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Unlike a lot of students across the state who had to stay overnight at school, Piedmont students were able to make it to their homes Tuesday.

Snow brings unexpected measure for city’s students MARGARET ANDERSON Journal Correspondent Snow was expected for the Piedmont area Tuesday morning, but no one thought the city would get more than a light dusting. School administrators thought it would be a regular school day, but that didn’t happen. It wasn’t long after students arrived that they had to be sent home. About 10 had to be carried home by the police. One of the busses that left carrying students couldn’t continue because of the treacherous road conditions and had to return. That bus was carrying students toward Cherokee County.

Middle School principal Jerry Snow said the further the bus went, the more dangerous the roads became, so it was called back. “We didn’t want to risk the students on the bus in those road conditions,” said Snow. “We stopped one bus from leaving because it went near mountains, and we didn’t let them go because we were worried about the hills.” Teachers and school personnel immediately began contacting parents. Some parents couldn’t make it to pick up their children, so the police came with their 4-wheel drive vehicles and, accompanied by school officials, got them home safely. “We housed the students until the police were gracious

enough to come and get them,” said Snow. “We always have a plan in place for situations like that, but, obviously, our plan had to be moved up quickly,” said Piedmont High principal Adam Clemons. “Once the snow started, we fed all the students,” he said. “Some parents started coming early, which was fine. Basically, we had everyone out of there by 11:30 except for those few students who had to return to school because of the bus situation.” Clemons expressed his appreciation to those involved in delivering the students to their homes. ■ See SNOW, page 14


Friends, family mourn death of PHS senior Funeral services today at 2 p.m. at Dansby Heritage Chapel LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service

People in Piedmont are mourning the death of an 18-year-old Piedmont High School senior who loved the outdoors and his family. Scott Messick, a Piedmont High School student, went to sleep in his family’s Borden Springs home after wrestling practice Friday and never woke up, his mom, Wanda Messick, said. Mrs. Messick said she found him lifeless Saturday shortly before 5 a.m. when she went to wake him up for a wrestling match. “He was always happy,” Mrs. Messick said of her son. “He was friends with everybody; he never met anybody he didn’t like.” : 666000999999 PU Mrs. said-0.0015 the cause of her son’s death MAG 80 Messick NBAR .0104 BWA



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is unknown, but added that he said his heart was racing especially fast after weightlifting and wrestling practice Friday. “Last night when he came in from wrestling practice he showered, ate and sat down in front of the heater, and his heart was beating 90 miles an hour,” Mrs. Messick said. Besides wrestling, Messick also played football. His funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Dansby Heritage Chapel with burial in New Bethel Cemetery in Borden Springs. Survivors include his mother, Wanda Gail Buttram (Nevin Rhinehart); father, Randall Messick (Tabitha Dawson); brothers, James Matthew Messick and Mickey Lee (Joanna) Buttram; step■ See MESSICK, page 8



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OPINION/EDITORIAL 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

Wallace, Nudie and Alabama road projects

It seemed to go under the radar last year but the Bentley administration quietly inaugurated the largest road-building program seen in the state in over six decades. Gov. Bentley launched the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP). The ATRIP program, coupled with another road program, the Rural Assistance Match Program, will bring the total for road and bridge construction in Bentley’s first term to well over $1 billion. This probably makes Bentley’s road program the largest since Gov. James E. “Big Jim” Folsom’s famous Farm to Market road program in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Big Jim’s Farm to Market road program was his greatest legacy. Folks in rural Alabama still talk about Big Jim’s roads today. Bentley designed his road program to come to fruition and have the greatest political impact while he was running for governor this year. It appears that he will have smooth sailing and will not need the ATRIP program to propel him to victory. Under ATRIP the state borrows 80% of the cost of each project through what are called Grant Acquisition Revenue Vehicle bonds (GARVEE). It allows the state to borrow against future federal highway grants at an interest rate of 2.6%. Local cities and counties are required to make a 20% match, except in the rural counties that cannot afford to match state funds. For these poorer counties, matching funds are provided under the Rural Assistance Match program. Mayors and county commissioners throughout the state have made hay with Bentley’s road program. The governor has endeared himself to these local officials. Roads are near and dear to the hearts of mayors, city

councilors and especially county commissioners. In fact, roads have been an Steve part of politiFlowers integral cal patronage in state politics for years. In my early legislative years, the governor would entice legisInside The Statehouse lators to vote for his programs by holding the lure of a particular road project important to a legislator over the head of that legislator like a carrot over the head of a rabbit. This discussion of road programs reminds me of a humorous story that occurred during the Wallace years. The year was 1983. George Wallace was beginning his fourth and final term as governor. As you know, Wallace had been shot numerous times by a crazed would be assassin in 1972 in a Maryland parking lot while running for president. Wallace miraculously survived that assassination attempt but was left paralyzed and in constant pain. He had to take medication to alleviate the pain so some days he was not quite cognizant. However, Wallace was determined to remedy the shortfall he inherited in the state coffers. His solution was to raise taxes. He called them revenue enhancement measures. I called it a tax-a-day club. Wallace made me one of his floor leaders in the House. Therefore, I felt duty bound to vote for his revenue enhancement measures. My seatmate and new best friend was a gentleman from Talladega named Jim Preuitt. Jim and I were the only two freshman floor

leaders. We dutifully toed the line on the first six revenue enhancement measures but then the Wallace team came with a biggie. It was a substantial gasoline tax for road improvement. I told Jim, “I’m falling off the wagon here. I can’t have a record of voting for every tax that comes down the pike.” The governor had earned a vaunted reputation through the years of cajoling reluctant legislators to his side of an issue by calling them down to the governor’s office in small groups and enticing them with plum projects for their districts, usually a road. Wallace was on his game for this road tax vote. Therefore, those of us who had indicated our reluctance were called down to the governor’s office to be hot boxed. Preuitt and I were in a group of real naysayers to Wallace’s taxes. Wallace looked over as though he was surprised to see us. He then zeroed in on Rep. Noopie Cosby from Selma. Noopie had not voted for any of Wallace’s revenue enhancement measures and he was not planning on breaking his streak with Wallace’s gas tax. Noopie has gone by this name since childhood but Wallace immediately addressed Noopie as “Nudie.” He began, “Nudie, when I was a young legislator I had a road program. So Nudie, you need you a road program and, you see Nudie, if you vote for the gas tax then your road program will be part of my road program. But Nudie, if you don’t vote for my gas tax then I’m afraid your road program will not be part of my road program.” Wallace explained politics to Nudie that day. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His column appears weekly in more than 70 Alabama newspapers. Steve served 16 years in the state legislature. He may be reached at

Why isn’t Obama working with Congress We don’t hear the expression much any more, but when growing up I heard people comparing difficult tasks with passing “an act of Congress,” as if it were nearly impossible to pass an act of Congress. Frankly, not much has changed. It’s still difficult under the most favorable circumstances to pass an act of Congress. Our Founding Fathers made it so when they wrote the Constitution. So, why is President Obama blaming a divided, partisan Congress rather than working with Congress to improve the economy like predecessors Reagan and Clinton? Both President Reagan and President Clinton “inherited” economies in recession; each had to work with a divided, partisan Congress; and, both led our nation into the best economic times in the modern era. During President Obama’s first two years in office, he enjoyed Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress, yet little that passed during those two years has worked out very well. (See Obamacare or the $866 Billion “shovel-ready” stimulus bill for details.) President Obama enters his sixth year in office with more threats than appeals to Congress. At a recent Cabinet meeting Obama said, “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need.

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I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone….” referring to executive actions he plans to take Daniel in lieu of working with Gardner Congress. Consider Mr. Obama’s confrontational leadership style in light of what My Thoughts Congress might accomplish with a cooperative White House. Private companies were ready to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline when Obama came into office. All they needed was presidential approval. The project was and still is literally “shovel-ready,” with thousands of jobs waiting for the go ahead. President Obama has steadfastly refused to approve this job-producing, economy-building project for purely ideological reasons, even though 62 Senators approve and every governor of every state on the pipeline route approve the project. Noted syndicated columnist, Charles Krauthammer summarized Obama’s refusal to approve Keystone this way: “The only rationale for denying the pipeline is political – to appease Obama’s more extreme environmentalists. For a president who claims not to be ideological, the irony is striking: Here is an easily available piece of infrastructure – privately built, costing government not a penny, creating thousands of jobs and, yes, shovel ready – and yet the president, who’s been incessantly pushing new ‘infrastructure’ as a fundamental economic necessity, can’t say yes.” Americans are living through the weakest economic recovery ever after a recession. The recession officially began December 2007 and ended June 2009, just five months into Obama’s first year in office. President Obama can make a good speech with his teleprompters, but Americans are tired

of empty promises wrapped in rousing rhetoric. The most recent Gallup Poll shows only 40 percent approve Obama’s job performance. Approval among independents has sunk to 32 percent. Rather than changing his unpopular leadership style and tactics to be more cooperative with a divided Congress like his predecessors Reagan and Clinton, President Obama has decided to stick with his heavy-handed Chicago leadership style regardless of consequences to Americans stuck in this quagmire economy. It will take many acts of Congress to undo the damage President Obama is wreaking on our economy in the name of leaving a personal, progressive legacy. Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at Daniel@, or visit his website at http://www. Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site blogs.clarionledger. com/dgardner/



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Borden Springs - Randall Scott Messick, 18, of Borden Springs, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014, at his residence. He was a senior at Piedmont High School and was on the football and wrestling teams. A funeral service will be held Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 2 p.m. from Dansby Heritage Chapel with burial in New Bethel Cemetery in Borden Springs. The Rev. Ronnie Kilpatrick,

Rev. Dennis Miller and Rev. Michael Edwards will be officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Survivors include his mother, Wanda Gail Buttram (Nevin Rhinehart); father, Randall Messick (Tabitha Dawson); brothers, James Matthew Messick and Mickey Lee (Joanna) Buttram; stepsister, Raven Cheyenne Rhinehart; stepbrother, Jordan Dawson; greatgrandmother, Susie Cumbie; grandparents, Willie Ruth Bailey (James Ed Fortenberry), Jimmy and Effie Messick and Jack Buttram; niece: Lexi Buttram; nephews, Peanut Parks and Taylor McIlwain and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Online condolences may be made at Dansby Heritage Chapel is honored to serve the Messick Family.

Doctor walks miles to perform surgery MIKE OLIVER

BIRMINGHAM — Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw was at Brookwood Medical Center Tuesday morning when he was needed for emergency brain surgery miles away at Trinity Medical Center. The problem was the sudden snowstorm had locked down traffic, and the neurosurgeon didn’t get farther than a few blocks by vehicle. “The cell service was bad so we were fading in and out,” said Steve Davis, charge nurse in the neuro intensive care unit at Trinity. “At one point, I heard him say, ‘’I’m walking.” Davis had alerted authorities, and they were looking for him. There were supposed sightings, but no one could find him. “The police were looking for him,” Davis said. Hours had gone by since the initial contact in the morning. “He finally called me and said, ‘Where’s the patient? What’s the status?’” Davis said. “He spoke to the family and went off to surgery.” It was an emergency surgery for a traumatic brain injury. Hrynkiw is Trinity’s only brain surgeon, Davis said. “Without the surgery, the patient would have most likely died,” Davis said. “But he is doing well.” Davis said he and colleagues at Trinity were estimating the hike to the Montclair Road hospital at about eight miles, although Google Maps puts it at about six. The extreme weather Tuesday has been blamed for five deaths statewide and it stranded untold thousands away from their homes. “This just speaks volumes to the dedication of the man,” Davis said. “When I saw him, all I could say is ‘you are a good man.’” Davis said Hrynkiw takes good care of himself and frequently walks for exercise. The doctor was hardly the only person to talk miles through the storm. Roads around metro Birmingham were still lined with thousands of abandoned cars and trucks on Thursday.

• Dogs for the Deaf, located in Central Point, Ore., is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to help adults and children with different disabilities, challenges, and needs. For example, a Hearing Dog is trained to alert its owner to household sounds that could affect his or her safety and an Autism Assistance Dog would keep an autistic child out of traffic, bodies of water, and other dangerous situations. Chris Hill, a resident of Anniston and a volunteer “ambassador” for Dogs for the Deaf, has a DVD presentation he will give to civic and community organizations or individuals. Contact him at 835-6918 • The Alabama Shutterbugs, a club for all skill levels of photographers, meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at First United Methodist Church, 1400 Noble Street, Anniston. Anyone interested in photography is welcome to join. Call 256-236-8488 for more information. • New classes for the Jacksonville State University Adult Wellness classes are at 8 a.m. in Pete Mathews Colseium. Senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Senior water

aerobics and senior therapeutic yoga classes are on Tuesday and Thursday. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 256-6892580 or for more information. • Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 21 meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.. at 114 N. Center Ave. downtown Piedmont, to discuss the latest veteran’s issues and benefits. If you are a service-connected disabled vet or you think you may have a military service related condition, the DAV may be able to help you. Help workshops are also available from 8 a.m.noon on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Veterans are urged to attend for possible compensation and benefits they’re not aware of. • Anyone with knowledge about German and Italian POWs and their artifacts at Fort McClellan during 1943-46 is asked to contact Klaus Duncan at 782-2991. • Piedmont Health Care has started an Alzheimer’s support group designed to increase public awareness and enhance individual and family education regarding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. For more information call social services director Yolanda Pierce 447-8258, ext. 232. Refreshments will be provided.

Police Report Jan. 20 -Theft of property III. A 63-year-old male reported the theft of a Speedmaster 555 Remington 22 rifle valued at $250 and an Alabama car tag that occurred between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31. Domestic violence III. Officers responded to a call made by a 19-year-old male about an incident that occurred between 9 a.m. and 9:20 a.m. Domestic violence III. A 59-year-old female reported an incident that occurred at her residence between 9 a.m. and 9:20 a.m. Burglary III. Officers investigated an incident that occurred between 5:30 p.m. July 2 and 6 a.m. July 3 at a location on Memorial Drive and resulted in the theft of $2,700. Jan. 21 -Theft of property III. A 67-year-old male reported the theft of a red and black 5,000 watt Generate generator valued at $450. Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle. A 20-yearold female reported an incident in which $55 in currency, Social Security card, a birth certificate, a Wal-Mart bank card, and an Alabama driver’s license were taken from her vehicle while located on Haslam Street. Arson II. Officers investigated a fire at a residence on Braswell Alley that occurred at 7:02 a.m.

Theft of property III. Employees at a business on High way 278 reported the theft of a pair of reading glasses and a box of Fixadent. Jan. 22 -Domestic violence III. A 57-year-old male reported an incident that occurred at his residence between 11 p.m. Jan. 21 and 1 a.m. Jan. 22. Theft of property I. A 21-year-old male reported the theft of a collection of baseball cards valued at $2,000, a living room suit (couch, chair, tables, and lamps) valued at $500, and assorted personal items that occurred between Jan. 1 and 22 on Ginter Avenue. Jan. 23 -Possession of a forged instrument III. Officers investigated an incident that involved $33 stolen from a Tuscaloosa Teachers Credit Union account. Jan. 25 -Domestic violence III. A 51-year-old female reported an incident that occurred at her residence between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Violation of a protection order. A 32-yearold male reported a incident that occurred a his residence.

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Patricia Clayton counsels PMS students Mother of three has spent 22 years in education


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atricia Gilmore Clayton had excellent role models growing up in the Birmingham area -- her parents -- and, in particular, her mother. Patricia’s father worked at the steel mill in Fairfield, and her mother was in nursing education. She was dean of several schools of nursing, including the University of Alabama and Samford University. In fact, she started many of the nursing schools that exist in Alabama today. Patricia has spent the past 22 years of her life in education, either as a teacher or as a counselor. She is currently counselor to the 280 students at Piedmont Middle School. “I moved from a much larger school, and I like it here very much because I know most of the students,” she said. “It’s really very enjoyable. I had 2500 students in grades 6-8 in Orlando, so I like having only 280 students. You get to know your students and their parents much better.” Patricia believes that middle school grades are an exciting time that mark the beginning of an important new phase in a child’s education and personal development. The curriculum is more varied and goes into more detail, and students have more activities available to them. “It’s a time to begin seriously thinking about careers, life choices and plans for higher education,“ she said. “It can also be a bewildering time. Students in the middle grades change rooms and teachers throughout the day. Students worries that they may not find her way from room to room. Will they remember their locker combination? What if they don’t know anyone in their classes? Will they be able to complete homework?” Patricia said her purpose for Piedmont Middle School guidance is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, personal and social development of all students. “In partnership with educators, parents, and community members, the program is designed to facilitate a support system to ensure students are prepared with the knowledge and skills to contribute at the highest levels of society,” she said. “We strive to ensure that each individual student is provided opportunities to develop personally and socially through understanding themselves and others and that they develop their full academic potential for a successful future.” Patricia said she loves what she does. “Our parents instilled the right values in us and helped

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Patricia Clayton seated with some of her students. From left, Mr. PMS Noah Cole Maddox, Miss PMS Macy Hanson, Good Citizenship Girl Emily Kisor and Good Citizenship Boy Cole Chasteen. us make appropriate choices,” she said. “My mother was in education, so that was what I knew to do.” Though she’s currently fulfilling her dream of working with and helping children, when her own children were younger she was a stay-at-home mom. “But at that point, I was actively involved in their schools and I was PTA president for six years at the elementary, middle and high school level,” she said. “So even though I wasn’t teaching, I was at school every day.” Her teaching background includes English and special education. Patricia and her husband Ronnie moved here 14 years ago from Orlando. Ronnie is the Glenn Huie Chair and Eminent Scholar and professor of finance at Jacksonville State University. They met while attending the University of Alabama. They’ve lived in several southern states, including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida. Ronnie was born in Florida and grew up on Sand Mountain in DeKalb County. Patricia graduated from Ensley High School in Jefferson County. The Claytons have three children. Ashley lives in Tuscaloosa


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and is event and tour coordinator for the University of Alabama Alumni Association. Jeremy is youth minister at the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Gregory is a fitness trainer and part-time youth minister in Tuscaloosa. Patricia enjoys shopping and exercising. She takes Zumba, yoga, pound and step aerobics. “I want to live a healthy lifestyle,” she said. “And it helps the stress level.” Patricia grew up with two brothers, one older and one younger. She said she had the usual household chores such as cleaning house, keeping her room clean, helping her mother cook and cleaning the kitchen. Now that the Clayton children are grown, Patricia said she and Ronnie have changed roles in the kitchen. He cooks more often now than she does. “We just switched roles,” she said. “That makes me happy.” She has some favorite recipes and shares some of them. In particular, the sugar cookies are a Christmas tradition that started when Ashley was about 3 years old. “Each Christmas since we have cooked and decorated cookies at Christmas,” said Patricia. “This tradition has continued for more than 25 years.”

or walnuts or both if you prefer. Spray casserole dish with non-stick spray. Put mixture in dish. Topping 1 c. chopped pecans 1 c. 1 minute oatmeal 1 c. light brown sugar ½ c. baking mix 1 stick butter (salted or unsalted as you choose) Mix all ingredients together. Spread over top of potato mixture. Melt 1 stick of butter and drizzle over topping. Bake at 350 degrees until set and topping is browned. Serve hot. CRAN-APPLE CASSEROLE

MAW MAW’S SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE 4-5 med. large sweet potatoes 3 whole eggs 1 c. light brown sugar 1 c. white sugar 1 c. chopped pecans (can use walnuts for slightly different taste) 1 t. vanilla flavoring Peel and slice potatoes. Boil until fully cooked and tender. Cool. Using an electric mixer beat well. Add eggs, both sugars, and flavoring. Mix well. Add additional brown sugar to taste. Mix in pecans

A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY (Editor’s note: The Piedmont Journal has begun publishing older photographs on a regular basis. Those having older photographs who would like them published can send them to jalred@jaxnews. com or akilgore@ Identify the people in the photo and, if Richard O. Boles (Coosa Plant) grinding the ax as his grand- possible, include children observe. Ray Boles, Clara Boles and Melissa Boles some information about it.) hold the turkey. The date is November 1957.

4-5 lg. red delicious apples 1 lb. bag of cranberries, washed thoroughly 2 c. white sugar Peel and chop apples, cranberries and sugar in large bowl. Spray large casserole dish with nonstick spray. Pour mixture into the casserole dish. Prepare topping as for sweet potato casserole. Top the cranberry-apple mixture. Melt butter and drizzle over topping. Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour until the mixture begins to gel. Serve hot.

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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

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MESSICK: ‘He was a leader in our class, they all looked up to him’ From page 1

sister, Raven Cheyenne Rhinehart; stepbrother, Jordan Dawson; greatgrandmother, Susie Cumbie; grandparents, Willie Ruth Bailey (James Ed Fortenberry), Jimmy and Effie Messick and Jack Buttram; niece: Lexi Buttram; nephews, Peanut Parks and Taylor McIlwain and several aunts, uncles and cousins. News of Messick’s death spread quickly

Randall Scott Messick

It’s a sad day for all of us, Scott was a great kid that everybody liked.” Matt Akin

throughout the school community on social networking websites, and by noon his Facebook wall was already filled with comments from his classmates and friends at Piedmont High School. The family’s statement noted how much he enjoyed hunting and fishing and doting on his niece, Alexis Rayne Buttram. “He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody,” the family statement said. “It’s a sad day for all of us,” said Piedmont Superintendent Matt Akin. “Scott was a great kid that everybody liked. It just doesn’t seem fair.” Akin said counselors will be on hand at the high school Monday to talk with any students who need help coping with the loss. Messick’s wrestling coach, Harley Lamey, spent much of the day coaching Messick’s teammates at a match in Rome, Ga. Lamey said Messick’s death is a difficult loss for the team, and added that the team competed Saturday with the family’s blessings. “His mom told us to go out and wrestle hard for him,” Lamey said, and according to Messick’s family, the team won, its members having dedicated their efforts to Scott. School officials, including PHS Principal Adam Clemons, visited Messick’s family at their home early Saturday. Clemons said Messick was “very pleasant, very respectful,” and that he will be remembered by his peers. “He will be missed,” Clemons   said.

“A lot of our wrestlers thought a lot of him because he was a leader on the wrestling team.” Piedmont High School teacher Rebecca Hudgins has taught Messick since he was a ninth-grade student. She said he stood out among his peers because he was especially respectful of his teachers and willing to put other people’s needs before his own.

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“He was one of the most respectful, polite young men I’ve ever met,” Hudgins said. “It’s really hard on everyone. He was a special young man. We’re shocked and sad.” Hudgins also said that Messick was well liked by his classmates. “He was a leader in our class,” the teacher said. “They all looked up to him.”

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Piedmont Jewelry Store Going out of Business After over 40 years, Piedmont’s only jewelry store is going out of business. “It’s just the changing times,” says Sam Stinson, one of the owners of Stinson Howard Fine Jewelry. “We are closing the store to concentrate on our Oxford location and our online store (Diamondsforcost. com). We appreciate all of the fine people of Piedmont for shopping with us for all of these years.” “We want to thank Linda Jones for doing such a great job running the jewelry store for all of the years we’ve been in business in Piedmont. I think she has been running our store for almost 17 years. Linda is retiring to spend more time with her husband, Roy, her children and all of her grandchildren. She says she has so many wonderful memories of over 40 years serving the people of Piedmont for all of their jewelry needs. She started out in the jewelry business at Dubar’s Jewelry and worked with the McNew family for over 30 years before it was sold to Stinson Howard years ago.” Brandon Stinson, who has worked at Stinson Howard Fine Jewelry as jewelry designer and repairman for most of the time they have been in their current location, will be relocating to the Oxford location, working with the website and continuing his love of jewelry design and repairs. “I will miss that beautiful drive every morning down Highway 9, but I hope all of my friends and customers will make the drive to see me at the Oxford Stinson Howard store,” Brandon said. “We will be running a going out of business sale on all of the watches and jewelry in the store,” says Stinson. “Everything in the store will be on sale for half price. The Oxford location is full of jewelry so we really don’t have space for it. Everything needs to go. The going out of business sale will begin January 31st.” “Now is a great time to buy that gift you have always promised her and get it at half price. Why not get that anniversary, birthday, Christmas or that holiday that’s almost here, Valentine’s Day, gift and save lots of money. Everything must go!” This is the second location for Stinson Howard Fine Jewelry. The first store in Piedmont was on Ladiga Street in the old Dubar’s location. They later bought and restored the old Purdy Drug Store building. When asked what would be done with the present location, Stinson said, “We would love to sell or lease the jewelry store to someone local who would be interested in keeping a jewelry store in Piedmont. They could contact me or my brother Rex at 256-831-7747 or Grant Ratliff at 256-927-8321.”


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Piedmont girls impressive in tourney RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent

Unseeded Piedmont continued its impressive run in the girls’ bracket of the annual Calhoun County basketball tournament with a 48-44 win over No. 4 seed White Plains on Wednesday of last week. The Bulldogs led at every quarter break but it wasn’t easy. Breanna Brazier’s 3-point basket with five seconds left in the first quarter pushed Piedmont ahead 12-10 after one quarter. The Bulldogs trailed 22-17 late in the second quarter. In the final 90 seconds before halftime, Bre Green drove coast-to-coast for a basket, netted a pair of free throws then made a steal and a bucket just before the buzzer sounded and Piedmont led 23-22 at the half. Piedmont still led 38-36 after three quarters and extended that advantage to 43-36 early in the fourth when Brazier netted a trey and Riesha Thompson grabbed an offensive rebound and scored a put-back basket. The Bulldogs led 45-38 when Thompson scored on a drive with six minutes to play. Neither team scored for the next four minutes. White

Plains got as close as 46-44 with 28 seconds to go when the Wildcats’ Taylor Snellgrove drove for her only points of the game. Thompson and Green each added a free throw to set the final score. Brazier had four 3-pointers for the game and finished with 15 points. Green scored 13 points and had three assists and three steals. Thompson had 11 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Carlie Flowers scored six points, including a 4-for-4 night at the free throw line, and had five rebounds. Jaylen Major finished with three points. In Friday’s county tournament semifinal game against No. 1 seed Anniston, Piedmont continued to play solid defense but struggled to score. Anniston eventually claimed a 48-16 win. Piedmont had 19 turnovers in the first half but reduced that number to seven in the second half. Green and Brazier each scored four points for Piedmont. Green also contributed nine rebounds and three steals. Keshauna Jones and Paige Gowens had three points apiece. Thompson ended with two points, four rebounds and two assists. Thompson and Green were named to the all-tournament team announced Saturday night. At Sunday’s regular afternoon of free play, Piedmont

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Practice pays off for Bulldogs RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent

The Piedmont boys had a full week of practice time following their overtime loss to No. 3 seed Alexandria in the opening round of the Calhoun County basketball tournament. That practice time showed results Monday night when the Bulldogs defeated visiting Ashville 79-54. “I think we moved a little better on offense, which had been the emphasis of this past week’s practices, so hopefully they can build on the things that went well,” Piedmont coach Tommy Lewis said Tuesday. Against Ashville, Piedmont netted five 3-point baskets in the first quarter, two each by Ty Sparks and Dreek Thompson and one from Caleb Adams. The home Bulldogs led 24-18 after one quarter then outscored the taller Ashville team 19-11 in the second quarter, 15-9 in the third and 21-16 in the fourth. Adams was fouled on a 3-point attempt midway through the first quarter, sank all three free throws for an 11-9 lead and Piedmont never trailed thereafter. Darnell Jackson paced Piedmont with 14 points including two triples. Adams ended with two treys, 11 points and four assists. Thompson, Sparks and Denard Spears each scored 10 points. Thompson added a team-best seven rebounds. Sparks had three assists and three rebounds. Spears added three boards, two blocks, two assists and two steals. Tyler Lusk had six boards, two assists and three points.

RIP DONOVAN Sports Correspondent As they have throughout the season, the Spring Garden (204) girls took care of business in their final three Class 1A, Area 10 basketball games last week. All three wins came on the road. Spring Garden finished its regular season Area 10 games 8-0. Completing the area undefeated was something his players were focused to accomplish, Spring Garden coach Ricky Austin said Tuesday. “That was something that we talked about,” said Austin. “We thought that was our potential and we didn’t want to underachieve.” As Area 10 champion, the Panthers will host the area tournament next week. On January 21, the Panthers toppled Coosa Christian 44-13. Spring Garden led 22-0 after just one quarter. “We played a bunch of girls the rest of the night,” Austin said. At halftime, the Panthers led 38-7 and the score was 44-11 after three quarters. Nine players scored for Spring Garden. Senior Haley Motes finished with 10 points and classmate Auburn Kirk scored eight points. Tykeah Rogers had six points, Payton McGinnis five and A.J. Broome four. Madison Sides and Savannah Dempsey each tallied three points. Alex Robertson had two points and Tiyonnah Rogers scored one point. The Panthers defeated Gaylesville 68-23 on January 23 after leading 51-17 at halftime. Once again, nine players contributed points for Spring Garden. Rogers, Motes and Darian Gaines each scored in double digits. Rogers netted 16 points, Motes 12 and Gaines 10. Kirk tallied five points and also had 10 steals in the first half.

coach Terrace Ridley said her players were talking more about winning two games to reach the semifinal round than they were about the loss to Anniston. “They were actually still excited about making it to Friday. … I heard several comments about how they played pretty good defense against Anniston. We just couldn’t get anything going offense-wise,” Ridley said. “The main thing I see they’re focusing on now is the area tournament. That’s what they did Sunday,” Ridley added. In Monday’s home game against Ashville, the visiting Bulldogs defeated the home Bulldogs 50-36. Ashville had won 45-16 in Ashville on January 13. “It just seemed like they didn’t have that fire in their hearts from the time we walked into the locker room … but it was a better game than we played them the last time, a much better game,” Ridley said. Ashville jumped on Piedmont 15-4 after one quarter but the game was evenly played thereafter. Flowers finished with 11 points and five rebounds. Brazier had nine points, three boards and two steals. Thompson and Gowens each scored six points. Gowens’ points came on a pair of treys. Thompson also grabbed six rebounds and made two steals. Green and Tiffany Prater had two points each.

■ See BULLDOGS, page 12

McGinnis had nine points,

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Spring Garden’s Tykeah Rogers is tied up with a Sand Rock player in action during the recent county tournament. Emory Reedy six, Sides five, Kerstin Bryant three and Dempsey two. Improving Cedar Bluff proved more of a challenge to Spring Garden on January 24. The Panthers won 58-40 after leading 26-16 at halftime. Gaines finished with 15 points. Sides and Rogers each scored 14 points. Rogers also grabbed 14 rebounds. Kirk and Motes scored six points each and

Jackson wins title in Georgia tourney RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent Piedmont wrestlers participated in the Darlington School Invitational tournament in Rome, Georgia, last weekend. Senior Exavyer Jackson won the 285-pound championship. In the opening round, Jackson received a bye. In the quarterfinals, he pinned Andrew Castell of Trion (Ga.). Jackson scored a 10-2 major decision over D.J. Coker of Greater Atlanta Christian in the semifinal round. For the championship, he downed Spencer Huth of Rockmart (Ga.) 6-3. Jamie Crutcher finished fourth at 220 pounds. Crutcher also had a first-round bye then he pinned Darlington’s Brooks Busby in the quarterfinals. After losing in the championship bracket semifinals, Crutcher won a 3-2 decision over Daniel Hurtado of Dalton (Ga.) before losing in the third place match. Jordan Buttram (126 pounds) and Chase Keener (152 pounds) also scored points for the Bulldogs in Rome. Buttram pinned his opening round opponent, Chase Turner of Coosa (Ga.) before losing in the quarterfinals. In the consolation bracket, Buttram scored another pin, this one over Tyler Westbrook of Walker School, before a second loss eliminated him. Keener won an 8-3 decision in his opening round match but lost his next two matches. The Bulldogs are scheduled to wrestle again this weekend in the annual Calhoun County tournament.

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at Gaylesville on January 23 as Spring Garden demolished the Trojans 78-26. Westbrook also had 10 rebounds, nine Spring Garden won all three of its final steals and four assists for the game. Black Class 1A, Area 10 games last week and was Spring Garden’s only other player finished Area 10 action 7-1. The Panthers to score in double figures with 10 points. split with Collinsville, which also finPrater and Ivey each tallied nine points. ished 7-1 in the area, and the site of the Rogers had seven points, Austin two area tournament will be determined by a points and Lambert one point. coin flip at Spring Garden. Spring Garden At Cedar Bluff on January 24, Spring coach Ricky Austin said Wednesday Garden had no difficulty defeating the evening that the coin toss, initially set Tigers. The Panthers won 61-34 after for Wednesday morning, had been re-set leading 36-19 at halftime. Westbrook led for Friday at 10 a.m. due to the accufour Panthers with double-digit points. mulations of snow and ice on Tuesday The senior ended with 19 points and and freezing temperatures throughout recorded 11 rebounds. Lambert scored 14 Wednesday. points. Ivey had 12 points and Prater finAustin said if Spring Garden hosts both ished with 11 points. Rogers scored five the boys and girls area tournaments, the points in the win. plan is to play both No. 4 versus No. 5 “Our young kids are coming on and games on Tuesday, February 4. playing very important roles for us. The inclement weather forced school Assuming we keep everybody healthy, I officials to cancel Tuesday’s home game like how we’re finishing up,” Austin said against Ranburne and Thursday’s game at Tuesday morning. “We’re really making a Sand Rock. Austin said Wednesday evestrong push here. We’ve got a lot of peoning that he expects Friday’s home game ple doing some good things for us.” against Gaston will be played. He said he Austin had said at the start of the season also hoped to play at Sand Rock Saturday that the combination of injuries and youth morning then return home and play made this year’s team one that would Ranburne Saturday evening. The Panthers have to develop winning ways as the seawere initially scheduled to play Faith son progressed. Tuesday, he credited this Christian of Anniston Saturday afternoon year’s four seniors – Black, Ivey, Prater but that meeting has been canceled at and Westbrook – win ensuring there was Faith’s request. no panic in the early going. A 67-45 win over Coosa Christian in “Our four seniors have done a very Gadsden on January 21 got the string of good job of keeping us where we need Area 10 wins started. Spring Garden led to be as far as what’s happening in reg43-18 at halftime and 62-31 after three ular season,” Austin noted. “They knew quarters. Will Westbrook led the Panthers what the important games were and they in scoring with 17 points. Will Ivey had responded. They’ve known when the 11 points. Dakota Lambert scored 10 important practices were and they’ve points. Jacob Black and Jay Prater each responded. Our young guys have done a scored nine points. Tanner Parker and Joe good job of wanting to do their part. I’ve Rogers had four points apiece and Riley been very pleased with the team concept Austin scored three points. of our team and everybody doing what Westbrook had a career-best 40 points they should do.” RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent

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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.

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Taylor Hayes and Bayley Blanchard each scored six points. Blanchard was 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Jamal Young and Easton Kirk had three points apiece. Kirk’s came on the last of Piedmont’s nine 3-pointers in the game. Neonta Alexander finished with two points and Austin Brazier scored one point. Ashville had beaten Piedmont 53-45 two weeks earlier in Ashville but Piedmont was clearly the superior team in the rematch. “They did play well,” Lewis said of his team’s performance Monday. “We threw some zone in with the man against certain matchups and that helped us with the rebounding since they had quite a size advantage at most every position.” The week of practices and the adjustments made in those practices seemed to benefit Jackson’s production. “Darnell is someone that we have been waiting on to be a weapon but he has struggled with me moving him around,” Lewis said. “I think with some of the new offensive sets he can help inside and outside. (Monday) night he did that, he had paint points and threes, so maybe he

is ready to carry us to the next offensive level.” The snow and ice that reached Calhoun County during the day Tuesday forced Tuesday night’s home game against Cherokee County to be rescheduled for Saturday with the boys ‘B’ team to start at 5 p.m. The usual three games – ‘B’ team, varsity girls and varsity boys – will be played Saturday. Friday’s home game with Ohatchee has been canceled. Ohatchee must reschedule an area game with Woodland. The Bulldogs will play at Jacksonville Monday, if Thursday’s home game with Jacksonville materialized. Piedmont concludes its regular season games at home Tuesday against Pisgah. “Our schedule is tough the rest of the way out, some by design and some because our usual deep football playoff run causes games to be moved and they just land like they have this year,” Lewis said. “I just hope that the games do not cause us to lose confidence heading into the area playoffs. Big wins can help but hard loses can hurt. We have played well. We just have not had the wins to show for it. Maybe we will pick up some steam at the end.”

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in delivering the students to their homes. “Kudos to the mayor and police department for working with us to help get our students home safely,” he said. “They played a big part in that.” Mike Brown, manager of Gregerson’s said the snow caused hours to change at his store. “We closed early Tuesday and opened late Wednesday,” he said. “We closed early Wednesday.” On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the police department said all roads were closed Tuesday and Wednesday and would not reopen until temperatures went above freezing. Only a few minor accidents were reported. City clerk Michelle Franklin said the snow was unexpected here. She said the city doesn’t have a lot of rock, referring to the shortage of sand and salt in the county to help melt the thick sheets of ice

covering highways and roads. “We’re trying to save what little we have for tomorrow when people will be trying to go to work,” she said. Capt. Cale Donaldson of the fire department reported two fires Tuesday morning. The first call was received around 5 a.m. to a brush fire on Cherokee Trail. It took 45 minutes to extinguish the flames. The second call came in at 7 a.m. to a double-wide mobile home fire in the 200 block of Bear Mountain Road. It took three and half hours to extinguish the fire. The home was destroyed. The Piedmont Journal’s delivery date which is usually on Wednesday had to be moved up until Friday. Journal editor and publisher John Alred expressed his appreciation for the patience and understanding of the Journal’s readers and advertisers. (Contact Margaret at pollya922@

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