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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Golden Eagles in Cleburne LAURA CAMPER

Two weeks ago, a golden eagle captured in the Talladega National Forest was banded with a solar-powered tracking device, and released into the wild for biologists to study. The eagle, a female in her fifth winter named Pinhoti, was one of two captured Jan. 31 by volunteers and Forest Service staff hoping to help protect the population of the birds. The eagles were captured as part of a project sponsored by the state lands division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, the University of West Virginia and Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge, said Jonathan Stober, district biologist at the Talladega National Forest. Golden eagles are not resident birds in Alabama, Stober said. They are migratory birds that fly from Ontario and Quebec, where they breed, to winter in the Appalachians, he said. They arrive in Cleburne County about October or November and stay until March or April, Stober said. In the western United States, there are thought to be about 30,000 golden eagles, but the eastern population is thought to be about 1,500 to 2,000 birds and growing, Stober said. Jim Wiegand, U.S. vice president of Save the Eagles International and an expert on the western golden eagle, said the western population is declining. “The worst thing that’s ever happened to the golden eagle is the wind turbine,” Wiegand said. Between 25 percent and 50 percent of

golden eagles are killed in California every year by the turbines of wind farms, fields of wind turbines used to produce energy, he said. Golden eagles have never been on the federal endangered species list, but they have been placed on lists in some states including Maine, Wiegand said. Bald eagles, which were placed on the federal list in 1967, have increased their populations even as the golden eagles are decreasing, Wiegand said. The reason is that turbines are not built in bald eagles’ habitats, he said. The tracking devices on the birds can help biologists first determine how many birds visit the eastern United States, Stob-

er said. They will also help researchers plot the migration path of the birds. That information can help when determining where to build wind farms to protect the birds from the turbines, he said. “There’s a lot of wind farm development occurring and there’s a lot of proposed wind farm development,” Stober said. “We hopefully can site wind farms where they have the least amount of impact on the populations.” The information from the tracking devices also can aid those in forest management to cater to the birds’ needs, Stober said. If the forest service knows how the eagles use the landscape, he said, “We can either make more of that or make what we have better.” Eric Soehren, a biologist with the state lands division, said the golden eagles found in the eastern United States are thought to be a different subspecies than those found in the West. The eagles in the West are found in wide open areas, whereas the golden eagles here are associated with mountainous areas, Soehren said. The banding project in Talladega is one of 250 from Maine to Alabama, he said. In Alabama, six birds have been banded in the last three years of the project — five this year. Two more were caught and banded in Jackson County and one in Colbert County this year, Soehren said. Ray Bittle, president of the Friends of the Talladega National Forest, said the group gave $500 toward a tracking device, which costs about $3,000. He was surprised to find that there were golden eagles in Alabama. When he found out, he went

Bridge delayed because of weather LAURA CAMPER

Work has slowed on the Bells Mill Road bridge project in Heflin, the mayor announced at the City Council meeting Tuesday. The bridge was expected to be finished by mid-February, but the guard rails still need to be installed and some grading work needs to be finished before the road can open, Mayor Rudy Rooks said. Pelham-based Alabama Bridge Builders has been working on the bridge replacement since early November, but the wet weather has delayed the completion, said Kacy Mims, senior project manager for the company. The crew was able to pave the approaches last week, he said. But the ground needs to dry out for the company to finish the grading at the edges of the bridge. Then the crew can install the guard rail, Mims said. Completion of the bridge should take about two more weeks of work, he said. It’s just going to take some cooperation from Mother Nature, he said. “We need about a weeks break in the weather,” Mims said. Staff writer Laura Camper 256-4632872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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From plow boy to fly boy Cleburne County man fulfills dream by becoming Air Force pilot EDITOR’S NOTE: Carl William Ayers Sr., a native of Cleburne County, flew for 26 years in the Air Force. He was a licensed pilot and a flight engineer. He flew 52 Ayers bombing mission over Korea during the Korean Conflict. His last mission was the worst of all. His plane was hit repeatedly with aak aak fire from enemy ground forced. His plane was hit twice with Kamikaze North Korean MIGS. His plane, “Command Decision,” was the most decorated plane at the end of the Korean Conflict. The plane was placed in the Air Force Museum, where is still

sits today. Ayers went on to fly the B-36 bomber for several years. The B-36 was the largest bomber in the world at the time. Ayers came from a poor family and attended Hollis Crossroads School where he cut wood and lit the fires in the heaters in each of the classrooms before school every morning to help the family. He quit school and joined the Army Air Corps. Through hard work and determination, he worked his way from a barefoot boy plowing behind a mule to a flight engineer and bomber pilot. This information is provided by his son, Carl William Ayers Jr. The following story about Carl W. Ayers is written by his widow, Mary Collins Ayers, with information given to her years ago by her husband’s mother and by her husband. The rest of the story, Mary experienced

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first-hand. The facts are as Mary recalled them from many years ago, but are believed to be accurate. Some personal incidents are recorded, others are excluded. Mary Ayers hopes this story will tell how a young barefoot farm boy succeeded in making his dream to fly come true. Mrs. Ayers currently lives in north Georgia. Carl W. Ayers was born at home in northeast Alabama, Muscadine Community in Cleburne County. He was born in a little farm house. Carl’s parents were William Allen Ayers and Geneva Bell Wade Ayers. Carl’s dad was a truck farmer; he grew things to sell. As a small boy, Carl learned to plow and help his dad. He also learned to milk the cow and do other chores on the farm. Carl’s dad had health problems that required him to stop dirt farming and move

to other work. During this time, Carl had entered the first grade in a one-room school house. Flora Stevens, his teacher, boarded with the Ayers family. Later, her youngest brother became Carl’s closest friend and died in World War II. The family moved to Piedmont in Calhoun County where Carl’s dad fixed a boiler for a saw mill. Carl and his mother did things to raise money for the family. In those days, every family member helped. Carl an only child. After a few years, they moved to the west side of Cheaha Mountain, at the base of the mountain in the Antioch Community. Cheaha Mountain was the end of n See Ayers page 10

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Qualifying Statements Horn qualifies for Revenue Commissioner My name is Natasha Horn and I am seeking to serve the people of Cleburne County in the Position of Revenue Commissioner. I will be running in the June 3rd Republican primary and ask for your endorsement and vote. I have worked serving the public for a number of years in several differ-

ent positions and am well prepared to carry out the duties of the office in a respectful, friendly, competent, and trustworthy manner. I have strong ties to all portions of the county through where I grew up, have lived, and worked and have a strong appreciation for all the different

families and individuals who also call Cleburne County home. In closing, I would like to thank all the friends and family who encouraged me to run and the many of you who have given your support during these first few weeks of my campaign. It has truly been flattering to see your outpouring of support.

Fuller qualifies for Revenue Commissioner

It is with great honor and privilege that I announce my bid for Re-Election as your Revenue Commissioner of Cleburne County. I have been serving the people of Cleburne County with courtesy, honesty, hard work and respect for the past 5 years. This past

experience as your Revenue Commissioner along with 18 years’ experience as a tax professional and 4 years’ experience as an educator has prepared me to be the best choice for the job of Revenue Commissioner. In March of 2013, I had officially completed the years of service along with the required 120 hours of coursework through Auburn University to test for the “Alabama Certified Tax Administrator” title. I am so proud to say that I took that exam and passed that exam in March of 2013 as a way to continue to bring knowledge and understanding of the property tax law to the people of Cleburne

County. Over the past 5 years I have held classes free to the people teaching them and informing them of the property tax laws. If Re-Elected as your Revenue Commissioner I will continue to make myself available and to work hard for the people of this county. I have been married to Jerry Fuller for the past 27 years and we have three children Jordan/Tiffany and JerriAnn Fuller and we have two grandchildren Ella-Rose and DaniRose Fuller. My parents are Grover and Marie Robinson and my in-laws are Jerry and Jeanette Fuller. I have been a lifelong resident of Cleburne

County. I graduated Cleburne County High School in 1987 and graduated Cum Laude from Jacksonville State University with the Bachelor degree in education. As your Revenue Commissioner it is my mission to continue to honor each of you with respect, honesty, hard work and dedication. I promise to apply the law as it is written to each and every property owner and to continue to work hard and be in the office to serve the people of this county. On June 3rd, 2014 Vote for the most qualified candidate, Joyce Robinson Fuller, to continue as your Revenue Commissioner.

Hospital board declines refinancing offer LAURA CAMPER

The Cleburne County Hospital Board, charged with overseeing the county’s nursing home and ambulance service, last week declined the County Commission’s offer to join in refinancing their loans together. Commission members gave their approval for County Administrator Steve Swafford to refinance a county loan for the jail at their meeting last Tuesday. The move should save the county $150,000 to $160,000 through the end of the loan in 2025, Swafford told the commission members at their meeting. He also told them

he had contacted the hospital board to see if it would like to refinance its loan at the same time. That, he said, could save taxpayers another $50,000 to $70,000. Board members declined the offer, said board secretary Pam Richardson. Sandy Weston, board chairman, said the board had refinanced its loan in 2012 with a 3 percent interest rate. She didn’t think the refinancing would save any money. The board borrowed the money more than a decade ago to build the Cleburne County Nursing Home, Weston said. The nursing home had been in a structure built in the 1960s which it shared with the old county hospital, said

Pam Morris, billing clerk for the nursing home. The hospital closed in February 1990 and the nursing home took over the entire building, giving it 69 beds, Morris said. The board decided to build a new nursing home and borrowed $2.5 million, Weston said. It built the new 82-bed facility next door to the old building. The new building opened in May 2003, Morris said. The old building has since been demolished, Morris said. Weston said the current loan balance is $1.14 million. Dan Hopkins said at the board meeting Thursday that the nursing home is self-sufficient and doesn’t require any taxpayer mon-

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ey. Richardson said the nursing home occasionally takes a loan from the board when Medicaid or Medicare payments are slow, but pays the money back immediately. The nursing home makes the monthly loan payments of $16,801.44, Richardson said. In other business, the board: — Changed its meeting to the third Tuesday of the month. — Approved a request for the nursing home to purchase a storage unit for the facility. Staff writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is like expecting a bull to NOT charge at you because you are a vegetarian.

Happy Birthday

Feb.27-Gene James, Susan Austin, Brett Hughes, Macey Cooper, Sarah Parrish Nobbley and Barry Davis. Feb. 28-Kaye Bryant, Jerry Carlton, Donny Gaines, Jerray Wilson, Chris Cavender, Susan Feazell, Shelia Berry, Delaine Prichard, Heath Hembree, Paisley Parton and Macain Carlile. If we had a February 29 this year, my friend Terry Elkins would be celebrating his birthday. He has a choice this year. (February 28 or March 1). Mar.1-Joyce Dryden, Eddie Coefield, Brooklyn Whitley, Doyce Camp, Wayne Hodge, Jayce Pate, Jerrica Cobb, Johnny Shelton, Nickie Watson, Owen Yarbrough and Sam, Luke, Claire and Scarlett Payne’s grandmother. Mar. 2-Audrey Turner, Mary Heard, Dorothy Ervin, Matthew Allen, Lisa Robinson and Robbie Turley. Mar.3-Mackenzie Cash, Montana Dakota Parrish, Mike Waldrep and Kathleen Arnwine. Mar.4-Linda Yates, Jonathan Williams, Wayne Arnett, Shelia Laminack, Jim McIntyre, Brandon Burgess and Cheyenne Payne. Mar.5-Carson Sanders, Mark Berry, Kenneth Lee, Billy Wayne Pate, Dean Zaner, Destiny Dale and Mary Smith.

Happy Anniversary

February 27-Johnny and Windy Williams. February 29 (Feb.28 or Mar. 1)-Ricky and Tina Jackson.

Sunshine List

Karen Lowman, Junior Jenkins, Jerry Gaines, Jacky Stovall, Rider Bearden, Ken Sanders, Merrill Hayes, Jeannie Smith, Jimmy Pentecost, Kenneth lee, Sara Noland and Jimmie Nell Vise.

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I do not want to hear anyone say, “There is nothing to do around here.” Check out the events taking place in our area this next week and in future weeks! “Promedy”-The CCHS Drama Club will present this delightful production on Friday (7:00), Saturday (7:00 ) and Sunday(2:00). This will take place at the Cleburne County Middle School gym. “Rapunzel”-The Heflin Arts Council proudly sponsors The Missoula Children’s Theatre and their production of this all time favorite fairy tale. The actors are our local children and this is not to be missed! There will be two presentations…Friday at 7:00 and Saturday at 2:00. “Rapunzel” will be presented at the Heflin Civic Center. Fat Tuesday Celebration/Relay For Life-The First United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Fat Tuesday pancake supper on March 4 at 5:30. The meal and fellowship is FREE to all. Donations to the American Cancer Society will be accepted. Athletics-Take your pick! Check your local baseball and softball schedules in the paper or on the school web site. There is a game and time to suit everyone! “Steel Magnolias”-The Heflin Arts Council will present this classic favorite at the Heflin Civic Center on April 3-6. Details will follow in future columns. Parting Words As always, I ask that you send me your news and happenings by mail or email. (PO Box 924 or If you know anyone who needs to be added to or taken off our various lists, please let me know that as well!

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OPINION/EDITORIAL Aderholt will become dean of delegation

Last week’s column expounded on the two different concepts that members of congress perceive their roles to be in Washington. Our two senators are classic but different examples. Jeff Sessions is the quintessential ideologue and Richard Shelby is the classic caretaker. What about our seven members of congress? We have seven congress people, six Republicans and one Democrat. All seven pretty much toe the party line. All six Republicans vote straight down the party line and our lone Democrat votes with the Democratic leadership. Therefore, you would have to classify them all as ideologues. We have no congress people with the power to be a caretaker like Richard Shelby. It remains to be seen whether any of them will become rainmakers in the future. It is not really their fault; they just have not been on the Potomac very long. The key to power in the U.S. Congress is seniority. The longer you stay the more powerful you become. It usually takes 20 years in Congress before you wield any power. It is actually closer to 30 years before you are powerful and then only if you are chairman of a committee and your committee spends money from the U.S. Treasury. The only one of our seven-member delegation who has been in Congress 20 years is Spencer Bachus but he is leaving. Whoever takes Bachus’ place will have to toil in obscurity for a decade before folks in Washington know their name. Bachus now chairs the Financial Services Committee. This chairmanship is very important to the banks, credit unions and insurance companies throughout the nation and on Wall Street. However, it does not

translate into largesse for Alabama. When Spencer first went to Congress Steve in the early 1990’s, Flowers three of the nation’s largest banks were domiciled in his district in Birmingham. Now there is only one. Spencer could raise Inside The Statehouse a lot of campaign money as Chairman of Financial Services, but that is not bringing home the bacon to Birmingham. It rests on Richard Shelby’s shoulders to take care of the UAB Medical facility, which is now the largest employer in Birmingham. Robert Aderholt now becomes the dean of the delegation. Robert got to Washington at a very young age. He is in his ninth term in Congress and serves on the Appropriations Committee. He followed a giant, Tom Bevill, who moved rivers and mountains from Washington to his 4th District, which stretches across North Alabama from Mississippi to Georgia just above Birmingham. Aderholt can and probably will be another Bevill. Third district congressman, Mike Rogers, has 10 years seniority. He is in his early 50’s and can easily stay another 20 years. Rogers served in the legislature before going to Congress. His district encompasses East Alabama. It includes Anniston and Auburn. He does a

good job for his people. Like Birmingham, Mobile lost their congressman this year when Jo Bonner quit to take a government relations post at the University of Alabama. His replacement, Bradley Byrne, is very able but will be in the same boat as the freshman who will be elected from Birmingham this year. By the time Bradley gets any traction on the seniority ladder, he will be 70 years old. We have three members who have only three years in Washington. The two Republicans, Martha Roby of Montgomery and Mo Brooks of Huntsville, have staked out their turf as reactionary conservatives. They are both in the Tea Party wing of the GOP caucus. Their freshman class of 2010 is very conservative to say the least and Brooks and Roby are out to show Capitol Hill observers that they fit into their group very nicely. Terri Sewell is our only Democrat. Ms. Sewell is a Harvard educated lawyer who was successful in her Birmingham law career before going to Congress in 2010. She represents the state’s only majority African American district. The 7th District encompasses the urban area of Birmingham and stretches throughout West Alabama and includes most of the Black Belt. She is well respected among the Democratic leadership and the Black Congressional Caucus. She has been picked by her Party to be a superstar. She is on a fast track to congressional leadership. 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

Revelation from the forest: One man’s history

Last week, Steve Bragg, 48, of Heflin traveled deep within the Talladega National Forest. What he found there culminated almost seven years of searching his family tree. Bragg and his father Joe, 72, enjoyed the moment with other family members. The Braggs hiked to four dikes that an ancestor had built to dam up the fall and winter rainfall for spring planting. Bragg’s great-great-grandfather, George Washington Bragg, had built them in the bottomlands that his mother had received as a homestead. The land is located near the old Edwardsville-Jacksonville Highway and is now part of the Talladega National Forest. The dikes are made of large stones, and one of the walls was about 10 feet high and about 60 feet long. His ancestor’s efforts to build the dikes show their determination to succeed. They had hauled the stones, his father told him, from the farmland as they uncovered them when plowing. Bragg knows first hand about determination. On July 5, 2007, when he was building the ceiling of a workshop in the back of his Heflin home, he dropped straight down and drove his right leg into the floor below. Doctors wanted to amputate it more than once, and he had nine surgeries during his recovery, which took about ten months. During the long wait, Bragg decided research his family tree – a longtime goal. Bragg’s grandfather had told him many stories from his childhood, and Bragg wrote them down. His father had photographs, and Bragg reproduced them for a

book he planned to compile. He began his research on and Sherry was amazed at all that he learned. As Kughn of now, Bragg has traced his ancestors back to the 1500s in England and Ireland. Sherry-Go-Round Closer to his own time, though, Bragg discovered that his family’s property in Edwardsville was obtained in the 1850s, just after Cleburne County had gone from being Indian territory to being a part of Benton County. Back then, it also included Calhoun County. Edwardsville, at one time, was the county seat. Bragg learned that, in the mid 1800s, a couple named John and Elizabeth Bragg moved from Spartanburg, S.C., with their four daughters and three sons. One of those daughters, Mahala, 18, signed to obtain 640 acres of land that had a creek running through the bottomland. By age 19, Mahala was pregnant and gave birth to a son, George Washington Bragg, who kept her family name. The father, a Burgess, intended to marry her, but he had to leave in 1861 to fight in the Civil War. He was killed in one of the earliest battles, but Bragg can find little information about Burgess’s military service nor his death. Mahala, likely with the help of some of her

brothers, developed a farm and turned it over to George. He built the dikes, married Mary Elizabeth Howell, and had a family of his own. Bragg has a family photo taken on the porch of the Bragg home. He has identified several of the family members, and he also has found six unmarked graves in the Edwardsville Cemetery. Cemetery records showed him where the six are buried, and soon he plans to erect markers on their graves. “I am proud that Mahala is my ancestor. She was called ‘Big Granny,’ and George’s wife was called ‘Little Granny’,” said Bragg. “Big Granny must have been a strong-willed, strong-bodied woman. She never married, and she is pictured in the photograph I have with the family.” Also, Bragg has proof of the character of George. He found an obituary in The Cleburne News that ran on June 30, 1927. “The county never produced a more noble or honest citizen,” read the obituary. “He never intentionally harmed or wronged anyone.” Steve is proud that he was able to see the dikes, and he proudly shows off the 11 X 18-inch memory book he has compiled. It is full of family trees, census records, photographs, personal stories, and more. “There are good things that came out of my accident,” said Bragg. “One is this project, and another is that I have been able to give a testimony to God for using my life and giving me purpose.” Email Sherry at

America is suffering from ‘power inequality’ In my classroom at Mississippi State University we were discussing gender differences. Contrary to what political correctness and the feminist movement have claimed, genders are quite different, a ‘duh’ statement for anyone who thinks for himself or herself. As we were discussing various differences, one fellow asked whether there was a double standard regarding crying in public, and then noted that men and women were equal, a statement that drew applause from several girls in the room. Taking this opportunity, I asked the class what ‘equal’ meant. Then I observed none of us is ‘equal’ to another, particularly regarding gender. We like that word just as much as we like the word ‘fair.’ What does ‘fair’ mean? Two buzzwords flying around politispace these days are “income inequality.” Everybody recognizes we don’t all get paid the same. Is that fair? President Obama and his progressive acolytes are pressing the point we need to do something to solve income inequality. They have already raised taxes on ‘the rich’ among us and devised more government programs to pass money to those in lower income brackets. Is that fair? Is it fair to take money

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someone has earned and give it to someone else? If we are all ‘equal,’ Daniel then why should the Gardner government take money from some and give it to others? That doesn’t sound equal or fair to me? My Thoughts Frankly, I’m all for helping those in need, and I personally have helped many people in need when I’ve had the means and the opportunity. I have to question the logic of the government taking $1 from me, paying 75-cents for administration and interest, and giving a quarter to someone in need. That’s one fewer dollar I have to give to someone in need. Yet, that’s the bureaucracy career politicians have created in Washington in order to keep their jobs. Ebenezer Scrooge was a progressive who believed the government was supposed to take care of the poor and indigent. Annual surveys continually show progressives like Mr. Scrooge give a fraction of what their conservative counterparts give to charities. It’s the progressive way! Bigger government will care for ‘the little guy.’ My wife and I have been watching the Netflix series

“House of Cards,” a TV series about Washington politics. Many real politico types have attested the series is a pretty close depiction of what really goes on behind the scenes in DC. I believe it. The main character, Francis ‘Frank’ Underwood, is the epitome of corruption. No morals or scruples at all, merely an unquenchable thirst for power. Believe me, nothing Frank does is fair, and he certainly has no equal in Washington. Coincidently, Frank is a Democrat. What all the ‘little guys’ out there don’t know: the burgeoning DC bureaucracy fed by career politicians of all stripes is the primary force in our economy helping the top one percent of us grow exponentially richer while the rest of us have stagnant wages. Moreover the fabulously rich among us heap mounds of dollars into coffers of career politicians to keep this ruse up, that big government is helping the little guy. America is suffering from ‘power inequality’ where career politicians have crowned themselves the royal class and the rest of us are their servants, dependent upon government for all our needs. That’s not fair. Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at, or visit his website at Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site

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Zeiders signs with Snead State RIP DONOVAN

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After a couple of scheduled signing ceremonies had to be postponed, Cleburne County senior Kaity Zeiders finally got the opportunity to formalize her commitment to play softball at Snead State in Boaz for the next two years. “I was worried about it,” Zeiders said of the delays, shortly after signing the necessary paperwork to become a member of the Lady Parsons on Feb. 10. “I was like, ‘I’m never going to sign.’ I just wanted all my friends to see me sign.” Good thing Zeiders made her decision official that Monday. Had the signing been scheduled the next day it would have been postponed again because of another threat of snow and ice. Zeider’s path to Boaz and Snead State began last summer when Cleburne

County head softball coach Ron Ervin and assistant Todd Gable arranged for her to participate in a midJune tryout at Snead. One of half a dozen catchers at the tryout, she caught the eye of Snead coach Lisa Bright. Bright told Zeiders that day she had done well and that she particularly liked her strong throwing arm. A few days later, Bright called and offered her a scholarship. After accepting immediately, Zeiders hung up and “screamed” before running upstairs to tell her mother and calling her coaches with the news. In January, Zeiders got another phone call from Bright. Bright told Zeiders she was leaving Snead because her husband’s job required a move to South Carolina. Bright also assured he that her scholarship offer would be honored by new coach Tracy Grinrod. Grinrod called later to confirm he was expecting Zeiders to be at

Snead in the fall. Grinrod had been an assistant at Wallace-Hanceville for the past nine seasons. Following his hiring at Snead, he said his goals for the softball team were to have a 3.5 GPA, have all sophomores graduate, win 75 percent of the team’s games and advance to postseason play every year. None of that bothered Zeiders, whose goal is to become a teacher and coach. Ervin thinks Grinrod has signed the kind of player every coach wants. “She’s a very hard worker. She’s a competitor. She has a lot of pride in her performance. She’s one of those kids that if she doesn’t play well, it bothers her,” Ervin said. When Zeiders makes a mistake, “It’s going to bother her until she fixes it,” Ervin added. Her senior year is the third season for Zeiders as the starting catcher for the Tigers. She actually moved

up to the varsity from the junior high team during her freshman season but was a third baseman then. With no returning catcher in 2012, Ervin asked for volunteers to try and Zeiders fit the position perfectly. Catching is, literally, dirty work but Zeiders has a set routine after every practice and every game. “My mom makes me take off my socks and my (uniform) pants outside the house so none of the dirt gets in,” Zeiders said. “I come in with just my sliding pants and my jersey and I just go straight to the shower. She makes me clean the shower, it’s so dirty. I take about 45-minute showers during softball season.” Her junior season came to a halt when she broke her ankle sliding into second base during an early-season practice session. The break was so bad it required surgery. “I cried a lot. I cried every morning. I felt like

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everyone was depending on me. … I felt like I’d let my team down,” she said of the time she was unable to play. Zeiders rehabbed herself back onto the softball field in time for the area and regional tournaments. “Rehab was difficult,” she recalled. “There were times I didn’t want to go. I just wanted to lie in bed

and prop my foot up. It was just hard because it hurt.” While she’s looking forward playing at Snead State, Zeiders is currently much more focused on her senior season with Cleburne County. Along with fellow seniors Toni Epps and Hannah Gossage, she hopes to lead the young Tigers to a state tournament appearance.

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Softball season is off to a solid start at Cleburne County. After a week of games, the Tigers are 3-3 with two of the three losses coming to Pell City and Oxford, both excellent 6A programs, and the third to perennial state tournament participant Handley in Roanoke. “I’m very pleased,” Cleburne County coach Ron Ervin said prior to Wednesday ‘s practice. “We’re playing a very tough schedule this year. We tried to amp it up a little bit. We really want to take our program to the next level so we’re playing a very, very competitive schedule.” As a part of that schedule upgrade, the Ervin and the Tigers hosted Oxford Tuesday night. Oxford brought a big crowd and a large contingent of Cleburne County fans came, too. No one left feeling shortchanged as it took eight innings before the Yellow Jackets won 8-5. Ervin said the Tigers fell behind 5-1 early. Senior Kaity Zeiders drove in freshman Kiara Akles to make it 5-2 and the pair combined for another run on their next at-bats. To send the game into extra innings at 5-5, Shay Henson bunted for a base hit, moved around to third base then stole home. “They played well. I was very happy with our effort,” Ervin said of the Oxford game. Akles finished with three hits, including a pair of doubles, in four trips to the plate. Zeiders and Amber Parker each had two hits. Zeiders mashed a triple and a double. Cleburne County hosted its annual round tournament Friday and Saturday to start the season. The Tigers opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over Clay Central on Friday night. Akles allowed two hits and fanned five in the shutout. She was 2-for-2 with a home run and a double. Zeiders and Alisa Norton each had a double. Bailey Beam and Toni Epps had a base hit apiece. Cleburne County defeated Gadsden City 7-6 and Piedmont 10-2 Saturday to reach the championship game. Parker, a freshman, pitched all six innings against the Titans for the win and struck out three. In the sixth, Henson went to second base on international tiebreaker rules, stole third and came home with the winning run on a wild pitch. Epps and Zeiders each had a double and a single and Epps scored two runs. Akles and Kristen Leggett each had a pair of singles for the Tigers. Norton doubled and scored and Madison Jones singled and scored. Against Piedmont, Akles pitches all five innings and struck out eight. Norton, Jones and Epps had three hits and an RBI apiece and Norton doubled. Akles and Zeiders each had two hits and two RBIs in three at-bats. Akles recorded a pair of doubles. Epps scored three times, Jones twice and Akles twice. After finishing 3-0 in its preliminary games, Cleburne County met Pell City in Saturday’s championship game and lost 6-4. The Tigers led 3-2 after one inning, then 4-2 before the Panthers tied the score at 4-4 on a home run. Parker had four strikeouts against Pell City. She was 2-for3 at the plate and scored two runs. Jones had a double and a single in three trips to the plate. In addition to Parker, Akles and Angel Norton scored for Cleburne County. The Tigers begin Class 4A, Area 10 play today at Anniston. Cleburne County travels to Alexandria on Tuesday.

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March 6 is a day Cleburne County baseball fans should circle on their calendars. Almost two weeks after their first game, the Tigers will have their home opener on the 6th as the Cherokee County Warriors travel to Heflin. By that time, veteran Cleburne County baseball coach Vaughn Lee hopes that juniors Cole Corkren and Brady Padgett are ready to play. Padgett, a pitcher and shortstop, and catcher-third baseman Corkren are recovering from injuries sustained during football season. Lee said the Tigers will have four seniors this year. Damion Benefield is a designated hitter and first baseman. Trey Bolton plays in the outfield, usually in left. Ross Price is the right fielder. Matthew Shortt is a DH and plays first base, too. In addition to Corkren and Padgett, four juniors are playing. Tyler Berry is the starter at first base. Garrett Cheatwood will pitch primarily and occasionally play first base. Corey Davis will spend most of his time in centerfield. Anderson Jacks is the starter at second base. The sophomores include outfielder Jeremiah Blake, pitcher-shortstop McCain Carlile, catcher-third baseman Austin Harler and pitcher-outfielder Max Watson. Sophomore Noah Ware sustained a high ankle sprain Monday and will be unavailable for some time. Freshman utility player Josh Davis returns after playing on the varsity as an eighth-grader. Lee said Davis’ speed makes him a valuable player in a reserve role. The Tigers opened their season on the road with

a 6-3 loss to Clay Central Saturday. All three runs for Cleburne County came in the sixth inning when Berry, Benefield and Watson scored. Carlile drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Shortt had an RBI base hit. Harler, Jacks, Berry, Watson, Blake and Carlile each had one hit for the Tigers in addition to Shortt’s hit in the sixth. Berry’s double was Cleburne County’s only extra-base hit. In the Handley Invitational at Roanoke Tuesday, the Tigers faced Clay Central again. This time the Volunteers needed nine innings to edge Cleburne County 5-3. Watson pitched the first seven innings and left with the score 2-2. He struck out 10. The Vols scored three times in the top of the ninth.

Carlile opened the bottom of the ninth with a double and eventually scored but 5-3 was as close as the Tigers got. Watson had three singles in four at-bats. Carlile had a single in addition to his double. Bolton also had a double and a single and Blake added a single. In Tuesday’s nightcap, Handley downed Cleburne County 7-1 on the strength of a six-run third inning. The Tigers scored in the fifth when Shortt walked, moved to third on Jacks’ base hit and scored on Harler’s sacrifice fly. The Tigers managed just three hits – one apiece by Harler, Jacks and Shortt. Cleburne County returns to Roanoke Saturday for its final Handley Invitational game, a 2 p.m. start against

Horseshoe Bend. Lee said Wednesday afternoon that pitching and defense appear to be the strengths of the Tigers in the early going. “I’ve been really pleased with our sophomore pitchers, especially Max (Watson) and (McCain) Carlile with their pitching work ethic,” Lee said. “They’re way ahead of the curve. It’s really going to help us a lot.” Lee added that the Tigers have spent much of the past month drilling on defensive fundamentals like fielding ground balls correctly and finding then hitting the cutoff man on throws from the outfield. “Defensively, I think we’ve made a lot of improvement from last year,” he said.

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East Heflin by: Bruce Wright Another beautiful day in the Lord’s house! This Thursday Faith Friends meets in the home of Janice Brown at 6pm. All ladies are invited. On March 2nd the Adult Sunday school teachers will meet for lunch to discuss materials. Bro. George opened to James 1: 19-22, “Grafted to God”. Like a tree, we have to become attached to the Word of God or we are not going to produce anything. To begin to be like him, we have to change our talk and begin with responses in speaking. It also requires respectful silence and to listen swiftly. Christ says he who hath ears, let him hear. We need to be slow to speak and slow to wrath. We need to learn to hold our tongue. God’s word wants to change your walk. To do that we must know what we must reject. Start with sinful desires. God sees what is right and wrong. Reject sinful dispositions. You cannot run people down on the phone or on FaceBook and think God will say welcome my good and faithful servant. He doesn’t agree with stirring things up. We must receive God’s words as priorities and principles. We need to see what must be resolved. Put aside deception and follow him in obedience.

Happy Hill by: Debra Jackson Hello from Happy Hill. Hope this finds you all doing good. The day began early for the men as they met for brotherhood breakfast. Sunday School attendance was up. The church was almost full for preaching. It was good to see familiar faces and some new faces joining us. Being Youth Sunday, the youth blessed us with special singing and dramas. Special music with Christopher Thomas playing the mandolin and Jerry Vice on guitar. The message was delivered by Mark Hilburn. On Saturday night, The Disciples Power Team blessed us with a great show and even greater testimonies. Those on the prayer list are Irmalene and Robert Norton, Geraldine Norton, Rider Bearden, Alma Jacks, Butch Pair, Ken Sanders, Carol Doyle, Danny Crawford, Lavada Vice and Rhonda O’Harrow family. Remember to attend church Sunday. Until next time, God Bless! SENTENCE SERMON God sometimes takes us into troubled waters.....not to drown us but to cleanse us. THE LIGHTER SIDE FIVE REASONS GOD CREATED EVE....... 1. God was worried that Adam, being alone, would regularly get lost in the garden of Eden because he refused to ask for directions 2. God knew right from the start that Adam would eventually need someone to find the remote and then hand it to him 3. God knew that Adam didn’t have any idea how to choose the latest style of fig leaf when his old one wore out. He would therefore need someone to choose one for him 4. God knew that Adam would never be able to make an appointment with a doctor, dentist or hairdresser all by himself 5. When God finished creating Adam, he stepped back, scratched his head, and said, “I can do better than that.”

Mt. Olive Church of God by: Susie Smith God does answer prayer, He’s never too busy to talk with us, He never closes, He’s there for us 24 hrs. a day 365 days a year. Our lives on earth can be wonderful with God, but the “Best is Yet to Come”; Heaven will be greater than anything we could ever hope for! Our Sunday School lesson was on the “Mighty Tongue”, several verses from Proverbs were used. Our words are powerful forces, they can be good or evil. If we all thought twice before we spoke some things would never be said; our words and thoughts can even affect our physical health. We all have two ears and one tongue, let’s all try to listen more than we talk. When Brother Jarvis Taylor opened our morning service he reminded us to be sensitive to the things we say to others. We can destroy our image of Christ-likeness. Brother Ronnie’s message this morning was from Matthew 6:19-24, 33. We should lay up our treasures in Heaven, for where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. The Bible tells us that in the last days people will be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Whatever we spend the most money and free time on is our pleasure; lets allow God to be our Pleasure and Treasure! Tonight’s message reminded us we’re on a battlefield for God and, through him, we have the power to overcome! Brother Ronnie’s number is 256-201-9444.

New Zion by: Shelia Sears Cunningham Pastor Jerry Johnson’s Sunday morning message was “Giants Keep Coming.” The scripture was I Samuel 17:45-47. God knows your troubles and He has you right where you’re supposed to be. He is preparing you for battle. You have to be tried in the fire in order to be able to fight in God’s army. You must learn how to depend on the Lord. You must be able to identify the enemy. A giant can be anything in your life that is deterring you from following God. A giant will always troubles you. You cannot get any relief from your giant. Only God can deliver you from the giants your have in your life. Thought for the week: Time spent in prayer is never wasted.

Pinetucky by: Mary Alvarado Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of Glory. Psalm 24:10. Hope you’ve had a wonderful week. The Ashley’s did a beautiful job. Hope you were blessed by hearing them. Our Sunday School attendance was 98. Youth revival will be March 15-16. Frank Hollis Youth Director will be special speaker and special singing will be “Hengevels on the 15th and Andrew Nunnley on the 16th. Remember all those sick or with problems. God knows each need. Happy birthday and anniversary to those celebrating. We wish you many more. Father, thank you for Jesus, King of Glory, as we worship, may we come with a prepared heart. Always remember in whose presence we stand. Be blessed!

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Harmony Grove by: Reba Gay Reba, Doug and Esther recently celebrated birthdays. Emily sang “Lord, I Want To Be”, Leslie sang “Amazing Grace.” Brother Doug’s message: We don’t understand how God can be so good to us. Seems if something good happens, no one hears about it. But if someone does something bad, people find out about it so fast. We are to have good words for others. There were false prophets in Paul’s day, as there are false prophets today. We are to let God direct our paths. We are to be rooted in God’s word. If we let God direct us, we won’t do or say anything God doesn’t approve of. We have a choice to do God’s will. Let the God of peace be with you. Let God’s will be done in your life. Let people see God in you. Prayer requests: Doug and Cleo, Ruth and Murvel, Myrtice, Betty Sisk, Ray and Esther, jail ministry, Edna Dunn, Reba, Stephen, Nell and Lucille McElroy, Gail and family, Christy, the Davis, Garner, and Perry families, Brittany, Justin and Colten Johnson, Tiffany and Eric, Carole, Jessica Capps and family, nursing home residents, VBS, Brad Orman and family, Chandy, unspoken requests, Daniel, Jackson, and Milt Owen, Annette and Charles, candidates, Alesha Steen, Essie Hulsey, our nation’s leaders, our country and our church. Our Valentine King and Queen this year is Brad and Pam Orman! We invite you to be a part of our church family.

Heflin First United Methodist Church by: Lexi Bennett We invite you to join us on March 4th at 5:30 pm for our Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper in the Wesley Center! Our annual dinner is lots of fun as we celebrate the beginning of our Lent session with great food, fellowship and children’s parade and this year, we want to make it even more special with the celebration of Relay for Life! Supper is free and donations will be welcomed for the American Cancer Society. Sunday morning worship begins at 9:00 with Sunday School and 10:00 for our Traditional Service! We’re talking about the “Sermon on the Mount” and each week gets better and better! Also, join us for Sunday Night Live at 5:05pm! It’s our more contemporary service and our “Behind the Message” series dives deeper into the Sunday morning’s scripture reading. Expect the Unexpected! Heflin First United Methodist Church Preschool is selling Relay for Life Links. Our Preschool children will decorate their links and make a paper chain. The night of Relay, we will connect our chain to other organizations in Cleburne County to see how far we can all fight cancer together! Preschool Summer Registration is going on now! For more information call, the church office at 256-463-2441 or Have a great week!!

First thing I want to say is welcome to our new pastor and his family. We thank God for sending you our way. Our morning text came out of Ex. 12: 1-13, emphasis on 11-12. We still need the lamb without blemish “ Jesus”. Without the shed blood of Jesus we would be doomed. Think where you would be headed. Our text Sunday night came out of John 12: 1-11. Are we thankful enough to God for where He brought us from? (from the miry pits of hell). Does God leak out of you and spread to others, through working, worshiping and witnessing in and out of church? Think about what others see in you. May God bless and if you don’t have a church come visit us.

Wise Chapel by: Dorcas Toney March 5 we will have Ash Wednesday service at Pleasant Grove beginning at 6 p.m. March 12 is Senior Celebration at 10:30 a.m. worship, song, game, lunch and fellowship. March 29 is “Beans and Green.” Ladies of our church are taking orders for cakes. The proceeds from the sales of cakes will go toward our new addition. Many need prayer: Lula Mae Camp, Bea Crawford, Rider Bearden, Deanie Smith, Ken Sanders, Grayson Smith, Ozell Benefield, Steve Toney, Bobbye Williamson, Pam Jackson, Clarence Noles, Andretti Daniel, Shirley Kemp, Kayla Foreman, Gerald Robinson and Joyce, JoAnn Joiner, Brenda Prestige, Kay Brent, Seth Truett, Susan Wade, Mary Truett, our military, our nation and national leaders. God bless Jonathan, Beverly and Andrew Noles on the birth of Willa Noles. The tongue a part of us we need. In James 3 God teaches us good and bad things come from the same lips. But if God is part of who you are then taming the tongue comes easier. After all we cant get fresh and salty water from the same source. Live who you are, God’s.

March 8 Reunion for 1959-1967 CCHS athletes will be held March 8 at Heflin Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from 9 -11 a.m. Miss Cleburne County Pageant will be held March 8. The pageant is sponsored by the Cleburne County High School Tiger Band. It will be held at the CCHS Gym. The entry fee is $50.00. All Girls PreK - 12 are Invited to Participate. Entry Forms are available at: All Cleburne County Schools,


Doris Faye Freeman Doris Faye Freeman, 78, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at her residence. Funeral services were February 20, 2014, at Edwardsville City Cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth Howell and Rev. Benny Abney, officiating. Burial followed in Edwardsville City Cemetery. Dryden Funeral Home is in charge of

the arrangements. Survivors include: Daughter - Vicki Renae (Bob) Burton, Heflin, AL Son Rex Charles (Pam) Freeman, Ft.Lauderdale, FL Grandchildren: Troy Freeman, Marie Freeman, Doyle B. Freeman, and Katlyn (Steven Pilkington) Burton. Great-Grandchildren: Kayla Tillman, Morgan Freeman, Kyler Thomas, and Kristopher Smith. Great Great Grand Child - Kaden Miller Sister - Jolene Horton, Holly Pond, AL Sister - Geraldene Caswell Mrs. Freeman was a native of Alabama and a resident of Heflin since 1995 and attended Green’s Chapel United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle, and a grandchild, Charla Fay Freeman. Her strength exceed her stature.

Herman Burgess Grizzard Herman Burgess Grizzard, 90, died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Tanner Medical Center. Funeral services were held February 24, 2014, at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sonny Champion officiating. Burial followed in Cleburne Memorial Garden. Dryden Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Survivors include: Wife - Drucilla Thackerson Grizzard, Ranburne, AL Niece - Brenda Sue Holcombe, Carrollton, GA Niece- Mary Gim Slep-Myrtle Beach, S.C. Nephew-Franklin Price Starr, Florida Nephew- Herman Clyde Starr, Florida Great Nephew- Brady Knapp Great Nephew-Brian Knapp Stepson - Anthony McIntosh Sr., Cave Spring, GA StepGrand Child - Parks McIntosh StepGrand Child - Simon McIntosh StepGrand Child - Anthony McIntosh Jr. StepGrand Child - Alexander McIntosh StepGreat Grand Child - Charlie McIntosh StepGreat Grand Child - Davis McIntosh Sister-in Law-Elsie Gamble Sister-in-Law- Betty(Russell) Wyatt Pallbearers were Chuck Walker, Ralph Brooks, Welton Richardson, Ralph Dodson, Parks McIntosh, Anthony McIntosh Jr. and Alexander McIntosh. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Agripa Sunday School Class. Mr. Grizzard was a native and lifelong resident of Cleburne County. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and owned and operated Grizzards Trading Post in Ranburne for 50 years. Mr. Grizzard was the Mayor of Ranburne from 2000 to 2004. He was a member of Saint Marks United Methodist Church. Mr. Grizzard was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Vertie Grizzard, and his first wife, Mary Starr Grizzard. Samuel Marvin Haywood Samuel Marvin Haywood, 77, died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Sumner Regional Medical Center, Gallatin, TN. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 11 :00 AM at Liberty Hill Methodist Church. Burial followed in Liberty Hill Cemetery. Sam was born in Randolph County Alabama and lived the early part of his life in Cleburne County Alabama. He served his country by serving in the Marine Corp and the U.S. Army and he fought in the Korean War. Mr. Haywood lived much of his life in Savannah, Georgia and most recently in Gallatin, Tennessee. He was a life long member of Liberty Hill Methodist Church where he will be laid to rest on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Sam is preceded in death by his father, Marvin Haywood and mother Hazel Briggs. He is survived by his wife Catherine Haywood of Gallatin, TN, son Regie Haywood and wife Kim of Richmond Hill, GA, daughter Deborah Haywood Fritts and husband Bill of Orlando, FL, and granddaughter Kara Haywood of Savannah, GA, sisters, Lillian Johnson, Heflin, AL, and Doris Stewart, Stockbridge, GA Dryden Funeral Home, Heflin, AL is in charge of the arrangements. James Edwin Perry James Edwin Perry, 82, died Sunday, February 23, 2014 at his residence. Funeral services were held February 25, 2014, at Fruithurst Baptist Church with the Rev. Lee Hollis,Rev. James Owens, and Rev. Brandon Owens officiating. Burial followed in Fruithurst City Cemetery. Survivors include: Wife - Miriam Perry, Buchanan, GA Daughter - Beverly (James) Owens, Fruithurst, AL Daughter - Pam (Johnny) Laminack, Fruithurst, AL Daughter - Mickie (Mike) Morrow, Fruithurst, AL Daughter - Jamie (Tim) Payne, Bremen, GA Son - James E.”Eddie”(Ann) Perry, Buchanan, GA Sister - Doris Dryden, Muscadine, AL Sister - Charlotte Duncan, Muscadine, AL Sister - Vivian Cushnir, Jacksonville, FL Sister - Betty Padgett, Muscadine, ; 12 - Grandchildren and 6 - Great Grandchildren Pallbearers: Chris Owens, Gabriel Payne, Nickolas Payne, Matthew Morrow, Patrick Ray, Daniel Lance, Casey Newcomb Mr. Perry was a native of Cleburne County and a member and deacon of Fruithurst Baptist Church. He was a car salesman who worked at several different area locations. Edwin was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Latha Perry, grandson, Kevin Morrow, two brothers and a sister. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to; Fruithurst Baptist Church, P.O. Box 81, Fruithurst, AL 36262.

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Fruithurst Elementary School kindergarten registration is March 21 from 9 a.m. - 2p.m. Escuela de Fruithurst elementales registrode kinder viernes Marcha 21, 2014 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The following needs to be brought with you: your child, birth certificate, social securi-

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Ayers: Mary Ayers hopes this story will tell how a young barefoot farm boy succeeded in making his dream to fly come true. From page 1 the Appalachian chain of mountains that came down through Georgia and Alabama. Carl’s dad fired a boiler for a saw mill there. Before Carl was 16 years old, they moved to Hollis Crossroads in Cleburne County where Alabama 9 crossed US 37, which is now US 431. While living there his dad started firing the boiler for a gold mine at Chulafinnee, a few miles to the north. Then they moved to a better house in the Abel community. His dad stayed at the gold mine. Carl hunted and fished for food for the family and secured a permit to enter the National Forest to get lighter pine to sell. He would cut it to exact lengths, tie it up and sell it in Anniston, along with vegetables they had grown. Carl’s uncle gave him an old beat-up car and told him if he took the engine apart and put it back together he would give him the car and teach him to drive. Carl did it and learned to drive. At age 18 or 19, still in high school, he entered a contest, along with other boys, sponsored by a fertilizer company. They measured off a portion of land, furnished the seed corn and other supplies. The boy who grew the most corn from that portion of land, won a all-expense paid trip to 4-H Congress in Chicago. Carl won the contest in October 1939. His parents managed to buy him a suit for the trip. When he returned, he had saved a lot of the money given to him for food. He went to all the schools telling the story of his trip and the contest. Carl decided he wanted to be a barber, so the local barber allowed him intern in his shop with a chair. The problem became that his Saturdays were filled cutting relatives’ hair for free. He grew tired of that and threw his shears away. When Carl went to Chicago, he saw a different world and became discontented at home. In the early fall of 1940, he was plowing “Ole Grey” in a field when the Atlanta-Birmingham mail plane flew overhead. Carl looked up

and said, “One day I will fly one of you!” Then he looked at the rear end of “Ole Grey” and said, “Mule, this is the last time I will look at your rear end!” He unhitched the plow, took the mule to the barn, went in the house, gathered a few things, walked to the highway and hitched a ride to the Anniston Train Station. There he boarded an empty box car. He would hobo his way out West. He survived with the help of other hobos. During this time away, he had time to clear his head and decide what he wanted to do with his life. He returned home by way of Maxwell Field in Montgomery to enlist in the Air Force. Carl learned he needed his dad’s signature, so he brought the papers home. His dad was glad to sign the papers because he knew his son needed to do something with his life other than plowing “Ole Grey.” Carl returned to the air base where he encountered another problem – he didn’t weigh enough. The sergeant gave him money to buy bananas and milk and told Carl to eat and drink then come back and weigh again. So Carl did as told and when he returned he weighed enough. Carl became a private in the Army Air Corps. He received his basic training at Maxwell Field, then a short time at a small base in Valparaiso, Fla. He went to Turner Field, Albany, Ga., to help open the base. He worked some on KP (Kitchen Patrol) and MP (Military Police). Then he went on to Moody Field, Valdosta, Ga., where he became clerk typist for Squadron Headquarters. He earned extra money shining shoes and ironing uniforms for the men. Carl knew how to earn extra money. He later got a permit to go on the flight line, where his heart was. An officer had been watching Carl and saw his love for the aircraft and he arranged a flight for Carl. He pulled strings and got him assigned to the flight line as a mechanic. Carl was very good at what he did and

Carl in his engineer seat “Command Decision” at the Air Force Museum in 1981 that same officer arranged for him to go out to flight school with a high school GED and no college. He told him that without college, the odds were against him and he would have to work very hard. In March 1944, with a wife and a one-year-old baby and baby number two on the way, he sent his family home and left for Lockbourne Air Base in Columbus, Ohio, to study the larger bomber B-17. After six weeks, he left for Seattle to Boeing Aircraft Factory to study the building of the B-29 from the first bolt. He passed second in his class. Carl left in August 1944 for Lowery Air Base in Denver to begin flying lessons. After Thanksgiving he left by train to unknown parts. As it turned out, he went to Maxwell Field in Alabama. In January 1945, his family joined him. In February 1945, he began blacking out at high altitudes. The flight surgeon took a flight with him to be sure what was happening. Carl was taken off his crew and placed as operator of the flight simulator. He was unhappy and still wanted to fly very badly. He remained on this duty until World War II was over. A few weeks later he and thousands of other men were mustered out of the service. The family went home to Alabama. Carl tried civilian life briefly, but re-enlisted prior to Christmas 1945 with a 90-day

enlistment leave. He left in March 1946 to report for duty. He bounced here and there, base to base; the entire world was still upset in post-war times. Baby number three was born in April 1946. In mid-summer, Carl was assigned to Enid (Okla.) Air Base. Since the family was not with him, he had time to enroll in private flying lessons. He went to night school on Fridays and flew Saturdays and Sundays. In November 1946, his family joined him, but they barely saw him. Before Christmas 1946, he was moved to Barksdale Field, Shreveport, La., to Air Training Command. He continued his night school and flew only on Sundays. He made his first solo flight to Alabama on Mothers’ Day 1947. He prepared my mother a card attached to a little parachute and flew over the house and dropped it. It made a write-up in the local paper. He made the same flight for Fathers’ Day. He would land on a little air strip across from our little house, walk across to eat Sunday dinner, then back to flying. He earned his private license and began crop dusting school. He only had a few hours left to earn his crop dusting license when a friend crashed and died. Carl decided it was too dangerous so he quit. In September 1947, we moved to Smokey Hill Air Base, in Salinas, Kan., where he entered the Strategic Air Command under

General Curtis E. LeMay. He was assigned to a crew and his wing left March 1948 for Berlin to help with the Berlin Wall. He came home at the end of August 1948. His entire wing left in October 1948 for England. Carl couldn’t tolerate the climate and was sent home. He requested release from the service and we went home to Alabama. On Dec. 31, 1948, he re-enlisted at Turner Field in Albany, Ga., and in February 1949 the family joined him. We moved in August 1949 back to Salinas, Kan., to help close Smokey Hill Air Base and left just before Christmas for Barksdale Field in Louisiana. Carl’s wing left in early spring 1950 for England. Carl was left behind. Then the Korean War began in June 1950 and he had to join his wing in England. They returned just before Christmas 1950. Carl again left in early 1951 for Okinawa to fly combat. The family had an apartment in his parent’s home in Anniston. He returned home in January 1952 after flying 51 combat missions. He flew several notable planes; “The Outlaw” had Jane Russell painted on it. Another “Command Decision,” the most decorated bomber in the world, had elves and gnomes on it. The plane and crew’s picture are on display at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. After a short leave, Carl was assigned to MacDill Air Base in Tampa, Fla. His dad died shortly after in February 1952. We left MacDill in October 1952 for Shreveport. In June 1953, we left for Rapid City, S.D., at Ellsworth Air Base so Carl could fly the B-36 bomber, the largest plane. They would stay in the air several days, being refueled in the air. Carl didn’t like the plane so he had to go to the Pentagon to request a release from duty. In October, 1953, we left for Alabama as civilians. Carl tried operating a retail store for a few months.

Cleburne County GOP takes commission candidate off ballot LAURA CAMPER

Ruling that the candidate hopeful hadn’t followed party by-laws, a committee of the Cleburne County Republican Party this week booted Jerry Stapler off the ballot in the race for a county commission seat. Stapler, a Ranburne resident, qualified to run as a Republican candidate for the commission’s District 3 seat on Feb. 4. It’s not the first time he’s run for the office, but it is the first time he’s done so as a Republican. Stapler, 66, ran for the seat in 2010 as a Democrat against the now-incumbent Commissioner Benji Langley. He lost that election, but garnered more than 31 percent of the vote. (Langley will face fellow Republican Terry Hendrix in the next party primary for the district seat. No Democrat has signed up to represent opposition.) A year later, Stapler decided that the Democratic Party no longer suited him, he said. “Things have changed in our country and our county,” Stapler said. “It was going in the wrong direction.” But he didn’t approach the local Republican Party until Jan. 31, when he called party chairman Tim Sprayberry and told him he wanted to run on the Republican ticket. Sprayberry asked him to come to the party meeting on Feb. 4, a Tuesday, and Stapler qualified then. That Saturday, the day after qualifying ended, Sprayberry called Stapler to tell him his qualification was being challenged, Stapler said. In 2000, Cleburne County Probate Judge Ryan Robertson became the first Republican elected in the county since the 1920s. Like much of the state at that time, the Democratic Party was the dominant political force in the county. When he was running for office, Robertson often heard

a chance as a Republican, he said. But Robertson won on his own merits, he said. Today, things have changed. Republicans are the majority in the state Legislature, and they hold the governor’s seat and many local seats as voters have changed their political preference. Elected Democrats have also changed parties, saying the party no longer represents their beliefs. But others believe their motives may be more about votes than ideologies. Sprayberry said the county has had several Democrats defect to the Republican Party in the last five or six years; the last was District Judge Glea Sarrell who became a Republican in 2013, he said. “We’re becoming more and more of a one-party state,” Sprayberry said. “The wave is moving to the right and so are the candidates who want to get elected.” But Sprayberry also believes some of those candidates aren’t loyal to their new party, he said.

Robertson believes the party needs to protect itself to stay true to what it stands for, he said. So when Stapler qualified to run as a Republican without having approached the party requesting membership, Robertson challenged him. “It was the principle of it,” Robertson said. “There have been several who have switched parties. But they all came before the board ... they all came a year or two ago.” Stapler hasn’t made any effort to join the party, Robertson said. He hasn’t come to the party meetings or fundraisers, Robertson said. But Stapler said he didn’t go to Democratic Party meetings either. He didn’t know he was supposed to come, he said. Since Stapler was requesting to run for a local office, the local Republican Party had the right to hear the challenge, Sprayberry said. The local party by-laws specify that the organization has the right to reject membership

or access to its ballot to people “who have shown significant participation in the politics and/or affairs of another party.” Those people can apply for membership or access to the ballot with a two-thirds majority vote by the local candidate committee which hears the challenges. The committee heard the challenge Tuesday and denied Stapler a spot on the Republican ticket. Sprayberry said the committee, which he chairs, found that Stapler significantly violated its by-laws. Robertson declined to give the final vote and Stapler said he was asked to leave before the vote. Stapler has the right to run as an independent candidate in the November election, Stapler said. He said he is exploring that option.


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Two local businessmen are putting the final touches on the renovations of a 3,000-square-foot house and garage where they hope to start manufacturing and selling wine here. Charles Hunt of Fruithurst and Keith Roberts of Heflin hope to open High Country Cellars in late March or early April, Roberts said. But first, the city of Heflin has to grant them a manufacturing license. The Heflin City Council approved the manufacturing license on Tuesday at the meeting. The winery, at 849 Almon Street, will have a tasting bar and sell its wine from the newly renovated home, said Shane Smith, Heflin City Clerk. The wine will be manufactured in what used to be the garage. The winery has already been approved by the Alabama Beverage Control Board, Smith said. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-4632872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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NOTICE This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Cleburne County’s intent to destroy the Special Education records of students who were no longer receiving Special Education services with birth years 1985 and older. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. Records not requested by March 10th will be destroyed April 2014. With proof of identity, the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records in person or by mail at the Cleburne County Board of Education.

Then he decided to test fly for Hayes Air Craft in Birmingham. They rebuilt planes for the Air Force and men like Carl would test fly them. One day a friend of his crashed and died on a flight and Carl decided to quit even though the money and hours were good. He had been told if he ever wanted to re-enlist, he would have to go back to the B-36. He contacted a colonel friend of ours and MacDill and learned they had a spot for Carl. He re-enlisted at MacDill in May 1954. In July 1954, he left for West Palm Beach to study the K-C-97 since the B-29 was being phased out. He came home before Christmas and was assigned to a crew on the K-C-97. In February 1955, he left for Africa for 45 days. In January 1956, baby number four was born and the family moved to Tampa. Carl’s final assignment was at Maguire Air Base in New Jersey. He retired on July 30, 1961. Carl tried several jobs, none seemed to work out. After all, this was a man who left high school to join the Air Force. Flying was his dream and his life and it was difficult for him to settle into a civilian job. He spent 15 years with an insurance company, then had major surgery. He began to do little plumbing and electrical jobs for senior adults. He had open heart surgery after which he started woodworking and loved it. The strokes began after surgery on Sept. 3, 1985, Carl passed away. Carl told me one day that even before he left home from the day he said goodbye to “Old Grey” till this day, he had accomplished everything he wanted to do or be. He had everything he wanted except he never owned a Cadillac. He said he would tell everyone if he, a farm boy, could achieve what he did with all odds against him, then anyone could realize their dreams if they were willing to work hard for them and not expect anything to be given to them. So Carl W. Ayers, barefoot farm to fly boy, he did well.

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situated in Cleburne County, Alabama, to-wit: Lots Numbered 179 and 180 in the North half of the Northeast Quarter (N 1/ 2 of NE 1/ 4) in Section Ten (10), Township Sixteen (16), Range Ten (10) in Cleburne County, Alabama, according to the map of the F. L. McMahan Estate made by R. E. Smith, surveyor and Civil Engineer, on file in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Cleburne County, Alabama, recorded in Deed Record 80, Page 513. Also Known As: 51 Bates Street Heflin, AL 36264 THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ON AN “AS-IS, WHERE-IS” BASIS, SUBJECT TO ANY EASEMENTS, ENCUMBRANCES, AND EXCEPTIONS REFLECTED IN THE MORTGAGE AND THOSE CONTAINED IN THE RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE OF PROBATE OF THE COUNTY WHERE THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED PROPERTY IS SITUATED. THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD WITHOUT WARRANTY OR RECOURSE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED AS TO TITLE, USE AND/OR ENJOYMENT AND WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION OF ALL PARTIES ENTITLED THERETO. This sale is made for the purpose of paying the indebtedness secured by mortgage as well as the expenses of foreclosure, including a reasonable attorney’s fees and other purposes set out in said mortgage. Green Tree Servicing LLC Paul K. Lavelle Attorney for Mortgagee Spina, & Lavelle, P.C. One Perimeter Park SouthSuite 400N Birmingham, Alabama 35243 (205) 298-1800 The Cleburne News Calhoun Co., AL February 27 & March 6, 13, 2014


Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain Mortgage dated November 10, 2000, executed by Charles K. Puckett, (“Mortgagor”) to Hometown Bank of Villa Rica, (“Mortgagee”), securing an inin the original prinIN THE PROBATE debtedness cipal amount of $157,500.00 and recorded November 29, COURT OF 2000, in the Office of the Judge CLEBURNE of Probate of Cleburne County, Alabama, in REC Book 2000, COUNTY, Page 334; said mortgage having subsequently been modiALABAMA fied by instrument recorded in IN RE: THE ESTATE OF Mortgage Book 2007, page CARNELL TURNER 3904, and further modified by ROBERTS, instrument recorded in MortDECEASED gage Book 2008, Page 1276; CASE NO. 2013-105 said mortgage having been NOTICE TO CREDITORS Letters Testamentary of said subsequently transferred and deceased having been granted assigned to RREF ST ACQUIto the undersigned on the 21st SITIONS, LLC, by instrument day of January, 2014, by the recorded in Mortgage Book Honorable RYAN ROBERT- 2013, Page 436; and further SON, Judge of Probate Court transferred and assigned to of CLEBURNE County, Ala- RREF ST-AL CKP, LLC, by inbama, notice is hereby given strument recorded in Mortgage that all persons having claims Book 2014, Page 49; all reagainst said estate are hereby cording references are in the required to present the same aforesaid Probate Office; the RREF ST-AL within the time allowed by law undersigned CKP, LLC, holder of the Mortor the same will be barred. gage, as set forth above, under RUBY M. SCHELL and by virtue of the power of sale contained in said MortThe Cleburne News gage will sell, at public outcry Cleburne Co., AL to the highest bidder for cash, February 13, 20, 27, 2014 in front of the main entrance of the Courthouse in Cleburne IN THE PROBATE County, Alabama on March 19, 2014, during the legal hours of COURT OF sale, the following described real estate situated in Cleburne CLEBURNE County, Alabama, to-wit: That certain 6.8 acre tract of COUNTY, land situated in the Northwest Quarter of Section 2, Township ALABAMA 17 South, Range 11 East, CleIN RE: THE ESTATE OF burne County, Alabama and RICHARD LEE TURNER, said tract being bounded on its DECEASED Southerly side by Alabama CASE NO. 2013-112 State Highway Number 46, on NOTICE TO CREDITORS Letters Testamentary of said its Northwesterly side by a deceased having been granted branch and on its Easterly side to the undersigned on the 10th by two lines created by a bounday of February, 2014, by the dary agreement between E. Honorable RYAN ROBERT- Butler and J. A. Baughn; said SON, Judge of Probate Court tract of land being a part of that of CLEBURNE County, Ala- property described and recordbama, notice is hereby given ed in Book 110, page 46 and that all persons having claims Book 118, page 56, Office of against said estate are hereby the Probate Judge, Cleburne required to present the same County, Alabama, from W. L. within the time allowed by law Jones to E. Butler. Said property more particularly deor the same will be barred. scribed as follows: MICHAEL DEAN SMITH To find the point of beginning begin at the Northwest corner The Cleburne News of said Section 2, thence South Cleburne Co., AL 420.9 feet to the Northeasterly February 20, 27, March 6, right of way of Alabama State 2014 Highway Number 46; thence South 54 degrees 02’ East a MORTGAGE distance of 1528.9 feet to a branch said point being the FORECLOSURE point of beginning for this tract SALE of land; thence South 56 deDefault having being made in grees 23’ East with said right of the payment of the indebted- way said Highway a distance ness secured by that certain of 592.4 feet; thence North 15 mortgage dated May 24, 2002 degrees 20’ East a distance of executed by Richard A. Barb 328.6 feet to a pine tree, said and Linda Barb, in favor of Wil- pine tree being one point of liam J. Wade, not in his individ- above, mentioned boundary ual capacity but solely as trus- agreement; thence North 7 detee of Mid-State Trust IV and grees 19’ West, a distance of Jim Walter Homes, Inc., said 667.6 feet to a fence post at a Mortgage being recorded June branch said post being another 17, 2002, in Mortgage # 2002, point mentioned in said bounPage 3550 in the Office of the dary agreement; thence South Judge of Probate of Cleburne 37 degrees 09’ East with the County, Alabama; assigned to meanderings of said branch a U. S. Bank, N. A., as trustee on distance of 876.4 feet to the behalf of Mid-State Trust IV by point of beginning. Green Tree Servicing LLC. LESS AND EXCEPT an acre Said default continues and no- of land, more or less, conveyed tice is hereby given that the un- to Ferlisa V. Ledbetter by deed dersigned, U. S. Bank, N. A., dated 9/10/1980, recorded in as trustee on behalf of Mid- Deed Book 154, page 608, in State Trust IV by Green Tree the Probate Office of Cleburne Servicing LLC, under and by County, Alabama. virtue of the power of sale con- Mortgagee makes no repretained in said mortgage, will sentation or warranty as to the sell at public outcry to the high- physical condition of the real est bidder for cash at the main estate and/or any improveentrance to the County Court- ments thereon. The above-dehouse, Cleburne County, Ala- scribed property will be sold on bama on April 7, 2014, during an “as is” basis, subject to any the legal hours of sale, the fol- unpaid taxes, all reservations lowing described real estate and restrictions contained in

prior deeds and all other matters of record, including restrictive covenants and easements for road rights of way, utilities or rights of ingress and egress. Said property will be sold without representation, warranty or recourse, express or implied, as to title, condition, use and/or enjoyment of the property, and will be sold subject to the statutory right of redemption. This sale is subject to being postponed or cancelled. RREF ST-AL CKP, LLC By: Leigh L. Pipkin Attorney for RREF ST-AL CKP, LLC Jones Walker LLP RSA Battle House Tower 11 North Water Street, Suite 1200 Mobile, AL 36602 251-439-7536 The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL February 27, March 6, 13, 2014


Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Madison W. Schoggins, a single man and Amber N. Richardson, a single woman, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for Silverton Mortgage Specialists, Inc., on the 11th day of March, 2013, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Cleburne County, Alabama, in Mortgage Book 2013, Page 864; said mortgage having subsequently been transferred and assigned to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, by instrument recorded in Mortgage Book 2013, Page 3652, in the aforesaid Probate Office; the undersigned JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Mortgagee/Transferee, under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in said mortgage, will sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, in front of the main entrance of the Courthouse at Heflin, Cleburne County, Alabama, on April 7, 2014, during the legal hours of sale, all of its right, title, and interest in and to the following described real estate, situated in Cleburne County, Alabama, to-wit: Tract (1): Commence at a channel iron marking the NE corner of the NW 1/4-NE 1/4 of Section 16, T-15-S, R-11-E, thence S 00 degrees 38 minutes 00 seconds W 798.53 feet along the East line of said forty to a vertical stone, thence leaving said forty line S 46 degrees 57 minutes 54 seconds West 1077.32 feet to a point in the center of Cane Creek, thence along said center of said creek the following bearings and distances; North 52 degrees 12 minutes 43 seconds West 105.83 feet to a point, thence North 27 degrees 41 Minutes 43 Seconds West 188.07 feet to a point, thence North 12 degrees 24 minutes 43 seconds West 112.61 feet to a point, said point being the Point of Beginning, thence leaving said center of said creek North 89 degrees 29 minutes 55 seconds West 314.99 feet to a 1/2inch rebar (Bailey), thence North 12 degrees 34 minutes 48 seconds West 315.12 feet to a 1/2 inch rebar capped (Bailey), thence South 89 degrees 27 minutes 29 seconds East 335.34 feet to a point in the center of said creek, thence along the center of said creek South 04 degrees 55 minutes 23 seconds West 61.35 feet to a point, thence continue along center of said creek South 12 degrees 16 minutes 49 seconds East, 251.77 feet to the Point of Beginning. Tract (2): Commence at a channel iron marking the NE corner of the NW 1/4-NE 1/4 of Section 16, T-15-S, R-11-E, thence South 00 degrees 38 minutes 00 seconds West 798.53 feet along the East line of said forty to a vertical stone, thence leaving said forty line South 46 degrees 57 minutes 54 seconds West 1077.32 feet to a point in the center of Cane Creek, thence along said center of said creek the following bearings and distances: North 52 degrees 12 minutes 43 seconds West 105.83 feet to a point, thence North 27 degrees 41 Minutes 43 Seconds West 188.67 feet to a point, thence North 12 degrees 16 minutes 49 seconds West 251.77 feet to a point, thence N 04 degrees 55 minutes 23 seconds East 61.35 feet to a point, said point being the Point of Beginning, thence leaving said center of said creek North 89 degrees 27 minutes 29 seconds West 335.34 feet to a 1/2 inch rebar capped (Bailey), thence North 12 degrees 32 minutes 51 seconds West 43.28 feet to a 1/2 inch rebar capped (Bailey) on the Southerly R/W of Cleburne County Road Number 444 (50 foot R/W) (aka Old Georgia Road), thence South 84 degrees 58 minutes 08 seconds East 346.20 feet along said R/W to a point in the center of said creek South 00 degrees 30 minutes 44 seconds west 15.06 feet to the Point of Beginning. Property Street Address: 238 County Road 444, Fruithurst, AL 36262 THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ON AN “AS IS, WHERE IS” BASIS, SUBJECT TO ANY EASEMENTS, ENCUMBRANCES, AND EXCEPTIONS REFLECTED IN THE MORTGAGE AND THOSE CONTAINED IN THE RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE OF PROBATE OF THE COUNTY WHERE THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED PROPERTY IS SIT-

A 4.00% DBE Contract Obligation Is Required. A Bidding Proposal may be purchased for $5.00. Plans may be purchased for $3.00 per set. Plans and Proposals are available at the Alabama DepartThe Cleburne News ment of Transportation, Cleburne Co., AL 1409 Coliseum Boulevard, February27, 2014 Room E-108, Montgomery, AL 36110. Checks should be NOTICE OF made payable to the Alabama Department of Transportation. COMPLETION Strain Construction Company Plans and Proposals will be hereby gives notice that all mailed only upon receipt of rework has been completed on mittance. No refunds will be the following project for the made. Cleburne County Water Au- Minimum wage rates for this thority. Project No. 100211.05, project have been pre-deter2012 Water System Exten- mined by the Secretary of Lasions Contract in Cleburne Co., bor and are set forth in the adThis AL. Anyone having a claim vertised specifications. against contractor should notify project is subject to the conthe following: Constantine En- tract work hours and Safety gineering at 2414 Airport Road Standards Act and its impleWest, Fort Payne, Alabama menting regulations. Cashier’s check or bid bond for 35967 or call 256-997-9887. 5% of bid (maximum $10,000.00) made payable to The Cleburne News the Alabama Department of Cleburne Co., AL February 13, 20, 27 & March 6, Transportation must accompany each bid as evidence of 2014 good faith. bracket range is shown NOTICE OF ADOP- The only to provide general financial information to contractors TION HEARING The Cleburne News and bonding companies conPROBATE COURT OF Cleburne Co., AL cerning the project’s complexity CLEBURNE COUNTY February 27, March 6, 13, and size. CASE NO. 2014-001 2014 To: Lavada Clark and any oth- This Bracket should not be er interested party of Arianna used in preparing a bid, nor will MORTGAGE Denise Pesnell, a minor: this bracket have any bearing FORECLOSURE Please take notice that a Peti- on the decision to award this tion for adoption of the above contract. SALE named minor child who was The Bracket Estimate On This Default having been made in born to LAVADA CLARK on or Project Is From $3,152,580 To the payment of the indebted- about December 8, 2006 has $3,853,153 ness secured by that certain been filed in said court and that The proposed work shall be mortgage executed by Gregory a hearing on said Petition has performed in conformity with W. Wilson, an unmarried man, been set for the 24th day of the rules and regulations for on July 17, 2009, to MHD March, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. be- carrying out the Federal HighCommunities, LLC, which fore the Probate Court of Cle- way Act. mortgage is recorded in Deed burne County. Please be ad- Plans and Specifications are Book 2009, Page 1555; and vised that if you intend to con- on file in Room E-108 of the Alassigned to Bank of North test this adoption you must file abama Department of TransGeorgia by instrument record- written response with the attor- portation at Montgomery, Alaed in Mortgage Book 2009, ney for the petitioner(s) named bama 36110. Page 3405, in the Office of the below and with the Clerk of the In accordance with the rules Judge of Probate of Cleburne Probate Court, Cleburne and regulations of The AlaCounty, Alabama, the under- County as soon as possible but bama Department of Transporsigned, as Mortgagee or no later than thirty (30) days tation, proposals will be issued Transferee, under and by vir- from the last day this notice is only to prequalified contractors or their authorized representatue of the power of sale con- published. tives, upon requests that are tained in the said mortgage will Patrick P. Casey received before 10 AM., on the sell at public outcry to the highday previous to the day of est bidder for cash in front of The Cleburne News opening of bids. the main entrance of the Cle- Cleburne Co., AL The bidder’s proposal must be burne County Courthouse in February 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2014 submitted on the complete Heflin, Alabama, on March 4, original proposal furnished him 2014, during the legal hours of NOTICE OF ADOPor her by the Alabama Departsale the following real estate ment of Transportation. situated in Cleburne County, TION HEARING The Alabama Department of Alabama, to wit: Transportation, in accordance Lot 21 of Mountain View Farms PROBATE COURT with Title VI of the Civil Rights Subdivision, as shown on a Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 plat of survey for Mountain OF CLEBURNE U.S.C. 2000D TO 2000D-4 and View Farms by Crawford & AsCOUNTY CASE Title 49 code of Federal Regusociates, Inc., dated June 11, lations, Department of Trans1999 and recorded in the OfNO. 2014-004 fice of the Judge of Probate of To: CRYSTAL BOOKOUT, the portation, Subtitle A, Office of Cleburne County, Alabama, at mother, and ADAM BOWLING, The Secretary, Part 21, nondiscrimination in federally-assistPlat Book 4, Page 347. the father of CANNON CHASE ed programs of the Department Less and Except: BOWLING, a minor: Please All that tract or parcel of land take notice that a Petition for of Transportation issued pursulying and being part of the adoption of the above named ant to such act, hereby notifies West 1/2 of the Southwest 1/4 minor child who was born to all bidders that it will affirmaof Section 33, Township 16 CRYSTAL BOOKOUT and tively insure that in any conSouth, Range 12 East, Cle- ADAM BOWLING on or about tract entered into pursuant to burne County, Alabama, and August 3, 2011 has been filled this advertisement, minority being more particularly de- in said Court and that a hear- business enterprises will be afscribed as follows: To find the ing on said Petition has been forded full opportunity to subpoint of beginning commence set for the 24th day of March, mit bids in response to this inat the intersection of the South- 2014 at 10:30 before the Pro- vitation and will not be discrimiwest right-of-way of Price Road bate Court of Cleburne County. nated against on the grounds (30 foot right-of-way) and the Please be advised that if you of race, color, religion, sex, or Northeast right-of-way of Cle- intend to contest this adoption national origin in consideration burne County Road #96 (80 you must file written response for an award. foot right-of-way) and proceed with the attorney for the peti- The right to reject any or all along the Easterly right-of-way tioner(s) named below and with bids is reserved. of said Cleburne County Road the Clerk of the Probate Court, JOHN R. COOPER #96 (80 foot right-of-way) the Cleburne County as soon as Transportation Director following courses and distanc- possible but no later than thirty es: South 48 degrees 36 min- (30) days from the last day this The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL utes 08 seconds East a dis- notice is published. February 13, 20, 27, 2014 tance of 68.04 feet to a point; Patrick P. Casey South 47 degrees 18 minutes 54 seconds East a distance of The Cleburne News 50.51 feet to a point; South 44 Cleburne Co., AL STATE OF degrees 40 minutes 05 sec- February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014 onds East a distance of 176.13 ALABAMA feet to a point; South 41 deNotice of Public Auction of CLEBURNE grees 36 minutes 38 seconds Abandoned Vehicle East a distance of 177.77 feet COUNTY to a point but specifically to the Please take NOTICE that MatProbate Court Northwest corner of Lot 25 as thews Repair, INC will offer for #2014-008 shown on a plat entitled “Prop- sale by highest bidder for cash IN THECase MATTER OF THE ESerty Survey for MOUNTAIN the following abandoned motor TATE OF BARBARA INMAN VIEW FARMS, dated April 27, vehicle: HIGHTOWER, DECEASED 1999, prepared by Crawford & 2004 Peterbilt 379 Letters of Administration of Associates, Inc., certified by VIN: 1XP5DB9X44D811707 said deceased, BARBARA INDouglas C. Crawford, Georgia HIGHTOWER, having Registered Land Surveyor The public auction will be held MAN granted to JOSEPH A. #14567, recorded July 1, 1999, at 7006 Hwy 46 Heflin, AL been as personal in Plat Book 4, Page 346, Cle- 36264 located at 9 a.m. on HIGHTOWER, Representative, on the 19th burne County, Alabama March 24, 2014. of February, 2014, in the Records; thence leaving said The Seller shall have a right to day Court of Cleburne Easterly right-of-way of Cle- reject any bid that is unrea- Probate Alabama, by the honburne County Road #96 (80 sonably low and may postpone County, Ryan Robertson, notice foot right-of-way) North 40 de- the public auction until another orable hereby given that all persons grees 36 minutes 57 seconds specified time and place. In ad- is claims against said esEast a distance of 272.68 feet dition, the Seller expressly re- having are hereby required to to a point, but specifically to serves the right to bid and pur- tate present the same within the the Northeast corner of said chase at the public auction. time allowed by law or the Lot 25; thence South 45 desame will be barred. grees 57 minutes 22 seconds The Cleburne News Ryan Robertson East a distance of 30.12 feet to Febuary 20, 27, 2014 Judge of Probate a point which is the TRUE NOTICE OF SALE The Cleburne News POINT OF BEGINNING; thence from the TRUE POINT The following vehicle has been Cleburne Co., AL OF BEGINNING proceed North abandoned at 965 Winstead February 27, March 6 & 13, 10 degrees 12 minutes 02 sec- Rd. Heflin, AL and will be sold 2014 onds East a distance of 22.56 on 04-15-14 at 10:00 am at the feet to a point; thence South 79 same address. degrees 47 minutes 58 sec- 1999 Nissan Altima STATE OF onds East a distance of 62.98 VIN 1N4DL01DXXC263265 feet a point; thence South 10 ALABAMA degrees 12 minutes 02 sec- The Cleburne News onds West a distance of 64.79 Cleburne Co., AL CLEBURNE feet to a point; thence North 45 February 20, 27, 2014 degrees 57 minutes 22 secCOUNTY onds West a distance of 75.83 Probate Court Notice To feet to a point; being the TRUE Case# 2009-016 POINT OF BEGINNING. Contractors TO: ANY AND ALL HEIRS AT Together with the heredita- Federal Aid Project No. LAW ESTATE OF ROBERT ments and appurtenances STPAA-HSIP-0009(554) BAUGH, DECEASED thereunto belonging. Said CLEBURNE COUNTY, Ala- Notice is hereby given that on property will be sold on an “AS bama the 13th day of January, 2014, IS, WHERE IS” basis subject Sealed bids will be received by James G. Baugh, Personal to the right of way easements the Director of Transportation Representative, filed in the and restrictions of record in the at the office of the Alabama Probate Court of Cleburne Probate Office of Cleburne Department of Transportation, County the Petition for Sell of County, Alabama, and will be Montgomery, Alabama until 10 Real Property in the Estate of subject to existing special as- AM., February 28, 2014, and at Robert Baugh, deceased. That sessments, if any, which might that time publicly opened for petition having been read and adversely affect the title to the constructing the following: considered; subject property. This sale is RESURFACING, WIDENING, It is ORDERED that the 31st made for the purpose of paying AND TRAFFIC STRIPE ON day of March, 2014, at 11 a.m., the indebtedness secured by SR-9 FROM THE CLAY be and the same hereby apsaid mortgage, as well as the COUNTY LINE TO I-20 pointed as the day for hearing expenses of foreclosure. The Length Of This Project Is: of the said petition. This Mortgage Foreclosure 10.330 Miles. Witnessed my hand this the sale has been continued. It will The total amount of uncomplet- 10th day of February, 2014. be held on March 4, 2014, at ed work under contract to a Ryan Robertson the Cleburne County Court- contractor must not exceed the Judge of Probate house in Heflin, Alabama. The amount of his or her qualificasale was originally set for Feb- tion certificate. The Cleburne News ruary 4, 2014. The Entire Project Shall Be Cleburne Co., AL Bank of North Georgia Completed In Eighty (80) February 20, 27, & March 6, Mortgagee or Transferee Working Days. 2014 UATED. THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD WITHOUT WARRANTY OR RECOURSE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED AS TO TITLE, USE AND/OR ENJOYMENT AND WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION OF ALL PARTIES ENTITLED THERETO. This sale is made for the purpose of paying the indebtedness secured by said mortgage, as well as the expenses of foreclosure. The Mortgagee/Transferee reserves the right to bid for and purchase the real estate and to credit its purchase price against the expenses of sale and the indebtedness secured by the real estate. This sale is subject to postponement or cancellation. JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Mortgagee/Transferee Rebecca Redmond SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL 35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee 315204

This Instrument Prepared By: Burt W. Newsome, Attorney for Mortgagee or Transferee NEWSOME LAW, L.L.C. P.O. Box 382753 Birmingham, AL 35238 Run ad: February 27, 2014

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Local students are getting a taste of the theater this week through the Montana-based Missoula Children’s Theatre and the Heflin Arts Council. The children’s theatre is an international touring company that the arts council invited to Heflin to teach students in grades kindergarten through 12 a play and perform it - in a week. “It’s an intense week,” said Beverly Casey, the council’s coordinator for children’s theater. “They held 50 kids’ attention for two hours during the auditions the other day. It was a sight to behold.” The tour actors and directors Eli Halterman and Laura Barron, say it’s all in a week’s work. Halterman said he’s done nearly 100 of the

weekly productions and the shows always go on. It’s because of the children’s willingness to learn, Barron said. They believe you when you tell them they can do it, she said. “Adults would look at you and laugh,” Barron said. “Kids just take it and run with it.” The directors spend the first couple of days helping the students learn their parts, Halterman said. Wednesday was the first script-free practice, he said. By Friday, he’s sure the students will be ready. The theatre provides the lights, costumes, music and directors, Casey said. The arts council promoted the production among all the county schools and 50 students auditioned on Monday, she said. The play, “Rapunzel,” will be performed on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Heflin Civic Center. This is the third time the chil-

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went online to learn about them. He also volunteered to be one of the people manning a camouflaged shelter overlooking the bait station set up to attract the birds and hopefully capture one, Bittle said. They gathered in the shelter for three long days last winter with no luck, Bittle said. “It’s not very glamorous,” Bittle said. “It was cold and windy.” One eagle took the bait, but the net that was meant to catch it got hung on a branch and the eagle escaped, he said. This year, they caught two birds, but Bittle wasn’t in the shelter when

they caught the birds. He thought he had missed out, but Pinhoti had high lead levels in her blood and had to be treated at Auburn University, Bittle said. Golden eagles are big, about 16 to 20 pounds; the females are larger, Stober said. They can have a wingspan of 7 feet. They are powerful predators and with their talons have a grip of 400 pounds per square inch, about 10 times the grip of a human hand, he said. “They can bring down a coyote or a wolf,” Stober said. But during the lean winters, they often eat

dren’s theatre has been to Heflin, Casey said. The council hired them in 2007 and 2008 as well, she said. The council hopes to make the The Heflin City Council visit annual, said Shane Smith, anapproved three alcohol liother member of the council. But the censes at the meeting Tuesproductions are expensive. It costs day,isallwelcome for new businesses in Everyone $3,500 for the council to hire the town. children’s theatre group and another The council had scheduled $500 or so to rent a venue and put a public hearing for a manon the play. ufacturing license for High But it’s worth the expense, she Country Cellars, a winery said. set to open in late March or “We wanted an opportunity to early April. No one came to offer the theater experience to a speak at the hearing and the younger age group,” Casey said. council members approved The schools have limited funds the license unanimously. and the children might otherwise not Owner Keith Roberts was at get the opportunity, she said. Tickets the meeting and thanked the are $10 for adults and $5 for children council for their support. 12 and under. They are available at The council also unaniHeflin City Hall in advance or at the mously approved two liquor door, Casey said. licenses for new businesses moving into the shuttered Shell Station off Interstate birds in Alabama, Stober said. 20 at exit 199. It approved the Heflin Stop and Shop Gas Station for retail beer and wine licenses, both off-premthe leftover parts of deer honors. He said the bird ises, and it approved an shot by hunters. That’s was surprisingly calm off-premises package liquor how the eagles can be ex- during the release. license for the Liquor King; posed to lead poisoning, “You hold its feet tothat business will be moving Soehren said. The hunters gether, so it can’t use into a building connected to often leave the guts of the its talons,” Bittle said. the gas station. The building deer in the forest and it “Then, I just kind of lifted used to house Vallarta Mexcan contain bullets, which it up and it flew up in the ican Restaurant, according to often contain lead. Lead air.” City Clerk Shane Smith. poisoning affects the The businesses are schedIt landed in a branch birds the same way it does nearby, surveyed its suruled to open in a couple of humans, causing them to weeks, Smith said. become confused and un- roundings and preened In other business the counits feathers before flying able to hunt or forage for cil: away, Bittle said. food. Golden eagles can — Heard that the bridge “It was a great, great starve to death because on Bells Mill Road is nearly moment,” Bittle said. “I’ll of the condition, Soehren finished. Mayor Rudy Rooks have that ’til the day I said. said it appears that guardrails die.” Bittle said the universineed to be put in and some Staff writer Laura ty kept Pinhoti for nearly landscaping done. two weeks and when she Camper 256-463-2872. — Heard that the city was ready to be released, On Twitter @LCamper_ will be having a study done they called him to do the Star. by Helena-based Ameresco

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