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Jacksonville annexes land ‘It would just be easier for us to do it now’
BY LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service JACKSONVILLE -- The City Council voted Monday to annex 65 acres of its own land. The lot of city-owned property is on the southwest corner of Jacksonville and includes about 30 acres of land that school leaders plan to use for a new elementary
school. The council voted in March to give a 30-acre portion of the land to the school board, but decided to hold the deed for the property until it was annexed. “It would just be easier for us to do it now,” Mayor Johnny Smith said. Because the city owns the land, it was annexed into the Jacksonville’s limit with a simple council vote. If the city released the deed to school officials before annexing it, the school board may have had to take a
step or two more to get the job done, Smith said. “It just seemed appropriate that we go ahead and do it,” Smith said. The portion of the land that will be given to the schools borders the Chief Ladiga Trail, and James Hopkins and George Douthit roads. The property is also adjacent to Jacksonville High School. The city will retain ownership of the remaining land, about 35 acres. All 65
acres annexed Monday was purchased from Union Yarn Mills Inc., in 1998. The land is zoned for light industrial development, a zoning designation that is appropriate for the school construction. It may not be appropriate for the remaining city-owned land, Smith said. He said it would likely be better if it were zoned for residential development since ■ See COUNCIL, page 10
JCA continues to be accredited
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ICAA is in charge of accreditation process
Jake Green teaches advanced placement classes
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During and shortly after high school, Jake Green of Jacksonville contemplated going into the computer science program at Jacksonville State University. This past year, teaching at Piedmont High School, has made him realize that wasn’t the profession for him. Green teaches AP (advanced placement) biology, AP environmental science, preAP biology and biology at PHS. At 23, he believes that being only a few years older than his students is an asset. “There are two sides to it,” he said. “You’re still young enough you can be ‘cool’ with them. Then, there’s the teacher side of you that has to let them know you’re older; you’re their mentor.”
Jake Green explains an experiment to his students.
■ See GREEN, page 12
Every five years Jacksonville Christian Academy comes up for accreditation. In the 26 years that Dr. Tommy Miller has been at the helm of the school they have always been accredited. The process is not an easy one. JCA goes through dual-accreditation since they have advanced education at the school. “Advanced Ed (SACS) is the part of the dual accreditation that is most well known by educators in our part of the country,” said Dr. Miller. “This is the same accreditation that all the public schools here have.” The International Christian Accreditation Association (ICAA) is in charge of the accreditation process. Dr. Miller noted that the committee is not from the local area but the six members that came were from Texas, ■ See JCA, page 7
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Williams learns value of work ethics early in life Wants to talk to people before they build ‘70s, before it was finished. Williams attended Cedar Springs School in the third through sixth grades before transferring to the new Pleasant Valley School. By the time he graduated from Pleasant Valley, Williams had learned the importance of hard work, having worked with his father during the construction of their 4000, allbrick home since he was 6 years old.
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Not long after Jacksonville’s building inspector, Mark Williams, was born in Sylacauga, his family moved to Lenlock. He attended first and second grade at Johnston Elementary. Williams’s parents, Garvis and Mary, had started building their home in the West Point community outside Jacksonville. The family moved intoEncode: the home in the late ■ See WILLIAMS, page 7 e: 666000888880 PU 666000999999 PU
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Members return for Encore at spring concert
Dr. Renée Baptiste and the members of Encore!, the Jacksonville State University show choir, are gearing up for their annual spring concert taking place this week. However, there is one slight twist to this year’s performance - it will be a 25th year reunion inviting back every single past member of the ensemble. Dr. Baptiste, JSU professor of music education and director of the Encore! show choir, explains that the choir will be singing and dancing to pop hits between the years 1989-90 as a tribute to the very first group of ENCORE! singers. “Many are returning,” confirms Baptiste as she explains that she has had various mailings, e-mails, and Facebook messages from former members who have confirmed they plan to return for the reunion concert. In fact, former Encore! conductor Mrs. Jane Holloway is expected to be in attendance at the event. Baptiste explains that former members will actually be joining the current members for one musical selection. This is the very first time that the show choir has done anything like this and there is a great amount of anticipation, especially among the current members who look forward to meeting members of times past. Among the current Encore! members anticipating this event is Aaron Martin, who is a twenty-one year-old tenor in the choir and junior at JSU majoring in theater with
Encore! Show Choir members rehearse
a concentration in performance. Martin hails from the small town of Adger, Alabama and has been a member of Encore! for two years now. “I’m really excited about meeting the old members -- the ones that I have never gotten to meet. The ones that went on and got their jobs,” says Martin. “I’m also very excited about seeing the recent members who have
left as well because we do stay in touch. We are always inviting them to concerts and they are always texting us asking us how show choir is going. So, I’m very excited to see them as well. I’m very excited to see what the older show choir members think about our show and hear what they did back then and I’m very excited about seeing them.” The ensemble is comprised of twenty – twenty-two singers and three instrumentalists. The friendships forged in this small group hold fast and create a sense of “family” for many of the singers. When asked what he enjoyed most about being a part of this ensemble, Martin explained, “Definitely the ‘familyhood’…it makes us an entire family.” “I was in show choir as a high school student,” explains Baptiste. “The students bond readily through the music and develop lasting friendships. The choreography is a great workout as well.” The Encore! reunion concert will take place on Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Mason Hall Performance Center. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to come participate in this milestone event, which is sure to entertain. Admission is free. In the words of Dr. Baptiste, “Everyone come out and let’s pack the Performance Center!”
Black Belt region brings Virginia and Georgia planters When Alabama was being settled in the early 1800s our first settlers were diverse in their origins. Our river regions were the most desirable lands. Indeed this is where the Indians lived. They realized the importance of water and the abundant fishing for their sustenance besides the natural advantage offered by these waters. The river basins also offered the most fertile soil for cultivation. Among these river basins is a swath of land across the middle of the state that extends from Georgia to Mississippi. This area is known as the Black Belt. This region of our state is called the Black Belt because of the rich, black, luminous soil found there. This rich black soil is perfect for growing cotton. The people who settled the Black Belt were looking for new cotton lands. They had burned up their soil in the east coast of Virginia by planting the cash crop cotton continuously year after year. The soil they found in the Black Belt was much better than their worn out soil in the tidelands. Therefore, the people who settled in the Black Belt were primarily planters from Virginia and Georgia. These settlers were well educated and many had been leaders in their governments in those states. They were well
heeled slave owners and Lincoln in 1860, along became the cotton growwith the Emancipation ing plantation owners Proclamation abolishing Steve slavery, the crucible deciof the Black Belt. They also usurped and wieldFlowers sion of secession arose. ed inordinate power in Contrary to what most state political affairs for present day Alabamians the next century, despite think, it was not an easy the fact that they were a unified decision that we distinct minority populashould leave the Union. Inside The Statehouse tion wise. The obvious political In contrast, the people cleavage between North who settled North Alabama were small and South Alabama was stark and meafarmers who migrated to the Tennessee sured. The folks in North Alabama did Valley of North Alabama from North not own slaves and they figured they did Carolina or simply moved down from the not have a dog in that fight. hill country of Tennessee. The land they A secession convention was held on settled on was not conducive to growing January 7, 1861 in Montgomery. The vote cotton. It was hilly and less fertile. These was extremely close. There were 100 folks were not interested in being cotton delegates. The vote was 54 to secede and farmers anyway. They were yeomen hill 46 against secession. The vote fell along farmers who were happy to have 40 acres regional lines. The Black Belters from and a mule. They were fiercely indepenSouth Alabama were for creating a condent and very religious. They did not federacy of southern states to protect their need slaves like their neighbors to the slave ownership and way of life. The hill south. Therefore, when the winds of divi- farmers from North Alabama preferred sion between the North and South began to wait and see what their cousins from to blow in the 1850’s an obvious politiTennessee were going to do because they cal difference between North and South had more in common with them. These Alabama arose. North Alabamians voted against secession With the election of Abraham from the Union at this time.
It was shortly after the secession convention that the majority of the good citizens of the northwest Alabama county of Winston met at Looney’s Tavern to determine their course of action regarding the advent of the war between the North and the South. These yeomen farmers of the hills were obviously reluctant to leave the Union for the cause of the planter and his slaves. In 1800 there were only 14 slave owners in Winston County. The legend of Winston County is that on July 4, 1861 at their meeting at Looney’s Tavern the good people of Winston County decided to secede from Alabama and remain in the Union. Thus, they basically ignored the Civil War the best they could. In their minds they never left the Union and remained free and independent from Alabama and the War Between the States. That is why they are known in Alabama political history and folklore as the “Free State of Winston.” Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His column appears weekly in 72 Alabama newspapers. Steve served 16 years in the state legislature. He may be reached at www.steveflowers. us.
In memory of Betty and the fantasy dress
High school is almost over for seniors. I know a certain few who have been counting down the days since Christmas. As their teacher at Trinity Christian Academy, I see their joy regarding the next steps they plan to take. I remember that feeling. My best friend Betty and I shared it, and we talked incessantly about studying for our future careers, marrying our boyfriends, and having children. We were excited enough to plan beyond retirement. Since the two of us shared a love for music, we would travel the United States and perform with our instruments at formal concerts, maybe even at the Julliard School of Music and Carnegie Hall. Betty and I dreamed about such a possibility because we had a background in performance. Since eighth grade, we had played a duet each year in the state com-
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petition, and we had always scored a high rating. She played flute, and I played clarinet; and someSherry times we also had Kughn a piano accompaniment for the grand performances that our band director, Sherry-Go-Round parents, and judges loved. How much harder could it be to please the throngs? Also, we planned the wardrobes for our future concerts. We would wear the long, black gowns that we had seen performers wear at the various symphony orchestras that came to Anniston as part of the Knox Music Series. I can still remember how impressed we were when elegant female instrumentalists practically floated onto stage after the other musicians had sat down. With a nod of their heads to the director and with a swish of their skirts, the featured musician would perform and sway to the music. Betty and I could do those things; and we would, just as soon as we had journeyed along a few other roads that lay ahead. The one thing that neither Betty nor I planned was how hard those other roads might become. Before too many years went by and, after coping with many of life’s ups and downs, Betty moved far away. Because of the demands of families and jobs, we barely had time to speak on the telephone every other year or so. No matter how much time had passed, though, time fell away whenever we talked. Our conversations would always return to what had become the fantasy of girlish dreams. We had not played together in more than 30 years, and we knew we would probably never live near each other again. Then, after decades of our being apart, Betty got sick, moved back closer to home, and died some time afterward. As my life unfolded after her death, I began playing
my clarinet again; and I thought of her often whenever I played. I thought of our notions about how life would be and how, in some ways, it had been better than we could have dreamed; even if it had not been so good in other ways. This past weekend, Betty’s memory was especially strong because, on Saturday, as I shopped for required dark outfit to wear for the Palm Sunday concert at Parker Memorial Baptist Church, I discovered a long, knit, black dress. It was the kind that Betty and I had always wanted to wear. It had an elegant neckline, tight sleeves that would not hamper our performance, and a long skirt. When it was time for the concert, I didn’t float onto stage as a featured performer, nod my head to the director, nor swish my skirt. Instead, I sat practically hidden in the midst of the other instrumentalists and performed my little part. I thought of Betty, though, as I wore my dress. It flowed whenever I moved as if it were almost alive. Performing in my dress was a fantasy fulfilled. It was not exactly as I dreamed, but it was still good. I wish Betty knew how wonderful it felt to wear a gown and perform, and how do I know she doesn’t? Email Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Community Capsule • The Living Museum “Fair on the Square will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 26. The free event, sponsored by the Jacksonville Arts Council, will feature exhibitors as they display and sell their arts and crafts. • The J.O.Y. Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. May 1 in the FMC of the First United Methodist Church. Visitors are welcome. • Five eating healthy workshops developed by the U. S. Department of Health and Services and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, will be presented at the Cane Creek Community Garden and Education Center, 77 Justice Ave. The workshops are designed for individuals and families to come together in a fun and interactive setting to learn about eating healthier and putting more activity into their everyday life. The workshops will be from 1-2 p.m. Call Sharon Haynes at 256-975-0089 for more information. They are: • April 15, Enjoy Healthy Food That Tastes Great; • April 29, Quick, Healthy Meals and Snacks; • May 6, Eating Healthy on a Budget and Tips for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off; • May 13, Making Healthy Eating Part of Your Total Lifestyle •May 20, Physical Activity Is Key to Living Well. • Darryl Patton, the Southern Herbalist, will speak at the Community Center at 2 p.m. April 16. Patton has been gathering and working with medicinal plants for the past 25 years. Known for his easy going approach toward teaching the identification and uses of medicinal plants, he has been called a walking encyclopedia of herbal folklore. Patton’s visit is sponsored by the Jacksonville Garden Club. The public is invited to the free presentation.
• The Maj. Dwayne Williams 7th Memorial Golf Classic will be May 10 at the Silver Lakes Golf Course in Glencoe. The shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. There will be a two-person scramble format. Registration fee is $90 per player. Contact Nancy Turner at nturner@jsu. edu or 256-453-8607 for more information. • The Calhoun County Tree Amigos Master Gardeners will have their plant sale featuring unusual perennials, trees and shrubs from 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Cane Creek Community Gardens, McClellan. The gardens are at 77 Justice Ave. Plants for sale will include those that are new to the market, including hardy bananas, plants with variegated foliage, plants that are drought tolerant and plants with fabulous flower. The sale will include banana shrubs again this year. These flowers have blooms that smell like banana pudding. • The third Team Megan Paws for a Cause will begin at 10 a.m. April 26 at the Community Center. Registration and judging will be from 9-10 a.m. Money will be raised through sponsors for a chance to be featured as the 2015 Ambassa dog. Pre registration is $20 with t-shirt. Registration on the day of the event will be $30 with t-shirt. Contact email@example.com for more information. • Take Pride in Jacksonville Day is April 26. For the third year Jacksonville has set this day aside to clean the city. Teams of volunteers will walk the streets picking up litter. Registration is at 8:45 a.m. at city hall to get an assignment. Jacksonville residents can drop off items at the Jacksonville-Piedmont Landfill free from 7-11:30 a.m. Items, including paint cans, can be brought to city hall for trash collection from 7:30-11:30 a.m. There will be recycling with bins
Arrests April 8 • Lori Denise Wood: nuisance dogs April 9 • Lewis Carpenter Doggett IV: DUI (alcohol) • Jessica Anne Harrison Zimmer: criminal trespassing (first degree) • Matthew Shane Lewis: probation violation April 12 • Debora Diane Parris: aggravated assault • Anthony Shane Davis: attempting to elude a police officer • Kentrell Deshawn Harris: obstructing
government operations April 13 • Candance Joan Blanchard: minor in possession/consumption of alcohol • Kendall Erin Nolan: minor in possession/consumption of alcohol • Dylan Wayne Cline: minor in possession/consumption of alcohol • Chandler James Tressillian: DUI (alcohol) April 14 • Darious Rashad Borden: probation violation (2X)
Police Report April 7 • Second degree domestic violence reported in the 400 block of Spring Avenue Northwest. • Permitting dogs to run at large reported in the 500 block of Vann Street Southeast. April 9 • First degree criminal trespassing reported in the 700 block of Gardner Street Southeast. April 10 • Assault and harassment reported in the 900 block of Whites Gap Road. April 12 • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle reported in the 400 block of Pelham Road South. • Third degree domestic violence and criminal trespassing by vehicle reported in the 800 block of Roy Webb Road. April 13 • Third degree domestic violence reported in the 1500 block of Church Avenue Southeast. April 14 • Failure of duty upon striking an unoccupied vehicle reported in the 300 block of Nisbet Street Northwest.
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Barbara Lewis-Fleetion is fulfilling dream Mother of three enjoys working with praise team MARGARET ANDERSON News Editor
hile growing up in Jacksonville, Barbara LewisFleetion always aspired to be a dancer or choreographer. Going away to a dance school or school of art in Atlanta was always her dream. She started out living part of that dream by dancing with Jacksonville State University where she was a member of the JSU Dance Company. “The studio used to be in the old Stephenson Gym,” she said. “The Dance Company would rehearse with the windows open and I would always go up and watch through the windows. One day the instructor invited me in and allowed me to dance and that was the beginning.” When she left Jacksonville, she and her husband were stationed in Killeen, Texas, for three years. During those three years she continued to dance with a West Indian Dance company called Blossoming Poui. “Then we were stationed at Fort Lee, Va., and I was able to get in the Virginia State Dance Company,” she said. “It was a lot of fun and we danced as the exhibition team at a workshop in Washington, D.C. Europe was the next stop (Wiesbaden, West Germany) where I danced with several companies during my nine year stay.” In 2009 Barbara came home from Atlanta, where she had lived for eight years, to care for her mother. Returning to her home church, Barbara’s pastor mentioned that he’d like to have a praise dance team at church. “I had seen dance ministries but had no
idea how to go about starting one, never thinking of my background,” she said. “It just so happened that everywhere I went, I ran into a praise dancer. I felt at that time that God was calling me to this ministry so, at the request of my pastor, I formed a praise dance team. The concept was fairly new to the area so to start off, and to give area churches an opportunity to start one I conducted an area wide workshop at the Community Center and invited dance teams from several counties to attend.” Barbara is currently working with the dance ministry at Murray Temple in Anniston. She has also worked with the dance ministry at First Baptist Church and St. Paul CME Church in Jacksonville. Barbara’s father was stationed at Fort McClellan when she was born. He would become the command sergeant major of the chemical school before he retired. The family moved to Germany several times. When Barbara was in the sixth grade, they settled in Jacksonville. Her parents, Katie Lewis and Command Sgt. Maj. Vanester Lewis, are deceased. She has a sister, Brenda Wiggins of Jacksonville, and three brothers, Dwight of New Jersey, Timothy of Seattle, and Dwyane of Rhode Island. After an extensive career in medical records management, Barbara is currently seeking her professional credential with Vincennes (Ind.) University in Health information management. “I’ve been very fortunate to have good jobs,” said Barbara. “After being out of the system for so long so long the only thing that’s keeping me current is being back in school. Health information management is a field that changes everyday. That’s the nature of the beast.” Barbara’s daughter, Whitney Fleetion, lives in Jacksonville. Her sons, Daric Nix and Moses “Quinn” Nix, live in
Barbara Lewis-Fleetion danced with company in Texas. Birmingham. Her grandchildren are Brendell Nix, Deonte Nix, Moses Nix Jr., and Peyton McKenzie Nix. One of Barbara’s goals right now is staying healthy. She walks a lot and finds that being involved in community organizations, especially those that involve children, help keep her active physically and mentally. She’s on the House of Refuge Board of Directors and is busy helping prepare for the upcoming Maj. Dwayne Williams golf tournament. She’s a member of Youth Working Together for a Speedy Awareness
(YWTSA), which was started years ago in memory of JHS football player Anthony “Speedy” Cannon, who died during a game. “I just work where I’m needed,” she said. “But most of my energy goes to my dance ministries.” Barbara has several favorite dishes she likes to prepare. She shares four of her favorite recipes, Strawberry Spinach Salad, Southern Potato Salad, Easter Pie and Hot Rolls. (Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail. com)
RECIPES STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD Bunch spinach, rinsed 10 large strawberries, sliced ½ cup white sugar 1 t. salt 1/3 cup white wine vinegar 1 cup vegetable oil 1 T. poppy seeds In a large bowl, mix the spinach and strawberries. In a blender, place the sugar, salt, vinegar, and oil, and blend until smooth. Stir in the poppy seeds. Pour over the spinach and strawberries, and toss to coat. SOUTHERN POTATO SALAD 4 cups cubed cooked potatoes 1 1/3 cup mayonnaise 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped Salt and pepper, to taste ¼ cup chopped onion 2 T. chopped pimiento
¼ cup chopped bell pepper ¼ cup sweet pickle relish Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Best served at room temperature but is also good when refrigerated. EASTER PIE (Serves 8) 2/3 cup boiling water 1 pkg. (4 serving size) JELL-O Brand Strawberry flavored gelatin or any red flavor ½ cup cold water Ice cubes 1 cup chopped strawberries 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed 1 Ready Crust Graham Cracker Pie Crust (6 oz.) Stir boiling water into gelatin in large bowl 2 minutes or until completely dissolved. Mix cold water and ice to make 1 ¼ cups. Add to gelatin, stirring until slightly thickened. Remove any
JSU Field School Director Renee Morrison wins Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award
Renee Morrison, director of the Jacksonville State University Field Schools, was one of seven individuals or businesses honored recently in Asheville, N. C., as a recipient of Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards. The awards honor outstanding conservation work in the South and were presented at the Sixth Annual Green Gala on March 21. “These awards recognize champions of conservation for their work to protect wild places and wild things across our region” said Benjamin Colvin, Wild South’s development director. Morrison has been the assistant director for the JSU Environmental Policy and Information Center and Field Schools for the past decade. She was the director of education for 10 years at the Anniston Museum of Natural History, during which time she played a role in the museum receiving its Smithsonian affiliation and implementing three new exhibit halls and four traveling exhibits. Over the past 20 years, she has been a catalyst for increasing awareness, stimulating appreciation, and connecting the community to public lands. She has presented 6,000 environmental education (EE) programs for more than half a million participants (including 80 nature camps
for 1,600 children and 60 teacher workshops for 1,200 teachers). She specializes in “sensory science” programs utilizing components such as hands-on experiences, live animals, storytelling, creative drama, fairy house techniques, and environmental arts to enhance the participant’s experiences. “Teachers and students who have experienced nature at Renee’s side often remark on her ability to inspire a deeper look the natural world, her extraordinary creativity, and her never-ending delight in sharing her passion for EE. Students have described ‘Ms. Renee’s’ programs as ‘an educational adventure,’” says Donoho School teacher Donna Plunkett, who joined U.S. Forest Service Ranger Karen McKenzie in nominating Ms. Morrison for this award. Alabama writer Karyn Zweifel Morrison partners with Alabama State Parks, the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and others to implement thousands of educational programs “from the deepest canyon to the highest mountain in Alabama.” Her educational corridor includes 11 Alabama counties. She has received national recognition through the USFS for her EE work with inner city and underserved children.
remaining ice. Stir in whipped topping with wire whisk until smooth. Mix in fruit. Refrigerate 20 minutes or until mixture is very thick and will mound. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Garnish with additional whipped topping if desired. Store left over pie in refrigerator. HOT ROLLS 1 pkg. dry yeast 2 cups warm water 1 ½ cups sugar 2 T. salt 1 egg, well beaten 6 cups flour 4 T. Wesson Oil Put warm water in large bowl, add yeast mix, salt, sugar and beaten egg. Add 3 cups flour and mix until smooth. Add Wesson Oil and rest of the flour. Let rise for 2 hours, then make into rolls, let rise and bake in 400 degrees oven until brown.
Forney Chapter welcomes new member Membership enrollment papers for the Gen. John H. Forney Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy were signed at the April meeting by the president, Sharon Dasinger, and the district director Sonja Randall for Toni Box as a new member. The chapter members present witnessed the signing of the membership papers at the public library. The chapter always welcomes new members and would like for anyone interested to attend any meeting . There are always members present to help in finding ancestors for membership.
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WILLIAMS: Code enforcer began work with city in utility department From page 1
Mark and his brother Phil, who is one year and three months older, would carry as many bricks as they could tote and hand the bricks to their father while he and their oldest brother, Scott laid the bricks for their new home. “We worked every weekend on the house for years,” said Williams. “Mom and dad were both hard workers all their lives. That’s where I get my work ethics from. We always had a huge garden that supplied most of our food. We didn’t have central heat and air.” Williams said the family cut firewood for an Ashley wood-burning stove. Two box fans cooled them in the summertime. “All I’ve ever known is going to church and working hard,” he said. “As far as I can remember we never took any family vacations. We were always working. Dad always said that the house was paid for from the day we moved in.” Williams said his father paid to have it framed, but did most everything else himself. “It amazes me now when I look back at just how talented my dad was,” he said. “Dad did all the electrical, plumbing, flooring and trim and could fix anything.” When Williams turned 13, his mother took him and his brother, Phil to Jacksonville High School where work permits were issued. Phil was trying to get a job in the cafeteria at Jacksonville State University. The person issuing the permits asked why Williams didn’t want to work. Williams’s mother replied that her son was only 13. The person in charge said, “He’s old enough. Let’s get him signed up, too.” The Williams brothers had their first paying job at
an early age. Williams worked in the cafeteria six years, then began attending JSU. His next job was an Anchor Metals in Anniston where he stayed until the plant closed. Immediately after its closing, he found a job at a large apartment complex in Jacksonville where he was the resident manager and maintenance person for eight years. He continued going to JSU taking a class here and there trying to get his degree. When he was working in the cafeteria, he met a man named Roger Keenum who worked for JSU’s maintenance department and had an air conditioning business of his own. He needed some help and ask Williams if he liked crawling under houses. “I wasn’t scared of work, so I ended up working for Roger as much as I could,” said Williams. “Roger was a master plumber, master gas fitter, master electrician and had his State of Alabama HVAC license. He taught me so much about the building trades. He was a very talented man. He could fix anything.” Williams started out handing Keenum tools when they were on service calls and crawling under houses and in attics when they were installing duck work. He worked for Keenum off and on for over 20 years. “That’s what inspired me to go to trade school at Ayers and take air conditioning and refrigeration,” he said. In July 1999, Williams was hired by the city to work as a laborer in the utility department. He attended to attend Ayers State at night, working toward a technical degree in air conditioning and refrigeration. He worked in the utility department five and a half years. A new code enforcement officer position came open in the city, and he
applied. He was hired and became the city’s first code enforcement officer. The building inspector’s job came open few years later. Williams felt that he had the training and the knowledge for the job and was hired. “You would think a building inspector goes out and inspects buildings,” said Williams. “That’s only about 20 percent of my job. Dealing with people and problems make up the other 80 percent. Every day I encounter something new that I’ve never come across before.” He said on a daily basis he deals with about 30 people. “I encounter a lot of nice people who appreciate my help,” he said. “Sometimes I have to give bad news to people who don’t plan things right. They go out there and they don’t know what building codes are and don’t know what zoning’s all about. When you live in a city, a city has zoning laws. If you come to our department before you start building, it’ll save you a lot of time and money. We’re there to help you.“ Williams said the main goal of his office to make sure dwellings are built safe for the public and the person who will be living in the house. Williams is a member of the East Alabama Code Officials. When Williams was 20, he married Brandy Waterhouse, who also attended Pleasant Valley. Brandy works in building services at JSU. They’ve been married almost 24 years and have two daughters. Christin, 22, attends JSU and Lacey, 16, is in the10th grade at Pleasant Valley. Williams has enjoyed his summers on the water with his family since he and his wife bought a boat last summer. “I wanted a bass boat, and my wife wanted
JCA: Committee checks up on everything, including finances From page 1
Colorado, Oklahoma, Indiana, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. The school is responsible to fly the committee members to Alabama and put them up in hotels while they are here. Dr. Miller noted that the ICAA feels like the standards need to be higher for Christian schools. JCA had to do a self-assessment before the committee arrived. The full notebook sized assessment takes 18 months to accumulate. This year because of an illness Dr. Miller was not able to help for about two month so the bulk of getting the self-assessment ready fell on school administrators Tomya Hancock and Scott Morgan. The committee is at the school for four days. “They look into everything,” said Dr. Miller, “from facilities and safety all the way through to curriculum and everything in between, to include how you handle
finances, how you are governed. It goes on and on. It is a very trying time, lots of nervousness, lots of tension.” The review committee interviews faculty members, parents. “We had a room full of parents who they interviewed for an hour,” said Dr. Miller. The review process has changed and Dr. Miller noted that now the school has to send out parent surveys, teacher surveys and community surveys. After the accreditation process is over, the school is required to send in annual reports to show that nothing major has changed since becoming accredited. At the exit meeting before the committee left Dr. Miller found out that everything was OK, although the committee does give you an area they want you to improve on. “They said the things we were doing were very good and that we were doing it well,” said Dr. Miller. “There were a couple of policies they wanted us to rewrite.”
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The Williams family and their Maltese, Puppy, relax at their home. a pontoon,” he said. “Someone suggested a deck boat. I’d never heard of a deck boat before, but that’s what we got, and it suits both of us just fine. It holds 11 people.” They usually sleep in a tent, but Williams said he’s seen the times they would spend the day fishing and swimming and end up spending the night on the boat. “We just don’t know when to come home,” he said. “It’s so relaxing.” Along with Scott and Phil, Williams has another sibling, a sister, Anita. Williams lost his father two months ago. He’s thankful for the upbringing his father gave him and for being where he is in life right now. “Our family is very blessed,” he said. “We owe everything we have to Jesus. He’s first in our family. Without Him we wouldn’t have anything.”
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LIVING MUSEUM "Fair on the Square" Saturday, April 26, 2014 9AM - 3PM Free to Public Come join in the fun and check out all of the exhibitors as they display and sell their Art and Crafts. There will be something for everyone!
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CALHOUN COUNTY SOFTBALL TOURNEY
JCA GETS FIRST WIN Coach Cindy Fair is excited over win BY LORI TIPPETS SPORTS EDITOR
It isn’t often that you see a coach smiling after her team has lost in the opening day of the Calhoun County softball tournament, but that is just what Jacksonville Christian Academy’s coach had trouble not doing. After getting beat by Wellborn 6-0, JCA, seeded 12th in the tournament, faced No.13 seed Anniston. It was only fitting that the two lowest seeded teams of the tournament faced each other to give one of them a chance to go on. The Thunder had no trouble beating Anniston 17-2. Joeley Cupp, Regan Espana, Briah Cupp, Lauren Bentley and Dana Swindall each had two hits. In the next game JCA was shut out by Piedmont 7-0. Cindy Fair, JCA’s head coach of one year, who is Dr. Tommy Millers’ oldest daughter (Miller coached the softball team for years before giving it up) was excited about the win over Anniston. “I saw so much improvement from the beginning of the year,” said Fair. “We got our first win over Anniston and that’s what we have been working on. They didn’t win a game last year. That’s improvement and we played two good teams and if we could have just come through around the bases it would have been a different story. “Overall I’m really proud of my girls. They’re such a good group of girls to work with and we’re not finished yet. We are going to try to get stronger.” Katy Miller, the Millers’ youngest daughter is the assistant to sister, Cindy. JACKSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL The Lady Eagles of Jacksonville were shocked in their first game with Saks. Jacksonville, seeded No.7, faced off against No.10 Saks and were beaten 9-2 to go into the losers bracket. Jacksonville led Saks 2-1 in the top of the fifth, but Saks took advantage of well-placed hits and Jacksonville errors to score eight runs of their own in the fifth for the 9-2 victory. Jacksonville faced Ohatchee in the losers bracket and in the double elimination format it was almost two and through for the Lady Eagles. Ohatchee jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning. Jacksonville scored one run each in the first and second inning and in the third inning tied the score when a passed ball let in the run. Ashton Gaddy singled to right and Hannah Williams hit a double to score Ashley Clingan coming in from third for the go ahead run, 4-3. Ohatchee came back to tie up the game in the sixth at 4-4. In the seventh inning Ohatchee’s first batter reached
Thunder shortstop Joeley Cupp is up ended getting the out on a Wellborn runner at second base. on an error and stole second. The next batter beat out the throw and runners were on first and third. A bunt loaded the bases. A hit in the infield resulted in a force-out at home. Ohatchee scored the next two runs on passed balls and another run scored on an infield hit. Ohatchee had a 7-4 lead. Jacksonville, with their backs against the wall, weren’t through and didn’t give up. Becky Heintzleman reached on an error and a pinch runner stole second and then third. Sierra Stone drew a walk. Regan Stallings beat out a throw to reach first and stole second. With runners on the corners Ashleigh Clingan hit into a fielders choice scoring two runs to tie the game at 7-7, with no outs. Ashton Gaddy hit in the winning run for the 8-7 win. JHS played Pleasant Valley High School, No.4 seed in the elimination round. The score was tied 1-1 in the fourth inning. Ashton Gaddy had driven in Clingan in the first inning and the Raiders scored in the fourth when Taylor Williams reached on an error, Anna Bryant hit a single and a single by Savannah Williams scored the run. The score remained tied until the seventh inning when Savannah Williams hit a single and Jordan Moorer moved her over with a sacrifice bunt. Anna Craven came up to the plate and hit a double for the 2-1 win, eliminating Jacksonville.
PLEASANT VALLEY HIGH
It was, to say the least, a tough tournament for the No.4 seed Lady Raiders, currently ranked No. 6 in the state
rankings for Class 2A. Pleasant Valley started off with a big win over Anniston, 13-0. In the next round Wellborn shocked the Lady Raiders 5-3, sparked by a three run homerun in the fifth inning. Pleasant Valley had gone up 3-0 in the first inning but that’s all they would get. Pleasant Valley had hits from Anna Craven, Tiffany Williams, Kara Perry, Holly Stewart and Atleigh Brannon. In an even more shocking game Pleasant Valley had to go to the international tiebreaker to get a 4-3 win over Faith Christian. Tiffany Williams hit a triple to score Atleigh Brannon standing on second for the win. Williams went 2-for-3 with a triple, Kara Perry 2-3 with a triple and Anna Bryant was 1-for-2. The Lady Raiders next faced Alexandria in the elimination round and took a 13-1 loss. As they had done all tournament, Pleasant Valley had hit the ball well but they just couldn’t get it to drop, hitting right to where the opposing player was. Pleasant Valley got on the scoreboard first in the first inning but that was all they could muster. Alexandria scored seven in the first inning, one in the second five in the third thanks to a three-run homerun by Madison Shanks and ended the game with the 13-1 win. Kara Perry and Tiffany Williams had the only two hits for Pleasant Valley.
Eagles split with Alexandria, Cubs win area
Christa Lynn was in the circle for the Pleasant Valley win over Jacksonville, eliminating the Lady Eagles 2-1.
Jacksonville catcher Caitlyn Ryan collides with an Ohatchee runner but holds on for the out.
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In a game played at Jacksonville, the Valley Cubs of Alexandria shut out the Golden Eagles 2-0 to win the area title. The next night the Golden Eagles turned the tables beating Alexandria 2-0. The Eagles, runner-up in the area, will play at Guntersville in a best two-of-three series this weekend. Last year in Guntersville the Eagles eliminated the home team. In the 2-0 win at Jacksonville, Alexandria scored in the first and second inning and held the Eagles to just five hits. Chris Elias went 2-for-2 with a double, Tyler Waugh was 2-for-2 and BJ Murphy had a hit. Sid Thurmond took the loss for Jacksonville pitching all seven innings giving up six hits, two runs, four walks and he recorded seven strikeouts. At Alexandria Jacksonville scored their two runs in the sixth inning off of a double by Jackson Bell, Chance Marbut was hit by a pitch, LaCount moved the runners on a fielders choice and Waugh, Payton Sims and Tyler Carter all had walks. Both teams were held to just three hits. Murphy, Bell (double) and Sims recorded the hits. Payton Sims was the winning pitcher for Jacksonville, pitching a complete game, giving up three hits, four walks and striking out nine.
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PVHS, JHS compete in Calhoun County Track and Field Meet BY LORI TIPPETS SPORTS EDITOR
For Pleasant Valley, the results of their participation in the Calhoun County track meet was pretty much what Coach Brad Hood thought they would be. His boys did well, really well in the distance events, while the girls on the team did well in the field events and distance runs. The man of the day for the Raiders was senior Matthew Bonds. Bonds, who is the holder of three state titles and a bronze medal in the 4x800 proved that he is poised to do that again. The senior took first place in the 800 meter run, the 1600 meter run, the 3200 meter run and anchored the 4x800 meter team of Nick Robbins, Daniel Gladen and Vernon Tucker who also won first place. Bonds has signed a scholarship to run cross-country for JHS. In addition to Bonds, Vernon Tucker won the Raiders points with a sixth place finish in the 800 meter run, Jacob Harrelson took seventh in the shot put, Daniel Gladen eighth in the 3200 meter run, Isaac Morris fourth in the pole vault with Nick Robbins coming in sixth and Marshall Smith seventh. The 4x400 meter relay team of Josh Faucett, Morris, Seth McAllister and Marshall finished fourth. Overall the Pleasant Valley boys’ team finished fifth with 62 points. Piedmont High School won the meet with 148 points. On the girls side, Rachael Faucett came in first in the 1600 meter run, and third in the 800 meter run, third in the 3200 meter run and third in the high jump. The eighth grader is tied for first in the state 2A high jump. Seventh-grader Breanna Harris finished sixth in the high jump and fourth in the pole vault. Leah Johnson took seventh in the high jump and fifth in the pole vault. The Pleasant Valley girls finished sixth with 42 points overall. Oxford finished first with 153.50 points. Coach Hood was proud of his teams effort and achievements. “Right now we don’t have a lot of numbers in girls (five) but the girls we do have, I expect them all to make it to state and be competitive. Right now I have three girls that have possibilities of getting medals in field events, and Rachael Faucett has already received three medal today in three events and she is only an eighth-grader. “We have a lot of numbers on the boys’ side. Matthew Bonds is a senior that I expect to finish strong at state. Overall the team has a great attitude and great work ethic. I couldn’t complain a bit. I’m really proud of them” Hood went on to explain that Pleasant Valley only started pole-vaulting this year and the boys had three who qualified with the girls having two to qualify. The Raiders will go to Corner High School in Dora for
Matthew Bonds was the man of the day at the Calhoun County track meet. Bonds came in first in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter runs and was the anchor runner on the 4x800 meter run that also took first place. their Sectionals. Hood plans on taking 10-12 boys and all five girls to state. Jacksonville High School finished fourth overall on the girls’ side with 75 points and eighth on the boys’ side with 28 points. Head Coach Cordell Hunt in his second year of coaching says that his team, consisting of 18 girls and 15 boys, has more experience on the girl’s side. “Jazzmyn McClendon and Tatiyana Thomas have been doing really good this year,” he said. “Jazzmyn runs the 100 and is my first leg of the 4x100 and also does the 100 hurdles and she’s always in the top three or four. Her experience has helped us a lot,” said Hunt. “In field events we are lacking girls with experience. We have young girls coming up trying to fill that void but it takes ‘a couple of years and they have to get used to the events. “Our boys are a little less experienced but we have really good athletes, some that played football. Elijah Cunningham has done a good job coming on this year in the 200, the 4x100 and the long jump. He has trained really hard this year.
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Tatiyana Thomas hands off to Darrien Martin in the 4x100 meter relay. Jacksonville came in third.
Rachael Faucett, an eighth-grader at Pleasant Valley, came in third in the high jump. Faucett is tied for first in the state 2A high jump.
ABOVE: Daniel Gladen, back, is exhausted as he hands off the baton to Nick Robbins in the 4x800 relay, won by the Raiders. RIGHT: JHS’s Elijah Cunningham takes off on his long jump with a good landing.
“Savon Parker is another football player who has done a good job and Dominique Thomas. All of them have done a good job coming to practice and working hard. The boys are doing good, we just have to keep building on what we have.” The Eagles have sectionals in two weeks at Lincoln, and Hunt is hopeful of taking 12-15 girls and 8-10 boys to the state track meet in Gulf Shores the first week in May. “I’ve got a lot of first year people that came out not knowing about track,” said Hunt. “They didn’t know whether they wanted to do it or not. If they come back and continue we are going to be really strong.” Jacksonville had several girls contribute to their points at the Calhoun County Track and Field meet. Jazzmyn McClendon came in fourth in the 100-meter dash, fifth in the 100-meter hurdles, and was on the 4x100 meter relay team with Kelsey Ervin, Darrien Martin and Tatiyana Thomas who took third. Tatiyana Thomas took sixth in the 200-meter dash, was on the 4x100 meter relay and took third in the long jump. Also scoring points for Jacksonville were Whitney Blackburn, sixth in the 400-meter dash, third in the 4x800 meter with Rebecca Hearn, Allyce Cole and Elizabeth Keefer. Elizabeth Keefer added points with a sixth place finish in the 1600 meter run, and the 4x800 meter relay. Rebecca Hearn came in second in the 3200 meter run, third in the 4x800 meter relay. Alanna Austin was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the 4x400 meter relay. Malieah Patterson took fifth in the 300-meter hurdles, was on the fifth place 4x400 meter relay. Brandi Canady came in eighth in the 300-meter hurdles, fifth in the 4x400 meter relay and second in the javelin. Asia Bradford added points with a fourth place finish in the triple jump and Aniyah Robinson was third in the shot put. Allyce Cole contributed to third place on the 4x800 meter relay. For the Jacksonville boys, Elijah Cunningham turned in a sixth place performance in the 200 meter dash, was fifth in the 4x100 meter relay and eighth in the 4x400 meter relay and eighth in the long jump. Taye Ackles took eighth in the 200-meter dash, and fifth in the 4x100 meter relay. Cam Horton came in third in the high jump, and fifth in the triple jump. Kevin Mitchell took eighth in the shot put and eighth in the javelin. Josh Barnes came in seventh in the javelin. Also on the 4x100 meter relay were Savon Parker and Dominique Thomas, and Ryan Berry and Malik Reed and Parker were on the 4x400 meter relay. Berry, Hayden Hathaway, Daniel Dempsey and Deandre McCain were on the fifth place 4x800 meter relay.
I couldn’t complain a bit.” PV coach Brad Hood
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Letters Testamentary on the estate of EDELSTRAUD STIEGELER STORY, deceased, STATE OF ALABAMA having been granted to ANGECALHOUN COUNTY LA DENISE STORY HORTON, PROBATE COURT A/K/A ANGELA D. HORTON, CASE NO.2014-0139 A/K/A ANGIE HORTON, the IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF RAY V. HART- undersigned on March 20, 2014, by the Honorable Alice WELL III, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the K. Martin, Judge of Probate of estate of RAY V. HARTWELL said County, notice is hereby III, deceased, having been given that all persons having granted to MARIANNE GEEK- claims against said estate, are ER, the undersigned on March hereby required to present the 25, 2014, by the Honorable same within the time allowed Alice K. Martin, Judge of Pro- by law, or the same will be bate of said County, notice is barred. hereby given that all persons ANGELA DENISE STORY having claims against said es- HORTON, A/K/A ANGELA D. tate, are hereby required to HORTON, A/K/A ANGIE HORpresent the same within the TON, Personal Representative time allowed by law, or the of the last Will and Testament of EDELSTRAUD STIEGELER same will be barred. MARIANNE GEEKER, Person- STORY, Deceased. al Representative of the last Alice K. Martin Will and Testament of RAY V. Judge of Probate HARTWELL III, Deceased. The Jacksonville News Alice K. Martin Calhoun Co., AL Judge of Probate April 1, 8, 15, 2014 The Jacksonville News NOTICE TO Calhoun Co., AL April 1, 8, 15, 2014
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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO.2014-0127 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LAMAR JOBSON HOOD, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the of LAMAR JOBSON NOTICE OF HEAR- estate HOOD, deceased, having been to VIRGINIA FIELDS ING FOR PETITION granted HOUSTON, the undersigned FOR PROBATE OF on March 19, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, WILL Judge of Probate of said PROBATE COURT OF CAL- County, notice is hereby given HOUN COUNTY that all persons having claims CASE NO. 2014-0132 against said estate, are hereby TO: MICHAEL CATES and any required to present the same and all parties interested there- within the time allowed by law, in. or the same will be barred. Please take notice that a Pe- VIRGINIA FIELDS HOUSTON, tition for Probate of Will of Personal Representative of the the Estate of JUNIOUS D. last Will and Testament of LACATES, deceased, has been MAR JOBSON HOOD, Defiled in said Court by MAE ceased. BARNETT, Petitioner, and Alice K. Martin that a hearing on said Peti- Judge of Probate tion has been set for April 29, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. before The Jacksonville News the Probate Court of Calhoun Calhoun Co., AL County, 1702 Noble Street, April 1, 8, 15, 2014 Suite 102, Anniston, Alabama, 36201. Wesley M. Frye NOTICE TO Attorney for the Estate of JuCREDITORS nious D. Cates, deceased STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY The Jacksonville News PROBATE COURT Calhoun Co., AL CASE NO.2014-0009 April 1, 8, 15, 2014 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF HARRY CECIL NOTICE TO GENNARO, DECEASED Letters of Administration on the CREDITORS estate of HARRY CECIL GENSTATE OF ALABAMA NARO, deceased, having been CALHOUN COUNTY granted to the undersigned on PROBATE COURT March 20, 2014, by the HonCASE NO.2014-0137 orable Alice K. Martin, Judge of IN THE MATTER OF THE of said County, notice ESTATE OF GEORGE THOM- Probate is hereby given that all persons AS HUGHES, DECEASED claims against said esLetters of Administration on the having are hereby required to estate of GEORGE THOMAS tate, the same within the HUGHES, deceased, having present allowed by law, or the been granted to the under- time will be barred. signed on March 21, 2014, by same JOSPEH GENNAthe Honorable Alice K. Martin, THOMAS Personal Representative Judge of Probate of said RO, the Estate of HARRY CECIL County, notice is hereby given of Deceased. that all persons having claims GENNARO, K. Martin against said estate, are hereby Alice required to present the same Judge of Probate within the time allowed by law, The Jacksonville News or the same will be barred. Co., AL MARY WISDOM, Personal Calhoun Representative of the Estate of April 1, 8, 15, 2014 GEORGE THOMAS HUGHES, Deceased. NOTICE TO Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate CREDITORS STATE OF ALABAMA The Jacksonville News CALHOUN COUNTY Calhoun Co., AL PROBATE COURT April 1, 8, 15, 2014 CASE NO.2014-0133 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ROY TIFTON NOTICE TO BARKER, SR., DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the CREDITORS estate of ROY TIFTON BARKSTATE OF ALABAMA ER, SR., deceased, having CALHOUN COUNTY been granted to WILLIAM F. PROBATE COURT BARKER, the undersigned on CASE NO.2014-0129 March 20, 2014, by the HonIN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF MARIE LANELLE orable Alice K. Martin, Judge of WILLINGHAM, A/K/A LA- Probate of said County, notice NELLE W. WILLINGHAM, DE- is hereby given that all persons having claims against said esCEASED Letters Testamentary on the tate, are hereby required to estate of MARIE LANELLE present the same within the WILLINHAM, A/K/A LANELLE time allowed by law, or the W. WILLINGHAM, deceased, same will be barred. having been granted to LARRY WILLIAM F. BARKER, PersonDAVID KIMBROUGH the un- al Representative of the last dersigned on March 19, 2014, Will and Testament of ROY by the Honorable Alice K. Mar- TIFTON BARKER, SR., Detin, Judge of Probate of said ceased. County, notice is hereby given Alice K. Martin that all persons having claims Judge of Probate against said estate, are hereby required to present the same The Jacksonville News within the time allowed by law, Calhoun Co., AL April 1, 8, 15, 2014 or the same will be barred. LARRY DAVID KIMBROUGH, Personal Representative of the NOTICE TO Last Will and Testament of MARIE LANELLE WILLINGCREDITORS HAM, A/K/A LANELLE W. STATE OF ALABAMA WILLINGHAM, Deceased. CALHOUN COUNTY Alice K. Martin PROBATE COURT Judge of Probate CASE NO.2014-0130 IN THE MATTER OF THE The Jacksonville News ESTATE OF EDELSTRAUD Calhoun Co., AL STIEGELER STORY, DEApril 1, 8, 15, 2014 CEASED
STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO.2014-0086 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ALICE D. POWERS, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of ALICE D. POWERS, deceased, having been granted to LAMAR DILL, the undersigned on April 04, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. LAMAR DILL, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of ALICE D. POWERS, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL April 15, 22, 29, 2014
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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO.2014-0158 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LARRY G. SEVERANCE, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of LARRY G. SEVERANCE, deceased, having been granted to KEIKO N. SEVERANCE, the undersigned on April 01, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. KEIKO N. SEVERANCE, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of LARRY G. SEVERANCE, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL April 15, 22, 29, 2014
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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO.2014-0159 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DOUGLAS RHETT SCHATZ, DECEASED Letters of Administration on the estate of DOUGLAS RHETT SCHATZ, deceased, having been granted to the undersigned on April 01, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. BOBBY SCHATZ, Personal Representative of the Estate of DOUGLAS RHETT SCHATZ, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL April 15, 22, 29, 2014
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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO.2014-0156 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ANNIE RUTH COX, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of ANNIE RUTH COX, deceased, having been granted to JOSEPH DEXTER COX, the undersigned on April 01, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of
said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. JOSEPH DEXTER COX, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of ANNIE RUTH COX, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL April 15, 22, 29, 2014
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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO.2014-0088 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM TIMOTHY GARRETT SR., DECEASED Letters of Administration on the estate of WILLIAM TIMOTHY GARRETT SR., deceased, having been granted to the undersigned on March 20, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. JEFF HINES, Personal Representative of the Estate of WILLIAM TIMOTHY GARRETT SR., Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL April 15, 22, 29, 2014
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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO.2014-0153 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF PATRICIA ANN NORMAN, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of PATRICIA ANN NORMAN, deceased, having been granted to RALPH REYNARD NORMAN III, the undersigned on March 31, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. RALPH REYNARD NORMAN III, Personal Representative of the last Will and Testament of PATRICIA ANN NORMAN, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL April 8, 15, 22, 2014
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STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO.2014-0146 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JAMES EDWARD PEOPLES, DECEASED Letters of Administration on the estate of JAMES EDWARD PEOPLES, deceased, having been granted to the undersigned on March 26, 2014, by the Honorable Alice K. Martin, Judge of Probate of said County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate, are hereby required to present the same within the time allowed by law, or the same will be barred. SANDRA T. HANVEY, Personal Representative of the Estate of JAMES EDWARD PEOPLES, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Jacksonville News Calhoun Co., AL April 8, 15, 22, 2014
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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: MASON TOMPKINS
JHS soccer standout becomes starting place kicker for football team BY LORI TIPPETS SPORTS EDITOR
One of the reasons that the Jacksonville soccer team is finding a lot of success this year is senior Mason Tompkins. Tompkins has been playing soccer since he was five and has been on the varsity squad at JHS since he was in the ninth grade. Tompkins also played two years of football for the Golden Eagles, a sport he never really considered until football head coach Clint Smith, who was then in his first year at Jacksonville, came into the soccer locker room. “It was very different,” remembers Tompkins, “I was sitting in the soccer locker room and Coach Smith came in and asked if anyone would be interested in playing football. I raised my hand and went out there and I wasn’t a bad kicker so I decided I would try kicking.” Tompkins became the starting place kicker for the Golden Eagles. A most
memorable game came against Anniston his junior year when Tompkins was hit hard on a play and broke his collarbone. The Eagles scored and needed to kick the extra point. Tompkins went into the game with his arm taped against him and kicked the extra point. The Eagles went on to win the game. “Overall it was a memorable game,” recalls Tompkins. “It was a good game with my team. We were all happy because we were beating Anniston and we hadn’t done that in awhile. “I felt I needed to go out there and kick regardless. I just wanted to be a part of it.” Tompkins, who will be attending JSU on an academic scholarship, is considering walking on with the football team. The talented senior says that he is “really into chemistry,” in school and that he would like to major in chemistry in college, and perhaps go to Auburn to major in chemical engineering. In his free time Tompkins likes to
skateboard and, “I’ve really gotten into photography lately.” His first love though is soccer and this year’s team has had a lot of success, and hopes to find a lot more before the season is over. “We’ve always had good teams,” said Tompkins, “sometimes skill wise maybe even a better team than we have now. “This team we’re all closer together. We all like each other and we all have better chemistry with each other. We’re a better team overall instead of just individual players.” “Mason is a good leader,” says head coach Darren Spruill. “He is a leader both on and off the field. He is not afraid to take the game on his shoulders if he needs to. “He understands he needs to be a team player and passes the ball and shares the wealth. It doesn’t matter who scores, we are happy for anyone who scores. He epitomizes that and helps to leads us to that level.” Mason is the son of Lori and Jonathon Tompkins.
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One of the ‘cool’ things that Green is thinking about starting next year is exposing his students to Instagram photos. “Since we have so much technology here at Piedmont, I think it would be neat if I had a Mr. Green Instragram,” he said. “For example, if I’m walking around on our farm and take a picture of a cow, I could put it on Instragram, and the kids could look at it.” Green said he had many science classes at Pleasant Valley High School that peaked his interest in that subject. “Biology and physical science have always been my interests,” he said. “I’ve always been a science guy.”
Green was one of 14 firstyear teachers in Alabama schools to receive $1,000 grants for classroom materials and supplies from the Alabama Power Foundation recently. Green admits he has a problem with boredom.. He gets bored easily. He said his father once told him he’d be bored during an earthquake. He found out this past year that teaching teenagers leaves no time for boredom. As a teenager himself, he had two teachers that had an impact on him. “Randy Jackson and Cerilla Roe were both excellent teachers who showed me a different side of teaching,” said Green. “I was used to the teachers being the adults in the room. You listened to them, you wrote down what they
said, and the bell rang.” By the time he was a high school senior, he saw how much these two teachers really cared about their students. “They deeply cared about you understanding the material and understanding why you were learning it,” said Green. “I think that really started a small fire in me in wanting to become a teacher, but when I graduated, I went into the computer science program at JSU.” His first semester at JSU, he had an instructor who he said was a nice lady, but she sent the message that she was the adult in the room. It reminded him of some of the other teachers he’d had. “That didn’t settle well with me because I’d had these two great teachers at
Pleasant Valley,” he said. “After I went through my first semester, I changed my major to history and became a teacher.” Green expresses his love for education and his students. “I’m glad I made that change,” he said. “I love education. You never know what to expect. Every day is completely different. You’re always on your toes. I know I’d be bored if I were rebuilding computers all day. That’s not what I’m passionate about. What I’m passionate about is education and teaching.” Green was born and grew up in the Pleasant Valley community outside Jacksonville. He is the son of Ty and Jill Green. His brother, Hunter, is studying in the diesel mechanic
program at Ayers-Gadsden State. Green has a degree in education with a concentration in general science from JSU. Green is a member of First Baptist Church of Williams where he and his wife are involved in the children’s ministry. He works on the grounds and cemetery committee with his father and is a member
of the worship committee. He said like most redblooded Southern young men, he enjoys white water kayaking, mountain biking, dirt biking, riding 4-wheelers, hunting and fishing. Green has been married to the former Courtney Tillison, the daughter of Jeff Tillison and Diane Tillison, for a year and a
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