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Council approves wine tax form LAURA CAMPER

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Internet access is a problem for businesses LAURA CAMPER

High-speed Internet service should soon be available to businesses near the intersection of Alabama 46 and Interstate 20, and it can’t come soon enough for businesses already there. Smith Farms, a new store in the city of Heflin’s improvement district near the intersection, is having problems with its Internet service, said Tanya Maloney, executive director of the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Heflin Industrial Development Board. “We’re not batting a thousand with Smith Farms right now,” Maloney said. Smith Farms owner Rodger Turner declined to comment on the issues Wednesday. Dean Argo, government relations manager for the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which has a store next to Smith Farms, said the stores use the Internet to process credit cards and checks, and to keep track of inventory. Orders and information from distributors come by email. In addition, all the ABC stores report the information from the store each day to the ABC Board at closing time by

Internet. “We’ve come to rely more and more on technology,” Argo said. “When you have an issue that affects the Internet, it could cause you to slow down sales or even stop sales.” Argo was unable to confirm whether the Heflin store had problems with its Internet service. But he did say the store’s computer systems have backups to prevent lost information. “All of the information that is gathered that day is still there when the Internet is restored,” Argo said. The city of Heflin became aware of the Internet problems in the Alabama 46 and I-20 area about a week ago, said Mayor Rudy Rooks. The city has been working to solve the problem because it wants to be able to attract more businesses to the area in and around the industrial park, Rooks said. Internet access is central to businesses today, and the city will do whatever it can to provide that connection, Rooks said. “Infrastructure used to be water, sewer and roads,” Rooks said. “Now you have to have reliable Internet.” Maloney agreed. “We’re going to lose business if we don’t have something as simple as the Internet out there,” Maloney said. It looks like the problem may be

solved sooner than later. CenturyLink, an Internet provider in the area, is working on getting high-speed Internet service to that location, according to Carmen Butler, the company’s market development manager for Alabama and North Florida. Butler was unsure how long the company has been working toward providing highspeed Internet service at that location or what infrastructure was needed to provide it, but said it should be available in the next 30 to 60 days. “It’s part of our network planning process,” Butler said. Another solution might be satellite-based Internet service. Professional Broadband Solutions, based in Whitesburg, Ga., is a dealer for HughesNet, a satellite Internet service. Scott Baker, co-owner of the company, said the service doesn’t need digital subscriber lines. “You just need to have a clear view of the Southern sky,” Baker said. He installs about 300 systems a month in Alabama and Georgia, Baker added. Stateline Fuel Center uses a satellite-based Internet system offered through BP, and has had success with it, said Laura Cobb, manager of the service station off I-20 on Alabama 46. Staff writer Laura Camper 256-4632872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

After almost missing out on some wine tax dollars, the Heflin City Council Tuesday approved a wine tax form for vendors to make sure it gets paid from now on. In September, the city became aware that it was owed nearly $2,000 in wine tax money from two vendors. Alabama Crown and United-Johnson Brothers were mistakenly sending their wine tax collections to Cleburne County, said City Clerk Shane Smith. The companies corrected the mistake, but Smith created the form for wholesalers to prevent any future confusion. The companies will use the form to pay the tax on any wine they have sold in the city each month. The form will be due by the 20th of the month, Smith told the council members. The tax form is similar to one that tobacco vendors are already using, he added. “We were not keeping good track of our wine vendors, and I want to make sure that we’re sending this form out so we get monthly bills,” Smith said. When a store receives a shipment of liquor, it has to pay the wholesaler up front, Smith said, then the wholesaler pays a 7 cent per liter tax to the local government. Keeping good track of the vendors is even more important now that new ones are coming into the city, he added. With Smith Farms opening its store this month, there are six new companies delivering in the city, Smith said. In other business the council members: — Changed the second council meeting in December from Dec. 24 to Dec. 17. — Scheduled a public hearing for two requested zoning changes — rezoning the Harris House on Ross Street from residential to business and rezoning a 7-acre parcel at Bedwell and Osborn Streets to allow it to be subdivided into single-family residential lots. The hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 10. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-4632872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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The Heflin Industrial Development Board will hire a contractor to build fences and improve the gate to the city’s Industrial Park. The board, which is charged with recruiting industry to Heflin, has been responsible for improving about a mile of the old logging roads into the 212-acre park. The work is done, Board Chairman Wendell Wood told the board members at

their meeting Tuesday night, but there has already been a vehicle out there that did some minor damage to the newly finished work. “It’s not real bad, but it will be if we don’t close it off,” Wood said. Rick’s Hauling, which did the gravel work on the roads, estimated it would cost $2,600 to build two fences parallel to the road, clear out around the fences, prime and sand the gate and put in bigger posts, Wood said. The board unanimously voted to have Rick’s Hauling do the work. In the mean-

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time, city staff are watching over the park, said Heflin City Clerk Shane Smith. “The police are going to start watching much more out there,” Smith said. “The street department’s going to keep an eye on it as well.” The board spent $13,900 on the road so far, Wood said. The bill for the gravel has not yet arrived, but he estimated it would be about $7,000. With the fence and gate work the board will have used most of the $25,000 the Cleburne County Commission gave the board for infrastructure work in the park, Wood said.

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Cleburne commissioners hear of refinance savings LAURA CAMPER

Cleburne County commissioners Monday heard the county might be able to save some money on a 25year bond issue from 2000. County Administrator Steve Swafford told the two commissioners who attended the work session Monday that the county has the opportunity to refinance the debt, which could save $150,000 to $200,000, the equivalent of about one annual payment. The bond would be redeemed and the debt refinanced on the open market or through private entities. The money saved could be applied to the payments, Swafford said. The original bond, which was issued to pay for the $2.5 million county jail that opened in July 2002, has already been refinanced once, Swafford said. The last time it saved

the county about $250,000 to $275,000, he said. “The earliest we can call the bonds is the spring,” Swafford said. He estimated the commission members would have to vote on the issue in January, so the county could sell the bond in March 2014. “When you’re saving that kind of money, you’re making it, too,” said Commissioner Bobby Brooks. “That’s wonderful.” The county started investigating the opportunity in June, Swafford said. It could just let the bond ride and pay it off as scheduled, but Swafford said the commission can seize this opportunity to save taxpayers some money. In other business, the commission: — Heard it will have to reauthorize road projects on county roads 10 and 24. The projects were authorized by a previous commission, but need to

be authorized within the last three years in order to receive federal funding, Swafford said. Both the projects were authorized more than three years ago. — Heard the county’s contract with Solid Waste Removal will expire in 2014. The county will have the opportunity to renegotiate the contract to benefit residents, Swafford said. — Heard the Emergency Services Committee will meet Dec. 17 for what could be its final meeting before creating a sample bill for the commissioners about a proposed ad valorem tax to support county emergency services. Commissioners Emmett Owen and Benji Langley did not attend the work session. The next Cleburne County Commission meeting is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

Ranburne Town Council hires new manager for Senior Center LAURA CAMPER

The Ranburne Town Council this week hired a new manager for the Senior Center. Former manager Rebecca Cantrell turned in her keys on Oct. 31, said Town Clerk Pam Richardson. The town had three applicants for the job and the council hired Joy Smith as the new manager at a meeting Monday, she said. The council also heard plans for the town’s Christmas parade on Dec. 7. The

parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Ranburne Elementary School and travel down Main Street. Participants should be at the school to line up by noon, Richardson said. The town had about 50 participants in the parade last year including antique cars, the school band and the fire department trucks, Richardson said. “We’re expecting more this year,” she added. At their October meeting, council members had approved a request for a new streetlight at a cross-

walk on Main Street in front of Ranburne High School. Richardson said that Alabama Power instead adjusted the beam and increased the wattage of the existing streetlight near Country Boys service station across from the high school. The adjustments improved the visibility of the crosswalk, so the company will not add another street light at that location, she said. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

Cleburne BOE adopts code of conduct for board members LAURA CAMPER

Cleburne County Board of Education members passed a code of conduct for themselves at their meeting Monday. A code of conduct for board members is required by a new state law, said board Chairman Jerry Cash. “We had to adopt one by the end of the year,” Cash said. The board already had a code of conduct in place, but it didn’t cover all the issues that were required under the new law, said Superintendent Claire Dryden. So, the board requested a sample code of conduct from the Alabama Association of School

Boards, she said. “We just adopted their model,” Dryden said. The two-page code includes mandates such as “read and prepare in advance to discuss issues to be considered on the board agenda,” and “recognize the authority of the board rests only with the board as a whole.” In other business the board members: — Approved field trips to the Arc of Calhoun and Cleburne Counties’ annual student Christmas parties, the Cleburne County Nursing Home, a physics contest at the University of Alabama and a visit to the State Capitol and Planetarium. — Heard that special education teacher Amy

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Ward was selected as Arc’s teacher of the year. Ward teaches at Cleburne County Middle School. Arc is a nonprofit which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. — Heard that Cleburne County High School will have a Christmas band concert on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Heflin Recreation Center. Ranburne High School will have a Christmas band concert on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Ranburne Elementary School gymnasium. The next board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m. at Cleburne County Elementary School. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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I am sure that the account of my Thanksgiving would mirror that of yours. There are many things that we just DO on that wonderful day. We think about eating…we gather together with family and friends…we prepare the food… we give thanks (for the food and other things)…we eat the food…we loosen our belts (or wear elastic waistbands in the first place)…we take our naps…we wake up hungry from our naps (that has always amazed me)…we snack a little. By night time, we began to make our diet plan because we do want to look good in our Christmas finery. Tomorrow is Friday and a decision has to be made. Do I want to get up at dawn and stand in a line for hours to buy a 13 inch black and white TV for $32.00? As for me, the answer is NO…a thousand times NO. I will wait and go cyber shopping. Now, I have all day Friday to do what many people in Alabama do…eat leftovers (the diet can wait until Monday), and start preparing mentally for the Iron Bowl. Many of you know this already, but I am a part of a mixed marriage. I am an Auburn fan and my husband is an Alabama Fan. It’s okay. We deal with it. We do that by NOT talking about it. As the game begins, we go into our respective rooms for kick-off and there we stay until halftime. Unwritten rules…1. NO screaming things like, “Did you see that?” or “That’s what I’m talking about!” 2. No stomping or beating on walls or doors. When the game is over, we come together as good sports do. One of us is ecstatic (it is usually him) and the other dejected (it is usually me). THIS YEAR, he said to a speechless ME, “Well, what do you have to say?” The only answer I could muster, “Oh my!” Then we started to eat some more leftovers. (Rudy DID say that the turkey tasted kind of like EAGLE!) Life goes on.

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OPINION/EDITORIAL There will probably be no change in legislature

Believe it or not we are approaching the fourth year of this legislative quadrennium. The Steve legislature will meet early Flowers next year because it is an election year. All 140 seats in the House and Senate are up for election in 2014. These legislators were Inside The Statehouse elected in 2010. Most of them are Republicans. The GOP owns a two to one super majority in both the House and Senate. These folks are not just Republicans in name only, sometimes referred to as “RINOs.” They are real Republicans. They are conservative to say the least. They have placed in indelible conservative stamp on state government and public policy on both social and economic fronts. They have addressed abortion, immigration, gun rights, tort reform and a litany of other hot item topics and placed a reactionary result to all of these hallmark philosophical issues. They have budgeted state dollars prudently and cut teachers’ and state employees’ incomes in the process. By virtue of their attack on public employees they have essentially emasculated the once vaunted teachers’ union, AEA. They have systematically dismantled this organization in a Machiavellian approach that has not only removed their power over the state’s education policy and dollars but has pretty much rendered them hapless in the legislative arena. My guess is that most Alabamians approve of this GOP group’s quest to make us the most right wing

state in the union because we are definitely one of the most right wing states in America. However, this trend has been prevalent throughout the country. After the 2010 elections, most states in the country moved into one corner or the other. They either became extremely conservative or extremely liberal. In 37 states, one party now controls both the statehouse and governor’s office. That is the most in 60 years. Both parties have used that omnipotent power to make sweeping changes on a myriad of major issues. Indeed in the avalanche of action have been the high profile issues of guns, immigrants, taxes, elections and gay marriage. They have gone in divergent directions based on the party with the super majority. They have worked with a vengeance in most of these states to stake their claims. The Democrats have forged to the left and Republicans have marched to the right with both sides striving to go as far left or as far right with focus and expediency. The two best examples of extremity are Colorado versus North Carolina. Colorado went all Democratic. They enacted total gun control, allowed free driver’s licenses and instate tuition for illegal immigrants, voted for gay marriage and chose to embrace ObamaCare by expanding Medicaid. In contrast, North Carolina Republicans took control of the legislature and the governor’s office for the first time since 1870. The GOP in the Tarheel state has put a conservative stamp on education, tax policy, unemployment benefits and a range of social issues similar to Alabama’s agenda. This one party control in 37 states has drowned out minority party voices much like what has happened in Alabama. The party in power has stood united and enacted almost anything they pleased and run

roughshod over the minority party. Essentially, red states have turned redder and blue states have turned bluer and fewer states are purple. In many cases partisan redistricting has driven this one-party domination. This gerrymandering has created super majorities in these 37 states that are two to three or even four to one. There are now only five states with split legislatures. They are Iowa, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New York and Washington. In 22 states one party enjoys a vote proof majority in both chambers. We are one of those states. Perhaps no issue better illustrates the philosophical divergence more than gun control. Joining Colorado, three other majority Democratic state legislatures, New York, Connecticut and Maryland, tightened gun control laws. At the same time, more than a dozen GOPdominated states basically did away with gun control. They followed the NRA’s lead and gave carte blanche gun carrying privileges to their citizens. Tennessee now permits gun owners to keep their guns in their cars, no matter where they park them. Wyoming voted to allow their judges to carry their guns into the courtroom. As I said earlier, my belief is that the majority of Alabamians approve of our super Republican majority and their conservative agenda. Therefore, my prediction is that our numbers will remain about the same after next year’s elections. We will probably see around a 70 to 35 GOP majority in the House and a 24 to 11 edge in the State Senate for the next decade. We will see. 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 www.

Edwards family has 103-year-old tradition

One of my close friends, Ann Edwards, made a discovery this year – she likes her family’s 103-year-old tradition. Anniston residents, Ann and her husband Jim, drove to Brooklyn, Ala., where the McCreary family has been celebrating a holiday meal together for more than a century. Even though, the weather was a little chilly, they thoroughly enjoyed the event. Ann was a Blair before she married and is a member of the McCreary family, by marriage, through her father. The couple drove to Brooklyn, which is about 15 miles southeast of Evergreen in Conecuh County. They joined about 80 other family members at a pavilion built for the reunion on family property. The setting is idyllic, according to Jim. “It is in a clearing in the woods, and the spot has splitrail benches, a stone fire-pit, and Bottle Creek running nearby,” he said. At the reunion, Ann realized that she had met about half of the family members throughout her life, and she enjoyed meeting the others. “It didn’t seem cold at all,” she said. “The sun was warm, and we were all so happy to be together.” Now that she has experienced the event that she had always heard about, she is eager to return next

Thanksgiving. “Before now, I had always celebrated Thanksgiving with Sherry only my own family, Kughn but this was wonderful,” said Ann. To prepare for the occasion, Jim and Sherry-Go-Round Ann spent a day baking her late mother’s Christmas cookies. Eating them is also a tradition, one that Ann remembers doing since childhood and throughout her adulthood since her mother, Nell, died only two years ago. “It took Jim and me all day to make the cookies,” she said. “Jim chopped maraschino cherries and candied pineapple, and I broke up five cups of pecan halves into small pieces for the recipe.” Ann and I recently walked together for exercise. Afterward, I drove to her home to sample the cookies. (A columnist does what a columnist has to do.) The treats are similar to fruitcake cookies – a mixture of nuts and fruit baked into dough made with brown sugar. The texture is chewy except for the nuts, which gives them

crunch; and the flavors are balanced. Ann and Jim were glad to share the recipe. Not all of us can join in a centuries-old tradition, but we can all bake a batch of Christmas cookies. Here are Nell’s Christmas Cookies: Mix one cup light-brown sugar, 1/3 stick of butter, two eggs, one T rum, 1 ½ t of baking soda dissolved in 1 ½ T of milk, ½ t cinnamon, ½ t nutmeg, and 1 ½ cups of self-rising flour. Also, mix together in a separate bowl five cups of broken pecans, ½ pound of chopped candied pineapple, ¾ pound of chopped maraschino cherries and ½ cup of self-rising flour. Combine the two mixtures. Mix well until the cookie dough has coated the fruits and nuts thoroughly. Place teaspoon-size amounts in an oven preheated to 325 degrees on a lightly greased baking sheet two inches apart. Bake 12-13 minutes. Cool on wax paper or aluminum foil. Store in airtight containers. These cookies freeze well. “Mother used to crack her own pecans for the cookies,” said Ann, who had bought her pecans already shelled. “That took her another entire day.” Email Sherry at

Americans want Obama to keep his promises Approval ratings for politicians in Washington are at historic lows. Worse, according to a CNN/ORC poll last week, 53 percent of Americans believe “Obama is not honest and trustworthy.” An approval rating is one thing, trust and honesty go much deeper in relationships between politicians and their constituents. Remember when Senator Obama declared there were no red states or blue states, but only the United States of America? He ran on unifying the nation, and yet he has governed by dividing us even more along racial lines, promoting class warfare, and hardening ideological positions on both ends of the political spectrum. As a nation we’re more polarized today than at any time under Obama’s predecessor. The stark contrast between his campaign platform (hope, change, and unity) and his governing style (elections have consequences…we’ll do this my way) should have warned us how rocky his tenure would be. Obamacare in general and in particu-

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lar have damaged the President’s image more than any other factors. That’s saying a lot conDaniel sidering other incidents Gardner the mainstream media have essentially covered up: IRS targeting conservative groups (no one is investigatMy Thoughts ing); NSA snooping (more denials and cover-ups); Benghazi (“what does it really matter at this point”); Fort Hood (workplace violence, nothing to see here folks); not to mention the weakest foreign policy in a generation. Obama’s outright and too often repeated lies about people being able to keep their doctors and healthcare plans…PERIOD…appear to be the straws that broke the camel’s back. Even the mainstream media and late night talk shows began to take notice. Constitutional Law professor Obama came into office saying the Constitution, which he took an oath to protect and defend, was indeed an “outdated” and “deeply flawed” document. Can’t really fault him for that. He didn’t grow up saying the pledge of allegiance, singing “God Bless America,” or waving a flag at 4th of July parades. We see manifestations of Obama’s anti-Constitution attitudes when he unilaterally decides what parts of what

laws he’ll enforce and which parts he’ll postpone for political reasons. Meanwhile his administration continues making laws of its own through a record number of regulations from the EPA, HHS, and IRS increasing the costs of business and even threatening whole sectors of our economy (think agriculture, mining, and energy). These are just a few of the reasons a majority of Americans no longer trust the President or view him as being honest. The CNN/ORD poll also showed “Obama’s woes are not limited to honesty and his managerial skills. Fifty-six percent say he is not a person they admire, and an equal number say he does not agree with them on important issues. Fifty-six percent also say he does not inspire confidence, and 53% don’t view him as a strong and decisive leader.” Americans want what candidate Obama promised while campaigning for president, but Americans are beginning to realize how hollow his promises really were. Most of all, Americans are seeing Obama’s promises are diametrically opposed to his intentions and policies. It was bad enough when President Obama divided us against ourselves; it will be even worse when his base, particularly in the mainstream media begin to question his motives and means. Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at Daniel@, or visit his website at http://www. Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site blogs.clarionledger. com/dgardner/

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Lady Tigers hope to find chemistry on the court RIP DONOVAN

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Graduation took a significant toll on the Cleburne County girls basketball team. Gone are five players who had been a part of the program for several seasons. The Tigers return two experienced seniors in post Kaity Zeiders and power forward Toni Epps. Senior Bridget McClain has returned after playing with the junior high team three years ago. The only junior is Alisa Norton. Norton will be the point guard and got a significant amount of playing time last year in that role. Sophomores Grace Conkle, Madison Jones and

Bailey Norton are firstyear varsity players, up from the junior high ranks. Freshman Shawntavia Boyd, who is the starter at shooting guard, played on the varsity last year as an eighth-grader. Freshman Erykah Ware spent the latter part of last season with the varsity and is the first guard off the bench. Kiara Akles, who will start at forward, and Lauren Brown are also freshmen. Coach Todd Gable said Wednesday that this year’s team is an athletic group and that should help the youthfulness. The Tigers opened the season Friday of last week in a one-day, four-team tournament at Faith Christian in Anniston.

“We had some real good (practices) right before the tournament. Everything was working good. Everybody knew what they were supposed to be doing,” Gable said. The value of those practices showed immediately as Cleburne County defeated Pleasant Valley 6448 in first game to reach the championship game Friday evening. The Tigers led 39-27 at halftime but lost Epps to an ankle injury with about three minutes remaining in the second quarter. Zeiders led the scoring with 21 points and had 10 rebounds. Epps had 12 points and five rebounds, all in the first half. Norton scored 11 points and added four assists,

three steals and three rebounds. Boyd and Akles each had six points. Akles also had 10 rebounds and Boyd recorded three assists and three steals. Ware had five points and four rebounds. Jones finished with two points and three rebounds. Brown had two assists, one steal, one point and one rebound. “We executed real well against Pleasant Valley. I was real pleased with that,” Gable said. “When we had everybody in there, things were rolling along good. We were running our offense real well. They couldn’t stop what we were doing.” In the championship game, White Plains defeated Cleburne County 45-27. Akles had a double-dou-

ble, 13 points and 14 rebounds, to lead the Tigers. She also made four steals. Norton had six points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Boyd and Zeiders each scored four points. Zeiders also had nine rebounds and two steals while Boyd had two assists. After trailing 23-13 at halftime, the Tigers got as close as five points during the third quarter but could never take the lead. Epps’ absence was significant. “She makes a difference on both sides, offense and defense,” Gable said. “She’s a leader out there because this is her third year playing varsity. The girls respond to her.” Alexandria comes to Cleburne County Friday.

Gable said practices this week have focused on creating the on-court chemistry the Tigers need with Epps on the sideline for a few games. “I’m anxious to see Friday how they do after having a few days of practice under their belts because we had to rotate some people around,” said Gable. Ware will start at the shooting guard with Boyd moving to small forward and Akles to power forward. The Tigers have a very busy week next week. They travel to Weaver Monday then host Harlason County (Ga.) Tuesday. Clay Central comes to Heflin Thursday and Cleburne County hosts White Plains Saturday.

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Jekyll and Hyde performances on backto-back nights got the basketball season off to a strange start for the Ranburne boys. At home Monday, in their first game of the season, the Bulldogs defeated traditional basketball powerhouse White Plains 57-56. Tuesday evening at Wedowee, Randolph County mashed Stephen Bailey’s second Ranburne team 67-36. Bailey liked the Bulldogs much more as good Dr. Jekyll rather than bad Mr. Hyde. “We played so aggressive and so fast against White Plains on our half-court defense, on our full-court. On offense, we moved really, really well. Coming out of that game, I thought we needed to shoot the ball more, get our shots under us, and focus on that because everything execution-wise was really good,” Bailey said Wednesday. “After last night, it seems like

we need to start over, go completely back to the drawing board, because we didn’t play half-court defense well at all. We didn’t play transition defense very well. Offensive movement was just stagnant.” The Bulldogs don’t play again until Monday of next week so they have three consecutive days of practice time available to figure things out. Against White Plains, Ranburne led 21-9 after one quarter then trailed 31-29 at halftime. A 17-8 advantage in the third quarter carried the Bulldogs to victory. Brayden Wilson led Ranburne in scoring with 18 points, eight in the third quarter. Dylan Wiggins had 10 points and added four steals. Jay Smith recorded nine points and five rebounds. Kyle Lovvorn had eight points, including a pair of 3-point baskets, and added added five rebounds. Mark David Smith had six points, Wade Richardson four and Spence Florczak two. Florczak sat out the second half with an injury. In the loss to Randolph County, Ran-

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Ranburne began its girls basketball season November 26 with nine players returning from last year’s squad and one newcomer up from the junior high team. The experienced players include Emily Hall, Indiana Morgan, Rachel Morgan, Hannah Phillips, Jessie Ralston, Kat Runels, Alyssa Smith, Lacey Smith and Hali Wilson. Alyssa Smith has been cleared to play following shoulder surgery. Rachel Morgan is currently sidelined with an injury. Abbey Farmer, up from last year’s junior high team. is the lone new face this season. “Right now, I feel like we’re eight deep. The level of play pretty much stays up when we sub,” Ranburne coach Tim Smith said Wednesday, noting that Rachel Morgan’s return and more playing experience for Farmer will increase that depth. Seven players scored and an eighth added rebounds as

the Bulldogs defeated Randolph County 59-13 on the road Tuesday. Ranburne led 13-6 after one quarter then outscored the Tigers 27-2 in the second quarter to put the game away. The Bulldogs hit 21 of 32 free throw attempts. Indiana Morgan and Lacey Smith each scored 12 points. Morgan also had eight rebounds, two assists and two steals and Smith finished with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Runels led the Bulldogs on the boards with 10 rebounds and scored five points. Alyssa Smith had 10 points, two blocks and two rebounds. Ralston scored eight points, six coming in the decisive second quarter, and added four steals, two assists and two rebounds. Wilson had seven points and four rebounds. Phillips tallied five points and Hall grabbed three rebounds. The Bulldogs hosted White Plains Monday night and fell 49-38. After trailing 24-11 at intermission, Ranburne was able to get within five points early in the

fourth quarter. Alyssa Smith had 11 points and eight rebounds against the Wildcats. Wilson led in rebounds with nine and had five points. Indiana Morgan scored seven points. Two games at Spring Garden against a pair of Class 5A opponents got the season underway on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. Springville downed Ranburne 46-15 on November 26. Ranburne, which trailed 29-9 at halftime, was led in scoring by Phillips who had six points. The following night, Boaz downed the Bulldogs 56-27. The Pirates led 32-11 at intermission. Indiana Morgan had nine points and Alyssa Smith seven points. “That showed us what we need to work on,” coach Smith said. The Bulldogs travel to Horseshoe Bend Monday, entertain Wellborn Tuesday and play at Woodland December 13. “I know we took our licks the first couple of games but I feel good about next week,” Smith said.

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practiced so fast the last five or six weeks in football, they’re in great shape,” said Bailey. “The other guys surprised me … the first week. We’re not there yet. Obviously, it takes a little while but we’re in a lot better shape than I thought we were going to be.”

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Cedar Creek by: Glenda Triplett

New Hope Ministries by: Veneta McKinney

Prayers for the family of Sybil Vander Velde who passed away this past Saturday night. We do not mourn her passing but rejoice in the fact that she is in the presence of her Lord and Savior. She will be greatly missed. Sunday Dec 8 at 5pm we will have a Happy Birthday Jesus party. At 6pm we will have a Chrismon Service. Please join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and then decorate our Chrismon tree. If you’ve never been to a Chrismon service you have missed a blessing! December 13 at 6pm our Youth will sing at Cleburne Nursing Home. December 15 our Worship Choir will present “Bethlehem Morning” during the 11am service. Following service we will enjoy a Christmas fellowship meal. Pastor Donald’s message was taken from I Samuel 3:1-10 “Spiritual Power Failure”. In order for us to have spiritual power we must have a connection. That connection comes from listening to God! The youth Samuel was confused when he heard what he thought was Eli calling him in the night, “Samuel, Samuel.” Three times he heard the call and went to Eli only to be told it wasn’t Eli that had called. The third time Eli told Samuel if he hears the call again to answer “Speak, Lord, for your servant heareth.” Samuel went back to bed and he hears the call again. He answers just as Eli had instructed. It had been God calling Samuel all along! We can experience spiritual power failure when we are diverted, side tracked or distracted from our purpose in this life. What is our purpose? To serve God and become more like His Son Jesus. We fail to serve. We are unavailable. We begin to let things come before serving God. “The greatest ability is availability”. Samuel made himself available to God. We need to be listening for the voice of God. He may be trying to speak to us. Just as Samuel said we should tell God we hear Him and we are here to serve Him. Is God speaking but we are not listening?

Greetings from New Hope Ministries. On Friday Dec 6 at 6:30pm we will be having our Family Christmas party. It will be a night of great fun, food, and Christmas Love! Please wear your Christmas attire as we will be taking pictures. The children will be performing the songs of the Christmas play at the Quintard Mall on Dec 10 at 6:00 pm. On Sunday December 15th at 3:30 after play practice, we will meet at Kim Pierson’s house and have a “cookie” swap. Everyone bring your favorite cookie, candy, dessert, etc. You will need to make plenty and divide it up in bags/containers to give out to all the ladies. Please contact Kim Pierson with what you are bringing. We will have the Christmas program Sunday night, Dec 22nd at 5 pm. Please be sure to attend. This past Sunday Pastor Vickey Davis preached on 2 Cor 4:16. When things don’t turn out as we expect, we need to respond in faith instead of fear. We have a choice. Look to the Lord and dwell in His peace. Victory comes on the wings of praise. When you feel the darkness closing in, that is the time to praise God. He is moved by our declarations of praise. Remember faith isn’t faith until its all you have to hold on to. If we can figure it out, it’s not faith. When we choose to respond to a painful situation with joy and a glad heart God will open up a way.

Pinetucky by: Mary Alvarado

The times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord Acts 3:19. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Be thankful we have these friends, keep them in our prayers: Dennis Austin, Carl Ayers, Mary Burs, James Cavender, Rubie Cavender, Mary Campbell, Rita Cofield, the Grays, Dorothy Junior, Lillian Johnson, Violet Morrow, Nysa Nelson, Jewel Nelson, the Perkins, Ron Reager, Geneva Sutton, the Tanners, the Worthams, East Heflin and each other. by: Bruce Wright May we all have a blessed weeks from your friends at Pinetucky. Mark calendars: Youth Rake Out will this Sunday from 12-4pm. We need men to stay and help the youth. Verdon Chapel Wed.11th- ONE80 Youth Christmas Party will be at 6:20pm. Sat.14th- Faith Friends will meet at Sandra by: Richard Jackson Robert’s home at 10am. Sunday 15th –Brotherhood Breakfast will meet at 745am. Special Christmas Music We hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving Day. service will be at 11am. Charlie Brown Christmas Play Give thanks to God for all He has provided. presentation by our youth will be 5:00pm. Wed.18thBrother Paul Cannon brought the message from God AWANA Happy Birthday Jesus Party will be at 6:20pm from Ecclesiastes, chapter 11. When God tells us to in the fellowship hall. cast our bread upon the waters, He wants us to give of Bro. George opened to Luke 2:11, “In Search of the ourselves to help others in need. God can take the little Perfect Gift”. Let’s begin by looking at the perfect gift- things you do for others and make big things happen. All Jesus Christ. The Savior was given to us as promised and it takes is obedience to His will, and you will see great he was perfect. God’ only Son and the God’s gift to the things come from the efforts you make. Casting our bread world! In Him, we see the gift of salvation (John 3:16). upon the waters is also a way to plan for the future. What A gift so that we could have a personal relationship with we sow now will be reaped later by our children and their children. If we sow good seed by doing God’s will, we God and have a personal fellowship in Him. The gift of the Spirit will not leave you. He dwells can be sure that it will be multiplied and our children will within us. He lives within us and empowers us to do reap more than we have sown. Are you following the things when we call on him. For he edifies us, encourages leading of the Holy Spirit, and giving of yourself to those in need? Are you sowing good seed for your children? us, and guides us in helping others. Let God guide you, and great things will happen. It was all be the gift of sacrifice for us to have the gift Verdon Chapel Church is hosting a benefit concert for of service. Don’t wait until you cannot move to wish you Jay and Pat Daniel on Saturday, December 7. Food will had served. Share it now! God gave you this gift. Now be served beginning at 4:00 pm, and the singing will start use it! at 6:00 pm. Featured singers will be the groups Higher Hope and Clear Vision. Everyone is invited to come and Happy Hill join us.

by: Debra Jackson

Hello from Happy Hill. Hope this finds you all doing good. It was a blessing to be at Happy Hill Sunday. Our singing consisted of a mix of Thanksgiving testimonies and songs and on Sunday night, we sang some of our favorite Christmas carols. Join us in praying for Irmalene and Robert Norton, Betty Hayes, Carol Doyle, Earnest Bowen, Ken Sanders, Evelyn Martin, Lavada Vice, Alma Jacks, Butch Pair, Martha Ledford, Connie Thomas, Kerry Smith, Sherry Brown and Rider Bearden. Remember to attend church. Until next time, God Bless. SENTENCE SERMON We don’t need more to be thankful for.....we need to be more thankful. THE LIGHTER SIDE Mr. Norton was in the hospital recovering from an operation when the nurse on duty received a call from a man who asked how Mr. Norton was doing. “Oh, quite well. We expect he’ll be released in the morning.” “Very good, thank you.” “May I ask who is calling so that I can tell Mr. Norton?” inquired the nurse. “This IS Mr. Norton. The doctors don’t tell me anything!”

Mt. Olive Church of God by: Susie Smith We hope eyeryone had a great Thanksgiving! At the beginning of the Christmas season, our Sunday School lessons are helping us stay focused on Christ the true meaning of Christmas! Our Sunday School lesson this morning was from Luke 1:26-56 on “Magnify the Lord”. It tells us how God called Mary to let go of her own plans and enter into His will. Mary’s response as ours should be is that she lived to do God’s will..Mary trusted God. As we learn to magnify God , He becomes bigger in our lives,easier for others to see Him in us. Our morning service was AWESOME ! In Brother Ronnies words “poured straight out of Heaven ! The choir sang “He set me free”. We praise God for setting us free many bonds were broken this morning ! We as a church family want to work and pray together for all to have Victory ! Tonights message was from 2 Corinthians 4:6-10 on “Fighting the darkness with light”. In Genesis 1:1-4 God tells us the light is good, it causes darkness to vanish. Our enemy, the devil loves darkness, and wants to keep us there. But; when God moves into our hearts and lives He causes the devil to fear,and we can see every attempt the enemy makes on our soul. The best way to spell RELIEF for troubled hearts and souls ? JESUS !! For spiritual or physical help 24hrs. a day Brother Ronnie’s phone number is (256) 201-9444.

Obituaries Halyd Talmadge Price

Mr. Halyd Talmadge Price, of Tallapoosa, Georgia, passed away Monday, November 25, 2013. He was 94. Mr. Price was born in Ranburne, Alabama on November 9, 1919 to the late Rector and Bertie Gay Price. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S Army and a retired farmer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie Williams Price; his brother Rufus Price and his sister Gradice Summerville. Survivors include his daughter Deborah Camp (Doyce); his grandchildren Brad Davis (Paige), Craig Davis (Brook) and Amanda Lighfoot (Jeff) and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Price were held November 27, at the Chapel of Rainwater Funeral Home with Bro. David Ginn officiating. Interment followed at Macedonia Baptist Cemetery in Ranburne, Alabama. Messages of condolence may be sent to Rainwater Funeral Home, in Bowdon, Georgia, is in charge of arrangements

Local Church & Community Events December 5 Gray Hill Church of God located on County Road 87, Woodland, AL will have a CHristmas Cantate on December 7th & 8th at 5:30 p.m., CST. December 7 Miss and Mr. Christmas will be held on December 7 at the Heflin Recreation Center. All proceeds will go the Cleburne County HOSA. - (Health Occupation students of America) The proceeds will go to help students with expenses to the State HOSA Conference. Every Contestant receives a trophy. For entry forms you may call: 256-463-2532 or 256-239-2886 or you may e-mail: or 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. The deadline for sock pickup will be December 18-20. For more info call 256.201.1719 or 256.463.5558. Liberty Hill Congregational Methodist Church’s Choir will perform at the Quintard Mall on December 14th at 4:00pm December 15 Liberty Hill Congregational Methodist Church’s Brotherhood Breakfast will be on Sunday, December 15th at 7:30am. December 22 Liberty Hill Congregational Methodist Church will have their Christmas Cantata on December 22nd at 11:00am. Also, the youth praise and worship teams will be performing and preaching will be led by David Mulkey on Sunday evening at 6:00pm.

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Tommy Eugene Ross

Tommy Eugene Ross, 66, died Monday, November 25, 2013 at Regional Medical Center. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Umatilla Florida. Survivors include: Wife - Charlotte Ross, Heflin, AL Daughter - Christina Conley, Ohatchee, AL Daughter Shelly Jakob, Umatilla, FL Son - Tommy Ross, Umatilla, FL Son - Brian Ross, Altoona, FL Son - James Ross, Umatilla, FL Brother - Robert Ross, Lakeland, FL; 4- Grandchildren

Sybil Ann Vander Velde

Sybil Ann Vander Velde, 91, died Sunday, December 01, 2013 at her residence. Funeral services were held December 03, at Cedar Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Triplett, officiating. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery. Survivors include: Son - Johnny E. Whiten, Heflin, Sister - Eunice Norton , Heflin, Grand Child - Jonathan (Lisa) Whiten, Heflin, AL Grand Child - Nancy (Jerry) Burnell, Heflin, AL Grand Child - Gerrie Bell, Tallapoosa, GA Great Grandchildren - Ashton and Lane Burnell and 4 others Pallbearers: Henry Capes, Darrell Hammond, Gary Kirk, Hobart Kennedy, Garth Hollis and Charlie White Mrs. Vander Velde was a native and life long resident of Cleburne County and a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by husbands, Marvin Whiten and Edward Vander Velde, daughter, Sarah Ann Morgan, and brother, Bill White.

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IN RE: THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH D. WILLIAMS, DECEASED CASE NO. 2013-096 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Letters Testamentary of said deceased having been granted to the undersigned on the 15th day of November, 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. Sherry Dodson Owen

Bank of North Georgia Mortgagee or Transferee This Instrument Prepared By: Burt W. Newsome P.O. Box 382753 Birmingham, AL 35238 Attorney for Mortgagee or Transferee The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL November 28, December 5 and 12, 2013


Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain Cleburne News mortgage executed by FredeCleburne Co., AL SEC Championship Tickets rick Duran Wood and Debbie November 21, 28, December Buy/Sell/Trade 256-237-6658 Wood, husband and wife, in fa5, 2013 vor of CountryPlace Mortgage, Stairlifts- Wheelchair Lifts LTD dated July 25, 2005 and local sales, local service, made recorded September 7, 2005 in MORTGAGE in the USA, Grizzard Living Book LR 2005 Page 4569 in Aids 256-237-2006 the Office of the Judge of ProFORECLOSURE bate of Cleburne County, AlaSuperCade Arcade bama, the undersigned CounSALE Games In A Galaga Cab., Default having been made in try Place Mortgage, LTD., unall your old favorites from the the payment of the indebted- der and by virtue of the power 80’s. 400+ games. Also Donness secured by that certain of sale contained in said mortmortgage executed by Gregory gage, will sell at public outcry key Kong w/ 60 games. W. Wilson, an unmarried man, to the highest bidder for cash, 256-435-4148 on July 17, 2009, to MHD in front of the main entrance of Communities, LLC, which the County Courthouse in CleTO THE BEST OF OUR mortgage is recorded in Deed burne County, Alabama locatKNOWLEDGE Book 2009, Page 1555; and ed at on Tuesday, December All of the ads in this column assigned to Bank of North 17, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. or within represent legitimate offerings, Georgia by instrument record- three hours thereafter, being however The Cleburne ed in Mortgage Book 2009, between the legal hours of News does recommend that Page 3405, in the Office of the sale, the following described readers exercise normal busiJudge of Probate of Cleburne real estate, situated in Cleness caution in responding to County, Alabama, the under- burne County, Alabama, to wit: ads. signed, as Mortgagee or 3.3 ACRES OF LAND BEING Transferee, under and by vir- DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: tue of the power of sale con- BEGINNING AT THE NORTHtained in the said mortgage will WEST CORNER OF THE NW sell at public outcry to the high- 1/4 OF THE SW 1/4 OF SECest bidder for cash in front of TION 10, TOWNSHIP 17 the main entrance of the Cle- SOUTH, RANGE 12 EAST OF #1 I buy junk cars burne County Courthouse in CLEBURNE COUNTY, ALApaying $200 & up, will match Heflin, Alabama, on December BAMA; competitor’s price. 19, 2013, during the legal THENCE EAST ALONG THE Honest, dependable & fair on hours of sale the following real NORTH LINE OF THE NW 1/4 the price, 256-310-0552 estate situated in Cleburne OF THE SW 1/4 OF SECTION 10, A DISTANCE OF 330 FT., County, Alabama, to wit: Lot 21 of Mountain View Farms MORE OR LESS, TO THE Subdivision, as shown on a EAST LINE OF A 10 ACRE plat of survey for Mountain TRACT OF LAND IN THE NW View Farms by Crawford & As- 1/4 OF THE SW 1/4; sociates, Inc., dated June 11, THENCE SOUTH 1 DEG. AND 1999 and recorded in the Of- 30 MIN. EAST 350 FT. TO *** VA LOANS *** fice of the Judge of Probate of THE POINT OF BEGINNING; Cleburne County, Alabama, at THENCE CONTINUE SOUTH On Manufactured Homes 1 DEG. AND 30 MIN. EAST Plat Book 4, Page 347. You can buy land, home 200 FT.; Less and Except: & all development All that tract or parcel of land THENCE SOUTH 75 DEG. -0- Down Payment lying and being part of the AND 32 MIN. WEST 472.9 FT; -0- Closing Cost out of pocket West 1/2 of the Southwest 1/4 THENCE NORTH 12 DEG. of Section 33, Township 16 AND 49 MIN. WEST 225.3 FT MINTON HOME CENTER South, Range 12 East, Cle- TO THE SOUTHERN LINE OF Oxford, AL 256-835-0152 burne County, Alabama, and THE UNION HILL AND HOPEFHA & Conventional being more particularly de- WELL PUBLIC ROAD; Financing Available scribed as follows: To find the THENCE NORTH 45 DEG. point of beginning commence AND 27 MIN. EAST 306.2 FT. at the intersection of the South- BEING A CHORD DISTANCE west right-of-way of Price Road AND BEARING ALONG A (30 foot right-of-way) and the CURVE TO THE LEFT OF Northeast right-of-way of Cle- SAID ROAD; burne County Road #96 (80 THENCE SOUTH 67 DEG. foot right-of-way) and proceed AND 47 MIN. EAST 302.6 FT. _________________________ along the Easterly right-of-way TO THE POINT OF BEGINTOP 1% pay & CSA friendly of said Cleburne County Road NING. equipment. Full benefits + #96 (80 foot right-of-way) the BEING SITUATED IN THE NW quality hometime. No slip seat- following courses and distanc- 1/4 OF THE SW 1/4 OF SECing - take truck home. CDL-A es: South 48 degrees 36 min- TION 10, AND THE NE 1/4 OF required. 1-877-258-8782. utes 08 seconds East a dis- THE SE 1/4 OF SECTION 9, tance of 68.04 feet to a point; ALL OF TOWNSHIP 17 _________________________ South 47 degrees 18 minutes SOUTH, RANGE 12 EAST OF HELP WANTED-TRADES 54 seconds East a distance of CLEBURNE COUNTY, ALAHEAVY EQUIPMENT operator 50.51 feet to a point; South 44 BAMA. training! Bulldozers, backhoes, degrees 40 minutes 05 sec- TOGETHER WITH THAT 2004 excavators. 3 week hands on onds East a distance of 176.13 PALM HARBOR MANUFACprogram. Local job placement feet to a point; South 41 de- TURED HOME SERIAL NUMassistance. National certifica- grees 36 minutes 38 seconds BER PH23-5300AB WHICH, FOR SALE BY OWNER 6 year old home located 1945 tions. GI Bill benefits eligible. East a distance of 177.77 feet BY INTENTION OF THE PARto a point but specifically to the TIES AND UPON RETIRECR 45, Ranburne. 3 bed- 1-866-362-6497. MENT OF THE CERTIFICATE rooms, 2 bath house. Approx. _________________________ Northwest corner of Lot 25 as OF TITLE SHALL CONSTIshown on a plat entitled “Prop1,194 heated square feet on LAND FOR SALE 10 ACRE mountain top estate! erty Survey for MOUNTAIN TUTE A PART OF THE REAL3.32 acres. Has new interior Gorgeous Blue Ridge moun- VIEW FARMS, dated April 27, TY AND SHALL PASS WITH paint and new floor covering. tain acreage featuring spec- 1999, prepared by Crawford & IT. Asking $104,900 and owner tacular 3 state views & tower- Associates, Inc., certified by THIS PROPERTY WILL BE will finance with $5,300 down. ing hardwoods! Abuts U.S. Na- Douglas C. Crawford, Georgia SOLD ON AN “AS IS, WHERE Land Surveyor IS” BASIS, SUBJECT TO ANY ($0 down if you qualify for a tional Forest. Great building Registered ENCUMUSDA loan) Call Bill at spot! U/G utilities, paved rd #14567, recorded July 1, 1999, EASEMENTS, AND EXCEPfrontage, RV friendly. Priced to in Plat Book 4, Page 346, Cle- BRANCES, 877-488-5060 ext 323. County, Alabama TIONS REFLECTED IN THE sell only $69,900. Excellent fi- burne nancing. Call now 1-866 952 Records; thence leaving said MORTGAGE AND THOSE TO THE BEST OF OUR IN THE Easterly right-of-way of Cle- CONTAINED 5303, x 90. KNOWLEDGE RECORDS OF THE JUDGE All of the ads in this column _________________________ burne County Road #96 (80 OF PROBATE OF THE represent legitimate offerings, TENNESSEE LOG cabin on 6 foot right-of-way) North 40 de- COUNTY WHERE THE however The Cleburne acres with free boat slip! Only grees 36 minutes 57 seconds ABOVE-DESCRIBED PROPEast a distance of 272.68 feet News does recommend that $74,900 New 3BR, 2BA ERTY IS SITUATED. THIS readers exercise normal busi- log cabin shell, lake access, to a point, but specifically to PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ness caution in responding to nicely wooded, level setting. the Northeast corner of said WITHOUT WARRANTY OR Lot 25; thence South 45 deQuiet paved road ads. EXPRESSED frontage. Excellent financing. grees 57 minutes 22 seconds RECOURSE, Call now 1-877 888 0267, x East a distance of 30.12 feet to OR IMPLIED AS TO TITLE, a point which is the TRUE USE AND/OR ENJOYMENT 454. OF BEGINNING; AND WILL BE SOLD SUB_________________________ POINT thence from the TRUE POINT JECT TO THE RIGHT OF RESPORTING GOODS DEMPTION OF ALL PARTIES GUN SHOW Dec. 7-8 Satur- OF BEGINNING proceed North ENTITLED THERETO. day 9-5 & Sunday 10-5. Atlanta 10 degrees 12 minutes 02 sec- This sale is made for the purNeed Your Leaves Up Expo Center (3650 Jonesboro onds East a distance of 22.56 pose of paying the indebtedCall Wade 256-330-3909 Rd SE) Come out and meet feet to a point; thence South 79 ness secured by said mortgage 47 minutes 58 secTed Paluch, US Army survivor degrees onds East a distance of 62.98 as well as the expenses of of the Malmedy Massacre of feet a point; thence South 10 foreclosure, including a rea1944 in Germany. Buy- sell- degrees 12 minutes 02 sec- sonable attorney’s fee and othtrade. Info: 1-563-927-8176. onds West a distance of 64.79 er purposes set out in said _________________________ feet to a point; thence North 45 mortgage. MEDICAL SUPPLIES degrees 57 minutes 22 sec- COUNTRYPLACE MORTNEW AND used - stair lift ele- onds West a distance of 75.83 GAGE, LTD vators, car lifts, scooters, lift feet to a point; being the TRUE ATTORNEY FOR MORTGAGchairs, power wheel chairs, POINT OF BEGINNING. EE walk-in tubs. Covering all of Together with the heredita- Michael J. Craddock Alabama for 23 years. Elrod ments and appurtenances Craddock Davis & Krause, LLP Mobility 1-800-682-0658. (R) thereunto belonging. Said 3100 Monticello, Suite 550 We are taking _________________________ property will be sold on an “AS Dallas, TX 75205 applications on IS, WHERE IS” basis subject 214-750-3550 to the right of way easements 214-750-3551 - Fax Thursdays from and restrictions of record in the 8 a.m. 2- p.m. Probate Office of Cleburne Cleburne News County, Alabama, and will be Cleburne Co., AL subject to existing special as- November 14, 21, 28, DecemMark Hampton sessments, if any, which might ber 5, 2013 adversely affect the title to the Site Manager subject property. This sale is MORTGAGE FOREmade for the purpose of paying Please Call the indebtedness secured by CLOSURE SALE said mortgage, as well as the Default having been made in 256-463-7433 expenses of foreclosure. the payment of the indebtedThis Mortgage Foreclosure ness secured by that certain Almon Street sale will be held on December mortgage executed by RayHeflin, AL 36264 19, 2013, at the Cleburne mond C. Bryan and Robin B. County Courthouse in Heflin, Bryan, husband and wife, to TDD 1800-548-2546 Alabama. Noble Bank & Trust, N.A., on

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the 22nd day of November, 2006, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Cleburne County, Alabama, in Mortgage Book 2006, Page 6169; said mortgage having subsequently been transferred and assigned to Bank of America, N.A., by instrument recorded in Book 2012, Page 689, in the aforesaid Probate Office; the undersigned Bank of America, N.A., 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 January 27, 2014, 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: A tract or parcel of land in the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of Section 6, Township 17 South, Range 9 East, Cleburne County, Alabama and being more particularly described as commencing at the Southwest corner of the Northwest 1/4 of the Northwest 1/4 of said Section 6; thence North 00 degrees 20 minutes 14 seconds East, along the West line thereof, a distance of 217.93 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue North 00 degrees 20 minutes 14 seconds East a distance of 590.51 feet to the center line of a creek; thence along the center line of said creek, South 83 degrees 02 minutes 26 seconds East, a distance of 75.56 feet; thence South 66 degrees 46 minutes 46 seconds East, a distance of 113.68 feet; thence North 60 degrees 18 minutes 35 seconds East, a distance of 73.87 feet; thence North 42 degrees 41 minutes 59 seconds East, a distance of 81.42 feet; thence North 51 degrees 36 minutes 51 seconds East, a distance of 147.98 feet; thence North 83 degrees 26 minutes 00 seconds East, a distance of 153.43 feet; thence South 66 degrees 25 minutes 08 seconds East, a distance of 86.64 feet; thence South 60 degrees 44 minutes 16 seconds East, a distance of 102.66 feet; thence, leaving said center line of creek, South 12 degrees 15 minutes 45 seconds West, a distance of 676.48 feet; thence North 89 degrees 39 minutes 46 seconds West, a distance of 596.05 feet; to the Point of Beginning. Commencing at the Southwest corner of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter, Section 6, Township 17 South, Range 9 East, Cleburne County, Alabama; Thence North 3 degrees 08 minutes East along the West boundary of said quarter 819.8 feet to the center of a creek; Thence along the center of said creek South 76 degrees 27 minutes East 224.45 feet to a point; North 46 degrees 10 minutes East 100.09 feet to the point of beginning of the property herein described; Thence continue North 46 degrees 10 minutes East 33.0 feet to a point; Thence North 61 degress 40 minutes East 33.0 feet to a point; Thence North 28 degrees 20 minutes West 37.0 feet to a point on the South side of a county road; Thence South 75 degrees 01 minutes West 85.27 feet to a point; Thence South 43 degrees 50 minutes East 68.0 feet to the point of beginning. Property Street Address: 1016 Jewell Road, Oxford, Alabama 36203 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. Bank of America, N.A., Mortgagee/Transferee Andy Saag SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL 35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee 117568 The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL November 21, 28, & December 5, 2013

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Winslett receives Policeman of the Year VFW Post 4623 Awards Banquet: Scott Winslett, Policeman of the year, A.J. Benefield, Heflin Police Chief, Rudy Rooks, Heflin Mayor and John Burkes, VFW Post 4623 Commander

First deer of the season

Rhonda Lines came to the party with her mother, Shirley Smith, 72, and her grandchildren, ages 1 and 4. Lines had the day off from her job as a cafeteria worker for Cleburne County Schools and wanted to spend it with her mom, she said. Smith, decked out with her Alabama elephant jewelry, said she volunteers at the senior center in Heflin. “I always come,” Smith said. “All the seniors know me.” Jo Kilgore, 67, has hosted her grandchildren from Wetumpka this week and thought they might like to come to the party with her. Jalyn Carlton, 12, said she was enjoying the party and her visit to her grandmother’s hometown. “We went to see the lights in Heflin,” Jalyn said. “They were cool.” Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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Lila Forsyth age 10 killed her first deer on November 16th 2013 During the Alabama youth gun season. Lila was shooting a 223Cal. With Winchester 64 grain bullet.

William Buck Rollins killed first buck recently while brother Manney was in the stand with him.

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