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JSU may do study for city
Study would evaluate efficiency of workforce, competitiveness of pay scale The council gave Mayor Johnny Smith permission to negotiate a contract with Jacksonville State University to conduct the personnel survey. The Jacksonville City Council on Monday “We have not had a study in a long time,” took the first step toward conducting a Smith said. “The whole idea is to keep study to evaluate the efficiency of the everybody equitable.” city’s workforce and the competitiveness Earlier this year, city began soliciting of its pay scale. proposals from colleges and companies BY LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service
who are capable of conducting such reports. The search yielded three proposals - the one from JSU, another from Auburn University and another from Tennessee’s Duke Companies. Smith expected to get direction from the council about whether it wanted him to proceed in negotiations with each of the companies in an informal work session before
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Monday night’s meeting. Instead, the council added the item to the formal agenda and voted to limit negotiations to JSU. The proposal from JSU’s Center for Economic Development, outlines the structure of the study in a brief four page document. According to the work, which includes a ■ See COUNCIL, page 3
JHS native relates his experiences in Major League
Former insurance salesman opened Warren Ace in 1983
Todd Cunningham speaks to Exchange Club
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Benjamin Calvin Warren’s top priority in life was to be a good provider for his family. He worked at a number of jobs to do that. He delivered milk products house to house for Turner Dairies for six years. That company later became Mellow Dairies and now it’s Barber Dairies. He then worked five years at Lee Brass in Anniston. His next job was with Liberty National Insurance Co. He started out as an agent and was sales manager when he left in 1983 to venture into a new profession - hardware. West Hardware, located on the square, had served several generations of Jacksonville residents. Seymour West, the owner, decided it was time to sell. He suggested to Warren that he Photo by Anita Kilgore consider buying it. After talking it Calvin Warren, front right, walks two miles everyday at the comover with his wife, Ruby, he decided munity center. Tony Moreland and Myrtle Casey also shown. he’d like to have it. “I kept trying to find a pretty good made the living and she’d always tried to make the home. job and I finally wound up at the store,” he said. “Sey- She told me that if I wanted to buy it, she’d go up there mour West asked me if I wanted to buy it, and I said well, and work for two or three months. After a while I couldn’t that I thought I might like to. I asked my wife what she thought about me buying it and she said that I’d always ■ See WARREN, page 7
Todd Cunningham wasn’t sure what the baseball season would hold for him, but in his fourth year as a professional he made it to the Major League. And on his first at bat for the Atlanta Braves, he smashed a single to left field. On July 30 he was called up from triple A Gwinett. When he arrived in Atlanta he knew his role would be as a pinch hitter or a defensive replacement. On the night of July 30, he spent the first part of the game waiting to be called when Photo by Anita Kilgore needed. CUNNINGHAM “I was in the dugout and then I went back and watched film and late in the game I went back to the dugout,” he told the Jacksonville Exchange Club at last week’s meeting at the Train Depot. Then he heard the coach say, “Todd you’re hitting.” “That’s when all the freak was going on inside me,” he said. “I walked out to the batter’s circle and made sure I had all my gear I needed. Then I started to get focused ■ See CUNNINGHAM, page 7
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The community center was adorned with a rainbow of colors Oct. 17 at a Relay for Life Tablescape. Eleven tables were decorated in different colors to represent 11kinds of cancer. Community center director Janis Burns and her staff decorated an orange table, which represented leukemia. The table featured artwork by the center’s after school students. ■ See EVENT, page 10
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Phi Mu members served refreshments. Weaver fifth grade teacher Tracey Edmondson Reeves, who is currently in remission, was diagnosed with colon cancer on Veterans Day in 2010. She helped organize the event and was assisted by others who have battled the disease themselves or have relatives who have. Tracey and her friend, April Jordan, just two members of
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Town and Gown
Peinhardt given Courage to Care award
This Town and Gown was written by Julie Skinner in Jacksonville State University’s Office of Public Relations. Dr. Rebecca Peinhardt has known since she was a teenager that she wanted to become a nurse. It was then that her grandfather suffered a serious heart attack, and Peinhardt recalls that at the time, there were no intensive care units or specialized care for people in the community who had heart attacks. It was during this time that heart surgery to treat heart disease was coming on the scene, and this event sparked her interest in nursing, critical care, and specifically, cardiovascular patients. Peinhardt went on to receive her BSN from Emory University, her MSN in cardiovascular nursing from UAB, and her doctorate in nursing practice from the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University. As a nurse, she worked primarily in critical care units and recovery rooms with cardiovascular, open-heart, and other post-operative patients. She eventually committed herself to nursing in the community by directing the original Cullman Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Since deciding to go into nursing education twenty years ago, she has taught nursing in associate, BSN, RN-BSN, and master’s degree programs and is now in her fifth year at Jacksonville State University as an Associate Professor of Nursing, and the Director of Graduate Nursing Programs. Peinhardt agrees that whether she is nursing or in a classroom, up-to-date education is key. “To me, nurses are on the forefront of actually touching and caring for the patient, which means
delivering the care that’s ordered around the clock. To do that, with the highest quality, means staying abreast, aware, informed, and using the most recent and strongest recommendations for practice,” Peinhardt says. “The biggest challenge in nursing education is delivering a program of study that is cutting-edge, innovative and evidence-based.” On October 11, Peinhardt was awarded the 2013 Samford University Ida V. Moffett Courage to Care Award, a prestigious award designed to recognize Samford alumni who exemplify the “courage to care” through their past or current practice as a registered nurse or advanced practice nurse. Recipients must be nominated by someone at Samford, and then letters of support must be submitted. The awards ceremony took place at a gala at B&A Warehouse in Birmingham, Ala., where Peinhardt’s colleagues from around the United States, family, friends, and JSU faculty came to support her. Roughly two-hundred people attended the gala. “Dr. Peinhardt is an outstanding, seasoned faculty member that truly reflects caring, compassion, and leadership. The Courage to Care criteria specifically focus on the leadership and caring attributes of those nominated for the award,” says Dean of the College of Nursing at JSU, Dr. Christie Shelton. “Dr. Peinhardt was a significant contributor to the Orientation for Nurse Educators (ONE) program. This program focuses specifically on developing new nurse educators, building their self-confidence, and facilitating their development on the trajectory from novice to expert. This program is indeed reflective of Dr. Peinhardt’s leadership, her desire to build self-confidence, and her
caring for the nursing profession.” Other criteria for the Courage to Care Award, as listed in the nomination packet, are as follows: • Provides leadership that builds self-confidence in everyone. • Provides leadership that does not tolerate mediocrity and insensitivity. • Demonstrates values not only through words but actions. • Exemplifies compassion by taking action, even at the sacrifice of one’s own comfort and convenience. • Exemplifies servant leadership. Demonstrates responsibility for creating a caring environment, modeling the principle: “The patient first, the institution second, and self last.” Peinhardt, without a doubt, displays all of these traits, and hasn’t just touched lives as a nurse, but as an educator too. “Now in teaching, I’m touching the lives of many people by touching the lives of my students,” Peinhardt says. “I’m preparing them to be caring, compassionate nurses and educators who care for the profession of nursing, patients and students. I’ve found great reward and professional satisfaction in nursing.” Jacksonville State University is proud to have a Courage to Care Award recipient as a faculty member, and knows that Dr. Rebecca Peinhardt is preparing JSU nursing students to become the best nurses they can possibly be. For more information on this story, please contact Julie Skinner at email@example.com
Acquaintance’s life motivating A friend told me last week about an interesting program on National Public Radio. A woman named Trisha Coburn performed for The Moth, a live storytelling venue. Trisha’s story is about growing up poor in Anniston. From the past, I remembered a girl named Trisha Mitchell from Norwood Elementary School who went on to become a famous model. After I spent a few minutes on the Internet, I discovered that Coburn is Trisha’s married name. According to her website, www.trishacoburn.com, Trisha moved to New York City when she was 18 years old; worked for the famous agency, Wilhelmina; and modeled for 11 years. Then, she married, raised a family, and pursued many interests. At this point in her life,
Sherry-Go-Round Coburn is an artist, an interior decorator, a businesswoman, and, now, a writer and storyteller. Her story, which listeners can hear at http://themoth.org/ posts/storytellers/trisha-coburn, is a sad one of a child raised in a large family of children by a mother who liked the bottle and men too much. In a stroke of good fortune, an Anniston businesswoman, Macy Harwell, once spotted
Trisha when she worked at a local theater. Trisha was tall and beautiful. Harwell, owner of a local charm school, gave her the one thing all children need – encouragement. As I read Trisha’s biography on her website, I remembered reading accounts in The Anniston Star of Mitchell’s growing-up years. One story is about how she first realized she liked the attention of an audience when she attended what was then Norwood Baptist Church. I forget if she quoted Bible scripture during Vacation Bible School or sang a song, but the experience made her want to grow up and be noticed. Eventually, she achieved that goal on a national stage. Mitchell’s performance on The Moth is delivered in a Southern voice. She tells of her
family’s hardships, her determination to overcome adversity, and her adoration of Mrs. Harwell. Listeners will both laugh and cry as she speaks. After I updated myself about Trisha, I posted a couple of comments on her website. I hoped I could talk with her and perhaps interview her for this column. According to her blog, though, she has just returned from Europe and may not be available just yet. However, I would like to talk with her in the future and find out if she has written a book. If not, I would think her interesting life would make a good one. As a child from the Norwood community, where I also attended the same Baptist church, I am always proud of the success of many of my childhood friends and acquaintances. I vaguely remember
Trisha, but I never knew of all her struggles. Her achievements make me especially proud. As a teacher of teenagers, I hope I can encouragement students who need a helping hand along the way and perhaps help them form a vision of how successful they can become. As a woman, I take inspiration from Trisha’s life story. It is important to keep developing new skills and talents and to share the truths of our lives through words – my favorite medium. As a writer, I surely hope that Trish will continue sharing her story, especially with those of us from her hometown. Her friends and teachers would enjoy learning more about her latest accomplishments. Email Sherry at sherrykug@ hotmail.com
A lot of things have changed in 50 years The greatest partisan change in American political history has occurred during my lifetime. The transformation of Alabama and our sister Deep South states from an all Democratic region to an all Republican territory has been remarkable and historic. Exactly 50 years ago today Alabama’s entire delegation in Washington was Democratic. Democrats held all seven constitutional offices. Every member of the Supreme Court ran as a Democrat. Sixty-six out of 67 sheriffs were Democrats and 138 of 140 members of the legislature were Democrats. Fast-forward 50 years to October of 2013. You see just the opposite picture. All seven executive constitutional offices
including governor are held by Republicans. Every member of the Supreme Court and all Steve ten appellate judges Flowers are Republican. Six of our seven congressmen are Republican and both U.S. Senators are stalwart members Inside The Statehouse of the GOP. Both the State House landslide of 1964, the of Representatives GOP candidate for and our State Senate president has carried are overwhelmingly Alabama in every Republican. That is quite presidential election with a change. the exception of 1968 This titanic shift when George Wallace won began in the fall of 1964 the state as an Independent when Republican Barry and 1976 when Georgia Goldwater carried the Democrat peanut farmer Heart of Dixie. He not Jimmy Carter carried only broke the ice, he the state. It has been 37 shattered the Democratic years since a Democrat hold on the South. When carried Alabama. In the it comes to presidential last 50 years the score politics, we are the most reliable Republican region is Republicans 11 and Democrats 1. of the country. I am not saying the Since the Goldwater Democratic Party is dead. However, the odds of a Democrat winning a statewide race in Alabama would be analogous to P.O. Box 2285, Anniston, Alabama 36202 Phone (256) 435-5021 and have the same odds as Tulane beating Alabama in Member Alabama Press Association 2012 Alabama Press football. Member Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Award Winner The Democrats failed John Alred Publisher firstname.lastname@example.org to even field a single candidate in our Supreme Shannon Martin Advertising email@example.com Court races in 2012. It looks like the same Laura Johnson News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org thing will occur this year. Our sister southern Anita Kilgore Photographer state of Louisiana had email@example.com no Democratic statewide Phillip A. Sanguinetti Consultant candidates for their Periodical postage paid at the post office in Jacksonville, AL 36265 - USPS 272480 constitutional offices in Consolidated Publishing Co. proprietors, published every Tuesday at 4305 McClellan Boulevard, Anniston, AL 36206 2012. POSTMASTER: Send change of address notices, undelivered copies, However, some of our subscription orders, and other mail to P.O. Box 2285., Anniston, AL 36202 southern neighbors are Subscription rates City & county $27.50 yr. seeing some brave souls Out of county $44.00 yr. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org seek statewide offices Photographs submitted will be used when possible. They will be handled with the utmost care and every effort will be as Democrats in the made to return photos in perfect condition, however, we will not assume responsibility for photographs submitted. upcoming 2014 elections. American Press Association, New York, Chicago, Detroit
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In Georgia, the daughter of their last Democratic U.S. Senator is seeking her father’s former seat as a Democrat. Sam Nunn was a very popular long term Senator from Georgia, the last of his breed of conservative Democrats from the South. His daughter Michelle Nunn is running a serious campaign. She is working to portray herself as a moderate to conservative candidate to Georgia’s rural voters who are overwhelmingly Republican. She takes heart in the fact that Atlanta is now a cosmopolitan melting pot. It has one of the largest gay communities in American and its significant African American population makes it a Democratic target in future years.
In fact, Obama only lost Georgia by five percentage points in 2012. Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State, is taking a similar approach in her attempt to knock off U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In Arkansas, former Rep. Mike Ross is running for Governor of Arkansas as a Democrat and is given an outside chance since popular Republican Governor Mike Beebe is retiring. South Carolina boasts of being the most Republican state in the country. However, Vincent Sheehan is running against incumbent GOP Governor Nikki Haley. He ran against Haley four years ago and lost by 60,000 votes or about five percent. South
Carolina voters fall almost exactly along racial lines with most whites voting Republican and most blacks voting Democratic. All of these southern Democratic candidates are striving to distance themselves from President Barrack Obama and the national Democratic Party. They are stressing their lifelong roots in their respective states and portraying themselves as real southerners. They are also focusing on bread and butter issues and trying to sell themselves as problem solvers. These folks are facing an uphill battle in the Deep South. We will see. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His column appears weekly in more than 70 Alabama newspapers.
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Community Capsule • Halloween at the city library: —The family Halloween program, “What Was That?” with The Noise Guy will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. —Teens and adults who enjoy reading books by Carolyn Haines, Charlaine Harris and Stephanie Evanovich, as well as everyone else who likes scary stories, are invited to hear Susan Abel Sullivan’s “A One Hour, One Woman Show,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the library annex. Sullivan will give dramatic questions, have a question and answer period and present an original song, “Fried Zombie Dee-light.” She is the author of “The Haunted Housewives of Allister, Alabama,” “Cursed: Wickedly Fun Stories,” “Fried Zombie Dee-light,” “Ghoulish, Ghostly Tales” and the upcoming “The Weredog Whisperer,” published by World Weaver Press. • Halloween at PARD: —A flashlight candy hunt and carnival style games will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the soccer field. Lights will go out for the hunt at 8 p.m. The cost is $3 for ages 12 and younger. There is no cost for adults. Only children ages 12 and under are allowed to participate in the games and candy hunt. For more information on any of these events call 4358115. • The J.O.Y. Quilt Guild will meet Thursday, November 7 at 9.30 a.m. in the MAC of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Every one is invited to attend. • Jacksonville Health and Rehab’s Fall Festival will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. • An evening of mystery and intrigue with Edgar Allan Poe, sponsored by the Center for the Arts, is scheduled for 6:30 on Oct. 29 at Foothills Theatre on Buckner Drive at McClellan. Tickets are $5 for students; $7 for adults. Hear live readings of some of Poe’s favorite classics followed by a screening of the classic film, “The Pit and the Pendulum,” starring Vincent Price. This will be the first show in the newly remodeled complex at Buckner Events Plaza. • Hatcher Avenue Baptist Church will have Trunk or Treat on Nov. 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information call Mellissa at 256-452-3479 • The General John H. Forney UDC Chapter will meet at the Jacksonville Public Library on Saturday at 10 a.m.
• The Capt. Kyle Comfort Memorial 5K 4th Annual Walk/Run will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at McClellan Medical Mall. Registration information can be obtained at kylecomfortfoundation.org. There are reduced rates for groups. For more information call race director Joel Denney at 452-8699. The Chief Ladiga Half Marathon: The Chief Ladiga Half Marathon (13.1 miles, from Piedmont to Jacksonville) will be at 8 a.m. Dec. 7. Pre-registration is $20 on or before Nov. 27 and $25 after Nov. 27. Registration fee is $18 for members of the Anniston Runners Club. Registration forms can be picked up at the community center or visit the center’s website at www.jacksonvillerecreation.com • The Calhoun County Community Band meets every Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Jacksonville High School band room. • 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 family member of any age. A counselor will facilitate the meetings. • Venecia Benefield Butler’s book, “I Have to Get Some Things Off My Chest,” can be purchased for $15 (including tax) by mailing a check to P. O. Box 572, Piedmont 36262, or take money or check to Butler’s sister, Randa Carroll, at the office of Benjamin Ingram at 207 Rome, Ave., Piedmont. Proceeds will go to the V Foundation, founded by Butler, to purchase gift bags for patients going through chemo treatments. The bags will include items such as comedy DVDs, chap stick, gift cards, gas cards, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, search-aword, 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,
Police Oct. 21 • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. • Leaving the scene of an accident reported at the intersection of Pelham Road South/George Douthit Drive Southwest. Oct. 22 • Third degree theft of property reported in the 1600 block of Church Avenue Southeast. Oct. 23 • Duty upon striking an unoccupied vehicle reported in the first block of West Public Square. • Third degree Criminal mischief reported in the 200 block of Pelham Road South. • Third degree burglary reported in the 1200 block of Patterson Lake Road Southeast. Oct. 24 • Theft of property reported in the 400 block of Pelham Road North. • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 6200 block of Alexandria-Jacksonville Highway.
• Third degree burglary reported in the 300 block of Oct. 21 Merrellton Road. • Comenski Raveon Hale: domestic violence (third Oct. 26 degree) • Discharging a firearm in city limits reported in at the Oct. 22 intersection of James Hopkins Road/Emily’s Pass. • Kamecia Raeshun Cameron: probation violation • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported (2X) in the 300 block of Ladiga Street Southeast. Oct. 23 • Third degree theft of property and unlawful break• Latonya Shenay Tumer: probation violation ing and entering a vehicle reported in the 2100 block of Oct. 25 Finley Street Southwest. • Clint Samuel Whistenant: failure to appear/bail • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported jumping (2X); harassing communications in the 300 block of Church Avenue Northeast. • Illegal possession of prescription drugs and first degree criminal trespassing reported in the 2100 block of Finley Street Southwest. • Duty upon striking an unoccupied vehicle reported in the 1000 block of George Douthit Drive Southwest. • Duty to give information and render aid after a traffic accident reported in the 500 block of Oak Avenue. • Second degree assault reported in the 800 block of Gunnells Road.
COUNCIL: OKs work on post office parking lot contract proposal, the key components of the study will be an organizational analysis and compensation plan. The city provided a redacted copy of each of the documents, eliminating the proposed prices from each of the three entities. Smith also declined to provide a cost range for the project. “I have an idea, but I hate to give it away while I’m still negotiating with them,” he said of the cost. In other business the council approved $23,000 to finish a parking lot adjacent to the post office.
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. • 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 email@example.com 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 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 256-499-2182 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. • 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. • Jacksonville Fire Department is looking for information and items relating to the history of the department. If you have anything to share, call David Bell at 310-8961.
The money is the last of a federal allocation of $110,000 that was secured by Rep. Mike Rogers in 2005, Smith said. The bulk of the money has already been spent on purchasing property, demolishing two homes, cutting trees and laying the base surface on the lot, Smith said. The remainder of the money will be spent to add a layer to the lot, to stripe it, to build a fence around it and to finish the curbs surrounding it. Once complete, the project will add between 10 and 12 parking
spaces to the post office lot. The council also voted to make the court magistrate’s job a full time position, at the request of Angela Crane, court clerk. The employee who currently holds that job has been working for the city on a part-time basis for five years, officials said. “I’m the judge’s right hand during court; she’s my right hand in the office,” Crane said. “Somebody should always be there.” Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256235-3544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star
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Nail tech named one of top 20 in country Morgan Smith works at Salon Alon
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organ Smith is quite proud of herself. She’s only 20 years old and has been named one of the top 20 nail technicians in the country in a national contest, the Second Annual Summer Fun Nail Art Contest. The contest required participants to come up with a summer theme. Morgan decided on a dolphin and Hawaiian flowers. She was so happy about being named in the top 20, she bought something for herself. “I was so happy, I went out and bought me something to celebrate,” she said. “It’s a black dress with white stripes. It’s more of a business looking dress. I’ve worn it twice.” When Morgan was in high school, her mother noticed how much she enjoyed doing nails and how good she was. She suggested that Morgan consider that as a career. Morgan knew that as much as she liked doing nails, she’d like to do it on a daily basis. After graduating from Pleasant Valley High School in 2011, Morgan enrolled at Gadsden State to learn how to do manicures and pedicures. Part of her training involved watching three different nail technicians. One she chose to watch was Antonette Davis at Salon Alon at 406 Pelham Rd., N. She said she learned a lot from watching Antonette. Salon Alon’s owner, Karen Davis, liked Morgan’s work, so one day she asked her if she’d like to work full time. Morgan happily said yes, which made Karen a happy boss. “I’m so proud of her,” said Karen. “She���s a very hard worker. She’s very, very talented. She has great work ethics. She’s a go-getter. She really awesome.” Morgan is happy with her decision. “I’m friends with everybody here,” she said. “They’re like my second family. They’ve helped boost my business.” Others working at Salon Alon are Danielle Evoy, Maria Benavides, Torrie Vice, Misty Mills, Carol Catrett, Kimberly Gibson, Sarah Pickens, and Jackie Callendar. Morgan was born and grew up in Jacksonville. She lives with her parents, Michael and Melissa Smith, on the Roy Webb Road. Her older sister, Maranda Knight, lives in
CHICKEN SPAGHETTI 8 oz. thin spaghetti 1 can Rotel (regular, mild, or hot) 8 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed 1 white onion 1 stick butter 2 chicken bouillon cubes 4-6 chicken breasts 1 can cream of chicken soup (Campbells) Cook chicken in a pasta pot with the bouillon cubes. After it’s ready, take it out to cool. Do not empty pot. Use chicken water to cook noodles. Saute the onion until soft in the stick of butter. After the onion mixture is ready, add the Rotel and Velveeta cheese (cubed) into the hot pan. Add the can of soup last to the saute pan. Cut up chicken while everything mixes. Drain noodles. Mix everything together. Put in Pyrex dish and cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Morgan Smith, left, shows co-worker Carol Catrett’s nails. Webster’s Chapel. Her younger brothers, Mason and Marshall, attend Pleasant Valley schools. Morgan said that having three siblings means that things are never boring at her house. “We’re very close,” she said. “The older we get, the closer we get.” Morgan is a member of Asberry Baptist Church. She became interested in scrap booking when she was a senior in high school and was required to do a senior memory
DUMP CAKE 1 box yellow cake mix 1 20 oz. crushed pineapple undrained in heavy syrup 1 20 oz. can cherry pie filling 1 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup stick butter or margarine cut in thin slices Pour undrained pineapple into pan and spread evenly. Pour in pie filling and spread evenly. Put dry cake mix onto cherry layer spread evenly, sprinkle pecans over cake mix, and put butter on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 48 to 53 min. Serve warm or cooled. BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup Ken’s ranch dressing 1/2 cup Frank’s red hot sauce 2 cups diced cooked chicken Place cream cheese into deep dish. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes until hot. Stir.
book for a project. Morgan said she’s hoping to one day be as good a cook as her mother. She helps out in the kitchen, but her mother does most of the cooking. There are times though, that Morgan will prepare chicken fingers for her family. She likes her mother’s recipes and shares them. She’s looking forward to when she will be able to prepare them herself. (Contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Jax Christian crowns homecoming queen
Mary Andrews, left, takes care of the container plants at the Train Depot. She is shown above in front of her Halloween display with a friend from Texas, June Glynn.
GARDEN CLUB NEWS
Club meets at Train Depot The members of the Jacksonville Garden Club got acquainted with the facilities of the historic Train Depot by meeting there Oct. 16. In the absence of the president and the vice president, 2nd vice president Mary Andrews conducted the meeting. Andrews takes care of the container plants and decorations at the depot. She introduced her friend, June Glynn, who was visiting from Texas, and Johanna Calvert. Members had a discussion about possible programs for 2014. They had refreshments. Other members present were Doris Baucom, Karin Drewes, Nancy Gillespie, Don Judd, Carolyn Patton, Linda Schiff, Constance Sims, Dan Spector, Barbara Tucker, Lucy Morris, and Yun Prater.
Elysabeth Rhein Morales, daughter of Adam and Maria Morales, was crowned homecoming queen Friday night at halftime. Elysabeth was excorted by her father Adam. The Thunder won their homecoming game against Alabama School for the Deaf 53-18.
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UDC awards Confederate kin at library Ben Tomlinson receives Cross of Military Service MARGARET ANDERSON NEWS CORRESPONDENT
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Ruby Warren congratulates grandson Ben.
The Gen. William H. Forney Chapter 468 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy honored a local hero and six other heroes Oct. 20 at the city library. Ben Tomlinson was presented a Cross of Military Service for service in Afghanistan.Tomlinson served in the Marine Corp in that country. National Defense Medals were presented to Reiber Dixon Heath of Anniston, Clyde Larry Howard, George Alton Hardy Jr., Billy Ray La Taste and Randy Alan Maddox of Oxford and Franklin D. Leatherwood Jr., of Boaz. “I was just so pleased and honored that we were able to do this for Ben and the other six men,” said Sonja Randle, registrar. To qualify, a former member of the military must be a descendant of a Confederate soldier. “The purpose of the UDC was to help Confederate soldiers when they came back from the war,” said Randle. “We also bestowed Southern Crosses upon these men. This is an outgrowth of that program, and this many years later, we’re still doing it.” Randle said the two UDC members instrumental in organizing the program were vice president and recorder of military service awards Joyce La Taste and president Helen Molan Johnson. “I think it’s wonderful,” said La Taste. “I wish we could give every veteran an award. I think they deserve
Helen Molan Johnson, left, and Joyce La Taste organized program.
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Eli Henderson spoke to the crowd.
Music and art spotlight of DKG meeting President Gloria Horton welcomed members to the Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, a professional organization for women educators, on Oct. 8, and then called the meeting to order by reading the mission statement. After a group recitation of the DKG collect, Sherry Butler inspired everyone with this quote by Paul Wilson from his book The Little Book of Calm: “Indulge yourself by being generous—help someone out, perform an act of kindness, offer a compliment. The person who will feel most uplifted by your having done so is you.” What a timely prelude to the Music and Related Arts segment. Dot Phillips shared data gleaned from an article entitled “Music Therapy Can Help Seniors Have Better Brain Health” from the online Medicare site, in which she discussed the ways music has such a tremendous impact on people’s lives from childhood through their latter years. She informed members that, according to the article, as people age they are more likely to lose cognitive function and become susceptible to brain disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Music therapy may be used to boost memory, deal with stress, and improve communication skills over time. To demonstrate Dot showed the group five pictures and had everyone write down her first-impression emotions as she was shown each picture. Then, by pairing specific music with each of the same five photos, Dot elicited additional emotional responses from the group. Amazingly, most people responded quite differently when music was added to each of the same photos. This exercise in music therapy
it because they give everything for us. They’re willing to give their lives if necessary. They have to have an honorable discharge, and their Confederate ancestor has to have had an honorable military discharge.” Tomlinson’s great-great-great grandfather, James R. Warren, whose wife was Milley Jane Edwards, was in Company E of the 22nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry. He was a private and was discharged in December 1861 because of rheumatism, which he’d had for the past 10 years. “The exposure to camp life rendered him unable to perform and caused him to have frequent attacks,” is what his papers said. He enlisted in the Confederacy Army on Oct 6, 1861 in Calhoun County. Tomlinson said it was a nice gesture for the UDC to recognize him, and he appreciates it. His mother echoed his appreciation. “I appreciated them showing their support for Ben by giving him the Cross of Military Service and recognizing his involvement in the War on Terror,” she said. “I would also like to thank the staff of the Jacksonville Public Library and the girls from the sorority who gave a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.” Eli Henderson welcomed everyone. Alice Martin sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” Dr. Derek Staples gave the benediction, and the Jacksonville State University ROTC was in charge of retiring the colors.
truly seemed to stimulate the minds of this group. In the Moment of Society Orientation segment, Karen Burnham referred to the new online DKG Gallery of Fine Arts, where members are encouraged to submit entries in areas such as poetry, short fiction, drama, vocal music, musical composition, quilting, photography, and many others. She challenged each Sigma Chapter member to seriously consider showcasing a piece of personal artwork during the next submission period. Continuing this music-and-art theme, Debbie Braun, member and Oxford High School drama teacher, presented a program on “Local History and Art.” After giving a brief history of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival with its origins in Anniston, she then related the rich vein of theatre which still permeates Calhoun County. She shared the 2013-2014 production schedules from the JSU Drama Department, Community Actors’ Studio Theatre (C.A.S.T), the Oxford Performing Arts Center, and the newly-founded Cheaha Acting Company. Opportunities certainly abound for people to participate in the local arts! During the business portion, Angela Morgan informed members about upcoming programs, and Dot Padgett reminded everyone of the October project to provide snack items for the Jacksonville Senior Center as well as the November project of assisting the Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) with clothing and accessories. After other business items, the meeting was adjourned with the singing of “The “Delta Kappa Gamma Song.”
Alice Martin sang.
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Jacksonville Opera Theatre to present ‘The Frog Prince’ Nov. 8-9 Jacksonville Opera Theatre will present preview performances of the original opera “The Frog Prince” on November 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Center of Jacksonville State University’s Mason Hall. Melanie Martin Long of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia wrote the book and lyrics. Jacksonville State
University music professor Dr. James Woodward composed original music. The children’s opera features twelve seasoned JSU students, all ready to bring the story of the famous Grimm’s Fairy tale to life. “The Frog Prince” is a brandnew musical written specifically for children, but adults will enjoy the
Disney-like quality of the music, as well. Performances for school children will be in January in Oxford at the new performing arts center and in Gadsden at Wallace Hall. Performances mark the beginning of the tenth anniversary season of Jacksonville Opera Theatre. Join us for a fantastical journey taken by a prince who has been cursed to live
as a frog. The only way for the spell to be broken is for a princess to fall in love with him. The end of his seven-year curse is coming to an end. Will he find true love in time? Come find out! Tickets will be reduced for the preview performances from regular price to $5. For tickets, call 1-800-838-3006 or order online at www.JacksonvilleOpera.Org
WARREN: Was instrumental in getting elevator lift for community center From page 1
run her off with a pine top. She just kept working. She was a lot of help.” With Warren as the new owner, it became Warren Ace and relocated to Alabama 21 S. in 1995. After 15 years at Warren Ace, Warren decided it was time to sit back and relax for the next part of his life. In 1998, he sold the business to his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Chuck Tomlinson. Leaving wasn’t easy for the father of four who had worked so many years. “I didn’t get fired, but they told me to get out of there,” he said. “I missed it a lot. I really did. I had a lot of good friends up there. I couldn’t get used to not working. It bothered me. I went into the upholstery business. I covered my recliner every day. I’m still covering it.” Actually, what Warren is really doing these days is enjoying his family, working crossword puzzles and walking daily at the community center. In fact, Warren was instrumental in getting a lift installed at the community center for those who have difficulty taking the stairs. He and several others appealed to the mayor and city council, and Warren spoke at a council meeting one night. “We really appreciate what the mayor and council did for us,” he said. “I’ve heard several people say that now they’re going to start walking. After my quadruple bypass, Ruby signed me up to walk. I’ve been walking every day since then. That was about six years ago. I walk two miles a day six days a week. I know it helps my health. I’ve had
an ailment or two, but I keep on walking I take a lot of medicine, but I feel like I’m in fairly good shape.” Warren, 79, said he believes that walking contributes to his well being. Several years ago, Ruby and their children gave him a table to work his jigsaw puzzles on. It was his Christmas gift. “I go downstairs and work on them every day,” he said. “I really do enjoy that. I might work 30 minutes or what have you and just leave it until next time. I’ve had people bring me boxes of jigsaw puzzles. I’ve worked just about every one of them.” Warren said his favorite jigsaw puzzle came from Ruby. It was the Sistine Chapel in Rome and contained 3,000 pieces. The Warrens had visited there. “I got it together without losing a piece,” he said. “I put it in a frame. It’s hanging on the wall. Since we’d been there, it made it more special to me.” The Warrens will be married 60 years in May. They met on a blind date. “The first time I saw her, I said to myself, I’m gonna marry that girl, so we did,” he said. “We dated four and a half months. I’m a salesman, you know. I’d do it again. I got the right woman.” Their youngest daughter and her husband, Renee and Taylor live in Jacksonville. Their son, Keith, and his wife, Dee, live in Louisville, Ky. Their daughter, Donna Shamblin, lives in Jacksonville. Debbie and Chuck also live in Jacksonville. The Warrens have eight grandchildren. They are members of the First Baptist Church. Warren was born in the Abernathy com-
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Calvin Warren tries out the new elevator lift at the community center. munity in Cleburne County. He graduated from Cleburne County High School in 1951. “We’re thankful to all of our friends and
the folks in Jacksonville,” he said. “As far as I know we’ve never made any enemies. As long as God will let us, we’ll keep on doing the best we can.”
CUNNINGHAM: Finished his brief tenure with Braves with two hits From page 1
and that focus became more and more narrow. It was like tunnel vision.” And then he connected with a low pitch and lined the ball to the outfield. “When I got to first base I started to realize what I had done,” he said. “That’s when my legs began to wobble.” When he got home he looked at his cell phone and he had 180 texts and 40 voicemails. He had 200 messages on Facebook. “I realized that at that moment there were a lot of people supporting me,” Cunningham said. “It wasn’t just me, it was the support around me. Not just the nine guys on the field, not just the 40,000 people in the stands and not the x-amount of people watching on television. “What I was able to do was just part of something much bigger than me. I have a lot of people behind me.” He recalled the baseball camps that former Jacksonville State coach Rudy Abbott conducted, his Jacksonville High School coach David Deerman and his college coach Jim Case at JSU. Cunningham entered the season with two goals – express himself at every opportunity and redefine himself every day. “My life built up to that moment and you have an emotional high and then it’s over,” he said. “Then you realize you get to do it over the next day.” Cunningham, who was valedictorian of his class at Jacksonville High, wants to be a sports psychologist after his baseball career is over. He entered last season not really knowing about his future with the Braves. They had just acquired the Upton brothers and Jason
Heyward was taking the other outfield spot. Plus, there were several other outfielders with more experience than Todd. When he was at training camp, the Braves had him meet with a sports psychologist to talk about what he wanted to accomplish during the season. Todd told him that his ultimate goal was to play in the big leagues. His other two goals were to express his himself and to redefine himself after every game. The psychologist offered him something else. He told Todd to approach every game like it was a big league game. Todd took it to heart. “We didn’t have a good team at Gwinett because guys kept going up and down to Atlanta,” he said. “But I just kept focusing on my goals.” He put together a good year with the Braves’ top farm club. He had a .265 batting average with 38 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases. After a game in Charlotte when he bruised his hand, the team had an off day and several of his friends decided to spend some time on a nearby lake. “There were five or six of us who just wanted to get away for a day,” Todd said. “But we knew it was nearing trade deadline and there was a lot of talk going around. Then I get a call at midnight and the first thing I think is that I’m traded. But it was the manager telling me to report to Turner Field the next day.” He finished his brief tenure with the Braves with two hits in eight at bats. He is on the Braves’ 40-man roster. “If I leave you with anything it would be to do the things that matter and keep redefining yourself,” he said.
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PLEASE SEE YOUTHS OF THE MONTH ON PAGE 10. // Photo by Anita Kilgore Jacksonville City Board of Education Schedule of Debt - September 30, 2013 Capital Improvement Pool Bonds Series 2009-B (Formerly 1999-D) Funded By Public School Funds Year Interest Principal 2014 36,548 109,175 2015 31,089 114,707 2016 25,945 120,065 2017 19,942 126,109 2018 13,636 132,460 2019 7,013 140,460 Total $134,172 $742,976 Capital Improvement Pool Bonds Series 2012-A (Formerly 2002-A) Funded by Public School Funds Year Interest Principal 2014 25,724 49,537 2015 23,704 51,492 2016 21,603 53,525 2017 19,137 55,831 2018 16,273 58,725 2019 13,261 61,774 2020 10,095 64,863 2021 6,771 68,108 2022 3,277 71,627 2023 1,030 18,259 2024 287 19,119 Total $141,162 $572,858 Energy Management Project - Suntrust Bank Year Interest Principal 2014 9,330 22,644 2015 8,445 23,529 2016 7,526 24,448 2017 6,570 25,404 2018 5,578 26,396 2019 4,546 27,428 2020 3,474 28,500 2021 2,360 29,614 2022 1,203 30,771 Total 49,032 238,734 Qualified School Construction Bonds - 2009-D Year Interest Sinking Fund 2014 7,143 19,932 2015 7,143 19,932 2016 7,143 19,933 2017 7,143 19,932 2018 7,143 19,932 2019 7,143 19,932 2020 7,143 19,932 2021 7,143 19,932 2022 7,143 19,932 2023 7,143 19,932 2024 7,143 19,932 2025 7,143 19,932 2026 1,786 19,932 Sinking Fund Earnings 84,023 Total 87,501 343,137 Apple, Inc. Year Interest Principal 2014 737 81,919 Total 737 81,919 Apple, Inc. Year Interest Principal 2014 6,112 338,022 2015 3,069 341,065 Total 9,181 679,087
Total Debt 145,723 145,796 146,010 146,050 146,096 147,473 $877,148
Total Debt 75,261 75,195 75,128 74,968 74,998 75,035 74,958 74,878 74,904 19,289 19,405 $714,019 Total Debt 31,974 31,974 31,974 31,974 31,974 31,974 31,974 31,974 31,974 287,766 Total 27,075 27,075 27,076 27,075 27,075 27,075 27,075 27,075 27,075 27,075 27,075 27,075 21,718 84,023 430,639 Total Debt 82,656 82,656 Total Debt 344,134 344,134 688,268
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With a 24-23 double overtime win over rival Alexandria, the Jacksonville Golden Eagles will be going to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. They say that football is a game of inches and it was inches that clinched the playoff spot for Jacksonville when an extra point attempt by the Cubs in the second overtime bounced off the right upright and gave the Golden Eagles the narrow victory. It was only fitting that the victory was won by such a narrow margin in a region that has been tight and very competitive all season. Only Munford, who went undefeated in Region play, knew it would be playing in postseason. When the rest of the teams started play on Friday night, Lincoln and Jacksonville were tied for second with 4-2 region records and Alexandria, Cleburne County and Anniston all had identical 3-3 records. The win for Jacksonville gave them a second place finish. Despite the cold, with temperatures in the mid-40’s, Jacksonville started out hot. Starting on their own 35-yard line after the kickoff, it took the Golden Eagles only three plays to score. Dominique Thomas took the ball for a one-yard gain, then senior quarterback Jackson Bell ran for five yards. On the next play of the game Thomas took the ball around the left end and scrambled 59-yards for the first score of the game. Thomas would be the workhorse for the Eagles all night, scoring all three touchdowns and rushing for 174 yards on 27 attempts. The extra point by Mason Tompkins was good and the Eagles went up 7-0 with only 1:13 gone in the first quarter. The Cubs got on the board with a field goal from the 20-yard line by Gabe Marchal. With time running out in the first half, a Jacksonville drive stalled at the Cub 22-yard line. Tompkins was called upon for the field goal and the kick sailed through the uprights giving the Eagles the 10-7 halftime lead. It didn’t take the Cubs long to tie up the score in the third quarter. Taking over on their own 30-yard line, a pass from quarterback Luke Tucker to Marchal gave the Cubs the ball at their own 42. Two running plays took the Cubs to the Jacksonville 41. With third and five facing the Cubs, Tucker found Derrick Turner racing down the
Dominique Thomas was a workhorse for the Golden Eagles scoring three touchdowns in Jacksonville’s 24-23 win over Alexandria. sidelines for a 41-yard touchdown pass. The extra point by Marchal was good and the score was tied 10-10 with 8:35 remaining in the third quarter. The Cubs took the lead early in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard run by Alton Davis. With the extra point Alexandria went up 17-10. The Cub touchdown seemed to have energized the Eagles. Facing a third and 13 from the 50-yard line, Bell hit Sid Thurmond for a first down to the 40. After a couple of runs by Thomas the Eagles were faced with a fourth and five from the Cub 35 yard line. Electing to go for it, Bell went back to pass and was chased out of the pocket. Coming back across the field Bell found Payton Sims for a first down to the 22-yard line. Bell, who was 8-for-14 for 90 yards, hit Sims moments later to the 15, and then it was Thomas running the ball in for the score. The extra point by Tompkins tied up the score at 17-17. With the score deadlocked at the end of regulation, the teams went into overtime. Alexandria had the ball first but a pass to the end zone was intercepted by Sims. Jacksonville was able to move the ball to the six-yard line but they were stopped there. A field goal attempt was blocked by Alexandria and the teams went into a second overtime. It took Jacksonville only one play to score as a determined Thomas ran the ball around the right end 10-yards
for the Eagle score. Tompkins kick was good and all the pressure was on the Cubs. Alexandria was able to score the touchdown but the kick for the extra point was just inches too wide and Jacksonville had a 24-23, playoff bound win. Thomas said that the seniors had talked to the younger players before the game. “We told the younger guys that they could say we still have next year but for the seniors this could have been our last time playing on this field. “They (Cubs) came out in the second half and they had the momentum and we knew we had to get back in it.” Jacksonville Head Coach Clint Smith was obviously elated with the win. “This was a hard fought game,” said Smith. “Going into the night there were four teams tied for second and third place. Everybody had their backs against the wall. “Hats off to Coach Tucker and his team. They came out and fought and fought. I can’t say enough about our kids stepping up and making plays when we had to make them. “When we had the field goal blocked there was a shift in momentum. We got together and said, “This is what we work for and this is why we do everything we do. Now is the time to pick it up.” “I can’t say enough about our kids and their resiliency and the steps they have made.” Jacksonville will finish their regular season on the road at Saks this Friday night.
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: Blessing Dunn goes up high in the air for a hit in the area match against Cherokee County. Jacksonville will be playing this week against UMS Wright in the Elite Eight tournament in Birmingham.
You can count on it like clockwork, like night following day. Once again, the Jacksonville Lady Eagles will be returning to the Elite Eight. Head coach David Clark, who has developed one of the most respected volleyball programs in the state, will return his team to the Elite Eight for the 16th time in his 20-year career. Jacksonville will meet UMS Wright in the first round of the Elite Eight on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Crossplex in Birmingham with the winner advancing to the next round. Clark and his teams have seen it all, two back-toback state championships in 2007-2008. He has been state-runner up, and has had seasons when he hasn’t made it to
the championship game. This year the Lady Eagles seem to have everything necessary to bring home another state championship. Jacksonville lost only one player from last year’s state runner-up squad and returned seven experienced seniors. The atmosphere of the Elite Eight Tournament should not affect the players; they are veterans. Last week Jacksonville claimed the 4A Area 11 championship with a 25-10, 25-13, 25-16 win over Hokes Bluff and then beat Cherokee County, who had just been taken to five games by Alexandria, 25-17, 25-15, and 25-15. Traveling to Huntsville for the Super Regionals, Jacksonville beat Central Florence 25-23, 25-15, and 25-14 on Friday. On Saturday, the Lady Eagles downed Priceville 25-21,
25-23 and 25-15. Next up for the Lady Eagles was Madison County, the team the Lady Eagles had met, and were defeated by, in the state championship game last year. The Lady Eagles started out slowly, losing in the first game 18-25, but then they regrouped and won three straight 25-19, 25-19, and 25-20 for the win. In the Super Regional championship game the Lady Eagles met Guntersville, a team they had lost to already this season. While the result was the same, a Guntersville win, 25-18, 25-19, 24-26 and
25-22, the Lady Eagles seemed to have picked up more confidence in playing Guntersville, should they meet them again this week in the Elite Eight tournament. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to play in the Elite Eight,” said Clark. “We should have great leadership with all our seniors. The majority of these players were on last year’s team and that experience is invaluable. “The players know we will have to play on a high level to reach the state finals but they have put the work in and now its time to put it all together.”
Jacksonville City Board of Education Jacksonville City Board of Education Combind Statement of Revenues, Expenditures, and Changes in Fund Balance Combined Statement of Revenues, and Changes All Governmental Fund Expenditures, Types and Expendable Trust Funds in Fund Balance For Fiscal YearTypes Ended September 30, 2013 Trust Funds All Governmental Fund and Expendable
For Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2013 Governmental
Fund Types Description
Revenues: State Revenues
$ 8,269,783.00 $
$ 27,074.74 $ 1,212.78
$ 11,688,930.19 $ 1,743,844.95 $ 28,287.52 $
484,259.02 $ 177,121.16 $ 14,122,442.84
Expenditures: Instructional Services
$ 8,266,932.19 $
Operation & Maintenance
General Administrative Services
Instructional Support Services
5,869.76 $ 126,445.47 $ 9,137,544.20 -
Debt Services Principal
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Interest Other Debt Service
Other Expenditures Total Expenditures
$ 12,574,641.89 $ 1,873,992.92 $ 7,142.96 $
374,722.27 $ 184,167.10 $ 15,014,667.14
Other Financing Sources (Uses): Transfers In
Other Fund Sources
61,632.74 $ 1,028,396.22
Other Fund Uses
Total Other Financing Sources (Uses)
Excess Revenues & Other Sources Over
3,000.00 $ 1,028,396.22
(56,910.70) $ 21,144.56 $
109,536.75 $ (4,045.94) $
(Under) Expenditures & Other Uses Beginning Fund Balance - October 1, 2012
Ending Fund Balance - September 30, 2013
$ 3,502,446.89 $
484,219.01 $ 41,588.93 $
687,849.77 $ 82,817.68 $ 4,798,922.28
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James, West help key JSU win over Tech
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Something about facing Tennessee Tech brings out the best in Jacksonville State’s defense. Backup quarterback Kyle West threw for two touchdowns and DaMarcus James ran 126 yards and a score as the Gamecocks pounded Tennessee Tech 34-14 Saturday afternoon at Tucker Stadium. Jacksonville State’s defense limited the Golden Eagles to only 280 yards of total offense, marking the third straight game in the series they have been held to less than 300 yards. “We had a really good day defensively,” said head coach Bill Clark. “The defense played great and the offense did what they were supposed to. “We probably took some educated risks, which is what we want to do,” added Clark. “That’s how (the defense) is supposed to look. I’m just really proud of the way our guys played - they worked their butts off for two weeks.” West, a redshirt sophomore, entered the game in the second quarter after an injury to starter Eli Jenkins and was 11-of-17 for 138 yards without an interception. He tossed a 35-yard TD pass to Earl Calloway
in the second quarter - the first of his JSU career - and added a 26-yarder to Anthony Johnson in the fourth. “Kyle West does exactly what you want a backup quarterback to do … he stays prepared,” said Clark. Griffin Thomas contributed two field goals and now has 18 in 2013, tying him for second-most in school history in a season. Thomas extended his streak of games with at least two field goals to seven. Punter Hamish MacInnes also etched his name in the Jacksonville State record book with a wind-aided 86-yard punt during the third quarter. MacInnes’ kick broke a Zach Walden’s 2006 school record of 81 yards and is the longest among Football Championship Subdivision punters this season. Jacksonville State improved to 6-2 and 2-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Tennessee Tech fell to 3-6 and 0-5. The Gamecocks’ efficient passing attack helped them establish a 24-7 lead at halftime. Jenkins and West were a combined 12-of16 for 182 yards and one touchdown. West, who entered the game after Jenkins was shaken up in the second quarter, completed
all four of his first-half passes for 69 yards, including his first career touchdown, a 35-yarder to freshman Earl Calloway. Jacksonville State pierced together a methodical 15-play, 80-yard scoring drive on its second possession of the game. Jenkins completed five passes for 47 yards on the drive as JSU marched from its 20 to Tennessee Tech’s 16. He then scrambled for 10 yards to the 6 and ran into the end zone on the next play with 4:10 left in the first quarter. Thomas’ 44-yard field goal and the West-to-Calloway touchdown pass staked the Gamecocks to 17-0. James finished off a six-play, 58-yard scoring drive that consumed only one minute with a 6-yard run. Thomas’ PAT made it 24-7 with 59 seconds left in the half. Jacksonville State travels to Clarksville, Tenn., Saturday for an OVC matchup against winless Austin Peay. Here’s what Clark said about next week’s game at his Monday press conference: “In college football, you see teams giving up 60-70 points, but you don’t see that out of this team.. It was a 35-14 game against a good UT Martin team, and they
had a running back rush for over 120 yards. They were down in the red zone a couple of times and they just didn’t score. These are not massive blowouts and a lot of that is contributed to the new coach. These are guys that are trying to impress him and they have really big offensive linemen. They are doing the things that they do well. They have guys as good as we will see all year. “They have big receivers and I just don’t see this horrible team that the record indicates. You have a new coach and establishing his philosophy, and they are a solid defense and make you earn what you get.” “These guys have lined up against Tennessee and Vanderbilt and they are not going to be scared or intimidated by us.Â They probably haven’t thrown the ball as well as they would have liked, but they have done so lately. They are solid on defense and they get lined up right. They make you work the ball down the field. Confidence with a new coach and new team will sometimes take time, and a win sometimes will breed another win or another loss breeds a loss. We just need to get ready to play.”
JSU’s Byers chosen OVC’s top defensive player
Pleasant Valley players celebrate an area championship and a spot in the Super Regionals.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. Jacksonville State’s Rashod Byers has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday. Byers, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., finished with six tackles and three pass breakups in Jacksonville State’s 34-14 road win at Tennessee Tech last Saturday. Byers helped a Gamecock secondary hold Tennessee Tech to just 8-of-23 passing with one interception for only 99 yards. The Gamecocks also had four sacks and eight tackles for loss. Jax State leads the conference in sacks and is ranked 12th nationally.
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Anna Bryant, daughter of Dana and David Bryant is the Exchange Club’s Youth of the Month from Pleasant Valley. She has won physical education and civics honors. She is a member of the Beta Club and plays volleyball and softball. Anna is active in activities sponsored by her church. She enjoys all types of sports She was introduced by her math teacher, Dexter Duncan. ABOVE: Anna is shown with parents David and Dana Bryant, grandparents Steve and Linda Burnett and David Bryant, teacher Dexter Duncan and Exchangite Shawn Seeger.
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Michaela Gannaway is the Exchange Club’s Youth of the Month from Jacksonville High School. She is the daughter of Michael and Crystal Gannaway and is on the A-B honor roll. She is a member of All-State Choir, Pre-Ap Math, FFA, KSE, drama and choir. Michaela plays softball for JHS and is in the Honor Choir. She has volunteered for the Capt. Kyle Comfort fashion show, sings in the JSU Honor Choir, volunteered for the Christmas Lighting on the Square and has appeared in an opera. She enjoys singing, writing, reading, soccer, softball, math, basketball and football. She was introduced by he choral teacher, Steve Simmons. ABOVE: Michaela is flanked by her dad Michael on her left and teacher Steve Simmons on far left and Exchangite Shawn Seeger on her right.
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EVENT: Tracey Reeves has taught at Weaver Elementary the past 15 years From page 1
Team Tracey, decorated two tables - purple for all kinds of cancer and gold for childhood cancer. “Pediatric cancer is what I try to focus my efforts on,” said Tracey. “My heart and my desire is to help childhood cancer awareness.” A blue table was decorated by Calhoun County Women Behind the Badge. Blue represents law enforcement. After Jacksonville native and Anniston police officer Justin Sollohub was killed several years ago, wives of officers in law enforcement agencies in the county formed a support group to help Relay for Life. “They’re doing this to show the community that they wanted to help,” said Tracey. “They weren’t just sending their husbands out, they wanted to be helping people in the community also.” The organization is called Calhoun County Women Behind the Badge. Tracey said she appreciated everyone who helped at the Tablescape, including fellow Weaver teacher April Jordan, whose husband, Chris, is resource officer at Jacksonville High School. Tracey became involved in Relay for Life about 10 years when a student from Weaver was diagnosed and later died of cancer. When Tracey was diagnosed, she and her friend, April Jordan, decided that they would become heavily involved in Relay for Life.
“We decided we’d do this year round,” said Tracey. “We wanted to help find ways to raise awareness for cancer through the American Cancer Society.” Bayleigh Phillips, 16, an 11th grade student at Gadsden City High School was present. Bayleigh learned on Nov. 30, 2006, that she had inoperable brain cancer. Bayleigh said right now she’s on a break from taking chemotherapy and is scheduled to go for her next scan in three months. “At that point, we’ll find out if I need to go back on chemo or not,” she said. “I’m feeling great. I’m keeping busy. It makes me feel bad taking chemo, but more than that, I just don’t have time.” Bayleigh is involved in several organizations at her school, and she’s currently in the process of publishing a cookbook, with the help of her family and friends. It’s called “Dancin’ in the Rain and Cookin’ Up a Storm.” Those who would like to purchase can call Bayleigh at 454-0039 or call her mother, Dixie Phillips, at 312-2606. The proceeds, said Bayleigh, will go toward her medical expenses. Tracey said that, seeing all those faces at the community center - some old, some new - was just another reminder of what an incredible support system she and Bayleigh have. “I know how strong she is and what a beautiful outlook she has on life, even though she is constantly
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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31774 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RAYMOND PEAK, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of RAYMOND C. PEAK, deceased, having been granted to JEFFREY CURTIS PEAK, the undersigned on October 10, 2013, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. JEFFREY CURTIS PEAK, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of RAYMOND C. PEAK, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL October 22, 29, November 5, 2013
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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31596 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF EVELYN LOUISE CHARACTER, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of EVELYN LOUISE CHARACTER, deceased, having been granted to RICHARD LEE CHARACTER, the undersigned on October 11, 2013, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred RICHARD LEE CHARACTER, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of EVELYN LOUISE CHARACTER, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL October 22, 29 & November 5, 2013
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F/K/A NANCY JANE LANCE, deceased, having been granted to DIANE DYAR, the undersigned on October 18, 2013, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. DIANA DYAR, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of NANCY JANE DYAR F/K/A NANCY JANE LANCE, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate
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The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL October 29, November 5 & 12, 2013
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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31764 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF IRA PAUL BOWERS, JR., DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of IRA PAUL BOWERS, JR., deceased, having been granted to SARAH MILLICENT BOWERS HARRIS, the undersigned on October 8, 2013, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. SARAH MILLICENT BOWERS HARRIS, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of IRA PAUL BOWERS, JR., Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL October 29, November 5 & 12, 2013
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31782 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF J.D. BROWN, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of J.D. BROWN, deceased, having been granted to DEBORAH KAY BROWN, the undersigned on October 17, 2013, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. DEBORAH KAY BROWN, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of J.D. BROWN, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL October 29, November 5 & 12, 2013
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THE JACKSONVILLE NEWS
PARD presents Monster Jam on the Square Featuring Riley Green
ABOVE LEFT: Riley Green is a hometown favorite. ABOVE RIGHT: Niece Mattie Maples is Riley’s biggest fan. Mattie is shown here with Green’s grandparents, Nancy and Lendon Bonds.
Emma Bell is all wrapped up for the occasion.
Many brought lawn chairs and food to hear the hometown singer.
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