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SPLISH SPLASH Piedmont officals consider admission fee for new pool

LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service The Piedmont City Council is trying to decide how much money it will charge residents to use the Piedmont Aquatic Center, which is scheduled to

open for its first summer next month. At Tuesday council meeting, Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Formby recommended charging residents a $5 day pass to use the facility. Officials said that price is a little low because they want it to be affordable for

as many people as possible. “You don’t want to overprice anything,” said Piedmont Mayor Bill Baker. “This is a hardworking community.” The council also received a fee schedule detailing recommended costs for 23 other programs and facility

rentals managed by the parks and recreation department. The city council will have at least two weeks to consider the costs and is expected to vote on the fee schedule, including the pool rates, at an April 15 meeting. Contractors began work on the Piedmont pool more than


Goshen church holds 20th anniversary Palm Sunday service ‘Beauty will come’ EDDIE BURKHALTER Consolidated News Service One by one, they glued small bits of polished, colored glass onto a framed butterfly mosaic at the Goshen memorial Sunday morning. Those who lost family in the March 27, 1994, tornado, which killed 20 at Goshen United Methodist Church, slowly filled that butterfly. “Out of pieces that are broken, beauty will come,” Rev. Joe DeWitte told the hundred or so gathered at the memorial Sunday for a special 20th anniversary service to remember those lost so quickly to the tornado. Pat Watson was among those who placed a piece of glass into the butterfly. Watson lost her son, Derek, daughter-inlaw Kay and granddaughter, Jessica in the church that morning 20 years ago. Watson didn’t come to the first special service, held not long after the tornado. It was just too hard, she said. “But I decided this morning that you just have to face everything. Life is going to be bumpy all the way,” Watson said. Trent Penny/Consolidated News Service “It’s so hard to think about. Deep in your heart, things are still there.” Rev. Kelly Clem gets a hug from church member David RhineJoining Watson in filling that butterfly hart at the Goshen Memorial for a 20 year remembrance service was the Rev. Kelly Clem, her husband, Sunday morning in Piedmont. It is the 20th anniversary of the Palm Sunday tornado that killed 20 people inside the church on March 27, 1994. ■ See SERVICE, page 10

two years ago. It was slated to open last year, but never did because a few finishing touches -- a coat of sealant for the lining, the installation of a slide and sewer pumps. Formby said Tuesday the ■ See COUNCIL, page 3

Jimmy Creed named editor of Daily Home Former Journal managing editor grew up in Munford DANIEL GADDY Consolidated News Service In the summer of 1983, Jimmy Creed — then a senior at Munford High School — went to the offices of The Daily Home and asked the sports editor, Tommy Hornsby, for a job. Creed said Hornsby asked him why he wanted to be a CREED sports reporter. He remembered telling the editor he liked to write and the job looked easy. “To his credit, he didn’t laugh me out of the room,” Creed said. Hornsby assigned Creed a preview story for an upcoming football game for Munford High, which Creed wrote on a manual typewriter. ■ See CREED, page 5


Love causes Any Bonds to settle in Piedmont Former lab worker tinkers with wood and sings in church MARGARET ANDERSON Journal News Editor Andy Bonds might still be living in California were it not for a lady named Helen. Bonds was born in the Four Mile community, south of Jacksonville, 83 years ago to Jenny (Dothard) and Carl Bonds. He remembers the Depression and the hard times it brought to his 666000999999 PU MAG 80 NBAR BWA -0.0015 family and .0104 others.


“We were poor, but we didn’t know it, because everybody else was too,” he said. “We had a happy childhood though. Our parents loved us, and they loved each other. We made our own entertainment.” After graduating from Jacksonville High School in 1950, Bonds joined the Navy. He left the Navy when he was 23, came home to Piedmont and met Helen Gilley through mutual friends. They dated some before he left for California where he was

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Alabama among nation’s top conservative states The Gallup poll has come out with their ranking of the most conservative and most liberal states in America. Last year we were ranked as the most conservative in the country. We lost that mantle to Wyoming this year. In fact, we fell dramatically to number 10. In past years either Alabama or one of our sister southern Bible Belt states took home the title. This year the Western states made inroads into our group in the top ten rankings. The most conservative states are always located in the South and West, while the most liberal states are found on the East and West coasts. Thus the label that we like to bestow on Californians is that both they and their philosophy are from the left coast. Following number one Wyoming in order of conservatism are Mississippi, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Alabama. The ten most liberal states are Vermont, Massachusetts, Delaware, New York, Hawaii, Oregon, Maine, California and New Jersey. Not surprisingly, the top ten liberal states all voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and in 2012, while all of the top ten conservative states voted for the Republican nominees in the past two presidential elections. This same Gallup poll ranked the states on their Democratic-leaning and Republican-leaning propensities. As you might expect, the conservative states rank high as Republican havens and the liberal states rank high as Democratic enclaves. There are more Democratic-leaning states than Republican. That probably explains why Barack Obama is President. Wyoming, which was ranked the most conservative state, also came in as the most Republican state

in the nation. We ranked number nine in the country in Republicanism. Our Steve sister southern state Flowers of South Carolina likes to boast of being America’s most Republican state. However, they were ranked number ten, just Inside The Statehouse behind us. The most Republican states in order are Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, Idaho, Kansas, Alaska, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Oklahoma, Alabama and South Carolina. The most Democratic states are New York, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont, California, Illinois, Delaware, New Jersey and New Mexico. Gallup also ranked the states in order of who was the most and least religious. We came in third in the country when it comes to religion. The only two states more religious are the Mormon state of Utah and our sister Bible Belt state of Mississippi. In fact, Mississippi edged out Utah for number one. The ranking of the most religious states in America are Mississippi, Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Kentucky. The South dominates when it comes to religion. No wonder folks refer to us as the Bible Belt. The 10 least religious states are Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Connecticut and Hawaii. You can safely

say the people in the Northeast are not very religious. What this all tells you is that you do not have to be a profound intellectual political scientist to analyze American politics. If you live in the Midwest or South, you are likely to be a religious, conservative Republican. If you live in the Northeast or on the West Coast you are probably not very religious and you are a liberal Democrat. In the meantime, our Alabama legislature is determined to prove that they are the most conservative legislative body in America. As this year’s legislative session winds down they are finishing their four-year mission to rid the state of immigrants and abortions and making sure that folks can carry a gun anywhere they want. These strident and meaningless stream of ultra right wing initiatives are designed to placate Alabama’s conservative electorate. They may be passed with the intent to become Alabama law. However, they are automatically outlawed by the first federal court, usually after a cursory few hours of review. The anti-immigration measure passed the first year of the quadrennium was laughed out of court right away. This year’s anti-abortion bill is so blatantly unconstitutional that a sixth grade civic student would know that it will never be administered. This charade is great political year pandering. They also want the rest of the country to know that Wyoming and Mississippi are not more conservative than us. They figure we need to send them a message. 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

I’m glad we have healers among us

“If we live long enough, we must go through ‘stuff,’” said a friend I saw recently after a lapse of many years. She is right. At any given time, friends and family members are suffering from loss, despair, depression, and frustration of one sort or another. I am thankful that we have healers among us to help us cope with all of our troubles. I recently talked to one someone who gave up a promising career to help people suffering from spiritual and psychological problems. Cleburne County native Grant Nichols is now implementing his mid-life career change. He is a licensed marriage and family therapy associate; and, for now, works under the supervision of Dr. Hugh Floyd, LMFT at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. Three days a week, he sees clients at Antioch Baptist Church in Oxford. Nichols is nearing 50 years old and has been establishing his new career for the past 13 years. “I am working toward full licensure and building clinical hours,” he said. “I find the work has great meaning and purpose; however, sometimes it is hard because I am trying to help people deal with difficult issues.” Nichols’ path has been long and arduous. He said he grew up in a poor, rural, Christian family and attended Beason Grove Baptist Church near Heflin, both of which had a deeply positive influence on him. Later,

when he attended Cedar Creek Baptist Church, also near Heflin, he realized Sherry more and more Kughn the importance of imitating the many godly role models that he observed in his family, church, Sherry-Go-Round and community. Then he graduated from high school and college and married his wife Tammy shortly afterward. Nichols obtained a bachelor’s degree at Jacksonville State University where he majored in psychology with an industrial/organizational focus. He worked at the Anniston airport and transferred to the main office of Atlantic Southeast Airlines in Atlanta in 1986. As a result, his career blossomed. He moved up in the company until Delta Air Lines bought it out. He stayed for a while, worked elsewhere briefly, and began to feel what he said was God’s calling. “I had seen many of my friends and acquaintances struggling with some of the hard issues of life such as infidelity, conflict, grief, and hurt and pain,” Nichols said.

By then, the couple was attending the Oxford church, which he now calls home. “We were at church one Sunday, and I felt the Lord was leaning on my heart to enter this field,” he said. He struggled with the decision for a long while and decided finally to obey what he believed God was telling him. He liked that Richmont Graduate University, which is in the northwest Atlanta area, adhered to professional clinical counseling practices in light of the Bible truths he knew from childhood. Nichols and his wife both work at other jobs. He hopes that, as soon as he is fully licensed, he can devote all of his time to helping older teen-agers and adults. Nichols sees clients at the Antioch church, which is not the only church in the area that has counselors, either on staff or using church offices. Most major denominations have counselors who offer spiritual and psychological help to others. Also, chaplains offer assistance at local facilities, and the Calhoun-Cleburne Mental Health Center is located in Anniston on Eighth Street. Help is available to those who seek it, even if they lack the ability to pay. Often, counselors charge clients on a sliding scale according to their income. Life is hard, but it is made easier by those willing to spend their time helping others. Email Sherry at

There’s a hot race in Mississippi worth watching

Primaries are heating up more than the weather across the South this spring, and no race is hotter than the Mississippi Senate race between incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel, the former being the establishment’s favorite, and the latter representing TEA Party supporters. In any election year, incumbents always have a significant statistical advantage. The longer they’ve been in office, the more likely they are to remain in office. So, Cochran is way ahead in this race merely by having occupied offices in Washington for more than 40 years. Name recognition alone would propel Cochran into a

Daniel Gardner My Thoughts 7th term in the Senate, especially considering McDaniel has little name recognition in most of the state outside of TEA Party circles. Why does this primary matter? In the short run (next two years), whoever wins the GOP primary, and more than likely the general election in November, will have

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little effect on Mississippi or Washington politics. The real difference is the long-term consequences. At 76, Cochran is the second most senior Republican Senator, and likely would not serve the full 6-year term. Rumors abound Cochran would retire at some politically convenient time and GOP Governor Phil Bryant, who is supporting Cochran, would appoint another establishment Republican to fill the remaining years. Why would the GOP establishment pursue a strategy like this? Contrary to what both Republican and Democratic establishments say, the TEA Party in Mississippi is powerful enough to elect a candidate to an empty Senate seat. The GOP establishment does not want a TEA Party candidate representing Mississippi in the Senate. So, the bottom line in the GOP primary is whether Mississippi voters want to maintain business-as-usual in Washington politics, or begin laying a foundation for change after 2016 national elections. In one sense Cochran has been too good for Mississippians. Our state receives nearly $3 for every $1 we send to Washington. We’re the number 2 ‘welfare state’ in the nation. I don’t see that status changing even if McDaniel wins. On the other hand, Cochran has done more than his fair share of raising national deficits and debt by bringing the pork back to our state and exchanging political favors with colleagues in DC to spread pork in their states. You know, business-as-usual in Washington…that’s how politics work, and that’s how career politicians in both parties have created and

maintained an out-of-control federal bureaucracy hell-bent on bankrupting our children’s futures. McDaniel says he supports term-limits, which would shift power from party establishments back to popular movements among the voters. No career politician of either major party establishment wants term limits for lucrative reasons. No doubt, Cochran has served honorably and represented Mississippi well.

Nevertheless, he is an entrenched career politician who will continue to support establishment excesses growing the power and size of the federal government. McDaniel promises to change business-as-usual in Washington, and to rein in out-of-control spending and waste (otherwise known as pork). By electing McDaniel, voters could get a leg up on power sharing in DC especially if conservatives win the White House in 2016.

The weather may not be warmer in June, but I suspect June 3 will be a hot day at the polls in Mississippi.

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Obituaries LEDBETTER

Borden Springs - Service for Wallace H. Ledbetter, 70, was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home with Mr. Dean Beard officiating. Burial will follow at Borden Springs Church of Christ Cemetery with full military honors. The family received friends from 12 - 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Ledbetter passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, at his home. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Jill Ledbetter, of Borden Springs; one son, Craig Ledbetter (Becky), of Athens; one daughter, Teresa Jackson and two grandchildren, Will and Tanner Ledbetter. Pallbearers will be Lloyd Baswell, Kenneth Pollard, Richard Pollard, Steve Pollard, Eddie Prince and Jason Tyree. Honorary pallbearers will be Archie Floyd, Will Ledbetter and Ryen Prince.

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city still needs to paint parking spaces on the pavement and install a few more outdoor lights. Formby said the pool will be open on weekends beginning next month, and that it would open during the week on Labor Day. Then the pool will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays it will be available for private rental. Formby said he would like to keep it open through September. The pool has features for swimmers, sunbathers and for people who just want to play in the water. It includes the slide, competitive swimming lanes, a diving board and the shallow end slopes to meet the pavement like the ocean meets the sand. It also includes water spouts disguised as an alligator’s snout, a mushroom, and a cattail. “It’s a beautiful pool, it’s a very nice facility and we are very proud of it,” Baker said. The pool will also be pumped full of salt water, which will be used in place of chlorine as the sanitizing agent. The facilities that surround the pool include bath houses, a concession kitchen and utility buildings. It was paid for with $1.8 million of the $4.4 million in bond debt that was issued in 2010. Baker said

Mr. Ledbetter was a native of Ellisville and a longtime resident of Cleburne County. He was a member of Borden Springs Church of Christ, had retired from S.C.T. yarn with 40 years of service, working in Piedmont and Chattanooga, Tennessee. He also retired form the Alabama National Guard with 29 years of service. He loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Ledbetter was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael Ray; two sisters, Linda Agan and Dorothy Lee Studdard and three brothers, Robert, Billy Joe and Jessie Ledbetter. The family request no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Borden Springs Church of Christ Cemetery, c/o Paul Williams, 39072 County Road 49, Piedmont, AL 36272. www.thompsonfuneral

the proceeds from the pool would be collected in the general fund, which is used to pay for bond debt and other bills. Piedmont pays $70,000 a month for bond debt. It is scheduled to be paid off in later this year. Some city officials and residents say that debt is one cause of the city’s money woes. This year, as in years past, it has struggled to pay electrical wholesalers their monthly bills for energy bought to breakdown and resell to residents. Formby also said the Piedmont Parks and Recreation’s youth league baseball and softball seasons will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. with a ceremony recognizing two new members of the city’s sports memorial hall of fame. He also asked the council to support the Foothills Road Race, an annual cycling event expected to bring more than 200 cyclists to town Sunday. In other business the council: Authorized Jacksonville Fire Chief Mike Ledbetter to request bids for 22 $5,000 to $6,000 air packs. The department’s current air packs are two years old and have begun malfunctioning, Ledbetter said. Ledbetter added that they will be sold for parts next year to recoup one of the cost. Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-245-3544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star

Arrests March 17 • Clifton Eugene Mitchell, 58, failure to pay (two counts). March 19 • Tonya Susan Shell, 41, failure to pay. • Jack Levi Button, 20, failure to appear (three counts).

March 20 • Lonnie Lee Lanfair, 20, contempt, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana II. March 26 • Spencer Lerone Dudley, 26, contempt. • Pamele Leigh Myers, 34, theft of property

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Community Capsule • The Piedmont City School System will be having Kindergarten registration on April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The registration will take place in the lobby of the K-3 building. Those students who will reach their 5th birthday on or before September 1, 2014 are eligible to register. Parents must bring the following information with them at the time of registration:

33/40 and author of Encouraged, a silent auction and a completion ceremony. • 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 schol1. Certified Birth Certificate arships to deserving White Plains 2. Social Security Card seniors last year. Donations pay for 3. State of Alabama Blue Immunithese annual scholarships. For more zation Slip information call Alvin Robertson at 4. 2 Proofs of Residence 256-236-8780, Bill Ward at 256-2363629, Brenda Morgan at 256-435-3725 If further information is needed, please or Norman Parker at 256-447-7563. contact the Elementary School @ 256• The Calhoun County Community 447-7483. Band meets every Tuesday night at 6:30 • ENCOURAGMENT…A special at the Jacksonville High School band women’s weekend filled with excitroom. ing events, including special speaker • Bradford Health Services has Brenda Ladun, will be April 4 and 5 free family support meetings from 5-6 at Anniston’s First Baptist Church at Monday nights at 1701 B Pelham Rd., McClellan 851 Morton Rd., Anniston, S., Suite D (Brookstone Building next to 256-847-0230. There is a $10 entry RMC Jacksonville). The meeting is for fee and reservations may be made by anyone experiencing behavioral problems calling the Calhoun Baptist Associawith a loved one, has a family member of tion at 256-237-5171 or via email to any age with drug or alcohol problems, All proceeds needs help coping with a loved one’s drug will benefit Calhoun Christian Womor alcohol problems or needs help making en’s Job Corps, an organization that decision on how to help a family member provides women with job readiness of any age. A counselor will facilitate the and life skills by the mentoring of meetings. Christian women in our community. • Venecia Benefield Butler’s book, “I • The events Friday, April Have to Get Some Things Off My Chest,” 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. will include can be purchased for $15 (including tax) a brief social with beautiful tables of by mailing a check to P. O. Box 572, luscious food, a fashion show with Piedmont 36262, or take money or check purchase options, a boutique to browse to Butler’s sister, Randa Carroll, at the for other fashion items and finally office of Benjamin Ingram at 207 Rome, a silent auction of items from local Ave., Piedmont. Proceeds will go to the merchants. V Foundation, founded by Butler, to pur • Events Saturday, April 5, chase gift bags for patients going through from 8:30-11 a.m. will include another chemo treatments. The bags will include brief social with the same luxuries items such as comedy DVDs, chap stick, from the previous night, speaker: gift cards, gas cards, crossword puzzles, Brenda Ladun, Co-anchor at ABC Sudoku, search-a-word, lubricant eye

March 17 • Lost property. A 31-year-old male reported losing a wallet and contains at an unknown location between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 16. • Harassment. A 58-yearold female reported an incident that occurred between 8 a.m. and noon Feb. 28. March 19 • Domestic violence III, criminal mischief III. A 36-year-old female reported damage done to her front metal door and door locks of her home as well as a broken windshield and fog light cover of her vehicle that occurred during an incident that occurred at 2 a.m. • Fraudulent use of a credit/debit card. A 27-year-old female reported an incident that occurred between 11 p.m. March 15 and midnight March 16 that resulted in $202.50 being stolen from her bank account. March 20 • Harassing communications. A 19-year-old male reported an incident that occurred at 1:06 a.m. • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle. A 51-year-old resident of Logan Street reported the theft of green rolling luggage containing clothing and a black tool bag containing hand tools that occurre between 8:30 p.m. March 19 and 9 a.m. March 20. • Harassing communications. A 23-year-old female reported incidents that occurred at her residence between 2 p.m. March 19 and 4 p.m. March 20. • Possession of a

drops, gum and peppermints, soft toothbrushes, queasy drops, lotion, neck wrap or hydrating socks. • Dogs for the Deaf, located in Central Point, Ore., is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to help adults and children with different disabilities, challenges, and needs. For example, a Hearing Dog is trained to alert its owner to household sounds that could affect his or her safety and an Autism Assistance Dog would keep an autistic child out of traffic, bodies of water, and other dangerous situations. Chris Hill, a resident of Anniston and a volunteer “ambassador” for Dogs for the Deaf, has a DVD presentation he will give to civic and community organizations or individuals. Contact him at 835-6918 • New classes for the Jacksonville State University Adult Wellness classes are at 8 a.m. in Pete Mathews Colseium. Senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Senior water aerobics and senior therapeutic yoga classes are on Tuesday and Thursday. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 or jsu9517k@ for more information. • The Alabama Shutterbugs, a new club for all skill levels of photographers, meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Noble Building, Suite 100, Anniston. Anyone interested in photography is welcome to join us. Call 236.8488 for more information. • Anyone with knowledge about German and Italian POWs and their artifacts at Fort McClellan during 194346 is asked to contact Klaus Duncan at 782-2991. • Piedmont Health Care has started an Alzheimer’s support group designed to increase public awareness and enhance individual and family education regarding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. For more information call social services director Yolanda Pierce 447-8258, ext. 232. Refreshments will be provided.

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controlled substance, possession of marijuana II. Officers recovered a clear baggy containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and five Diazepam tablets during an incident that occurred at the intersection of Sparks and Williams Streets at 6:04 p.m. March 21 • Duty to give information and render aid. A 52-year-old female reported an incident that occurred at her residence at 7:34 p.m. March 20. March 22 • Harassment. A 40-yearold female reported an incident that occurred around 6:30 p.m. March 24 • Found property. Officers took possession of a Mongoose XR-75 black and yellow bicycle found on Piedmont Avenue at 7:45 p.m. • Criminal mischief III. A resident of Walker Street reported damage done to a screen door trim that occurred at 9:30 a.m. • Fraudulent use of credit/debit card. A 48-year-old male reported two unauthorized transactions made against his credit/debit card that occurred March 21. • Found property. Officers took possession of a Mac computer, charger and a black and green Nike bag that was found on South Main Street at 11 a.m. • Damaged property (non-criminal). A 52-yearold female reported damage done to a rear

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driver’s side door of her vehicle while located on Ray Avenue between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. • Theft of property (motor vehicle). A resident of Highway 21 reported the theft of a Chrysler PT Cruiser and a Yamaha motorcycle that occurred at 4 a.m. • Criminal mischief III. A resident of Bramlett Road reported damage done to two four-wheeler tires that occurred between March 16 and 24. • Burglary III. A 53-yearold female reported the theft of a burgandy electric wheelchair scooter, an antique set of china, and various children’s toys that occurred between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. March 23. March 25 • Damage to property. A 57-year-old female reported damage done to a mailbox post on Memorial Drive. • Domestic violence III. A 36-year-old male reported an incident that occurred between 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. • Theft of property II. A

60-year-old female reported the theft of a Wells Fargo debit card that occurred at her residence. March 26 • Theft of property III. An employee of Gregerson’s reported the theft of a Nehi soda that occurred around 8 a.m. March 27 • Theft of services III. Officers took a report about 33 kilowatts of power valued at $30 were illegally obtained between March 24 and 26 in the 500 block of Morgan Avenue. • Theft of property II, unauthorized use of a vehicle. A 66-year-old male reported the theft of $44 in currency, an unknown quantity of Valium and Perocet, a debit card and a food stamp card that occurred at his residence. March 30 • Domestic violence III. A 27-year-old female reported an incident that occurred on Caton Street.

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Sue Lane earns GED at the age of 60 Worked in father’s dairy growing up MARGARET ANDERSON Journal Editor


ue Livingston Lane had every intention of going back and graduating when she quit school and married at 16. Soon though, her children came along, and she worked outside the home. There was never enough time left over for school. It took a while, but soon after she turned 60, she got that high school diploma. “I always wanted one when my kids were growing up,” she said. “I had to get them through school first though. I finally went back, took the test and got my GED. I always wanted to say I had a diploma. It felt great.” Sue’s first job was at Johnson Cleaners in Piedmont. That’s where she learned to do alternations. She’s been sewing and altering clothes since then. She made dresses for her daughters when they were growing up. One of her daughters, Susan, was a cheerleader. “I made Susan’s cheerleader outfits,” said Sue. “And I even made some for the other girls.” Her next job was at StandardCoosa-Thatcher. Even though she had lost three fingers cutting up wood for the stove two months before she married, she ran a spooler at SCT for 23 years. “It was an easy job,” she said. “I didn’t have to do any lifting or anything like that.”

She left SCT less than a year before it closed and went to work for Stewart Cleaners in Anniston. Then, she worked at NuKleen Cleaners in Jacksonville. Sue has old Avon for the past 18 years. “I like to meet people,” she said. “I’m a people person. Selling Avon gets me out to talk to different people. That and doing alterations keeps me busy. I’d be bored if I weren’t doing something. I grew up on a farm and always had something to do.” Sue was one of 10 children of Hoyt and Vida (Cambron) Livingston. She was born and grew up on a 180-acre farm in Piedmont. Her father grew a lot of cotton. “We didn’t have cotton pickers back then,” she said. “We had to pick it ourselves. I never was a good cotton picker. I couldn’t pick but a little over 100 pounds a day. I’d get to day dreaming and forget I was picking cotton.” Sue’s father had a dairy and sold milk to many SCT employees and Piedmont residents. She had to help the rest of her family milk 40 cows before going to school each day. “We had to take the milk and put it on porches for people or put it in their refrigerator,” said Sue. “I started doing that when I was about 6.” Not long after she married, her father sold the dairy to Tro-Fe Dairy. Sue is a widow. Her husband, James Lane, died 28 years ago. She has four children. Lee Hoskins and his wife Rita live in

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Sue Lane with a quilt she is working on. Tuscaloosa. Susan Parker and her husband Bobby and Beth McFry and her husband Michael live in Piedmont. Carol West and her husband Mark live in Batesville, Ark. She has five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. “It’s just like the word says, they’re great,” said Sue. “Two of them go to the middle school and come to my house every afternoon after school.”

Sue moved back to Piedmont three years ago after living in Jacksonville 20 years. “I wanted to be closer to my kids and grandchildren,” she said. “Most of them live in Piedmont. The Lord has really blessed me. I give all the credit for being as old as I am and where I am in life to Him.” Sue said cooking was one of her responsibilities before she married, so putting meals on


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ABOVE: The Freeman family in November 1948. From left to right, Monroe Freeman, Clifford Thacker, Henry Freeman, Cullen Freeman, Arthur Freeman, Helen F. Amberson Ivis E. Freeman, Grady Freeman, Bernice F. Freeman, George Freeman and Ophelia F. Gowens. (Editor’s note: The Piedmont Journal has begun publishing older photographs on a regular basis. Those having older photographs who would like them published can send them to or Identify the people in the photo and, if possible, include some information about it.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Singleton Ashley Steward and Benjamin Singleton Abbey Steward, Jordyn Trammell and were married Dec. 28, 2013, at First Tiffany Yerby. Baptist Church in Piedmont. The Rev. The matron of honor was Stephanie Michael Ingram performed the ceremony. Steward. Music was provided by Diane Marshall, Groomsmens were Brandon Harvey, Kelly Garner and Matthew Yakely. Derek Singleton, Brandon Steward and Parents of the bride are Mike and Jeremy Steward. Felecia Steward of Spring Garden. The best man was Mac Singleton. Parents of the groom are Mac and Patti Flower girl was Avery Steward. Ring Singleton of Piedmont. bearer was Traeh Singleton Grandparents of the bride are Doug The bride wore an ivory lace dress and Joy Borden and Milton and Frances trimmed with beaded embroidery and a Steward, all of Piedmont. keyhole back. She carried a bouquet of Grandparents of the groom are Lillian red roses. Haslam; the late Elmo Sing and the late The reception was held at First Baptist Curtis and Verena Singleton, all formerly Church. of Piedmont. After a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., the Bridesmaids were Valene Harvey, couple resides in Piedmont.



Piedmont Fire Department offers smoke detectors State Farm provides 15 for residents Fire Chief Mike Ledbetter said a smoke detector is one of the simplest tools to protect a family in case of a house fire. State Farm agent Mike Douglas presented 15 smoke detectors to the Piedmont Fire Department last week to be given to residents who don’t have one and can’t afford to purchase one for their home. “If a fire breaks out in your house, especially during the night, the chances of you waking up and escaping are very slim,” said Ledbetter. “Smoke detectors are designed to alert you to the beginning of a fire and allow you time to escape.” Ledbetter recommends everyone to have at least one detector on every level of a house, especially near the bedrooms. “Remember that a smoke detector’s battery should be changed at least twice a year,” said Ledbetter. “Change the battery when you change your clock.” Douglas said it is the goal of State Farm to protect as many as possible should a fire occur. “These smoke detectors will be given to folks who may not be able to afford one,” said Douglas. “We want to make sure everyone is safe.” Ledbetter said a smoke detector can be picked up at the fire department at 312 N. center Ave. They are free, while supplies last. (Contact Margaret at

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Fire Chief Mike Ledbetter (left) accepts a smoke detector from State Farm’s Mike Douglas.

Homemakers have monthly meeting Group sponsors several annual events Calhoun County Homemakers and Community Leaders (CCHCL) is a group of area women who meet the third Wednesday of each month for a covered dish luncheon and program. They have fellowship and plan activities, most of which benefit the community. The CCHCL has sponsored the annual holiday cooking school at the First Presbyterian Church in Anniston for many years. Local chef Prudence Hilburn, Victoria Restaurant chef Alan Martin and Calhoun County Cooperative Extension

agent Marchelle Burton are featured at the school CCHCL also sponsors a sewing project, and the items they make are donated to cancer patients in area hospitals. Pat Killian has a decorative painting class. Other classes are also available. The club has adopted a child who has cerebral palsy. All meetings are open to new members. For more information call the Calhoun County Cooperative Extension system at 256-236-1621.

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ABOVE: From left, Sheila Gaddy, Gail Tidwell, Frances Surrett, Dorothy Evans, Peggy Crosby and Bobby Mundy at district meeting in Clanton. BELOW, LEFT: Tablescape shows apron and pearls theme. BELOW, RIGHT: Frances Surrett and Dorothy Evans are dressed in denim and diamonds for dinner and line dancing at the state conference in Odenville.

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Bill Lindsey, Republican candidate for county commissioner, visited Piedmont High School on Friday. Lindsey, an alumni of PHS, toured the school and spoke to students about his plans if elected. Pictured, from left to right, Bill Lindsey, Dylan Akin, Sydney Ford, Megan Mohon, and Principal Adam Clemons.

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“I guess I did OK because I’ve been doing some type of writing ever since,” he said. Creed has written for The Anniston Star, The Jacksonville News, The Piedmont Journal as well as newspapers in Biloxi, Miss. He’s also written press releases for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind as well as Anniston’s chemical weapons disposal facility. This month, Creed returned to The Daily Home as editor. “The death of a strong leader and good friend, Ed Fowler, has left a vacuum at the Daily Home, which Jimmy Creed grew up reading and now will bring his talent and experience to lead the paper,” wrote H. Brandt Ayers, publisher of The Star and chairman of the board for Consolidated Publishing, in an email. Consolidated owns

The Daily Home, The St. Clair Times, The Star and several weekly papers in northeastern Alabama. Creed said the newspaper is not in need of a total makeover, but he and the staff will work to improve the design and to make the newswriting stronger and more concise. Creed, who worked as sports editor for The Star from 2000 to 2005, also served as managing editor for Consolidated’s Jacksonville News and Piedmont Journal. He said working at the two weekly papers taught him the importance of local content. “I was very fortunate to be able to work at The Jacksonville News and The Piedmont Journal some years back, and my experience at those weeklies greatly changed the way I viewed the newspaper business as a whole,“ Creed said. “The things I learned as the editor of those papers about how to put together

publications that are completely local in their content from front to back are things that will serve me well in my new position here at The Daily Home.” Creed said he is fully convinced that a lot of the things that make weekly newspapers so special and so important to their communities are things that can and should be translated to a daily paper as well, and that’s what he plans to do in Talladega. “I am very fortunate to be able to return to the paper where I got my start in the business,” said Creed. Creed said it’s imperative that readers come to their local paper before any other news source, and he will bring that philosophy to The Daily Home. “I would much rather have an entire picture page at something that’s happening at one of our schools than devote a page to a lot of wire copy that I really don’t know if people are interested in it or not,” he said.

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Baseball sweeps Thursday DH RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent

ABOVE: Piedmont’s Payton Young gets a hit against Woodland.


Bulldogs in Champions Challenge RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent

Early Monday evening, Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association director Alvin Briggs announced the six high school football teams that will play in the ninth annual Alabama High School Athletic Association Champions Challenge Football Classic. One of those teams was the Piedmont Bulldogs and Briggs certainly didn’t have to twist Piedmont head football coach and athletic director Steve Smith’s arm to secure Piedmont’s participation. “It’s something that I’ve wanted our kids to experience,” Smith said. “In the last several years, we’ve had the opportunity to play at Bryant-Denny for the championship game. Then the next year, we took that trip to Gulf Shores. We played a jamboree at Jax State. Now, we’re getting the opportunity to play in a historic place like Cramton Bowl. Of course, it’s newly renovated. It’s a first-class facility again. I just thought the opportunity for our kids to get to play in that venue and something of that historical

significance was something that we couldn’t turn down.” The Bulldogs will meet Class 4A power Dadeville at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Both Piedmont and Dadeville were 11-2 last year, losing in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. Both the Tigers and the Bulldogs have featured high-octane offenses in recent years. Two other games will be part of the Champions Challenge. Two-time defending Class 5A champion Spanish Fort, moving to 6A this fall, will play 6A Stanhope Elmore after Piedmont’s game is completed. The Champions Challenge begins Friday, Aug. 22, with a game between G.W. Carver of Montgomery and Opelika. Smith said the details for the Dadeville-Piedmont game were finalized shortly before spring break. “Coach Briggs had talked with me back at the end of football season to gauge if we would be interested in that and we told him we would,” Smith said of the process of making the game with Dadeville happen. “As far as getting a formal offer with a contract signed and who we’ll be playing, it wasn’t until about three weeks ago.”

There’s more Class 3A, Area 10 baseball action for the Piedmont Bulldogs this week. The Bulldogs played at Weaver in a single game Tuesday. Thursday’s doubleheader against the Bearcats will be at Piedmont with first pitch at 4:30 p.m. The five games Piedmont had scheduled for the Bradey Munroe tournament in White Plains and Heflin at the close of last week became two games on Thursday followed by rain Friday and wet grounds Saturday. The Bulldogs opened Thursday with an 11-0 win over Woodland in five innings. In the nightcap, Piedmont batted as the visiting team, trailed Munford early then won 8-7 with a run in the top of the seventh. “I thought we played at times pretty good,” Piedmont coach James Blanchard said of Thursday’s efforts. “The Munford game, we had some errors in the field that we hadn’t had in a while. The good thing is they fought back and came back to win it.” Against Woodland, Piedmont scored once in the third inning and added five runs in the fourth and five in the fifth. When the Bobcats could not score in the bottom of the fifth, the game ended. Peyton Whitten limited Woodland to one hit. He struck out eight and walked one. Catcher Matt Strott had a home run and three RBIs in two official at-bats. The senior also reached base when he coaxed a walk and was hit by a pitch. Leadoff hitter Caleb Adams had a pair of singles, walked, scored three runs and drove in two. Adams had two stolen bases. Jaret Prater and Easton Kirk each recorded a double and two RBIs. Bayley Blanchard had an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Taylor Hayes walked twice, stole three bases and scored one run. Prater and Tyler Lusk each scored two times. In the Munford game, the Lions led 7-4 after three innings. Piedmont rallied with two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh. Hayes started and gave up seven runs, just four earned. Lusk tossed two scoreless innings in relief with one strikeout and was the winner. Hayes tallied the winning run in the seventh when he reached on an error, promptly stole second then scored on Prater’s one-out single. Lusk and Cale McCord each had a solo home run in the second inning. Strott and Lusk each had two of Piedmont’s nine hits. Hayes drove home two runs. Strott, Kirk, Blanchard, Lusk, Prater and McCord had one RBI each. Piedmont travels to Class 5A Boaz Saturday for a single varsity ‘A’ game at 11 a.m. A single varsity ‘B’ game follows around 1 p.m.

Rudy Abbott Day set April 3 Thursday will be Rudy Abbott Appreciation Day at Piedmont High School when the Bulldogs’ baseball team hosts Weaver and the softball team entertains Saks. Abbott will throw out the first pitch for the baseball game just prior to the 4:30 first pitch. He coached Jacksonville State University’s baseball team to more than 1,000 victories. Following his retirement from Jacksonville State, Abbott was elected to the Calhoun County Commission. As a commissioner, he was been instrumental in securing commission supports for a number of projects that benefited Piedmont, especially projects that aided the Piedmont school system and programs for children. Abbott has announced he will not run for reelection to his commission seat.

Piedmont girls resume winning ways RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent

The tough schedule Piedmont’s softball team played in the Gulf Shores tournament paid immediate dividends Monday when the Bulldogs traveled to Gadsden and defeated Class 6A Gadsden City 7-3. “I emphasized that before we left Gulf Shores,” Piedmont coach Rachel Smith said Tuesday morning. “I said, ‘I don’t want you going home hanging your heads, thinking that you did a bad job. We got to see some great pitching down there. We don’t get to see great pitching with everybody that we play. We saw some great defense. We found out some things about ourselves that we need to improve on.’ ” Smith added that the Bulldogs also learned about some things they could do successfully to disrupt opponents. One of those things is putting pressure on opponents’ fielders by running the bases. That bit of knowledge was put to work quickly against Gadsden City. Piedmont opened the game with three consecutive hits. All three runners scored and the Bulldogs never trailed the Titans. The fun began when leadoff batter Torre Roberts reached on an infield single then immediately stole second base. No. 2 hitter Madison Pike beat out a bunt, out-running the throw from catcher to first base. Roberts never hesitated as she rounded third and easily beat the throw from first back to the

plate. Pike cruised into second. Kayleigh Williams’ bunt single put Pike on third and Williams on first. Caitlin Tant was out on a foul fly ball but picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly when Pike tagged and scored from third. Williams moved to third base as Pike came home. From there, she scored on Kendall Pressley’s sacrifice fly to centerfield. The Bulldogs added single runs in the second and third innings. In the second, catcher Hayden Tyree reached on an error, moved to third on Hannah Hulsizer’s base hit to center and scored on another Titan error. In the third, Mallory Roberts, the Bulldogs’ lone senior, came through with a two-out RBI single that plated Tant. Ahead 5-2 after six innings, Piedmont got two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Rachel Baggett and Torre Roberts scored on Williams’ two-out, two-run double. Williams was the winning pitcher with a seveninning complete game. She allowed five hits and walked three. Just one of Gadsden City’s three runs was earned. Williams recorded nine strikeouts. Hulsizer was 3-for-3. Torre Roberts and Williams each had two hits. The Bulldogs played at Weaver in an area game Tuesday and host Saks, another area opponent, Thursday. Piedmont does not have a tournament scheduled this weekend and Smith said that would allow for additional practice time to work on fielding.


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ABOVE: Left to right, Logan Brewer, Lucas Leighton, Ryley Kirk, Malachi Jackson, Landon Smart and Kayley Kirk. In back, CoachTony Kirk.

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ABOVE: From left: Emily Sims representing JSU, Rod Nowlin representing Alabama Power, PHS teacher Jake Green and PHS principal Adam Clemons. Fourteen first-year teachers in Alabama schools have received $1,000 grants for classroom materials and supplies from the Alabama Power Foundation. One of those teachers was Jake Green from Piedmont High School. “These grants provide crucial support for first-year teachers all over our state and we are especially grateful to the Alabama Power Foundation for providing this needful investment in our educators,” said Milla Boschung, dean of the University Alabama’s College of Human Environmental Sciences. Boschung chairs the foundation’s new teacher grant committee. The foundation has been providing new teacher grants since 1995. “Our educators have a critical role in preparing leaders of tomorrow and we are honored to assist them by providing these grants,” said Foundation President John Hudson. Grant candidates were submitted by the state’s education programs. Winners were selected by a committee that included education administrators. Each winner graduated from a state-approved teacher program at an Alabama public four-year college or university. Here are the grant winners, the schools where they teach and the colleges where they earned their degrees: • Jake Green, Piedmont High – Jacksonville State University • Sara Arsman, McDonnell Elementary –

Athens State University • Annette Chambers, Oliver Elementary – Troy University • James (Jake) Craft, Burkette Center – University of Alabama at Birmingham • Kristan Etheridge, Griggs Elementary – University of South Alabama • Kristin Flannagan, Deshler High – University of North Alabama • Christopher Johnson, Davis-Emerson Middle – University of Alabama • Ella Johnson, Marbury High – Auburn University Montgomery • Shannon Lee, Clanton Elementary – University of Montevallo • Loryn Lemberg, Buckhorn High – University of Alabama in Huntsville • Nicole Mitchell, W.F. Burns Middle – Auburn University • Reginald Pearson, Westlawn Middle – Alabama A&M University • Bobby Jay Sparks, Payne Elementary – Alabama State University • Alvin Wiggins, Jerry Lee Faine Elementary – Troy (Dothan Campus) The Alabama Power Foundation awards more than 1,000 grants annually with non-ratepayer money and has assets of more than $140 million, making it one of the largest corporate foundations in the state. The foundation has given more than $135 million through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships. To learn more about the foundation and how to apply for a grant, visit

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Andy Bonds in his woodshop.

BONDS: Makes wooden items hired by U. S. Borex and Chemicals to work in a lab in the small town of Boran. He had studied industrial relations at the University of California at Los Angeles, and when he was hired at Borex, he received on-the-job training in the lab. Bonds kept the roads hot between Boran and Piedmont, coming home as often as possible to see Helen. They decided it would be less costly to marry than it would be to wear out cars driving back and forth. After 10 years in Boran, the couple moved to Piedmont in 1965. Bonds thought he had a job at a plant here, but the plant closed before he could start work. He worked at Standard-Coosa-Thatcher for a year and a half, then was hired to work in the control lab at Monsanto in Anniston. He stayed there 20 years. He was offered early retirement and accepted it in 1985. Bonds and Helen have been married 53 years. “We’ve had problems just like any married couple, but nothing serious,” he said. “We’ve had a wonderful life together.” They have a daughter, Holly Bonds of Piedmont and two granddaughters. Andi Parris lives in Vigo and Harley and her husband Drake live in North Carolina where he is stationed with the Marines. Their great-grandchildren are Hunter Parris and Hayden Parris. Bonds has a brother, Joe Bonds, who lives in Huntington, Ark., and a sister, Louise Upshaw of Lenlock. He is a member of the Church of the Nazarene where he is an advisor. He sings in the choir and sometimes sings solos. “I’m a Christian and I just love the words

and the music of gospel songs,” he said. “Of course, I’m one of the old southern gospel singers. I like the old gospel songs. As long as young people go for the new music and it gets them in church, I’m all for it, but it’s not my favorite.” Bonds said he has a collection of gospel music. He gets his songs from church hymns and CDs. He’s a member and past noble grand of Odd Fellows Lodge 524. For years Bonds enjoyed attending craft shows and trade days and seeing items made from wood “I got interested in what they built, so I bought me some tools and started tinkering with it myself,” he said. “I’ve built cabinets for our house in my shop, and I made a big hutch for the dining room.” Bonds has made other items, including a jelly cabinet for Andi that he’s proud of. “When you get to be 83, you’re not as active as you used to be,” he said. “But I love tinkering around in my shop and spending time with my family.” Bonds learned a lot as a young man growing up on a farm baling hay, growing corn and cotton and working with cattle. He remembers plowing the fields with horses. “When you live on a farm, you have a lot of chores,” he said. Bonds believes that those chores and growing up with parents who loved each other and were married themselves for 60 years, is what helped him build the foundation for his long marriage to Helen. (Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail. com)


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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0126 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM FRANK MCPHERSON, DECEASED The Piedmont Journal Letters Testamentary on the The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL estate of WILLIAM FRANK Calhoun Co., AL April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014 MCPHERSON, deceased, havMarch 19, 26, & April 2, 2014 ing been granted to MYRA MORTGAGE GALE MCPHERSON, the unNOTICE TO dersigned on March 19, 2014, FORECLOSURE by the Honorable Alice K. MarCREDITORS tin, Judge of Probate of said STATE OF ALABAMA SALE County, notice is hereby given Default having been made in CALHOUN COUNTY that all persons having claims the payment of the indebted- PROBATE COURT against said estate, are hereby ness secured by that certain CASE NO. 2014-0108 required to present the same mortgage executed by Luke IN THE MATTER OF THE OF HENRY L. within the time allowed by law, Varvell and Heather Varvell, ESTATE or the same will be barred. husband and wife, to Regions HEINE, SR., DECEASED Bank dba Regions Mortgage, Letters Testamentary on the MYRA GALE MCPHERSON, on the 27th day of July, 2007, estate of HENRY L. HEINE, Personal Representative of the said mortgage recorded in the SR., deceased, having been Last Will and Testament of Office of the Judge of Probate granted to HENRY L. HEINE, WILLIAM FRANK MCPHERof Calhoun County, Alabama, JR., the undersigned on March SON, Deceased. in MORT Book 4450 Page 875; 07, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin the undersigned Regions Bank Alice K. Martin, Judge of Pro- Judge of Probate dba Regions Mortgage, as bate of said County, notice is Mortgagee/Transferee, under hereby given that all persons The Piedmont Journal and by virtue of the power of having claims against said es- Calhoun Co., AL sale contained in said mort- tate, are hereby required to April 2, 9, 16, 2014 gage, will sell at public outcry present the same within the NOTICE TO to the highest bidder for cash, time allowed by law, or the in front of the main entrance of same will be barred. CREDITORS the Courthouse at Anniston, HENRY L. HEINE, JR., PerCalhoun County, Alabama, on sonal Representative of the STATE OF ALABAMA April 21, 2014, during the legal Last Will and Testament of CALHOUN COUNTY hours of sale, all of its right, ti- HENRY L. HEINE, SR., De- PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0136 tle, and interest in and to the ceased. IN THE MATTER OF THE following described real estate, Alice K. Martin ESTATE OF WANDA C. situated in Calhoun County, Judge of Probate DEAN, DECEASED Alabama, to-wit: Letters Testamentary on the Lot 11, Block D, Forestbrook The Piedmont Journal estate of WANDA C. DEAN, East, Third Addition, as record- Calhoun Co., AL deceased, having been granted in Plat Book Y, at page 19 March 19, 26, & April 2, 2014 ed to SHANNON DEAN LAin the Probate Office of CalBUDDE, the undersigned on NOTICE TO houn County, Alabama, situatMarch 21, 2014, by the Honed, lying and being in Calhoun orable Alice K. Martin, Judge of CREDITORS County, Alabama. Probate of said County, notice THIS PROPERTY WILL BE STATE OF ALABAMA is hereby given that all persons SOLD ON AN “AS IS, WHERE CALHOUN COUNTY having claims against said esIS” BASIS, SUBJECT TO ANY PROBATE COURT tate, are hereby required to EASEMENTS, ENCUM- CASE NO. 2014-0096 present the same within the BRANCES, AND EXCEP- IN THE MATTER OF THE TIONS REFLECTED IN THE ESTATE OF INA SUE CAR- time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. MORTGAGE AND THOSE ROLL, DECEASED CONTAINED IN THE Letters Testamentary on the SHANNON DEAN LABUDDE, RECORDS OF THE OFFICE estate of INA SUE CARROLL, Personal Representative of the OF THE JUDGE OF PRO- deceased, having been grant- Last Will and Testament of BATE OF THE COUNTY ed to PAMELA C. ROBERT- WANDA C. DEAN, Deceased. WHERE THE ABOVE-DE- SON, the undersigned on Alice K. Martin SCRIBED PROPERTY IS March 07, 2014, by the Hon- Judge of Probate SITUATED. THIS PROPERTY orable Alice K. Martin, Judge of WILL BE SOLD WITHOUT Probate of said County, notice The Piedmont Journal WARRANTY OR RECOURSE, is hereby given that all persons Calhoun Co., AL EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED AS having claims against said es- April 2, 9, 16, 2014 TO TITLE, USE AND/OR EN- tate, are hereby required to NOTICE TO JOYMENT AND WILL BE present the same within the SOLD SUBJECT TO THE time allowed by law, or the CREDITORS same will be barred. RIGHT OF REDEMPTION OF ALL PARTIES ENTITLED PAMELA C. ROBERTSON, STATE OF ALABAMA Personal Representative of the CALHOUN COUNTY THERETO. This sale is made for the pur- Last Will and Testament of INA PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0050 pose of paying the indebted- SUE CARROLL, Deceased. IN THE MATTER OF THE ness secured by said mort- Alice K. Martin ESTATE OF ELOISE LEOgage, as well as the expenses Judge of Probate NARD, DECEASED of foreclosure. Letters of Administration on the The Mortgagee/Transferee re- The Piedmont Journal estate of ELOISE LEONARD, serves the right to bid for and Calhoun Co., AL deceased, having been grantpurchase the real estate and to March 19, 26, & April 2, 2014 ed to the undersigned on credit its purchase price March 18, 2014, by the HonNOTICE TO against the expenses of sale orable Alice K. Martin, Judge of and the indebtedness secured Probate of said County, notice CREDITORS the real estate. IN THE PROBATE by is hereby given that all persons This sale is subject to post- STATE OF ALABAMA having claims against said esCALHOUN COUNTY COURT OF CAL- ponement or cancellation. tate, are hereby required to Regions Bank dba Regions PROBATE COURT present the same within the HOUN COUNTY Mortgage, Mortgagee/Transfer- CASE NO. 2014-0098 time allowed by law, or the IN THE MATTER OF THE ee STATE OF ALAESTATE OF GUY EDWARD same will be barred. Ginny Rutledge DIFFEE, A/K/A GUY E. DIF- WESLEY M. FRYE, Personal SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. BAMA Representative of the Estate of FEE JR., DECEASED IN RE: The Estate of JANE P. O. Box 55727 LEONARD, DeLetters of Administration on the ELOISE MARIE BARTLING, Deceased, Birmingham, AL 35255-5727 estate of GUY EDWARD DIF- ceased. Charlotte P. (Kelley) Leahey, Attorney for Mortgagee/Trans- FEE, A/K/A GUY E. DIFFEE, Alice K. Martin Executrix/Personal Represen- feree JR., deceased, having been Judge of Probate tative granted to the undersigned on 283350 CASE NO: 2014-0085 March 04, 2014, by the Honor- The Piedmont Journal ORDER SETTING HEARING able Alice K. Martin, Judge of Calhoun Co., AL ON PETITION FOR PROBATE The Piedmont Journal Probate of said County, notice March 26, & April 2, 9, 2014 Calhoun Co., AL OF WILL To The Honorable Alice K. March 19, 26, April 2, 2014 Martin, Judge of Probate, Calhoun County, Alabama: NOTICE OF Charlotte P. (Kelley) Leahey, PUBLIC AUCTION as petitioner, has filed a Petition to have a document pur- Pursuant to the Judgment of porting to be the Last Will and Divorce entered on 3/8/12 in Olbrantz-McGill vs. Testament of Jane Marie Bar- Sonya tling, Deceased, admitted to Keith McGill, Circuit Court of probate. Upon considerations Calhoun County, Alabama, Case No. 11DR 11-000072.00, thereof it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED notice is given that the following described real property will by the Court as follows: 1.That the 30th day of April be sold by public outcry at the 2014 at 9:00 a.m. be and is Calhoun County Courthouse, hereby set and fixed by the 25 W 11th Street, Anniston, Court as the day and time for Alabama, to the highest bidder on the 29th day of May, 2014, hearing said Petition. 2.That Notice be issued and at 11 o’clock a.m. To-wit: ALL served on BRIAN BARTLING, THAT piece or parcel of land situate at Commerce Bight, Sitof the filing of said Petition. 3.That Notice be given by pub- tee River in the Stann Creek lication to BRIAN BARTLING District of Belize and being a whose whereabouts are un- portion of land described on a known, by publication once a subdivision plan of survey regweek for three consecutive istered at the Office of the weeks in the Piedmont Journal, Commissioner of Lands and a newspaper of general circu- Surveys in Beimopan in Regislation, and proof thereof be ter 13 Entry No. 1639 and submitted to the Court by Peti- shown as Lot No. 58 Phase II. Wilford J. Lane tioner. DONE this 21 day of March Attorney for Sonya OlbrantzMcGill 2014. 1500 Wilmer Avenue ALICE MARTIN Anniston, Alabama 36201 Judge of Probate Telephone: 256-238-8353 The Piedmont Journal The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL Calhoun Co., AL April 2, 9, 16, 2014 April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014






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Dale, and daughter Laurel, who along with Clem’s other daughter Sarah, lost Clem’s 4-year-old daughter Hannah in the church that morning. Clem was the Goshen church’s pastor at the time. ‘You can always remember’ Sunday’s service was Joyce Woods’ first as well. Woods was recovering in a Birmingham hospital when the first was held. She and her daughter Janet both survived inside the church that morning, and again in their Goshen home, ripped apart by another tornado April 27, 2011. “They say you can forget, but some things you can always remember,” Woods said, seated at the memorial Sunday morning. After a brief service at the memorial, survivors, church members and those who remember the stories walked to Goshen United Methodist, a few hundred yards south of the memorial, at the church’s former site on Alabama 9. Inside the church, Clem gave a sermon to some of the same people who were in the church the morning the tornado came over the hills. Clem spoke of the musical “Watch the Lamb” being presented when the tornado

came, describing the play as a powerful, inspired Biblical portrayal that everyone got caught up in. Clem’s daughter, Hannah, had asked to perform in the musical after watching a rehearsal, Clem said. “As we sang and watched, the murmurings of thunder felt like a drum roll,” Clem told the congregation Sunday. “Adding music and punctuation to everything we put into it.” Clem said those who participated in that musical felt the power of the moment. They felt like actors in a movie, she said. “And when the tornado hit it was as if the cameras kept rolling,” Clem said. “To a day back in time. No electricity. The walls were down. Some of us opened our eyes. Many didn’t. We were no longer actors.” “More than ever before, in that one tiny little moment we realized that God’s story was our story,” Clem said. “Joy and celebration. Chaos and confusion. Suffering and death. That story. Our story, and they were strangely and suddenly inseparable.” ‘God is here’ The world began joining the church in trying to make sense of what had happened, Clem said, to find where God was in all of it. “God was here. God is here,” Clem said.

“It was God’s story that we were telling. It’s God’s story that we’re living.” Clem said church members were living the story long before the tornado came. She spoke of those by name, who she explained were loving people before the winds ever came to Goshen Valley. She spoke of Joyce and Janet Woods, who on Clem’s first day at the Goshen church volunteered to help with the Clem children during the service, and who sheltered Clem’s own daughter , Sarah, when the tornado knocked down the walls of the little sanctuary. “Buddy Woods. Husband and father who loved all the kids in the church,” Clem said. “Kay Watson. Poor thing. Preacher’s kid. Loved the church though, and she loved Derek and their precious daughter Jessica.” Clem said that all those she spoke of, those living and those who died, “were already in God’s story, even before March 27.” ‘Reason to live’ In the days and months after the tornado there were always signs that God was still there, gifts from all over the world, Easter baskets for the church’s children and stained-glass windows for the new church. “In every way imaginable, God whis-

pered the story into our hearts. There were butterfly moments, rainbow moments, sunrise moments. Moments beyond explanation,” Clem said, each reminders that the story isn’t over. As Clem preached Sunday, sunlight lit the image of a butterfly, outlined in stainedglass high above the lectern. Seen from above, the rebuilt church building itself is shaped like a butterfly — a symbol of resurrection. While it’s important to look back, Clem said, doing so without hope would be too painful. “Yes we will suffer. Yes, life is hard. But we persevere because God gives us reason to live,” Clem said. Many church survivors who were children 20 years ago are married today with their own children, Clem said, proof enough that they have hope. “It’s God’s story. Our little Hannah had the child-like audacity to believe that she belonged in God’s story,“ Clem said. “And the childhood faith to know that she and God where in this together. “Like Hannah, I am so honored to be in this story of God’s love, healing, vision and hope. This is our story. This is our song.” Staff Writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-2353563. On Twitter @burkhalter_star.




ABOVE: Pastor Joe DeWitt and District Superintendent Rev. Sherill Clontz along with others at the Goshen Memorial for a 20 year remembrance service Sunday morning in Piedmont. It was the 20th anniversary of the Palm Sunday tornado that killed 20 people inside the church on March 27, 1994. TOP LEFT: Mary Watson is consoled by Rev. Kelly Clem. Mary Watson lost a daughter and her husband. BOTTOM: Church member Donna New places a piece on a mosaic in honor of her son Eric Thacker at the memorial.


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