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Tina Turner Abel, Huntsville Donna Clark Barefield, Arley Joyce Bell, Pell City Mary Lou Bankson Bentley, Cedar Bluff Martha Merrill “Tiny” Blanton, Heflin Vanessa B. Boyd, Anniston Ella Mae McClintock Browning, Anniston Jerry “Peanut” Burns, Oxford Iva Smith Colley, Oxford Wynsol R. Collier, Piedmont Gertrude Curry, Talladega Mary Evelyn Davis, Jacksonville Catherine Davis, Tates Chapel Helen Worthy Dingler, Jacksonville Elizabeth A. Dinkins, Anniston Barbara Jean Nobles Gable, Anniston Fornie W. Hinds Jr., Weaver Paulette Janet Hopkins, Centre William Thomas Howle, Anniston J. L. “Peanut” Hubbard, Heflin Margie Lee Branton Jackson, Anniston Cleveland James, Lincoln Orville W. James, Ohatchee Jacqueline Jemison, Talladega John David Lawler Jr., Talladega

Retired SFC James C. Leonard Jr., Weaver Sue Johnson, Heflin James “Doc” Johnson, Newell Jean Wilson Jones, Talladega Bobby Joe McCampbell, Townsend, Tenn. William W. (Bill) McCullars, Anniston Kenneth Earl Miller, Clanton Clyde E. J. Moore, Anniston Merri Etta Moore, Anniston Dr. Heather Louise Sabo Moskowitz, Anniston Margaret Mulkey, Heflin Tom Phillips Noell, Georgia Truman F. Pate, Ohatchee Imogene “Jean” Reaves, Florida Dixie Finley Roberts, Oxford Kathryn B. Rooks, DeArmanville Henry Smith, Anniston Frances Williamson Smithwick, Tennessee William E. “Bill” Spears, Georgia James Larry Stinson, Anniston Tommy “Mark” Strickland, Oxford Jewel D. Thomas, Munford Nydia Vazquez-Sanguinetti Tucker, Jacksonville William H. “Bill” Veazey, Anniston Vivian Dempsey Warmack, Piedmont


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 threeyear 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:

Chapter 7

• Joseph Morgan Acton of Oxford to Jordan Elizabeth Thaxton of Oxford • Cody Weston Brown of Anniston to Lauren Ashley Turner of Anniston • Wesley Scott Corn of Ohatchee to Amy Elizabeth Livermore of Ohatchee • Jarius Dejuan Pearson of Anniston to Michelle Elizabeth Tolson of Anniston • Trevontae Rashad Hardy of Anniston to Mekita Latrice Smith of Anniston • Pedro Gonzales III of Anniston to Johan Denys Duff of Anniston • Tracey Dean Hazel of Weaver to Sherri Danelle Frost of Weaver • Christopher Lee Reaves of Anniston to


Angie Lynn Gay of Wellington • Alberto Nicholas Baez of Anniston to Rosa Gregorio Policarpo of Oxford • Jeremy Wayne Ledbetter of Piedmont to Tamala Lynn Fagan of Piedmont • Charles McArthur Blackwell of Washington to Essie Rimpsey Hatton of Oxford • D’Angelo Lamar Smith of Anniston to Joy Andjunette Maelene Jones of Anniston • Jeremy Scott Mosley of Ohatchee to Kristy Lee Brunner of Ohatchee • Adam Trent Scott of Oxford to Delaina Erin Franklin of Oxford • Nicholas Weston Turley of Oxford to April Shanae Johnson of Oxford

Here is the livestock market report for the Tuesday sale. Receipts for this week 1044 compared to 1373 last week. Receipts a year ago 625.


Bulls and steers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200-300 lbs. 165.00 to 220.00; 300-400 lbs. 160.00 to 197.50; 400-500 lbs. 145.00 to 165.00; 500-600 lbs. 126.00 to 162.00; 600700 lbs. 110.00 to 132.50. Heifers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200300 lbs. Too Few; 300-400 lbs. 130.00 to 172.50; 400500 lbs. 124.00 to 145.00; 500-600 lbs. 110.00 to 132.50; 600-700 lbs. 106.00 to 116.00.

• Hester Burton, Anniston • Raynard Young, Stillwater Road, Anniston • Lorraine Langston, Maple Street, Oxford • Annette M. Roberts, Triple Oak Drive, Oxford • Megan Miellmier, Simmons Drive, Ohatchee • Shanda D. Petroff, Jamback Road, Anniston DIVORCES • Kelvin Warren Hendrix, George Douthit Drive SW, Jacksonville • Christina Mikel and der and Leon Eugene Bobby Mikel Chapter 13 Synder • Johnathan Wana- • Tracy Stucker and • Phillip Joseph Renda Jr., NW Gadsden maker and Jessica Holly Stucker Road, Jacksonville Wanamaker • Alexander Tillie, Permita Court, Annis- • Billy B. Griffis and • Bethany Surrett and Janson Cuthrell ton Melanie Griffis • Rodney K. Stephens, Luttrell Street, • Shannon Shanks • Christopher Akins Anniston and Jackie Wayne and Tiffany Akins • Shelita L. Turner, Turner Road, Munford Shanks • Brandy Puente and • Issac Culver, Barby Lane, Weaver • Constance Ann Sny- Tony Ray Puente • Stanley Rooks and Jennifer Rooks, Ingram Street, Oxford WILLS PROBATED


Cows: Breakers 71.00 to 74.00; Boners 75.50 to 79.00; Lean 61.00 to 70.50. Bulls: Normal Dressing 5458% 86.00 to 91.50; High Dressing >58% 92.50 to 95.50; Low Dressing


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• Sara Boullioun Sta- • Glenn C. McNeill ples • Ethel M. Smith • Tim Cash and Kelly Cash, a parcel of land • Robert J. Arnold • Mary Gladden in section 32, township 15, range 9. • Robert E. Griggs Jr. • Norma J. Brown • Alice Giunta, Pine Hill Estates, 6th addition, lot 87. • Eagle Premier Holdings LLC, a parcel of land in section 29, township 14, range 6. • Patricia Ann Gross, R. A. & Joe Burns property, lots 88-90. • Ronnie J. Nordan, a parcel of land in section 12, township 16, range 7. • Elinda Marbury, Habitat, phase III, lot 10. • Phillip C. Ledbetter, a parcel of land in section 1, township 15, range 8. • Ralph Edward Barbao, Woodland FOOD in Wednesday’s Star Heights, 2nd addition, block 10, lot 5.

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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. • Lester Wayne Goodwin Jr., 42: domestic violence-strangulation. • Romell Lamar Williams, 23: domestic violence-strangulation. • Aundrey Gordon Patton, 36: domestic violence-strangulation. • Antrell Quertez Sims, 33: domestic violence-strangulation. • Elgin Walter Bowman, 54: second-degree assault. • Beth Lucille Cooper, 28: first-

degree theft. • Tijuan Deldre Moore, 22: firstdegree possession of marijuana. • Kenneth Lee Gann, 61: possession of a controlled substance. • Donna Putnam Morris, 61: possession of a controlled substance. • Willie Delores Best Heath, 57: obstructing justice by using false I.D. • Crystal Michelle Davis, 32: firstdegree theft. • Earnest Oneal Lane, 57: possession of a controlled substance. • Felicia Mae Brown, 38: possession of a controlled substance. • Jeremy Dewayne Dill, 34: possession of a controlled substance. • Mark Joddie Williams, 50: possession of a controlled substance. • Dale Lamorius Singleton, 18: three counts of third-degree burglary, obstructing justice by using

false I.D.

Calhoun County

The following felony arrests were reported by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office during the sevenday period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday • James Brandon Cobb, 33, of Newell: order of arrest. • Justin Glenn Boswell, 21, of Oxford: unlawful possession of a controlled substance, third-degree escape. • Julius Demetrus Harris, 36: two counts of third-degree burglary. • Jonathan Seth Gallagher, 20, of Alexandria: failure to appear in court for first-degree robbery. • Brenton Ray Thompson, 25, of Piedmont: five counts of fraudulent use of debit/credit card. • Brandon Leigh Cox, 27, of

Ohatchee: failure to appear in court for second-degree unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance. • Bernard Davis, 22, of Anniston: failure to appear in court for firstdegree criminal mischief. • Daniel Earl Tyler, 37, of Anniston: second-degree promoting prison contraband. • Cordera DeJames Hutchinson, 25, of Anniston: probation violation.

Alabama State Trooper’s

The following felony arrests were reported by the Alabama State Trooper’s during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Jimmy Dale Salter, 40, of Oxford: possession of a controlled substance.

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. • Jeffery Wayne Lowman, 46, of Glencoe: first-degree unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.

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. • Amber Reagan Guinn, 33, of Anniston: probation violation. • Jeremy Shay Fields, 33, of Anniston: probation violation.

BLOTTER 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.

Burglaries • Restaurant, 3100 block of McClellan Boulevard: boxes of ribs. • Residence, 500 block of Williamson Avenue: television, game console, controllers. • Residence, 2200 block of McKleroy Avenue: television, microwave oven, toaster oven, electrical wiring, mini-refrigerator. • Residence, 4400 block of Eula-

ton Drive: game consoles, wallet, credit cards. • Restaurant, 1500 block of Greenbrier Drive: security safe, cash. • Residence, 500 block of East 20th Street: televisions, game consoles, cell phones, controllers. • Unknown location, 4500 block of Old Gadsden Highway: aluminum cans. • Residence, 4800 block of Mark Street: fishing poles. • Residence, 2000 block of Moore Avenue: bathtub, pipe, sink.

Thefts • Residence, 400 block of South Corning Street: air conditioner, ceiling fans, stove. • Parking lot, 500 block of Blue Mountain Road: CB radio, television. • Parking lot, first block of West

10th Street: purse, wallet, credit cards, cash, personal I.D. • Residence, first block of Craig Drive: firearm. • Residence, 2000 block of Moore Avenue: Pit bull dog. (Recovered 11-30-2012) • Residence, 400 block of West 29th Street: cell phone. (Recovered 1130-2012) • Department store, 5500 block of McClellan Boulevard: television, boots. • Bank, unknown location: money from accounts, bank card. • Department store, 5500 block of McClellan Boulevard: bedding, cookware. • Public building, 600 block of Noble Street: laptop computer. • Parking lot, 300 block of Blue Mountain Road: cash, shoes. • Residence, 600 block of Parker

Street: horse. (Recovered 12-22012) • Restaurant, 5500 block of McClellan Boulevard: cash.

Robberies • Specialty store, 200 block of Signal Street: cash. • Residence, 500 block of South Colvin Street: purse, wallet, cash, cell phone, medications.

Auto-related thefts

Burglaries • Residence, Duggar Mountain Road, Piedmont: tools. • Residence, McDaniel Avenue, Hobson City: copper wiring.

Thefts • Residence, Barrington Circle, Alexandria: utility trailer. • Residence, Leighton Avenue, Anniston: laptop computer, personal checks.

• Street, 1400 block of Marguerite I.D. Thefts Avenue: wallet, laptop computer. • Unknown location: monies from credit union account. • Unknown location, Eastbrook Calhoun County Drive, Oxford: online account, The following property crimes bank cards. were reported to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office during the Auto-related thefts seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. • Street, Wilkerson Drive, AnnisThursday. ton: 2005 Dodge Magnum.

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CALENDAR: PROPERTY TRANSFERRED • Willie J. Ruffin II and Yvette B. Ruffin to Johnny G. Ragland and Hilda L. Ragland, map of WilliamsCoopertown property, block 13, lots 14 and 15. • Sherry S. Rountree to Betty J. Smith, a parcel of land near 231 Main Street, Oxford, $10. • Debra Pogue to Kenneth Pogue, Edmondson Heights subdivision, block 1, lot 3, $10. • William G. Dulaney to William G. Dulaney and Rachel D. Dulaney, a parcel of land in section 17, township 16, range 6, $10. • Larue Sisk Clements to James Ray Drummond Sr. and Sherry H. Drummond, Mountainview subdivision, lot 11, $10. • Peter Edward Mask and Lisa C. Mask to Richard E. Clements, Patricia B. Clements and Richard Brady Clements, a parcel of land in section 18, township 16, range 9, $10. • Fannie Mae to Hughes Living Trust, M. M. Hudgens subdivision, lot 11, $24,900. • Gene S. Harris Jr. to Lana O. Hurst, Holly Hill, 1st addition, block 4, lot 4, $10. • JPMorgan Chase Bank to Abdelhak E. Bouabidi and Touria Lamrabet, Mecca Woods Estates, block 1, lot 20, $10. • Morequity Inc. to Gary Abbott, Wood Haven Estates, block A, lot 19, $41,000. • Calhoun Trees LLC to Randal W. Wilson and Dana K. Davis, a parcel of land in section 2, township 16, range 9, $187,320. • Waddell Construction Co. LLC to Deborah J. Estes and Genelle B. Estes, Cider Ridge subdivision, phase 1 reassessment, block WH, lot 12WH, $235,000. • Yesika Benavides Ortega to Gregory S. Thomas, Valley Land Co., 1st

addition, block F, lot 4, $115,000. • Jonathan A. Bass to Robert W. White Jr. and Angela C. White, Ashton Place, phase 2, block C, lot 15, $175,500. • Steven A. Geving, Glenita A. Geving, Fred T. Tureson and Norma J. Tureson to Gregory D. Ward, fractional section O/N/H of a parcel of land in section 19, township 14, range 6, $14,000. • Danny Boozer to Richard Boozer, a parcel of land in section 26/35, township 13, range 7, $10. • Bessie Mae Grantham to Donny L. Grantham and Judy A. Grantham, a parcel of land in section 12, township 13, range 8, $10. • Ara A. Bain to Anita Ann Austin Hubbard, a parcel of land in section 3, township 15, range 9, $10. • James A. Tucker to Dana Miller Hanshaw, Pine Hill Estates, 6th addition, lot 92. • Douglas Clay Nunnelly to Douglas Clay Nunnelly, a parcel of land in section 14, township 14, range 6, $10. • Anita Ann Hubbard to Ara Angela Bain, a parcel of land in section 3/4, township 15, range 9, $10. • LPP Mortgage LTD to Blue Spruce Entities LLC, The Miller Estate, 3rd addition, lot 19, $3,500. • Blue Spruce Entities LLC to Asset Venture Inc., The Miller Estate, 3rd addition, lot 19, $6,000. • TKC LLC to TKC LLC, Willow Creek subdivision, 1st addition, lot 13, $10. • Robert E. Smith and Sylvia E. Smith to Joseph Lee Badger, BelAir Hastings subdivision, lots 20 and 21, $100. • Jewell T. Hall to Dianna Hall, Greystone Manor, Lot 9, $10. • Jesus Pedroza to Edgar Hernandez Solis, C. D. Camp’s map of Oxford, block 71, lot 76, $10.

• Thomas H. Watkins to Peggy A. Hale, Golden Springs subdivision, 4th addition, lot 3, $125,500. • Patrick Talley and Cassie Talley to Joshua Marselle Cash, Sugar Valley Estates, phase 1, block A, lot 7, $10. • Wells Fargo Bank to Veterans Affairs, Allred & Fink subdivision, block 6, lot 3, $10. • Jerry Owens and Chyril S. Owens to Jerri O. Burgess, Lenlock Lane, 2nd addition, block F, lot 15, $10. • Housing & Urban Development to Austin B. Jones, Plainview, 3rd addition, block 2, lot 7, $55,000. • Carrie Lee Riggins to Carrie Lee Riggins and Venelsa Jenkins, Woodland Heights, 2nd section, block 8, lots 21 and 22, $10. • Bank of America to Veterans Affairs, Carriage Hills subdivision, 1st addition, block 3, lot 13, $10. • Larry A. Stay to Marcia E. Willoughby, a parcel of land in section 18, township 15, range 6, $40,000. • Regions Bank to Nicholas J. Perry, a parcel of land in section 18, township 15, range 8, $10. • James Frank Dorroh and Sonya Renae Dorroh to Erik J. Hoffman and Stephanie Hoffman, a parcel of land in section 10, township 17, range 8, $10. • Heath D. Jarvis and Louise A. Jarvis to Jacob W. Roland and Diane C. Roland, Hidden Oaks subdivision, lot 7, $10. • Jennifer M. George to Johnnie M. Harris, S. E. Boozer re-subdivision of The Pines, lot 2, $10. • Calhoun Development Co. Inc. to Michael Vice and Christy Vice, Eagles Landing, 4th addition, lot 108, $10. • Jonathan Mark Box to Sawyer S. Nowland and Cherish L. Nowland, Whispering Oaks subdivison, 1st addition, lot 20, $119,900.

• Henry Gomez to Macy N. Peoples and Steve M. Peoples, Bradley Acres subdivision, block 4, lot 8, $10. • Jerald Ray Renfroe to John Pelfrey and Lula Pelfrey, Pipe Works subdivision, block 2, lots 4-6, $10. • Housing & Urban Development to Calhoun Development Co. Inc., Weaver City, block 2, lots 23 and 24, $30,000. • Noah Gerald Willis to Martha Willis Hancock, a parcel of land in section 36, township 13, range 9, $10. • Freddie Mac to Ronald Cofield, Anniston Land Co., block 541-B, lots 23 and 24, $19,200. • Dennis Leon Bassett and Patricia Ailene Bassett to DDB LLC, Bradley Acres subdivision, block 4, lot 7, $10. • Veterans Affairs to Bobby Woodrow, Anniston Land Co., block 515C, lot 7, $8,000. • Jessica Renee Ford to Anthony K. Ellison, Glen View subdivision, lot 6, $10. • Charles Faingnaert to Charles Faingnaert and Regina Lea Stelwagon, a parcel of land in section 11, township 14, range 7, $10. • Husam Mahmoud to Oussama Sukkar, Anniston Land Co., lot 273, $10. • HSBC Bank USA to Edwin E. Shetter, Sakston Heights subdivision, 2nd addition, lot 40, $52,000. • Reverse Mortgage Solutions to Bobby Woodrow, M. P. Toney subdivision, lots 23 and 24, $10. • Joe Foshee and Jamie Cunningham Foshee to Kyrus M. Body, Rolling Hills subdivision, lot 61, $123,750. • Jerry Gorden Owens and Vickie M. Grimes to Jerry Gorden Owens and Martha Jean Owens, Jacksonville Mining & Manufacturing

Co., block 410, lots 3 and 4, $10. • Roy Edward Branson and Deborah Kathryn Blanchard to Joshua Payne and Stacy Payne, a parcel of land in section 9, township 14, range 8, $10. • William J. Farrell Jr. and Jerry B. McGaugh to A. C. Land Co. Inc., Anniston City Land Co., block 134, lot 4, $10. • Southern States Bank to Brian K. Clements and Tara L. Clements, a parcel of land in section 14, township 14, range 6, $10. • Scott Family Trust to Istrin Family Trust, a parcel of land in section 11, township 16, range 7, $815,000. • Ed L. Battle and Marcelle B. Battle to Battle Living Trust, a parcel of land in section 18, township 15, range 8, $10. • JPMorgan Chase Bank to Housing & Urban Development, Brookwood Forest subdivision, block C, lot 18. • JPMorgan Chase Bank to Housing & Urban Development, Camelot subdivision, lot 53. • JPMorgan Chase Bank to Housing & Urban Development, Cheaha Acres No. 2, block 4, lot 15. • Brenton Harden and Kay Harden to Brenton Harden and Kay Harden, Terrace Meadows, phase II, lot 13, $10. • Bill P. Burt to Kelly L. Clopton, Burt’s Creek subdivision, lot 3, $100. • David L. Reaves to Jerry Broadwell and Tammy Broadwell, H. B. Blackwell’s map of Woodstock Land & Mineral Co. subdivision, lot 7, $10. • Eagle Wings Ministry to Bernard L. Stringfellow, Anniston Land Co., block 606, lots 19 and 20, $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 • China Doll, 806 N. Main St., Piedmont — 88, potentially hazardous food did not meet temperature requirements during hot holding. • Effina’s Tuscan Grill, 501 Pelham Road, N., Jacksonville — 93, problems with grease disposal. • Quick Mart, 1429 U.S. 78, W., Oxford — 92, personnel should eat/drink in designated areas only. • Waffle House, 1201 Quintard Drive, Oxford — 91, potentially hazardous food did not meet temperature requirements during cold

holding. • Yamato Japanese Steak House, 105 Mountain St., NW, Jacksonville — 94, problems with sanitization rinse.

NO MAJOR DEMERITS • Anniston Country Club (Bars), 601 Highland Ave., Anniston — 99. • Ayers Head Start — 100. • Bill’s BBQ, 916 W. 10th St., Anniston — 96. • Bojangles, 1061 JD&L Drive, Jacksonville — 99. • Captain D’s, 1021 Pelham Road, SW, Jacksonville — 98. • CJ’s Family Restaurant, 2308 U.S. 78, W., Oxford — 97. • Captain D’s, 2 Recreation Drive, Oxford — 96. • Damn Yankees Steak/Fish & Oyster Bar, 919 Noble St., Anniston — 97. • Food Outlet, 1870 Bynum Blvd., Bynum — 97. • Food Outlet, 618 Pelham Road, S., Jacksonville — 95. • Golden Dragon, 100 Ladiga St., SW, Jacksonville — 97.

• Golden Springs Elementary School — 98. • Krystal Kwik, 505 Quintard Drive, Oxford — 96. • LaCabana Mexican Cuisine, 622 U.S. 278 By Pass, E., Piedmont — 93. • LaFlor De Mexico, 1225 Snow St., Oxford — 98. • Mata’s Greek Pizza, 1708 Quintard Ave., Anniston — 96. • McDonald’s, 312 Pelham Road, N., Jacksonville — 97. • Mexico Lindo, 550 Oxford Exchange Blvd., Oxford — 99. • No. 1 China Buffet, 5624 McClellan Blvd., Anniston — 95. • Original Jess BBQ, 512 W. 15th St., Anniston — 97. • Papa John’s Pizza, 702 Pelham Road, S., Jacksonville — 98. • Pizza Hut, 813 Pelham Road, S., Jacksonville — 95. • Popeye’s Fried Chicken, 1925 Quintard Ave., Anniston — 97. • Quiznos Sub, 505 Pelham Road, N., Jacksonville — 96.

• Sonic Drive In, 1120 Pelham Road, S., Jacksonville — 95. • Sonic Drive In, 1405 Barry St., Oxford — 96. • Stringfellow Memorial Hospital — 97. • Taco Bell, 1611 Pelham Road, S., Jacksonville — 98. • Taco Bell, 504 Hamric Drive, E., Oxford — 97. • Tenth Street Elementary School — 98. • Waffle House, 1530 Quintard Ave., Anniston — 92. • Waffle House, 65 Jimmy Hinton Drive, Oxford — 98. • Walmart (Deli), 5560 McClellan Blvd., Anniston — 99. • Wendy’s, 75 Tower Drive, Oxford — 97. • Winn-Dixie (Bakery-Deli), 4920 U.S. 78, W., Oxford — 95. • Winn-Dixie (Market), 4920 U.S. 78, W., Oxford — 96. • Winn-Dixie (Produce), 4920 U.S. 78, W., Oxford — 97. • Zaxby’s, 3234 McClellan Blvd., Anniston — 99.

Same-sex weddings in Washington to begin today BY RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two retired military women who fought for the rights of gays in the military were among the hundreds of couples who received their marriage licenses last week as Washington state’s voterapproved law allowing same-sex marriage took effect. Former Air Force flight nurse Maj. Margaret Witt, of Spokane, and retired nurse, Army Col. Grethe Cammermeyer, of Whidbey Island, both successfully challenged the military’s ban on open service by gays and lesbians. They were first in line on Thursday in their home counties to receive their licenses with their partners. “First, to be able to serve their country openly was in and of itself historical, and a significant step forward for our nation. And now to be able to legally wed the person they love is yet another historical milestone,” said Anne Levinson, a gay rights activist who worked on the campaign to approve same-sex marriage. “They’re remarkable women.” Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed certified the election on Wednesday afternoon, and the law took effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, when couples in Seattle lined up to pick up their licenses just after midnight. Because the state has a threeday waiting period, the earliest that weddings can take place is today. “It will be an amazing energetic, joyous experience,” said Witt, who will marry her partner of nine years, Laurie Johnson, on Dec. 15 in Spokane. Witt, 48, was discharged from the Air Force Reserve because

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Former Army Major Margaret Witt, right, and Lori Johnson of Spokane, Wash., are planning to marry on Dec. 15 after receiving one of the first marriage licenses for same sex couples last week. the military learned she was a lesbian, but a federal judge found her dismissal unconstitutional in 2010, and Witt retired with a full military pension last year. She is currently a physical therapist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Spokane. The policy that banned gay and lesbian members of the military from serving openly, known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” was repealed last year, but Witt said there’s more to be done. Since gay marriage is still not recognized under federal law, Witt said that military family members are still at risk of not being recognized as next of kin by the military. “I’d like to see all military members and their families recognized and taken care of,” she

said. “As far as we’ve come in the military, my job’s not done.” Cammermeyer plans to get married today at her home in Langley, joined by nine other couples who will also get married there before her annual Christmas party that will also serve as a wedding reception. Cammermeyer, 70, earned national attention with her fight to stay in the Washington National Guard. She was fired in 1992 after disclosing her sexual orientation during a 1989 interview for a security clearance as chief nurse of the National Guard. A federal judge ordered her reinstated in 1994; the government did not appeal. Cammermeyer said her ability to now marry Diane Divelbess, her partner of 24 years, was an

“opportunity to be treated as a family and as equals.” “There’s still a lot of inequities that state law can’t take care of, but it certainly shows that we are one of many states now that are moving toward recognition,” Cammermeyer said. Last month, Washington, Maine and Maryland became the first states to pass same-sex marriage by popular vote. They joined six other states — New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont — and the District of Columbia that had already enacted laws or issued court rulings permitting same-sex marriage. Referendum 74 in Washington state had asked voters to either approve or reject the state law legalizing same-sex marriage that

legislators passed earlier this year. That law was signed by Gregoire in February but was put on hold pending the outcome of the election. Nearly 54 percent of voters approved the measure. The law doesn’t require religious organizations or churches to perform marriages, and it doesn’t subject churches to penalties if they don’t marry gay or lesbian couples. In addition to private ceremonies that will start taking place across Washington state this weekend, Seattle City Hall will open for several hours today, and several local judges are donating their time to marry couples. Aaron Pickus, a spokesman for Mayor Mike McGinn, said that more than 140 couples have registered to get married at City Hall, and weddings will begin at 10 a.m. In Olympia, a group of local judges offered to perform wedding ceremonies just after midnight today at the Thurston County courthouse. Married same-sex couples will still be denied access to federal pensions, health insurance and other government benefits available to heterosexual couples because the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, bars federal recognition of gay unions. The U.S. Supreme Court has said it would take up gay marriage sometime during the current term. Several pending cases challenge the federal benefit provision of DOMA, and a separate appeal asks the justices to decide whether federal courts were correct in striking down California’s Proposition 8, the amendment that outlawed gay marriage after it had been approved by courts in the nation’s largest state.

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