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This & That — By Tommy Purser

Altamaha Bank will sponsor an Elder Fraud Forum Lunch and Learn at Southside Baptist Church Family Life Center next Wednesday at 11:00 (lunch) and 11:30 (forum).

Some time back, the son of a local senior citizen came to my office to speak to me. His father, a senior citizen here in Jeff Davis County, had fallen victim to a scam. It cost his father some $40,000 of his life’s savings.

It broke my heart to hear his story about his father, a man I loved and admired, and who I thought was smart enough to never fall for the fraudulent effort to get his money.

Next Wednesday’s forum is not only for senior citizens but also for the sons and daughters of senior citizens.

Don’t think it can’t happen to you or your loved ones.

I’m sure some valuable information will be shared at the lunch and learn. Be there.

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I remember the first time I saw Jeff Davis High senior linebacker Carter Mullis play football. He was just a freshman but he seemed to be all over the football field, in on play after play. I can’t recall what number he wore as a freshman but I think it was 44. I asked one of the assistant coaches, “Who is No. 44?”

“Carter Mullis,” he replied.

For four football seasons I have watched Carter and his teammates play a lot of football games. Carter really has a nose for the football. He’s one of the best I’ve seen don the blue and gold for JDHS football. This season is my 51st watching the Yellow Jackets from the sidelines. Trust me, he is one of the best ever. A shoo-in to be inducted into the Jeff Davis High Football Hall of Fame some time in the future.

Last Friday night playing against Sumter County, he had a performance that has come to be expected of him.

He had three solo tackles, three assists, one tackle for a loss, one QB pressure, a blocked punt, an interception and scored a touchdown in the 21-0 victory.

For the last 2-3 years he has worn No. 22 in honor of the late Calvin Harrison, one of the Jeff Davis High School Hall of Fame Legends. Calvin wore No. 22 when he played in the early 1960s for Jeff Davis High and went on to become a linebacker at Mississippi State University.

I like to think Calvin is smiling down on this year’s No. 22 as he honors Calvin’s memory in a truly memorable way.

And the good wife adds, “He’s also a very good looking young man.”

Yeah, I have to agree.

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