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Ranburne Elementary School’s halls were crowded with students and parents Monday on the first day of the new school year. Near the kindergarten rooms, parents, their cameras at the ready, were lined up with their children waiting to enter the classrooms. A range of emotions showed on the faces of the parents and students from excitement, to trepidation, to tears. Aleisha Morgan waited with her daughter Lindsay. For Lindsay, who hadn’t attended preschool, kindergarten will be her first taste of structured learning. Although her mom was a little nervous, Lindsay was looking forward to the new adventure. “I love learning and getting some friends,” she said. LeAnne Hornsby, a kindergarten teacher for 15 years, said separation anxiety can often be harder for the parents than the children. “I had a dad leave in tears today,” Hornsby said. But some children were having difficulty, too. One little girl with a green bow in her hair clung to her mother as she tried to leave her in Hornsby’s classroom. As the students filed into her classroom, Hornsby showed them to their seats. The pint-sized tables arranged in her room each had name tags and pictures for the children to color. She showed the children where to put their book bags and school supplies and

then instructed them to bring their pencil boxes and crayons to the table. While the students colored, she hung little tags around their necks with their names and lunchroom numbers. It will help the lunchroom staff learn their names, Hornsby told the children. It’s just one of the many new things the students will be learning in their first few days of school. Some of the harder things for students and even parents to learn are the rules that go along with being in school, she said. The children have to learn about being responsible for their papers and folders, where to put their supplies when they’re not using them, and loading and unloading a book bag, she said. They also need to learn the rules of dealing with peers and teachers, she added. The young students must also learn the basics of reading, which will take them through the rest Misty Pointer of their school years, Hornsby said. It can be difficult, said Misty Noah O’dell is getting off Caron Davis’ Braggs, another kindergarten teacher bus ready to start his first day of the new at Ranburne Elementary. school year on Monday. But they love teaching kindergarten, because the children are excited Even on the first day, parents recognize about learning, they said. “You see so much growth,” Braggs said. that the year will bring lots of learning and Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be, the growth for their children. Aleisha Morgan summed it up saying, “I two teachers said. Gone is the play-dough hope that she will get in here and have a and play time, now there is serious learning good time and really enjoy learning.” going on. Staff writer Laura Camper 256-463They’ll actually have homework tonight, 2872. OnTwitter @LCamper_Star. Hornsby said.

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A new, sort of, Subway restaurant is coming to Heflin. The new restaurant will be replacing one that closed several months ago. Keith Comer of Jacksonville bought a building permit Wednesday for a new 52-seat restaurant, said City Clerk Shane Smith. Comer was unavailable for comment. However Smith said Comer was the owner of the old Subway, based in the Shell Station on Almon Street. Comer was forced to close the restaurant when the station closed almost a year ago, Smith said. The new restaurant also will be located on Almon Street between the Post Office and the Hardee’s Restaurant, Smith said. The restaurant will not have a drive through. It is scheduled to open in six to eight months, he said. Staff writer Laura Camper 256-235-3545. On Twitter @ LCamper_Star.

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The first Cleburne County Fair in decades drew hundreds of people on an overcast, chilly Saturday. Despite the cool weather, the midway, set up at Ross Mountain Adventures on Alabama 9, sounded like any other fair midway. “Win a cookie, 50 cents,” called a woman trying to lure people to her sweet treat walk. The Cleburne County High School Tigerettes were spinning their batons and calling out to passersby hoping they would stop and get their faces painted. In the background tunes played by local musicians drifted over the fairgrounds from a stage set up on the hill overlooking the event. Over it all, the bleating of sheep at the livestock show let everyone know this was an agricultural event. The livestock shows help educate people about where their food comes from, said Gean Harris, a member of the Board of Directors of the Cleburne County Farmer’s Federation. “It just fosters agriculture,” Harris said. Indeed, say “county fair” and people think of fried food, stuffed-animal lined game booths, rides, blaring music, but most of all farm goods — from livestock to canned goods to baked goods.

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Annie Holmes is having her face painted into a butterfly during the County Fair last weekend. John Ussery, president of the Association of Alabama Fairs Board of Directors, said fairs have often been agricultural-based events. The association has 26 member fairs, all agriculture based, he said. Cleburne County’s new fair is not a member, he said. “The agricultural fair promotes educa-

tion in agriculture,” Ussery said. The association was started in the early 1960s to support and judge agricultural fairs. It still judges its 26 fairs with standards including appearance, cleanliness of animals, agriculture and improvement. It also supports fairs in every way it can. But its funding was lost a few years ago,

so financial backing is a thing of the past, Ussery said. Still, the number of fairs have remained stable over the years, Ussery said. “Most fairs are a break-even deal,” Ussery said. The goal, he said, is to get young people excited about agriculture. The Cleburne County Fair did that by giving local youngsters the chance to show their sheep in front of family and friends, some for their very first time. Lane Ussery, 5 , from Randolph County, was showing his sheep Annabelle. She was named after the Coach in Thomas the Tank Engine, said his father Lee Ussery. Lane Ussery said he also had a pig, but liked Annabelle better. “I like sheep,” he said. Austin McCollum, 4, was already an old hand at showing sheep. He joined his sister Cheyenne McCollum, 8, in showing sheep last year, said his father Chris McCollum, from Lineville. Their father got the children involved in raising and showing sheep because they are smaller and easier to handle than other livestock, and it teaches them responsibility, he said. Some more experienced sheep displayers were hoping to take home a ribbon. Siblings Seth Gibbs, 15, and Claire Gibbs, n See Fair page 8


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A Ranburne resident on Monday asked the City Council to enact a leash law to help with dogs running loose in her neighborhood. Carol Crawford told the members that dogs are coming after her and getting into her garbage. She came armed with photos of the dogs just outside her fence running loose. “I cannot walk my dog in the neighborhood,” Crawford said. “I have actually been nipped.” Mayor Owen Lowery said the city couldn’t pass a leash law unless it had an animal shelter where officers could take captured animals. “We don’t have a place,” Lowery said. “The county doesn’t have one.” Ranburne Police Chief Steve Tucker said there is a state

law requiring pet owners to keep their dogs on their property. The state law does allow the city to fine pet owners who allow their dogs to run off their property. After one complaint, the police notify the pet owner and after a second complaint, they write a ticket, Tucker said. The fine can be up to $50, he said. He said usually just notifying the owner is effective. “I’ve only issued one ticket and that was years ago,” Tucker said. Council member Larry Smith asked Crawford if she had approached the owner of the dogs. Crawford said she doesn’t know the owners of several of the problem dogs. However, she said she has not spoken with the owners she can identify because she doesn’t know them well. “Because of the way I feel, I’m just afraid I’m not going to be as pleasant as I might should be,” she added. Lowery asked if Crawford could try to talk to the owner she identified and if it doesn’t work, the city would step in

Local development group’s leader moves over to the Red Cross

good challenge,” he said. Consolidated News Service “I wanted to make sure we continued to maintain the Joseph Jankoski is em- high standard of support barking on a new journey and care we provide in the in the nonprofit world, but community.” Jankoski said he’s going he’s not traveling far to get to work with the board of there. The former director of directors and leadership the west Anniston-based of Red Cross to identify Calhoun County Commu- areas the local chapter can nity Development Cor- improve on or new projporation, Jankoski has ects it might take on. Obviously, he said, he taken the helm of the Calhoun-Cleburne Chapter of will look for things the the American Red Cross, organization can do better. “With all nonprofit orwhose offices are right next door on West 10th ganizations, funding is always an issue,” he said. Street. He said he’s set some “The Red Cross is an organization that does targeted fundraising goals incredible things in our that he expects to be able community, and they to meet. The local chapter had have been doing them for years,” Jankoski said. been without an official “We’ve got a great group leader since former director Carol Cleghorn joined of volunteers.” Jankoski noted that the the city of Anniston as its Red Cross has an estab- new marketing director lished mission, including in April. In the interim, disaster relief, support leaders from neighboring for military families and chapters have rotated into the local office to keep blood donation. “I knew they did good things running smoothly. “It takes a lot of organithings in the community and thought it would be zation and patience, and I a good opportunity and a think he’ll do very well at PAIGE RENTZ


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it,” Cleghorn said of Jankoski. “I’m excited that he got the position.” Jankoski first came to Anniston to complete basic training for the Army at Fort McClellan in the mid-1990s. He returned in 2010 after completing an undergraduate degree in accounting at Michigan State University and working for Ernst & Young while he completed master’s coursework in nonprofit development and fundraising at New York University. Nearly two years ago he took over as director of the Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit whose mission is to “provide affordable housing, economic development and youth leadership to the residents of Calhoun County with an emphasis on west Anniston.” “I can’t speak highly enough for my gratitude for that opportunity,” he said of the CDC. While there, Jankoski established We All Run, a program he said he has loved to be part of. WAR


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has encouraged about 35 local students to take up the sport. Jankoski said training for races such as the Woodstock 5K helps students learn to set reachable goals and accomplish them. “Sometimes these kids just need someone to believe in them,” he said. “They deserve that.” He also worked to establish a community garden in west Anniston at the site of a run-down car wash. “I’m extremely thankful to community groups and members of community all over Anniston and Calhoun County who helped make that happen and who believed in the vision we had as an organization,” he said. “That’s how we’re going to make a difference, and that’s how we’re going to effect positive change in Anniston, by relationships, networks and realizing we’re all people.” Staff Writer Paige Rentz: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @PRentz_Star.

and enforce the state law. “Is that satisfactory to you?” Lowery asked. Crawford agreed. In other business the city council: -Heard the Ranburne Senior Center is serving 35 meals a day – 16 at the center and delivering 19 to the homebound. It has a waiting list of three for delivered meals, said Rebecca Cantrell, director of the center. Lowery asked Cantrell to look into whether the city could get more funding to add the three meals. -Tucker said he is driving the new police car the city purchased. He asked to keep the old car as a spare. Town Clerk Pam Richardson said she would talk to the insurance company and see how much it would cost to keep the car. Staff writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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It’s not often that Alabama residents wear sweatshirts in August, but some of the fairgoers in Cleburne County were doing just that Saturday. Whatever pool parties might have been planned, as one woman spoke of in an Anniston grocery store Saturday afternoon, must also have seemed out of place. Saturday, with its probable high of 69 degrees in Anniston, broke a record for the day set on Aug. 17, 1885, said Jessica Chace, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Birmingham. That recorded high was a comfortable 80 degrees, Chace said. However, Saturday’s cool weather doesn’t set a monthly record, she added. On Aug. 31, 1986, the recorded high was 67 degrees, Chace said. The cloud cover is the main culprit for the cool weather the last couple of days – the high was 71 degrees on Friday, according to the National Weather Service website. But a cold front that passed through the area early in the week helped usher in northwesterly winds, Chace said. In addition the southerly winds that usually bring warm temperatures this time of year have been stalled by low pressure in the gulf, she said. But a warm-up is coming. The area should be back to normal temperatures, the mid- to upper-80s, by the end of the week. “By the end of the week, people will be complaining about the heat again,” Chace said. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.



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Preventing future tragedies This summer, a Birmingham mother and a mother from McClellan changed their daily schedules with dire results. Two babies are now deceased from heat-related illnesses after being left in hot cars. How can future tragedies like this be prevented? Concerned, I looked on the Internet to see if there was an alarm that would allow mothers (or any family member) to remember that a child has been left in a car. Actually, there are several. One is a pad that fits beneath a baby, another is a bracelet a baby wears, a third is a halo of some sort, and there are others. However, in an informative article written a year ago by CBS News reporter Ryan Gaslow, he described how all devices on the market have been tested and declared unreliable by a leading medical center, Children’s

look in the car seat each and every time they leave their cars. This is good advice for all of us who transport children. Perhaps there are low-tech ways that mothers can develop to avoid leaving a child behind. One suggestion is to lay a purse, a cell phone, a briefcase, or other item necessary for the workday in the backseat with the child. That way, the mother would see the baby when retrieving the item. I thought of another. Mothers could buy a colored ribbon and tie it onto the baby’s car-seat handle. When they strap a baby in, tie the ribbon on their arm until they remove the baby. Then, tie it back onto the carseat handle when the baby is removed. Whatever it takes, mothers need to realize that the law that required them to protect their children by placing them in

Sherry Kughn Sherry-Go-Round Hospital of Philadelphia. He states the following finding: the currently available devices give mothers a false sense of security. May I charge inventors? We must think of something that is reliable, and we should make it mandatory. The article also stated that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsors a campaign called “Where’s baby? Look before you lock.” It urges mothers to get into the habit to

the back seat of a vehicle has a potentially fatal consequence. The human side of what happened locally is that a wellrespected mother made an inadvertent, yet tragic, mistake and might be prosecuted. I hope officials who are in control of the charges against her realize that there is not a parent among us who has not had an “incident.” Twice, I allowed a child to get away from me in a crowd. Another time, I was standing over a grandbaby who wanted to crawl up a staircase. He turned to the right suddenly, slipped through a missing rail, and fell four feet to the floor. My oldest once choked on a piece of dry cornbread I left on a low table. These were panic moments for me, life-threatening moments for the children. Had their outcome been death, my sentence would have been my

guilt and loss. The McClellan mother and her family need time to grieve and to move on without adding further tragedy to their lives. Children left in cars is no small issue. San Francisco State University’s Department of Geosciences records how many children die each year from heatstroke after being left in a car. As of Aug. 7, there were 24. Thirty-three children died in 2012, and the department said 585 children have died since 1998. That is an average of 37 deaths each year when one is too many. Good can come out of bad, and the heightened awareness that these recent deaths has created might prevent another child from being the victim of a tragic accident. Email Sherry at sherrykug@

Wilcox, Tuscaloosa counties lead state politics We southerners can lay claim to a rich political legacy. We have enjoyed the most colorful political characters in U.S. political history. Our annals are filled with the likes of Huey Long, Theodore Bilbo, Herman and Gene Talmadge, Strom Thurmond and our own legends, Big Jim Folsom and George Wallace. A very ironic, interesting and inexplicable occurrence surfaces when you study southern politics in detail. Each Deep South state has a region and even a county that spawns an inordinate number of governors and senators. One of the most pronounced is Edgefield County, South Carolina. However, the most prominent and prolific county in southern history for producing governors is our own Barbour County. These folks have produced six Alabama governors. If you were to count George Wallace’s four terms, they would have elected a governor from their county nine times. Wallace is obviously Barbour County’s



Inside The Statehouse most famous native son. In fact, his wife Lurleen is one of the six governors. She was actually born and raised in Northport in Tuscaloosa County but Barbour County claims her since she lived and voted in Barbour County when she was elected governor. In recent years Cullman County has had somewhat of a run at being a prominent producer of governors. Big Jim Folsom served two terms in the 1940’s and 50’s. Then, during an eight-year period from 1986-1994 they had a governor and lieutenant governor at the same time. Guy Hunt was governor and

Jim Folsom Jr. was lieutenant governor. Then Jim Jr. became governor for a couple of years when Hunt was removed from office. However, today in current Alabama politics we have two very significant counties when it comes to having native sons and daughters in prominent elective office in the state. The county of Wilcox is interesting and Tuscaloosa County’s current prominence is unparalleled. Wilcox County is a small sparsely populated Black Belt county in the southwest corner of the state. It has only about 15,000 people and therefore probably has three times as many pine trees as it does people. However, get this fact. One of our U.S. Senators Jeff Sessions, our Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey and former 1st District Congressman Jo Bonner all grew up in Wilcox County, all about the same time and all knew each other growing up. You can add to the mix Congressman Bonner’s sister, Judy Bonner. She is the

president of the University of Alabama. Speaking of the University of Alabama, the Alabama Crimson Tide has the premier college football program in America and Tuscaloosa has also become the kingdom for Alabama politics. Tuscaloosa is the home county of both our sitting Governor Robert Bentley and our Senior U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. That is quite a duo. The Druid City and Capstone also illustrated some expert political savvy during last year’s congressional reapportionment. They lassoed in Congressman Robert Aderholt to be their congressman. Aderholt is Alabama’s future in Congress when it comes to appropriations. They have one of the brightest and most capable House delegations ever assembled for a county their size. They have two of the most outstanding freshmen in a much-heralded freshman House class. John Merrill and Bill Poole, both already effective, and Representative Chris England, who is one of the sharpest

young legislators on Goat Hill. They also have two outstanding State Senators. They have a resident Senator Gerald Allen and an astute Freshman Senator they share with Walker County named Greg Reed. As though Tuscaloosa needed more political prominence, their legislative influence became exponentially more significant in recent weeks. Rep. Bill Poole was recently named Chairman of the House Education Budget Committee. In addition, one of the most prominent political consultants in the state, Joe Perkins, calls Tuscaloosa home. They may as well move the State Capitol to Tuscaloosa. Some people would argue that Richard Shelby has brought home a good bit of the national treasury to Tuscaloosa already. 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

We need to be reminded of our roots in Christianity Patrick Henry is probably best known for his statement, “Give me liberty or give me death!” I love another Henry statement you won’t find in any of today’s textbooks: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” These words and confirmation are much too

Daniel Gardner My Thoughts plain for any politically correct (PC) person to acknowledge. I’m not sure whether newspapers can even publish such a statement today. Is it legal for a newspaper to print radical Christian statements about our

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government? Isn’t there a wall of separation between government and religion? The PC crowd bristles when political commentary includes the name Jesus Christ or makes any claim about Christianity, especially in context of our Founding Fathers’ intentions or beliefs. Can’t go there! Patrick Henry was right when he said because Christians founded our nation, “peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” Go anywhere else in the world and this is not true. Look at northern Africa or the Middle East. Jihadists are killing Christians by the thousands in the name of Islam. Yet these same jihadists can find refuge and freedom of religion here in America because

Christians founded our nation. In the PC Obama administration, it’s no longer OK to read a Bible or practice Christianity in the military. But, we have to acknowledge Muslims’ rights to pray five times a day. Why is that? Have you heard about the million man march Muslims are planning for September 11 this year in Washington? Because Muslims have been harassed more than any other religious group in America since 911 in 2001? I don’t think so. Christians and Muslims are not at war with each other. Indeed we live peaceably together in America because Christians founded our nation. Christians founded our nation with guarantees of rights and liberties for all

citizens. Americans have fought internal and external wars to protect and defend those rights and liberties for peoples of all faiths. What does this have to do with national politics? We need to remember who we are as a nation. Are we a Christian nation? No, but we are a nation founded by Christians on Christian values and liberties. PC police and progressive politicians deny this of course, and have tried to remove all Christian values from our children’s textbooks and schools. As we begin another school year, we should be careful to teach our children the values our Founders cherished. The generation that rejects these values and rebels against the God Who gave us these rights and liberties is the generation that will lose

these rights and liberties. And, our leaders should be reminded that our first president, George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” America began well because Christians founded our nation, in the words of Patrick Henry, “not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at Daniel@DanLGardner. com, or visit his website at http://www.danlgardner. com Feel free to interact with him on the ClarionLedger feature blog site dgardner/

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Receivers and quarterback are the biggest question for JSU coaching staff AL MUSKEWITZ

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JACKSONVILLE — When the new football coaching staff arrived at Jacksonville State in January, outside of quarterback, the wide receivers were probably the biggest question mark on the roster. Now, after a full spring and almost all of preseason camp, they have elevated their games to a point it wouldn’t surprise offensive coordinator John Grass if the Gamecocks had multiple receivers with 60 catches or more. “Going into spring we thought they were maybe the weakest position we had on the field,” Grass said. “We definitely had a doubt about them … but I cannot tell you how much better they’ve gotten. “I think they’ve gotten better and better about releases, route-running, how to play the game, catching the ball. Those guys, probably in practice, run as much as anybody on the field. They’ve developed some toughness — now they’ve got to continue to get tougher and get better.” For the Gamecocks to run the up-tempo spread offense the new coaches are looking to inject, they have to have receivers. How quickly that could happen was open for debate since they graduated their top three receivers — Houston Texans rookie Alan Bonner, Kevyn Cooper and Trey Smith. Together, the three senior receivers accounted for 106 catches, 1,618 yards and 10 touchdowns. Departed running back Washaun Ealey had 21 catches for 206 yards and three scores. The charge to recover that production would fall on sophomore Telvin Brown, junior Gabe Chambers and sophomore Markis Merrill. Brown and Chambers had a combined 20 catches for 326 yards and two touchdowns last season. Junior Spencer Goffigan is the only other returning receiver who caught a pass, and he had one for 16 yards. But add to the mix sure-handed Dalton Screws, speedy Josh Barge — a redshirt freshman who impressed in last week’s final scrimmage — and the tight ends and the Gamecocks don’t believe they’ll be hurting when it comes to moving the ball through the air. “When they first came in here and we graduated the big-time receivers last year, that was the spot everybody thought we were going to be weak at,” Chambers said. “To be honest with you, the ones we’ve got can get the job done. Just put the balls in our hands. “I know we can make plays. Put the ball in our hands and we can be in the end zone.” When it comes to the up-tempo spread, the first name that comes to mind — at least in the Ohio Valley Con-

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ference — is Eastern Illinois. The Panthers ran it fast and ran it well last year. They had an inside receiver, Erik Lora, who caught an FCS record 136 passes last year – 10 more than JSU’s top five receivers combined – including 21 in one game. His 1,664 receiving yards were fifth most for a season single in FCS history. The Gamecocks have gone more than two years without having 21 completions in a game. They caught 171 balls last year. Bonner’s 50 were the most by a JSU receiver since Joey Hamilton had 58 in 1999. Another Bonner — Ronald, no relation — caught 62 in 1997. When JSU head coach Bill Clark first saw Lora’s numbers he did a double take. Grass wouldn’t turn down a 100-catch guy, but he doesn’t expect the Gamecocks to be built that way. After Lora's 136, the Panthers' next three leading receivers had 53, 49 and 37. That's more like it. “I tell the guys all the time there’s one ball and you spread that ball around you’re a lot harder to defend,” Grass said. “I feel we’ve got a receiving corps with multiple guys who could have 60 and 70 catches and that’s more of the lines we’re looking for. “Some of the guys we have, if the receiving corps had not improved as much as it has, are capable of having 90 or 100 catches if you threw it to them all the time, but that’s kind of not our philosophy. We like to spread the ball around. You never know: A guy might have 12, 15 one week and not but two or three the next. It just depends on how the game goes and how they’re playing us.” Al Muskewitz covers Jacksonville State sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3577.

Ranburne and Cleburne County football players will get their first opportunities to block and tackle against someone other than a teammate Friday night at Ranburne. The annual jamboree will begin at 7 p.m. with the varsity squads from Ranburne and Bowdon (Ga.) playing two quarters. Immediately thereafter, the Ranburne and Bowdon ‘B’ teams will play one quarter. The evening will end with two quarters between the Cleburne County varsity and the Ranburne varsity. Ranburne head coach Chad Young said he expected the Bulldogs’ action with the Tigers to begin between 8:15 p.m. and 8:30. Young said one thing the jamboree will allow is filming everyone to see what is being done well and what mistakes need to be fixed. Tuesday’s practice was a good one. “Monday was a little sloppy. We worked yesterday on just cleaning up some stuff from Monday,” Young said Wednesday afternoon. “Today, we’re trying to let them get their legs up under them.”

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Heflin Highlights by: Suzanne Payne

I Knew

I told you that the first annual County Fair was going to be amazing. Yes, I told you so and it was. There were a few doubts about what Mother Nature had in store for the event, but all was well. It was a COOL day in more ways than one. Vendors spanned as far as the eye could see and offered everything from barbeque to grilled cheese donuts (you read it right)! The activities were just as varied. Dunking tank, giant slide, greased pig, “pie the pastor” and many more were among the many fun activities offered. Unique crafts were on display and on sale to suit every taste. Fair attendees enjoyed the music from local talent as well as nationally know musicians. Highlights of the day were the performances of the Ranburne Bulldog Band and the Cleburne County Tiger Band. Their brilliant sound combined with the cool weather made us all ready for some football! A big salute to the Chamber of Commerce, the City of

Heflin and all those who worked so hard to see this event come to life! I’m already looking forward to next year!

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There are THREE signs of old age. The first one is the loss of memory. I’m sorry! I forgot the other TWO! Anyway…that’s MY problem. These people don’t have a problem. They have a birthday and I hope they enjoy it. Syble Craft celebrated her birthday on August 18. I am sure that she had a grand day! Aug. 22-Mike Campbell, Mathew Laminack, Irene Capes and Tiffany Hayes. Aug.23-Pearl Perry, Wilda Morgan, Tina Morgan and Amanda Wheat. Aug.24-Jenny Davis, Dana Turner, Randall McElroy, Brinda Michaels and Brook Tumlin. Aug.25-Larry Townsend, Robert Jarrell, Judy Spradlin, Ken McElroy, Charlie Williamson, Phyllis Waldrep, Krisi Guthrie, Gary Weston and Robbie Lambert.

Aug.26-Barry Newton, Jane Fergerson, Jimmy Morris, Andrea Dennis and Joe Smith. Aug.27-Mollie Owens, Barry Bryant, Desiree Rivers, Leslie Clark, Alex Gay, Paul Kennedy, Helen Den and Candi Phillips. Aug.28-Cory Humphries, Ernest Charles, Amy Krause, Crystal Bowen, Jimmy Bunch, Chester Waldrep and Ann Benefield.

Just Ask

How long has it been since YOU said “I do”? These couples could tell you that in a flash. They are celebrating an anniversary this week. August 23-Mark and Jackie Laminack…Will and Heather Freeman. August 24-Danny and Misty Pointer. August 28-Kenneth and Nellie Howell…Jeremy and Jenny Duke.

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tress, Ed Cleveland, Kerry Smith, Andrea Wise Smith, Jimmie Nell Vise, Sherry Brown, Sara Noland, Rider Bearden, Malene Bowen, Jackie Stovall, Ken Sanders and Merrill Hayes.

Come On Down

You are all invited to a special event this Sunday evening at 5:00. The First United Methodist Church will present an evening of delicious food and great music. This informal FREE event will feature the FUMC Choir and musicians and a lot of scrumptious food. Jay and Kelly Grubbs are barbequing and church members are bringing their favorite sides! There will be plenty of fun, food and fellowship to go around. Come, be our guests!


Until next week…remember…There is no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting up other people!

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East Heflin by: Bruce Wright Great day! Began with Brotherhood, then baptism, then another accepting the Lord as their personal Savior! The evening service brought a missionary, Omar Alvarado, from Nicaragua to share his testimony of God working in his country. We look forward to next Sunday night as another comes to us. On Sept 8th, new Sunday School classes begin for fall with a Breakfast at 9am. We will also begin a class to teach people to share their faith and begin sending out Evangelism Explosion teams 6pm Sunday nights. Bro. George opened to mark 1:17-18, “Seven Invitations from Christ”. God is asking us to ‘come after me’. He is inviting you to join Him in something wonderful. First you have to separate from the world that will lead you astray. He invites us to win souls for Christ. It is our duty and we should have the desire. He invites us to sacrifice. He is Lord of All, not Lord of some things. He invites you to solace- rest in him. Satan will discourage you and offer you other options but true rest is with him. He invites you to satisfaction in Him for all life will bring you. He invites you to surrender your life to him upon his name. Also to give of your time, talent, and treasure. He invites you to salvation in Jesus. He is the only way to Heaven. Not by good deeds or being a good person but by him alone. He died for you. Come before it is too late.

Pilgrim’s Rest by: Connie Thompson Pastor Tracy Mayfield delivered another awesome sermon Sunday, offering hope and encouragement for the Christian journey. God is with us through every obstacle. This life is worth living. Without the Spirit of God breathed into us, we are just a hollow shell. With His life-giving Spirit, He gave us a living soul. From the very beginning the Spirit of God has been here. The Spirit of God gives us the ability to live—and to live abundantly. With Jesus in your life, you can get as much out of life as possible. God will bless you with the spouse and children you are supposed to have. He also assures us of our eternal life. Christ suffered for us, for those who accept and for those who reject Him. We should be willing to live for Jesus because He brings joy to our life. Jesus wants us to enjoy this life to the fullest. We have the gift of joy and laughter—and also peace. Accept what God places in your life. Living for God brings contentment. Be content with your situation, no matter the circumstances. God will never leave or forsake us. Living for God gives satisfaction. Do what God has called you to do. Walk and talk with Him. Living for God brings blessings. God will bless when you live for Him. Living for God is good! We have our directions written in God’s word. The reward of our labors means we will one day see Jesus.

Pinetucky by: Mary Alvarado

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Hello from Happy Hill. Hope this finds everyone doing good and enjoying the not so typical August weather. Hard to believe it is school time again. God’s blessings upon the students and faculty. It was a beautiful day and two awesome services at Happy Hill Sunday. We enjoyed a lot of good singing and preaching. Join us in praying for Irmalene and Robert Norton, Joyce Austin, Betty Hayes, Roger Ledbetter, Elizabeth White, Rider Bearden, Penny Strickland, Ken Sanders, Alice Pair, Butch Pair, Frank Hagan, Terry Benefield, Kerry Smith, Malene Bowen, Andrea Wise Smith, Edna Hubbard and Catherine Forsyth. Until next time, God Bless! SENTENCE SERMON Jesus invested His life in you....have you shown Him any interest? THE LIGHTER SIDE Three sisters ages 92, 94, and 96 live in a house together. One night, the 96 year old starts a bath. She puts her foot in and pauses. “Was I getting in or out of the bath??” The 94 year old yells back, “I don’t know, but I’ll come up and see!” She starts up the stairs and pauses. “Was I going up the stairs or down??” The 92 year old is sitting at the kitchen table having tea listening to her sisters. She shakes her head and says, “I sure hope I never get that forgetful.” She knocks on wood for good measure. She then yells to her sisters, “I’ll come up and help both of you as soon as I see who’s at the door!”

Heflin First United Methodist by: Lexi Bennett Join us for Sunday Night Live @ 5:05 this Sunday, August 25th for our “Evening with the Chancel Choir.” We will be having a special dinner with Boston butts, sides and dessert! We would love for you to make plans to join us for this fun evening of musical worship and fellowship! Our Wednesday night Children’s Program will kickoff on Wednesday, August 28th at 5:45-7:00 pm! We are so excited and ready to get our Wednesday nights going again. Don’t miss out on the fun! Heflin First United Methodist Church Youth also meets on Wednesday at 5:45 pm. The Youth will be working on their service project Backpack Buddies and have a goal of 60 children to provide food/snacks for the weekend. The average cost is $4.00 per week per child, and our church and community can contribute in many different ways. You can “adopt” a child and make a monthly donation, bring food items from our list, or make a donation at WM Grocery and just let them know to add it to your bill for Backpack Buddies. We would also love for you to join us Sunday morning at 10:00 am for our traditional service! We are still studying the book of Luke. Sunday’s sermon will come from Luke 13:10-17 and the sermon title is “Better than Good.” We hope everyone is having a great week back to school! If you have any questions about our church or school, you can reach us at 256-463-2441 or heflinfirst@

New Hope Ministries by: Veneta McKinney May the Word of God give you direction for your life today. The Area Prayer Meeting will be held this Saturday night, August 24 at 6:30 pm . Please consider attending to pray for our area. On Sunday August 25 at 4 pm at Pastor Jerry and Vickey’s house, we will be having a Back-to-School Bash, which includes a greased pig chase. If you want to have lots of fun, good food and LOTS of laughs, please make plans to attend. We will be meeting at the church at 3:30 for ones that do not know how to get to their house. Registration continues for the home-school covering program. Email NewHopeChristianAcademy34@yahoo. com or call 256-926-9440 for information. Remember the TV program “New Hope Arising” which airs on Channel 24. More details on our website: www. Last Sunday Pastor Vickey preached on using our Sword (the Bible – God’s Word) as a weapon. Many of us carry around our Bible, but never use it. However, like a real sword, if it stays in the case, it does us no good. Jesus showed us how to use God’s word to defeat the devil… Mt 4:3-4 ”It is written...” God’s Word is to become our Daily Bread. It has got to be written on our hearts. We are in a war and the Bible is our arsenal. We need to pray God’s Word – declare and decree what He says - over our circumstances and know the effective passages to pray. God’s Word WILL defeat the enemy!

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint Isaiah:31 This week we ask you as we pray for: Brother Benny Abney, Kelsia Arnold, Dennis Austin, Carl Ayers, Rubie Cavender, Rita Cofield, WE Gray, Lillian Johnson, Dorothy Junior, Violet Morrow, Nysa Nelson, the Perkins, Ron Reager, Andrea, Louise and Wanda Smith, Danny Sprayberry, Laudene Powell, the Brown family, the Worthams, anyone we missed as well as myself, really need your prayers my breathing is getting worse it seems. Thanks and have a blessed week from everyone at Pinetucky.

Verdon Chapel by: Richard Jackson

We had a wonderful, spirit-filled service today at Verdon Chapel. We enjoyed all our visitors today, and invite them back any time. Brother Rocky Smith brought today’s message from God. In John, chapter 2, Mary tells the guests at the wedding in Cana to do whatever Jesus tells them to do. They did, and everything turned out well. Today, we as Christians are to do the same thing: do whatever Jesus tells us to do. We tend to want to go our own way, and do things on our own, and things don’t turn out well. When we continue in God’s Word and listen to what Jesus tells us, we will know the truth and will be set free from the bondage of sin, dead traditions and religion. Are you listening to Jesus? Are you doing what He says? If not, it’s time to do so. Brother Rocky’s evening message was from Mark, chapter 8. Jesus tells us to not focus on ourselves, but rather focus on Him. When we follow Jesus, we turn away from our selfish, sinful ways. Some people follow Jesus until it gets uncomfortable, then they decide to go their own way. We cannot be His disciple if we are not committed to Him completely. Jesus said to follow Him.

Wise Chapel by: Dorcas Toney September 7 will be Queen of HEARTS Pageant at CCHS. Proceeds will go to HEARTS. September 14 at Camp Ground there will be a Carnival for Liam a 2 year old facing numerous medical problems. Come and help him and his parents. Many need prayer we lift: Lula Mae Camp, Kate Ethridge, Bea Crawford, Rider Bearden, David Cox, Frank Hagan and his family, Hunter Rowland, Kerry Smith, Andrea Wise Smith, Johnny Wise, Ozell Benefield, Bobbye Williamson, Brenda Durham, Tom Smith, Janet Nolen, Ronald Edwards, Marty Neall, Eddie Lee, Jill West, Mary Truett, Gladys McElroy, Cora Beason’s family a great loss for the whole area, our troops, country and national leaders, also the students and staff on their first week back to school. May God be the answer you search for. The scripture came from Genesis 12:1-3. Sometimes we loose our way as far as out Christian walk would go. We tend to slip along the way. We also want to point out others mistakes instead of focusing on our own faults. It’ not our place to take care of the sin-filled people, but we do try to make it our job. The Holy Spirit is the only one that can truly take care of the sins of ourselves and others. So we should back off and allow His will to be done. Jesus doesn’t want pointing fingers only open arms. May you have a blessed week.


Gerald B. Brown Gerald B. Brown, 85, died Sunday, August 18, 2013 at his residence. Funeral services were held August 20, 2013, at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Howell, and Rev. Bobby Garner, officiating. Burial followed in Lower Cane Creek Cemetery. Survivors include: Wife - Helen Brown, Heflin; Son Gary (Kay) Brown, Attalla, and Ricky (Karen) Brown, Heflin; Sister - Norma Jean (L.V.) Yates, Heflin, AL Brother - Russell Brown, Heflin, AL Brother - James “Scotter” (Ruth) Brown, Robbinsville, NC Grand Children - Jeremy Brown, Jordan Brown, Phil Amason, Jr Pallbearers: Greg Lumpkin, Keith Brown, David Brown Mike Skinner, Ken Skinner, Charlie Cochran and Scotty Swafford Mr. Brown was a resident of Heflin for most of his life. He was a retired carpenter and member of Edwardsville Baptist Church. Gerald was a devoted and loving husband,Daddy, and Granddaddy who will be missed greatly. He was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Faye Skinner, and a brother, Arvid Brown. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to; Edwardsville Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 145, Edwardsville, AL 36261. Jessie C. Harlan Jessie Harlan, 90, died Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Cleburne Co. Nursing Home. Funeral services were held on August 15, 2013, at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Murray, and Rev. David Davis, officiating. Burial followed in Heflin City Cemetery. Dryden Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Survivors Include: Son - Erby Joe (Teresa) Harlan,II, Heflin, AL Granddaughter - Paula Harlan (Chad) East Grandson - Brandon Harlan Pallbearers: Brandon Harlan, Chad East, Wayne Crosson, Stacy Beason, Johnny Beason and Billy Holley. Born November 14, 1922 in Hollis Cross Roads, she graduated from Cleburne County High in 1940. She was a life long residence of Cleburne County which she was very proud of. She worked as the Clerk for the City of Heflin, the Cleburne County Commission Office, and then for the US Forest Service. Her pride and joy in life where her grandkids. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, shopping, and reading. She was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church. Lucile Smith Mrs. Lucile Smith, age 98 of Conyers, went to her heavenly home August 18, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, William & Ann Bennett; husband, Abner Smith; grandson, David Hodge Jr.; 5 brothers and 4 sisters. She is survived by daughters, Joyce Hodge, Conyers and Shirley Smith; granddaughter, Marsha and Charlie Potts, Monticello; grandson, Derrick and Michelle Hodge, Covington; great-granddaughters, Ashley, Kristina, Chantae, Chelsea and Hayley; 2 great-great-granddaughters, Adrienne and Lilly; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Smith was born July 23, 1915 in Cleburne County, AL and retired from Piccadilly Restaurants. We were blessed to have her 98 years. Funeral services were held August 21, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Scot Ward’s Green Meadow Chapel with Warner Smith officiating; interment followed at Resthaven. Condolences may be submitted on-line at Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Rd., Conyers, GA 30012, 770-483-7216.

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Local Church & Community Events August 24 Car Show/Swap Meet at Freedom Baptist Church, Ranburne, Al. August 24. 12-3 AL Free food, free school supplies and school clothes, lots of blowups, fire trucks, face painting and lots of other activities. Heflin Baptist Church is hosting a community wide block party August 24 at 12 noon in the church parking lot. There will be free food, music, kid rides, antique cars and other displays. Soles for souls will provide free shoes as long as they last. Mt Paran Baptist Church in Fuithurst will have a fourth Saturday night singing on August 24, 2013 at -6 p.m cst. Special guest singer’s, will be “ Josh and Ashley Franks” from Savannah TN, along with “ Miss Priscilla Rose.”

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For more information or directions call 256-579-5263 September 2 Revival in the Valley at Trickum Community Center will be held Sept. 2-6 at 6:30 p.m. with Evangelist Barry Nolen and Clint Alewine. For more info call 256.310.0411 September 8 Heflin Baptist Church is registering now registering for Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” classes beginning Sept 8. For more information and registration go to More than 1.5 million families and individuals have take FPU. This is a fun, practical, and entertaining class that has something for everyone.

Place your home for sale in our classifieds. Call Misty today! 463-2872 256-241-1900

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Stovall honored by FOP MADASYN CZEBINIAK

Consolidated News Service

Jackie Stovall was both surprised and honored Friday night. “No doubt about that,” the Heflin police officer said, surrounded by well-wishers at the Heflin Recreation Center. Stovall was presented with the 2012 Fraternal Order of Police Merrill-Bentley Memorial Lodge 79 Officer of the Year Award and a check for $10,000. He just wished he could have gotten them without being shot. More than 100 attendees wandered into the recreation center banquet hall decorated with blue and black balloons in honor of Stovall and his family. Josh Horn, president of the FOP lodge, said Stovall was being awarded for his bravery. “The vote was unanimous,” he said. In December, Stovall was struck in the groin by a round from an AK-47 rifle. That gun was wielded by Romero Roberto Moya, who police say shot his three brothers to death and wounded his young son before leading officers on the chase in which Stovall was wounded. Even after being shot, Stovall still attempted to pursue Moya, his colleagues said Friday night. John Kelley, who has known Stovall for years, said he came to the ceremony because Stovall is like a brother. “That’s just the way it is and I’m going to support him in any way I can,” he said. Stacy Benefield and her young daughter Kadie said they came to honor Stovall for his sacrifice. “We’re here to show support to the police officer for protecting our citizens,” Kadie said. Mitchell Upchurch, an officer with the FOP lodge, said a $10,000 check would be presented to the family from donations

pooled together from 38 different sponsors. Upchurch said that since tickets to the ceremony cost $10, the Stovall family would likely receive another $1,000 by the end of the night. Now, Stovall has another hard task at hand. He’s itching to get back to work, like any passionate cop. Stovall said he had his last in a series of surgeries June 10 and is now focusing on rehabilitation, where he will re-learn to put pressure on his leg. “I thought the last surgery would be the easiest but it’s been the hardest,” Stovall said. “They told me it would make me climb up the wall and they were right.” Stovall cannot walk on his own without crutches and uses a wheelchair to get around. He said he has been discouraged with his recovery so far because he expected to be walking again by the fall. Because of nerve pain, he might have to wait until spring. “I get frustrated but I keep telling myself we’re going to make it and walk again,” Stovall said. Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield, said Stovall has to undergo five to six months of rehab before he’ll be able to come back to work. “I don’t know after that,” Benefield said. “The biggest struggle is trying to get back to where he was before Dec. 15.” Though one thing he cannot wait for is to get back to work, another thing he’s looking forward to is the upcoming fall football season. “My son starts football this fall at Oxford High School,” he said. “I have a whole three months of football ahead of me and that helps me feel better most days.” Staff Writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256235-3553. On Twitter: @Mczebiniak_star

Presenting Jackie Stovall with the FOP award is Josh Horn, AJ Benefield and Kevin Turley

Hospital Board hires new director LAURA CAMPER

The Cleburne County Hospital Board voted unanimously Thursday to offer Tracy Lambert the permanent position of director of Cleburne County Emergency Medical Service. The board interviewed Lambert last week. Board chairman William Cleino said the members will be negotiating the salary for the position with Lambert. They should have the details worked out by the next meeting on Sept. 19, he said.

The board is charged with managing EMS and the Cleburne County Nursing Home. Lambert, a former board member, took on the task of reorganizing the service in January, when the board was considering hiring an outside company to manage it. In February, Lambert volunteered as interim director after former director Keith Roberts resigned. Since that time, Lambert has created policies to help put the service on steadier financial ground, including instituting a minimum $35 charge for calls even if the client declines to go to the hospital and hiring a billing company to try to improve billing and collections.

Blood drive at Heflin Baptist Heflin Baptist Church is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, Aug 27, from 2 to 6pm in the church fellowship hall. This is the annual Adrian Lanning drive in memory of the pastor’s son in law who died suddenly 6 years ago. He was a Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy. All blood types are needed. Anyone age 17 and above with a photo ID can possibly donate. The church is located behind the BB&T Bank on the corner of Bedwell and Almon Streets in Heflin. For more information or directions go to the Heflin Baptist Church web site at or call the church office at CLEBURNE CHIROPRACTIC 256-463-2576.


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Heflin Council proposes major budget cuts, official says no layoffs LAURA CAMPER

Heflin city administrators have done some belt-tightening in order to get from a deficit of more than $200,000 this fiscal year to a surplus of $34,620 in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014. City Clerk Shane Smith said the proposed $2.7 million budget caused a lot of sleepless nights as he and the budget committee hammered it out. Much of the savings came from lower payroll expenses and lower allocations for capital improvements. “We have not cut anyone’s job and there are no plans for that at this time,” Smith said. There were several changes in staff over this fiscal year that ushered in new employees, he said. New employees means lower salaries, he added. Additional savings came through attrition as employees have left and their positions have not been filled, Smith said. In addition, the City Council is considering ending a policy that allowed employees to sell back their vacation time to the city, giving them the equivalent of a 54-week salary, Smith said. If the council members decide to continue that policy, the extra weeks of salary will have to be added into the proposed budget, Smith said. Policy changes at the Heflin Police Department also mean lower personnel costs, Smith said. “They do have to accrue overtime hours just because of court cases sometimes and getting their warrants filed,” Smith said. “We’re going to ac-

tually give them an overtime stipend. So they’ll have a certain amount that they can spend each month.” The city also cut allocations for capital projects to $80,000. This fiscal year, the budget included $206,514 in capital expenditures. In fiscal year 2014, capital projects will be paid for with money the city received from the state through the Alabama Trust Fund, Smith said. The budget doesn’t contain specific projects, Smith said. The City Council will decide how to spend the money, he said. In addition, the city estimates it will receive another $30,000 from the state through the Alabama Trust Fund in fiscal year 2014, which begins Oct. 1. If that money does come through, it could also be used for capital projects, Smith added. The city made a myriad of small cuts in things like contract services, office supplies and special events. Smith said many of those were made by shopping around or cutting things out completely. However, the lower allocation for special events was made in anticipation of finding sponsors to help cover the cost of events. Councilman Shannon Roberts, who served on the budget committee, said he’s not sure the city has cut enough. The proposed budget still doesn’t set aside the city’s proceeds from a 7 cent gas tax for roadwork, Roberts said. The only money the city has in the budget for capital projects is state funding, Roberts said. The budget also doesn’t set aside any money for the city’s debt service, which will increase as the years go by, he said.

However, Roberts isn’t sure there’s much more to cut where it won’t hurt residents, he said. “I don’t think we can do it all at one time,” Roberts said. The best bet, he said, is to count on growing revenue. The city is picking up some new businesses including McDonald’s, Smith Farms, an expanded Buster Miles Auto Group and the Nifty Nest, which opened on Ross Street. That should increase sales tax revenue, Smith said. Business license income is also on the rise, Smith added. “We’re not in good shape,” Roberts said. “But at least we’re not digging a hole anymore.” Staff writer Laura Camper 256463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_ Star.


General taxes $2,209,700 Other local revenue $46,000 Other local receipts $191,730 State shared revenues $45,100 Police Department $29,220 Fire Department $25,700 Recreation $104,850 Special events $20,200 Senior Center $5,000 Alabama Trust Fund $80,000 Total $2,757,500


General Government $461,315 Community Arts Center $33,468 Civic Center $16,614 Police Department $770,703 Animal Control $53,330 Streets $351,212 Street lights $15,000 Fire Department $100,750

Fair : “The agricultural fair promotes education in agriculture,” Ussery said. From page 1

17, have been raising and showing sheep for several years — he for four years and she for seven years. They love handling the sheep, but the ribbons validate the good job they’ve done taking care of them and training them, they said. “It’s all about how you feed them and take care of them,” Claire Gibbs said. “I enjoy trying to measure that out.” The fair had more than 80 sheep registered, said Chris Wakefield, who was helping out at the show. The sheep are judged on breed characteristics, on soundness — how well they walk, whether they have any deformities — and the overall health of the animal, Wakefield said. Tanya Maloney, director of the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce which organized the fair, said the response to the sheep show was overwhelming and the Chamber will have the livestock shows again. But this fair is all about Cleburne County, she said. The grassy midway was

lined with 40 vendors; all but three or four were Cleburne County vendors, she said. “I think it’s been a success,” Maloney said. “We’ve had over 1,000 people in and out of here today.” Local churches and groups have been able to make some money for their causes and local businesses have gained some exposure, she said. Emily Altman, a member of the Heflin First United Methodist Church, was signing participants up for a greased pig chase. The church was hoping to raise about $450 for their children’s programs with the proceeds. The church was having no problem signing up children in the up to 10 and from 10 to 14 age groups. But adults were harder to entice, even with the prize of a 37-inch flat screen TV. The winners of contests gone by would have gotten the pig, Altman said. “We didn’t think anybody would want the pig,” Altman said. The pigs — actually

three piglets grazing on the grass in a pen behind Altman — were blissfully unaware of the hijinks that awaited them. They were also up for sale, though, she added. Further down the midway, Paula and Chad Smith, owners of Heflin Taekwondo, were selling grilled-cheese doughnuts to help raise money for their students’ demonstration team to travel to competitions. The food was inspired by a Cincinnati-based restaurant, Tom and Chee, said Chad Smith. The restaurant serves about 70 different grilled cheese sandwiches and this was one of them, he said. This year’s demonstration team, which was formed last month, was also scheduled to do some demonstrations for the fairgoers, Paula Smith said. “We try to do as much as we can to get in front of the community,” Paula Smith said. “It’s good practice for the kids to get in front of people and perform.” Jennifer Dasinger said she thought the fair was

a great way to showcase the community. Dasinger and her daughter Whitley, 12, were visiting the Jacksonville State University Field School tent. Whitley Dasinger was taking the opportunity to hold a milk snake. “They’re really neat creatures,” she said, turning to display the snake. Her mother declined to hold the snake. Jake Mathews, reiterated Dasinger’s comments. “You see all the community here,” Mathews said. “It’s just kind of a fun thing to do.” Destiny Tumlin, 14, said Saturday was her first visit to a county fair. So far, she liked what she saw, she said, especially the lambs. “They’re pretty,” Tumlin said. Her boyfriend, Anthony Robinson, 15, said he was happy the Chamber had resurrected the county fair. “Now, I ain’t got to go all the way to Tallapoosa,” Robinson said. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

BOE pay for teachers to maintain new computers LAURA CAMPER

The Cleburne County school board on Monday voted to give eight teachers a $1,700 annual supplement to maintain the district’s new stock of computers. The eight teachers — one at each school in the district — will stay after school to maintain the computers. According to Superintendent Claire Dryden, the system did something similar three years ago and brought the project back this year as part of its effort to provide computers for every student. In July, the board approved $75,000 technology project that included Chromebook computers for teachers, two mobile computer labs for students and the installation of a wireless network for the district. School officials hope to issue a laptop to each student in grades seven through 12 next year. “We’re going more towards computers,” Dryden said. “We’ll need more help.” The eight teachers, called school technicians, are Bridgette Pullen, Keith Lambert, Owen Yarbrough, Stephanie Ashley, Amanda Johnson, Hope Langley, Jamie Smith and Chrissy Burke. The board also voted on several personnel matters, including three resignations, two new hires, one transfer and a one-year leave of absence. Dryden said the board typically deals with such staffing adjustments at the beginning of each school year. Over the summer, many educators leave for opportunities elsewhere, she said. The school system scheduled another meeting for today at 6:30 p.m. to hire for more vacant positions. In addition, it is currently advertising for teachers who may be hired to reduce some class sizes, she said. Dryden won’t know for three weeks whether or how many teachers the system may need to hire, she said. But the system is advertising in advance so that students will have to spend as little time as possible in overcrowded classrooms, she said. The board approved the following personnel changes during Monday’s meeting: Resignations: - Rebecca Forney, special education instructional aide at Cleburne County Middle School - Trevor Kribbs, social studies teacher at Ranburne High School - Tajuana Gossage, prekindergarten teacher at Pleasant Grove Elementary School New hires: - Jason Bono as social studies teacher at Ranburne High School - Martha Herren as special education instructional aide at Cleburne County Elementary School Other changes: - A one-year leave of absence for Judy Gossage, child nutrition program worker at Cleburne County High School. - Transfer of special education instructional aide/bus aide Kristi Lines from Cleburne County Elementary School to Cleburne County Middle School. - Allowing Ty Runels to act as volunteer coach at Ranburne High School and to extend Child Nutrition Program worker Bill Bailey’s contract to Dec. 31. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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IN RE: THE ESTATE OF TERRY WAYNE MCMAHAN, DECEASED CASE NO. 2013-080 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Letters Testamentary of said deceased having been granted to the undersigned on the 14th day of August, 2013, by the Honorable RYAN ROBERTSON, Judge of Probate Court of CLEBURNE County, Alabama, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law or the same will be barred. BOBBIE B. MCMAHAN The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL August 22, 29, September 5, 2013


IN RE: THE ESTATE OF CORA L. BEASON, DECEASED CASE NO. 2013-078 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Letters Testamentary of said deceased having been granted to the undersigned on the 15th day of August, 2013, by the Honorable RYAN ROBERTSON, Judge of Probate Court of CLEBURNE County, Alabama, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law or the same will be barred. SUSAN B. BRIMER The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL August 22, 29, September 5, 2013


Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Terrence Allen Taylor, an unmarried man, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for Taylor, Bean and Whitaker Mortgage Corp., on the 6th day of July, 2009, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Cleburne County, Alabama, in Mortgage Book 2010, Page 3224; having been re-recorded in Mortgage Book 2010 Page 39621; said mortgage having subsequently been transferred and assigned to Bank of America, N.A., Successor by Merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP fka Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP, by instrument recorded in Book 2012, Page 121, in the aforesaid Probate Office; the undersigned Bank of America, N.A., as Mortgagee/Transferee, under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in said mortgage, will sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, in front of the main entrance of the Courthouse at Heflin, Cleburne County, Alabama, on September 23, 2013, during the legal hours of sale, all of its right, title, and interest in and to the following described real estate, situated in Cleburne County, Alabama, to-wit:

Being a tract of land located in the Southwest quarter of the Southwest quarter of Section 25, Township 17 South, Range 10 East. Beginning at the Northeast corner of the Southwest quarter of the Southwest quarter of Section 25, Township 17 South, Range 10 East; thence South 29 degrees 34 minutes 00 seconds West 187.85 feet to the true Point of Beginning, said point also being on County Road 19 (80’ right of way); thence, South 19 degrees 38 minutes 38 seconds East 31.98 feet; thence South 14 degrees 17 minutes 33 seconds East 31.02 feet; thence South 89 degrees 49 minutes 00 seconds West 500.00 feet; thence South 01 degrees 58 minutes 46 seconds West 1158.68 feet to a point on the South line of Section 25; thence South 89 degrees 49 minutes 00 seconds West 691.10 feet; thence North 01 degrees 58 minutes 46 seconds East 1218.90 feet to a point 1170.35 feet from the Point of Beginning; thence, North 89 degrees 49 minutes 00 seconds East 1170.35 feet to said true Point of Beginning. Property Street Address: 7151 County Road , Heflin, AL 36264 THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ON AN “AS IS, WHERE IS” BASIS, SUBJECT TO ANY EASEMENTS, ENCUMBRANCES, AND EXCEPTIONS REFLECTED IN THE MORTGAGE AND THOSE CONTAINED IN THE RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE OF PROBATE OF THE COUNTY WHERE THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED PROPERTY IS SITUATED. THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD WITHOUT WARRANTY OR RECOURSE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED AS TO TITLE, USE AND/OR ENJOYMENT AND WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION OF ALL PARTIES ENTITLED THERETO. This sale is made for the purpose of paying the indebtedness secured by said mortgage, as well as the expenses of foreclosure. The Mortgagee/Transferee reserves the right to bid for and purchase the real estate and to credit its purchase price against the expenses of sale and the indebtedness secured by the real estate. This sale is subject to postponement or cancellation. Bank of America, N.A., Mortgagee/Transferee Andy Saag SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL 35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee 270531 The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL August 8, 15, 22, 2013 Notice To Contractors State Maintenance Project No. 99-504-690-000-201 CLEBURNE, COOSA, RUSSELL AND TALLAPOOSA COUNTIES, Alabama Maintenance Sealed bids will be received by the Director of Transportation at the office of the Alabama Department of Transportation, Montgomery, Alabama until 10 AM., August 30, 2013, and at

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that time publicly opened for constructing the following: BRIDGE PAINTING ON VARIOUS ROUTES AS INDICATED IN THE PLANS The total amount of uncompleted work under contract to a contractor must not exceed the amount of his or her qualification certificate. The Entire Project Shall Be Completed In One Hundred Ten (110) Working Days. A Bidding Proposal may be purchased for $5.00. Plans may be purchased for $2.00 per set.

Plans and Proposals are available at the Alabama Department of Transportation, 1409 Coliseum Boulevard, Room E-108, Montgomery, AL 36110. Checks should be made payable to the Alabama Department of Transportation. Plans and Proposals will be mailed only upon receipt of remittance. No refunds will be made.

Cashier’s check or bid bond for 5% of bid (maximum $10,000.00) made payable to the Alabama Department of Transportation must accompany each bid as evidence of good faith. The bracket range is shown only to provide general financial information to contractors and bonding companies concerning the project’s complexity and size. This Bracket should not be used in preparing a bid, nor will bearing on the decision to award this contract. The Bracket Estimate On This Project Is From $523,778 To $640,174 Plans and Specifications are on file in Room E-108 of the Alabama Department of Transportation at Montgomery, Alabama 36110. In accordance with the rules and regulations of The Alabama Department of Transportation, proposals will be issued only to prequalified contractors or their authorized representatives, upon requests that are received before 10 AM., on the day previous to the day of opening of bids. The bidder’s proposal must be submitted on the complete original proposal furnished him or her by the Alabama Department of Transportation.

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Extra food charges irritate parents LAURA CAMPER

The first week of school brought a surprise expense to some students: For those eating school lunches there’s a new 10cent charge for extra condiment packages, including ketchup or mayonnaise. Moreover, for those taking their own lunch to school, there’s a 10-cent charge to use the schools’ napkins and utensils. Parents who contacted The News about the changes declined to be quoted for this story. However, the fees have raised the ire of parents, many of whom posted their displeasure about the fees on Facebook. One parent wrote that her daughter took a lunch to school on Monday and was told she would have to pay for silverware. “It was not a plastic fork; it was metal and would be returned,” she said in the post. “Why would she have to rent a fork?” A teacher at Cleburne County High School wrote that she told her students to bring a bottle of ketchup into her class and she would keep it for them. Sabrina Bragg, director of the school system’s Child Nutrition Program since June, said it’s all about money. The charge for extra condiments was prompted by the ever-changing nutritional requirements of the federal Healthy Hungry Kid Act of 2010, Bragg said. The act creates nutrition guidelines for meals that the school system will be reimbursed for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said June Barrett, coordinator of the Child Nutrition Program for the Alabama Department of Education. The district started doing the food-based menu planning required by the act this school year. The new approach requires that school menus include a certain amount of red and green vegetables and beans or peas each week, and a certain amount of fruit each day, Bragg said. It also includes condiments in its nutritional and caloric analysis, Bragg added. The new requirements measure calories, fat and saturated fat, all of which can be affected by something as small as an extra packet of mayonnaise, she said. If the

extra condiments are purchased a la carte, they’re not considered part of the reimbursable meal, Bragg said. “We are trying to be compliant,” she said. The charge for the napkins and silverware was also a budget decision, she said. “It costs us money to provide these products,” Bragg said. “... We are allocated funds and we are responsible for how we spend that money.” Superintendent Claire Dryden said the school system is trying to get “6-cent certification,” which would see the federal government give the system another 6 cents for each meal it serves, up to $3.01 per meal, Barrett said. To get the funding, the system has to follow the federal nutritional guidelines and it hasn’t done until now, Dryden said. The lunch changes should have been ushered in last school year, Barrett said. And more changes are coming. Next year, new guidelines will go into effect lowering the amount of salt allowed in each meal, Barrett said. The demands for the nutritional content and calorie content are more detailed than they have ever been, Barrett said. But the state is providing training to make it easier for the kitchen staff to comply, she said. For instance, the department offered training on using spices to keep healthy food flavorful so that students will still want to eat it, she said. “The children are the ones this is all about, and we want children to eat,” Barrett said. Schools not in compliance with the new requirements may jeopardize their funding, Barrett said. The federal government provides the money, and the schools need to follow the rules laid out by the federal government to get it, she said. But some parents aren’t buying that explanation. “How do you get calories out of a fork or a spoon?” another parent wrote on Facebook. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-2353545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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Jacob Pentecost enjoying his school lunch at the CCES cafeteria. The school system instituted some changes in the lunch program this year.

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