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Former Village Inn owner Elias Joubran removes memorabilia from walls after the auction Saturday.
A Jacksonville landmark since 1964 exchanged hands Saturday morning. Cathy Simpson made the highest bid of $142,500 to purchase the Village Inn from brothers Elias and Simon Jourban. The bidding began at 10 a.m., with Gene Motes Auctioneers in charge. The Jourban brothers and their families were present, along with several who have been patrons of the Village Inn since Ken Mount opened it in 1964. Mount, now a resident at NHC Place in Anniston, is a native of Gadsden. He moved to Jacksonville to attend Jacksonville State University and received a business degree from there. Mount felt it was a good time to open a restaurant in the city. He found an empty building on Clinton Street just off the square, remodeled it, and named it the Village Inn. He came up with the name because of the quaint, village-like feeling the square and surrounding area
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projected. The Jourbran brothers, who are natives of Israel, purchased it from Mount in 1988. Elias Jourban came to Jacksonville to attend JSU in 1975 and worked as a Ken Mount waiter for Mount at the Village Inn. After graduating from JSU in 1979, Jourban worked at Pizza Hut for the next 10 years. He was responsible for the first million dollar Pizza Hut in Alabama when he managed ■ See VILLAGE INN, page 7
City ready for Spirit on Mountain Street Event will benefit JCOC BY MARGARET ANDERSON NEWS CORRESPONDENT
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Jacksonville Golden Eagles run on to the field starting the 2013 football season Thursday night. The Eagles defeated the Pleasant Valley Raiders 54-19. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 12.
Last year’s Spirit on Mountain Street raised about $9,000 for the Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center. City councilman Mark Jones, one of the event’s coordinators, believes it will bring in more this year. Spirit on Mountain, an evening of food and fandom, will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday. The City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville State University, local businesses and area civic organizations are teaming up again to co-host the annual gathering that features the perennial favorite “Taste of the Town,” a tasters fair benefiting JCOC, a local nonprofit organization that offers short-term assistance for individuals and families in need. Also on tap for the evening is a community-wide pep rally featuring the JSU Gamecocks football team, the Southerners and Marching Ballerinas, along with teams and bands from Jacksonville High School, Pleasant Valley High School and Jacksonville Christian Academy. The pep rally begins at 8 p.m. on Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium. The Kitty Stone Singers will sing the National Anthem, and Riley Green will play from 5:30-6:30. Radio personalities Jock Burgess and Andrew McDermott of WVOK/K98 FM in Oxford will host a live remote on-site and will give away prizes throughout the evening. There will also be a drawing for two club level JSU football seats (a $250 value) for a home game of the winner’s choice this fall. In addition to ■ See SPIRIT, page 7
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Pastor grew up in Christian environment Rev. Bob Staggs met his wife in Piggly Wiggly
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An honest, inspiring peek into the lives of moms in college By Ashley Siskey, Graduate Assistant in JSU’s Public Relations Office On Aug. 21, a thirty-six year old mother of three began the journey of her final semester of her undergraduate career at Jacksonville State University (JSU). She will walk across the stage in December, an accomplishment over a decade in the making. There are many others at JSU, and other postsecondary institutions across America, like Chantay Robertson. These others are mothers – whether married or single – who inspire the non-traditional student to fight through sleepless nights, console children that do not understand the tight financial constraints that being a student can bring on a household and sacrifice time she’d rather be doing anything else but homework. Mrs. Robertson enrolled in JSU in 2001, as a single mother of three, and completed about a year-and-ahalf of college before financial circumstances forced her to take a hiatus. Working full-time at Honda, she progressed quite successfully in her career, and before she knew it, years had passed without her returning to finish her degree. In 2010, Mrs. Robertson, compelled to live by example, re-enrolled to show her children how important education and follow-through is during a person’s lifetime. “We went from filet mignon to bologna sandwiches,” Mrs. Robertson says. While she discussed with her children ahead of time about the changes in their financial situation and hours that she would have to invest completing school assignments, the sacrifices were, and still are overwhelming at times. There are many months of wondering if the bills will be covered, of telling her children there is no money for any “extras” and of watching other families go on vacations while hers has to forfeit until she is bringing home a paycheck again. Even after getting married last year and adding her husband’s income to the household, the family is still operating on a single-income requiring the continuation of many of the same sacrifices. Ruth Hobbs, a December, 1971 JSU graduate in secondary education, knows the sacrifices well. She was a mother of three when she attended JSU and, like Mrs. Robertson, it took Mrs. Hobbs over a decade to complete her degree. Coincidentally, the two women’s paths crossed at JSU and the pair has become friends. Mrs. Hobbs is there to offer encouragement to Mrs. Robertson, as well as tutor Mrs. Robertson in math. A retired math teacher from Calhoun County Schools, Mrs. Hobbs taught at Wellborn, Ohatchee, Weaver and Alexandria. She is delighted to get the opportunity to help out a fellow mother. These women know the excuses for not going to school well – the two primary reasons being time and money. Although over forty years spans the gap between their graduation dates, both women described the same experiences for a typical day as a student and a mom.
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Chantay Robertson, left, and Ruth Hobbs, right, have a lot in common. Both returned to school after they became moms.
Waking up at 5 a.m., the kids must be readied for school while mom prepares breakfast, crams in last-minute schoolwork and attempts to clean something, anything, while getting herself ready to walk out the door. After dropping the children off at school or a family member’s house, the moms would attend classes from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Then it was off to pick up the children from school or sports, go home to cook dinner, do laundry and clean (some more). For Mrs. Robertson, she is right back out the door to a ball game or practice for one of her children. Once everyone is home and in bed, the exhausted moms pull out their books and study until midnight or later. Then, it starts all over again. Even while sharing the demanding schedule of a being a mother and student, both women were all smiles. The exhaustion, challenges, and sacrifices were, and have been, very much worth it. Mrs. Hobbs was married when she attended JSU, and her husband worked three jobs to support the family and pay tuition. She had wanted to be a teacher since the age of five and says, “I was going to do whatever it took to get there. You have to be very determined, especially if you don’t have money. To me, it was well-worth it.”
The biggest challenge for Mrs. Hobbs was finding childcare for her three children. With her husband working around the clock, she relied upon his mother to watch the children many days. However, there were often times when there was no one to watch the children, and Mrs. Hobbs would have to miss class and stay home. The family didn’t have disposable income, so hiring a sitter was not a childcare option for Mrs. Hobbs. “My husband was so glad when I finished school and started working,” Mrs. Hobbs reminisces. “It wasn’t just me that had to sacrifice, it was all of us.” Mrs. Robertson offers advice to others out there contemplating getting a college degree, “I never felt smart in school. I dropped out of high school and got my GED. But, my journey has taught me there is nothing impossible with God. You are never too old, and you are never too uneducated to go to college. There’s never going to be a right time, so you just have to commit, accept there will be challenges and take one step at a time.” For more information about this story, please contact the Office of Public Relations at (256)-782-5636.
Did Harper Lee end her influence too soon? We teachers never know the impact we have on our students. Recently, I was reminded of that when one of my students, a six-yearold I tutored last week, told me she loved me. She also told me she would miss me if I died. Most of us teachers strive to impact students in a positive way, but we can never know for sure what the results of our efforts will be – either positive or negative. A few years back, I met a 30-year-old man I had taught when he was a first grader. I am always glad to see my former students all grown up; but this young man, who was about 30 years old, was not excited to see me. His comment was telling: “You changed your hairdo in the middle of the year,” he said without a smile. “I never liked it.”
I enjoy teaching but also I enjoy writing, another endeavor that has great potential for impacting the lives of others. One thing we writers learn: the same words that affect one person in a certain way might have the opposite effect on another person. When tattoos first became popular during the late 1990s, I wrote an editorial stating how much I disliked them. That column evoked more responses than I ever had from any other column. They were both negative and positive. One reader, in particular, communicated harshly to me in an email, and she used exceptionally poor grammar. I refused to dignify her message with a response; but, oh, how I wanted to reply, “I may be all of those things you called me, but at
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Sherry Kughn Sherry-Go-Round least I can write a proper sentence.” While preparing my literature students to spend nine weeks studying “To Kill a Mockingbird,” I recently read a book that made me realize how surprising the results of our human efforts can be. “I Am Scout” by Charles Shields is a biography published in 2008 about the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Alabama’s Harper Lee. Earlier, he also wrote “Mockingbird,” which I have not read. Of course, I, like most people, knew that “To Kill a Mockingbird” was written in 1960 at a time when racism against blacks and segregation was the norm in America, particularly in the South. The plot is about a young girl named Scout who witnessed her lawyer father’s courtroom defense of an innocent black man accused of rape. Shields’ book reminded me of many things about “To Kill a Mockingbird”: • It made the “New York Times’ ” and the “Chicago Tribune’s” top10 bestseller lists within weeks of publication. • In 1961, Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for her book. • In its first year, the book sold two-and-a-half million copies.
• In 1962, the movie rights were sold, which led to a highly influential and popular movie of the same name. • In 1990, the town of Monroeville began staging a play entitled “To Kill a Mockingbird.” (The performance continues to be an annual event there. • Also, in an article that ran on Sept. 1, 2013, in the “New York Times,” I read that “To Kill a Mockingbird’s” sales are more than 30 million. The phenomenal impact of “To Kill a Mockingbird cannot be measured.” Not even its author could have envisioned such. It seems logical that, with this level of success, Lee would have allowed the two books she subsequently wrote to be published. However, for reasons no one is sure of, she did not. Many scholars
believe she fears her other books will never achieve the same level of success as her first book. That is sad to me. I think the world would like to read other books by such an astute thinker, even if they did not achieve the same fame. Lee’s story reminds me that life’s successes or failures have a large impact, on not only others, but also the person
who has succeeded or failed. With its universal themes of how wrong racism is and how unfair life sometimes is, Lee’s story inspired the hearts and minds of millions of people. Wouldn’t it be nice if she allows her books to be published someday, even after her death? Who knows? Maybe she will. Email Sherry at email@example.com
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Rolla, MO - Colonel (Retired) Robin Keith Byrom, of Rolla, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the age of 57. He was born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky on July 23, 1956 to Robert and Patricia (McGraw) Byrom. On October 26, 1979, he married Rosemary Bowdoin and they were later blessed with two children. Colonel Robin Byrom served the United States Army for over 27 years. His assignments included Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer (XO) for the 310th Chemical Company (Smoke Generator), Commander of the 318th Chemical Company (Decon), Operations Officer for the 490th Chemical Battalion, S4 for the 490th Chemical Battalion during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Commander of the 907th Chemical Detachment (JB), S2/3 of the 490th Chemical Battalion, XO of the 490th Chemical Battalion, Commander of the 490th Chemical Battalion, Chemical Officer for the 416th Engineer Command, and Commander of the 455th Chemical Brigade and Garrison Commander, Camp Slayer, Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Colonel Byrom has numerous decorations and achievements which include: The Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Army Commendation Medal (five awards), Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components
• The General John H. Forney Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Jacksonville Public Library. Call 256-435-6420 for more information. • The annual reunion for the descendants of William Matthew and Zannie Downey will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center. All relatives are urged to attend. • Free GED classes will be held at Jacksonville State University’s Self Hall, Room 173, from 8 a.m. to noon and 5 to 8 p.m. For more information or to sign-up call 256-782-5660. • Bradford Health Services has a free family support meeting Monday nights from 5 to 6 p.m. at 1701 B South Pelham Road Suite D ( Brookstone Building next to RMC Jacksonville). The meeting is for any person who is experiencing behavioral problems with a loved one, has a family member of any age with drug or alcohol problems, needs help coping with loved one’s drug or alcohol problems or needs help making decision on how to help a family member of any age. A counselor will facilitate the meetings. • Venecia Benefield Butler’s book, “I Have to Get Some Things Off My Chest,” can be purchased for $15 (including tax) by mailing a check to P. O. Box 572, Piedmont 36262, or take money or check to Butler’s sister, Randa Carroll, at the office of Benjamin Ingram at 207 Rome, Ave., Piedmont. Proceeds will go to the V Foundation, founded by Butler, to purchase gift bags for patients going through chemo treatments. The bags will include items such as comedy DVDs, chap stick, gift cards,
Achievement Medal (six awards), National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with Three Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass (20 years’ service) and “M” mobilization device (four awards), Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (six awards), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait). He was also an active member of the First Baptist Church in Rolla where he served on various committees. He will be greatly missed by his surviving family which includes his wife, Rosemary Byrom; his children, Regan Brewer and husband, Chad, of Oxford, and Ruston Byrom, of Rolla, Mo.; his parents, LTC (Ret) Robert Byrom and Patricia Byrom, of Jacksonville; a sister, Pamela Selman and husband, James, of Winchester, Tenn.; two brothers, Kevin Byrom and wife, Darlene, of Piedmont, and COL (Ret) Jon Byrom and wife, Erin, of St. Robert, Mo.; one grandson, Rowen Brewer, of Oxford; nieces, nephews, other extended family members and many dear friends. A funeral service for Robin Byrom was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Rolla. A visitation for family and friends was held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, August 26th at First Baptist Church. Interment with full military honors took place at 11 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013, at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama. Memorial contributions are suggested to Wounded Warriors. Online condolences may be offered at www.nullandsonfuneralhome.com. All arrangements are under the direction of the Null & Son Funeral Home in Rolla.
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Jacksonville - Mrs. Sandra “Sandy” Williams Rogers was born in Manchester, Georgia on November 22, 1937 to Elizabeth (Liz) and Harvey Williams. Sandy wed her high school sweetheart Bud Rogers in 1954. She and Bud traveled the world while Bud served in U.S. Army. She was an avid housewife, volunteer, and mother. Together they raised three beautiful girls; Sandy (Ray) Duisen, Debbie (Gary) Rogers Boothman, Sue (Phillip) Pearson. After retirement, they settled in Jacksonville, Alabama until her death on August 28, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband Bud; two sons, Edward and Scott; her mother, Liz, and her father, Harvey. Sandy’s greatest pleasure in life was her family. In addition to her daughters, she was blessed with four grandchildren Blake, Scott, Jackson, and Forrest. She loved to cook, garden, shop, read, visit with friends, and shower affection on her “best friend” Princess. She was lucky enough to have dear friends and extended family members who adored her. She was a member of FUMC of Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to JCOC or FUMC Kids First. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: www.klbrownfuneralhome.com. K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W., Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042
MONTGOMERY — If it wanted to, Jacksonville State University could issue bonds for an additional $25 million on top of the $79.5 million it already owes — and pay for the bonds with tuition increases — a bond expert told the colleges trustees Wednesday. JSU officials say they have no plan to issue such a bond, but just wanted to know what their options were. “This meeting is really just to educate us so we can make the decisions that will make JSU better and stronger,” said Sen. Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile, a member of the board of trustees. Seven members of the board, as well as JSU staff, met in Montgomery with representatives from Merchant Capital, a financial firm headquartered in the state capital. There were no action items on the agenda for the meeting, which was advertised as a public meeting for “reviewing of bond options.” Merchant Capital representative Mike Dunn gave the board an overview of the university’s current debt status. The university has $79.5 million in debt, much of it acquired in the building of a new stadium and dormitories. Paying off that debt costs the university about $6.1 million per year, according to Dunn’s numbers. The university’s 9,000-plus students pay an average of $7,950 per year in tuition and fees, Dunn’s numbers indicate, below the $8,275 median cost for
students at the state’s public universities. Still, the cost of going to JSU has doubled in the past 10 years. While interest rates remain low, Dunn said, refinancing the university’s loans isn’t a good option because of “negative arbitrage” – essentially, the likelihood, in the current economy, that the university’s investments won’t earn enough to pay back the interest on the loan. “You probably will have an opportunity to refinance these bonds at some time in the future,” Dunn said. Dunn’s presentation also included projections on a “Proposed Series 2013” bond: a hypothetical future $25 million bond issue. Dunn’s figures showed that if the bond were issued on Dec. 1 of this year, the debt service would cost $1.4 million per year, and could be paid for by a $160-per-year increase in tuition, introduced in $40-per-year increments between 2015 and 2018. Members of the board said the proposal was purely hypothetical, done for planning purposes. Dunn said the bond issue amount and start date were all of Merchant Capital’s creation. Still, JSU officials said they needed to know how much borrowing ability the university actually has. President Bill Meehan cited the recent failure of several air conditioning units on campus — all now fixed — as an example of a situation where a sudden for capital spending might arise. Meehan noted that the university already has a
dening for Dry Places” with Hayes Jackson, ACES. • Knit “and Crochet” Night at Yarns by HPF is 5-7 p.m. the first and third Thursday at the shop, 402 Pelham Rd., N., by Subway. • Classes for the Jacksonville State University Adult Wellness classes at Pete Mathews Coliseum are at 8 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday for senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes and 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for water aerobics and senior therapeutic yoga classes. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 689-2580 or jsu9517k@jsu. edu for more information. • Yoshukai Karate of Jacksonville offers classes at the community center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Call 282-5425. • The Jacksonville Aspiring Writers Group meets from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the public library. Anyone interested in the creative writing process is welcome. Bring samples of original writing to share. The group offers support, critique and information about writing and possible publishing venues. Call 782-2881 for more information. • Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon each Thursday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 400 Chinabee Ave., just off the square. Call 8470909. • A Narcotics Anonymous group meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First United Methodist Church behind McDonald’s. For more information, call Pearl Williams at 435-4881. • A senior dance for those 55 years and older will be at the Senior Center from 6:30-9:30 p.m. the second Friday night of each month, featuring music, fun, friends
and food. The Fun Tyme Band will be there to provide the music. $5 per couple, $3 for single. • The Friday Night Opry Show is presented from 6:30-9:30 Friday nights at the Golden Saw Music Hall in the Williams community. Call 435-4696. • Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step program, meets every Friday night at First Baptist Church. Dinner is served at 5:30. Large group meetings with worship and praise bands and guest speakers begin at 6:30. Small share/support groups meet after that at 7:30 p.m., followed with cake and fellowship. Call 256-435-7263 or 225-2492.
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Community Capsule gas cards, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, search-a-word, lubricant eye drops, gum and peppermints, soft toothbrushes, queasy drops, lotion, neck wrap or hydrating socks. • The Jacksonville Farmers Market is open! Buy Fresh, Buy Local. The seasonal market draws in farmers, bakers, artisans and local producers of everything from honey and fresh vegetables to home canned goods, artisan breads, herbs, goat soap, kefir products and even home churned ice cream. Hours are every Saturday from 7–11 a.m. now through Nov. 23rd. The market is located in the pocket park behind Roma’s on the Square. VISA/ MC/Debit/EBT and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Vouchers are now accepted. • Jacksonville Farmers Market Mondays market will be extended through August 4-7pm, due to peak season being delayed this year. • The J.O.Y. Quilter’s Guild will meet Thursday, September 5 at 9.30 a.m. in the Disciple Room of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Every one is invited to attend. • Trade Day and Farmers Market at Nances Creek Community Center is the first Saturday of each month through October, starting at 7 a.m. There is no set up fee. • EVERYONE IS INVITED TO LUNCH & LEARN, a series of free gardening programs sponsored by Calhoun County Master Gardeners and Calhoun County Commission the fourth Wednesday of each month from noon-1 p.m. at the Cane Creek Community Garden at McClellan. Attendees can bring a lunch if they wish. Speakers and topics are to change. Contact the Extension Office at 237 1621 to confirm. The schedule is: •Sept. 25, “Gar-
list of capital projects it hopes to complete. The university announced in May that it hopes to eventually spend $10 million on a new music performance building, $2.6 million on athletic facility improvements and $2.5 million for classroom technology upgrades — needs JSU officials hope to meet through a $35.1 million fundraising campaign. Competition for students has helped drive the need for facility improvements, Meehan said. Schools are increasingly using top-of-the-line gym facilities and dormitories to lure students, he said. By contrast, Meehan said that when he attended JSU in the late 1960s, only a few buildings even had air conditioning. Meehan said tuition has risen largely because of decreases in the share of university costs paid for by the state. “Alabama is one of the top four states in the country that have cut their appropriations for higher education,” he said.
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hroughout her life, Kelly Latta’s parents taught her the importance of having a good work ethic. Her parents run a large farm and have a wholesale sock distributorship in Henagar, and Kelly grew up helping them. They grow corn, soybeans, wheat and raise cattle. “For quite a few years, their big thing was growing potatoes on the farm,” she said. “I remember working on the potato farm every summer. I actually grew up on the farm.” As Kelly grew older, she worked with her father in the office. Kelly’s parents are Rex and Kim Creswell of Henagar. Her brother, Brad, and his family, also lives in Henagar. After graduating from Pisgah High School, she attended the University of Montevallo for two years. She transferred to Jacksonville State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in business administration. Finance seemed the logical career for Kelly, since she’d grown up helping in her family’s business. She’s currently a registered financial advisor for Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC, located at 1429 Quintard Ave., Anniston, AL 36201. “Our team helps people achieve their financial goals, whether it is retirement or other life events,” she said. “Seeing someone reach their goal is a rewarding experience. From the time I graduated high school I knew I wanted to go into finance and be a financial advisor.” Kelly attends First United Methodist Church of Piedmont. She is a member of the Young Leaders Society
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The Lattas, Cade, Chris and Kelly. of United Way and United Way Success by Six Coalition. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cooking. She and her husband, Chris, who is a native of Piedmont, met while she was a student at JSU and was interning at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Anniston. They live in Jacksonville and have been married six years. They have a 2-year-old son, Cade. Chris is the son of Lin and Susan Latta of Piedmont. He is chief financial officer and vice president of Farmers & Merchants. Cade keeps his parents busy. “He’s all boy,” Kelly said. “He likes balls and trains and
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is the usual busy 2-year-old.” Growing up, Kelly enjoyed watching and often helping her mother and grandmothers cook. “They were very influential in helping me choose a style of cooking,” she said. “I now cook in an authentic southern way because that’s the kind of food on which I was raised.” This fall the trio will attend as many JSU and Auburn football games as possible. For the next few months, Kelly is looking forward to preparing a lot of tailgating food. She shares some of the recipes. (Contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Oliver graduates from Army ROTC training course Army Cadet Andrew M. Oliver has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky. The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an Army officer. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college. Cadets are observed and evaluated during classroom and field training exercises to determine their officer potential in leadership abilities and skills. The cadets are trained to have a sound understanding of traditional leadership values during the challenging, motivating “hands-on”
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Garden Club receives award The Jacksonville Garden Club received the 2013 Commercial Beautification Award for the Ladiga Trail Gardens. Presented by the Calhoun County Beatification Board annually, awards represent five districts in two categories, commercial and residential. Jacksonville is in District 5 with Commissioner Rudy Abbott. The award sign stands by the gazebo on the Ladiga Trail. Garden Club members gave the framed certificate to the city in appreciation of their shared partnership in developing the gardens. LEFT: Garden Club members present the beautification award to PARD director Janis Burns. From left, Don Judd, Doris Baucom, Burns, Garden Club president Sheila Webb and Klaus Duncan. Photo by Anita Kilgore
Jillybeans closes on the Square BY LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service Jillybeans Cupcakes and Ice Cream closed last weekend after almost two years in business on the square. The shop brought specialty cupcakes to Jacksonville as a national cupcake craze was growing across the nation, but the store couldn’t thrive in the local economy. Facing mounting bills and dwindling revenue on the heels of the slow summer season, owner Jill Waters said closing was her only option. “Last year I never recovered from the summer because of increased competition in August,” Waters said. “Coming out of my second summer, I can’t recover.” The dueling Jacksonville bakery, Madd Hatter Cakes and Cupcakes, went from crafting creative cakes to selling specialty cupcakes several months after Waters opened her Jacksonville shop. An attempt to reach the owner of that bakery Friday was not successful, but a recording on the business’ phone said that the bakery no longer takes orders for cakes. Waters said she believed sales would pick up enough to remain competitive after Jacksonville State University students returned for class this fall semester, noting that business in Jacksonville is seasonal. But sales have remained flat over the past two weeks and have not risen above the amount she collected on slow days the year before.
“I feel like it’s just impossible to have two businesses carrying the same product within a block of each other,” Waters said. Waters announced the store’s closing last Friday on Facebook, a site the store used regularly to list daily offerings. The store’s Facebook followers accustomed to seeing posts listing the Elvis, to dye for, wedding cake and a variety of the company’s cupcake flavors, expressed shock and support in comments beneath the stores closing announcement. “So proud of the chance you took and the dream you followed in opening! And what a great ride you had!,” wrote one commenter. The cupcake shop was named the runner up in a state cupcake competition sponsored by The Birmingham News last fall. And, Waters said, the shop was also named best dessert in Calhoun County. Waters also said she is particularly proud of the stores high health rating, noting that Photo by Anita Kilgore the store recently received a 100. She worked to develop flavors from her ABOVE: Jill Waters, owner of Jillybeans. Saturday was Jillybeans last day to Jacksonville home for several months be open after almost two years in business on the square. before opening the store, using her family as test tasters. Later the family worked together to renovate the shop, installing new flooring, painting the walls in sherbet hues and placing chalkboard and weathered frames on the walls. “I just wanted to bring something to Jacksonville that I thought it needed and it just isn’t working out for me anymore,” Waters said.
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Alexandria Democrat to enter District 40 House race Attorney Ted Copland to face Republican Rep. K. L. Brown TIM LOCKETTE CONSOLIDATED NEWS SERVICE
MONTGOMERY — Anniston city prosecutor Ted Copland plans to run against Rep. Koven L. Brown, R-Jacksonville, for the District 40 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. Copland, a Democrat who lives in Alexandria, said he’s running because he doesn’t like what the current Legislature has done with education — particularly the Alabama Accountability Act, a new law that gives tax credits to some parents who send their children to private schools. “I’m concerned about the condition of our school system, or, since the Accountability Act, the lack of a school system,” he said. Copland, 38, grew up in the west Alabama town of Fayette. After graduating
from the University of Montevallo and the Mississippi College School of Law, he came to Calhoun County to work as an assistant district attorney. He now maintains a law office in Anniston and serves as the city prosecutor, a contract position. Copland said he has an official election kick-off planned for the next few weeks and he expects to file formal paperwork in coming days. But he has made statements about his intent to run at Democratic meetings in recent weeks. Brown, the Jacksonville Republican who currently holds the District 40 seat, said he’d heard talk of a Copland run two months ago. Brown, who so far has no primary opposition, said he’ll run on the record of the Republican supermajority elected in 2010. “I think we’ve made really good strides for the business community,” he said. Brown credited Republican reforms as a
reason for the decline in the state’s unemployment rate, and he cited recent efforts to consolidate state agencies as an example of the GOP’s willingness to reduce the size of government. Brown, 62, is owner of K.L. Brown Funeral Home in Jacksonville and K.L. Brown Memory Chapel in Anniston. He won election to the House twice in 2010, first in a special election held after the death of Rep. Lea Fite, then in the general election later that year. In 2010, the district included Jacksonville and much of northern Calhoun County. After last year’s redistricting, District 40 lost Piedmont, Roy Webb and other communities in the northern part of the county. On its south end, District 40 picked up new communities such as Friendship. Both candidates said they’re familiarizing themselves with the new district lines.
“I guess I have to get in my little truck and drive it all,” Brown mused. Copland said he plans to campaign not on party affiliation, but on his own personal qualifications as a candidate. “People should start voting for the person, not the party,” he said. Both Brown and Copland say they’re just beginning to raise money for the election, which is still more than a year away, and both say they don’t have enough money to report under campaign finance laws. Primaries will be held in June of 2014. If no other candidates emerge, Brown and Copland will face each other in the November 2014 general election. Capital and statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter: @ TLockette_Star
STAGGS: His first day at Roberts Chapel was Palm Sunday From page 4
I’ve ever been in my life,” he said. “You get to involve yourself in the lives of others as a preacher. You care for them, love them, share their joys and their ups and downs. I’m the pastor, and their needs are greater than mine. I’m there to serve the Lord and them.” Rev. Staggs traveled quite a bit as a child. His father was in the Army, and he often carried his family with him. While his father served in Vietnam, Rev. Staggs, his mother and brother lived in Jacksonville, his mother’s hometown. He remembers at the age of 9 attending West Side Baptist Church and being involved in the activities there. No matter where they were, his mother kept the family in church. “She taught me about Jesus as a child,” said Rev. Staggs. “I’ve got a wonderful mother.” He said he found another wonderful woman in his wife, the former Debra DuHon. They’ve been married 30 years. They dated four years prior to marrying. Rev. Staggs remembers the day in March 1979 he walked into Piggly Wiggly where Debra was working. “She took a chance on cashing an out of town check for me,” he said. “She was beautiful. She had long brown hair, big brown eyes and a beautiful smile. She’s been a blessing to my life and ministry.” On their first date, he remembers eating at Long John Silver’s in Anniston, going to the mall and seeing a Clint Eastwood movie, ‘Every Which Way But Loose.’ My heart’s for the Lord first, my wife, then my church and my job. Those are the areas I feel like I’m most needed.” Rev. Staggs has worked at Parker-Hannifin Corp., 32 years where he is an assembly specialist. “I thank God for my job,” he said. “I’m grateful to have it. I love all my friends at work. I’ve been there so long, it’s like family.” He has 32 vacation days as well as personal days and holidays. Rather than vacation, he and Debra choose to stay home and work with their church, which is just off Alabama 21 on Maxwellborn Road. In the short time he has served as pastor at Roberts Chapel, 10 people have joined the church and there have been three baptisms. His first day at Roberts Chapel was Palm Sunday this
year. At that time he was chairman of deacons at Hatcher Avenue. Rev. Staggs was born in Huntsville. He is the son of Helen Patterson Staggs and the late Leon Staggs. His brother, Bill, lives in Glencoe. Growing up, Rev. Staggs and his brother spent a lot of time at their grandparents’ home on Patterson Lake Road. It was at their home near the lake that he and Debra were married. His grandmother, Gladys Patterson, is 102 and resides in Piedmont Healthcare Center. His grandfather, O. B. is deceased. Rev. Staggs and Debra have lived in Pleasant Valley near Jacksonville for 19 years. He began shooting a .22 caliber target rifle when he was a teenager. That was the beginning of a lifetime love of guns for him. “Over the years, I’ve had various hand guns and rifles,” he sad. “I think my mom steered me toward that as a teenager. She thought I might be interested in it. I didn’t grow up around hunting and fishing, especially since my dad died when I was 14.” He’s not the only one who likes guns in his family. “Debra also likes to shoot,” he said. “She’s a better shot than I am. I bought her a 410 pump shotgun. Recently, my mother saw a copperhead and called Debra. She said, ‘Annie Oakley, get down here with your shotgun.’ She shot it and killed it.” Something else the reverend likes is eating. He gets teased a lot for it. “My nickname was Buffet Bob for a long time,” he said. “Some friends from work and I went to Roma’s one morning for breakfast. They were taking bids on my meal. I think my bill was lose to $18. I don’t eat as much as I used to though.” Several years ago he lost 60 pounds but gained 20 of it back. “I wanted to do it for health reasons,” he said. “I was 46. I didn’t want to be big the rest of my life. It was easy to lose it, but it’s hard to keep it off.” Rev. Staggs said that pastoring Roberts Chapel sometimes doesn’t seem real. “I don’t think it’s hit me yet that I’m the pastor there,” he said. “It’s overwhelming that people will put their trust
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Bob Staggs says church door is always open. and confidence in you to lead them. It’s very humbling. I thank God for sending me there because I would have never have known the wonderful people there. My life has been richly blessed because of that.” Rev. Staggs said his church door is always open to anyone who would like to visit. (Contact Margaret at email@example.com)
VILLAGE INN: Cathy Simpson bought the restaurant for $142,500 From page 4
Pizza Hut in Roebuck. Jourban said he had mixed emotions about selling the restaurant. “I’ve enjoyed it,” he said. “I tell the community all the time about that. But after 25 years, I want to retire. I really need to rest. My health isn’t good, and my brother has had open heart surgery. We just wanted to give somebody an opportunity to do what we did. It needs new blood.” Jourban said that it will always be a part of him. “I’m having a real hard time dealing with it,“ he said. “It bothers me a lot. It’s like selling my heart out. I’m going to miss my employees. I’m just going to have to learn to adjust.” He said he’s planning on spending time at his home and his four acres. He’s grateful, he said, to be able to have more time to spend with his family. A group that calls itself the Round Table has met at the Village Inn since it shortly after it opened. Most of the members are long-time friends. “We’ve been eating there since Ken
Mount had it,” said member Jetta Manners. “When it started out, people would come and go, and we’ve added to it. It’s a lot of fun to meet for lunch and talk and argue about politics and whatever. It’s the only restaurant in town that serves vegetables. I hope they’ll continue with it.” Manners said some of the members meet every day. “It’s dwindled down a lot,” she said. “We like to tell tales about Jacksonville and remember those we knew long ago. We’ve really had some characters in town.” Manners’s husband Lee is one member of the Round Table. Some of the others are Darwin Hardison, Dorothy Jane Nisbet, Seymour West, and Lou Kennamer. Carol Walker remembers the Village Inn in its early years. “It was always a wonderful place to go eat,” she said. “They had such good food and he (Mount) was the perfect person to have a restaurant, with his personality.” Walker said she visits Mount at least once a week at NHC Place. (Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail. com)
SPIRIT: Proceeds go to JCOC From page 4
the food tasting there will be goods offered by non-food vendors, a dunking booth, a special childrens’ play area, entertainment and activities for the entire family. Restaurants in the city will bring food. Each of the 25 churches that help the JCOC will make one cake that will be auctioned off. “It’s a big event,” said coordinator David Glass. “Last year we had around 1200, and this year’s we’ll probably have around 2000.” Jones said it’s a great evening for the entire 36265 zip code. “It brings the community together,” he said. “It gives us the opportunity to do
something good for the community and at the same time enjoy good food and fellowship. David Glass has been doing the Taste of the Town for years, and last year we combined that for the university and community event. He does an excellent job putting this together. There’s a lot of people from both the community and university that will meet there.” Glass said he’s happy with the turnout and support from merchants who helped sponsor the evening. Tickets are $10 for 10 and can be purchased the evening of the event. For more information or to sign on as a Spirit on Mountain Street sponsor, call David Glass at 591-6462. (Contact Margaret at pollya922@ gmail.com)
New owner Cathy Simpson talks with former Village Inn owners Simon and Elias Jourban after Saturday’s auction.
PUBLIC NOTICE The regular monthly meeting of the Planning Commission of the City of Jacksonville is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center, 501 Alexandria Road, SW, Jacksonville, Alabama. Those persons who have business to bring before the Planning Commission should call City Hall at (256) 435-7611 to obtain the schedule of deadlines for submitting information for Planning Commission consideration. Should any member of the public require any special accommodations in order to attend this meeting, please call (256) 435-7611 five (5) days in advance of the public meeting. Jimmy L. Howard Chairman
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The Jacksonville Lady Eagles started their volleyball season in competition at the Mayors Cup in Montgomery over the weekend. Jacksonville finished in the top four of 24 teams losing in the semi-finals. On Friday Jacksonville beat Prattville Christian 25-12, 25-13 and Gulf Shores. Saturday the Lady Eagles took their first loss at the hands of Jeff Davis, 25-16, 20-25 and 9-15. Jacksonville rebounded with wins over St. James, 25-17 and 25-21 and Brewbaker Tech 25-18 and 25-10 to win their pool and advance to the semi-finals. Jacksonville was eliminated by Montgomery Academy 14-25, and 20-25.
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The Jacksonville Golden Eagles were in a battle with Pleasant Valley until two big plays changed the outcome of the game. Tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter, Pleasant Valley was driving on the Eagles in the second quarter. After Raider quarterback Lucas Ford called for a fair catch on the Raiders 10, Pleasant Valley went to work. A pass from Ford to Dustin Andrews put the Raiders at their 34. On two consecutive runs, Nicolas Deerman moved his team to the Eagle 44. Dalton Bean picked up a first down for the Raiders on the 30 then it was Bean to the 18. Bean ran hard for the Raiders all game, picking up their first touchdown with an eight-yard scamper into the end zone. The Eagles were unable to stop the ground game and it looked like the Raiders would score again until they had a turnover and Jacksonville’s J.J. Johnson fell on a fumble on the next play. The Eagles went right to work to turn the turnover into a scoring opportunity. Eagle quarterback Jackson Bell, who scored the Eagles first touchdown of the game on an eightyard scamper, ran the ball out to the Raider 42. Running back Dominique Thomas carried the ball to the Raider 36 then it was Bell down the right side for a 36-yard touchdown. The extra point by Mason Tompkins was good and Jacksonville was up 14-7. It took Jacksonville under a minute to score another touchdown. J.J. Johnson was once again in the right place for the Eagles and intercepted a pass and returning it 16 yards for the score and Jacksonville was up 20-7 at the half. The two big plays seemed to take the wind out of the Raiders’ sail. The Eagles, on the other hand, came out of the locker room rejuvenated and the defense that played lackluster during the first half stepped up. Eagle Head Coach Clint Smith was quick to praise his teams efforts. “Football is a game of momentum,” he said. “You have to stop the other team when you don’t have it. My hat is off to our defense. They settled in in the second half.
“Pleasant Valley played our tails off. We knew we were in a war.” The Eagles scored on their first possession of the second half. After falling on an attempted onside kick at the Eagle 45, Thomas, who finished the game with 129 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown, ran the ball to the 27. A pass from Bell to Sid Thurmond put the Eagles on the 3-yard line. Thomas dove to the one and then Bell picked up his third touchdown of the game for a 27-7 lead. Bell showed his quickness and agility throughout the game carrying the ball seven times for 143 yards and three touchdowns. The Eagles quickly scored again after a Raider fumble on the kickoff. Taking over on the 22, Thomas went up the middle, then turned on the speed down the right side of the field for another six and a 33-7 lead. Moments later Thurmond returned a punt 65 yards and with another Tompkins kick Jacksonville was up 41-7. Pleasant Valley wasn’t through scoring. Drew Lewiski took the ensuing kickoff and raced 95yards to score. Smith put in his non-starters and they showed their coach what they could do. In five carries, ninth grader Tae Ackles took the ball from his 30 to the Raider 35. Another ninth grader, Nick Gangwer, turned heads when he raced 35 yards for an Eagle touchdown. The extra point put the Eagles up 48-13. Both teams still had one more touchdown left in them. Lewiski once again electrified the crowd with a great kickoff return to the Eagle 29. On the next play Ford ran untouched into the end zone for the Raiders’ final score of the night. Jacksonville countered when Thurmond returned the kickoff to the 45. Lavontae LaCount, in for Bell, handed off to Ackles who went 41 yards for the final touchdown. Ackles carried the ball 17 times for 132 yards. Pleasant Valley plays at Ranburne on Friday while Jacksonville will travel for a region game against Hokes Bluff.
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Jacksonville State’s Spencer Goffigan gets driven out of bounds after catching a pass against Alabama State.
Gamecocks give Clark win MONTGOMERY - The third quarter proved to be a big one for the Jacksonville State football team in head coach Bill Clark’s debut on Saturday, when the Gamecocks scored all 24 points and then held on for a 24-22 win over Alabama State. After gaining just 151 yards in a scoreless first half that saw the Hornets (0-1) take a 6-0 lead into the locker room, the Gamecocks (1-0) gained 183 in the third quarter, outscoring ASU 24-3 in the process. The Hornets mounted a little rally in the fourth quarter, scoring twice in a four-minute stretch. The Gamecock defense held on a two-point try with 7:33 to play and then ended any hope for the Hornets when Brenton Tolson picked off Daniel Duhon with 48 seconds to play. Redshirt freshman Eli Jenkins earned the starting nod at quarterback for the Gamecocks after a neck-andneck battle with junior Max Shortell and sophomore Kyle West, but it would be Shortell that put the JSU offense on his back during that decisive third quarter. The transfer entered the game early in the second quarter and ended up throwing for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 13-for-23 passing. He also ran for 22 of JSU’s 108 yards on the ground. Eight Gamecock receivers caught at least one pass, four of which caught their first career passes during the game. Sophomore Telvin Brown caught a careerbest five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown to lead that receiving corps. Defensively, sophomore Brandon Bender racked up 14 tackles, 10 more than his previous career high, and sophomore Jermaine Hough added nine. Isaiah Crowell ran for 93 of the Hornets’ 201 rushing yards, while Daniel Duhart completed 18 of his 36 passes for a score and 204 yards. His top target DeMario Bell caught five of those passes for 115 yards. Sophomore Hamish MacInnes kept the Gamecocks in the game early, booming big punt after big punt. He ended the night with a 46.4-yard
average on eight kicks, pinning two inside of the 20 and one on the ASU one. Bobby Wenzig was the Hornets’ big scorer, connecting on all three of his field goal tries and his only PAT try. Special teams set up the game’s first score early in the second quarter. Cyrus Malcolm’s 49-yard punt return set the Hornets up at the Gamecocks 29 and, after a stop by the JSU defense, the Hornets’ Wenzig connected on a 42-yard field goal that put ASU up 3-0 with 11:17 left in the half. Wenzig tacked three more points on just over six minutes later after a stalled ASU drive led to a 35-yard kick that stretched the score to 6-0 in ASU’s favor. The Gamecocks went to work to start the 2nd half, taking the opening kick 68 yards in just eight plays. Shortell orchestrated the scoring drive and used a 20-yard pass to Spencer Goffigan to set JSU up on the Hornets’ two. Pope punched it in on the next play, capping the drive that took just 2:29 off of the clock. Griffin Thomas’ extra point gave the Gamecocks their first lead at 7-6 and snapped a six-quarter scoreless streak for the Gamecock offense. Alabama State answered on the ensuing drive, taking the ball 42 yards on 11 plays before stalling and having to
turn to Wenzig again. He was true from 35 yards this time and put his team in front 9-6 with 9:25 left in the third quarter. The scoring continued on JSU’s ensuing possession, one that took nine plays to go 75 yards for another score. Shortell found freshman Anthony Johnson for a 13-yard pass early in the drive, the first reception of his career. His second came six plays later and resulted in a 23-yard JSU touchdown. There was an answer on the next drive but it was the Gamecock defense that came up with it. Rob Gray stripped the ball from quarterback Daniel Duhart and Jamill Lot fell on it, setting up the Gamecocks on the ASU 45. Shortell wasted no time, finding Telvin Brown over the top for another touchdown, JSU’s second in 66 seconds, to stretch the lead to 21-9 with just under six minutes left in the third quarter. Another defensive stop saw JSU take the ball and drive back into the ASU red zone, but the Gamecocks had to settle for a 22-yard field goal from Thomas that gave them a 24-9 lead late in the third quarter. Alabama State got its first turnover early in the fourth quarter, and it led to the Hornets’ first touchdown of the game. Shortell’s pass over the middle was picked off by
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Maurice Tate, who returned it 16 yards to the Gamecock six. Jahaad Coleman ran it in on the first play of the drive and cut JSU’s lead to 24-16 with 11:29 to play. Another special teams play set up the next score, and it wasn’t in JSU’s favor. Wenzig’s 51-yard punt was muffed by Brown, and the Hornets’ Marquis Lovett recovered at the Gamecock nine. Two plays later, Duhart found Chris Gilzeane for an eight-yard touchdown, but the Hornets’ two-point attempt failed with JSU clinging to a 24-22 lead with just under eight minutes remaining. The Gamecocks will open their six-game home schedule on Saturday, when they host Jacksonville University at 6 p.m.
2013-2014 Hunter’s Safety Classes The Fort McClellan Army National Guard Training Center will be conducting annual Hunter’s Safety Classes at Pelham Range starting September 7th, 2013. Hunters wishing to hunt on Pelham Range during the 2013-2014 hunting season must complete one of the scheduled classes. Hunters that completed a Hunter’s Safety Class in 2012 are not required to attend. The classes will be conducted in the Armed Forces Reserve Center located at Pelham Range. Hunters should enter through Gate #3, stop at the Guard Station then proceed to the AFRC located on the right .6 miles past the Gate #3 Guard Station. All personnel driving vehicles must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle insurance and vehicle registration. Parking is available in the AFRC parking lot and across the street in the graveled parking area on the left just past the Pelham Range Fire Station. The 2013-2014 Hunter’s Safety Classes are listed below: Saturday – September 7, 2013 @ 2:00 pm Tuesday – September 17, 2013 @ 6:30 pm Tuesday – October 8, 2013 @ 6:30 pm Thursday - October 10, 2013 @ 6:30 pm Thursday – November 14, 2013 @ 6:30 pm Spring Class - Saturday – March 8, 2014@ 9:00 am
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Joe ‘Newspaper’ Adams is an Alabama legend
The advent and proliferation of internet communication has caused newspaper readership to decline over recent years. It has hit close to home with the demise of the urban daily papers in Alabama. The Birmingham News, Inside The Huntsville Times and Mobile Press Register are no longer dailies. However, our middle-sized and small town papers in Alabama are surviving. This is welcome news to me because my column appears in most of these papers throughout the state. Home folks subscribe to and read their local paper to find out what is going on in their community as well as to learn who got married, who died and who won local sporting events. This is especially true when the paper mentions their grandchild’s home run or touchdown in the victory over their neighboring rival. Hopefully, they also read my take on Alabama politics. Over the years I have gotten to know and become friends with many of the editors, publishers and writers for these local papers. It is very rewarding to get their calls and subsequently visit with them and talk politics. One of the editors/publishers I always enjoy visiting with is the legendary Joe Adams of Ozark. Our relationship goes back a lot further than the decade I have written this column. I have known Joe since the late 1960’s. My hometown of Troy is next door to Joe’s beloved Ozark. Over the last 50 years, Joe has followed high school sports with a passion, especially throughout the Wiregrass. He particularly loved the 1960’s. I played football and basketball during that era. We played Ozark in every sport. Joe was always there. It is a treat to sit down with Joe and listen to his stories about legendary football stars from south Alabama. His favorite story is about Troy’s famous Bobby Marlow. Marlow was a product of the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, which was located in Troy. Joe’s memory will drift back to a Friday night in Ozark in 1950. You can almost see the scene when Joe describes how Marlow ran over all 11 members of Ozark’s team as he rambled for one of his many touchdowns. The story of Joe Adams and the Ozark Southern Star is remarkable. His family has owned the Southern Star since 1867.
Joe’s great-grandfather, Joseph A. Adams, a confederate veteran with Steve no journalism experience, the paper. Today, Flowers started the Southern Star is the oldest newspaper owned continuously by one family in Alabama. It also one of the oldest Statehouse is newspapers with this distinction in the nation. Joe is the fourth generation of his family to publish the paper. He is Alabama’s longest serving active editor. Joe celebrated his 50th year as editor of the paper in 2007. Earlier this year the Alabama Press Association bestowed their prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on Joe. Over the past 55 years Joe has had a hand in getting over 2700 issues of the Southern Star to press. While in college at the University of Alabama, Joe was sports editor of the Crimson White. One of his fondest memories is his chance to follow Alabama’s legendary “Rocket 8” basketball team. In 1987, the University of Alabama School of Journalism named Joe the outstanding journalism alumnus. In recent years, Joe has slowed down some. His golf foursome buddies, Kells Carroll, Dr. Dudley Terrell and Jimmy Clouse have either passed away or given up golf. Mr. Jimmy’s son, Steve Clouse, has now represented Ozark and Dale County in the legislature for two decades. Longtime Ozark folks used to refer to Joe as “Newspaper Joe,” because a prominent Ozark lawyer was also named Joe Adams. He was called, “Lawyer Joe.” In the landmark 1970 governor’s battle between Albert Brewer and George Wallace, people took sides and grudges still exist today. Newspaper Joe took the side of Brewer. He endorsed Brewer in the Southern Star. Lawyer Joe was kin to Wallace and backed his relative. Thereafter, old time Ozark folks called Newspaper Joe Adams, “Joe Brewer.” Joe Adams is an institution in Alabama newspaper lore. Those of us who know Joe well also know him as a sports and especially Alabama Crimson Tide aficionado. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His column appears weekly in more than 70 Alabama newspapers. Steve served 16 years in the state legislature. He may be reached at www.steveflowers.us.
JCA smacks Woodville WOODVILLE — Daylon Brackett rushed for 283 yards on 19 carries and scored four touchdowns in a win at Woodville. Brackett scored on runs of 6, 9 and 37 yards to help Jacksonville Christian carve out the 18-16 lead it held going into the final minutes of the third period. JCA led only 18-16 late in the third quarter, but Brackett’s 38-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion run made it 26-16. After Woodville managed a touchdown and 2-point conversion to trim the lead to 26-24, Jacksonville Christian managed two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Dakota Cook rushed 51 yards for a score to make it 33-24, and Cody Blohn made a 10-yard run to end the game at 40-24. Cook had six carries for 51 yards and the one touchdown, while Blohn had 12 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown.
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August 26 • Devante Jamal Prayor: failure to appear in court; August 27 • Cody Ray Smith: probation violation (2X) August 28 • Rebecca Denee Donaldson: theft of property (first degree) • Michael Shane Thomas: possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia August 29 • Autum Bree Parker: possession of drug paraphernalia
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August 25 • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 1100 block of Carrie Court Southwest. August 26 • Third degree theft of services reported in the 1500 block of Church Avenue Southeast. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 1600 block of Pelham Road South. • Third degree domestic violence (2X) reported in the 300 block of Macon Drive
August 28 • Third degree robbery reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northewest. August 29 • Third degree burglary reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 600 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. August 30 • Identity theft reported in the 1200 block of 6th Avenue Northeast.
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Martin, Judge of Probate of CASE NO. 31685 said County, notice is hereby IN THE MATTER OF THE given that all persons having ESTATE OF PHYLLIS A. claims against said estate, are SWETT, DECEASED hereby required to present the Letters Testamentary on the same within the time allowed estate of PHYLLIS A. SWETT, by law, or the same will be deceased, having been grant- barred. ed to FRANK L. SWETT JR., MELISHA W. MUNDY, Personthe undersigned on August 12, al Representative of the Last 2013, by the Honorable Alice Will and Testament of DANA K. Martin, Judge of Probate of A. WHITLEY, Deceased. said County, notice is hereby Alice K. Martin given that all persons having Judge of Probate claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the The Jacksonville News same within the time allowed Calhoun Co., AL by law, or the same will be September 3, 10, 17, 2013 barred. FRANK L. SWETT JR., PerNOTICE TO sonal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of CREDITORS PHYLLIS A. SWETT, De- STATE OF ALABAMA ceased. CALHOUN COUNTY Alice K. Martin PROBATE COURT Judge of Probate CASE NO. 31699 IN THE MATTER OF THE The Jacksonville News ESTATE OF DAVE H. DOTHCalhoun Co., AL ARD, DECEASED August 20, 27, September 3, Letters Testamentary on the 2013 estate of DAVE H. DOTHARD, deceased, having been granted to JENNY S. DOTHARD, NOTICE TO the undersigned on August 19, 2013, by the Honorable Alice CREDITORS K. Martin, Judge of Probate of STATE OF ALABAMA said County, notice is hereby CALHOUN COUNTY given that all persons having PROBATE COURT claims against said estate, are CASE NO. 31680 hereby required to present the IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ANN STEPHENS, same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the barred. estate of ANN STEPHENS, de- JENNY S. DOTHARD, Personceased, having been granted al Representative of the Last to KIMBERLY STEPHENS Will and Testament of DAVE COBB AND RODNEY KEITH H. DOTHARD, Deceased. STEPHENS, the undersigned Alice K. Martin on August 09, 2013, by the Judge of Probate Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said The Jacksonville News County, notice is hereby given Calhoun Co., AL that all persons having claims August 27, September 3, 10, against said estate, are hereby 2013 required to present the same within the time allowed by law, NOTICE TO or the same will be barred. KIMBERLY STEPHENS COBB CREDITORS AND RODNEY KEITH STE- STATE OF ALABAMA PHENS, Co-Personal Repre- CALHOUN COUNTY sentatives of the Last Will and PROBATE COURT Testament of ANN STE- CASE NO. 30630 PHENS, Deceased. IN THE MATTER OF THE Alice K. Martin ESTATE OF CHRISTA JANE Judge of Probate FAIR, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the The Jacksonville News estate of CHRISTA JANE Calhoun Co., AL FAIR, deceased, having been August 20, 27, September 3, granted to BETTE BLACK2013 MAN, the undersigned on August 21, 2013, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of NOTICE TO Probate of said County, notice CREDITORS is hereby given that all persons STATE OF ALABAMA having claims against said esCALHOUN COUNTY tate, are hereby required to PROBATE COURT present the same within the CASE NO. 31583 time allowed by law, or the IN THE MATTER OF THE same will be barred. ESTATE OF DELOIS ENTRE- BETTE BLACKMAN, Personal KIN, DECEASED Representative of the Last Will Letters of Administration on the and Testament of CHRISTA estate of DELOIS ENTREKIN, JANE FAIR, Deceased. deceased, having been grant- Alice K. Martin ed to the undersigned on Au- Judge of Probate gust 20, 2013, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of The Jacksonville News Probate of said County, notice Calhoun Co., AL is hereby given that all persons August 27, September 3, 10, having claims against said es- 2013 The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL September 3, 10, 17, 2013
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THE JACKSONVILLE NEWS
Are you ready for some football? Fans of Jacksonville High School and Pleasant Valley High School, cross-town rivals, were treated to the area kickoff game for the 2013 season on Thursday night. Pre-game activities included games of corn hole, tailgating with plates of ribs and just enjoying each others company as pre-game anticipation built. Cheerleaders, bands, mascots and yes, the football teams, were ready to get the season underway. While the first half was close, Jacksonville pulled away in the second half for a 54-19 win. If this game was any indication, fans are going to be treated to some great football with outstanding individual performances during the upcoming season.
Photos by LORI TIPPETS