January 4, 2007
Ten Country -- Before the words to the song Auld Lang Syne fade away, why not look back at some of the stories that made a lasting impression on viewers like you. Special people with extraordinary talents and attitudes made lasting impressions on us.
Steven Clark sure did, earning four Purple Hearts for serving in Iraq. "I've apologized to them a thousand times for being hurt," says Steven Clark in a story last year.
The soldier-peacemaker has a strong opinion about the war. "We are making a big difference," says Steven, who hails from Fitzgerald.
We met another peacemaker of sorts. "A horologist. A keeper of time," says Loron Williams, who can keep people from going crazy. "It won't stop coo-cooing once it starts," says Loron about a clock he is repairing, but it seems the coo-coo bird would rather stay outside than in its house.
Viewers remembered a bigger bird. "His name is White Lighting. I just thought he'd win," says young Tatum Shivers of Bay, in Colquitt County. He hopes White Lighting will win the chicken race. He didn't. "I feel like he did his best," says Tatum, proving love is deeper than feathers.
Lonnie Boyd did his best creating an angel garden. Twenty angles watch him everywhere he goes. "At anytime you can see them from any point in the yard," says Lonnie. On the 30 yard line, Dewey Sexton got to see his handiwork from a different point of view. "It's different up here," says Dewey, about a view he never saw. He helped prepare the field for 27 high school graduations, and for the first time in '06, he got to sit with the other proud parents. "I have a step-daughter that is going to be graduating," says Dewey as he waits to hear one name in particular. "Heather Nicole Skaggs," came the announcement Dewey and his wife had waited for as they stood proudly.
The story about the day when wine flowed down Pelham's main street brought a lot of chuckles, especially to those who attend Methodist churches. Sue Hand Rumble remembers a day that will go down in wine history, who smiles a lot because she remembers stories about her beloved Pelham that few people have ever heard.
In the shadow of an old magnolia tree, an amazing thing happened decades ago. It was during prohibition, and Sue's widowed grandmother had bottles and vats of wine to get rid of. Her late grandfather had a vineyard and made wine from the grapes. Lots of wine.
Now, Sue's grandmother felt she had to dispose of it. "One Saturday they poured most of it out," says Sue, repeating her family's story since she wasn't born at the time of the great outpouring.
The wine was supposed to flow down the street, past the intersection of Hand Ave. and Hand Place.
But, something unexpected happened along the way. "All the Baptists and all the Methodists had gathered up and down the street and they had their little cups and they were getting drinks of wine," says Sue.
Attending an impromptu wine party caused quite a buzz in Pelham's religious community. "The next morning half the Baptists got kicked out and they all came to the Methodist Church, and that's how we got so big," says Sue.
"I enjoy fooling with them," says Roy Fulmer, a windmill repairman. He had a heart attack when repairing one and his partner had to bring him down. That didn't stop Roy. He was soon on top again. As sure as the wind blows, we'll have more stories about interesting people worth making it a point to see and to remember.