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Cleburne County Firefighters train in the mobile burn trailer provided by The Alabama Fire College this week. LAURA CAMPER

Smoke rising above the Heflin Fire Department was visible blocks from the building on Ross Street all week. The parking lot was filled with cars and trucks, but the fire

engines were still in their bays at the ready. There was no fire alarm and the smoke was harmless, created as part of training exercise for the county’s firefighters, said Clint Cochran, a firefighter with the Heflin Volunteer Fire Department. Cochran said the Alabama Fire College brought its mobile

burn trailer to Heflin to give all 12 Cleburne County fire departments the opportunity to train. It was scheduled to stay through the week. Monday, Heflin, Micaville and Ranburne Fire Departments were using the trailer. Tuesday, Muscadine Fire Department was training.

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Heflin Fire Chief Jonathan Adams said many of the firefighters will come back multiple nights to satisfy their 12 hour live fire training requirement for the year. Each night, the firefighters earn about 4 hours of training time, Adams said. The firefighters are required to put in training hours every year. For fire departments with paid firefighters, that’s easy to achieve. They offer training opportunities nearly every shift, Adams said. But volunteer fire departments have a harder time meeting the requirements. The burn trailer is one way they can offer the opportunity to their members, he said. The burn trailer looks like a tractor trailer with a room on each end and in the middle a small control panel is recessed into the trailer with windows looking into the rooms on either side. The control panel controls the simulated smoke and the gas that feeds the fire in each room, said Corey Cochran, who was running the panel. Inside the rooms firefighters work to put out the fire. “This is the safest possible environment for them to learn,” Adams said. “One button can shut everything down.” For some it was the first blaze


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Lawmakers suggest sin tax instead of property tax for emergency response funding LAURA CAMPER

Two state lawmakers representing Cleburne County say emergency responders there would have better luck getting funds for their agencies by taxing tobacco and alcohol rather than proposing an increase on property taxes. “Sin taxes have always been the easiest to pass,” Rep. Richard Laird told the Emergency Services Committee during its Tuesday meeting. The Cleburne County Commission set up the new committee to agree upon how a proposed tax would be distributed among the county’s rescue squad and its 12 fire departments. Laird’s suggestion gave the firefighters in attendance, who already were struggling to agree on how to divide the tax revenue, something new to debate. Cane Creek fire Chief Jerry Fuller said he would much rather see the sales tax because people could opt out of it if they didn’t buy alcohol or cigarettes. But Carl Smith, chief of the Ranburne Fire Department, said the committee was formed to discuss a 2-mill ad valorem tax. He said he believes the committee needed

some guidance from the Cleburne County Commission to move in another direction. The committee met with state legislators Laird and Rep. Richard Lindsey to get their feedback on the proposal. The legislators would have to introduce a bill to the state legislature that would allow the county to hold a referendum for the property tax increase. An additional 2-mill tax on a home valued at $100,000 would mean roughly an extra $20 on the homeowner’s annual tax bill. A 2-mill tax brings in about $240,000 in Cleburne County, said Joyce Fuller, Cleburne County’s revenue commissioner, at a previous committee meeting. About $200,000 is from property taxes and about $40,000 is from car tags, she said. At Tuesday’s meeting, however, Laird suggested the committee members hold that request until 2015 because this coming year is an election year. “Everybody’s running for re-election and generally the public out there, when you talk about taxes, oh boy,” Laird said. As Hollis fire Chief Dan Hopkins talked about how much the extra money would mean to the department, an audience member said, “Maybe you need to tighten your belt a little bit. … That goes for the whole county.”

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Tuesday’s meeting was the fourth for the new committee. The members have agreed to set aside a percentage of the revenue for Cleburne Search and Rescue and for emergency communications. But dividing the money between the county’s 12 fire departments has been a battle. At the third meeting, the committee agreed to ask Fuller to estimate how much collections were within each fire district. She told the committee Tuesday that it would be difficult to divide the collections that way. Property taxes are collected by parcels and one parcel of property may cross over into two or even three fire districts. In addition, utilities pay a lump sum but are spread throughout the county. “It’s a little complex for me,” Fuller said. “It’s too time-consuming, and we do not have the manpower or the money to put toward that.” Commissioner Laura Cobb attended Tuesday’s meeting and said she felt like the committee was getting off track. The commission intended the tax to fund Cleburne Search and Rescue, emergency communications and to provide the fire departments n See Property page 2

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When he talks about his homecoming after being injured in the Vietnam War, Heflin resident Donnie Robinson is overcome with the emotion. “I didn’t have one,” Robinson, 65, said. “They put more emphasis on boys playing football than they did people going to war and coming back.” His wife, Linda, said Ranburne had a parade for a football hero around the time her husband returned injured from Vietnam. “It would have really helped the Vietnam vets to be recognized,” Robinson said. Things have changed and veterans are treated with more respect than they were when he first returned home. Robinson does his part by volunteering with the Disabled American Veterans driving his military brothers to and from the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Hospital. Robinson was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1968. He was just 19. Everybody in Vietnam was a kid, Robinson said. He was sent first to Germany and then in June 1969, his unit was shipped to Vietnam. It didn’t take long before he was injured. On Aug. 6, 1969, his unit was in a fight about 5 p.m. An explosion sent shrapnel everywhere. His buddy pushed him into a foxhole and saved his life, his wife said. Still he was hit with five pieces of shrapnel. “There was three killed; one of them was my buddy,” Robinson said. “I was one of 15 wounded.” The injured soldiers were flown out by helicopter to a clinic where the bleeding was stopped and they were stabilized, he said. Then they flew to a hospital for treatment. At the hospital, staff lined them up and each soldier waited to be treated. n See Veteran’s page 2

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Veteran's : “There was three killed; one of them was my buddy,” Robinson said. “I was one of 15 wounded.” From page 1 ed. Robinson’s turn came about 2 a.m., he said. One of the pieces of shrapnel had collapsed his lung. He lost about 30 percent of that lung’s function, Robinson said. Three pieces of shrapnel hit him in the shoulder causing nerve damage in that arm. He lost about 50 percent of the function in his hand, he said. Another piece of shrapnel hit him in the head. Four of those pieces of shrapnel are still in his body, Robinson said. He spent two weeks in Vietnamese hospitals and two weeks in a Japanese hospital before he was flown back to the United States, Robinson said. He spent more than a month on U.S.

bases receiving treatment before coming home to Cleburne County. He still hadn’t celebrated his 21st birthday. For about two years after he came home, Robinson dealt with survivor’s guilt. The guilt has faded over the years, but talking about the battle still brings him to tears. In 1970, shortly after he was discharged from the Army, Robinson reported to the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center for further treatment on his wounds. The hospital “was nasty,” Robinson said. The staff was disrespectful and the hospital needed a good sweeping. “It was a filthy place,”

he said. “It was like, they wasn’t there for your best benefit.” He didn’t go back to the hospital until 2000, Robinson said. But things are different now. The Birmingham VA Hospital has cleaned up and is now ranked in the top 10 of VA hospitals, Robinson said. “It’s really a first class set up now,” Robinson said. Since 2006, Robinson has spent his Thursdays driving a 12-passenger van from the Oxford VA Clinic to the Birmingham VA Medical Center and back again – a veteran helping veterans, he said. “Driving that van helps him,” his wife said. “He

Firefighter : “This is the safest possible environment for them to learn,” Adams said.

felt like it helped him being around them.” Robinson is as loyal a driver as the program could find, said Paul Brouillette, coordinator of the program. Robinson has received four awards for his volunteer service one in 2010, 2011, 2012 and this year. His 2013 award was for 2,964 volunteer hours. Robinson’s recently taken some time off from the program, but hopes to return, he said. Robinson said he will be spending his Veteran’s Day attending the service in Anniston at Centennial Park. The van he drives will be in the parade afterwards. Staff writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @ LCamper_Star.

Veteran's Day Service The city of Heflin will hold a Veteran’s Day Service on Monday at 10 a.m. The service, at the American Legion War Memorial on Almon Street, will feature speakers Rev. Mike Burgess, from the First United Methodist Church, Sen. Gerald Dial, Councilman Elvin Henson and Mayor Rudy Rooks. The Cleburne County High School band and Boy Scout Troop 206 will do a presentation of the colors and Ryan Robertson will sing the National Anthem.

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they had battled. Kim Hogeland, 42, a volunteer with the Muscadine Volunteer Fire Department, said the burn trailer was her first experience with live fires. With just about a year under her belt, she said she’s only worked on the outside. “Usually I’m outside helping with the hose,” Hogeland said. She enjoyed her experience in the trailer and it’s made her feel more prepared for what she’ll find when she does have to go into a burning structure. “When I first done it, I was a little nervous ‘cause it’s hot and the smoke and everything,” Hogeland said. “But the second time, it wasn’t that bad.” Tyler Willhoite, 20, has been volunteering with the department as a junior firefighter since he was about 9, he said. He’s done mostly wood fires, but after he turned18 he was able to start working on structure fires. “The first time that we have done it, it’s like going into something that you didn’t know,” Willhoite said. The burn trailer helps prepare you, he said. It shows you what to do and where to go. It gives you the opportunity to learn the proper technique to put out a fire in a building, he added. It also helps you get used to using the breathing packs the firefighters wear and teaches you how to communicate with the other firefighters during a fire, Willhoite said. Jonathon Austin, 21, who has been working with the Muscadine Department for more than 6 years, said it also helps partners get to know how each other will react during a fire. “It’s pretty realistic,” Austin said. “In an actual house fire, you don’t know what you’re coming up on. You don’t know what could be in the house or what’s on fire.” The burn trailer is a controlled burn, Cochran said. The purpose is to give the firefighters the opportunity to learn the best technique to put out the fire, he added. “This gives them a way of learning to fight the fire correctly and efficiently,” Cochran said. Staff writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

Cleburne commissioner wants $4,000 for community center upgrades LAURA CAMPER

Cleburne County Commissioner Laura Cobb requested $4,000 for renovations to a community center in her district at the commission’s work session on Monday. The money, Cobb said, would be used to finish renovations that were started with a $6,000 grant from the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service. The building, on County Road 49 near the Fruithurst Winery, has been used as a community center for residents of Muscadine, Fruithurst, Oak Level and Rosewood for years, Cobb said. Fruithurst Elementary School holds its annual graduation party there, she added. But the building was getting run down and it isn’t handicapped-accessible, she said, so she applied for the grant to pay for renovations. “I requested $3,500 and was very fortunate to get

$6,000,” Cobb said. Her goal for the grant was to make the bathrooms handicapped-accessible. With the additional funding from the commission, the group maintaining the building could paint the exterior, build an outside handicapped-accessible entrance and finish the renovations inside, Cobb said. In county property tax records, the building is called Crossroad School, however the building has never been used as a school, Cobb said. The school building burned and the community center was built on the same 2.5 acre lot. Cobb said she was unsure when the building burned or when it was rebuilt. “My area is such a rural area,” Cobb said. “It’s important that they have a place to go to come together as a group.” The proposed allocation is scheduled to be discussed and voted on at the commission’s Nov. 18 meeting.

In other business the commission: — Heard that the Road Department probably will hire staff in February. Shannon Robbins, county engineer, said he was unsure yet how many positions will be filled. — Heard that the county received funding from the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission to hire two part-time office workers for the Cleburne County Mountain Center on U.S. 78. County Administrator Steve Swafford said applicants need to be low-income and at least 55 years old and should contact him for information. — Heard the Cleburne County Emergency Management Agency will host storm-spotter training on Thursday beginning at 6 pm. The class is free, but trainees must pre-register with Swafford. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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ments with extra funding for training and equipment – not for everyday operations. “Our search and rescue squad, they have no building. They have no funds,” Cobb said. “Our whole goal when we talked about this was to fund them, that building and give them some security.” But Hopkins said he’s more concerned about keeping the Hollis fire station open. He said they have the same amount of calls as Heflin’s fire department, which operates with $100,000 a year. “I’m doing it on $20,000,” he said. “You can’t do it.” The committee’s indecision wasn’t lost on the legislators. “I’d like to say, y’all have to come up with something that everybody can support and that’s not easy to do,” Lindsey said. But if the beneficiaries of the tax can’t agree, the measure won’t pass, Lindsey said. He also agreed with Laird about submitting the issue after the 2014 elections. “It’s obvious we have some more work to do,” said County Administrator Steve Swafford. After the meeting, Cobb said she wasn’t sure she would support an alcohol and tobacco tax. She’d want to see how that might affect businesses in the county, Cobb said. One of the reasons she supported the ad valorem tax was because the added training and equipment the fire departments could afford might have improved the property insurance rates for residents. “If it’s going to keep my insurance rates down, then I would pay the ad valorem tax,” Cobb said. Staff writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

Police: Heflin couple died of gunshot wounds LAURA CAMPER

Heflin police said Monday that preliminary autopsy results show that two people found dead in their yard on Gray Road last month each died of a

single gunshot wound to the head. Krista Medders, 21, and Todd Robbins, 31, were found by a roommate more than a week ago. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators received the autopsy results last week. Heflin police Chief

A.J. Benefield said the department is still waiting for a forensics report to determine if the shots were fired from a gun found at the scene. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_ Star.

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OPINION/EDITORIAL Federal furloughs had profound effect on Alabama Alabama is without a doubt one of the most heavily laden military employee states in the union. In fact, if you took the federal military employment and automobile manufacturing employment out of Alabama we would be decimated. When the federal furloughs occurred recently it had a profound affect on Alabama. When the furloughs hit more than 20,000 Alabama workers, mostly civilians, were affected. We have tremendously important and significant federal bases in strategic parts of the state. These military bases are the heart and soul of their regions. These bases are vitally important to Alabama. Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal, Dothan’s Fort Rucker and Montgomery’s Maxwell Air Force Base are the most important economic engines of these areas of the state. When you throw in Mobile’s Corp of Engineers, you are talking about a lot of good paying jobs. Recently, while visiting with Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, I asked him about the most important and largest employer in his city. I assumed

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Inside The Statehouse that with Montgomery being the capital, state government and state employees was number one. My second assumption was that the tremendous Hyundai plant located in Montgomery was number two. He said neither is number one. The number one economic impetus and largest employer in the River Region is the Maxwell-Gunter Air Force facility. I was amazed. Strange further elaborated that there are additional benefits to his city that do not show up in statistics. Thousands of military retirees have chosen Montgomery as their retirement home. These Air Force officers, who retire in Montgomery and throughout the state, are extremely important to Alabama’s economy. They may

have been born in Minnesota but decide they like the climate in the South and do not want to pay the high property taxes on the Florida Gulf Coast. Strange said if you throw in the ramifications of military retirees, the importance of Maxwell/Gunter becomes even more significant. If you think Maxwell is important to Montgomery, then you ain’t seen nothing when you compare how important the Redstone Arsenal is to Huntsville or Fort Rucker is to the Wiregrass. These two bases are the premier economic centers of their regions. Redstone Arsenal and NASA built Huntsville. Like Montgomery, most of these high paid NASA engineers choose to retire in the beautiful Tennessee Valley area of our state. Folks, there are over 400,000 military retirees living in Alabama. We are and have always been a very pro military state. Our state merit system is even designed to give preferences to military veterans. We also have 12,000 Alabamians on current active military duty. In addition, we have 22,000 in Reserves and in the National

Guard. You can thank a congressional delegation of bygone years for these vital federal facilities located in our state. We had a tandem in the U.S. Senate for close to 30 years that spanned the 1940’s through 1960’s that were instrumental in securing and nurturing these important bases. Senators Lister Hill and John Sparkman spearheaded the efforts to locate Redstone Arsenal, and other bases to their state. We are reaping the benefits today of these two distinguished gentlemen’s efforts. Lister Hill was from Montgomery. He worked diligently to sustain Maxwell and Gunter in his hometown. John Sparkman was born in Hartselle and moved to Huntsville as an adult to practice law. Both men were SGA presidents at the University of Alabama. Both men graduated from Alabama Law School and practiced law a short time before going to Congress at an early age. They both served about 10 years in the U.S. Congress before garnering their U.S. Senate seats before they were 40 years old. Hill was the scion of a

prominent Montgomery family. Sparkman was the ultimate Horatio Alger story. Both left an indelible mark on the state. We are reaping the harvest from their labors today. As mentioned, Redstone Arsenal and NASA are what built Huntsville. Therefore, John Sparkman’s being the father of that base leaves quite a legacy. They probably should change the city’s name from Huntsville to Sparkmanville. Our Senior Senator Richard Shelby has done a yeoman’s job of protecting and sustaining these facilities over the last 20 years. He has been especially instrumental in the funding of Redstone Arsenal. We have had some outstanding U.S. Senators from our state. However, history will record that our three greatest senators have been Lister Hill, John Sparkman and Richard Shelby. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His column appears weekly in more than 70 Alabama newspapers. Steve served 16 years in the state legislature. He may be reached at

Scrumptious treats available at Artisanal Baked Goods Here’s a great recipe: take two brothers passionate about baked foods, introduce them into a small bakery, and add in fresh, local (if possible), high quality ingredients. The results? A delectable assortment of culinary delights sold at Artisanal Baked Goods on 17th and Quintard Avenue in Anniston. Teddy and Martin Paudrups are the principle bakers responsible for attracting the attention of an increasing number of Calhoun County residents. Fans are enjoying such products as Bama Sourdough bread, brioche, various cookies, pretzel breads, lemon cakes, vanilla and chocolate French macarons, cheesecakes, scones, croissants, Danish pastries, and, occasionally, something new. I spent an afternoon with the two recently, watching as they massaged a large tub of dough into shapely, football sized loaves. Eventually, I put my own hands onto a loaf. I pulled

Sherry Kughn Sherry-Go-Round on my loaf’s soft-as-a-puppy “neck,” folded over its “shoulders,” stretched and tucked its “ears,” and plopped the quivering substance into a cloth-lined basket that was to be placed in a refrigerator overnight. It would continue to proof for 16 hours. I had bought and eaten a similar loaf the week before, and I thought how much work, attention, and, yes, passion, had gone into its creamy, yogurt-like flavor. My Bama sourdough bread was great when it was eaten fresh from its bag or, later, when toasted.

As the brothers worked, they explained that love for family brought them to Anniston. The two had lived in Michigan with their parents, Alice and Marty, and a sister, Anastasia. They moved because relatives Linda and Rick Burke, who own Mata’s Greek Pizza next door, had the then-empty bakery available for use. “We wanted to be closer to family,” said Martin. The boys’ grandparents are the late Bill and Mata Rodopoulos, who created Mata’s Pizza in the early 1980s. A few years back, Teddy graduated from high school. He and Martin were deciding where to work, perhaps together. After much research, Alice learned that the King Arthur Flour Education Center in Vermont offered weeklong courses. Bakers sign up from throughout the country. She encouraged her sons to register, and they came back “almost addicted,” said Teddy. They made plans to open

a bakery focusing on Artisan breads and pastries. “The course took us from zero to sixty,” said Martin, “and we have continued to learn from there.” Both continue to take other classes and communicate with professional bakers whom they have met. On the afternoon I visited, Teddy and Martin worked on the sour dough and answered buzzers that went off from time to time throughout the bakery. Teddy left the worktable to check on lemon cheesecakes. He returned with a jar of homemade lemon extract. I smelled it and was amazed how strong the lemon fragrance was. I remembered eating one of the small lemon Bundt cakes a few weeks ago and now understand why it tastes like a fresh lemon has been picked from a tree and squeezed over it. Martin opened the lid of the homemade vanilla extract and let me smell it. He explained that it takes weeks

to make in order for vodka to extract the full flavor of the vanilla beans. The brothers were working on a Tuesday, the day before the bakery opens each week. Even when they are “off,” they often work, traveling to Atlanta or Birmingham for prized ingredients. The bakery’s hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Customers may sample each day’s wares. Also, they may visit the bakery’s Facebook website to stay abreast of each day’s featured items. Go to and, soon, to www.artisanalbakedgoods. com. Teddy is building a fan base on the site and is encouraging customers to give him feedback and suggestions tailored to their tastes. Email Sherry at sherrykug@

Obamacare’s train wreck in East Alabama

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The deeply flawed launch of Obamacare’s online enrollment is now all over the news after taking a back seat to coverage of the government shutdown. A month into the rollout, the evidence is starting to pile up – Obamacare is a disaster. Folks are still unable to get logged in to the site online, which under the law, was supposed to be a key feature of expanding insurance coverage. Also, according to a Health and Human Services report last month, Alabama has very few insurance plan choices, which also shows the law’s shortcomings. I have voted more times than I can count to get rid of Obamacare because I think the law is unworkable, will damage the economy and end up hurting working folks. I will continue to fight against Obamacare. Anxiety is rising over looming deadlines. For example, to have coverage starting January 1, everyone must sign up online by December 15. The law’s supporters, includ-

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Report from Congressman Mike Rogers 514 Cannon HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 202-225-3261 ing the president, have not agreed to even a year delay in the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, despite all the uncertainties and concerns. Open season for enrollment lasts until March 31. At first, if you hadn’t signed up by February 15, you would face a penalty, but the White House has delayed that deadline to March 31. How is any of this fair? And if trying to navigate this terribly complex law isn’t nightmare enough, the premiums because of the Affordable Care Act have risen across East Alabama significantly. Recently on my Facebook page, I asked folks to let me know if their premiums were affected. One person’s premiums will go up $200 monthly and they’ve decided to

go without health insurance when January arrives. Another person’s premiums will rise $300 per month.  For another individual, their premiums will go up $130 a month and they said they just cannot afford the coverage with the higher price.  Another family was told their policy doesn’t meet the requirements of the new law, but they will be switched to a new policy at an increase of $740 a month. The law hurts folks across East Alabama because it is not affordable or fair. Insured people are willing to become uninsured and pay the fine because they cannot afford the escalated prices of their new premiums under Obamacare. This new law, along with its website, has proved once again to be a ‘train wreck.’ President Obama has already delayed portions of the law, and Republicans are beginning investigations into its many shortcomings. I fully expect those hearings to reveal yet more problems. As always, please feel free to contact me at, like me on Facebook at Congressman Mike D. Rogers, follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram at RepMikeRogersAL and subscribe to my YouTube page at MikeRogersAL03

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Ranburne entered last Friday’s non-region game at Ashville in a three-way tie with Fultondale and Wellborn for the championship of Class 2A, Region 6. Pretty much everything that needed to happen for the tiebreaker procedure to go Ranburne’s way did happen and the Bulldogs head into the AHSAA Class 2A playoffs Friday night as the No. 1 qualifier from Region 6. It all played out this way. First, Vincent mauled Montevallo 48-7 Thursday night, meaning Fultondale could only add one more point Friday to its five tiebreaker points. Second, and most importantly, Ranburne trimmed Ashville 35-12 on the road Friday. That gave Ranburne six tiebreaker points to put them one ahead of Fultondale. Then Beulah’s 3320 win over Wadley and Mount Zion’s 16-12 win over Gordon Lee put Ranburne’s total at eight. Even when American Christian upset Central of Tuscaloosa, Fultondale ended with six points. Wellborn defeated Weaver to finish with four tiebreaker points. Ranburne coach Chad Young saw Vincent’s win over Montevallo in person. Afterward, “We knew that it was left up to us beating Ashville and the rest of it wouldn’t matter. That made it a whole lot easier,” Young said. “We had gotten it down to where the worst we could do was tie in points (with Fultondale) and by virtue of us beating (Fultondale) we’d have the championship anyway. I’m glad we didn’t have to come down to Central of Tuscaloosa and American Christian.” Young noted that Week 10 games are often difficult for a team to find motivation. That wasn’t the case for Ranburne at Ashville. “Just having something to play for helped us play better,” Young said. “Coming off games against Woodland and Wellborn and Fultondale, where the

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Zach Patterson causes the sack against Ashville last Friday night and finished the night with six tackles atmosphere was so different, it’s hard to play a non-region game.” As Region 6 champion, Ranburne (9-1) hosts Sheffield, the No. 4 team from Region 8, Friday. Sheffield is 4-6 but that record is deceiving. Sheffield lost all three of its non-region games – falling to 3A Colbert County, 4A Brooks and 4A Rogers. Colbert County and Brooks are playoff teams. Sheffield’s region losses came to Tanner, ranked No. 1 in the final ASWA Class 3A poll, Red Bay and Lexington. “I think we’re going to be comparable in physical size but they’re pretty athletic. I think they play in a tough region, too,” Young

said of Sheffield. “They’re young in some skill places but they also have four or five seniors that play. I think we’re similar.” Sheffield, like many teams in the Quad-Cities area, operates from the wing-T. Young said Sheffield seems to prefer throwing eight or 10 times a game unless the team falls behind. “The films we’ve got, even if they were losing they play pretty hard,” Young said. Against Ashville, Ranburne got the opening kickoff, picked up one first down then punted. Ashville was forced to punt, too, but the snap on the punt attempt sailed over the punt-

er’s head and Ranburne took over at the Ashville 12-yard line. A holding penalty set the Bulldogs back for a moment but quarterback Dylan Wiggins scrambled for 15 yards to set up a third-and-1 and G.W. Caldwell scored on a 4-yard blast. Jake Howle’s kick made it 7-0 with 5:35 left in the first quarter. “Once we scored, after that the wind kind of was taken out of them,” Young said. Ashville held the ball for two minutes before it was Ranburne’s turn to play offense again. The first quarter ended with Ranburne up 7-0 but the Bulldogs were on the move.

With 11:19 remaining in the second quarter, Dylan Tullis capped an 11-play, 60-yard drive with a 3-yard scoring run. The drive opened with a 33-yard gain on a jet pass to Kyle Lovvorn. Thereafter, the Bulldogs got gains on the ground from both Tullis and Brady Whittle before Tullis scored. The extra point attempt was blocked but Ranburne led 13-0. Consecutive sacks forced Ranburne to punt on its next possession. From deep in Ashville territory, the home team ran a toss sweep that Ranburne had surrounded but the whistle never sounded and the back slipped out of the scrum and scored to cut

Ranburne’s lead to 13-6. The purple-clad Bulldogs responded immediately with a nine-play drive that covered 73 yards. Tullis did most of the damage with runs of 10 yards and 15 yards before he scored on a 33-yard burst. Howle’s kick made it 20-6 with 2:17 left in the half. Ashville punted again and Ranburne took over at the Ashville 48 with 58 seconds on the clock. The Bulldogs went to their hurry-up offense and 40 seconds later they led 286. Wiggins was 3-for-4 on the drive. His first two completions, each good for 15 yards, went to Adam Sheppard and Lovvorn. A screen pass to Whittle produced the final 18 yards. Lovvorn ran for a 2-point conversion with 18 seconds left in the half. Ranburne’s final touchdown came on the Bulldogs’ second possession of the third quarter. The march covered 63 yards in eight plays. Tullis had a 40-yard gain for the big play of the drive and Whittle finished it with a 1-yard run with 2:13 to go in the third quarter. Howle was good again and Ranburne led 35-6. Ashville’s second touchdown came on the final play of the game. Ranburne did most of its offensive damage traveling on the ground. The Bulldogs ran 42 times for a net of 303 yards. Tullis had 194 yards on 17 carries. Whittle ran eight times for 28 yards. Wiggins netted 27 yards on seven attempts despite two sacks that cost him 18 yards. Logan Otwell gained 22 yards on three carries and Caldwell picked up seven yards on two tries. Wiggins was 5-for-16 passing for 93 yards. Tristen Hartley completed his one pass for a 2-yard gain. Lovvorn led the receivers with four catches for 53 yards. Whittle had one catch for 18 yards, Sheppard one for 15 yards and Dustin Chambers one for two yards. For the Bulldogs’ defense, Zach Patterson recorded a team-best six tackles. Caldwell, Donovan Tullis, Ryan Smith and Jacob Ertzberger each made three tackles. Tyler Connell, Trent Williams, Wiggins and Lovvorn had two tackles each.

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Facing a must-win situation against Lincoln two weeks ago, the Cleburne County Tigers responded to the challenge. Their best week of practice to that point in the season lead to a win, a third-place finish in Class 4A, Region 5 and a place in the 4A playoffs. The postseason begins Friday night and from this point forward every game is do-or-die, just what this group of Tigers seems to like. Cleburne County’s playoff road starts in Gurley against Madison County. Cleburne County coach Michael Shortt said he and his staff have stressed to the players that every week now they must have the same level of practice that they had prior to the Lincoln game. So far, the Tigers have responded. This week has been as good a week of practice as we’ve had,” Shortt said Wednesday. Cleburne County enters

the game 6-4, coming off a 21-14 loss at Woodland. Madison County, second in Region 7, is 8-2 after defeating Class 5A Scottsboro 35-21 in Week 10. Madison County lost to Region 7 winner J.O. Johnson and Class 6A Hazel Green on successive weeks at midseason. However, other than J.O. Johnson, Madison County’s region opponents were not heavyweights. Strength of schedule over the season seems to favor Cleburne County. That doesn’t mean Madison County lacks talented players. Cousins Brandon Gurley and Tyler Gurley quickly grabbed Shortt’s attention watching game film as did junior wide receiver Marquise Irvin. Tyler Gurley, Madison County’s junior quarterback, is a speedy, elusive runner who can throw as well. Others have compared him favorably to Munford’s Monteo Garrett. Brandon Gurley is a senior. “That’s their go-to guy.

He’s very dangerous. He’s very, very fast. He’ll be one of the fastest kids we’ve seen this year,” Shortt said. “They put him everywhere. They put him at the outside receiver, the inside receiver. They put him as a tailback. We’ve got to know where No. 4 (Brandon Gurley) and No. 8 (Irvin) are.” “As far as what they do offensively, pretty much we’ve seen that stuff all year,” Shortt added. “What we do on defense, the people we use, is ideal for what they do on offense.” There will be some new wrinkles and new faces, particularly on offense, when Cleburne County takes the field Friday. “We’ve worked on our red zone offense this week. The red zone cost us against Jacksonville and it cost us against Woodland,” Shortt said. “Our coaches have done a good job this week of getting them in the right place. We’ve done a good job at practice and we’re going

to be ready for a red zone offense this week against Madison County.” Freshman Mario Smith, forced into a starting role on defense at linebacker earlier in the season, will spend some time on the offensive side at fullback. “We haven’t had a fullback game which is what we need,” Shortt said. “When we’ve done well, we’ve had a good fullback game to mix in with our spread stuff. When we lost (Cole) Corkren, we lost that.” Against Woodland, Cleburne County had 296 yards of total offense, 246 yards rushing and another 50 yards passing, and gained 18 first downs. Woodland ran for 170 yards and passed for 146 yards, a total of 316, with 15 first downs. Christian Henson ran 15 times for 122 yards. Trey Bolton gained 120 yards on 24 carries. Henson was 5-for-12 passing for 50 yards. Jeremiah Blake had two receptions for 21

yards. Cameron Kerr had one catch for 15 yards. Jeremiah McLeroy and Brandon Horn each had one reception for seven yards. “We didn’t actually do that bad offensively,” Shortt said. “We just had those three turnovers in the red zone. You can’t have that. Most of it was stuff we can work on.” Alex Sandmann continued to lead the Tigers in tackles with 15 stops against Woodland. McLeroy and Grant Corkren recorded 10 tackles apiece. McLeroy also had an interception and recovered a fumble. Matthew Morrow had seven tackles. Drake Williamson and Smith each made six tackles. Isaiah Ware and Geoffrey Teague had five tackles each. Henson and Sam Cooper had four tackles apiece. Cooper added a fumble recovery on the opening kickoff. Cleburne County drew first blood, capitalizing on Cooper’s fumble recovery at the Woodland 26-yard line. A 19-yard gain by

Bolton helped overcome an offside penalty and a negative play. Bolton then scored on a 2-yard run. Anderson Jacks’ kick made i 7-0. The second time Cleburne County kicked the Bobcats held onto the bal and eventually scored on a short run. The extra poin attempt failed and Cleburne County led 7-6 when the first quarter ended. Midway through the second quarter, Woodland scored again on another short run then added a 2-point conversion. The Bobcats still led 14-7 at intermission. The third quarter was scoreless. With about eight minutes to play, Henson scored on a 41-yard run and Jacks tied the game at 14-all with his second extra point. McLeroy’s interception ended Woodland’s nex possession. The Tigers were moving again when they lost the ball on a turnover. Woodland’s deciding touchdown came on an 18yard pass.

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East Heflin by: Bruce Wright We were pleased to have Dr. Larry Riddle with us today as Bro. George was away. We opened to Math.16:18, “Build Foundation for Church”. Our world is changing so fast today and there are things happening that never did before or were even allowed. We have come to accept things we should not. Sadly, some churches have allowed their emphasis to be changed. However, when we build on the solid rock of God, the gates of hell will not prevail. We cannot allow the Word of God to be changed! We are a church of the Lord, not a church of the warm and fuzzies. That is the wrong foundation. When Jesus returns, he will not accept our new conditioned ways as not being sin. We must stay on the right track. Next, we must know that the Word of God changes lives. The Word is alive and works! It works in church, in homes, in jail, anywhere. Don’t go out and win people to Christ if you don’t plan to lead them from babes in Christ to mature Christians. For the fields are white with harvest. From the young to the old, anyone can come to know the Lord. We need to be missionaries for the Lord and it starts in our own families. We must do it now, not later, and follow through with prayer. And lastly, the one thing that will never change is that God is in control! He controls everything and God has enabled us to make our own choices. He doesn’t do things for us and will not stop us from harm or injury. We make up our own mind and must chose correctly. Chose Him today! Reminder- men Brotherhood breakfast will meet at 745 on Nov. 17th.

Mt. Olive Church of God by: Susie Smith As the time of year comes where we fall back with our clocks, we pray to see people fall back to church. Our Sunday School lesson this week was from Matthew 10:1-42, “Sent on a Mission”, the Golden Text was, “As ye go, preach, saying, the kingdom of God is at hand.” Brother Ronnie’s sermon this morning was from 3 John 1-8 on “Being Blessed”, how a lot of times there’s more month than there is money, and how we’re to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto us. Also verses from Malachi 3:8-12 where we’re told to bring our tithes into God’s storehouse and prove Him if He will not open the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing on us that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Sunday night’s message was from Romans 5:1-11. The message reminded us that we need to remember what our life was like when God saved us. Thank God for what He’s done for us and where He brought us from, and how we need to have the same compassion for the world that Jesus had for us. No one has done too much to be saved. We would love to have you join us anytime.

New Hope Ministries by: Veneta McKinney The next area-wide prayer meeting will be Nov 9 at 6:30 pm. These have been powerful times of intercession. Thanksgiving and Christmas are fast approaching. We want to remember all the things that the Lord has blessed us with!! Our children will be practicing their Christmas play every Sunday right after service. The children will be performing the songs of the play at the Quintard Mall on Dec 10 at 6:00 pm. Then the Christmas program will be Sunday night, Dec 22nd at 5 pm. Please be sure to attend. The TV program, “New Hope Arising”, can still be found on TV 24, the local station in Anniston, on Monday at 5:30 pm, Wednesday at 9 am, and Friday at 2 p.m. If you need new hope, watch and receive a special touch from the Lord. We are offering tutoring for anyone interested. For more information call 256-926-9440 or email Registration continues for the homeschool covering program. You can check out the information on our website This past Sunday Pastor Vickey Davis preached on “Wake Up O Sleeper”. It is time for us to wake up and be about the Father’s business. We need to really understand the time we are living in and wake up. God is trying to shake us awake. We need to abide in the secret place of the most High. The secret place is not a secret – it’s a place where He shares His secrets with us. We need to abide in Him.

Pinetucky by: Mary Alvarado “Forbearing one another and for giving one another for giving one another. If any man have a quarrel against any and even as Christ forgave you so also do ye. Colossians 3:13. Sending our prayers for each one in this month of November and remember those people especially: Carl Ayers, Dennis Austin, James Cavender, Rubie Cavender, Rita Cofield, the Grays, Dorothy Junior, Lillian Johnson, Violet Morrow, Gerald Perkins, family of Ruth B. Smith, Betty Thompson, John and Diann Tanner, the Worthams. Father help me to be generous in offering acceptance and forgiveness to others. Have a blessed week.

Verdon Chapel by: Richard Jackson It was another beautiful day to be in the House of the Lord. God’s grace and blessings keep flowing every day! Brother Paul Connor brought the morning message from Luke, chapter 7. In the city of Nain, a widow was facing the lowest point of her life with the death of her son. As they were leaving the gates of the city to bury him, they met Jesus, and her whole world changed. Jesus brought her son back to life and returned to the widow a means of support and livelihood. At the low point in our lives, all we have to do is come to Jesus, and things will change. People struggle and live their lives defeated and down, not realizing that there is One who can bring them out of the deepest pit of despair and give them a new life. Our faith in Jesus Christ can overcome whatever trial and trouble that will come your way. Have you met Jesus yet? If you are looking for hope, look to Jesus. He is our hope and peace. Brother Keith Noles delivered a powerful evening message about what God can do for you if you will let Him work in your life. If you feel the fire has died down and is about to burn out, let Jesus reignite it for you. He is waiting. Please pray for: The family of Ruth Smith, Robert and Gladys Baughn, Mildred Skinner, Miranda Beason, Jay Daniel, Greg Hawkins, and Jessica Perkins.

Wise Chapel by: Dorcas Toney November 9 we will host a class reunion, food will need to at the church by 3:30. November 13 is the Senior Celebration beginning at 10:30 a.m. with song, worship, lunch and fellowship fun. November 16 at 4 p.m., we will host Beans and Greens again. November 17 is charge conference at Lecta at 2 p.m. Many need prayer: Lula Mae Camp, Kate Ethridge, Bea Crawford, Rider Bearden, Ken Sanders, Grayson Smith, Hunter Rowland, Melissa’s mom and dad, Shae Whiteoak, J.W. Daniel, Clarence Noles, Ronald Edwards, Pat McKinney, Nell Fordham, Mary Truett, Gladys McElroy, our troops, nation, national leaders, and Lee McDaniel, and his family missionaries in Africa. May God grace be your answer soon. Our scripture was Hebrews 12:1-3. Communion prepared for us but not only for us. We share moments for and with our saints who have gone before us. We are surrounded by saints, the ones who paved the way for us. We have joined their vision of a growing church and a joyous future to look forward to. Our remembrances cause us to grow not only older by wiser. God bless us all.

Obituaries Eddie Meadors Eddie Meadors, 70, died Sunday, November 3, 2013 at his residence. Graveside services will be held at November 05, 2013, at the Heflin City Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Burgess officiating. Dryden Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Survivors include: Daughter - Emily(Mike) Altman, Heflin, AL Daughter - Amanda(Michael) Holmes, Heflin, AL Grand Child - Libby Altman Grand Child - Luke Altman Grand Child - Sy Altman Grand Child - Annie Holmes Grand Child - Amy Holmes . Mr. Meadors was a graduate of Anniston High School. He earned a bachelors degree in industrial management from Auburn University and an MBA from Jacksonville State University. Eddie was employed with Moores Business Forms Inc. in management for more than twenty years and with Southtrust Bank as Heflin Branch Manager until he retired. He was an avid Auburn football fan.

Ruthie Macie Smith Ruthie Macie Smith, 87, died Saturday, November 02, at her residence. Funeral services were held November 05, 2013, at Hepsabah Baptist Church with the Dr. Roland Brown, Dr. Steve Dempsey, and Rev. Josh Kennedy officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Survivors include: Daughter - Betty Lloyd, Anniston, AL Daughter - Karen Kennedy Cash, Heflin, AL Daughter - Joyce Green, Hollis, AL Son - James Smith, Hollis, AL Son - Willis Smith, Wedowee, AL Son - Floyd Smith, Hollis, AL Son - Royce Smith, Micaville, AL Son - Jerry Smith, Lineville, AL Son - Fred Smith, Hollis, AL Son - Jeffery Smith, Hollis, AL; 20 - Grandchildren; 47 Great-Grandchildren Pallbearers: Andrew Smith, Jonathon Smith, Clay Smith, Josh Kennedy, Marc Green, Chris Smith, Derrick Smith, Tyler Haynes, Ethan Smith Mrs. Smith was a native and life long resident of Cleburne County, and member of Hepsabah Baptist Church. She was a loving homemaker, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ulus William “Bill” Smith, and son, Harvey Jackson Smith.

Local Church & Community Events November 7

Both HEARTS locations are in need of food for the pantries. Suggestions are rice, beans, mixed vegetables, canned tomatoes, spaghetti and pasta, peanut butter and jelly, flour, cornmeal, sugar, canned fruit, jello, tea bags, canned tuna, salmon, ham and chicken. Breakfast foods like oatmeal, grits, pop tarts, and cereal are also needed. Ranburne 256.568.5003, Heflin 256.463.1020. November 8 A bbq and chicken supper will be held November 8 at 6 p.m., at the Heflin American Legion Hall in recognition of Veterans Day. All Veterans and spouses or a friend are invited to attend at no charge. For more info call 256.463.7375. November 9 Actor Trevor Thomas, Mr. Drama will appear at Bethel Assembly of God on November 9 at 7 p.m. for more information call 256.201.7469. A benefit singing for Rudie Nolen will be held November 9 at 4 p.m. at Hurrican Methodist Church. Special singers will be Almost Home and the Tri City Quartet. Chili supper will be held following the singing. All money will go to help pay for medical bills due to cancer treatment. For more info call Barry Nolen at 256.310.0411 or Pam Nolen at 256.310.8259. November 15 Crumleys Chapel Church of God will have Colorcraft Studios taking pictures for the Centennial Edition of the church directory on November 15-16 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. All families in Cleburne County are invited to participate in these sessions regardless of church affiliation. Each participating family will receive a complimentary 10x13 family portrait. For more information, call 256.236.7727 or 256.748.3458. December 14 Boxes will be set up at: First United Methodist Church, Heflin Baptist Church, Forte Power, New Zion Baptist, New Area Holiness in Micaville, Heflin Library, Ranburne Senior Citizen Center, Fruithurst General Store for drop off of new socks for seniors that will be given out at the local nursing home, Ranburne Senior Center and Fruithurst General Store. For more info call 256.201.1719 or 256.463.5558.

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BOE Official says expensive repairs prevent district from hosting Special Olympics Cleburne County Superintendent Claire Dryden on Monday told local Special Olympics organizers that the district can not afford the track repairs needed to host the event. At their meeting, the Cleburne County Board of Education members received a request from representatives of The Arc of Calhoun and Cleburne Counties to consider hosting the competition for physically or developmentally disabled residents at its Heflin track. Karen Davis, executive director of The Arc, told the board members the organization would like to be more active in Cleburne County. The Arc provides support groups for parents, family assistance, summer camps for children and adults and other activities, she said. Special Olympics is one of those activities, Davis said. Pati Tiller, outreach coordinator for The Arc, said it doesn’t have to be a regulation track but the school system’s course needs some work before it could host the event. “We looked at the track and there are some issues,” Davis said. Dryden said a contractor estimated the improvements would cost more

than $300,000. She thought the system would be able to pave over the existing asphalt, but the contractor told her that isn’t possible, Dryden said. “It can’t just be capped,” Dryden said. “It’s got to be dug up and removed.” She got an estimate from the contractor to remove the asphalt, and it would cost $100,000, Dryden said. Repaving would cost more than $200,000, she said. “It’s out of our park,” Dryden said. “As much as we would love to have it.” Davis also asked the board members if they would be willing to send the students to the organization’s annual Christmas parties for elementary through high school students. “I assure you that if you will let them come to our Christmas parties, they will have fun; they will be well taken care of,” Davis said.

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“Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next town or even to a foreign country, but don’t go where guilt is.” Those were my parting words from last week’s column. They were cut a little short and I felt it was a thought worth completing. These friends have nothing to feel guilty about this week…unless getting older is a sin! I think NOT. Happy birthday to you all! Kellie Grubbs celebrated her birthday on November 6th. I think she turned 18, but I’m not sure. Regardless, she looks marvelous. Her name did not make it into last week’s column.

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IN RE: THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM GLENN SHORTT, DECEASED CASE NO. 2013-095 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Letters Testamentary of said deceased having been granted to the undersigned on the 30th day of October, 2013, by the Honorable Ryan Robertson, Judge of Probate Court of Cleburne County, Alabama, 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. Diane S. Dewberry Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL November 7, 14, 21, 2013


Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Shannon C. Whitmore and Jennifer M. Whitmore, husband and wife, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., solely as nominee for Accredited Home Lenders, Inc., on the 30th day of March, 2005, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Cleburne County, Alabama, in Book 2005, Page 1561; said mortgage having subsequently been transferred and assigned to HSBC Bank USA, National Association, as Indenture Trustee of the FBR Securitization Trust 2005-1, Callable Mortgage-Backed Notes, Series 2005-1, by instrument recorded in Book 2010, Page 1678, in the aforesaid Probate Office; the undersigned HSBC Bank USA, National Association, as Indenture Trustee of the FBR Securitization Trust 2005-1, Callable Mortgage-Backed Notes, Series 2005-1, as Mortgagee/Transferee, under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in said mortgage, will sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, in front of the main entrance of the Courthouse at Heflin, Cleburne County, Alabama, on December 2, 2013, during the legal hours of sale, all of its right, title, and interest in and to the following described real estate, situated in Cleburne County, Alabama, to-wit: Commence at the Northeast corner of the Northeast quarter of the Northwest quarter of Section 36, Township 17 South, Range 9 East, Cleburne County, Alabama; thence South 00 degrees 49 minutes 26 seconds East, a distance of 389.46 feet to the Southeast right-of-way line of Alabama Highway Number 9; thence South 44 degrees 25 minutes 44 seconds West, along said right-of-way line, a distance of 416.00 feet; thence South 42 degrees 02 minutes 18 seconds West, along said right-ofway line, a distance of 210.00 feet to the Southwest corner of the lands described in Fiche 175B, Frame 1, Probate Office Cleburne County, Alabama, the Point of Beginning; thence South 47 degrees 19 minutes 36 seconds East, leaving said right-of-way line and along the Southwest line of said Fiche and Frame, a distance of 208.38 feet to the Northeast corner of the lands described in Original Book 17, Page 220, said Probate Office; thence South 44 degrees 57 minutes 00 seconds West, along the Northwest line of said Original Book 17, page 220, a distance of 210.00 feet to a corner point; thence North 42 degrees 41 minutes 29 seconds West, along the Northeast line of said

Original Book 17, Page 220, a distance of 194.09 feet to the Southeast right-of-way line of Alabama Highway Number 9; thence North 40 degrees 43 minutes 53 seconds East, along said right-of-way, a distance of 194.26 feet to the Point of Beginning. Said property being a portion of the Northeast quarter of the Northwest quarter of Section 36, Township 17 South, Range 9 East, Cleburne County, Alabama and containing 0.93 acre, more or less. Subject to any easements, restrictions, rights of ways or agreements that may exist. Being the same property as described in the mortgage recorded in Mortgage Book 2005, Page 1561 executed by Shannon C. Whitmore and Jennifer M. Whitmore, husband and wife as grantor(s) to MERS as nominee for Accredited Home Lenders, Inc. as Lender Property Street Address: 11429 Hwy 9, Delta, AL 36258 THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ON AN “AS IS, WHERE IS” BASIS, SUBJECT TO ANY EASEMENTS, ENCUMBRANCES, AND EXCEPTIONS REFLECTED IN THE MORTGAGE AND THOSE CONTAINED IN THE RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE OF PROBATE OF THE COUNTY WHERE THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED PROPERTY IS SITUATED. THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD WITHOUT WARRANTY OR RECOURSE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED AS TO TITLE, USE AND/OR ENJOYMENT AND WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION OF ALL PARTIES ENTITLED THERETO. This sale is made for the purpose of paying the indebtedness secured by said mortgage, as well as the expenses of foreclosure. The Mortgagee/Transferee reserves the right to bid for and purchase the real estate and to credit its purchase price against the expenses of sale and the indebtedness secured by the real estate. This sale is subject to postponement or cancellation. HSBC Bank USA, National Association, as Indenture Trustee of the FBR Securitization Trust 2005-1, Callable MortgageBacked Notes, Series 2005-1, Mortgagee/Transferee Andy Saag SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL 35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee 213731 The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL November 7, 14, 21, 2013


Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain Mortgage executed on April 7, 2011 by RODNEY JAY KAYLOR and spouse, DOMANICKA L. KAYLOR to METRO BANK, said Mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate, Cleburne County, Alabama, in Book 2011, Page 1514, Entry #39126, and METRO BANK, Mortgagee, by reason of such default having declared all of the indebtedness secured by said Mortgage due and payable and by virtue of the power of sale contained in said Mortgage will sell at public outcry for cash to the highest bidder, in front of the main entrance of the Cleburne County Courthouse, Heflin, Alabama, during the legal hours of sale on November 14, 2013, the following described real estate: The North half of Lot number Four (4), in Block M, bounded as follows: on the North by Lot Three (3), Block M; on the West by Ross Street; on the South by the South half of Lot Four (4), Block M; on the East by College Street; fronting West on Ross Street, One Hundred (100) Feet and running back Two Hundred (200) Feet to College Street; thence along the West side of College Street One Hundred (100) Feet to dividing line of said Lot Four (4), Block M, according to the map and survey of the town of Heflin, made by W.B. Furgerson. The above described property situated, lying and being in Cleburne County, Alabama. This sale is made for the purpose of paying the indebtedness secured by the above described Mortgage, and the proceeds thereof will be applied as provided by the terms of said Mortgage. METRO BANK T. Boice Turner, Jr. ADAMS, TURNER & MILLER, L.L.C. P. O. Box 1124 Anniston, AL 36202 (256) 235-1901 Attorney for Mortgagee The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL October 24, 31, & November 7, 2013


CLEBURNE COUNTY HAS BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM. Cleburne County has been chosen to receive $4,584 to support emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. A Local Board made up of representatives from the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, local church organizations, United Way, local government and others, will determine how the funds awarded to Cleburne County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program. Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. Cleburne County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Second Chance and HEARTS. These agencies were responsible for providing 130 nights of lodging, meals and other services including rent/mortgage assistance and utility assistance in 2012. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Gloria Peterson at 1505 Wilmer Av., Anniston, AL or call 256 236-8229 for an application. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2013. The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL November 7, 2013


Default having been made in the terms of that certain mortgage from RICHARD DARRELL HUTCHISON and wife, ROBBIE LYNN HUTCHISON to ROBERT DAY and wife, ANITA DAY, dated February 17, 2012, recorded February 21, 2012, in Mortgage Book 2012, Page 527, Entry #42367, securing the original sum of $87,000.00 in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Cleburne County, Alabama; said defaults continuing and by virtue of the power contained in said mortgage, the following described

property will be sold at public outcry for cash, to the highest bidder in front of the Courthouse door of Cleburne County, Alabama, during the legal hours of sale on the 2nd day of December, 2013, to-wit A parcel of land located in Section 3, Township 15 South, Range 12 East; said parcel being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the iron in rock pile accepted as being the Northwest comer of Tract 5, James T. McDonald property, as recorded in Plat Book One, Page 74, in the Probate Office of Cleburne County, Alabama; said comer also being known as the Northwest comer of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 3, Township 15 South, Range 12 East; thence South 00 degrees 55 min. 00 sec. East along the accepted West line of said quarter-quarter 25 5 .60 ft. to a capped rebar on the observed North right of way line of State Line Church Road; thence South 61 degrees 24 min. 35 sec. East 872.64 ft. to a capped rebar on the observed South ROW line of said road; thence South 74 degrees 11 min. 36 sec. East along said South ROW line 121.03 ft. to an existing iron; thence South 74 degrees 11 min. 44 sec. East along said ROW line 50.00 ft. to an existing iron; thence South 14 degrees 57 min. 27 sec. West and leaving said ROW line 122.94 ft. to a capped rebar and the true point of beginning of the hereafter described parcel; thence South 14 degrees 57 min. 27 sec. West 176.00 ft. to a capped rebar; thence South 74 degrees 11 min. 23 sec. East 122.99 ft. to a capped rebar; thence North 14 degrees 57 min. 27 sec. East 176.00 ft. to a capped rebar; thence North 74 degrees 11 min. 23 sec. West 122.99 ft. to the true point of beginning. Containing 0.50 acres, more or less; subject to any easement assigned to the utility crossing said parcel as shown on said plat. In accordance with survey prepared by B. G. Bailey, Reg. No. 12502, dated January 11, 2008. Said sale is made for the purpose of paying the mortgage debt and costs of foreclosure sale. John S. Casey Attorney for Mortgagee 126 Burns Street Heflin, Alabama 36264 The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL November 7, 14, & 21, 2013


PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2013-094 IN RE: THE ESTATE OF NICKY DEARMAN JENKINS, DECEASED NOTICE TO CREDITORS LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION upon the Estate of NICKY DEARMAN JENKINS having been granted to the undersigned on the 15th day of October, 2013, by the Honorable Ryan Robertson, Judge of Probate court of Cleburne County, Alabama, 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. CHRISTY HIETT CINDY CAMPBELL The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL October 24, 31, November 7, 2013



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Guilty plea for murder suspects LAURA CAMPER

Two people charged in the 2011 death of a Cleburne County convenience store owner pleaded guilty to murder in court last week. Dyna Marie Strickland, 32, and Christopher Ray Roberts, 29, both appeared before Circuit Judge Brian Howell this morning at the Cleburne County Courthouse to enter their guilty pleas under an agreement with prosecutors. Strickland pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of felony murder. Howell sentenced her to 25 years in prison. Roberts pleaded guilty to felony murder and first-degree robbery. Howell sentenced him to two consecutive life sentences, the maximum sentences for the crimes. The two were arrested 42 hours after

the shooting, which took place June 13, 2011. They were charged with capital murder after confessing to the robbery of Cheaha Country Store and the murder of the 53-year-old store owner, Joe Thorson, according to the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office. They could have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or execution if convicted of capital murder, said District Attorney Brian McVeigh. A friend of the family who declined to be identified said Thorson’s wife, Ann, was too distraught to attend the hearing. McVeigh said Thorson’s wife gave her blessing to the plea agreement. “She was a grieving widow,” McVeigh said. “She wanted the people who killed her husband in jail and she wanted to put this behind her.” Strickland will serve her sentence at Julia

Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, said Randy Payne, one of her attorneys. Strickland entered a best-interest plea of guilty, said her attorneys. That means, said her attorney Bill Miller, that she recognized she probably would have been found guilty. There was however some disputed evidence about her role in the crime, so a guilty verdict wasn’t assured, he added. Roberts pleaded guilty to the crimes and said he was guilty of them during the hearing. His attorney, Dave Johnston, said the plea deal was a good resolution to a sad case. “He just felt that with the evidence that existed, that this was a fair resolution to a tragic event,” Johnston said of his client. Both Strickland and Roberts will have a chance at parole. Strickland will be el-

igible for parole in about 13 years, said Payne. Roberts will be eligible after serving 85 percent of both life sentences, said McVeigh. He believes each life sentence will equate to 25 years, McVeigh added. Under the plea agreement, both Roberts and Strickland give up their right of appeal, McVeigh said. Raymond D. Strickland, who said he was Strickland’s ex-husband, was in the courtroom for the hearing. Their son is 7 years old now, he said after the hearing. “She ain’t seen or talked to him in over 4 1/2 years,” her ex-husband said. He and Strickland’s other two children will grow up without their mother, he added. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-4632872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

Officer begins patrols in Cleburne schools LAURA CAMPER

The newest face in Cleburne County Schools isn’t a kid, but he’s been welcomed by the students. Officer Ross McGlaughn started working at the Cleburne County schools in Heflin on Monday, thanks to a three-year grant awarded to the Heflin Police Department in September. “If any person came into the school that was like a bad person, he could protect us,” Macey Cooper, 11, said of McGlaughn. McGlaughn said his job does include protecting staff and students, but it goes beyond that to teaching students and building relationships with them. McGlaughn led a school assembly on Thursday for the fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders at Cleburne County Middle School. It was an opportunity to introduce himself and to teach them about drug abuse during this National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.

“I’m here to be their friend,” McGlaughn said. “This is more community policing than reactive policing.” Although he’s there mainly to patrol the schools, part of his job includes dealing with legal issues including illegal drugs, fights and car violations on campus, McGlaughn added. He doesn’t enforce school rules, however — only external laws. “I have to go by state law,” McGlaughn said. McGlaughn comes to Heflin police from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, where he served as a school resource officer for just more than three years, he said. McGlaughn was school resource officer at White Plains High School for one year, at Pleasant Valley High School for two years and this year, he had been working at the Weaver schools, he said. Along with his school resource officer training, McGlaughn has had advanced special weapons and tactics training. He said he feels ready to handle most things that might come his way at


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Officer McGlaughn fist bumbing with middle school student Seth Elkins. the schools and if he ever needs backup, he’s got the rest of the Heflin police force behind him. At the assembly, students got to meet some of the other members of the Heflin Police Department as well. One, Officer Addi, was a favorite with the students. The specially trained police dog demonstrated with another officer how she would

apprehend a suspect. “It was funny how she was hanging on to the man’s arm,” said A.J. Brown, 12. Caroline Lee, 11, had a different take on the demonstration. “The dog was very cute,” Lee said. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

Pride & Joy Preschool and Child Care Center enjoyed Fire Safety Week! The children were visited by the Macedonia Fire Dept. The entire center participated in a fire drill and in many more important fire safety tips during the week.





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