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SEVERE WEATHER SPARES PIEDMONT Shelter opens two days to accommodate residents

Classes were delayed two hours Tuesday morning at Piedmont’s city schools as a safety precaution because of severe weather locally and across the South. As of press time Tuesday, it wasn’t known if classes would be delayed or cancelled for Wednesday.

Monday and Tuesday a shelter behind the high school was opened. Shelters were also opened in White Plains, Webster’s Chapel and Ohatchee. According to the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency, those shelters are open to residents once a

tornado watch has been issued for the area. The shelters were built using money from the Federal Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant program, established after the April 27, 2011 tornado that killed nine in Calhoun

County. According to federal guidelines, the shelters are designed to provide safety from virtually any type of weather hazard. Jonathan Gaddy, director of Calhoun ■ See WEATHER, page 5


Clifford Lawler is avid PHS sports fan Piedmont native owns Cliff’s Auto Parts MARGARET ANDERSON Journal News Editor


lifford Lawler likes keeping up with Piedmont High School sports. He enjoys all the sports activities PHS participates in and goes to as many events as possible. “I’m sort of a sports fanatic,” said Lawler. “I go to as many games as I can possibly get to. I like all of it -- basketball, track, wrestling -- whatever is going on.” Lawler played basketball at PHS, and he’d done statistics for the football team for the past 37 years. Lawler remembers the first job he had. He was about 13 and it was working at Joe Lively’s Foodland. In 1975, he began working for Doug Rosser at his auto parts store. Working there made an impact on him, and he never really got away from that business. In 2005 he began working for William McClure at his auto parts store. When McClure retired, Lawler bought the business. That was four and a half years ago. Now, the owner of Cliff’s Auto Parts, Lawler is content with owning his own business and becoming friends with many of his customers. “You see a lot of people come in and out,” said Lawler. “They’re your customers, but then they’re also your friends. It’s very rewarding when you’re able to help somebody solve a problem.” Helping Lawler at the store are Bobby Minter, Hugh Ponder, Taylor Parker, Dylan Akin, Ryan Humphrey and Freddie Burns. Lawler said he spends up to 60 hours a week at the store, but

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Clifford Lawler waits on a customer at Cliff’s Auto Parts.

■ See LAWLER, page 9

Two PMS students place 2nd in video contest

Daisha Flint and Logan Tyree win Publix competition MARGARET ANDERSON Journal News Editor

Anita Kilgore

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Daisha Flint and Logan Tyree participated in a Green Your School Routine Video Contest, which was open to students in grades 6-8. Publix Supermarkets sponsored the contest. Daisha and Logan worked together during their science and advance studies classes to create an Imovie, with original ideas of how to make Piedmont Middle School a greener school. Their video won 2nd place in a sixth grade contest, competing against students in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and

Tennessee. The store Customer Service Manager from Oxford Publix presented both students with a banner to recognize their achievements, and each student received a $50 gift card to Publix Super Markets. The students created a reflection video after completing their project. They agreed that the best part of participating in the project was being able to work with a partner, and the hardest part of the project was editing the video. They also said they would like to participate in future projects because they want to help make a difference in the school as well as the community.


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Plenty of drama in state senate races

Early on it appeared that the best political races of the year would be for legislative seats. Indeed, with this being a lackluster year for statewide contests there are some good senate races throughout the state to watch. Most of these hotly contested battles will be intraparty GOP squabbles. Senate District 11, which is composed primarily of St. Clair and Talladega Counties, may be the best race to watch. Incumbent State Sen. Jerry Fielding is being challenged by State Rep. Jim McClendon. Fielding is a former Talladega County Circuit Judge who retired from the bench after earning his judicial retirement and won this senate seat in 2010. Dr. Jim McClendon is a retired optometrist from Springville in St. Clair County. Dr. McClendon is a veteran House member who chairs the House Health Committee. However, more importantly, he chaired the Reapportionment Committee last year. By having the pencil that drew Senate lines he enhanced St. Clair County’s opportunity to have a senator. Both men will have ample campaign funds. There are several open Senate seats around the state that will attract a slew of aspirants. State Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale chose to run for the open 6th District Congressional seat of retiring 20-year veteran Spencer Bachus. Beason’s plunge into the congressional foray has left his seat available for a bevy of candidates. There are seven candidates seeking Beason’s Republican Senate seat. They are Shay Shelnut, Gayle Gear, Brett King, Adam Ritch, Joe Cochran, Jim Roberts and Jim Murphree. Murphree may be the best known. He

has served in the House from Blount County and run several times. Steve State Sen. Shad Flowers McGill opted to not run for reelection after one term. This Northeast Alabama seat is now Republican, primarily because it Inside The Statehouse is probably the most religious region of the most religious state in America. Two men are vying for the seat. Businessman Steve Livingston is the owner of a local oil distributorship and a civic leader. He will be running against 15-year veteran House member Todd Greeson. Greeson should be favored because of a name identification advantage. However, he could be hampered by having ties to AEA. There could be a lot of pro-business and anti-AEA money shipped in from Montgomery to be beat Greeson in this brawl. Another freshman, Sen. Bryan Taylor, chose to not run for a second term. His suburban Montgomery district comprises the burgeoning bedroom counties of Autauga and Elmore. There are four folks vying for this open seat. Suzelle Josey of Deatsville is a former spokesperson for Chief Justice Roy Moore. She has run for the Senate before and built some name identification in the River Region. However her best calling card could be her tie to Roy Moore, just ask Dean Young in Baldwin County how

potent that link can be in a crowded GOP primary. Two businessmen will be in the race. Harris Garner of Millbrook and Bill Harris of Prattville. Prattville City Councilman, Clyde Chambliss, could be formidable in this open Senate contest. The best chance for a GOP pickup will be in the northwest corner of the state. Senate District 1 encompasses Lauderdale and Limestone Counties. It is considered by some politicos as the last remaining bastian of white Democrats left in the State. Sen. Tammy Irons, a Democrat, may have seen the writing on the wall when she chose late not to run for reelection. The Republicans believe they can pick this seat up, especially with Irons out of the race. There are three Republicans hoping to take this seat for the GOP, small businessman Jonathan Berryhill, Dr. Tim Melson and Athens City Councilman Chris Seibert who is also a former University of Alabama football player. In the Wiregrass, Independent State Senator Harri Ann Smith will be opposed by Republican Melinda McClendon. However, Sen. Smith’s reelectability numbers are stratospheric. State Sen. Gerald Dial, who represents a sprawling East Alabama district, has a host of challengers but should prevail. All these races will be worth following. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His column appears weekly in more than 70 Alabama newspapers. Steve served 16 years in the state legislature. He may be reached at

The importance of making memories

Last week I attended the funeral of Louise Kughn, my former mother-in-law. She was the grandmother of my three children. I listened to what the speakers had to say, which reminded me of the importance of making memories and of sharing stories about those memories. The first speaker eloquently spoke of Louise’s faith and of her love and service to others. He referred to the general timeline of her life, how her own mother had died when she was only a teen-ager. She had assumed many responsibilities of rearing her younger brother and sister. He spoke of Louise’s sweet personality and loving disposition. Then my older son, Jeremy, Louise’s second oldest grandchild, related many details about her that rounded out the description of who Louise was. He said that all four of her grandchildren thought going to her house in Gallipolis, Ohio, a tiny town on the Ohio River, provided many of their best memories. Louise planned all year for the 10-14 days of our annual visit. Jeremy remembered that, prior to their visit, his grandparents would get large boxes from nearby stores. When the grandchildren visited, they would head for the steep hill off the patio, and they would ride up and down on

the flattened boxes. Grandmother Louise, in her younger days, would often accompaSherry ny them up and down Kughn the hill. Jeremy told how much his grandmother prepared for their annual trips by Sherry-Go-Round cooking many dishes of food in advance. The parsonage had a basement with a set of steep steps leading down to the freezer. He remembered how she would bring up all kinds of food. Her apple pies were his special favorites. Jeremy said that he remembered that his great-grandmother once lived with his grandparents. He said that he and his brother and sister figured out pretty quickly that they could easily startle Great-grandmother Jewel and her son, their Granddaddy Kughn. However, none of the children would ever startle Grandmother Louise. “She was just too sweet,” Jeremy said.

He told how Grandmother Louise once changed her hairdo, which stunned him and his siblings. She was always a brunette who wore her hair in a bouffant. One day, when the Kughns were visiting at our home in Weaver, Jeremy was told to walk inside the local hair salon and tell Grandmother Louise that we were there to pick her up. However, he returned to the car and said she was not inside. Shortly thereafter, she stepped outside the salon with a white bouffant, her natural color. “When we children returned to the house,” he said, “we sat around and just looked at her for a day.” Jeremy closed by saying that his grandmother was now an angel, and everyone who knew her would know that she is the angel with dangling earrings. The messages from both speakers gave listeners a well-rounded view of the woman they honored at the funeral. One was a general viewpoint, and the other provided enlightening details of Louise’s life. She had taken the time to make memories, and she would be proud of the fact that one of her grandsons shared his memories. Email Sherry at

Maybe graduates, voters move on to better things

May 6, 2013, President Obama gave a speech to Ohio State University graduates saying, “Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems.” He continued, “They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Coincidently, our Founding Fathers spoke often of tyranny and the need to be ever vigilant against this threat to freedom. Thomas Jefferson famously said, “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Jefferson also wrote, “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” Do we fear the government? Has our government in Washington been perverted into tyranny? Over the past 20 years the Gallup poll has documented a slow roller coaster of Americans’ trust in the federal government. In Gallup’s question: “How much of the time do you think you can trust government in Washington to do what is right – just about always, most of the time, or only some of the time?” Gallup’s chart in 1993 show 77-percent “Only some of the time/Never” and “Just about always/Most of the time” at 23-percent.

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Chart lines converge until intersecting in 2001, and then show 60-percent trust Daniel Washington “Just Gardner about always/Most of the time” in 2002 against 39-percent who trust “Only some of the time/Never.” That’s the My Thoughts height of public trust in Washington during the past 20 years. The latest Gallup poll shows 81-percent trust “Only some of the time/Never” against 19-percent who trust “Just about always/Most of the time.” By a whopping percentage Americans have little trust in Washington. Why? Washington has grown too big and too invasive in all aspects of our daily lives. In olden days that was called tyranny. The ruling class in Washington looks little different from the ruling class in Britain in the 1700s. In those days our forefathers rebelled against high taxes, gun confiscation, and oppressive governmental policies that stifled freedoms and infringed on individual rights. The question is not whether Republicans are right or Democrats are right. Both party establishments are to

blame. We’re in primary seasons now, and I hope voters will make much needed changes in who represents us in Washington. Establishment politicians have created this behemoth government in Washington. Career politicians will never do what’s needed to change Washington because they are career politicians bent on keeping their jobs at all costs. They can crow all they want about being ‘conservative’ or fixing what’s broken. Washington is broken, and they and their fellow ruling-class politicians are who continue to add on to the broken mess in Washington every year! Benjamin Franklin said, “Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.” This goes especially for Democrats who unilaterally passed the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare without reading it and without caring how it would negatively affect jobs, working hours, or the economy, as well as our healthcare system. Dare to vote to make a change in Washington this year. Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at Daniel@, or visit his website at http://www. Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site blogs.clarionledger. com/dgardner/



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Police Report April 14 • Domestic violence III, criminal mischief III. A 49-year-old male reported an incident that occurred on Memorial Drive around 1:30 p.m. and involved a broken glass window. April 16 • Unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle. A 22-year-old male reported a DVD/CD player valued at $600 and a 12-inch double speaker box valued at $100 were taken from his vehicle while located in the 600 block of Southern Avenue between noon April 15 and 3 p.m. April 16. April 17 • Dog bite. Officers investigated a report that a 9-year-old male was bitten by a dog on Dailey Street at 6:30 p.m. April 15. • Burglary III. A 49-yearold male reported the theft of a red Lincoln “MIG” welder, six six-volt batteries from a golf cart and a we-volt car battery that occurred between March 29 and April 16 on East Alabama Street. April 18 • Criminal mischief III. Officers investigated damage done to the “No trucks” sign located on South Church Street. • Theft by deception III. A 54-year-old male reported an incident that occurred March 24 and involved the theft of $500 in currency. April 20 • Theft of property III. A 40-year-old female reported the theft of an iPhone 5S valued at $200 that occurred on North Church Street between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. • Possession of a forged

instrument II. Officers recovered a forged $20 bill from a business located on Highway 278. April 21 • Interference with custody. A 50-year-old female reported an incident that occurred on Ladiga Street at 6 p.m. • Theft of property II. A 72-year-old male reported the theft of two aluminum semi-truck oil pans valued at $500 that occurred on Porter Johnson Road between Feb. 24 and April 21. April 22 • Theft of lost property III, lost clutch purse. Officers recovered a black leather clutch purse containing a check book, military ID card, Social Security card and driver’s license. Two hundred forty dollars in cash were taken from the wallet. • Possession of marijuana II. Officers recovered four small green plants during an incident that occurred on Haslam Street at 1:40 p.m. April 23 • Theft of property II. A 35-year-old female reported the theft of metal siding from a house trailer located on Mack Alexander Road that occurred between April 16 and April 23. • Illegal possession credit/debit card. Officers investigated a complaint made by a 52-year-old female about transactions made against her MasterCard credit card. • Theft of property III. Officers recovered a package of Goody’s headache powders valued at $4.23 during an incident that occurred around 1:15 p.m. on Highway 278 East.


Community Capsule • 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. •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 256-236-8780, Bill Ward at 256-236-3629, Brenda Morgan at 256-435-3725 or Norman Parker at 256-447-7563. • 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, gift cards, gas cards, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, search-a-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 256-689-2580 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 4478258, ext. 232. Refreshments will be provided.

Arrests April 15 • Joshua David Wilson, 34, failure to pay (two counts). • Joshua Lamont Woolfork, 29, failure to appear (three counts). April 17 • Walter Franklin Gann, 46, failure to pay (two counts). • Daryl Joe Dempsey, 27, crimi-

nal trespass III. April 18 • Kyle Ray Laco, 25, burglary III. April 19 • Joseph Wayne Pallette, 32, harassment. April 22 • Jeremy Victor Merfeld, 29,

possession of marijuana II. • Katelyn Auwema, 22, possession of marijuana II. • Leisha McFry McBrayer, 53, theft of services III. April 23 • Kathy Hughes Treece, 56, theft of property III.

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Jordyn Trammell practices law in her hometown Enjoys spending time with family MARGARET ANDERSON Journal News Editor


here are educators on one side of Jordyn Trammell’s family. On the other, there are law enforcement officers. Jordyn, however, opted to become an attorney. “I’ve always been a good writer, and I wanted to pursue something where I could use that skill, feel fulfilled, and help people at the same time,” she said. “I weighed my options and decided that I would try law school.” She’s been practicing law in the office of Brent Morrison, a long time family friend, for the past two and a half years. Jordyn said she’s happy with her decision to work in the legal field and is happy she gets to practice in her hometown. “I am so very fortunate to be given the chance to work where I live and grew up,” she said. “Brent gave me this opportunity and has been my mentor. I get to see so many people every single day that either know me or know my family. It’s really wonderful working in Piedmont.” Jordyn is certified as a Guardian ad Litem, which means that she can represent children. “We get to do a good bit of juvenile work,” she said. “I love children, and I’m glad that I’m able to help protect their rights and make sure their needs are met. I really enjoy that.” She also enjoys doing estate planning. That gives her an opportunity for one-on-one conversations with another age group she likes -- senior citizens. “I enjoy maintaining relationships with them,” she said. “A lot of them have known

me since I was a child. They’re always excited and proud to see me all grown up.” Jordyn graduated with honors from Piedmont High School in 2002, graduated magna cum laude from Jacksonville State University in 2005, and graduated in the top 10 of her class at the Birmingham School of Law in 2009. She passed the bar exam and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 2010. She is a member of the Cherokee County Bar Association and The Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar. Jordyn is also admitted to practice law in federal court, namely, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Jordyn played three sports in high school -- basketball, softball and volleyball. She was all-regional in basketball and volleyball, allstate in softball, and captain of all three. She misses the competition and the camaraderie. “I feel like playing sports helped make me into the person I am today,” she said. “It helped build my character and taught me perseverance, fairness, and respect for others. Sports also taught me about setting and reaching goals.” Something else she misses, but intends to get back to someday, is riding motorcycles. She bought her first Harley Davidson when she was 19, but sold it a few years ago because she couldn’t find the time to ride it. She also likes to paint and read. Her favorite book is “Cold Sassy Tree” by Olive Burns. It’s a story about a small town in the turn of the 20th century South. “No one has ever heard of it, but it’s the book I like to read the most,” she said. “I first read it in

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Jordyn Trammell, in her office, said playing sports taught her perseverance. middle school.” What brings Jordyn more happiness than anything is being with her family, especially her brother, Jameson. “He’s 10 years younger than I am, and I feel like I had a hand in raising him,” she said. “He always thought I was the greatest because I would play video games with him.” Jameson and Jordyn still enjoy playing video games together. They also have a longstanding hunting competition every season on who has the biggest deer mounted on the wall. Jordyn is currently in the lead . .

. at least according to her. Her parents are Jimmy and Susan Trammell. Her grandparents are Doug and Joy Borden and the late J. T. and Willie C. Trammell. “I am blessed with such a good family,” she said. “I can’t say enough good things about them. I absolutely would not be where I am today without any one of them. Pretty much everyone in town knows or knew them and what great people they are.” Jordyn’s house has been home to three generations of her family and has been on both sides. Her grandparents, the Bordens, lived in the home in the 1950s.

Jimmy and Susan lived there in the ‘80’s while Jordyn was growing up. Then, her Grandmother Trammell lived in the home and left it to Jordyn when she died. “It’s home to me,” she said. “It always has been and always will be.” One of Jordyn’s favorite things is cooking and having her family in her home, or more appropriately called, their home. She sometimes prepare Mama’s Broccoli Casserole, Chicken Spaghetti, Sweet Baby Ray’s Chicken or Ice Cream Sandwich Delight.


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Church opens for Sacred Harp singing on Sunday Tradition dates back century and a half This year more than 40 people attended, some to listen but most to sing. Song leaders stood in the middle of a square surrounded by bass singMUSCADINE — Spiritual hymns ers on the left of the church, treble floated out the door of a tiny country on the right. Tenors sit in front of church in Muscadine on Sunday. the leader and the altos behind. The sanctuary is usually silent. St. They start out singing the notes Michael Lutheran Church has not had a from the specially designed hymnal service since the 1950s. But each year in with square, triangle, circle and diaApril, its doors open for a Sacred Harp. mond notes. They sing a cappella The church burned when Lucille Kilgore McElroy was just a child in 1932 with the leader helping to guide the first notes. or 1934, she said Sunday at this year’s Fa, fa, so, la, the group sings. edition of the singing. It was rebuilt in 1951 or 1952 but only hosted services for After they’ve sung a hymn’s notes, they launch into the song. Every a couple of years before being shuttered. couple of songs, a new leader steps However, as soon as it was rebuilt, it started hosting the singings and continued into the square to lead their choice the practice even after the church closed, of songs. Standing in the hollow square is McElroy said. the best vantage point to hear the She has sung before, but now, McElroy songs, Roberts said. The metal roof in the comes to listen, she added. The Sacred Harp singing tradition dates church helps the sound, he added. Fallon Cook of Tallapoosa, Ga., said back a century and a half in the United standing in the center is a spiritual awakStates. It relies on special shapes printed in songbooks to indicate the notes of each ening. “It just frees your soul,” Cook said. song. The tradition has been practiced in She was raised in Muscadine and has Cleburne County at least since 1889, said been attending singings since she was a Cecil Roberts, chairman of the Cleburne baby. She led her first song when she was County Convention. 3 or 4 years old, Cook said. The convention, a member of the Sunday, Cook brought her sons, Chase Alabama State Sacred Harp Singing and Cain, to the singing. It wasn’t their Convention, was founded on Sept. 28, 1889, Roberts said. It hosts the Alewine- first experience with the music. She has a Laminack Memorial Sacred Harp Singing CD and her iPod is full of recordings of every year on the fourth Sunday in April. Sacred Harp singings, Cook said. Chase, LAURA CAMPER Consolidated News Service

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Sacred harp singing at the St. Michael Church in Muscadine. Cecil Roberts sings. 9, was scheduled to lead a song — his favorite, “Schenectady,” number 192 in “The Sacred Harp 1991 Denson Edition.” There are other books, but this one is used around the world, Cook said. She attended a convention in Ireland in March and sang with people from 11 countries using the same book, she said. Hugh McGraw, whom she calls one of the forefathers of modern Sacred Harp singing, helped compile the book. He was

seated in the bass section of the church Sunday. McGraw said he started singing in 1953. “I was about 21 when I first heard it,” McGraw said. “It was just like I joined a church.” He sings every weekend somewhere. He composes and McGraw said he has seven ■ See SINGING, page 5



SINGING: ‘I’d love to see more younger folks get in to it’ From page 4

Sacred Harp singing. “I’ve taught singing schools all over the world,” McGraw said. “England, the Holy Land, everywhere. They sing it in Australia.” Reba Gay, who was sitting in the audience, said Sacred Harp singing, which had become nearly a lost art, is experiencing an uptick in popularity. She was raised attending singings, Gay said. The Muscadine event had dwindled over the decades, but in the last few years the number of singers has increased, she said. That is due in no small part to the lovers of the music who teach singing schools and even camps to introduce new singers to their passion, said several of the attendees. Many had been introduced to the singings by other members of the group. “My mom and dad made this their life’s work,” said Rene Greene of Glencoe. Her parents, Jeff and Shelbie Sheppard, died in 2013, but in their lives they inspired hundreds to sing in the Sacred Harp tradition, she said. Her father’s songs are also included in the book of hymns. Chase led his song just before the group broke for lunch. Hugging tightly into his mother’s side and holding her hand, he raised and lowered his hand in time to the notes while she turned to each section to let them know when to chime in. “I’d love to see more younger folks get into it,” said Stephen McElroy, who was listening just outside the door. “This place used to be packed.” Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872 in Heflin and 256-235-3545 in Anniston. On Twitter @ LCamper_Star

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County Emergency Management Agency, said the shelters can each “comfortably hold” about 100 people. Gaddy said the shelters have restrooms but are otherwise empty. No known reports of vehicle accidents or other accidents occurred in the city because of the weather. Residents expressed appreciation and thankfulness that Piedmont escaped most of the severe weather. One resident who asked not to be identified said she’s a praying person, but since Goshen United Methodist Church was destroyed by a tornado, she’s prayed even more when she hears about a storm heading this way. “I lost friends that day,” she said. “I remember the feeling of devastation and sadness in the city. I never thought much about storm before that, but after that happened, it made me a lot more nervous about tornados and high winds.” Piedmont was also spared power outages, unlike other parts of the state as well as Kentucky and Mississippi. A University of Alabama star swimmer, John Servati, was killed when a wall collapsed in the basement of a house he and his girlfriend had taken refuge in. The girlfriend was not injured. Jessica Chace, a meteorologist with the Weather Service’s office in Calera, said Monday’s bad weather could be just the first round. “Our thought right now is that if these first storms leave central by mid-morning, there could be a destabilizing period,” Chace said Monday afternoon. “That would leave the chance of more storms coming back by late Tuesday afternoon.” (Brian Anderson, The Anniston Star; Margaret Anderson, The Piedmont Journal, pollya922@gmail. com)


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Work Week....The Voice of Business Mark Your Calendars Thursday, May 1, Breakfast of Champions at Business & Biscuits Sponsored by Eastman & RMC 7:30 A.M. Civilian Marksmanship Program, 1470 Sentinel Drive, Anniston, AL 36207 Tuesday, May 6, & Wednesday, May 7, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/ AED Training 8-10:30 A.M. Chamber of Commerce, 1330 Quintard Ave., Anniston The cost for the training is $90. Please RSVP to 256-237-3536. Wednesday, May 14, How to do Business with the Government 9-10 A.M. Chamber of Commerce, 1330 Quintard Ave., Anniston Please RSVP to 256-237-3536. Tuesday, May 20, Business After Hours 5:30-7 P.M. Sponsored by JSU’s College of Commerce & Business Administration and Struts At Jacksonville State University, Stadium Towers, Mountain Street, Jacksonville, AL

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During the month of May, join us in celebration of Small Businesses. Local purchases make an impact on our schools, public services and overall quality of life. Money spent here stays here, recirculating in our community, expanding jobs and business opportunities for Calhoun County.

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Thursday, May 1, 7:30 A.M. At the Civilian Marksmanship Program, 1470 Sentinel Drive, Anniston, AL 36207 Each year, we invite previous Small Business of the Year award recipients and up-and-coming entrepreneurs to our Breakfast of Champions. A panel of entrepreneurs answers audience questions and offer advice to fellow business men and women. This event is held in conjunction with our Business & Biscuits for the month of May.

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Thursday, May 29, 5:30 P.M. At the Buckner Event Plaza, 388 Buckner Drive, Anniston The Awards are a time for us to recognize and applaud area small businesses and their accomplishments. Our Small Business Gala recognizes, each year, a Lifetime Achievement Small Business, an Emerging Small Business of the Year, a Sustaining Small Business of the Year, and a Small Business Advocate of the Year. The Chamber created the Small Business Excellence Awards to showcase the achievement and impact of “small businesses” in our region. Each year, businesses with fewer than 75 employees are recognized for their creativity, vitality, stability and relevance. Equally important in selecting winners are civic involvement and responsiveness, mentoring, corporate responsibility, employee recognition and concerns regarding service issues. The cost is $25 per person, to attend. RSVP to 256-237-3536.

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April 24, Leadership Calhoun County (LCC) Alumni and this year’s LCC class gathered for the bi-annual Leadership Luncheon, featuring guest speaker, Dr. Tommy Bice, Alabama State Superintendent of Education. Pictured above, left to right, are Don Killingsworth of JSU, Gayle MaColley of Eastman, Dr. Bill Meehan, Jerry Leake, and Dr. Tommy Bice.

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Bulldogs face familiar foe in playoffs in the first-round series against Glencoe. “Both games were unbelievable,” Blanchard said of the pitching performances against the Wildcats. “It’s kind of a good thing they came back and redeemed themselves and showed what kind of pitchers they really are. I think they had more walks against Glencoe than they did against anybody all year.” Whitten scattered five hits, two walks and a hit batter but stranded eight base runners. He recorded three strikeouts. Piedmont picked up a run in the bottom of the first inning when leadoff hitter Caleb Adams singled to right field, stole second base, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on an error at second base. The Bulldogs scored again in the fifth. With two away, the Wildcats elected to intentionally walk Payton Young. Cleanup hitter Easton Kirk made the strategic move a mistake when he doubled to left and Young scored. Piedmont added two insurance runs in the sixth. Whitten reached on an error with one out. A base hit to right by Tyler Lusk and another error put Bulldogs at third and second. Adams’ single scored Whitten and Lusk reached home on the third Wildcat error of the inning. White Plains threatened in the third. Whitten’s error, Piedmont’s only miscue of the game, put No. 9 batter Branson Oliver on first. A balk advanced him to second

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For the third time in three years, Piedmont has reached the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A Alabama High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs. The Bulldogs (27-6) travel to Winfield (29-14) Friday for a doubleheader that begins at 4:30 p.m. If a third game is needed to decide the best-of-three series, it will be played Saturday with first pitch at 2 p.m. In case anyone has forgotten, and it’s not likely anyone in Winfield has, Piedmont defeated the Pirates in this same round in 2012 by scores of 6-0 and 3-1 on its way to a state runner-up finish. To reach the Winfield series, Piedmont shut down visiting White Plains with a pair of shutouts Friday. The opener went to Piedmont 4-0 and the night cap final was 7-0. Bulldogs head baseball coach James Blanchard called the two contests “typical Piedmont baseball games.” “We had good pitching. We played great defense, made some unbelievable plays on defense, and we hit the ball. That’s what we practice a lot and I was very pleased to see all three of them put together in a game,” Blanchard said. Junior Peyton Whitten went seven innings for a complete-game shutout in the opener and freshman Taylor Hayes did the same in the nightcap. Both Whitten and Hayes had pitched through control issues ■ See BULLDOGS, page 12

Weather days help Piedmont girls work on defense RIP DONOVAN Journal Sports Correspondent

Two days of threatening weather delayed the start of the Class 3A, Area 8 softball tournament at White Plains by two days. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. “I guess it helps us in the sense that we got another defensive day in (Monday). We were able to work on refining some things defensively,” Piedmont coach Rachel Smith said Tuesday morning. “Selfishly, I’d rather play because I just think that playing is better.” Smith said the Bulldogs treated Monday’s practice like a typical game day with an intra-squad scrimmage that allowed both Piedmont’s pitchers, Kayleigh Williams and Kendall Pressley, a chance to throw to hitters. Scheduled to begin Monday and conclude Tuesday, area tournament play begins today at 3 p.m. when host White Plains meets Weaver. Piedmont takes on Saks immediately thereafter, probably around 4:30 p.m. and the losers of the first two games play an elimination game about 6 p.m.

The first day concludes when the winners of the first two games play at 7:30 p.m. The tournament should be completed Thursday with a 4 p.m. elimination game followed by the championship game or games. Both the tournament champion and the runner-up advance in the post-season. The Bulldogs are the No. 2 seed in the Area 8 tournament with two area wins over Weaver, two wins over Saks and two losses to area champion White Plains. The second loss to White Plains came on April 22 at White Plains by a 5-1 score. Just over a month earlier, the Wildcats had defeated Piedmont 7-1 at Piedmont and Smith saw some positive signs in last week’s game. “Our defense improved. We touched (White Plains’ pitcher Anna) Snider more than we touched her the last time. I think we faced her with a lot more confidence,” Smith noted. White Plains scored twice in the first inning, once in the fourth and twice in the fifth off Williams but just two of the runs were earned. Piedmont’s run came when Williams led off the seventh with a double, moved to third on a ground out and scored on Mallory Roberts’ two-out single. Caitlin Tan had a

White Plains girls prove they are best in county

The White Plains softball team is truly a four star team. They won the Calhoun County Tournament on April 11 at the Oxford Sports Complex. The Wildcats were seeded number one. The Oxford Yellow Jackets Wildcat were number two. The Wildcats received all first place votes. White Plains is ranked number one in state after winning over number one ranked Pisgah. The Wildcats won the first game over 6A Oxford on an international tiebreaker with a runner put on second base starting in the eighth inning. The Wildcats won a second game, 5-2, clinching the county title and improving to 27-5. Anna Snider worked seven strong innings, allowing two runs, no walks, with three strikeouts. What an improvement over last year at Woodland

Park in Anniston. Morgan Cobb is a great catcher, and there was great defense by Jimmy the whole Wildcat team. Busby Their goal is state playoffs. This may be the year playing with confidence. No one has beat them in Calhoun Country County. Anna Snider was voted most valuable player. Among those on the all-tourney team for White Plains were Bobb, Carley Wood, Sophia Taylor and Amber Greenwood. Higgins, Kendra Larkin and JoJo Skinner mace it for Oxford, along with Alexandria’s Madison Shanks and Kaitlyn Rhodes. Wellborn’s Carlee Mullinax and Brooke Angle, Pleasant Valley’s Christa Lynn, Piedmont’s Kayleigh Williams, Jacksonville’s Caitlyn Ryan and Saks’ Ashley Chapa were also on the team.

double and Torre Roberts singled for the Bulldogs’ remaining two hits. In six innings, Williams allowed seven hits but did not walk a batter and recorded four strikeouts. On Thursday of last week, Piedmont completed its regular-season schedule with an 8-3 win over Cherokee County on the road. The Bulldogs got one run in the first, two in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth and one in the seventh in their second win of the season over the Warriors. Torre Roberts, who was 4-for-5 on the day, doubled to open the game and scored the first-inning run. After Peggy Ridley scored in the second, Roberts’ bases-loaded single upped Piedmont’s lead to 3-0. The Warriors got two runs in the home half of the second but the Bulldogs got those runs

and one more back immediately. Caitlin Tant reached on an error then Mallory Roberts and Hayden Tyree each singled to load the bases. Hannah Hulsizer’s base hit scored Tant. With two down, Torre Roberts delivered a two-run single to score her sister and Tyree. In the fourth, Williams singled and Tylin Wilson entered as a courtesy runner. After Pressley walked, a double steal put Wilson on third and Pressley on second and Wilson scored on an RBI ground ball out by Mallory Roberts. In the seventh, Torre Roberts picked up her third RBI of the game when she singled to score Morgan Martin, running for Tyree. Tyree recorded three singles in four at-bats. Hulsizer and Mallory Roberts each had a pair of singles.

As we approach our 100th Anniversary of service, Farmers & Merchants Bank wants to remember our past. We’re proud of the service and solutions we’ve provided to generations of customers right here at home. Through the years, the relationships we have built have often continued through families and business owners. But we need your help to document the past. If you have old photos of Farmers & Merchants Bank, or of our bankers, directors or customers in the community, we invite you to submit them for public viewing in our anniversary celebration. We will make reproductions of your photo and return it to you in short order! Please bring your old photos to Vickie McCurdy at our Piedmont Office by May 30, 2014. We thank you for taking a look in your photo albums, and hope that we will be able to honor someone who means a lot to you.

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MOBILE — More than eight years after Hurricane Katrina, work is finally underway to remove some abandoned boats from south Alabama waterways. Swampy marshes and bayous throughout the area are littered with boats that were abandoned years ago or washed up by hurricanes. Residents have long complained that the boats are ugly and dangerous. Environmentalists say the boats even leach toxins into vulnerable wetlands. About a dozen residents with homes around the Dog River watershed gathered on the side of the road and cheered during a recent removal operation. Workers used mechanical clam shell claws to drag the remains of one such derelict boat onto a barge to be hauled away. “We have regulations on the road that if you leave your car on the side of the road, the state picks it up or the local municipality does. But we don’t have any regulations that stipulate how to remove a vessel that sunk just off your property,” said resident Nick Matranga, a member of Dog River Clear Water Revival. The nonprofit group had

worked to secure the grant money for the boat removal project. Matranga wants Alabama to enact tougher regulations to ensure boat owners do more to secure their vessels before storms. He also said the owners of the wayward boats should be sought out after storms and be penalized for dumping damaged boats in area waterways. Dog River Clear Water Revival has $70,000 in grant money from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine debris removal program and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said Lee Yokel of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, which is helping to coordinate the project. The money will fund the removal of 24 boats from April 1 to May 22. Yokel said organizers hope to get more money in the future for additional removal projects. The 24 boats represent just a small number of all of the abandoned boats in south Alabama waterways, she said. Researchers are studying what the boats do to sensitive wetlands and how to repair the damage.

“Physically, they are ugly. They are an impact to navigation,” Yokel said. “But what are they doing to the habitat, what are they doing to the water quality, what might they be doing small crabs or fish or shrimp that might inhabit these waterways?” Ashely McDonald, a graduate student working with the sea lab, is helping to determine damage to the ecosystem from the boats and has spent many hours investigating the abandoned vessels. McDonald said that while the work is messy, it is crucial to understanding the environmental consequences from so many abandoned boats. “You are straight up to your hips at least in mud, you are pulling yourself along with poles or whatever you can. There are actually a lot of organisms that live in these little vessels because there are so many nooks and crannies to hide in,” she said. “There are small fish, small crabs and stuff like that, snakes. It is pretty icky,” she laughed. Workers recently found a large eel in one of the abandoned vessels, said Chris Lovvorn, who owns the company contracted to do the boat removal. He said

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because he likes what he does, he doesn’t mind. “I usually get there before 6:30 every morning, and some days I don’t get out til 5:30,” he said. “On Saturdays, we work a half a day, from 7-12.” Cliff’s Auto Parts is located at 705 N. Main. The phone number is 447-2333. Lawler is the son of Betty Thacker Lawler and the late Charlie Lawler. His brother, Robert, is deceased. His brother, Scott, lives in Piedmont. His son and daughterin-law, Zach and Emily (Tyler) currently live in Gadsden but are in the process of moving to Opelika. Zack the lead process engineer for all foam seating for Hyundai Dymos, which does foam processing for Hyundai and Kia. Zach and Emily have 2-year-old twins, John Hilyer and Will. Lawler attends First Congregational Methodist Church. (Contact Margaret at

workers relocated the eel using a net and that his crews are careful not hurt any of the creatures that have made homes inside the boats. Residents stood on the side of Dauphin Island Parkway south of Mobile and cheered as Lovvorn’s crew pulled the rusted engine up from a marshy area just off the road. After years of trying to get the boats removed, Matranga and other residents said they are excited to see something happening before another storm hits the region and tosses more boats into the waterways. “It is just trash and it is irresponsible for people to leave their vessels sunken like this,” he said.

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Anniston Oncology Welcomes Charles P. Lattuada, Jr., M.D., FACP Anniston Oncology is happy to announce Dr. Charles Lattuada has joined the practice. Dr. Lattuada brings more than 30 years of medical experience, and will begin seeing oncology patients here on May 5, 2014. Drs. Spremulli and Baird welcome Dr. Lattuada, and look forward to the expertise he will bring to the clinic. To schedule an appointment, please call 256-238-1011.




Powdered alcohol is dangerous; it should be outlawed in state REP. CRAIG FORD Minority Leader Earlier this month, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau briefly granted approval to a new powdered form of alcohol. A couple of weeks later, the agency withdrew its approval, saying it was given in error. The incident brought powdered alcohol to the national media’s attention, as well as the attention of many parents and addiction experts. I believe Alabama needs to take pre-emptive action before this dangerous product gets final approval and starts showing up on store shelves across our state. Powdered alcohol, which works just like instant coffee or tea, is not a new product. It has been sold in stores throughout Japan, Germany and the Netherlands since the 1970s. But it has never been produced or sold inside the United States. There is a good reason for that! Parent groups and addiction experts have recently come out in strong opposition to approving powdered alcohol, concerned that the product will be easily obtained and abused by underage drinkers—particularly if an underage drinker were to snort it instead of mixing it first. Even the company that makes powdered alcohol has warned that snorting their product can get a person drunk almost instantly. This could easily lead to abuse and overdosing. Additionally, the chemicals used to turn the alcohol into a powder are some of the same elements found in things like detergent. Snorting that into your body cannot be healthy! At the same time, we do not know exactly how ingesting the powder without mixing it would affect the body. Would the body be able to break it down? If not, what affect would it have on the digestive track? Could it cause toxicity in the blood? These are questions we do not have answers to. Furthermore, powdered alcohol is highly portable and easy to conceal, which makes it easier for underage drinkers to sneak alcohol into places like schools, movie theaters or ball games. At one time, the website of the company that makes powdered alcohol actually recommended sneaking their product into concerts and sprinkling it on food. If the company is that irresponsible with their marketing, I cannot help but wonder how irresponsible they might be with their actual product! I have always believed that adults should be allowed to

make their own decisions when it comes to drinking alcohol. That is why I fought for the right of our local voters to decide the issue of Sunday sales in Gadsden. But this issue is not about letting grown ups make their own choices. This is about public health and protecting our children. Powdered alcohol is a potentially dangerous substance that could potentially cause significant health problems, including addiction and overdosing. At the very least, the federal government needs to do a lot more research


before allowing this product to be sold in American stores. I whole-heartedly believe that powdered alcohol is dangerous, and that state leaders need to take pre-emptive action to prevent powdered alcohol from being produced or sold in Alabama. As elected officials, we have a responsibility to protect public health and prevent dangerous products from being sold in Alabama stores. It is time for the state to take action! Rep. Craig Ford is a Democrat from Gadsden and the Minority Leader in the Alabama House of Representatives.

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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


Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Diana Leigh Anderson, single, to Household Finance Corporation Of Alabama, on the 28th day of July, 2003, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Calhoun County, Alabama, in Book 4183 Page 216; the undersigned Household Finance Corp Of Alabama, 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 16, 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: A parcel of land situated in the NE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 Section 17, Township 13 South, Range 10 East, as recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate, Calhoun County, Alabama, and more particularly described as follows: from the NE corner of the said NE 1/4 NE 1/4 , thence South 00 degrees 21 minutes East and along the East line of said Section 17 a distance of 757.57 feet, to the South side of a community road, thence South 64 degrees 52 minutes West and along the South side of said road a distance of 189.0 feet, thence South 79 degrees 42 minutes West and along the South side of said road a distance of 408.9 feet for the point of beginning of described parcel of land; thence South 71 degrees 42 minutes West and along the South side of said road a distance of 235.0 feet, thence South 00 degrees 21 minutes East a distance of 194.9 feet, thence North 71 degrees 42 minutes East a distance of 235.0 feet, thence North 00 degrees 21 minutes West a distance of 194.9 feet, all being situated in the NE 1/4 NE 1/4 Section 17, Township 13 South, Range 10 East Calhoun County, Alabama, and contiaining 1.0 acres. There is reserved by the grantors an Eight (8) foot easement in the Northeast corner of described parcel of land, being at a point on the East line 44 feet South of the Northeast corner and thence Northwest to a point that is 45 feet West of the Northeast corner of described parcel. 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. Household Finance Corp Of Alabama, Mortgagee/Transferee Rebecca Redmond SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL 35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee 295602 The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL April 30, May 7 & 14, 2014


Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Marta H. Robertson, an unmarried woman, to Cheaha Bank, on the 28th day of March, 2007, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Calhoun County, Alabama, in Book 4425 Page 696; said mortgage having subsequently been transferred and assigned to Nationstar Mortgage LLC; the undersigned Nationstar Mortgage LLC, as Mortgagee/Transferee, under and by virtue of the power of sale con-

tained 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 16, 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: Lot 3, Block “D”, Highland Manor, First Addition, as recorded in Plat Book M at Page 41 in the Probate Office of Calhoun County, Alabama. 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. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Mortgagee/Transferee Andy Saag SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL 35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee 322282 The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL April 30, May 7 & 14, 2014


Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Joshua D. Moses, and his wife Kellee Moses and Amanda Moses Fink a/k/a Amanda Moses, a married woman, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. acting solely as nominee for America’s Wholesale Lender, on the 25th day of May, 2006, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Calhoun County, Alabama, in Mortgage Book 4369 Page 862; said mortgage having subsequently been transferred and assigned to Nationstar Mortgage LLC, by instrument recorded in Book 4699, Page 162, in the aforesaid Probate Office; the undersigned Nationstar Mortgage LLC, 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 16, 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: Lot 8, Block 7, of the Map of Betta-Life Subdivision, as recorded in Plat Book L, at Page 4, in the Probate Office of Calhoun County, Alabama; 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. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Mortgagee/Transferee Andy Saag SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL 35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee 293269 The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL April 30, May 7 & 14, 2014


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, thereafter, 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

Notice of Completion

In accordance with Chapter 1, Title 39, Code of Alabama 1975, notice is hereby given that T.J. Construction, Inc., Contractor has completed the contract for Cast Iron Gas Main Replacement for Piedmont Water Works, Sewer & Gas Board, Owner and has made request for settlement of said contract. All persons having any claim for labor, or otherwise in connection with this project should immediately notify T.J. Construction, Inc. 188 County Road 333, Florence, AL 35634. The Piedmont Journal Calhoun Co., AL April 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


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

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Bulldogs From page 8

and a sacrifice bunt moved him to third with one out. Two routine ground balls, one to the mound and one to second base, ended the inning. In the fourth, a leadoff double, a walk and a passed ball had Wildcats at third and second with no one out. Whitten said his mindset was, “just work through it, throw strikes, don’t walk anybody, don’t give up a base hit or anything and let that runner score.” A fly out to Jaret Prater in right and a line drive stabbed at third by Bayley Blanchard got two quick outs. Lusk made the defensive play of the game at shortstop for the final out. Ranging to his left near second base for a ground ball headed up the middle for centerfield, he made the stop and gunned a throw to first to nip Kolby Burgess. “That was a great play by Tyler,” Whitten said. “We really needed that play.” With one down in the fifth, White Plains’ leadoff hitter Caleb Morrow singled but Bulldogs’ catcher Matt Strott made a perfect throw to second to erase Morrow on an attempted steal. Adams and Kirk each had two hits for Piedmont. Prater, Lusk and Strott added a single each. The second game was a classic pitching duel for six innings as Hayes faced White Plains’ ace Miles Masters. With the Bulldogs batting as the visiting team, Masters retired nine consecutive Piedmont hitters. Hayes fanned the first four batters he faced, gave up a two-out double in the second then retired the side on another strikeout and struck out the side in the White Plains third inning. Piedmont broke through for a run in the fourth. With one down, Strott singled to left and Derrick Baer came on to run for Strott. Young

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Piedmont captured championships in both boys and girls action at the Class 3A, Section 3 track meet in Mountain Brook last Friday and Saturday. Both squads head to the 3A state meet in Selma Friday and Saturday where the boys will be seeking to repeat last year’s state championship and the girls will challenge for a first title. The Bulldogs’ boys scored 219 points in out-pointing second place Vinemont. The Eagles had 183 points. In girls’ competition, Piedmont scored 191 points and second-place finisher Pisgah had 168.5 points. Sophomore Karri Green won four events over the two-day sectional meet. She captured the 400-meter dash Friday and won the 200-meter dash, the 100-meter hurdles and the 300meter hurdles Saturday. Junior Riesha Thompson won the long jump Friday and came back to win the triple jump Saturday. She also finished third in the 100 hurdles. Bre Green won the 800-meter run Saturday, bettering her previous best time by a spectacular 15 seconds, after finishing second at 1600 meters Friday. Carlie Flowers was second in the high jump and third in the 300 hurdles. Hayden Tyree, Macy Hanson and Megan Mohon earned the Bulldogs a sweep of the top three places in the pole vault. Tyree won while Mohon and Hanson tied for second. The Bulldogs also won the 4-by-800 relay Friday and won the 4-by-100 relay Saturday. The 4-by-400 relay team was second. Senior Denard Spears won all three dashes for the boys, taking the 400-meter dash Friday and the 100 and 200 Saturday. Junior Mitchell Bennefield finished first in the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. The boys were strong in the field events as well. Chase Keener won the pole vault and Exavyer Jackson captured the shot put. C.J. Savage won the long jump, topping his previous best by almost two feet. Dreek Thompson claimed first in the high jump. Savage was second in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Exavyer Jackson finished second in the discus. Wil Mitchell was second in the pole vault. Darnell Jackson was second and Lee Stanley third in the triple jump. Jamal Young was third in the 400 meters. Piedmont’s Neonta Alexander was third in the long jump and Skylar Fontaine was third in the 300 hurdles for the Bulldogs. In the relays, Piedmont was second in the 4-by-800 meters Friday. On Saturday, the Bulldogs won the 4-by-100 relay and finished the meet with a win in the 4-by-400 relay.


intentionally walked again. Kirk made it 7-0 when he scored on an infield error. After giving up a oneout walk, Hayes ended the game with a strikeout, his 14th of the night. He gave up three hits and three walks, one in each of the final three innings but those were the only runners for White Plains to reach base down the home stretch. “I got ahead in the count and was able to put them away,” Hayes said. “Towards the end, I had two leadoff walks and that’s really the only time they threatened to score, just walking them.” Kirk had the only two-hit night for the Bulldogs and ended with four RBIs.

Runs slated for Saturday

Spring Garden High School will host its inaugural “Garden 5K” and “Garden Fun Run” Saturday. Participants can register at the school office the remainder of this week or Saturday at 7 a.m. prior to the start of the race. Registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run. The race will present awards to the top three male and top three female finishers overall. Awards will also be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. For additional information, email Spring Garden head football coach Jason Howard at jhoward@cherokeek12. org or head basketball coach Ricky Austin at raustin@ Race organizers ask that runners leave their pets at home.


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