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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 staff members will be affected by the change. Multiple attempts to reach hospital offi-
cials 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 in Anniston, combining the departments would be cost effective. RMC spokeswoman Hillary Folsom wrote in an email that the hospital system closed RMC Jacksonville’s intensive care unit two months ago. ■ See RMC, page 5
RMC bought Jacksonville Hospital in December 2012. This photo shows the new sign back then.
New location gives Pope Realty more space FOWLER
Veteran newsman died Sunday in Anniston LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service
Phillip Pope has four realtors working with him in and around the Piedmont area.
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hillip Pope has been in business, either by himself or with his family, since 1987. Pope said it’s been a wonderful adventure for himself and for his family. Pope was born in Piedmont to Clarence Charles “Teddy” and Lottie Sue (Gossett) Pope. He graduated from Piedmont High School in 1985 and went on receive a degree in finance at Jacksonville State University. “We opened Pope Furniture in Piedmont in 1987 so that was my job throughout college,” said Pope. “A lot of my friends graduated and left town but I have never wanted to live anywhere else.” Later, he and his sister, Phyllis Hunt, built a furniture store
south of Jacksonville called Foothills Furniture. He was licensed as an appraiser in 1993 and worked with Lillian Canter who owned Piedmont Realty. Shortly afterward he was licensed as a realtor and continued to work for Canter. After she retired in 1999, he opened Pope Realty. “We sold Foothills Furniture in 1997 and eventually closed Pope Furniture in 2000, so that I could focus on the real estate business full time,” said Pope. “It’s a bit confusing since there is currently a Pope Furniture in Piedmont. I still get the occasional call about furniture, but that’s not me. “ In August, he moved Pope Realty to a new location, 202 N. Main St. “We love it where we are,” said Pope. “We shared a very small office for 14 years. Now we have a whole lot more space. ■ See POPE, page 5
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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 Alabama papers such as The Tuscaloosa News, The Montgomery Advertiser and The Anniston Star. By the time Fowler was 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
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OPINION/EDITORIAL 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 Samantha Shaw in this Inside The Statehouse 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 www.steveflowers.us
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 personification, and the idea is the opposite of the way we usually think of plants. Pollan has some way-out things to say that run contrary to the way I believe, but the concepts are interesting, nonetheless. 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 Sherry natural selection, and apple plants Kughn need cross-pollination to continue their evolution. Apples, such as the Sherry-Go-Round 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scandals in Washington aren’t what they used to be Has the IRS been targeting conservative 501(c)(4) groups and organizations? Yes, no question about that, though the mainstream media have largely dismissed this story probably because no one has found a smoking gun linking President Obama directly to the scandal. And, if you believe politicians’ using the IRS to intimidate political opponents is scandalous, then you must believe the IRS targeting conservative groups and individuals is a real scandal. According to a CNN report May 14, 2013, President Obama called such targeting ‘outrageous.’ “If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that’s outrageous. And there’s no place for it,” Obama told reporters. CNN further quoted Mr. Obama, “And they have to be held fully accountable. Because the IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity, and people have to have confidence that they’re ... applying the laws in a nonpartisan way.”
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Eight months later President Obama assured FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly the IRS Daniel had “not even a smidGardner gen of corruption.” According to a FOX News story published February 3, 2014: “[Obama] adamantly My Thoughts rejected the suggestion that the IRS was used for political purposes by singling out Tea Party groups seeking tax exemption. ‘That’s not what happened,’ he said. Rather, he said, IRS officials were confused about how to implement the law governing those kinds of tax-exempt groups. ‘There were some bone-headed decisions,’ Obama conceded.” Why have IRS officials under the Obama administration been confused about how to implement the law? The answer probably goes back to a Supreme Court ruling in January 2010, and President Obama’s schooling the justices in his State of the Union address six days later when he asked Congress to correct the justices’ wrong decision in Citizens United, which upheld the right of corporations and unions to make independent expenditures in political races. Democrats hate that ruling because it opened the door for corporations and businesses to contribute money to so-called super PACs (political action committees). Democrats have long enjoyed receiving money from unions that donate about half of all dollars going into Democratic coffers. But, Citizens United opened the door for Republicans to receive money from GOP-friendly corporations and businesses. Democrats jumped on the IRS quickly directing the supposedly independent agency to investigate conservative 501(c)(4) groups and organizations. There’s a long history from February 2010 to this year of Democrats
in Congress writing letters to IRS officials and holding hearings pressing the agency to target conservative 501(c)(4) groups and organizations. In one case Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) announced the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations would hold hearings on “the IRS’s failure to enforce the law requiring that tax-exempt 501(c)(4)s be engaged exclusively in social welfare activities, not partisan politics.” Unfortunately, three days later Lois Lerner, Director of IRS Exempt Organizations Division, revealed the IRS had been targeting and delaying applications from conservative groups applying for tax exempt status. Oops! Levin’s hearings have been postponed indefinitely. Surely such IRS’s targeting of political opponents has never happened before? Some of us remember Congress charging President Nixon with using the IRS to punish political opponents in his Articles of Impeachment. Everyone knows how that ended. Compared with the Obama administration, Nixon was a novice. Today’s scandals in Washington aren’t what they used to be. Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at Daniel@ DanLGardner.com, or visit his website at http://www. danlgardner.com Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site blogs.clarionledger. com/dgardner/
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Piedmont - Service for Frances S. Ray, 93, was held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Wade Acton and the Rev. Jacob Sims officiating. Burial followed at Highland Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday, March 8, 2014, from 12-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Ray passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Survivors include two sons, Norris Ray (Monte), of Piedmont and Bruce Ray (Janice), of Auburn; a daughterin-law, Elaine Ray, of Piedmont; one sister, Doris Westbrooks, of Manchester, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Pallbearers will be Eric Ray, Andrew Ray, Casey Lipscomb, Jon Everly, Robin Roberts and Rodney Lipscomb. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Coats, Dave Robinson and Kurt
Lipscomb. Mrs. Ray had been a lifetime member of Piedmont Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she had served in many areas of the church. She was a homemaker, loved her family , was an avid gardener and seamstress. She was a former employee of Lawtex and Fort McClellan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Savage Ray; son, Wayne Ray; parents, Frank and Rossie Stewart; a brother, Sparks Stewart and a sister, Bessie Reedy. The family wishes to extend a special thank you for the exceptional care provided by the 9th floor nurses at Gadsden Regional Medical Center and Southern Care Hospice. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Piedmont Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 23478 AL Hwy 9 North, Piedmont, 36272. www.thompsonfuneralhomepiedmont.com.
Alabama considers allowing marijuana oil for seizures PHILLIP RAWLS Associated Press MONTGOMERY — A Huntsville legislator is working on changes to a bill that he hopes will persuade the Senate to approve the use of marijuana oil to treat children’s seizures. Republican Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville and other advocates plan on Tuesday to unveil the changes, which Sanford said should ease some concerns about the measure he has proposed. Sanford’s bill was on the Senate’s work agenda Thursday, but the Senate broke for the weekend without getting to it. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said he expects it to be back on the work agenda when the Senate resumes work Tuesday afternoon. Families with children suffering from frequent seizures due to epilepsy have been visiting the Legislature for two months in an effort to emphasize the potential good marijuana oil can do and to dispel fears about its legalization. Greg Gibbs of Madison has been pushing his granddaughter’s stroller along the halls, introducing 19-month-old Charlotte Dolton to legislators and explaining that she has a form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. Because of that, she suffers frequent seizures. “Each seizure causes brain damage, so we are fighting the clock,” he said. Gibbs’ family wants to be able to treat her seizures with a marijuana plant extract called cannabidoil, also known as CBD oil. Sanford’s bill and similar legislation offered in the House by Republican Rep. Mike Ball of Madison do not legalize the oil, but give patients and their caretakers a justifiable defense if charged with drug possession. Those in possession of the oil would have to have written proof of a diagnosis such as a seizure disorder. Gibbs said the evidence he has seen from other states where the oil is available has convinced him it would reduce his granddaughter’s seizures significantly and keep her from suffering brain damage. He said the oil is produced from marijuana that is grown to be low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive substance in marijuana. “It can’t get anybody high,” he said. Gibbs tells people the legislation has nothing to do with a broader medical marijuana bill that has been introduced this session or with recreational marijuana. “There is marijuana pot and then there is miracle marijuana,” he said. Barry Yarbrough of Haleyville is also walking the halls, but without his 14-year-old granddaughter, Allie Swann. Her parents moved her from Haleyville to Colorado last fall to be able to use the marijuana oil to legally treat her epilepsy. “She probably wouldn’t be alive now if not for going out there,” he said. Sanford said the biggest challenge his bill faces is legislators’ concerns about voting for anything pertaining to marijuana in an election year when their opponents might use it against them. Yarbrough said he understands legislators’ concerns, and he was skeptical until he saw the change in his granddaughter. “She has never gone two or three days of her life without a seizure. She went 21 days without a seizure and her motor skills have improved,” he said. “We were hoping for a 10 percent change. We are at 60 percent.”
Community Capsule • COPING WITH GRIEF. A coping with grief - even if nobody died group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Jacksonville First United Methodist Church. Please call the church office for information and directions (256-435-6021). • 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. • Venecia Benefield Butler’s book, “I Have to Get Some Things Off My Chest,” can be purchased for $15 (including tax) by mailing a check to P. O. Box 572, Piedmont 36262, or take money or check to Butler’s sister, Randa Carroll, at the office of Benjamin Ingram at 207 Rome, Ave., Piedmont. Proceeds will go to the V Foundation, founded by Butler, to purchase gift bags for patients going through chemo treatments. The bags will include items such as comedy DVDs, chap stick, gift cards, gas cards, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, search-a-word, lubricant eye drops, gum and peppermints, soft toothbrushes, queasy drops, lotion, neck wrap or hydrating socks. • Dogs for the Deaf, located in Central Point, Ore., is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to help adults and children with different disabilities, challenges, and needs. For example, a Hearing Dog is trained to alert its owner to household sounds that could affect his or her safety and an Autism Assistance Dog would keep an autistic child out of
Police Report Feb. 25 • Criminal trespass III. A 31-year-old female reported an incident that occurred at her residence at 9:35 p.m. Feb. 26 • Theft of property III. A 66-year-old reported the theft of an AT&T Windows phone valued at $300 that occurred at Piedmont Middle School between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Feb. 25. • Unauthorized use of a vehicle. A 71-yearold female reported an incident involving a 2004 Nissan Maxima valued at $12, 000 that occurred on North Fifth Avenue at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28 • Burglary III. A resident of Memorial Drive reported the theft of a Lincoln 225 electric welder, a Poulan weed trimmer with brush cutter attachment, a welding hood, a Ryobi pnuematic finishing nailer, a Skil electric drill and a Skil circular saw that
occurred between Feb. 1 and 28. • Harassing communications. A 48-year-old male reported an incident that occurred at his residence between 8 a.m. and 3:13 p.m. March 1 • Theft of property III. A 38-year-old male reported the theft of a propane tank regulator and 10feet of copper tubing that occurred between Feb. 27 and March 1. • Theft of property II. A 79-year-old female reported the theft of two white gold rings valued at $2,000, a pendant containing birthstones valued at $170, and a ribbon pendant with small diamonds around it valued at $100 that occurred at her residence between Feb. 27 and 28. • Harassment. A 45-year-old female reported incidents that occurred between Dec. 2013 and March 1. March 3
Arrests Feb. 25 • Dennis Ray Whorton, 47, failure to appear. March 4 • Demestress Quamaine Jackson, 22, contempt. • Eugene Harry Cogswell, 24, contempt. March 6 • Johnathon Wesley McCurdy, 33, driving under the influence – alcohol.
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Mandy Pope teaches at her alma mater Spring Garden has always been her home MARGARET ANDERSON Journal News Editor Mandy Pope likes to teach because she feels that her students keep her young. But, that’s not the only reason she chose education as a career. She wants her students to know what life is all about -- that it’s not always going to be easy when they grow up. “Sometimes they’ll listen to me before they’ll listen to their parents when you talk to them about life,” she said. After graduating from Spring Garden, Mandy enrolled at Jacksonville State University where she received a degree in dietetics. Soon afterward, she obtained a teaching certificate and then a master’s in administration from JSU. Mandy has taught family and consumer sciences at Spring Garden High School for the past 14 years. She’s also the advisor for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She enjoys teaching the life skills that teenagers will eventually have to use every day -- skills that require knowing more than how to cook and sew. She talks to her classes about finances, balancing a checkbook, giving back change, and child development. Granted, she does teach cooking and sewing, but she also gives information on and solutions to everyday situations that the younger generation will need to know someday. “I know a lot of the kids and I know their families, but we have new people who move in to, so it’s always interesting,” she said. “I love the kids. Sometimes when I’m talking about the kids, people will ask me if I’m talking about my own kids or the kids I
teach at school.” Mandy said she feels as if they’re all hers. Spring Garden is the only place she’s ever wanted to teach. It’s the only school where she interviewed. Mandy is the daughter of Gene and Reba (Locklear) Williams of Spring Garden. Her brother, Rodney Williams, lives in Freeport, Fla., and her sister, Shannon Ivey, lives in Spring Garden. Mandy and her husband, Phillip, who owns Pope Realty, have been married 17 years. They live in Spring Garden and have two children, Chaz, 11, and Chapel, 8. “Our home life is very busy,” she said. “Right now my oldest is still playing basketball while starting baseball practice, and our youngest also plays sports,” she said. “We go to all the sporting events to watch our kids and all the kids play, so our lives revolve around sports.” The Popes are members of First Baptist Church of Piedmont, where Mandy and Phillip are members of the Jabez Sunday School Class. Mandy likes to read. Karen Kingsbury, who writes Christian based books, is her favorite author. “I know people think because I’m a home ec teacher that I cook all the time,” said Mandy. “The truth is I do love to cook, but I don’t have as much time to cook as I’d like.” Though her schedule doesn’t always allow her enough time to prepare as many different dishes as she’d like, she does make it a point to see that her family gets nutritious meals daily. (Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail. com)
BACON MONKEY BREAD 11 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 small onion, chopped 3 (10 oz.) cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits ½ cup butter or margarine, melted Combine first 3 ingredients; set aside. Cut biscuits into fourths. Dip each piece in butter, and layer onethird in a lightly greased 10-inch bundt pan. Sprinkle half of bacon mixture over biscuits; repeat layering procedure, ending with biscuits. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until golden. Let cool in pan 10 minutes; invert onto a serving platter, and serve immediately. BUTTER TILAPIA 1 ½ lbs. tilapia fillets 1 T. seasoning salt Pepper
Mandy Pope at Pope Realty.
We go to all the the sporting events to watch our kids and all the kids play, so our lives revolve around sports” Mandy Pope
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The Pope family, Chaz, Phillip, Chapel and Mandy.
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Lee Patterson, candidate for Calhoun County Commission, visited Piedmont High School to speak with students and administrators about the use of technology in the classroom and the maintenance of the school’s well kept facilities. Pictured: Lee Patterson, Hannah McCurdy, Superintendent Matt Akin, Chasity Tucker, Principal Adam Clemons, and Addison Byers.
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We have about three times more square footage than what we had. The new location also gives us a lot more visibility. “ Four realtors work with Pope -Bobby Hardin, Gary McCurdy, Theresa Benefield and Brea Ingram, who often does double duty as office manager. Pope said he likes having his own business and he especially likes working in Piedmont. “I like the flexibility that I have,” he said. “It allows me to set my own hours and be available for my kids. I don’t have to miss their ballgames or school events.” Pope said he learned at an early age that he enjoyed working with the public. “That’s what I’ve always done, even in the furniture business,” he said. “That and selling real estate is all about working with people and helping them find what they want.” As a member of First Baptist Church,
Pope has traveled several times with Carpenters for Christ. He’s been to South Carolina and North Carolina. After the tornadoes hit the Ohatchee area in 2011, he helped rebuild a house in that area that had been blown away. “It’s a very rewarding experience,” said Pope. “You get to be around folks that you don’t get to be around any other way. The home in Ohatchee was the first time we’ve ever done anything like that. We normally build churches or additions to churches.” Pope said his greatest enjoyment in life is watching his sons, Chaz, 11, and Chapel, 8, play sports. He is married to the former Mandy Williams. “We’ve got a little cattle farm where we live and raise a few head of cattle,” said Pope. “The boys enjoy it. They get to help me. We can hunt, fish and ride 4-wheelers without ever leaving the farm. I think that’s good for them.” (Contact Margaret at pollya922@ gmail.com)
We’ve got a little cattle farm where we live . . . ’’ Anita Kilgore
Phillip Pope in front of his new office at 202 North Main Street.
FOWLER: Named to Consolidated’s board of directors in 2002 and attending church, Trisha Fowler said Sunday. The Anniston Star, in a statement “He was my best friend,” she said. “I was emailed Sunday. “He was such good comjust blessed to be his wife.” pany with an archive of stories gleaned She also said Fowler got his first job from a long and varied career in the news in the business as a newspaper carrier at and management side of newspapers.” about 12. She said he would sit on the hood After spending more than two decades of his father’s car, his young brothers at his with Consolidated Publishing, Fowler side, and toss newspapers onto lawns. resigned on March 1. Consolidated pubFowler began working for Consolidated lishes The Star and The Home. when he was hired in 1992 as editor and “He was a good friend and had a long, general manager of The Daily Home. Two successful history with Consolidated years later he was promoted to publisher of papers and other newspapers. He will be sorely missed,” said Phil Sanguinetti, Con- the paper. In 1996, he became the vice president of solidated’s president. Away from work, Fowler was a husband, operations for Consolidated. In that role, he oversaw the construction and developa father to three, a stepfather to two and a grandfather. Besides his wife and children, ment of two buildings, The Star’s office, opened in 2002, and a Daily Home office, he is survived by a sister — one of three opened in 2006. siblings — and his mother, Katherine Fowler was named to Consolidated’s Fowler, 86, of Rome, Ga. board of directors in 2002. Fowler enjoyed golf, reading novels From page 1
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 publisher at The Daily Home. ”There are still a lot of employees that were there when he originally came in 1992.” Fowler’s career was split between the newsroom and the business side of the industry. Those who worked with Fowler as an executive and who observed his work in newsrooms said he was a mentor. Robert Jackson, Consolidated’s vice president for sales and operations who succeeded Fowler as The Daily Home’s publisher, 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. Felicia Mason, executive director of the Alabama Press Association, worked with Fowler when he served as president from 2001 to 2002. Mason said she will remember Fowler for his “steady, calm leadership,” which she described as invaluable. “He was just so versatile. I think that’s what made him such an icon and a mentor to so many people,” Mason said. “I think it’s sad that we’ve lost an individual that had the ability to reach out to young journalists.” A viewing for Fowler will be held at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels at 11 a.m. Friday. Funeral services will follow. Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-2353544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star.
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not seen in the previous spelling bees — a vocabulary section. He said it luckily lasted only two rounds, GADSDEN — Gadsden Middle but was plenty difficult. He remembered School’s Joshua Kelley prepared repeatone word in the section, consensus, and edly and fought hard to bring the Alabama was given two definitions, a count of the Spelling Bee title home. He had to contend people in a country or an agreement. He with marathon preliminary bees, his own said the question was tricky, but he made kin and the difficult words themselves. Saturday at Oak Mountain High School sure to remember that a census counts people. in Birmingham, Joshua completed that His mother and brothers have been with long and rigorous path by spelling the him the entire way. John and Jacob were word “Macedonian” to become the first at the state bee and were following along state spelling champion from Gadsden with their mother, Amy, who has helped City Schools. His next stop will be the Scripps Nation- prepare the Kelleys to be such able spellal Spelling Bee May 25-31 in Washington, ers. At one point, Mom and the boys wrote D.C. Joshua still was beaming about his victo- a different answer than Joshua had given. ry Monday as he showed off his trophy. They all got a little quiet, but Joshua knew “It’s spectacular,” he said. “It feels really better than they did and continued on his good because I worked so much for this.” march toward the title. Unlike the world’s most famous MaceThere are scheduling issues with the donian, Alexander the Great, Joshua was national bee for the Kelleys, as another not undefeated in his trek to glory. He lost son, Justin, will be competing for Gadsden to his own brother, Jacob, in the Gadsden City High School’s junior varsity Scholars City Schools’ spelling bee and his showBowl team in the nationals in New Orledown with another brother, John, in the ans. Gadsden Middle School bee lasted more It may take a red-eye flight across the than three hours. Southeast to get all the Kelleys in WashHe finally made it to the state level ington. However, they will be together in after winning a 79-round Etowah County the end because it was their work together Spelling Bee that largely was a duel with Westbrook Christian Elementary’s Micah in the beginning that launched Joshua to the heights he has achieved. Blisard. It was Joshua’s second straight “This victory was for all of the brothers,” county championship. Amy Kelley said. “They all worked togethAs the state bee approached, Joshua er through all this.” learned about a new surprise that he had JOHN DAVIDSON The Gadsden Times
$15.3 million and used the money to help build Jacksonville High School. Jacksonville Mayor Johnny Smith said Thursday any job losses at RMC Jacksonville would be a blow to the city. “That would be tough,” Smith said. Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @ LGaddy_Star
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She said that change was due to low patient volumes and a lack of “specialty coverage.” 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 more services, physicians and equipment. The Jacksonville facility opened in 1976 under city ownership. The City Council sold the hospital in 1996 for
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Benefield wins Bryant-Jordan scholarship The Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Program made public Friday its annual list of scholarship recipients and Spring Garden senior baseball player Grant Benefield won the Scholar-Athlete Award for Class 1A, Region 5. With the recognition as region winner comes a $2,500 scholarship. “Grant is a super-intelligent young man. He’s a hard-working guy, very dependable,” Spring Garden principal Mike Welsh said Tuesday. “I can’t think of anybody more fitting to receive the Scholar-Athlete Award from Bryant-Jordan.”
Benefield won in the Scholar-Athlete category. The Bryant-Jordan program also has a Student-Achievement division. Benefield and 95 other regional winners in the Bryant-Jordan program’s two categories will be honored at a banquet in Birmingham on April 14 at the Sheraton Hotel ballroom. At that time, an overall winner for each division in each of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s six classes and an overall winner in each division in all classes will be announced. Overall winners receive additional scholarship money. Friday’s official announcement wasn’t a surprise to
Benefield or his family. He had received a notification letter from the Bryant-Jordan program about a month ago. “Actually, I wasn’t the first one to open it,” Benefield said of the correspondence. “Mom actually opened it. She had gotten home before I did. She opened the letter and read it. She actually gave me the news. I was pretty ecstatic.” Benefield, who will graduate from Spring Garden as the valedictorian of the Class of 2014, will enter Jacksonville State University in the fall where he plans to study computer science.
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Roberts goes with Faulkner “I went on a Friday and that Monday she emailed me my offer,” Roberts recalled. Friday was another of what Piedmont Bartels has recruited Roberts as a High School athletic director Steve defensive specialist. That in and of itself Smith calls a “great day for Piedmont.” says good things about the way Bartels With her parents, extended family, sees Roberts. Bartels was an outstandclassmates and friends watching, senior ing defender during her playing days at Mallory Roberts formalized her decision Freed-Hardeman. to attend school and play volleyball at “I’m so excited. It was great the day Montgomery’s Faulkner University. she told me that she wanted me to play Roberts’ journey to Faulkner began there,” Roberts recalled. “It was overwhen she heard her cousin Kurt whelming.” Lipscomb, a sophomore pitcher on Faulkner is getting a competitor. the Eagles’ baseball team, say positive Asked what she considers her strength things about the school. Roberts said as a player, Roberts replied, “I treat she called Faulkner volleyball coach every game as a championship game Tori Bartels to see if her NAIA program and want to win.” was holding tryouts. Instead, Bartels Roberts capped her volleyball career invited her to come and practice with for Piedmont head coach Grace Strott the team. with a place on the 2013 Class 3A, Area “We hit it off as soon as I got there,” 10 tournament’s all-tournament team. Roberts said of her future teammates. Having fulfilled her goal to receive a “They let me come in the locker room volleyball scholarship, Roberts has set with them and we goofed around in another long-range goal for herself. there. They were just so welcoming.” “Hopefully, after my four years of After the practice, Bartels was encour- basics, I’m going to attend the law aging and followed through immediate- school (at Faulkner),” she said. ly. RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent
Piedmont girls’ softball still looking to improve RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent
Still a work in progress, Piedmont began its area home-and-home softball series Tuesday at home against Weaver. The Bulldogs travel to Saks for another area game Thursday then play in the White Plains tournament at Oxford Lake Friday and Saturday. “All of our games have exposed things that we need to work, which is good,” Piedmont coach Rachel Smith said Tuesday morning. What the Bulldogs have learned most recently is the importance of solid play in the field. At home Monday, Piedmont out-hit visiting Gadsden City but committed eight errors and lost 5-2 to a team the Bulldogs had defeated handily earlier. “I guess what we learned was regardless of how well we hit we cannot make errors defensively,” Smith said of the loss to the Titans. “We cannot do it because that’s always going to come back to bite you. We have to continue to hit well but we have to play good defense.” Smith noted the right mental approach should prevent one error leading to more errors. Piedmont trailed Gadsden City 3-0 before scoring two runs in the fifth inning. Torre Roberts singled, stole second base, moved to third on a fly ball then scored when Kayleigh Williams reached on an error. Williams later scored on a base hit by Mallory Roberts. On Saturday, after the Anniston tournament was canceled, Piedmont’s field was playable and Clay Central, Geraldine and Shelby County came to Piedmont for two games each. Piedmont defeated Shelby County 5-1 in its opener then lost to Geraldine 4-3. The Bulldogs made three
errors in each game. Against Shelby County, Hayden Tyree had a pair of singles. Williams, Torre Roberts, Madison Pike, Mallory Roberts and Kendall Pressley each had a single. Pike, Tyree, Mallory Roberts and Hannah Hulsizer had one RBI apiece. Williams was the winning pitcher. She struck out three in five innings and did not allow an earned run. In the Geraldine game, Geraldine scored three times in the sixth and final inning to pull out a victory. Piedmont got solo run s in the first, fourth and sixth innings. Torre Roberts scored on a base hit by Pressley in the first. In the fourth, Torre Roberts tripled and scored on a misplay in the outfield. Mallory Roberts led off the sixth with a triple and scored on Tyree’s infield single. Williams and Torre Roberts each had two hits. Pressley was the losing pitcher despite allowing just two earned runs on five hits. On March 4, Piedmont scored an impressive 8-3 win over Class 5A Fort Payne. Before a home crowd, the Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits and did not commit an error. Piedmont led 5-1 after one inning and finished with 12 hits as a team. Caitlin Tant had three hits and drove in a run. Torre Roberts, Williams and Hulsizer each had two hits with Hulsizer and Roberts recording a double each. Roberts also scored three runs and Hulsizer drove in two. Williams had five strikeouts over seven innings. “With the wins that we have had, I think it’s given the girls some confidence that they can play with anybody if we continue to hit well and play good defense,” Smith added. “It’s when we have lapses on defense that we struggle.”
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MONTGOMERY — Voters who don’t have a valid photo ID to use in Alabama’s elections can get one free at county board of registrars’ offices. Alabama’s chief election official, Secretary of State Jim Bennett, said Monday that registrars’ offices in every county will be offering the free IDs, starting this week. The offices are open during regular courthouse hours, he said. In addition, the required photo IDs are available in the secretary of state’s office in the Capitol and, starting March 17, from vans that will be visiting all 67 counties. Their schedules will be announced soon. “We are covering the state in a broad way,” Bennett said. After Republicans took control of the Legislature from Democrats, they passed a law in 2011 to require a photo ID to vote. The law takes effect with the primary election June 3. “We think it will help improve our voting system. Voters, of course, ought to be who they claim to be,” the Republican secretary of state said. Many types of photo IDs can be used, including an Alabama driver’s license, Alabama non-driver ID, state-issued ID, federal ID, passport, Alabama public or private college ID, college ID from a state college in another state, military ID and employee ID from a federal, state, county or city government. The secretary of state’s office reports that a check of voting records with the state Department of Public Safety shows 20 percent of Alabama’s registered voters, or about 500,000 adults, lack a driver’s license or non-driver ID issued by the Department of Public Safety. Bennett estimated half of that group has one of the other acceptable forms of photo IDs. Those without a proper ID can get one free by going to a registrars’ office, the secretary of state’s office or one of the vans with documents showing their full legal name, date of birth and address. Examples of photo IDs that can be used to obtain a free voter ID include a high school ID, an ID from a private employer and a hospital or nursing home ID. Nonphoto IDs with a person’s full legal name and date of birth can be used, including a birth certificate, marriage record, military record, Medicaid or Medicare document, or official school transcript. The voter will get a paper ID initially, but should get a permanent ID by mail within two weeks. The permanent IDs don’t expire like a driver’s license would, Bennett said. The secretary of state’s office reports it is spending about $800,000 to implement the law. That includes equipment from Police & Sheriff’s Press in Valdosta, Ga., van travel and a media campaign, he said.
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The Mortgagee/Transferee re- assigned to Bank of America, 984.69 feet to the point of bePIEDMONT AREA 3BR _________________________ serves the right to bid for and N.A., by instrument recorded in ginning of the hereafter deCall Walter or Ruby Green at LAND FOR SALE purchase the real estate and to Mort Bk 4725, Pg 816, in the scribed parcel of land; thence BUY MOUNTAIN property at credit its purchase price aforesaid Probate Office; the South 01 degrees and 20 min256-447-7558 below cost! Stream front against the expenses of sale undersigned Bank of America, utes East 140 feet to the North acreage. 2 nicely wooded acres with mountain views, private stream front & spring head. Loaded with mature hardwoods. Gentle building TO THE BEST OF OUR site. Private paved roads, muKNOWLEDGE nicipal water, underground Day Line Deadline All of the ads in this column power, fiber optic, more. Just represent legitimate offerings, $19,900. Excellent financing. 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line of Boozer Drive; thence South 89 degrees and 49 minutes West along the North line of Boozer Drive 130.0 feet, thence North 01 degrees and 20 minutes West 140.0 feet, thence North 89 degrees and 49 minutes East 130.0 feet to the Point of Beginning. Property Street Address: 41 Boozer Dr, Jacksonville, AL 36265 THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ON AN “AS IS, WHERE IS” BASIS, SUBJECT TO ANY EASEMENTS, ENCUMBRANCES, AND EXCEPTIONS REFLECTED IN THE MORTGAGE AND THOSE CONTAINED IN THE RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE OF PROBATE OF THE COUNTY WHERE THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED PROPERTY IS SITUATED. THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD WITHOUT WARRANTY OR RECOURSE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED AS TO TITLE, USE AND/OR ENJOYMENT AND WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION OF ALL PARTIES ENTITLED THERETO. This sale is made for the purpose of paying the indebtedness secured by said mortgage, as well as the expenses of foreclosure. The Mortgagee/Transferee reserves the right to bid for and purchase the real estate and to credit its purchase price against the expenses of sale and the indebtedness secured by the real estate. This sale is subject to postponement or cancellation. Embrace Home Loans, Inc., Mortgagee/Transferee Andy Saag SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL 35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee www.sirote.com/foreclosures 307106 The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL March 5, 12, 19, 2014
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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0075 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JAMES E. CULLINS DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of JAMES E. CULLINS, deceased, having been granted to TIMOTHY W. CULLINS, the undersigned on February 13, 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. TIMOTHY W. CULLINS, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of JAMES E. CULLINS, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL February 26 & March 5, 12, 2014
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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0087 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF BENNY JERRY KILGORE DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of BENNY JERRY KILGORE, deceased, having been granted to JANET K. WILLIAMS, F/K/A JANET K. ESTES, the undersigned on February 25, 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. JANET K. WILLIAMS, F/K/A JANET K. ESTES, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of BENNY JERRY KILGORE, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL March 12, 19, 26, 2014
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Piedmont faces tough battles ahead RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent
Never let it be said that Piedmont baseball coach James Blanchard schedules a bunch of cream puffs. This week, the Bulldogs have home contests with 6A Oxford, 4A Jacksonville and 4A Cleburne County as they prepare for a home-and-home series with area opponent Saks on March 20-21. “I think it helps tremendously, playing good teams like that, higher classifications” Blanchard said Tuesday morning, prior to Piedmont’s doubleheader with Oxford Tuesday evening. “You see good pitching every day.” Jacksonville comes to Piedmont Friday for another doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday’s meeting with Cleburne County will be a single varsity game at approximately 5 p.m., shortly after the 3 p.m. ‘B’ team game against Jacksonville concludes. Last Thursday’s game at Alexandria was rained out and Alexandria’s schedule was filled Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs were able to make a last-minute schedule adjustment and pick up a home doubleheader Saturday with Randolph County, a Class 2A semifinalist last season. Piedmont took the first game against the Tigers 11-4 then won the nightcap 2-0. “It was big time,” Blanchard said of the opportunity to schedule a quality opponent and not have to go a week without playing. “That kind of gave us some confidence winning those two games. I could tell in
Jaret Prater collects a hit against Randolph County. practice (Monday).” In the opener, Easton Kirk and Bayley Blanchard had first-inning RBI singles to score Caleb Adams and Payton Young, earning the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. Jaret Prater
singled, stole second and scored on an error in the second. Two unearned runs in the top of the third made it 3-3 briefly but Taylor Hayes walked with two down in the bottom of the third, stole second and came home on
Peyton Whitten’s double. Piedmont stretched its lead to 8-3 with four runs in the fourth. Young, Kirk, and Hayes each had an RBI single. In the fifth, Kirk forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk and Blanchard’s infield single got another run home. Adams was 4-for-4 in his debut as Piedmont’s leadoff hitter. His sacrifice fly in the fifth scored Whitten with the final run for the Bulldogs. Adams also stole two bases and scored three times. Kirk, moving into the cleanup spot behind Young, had three singles and a walk in four plate appearances and drove in three runs. Blanchard, Whitten, Matt Strott and Tyler Lusk each had two hits. Lusk and Whitten doubled once. Blanchard started and picked up the win with five innings of work. He allowed two earned runs and five hits, struck out one and walked four. Kirk finished with two innings of scoreless ball on two hits. He fanned one. Hayes won a pitchers’ duel in the late game with a seven-inning complete game. He fanned 12 and walked two in the shutout. Randolph County managed just two hits. Piedmont got one run in the second and one in the fifth. Lusk’s ground ball to the right side scored Blanchard from third with the Bulldogs’ first run. Blanchard, Hayes and Whitten had consecutive one-out singles when Blanchard scored in the fifth. Blanchard had three singles for the game while Whitten and Kirk had two singles apiece.
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RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent
After a series sweep over Gaylesville last week to open area play, Spring Garden (8-2) continues area competition this week. The Panther hosted Coosa Christian Tuesday and will play a doubleheader against the Conquerors Thursday in Gadsden. Spring Garden coach Tony Benefield planned to pitch senior Will Ivey Tuesday with classmate Grant Benefield to start the first game of Thursday’s twin bill. The 2014 edition of the Panthers has been a different kind of team than the elder Benefield’s first six teams at Spring Garden. Pitching depth had been a hallmark at Spring Garden but Andrew McLarty and Will Westbrook, penciled in as the No. 2 and No. 3 starters behind the younger Benefield, have yet to throw an inning.
“This may be the best hitting team that I’ve had,” the coach said. “In a couple of games we’ve only had six hits but we had balls hit well and had good approaches at the plate. … That mid-range pitching that we’re going to see most of the time, ... we hammer that stuff and that’s what we need to hammer because that’s what we’re going to see. Hopefully, that strong point will continue.” Gaylesville came to Spring Garden on March 4 and the Panthers won 7-0. Benefield fanned a career-high 16 batters and allowed just one hit in seven shutout innings. McLarty doubled and scored two runs. Dylan Kirk had two singles and scored once. Ivey and Austin Stordahl each added a single to the Spring Garden attack. Rain and then a rain-soaked field delayed the doubleheader at Gaylesville from Thursday until Saturday. Benefield started Saturday’s opener and recorded
another shutout, this one 9-0. Over seven innings, he struck out nine and gave up two hits. Westbrook had Spring Garden’s only multi-hit game with two doubles and drove in two runs. McLarty doubled. Kirk, Ivey and Benefield each had a single. The elder Benefield said it was the first time he had been able to pitch the same pitcher twice in an area series in his time at Spring Garden. In the second game, a six-run outburst in the first inning started the Panthers on their way to a 19-9 win in five innings. Ivey tossed the first three innings and was the victor. He struck out three and allowed three earned runs. Ivey, Westbrook and Dawson Broome each had two hits. Westbrook’s included a double. Colton Lambert, Lucas Crawford and Benefield had a double apiece. McLarty and Riley Austin each contributed a single.
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