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Citizens speak out on new school’s location Jacksonville School Board’s decision doesn’t sit well with some residents LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service The Jacksonville Board of Education decided last week to build a new elementary school south of the city’s historic hub, but on Monday residents

filled the Jacksonville City Council’s chambers urging it to keep it where it is now located. The board’s decision to build the elementary school on George Douthit Drive hinges on the availability of a lot of city-owned land adjacent to Jacksonville High School. Members of the city

government and the school board have said the council planned to donate the property to the schools, but the council has yet to hand the land over. Now residents who want Kitty Stone Elementary to be rebuilt in place are appealing to council members to act on their behalf.

Classic at Buckhorn now open Full menu offered for lunch and dinner BY MARGARET ANDERSON NEWS CORRESPONDENT

“It wasn’t the school board’s job to look out for our small town charm,” said Susan Di Biase. “It is, however, the council’s responsibility to look out for our small town charm.” About a dozen residents spoke for nearly an hour in opposition of the ■ See COUNCIL, page 10


New students may be given computers LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service

Starting this week, Classic at Buckhorn will be open six days a week. Previously, the new restaurant located in Weaver on the Jacksonville-Alexandria Highway (189 Angel Lake Road) was open for lunch five days a week. Co-owners Gary Angel and David Mashburn say lunch will be served Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and dinner will begin at 5 ThursdaySaturday. A full menu will be offered for both meals. Mashburn said the restaurant’s signature dish is garlic grits with a side of tilapia surrounded by shrimp Creole. “It’s a very good dish,” said Mashburn. “We’ll be serving it for lunch and dinner. We also have some very good chicken dishes and something else special to us that we call the Buckhorn burger.” He said several healthy dishes are

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Owner Gary Angel shakes David Mashburn’s hand on a successful first week at Classic at Buckhorn. Angel’s wife Brenda looks on.

■ See RESTAURANT, page 16

Jacksonville State University freshmen in 2015 may get school-issued tablet computers along with their meal plans and dorm assignments. University staff on Monday explained to JSU trustees a program, expected to launch in the fall semester of 2015, that would see the university provide Apple iPads to all incoming freshmen. Officials did not say how much the program will cost or how the program would be funded, but said the university would provide the devices at no cost to students, perhaps through scholarships. “iPads are part of the plan, and they’re still working on the funding,” said Patty Hobbs, a spokeswoman for the university. The officials said the technology plan is part of an effort to improve students’ critical-thinking skills. The iPads, the theory goes, would become

■ See JSU, page 14


Riley Green will perform at JHS Saturday night Proceeds will help JHS baseball and cross country BY MARGARET ANDERSON NEWS CORRESPONDENT

“It’s for a good cause, and it’s a fun way to raise money for some of the athletics at Jacksonville High School,” he said. “We’re hoping everyone will get on board with it and join us.” Green played baseball, basketball and football at JHS. The current baseball coach, David Deerman, coached Green in baseball. “Riley was a really good player for us,

Riley Green and his band will perform in a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the gym at Jacksonville High School. Proceeds from the concert will go toward the school’s baseball and cross country teams. Green, a JHS alumnus, said he’s happy to be able to help give back to the school where he received his education. ■ See CONCERT, page 10

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UPD officer brings home three silver medals By Ashley Siskey, graduate assistant in JSU’s Public Relations Office Elizabeth Morrow, a JSU police officer, has a few hobbies that have led her around the world in pursuit of accomplishing personal goals. Just this past August, Officer Morrow competed in the World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) in Belfast, Ireland, returning to Jacksonville with three silver medals. She’s soon to be honored with a commendation from Governor Bentley, as well. Representative K. L. Brown of Calhoun County is sponsoring the resolution to bring formal attention to Officer Morrow’s accomplishments. A childhood friend of Morrow’s, Captain Neil Fetner of the Clanton Police Department got the ball rolling (with covert help from Morrow’s husband, Fred) when he heard about Morrow’s medal wins in Belfast, saying, “Shortly after learning of her success at the 2013 World Police and Fire Games, I wanted to do something special to highlight her accomplishments, so I contacted Representative K. L. Brown of Jacksonville about sponsoring a House Joint Resolution honoring Officer Morrows’ achievements. Representative Brown agreed to do so and filed HJR30, which will be signed by Governor Bentley in the coming weeks. Officer Morrow is most deserving of this recognition.” Officer Morrow knew from an early age, growing up in Rock Mill near Roanoke, that she wanted to be in law enforcement. Her earliest impressions of law enforcement came from television shows such as CHiPs and In the Heat of the Night. After graduating from Troy with a degree in criminal justice, Morrow made her way to Calhoun County, where she worked in security at the Anniston Army Depot and then at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). After the CDP, Morrow went to work for the University Police Department (UPD) and completed her police academy training. To date, she has been with the UPD for almost eight years. In 2008, she completed her master’s in emergency management from JSU.

Elizabeth Morrow When asked about Officer Morrow’s accomplishments and what it means for the UPD, Chief Shawn Giddy says, “She is dedicated to doing her best whether it is running a race or assisting a member of the university community. I am pleased to have her as a member of UPD.” Officer Morrow competed in four events, including left and right-handed wrist wrestling, better known as arm wrestling in the U.S. Belfast was her second WPFG games. She also competed in the 2011 games in New York City, which was quite an experience since she made the trip with a broken foot. She plans to compete in the 2015 games in Fairfax, Va. Her goal is to beat the current gold medalist in wrist wrestling, a feat she has yet to achieve. “I really want to beat the reigning champ. She has beat me twice, now,” says Morrow. “I enjoy meeting police from the international community. There were about 7,000 competitors at

the Belfast games,” says Morrow. “It’s fascinating to learn and understand how our jobs can differ based on geography and culture.” Officer Morrow doesn’t sit around in between games and take a break. She’s been heavily involved in running and obstacle events over the years. Disney hosts a variety of challenges at their parks, and Morrow has completed all of them in just three years. One such event was the Goofy Challenge, where participants run a half marathon on Saturday, followed by a full marathon on Sunday. During one of her Disney races, Morrow recalls passing Sean Astin, an actor known for his roles in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Rudy” and “The Goonies.” “You never know who you’re going to see, or pass, for that matter!” says Morrow. In addition to the Disney challenges, Morrow has completed obstacle races like the Spartan Race, Barbarian Challenge and the Warrior Dash. Currently, Morrow is in the middle of the 3N3 challenge, where participants are required to run three marathons in three months. In December, Morrow completed the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville. This month, she completed the First Light Marathon in Mobile. And, in February, she will earn her 3N3 medal when she finishes the Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham. Officer Morrow lives in Jacksonville with her husband, Fred, and their two dogs, one cat and a macaw. The two have been married since 2009, and Morrow says Fred accompanies her on all of her adventures and is always waiting there to meet her at the finish line. In addition to her husband, Officer Morrow is thankful for the support of her colleagues at UPD. “I am so appreciative of the support my UPD family shows me as I train and compete. It’s an honor to represent them at competitions like the World Police & Fire Games. It’s such an honor to represent my community and the state of Alabama.”

To get warm, get down with down

The weather has been cold, but there has been a warm spot in my heart. I keep thinking about the seven or eight women who are comfortable in the coats I donated to a charitable group in October. I encourage anyone with extra coats to donate them to churches, thrift stores, or any organization that helps those in need. It is amazing how fast we can accumulate coats. Disliking cold weather, as I do, I had accumulated too 14 or so coats made of wool, denim, velvet, leather, fur, velour, and fiber-filled cloth. Until recently my favorite was the fur -- a mink jacket I won about 25 years ago at a store promotion. It is luxuriant, lightweight, and warm. However, wearing it has disadvantages. I have friends who frown on the sale of fur coats, and my mink is so dressy that it is generally not practical to wear. I kept my velvet, dress-like coat even though it is a little too small. (I’ll get back in it one of these days.) I have been wearing the other four coats this winter, along with a sweater for extra warmth, until recently. I bought a new coat about two weeks ago – my first down jacket.

I have worn it every day since then, and I may decide I do not need the six Sherry still hanging in my closet. Kughn The down jacket, which is well styled, is even lighter and warmer than the Sherry-Go-Round mink. One reason I waited so long to buy one is that most of them make women look like the overdressed child in the movie “The Christmas Story,” kind of a puffy, dough-boy look. However, my jacket, besides being streamlined, is dark in color and slenderizing. One other benefit for buying the jacket at this time is that I purchased it for 65% off. I am not too surprised that my down jacket is so warm. I remember visiting Noccolula Falls one day several years ago. It was a bitter cold day, and sleet started falling. As I walked back from the falls, I saw a duck

sitting beneath the bushes. It hopped off of a nest for a second, and beneath it was badelynge of ducklings. (I found the word “badelynge,” pronounced “bad-linge,” on the Internet. It means a group of ducks on the ground.) They were all nestled deep into their down-lined nest. Mama duck was exposed to the sleet, but I imagine that her own down coat kept her warm enough. Another reason I know down feathers are warm is that I once owned a down blanket. Sleeping beneath it made me so hot that I had to kick it off. As I write this, I think that blanket is stored in the attic in case the power ever goes out on a winter’s day. I posted on Facebook how much I liked my new jacket, and a friend from up north said she owned down pants and a down skirt. I wonder if anyone sells down hats, scarves, and gloves. Also on Facebook, one of my sisters stated that she could not wear any down-filled clothing because she is allergic to it. Oh well, there is a down side to everything. Email Sherry at

Board votes to move elementary school LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service

The Jacksonville Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to build a new elementary school on George Douthit Drive. School officials are still trying to secure the bulk of the funding for the project, but they have already selected an architect to do the work and plan to have the school completed within two years. The new school will sit adjacent to Jacksonville High School,

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near Walmart, and near the site of the city’s future public safety complex. “We have made the decision, and now we’re going to move forward and do the very best job that we can,” said Superintendent Jon Paul Campbell. “It’s a tremendous responsibility that we have.” The board’s decision Tuesday comes after months of discussion in the community about the pros and cons of refurbishing or moving Kitty Stone Elementary school. At the meeting, several concerned city residents told board members they prefer to rebuild or refurbish Kitty Stone Elementary School at its current location instead of moving the school to a new site. While board members said they considered the opinions of those who opposed their decision, they ultimately decided to build the new elementary school along George Douthit Drive because they believe it will be best for the students. “What I really felt I needed to remind myself to do as a board member is to take emotion out of the equation, and to step back and make sure I’m making my decision based on the best interest of the students,” Board President Mike Poe said. “Each time I did that, it led me to the decision that we ended up making here tonight.” During the meeting, board members discussed several factors weighing on their decision. Board member Emily Sims, who teaches in JSU’s College of Education, said that students need a modern school designed for the 21st century.  Kelly Pearce voiced concern over the safety of students who would be placed in portable classrooms during a renovation at the current campus.   Steve Smith said the current campus has outdated infrastructure, and that students are unsafe because they have to walk outside to get from one building to another. David Glass said Jacksonville’s elementary school should be as good as what is available in other communities. “When I visited other schools, it became clear to me that Kitty Stone Elementary needed to be addressed,” Glass said. Some people who oppose the decision to move the school have said the current campus would deteriorate once students move away from it, but board members said they are committed to finding a new use for the property. On Tuesday they also voted to participate on a joint committee made up of school, city, and Jacksonville State University officials to help find a new use for the buildings that currently house Kitty

Stone. Some proposed future uses for the current Kitty Stone campus include using the site for a future middle school, for city offices or as a possible training facility for the JSU College of Education. Glass and other board members said they are confident that the community will find another use for the current Kitty Stone campus and that the site will not fall into disrepair. “I believe in my heart that there is a strong commitment between JSU, the Jacksonville School Board, and the city to do something with this property,” Glass said. “This property is not going to be abandoned.” Although the Jacksonville school board’s meetings typically draw only a few public attendees, Tuesday’s meeting attracted a crowd of more than 30. Of those attending, about a dozen addressed the board over the course of an hour, voicing concerns related to the school move. Two spoke in favor of the relocation, but most asked board  members to either rebuild or extensively renovate Kitty Stone Elementary School at its current location. “You cannot put a price on the benefit of having a sense of community and what that does for your community development,” said Paul Hathaway, who teaches public administration at Jacksonville State University and has children in the city’s school system. “Every time you move public buildings away from the center of the community, the community dies or severely declines.” Third-grade teacher Lesley Bean told the board before its vote that she thought Kitty Stone needed a new location. “I love our location, but we need a new school,” Bean said. “I don’t know that I would want my child on that campus right now, not in third grade.” Bean said the third-grade classrooms at Kitty Stone are small, and her pupils have to go outside to get to other parts of the campus, including the bathrooms. A few attendees in the audience also urged the city’s residents to remain united after the vote and to support the schools, even if they disagreed with the board’s decision. Following the board’s decision, Hathaway said he thinks it’s important for people in the city to continue working together. “I think it was a fair process,” he said. “My concern, I guess, is that the community is going to divide over this issue and that’s going to hurt.” Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star



Arts Council winners

The Jacksonville Arts Council presented awards, which included checks, to winners of the fifth Christmas decorating contest by the city’s businesses. ABOVE: From left, Diane Peden and Linda Boozer of Yarns by HomePlace Farm at 402 Pelham Rd. N., Suite 4 won first place, Jacksonville Arts Council members Klaus Duncan and Sydney Fox Long, Cherie Young Maroney of Accent Floral Design at 112 Clinton St. S. E. won second place, and Andrew Havens of Gamecock Computers at 104 Ladiga St. S. W. won third place. RIGHT: First place winners Diane Peden and Linda Boozer of Yarns by HomePlace Farm. Jacksonville Arts Council president Emily Lipscomb said she is pleased with the number of merchants who took part in the contest. Twenty-four merchants on the Square and Pelham Road decorated their stores, doors and windows for the holidays. Anita Kilgore

Police Report

Jan. 13 • Second degree arson reported in the 100 block of Ann Street Southwest. • Discharging of a duty weapon reported in the 300 block of 7th Avenue Northeast. • Unauthorized use of a vehicle reported in the 700 block of 13th Avenue Northeast. Jan. 15 • Intimidating a witness and first degree criminal trespassing reported in the 1500 block of Church Avenue Southeast. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 1000 block of Miss Annie’s Drive Southwest. Jan. 16 • First degree theft of property and first degree burglary reported in the 6200 block of Alexandria/Jacksonville Highway. • Theft of property reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. • Theft of property reported in the 200 block of Coffee Street Southeast. Jan. 17 • Criminal mischief reported in the 1500 block of Church Avenue Southeast. • Possession of a forged instrument reported in the 400 block of Pelham Road North. Jan. 18 • Third degree burglary reported in the 700 block of Church Avenue Southeast. Jan. 19 • Domestic violence reported in the 700 block of Northwest Mountain Street. • Third degree criminal mischief reported in the 3000 block of Finley Street Southwest. Jan. 21 • Third degree domestic violence and menacing reported at the intersection of Pelham Road /Drayton Street. • Leaving the scene of an accident reported at the intersection of Pelham Road

South/Greenleaf Street Southwest. • Third degree theft of property reported in the 1000 block of Alexandria Road Southwest. • Duty upon striking fixtures upon a highway reported in the 300 block of Goodlett Avenue Southwest. Jan. 22 • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle, fraudulent use of a credit/debit card and third degree theft of property reported in the 600 block of Gadsden Road Northwest. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 600 block of Gadsden Road Northwest. • Identity theft reported in the 1200 block of Delwood Drive Southwest. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 600 block of Gadsden road Northwest. Jan. 23 • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 1000 block of George Douthit Drive Southwest. • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 700 block of Gardner Drive Southeast. • First degree attempted assault and fist degree attempted robbery reported in the 200 block of Bundrum Drive Northwest. • Discharging a firearm into an unoccupied dwelling or vehicle reported in the 200 block of Bundrum Drive Northwest. Jan. 24 • Removing a license plate from a vehicle with intent to conceal or misrepresent the identity of its owner reported in the first block of Jones Street. Jan. 27 • Second degree criminal mischief reported in the 1500 block of Church Avenue Southeast.

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Community Capsule • COPING WITH GRIEF. A coping with grief - even if nobody died group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6 P. M. at Jacksonville First United Methodist Church. Please call the church office for information and directions (256-435-6021). • February tree events : The Jacksonville Tree commission will observe Jacksonville Arbor Day during February. From 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 8, a community tree planting will take place along the newly-paved portion of Creekside Trail next to the historic cotton mill near the Ladiga Trail gardens. Everyone is invited to join in or drop by to watch the volunteers work. Dogwoods, oaks and river birches will be planted. The event is sponsored by the tree commission in partnership with the boy scouts. A tree give-away, in conjunction with the Calhoun County Beautification Board, will be on the square Feb. 21 from noon-5 p.m. or as long as trees last. An Arbor Day celebration will be at 3:30 Feb. 25 at Jacksonville State University. • The J.O.Y. Quilt Guild will meet Thursday, February 6 at 9.30 a.m. in the FMC of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Visitors are welcome. • The Calhoun County Community Band meets every Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Jacksonville High School band room. • Free GED classes will be held from 8 a.m.-noon and 5-8 p.m. in Room 173, Self Hall, Jacksonville State University. Call 256-782-5660 for more information. • Bradford Health Services has free family support meetings from 5-6 Monday nights at 1701 B Pelham Rd., S., Suite D (Brookstone Building next to RMC Jacksonville). The meeting is for anyone experiencing behavioral problems with a loved one, has a family member of any age with drug or alcohol problems, needs help coping with a loved one’s drug or alcohol problems or needs help making decision on how to help a family member of any age. A counselor will facilitate the meetings. • Venecia Benefield Butler’s book, “I Have to Get Some Things Off My Chest,”

can be purchased for $15 (including tax) by mailing a check to P. O. Box 572, Piedmont 36262, or take money or check to Butler’s sister, Randa Carroll, at the office of Benjamin Ingram at 207 Rome, Ave., Piedmont. Proceeds will go to the V Foundation, founded by Butler, to purchase gift bags for patients going through chemo treatments. The bags will include items such as comedy DVDs, chap stick, gift cards, gas cards, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, search-a-word, lubricant eye drops, gum and peppermints, soft toothbrushes, queasy drops, lotion, neck wrap or hydrating socks. • Classes for the Jacksonville State University Adult Wellness classes at Pete Mathews Coliseum are at 8 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday for senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes and 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday for water aerobics and senior therapeutic yoga classes. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 689-2580 or for more information. • Mom to Mom, a group for moms of all ages with children of all ages, meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the third Monday every month at EaglePoint Church. Visit Supper and childcare provided. • The Jacksonville Aspiring Writers Group meets from 4 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the public library. Anyone interested in the creative writing process is welcome. Bring samples of original writing to share. The group offers support, critique and information about writing and possible publishing venues. Call 256-499-2182 for more information. • Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon each Thursday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 400 Chinabee Ave., just off the square. Call 847-0909. • A Narcotics Anonymous group meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First United Methodist Church behind McDonald’s. For more information, call Pearl Williams at 435-4881.

Arrests Jan. 13 • Wesley Adam Grider: failure to appear in court and bail jumping • Jonathan Dale Turner: probation violation (2X) • Rachel Devona Swink: probation violation Jan. 14 • Joseph Wayne Davis: third degree domestic violence Jan. 15 • Marcus Heath Buchanan: failure to appear in court Jan. 16 • Bianca Calvin Calvin: failure to appear in court and bail jumping (second degree) Jan. 17 • Ashley Rose Saylors: failure to appear in court (3X)

Jan. 18 • Bookina Caver Dambrosia: public intoxication • Alexis Nicole Smith: minor in possession/consumption of alcohol Jan. 20 • Shane Lamar Cramer: harassing communications Jan. 21 • Alex Collins: reckless endangerment and menacing • Brian Mason Carnes: criminal trespassing (third degree) • Daniel Vance McGee: DUI (alcohol) Jan. 22 • Cody Ray Smith: probation violation (3X) Jan. 23 • Patrick Blake Stokley: domestic violence (third degree)

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Sandra Caldwell helps others through Daughters of the King She believes that prayer is essential MARGARET ANDERSON Journal Correspondent


andra Marshall Caldwell loves her church, St. Luke’s Episcopal. She’s a devoted and dedicated member and believes in helping her fellow church members as well as others in the community. One of the ways she helps is through Daughters of the King, an organization believing that prayer is essential, service is important and evangelism is necessary. “Prayer takes a lot of time,” said Sandra. “We usually have a long prayer list.” Through the Daughters of the King, of which Sandra is president, she worked with Jacksonville firefighters to collect and distribute food to those less fortunate during Christmas. Sandra is also a member of the Episcopal Church Women who take it upon themselves to do a lot of voluntary work for the church, including preparing meals when there’s an event at the church. Something else the women do that Sandra thinks is extremely important is that they have fund raisers to help various charitable organizations in the community. She is also active in Sunday school and Bible study at her church. Sandra is also a member of the Aspiring Writers Club which meets twice a month at the city library. “I like creative writing,” she said. “I don’t have anything published yet, but I’m still trying.” She prefers to write children’s stories,

but she also likes to write religious articles. Sandra was born and grew in Pensacola, Fla., with one sibling, a brother, Andy Marshall, who lives in Pensacola. Their father worked on the naval base there and their mother taught elementary school. After graduating from Pensacola High School, she attended Pensacola Junior College which is where she met Ron. Later they attended Florida State in Tallahassee. Sandra has a bachelor’s in home economics and a master’s in library science. They married in 1966 and moved to Jacksonville in 1966 when Ron, with a PhD degree in his hand, was hired to teach in the history department at Jacksonville State University. After Ron retired from JSU, he went back to school to get a master’s in library science. Before their twin daughters were born, Sandra worked in the library at JSU and was librarian at Randolph Park Elementary School in Anniston. Their daughters are Margaret Mary Shatswell of Jacksonville and Elizabeth Ann Caldwell of Florence, S. C. Both are librarians. The Caldwells have a granddaughter, Madison Shatswell of Paso Robles, Calif. Madison will be 10 in March. She visits several times a year. “I had a very creative mother,” said Sandra. “She was always making things. She liked crafts and made a lot of jewelry. She sewed most of my clothes.” As Sandra grew older, she began to sew and would make some of her own clothes. “Later in life, I made just about all my clothes, the twins clothes, and Christmas presents,” she said. “But what I really

CHICKEN SPAGHETTI 1 lb. chicken tenders 7-8 oz. spaghetti 1 yellow onion 1 lb. can tomatoes 1 t. Worcestershire sauce 1 whole bay leaf 4 chicken bouillon cubes 8 oz. cheddar cheese Boil spaghetti in 2 chicken bouillon cubes. Poach chicken tenders in water in 2 bouillon cubes. Cook white inside, not cooked to shred. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Chop canned tomatoes and cook with liquid in microwave safe bowl, in which cooking spray is mixed, with chopped onions. Microwave until soft. Cook with bay leaf to blend and cook down until soft. Mix spaghetti, tomatoes and chicken until blended. If necessary use broth (1 cube in 2/3 c. water) until a little soupy. Blend in most of grated cheese. Heat to serve and cover with grated cheese. Melt cheese. SPOON ROLLS (Easy Yeast Rolls) 1 pkg. dry active yeast

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Mix ¼ c. water with yeast and teaspoon of sugar. Let stand about 5 minutes. Add sugar, oil, egg and mix well. Add flour alternately with 1 ¾ c. water and mix. Refrigerate at least overnight in bowl with tight fitting top. Dough keeps several days. Spoon dough into muffin cups which have been greased with spray oil or shortening. Let rise only 15-20 minutes if at all. Bake 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees. Serve hot or cool on rack. Makes 1 ½-2 dozen. STRAWBERRY THUMBPRINTS ¾ c. butter 2/3 c. sugar 1 egg 1 t. vanilla extract 2 c. flour ½ t. baking powder ¼ t. strawberry jam

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Rhonda Larson is guest flutist for JSU concert Jan. 31 Skillfully played, a piece of music is a living thing, especially performed by the flute. It has an enchanting sound and is full of poetic suggestion. To the audience Fri- Hervey Folsom day night in JSU’s Mason Hall, the flute will be given credit for its important place in the music world in a concert by an accomplished, award-winning flutist. Grammy winning flutist Rhonda Larson will perform in concert at JSU on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m in the PerformanceCenter.Theadmissionisfree. Larson will give an innovative program which will showcase flutes from around the world (modern flute, panpipes, Indian flutes, Japanese flutes, and more). She travels world-wide performing for sold-out audiences and will perform with accompaniment tracks of her band for the JSU concert. Her use of technology places her as a musician in this new generation; she will perform amplified for the entire concert. Larson is a friend of Jeremy Benson of the JSU music faculty at the university. The two met her at a recent conference. Benson’s thought is that everyone should enjoy her performance. Larson is a flutist, composer and

bandleader who is bringing new attention to the flute with her diversity. As she composes, this woodwind player continues to be a new force in flute music as she attracts interest in her delivery of varying musical styles; she, with breath and flutes, takes us around the world with her performances, extending her popularity with playing an array of ethnic flutes. For example, she has performed as guest soloist along with famed fiddler Eileen Ivers of the original “Riverdance” troupe. Larson’s resume is long and impressive and Jacksonville people will count this an unforgettable show. The flutist has also shared the stage with such luminaries as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama in South Africa when she was a musical ambassador for the United States performing for the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Larson has also recorded flute melodies for the CBS television series “Survivor” and “The Restaurant” with her band Ventus. Her most recent engagements include concerts in Minsk, Balarus. Larson entered the national music arena in 1985 by winning first prize in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition in 1985. From then, she embarked on a journey of combining diverse musical styles in addition to perfecting her classical training.

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Flutist Rhonda Larson It is her versatility that makes Larson unique. Also, her compositions have been orchestrated for symphony orchestras throughout the United States. In the orchestra, the flute has been called “a delightful singer” with its soft, clear cool, fluid and soaring tones. It is easily recognizable on the stage beside other instruments because it is held horizontally to play. Another aspect of Larson, a, unique musician’s life is her studio. It is an octagonal three-story tower in her home in southwestern Connecticut. Her family lives part of the year in Italy. This is one of the many events for the public by JSU’s music department. Everyone is invited.

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Luke Almaroad turns six Luke Almaroad, son of Brad and Jodi Almaroad turned 6 years old on December 26. Since his birthday is so close to Christmas, his parents let him celebrate it earlier. On November 9th Luke celebrated his birthday at The Family Fun Zone in Southside. The guests enjoyed a fun time of playing. Afterwards everyone enjoyed Luke’s Pokemon cake. Luke is the grandson of Mike and Beverly Almaroad and Bobby and Brenda Woodward.




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Mayor enlightens Exchange Club members about exciting plans for the city for the upcoming year

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Jacksonville Mayor Johnny Smith is looking forward to a prosperous 2014 and plans are already underway for more stores and businesses in the area. Smith spoke to the Jacksonville Exchange Club last week. “We continue to try to attract retail so residents won’t have to leave town to shop,” Smith said. “As a matter of fact we’ve had one retail outlet already open this year next to Winn-Dixie. (Isshin Asian Café). It’s small but it is a neat place. They were just going to have takeout but they realized some men might like to go in there and eat while their wives are in Winn-Dixie.” Smith said that within a few weeks two physicians’ offices will be opening. In addition, two clothing stores will be locating on the Square. “That’s important because it will fill up some empty businesses that we have,” Smith said. “One of those stores will open soon and the other a little later but they are working on the building as we speak.”

Smith pointed out that First Educators Credit Union continues to work on its building off Greenleaf. The city’s new public safety complex will also begin work this year and the work should begin on the new elementary school. In addition, Shellco Industries is building a new 60,000 square foot building. “One of the things I’m really excited about is that bonds have been secured for $2 million for the improvement of traffic signals. We have nine traffic lights in Jacksonville and it’s going to take $2 million to replace them, I don’t get it,” Smith said with a chuckle. “But it is something we really need. We have a couple of relatively new lights, but most are old and worn out. They are so old that we can’t get parts for them.” Smith said that the grant the city is getting is an 8020 matching grant through ALDOT. “Even with the matching grant it was still going to cost us $400,000,” he said. “So we got on our knees in front of ALDOT

and asked them to split that with us because most of those lights are on a state highway. They (ALDOT) signed a contract with us to pay $200,000. That means we’re getting $2 million of work for $200,000. Smith said that replacing lights would be disruptive, but the city would try to work when there is less traffic. During the past years, the city has been replacing one mile of cast iron gas pipe per year. The city reached that goal last year and Smith said there were nine more miles of pipe remaining. “We’ll have to contract some of that work, especially around the Square. Smith said the city continues to work on a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan. “Our original plan was done around 1985 and we’ve updated and updated and updated. It just got to the point that we needed to start over.” The mayor also had high praise for the police and fire departments. He said a new $450,000

fire truck is in use. The police department will be getting 23 body cameras. “The body camera is about the size of a 9 volt battery and can clip on glasses or a hat,” Smith said. “I am really amazed at the quality they produce,” He said that 23 cameras will cost about $30,000, including software. He also said the police car cameras will also stay in place until they wear out. Smith said the Cheaha Challenge will now start and end at Pete Mathews Coliseum at Jacksonville State. It will be held on April 6. “This is huge for Jacksonville State because a lot of people will be here and they can see what the town and university have to offer. We really want to make a big deal out of this. So when they start at 7:30 in the morning we would like to have people lined up all way from the college through the Square with cow bells.” The Cheaha Challenge is a 100mile bicycle race. There were over 600 riders from 25 states last year.


ABOVE: JCA-WALKER MESSER – son of Craig and Anna Messer, is on the A/B Honor Roll. He is a member of the 4-H Club, plays varsity football, baseball and basketball and played junior high basketball. Walker is active in his church and at his church’s camp. He enjoys hunting, fishing and playing all types of sports. Walker was introduced by assistant principal Tomya Hancock. Walker is shown above with his parents on his right and Exchangite Shawn Seeger on his left. Far right is English teacher Tomya Hancock. TOP RIGHT: JHS –SAMUEL WIGHT – son of Nathan and Cheryl Wight, received divisional rating in solo and ensemble in the band and was recognized during Academic Awards Night. He is a member of the JHS marching band. Wight is a Boy Scout and is active in his church youth group. He enjoys playing the piano and French horn and computer programming. He was introduced by his gifted English teacher, Susanne Mullinax. Shown at right is Samuel with his parents and little brother Andrew on his right and teacher Mrs. Mullinax on far right. Exchangite Shawn Seeger presented the award. RIGHT: PVHS - Ethan Borders - son of Brian and Janie Borders, is a member of El-Bethel Christian Assembly Church and is diligent in his responsibilities. He plays football and baseball for PVHS. He enjoys working out, bow hunting with his dad and older brother, and playing all types of sports. Ethan was introduced by his family and consumer science teacher, Paige Shaddix. He is shown with his parents on his right and teacher on the far right. Exchangite Shawn Seeger presented the award.

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Mary White explains immediate actions to take after the death of spouse to Inter-Se Study Club The meeting of the InterSe Study Club was held at the home of Martha Dobson on January 21, with Martha Dobson and Sonja Parris hostesses. President Kenneith Calvert introduced the speaker, Mary L. White, Assistant Director, District II and retired Civilian Personnel Officer, Fort McClellan. Mrs. White, spoke on the “Ten Things You Need to do Immediately Upon the Death of a Spouse.” She discussed the necessity of having all important papers organized and the agencies that will need to be contacted, for example,  Social Security, Veterans Administration, Insurance Companies, etc.   The need for a WILL was emphasized, as well as the impact of not having a will.  Further, she explained the importance of contacting a good estate lawyer and an accountant, as well as actions to take regarding financial institutions, stock brokers, car insurance companies, credit card companies, or any other credit organizations. She stated that all joint property should be designated OR instead of AND or have a survivorship clause,  and explained the difference in these designation relating

to division of property. Mrs. White stated that it is advisable to secure 15 to 20 copies of the death certificate as many agencies will need a copy, and you normally can get a discount if you order through the funeral home when final arrangements are being made. She stated that you should try to have two months living expenses in savings as in many cases it takes this long to obtain any benefits or pensions. Items of Interest: Constance Sims, Treasurer, gave the Treasurer’s Report which reflected a balance of $438.97. President Calvert asked for nominations for the Book of Golden Deeds Award.  A club member was nominated for this honor and the committee will submit the nomination to the Book of Golden Deeds Committee. Mary White mentioned that Progressive Study Club would probably disband after this club year due to decline in membership.  She suggested that some of those members might like to affiliate with the Inter-Se Study Club.  At the February meeting of the Progressive Study Club, she will ascertain those who wish to continue with the federation

and submit their names for consideration at the February Meeting of the Inter-Se Study Club. President Calvert asked that we continue to save and bring pop tabs, box tops and empty print cartridges.  She stated that we need to discontinue bringing magazines for a few months, as the Senior Citizens Center now has plenty.  President Calvert reminded everyone that they are to bring the filled bags for Second Chance to the February Meeting. A piggy bank was passed for the Heifers International contribution.  These contributions will be forwarded to the Heifers International Organization after the May 2014 meeting. Mary L. White asked those members who had not submitted their reports on volunteer hours to do so by Saturday, January 25, 2014. It was decided that a contribution would be made to the Anniston Soup Kitchen in honor of Carol Ann Watson. Mary L. White presented the Slate of Officers for the 2014-2016 Administration as follows: President, Kenneith Calvert; Vice-President, Margaret Stem; Treasurer,

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Chamber Spotlights from the 2014 Annual Meeting Each year, the Annual Meeting allows the Chamber to reflect and celebrate the previous year’s achievements and highlights, while looking forward to the possibilities and goals for the future and year ahead.

Thursday, February 13, Get Linked 2:30-4:00 P.M. Merrill Building at Jacksonville State University Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A for students. Thursday, February 13, Chamber Night at JSU Basketball 7 p.m. at Pete Mathews Coliseum $1 Tickets are available at the Chamber. Call 256-237-3536 for more information. Tuesday, February 18, Business After Hours sponsored by Alabama Power 5:30 P.M. Classic Too, 1021 Noble Street, Anniston

2013 Chamber Chairman Julia Segars presents Larry Deason of Farmers & Merchants Bank the 2014 Brenda Dozier Hollis Chairman's Cup.

Andrea Miller of Autumn Cove Autumn Cove Retirement Community received the 2014 Ambassador of the Year for her time as an ambassador, dedication and unfailing support and attendance to Chamber Member events.

Wednesday, February 19, Ready Business Workshop Series 9-11 A.M Chamber of Commerce, 1330 Quintard Ave., Anniston No Charge. Join us and receive your Ready Business Certification from the American Red Cross and Chamber of Commerce. Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Economic Forum 8-11 A.M. at the JSU McClellan Campus 100 Gamecock Drive, Anniston Cost: $20 for members & $30 for non-members RSVP to the Chamber at 256-2373536.

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Jan. 21, Bowties Formal Shop, located at 551 Davis Loop Road, hosted Business After Hours. Pictured here is owner Mike Alexander and the Bowties staff.

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Lady Eagles fall to Anniston in Calhoun County Tourney Jacksonville sets sights on area tourney LORI TIPPETS

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They gave John Grass a Jacksonville State jersey with a big No. 1 on the front. It came with a condition. “Now make us No. 1 in the USA,” athletics committee chairman Jim Coxwell said as he handed over the gift. Welcome to the world of JSU’s expectations, coach. Grass was introduced as the 14th head coach of the Gamecocks’ modern era of football last Thursday, two days after being promoted from offensive coordinator to succeed Bill Clark in the fastest coaching search in JSU history. Clark resigned late Tuesday afternoon to become head coach at UAB. A few hours later Grass, 45, was announced as the new JSU coach. Only two years earlier he was roaming the sideline as Oxford High’s head coach. When good friend and JSU roommate Clark hired him to become the Gamecocks’ offensive coordinator, he was coaching in the college ranks for the first time. “I told somebody today I haven’t quit spinning yet; yesterday seemed like it was probably three days,” Grass said from the same position Clark stood to address the JSU faithful 13 months ago. “It has been a whirlwind and I’m glad to have closure to that. I’m so thankful to be here and thank (the administration) for having the confidence in me to lead this program forward. We’re looking forward to the future here. “Our goal moving forward is to make the Gamecock Nation proud (of) the product that you see on the field. Our goal right now is to be better today than we were yesterday. Last year we were good, we want to be better than that. Our goal here, just like Mr. Coxwell said -- no pressure – win a national championship. That will continue. Daily we’re going to work that process to win the national championship and anything short of that is not going to be acceptable.” The Gamecocks made a run at it last year, reaching the FCS quarterfinals, and have the bulk of that team back -- particularly on Grass’ offense. They are expected to be favored to win the Ohio Valley Conference this season. Grass, 45, will receive a three-year contract with an automatic rollover after the first year “if everything goes well” at an annual salary athletics director Warren Koegel said was “very similar” to the $175,000 the previous coach was making. The Star

has submitted an Alabama Open Records request for a copy of the contract. It took JSU about three weeks to hire Clark to replace Jack Crowe following the 2012 season. It took less than three days to choose Grass -- making what university president Bill Meehan called a “quick and I believe concise and correct decision” -although Grass had been approached two days earlier interviewing as Clark’s move to UAB was becoming less of a mystery. Grass is JSU’s first hire-from-within for a permanent head coaching position in the school’s Division I era. Dave Dagostino was promoted from Dana Austin’s staff to take over the women’s basketball program in 2003, but he was considered an interim coach throughout his three seasons at that helm. Koegel said more than 100 calls were received from individuals expressing an interest in the job when the possibility of Clark’s leaving surfaced. He said he spoke to other potential candidates about the job he declined to identify. Expediency was the keyword in the search with National Signing Day three weeks away. Grass wasn’t hired just because he was handy and the clock was ticking, although time was of the essence. “We weren’t in a diehard panic mode or anything like that,” Koegel said. “John and I talked about this; the idea was let’s keep this thing rolling and keep this thing moving. “What I liked is our football team is ecstatic and excited and they’re not going to miss a beat. For a couple days there, they were missing a beat.” Meehan said when the trustees announced their decision to the players Tuesday night he saw “great joy” on their faces. The players, many of whom will be working with their third head coach in 14 months, were glad the administration acted quickly. Longtime JSU aide Jimmy Ogle stayed and will be assistant head coach, running backs coach and possibly offensive coordinator. The Gamecocks will promote graduate assistants Larry Smith (quarterbacks), Trey Clark (offensive line) and Nick Gentry (outside linebackers) and hired former Alabama receiver Nick Williams to coach receivers. Team sources said former Cleburne County and Alabama defensive end Todd Bates and Notre Dame recruiting intern J.R. Sandlin, a former Grass assistant at Oxford, are “strong” possibilities to join the staff as position coaches. The biggest hire to be made, Grass said, is finding a defensive coordinator.



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A Jacksonville-Anniston matchup in the Calhoun County Tournament Championship is becoming an annual event, with both teams having squared off against each other the past five years. Last year the Lady Eagles beat a heavily favored Anniston team to come away with the crown; this year Anniston turned the tables. Jacksonville 16-7, just couldn’t control Alabama bound Quanetria Bolton who came away with 30 points in the Lady Bulldogs 64-53 win. The Lady Eagles pulled away to an early 15-13 lead in the first quarter but Anniston came back to take a 30-22 lead into the locker room at the half. Jacksonville drew within four points in the third quarter on a 10 point-run. Lady Eagle Virginia Poe, who led the Lady Eagles with 16 points, sank two three pointers to lead the comeback. Poe was instrumental with her play last year in defeating the Lady Bulldogs and gave the Jacksonville fans a glimmer of hope that maybe the same would happen again this year, but the Lady Eagles efforts turned up just short. Poe was joined in scoring by Dasia Kirksey with 15 points and Angel Kidd with 12. Kirksey and Kidd joined Poe on the All-Tournament team with Kidd being named Most Valuable Defensive Player. Also scoring for the Lady Eagles were Darrien Martin with five points, Sierra Stone, four and Destiny Easley one point. Jacksonville’s run to the championship match was a fairly easy one with wins over Wellborn, Faith Christian and Oxford. The tournament started with an 86-6 win over Wellborn that saw all 11 Jacksonville players scoring. Martin led the team with 18 points and Kirksey

added 16. The Lady Eagles had an equally easy game with Faith Christian, winning 66-16. Jacksonville led 47-9 at the half. Kidd and Poe were both in double figures with 12 points each. Also scoring were Kirksey and Martin with nine, Stone, five, Destiny Easley and Kelsey Ervin with four each, Quenteeria Mooney, Jasmine Easley and Ataliya Morgan with three and Brandi Canady contributed two points. In a 60-39 win over Oxford, three Jacksonville players posted double-doubles with Poe getting 19 points and 10 rebounds; Stone 14 points and 15 rebounds and Kirksey 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kidd added nine points and Martin four. Jacksonville Head Coach Ryan Chambless was pleased with the efforts of his team. “I thought that the girls gave a tremendous effort throughout the entire tournament and especially fought hard in the championship game, we just fell a little short,” said Chambless. Virginia (Poe) and Angel (Kidd) are becoming very good leaders to our younger players. The attitude and effort of the group is very contagious. This group thinks they can win any game, against anybody, anywhere. “We are trying to focus on improving daily and for the first game of the area tournament.” The Lady Eagles received good news on Monday when a flip of a coin gave them the No.1 seed and the opportunity to host the area tournament. Jacksonville, who had tied with Cherokee County during the regular season, will play No.4 Alexandria on Feb.6 at 7:30, following the Hokes Bluff-Cherokee County game at 6 PM. The winners will play on Sat., Feb 8. All games will be played at Jacksonville High School.

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The Jacksonville Golden Eagles played the Alexandria Valley Cubs in the county tournament last week, the fourth time the two teams have squared off against each other this season, and once again, the Cubs prevailed, beating Jacksonville 79-52 to eliminate them from the tournament. Jacksonville was able to take an early 18-15 lead over the Valley Cubs at the end of the first quarter, but from there it was all Valley Cubs. Alexandria outscored Jacksonville 64-34 overt the next three quarters for the win. Sid Thurmond had a game high 21 points for the Golden Eagles. Teammate Cam Horton was the only other Eagle in double figures with 15. Horton and Thurmond were both named to the All-Tournament team. Also scoring for Jacksonville were Tay

Ackles with six points, Jackson Bell, five, Lavontae LaCount, 3, and Elijah Cunningham scored two. Earlier in the tournament the Eagles beat Faith Christian 70-50 to advance to face Alexandria. Jacksonville overcame a rocky first quarter to outscore Faith Christian 32-14 in the second quarter and 17-4 in the third quarter to go on for the win. Horton scored 18 for Jacksonville with Ackles adding 16, Thurmond, 12 and Bell 10. Savon Parker chipped in six points, and Payton Sims and Riven Hill both had four points each. In the area tournament, Jacksonville, the No. 4 seed will face off against No.1 seed Hokes Bluff on Feb.7 at 6 PM. The winner will face the winner of the Alexandria-Cherokee County game. All games will be played at Hokes Bluff.



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What parents need to know about social media and online safety Meeting tonight at 6 in the Mitch McKay Cafetorium Tonight at 6 o’clock in the McKay Cafetorium at Jacksonville High School, the Jacksonville City Schools will host the first of a series of important events for parents to discuss social media, online safety, and the permanent ramifications of a student’s digital footprint. This forum will feature guest speaker and JSU alumni, Mo Canady, who spent his entire career in law enforcement and working with youth. He is currently the Executive Director of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). He has presented on topics involving student safety all over the world. Additionally, Mr. Vinson Houston, Vice President of Information Technology for Jacksonville State University, will be speaking on the environment that our students can expect when they reach a college or university and what we as parents and educators can do to prepare our children for this environment. Anthony Kingston, Director of Technology for Jacksonville City Schools, will be providing updates on the 1 to World inititative and upcoming changes being implemented with student iPads. Brigett Stewart, Digital Instructional Specialist for Jacksonville City Schools, will be presenting information about various social media programs and uses. Please make plans to attend this very important meeting. For more detailed information, please check the Jacksonville City School District website.

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current location, near the city’s Public Square. Several residents have repeatedly opposed the decision, and a few people spoke out against the decision Monday that have not addressed public officials about the matter before the meeting. Many of those who were vocal said they worry that Kitty Stone will attract vandalism and criminal activity if it is boarded up and left empty even for a short time. “They will thrive on an empty building,” said Steve Williams in reference to people who habitually commit crime. William’s has children in the Jacksonville City School system and said he is a bail bondsman. Also at the meeting were Jacksonville school superintendent Jon Paul Campbell, and Jacksonville School Board members Steve Smith and Mike Poe. Following several comments from people who opposed the decision, Poe provided comments regarding the future of Kitty Stone. He proposed working with residents and the city to find a new purpose for the school before students move to the new site south of town.

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us, and I appreciate him being willing to put in his effort and give back to our program,” said Deerman. “Anytime you’re running a high school athletic program you’re pretty much having to self support your program.” Deerman said the money brought in at the concert will go toward many things for the baseball team, including purchasing items the players need, field maintenance and travel. “Riley and I have remained close since he graduated,” said Deerman. “We’ve duck hunted together. We’re glad he’s doing this for us. Whatever amount we raise will go a long way in helping us.” Deerman said his team had a good year last year and ended up going to the second round of playoffs. “We won over 20 games,” he said. “Anytime you can get in the playoffs in high school baseball, that’s a good thing. This year we have a good group of seniors coming back, and we should have a good pitching staff on the mound. We’re expecting our kids to have a good year.” Jill Green, who coaches girls and boys in cross country, is Green’s aunt. “I think it’s great for an alumni to give back

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“I am excited at what is going to happen at that campus,” Poe said. He mentioned the possibility of using it for a new middle school, and possibly also using it for city or school board offices. He also said, if the site is repurposed as a middle school, the system might retain parts of the current campus for their sentimental value if they can be repurposed. Poe’s comments were met with skepticism by some members of the crowd, but he responded by asking them to be open to new ideas for the property. “I love Kitty Stone. My kids went there,” Poe said. Council President Mark Jones said he thought the board did a good job of evaluating the new school construction project before it made its decision. Board members have consulted architects, at least one engineering firm and an accrediting agency as it researched the prospect of building a new school in the city. But, Jones added, that he thinks the board should have decided how Kitty Stone will be used, before it decided to build a new elementary school elsewhere. “I think there is no great answer to this problem,” Jones said.

to his school,” she said. “I feel that’s very generous of him to do this concert for us. It’s special that he’s willing to give his time and talent to help our programs.” Green said she expects her girls team to do well this year because they have some players coming back from last year. For the boys though, it will be a rebuilding year. “We both went to state last year,” she said. “We did pretty well there. We’re young, and we have some improving to do. They all work had. I’m very proud of them. Cross country is a different animal. You just have to keep working and working and working.” Green said her share of the proceeds will go for a number of things, including the paying of entry fees. “We’ll use a lot of that money to pay our entry fees into races because cross country is not really a revenue type sport,” she said. “We have to raise money for that.” Tickets can be purchased at the high school, 1000 George Douthit Drive, S. W. The cost is $10 for general admission. Floor level seating is $15. Call the school at 782-8859 or Deerman at 453-3442 for more information. (Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail. com)



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IN RE: The Adoption Petition of: MARIBEL ANAYA RIMES & CHRISTOPHER WADE RIMES CASE NO. 31821 That any unknown father, whose whereabouts are unknown, of said child, must answer the adoption petition of Maribel Anaya Rimes and Christopher Wade Rimes within thirty (30) days of the last publication date 2/18/14 of this notice, or his parental rights may be terminated and the adoption petition granted in Case No. 31821, Probate Court of Calhoun County, Alabama. Said child was born on or about October 25, 2013 to Meghan Christina Pinkard. Done this the 24 day of January, 2014. Shirley Miller Clerk of Probate Court Allen W. May, Jr. Attorney for Petitioners 2703 7th St Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 205-345-0286 The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 2014

STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31877 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ANTONIO PHILLIPS, DECEASED Letters of Administration on the estate of ANTONIO PHILLIPS, deceased, having been granted to the undersigned on January 10, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. WESLEY M. FRYE, Personal Representative of the Estate of ANTONIO PHILLIPS, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 21, 28, & February 4, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0010 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF O.R. BREWER, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of O.R. BREWER, deceased, having been granted to DEBORAH BREWER FAGAN, the undersigned on January 8, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. DEBORAH BREWER FAGAN, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of O.R. BREWER, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 21, 28, February 4, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0013 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM CLAYTON BIRCHFIELD JR., DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of WILLIAM CLAYTON BIRCHFIELD JR., deceased, having been granted to JERRY K. BIRCHFIELD, the undersigned on January 10, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. JERRY K. BIRCHFIELD, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of WILLIAM CLAYTON BIRCHFIELD JR., Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 21, 28, February 4, 2014



Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Jacksonville, Alabama, will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. February 10, 2014 at City Hall, 300 Church Avenue, SE, for the purpose of considering Thomas E. Griffin and Gertrude L Griffin’s petition to vacate a portion of a 10’ alley in Block 81 of Jacksonville Mining and Manufacturing Map recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 64, Running 187.30 feet west from the west right of way of Goodlett Avenue, SW, north of Lot 25 and south of Lots 4 5, 6 and 7, Block 81 JM&M. All interested parties are hereby invited to attend the hearing. Any citizen alleging to be affected by the proposed vacation may submit a written objection to the governing body or may request an opportunity to be heard at the public hearing. Should any member of the public require any special accommodations in order to attend this meeting, please call 435-7611 five (5) days in advance of the public meeting. To be published in The Jacksonville News January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2014 in the classified section. The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2014


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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31878 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF VIRGINIA LOUISE SNIDER ANDREWS, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of VIRGINIA LOUISE SNIDER ANDREWS, deceased, having been granted to DONNA ANDREWS DRISKILL, the undersigned on December 27, 2013, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. DONNA ANDREWS DRISKILL, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of VIRGINIA LOUISE SNIDER ANDREWS, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 14, 21, 28, 2014



ESTATE OF ODESSA T. ELSTON, DECEASED Letters of Administration on the estate of ODESSA T. ELSTON, deceased, having been granted to the undersigned on December 13, 2013, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. MARVIN D. WILLS, Personal Representative of the Estate of ODESSA T. ELSTON, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 14, 21, 28, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0004 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF NADINE B. NOAH, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of NADINE B. NOAH, deceased, having been granted to WINSELL BEARD, the undersigned on January 2, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. WINSELL BEARD, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of NADINE B. NOAH, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 14, 21, & 28, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0021 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF UNA FAYE HOUK KIRBY, DECEASED Letters testamentary on the estate of UNA FAYE HOUK KIRBY, deceased, having been granted to JEFFERY BARTON KIRBY, the undersigned on January 16, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. JEFFERY BARTON KIRBY, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of UNA FAYE HOUK KIRBY, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 28, February 4 & 11, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0022 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JOHN ROBERT ARBUCKLE, DECEASED Letters testamentary on the estate of JOHN ROBERT ARBUCKLE, deceased, having been granted to WILLIAM MACKENZIE ARBUCKLE, the undersigned on January 15, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. WILLIAM MACKENZIE ARBUCKLE, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of JOHN ROBERT ARBUCKLE, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 28, February 4 & 11, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0012 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF HAROLD MITCHELL COCHRAN, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of HAROLD MITCHELL COCHRAN, deceased, having been granted to MICHAEL STEVEN COCHRAN, the undersigned on January 16, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of

said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. MICHAEL STEVEN COCHRAN, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of HAROLD MITCHELL COCHRAN, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 28, February 4 & 11, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31769 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM LAMAR SMITH, DECEASED Letters of Administration on the estate of WILLIAM LAMAR SMITH, deceased, having been granted to the undersigned on January 7, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. LISA SMITH, Personal Representative of the Estate of WILLIAM LAMAR SMITH, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 21, 28, February 4, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31556 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF MOLIMEA KALEUATI MASANIAI, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of MOLIMEA KALEUATI MASANIAI, deceased, having been granted to FAGALOA KALEUATI, the undersigned on January 7, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. FAGALOA KALEUATI, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of MOLIMEA KALEUATI MASANIAI, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 21, 28, & February 4, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0027 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF VERA VAUGHAN, DECEASED Letters of Administration on the estate of VERA VAUGHAN, deceased, having been granted to the undersigned on January 16, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. CONNIE VAUGHAN NOLEN, Personal Representative of the Estate of VERA VAUGHAN, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL January 28, February 4 & 11, 2014


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offered, including a spinach salad with fresh sautéed salmon. Mashburn said there are also a variety of homemade desserts. Although the restaurant is only open six days a week now, plans for the future include a Sunday brunch. The two-story building has 6,000 square feet downstairs and 4,000 upstairs. It is available for weddings, parties and meetings, complete with catering. The upstairs houses Angel’s construction and real estate offices. Other rooms upstairs have furniture and televisions and are available for rental. “We’ve already had a lot of things here since we opened,” said Angel. “We had some Christmas and New Year’s events and we’ve had parties since then.” Angel emphasizes that weddings can be held inside or outside. “We’d like to have senior citizens or retired folks come in to visit us and maybe sit around and play cards,” said Angel. “We invite anyone who would like to schedule their meetings or other activities here to call us. We can book you upstairs or downstairs.” Angel and Mashburn said they are pleased

with the reception the restaurant has received. “We haven’t had any slow days,” said Angel. Angel and Mashburn grew up together in the Angel community. “I’ve known David forever,” said Angel. “Everyone you mention his name everyone says if David’s involved in it it’s going to be a success. I approached him one day about this, and he was all over it. I had different people come to me about different ideas out here, but I went with David.” Angel said at first he liked the idea of catering and events more than having a restaurant. Mashburn helped change his mind on that. “We hope we can keep everybody happy,” said Angel. “David does a good job. This is his expertise.” Angel said he’s hoping the restaurant will bring more residents to the Buckhorn community, behind the restaurant. He has recently begun construction of patio homes there. Mashburn said he will rely heavily on chef Paul LaRocca and his talent as far as the meals are concerned. “Chef Paul has some great training and he has some wonderful assistants working with him,” said Mashburn. “He’ll be running Classic at Buckhorn and Classic on Noble.” (Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail. com)

We invite anyone who would like to schedule their meetings or other activities to call us.” Gary Angel ABOVE LEFT: Chef Paul LaRocco with some of his specialties. BOTTOM LEFT: Kristin Thacker of Ohatchee enjoyed her dining experience at Classic at Buckhorn. BOTTOM RIGHT: Crystal Mashburn helps serve the food.




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