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New medical training program for PHS Students can start the program, called Piedmont’s Health Science iWork Academy, in the fall of 2014. Students who sign up for the academy will have the chance to work as interns at local doctors’ offices. “It’s a win for us, a win for our students, and it’s a win for the local health care providers getting a quality employ-

LAURA GADDY Consolidated News Service Educators here are using a $99,000 state grant to start a program to give students the chance to earn certification as nursing assistants before they earn high school diplomas.

ee,” said Mike Hayes, Piedmont schools’ director of administrative services. Students can enroll in the program beginning in the ninth grade, and they can take one medical class per year up until the 11th grade. At that point, they will also be given the opportunity to become certified nursing assistants, Hayes said. In their senior year, students can sign up

Spring fashion show brings in $1200

Venecia’s Foundation can fill more chemo bags MARGARET ANDERSON Journal News Editor

■ See FASHION, page 10

■ See PROGRAM, page 5

Dylan Akin will attend Air Force Academy


More chemo bags can now be filled for cancer patients, thanks to a spring fashion show benefiting Venecia’s Foundation Friday night at the Solid Rock Café. A total of $1200 was raised, which makes Venecia Butler, a happy person. “We had a great turnout in spite of the rain,” said Butler. “On behalf of Venecia’s Foundation, I want to thank everyone who participated and attended the fashion show. I’m amazed and humbled by the support we receive.” Butler expressed her appreciation to Jackie Law for putting the show together, and to Jennifer Gillette for the use of the Solid Rock Café. She also thanked those who provided door prizes, which included Lovers by Glover, Jessica Bass with Thirty-One, The Willow Tree, Swank Boutique, With Love Boutique, Sweet Peas Boutique, BJ Lyle with Thirty-One, Salon Alon, Phyllis Hunt with Blue Willow Bracelets, Lisa’s Gifts and Borris Powell. Since Venecia’s Foundation was incorporated last May, the foundation has given 271 care bags to chemo patients, $3,700 in gas cards to radiation patients, 11 portable DVD players,

to be interns at doctors’ offices as well as enroll in medical-related college courses, Hayes said. The school system consulted Jacksonville State University, Gadsden State Community College, Regional Medical Center and area physicians when

PHS senior will leave for Colorado Springs in June MARGARET ANDERSON Journal News Editor

Anita Kilgore

Lexie Goss shows off a colorful spring outfit during the fashion show Friday night at the Solid Rock Cafe.

Dylan Akin, 18, has been on plenty of field trips. There was one in 2005 however, that touched him more than anything ever has. He knew before the end of the day what he wanted to do when he grew up. His third grade class visited the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville that day. At the AKIN IMAX Theatre, students watched a film that was presented by Boeing about a fighter pilot. Since then, Akin has dreamed of being a fighter pilot himself. To his delight, that dream is coming true. He will leave June 26 for Colorado Springs, Colo., where he will spend the next four years at the United States Air Force Academy. ■ See AKIN, page 5


Robert Earl Acker continues family’s tradition of farming President of Cherokee County Farmers Federation MARGARET ANDERSON Journal News Editor Robert Earl Acker grew up in Spring Garden, where families have made their living by farming for generations. Acker’s family is no different. He grew up watching his grandfather and father farm. After graduating from Auburn University in 1963, he thought he’d try something different. He took a job at a poultry plant in Carrollton, Ga. Acker wasn’t happy the entire eight months he 666000999999 PU MAG 80 NBAR .0104 BWA -0.0015 worked there. THE PEIDMONT JOURNEL

“I decided that wasn’t for me,” he said. “I couldn’t stand the concrete walls.” For the past 40 years, Acker has been a happy man as a farmer. He and his brother, Dennis, farm about 1400 acres in Spring Garden, Vigo and Ellisville. They grow cotton, corn soybeans and wheat. Making a living as a farmer isn’t an easy job, said Acker. “You have to stay on top of things,” he said. Anita Kilgore

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Robert Earl Acker relaxes on his front porch.



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Winston County farmers said no to succession

A good many of you found last week’s historical column interesting. You seemed fascinated about the vast diversity regarding the folks who settled in South Alabama versus those who homesteaded North Alabama at the state’s origination. You found it even more interesting how close the secession from the Union vote was in 1861 with the vote falling in line with regional sentiment with South Alabamians for and North Alabamians against secession. However, the most enthralling passage was my brief mention of Winston County and its legendary stand to secede from Alabama when Alabama seceded from the union. This bold anomaly really piqued your interest. Therefore, this week I will expound on the in-depth details of the story of the “Free State of Winston.” Winston County is a quiet rural county of about 24,000 people. It is about 75 miles northwest of Birmingham. Its closest neighboring cities of any size are Jasper and Florence. It is nestled into the heart of Northwest Alabama. In fact the county newspaper in Haleyville is named the Northwest Alabamian. Like many rural counties in our state, there are a lot more trees than people. The William Bankhead National Forest encompasses most of Winston County. The county was named for Alabama’s Gov. John Winston. He served two terms as governor from 1853 to 1857. Winston was not from that neck of the woods. He was a slave-owner from Sumter County but a staunch Jacksonian Democrat who stood up to the railroad interests. With the election of Abraham Lincoln as president, the inevitable secessionist movement began. Lincoln’s platform as the newly minted Republican Party candidate was to abolish slavery. South Carolina was the first state to secede. They

were soon followed by Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Steve Florida and Texas. Flowers Later Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas left the Union. These southern states became the Confederate States of Inside The Statehouse America. Many reasons were given for seceding. However, the primary reason was that Lincoln planned to abolish slavery. The men who controlled these states’ political machinations did not want to give up their slaves. On April 12, 1861, shots were fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina. These shots were the beginning of the Civil War. Once the shots were fired, the last four states to join the Confederacy quickly seceded as well. When Virginia seceded, their western mountainous counties had no intention of leaving the Union so they formed their own state of West Virginia and stayed with the Union. A similar occurrence was festering in Alabama. The folks of North Alabama were similar to the mountain people of West Virginia. They did not have plantation style farming. They were small yeoman farmers who cultivated their own 40 acres with one mule. In short, they did not own nor did they need slaves. Therefore, they felt like they did not have a dog in the fight. These North Alabama counties did not care much about the slave issue nor secession. These folks in North Alabama had more in common with their neighbors and cousins to the north in Tennessee, which was the last state to leave the Union and join the

Confederacy. These North Alabama hill farmers were very religious and extremely independent. Winston County epitomized this independent virtue. The hill people of Winston County owned no slaves, worked their own fields, went to church and did not want to be bothered. When Alabama held its secession convention in 1861, Winston County voted overwhelmingly for a 22-year-old schoolteacher named Christopher Sheats to be their delegate. Sheats and Winston County refused to sign the secession document. The residents of Winston County were proud of Sheats. They were in approval. The independent people of Winston County were not going to be pushed around. They saw Alabama’s secession from the Union as their rationale to secede from Alabama. The rest of Alabama and the Confederacy resented Winston County’s insubordination. However, the people of the Free State of Winston stood their ground. In July 1961, a meeting took place in Winston County at a place called Looney’s Tavern. They officially seceded from Alabama. However, the resolution was more of an act of neutrality. Winston County wanted more than anything to just be left alone. It was a call for neutrality where an estimated 3,000 people, almost the entire population of Winston County, attended the meeting. Today, if you travel through Winston County and drive by the courthouse in the town of Double Springs, you will see a statue of a Civil War soldier, half Union and half Confederate, commemorating the county’s divided loyalties during the war. The legacy of the Free State of Winston lives on. 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

Morrison is teacher and friend

Local environmental enthusiast Renee Morrison recently won the Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award for Outstanding Educator in Conservation. More than a half-million students and thousands of adults would likely agree that Morrison deserves any award she receives for her work throughout the past 20 years. Her positive attitude, bright personality, and smiling eyes enhance the message she loves to share: God connects nature and man in ways that should be respected and enjoyed. Morrison is the assistant director of the Jacksonville State University (JSU) Field Schools and is a part of the JSU’s Environmental Policy and Information Center known as EPIC. She conducts and participates in hundreds of environmentally related events each year, such as teaching people, especially children, how to appreciate nature. Also, she works with JSU students in their various fields of study. Her work takes place mostly in locations accessible to everyone, such as Little River Canyon National Preserve where JSU oversees the Little River Canyon Center, Talladega National Forest, and at sites throughout Alabama. Morrison tells about one student who became infatuated with both the message and the teacher. She was standing among a group of children and talking to them about how to build fairy houses. Suddenly her elbow grew warm and wet. “I looked down and a little girl had licked my elbow,” said Morrison. “She looked up and said, ‘I wanted to know if you tasted as good as you teach.’” Morrison knows how to keep students’ attention, such as when she shows them the pet hognose snake she carries in her pocket or allows them to experience the opportunity to wade in a creek or catch a jar of lightning bugs. However, no memory is as vivid as the

one that shaped her life. Morrison was five years old and livSherry ing in Choccolocco Kughn on the family dairy farm when they learned that a beloved uncle had been killed by Sherry-Go-Round a grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Park. “This was a man who had made me cinnamon toast and carried me to see the family cows,” she said. Shocked to see her grandmother so distraught at the news, Morrison crawled beneath the dining room table and listened to biologist Dr. Frank Craighead’s explanation of what had happened. She thought of the bear that was hungry because the park officials had sealed off the garbage cans. Also, Morrison thought of her uncle who was only guilty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She knew instinctively that the incident had been the fault of neither. If only people understood wildlife and the importance of respecting wild places, she remembers thinking; and she wanted to be the one to tell them. “I didn’t know it at the moment,” said Morrison, “but I later realized that I had made a decision that would lead me to a career in environmental education.” Morrison said she appreciates the recent award, which was bestowed by her peers in environmental education, and she credits her success to the opportunities given to her by JSU and various partners in environmental education. She is thrilled that there is a new consensus among them. The Environmental Education

Association of Alabama, of which Morrison served as president last year, recently took part in the first Southeastern Environmental Education Conference. Educators form networks which help everyone involved, especially those in Alabama. “If someone from the Gulf Coast calls me and wants me to come there to teach, I connect them with environmental education partners in their area,” said Morrison. “It’s not about me or my success, but it is about being fruitful in what we do and seeing a change.” The change that she is referring to occurred during the 1980s when mainstream education shifted away from environmental education concerns. Also, children began staying indoors too much. Many schools stopped allowing students to go on field trips and take recess breaks. “Those things have educational value,” said Morrison. “Studies show that children who participate in nature-based learning have fewer attention-deficit and obsessive-compulsive disorders and less stress.” Parents and grandparents have told Morrison what a difference her suggestions make in their children’s lives. She tells them to go on a picnic with them, walk barefoot in the grass, go hiking, or barbecue outdoors. That’s what kids want.” Morrison’s passion for what she does is based on faith. “I see God reflected in everything, from a star in the sky to a child holding a tadpole,” she said. “Nature allows me to see a little glimpse of the Creator, and even though I don’t always talk about those things, I try to show people that glimpse with the passion I have for them.” Email Sherry at

Washington isn’t serving people, becoming fearful master March 23, 1775, in St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia, the Second Virginia Convention met to discuss continuing oppression of colonialists by the British Crown. While many among the representatives advised patience and hope that the British would grant petitions filed by states, Patrick Henry pointed out what had become obvious after ten years of petitions. Henry knew his opinions would likely offend many in the convention, but knew also the price they would likely pay if he failed to opine, saying, “Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my

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country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which revere above all earthly Daniel Ikings.” Gardner Our founders had tasted liberty and freedom, but realized the British were slowly infringing on their God-given rights My Thoughts in the name of loyalty to government. There is a huge difference between loyalty to government and patriotism for country, and Patrick Henry knew that difference. He said, “For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery….” Many are asking today how close we are to similar circumstances with our government infringing our rights to free speech, freedom to practice religion, freedom to bear arms, and freedom to raise grievances against our government for those infringements. Is our progressive government enslaving us in the name of caring for us and providing for all our needs, calling these needs ‘entitlements’ and ‘rights?’ No doubt, the mood of the country as measured by polls shows Americans are fed up with Washington’s interference with our businesses and daily lives. Has it become ‘a question of freedom or slavery’ as Henry argued? I believe so. What are we slaves to if not those things upon which we have become dependent? Are we dependent on the government for money, food, housing, utility bills,

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Obituaries HARRIS

Piedmont - Funeral service for Norma Long Harris, 98, was held Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Garry Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. The family received friends from 12 - 2 p.m. prior to the funeral. Mrs. Harris died Monday, April 7, 2014, at Piedmont Health Care Center. Survivors include one son, David Harris, of Piedmont; sister-in-law, Ruby Gresham, of Piedmont; several nieces, nephews and cousins; her caregivers, Wendy Young and Donna Price. Pallbearers will be Bunk Maddox, Kenneth Thomas, Scott Maddox, Eddie Baldwin, Marty

Raney and Patrick Raney. Honorary pallbearers will be George Mallows, Wayne Ledbetter and Johnny Pace. Mrs. Harris was a resident of Piedmont most of her life, was a charter member of Dailey Street Baptist Church where she was active in programs for the youth and was a member of Lozahatchee #99 Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis D. Harris; parents, Ed and Mattie Long and five brothers and sisters. Flowers may be sent or memorial contributions may be made to the Piedmont Rescue Squad, PO Box 333, Piedmont, AL 36272. www.thompson funeralhome

Piedmont man gets three life sentences for kidnap, sex abuse and rape of four-year-old EDDIE BURKHALTER Consolidated News Service A Piedmont man will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars for the rape, kidnapping and sexual abuse of a 4-year-old girl in 2013. Calhoun County Circuit Judge Debra Jones on Monday morning sentenced Raleigh Steven Rowan, 29, to three life terms without the possibility of parole for two counts of first-degree sodomy and one count of first-degree rape. Jones also sentenced Rowan to 99 years for kidnapping the girl and 20 years for sexual abuse of a child younger than 12. Rowan admitted to sexually abusing the girl, and told the court during his ROWAN March trial that he abducted the victim from her Piedmont home on Feb. 5, 2013. Prosecutors told the jury during the trial that the girl suffered bite marks, scrapes and bruises all over her body. Investigators found DNA evidence that linked Rowan to the victim. “The state is very satisfied and appreciates the judge’s sentence,” Jennifer Weems, the assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case, said by phone after the sentencing. Defense attorney Bill Broome disagreed with Jones’ ruling, telling the court that he expects to file a motion soon for a new trial. “There are some constitutional issues,” Broome said after the hearing. Broome said Alabama law only allows for a maximum sentence of not more than 99 years for the sodomy and rape convictions. State law does allow life sentences without parole for those crimes if the person convicted was 21 years of age or older, and the victim was younger than 12 at the time of the crimes, but the prosecution didn’t address that part of the statute in the indictment, Broome said. Weems said that according to research by the district’s attorney’s office, Alabama case law upholds the sentences as legal. “And should the higher courts send it back to us for a sentencing hearing, then the state would ask for 416 years,” Weems said. Staff Writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @burkhalter_star

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• The White Plains Alumni Association’s annual fellowship/awards banquet will be in the Christian Life Center Fellowship Hall of Harmony Baptist Church in Choccolocco on Saturday. Meet and Greet will begin at 5 p.m. with the meal at 6. Guest Speak will be Greg Morrow, a 1984 graduate of White Plains. • Those with relatives buried in the Philadelphia Church cemetery are asked to come to a cleanup day at both the church and the cemetery at 8 a.m. on May 10. • Philadelphia Baptist Church will hold its annual decoration beginning at 10:30 a.m. May 18. Refined will sing. Lunch will be served. • Nances Creek Community Center will have Trade Day and Farmers Market starting at 7 a.m. the first Saturday of each month beginning in May through October. There is no set-up fee. • The White Plains Alumni Association is having a membership drive. Those eligible are graduates of White Plains, attendees who may not have graduated, and persons who may not have attended White Plains but desires to support the schools and students. The White Plains Alumni Association awarded four $1,000 college scholarships to deserving White Plains seniors last year. Donations pay for these annual scholarships. For more information call Alvin Robertson at 256236-8780, Bill Ward at 256-236-3629, Brenda Morgan at 256-435-3725 or Norman Parker at 256-447-7563. • A series of free gardening programs sponsored by the Calhoun County Master Gardeners will be held from noon - 1 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month from April through September at Cane Creek Community Gardens, McClellan. Please bring your lunch. For more information call the Calhoun County Extension Office at 256-237-1621. The following programs are scheduled. • Beyond My Backyard. Lunch and Learn, April 23: Rene Morrison, JSU Field School, • Propagating Hydrangeas. Lunch and Learn, May: 28: David Doggett, Jefferson County Master Gardener. • June 25: Hayes Jackson, ACES, “Sensational Salvias” • July 23: Dani Carroll, ACES, “Creating a Bee Friendly Garden” • Aug. 27: Jason Powell, Petals from the Past, “Tough Plants for Southern Gardens.” • Sept. 24: Hayes Jackson, ACES, “Easy Plants for Difficult Places.” • The Calhoun County Community Band meets every Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Jacksonville High School band room. • Bradford Health Services has free family support meetings from 5-6 Monday nights at 1701 B Pelham Rd., S., Suite D (Brookstone Building next to RMC Jacksonville). The meeting is for anyone experiencing behavioral problems with a loved one, has a family member of any age with drug or alcohol problems, needs help coping with a loved one’s drug or alcohol problems or needs help making decision on how to help a family member of any age. A counselor will facilitate the meetings. • Venecia Benefield Butler’s book, “I Have to Get Some Things Off My Chest,” can be purchased for $15 (including tax) by mailing a check to P. O. Box 572, Piedmont 36262, or take money or check to Butler’s sister, Randa Carroll, at the office of Benjamin Ingram at 207 Rome, Ave., Piedmont. Proceeds will go to the V Foundation, founded by Butler, to purchase gift bags for patients going through chemo treatments. The bags will include items such as comedy DVDs, chap stick,

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gift cards, gas cards, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, searcha-word, lubricant eye drops, gum and peppermints, soft toothbrushes, queasy drops, lotion, neck wrap or hydrating socks. • Dogs for the Deaf, located in Central Point, Ore., is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from animal shelters and trains them to help adults and children with different disabilities, challenges, and needs. For example, a Hearing Dog is trained to alert its owner to household sounds that could affect his or her safety and an Autism Assistance Dog would keep an autistic child out of 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 256-6892580 or for more information. • 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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Cindy Acker left jobs behind to focus on family Worked for years in healthcare



indy Acker e n j o y s listening to God’s word every chance she gets. She also likes to read the Bible and Christian books. She recently finished Bill O’Reilly’s book, “Killing Jesus.” Cindy and her husband, Robert Earl, are members of Liberty Baptist Church, where she has taught the ladies Sunday school class for the past five years. She previously taught her son’s classes from childhood to teen. The church is in the process of renovating the kitchen, and Cindy and the other women of the church are happy that they have been able to choose the cabinets. Cindy was born and grew up on the Bynum Leatherwood Road in Anniston. Her parents are William “Sonny” and Louise Matthews of Wellington. Her mother, Edna Matthews, lives in the Bynum Leatherwood community. Her four siblings are Steve Matthews of Gadsden, Phil Matthews and his wife Betty of the Bynum Leatherwood community, Tammy Powell and her husband Frank of Trussville and Todd Matthews and his wife Sonya of Tuscaloosa. Cindy graduated from Alexandria High School, then attended Gadsden State Community College where she received an associate in science degree. She completed a medical assistant degree from New World College of Business. She worked at Stringfellow Hospital for 12 years. After

marrying Robert, she moved to Spring Garden and worked for BCM Cherokee Hospital for several years. She also worked for Piedmont Healthcare as an assistant in social services. She was later named director of social services. “It was such a blessing to be a part of PHC,” said Cindy. “The staff and residents were like family. My last job with Piedmont Eye Care was also rewarding. Dr. Mohon, the staff and the patients were wonderful. I will always smile when I think of them.” Cindy’s husband needed her at home so she left her jobs behind and focused on her family, which includes helping with the health care of her mother. “I’m blessed to have wonderful parents and a devoted husband,” she said. Cindy has three sons. Kenny Kirk and his wife, Jessica, live in Spring Garden with their sons Quinton, 11, and Brady, 5. Kenny works at NABI in Oxford. Josh Kirk and his fiancé, Beth Shuler, live in the Bynum Leatherwood Community. Josh works at Honda. Robby, who also works for NABI, attends Gadsden State. He lives with his parents. Cindy said she always thought she’d have a daughter or granddaughter, but she’s happy with her three sons and two grandsons. What she enjoys more than anything is being with her family, especially on holidays. “I love my family,” she said. “We’ve got so many treasured memories from family gatherings with Robert’s side of the family and mine also.” Cindy is a member of the Cherokee County Farmers Federation Women’s Committee. “We have several projects we

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Cindy Acker at home in her kitchen. do over the year,” she said. “The most current was a booth set up at the Home and Garden Show in Centre. We helped Beth Farmer show the ag trailer. Inside it was a simulator cotton picker. It looked like you were riding in a cotton picker, but you weren’t.” Cindy said the committee also assists a resident at the Centre Nursing Home who has no family. “We all take a month and buy goodies for her,” said Cindy. Cindy is also a member of the Cherokee County Genealogical Society and is happy on the research done on her family as

1 can white shoepeg corn, drained 1 can French style green beans, drained 1 c. chopped celery 1 c. bell pepper, chopped 1 c. green onions, chopped 1 t. salt ¾ t. pepper ¼ c. vinegar ¼ c. sugar ¼ c. oil Put corn, beans, celery, green onions, and bell pepper in a large bowl. Combine sugar, vinegar and oil in saucepan. Bring to boil. Then cool. Pour over vegetables. Refrigerate overnight. BEST RED VELVET CAKE EVER 1 red velvet cake mix (Duncan Hines) Mix according to directions Add 1 - 3 oz. vanilla pudding mix (dry ingredient) In a saucepan, boil 1

can beets. Pour some of the juice off. Add a little sugar and cook until tender, mashing with potato masher and cooking juice off. Add this to cake mixture and bake according to cake mix directions. Frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting. VIDALIA ONION CASSEROLE 5 or 6 Vidalia onions, sliced 1 lg. bag potato chips Cheddar cheese grated (I use sharp) 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 1/2 c. or more milk In a 9x13 baking dish, place a layer of sliced onions. Sprinkle a layer of cheese on onions, then place a layer of crushed potato chips. Repeat with layer of onions, cheese and potato chips. Top with the soup, which has been mixed with the milk. Sprinkle crushed potato chips on the top. Cover with foil and bake

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mother’s dressing,” she said. “I just throw everything together like she did. The secret to good dressing is to use a hen and lots of broth from that hen.” Cindy said Robert tells her it tastes like candy. Corn Salad, which was her great-grandmother’s recipe, is one of Cindy’s favorite. It won first place in the Cherokee county Cooking Contest. It keeps for days in the refrigerator. She also likes Best Red Velvet Cake Ever, Vidalia Onion Casserole and Easy Egg Noodle Ragu Special.



well as her husband’s family. Her favorite hobbies are flower and vegetable gardening, basket weaving, crocheting, canning, freezing and cutting grass. “I’ve been putting up things out of the garden and making jelly since I was in my 20s,” she said. “One thing I do that everybody seems to love is sweet red cucumber rings. It tastes like an apple. It’s really crunchy and good. My dear friend Jane Pentecost gave me the recipe.” While growing up, Cindy watched her mother cook. “I don’t have a recipe for my

Foundation Stones Hauled With Oxen

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ABOVE: About 60 years before this photo was made George M. Freeman hauled from a nearby mountain two of the foundation stones for the first Coosa Plant. “Stones so heavy mule drivers afraid of them but knew my oxen would hold back so I brought ‘em down the mountain”, Mr. Freeman explained. (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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Parker Griffith, former congressman and current Democratic candidate for governor, visited Piedmont High School on Monday. Griffith came to the school to see what Piedmont is doing that is changing the face of Alabama’s public education system. Pictured with Griffith are student Denard Spears, superintendent Matt Akin, and student Dylan Akin.

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Heath Jones, Republican candidate for the Alabama House of Representatives, District 39, visited Piedmont High School. Piedmont was recently gerrymandered into House District 39. Jones toured the campus facilities and visited classrooms. Pictured, career tech teacher Mark Mitchell, student Tyler Gowens, student Skyler Jones, and Heath Jones in the Agriscience Building at PHS.

AKIN: PHS senior is looking forward to a career in Air Force From page 1

“I knew in the fall I would be going, but it wasn’t official until early February,” said Akin. “There’s a long and tedious application process that begins the summer before your senior year. It includes writing an essay and you must have high ACT scores. You also have to make good grades in school, pass a physical fitness test, have leadership experience and then pass an interview. It’s not easy. Along with all of that you have to be nominated by a senator or congressman.” Akin received nominations from Congressman Mike Rogers, Sen. Richard Shelby and Sen. Jeff Sessions. Even with a nomination, there is no guarantee of acceptance. The academy offers admission to about 1,000 of the over 10,000 applicants. Akin recalls how he was notified of his acceptance. “I’ll never forget the night in November when Congressman Rogers called my cell phone and told me that I had been selected for admission to the academy,” said Akin. Akin will spend the first six weeks at the academy in basic cadet training. He’ll start classes in August. Freshmen have the same classes, and includes a lot of math, science and engineering that he’ll have to pass before he can get his degree in aeronautical engineering. That’s fine with him though. He likes those subjects. Though he’s nervous about going, he’s looking forward to attending the academy and later having a career in the Air Force. “I’m ready to be there,” he said. “It’s going to be four years of hard work. It’s definitely going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever been through in my life, and I’m definitely going to come out a better person because of it.” Akin said his parents, Amy Scott and Matt Akin, are nervous. “But they know that’s what I want, so that’s what they want too,” he said. Last year, when Akin was 17, he earned his pilot’s license. He rents a plane out of Gadsden and likes to fly family and friends over Piedmont so they can see their houses and schools. “A lot of people are afraid to fly with me because I’m so

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Dylan Akin flies family and friends over Piedmont to see their homes and schools. young,” said Akin. “I’ve flown to Destin, but I usually fly around Piedmont. This is definitely the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my life so far.” Akin will graduate as valedictorian at Piedmont High School next month. He’s maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout high school. He’s also been the SGA president for the past two years and he made a 32 on his ACT. He’s worked for Clifford Lawler at Carquest since March 2011.

At the end of his four years at the academy he will have a bachelor of science degree and a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force. He then will hopefully have the opportunity to attend flight school and become a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. “This is a great honor,” he said. “I’ve always worked hard to achieve this goal.” (Contact Margaret at

ACKER: Is a family man From page 1

“You have to market your crop and watch expenses closely.” Though it’s a hard job, it’s not quite as difficult as it once was, said Acker. “Let’s say it’s not as hard as it was 12 to 14 years back,” he said. The no till farming has taken a lot of the work out of it. We don’t plow the ground anymore. If we still had to do it that way, we’d have to have four tractors running in the field. You couldn’t afford it with the price of gas today.” Acker said he’s always liked being outdoors. He also likes being his own boss. Acker is the son of Earl Acker and the late Margaret (Love) Acker. He has two sisters. Brenda Ferguson lives in Las Vegas, and Marsha Kerns lives in Fort Payne. Acker said at one time he liked to play golf, but has gotten away from it. “I’ve never done much hunting,” he said. “My son likes

to go camping. He’s been trying to get us to go with him, but so far we’ve held out.” He and his wife, Cindy, are members of Liberty Baptist Church where he holds the position of church treasurer. They have three sons and two grandsons. Acker has served as president of the Cherokee County Farmers Federation for the past five years. It’s a time consuming, yet rewarding job, he said. “Things pop up that need to be done, usually when you’re at your busiest,” he said. “As long as you’ve got cell phones, that helps take care of a lot of things right there.” Acker said his hours are long. He’s up and out of the house early. “I usually try to quit about 6:45,” he said. “But I try to call it a day by at least 7.” (Contact Margaret at

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The Acker family, Cindy, Robert Earl and Robbie at their home in Spring Garden.

PROGRAM: Program will introduce opportunities for students From page 1

it began developing new program, Hayes said. Piedmont High School counselor Sandra Akin said students have already shown interest in the program. She and Principal Adam Clemons expect 85 students to begin taking the courses in the fall, though there are as many as 150 openings for the school’s 340 students. “We have a lot of students each year who express an interest in the medical field,” Akin said. “Now we’re giving them an opportunity to decide at an early age if they’re really interested.”   Junior Hanna Bedwell wants to be a physical therapist’s assistant. She said she decided to enroll in the program

because it will help her prepare for life after high school. Her classmate, sophomore Cameron Pickens, is set on becoming a registered nurse. “I’m excited because we don’t have to wait until college to learn about this,” Pickens said. Chasity Tucker, a junior who wants to work as a medical aide in the military, said she decided to become a nurse’s assistant as soon as Akin told her class about the new program. “That’s amazing to get that in high school,” Tucker said, of the opportunity to earn a certification while in high school. “I signed up right after they said that.” The grant comes from the 21st Century Workforce Act, approved by the Legislature in 2013, through which

provides $50 million in grants to support career technical programs across the state. Piedmont’s grant will pay for supplies needed to start the program. Other funding sources will pay the salary of a registered nurse who will be hired to teach the course, because the grant can’t be used for that person’s salary, Hayes said. Items to be purchased with the funding include medical supplies, such as a wheelchair and a hospital bed. Up to $50,000 of the grant money can be used to buy a dummy that can be programed to exhibit a range of illnesses. Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star

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Losing a lead late and falling behind by a game in a threegame series isn’t generally something a high school baseball coach remembers fondly but Spring Garden coach Tony Benefield’s perspective changed a little after the Panthers came back to win games two and three of their Class 1A playoff series at Collinsville last Friday and Saturday. Spring Garden travels to Cedar Bluff Friday and Saturday for an all-Area 13 second-round series with the Tigers. “I wouldn’t take anything now for the way that series went because we got better as a team Saturday,” Benefield said Tuesday morning. Benefield said all of Collinsville’s pitchers did a good job of painting the outside edge of the plate in all three games. In Saturday’s finale, Spring Garden had a dozen hits and won 8-5. Benefield said 10 of those hits came from right-handed batters hitting outside pitches to the opposite field. “We finally got it,” he said. “They realized, ‘I can hit the ball a lot harder if I hit it where it’s pitched.’” Benefield called on almost his entire pitching staff in the third game. Will Westbrook could go only the first inning because of arm trouble. Collinsville scored three runs against him without a hit. Andrew McLarty worked the second and third innings and allowed one hit and one run. In the fourth, Collinsville got another hit and another run off Will Ivey. Grant Benefield, who had pitched four innings in Game 2 Friday, took the mound in the fifth with Spring Garden trailing 5-2. Two runs in the sixth got the visitors close. In the seventh, McLarty opened the inning with a single then stole second base. Dylan Kirk’ sacrifice bunt moved McLarty to third and he scored on Kyler Bellamy’s pinch-hit sacrifice fly.

With the score 5-5, the younger Benefield kept Collinsville off the scoreboard again in the bottom of the seventh, the last inning he could pitch. In the top of the eighth, Ivey tripled and Benefield’s single scored him. Westbrook was hit by a pitch. With two down, an infield error got two insurance runs home. Freshman Joe Rogers, who had just a handful of varsity innings under his belt, walked the first batter he faced in the bottom of the eighth but finished with a strikeout, a ground ball out and another strikeout. “He came up big for us right there,” the coach said of Rogers’ performance under pressure. Benefield was 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs. Ivey had a pair of singles to go with his triple in five at-bats. McLarty singled twice and scored twice. Dylan Kirk, Dawson Broome, Austin Stordahl and Dylan Lewis each had one hit. The elder Benefield said Westbrook made two run-saving plays at first base and Lewis caught everything that was hit to him in left field. At catcher, Leevi Maddox “had a heck of a series.” In Friday’s opener, Collinsville won 6-5. Spring Garden led 5-2 after five innings behind McLarty, who gave up five hits and struck out four. Collinsville rallied for four runs, aided by walks and miscues in the field. Benefield was 3-for-4 while Ivey, Broome and Chase Jennings each had one hit. Batting as the home team in Friday’s second game, Spring Garden came back to win 14-4 in five innings. Spring Garden led 12-1 after four innings as Benefield struck out five while allowing one hit and one run. Collinsville got three runs in the top of the fifth against Lewis but Spring Garden tallied twice in the bottom of the inning to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule. Kirk was 3-for-3. Benefield and Broome each had two hits. McLarty and Riley Austin each had one hit.

When your No. 1 and No. 2 starters toss complete games and you close out a best-of-three series in two games, as Piedmont did against Glencoe over the weekend, keeping your No. 3 pitcher sharp can be an issue. To solve that potential problem, Piedmont coach James Blanchard threw the Bulldogs’ No. 3 starter, his son Bayley, against the regulars in an intra-squad scrimmage Monday. The benefits are threefold. The starting lineup got to hit against a quality pitcher. The younger Blanchard got throw about 80 pitches to a dangerous lineup and – with the elder Blanchard throwing the reserves pitches they could handle – the starters got a challenge when they were in the field. “It went real well,” the coach said of Monday’s scrimmage. “We get to see a good pitcher and he doesn’t get stale. He gets his work in just like it was a regular game. We treated it just like a regular game. We went seven innings, called pitches. We did everything just like a game. I was real pleased with it, both sides, young guys included.” Monday’s workout helped the Bulldogs (25-6) prepare to host White Plains (18-11) in the second round of the AHSAA Class 3A playoffs. Piedmont won the Area 10 title two weeks ago by sweeping a three-game series from the Wildcats but all three games were close. White Plains traveled to Cleveland for its opening round series, losing the opener then winning the final two contests. The first game of Friday’s doubleheader will start at 5 p.m. If a third game is required to settle the series, it will be played Saturday in Piedmont with a 3 p.m. start. Tuesday morning’s rain made it doubtful that the Bulldogs could practice outdoors later in the day but Blanchard said Tuesdays usually involve mostly hitting drills and those are done indoors anyway. Piedmont eliminated Glencoe by winning 14-4 in six innings Friday then 11-4 in a seven-inning game Saturday. Starters Peyton Whitten and Taylor Hayes each went the distance. Whitten struck out 10 and allowed two earned runs in Friday’s win. He walked five. Hayes struck out 11, walked four and allowed nine hits Saturday. The Bulldogs had big first innings in each game. They scored four times on two hits, an error, three walks and a hit batter in Game 1. In Game 2, when they batted as the visitors, the Bulldogs tallied six first-inning runs on four hits. Game 1 ended early when three hits, six walks and an error produced nine runs in the sixth inning, invoking the 10-run, mercy rule. Piedmont put the second game out of reach with four runs in the fifth inning on two hits, three walks, a hit batter and a dropped fly in the outfield. Everybody in the starting lineup got involved in the two-game display of offense. Blanchard had a double and two singles, scored three times and drove in two runs in the series opener. Caleb Adams’ two hits included ■ See PITCHING, page 8

Piedmont girls rally to defeat Jacksonville three Jacksonville errors. Rachel Baggett’s single drove in one run. Apparently disheartened, Jacksonville went down in Piedmont carried a three-game winning order in the bottom of the inning. streak into Tuesday night’s softball game Pressley had two singles in addition to at White Plains, the final regular-season her home run and collected four RBIs. Class 3A, Area 10 game for the Bulldogs. Roberts’ three hits included a triple and a The most recent win came at Jacksonville pair of singles. She scored three runs and Monday as Piedmont rallied to defeat the had an RBI. Williams, Baggett and Hannah Golden Eagles 11-6. Hulsizer each recorded two hits. Hulsizer’s “Everybody had a part yesterday,” Pied- included a double. Hayden Tyree doubled mont coach Rachel Smith said Tuesday and scored. Madison Pike singled and morning. “It was definitely a team win and reached home three times. Courtesy runner one of the ones I’m most proud of because Morgan Martin scored once. we were able to overcome errors and overWilliams picked up the win in relief of come a large deficit to win.” Pressley. Each allowed three runs. WilIn Monday’s game, the Bulldogs got liams did not allow an earned run and just single runs in the first and second innings. one of the runs charged to Pressley was In the home half of the third, Jacksonville earned. Williams struck out five and Pressscored three times and the Eagles added ley fanned one. three more runs in the fourth for a 6-2 On Thursday of last week, Piedmont advantage. downed visiting Gaston 7-1. Pressley Kendall Pressley started Piedmont on the pitched all seven innings with five strikecomeback trail with a two-run home run outs. She gave up five hits and one walk. in the fifth inning that sent Madison Pike Tyree was 3-for-3 with a home run and home, too. a double, good for two RBIs. Pike and “That was huge. That got us back in the Caitlin Tant also had a double each. Torre ball game,” Smith said. Roberts had two singles and an RBI. HulTrailing just 4-3, the Bulldogs took the sizer and Peggy Ridley each singled twice lead for good in the sixth when they scored and scored once. Ridley had two RBIs and three runs – all with two away. Torre Rob- Hulsizer one. Pressley, Tant and Mallory erts, Madison Pike and Kayleigh Williams Roberts each scored once. each had a single to load the bases for On April 17, the Bulldogs downed the Pressley. Roberts scored on a passed ball Cherokee County Warriors 6-5 at Piedthen Pressley just missed another home mont. Cherokee County led 5-4 as Piedrun when her line drive to rightfield hit the mont came to bat in the bottom of the sevfence on the fly. When Pike and Williams enth. Mallory Roberts doubled to start the scored Piedmont led 7-6. inning, the only Piedmont hit that went for In the seventh, Piedmont added four additional two-out runs on just one hit and ■ See GIRLS, page 8 RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent

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and Alexander sixth. Jaden Amberson was fifth, Krae Keener sixth and Fontaine seventh in the javelin. Piedmont’s first steps toward potential C.J. Savage was first in the 100-meter Class 3A state championships in both boys dash while Denard Spears finished fourth and girls track come Friday and Saturday at and Thompson fifth. In the 200 dash, Mountain Brook in the Section 3 qualifying Spears was sixth, Stanley seventh and Seth meet. Friday’s action begins at 3 p.m. and Pope eighth. Spears finished second in the should conclude around 10 p.m. The meet 400 dash, Savage fourth and Jamal Young resumes Saturday around 9 a.m. At the state eighth. In the 800-meter run, Mitchell was meet in Selma May 2-3, Piedmont will try eighth. to defend last year’s boys state title and In the hurdles, Mitchell Benefield was earn the school’s first girls title, too. third in the 110-meter race and fourth in the “We’re where we need to be. All our kids 300. Fontaine was sixth in each event. understand from last year what we had to Justin Escamilla was eighth in the 1600 do to get to where we need to be this year meters and fourth in the 3200 meters. Pete and we’re where we need to be,” Bulldogs Chaswick was eighth at 3200 meters. track coach Mark Mitchell said Tuesday. In the boys’ relays, Piedmont won the “Now, it’ll be if we can just go out there 4x100 and was second in the 4x400 and and just execute what we’re supposed to 4x800. do. I feel pretty good about where we’re at, Sophomore Karri Green won three events both boys and girls.” for the girls’ team. She was first in the 100 Prepping for the sectional meet, Piedmont hurdles, 300 hurdles and 400 dash. Joyce traveled to Fort Payne Saturday for the Pleze was eighth in the 400. In the 200 Wildcat Invitational. The boys finished dash, Green was second and Carlie Flowers second to their hosts, scoring 173 points to third. In the 100 dash, Samirra Braswell Fort Payne’s 190. Scottsboro was third with was sixth and Pleze eighth. Katie Stroup 129 points. The Piedmont girls scored 119.5 finished eighth in the 3200-meter run. In points and trailed Fort Payne (211) and girls’ relay events, Piedmont was second in Scottsboro (126.5). the 4x100, third in the 4x400 and third in In the field events for boys, Dreek the 4x800. Thompson was first in the high jump and In the field events for girls, Riesha Neonta Alexander was fifth. Exavyer Thompson finished second in the triple Jackson was first in the shot put and fourth jump while Jaylen Major was second in the in the discus. Jamie Crutcher was fourth discus. Thompson was fourth in the long and Chase Bobbitt seventh in the shot. jump. Major came in seventh in both the Wil Mitchell was second in the pole vault, javelin and the shot put. Kaliyah Braswell clearing 10 feet, 6 inches for the first time was third in the shot. Megan Mohon finin a meet, and Skylar Fontaine was fifth. ished third and Macy Hanson fourth in the Darnell Jackson was second in the triple pole vault. Breanna Brazier was fifth in the jump and sixth in the long jump. Alexander triple jump. Taylor McCord ended sixth in was third in the long jump and Lee Stanley the javelin and Ashlin Smith was eighth in was seventh. In the triple, Stanley was fifth the long jump. RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent

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PITCHING From page 7

a double. He came home three times and had an RBI. Matt Strott doubled to drive in Piedmont’s final two runs. Whitten, Easton Kirk, Tyler Lusk and Jaret Prater each had a single. Lusk had three RBIs. Kirk drove in two runs and scored two runs. Hayes scored twice. He, Whitten and Prater had an RBI apiece. Prater, Lusk, Young and pinch runner Deven Hincy each scored once. In the win Saturday, Prater’s double was Piedmont’s only extrabase hit. He scored once. Strott had a 3-for-5 day at the plate. Young, Kirk and Blanchard recorded two

GIRLS From page 7

extra bases. Tyree singled and moved into scoring position on a throw toward third base. Hulsizer singled up the middle to drive in the tying and winning runs. Williams earned the win. She gave up six hits, walked four and recorded 11 strikeouts over seven innings. Four of the Warriors’ runs were earned. Tyree and Mallory Roberts each went 3-for-3. Hulsizer had two hits in two at-bats and drove in three runs. Tant was 2-for4. Tyree, Tant and Williams each drove in one run.

hits apiece. Kirk drove in three runs and Young scored three times. Blanchard and Kirk each scored once and Young had an RBI. Lusk and Hayes each added

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2 and 3 BR Homes & trailers for rent. For more information call 256-447-8162, 256-444-7450, 256-454-5263

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machine operators, warehouse, electricians, carpenters, laborers, mig welders All positions require experience. Apply online at or call 256-770-7345. TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE All of the ads in this column represent legitimate offerings, however The Piedmont Journal does recommend that readers exercise normal business caution in responding to ads.

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Become a new driver for Werner Enterprises! Earn $750 per week! No experience needed! Local CDL Training. gets you ready ASAP! 1-888-743-4701

TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE All of the ads in this column represent legitimate offerings, however The Piedmont Journal does recommend that readers exercise normal business caution in responding to ads.

Lake Wedowee yr rd water, 3BR, 2BA, 2 car gar., floating dock, $299,000 404-906-4275

AUCTIONS AUCTION - 5,000 Sq. ft. home! Court ordered estate. 3343 Woodruff Mill Rd. Adamsville, Alabama bid now @ Chip Pearce AL#1088 Pearce & Associates 1-205-664-4300. _________________________ AUCTION - COUNTY Surplus! Shelby County Board of Education Columbiana, Alabama. Thousands of items! Bid now @ Chip Pearce AL#1088. Pearce & Associates 1-205-664-4300. _________________________ PUBLIC ONLINE auction construction company liquidation Ross Bridge, Hoover, AL. Thousands of tools! Equipment. Bid now @ Chip Pearce AL#1088. Pearce & Associates. 1-205-664-4300. _________________________ SERVICES DIVORCE WITH or without children $125. Includes name change and property settlement agreement. Save hundreds. Fast and easy. Call 1-888-733-7165, 24/7. _________________________ HEALTH F YOU used the blood thinner Pradaxa and suffered internal bleeding, hemorrhaging, required hospitalization or a loved one died while taking Pradaxa between October 2010 and the present. You may be entitled to compensation. Call Attorney Charles H. Johnson 1-800-535-5727. _________________________ INSTRUCTION MEDICAL OFFICE trainees needed! Train to become a Medical Office Assistant! No experience needed! Online training at SC gets you job ready! HS diploma/GED & PC/Internet needed! 1-888-926-6075. (R) _________________________ HELP WANTED-DRIVERS 25 DRIVER TRAINEES needed now! Become a driver for TMC Transportation! Earn $750 per week! No experience needed! Job ready in 15 days! 1-888-743-4611. (R) _________________________ ATTN: DRIVER trainees needed now! $800 to $1000 a week plus great benefits! Home weekly or OTR available. No CDL? No problem, will train locally! Call today 1-866-918-2838. (R) _________________________ ATTN: DRIVERS! Top pay! Up to 50 cpm. Average $1,000 weekly. Full benefits + rider & pet program. Be a name not a number. Orientation sign on bonus. CDL-A req. 1-877-258-8782. _________________________ AVERITT EXPRESS new pay increase for regional drivers! 40 to 46 cpm + fuel bonus! Also, post-training pay increase for students! (Depending on Domicile) Get home every week + excellent benefits. CDL-A req. 1-888-362-8608 apply @ Equal Opportunity Employer females, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. _________________________ DRIVE - AWAY across the USA even if you don’t own a car. 22 pickup locations. Call 1-866-764-1601 or _________________________ DRIVERS: RUN FB with WTI. Be home through the week and weekends. Start up to 28% plus fuel bonus. New equipment. BCBS. Experience needed. LP available. Call 1-877-693-1305. (R) _________________________ EXPERIENCED FLATBED Steel haulers needed - PI&I is looking for drivers with steel coil and pipe experience. New dedicated lanes added recently. Call Richard at 1-205-752-6180 or Jim at

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Steven Ray Bolden, Plaintiff V. Natasha Nicole Bolden, Defendant Civil Action Number: DR-2014-900108 NOTICE TO THE PIEDMONT JOURNAL Natasha Nicole Bolden whose whereabouts are unknown, must answer Plaintiff’s Complaint for Divorce and other relief by June 17, 2014, or, there-

after, a Judgment by default may be rendered against him in Case Number DR-2014-9001008, in the Circuit Court of Calhoun County, Alabama. Done this 15th day of April, 2014. Eli Henderson Clerk of the Circuit Court M. Douglas Ghee Attorney for Plaintiff Post Office Box 848 Anniston, Alabama 36202 The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 2014


IN RE: ADOPTION OF A.S., A CHILD BORN TO M.D. ON DECEMBER 4, 2008. TO: Christopher Justin Smith A petition for adoption concerning A.S. having been filed, a hearing will be held on the 5th day of June, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in the Probate Court of Calhoun County, Alabama. If you intend to contest this adoption you must file a written response with the Attorney for Petitioners and the Clerk of the Probate Court, 1702 Noble Street, Anniston, Alabama, 36201 within thirty (30) days from the last day this notice is published. ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER: WENDY GHEE DRAPER P.O. BOX 848, ANNISTON, ALABAMA 36202; (256) 236-2543 The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014


Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Wayne D. Somers and Sheryl L. Somers, husband and wife, to MidFirst Bank, on the 5th day of January, 2005, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Calhoun County, Alabama, in Mort Book 4280 Page 616; the undersigned MidFirst Bank, as Mortgagee/Transferee, under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in said mortgage, will sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, in front of the main entrance of the Courthouse at Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama, on June 2, 2014, during the legal hours of sale, all of its right, title, and interest in and to the following described real estate, situated in Calhoun County, Alabama, to-wit: The following described real property located in Calhoun County, Alabama, and as designated on the Map or Plat of Subdivision S.E. Boozer Farm recorded in the Probate Office of said state and county in Map book D, on Page 29, to-wit: Lot Number Three (3), in Block Number Four (4); situated, lying and being in Calhoun County, Alabama. THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ON AN “AS IS, WHERE IS” BASIS, SUBJECT TO ANY EASEMENTS, ENCUMBRANCES, AND EXCEPTIONS REFLECTED IN THE MORTGAGE AND THOSE CONTAINED IN THE RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE OF PROBATE OF THE COUNTY WHERE THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED PROPERTY IS SITUATED. THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD WITHOUT WARRANTY OR RECOURSE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED AS TO TITLE, USE AND/OR ENJOYMENT AND WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION OF ALL PARTIES ENTITLED THERETO. This sale is made for the purpose of paying the indebtedness secured by said mortgage, as well as the expenses of foreclosure. The Mortgagee/Transferee reserves the right to bid for and purchase the real estate and to credit its purchase price

against the expenses of sale and the indebtedness secured by the real estate. This sale is subject to postponement or cancellation. MidFirst Bank, Mortgagee/Transferee Ginny Rutledge SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL 35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee 325046 The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL April 23, 30, & May 7, 2014


Pursuant to the Judgment of Divorce entered on 3/8/12 in Sonya Olbrantz-McGill vs. Keith McGill, Circuit Court of Calhoun County, Alabama, Case No. 11DR 11-000072.00, notice is given that the following described real property will be sold by public outcry at the Calhoun County Courthouse, 25 W 11th Street, Anniston, Alabama, to the highest bidder on the 29th day of May, 2014, at 11 o’clock a.m. To-wit: ALL THAT piece or parcel of land situate at Commerce Bight, Sittee River in the Stann Creek District of Belize and being a portion of land described on a subdivision plan of survey registered at the Office of the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys in Beimopan in Register 13 Entry No. 1639 and shown as Lot No. 58 Phase II. Wilford J. Lane Attorney for Sonya OlbrantzMcGill 1500 Wilmer Avenue Anniston, Alabama 36201 Telephone: 256-238-8353 The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0065 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DALE MURRAY PUGH, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of DALE MURRAY PUGH, deceased, having been granted to CHRISTOPHER D. ALBERT, the undersigned on April 08, 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. CHRISTOPHER D. ALBERT, Personal Representative of the Last will and Testament of DALE MURRAY PUGH, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL April 16, 23, 30, 2014


STATE OF ALABAMA CALHOUN COUNTY PROBATE COURT CASE NO. 2014-0107 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF HATTIE SANFORD GOSS, DECEASED Letters Testamentary on the estate of HATTIE SANFORD GOSS, deceased, having been granted to SABRINA ANN SAFERITE, the undersigned on April 09, 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. SABRINA ANN SAFERITE, Personal Representative of the Last Will and Testament of HATTIE SANFORD GOSS, Deceased. Alice K. Martin Judge of Probate The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL April 16, 23, 30, 2014


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1 - 8 6 6 - 5 1 5 - 6 9 9 0 Home weekends. Top pay with experience. _________________________ INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, highest pay increase ever! USA Truck is proud to announce the highest pay increase ever for independent contractors, making them one of the highest “real” pay packages offered today. For more information or to apply, call 1-866-545-2014. _________________________ NEW CAREER - CDL training. Jobs available if qualified. Call today - start tomorrow! WIA, VA, Post-9/11 G.I. Bill & Rehab. ESD TDS, LLC. 1-866-432-0430. (R) _________________________ NOW HIRING OTR flatbed drivers. Birmingham to Florida & Texas. $0.38 - $0.45 per mile. Home most weekends. BC/BS insurance + benefits. Minimum 2 years experience & clean MVR. 1-800-580-2205 x 1. _________________________ HELP WANTED-TRADES HEAVY EQUIPMENT operator career! High demand for certified bulldozer, backhoe and trackhoe operators. Hands on training provided. Fantastic earning potential! Veterans with benefits encouraged to apply. 1-866-362-6497. _________________________ LAND FOR SALE BANK APPROVAL Sale. Smith Lake, AL. Deep water dockable year round! Very gentle slope $79,900. Buy pennies on the dollar, open and wooded parcel at the end of a cul de sac. Surrounded by a national forest. Call 1-205-282-4466. _________________________ MANUFACTURED HOMES MOBILE HOMES with land. Ready to move in. Owner financing (subject to credit approval). 3 Br 2 Ba. No renters. 1 - 2 0 5 - 2 8 9 - 8 8 9 9 . _________________________ REAL ESTATE HOMES BUILT on your land! 100% custom built with solid wood construction. Choose from over 100 customizable floor plans online at Brick homes starting at $104,900. Find out how easy building can be. 1-256-737-5055. _________________________ FOR SALE CHURCH FURNITURE: Does your church need pews, pulpit set, baptistery, steeple, windows? Big sale on new cushioned pews and pew chairs. 1 - 8 0 0 - 2 3 1 - 8 3 6 0 . _________________________ DISH TV retailer. Starting $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) Broadband Internet starting $14.95/month (where available.) Ask about same day installation! Call now! 1-800-311-7159. (R) _________________________ SAWMILLS FROM only $4897. Make & save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info/DVD: 1-800-578-1363 ext. 300N. (R) _________________________ MEDICAL SUPPLIES NEW AND used - stair lift elevators, car lifts, scooters, lift chairs, power wheel chairs, walk-in tubs. Covering all of Alabama for 23 years. Elrod Mobility 1-800-682-0658. (R)




FASHION: Show brings in funds for Venecia Butler’s foundation From page 1

11 Sony headphones and 160 comedy DVDs to Anniston Oncology RMC’s chemo room, the Cancer Center at McClellan and the Gadsden Cancer Center. “We couldn’t have done any of this without our supporters,” said Butler. “God has also blessed me by allowing me to speak at several places.” Butler has built a reputation for herself by speaking at local events. This weekend she will travel to Stuart, Va., where she will speak at the Middle Cross Missionary Baptist Church’s ladies’ banquet. Models wore the latest spring fashions from Lisa’s Gifts, The Willow Tree, Sweet Pea’s Boutique, Swank and With Love Bouquet. Dallas Smith modeled fashions from Lisa’s Gifts. Lexy Goss, Rita Baker, Krista Kerns, Diane Studdard and Caitlin Carroll modeled for The Willow Tree. Brittany Cofield, Ivey Hampton, Haley Cobb, Brandy Wells, and Carlie Lambert wore styles from Sweet Pea’s Boutique. Bailey Harper, Brittany Harper, Sara Petit, Alina Agamy and Ariel Dickson wore Swank’s fashions. With Love Boutique’s models were Amanda Baird, Kara Baird, Rachel Freeman, Julie Freeman and Tara Holbrooks. Cayce Grimes was master of ceremonies.

ABOVE FROM LEFT, CLOCKWISE: Models are Caitlin Carroll, Dallas Smith and Rita Baker wear the latest styles; Venecia Butler speaks before show begins; mother and daughter Kara and Amanda Baird show styles, and master of ceremonies Cayce Grimes describes what the models are wearing.

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