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week after a fire destroyed their home and claimed the lives of their two sons, Tommy and Bridget Amos are staying at a friend’s house while they move through their grief. Local firefighters say five departments worked more than seven hours Jan. 16 to extinguish the morning fire that killed the two boys, 6-year-old Brenden and 3-year-old Trizton. The Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office Wednesday said the cause of the

“I don’t have my boys and they made our home.” Fruithurst fire last week that killed two young boys is still under investigation. “We’ve found evidence of overloaded circuitry in the home, but can’t definitively rule that as a cause,” said Steve Holmes, public information officer for the office. “There’s also other physical evidence and witness accounts still be-

ing analyzed.” The two boys were among 19 fire deaths in Alabama as of Wednesday, he said. “January 2014 is already our deadliest January on record,” Holmes said. The bitter cold this month may be a factor, as home heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths and property damage, he said. On Tuesday, Tommy Amos pointed to a plastic packing box in the corner of the living room of his friend’s home. The box contained all the belongings that could be salvaged from their Fruithurst house - two baby books, his and Trizton’s. They also recovered some of the boys’ clothes, which were in a dresser drenched by water from firehoses, Bridget Amos said. “We’re going to make a quilt out of them,” she said. They want to be able to display it when they get into their own home again, they said. “We don’t want to put this behind us,” Tommy Amos said. “We want people to know that we were a family and we’re still a family.” The couple’s two surviving children, 16-year-


Brenden Clayton and Trizton Amos old Destiney and 14-yearold Justin, are his from previous relationships; Brenden is hers from a previous relationship and Trizton is their child together. Their two youngest boys were close, Bridget Amos said. “They were always beside each other,” she said, teetering on the verge of tears. “They were always playing Mario.” As the family deals with the loss, the community is suffering, too. At Fruithurst Elementary

School, where Brenden attended school, the district officials provided counseling for the students, teachers and administrators. Superintendent Claire Dryden said a crisis counseling team went to the school early Jan. 16, the day of the fire. The team spoke to teachers, advising how to address the subject with students, Dryden said in email Friday. School administrators also sent students home with sealed notes for their parents and care-

givers explaining about the fire and the deaths. “Counselors were in both the first-grade classes and did a whole group counseling session (Friday) morning, reassuring them that they were safe and to focus on the good memories of their friend,” Dryden said. The counselors will continue to work at the school as long as necessary, said Lesa Jackson, who oversees counseling for the school system. Jackson declined to say how many people at the

Bentley speaks at Republican Party in Heflin PATRICK MCCRELESS

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Tim Sprayberry, chairman of the Cleburne County Republican Party, greets Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley Saturday evening in Heflin. (Anniston Star photo by Joey D’Anna)

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Do not expect expansions of federal health care or government spending under Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration anytime soon. Bentley discussed his opposition to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act to a room full of more than 100 Cleburne County Republicans Saturday night. The governor also touted his efforts to cut state spending and how he will continue that trend if re-elected. Bentley spoke in front of more than 100 voters, elected officials and candidates as the guest speaker for the Cleburne County Republican Party annual

winter dinner in the Heflin Community Center. A good portion of his speech was dedicated to why he will not expand the federal insurance program Medicaid, reiterating comments he made earlier this week during his State of the State address. Under the ACA, states that choose to can receive full federal funding for three years to expand their Medicaid programs and provide health care to more poor Americans that cannot afford insurance. Alabama is one of 25 states to not expand its Medicaid program. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 113,000 more Alabamians n See Bentley page 10

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The Hollis Crossroads community is cooking up a chili and soup dinner on Sunday to feed the hungry in the area. Joy Frames, who is spearheading the project, said she came up with the idea because she knows there are people in her community without enough to eat. “I do know several people in the community who go hungry and when I sit down to eat my breakfast, lunch or supper, whatever meal, I can hardly eat a bite thinking about them,” Frames said. So she put a note on Facebook asking if anyone would be interested in having a dinner for area needy. She was flooded with offers of help, Frames said. The Hollis Volunteer Fire Department offered its building as the location for the dinner. Fire Chief Dan Hopkins said, he tries to make the building available for community events because there really is no other public building in the Hollis area. “We’re funded by tax money,” Hopkins said. “Our building is owned by the citizens.” He and the other firefighters have also has seen firsthand the need in the Hollis area during his work with the fire department around the county. “We had several members volunteer,” Hopkins said. Between 20 and 30 people volunteered to work at the event, Frames said. In addition, Frames has received donations of food and supplies for the dinner, she said. Frames said the dinner is not just food for the stomach, but also the spirit. She plans to serve anyone whether they’re hungry for food or for company, “anybody who just needs a good meal or fellowship.” “It’s not targeted just for low-income residents,” Frames said. “It might be the richest person in Cleburne County who never gets a home-cooked meal.” The meals Sunday will be free, but Frames said donations are welcome. She hopes to make the meal a monthly event. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @ LCamper_Star.

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The annual meeting for the Heflin Arts Council will be held on Thursday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m., at the Arts Center on MLK Drive. This meeting is open to anyone in Cleburne County and surrounding areas interested in becoming a member. This organization plans and hosts activity for all ages in many areas of the arts including: painting, drama, continuing education, music and literary pursuits. Please join us for this important meeting.

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by: Suzanne Payne

McKnight qualifies for Coroner

It is with pleasure as the current appointed Coroner of Cleburne County, that I, Ben McKnight, announce my candidacy for the afore mentioned office. Having served as your Deputy Coroner for 10

years, I received the current appointed position from Governor Robert Bentley when then Coroner Rudy Rooks was elected as Mayor of Heflin. I have been serving in the capacity of County Coro-

ner for 16 months. I am a graduate of Cleburne County High School, Class of 1993 as well as Jeff State Community College, Class of 1997, where I obtained a degree in Funeral Service Education and Embalming. I have been employed with Dryden Funeral Home for 20 years. I am an active member of the Alabama Coroners Association and the Cleburne/Calhoun Child Death Review Team. I have also had training in several areas related to this field; such as basic coroner, crime scene investigation, and pandemic

and mass fatalities. I have built a strong working relationship with Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, the Calhoun/ Cleburne District Attorney's Office; as well as all local law enforcement, EMS, and fire departments. I am married to Lori Rooks McKnight and we have two daughters, Lela and Ella. Our family attends New Harmony Baptist Church where we are active members working with the Youth and Children's Ministry. I respectfully ask for your consideration when you go to the polls to vote.

Council approves meal program report LAURA CAMPER

The Ranburne Town Council on Monday approved a report on the Senior Center’s meal program which stated that five people are on a waiting list for homebound or on-site food, but council members did not vote on whether to finance more meals. The center served 380 meals to the homebound and 320 meals to seniors at the center from the second week of December to the second week of January, according to Joy Smith, the director of the center. She did not attend the meeting. During the month detailed in the report, the center had five seniors on a waiting list for the program — four for homebound meals and one for on-site meals. According

to the report, the center serves about 35 meals per day, five days per week. Councilman Larry Smith asked if the town should come up with more money to feed the waiting seniors. “I know it’s not getting any smaller,” he said. Town Clerk Pam Richardson told him two of the people on the waiting list for homebound meals were recently on the list for onsite meals. They remain on the on-site list, Richardson said, so if they are able to return to the center, they can continue eating at the center and be taken off the homebound waiting list. Councilman Smith asked how much the meals cost. The center takes a $1.50 donation for the meals, but the meals cost more than $3 each, Richardson said. The remainder is paid by the city and a small amount of federal

funding, she said. The council approved the report and moved on. In other business the council: — Went into executive session with Rebecca Cantrell, the former director of the Senior Center, after she complained that she had not left the job on her own, but had been asked to leave. Cantrell said she was willing to talk in open session, but board member Tommy Jones said it wasn’t her decision. The board hired Joy Smith in November to replace Cantrell. — Approved purchasing a quarter-page advertisement in the magazine Northeast Alabama Living, a publication of Consolidated Publishing which also publishes The Anniston Star and Cleburne News, to promote Ranburne. The advertisement will cost $230. The

council members approved purchasing the ad with the stipulation that the city have the opportunity to approve the copy in the ad before it’s printed. — Heard the Ranburne Police Department will update its four computers to Windows 7 for $65 per computer. — Discussed attending the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce Dinner in February. Councilman Smith agreed to attend as a representative of the town. Smith said he would pay for his own ticket. — Approved a business license for ARM Security, a security company based in Utah, that asked to sell its service door-to-door in Ranburne. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

Commission temporarily closes portion of a road LAURA CAMPER

After a discussion about roadwork and budgets, the Cleburne County Commission decided to temporarily close a portion of one road and not include two others as top priorities for repaving. Commissioner Laura Cobb had proposed designating a portion of Cleburne County roads 35 and 49 as top priorities for repaving, but eventually retracted the proposal after hearing from County Engineer Shannon Robbins that the state does not consider CR 35 a major collector. To be considered a major collector, Robbins said the road has to have a daily traffic count of 500 vehicles or more and has to connect with another road with a daily traffic count of 500 vehicles or more on both ends. “They’ve told me in the past — several times — that any minor collector resurfacing’s very unlikely to happen,” Robbins said. The road department’s funding doesn’t stretch far enough to pave all the roads that need paving in the county, Robbins said. The fuel tax collected in the state hasn’t kept pace with the rising cost of materials and labor, he said. Because the tax is collected per gallon rather than per dollar, Robbins said he believes the amount col-

lected is virtually the same as what was collected 20 years ago. The county receives an annual federal allotment of $533,000 for roadwork, Robbins said, but it costs approximately $100,000 to repave just one mile of road. That means the county has enough money to repave about 5 miles of road a year, he said. “Living within your means,” Robbins said, “is a bleak picture.” The public has to make the decision whether to put more money into the roads or to keep going in the same direction, said County Administrator Steve Swafford. Commissioner Bobby Brooks said he thought if the public knew how bad the situation was, people would approve of changing things. “I would,” Brooks said. But even as Brooks voiced his thought, next to him Commissioner Emmett Owen shook his head no. One road that illustrates the problem is County Road 126, a dirt road that has deteriorated because of the wet weather and the logging trucks that travel on it. “Back to spending the money wisely,” Robbins said. “I would treat it like a pipe washed out and temporarily close the road.” The section of the road that has been damaged is 1.66 miles long and has

no houses on it, Robbins said. There are other ways around it, and right now, there is no way for the county to fix it because it’s too wet, he said. The commissioners took Robbins’ advice and unanimously approved closing the damaged section of the road until the county can get equipment in to smooth the road. In other business the commission: — Approved extending the county’s participation in the Association of County Commissions of Alabama Liability Self-Insurance Fund through Dec. 31, 2017. — Approved purchasing a piece of property along County Road 10 for $3,000 from Carolyn Hanson. The county plans to use the property as county right of way along the road. The purchase will satisfy ALDOT standards and allow the county to widen and resurface the road. — Approved helping Ranburne purchase two new scoreboards for its

recreational fields. The proposal didn’t include a dollar amount. Commissioner Benji Langley mentioned in a previous meeting, however, that the cost of replacing the scoreboards would be about $7,200. — Approved renewing a contract with Revenue Discovery System to collect sales and tobacco tax in Cleburne County. — Approved transferring the ownership of a 1994 Ford bus to the local Boy Scout Troop 206. Owen abstained from the vote. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_ Star.




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Jan.23-Lauren Magouirk, Leann Emerick, Jason Perry, Becky Bradbury, Jeremy Duke, Alex Hollis, Haley Conkle and Levis Boyd. Levis is our Birthday Queen for the week. I am not divulging her age, but she is still the Queen. Happy Birthday, my friend! Jan.24-Stephen Clay, Colton Blake Payne and Debra Harris. Jan.25-Benny Brown, D.E. Locklear, Brenda Waldrep, Savannah Shelton, Curtis Oglesbee, Ruth Piper, Elizabeth Dick and Ralph Shortt. Jan.26-Sara McCormick, Corey Pate, Buddy Post, Lee Barber, Mary Turner, Baillie Gaines and Amanda Humphries. Jan. 27-Lucretia Berryhill, Betty Hayes, Bobby Shelton, Stanley Grubbs, Austin Cline, Marcia Price and Carlis Ledbetter. Jan.28-Reba Gay, Dana Smith, Keith Berry and Nick Chandler. Jan.29-Larry Turner, H.L. Ervin, Jake Duke and Lucas Andrew Payne.

Happy Anniversary

Okay…I know that there are couples out there (somewhere) that are celebrating an anniversary this week. The thing is, none of them told me about it. Best wishes anyway!

Sunshine List

Karen Crumpton Lowman, Sara McCormick, Sue Roach, Iris Kent, Jeannie Smith, Linda Harris, Kenneth Lee, Rider Bearden, Merrill Hayes, Ken Sanders, Sara Noland, Jacky Stovall Jimmy Pentecost, Kerry Smith, Sherry Brown, Jimmie Nell Vise and Junior Jenkins.

The Arts Council

Everyone in the county is invited to come out tonight (January 23) at 6:30 to the first 2014 meeting of The Arts Council. This organization offers all participants the opportunity to explore the many areas of the arts. Plans for all divisions will be discussed. It is going to be a great year for our organization and we need YOU to be a part of it. See you at the Art Center on MLK Drive. Send news to PO Box 924 or email to rkpsop816@

Diabetes Education January 28 Diabetes Education will be held January 28 at Heflin Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be Problem solving with Gary Wright, RPh, CDE. February 4 Diabetes Education will be held February 4 at Heflin Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be putting the pieces back together with Christopher Randolph, MD February 25 Diabetes Education will be held February 25 at Heflin Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be Living with diabetes with Louis Divalentin, MD

Nolen kills first buck

Jeremiah Nolen killed his first buck on January 18, while hunting in Monroe County with his uncle Randy Taylor.

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OPINION/EDITORIAL I’m not crazy, just abstract random

I am a student again at Jacksonville State University, and I am studying ways that we all learn new things. The purpose of studying learning styles is to help us teachers offer alternative methods of engaging with students. Implementing these new, non-traditional methods and attitudes allow students to learn in ways other than the traditional ways. Some of these new methods include incorporating sensory activities into traditional ones that allow students to use touch, sound, vision, taste, and smell. Another method that teachers are encouraged to use is to allow students to work more in groups because some students learn a lot from each other. One new way of doing things is to, at appropriate times, allow a noisy environment in the classroom because some students learn better when there is noise around them. Another new attitude is to allow some students to move, stand, and even walk around while listening to their teacher. Some teachers probably do not like the loss of control over their classroom environment; and, of course, anything can be taken too far. However, I have tried embracing some of these new ideas this year, and it has worked just fine. One student, in particular, is so cute. He will stand and struggle for several minutes to figure out new words if I will pause after about 10 words and allow him to walk fast to the back of the classroom and to return while carrying a flag that flaps behind him. Other students have loved getting out of their seats to paint, make bulletin boards, and pop out of their seats to play games. Although a man named Anthony F. Gregorc wasn’t the

first to coin the term “learning styles,” he possessed some interesting theoSherry ries. Every human, Kughn he says, has many styles of learning, and all of us have patterns of learning that are more domiSherry-Go-Round nant than others. Two of the learning styles relate to how we take in information. These are concrete learners or abstract learners. Those who are concrete learners use all five senses and deal with things they way they are. They experience and accept life. Those who are abstract learners understand that the best things are not even visible. These learners use intuition and read between the lines when perceiving new things. Abstract learners believe that life is usually not what it seems. Two of the styles of learning relate how we use information. Many learners are sequential in how they apply what they have taken in. These learners follow logical, linear, step-by-step methods of thinking. They like to follow plans, and they rarely act quickly when making decisions. The others of us, Gregorc taught, look at a goal and shoot for it by skipping logical steps. Order is this group’s weak point, so they are usually spontaneous and impulsive. They desire to achieve, move on, and think about happiness and such. The fun part of this process is identifying how each of us fits into the four combinations of these four styles.

That is, are you concrete sequential, abstract sequential, abstract random, or concrete random? As I read these four categories in the book “The Way They Learn” by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias, I was surprised to learn how dominant I was in the category of abstract random (AR). I, like most ARs, am friendly, listen to others, focus on the feelings of others and my own, and think in intangible terms. I lead with my heart. My dislikes are that I do not like competition, details are not important to me, and I think in several directions at the same time. I was happy and relieved to know that I am not the only person who is like this. For instance, last year when my principal told us teachers to give awards of our choice to only a few students, I could not bear to skip even one class member. I made up an award for each student, and I told the teacher who took the lists from me to trim it because I could not bear to do it. It is no wonder that I dislike making and sticking to a list of chores; that I would rather sit on a curb with a friend than go to an amusement park with someone I barely know; and why, when I am stressed, I go in my mind to happy, intangible places. My learning more about myself has helped me appreciate the characteristics of others. Also, I have a bond with fellow ARs. As a frog named Kermit once said, “It isn’t easy being green.” If you want to learn more about your own characteristics regarding Gregorc’s learning-style categories, visit Email Sherry at

The Obamacare disaster continues in 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the new year in full swing, Obamacare is continuing to have a devastating impact on many folks across East Alabama. Working families are seeing rising premium costs. Others are being forced into new insurance plans with different coverage, less choice and fewer doctors. President Obama’s broken promise, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” continues ringing in our ears, but those words still remain untrue. Hard-working folks should be able to keep their current plans and doctors they know and trust. 

Report from Congressman Mike Rogers 324 Cannon HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 202-225-3261 When it comes to our personal health, wouldn’t we know what is best for us over what the Obamacare bureaucrats think is best for us? Obamacare is a train wreck and I have voted repeatedly to repeal, defund, dismantle or

delay it. It just won’t work. As Congress started the Second Session of the 113th Congress last week, I was able to support another piece of legislation that would help fix yet another disastrous part of Obamacare.

H.R. 3811, Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014, which passed the House, would require that individuals be notified by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within 48 hours of any breach of security of their personal information under the Federal or state exchanges. This legislation simply instructs the Federal government to alert those who may be susceptible to identity theft because of government-run health care sites. Yet President Obama issued

a veto threat to this legislation that alerts the American public when an unsecured government website loses personal and confidential information. Why? Perhaps the law’s supporters are afraid to debate any changes because they’re afraid it could get repealed altogether. Contact me at mike-rogers. and sign up for my eNewsletter. Like me on Facebook at Congressman Mike D. Rogers, follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram at RepMikeRogersAL and subscribe to my YouTube page at MikeRogersAL03 

Why are some leaders held to much lower standards? In a campaign speech July 3, 2008, then Senator Barack Obama said, “The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – No. 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back -- $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.” Should we hold our leaders responsible according to their own words and values? Or, can we just chalk up campaign speeches to political rhetoric without meaning or consequences? Or, do we hold some leaders accountable but not others? On the day Barack Obama was sworn into office as President our total public debt outstanding was $10,626,877,048,913.08. In five years (as opposed to George W. Bush’s eight years), President Obama has driven up (Obama’s terminology) our national debt adding nearly $7,000,000,000,000.00 “by his lonesome.” Just using the same terminology, standards, and arguments Mr. Obama used in 2008. How has Mr. Obama done this? Did he “take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children”? The U.S. owes China a historically high

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$1.317 trillion as of last November. In 2008, candidate Obama noted that “we Daniel are going to have to back -- $30,000 for Gardner pay every man, woman and child.” Guess what? In 2014 after President Obama has pulled out his credit card for the My Thoughts past five years, “we are going to have to pay back” $54,622 “for every man, woman and child.” Over the last five years President Obama has nearly doubled our debt. In 2008, candidate Obama concluded Bush’s debt was “irresponsible” and even “unpatriotic.” Really? How would President Obama qualify his own handling of our nation’s debt? Would he use different standards? One of the hottest campaign issues of the 2008 presidential race was our national debt. But, after Democrats swept the national elections controlling both Houses of Congress and winning the White House in 2008, our national debt went away as a burning issue. Why? If it

was important in 2008, why is it no longer important in 2014? All of this brings us back to the question of holding all of our leaders equally responsible, and especially holding them responsible according to their own values and standards. Americans value fairness and a level playing field. Is it fair to judge President Obama by his own standards? If so, then is President Obama “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” for his handling of America’s debt? President Obama has three more years to add to our debt and to leave his mark on our economy. We know what he has done the past five years. If Mr. Obama’s performance the past five years is any indicator, we can reasonably expect him to drive up our national debt by another $4,000,000,000,000 before leaving office, or more than $11,000,000,000,000 over his eight years in office, more debt than all presidents before him combined. I have to agree with candidate Obama that such handling of our national debt is irresponsible and unpatriotic. 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 dgardner/

AHSAA adopts seven classification system MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control unanimously approved Wednesday a new sevenclassification system for championship play beginning with the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. The sevenclass system is being adopted for all sports.   The action came during the Central Board’s winter meeting at the AHSAA Office. Re-classification, conducted every two years, is based on average daily enrollment numbers provided by the State Board of Education. Member private schools supply the same enrollment information for their schools or school systems.    The AHSAA has functioned with a six-classification system since 1984. The schools were grouped in a four-classification system from 1964-1983 and a two-classification system from 1947-1964. Prior to 1947, the AHSAA had just one classification system.    “The seven-classification system will allow more student-athletes to participate in championship events and more will experience first-hand what it means to play in some of the best venues in our state,” Central Board President Lamar Brooks said. “With the addition of an extra championship game, revenues should

increase which will mean much-needed additional money for all schools through the AHSAA revenue sharing program.”  The Central Board also voted to allow football teams 11 weeks to schedule 10 games. Schools may elect to play a non-region contest the week of Aug. 21-22-23 and then have 10 weeks to play the remaining nine regular-season games. Schools can still agree to play a non-counting jamboree or regulation game that first week but would then have the remaining 10 weeks to schedule the maximum 10 regular-season contests. This format will give schools more flexibility to schedule non-region games. The new setup with have Cleburne County is Class 4A, Region 6 along with Cherokee County, Crossville, Hokes Bluff, Jacksonville, Saks, Sardis and White Plains. Ranburne will compete in Class 2A, Reion 5 with Horseshoe Bend, Lafayette, Lanett, Randolph County, Reeltown and Woodland. For basketball, Cleburne County will be in 4A, Area 11 along with Jacksonville, Saks and White Plains. Ranburne will be in 2A, Area 10 with Randolph County and Woodland.

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Host Cleburne County split two games in the boys bracket of last week’s Tri-County Shootout tournament. On Thursday, the Tigers’ second-half rally came up two points short as Clay Central defeated Cleburne County 68-66. Cleburne County trailed 35-25 at halftime then got within three points in the third before a late flurry by the Volunteers had Clay Central ahead 49-40 after three quarters. The Tigers won the fourth quarter 26-19 but never got the lead. Max Prichard scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth. Christian Henson had 10 points in the fourth quarter and 17 for the game. Jeremiah McLeroy and Cameron Kerr each finished with six points. Brandon Horn tallied five points. Griffin Turner had three points. Isaiah Ware and Tyler Berry had two points apiece and Matthew Morrow scored one point. In the consolation game Friday, Cleburne County waltzed past Horseshoe Bend 51-22. The Tigers led 25-11 at the half. Lots of Tigers got lots of playing time and 12 scored. Horn finished with 10 points and led Cleburne County. Kerr scored nine points. Henson and Prichard each netted five points. Berry, Jacob Lee and Jeremiah Blake scored four points apiece. Morrow and Blake Pointer each had

three points. Brent George scored two points and Ware and Turner had one point each. Cleburne County plays at Handley tonight and at Clay Central Friday. The Tigers go to Anniston Monday for a Class 4A, Area 10 make-up game. Munford comes to Heflin Tuesday, completing Cleburne County’s Area 10 games. Details of the Area 10 tournament will be worked out in a meeting in Heflin Wednesday morning.

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Jonathan Fordham Matthew Morrow at the free throw line during the Tri-County Tournament.

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After finishing second in the Faith Christian Thanksgiving tournament and second again in the Haralson County Invitational during Christmas vacation, the Cleburne County girls were ready for something different in last week’s Tri-County Shootout on their home court. What they got was a tournament championship and their first win of the season over intra-county rival Ranburne at the same time. The Tigers downed the Bulldogs 48-42 in Friday night’s girls championship game. “We were hungry to get that championship trophy,” said Cleburne County coach Todd Gable, who also got a water-bottle shower in the postgame celebration.

Gable said his team was able to play a full 32 minutes of solid basketball, overcoming an early third quarter push by Ranburne and the loss of two starters to fouls later. “They were pumped up. It was good to see. They were real excited. They wanted to beat Ranburne. (Ranburne) had already beaten them twice this year,” Gable noted. The first quarter ended with Cleburne County leading 12-11. At the half, each team had 18 points. The Bulldogs scored the initial two baskets of the second half but Cleburne County was back on top 31-29 when the third quarter ended. Gable said in the fourth quarter, Ranburne began to overplay defensively and the Tigers were better able to attack the basket.

Shawntavia Boyd scored eight of Cleburne County 17 points in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 12 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists. Toni Epps led in scoring with 17 points and had four 3-point baskets. Epps added six rebounds. Kaity Zeiders had eight points and four boards. Erykah Ware recorded five points, three rebounds and two steals. Kiara Akles scored four points, nabbed a team-best seven rebounds and added three steals. Point guard Alisa Norton contributed two points, three assists, three rebounds and six steals. To reach the championship game, Cleburne County downed Horseshoe Bend 36-26 in Thursday’s early semifinal game. The Generals played a slow tempo on offense and packed the paint in a tight 2-3 zone when Cle-

burne County had the ball. Gable said his team showed patience on offense in response to the zone. The Tigers led 11-8 after the first quarter, 20-14 at halftime and 26-19 when the third quarter ended. Norton was Cleburne County‘s only player to reach double figures in scoring but eight other Tigers scored. Norton had 11 points, three assists and two rebounds. Boyd and Epps each tallied six points and Epps added two boards. Akles finished with three points, six rebounds and three steals. Zeiders, Ware, Bridget McClain, Lauren Brown and Grace Conkle each scored two points. Zeiders had seven rebounds and Madison Jones had six rebounds. Brown added four rebounds and Bailey Norton had two boards.

Smith sets goals for the Lady Bulldogs RIP DONOVAN

News Sports Correspondent

Ranburne hosts Woodland Friday in a showdown for the Class 2A, Area 10 lead. After an 0-3 start, Ranburne improved to 15-7 with a 5419 road win at Wadley Tuesday. The 15 wins equals last year’s total. The Bulldogs are now 5-1 in Area 10 games, losing only to Woodland in Woodland. Woodland, currently No. 1 in Class 2A in the writers’ rankings, is undefeated in area play and has lost only once on the season – to defending Class 3A champion Lauderdale County. Bulldogs’ coach Tim Smith said his goals for the girls are to not change their shots, finish at the rim and have a good effort. The Bulldogs complete Area 10 action Monday at home against improving Ohatchee and complete their regular season at Spring Garden Tuesday. Wadley didn’t offer much resistance. Ranburne led 21-4

after one quarter and 33-8 at halftime. Jesse Ralston almost equaled Wadley’s total by herself with 16 points. She added three rebounds and two assists. Alyssa Smith also scored in double digits with 12 points and had team highs in rebounds with eight and blocks with four. Smith made five steals. Hali Wilson contributed eight points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Indiana Morgan had six points, eight steals, six assists and three rebounds. Hannah Phillips had two rebounds and two steals to go with her six points. Kat Runels ended with four points, three rebounds and two steals. Emily Hall had two points and two steals. In the Tri-County Shootout at Cleburne County on Thursday and Friday of last week, Ranburne advanced to the championship game with a 57-17 win over Clay Central. The Bulldogs led 28-9 at halftime. Phillips paced the attack with 16 points and had six rebounds and two

steals. Ralston finished with 13 points, three assists, three steals and two rebounds. Wilson had eight points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Morgan and Alyssa Smith each scored six points. Smith added six rebounds and two steals while Morgan ended with four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Point guard Lacey Smith dished out five assists, scored two points and made three steals. Runels had four points and six rebounds. Hall scored two points and added three rebounds. In Friday’s championship game, Cleburne County downed Ranburne 48-42. The Bulldogs had 28 turnovers and missed more free throws (18) than they made (14). Ranburne lost three starters to fouls and Cleburne County two. The Bulldogs had won two previous meetings with the Tigers this season. “On that night they

were better than us. That’s all you can say,” coach Smith noted. Morgan had 13 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds. Ralston scored 11 points. Wilson had eight points and two assists. Alyssa Smith grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots while scoring five points. Phillips ended with three points, two rebounds and two steals. Lacey Smith and Hall each scored one point. Smith made three steals and had two rebounds.

Ranburne travels to host Cleburne County today RIP DONOVAN

News Sports Correspondent

At the Wellborn Duals Monday, Ranburne split four pool matches. The Bulldogs defeated St. Clair County and host Wellborn but lost to Weaver and Cedartown (Ga.). “I thought overall we hung in there with them and wrestled pretty good,” Ranburne coach Jay Harlan said Wednesday. “It was definitely the tougher of the two pools to be in. I thought we competed well. I was happy with our performance, especially against St. Clair County.” Wrestling at 195 pounds, Austin Jordan went 3-1. Devin Rehberg and Tyler East alternated with one another between 145 pounds and 152 pounds. Each was 3-1 for the day Monday. Zach Eason won his first three matches at 220 pounds but had to leave before the Cedartown match. Ranburne hosted Bowdon (Ga.) and Oxford’s ‘B’ team Tuesday and won both dual matches. “We looked pretty sharp (Tuesday) night. I wasn’t expecting us to do that well against Bowdon. They’re usually pretty tough and they were tough but we were pretty tough (Tuesday) night, too,” Harlan said. Seven Bulldogs were 2-0 on the day. East won twice at 145 as did Rehberg at 152. Dalton Wiggins got two wins at 160 and Zack Jamison two at 170. Dylan Tullis picked up two wins at 182, Jordan two at 195 and Eason two at 220. Ranburne travels to Heflin today to meet host Cleburne County and St. Clair County. Saturday finds the Bulldogs in the Saks tournament. Ranburne’s Senior Night will be Tuesday of next week when Lincoln and Wellborn come to town. Jamison, Jordan, Jordan Parrish and Rehberg are this year’s seniors. Harlan also said the annual Cleburne Cup competition between Ranburne and Cleburne County will take place on Friday, January 31, rather than Saturday, February 1, as it was initially scheduled. This year the Cup will be decided at Ranburne.

January 30 at 6:30 p.m. Guest Speaker will be retired Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mark Kennedy Everyone is welcome

The Cleburne News, Thursday, January 23, 2014 • 5



East Heflin by: Bruce Wright

Wise Chapel by: Dorcas Toney

We look forward to your participation pledging what God has blessed you with during the InGathering this Sunday morning. Nameless forms will be available for you to make a one year commitment to growing God’s ministry. Good Timers will meet 23rd at 630pm at Suttons. Faith Friends will meet at Heather Bryant’s home the 30th. Our service welcomed two more for baptism and membership this morning. God is at work all the time! We turned to Math. 25:1-13, “Life is Precious, Death is Permanent”. We begin in the story of the ten virgins who were to prepare to meet the bridegroom. You see it was a time for preparing for the call for marriage. Everyone would eventually meet the groom but only those who were ready went with him. In the call for marriage, the Holy Ghost is seen. The Spirit of God was there but five chose to neglect it, to wait until there was a better time. In doing so, they neglected the Son of God. For it all began in the perception of what was required of them and then in their preparation. However, five were prepared! When the cry was made, their lamps were full of oil and they meet him .The foolish wanted a loan for they had sleep when work was needed to have been done. The rapture will take place! Will you be found walking with Him or will you be out still searching for what is needed- Salvation. For once the door is shut, it is shut. Come to Him now. Don’t let pride stop your feet. It is not embarrassing but joyful to go no matter the age. Be found faithful!

Our youth meet at 3 p.m., on Sunday afternoons. Bible study at Ranburne beginning at 5 p.m. January 26 is Men’s breakfast hosted at Ranburne at 7 a.m. January 26 we will have a luncheon Fund-raiser for Relay for Life following worship. After bible study the youth will sponsor a chili supper fund-raiser. toward their retreat. Many need prayer: Lula Mae Camp, Bea Crawford, Rider Bearden, Linda Besselman, Ken Sanders, Kit Carson, Grayson Smith, Hunter Rowland, Kerry Smith, Andrea Smith, Ozell Benefield, Bobbye Williamson, Ronald Edwards, Clarence Noles, Pat McKinney, J.W. Daniel, Andretti Daniel, Shirley Kemp, Iris Kent, Tracy Waldron, Kayla Freeman, Wayne Johnson, Ms. Lowery, Amos family loss of two children, our military, our nation and a national leaders, Mary Truett, Ronda Daniell. May God bless you with His touch soon. Scriptures came from John 1:1-5. The dark place can be an overwhelming place to be. And even in the darkest of places, the smallest light can be seen. People may have tough decisions in life and challenges are there, look for the light of Jesus to defeat darkness. Always have the light close by and see clearly.

Mt. Olive Church of God by: Susie Smith

Choccolocco Community Church, 22 Nicholas Court, Anniston, AL will have a Chili Supper and Singing on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 5 - 6 p.m. Chili, cornbread, drinks and dessert will be served for $5.00 followed by great music and singing. Join us for a night of food and fellowship. For directions or more info. call Jane Roberson at 256-253-9120.

Psalms 55:22 was our opening verse. It tells us to cast our burden on the Lord and He will sustain us. This verse goes along with our Sunday School lesson and both of today’s sermons. Our Sunday School lesson was on “Time and Eternity” from Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, 9:1-10. We need to use our time wisely, spend everyday preparing for Heaven. To live a truly fulfilling life we have to have Christ. Brother Ronnie’s message this morning was from Colossians 1:19:29. When we’re saved and washed in Jesus’ blood, when the Father looks at us all He sees is the blood of His Son and in his eyes we’re perfect; He’s taken out all our imperfections. Christ in us gives us hope, a reason to keep on living in a world that seems filled with hopelessness. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Tonight’s message was from John 14:1-7. We all have a choice, “Heaven or Hell”, there’s no halfway house if we;re not good enough for Heaven, but not bad enough for hell. We all need to ask ourselves the question “Where would I spend eternity if I died right now? Heaven is big enough for everyone! We have to repent and follow God, compare our lives to the Word of God, not to other people. Heaven will be worth anything we could go through here on earth, we’ll see God, our Savior and Holy Ghost, and loved ones gone before. Brother Ronnie’s number is 256-201-9444.

Pinetucky by: Mary Alvarado Hello, on this wonderful day. Hope you were able to attend church somewhere. Our congregation was great with one new member joining our church family. We ask you to please keep the lost, sick, bereaved and each other in your prayers: Dean Albright, Carl Ayers, Capps family, Rubie Cavender, Ilene Cox, Joe Bill and Kerry Conkle, Joyce Craven, the Grays, Dorothy Junior, Violet Morrow, McCormick and McComb families, Gerald and Barbara Perkins, Sue Roach, Roberts family, Geneva Sutton, Louise and Wanda Smith, Betty, Melody, Olin Thompson, Janie Voss, Cathy and Phillip Wortham. Our choir special was “We Will Remember.” The ways of the Lord are right and the just shall walk in them. But the transgression shall fall therein. Hosea 14:9. God offers use a choice with a promise. Choose to follow his way and we will life to the fullest or another way and continually stumble. Father, thank you for your precious promise, help me to always follow your way. No matter the situation. Have a blessed week from each one of us.

Verdon Chapel by: Richard Jackson It was a beautiful day to worship the Lord. We were glad to have many visitors today. Pastor Paul Cannon’s morning message was from Jonah, chapter 3. Who can tell what God can do? We never know what God can do with us until we surrender to Him and allow Him to do His work through us. Some people think they have sinned too much for God to use them, and others have never accepted Jesus as their Savior and think God has no use for them. But just as God used Jonah to bring Nineveh to Him, so can He us any of us, if we say yes. Are you letting God use you for His work? Who knows what God can do? The evening message showed us that John 3:16 is the heart of the World’s Greatest Story. It is the story of how God loved us enough to send His son to give His life on the cross so that we may have a way to Him and live eternally. It is a story that can change your life. There will never be another story so great and so wonderful. If you don’t know the story, find a Bible and learn about how you can have eternal life with our Heavenly Father. Please pray for: Robert and Gladys Baughn, the family of Pamela Bonner, the Amos family, Lynn Smith, Len Casey, our church and its members. We invite you to visit with us at Verdon Chapel.

Local Church & Community Events January 25

Mt. Paran Baptist Church, County Road 40 Fruithurst will host a ladies retreat on Saturday January 25, at 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., EST , lunch will follow. There is no charge for retreat or lunch. Guest speakers will be Kyla Rowland of Morristown TN, Sara White of Polk Co. GA and Nikki Shaw of Cedartown GA. Music by , Hope’s Journey of Heflin Theme “ How Deep Is Your Well “ come be with us, and be blessed. Also that evening at 7 p.m., EST Kyla Rowland and Deliverance will be singing. For information or directions, call 770-579-5263 January 26 Youth Service at Gray Hill Church of God will be held January 26th PM Service - 5:30 CST. Fundraiser Meal following Service to benefit Youth February 2 Friends & Family Day at Gray Hill Church of God will be held February 2nd AM Service - 10:30 CST. No fellowship breakfast, Sunday school, or evening service. Lunch following service. March 8 Reunion for 1959-1967 CCHS athletes will be held March 8 at Heflin Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from 9 -11 a.m.

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CCHS Band sponsors pageant Miss Cleburne County Pageant will be held February 22. The pageant is sponsored by the Cleburne County High School Tiger Band. It will be held at the CCHS Gym. The entry fee is $50.00. All Girls PreK - 12 are Invited to Participate. Deadline for registration will be February 12. Entry Forms are available at: All Cleburne County Schools, WM Grocery and Dryden’s Florist in Heflin and Buddy’s Sports in Hollis. For more information contact CleburneCountyBand@

HEARTS Both HEARTS locations are in need of food for the pantries. Suggestions are rice, beans, mixed vegetables, canned tomatoes, spaghetti and pasta, peanut butter and jelly, flour, cornmeal, sugar, canned fruit, jello, tea bags, canned tuna, salmon, ham and chicken. Breakfast foods like oatmeal, grits, pop tarts, and cereal are also needed. Ranburne 256.568.5003, Heflin 256.463.1020.

Obituaries Forever in our hearts, Trizton Amos-Brenden Clayton

Our beautiful boys walk with the Lord, Keeping eyes on us through cloudy floors. Forever together they walk in peace, Our love for them will never cease. They are perfect Angels, in everyway, We give them our prayers and love everyday. We as parents, hope you feel our love, As we know you are always with us, in Heaven above. Brenden Drake Clayton, 6 years old was born on May 5th, 2007. Brenden is survived by his mother, Bridget Amos; father, Brad Clayton; step father, Tommy Amos; uncles, Blake Cassels, Eric Clayton and James Smith; step sister, Destiney Amos; step brother, Justin Amos; grandparents, Randy and Diane Clayton, Rita Cassels and Vicki Ann Medlin. Brenden was a first grade student at Fruithurst Elementary School. Trizton David Amos, 3 years old was born on August 11th, 2010. Trizton is survived by his mother and father, Bridget and Tommy Amos; sister, Destiney Amos; brother, Justin Amos; uncles, Blake Cassels and James Smith; aunt, Angela Eaton; grandparents, Rita Cassels and Treva and Joey Griffin. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sonny Martin officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service time.

Grady Titus Capps

Grady Titus Capps, 72, died Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Cleburne Co. Nursing Home. Funeral services were held January 18, 2014, at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Davis officiating. Burial followed in Heflin City Cemetery. Dryden Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Survivors include: Daughter - Krista Capps Coefield, Heflin, AL Daughter - Rhonda Capps Connell, Pelham, AL Son - Mark Capps, Phenix City, AL Son - Barry Capps, Scottsboro, AL Son - Glenn Capps, Huntsville, AL Mother - Maggie Norton Capps, Heflin, AL Brother - Roy Lee Capps, Mullin, SC Sister - Candy Smith, Heflin, AL Twelve Grandchildren Eight - Great - Grandchildren Pallbearers were family and friends. Mr. Capps was a native of Georgia and resident of Alabama most of his life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Capps, father, Grady Alton Capps, grandchild, Haley Capps and brother, Alvin “Tut” Capps.

Earl Eugene Franklin, Jr

Earl Eugene Franklin, Jr., 57, died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Regional Medical Center. Private services will be held at a later date. Survivors include: Wife - Nellie Franklin, Heflin, AL Daughter - Sabrina Rucker, Weaver, AL Daughter - Sarah Vick, Weaver, AL Granddaughters - Kierra Daugherty, Alexus Vick, Addison Rucker, and Trinity Rucker Grandsons - Tyler Vick, Alex Rucker, and Samuel Vick Mother - Jeanette Davidson, Anniston, AL Brother’s - Joe Hudson, Jacksonville, AL, and Jimmy Franklin, Pleasant Valley, AL Sister’s - Louise Nix, Oxford, AL, Sandra Kirby, Alexandria, AL, Dottie Cooper, Gadsden, AL, and Teresa Beasley, Anniston, AL Pallbearers: Nic Rucker, Jim Kohute, Tom Whitley, Ricky Jacks, Joe Earl Jacks, and Jeromy Harrelson Mr. Franklin was a native of Sand Mountain and a resident of Heflin for the past 24 years. He was employed by NABI. Catherine Nell McCormick Catherine Nell McCormick, 80, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at University Hospital. Funeral services were held January 18, 2014, at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with the Dr. Larry Riddle officiating. Burial followed in Heflin City Cemetery. Survivors include: Son - Ernie McCormick, Heflin; Sister - Elouise (Charles) Howle, Heflin, AL Sister Shirley Brown, Weaver, AL Four Grandchildren Three Great- Grandchildren Numerous Nieces and Nephews Pallbearers: Brian McCormick, Keith McCormick, Dewayne Brown, Chuck Howle, Anthony Thompson and Michael Thompson. Mrs. McCormick was a native and life long resident of Cleburne County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Earl McCormick, daughter, Earlene McComb, and parents, Mattie and Hamilton Brown.

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A town mourns with Amos family LAURA CAMPER

The Fruithurst community was reeling Friday from the loss. In this tight-knit community, word had already spread about Tommy and Bridget Amos and their children. At the Fruithurst General Store on Friday morning, co-owner Kelly Clay was taking up a collection for the family to cover immediate expenses, she said. “Any time there’s a fire in the community and with family, we put the jug up for a week,” Clay said. “This time maybe longer.” Next door, at the attached Fruithurst Family Restaurant, Beth Williams was seated with friends, all of them well aware of the tragedy. Williams knows the family through her children, who attended school with Amos’ children — including the two that died in the fire, 6-year-old Brendan Clayton and 3-year-old Tristan Amos. Brendan was “cute as a button,” Williams said. “He did remind me of Opie Taylor – was that the name on Andy Griffith – with his freckles.” Williams said she was helping to organize a fundraiser through the Fruithurst Elementary Parent Teacher Organization for the surviving Amos family: Tommy, 37, and Bridget, 25, and their children Destiny, 16, and Justin, about 13. Rita Hall, Bridget’s mother, also

lived with the family, Williams said. All three adults were taken to Higgins General Hospital in Bremen, Ga. Brendan and Tristan died as a result of the fire. The other two children had left for school before the fire, Williams said. Brendan wasn’t feeling well that morning and hadn’t gone to school, she added. Tommy is known as “Tattoo Tommy” around Fruithurst, Williams said. He’s a tattoo artist by trade. Williams described Bridget as cute and bubbly. “This is a small community,” Williams said. “They say if you don’t know your business, someone else will.” One result of that intimacy is that the community comes together to support its families suffering through a fire or some other emergency, Williams said. Robbie Hutchinson, seated next to Williams agreed. “We may not have been close to ’em, but in a thing like this, they’re family,” she said. Messages of shock and condolence started appearing on the parents’ Facebook page hours after the fire. People were gathered at “the watering hole,” as Williams calls the restaurant, organizing a community prayer vigil at the Fruithurst Baptist Church and a multichurch fundraiser tentatively set for Feb. 1. Donations can be taken to the store or at Fruithurst Elementary School, Williams said. The family, they said, has

asked not to be contacted, even by friends for the time being. The Red Cross is contacting the family through Gena Teague, a family friend, said Chris Osborne, the agency’s regional communications officer. Teague said she has known Tommy Amos since he moved to Fruithurst at least a decade ago. He and her son are friends, she said. “He’s one of my kids,” Teague said. “You couldn’t ask for a better person. He would give you the shirt off his back.” She met Bridget through Tommy about five years ago when the couple first started dating, Teague said. The family was staying at a friend’s home Friday and was trying to “wrap their minds around” what happened, Teague said. Tommy Amos, who has Type 1 diabetes, was burned and cut on his hands and arms. Bridget Amos and Hall were treated for smoke inhalation. Bridget Amos was also treated for minor cuts, Teauge said. They all were released from Higgins General Hospital by Thursday afternoon, Teague said. But they’re grieving, she said. The whole town is. “We’ve lost children in this community before, but nothing ever like this,” said Dale Wilkie, also at the Fruithurst restaurant. Williams said that’s why the community has come together the way it has. “It takes a community to heal,” she said. “The community has to heal.” A prayer vigil was held Sunday at Fruithurst Baptist

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Building should be completed by the end of the month The director of the Cleburne County Emergency Medical Service told members of the Cleburne County Hospital Board at their meeting Thursday that construction should be finished at the EMS building by the end of the month. “It’s been a long process,” said Tracy Lambert, director of EMS. Work started about eight months ago at the building when the board, which oversees the Cleburne County Nursing Home and EMS, agreed to add bedrooms, an exercise room, a new kitchen and a training area. The board had built a building several years ago for that purpose but it had sat unfinished because there was no money for the project. Last year during an audit, accountants discovered $64,000 that belonged to EMS and the board allocated it to the renovations. In addition, the board allocated another $27,000 toward the project, Lambert said. The work has run a little

over the anticipated budget because of labor costs. The board had thought it would be able to use inmate labor for free, but it was asked to pay the inmates $8 an hour soon after the work started. Those labor costs have added up to $16,000, Lambert said. Material costs are at $66,000, for a total of $82,000. “Now, I just want to make sure we’re all on the same page here to determine what we can finish up,” Lambert said. If EMS pays for the labor and it doesn’t come out of the money allocated by the board for the renovations, Lambert said, there is enough money to finish. If not, he said, the money won’t stretch that far. “It gives us a more professional appearance and we’ve done it for a real minimum cost,” Lambert said. Lambert asked the board if he should finish. The board didn’t take a vote but the members gave him instructions to finish the

project and count the labor as a separate expenditure. Lambert said he would like to have an open house at the building once the renovations are completed to allow local residents to see the new facilities. In other business the board: — Approved some job descriptions Lambert submitted so they could be added to EMS policy. — Approved renewing the board insurance for $8,750. — Discussed what to do with two buildings the board owns on Brockford Road near the nursing home. One was rented to Sarrell Clinic which has vacated the building and the second is rented to Quality of Life which is soon moving. Board Chairwoman Sandy Weston told the board members they need to decide whether they want to sell the buildings or try to rent them again. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_ Star.

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The Cleburne County High School Lady Tigers finished first in the Tri County Area Tournament on Saturday against Ranburne. Pictured with the trophy is: Bottom row, Kaity Zeiders, Bridgette McClain, Toni Epps, back row; asst coach Lindsey, Shawntavia Boyd, Baylie Norton, Lauren Brown, Grace Conkle, Kiara Akles, Madison Jones, Alisa Norton, Erykah Ware, Head Coach Todd Gable and assitant Ron Ervin.

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A 63-57 win at Wadley Tuesday got Ranburne back into the win column quickly after its loss to Clay Central in the championship game of the Tri-County tournament Friday. Ranburne coach Stephen Bailey said Wadley was a much-improved from the team Ranburne defeated a month ago. “I thought we played pretty good actually. (Wadley) shot the ball extremely well. They handled our press very well the first half, so much so that we didn’t do it any in the second half,” Bailey noted. Wadley led 16-12 after one quarter then Ranburne (12-8) moved ahead 3027 at halftime. Ranburne still led 45-43 after three quarters. Four Ranburne players scored in double figures. Dylan Wiggins paced the offense with 16 points and added seven steals and six rebounds. Brayden Wilson scored 15 points. Mark David Smith had 12 points and seven boards. Kyle Lovvorn finished with 11 points, seven steals and six boards.

Blake Young scored five points and Jay Smith ended with four points and six rebounds. Horseshoe Bend was Ranburne’s opponent last Thursday as the Tri-County Shootout opened. The Bulldogs defeated the Generals 55-23. Ranburne led just 28-17 at halftime then outscored Horseshoe Bend 23-3 in the third quarter. Baily said his team’s press was ineffective in the first half and at halftime his focus was getting the Bulldogs to play with more intensity. “We did that in the third quarter,” he said. “We turned them over instead of letting them go through without getting a turnover. That’s were all the points came from.” Lovvorn scored eight of his team-best 17 points in the big third quarter and seven other Bulldogs had one bucket apiece. Lovvorn also had six rebounds and three steals on the night. Wilson’s nine points included two 3-point baskets. Young had seven points and six boards. Mark David Smith scored six points and made three steals. Wiggins, Jay Smith and Spence Florczak each scored four points. Smith

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had three assists and Wiggins made three steals. Logan Otwell and Owen Smith had two points apiece and Smith dished out three assists. In the championship game Friday, Clay Central rallied in the second half and defeated Ranburne 65-60. Ranburne led 11-6 at the close of the first quarter and 32-22 at halftime. By the end of the third quarter, the Bulldogs advantage was just 42-41. Bailey said the Volunteers took the lead midway through the fourth. “We played very good defense the first half, probably as good a half of defense as we’ve played,” Bailey said. In the second half, Ranburne’s perimeter defense extended too far. Clay Central got the ball inside and got to the free throw line as well. Wiggins, Owen Smith and Mark David Smith were Ranburne’s double-digit scorers. Wiggins had 15 points while the two Smiths each scored 11 points. The Bulldogs (6-0 Area) look to complete Class 2A, Area 10 action undefeated when they finish area play with home games against Woodland Friday and Ohatchee Monday.

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IN RE: THE ESTATE OF RICHARD LEE TURNER, DECEASED CASE NO. 2013-112 NOTICE OF HEARING BY PUBLICATION TO: ANY AND ALL KNOWN AND UNKNOWN HEIRS OF RICHARD LEE TURNER, DECEASED YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on the 26th day of December, 2013, a certain paper in writing, purported to be the Last Will and Testament of RICHARD LEE TURNER was filed in my office for probate by MICHAEL DEAN SMITH and that the 10th day of February, 2014, at 10:00 o’clock A.M. was appointed a day for hearing thereof, at which time you can appear and contest the same, if you see proper. Given under my hand this 7th day of January, 2014. Ryan Robertson JUDGE, PROBATE COURT The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL January 16, 23, 30, 2014


Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Karen E. McWhorter and David McWhorter, wife and husband, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for First Residential Mortgage Network Inc. DBA SurePoint Lending, Inc., on the 30th day of November, 2006, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Cleburne County, Alabama, in Mortgage Book 2006, Page 6180; having been modified by Loan Modification Agreement recorded in Mortgage Book 2011, Page 3451; said mortgage having subsequently been transferred and assigned to Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, by instrument recorded in Mortgage Book 2012, Page 3584, in the aforesaid Probate Office; the undersigned Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, 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 March 10, 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 containing 2.00 acres located in Section 21, Township 15 South, Range 11 East, Huntsville Meridian, Cleburne County, Alabama, and more particularly described as follows: Begin at an iron set (this iron and all irons referred to as “set” are 5/8 inch diameter steel rods with yellow cap stamped HAM PLS No. 21775) at the intersection of the center of Old Edwards Road with the Northwest right of way limit of Southern Railroad; thence North 4 degrees 43 minutes 38 seconds West 202.68 feet along the center of said Old Edwards Road to an iron set; thence North 10 degrees 37 minutes 45 seconds West 183.73 feet along the center of said Old Edwards Road to an iron set; thence leaving said road North 82 degrees 28 minutes 00 seconds East 278 feet to an iron set; thence South 03 degrees 52 minutes 26 seconds West 362.17 feet to an iron set on the Northwest right of way limit of said Southern Railroad; thence along said right of way limit South 73 degrees 57 minutes 21 seconds West 208.67 feet to the point of beginning. Subject to: an easement for Old Edwards Road along the West side of the above described tract. Also: A 20 foot non-exclusive easement for ingress, egress, and utilities lying 10 feet each side of the following described line: Commence at the Northeast corner of the above described tract; thence South 79 degrees 58 minutes 12 seconds West 104.83 feet to the true point of beginning; thence North 34 degrees 42 minutes 14 seconds West 67.02 feet; thence South 89 degrees 24 minutes 11 seconds West 113.85 feet; thence North 32 degrees 22 minutes 42 seconds West 50.29 feet to a point of the South line of the Steve and Sharon Thornton tract recorded as Exhibit A in Official Record 15, Pages 200-211, Probate Office, Cleburne County, Alabama, the end of said easement. ALSO: A 20 foot non-exclusive easement for ingress, egress, and utilities lying 10 feet each side of the following described line: Commence at the Southeast corner of the Steve and Sharon Thornton tract recorded as Exhibit A in Official Record 15, Pages 200-211, Probate Office, Cleburne County Alabama; thence South 73 degrees 04 minutes 48 seconds West 164.82 feet along the South line of said Thornton tract to the true point of beginning ; thence North 32 degrees 22 minutes 42 seconds West 154.79 feet to a point in the center of Old Edwards Road; thence North 4 degrees 30 minutes 19 seconds West 63.15 feet along the center of said Old Edwards Road to a 1/2 inch diameter steel road with yellow cap stamped TA HUTTO RLS 16455 at the Northwest corner of said Thornton tract, the end of said easement. ALSO: A 20 foot easement described and recorded in Official Record 15, Pages 200-211, Probate Office, Cleburne County, Alabama, which starts at the Northwest corner of the Steve and Sharon Thornton tract recorded as Exhibit A in Official Record 15, Pages 200-211, and runs Northerly and Easterly to Old Dial Mill Road, the end of said easement. Property Street Address: 207 County Road 432, Fruithurst, AL 36262 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. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, Mortgagee/Transferee Andy Saag SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL 35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee 281244 The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL January 23, 30, February 6, 2014


Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Xavier

Garcia, a married man and Sherrie Garcia, a married woman, to ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc., on the 22nd day of December, 2001, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Cleburne County, Alabama, in Mortgage Book 2002, Page 255; the undersigned CitiMortgage, Inc., successor by merger with ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc., 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 February 24, 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: Situated in Cleburne county, Alabama, to-wit: One acre of land located in the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SE 1/4 of SE 1/4) of Section Thirty- six (36), Township Sixteen (16), Range Nine (9), being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of the said Southeast Quarter of Southeast Quarter, thence North 1 degree East a distance of 459 feet to a point which is the point of beginning of the land herein conveyed; thence continue North 1 degree East a distance of 210 feet to a point; thence South 86 degrees 15 minutes East a distance of 210 feet to a point; thence South 1 degree West a distance of 210 feet to a point; thence North 86 degrees 15 minutes West 210 feet to the point of beginning. Situated, lying and being in Cleburne County, Alabama. Also: A right of way being described as follows: To find the point of beginning start at the Southwest corner of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (SE 1/4 of SE 1/4) of Section Thirty-six (36), Township Sixteen (16) South, Range Nine (9) East; thence North 1 degree East a distance of 669 feet to the point of beginning; thence continue North 1 degree East a distance of 226 feet to a point; thence South 86 degrees 15 minutes East a distance of 15 feet to a point; thence South 1 degree West a distance of 226 feet to a point; thence North 86 degrees 15 minutes West a distance of 15 feet to the point of beginning. Situated, lying and being in Cleburne County, Alabama. Also: A right of way being described as follows: 0.13 acre, more or less, (3300 square feet) of land for driveway located in the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section Thirty-six (36), Township Sixteen (16), Range Nine (9), being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of the said Southeast Quarter of Southeast Quarter; thence North 1 degree East a distance of 895 feet to a point; thence North 1 degree East a distance of 220 feet to right of way of a paved county road (Horse Block Tower - Belltown Road); thence Easterly along right of way a distance of 15 feet; thence South 1 degree West a distance of 220 feet, more or less, thence West 15 feet to the point of beginning. Property Street Address: 295 County 6 Road, Heflin, AL 36264 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. CitiMortgage, Inc., successor by merger with ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc., Mortgagee/Transferee Rebecca Redmond SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL 35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee 211714

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 Cleburne County, Alabama, on February 14, 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 certain parcel of land located In the S 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Section 29, the E 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 31 and the NW 1/4, the NE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 and the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 32, all in Township 15 South, Range 12 East; said parcel more particularly described as follows: Tract B: Beginning at the Northeast corner of Section 31, Township 15 South, Range 12 East (aka the Southwest corner of Section 29); thence North 00 degrees 40 minutes 27 seconds West along the West line of Section 29, 1241.55 feet: thence North 88 degrees 04 minutes 00 seconds East 1185.22 feet to a creek; thence Southerly along the Irregular meanderings or said creek as follows: South 19 degrees 44 minutes 30 seconds East 266.83 feet: South 23 degrees 16 minutes 15 seconds East 169.49 feet; South 23 degrees 16 minutes 15 seconds East 101.96 feet; South 49 degrees 06 minutes 00 seconds East 400.44 feet to the intersection of said creek with Bengaul Creek; thence along said Bengaul Creek as follows: South 47 degrees 49 minutes 15 seconds West 19.49 feet; North 52 degrees 07 minutes 26 seconds West 52 .43 feet; North 85 degrees 26 minutes 42 seconds West 288.33 feet; South 84 degrees 05 minutes 22 seconds West 43.11 feet; North 45 degrees 57minutes 09 seconds West 54.88 feet; South 19 degrees 52 minutes 21 seconds West 78.38 feet; South 03 degrees 54 minutes 51 seconds East 187.33 feet; South 37 degrees 18 minutes 06 seconds West 51.72 feet; South 11 degrees 47 minutes 01 seconds East 154.22 feet; South 52 degrees 39 minutes 01 seconds West 125.85 feet to the observed Right of Way line of Snake Road; thence South 82 degrees 34 minutes 56 seconds West 25.00 feet to the centerline of said road; thence Southerly along the irregular meanderings of said centerline as follows: South 07 degrees 25 minutes 04 seconds East 102.00 feet; South 01 degrees 45 minutes 05 seconds West 37.75 feet; South 28 degrees 17 minutes 58 seconds West 47.70 feet; South 55 degrees 02 minutes 09 seconds West 37.24 feet; South 76 degrees 34 minutes 12 seconds West 64.69 feet; South 82 degrees 07 minutes 59 seconds West 99.18 feet; South 76 degrees 19 minutes 15 seconds West 135.25 feet; South 83 degrees 49 minutes 18 seconds West 180.34 feet; South 88 degrees 13 minutes 39 seconds West 110.78 feet.; South 83 degrees 34 minutes 57 seconds West 58.19 feet South 72 degrees 25 minutes 13 seconds West 93.04 feet; South 63 degrees 12 minutes 31 seconds West 143.66 feet; South 57 degrees 44 minutes 49 seconds West 207.55 feet; South 59 degrees 30 minutes 05 seconds West 59.46 feet; South 69 degrees 45 minutes 54 seconds West 66.04 feet; South 83 degrees 01 minutes 13 seconds West 46.43 feet; South 66 degrees 42 minutes 36 seconds West 63.36 feet, South 58 degrees 48 minutes 45 seconds West 129.44 feet; South 45 degrees 10 minutes 48 seconds West 77.75 feet; South 31 degrees 32 minutes 50 seconds West 102.47 feet to the intersection of said centerline of Snake Road with the centerline of Pounds Mill Road; thence Southerly along the irregular meanderings of said centerline of Pounds Mill Road as follows: South 10 degrees 23 minutes 00 seconds East 68.50 feet; South 16 degrees 53 minutes 49 seconds East 61.06 feet; South 25 degrees 11 minutes 45 seconds East 80.44 feet; South 37 degrees 06 minutes 53 seconds East 105.62 feet; South 47 degrees 16 minutes 02 seconds East 93.51 feet; South 39 degrees 43 minutes 41 seconds East 79.46 feet; South 32 degrees 24 minutes 10 seconds East 368.97 feet; South 37 degrees 50 minutes 44 seconds East 66.55 feet; South 43 degrees 23 minutes 52 seconds East 72.57 feet; South 51 degrees 02 minutes 59 seconds East 92.47 feet; South 60 degrees 56 minutes 35 seconds East 96.30 feet; South 64 degrees 08 minutes 50 seconds East 381.55 feet; South 67 degrees 53 minutes 51 seconds East 163.46 feet, South 76 degrees 47 minutes 12 seconds East 266.27 feet; South 72 degrees 45 minutes 40 seconds East 97.96 feet; South 65 degrees 40 minutes 55 seconds East 93.31 feet South 67 degrees 01 minutes 14 seconds East 277.16 feet; The Cleburne News South 69 degrees 55 minutes Cleburnce Co., AL 30 seconds East 136.69 feet; January 9, 16, 23, 2014 South 74 degrees 29 minutes 15 seconds East 319.03 feet; MORTGAGE FORE- South 69 degrees 53 minutes seconds East 134.60 feet; CLOSURE SALE 36 South 63 degrees 13 minutes Default having been made in 06 seconds East 193.41 feet; the payment of the indebted- South 59 degrees 11 minutes ness secured by that certain 29 seconds East 126.83 feet; mortgage executed by Alan K. South 54 degrees 40 minutes Thompson and Velda D. 05 seconds East 180.62 feel; Thompson, a Married Couple, South 48 degrees 58 minutes to Community & Southern 55 seconds East 152.50 feet; Bank, assignee of the Federal South 45 degrees 28 minutes Deposit Insurance Corporation 37 seconds .East 116.49 feet; in receivership of First National South 37 degrees 13 minutes Bank of Georgia, on March 11, 35 seconds East 130.60 feet; 2006, said mortgage recorded South 39 degrees 31 minutes in the Office of the Judge of 19 seconds East 86.06 feet; Probate of Cleburne County, South 50 degrees 12 minutes Alabama in Instrument Book 04 seconds East 93.16 feet; Number 2006, Page 1131, as South 58 degrees 50 minutes Mortgagee/Assignee, under 42 seconds East 74.38 feet; and by virtue of the power of South 76 degrees 47 minutes

23 seconds East 103.22 feet to the Intersection of said centerline with the bank of the Tallapoosa River; thence along the irregular meanderings of said bank of river as follows: South 22 degrees 44 minutes 39 seconds East 85.73 feet; South 17 degrees 36 minutes 04 seconds West 91.94 feet; South 29 degrees 58 minutes 53 seconds West 92.37 feet; South 62 degrees 17 minutes 24 seconds West 56.00 feet; North 72 degrees 41 minutes 55 seconds West 156.36 feet; North 70 degrees 04 minutes 27 seconds West 321.56 feet; North 66 Degrees 00 minutes 04 seconds West 606.72 feet; North 64 degrees 53 minutes 33 seconds West 806.94 feet; North 59 degrees 51 minutes 12 seconds West 859.48 feet; North 61 degrees 44 minutes 01 seconds West 551.76 feet; North 66 degrees 27 minutes 19 seconds West 250.04 feet; North 62 degrees 54 minutes 43 seconds West 158.03 feet; South 68 degrees 00 minutes 52 seconds West 149.12 feet; South 36 degrees 46 minutes 37 seconds West 94.38 feet; South 11 degrees 20 minutes 55 seconds East 417.84 feet; South 01 degrees 15 minutes 21 seconds West 68.66 feet; South 08 degrees 41 minutes 16 seconds East 361.59 feet to the intersection of said River with the South line of the E 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 31; thence South 88 degrees 36 minutes 00 seconds West along the South line of said E 1/2 849.62 feet to the Southwest corner of said E 1/2 thence North 00 degrees 40 minutes 27 seconds West along the West line of said E 1/2 2649.85 feet to the Northwest corner of said E 1/2 thence North 88 degrees 36 minutes 00 seconds East along the North line of said E 1/2, 1327.58 feet to the point of beginning. Less and except any right of way assigned to Snake Road and Pounds Mill Road. LESS AND EXCEPT: Any portion of Section 29 and the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 32 included in the above described Tract B. 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 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; contact Jennifer Wilson at the phone number shown below prior to attendance at sale. Community & Southern Bank, Mortgagee/Assignee Jennifer Wilson J. RICK WALLIS LAW FIRM, LLC 2107 5th Avenue North, Suite 401-G Birmingham, Alabama 35203 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee (205) 837-4900

A Bidding Proposal may be purchased for $5.00. Plans may be purchased for $3.00 per set. Plans and Proposals are available at the Alabama Department of Transportation, 1409 Coliseum Boulevard, Room E-108, Montgomery, AL 36110. Checks should be made payable to the Alabama Department of Transportation. Plans and Proposals will be mailed only upon receipt of remittance. No refunds will be made. Minimum wage rates for this project have been pre-determined by the Secretary of Labor and are set forth in the advertised specifications. This project is subject to the contract work hours and Safety Standards Act and its implementing regulations. Cashier’s check or bid bond for 5% of bid (maximum $10,000.00) made payable to the Alabama Department of Transportation must accompany each bid as evidence of good faith. The bracket range is shown only to provide general financial information to contractors and bonding companies concerning the project’s complexity and size. This Bracket should not be used in preparing a bid, nor will this bracket have any bearing on the decision to award this contract. The Bracket Estimate On This Project Is From $2,364,706 To $2,809,196 The proposed work shall be performed in conformity with the rules and regulations for carrying out the Federal Highway Act. Plans and Specifications are on file in Room E-108 of the Alabama Department of Transportation at Montgomery, Alabama 36110. In accordance with the rules and regulations of The Alabama Department of Transportation, proposals will be issued only to prequalified contractors or their authorized representatives, upon requests that are received before 10 AM., on the day previous to the day of opening of bids. The bidder’s proposal must be submitted on the complete original proposal furnished him or her by the Alabama Department of Transportation. The Alabama Department of Transportation, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.C. 2000D TO 2000D-4 and Title 49 code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of The Secretary, Part 21, nondiscrimination in federally-assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in consideration for an award. The right to reject any or all bids is reserved. JOHN R. COOPER Transportation Director The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL January 16, 23, & 30, 2014


CASE NUMBER: JU-2013-33.02 PETITIONER: CLEBURNE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES IN THE MATTER OF: Jolie The Cleburne News Anna Turner, a minor child Cleburne Co., AL TO: Javos Jesse Hughes, faJanuary 23, 30, & February 6, ther to Jolie Anna Turner, 2014 whose whereabouts are unknown. Notice of Public Auction of A Petition has been filed in this Abandoned Vehicle Please take NOTICE that Turn- Court requesting that the paing Point MHP will offer for sale rental rights of the father to JoAnna Turner (DOB by sealed bids to the highest lie Javos Jesse bidder for cash the following 04/01/2013), Hughes be terminated and that abandoned motor vehicle: the permanent custody of the 1996 Toyota Corolla subject matter be vested in the VIN: 1NX8802E3VX505652 State of Alabama Department The public auction will be held of Human resources. You must at 123 Co Rd. 609 Ranburne, file and answer to said Petition Al 36273 located at 10 a.m. on to terminate Parental Rights within fourteen (14) days of Feb. 25, 2014. The Seller shall have a right to perfection of service by publireject any bid that is unrea- cation or a judgment by default sonably low and may postpone may be rendered. Your answer the public auction until another is to be filed in the Juvenile specified time and place. In ad- Court of Cleburne County, Aladition, the Seller expressly re- bama, at the Cleburne County serves the right to bid and pur- Courthouse. You are further notified of your right to counsel chase at the public auction. to represent you, and if you are unable to afford counsel, one The Cleburne News will be appointed by the Court January 23, 30, 2014 to represent you in this proceeding. A parent has the right Notice To to representation of an attorney Contractors in a dependency or a terminaFederal Aid Project No. tion of parental rights trial, and, R E C A - S T P O A - if indigent, the Court may apHSIP-0046(504) point an attorney if requested. CLEBURNE COUNTY, Ala- Should the parent desire a bama court-appointed attorney, appliSealed bids will be received by cation should be made immedithe Director of Transportation ately upon receipt of notice of at the office of the Alabama the action, but no later than 30 Department of Transportation, days prior to trial, by contacting Montgomery, Alabama until 10 the Juvenile Court Intake office AM., January 31, 2014, and at at 256-463-2651. This case is that time publicly opened for set for trial on April 24, 2014 at constructing the following: 10:30 a.m. Done this the 16th SAFETY WIDENING, PLAN- day of January, 2014 ING, RESURFACING, AND Jerry Paul Owen, Circuit Clerk TRAFFIC STRIPE ON SR-46 Cleburne County Courthouse FROM WEST OF CR-620 (MP 120 Vickery Street 10.988) TO THE GEORGIA Heflin, AL 36264 STATE LINE (MP 21.074) Attorney for Petitioner: The Length Of This Project Is: Jayme Amberson (KIR039) 10.086 Miles. Assistant Attorney General The total amount of uncomplet- Cleburne County Department ed work under contract to a of Human Resources contractor must not exceed the PO Box 1869 amount of his or her qualifica- Anniston, AL 36202 tion certificate. (256)240-2072 The Entire Project Shall Be Completed In Sixty-five The Cleburne News (65) Working Days. Cleburne Co., AL A 4.00% DBE Contract Obliga- January 23, 30, February 6 & tion Is Required. 13, 2014

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Fire : They were always beside each other,” she said, teetering on the verge of tears. “They were always playing Mario.”

Bentley: Bentley spoke in front of more than 100 voters

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The Amos family Jackson declined to say how many people at the school requested counseling. Area residents came together in a prayer vigil Sunday night and they are preparing a benefit for the family scheduled for Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fruithurst Baptist Church. The multi-denominational fundraiser will include food, music and a cake auction, said Beth Wil-

liams who is helping organize the event. A memorial service for the boys is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel on Almon Street in Heflin. Brenden’s and Trizton’s family know how many people are grieving along with them. They have chosen solitude for the last week, but Tommy and Bridget Amos say they appreciate the support

that’s been given to them. “The whole community, and outside the community,” said Tommy Amos, “Everybody’s pouring in prayers and it helps. We need all the support we can get.” But right now, they said, it’s hard to get through the days without their boys. “We never went anywhere by ourselves,” Bridget Amos said. “We didn’t even have a hon-

eymoon. We spent it with the kids.” Sitting on the couch in the living room of the borrowed home, Bridget said she is homesick, but not for the old house. “Even if I was there, I think I would still feel homesick,” she said. “I don’t have my boys and they made our home.” Staff writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_ Star.

be eligible for Medicaid if it was expanded. Bentley, however, said the federal government is trillions of dollars in debt and does not want Alabama to contribute to that problem. “I’m not going to put more able-bodied individuals on a dependency program,” Bentley said. “What we need to do in Alabama is work hard every day to create opportunities for people and educate people.” Bentley said government needs to be more pro business, noting that under his administration, the state has gained 59,400 jobs since 2011. “And we’re not going to stop,” Bentley said. “We are going to make sure our high schools continue to make workers.” Bentley said the federal government needs to cut spending to get out of debt, including through a series of budget cuts known as sequestration. “If we don’t sequester on a federal level and save on a federal level, then we’re truly doomed,” Bentley said. “Debt is one of the greatest threats to our nation.” The automatic budget spending cuts known as sequestration began last year. The billions of dollars in cuts resulted in savings, but also in federal job losses and work furloughs, including at the Anniston Army Depot. Congress temporarily rolled back sequestration for this year as part of of a budget agreement in December. Bentley discussed how he and the state Legislature cut state spending and streamlined government in recent years. “In 2011, Alabama was totally broke ... it was the worst situation this state had been in since the Great Depression,” Bentley said. Bentley said some residents advised him to raise taxes to save the state from financial ruin. “I was not for raising taxes ... I believed making government more efficient,” Bentley said. “And with the help of the Legislature, we have truly cut government and made it more efficient ... we have saved the people of Alabama $1 billion annually.”

Thank You

The family of Jimmy Dean Walker was humbled by the outpouring of love shown during the recent passing of our beloved brother and son. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the flowers, food, kind words, personal visits, phone calls, cards, online tributes and prayers. Honorable mention to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Perry, and Rev. and Mrs. Wayne Adams for food supplied during our mourning. Glenda Petty for donating hours of care and Hospice Caregivers Donna and Candy. Cross Roads Baptist Church, piano player, singers, pallbearers, Reverends Skyler Clark, Mac Prichard and Chester Pesnell, and Dryden’s Funeral Home. Sincerely Thank You Aledes, Jerry, Hugh, Rec, Fred Walker Judy Williams, Bobbie Jo Otwell and Linda Clark



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