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City school system gets its land to build a new elementary school land near George Douthit Drive. “I still have some questions on this too,” said Council President Mark Jones. “But we need to move forward with a new elementary school.” For at least six months there have been public discussions about where the community’s next elementary school should

LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service The Jacksonville City Council voted Monday to donate land to the city school system, a move that will allow educators to build Kitty Stone Elementary School on

be built. The Jacksonville City Board of Education considered rebuilding the new school at the current campus, but in January voted unanimously to move the school to a location off of George Douthit Drive. Before it could move forward with plans to build a new school at the new location, it needed the Jacksonville City Council to


Kitty Stone Elementary wins the GOLD Nutritionist Stephanie Gossett and staff rewarded for serving healthy food

donate the land. After several weeks of discussion on the matter, the council voted to donate the land, with one member, Truman Norred, casting the dissenting vote. Council members who voted to move the school cited the need for a new school, ■ See COUNCIL, page 12

Rudy Abbott wins Book of Golden Deeds award Retired coach



Director of child nutrition Stephanie Gossett is apparently feeding Kitty Stone Elementary School’s students well. The school was recently notified that it has met the HealthierUS Schools Challenge (HUSSC) by supporting and improving the health of children. USDA’s Steve Hortin presented the award March 20. Gossett, her staff and the school were recognized for featuring healthy menus. The cafeteria staff is made up of cafeteria manager Dana Bonds, Debra Goodwin, Treva Hanvey, Jennifer Johnson, Shea Knight, Peggy Murray, Kay Smith and Ashleigh Wescovich. There are four levels of superior performance – Bronze $500, Silver $1000, Gold $1500 and Gold Award of distinction $2000. Kitty Stone received the Gold award along with a banner to display. The name of the school will be listed on the Team Nutrition

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KSES Pre-K students performed songs about fruits and veggies. Website. Gossett said she is excited that she and her staff earned the certificate. “The paperwork itself took three months to complete and send in,” she

said. “The cafeteria staff went above and beyond their normal duties to implement the guidelines and help with nutrition ■ See USDA, page 10

It’s easy to reel off Rudy Abbott’s accomplishments on the baseball field. ● 1,003 victories ● Two NCAA Division II National Championships ● Two-time winner of Division II Coach of the Year ● Seven teams advanced to the DiviABBOTT sion II World Series ● 24 players named All-Americans ● 75 players went on to play professional baseball ● Five teams were Gulf South Conference champions ● He was named Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year seven times ● He is in the Jacksonville State University Hall of Fame, the Calhoun County Hall of Fame and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. ■ See DEEDS, page 7


James A. Jackson clocks 32 years at first two jobs Jacksonville Carpet and Flooring is current employer

High School was at Union Yarn Mills where he was a supervisor and warehouse manager. He had worked there 20 years when the mill closed its doors. He worked the When James A. Jackson Jr., finds a job he likes, he sticks next 12 years in quality control at the chemical incinerator with it. He’s been store manager at Jacksonville Carpet ■ See JACKSON, page 7 and Flooring for a year. His first jobEncode: out 666000999999 of Jacksonville e: 666000888880 PU PU BY MARGARET ANDERSON NEWS EDITOR


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Cheaha Challenge Grand Fondo finds new home at Jacksonville State

Jacksonville, Alabama and Jacksonville State University (JSU) are happy to announce they will host a new start/finish on the JSU campus for the Cheaha Challenge. The changes mark the first time since 1993 “The Toughest Ride in the South” is based outside Piedmont. Mark Jones, director of recreational sports at JSU and a Jacksonville city councilman, believes the great working relationship between the university and city will have a positive impact on the event. “Jacksonville State University and the City of Jacksonville are very excited about hosting the upcoming Cheaha Challenge,” Jones said. “Several departments from both the city and university will be taking part to ensure this is a successful event. We want the riders and spectators to experience why we are the ‘friendliest campus in the South’ and enjoy the city’s location as the ‘gem of the hills.’ Spectators are strongly encouraged to show their support by cheering on the riders as they enter Jacksonville’s square, which will take place at approximately 7:35 a.m. University President Bill Meehan and Mayor Johnny Smith are thrilled to

host the ride, watch it grow from year to year, and build a good relationship with the Southern Bicycle League.” The Southern Bicycle League (SBL) and the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association have partnered to produce the 2014 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo, sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors. The 22nd Annual Cheaha Challenge on Sunday, April 6, is the largest bicycle century ride in Alabama, with five cycling routes offered, ranging from 23, 44, 62, and 84 to 104 miles. Between 500 -700 cyclists from more than 25 states are expected to participate in the Grand Fondo. Named after the scenic Cheaha State Park, the three longest cycling routes will roll north and traverse the park. All riders will be provided timing chips. The times will be posted on the event website. There will be an exclusive time recorded for riders on the famous threemile climb at Cheaha State Park, with special jerseys awarded to the fastest male and female cyclist. The man and woman with the fastest times on the climb will be designated King and Queen of the Mountain. Tony Myers, Cheaha Challenge Ride Director, is

pleased to have the ride hosted by Jacksonville State University. “Along with the new start and finish line in Jacksonville, Alabama, we are pleased to offer new scenery, fantastic facilities for adequate parking and post-ride showers, and expanded lodging options. We will be able to accommodate more riders and offer more conveniences for our out-of-town visitors,” Myers said. “The Cheaha Challenge is for everyone. With the different route options, people of all ages and skill levels can enjoy a memorable day of cycling.” The ride is scheduled to begin Sunday, April 6 at the Pete Mathews Coliseum with a mass start for all cyclists at 7:30 a.m. Until March 31, registration will be $45 per person for SBL members and $55 for non-SBL members. From April 1 to April 6, registration will increase by $5 per rider. Online registration is open for everyone and available at the event website – cheahachallenge. com/century_ride_details.html. Included in the registration fee are a light breakfast before the ride, fully-equipped rest stops, deluxe post-ride meal, and 100% cotton, commemorative t-shirt.

Birmingham Republicans have state GOP on top

There is a cadre of politicos in Birmingham who are approaching their 60’s that have been a close knit group of true blue Republicans since the get go. They have probably never been or needed to run as Democrats. More than likely, they were Goldwater Republicans when they were little boys. Most certainly they were Nixon and Reagan Republicans in their youth. This group is close knit and numbers about 12. The face cards are former legislator, State DHR Director, Hoover Mayor and now Jefferson County Administrator Tony Petelos, former State Representatives and now lobbyists Mark Gaines and Allen Sanderson, and current State Representative and former Jefferson County Tax Collector Jack Williams. Like I said, these guys are not RINO’s. They have been on the ground floor of building the state GOP and supporting Republican candidates. They recruited and planned the grassroots campaigns for GOP candidates as early as the 1980’s. They were together one night during that era when Williams said aloud, “You know, I believe Jimmy Evans could be beat.” Evans was the Democratic Attorney General who stalked, connived and prosecuted Republican Gov. Guy Hunt. Their imaginations began to wander and they brainstormed as to who could beat Evans. Almost simultaneously they emerged with the idea that an obscure, but clean-cut, Boy Scout looking U.S. Attorney named Jeff Sessions would be the ideal candidate. They proceeded to call Sessions at home at

10:30 p.m. he took their call and they talked about an hour. Sessions told them he was not Steve interested but would Flowers sleep on it. Days later, Sessions acquiesced and decided to run. They had convinced him. The Inside The Statehouse rest is history. Sessions beat Evans and became Attorney General. He went to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and will easily coast to reelection to a fourth six-year term in the U.S. Senate this year. Jack Williams is credited with convincing Fob James to run for governor as a Republican in 1994. Fob had won the Governor’s office in 1978 as a Democrat. Everyone knew he was a Republican. This group kept cajoling Fob to go for the brass ring again as the GOP standard bearer. Guy Hunt had already broken the ice in 1986. Fob ran and won. This group helped him win, especially Williams, who managed his campaign. Fob was not a great campaigner. Some would say that his heart was not really in running nor serving as governor again. Williams tells a story that occurred during the Republican primary that year that illuminates the old Alabama political maxim that home folks know you

best. There is a cardinal rule that you need to carry your own county if you run for a statewide office. In that race, Fob had to beat Winton Blount, Jr. and State Senator Ann Bedsole from Mobile to win the GOP primary. Fob and Ann Bedsole made the runoff. They were invited to a forum in Huntsville during the runoff. As usual, Fob refused to go so he sent Jack Williams to represent him. When they were getting ready to speak, Jack courteously gave the floor to Sen. Bedsole first. She thanked him for his gentlemanly gesture and proceeded to pounce on Fob. When Jack got up to speak he had done his homework. He said, Mrs. Bedsole is a nice lady but the best way to know somebody is to see what the folks who know them best have to say about them. Well Fob James has lived in four counties in his life. He was born in Chambers, built his business in Lee, lived in Mobile and now lives in Baldwin. Folks, he carried all four counties in the first primary. You know Fob beat Mrs. Bedsole in her home county of Mobile. He also beat her in her senate district and folks, you know Fob beat her in her own box where she lives and votes. Ann Bedsole had nothing to say. Fob went on to win the primary and general election. 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

Grab these Easter treats before they are gone

Some of my earliest memories of Easter include wandering around Dawn’s Five and Dime store at Easter time. The store was one of the last dime stores on Noble Street and closed probably around the late1960s or early 1970s. My sisters and I bought jellybeans, chocolate bunnies, and sugar eggs with a peephole featuring a tiny Easter landscape inside. Imagine my delight when I recently found those same sugar eggs at Cracker Barrel in Oxford. Oddly, Calhoun County does not have a candy shop that I am aware of. Who would have ever thought that the best candy counters would be found in pharmacies and department stores? Like their predecessors, their shelves now overflow each Easter with delectable candy eggs, bunnies, baby chicks, and various other sugary indulgences. The statistics about Easter candy are interesting. Each year, consumers buy enough jellybeans to circle the globe three times. They buy 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies and 700 million peeps. They spend $2.1 billion on Easter candy, and sales have ballooned in recent years. Some stores have doubled the number of shelves to display these pretty . (I found these facts

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Jacksonville - A memorial service for Herman Walter (Wally) Barthel, 88, was held Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville with the Rev. John Simmons and the Rev. Ted Anderson officiating. The family received friends in the church parlor from 1 -3 p.m. prior to the service. Burial followed in Patton’s Chapel Cemetery at Hoover First United Methodist Church, Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 1 p.m. Mr. Barthel died Monday, March 17, 2014, at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. He was born on May 3, 1925, the 3rd of 5 children of Emil and Minnie Barthel in Port Huron, Michigan. He graduated from Port Huron High School and attended Michigan State College. He enjoyed his love for the water and seas as a Sea Scout on Lake Huron and the St. Lawrence River during his teen years, which led to his enlistment and service in the US Navy during World War II on the USS Phantom. During the Korean War he enlisted in the Air Force, which is what brought him to meet the love of his life,

Helen, while she was on vacation in Panama City Beach, Florida. They were married on May 12, 1951, and had 62+ wonderful years together. His love for family and friends was enormous. He was always ready to make someone laugh with a good joke or ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was a member of Jacksonville First United Methodist Church since 1961. He retired as Assistant District Manager of the Social Security District Office in Gadsden. His passion to serve others led him to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Jacksonville Hospital and Medical Center for 22 years, 16 years as Chairman. Wally served as Scoutmaster of Troop 19 for 8 years with seven Eagle Scouts. He loved golf, fishing and bowling. He served as coach for many years for the junior bowlers at Anniston Bowling Center and bowled in many leagues over the years in both Anniston and Birmingham. He served as President of both the Anniston Local and Alabama State Bowling Association and was elected as a life member in both. He was also selected as member of the Alabama State Bowling Association Hall of Fame and was elected as a Charter Member of the Anniston Hall of Fame. Wally may have gone to Michigan State, but you could never find a more avid Alabama Crimson Tide fan. His love for Alabama football was immense. He was a member of the alumni association and the 1st and Ten Club, for which he served as photographer for many years. He and Helen had

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season tickets to all home games and often traveled to away games, especially to Bowl games, until health prevented. They also loved to travel and spent every summer when the grandkids were young taking them around the country. He is survived by his wife, of 62 years, Helen Johnson Barthel; son Richard W. Barthel Sr.; Daughter-in-law, Kathy Diane; Grand Twins Rebecca Diane and Richard W. Barthel Jr.; Granddaughter-in-law, Heather; great-grandchildren, Destiny, Taylor and Joseph Tyler (JT); his brother Rudy Barthel (Lee), of Charleston, S.C., Emil Barthel (Elaine) of Port Huron, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, father, Emil Barthel; mother, Minnie Barthel Kemsley, sister Peggy Learman; sister and brotherin-law, Ella and Earl Hull; his beloved mother and father-in-law Edna and Floyd Johnson. The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors and staff of Gadsden Regional and to Southern Care hospice for the wonderful care they have given. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Jacksonville 1st United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 1025, Jacksonville, Ala. 36265. Online condolences to the family at K. L. Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Center 322 Nisbet St., N.W. Jacksonville, Alabama 36265 Phone (256) 435-7042

• 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. • 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. • The J.O.Y. Quilt Guild will meet Thursday, April 3 at 9.30 a.m. in the FMC of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Visitors are welcome. • The White Plains Alumni Association is having a membership drive. Those eligible are graduates of White Plains, attendees who may not have graduated, and persons who may not have attended White Plains but desires to support the schools and students. The White Plains Alumni Association awarded four $1,000 college scholarships to deserving White Plains seniors last year. Donations pay for these annual scholarships. For more information call Alvin Robertson at 256236-8780, Bill Ward at 256-236-3629, Brenda Morgan at 256-435-3725 or Norman Parker at 256-447-7563. • 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

Police Report March 18 • Recovered property reported in the 300 block of Pelham Road North. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 300 block of Harris Street. • Driving while license revoked, reasonable and prudent speed, speeding, improper passing, improper lane usage, run red light and attempting to elude a police officer reported at the intersection of Pelham Road North and Francis Street. March 19 • Third degree criminal mischief and third degree theft of property reported in the 1200 block of Whites Gap Road Southeast. • Third degree criminal mischief reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest. • Harassment reported in the 2300 block of AL 21 South.

• Harassing communications reported in the 1100 block of Alexandria Road Southwest. • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 200 block of Parris Street Southeast. March 20 • Property damage reported in the 800 block of Gardner Drive Southeast. • Possession of a controlled substance reported at the intersection of Broadwell Mill Road/ Cedar Springs Drive. March 21 • Property damage reported in the 1600 block of Pelham Road South. • Harassment reported in the 200 block of Pelham Road South. March 22 • Third degree theft of property reported in the 200 block of Pelham Road South.

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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. • The Jacksonville Aspiring Writers Group meets from 4 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the public library. Anyone interested in the creative writing process is welcome. Bring samples of original writing to share. The group offers

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Glenda Jemison appreciates her church Helps with city’s annual Black History Program MARGARET ANDERSON News Editor


l e n d a Sanders Jemison likes to talk about her church, First Baptist on Vann Street. She receives a lot of satisfaction at the services and various activities the church has and attends all of them. She’s in the Inspirational Choir, is the recording secretary in the Missionary Society and is president of the Usher Board. She learns a lot from city councilwoman and Mayor pro-tem Sandra Sudduth, who teaches the Sally Oden adult Sunday school class. “We like to say that we’re a small church with a big heart,” said Glenda. “We love helping people and learning about the Lord. Our pastor is Rev. Christopher Taylor. We love him and his wife, Jacinta.” Her church has started a ministry at Jacksonville Health and Rehab. Once a month members go the facility to play bingo with the residents. Win or lose, everyone gets a gift. “It makes me feel good because they enjoy it so much,” she said. “They’re so happy to see us, and we’re happy to see them. We like to fellowship with them. Helping people and serving the Lord is a big part of my life.” Glenda was born in Centre and grew up attending Shiloh Baptist Church there. She enjoyed

growing up in Cherokee County and has fond memories of happy times there. “My daddy would often take me fishing with him, but I didn’t like to go out in the boat on Weiss Lake because I was afraid,” she said. Her parents are the late Gene and Jimmie Lou Sanders. After graduating from Hatcher High School in Centre, she attended Booker T. Washington Business College in Birmingham and also a business college in New London, Conn. She retired three years ago from 12 years of employment at Federal-Mogul where she worked in the packaging department. Larry Cunningham was her supervisor. Working at FederalMogul is what made her decide to move from Anniston to Jacksonville several years ago. “I love Jacksonville,” she said. “And I really do love my neighbors. They’re wonderful.” Glenda’s daughter and sonin-law, Tevis and Pat Garrett and her son, Brian Wright, live in Jacksonville. She has five grandchildren -- Ashley, Ja’Keel, Alexis, Lauryn, and Allen. Her brother, Bobby Sanders, lives in Cleveland Ohio. She has two sisters. Yvonne Wright lives in Centre, and Gloria Toombs lives in Augusta, Ga. Glenda helps with the annual Black History Program each February at the Community Center. She is responsible for securing the Djembe African Drummers from Rome, Ga., that appear in the program. “I really like working with

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Glenda Jemison loves to cook during the holidays. the Black History Committee and bringing new ideas to our meeting,” she said. Glenda is Associate Matron of Jacksonville Pride Chapter 854 Order of the Eastern Star. She likes to read Christian books and work in her yard in her flowers and plants when the weather is nice. One of her favorite things is walking on the track at the Community Center. “I try to walk a mile and a half when I go,” she said.

She said she’s thankful the city installed an elevator, but she’s also thankful that she’s healthy enough to not have to use it. “I’m so glad they have the elevator for the ones who can’t walk up the stairs,” she said. “I feel so fortunate that I can still walk up them, and I hope I can continue to do so for a long time.” Glenda is an avid football fan. She likes to attend games when possible, but when she can’t go, she watches them on television.


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Her favorite team is the Auburn Tigers. Glenda said she was around 12 or 13 when she started learning to cook. “I was always in the kitchen with my mother,” she said. “She was such a good cook, and she taught me a lot. I still like to cook. My favorite time to cook is during the holidays. I like baking best of all, and that’s when I get to do a lot of it.” (Contact Margaret at


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Cook 5 cups of carrots (cut in rounds) in salted water until done. Make the following marinade: 1 c. tomato soup ½ c. vegetable oil 1 c. sugar ¾ c. apple cider vinegar 1 t. salt 1 t. Worcestershire sauce 1 med. green pepper, diced 1 t. pepper 1 white onion

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Put carrots into the sauce and let the “copper pennies” set 12 hours or more before serving. The carrots, onion and pepper can be drained before serving. This recipe will keep two weeks in the refrigerator. Copper pennies are colorful and add a different taste to any holiday meal.


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Jodi Burgess explains acupuncture The meeting of the Inter-Se Study Club was held at the home of Eloise Moersch, on March 18, 2014 with Eloise Moersch serving as hostesses. Margaret Stem, Program Chairman, introduced the guest speaker, Jodi Burgess, with the Burgess Chiropractic Clinic. Mrs. Burgess spoke on the benefits of acupuncture in treating some diseases. Acupuncture can be used or Peripheral Neuropathy, Bursitis, Arthritis, Shingles, Parkinson Disease, Immune Disorders, Facial Bell’s Palsy, Back Problems, and all pain related problems. Different pressure points on the body correspondence to different organ functions Acupuncture uses tiny needles that are inserted in the body’s pressure points that correlate to the problem area from 10-20 minutes. These treatments can help in getting energy levels back up. Also, Mrs. Burgess spoke on the importance of vitamins for women 50 and over. Vitamins that women over 50 should take are: Turmeric, B-12, Magnesium Citrate, Probiotics, D3, Omega 3, and CoQ 10. She stated that women should buy good quality vitamins that are quickly soluble in the body. She further stated that women should have a source of K2 every day, which is found in kale, radish, spinach, broc-

coli and other green vegetables. Dr. Dale Burgess of the Burgess Chiropractic Clinic is one of only three doctors in Alabama that are certified to use acupuncture. President Calvert called the business meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. and the following business was discussed:  Mary L. White, corresponding secretary,  read a letter from Second Chance which thanked the club for their generous donation of bags for children. A vote was taken on prospective members Sherry Butler and Jan Case. Both were unanimously approved for membership. Margaret Stem recommended Maureen Mackley for membership. A vote will be taken at the April Meeting.  The nomination for this year’s Inter-Se Study Club person of the year has been sent to the Exchange Club for consideration as Book of Golden Deeds winner for 2014. The winner will be announced at the banquet on Thursday, March 20, 2014. President Calvert reminded members of the bake sale to be held April 26, 2014, in conjunction with the Arts Festival on the Square. Members had brought shoes for the “Soles for Souls” and silent

auction items for the District V scholarship project at the District V Meeting on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Wedowee. Pop tabs, print cartridges and box tops were collected. President Calvert encouraged members to buy tickets for the Awesome Fundraising Cash Project. Tickets are $20.00 each. President Calvert thanked the hostess, Eloise Moersch.  Members present were:  Carolyn Brooks, Kenneith Calvert, Elaine Doyle, Judy Klug, Eloise Moersch, Sonja Parris, Linda Read, Carolyn Sasser, Margaret Stem, Sandy Walker, Mary L. White, and guest, Dorothy Jane Nisbet.


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Mr. and Mrs. Michelson Suzanne Spiceland and Michael Michelson were married Feb. 15, 2014, at First Christian Church of Anniston. The Rev. Laura Hutchinson performed the ceremony. Music was provided by Gerald Roberts, Lori Hays, Annslyn Pilkington and Laura Phillips. Parents of the bride are Roberta Krapels of Germantown, Tenn., and the late Cornelius Krapels. Parents of the groom are the late Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Michelson, formerly of Aberdeen, Md. The man of honor was Matt Camp. The best man was Hal Switzer. The bride wore a strapless, ivory dress with ruched bodice, pearl and diamond accents, and a layered, chiffon full skirt and train. She carried a bouquet of calla lilies. The reception was held at First Christian Church of Anniston. The couple resides in Jacksonville.




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JACKSON: Jackson golfs with friends from Jacksonville High School From page 1

at Bynum. Jackson is hoping for a long term career at Jacksonville Carpet and Flooring, which is owned by George Watson. “I’ve been blessed with good jobs,” said Jackson. “This place is a good family place to work. It has a Christian atmosphere. The owners and employees are Christians.” Jackson said the store is a Mohawk color center and offers all kinds of flooring, including tile, hardwood, carpet and vinyl. “The store’s been here since 2008,” he said. “We sell residentially and commercially. We’re a wonderful growing business, God has really blessed us.” Jackson was born in Anniston to James A. and Alice Jackson. The family moved to Jacksonville when he was 10. His parents live in Jacksonville. His sister and nephew, Melinda and Taylor Patterson, live in Atlanta. He and his wife, the former Lora Tate, who works at RMC-Jacksonville, have two daughters. Amber Christopher and her husband Drew, have a 5-year-old son, Abel. They will leave in May for Ramstein, Germany, where Drew will spend four years with the Air Force. The Jacksons are already planning their trip to visit them.

Their other daughter, Courtney, is engaged to Tim Hicks. Her son, Hunter, will be 5 in May. Two cocker spaniels live with the Jacksons -- Annabelle and Abby. The Jacksons are members of Union 3 Baptist Church in Ball Play. They enjoy camping and are partial to DeSoto State Park near Fort Payne and Gulf State Park near Gulf Shores. Jackson calls himself a weekend golfer. He and a group of friends from Jacksonville High School started golfing together not long after they graduated from Jacksonville High School. “I enjoy it for the fun of it and the fellowship of getting to see everybody and play together,” said Jackson. “A bunch of us went to school together, but there’s also church friends and others that we’ve acquired throughout the years that play with us.” Jackson said he’s happy to have found his third job and happy that he can work in his hometown. “I feel very blessed,” he said. “I have a wonderful wife, children, parents, job and church family. I’m just very happy and very blessed.” Anita Kilgore

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DEEDS: Abbott helped pay for bicycle parking racks on Square From page 1

What’s hard is to list the things he has done for his community since he retired. After 32 seasons at Jacksonville State, Rudy decided to retire from baseball and go into a completely different sport – politics. For the past 12 years, Rudy has served as County Commissioner from District 5, which includes such towns as Jacksonville, Piedmont, Knightens Crossroads, Ball Play, Williams, Cedar Springs, Nances Creek, Vigo, Four Mile and Pleasant Valley. He is retiring and will not seek a third term on

the commission. This is where Rudy’s accomplishments become a little harder to find. Not because he didn’t do his job. It’s because he did his job without seeking recognition. Time and time again, Rudy did things behind the scenes. He never sought publicity. He just wanted to help the people of District 5. That work behind the scenes earned Abbott the 2014 Book of Golden Deeds award presented to him last week by the Jacksonville Exchange Club at a banquet held at the Train Depot. “This is one of the great-

est honors I have received,” Abbott said. Abbott once said that he was most proud of his first year in office when he worked to secure federal money for residents’ safety and protection during the early stages of the incineration of the Army’s chemical weapons stockpile in Anniston. He was a driving force to help pay for the phase 2 of the Share the Road signs, which is now complete. He helped pay for the custom bicycle parking racks on the Square and at the library and Phase 1 of the Share the Road signs. There are now

more than 20 signs throughout the city. He helped with improvements on the playground at Kitty Stone and with the baseball and softball fields in Jacksonville. When a civic group needed money, Rudy was there for a donation. Not to mention the personal time he spent with citizens in District 5 who needed a little boost. In Piedmont he helped with the softball field at the Bethune Center. And the list goes on and on. Other nominees were Ed Canady, Dot and Ron Cypher and Joe Maloney. Canady has been a recre-

ation specialist for the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department for the last seven years. He is a volunteer with the city’s football and track teams and coaches a 14-and-under development youth basketball team. Dot and Ron Cypher have been Meals on Wheels volunteers for more than 10 years, serving as drivers without asking to be reimbursed for their gas. Ron also serves as treasurer and is crediting with modernizing its financial system. In addition, Ron has worked tirelessly to help raise funds toward renovating the Tomlinson family home to

accommodate the needs of local hero, Ben Tomlinson. Maloney currently serves as Jacksonville’s city judge and has been responsible for the development of policies and procedures within the city court system. He was the lead person responsible for the 2013 Pelham Commemorative, setting up committees, organizing speakers, acquiring equipment, obtaining re-enactors and logistical planning for the two-day event. Joe has also helped with the restoration of the Dr. Fracis Museum and the preservation of Ten Oaks, where he has located his law offices.


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Congressman Mike Rogers visits area Friday

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From left Congressman Mike Rogers, regional administrator of NHS Management LLC Stephen Resident Council President Francinne Ginn meets Raines, Jacksonville Health and Rehab administrator Brantley Newton, director of nursing Boni- Rogers. ta Gooden and corporate quality assurance nurse Melvina Echols.

Tours Jax Health and Rehab, sees new rehab unit The best way to learn about life in a nursing home is to visit and see for yourself. That’s exactly what one Alabama congressman did during a recent tour of his district. U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) visited Jacksonville Health and Rehab while touring Alabama’s third congressional district. Upon his arrival, Rogers was greeted by residents and staff of the nursing home. Staff members gave the sixterm congressman a tour of the facility’s recent renovations, which includes a new rehabilitation unit, a state of the art 2,000 square foot therapy gym, and 30 private rehab suites. During the tour, Jacksonville Health and Rehab staff members updated him on new

Pleasant Valley High was Rogers’ first stop

trends in the long term care profession and how Alabama continues to rank higher than the national average in the federal government’s health care quality measures for nursing homes. Before leaving, Rogers told the staff that his grandmother lived at the facility several years ago and he was excited to see all the recent renovations. “We appreciate Congressman Rogers taking a few moments out of his busy schedule to visit our residents and tour our facility,” Jacksonville Health and Rehab Administrator Brantley Newton said. “I think we were able to give him a better understanding of the broad range of services the modern nursing home offers and how we provide high quality health care effectively and efficiently.”

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Lady Eagles hoping for strong second half low on numbers at one time, missing five starters, that he had to bring up “B” team players just to put together a varsity team. For Jacksonville High School’s softball team, it turns The Lady Eagles had started the season out strong, out that a good game is a concussion free game. winning their own tournament, which included Earlier this season, in an area game with Cherokee Ranburne, Weaver, Saks, Piedmont and Gadsden City. County, the Lady Eagles suffered not one, not two, but Boyd is looking forward to Spring break “Maybe we three concussions, all in one game. Two of the concus- can get everybody healed back up so the second half of sions occurred at the same time. the season we can come out swinging and be ready to Lady Eagle Head Coach CJ Boyd says that the incifinish this up strong,” commented Boyd. dent is now funny, one that the whole team laughs at, Despite all of the drama of the first part of the seabut at the time it wasn’t that hilarious. During the game son, Boyd feels that the girls are closer and bonding one of Jacksonville’s infielders took a bad hop from better than they ever have before. “My team is doing the ball and ended getting smashed, right between the great,” said Boyd. “I love them, they are great kids, eyes. That was the first concussion. they’re hard workers. I couldn’t ask for anything better The second and third concussions occurred at the top as far as the work ethic they are putting forth.” of the seventh inning. Jacksonville, who hasn’t come Boyd has 14 on his varsity team, four seniors, four close to beating Centre in softball, took the lead in the juniors, three sophomores, and three ninth graders. top of the seventh. The long awaited event, of being Ashlyn Mashburn, Amber Quinn, Kierra Davis close to beating a top ranked team, occurred in the and Becky Heintzleman are the seniors on the team. top of the seventh inning when the Lady Eagles went “Ashlyn hasn’t played since the eighth grade but is one up by a run and made the girls erupt in the dugout. It of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen,” said Boyd. “She just so happens that the visitor’s dugout at Center has spends a lot of time working out by herself.” a very low ceiling so when two of the girls jumped up “Quinn is in her first year of softball and has worked they smashed their heads on the ceiling of the dugout. her way into a starting position in right field because of Concussions number two and three. her work ethic. Centre went on to win the game by one run. Becky and Kierra are the foundation of our senior The girls with concussions were out of action for ten class.” days. Juniors include Ashley Clingan, Ashton Gaddy, Injuries and illness have hurt the Lady Eagles (9-13, Savannah Staton and Hannah Williams. 0-3), during the first part of their season. One starter Darrien Martin, Ataylia Morgan and Kelci Baswell was out with pneumonia and bronchitis. Boyd was so make up the sophomore class and Reagan Stallings, LORI TIPPETS


Caitlyn Ryan and Sierra Stone are freshmen. “Right now we have girls that are eager and coachable. I have girls willing to work and buy into what we are trying to do; I’m blessed by that. I’m in a fantastic place, these Jacksonville kids…I just love them to death, ” said Boyd. “Everytime we’re out here these kids just step up a little more and keep getting better and better. Last year at the end of the season we were playing better than we were at the beginning. Last year at the beginning of the season Alexandria beat us pretty bad and at the area tournament we lost to them just 2-1. That’s how we want to be, we want to finish strong.” The Lady Eagles are led at the plate by Williams, Baswell and Clingan. “Ashley is my most dependable; my go-to-person,” remarked Boyd. Gaddy is also tops at the plate with the most RBI and the highest slugging percentage. Jacksonville is in one of the toughest areas in Class 4A with Hokes Bluff, Cherokee County and Alexandria, all who have won state championships. The Lady Eagles have their work cut out for them every time they have an area game but Boyd is confident with his team. “I tell these kids all the time I’m not so concerned about the wins or losses. It’s the process of getting better so by the end of the season we are playing our best ball. I think that’s the mindset we have right now and the pace we are setting so when the end of the season rolls around we will be playing our best ball.” The Lady Eagles hope to be injury and concussion free, to be ready for the second half of the season.

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Ashley Clingan waits to apply the tag in a recent game against Gadsden City

Ashley Clingan: softball leader with another teammate in the dugout. “It was a pretty close game against Cherokee County and we’ve never played them well enough to be close or really in the game,” remembers Only a junior, Ashley Clingan has played softball for Clingan. “We were hitting. I was in the dugout sitting on a Jacksonville High School for five years now, having started bucket, just watching. Their dugouts are not very tall and on the varsity team since the seventh grade. someone got a hit and we scored and went ahead. I jumped Clingan is a talented athletic star for Jacksonville. As a up off the bucket and hit my head. It didn’t knock me out; I setter on the volleyball team, Clingan helped her team win didn’t think it was serious. I just kept playing. I had quite a the state championship last fall. Now, in softball, it’s Clingan good headache that night and we had a tournament the next that is looked to for her leadership as well as her athletic day. I got out there and tried to play but I just couldn’t.” talents. Clingan soon found out that she had suffered a concus“When she steps on the field at practice she comes here to sion and was out for 10 days. It was serious at the time but work,” says Lady Eagle Coach CJ Boyd. “When she steps Clingan, and the rest of the team, laugh about it now. into the game you know she is focused and ready to play. Clingan says that it would be hard for her to choose “She has always been the leader that does what she’s supbetween volleyball or softball if she was offered to play on posed to. She’s where she is supposed to be, doing what I the collegiate level. “That’s a really big commitment and I need her to do. want to make sure that’s something I really want to do,” said “She has taken on that role of being the leader of the team. Clingan. She’s a positive person to these younger players. She’s Outside of sports Clingan is a typical teenager who enjoys encouraging and she helps pick these younger players up. hanging out with her friends. With softball and team volleyShe’s an all-around athlete, a good kid and that goes a long ball Clingan doesn’t have time for much more. way.” While the talented junior isn’t quite sure where she wants Clingan started out as a pitcher but some back problems to go to school, she is more definite about what she wants to forced her to play shortstop, a position she loves to play. do; be an elementary school teacher. “I love kids, and I love Having been on the team since the seventh grade Clingan being around them.” has a lot of JHS softball teams to compare this current year’s Ashley is the daughter of Rodney and Amy, who is the team to. She feels this team is a lot closer. librarian at Kitty Stone Elementary and has also been a “I feel like everybody is a lot closer on this team,” admits teacher. Clingan. “We get along a lot better and it definitely helps on Right now, Clingan is just focused on softball and what the the field; we play better as a team.” team can do. “I feel like we have a good chance to be in the Clingan points to a lock-in the team had at the field house, top two teams of the area, if we do what I know we can do, I where they ate, played games and spent the night as one of know we have a really good chance to be in the top two.” the factors that helped promote team unity. With a state championship ring already on her finger, Clingan won’t forget the game this year against Cherokee Clingan knows what it takes to get there and will be leading County where she was the victim of a concussion, along the way for her team. LORI TIPPETS

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The Jacksonville Golden Eagles took two decisive area games from Cherokee County last week, 8-0 and 9-1. At Jacksonville, Golden Eagles senior Chris Elias allowed only three hits in his 8-0 shutout. Elias pitched all seven innings and struck out nine.

At the plate Payton Sims, Jackson Bell and Chance Marbut all recorded two hits, while Sid Thurmond, BJ Murphy and Tyler Waugh all had a hit. Jacksonville scored two runs in the first and third inning, one in the fifth and added three in the sixth. At Cherokee County Sid Thurmond was 3-for-5 at the plate and also pitched six innings giving up four hits and a run

while striking out nine. Chris Elias hit a homerun for the Eagles going 2-for-5 at the plate and had three RBI. Jackson Bell also had two hits, while Sims, Marbut, LaCount, Murphy, Tyler Waugh and Tyler Carter all had hits. Jacksonville scored all nine runs in the first three innings of play.

Jacksonville State University has announced its 2014 football schedule, one that features five home games, two former rivals, and a visit to defending Rose Bowl Champion Michigan State University. Division I schools are allowed to play 12 games this coming season, but the Gamecocks will play 11 games with open dates on Sept. 13 and Oct. 18. The 11-game schedule will kickoff on August 30 in East Lansing, Mich., against the Spartans, who won a school-record 13 games in 2013. That season included a 24-20 victory over Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game and saw them finish ranked No. 3 in the final Associated Press and USA TODAY Polls. “The 2014 football season is going to be very exciting for the Gamecocks as we begin the John Grass coaching era,” JSU athletics director Warren Koegel said. “We are coming off a record-breaking season and we feel like we have an exciting football schedule that offers our fans an excellent opportunity see the Gamecocks in action, including five home games and close road trips to some nearby cities including Chattanooga and Nashville.” The Gamecocks advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals and posted an 11-4 overall record and was ranked No. 10 in the final The Sports Network football poll. JSU also set 49 school records, 13 OVC records and three NCAA records during the 2013 season. Jacksonville State earned the school’s 14th NCAA Playoff Appearance with an at-large berth and defeated Samford 55-14 to earn the school’s first-ever Division I playoff win. The Gamecocks then defeated No. 6 McNeese State 31-10 in the second round to advance to play No. 3 Eastern Washington in the quarterfinal round. The Gamecocks will open the 2014 with back-to-back road games, starting with the opener at Michigan State. They will then head to Chattanooga to renew the program’s oldest rivalry in Week Two. JSU will face the Mocs for the 38th time after not playing in 2013, a series that started in 1904.

2014 JSU Football Schedule

Aug. 30 at Michigan State Sept. 6 at UT Chattanooga Sept. 13 Open Sept. 20 WEST ALABAMA (Band Day) Sept. 27 *at Murray State Oct. 4 *UT MARTIN (Fall Preview Day) Oct. 11 *at Tennessee State Oct. 18 Open Oct. 25 *TENNESSEE TECH Nov. 1 *AUSTIN PEAY (Homecoming/Family Day) Nov. 8 *at Eastern Kentucky Nov. 15 *EASTERN ILLINOIS (Marching Southerners Reunion) Nov. 22 *at Southeast Missouri *OVC game HOME GAMES in BOLD

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JSU sweeps doubleheader after dropping first game

Lori Tippets

Phillip Noah is back as the coach at JHS tennis.

JHS tennis gaining experience LORI TIPPETS

It has taken Phillip Noah, tennis coach at Jacksonville High School, five years to get back to the coaching job he loves. In 2009, Noah helped coach the tennis team to a number two finish in the state finals, but health reasons prevented Noah from coming back to coach. Noah had another reason to wait until he came back. His wife Pam went back to finish up a degree and Phillip had promised that he wouldn’t coach until she graduated. When Pam graduated last May, Phillip was ready to get back to the coaching job he loved. Having son Brett, a seventh grader, on the tennis team was an extra incentive to come back to coaching. Noah had coached son Ethan when the team finished second in state. Noah enjoys coaching his current team, a team that has four of the seven boys on the team that are basically new to tennis, at least high school tennis, and about five of the 11 girls. “They have a great attitude on the court and I couldn’t get a better group of kids,” said Noah. “They are very attentive and want to learn. They give up their weekends working six days a week. When we don’t get out to the courts they do agility workouts and run.” On the boy’s team are Brett Thornburg at the No.1 seed, followed by Garrison Cunningham, Will Cole, Brett Noah, Ben Speer and at No.6 Mark Mendiola. Cole Gaddy is also on the team at the No.7 seed and also plays at No.3 doubles with Noah, both seventh graders. Thornburg, a junior, is in his second year at the No.1 seed. There are three seniors on the boy’s team, Cole, Cunningham and

Speer. At the recent Calhoun County Red Wilder Tournament, the boy’s team placed second with Thornburg, Cole and Speer all coming in second and Mendiola, a sophomore in his first year of tennis, taking first place at the No.6 seed. On the girl’s side, Kira Thome came in second at No.4 seed in the tournament and the girl’s team came in third. On the girl’s team, No.1 seed is Maria Trifas, only a freshman. Trifas was the No.3 seed last year. At No.2 seed is sophomore Cristen Chandler, junior Anna Sides at No.3 seed, junior Kira Thome, an exchange student from Germany at No.4, freshman Raine Harris, a newcomer to tennis at No.5 seed, and seventh grader Jymaria Smith at No.6. Also on the girl’s team are Vanessa Stuckman, Anna Ruth Hamilton, Autumn Shivers, Rachel Williams and Camille Clark. Noah is very pleased with the effort of both the girls and boys teams. “They are very young. We’re winning some that we should and losing some that we shouldn’t,” noted Noah. “All are playing exceptionally well, taking instruction well and are working on a lot of different things. They really enjoy being out here and I thoroughly enjoy being out here with them. I think between now and the end of the season we will show some folks that we have some good players here.” The Eagles are in the same Section as Cherokee County, Oneonta, Sardis and Douglas. In action last week the JHS boy’s team lost to Cherokee County 4-5. Cole, Noah and Mendiola all won in singles with Noah and Gaddy winning at No.3 doubles. On the girls side it was Anna Sides posting a win for the girls at No.3 singles.

Griff Gordon and Galvin Golsan combined for 11 hits as Jacksonville State swept an Ohio Valley Conference double-header over Austin Peay on Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks won 7-2 in the opener and then rallied for a 9-7 win in the night cap. Jax State improves to 14-9 overall and 6-3 in the OVC, while Austin Peay drops to 9-13 overall and 3-3 in the league. In the opener, Zachary Fowler (4-1) had four strikeouts and scattered four hits over six solid innings on the mound to earn his fourth straight win, while Graham Officer tossed the final three innings to pick up his first save of the year. Levi Primasing (2-1) gave up eight hits in five innings to suffer his first loss of the season for the Govs. Jax State jumped out to an early lead after Michael Bishop scored on Gordon’s RBI single, and then Gordon came around to score on an Austin Peay error as JSU took a 2-0 lead. The Gamecocks scored two more runs in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Bishop and Paschal Petrongolo drove in a run with a single down the right field line to give JSU a 4-0 lead. Austin Peay scored a run in the sixth after Rolando Gautier scored on Dre Gleason’s sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 4-1, but the Gamecocks answered in the home half of the inning after Daniel Gaither led off with a solo home run and Eddie Mora-Loera had a RBI single to push the lead to 6-1. Ridge Smith led off the seventh with a solo home run for the Govs to cut the lead to 6-2, but Gordon had a RBI single to score Gavin Golsan in the bottom of the eighth for the final margin. The Gamecocks finished with 12 hits, led by Gordon’s three, while Bishop, Gaither and Golsan each finished with two hits. Alex Robles and Smith each had two hits to lead the Governors. In the nightcap, the Gamecocks rallied for seven runs in the sixth inning to erase a 3-run deficit and claim a 9-7 win to earn the series sweep over Austin Peay. Michael Mason (2-0) allowed just one hit in 1 1/3 inning to pick up the win in relief, while Travis Stout had six strikeouts over the final three innings to earn

his seventh save of the year for the Gamecocks. Tommy Hager (2-1) gave up just one run, but got stuck with the loss for Austin Peay. JSU took a 1-0 lead on Petrongolo’s RBI single in the first inning, but P.J. Torres hit a two-run home run in the second and Garrett Copeland scored on a JSU error in the third as APSU took a 3-1 lead. Austin Peay extended the lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning after Cayce Bredlau had a RBI single to score Smith, but the Gamecocks took the lead for good in the sixth inning. Jax State sent 13 men to the plate in the sixth inning, including 10 with 2-outs as the Gamecocks scored the most runs in an inning this season. Ryan Sebra and Tyler Gamble each got a RBI after walking with bases loaded, while Joe McGuire had a pinch-hit double to score two more runs. Golsan drove in two more runs and Mora-Loera added a RBI during the rally inning. The Govs came back in the seventh to score three runs, highlighted by Kevin Corey’s two-RBI single, but JSU added an insurance run in the home half of the seventh on Petrongolo’s RBI single for the final margin. Gordon and Golsan each had three hits, while Petrongolo had two hits to lead the Gamecocks. Mora-Loera extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games with a single in the sixth inning. APSU was led by Bredlau’s two hits. Jacksonville State returns to action tonight against in-state rival Samford. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Rudy Abbott Field. Austin Peay 6, JSU 1

Garrett Copeland and Dre Gleason each hit home runs to lead Austin Peay to a 6-1 win over Jacksonville State in the opening game of a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series on Friday evening. Alex Robles (2-1) scattered six hits and had four strikeouts after seven solid innings on the mound to earn the win for the Governors. Taylor Shields (3-2) gave up six hits and four earned runs to suffer the loss for the Gamecocks.

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Spelling Bee winners



ABOVE: Participants in the East Alabama Commission’s annual Spelling Bee included front row, left to right, Nell Mathes of Anniston, Teckla Fontenot of Piedmont and Orville McElroy of Weaver. Back row, left to right, Stanton Brown of Anniston, Dolly M. Gibbons of Anniston, Sarah Crooke of Jacksonville and Carolyn Bowman of Jacksonville.

The East Alabama Commission’s annual ‘Spelling Bee’ was held March 4 at the Anniston Senior Center. Lisa Davis of The Anniston Star was the pronouncer. SouthernCare sponsored the event. The grand prize winner was Nell Mathes of Anniston Senior Center.

Second-place winner was Teckla Fontenot (pronounced Fonteno) of Piedmont Senior Center and the third place was won by Orville McElroy of Weaver. He has participated in the competition five out of the last six years and won second place in 2012.

Jax State softball team splits doubleheader with SIUE

The Jacksonville Softball team rolled to a 10-4 win in the opener before dropping the nightcap 5-1 in a doubleheader split with Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Sunday afternoon. The Gamecocks (19-8, 5-2 OVC) scored five run in the first inning of the first game and never looked back, but the Cougars (11-16, 5-1 OVC) got a gem from Haley Chambers in the second game. Senior Amanda Maldonado went 4-for-5, walked and was hit by a pitch in the twinbill, while freshman Taylor Sloan drove in a teamhigh three runs to lead a JSU team that hit .345 on the day. Sophomore Ella Denes also had four hits, two in each game. In the first game, the Gamecocks jumped on the Cougars in the first inning and never looked back. They scored five runs on five hits in the first, one that was started by a double and single from Ella Denes and Taylor Sloan to set up an RBI single from Sara Borders. An Erin Greenwalt wild pitch scored the next run and set up a two-run single from Savannah Sloan. Stephanie Lewis capped the scoring with a sac fly and put starter Tiffany Harbin ahead 5-0. The Cougars got one back in the second and another in the third, before JSU erupted for five more runs in the home half of the third. Hayden Crawford and Denes singled in runs to set up a two-run double from Taylor Sloan. Denes scored on an illegal pitch to make it a 10-2 JSU lead. The Cougars avoided the mercy rule with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth but couldn’t get anything else going against Harbin. The Hazel Green, Ala., native grabbed the win and improved to 7-4 on the year by holding the Cougars to four runs, just one earned, on seven hits. She struck out six and walked two in seven innings, her ninth complete game in 12 starts this season. Greewalt (5-6) suffered the loss after surrendering 10 earned runs on nine hits and four walks in just 2.1 innings in the circle. Alexis Kohrs turned in her best outing in relief this season, holding JSU scoreless on five hits and a

walk in 3.2 innings of work. Maldonado went 3-for-3 with a walk to reach on all four trips to the plate for JSU, who racked up 14 hits in the game. Denes, Taylor Sloan, Savannah Sloan and Crawford each had two hits, while the Sloan duo drove in two runs apiece. Kayla Riggs had two of SIUE’s hits in a 2-for2 game that also saw her score twice. The Gamecocks got a quick run in the first inning of the second game, another one that was started by Denes. She singled through the right side on the second pitch of the inning, moved to second on an illegal pitch and then to third on a passed ball. Taylor Sloan then lifted a sac fly into left that scored Denes and gave JSU the early 1-0 lead. Logan Green cruised through the SIUE linup for six innings, before the Cougars got something going in the seventh. Allison Smiley and Alex McDavid singled to set up an RBI double from Haley Chambers that tied it at 1-1. Whitney Lanphier then singled to give SIUE its first lead of the day. The Cougars would score again before the inning was seemingly ended when Brittany Toney left third base while the ball was in the circle. The umpiring crew met in the infield and reversed the call, keeping the inning alive and allowing the Cougars to score three more and take a 5-1 lead. The Gamecocks loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t get a run across against Chambers, who grabbed the win in the circle. She tossed all seven innings and gave up just one unearned run on five hits, while striking out six and walking four. Green (4-2) suffered a tough loss in a game that saw her pitch well. She held the Cougars scoreless on two hits through six innings before giving up five runs, three earned, in the seventh. She struck out five and didn’t issue a walk in her third complete game of the season and her second in as many days. The Gamecocks will be at home on Wednesday, when they host Middle Tennessee at 4 p.m. at University Field.

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financial considerations and safety needs as their reason for supporting the change. “I’ve prayed for this just every night,” said councilman Jerry Parris. “In the end, I found that I agree with the board of education.” Norred said he opposed the decision because he thinks it will hurt the health of the whole community in years to come. “Some of us feel like it should stay in the center of town,” Norred said. “It’s a shame that the children on the north side of town are going to live three times as far away from the school as the children in Weaver.” Norred’s comments echo those of people who have opposed the decision in public meetings for months. In September the board of education began holding work sessions, which they said were held to inform the public and to give residents a chance to voice their opinions about the location of the new school. Controversy surfaced about the location of the next elementary school in those meetings, and it intensified after the board voted to build a new school away from the current campus. People who opposed the

board’s decision began attending council meetings to ask members to keep the land away from the school, and on more than one occasion discussion about the matter lasted for more than an hour. Some residents have also alleged that City Council members Mark Jones and Sandra Sudduth could not vote on the matter because they are employed by Jacksonville State University, which also owns the property where Kitty Stone is located. City officials say the city attorney checked into the matter and asked the Alabama Ethics Commission whether the council members had the right to vote. According to city officials, they are not violating ethical standards or the law by voting on the matter. At recent meetings people concerned about the location of the next school filled the council’s chambers. But Monday few residents of the decision were attended. And just one, an opponent of the move, Klaus Duncan, addressed the council. “We fought a good battle,” said Duncan, a retired teacher. “Now we have to support you, and we will.” Staff Writer Laura Gaddy. On Twitter@ LGaddy_Star

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TOP LEFT PHOTO: Stephanie Gossett (second from left) stands with the cafeteria staff (not in order) Dana Bonds, Debra Goodwin, Treva Hanvey, Jennifer Johnson, Shea Knight, Peggy Murray, Kay Smith and Ashleigh Wescovich. BELOW: Hannah Grace Weathers (left) and Brooke Raulerson debuted the Jax Fit Kids website. Lily Grace Vernon also helped with the website, but was not present for the photo. BOTTOM LEFT: Stephanie Gossett speaks during the ceremony. BOTTOM RIGHT:USDA Food and Nutrition spokesman Steve Hortin presented the award.


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education. The staff works tirelessly to ensure the children have a nutritious breakfast and lunch daily. I’m very blessed to have such a great staff at both schools.” The HUSSC is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. It supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign by recognizing schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the initiative encourages all schools to take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime. Schools that champion the HUSSC strive to make changes to their school nutrition environment in order to improve the quality of the foods served, provide students with nutrition education and also provide them with physical education and opportunities for physical activity. To qualify for an award, a school must meet basic criteria set forth by the FNS. The HUSSC criteria reflect the recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published recommendations for foods that should be served in schools, outside of the organized school lunch meals. HealthierUS Schools must also have a local school wellness policy as mandated by Congress. Schools receiving a HUSSC award commit to meeting the criteria through their four-year certification period. “Kitty Stone elementary school, from the principal to the cafeteria and food service team, has proven that it is a leader in helping students to make healthier eating choices that will last a lifetime,” said Johnathan Monroe, Regional Communications Officer for the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service’s Southeast Regional Office. “A special thanks to Stephanie Gossett and her team who are continuously coming up with innovative meal options and ideas that further the creation of a healthier school environment.” Student presentations during the program included a musical selection from Aimee Weathers and the debut of the Jax Fit Kids website by Brooke Raulerson, Lily Grace Vernon and Hannah Grace Weathers.



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