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Another step toward new school Board members give OK to finalize contract with architects for project to continue

In October, the board voted to allow Superintendent Jon Paul Campbell to enter into negotiations with McKee and Associates Architecture and Interior Design. The The Jacksonville School Board on Mon- firm has already done preliminary sketches day signed off on a contract with a firm of the project. Monday’s decision affirms for the design of a new elementary school the board’s commitment to formalize the planned for the community. deal, but the agreement will not be final unLAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service

til the firm signs the new contract. “I don’t know that it’s going to change anything, other than it’s all official,” Campbell said. School officials say they expect the firm to sign the contract within the week. For two years, board members have discussed replacing Kitty Stone Elementary


Conner Raulerson’s life changes in Savannah Fourth-grader speaks to JSU nursing students BY MARGARET ANDERSON NEWS EDITOR

Connor Raulerson, 9, likes to vacation with his family. There’s one trip though, that he’ll never forget. Last year, Conner went to Savannah with parents, Derek and Amanda Raulerson, and sister, Brooke, 12. They’d been having a good time visiting Connor’s uncle, Ben Raulerson, who is stationed at Fort Stewart outside Savannah and seeing the sights of Savannah, but, as he’d been feeling for some time, Conner was often thirsty, urinated frequently, was tired and moody. They were at one of Savannah’s most popular restaurants, The Pirate House, when Connor excused himself to go to the bathroom. “I went to the bathroom and stayed in there for a long time,” he said. “When I came out I asked for another water. My dad said, OK, let’s check your blood ■ See RAULERSON, page 10

School with a new building. In January, the board selected city-owned land adjacent from Jacksonville High School near George Douthit Drive, but the architects won’t be able to begin design work unless the city allows the schools to have the property. ■ See BOE, page 10

Police seek suspect in burglary Another man involved has yet to be identified MADASYN CZEBINIAK Consolidated News Service

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Conner Raulerson’s dad Derek gives him a thumbs up after checking his blood sugar at karate practice.

Jacksonville police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of a Jacksonville man alleged to have burglarized a Whites Gap Road home last week. Another man involved in the burglary has yet to be identified. The suspect, HOLIFIELD Immanuel Isaiah Holifield, 20, of Jacksonville, was driving a gold 1997 Nissan Maxima GX, Alabama tag number 31TD9, Bill Wineman, assistant chief of Jacksonville police, wrote in an emailed release Monday morning. Authorities have a warrant for Holifield’s arrest on a charge of first-degree burglary, Wineman wrote. According to Wineman, the burglary happened around 10 a.m. Tuesday in a home on the 900 block of Whites Gap Road. The ■ See BURGLARY, page 10

Kayon Gilley finds creativity in music JCA graduate teaches at Eufaula High School was growing up. There was also music. His mother can play piano by ear and has written songs for the past 35 years. His father has led singing in several churches. It was different in school though. “I was in an environment where music wasn’t the strongest thing in school,” said Gilley. “It wasn’t the dominant factor. However, I’ve always put that as a priority because it’s an outlet for creativity, emotion and exploration for new challenges and exiting things. I’ve always enjoyed music and teaching.”


Kaylon Gilley’s mother had a vision about a boy singing and holding a microphone. That was 10 years before he was born. She didn’t know what it meant. She does now though It didn’t take Gilley long after his birth in 1990 to start singing. The microphone came later, but not much later. Some of his first memories are singing in the bathtub. Love and laughter is what filled the home of Rickey and Pam (Prater) Gilley in Spring Garden when young Gilley ■ See GILLEY, page 7

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JSU offers idea of ‘home’ for third culture kids By Christina MacDonald Student Worker in the Office of Public Relations “Before coming to the States, I lived four years in Congo, three years in Gabon, four years in Nigeria, one year in France, two years in Holland, and four years in Malaysia,” said Clement Dikoko. Simply listening to Clement’s story, one can easily recognize the appearance of multiculturalism and a questionable sense of home. Clement is a member of Jacksonville State University’s James H. and Myra Hume Jones International House program and a great example of a third culture kid which is a common quality in this year’s group of International House students. The JSU International House was founded in 1946 by Dr. James H. and Mrs. Myra Hume Jones. It currently represents more than nineteen countries and twenty-two languages and hosts several third culture kids, bringing great diversity to the campus. Third culture kids (TCKs) represent a mix of heritage and, by definition, reflect two or more cultural influences that impact them during their development. The term ‘third culture kids’ was coined by sociologist, Ruth Hill Useem. According to www.tckids. com, third culture kids “integrate aspects of their birth culture and the new culture, creating a unique ‘third culture.’” “TCKs are still greatly researched and this research shows good and bad as to being a TCK...They don’t know where home is...Their identity is split between two or more places,” stated Dr. John Ketterer, the JSU International House director. Clement stated, “I really like the International House because it’s an environment that I’m comfortable in. I can talk with people and relate because we understand each other about culture shock. The House creates a home environment for us.” Marignima Souané, also an International House student and a TCK, was born in Senegal to a Christian Korean mother and a Muslim Senegalese father. “Wherever I am, I am different than the community,” said Marignima, on the subject of her personal expe-

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JSU third culture kids Clement Dikoko Jr (left) and Marignima Souané (center) hang out with fellow International House resident Kuvvat Jorayev.

rience of being a TCK. “In Senegal, they used to call me Chinese. When I was in Korea, they called me a black person. Even when I went to my own embassy in the U.S., they didn’t believe I was from Senegal until I spoke the language. For me, home is where I live. The International House is the closest home I can get because I have people from Africa and Korea. I can identify with both cultures within one house.” Finding one’s home identity is a real struggle for many TCKs like Marignima. “It hurts sometimes because Senegal was where I was born and raised, that’s where I really found most of my identity,” said Marignima. “The fact that they don’t see me as their own, really hurts. If people don’t see you as one of them you don’t see yourself as one of them either.” “When I came here, when I was in Birmingham or Kentucky, I felt the same way because

I wasn’t like anyone around. If I want to be Asian, I have to be fully Asian and if I want to be Senegalese, I have to be fully Senegalese. I can act like each of them, but they know I will never fully understand their culture or fully be like them.” Finding one’s identity is difficult; however, having multiple cultural influences makes it even more difficult, something with which Maya-Nora Saaid, a third year International House student can strongly relate. “My mom and dad are Arabs, yet I was born and raised in the Netherlands...I was never at home with a culture,” explained Maya-Nora. “Arabs and Europeans are very, very different. There is no in between. When I was younger and developing my identity, it was so hard to be able to have a middle ground. There was no middle ground. I had to find one for myself.” The JSU International House creates a joint community based on their motto, “Know One Another and You Will Love One Another.” This phrase is engraved on the plaque in the front lobby of the house and becomes a way of life for the students. Marignima expresses the idea of the motto in her statement, “When I came to Jacksonville, especially the International House, for the first time I felt this sense of belonging because I’m not the only one that is different. I learned that different is just different and different is good. There are other TCKs and they know exactly what I’m struggling with. I got to fully understand what a blessing I have. Not everyone can claim so many parts of the earth and it makes me interesting. I don’t see this part of myself as a burden anymore. I actually love being different.” The JSU International House program maintains a very strong and active presence on JSU’s campus and recently observed International Week, which welcomed all international students and celebrated the cultural diversity found at JSU. The International House program also hosts a weekly Wednesday night meeting, which is open to the public at 9 p.m. For more information about the JSU International House program, go to

Oak Level future home for Alexander’s Challenge Point This week I met with Larry Alexander, Program Director of Challenge Point, a non-profit, Christian organization that teaches teamwork and leadership skills through the use of adventure-based activities. After 15 years of being a mobile program, Challenge Point has come to Oak Level in Cleburne County to develop a home base. In the interim, Alexander, 42, will continue to travel, from time to time, throughout the Southeast as he provides retreats and backpacking treks to hundreds of teens and adults annually, “It is a great centralized location for all the groups we work with on a regular basis,” said Alexander. “Beyond that, the close proximity to Talladega National Forest, the Pinhoti Trail, and the Chief Ladiga Trail provides a wealth of potential for future adventures.” Alexander knows a few things about adventure, having hiked the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail in 2006, the 2,668 mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2012, and several international hikes throughout eleven countries. With all those miles behind him, he considers himself, first and foremost, a group-dynamics counselor and, second, a guide. “We work with any group that has a purpose and a will to become better. In the past we have worked with churches, mission trip groups, Scouts, marching

bands, college sports teams, social clubs, corporations, Boys & Girls clubs, Sherry environmental councils, and Kughn schools.” Whether it is a one-day workshop or a weekend Sherry-Go-Round retreat, Challenge Point uses group challenges and teambuilding activities to teach communication, cooperation, problem-solving, and decision-making skills within the group. He became interested in this field when, at the age of 14, he had to undergo brain surgery to remove a tumor. Afterwards, his learning process became dependent on experience. “I had to do it to learn it. Later on, while attending Lipscomb University in Nashville, I did an internship at a treatment center for juveniles. It was there that I was introduced to adventure-based counseling. Watching people learn through experience was something I could relate to.” Alexander continued to use adventure-based counseling while working in Tennessee at schools,

treatment centers, and a juvenile prison. During that time, he had several youth ministers and other leaders ask him to work with their groups. In 1998, he created Challenge Point as a fun weekend business; but, as word spread, it became more. “I believe there are 14 states that we work in regularly, and as much fun as I’ve had traveling and meeting people, I’m excited about this next step in Challenge Point’s journey. Having a permanent base will help to expand our program in ways I’ve only dreamed.” In the next two years, Alexander hopes to develop phase one of their plan, which includes several challenge-course elements, along with a green-energy, eco-friendly encampment similar to ones he has stayed in while traveling through Central and South America. “As we get things developed here in Oak Level, I look forward to working with local churches, community organizations, schools, and businesses.” Alexander, a native of Jasper, has also written three books, “Through Hiker’s Eyes – A Journey Along the Appalachian Trail” (parts one and two) and “People 101- Getting an A in Relationships.” To learn more about Challenge Point, visit Facebook, Twitter, or their website at Email Sherry at

It has always been about name identification

A while back I wrote a column entitled, “The State Legislature Is A Good Training Ground For Governor, But Not A Good Stepping Stone To Governor.” The essence of my hypothesis was being one of the 105 members of the House of Representatives or even one of the 35 members of the State Senate does not lend itself to building name identification, which is essential to election to statewide office. The perfect example in support of this argument occurred several years ago when Covington County State Representative Seth Hammett was Speaker of the House. Seth contemplated a race for governor.

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The position of Speaker of the House of Representatives is probably the second Steve most powerful position Flowers in state government. Seth had served 20 years in the House and had garnered unfathomable knowledge of the Inside The Statehouse machinations of state government. He was immensely popular and universally known in his home district. One of the first steps when seeking a major statewide office is to conduct what is called a benchmark poll. This poll measures how well you are known statewide. Seth’s name identification was only 3 percent. If the Speaker of the House has three percent name identification, what do you think a backbencher from Wedowee’s would register? Seth decided against making the race. The current Speaker, Mike Hubbard, would more than likely have less than 10 percent name identification and half of his name identification would be attributed to people confusing him with legendary AEA lobbyist Dr. Paul Hubbert. A similar scenario occurred decades ago when then Senator, now lobbyist John Teague decided that as Pro Tem of the State Senate he should naturally ascend to lieutenant governor. He proceeded with the mandatory benchmark pole. Like Seth, Teague came back with the same single digit result. His pollster candidly told him, “John, it is even worse than you think. Probably over half of your 6 percent name identification belongs to State School Superintendent Wayne Teague.” John continued on and ran for lieutenant governor anyway but was swamped by Jim Folsom, Jr., who had inherited statewide name identification from his legendary father Big Jim Folsom. The funniest story of this name identification game occurred several decades ago when my friend Mac McArthur launched into a foray to run for Attorney

General of Alabama. Mac has headed the Alabama State Employees Association for close to 20 years. Mac has been around politics all of his life. He grew up in the Wiregrass and was a protégé of Bill Baxley. Mac wanted to follow his mentor, Baxley, and become a trailblazing state prosecutor. Mac had been a district attorney and was currently the head of the State Ethics Commission. In that capacity he had garnered some state press so he figured that would translate into name identification. Mac proceeded with his initial name identification poll. The legendary political guru, Joe Perkins, had taken Mac on as his client. Joe called Mac to come over and get his results. Perkins, who has managed many of the successful races for statewide offices over the years, knew from past experience that initial name identification for state aspirants could be very low. Perkins met Mac excitedly and said, “Mac, I have some good news for you.” Joe then revealed that Mac had 5 percent favorable statewide name identification. Mac slowly looked at his counselor and said, “Joe, the only thing I see good about that is that I can run naked through Winn-Dixie and nobody will know who I am.” The general rule that the legislature is not a good steppingstone to statewide office may be changing in modern times. Our current Governor, Robert Bentley, ascended to the governorship from the legislature. He was the first governor in this century to move directly from the legislature to the Governor’s office. One reason why this may change in future years is the tremendous amount of money that incumbent state representatives and especially state senators are raising and stockpiling. There are several state senators who have amassed $400,000 to $500,000 war chests. That is a good start towards a statewide race. In addition, a powerful state senator is building an entrenched relationship with special interest groups and lobbyists who are the primary resources for funding a race for governor, lieutenant governor or attorney general. We will see. 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

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Obituaries LEVY

Jacksonville - Funeral service for Ronald Michael Levy, 57, was held Friday, March 14, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville with the Rev. John Simmons and the Rev. Ted Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Coldwater Baptist Cemetery. The family received friends in the church sanctuary one hour prior to the service. Mr. Levy died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at RMC in Anniston. He is survived by his wife, Belinda Powell Levy, of Jacksonville; two daughters, Erica (Sagar) Vats, of Charlottesville, Va. and Leanne (Jason) Dawkins, of Lake City, Fla.; one son, Austin Longshore, of Centreville, Va.; two grandchildren, Conner Silcox and Carley Dawkins; his parents, Sevy and Patricia Levy; one sister, Gail (George) Levy-Drab, of Smithtown, N.Y.; one brother, Louis Levy, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; one niece, Marissa Drab and one nephew, Aaron Drab. Pallbearers will be David McPherson, Bob Bjornson, Bob Curry, Bruce Williams, Mark Mackey and Anthony Phillips. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Lindsey and the members of the Detachment 2 STARFort McClellan Training Center-Alabama Army National Guard. Mr. Levy served in the U.S. Army on Fort McClellan for several years in the Chemical Unit. He joined the Army Reserves and served in the Alabama Army National Guard retiring as a LTC. Mr. Levy enjoyed working with electronics and computers in his spare time and he had a passion for photography. He loved spending time with his family and friends and enjoyed working in his yard. He was preceded in death by his aunt, Janet Dalis and his grandparents. Flowers will be accepted or donations may

be made to the JCOC, 206 Francis Street, West, Jacksonville, AL 36265 or to the American Heart Association, 1449 Medical Park Drive, Birmingham, AL 35213 or P.O. Box 130909, Birmingham, AL 35213. Online condolences to the family at: K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W., Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042


Jacksonville - Funeral service for Louise Lusk Johnson Potts, 92, was held Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville with the Rev. Jim Wilson and the Rev. Ted Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family received friends at the church Saturday from 12-2 prior to the service. Mrs. Potts died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at her residence. She is survived by a daughter, Jane Gowens and her husband, Gary; two daughters-in-law, Linda Johnson and Vivian Johnson; seven grandchildren, Richie Johnson and his wife, Lori, Scott Johnson and his wife, Belinda, Greg McDuffie, Allison Baird and her husband, Scott, Jason Johnson and his wife, Sherry, Kellilyn Sechrest and her husband, Tim and Tammy Payne and her husband, David; 12 great-grand-

children, Kyla Reese and her husband, Eric, Gavin Johnson, Lindy Mange and her husband, Alan, Casey Baird, Haley McDuffie, Seth Johnson, Breanna Johnson, Jake Johnson, Jordan Riggan, Kate Johnson, Lauren Sechrest and Madison Sechrest; four greatgreat-grandchildren, Will Reese, Zakk Reese, Briley McDuffie and Shaw Mange and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Richie Johnson, Scott Johnson, Scott Baird, Greg McDuffie, Jason Johnson and Tim Sechrest. Honorary pallbearers will be the great-grandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren. Mrs. Potts was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville as well as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Her family was the most important thing to her. She loved going to the Golden Saw on Friday nights and had many friends there. She was a beautiful person and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Rev. Buford Johnson, John T. Sisson and Joseph Potts; three sons, Hearel Johnson, Rev. Terry Johnson and Mike Johnson; her parents, Bertha and Emmett Lusk; four sisters, Lillian Muncher, Pearl Key, Juanita Hyatt and Annette Lusk and a brother, Clyde Lusk. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to JCOC, 206 Francis Street W, Jacksonville, AL, 36265 or First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville Building Fund, PO Box 1025 Jacksonville, AL, 36265. Online condolences to the family at: K.L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W., Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042

Arrests March 11 • Daniel Lynn Oxford: assault (2X) March 12 • Torricas Javon Martin: shoplifting March 14 • Brian Allen Wright: theft of property (third degree) (2X) March 15

• Barry Brent Parker: failure to appear in court March 16 • Crystal Leann Bowman: probation violation (2X) • Marcus Anthony Ashworth: public intoxication and failure to appear in court (2X)


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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 14-17). Kites will be judged on kite creativity and highest flying kite. For more information call Pearl Williams at 256-4354881. • 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 256236-2497 or 256-237-3219 or email • 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. • The Jacksonville Garden Club will meet at the Community Center on Wednesday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Renee Morrison, Assistant Director, JSU Field Schools, is scheduled to present a program about Fairy Houses. Visitors are welcome. •Leon Bradley and ClearVision Quartet will be singing at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday March 23rd at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Piedmont. • 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 Stamp Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month except December at 7 pm in room 123 of Brewer Hall on the JSU campus. All those with an interest in stamps, post cards and postal history are welcome. Contact Richard Kania at 256-782-5339 for more information. • 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.

Police Report March 10 • Possession of a forged instrument reported in the 500 block of Nisbet Lake Road. • Runaway reported in the 200 block of Mary Drive. • Third degree assault and third degree domestic violence reported in the 1700 block of Pelham Road South. March 11 • Burglary reported in the 900 block of Whites Gap Road Southeast. • Third degree assault reported in the 200 block of Coffee Street Northwest. • Permitting dogs to run at large, liability of owner for injuries caused by vicious or dangerous animals reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. March 12 • Third degree domestic violence reported

in the 300 block of Coffee Street Southwest. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 200 block of Coffee Street Southwest. • Third degree burglary reported in the 1800 block of Whites Gap Road Southeast. • Second degree theft of property reported in the 1600 block of Pelham Road South. • Permitting dogs to run at large reported in the 600 block of Elizabeth Road Southwest. March 13 • Harassing communications reported in the 700 block of Gardner Drive Southeast. • Third degree domestic violence reported in the first block of Gunnells Road. March 14 • Third degree burglary reported in the 100 block of Smith Circle.

• Third degree theft of property reported in the 800 block of Pelham Road South. March 15 • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 1500 block of Valley Brook Drive. • Theft of property reported in the 500 block of Gadsden Road Northwest. • Harassment reported in the 100 block of Apple Street. • Disregarding of a lawful order of the court or interference with the custody of a child reported in the 1500 block of Kelsey Circle Southeast. March 16 • Second degree criminal mischief and harassing communications reported in the 1500 block of Church Avenue Southeast.


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Jane Williamson learned to love teaching Received degree in education after her children were born MARGARET ANDERSON News Editor


hen Jane C o t n e y s t a r t e d dating Larry Williamson, he was a coach and teacher. At that time, Jane felt she could never have the patience or the interest to teach, and she told Larry so. They married and had two children of their own. That’s when Jane changed her mind. “After my daughters were born, I was all about teaching them new things and seeing them learn,” said Jane. “That’s when I decided to go back to school and become a teacher.” Jane already had an associate business degree from Southern Union Junior College in Wadley. She enrolled at Jacksonville State University and earned her degree in education. She did her student teaching in the fifth grade at Kitty Stone Elementary School. She spent the next 20 years teaching that grade at Kitty Stone. Jane had to retire early, in 2006, because of health problems. “After I had my own children and, realizing how much I loved them, everything changed,” said Jane. “I loved teaching. But since my retirement, our grandchildren take up most of my time now.” Jane was born in Wadley and graduated from Wadley High School. Larry, a native of Jacksonville, had just graduated from JSU and had gone to Wadley to take on his first coaching job. They began dating in January, became engaged in June and married on Thanksgiving Day in November. That will be 40 years ago come Nov. 28.

Larry coached at Piedmont, Ragland, Fort McClellan and Hazel Hurst, Ga. They settled in Piedmont 26 years ago. Both their daughters live in Piedmont. Their older daughter, Beth Bryant, has two children. Jewel, 6, is in first grade, and Drake, 4, is in pre-school. Lara is married to Phillip Fagan. She is office manager at B&G Machines in Alexandria. He is a machinist in Oxford. Jane grew up in Wadley with three brothers, two older and one younger. “My mother had two sets of children,” she said. “My daddy was in the Navy and wasn’t home for my oldest brother’s birthday. But he was home and in the delivery room when my next brother was born. He looked at my mother and said they weren’t going to have any more children.” It took eight and a half years for Jane’s mother to convince her father that they needed a little girl. Jane was born on Father’s Day, June 19, 1955. Two years later, they had another son. Her brothers, Elliott and Richard, live in Wadley. Her brother, Stanley, is deceased. Her parents are the late Bob and Mary (Elliott) Cotney. “We didn’t have a whole lot of material things, but we had a very happy childhood,” said Jane. “My daddy was a pulpwooder, and my mother worked at the local shirt factor. We had a nice home, nice clothes, plenty of food and a whole lot of love. We were, and still are, a very loving family.” When Jane turned 12, she began babysitting. At 16, she started working in the shirt factor after school and during summers. She saved enough to pay her way

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Jane Williamson taught fifth grade at Kitty Stone Elementary for 20 years. through Southern Union and to pay for her wedding. The Williamsons are members of First Congregational Church in Piedmont. Jane teaches the 5- and 6-year old Sunday school class which includes her granddaughter. “Every night after I get my bath, I get in my recliner and read,” said Jane. “I’ve begged my husband to read since retirement. One day at the library I grabbed three of Rick Bragg’s books. I bought them home, and he read one of them in a day.” Jane said she’s not a cold weather person. As soon as the weather warms though, she likes to get out in her yard and work in her flowers and plants. One of her favorite things is

swimming in their pool with her grandchildren. It’s a tradition for Jane and Larry to take their grandchildren to the beach and to the Smokies each year. “We did quite a bit of traveling before they were born,” said Jane. “We’d just pack up and go. But now, we don’t do anything unless we take the grandchildren with us. They’ve changed our lives totally.” Jane did little cooking growing up in Wadley. Her job was to help clean the kitchen. Through the years she watched her mother make a lot of dishes, including dressing, chicken stew and meat loaf. “I guess I remembered a lot from watching her, so when I got


BROWN RICE 1 stick butter 1 c. chopped onion 1 c. raw long grain rice 1 can beef consommé 1 can beef bouillon 1 can mushrooms, drained Melt butter in frying pan. Add onions and rice, stirring almost constantly until very brown. Pour into casserole dish. Add soups and mushrooms. Stir, cover and put in oven at 325 degrees for 1 hour. CHOCOLATE SHEATH CAKE Sift together in large bowl, 2 c. sugar (granulated), 2 c. plain flour. Mix in sauce pan 2 sticks butter, 3 T. cocoa, 1 c. water. Bring to boil and pour over flour and sugar. Stir until well mixed. Add ½ c buttermilk, 2 beaten eggs, 1 t. soda, 1 t. cinnamon, 1 t. vanilla.

married I could cook,” said Jane. “She would guide me along, but for the first six months we were married, it didn’t matter what kind of bread I cooked, I would burn it. I was so busy watching the other food I was cooking, I’d forget about the bread. Larry came to expect burned bread.” Jane’s mother prepared her biggest meals at night and on the weekend. Jane has followed in her steps. “We don’t eat out a lot,” she said. “I’ve pretty much followed my mother’s pattern. She always cooked our biggest meals at night and on weekends, and that’s what I’ve done.” (Contact Margaret


Mix and bake in 11x16 greased pan for 20 minutes in 400 degree oven. Icing Melt and bring to boil 1 stick oleo, 3 ½ T. cocoa, 6 T. sweet milk. Remove from heat and add 1 box powdered sugar, 1 t. vanilla, 1 c. chopped nuts. Beat well and pour over cake while both are still hot. MEXICAN CORNBREAD 1 ½ c. self-rising meal 1 can cream style corn 2/3 c. Wesson oil 1 t. salt ½ c. onion, chopped 2 eggs 1 c. grated Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 degrees until done.


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During the week of March 3-7, Jacksonville Christian Academy celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Each day, a guest reader came to read to the elementary students. Every day had a different theme, with a different book being read each day. The students enjoyed dressing up and participating in different activities that had been planned for them. The students studied a different Bible verse each day that went along with the book being read for that day.  On Monday, Heather Greene, a JSU graduate, and Jayce Barber, a

current JSU football player, read ‘Oh the Places You will Go’. Mayor Johnny Smith and JSU softball Coach Jana McGinnis read ‘Horton Hears a Who’ on Tuesday. On Thursday, Mr. Charles Hail read ‘There’s a Wocket in My Pocket’. Daniel Milner, Jacksonville Christian Academy graduate and current JSU student, read ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’. ABOVE LEFT: JSU softball coach Jana McGinnis reads to students. ABOVE RIGHT: Mayor Johnny Smith reads ‘Horton Hears a Who’.




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What a surprise for Sigma Chapter members as they were greeted with birthday cake in celebration of the birthday of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG), a professional honorary society of women educators. As an added treat, Mrs. Judy Hill, Beta State District II Director, took time to share in this special commemoration. Gloria Horton, Sigma Chapter President, called the meeting to order and began the meeting with the vision statement of DKG. Then in a time of Music and Related Arts, member Sharon Padgett gave a unique slide presentation demonstrating how synchronizing sights with sounds creates a unique art form. Using breathtaking photos taken on a Tanzanian safari by Jacksonville artist Pam Smith, she showed how the artist recorded authentic sounds of African instruments and animals, pairing them with extraordinary pictures of villagers and exotic animals, thus creating a viewer’s masterpiece and sense of actually being a part of the safari. Then, after complimenting Sigma Chapter, District II Director Judy Hill encouraged members to attend the District II meeting to be held at Gadsden State Community College on Saturday, April 12, stating that officer training and membership workshops would be provided. Next, in observation of DKG and her founders, President Gloria Horton and Secretary Juanita Badgett worked together to present a backward glance at the twelve founders of the Delta Kappa Gamma

Society International. Sharing information from a 1979 Golden Anniversary program, the duo gave interesting facts concerning leaders such as Dr. Annie Webb Blanton, Mamie Sue Bastian, Ruby Cole, and nine others—all having quite distinctive personalities but sharing the common vision of promoting “the professional and personal growth of women educators.” They concluded the program by leading everyone in two songs: “Our Founders” (written to the tune of the “Doxology”) and “The ABC’s of Our Society” (written to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”). The business session included a report by Pres. Horton concerning ideas for recruiting new members. Dot Padgett reminded members of the February and March projects—donations to the American Cancer Society and Schools for Africa. Members also voted to approve two new members—Professor Gena Christopher of the JSU English Department and veteran science teacher Judy Glass, who will be initiated into Sigma Chapter in April. New officers will also be installed, and a memorial service will be held for Sigma sister, Mary Edna Naugher. After reiterating their desire to honor the 2014 elementary and secondary Teachers of the Year for the five Calhoun County school systems, members adjourned the meeting by singing the “Delta Kappa Gamma Song.”


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Jana McGinnis shares secret of success BY JOHN ALRED PUBLISHER

Jana McGinnis collected her 700th victory as Jacksonville State University’s softball coach last weekend. Last week, McGinnis was the guest speaker at the Jacksonville Exchange Club and gave her secret of success. “My parents always told me when I was growing up to surround yourself with good people ,” McGinnis said. “They will help get you to success. That includes choosing your friends in high school to your teammates. You want to beside the player who worked the hardest or had the best attitude. That’s the one you wanted your locker right beside because you could learn so much from them.” “It’s also very important to hire good assistant coaches. They can make or break your program I’m especially proud of our assistants. They all are JSU graduates. They don’t come to work wishing they were somewhere else. They love to come to work every day. They do the little things behind the scenes.” McGinnis, who is in her 21st season as head coach, graduated from JSU in 1991. Assistant Mark Wisener has been with the program 18 years and graduated in 1996. Julie Boland played at JSU and joined the program after graduation in 2002. “My assistants have had chances to move to bigger programs, but as they have grown they’ve learned bigger and better is not what always makes you happy.” McGinnis said she has enjoyed coaching this year’s

team, which has compiled a 17-5 record and are 3-0 in Ohio Valley Conference play. “I really didn’t know what to expect from the team,” she said. “We have five seniors and they have provided good leadership,” she said. “We also have nine freshmen and you never know how they will shape up when they move away from mom and dad and are surrounded by other good players. “But through the first half of the season they have responded well and I believe a lot of that is because of our senior leadership.” McGinnis says the seniors are “paying it forward.” “The first thing you must learn when you come to JSU is to respect the program,” McGinnis said. “The players who have been here take it on themselves to show the new players the ropes. Eight of the freshmen have shown that. One didn’t and she is gone from the team.. “I am proud of our seniors. All five are set to receive their degrees in May or December. McGinnis is also proud of the updated facilities at University Field. This year the old dugouts that served as the home of the Gamecock baseball and softball teams for years were torn down and new sunken dugouts with restrooms and a dressing facility for the Gamecocks were installed, making University Field one of the best Division I softball facilities in the Southeast. “We’ve come a long way since I’ve took over, but we are proud of what we have,” McGinnis said. “We used to have to change into our uniforms in our cars. Now we

JHS-KYLE FURLOW – son of Anthony and Mary Furlow, is class valedictorian; a 2013 Boys State representative; JHS Ambassador; a 4-year academic honors recipient; National Honor Society member. He also was selected to the 2013 Emerging Leaders Day at JSU. Kyle is Key Club President; National Honor Society VP; a Student Council member; Mu Alpha Theta member; secretary/treasurer of Spanish Club; member of Focus Group; yearbook staff (co-editor in 10th/editor-in-chief 11th/Sr advisor 12th). He also served as his junior class vice president. Kyle is an RMC volunteer, has assisted with JCOC food drive, helped with Habitat for Humanity, helped with JSU campus clean up through the Key Club, and volunteers at Kiwanis annual pancake breakfast. He enjoys chemistry and calculus and is interested in the medical field. Kyle loves horror movies. He tutors in chemistry, math and biology. He was introduced by his AP Biology teacher, Ms. Hilarie Howard. He is shown above with his parents on his right and teacher on far left. Shawn Seegar, center, presented the Youth of the Month award.

JCA – CALLEY COMPTON – daughter of Neil and Kim Compton, is valedictorian of the senior class. She has had the highest GPA in her class in grades 9-12. Calley was selected Who’s Who Best All Around, was an Anniston Star Teen of the Week (October 2013) and received the senior high math award. She was chosen All County in volleyball, received the Defensive Player Award in volleyball and was selected to the All-Tournament Team in volleyball. She is in the National Honor Society, serves as co-editor of the yearbook and is President of the 4-H Club. She serves as captain of varsity cheerleaders, team captain in varsity volleyball and plays varsity basketball. Calley is active in her church and has served as a summer missionary in New Orleans and in Nicaragua. She enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. She was introduced by her teacher, Mr. Scott Morgan. She is shown above with her parents on her left and teacher on far right. Shawn Seegar, center, presented the Youth of Month award.

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Jana McGinnis speaks to Exchangites. have a wonderful locker room. And the girls take care of it. “Our first home game was against Ball State and when their players got off the bus they all pulled out their cell phones and starting taking pictures. That really made me proud.”

PVHS – TREY PHILLIPS-son of Doug and Tracy Phillips, is an Advanced with Honors Graduate; ranks 6th in his class; is Key Club president; basketball captain; Army Reserve National Scholar and has won numerous athletic awards. He is also a member of FFA, SADD, Scholars Bowl, Envirobowl, and on the math team. Trey plays varsity basketball and baseball. He enjoys watching sports, playing baseball and coaching. Trey was introduced by his teacher, Mr. Anthony Findley. Trey is shown above with his parents on his right and teacher on his far left. Exchangite Shawn Seegar presented his Youth of the Month award.

PVHS – Leah Johnson – daughter of Shane and Lorri Johnson, is an “All A” Honor Roll student and has the highest GPA in both history and math. She is a member of the Beta Club, FFA, and SCA. Leah plays volleyball and softball and runs indoor track and cross country. She is active at her church and in her church’s youth group. Leah enjoys running, riding 4 wheelers, doing crafts and fishing. She was introduced by her math teacher, Mr. Dexter Duncan. ABOVE: She received her Young Citizenship Award by Exchangite Shawn Seeger.

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GILLEY: Wears several hats at Eufaula High where he teaches music From page 1

Teaching music is exactly what Gilley is doing right now in his first year at Eufaula High School. Actually, he wears several hats there. He teaches the women’s ensemble, the concert choir, the show choir, the FFA string band and the FFA quartet. It keeps him busy, but he’s loving every moment of it. Gilley graduated from Jacksonville State University with a bachelor of arts in music education degree in May. He was beginning to think he might not get any of the jobs he’d applied for until Aug. 1, just a few days before the start of school. He received a phone call telling him to come to Eufaula. He was ecstatic. “I’ve enjoyed this new, exciting opportunity,” he said. “I’m very interested to see where the Lord wants me to go with what I’m doing now and how He plans to develop it. I’m waiting on Him.” Gilley said moving to a different part of the state has been an adjustment. The one thing that has helped most of all is his love for music and being able to share it with others

and teach it to young people. “G e t t i n g e v e r y b o d y together for one purpose and one cause, is very rewarding,” he said. “Everyone is working toward the same goal, but doing different things.” Every Friday after school is out, he sets out on a three hour drive to his home in Piedmont to spend the weekend with his parents, his sister and brother-inlaw, Jennifer and Chris Cofield, and their children, Macon, 8, and Jacob, 4. Sunday morning and Sunday night he drives to Anniston where he is minister of music at Fairview Heights Northside Baptist Church. That night, after service at Fairview, he heads back to Eufaula. “I’m following the leadership of the Lord,” said Gilley. “If the Lord wanted me to stop directing music at Fairview Heights, he would have told me, and I would have listened, but he has not said that.” Gilley said for him it’s a blessing to walk through the church doors and see his church family on Sunday. “I feel like our music program at church is growing,” he said. “I’m

very excited to see where and his friends. God is taking it.” He said he’s enjoyed Gilley is a member of the living and going to school American Choral Directors inbefore Jacksonville and Sample our liquids you buy. Association and the Piedmont. National Association for Gilley attended school Music Education. He likes in Spring Garden the first to run, cook, record songs, 10 years of his life, then arrange music and play transferred to Jacksonville the piano. He also likes to Christian Academy where travel to new places and he graduated. At JSU, eat new food. What he he appeared in a number likes most of all though is of operas and madrigal being with his family at dinners. home, his church family “I’ve always lived in

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long time. He wonders what the future holds. “I’m going to go where I’m needed,” he said. “I’m thankful to all he professors at JSU for their patience and their work. Their dedication to music has helped me in my passion for music. I’m also very grateful to my own family and my church family.” (Contact Margaret at


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Jacksonville State’s Jana McGinnis is surrounded by her players after collecting her 700th victory as softball coach.

JSU’s McGinnis racks up 700th win The Jacksonville State softball team made sure Saturday would be a special day for head coach Jana McGinnis. The Gamecocks slugged its way to a pair of mercy-rule wins over Tennessee Tech and gave McGinnis her 699th and 700th career wins, while also getting the 2014 OVC season off to a roaring start. They used a 9-0 win in the opener before rolling to a 17-4 victory in the finale to secure their coach’s milestone, and did so in impressive fashion. In just 10 total innings after the two five-inning wins, the Gamecock offense went 27-for-53 (.509) with 26 runs, six doubles, two triples and three home runs. They tied the 2009 team for the most runs in an OVC game by a JSU squad and had a nine-run inning in game two that saw them get nine hits, two more than TTU had in both games combined. Eight different JSU players recorded multiple hits, with seven of them recording three or more. Senior Amanda Maldonado, junior Sara Borders and freshman Taylor Sloan each picked up four hits, while Maldonado and sophomore Cadi Oliver drove in five runs apiece. Borders and junior Melanie Steer, who recorded her first career hit in the first game, each drove in four runs over the two games.

Senior Tiffany Harbin tossed yet another gem to open things up, limiting the Golden Eagles (8-20, 0-2 OVC) to just two hits in a complete game shutout that also saw her strike out five. The Hazel Green native earned the win to improve to 5-3 on the year, but, more notably, notched the 64th win of her career to tie Jill Wilcoxson’s school record set from 1998-2001. JSU scored five runs in the first inning of both games, using the long ball to get them in the first game. Oliver blasted Danielle Liberatore’s 1-0 pitch over the wall in left for a grand slam that gave Harbin and the Gamecocks ab early 4-0 lead. Two batters later Maldonado chased the TTU starter with a solo homer that gave the Gamecocks the five-run first inning. Senior Kalee Tabor’s second-inning sacrifice fly would be all JSU would get off of reliever Taylor Ketchum until Maldonado’s second blast of the game, a three-run walkoff that put the finishing touches on the 9-0 win. Liberatore (3-7) suffered the loss after giving up five runs on four hits and a walk despite recording just two outs. Ketchum tossed the final 3.2, surrendering four runs on six hits and a pair of walks. JSU didn’t hit a home run in the day’s finale, a game that saw Borders and Taylor Sloan each go 3-for-3 at the plate. Borders drove in four runs, the first on a first-in-

ning single and the second on a base hit in the second inning. Her big blow was a two-run double in that marathon fourth inning. That fourth inning watched the Gamecocks turn an 8-4 lead into the 17-4 final, and featured three singles, five doubles and triple. Maldonado doubled twice in the inning, while Savannah Sloan had two singles in the frame. Fourteen JSU batters went to the plate in the inning and all but one spot in the order recorded a hit in the frame. Freshman Taylor West (2-0) grabbed the win in relief, holding Tennessee Tech scoreless on two hits in 2.2 innings in the circle. She struck out one and walked one after taking over for freshman starter Logan Green with one out in the third. Green gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits. Hannah Weaver (3-9) started the game for TTU and suffered the loss after surrendering 11 runs, only six earned, on 11 hits in three innings in the circle. Erica Tuck was tagged with the other six runs, all earned, on six hits while recording the first two outs of the fourth inning. Steer went 2-for-2 in the game with four RBI, thanks to a two-run single in the first and a two-run double in the fourth. Sophomore Ella Denes also had two hits in the game, going 2-for-3 and scoring three runs.

Harbin sets Jacksonville State record with 65th career victory

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Jacksonville State’s Tiffany Hardin broke the school record by recording her 65 pitching victory.

A walk-off three-run home run from Sara Borders lifted the Jacksonville State softball team to a 5-3 win over Tennessee Tech, the series sweep and handed Tiffany Harbin her school-record 65th career win on Sunday at University Field. Borders stepped to the plate with the Gamecocks (17-5, 3-0 Ohio Valley Conference) trailing the Golden Eagles (8-21, 0-3 OVC) by a run before blasting a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall to cap the three-game sweep. Harbin tossed her second complete game in as many days to grab that 65th win, breaking Jill Wilcoxson’s record of 64 set from 1998-2001. The Hazel Green native dazzled with a two-hit shutout on Saturday, grabbing the first of a pair of run-rule wins to open the series. She had to work a little harder on Sunday, when the TTU lineup managed three runs on eight hits. She did strike out 10 batters and

worked around several baserunners to keep her team in striking distance. After stranding eight runners over the first five innings, the Gamecocks took advantage of their final opportunity in the seventh. Stephanie Lewis got it started with an infield single and moved to second when Ella Denes reached on shortstop Hannah Eldridge’s second error of the game. Taylor West followed with a ball that was misplayed by Gabby Perez, allowing Lewis to score and Denes and West to advance to second and third. In stepped Borders, who had already singled, lined out to right and reached on a fielder’s choice to drop her batting average below .530, which lead the OVC and is in the top 10 in the nation. After Hannah Weaver’s first-two pitches missed way outside, Borders knew the next pitch would tell her whether she would be walked or not. It

was right down the middle of the plate and the Alexandria, Ala., native hit it out to deep left, her eighth homer and 28th RBI, both tops in the OVC. The homer helped JSU overcome a day in which it struggled to get runs across despite opportunities. They stranded eight runners, twice hitting the ball hard into double plays that ended threats. Borders and Lewis each had two hits in the win, while Taylor Sloan and Amanda Maldonado each walked twice. Sloan was one of four JSU players to record one hit. The Golden Eagles got a 2-for-3 day from Madison Taylor, who singled and scored the game’s first run in the first. After Eldridge’s first error of the game allowed JSU to tie it in the third, TTU got a pair of big swings to reclaim the lead in the sixth. ■ See HARBIN, page 9

Gamecocks split doubleheader against SIUE EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Michael Bishop had two hits, scored two runs and drove in two runs to lead Jacksonville State to a 5-2 win over SIU Edwardsville in the first game of Saturday’s Ohio Valley Conference double-header. The Cougars held off a late Gamecock rally to claim the night cap, 9-8. Jacksonville State improved to 11-8 overall and is 4-2 in the OVC, while SIUE is 6-10 and 4-2 in the league. In the opener, Zachary Fowler (3-1) won for this third straight appearance after allowing just six hits in seven solid innings on the mound, while Travis Stout recorded the final six outs to pick up his sixth save of the year. Jake Stauffenberg (0-3) gave up four runs and five hits to suf-

fer the loss for the Cougars. The Gamecocks jumped on the board early after Bishop led the game off with a solo home run to give JSU a 1-0 lead, and then scored three more runs in the third inning to extend the lead. Gavin Golsan walked and Bishop was hit by a pitch, before Eddie Mora-Loera had a single to the outfield to score Golsan, while Bishop scored on a Cougar throwing error. Mora-Loera came in to score on Ryan Sebra’s infield grounder as JSU built a 4-0 lead. Jax State added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning on a RBI single by Bishop to score Joe McGuire, but the Cougars made the game close after scoring two

runs in bottom of the ninth until Stout recorded the final three outs to secure the win. SIUE’s top three hitters each had three hits in the night cap, while Devin Caldwell drove in four runs and Chase Green had three to claim the 9-8 win. Evan Martens (1-2) allowed just eight hits in six innings on the mound to earn the win for the Cougars, while P.J. Schuster recorded the final out to pick up his third save of the year. Casey Antley (1-3) gave up two runs on three hits in just 2/3 inning of relief to suffer the loss for the Gamecocks. ■ See GAMECOCKS, page 9




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Thornburg No. 1 seed on JHS boys’ squad; only a freshman, Trifas leads JHS girls’ team LORI TIPPETS Usually it takes years to reach the No.1 seed in tennis, and it is usually in the player’s senior year. Brett Thornburg, a junior, is in his second year as the No.1 seed at Jacksonville High School. He has been playing since the seventh grade. Thornburg just kind of “found” tennis, and when he did, he knew it was a good fit. “I come from a really competitive family that is involved with sports,” said Thornburg. “I played football up to the sixth grade and then decided I didn’t want to play fall sports. My parents told me to look at some spring sports so it was either track or tennis. I tried tennis and it stuck; it just clicked. I had finally found something that I loved.” When not competing in high school tennis, Thornburg takes lessons and is in tournaments through the USTA. While he didn’t do a lot of tournaments last year he would like to do more this summer to prepare for his senior year. Besides tennis, Thornburg is involved in a lot of extracurricular activities at JHS; band, where he plays the tuba, drama, FBLA and Key Club. Of Thornburg, JHS tennis coach Phillip Noah says, “Even though Brett is only a junior, he has taken the role of No.1 and has helped me in practice and with talking with the other players. I have heard him on many different occasions talking to other players about shot placement, serving, volleys and footwork. That has helped the other players become better players.” Thornburg says he is leaning more towards band in college, but admits that there is no way he would give up tennis. “It has been so fun for me and has given me so many good memories,” said Thornburg. Brett is the son of Lori Galloway and Roland Thornburg. Last year Maria Trifas was playing in her second year of tennis at JHS as the No. 3 seed. This year, Trifas, only a freshman, is the No.1 seed.

Trifas suffered an injury earlier this season and didn’t get to play at the No.1 spot until last Monday, “It was a pretty big jump,” admits Trifas. Even though she is so young, Trifas undoubtedly has the most experience in tennis of those on the team. She received her first racquet when she was only five years old. “My dad has trained me since I was really little,” said Trifas. “I train at least once a week with my dad, sometimes twice. In the off-season I go to USTA tournaments. “We are from Romania and my dad grew up playing soccer with his brothers. When he got older he got interested in tennis.” Maria, who was born in Romania, moved to the United States with her family when she was two. She has been back to Romania twice and loves to visit. “Most of our family lives there so it’s nice to see my cousins,” said Trifas. JHS head tennis coach Phillip Noah is impressed with the leadership of his young No. 1 seed. “Maria has been out for half of our season with an ankle injury. The first day she came back she was already lifting the girls spirits by her leadership. She helped working with the younger beginners and the returners also. “She also is constantly talking with her doubles partner about what they are going to do at the next match.” Besides tennis, Trifas loves to run long distances and would like to get into cross-country running. She also enjoys cooking for her family and reading. While Trifas says that tennis is a life long sport that she $$ wants to play, she hopes to go to college on an academic scholarship and eventually enter medical school. Lipo/B12 Combo Injection Maria is the daughter of with March with January Petrica and Monica Trifas. Special Special


Buchanon is Player of Year; will continue career at Troy LORI TIPPETS In 2012, Lacey Buchanon led her Jacksonville Lady Eagle basketball team to their first ever, and Calhoun County’s first ever, girls’ basketball state championship. Buchanon has continued to excel. After signing to play basketball with Gadsden State, Buchanon has continued to set records and has continued to lead her team to the top. Recently Gadsden State played in the Alabama Community College Buchanon Conference (ACCC) state finals, losing to Shelton State 75-65 in the finals. Buchanon made her presence known throughout the tournament, scoring 23 points in the quarterfinal win over Alabama Southern, 22 points in the semi-finals against Wallace State and 25 points in the championship game. In her two years at Gadsden State Buchanon has received many post-season honors. As a freshman she was named All-Conference first team and was nominated to play in the National Junior College All-Star Game. This past season Buchanon was named Player of the Year as she scored 600 points during the season, an 18.2 per game

average. Buchanon was also quick to dish off and had, as she had in high school, an uncanny ability to see the court. Buchanon finished the season with 166 assists, averaging five assists per game, first in the conference, and in the top ten in the nation. In addition to being named Player of the Year, Buchanon was also named All Region and was named to the conference tournament team. John Butts, who has coached Buchanon for her two years at Gadsden State, says Buchanon is probably the best mid-range player he has coached, male or female. “I’ve been coaching for 20 years,” said Butts. “Lacey is a phenomenal player. She is well deserving of Player of the Year.” Butts said that Buchanon was a leader both on and off the court. “We try to teach that everyone is a coach, everyone is a player and a manager. Lacey took this to heart. After each game you could see Lacey picking up water bottles and towels. She led by example. We loved having her play here.” Buchanon has signed to play with Troy University and Butts said, “They are getting a great one.” Buchanon said she loved playing at Gadsden State. “I’ve enjoyed it a lot, it’s been a learning process.” The talented guard is now looking forward to playing at Troy. “I like Troy; the environment, the coaching staff, and they have a great new arena.” Buchanon is planning on going into education and wants to become a teacher and a coach.

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SIUE took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI single by Skyler Geissinger, but Jax State battled to take a 3-1 lead in the third inning. Stephen Bartlett led off with a double and Golsan was hit by a pitch, before Mora-Loera drove in both runs with a triple. Griff Gordon followed with a RBI single to center field to score Mora-Loera and give JSU its first lead of the game. The Cougars answered in the bottom of the third on a RBI double by Green, and he later came in to score on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3. SIUE then took the lead in the fourth after Green and Caldwell each drove in a run to make the score 5-3. Petrongolo hit his fifth triple of the season in the top of the sixth inning and

scored on a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-4, but the Cougars tacked on three runs in the bottom half of the sixth to build a 9-4 lead. Bartlett led off the seventh with a solo home run, then drove in another run in the eighth inning to cut the lead to 9-6. Jax State rallied for two more runs in the ninth inning after Ryan Sebra hit a tworun home run with two outs to pull JSU to within 9-8, but the Cougars got the final out to secure the win. Bartlett and Gordon each had three hits, while Mora-Loera, Pentrongo and Andrew Bishop each had two hits in the night cap to lead the Gamecocks. Jacksonville State returns to action today at Troy, before returning to OVC action against Austin Peay next weekend at Rudy Abbott Field.

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Angi Sakamoto and Kendall Hooper led off the top of the inning with back-to-back homers, staking Weaver to a 3-1 lead. JSU went down in order in the sixth before mounting the seventh-inning rally. Harbin (6-3) surrendered three runs on eight hits in seven innings in the circle, striking out 10 and walking one. Weav-

er (3-10) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs, just two earned, on eight hits in just over six innings or work. She fanned two and walked four. The Gamecocks continue their homestand on Tuesday, when they host UAB at 6 p.m. at University Field. All JSU students and fans ages 18 and under receive free admission to all JSU home softball games.

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sugar.” Connor objected because he didn’t want his finger pricked. His father won the argument. “When he checked it, it was 529, and dad lost it,” said Connor. “He checked it again and it was 527.” As they sat on a curb waiting for a taxi to come and get them to take them to the hospital, Derek cried and hugged his son and apologized to him for passing on his genes which had apparently caused him to also be a diabetic. “We go on vacation with one diabetic and come home with two,” said Derek. Derek’s parents found out he was a diabetic when he was 2. He’s 42 now. “Because of the frequent urination, thirst, falling and stumbling around, my mom (Melanie Raulerson) knew what was going on,” he said. “I’d lost weight, also. All those things indicated to her that something was wrong.” The doctor Derek saw in Anniston sent him to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham where he stayed two weeks. Derek was on multi daily injections for 28 years. Twelve years ago he went on the pump. Connor is also on a pump. At the end of February, Connor was asked to address Jacksonville State University’s nursing students. Nursing instructor Missy Duckett is friends with the Raulersons, and she was getting ready to cover the insulin pump and diabetes with her second year students. She asked father and son if they’d like to speak to her class and show her students how to use the pump. Derek said he feels that for Connor to face 59 nursing students was an impressive feat.

Derek talks about the illness he and Connor will probably have the rest of their lives at derekcraulerson., a blogging site where diabetics, or those whose loved ones are diabetics, can discuss the illness. “There were 450 people who commented on it and liked it,” said Derek. “Out of those 450 people, there were 40 individuals who are diabetic. The adults said they couldn’t even fathom doing that as an adult, much less as a 9-year-old child. I’m proud of Connor, and I’m proud he had the opportunity to show the nursing students how to actually use an insulin pump instead of seeing a textbook example.” Connor performed the demonstration on a stuffed bear. Connor said he has friends who are diabetics, but they seldom discuss it with each other. Connor said he wasn’t a happy camper when he learned he was a diabetic. “I thought, oh, I don’t want to ruin my life with diabetes,” he said. “I don’t want to prick my finger. But pricking your finger is nothing.” Connor pricks his finger from four up to 10 times a day, depending what his plans are for the day or what he’s going to eat. He leads the life any 9-year-old boy would lead. He plays sports, is involved in school activities, and he does something else that makes his parents proud -- Connor is an A-B student. He’s in the fourth grade at Kitty Stone Elementary School. His homeroom teacher is Beverly Parker. “I feel perfect now,” he said. In fact, he made a grown-up statement to his doctor before he left the emergency room in Savannah. “Of all the diseases in the world, this is the one I want because I can manage it.” (Contact Margaret at


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The council is expected on Monday to vote on an ordinance that will determine whether the schools get the land. “I would like to think that after next Monday, hopefully, the clock would start ticking,” Campbell said. The contract states the architect’s designs must be done within 120 days, but the countdown won’t begin until the system knows where it is going to build the new school, Campbell said. The architect’s contract also states that McKee and Associates will be paid 6 percent of the total cost of the project, which the school plans to spend $12.6 million on. Earlier this month the council held public reading of the ordinance that would allow the schools to have the property. That meeting drew a crowd of people, including opponents and proponents of moving the school away from its current location. Those people who oppose the decision, favor rebuilding the elementary school on its current campus near Jacksonville’s Public Square. They say that keeping Kitty Stone in place will be better for the whole community, and that it would preserve the city’s Public Square. They add that moving it would detract from residents’ quality of life, and require students to spend more time in cars and on busses each year. Those who support the move believe relocating the school makes more financial sense, and that it’s the safest option for students. School officials say they would have to pay for portable classrooms for about two years if the school is rebuilt on the current site, and such structures are unsafe during inclement weather. In other business: - The school board amended its policy on tobacco use to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes on all of its campuses. Earlier this semester a high school student challenged the board’s policy on the matter by bringing one of the electronic cigarettes to campus, Principal Rick Carter said. Someone reported the incident using an app on student and teacher iPads to allow people to report problems anonymously. When approached about the incident, the student told officials that there was no policy against smoking an electronic cigarette. The student was disciplined under a policy that prohibits distracting behavior, and the board decided to amend the policy to keep the new smoking devices off the district’s campuses. -- The board also amended its admittance and enrollment requirements to permit the dependents of Jacksonville City employees to enroll in school there. The school system already has a similar policy that permits dependents of Jacksonville State University’s employees to attend schools in the district. School officials said the change might give some prospective city employees incentive to work in Jacksonville, and that it would help improve the system’s enrollment numbers.

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OTR, regional, & Anniston, Alabama 36202 1248 • Philadelphia, 39350 • ONLINE BIDDING AVAILABLE City ClerkPO Box Dorothy P. MS Wilson, CANDY RENEE WOODALL, 1042 Holland Ave (PO Box 1248) • Philadelphia, Mississippi 39350 Auctioneer: Donnie W Dean, #733, MSGL #835 Auctioneer: Donnie W Dean, #733 MS Gallery Lic. #835F dedicated. Experienced drivers Telephone: (256) 237-6611 CMC Personal Representative of the or students with Class A-CDL Fax: (256) 237-1015 Exhibit “A” Last Will and Testament of for training. New student spots LEASE AGREEMENT ROBERT LEE DIX, Deceased. just opened. Great pay & home This Lease Agreement is en- Alice K. Martin time. Flatbed, glass, and reef- The Jacksonville News tered into by and between the Judge of Probate er. Must be 21 yrs old and hold Calhoun Co., AL City of Jacksonville, Alabama, Class A-CDL. 1-800-289-1100. March 4, 11, 18, 2014 a municipal corporation, (here- The Jacksonville News in “Owner” or “City”), and WH Calhoun Co., AL _________________________ Industries Delaware, Inc. (a/k/a March 4, 11, 18, 2014 NOTICE TO DRIVERS - CDL-A solo & Gnutti Carlo USA) d/b/a Shelco team drivers needed. Top pay Foundries (herein “Tenant” or CREDITORS for hazmat. OTR & regional NOTICE TO “Shelco”) and the effective STATE OF ALABAMA runs. CDL grads welcome. date of the lease is March 11, CALHOUN COUNTY CREDITORS 700+ trucks & growing! 2014. 1 - 8 8 8 - 9 2 8 - 6 0 1 1 . PROBATE COURT Shelco shall examine the STATE OF ALABAMA CASE NO. 2014-0064 CALHOUN COUNTY premises before taking possesAlabama Press Association PROBATE COURT _________________________ IN THE MATTER OF THE sion and Shelco’s entry into CASE NO. 31856 DRIVERS: RUN FB with WTI. ESTATE OF KARL ROBERT possession Attn: Chris McDaniel shall constitute IN THE MATTER OF THE Be home through the week and REESE, DECEASED conclusive evidence that as of 3324 Independence Dr Ste 200 JO PATESTATE OF RILLA weekends. Start up to 28% Letters Testamentary on the the date thereof the said premplus fuel bonus. New equip- estate of KARL ROBERT ises were in good order and TERSON, DECEASED Birmingham, ALLetters 35209Testamentary on the ment. BCBS. Experience need- REESE, deceased, having satisfactory condition. estate of RILLA JO PATTERed. LP available. Call been granted to ALTHEA RE- For consideration of the sum of Phone: (205) 871-7737 NEA REESE, the undersigned 1-877-693-1305. (R) rent to be paid by the Tenant to SON, deceased, having been _________________________ on February 26, 2014, by the the Owner in the amount of granted to JEFFREY KEITH NEED CLASS A CDL training? Honorable Alice K. Martin, $250.00 per month due and ROBERTS the undersigned on Please Press Association for the week of March 17th to 23rd. 10, 2014, by the HonStart a career in trucking today! Judge of Probate of said payable on the 11th run day Alabama of February Swift Academies offer PTDI County, notice is hereby given each and every month begin- orable Alice K. Martin, Judge of certified courses and offer that all persons having claims ning March, 2014, and delin- Probate of said County, notice “Best-In-Class” training. New against said estate, are hereby quent after the $1000.00 20th day of is hereby given that all persons academy classes weekly, no required to present the same each month, payable to the having claims against said esmoney down or credit check, within the time allowed by law, City of Jacksonville, Alabama tate, are hereby required to certified mentors ready and or the same will be barred. at its City Hall located at 320 present the same within the available, paid (while training ALTHEA RENEA REESE, Per- Church Avenue SE, Jackson- time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. with mentor), regional and ded- sonal Representative of the ville, Alabama 36265. icated opportunities, great ca- Last Will and Testament of For said consideration Shelco JEFFREY KEITH ROBERTS, reer path, excellent benefits KARL ROBERT REESE, De- shall enjoy occupancy of 3,000 Personal Representative of the package. Please call: ceased. sq feet in the northeast corner Last Will and Testament of Alice K. Martin 1-520-226-4557. of the first floor of the building RILLA JO PATTERSON, De_________________________ Judge of Probate located at 415 Alexandria ceased. NEW CAREER - CDL training. Road SW, Jacksonville, Ala- Alice K. Martin Jobs available if qualified. Call The Jacksonville News bama, for the storage/ware- Judge of Probate today - start tomorrow! WIA, Calhoun Co., AL housing of machinery and The Jacksonville News VA, Post-9/11 G.I. Bill & Re- March 4, 11, 18, 2014 equipment. hab. ESD TDS, LLC. The term of this lease shall be Calhoun Co., AL NOTICE TO 1-866-432-0430. www.ESDsfor one year, ending March 11, March 4,11, 18, 2014 (R) 2015. CREDITORS _________________________ This lease is terminable by eiSTATE OF ALABAMA HELP WANTED-TRADES ther party upon 30 days written CALHOUN COUNTY CAN YOU dig it? Bulldozers notice to the other. PROBATE COURT and excavators. 3 week hands The City will insure the imCASE NO. 2014-0084 on training provided. Become provements located on the IN THE MATTER OF THE nationally certified. Lifetime job premise for loss and hazard ESTATE OF LINDA GAIL placement assistance. GI Bill damage to said improvements. SEXTON, DECEASED eligible. 1-866-362-6497. Shelco shall insure against liLetters Testamentary on the _________________________ ability claims and shall defend, estate of LINDA GAIL SEXHELP WANTED Give Krystal a call and see indemnify and hold the City TON, deceased, having been KITCHEN CREWS needed offharmless for any liabilities, granted to RITA G. FROST why you’re No. 1 in her book! shore in the Oil and Gas indusclaims or lawsuits arising from try. Entry level positions start at F/K/A RITA EDINGER AND Shelco’s use and/or occupancy $710 - $810 per week. Sign up JOHN HUGH SEXTON JR. the of the premises. now for training today. Call undersigned on February 21, Shelco shall not allow or cause 2014, by the Honorable Alice Krystal Perdue 1-850-424-2600. any act or deed to be per_________________________ K. Martin, Judge of Probate of formed or any practice to be 256-299-2153 said County, notice is hereby LAND FOR SALE given that all persons having BLUE RIDGE Mountain Log Cabin Sale! Only $84,900. claims against said estate, are New 1200sf ready to finish log hereby required to present the cabin on 1+ acres with spec- same within the time allowed tacular views and private ac- by law, or the same will be cess to US National Forest. barred. Day Line Deadline Display Deadline Excellent financing. Call now RITA G. FROST, F/K/A RITA EDINGER AND JOHN HUGH 1-866-952-5303, Ext 199 Daily Home/Anniston Star Monday Friday @ 12 Friday @ 12 _________________________ SEXTON JR, Co-Personal Tuesday Friday @ 5 pm Friday @ 5 pm Representative of the Last Will FOR SALE Wednesday Monday @ 5 pm Monday @ 5 pm DISH TV retailer. Starting and Testament of LINDA GAIL Thursday Wednesday @ 12 Wednesday @ 12 $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) SEXTON, Deceased. Broadband Internet starting Alice K. Martin Friday Thursday @ 12 Thursday @ 12 Judge of Probate $14.95/month (where availSaturday Thursday @ 5 pm Thursday @ 5 pm able.) Ask about same day inSunday Friday @ 10 am Friday @ 10 am The Jacksonville News stallation! Call now! Calhoun Co., AL 1-800-311-7159. _________________________ March 4, 11, & 18 2014 Star Plus Wednesday Friday @ 10 am Friday @ 10 am SAWMILLS FROM only $4897. St. Clair Times Thursday Monday @ 12 Monday @ 12 NOTICE TO Make & save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any Jacksonville News Tuesday Friday @ 10 am Friday @ 10 am CREDITORS dimension. In stock ready to STATE OF ALABAMA Piedmont Journal Wednesday Monday @ 12 Monday @ 12 ship. Free info/DVD: www.Norw o o d S a w m i l l s . c o m . CALHOUN COUNTY Cleburne News Thursday Monday @ 5 pm Monday @ 5 pm PROBATE COURT 1-800-578-1363 ext. 300N. 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ESTATE OF ROBERT L. HUDDLESTON, DECEASED Letters of Administration on the estate of ROBERT L. HUDDLESTON, deceased, having been granted to the undersigned on February 7, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. REBECCA B. HUDDLESTON, Personal Representative of the Estate of ROBERT L. HUDDLESTON, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate


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Chana Bennett organizes Mardi Gras parade Jax Health and Rehab residents feted to party




Chana Bennett was born and reared just a few miles outside New Orleans. She’s always celebrated Mardi Gras. She was even a participant in several Mardi Gras parades there. She likes to share that fun holiday with the residents at Jacksonville Health and Rehab where she is assistant activities director. On March 4, Bennett organized a Mardi Gras parade and party for the residents, staff and guests. “We wanted to bring a little bit of Louisiana and Mardi Gras to our folks here,” she said. “I think this year we had more people involved than ever before. Everybody was so excited. They were decked out in the t-shirts we’d ordered for them. And they wore their beads and masks.” The t-shirts were in the Mardi Gras colors of green, purple and gold. Several types of food was on the menu, but the main course was what is sometimes called the king of Cajun food, boudin. Boudin is made with dirty rice, which is pulverized, red beans and smoked sausage, which is stuffed on the inside of the sausage skin and cut into pieces. Bennett used 26 pounds of beans and three cases of smoked sausage to make the boudin. “Everybody said it was really good,” said Bennett. “They seemed to enjoy it a lot.” Comfort Care provided a king cake for the party. King cake is usually served during Mardi Gras. Bennett related the history of Mardi Gras. Bennett still has some of the beads she was able to get at some of the Mardi Gras parades. She said she’ll never part with them or any of the other memorabilia she has from those days. (Contact Margaret at


TOP LEFT PHOTO: Chana Bennett leads the parade with granddaughter Yania Russell. TOP RIGHT: Sister Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints helps out with parade. BOTTOM LEFT: Jacksonville Health and Rehab employee Dedra Culvertson at Mardi Gras celebration. MIDDLE: Lora Ivey, works in the restorative department at Jacksonville Health and Rehab. enjoyed the party. BOTTOM RIGHT: Resident Emment Muncher dresses for the occasion.

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