For the love of food

A Q&A with Stephanie Parker, a blogger from Birmingham, Alabama, who loves to share recipes and family adventures with fellow foodies on her blog “Plain Chicken.” Check out her blog …

What do readers find at your blog in addition to recipes?
Stephanie Parker: In addition to recipes, Plain Chicken posts about our world travels and our three cats, and we also post a weekly menu on Sunday to help get you ready for the week.

Why did you become a blogger, and how has blogging changed your life?
SP: Blogging started as a way for me to store recipes. I would make food and take it to work. People would ask for the recipe later, and I had to search for it. I decided to make a blog and store everything online. The blog started expanding because we were in a dinner rut. I decided to make one new recipe a week. Well, that morphed into four new recipes a week. Plain Chicken has totally changed my life. I was in corporate accounting for over 18 years. Plain Chicken took off, and I was able to quit my corporate job and focus solely on I am so lucky to be able to do something that I love every single day.

Everyone has different tastes, so when the extended family gets together, what kind of menu can you plan to please everyone?
SP: Pleasing everyone is always hard, especially nowadays with all the different diet plans people are on. I always try to have something for everyone. If you know someone is vegetarian or gluten-free, make sure they have some options. But for me, at the end of the day, I’m their hostess, not their dietitian.

What are some ideas for getting the children involved in preparing the holiday meal?
SP: Getting the children involved with preparing the holiday meal is a great idea. When making the cornbread dressing, let the children mix up the batter and crumble the cooked cornbread. Have the children mix the cookie batter and form the cookies. For safety’s sake, just make sure the adults put things in the oven and take them out.

Budgets play a big role in planning holiday menus. What are some ideas for hosting a party with “champagne taste on a beer budget?”
SP: Plan your menu early and watch the grocery store sales. Buy ingredients and store them for the holidays. Freeze what you can, and store canned/dry goods in the pantry. Wholesale clubs, like Sam’s and Costco, are also great places to buy large quantities of items and meats.

Do you have a good recipe for the holidays you’re willing to share?
SP: Yes. Spicy Ranch Crackers are a great snack to have on hand during the holidays. The recipe makes a lot, and the crackers will keep for weeks. They are perfect for unexpected guests and are also great in soups and stews.

Spicy Ranch Crackers
Spicy Ranch Crackers
1 (1-ounce) package ranch dressing mix
1/2 to 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups canola oil
1 box saltine crackers

Combine dry ranch mix, cayenne pepper and oil. Pour over crackers. Toss crackers every 5 minutes for about 20 minutes, until all crackers are coated and there is no more oil mixture at the bottom of the bowl. Store in a resealable plastic bag.

Other food blogs that might tempt your palate:
This site combines a love of reading, writing and cooking into a blog that will keep you busy in the kitchen creating recipes that have been tested and tweaked for delicious results.
Even for people who work with food for a living, the editors at Saveur “were overcome with desire,” and named this blog its “Blog of the Year” for 2014.
This Prattville, Alabama-based blog focuses on Southern food with the idea that “food down South is not all about deep frying and smothering stuff in gravy.”

Connected Christmas

Your 2015 Gadget-Giving Guide

Ah, Christmas. It’s approaching quickly, and it’s never too early to start shopping. But are you struggling with what to buy that someone who has everything? Here are some of the season’s hottest items that are sure to impress that technologically savvy, hard-to-buy-for family member, significant other or friend.

Wocket Smart Wallet


If you’re tired of keeping up with all the cards in your wallet, the Wocket is for you.

The Wocket Smart Wallet is the world’s smartest wallet. How does it work? First swipe your cards using the card reader included in the Wocket. Information like your voter registration or any membership or loyalty cards with bar codes can also be entered manually.

The information stored in the Wocket is then transmitted through the WocketCard.
The WocketCard gives the information to the point-of-sale device when it is swiped, just as with a regular credit card.

For only $229, you can own the smartest wallet on the planet. Order yours at


The Lily Drone

Have you been considering getting a drone, but can’t bring yourself to pull the trigger? Meet Lily, the drone that takes flight on its own, literally. All you have to do is toss it up in the air, and the motors automatically start.

Unlike traditional drones that require the user to operate what looks like a video game controller, Lily relies on a hockey puck-shaped tracking device strapped to the user’s wrist. GPS and visual subject tracking help Lily know where you are. Unlike other drones, Lily is tethered to you at all times when flying.

Lily features a camera that captures 12-megapixel stills, and 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second, or 720p at 120 frames per second. You can preorder today, but Lily will not be delivered until May 2016. Expect to pay $999.

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

If you’re looking for a new personal assistant, Amazon has you covered. The Amazon Echo is designed to do as you command — whether it be adding milk to your shopping list, answering trivia, controlling household temperature or playing your favorite music playlist.

The Echo, which uses an advanced voice recognition system, has seven microphones and can hear your voice from across a room. The Echo activates when hearing the “wake word.” The Echo is constantly evolving, adapting to your speech patterns and personal preferences. “Alexa” is the brain within Echo, which is built into the cloud, meaning it’s constantly getting smarter and updating automatically.

It’s available for $179.99 on



Have you ever wondered what your beloved pup is doing while you’re not at home? Wonder no more. iCPooch allows you to see your dog whenever you’re away. By attaching a tablet to the base of iCPooch, your dog can see you, and you can see them — you can even command iCPooch to dispense a treat.

Just download the free app to your tablet or smartphone and never miss a moment with your pup!

iCPooch is available for $99, not including tablet, from Amazon and the website

Classic Christmas Cookies

Hope Barker, of West Liberty, Kentucky

Hope Barker, of West Liberty, Kentucky, makes family cookie recipes her own.

Cookies so good Santa won’t want to leave

By Anne P. Braly,
Food Editor

We all know that holiday cookies are a lot more than sugar, flour and eggs. They tell a story. Remember walking into grandma’s house only to see warm cookies she just took from the oven sitting on the counter?

Hope Barker has similar stories when she reminisces about baking cookies with her mom. Her favorite recipe is a simple one: sugar cookies.
“My mom and I used to make these when I was young,” she recalls. The recipe came from an old cookbook — now so yellowed and worn with age that it’s fallen apart, but, thankfully the pages were saved and are now kept in a folder.

She learned to cook at the apron strings of her mother, Glyndia Conley, and both grandmothers. “I can remember baking when I was in elementary school,” Barker says. “My mom and I made sugar cookies to take to school parties. And Mamaw Essie (Conley) taught me how to bake and decorate cakes. From Mamaw Nora (Cottle), I learned how to make stack pies — very thin apple pies stacked and sliced like a cake.”

She honed these techniques and soon became known for her baking skills in her town of West Liberty, Kentucky, so much so that she opened a bakery business that she operated from her home, making cookies and cakes for weddings, birthdays, holidays and other special events.
During the holidays, cookies are in demand. Not only are they scrumptious, but just about everyone loves them, too. They make great gifts from the kitchen, and if you arrange them on a beautiful platter, they can become your centerpiece.

“Cookies are easy to make and easy to package,” Barker says. “They don’t require plates and forks, so they are more convenient than many other desserts. Also, because they are less time-consuming, you can make a variety in less time than many other desserts. They can be decorated many different ways. And who doesn’t love to get a plate of pretty cookies?”

But there is one big mistake some less-practiced cooks often make when baking cookies — overbaking.

“If you leave them in the oven until they ‘look’ done, they are going to be overdone,” Barker warns. “The heat in the cookies will continue to bake them after you have taken them out of the oven.”

She says the best outcome for pretty cookies is to start with the right equipment — a good, heavy cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. “This will keep them from sticking to the cookie sheet and help them to brown more evenly on the bottom,” she says. And when finished, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely before putting them in a sealed, airtight container to keep them moist.

Barker no longer caters, but she continues to do a lot of baking during the holidays for family, coworkers and friends.
Cookies, she says, just seem to be a universal sign of welcome, good wishes and happy holidays.

Sugar cookies are a delicious and versatile classic during the holiday season. This is Hope Barker’s favorite recipe. They can be made as drop cookies or chilled and rolled for cut-out cookies. You can use the fresh dough and roll balls of it in cinnamon sugar to make Snickerdoodles, or use it as a crust for a fruit pizza.

Classic Sugar Cookies
2/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 cup milk
Additional sugar (optional)

Cream together the shortening and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix very well. Add flour and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Make sure all ingredients are well-incorporated.
For drop cookies, scoop fresh dough into 1-inch balls and place a couple inches apart on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Smear a small amount of shortening on the bottom of a glass, dip the glass into the sugar of your choice and flatten each dough ball into a disk about 1/4-inch thick. Continue to dip the glass into sugar and flatten the dough balls until all are flattened into disks. Sugar can be sprinkled on cookies at this point, if desired. Bake the cookies at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven when they begin to color at the edges.
For rolled and cut cookies, refrigerate the dough for at least 3 hours or overnight. Roll out portions of the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4-inch thick and cut into desired shapes. Sugar can be sprinkled on cookies at this point, if desired. Place the cookies at least 1 inch apart on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, depending on the size/thickness of the cookies. Remove from the oven when they begin to color at the edges.

Sugar Cookie Variations

Various Sugar Cookies Frosted Cookies
Bake either the rolled or drop cookies. Prepare your favorite frosting recipe (or buy canned frosting) and frost the cooled cookies. Frosting can be tinted with different colors and piped on in seasonal designs.

When making the drop cookies, mix together 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon with 1 cup granulated sugar. Roll each ball of dough in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and then put onto the cookie sheet. Flatten with the bottom of a glass into a disk shape and bake as directed.

Maple Cookies
Replace the vanilla flavoring in the recipe with maple flavoring. Make rolled cookies with no sugar on the tops. On the stovetop, stir together 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons milk; stir well. (Be careful as the mixture will splatter a little when you add the milk.) Put saucepan back on stove and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat. Pour the mixture over 1 1/2 cups of sifted powdered sugar and mix on low/medium speed until smooth. Drizzle the warm frosting over the cookies with a spoon. Allow to cool completely.

Jell-O Cookies
Make rolled cookies with no sugar on the tops. When the cookies come out of the oven, spread a thin layer of light corn syrup on the tops with a spoon. Immediately sprinkle with Jell-O gelatin powder of your choice. Allow to cool completely.

Fruit Pizza
Use about a half batch of the dough and spread evenly in a greased jelly roll pan. This will be the crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until the dough begins to get some color at the edges and on top. Let the crust cool completely. Mix together 8 ounces softened cream cheese with 7 ounces marshmallow creme. Spread this over the crust. Cut up about 4 cups of fresh fruit (strawberries, kiwi, bananas, mandarin oranges, grapes, apples, etc.) and stir together with a package of strawberry fruit gel. Spread the fruit mixture over the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate before slicing and serving.

The Hair

Fred Johnson 2015By Fred Johnson
Executive Vice President and General Manager

If you know me well it will come as no surprise that I cannot stand hair on a bathroom sink. A bathroom sink is a special place. For most, it’s the last stop before bed and the first on the morning road to becoming presentable.

Such a place must be kept pristine. Thus you can imagine my dismay the other morning when while shaving I noticed the reflection of a huge hair in my mirror. Instinctively, I reached down to remove this aberration. Only, it wasn’t there. Immediately my mind — already thoroughly caffeinated for the day — reconciled that the hair had simply blown away. The shave resumed, and then — there it was again in the mirror. Thus began a chase to find the hair which was clearly visible in the mirror but otherwise nowhere in sight. I found the blasted thing only by doing so in the reflection of the mirror. You see, the mirror was flipped to its magnification setting since I can’t see without my glasses and using sharp objects when you can’t see is always a dicey proposition. Bottom line, I was looking for a hair the size of what I saw. No such hair existed. The real thing was an entirely different size, barely visible.

So what is my point? Am I simply trying to say that challenges we face often appear much larger than they really are? Yes, but that’s not all. There is also a flip side. Sometimes problems exist even when they are not readily visible or easily understood. Popular psychology or conventional wisdom would teach you that the most important issues are those most easily perceived or those that loudly demand attention. An old adage familiar to many is “the squeaky wheel always gets the grease.” However, true leadership and wisdom exact a much more difficult path. It is imperative that when we address matters of substance, either in our personal or professional lives, we strive to see challenges in a proper perspective. We neither overreact when we see something in magnification, nor do we glance casually at the landscape and pronounce it clean unless we see something huge staring back at us.

The rural telecommunications industry is undergoing a period of change unprecedented since the breakup of the Bell Company in 1983. Many of our challenges appear huge and demand immediate attention. Still, we must look beyond them to a new landscape and consider that some of the fundamental issues which must be addressed may not presently be visible in a casual sweep. Those of us charged with leadership cannot simply be excused by saying, “We didn’t see that coming.” I am grateful to our Board of Directors and to our national leadership for their support in allowing us to spend the time necessary to get these things right as we strive to keep FTC relevant to you and your communities.

I challenge you to apply the same principles in your business, family and relational lives. Remember that nothing worthwhile ever comes without some form of effort. Challenges are an inevitable part of life, some small and some large. Perspective makes a huge difference. So see things as they really are. Only then can your response be most efficient.

FTCtv Digital Television: Your source for all then scores and much more!

THE FTC LOGO-LettersOnlyIt’s shaping up to be another wild football season in the South, and FTCtv has your back — your quarterback, halfback, fullback and defensive backs in exciting local high school and college football programs.

FTCtv has recently added some great football programing to get you all of the highlights and insight, including some from the head coaches themselves.

FTCtv will provide broadcast schedule highlights each week. These can be viewed on channel 2, on our website, and on our social media feeds for Facebook and Twitter.

FTCtv Schedule highlights this fall:

FTCtv Channel 6

  • New and exciting football programming this fall, available only on FTCtv Channel 6.
  • Monday – JSU Today 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Auburn University Football
  • Everyday 7 p.m. followed by the Auburn University Coaches Review at 7:30 p.m.,
    High School Football – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday – JSU Inside Gamecock Athletics – 7 p.m., JSU Football Game of the Week – 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday – University of Georgia Coaches Show – 7 p.m., Mountain Valley News High School Coaches Show 7:30 p.m., High School Football 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday – Repeat programming beginning at 7 p.m. – JSU Inside Gamecock Athletics, University of Georgia Coaches Show, Auburn University Coaches Show and Football Everyday.

WoLW Channel 7

  • Tune in each Friday night for the WOLW and Times-Journal scoreboard show that will keep you up-to-date with live score updates plus…
  • Highlights from previous weeks’ games
  • Band halftime performances
  • Cheerleader routine highlights
  • Watch these high school games each week…
  • Tuesday 6-8 p.m. – Fyffe High School, 8-10 p.m. – Fort Payne High School
  • Wednesday 6-8 p.m. – school to be announced, 8-10 p.m. – Fort Payne High School
  • Thursday 6-8 p.m. – school to be announced, 8-10 p.m. – Ider High School
  • Saturday 9-11 p.m. – Ider High School

KWNtv Channel 8

  • Starting at 11 a.m. each Saturday, KWNtv-Channel 8 will replay Friday night games from North Sand Mountain, North Jackson, Dade County and Whitwell High.
  • Watch the KWN Friday Night Scoreboard show to get all the score updates for teams in Jackson, DeKalb, Marion and Dade Counties, live each Friday during football season starting at 9 p.m. CST.

*All scheduled programs are subject to changes in broadcast times.

Historic drive-in goes digital

People of all ages are still drawn to the magic of movies under the night sky

People of all ages are still drawn to the magic of movies under the night sky

By Melissa Smith

Owner Lanita Price helps fill orders at the concession stand.

Owner Lanita Price helps fill orders at the concession stand.

A brindle Boxer named Lucy greets patrons as they drive up to the neon-lit stand to purchase tickets at the Henagar Drive-In. Cars, trucks and minivans then slowly make their way to find the prime viewing spots as children blow bubbles and play with glow sticks, waiting for the double-feature to begin.

Owner Lanita Price programs the movie to play before going down to the concession stand to help out as people begin to line up out the door and down the ramp.

Price built the Henagar Drive-In from the ground up in 1999. And, for the last five years, she has operated the theater with her daughter, Kayla Foote.

Even though it started sprinkling rain on this particular April Friday, moviegoers weren’t hindered by the elements. “We still roll in the rain,” Price says, laughing. That’s what they say when storms come in: The movies will keep playing as long as customers are comfortable staying. In fact, the only element the projector can’t shoot through is fog.

But while rain is no challenge for the outdoor movie show, time and technological changes within the industry have proven to be a different matter.

Tradition in transition

The Henagar Drive-In is beaming movies with an advanced digital projector that was purchased in 2014.

The Henagar Drive-In is beaming movies with an advanced digital projector that was purchased in 2014.

After 15 years of running a 35 mm projector, the drive-in faced a tough, and expensive, reality. Price decided it was time for an upgrade, and last year she purchased a digital projector for the drive-in. Now, instead of the giant rolls of film, movies come in the form of hard drives. “We ingest it in the projector,” Price says. “It’s date-coded, so once it’s done, you can’t view it anymore.” The movies can even be set up on a timer, so they basically run themselves.

According to Price, there are 373 drive-ins left in the country, and many of them still run on 35 mm, unlike their indoor cinema competitors. By the end of 2015, drive-in theaters will have to make a choice: convert to digital or shut down. “They’re going to have to shut down because they are doing away with film,” Price says.

“This is my livelihood. It’s like my baby. We’ve been hit twice by tornados, and our regulars wanted us to build back,” Price says. “It was a choice of shutting down or taking a chance and keeping it going. It’s been a year since we’ve been digital.”

Moviegoers have remained true to the Henagar Drive-In, and Price says she doesn’t feel like the digital conversion necessarily brought in more business, but it certainly improves the quality of the movies.

Timeless Experience
The Henagar Drive-In is open year-round on weekends, but in the summer months, you can come enjoy a movie on Wednesday and Thursday as well.

Although business is steady throughout the year, in the colder months, there is a great opportunity for football fans who wish they could watch football on the big screen.

Last season, the drive-in showed the college football playoff and National Championship games on the big screen. “We had a good turnout,” Price says. “We opened the concession stand and charged $5 per car. It was a lot of fun.”

Well, sometimes wishes come true. And, it happens to be one of the biggest screens around. “Hopefully, by football season, we’ll be able to show more games,” Price says.

Regular shows will cost $5 per person. But if you have three or more people in a car, the cost is $15. Period. “We’ve had church vans come through, people crammed in the back of a truck, and they still just pay $15 for a double-feature,” Price says.

But, what’s the most unique form of transportation? “We’ve had a man come in on a horse,” Price says.
Moviegoers have certainly developed some creative — and comfortable — ways to enjoy the shows. During peak season, many people get out of their vehicles and sit in camping chairs, while others blow up air mattresses or lay in the beds of their trucks. “One time, we had a little boy who wanted to set up his tent. It wasn’t a really busy night, so we let him,” Price says.

Speaking of busy nights, the biggest movie crowd was the showing of the “Cars” movies. “We packed out three weekends in a row,” Price says. Following closely behind was attendance for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Twilight” series. The drive-in can accommodate 250 vehicles, but they have never closed the gate or turned people away.

A Rainsville family — Lasha, Jayla, Kelci and Jacoby Guthrie — sit in the truck bed while enjoying a movie at the Henagar Drive-In.

A Rainsville family — Lasha, Jayla, Kelci and Jacoby Guthrie — sit in the truck bed while enjoying a movie at the Henagar Drive-In.

Charlene Smothers has worked at the drive-in for four years. She lives in Henagar, not far from the drive-in. “I’m a substitute teacher, and this is my secondary job,” Smothers says. She is usually running the cash register at the concession stand and says the drive-in employees feel like her own family.

Here’s something else to know about the Henagar Drive-In: Don’t make dinner plans before going.
They have hamburgers, chicken fingers, nachos, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and fries. But, if you’re in the mood for just a snack, they’ve got hot, buttery popcorn, candy and even snow cones.

In fact, the food is so good, many people come through just to eat. But, be sure to get some caffeine because the movies sometimes end late. “I’ve had to wake people up before in their cars when it was time to go home,” Smothers says, laughing.

Standing the test of time

Photos by Mandy Owens Weddings.

Andrew and Whitney Meeks take their first dance as husband and wife in a farm building that was specifically revitalized for their wedding. Photos by Mandy Owens Weddings.

By Matt Ledger

Eight weeks before wedding bells would ring in 2014, Andrew Meeks and his fiancee, Whitney, faced a tough reality. The new barn for their perfect farm wedding wouldn’t be ready.

“We went over our choices, and while many ideas were given, it was my uncle, Brian Maxwell, who said, ‘You have the perfect place at the gin,’” Whitney says.

They faced, however, one daunting problem. The gin was the heart of the Meeks Grain and Gin Company, a building in disrepair.

“Looking at the gin, I had no hope,” Whitney says. Putting the rust in rustic, “the building had basically become a storage building filled with spare parts,” she says.

With only weeks remaining, the family went to work in a race against the calendar.

The new Meeks Grain and Gin Company sign hangs upon the old ‘gin’ building.

The new Meeks Grain and Gin Company sign hangs upon the old ‘gin’ building. Photos by Mandy Owens Weddings.

A family story
In 1947, a wedding began a lasting legacy. After their marriage ceremony, Lloyd and Ruby Meeks started the Meeks Grain and Gin Company, building many of the structures on their homestead. The Pisgah-based farm prospered for many years — an additional 640-acre lot was located 5 miles away — until cotton lost value and farmers sought new crops to survive. Ruby ran the office and even tagged the cotton bales, while Lloyd primarily worked at the cotton gin, which closed in 1975. Their two children, Myra and Nacey, helped their folks on the farm, selling seed and fertilizer.

Switching to potatoes kept the farm going until it too lost value. Nacey continued running the grainery, growing corn, potatoes, wheat and soybeans from 1985 until 1993.

The farm was passed down to another generation in 2011, as Lloyd’s grandson Andrew began to manage the operation. He and his father, Nacey, have left the spuds behind, but still tend fields with the other three crops.

Finding a new purpose
In 2014, the farm’s next generation was waiting. Andrew may have grown up in Pisgah, but his heart found a Henagar girl named Whitney. Both went to Pisgah High School a few years apart, but they first met in 2012 while out with mutual friends in Scottsboro. Whitney also grew up on a farm; however, it raised cattle and horses. “The transition from the farm I grew up on to what Andrew does was difficult at times, but we made it work,” Whitney says.

“Andrew and I started out wanting his farm to be included in our wedding,” Whitney recalls. “After getting engaged in September, he planned to build a barn for us to have our wedding reception in.” However, contractor delays led to an anxious family meeting in March 2014.

Nearly 20 members of the Meeks’ family — ranging in age from 8 to 72 — emptied the overloaded barn, cleaning floors and pressure washing walls. Many farm implements dot the landscape, adding a vintage feel with industrial equipment that isn’t commonly found today.

Andrew and Whitney married on May 24, 2014, before 260 guests. “The location was a complete surprise to many people,” Whitney says. “While traveling on our honeymoon, we decided Meeks Grain & Gin would be the perfect event venue.”

Growing a new business
Soon the corn and soybeans would take a back seat to white rice on weekends, as bridal parties throw the good luck grain on newlyweds. The 50-by-110-foot cotton gin sits on the original 10 acres and is suitable for as many as 300 guests. Reservations fill each weekend of spring, and the gin is nearly booked for fall. The Meekses are already taking dates for 2016.

Andrew and Whitney will begin a new chapter for the Meeks family when their first child, Truitt, is born in July. “This has been a very big year for us and our new business,” Whitney says.


2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting

Saturday, August 1
DeKalb County Schools Coliseum
Highway 35, Rainsville

Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Entertainment starts at 9 a.m.
Business meeting begins at 11 a.m.

Election for the Board of Trustees
Vote for Board of Trustees representing Bryant, Geraldine and Pisgah.

Enjoy refreshments during the event and make sure to stick around for the fantastic prizes and drawings. The Chris Roberts School of Music will perform, along with other local artists.

FTC is hosting a car and truck show from 8-11 a.m., allowing vehicles of any vintage to participate. Every registered entry will be entered for a chance to win great prizes. For more information, call Kim Williams or Kristie Bailey at 256-638-2144.






Career Enrichment Day

Artist8931On May 13, Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative co-sponsored the 2015 Career Enrichment Day with Northeast Alabama Community College, which is celebrating its 50th year in post-secondary education. The event provides high school seniors with an opportunity to hear from professionals in a variety of vocations.

Chalk artist and motivational speaker Sam Glenn shared his personal story of overcoming adversity and how others can empower themselves to make transformational changes in their lives. He also displayed his artistic abilities completing an abstract sketch of an eagle.

FRS trip


Two students in FTC’s service area recently made the annual trip hosted by Foundation for Rural Service. Kaelin Butts and Ben Coots joined the 2015 FRS Youth Tour of Washington D. C. Kaelin is the daughter of Tracy and Tony Butts, and a student at Plainview High School where she is involved with Bear Theatre, Senior Beta Club, Science Club and the Improv Troupe. Ben is the son of Tracy and Donald Coots, and a Plainview High School student, where he is a member of the Science Club, FCA, FFA, Beta Club and Tennis and Fishing teams.

Kaelin Butts and Ben Coots toured the National Mall and visited several historical locations during their five-day visit, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Lincoln Memorial and Ford’s Theater.