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Committee discusses proposed budget 2014 budget would be $11 million, with spending set at $9.9 million LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service The Piedmont City Council finance committee met Tuesday to discuss for the first time the city’s proposed 2014 $11

million budget. As presented to the council Tuesday, the document states the city will take in $11 million in revenue in fiscal year 2014, which begins Oct. 1. It also plans to spend roughly $9.9 million during the

same time. The numbers worry at least one council committee member. “This proposal here is just a little bit on the high side,” said Councilman Frank Cobb.

The budget is a financial plan for the city and it must be approved by the council. The finance committee budget meeting was a preliminary step in the budget approval process. ■ See COUNCIL, page 7


Jim Smallwood to retire at end of year David Hedgepath Jr. will take over position MARGARET ANDERSON Journal Correspondent


armers & Merchants Bank, with locations in Piedmont, Jacksonville, Anniston and Oxford, has been in business for almost 100 years. It opened in 1915 in Piedmont and sometimes experiences personnel

changes. However, that’s what’s happening at the bank now. Senior vice president and Piedmont native Jim Smallwood, who has been with the bank for the past 23 years, will retire at the end of December. Replacing him is Jacksonville native, David Hedgepath Jr. Smallwood graduated from Piedmont High School and has a business degree with a minor in finance from Jacksonville State University. He paid his way through JSU by playing drum in bands. “When I got through college, I continued with that for a while,” said Smallwood. “Then, I decided I needed a profession. I though there were three major professions -- medicine, law and banking. I didn’t want medicine or law, so I went into banking.” Smallwood was 30 and had never gotten that lucky break that musicians hope for. “Drummers are only as good as the band they’re with,” he said. “I never did get with that right band to

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F&M chairman and CEO Lin Latta thanks Jim Smallwood for his many years of service.

Piedmont native returns home to help Michelle Ludy-Bivins heads Bridges for Hope LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service

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In 2007, Piedmont native Michelle Ludy-Bivins began trying to bridge the gaps between children and their incarcerated parents in Georgia. That year Ludy-Bivins said she started using her own money to rent vehicles and take children from some of Atlanta’s harshest neighborhoods to visit their moms in prison. This year she formalized her efforts and began Bridges for Hope, a nonprofit that exists to care for children with incarcerated parents and now she wants to extend her work into Alabama. “People don’t normally think about the kids that are left behind,” Ludy-Bivins said this week on a return visit to her hometown. In 2007 there were 744,000 inmates in prisons across the nation. Fifty-two percent of state inmates and 63 percent of federal inmates at that time were parents to an estimated 1.7 million, according to

the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. Ludy-Bivins was driving home alone on a trip through America’s heartland when she said a prayer and asked God what she could do for him. “It was so penetrating and sound,” Bivins said. “It just came to my spirit. I tried to fight it.” An hour later she turned the radio on and she said the people on talk radio station she settled on were talking about the number of children who have parents in prison. “I was just blown away by the kids that were affected,” Bivins said. For some time she funded the project with her own money. But, now that she has federal nonprofit status for Bridges for Hope, she’s able to solicit donations and fund the program’s expansion. Already, she said, she’s received support from Walmart and Target, who have supported her effort with gift cards. And, she said, a local church helped ■ See BIVINS, page 7

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Fog horns as weapons I live beneath a pecan tree, and the squirrels think my house is their nest. They make their messes by strewing chewed pecan shells all over the porch. Once they stole nuts out of a bucket that I accidentally left on the porch. Another time, they ate my figs while they were green. Then, there have been the live-in squirrels. Fourteen years ago, shortly after I first moved to my East Anniston house, I heard them running through the attic. I walked around in the yard and checked the eaves of the house. Sure enough, there were a few tiny openings where one might get in. I researched on the Internet

Sherry Kughn Sherry-Go-Round and read that creatures hate the smell of mothballs. I bought some and threw them in the attic. The trick seemed to work, which became an annual fall activity. That same year I discovered the openings in the house, I hired a person with a ladder to come and fill them in. I thought I had solved the squirrel

problem. Throughout the course of the years, though, the squirrels somehow became immune to the smell of mothballs. I began to hear them again. Once more, I walked around the house to inspect the places that had been plugged. I noticed the plugs were gone and the openings were even larger. Their edges had been gnawed, as if the squirrels were making access easier for their friends and offspring, which, of course, they probably were. It was time for more drastic measures. I hired a siding company to cover the exposed wood on my house. The solution also solved the problem of the house needing

a paint job. Last year, with the new siding in place, I heard no squirrels in the attic. On Wednesday of last week, though, I was sitting outdoors enjoying the cool night. I heard squirrel feet running on the roof, or so I thought. The next afternoon, while it was daylight, I heard the sounds again, only I could tell that there was no squirrel on the roof. Once again, I bought mothballs and threw them in the eaves. I tried a new trick. I run an extension cord to the top of a ladder that I placed near the eaves where I had heard the squirrels running. I turned the volume of a sound machine up as loud as it would go, and I set the sound for foghorns – an

awful sound to be featured on a sound machine that was made to help people sleep. I would have nightmares if I had to listen to foghorns as I tried to sleep. Twice since the foghorns have been used as noise pollution, I have listened twice for the squirrels running in the attic. So far, so good. Instead of becoming frustrated with the squirrels in my neighborhood, I respect their desire to eat pecans. My hope is that they’ll build themselves some nests in the trees like other squirrels do. Also, I hope they don’t start liking the sound of foghorns. Email Sherry at sherrykug@

Republicans watch Fox, Democrats watch CNN During the summer Alabama had a rash of major political figures step down from office in the middle of their elected terms. The first to go was 1st District Congressman Jo Bonner. Beth Chapman also quit her job as Secretary of State as did State Representative Jay Love of Montgomery, who chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Education Budget Committee. Love’s counterpart, Rep. Jim Barton of Mobile, who chaired the House General Fund Committee, quit his House seat. Elmore County Rep. Barry Mask also resigned. All five left in August for personal financial gain. Bonner left his safe congressional seat to accept a position with the University of Alabama system. He doubled his $174,000 annual congressional salary with his move. Chapman accepted a position with Alfa, which she said was too good to pass up. Love left for business reasons. Barton quit midstream to lobby. Mask quit to head the Alabama Association of Realtors.

This trend of quitting office midstream for personal gain was epitomized by Sarah Palin. She quit her job as Governor of Alaska without fulfilling her term so that she could be close to mainland America in order to make money appearing on Fox News and making speeches. Traveling from Alaska to New York is like a trek from Russia. Speaking of Fox News, the Gallup poll confirmed that a recent survey revealed the obvious, most Republicans watch Fox News for their news source. The poll unveiled numerous obvious trends. First of all, Americans are most likely to turn to their television for news. More than half called it their main source of news. Television was the medium of choice for Americans of all ages. Gallup said the results showed what they called the “balkanization” of news, meaning that Americans have gravitated to a certain medium based on their political leanings. Republicans were more likely to turn to television. Independents were slightly more likely to head to the

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Inside The Statehouse Internet and Democrats were likely to turn to print media like newspapers or magazines. If Democrats watch television, they like CNN. However, nothing compared to Republicans’ affinity for their news channel Fox. No other television, print or online news source generated as much loyalty from either Democrats or Independents as Fox News did from Republicans as their total news source. This partisan divide is played out here in Alabama. If watching Fox News is a criteria for being a Republican, then their ratings are probably off the charts in the Heart of Dixie. Every statewide officeholder

in Alabama is a Republican. At last count, there were 31 statewide elected positions in the state and all 31 are held by folks who have been elected as a Republican. The last bastian that Democrats had any say over in Alabama was the legislature. That ended abruptly and overwhelmingly in 2010. It is not likely to change any time soon. The legislative lines are drawn to pretty much keep the GOP in control of both the House and Senate. For the foreseeable future the GOP should continue to hold a two to one super majority in both chambers. Approximately one third of the legislative seats will belong to the minority Democratic Party. African American legislators hold most of the minority seats. Earlier this year Mark Kennedy resigned as Chairman of the Democratic Party in a dispute with Democratic power broker Joe Reed, the longtime African American leader of the Party. Kennedy formed an organization he dubbed the Alabama Democratic Majority.

He said their task would be to rebuild the Democratic Party in Alabama. Kennedy, who is a former Supreme Court Justice, has a good name for a Democrat. The Kennedy name is symbolic and synonymous with the national Democratic Party. Therein lies the problem with a Democratic resurrection in Alabama. Alabamians now link all Democrats, whether they are on the statewide or national level, to the liberal policies of the Democratic Party. When they see the name of Barack Obama that is who they identify as a Democrat. Obama is the face and philosophy of the Democratic Party in the eyes of Alabama voters. You could safely say that Barack Obama has driven the final nail in the Democratic coffin in Alabama. 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.

Who really knows what’s best for all of us? Some good friends told me they’ve stopped following the news because it’s just getting worse. I think it’s not so much that the news, particularly coming out of Washington, is getting worse, but that we average people have no influence or control over those making all the bad news. We’re stuck with all the bad consequences Washington rulers are imposing willy-nilly on the rest of us while exempting themselves from any consequences. Why am I referring to my friends and me as “average?” Because, I’m one of those who believe raising the national debt ceiling means we’re continuing to run up our debt. Or, as President Obama said at a Business Roundtable last week, “It’s always a tough vote because the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we’re running up our debt.” Yep, I’m “average” that way. Just so we don’t misunderstand what the President means, he clarified by saying, “raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy.” Of course, President Obama believes the Republicans are picking on him because they want to attach spend-

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ing cuts to raising the debt limit, and he has demanded Congress raise the debt ceiling Daniel with “no obstruction, Gardner no games, no holding the economy hostage if you don’t get 100 percent of what you want.” My Thoughts Oddly enough, when President Obama was a freshman senator from Illinois in 2006, he had a different take on raising the debt ceiling. Senator Obama began his March 16 speech, “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion.” For the record, in fewer than five years President Obama has raised the debt by $6 trillion to more than $16.7 trillion and counting. Senator Obama ended his speech declaring, “Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” Evidently President Obama no longer believes the buck stops in the Oval Office, that there’s a “failure of leadership,” or that “Americans deserve better” today. That was then, this is now, and he’s in charge. In other news President Obama exempted Congress

Sound off Thank you I would like to thank the Piedmont Rescue Squad and the staff of Jacksonville Hospital for their attentive and expert care given me during my recent accident. I would also like to thank Earl Woolf, who found me in the yard and called for help. God bless each of you. Virginia Hoff Piedmont

and congressional staffers from Obamacare through some savvy political maneuvering in the Office of Personnel Management. You see, Obamacare is great for “average” people like us, but not nearly good enough for Washington’s ruling class. President Obama has spent his political career asking voters to trust him because he knows what’s best for “average” folks. Big government can solve all our problems if we’ll just let the ruling class control healthcare, equalize wages and salaries fairly, and regulate businesses to make sure they’re not cheating. FDR’s social policies, LBJ’s great society, and now Obama’s victory over healthcare have combined to enslave “average” folks in perpetual debt under the all-powerful ruling class who promise they know what’s best for the rest of us. Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at Daniel@, or visit his website at http://www. Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site blogs.clarionledger. com/dgardner/


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GARDNER Lafayette, CA - Joan Green Gardner passed away on September 21, 2013. Born September 10, 1923 to the late Herman and Emma Green. She was pre-deceased by her brothers, Richard and Edwin Green. Joan was survived by adoring husband of 68 years, Dr. Allen Joel Gardner; loving son, Michael Andrew Gardner; grandchildren, Dr. Jennifer Ellen Gardner, Melissa Hope Gardner, Max Philip Gardner and their wonderful and caring mother, Holly Bea Gardner. Also survived by son, Stephen Gardner and grandchildren, Aaron and Stephanie. Many loving nephews, nieces, cousins and a host of friends also survived Joan. Donations in her memory may be made to ORT Temple Sinai, In Our Lifetime Breast Cancer, Children’s Hospital Oakland, or charity of your choice.

MADDOX Goshen - Funeral services for Rev. Garry Maddox, 61, were held Friday, September 20, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Kirk and the Rev. Tony McCain officiating. Burial followed at Carmel Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home from 1-3 p.m Friday. Rev. Maddox passed away Monday, September 16, 2013, at Regional Medical Center in Anniston. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Bertha Blythe Maddox, of Goshen; two children, Chris Maddox and Jennie Maddox Hardin, both of Goshen; two grandchildren, Christopher Hardin and Brittney Hardin; one sister, Linda Ragan (Larry), of Northville, Michigan; one brother, Buddy Maddox (Jan), of Piedmont; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Steve Ragan, Colby Goss, Scott Kay, Jerry Mobley, C.J. Salcido, Alex Salcido and Christopher Hardin. Rev. Maddox was born in Etowah County and had been a resident of Spring Garden and Goshen most of his life. He was a graduate of Spring Garden High School, retired from the City of Anniston as an automobile mechanic,

and served as the pastor of Arrington Chapel Congregational Methodist Church for 10 years. He loved to fish with his son and brother and spend time with his children and grandchildren. Rev. Maddox was preceded in death by his parents, Lathan and Frances Maddox; and two brothers, Bobby Maddox and Lathan Maddox Jr.

NAUGHER Piedmont - Funeral services for Mary Edna Naugher, 92, of Piedmont, were held Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Ingram officiating. Burial followed at Piedmont Memory Gardens. Mrs. Naugher passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013, at her home. Survivors include two sons, David Naugher (Rhonda), of Piedmont and Ray Naugher (Sandra), of Jacksonville; two grandchildren, Leslie Bowen and Jessica Hendrickson; and two greatgrandchildren, Mallory Hendrickson and Hayes Hendrickson. Pallbearers will be Scott Bowen, Eric Hendrickson, Brian Prater, Howard Eubanks, Dennis Ragsdale and Larry Williams. Mrs. Naugher was a lifelong resident of Piedmont and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Piedmont for 75 years where she was a member of the Ester Fidelis Sunday School Class. She was a charter member of the Town and Country Garden Club, Red Hatter Society, American Legion Auxiliary, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and was a member of Lozahatchee #99 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a 1938 graduate of Piedmont High School and a 1942 graduate of the University of Montevallo. She taught school for 32 years in Prattville, Hokes Bluff, Spring Garden and Piedmont. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Naugher and her parents, C. T. and Pluma Wallace. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ester Fidelis Sunday School Class, First Baptist Church of Piedmont, 105 N. Main Street, Piedmont, Alabama 36272. The family wishes to thank Amedisys Hospice of Rainbow City and caregivers, Tasha Roberts, Ann Coppock, Erica Morgan and Glenda Williamson for the love and care given to their mother and grandmother. Online condolences may be made to the family at

• The fifth Sunday night singing will be held at First Congregational Methodist Church on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. Guest singers will be the Prestige Quartet featuring Basil Penny at the piano. Everybody is welcome. • There will be a community wide Piedmont softball interest meeting at the Piedmont Field House on Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Anyone who is interested in Piedmont Softball at any age level should attend. Items to be shared will be the vision and plans for the program and upcoming opportunities for youth player development starting this fall and through the summer of 2014. • The first Piedmont Spook Trot 5K and Kids 400 Meter Family Fun Dash will be held on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. The event will help fund Piedmont Softball the following spring. The 5K cost is $25 and the 400 Dash is free to all participants. Registration is online at RUNSIGNUP & ACTIVE.COM. Registration deadline for receiving a T-Shirt is Oct. 11. Onsite registration will take place on Race Day, but no T-shirts for registrations after Oct. 11. • Trade Day and Farmers Market at Nances Creek Community Center at 7 a.m. the first Saturday of each month through October. There is no set up fee. • EVERYONE INVITED TO LUNCH & LEARN, a free gardening programs sponsored by Calhoun County Master Gardeners and Calhoun County Commission from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at Cane Creek Community Garden at McClellan. Bring lunch if you wish. The subject will be “Gardening for Dry Places” by Hayes Jackson. Call the Extension Office at 237-1621 for more information. • Dogs for the Deaf, located in Central Point, Ore., is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to help adults and children with different disabilities, challenges, and needs. For example, a Hearing Dog is trained to alert its owner to household sounds that could affect his or her safety and an Autism Assistance Dog would keep an autistic

Police Sept. 16 • Theft of property III. Officers investigated the theft of a structural iron I-beam valued at $500 that was taken from the 100 block of Old Ladiga Road around 2:30 p.m. Sept. 17 • Motor vehicle accident. A 52-year-old female reported an accident that occurred at 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Brock Street and Third Avenue. • Harassment. A 28-year-old female reported an incident that occurred on Hamilton Drive at 5 p.m. Sept. 18 • Fraudulent use of credit/debit card, unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle. Officers investigated an incident that caused $300 damage to the rear window of a Lincoln Ls and the illegal use of a credit/debit card. • Possession of a controlled substance. Officers recovered three small round pink pills marked with k56 during an incident that occurred on East Swan Street at 1:10 a.m. Sept. 19 • Criminal mischief III. Officers investigated damage done to an exterior front door at a location on Rome Avenue. • Theft of property I. A 58-year-old female reported a 2003 Honda Rancher valued at $4,000 was stolen between Sept. 1 and Sept. 16 from a location on Highway 21. • Theft of property II. Employees of Fagan’s Wrecker reported the theft of four 18-inch mud grip tires and rims belonging to a 2009 white Z71 that had a value of $1,600. Sept. 20 • Burglary III. A 52-year-old male reported an incident that occurred in the 100 block of Harris Avenue around 7:45 a.m. • Theft of property III. A 65-year-old female reported an unknown brand of gas water heater and multiple collectible/decorative home items were stolen between Sept. 15 and 19 from Pleasant Acres Trail. Sept. 21 • Burglary III. A 44-year-old male reported the theft of an air conditioner unit that occurred at 4:50 p.m. • Harassment. A 26-year-old male reported an incident that occurred at his residence at 5:30 p.m. • Theft of property III. A resident of South Center Avenue reported the theft of two bicycles valued at $100 each. Both have been recovered. • Domestic violence III. A 42-year-old male reported an incident that occurred on Tom Bible Memorial Highway between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22 • Theft of property III. A resident of the 200 block of South Center Avenue reported the theft of a Razor Powerwing 3-wheel scooter that was later recovered. • Duty upon striking an unoccupied vehicle. A 29-year-old female reported damage done to the right rear body of a Honda Accord while located in the 100 block

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Police Sept. 17 • Anthony Eugene Burns, 51, forgery II. • Anthony Michael Burns, 29, disorderly conduct. • Jason Michael McFry, 39, failure to appear. Sept. 18 • Shayla Collett Shell, 24, probation violation.

Sept. 19 • Dustin Ray Hunt, 19, theft of property III. • James Matthew Messick, 19, theft of property III. • Nathan Wayne Foote, 44, criminal mischief III. • Randall Murray Foley, 44, defrauding secured creditors.

child out of traffic, bodies of water, and other dangerous situations. Chris Hill, a resident of Anniston and a volunteer “ambassador” for Dogs for the Deaf, has a DVD presentation he will give to civic and community organizations or individuals. Contact him at 835-6918 • The Alabama Shutterbugs, a new club for all skill levels of photographers, meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Noble Building, Suite 100, Anniston. Anyone interested in photography is welcome to join us. Call 236.8488 for more information. • New classes for the Jacksonville State University Adult Wellness classes are at 8 a.m. in Pete Mathews Colseium. Senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Senior water aerobics and senior therapeutic yoga classes are on Tuesday and Thursday. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 or for more information. • Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 21 meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.. at 114 N. Center Ave. downtown Piedmont, to discuss the latest veteran’s issues and benefits. If you are a service-connected disabled vet or you think you may have a military service related condition, the DAV may be able to help you. Help workshops are also available from 8 a.m.-noon on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Veterans are urged to attend for possible compensation and benefits they’re not aware of. • Anyone with knowledge about German and Italian POWs and their artifacts at Fort McClellan during 1943-46 is asked to contact Klaus Duncan at 782-2991. • Piedmont Health Care has started an Alzheimer’s support group designed to increase public awareness and enhance individual and family education regarding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. For more information call social services director Yolanda Pierce 447-8258, ext. 232. Refreshments will be provided.

Sept. 20 • Byron Jake Bailey, 32, burglary III. • Rashad Forbes, 18, failure to appear (three counts). Sept. 21 • Wayne Browder Poole, 39, failure to appear (three counts). • Justin Keith Snyder, 29, failure to appear.

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hen she was 14, Dawn Holmes Weaver told Dr. Ben Ingram that she’d like to be his dental hygienist someday. She’d known his family all of her life and was well-acquainted with the young dentist who was just beginning his career. Dr. Ingram might have dismissed that moment, but Dawn didn’t. Because she had to wear braces as a child and had to make many trips to the orthodontist’s office, she began contemplating being a registered dental hygienist. At Piedmont High School, she participated in the coop program and worked for Dr. Joel Latham, a Piedmont dentist at that time. After graduating from PHS, she attended Jacksonville State University for a year to get her basics, then transferred to the University of Alabama in Birmingham where she received a degree to be a registered dental hygienist. Dawn heard that Dr. Ingram was setting up his practice in Piedmont. She called him and told him that she was attending JSU and was interested in working for him. She became his first employee when she was 19. That was 29 years ago. Dawn said she likes her job. She cleans teeth, does initial exams on patients, tells them what they need to have done, makes a treatment plan for them and educates them on how to care for their teeth. “I’ve made some really good friends over the years,” she said. “They know me on a personal basis and I know them. I know what’s going on in their lives, and they know what’s going on in mine. Sometimes we swap recipes back and forth.” Dawn has lived in Piedmont her entire life. Her mother and stepfather are Jo and Travis Ivey of Piedmont. Her father is the late David “Birddog” Holmes. Her sister, Malinda Smith, lives in Alabaster. Malinda is 13 years older than Dawn, so Dawn was quite young when Malinda moved out of their home. Dawn likes to tease Malinda about the fact that shortly after she moved out, the family got a dish washer. Washing dishes had always been Dawn’s job. Dawn and her husband, Wesley, enjoy working in the


1 lb. sausage 8 oz. cream cheese 2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls Cook sausage in a skillet. Pour off grease. Add cream cheese to sausage and mix together. Unroll1 roll tube of refrigerated crescent rolls and place in bottom of 9x13 pan. Place sausage mixture on top of the rolls. Place another tube of crescent rolls on top of the sausage. Pinch seams together. Cook at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. DAWN’S ORANGE SUNRISE CAKE 1 box orange supreme cake mix 1 small box orange gelatin 3 lg. eggs 1 1/3 c. water 1/3 c. vegetable oil Combine all ingredients and prepare according to directions on box. Makes three layers. Allow to cool

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Dawn Weaver with patient Butch Thompson. yard and spending time around their pool. Wesley is retired. They have two daughters. Emily Hammett, 20, and her husband, Chris, have a 1-year-old son, Brentley. They live in White Plains. Maggie Smith, 14, attends White Plains High School. Dawn and Wesley are members of Piedmont Congregational Holiness Church where she is active in the Women’s Ministry meetings. Dawn said she’s enjoyed working outside this year. She likes plants, flowers and trees - especially palm trees. Several years ago she planted a Sago palm. “I’ve babied that thing for such a long time,” she said. “We always brought it in when it got cold weather. It’s in such a big pot now we can’t do that. I guess we’re going to have to wrap it up and put Christmas lights on it.” She also has Mexican fan palms and windmill palms. Their yard is adorned with roses and hibiscus and other flowers and plants.


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Icing 8 oz. sour cream 1 c. sugar 4 T. orange juice 1 lg. can crushed pineapple, well drained 16 oz Cool Whip Combine sour cream, sugar and orange juice. Mix until sugar dissolves. Add drained pineapple and mix. Fold in Cool Whip. Spread icing between layers and on top and sides of cake. POPPY SEED CHICKEN 4 chicken breasts, fileted and shredded 2 cans cream of chicken soup 8 oz. sour cream 1 roll Town House crackers, crushed 1 stick butter Poppy seeds

She and Wesley had their first garden this year. “With it being the first one, now we know of things we need to do different next year,” she said. “We kind of experimented with things this year. We had a lot of pepper and put up 65 quarts of tomatoes.” Dawn enjoys being with Brentley. That brings fond memories of the time she spent with her grandmother, the late Tecota Rogers, who taught Dawn how to make biscuits. ”She’d made me a little bowl of dough and let me knead it, cut it and cook it,” said Dawn. “I spent a lot of time with her.” Dawn likes to cook and enjoys trying different recipes, some of which some of which come from patients at Dr. Ingram’s office. (Contact Margaret at

Boil chicken breasts. Add to chicken soup and sour cream. Place in 9x13 pan. Mix crackers and butter. Place on top of chicken. Sprinkle poppy seeds on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE 3 c. mashed sweet potatoes 1 c. sugar 2 eggs Ω c. milk Ω t. salt 1 t. vanilla 1 c. chopped nuts 1 c. brown sugar Ω c. self-rising flour 1 stick butter Mix first six ingredients and pour into buttered dish. Mix last four ingredients and put on top of sweet potato mixture. Bake at 400 degrees 30-40 minutes.

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McClellan Golden Belles meet New officers presided over the Sept. 17 meeting. Front row, Gloria Beatty and Evelyn Ontiveros. Back row, Joy Patty and Sybil Borden.

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New officers presided at the Sept. 17 meeting of the McClellan Golden Belles. New officers are president, Evelyn Ontiveros; vice president, Gloria Beatty; secretary, Joy Patty; and treasurer, Sybil Borden. The McClellan Golden Belles meet monthly, except during the summer months. The social organization was formed several years before Fort McClellan closed. All female retirees from Fort McClellan, or other U.S. Government agencies, are invited to attend and enjoy lunch and fellowship. Additional information about the Golden Belles can be obtained by calling 435-3846 or 236-7088.

Fort McClellan Credit Union gets national recognition Fort McClellan Credit Union, Anniston, is proud to be recognized as one of the strongest credit unions in the nation by BAUERFINANCIAL, Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading bank and credit union rating and research firm. BAUERFINANCIAL has been analyzing and rating the nation’s financial institutions since 1983 and Fort McClellan Credit Union has earned its highest rating of 5-Stars for the most recent 91 quarters. The latest rating is based on June 30, 2013, financial data and indicates that Fort McClellan Credit Union significantly exceeds all federal capital requirements and maintains a low level of delinquent loans, among other benchmarks. Karen L. Dorway, president of the research firm, had this to say, “A recent Gallop poll indicates that consumer confidence in financial institutions is beginning to come back. That

confidence, no doubt, can be attributed to institutions like Fort McClellan Credit Union, that hold to the principles of sound banking. These are the shining stars of the industry. Fort McClellan Credit Union has been able to thrive without compromising its standards, and that’s commendable.” Having continuously earned a 5-Star rating for this length of time merits an even more elite distinction of being a “Sustained Superiority Credit Union”. Only five percent of the nation’s credit unions have earned Bauer’s top rating for so long and with such consistency. Fort McClellan Credit Union was established in 1953 and has been committed to providing the best of banking to its members for 60 years. It currently has five conveniently located offices in Anniston, Centre, Jacksonville, Ohatchee and Roanoke. Fort McClellan Credit Union (

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Rev. A. D. ‘Archie’ and Marilyn Hanner celebrate 67th anniversary

67th anniversary celebrated Rev. A. D. “Archie” and Marilyn Hanner of Chattanooga celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary Aug. 17 in Rome, Ga. Their children and grandchildren hosted the celebration.

Rev. Hanner is the son of the late Grover and Dauphin Clark Hanner, and Mrs. Hanner is the daughter of the late Robert Sr. and Lottie Garrett Kirk, all of Cherokee County.

The senior citizens of the Piedmont Clyde Pike Civic Center will go to Ellijay, Ga., again this year. Any senior citizen and as well as guests who would like to go are encouraged call Peggy McDonald at the civic center, 4473367, and leave their name. The bus will leave Piedmont promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. Willie Tuck of Talladega will come to Piedmont to drive the seniors. The cost is $10. The seniors always enjoy the stores and shops in Ellijay, and they always come back with apples and other goodies. They choose to eat at different places, including Wendy’s, Zaxby’s and a Chinese restaurant. They usually have about an hour and a half to shop at the outlets in Calhoun, Ga., before coming home.

Other student campaigns inspire JSU initiative The Jacksonville State University initiative is inspired directly by recent student actions at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama at Huntsville, where successful student campaigns have created new Green Funds totaling over $1 million in the last year. All student groups are working in conjunction with the Coalition of Alabama Students for the Environment and CASE’s Statewide Sustainable Investment Project, which hopes to create additional Green Funds at UAB and Auburn University by January. Caitlin McClusky, who led the successful initiative to create UA’s $1 million fund, had this to say about the new JSU proposal: “I am thrilled that students at JSU are taking the initiative to establish a green fund on their campus. I think rapid efforts to expand upon UA’s success indicate just how much the green fund concept resonates with students in Alabama. “It is very clear that young people across the state want their schools and communities to embrace sustainable projects and practices.” “Green Fund,” a concept common at leading higher-education institutions nationwide, was implemented for the first time at any Alabama public university by the University of Montevallo in 2011.

Since that time, the school has allocated about $30,000 annually into on-campus, studentimplemented renewable energy, water efficiency, and public transportation projects. All funds are available for request for student projects, and students possess the majority vote on all major and minor funding decisions. This same model has been used for the University of Alabama’s $1 million fund. The Coalition of Alabama Students for the Environment (CASE) is a statewide network of student environmental leaders from grassroots environmental organizations at eight colleges across Alabama. Coalition members work individually and collectively with public, private, and non-profit organizations to achieve beneficial collaboration on environmental issues in Alabama communities.

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Birthday celebrated Max Brown of Manvel, Texas, and Lineville, celebrated his 80th birthday Sept. 10 in Roanoke. The event was attended by family and friends.




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make it professionally. I thought I’d better use my education and get a real job.� Smallwood, who will be 61 in November, said he always knew he’d not work after he turned 62. He and his wife, the former Nikki Owen, who has been the revenue commissioner in Cleburne County for the past 18 years, have a house at the beach and a 200 acre farm in Heflin, which will keep him busy. His parents are Era Smallwood of Piedmont and the late Henry Smallwood. Smallwood said he knows he’ll miss working at Farmers & Merchants. “I’ve always told everybody that working at Farmers & Merchants was better than having a real job,� he said. “Never once did I get up and dread going to work. I always looked forward to it. I love the folks I work with and those who come into the bank. It’s really a family there. People who come to work there almost never leave. They retire from there. I’ll miss them terribly.� Farmers & Merchants chairman and CEO Lin Latta said that Smallwood has been an integral part of the bank’s team since his arrival in 1990. “During his tenure he has held many responsibilities, including senior lender, compliance officer and managing several departments,� said Latta. “His career has contributed to the overall success of the bank, and we thank him for his loyalty and service.� Hedgepath graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 1986. He received a marketing degree with a management minor from JSU in 1991. He’s been at Farmers & Merchants since July.


In his position of being in charge of the Piedmont branch, lending to both businesses and consumers will be the major aspect of his job. Hedgepath said he’s looking forward to meeting those who live in or near Piedmont, and he’s also looking forward to becoming involved in community activities. He and his wife, the former Tara Bonds, who teaches first grade at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, live in Jacksonville. Their daughters, Abby, 16, and Maggie, 12, attend Pleasant Valley School, where they play baseball and volleyball. Hedgepath is the son of David and Linda Hedgepath. He is on the finance committee at First Baptist Church of Williams. Hedgepath has worked in banking for the past nine years. He worked for the Boys Scouts over 13 years. Since that job required him to move every few years, he decided a job in banking would allow him to keep his family in one place. Hedgepath said he’s excited about the opportunity he was given to work at Farmers & Merchants. “Farmers & Merchants Bank has been around a very long time,� he said. “It’s a family-owned bank with a great history. I’m looking forward to my job.� Latta expressed his excitement about the addition of Hedgepath. “Our employees are the reason for our success, and David’s experience and knowledge will contribute to the continued success of our bank,� Latta said. Farmers & Merchants is located at 116 Ladiga St., E., in Piedmont, 1130 Pelham Rd. S., in Jacksonville, 1429 Quintard Ave., in Anniston and 35 Ali Way in Oxford. (Contact Margaret at

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ABOVE: Jim Smallwood at his desk. BELOW: David Hedgepath has been at bank since July.

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buy school supplies for children helped by Bridges for Hope. Bivins said that in 2007 she met with the warden at Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto, Ga., to ask if she could help by bringing children to see their incarcerated parents. They gave her the chance to speak with moms to find out if the inmates at Lee Arrendale needed someone to bring their children for visits. “Everybody did. I was shocked,� Bivins said. Now she is trying to assess the need in Alabama. And Ludy-Bivins said she has already reached out to prison officials at Julia Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka, the state’s prison for women, to see if she can do there what she is doing in Georgia. The child of a pastor and a former abuse-intervention specialist, Ludy-Bivins didn’t know any of that when she decided to begin helping children. Ludy-Bivins said her childhood in Piedmont and her professional career that followed have been so good, they prompted her to want to give back. “It was just in my blood, I guess,� Ludy-Bivins said.

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ABOVE: Michelle Ludy-Bivins in front of the playground where she spent many hours as a child.

MEETING: ‘This is more like a working tool’: Mayor percent of that. Officials also said the city is collecting more After the committee’s money from the utility review, the council will department. And, based have a work session to on those increases, the discuss the document. city is planning to receive Then, at a later meeting, the council will vote on the $135,000. Cobb also noted that matter.  the city didn’t budget to Though Cobb questioned make upgrades to its power the revenue projections system, water treatment in the 2014 budget, city plant or sewer lines. The finance officials said the systems have been needing numbers are based on the upgrades, but officials said amount of money the city they don’t know when the is collecting this year. city will begin making the And City Clerk Michelle improvements. Franklin said those “I’m worried,� Cobb numbers are up slightly. said. Franklin said sales tax Franklin said the city revenue was projected at $1.6 million for the current fiscal year. And with three months -- July, August and September -- to be added to city records, Piedmont has already collected 91

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doesn’t routinely budget for such projects, but amends the budget to pay for improvements on an as-needed basis. She said the city doesn’t have the money to make infrastructure improvements now. “The only option would be to take out another bond,� she said. Mayor Rick Freeman is not a committee member but attended the meeting. He told council members to remember that the budget is a financial plan for the city that may be amended. “This is more of like a

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A clash between two of the top five teams in Class 3A highlights this week’s high school football action across Alabama. Piedmont, ranked No. 2 in this week’s Alabama Sports Writers Association 3A poll, travels to meet No. 4 Leeds. The Greenwave moved up one place this week after Geraldine, No. 4 last week, lost at New Hope 21-13 and Leeds thrashed Thorsby 42-0. Last year’s game at Piedmont was a defensive struggle with the Bulldogs emerging on top of a 7-0 score. Piedmont coach Steve Smith called this year’s version of the Greenwave typical of the Leeds teams Piedmont has faced since the 2008 season, “a lot of good size and speed all over the field.” Tadarryl Marshall, who started at quarterback last year as a freshman, returns as does classmate Tre Nation, last year’s starter at tailback. Leeds has added transfer Tyler Wright at running back. Wide receivers Jacoby Lockhart and Jermaine Johnson, both juniors, also caught Smith’s eye as deep threats in the passing game. “They’re very deep at the skill positions, probably the deepest that I can remember them at the skill positions,” Smith said. Smith said Leeds still favors the ‘I’ formation and a grind-it-out style on offense but will also show shotgun and pistol formations. “They’re throwing the ball a good bit more than what we’re really accustomed to see Leeds throw it because they’ve got a guy who can really throw it and they‘ve got some receivers that can go get it,” Smith said. Piedmont’s 55-7 win over visiting Cleveland last week kept the Bulldogs undefeated at 4-0 overall and improved their Region 5 record to 3-0. It would be difficult to imagine a

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Piedmont’s Dreek Thompson tries to get between two Cleveland defenders during action in last week’s game. more devastating first half of football as the Bulldogs led 55-0 when the bands performed. “I was real pleased with the way we hit them the other night,” Smith said Tuesday. “We had some nice licks the other night that knocked the ball loose. Defensively, we created five turnovers in the first half.” Junior safety Tyler Lusk got the first turnover with an interception. Sophomore defensive back Bayley Blanchard contributed not one but two interceptions, each leading to a short field and a two-play scoring drive. Linebacker Taylor Hayes, a freshman, jarred the ball loose on a kickoff return and senior Jaret Prater fielded the pigskin like a shortstop on a routine grounder and returned the ball for a score. The fifth turnover, a fumble caused by freshman Easton Kirk and recovered by junior Dreek Thompson with 3:37 left in the first half, was the only one that didn’t lead to Piedmont points. By that time, it was already 55-0. Cleveland was hampered by the absence of starting quarterback Peyton

Gilliland, nursing injuries suffered the previous week in a win over Ashville, but it’s unlikely that AJ McCarron or Johnny Manziel could have carried the Panthers past the Bulldogs Friday night. Everything Piedmont did on offense in the first half worked and most of it worked immediately. “It was really hard to get a good feel for our offense the other night. We were on the field so few plays,” Smith said, notng that the starting offense was credited with 20 snaps. “A lot of the possessions that we had were one- or two-play possessions,” Smith added. “That’s a plus. I’m tickled that we were able to have the success that we had. We didn’t get into any kind of offensive flow, wasn’t a lot of setting up one thing with something else. It was pretty much quick strike.” Cleveland won the opening coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. Darnell Jackson returned the kickoff 34 yards to the Piedmont 37-yard line and six plays later quarterback Ty Sparks threw short to ■ See PIEDMONT, page 10

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Piedmont’s Darnell Jackson is hit by a Cleveland defender.

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Spring Garden’s Dalton Kerr looks for yardage after catching a pass from Will Ivey.

Spring Garden looks for its second win of the season, and second consecutive Class 1A, Region 7 victory, when the Panthers travel to meet Jacksonville Christian Friday. JCA opened its season with a Region 7 win at Woodville but is now 1-3 overall and 1-3 in region play. “They’re very, very much improved,” Spring Garden head coach Jason Howard said of Jacksonville Christian, adding that JCA returned all of last year’s backfield. “They’re as good a JCA team as I’ve seen in a long time. They’re a lot more versatile this year.” Junior quarterback Daylon Brackett is the player the Panthers must watch when the Thunder has the ball. Brackett is a threat both running and passing. Against Cedar Bluff last week, Brackett rushed for 95 yards and had 256 yards passing, including three completions for touchdowns. His favorite targets have been Walker Messer, Tyler Morales and Kris Armprester. Brackett also booted a 19-yard field goal as his team scored 23 points in the first half against the Tigers then didn’t score again. “He’s played well in all the game films that we’ve seen,” Howard said. Coosa Christian proved to be a good choice for Spring Garden’s homecoming opponent last Friday. The Panthers rolled to the first five touchdowns of the night and eventually won 34-7. “We were able to establish the running game pretty ■ See PANTHERS, page 10



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Piedmont’s Torre Roberts returns a dig against Weaver as teammate Bre Green watches during action last week.

Piedmont picks up area victory over Weaver, falls to Hokes Bluff RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent

Piedmont picked up another Class 3A, Area 10 volleyball victory on Thursday of last week, downing visiting Weaver 25-6, 25-18, 25-12. Keshauna Jones had a big day at the service line and on defense for the Bulldogs. She contributed 11 aces and seven digs to the win, both team highs. Setter Mallory Roberts dished out 11 assists. Carlie Flowers had nine kills and four aces. Riesha Thompson had four kills.

Torre Roberts had three kills and four digs. Ashlynne Rivers recorded Piedmont’s only block and added a kill, an ace and two assists. On September 17, the Bulldogs hosted Hokes Bluff and Faith Christian. In the opener against Hokes Bluff, Piedmont won the first set 27-25. The Eagles got the next two games 26-24 and 15-13 to claim the match. Piedmont’s inability to close out what she thought should have been a victory brought an angry response from coach Grace Strott. “We’ve just got to get that instinct to put

somebody away,” Strott said. “They’re moving now. They’re doing the technical stuff alright but it’s just the mental part of finishing a match.” In the second match, the Bulldogs defeated Faith 25-17, 25-8. For the day, Bre Green led the defense with 11 digs. Mallory Roberts had 25 assists and eight aces. Thompson finished with 14 kills while Flowers had nine kills and four aces. The Bulldogs were to play Collinsville and Cedar Bluff at Cedar Bluff Tuesday. Piedmont goes to White Plains Thursday

for another Area 10 match. The Bulldogs play at Oxford against Oxford and Saks Monday then host Ranburne on Tuesday of next week. Strott said practice time during the week would involve “consequences and rewards” as her players work on developing the instinct to finish games. “We’ve been doing a lot of passing drills that progress into game situations,” she said. “We start off with basic passing drills. I add something and we get to a game situation and play at that point. Then I get to set up a (new) situation.”


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Pleasant Valley FFA raising funds for national competition Outdoor benefit concert Saturday night at the baseball field featuring Kelli Johnson and Lindsey Hinkle pennants the club has won from district and state competitions. “We have students who can’t even compete because we have too many members, but still come to PLEASANT VALLEY — When Matthew Bonds grad- competitions and work with us.” In June, three Pleasant Valley teams — nursery landuates from high school in the spring, the first person scaping, forestry and floriculture — won the state comhe’ll thank is probably his agriculture teacher. petition in Montgomery. The toughest part of the com“It helped me get to school in the morning,” said petition, said sophomore Madilyn Turner, is identifying Bonds, referring to his membership in the Pleasant plants and insects from a list of more than 120 species. Valley Future Farmers of America chapter, starting in “You have 30 seconds to identify what it is,” Turner the seventh grade, on a suggestion from his teacher Chris Ramsey. “I probably wouldn’t even be in school if said. “But you have to find its name on a list, get the number, and submit it, so really you have to know right it wasn’t for this.” After more than five years of involvement in the club, away what it is.” The most important aspect of the competition, Ramsey the Pleasant Valley High School senior will get his said, is the career training it offers for students who first chance to compete at the national Future Farmers have to submit resumes, be interviewed and solve cusof America convention in October in Louisville, Ky. tomer-related problems and questions. Pleasant Valley High’s chapter of Future Farmers will “It’s an opportunity,” said the club’s president, junior represent the state of Alabama at the event. Destiny Barthel, who plans to run as a state official for For Ramsey, the agriculture teacher who brought the chapter to Pleasant Valley in 2008, it’s a culmination of the Alabama Future Farmers of America in the spring. “I think Future Farmers opened my eyes to a lot of things how quickly Future Farmers of America has grown in most high schoolers don’t experience.” the small school. Even for students not interested in a career in agri“We have 82 paying FFA members, and that makes culture, the program has been highly beneficial, Turner us the largest in the county,” Ramsey said Thursday said. from his agriculture classroom, decorated in dozens of “It has really helped with my public speaking,” Turner BRIAN ANDERSON Consolidated News Service

said. “You get to these competitions and there’s so many people and you have to recite things and do interviews. You just get a lot of experience.” It’s the kind of career training Ramsey said he wished he’d had in high school, when he thought he’d end up eventually going to law school before he realized his true passion. “I don’t really know when I decided to become an ag teacher,” said Ramsey, who graduated from Auburn University with a degree in horticulture. “It was sort of a driving-home-from-Auburn-in-my- pickup-truck decision.” But at least one of his students made up his mind a lot sooner about his plans. “I want to be an ag teacher,” Bonds said. “No question.” Ramsey said the trip will cost about $14,000, and the club has a few fundraising events to help with the money. Saturday night, the agriculture department will host an outdoor benefit concert on the baseball field featuring local musicians Kelli Johnson and Lindsey Hinkle. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 by calling the agricultural department at 256-741-6737, or for $12 at the door. Staff Writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

5K Crap Run/Walk downtown on Oct. 5 to benefit Venecia Foundation Runners and walkers invited to take part A 5K Crap Run/Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 5 in downtown Piedmont to benefit the Venecia Foundation. The foundation, founded by Venecia Benefield Butler, provides aid, support and comfort to cancer patients and their families. Butler is a four-time cancer survivor. To recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, everyone is asked to wear their craziest pink outfits.All wheelchairs and strollers are welcome.

Breakfast will be provided from 7:309:30 a.m., during registration. The run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the café. Participants will receive a t-shirt. Early registration is $30 per person; for groups of four or more the cost is $25 per person. All early registration payments must be in by Sept. 28. Payments can be mailed to P. O. Box 125 Cave Spring, Ga. 30124. Those who pre-register will get to choose

their shirt size. Same day registrants will get shirts on a first come first serve basis. Children 12 and under and pre-registered children will get youth sizes. Butler will have her merchandise available for purchase, and she will sign her book, “I’ve Got to Get Some Things Off My Chest,” during registration. Her book 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 Dr. Benjamin Ingram at 207 Rome Ave. Proceeds will go to the Venecia Foundation to purchase gift bags for patients going through chemo treatments. The bag will include items such as comedy DVDs, chap stick, gift cards, gas cards, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, searcha-word, lubricant eye drops, gum and peppermints, soft toothbrushes, queasy drops, lotion, neck wrap or hydrating socks.

PIEDMONT: Bulldogs won last year’s game 7-0 in a defensive battle end zone on a punt attempt that the punter kicked through the back of the end zone for a safety. Thompson took the free kick 22 yards to the Piedmont 46. On the first snap, Lusk found Denard Spears and Spears scored from 20 yards out. Exavyer Cody Daughtry crossing over the middle and Daughtry outran Jackson’s kick made it 7-0 with 8:41 remaining in the first the secondary for a 54-yard score. Kirk’s kick upped the score quarter. to 35-0. The Bulldogs got a quick three-and-out and Spears returned Blanchard got a lengthy return on his second interception the ensuing punt 78 yards for a second score. Jackson’s and Piedmont’s offense started at the Cleveland 31. An 18-yard kick was wide, leaving the score 13-0 at 6:56 of the first. gain by Thompson set up Darnell Jackson’s 13-yard scoring An exchange of possessions led to Lusk’s interception at the run. At the 5, Jackson left a Cleveland defender grasping at Piedmont 23. Lusk stayed in the game at quarterback and thin air. Kirk was good again and it was 42-0 with 9:21 still to play in the second quarter. The kickoff brought Hayes’ hit and Prater’s 14-yard fumble recovery score. Kirk’s boot was wide left this time. Ahead 48-0, Piedmont inserted its second defensive unit. Cleveland moved to a first-and-goal at the Piedmont 2 then failed to score, turning the ball over on downs at the Piedmont 6. “Our second group came in and had a good goal line stand right before the half. That was something we were real proud of,” Smith said. On offense, the Bulldogs inserted Prater and Neonta Alexander, each a starter at linebacker, as running backs. Alexander picked up nine yards on first down. On second-and-1, Prater started inside then bounced outside at left end and scored on an 85-yard run. Exavyer Jackson’s kick completed the scoring with 3:37 still left before intermission. Prater’s one carry made him the night’s rushing leader. Thompson ended with 50 yards. Darnell Jackson had 27. Austin Brazier gained 26 yards for the reserves in the second half and Couy Taylor picked up 20 second-half yards. No Piedmont starter played in the second half. Sparks was 3-for-5 passing for 52 yards. Lusk was 4-for-4 for 94 yards. Spears had the only two-catch game, good for 25 yards. Alexander led the defense with eight tackles. Keener, Blanchard, Dalton Barber and Payton Young, seeing his first action after a pre-season injury, each made seven tackles. Young’s included a quarterback sack and two other tackles for loss. Chris Tierce Hayes had six stops including a sack. Thompson, Exavyer Spring Garden quarterback Will Ivey shakes off a defender in the backfield and eventually scored a Jackson and Chase Bobbitt each recorded five tackles. Easton Kirk, Tyler Lucas and Prater had four tackles apiece. Daughtry touchdown as Matt Mullinax (24) leads the blocking. and Colton Donaldson each made three tackles. Donaldson’s included a sack. Ryan Kirk, Tre Reese, Jacob Clark, Jordan Buttram and Brazier each had two tackles. Alexander, Reese and Savage each broke up a pass. From page 8

capped a five-play drive with a short pass to C.J Savage that Savage took 38 yards and across the goal line. This time it was Kirk’s turn at extra points and his kick made it 20-0 at 2:13 of the first. Blanchard’s first pick came with 38 seconds still to play in the first quarter and put Piedmont in business at the Cleveland 35. Sparks passed to Chase Keener for 27 yards on first down. Thompson’s 8-yard run then made it 26-0 with six seconds to spare in the first. A 2-point conversion attempt off a fake went awry. Cleveland’s second quarter started with a bad snap into the

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early,” Howard noted. “I thought Will (Ivey) called a great game offensively. The defense played really, really well. They were on top of everything that (Coosa Christian) had going on.” Junior Matt Mullinax got the parade of scoring plays started on a 28-yard run with 7:04 to play in the first quarter. Spring Garden led 6-0 when the extra point attempt failed. Late in the first quarter, Ivey, the Panthers’ senior quarterback, scored the first of his four touchdowns on a 1-yard sneak. Mullinax ran for a 2-point conversion and the Panthers led 14-0 with 41 seconds to go in the opening quarter. As usual, Spring Garden’s ensuing kickoff was a squib kick. Austin Shell jarred the ball from a Coosa Christian player and Dawson Broome recovered for Spring Garden. “That really was a huge play in the game at that point,” Howard said. “We sort of had them on the ropes and then we went right down, boom, scored right there and made it 21-0.” Less than two minutes after the kickoff recovery, Ivey scramble into the end zone from three yards out and Hunter Bondie kicked the extra point for a 21-0 lead. An interception by Ben Ivey, the first of two picks by the younger Ivey, put the ball in Spring Garden’s possession again with 9:36 left in the first half and set up his older brother’s third score. Will Ivey’s third touchdown came on a 1-yard sneak with 8:23 to play before intermission. Ben Ivey then grabbed his second interception with

7:39 still to go in the half. Howard said a big pass reception by Dalton Kerr, playing at less than 100 percent, gave the Panthers a chance at a field goal following Ivey’s second interception. In the first half, Spring Garden (1-3, 1-2) had the ball five times, resulting in four touchdowns and a missed field goal. On the first possession of the second half, the elder Ivey scored for the fourth time, this one on a 15-yard run. The extra point failed but the Panthers led 34-0. The Conquerors got their points in the waning seconds of the third quarter. Mullinax led Spring Garden with 135 yards rushing. Kyle Reece ran for 70 yards. Will Ivey netted 60 yards rushing and Quintin Downey finished with 25 yards on the ground. Will Ivey completed a pair of passes. Kerr’s reception was good for 16 yards and Mullinax had a 14-yard catch. On defense, Kris Holcomb, Corey Williams and Ben Ivey each made three tackles.

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