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Charity Bowden (left) was crowned Miss Leeds Area 2020 at Leeds High School Saturday night as she competed in the Miss Leeds Area and Outstanding Teen Pageant. Emma Terry (right) was crowned Miss Leeds Area’s Outstanding Teen 2020. Photo submitted

A special congratulations is in order. Charity Bowden was crowned Miss Leeds Area 2020 at Leeds High School Saturday night as she competed in the Miss Leeds Area and Outstanding Teen Pageant. First runner up was Sammy Rizzuto and second runner up was Shiann Harper. Emma Terry was crowned Miss Leeds Area’s Outstanding Teen 2020. 1st runner up was Marissa Luna and 2nd runner up was Maddie Machovec. Charity was recently chosen as Miss Alabama 1st runner up and is already loved by many for her performance at the May Leeds Downtown First Thursday Street Fest. Emma was recently chosen as Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen 1st runner up. Miss Leeds Area is an official preliminary to the Miss Alabama Scholarship Competition and the Miss America 2.0 competition so these two beautiful girls will be competing for the Miss Alabama and Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen crowns once again. We are excited about these two representing the greater Leeds area these next twelve months!

It’s a very big deal that Texas-based Buc-ee’s Travel Center has confirmed Leeds as their second location in Alabama. As Mayor David Miller shared at the Leeds Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week, “Every city in the United States would like to have a Buc-ee’s, because it’s the premier travel center in the country. Buc-ee’s brings 208 jobs above minimum wage with over a 100 gas pumps which will pump an estimate of 18 million gallons of gasoline the first year and it’s not a truck stop!” Development of the project is in the architectural stage while they finalize the layout, before it goes to construction. Dirt will begin moving later this year, once the architectural process has completed. It takes about eleven months for construction so we are looking toward fall of 2020 for project completion.”

Mayor David Miller also talked about questions and rumors about the Bass Pro deal. People have asked whether Bass Pro is closing down since it has been sold. The Bass Pro real estate division recently sold the Leeds property to divide the actual real estate from the retail store. This transaction enables their real estate division to handle buying, selling, leasing or developing the property without it affecting the retail store itself. Nothing changes with the Bass Pro retail store. They are not closing and they are not moving. It’s how real estate development works. This happens with big retailers all of the time. For example, Walmart doesn’t own their land. Another example is the property at the new Wintzell’s restaurant, which is coming up for sale, but it has nothing to do with the restaurant. The property is being bought and sold by developers and that is a total separate business from the restaurants and retailers.

Here’s a few dates to take note of: Three on a String will perform at Leeds Arts Council this Saturday, June 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 205-699-1892.

The Moody Kid Quilts Group is scheduled to meet on Monday and Tuesday, July 1 and 2 at Moody City Hall. This group meets the first Monday and Tuesday of each month to make kid's quilts for Children’s Hospital to distribute to sick children. They have also made quilts in the past for local veterans. These members bring their sewing machines, ironing boards, fabric and supplies to make these beautiful quilts together. For more information about this wonderful organization, please contact Clydene Dyer at 205-515-4751 or Barbara Willingham at 205-400-4560.

Moody Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 1 at White’s Chapel.

Moody Kiwanis Club is scheduled to meet at Noon on Tuesday, July 2 at Moody City Hall.

We are very excited that the Grand River Drive-in is re-opening on Wednesday, July 3. Gates open at 3 p.m. There will be food trucks, fireworks, live music, double feature movies, mini golf, yard games, face painting, waterslide, bounce house and more. Bring your lawn chairs for a fantastic evening. Fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. Event tickets are $10 each and movie/event tickets are $15. Saw’s BBQ will be catering (not included in ticket price).

The fourth of July is, of course, on July 4. Let freedom ring!

The Leeds Masonic Lodge Community Breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 6. Breakfast is free, but donations would be appreciated. All donations stay in the City of Leeds community involvement programs. Contact T. V. Weaver for more information at 205-699-6742.

Crossroads Animal Hospital has a new doc. Dr. Lydia Wade from Helena has joined the practice. For more information about the clinic, please visit

Thought for the week: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” ~Ronald Reagan

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