You can’t get to Winstead Acres without passing by Elrod Hezsinger’s house that sits at the corner of Hollister Road and Herzinger Way. Elrod is retired, a volunteer sheriff’s deputy, and spends most of his days listening to his police scanner to keep abreast of goings on in his community. Passersby are likely to see him rocking on his front porch just about any time of the year except in times of severe weather. If you want to know who is going and coming…just ask Elrod.
And if Elrod missed it you can count on Hattie Harris Morris to pick up the slack. Her home and adjoining beauty shop are situated at the intersection of Hollister Road and Harris Loop.
Uppermost on the mind of these self-appointed community guardians these days is the traffic headed into Winstead Acres. Elrod’s connections with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department enable him to run license checks on cars that look suspicious. Elrod defines suspicious as “any car that doesn’t belong to one of us.” All Hattie has to do to sound the alarm is place one phone call to her sister Mona which then triggers a flurry of phone calls throughout the community that spread faster than a long string of well placed dominos. In Loving Acres, regarding strangers, there are no surprises.
On this sunny and unseasonably warm March day the alarm system has been activated, and the community is abuzz with news that realtor Easter Lancaster is showing houses in Winston Acres to a black couple.
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