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Commission preserves rock wall and project LAURA CAMPER

A Cleburne County resident now owns 10 more feet of property on County Road 10, and the County Commission sidestepped another issue blocking the widening and repaving of the road. The Cleburne County Commission Monday unanimously approved transferring 10 feet of county right of way in front of Ambers Hanson’s property at 11011 County Road 10 in Ranburne. Hanson, 90, protested the county’s mandate that he move a rock wall in front of his family home, saying the wall is historically significant, said Doug Ghee, the county attorney. Hanson said his grandfather and father built the house and the wall in about 1890. His grandfather had received a land grant from President James Buchanan. Hanson said he still has the “old sheepskin� deed. Hanson and his family contacted the Alabama Historic Preservation Office, which was ready to step in, Ghee said. The Alabama Department of Transportation would not release the funding for the project until every-

thing was removed from the right of way. In addition, said Shannon Robbins, Cleburne County engineer, the road project will be financed with federal money and therefore “cannot be in conflict with other agencies or federal rules.� If the Historic Preservation Office chose to fight the removal of the wall, it would have endangered the funding, Robbins said. A family friend of Hanson’s contacted State Sen. Gerald Dial about the predicament. “He was sympathetic to my cause,� Hanson said. In fact, Ryan Robertson, chairman of the commission, said preserving the wall was a community effort. “There was a push from the family and there was a push from the community,� Robertson said. Dial said he went out to see the wall personally. He also spoke to the Preservation Office and the county to help find a solution, Dial added. “I just thought it was an opportunity to preserve a piece of history,� he said. “I thought it was a winwin.� To save the project, the Cleburne County Commission got the wall off county books by transferring it to

Hanson, Ghee said. The county, the Alabama Department of Transportation and the family all agreed on the transfer as a way to satisfy all their requirements, Ghee said. In other business the commission members: - Appointed Patrick Nolen to the Cleburne County Hospital Board and Crystal Cavender to the Cleburne County Department of Human Resources Board. - Approved entering into an agreement with ALDOT for the county’s bridge projects. - Recognized the legal community for the free work it does for low-income residents in the community and proclaimed Oct. 20-26 Pro Bono Week. - Declared some county property as surplus and authorized County Administrator Steve Swafford to dispose of it and to transfer old computer equipment to the volunteer fire departments in the county. - Approved the proposed solid waste management plan. Staff writer Laura Camper 256463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_ Star.

Cleburne BOE hires teacher to replace Ward LAURA CAMPER

The Cleburne County Board of Education on Monday hired a replacement for a teacher charged with having sex with two students. The board hired Joel Pittsley as a Math/distance learning teacher. Pittsley will be taking over part of the responsibilities of teacher Bronson Ward, said Superintendent Claire Dryden. Ward, a Cleburne County High School teacher, was charged in Sep-

tember with five counts of having sex with or engaging in deviant sexual intercourse with students under the age of 19. Ward is currently being held in Cleburne County Jail waiting for his trial. Owen Yarbrough took over teaching Ward’s weight lifting class and a substitute teacher is handling the rest, Dryden said. The board also approved Jonathan Hayes and Brandon Akles as volunteer coaches at Cleburne County High School. In other business, the board: - Approved allowing the Cleburne

County High School and Middle School gyms to host an IMPACT/ Darren McDaniel Basketball Tournament on April 12, 2014. - Heard that the Ranburne High School gymnasium will receive a new coat of Dryvit, a kind of stucco, in the next three weeks. However, the building will not be painted until Christmas break. “So they won’t spray anybody’s car,� Dryden said. Staff writer Laura Camper 256463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_ Star.

Diabetes Education November 12 Diabetes Education will be held November 12 at Heflin Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be Relationship between insulin and glucose with Gary Wright, RPh, CDE. November 26 Diabetes Education will be held November 26 at Heflin Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be Meal planning and portions sizes with Gary

Wright, RPh, CDE

Gary Wright, RPh, CDE.

December 10 Diabetes Education will be held December 10 at Heflin Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be Long term complications with Scott Kiker, Pharm D Candidate

Diabetes Education will be held January 28 at Heflin Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be Problem solving with Gary Wright, RPh, CDE.

Diabetes Education will be held January 14 at Heflin Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be what is diabetes? with

Diabetes Education will be held February 4 at Heflin Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be putting the pieces back together with Christopher Randolph, MD

Diabetes Education will be held February 25 at Heflin Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be Living with diabetes with Louis Divalentin, MD

Heflin swears in new officers LAURA CAMPER

Mayor Rudy Rooks swore in eight police officers, including Chief A. J. Benefield, and the new school resource officer at the City Council meeting Tuesday evening. In addition to the chief, Rooks swore in five other fulltime officers and two part-time officers. The council had appointed Benefield chief in August, but he had yet to be sworn in, Rooks said. Some have been working for the department for several months, such as Officer Corey Ligon, employed since July. Some are changing job titles, such as William Chapman, who has been serving as animal control officer and will be attending the Police Academy to become one of the new officers. Others, such as Ross McGlaughn, are relatively newer hires. McGlaughn will serve as the school resource officer. McGlaughn said he took the training about four years ago and has attended the annual conferences to keep his designation as school resource officer. He came to the Heflin Police Department from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. “As you all know, we were awarded a grant from COMPS (U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing) for a resource officer,� Rooks said during the meeting. “It just so happened that Ross, that’s his forte.� Benefield said McGlaughn will start at the department today, working in the Cleburne County elementary, middle and high schools next week. The $107,300 grant will pay nearly all the school resource officer’s salary for three years. The city will have to pay about $12,000 a year, said City Clerk Shane Smith. The grant requires the department to keep the officer on staff for at least one year after the grant ends. In other business the council members: — Declared a 2006 Dodge Charger used by the police department and an AM General M920 truck tractor used by the street department as surplus. The mayor will sell the vehicles. — Declared Nov. 4 as International Students Day. — Approved waiving the fees for the local chapter of Relay for Life to use the Heflin Civic Center for its gala on Feb. 14. — Authorized the mayor to seek estimates to repair the roof on the field house and on one wing of the civic center. — Heard the city will be building a walking track at the Community Arts Center. The track will be 1/3 mile or 1,760 feet, Rooks said. The city will be contributing at least $4,000 and the Cleburne County Commission allocated some money toward the project. Rooks was unsure how much but said Commissioner Emmett Owen thought it would be about $22,000. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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