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Sunday RECORD YOUR GUIDE TO PUBLIC RECORDS AND VITAL STATISTICS IN CALHOUN COUNTY
Jewell Lockridge Aldridge, Piedmont Edward De (Shane) Allen, Eastaboga James Pierre Allen, Oxford Franklin Anderson, Grant Kenneth Barnard Bassett, Atlanta Rae Duryee Bates, Wedowee Erskine Bell, Talladega Leroy Bell Sr., Oxford Orflentee “Tina” Huguley Bradley, New York Randy Brooks, Anniston Lendol Minton Bryan, Piedmont Pamela S. “Pam” Campbell, Anniston Stephen Wayne Carson, Wadley Norma Jean Shipp Chappell, Jacksonville Ted Childers, Gadsden Fay Chumbler, Cedar Bluff Roland Timothy Clifton, Cedar Bluff Elizabeth Robertson Gallahar Comer, Oxford ZeNoah Termayne Cousins, Childersburg John Willie Davis, Georgia Thelma Denney, Ashland Mack Colley Diamond, Roanoke Sarah Catherine Doige, Piedmont Charles A. Dumas, Hobson City Eddy Joe “Jody” Edmonds, Munford Augusta J. Ford, Anniston Lorene Foster, Georgia Billy Ray Garrett, Hokes Bluff
Brenda McElroy Ginder, Glencoe Lauretta M. Goodson, Anniston Sara Jo Hammonds, Wellington Christopher Shane Hoover, Birmingham Arnold Ray Horton, Wedowee Billy Ray Houston, Gaylesville Reginald Keith Iverson, Anniston Merlene B. Jennings, Anniston Lovie Adkison Kirkpatrick, Piedmont Betty Mae Lakey, Munford Lisa Marie Lauinger, White Plains Ruby Dingler Martin, Delta James Denton McInvale, Wadley Michael Wayne McMichael, Wellington Marie Wade Abrams Moss, Florida Amanda Kay Owens, Heflin Marvin Lee Owens Sr., Alexandria Edna Steed Patty, Centre Pamela Cheatwood Petty, Monroeville Ruby M. Pyles, Anniston Verma Boak Reeves, Lineville Sherry L. Rose, Oxford Robert Hugh “Bob” Rust, Northport Ret. 1st Sgt. Sally Ann Schieb, Anniston Leo Christopher Searcy,Oxford Bobby Taylor, Roanoke Nellie Ruth Twymon, New York Mary Watson, Anniston
RATE OF BANKRUPTCIES 15 12
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:
• Eric G. Baker and Sharon A. Baker, Parker Street, Anniston • Jonathan Mark Herbert, Wind Ridge NE, Jacksonville • Linda J. Jones, Airport Road, Oxford • David Scott Bramlett and Kimberlee Ann Bramlett, Apache Pass, Anniston
• Brenton Jon Cunningham II of Jacksonville to Caitlin Elyssabeth Harris of Jacksonville • Adrian Gonzales of Ohatchee to Marilee Elizabeth Watkins of Ohatchee • Jon Murl Hilliard of Anniston to Danielle Lee Hilliard of Anniston • Keith Douglas Coppock of Ohatchee to Kristy Marie McKay of Ohatchee • Timothy Shane Edwards of Oxford to Brandi Shelnutt Cofield of Oxford • Stanley Peavy of Annisotn to Karen Ann Brocco of Heflin • Sean Patrick Jones of Alexandria to Joanna Lee Medders of Alexandria • Devin Allen Roszell of Anniston to Shanea Brooke Cromer of Anniston • Phillip Lee White Jr. of Anniston to Camilla Nechelle Levitt of
Anniston • Jubalain RV Tucker of Ohatchee to Aubriana Jamese Johnston Edwards of Ohatchee • Greg Quintana Reyes of Gadsden to Amy Brown Glasgow of Oxford • Dewayne Pierce Lane of Piedmont to Tanya Clements Sexton of Anniston • Sean Anthony Gaddy of Oxford to Katlyn Renae Thrasher of Oxford • Daniel Wayne Studdard of Piedmont to Kayla Ann Harvell of Piedmont • Eric Lee Johnson of Anniston to Brittany Lorin Coleman of Anniston • Marvin Anthony Poland of Jacksonville to Kristel Leigh Teague of Jacksonville • Todd Murphy White of Ohatchee to Lacey Delane Fulmer of Weaver
• Satara Forman, Shady Lane, Eastaboga • Michael Estes, Saddle Club Road, Jacksonville • Allen Wesley and Jessica Wesley, Dearmanville • Gregory Green and Paula Green, Turner EDITOR’S NOTE Road, Anniston The material inside the Sunday Record • Nathan Holder and Sherria Rudolph is recorded by The Anniston Star from various Holder, W. 19th Street, Anniston • Matthew D. Forthofer and Michelle A. institutions and government offices. The public records are published as they Forthofer, Maple Lane, Jacksonville appeared on the documents obtained by the newspaper. Direct questions and comments about Sunday Record to Isaac Godwin at jgodwin@jsu. AnnistonStar.com edu.
Here is the livestock market report for the Tuesday sale. Receipts for this week 1005 compared to 899 last week. Receipts a year ago 1049.
Bulls and steers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200-300 lbs. 150.00 to 217.50; 300-400 lbs. 140.00 to 212.50; 400-500 lbs. 120.00 to 180.00; 500-600 lbs. 110.00 to 131.00; 600700 lbs. 90.00 to 121.00. Heifers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200300 lbs. Too Few; 300-400 lbs. 125.00 to 165.00; 400500 lbs. 120.00 to 147.50; 500-600 lbs. 110.00 to 121.00; 600-700 lbs. 100.00 to 118.00.
Cows: Breakers 73.00 to 76.50; Boners 77.50 to 82.00; Lean 68.00 to 72.00. Bulls: Normal Dressing 54-58% 90.00 to 94.50; Low Dressing
WILLS PROBATED • Clarence B. Oaks Jr. • Joyce Elna Cockrell
INCORPORATIONS Dissolved • MADJAM Inc.
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ARRESTS The people listed in this arrest report, whose • Randall Dale Gaddy, 39: third-degree names and charges are obtained from pub- domestic violence. lic records, are presumed innocent unless Calhoun County proven guilty in a court of law. The following felony arrests were reported Anniston by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office durThe following felony arrests were reported by ing the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. the Anniston Police Department (addresses Thursday. not provided) during the seven-day period • Phillip Gregory Dolin, 22, of Heflin: seconddegree theft of property. ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Christopher Marshad Walker, 22: two • Dana Sears Woodrow, 44, of Anniston: poscounts of distributing a controlled sub- session of a controlled substance. • Willie Davis Dorman, 48, of Anniston: prostance. • Richard Randy Smith, 38: third-degree bation revocation. • Luntez Artix Burnes, 22, of Anniston: order escape. • Rory Edward McArdle, 53: third-degree of arrest. domestic violence. Jacksonville • Sharon Marie Duncan, 39: third-degree burglary. The following felony arrests were reported • Vincent Edward Cooley, 50: possession of by the Jacksonville Police Department dura controlled substance. ing the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. • Jonathan Rufus Simmons, 28: third-degree Thursday. burglary. • Paul Frederick Larocca Jr., 43: second-
The following felony arrests were reported by the Oxford Police Department during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Renee Charlene Pointer, 40, of Raleigh, N.C.: illegal possession/use of a credit/debit card. • Terrance Donnell Wooten, 43, of Raleigh, N.C.: illegal possession/use of a credit/debit card. • Terrance Lavon Campbell, 38, of Raleigh, N.C.: illegal possession/use of a credit/debit card. • Stephanie Diane Isbell, 22, of Anniston: third-degree burglary. • Yolanda McMurry Thomas, 46, of Munford: using false I.D. to avoid arrest/hinder prosecution. • Daryl Olton Davis, 60, of Birmingham: four counts of shoplifting.
Pardon and Parole Board
The following felony arrests were reported by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Benjamin Calvin Ramsey, 41, of Anniston: probation violation. • Sean Ostrander, 22, of Weaver: probation violation. • David D. Brice, 52, of Falkville: probation violation. • James Quintez Fluker, 27, of Anniston: probation violation.
Drug Task Force
The following felony arrests were reported by the Calhoun-Cleburne Drug and Violent Crime Task Force during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Shaune Leon Mitchell, 27, of Jacksonville: first-degree unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.
BLOTTER Crimes are listed by location. Anonymous tips may be called in to Crime Stoppers at 256-2381414. 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.
Burglaries • Residence, 1300 block of Elizabeth Court: television, cap, door frame. • Residence, 3200 block of McClellan Boulevard: cash. • Residence, 1200 block of White Avenue: television, game console. • Residence, 2100 block of Woodland Avenue: DVD players, stereo system. • Residence, 5100 block of McClellan Boulevard: television, game console, games. • Unknown location, 300 block of East Blue Mountain Road: cash. • Residence, 400 block of A Street: televisions, game consoles,
games. • Residence, 900 block of Parker Street: tools, jewelry, jewelry box, box of piercing equipment, soap. • Residence, 300 block of North Hillman Street: tool belt, tools.
• Residence, 2300 block of Coleman Road: CDs, vehicle title. • Commercial location, 3300 block of U.S. 78: CB radio, stereo system, flashlight, sunglasses. • Residence, 2300 block of Coleman Road: navigation system. • Street, 2400 block of Wilmer Thefts Avenue: 2004 Mazda 3. (Recov• Residence, 1400 block of Coo- ered 10-15-2012) per Avenue: cell phone, door key, • Unknown location, 800 block of alumni jacket. Quintard Avenue: medications, • Residence, 100 block of Decker personal I.D., cash, purse. Street: firearms, cutting tool, Calhoun County tools. • Specialty store, 500 block of The following property crimes Quintard Avenue: cash. were reported to the Calhoun • Specialty store, 800 block of County Sheriff’s Office during the South Noble Street: vinyl window. seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. (Recovered 10-12-2012) Thursday. • Residence, 1900 block of Aronda Burglaries Drive: jewelry. • Department store, 5500 block • Specialty store, Alabama 144, of McClellan Boulevard: personal Alexandria: lock, cash. care items, clothing. (Recovered • Residence, Choccolocco Road, Anniston: medications. 10-15-2012) • Residence, Homarda Drive, Auto-related thefts Anniston: paintball accessories, • Street, 1200 block of Pine Ave- CDs, bottle of rum. nue: 2001 Ford Expedition XLT. • Residence, unspecified location, • Residence, 900 block of Isabell Lincoln: game console, games, Avenue: navigation system. television.
• Residence, Century Road, Piedmont: paint, ceiling fan, outside light, shoes/boots, mirror, plastic container. • Specialty store, Alabama 144, Alexandria: cash, coins.
12-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday.
• Residence, 1700 block of Nisbet Lake Road: televisions, laptop computers, DVD players. Thefts • Residence, 1900 block of Whites • Parking lot, Hammonds Drive, Gap Road: firearms, jewelry box, Alexandria: Kawasaki ATV. jewelry, phone. (Some items • Bank, Valley Cub Drive, Alexan- recovered 10-14-2012) dria: bank checks. Thefts • Residence, Reads Mills Road, • Residence, 1500 block of Church Wellington: foreign currency. • Unspecified location, Mundy Avenue Southeast: jewelry. • Wal Mart, 1625 Pelham Road S: Drive, Anniston: cash. cash. I.D. Thefts • Residence, 800 block of Whites • Unknown location, Oak Ridge Gap Road: firearms, ladder, weldAvenue, Anniston: cash. ing tools. • Continental Coin Laundry, 505 Auto-related thefts Pelham Road N, Suite C: clothing. • Street, Kimberly Road, PiedOxford mont: vehicle battery, folding chairs, speakers. The following property crimes • Residence, Teals Trail, Piedmont: were reported to the Oxford Police 1999 Toyota 4 Runner. Department during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. Jacksonville The following property crimes Thefts were reported to the Jackson- • Lowe’s Home Improvement, 1836 ville Police Department during the U.S. 78: tools.
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CALENDAR: AnnistonStar.com/calendar PROPERTY TRANSFERRED • Credit Suisse First Boston Mortgage Securities Corp. to Keisha S. Monroe and Robert G. Monroe III, Cedar Hills subdivision, block B, lot 4, $85,000. • Annis R. Kilgore to Kronospan LLC, Rosser subdivision, 1st addition, lots 16 and 17; a parcel of land in section 26, township 16, range 6, $10. • MidFirst Bank to Veterans Affairs, The Cottages, lot 83, $10. • Bradley D. Almaroad and Jodi L. Almaroad to Deborah P. Pearce, 5-W Lakesite subdivision, block 4, lots 13 and 14, $110,000. • Myra Ellen Golden-Estate to William M. Golden and Sharon G. Golden, a parcel of land in section 26, township 15, range 7, $10. • Greata Hanna Robertson, Phyllis Hanna Shuford and James Wade to Phyllis Hanna Shuford, Hobson City, block 16, lot 3, $10. • JPMorgan Chase Bank to Reba E. Capper, a parcel of land in section 35, township 13, range 9, $23,500. • S. Gerald Acker and Mary Emma Acker to Slayton G. Acker Jr., a parcel of land in section 7, township 15, range 6, $10. • S. Gerald Acker and Mary Emma Acker to Lane McNew and Carol A. McNew, a parcel of land in section 35, township 14, range 6, $10. • Cider Ridge Alabama LLC to Mohamad Kamran, Cider Ridge subdivision, phase 1 reassessment, block CW, lot 11CW, $50,000. • Dorothy Smith to Richard F. Smith, a parcel of land in section 12, township 16, range 7, $1. • Rodney David Hopkins and Sherri S. Hopkins to Ginger S. Harrelson, Glen View subdivision, lots 2 and 3, $10. • Kevin Lee Callaway and Lee Kent Callaway to Charles L. Sibley Jr. and Gail M. Haas, Summerall subdivision, lot 13, $284,000. • Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance to Keith Tillison, a parcel of land in section 11, township 13, range 7, $8,000. • Norman L. Hughes and Helen H. Hughes
to Norman L. Hughes and Helen H. Hughes, Pettus Farm Land, block E, lot 3, $10. • Wells Fargo Bank to Veterans Affairs, Weaver North subdivision, 1st addition, block B, lot 4, $10. • Distribution Southeast LLC to Okla Blankenship, Anniston City Land Co., block 317, lots 1-5, $10. • TBC Homes LLC to Justin Howard Williams and Alicia Faye Williams, Cider Ridge subdivision, phase 1 reassessment, block WH, lot 7WH, $209,500. • Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC to Freddie Mac, Woodgate subdivision, block B, lot 4, $10. • Green Tree Servicing LLC to Billy R. Bolton, a parcel of land near 1121 Mulberry Avenue, Piedmont, $10. • Jackie Bowie to Christopher Jacobs Jr., Anniston Land Co., block 515C, lot 9, $10. • Gayle Lane to Joan P. Veazey, a parcel of land in section 20, township 16, range 7, $10. • Bruce Clemment to Greg Kennamore and Robin Kennamore, Western Hills subdivision, lot 14, $100. • Robert Dwayne Christopher and Jeffery Dwayne Christopher to Jeffery Dwayne Christopher and Morgan Lashay Christopher, Tarrymore subdivision, block 1, lot 23, $10. • Habitat For Humanity of Calhoun County to Northeast Alabama Community Development Corp., Piedmont Land & Improvement Co., block 6, lots 32-34, $10. • Johnny Ray Prince Sr. to Johnny Ray Prince Sr. and Judy M. Prince, a parcel of land in section 35, township 12, range 9, $10. • Paul Needham and Phyllis Needham to Dwight McFry and Rita McFry, a parcel of land in section 14, township 13, range 10, $10. • Michael R. Sewell and Melva P. Sewell to Eric Johnson and Lynn Johnson, a parcel of land in section 5, township 13, range 9, $10. • Deborah Lynne Prince to Francis Ross Chandler, Pelham Heights, lot 28, $10.
• Emmett L. Hall Jr. and Nannie Lee Hall to Emmett L. Hall Jr., Nannie Lee Hall, Kelvin A. Hall and Vicki A. Hall, a parcel of land in section 3, township 15, range 9, $10. • Mary J. Turner to Cynthia T. Prater, a parcel of land in section 19, township 15, range 8, $10. • Cadence Bank to CR Capital Group LLC, a parcel of land in section 1, township 13, range 7, $10. • Dennis D. Bryan Sr. to Dennis D. Brayan Sr., a parcel of land near 310 W. Ladiga Street, Piedmont, $10. • Don H. Bissette to Clarence Blalock, J. J. Burns subdivision, block B, lots 5 and 6, $10. • Housing & Urban Development to Kyle M. Mosakowski, Ramblewoods subdivision, 1st addition, lot 6, $58,000. • New Earth LLC to William Mack Huckaby, Cherry Acres subdivision, 3rd addition, lots 1 and 8, $1. • Housing & Urban Development to Henry Gomez, Shady Hills subdivision, block 3, lot 11, $24,000. • Housing & Urban Development to Ronald Cofield, Anniston Land Co., block 536B, lot 4, $19,500. • Jeffrey L. Junkin and Tammy Junkin to Jeffrey L. Junkin, Tammy Junkin and Frances Colvin Barnhart, Holly Hill subdivision, 2nd addition, block 5, lot 5, $10. • Clay W. Rowan Jr. and Deborah F. Rowan to Nancy J. Manley, Ardsley Park, block 2, lot 6, $10. • Herbert D. Williamson and Virginia B. Williamson Family Trust to Jeffery Keith Bryant and Juanita W. Bryant, a parcel of land in section 11, township 14, range 7, $10. • Housing & Urban Development to MIG LLC, Anniston Land Co., block 709, lots 2 and 3, $2,223. • Ned S. Sims to Ned S. Sims, Green Meadows subdivision, block A, lot 6, $10. • Guy Wyatt to Guy Wyatt and Phyllis A. Wyatt, a parcel of land in section 19, town-
ship 15, range 8, $10. • Guy Wyatt and Phyllis A. Wyatt to Guy Wyatt and Phyllis A. Wyatt, a parcel of land in section 29, township 15, range 6, $10. • Glenn A. McCall to Leon Anderson McCall, S. E. Boozer Farm, lots 13 and 14, $10. • Fannie Mae to Tim L. Mayfield, Forestbrook East, 1st addition, block E, lot 2, $10. • Joseph Stone and Candice Cofer to Joseph Stone, Addys addition to Ohatchee, lots 7 and 8, $0. • Donald E. Smith and Flora Juanita Smith to Donald D. Clark and Diane Hinton, a parcel of land in section 28, township 14, range 6, $10. • Jimmie Rowe to Habitat For Humanity of Calhoun County, Striplin subdivision, 1st addition, lot 7, $2,500. • Harlon Minshew and Dorothy G. Minshew to William E. Reid and Tracy C. Reid, Lake Louise subdivision, 1st section, block 4, lot 2, $10. • Bank of America to Kathy D. Hill, a parcel of land in section 2/11, township 13, range 8, $43,250. • Fannie Mae to Steven D. Platt and Shasta R. Platt, Carterton Hills, block 6, lots 5 and 6, $100,000. • Bank of the Ozarks to Vicki Coleman, a parcel of land in section 25, township 16, range 8, $10. • Rita Hand and Randall J. Hand to Hanson Tam Le and Hien My Le, Willow Creek subdivision, 3rd addition, lot 33, $32,000. • Andre Jourdain and Sandra Jourdain to Martha G. Rhodes, Jourdain’s subdivision, lot A, $200,000. • Dwight Gene McFry and Rita McFry to Thomas Paul Needham, a parcel of land in section 14, township 13, range 10, $10. • Clifford Ferrell Ingram, Carnice I. Robertson, Timothy Leland Ingram, Dennis Wayne Ingram Jr. and Angela Gayle Ingram Thompson to Timothy Leland Ingram and Mary Elizabeth Ingram, a parcel of land in section 20, township 16, range 8, $10.
FORECLOSURES • Earl Lee Williams and Angela D. Williams, Weaver North subdivision, 1st addition, block B, lot 4. • Renee Reese Baker, Camelot
subdivision, lot 53. • Frank C. Leyden Jr., Hillyer Highlands, 12th addition, block 11, lot 6; Hillyer Highlands, 12th addition,
block 12, lot 1. • Cathy M. Klentz and Laverne G. Klentz, a parcel of land in section 27, township 14, range 7.
• Boulevard Properties LLC, Hodges addition to the City of Annisotn, lots A and B; South Anniston Land Co., 1st division, block 16, lots 4-8.
• Jangir Inc., Amarjit Singh Bhatti and Harjit Kaur Bhatti, a parcel of land in section 25, township 16, range 8.
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 • Bama Cowboy Saloon & Steakhouse, 1503 Hillyer-Robinson Industrial Parkway, Anniston — 88, approved food safety course certificate required. • Lively’s Foodland (Deli), 115 E. Ladiga St., Piedmont — 96, potentially hazardous food did not meet temperature requirements during hot holding. • Pak-A-Sak (Deli), 9875 U.S. 78, E., Anniston — 94, problem with backflow from drain on ice machine. • Wagon Wheel Restaurant, 8922 Alabama 9, Anniston — 92, potentially hazardous food did not meet temperature requirements during cold holding. • Western Sizzlin, 600 S. Quintard Ave., Anniston — 93,
equipment (pans and utensils) must be clean and sani- Anniston — 98. tized. • Ohatchee Elementary School — 100. • Ohatchee High School — 96. NO MAJOR DEMERITS • Piedmont Elementary School — 99. • Abbott’s Stop & Shop, 3209 Choccolocco Road, Anniston • Piedmont High School — 98. — 97. • Pizzeria, 1021 U.S. 431, N., Anniston — 100. • AmStar Stadium 12, 700 Quintard Drive, Oxford — 98. • Pleasant Valley Elementary School — 99. • Bonnie Ray’s Bake Shoppe, 5818 McClellan Blvd., Annis- • Pleasant Valley High School — 100. ton — 95. • Quick Mart, 1001 U.S. 431, N., Anniston — 96. • Chick-Fil-A, 1205 Alabama 21, S., Oxford — 98. • Rabbittown Café, 900 Rabbittown Road, Piedmont — 100. • China Luck, 503 Quintard Drive, Oxford — 96. • Roma’s Pizza & Steak House, 1 Public Square, Jackson• Classic Catering, 1024 Noble St., Anniston — 97. • Discount Food Mart, 1513 Greenbrier Road, Anniston ville — 95. • Sparkle Mart, 4022 Bynum-Leatherwood Road, Anniston — 97. — 99. • El Agave Grill, 5156 U.S. 78, W., Oxford — 98. • Walmart (Bakery), 1625 Pelham Road, S., Jacksonville • Jack Hopper Dining Hall, Jacksonville — 97. — 97. • Jazzman’s Café, Jacksonville — 97. • Walmart (Produce), 1625 Pelham Road, S., Jacksonville • Kitty Stone Elementary School — 99. — 99. • Lad & Lassie Preschool/Daycare, Anniston — 99. • Western Sizzlin, 200 Hamric Drive, Oxford — 95. • Lively’s Foodland, 115 E. Ladiga St., Piedmont — 96. • Yume Japanese & Asian Cuisine, 301 Colonial Drive, • Loco Mex, 809 Pelham Road, S., Jacksonville — 92. • Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, 5630 McClellan Blvd., Oxford — 98.
DIVORCES • Frederick Bowers and Teletha Bowers • Bam Bi Douglas and Ben Douglas • Ann Marie McCurdy and Joseph M. McCurdy • Amber M. Elder and Dustin E. Elder • Margaret Carlisle and Rodney Brian Gidley • Afton Wilson and George F. Wilson IV
• Donna W. Lloyd and James A. Lloyd • David Wayne Magouyrk and Elizabeth N. Magouyrk • Krista Diane White and Richard Eric White • Summer Wysner Nelson and Eric Wayne Nelson • Fletcher Moore and Becky Therese
Moore • Tonya Carter Sarrell and Coty Lynn Sarrell • Tommy Remson and Katherine Ann Remson • Joshua Kirkpatrick and Sara Kirkpatrick • Lindsay Waits and Bryan Waits • Sarah Elizabeth Evans and Matther David Banton
• Tracy Lynn Edwards and Gerald Tyrone Edwards • Martha A. Soto and Saul L. Soto • Jennifer Wilbanks and Kenneth Wilbanks • John Johnson and Elizabeth Johnson • Ronald B. Harris and Nancy Carol Harris • Stephanie Horton and Arthur Horton III • Kimberly Roberts and Terry Dale Roberts
Land dispute ruffles palm fronds in Mexico By Daniel Hernandez And Cecilia Sanchez Los Angeles Times
ISLA HOLBOX, Mexico — Separated from the Yucatan Peninsula by a lagoon, this pristine island has streets of sand, iguanas that roam among humans, and a police presence best described as casual. In the tiny town on its western tip, golf carts are the primary mode of transportation. “It’s like out of movie, isn’t it?” said a chuckling Ramon Chan, a 41-year-old vendor who on a recent day was hacking away at fresh coconuts from a cart on the beach. In recent years, however, Isla Holbox (pronounced “holl-bosch”) has sat at the center of a complex legal dispute pitting powerful developers seeking to build a high-end resort against a group of longtime residents who say they were cheated out of their rights as holders of revolutionary-era communal lands, known as ejidos. The fight illuminates the growing practice of transferring communal ejidos — which make up slightly more than half of the national territory — to private hands, a practice that was authorized in 1992 but remains a legal twilight zone. In separate cases, nine islanders allege that Peninsula Maya Developments offered to buy their individualized ejido parcels in a 2008 deal to which they agreed. But in the process, the ejidatarios allege, the developers also convinced them to unwittingly sell their permanent, constitutionally guarded titles to the Holbox ejido at large. Because Mexico’s agrarian law refers to “inalienable” titles to ejidos, the islanders are asking courts to nullify the dual sale of their parcels and titles. In response,
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The island of Isla Holbox, Mexico, is at the center of a legal dispute over a proposed resort development to be built on Revolutionary-era communal lands. the company said the sales were legal and clear and suggested in a statement that the ejidatarios are trying to shake them down for more money than the original price of about $388,000. The developers contend the ejidatarios are challenging the deal through loopholes in the ejido laws, which established strict codes meant to protect the rural peasant class from abuse by private interests. The suits over the $3.2 billion development plan are working their way through Mexico’s agrarian tribunals, with one awaiting a hearing before the Supreme Court. In the meantime, the island simmers with discord, and the eastern end, where La Ensenada resort would be built, remains untouched. Roman Avila, a 60-year-old former fisherman and Holbox ejidatario, said opera-
tors working for the development wooed islanders with gifts and promises of fortunes for all if they signed over their ejido titles to the Trust for the Promotion and Sustainable Development of Isla Holbox, which the developers established. They also told the ejidatarios, he said, that they would ensure any project they constructed would be environmentally sound, a welcome message after Isla Holbox suffered heavy damage in the hurricane season of 2005. The islanders didn’t know precisely what they were signing, he said. “Look, this is not an excuse, but when Hurricane Wilma hit here, we were left with no money, and these people came who wanted our lands, and, well, they offered us money,” Avila said. “And we naively fell.” The problem, developers complain, is
that whenever an ejidatario feels like invoking his or her constitutionally mandated rights, no matter what a contract might say, he or she can effectively challenge a deal. Fernando Ponce, lead investor in the Holbox development plan and chief of the Coca-Cola distribution company Bepensa, declined requests for an interview. The Peninsula Maya Developments company said the price received by the islanders was fair given anticipated development costs. The statement did not directly address the ejidatarios’ allegations that they were tricked into ceding their titles, but hinted that the plaintiffs want it both ways — suing to regain their titles while keeping the original payment. The Supreme Court docket on the Holbox case blocks out the names of the ejidatarios suing to stop the resort plan. In the meantime, 65 ejidatarios’ names are officially replaced by new owners on the current paperwork of the agrarian bureaucracy. Many of the new names have been identified in press reports in Mexico as relatives and business and political associates of Ponce. The tiny town on the island, which is inside a federally protected natural reserve, has 18 small hotels with a capacity for 1,200 guests, said Alejandro Canedo, a member of the island’s hotel-owners business group. The plan calls for total use of 10 percent of the 2,422 acres acquired through the sale of ejido parcels to the private trust tied to Peninsula Maya Developments. The rest of the acquired land would remain undeveloped tropical forest and coastline, where hundreds of species such as whale sharks and flamingos find refuge, the developer says.