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There have been 2344 American deaths in Afghanistan.
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There were 4486 American deaths in Iraq since the beginning of hostilities in March 2003.
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Two Dora Alumnus died over the weekend
James Romine from the class of 1955
James Romine

James (Jim) Romine “PawPaw”, age 77, of McCalla, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, October 18, 2014. He was in radio in the Birmingham area as Johnny Davis with WVOK and WZZK for many years. Mr. Romine served as Minister of Music with several churches in the Birmingham area and sang with The Plainsmen Quartet. He served his country as a radio operator in the US Navy. Mr. Romine was a member of Reno Baptist Church where he served as the Minister of Music. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Titus Romine and his mother, Gladys Cochran.
Mr. Romine is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Martha Romine; his children, Phillip Romine (Sharee) and Melissa Knight (Jim); grandchildren, Brittney (Hunter), Kayla (Blake), Jakob, Garrett and Brady; great-grandchildren, Easton and Olivia; and his sisters, Anna Jo Harbison (Ron) and Linda Jackson (Buddy).
Funeral services will be on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11:00 am at McCalla Memorial Funeral Home with interment to follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, October 20, 2014 at the funeral home. 

“His love and ministry touched a multitude of lives. “



Lloyd Woods, Class of 1968

Lloyd Woods

Lloyd Woods, age 66, of Adamsville passed away on October 18, 2014. He worked in the trucking industry for over 40 years. He was presently employed by Transport America. He was a member of the Alabama Trucking Association and a member of the Adamsville Masonic Lodge. He was the first fire chief of Shady Grove Fire Department. Served as a board member of Davis Cemetery, Inc. He served in the US Army in Germany and in Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart for outstanding courage during his tour. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Levert Woods, mother, Helen Woods, sister-in-law, Rosie Christianson, brother-in-laws, James Robbins and Kenneth Perrin. 

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Robbins Woods, sisters, Pat (Jack) Donaldson, Judy Perrin, Donna Hall, brothers, Ronnie (Cindy) Woods, Gary (Gay) Woods. He was a devoted uncle to many nieces and nephews. 

Services will be Tuesday, October 21, at 2 p.m., at Crestview Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday, October 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Burial in Crestview Memorial Gardens. Bro. John Killian officiating.

Heaven gained a very special husband, brother, uncle and friend. Thank you for loving us in such a special way.

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Fireplace memories warm the heart

Rick WatsonIt’s funny what you remember from childhood. Some memories are fuzzy, but others are as vivid as an Imax movie that comes rushing back at a sound or smell.

This morning was chilly, so slipping on a sweater seemed the wise thing to do as I stepped down for the morning paper.

I involuntarily shivered for the first time this fall. On the wind was a wisp of wood smoke from our neighbor’s fireplace, which brought back the memory of the fireplace in our living room, and the Warm Morning heater in the corner of the kitchen.

We weren’t into the aesthetics of crackling logs or the aroma of burning hardwood; we were into heat on cold mornings, and so we burned coal. We used oak and hickory chips to get the coals started, but once it began burning, we mostly smelled a hint of sulfur.

Mom sent dad off to work at 5:30 a.m. each morning and by the time we rolled out of bed at six, she’d have that Warm Morning fired up so hot the stove pipe glowed orange halfway up to the ceiling.

I’m guessing if that stove were sold these days, it would come with a safety pamphlet as thick as a Bible with ominous warnings about the risk of fire, serious injury or death.

I’m sure one of the warnings would tell you that if your stove pipe ever glows the color of the setting sun, to close the dampers, turn off the vents and have the fire department on standby. But it felt great when it was cold outside.

I do remember a hazard that probably would not have been documented in the safety booklet.

One frosty winter morning, ice crystals had formed around the edges of the panes in our windows over the sink. I’d stumbled into the kitchen sleepy-eyed and backed up to the old heater. The expanding pipe ticked as the glow inched upward.

My brother Neil walked up and grabbed the front crease of my jeans, pulling the denim tight against the back of my legs. I howled in pain. The hot denim seared the hair from the back of my leg. Neil snorted with laughter.

Mama thought it was funny too but whacked him playfully on the side of the head with the palm of her hand.

Behind the heater was a length of clothesline that was about head-high to my dad and ran from one corner wall to the other.

Hanging from one side was a blue bed sheet. About three evenings a week, the sheet was pressed into service as a privacy curtain. Behind the curtain was a #3 washtub filled with water heated on the stove. That’s where we bathed.

One of my chores was hauling ash out and toting coal inside to feed the home fires.

We had two old scuttles, which were metal buckets with spouts on one side. Ours were blackened from years of dumping coal into the fireplace.

Most young folks look at me as if I were pulling their leg when I tell them we didn’t have an indoor bathroom until the year I graduated from high school, and that we heated our house with coal.

These days we have a fireplace, but it’s fueled by gas logs. No hauling coal on frosty evenings for me. With the flip of a switch, fire glows softly from imitation logs. The only coal I have is a lump I saved, so that I always remember where I came from.


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DHS Class of 1985 Reunion

Planning now underway for the Class of 1985

30-Year Reunion. Please join the Facebook Page below.


DHS Class of 1994 Reunion

Details We have created a Facebook Group Page to keep everyone up to date on what is going on with the Reunion!
Planning is just beginning as of April 10, 2014. So, please come and join us by going to DHS
Class of '94-Twenty Years!
And if you know of anyone NOT in the group, you have been given rights to allow them as members by just adding and it sends out an invite to join the group.
Please only allow 1994 DHS grads into the group...
Once you are in the group, you can add posts by emailing: Dora94@groups.facebook.com (be careful this posts directly to the FB Page as a POST for ALL to see!
For a more private question, you can contact any of the following people at this email: 94bulldogs@gmail.com Tomeka Prioleau Audrea Rice Robbins Cindy May Sargent Danielle Peterson Johnson Cacy Myrick Paone Audrea Rice Robbins

The Dora High School Class of 2004

Class of 2004 is celebrating their 10 class reunion in April

The reunion will be April 12, 2014 in Birmingham, AL. Anyone needing more information can contact me at blevi008@crimson.ua.edu for more information!

Dora High School Class of 1966 is now looking for classmates.
Contact Dennis Wayne Roberts


From the Archives

Mr. GantWhen I saw this email come across my screen, I immediately thought of Mr. Gant. This sounds like something he would have done.
According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would make up their faces in the bathroom.
That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips against the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.
Every night, the maintenance man would remove them and the next day, the girls would do it again.
Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls into the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night. To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.


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