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Back to the drawing board

City Hall will be removed from plan, rest of project remains same BY LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service The Jacksonville City Council on Monday decided to scrap plans to redesign a new facility which will house the police and fire departments, a jail and a new courtroom. The city would have had to pay Architects Design Group $280,000 to eliminate

plans to include City Hall in the project and rework other parts of the planned complex. But council members changed their minds and on Monday asked the architects to nix City Hall from the plan, without changing the remainder of the project. “Once you make that decision to move parts of the building around, it affects everything else,” said Ian A. Reeves, president of Architects Design Group. “It just goes on

and on and on.” The change will save the city money on the redesign, and it will have the project finishing sooner, officials said. Jones said that with the changes, the city plans to start building the project in late spring 2014. The complex is slated to be built south of George Douthit Drive on a piece of city-owned property between Walmart and Jacksonville High School. It will house the

Former JHS drum major ignites crowds at Auburn Emily Gray is in her second year leading band BY LORI TIPPETS SPORTSWRITER

petitive. Gray practiced the entire summer on her music and though apprehensive about trying out not only made the marching band her freshman year but made first part and was the only girl lead trumpet player for three years. While playing trumpet for those three years, Gray also tried out for drum major each year. Those interested in becoming drum major were encouraged to try out every year, beginning with their freshman year, to go through the process and become familiar with it. The process was a very demanding one to go through. About 20 applicants apply each year. The process starts by filling out a resume of things that you have accomplished, awards won and performances that you have been involved in. Round one, which has two parts, begins with three applicants at a time coming to the band room to conduct

It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to go to a major college game without the charge in the air put there by the marching band. The band, led onto the field by the energetic, athletic, high stepping, feet above the thrown back head drum majors bring the crowds to their feet and set the tone for the game. One of the four drum majors at Auburn University this year is a former Jacksonville High School graduate. Emily Gray, who graduated in 2009 from JHS, was a drum major for the Golden Eagles. Gray, a fifth year senior at Auburn, is in her second year as drum major at Auburn. Becoming a drum major at Auburn is no easy task, in fact, getting in the marching band at Auburn is not easy task. Gray, who plays trumpet, was told that getting in the marching band at Auburn would be hard to do because it was very com- ■ See GRAY, page 7

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Emily Gray graduated in 2009 from Jacksonville High School. She is one of four drum majors.

police and fire departments, the jail and a new municipal court that will double as a public storm shelter. The city considered adding another building at the complex to house City Hall, but the council has since decided to keep it closer to the city’s Public Square. The architect, police chief, fire chief and ■ See COUNCIL, page 10


DA talks about new Open Carry Law Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh says Alabama’s new Open Carry Law is a nightmare. What it boils down to is that anyone over the age of 21 can carry a gun with or without a permit. However, a person without a permit can openly carry his gun but has to unload and put the gun into a trunk or an inaccessible place to the driver until he reaches his destinaMcVEIGH tion. Then he can reload and carry his weapon. If he has a permit he can carry his gun everywhere. “What people didn’t realize is that there has never been a law in Alabama that stops you from carrying an open weapon,” McVeigh said. “And as long as you are carrying that gun and not causing a public disturbance or making terrorist threats, then it’s OK. “What the new law does is say it’s no longer a crime to walk with a gun on your hip. As long as you are just carrying a gun you are not breaking law. Law enforcement is to disregard the presence of a gun. However if that person becomes disruptive or is intoxicated then officers will deal with that person whether they are carrying a gun or not.” McVeigh said the rights of those who carry pistols do not trump the rights of a business or ■ See MEETING, page 7


F&M Bank sees changes in personnel David Hedgepath Jr., will take over Jim Smallwood’s position at bank BY MARGARET ANDERSON NEWS CORRESPONDENT

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.

Farmers & 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 occasionally experiences personnel changes. That’s what’s happening at the bank now. ■ See F&M, page 10 Senior PU vice president and Piedmont 666000888880 Encode: 666000999999 PU


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JSU scholarship season opens Oct. 1 By Ashley Siskey, Graduate Assistant in JSU’s Public Relations Office. Fall is full of wonderful experiences. For some, it’s the start of football season, cooler weather, falling leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. For others, it’s the premier of TV favorites like The Walking Dead and Big Bang Theory. For many, the constant frenzy of back-to-back holidays, cooking and decorating is a fall highlight. It’s also the time of year high school seniors and returning students need to think about how to pay tuition for the following academic year. Can it get any busier? This year, JSU senior Cassie McGowan breathes a little easier after being named the first recipient of the newly endowed Howell Scholarship. She is a 2010 graduate of Jacksonville High School and is scheduled to be a 2014 accounting graduate. “The Howell scholarship is a huge help. I’m able to pay for books on top of my tuition. Accounting books are expensive! The average book costs $175. There’s so much less stress on me this year. I’m able to work less, so I can focus on school. I’m extremely grateful to the Howells for this opportunity,” says Ms. McGowan. The Howell scholarship is endowed through the JSU Foundation by Ken and Jenny Howell of Anniston and awards $12,500 per academic year to a Calhoun County undergraduate accounting major, with preference given to students participating in the JSU ROTC program. Mr. Howell, a 1972 graduate of JSU, participated in the advanced ROTC program and received his degree in accounting. He sees the scholarship as a way to give back

and help students struggle less financially during and after college. A list of available scholarships through JSU, like the Howell scholarship, can be found on the JSU website (www. under the Student Financial Services’ page. There are scholarships out there for a variety of students, so it pays to do some research. Applications for scholarships will be accepted beginning Oct. 1, 2013 – Mar. 1, 2014. More information regarding the specific processes for application, review, award and time frame can be found on the JSU website (be sure to check out the FAQ & Hints section) or by contacting the financial aid office at 256-782-5006. For high school seniors and their parents, applying for scholarships on top of submitting general applications can be overwhelming. Be sure to utilize the experts at your schools of choice – often times there are checklists and resources to help navigate the process. JSU’s Student Financial Services has a checklist for entrance requirements and the application process. In addition to resources at the post-secondary level, many high school counselors have even more detailed step-by-step instructions to aid students and parents. Leta McGehee, a 1977 JSU alumna, works as a counselor at Clay-Chalkville High School. She provides her students with a college booklet that includes a month-by-month checklist. “With life busier than ever, students and parents can get off schedule and not realize that they are way behind in the process, have not completed requirements for admission such as taking the ACT or SAT, or they have missed critical

deadlines for scholarships and financial aid. It’s a scary process, but school counselors are there and ready to help,” says Ms. McGehee. Ms. McGehee recommends students take the ACT or SAT in their junior year of high school. Students need time to improve on test scores, if needed – especially since admissions and scholarships get more competitive with each passing year. During convocation in August, JSU President Dr. Bill Meehan remarked, “the entering freshman class ACT average composite score has risen from 19 to more than 22 over the last three years.” Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to work on meeting entrance and scholarship requirements during the secondary education years. It is also the student’s responsibility to keep track of his GPA and key test scores to know his eligibility, brag activities (service, sports, honors, etc.) and application deadlines. Ms. McGehee urges her students to write college essays and get letters of recommendation early. The more proactive a student and her support system are on the front end, the smoother the process will be for all parties involved. Bottom line: any student, whether entering college freshman or returning, needs to give the application process time, utilize all available resources and take initiative in the process well before deadlines. So, go ahead, check out the available scholarships through JSU, and be ready to start applying come Oct. 1. For more information about this story, please contact the Office of Public Relations at (256)-782-5636.

Our county: A destination I enjoyed meeting two people from Sweden who were visiting in Anniston this week. They are longtime friends of friends, and they were impressed with the beauty of Calhoun County. It is ironic that people from Sweden would think our area is pretty since it is a land with vistas as pretty as those in the movie “The Sound of Music.” However, our fall weather and the special places around us give us plenty of reasons to brag whenever visitors come into town. Here are a few of my old and new favorites to show off: ● The Swedish couple walked around Oxford Lake and enjoyed it. The improvements there are rather astounding, even to us home folks. The sky-high water fountain, the new pavilions that sit out over

Sherry Kughn Sherry-Go-Round the water, and the neatly trimmed edges add up to a place that any city can be proud of. ● I recently drove along the Choccolocco Road to check out a place for special events. The Michael Wedding Barn is a spectacular place for not only weddings but also for any type of large gathering. The scalloped

mountains provide a backdrop to a lake, and there are acres of lush, rolling lawns. Also, the facilities could not be more elegant. The estate is not open to the public, but everyone can enjoy seeing the mountain chain that begins at Choccolocco and continues on Highway 9 towards Piedmont. ● Mount Cheaha offers food, waterfalls, accommodations, a museum, a boardwalk, and places to picnic and hike. It’s where my family members go whenever they come into town, and they never get tired of playing there. The people who work at Mount Cheaha are among its best treasures. They are all so hospitable. ● Members of the Anniston Outdoor Association have a forest hike planned in the Talladega National Forest on Sat., Oct. 12. The destination is Sweetwater

Lake, Pine Glen campground, and a few places I haven’t been before. I discovered Sweetwater Lake last year. It is a great place to fish, hike, and boat. The association members are leaving at 8 a.m. from the Anniston Lowe’s. (Jacksonville State University Field School is also sponsoring the hike.) Those interested in joining them should call Keith Hudson at 256-231-7675 or email to aoa@ ● Of course, the Berman Museum and the Anniston Museum of Natural History are two of the best places to visit. Here again, the employees are so welcoming, and they work hard to keep the exhibits interesting to those of us who visit them regularly. ● The Janney Furnace and the Native Indian Museum give

visitors insight to the history of the area, particularly as related to the Civil War and to the Indians who once lived in Calhoun County. Of course, there are many other places that tourists and locals enjoy, such as the Aquatic Center at McClellan, McClellan’s natural features, the Ohatchee Dam area, the historic towns in our county, the Oxford Exchange, Quintard Mall, Terrapin Creek in Piedmont, the campus at Jacksonville State University, the Pinhoti Trail, Dugger Mountain, the beautiful farmlands of Alexandria and South Oxford, and others. Those of us who live in Calhoun County should not wait until visitors come to enjoy and support our treasures. Email Sherry at sherrykug@

It’s going to be a dull election year

Believe it or not the 2014 state elections to go on her term. Gov. Bentley appointed are only eight months away. This former Secretary of State Jim Bennett to gubernatorial year, which usually portends a fill the remaining time of Chapman’s term. plethora of interesting and exciting races, is The Governor could not have picked a Steve shaping up as a ho hum year. more appropriate person to serve through Flowers 2014. Many Goat Hill observers believe Gov. Robert Bentley appears to be on a path to breeze toward reelection to a that Jim Bennett was Alabama’s best and second four-year term. Bentley has done most diligent Secretary of State in modern a good job as governor and folks seem times. satisfied with him. Bentley’s stratospheric There are three very qualified men approval ratings stem from his likeability seeking this post, a former probate judge, Inside The Statehouse and trustworthiness. When asked about Reese McKinney of Montgomery, a sitting those two traits his numbers shoot off the probate judge, Jim Perdue of Luverne, charts. Folks simply trust him the way and State Representative John Merrill of people trusted their family doctor. To put it into layman terms Tuscaloosa. There may be other entrants. This is shaping up or country jargon, he fits like an old shoe. Bentley is a plow as the best state race thus far. Although, it will not be that horse, not a show horse. interesting because the job is essentially a clerical post and it Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey will also have an easy course to is difficult to raise any money for this race. reelection. This job does not have the power it once had. Most people are not aware that our Junior U.S. Senator Jeff Therefore, very few special interest groups care who is Sessions is up for reelection next year. It has gone completely lieutenant governor because the post has very little influence under the radar screen. Sessions is very conservative and over public policy in the state. It would be difficult for any that equates to him being very popular in Alabama. We in challenger to raise any money. For that matter, it is tough for the Heart of Dixie are by most counts the most conservative the incumbent to raise campaign funds. state in the nation. Therefore, it is only fitting and proper In contrast, the Attorney General’s office has immense and that we have the most right wing Senator in the U.S. Senate extensive power. It is the second most important job in state representing us in Washington. Sessions may even escape government. Luther Strange has done a good job. He should opposition. It would be futile for a challenger to try him. breeze to reelection. However, because he has faced a myriad Our seven congressional seats are also up for election of issues during his term he has stepped on some powerful next year. All seven should be safe bets for reelection. Due toes. This race could get a surprise financially backed to the advantage of incumbency most congressmen win candidate but that is unlikely. reelection. The six incumbent Republicans have recorded solid Young Boozer should win reelection to a second term as conservative voting records. Little more is expected of them. State Treasurer maybe without opposition. He has done a good The lone Democrat, Terri Sewell, has turned in a completely job, especially having to deal with the beleaguered PACT liberal record that should placate her constituency. program. The real races next year will probably be for the Legislature. John McMillan should coast to another term as Agriculture All 105 House seats and all 35 State Senate posts are on the Commissioner. He has done a good job despite having to deal ballot. Special interests have with budget restraints. a keen interest in who sits in Secretary of State Beth Chapman quit with 17 months left these seats. You will probably see some intraparty battles within the GOP in June. The super majority Republican control will more than likely remain in place. However, P.O. Box 2285, Anniston, Alabama 36202 which Republicans sit in Phone (256) 435-5021 these seats may change. Member Alabama Press Association 2012 Alabama Press It will be interesting to see Member Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Award Winner if the AEA plays in the GOP John Alred Publisher primaries. This is their best chance to regain some of Shannon Martin Advertising their lost power. This herd of

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Community Capsule • Pastor Appreciation Day at Hatcher Avenue Baptist Church will be Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. as the church expresses its love and gratitude to Pastor Larry Gardner. • The General John H. Forney Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will meet at the Jacksonville Public Library Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. Call 256435-6420 for more information. • The Choccolocco Heritage Society will host its annual Octoberfest on Saturday, Ofct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Choccolocco Community Center/Quad Cities Volunteer Fire Department, 220 Iron City Cutoff Road. Events include produce, arts and crafts, community booths, the White Plains High School band, Bluegrass and Country bands, quilting displays plus plenty of food. • Choccolocco Community Church, 22 Nicholas Court across from Pine Hill County Club Golf Course, wiull have a benefit upeer and singing on Saturday, Oct. 19, for Zachary Coffey, two-year0old son of Lenn and Staci Coffey of Oxford. Zachary has leukemia and Downs Syndrom and is presentlky a patient in Children’s Hospital. Supper will be served at 5 p.m.. Once Blinded will perform at 6:30. The General John H. Forney Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will meet at the Jacksonville Public Library Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. Call 256435-6420 for more information. • Free GED classes will be held from 8 a.m.-noon and 5-8 p.m. in Room 173, Self Hall, Jacksonville State University. Call 256-782-5660 for more information. • Bradford Health Services has free family support meetings from 5-6 Monday nights at 1701 B Pelham Rd., S., Suite D (Brookstone Building next to RMC Jacksonville). The meeting is for anyone experiencing behavioral problems with a loved one, has a family member of any age with drug or alcohol problems, needs help coping with a loved one’s drug or alcohol problems or needs help making decision on how to help a fam-

ily 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, gas cards, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, searcha-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 from 7-11 a.m. Saturdays through Nov. 23. The market is in the pocket park behind Roma’s on the square. VISA/MC/Debit/ EBT and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Vouchers are accepted. • Trade Day and Farmers Market at Nances Creek Community Center is at 7 a.m. the first Saturday of each month through October. There is no set up fee. • Knit “and Crochet” Night at Yarns by HPF is from 5-7 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 for more information.

• The Alabama Shutterbugs, a new club for all skill level of photographers, meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Peerless Grill, 13 West 10th St., Anniston. Anyone interested in photography is welcome to attend. Call 236-8488 for more information. • 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 847-0909. • A Narcotics Anonymous group meets from 6:307:30 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. Cost is $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 435-7263 or 225-2492. • Ladies, come pray on the square at 10 a.m. the first Thursday of each month to pray for the city, churches, pastors, schools, children, officials and businesses. Call Polly Angelette at 435-7016 for more information.

Police Sept. 23 • Third degree theft of property reported in the 800 block of Pelham Road South. • Third degree burglary reported in the 1500 block of Church Avenue Southeast. Sept. 25 • Unruly gathering reported in the 400 block of Wyly Avenue Northwest. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle and second degree theft of property reported in the 200 block of 8th Street Northeast. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 300 block of Quill Avenue Northwest. • Third degree theft of property reported in the 1400 block of Brierwood Place Southwest. Sept. 26 • Second degree domestic violence reported in the 100 block of Eldon Drive. • Second degree criminal mischief reported in the 1000 block of George Douthit Drive Southwest. • Third degree criminal mischief and third degree theft of property reported in the 1500 block of Pelham Road South. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 400 block of Mountain Street Northeast. • Third degree criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless endangerment reported in the 600 block of Francis Street East. Sept. 27 • Third degree burglary reported in the 300 block of

Quill Avenue Northwest. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 300 block of College Street Southeast. • Identity theft reported in the 500 block of Maple Lane. Sept. 28 • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle and second degree criminal mischief reported in the 1700 block of 7th Avenue Northeast. • Harassing communications reported in the first block of Marbut Drive Southwest. • Duty upon striking an unoccupied vehicle reported in the 400 block of Mountain Street Northwest. Sept. 29 • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 7000 block of Alexandria/Jacksonville Highway. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 7000 block of Alexandria/Jacksonville Highway. Sept. 30 • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 7000 block of Alexandria/Jacksonville Highway.


Arrests Sept. 23 • Deborah Ann Carpenter: theft of property • Michael Loyd Word: probation violation (2X) Sept. 25 • Chasity Dawn Nasworthy: bench warrant • Dellamae Jenkins: probation violation Sept. 27 • Rokesha Deana Johnson: aggravated assault-menacing; harassment • Teresa Denise Jackson: harassing


communications • Brian Anthony Bailey: open house party • Patrik Dwayne Huntley: open house party • Dylan B. Abney: minor in possession/consumption of alcohol; obstructing governmental operations • Christopher Thomas Conde: open house party • Manuel Francisco: Public intoxication • Shaun Dewayne Bailey: probation violation (3X)

5K Crap Run/Walk downtown Piedmont on Oct. 5 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 fourtime 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 7:30-9:30 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, search-aword, lubricant eye drops, gum and peppermints, soft toothbrushes, queasy drops, lotion, neck wrap or hydrating socks.

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JHS teacher is third generation to teach Kellilyn Sechrest feels God led her to teach



fter Kellilyn Sechrest graduated from Alexandria High School and began attending Jacksonville State University with a variety of scholarships, the thought of several different careers entered her mind. One kept coming back though. It was teaching. Kellilyn grew up with teachers. Both her mother and her maternal grandmother taught. She began teaching eighth grade English at JHS five years ago, her first teaching job. “I truly feel God has given me the gift of teaching,” she said. “I enjoy being around the students, teaching them, and being able to have the experience of watching them learn and grow and mature into young men and women. I enjoy being with them for a year, watching them develop their skills, while encouraging them to be successful in every area of their lives.” Kellilyn said she feels that God led her to teach. “I hope to be more than a teacher of English,” she said. “I hope that I can teach them life skills and aspects that I think our culture doesn’t teach well. I absolutely love Jacksonville High School. I feel blessed to be a part of a school that has lots of vision and support. And my colleagues are outstanding. I have developed many life-long friendships.” Kellilyn said her two favorite teachers - her mother, Vivian Johnson, and her grandmother, Joyce Tillison - made a huge impression on her. Her brother, Jason Johnson, is also a teacher and head basketball coach at Alexandria High School. “People have always told me about the impact that both my mother and grandmother made on their lives, and that made me realize that one of the greatest gifts we can give others is to teach,” she said. “I would do it free, that’s how much I enjoy my students.” Both of Kelliyn’s parents graduated from JHS. Her father is the late Mike Johnson. She’s also the granddaughter of Louise Johnson. Kellilyn and her husband, Tim, have been married 12 years. Tim, a native of North Carolina, is production manager at Tyco in Anniston. Their children, Lauren, 9, and Madison, 6, attend Kitty Stone Elementary School. They met through They began talking online in November and met for the first time in February in Douglasville, Ga. They agreed to meet halfway, but her parents would only allow her to drive as far as Douglasville. “They were nervous about it,” said Kellilyn. “The cell phones we had back then weren’t as reliable as they are now.” Kellilyn said she was at the point in her life where she knew God was showing her that He wanted her to be with a man who would be a wonderful father to her children, a good husband to her and a spiritual leader in their home - in other words - someone like her own father. “I was looking for all these qualities,” she said. “When

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Kellilyn Sechrest, top center, beside her husband, Tim, and her mother, Vivian Johnson. Below, from left: her grandmother Joyce Tillison, children Madison and Lauren, and her grandmother, Louise Johnson. we met I already knew a great deal about him because of our communication. That first time we met and spent the afternoon together, it confirmed to me that God had put him in my life, and I wanted to spend more time with him to see if he was truly the one.” Kellilyn was educational leadership consultant for her sorority which required her to travel seven days a week. She and Tim only managed to see each other about every six weeks. That changed when they said their wedding vows in August 2001. Kellilyn has played the piano at Leatherwood Baptist Church since 2003. She credits her talent to the Lord and her teacher, the late Jan Rhodes. “I took lessons from Jan from the time I was 6 years old until my freshman year in college,” said Kellilyn. “I loved Jan and was honored to be her student. I also took for a while from Dr. Susie Francis Dempsey.” Kellilyn helps lead Bible study from time-to-time, and


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Tim and Kellilyn teach a young married Sunday School class. She and her family enjoy serving in various capacities within their church. She enjoys running and is currently training for a half marathon in November in Savannah. She also likes to cook, shop, read and write. “I had a wonderful experience with the writing project at JSU through Gloria Horton,” said Kellilyn. “Through that experience I was able to revisit writing on a personal level instead of just in the classroom.” She likes to read Karen Kingsbury’s Christian fiction books, young adult novels that she teaches during the year, and her Bible. Kellilyn said there are many things she appreciates. “I’m so thankful that I’m from Jacksonville and that I’m a part of such a thriving community,” she said. “We have dynamic leaders, a wonderful school system and a prestigious university. We’re in a great part of Alabama and should all be thankful for the resources we have around us.” (Contact Margaret at

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Jacksonville State grads share their abilities Stedham writes; Hagan likes post cards

By Hervey Folsom Laughter and learning. Two Jacksonville State University graduates share their ability this fall to create these values. And what greater assets can be provided in today’s living? Mike Stedham’s gift to write mystery/comedy plays continues, as seen in the next Hervey Folsom Junior League dinner theater production, “Dyed Blonde” and it motivates us to solve the mystery. Pat Hagan’s postcard collection of this area, including Jacksonville scenes, sparks our curiosity about the university town’s history; it’s an inspiration to explore more about early facts. Stedham, a JSU graduate, has now written his seventh mystery play and he hopes seven is a lucky number with audiences appeal. In Chinese culture, the number seven has another meaning: good relationships. But in “Dyed Blonde” this remains to be seen. The women are having a hard time liking each other. The play will be at the Anniston Country Club Oct. 24 and 25 with a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the show. Tickets are $50 per person. Linda Lee, Shannon Bolton and Lana Hurst from Jacksonville captured for roles in this production. Lee is Dr. Jameson, the drama teacher from a nearby college, Hurst is Detective Beckett, and Bolton is Cherie,

one of the party guests. Stedham feels good, he said, about this all-female cast (including the rookie police officers) and the visual, action-packed humor the women depict as the puzzle unfolds. The girls at NJ’s Halloween party are having horribly bad luck, it seems: they have all chosen the same costume. They appear, all at once, as Marilyn Monroe. Creative schemes follow in order to win the costume prize (for $300) in any way possible. But is it worth a murder? “There are some really good lines in this, it’s a funny show” Stedham said, “And the actors are enjoying themselves in the process.” And another interesting feature: The party guests’ names represent name roles that Monroe played in her career. For tickets (they are going fast, so buy them as soon as possible) and more information, visit Stedham is reaching more and more audiences with his plays. He is glad to report that Sacred Heart High School will present “Murder by the Book” Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Pat Hagan’s post cards Pat Hagan graduated from JSU in 1969 in Business Administration, but his field now in retirement might as well be communication. He communicates an interest in area history with his post cards that deals with venues. He lived in Anniston in a different time, he said, and saw some of the special sights that now are only pictured in the history books, such as “Calhoun County Memories”, published by The Anniston Star. He is a contributor, one of many, that sent in photos and a few postcard copies to this book of early Anniston’s landscape and story. Hagan, now an Atlanta resident, is an eye –

witness to the 1950s and 1960s in Anniston: He saw movies at Noble Theatre, which was originally the Opera House, and he passed by the elegant First Presbyterian Church on Quintard Avenue many times before it was torn down. “Yes, Anniston was a different place then,” he recalled, appreciating people and places he remembers. People, in fact, are the centerpieces for some of his post cards because a card could be made from a photograph of one person, or a group. “There was a man on Noble Street that would snap your picture. You could go back in a few hours, then you could get the

photographed card,” Hagan recalls. The messages on the cards were interesting, too but there was little room for long handwritten sentiments. “We’re going to be shipped out tomorrow,” one card says. “Thanks for the cigars,” another communicates, “But how is Howard?” These are the mysteries, Hagan said. “It makes you wonder what’s behind the messages.” “Calhoun County Memories” is a pictorial history of the town and can be purchased in the Anniston Star lobby.

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Jerry Gilbert talks to club about blueberries. Dr. Jerry Gilbert shared his expertise on growing blueberries in this area at the Sept. 18 Jacksonville Garden Club meeting at the Community Center. He was introduced by Klaus Duncan. Gilbert said he started with 300 blueberry plants. His interest grew from that. He said that blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits and vegetables. Gilbert said that blueberries need to be well-drained.

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individual. “If you have a business and want to avoid someone coming in with a gun then you must put up a sign,” he said. “You have to make them (gun carriers) aware that firearms are prohibited on the property. It is no different than a no trespassing sign. You have to know about it or you get one free pass. It’s also like dog bites … one free pass before they can sue.” McVeigh also pointed out that Alabama is a “stand your ground” state. This law made the news in the George Zimmerman case in Florida. That means a person who shoots another in an apparent life or death situation may not be prosecuted. “Let’s say a man in a store sees another man making advances to his wife. They both pull out guns and both are shot. One dies, the other lives. The man who lives could be immune to prosecution if it is self defense,” McVeigh said. McVeigh added that there are many provisions to the law that he expects it to be challenged in court for years to come. McVeigh also said that 18 is the legal age to own a firearm and a person must be 21 to have a permit. “The law says you have to be 18 to own a firearm and we all know that most kids in our state are 14 or 15 when they get their first rifle,” McVeigh said. “My office will not enforce that law.”

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TOP PHOTO: Elizabeth Poe, daughter of Mike and Mindy Poe, is the Young Citizen of the Month from Jacksonville High School. She is an honors student, class favorite, has been selected to Who’s Who, most athletic, and Second Team All-County in soccer. She is a member of the FFA and J-Club and plays soccer and junior high volleyball. She has volunteered for the Noble Street Festival, Spirit on Mountain and at vacation Bible school. She enjoys reading, traveling and writing. She was introduced by her agriscience teacher, Rick Whaley. She is shown here flaked by her parents on her left and teacher on far right. Exchangite Shawn Seeger presented the award. BOTTOM PHOTO: Jeremy Pruitt is Pleasant Valley High School’s Young Citizen of the Month. He is in the eighth grade and is the son of Jarod and Pamela Pruitt. He is a member of Beta Club and received the Science Award and Achievement Award in the seventh grade. He enjoys playing sports, the guitar and drums and attends Charlie Penny Road Holiness Church. He is shown here flanked by parents on his left and teacher Adam Goosby on far right. Exchangite Shawn Seeger presented the award.

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in front of a panel of judges that usually includes marching band director Dr. Corey Spurlin and graduate teaching assistants. Part two is an interview. “This is a professional interview,” explained Gray. “You dress to the nines just like you would for a regular business interview and they’ll grill you for ten minutes. It is very intense. After this interview, there is no interview I would be intimidated to go on.” Once you make it through round one then the applicant has to conduct the whole band in a live band situation. “This is important,” said Gray ‘because you have to remember consistency of tempo, and how to bring them in and cut them off.” The game situation then tests the knowledge of the applicants understanding of football. Different songs are played for different situations, be it a touchdown, a first down, or if the team is on offense or defense. In the final round, round three, twenty veterans are brought in and the applicant has to teach them how to do marching fundamentals, both pre-game and halftime. They have five minutes to teach the correct Auburn style. “You have to make sure you hit all the important points,” said Gray. “It allows them to see if you know how to teach or if you lack in that skill.” After this comes the mace routine which allows the

band director to see who is good at the run out and who has good hand eye coordination. “You come up with a 30 second routine and run out with the traditional lead out with feet above the head. You go as far as you can, usually from the tenyard line to the forty-five yard line.” The whole process takes a week. At Auburn they begin the Sunday following the Iron Bowl. The drum majors are announced at its annual banquet. Just like football starting players have to win their position each year, drum majors have to go through the entire process each year. Gray says she will never forget her first game, both as a trumpet player and as a drum major. “You might not remember the team you were playing but you won’t forget the time of day or where you were standing on the field or how nervous you were. “We go off cues for everything. When the Eagle starts to fly the whole band steps forward in the tunnel so we can see what is going on and then when the cheerleaders get done cheering the band video starts at 13 minutes before the game. When the video gets done the whole stadium erupts in noise. You can’t even hear your thoughts.” Gray says that being a trumpet player and being a drum major are two different experiences. “When you’re playing I’m not going to say I enjoyed the game more because that


certainly isn’t the case; it’s a different kind of enjoyment. “As trumpet player you can get to sit and watch the entire football game. You can pretty much tell play by play what happened. “As drum major we don’t get to watch the field. You’re looking at the jumbotron trying to decide if you are on offense or defense; did they get the first down. As drum major there is a lot more mental work that goes on. It’s a lot of fun when you are drum major and up on the podium. You’ve got to get them just as psyched as you are for what’s going on because sometimes the student section isn’t riled up and we’ve always been told it’s our job to do that. You are the atmosphere for Auburn, you have to make the difference, you must be in the game.” Each of the four drum majors is given a different quarter to be head drum major. The others are giving hand signals and cut offs. Gray explained that in the SEC the team can be penalized if the band is playing when the ball is hiked. Gray says that being a trumpet player was physically demanding on the face and body. “As a drum major its physical but so much more mental and so much more emotional that at the end of the game while

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Emily Gray poses with family and friends. my feet may still be working rehearsal before the game. colos, about 100 members. my mind is just blown.” Their preseason starts Being a drum major is Gray vividly remembers with a camp two weeks demanding enough, but Auburn’s game with LSU before school starts where Gray is also a student. last year when the team was they learn the entirety of Majoring in secondary playing their best game of their first show. music education with a their 3-9 season. The game For drum majors, who minor in psychology Gray was within a field goal in the sign a contract that they is hoping to go to gradufourth quarter. “I was fourth will be around for the dura- ate school for two years quarter drum major for that tion of the summer, their and from there straight to one,” recalled Gray. “The work begins pretty much her PhD. She would like game was so intense and so when they are announced as to teach at high school and emotional. You are yelling drum major for the upcom- then someday at college. the entire time. I never have ing year. For now, Gray will just a voice on Sunday, but after There are 380 members of enjoy the time she has left the LSU game I went into the band and this year Gray exciting and igniting the the next game still not hav- is over the trumpets and pic- crowds at Auburn. ing a voice because that is how pumped I was.” Being in the band is very demanding on a student. They practice Tuesday-Friday and on Saturday have a

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Raiders topples Wildcats JORDAN SMITH Sports Correspondent

Pleasant Valley got a win the easy way in Week 4. The Raiders got one the hard way in Week 5 when they beat White Plains 35-24. After getting its first win of the season by forfeit, Pleasant Valley battled White Plains before putting away the win late. “Our kids rose to the occasion,” Raiders head coach Jeff Davis said. “They’ve been down for the last three weeks. They fought their butts off and didn’t have anything to show for it. I’m excited for our kids and the way they played to get a victory.” The game was a nail-biter. It saw five lead changes and neither team could put the other away until the final minutes. Pleasant Valley (2-3) seemed to put away White Plains (2-3) while leading 28-18 with 8:48 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats’ junior running back, Rod Young, had other plans. Young broke off a 65-yard run for a touchdown that made it 28-24. The Raiders remained composed and went on an eight-play, 65-yard drive that was capped off by junior running back Drew Lewiski’s 14-yard touchdown run. That made it 35-24 with 2:07 remaining. Any hopes of a Wildcat comeback were crushed when Hunter Carr snagged his second interception of the night. The game ended with the Raiders running a play they have not gotten to run all season — the quarterback kneel. Drew Lewiski finished with 211 rushing yards and three TDs on runs of 2, 30 and 14 yards. “Everything was open,” Lewiski said. “The holes were as big as I’ve ever seen them. I have to pick up the line on that one, and my fullback.” “I think the offensive line did a tremendous job,” Davis added. “Dalton Bean had a great night blocking.” Pleasant Valley’s senior quarterback Lucas Ford completed 5 of 9 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. His two touchdown passes were to Dustin Andrews for 3 and 14 yards. For White Plains, Rod Young finished with 191 yards rushing with two touchdowns on runs of 21 and 65 yards. “He ran hard,” said Heath Harmon, head coach of the Wildcats. “I thought Colton Reid ran hard. Guys played good. I thought we blocked a little better.” Reid rushed for a 20-yard touchdown. Kolby Burgess also rushed for a 60-yard touchdown. Harmon went on to say how proud he was of his guys for “fighting through adversity.” “I thought our kids fought hard the whole game,” he said. “We faced a lot of adversity out there tonight. I’ve been doing this 17 years and that was a lot of adversity tonight.” Next week, Pleasant Valley looks to stretch its winning streak to three games when the Raiders host Fultondale on Friday.

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Jacksonville’s Dominique Thomas hits a huge hole against the Weaver Bearcats.

Don’t doubt Thomas as he runs Jacksonville past Bearcats CHRIS BROWN Sports Correspondent

Jacksonville High’s Dominique Thomas put together a night to remember in lifting the visiting Golden Eagles to a 42-14 win over Calhoun County rival Weaver on Friday night. He broke tackles, gained yards after contact, and found the open field consistently. “That is how I run. I tell myself I’ll never get taken down by one person,” said Thomas. Before the Golden Eagles’ starters were pulled midway through the fourth quarter, Thomas found his way to 272 rushing yards on 29 carries with touchdown runs of 1, 1 and 34 yards. “Dominique did a great job tonight in getting those yards, and our offensive line. You have to give those guys credit when someone rushes for those yards,” Jacksonville head coach Clint Smith said. While Thomas saw the bulk of the load, junior Sid Thurmond pitched in as well. With the game tied 7-7 in the second quarter, Thurmond took a jet-sweep handoff around the right end then sliced through the Weaver defense for a 42-yard touchdown run. “Jacksonville is a very good team,” Weaver head coach Daryl Hamby said. “We’ll see him (Thomas) on Saturdays. There’s no doubt about that. That kid is very good. “He runs the ball hard, and won’t go down on one tackle. I can’t say

enough about him. He is tough.” Weaver answered Thurmond’s run with a 15-yard quarterback draw by Timothy Hawkins. The scoring drive was fueled by a 32-yard reception from Hawkins to Matthew Durham on a third-and-19 play from the Bearcats’ own 18 yard-line. Another pass completion from Hawkins to Austin Jennings of 21 yards helped keep the momentum during the drive. With 37 seconds left before half, Jacksonville quarterback Jackson Bell found Thurmond on a drag route across the middle, and he took the reception 16 yards for the go-ahead score. For the second week in a row, the first play after a defensive turnover turned into a scoring play for the Golden Eagles. After Elijah Cunningham picked off a pass, Bell immediately went to the air and found Payton Sims for a 40-yard touchdown reception. “It’s a good win for us, a big win, and we are just excited to get things back into the win column after a hard-fought loss last week,” Smith said. “I’m proud to get the win, and proud of my guys.” For the Bearcats, starting running back Chris Troge’ was injured on the first play of the game as he took a handoff for a 3-yard gain and took a helmet to the knee. Chris Arnold was the guy stepping up as he scored Weaver’s first touchdown on a 6-yard draw in the first quarter. He finished the night with 18 carries for 85 yards. Another star was Jennings, who was Hawkins’ favorite target, hauling in six receptions for 113 yards.

Murray tops JSU in OT shootout The streak, impressive as it was, is finally over. Murray State forced Jacksonville State into a season-high four turnovers - including two interceptions in the fourth quarter - to defeat the Gamecocks 35-34 in overtime Saturday afternoon at Burgess-Snow Field. The Racers (3-2, 1-0 Ohio Valley Conference) opted for a two-point conversion on their first overtime possession and pulled off the victory when quarterback Maikhail Miller rolled out and hit a wide-open Jeremy Harness for the game-winner. Jacksonville State (4-1, 0-1) had won the previous nine meetings in the series. Kicker Griffin Thomas sent the game to overtime with a 25-yard field goal on the last play of regulation, the Gamecocks’ third straight OT game. Jacksonville State took possession first and needed just two plays to score, with DaMarcus James running 13 yards for the touchdown. Thomas’ extra point put JSU ahead 34-27. Murray State’s first three plays failed to gain any yardage. But on fourthand-10, Miller hooked up with Harness for a 13-yard completion to keep the Racers’ hopes alive. The Racers later converted again on fourth down, ■ See JSU, page 9

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Jacksonville State wide receiver Josh Barge fumbles the ball into the end zone at the end of the first half after being hit by Murray State defensive back Brandon Wicks.



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this time a 2-yard rush by Miller from the JSU 3, and scored on the next play as Miller snuck in from the 1. After each team called a timeout, Murray State coach Chris Hatcher stayed with his decision to go for the road win and it paid off when Miller connected with Harness. The loss snapped Jacksonville State’s sixgame winning streak in overtime games, a streak dating to 2003. JSU became only the second team in Division I history to play three straight OT games, tying the mark set by Ivy League member Pennsylvania in 2006. “We’ve got them fourthand-10 and they made a play. Give them credit,” said Jacksonville State coach Bill Clark. “Four turnovers is the thing we need to go back and focus on. We talk about it all the time - if you don’t turn the ball over, you win.” The teams combined for 1,057 yards. Jacksonville State had a Division I school-record 652 yards of total offense, led by James’ career-best 189 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries. Quarterback Max Shortell was 22-of-35 for 285 yards, but was picked off three times by the Racers’ opportunistic defense. “Any time you turn the ball over it hurts, especially in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line,” said Shortell. “We can’t have turnovers, especially by me, the quarterback. “Over 600 yards of total offense, w’’ve got to put up more (points) than what

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Jacksonville State running back Miles Jones knocks the helmet off Murray State defensive back Darrell Smith during a play.

we did and not turn the ball over.” Murray State led 10-0 after the first quarter. Thomas finally got JSU on the scoreboard with a 30-yard field goal early in the second, but the Racers responded with a 21-yard field goal to make it 13-3 at the 9:44 mark. Miles Jones’ 3-yard run, his first career touchdown, drew the Gamecocks to

within 13-10 with 4:37 left in the second. Murray State, however, came back with nine-play, 57-yard touchdown capped by Duane Brady’s 6-yard run. The Gamecocks drove 84 yards in eight plays just before the half but came away without points. After picking up a first down on fourth-and-3 from the Racers 34, Shortell hit Josh Barge

with a long pass near the JSU sideline. As the redshirt freshman receiver ran toward the end zone Murray State defensive back Brandon Wicks reached out and knocked the ball from Barge’s grasp. The fumble bounced forward into the end zone and was pounced on by Anthony Hayes for a touchback. The Racers

then ran out the clock and carried a 20-10 lead to the locker room at halftime. Murray State’s lead after two quarters marked the first time it had led Jacksonville State at halftime since 2003. Jacksonville struck quickly to start the third quarter and took its first lead, 24-20, on James’ 1-yard TD run with 4:06 left in the third quarter.

“We came in and made some adjustments at halftime,” said Clark. “I think we really played well defensively in the second half, and that got us back in the game. I wish we had done it earlier.” The Gamecocks trek to UT-Martin next Saturday. Jacksonville State leads the all-time series against the Skyhawks 27-7.

Lady Eagles’ volleyball wins two area games The Jacksonville Lady Eagles took two important area wins in volleyball last week. Jacksonville beat Hokes Bluff 25-13, 25-21 and 25-13 and Alexandria 25-23, 25-12 and 25-15. Against Hokes Bluff setter Ashley Clingan had 27 assists, Katie Neisler, 16 kills, two aces, four blocks; Blessing Dunn, 11 kills, one ace and three blocks; Halee Stallings, 10 kills, three aces and five blocks and Tamaria Mays, six kills and one block. In the win against Alexandria Neisler led her team with 17 kills four digs and three blocks; Stallings contributed eight kills, two digs and five blocks; Tamaria Mays had eight kills and one block; Blessing Dunn, four kills, three aces, three digs and one block, Mallory Patterson, one kill and one block and Breanna Hosch had one

ace. Over the weekend in the Over the Mountain Tournament, Jacksonville had a tough time taking four losses at the hands of Albertville, Brentwood, Tenn., North Cobb, Ga., and Sparkman but recorded a win over Trinity Presbyterian. For the day Clingan had 46 assists, Neisler 29 kills, nine digs and five blocks, Stallings, 19 kills and six blocks, Mays, 11 kills and five blocks, Patterson one kill and Diaz nine digs.

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aces, Abby Hedgepath 13 digs and Holly Stewart had four aces.

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New piece of property may be added to list of possible school site BY LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service At a joint work session Monday night, the Jacksonville School Board and the City Council discussed the possibility of adding one more property to a list of school construction sites. The land in question is privately owned and located west of Alabama 21 near the city’s Public Square. The land owner, Pete Brooks, offered the property for sale at a recent public meeting about where Jacksonville should build its next school. Mayor Johnny Smith later contacted the owner about his proposal and Monday the mayor presented a map of the property to the school board. Smith said the owner has offered what he thinks is a reasonable price, but the mayor declined to list it specifically. “It’s a really nice piece of property,” Smith said. “It would be a good location.” Superintendent Jon Paul Campbell and School Board President Mike Poe said school officials would consider it as an option for construction of a new elementary or middle school. Before Monday school board members had identified just two pieces of property as potential sites for a new school. One is the existing Kitty Stone Elementary School campus, where officials have talked about rebuilding on site. the other is a plot of city-owned property across from Jacksonville High School off of George Douthit Drive. The city has committed to help the school board fund a school construction project jointly, but the educators are still in the planning phase of the development. Poe said the system is placing equal emphasis on building elementary and middle schools in Jacksonville at whichever site members choose, but that school board members are not going to

rush to do both projects at once. “As much as we would like to do everything now .. if we had to put one above the other, we’ve said the elementary school,” Poe said. He said it will be better to do two projects well at separate times, than to do both in a hurry. “I think we need to do that right so it serves this community for the next 50 or so years.” The school board is still trying to select an architect, choose a location to build the school and secure the funding for the project. The city has already committed about $4 million to the project, and the board is in the preliminary stages of acquiring about $7 million from bond debt, said Campbell. Campbell said the board may choose an architect by the end of this month. After that, Poe said, the board will be ready to select a site for a new school. School officials also discussed academic performance, technology and school activities but spent the majority of the meeting talking about construction. “It’s a big weight on our shoulders,” said Poe. Usually the school board and city council meet at separate meetings, but members said they wanted to work together to improve the community. It was the second meeting of the day for the Jacksonville Council, which met at 8 a.m. to discuss its own construction project, a complex that will house public safety departments and the city court. The  meeting was called to discuss a school construction project the two entities plan to fund jointly, but members said they hope the meeting is the start of a new norm. “I hope  this is the first of several we’ll have,” said Council President Mark Jones. “It’s good to have the interaction between the two.” Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-2353544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star

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“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 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 on 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 pollya922@

COUNCIL: Next meeting Monday From page 1

city planners attended the morning meeting. Reeves presented a slideshow that included drawings of the redesign depicting one long main building, with a slight bend in the middle and a parking lot where City Hall would have been. The plan the city will move forward with is similar. It has the same building footprint, but divides the long building into two parts. The total cost of the project without City

Hall is expected to cost between $10.5 million and $11 million, officials said. That will leave the city with $3.2 million from bond debt it obtained earlier this year. Those funds will pay for the renovation or replacement of City Hall. Reeves told the city leaders he will have the latest version of drawings to them by Friday. Then on Monday the council will host a special meeting to vote on the plan, said Council President Mark Jones. Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-2353544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star


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