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After 32 years Payne prepares to retire LAURA CAMPER

Pam Payne, owner of the Colonial Cottage in Heflin for 32 years, is planning to retire and if she can’t find a buyer for her store soon, a stable business in the community may close its doors. Payne said she has tried to find a buyer for the business for two years with no luck and is at the point where she wants to move on. She is starting with a half-price sale to consolidate her merchandise from 2 and a half floors to one and will open for limited hours that she will post on her business Facebook page and the door, Payne said. In August, she will reassess her options, she said. “I still hope to sell the shop or the building,” Payne said. “It would make a wonderful business for someone.” Payne, who worked as a business teacher in Cleburne County for 25 years, started her retail career at an Atlanta auction, she said. “Some Queen Anne chairs came through,” Payne said. “I thought, ‘Those are fabulous. I could sell those to somebody.’” She bought the chairs, turned them over and it all started from there, she said. Payne opened her store which sells specialty foods, home décor and art with a partner, Sandra Hale, in a small building behind Heflin First United Methodist Church. She and her partner, who is now deceased, relied heavily on the sales of handmade painted pillows at first. Hale painted them and Payne got up at 4 a.m. to sew the pillows before she reported to work at Cleburne County

High School. When the business took off to the point that they no longer relied on pillow sales, Payne threw away her sewing machine, she said with a laugh. Hale pulled out of the business after just a few years, but Payne went on to expand. She left the small building, which has since been demolished, and moved into the 6,000-square-foot Morgan House on Ross Street in Heflin. It had been used as office space, but she was attracted to the age of the home. The house was built in 1880 by John F. Morgan, one of the founding fathers of Heflin, according to her website. “I liked old things; the older the more I liked it,” Payne said. She loved its historic nature so much, Payne applied for the home to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On Aug. 5, 1993, it became the third structure in Cleburne County on the list. Much as she loves running the business Payne said she has other things on her bucket list that she would like to accomplish. She is interested in writing a book, for instance. But the business has become a part of the community, said Tanya Maloney, executive director of the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce. “It’s been a staple for any girl that’s getting married to go register at the Colonial Cottage,” Maloney said. “We’re going to miss her.” Mayor Rudy Rooks said the business is unique and n See Payne page 2

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Chick Chain program offered by the Extension Office “I’m watering and feeding ’em and keeping ’em clean,” Swanson said. LAURA CAMPER

Brent Swanson, 9, says he just likes watching his new chicks. He especially likes the black ones – the Barred Plymouth Rock chicks – because they’re cute, he said. “All of my kids will sit around the tube and just watch them,” said his mother Crystal Swanson. The fourth grader at Cleburne County Elementary School received 18 chicks from the Cleburne County Extension Office last week as part of the 4-H Chick Chain program. The program, which aims to teach students poultry-management skills, business management, record keeping and responsibility, is brand new to Cleburne 18 chickens were delivered to Cleburne Extension office as part of the County, said Jennifer Hargrove, 4-H Chick Chain program. and youth development regional agent at the office. The program was piloted in Etowah County a few years ago, she County Fair, which was held last year af- said. Chickens are a smaller and can be said. Now it’s being offered throughout ter a several year hiatus. The fair offers a place for students to show their chickens, raised on smaller properties as long as the state. Hargrove said. She thought it would be a good pro“There’s been a push for some livegram to offer in Cleburne County ben See Chicks page 8 cause the newly re-established Cleburne stock programs in the county,” Hargrove

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Cobb releases new website Longtime local Heflin resident, Pete Cobb is proud to announce the release of the all-new Cobb Racing website,, produced by Driver The website is the sign of a new start to the Heflin Alabama-based race team, as they are moving up the ranks from the 600cc Micro Sprint to a 305 Winged Sprint Car. Cobb Racing will be traveling with the Sprint Series of Texas throughout the 2014 season racing around the Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Nebraska areas. Updates will be posted on the website as the season gets closer and unfolds. Pete Cobb began his racing career at the early age of 8. He spent his childhood and teenage years racing Motor Cross and Go-Karts with his Dad and best friend, Willis Cobb. In the 1980’s and 1990’s Pete raced Hobby Stock cars. After taking some time off from racing, Cobb Racing was formed in 2008, when Pete and his wife Michele decided to pursue his racing career. They started out racing Go-karts, Outlaw Karts and Shifter Karts around the Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas regions. Pete not only drives the #27 cars, but he and Michele together is also responsible for all set up and mechanical repairs on the cars, while trying to gain every advantage they can on the race track. In 2011 Pete decided to move up to racing Micro Sprints where he raced the EMSA series in 2012 and he finished the season 11th in points. Currently their main focus is racing their Sprint Car. Pete will be driving the #27 Sprint Car in the SST (Sprint Series of Texas) series and is looking forward to a great race season.

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Payne opened her store which sells specialty foods, home décor and art with a partner, Sandra Hale, in a small building behind Heflin First United Methodist Church. brings shoppers from all over the area to Heflin. “I hate to lose it,” Rooks said. “We’ll do whatever we can to help her.” The city has already worked with her on a zoning issue to make it easier to sell the house. In March, the City Council changed the zoning rules to allow the historic home to be sold as a business or to be converted back to residential property. Ken Grissom, program coordinator of the Small Business Development Center at Jacksonville State University, said small businesses, especially long-term small businesses provide stability to a community. They provide jobs. They bring in sales tax dollars that provide community services. They support local events and programs.

Go to a local softball game in your community and read the T-shirts, Grissom said. It’s often like going through a registry of small businesses in the area, he said. Tom Todt, district director of the Alabama Small Business Administration, agreed. “Every time a long-term business like that closes it certainly affects the fabric of the community,” Todt said. “It’s kind of like a death in the family, the community family.” But small businesses do close, he said. According to Bureau of Labor statistics, just half of small businesses survive more than five years and only one third survive 10 or more, Todt said. A business like the Colonial Cottage that has served the community for more

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OPINION/EDITORIAL How angry are schoolteachers, state employees? The 2014 Regular Legislative Session, which ended last month, was the last of the quadrennium. It ended on the same note it began on four years ago. This group of super majority Republican legislators has placed an indelible conservative stamp on Alabama state government. There has been no benchmark right wing social issue that has failed to be addressed. They began in the first year with what they proclaimed was the most pervasive anti illegal immigrant legislation in the country. It was quickly cast aside in a cursory federal court opinion as unconstitutional. Then came a far-reaching pro gun bill that was designed for the 1890’s Wild West. This year they passed an anti abortion bill, which the sponsors as well as any sixth grade civics student, should know is unconstitutional. It is not even close to being in line with Roe v. Wade. These theatrical panderings play well to Alabama’s conservative electorate. During the 1960’s Alabama legislators spent entire sessions passing meaningless resolutions espousing anti-segregation edicts. This group has taken a page from that era with their posturing. For example, they passed legislation stating Alabama does not have to comply with Obama Care. I am sure that will have a lot of influence in deterring a piece of federal legislation. The last time I checked we were still a part of the United States so that same sixth grade civics student can instruct the legislature of Alabama that federal law supersedes state law.

Well at least it makes for good politics. George Wallace was Steve the master of it. These Flowers guys are novices. Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door by George. We want to send them a message. The problem with Inside The Statehouse spending the entire legislative session passing popular but blatantly unconstitutional measures is that it cost money. At least George Wallace paid to send Washington a message. He was a progressive at heart. The state’s economy was not in the doldrums and Wallace passed tax increase measures to make up any shortfalls. To the contrary, this group is determined to not raise any new revenue. You have got to give them credit. They are consistent. They are as conservative on fiscal actions as they are on social issues. The State General Fund is in dire straits. That is the fund that has to pay to defend these measures. The General Fund has had no new money since 1983 when George Wallace was in the first year of his last term. Things like cars, gas, desks and computers have gone up a lot in 30 years yet the General Fund has had no increase in revenue. This fund, unlike the Education Trust Fund, cannot

grow itself out of its dilemma because all of the growth taxes, which are primarily sales and income taxes, are earmarked for the Education Budget. Medicaid and prison costs have grown exponentially. These two money-eating monsters have driven the poor General Fund to the wall. Essentially, the Legislature has balanced both the State General Fund and Education Trust Fund on the backs of state employees and teachers during this quadrennium. Both of these groups have taken pay cuts over this fouryear period. They were required to pay more for their health insurance and retirement benefits in the first year and have not had any pay increase to offset this loss in take home pay. There is one note of hypocrisy on the part of legislators when they say they are different than their Democratic predecessor majorities. They continue to put pork in the Education Budget to dole out in their districts just like they ridiculed the Democrats for doing in prior years. Some of these state senators are going to find out that some of these schoolteachers are not going to forget come Election Day. There are also a lot of retired schoolteachers who have not gotten a cost of living raise in four years either. These folks vote. We will see how mad they are in a few weeks. 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

Calhoun Pickers epitomizes recycling, making crafts

Cleburne County native Arminda Cavender learned from an Auburn University professor the importance of owning one’s own business. She put his words into practice when she leased the former Kitchin’s building at the intersection of Alabama 202/U.S. 431. Now she is running her own business, Calhoun Pickers. Recently, I visited the antique mall/indoor market. Vendors were hauling merchandise in, and shoppers were hauling merchandise out. An air of excitement permeated the place. Some booths are so new that their owners had not finished decorating them; yet many owners have given their booths names: Kyner Creative Corner, Treasured Creations, Koodlebugs, Sammies, Uncle Ray, Miss B’s Boutique, A & J’s, and Picture This. Typical market merchandise filled most of the freshly painted booths, and the prices were great. Employee Regina Honts said booth owners are encouraged to keep prices low so that the merchandise sells well. Jack Ponder of Ed’s Place, which Ponder named after his handyman grandfather, said he and his wife Pam recently cleaned out a parent’s home and were going to rent a storage unit. “We got to thinking that we didn’t really want

to keep all of the things we were storing,” said Ponder. “This way, we will Sherry pay that same rent Kughn as on a storage unit, make a little money, and rid ourselves of items we do not need.” Of course, Sherry-Go-Round he also plans to keep the booth full of items that he picks up at yard and estate sales. “We’ll do this as long as we enjoy it,” he added. “I’ve been very happy with the success,” said Cavender. “I signed the lease in October and started in November.” Cavender, family, and friends passed out flyers at local parking lots and festivals. People started inquiring, and one of the inquiries was from Honts, who is now the executive assistant. “I retired from the state and started crocheting,” said Honts. “I rented a booth to sell my items and liked Arminda so much that I asked her if I could work here when she was ready to hire someone.” Honts didn’t wait too long, and she now helps

Cavender work the mall hours, 10-6 on TuesdaysSaturdays, and 1-5 on Sundays. It’s a great place to browse and pick up gifts, household and personal items, and make new friends. Also, I enjoyed visiting Calhoun Pickers because it is in a memorable place. My mother worked at Kitchin’s for many years, and I remember shopping there during each stage of my life. “A lot of people come in and say they remember shopping in the building when they were younger,” said Cavender. She remembers buying her dresses and shoes there when she was growing up. Cavender said she could not have opened the new business without her parents, Dorothy Thrower and Bobby Cavender, and her brothers, Steven and Robert. Cavender has a special thanks for her 12-year-old son, Jackson, who missed his mother at his ballgames but was understanding about her new endeavor. They have all pitched in to help, along with friends, which makes Cavender thankful. Also, she appreciates the positive feedback she has had from customers. Calhoun Pickers, like the other antique and craft stores in the area, provides a form of entertainment for those of us who love to shop or just browse. Email Sherry at

What is the truth about Benghazi, and does it matter?

In a State Department background briefing on October 9, 2012, about the 911 attack in Benghazi, a person identified only as SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL NUMBER ONE said after Ambassador Chris Stevens’ meeting with a Turkish diplomat was over, “They say goodbye. They’re out in a street in front of the compound. Everything is calm at 8:30 p.m. There’s nothing unusual. There has been nothing unusual during the day at all outside.” The official detailed what happened after this, saying a lot of men attacked the compound about an hour later shooting weapons, setting off explosives, and burning the compound. You may read a transcript of the briefing at State Department officials in this briefing did not mention a video until asked by AP reporter Brad Klapper, “What in all of these events that you’ve described led officials to believe for the first several days that this was prompted by protests against the video?” The State Department official answered, “That is a question that you would have to ask others. That was not our conclusion.” Reuters reported the State Department’s Operations Center sent an email around 6:00 p.m. ET on the day of the attack to the White House, Pentagon, FBI and other agencies saying Ansar al-Sharia had claimed credit

for the attack on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. Bottom line: The Daniel day of the attack, the Gardner White House, State Department, Pentagon, FBI, CIA and other departments knew Benghazi had been My Thoughts attacked by Islamic terrorists who killed four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the first person to post an official statement referring to an Internet video. In her statement posted on MSNBC at 10:32 p.m. that night she said, “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.” She did not identify who ‘some’ were. Were ‘some’ the attackers themselves, or were they staffers inside the State Department itself? Three days later Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes sent an email to a number of White House and administration officials including Jay Carney, David Plouffe, and Dan Pfeiffer, stipulating four goals for a “PREP CALL with Susan (Rice)” set for Saturday, September 15, in preparation for Rice’s appearances on Sunday morning talk shows. The

second goal of the four was: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy....” You may read the email and other related documents at: uploads/2014/04/1919_production-4-17-14.pdf#page=14 On CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Sunday, September 16, Libya President Mohamed Magariaf said the attack was planned months in advance. In another interview with NPR that same day, Magariaf said, “The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous. We firmly believe that this was a precalculated, preplanned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. consulate.” Did the Obama administration coordinate a cover-up of what happened in Benghazi during the run-up to the presidential election? Are President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Democrats, and the progressive mainstream media continuing to cover-up what happened? Hillary Clinton asked a Senate committee, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Truth makes a difference. 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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Bulldogs advance RIP DONOVAN

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Just four teams remain alive in the AHSAA Class 2A baseball playoffs. Ranburne (23-5) travels to Section (29-11) Thursday for a doubleheader that starts at 5 p.m. If a third game is required to settle the best-of-three series, it will start at 4 p.m. Friday. “We’ve got to play well. At this point, the team that plays well is going to move on,” Bulldogs head coach Chad Young said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “All four teams are good. I figure all four teams are very similar and somebody’s going to have to make a play.” The winner at Section advances to the championship series in Montgomery Wednesday. In the other semifinal series, Houston Academy (28-5) plays at Luverne (21-8). The Bulldogs advanced with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Sheffield Saturday in the third game. After winning Friday’s opener 6-2, Ranburne lost Friday’s nightcap 5-0 and Sheffield seemed confident Saturday

afternoon. That sense of confidence grew as the visitors picked up single runs in each of the first three innings for a 3-0 lead against Ranburne starter Blake Young. It could have been worse but Young stranded two runners in the first, picked off a runner to end the second, stranded one in the third and two more in the fourth. The elder Young said he never considered taking his nephew off the mound. “I decided (Friday) night I was going to ride my horse right there,” the coach said. “I didn’t want to put anybody else in that spot.” The wheels came off the bus for Sheffield in the fifth. Batting as the visiting team, Ranburne watched as Sheffield starter Ben Gregory’s control disappeared. He hit No. 8 hitter Cole Yearta with a pitch to start the fifth and Wade Richardson drew a walk from the 9 hole. After a visit to the mound, Gregory walked leadoff hitter Dylan Wiggins to load the bases with no one out. Sheffield summoned Jordan Beavers to the mound from right field and he walked

Logan Sibley on four pitches, forcing Yearta home. Mark David Smith worked the count full and drew a walk to send Richardson home. With the score 3-2 and still no one down, Young bounced to Beavers who whirled and threw to second base rather than protecting the lead with a throw home. Sheffield turned the double play but Wiggins scored the tying run and Sibley moved to third. Ranburne inserted speedster Owen Smith to run for Sibley. With Beavers pitching from a full windup and the count 2-2, the Ranburne coaches called for a steal of home. Smith got a running start, batter Spencer Gibbs showed bunt to freeze the catcher and Smith arrived ahead of the tag. Improbably, Ranburne had scored four runs without a hit and Sheffield hadn’t made an error. Given a lead, Young made it stand up over the final three at-bats for Sheffield. A strikeout ended the fifth with Sheffield runners on second and third. In the sixth, Yearta threw out a runner trying to advance from first to third on a base hit to left field for the second out of the inning

and Brayden Wilson made a nice running catch in right to end the threat. In the seventh, a routine ground out to second, a bouncer to pitcher and a strikeout ended Sheffield’s season. Ranburne finished with two singles, one by Mark David Smith in the first and the other from Wiggins in the seventh. “When you don’t throw 90, you’ve got to mix up spots and mix up pitches and we do a good job of that,” Young said after his seven-inning complete game effort. “We’ve got a staff that does a good job of mixing up and keeping them guessing on what’s coming. That’s really what pulls us through.” In Friday’s opener, a seven-inning three hitter by Gibbs and a six-run third inning carried Ranburne to victory. Sheffield didn’t have a hit through four innings. All seven Ranburne hits were singles. Sibley had two hits while Wiggins, Mark David Smith, Kyle Lovvorn, Richardson and Wilson each had one. In the second game Friday, Wilson tripled and Richardson, Young and Mark David Smith added a singled apiece.

Lady Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa Ranburne softball comes up short RIP DONOVAN

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Following today’s practice, the Cleburne County softball Tigers head for Tuscaloosa and an 8 a.m. Friday meeting with Hokes Bluff in the Class 4A bracket at the North Central Regional tournament. The Tigers enter the tournament as Area 10 champions after limiting Anniston, Lincoln and Lincoln again to just one run in each of their area tournament games and scoring in double figures every game themselves. “My girls have done a good job. They’re playing well right now,” Cleburne County coach Ron Ervin said Wednesday afternoon. “They’re excited. We’ve had a couple of good days of practice. … I’m real proud of them.” In the 12-1 win over Lincoln in the area championship game, Kiara Akles pitched and fanned 11 Golden Bears. She and Amber Parker each belted a home run and fin-

ished 2-for-4. Toni Epps and Alisa Norton had two hits apiece and each scored twice. Every Cleburne County starter and several reserves had at least one hit. Akles also had a homer in the earlier tournament win over Lincoln. Ervin said the title game was typical Cleburne County softball as the Tigers scored early and often. “That’s what we always talk about, not having a dead inning,” Ervin said. “We always talk about tacking on two – every inning, tack on two. We feel confident with our defense and with our pitching staff. Kiara, Amber and Madison (Jones) all three do a good job for us throwing strikes and our defense plays well behind us. We just feel like as long as we don’t have a dead inning – we can just tack on a couple of runs every inning – we feel like we’re always in good shape and that’s what we work on in practice.” The top two teams in the regional tournament advance to next week’s state tournament in Montgomery.

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Ranburne put up a fight in each of its two games in the Class 2A, Area 12 softball tournament at Pleasant Valley but eventually fell in both games. Woodland edged Ranburne 7-5 on Thursday of last week. Trailing 2-0 after the first inning, the Bulldogs got their initial run in the third inning when Hannah Phillips drove in Erica Taylor. In the fourth, Indiana Morgan had a base hit and Taylor Crosson walked ahead of Katelin Isbell. Isbell’s single scored Morgan and Crosson. Lora Mobley lead off the fifth with a single and Montana Mattox doubled her home. Running for Mattox, Jessi Ralston moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on Morgan’s single. Morgan and Mobley each ended with two hits apiece. In Friday’s elimination bracket game, Ohatchee trimmed Ranburne 25-10. The Bulldogs batted as the home team and trailed 7-0 before coming to the plate. They got a run in the home half of the first, held Ohatchee scoreless in the second and tied

the game with six runs in the bottom of the second. The Indians didn’t stay quiet long, scoring six times in the third. Ranburne got three runs back in its half of the third and trailed just 13-10. Ohatchee added to its lead with five runs in the fourth but this time the Bulldogs couldn’t respond. Seven runs for the Indians in the sixth closed the scoring. Mobley and Phillips each had a pair of RBIs. Taylor, Mattox, Morgan and Crosson each had an RBI. Taylor scored three times and Mobley scored twice. Phillips, Morgan, Crosson, Isbell and Morgan Calhoun each scored once. Mobley finished with three singles and Morgan had two singles. Phillips had a triple and Calhoun doubled. Isbell and Taylor added a single each. Softball coach Terrell Mobley said last week’s rains hampered preparations for the tournament. The Bulldogs were limited to about 45 minutes in the batting cage both Monday and Tuesday before the tournament opened by rain. Their only full practice came Wednesday, the day before the area tournament finally got started. We had some good practices when we could practice,” Mobley said.

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BOE: The Chromebooks will have PDF versions of the required textbooks From page 1 access those textbooks online with any computer that has an Internet connection. The teachers began training on the laptops last summer, Dryden said. “Some teachers take to it very easily; some don’t,” Dryden said. “Ultimately, I think it will be easier for them.” But the students should take to them quickly, she said. From smart phones to computers, most students have been using technology from a young age, and they’re comfortable with it, Dryden said. The students are more likely to do research online and are used to doing homework on a computer, she said. “They’re born wired,” Dryden said. Another advantage: the web-based material is less expensive to buy than the bound paper books, she added. The school system did order one set of books for each classroom, though, Dryden said. Jerry Cash, president of the board, said the school system wants to prepare students for a world that is wired, so the computers were a must. “We’ve got to keep up with the rest of the world,” Cash said. “We’re trying to give our kids the best tools we can give them.” The school system upgraded its wireless networks at both Ranburne and Cleburne County high schools as well as the Career Tech School last summer to prepare for the online traffic the new computers would create. It also set up Chromebook labs, with Chromebooks loaded with the necessary software, in each of the schools so that teachers could begin to move to a more technological-based teaching style. Board member Hope Lee said she is excited to see this next step for the students. “I think it will be a lot easier on the kids, instead of hauling a stack of textbooks,” Lee said. Although she did note

that not every student in the county has high-speed internet available to fully use at his or her home. That’s one reason the books will be available on the computers in a PDF version, Dryden said. The students can still do their homework on their computer and then when they get to the school and log in, it will be ready for them to send to their teacher, she said. In other business the board: - Approved an unspecified number of “pink slips” for employees which will be handed out next week, Dryden said. Some of the employees are getting the notices that they’re no longer employed by the system because the school system doesn’t know how much federal funding it will get for those particular positions, she said. They may be rehired when the school system is notified how much federal money it will receive, Dryden said. Others are receiving the notices and will not be asked back, she said. - Approved updates to the board member training and consultants policies. - Approved the adoption of social studies and psychology textbooks recommended by the local textbook committee. - Approved hiring Elizabeth McCary to assist with payroll operations for the system. McCary will be paid $19.19 per hour for 16 hours a week through June 30. - Approved meal prices for next school year: $1.40 for students, $1.65 for staff and $1.90 for visitors. - Approved renting the Cleburne County High School gymnasium for the senior Baccalaureate Service on May 18. - Approved buying radios from McCord Communications that are compatible with the Cleburne County 911 dispatch for $17,268. Each school will have a base unit to keep in touch with bus drivers and administrators in each school will have a hand

held unit for emergencies, Dryden said. - Approved a three-year contract with Eric Lovvorn to serve as principal of Cleburne County Career Tech School. - Approved hiring Abbey Carpet and Flooring to install new flooring in the Cleburne County High School cafeteria at a cost of $19,971. - Approved hiring Chrissy Burke, technology teacher for summer school at the tech school; Jenny Howle, English teacher for summer school at the tech school; Lesa Bowman Smith and Jerrica Morrow as secretaries/ bookkeepers at Ranburne Elementary and Pleasant Grove Elementary schools; Charlotte Rider and Martha Champion as part time food service employees at Cleburne County High; as well as Owen Yarbrough as a technology specialist and Astin Noles and Courtney Coker as instructional specialists. - Accepted the retirement of Jessie Williams, secretary at the Tech school. - Recognized teachers of the year: Paula Shortt, Cleburne County Elementary; Keith Lambert, Cleburne County Middle; Mike Altman, Cleburne County High; Kara Houston, Fruithurst Elementary; Brandi Mooney, Pleasant Grove Elementary; Hope Langley, Ranburne Elementary; Kelli Dodd, Ranburne High; and Leanne Robinson, Cleburne County Career Tech. The teachers were selected by their peers. — Recognized David Lumpkin for being selected by his director as Career Preparedness Course Teacher in Cleburne County and being nominated for State Career Preparedness Course Teacher for excellence in his welding program at the Career Tech School. Staff writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872 in Heflin and 256-235-3545 in Anniston. On Twitter @ LCamper_Star.

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Campbell graduates from Leadership Training Sgt. Campbell, grandson of Dee Pate, graduated May 5, 2014, from Advanced Leadership Training at Fort Gordon, GA. Sgt. Campbell was chosen by his classmates to receive the Distinguished Leadership Award and led his classmates in reciting the Creed of the Noncommissioned Officers. He also received recognition for making the Commandant’s List with a 96.38 GPA. Sgt. Campbell is stationed at Fort Stewart near Savanah, GA. He and his unit has been selected to go to West Point in June to train cadets for a month. Sgt. Campbell was the class president of the 2006 graduating class of CCHS.


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East Heflin by: Bruce Wright We invite everyone to our Mother’s Day service this Sunday. There will be special baptisms, baby dedication, and honoring of mothers during the service. A truly great day! Our week has held an exciting Awana race car derby and setting of volunteers for different ministry roles coming up. There are still openings, just let the pastor know. Bro. George opened to Eph. 5:23-33, “Be Cleaving, Not Leaving”. As we begin a new series entitled, Home Makeover- Demolition or Dedication, we need to look at our families like this. We need to set up responsibilities. Men need to lead and not be disobedient like Adam. For Adam was not deceived by Eve or satan, he disobeyed the commandment of God. The husband must provide the leadership of a servant. When we do this, the wife will follow. When sin came into the world, Jesus had to die thus creating a new order. We need to be more like Christ! We need to lead in sanctification of the home, lead in the glorification of the home, and lead in education of the family. The husband must provide a love that is sacrificial. It’s a love that is passionate. A love that is purifying. We need to be her prophet, her priest, and her pastor. We must protect and cherish her while nourishing and providing. The husband must be loyal and steadfast. He must be committed to the Savior most of all! Be as committed to your spouse as God is to you!

Happy Hill by: Debra Jackson Hello from Happy Hill. Happy May to all of you. It was our annual Homecoming Services at Happy Hill Sunday. It was so good to see those we had not seen since last year. Special singing by Juanita Shelton and Beth-EL Praise Team. They really blessed us with their beautiful music and singing. Of course, we had lots of good food and fellowship. However, the highlight of the day was the lady who realized she was lost and needed to be saved. To God Be The Glory! Those on the prayer list are Irmalene and Robert Norton, Carol Doyle, Ken Sanders, April Benefield, Ronnie Benefield, Danny Crawford, Chris Hunt, Lavada Vice, Cludie Bowen, Allen Crosson and Sarah O’Dell. Our Mother/Daughter Banquet will be Saturday, May 10th at 1:00. Join us May 11th at 11:00 for our Mother’s Day service. Until next time, God Bless! SENTENCE SERMON What’s right isn’t always poplular...What’s popular isn’t always right. THE LIGHTER SIDE The girl came running in tears to her father. “Dad, you gave me some terrible financial advice!” she cried. “I did? What did I tell you?” said the dad. “You told me to put my money in that big bank, and now that big bank is in trouble.” “What are you talking about? That’s one of the largest banks in the world,” he said. “Surely there must be some mistake.” “I don’t think so,” she sniffed. “They just returned one of my checks with a note saying, ‘Insufficient Funds’.”

Verdon Chapel by: Jenny Crawford Praying everyone is having a blessed week. We had a wonderful day with the Lord today. Our morning text was out of Nehemiah 1:3-8, 2:17-20, 2:10, 4:1-3 and 6:15. There is a miracle in your time of trouble. When things go wrong in our lives we tend to try and fix them ourselves. Then it seems to get worse. What we need to do is turn everything over to God. As I said before prayer and fasting still work. All God wants is for us to trust Him, talk with Him and tell Him we need help. If we sit back on our thumbs and do nothing don’t expect God to do anything for you. Where God guides He provides. The evening scripture came out of 1Kings 17:8-16. When problems seem so far out of hand for us, our faith and trust in God will help us through it. The woman that helped Elijah, trusted what Elijah had told her and God helped her through the dry times. Sometimes our dry times seem like they will never end but with enough faith and trust, God will show us the way. We need to listen to Him. May God bless all of you. If you don’t have a church home we would love to have you.

Wise Chapel by: Dorcas Toney May 11 is Mother’s day, God bless them all. May 14 is Senior Celebration, worship, song, fun, lunch and fellowship beginning at 10:30. May 19 is volunteer at the Soup Bowl of Anniston. May 25 is Homecoming and will begin worship at 10:45 a.m. There will not be men’s breakfast. Many need prayer: Lula Maw Camp, Kate Ethridge, Bea Crawford, Rider Bearden, Ken Sanders, Grayson Smith, Hunter Rowland, Ozell Benefield, Bobby Williamson, Ronald Edwards, Clarence Nolens, Lester Norton, Ronda Daniell, Gerald Robinson, J.W. Daniel, Shelby Yates, all the victims of the storms this past week, family of Little Bill McManus, Ed McElroy’s friend in Destin very low, Mary Truett, our military and nation. God is your answer. The scriptures were John 21:1-4. “New Beginnings” as we are in the spring season fully, looking out to see the burst of color everywhere. It reminds us that after that dark and deary day, there was a resurrection and newness. May we never loose sight of Jesus and the light filled life He gives us. Happy Mother’s Day and God bless you.

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CLEBURNE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL Friday May 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. CDT LE Bell Stadium (In case of rain – CCHS Gymnasium) RANBURNE HIGH SCHOOL Thursday May 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. CDT Harlen Robinson Stadium (In case of rain – RHS Gymnasium) CLEBURNE COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN Wednesday May 28, 2014 8:00 a.m. CDT Cleburne County Middle School Gymnasium 4th GRADE Wednesday May 28, 2014 10:00 a.m. CDT Cleburne County Middle School Gymnasium RANBURNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN Tuesday May 27, 2014 5:00 p.m. CDT Ranburne Elementary Gymnasium FRUITHURST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN Tuesday May 27, 2014 10 :00 a.m. CDT Fruithurst School Gymnasium 6th GRADE Tuesday May 27, 2014 5:00 p.m. CDT Fruithurst School Gymnasium

PLEASANT GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN Tuesday May 27, 2014 9:30 a.m. CDT May 10 Freedom Baptist Church 6th Annual Cars, Trucks and The Rhema Center at Hollis Crossroads

Motorcycles show will be held May 10, 2014-10:00am till 2:00pm GA time at 2124 Frank Ledbetter Memorial Drive Ranburne. Entry donation $20.00 Day of show, dash plates for first 100 entries, further information call Anthony Clifton 256-201-9128. Cheaha Master Gardners 6th annual plant sale will be held May 10 from 8 a.m. - noon at Cleburne County Farmer’s Market. For more information, call 256.463.2620.

Mt. Olive Church of God by: Susie Smith

May 11 Homecoming at New Harmony Baptist Church will be May 11 at 10 a.m, lunch will follow the morning service.

Brother Jarvis Taylor opened our services today; he asked the question “Who are we walking with?”. In this world we’ll always have one more mountain to climb, or one more river or valley to go through, but Jesus will go with us to the end! In the adult Sundas School class the lesson was from I John 3:1-18, “Living as children of God”. As God’s children we are to reflect His character. In the 2-6 year old class we learned that “God made the plants” and all that God created is good! We have classes for all ages; Sister Sheila Turner teaches the 7-12 year olds and Brother Greg Morgan teaches our youth class. Brother Ronnie’s message this morning was from John 7:37-44 on “Flow through”. We cannot allow the Spirit of God to stop in us, we have to let the spirit flow through us to a lost and dying world. Our prayer should be for the Holy Ghost to flow through us and to be a useful vessel. Sister Lauren Kate Morgan brought our message tonight from Proverbs 11:2-4, “For Him to increase, I have to decrease”. We have to humble ourselves, God is so much greater! We have to look up to God for forgiveness and surrender to Him! Give your mom the best Mother’s Day gift, join her for church! You’re always welcome at Mount Olive. Brother Ronnie’s number is 256-201-9444.

May 15 In the best interest of the businesses and citizens of Cleburne County the Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2014 Candidate Forum. Before you make your decision in this year’s primary, come hear from candidates from Congressional to Coroner. When: Thursday, May 15th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Heflin Civic Center 113 Evans St. Heflin, AL 36264 Free to the public

6th GRADE Tuesday May 27, 2014 6:00 p.m. CDT The Rhema Center at Hollis Crossroads

May 24 Macedonia Volunteer Fire Department will have a Chicken-Q and Boston Butts located at 2341 Co. Rd. 48, Left to right are some of this Chapter’s 160 Ranburne, on May 24, 2014 at 10:00AM GA time until members: Willene Huddleston, Patricia Hargone Barbecue and chicken plates $8:00 Boston Butts $25.00 Pre-buy yours from any department member Polit- rington, Wilma Gosdin, Joan Lovvorn, Lynda Lowery, Pat Killian, Anne Vaillancourt, Paula ical Rally and Cake Auction starts 12:00PM Crawford and Martha Wilkinson. Mt. Paran Baptist Church, located on County Road 40 in Fruithurst AL will host Peaks and Valleys a 5K run/walk, on May 31,2014. The 5K benefit, will start at 9:00 am UDC places a wreath at marker CST, pre-register by 8:00 am CST please. Proceeds will go to, Heather Gray, Liver Transplant Fund. For information or to register, call : Halley Wade 770-843-7985, Valerie The Major General Patrick R. Cleburne UDC Chapter Davis 770-301-5769, Tammy Smith 770-846-4573. placed a wreath at their historic marker at the Cleburne County Courthouse during April. The month is designated as Confederate History Month in Alabama. When Cleburne County was created in December 1866, it was named for Patrick R. Cleburne. This Chapter of the Pinetucky United Daughters of the Confederacy erected the marker by: Mary Alvarado on the front lawn of the courthouse in April 2008 to honor May 12 Members only church meeting, 3 p.m., Lecta Method- the County’s namesake. “If any of you lack wisdom, let Him ask of God, that ist Church, County Road 43, Heflin. All members are engiveth to all men liberally, and up braileth not, and it shall couraged to attend. be given him. James 1:5. Hope you’ve had a wonderful week. We’ve had May 13 beautiful weather. Wright Drug will offer Diabetes Education on May 13 Keep our sick folks in your prayers also we ask for: starting at 6:30 p.m., at Heflin Methodist Church. The Ray Cosper, Rubie Cavender, Sue Fordham, W.E. Gray, topic will be How Stress Effects Diabetes with ChristoDorothy Junior, Violet Morrow, Necia Nelson, Louise pher Randolph, MD Smith, Wanda Smith, Geneva Sutton, Betty Thompson, The Cleburne County Education Association would like Phil and Cathy Wortham. to congratulate the following teachers for being chosen Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers! Remember that first commandment: Honor they Teacher of the Year at each of their respective schools: father and mother. Which is the first commandment with Cleburne County Elementary – Paula Shortt, Cleburne promise. Ephesians 6:2. From this point forward include in your article news from County Middle School – Keith Lambert, Cleburne CounMay God bless all moms. Hope you have a wonderful any1. new participant on our your community. ty High School – Mike Altman, Ranburne Elementary fay. If you still have your thank God and show her how Church page must make their 3. Thank You's and much you love her. article submission via e-mail to: Congratulations will NO longer School – Hope Langley, Ranburne High School – Kelbe used, they will be edited out li Dodd, Fruithurst Elementary School – Kara Houston, Father, no matter what my stage of life, show my how Churches now submitting and must be considered paid ads. Pleasant Grove Elementary School – Brandy Mooney, I can honor our parents today. material typed or hand-written 4. Deadlines remain the same We want to act on your wisdom. will be grand-fathered but we 5 p.m. each Monday with NO Cleburne County Career/Technical School – Leann RobBe blessed. would appreciate it if they also exceptions. inson.

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Cleburne County High School Class of 1964 Celebrates 50 years The CCHS Class of 1964 gathered to celebrate their 50 year Reunion on a beautiful Saturday May 3, 2014 at the Wesley Center in Heflin, AL. Seventy three classmates and guests were present. A Memory Table was displayed for 13 classmates. Pictures, videos and other memorabilia from the 50’s and 60’s were shown. Food was provided by Marie’s BBQ and the FUMC Ladies. A group picture of those in attendance

included: 1st Row: Sandra Hill Williamson, Sara Newell Hyatt, Joan (Ed) White Hand, Gail (Roy) Furgerson Walker, Judy Bragg Locklear, Janice (Kenneth) Otwell Hanson, Carol (Gary Wright) Cook Wilmot, Betty Smith Lloyd, Sandra (Vernon) Bonds Haynes and Kassye, Gail Kennedy Cobb, Ruby Connell Skinner, 2nd Row: Jerry (Meladee) Turner, Aaron (Elaine) Harlan, James (Iva) Bur-

gess, Glenn (Carolyn) Price, Curtis (Linda) Hamrick, Sarah (Cecil) Perry Roberts, Eva (Jackie) Barker Bragg, Wanda (Lawrence) Riddle Edwards, Sandra Cochran Swafford, Jo White Kilgore, Glenda Cheatwood Mayfield, Carolyn (Carl) Charles Gregg, Dale (James) Kent Martin, Shirlene Kilgore Dixon, 3rd Row: Larry (Sheila) Taylor, Fred (Sandra) Smith, Ralph (Betty) Turner, Ed-

ward (Dolly) Williams, Billy Mac (Mary) Lambert, David (Debbie) Young, Robert (Glenda) Shealy, Grover (Marie) Robinson, Henry (Judy) Cole, David Thompson, Allen (Sally) Bodner, Danny (Deborah) O’Harrow, Larry (Martha) Morrison, Dana Webb, Elbert (Evelyn) Crane, Jerry (Carol Jane) White, Class President and Organizer. Not pictured: Allene (Michael) Johnson Norman

Chicks : “There’s been a push for some livestock programs in the county,” Hargrove said. From page 1 there is a shed or small building available, she said. That makes the program accessible to a larger number of people, she added. Back in January, students were told about the opportunity to participate in the program, Hargrove said. For a $50 deposit, the students were able to receive 18 chicks, six each from three breeds of their choosing. The most popular choice was the Americauna chicken which lays blue and green “Easter” eggs, Hargrove said. But the families could also choose Rhode Island Reds, Barred Plymouth Rock, Buff Minorca, Black Australorps, she said. The chicks arrived last week and the families were able to pick them up Wednesday. Deborah Mathews, county extension coordinator, said the response was great. “We thought we would

have 10, 11, 12 families participate,” Mathews said. Twenty-one students put down their $50 deposits, Hargrove said. The students picking up chickens ranged in age from 9 to 19, Mathews said. They came from all over the county and ranged from families who were experienced with livestock to poultry newcomers, she said. The Swanson family in Heflin has been raising chickens for about three years, said Crystal Swanson. They originally got some chickens so the family could have fresh eggs, she said. “They’re expensive at the farmers markets,” Crystal Swanson said. But then the family started selling eggs to members of their church or people at work to help cover the feed bill, she said. She noticed that when the babies hatched, her kids loved

taking care of them. So when she received information about the program, she asked her son if he would like to participate, Crystal Swanson said. Brent Swanson said yes because he thought “it would be cool raising chickens.” One day after picking up his chicks, he still thought they were cool. “I’m watering and feeding ’em and keeping ’em clean,” he said. Right now, the chicks are in a tub under a heat lamp, Crystal Swanson said. Once they’re ready, they’ll move in with the family’s other chickens but be separated so her son can take care of them himself, she said. The students will be asked to do some fundraising for the program before the chicken show and auction at the fair, Hargrove said. The students are asked to bring three chickens to the fair to show and auction off and

they will receive their $50 deposits back. The rest of the chickens are theirs to keep or sell, she said. To reimburse the program, the students are asked to approach local businesses to see if they will sponsor the project. The donations all come back to the program and are tax deductible, Hargrove said. It will also give the business owners a chance to help budding entrepreneurs financially and maybe with some advice as well as give the students a chance to learn some marketing skills, she said. Peyton Merrill, 15, has already learned some of those skills. Merrill decided to participate in the program to add some new chickens for his flock of 70, he said. The Ranburne High School student has been raising chickens for about two or three years, he said. His family lives on a 35acre property, but had never raised livestock before he asked for the chickens,

his mother Tephanie Merrill said. “He is just intrigued by them,” she said. He learned about them through trial and error and also from his grandparents, who used to raise poultry, the teen said. As his flock grew, he started selling eggs and chickens to relatives, friends and people at church, Merrill said. He also trades with other poultry hobbyists to increase the diversity in his flock and now has more than 10 different breeds,

the boy said. The most exciting thing about the program, though, is the chance to show his chickens, he said. “I’m kind of competitive and I wanted to show ‘em,” Merrill said. The students will be showing their chickens at the Cleburne County 4-H Chick Chain Show at the Cleburne County Fair on Aug. 16. Staff writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872 in Heflin, 256-235-3545 in Anniston. On Twitter @

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CLEBURNE COUNTY OFFICE OF PERSONNEL Is taking applications for the position of 911 Dispatcher Part Time This position is a part time classified, professional position reporting directly to the Cleburne County 911 Director. Starting pay is $10.66 Position includes participation in the State of Alabama Retirement System Applications may be obtained at the Personnel Office located at: 6751 Hwy 78, Heflin, Alabama between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.cleburnecounty. us/employment. Applications must be submitted to the Personnel Office by Friday, May 16. Job Qualifications: Potential candidates should possess the ability to answer calls, follow written policies and directives, sit for long periods of time, work various and rotating shifts, perform overlapping tasks and duties, manage stress effectively, remain calm and professional during emergency situations, address the public with respect, and have writing and computer skills to maintain logs and compose letters, math skills to determine mileage and distance, and reading skills to read and interpret data presented in non-traditional formats. Other Characteristics: Preferred characteristics are: possession of a high school diploma; experience with computers, data entry and communications equipment; ability to be on call and work nonstandard hours; ability to read maps and give directions; ability to travel overnight for training; ability to enter data at a minimum of 20 wpm and be familiar with Windows and Microsoft Office type applications. All applicants must submit to a physical, drug test and background investigation all at the expense of 911 upon being offered a position and prior to their employment. The Cleburne County Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by Charles Lankford and Kathleen A. Lankford, husband and wife, to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for Fairway Mortgage, Inc., on the 28th day of September, 2007, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Cleburne County, Alabama, in Mortgage Book 2007, Page 5958; 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 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 Heflin, Cleburne 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 Cleburne County, Alabama, to-wit: A certain lot or parcel of land lying on the South side of Oxford Street, in the Town of Heflin, Cleburne County, Alabama, more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a point on the South line of said Oxford Street which point is 307.5 feet West of the intersection of the South line of said Oxford Street and the West line of an unopened street (Campbell Street); thence South 4 degrees 31 minutes East a distance of 152 feet to the North right of way line of the Southern Railway Company; thence in a Westerly direction along the North right of way line of said Southern Railway Company a distance of 162 feet to the Southeast corner of the lot owned by J.H. Lambert; thence in a Northerly direction along East line of said Lambert lot to the South line of Oxford Street; thence in an Easterly direction along the South line of Oxford Street a distance of 154.5 feet to the point of beginning, said parcel of land being in Lots Six (6) and Seven (7) of Block H, according to the survey and map of said Town of Heflin, Alabama, made by W. B. Ferguson, as recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Cleburne County, Alabama. Property Street Address: 538 Oxford Street, Heflin, AL 36264 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 318862 The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL May 1, 8, 15, 2014 Notice of Public Auction of Abandoned Vehicle Please take NOTICE that Turning Point MHP will offer for sale

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IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DOYLE FREEMAN, DECEASED NOTICE TO CREDITORS Letters of Testamentary in the estate of DOYLE FREEMAN, deceased having been granted to VICKIE BURTON, as personal representative on the 22nd day of April, 2014, by the Honorable Ryan Robertson, Judge of Probate Court of Cleburne County, Alabama, 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. Ryan Robertson Judge of Probate The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL May 1, 8, 15, 2014


PROBATE COURT CASE # 2014-025 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF DORIS FREEMAN, DECEASED NOTICE TO CREDITORS Letters of Testamentary in the estate of DORIS FREEMAN, deceased having been granted to VICKIE BURTON, as Personal Representative on the 22nd day of April, 2014, by the Honorable Ryan Robertson, Judge of Probate Court of Cleburne County, Alabama, 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. Ryan Robertson Judge of Probate The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL May 1, 8, 15, 2014


PROBATE COURT CASE # 2014-026 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JOSEPH E. HALE, DECEASED NOTICE TO CREDITORS Letters of Testamentary in the estate of JOESPH E. HALE, deceased having been granted to RONNIE ELLISON, as Personal Representative on the 24th day of March, 2014, by the Honorable Ryan Robertson, Judge of Probate Court of Cleburne County, Alabama, 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. Ryan Robertson Judge of Probate The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL April 24, & May 1, 8, 2014


PROBATE COURT CASE # 2014-028 IN RE: THE ESTATE OF MARY EVELYN WRIGHT, DECEASED Letters of Administration upon the Estate of MARY EVELYN WRIGHT, having been granted to CLIFFORD GOODMAN WRIGHT, as Personal Representative on the 25th day of April, 2014, in the Probate Court of Cleburne County, Alabama, by the Honorable Ryan Robertson, 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. Ryan Robertson Judge of Probate The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL May 1, 8, 15, 2014


PROBATE COURT CASE # 2012-099 TO: ANY AND ALL HEIRS AT LAW ESTATE OF HARDEN MCDANIEL JR, DECEASED Notice is hereby given that on the 21st day of April, 2014, Kimberly McDaniel, filed in the Probate Court of Cleburne County the Petition for Sell of Real Property in the Estate of Harden McDaniel Jr., deceased; that petition having been read and considered; It is Ordered that the 27th day of May, 2014, at 10:00 AM, be, and the same hereby is, appointed as the day for the hearing of the said petition. Witness my hand this the 23rd day of April, 2014. Ryan Robertson Judge of Probate The Cleburne News Cleburne Co., AL May 1,8, 15, 2014

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County may have to pay for fuel cleanup The county has turned off its fuel tanks, where it suspects the leak may be originating, and has been using credit cards to fuel its vehicles, Robbins said. To get the fuel pumps up and running again, the county would need to spend $3,000 to file a line closure assessment and another $2,500 to file a spill prevention control plan with ADEM, Robbins said. The lack of the spill prevention control plan is one of the reasons the county might not be eligible for funding from the trust fund, he added. The commissioners questioned if the cost of bringing the pumps back on line was worth the risk of possible future contamination. Commissioner Laura Cobb said the cost savings of buying fuel in bulk and filling up from county tanks is about 5 cents to 7 cents a gallon less than using the Wright Express credit cards. In other business the commissioners: — Heard the county’s garbage service contract will be up for renewal in November. The commissioners will need to decide if they want to renegotiate the contract or rebid, Swafford told them. Commissioners Cobb and Benji Langley said they get weekly complaints about the service. — Heard from Commissioner Langley that he would like the commissioners to rescind a vote taken in March that exempted the county from a piece of state legislation that proposed regulations for wind energy projects. He also would like to institute a moratorium on local support of any such projects in the county for one year to allow study of the effect of a wind energy project. — Were peppered with questions from an audience of about 16 about a proposed windmill project for Turkey Heaven Mountain. One issue was whether the developer, Nations Energy Solutions, or anyone else had approached the commission about closing a road to accommodate the project. No, the commissioners said. Will the commission have a public hearing on the project? another person asked. Yes, after they have done some research on the subject, the commissioners said. Is that just a stalling tactic? asked someone else. An obviously frustrated Commissioner Emmett Owen said the company hasn’t even committed to


Cleburne County might be on the hook for more than $285,000 to clean up a suspected fuel leak that appears to be coming from the county equipment shed on Haley Road, the county engineer said Monday. That’s because the county might not be eligible to receive any funding from the Alabama Tank Trust Fund, which collects a per-gallon fee to help fund remediation and cleanup efforts, said County Administrator Steve Swafford during the commissioners’ work session. The county has not given up on getting some money from the trust fund, he said. Swafford told the commissioners to work with state legislators on the issue. The state legislators may be able to help in this situation, he said. The contamination was reported to the county more than a month ago by a resident who noticed the substance in a creek that flows onto his property. It was compounded by a problem with some water contamination at a house served by a water line near the creek. The commission has spent just over $50,000 to clean up the contamination, test other homes on the water line for contamination and to fund a temporary the water line, county engineer Shannon Robbins said. In addition, the county has been working with PPM, an environmental consulting company out of Irondale, and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to come up with a plan to clean up the contaminants that might have reached the area, he said. PPM proposes installing a collection system and monitoring it for one year for an estimated $205,721. In addition to meet ADEM requirements the county would need to pay another $80,125 for investigations of the facility, Robbins said. Those investigations would finally indicate exactly what the contamination is and where it is coming from, Robbins said.

building in Cleburne County. “To say what we’re going to do or not going to do,” said Owen, “somebody’s got to come to us first.” — Heard that FedEx has proposed putting a drop box at the Cleburne County Courthouse. — Heard a request from a resident to change the name of his street from Cleburne County Road 205 to Cleburne County Road 296. CR 205 connects to CR 49 at one end and CR 65 at the other. However a portion of the road becomes impassable between CR 65 and CR 296, which it intersects in a T. Because part of the road becomes impassable, emergency vehicle drivers, who may not be familiar with the area, have turned onto CR 205 at its intersection with CR 65 and have had to double back, delaying their response to emergencies along his part of the road, the resident said. He said if CR 205 from the intersection of CR 296 to the intersection with CR 49 were renamed CR 296, the drivers wouldn’t make that mistake. Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872 in Heflin, 256235-3545 in Anniston. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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