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May 29, 2014 • Volume 3 Issue 21 • Home Owned & Operated • 8 pages • .75 cents • www.thesportsledger.com

Several head of cattle and farm equipment have been stolen this past month and two cows have reportedly been shot. According to DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris, his office received a call about 50 head of cattle, a John Deer Gator and other farm equipment being stolen on County Road 58 in the New Harmony Community between May 13 & May 24. On May 13-15 there were approximately 35 head of cattle stolen. Twenty cows weighed between 1000-1200 lbs. each and

12-15 calves weighed between 100-200 lbs. each. The cattle are black, brown and a few have white faces. They are Brangus type crossbred cattle. The cows may also have a yellow ear tag with numbers below 100 in right ear and the right ear may be notched. Harris also noted that there was a second theft at the same residence between May 23-24 where 3 head of cattle, 9 calves, and a John Deer gator were stolen. There were 3 more head of cattle stolen from another farm in the Whiton

Community on County Road 58. The cattle are black baldy heifers and weigh 600-750 lbs. They have yellow ear tags in their left ear. Tag numbers are 1311, 1312 and 1313. They are Z tags with numbers. Also on May 25 the sheriff’s office received a report that two head of cattle were found shot on County Road 458 in the Fort Payne/ Lebanon Community. A Reward of $2500 is being offered for the information leading to the Arrest and Conviction of the person/s involved with this

case. Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Special Agent Ira Jay Whitehead at 256-6039032 or Special Agent Tim Mathews at 256-845-0465 with Alabama Agriculture and Rural Crime Unit or Investigator Craig White at 256-845-3801 with DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. “The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and The State Law Enforcement Agency Agricultural and Rural Crime Unit are working hard together on these cases,” said Harris.

Jake Bearden, Alex Combs, and Andrew Fricks recently won first place in the County Land Judging For 2014. These students, along with other Geraldine FFA members and business leaders were recently recognized during the annual parent member FFA Banquet. For more pictures see insides today’s issue of

Two men have been arrested for the March 2013 Bank robbery in Powell. According to DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris, Ericson Lamar Snow, 24 of Gadsden, has been arrested on a Robbery 1st warrant from DeKalb

County. Snow was arrested in North Gadsden by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Investigators, Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit, Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the U.S. Marshals’ Gulf coast Regional Fugitive Task

Force, Gadsden Police Department and the FBI’s Safe Street Task Force. Snow also had a large amount of crack cocaine in his possession at the time of his arrest and more charges could be forthcoming. Also charged in the

Powell bank robbery was Jamichael Keyaman Hawkins, 26 of Gadsden. Hawkins is currently in the Etowah County Jail for robbery. A hold for DeKalb County has been placed on him for the bank robbery.

“I am so glad to have these individuals in jail for the robbery in our county,” said Harris. “These men went in and terrified those women with guns and pushing them around. Both suspects have a history of violent crimes and we were

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glad to get the warrants for them after District Attorney Mike O’Dell reviewed the evidence and case file. These men have been suspects for over a year but we got some evidence back from the FBI Lab and kept working the case.”


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Do you have a question or topic for Gabby? Then email her at gabbyscolumn@gmail.com Or send mail to PO Box 175 • Albertville, AL 35950 The other day I was setting on my front porch watching all kinds of birds. I noticed blue birds taking care of the nest and robins feeding their young. I also observed a hawk that came down and landed on the fence line trying to fly up into a tree and attack a nest. All the birds seem to have screamed louder than I have ever heard, almost like a neighborhood watch program. This got me to thinking about how much we actually have likenesses to them. The old sayings birds of a feather flock together” We protect our young, feed and teach them until they leave the nest and watch out for each other. But what I think we need to try to do as the birds do is sing each and every day because happiness is in your heart. Even though you may travel through tough and weary times remember that happiness is within. When your down or going through rough times try and sing a little tune! Always keep your head up and try to keep focused on what means the most which should be family. As always hope you have a great week and remember: Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill

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By Carol Beddingfield • Executive Director The Northeast Economic Activity Zone concept is the result of many community leaders working together to improve the economic interdependency of Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah, and Marshall Counties. If you are unemployed, you do not stop at the city, county, or state lines in pursuit of employment. The same is true when companies recruit. The counties have become interrelated in many ways due to transportation access such as Interstate 59, four lane highways in most of the counties, the Coosa River, and the Tennessee River. The Northeast Economic Activity Zone is supported by the Jacksonville State University’s Center for Economic Development, a part of the College of Commerce and Business Administration. Important data is collected, analyzed, and disseminated to area leaders, developers, and other officials. An advisory board is made up of area officials from government, economic developers, and other leaders of various communities in the area. Dr. William Fielding, Dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration, is currently serving as Acting Director of the JSU Center for Economic Development. His department is given direction, advice, and support by the advisory board. The Northeast Economic Activity Zone Exposition was presented at the Gadsden State Cherokee’s Community Meeting Room. Speakers included Lesley McClure, Vice President and Regional Executive of the Birmingham Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Mrs. McClure provided an overview of how our area has steadily improved from the recession of the past few years. Mr. Jimmy Durham, Director of DeKalb County EDA, spoke on the expansion of many of our industries. Thereasa Hulgan, Executive Director of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce was our gracious host. The JSU Center for Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center provide valuable help to aspiring entrepreneurs who want to turn ideas into businesses. The staff will also counsel with existing business owners to guide them through future endeavors. I encourage you to take advantage of the services of Jacksonville State University. Through the guidance of Dr. William Meehan, President of JSU, programs are being developed to help small business owners. Call 256-782-5271 or visit the JSU website at www.jsubdc.com for more information.

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Carol Merie Elliott, 92, of Grant, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Cloverdale Manor in Scottsboro. A memorial service was set for a later date with Harris Funeral Home directing. She is survived by her son: Donald Elliott; and Daughters: Betty Jo (Jack) Dawes, Sharon Roufs, Sandra Pilotte, and Ruby (Run) Phillips.

Mrs. Penny Lee Harris, age 51, of Attalla passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014. A Grave-side service was held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Boaz.

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J.C. Smith Mr. J.C. Smith, 90, of Crossville, passed away, May 26, 2014 at his residence. Funeral services were set for today (Thursday May 29, 2014) at W.T. Wilson Funeral. He is survived by his wife: Edna King Smith; Daughter: Paulette (Charlie) Byrd; Grandchildren LeAnn Blackmon and Brian Byrd; and five Great Grandchildren: Kristie, A.J, Eric, Wyatt and Johnathon Blackmon.

Mark David Stiefel, 52, of Fort Payne, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014. Funeral services were held on Thursday May 22, 2014 at the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his father, Cledell Stiefel. He is survived by his daughter, Amber Stiefel of Hendersonville, Jackie Troy “Jack” Martin Tn., and his mother, Joann Benefield Stiefel Mr. Jackie Troy "Jack" Martin, 82, of Browder, his sister, Anita Stiefel, his Rainsville passed away on Saturday, May brother,Steven Stiefel, and his niece, 24, 2014 in Gadsden Regional Medical Mirand Stiefel, all of Fort Payne. Center. Funeral services were held on Adell Hall Spillman Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the W.T. Wilson Mrs. Adell Hall Spillman, 86, of Fort Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Mtn. View Payne passed away Monday, May 26, 2014 Memory Gardens. at her home. Funeral services were held on He is survived by his brother: Mickey Wednesday, May 28, at Wilson Funeral and Anita Martin; a host of Nieces & Home Chapel with burial following at Fort Nephews; Host of Brothers & Sister-in-law; Payne Memory Gardens. Host of Sisters-in-law & a Brother- in-law; She is survived by her sons, Roy and Special Sister-in-law & Brother-in-law, (Phyllis) Spillman, Grady Spillman, and Judy & James Bethune David (Sherry) Spillman; daughter Sheila Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his (Michael) McKinney; 13 grandchildren; 23 Wife, Imogene McGee Martin; Parents, great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great- Mack & Gladys Martin; Brothers, Melvin & grandchild. Kenneth Martin.

How to have Full Joy Our world is obsessed with the idea that human beings have a right to be happy. Through the years I have counseled with couples having marital problems. A common question that has often come from the lips of those seeking divorce has been: “Don’t you think God wants me to be happy?” The anticipated answer was that in such cases a divorce was within the will of God. Of course, my answer was not that! Yes, there are a few cases in which a divorce can be granted on biblical grounds, but those cases are not nearly as many as some people think. My point is that God does want us to enjoy life, and it is fine if God does give us happiness. Since happiness is based on happenings, it is not likely that any Christian, or anybody else, will be happy all of the time. What we can have on a continual basis, however, is the joy of the Lord, and this article is designed to show how we can all have it, if indeed we are in the family of God by salvation. It may be surprising to some people that Jesus Himself said that joy can come through spoken words! In John 15:7-10 we read: “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and

it shall be done unto you. Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples. As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you; continue ye in My love. If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.” Then John 15:11 tells us why Jesus gave the previous words (along with all the words of chapters 14-16): “These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” So, we learn that the Word of God can bring full joy. John 15:7-10 tells us several things that should cause full joy: abiding in fellowship with Christ gets prayers answered; real discipleship means bearing fruit to the glory of the Father; Jesus loves us like the Father loves Him; keeping His commandments causes us to abide in His love. If we do not have fullness of joy, it is because we are not doing what Jesus has clearly told us to do! John wrote I John to bring fullness of joy. In I John 1:4 we read: “And these things write we unto you that your joy might be full.” Perhaps most people are looking for joy outside the Word and will of God!

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Several Geraldine FFA students will be competing in a state competition in Auburn on June 3. The above FFA members won 1st in district in Parli-Pro and were among 25 students that were recently recognized at the annual parent member FFA banquet. They are (L-R) FFA Advisor Terry Johnson, Casey Swain, Brooke Rosas, Diana Hernandez, Cody Maddox, and Wyatt Williams.

Six local business leaders and professionals were recently awarded an Honorary Chapter FFA Degree for their support during the parent member FFA banquet at Geraldine. They are (L-R) Steve Street, Gelane Nelson, Judy Williams, Cowboy Williams, Pam Tidmore, and Tim Guest.

Snead State Community College has named Hannah Blackmon as its new dance team coach. Hannah graduated from Snead State in 2012. She was a member of the SSCC dance team for two years and captain her sophomore year. “We are excited to have Hannah back on campus at Snead State,” said Athletic Director Mark Richard. “Hannah has experienced first-hand our philosophy of high academic standards, community involvement and developing young student-athletes into mature adults.” She has taken studio dance for 17 years, including jazz, hip hop, tap and clogging. She has taught and choreographed studio dance for six years, also including jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap and clogging routines. “I’m really looking forward to working with the girls and getting to know each of them. I enjoyed being a student and dance team member at Snead State and am so excited to be part of the Snead State community once again,” said Blackmon. Dance team tryouts will be held June 28 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Plunkett Wallace Gymnasium. More information, including the tryout packet, can be found at snead.edu/dance.


Snead State Religion and Ethics Instructor Dr. Jonathan Watts visited with Director of Studies for Theology and Religion Dr. Robin Gibbons of Oxford University during his recent trip to England to conduct research for an upcoming work.

After a marathon win in game one, Alabama was more efficient in game two, defeating Nebraska 2-1 in the second game of the weekend to earn the Super Regional win and punch the Crimson Tide’s ninth ticket to the Women’s College World Series. ���We knew that it was going to be a battle and it definitely was,” said Head Coach Patrick Murphy. “I’m so proud of Jaclyn Traina because she gutted out so many performances over the year. She was much better than yesterday and I think everyone saw that.” The Super Regional win is Alabama’s (50-11) ninth in program history and the third for this senior class that includes Traina (23-3), who threw the completegame victory with just one run off three hits. A firstinning rally provided all the runs that Alabama would need, with Molly Fichtner and Marisa Runyon driving in the all-important runs while Haylie McCleney and Kaila Hunt each earned a pair of hits.

“I still had a lot of confidence in myself,” said Traina. “Days like yesterday happen and I just learn from it. We worked a lot on the off-speed in there today too and that kept them offbalance. We were just on the same page together and it worked out.” Nebraska (44-18) could not get anything going against Triana on offense, putting just five baserunners on all game. Starter Tatum Edwards (24-13) went the distance in the circle and took the loss despite limiting Alabama to just two runs off seven hits. Alabama scored first off a two-out rally in the top of the opening inning. Hunt got things started with a single up the middle and Jadyn Spencer reached on a booted ball from the shortstop to put runners at the corners. Fichtner drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single up the middle and Runyon tacked on another one with an RBI single down the first-base line, advancing to second on the throw to put two in scoring

position with two away. A popup ended the rally with the Tide leading 2-0 early. Nebraska was able to drive in one in the bottom of the second, as Austen Urness grounded out to third with a pair in scoring position as the only play went to first as the Huskers drew within one, down 2-1. A strikeout ended the inning with Alabama able to hold the potential tying run at third. Alabama held steady for the remainder of the game, keeping Nebraska out of the run column though the Tide could not tack on any insurance in the top of the seventh, as the Huskers had one final chance in the bottom half trailing 2-1. The tying run never got off the plate, as Traina sat down the side in order to secure the one-run win and punch Alabama its ninth ticket to the Women’s College World Series. Alabama will open play in Oklahoma City today (Thursday, May 29) against last years National Title winner, Oklahoma.

Lindy Ladd Brennen, 40 of Stevenson, was recently arrested after investigators received a report of the theft of over $4,000 from Jack’s Restaurant in Henagar. Jack’s management reported the theft on May 15, 2014 and evidence led authorities to Brennen, who was employed by Jack’s at the time of the theft. When the case was received by the District Attorney’s Office a warrant was issued for theft of Property 1st. Brennen was arrested on May 22, 2014 in Scottsboro and booked into the DeKalb County Detention Center. Bond was set at $15,000.

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A Sardis player makes a leaping catch during the Lions 2014 Spring Football jamboree against West End. Sardis will open the 2014-15 football season when they travel to Sylvania on August 29, 2014.

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They call it the most exciting couple of minutes in sports. I am talking about horse racing and there is something special brewing in the sport. California Chrome is trying to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. He won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and If he can win The Belmont Stakes, on June 7, he will make history. It would be an amazing feat considering no one gave this horse much of a chance over a month ago. This horse was never looked at as a champion, but he has proven everyone wrong. Even when he was bought, it was well below value for a potential championship winning horse. The horse even wears a nasal strip because he has trouble breathing, how crazy is that? They actually had to get it approved and thankfully the ones who make the decision in horse racing said it was ok. So, when The Belmont Stakes take place, you should tune in for the best couple of minutes in sports. It is truly exciting.

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