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LIFE & Arts Editor: Lisa Davis, Sunday, December 30, 2012 • Page 1E

Images the year in photos: the stories of 2012

as the year draws

remembering tragedy

to a close, The Anniston Star’s photographers have chosen their best images of the year. Chief photographer Trent Penny, Stephen Gross and Bill Wilson have among them more than 80 years of service at The Star. The following pages contain scenes of mirth and sadness, comfort and fear, victory and defeat, loss and love. Each photographer has also compiled an online slideshow featuring many more favorite photos. View more than 100 more photos online at

On the one-year anniversary of the April 27th tornadoes, the family of Spencer Motes gathered on the site of Mamre Baptist Church, where Motes was killed while seeking shelter. Spencer’s daughter, Destiny Motes, found an old dictionary in the rubble. She said she enjoys going to the site and remembering her dad. In the background is Spencer’s mother, Deborah Motes, hugging Spencer’s fiancée, Sera Winters. It was a touching moment of remembrance. — Bill Wilson, Star staff photographer

more memorable photos

Ben Tomlinson of Jacksonville, a veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan, looks at a flag given to him upon his return home. The flag flew over the Pentagon. It took a lot of doings to get this picture right. You’re not just shooting the reflection off the glass, you’re shooting the reflection through the glass. You’re taking the reflection as deep as the glass is thick. — Stephen Gross, Star staff photographer

I was at Zinn Park on another assignment, and I was worried it was going to rain on us before we got done. By the time I got back to my truck, it was pouring down rain. I saw this shelf cloud across the street and took the photo. A shelf cloud doesn’t have anything to do with tornadoes, but it is indicative of a large amount of rain. Ten minutes later, I was shooting photos of cars in downtown Anniston driving through flooded streets. — Trent Penny, Star chief photographer

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daily horoscope By Bernice Bede Osol Although your material prospects appear to be quite hopeful in the year ahead, you’re likely to generate funds in spurts instead of at a consistent rate. Be prudent in order to minimize the lean times. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — If someone with whom you’re closely involved is doing things differently from you, don’t try to make him or her over in your own image. This person’s way might actually be better.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Be smart when choosing a partner, because aligning yourself with an ineffective ally could seriously impede your progress. Make sure the other party possesses what you lack.


PISCES (Feb. 20March 20) — Avoid inclinations to make hard work out of something that should be relatively simple. Adopting a poor attitude could destroy both your initiative and purpose.

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ARIES (March 21April 19) — Even if you’re usually pretty good at managing your resources, there’s a good chance you may not be so currently. Double-check everything that is costing you money. TAURUS (April 20May 20) — Associates are likely to ignore you if they feel you’re not setting the kind of example they want to follow. Don’t expect others to do what you won’t do yourself.


GEMINI (May 21June 20) — Although you might be analytical and very observant, if you focus merely on the negative, these attributes may be squandered. Instead of being assertive, you’ll end up a defeatist.


CANCER (June 21-July 22) — If an endeavor in which you’re involved is not turning out to be as promising as you’d hoped, reassess it so that you don’t spend any more money on it than you need to.

Special to The Star

Aerobics beats lifting weights for shedding pounds, study says By Mary Macvean Los Angeles Times

People who want to lose weight are better off running than lifting weights — or even than doing both, researchers at Duke University say. The researchers compared people who did aerobic exercise — running, swimming, walking, for instance — with those who did resistance training such as weightlifting and with people who did both kinds of exercise. Those who got up and moved burned the most fat, they said in the Dec. 15 Journal of Applied Physiology. “Given that approximately two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight due to excess body fat, we want to offer clear, evidence-based exercise recommendations that will truly help people lose weight and body fat,” Leslie H. Willis, an exercise physiologist at Duke Medicine and the study’s lead author, said in a statement. It is the largest randomized trial to look at how the three modes of exercise in overweight or obese adults — 119 people by the end of the study — without diabetes changed body composition. The news might be disheartening to a whole trendy cohort of exercisers who have

become enamored with resistance training, often in combination with aerobics. Resistance training does have benefits. Research has shown it improves glucose control, for one thing. And then there’s the look of those six-pack abs to consider. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: resistance training of three days a week or about 180 minutes; aerobic training of about 12 miles a week or about 133 minutes; or both. The groups assigned to aerobic training and aerobic plus resistance training lost more weight than those who did just resistance training. The resistance training group gained weight due to an increase in lean body mass. The combination group lost weight and fat mass, but did not significantly reduce body mass, nor fat mass compared with aerobic training alone. This group noticed the largest decrease in waist circumference. “Balancing time commitments against health benefits, our study suggests that aerobic exercise is the best option for reducing fat mass and body mass,” said Cris A. Slentz, a Duke exercise physiologist and study coauthor. “It’s not that resistance training isn’t good for you; it’s just not very good at burning fat.”


New issue of Healthy Living

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• Krav Maga: Fitness through self-defense • A Q&A with Dr. Ken Hager of Advanced Imaging • A microdermabrasion giveaway • Profile of Dr. Stacy Haynes

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Even though it’s in you to be an above-average achiever, you might start focusing only on objectives that would provide you with little or no gratification. Try to look before you leap.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Challenges might normally bring out the best in you, but if you’re not careful, you could easily waffle under pressure owing to an insecure attitude. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — If you can, you should avoid all activities that require a lot of money in order to be fun. You’re not likely to get value for your dollars.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 24Nov. 22) — Whenever you’re not up to making decisions for yourself, you can bet your bottom dollar others will do so for you. It’s important to be your own person if you hope to get what you want. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Upon occasion, your hunches are right on target, but your intuitive processes could start playing tricks on you. Rely solely on your logic.


The winter issue of Healthy Living is all about resolutions, from weight loss, to eating better to quitting smoking. Also:

Look for it in today’s Anniston Star!

Just being together is best present Let’s all stop and take a deep breath. We survived — both Christmas and Doomsday (though for some of you these might have felt like one in the same. I actually spent The End of the World in line at Old Navy … there was a sale. Good thing the world’s still spinning because I look good in my $12.99 Brett sweater). Buckner Not to be all Grinch-y, but the The Dirt most wonderful thing about Christmas is when it’s over, because all that joy and good cheer can be plain exhausting, never mind the financial toll or the extra tonnage many of us would-be Santas pack on thanks to all those Christmas feasts. But that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for. And yet, for all the stress and build up, I’ve gotta say that this was one of the best family Christmases in recent memory. So in honor of the mostwonderful-time-of-the-year hubbub, allow me one final fa-la-la-la-la as I relive the best moments from a Buckner Christmas … sans snarkiness (mostly). Say what you will about the tragedy of kids from broken homes, but the grandkids of said homes make out like bandits. Sarah and Jellybean benefited from their parents’ parents inability to get along in decades past by unwrapping a treasure trove of thoughtful gifts. We Buckners celebrated Christmas no less than five times — not counting Santa’s visit — and amid the cash, dress shirts, gift and gas cards there were some really fine and unexpected presents. Jellybean got the tallest doll Hasbro’s ever conceived. “Olivia” stands roughly 3 feet tall and has been constantly by Jellybean’s side ever since she was first unwrapped. Santa also brought her an American Girl doll, along with matching clothes and pajamas, that she promptly named Marlena Adele Buffy Sumers. There was also the educational toy — a LeapPad 2 that promises hours of reading and creativity, with an added bonus of keeping Jellybean from watching episodes of “Family Guy” on My Lovely Wife’s Nook. The Diva, having just turned 16 and utterly impossible to buy for, received mostly cash but was surprised by a new TV for her room. Her old set dated back to “The Cosby Show” era. My Lovely Wife received scarves and jewelry, non-vanilla scented candles and a box set of The Carol Burnett Show. Yours truly, among other things, got a dope coffee maker, some cool T-shirts and a Kindle, which I openly and often called an “abomination,” but it turns out that even an abomination can be awfully handy, particularly when being recruited to play school with Jellybean, Olivia and Marlena Adele Buffy Sumers over this incredibly long holiday. But what made this Christmas stand out was that it was relatively easy and joyful. There was no drama, no tears, no tantrums and everyone got along. What often makes Christmas stressful, even depressing, is that the build-up rarely ever matches the reality. We all strive for this impossibly perfect celebration of family, but we often forget that the true joy of family comes from spending time together. The presents and the food is just an excuse, a reminder that given the right circumstances we can actually all get along and enjoy the simple things. Being together … that’s the greatest gift of all. And it’s the present we’ll all remember long after the gift cards are spent, the dolls (and sweaters) have been outgrown and the candles extinguished. Those are the memories that will last a lifetime, and I for one, am thankful to have been there.

Time Travels Do you have any information about this photograph? This photo is part of the Russell Brothers photography collection housed in the Alabama Room of the Public Library of Anniston and Calhoun County. The Russell Brothers were the first commercial photographers in Anniston and stayed in business from 1880 until the 1940s. If you have any more information about this photo, contact the Alabama Room at 256-237-8501 or at P.O. Box 308, Anniston, AL 36202. To browse the photo collection, visit the library’s homepage, and click on “Searching Digital Photos Tutorial.” (It’s a video file; you will need to have Shockwave installed.) Copies of the photos can be ordered through the website.

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New projects for the new year


I’ve been in a bit of a crafting lull the the bunk bed building that I did not have last week. Since November, I’ve spent a the proper tool for the job (that’s where lot of time creating — bunk beds, clothes neighbors with power tools come in very for me, pajamas for the family, all the handy). I’ll probably get a 12-volt Makita edible gifts for my friends — so by the cordless drill driver, which should be time Christmas dinner was over, I had heavy-duty enough for my projects used up every stitch of creativeness I had around the house and yard. I’ve had an left. It doesn’t help that my sewing room idea for about a year for a outdoor playwas the staging area for the presents house for my kids using pallets. And I’ve — it looked like a war thought about adding a slide to zone with all the torn those bunk beds. cardboard boxes, strips Another wonderful present of wrapping paper and to enable my crafting addiction the plastic …! Kids’ toys was a gift card to Hobby Lobby. come so securely locked I’m pretty diligent about my into their packages with 40 percent off coupon — you plastic molds and ties can get it on an app for your and elastic that it took smartphone — so I can put this Deirdre me 20 minutes just to present to very good use. And Long free a Barbie. Hobby Lobby has everything I Haute I took the time love: Fabric and notions for all Homemade cleaning and organizing my room to my sewing (I got a 60-count thread spool think about the projects that I’d like to holder for my birthday in early Decemaccomplish in the New Year — a task ber and it’s been looking pretty bare), made a little easier with a couple of gifts yarn of every color and weight for more I received from family. My sister Beth snuggly scarves now that winter’s finally drew my name in our Christmas swap come around, and all the arts and crafts this year, so she sent me the money to supplies you can think of. Especially buy a power drill, since I realized during glue.

I have a whole box dedicated to glue of the liquid, solid and aerosol varieties, but I really do need a new glue gun, since the stand on mine broke several years ago, so I’ve just been laying a hot glue gun on its side when I use it, which has to be some kind of fire hazard. I’m clumsy enough when it comes to using hot tools (the iron is the worst!), let alone when I have to use it improperly. If I can find one that turns off automatically, I think I’ll be set. Another gift I received wasn’t particularly a Christmas present, but the timing was right. My friend Lacie Pinyan, a former sports editor here at The Star, brought me a stack of cookbooks last week from her new employer, Oxmoor House — publishers of Southern Living, Cooking Light and all those other magazines. She knows I’m a big fan of slow cookers and simple, quick meals — isn’t every working mother? — and these cookbooks definitely fit the bill. Now I have plenty of inspiration for meals to cook in the new year, too. Nice, easy meals that will leave me more time to get started on some of those other projects, perhaps.

Holiday doldrums can spark creativity By Jennifer Forker

sea creatures — and, more recently, evil clowns and snowman assassins. It’s inevitable during the Some of her biggest fans are holiday season: Kids get bored. pre-teens, who pose new projBut the doldrums are just the ect ideas and ask for help. “I thing for unleashing children’s work with (the kids) and bring creativity. them in on it,” says Maloney, Give them a few ideas and now an editor at “National supplies, and step out of the Geographic Explorer” magaway. zine. Brenna Maloney, a WashFor kids who know how to ington, D.C., mother of two, is use a sewing machine or would the author of three sock-projlike to learn, Maloney suggests ect books, including the new starting with a snake, turtle or “Sock It To Me” (Stash Books, starfish; the snake project is 2012). posted at Maloney’s website, She turned to sewing with . stretchy socks five years ago to “Think about the sock and offset job stress. Replicating a how it’s shaped . turn it and favorite sock bunny that her twist it,” Maloney says. She mother had made her when uses a sock’s pattern, plus she was a girl, Maloney then stuffing and embellishments to turned to crafting snakes, mice, turn it into a creature. Associated Press


This Facebook message will self-destruct Facebook just before Christmas released “Poke,” an iPhone app for creating messages that delete themselves. The app joins at least two competing programs geared toward sharing content that a sender would not want his or her recipient to keep. Think “Mission: Impossible,” but without the puff of smoke emanating from your phone. Users connect Poke to their Facebook accounts and can then send friends text messages, photos and Whit videos which are autoMcGhee matically wiped from the recipient’s device after a predetermined amount of time. The program received the most downloads of any free app last week, reaching the No. 1 spot in Apple’s App Store within a day of its release. Temporarymessaging apps have quickly and, dare we say, discreetly, risen in notoriety in recent months. Competitors Snapchat and Burst launched earlier this year. Like Poke, Snapchat allows users to send and receive photos and videos which disappear after a few seconds. Where Poke and Snapchat cater more to smartphone-toting Facebookers, Burst is geared toward families by allowing its users to send photos and videos to others via standard text messaging or email.

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A starfish, turtle and fish from the book, ‘Socks Appeal’ are shown. The holiday doldrums are just the thing for unleashing children’s creativity.


Weddings, engagements, anniversaries and births

▶ Heath, Cruse

▶ Hiatt, wilson

▶ Brooks, Cannon

Brittany Shay Heath and Jeremy Phillip Cruse were married June 2, 2012, at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West, Fla. Pastor Ozzie Vater performed the ceremony. Parents of the bride are Larry and Phyllis Heath of Anniston. Parents of the groom are Jerry and Jani Cruse of Oxford. Grandparents of the bride are Carolyn McLeod of Anniston and the late Robert H. McLeod and Vera Heath of Anniston and the late Ralph Heath. Grandparents of the groom are Margaret Traywick of Oxford and the late Lamar Traywick and Ludy Cruse of Oxford and the late Carl Cruse. The matron of honor was Brittany Graben Golson. The best man was Jerry Cruse, father of the groom. The reception was held at A&B Lobster House on the waterfront deck. The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore an ivory Allencon lace mermaid gown designed by Enzoani. The delicate lace bodice featured a scallop edge neckline and hem. Covered buttons finished the back of the gown leading to the semi-cathedral train. After a trip to Key West, Fla., the couple resides in Oxford.

Emma Hiatt and Matthew Wilson were married Nov. 17, 2012, at Cheaha State Park in Delta. Dr. Michael Stewart performed the ceremony. Music was provided by Grayson Lawrence. Parents of the bride are Blanchard and Suzanne Hiatt of Red Bank, N.J. Parents of the groom are Terry and Becky Wilson of Jacksonville. Grandparents of the bride are Dorothy Heller of New York, N.Y. and the late Milton Heller. Grandparents of the groom are the late JB Jackson Jr.; the late Miriam Jackson Higginbotham and the late Ralph Higginbotham, all formerly of Jacksonville, and the late Mary and Don Wilson, formerly of Leeds. Bridesmaids were Elizabeth Verbovsky, Gail Guthlein, Rebekah Wilson and Suzanne Vice. The maid of honor was Amy Latessa. Groomsmen were Abe Hiatt, Anthony Napoli, Atit Desai, Hunter Youngblood, Jacob Taylor, Jesse Corn, Jose Martinez, Justin Vice, Kenneth Vandervoot and Matthew Smith. Honorary groomsman was Sgt. Brannen Delker, U.S. Army Airborne Infantry in Afghanistan. The best man was Terry Wilson. The couple resides in Martinez, Calif.

Lindsey Nicole Brooks of Jacksonville and Christopher Ellis Cannon of Oxford were married Nov. 10, 2012, at the Alexandria Community Center in Alexandria. The Rev. Mike Owens of Leatherwood Baptist Church performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Doug and Cindy Brooks of Jacksonville. She is the granddaughter of the late Wilburn and Frances Jones and the late Jonathon and Elizabeth (Betty) Brooks. The groom is the son of Rick and Pat Cannon of Oxford. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Massey and the late Mrs. Ann Massey of Trussville, and the late SGM and Mrs. Estle V. Cannon. The bridal party consisted of Brandie Harper (maid of honor), Lakeita Windham, Rick Cannon (best man), Michael Cannon, Jared Jordan, Rik Stedham, and Rachel Hulsey as director. The couple resides in Alexandria.

▶ in fine form

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Mobile phone maker Research in Motion (RIM) couldn’t manage to make waves with its BlackBerry devices in 2012, but new reports say the company is getting ready to stage a comeback effort. Photos published on a Chinese tech news website last week showed a new BlackBerry phone, likely to be called the X10, which featured a touch-sensitive screen and physical keyboard. Also on the horizon for the Ontariobased manufacturer is a thin touchscreen device called the Z10, which will compete with high-end iPhone and Android phones. The new BlackBerries are likely to be unveiled in late January, when RIM will introduce a revamped version of its phone operating system. The new BlackBerry OS will include a time-shifting camera, switchable profiles to keep work and personal data separate and a keyboard that learns how a user types to minimize errors over time, according to the BlackBerry website. BlackBerry phones gained notoriety in the 2000s as the first smartphones hit the market, but in recent years devices with iOS and Android operating systems have surged to the forefront. Missteps by RIM, including the release of a tablet computer in 2011 which did not have basic applications like an email client and calendar, resulted in financial losses and mass layoffs at the company.

Survey reveals best places to shop online For the eighth year in a row, Amazon. com took the top spot in an annual poll of customer satisfaction among online vendors. Wisconsin-based research company ForeSee collected more than 24,000 surveys of customers who shopped on the Web this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Customers polled gave Amazon high marks for the variety of its products and “a history of focusing on the customer,” ForeSee president and CEO Larry Freed said last week. The top score for Amazon comes as the company announced two weeks ago a crackdown on fake, promotional product reviews on its website. came in second this year among the top 100 e-retailers, followed by Other major brands found themselves losing ground with customers in this year’s poll. was tied for second place in ForeSee’s 2011 satisfaction survey, but this year fell out of the top five completely. had the biggest decline in customer satisfaction of any company on the list.

New Years Eve Party

Spectacular desserts from the dessert buffet • Appetizers served all evening D I N N E R S P E C I A L ~ Shrimp & Grits ~ Salmon Fillets ~ Roasted Half Chickens ~ 20 oz. Bone in Ribeyes ~ Beef Fillets and other Favorites



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noteworthy news LEFT: Darlene Cook fights back the tears as she talks abut her daughter, Carla Fuqua, who had been missing since 2009 until her skeletal remains were found near Piedmont earlier this year. BELOW: Oxford officers respond to the scene of a shooting, where Romero Roberto Moya was killed after murdering his three brothers in Heflin and leading police on a chase through Cleburne and Calhoun counties.

Bill Wilson

Stephen Gross

Bill Wilson

Trent Penny

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Trent Penny

ABOVE, TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT: 1. Anniston City Councilman Ben Little looks out from under the canopy at the Anniston City Meeting Center while his opponent, Seyram Selase, stands in the rain. 2. Alabama running back Trent Richardson celebrates the Crimson Tide’s 21-0 victory over LSU to claim the school’s 14th national championship. 3. Pressman Nathan Hubbard checks a paper on the conveyor as the press rolls at The Anniston Star, which ceased production of its Monday edition in October. 4. Sgt. Ben Tomlinson, who was shot and injured in Afghanistan in 2011, receives a hero’s welcome in Jacksonville. RIGHT: Auburn and Handley High School football players serve as pallbearers at Ladarious Phillips’ funeral in Roanoke. Stephen Gross

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FAR LEFT: Oxford High School’s Racean Thomas leaps over Gadsden City’s Breylon Willis. LEFT: Auburn wide receiver Emory Blake dives over the pylon to score against Arkansas, though the Tigers lost 24-7 to the Razorbacks.

Trent Penny

Trent Penny

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the year in photos

photographer’s choice

Trent Penny

A member of the local Marine Corps League is reflected in the Vietnam veterans memorial during the 15th annual Memorial Day ceremony at Centennial Park in downtown Anniston. I was there to cover the event when I glanced over and saw this, and grabbed a frame of it. I knew he was a veteran himself; they’re always going to salute. — Trent Penny, Star chief photographer

ABOVE: 1. Payton Thornton uses his pencil to draw a picture in the library at White Plains Elementary. 2. Ohatchee student Devyn McRaney writes a message on a memory board in the school’s lunchroom for her friend, Alyssa Cooper, who was killed in a car accident with her mother, Sheila. 3. Cyclists stream down Vigo Road in Piedmont for the start of the Foothills Classic. RIGHT: Kyle Comfort’s mother, Ellen Comfort, takes a ride on the back of a motorcycle with Glenn Turton during a Poker Run to benefit the Comfort Foundation.

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RIGHT: An old rusty gas pump sits abandoned, its price locked at 72.5 cents per gallon. FAR RIGHT: A junk vendor rides through Anniston.

Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

the year in photos

photographer’s choice This was a shot I took for Halloween. It’s spooky. It’s ethereal. It looks like a UFO landing back there in the trees. This was shot in Cleburne County near the Haunted Chicken House. I was on my way back from a football game and saw through the trees all this fog and smoke, which was coming from the Chicken House. You could also hear chainsaws and people screaming in the background. — Bill Wilson, Star staff photographer

Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

LEFT: Eloise Canzater watches a slideshow of old photos of her school and classmates from the Jacksonville Colored School/Eastwood reunion at Jacksonville State University’s Houston Cole Library. TOP: The City of Jacksonville demolished Bill Austin’s house after deeming it unsafe, leaving Austin to live out of his vehicle on the property. ABOVE: A man stands outside Young’s Boutique and Groceries in Heflin.

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memorable moments CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: 1. Local cowboy Koley Gilmer coordinates rodeos all over the southeast using bulls raised on his Ohatchee farm. 2. The ‘Can Man’ pauses during the national anthem at Talladega Superspeedway. 3. Dylan Dunaway grabs a breath of air as he competes in the first official swim meet at Anniston’s new aquatic center. 4. A wreck at the intersection of 6th Street and Quintard involving three cars flipped an Anniston police car upside down near a stop sign. 5. First-year Saks Elementary kindergarten teacher Courtney Underwood tries to console Tanner Stevens on his first day of school. 6. Dominick Cosper is covered in more than 50 pairs of shoes he collected for a charity organization.

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Bill Wilson

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ABOVE: Terry Thomas checks his honey bee boxes at his business, Cold Creek Honey, near Hokes Bluff. RIGHT: Wellborn High School principal Rick Carter cuts guidance counselor Todd Ford’s hair after students raised enough money to feed 143 needy families for Christmas. Stephen Gross

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RIGHT: Sonny Nance looks over a 250-year-old red oak tree that fell in his yard in Eulaton. FAR RIGHT: Participants lay roses in memory of loved ones at the Fallen Comrade Ceremony at Centennial Park in Anniston for Veterans Day.

Stephen Gross

Stephen Gross

the year in photos

photographer’s choice My favorite shot is this one of Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates catching a long pass against ULM. His eyes say it all. He’s half-scared, all concentration. That concentration is something you can’t see on TV. It happened in a split-second. I like to shoot faces along with the sport. It lets you see what others can’t see — an intensity you don’t have otherwise. Coates didn’t score on this pass. The long touchdown catch was called back because of illegal formation, which came after the back judge ruled Coates did not complete the pass. — Stephen Gross, Star staff photographer

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Stephen Gross

TOP LEFT: A Jacksonville State University cheerleader flips high in the air before the game against Tennessee State. BOTTOM LEFT: Handley offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman is one of college football’s top prospects. ABOVE: JSU defensive back Brooks Robinson receives a hug from his father during Senior Day. Stephen Gross

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the spirit of competition CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: 1. Gene Chizik walks to the locker room after losing 63-21 against Texas A&M. 2. Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood celebrates a touchdown against Auburn in the Iron Bowl. 3. Donoho’s Corey Phillis celebrates a game point against Addison, later going on to help the Lady Falcons win the 1A state volleyball championship. 4. Saks pitcher Taylor West pitched a perfect game against Pisgah to help the Lady Wildcats win the 3A state softball title. 5. Oxford pitcher Frazier Taylor celebrates a win over Spain Park to advance to the ASHAA championship game.

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Stephen Gross

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LEFT: Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel scores a touchdown against Auburn. ABOVE: Jacksonville State running back Washaun Ealey looks for running room after upending Murray State defensive back Brandon Wicks. Trent Penny

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Terilyn Avery, Anniston Grace Baggett, Ranburne Bobbie Dawn Bennett, Wadley Nancy Newman Bennett, Oxford James C. Blair, Anniston Dorothy June Laney Blakely, Oxford Aline Braden, Pell City Samuel J. Brown, Ashland Jeanette Sue Carden, Alexandria Andy Chandler, Alexandria Willa Collins, Texas Myrtis Croft, Anniston Jessie Mae Curry, Anniston Jean Cain Donaldson, Piedmont Joyce M. Dorman, Silver Run Willie Dean Duke, Talladega Mary Jane Eubanks, Piedmont Morris G. Foreman, Talladega Mary Lois Glover, Anniston Edward Owen Heptinstall, Cullman Calvin F. Hill, Delta Robert Wayne Hill, Saks Steven Reginald Howard, Sylacauga Minister Mary L. Kelley Johnson, Anniston Walter Kidd, Lineville Cynthia Dianne Leondard, Anniston Eunice T. Lovvorn, Woodland Frances Page Lusk, Alexandria Jasper Maddox Jr., Ohatchee William Charles Malone III,

Talladega John I. Matyjasik, Weaver Billy Gene McCartney, Ohatchee Richard Earl McGuire, Munford George H. McKenzie Jr., Alexandria E.E. Miller, Anniston William Ethan Miller, Centre Jean P. Minton, Piemdont Eunice G. Northington, Anniston James J. Patterson, Anniston Cynthia D. Pierce, Wellington Doris Read, Reads Mill Timothy Richey Sr., Munford Jean B. Rogers, Jacksonville Chris Rushing, Ashland Curtis Junior Salers, Jacksonville Jeremy Wade Studdard, Piedmont Sandra Jean Tipton, Anniston Johnny Lee Towns, Anniston Mary Jewell Heath Turner, Anniston Gloria Twyman, Anniston Larry Vincent Sr., Anniston John “Buddy” Ware, Talladega Dorothy Jordan White, Ragland Harold DeWayne Wilkes, Piedmont Charlie Lewis Williams, Anniston Gerald D. Yancy, Heflin Willie L. Youson, Anniston





52 weeks ago Last week

• Larry Terrell Montgomery of Anniston to Shaniqua Latiek Bailey of Oxford • Pamela Joan Williams of Pell City to Sidney Woodfin Nichols of Oxford • Michael David Lockridge of Jacksonville to Kiley Grace Ponder of Piedmont • Bruce Neal Adams of Anniston to Dena Kaye Campbell of Anniston • Jonathan Andrew Osowski of Fort Meyers, Fla., to Amy

Michelle Roche of Fort Meyers, Fla. • Scott Allen Meadows of Jacksonville to Angela Jo Ritter of Jacksonville • Ahmed Mohamed Ali of Anniston to Calarda Latosh’ Brown of Anniston • Tommy Wayne Tucker of Anniston to Jacqualine Dianne Leger of Anniston • Edwin Keith Haywood of Oxford to Kelly Dempsey Browning of Oxford

Chapter 7


• Margie L. Header, US 21 North, Jacksonville • James Danny Dunn, Oxford • Gloria Bowie, Christine Avenue, Anniston • Mary L. Mustafa, Oak Road, Anniston • Shannon M. Driver, Ceder Court, Alexandria • Justin Heath Smitherman, Joyce Street, Gadsden

The material inside the Sunday Record is recorded by The Anniston Star from various institutions and government offices. The public records are published as they appeared on the documents obtained by the newspaper. Direct questions and comments about Sunday Record to Isaac Godwin at jgodwin@jsu. edu.

This week

No sale for Tuesday. Closed for the Christmas holiday.

WILLS PROBATED • William Kenneth Dickie • Grace V. Bowen • William Tyson Bennett • Vandie Sykes • William H. Newsome • Jerry E. Mayne • Emogene Lynch Brooke


• MSJP Land Co. LLC • Crimson Legacy LLC • CKR Ventures LLC • M & A Trucking Inc. • On The Brass Services LLC • Jeff Strickland LLC • Shafer Used Cars Inc. • Southeast Timber Co. LLC • Hamilton Band Instrument Co.


The people listed in this arrest report, whose names and charges are • Marquita Parker, Cooper Avenue, Annis- obtained from public records, are presumed innocent unless proven ton • Anthony Jernigan, Canterbury Square, guilty in a court of law. Anniston Anniston • April J. Headrick, Brown Bridge Road, The following felony arrests were Piedmont reported by the Anniston Police Department (addresses not provided) during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Ricky Lee Hamilton, 22: seconddegree receiving stolen property. Follow the news • Tommy Joe Smith, 51: third-degree burglary. @AnnistonStar • Donald Dye, 56: second-degree domestic violence. • Natasha Yvette Miller, 25: two counts of possession of a controlled

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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:

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substance. • Gabrielle Dionne Walker, 25: obstructing justice by using false I.D.

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The following felony arrests were reported by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Tracy Lynn Hurst, 41, of Anniston: second-degree domestic violence. • Alyce Bernice Baldwin, 36, of Eastaboga: failure to appear in court for first-degree receiving stolen property. • Ashley Nicole Walker, 27, of Hillsboro, Fla.: failure to appear in court for distribution of a controlled substance.

BLOTTER Crimes are listed by location. Anonymous tips may be called toys. • Residence, 400 block of Leighton Avenue: car seat. in to Crime Stoppers at 256-238-1414. A reward of up to • Residence, 3100 block of Walnut Avenue: router, monitor, • Residence, 400 block of Oak Lane: food, clothing, toys, $1,000 may be given. coins. computer, game console, suitcase, power cord. • Residence, first block of Craig Drive: wheels. Anniston Thefts • Residence, 400 block of Oak Lane: purse, wallet, cash, The following property crimes were reported to the Annis- • Commercial location, 5500 block of McClellan Boulevard: phone charger, debit card. • Residence, 1800 block of Moore Avenue: 1992 Buick ton Police Department during the seven-day period ending cash. • Residence, 100 block of Hill Street: jewelry. LeSabre. at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Residence, 4400 block of Linda Lane: jewelry. • Residence, 2800 block of McClellan Boulevard: firearm. Burglaries • Residence, 1700 block of Leighton Avenue: guitar, ampliCalhoun County • Commercial location, 5100 block of Saks Road: vehicle fier, guitar case. parts. • Residence, 300 block of Wilkerson Drive: clothing, shoes. The following property crimes were reported to the Calhoun • Residence, 2100 block of Thomas Avenue: television, • Residence, 1900 block of Wilmer Avenue: tablet com- County Sheriff’s Office during the seven-day period ending coins. puter. at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Residence, 400 block of South Colvin Street: televisions, • Bar, 1000 block of Noble Street: cell phone. laptop computer, tower. • Department store, 5500 block of McClellan Boulevard: Burglaries • Commercial location, 1200 block of Noble Street: com- cell phone. • Residence, 300 block of Crimson Tide Road, Piedmont: puter, checks. • Restaurant, 600 block of Quintard Avenue: cash. television. • Commercial location, 1200 block of Noble Street: laptop Auto-related thefts Thefts computer, monitor. • Commercial location, 1600 block of Christine Avenue: • Residence, 500 block of 23rd Street: 2000 Mazda 626. • Residence, New Liberty Road, Jacksonville: firearm.

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.

Drive, Oxford — 90, problems with sanitization rinse. • Quizno’s Subs, 1783 Hamric Drive, E., Oxford — 93, approved food safety course certificate required.


• Arby’s, 30 Oxford Exchange Blvd., Oxford — 99. • Brad’s Bar-B-Que, 1809 U.S. 78, E., Oxford — 98. • Domino’s Pizza, 110 Ladiga St., SW, Jacksonville — 99. 4-OR 5-POINT DEMERITS • Dorsey’s Supermarket, 601 Main St., • Outback Steakhouse, 196 Springbranch Oxford — 98.

• Firehouse Subs, 522 Oxford Exchange Blvd., Oxford — 96. • Garfrerick’s Café, 655 Creekside Drive, Oxford — 99. • Hampton/Jacksonville Hotel (Pantry), 1041 JD & L Drive, Jacksonville — 99. • Hardee’s, 700 Quintard Drive, Oxford — 96. • IHOP, 1904 U.S. 78, Oxford — 97. • Jefferson’s, 407 Pelham Road, N., Jacksonville — 94. • Julia’s Kitchen, 1 Cliff Garret Drive, Oxford — 98. • Ladiga Manor, Jacksonville — 98. • Los Mexicanos, 500 Hamric Drive, Oxford

— 99. • Meadowbrook Abundant Childcare, Oxford — 99. • Olive Garden, 401 Oxford Exchange Blvd., Oxford — 97. • Sleep Inn, 88 Colonial Drive, Oxford — 98. • Struts, 500 Forney Ave., Jacksonville — 94. • Subway, 2030 U.S. 78, E., Oxford — 95. • Wake & Bake Pizza & Coffee Co., 109 Ladiga St., SE, Jacksonville — 96. • Walmart (Deli), 1625 Pelham Road, S., Jacksonville — 97.

Top tips for fliers stranded by winter’s storms By Scott Mayerowitz Associated Press

NEW YORK — A massive winter storm is disrupting travel plans for tens of thousands of fliers trying to get home after Christmas. Snow, thunderstorms, sleet, tornados and high winds have grounded planes in the nation’s midsection and are expected to slow operations on the East Coast. Delays last week racked up from Dallas to Indianapolis to Chicago. By Wednesday, more than 1,100 flights

nationwide had been scrapped, according to flight tracking site FlightAware. com. More cancelations are likely throughout the evening, with Washington, New York and Philadelphia expected to see the largest problems. For instance, wind gusts at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport could exceed 50 mph Wednesday night, according to FlightAware. Passengers are pretty much at the mercy of Mother Nature and the airlines. But there are a few things they can do

to improve their odds of getting home quickly. • If you miss your connection, the airlines will automatically rebook you on the next available flight. However, with flights at near capacity, the next open seat could be several days away. Two years ago, some Christmas fliers had to wait nearly a week to get home. • If you’re unhappy with your rebooked flight, get in line to speak to a customer service representative. But also, pick up the phone and call the airline directly, go onto the airline’s

website and even consider sending a Tweet. • Consider buying a one-day pass to the airline lounge. It’s a nice place to relax away from the crowd and there are usually free drinks and small snacks. But the real secret to the lounges is that the airline staffs them with some of its best — and friendliest — ticket agents. The lines inside will be much shorter and these agents are magically able to find empty seats where nobody else can. One-day passes typically cost $50 per person.

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CALENDAR: PROPERTY TRANSFERRED • Thomas E. Coleman and Carolyn M. Coleman to Coleman Holdings LP, Hamilton subdivision, block G, lots 9-15, $10. • Kimberly Diane Bennett Zinn to Kimberly Diane Bennett Zinn, Deville Estates, 2nd addition, block A, lot 13, $0. • Mark Chapman to Rose Acceptance Inc., a parcel of land in section 21, township 13, range 8, $2,019. • Monna Lockridge to Curtis R. Cardwell, Walton Brack subdivision, lots 7-10, $10. • Branch Banking & Trust Co. to Noe Lopez and Mariela Lopez, a parcel of land in section 25, township 16, range 8, $10. • Kenneth L. Eaton and Amanda Eaton to Jonathan B. Guy and Katie L. Guy, a parcel of land in section 32, township 15, range 9, $10. • HW LLC to Robert Paul Murray and Kimberly K. Murray, a parcel of land in sections 29/30, township 14, range 9, $10. • Ruby P. Boozer and Benjamin B. Boozer Jr. to Benjamin B. Boozer Jr. Revocable Trust, a parcel of land in section 9, township 13, range 8, $10. • Ruby P. Boozer and Benjamin B. Boozer Jr. to Benjamin B. Boozer Jr. Revocable Trust, North Woods subdivision, 1st addition, lots 5 and 6, $10.

• Ruby Boozer to Benjamin B. Boozer Jr. Revocable Trust, a parcel of land in section 4, township 15, range 8, $10. • Ruby Boozer and Benjamin B. Boozer Jr. to Benjamin B. Boozer Jr. Revocable Trust, a parcel of land in section 4, township 15, range 8, $10. • Eagles Landing LLC to Oak Castle LLC, Verbon George Estate, lots 17 and 18, $83,560. • Sher-Wil/HOP LLC to 9460 LLC, Darolyn Ross 2006 Revocable Trust and E&C Granz Family Trust, Golden Spring subdivision No. 2, lot 22, $10. • Branch Banking & Trust Co. to Anita P. Soto, Indian Oaks Estates, section 2, lot 37, $10. • Robert B. Jones and Mary Lois Jones to Cindy Michelle Jones Miller, South Anniston Land Co., 1st division, block 3, lots 18-22, $1. • Thomas R. Garvey and Linda E. Garvey to Thomas R. Garvey and Linda E. Garvey, a parcel of land in section 34, township 16, range 7, $10. • Freddie Mac to Edward E. Brown and Denise M. Brown, S. E. Boozer re-subdivision of Pines subdivision, lots 18 and 19, $27,500. • Elvira Free, Benjamin C. Free and Robert C.

Free Jr. to Bobby Joe Gray, a parcel of land in sections 4/9, township 16, range 7, $1. • Ralph Sims Jr. to Ralph Sims Jr. and Elizabeth E. Parris Sims, Jacksonville Mining & Manufacturing Co., block 291, lots 21-24, $10. • Tommy W. Spendlove to Jeffrey Spendlove and Frances H. Morris, a parcel of land in section 34, township 16, range 6. • Mel Stewart and Ashley Stewart to Donald Ryan Varnum, a parcel of land in section 12, township 16, range 8, $10. • Codie J. Smith to Dennis Smith, a parcel of land in section 8, township 16, range 9, $10. • Phillip Twilley and Laura L. Twilley to Allen L. Womack and Vicki L. Womack, Stone Ridge subdivision, block 2, lot 4, $10. • Michael D. Everett to Darius Ware, Anniston Land Co., block 515, lot 13, $10. • Roger Allen Hall to Owen Griffith, a parcel of land in sections 27/34/35, township 14, range 9, $380,000. • Carr Land Co. Inc. to Calhoun County, J. V. Liles subdivision, block A, lots 1-5; block D, lot 1, $10. • Randall Morgan to Percy Godhigh Jr., South Anniston Land Co., 1st division, block 32, lot 12. • Tommy L. Thompson to Mary B. Bundrum,

Virginia Acres, 1st addition, lot 44, $10. • Bobbie Jean McCormick to McCormick Property LLC, L. M. Burns subdivision, 3rd division, block A8, lots 1-6, 8 and 9, $10. • Boreen Investments LLC to Santiago Martin Balma-Bava, a parcel of land near 918 Jacksonville Street, Weaver, $12,000. • Jeffrey A. Schmiedl and Traci A. Schmiedl to Benjamin A. Watson and Jennifer L. Watson, Kon Tiki subdivision, lot 49, $10. • Hugh M. Childress and Sarah F. Childress to Ronald Dewey Hanner and Jeana Marie Hanner, a parcel of land in section 10, township 13, range 10, $10. • JPMorgan Chase Bank to Housing & Urban Development, Alexandria Heights subdivision, lot 32. • Habitat for Humanity of Calhoun County Inc. to Laretta Montgomery, Quail Run subdivision, 1st addition, block A, lot 14, $70,000. • Terry Parks to Terry Parks and Cathy Parks, Deer Ridge, lot 5, $10. • Scott Paslay to MUSA Properties LLC, a parcel of land in section 30, township 15, range 8, $10. • Gerald Winkler to Jeffery Winkler, a parcel of land in section 9, township 16, range 7, $10.

FORECLOSURES • Stanley Bussey and Amanda Bussey, Jacksonville Mining & Manufacturing Co., block • William B. Hardegree, R. J. Riddle map, block 506, lot 5. 143, lots 9 and 10. • Tracey B. Phillips and Lou Ann Phillips, a parcel of land in section 7, township 14, • Stephen C. Wright and Courtney Wright, Alexandria Heights subdivision, lot 40. range 7.

Adele voted AP Entertainer of the Year for 2012 By Jake Coyle

By the end of the year, her sophomore album, “21,” had passed 10 million copies Associated Press sold in the U.S., only the 21st album in the NEW YORK — Though Adele didn’t Nielsen SoundScan era (begun in 1991) to have a new album or a worldwide tour achieve diamond status. Buoyed by hits in 2012, she’s still rolling. After a year like “Someone Like You” and “Rolling in of Grammy glory and James Bond the Deep” long after its release in early soundtracking, Adele has been voted The 2011, “21” was also the top-selling album Associated Press Entertainer of the Year. on iTunes for the second year running. In 132 ballots submitted by members As David Panian, news editor for and subscribers of the AP, Adele easily out- Michigan’s Daily Telegram, put it: “It just paced other vote-getters like Taylor Swift, seemed like you couldn’t turn on the radio “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, without hearing one of her songs.” the South Korean viral video star PSY and Women have had a lock on the annual the cast of “Twilight.” Editors and broadEntertainer of the Year selection. Previous casters were asked to cast their ballot for winners include Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, the person who had the most influence on Betty White and Tina Fey. Stephen Colbert entertainment and culture in 2012. is the lone male winner in the six-year hisAdele’s year began in triumph at the tory of voting. Grammys, took a turn through recording The Grammy Awards in February were the theme to the 007 film “Skyfall,” and essentially the de-facto crowning of the ended with the birth of her son in October. 24-year-old Adele, whose real name is The ubiquitous Adele was that rare thing Adele Adkins, as a pop queen. She won six in pop culture: an unqualified sensation, a awards, including album of the year. It was megastar in a universe of niche hits. also a comeback of sorts for Adele, who

performed for the first time since having vocal cord surgery, drawing a standing ovation from the Staples Center crowd. “This record is inspired by something normal and everyone’s been through it: just a rubbish relationship,” said Adele. But her luck in love has since turned, thanks to her boyfriend Simon Konecki. In an interview with Vogue magazine, Adele said she was through with break-up records and done being “a bitter witch.” When Adele announced in June that she was having a baby with Konecki, her website promptly crashed under the heavy traffic. Their son was born in October. With such an avalanche of success and now a mother of a newborn son, Adele has understandably taken a step out of the spotlight. One notable exception was recording the opening credits theme song to “Skyfall.” The song was recorded with her “21” producer Paul Epworth at the Abbey Road Studios in London with a 77piece orchestra. Within hours, it zoomed to the top of digital charts.

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In this Feb. 12, 2012 file photo, Adele accepts the award for record of the year for “Rolling in the Deep” during the 54th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles.

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setting the scene CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: 1. Rays of sunshine stream through holes in the clouds on an overcast and rainy day from atop Chimney Peak in Jacksonville. 2. A waterfall runs through Cheaha State Park on a frosty morning. 3. The sky over Anniston appears to be on fire. 4. A fallen leaf gets caught on a windshield after temperatures dropped below freezing.

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LEFT: An abandoned house built in 1836 remains remarkably intact. ABOVE: Leaves change colors at Mount Cheaha State Park. Bill Wilson

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