Clay County Native Johnathan East Tells His Story
From Sunday afternoon jam sessions to producing music videos with one million-plus views, Clay County native Johnathan East tells his story, and shows his roots, through traditional country sound. The singer behind “A Little on the Redneck Side” and “American Farmer” among others, traces his motivation for making music back to when he was 13, listening to country legends on local radio. “There was a little radio station back then called 95 Country. They played a lot of old stuff, as well as the stuff that was popular at the time. I got into Hank (Williams) Jr.”
While East explained that he was not as confident in his songwriting as a teenager, that did not stop him from perfecting his craft through talent shows while making memories with close friends. “We had a little garage band in high school, and we were pretty bad,” says East. “But, it was a lot of fun at the time. We used to go to the Methodist church in Lineville on Sunday afternoons. We would go up there and practice all afternoon.”
Since then, East has broken out of his shell, and has written songs and uploaded music videos that have been viewed thousands of times on YouTube, with the most popular being “A Little on the Redneck Side”, which is on the verge of reaching four million views on the site. He and his band, the “Trailer Park Cowboys”, consisting of Seth Myers on bass, Mel Vance on lead guitar, and Jason Lovett on drums, tour across the south and sing songs that tell the story of everyday life in this part of the country, as well as a love for calling the Yellowhammer State home.
East used his signature style when writing his most recent single, “Too Much ‘Bama in Me”, a song that he says was inspired by an interview with WTDR-FM Radio, Thunder 92.7 in Oxford. “It started out like most interviews start out… “When are you going to move to Nashville?” says East. “I said that “I just love Alabama too much.” That started being my go-to answer.”
In the song, East answers the question by listing reasons for staying in Alabama including having the luxury of catching fish in Lake Guntersville and watching the sunset at Mt. Cheaha at his disposal. The title of the song comes from the ESPN “30 for 30” documentary “Roll Tide, War Eagle”, where Harvey Updyke, the man who poisoned the two oak trees at Toomer’s Corner on Auburn University’s campus in 2010, infamously said “I have too much ‘Bama in me” when answering the question of why he did it. “Too Much ‘Bama in Me” is a great song that describes the advantages to living in the “Heart of Dixie”, but East is not one to just “talk the talk.” While he performs his songs all over, there is one place that he loves playing, and it happens to be a favorite hangout amongst the locals.
“My favorite place to play, without a doubt, is Lynnie Bo’s. Just because it is two miles away from my house. It’s a really neat place to play and hang out. It’s not far from the lake.” East is currently recording new songs. While he is in the studio writing new material, he continues to play the songs that crowds love, plus some of his favorite covers, including “Midnight Rider” by the Allman Brothers. To catch Johnathan East live, visit his website “johnathaneast.com” and check tour dates, or just listen to your favorite song on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, or CDBaby.
The Lake Wedowee Map - Your Guide To Public Boat Ramps
The Lake Wedowee map is marked with the location of the public boat ramps and places to get gas on the water. Below is the road reference to each ramp.
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On The Cover...
Can you imagine our surprise... When we discovered Santa loves Lake Wedowee as much as we do??? Well, we happened to see him recently and begged for a story. Well, we got one and we hope all the boys and girls in the Lake Wedowee area enjoy the tale as much as we did. Be sure to be on your best behavior especially not that we know, you may run into Santa while he spends time at hi favorite place away from the North Pole!
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News To Know by Taylor Jones
Discussions at a recent Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees work session has local residents rallying in support of Southern Union State Community College’s Wadley campus. On June 13, an item on the agenda of the monthly work session was presented by Susan Price, the Vice Chancellor for System Development and Strategic Advancement for the Alabama Community College System, on behalf of Southern Union Interim President Mark Ellard, who was not in attendance. The item was a request to move Southern Union’s main campus from Wadley to Opelika and would be voted on in mid-July, as first reported by Kara Coleman of the Opelika-Auburn News.
The proposal came as a surprise to many, including District 37 Representative, Bob Fincher. “I found out about it when people started messaging me, and I started getting phone calls from those who were present at the meeting (on June 13),” said Fincher in a phone call. “I did get a message that afternoon from the Chancellor’s office as to what had happened.” In the proposal, Price stated that the potential move would recognize Opelika as the main campus for purpose of correspondence, as well as financial aid by the U.S. Department of Education. Price also described the differences in population between Wadley and Opelika, as well as enrollment numbers
with Opelika’s campus serving more than 4,000 students, while Wadley has approximately 600 students. However, one quote from Price has caused confusion among the Southern Union service area. Once the proposal was voiced, an unknown member of the Board of Trustees asked Price if there was any pushback from the Wadley community in regards to this possible shift. Price said that Ellard had not expressed comments from the community, but felt that the numbers were enough to advance the item to the voting process. “I know that the Wadley staff, members of the community, are very supportive of this action item,” said Price. “They think that the data itself illustrates that it’s time for this change.” Carol Knight, a member of the Southern Union Foundation and adjunct professor at the college, says that the responses that she has received from the community, as well as members of the Southern Union staff, on this matter are contradictory of Price’s statement. “I have not spoken to a single person who has said, “I think that this is a good idea,” or “I helped get these numbers together.” Not one person is supportive of such a move. Southern Union is a family. Loyalty here to this campus and what it has meant to this community... No one here will say “we should just relocate the main campus” because it would be devastating to our little community and our service
area.” “Devastating” seems to be a fitting adjective for the potential move from Wadley to Opelika. Wadley Mayor Donna McKay used the term when discussing the idea with local postal workers, due to the College using Wadley’s post office and bank, as well as the possible departure of Bison athletics and the top-notch fine arts program. McKay also mentioned that the move would go against why the two-year system was initially created. Bob Fincher feels that the overwhelming support is a step in the right direction, and assures supporters that he, and so many others, are fighting hard to shut this item down, to preserve the tradition and economic impact that Southern Union has established in Randolph
County. “We need to remember that Southern Union was originated from the Wadley campus, that community has continuously fed and supported the college over the years, and has kept it afloat,” says Fincher. “We are going to fight this as hard as we can to try to prevent this. The fear is, that if the administration has moved, that other entities will follow and that it will be very detrimental to the Wadley campus.” Key dates to remember: the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees will vote on this item during their next meeting, which is set for July 11. If the item is passed, Opelika will become the main campus of Southern Union State Community College on January 1, 2019.
For more on the story read... Southern Union Builds Students To SUCCEED
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News To Know by Taylor Jones
Students who attend Southern Union’s Wadley campus are treated to a four-year college experience, in a two-year setting. With a dormitory that houses up to 230 students, a cafeteria, student center, and state of the art classrooms, with most facilities on campus built or renovated within the last ten years, it is easy to see why students from all over Alabama, and even a few surrounding states, choose to attend Southern Union, and why it holds such a special place in their memories when they leave. Southern Union is highly regarded for having a top-notch fine arts program. Each dance, music, and theatre production is held on the Wadley campus, and are performed by some of this area’s most talented students, either on stage or behind the scenes, and are instructed by
experienced industry professionals. Most students who come to Southern Union on Fine Arts scholarships go on to continue their careers on big stages, including Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who has competed on tv’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance”, has appeared in over 10 movies and television shows, and is currently a DJ on “Ellen.” Brad Cotter, another SUSCC Alum, won “Nashville Star” in 2004, a singing competition that launched the career of Miranda Lambert, Chris Young and Kasey Musgraves. 2007’s Miss Alabama Jamie Langley is also an SUSCC alum. The most recent notable success is Desmond Nunn, who is currently on tour with the Broadway smash production, “Hamilton.” Nunn says that he credits most of his success to his days spent in Wadley. “Southern Union is a great launching
pad for everyone,” says Nunn. “As someone who grew up not too far from the campus, I did not think that one day I would be traveling the country with a hit musical.” Wadley is also the home for all Bison athletics. Southern Union offers six sports, where all athletes have access to some of the best facilities in the Alabama Community College Conference. Southern Union Sports Arena is home to Bison Basketball and Volleyball, its’ bowl-shaped design provides comfortable environment for fans with chairback seats. The arena also offers student-athletes a weight room and rehabilitation room, as well as offices and conference room that are available for multiple purposes. Baseball and Softball have received recent upgrades. The baseball stadium, recently named in honor of Coach Joe “Jabo” Jordan, was completed in 2010, while softball has been competing in their stadium since 2015. In 2017, a field house was built to serve as a facility for both sports. The field house features indoor batting and pitching cages, as well as locker rooms for both teams. Being a Bison athlete has its’ benefits. Not only do they play in state-of-the-art
venues, but the chances of continuing their career as a student-athlete at a four-year institution are significantly high. Following the 2017 season, 13 Bison baseball players elected to continue their athletic career at four-year colleges, including Jackson Hesterlee and Cooper Criswell, who recently competed in the College World Series in Omaha,
Nebraska with North Carolina. Softball has 10 players who are on four-year college rosters, while both basketball teams have an estimated 13 players playing at the next level. Everyone who comes to Wadley has a story, whether it be girl from Trussville with a dream of playing college softball, a boy from Mobile who has aspirations to sing at Carnegie Hall, or someone from Roanoke who is making a transition close to home so that they can later attend their dream school. No matter the story, it is clear that everyone who attends Southern Union is built for success. From making memories with new friends, to receiving life-changing advice from a professor. It is apparent that you leave Southern Union as a better person, and have been groomed to succeed in any situation that life may throw your way.
More info on the local Southern Union story... Wadley Area Concerned with SUSCC's Future
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Kids Fishing Derby on Lake Wedowee
Tue May 22nd 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Rice Family Pavilion, 2554 Co Rd 32, Wedowee, AL 36278, USA
Kids are coming to fish on Lake Wedowee. Open to all children between 2 and 15 years of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult and have a rod and reel. Bait will be provided. There will be games, face painting, door prizes, snacks and grilled hot dogs by the Randolph County Sheriff's Office. Sponsored by Lake Wedowee Property Owners Association and local businesses.
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