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SUNDAY RECORD YOUR GUIDE TO PUBLIC RECORDS AND VITAL STATISTICS IN CALHOUN COUNTY BANKRUPTCIES
DEATHS Gayle Norman Allsup, Gadsden Charlotte Baggin, Roanoke Evelyn Barrett, Oxford Frances Boling, Alexandria Karen Brunner, Wedowee Marvin C. Burke, Anniston Harold Mitchell Cochran, Jacksonville Mildred Elizabeth “Cookie” Cole, Anniston Henry A. Colwell Jr., Heflin Shelia Ann Curry, Talladega Izabella Zophya Davis, Anniston Zachariah Cole Elliott, Jacksonville Darlene Ferris, Anniston Beverly A. Gates, Tennessee Mamie M. Gillespie, Heflin Mary L. Griffin, Oxford Jessie Harlan, Heflin Bettie Ruth Haynes Harris, Delta Merline “Mickie” Harrison, Ohatchee Annie Mildred Hurst, Oxford Joe W. Hurst, Eastaboga Seldon Langley, Oxford Frank Law, Piedmont Lorene Doris Mullinax Coley Ledbetter, Anniston Alma May, Roanoke Edna Carolyn McCareeth, Oxford Robert Allen McCreary,
Oxford Rebecca “Becky” McElroy, Anniston Deborah McCurdy McKay, Oxford Zeddie Steve McMurry, Titusville, Fla. David Shane Nicholson, Piedmont George Dean Pollard, Roanoke Melba M. Pounds, Anniston Eldrege (E.O.) Reynolds, Centre Alola Robbins, Pell City Shelton RB Rogers Jr., Centre Ola Mae Hartley Smith, Anniston Leonard Ray Sullivan, Talladega Bernard L. Swain, Alpine Michael William Terrell, Georgia Jane Thomaston, Roanoke Michael Eugene Thompson, Oxford Kari Deigh Foster Trammell, Weaver Virginia M. Tubbs, Weaver Jewell Ann Fowler Watkins, Glencoe Charles Edward White, Heflin Elder Dollie M. Woods, Ragland Dianna M. Wright, Weaver
RATE OF BANKRUPTCIES 1515 14
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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:
• Keith David Surrett Jr. of Piedmont to Kathryn Leigh Moore of Piedmont • Joshua Thomas Tillman of Weaver to Anne Elizabeth Cook of Weaver • Mark Anthony Edwards of Ohathcee to Tracie Haynes Hall of Ohatchee • David Stuart Kelly of Jacksonville to Yola Andrea Gaddis of Jacksonville • Dennis Earl Ervin of Eastaboga to Marquita Jade Swanigan of Eastaboga • Terry Daniel Cantrell of Lincoln to Meghan Renae Cromer of Lincoln • Jason Derrick Lockhart of Alexandria to Jessica Ernestine Wilson of Jackson-
ville • Anderson Blake McDaniel of Heflin to Marilyn Delores Thomas of Anniston • Saafir Asaad Malik of Anniston to Jennifer Renea Dennis of Anniston • Alex Minton Sparks of Piedmont to Becky Marie Stone Garmon of Alexandria • Christopher Sott Hamilton of Oxford to Tiffany Leigh-Ann Wise of Oxford • John Cameron Geer of Weaver to Alice Burks Pointer of Weaver • John Euell Houck of Oxford to Tonya Lynn Cox of Oxford • Keith Alan Dailey of Alexandria to Michele Tuck Fowler of Alexandria
• Lavada Manis, Weaver • Latrentis Turner and Yashica Turner, Faith Avenue, Jacksonville • Virginia A. Carodine, Sprague Avenue, Anniston • Geraldine Sandra Stitts, McKee Street, Piedmont • Richard Napier and Traci Napier, Mclean DIVORCES Drive, Oxford • China Crooms, Pomotaw Trail, Anniston • Timothy Mark Hurst Lamonte Pearson and Cynthia Lynne • Beverly Diane Chapter 13 Hurst Satcher and Tharnell • Jerry W. Ford and Stephanie Ford, Halls • Jesse Edward Cain Satcher and Rhonda Jeanette • Amanda Hutcheson Chapel Road, Alexandria • Vivian T. Jamison, Acker Place, Annis- Cain and Gary K. Hutcheson • Thomas Jeffers and Jr. ton • Darlene Emory, Maple Street, Anniston Sherrie Jean Jeffers • Peggy A. Turner and • Belinda Walton, East 15th Street, Annis- • Jasmine Marie Olan- Kenneth Rudolph der and Austin James Lawson ton Criner • Charles David Hen• Sharif Hameed and derson and Sara FORECLOSURES Salima Hameed Rebecca Dennis • Karry A. Medders, Hidden Meadow sub- • Michael A. David • Brandi Larae Vincent and Lisa M. Davis division, block 2, lot 5. and Derrick Wesley • Jared S. Pruitt and Alison W. Pruitt, • Marena Lambert Vincent Carterton Hills subdivision, block 2, lots Truitt and Jonathan E. • Donna May Naser Truitt 17-21 and 28-30. and Nawwaf Hasan • Vonda Dudley, Micou addition to Annis- • Kristi Carroll Mar- Naser shall and Jeremy ton, block 1, lot 18. • Larry Wayne Max• Ronald Minton and Shirley Minton, a Blake Marshall well and Mary Mae • Crystal Dawn Pearparcel of land in section 16, township 16, son and Jibreel Phillips Maxwell range 9. • Joshua B. Alldredge, a parcel of land in section 28, township 16, range 6. WILLS PROBATED
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Here is the livestock market report for the Tuesday sale. Receipts for this week 904 compared to 1004 last week. Receipts a year ago 640.
Bulls and steers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200-300 lbs. 160.00 to 250.00; 300-400 lbs. 153.00 to 215.00; 400-500 lbs. 140.00 to 190.00; 500-600 lbs. 134.00 to 163.00; 600700 lbs. 112.00 to 145.00. Heifers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200-300 lbs. 160.00 to 215.00; 300-400 lbs. 145.00 to 202.50; 400-500 lbs. 137.00 to 171.00; 500-600 lbs. 123.00 to 151.00; 600700 lbs. 117.00 to 140.50.
Cows: Breakers 77.00 to 80.00; Boners 83.00 to 88.50; Lean 72.00 to 76.00. Bulls: Normal Dressing 5458% 102.00 to 103.50; High Dressing >58% 112.50 to 114.50; Low Dressing
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 igodwin@ annistonstar.com.
INCORPORATIONS • Liberty Casting and Machine Inc. • Extended Hand Naioth Ministries International • Jarvis Transportation LLC
• J&J Grading LLC • Westbrook Trucking LLC • Westbrook Logging LLC • Family Practice of Jacksonville
ARRESTS The people listed in this arrest report, whose names and charges are obtained from public records, are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
The following felony arrests were reported by the Anniston Police Department (addresses not provided) during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Mario Lavonte Kirby, 31: third-degree burglary.
• Quindarrous Keion Lilly, 18: possession of a controlled substance. • Heath Matthew Davidson, 34: distribution/ possession of a controlled substance. • Eric Jarvon Reed, 40: first-degree possession of marijuana, first-degree promoting prison contraband. • Summer Danielle Fowler, 20: seconddegree possession of a forged instrument. • Randy Garrett, 48: second-degree possession of a forged instrument. • David Spencer Deaton, 42: obstructing
justice by using a false I.D.
The following felony arrests were reported by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Tavaris Jermelle Jenkins, 18, of Anniston: first-degree possession of marijuana. • Jason Corey Cottrill, 31, of Jacksonville: unlawful possession/receiving a controlled substance.
• Michael Anthony Brown II, 25, of Anniston: shoot/discharge firearm. • Norman Lee Bush Jr., 20, of Anniston: probation violation. • Demetris McLain, 45, of Jacksonville: writ of arrest. • Jason Ross Conner, 42, of Anniston: probation violation. • Clinton Michael Doyal, 37, of Oxford: bond revocation. • Tyrone Guinn Jr., 26, of Gadsden: failure to appear in court.
BLOTTER Crimes are listed by location. Anonymous tips may be called in to Crime Stoppers at 256-238-1414. A reward of up to $1,000 may be given.
The following property crimes were reported to the Anniston Police Department during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday.
Burglaries • Restaurant, 3200 block of McClellan Boulevard: pressure washer, gas can. • Residence, 400 block of West 50th Street: copper wire and pipe. • Unknown location, 500 block of Quintard Avenue: box of cigars. • Residence, 1300 block of Carter Street: copper wire. • Residence, 1600 block of Warrior Road: television, game console.
• Residence, 1500 block of Warrior Road: television, tablet computer, shoes, hats. • Residence, 0-99 block of Pelham Heights: television, game console. • Commercial location, 1500 block of Front Street: scrap metal. (Recovered 08-12-2013) • Residence, 1000 block of South Leighton Avenue: radiators, carburetor, nitrous oxide system. • Residence, 300 block of East 16th Street: television. • Residence, 1400 block of East 11th Street: television, laptop computer. • Residence, 1900 block of Davis Avenue: air conditioners. • Commercial location, 400 block of West 15th Street: television, sound system. • Residence, 400 block of Morrisville Road: firearms, television. • Residence, 5400 block of Ridge-
wood Avenue: leaf blower, tools, torch head. • Commercial location, 1300 block of Walnut Avenue: mixing boards, base head, amplifiers.
Thefts • Residence, 3300 block of Oakridge Avenue: bath tub, copper wiring. • Department store, 5500 block of McClellan Boulevard: merchandise. (Recovered 08-11-2013) • Residence, unspecified block of Craig Drive: camper. • Residence, 1400 block of Nocoseka Trail: tablet computer. • Residence, 100 block of Central Avenue: 1989 Honda Goldwing trike. • Residence, 1900 block of East 18th Street: vehicle parts. • Public building, 600 block of South Noble Street: automotive diagnostic computer.
Auto-related thefts • Residence, 600 block of Brentwood Drive: stereo system, amplifier. • Residence, 500 block of Amber Lane: purse, camera, checkbooks, photo album. • Residence, 600 block of Autumn Trail: 2005 Pontiac Vibe. • Residence, 1900 block of Cantebury Court: wallet, paycheck, cash, personal I.D. • Residence, 100 block of West 22nd Street: subwoofers, CD player, amplifier.
The following property crimes were reported to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday.
• Residence, Garrison Street, Hobson City: televisions, jewelry, silverware. • Residence, Reads Mill Road, Wellington: laptop computer.
• Residence, Hulsey Lane, Jacksonville: go-cart, cast iron cook pot, plow, lawn mower, garage doors, tiller, utility trailer. • Residence, New Liberty Road, Wellington: tile cutter, table saw, bottles of liquor, clothing, tools.
• Residence, Barlow Street, Piedmont: 1999 Ford Expedition.
I.D. Theft • Residence, Oakland Street, Weaver: credit card.
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CALENDAR: AnnistonStar.com/calendar PROPERTY TRANSFERRED • Sam F. Crabtree-Estate to Greg Montgomery and Deena C. Montgomery, a parcel of land in sections 13/18, township 16, ranges 8/9, $10. • Susan C. Burns, Maxine C. Sikes and Mary G. Crabtree to Greg Montgomery and Deena C. Montgomery, a parcel of land in section 18, township 16, range 9, $10. • Susan C. Burns and Maxine C. Sikes to Greg Montgomery and Denna C. Montgomery, a parcel of land in section 18, township 16, range 9, $10. • Susan C. Burns to Greg Montgomery and Deena C. Montgomery, a parcel of land in section 18, township 16, range 9, $10. • EverBank to Veterans Affairs, Anniston City Land Co., block 522, lot 4, $1. • Sam F. Crabtree-Estate to Greg Montgomery and Deena C. Montgomery, a parcel of land in sections 13/18, township 16, ranges 8/9, $10. • Thurman L. Kelley to Willie M. Haynes, a parcel of land in section 13, township 15, range 5, $10. • Henry Clayton Angell to Randy L. Gilliam and Annie Gilliam, R.M. Howell subdivision, block 6, lots 2 and 3, $10. • Peyton Properties LLC and Emerald Homes of Alabama LLC to Terry D. Clotfelter, a parcel of land in section 34, township 14, range 7, $10. • William D. Manning and Martha D. Manning to Terry A. Lambert and Lucretia B. Lambert, Huntington Trace subdivision, block B, lot 5, $10. • Lynne Storie Medders to Lea Medders and Anthony K. Cumbee, a parcel of land in section 36, township 14, range 8, $10. • Terry A. Lambert and Lucretia B. Lambert to Traiq Siddiqui and Rubina Siddiqui, Edgefield Farm subdivision, 5th addition, lot 172, $10. • Donald Thompson and Peggy M. Thompson to Donald Thompson, a parcel of land in section 32, township 14, range 8, $1. • Richard L. Dean and Stephanie C. Dean to Kristan J. Schiebelhut and Maria H. Schiebelhut, Buckelew Estates, lot 19, $10.
• Erick Wolf and Heather Wolf to LaGregory Thomas, Plainview subdivision, block 2, lot 1, $10. • Kay Cole Bailey, Ashley Hayden Stinson No. 7 Trust, Johnny Cleveland Stinson No. 6 Trust and Herman Decoy Stinson III No. 5 Trust to Johnny C. Stinson and Mary E. Stinson, a parcel of land in section 3, township 15, range 8, $10. • Johnny Cleveland Stinson No. 6 Trust to Cameron Cole Mitchell, a parcel of land in section 3, township 15, range 8, $10. • Kay Cole Bailey to Johnny C. Stinson and Mary E. Stinson, a parcel of land in section 3, township 15, range 8, $10. • Kay Cole Bailey to Chip H. Stinson, a parcel of land in section 3, township 15, range 8, $10. • Kay C. Bailey to Chip H. Stinson, a parcel of land in section 3, township 15, range 8, $10. • Marion McCool to Jonathan Lewis and Amanda Lewis, E. Florine Woods subdivision, lots 8 and 9, $40,000. • Grace Fox Roberts to Gary Steed, a parcel of land in section 1, township 5, range 5, $1. • James Doyle Jordan to Marlon M. Henderson and Jimmy R. Brown, S.E. Boozer Farm subdivision, block 6, Pettus Farm Land, lots I and J, $80,000. • Heirs of Phillip C. Walker to Jennifer Bussey Green, a parcel of land in section 2, township 16, range 9, $10. • First United Methodist Church to Bennington S. King Trust, Anniston City Land Co., block 9, lot 3, $10. • Grace E. Carnes to Megan E. Carnes Holley and Grace Marie Carnes Ogle, East Ridge subdivision, lot 73, $10. • Janice T. Bryan and Richard T. Bryan to RJB Enterprises LLC, a parcel of land in section 20, township 16, range 8, $10. • Richard T. Bryan and Janice T. Bryan to RJB Enterprises LLC, a parcel of land in section 3, township 14, range 9, $10. • Branch Banking & Trust Co. to Larry P. Ray and Amber I. Ray, MountainView subdivision, phase 3, lot 125, $10. • Riccardo Girello and Terrie A. Girello to Johnnie A. Pearson
and April H. Pearson, Grandview subdivision, 7th addition, lot 78, $278,500. • Barry Davis to Melody Davis, a parcel of land in section 1, township 15, range 7, $10. • William Lee Timber to Sheila Denise Bennett, a parcel of land at the intersection of 24th Street and Moore Avenue, Anniston, $10. • Timothy Harrison and Kelly J. Harrison to Michael A. Gaghagen, a parcel of land in section 25, township 16, range 8, $1. • Jason B. Soth and Dena R. Soth to Jason B. Soth and Dena R. Soth, Pine Hill Estates, 3rd addition, lot 26, $10. • Ohatchee Industrial Development Board to Town of Ohatchee, a parcel of land in section 28, township 14, range 6, $10. • JPMorgan Chase Bank to Housing & Urban Development, a parcel of land in section 6, township 14, range 8, $1. • Jerry Tucker and Andrea Tucker to Bao Nguyen, Sunset Point subdivision, lot 48, $10. • Hershal M. Chapman and Charlene E. Chapman to Sharon L. Lamonia and Lynn G. Spitzer, Jim Angel subdvision, lot 4, $148,750. • Fannie Mae to Thomas B. Gallahair and Madison M. Gallahair, a parcel of land in section 36, township 17, range 8, $103,500. • P&G Legacy LLC to Jerri Dianne Stewart, F.E. McCullars subdivision, block 5, lot 9, $10. • Ragan E. Ramsey and Donna L. Ramsey to Jason K. Brown and Heather Brown, Dove Hollow subdivision, block 1, lots 1 and 2, 410. • Randall Alan Lawson to James Harold Walker Jr., a parcel of land in section 27, township 14, range 6, $10. • James Harold Walker Jr. and Randall Alan Lawson to Dewayne Lee Taylor, a parcel of land in section 27, township 14, range 6, $10. • J. Floyd Hamil, Harold Smith, Betty Hollingsworth, Richard Smith, Harris Smith and Iva O’Kelley to Eric O. Erskine, a parcel of land in section 32, township 14, range 6, $100. • James L. Freind and Deborah B. Freind to Todd J. Scarbrough, Hillyer Highlands, 11th addition
to Sunset Heights, block 16, lot 6, $439,000. • Freddie Mac to Hoyt Bowen, Sunset Heights, Fairway addition, block 4, lots 3 and 8, $68,500. • Walter S. Boutwell and Sharon P. Boutwell to William Mark Walker and Julie A. Walker, Pine Hill Estates, 5th addition, lot 76, $100. • Walter C. Westbrook and Janis G. Westbrook to James F. Westbrook Jr. and Patsy Renee Westbrook, fractional section D of a parcel of land in section 5, township 13, range 9, $10. • Charles M. Linnstaedt and Nancy Sue Linnstaedt to Charles M. Linnstaedt, McCall Heights, 1st addition, block 4, lot 24, $10. • Lloyd Ogle and Angela Ogle to Lloyd Ogle and Angela Ogle, Mary L. Garrett’s subdivision, lot C, $140,620. • Blake E. Greenwood to Sammy Lee and Charlene Lee, Pinegrove Estates, lots 11 and 12, $23,500. • J&M Enterprises LLC to J&M Enterprises LLC, a parcel of land in section 7, township 16, range 9, $10. • Paul Hallman to Rita Shears and Warren Shears, Mechanicsville, block 26, lots 4 and 5, $10. • Freddie Mac to RW Investments LLC, Gwendale subdivision, lot 6, $46,500. • R. Bruce Barclift and Dee A. Barclift to Tracey M. Bibbs, Lyncoya subdivision, 8th addition, block 16, lot 19, $10. • Raymond Decosta and Bridget Decosta to Joe P. McGinnis and Barbara A. Wilson, a parcel of land in section 23, township 14, range 8, $10. • Angela Ray Shockley to Timothy L. Robinson and Teresa L. Robinson, a parcel of land in section 3, township 15, range 8, $232,500. • Lanell Lloyd to Robert Freeman and Wausenia Freeman, JoyView Heights, block D, lot 7, $10. • Lindey A. McClam to Kimberly J. Coleman, a parcel of land in section 24, township 13, range 8, $10. • Johnathon Brocksmith and Leslie Brocksmith to Paul Donald Young Jr., Cedar Springs subdivision, lot 105, $10. • Housing & Urban Development to Ohio Investments LLC, Vaughn’s
subdivision, lots 78-185 addition, lot 140, $36,415. • Diane W. Bailey to Tim Cain Enterprises LLC, Smith Heights, block A, lot 4, $100. • Bigger is Better LLC to Kyle E. Conklin and Valarie J. Conklin, a parcel of land in section 31, township 16, range 7, $10. • RASC 2005-KS10 to DDB LLC, a parcel of land near 808 12th Avenue Northeast, Jacksonville, $34,500. • Ronald White and Diana White to The Ronald White and Diana White Revocable Trust, Golden Springs subdivision, 6th addition, lot 11, $10. • Lola M. Rives to Renardio Grant, Dent-McCraw subdivision, block D, lot 14, $10. • Jason W. Broome and Amber D. Mason to Betty Michelle Lowery Combs, Pine Manor subdivision, lot 27, $85,000. • JPMorgan Chase Bank to Housing & Urban Development, Dugger View subdivision, lots 7 and 8, $100. • Brian Boyle and Kimberley Boyle to Trent Spencer, Anniston Land Co., block 536, lots 5 and 6, $100. • Branch Banking & Trust Co. to Housing & Urban Development, Linen Thread Co., 1st addition, lot 1, $1. • Wilma Vines to Melissa McGlocklin, T.D. Ray subdivision, lot 20, $10. • Danny Stokes and Lisa B. Stokes to Eddy S. Starr and Kathy Starr, a parcel of land in section 10, township 14, range 8, $10. • Pat W. Shaddix to Walter Louis LeFoy Jr., South Anniston Land Co., 3rd division, block 35, lots 7 and 8, $10. • Harold Carroll to Dustin C. Reid and Cheryl P. Reid, a parcel of land in section 36, township 13, range 9, $40,000. • Dalton J. Roney to David J. Roney, Fortune’s addition to Corning property, block 1, lots 1 and 2, $1. • Ashley Steward to Joan R. Seymour, Piedmont Land & Improvement Co., block 6, lots 24-26, $10. • Minnie Ola Todd to Bobby Dwayne Bradley, a parcel of land in section 8, township 13, range 10, $10.
RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS Here are food service establishments recently inspected by the Calhoun County Health Department, along with scores. A score of 100 indicates the inspector found no deficiencies. Potentially hazardous deficiencies (four- or five-point demerit items) are noted. These must be corrected immediately and inspectors say they are often corrected while the inspection is underway. Restaurants earning below 70 must raise their scores within seven days or face closure.
• Burger King, 410 Pelham Road, N., Jacksonville — 97. • Childcare Network, Anniston — 100. • Christian Corner Meats, 1002 U.S. 431, N., Anniston — 99. • Dad’s Bar-B-Q, 3105 McClellan Blvd., Anniston — 95. • Dad’s Bar-B-Q, 700 Noble St., Anniston — 99. • East Central Alabama United Cerebral Palsy Center — 100. • First Class Pizza, 2427 Alabama 202, Anniston — 97. • Food Outlet, 2120 Noble St., Anniston — 95. 4-OR 5-POINT DEMERITS • Food Outlet, 1870 Bynum Blvd., Bynum — 96. • Annistonian Restaurant, 1709 Noble St., Anniston — 91, • House of Chen, 4 E. 43rd St., Anniston — 97. presence of insects and rodents. • Huddle House, 6371 U.S. 431, Alexandria — 97. • Publix (Sushi Bar/Seafood), 115 Commons Way, Oxford • Huddle House, 1015 Pelham Road, Jacksonville — 97. — 94, ph must be checked on every batch of rice. • Jacksonville Health & Rehabilitation — 99. • Quizno’s Subs, 1783 Hamric Drive, E., Oxford — 92, per- • Los Mexicanos, 1936 U.S. 78, E., Oxford — 97. sonnel should eat/drink in designated areas only. • Mad Hatter Cakes, 30 Coffee St., SE, Jacksonville — 98. NO MAJOR DEMERITS • Mata’s Greek Pizza, 1708 Quintard Ave., Anniston — 95.
• Pizza Hut, 202 E. Hamric Drive, Oxford — 95. • Prichard’s Deli, 4762 U.S. 431, N., Alexandria — 97. • Sandbagin at Cane Creek, 64 Galloway Road, Anniston — 98. • Subway, 8076 Alabama 202, Anniston — 99. • Susan Rae’s Early Learning Center, Eastaboga — 98. • The Children’s Place, Anniston — 100. • The Victoria Restaurant, 1600 Quintard Ave., Anniston — 99. • Top O’ the River (mobile), 3330 McClellan Blvd., Anniston — 98. • Winn-Dixie (Deli), 815 S. Pelham Road, Jacksonville — 98. • Winn-Dixie (Market), 815 S. Pelham Road, Jacksonville — 98. • Winn-Dixie (Seafood), 815 S. Pelham Road, Jacksonville — 100.
Four college roommate conflicts, and solutions BY JESSICA YADEGARAN Contra Costa Times
As thousands of students flock to their university digs, it is important to remember that roommates can be among the most enriching relationships in your college experience. But learning to get along with a stranger, often in a small space, can also be challenging. “It’s just about learning how to communicate, compromise and respect each other,” says Kenrick Ali, associate director of residence life at Cal State East Bay, which will welcome 1,500 residents to its dorms Sept. 20. Ali has mediated hundreds of roommate conflicts over the years and says the most common issues among college roommates are scheduling conflicts — you’re a morning person, he’s a night owl — and using each other’s belongings without permission. Here, Ali and Nikhil Sharma, a Cal State East Bay junior who serves on the board of his residential hall, tackle four roommate conflicts and offer solutions.
Food fight When it comes to food, you and your roommate take turns buying the common items, like eggs and milk. But, lately, you’ve noticed she’s been dipping into your personal items, like your Greek yogurt, which isn’t cheap. Sharma: I always say, “If you want any of my stuff, just ask before, and I’ll most likely say ‘yes.’ But if you don’t ask, and it keeps happening, I’ll report it to the residential adviser.”
Ali: It is imperative that you speak to your roommate about how much they can use, what happens when items start running low, what happens when there is no more of the item, and who pays for the replacement.
FIVE TIPS TO KEEP THE PEACE
The third wheel Your roommate’s girlfriend is staying over — again. Doesn’t he realize it’s a small space and listening to them makes you uncomfortable? Ali: Speak to your roommate in a nonthreatening manner about the impact his guest is having on you. Suggest developing a schedule of when each of you is allowed to have visitors and ask him if there are other places they could go. Flexibility is the key. Express that being able to hear them makes you uncomfortable. But, you also have to compromise and be OK with overnight guests once or twice a quarter. Sharma: If it’s in the middle of the night, and you’re trying to sleep, ask them to be quieter or ask them to go somewhere else.
The messy flatmate You and your roomie move into an on-campus apartment but the extra space has brought out the slob in her. Her unwashed dishes are piling up, and you fear they will attract critters soon. Ali: A very standard rule is that all of the shared spaces in the apartment are to remain clean. Create a task list and schedule a rotation between roommates. If critters decide to live with you because of your roommate’s messiness, it is appropriate for
Danielle Sterczek, 18, left, and her roommate Krysten Karns, 18, get to know each other as they move into their dorm room at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in August 2009. you to ask her to pay for them to be exterminated. Sharma: This happened to me. My roommate didn’t wash his dishes before Thanksgiving break, and we came back to hundreds of baby flies everywhere. We had to buy a ton of fly swatters to get rid of them. We were direct and told him it was disgusting and that he needed to get his cleaning done. It worked.
A different lifestyle A few days in to your first year in college you realize your roommate is gay. You are somewhat concerned, as you do not know any gay people and the thought of sharing a living space is somewhat uncomfortable. Sharma: Treat your room-
mate as you would treat anyone else — with respect. If they hit on you and that makes you uncomfortable, just address it like you would anyone else who hits on you by saying, ‘I’m living with you for the whole year and think this is inappropriate. Please stop.’ Ali: Open your mind. If you want to go to college, there is no way around it — you are going to meet people with different lifestyles. Don’t expect a move, either. If you immediately demand to be moved from your room to a different room because of not agreeing with someone else’s lifestyle, it will not happen. Most universities stand by their nondiscriminatory policies and work to create an open and welcoming educational community.
Kenrick Ali has mediated countless conflicts as associate director of residence life at Cal State East Bay. Want no drama? Follow his tips for getting the most out of your living situation: • Talk face to face. In this age of texting, step away from your phone and take time to talk about your needs and expectations. You’ll find a commonality talking face to face rather than messaging your roommate’s Facebook page. • Be flexible. Even though you don’t agree on something doesn’t mean it’s an automatic failure to live together. Be open to learning a different approach. • Use your resources. Most universities have livein staff trained in conflict mediation. They can help. • Write up a roommate contract. This can include everything from rules for overnight guests to grocery shopping and a cleaning schedule. Do it at the beginning of the year to prevent any issues from arising. • Remember, you get out what you put in. College friendships, for many people, last a lifetime. Don’t let differing schedules or tastes in music spoil that.