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Council calls for ‘hiring freeze’ LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service

The Piedmont City Council on Tuesday passed a measure that will limit the city’s departmental hiring practices. Piedmont Mayor Bill Baker introduced the item at the meeting and called it a hiring freeze. He said the policy will prevent city leaders from hiring new employees unless existing positions are vacated. “If we need somebody we can still hire that person, but we’re going to be selective,” Baker said.  

Each fall the city’s revenue declines as property tax collections stop. Baker said that has the city’s finances in an annual lull, but added that money problems didn’t prompt his proposal. “Nothing has changed financially,” Baker said. “I’m trying to save the city some money.” Several members of the City Council questioned the mayor’s recommendation, which was not listed as an action item on the agenda.  After a brief discussion about the hiring process and how it would differ during the freeze, the measure received unanimous support from members in a roll-call

vote. City Clerk Michelle Franklin said the city will have to fill positions that are left vacant if employees quit, adding that the city must retain enough workers to provide emergency services and utilities to residents. “We have to keep the services going,” she said. Baker said the vote makes official current practice, adding that the city is already careful to only hire employees who are needed to fill essential positions. He said that by making the practice policy all city departments will have a better understanding of the city’s

employment procedures. “It’s not that much difference,” Baker said. “We just don’t have the money to hire all that we would like.” In other business, the council voted to accept a property donation from Winford Dean Humphrey. Humphrey gave the city buildings at 104, 106 and 108 West Ladiga Street. The property, which Baker said is in poor condition, is downtown was once known as the Blackwelder Grocery Store and Street and Mobbs Hardware Store. Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-2353544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star.

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AUBURN’S BIGGEST FAN

Randy Morgan attended first Auburn/Alabama game at age 7

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Only missed three games in 56 years MARGARET ANDERSON Journal Correspondent

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andy Morgan almost didn’t have a choice of whether he wanted to be an Auburn fan or an Alabama fan. His father attended Auburn University until he had to go into the Army. Both his parents, the late Norris and Katherine (Jordan) Morgan, were lifelong Auburn fans. He attended his first Auburn/Alabama game in 1958 when he was 7 years old. He’s attended every Auburn/Alabama game since then, with the exception of three. The first one he missed was in 1967 and it was because he had strep throat. The next one he missed was in 2002 because his daughter was playing in a basketball game in Florence. The third one he missed because he was afraid Auburn would get beat, and they did. That was in 2012. “I was born an Auburn fan,” he said. “The first college game I attended was in Atlanta when Georgia Tech played Alabama. My

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Tracy Stewart said he doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. “If I say I’m going to do something, I do it,” he said. Three promises he’s made in his life are especially important to him. The first was to his father who was battling the late stages of cancer. He promised that he would take care of his mother. The second was to his then 10 ■ See STEWART, page 7

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When Jeremy Brazier of Goshen jumped off the diving board and into the water at the aquatic center in Piedmont Saturday morning at the first Piedmont Polar Plunge, he quickly exited the pool. “It was breathtaking when I hit the water,” he said. “I was probably in there 60

seconds tops. I had a towel waiting on me when I got out.” Brazier said he’ll do it again next year and in years to come. “In 20 years, I’ll be 54,” he said. “When I’m 60, if they’re still doing it, I’ll jump in.” Mayor Bill Baker came up with the idea to benefit Venecia’s Foundation, a non-profit. Venecia Benefield Butler, who ■ See PLUNGE, page 10

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Start out the New Year with laughter, good wishes

I should have a happy year full of fun if the first half-hour of the 2014 is indicative of what is to come. I attended a friend’s New Year’s Eve party, which started at 6:30 p.m. and did not end until 12:30 a.m. Six of us friends, all of whom are grandmothers, met in the hostess’s home in Hokes Bluff. We all pitched in for the evening meal – chili, a big bowl of tossed salad, chips, dips, and way too many desserts. I was in charge of the games. For those who are party planners – such as parents wanting to entertain children or such as friends who want an evening of fun – feel free to repeat any of the following games I found that kept us well entertained until it was time to see in the New Year. The first game was one I had played at a staff holiday party for us teachers at Trinity Christian Academy earlier in December. Each of us placed a paper plate on our head and drew a Christmas scene at the direction of the host. I adapted that game and asked my friends to draw a New Year’s scene with a baby, the words “Happy New Year,” and fireworks – all without the participants seeing what they were doing. The results were hilarious, and the winner was determined by whose drawings were most recognizable. The second game was one I that allowed friends to get to know each other better. The guests wrote down

one fact about their lives that no one else knew. Then, I read the facts while Sherry the guests wrote down who they Kughn thought had written the fact. We learned that someone’s parents married only Sherry-Go-Round three months after meeting, someone else had always longed to play the piano, one of us once kissed “The Fonz,” and one among us grew up near a neighbor who was a “lady of the evening.” Even longtime friends learned new facts about each other. Third, we played the old standby – charades. However, I tailored it for the holiday. We acted out phrases that summed up general New Year’s resolutions. The guests easily guessed “lose weight,” and “read more,” but they struggled to guess “improve vocabulary and “volunteer more.” This game can be tailored to guessing songs related to Valentine’s Day, acting out items related to St. Patrick’s Day, or naming famous Americans for The Fourth of July. Fourth, we each took a pink and a white slip of paper.

We asked a question about someone in the room by writing the question on the pink slip, and we answered the question on the white slip. I mixed them up and allowed each guest to read an unmatched question and answer. The results were funny. Last, we drew pictures of scenes from movie titles. I displayed the scenes in front of the group, and we all guessed which movie each “artist” had selected. So, after all of our convivial activities, which included taking pictures of us with each other’s cell phones, we turned on the television and watched the crystal ball drop in New York City’s Times Square. That meant it was only 11 p.m. Central Time, which gave us another hour to talk and laugh. We welcomed the New Year by toasting our hopes for prosperity and happiness during the upcoming year. Glasses full of sparkling grape juice clinked together, and sounds of firecrackers popped outside of the window. That, my dear readers, is how to make a New Year’s Eve party last for six hours and remain fun from beginning to end. I wish I could place all of the fun that we had in a bottle and share it with my readers who have read and/or responded so kindly to my column during 2013. I wish all of you a Happy New Year and look forward to sharing more of Sherry-go-round during 2014. Email Sherry at sherrykug@hotmail.com

Legislature could weigh in on Common Core The 2014 Legislative Session begins next week. The session starts early in the fourth year of the quadrennium because it is an election year. Legislators want to come in and get out early so that they can go home and campaign. Usually legislatures do not do much other than pass the budgets in a campaign year session. They especially do not try to tackle any controversial issues that could stir up any ire with voters. However, this current group of legislators will tackle anything controversial as long as it has a right wing slant to it. It would be hard to think of any major conservative issue they have not addressed in the first three years of their super Republican majority reign. In years one and two they passed a stringent anti immigration bill as well as dismantled the AEA. Last year, this bevy of reactionary elephants passed an anti abortion bill. They also adhered to the NRA demands to affirm gun rights laws in Alabama. The legislation allowed people to carry guns openly even into their parking lots at work. The Business Council of Alabama adamantly opposed this provision. However, the NRA prevailed. They enacted a controversial private school voucher bill that allows parents of children enrolled in “failing” public schools to take a tax credit for tuition they pay to private schools. They revamped the state’s Medicaid program from the current fee-for-service system into a managed care program. The Governor’s prize victory came when he got his wish to construct an $85 million luxury lodge and convention center at the location of the Gulf Shores

State Park. It will be a joint public/private partnership. The state will own the Steve The project Flowers property. will be funded with BP money from the gulf oil spill. They also voted to allow Inside The Statehouse Alabamians to make a limited amount of beer for personal consumption without a license or fee. We were the last state to allow home brewing. One issue that has remained on the back burner is the Common Core State Education Standard. This Common Core concept spells out specific expectations of what students should know at the end of every grade. It goes from kindergarten through high school. Common Core covers the entire spectrum of learning, including reading, writing, listening, vocabulary and mathematics. It addresses the fundamentals of these subjects. Students are tested and asked details about what they have learned. Conservatives around the country have come out stringently against Common Core. Some Tea Party activists have decried it as being developed by “extreme leftists.” Two extreme right-wingers, Glenn Beck and Phyllis Schafley, have attacked the effort as a dangerous threat from the Obama administration. However, other conservatives, like former Governors Jeb Bush of Florida and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas,

are in support of Common Core. These new standards have the endorsement of major business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving grants to support Common Core’s implementation. Some opponents are implying that Common Core is a Washington based idea. Beck and Schafley have stated as much. However, that is not factual. The Common Core concept grew up from the states. Government and state education people developed the standards. State school professionals and legislators were concerned that an alarming number of students entering college were having to take remedial math and English classes before they could take classes for college credit. The federal government was not involved. Today, 45 states have voluntarily adopted the math and English standards. Some critics say that Common Core would nationalize education. Proponents counter that the standards are goals and not mandates. There are no set requirements made upon educators. Teachers choose their own books and suggested reading lists. Two state led groups are preparing the annual assessments that will be matched to the Common Core Standards. They plan to have them ready for the 201415 school year. It will be interesting to see if the GOP legislature will weigh in on this issue. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His column appears weekly in more than 70 Alabama newspapers. Steve served 16 years in the state legislature. He may be reached at www. steveflowers.us

Affordable Care Act is hurting us, not helping

Led by President Obama, progressive Democrats are making “income inequality” the cornerstone of campaigns leading to November elections. In his speech on December 4, President Obama said, “the relentless decades-long trend that I want to spend some time talking about today, and that is, a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead. I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: making sure our economy works for every working American.” No one is opposed to “making sure our economy works for every working American.” However, President Obama voices a common misconception as his premise:  “middle-class America’s basic bargain that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.” Fifty years ago President Johnson declared a “war on poverty” and signed legislation progressives promised would end poverty in America through government programs. Today the poverty rate is essentially the same as it was in 1965. President Obama spoke of the “decades-long trend” that began in the mid-60s when progressives passed massive legislation that has cost taxpayers $15 trillion, but has had no effect on reducing poverty.

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Obituaries BLAIR

Piedmont Mrs. Frances Lois Blair, 73, passed away December 25, 2013 at her home. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Piedmont. Mrs. Blair is survived by two sons, Bruce Carey, of Bloomingdale, Ga. and Michael Carey and his wife, Sherri Carey, of Piedmont; three sisters, Florence Nestor, of Wakeman, Ohio, Jeanie Manns, of Pineville, N.C. and Sue Smith, of Campbellsville, Ky; one granddaughter, Kimberly Danelle Carey; one grandson, James Andrew Carey; one great-grandson, Brayden Thorne; many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Blair was born and raised in Wakeman, Ohio. She graduated from Townsend-Wakeman High School in 1958 and married James Carey in 1959. She lived in California, New Jersey, Florida and Georgia before moving to Piedmont in 2008. She retired from Douglas General Hospital in Douglasville, Georgia and attended the First United Methodist Church of Piedmont. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Carey; her father, Otto Robinson; her mother, Helen Robinson; and a sister, Rosalie Foster. The family request no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the V Foundation, 113 Morgan Avenue, Piedmont, Alabama 36272. www.thompsonfuneralhomepiedmont.com

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Piedmont - Frances Willene “Bill” Benefield Camp, 85, of Piedmont, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at Piedmont Health Care Center. Born to Ollie and Bertie Sewell Bullock in Calhoun County on September 21, 1928 she was retired from Pleasant Valley School System as a lunchroom worker. She was a member of Piedmont First Baptist Church and a real estate broker. Funeral Services will be today, January 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. from Shady Grove United Methodist Church on Old Piedmont-Gadsden Highway in the Knighton’s Crossroad Community with the Rev. Ryan Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Shady Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Rickey Benefield; two husbands, Reuben Benefield and Lamar Camp; brother, Gwen Bullock and grandson, Cody Benefield. Survivors include her sons, David Benefield and Cecil Benefield (Linda); daughters, Diane Mincey (John), Malinda Barker (Steve) and Susan Benefield Castleberry; sisters, Loretta Sauls, Betty Ruth McDougal and Beatrice Smith; special sister-in-law, Shirley

Bullock; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and special friend, Evelyn Knighten. “Bill” loved music, life, travel and never met a stranger. She was much loved by her family and community and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Dansby Heritage Chapel is honored to serve the Camp Family.

LECROY

Piedmont - Funeral services for James William LeCroy, 90, were held Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Piedmont Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Saturday from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Mr. LeCroy passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at RMC Jacksonville. Survivors include a son, Phil LeCroy (Diane), of Piedmont; two grandchildren, Jimmy LeCroy and Cassie Holbrooks (Wesley), all of Piedmont; two great-grandchildren, Rylie Anne Holbrooks and Owen Holbrooks; sister-in-law, Lois McCord (Hugh), of Piedmont; and brotherin-law, Nelson Cromer, of Centre. Pallbearers will be Keith McCord, John Strickland, David Ivey, Wesley Holbrooks, Dale Williams and W.H. Eubanks Jr.. Mr. LeCroy was a resident of Piedmont for the past 50 years. He was a member of Dailey Street Baptist Church, retired from Standard Coosa Thatcher Company, and was a mason for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth LeCroy. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions to Dailey Street Baptist Church. www.thompsonfuneralhomepiedmont.com

LINDSEY

Piedmont - Funeral services for the Rev. Herman Lindsey, 89, were held Friday, January 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Ingram officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Lindsey passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Survivors include one daughter, Diana Rogers (Jimmy) of Cedartown, Georgia; three grandchildren, Matt Rogers (Dani Ray) of Piedmont and Michael Lindsey (Heather) and Jeffery Lindsey all of Rome, Georgia; four great-grandchildren, Keagan Lindsey Rogers, McKinzie Hinson, McKayla Hinson and Morigan Hinson; one sister, Jeanette Shaw of Cedartown, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Rogers, Matt Rogers, Michael Lindsey, Jeffery Lindsey, Wayne Shaw and Ronnie Stin-

son. The Rev. Lindsey was a U.S. Navy veteran and was the recipient of an American Area Campaign Medal, an AsiaticPacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze stars; a Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal. He was the pastor of many local churches and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Piedmont and was a loving father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Gowens Lindsey; a son, Steve Lindsey and a daughter, Carolyn Lindsey Gaines. The family request no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Cemetery Fund. www.thompsomfuneralhomepiemont.com

MOLOCK

Pleasant Gap - Services for Michael Allan Molock, 66, were held Friday, January 3, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Lewis Conaway officiating. Burial will follow at Piedmont Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday from 1:30 - 3 p.m at the funeral home. Mr. Molock passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at his home. Survivors include two sons, Mark Molock of Pleasant Gap and Shane Molock (Jenny) of Goshen; six grandchildren, Matt Molock, Jacob Molock, Jordyn Molock, Haleigh Molock, Ashton Molock, and Briar Molock; his mother, Polly Molock of Piedmont; sister, Angie Watkins (Bill) of Pleasant Gap; niece, Lacee Watkins; and nephew, Chris Langston. Pallbearers will be Brian Allen, Tim Cronan, Jacob Molock, Matt Molock, Briar Molock, Bill Watkins, Peyton Allen, and Mac Allen. Mr. Molock was a lifelong resident of the Goshen and Pleasant Gap communities. He retired from Anniston Army Depot with twenty-five years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane Molock and his father, John D. Molock. www.thompsonfuneralhomepiedmont.com

STITTS

Piedmont - Services for Korbyn Micah Stitts, 16 month old son, of Chanel Fife and Michael Stitts, were held Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. from Thankful Baptist Church in Piedmont. The Rev. Samuel Fife will officiate and burial will follow in Piedmont Memory Garden. Korbyn gained his angel wings on Friday, December 20, 2013. With his parents, he is being missed by his three brothers; maternal grandmother, Drusilla Fife; paternal grandparents, Anne Thomas and Charles Thomas; and a host of other family and friends. Dansby Heritage Chapel is honored to handle the arrangements.

Community Capsule • Dogs for the Deaf, located in Central Point, Ore., is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to help adults and children with different disabilities, challenges, and needs. For example, a Hearing Dog is trained to alert its owner to household sounds that could affect his or her safety and an Autism Assistance Dog would keep an autistic child out of traffic, bodies of water, and other dangerous situations. Chris Hill, a resident of Anniston and a volunteer “ambassador” for Dogs for the Deaf, has a DVD presentation he will give to civic and community organizations or individuals.

Contact him at 835-6918 • The Alabama Shutterbugs, a new club for all skill levels of photographers, meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Noble Building, Suite 100, Anniston. Anyone interested in photography is welcome to join us. Call 236.8488 for more information. • New classes for the Jacksonville State University Adult Wellness classes are at 8 a.m. in Pete Mathews Colseium. Senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Senior water aerobics and senior therapeutic yoga classes are on Tuesday and Thursday. Contact Aubrey Crossen at

256-689-2580 or jsu9517k@ jsu.edu for more information. • Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 21 meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.. at 114 N. Center Ave. downtown Piedmont, to discuss the latest veteran’s issues and benefits. If you are a service-connected disabled vet or you think you may have a military service related condition, the DAV may be able to help you. Help workshops are also available from 8 a.m.-noon on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Veterans are urged to attend for possible compensation and benefits they’re not aware of.

Dec. 23 Possession of a forged instrument II. Officers recovered a counterfeit $100 from a location of Highway 278 By-pass East. Burglary III. A 22-year-old female reported the theft of an X-Box Kinect valued at $300 and a Seiki 32-inch flat screen television valued at $200. Abandoned vehicle. Officers recovered a 1984 green and white Pontiac Parisienn car from a back alley on Dailey Street. Dec. 24 Burglary III. A resident of Law-Road reported an incident that occurred between Dec. 22 and Dec. 24 in which two gray tool containing tools, assorted 4x4 parts, a 400 transmission, three home stereos, three drills, twenty assorted knives, a Red Pot air compressor, and other items were taken. Dec. 26 Seized firearm. Officers recovered a Springfield shotgun during an incident that occurred at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 28 Theft of property III. A resident of North Church Street reported theft of an orange/and a red 8-foot folding ladder and a non-working Murray push mower that occurred between Dec. 13 and Dec. 26. Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle. A resident of South Fifth Avenue reported the theft of a Snap-n tool bag containing a sawsall and extra battery. Dec. 29 Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle. Officers investigated the theft of three CD players valued at $350 that were taken from a location on Memorial Drive. Dec. 31 Criminal mischief. Officers investigated damage done to the front glass and metal door of a location on Alabama Street. Theft of property III. A 31-year-old female reported miscellaneous clothes, 100 dolphin figurines, a two tents were taken between Dec. 15 and Dec. 31 from a location on Dailey Street. Jan. 1 Harassing communications. A 26-year-old male reported an incident that occurred Dec. 31 at 7:10 p.m. at his residence. Jan. 2 Discharge firearm into an unoccupied dwelling or vehicle. Officers investigated an incident that occurred on Vigo Road and resulted in damage to two glass windows. Lost property. A 21-yearold male reported losing a Piedmont State Championship ring vauled at $350. Theft of property II. A resident of South Main Street reported the theft of an Apple Macbook laptop computer valued at $600.

Jan. 3 Theft of property III. A resident of McKee Street reported the theft of a Thruster valued at $100 that occurred between Dec. 20 and Jan. 1. Harassment and unauthorized use of a vehicle. A 24-year-old male reported an incident that involved a red 1997 GMC Jimmy and occurred at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 4 Domestic violence III. Officers investigated an incident involving a 26-year-old female that occurred at 11:17 p.m. Jan. 3. Cruelty to animals. A 53-year-old female reported an incident that occurred between midnight and 8:15

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Jan. 5 Theft of property III. A 24-year-old male reported the theft of a white Pitbull puppy valued at $300 that was taken from his residence on Littlejohn Drive between 10:16 a.m. and 11:53 a.m.

Arrests Jan. 2 -- Kenneth Edward Reaves, 33, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass. Jan. 4 -- Steward Clay Couch, 27, theft of property III.

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Natalie Hicks Cantrell has styled hair for three decades Salon is located on Pelham Road in Jacksonville MARGARET ANDERSON Journal Correspondent

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hen Natalie Hicks Cantrell graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1983, she knew she wanted to continue her education, but she didn’t want the money for it to have to come out of her parents’ pockets. So she thought she’d work as a cosmetologist for a few years to pay her own way through college. It didn’t work out like that though. Natalie received her cosmetology degree at Anniston Academy, went to work in that field and has never looked back. For the past 30 years, Natalie has cut, colored, permed and styled hair and has loved every minute of it. She opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday at Natalie’s Styling Studio at S. 106 Pelham Rd. in Jacksonville. She never knows when she’ll go home. “I close when the last customer leaves,” she said. “I’m not able to say no to anyone. My clientele is so big I had to expand my hours. I have some really great clients that I’ve had for many years.” Natalie say one reason she likes her job is because she likes knowing that she makes people happy. “I love the way I make people feel,” she said. “It’s that little bit of happiness and confidence you can give them when you make their hair look good.” Haley Chaney has worked with her for the past four years. Natalie was born in Homestead, Fla., when her father, Calvin Hicks, was stationed with the Army there. After he retired at Fort McClellan, he and Natalie’s mother, Sue, wanted to remain in this area to be near their grandchildren. They’re Kentucky natives but now make Piedmont their home. Natalie has two brothers. Lee Hicks lives in Arab, and Chad Hicks lives in Oxford. She has two daughters. Magan Glover and her husband, Matt, live in Piedmont where they teach. Their children are Jaycee, 7, and Nick, 5. Natalie’s son and daughter-in-law, Brent and the former Cara Hogue, also live in Piedmont. Brent works at Honda and Cara is a nurse at Regional Medical Center. “My world is my kids and grandchildren,” said Natalie.

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Natalie Cantrell works on co-worker Haley Chaney’s hair. “And they know it, too. I love being a mama and a nana. I’m so happy when I’m with them. I go to soccer games or anything else they have going on. They know Nana’s going to be there.” Natalie attends Edgewood Methodist Church in Anniston. She likes to make jewelry and said if there’s a piece she can’t find, she’ll make it. She likes to read and especially enjoys Deborah Macomber’s novels. She’s an Auburn fan and was in Pasadena, Calif., for the BCS game between Auburn and Florida State. “I was raised on Kentucky basketball,” she said. “I’ll always be a Kentucky basketball fan, but when you move to Alabama you have to make a choice of whether you want to be an Auburn or an Alabama fan. I’m the only

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one in my family who’s for Auburn. When we came here in the military, we weren’t into it. But I chose Auburn because I thought they had prettier colors than Alabama and it went from there.” Natalie said her daughter was an Auburn fan until she married her husband who attended Alabama. Natalie said she likes to cook. When she makes deserts, she never has to use recipes, but when she makes anything else, most of the time she has a recipe. Some of her favorite recipes include Chicken Pot Pie, Corn Dip, Sweet Potato Dumplings, and Angel Lush with Pineapple.

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Memorial will honor veterans at church in Rabbittown EDDIE BURKHALTER Consolidated News Service

The cemetery at Rabbittown Baptist Church is dotted with the headstones of at least 56 veterans buried there, and a new memorial at the church was built to honor their service. The graves at the cemetery, which dates to the 1840s, are scattered across a patch of land behind the church on Rabbittown Road near Piedmont. “I walked the cemetery 25 times I bet,” said Larry Moran, the church member who designed the memorial. “I was trying to make sure we didn’t forget anybody. It’s not like going down a row of cotton. It zig zags.” Church members believe several more graves at the cemetery mark the resting places of Confederate soldiers, but there are no names on those stones to know for certain, Moran said. Veterans of World War II make up 23 of the 56 names on the granite memorial, which stands at the front of the cemetery. There are 16 veterans from the Civil War named on the monument, eight World War I veterans, seven from the Korean War and four who served during the Vietnam War. Among the surnames engraved on the memorial’s five granite pillars, some can be found again and again, fathers and sons having fought in their own wars decades apart. To help design the memorial, Moran travelled throughout Calhoun County looking at existing monuments. Using ideas from many different sites, Moran sat down with pen and paper and came up with his own design.

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Larry Moran at the Rabbittown Baptist Church Veterans Memorial. “I hate to brag on myself, but I think it’s a nice one,” Moran said. “Put a lot of thought in it.” Moran is a Vietnam War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army until 1969. Moran’s great-grandfather, Robert Augusta Murray, served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and is buried at the cemetery, as was Moran’s father, Oscar Moran, who served during World War II. Moran is one of six veterans who attend the church, he said, adding that it wasn’t hard finding people to raise money for the memorial. Church members have raised nearly all of the $15,000 cost of the monument, which was made by Daniel

Memorial in Heflin, Moran said. They hope to pay the balance off in January, he said. Moran said the memorial honors the veterans’ service in a lasting way — so that no one will forget. Engraved in the monument’s central pillar are the words “Much was asked. Much they gave. May we honor them by never forgetting them.” Moran gave a special thanks to the people who gave extra donations, and to those who gave their time and labor. Moran also thanked the original veteran’s memorial committee members, Allen Hyatt, Lelus Hall and Robert Stephens. Moran and Stephens lead the push to erect the memorial.

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Church welcomes new pastor BY THYRA SMITH The flock at Nances Creek C. H. Church would like to welcome our new pastor, Rev. John and Rev. Dara Cole and their family. John was raised in Centre, but is originally from Dallas, Ga. Dara was raised in Vigo. They have a son Ethan, a daughter Nina, a daughter Jessica and a daughter

Ashley and one grandchild. Ethan is also a minister and a student at JSU.  Nina and Jessica are still in school. Ashley is the mother to the grandchild. After our former pastor resigned, the church started praying for directions to which way GOD was directing  us in choosing a pastor.  God is blessing the church as a whole. We love you Coles.

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MORGAN: Morgan received finance degree from Auburn in ‘73 mother carried me. That same year though, my dad carried me to see Auburn play Alabama at Legion Field in Birmingham. Auburn won 14-8.” That game stands out for Morgan for another reason. Jimmy Pettus, a former Oxford High football star, was playing for Auburn. Morgan’s brother, Mickey, played for Piedmont High, and he and Pettus competed against each other in several games. Pettus is deceased. Mickey is an Auburn fan and lives in Birmingham. He’s retired after a 50-year career preaching in First United Methodist churches. Morgan and his wife, the former Judy Roberts, attended the Bowl Championship Series three years ago in Phoenix. They wereelatedtobepresentwhen Auburn cinched their second national championship.

They also saw Auburn defeat Alabama in this year’s Iron Bowl. “That was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever gone to,” said Morgan. “Before the game, I didn’t think they were going to win, but as the game progressed, I felt real good about it. But I never thought they would win the way they did.” He said probably the most exciting game was in 1989 when Auburn won 30-20. That was the first Alabama/ Auburn game ever played in Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The most disappointing game, he said, was in 1985 at Legion Field. Auburn had a 23-22 lead with almost a minute left. Alabama kicked a field goal and won 25-23. “It happened right at the last minute,” said Morgan. Morgan said he’s disappointed in Monday night’s BCS game in Pasadena.

“FSU played a great game, and they’ve got a great team,” he said. “They’re the new national champions. But Auburn still has a fantastic team and I’m looking forward to the upcoming years.” Morgan has been an Auburn season ticket holder since he graduated from the school in 1973 with a degree in finance. Judy graduated from Jacksonville State in 1971. They married in 1972 when he was a junior at Auburn. Judy is retired after overseeing the pre-school at First Baptist Church for 30 years. They have two daughters -- one a JSU graduate and the other an Auburn graduate. Amanda Morgan received her degree at Auburn and is a charge nurse at Regional Medical Center in Anniston. She and her partner Leslie Morgan live in Jacksonville with their children Miller and Cooper. Leslie teaches

in Cedartown. JSU graduate Jordan Costner teaches sixth grade math at Alexandria Elementary School and is head volleyball coach and assistant girls basketball coach. Her husband, Clay, works at Costner Auto Sales. They are expecting a daughter, Lynley Morgan, on Feb. 21. They live in Alexandria. Morgan said his family roots for Auburn, JSU, and Piedmont High School, his alma mater. He’s been a member of the Piedmont Booster Club since 1975. He and Judy are members of First United Methodist Church where he is president of the Methodist Men and serves on the staff parish committee and trustee committee. As district sales manager for Monsanto, he’s on the road a lot. His territory covers north Alabama, north Georgia and east Tennessee.

PMS holds annual program Piedmont Middle School held its annual White ChristThe remainder of the White Christmas Program mas Program on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9 a.m. The includes the “Blessing of the Baskets” by Tyler ThompProgram is the culmination of the PMS effort to collect son and the processional with baskets of food carried by canned goods that are donated to the Benevolent Society representatives of each grade. The Basket Carriers were: for those less fortunate in the community. Grade 6 Jehle Keener served as the “Welcome” speaker, Erin Cloie Grimes and Bryson Ingram McCord sang “Oh Holy Night,” and Savannah Leighton Kailey Ballew and Braxton Bragg sang “Silent Night.” “Where Are You Christmas” was Alexis Mitchell and Lucas Leighton sung by Aniya Johnson. Savannah Leighton and Erin Kyleigh Snow and Silas Thompson McCord sang “Mary Did You Know.” Grade 7 Gage Curvin introduced our speaker, Todd CunningDaisy Baggett and Evan Cooper ham. Todd, a graduate of Jacksonville High School and Alexis Jenkins and Tyler Farmer “All-American” outfielder at JSU, is a member of the Juliana Mancilla and Preston Odam Atlanta Braves Baseball Organization and is extremely Madison Tyree and Levi Wood supportive of youth and youth programs in the Calhoun Grade 8 County area. Todd delivered an outstanding message to Jamiyah Crutcher and Logan Austin the PMS students about success, being successful and Alaysia Higgins and Noah Cole Maddox handling success. Erin Ray and Cardavion Myers

Morgan said he’s fortunate to be able to reside in the center. Morgan earned spending money in high school by working summers and weekends at C. L. Morgan and Sons, which was owned

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year old son, Dane, in 2004. Stewart was battling his own cancer and was feeling defeated by the illness as well as life in general. He had always been an avid outdoorsman and often ran to stay in shape, but took up cycling when he was diagnosed. He let cancer take that away for a while. Dane asked him one day when he was going to start riding his bike again. That very day, Stewart got his bike down, dusted off the cobwebs, and got ready to ride again. “I think God was at work that day telling me it was time to get back on the bike,” Stewart said. A third promise was to a friend and author who felt that Stewart had a story to tell and that it should be shared with others. The friend encouraged him to publish a book that he had worked on years earlier. Stewart told him he would get it published by the end of 2013. And he did. “Dying Was Not On My Agenda” came out in December. Its pages are filled with Stewart’s struggle with colon and liver cancer and how he managed to get to where he is now. “It sat on my computer for about nine or 10 years,” he said. “It started out as a book for Dane. My friend said it needed to be published, that people would want to read it. I committed to him to do it.” Stewart will have a book signing from 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 10, at Java Jolt on the square in Jacksonville. “Dying Was Not On My Agenda” can be purchased at Jacksonville Book Store, or online at Books-a-Million, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. Books will also be available for purchase at the book signing. Stewart was born in Piedmont. His parents are LaVerne Amos Stewart and the late Ray Stewart. His brother, Scott, who is almost four years older, lives in Spring Garden. Stewart attended Piedmont High School, Gadsden State Community College and Jacksonville State University. He was a computer specialist at Anniston Army Depot for 13 years, before going to work for the Department of Justice in Birmingham where he is the systems manager. He is responsible for overseeing all information technology for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Alabama. He likes what he does because he likes challenges, perhaps so, because that’s what his life has been for a little more than a decade. Stewart was familiar with cancer. It ran in his family. He lost his father, his uncle Chuck Stewart, and his cousin Jan Stewart Williams, who was Chuck’s daughter, to the disease – all within two years of his own diagnosis. “I knew I had a very strong predisposition for cancer,” said Stewart. “The cancer my dad, Uncle Chuck, and I had was hereditary. Jan’s wasn’t. It was in her cervix. She was in her early 40s and only lived a month or two. For a while there, it was just one shock after another.” Stewart thought that since his father had colon cancer that he should be checked for it. The doctor said it wasn’t necessary because he was so young and not having any problems. Stewart was 36 at the time and had already lost his father.

A couple of years later, when he was 38, he began having problems, went back to the doctor and insisted that tests be performed. That’s when they found the cancer in his colon. It was Stage III. The surgery was successful, but like many other cancer patients he underwent chemotherapy and radiation. He was told he’d need to pass the five year mark to be cancer free. He didn’t have to wait that long. Two years later he learned that the cancer had metastasized to his liver. He went back on chemotherapy and later into another surgery. Doctors took out the entire left lobe of his liver. That was 10 years ago. “I had to start the clock back over,” said Stewart. “Because when you have a recurrence, you have to start over. I really wasn’t considered cancer free until 2008.” Stewart said life is good today. “I feel better than I did when I was diagnosed,” he said. “I feel better physically, emotionally and mentally than I did. I’d probably had cancer for a year or two before they found it. I felt sluggish and tired, but I attributed it to how you’re supposed to feel when you’re 37 or 38.” Stewart said having a positive attitude helps him tremendously, as does all the outdoor things he’s always enjoyed. Another thing is having Dane by his side. “We’re very tight,” said Stewart. “I don’t know of another father/son relationship that’s as close as ours.” Dane is a sophomore at Jacksonville State University studying business management. He works at UPS. Dane has three step-brothers and a stepsister. Dexter Vernon is also a sophomore at JSU. He officiates at sporting events. Tucker Vernon, 16, and Riley Vernon, 14, attend Pleasant Valley High School. Lily Grace Vernon, 11, attends Kitty Stone Elementary School. Stewart has been married to their mother, the former Brigett Coggins, for almost two years. Brigett has been an elementary school teacher for the past 10 years and is now the digital instructional specialist for Jacksonville City Schools. Stewart said he and Brigett have gotten used to all the commotion in their house. Five children and four inside dogs don’t allow for much quietness. “There’s never a dull moment,” he said. “There’s so much coming and going. Most of the time, the kids have a friend over, so there’s any number of people in our house at one time. That’s the kind of household we want though. We want them to have their friends over and hang out at our house.” Now, when he goes on his outdoor adventures, he’s accompanied by an army of six. “We’re all very outdoor centered,” said Stewart. “We like anything outdoors like camping, kayaking, hiking, and cycling. We also like to travel. We’ve traveled together a lot in the short time we’ve been married.” Stewart has taken up something he’d put aside for a long time -- drawing. As a Christmas gift to his father-in-law, Roger Coggins, he drew a picture of Paul “Bear” Bryant. “I just felt like it was a talent God gave me, and I haven’t been using it like I should,” he said. (Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail. com)

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Bulldogs have trouble with Hokes Bluff ‘giant’ RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent After losing in the opening round of the Battle of the States tournament to eventual tournament runner-up Hayesville (N.C.) then winning two consolation bracket contests, Piedmont returned to Alabama and fell on the road to Hokes Bluff 59-45 Saturday. Jacob Haas, the Eagles’ 7-foot2 center, creates problems on both offense and defense that the Bulldogs don’t encounter the rest of the year, swatting away shots around the basket and standing at least 12 inches taller than any Piedmont player attempting to defend against him. Needing to shoot well from the perimeter, the Bulldogs were a collective 0-for-11 from outside the arc at halftime and 0-for-16 after three quarters. “I know Hokes Bluff played good defense but a lot of those shots were as open as in other games,” Piedmont coach Tommy Lewis said. “We had practiced well all week, shot well, and I anticipated a good shooting night. I think

when we did not start off hot it snowballed into something that was as much in our heads as it was in the defense. Also, we have gone into both Hokes Bluff games expecting to shoot from outside. Maybe I should have used reverse psychology and said we were not going to shoot from behind the arc.” Denard Spears and Darnell Jackson each had two 3-point baskets in the fourth quarter while Ty Sparks and Easton Kirk had one trey apiece as Piedmont out-pointed Hokes Bluff 22-16 in the final eight minutes. The 22 points the Bulldogs netted in the fourth quarter almost equaled the 23 they scored in the first three quarters combined. “I did a poor job of preparing them, in part because Hokes Bluff is so unlike the vast majority of our schedule,” Lewis added. “With big area games against totally different styles the next week, we just emphasized getting ready for Weaver and Saks with most of our work. Hokes Bluff is good but they are so unique because of Isaac. It just allows them to do some things most everyone else cannot do. I guess we just approached Hokes Bluff with a

‘let’s just try to get ahead’ but it did not work either game.” Spears finished with 12 points, 10 in the fourth quarter, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jackson had nine points, five rebounds and two steals. Taylor Hayes scored eight points. Sparks had five points, Dreek Thompson four, Kirk three, Neonta Alexander two and Exavyer Jackson two. Following the 61-57 loss to Hayesville, Piedmont blasted Murphy (N.C.) 76-47 on December 27. It was 11-10 Bulldogs after one quarter then Piedmont won the remaining quarters 23-9, 22-12 and 20-16. Spears and Sparks each recorded 14 points. Thompson had 11 points. Hayes and Kirk had seven points each. Austin Brazier netted six points and Tyler Lusk scored five. Darnell Jackson tallied four, Alexander three, Bayley Blanchard two, Wil Mitchell two and Caleb Adams one. In the consolation final on December 28, the Bulldogs beat a solid Union County (Ga.) team 68-61. Union County led 18-14 after one quarter. Piedmont turned a four-point deficit into a five-point lead by winning the second quar-

ter 20-11. The Bulldogs led just 53-50 when the third quarter ended. In the fourth, Spears had five on his game-best 17 points. Darnell Jackson had six points in the fourth, including 4-for-4 at the free throw line, and ended with 15 points. Thompson scored 12 points. Adams and Hayes each had five points. Brazier canned a trey and a free throw for four points. Lusk and Blanchard had three points apiece. Sparks and Exavyer Jackson each scored two points. “We were kind of in the same pattern at the Battle of the States as we are in our other games,” Lewis said. “Sometimes it looks like we have established some type of pattern of play. Then, without notice, we kind of lose our identity and put ourselves in very tough situations but overall they played 11 good quarters out of the 12 we played there.” Piedmont’s area game at home with Saks, scheduled for January 7, was postponed and rescheduled for Thursday, January 16. The Bulldogs host Weaver in area play Friday and are hoping for a game at Skyline Saturday. Piedmont travels to Ashville on Monday of next week then hosts Wellborn Tuesday.

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Spring Garden wins Georgia tourney RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent The Spring Garden girls got the new year off to the best start imaginable with another Class 1A, Area 10 win over Collinsville. Collinsville came to Spring Garden Saturday and left on the short end of a 43-35 score. Spring Garden improved to 2-0 in the area against Collinsville, 5-0 in all Area 10 games to date and 14-2 overall on the season. “That win puts a lot of things in our favor to host the area tournament now if we can win out,” Spring Garden coach Ricky Austin said. “We feel like that was a key game. Of course, we’ve still got Cedar Bluff at Cedar Bluff which will be the same – a key game.” The Collinsville game was nip-and-tuck until midway through the fourth quarter. Spring Garden led 10-8 after one quarter, 19-16 at the half and 33-30 after three quarters. “In the last three minutes of the game, we had some really good defensive stops and we scored on a lot off our key defensive stops. That was really the difference in the game,” Austin said. Six players played and all six scored. Darian Gaines finished with 11 points. Tykeah Rogers scored 10 points, Emory Reedy nine, Auburn Kirk six, Haley Motes four and Madison Sides three. Prior to their win over Collinsville, the Panthers spent three days playing at Tallapoosa, Ga., in the Hilburn-Patterson Haralson county Invitational tournament and emerged with three wins and the tournament championship. Spring Garden opened against Heard County (Ga.) on December 27 and won 59-32. The Panthers led 30-16 at the half and iced the win with a 17-5 margin in the third quarter. Six players contributed points in the third quarter rush. For the

game, Reedy and Motes each tallied 17 points. Gaines had nine, Sides eight and Rogers six. Alex Robertson, A.J. Broome and Savannah Dempsey each had two points and Kirk scored one point. In the semifinal round on December 28, the Panther played what Austin called a “flawless” first half and handily defeated South Paulding (Ga.) 53-26. Spring Garden’s pressure was too much for the Spartans to handle and the Panthers led 15-2 after one quarter. By halftime, it was 32-10. “That’s probably the most perfect first half of basketball our girls have played since probably ’08. Defense, offense, everything on both ends of the floor was clicking,” Austin said. Motes had a monster game with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Rogers also contributed a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. Gaines scored 12 points. Kirk had seven points, Reedy four and Sides two. In the title game on December 30 was an all-Alabama affair and Spring Garden downed Cleburne County 53-22. The Panthers led 18-2 after one quarter as Rogers, Gaines and Motes each scored six points. By intermission, Spring Garden led 32-9. Rogers scored 17 points against the Tigers. Gaines and Motes also reach double figures with 13 and 10 points respectively. Sides had five points. Reedy scored four points. Payton McGinnis and Tiyonna Rogers contributed two points apiece. The Panthers got two of the five places on the all-tournament team. Motes was chosen as most valuable player and Rogers was recognized as all-tournament. Spring Garden plays at Ranburne Thursday. On January 14, defending Class 2A state champion Woodland comes to Spring Garden. The Bobcats have another powerhouse this year having lost only to defending Class 3A champion Lauderdale County in the championship game of the Northwest Alabama Invitational tournament at Rogersville on Lauderdale County’s home court.

Panthers share lead in Area 10 race RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent You don’t always have to win the game to make progress. The Spring Garden boys were 1-2 in the Hilburn-Patterson Haralson County (Ga.) Invitational tournament right after Christmas then came home and defeated Collinsville 61-56 on Saturday to earn a tie at the top of the heap in chase for the Class 1A, Area 10 regular season championship. Coach Ricky Austin credited the win over Collinsville to the experience of playing more physical Georgia teams in the tournament. “I think we might have won this game from what we did at Haralson County,” Austin said of the victory over Collinsville. “Our record wasn’t good but I felt like we improved enough over there that it made a big difference in this game. … We were the stronger team in the fourth quarter.” Spring Garden led Collinsville 32-27 at halftime but it was 45-all after three quarters. Spring Garden led by two points when Dakota Lambert netted a 3-point basket from the corner to put his team up by five with about four minutes to play. Will Ivey and Will Westbrook had double-doubles for Spring Garden. Westbrook had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Ivey recorded 16 points and 13 boards. Jacob Black scored 13 points. Ben Ivey scored all five of his points in second quarter, including a steal and a layup with four seconds left in the half to push Spring

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Garden out to a five-point lead. Lambert scored all five of his points in the fourth quarter. Jay Prater had three points. Both Spring Garden and Collinsville are now 4-1 in Area 10 action. Spring Garden opened the Haralson County tournament with a 58-47 win over Bremen (Ga.) on December 27. The Panthers extended their 25-21 halftime lead to 42-30 after three quarters. Westbrook had 17 points against the Blue Devils and Prater scored 16. Black ended with eight points, Will Ivey seven, Ben Ivey five, Tanner Parker three and Lambert two. In the semifinals on December 28, Heard County (Ga.) downed Spring Garden 51-40. The Panthers led 12-10 after one quarter then were outscored 22-2 in the second quarter when they made just one field goal and were 0-for-6 at the free throw line. Westbrook was Spring Garden’s only player in double digits with 16 points. Black and Parker had six points apiece. Riley Austin had five points. Prater and Lambert each scored three points and Ben Ivey had one point. Rockmart (Ga.) defeated Spring Garden 55-35 in the consolation game on December 30. The Panthers led 21-20 at halftime. Play became more physical after the break and Spring Garden trailed 36-28 after three quarters. Black scored 14 points for the Panthers. Westbrook added nine points. Will Ivey had seven points, Prater three points and Dawson Broome two points. Spring Garden goes to Ranburne Thursday then entertains Woodland on January 14.

Piedmont girls fall on road to Hokes Bluff, lose two in tourney RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent At Hokes Bluff Saturday night, the Piedmont girls struggled to score in the spacious Hokes Bluff gym and eventually lost to the Eagles 57-29. Hokes Bluff led 15-8 after one quarter but the Bulldogs played tenaciously on defense for most of the second quarter and trailed just 17-14 with about 90 seconds left in the half. The Eagles closed on a 7-0 run then outscored the Bulldogs by eight points in the third quarter and 10 points in the fourth. Riesha Thompson recorded nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals for Piedmont. Carlie Flowers finished with eight points. Breanna Brazier had two 3-point baskets and six points. Bre Green, Keshauna Jones and Tiffany Prater each scored two points. Jones had eight rebounds. Green was 2-for-2 at the

free throw line and added five rebounds and two steals. Piedmont coach Terrace Ridley said her players put in a lot of work during the Christmas break. “Over the holidays, we had maybe three days off. We practiced every day three or four hours,” Ridley said. “You would think that the girls would not want to be here because it’s the holidays but they practiced hard every day.” Ridley said the Bulldogs focused on shooting and defense in the time between the conclusion of the Van Deerman Classic on December 21 and the game at Hokes Bluff. “Mainly, we had more defensive days than anything in our practices,” she said. “We had a chance to move up some of those eighth-grade girls that are going to be playing next year as ninth-graders to practice with us and it gave us the opportunity to do some scrimmaging.”

The Bulldogs played two low-scoring games in Jacksonville’s Van Deerman Classic. They opened against Ashville on December 20 and lost 45-27. Piedmont led 10-8 after one quarter but scored just five points in the second quarter and two in the fourth. Green scored 15 points, including 10 in the first quarter. Brazier and Paige Gowens each had a 3-point basket in the third quarter. Thompson and Jaylen Major had two points apiece. Flowers and Prater had one point each. In the consolation game the following night, Pell City edged Piedmont 31-27. The Bulldogs’ only points of the first quarter came on a 3-point basket by Jakeiya Mitchell. Piedmont fell behind 8-3 after one quarter and never caught up. Green ended with 14 points and was 9-for-12 at the line. Mitchell finished with six points. Thompson and Brazier each had three points and Jones scored one point.


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ABOVE: Caridean Bakes, Katelyn Magda, Erin Cadigan and Tabitha Waters take a plunge Saturday morning at the first Piedmont Polar Plunge at the aquatic center. Erin took the plunge for a friend who had cancer, and Katelyn took the plunge for her father who had liver cancer. Proceeds benefited Venecia Butler’s Venecia’s Foundation to help cancer patients. BELOW: Some chose the slide for their plunge.

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has gone through four bouts of cancer, organized the foundation to provide chemo bags to those going through cancer treatments. True to his word, the mayor and Butler, holding hands, went in first. According to Butler, they quickly dropped hands and each went their own way once they were in the pool. “I just wanted out of there,” said Butler. “It definitely woke you up. The shock of the water psyched me out. It was numbing.” Butler said she spent three weeks in the Philippines, taking cold showers the entire time. “I tried to remember how awful that was,” she said. “But I was also thinking about all the people that I sat in chemo with who couldn’t be there. It just shows you how cancer brings people together. It’s an awful disease. I appreciate everyone who came and supported our foundation.” Linda Hearn and her 13-yearold daughter, Becca, 13, who attends Jacksonville High School, didn’t dive in. They waded in. “It was a chilling experience,” said Hearn. “It took your breath away for a few seconds. Time was frozen, it was so cold. I was looking around for Becca. When I saw her, she was running toward the blankets and the towels.” Hearn said she enjoyed the exhilarating experience and thinks it’s wonderful that Piedmont did this to help those with cancer. Becca said hitting the water was a big shock. “I wasn’t expecting it to be that cold,” she said. “It was so cold I ran in and then I had to run back out.” Becca said she’d like do it again and try to stay in longer next time. Bobby Steed of Piedmont said he was expecting it to be worse than what it was. He’d said he’d be up to doing it again. “I’m a firm supporter in what they’re doing with Venecia’s Foundation,” said Steed. “I took part in the race a few months ago where they painted everyone as they ran. If they ever do anything

else, I’ll be there to help support her.” Steed said his mother, Margie Steed, had cancer twice before she died. “I’d do it again in a heartbeat,” he said. “It’s most definitely a good thing. If there’s anybody who has not had cancer in their family, it’s a matter of time before they will, and then they’ll realize that what she’s doing is a good thing.” Keith Word, master of ceremonies, announced that the water temperature was 4446 degrees, about 10 degrees warmer than out of the water. Word kept the crowd informed about where patches of ice could be found around the pool and urged everyone to walk carefully around those patches. He welcomed everyone and expressed appreciation for their attendance. Baker said the temperature to him felt like it was 20 degrees below 0. “Somebody said we needed to throw some ice cubes in there and make it a real polar plunge,” he said. “I told them we didn’t have to do that. It was cold enough.” Baker said he’s happy with the turnout. “I had no idea many people would come,” he said. “You really don’t know until you get there. But it couldn’t have been better.” About 64 took the plunge. A total of $3,400 was raised. Baker said contributions are still coming in, and the total is expected to rise to about $4,000. “I’m so thankful everyone came and contributed to our foundation because we’re continually having to fill bags for those going through chemo,” said Butler. “We never get caught up because there’s a new cancer diagnosis every week for someone, and we’re having to always pack more bags. We were running low on funds because we’ve done so many bags, but the time of this was perfect as far as helping us out through January.” (Contact Margaret pollya922@gmail.com)

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