Not that our local-turned-national home help star is ready to pass the circular saw on, but Danny Lipford’s oldest daughter Chelsea is taking a few strides in her old man’s footsteps these days.

Chelsea has grown up on the set of her father’s nationally syndicated show “Today’s Homeowner,” and now has found a niche for herself in the field of home improvement.

Media pic Chelsea Lipford

Chelsea, 26, has recently launched her own web-based show, “Checking In With Chelsea” – a 6 to 10-minute, professionally produced show appearing once a month on the “Today’s Homeowner” website and YouTube channel.

“Today’s Homeowner” viewers have gotten to know Chelsea during weekly appearances on her father’s show, as well as through her blog and social media. But Chelsea says its her own home ownership that really got her interested in branching out.

“I’ve worked full time for the show for four years. And I’ve owned a home for three years. That’s when I really started getting interested in home improvement,” she said. “I tend to be more interested in things that are decorative. I’m not shying away from the power tools, but I try to work on making things your own.”

Chelsea admits to enjoying turning the tradition of boys following in their father’s footsteps on its head a bit. She also likes the idea of helping women who may not have someone to take on home improvement tasks.

“I want to empower women to do these projects,” she said. “Maybe they don’t have someone or their husband doesn’t like doing home improvement projects. It’s amazing how much money you can save when you do it yourself.”

Finding a way?

While the big play in last weekend’s Auburn-Ole Miss game turned a loss into victory for the Tigers, the Opelika-Auburn News is catching a lot of heat about its decision to run a graphic photo across the front of its sports page.

The O-A News has been roundly criticized the past few days for running a very graphic photo of Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell’s last minute attempt to score the go-ahead touchdown. He suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle on the play, requiring surgery right after the game.

An on-the-spot photographer captured the moment perfectly, but the image was pretty gruesome by almost anyone’s standards. The O-A News editors decided to run it big across the next morning’s sports page under the header “Finding A Way.”

So far it seems the headline may be creating more controversy than the picture of the sophomore receiver’s leg breaking. While many have argued the leg-breaking photo was unnecessary, others point out that life isn’t always pretty and journalism is about reporting what happened. The play was THE play of the game as the injury caused Treadwell to fumble just before scoring a touchdown that would likely have taken Ole Miss to victory.

That’s the argument O-A’s editors made in a statement the paper released.

“The picture is gut-wrenching. It also tells the story. That’s why we chose to run it. As journalists, our primary job is to report what happens – whether by words or photos. Often, what we write or publish is unpleasant. Regarding the photo, this was one of those instances. We did not intend to glorify Treadwell’s injury or offend any reader. To any person hurt by our editorial decision, we apologize,” the statement continued.

But it does seem after some contemplation, O-A’s decision-makers wish they had a do over on the headline.

“Our staff has already spent several hours discussing Sunday’s decisions, and we’ll continue to do that in the next few days. If we could redesign Sunday’s 1B again, we would. One thing we would do is use a different headline. We chose ‘FINDING A WAY’ because after the game, numerous players and coaches discussed how the team keeps fighting and finding a way to win difficult games, such as those against Ole Miss, South Carolina and Kansas State. The headline was not meant to celebrate Treadwell’s injury,” the statement continued.

Naturally the headline and photo decision have received much more negative scrutiny in Mississippi than in Alabama, but that’s probably to be expected in the world of SEC football.

I can say as an editor it would be awfully tough to not run such a perfectly timed photo that did indeed tell the story of how the game ended. But I can understand why it would turn a lot of stomachs. As the O-A editors acknowledged, the headline just wasn’t thought through enough to consider the other meanings it might carry.

The headlines are always the tricky part.