and the support received from several churches, community families, Judge of Probate Richard Dean, District 4 Commissioner Ronnie Joiner, the Talladega-Sylacauga alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and former alumni of Coosa County Training/J. D. Thompson School.