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Bear Cutlery & Son Inc., at 1111 Bear Blvd., S.W., is presenting a chance to buy early Christmas presents Nov. 22-24 at the company’s 17th knife sale. The sale on Friday will be from 7:30 a.m. 6 p.m. Saturday, it will be from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Door prizes will be given hourly, and those who spend $100 will receive a gift. Ken Griffey, president, said since the knives are made in the backyard of Jacksonville’s residents, he wants to allow them and others a chance to be able to purchase quality knives at a nominal cost. “You’re getting up to 70 percent off retail,” he said. “They make good stocking stuffers and makes your Christmas buying go a long way. With a knife, you don’t have to worry about whether it will fit someone or not. Every knife will fit someone’s hand.”
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Griffey said he isn’t forgetting about the ladies. “We’re bringing in kitchen knives, and we’re going to give you a real good price on them,” he said. There will be about 20,000 knives for sale. Griffey said Bear manufactures 12,00014,000 knives a day. Other items offered for sale include sharpness stones, knife packs and knife kits. Collectors from other states contact Griffey to purchase his knives. “There’s a lot of collectors out there,” he said. “They find out about us. We’ve got overruns and prototypes. We make up a knife for this company or that company, and it never goes into the market places. These collectors come in and want to buy them.” The knives that will be for sale, while their quality is good, don’t pass inspection, said Griffey. He said there are three categories. ■ See SALE, page 12
GETTING READY FOR THE SEASON
prisoners of war in camps across the South, were laid to rest. “I spent three years in Germany so a lot of these names are familiar, and I spent a month in Italy so those names are familiar, too,” Guerieri said as his eyes drifted over the graves. “These guys here were our enemies at one time, but they’re comrades. Once a soldier, you’re always comrades in arms, and you know they’re lonely a long way from home.” Even with the light rain, a small group of people gathered at the cemetery to watch the wreath laying. However, the rest of the attendees met at the McClellan Amphitheatre, where the ceremony was moved. After James Gauino, a 14-year-old from
Despite the rain, George E. Guerieri, a retired U.S. Army Lt. colonel, wanted to pay his respects to his comrades in arms. And on Sunday at noon he did just that. With help from his son-in-law, the 86-year-old stood from his wheelchair and slowly climbed the hill leading up to the cemetery from Shipley Drive. Others followed, bowing their heads and laying out wreaths and flowers for those buried there. On Sunday, for the seventh year in a row, a ceremony was held at the cemetery in McClellan where 29 German and Italian soldiers, who died while being held as ■ See POW, page 12
City workers began hanging holiday. decorations last week in the city. Several Christmas events are planned in December. See page 5 for information.
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After John Thomas Samuel Alred, 63, graduated from Jacksonville State University with a bachelor’s in arts and a minor in economics and political science, he had every intention of going back as soon as he could to get his master’s. He knew he’d need to work awhile though. “I came from the poor side of town, so I didn’t have money to go back to school right away, so I came out and worked at a couple
of jobs,” said Alred. Alred had a friend who was a typesetter at The Gadsden Times who told him that the paper had a job opening for a proof reader. Alred applied and got the job. “A proof reader is what they call a spell checker today,” he said. “We read all the copy that everyone wrote and made sure there were no spelling mistakes or mistakes in grammar,” he said. “It was a hard job because you just read all day. But the good
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OPINION/EDITORIAL TOWN & GOWN
JSU’s Marching Southerners continue to define future of marching bands
This article was written by Emil Loeken, a graduate assistant in the Jacksonville State University Office of Public Relations Who are the Southerners and the Marching Ballerinas? Jacksonville State University students, alumni and friends know them as musical geniuses and highly entertaining performers representing the “Friendliest Campus in the South” wherever they go, whether it is on or off the football field. They are 424 students from all over the country, performing for thousands each season, sending chills up the spine and tears down the face. They are the pride of our university and excellent ambassadors for the community. In marching band terms, they are comprised of woodwind, brass and percussion players, dance line and color guard. Some might be surprised to learn that one does not have to be a music major to be part of the Southerners. They represent almost every major at JSU and all different walks of life. Dr. Ken Bodiford, director of University Bands, states the Southerners’ goal is to be the best college band they can possibly be. “We have a tradition of excellence that was set years ago,” Dr. Bodiford says. “The band has always had a really high level of performance value. Every time we play we try to woo the crowds, making them fall in love with our show as we perform to the very best of our ability. We want people to get on their feet shouting for more at the end of every show.” Judging from the crowd reaction, The Southerners and Marching Ballerinas reach that goal every time they perform. That feedback helps the Southerners
as they continue to define the future of marching bands. Although there are some traditional elements to the Southerners and Marching Ballerinas style and certain numbers that are synonymous with them, Dr. Bodiford says the program has not been tied to tradition and is always pushing to be innovative. “You see a lot of college bands do the same identical shows they did fifty years ago. Their music is the same, the way they march onto the field, and the way they design their halftime shows has not changed,” Dr. Bodiford says. “The Southerners, on the other hand, have been able to venture out, staying on the cutting edge of what is happening in the marching band world. We try to come out with something different every year and I think that is the reason why our audience keeps coming back. “We are able to experiment and do things other college bands do not do. We design a big production and we continuously add to it throughout the season, making it very complex. We are not boxed in to only one way of doing things.” Many might wonder what the Marching Southerners do when it is not football season. After their last game, uniforms and instruments are taken up, cleaned, repaired and boxed away. “The band kind of disburses during the spring semester,” Dr. Bodiford says. “The Marching Southerners are not a performing unit that entertains year round. In the spring semester, the Marching Southerners is not even offered as a class. Many of those with music majors break up into different concert bands, while those studying in other departments won’t be around until band camp in August. On special occasions,
however, such as parades or other community events, we try to pull together as many band members as possible— whether they are music majors or not.” Those who witnessed the brutal, record-breaking 68-10 win over Eastern Kentucky University on November 9 received a special treat, as it was the annual Southerners and Marching Ballerinas reunion. Between 800-1,000 former Southerners and Marching Ballerinas joined the current members on the field at halftime for a performance that at times seemed to cause BurgessSnow Field itself to tremble. “Our alumni reunion was absolutely phenomenal,” Dr. Bodiford recalls. “We had people all the way back to our charter members from 1956 show up. There were Marching Southerners of all ages on the field. Some were in their mid eighties while others graduated last year.” The alumni reunion weekend was kicked off with a big banquet on Friday night. While the alumni entered the fifth floor of the Stadium Tower, a video with pictures through the decades greeted them. “The video was a great way to start the reunion,” Dr. Bodiford shares. “It always makes the alumni kind of nostalgic when they see pictures of themselves in full marching uniform, having a great time here at JSU.” The alumni reunion and its banquet have a different theme every year. Dr. Bodiford works together with his secretary, Sandy Lynch, as well as Kaci Ogle and Nancy Turner from the Alumni Office to create an unforgettable experience. This year, the program’s celebration was a tribute to former director Dr. David Walters, who recently celebrated his ninetieth birthday. Dr.
Walters led the Southerners from 19611991 and is the namesake for the JSU Music Department. He also served as band director and mentor to Dr. Bodiford, also a Southerners alumnus. “Dr. Walters built the foundation that we stand on today,” Dr. Bodiford says. “As a token of our gratitude, we turned the banquet into a huge birthday celebration for him. We had about three hundred alumni participating in the birthday bash.” After the banquet, the alumni were guided into the stadium where the current Marching Southerners gave them a full run of their show. The night ended with an emotional arm in arm sing-along of their traditional “I’ll Fly Away.” “It was an educational and very neat experience for the current Marching Southerners to see where the alumni come from and to learn their stories,” Dr. Bodiford shares. “They got to see how these people came back to their alma mater and still love it as much as when they were college students.” We all know how great the Southerners are. Whether marching in presidential inauguration parades, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as the lead band in the London New Years Day Parade, or putting on an unforgettable halftime show on Burgess-Snow Field, they do an astonishing job. If you have yet to see their performance or just cannot get enough of their spectacular tunes, there is one more opportunity to see them in halftime action this season-during JSU’s last home game against Southeast Missouri State on November 23 at 3 p.m. To learn more about the Marching Southerners, please visit www. marchingsoutherners.org
Giving thanks for dreams and realities
Recently I saw a fascinating sight in a meadow-like lane at McClellan. A yellow, boatshaped launcher shot out several people dressed like piñatas. As they flew through the air, their costumes came apart and all sorts of clothes fell out. A crowd of people ran and picked up the clothes. “This event is so artful,” I thought, “and it would make a wonderful topic for a column.” I could hardly wait to start writing about it. Then, I woke up. I lay in my bed chuckling that I had had such a crazy dream. However, I realized it had ties to reality. For instance, I recently rode through McClellan and admired the various meadow-like tracts of land. Also, I have a friend who flies a para-cycle. It’s similar to the ones used by the piñata people,
Sherry Kughn Sherry-Go-Round only theirs was faster and quieter. (Don’t ask me why they needed a yellow launcher.) Before I had gone to bed on the evening before the dream, I had watched a story on television about a woman who shopped at thrift stores and bought clothes to refashioned them. Of course, being on the lookout for a good topic for my
weekly column is reality, and a few readers may think weird dreams are fodder for many of my columns. I can assure them - my piñata dream was a first. Another reality occurred in the summer while I was in New York City. I saw an artful display of color created by artist Orly Genger. It consists of thousands of pounds of brightly painted nautical rope woven together and piled up in wave-like shapes. All of these “realities” swirled together in my head like the eggs, cornbread, sage, and broth of a turkey dressing. After I awoke, while still thinking of how real the dreamed seemed, it dawned on me that, in America, dreams are certainly possible -- flying devices, piñatas, a plethora of clothing, and art for the sake of art. Also, I
was thinking about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and how thankful I am for my country. Of late, though, we Americans seem to have forgotten our positive possibilities. We are mired in negative thoughts about politics when we see politicians more dedicated to a party rather than to the citizens. We Americans are not completely out of the recession, and some people are challenging our time-honored values. We hear that some Americans want to take prayer out of congressional assemblies and remove the mention of God from our currency. These changes would alter our heritage and identity, and I do not think the majority of American wants them. For those who are overly frustrated, where can they go where
things are better? The answer is nowhere. No matter how we feel about the negative things that are happening, we know we are more blessed, as a whole, than citizens in other countries. So, next week, when we gather around our tables to celebrate Thanksgiving, let us not only give thanks for the United States, but also let us pray for her. Ask God to give us a dream to overcome our challenges and apply His truths and power to finding positive realities. I believe that the majority of us love America. Our hope for the future rests in our faith in God and in positive leadership. That is a pure and wholesome that I think the majority of Americans can make a reality. Email to sherrykug@hotmail. com
Alabama was divorce mill from 1945 to 1970 By all accounts Alabama is a very religious and pro-family state. We are considered the Heart of the Bible Belt. However, Alabama flourished as a divorce mill for about 25 years from 1945-1970. Yes folks, good old conservative Alabama was known as the haven for quickie divorces. Famous people flocked here to get unhitched. This practice of granting quickie divorces began in 1945 when a law was abolished that required a one-year residency before folks could divorce in Alabama. Most states had a similar requirement at that time and a good many still do today. Divorces became a gold mine. It was a lucrative practice for lawyers. In fact, some of our state senators, who were also lawyers, became the primary divorce lawyers in the state. Their ability to expedite the divorces for the rich and famous was enhanced by local bills that made it even easier in their home counties. Their relationships with their local circuit judges did not hurt their case either. They usually controlled the judges’ salary by way of local legislation. In some cases, the judge was a former law partner.
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The legendary Rankin Fite got rich through this quickie divorce scheme. He was the lawyer of record for quite a few of the rich and famous who high tailed it to Alabama to get unhitched. Rankin would bring these folks into Marion County and get them a divorce in a New York minute. That was fitting and proper since a good many of
them were from New York. Rankin even had his own airplane. As Speaker of the House he got the state to build an airport in Hamilton so he could fly his personal plane to and from Montgomery. His airport in Hamilton, a hamlet of 5,000, had an airport the size of any city of 100,000 in the state, all for Rankin’s personal use so that he could get back home and represent New Yorkers in their divorces. They, of course, claimed northwest Alabama as their residency. Most folks in the country perceived that Reno, Nevada was the divorce capital of the United States. Not so. It was Alabama. In 1962, Time magazine published an article entitled “Alabama Unbound.” It chronicled Alabama’s prominence as the nation’s divorce capital and stated that divorces in Alabama far outnumbered those in Reno. In 1960, Alabama granted more than 17,000 divorces while Nevada only filed 9,274. Over this 25-year span the state’s reputation drew thousands of socialites and celebrities. They could easily sidestep residency laws and get divorces in as little as a few hours. John Daly, the host of the game show “What’s My Line,” divorced his first wife in Luverne in Crenshaw County so he could marry his second wife, Virginia Warren the daughter of Chief Justice Earl Warren. Her lawyer was State Senator Alton Turner. Also during the 1960’s a divorce was granted in Alabama to Barb Adams, the wife of renowned New Yorker magazine cartoonist Charles Adams. They were granted a divorce with a one-day wait in Limestone County. Probably the most famous and more than likely most lucrative of the Alabama divorces of this era was that of Tina Onassis, the daughter of Greek shipping magnate Stavros Livanos, who
divorced her husband Aristotle Onassis. They were unhitched in Washington County in 1960. Her lawyer was the flamboyant and debonair State Senator Pierre Pelham of Mobile. Pelham was a legend in the State Senate. He was impeccably dressed in white linen or seersucker suits. He had an audacious southern demeanor. He also had the perfect Alabama name, which fit his perfect gentlemanly southern accent. He also loved fine wine. Pierre had been born and raised in Washington County. He went to Harvard for law school. He gave Ms. Onassis’ divorce more dignity and credibility than most. He asked her to actually reside in Mobile for a week prior to her divorce. She rented a penthouse apartment in the fashionable Creighton Towers complex on Springhill Avenue. She paid a year’s rent in advance. Pelham took Onassis to the Mobile Public Library and got her a library card. He took her to Dauphin Island and bought her a lot. He then took her to Washington County and she was divorced in five minutes. Alabama’s glory days as the nation’s quickie divorce capital ended in August of 1970. In Geneva County, two circuit judges and seven others were indicted in a quickie divorce scheme. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His column appears weekly in more than 70 Alabama newspapers.
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Police Nov. 4 • Second degree possession of marijuana reported in the 1000 block of George Douthit Drive Southwest. Nov. 5 • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 200 block of Greenleaf Street Southwest. • Third degree criminal trespassing reported in the 500 block of Ladiga Street Southeast. Nov. 6 • Criminal mischief reported in the 400 block of Woodward Avenue Northwest. • Third degree criminal mischief and reckless endangerment reported in the 500 block of 6th Avenue Southeast. • Third degree assault and third degree criminal mischief reported in the 700 block of Forney Avenue Northwest. • Duty upon striking an unoccupied vehicle reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 700 block of Lynn Drive Southeast. Nov. 7 • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 1300 block of Pointer Drive Southwest. • Third degree assault reported in the 100 block of Ladiga Street Southeast. • Second degree theft of property reported in the 1600 block of Pelham Road South. Nov. 8 • Third degree theft of property reported in the 1600 block of Pelham Road South. • Third degree theft of property reported in the 1600 block of Pelham Road South. • Harassment reported in the 400 block of Oak Avenue Northwest. • Third degree theft of property reported in the 1600 block of Pelham Road South. Nov. 9 • Harassment reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. • Third degree burglary reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. Nov. 10 • Theft of property reported in the 1600 block of Pelham Road South.
• First degree robbery reported in the 1500 block of Pelham Road South. • Third degree burglary reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. Nov. 11 • Third degree assault reported in the 600 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. Nov. 12 • Burglary reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 300 block of Vann Street Southeast. Nov. 14 • Duty upon striking an unoccupied vehicle reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 900 block of Carson Lane Southwest. Nov. 15 • Possession of a controlled substance (2X) and possession of drug paraphernalia reported in the 1600 block of Pelham Road South. • Possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and second degree possession of marijuana reported in the 1600 block of Pelham Road South. • Third degree criminal mischief reported in the 200 block of Coffee Street Southwest. Nov. 16 • Second degree theft of property reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. • Third degree burglary reported in the 300 block of Bundrum Drive Northwest. Nov. 17 • Child in need of supervision reported in the 600 block of McFall Road. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. • Harassment reported in the 300 block of Coffee Street Southeast. • Third degree criminal mischief reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. • Third degree assault reported in the first block of 7th Avenue Northeast.
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Community Capsule • Christmas in Jacksonville The city will open the Christmas season on Dec. 2 with events on the square and at Jacksonville State University. JSU in Lights will open at 5 p.m. when Christmas lights will be turned on. The ceremony will continue with a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. at the president’s home on campus. Everyone is asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a boy or girl ages 5-10. That night at 6, there will be a tree lighting ceremony on the square, with performances by the Kitty Stone Singers and Band and the Community Choir and Band. The Christmas parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Winn-Dixie parking lot. • 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-a-word, lubricant eye drops, gum and peppermints, soft toothbrushes, queasy drops, lotion, neck wrap or hydrating socks. • The Jacksonville Farmers Market is open. Buy Fresh, Buy Local. The seasonal market draws in farmers, bakers, artisans and local producers of everything from honey and fresh vegetables to home canned goods, artisan breads, herbs, goat soap, kefir products and even home churned ice cream. Hours are from 7-11 a.m. Saturdays through Nov. 23. The market is in the pocket park behind Roma’s on the square. VISA/ MC/Debit/EBT and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Vouchers are accepted. • Trade Day and Farmers Market at Nances Creek Community Center is at 7 a.m. the first Saturday of
each month through October. There is no set up fee. • Knit “and Crochet” Night at Yarns by HPF is from 5-7 the first and third Thursday at the shop, 402 Pelham Rd., N., by Subway. • Classes for the Jacksonville State University Adult Wellness classes at Pete Mathews Coliseum are at 8 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday for senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes and 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for water aerobics and senior therapeutic yoga classes. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 689-2580 or 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. • Mom to Mom, a group for moms of all ages with children of all ages, meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the third Monday every month at EaglePoint Church. Visit www.momtomomjacksonville.org. Supper and childcare provided. • 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 6:30-7:30 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. • The Calhoun County Stamp Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays in Room 327 Stone Center, Jacksonville State University, corner of Church Avenue and Eleventh Street. Visitors and new members are welcome. Call 782-8044, 782-5604 or 435-7491. • 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 Public Library Board of Trustees meets at 3:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the library annex. Anyone needing accommodations is asked to contact librarian Barbara Rowell at 435-6332.
Arrests Nov. 4 • Frank Derrell Vaughan: possession of marijuana (second degree) • Hunter Livingston Carroll: DUI (alcohol) Nov. 6 • Isabell Patterson Winston: criminal trespassing (third degree); harassment • Clyde Gaylon Yarbrough: failure to appear in court (6X) • Spencer Benard Daniel: attempting to elude a
police officer Nov. 7 • Dalton Levi Caston: harassment • Isabell Patterson Winston: criminal trespassing (third degree) • Jason Lamar Chastain: probation violation • Najee Amon Watson: possession of drug paraphernalia Nov. 8 • Joseph Tyrine
Boykin: theft of property (third degree) • Dana Michelle Mcraney: theft of property (third degree) • Darla Michelle Keller: theft of property (third degree) Nov. 9 • Corey Deion Phillips: probation violation Nov. 12 • Jeffrey Luther Mahieu: theft of property (first degree)
Nov. 14 • Courtney Devon Horton: Criminal trespassing (third degree) Nov. 16 • Rick Allen Jones: possession of marijuana (second degree); minor in possession of tobacco • Samuel Josiah Tompkins: possession of marijuana (second degree) Nov. 17 • Vincent Neal Shoupe: probation violation
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Former teacher campaigns for senior citizens Judy Bell is Silver Haired Legislator
MARGARET ANDERSON Journal Correspondent or 36 years of her life, Judy West Bell was an advocate for children. While she will continue to work for children, this grandmother of three has added another group to her list -- senior citizens. Judy was born in the small Dallas County town of Safford, about 23 miles from Selma. She graduated from A. G. Parrish High School,
now Selma High, in 1963. The youngest of 12 children in her family, she received a lot of attention from her older siblings. Her father called her the caboose. “I was spoiled rotten,” she said. “I had sisters that were old enough to be my mother, so I think I was their baby doll.” Judy met her husband of 46 years, Dick, at Jacksonville State University. There were taking biology 101 together. She and Dick were in the parking lot on their way to class on Nov. 22, 1963 when they learned President Kennedy had been killed. “The commuters in the parking lot had their radios on, and everybody was stopping to hear about what had happened,” said Judy. “When we got to our biology class, Dr. Staples was so upset, he dismissed class. Everyone was crying. The next day we had a memorial service on the quad.” Judy remembers that back in the ‘60s, boys and girls were separated on campus. “You had the girls on one side of the campus, and the boys on the other side,” she said. “They tried to keep us apart. I was in Daugette, and Dick was in Glazner.” Judy and Dick graduated, married and moved away. They came back in 1973 when Judy was hired to teach at Kitty Stone Elementary School. She started out teaching science. She later taught math, Title I math and math enrichment. She was a counselor the last 10 years she taught. “I really felt like I was helping kids,” she said. “I love kids. That’s why I became a teacher. Being the youngest of 12 children, I felt like I had a classroom at home. My older sisters taught me how to read when I was 4 or 5. I have 45 nieces and nephews. Many of them are my age. So, I’ve always been around children.” Since Judy retired in 2008, she focuses on enhancing the lives of senior citizens and providing quality education for school children through her membership in the county, state and national associations for retired teachers. She’s currently running for a retired position on the state’s Teacher Retirement System Board. Results probably won’t be known until February. “Because I’m just a strong believer in public education,
Judy Bell at her favorite hangout, the Jacksonville Public Library. I think every child has the right to have the best education they can,” she said. “I’m a teacher and an advocate, and I want the best education for all children. If people have money and they can afford to send their children to private schools, I think that’s great and wonderful, but not every parent can. Every child deserves a great education. I think we have better education and more intelligent citizens through public education.” Judy is on the board of directors of the Alabama Association of Retired Teachers and is an Alabama Silver Haired Legislator representing District 4, which is Calhoun County. As an Alabama Silver Haired Legislator, she recently attended a three-day legislative session. “We’re non-partisan there,” she said. “It’s not supposed to be political. We advocate for senior citizens who are 62 and older. We go into senior centers and find out what seniors in our area want. Then, we go to Montgomery and pass resolutions that will help them. We present the top five things seniors want to the legislature.” One of Judy’s concerns is senior abuse. Her brother was an Alzheimer’s patient at a nursing home in Texas a few years ago. That’s when she came to realize that those working in nursing homes and assisted living homes need to have special training to work with these patients. “I saw then that Alzheimer’s patients need different treatment,” she said. “This is one of our top five resolutions. Hopefully, sometime in the future, it will be passed.” Two other resolutions Judy helped bring to the public’s attention as an Alabama Silver Haired Legislator are property taxes and tax on food for the elderly.
“When you become 70, you’re going to pretty much stay in your house until you have to go to a nursing home,” she said. “Putting a freeze on property taxes for seniors is one resolution we were able to get passed. Right now, we’re working on trying to get a tax-free day once a week on groceries for them. Sometimes it takes two or three years to get something passed. But, I get all excited about these things.” The Bells are members of First Christian Church in Anniston where Judy is an elder and Sunday school teacher. Their daughter, Susan Frintner, lives in Jacksonville. They have three granddaughters. Tristan Dubose and Kayli Hollingsworth attend JSU. Lacy Frintner is a junior at Pleasant Valley High. Their great-grandchildren are Parker, 3, and Paeton, 6 months. Dick is retired from the physical education department at JSU. An avid reader, Judy said she loves the Jacksonville public library. Her schedule though, allows her little time to read. “I’m always picking up grandkids and often babysitting,,” she said. “I’m happy if I can get in a little reading every day.” At the moment, her favorite authors are Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown. Judy said that while she likes to cook, because their lives are so busy, she and Dick usually eat out. She shares her family recipes, one of which is a hobo dinner. “While this is cooking, you can do other things,” she said. “It’s ready in an hour.” (Contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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JHS Key Club members assist with food drive Items will benefit JCOC Members of the Kiwanis Club and the Jacksonville High School Key Club spent Saturday collecting food for the Jacksonville Community Outreach Center. Rev. Bob Ford, a member of the Kiwanis Club, said is pleased with the amount of food collected. The items filled a pickup. The drive was held at Cashsaver, Winn-Dixie and Wal-Mart. “We collected a truck load of various kinds of food,” he said. “I’m grateful for the good work of the Key Club of JHS in cooperation with the Kiwanis Cub. We feel we’ve performed a valuable service for the community, because now the Jacksonville Community Outreach Center will be able to help more people.” Kiwanians and Key Club members from JHS and Pleasant Valley High School conduct a food drive for the JCOC each year before Thanksgiving and before Christmas. The next one is set for Dec. 14. More details will be announced later.
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Keith and Kelli Austin of DeArmanville announce the engagement of their daughter, Cassie Austin, to Justin Bergstresser, son of Thomas and Melody Bergstresser of Alexandria. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Doris and Daniel Stearman and Ronald and Mary Austin, all of DeArmanville. Miss Austin is a graduate of Oxford High School. She is employed by Model City Pediatric. The prospective groom is the grandson of George Edward and Mina Faye Stephens of Munford and the late Carl and Gertrude Bergstresser, formerly of Anniston. Mr. Bergstresser is a graduate of Walter Wellborn High School. He is employed by Honda Manufacturing. The wedding will be 7 p.m. Nov. 27, 2013, at Janney Furnace Barn.
City and JSU gear up for holiday season Lots of lights and parade planned Jacksonville’s annual tree lighting ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 on the square. The Kitty Stone Singers and Band and the Jacksonville Community Choir and Band will perform. The Rev. Chris Taylor, pastor of First Baptist Church, Eastwood, will give the invocation. Mayor Johnny Smith will speak, and JSU president Dr. Bill Meehan will pull the light switch. Councilwoman Sandra Sudduth will close the ceremony. Also on Dec. 2, Dr. and Mrs. Meehan and the Student Government Association will host JSU in Lights from 4-5:30 p.m. at the president’s home on campus. Campus lighting will begin at 5 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a girl or boy between the ages of 5-10. The city’s Christmas parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Winn-Dixie. Entry forms are available at Edwards Grocery Store on Highway 204, or call Rita Edwards at 225-0816 for more information.
Pvt. Shelvin graduates basic training Army Reserve Pvt. Micah A. Shelvin has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. Shelvin is the son of Denise Shelvin of Jacksonville. He is a 2010 graduate of Jacksonville High School.
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JSU officials hope for grant to expand training program for technology in classrooms BY LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service Jacksonville State University is among a group of schools competing for a grant that officials here hope to use to spread the use of digital technology in K-12 classrooms. JSU is one of the 25 highest-rated applicants in a list of potential grantees that includes Columbia University’s Teachers College, according to a release from the U.S. Department of Education, which will award the grant. The Investing in Innovation grant program is designed to fund new programs in education. Through the grant program, the Education Department will divide $135 million among
the top 25 applicants who are able to secure a 10 percent match by a private donor by December. If JSU receives the grant, its portion is expected to be roughly $12 million, said Alicia Simmons, director of the JSU’s Office of Planning and Research. She said the money would be used to expand its Collaborative Regional Education Academy, an education program designed to help teachers understand how to use new technology in elementary, middle and high school classrooms. “We don’t expect any problems at all,” Simmons said. Through the academy, JSU has begun training teachers across the region how to use laptops, smartphones and tablet computers with new teaching techniques. In the spring the academy partnered with the computer
maker Apple to offer professional development to teachers from more than a dozen Alabama school systems during a workshop at JSU. During the event, teachers heard from speakers and worked in groups to teach each other new teaching practices. With the federal funding, JSU would teach other regional universities how to do the same work, school officials said. It would also measure the program’s effectiveness and offer more professional development to teachers. “It is an opportunity for JSU to really lead the way in how regional universities connect with pre-K through 12 school systems,” Simmons said. “We can learn from each other.” Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @ LGaddy_Star
JSU sees dip in foreign enrollment, opposite of national trend BY LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service The number of international students studying at JSU has trended downward over the last five years, countering a national boom in enrollment by foreign scholars at American schools. Nationwide, the number of international students enrolled in American colleges and universities rose to 819,644 in 2012, an all-time high, according to a report released Monday by the Institute of International Education. At JSU this fall, international enrollment took a slight dip, falling to 204 from 216 in 2012, according to information published online by the university. International enrollment had grown steadily since 2001, peaking at 247 in both 2007 and 2008. In an emailed statement, JSU spokeswoman Patty Hobbs noted that JSU has made recruitment of international students part of the school’s strategic plan, but declined to answer further questions. At a board of trustees meeting in October, Joe Delap, JSU’s associate vice president for academic affairs, said that the university had some policies that kept some international students from entering JSU at the graduate level. When asked this week
for specific examples of those barriers, officials at the university declined to respond. Delap said in a statement emailed by Hobbs that JSU’s Office of Graduate Studies might post international admissions criteria in a more prominent location on the university website by the spring semester to help attract more international students. Allen Goodman, president of the International Institute of Education, pointed to University of South Alabama, Auburn University and the University of Alabama as examples of schools that saw international enrollment grow. He said international enrollment statewide grew by about 10 percent. Goodman said students from other countries tend to study math, science, technology and engineering. “That tends to be a high priority for education in other places,” Goodman said. In 2012 the top degree programs among international students at JSU were biology, nursing and pre-business, according to the university’s fact book. Goodman said international students tend to seek higher education in the United States because of the reputation of colleges here, and that they do so in good and bad economic times. “America has a terrific reputa-
tion in higher education,” Goodman said. “There is just a lot of opportunity in America.” In 2012-13, 55,000 more international students attended American colleges and universities than did so in the previous year. Most of the growth was driven by students from Saudi Arabia and China. In 2012-13, the bulk of foreign students came to JSU from China, Brazil and Canada, according to information published by the university, while in the current academic year China, Canada and the United Kingdom were the top three countries of origin for international students. Vanessa Radom, a graduate student from France, said she came to JSU because she earned a scholarship. “I did not pick Jacksonville, Jacksonville picked me,” Radom said. Radom, who studies literature, she said she sought out an educational opportunity in the United States to improve her English language skills. Along the way, she added, she has learned a few more things. “I’ve learned a lot about cultural differences,” Radom said. “I’ve learned to respect these differences,” Like Radom, Maya-Nora Saaid, a JSU undergraduate from Holland of Middle Eastern
descent, said she came to the United States to learn more about the culture. A member of JSU’s International House program, which pairs 20 foreign students with roommates from the United States, she said she’s found a niche at JSU. “I grew up with two cultures ... I didn’t feel at home. I was always the European or the Middle Eastern,” she said. “This is a great place for me to have a base.” John Ketterer, director of JSU’s International House, said learning to acclimate to new cultures is a major benefit of international education, which can help when navigating international business dealings. “I think it’s very important for economic reasons,” Ketterer said. “We do live in a society now where we depend on each other.” Ketterer said international education is expanding to include colleges and universities from more countries. In the past, he said, the United States, France and the United Kingdom received the greatest number of college students from other nations. Now students are more inclined to study at universities in South America and Africa than ever before, he said, calling it a “leveling of academic exchange.” “It’s a leveling of the playing field with a lot more options,”
Ketterer said. He said some officials in higher education are using experimental programs to encourage this change. JSU, for example, has programs through which students spend two years at a university in their home country and two years at JSU, earning degrees from both institutions. In addition to that, Ketterer said, JSU is working with Taizhou University in China to promote international education. He also pointed out that JSU has a faculty exchange program through which professors at JSU teach in foreign institutions and professors from universities overseas visit JSU. Radom and Saaid said making the transition to JSU was simple for them. For Saaid, the transition was made easier through the mentoring she received at the International House, she said. Radom said the process was easier for her in the beginning when she had a scholarship, but since it ran out she’s been having to figure out how to learn to register and pay for school on her own. “In Europe studies are much cheaper,” Radom said. “People here have to be more independent.” Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256235-3544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star
ALRED: Married to the former Karen Bonds for 18 years From page 1
thing about it is you knew what was happening in the world by the end of the day.” Paul Meloun, the executive editor at the Times, was known for giving his employees a chance to do other jobs. Alred went to him and told him that he’d like to write a story. The editor obliged him. Alred’s first story appeared in September during football season. He asked women on Broad Street in Gadsden what they would be doing while their husbands watched football. “It turned out pretty good,” said Alred. “My mother saved it. I go back and look at it today and I laugh. It peeked my interest in journalism though, and then I started doing more and more stories.” Alred became a feature writer and, for a while, was the courthouse reporter and then went to the desk as an editor. He’d always had a love for sports, so he began covering sports events and writing the stories. After 25 years of doing that though, he had become burned out. “I didn’t want to cover any more sports,” he said. “The last five years I was in sports, I elected to be the inside guy. I would stay at home and lay out the paper and let the younger guys cover Alabama, Auburn and Jax State.” His next job was back to the desk as editor. “This was just when newspapers were starting out very crudely on the Internet and I had a little knowledge of computers,” said Alred. “I’m very proud to say that I
put the first web pages for The Gadsden Times on the Internet.” The publisher felt that Alred might be a good candidate to be head of the creative department. “I was in charge of the artists who built the ads. I made sure the ads were built, that they were correct when the advertiser looked at them and that they were correct when they were published,” said Alred. “Everybody saidI went to the dark side because I left news for advertising. What it did was give me insight into all sides of the newspaper. The non-money side (news) and the money-making side (advertising).” He stayed in advertising until he had a heart attack and had to have triple bypass surgery in 2005. After recuperating, he knew he wanted to stay in the newspaper business, but he wanted to get out of the grind of daily newspapers. At that time Jimmy Creed was managing editor of The Jacksonville News. Alred and Creed were longtime friends. One night in 2006, he called Creed and told him what he’d been thinking and, as luck would have it, Creed told him there was an opening for a writer at the News. Creed practically hired Alred on the phone that night. “I retired from The Gadsden Times,” said Alred. “I’d had enough service in. I could retire and draw a pension from them.” About a year later, Creed left the paper, and he recommended Alred for his job. After Alred had been at the News a year, with over 32 years of newspaper experience behind him, he went from
being a reporter to being managing editor of the paper. Alred is now publisher of The Jacksonville News, The Piedmont Journal and The Cleburne (Heflin) News. “I love being the publisher of these three wonderful newspapers,” he said. “There are hard times and there are good times, but the good times outweigh the bad times. With newspapers, we’ve had to cut back, and we’ve had to downsize. Because of the economy, sometimes it’s hard to do, but we’ve managed to keep our heads above the water.” Alred said that in his opinion, weekly newspapers can do more than dailies because weeklies can give everyone recognition that they probably otherwise wouldn’t get. “Anita Kilgore and I have been together since I came to Consolidated Publishing,” said Alred. “I think we make a great team. Now, we’re happy to have Margaret Anderson back with us.” Alred was born in Gadsden and graduated from Emma Sansom High School in 1968. He was the only child of the late Thomas and Essie (McClung) Alred. “I envied all my friends who had brothers and sisters, and they envied me because I was an only
child,” said Alred. “I knew at Christmas that all the toys under the tree belonged to me. I really don’t know if it affected me or not, but I have some great cousins that I grew up with and we’re still close today.” Alred and his wife, the former Karen Bonds, have been married 18 years. They met on a blind date arranged by his cousin. Karen works at Young Oil Company in Piedmont. Alred has been a member of Roberts Chapel Baptist Church for the past 10 years. “The pastor came to me and told me that he and another deacon had talked and they felt that I was a good candidate to be a deacon,” said Alred. “I told him I’d pray about it.” Alred did pray about it and two weeks ago he was ordained as a deacon at Roberts Chapel. “I think this is the way God wants me to go,” he said. “I think it’s a step in my spiritual growth. I want to work for my church and help spread the Word.” Alred enjoys coin collecting and golf, although being publisher of three newspapers leaves him little time for either these days. He’s a member of the Jacksonville Exchange Club.
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“I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life right now,” said Alred. “I’m married to the woman I love, I love working for the Lord, I love this area and I love the three newspapers I publish. I wouldn’t think about moving away from this area. This area is beautiful.” Alred said many wonder why he has three given names. First of all, he said, he wasn’t supposed to be a boy. He shocked everyone when he was the first boy born on his mother’s side of the family in a long time. There had been 11 girls born before him. “So, my mother was fully expecting a girl,” he said. “In fact, I was supposed to be named Constance Rebecca.” Alred said his parents were in such shock that they didn’t name him for about three days. He was just Baby Alred. The nurse finally told his mother they had to give him a name. So they named him John after his father and then added the names of both his grandfathers. (Contact Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Oneonta ends Jacksonville’s season extra point by Mason Tompkins was good and the Eagles were on the board, 35-7. Oneonta scored two more times in the What started out as a promising night third and once last touchdown in the fourth turned into a nightmare for the Jacksonquarter to close out the game, and the ville Golden Eagles as Oneonta ended the Eagles season, 56-7. Eagles playoffs with a lopsided 56-7 win. Thomas, who has wowed crowds all Taking the ball on their own 15-yard season, finished the game with 168 yards line Jacksonville marched downed the rushing on 16 carries. The touchdown field, looking like they were mounting a Thomas scored was No. 24 of the season. scoring drive. The Eagles made it within Eagle quarterback senior Jackson Bell the Redskins 35-yard line before fumbling was pressured all game by a stiff Oneothe ball. nta defense and had little time to get off Oneonta took the ball and mounted their a pass. The Eagles finished with only six own drive, marching down the field for the first downs. score, and from there, it was all Oneonta. Oneonta (11-1), who has finished runThe Redskins scored again in the first ner-up in Class 4A the last two years, quarter for a 14-0 lead and then tacked looked like a team with their eyes on the on three more touchdowns in the second prize. Twenty seasoned seniors are on the quarter, one on a blocked punt, to go into Redskins roster, hoping to finally claim a the locker room up 35-0. state championship. Jacksonville (8-4) had two highlights in While the season came to an end for the the third quarter, coming on back-to-back plays. Senior safety Payton Sims intercept- Golden Eagles the memories will remain. Jacksonville made it to the playoffs for ed an Oneonta pass on the one-yard line. the first time since 2009 and to the second On the next play Jacksonville’s Dominique Thomas went around left end, turned round of playoffs for the first time since 1999. The Eagles also won eight games on the after burners and sprinted 99-yard this season, their best mark since 1999. yards for a Jacksonville touchdown. The LORI TIPPETS email@example.com
Jacksonville’s Jackson Bell looks downfield to throw but the Oneonta defense was on him in a hurry.
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Jacksonville’s Payton Sims (23) and J.J. Johnson (16) try to stop an Oneonta running back.
Jacksonville State senior guard Brian Williams scored 16 points to become the 22nd player in JSU history to score over 1,000 career points but the Gamecocks still fell to Alabama State 84-73 in their 201314 home opener at Pete Mathews Coliseum. Williams scored 13 first half points and connected on a 3-point shot with 7:08 to go in the second half to give him 1,001 career points. The Lawrenceville, Ga.-native also became just the fifth player in JSU’s Division I history to score over 1,000 points in a career. JSU finished the night shooting 24-of-33 (72.7 percent) from the free throw line while shooting 23-of55 (41.8 percent) from the field to fall to 1-3 on the ■ See JAXMEN, page 9
Allowing 35 first-quarter points dooms Gamecocks, gives EIU conference title
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Jacksonville State cornerback Jamill Lott breaks up a pass intended for Eastern Illinois wide receiver Adam Drake.
CHARLESTON, Illinois - Eastern Illinois proved worthy of its No. 2 national ranking. The high-powered Panthers secured their second straight Ohio Valley Conference championship with a 52-14 win over No. 22 Jacksonville State Saturday at windswept O’Brien Field. The Gamecocks (8-3, 4-3 OVC) had their three-game win streak snapped and likely need a victory in the regular-season finale to keep alive hopes of making the 24-team Football Championship Subdivision playoff field. Eastern Illinois (10-1, 7-0) put up a school-record 35 points in the first quarter and outgained the Gamecocks 595-253 for the afternoon. On a day of few bright spots for the Gamecocks’ offense, junior DaMarcus James etched his name in JSU’s record book with a 1-yard touchdown dive in the fourth quarter. James surpassed Oscar Bonds’ school record for touchdowns in a season with his 20th. He finished with 85 yards on 20 carries. The tone of the game was set on the third play from scrimmage when quarterback Max Shortell fumbled a handoff and EIU’s Clint Simpkins recovered at JSU’s 15. Shepard Little ran in from the 3 to finish off the short drive and give the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 13:48 left in the first quarter. EIU added touchdowns on its next four possessions to extend the lead to 35-0 before the first quarter ended. The scoring drives covered 79, 75, 47 and 66 yards, with the Panthers needing less than two minutes to get into the end zone on three of the four. Little caught an 18-yard touchdown from NFL draft prospect Jimmy Garoppolo, ran 37 yards for another score and tossed a 10-yard throwback pass to Garoppolo to make it 28-0 at the 3:22 mark in the first quarter. Little finished with 274 all-purpose yards, including 245 rushing on 26 carries. Jimmy Lera’s 57-yard jaunt up the middle stretched the Panthers’ cushion to 35-0 with 46 seconds to go in opening quarter. Jacksonville State finally was able to get on the scoreboard with the 30 mph wind as its back in second quarter. Shortell directed an eight-play, 50-yard march to the end zone. Anthony Johnson leaped to catch a 22-yard pass from Shortell for a touchdown and Griffin Thomas tacked on the extra point to pull JSU to within 35-7 midway through the second quarter. Cameron Berra’s short field goal sent the Gamecocks to the locker room trailing 38-7 at halftime. Jacksonville concludes its regular season next Saturday against Southeast Missouri State for Hall of Fame Day at Burgess-Snow Field.
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The Jacksonville PARD U13 All-Stars played together all season losing only one game. Bottom row, from left, Chase Kiker, Bronson House. Middle row, from left, Cole Stafford, Eric Ausborn, Jaymon Glaze, Shelby Ausborn. Back row, from left, Coach Justin Buckles, Savannah Hamm, Michael Mendioln, Jonah McCreless, Head Coach DJ Lashus.
year. The Hornets improve to 2-2 after shooting 50 percent (24-of-50) from the field and connecting on 32-of-39 attempts from the charity stripe. Junior Darion Rackley led all scorers with 23 points thanks to a 10-of-13 performance from the free throw line. Senior Nick Cook also finished with 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half. The Hattiesburg, Miss., native also led JSU with six rebounds on the night. The Hornets were led by Jamel Waters with 16 points while DeMarcus Robinson added 15 points and Luther Page 11 points. Both Waters and Robinson finished a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Brandon Graham led ASU with six rebounds as the Hornets out-rebounded the Gamecocks 35-29. Williams opened the game with a jumper to give JSU a quick 2-0 lead but the Gamecocks would not make another shot from the field until the senior guard knocked down a jumper with 12:15 to go in the half. The Hornets opened the game shooting 8-of-10 from the floor while building a 16-point lead with 8:44 to go in the half. The Gamecocks then outscored ASU 26-12 over the final 7:56 of the half to pull within one point at 44-43. JSU managed to finish the first half shooting 12-of-23 from the field after starting the game shooting 3-of-10. With JSU trailing 32-16 with 8:44 remaining in the half, Rackley knocked down two free throws to spark an 11-2 run to cut the lead to 34-27. The Hornets would manage to extend the lead to 11 after Page made a layup and was fouled. His free throw gave ASU a 40-29 lead before the Gamecocks would close the half on an 14-4 run to cut the deficit to 44-43. Cook then opened up the second half with a layup in the lane to give JSU its first lead since Williams bucket with 19:28 to open the game. ASU would quickly regain the lead after two free throws before Cook responded with two free throws of his own to give JSU a 47-46 lead. The Hornets again responded with buckets from Graham and Tony Armstrong to regain the lead at 50-47. Following a media timeout with 14:38 to go, senior Giovanni Smith stepped up and knocked down his only shot attempt of the night with a 3-pointer to tie the game back up at 50-50. ASU then answered with a 12-4 run that was sparked by three offensive putbacks. Terrance Leflore connected on two 3-point shots during the run to help ASU claim a 68-58 lead with 9:59 to go.
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After losing only one senior off of last year’s team, and returning seven seniors, the Jacksonville Lady Eagles were the pre-season pick to win the state championship. They didn’t let anyone down. With a 38-14 record, the Lady Eagles were the Area 11 undefeated champions, the 4A Super Regional runner-up and then after a miraculous comeback, the 4A state champions. Of the 14 losses, eight of those came to 5A and 6A teams. Three losses came to 4A teams, two to Guntersville and one to Brentwood, TN, ranked No. 10 in the nation at the time. The Jacksonville High School girls volleyball team has had time now to sit back and reflect on their state championship and the season leading up to it. Some of the players, and Head Coach David Clark, shared some of their thoughts, beginning with camp held in the summer. In the past, Jacksonville has been able to hold its own at the camp at Middle Tennessee State, often coming out on top. This year, the girls were missing senior Katie Neisler,
who was playing at a national beach volleyball tournament, and new player, Blessing Dunn, a transfer from Sacred Heart. Senior Ariel Diaz remembers that camp didn’t leave the best memory. “Our team camp sticks out to me because it was so bad. I was like, ‘how can we be this horrible with as much talent as we had. How far are we really going to go and how are we going to turn this around in a few months,” recalled Diaz. While the camp wasn’t the experience she had hoped for, she quickly adds, “but we ended up where we wanted to be.” The addition of Blessing Dunn was, well, a blessing. Senior Breanna Hosch recalls, “At the beginning of the season we didn’t have Blessing and we started playing like we did last year. When Blessing came we really got that extra push. We became a whole lot better; she helped us become a whole lot better.” Dunn, a junior, instantly felt at home on the team. “Most definitely I felt welcomed when I first came in,” said Blessing. “Everyone came up to me and started speaking to me. I felt like they had already put me as part of the team. I am really awkward and to know that they really accepted me quickly and helped me with every-
thing…it was a good feeling.” Dunn was named to the state All-Tournament team. Even though the camp in summer might have been a bit rocky, Coach Clark never doubted his team. “I thought we always had enough ability,” said Clark. “I thought the talent was always there. There were times I was concerned with our level of play. I’m big on everyone doing their own job and having a clean game. “Once I realized our strengths and weaknesses and started moving towards up playing our strengths and working on our weaknesses I think everyone got more comfortable with what we were doing.” During the regular season Coach Clark scheduled many tournaments where the girls would be challenged by playing strong 5A and 6A teams. Most coaches will tell you that playing a stronger team only helps you to become better. Despite not winning any of those tournaments, the girls didn’t get discouraged. “In the regular season I never thought that we didn’t have a chance in the tournaments where we played bigger teams,” said Hosch. “Those are the ones that we ended up ■ See REFLECTIONS, page 11
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David Clark, head volleyball Coach for the Jacksonville Lady Eagles, looks very much at peace these days. He can be seen frequently smiling and looks like a man who is thoroughly enjoying life. Clark has a right to feel the way he does. His Lady Eagles just recently won the Class 4A State Championship in a game that will not be forgotten. Asked if he is still on a high after the win Clark replied, “Absolutely! The days are better, everything slides off.” Down two games in the championship game, the Lady Eagles came back to beat Guntersville, a team who had beaten them twice before, in three straight games to win the state championship. It’s not the first state championship for Clark, who led his teams to back-to-back state championships in 20082009. Going to the Elite Eight has been almost a given for Clark, who has gone 16 of the 20 years he has been at JHS. ■ See CLARK, page 11
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Jacksonville High School’s Head Volleyball coach David Clark has won three state titles and has gone to the Elite Eight 16 of the 20 years he has been coaching at JHS. David hasn’t always been a top-notch volleyball coach, far from it. By his own admission “I faked it for a little while,” said David of his knowledge of the game. David came to Jacksonville from way of Saks High School. He made the switch originally to be the boys “B” team basketball coach with then head coach John Lyons. At least that ‘s what David thought. There was a big transition at the time and David was told that he would coach girl sports, volleyball, basketball and softball. Having no previous experience in volleyball, David learned what he could by mainly asking questions. At the time there were a lot of good teams in the county and David got what information he could out of Pleasant Valley’s Sandy Hunter and Saks’ Randy Law. He also went to clinics and he watched and observed. “We used to play in the county tournament and get beat in the first or second round so I would stay and watch teams like Donoho and Pleasant Valley and just try to learn what was going on and what worked and what didn’t work. I wanted to be good at it but I didn’t know anything at the time. I used to watch the finals and think that someday I wanted to play in the finals.” David admits though that he never anticipated staying in volleyball for very long. Now in his 20th year, David has built one of the most reputable programs in the state.
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The Clark Family, Connie, Caitlin, David and Colton.
REFLECTIONS: It was a great comeback that netted the Eagles another title From page 10
losing, were the big tournaments. “It made me feel good that we could play with them. They play club most of the year and we hung with most of them.” Senior Halee Stallings added, “Playing the bigger teams helped us out a lot, building our confidence. We realized that we could play with teams that were that size.” Some of the games that stuck out to members of the team were Donoho and Oneonta during the regular season. Donoho was one of the smaller schools to have beaten the Lady Eagles during the season and had also beat them in the championship game of the county tournament the previous year. “Our Oneonta game stuck out,” recalls Diaz. “That was the most crazy environment. It was more like playing in the state tournament and it prepared us for when we got there.” Stallings added, “Oneonta was one of the best games we played together.” Beating Donoho was one of the things the seniors really wanted. They wanted to bring the county championship back to Jacksonville. Dunn lists the Donoho game as one of her top memories. “The Donoho game at county showed that we could persevere and were
determined. That was a big game.” By far post season will leave the most lasting impression on this championship team. Katie Neisler, named All-State Most Valuable Player, says her first post-season memory came at Super Regionals. “At Regionals we would all get together and talk,” said Neisler. We would talk about state and of course Guntersville and wanting to play them. We would goof off and play games in the hotel room…those kind of memories will stay.” Senior Courtney Bowden says her memory will be going to Coach Clarks house for dinner before the state tournament. “I think we were the first team to go to his house and we really bonded that night.” Of course the state tournament itself will never be forgotten. Down two games to Guntersville, who had already beaten the Lady Eagles twice during the season, the Lady Eagles bounced back winning three straight games to claim the state trophy. “I really don’t know when there was a defining moment,” said Neisler of the miraculous comeback. “There was one point when Ariel (Diaz) got a really big dig and one block by Blessing (Dunn) that got us going. We got so excited, we got so pumped! “We had a talk, Courtney and me, between games about how we were about to lose and we needed to get
it together.” Bowden added, “I remember looking at the seniors saying, ‘Do you really want to go out losing three games to Guntersville as your last memory?’ and we challenged ourselves to push ourselves. I asked them if they wanted to be state champions or do you want that red trophy (runner-up) coming back to Jacksonville? “Katie is a big hitter and I knew she would get the job done so I was always looking to pass it to Katie.” There are more memories the team will take with them, like the traditional toilet papering of Clarks house after the state win, even in the rain, or of talks that helped with bonding. Hosch says she will remember that Rick Carter, principal of the high school, went out of his way to make the girls feel special with a sendoff and a charter bus. The girls also enjoyed a police escort and victory lap around the square. The girls are enjoying celebrity status, “It’s nice,” said Diaz, “it’s different, I’m treated like a mini-celebrity, it’s pretty cool.” From this season the girls will take away a sense of accomplishment, knowing that they were picked to win the state championship and they worked hard and never gave up to make that happen. It’s a feeling that will last forever.
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Clark credits the success of the program with the girls who have gone on before. “I think the level of expectation the seniors set each year; and we’ve been very fortunate to have the expectation of what we do. “I think that the battle for any program is where are your expectations and what do you think is reality. “I think here we are very fortunate that when they come to this program, even when they are very little and in the seventh and eighth grade, that’s what they see. They see what is expected and it’s easier to get them there.” Clark said that he always has girls that fall in love with the game and that want to meet the expectations that girls that have gone on before have set. Coach Clark runs a program that follows his expectations from the junior high level on up. “Coach (Amber) Russell, (junior varsity coach), played for me so she has been around for a lot of years. She knows exactly what my expectations are and hers are the same because she played in the program. Coach (Derrick) Wilson is new to us but he does the extra; he comes to my games, he comes to the junior varsity games and he really wants to understand how we do it; what the process is. “If you don’t have a good foundation beneath you you’re not going to be successful.” Clark only has seventh and eighth grade girls on the junior high team, coached by Wilson. “I want them to be involved in the basics,” said Clark. “We try to do everything from the beginning the way it’s suppose to be done and that costs you games sometimes. However, they are more comfortable by the time they get to me. Then we’re just working on speeding the game up and fine tuning what they do.” Even though tryouts for volleyball aren’t until the spring, the girls are already in the weight room with conditioning. Clark gives the girls the week off after the state finals but after that it’s right back to work. “I think with the athletes now their conditioning goes year round. They play other sports and it all feeds in. We try to get all of them to work, jump a little better and a little higher and
be a little quicker. That’s why we start now and we do this through the whole school year,” said Clark. While Clark might look at the players who have gone on, or the coaches he has working with him, or the hard work of his athletes as the reasons for the success of the program, there is one constant, Coach Clark. It is he who has taken this program to where it is today, one of the most respected volleyball programs in the state of Alabama. For now, Clark will enjoy the success of this past season. He even doesn’t mind having to have cleaned his yard when his team brought an early winter to his home as his trees were draped in white tissues of toilet paper, a tradition that happens every time Clark wins a state championship. Clark said that that the feeling he has now is something that will last for a long time. “It will last until the next season kicks
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FAMILY: There’s another Coach Clark From page 11
What some people don’t know is that there is another Coach Clark, Connie, David’s wife. Now Connie did grow up with a background in volleyball, a very big background in volleyball. Living in Walnut Grove, Connie started playing volleyball in the eighth grade at West End High School. In the ninth grade she played on the “B” team, but “wasn’t very good, but I wanted to be good.” Connie’s experience playing volleyball created a lasting impression. “That year we played for the state championship in Mobile. We played Pleasant Valley in the finals. It was double elimination and Pleasant Valley put us in the losers bracket and we had to beat them twice and we did to win the state championship. That was when I was hooked.” Connie, playing outside hitter, won the state championship with her team the next three years. She was named All-State and went and played at Gadsden State for two years after that. After Gadsden State Connie chose to attend JSU but not to play volleyball. However, she did officiate the sport for two years. In 1994 Connie started teaching at Alexandria High School and that was the only year she wasn’t involved with volleyball. Connie taught for three years at Alexandria and then went on to teach and coach at West End and then in 2007 was hired as the assistant volleyball coach at Gadsden State and has been there for seven years. While David’s team won the State Championship, Connie’s team is in Casper, Wyoming this week playing for the National Championship. The Clarks met each other at, yes, a volleyball game. They talked briefly and then that was that, until friends got involved and convinced the two that they needed to go out with each other. After they finally were able to talk to each other on the phone, for two and a half hours, they began dating in May and married in March and will celebrate their 16th anniversary next year. What makes David and Connie unique is one, that they are both coaches and two, that they have two children, Colton 14 and Caitlin, almost nine, who are also involved in sports which means that a lot of planning has to be done to keep the household running. “It’s creative scheduling,” said David. “We share-this house wouldn’t function if we didn’t. You have to work together. Connie keeps things running. It doesn’t matter what it is, we share” to which Connie added, “I can’t imagine David not
helping. He does as much laundry as I do, and bathrooms…I couldn’t do it all.” David and Connie also have the children involved with housework, “We are trying to get the kids to understand if we aren’t here and their laundry baskets are full to wash them,” said Connie. “We sit down on Sundays and Connie is the scheduler,” said David. “We talk about the whole week, planning until the next Sunday. We make calls we need to make and get people lined up. It’s hectic!” Most of those calls go to Connie’s parents, Larry and Juanita Payne who live in West End and David’s parents, Richard and Shirley Clark, to help coordinate rides for Colton, who plays football and baseball, and Caitlin, who is in level two competitive gymnastics. David and Connie try to schedule their games and practices so that one of them can try to be at Colton’s games on Monday and to Caitlin’s gymnastics meets. Not always an easy thing to do when both your parents are volleyball coaches. David knows that as Colton gets older and will be playing games on Friday nights, when volleyball tournaments are held, those decisions will have to be made. David and Connie share a love of volleyball and talk to each other about coaching and their teams. While they share that interest, their first priority is their family. “Our kids have grown up with this way of life, they don’t know any difference. Sometimes you feel like run, run, run but I don’t know that we would know anything different,” admitted David. Both children have grown up in the gym, especially Colton since David was coaching girl’s volleyball, basketball ad softball and now is coaching volleyball and baseball. For David and Connie, the times they spend with the children are the best, and they always want to be with the children. “We take a lot of pride in the times we get together and we try to make the most of those times,” said David. The Clarks like to ski, go to the beach, and just be together when the time permits. A lot of their vacations are managed around Colton’s baseball tournaments. David’s love for his family was apparent when after winning the state championship and coming out of the interview room he was asking people, “Where is my family? Have you seen my family?” They were the ones he wanted to share the moment with the most. David and Connie are great volleyball coaches, that is a given. They are also wonderful examples of parents trying to raise a close-knit family.
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the Donoho School, played the German poem-turned-song, “Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden” (translated as “I Had a Comrade,”) on his bugle, the audience of more than 50 heard from speakers. German representative Lt. Col. Stefan Deppe, said he was pleased to be speaking in honor of his fellow soldiers. Deppe greatly expressed his gratitude for those in attendance, especially those not in uniform, because they gave up their Sunday to remember others. “You are here to make the memories of these poor souls stay alive despite their nationality and despite what they did,” he said. During the reception following the ceremony, Anniston historian Joan McKinney announced that a mural painted by German prisoners of war would be available for public viewing from 2-4 p.m. in Remington Hall. The artists, whom McKinney identified as Albin Sagadin, 30, and Herbert Beleau, 22, created the life sized mural, which has a medieval theme, while they were being held as prisoners in the Fort McClellan camp.
McKinney said even though there are other examples of prisoner art in the United States, this mural is one of a kind because of its complexity. McKinney believes that Sagadin’s largest piece, in which several men are shown attacking and fighting one another, represents conflict. “It depicts man’s struggle in life,” she said. McKinney said Sunday that she and others tried to reach out to Sagadin to let him know his work had been discovered, but his widow informed them he had already passed away. “He never knew that his art had impacted thousands of people or that it had been maintained,” she said. Roberta Adams, 47, of Huntsville, said she came to the ceremony to honor her Italian heritage and her veterans. “It’s important to represent my heritage and give my respect to the veterans who risked their lives for us,” she said. Guerieri agreed. “These guys gave their lives for their countries,” he said. “They gave their lives for what they believed in.” Staff Writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256235-3562. On Twitter: @Mczebiniak_star
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MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE NOTICE
Default having been made in the terms of that mortgage executed on October 31, 2008 by Larry Wayne Maxwell, unmarried and Mary M. Phillips, unmarried, to EvaBank, which said mortgage is recorded in Book MORT 4524, Page 820 in the Probate Office of Calhoun County, Alabama, and default continuing, and by virtue of the power of sale 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 said County, in Anniston, Alabama, during the legal hours of sale on December 10, 2013: 1.50 acres situated in the SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 2, and the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 11, all in Township 13 South, Range 7 East in Calhoun County, Alabama and being described as follows: Commencing at the Southwest corner of Section 2, Township 13 South, Range 7 East being a common corner with the Northwest corner of Section 11; Thence South 65 degrees 07 minutes and 25 seconds East 155.39 feet to the point of beginning of the hereafter described property; Thence continue South 65 degrees 07 minutes and 25 seconds East 64.18 feet to an existing iron; Thence South 28 degrees 14 minutes and 16 seconds East 46.84 feet to an existing iron; Thence South 06 degrees 26 minutes and 14 seconds East 140.94 feet to an existing iron at the Western right of way line of the New Liberty Road; Thence North 31 degrees 18 minutes and 57 seconds East along said road 168.59 feet; Thence North 38 degrees 14 minutes and 32 seconds East along said road 46.45 feet; Thence North 51 degrees 43 minutes and 38 seconds East along said road 133.66 feet to a point in a driveway; Thence North 47 degrees 46 minutes and 11 seconds East along said road 40.91 feet; Thence North 44 degrees 09 minutes and 26 seconds West 229.47 feet; Thence South 41 degrees 13 minutes and 12 seconds West 132.08 feet to an existing iron; Thence South 34 degrees 19 minutes and 46 seconds West 178.92 feet to the point of beginning. Situated, lying and being in Calhoun County, Alabama. Said sale is made for the purpose of paying the mortgage debt and cost of foreclosure. EvaBank, Mortgagee Dewayne N. Morris Attorney for Mortgagee 2131 Third Avenue North Birmingham, Alabama 35203 The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL November 19, 26, December 3, 2013
IN THE PROBATE COURT OF CALHOUN COUNTY, ALABAMA
IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LIESELOTT PRUETT, Deceased CASE NO. 31805 PETITIONERS NOTICE OF HEARING TO ANY UNKNOWN HEIRS: Please take notice that a Petition for Probate of Will and Letters testamentary has been filed by DORIS R. LANDRETH, for issuance of Letters Testamentary, and that the 3rd day of December, 2013, at 10:00 o’clock a.m., has been set for hearing in the Probate Court of Calhoun County, Alabama. George D. Robinson (ROB075) Attorney for Doris R. Landreth, Petitioner PO Box 1336 620 East 11th Street Anniston, AL 36202 (256) 237-7779 The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL November 5, 12, & 19, 2013
NOTICE OF HEARING FOR PETITION FOR FINAL SETTLEMENT
PROBATE COURT OF CALHOUN COUNTY CASE NO. 31411 TO: DORIS M. NASH and any and all parties interested therein. Please take notice that a Petition for Final Settlement of the Estate of Ollie Lucille Crowe, deceased, has been filed in said Court by Patricia A. Taylor, Personal Representative of said Estate, and that a hearing on said Petition has been set for the 17th day of December, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. before the Probate Court of Calhoun County, 1702 Noble Street, Suite 102, Anniston, Alabama, 36201. Wesley M. Frye Attorney for the Estate of Ollie Lucille Crowe, deceased Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL November 5, 12, 19, 2013
NOTICE OF SALE
CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 29361 Pursuant to that certain Order Authorizing Sale of Real Property entered in the above-referenced case, the undersigned Attorney for the Administrator of the Estate of Louise B. Ramsey, shall offer for sale to the highest bidder, for cash, the following described real estate, to-wit: Sec. 06, Township 16 South, Range 08 East, J M Wainwright Replat Block 46, Lot 5, Anniston, Alabama, Sec. 6, Township 16, Range 8, West Anniston Land Company as shown on Plat Book/Page: K36. Said property being more particularly described in Deed Book 1273, page 30, records of the Probate Office of Calhoun County, Alabama. The address of said property is 2213 McDaniel Avenue, Anniston, Alabama. Said property subject to taxes for the current year, easements of record, easements as located, and restrictions, encumbrances, judgments, and liens of record, if any. No Certification of Title: The Petitioner makes no claim as to the chain of title to the properties described above or the correctness of the descriptions. The descriptions were obtained from the public records of Calhoun County, Alabama, without the benefit of a title examination. Sealed Bids will be received by the undersigned at the Probate Office of Calhoun County, Alabama, 1702 Noble Street, Ste. 102, Anniston, Alabama, on the 18th day of December, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. All BIDS are subject to approval by the Probate Judge of Calhoun County, Alabama. WESLEY M. FRYE, Attorney for Carolyn Beck, Administrator of the Estate of Louise B. Ramsey, deceased
by law, or the same will be barred. MAX F. DUNN, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of JUANITA M. CHANDASH, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL November 5, 12, & 19, 2013
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31813 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF WILLIE L. COBB, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of WILLIE L. COBB, deceased, having been granted to GARY E. COBB AND HARMON E. COBB, the undersigned on October 31, 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. GARY E. COBB AND HARMON E. COBB, Co-Personal Representatives of the Last Will and Testament of WILLIE L. COBB, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL November 12, 19, 26, 2013
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31771 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JAMES WILLIAM SNIDER, SR., DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of JAMES WILLIAM SNIDER, SR., deceased, having been granted to KAREN JOY WARD, the undersigned on November 4, 2013, by the Honorable Wesley M. Frye, Special 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. KAREN JOY WARD, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of JAMES WILLIAM SNIDER, SR., Deceased. Wesley M. Frye Special Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL November 19, 26, December 3, 2013
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31787 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF NELLIE M. BURCH, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of NELLIE M. BURCH, deceased, having been granted to BARRY B. BURCH, the undersigned on November 5, 2013, by the Honorable Wesley M. Frye, Special 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. BARRY B. BURCH, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of NELLIE M. BURCH, Deceased. Wesley M. Frye Special Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL November 19, 26, December 3, 2013
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31818 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF SANDRA HULENE WILLIAMS ROGERS, DECEASED Jacksonville News Letters Testamentary on the Calhoun Co., AL estate of SANDRA HULENE November 19, 26, December WILLIAMS ROGERS, de3, 2013 ceased, having been granted to SUZANNE ROGERS PEARNOTICE TO SON, the undersigned on November 4, 2013, by the HonCREDITORS orable Alice K. Martin, Judge of STATE OF ALABAMA Probate of said County, notice CALHOUN COUNTY is hereby given that all persons PROBATE COURT having claims against said esCASE NO. 31799 tate, are hereby required to IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JUANITA M. present the same within the time allowed by law, or the CHANDASH, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the same will be barred. estate of JUANITA M. CHAN- SUZANNE ROGERS PEARDASH, deceased, having been SON, Personal Representative granted to MAX F. DUNN, the of the Last Will and Testament undersigned on October 24, of SANDRA HULENE WIL2013, by the Honorable Alice LIAMS ROGERS, Deceased. K. Martin, Judge of Probate of Alice K. Martin said County, notice is hereby Judge of Probate given that all persons having claims against said estate, are The Jacksonville News hereby required to present the Calhoun Co., AL same within the time allowed November 12, 19, 26, 2013
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