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Board approves after-school robotics Program will be offered twice a week to fourth and fifth grade students LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service The Piedmont Board of Education on Monday approved an after-school robotics program for elementary school students. The program will be offered twice a week to a small number of fourth- and

fifth-grade students who participate in the Piedmont Academy, an after-school program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. “It will be a good opportunity for us to see how it goes with fourth and fifth grades,” said Superintendent Matt Akin. “Hopefully, if we have a large demand, we’ll be able to expand it.” The program will begin with between

eight and 10 Lego Mindstorm kits, a basic robotic construction package produced by the popular toy manufacturer. Two students can use each $250 kit, which combines Lego blocks, simple computer programing software, motors and sensors to help students build basic robots. School systems across the county have begun similar programs, and Piedmont schools already offer robotics courses to

middle and high school students. Akin said expanding the robotics program to include the lower grade levels will make it easier for students to learn to program the machines, and that it will draw more students into the math and science fields. “The sooner you can relate math and science skills to real-world, hands-on ■ See PROGRAM, page 10

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Craig Russell receives statewide award

A novel about a Maryland doctor during Civil War

Has worked with teens since he was a teen MARGARET ANDERSON Journal Correspondent

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raig Russell was recently presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Alabama Parks and Recreation Department District IV. The prestigious award is given annually to someone who has been a longtime member of the department and has made a significant difference in the community. Russell has worked with and for the youth of Piedmont since he was teenager himself. He was 18, had just graduated from Piedmont High School and was looking for a job when he went to city hall and asked if any were available. There was one, but it was only temporary. He was told it would last through the summer, about six to eight weeks. It didn’t matter to Russell. It was a job and he was delighted to have it. That temporary job lasted three years, and those three years have now turned into 30.

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Craig Russell has worked with the city for 30 years.

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Meet and chat with historian David P. Bridges Sunday at 2 p.m. on the 11th floor of Houston Cole Library. Bridges will talk about his latest book, “the Broken Circle”. “The Broken Circle” is a dramatic historical novel about James Breathed, a young Maryland physician who chose to fight with the Confederate ■ See BRIDGES, page 7

Lovers by Glover has grand re-opening Steven Glover has degree in sociology MARGARET ANDERSON Journal Correspondent

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Steven Glover, 28, likes to design and decorate. Even as a child, he enjoyed decorating his mother and his grandmother’s homes. As he grew older, his interest in that peaked, and he decided he would pursue a degree in architecture at Auburn. But because he has always enjoyed being around people and likes being helpful, he changed his major to sociology at Auburn.

He graduated in 2008 and spent nine years in that university town managing property for a town home community. Glover holds down two jobs. He’s the owner of Lovers by Glover at 105 E. Ladiga St., Suite B., where he gets to be creative. He makes many of the items that are for sale, including furniture, wreaths and some frames. “I refinish a lot of my furniture,” he said. “I work a lot with wood and metal and get ■ See GLOVER, page 12

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OPINION/EDITORIAL Go is the message to music lovers

I’d like to encourage everyone to go to any performance of Jenny Wall, Dr. Bill Wall, and/or Jason Wright. Their talents will transport listeners to musical heights. Friends and I attended a concert at the Jacksonville Public Library on Thursday of last week. The three entertainers kept us spellbound. Jenny, who is well known by most Calhoun Countians that love musical performances, is a soprano opera singer. Her husband, a local dentist, often accompanies her as a pianist. He has been a musician since childhood and has a background in performance. Jason Wright is a visual artist who said he developed his singing ability as a baritone only of late. He has made up for lost time. Jenny studied music in Knoxville, Tenn., and performed there several years before deciding that the domestic life and community performances best suited her. She blessed Calhoun Countians by returning to her hometown where she and her husband reared their five children, all of whom are now adults. As she sang, Jenny astonished us all as she first sang love songs from Phantom of the Opera. Her effervescent personality enhanced her performance. Several times during the concert, she would speak directly to us and tell us the background of the songs. Also, she danced and acted. Jason’s voice quality is smooth and clear – perfectly

suited to versatility to opera and a wide variety of music. His pleasant and humorSherry ous personality suited Jenny’s lead in Kughn the dialogue. The couple has sung together for a couple of years now, Sherry-Go-Round and it is evident that both are delighted to perform together. She said specifically that she is always happy to sing with him, and he echoed her sentiments. Jason is a couple of generations younger than Jenny, but he seems mature beyond his years. Their age gap made no difference at all, even when the two sang the selections from Phantom. Two of those, especially, were the ones that deeply touched several of us in the audience. The three also chose to perform songs from the musical Porgy and Bess. Jenny sang and acted out the role of Bess to “Summertime.” Jenny’s interpretation made the room in the library seem like a humid summer evening. I could almost smell honeysuckles and hear fish jumping in a pond. Jason sang “I Got Plenty of Nothing,” a snappy song during which he danced.

Selections from the musical Godspell rounded out the concert. It was a musical I have never seen, but in which I am now interested. Bill’s virtuosity on the piano provided a spirited background for the singers. Amazingly, this concert was free, thanks to the efforts of head librarian Barbara Rowell. Afterward, she said she had planned for months trying to schedule the three busy performers. Also, thanks to library employee Brenda Morgan for working the late shift. Jenny, Bill, and Jason are Calhoun County treasures. They delighted all of us, judging from the comments I heard after the performances. No one, it seemed, wanted the night to end; and the musicians stayed, answered questions, and visited with all of us. One youngster among us was particularly impressed with Jason. After the concert, the young man spoke to him and gave Jason a brief demonstration of the excellent pitch of his singing voice. So, if you get a chance to hear these musicians performing together again, pay money, travel, and give up your comfy recliner for at least one night. While at their concerts, you won’t think of your troubles. You won’t be aware of anything negative in the world. You will just go and be entertained. Email Sherry at sherrykug@hotmail.com

Legislature will put final touch on move to right

The 2014 legislative session began this week. Speculation is that it will be short and may not last the full four months allotted. The super majority Republican legislature will put their final touch on their four-year march to the right. They have made an indelible conservative mark on state government in both fiscal and social measures. The GOP House will emphasize financial incentives for job expansion. They are calling their agenda “Common Sense Conservative.” It will include a bill to raise the threshold where small businesses have to pay a monthly estimated income tax from $1,000 to $2,500. They will also make filing state business taxes easier by creating an online tax filing system for all taxes. Other bills in their conservative agenda will include a tax credit to encourage adoptions. They will address the issue of legislators exiting their terms early to lobby. They will tighten the current law that prohibits legislators from lobbying for two years after they leave office. Speaking of those legislators who left early, their replacements are ready to go after winning special elections last year. Margie Wilcox won the seat of Jim Barton in Mobile. Dimitri Polizos will replace Jay Love in Montgomery. The Elmore County seat held by Barry Mask will be filled in a special election Republican runoff on January 28th. Several lawmakers have announced they will not seek reelection this year. These open seats will create lively contests. Veteran lawmaker Richard Laird of Roanoke has served in the House since 1978. Laird was always an archconservative although he ran as a Democrat. Arthur Payne of Trussville will end his 36-year tenure in the House. Arthur was a very conservative legislator

like Laird. Another powerful and respected House member, Mary Sue Steve will not Flowers McClurkin, run for reelection. Mary Sue served successfully for 16 years. Another conservative will Inside The Statehouse replace her. In fact, another conservative female will likely take McClurkin’s North Shelby seat. DuWayne Bridges will step down from his Chambers County seat. Like Laird, Payne and McClurkin, DuWayne had a very conservative voting record. Two freshman Republicans have chosen to serve only one term. State Senator Bryan Taylor of Prattville and Wes Long of Guntersville will not run for a second term. Steve Clouse of Ozark will assume chairmanship of the House General Fund Budget Committee. Rep. Lesley Vance of Phenix City becomes chair of the House Financial Services Committee for the second time. The AEA fired their first salvo of the campaign year. They gave $150,000 to Gareth Moore to challenge Senator Jimmy Holley. It will be wasted PAC money. They will not defeat the popular and effective veteran South Alabama State Senator. Gov. Bentley has said that funding for prekindergarten programs and pay raises for teachers will be among his highest priorities during the legislative session.

Speaking of Gov. Bentley, he seems determined to get to the bottom of the Alabama State University issue. He spearheaded and called for a complete audit of the university over a year ago. His report has come back and he is on the warpath. He recently released a report on a forensic audit of finances on Alabama State University, which alleges that family and friends of at least three current or former university board members benefitted financially from their ties to the university. This 36-page audit was done by Forensic Strategic Solutions of Birmingham. This audit revealed significant discrepancies. Indeed, the audit in its conclusion calls for a further investigation to allow a jury or trier of fact to investigate multiple acts of fraud, waste and abuse that may have occurred and may be occurring currently at ASU. The audit lists numerous conflicts of interest, financial waste, inappropriate relationships, payments to family and friends of university board members, intentional obscuring of inappropriate payments circumventing policies and procedures and ASU’s practice of charging administration fees to fund a reserve account for the Center for Leadership and Public Policy. However, Gov. Bentley’s ire seems focused on allegations of fiscal mismanagement of a Medicaid contract that ended up costing the university approximately $1 million. This saga is just beginning. You have not heard the end of this story. 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. steveflowers.us

Citizens are beginning to mistrust Washington, national media Chris Christie, Republican Governor of New Jersey, gave a press conference and answered questions from reporters for 111 minutes about a political scandal involving closing two of three lanes for three days on the George Washington Bridge connecting New Jersey and New York last September. National “news” outlets have led with this story since the news conference. What’s the big deal? I doubt whether traffic problems from last September would have gone national if Christie had not been considered a leading GOP candidate for President in 2016, and more importantly a powerful opponent to Hillary Clinton, the much presumed Democratic nominee for President in 2016. National media elite (I’m uncomfortable labeling them journalists) make their livings uncovering or covering up political scandals. The real “scandal” aspect of this incident broke last week when a newspaper published emails and text messages revealing Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s deputy chief of staff, ordered the lane closings in retaliation – some speculate – against some Democratic officeholders, including a mayor and some state senators, who opposed or antagonized Christie in various ways. Christie fired Kelly as soon as he said he learned of her involvement. He also dismissed his former campaign manager for being complicit in the incident. Also, two of Christie’s

appointments to the Port Authority resigned last December, presumably due to their involvement Daniel in the lane closings. far, at least four of Gardner So Christie’s appointments have lost their jobs. More interesting than the scandal itself is the way national media elite My Thoughts have thronged to cover this otherwise local story, especially considering their relative lack of coverage of true national and international scandals involving President Obama: IRS targeting political opponents; NSA gathering data from every American as well as leaders of other nations; Benghazi with false talking points blaming a YouTube video for a mythical spontaneous demonstration; Jihadist attack at Fort Hood labeled ‘workplace violence’ for political cover; and Fast & Furious gun-running operation to drug cartels in Mexico killing hundreds if not thousands of people on both sides of the border. President Obama labeled these and other incidents “phony scandals,” and national media elite have dropped their coverage, choosing instead to cover New Jersey

traffic jams. Meanwhile, Robert Gates, recently retired Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush as well as Barack Obama, has released a book documenting his observations under these two leaders. Excerpts from the book so far have flattered neither Mr. Obama nor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both of whom Gates describes as operating more for personal political gains than for the good of the military or the nation. Gates’ book and comments on his book tour have come in third or fourth place in our national media behind Christie’s headline-leading scandalous traffic jam. Headlines and lead stories coming from our national media elite are the real scandals. Americans, long disgusted with political shenanigans coming out of Washington, are beginning to recognize the same politically biased shenanigans coming out of national media outlets. What does that say about the future of America when citizens can neither trust Washington nor the national media? Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at Daniel@ DanLGardner.com, or visit his website at http://www. danlgardner.com Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site blogs.clarionledger.com/ dgardner/

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MONTGOMERY — The race for Republican Terry Dunn’s position on the state’s utility regulatory board has become the most crowded on the statewide ballot for 2014, with political commentator Steve Flowers entering the field Wednesday. Flowers, 62, of Troy said he’s joining the field of five Republican candidates for the Public Service Commission because he wants to keep utility rates low and he wants to develop harmony that hasn’t existed between Dunn and the other two commissioners. “He doesn’t seem to get along with the other commissioners,” Flowers said. In addition to Dunn and Flowers, the field for the Republican primary June 3 includes former Greene County Commissioner Chris “Chip” Beeker, Alabama Minority GOP Chairman Phillip Brown of Birmingham, and production company owner Jonathan Barbee of Birmingham. Flowers said he believes the race has drawn more candidates than governor and every other statewide race because people see Dunn as vulnerable. Flowers’ news conference was watched by several lobbyists for businesses, business associations and organized labor. George Clark, president of Manufacturer Alabama, said he plans to recommend that his board

endorse Flowers because of his pro-business record. Dunn had anticipated lots of opposition after calling for formal rate hearings last year for the state’s largest utilities. The other commissioners rejected his request and held informal hearings that produced some rate changes. Dunn accused Flowers of not being on the side of utility customers. “Flowers stands with those who’ve spent nearly three decades making sure Alabama utilities’ profit margins remain the highest in the country. He knows that’s where the money is,” Dunn said Wednesday. Flowers said he will stand out in the crowded field because “I come to this race as the only candidate with a proven pro-business, conservative record of public service.” Flowers served in the Alabama House from 1982 to 1998 and made an unsuccessful run for the state Senate in 2002. When he left politics, he became a political commentator on TV and a columnist for more than 70 newspapers, mostly weeklies. Flowers said his campaign already has more than $330,000. No other PSC candidate has reported topping $60,000. If elected, Flowers said he won’t use the PSC as a political stepping stone. “This will be my final resting stop politically,” he said.


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Nances Creek - Funeral services for Charles Estes Brown, 87, were held Friday, January 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Garry Brown officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Nances Creek Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services. Mr. Brown, affectionately known as Charlie Brown, died Monday, January 6, 2014, at his home surrounded by his three caring daughters, Faye “Susie” Roberts (Randall), of Jacksonville, Sandra Harper, of Nances Creek and Carolyn Peddy, of Villa Rica, Georgia. Mr. Brown was also survived by six grandchildren, Robin Roberts (Gina), of Jacksonville, Kelly Roberts, of Jacksonville, Jon Harper, of Clarksville, Tennessee, Steven Harper (Magen), of Oxford, Mikki Lucas (Joshua), of Villa Rica, Georgia, and Cynthia Ellis (Chris), of Douglasville, Georgia; as well as ten great-grandchildren, Mallory and Torre Roberts, Sean and Kaylee Roberts, Noah and Katie Harper, Gabriel and Tristen Lucas, and Logan and Jonathan Ellis. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Williamson, Lamar Harbin, Robin Roberts, Steven Harper, Joshua Lucas and Chris Ellis. Honorary pallbearers will be his nieces and nephews. Mr. Brown was a member of Nances Creek Baptist Church where he earned the nick name “Teddy Bear” for his ever lasting hugs and never ending pocket of chewing gum. He served in the U.S.Navy during World War II and retired from Anniston Army Depot. During his retirement he rebuilt alternators and starters for the community and was always there to lend a helping hand. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Maggie Odelle Brown, by his parents, Dave and Bertha Brown and by two brothers and six sisters. www.thompsonfuneral-

Alexandria - Funeral services for Linda Faye Coley, 72, were held Monday, January 13, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Black and the Rev. Corey Burns officiating. Burial will follow at Nances Creek Cemetery. The family will received friends at the funeral home from 11:30 until 1 p.m. Monday. Mrs. Coley passed away Friday, January, 10, 2014, at BMC Princeton in Birmingham. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, John Billy Coley Sr., of Alexandria; daughter, Kathy Bowden (Aaron), of Ohatchee; son, Johnny Coley (Tujuana), of Piedmont; grandchildren, Jamie Leigh Dover, Jenna Bowden, April Iliff and Billie Jo Burns (Corey); great-grandchildren, Colten Dover, Taylor Dover and Bailey Burns; sisters, Anita Hanvey (Buddy) and Brenda Christopher, all of Piedmont; brother, Dean Christopher (Teresa), of Piedmont; several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Mrs. Coley was a resident of Alexandria and was a former resident of Piedmont. She attended the First Presbyterian Church in Piedmont and was a former employee of Springs Industries and the City of Piedmont School System where she worked in the Frances E. Willard cafeteria. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by a grandson, a great-grandson, her parents, Gilford “Blackie” and Helen Christopher. Flowers may be sent or memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Piedmont. www.thompsonfuneralhomepiedmont.com

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Craig, Colo. - Matthew D. Mitchell, 44, passed away in Craig, Colo., on January 3, 2014. Matthew was born in Long Beach, Calif. on April 29, 1969. Matthew is survived by his mother, Pamela Abernathy Chapin; stepfather, Ronald Chapin; great-aunts, Sarah Jennings, Sally Cheeves and Helen Jahn; father, Michael Mitchell; aunts, Kandie Rosales and Pam Creal and family and friends in the Alabama area. Matthew is preceded in death by a brother, Stephen D. Mitchell;

grandmothers, Fair Nicholson Valenzuela and Dorothy Lacioppa; grandfathers, Frank Abernathy and Charles Mitchell and aunt, Frankie Fisher. Matthew had many skills. He worked in home construction, welding, mechanics and was a driver. He was an accomplished artist. He enjoyed motor sports. He was a big brother for several children. A memorial service will be held at Pleasant Arbor Baptist Church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014. A graveside service is not being held at this time. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to a charity that helps to keep children sheltered and fed, and be good to each other.

SIMMONS

Piedmont - Services for Maxine K. Simmons, 85, were held Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Ingram and the Rev. Michael Bright officiating. The family received friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Simmons passed away Thursday, January 09, 2014, at her home. Survivors include her daughter, Jane Johnston (Cecil), of Piedmont; son, Terry E. Simpson (Stephanie), of Piedmont; four stepchildren, Ron Simmons, Lori Simmons, Cindy Besley and Jan Crow (Gary); several step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren four grandchildren, Heith Simpson, Stephanie Johnston and Amber Thornburg (Jesse), all of Piedmont and Dana Simpson, of Atlanta, Ga.; one greatgrandchild, Savannah Thornburg; two sisters, Kathryn Craig, of Melbourne, Fla., and Doris Bright (Ed), of Piedmont and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Simmons was a longtime resident of Piedmont and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Esther-Fidelis Sunday School Class and the Sunshine Club. She enjoyed playing cards, reading and working in her yard and garden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Simmons; daughter, Rebecca Ann Simpson; stepson Terry Simmons; parents, Ed and Mary Kirkpatrick; three brothers, E.J. Kirkpatrick, Robert Kirkpatrick and Kenneth Kirkpatrick, and one sister, Mable Warren. www.thompsonfuneralhomepiedmont.com

are on Tuesday and Thursday. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 or jsu9517k@jsu. edu for more information. • Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 21 meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.. at 114 N. Center Ave. downtown Piedmont, to discuss the latest veteran’s issues and benefits. If you are a service-connected disabled vet or you think you may have a military service related condition, the DAV may be able to help you. Help workshops are also available from 8 a.m.-noon on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Veterans are urged to attend for possible compensation and benefits they’re not aware of. • Anyone with knowledge about German and Italian POWs and their artifacts at Fort McClellan during 1943-46 is asked to contact Klaus Duncan at 782-2991. • Piedmont Health Care has started an Alzheimer’s support group designed to increase public awareness and enhance individual and family education regarding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. For more information call social services director Yolanda Pierce 447-8258, ext. 232. Refreshments will be provided.

Police Report Jan. 6 • Theft of property (motor vehicle). A 50-year-old male reported theft of a 1997 maroon and Toyota 4 Runner that occurred between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

damage done to two window screens during an incident that occurred on Walker Street at 10:52 a.m.

•Jan. 10 • Found property. Officers took posJan. 7 session of six gold earrings and a breast • Burglary II, theft of property II. Of- cancer awareness bracelet during an ficers investigated the theft of an iPad 2 incident that occurred on Carol Street. A computer that occurred on West Ladiga necklace that was stolen is still missing. Street between Dec. 5 and 9. • Possession of a controlled substance. Officers recovered three burned Jan. 8 hand rolled cigars containing green • Located missing person. Officers material, an unopened White Grape were involved in locating a missing Good Times cigarillo and a bag of green person that occurred at 10:40 a.m. on material labeled Devil Eye during an Mill Street. incident that occurred on Springs Drive • Dogs at large. Officers responded around 10:45 p.m. to a report made by a 56-year-old male • Possession of a controlled subabout damage done to a Jack Russell stance. Officers recovered three burned dog that occurred on Kelly Street at 8:15 hand-rolled cigars containing green a.m. material, a 10-gram bag of green mateJan. 9 rial labeled Devil Eye, and an unopened • Criminal mischief III. A 60-year-old White Grape Good Times cigarillos in female reported $280 damage done to a an incident that occurred oven Springs Haler air conditioner and heater window Drive and Highway 278. unit that occurred Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. • Burglary III. Officers investigated Jan. 12 an incident that occurred on North Main • Criminal mischief III. A 45-year-old Street between 2:49 a.m. and 2:55 a.m. female reported damage done to two and resulted in $500 damage done to a copper propane gas lines that occurred front glass door and the theft of $2,500 on Highway 9 South. in currency. • Theft of property III. A 28-year-old • Burglary III. Officers investigatfemale reported the theft of a 19-inch ed an incident that occurred on Shady Phillips flat screen television that ocGrove Road at 3:05 a.m. and resulted curred on Dewey Drive. in $500 damage done to two front glass • Duty upon striking an unoccupied and metal doors and the theft of two vehicle. A 32-year-old male reported cash registers and $400 in paper curren- damage done to a 2004 Chevrolet 1500 cy and $70 in coins. pickup while located in the 300 block of • Burglary III. Officers investigated South Main Street.

Arrests Jan. 8 • Christina C. Buford, 40, failure to appear. Jan. 11 • Ronald Gene Clayburn, 48, failure

to appear on charges of drivng with a revoked license, no insurance and having an expired tag. • Terrick Jerrell Spear, 22, probation violation.

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Former nurse works at Solid Rock Cafe Beverly Hart attended one-room schoolhouse MARGARET ANDERSON Journal Correspondent

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everly Riessen Hart has fond memories of growing up on her family’s dairy farm in Stockton, Iowa, near Davenport. There were all kinds of animals ̶ cows, pigs, sheep, horses and chickens ̶ and corn. Lots of corn and hay. One of Beverly’s jobs on the farm was driving the tractor to which the baler was attached, to bale hay. She also helped milk the cows and feed all the animals. There was a lot of hard work, but there was also a lot of fun and good times. She was one of seven children. She remembers riding horses, tagging along with her father to check fence lines and helping in the garden. She attended a one-room schoolhouse through fifth grade and was 18 when she graduated from Davenport High School. She and some of her friends decided they wanted to be nurses. Many of them, including Beverly, went on to St. Luke’s Hospital in Davenport get a twoyear degree to be a registered nurse. “I felt like I wanted to help people,” said Beverly. “I felt encouraged by my classmates because they were going into that field as well. We thought it would be a good field to get into.” During Beverly’s nursing career, she worked in a number of areas. Her favorite is probably recovery. “I worked in recovery about 15 years,” she said. “There, you get to see people when they’re coming out of the anesthesia. You get to see them go onto the floor and recover.” Beverly lived in Florida for awhile. She and her husband, who was a postal employee, decided they wanted to move a little to the north to be closer to their children. They moved Calhoun, Ga., then to Cave Spring. Beverly worked 14 years at Redmond Hospital in Rome. She and William are retired. They moved to Piedmont from Cedar Spring because of their children and church, First Baptist. Beverly has two children. Her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Pierre Gillette, own the Solid Rock Café on Centre Avenue. The Gillettes have three children. Mikey Trainor is 21 and Molly Trainor is 20. Lorelei Gillette is 2 ½. Beverly’s son is Kenneth Clark. His children are

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Beverly Hart at Solid Rock Cafe. Grant, 24; Paige, 20 and Faith 10. Kenneth has three stepchildren ̶ David, Josh and Rachel. Bill has a daughter, Lori George, who lives in Farrell, Pa. She has four step-grandchildren and one step-greatgrandchild. Beverly likes gardening, reading and baking. She says the Bible is her favorite book. She enjoys canning and freezing vegetables from her garden. One of Beverly’s favorite things is working at the Solid Rock Café. “I help out as needed,” she said. “I love working there.

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1 T. chopped fresh thyme 2 lb. stew beef ½ t. salt ½ t. black pepper CABBAGE PLATE 2 T. all-purpose flour 3 c. coarsely chopped cabbage 1 lb. butternut squash 2 c. sliced carrots ¼ c. chopped sun-dried tomatoes 1 c. chopped celery 4 c. beef broth 1 c. chopped onion 2 T. parsley 1 T. sugar Heat 3 T. olive oil over medium heat in a large 1 ½ t. salt pot. Add onions, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Saute ¼ c. salad oil about two minutes Cut stew meat in 2-inch cubes ½ c. hot water and toss with salt, pepper and flour. Turn heat to Combine vegetables. Add sugar, salt, and oil. medium high and add beef to the pot. Cook beef Mix. Add water and cook until tender, 10-15 until brown with golden edges, about 5 minutes. minutes. Makes 8 servings. Add beef broth and, using a wooden spoon, gently stir up all the brown bits off the bottom of BUTTERNUT SQUASH STEW the pan. Add the butternut squash, which has 3 T. olive oil been trimmed and cut into 2-inch cubes. Then add 1 onion, chopped tomatoes and bring all to a boil over high heat. 2 cloves garlic, chopped Reduce to simmer. Cover for one hour. Sprinkle 1 T. minced fresh rosemary with parsley. Good with crusty bread. 3 T. sugar 1 t. salt Boil 1-2 minutes. Cool and put in containers.

Emma celebrates 12th birthday

Emma Shane Penny

Emma Shane Penny celebrated her 12th birthday in November of 2013. Emma Shane is the daughter of Terry Penny and Caroline. Her grandparents are Ed and Sandra Murray of Piedmont, Olene Penny of Nances Creek and the late Olan Penny. She celebrated her party on the bank of Nances Creek with a number of young friends and relatives.

In Loving Memory

It’s been three years since we saw your smiling face, Our sadness never goes away. Our silent tears still flow, You’re thought of and missed more than you’ll ever know. God took you from this world, We’re not to question why, Matthew Eubanks Our memories are precious 6/3/82 - 1/17/11 That’s all that gets us by.

We will love you forever!

It’s like a ministry to me. I just like working with my daughter and granddaughter. I enjoy the people coming in. It’s fun, but it’s work too.” Beverly said she learned to cook at an early age. “It was necessary,” she said. “We had a big family, and we were always either helping outside or cooking. My mother taught all of us girls how to cook.” Beverly said she still uses some of her mother’s recipes. She enjoys making Iowa Chocolate Cake, Sweet Corn for Freezing, Cabbage Plate and Butternut Squash Stew. (Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com)

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Lee Patterson announces candidacy for County Commission District 5 Jacksonville native Lee Patterson announces his candidacy for Calhoun County Commissioner District 5. Patterson is running as a Republican. Lee, 49, a life-long resident of Jacksonville is the son of Otis Patterson and the late Martha Reaves Patterson. He is married to the former Susan Hay, daughter of Brice and Jane Hay. Susan teaches sixth grade at Kitty Stone Elementary School where she has taught for 21 years. They have three children - Morgan, Mallory, and Benjamin. Morgan is an English major at JSU. She is involved in the drama department. Mallory and Benjamin attend Jacksonville High School where Mallory plays volleyball and Benjamin plays football. Lee supports the athletic program at JHS as a of the J Club. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville where he serves as a deacon and sings on the praise team. He has been employed by United Parcel Service for 30 years where he delivered to JSU for about 20 years. He has been delivering in the Jacksonville, Piedmont, and Pleasant Valley areas for Lee Patterson 28 years. He enjoys working for such a sound company that allows him to serve in his home community. He has an Alabama home builders license and has been building and remodeling houses for over 10 years. He is a member of the Calhoun County Home Builders Association. Lee began to feel a call to become involved in public service after 9/11. He feels a desire to give back to the community that has given so much to him and his family. He wants to build on what the current commissioner has accomplished in the last three terms. He plans to work closely with the school systems in District 5 in order to continue supporting the needs of each school. He seeks to work with various organizations and municipalities to best meet the needs of the people in District 5.

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Jacksonville lawmaker would toughen penalties for funeral fraud By Tim Lockette tlockette@annistonstar.com MONTGOMERY — A Jacksonville lawmaker wants tougher penalties for funeral home directors who play fast and loose with clients’ money, though some funeral home directors say the proposal may go too far. Rep. K.L. Brown, R-Jacksonville, filed a bill this week that would expand state oversight of pre-need funeral arrangements — funerals paid for in advance, sometimes decades before the purchaser dies. “I think it’s a good consumer protection bill,” said Brown, who is himself the owner of two funeral homes in Calhoun County. Brown said it’s rare for funeral home directors to sell pre-need funerals and never provide a product. But it does hap-

pen, he said. Brown’s bill would require funeral home directors, when they sell a preneed funeral, to put the money into a trust within 30 days. It would expand the state’s power to audit funeral homes to make sure they comply. And it would make mismanagement of that money a felony. It’s currently a misdemeanor. “If I had to tell you what was the most important part of this bill, it would be that the Department of Insurance has the power to audit any cemetery that isn’t city-owned or church-owned,” he said. A loophole in current law, he said, allows the state to audit only funeral homes and cemeteries that have been authorized to sell pre-need funerals. The worst practitioners, he said, are usually the funeral homes that sell pre-need funerals without state permission. Brown proposed a similar bill last

year, but it died in committee on the last day of the session. Tim Claiborne, president of Mobile Memorial Gardens, said he went to Montgomery to campaign against the bill’s passage. “I’m not one that, unless there’s a reason, believes there should be more regulation,” he said. Claiborne runs a nonprofit, 200-acre cemetery in Mobile. Last year he argued that as a nonprofit, his organization should be exempt from the law. Claiborne said he also opposes a provision in the bill that makes failure to put money in a trust a more serious crime if the amount totals more than $2,500. He said $2,500 is a relatively small transaction for a large cemetery, and every transaction carries a risk. “If I don’t deposit my money properly and they rule it’s intentional, it’s a felony,” he noted.

Brown said he’s not sure he’ll be able to win Claiborne over this year. “I think he just doesn’t want to be regulated at all,” Brown said. Still, Brown said he thinks the bill has a reasonable chance of passing in the coming legislative session. He said he’s gained the support of a committee chair whose vote blocked the bill last year. Leaders in the Legislature have said they’d like to conclude the session quickly this year, and Brown said it’s likely he’ll know the bill’s fate soon. “I would think in the first two or three weeks, we’d see it come out of committee,” he said. The legislative session begins Tuesday. Capitol and statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter: @ TLockette_Star.

RUSSELL: Has been facilities manager for the past 20 years From page 1

He worked days and studied electronic technology at Ayers State nights. The first 10 years Russell worked for the city he was parks and recreation manager, which meant that he was responsible for maintenance over the ball fields. He’s been facilities manager for parks and recreation for the past 20 years. “I love being around kids,” he said. “It’s a matter of seeing them smile and getting to swim, play ball and do all the things kids like to do.” Russell said he grew up playing ball in Piedmont and it’s has a lasting impression on him. “I want to enrich the lives of other kids by doing the same thing to help them,” he said. “When I accepted the award, I told them that I’m honored to be a part of kids’ lives for all these years and see them enjoy life through recreation.” Russell, a certified pool operator, said he expects to spend a lot of time at the city’s new aquatic pool, seeing that it’s properly maintained. Russell is district director of Dixie

Youth Baseball. In that position, he helps with state tournaments. His interest in sports includes golf. He has a 10 handicap. His favorite place to golf is the Cherokee Country Club. Russell is married to the former Tina Stewart, who is a pharmacy technician at Alaco Pharmacy. His daughter, Kay Lynn, 19, is a sophomore at Jacksonville State University and is in the national guard. He has a stepson, Jonathan Danford, 22, and a stepdaughter, Haley Danford, 20, both of Piedmont. He has a 1-year-old step grandchild, Brayligh Danford. Russell was born and grew up in Piedmont. His parents are Madge (Messer) Russell and the late Mack Russell. His siblings are Jeff Russell and Cindy Page, both of Piedmont. Three Chihuahuas round out his family -- Pinky, Ginger and Oscar. He and Pinky share the same birthday -- Feb. 20. Russell is a member of the Church of Christ where he leads singing and teaches a junior high Bible school class. (Contact Margaret at pollya922@ gmail.com)

BRIDGES: Speaker to talk about Major John Pelham From page 1

Army to preserve Southern culture and its principles of self-government, community, hard work, family values and faith in God. In 1013 he was posthumously awarded the Confederate Medal of Honor. Dr. Breathed is the great-great uncle of Bridges, who is a historian and professor at the University of Richmond. Jacksonville’s hero, Major John Pelham, who is in the Alabama Hall of Fame, was Dr. Breathed’s commander and best friend. Hear about what Pelham and Breathed shared to make them blood brothers. Find out why these two great men were both heroes of the Civil War. In addition to “The Broken Circle, Bridges has also written “The Bridges of Washington County,” Fighting With Jeb Stuart,” and “The Best Coal Company in All Chicago and Hot it Got That Way.” He is currently working on a new book, “The Thomas Brothers of Burkes Garden Virginia.” According to his Web site, Bridges is a theologian, historian, biographer, outdoorsman and horseman. He began

writing about the Civil War period after nearly two decades of serving as an ordained Presbyterian minister. Bridges undergraduate B.S. degree in economics was received from The University of Kentucky. He furthered his academic experience and studied theology and history at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and The University of Chicago, Divinity School. In order to further enhance his writing he learned to fire cannon and fight as dismounted cavalry so that he could participate in Civil War reenactments with the 2nd Virginia Cavalry & Stuart Horse Artillery, based in Roanoke, Virginia. Bridges’ area of expertise is 1850-1950 American history. His first non-fictional historical book is about the Best family, coal industrialists and philanthropists who historically impacted Chicago’s history. His second book chronicles the Bridges family in Western Maryland. It shows how industry, politics and conservation worked together to preserve the Woodmont Rod and Gun Club, Hancock, Maryland. He resides in Richmond with his faithful birddogs Angel, Bella and Rosey.

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Busy week for Bulldogs ends against Alexandria RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent

A stretch of seven games in nine days ends late Saturday night for the Piedmont boys when they face No. 3 seed Alexandria in the opening round of the Calhoun County basketball tournament at Jacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m. and is the final game of the tournament’s first day. This year’s county tournament is the first since 2002 to seed just four teams. All 15 teams were seeded for each of the past six tournaments. Either eight or six were seeded the previous five years. The decision to seed just four for 2014 was apparently made by the county’s principals last spring. Piedmont, certainly one of the best eight teams in the county, drew the pairing against No. 3 Alexandria out of a hat. “I think that the 16 team bracket is a standard form that is designed to reward those teams who have played well,” Piedmont coach Tommy Lewis said. “To pick the top four as a reward then open it up to pure luck as to who they play is not really a reward. To go to the trouble of disrupting a Sunday during the coaches busiest period to just vote for four teams is just a waste of time. Speaking of time, the process we went through took as long as seeding the whole tournament - plus the added time of the gambling aspect of drawing your fate out of a bag. I saw no positive to the change unless you want the element of chance added to the process. The educational system we are governed by is based on merit, not random chance.” For Piedmont, the seven-game run began on Friday at home with a 72-71 loss to Class 3A, Area 10 leader Weaver. The Bulldogs trailed 44-28 at halftime then had the final possession but were unable to get a shot away in the last five seconds. Typically, Lewis took the blame for the loss. “I probably stopped us from winning Friday,” he said. “I used the press too long and did not have a great play to end the game.”

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Piedmont’s Denard Spears drives toward the basket and is fouled during action against Weaver.

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Fourteen players dressed and played, and 10 of them scored, when Piedmont defeated visiting Weaver 61-22 in a Class 3A, Area 10 game Friday. Bulldogs coach Terrace Ridley added junior high players LuLu Jackson, Sydney Prater, Katilyn Ridley and Tylin Wilson to the varsity roster and played them extensively as the Bulldogs limited the Bearcats to two points in the first quarter, four in the third and four in the fourth. Bre Green led Piedmont in scoring with 11 points. Green also recorded eight steals, five assists and five rebounds. Jakieya Mitchell had a pair of 3-point baskets and ended with 10 points. Mitchell also made three steals and handed out three assists. Breanna Brazier had three treys, all in the first half, for nine points and added three assists. Jaylen Major had seven points. Carlie Flowers scored six points. Riesha Thompson had five points and three steals. Ridley and Tiffany Prater each scored four points and Ridley had three boards. Keshauna Jones scored three points and grabbed a team-best nine rebounds. Jackson had two points.

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There are a couple of “ifs” involved but Spring Garden may get a third meeting with Sand Rock in the championship game of this week’s annual Cherokee County basketball tournament at the Gadsden StateCherokee arena. First, the Panthers and Wildcats will play again only if Spring Garden, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, defeats No. 3 Cedar Bluff in the opening round on Friday at 4 p.m. Spring Garden coach Ricky Austin called his team’s third encounter with Cedar Bluff a “trap game” because the Panthers have defeated the Tigers handily in two previous games. Second, top-seeded Sand Rock must survive its semifinal game Friday at 7 p.m. with either No. 4 Cherokee County or No. 5 Gaylesville. Cherokee County is a heavy favorite over Gaylesville. “Right now, Sand Rock is clear cut the favorite in our county,” Austin said. “They’re stronger physically than us. We would like that matchup in the championship game. We’d like to get to that point where we could play them again. I think that could make us better for the rest of our year to get to that game.” If the “ifs” fall correctly, Spring Garden and Sand ■ See PANTHERS, page 9

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Piedmont’s Jaylon Major shoots over a Weaver defender.

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Spring Garden seeded third in tourney RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent

It’s county basketball tournament time in Cherokee County. Spring Garden is the host school for this year’s annual event. The games will be played in the Gadsden State-Cherokee arena in Centre. Spring Garden’s boys are the No. 3 seed and will play No. 2 Sand Rock Friday at 5:30 p.m. Sand Rock has two wins over Spring Garden already this season, games in which the Panthers didn’t play particularly well. Spring Garden coach Ricky Austin said Tuesday that the Wildcats are “very, very physical” and use their size advantage effectively in half-court traps. “We’re going to have to play strong with the ball,” Austin said of his offense. “Defensively, we’re going to have to be aggressive on the boards and finish our defense by rebounding

extremely well because they crash the boards hard.” The Spring Garden versus Sand Rock winner advances to the title game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The other finalist will be No. 1 Cherokee County, No. 4 Cedar Bluff or No. 5 Gaylesville. Cedar Bluff and Gaylesville open the tournament Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Thursday’s winner tangles with Cherokee County in Friday’s late game, scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. In their only game over the past week, the Panthers picked up a road win on Thursday, defeating Ranburne 61-56. Spring Garden led 21-13 after one quarter, 37-29 at halftime and 46-39 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Spring Garden struggled at the free throw line and the Bulldogs held a two-point lead briefly. Austin said his team regained the lead with about three minutes to play and led the rest of the way.

“We rebounded really well,” Austin said. “Our size was probably the difference. They tried to press us and we handled their pressure extremely well. They wanted to play a zone. Jay (Prater) hit some threes. That forced them to play man and they just couldn’t match up with us.” Will Westbrook had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Prater connected on four 3-point baskets in the first quarter and ended with 14 points. Jacob Black scored 13 points, all in the first half. Will Ivey scored six points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds. Tanner Parker and Riley Austin each had a 3-pointer. The Panthers were to play at home Tuesday night against Woodland, tuning up for Friday’s county tournament encounter with Sand Rock. Next week, Spring Garden plays at Woodland Monday then returns to Class 1A, Area 10 play Tuesday in Gadsden against Coosa Christian.


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Cheaha Challenge moves out of Piedmont LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service The Cheaha Challenge bicycle ride will have a new home base in 2014. This year, it will begin and end at Jacksonville State University, marking the first time the ride hasn’t been based in Piedmont since it was first held in 1993. “It was a really difficult decision for us,” said Mike Poe, a long-time organizer for the Challenge. “Piedmont has been a gracious host for a lot of years.” The Cheaha Challenge, the Sunny King Criterium and the Foothills Classic Road Race and the Woodland-Calhoun Century are four events held each spring during a weekend of cycling festivities in Calhoun County. The Challenge is a 102-mile ride that was begun by the Northeast Alabama Bicycling Association in Piedmont, where it was based at the city’s civic center. The Challenge attracts more than 500 cyclists from across the region who ride en masse on area roads to Mount Cheaha. Members of the association decided to move the event to Jacksonville as part of a long-term plan to attract more cyclists to the ride, Poe said. Its members considered the move for three years before approving the change in the

spring, he added. “It wasn’t a new idea,” Poe said. “It was something we had been toying with.” The Piedmont Civic Center isn’t large enough to accommodate the number of people organizers would like to attract to the event, Poe said. He added that organizers think the Challenge will grow now that it is moving to JSU, where organizers say cyclists will have more access to the accommodations they need -- parking, showers and a space to wind down after the ride is over. Poe said JSU’s Pete Mathews Coliseum will most likely be the new base for the Challenge. The association will make the final decision about the new location with help from the Southern Bicycle League, a Georgia-based organization that promotes cycling. The association selected the league in the spring to help plan the 2014 Cheaha Challenge. Until this year the association planned the event without help from an outside organization. Poe said the association selected the league, in part, because of the organization’s size. “They have the resources to reach a broader market,” Poe said. “We’re really excited about bringing them in.” Poe said the changing the location for the Challenge may also give another cycling event

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A baseline drive by Taylor Hayes forced a 65-65 tie with 4:31 to play. Darnell Jackson’s put-back made it 67-67with just over three minutes to go but the Bulldogs never got a lead in the second half. Denard Spears recorded 25 points, three assists, three steals and four rebounds. Caleb Adams had four 3-point baskets and finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Dreek Thompson had 11 points and six boards. Hayes ended with eight points. Jackson scored six points and grabbed six rebounds. Ty Sparks had five points and four assists. Tyler Lusk blocked two shots, made two steals and added two rebounds. “I think the game helped them recognize their potential,” Lewis said. “We just do not seem to be able to tie a couple of good games into a long enough string to gain confidence.” Ohatchee canceled its home game against Piedmont, scheduled for Saturday, to play an area game that had to be rescheduled. At the last minute, Piedmont secured a game at Skyline Saturday and won 56-46. Leading 27-25 at halftime, the Bulldogs outscored the Vikings

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29-4 in the third quarter to put the game away. Spears scored 10 points in the third and 21 for the game, including three treys. He also had five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Thompson also canned three treys. Eight of his 15 points came in the third. Thompson added six boards, four steals and two assists. Sparks ended with four points, five rebounds and four assists. Adams and Jackson each netted one 3-point basket. Jackson had five rebounds and two assists and Adams made two steals. Hayes, Neonta Alexander, Bayley Blanchard, Austin Brazier and Jamal Young had two points each. Brazier pulled down three rebounds. At Ashville Monday, Piedmont lost 53-45. The Bulldogs had four 3-pointers in the first quarter, building an 18-12 lead, but did not connect from outside the arc again the rest of the night. Adams, Jackson, Sparks and Thompson each had one trey. Spears ended with 15 points. Sparks scored nine, Adams eight, Jackson six, Thompson five and Hayes two. The Bulldogs were to host Wellborn Tuesday night. Area 10 opponents Saks and White Plains come to Piedmont Thursday and Friday.

shots just are not falling.” After hosting Wellborn Tuesday, Piedmont has Area From page 8 10 games at home Thursday against Saks and Friday against At Skyline Saturday, Pied- area leader White Plains. mont fell 80-39. Thompson had 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Brazier scored eight points and Major had six points. Flowers and Green each scored four points. Flowers had four rebounds. Green grabbed three rebounds and made four steals. Mitchell scored three points. Prater had two points and three boards. Jones finished with one point, four rebounds and three assists. The Bulldogs continued to struggle on offense Monday at Ashville and were defeated 45-16. Prater and Flowers each had four points and Flowers added five rebounds. Paige Gowens had a trey for her three points. Major and Jones had two points each and Jones had six rebounds. Gena Prater scored one point. Green contributed five rebounds and Brazier had two steals. “It was just one of those nights. Anything we threw up was just not going in,” Rdiley said of her team in the Ashville contest. “We just had a bad night. … It’s not that we’ve been stopped from scoring . The

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Rock will play for the tournament title Saturday at 6 p.m. On Thursday of last week, Spring Garden played at Ranburne and won 64-31. Austin noted the Panthers were the quicker team and used their quickness to take a 20-7 advantage after one quarter. It was 41-12 Spring Garden at halftime and 56-21 after three quarters. “We played pretty good halfcourt defense,” said Austin. “They didn’t get many second shots.” Junior Darian Gaines set the pace for Spring Garden on offense with 21 points. She had 12 points in the first quarter, including a pair of 3-point shots, and 19 at intermission. Madison Sides ended with 11 points. Emory Reedy scored 10 points. Tykeah Rogers added six points. Haley Motes and Savannah Dempsey netted five points apiece. Kaitlyn Rogers, Payton McGinnis and Tiyonna Rogers each scored two points.

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The Spring Garden Junior High girls won the Cherokee County basketball tournament championship. Back row, from left: Kristin Tierce, Madison Jennings, Kaitlyn Rogers, Tiyonna Rogers, Katie Williams and Savannah Dempsey. Front row, from left, AJ Broome, Kerstin Bryant, Payton McGinnis, Deana Lambert and Chloe Jarrett.

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The Piedmont B-team won the Appalachian Youth Football League B Team Big School Division Championship. The team finished the year 10-0 and beat Jacksonville 7-6 for the championship.

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GLOVER: Pleased with turnout at open house on Saturday From page 1

a lot of enjoyment from everything I design.” Glover especially likes to design houses, and that’s the reasons he initially decided to major in architecture. In fact, he designed his parents’ home. He’s called on frequently to do the interior design of homes, decorate Christmas trees, and make wreaths.

Glover had a busy weekend. He had a premier party at Lovers by Glover Friday night, which was catered by Heather Jackson of Nett’s Kitchen, and open house on Saturday. He’s pleased with the turnout and the acceptance of his store, which is usually open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Glover’s second job is in the Alzheimer’s unit at Piedmont Healthcare Facility where he is a certified nursing assistant

and gets to help seniors or those who can’t help themselves. He said his degree in sociology helped prepare him for this role in his life. “I’ve always had an interest in people,” said Glover. “I like knowing how to communicate with them and teaching them how to communicate with me. I like knowing the interests and the habits of my customers so that I can help them make selections, and I like knowing that about

the residents where I work so that I can help them.” Glover graduated from Piedmont High School in 2003. He is the son of Don and Patty (McDowell) Glover. His brother and sister-in-law, Kyle and Heather Glover, have triplets, Emma, Brantley and Lily. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church. (Contact Margaret at pollya922@ gmail.com)

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