The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Local T.O.P.S. members have history behind them


May 31, 2016

T.O.P.S. MEMBERS who recently celebrated their club’s 50th year are, from left, Kathy Paddock-Rice, Vi Hembree, Bernice Young, Claudia Butler and Linda Fincher.

Kathy Paddock-Rice says she’s always struggled with her weight.

“I was the heavy girl in my crowd,” she said. “All the other girls were skinny.”

That’s why, in sixth grade, she joined other members of her family in T.O.P.S.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, which is what its better-known acronym stands for, has a long history in Sweet Home, and that has been illustrated this year with the celebration of one local club’s 50th anniversary – a milestone that is rapidly approaching for another.

Paddock-Rice is a member of local Club 0270, which celebrated its birthday just befo...

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