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MONDAY RECORD YOUR GUIDE TO PUBLIC RECORDS AND VITAL STATISTICS IN CALHOUN COUNTY
Joe Adams, Ashland Dannie L. Ball, Anniston Ronald Clarence Bejmowicz, Heflin Nellie Lorene Renfroe Bowen, Anniston Mary A. Bryant, Anniston Rev. Larry G. Carpenter, Anniston John A. “Sut” Chandler, Hobson City Richard T. “Terry” Chastain, Oxford Icie L. Kemp Coley, Lineville Eula Mae Craven, Oxford Wyatt Deramus, Oxford Lois Adell Faulk, Gadsden George D. Findley, Alexandria Howard J. “Jody” Finley, Ohatchee Robert L. George, Anniston Katie L. Hanvey, Anniston Mary Kate Harlin, Roanoke W. Kenneth Herrington, Ashland Eleanor J. Hilton, Weaver Iva Jean Hornsby, Ranburne Agnes Denise “Tweet” Ingram, Anniston Sarah Ann James, Piedmont Lana Delaine Gay Johnson, Southside Wesley Curtis Kelley, Centre Juanita Margaret Kirby, Alexandria Larry G. Kirksey, Anniston Larry Joseph Lambert, Piedmont Gladys Lowe, Anniston George Edward “Ed” Lowery, Ashland Sgt. Leonard Bernard “Cain” McCain, Jacksonville James LeRoy McCareeth, Saks Samuel McGhee, Talladega Danny Morris Miller, Anniston John Larkin “J.L.” Murphy, Wedowee Teri Laine “Tinka” Neal, Anniston Bobby Paris, Gadsden Frances G. Pruett, Oxford Clara L. Ragland, Munford Doris Virginia Fables Saffold, Cragford Randy Keith Smith, Anniston Ronnie Mac Sprayberry, Delta Erica Danielle Stewart, Anniston Ronald E. “Ronnie” Swafford, Oxford Vandie Sykes, Anniston Almus J. Thornton, Anniston Wallace Edward Vaughn, Anniston Helen Hinds Williams, Saks
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows the debtor to retain certain exempt property, but the debtor’s remaining property is gathered and sold by a trustee from which creditors will receive payment. It may also be used by businesses which wish to terminate their business. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy enables debtors, through court supervision and protection, to propose and carry out a repayment plan under which creditors are paid, in full or in part, in installments over a three-year period. During that time, debtors are prohibited from starting or continuing collection efforts. The following bankruptcies declared by Calhoun County residents were recorded by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Alabama last week:
• Russell Wynn of April Michele Hender- Embry of Oxford Weaver to Tonja Renee son of Piedmont • Matthew James • Phillip Tracy Stew- Carroll of Anniston to Brown of Weaver • Jason Goggins of art of Jacksonville to Donna Gail Berger of Newport News, Va., to Brigett Coggins Vernon Anniston Sarah Lane Kingsley of of Jacksonville • Jimmy Lee McElderry • Stuart Adam Criss of of Munford to Sonya Newport News, Va. • Jesse Andrew Phillips Anniston to Sara Eliza- Elaine Holloway of of Delta to Haley Renee beth Barnette of Annis- Oxford ton Harrell of Munford • Timothy Edward • Justin Derek Barks- • Andrew Thomas Bishop of Talladega to dale of Weaver to Ange- Grammer of Anniston to Tuwana Dawn Parrent la Danielle Wright of Sarah Brooke Davis of Vice of Anniston Anniston Weaver • Mohamed Saed Jass• Skyler Dewayne Ray- • Donovan Maurice er of Anniston to Ghada born of Jacksonville to Cooley of Jacksonville Sakkal of Anniston Chapter 7 Natasha Marie Barnhill to Martieka Sherell • Joshua Matthew Montgomery of Easta- Siskey of Anniston to of Jacksonville • Jimmy Mitchell, Irby Drive, Eastaboga • Jeffrey Glenn Hodge boga Anaalicia Gonzales of • Judith Lynne Powers, Six Foot Road, Ohatchee of Alexandria to Alicia • Steven Erroll Rashad Anniston • Curtis Ross Cardwell, Angel Drive, Jacksonville • Richard A. Burns Jr. and Sonja J. Burns, Del Ray Ann Griffin of Alexan- Lane of Oxford to Quiera • Richard James Parker Simone Butts of Oxford of Anniston to Barbara dria Circle, Oxford • Jonathan Clyde Lewis • Brian Doyle Vickers Lee Leonard of Annis• Cheryl Lambert, New Liberty Road, Wellington Jr. of Anniston to Jes- of Anniston to Kait- ton • Gabriel Calhoun, Foskett Avenue, Piedmont • Anthony L. Haney and Debra L. Haney, Cedar Springs sica Leann Erwin of lin Grace Goodwin of • Isaac Gomez HerMunford Lincoln nandez of Roswell, Road, Jacksonville • Dustin Lee Howell of • Christopher Louis Ga., to Kinda Shiree • Laura B. Ellis, Mae Road, Anniston Anniston to Jennifer Jackson of Piedmont McCullough of Roswell, Chapter 13 Grace Kennedy Perkins to Jamie Lynn Biddle of Ga. Piedmont of Anniston • Leon Tyler Brown of • Donald W. Musick Jr., Emi Gil Drive, Oxford • Richard Darrell Arm- • Terry Darin Coker of Anniston to Tara Lauren • Cateena L. Adams, Moana Drive, Alexandria • David C. Schimmelbusch and Lillian M. Schimmel- strong of Piedmont to Oxford to Leslie Bynum Humphries of Anniston busch, Lone Oak Drive, Weaver DIVORCES • Laretha Ivey, Longshore Drive, Anniston • J.B. Maner, AL Highway 9, Anniston • Icye Mae Russell and Anthony Rus- • Melissa Mathews and Lorenzo • Alicia Maddox, Hilyer Robinson Parkway, Oxford sell Swink • John Medders Jr. and Sherry Medders, Norcross • Yolanda S. Sutton and Roderick L. • Jamie Carpenter and Johnny CarDrive, Anniston Sutton penter Jr. • Stephen Craig Burt and Rachel • Barbara Comardelle and Ottis CATTLE SALE INCORPORATIONS Shannon Burt Blakemore • Alma Riggs and Troy Evan Riggs • David Wayne Heath and Terri Kay Closed July 3 for 4th Worthington Patterns Inc. • Helen Francis Baer and Doyle Deese of July holiday. Edward Baer • Ginger Moore and Cheyenne • Wendy Renea Bussey and Richard Moore FORECLOSURES Allen Bussey Tracy M. Jenkins and Shane R. Jenkins, a parcel of land in section 9, township 14, range 8.
Jerry W. Brown Jr. and WILLS PROBATED Brandi D. Brown, a parcel of land in section 20, town- • Ruth C. Reynolds • Charles E. Strange ship 14, range 9. • Merle Black Pilkington • Eula M. Lloyd • Ralph Duke Turley Sr. • James Edward Nichols • Homer Winford Rhinehart
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Crimes are listed by location. Anonymous tips may be called in to Crime Stoppers at 256-238-1414. A reward of up to $1,000 may be given.
The following property crimes were reported to the Anniston Police Department during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday.
• Residence, 3000 block of Cresthill Avenue: television, DVD player, tobacco, bedding. • Restaurant, 3900 block of U.S. 431: cash. • Residence, 1500 block of Walnut Avenue: tools, hair clippers, air conditioning unit. • Residence, 300 block of McArthur Drive: tires, rims. • Residence, 100 block of Decker Street: cash.
• Residence, 600 block of West 20th Street: game console, games. • Residence, 2500 block of Noble Street: lawnmower, gas can. • Residence, 700 block of West 63rd Street: computer, speaker, printer, televisions, game console, purse. • Residence, 1600 block of Choccolocco Road: kitchen sink. • Residence, 3400 block of Alexandria Road: couch, chair, jewelry, bedding, DVD player. • Storage facility, 4300 block of Whiteside Avenue: household items.
• Street, County Road 109/Alabama 202: cash. • Residence, 300 block of Magnolia Avenue: jewelry. • Residence, 800 block of 18th Street: cell phone. (Recovered 0629-2012) • Bar, unspecified block of South Quintard Avenue: firearm. • Unknown location, 600 block of North Marshall Street: CD player, amplifier. • Residence, Residence, 700 block of West 63rd Street: CD player, amplifier, speaker.
• Restaurant, 1500 block of Quintard Avenue: cell phone. • Supermarket, 2100 block of Noble Street: cash. • Residence, 200 block of Willingham Bridge Road: medications, cash, jewelry. • Unknown location, 1500 block of Moore Avenue: air conditioning units. • Unknown location, 1700 block of Quintard Avenue: theft by fraudulent leasing/rental of washing machine and dryer.
Auto-related thefts • Residence, 2100 block of Cobb Avenue: 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier. • Residence, 1400 block of Nokoseka Trail: wallet, personal I.D., bank check, vehicle title. • Residence, 200 block of Old County Road 109: 1997 Ford F150. • Service station, 800 block of South Quintard Avenue: 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. • Residence, 300 block of Smith Street: purse, wallet, cash, personal I.D., credit/debit cards.
• Hotel, 3000 block of McClellan Boulevard: 1999 Toyota Avalon, laptop computer, camera, jewelry, purse, cash, medications. • Commercial location, 1600 block of 12th Street: metal, aluminum, firearm, 1995 Chevrolet Silverado.
Road, Ohatchee: steel container. I.D. theft • Residence, AL 204, Jacksonville: forged signature.
• Residence, Old Rocky Ridge Road, Jacksonville: cash. The following property crimes • Parking lot, U.S. 431, Alexandria: were reported to the Calhoun 2004 Ford Explorer F250. County Sheriff’s Office during the Oxford seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. The following property crimes Thursday. were reported to the Oxford Police Burglaries Department during the seven-day • Residence, Iron City Road, Annis- period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. ton: tool box, tools. • Storage facility, Nisbet Lake Burglaries Road, Jacksonville: vehicle parts. • Unspecified location, 1600 block • Unknown location, Old Piedmont of Airport Road: household items, Gadsden Highway, Piedmont: food, tools. wood stove, sheet metal, storm Thefts door, window. • Residence, 200 block of SouthThefts moor Circle: lawn mower, utility • Unknown location, Collins Road, trailer. • Unknown location, 100 block of Ohatchee: copper items. • Storage facility, Kirksey’s Bend McCullars Lane: chrome bumper.
ARRESTS The people listed in this arrest report, whose names and charges are obtained from public records, are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
The following felony arrests were reported by the Anniston Police Department (addresses not provided) during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Demarco Quintez Thomas, 19: discharging firearm into building. • Clarence Jerome Williams III, 41: obstructing justice by using false I.D. • Paul Edward Edmondson, 39: seconddegree assault. • Jeremy Keith Goble, 35: possession of con-
trolled substance. • Kyle Leamoin Sharpton, 46: third-degree burglary. • Nazare Glory Jr., 39: third-degree robbery. • Donald Francis Turner Jr., 54: I.D. theft. • Kevin Arthur Sanders, 27: second-degree theft. • Crystal Gayle Keith, 36: two counts possession of a controlled substance. • Quianna Oneice Hughes, 24: second-degree theft. • Lacey Rena Hubka, 26: first-degree theft. • Susan Diane Jackson, 41: possession of a controlled substance. • Temple Monique English, 38: second-degree possession of a forged instrument. • Edward Earl Jones III, 35: first-degree
assault. • Richard Trey Milam, 20: two counts seconddegree assault. • Heather Iris Spiracos, 34: obstructing justice using a false I.D., second-degree possession of a forged instrument.
• Gina Renea Cole, 36, of Gadsden: probation violation. • Ali Boykin, 33, of Hobson City: probation violation. • Demarco Quintez Thomas, 19, of Anniston: discharge gun in occupied building. • Andrew Lamonte Ragland, 41, of Anniston: Calhoun County second-degree theft of property. The following felony arrests were reported • Male, 26, of Jacksonville: first-degree sexuby the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office dur- al abuse, first-degree rape. ing the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Oxford Thursday • Michael Lynn Pilkington, 44, of Anniston: The following felony arrests were reported violation of the Sex Offender Registration and by the Oxford Police Department during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. Notification Act. • Michael Richard Hall, 41, of Jacksonville: • Amy Gail Stevens, 24, of Oxford: three counts probation violation. of theft.
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PROPERTY TRANSFERRED • Wanda Faye Kiser, Linda Kiser, Timmy Gaddy, Billy Gaddy, Elsie M. Gaddy and Phillip Gaddy to Mary K. Barnwell, Sherwood Forest subdivision, lot 6, $10. • Wells Fargo Bank to Jeff D. Winn and Shaun F. Winn, a parcel of land in section 30, township 14, range 8, $175,000. • Clemment Enterprises LLC to Nicholas Allen Lovejoy and Destinie Lynn Kelley, Western Hills subdivision, lots 24-26, $100. • Bobby J. McAllister and Amelia J. McAllister to Kimberly Benefield, a parcel of land in section 16, township 13, range 8, $10. • Mark A. Beck, Annette C. Beck and Alex W. Beck to Chris Johnston and Jamie M. Johnston, Woodhaven Estates, block C, lot 6, $10. • Dorothy Elizabeth Welch to Dorothy Elizabeth Welch and Ronald E. Welch, a parcel of land in section 7, township 16, range 9; a parcel of land in section 23, township 15, range 7, $10. • Joe E. Cain and Mary Joyce Cain to Jesse Cain, a parcel of land in section 9, township 16, range 7, $10. • Home Solutions Partners IV REO LLC to Transportation Alliance Bank Inc., Anniston Land Co., block 503, lot 4, $24,603. • GMAC Mortgage LLC to Veterans
Affairs, Anniston Land Co., block 515C, lot 7, $1. • Jason Davis and Brandy Davis to Jeffrey I. Wolfe and Jessica I. Wolfe, Forest Ridge Estates, lot 18, $10. • Ronald J. Zielinski and Mary B. Zielinski to Jonathan James Stanton, Lyncoya subdivision, block 4, lot 13, $10. • Wells Fargo Bank to Cynthia Strickland, a parcel of land in section 2, township 16, range 7. • Freddie Mac to Lucy V. Hulsey, Westview Heights subdivision, block 2, lots 4 and 5, $52,500. • Greggory S. Montgomery and Deena C. Montgomery to Jeffrey Lawler and Kellie Lawler, Edgefield Farm, 2nd addition, lot 57; Edgefield Farms Estate Lots, lot D, $513,000. • William G. Ussery to Brooklyn D. Johnson, Woodland Ridge subdivision, lot 14, $100. • Brenda W. Byrd to Michael W. Purner and Cynthia A. Purner, Glade View subdivision, section B, lot 26, $10. • Broadway Group LLC to Broadway Oxford Investments LLC, Cheryl Ann subdivision, block 2, lot 1, $10. • Gwendolyn M. Daugherty to Christopher L. Murphree, a parcel of land in section 35, township 14, range 7.
• James P. Schmitt and Deborah Schmitt to Tanya Elizabeth Morris, Tiffini Rae Powell, James P. Schmitt and Deborah Schmitt, Pleasant Harbor subdivision, lots 66 and 67, $10. • James P. Schmitt and Deborah Schmitt to Tanya Elizabeth Morris, Tiffini Rae Powell, James P. Schmitt and Deborah Schmitt, Pleasant Harbor subdivision, lots 68 and 69, $10. • Maynard R. Craig and Christine B. Craig to Malena Kutchmarek, a parcel of land in section 28, township 14, range 8, $10. • Bank of New York Mellon to Kenneth R. Emory and Tonya A. Christian, Joyview Heights, 3rd addition, block A, lots 4 and 5, $10. • Nathan L. Bair to Margaret J. Ward, Waterford Valley subdivision, phase 1, block A, lot 17, $10. • McLean Properties IV LLC series 3 to McLean Properties IV LLC series 9, a parcel of land in section 32, township 16, range 8, $10. • Shirley M. Vernon to S. Marie Vernon, Betta-Life subdivision, lot 1, $500. • Brittany Jones Hallmark and Jonathan D. Hallmark to Brittany Jones Hallmark and Jonathan D. Hallmark, Berkshire Woods, 4th section, block 2, lot 19, $10. • Kenneth Garrett and Deborah Garrett to Ronald S. Partington
and Karin L. Partington, a parcel of land in section 13, township 16, range 8. • U.S. Bank to Edward E. Meadows and Darlene Meadows, Green Meadows subdivision, block B, lot 14, $34,199. • John N. Hendels and Rachial A. Hendels to Charles Glenn Hulse, re-subdivision of J.D. Properties, lots 1 and 2, $100. • Phyllis K. Batey and John Edward Kelley Jr. to James F. Blume Sr. and Linda C. Blume, Hillandale, block A, lots 7 and 8, $100,000. • Kisha S. Preston and Byron N. Preston to Landon Holley and Megan Holley, Sugar Valley Estates, phase 1, block B, lot 10, $10. • Chad Brian Thomas and Tanya Carter Thomas to Jennifer S. King, McKinley Terrace subdivision, lot 5, $159,500. • Andrew W. Burgin Jr. to Corey Campbell and Carolina Riano Saiz, Homarda subdivision, lots 5 and 6, $10. • Marjorie R. Morris-Estate to Dennis L. Gann, Mountain Terrace subdivision, lots 10-12, $10. • Louel C. Gibbons to Donna J. Evans, East Highland Land Co., block G, lots 1-4, $10. • Stacy Marie Laird to Richard Joel Laird, Golden Springs subdivision, block E, lot 12, $10.
• Alabama Homes LLC to Christopher R. Grier and Lindsey R. Grier, J.A. Bittle’s subdivision, lot 6, $100. • B&B Developers LLC to L&S Developments LLC, a parcel of land at the corner of James Street and Pelham Street, Jacksonville, $10. • Scott Shiflett and John Burdette to John Burdette, a parcel of land in section 30, township 16, range 8, $10. • Karen C. Stephens to Dingus M. Griffin and Amanda C. Griffin, a parcel of land in section 5, township 15, range 7, $10. • Manuel Head-Estate to William Scott Higgins and Frances Virginia Higgins, John H. Street subdivision, block B, lot 11, $10. • John A. O’linger to Margaret S. McDill, Greenbrier subdivision, block D, lot 17, $1. • Cheaha Bank to Thomas A. Dulin, a parcel of land in section 9, township 15, range 9, $10. • Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. to Clifton Dewit Whistenant and Sybil Whistenant, Overbrooke Forest subdivision, lot 2, $176,000. • Fannie Mae to Eula V. Stevens, Lenlock Heights subdivision, block D, lot 2, $62,000. • Nancy Gowers Burgess to Tony L. Murray, a parcel of land in section 17, township 14, range 6, $10.
RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS Here are food service establishments recently inspected by the Calhoun County Health Department, along with scores. A score of 100 indicates the inspector found no deficiencies. Potentially hazardous deficiencies (four- or five-point demerit items) are noted. These must be corrected immediately and inspectors say they are often corrected while the inspection is underway. Restaurants earning below 70 must raise their scores within seven days or face closure.
4-OR 5-POINT DEMERITS • Anniston Country Club (Restaurant), 601 Highland Ave., Anniston — 93, potentially hazardous food did not meet temperature requirements during cold holding. • C.F. Chen’s, 1225 Snow St., Oxford — 94, personnel should eat/drink in designated
areas only. • Peerless Grill & Saloon (Grille), 13 W. 10th St., Anniston — 92, potentially hazardous food did not meet temperature requirements during cold holding. • Wendy’s, 1501 Quintard Ave., Anniston — 92, potentially hazardous food did not meet temperature requirements during cold holding. • Yume Japanese & Asian Cuisine, 301 Colonial Drive, Oxford — 94, personnel should eat/drink in designated areas only.
• Betty’s Bar-B-Q, 401 S. Quintard Ave., Anniston — 94. • Classic Catering, 1024 Noble St., Anniston — 99. • East Central Alabama United Cerebral Palsy Center — 99. • Hardee’s, 2800 Alabama 202, Anniston — 96. • I-20 Shell, 1005 Alabama 21, S., Oxford — 96. • Jack’s Family Restaurant, 5704 McClellan Blvd., Anniston — 98. • Jacksonville Community Center — 99. NO MAJOR DEMERITS • Jefferson’s, 230 Spring Branch Road, • Alexandria Elementary School (Summer Oxford — 95. Feeding Program) — 99. • Long John Silver’s, 631 Quintard Ave., • Arby’s, 5626 McClellan Blvd., Anniston Anniston — 97. — 95. • Los Mexicanos, 500 Hamric Drive, Oxford • Arby’s, 1829 Quintard Ave., Anniston — — 99. 99. • Our Place, 407 Hunter St., Anniston — 97.
Searching for clues Romney content to nuture guessing game on possible VP choice By Nancy Benac Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Leaks are springing. Trial balloons are floating. Egos are being stroked. Wanna-bes are auditioning. And, chances are, lies are being told. Somewhere, amid all of the shenanigans, Republican Mitt Romney is considering his choices for a running mate, one of the most significant decisions of his presidential campaign. The secrecy that shrouds the selection of a modern presidential running mate has given rise to political sideshows that play out in public while the more serious search operation takes place at a largely subterranean level. Names of new Romney short-listers emerge; others fall by the wayside. Any kind of proximity to Romney — or his opponent — generates questions about GOP veep ambitions. Why did Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire walk in a July Fourth parade with Romney? Why did Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota turn up in Ohio and Pennsylvania during President Barack Obama’s Midwest bus trip? Why did Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio write a Cleveland newspaper column criticizing the president’s policies just as Obama headed for the state? Comments by Romney and his team are parsed for deeper meaning. What to make of Ann Romney’s remark this past week that women are under consideration? What about
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is introduced by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, at his campaign headquarters in Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 19. Romney’s earlier comment that outspoken New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “really is something?” Why did Romney pull back the veil last month to announce that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida was being “thoroughly vetted” for vice president after reports to the contrary emerged? Consultant Bob Shrum, who’s worked on numerous Democratic presidential campaigns, says a closely held search operation is a good thing because it protects the people who open up their lives to the campaign to be thoroughly checked out as potential running mates. But the lack of public information creates an opening for all sorts of political gamesmanship, including self-promotion by short-listers who aren’t on the short list at all and denials by actual short-listers who feign nonchalance. That makes it hard for voters to know what’s real
and what’s simply for show. Which is just fine with Romney. Take all the recent attention on Portman, busy raising his own profile. He invited reporters to an offthe-record dinner during the primaries, chatted them up on the press bus during a Romney tour of Ohio, and held a round-table with national media Saturday in New Hampshire, where he headlined a fundraiser for the state GOP. He said he was in the state “mostly on a college tour” with his daughter, but also expected to speak at some events in Boston on Monday to benefit Romney’s campaign. Who’s really floating his name as a veep contender? “Is that a Romney float or is that a Portman float or is that a friends-of-Portman float?” asks Paul Light, a professor of government at New York University. “You just don’t know.” There’s an easy remedy available to wanna-be con-
tenders who’ve been left off the short list, says Light. All it takes is a well-placed whisper from a friend of a friend to land on the veep list. “Instead of saying, ‘I could’ve been a contender,’ you can say, ‘I am a contender’ even if you’re not,” says Shrum. No one’s owning up, but Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., managed to get mentioned as a veep contender in 2008 although the notion that he was under consideration was laughable to GOP nominee John McCain’s campaign. Shrum, who worked on Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 campaign, when John Edwards was the running mate, says thenNew Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson “very much wanted to be seen as being vetted in 2004, until he pulled his own name out of contention.” Shrum’s theory is that Richardson never wanted to be chosen, but wanted to make a name for himself in preparation for his own 2008 run for president. Joel Goldstein, an expert on the vice presidency at Saint Louis University School of Law, said presidential candidates may try to flatter a politician or appease a voting bloc by letting it be known that a certain person is under consideration when that person doesn’t have a chance. Some call that an “ego vet.” What really matters, says Goldstein, is who’s been asked by the campaign to submit documents and answer questionnaires as part of a thorough vetting process.
• Pizza Hut, 202 E. Hamric Drive, Oxford — 95. • Red Lobster, 515 Quintard Drive, Oxford — 98. • Romine’s Annistonian, 1709 Noble St., Anniston — 96. • Smoke N Hot BBQ, 230 Self Road, Anniston — 98. • Sonic Drive In, 6401 U.S. 431, N., Alexandria — 93. • Struts, 88 Ali-Way, Oxford — 95. • Subway, 2030 U.S. 78, E., Oxford — 92. • Sunshine Skate Center, 130 Elm St., Oxford — 96. • Susan Rae’s Early Learning Center, Eastaboga — 100. • The Victoria Restaurant, 1600 Quintard Ave., Anniston — 96. • Village Inn Restaurant, 108 Clinton St., Jacksonville — 97.
Democrats want Romney to explain offshore accounts By Steve Peoples Associated Press
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Mitt Romney privately raised millions of dollars from New York’s elite on Sunday as Democrats launched coordinated attacks against the likely Republican presidential nominee, intensifying calls for him to explain offshore bank accounts and release several years of tax returns. The line of attack, dismissed by the Romney campaign as an “unfounded character assault,” follows new reports that raise questions about Romney’s personal wealth, which could exceed $250 million. “He’s the first and only candidate for the president of the United States with a Swiss bank account, with tax shelters, with tax avoidance schemes that involve so many foreign countries,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He’s one of several high-profile Democrats who spoke out on the Sunday morning news shows. Romney may have unintentionally helped the Obama campaign. Republican donors driving Mercedes, Bentleys — and in one case a candy red 2013 Ferrari Spider — crowded into a series of closed-door Romney fundraisers in the Hamptons, New York’s exclusive string of waterfront communities on Long Island’s South Shore. Voters are split on whether they trust Romney
or Obama more to run the nation’s economy, but a majority says that Obama better understands their concerns. Romney has refused to release more than two years of tax returns that would outline his investments, breaking from a precedent set by his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, who released 12 years of his tax returns when he sought the presidency a generation ago. And an Associated Press report recently raised questions about a previously undisclosed Bermuda-based company included in Romney’s portfolio until the day before he became Massachusetts governor. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, considered to be in the running for Romney’s vice presidential hunt, struggled to defend the offshore financial activity on ABC’s “This Week,” dismissing the criticism as “a distraction from the Obama campaign.” And a Romney spokesman suggested the new attack was inappropriate. “The Obama campaign’s latest unfounded character assault on Mitt Romney is unseemly and disgusting,” spokesman Andrea Saul said. “Mitt Romney had a successful career in the private sector, pays every dime of taxes he owes, has given generously to charitable organizations and served numerous causes greater than himself.”
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Today Meetings: • Saints John Lodge 931 Communications, 7 p.m., 1400 Wilmer Ave. • Hartwell Masonic Lodge No. 101 F & A.M. of Alabama, 7 p.m., 600 Main St., Oxford, 256-282-2035. • Civitan Club, noon, Classic on Noble, 256-236-9874. • Weaver Lion’s Club, 7 p.m., Weaver Senior Citizen’s Center, president Don Kessler, 256-820-0043. • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 312, 6:30 p.m., 1330 W. 10th St. • Civitan Club, noon, Classic on Noble, 256-236-9874. • Lick Skillet Quilters, social time, 5:30 p.m.; meeting, 6-8 p.m., Oxford Friendship Community Center, room B, beginner and experienced quilters welcome to attend, 256831-6919. • Oxford Rotary Club, noon-1 p.m., Western Sizzlin’, Oxford.
Support Group: • Free family support meeting, 56 p.m., Bradford Health Services, 1701 B South Pelham Road, Suite D, Jacksonville, Brookstone building next to Jacksonville Medical Center, meeting is for any person who is experiencing behavioral problems with a loved one; has a family member of any age with drug or alcohol problem; needs help coping with loved one’s drug or alcohol problem; needs help making decisions on how to help a family member of any age, a counselor will facilitate this meeting, call 256-237-4209 for more information. • AA meeting, noon and 7 p.m., 1411 Gurnee Ave., enter through rear of building, 256-237-6196. • Free drug treatment for adolescents abusing drugs, meeting times will vary, Family Links, 265 Rucker St., 256-820-5911. • Courage to Change Group of Narcotics Anonymous, basic text study, open, non-smoking, 7 p.m., Atlanta Avenue, off Noble Street between 10th and 11th streets. • Alcoholics Anonymous Piedmont group, 7:30 p.m., 801 Hughes St., Piedmont. • Help in Progress Narcotics Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., 2236 U.S. 78 W., (1
mile from Fred’s).
Miscellaneous: • Low-cost spay/neuter transport to the non-profit Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic in Irondale takes place at 7:30 a.m. (also fourth Monday of each month), returns Tuesday at noon at Pickett’s on McClellan Boulevard. Call (877)3FIXPET (334-9738) for an appointment. Visit www.alsave.org or www.alabamaspay/neuterclinic. com for more information. • Senior water aerobics class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coliseum, call Aubrey Crossen at 256689-2580 for more information. • Senior floor fitness class, 8:159:15 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coliseum, dance studio, call Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 for more information.
Support Groups: • TOUCH, a cancer support group with lunch, noon, Physicians Office Building, fourth floor, administrative room, guest speaker is to be Eddie Albright, topic is “How to handle stress, worry and fear.” • Support group for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities, 5-7 p.m., Arc, 401 Noble St., sponsored by the Arc of Calhoun and Cleburne Counties, call Mindi at 256-236-2857 to register. • Infertility support group, through RESOLVE (The National Infertility Association), 6:30-7:30 p.m., Citizens Baptist Medical Center, (Talladega Hospital) in the conference room, no fee required, welcome to anyone facing infertility, adoption, miscarriage. Couples are welcome to attend. Call Carrie Hutto at 256-649-0282 or email email@example.com for more information. • Man-to-Man, noon, Physician’s Office Building, Suite 403, boardroom, this is a combined meeting with the Touch Cancer Support Group, lunch is provided, 256-2355146. • AA meeting, noon and 7 p.m., 1411 Gurnee Ave., enter through rear of building, 256-237-6196.
• Bariatric Support Group, for persons interested in bariatric surgery or those who have had bariatric surgery and support people, Physicians Office Building, suite 102, 901 Leighton Ave., contact Ann Couch, RN, CBN at 256-236-1300. • Free drug treatment for adolescents abusing drugs, meeting times will vary, Family Links, 265 Rucker St., 256-820-5911. • Courage to Change Group of Narcotics Anonymous, discussion, open, smoking, noon; women’s meeting, candlelight, smoking, 7 p.m.; 11th Step Meditation meeting, closed, non-smoking, 8:30 p.m., Atlanta Avenue, off Noble Street between 10th and 11th streets. • Alzheimer’s Support Group, for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, 5-6 p.m., Physician’s Center, room 301, 256-235-5578. • Mental Illness Support Group, for patients with bi-polar, depression, and other disorders and those interested in providing support, 1:30 p.m., Tyler Center, 731 Leighton Ave., in the galley. • National Alliance on Mental Illness, for adult family members of patients with brain disorders or mental illness, 6-7 p.m., Community Room at K.L. Brown Funeral Home, Jacksonville, 256-435-5240. • Mental Illness, 7 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 208 North St., call Jack Crosswell, 256-268-0995. • New Perspectives, a narcotics anonymous group, 6:30-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 109 Gayle St., behind McDonald’s, Jacksonville. 256-435-4881. • Free parenting classes to residents of Calhoun County, sponsored by Family Services Center of Calhoun County, 13 E. 11th St., call 256-231-2240, ext. 120, to sign up. • One day at a time Al-Anon group, noon-1 p.m., (new location), Physician’s Office Building, Suite 406, call Ann Garner at 256-237-3464 for directions or more information. • Alcoholics Anonymous closed meeting, noon, Tyler Center, in the Galley. • Help in Progress Narcotics Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., 2236 U.S. 78 W., (1 mile from Fred’s). • True Transformation, a Christcentered recovery program for women only, noon, 1211 Noble St.
• National Association for Retired and Active Federal Employees, Volunteer Service Center, 9 a.m.noon, Anniston Army Depot, Building 220, (outside main gate), to assist retired federal employees. Call 256-235-4631 to make an appointment or for more information.
Meetings: • Eastaboga Masonic Lodge No. 155, 7 p.m., Lodge building in Eastaboga, 256-835-7576. • Anniston Rotary Club, noon, Anniston Country Club. • Calhoun County Stamp Club, 7 p.m., Room 327, Stone Building, Jacksonville State University, corner of Church Avenue and 11th Street, 256-782-0084 or 256-8318338. • American Business Women’s Association, Cheaha Charter Chapter, 6 p.m., Classic on Noble, 256-225-6659. • North East Alabama Table Tennis Club, 5-9 p.m., Anniston Army Depot Gym, Bynum, 256-689-8603. • Bridge Club, 9 a.m., Lenlock Center No. 5, 5818 McClellan Blvd., 256-225-0003.
Miscellaneous: • Free, confidential counseling for prospective and existing small business owners, provided by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), by appointment, Northeast Alabama Entrepreneurial System, 1400 Commerce Blvd., just off Greenbrier Road, call 256831-5215 to make an appointment or for more information. • Anniston First United Methodist Church men’s prayer breakfast, 6:30 a.m., The Bridge, 1400 Noble St., at rear of church, all men are invited to attend, call 256-2365605. • Sacred Harp singing, 6:30-8 p.m., Norwood Hodges, (Golden Springs) Community Center, Spring Valley Road, 256-237-1240. • Anniston Runners Club, 5:30 p.m., at Anniston YMCA, W. 14th Street. Call 256-310-0830, e-mail ddunn@ annistonstar.com or visit www. annistonrunners.com. • Senior water aerobics class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coli-
seum, call Aubrey Crossen at 256689-2580 for more information. •Senior therapeutic yoga class, 8-9 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coliseum, dance studio, call Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 for more information.
Wednesday Support Group: • AA meeting, noon and 7 p.m., 1411 Gurnee Ave., enter through rear of building, 256-237-6196. • Celebrate Recovery, 12-step Christ-centered recovery Step Study Group, 6 p.m., Word Alive International Outreach, Coldwater, 256-225-2186 or 256-223-6593. • Courage to Change Group of Narcotics Anonymous, 90 minutes, closed, candlelight, smoking, 7 p.m., Atlanta Avenue, off Noble Street between 10th and 11th streets. • Free parenting classes for parents of 2- to 12-year-olds, 9-11 a.m., Family Services Center of Calhoun County, 13 E. 11th St. Child care provided. 256-231-2240. • Alcoholics Anonymous Piedmont group, 7:30 p.m., 801 Hughes St., Piedmont. • Help in Progress Narcotics Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., 2236 U.S. 78 W., (1 mile from Fred’s). • New Wine Recovery Support Group for addicts and alcoholics, 6:30 p.m., Hill Crest Baptist Church, “The Rock,” room 208, Family Life center.
Meetings: • Men’s Bible Study of Anniston First Baptist Church, 8 a.m., McDonald’s in Lenlock, 256-8470230.
Miscellaneous: • Senior water aerobics class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coliseum, call Aubrey Crossen at 256689-2580 for more information. • Senior floor fitness class, 8:159:15 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coliseum, dance studio, call Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 for more information.
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The Anniston Star's Monday Record section for July 9, 2012.