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Negotiations continue on land City may hand over 30 acres to Board of Education for new elementary school school officials. The Chief Ladiga Trail borders the proposed site’s western edge, James Hopkin’s Road borders the property’s east side and George Douthit Drive lines the south end of the property. The northern edge of the proposed site is an extension of Emily’s pass, and extends to the bike trail.

LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service The Jacksonville City Council on Monday conducted a first reading of an ordinance that describes perimeters around 30.52 acres of land it may transfer to

“We’re obviously really pleased,” Jacksonville Superintendent Jon Paul Campbell said of the amount of land being considered. “It’s been a very good process.” Though the city school board had selected the site as the location for a new elementary school, but educators won’t be able to act on the plan unless the city trans-

Ted Turgeon instills principals for success Taekwondo teacher manages two locations BY MARGARET ANDERSON NEWS EDITOR

Anita Kilgore

Ted Turgeon demonstrates a move during practice at his J’ville location.

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Veteran newsman died Sunday in Anniston


Taekwondo teacher Ted Turgeon is proud of his students when they bring home national championships. But, to him, that’s not the most important thing in their quest to be proficient in the martial arts field. “That’s not the main thing we want them to learn,” he said. “We want to give them the best principals for them to be successful. This is more about developing them as a person. We want them to do the right thing off the mat, just as they do on the mat.” Turgeon was 13 when his best friend, Matt Wyatt, asked him to accompany him to be tested for his yellow belt ranking. Turgeon went and was hooked. “After I watched his instructor do a demonstration, I remember thinking, wow, that’s what I wanted to do,” said Turgeon. “I was in the next testing they had.” Turgeon, now a 5th degree

fers the land to the board. They had to hold a first reading to be able to consider the item for in a vote after a second reading at the next meeting. Mayor Johnny Smith and Campbell have been in property negotations regarding the

By Laura Gaddy Longtime newspaperman Ed Fowler died from an illness early Sunday, just a week after ending a career that spanned more than four decades. During his time in journalism, Fowler, 67, worked at various Alabama papers including The Tuscaloosa News, The Montgomery Advertiser and The Anniston Star. By the time Fowler was FOWLER hired at The Daily Home in Talladega in 1992, he had already spent almost two decades in the business. Fowler’s wife, Trisha, said he died early Sunday morning at Regional Medical Center in Anniston. “Last week when I saluted my old friend Ed on his retirement, I never expected I wouldn’t see him again,” wrote Brandt Ayers, chairman of Consolidated Publishing Co. and publisher of The Anniston Star, in a statement emailed ■ See FOWLER, page 7

RMC Jacksonville closing some departments Intensive care unit and obstetrics will be combined with Anniston location LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service Regional Medical Center officials this week said they had closed the intensive care unit at RMC Jacksonville, and that the smaller hospital’s obstetrics services will be combined with those at the main campus in Anniston. “We will do our best to offer affected employees a position within the RMC system,” RMC President and CEO David McCormack wrote in an email sent Wednesday. McCormack’s statement did not specify how many

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staff members will be affected by the change. Multiple attempts to reach hospital officials by phone Thursday were unsuccessful. McCormack said in the email that with federal spending cuts and reductions in the reimbursement rates for Medicare and Medicaid, the nonprofit hospital system must look for ways to increase efficiency. Administrators felt that because most women in the area go to RMC’s main campus for obstetric and gynecological services, and because most of the system’s doctors in that field work

• The House of Refuse is sponsoring a kite flying contest on Saturday, March 22, at 11 a.m. at the soccer field behind the Jacksonville Community Center. House of Refuse will provide free kites to the9 first 6 66000 99999 50 participants.


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One on one with NPR’s David Folkenflik David Folkenflik, an acclaimed media correspondent with National Public Radio (NPR), will be the Ayers Lecture series speaker at Jacksonville State University on Thursday, March 13. He will lecture on the 11th floor of the Cole Library at 1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Lee Miller, Marketing Specialist at JSU, sat down with David Folkenflik for an enlightening question and answer session to get his thoughts on several topics. Q: What do you plan on sharing during your lecture? A: I’m touched to be invited to give this talk. I hope to explore themes that are consistent and relevant with the traditions of the Anniston Star and of the Ayers family’s traditions there and to look at ways in which news organizations are seeking to keep faith with the public and serve the public in the digital age. Also, [I’ll explore] ways in which news organizations and major media figures have at times fallen short of that, lessons we can derive from that and ways of thinking about how we as journalists go about doing what we do, and how we as readers, viewers, listeners, the public, [and] the audience can think about what we see, read and hear in the press, not just as consumers but as citizens. Q: How would you describe your style of reporting? A: I think a reporter’s notebook or an NPR microphone serve, in a sense, as passports to allow you to go places either literally or figuratively and figure out how things work in other worlds and you’re given the excuse to go call people up or knock on doors

and try to understand more about the world around you. I think that’s the thing that really intrigued me as a student reporter. It just gave me a much greater understanding and mastery of the community around me and I think that’s true whether you cover a small town or cover stories nationally or internationally. There is obviously a public service aspect to what you’re doing, but there’s also the sense of discovery and understanding that I find very stimulating and intriguing…One of the things I really like about NPR and really enjoy about radio is allowing people to speak in their own voices and really be heard and to make their own cases. There’s a transportive effect of what a good radio piece allows you to do and there’s something very special about that at a time when so much in the media is about argumentation and contention to allow those issues to be played out…It is critical that you’ve handled it fairly and it’s based on rigorous, painstaking reporting that you are going to treat everyone fairly, not identically, but fairly. NPR sets this as one of its most important standards. Q: What are your thoughts about citizen media? A: I think it’s a good thing. I think it’s wonderful that the barriers inhibiting and often preventing people who are not professional journalists [and who] do not own their own stations or printing presses can weigh in on the great cacophony of discussion about public events and public affairs and help decide what events are public and what are not…Why not rely on the knowledge that non-journalists have? I think it’s a wonderful age that we’re in where we can draw upon

the expertise of our audience and not simply expect them to be passive receivers of the information that we impart, but make us stronger, smarter and better. It entails new rigors, it requires more of journalists in terms of trying to verify it and sift through these things and figure out what’s useful and what is not...The idea of professional journalists having a monopoly of what information gets shared is long gone and I think that’s a good thing. Q: Why do you think you became a reporter? A: My parents were actually university faculty members. I went to college at Cornell and I was interested in possibly public policy or politics of some kind, or maybe academic research. I sort of fell into working for my student newspaper in college and I realized I was kind of ruined for everything else. This really allowed me to feel that I had some sense of ownership over the college campus and over my understanding of the community around me. I thought, “Gosh, somebody is going to be willing to pay me to do this. This is really cool.” I went around the college campus and I knew the faculty, I knew the students in the greek system, I knew athletes, I knew student government leaders, or trustees, people who worked with custodian’s unions, the guys who were running for office in city hall downtown. I felt like I really understood the campus and all its diversity and its nuisances. It took me several years [doing] that as a student reporter and I thought, “Wow, that’s dynamite and I want to just keep doing it.”

A look at some low profile state races

Last week we highlighted and handicapped the statewide races for the top five constitutional offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer and agriculture commissioner. All of these offices are held by incumbent Republicans. Therefore, it would be an upset if any of them went down to defeat. In fact, currently there are 31 statewide elected offices in Alabama and all 31 are held by Republicans. However, the Democrats have fielded a respectable slate of candidates. We will see if indeed winning the GOP primary is tantamount to election in the Heart of Dixie. The scene is set for there to be donnybrooks for the two low profile secondary statewide offices of secretary of state and state auditor. There are three gentlemen seeking the GOP nomination for secretary of state. Whoever wins the Republican primary will waltz to election in November. Reese McKinney is the former Probate Judge of Montgomery County. He served 12 years in that capacity and did an excellent job and is well known in the River Region. State Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa is finishing his first term in the House of Representatives. He started campaigning over a year ago and boy has he campaigned. He has blitzed the state covering every county at least once. He has raised over $300,000 and has also received some significant endorsements, including the Alabama Farmers’ Federation. Like Merrill, Crenshaw County Probate Judge Jim Perdue has traversed the state. Perdue has been very active in the Probate Judge’s Association and hopes to parlay these relationships into a grassroots victory.

It appeared early on that the Secretary of State race would be the best statewide contest Steve this year. However, the Flowers open office of State Auditor may eclipse that three-man race. There are now four men seeking to follow Inside The Statehouse Samantha Shaw in this obscure administrative office. A young candidate, Adam Thompson, was in the race early. He currently works in the Secretary of State’s office and is familiar with the machinations of both the Auditor and Secretary of State’s duties. Another candidate is Hobbie Sealy, a retired Air Force Colonel from Montgomery. There are two colorful political characters who jumped into the Auditor’s race on the last day. Jim Ziegler has been around state politics for over 30 years. He won a seat on the PSC as a young man and has run for a lot of offices since then. He is currently a Mobile lawyer and zealous Tea Partier. The zaniest character in the race for Auditor is Dale Peterson, he lost a race for Agriculture Commissioner four years ago but he became infamous for a YouTube video that went viral where Peterson appeared wearing a cowboy hat and toting a gun. He has since been arrested twice for shoplifting. Peterson’s wife Kathy, who has also lost a statewide race, will be on the GOP ballot as

well. She is a candidate for the PSC against incumbent Jeremy Oden. The best race of the year will be for the open congressional seat in the 6th district. State Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale chose not to run for reelection to the State Senate in order to make his second race for the congressional post. He is the darling of the Tea Party right but is not a good fundraiser. Beason starts with the best name identification. A second prominent candidate will be wealthy businessman Will Brooke. He is a former head of the Business Council of Alabama. It is unknown how much of his own money he will spend. It will be interesting to see if someone can buy this seat. It is probably the most sophisticated in the state. State Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood is popular and has put together an early grassroots campaign organization in the district. He is a tireless campaigner. A political newcomer, Dr. Chad Mathis, an orthopedic surgeon from Shelby County has raised the most early money, although most of it is his own. Gary Palmer has toiled in the right wing vineyards for decades as the chief officer of the conservative Alabama Policy Institute. He could be formidable. The other two candidates rounding out the sevenman field are Pelham manufacturer Tom Vigneulle and Birmingham attorney Robert Shattuck. This could be a good race. 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

Plants and our relationship with them

Winter, at last, seems to be leaving. Those of us who like plants can begin our annual task of replanting. On Saturday, I looked at my back patio and front porch, the places where I plant flowers in pots. I sighed. Piles of wet, matted leaves left over from fall seemed to languish on the concrete. Heavy pots of dead plants stood as if to remind me that I had neglected to give them a proper November send-off. So, I took a deep breath and worked outside for two hours. Afterward, as I was finishing the first of what will be many phases of my work, I patted the moss on top of the fresh soil in my pots and looked around again. I smiled because the entire house and yard looked better thanks to my labor and my new plants. After I finished working, the book “The Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan came to my mind. It is the study not only of how people use plants but also of how plants use people. Plants use people? This is personifi-

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cation, and the idea is the opposite of the way we usually think of plants. Sherry Pollan has some way-out things to Kughn say that run contrary to the way I believe, but the concepts are interesting, nonetheSherry-Go-Round less. The relationship between plants and people, by the way, is called botany, and there are as many aspects of it as there are leaves on an oak tree. Here are four ways that Pollan shows how plants have used people. First, Pollan considers the apple. Many settlers used them to make hard cider, During the 19th century, apples were not the sweet, juicy fruit that we know today. However, due to the demand for a sweet fruit, most modern apples have become the products of grafting. The process inhibits natural selection, and apple plants need cross-pollination to continue their evolution. Apples, such as the Red Delicious, have become rather bland and have forced the industry to search the naturally evolving apples for the gene pool needed to create new varieties. Thus, Pollan says that, in a sense, apples have led people to want to preserve natural processes and to respect cross-pollination. Pollan expounds on tulips, which were so popular at one point during the 1600s that their value became the standard for Holland’s entire economy. Tulip growers strove for perfection from each of the individual varieties; but Mother Nature took charge. A bulb’s insect bite or genetic mutation changed some of the varieties and gave them a new feature, such as a ruffle, a row of

fringes, or a new color. Then, when people desired the new tulips, more bulbs like them were grown. Tulips have allowed man to know that they, too, desire change for the sake of improvement. The third focus of Pollan’s study was marijuana. When man’s laws forbade its spread, growers grew it underground and improved it. Man wanted change, and the plant complied. In spite of society’s objection, marijuana is now heartier and more potent and compact than ever. Man impacts plants, and plants impact man. Last, Pollan details the potato plant’s history, an interesting tale that affirms how the evolution of a plant can impact mankind’s history. Ireland’s once dominant reliance on a particular variety of potato caused disaster for its economy. The blight that infected potatoes robbed the population of its food source and forced the people to move to other places throughout the world. Thanks to many other varieties of potatoes that grew in various countries, the potato survived. Pollan warns us, though, that modern America relies too much on a certain variety of potato that hamburger chains use for French fries. Could we become over-reliant on that variety? Also, Pollan expresses concern about corporate America’s desire to genetically alter plants, such as the potato. One reason is to make the potato plant, for instance, more resistant to insects and in need of fewer chemicals. The disadvantage, though, Pollan warns, is that the development of genetically controlled plants might have repercussions that no one can predict, such as negative health side effects for those who consume them. The book makes it plain that people must respect nature and its desire always to be changing. Not everyone will agree with Pollan’s ideas, but in this season of planting and growth, we all should be mindful of caring for our planet and enjoying the bounty that nature gives us. Email Sherry at

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Man stabbed during fight, Jacksonville police say BY LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service A man was stabbed two times early Saturday morning during a fistfight at a house on Roy Webb Road, according to Jacksonville Police. Perry Lee Hawkins, 25, of Leesburg, was arrested, charged with first-degree assault and taken to the Calhoun County Jail. The victim, James Chadwick Thompson, 20, was taken to Regional Medical

Center in Anniston with non-life threatening wounds, said Jacksonville Police Chief Tommy Thompson. The chief said police reports state officers found Hawkins drunk and trying to help the victim when they arrived on the scene at about 12:10 a.m. The chief said the victim, Thompson, had initiated the fight with Hawkins before it turned bloody. Officers did not recover the knife, but Chief Thompson said authorities believe the victim was cut with a hunting knife.

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March 3 • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 700 block of Church Avenue Southeast. • Second degree burglary reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. March 4 • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 100 block of Tallassee Trail. March 6 • Harassment reported in the 1000 block of Pelham Road South. • Harassment reported in the 100 block of College Street Northwest. March 7 • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 1000 block of Alexandria

Road Southwest. • Reckless endangerment reported in the first block of Apple Street. • Third degree assault reported in the 400 block of West Point Road. March 8 • First degree assault reported in the 2200 block of Roy Webb Road. • Endangering the welfare of a child reported in the 1200 block of Whites Gap Road Southeast. • Criminal mischief reported in the 1500 block of Church Avenue Southeast. • Third degree burglary reported in the 200 block of Greenleaf Street Southwest. March 9

• Third degree assault reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. • Burglary reported in the 700 block of Pelham Road South. • Duty to give information and render aid after a traffic accident reported in the 200 block of Adelaide Street Southwest. • Domestic violence by strangulation or suffocation reported in the 1500 block of Church Avenue Southeast. • Third degree theft of property reported in the reported in the 1500 block of Church Avenue Southeast.

Arrests March 3 • Amber Diane Toney: Harassment

March 4 • Sean Christopher Ross: probation violation

March 8 • Terry Lee Hawkins Jr.: aggravated assault (knife) March 9 • Florencia De Sebastian-Manuel: DUI (alcohol)

Community Capsule • The House of Refuse is sponsoring a kite flying contest on Saturday, March 22, at 11 a.m. at the soccer field behind the Jacksonville Community Center. House of Refuse will provide free kits to the first 50 participants. Prizes will be awarded in age categories (5-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 1417). Kites will be judged on kite creativity and highest flying kite. For more information call Pearl Williams at 256-435-4881. • The Choccolocco Hertiage Society will meet on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Choccolocco Community Center/Quad Cities Volunteer Fire Department, Iron City Cut-off Road, Choccolocco. Coffee and donuts will be served. For more information call 256-236-2497 or 256-2373219 or email • The Gen. John H. Forney Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will meet Saturday March 15 at 10 a.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library Meeting Room. • Pastor Larry Gardner and Hatcher Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville would like to invite everyone to a singing Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. with The Diplomats. For more information call Donna at 256-435-6214. • A yard sale will be held Friday and Saturday, March 14-15 at Jacksonville First Baptist Church’s annual Honduras Mission Yard Sale. Hours are Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The location is 230 7th St NE, J’ville. Donations are appreciated and can be dropped off Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, please call the FBC office at 256-435-7263. • Children’s Market Consignment Sale will be April 9 -12 at Jacksonville First United Methodist Church. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the children’s ministry at the church. For more information about the sale, please call (256) 239-6033 or visit their website at • Jacksonville Professional Firefighters Association Local 3948 and the Parks and Recreation Department will have the 1st Jax Dash 5K and Fun Run beginning at 8 a.m. April 12. Proceeds will go to JPFFA Local 3948’s Jax Charities Fund. The cost for the 5K run is $20 and includes a t-shirt. The fun run is $10 and those 10 and under will get a firefighter’s hat, badge and wristband. Anyone interested in helping sponsor the event can contact David Bell at Registration is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the fire department and Community Center or online using a credit card at Active.Com/JaxDash. • COPING WITH GRIEF. A coping with grief - even if nobody died group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6

p.m. at Jacksonville First United Methodist Church. Please call the church office for information and directions (256-435-6021). • The Calhoun County Community Band meets every Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Jacksonville High School band room. • Bradford Health Services has free family support meetings from 5-6 Monday nights at 1701 B Pelham Rd., S., Suite D (Brookstone Building next to RMC Jacksonville). The meeting is for anyone experiencing behavioral problems with a loved one, has a family member of any age with drug or alcohol problems, needs help coping with a loved one’s drug or alcohol problems or needs help making decision on how to help a family member of any age. A counselor will facilitate the meetings. • Alcoholics Anonymous meets at noon each Thursday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 400 Chinabee Ave., just off the square. Call 847-0909. • A Narcotics Anonymous group meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First United Methodist Church behind McDonald’s. For more information, call Pearl Williams at 435-4881. • The Friday Night Opry Show is presented from 6:30-9:30 Friday nights at the Golden Saw Music Hall in the Williams community. Call 435-4696. • Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step program, meets every Friday night at First Baptist Church. Dinner is served at 5:30. Large group meetings with worship and praise bands and guest speakers begin at 6:30. Small share/support groups meet after that at 7:30 p.m., followed with cake and fellowship. Call 435-7263 or 225-2492. • The Calhoun County Stamp Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays in Room 327 Stone Center, Jacksonville State University, corner of Church Avenue and Eleventh Street. Visitors and new members are welcome. Call 782-8044, 782-5604 or 435-7491. • Jacksonville Fire Department is looking for information and items relating to the history of the department. If you have anything to share, call David Bell at 310-8961. • The Jacksonville Aspiring Writers Group meets from 4 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the public library. Anyone interested in the creative writing process is welcome. Bring samples of original writing to share. The group offers support, critique and information about writing and possible publishing venues. Call 256499-2182 for more $$ information. Lipo/B12 Combo Injection

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Michelle Goss inherits ‘wonderful’ family Activities director likes entertaining the elderly



achelle Hill Goss grew up in a loving family in the small Clay County town of Delta. She didn’t have her own family though until she married her husband, Jimmy, 10 years ago. Jimmy had two daughters when he and Machelle married. Christy Williams lives in Heflin, and Brittany Price, who is married to Anniston police officer Kyle Price, lives in Lincoln. They gave Machelle and Jimmy three grandchildren -- Carly Williams, 8; Grayson Williams, 7 and Waylan Price, 2. “Jimmy gave me two wonderful stepdaughters, and now we have three wonderful grandchildren,” said Machelle. “I’ve inherited a wonderful family. I love those grandbabies.” Machelle said Jimmy is her best friend. They met when she worked at Lineville Health and Rehabilitation. Jimmy drove for UPS and delivered packages to the rehab facility. He’s in his 37th year of driving for UPS. They live in Oxford. Machelle worked at Lineville Health and Rehab 13 years. She started out as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). After a few years, she decided she wanted to work in the activities department, so she attended classes in Tuscaloosa where she

became a certified activities director. For the past seven years, she’s been activities director at Jacksonville Health and Rehab. “I love being able to entertain the elderly,” said Machelle. “I love the joy that they bring to me. I loved being hands-on with them when I was a CNA. As an activities director, I still get to be hands-on with them. I love playing the piano and singing gospel music for them.” She also plays the piano and sings at Open Door Baptist Church in Delta. Machelle was born in Delta to Sarah Hill and the late Calvin Hill. Her sister, Marie Hill, lives in Delta, and her brother, Michael Hill, lives in Wedowee. She graduated from Lineville High School in 1988. Growing up in Delta, Machelle had to help with chores around the home, including cleaning and helping her father in the garden. Machelle and Jimmy head to Panama City every chance they get. They keep a boat there and tow their camper. Machelle’s mother and grandmother taught her to cook. She and Jimmy often prepare meals together, especially on the weekends. “On the weekends, we do a lot of grilling,” she said. “Jimmy’s a real good cook. I like to cook, and I really like it when we get to grill out.” (Contact Margaret at pollya922@

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Machelle Goss has fun at Mardi Gras party at Jax Health and Rehab.

RECIPES BLUEBERRY CROISSANT PUFFS 3 lg. croissants (cut up) 1 pt. blueberries (fresh or frozen) 1 – 8 oz. cream cheese (softened) 1 c. milk 1 t. vanilla 2/3 c. sugar 2 eggs Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place croissants in a 9-inch square pan. Sprinkle blueberries over the croissants. Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer until well blended. Gradually add milk, beating well after each addition. Pour mixture evenly over croissant pieces. Let it set for 20 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. If the tops are getting too brown, you may want to cover with foil for the last 10 minutes. Serve warm, sprinkled with powered sugar. CHEESY HASHBROWN POTATOES 2 lb. bag Oreida hashbrown potatoes

1 pt. sour cream 2 c. grated cheddar cheese 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 stick melted butter 1 onion, chopped Potato chips, crushed Thaw bag of hash brown potatoes. Mix sour cream, cheese, chicken soup, butter and onion together. Stir into potatoes until thoroughly mixed. Crumble potato chips on top. Bake 1 hour at 375 degrees in a 9x13 dish.

KEY LIME CAKE Mix: 1 box lemon cake mix 1 box lime jello 1 ½ c. vegetable oil ½ c. orange juice 5 eggs

CORN DIP 4 cans white shoepeg corn 2 pts. whipping cream 2 sticks butter 2 - 8 oz. cream cheese ½ c. chopped jalapeños 1/4 – 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

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Melt cream cheese and butter until soft. Mix everything else. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.


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JHS to present ‘The Secret Garden’ On Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5, 2014, the Jacksonville High School Drama Department will be performing Francis Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden. Adapted by Tim Kelly, this two act play follows Mary Lennox (Abbie Beatty), a recently orphaned young girl, as she relocates from India to England to live with her reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven (Dylan Hurst), and his house full of servants. Once at Misselthwaite Manor, Mary proves to be bitter and stubborn and finds little enjoyment in the empty mansion and its by-the-book housekeeper, Mrs. Medlock (Katie Cline). Only when she meets the Sowerbys, does she learn the truth about her new home and the secrets it hides. With the help of her invalid cousin Colin (Noah Davis) and Dickon Sowerby (Brett Thornburg), Mary opens a walled garden that has been locked for over ten years. But flowers are not the only things that grow in this secret garden. Love, friendship, and miracles abound in this theatrical retelling of one of the most beloved stories of all time. Also featuring Eric Cline as Dr. Craven and Alexis Paige as Lilias and directed by JHS Seniors Dylan Hurst, Katie Cline, Alyce Sparrowhawk, Ariel Hosmer, and Devin Carter, The Secret Garden is a heartwarming tale of how love transcends everything. A family friendly, feel-good show, the curtain rises at 7 p.m. both nights. All tickets are $5. There will be one intermission with snacks and drinks available to purchase. Produced by special arrangements with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. Englewood, Colo.


Jason Hammett and Whitney Paige Mobley Mr. and Mrs. Clint Mobley of Spring Garden announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Whitney Paige Mobley to Jason Thomas Hammett son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary E. Hammett of Rockmart, Ga. Miss Mobley is a graduate of Spring Garden High School. She is self-employed. The bride elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hensey of Piedmont

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and Mrs. Clyde Mobley and late Mr. Lewis Mobley of Piedmont. Mr. Jason Hammett is employed by the City of Piedmont. The future groom is the grandson of late Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Hammett of Jacksonville and Mrs. Joyce Davis and Late Mr. John W. Davis of Wedowee. The wedding is planned for May 2014 at Anniston. Formal invitations to family and friends .





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BY MARGARET ANDERSON New Editor Ron Frost, who coaches the rifle team at Jacksonville State University, spoke to the Kiwanis Club Wednesday. The team is one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s sports. Frost was born in Fort Riley, Kan. His father was in the military, so he never lived in one place more than a few years. After Frost graduated from West Point Military Academy, he served in the Army five years. At West Point the was a member of that academy’s shooting team. There, however, they shot pistols not rifles. He attained the rank of All-American. In the past 10 years, Frost has carried the JSU team to the national championships several times. The team has brought

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Forney Chapter of UDC will involve community in learning about ancestors First program will be dedicated to Isabell Rogers This year the Jacksonville United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter has been active in finding new members. The Jacksonville Gen. John H. Forney Chapter is one of the oldest chapters in the state. The chapter is over 100 years old. This coming year the group is planning on many new activities that will involve the community in learning more about Confederacy ancestors and the history of Jacksonville and the surrounding area during this period. The group also will present several programs at chapter meeting about Jacksonville daughters and their involvement in the Gen. John H. Forney Chapter.  Its first program will be dedicated to Isabell Rogers and will include many of the chapter and state activities that she is participating in and has participated in the past. Isabell Rogers is one of the members with the most years of membership. Isabell currently lives in Birmingham. Anyone interested in joining the chapter or attending chapter programs are always welcomed. The program in March will be Saturday the 15th at the Jacksonville Public Library meeting room at10 a.m. The following months the chapter will meet the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library meeting room. Anyone interested in learning more about the United Daughter of the Confederacy can go to the website at www. or anyone interested in learning more of the Jacksonville Chapter can e-mail,

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TURGEON: Turgeon’s martial arts teaches confidence and self defense From page 1

black belt, opened his own school in 2008 when he was 35 years old. “At times I wish I had started it earlier in my life, but it may not have turned out like it has now,” he said. “I love teaching and doing what I do. It’s not like a job, and the satisfaction you get from seeing your students do well is the best thing I can think of.” Turgeon’s students range in age from 3 to 64. There are different age groups and ranks. Ages 3-5 are called Little Dragons. They’re in an introductory phase and are taught basic moves. Ages 5-12 are geared more toward structure and discipline. Ages 13 and up are in the adult class, which is where they are taught everything. In Taekwondo, which means art of the hands and foot, kicking is taught

more than in other martial arts. “Legs are longer and stronger, and there’s an element of surprise,” said Turgeon. “An attacker is not expecting you to kick him in the head or face because most people can’t do that. We teach this not only from a self defense standpoint, but from a confidence standpoint.” Many of his students come to him seeking selfconfidence. Providing that is part of his job. “We’re the tool that can make that happen,” said Turgeon. “If they can be successful here, they can transfer that over to other things. Taekwondo is great for anti bullying, because bullies look for weaker acting people. When people have selfconfidence, they’re going to carry themselves with more confidence. That’s a good tool for anti bullying.”

Turgeon said that Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts that teaches more than physical fighting skills. He said it’s a discipline that shows ways of enhancing attitude and life through training body and mind. It instills confidence, controls weight and enhances endurance, strength and overall fitness while developing lifesaving and self-defense skills. Turgeon is one of the founding members of Taekwondo United, which was formed in 2010 by former members of Taekwondo America. Since its formation, the organization has grown to over 40 schools across the nation. His martial arts program is based on Taekwondo United tenets: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit.

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Ted with wife Karen and stepsons Evan, Landon and Christian.

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Ted signs the belts of some of his admirers at a meet in Dallas Texas. Turgeon is proud of his women’s self defense classes which incorporates a variety of martial arts. “They’re tailored to meet the specific needs of women in the event of an attack or threat to safety,” he said. “Techniques are taught with the mindset that an attacker is more often larger, as well as stronger. Gun and knife defenses are also shown.” He said that in many cases, classes can be scheduled at businesses or schools. Some employers provide this as a benefit to their employees. Turgeon believes that there are many who don’t think they can do martial arts, but in reality, if they can do other sports they can do this. “I’m a big fan of other sports, but not everybody gets to play,” he said. “There’s no bench time in

this. You’re going to get out there and do your stuff. Everyone is involved.” Ted Turgeon Martial Arts is located in two cities. In Jacksonville, it’s at 203 Pelham Road S. In Oxford, it’s at 1931 Barry St. Those interested in inquiring about participating can call Turgeon at 310-0718. “We give everyone a free class,” said Turgeon. “I don’t do contracts. I figure if we give people what they want and they’re happy they’re going to want to come back.” Turgeon said he stands by his motto: “Every day building champions and leaders that are leaders and champions everyday.” Turgeon was born and reared in Saks. He graduated from Saks High School and attended Jacksonville State University. He didn’t

graduate and later, as an adult, he attended the University of Alabama where he obtained a degree in consumer science. “Not having finished college, I always felt that I’d left something unfinished, he said. “Kids do as they see, and I thought this would be a good thing for my son to see his father graduate from college.” Ted’s son, Bryant, is 12. He has three step-sons. Evan is 10, Landon is 8 and Christian is 6. Turgeon and his wife, the former Karen Morris, attended high school together. Karen is an occupational therapist at Anniston Orthopedics. They are members of Saks Baptist Church. (Contact Margaret at

FOWLER: Began newspaper business as a carrier at the age of 12 From page 1

Sunday. “He was such good company with an archive of stories gleaned from a long and varied career in the news and management side of newspapers.” After spending more than two decades with the Consolidated Publishing, Fowler resigned on March 1. Consolidated publishes The Star and The Home. “He was a good friend and had a long successful history with consolidated papers and other newspapers. He will be sorely missed,” said Phil Sanguinetti, Consolidated’s president. Away from work, Fowler was a husband, a father to three, a stepfather to two and a grandfather. Besides his

wife and children, he is survived by a sister — one of three siblings — and his mother, Katharine Fowler, 86, of Rome, Ga. Fowler enjoyed golf, reading novels and attending church Trisha Fowler said Sunday. “He was my best friend,” she said. “I was just blessed to be his wife.” She also said Fowler got his first job in the business as a newspaper carrier at about 12. She said he would sit on the hood of his father’s car, his young brothers at his side, and toss newspapers onto lawns. Fowler began working for Consolidated when he was hired in 1992 as editor and general manager of The Daily Home. Two years later

he was prompted to publisher of that paper. In 1996 he became the vice president of operations for Consolidated. During his time in that role, Fowler oversaw the construction and development of two buildings, The Star’s new office opened in 2002 and a new Daily Home office opened in 2006. Fowler was named to Consolidated’s board of directors in 2002. In 2011 Fowler was given the Alabama Press Association’s lifetime achievement award. The next year he returned to The Daily Home, where he moved back into the role of editor and publisher. “He had mentioned to me that it was like coming back home,”

said Barbara Wilson, associate editor at The Daily Home.  ”There are still a lot of employees that were there when he originally came in 1992.” Fowler was described by some who worked with him as a mentor. Robert Jackson, Consolidated’s vice president for sales and operations,  said he worked closely with Fowler. Fowler was responsible for overseeing Jackson’s extended internship with the company 11 years ago. “Ed was a very good person, he was very helpful, he was always asking if there was anything he could do to help guide my career forward,” Jackson said. Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-2353544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star.

RMC: RMC Jacksonville closed intensive care unit two months ago From page 1

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RMC’s board of directors announced in December 2012 that it was buying the 89-bed Jacksonville Medical Center from Tennessee-based Capella Healthcare in a deal that the company’s financial filings later revealed was for $6 million. At the time, McCormack said there would be no disruption to the Jacksonville facility’s services or staff. He said then that RMC would attract patients to Jacksonville from hospitals in Gadsden by adding

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JSU’s run in OVC ends

four times this season, with LaCount hitting three homeruns and Elias one. The Eagles will need all of their components to come together when they get to area play with Alexandria, Hokes Bluff and Cherokee County. Last week the Eagles were 2-1 with a loss to Oxford in the county tournament and wins over Heflin and Westbrook Christian. Oxford scored five runs in the second inning against the Eagles and went on to a 5-0 win. Jacksonville had six hits but could never get anything going. On Saturday Jacksonville had 14 hits and pitching limited Heflin to only five hits as the Eagles took an 11-4 win. Elias recorded the win on the mound for Jacksonville and pitched five and a third innings allowing three runs on four hits while striking out five. Elias helped himself at the plate belting a three run homerun. LaCount found his groove at the plate for the

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jacksonville State improbable run in the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Tournament ran into a fresh Belmont squad in the semifinals as the Bruins topped JSU, 65-50, on Friday at Municipal Auditorium. The Gamecocks, who suffered through a dismal 1-27 season in 2012-13, had a remarkable 13-win turnaround to finish 14-18 on the season and 8-8 in the OVC under first-year head coach Rick Pietri. Pietri was rewarded with engineering one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA Women’s Basketball this season with the OVC Coach of the Year honor. Belmont moves on to face top-seeded UT Martin in the OVC Championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Skyhawks throttled Eastern Kentucky, 97-45, in the first semifinal game on Friday, After topping SIU Edwardsville in the opening round on Wednesday and Thursday’s buzzer-beater win over No. 3 seed Tennessee Tech, Jax State’s energy level had worn down as it was playing its third game in three days.

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■ See JSU, page 9

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Jacksonville’s second baseman Tyler Carter tags out an Oxford runner in county tournament action.

Eagles working through tough schedule LORI TIPPETS

Jacksonville’s Golden Eagle baseball team currently stands at 7-5 on the season, and Head Coach David Deerman feels that his team is about where he thought they would be. “We’ve been in every game we’ve played in except for one game with Etowah, “said Deerman. “They’ve all been fairly close. “We play a really tough schedule this year and I did that intentionally. It’s probably as tough of a schedule as we’ve ever played. I’m trying to make us better for area this year and put us in a situation where we’ve seen everything we’re going to see.” Jacksonville starts six seniors, most of them veterans, even though some are playing at new positions. Chance Marbut is behind the plate for the Eagles this year, and Payton Sims is playing at third base, a position occupied by his brother last year. In the outfield are seniors BJ Murphy and Lavontae LaCount. Senior Jackson Bell is at shortstop and Chris Elias,

back from an injury plays first. Depending on who is pitching, positions change with eighth grader Josh Glass going to right field, junior Sid Thurmond is in center and at second base is junior Tyler Carter. Senior Tyler Waugh is usually in the lineup as designated batter. Eighth grader Colton Clark sees a lot of action running bases for the Eagles and batting. Deerman has a lot of pitchers he can go to led by Thurmond, Sims, Elias and Murphy. “We have several others,” said Deerman. “We have a lot of arms though they aren’t overpowering.” By his own admission, Deerman says Jacksonville doesn’t have a lot of power at the plate. “Deerman laughed as he said, “We are not a power team by any means, even thought sometimes we take swings like we are a power team! “We hit the ball in the gaps and have pretty good team speed. Mostly we are a single, double type team.” The Eagles have connected for the long ball

Jaxmen sweep UTM

Ryan Sebra had three hits and drove in a pair of runs to lead Jacksonville State to a 6-4 come-from-behind win over UT Martin as the Gamecocks swept the Ohio Valley Conference series on Sunday afternoon. The Gamecocks won their third straight game to improve to 9-5 overall and 3-0 in the OVC. UTM dropped to 1-13 overall and 0-3 in the league. Connor Metcalf (1-0) picked up his first win after tossing four scoreless innings in relief, recording six strikeouts and allowing just two hits. Travis Stout recorded the final four outs to earn his fifth save of the season and the 22nd save of his career. Jax State took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Andrew Bishop scored on a sacrifice fly, but the Skyhawks answered in the third inning to take their first lead of the series. Max Balter led off with a single and scored after Nico Zych followed with a one-out single up the middle to tie the game at 1-1. Kenny King then gave UTM the lead with a RBI single through the right side and Taylor Douglass gave UTM a 3-1 lead with a RBI infield single. Jax State cut the lead to 3-2 in the home half of the third after Griff Gordon scored on Sebra’s RBI single to left field. The Gamecocks took the lead for good in the fifth inning as Tyler Gamble drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game at 3-3, then Sebra scored on a Stephen Bartlett sacrifice fly and Gavin Golsan followed ■ See JAXMEN, page 9

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A healthy Chris Elias will be invaluable to the Golden Eagles this year.

Elias hopes to bounce back this season LORI TIPPETS

Last year Chris Elias was enjoying what looked like would be a promising baseball season. Elias, a junior at the time, played first base and pitcher for Jacksonville and was a threat at the plate. All of that exuberance soon came to an end. As Elias recalls, “It was the Friday before Spring break and at an Oxford game I slid into third and started feeling some pain. At our next practice I went up high for a ball and when I landed it gave out. I was still able to limp off the field so I was in denial for awhile.” Three days after having a diagnosis of a torn ACL, Elias was in surgery. Three days after that it was into rehab. Elias spent the rest of spring, summer and into the fall working in rehab and strengthening his leg. In the fall he was able to start throwing and he just kept working on his strength after that. This past Saturday Elias was on the mound for the Golden Eagles, picking up a win over Heflin. He also helped himself out at the plate with a three-run homerun. Eagle Head Coach David Deerman is thrilled to have Elias back. “Chris brings a

great attitude up here to the field everyday. He’s a super kid who came here last year from California. He was really going to play a major part last year but got hurt over Spring break. “He is just now getting back into playing shape. When you take a year off its hard to get back.” Elias says that he is getting back into the swing of things. He would love to continue to play after high school and admits that he might be too hard on himself. “I’ve been putting too much pressure on myself,” said Elias. “The past few days I just try to tell myself to just play…just go out there and do your thing.” Trying to relax obviously helped Elias last weekend, pitching one of his best games so far and going 4-for-6 at the plate in two games. Elias didn’t grow up in the South, he and his family moved out to Jacksonville from California, and it was baseball that brought them here. His older brother Aaron was recruited by JSU and came out to pitch for the Gamecocks. His father, Jerry, traveled quite a bit and would come see Aaron play whenever his travels took him through Atlanta. Chris says that his mother, Lisa, enjoyed the area and the family talked about moving out

to the area to see the games. Chris was the one who really thought the family should move. Jacksonville dodged a bullet though as at first the family looked at Oxford as a place to live and raise their family. Thankfully, especially for the Golden Eagles, it was decided that the best place to be was in Jacksonville. Elias has enjoyed playing for the Golden Eagles. While he doesn’t like to talk about how he thinks the team will do this year, “I’m superstitious” says Elias, he does feel that the team will do at least as well as last year when they went two deep into the playoffs. “I think we will do fairly well,” said Elias. “We’ve had some tough games but they’ve been really close. We’ve really come together as a team this year. We’re playing as a team and doing everything as a team. We’re all pretty close knit.” Elias is considering education as a major in college to teach high school history and coach. “I would like to stay around baseball, so I might go into public relations and communications,” said Elias. The polite, personable, soft-spoken senior who has a great work ethic and is constantly looking to improve, would be a great public relations person, and just might be able to be on the field again next year at the next level.



JAXMEN From page 8

with a RBI single to give JSU a 5-3 lead. Jax State added a run in the sixth inning when Sebra drove in his second run of the day with a single to right field for a 6-3 lead. UTM scored the final run of the game in eighth inning on a RBI double by Jake Deason for the final margin. Zych, Douglas and Deason each had two hits for the Skyhawks. Sebra led the Gamecocks with three hits, while Golsan finished with two hits in the game. Jacksonville State returns to action with a pair of midweek games against UAB. The two teams will play at Regions Park in Birmingham on this evening at 6:30 p.m., and then play at Rudy Abbott Field on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. Both games will be carried on the JSU Radio Network. Submitted photo

The Jacksonville 14U team won the District IV Championship and will compete in the state tournament this weekend in Gadsden. Bottom row, from left, Jordyn Lawson, Sam Palmer, Dylan Dunaway, Trace Tucker, C.J. Woolverton. Back row, from left, assistant coach Deonte’ Elston, Alex Lomax, Bryson Petty, Jullion Casiano, head coach Ed “Doc”Canady, J.J. Stone, Austin Rickson, assistant coach Steve Maxwell.

Jacksonville team in state tourney The Jacksonville 14U developmental basketball team defeated Pell City 31-30 to win the District IV Championship and the right to play in the State tournament this weekend in Gadsden. Head Coach Ed “Doc” Canady is proud of his team and the struggles and adversities that they have had to overcome to get to the state championships. “This year has really been a struggle for the team,” said Canady. “During the regular season we had about 23 young men registered and we divided into two squads to travel and play other teams throughout the

county. We’ve had some big wins and some big losses and a few come from behind wins. “We were faced with a lot of distractions. A couple of team members moved during the school semester and we’ve had some injuries and sickness this year. “Our team captain, Sam Palmer, had to miss the last month of the regular season due to illness, but worked really hard to come back and contribute in the District title game.” At state, Jacksonville will face teams from Montgomery, Birmingham, Mobile, Green-

ville, Tuscaloosa and several other cities. This marks the third time in four years that the developmental team has reached the state playoffs. Canady, who founded the program, says the league, “is a program designed not only to teach basketball but provide structure and discipline. We also monitor player’s grades. It’s not just about basketball; it’s about becoming a responsible man in their communities.” The team, who finished with an 8-4 record, will have a send off at the community center at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

EAGLES From page 8

Eagles going 4-for-4 with four RBI. Payton Sims also had a good day at the plate going 3-for-5 and Chance Marbut was 2-for-3. Also getting hits for the Eagles were Thurmond, Bell, Adam Clibrey and Colton Clark. The Eagles came back at night to take a 9-2 win over Westbrook Christian. LaCount continued to have a good day at the plate hitting a two-run homerun. Elias was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Sims, Bell, Marbut, Murphy (double) Waugh, and Carter all hit safely in the game. Marbut recorded the win going five and a third innings, giving up two runs on four hits and struck out six.

JSU: Won 10 of last 12 games

Gamble new volleyball coach Terry Gamble has been named head volleyball coach at Jacksonville State University, athletics director Warren Koegel announced on Friday. Gamble has coached at the collegiate level for 18 years, where he has compiled a 799-236 overall record. He was elected to the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2007, and he also won three National Championships. He spent the last four years as the head coach at McNeese State. “We are very excited to have Coach Gamble lead our volleyball program,” Koegel said. “He is a proven winner with almost 800 career wins, and he has been successful throughout his coaching career.” Gamble took over a McNeese State program that had struggled prior to his arrival, and led the Cowgirls to the Southland Conference Tournament in his first season. He coached four McNeese players who were named to the

All-Southland Conference team, including the 2012 SLC Newcomer of the Year. “I’m very excited about the opportunity at Jacksonville State University,” Gamble said. “This program has been successful in the Ohio Valley Conference in the past, and I hope we can return back to the top of the league.” Gamble has spent most of his coaching career in the

junior college ranks, coaching at Midland Lutheran College before taking over at McNeese State in 2009. In 2006, Gamble was voted the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Coach of the Year. He has been named the NJCAA Coach of the Year three times. His 2006 team won the Academic Team of the Year award.

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BU, who won the OVC East Division crown, had a double bye in the eight-team tournament format. After starting the OVC slate with four losses, JSU finished the season winning ten of its last 15 games. The Bruins started strong by racing out to a 9-0 lead before the Gamecocks registered their first points on a pair of Candace Morton free throws at the 15:39 mark of the opening half. BU’s Lauren Thompson hit a jumper with 12:35 left in the half to give her squad a 15-7 lead, but JSU went on a 7-0 run over the next three minutes to get within a point at 15-14. That would be as close as JSU would get as the Bruins went on an 11-0 run to push the lead out to 12 points at 26-14 at the 6:06 mark of the half. Belmont’s Katie Carroll sparked the run and the Bruins’ first half scoring attack with 17 of her 23 points in the opening period. Carroll finished the day 8-of-14 from the field, including five from beyond the three-point arc. JSU trimmed the deficit to single digits with just over two minutes left in the half before BU pushed it to a 12-point, 37-25 halftime lead. For the second consecutive day, Jax State struggled from the field in the opening half as it connected on just 8-of-27 from the field. The Gamecocks were two shot better in the second half to finish the contest shooting 32 percent from the field. BU countered with a 40 percent shooting effort

in both halves. The Bruins maintained control of the affair in the second half as JSU attempted to make a few runs, but was thwarted by BU. Belmont extended the lead out to 18 points at 50-32 with 12:12 left in the game and would eventually take its largest lead of 22 points at 56-34 at the 7:45 mark. The Gamecocks were led by junior Candace Morton, who has paced the scoring attack throughout the 2013-14 season. Morton, who has now scored in double figures in 29 of the 32 games, matched her season’s average with 16 points with seven coming from the free throw line. The Lexington, Ky. guard, who was named Second Team All-OVC this season, will enter her senior season in the red and white needing just 65 points to reach the 1,000 career point mark. Sophomore Destany McLin may have been JSU’s most improved player from her freshman season to her sophomore campaign. After averaging 5.5 points per game, the Athens, Ala.-native boosted that average to over 14 points a game and scored 31 points in the regular season finale against Belmont on March 1. Jax State’s third leading scorer, Miranda Cantrell was consistent throughout her junior season as she averaged double figures in the 32-game season. Freshman Briana Benson came on strong once conference play started as she scored in double figures in ten OVC contests.

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Jacksonville Community Center YOSHUKAI KARATE awarded new belt ranks this month. Congratulations to the following students: Logan Gaddy/ 4th kyu; Brandon Angel / 6th kyu; Kaleb Cargal / 7th kyu; Keren Anderson / 7th kyu; Ezekiel Anderson / 7th kyu.

Bryant-Jordan program announces region winners    The Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Program’s 96 regional winners for 2014 have been announced by Bryant-Jordan Director Shelton Thompson.      A total of 48 seniors, eight each in each of the six AHSAA’s current six classifications, were selected as ScholarAthlete regional winners and 48 in the Student- Achievement division.     Each student selected was nominated by their respective high schools. A committee of school principals chose the area winners and a committee of school administrators in each region then selected the regional winners.  The overall and class winners will be selected by a statewide committee comprised of school administrators and state business leaders.     All 96 will be recognized at the 2014 Bryant-Jordan Banquet April 14 at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel Ballroom.  Each regional winner will receive $2,500 scholarship and each class winners an additional $3,000 scholarship. The overall Larry D.Striplin, Jr. Scholar-Athlete Award and the overall Ken and Betty Joy Blankenship Achievement Award state winners will receive an additional $3,000 each.      Regional winners are also eligible to receive several other scholarships that will be awarded by 14 Alabama four-year colleges and 14 Alabama community colleges participating in program.     Several special scholarships are also presented annually, including the Dr. Gaylon McCollough Medical Scholarship earmarked for a selected regional winner who plans to enter  the medical field, and the Herman “Bubba” Scott Coach’s Scholarship given to a selected regional winner who plans to go into teaching

and coaching.   The Auburn Football Lettermen and the University of Alabama “A” Club Educational and Charitable Foundation also present scholarships to selected regional winners who plan to attend either Auburn or Alabama, respectively.     In addition, each school that has an individual classification winner will receive a $2,000 cash award. Approximately $1 million in scholarships are awarded annually in the nationally-acclaimed program named for legendary football coaches Paul “Bear” Bryant and Ralph “Shug” Jordan. The program, in its 29th year, began in 1986 as a project of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the AHSAA.     Last year’s overall winners were Carmen Carlos of McGill-Toolen High School (scholar-athlete) and Blake Byrd of Corner High School (student achievement).    The 2014 regional winners from this area are: 2014 Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Achievement Award Regional Winners Class 1A Elysabeth Morales, Jacksonville Christian Class 4A Katherine Neisler, Jacksonville

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possible transfer of city-owned located near George Douthit Drive. School officials asked the city for 31 acres of land for the project, but the city council asked Smith to negotiate for just 20. Through talks that number went up. “In negotiations with them they emphasized their need for more acreage,” Smith said. School officials said they need the property to stretch between the bike trail and James Hopkins, and from George Douthit to Emily’s Pass to make it easier to transport students. Campbell said the school board would be able to transform extend Emily’s Pass across James Hopkins to make a natural entrance to the school. School Board President Mike Poe said they want the property to adjoin the trail so that students will be able to ride their bikes to class. “I think we have a better understanding of what each other’s ideas are and I think we are on the same page,” Campbell said of the negotiations. Monday before the meeting Jacksonville school board members and

the schools’ superintendent, Jon Paul Campbell met with the Jacksonville City Council and Mayor Johnny Smith in a work session. Campbell said a survey determined that the land between the given parameters is 30.52 acres. About 90 people attended the formal meeting after the work session. About a dozen people spent a little more than an hour addressing the council about Kitty Stone Elementary School. Many of the residents who do not want the school to be rebuilt on the city’s southern edge restated reasons they think the school should be rebuilt in place. “We need to have a vital public school presence in the heart of the city,” said Rufus Kenney, who would like Kitty Stone to stay where it is. At least one proponent of the move, Kelly Ryan, stood to say he supports the board’s decision and would like the school to be built at the new site. Ryan said building the school on donated city property will maximize the amount of money schools can spend on educating and that it will provide students with updated facilities. “That’s a much better use of money,” Ryan said.

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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31856 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RILLA JO PATTERSON, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of RILLA JO PATTERSON, deceased, having been granted to JEFFREY KEITH ROBERTS the undersigned on February 10, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. JEFFREY KEITH ROBERTS, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of RILLA JO PATTERSON, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL March 4,11, 18, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT IN RE: THE ESTATE OF CASE NO. 2014-0066 SHIRLEY ANN ZAKRZEWSKI, IN THE MATTER OF THE DECEASED ESTATE OF JANICE RUSCASE NO. 31846 SELL, DECEASED TO: JEROME ZAKRZEWSKI Letters of Administration on the ADDRESS UNKNOWN estate of JANICE RUSSELL, DENNIS ZAKRZEWSKI deceased, having been grantADDRESS UNKNOWN ed to the undersigned on FebMARNIE ZAKRZEWSKI ruary 5, 2014, by the HonADDRESS UNKNOWN orable Alice K. Martin, Judge of AND ANY OTHER UNKNOWN Probate of said County, notice OR INTERESTED PERSONS is hereby given that all persons Notice is hereby given that having claims against said esKeith Zakrzewski has applied tate, are hereby required to for a Hearing for the Petition present the same within the for Probate of Will in the time allowed by law, or the above-referenced cause. The same will be barred. Court has appointed the 8th LINDA BURDETTE, Personal day of April, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. Representative of the Estate of as the date and time for hear- JANICE RUSSELL, Deceased. ing said petition when and Alice K. Martin where you may appear and Judge of Probate contest the same if you see proper. The Jacksonville News The hearing will be in the Calhoun Co., AL Chambers of the Probate February 25, March 4 & 11, Judge located in the County 2014 Administrative Building at 17th and Noble Streets in Anniston, Alabama. NOTICE TO Ronald S. Held (HEL007) Attorney for Petitioner CREDITORS Sides, Oglesby, Held, Dick and STATE OF ALABAMA Burgess, LLC CALHOUN COUNTY 1310 Leighton Avenue PROBATE COURT Post Office Box 1849 CASE NO. 2014-0077 Anniston, Alabama 36202 IN THE MATTER OF THE Telephone: (256) 237-6611 ESTATE OF RHONDA S. Fax: (256) 237-1015 MORRISON, DECEASED Letters of Administration on the estate of RHONDA S. MORRIThe Jacksonville News SON, deceased, having been Calhoun Co., AL granted to the undersigned on March 4, 11, 18, 2014 February 14, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice NOTICE TO is hereby given that all persons having claims against said esCREDITORS tate, are hereby required to STATE OF ALABAMA present the same within the CALHOUN COUNTY time allowed by law, or the PROBATE COURT same will be barred. CASE NO. 2014-0030 RICKEY L. MORRISON, PerIN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT L. HUD- sonal Representative of the Estate of RHONDA S. MORRIDLESTON, DECEASED Letters of Administration on the SON, Deceased. estate of ROBERT L. HUD- Alice K. Martin DLESTON, deceased, having Judge of Probate been granted to the undersigned on February 7, 2014, by The Jacksonville News the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Calhoun Co., AL Judge of Probate of said February 25, March 4 & 11, County, notice is hereby given 2014 that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby NOTICE TO required to present the same within the time allowed by law, CREDITORS or the same will be barred. REBECCA B. HUDDLESTON, STATE OF ALABAMA Personal Representative of the CALHOUN COUNTY Estate of ROBERT L. HUD- PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0058 DLESTON, Deceased. IN THE MATTER OF THE Alice K. Martin ESTATE OF DORIS M. STEWJudge of Probate ART, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the The Jacksonville News estate of DORIS M. STEWCalhoun Co., AL ART, deceased, having been March 4,11, 18, 2014 granted to RITA S. JOHNSTON, the undersigned on February 26, 2014, by the HonNOTICE TO orable Alice K. Martin, Judge of CREDITORS Probate of said County, notice STATE OF ALABAMA is hereby given that all persons CALHOUN COUNTY having claims against said esPROBATE COURT tate, are hereby required to CASE NO. 31810 present the same within the IN THE MATTER OF THE time allowed by law, or the ESTATE OF TENNIE OLENA same will be barred. HUBBARD TAYLOR, DE- RITA S. JOHNSTON,Personal CEASED Representative of the Last Will Letters Testamentary on the and Testament of DORIS M. estate of TENNIE OLENA STEWART, Deceased. HUBBARD TAYLOR de- Alice K. Martin ceased, having been granted Judge of Probate to IRIS TAYLOR AND JUDITH TAYLOR CHITWOOD, the un- The Jacksonville News dersigned on February 10, Calhoun Co., AL 2014, by the Honorable Alice March 4, 11, & 18 2014 K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby NOTICE TO given that all persons having claims against said estate, are CREDITORS hereby required to present the STATE OF ALABAMA same within the time allowed CALHOUN COUNTY by law, or the same will be PROBATE COURT barred. CASE NO. 2014-0089 IRIS TAYLOR AND JUDITH IN THE MATTER OF THE TAYLOR CHITWOOD, Co-Per- ESTATE OF AGNES VIRGINsonal Representatives of the IA BIRCHFIELD, DECEASED Last Will and Testament of Letters Testamentary on the TENNIE OLENA HUBBARD estate of AGNES VIRGINIA TAYLOR, Deceased. BIRCHFIELD, deceased, havAlice K. Martin ing been granted to WILLIAM Judge of Probate CLAYTON BIRCHFIELD III, the undersigned on February The Jacksonville News 25, 2014, by the Honorable Calhoun Co., AL Alice K. Martin, Judge of ProFebruary 25 & March 4, 11, bate of said County, notice is 2014 hereby given that all persons

having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. WILLIAM CLAYTON BIRCHFIELD III, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of AGNES VIRGINIA BIRCHFIELD, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL March 11,18, 25, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0093 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF MARY ALMA MACHOVEC, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of MARY ALMA MACHOVEC, deceased, having been granted to JOANN M. SMALLWOOD, the undersigned on February 28, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. JOANN M. SMALLWOOD, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of MARY ALMA MACHOVEC, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL March 11,18, 25, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0064 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF KARL ROBERT REESE, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of KARL ROBERT REESE, deceased, having been granted to ALTHEA RENEA REESE, the undersigned on February 26, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. ALTHEA RENEA REESE, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of KARL ROBERT REESE, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL March 4, 11, 18, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0084 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LINDA GAIL SEXTON, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of LINDA GAIL SEXTON, deceased, having been granted to RITA G. FROST F/K/A RITA EDINGER AND JOHN HUGH SEXTON JR. the undersigned on February 21, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. RITA G. FROST, F/K/A RITA EDINGER AND JOHN HUGH SEXTON JR, Co-Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of LINDA GAIL SEXTON, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL March 4, 11, & 18 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 31196 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT LEE DIX, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of ROBERT LEE DIX, deceased, having been granted to CANDY RENEE WOODALL, the undersigned on February 20, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. CANDY RENEE WOODALL, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of ROBERT LEE DIX, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL March 4, 11, 18, 2014

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Plenty of pancakes sold Saturday, club cleared over $2,000 Members of the Kiwanis Club are happy with the response of the community to the annual Pancake Day Saturday at the Community Center. This was the first year pancakes were sold at the Community Center. Kiwanian Dick Bell said it was the best sell ever. Secretary/treasurer Bob Ford said a little over $2,000 was cleared. “The change of location evidently helped,” said Ford. “I think people felt more comfortable. There was plenty of parking and a great deal of good advertising, and that helped. And I think our people got out and sold tickets, so all those things together helped, but definitely changing the location was a plus.” Ford commended Bell, chairman of the event, for doing a good job. Money raised will go toward the club’s community service projects.



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