Things that are rattlin’ around in my head …

We are still without a sports editor at the Wetumpka Herald. That is a great headache. I know how people love sports in this part of the country. I know how they long for great coverage of their local high school teams, their kids’ athletic accomplishments.

Believe me. I know.

And you should know that, even in this (hopefully) short time without a person on our staff solely devoted to the games kids play, we will strive to provide you with the best coverage that we possibly can. Meanwhile, if you know a budding Dave Kindred who needs a job …

I received some terrible news yesterday from Dadeville. My friend, Betty Hayes, passed away.

In my time as a staff writer for the Alexander City Outlook, I was a regular at the weekly meetings of the Dadeville Kiwanis Club. Every week, they had an interesting guest that usually made for a great story.

Betty was the glue that held that club together. She arranged the speakers, worked to head up the club’s charity events, coordinated the group with Dadeville High School’s Key Club (and, man, did she love her Key Clubbers!) – you name it, Betty did it.

What made her so interesting and wonderful is that the same was true in her life – you name it, Betty did it. She drove in demolition derbies, raised wolves with her late husband, was a beautiful model in her younger days and hobnobbed with the fathers of our space program as a NASA secretary in Houston in the heyday of Apollo.

Betty once told me that she could tell me some stories about those astronauts we so worshipped, but she wouldn’t. Just a little taste here and there about girlfriends and wives.

Betty and I grew close while I covered those Kiwanis meetings. She would call to check on my health and I would call to check on hers. She was one of the most caring, wonderful and interesting people that I’ve ever met and I will miss her…

Just a little time for bragging on my alma mater, whose volleyball team, under the direction of their coach, Kim Moncrief, begins play in the state tournament this morning versus Deshler. Congratulations, Lady Panthers, on a great year…

Finally, I must briefly visit what happened in national news on Monday. The House of Trump took some lumps with the indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime business associate Rick Gates on money-laundering and other charges and the guilty plea of former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. Trump was reportedly “seething” in the Oval Office at the investigation of Robert Mueller coming so close to those who at least had been in his inner circle at one time.

Where do we go from here? Papadopoulos was termed a “proactive cooperator” in the investigation and many think he may have taped recordings of some of the Trump team’s most elite players.

If so, Mueller will see this investigation through until any additional charges brought against those elite are rock solid and all of us should begin to pray for the stability of our nation.

If not, then neither President Trump nor our nation have anything to worry about.