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contents Welcome from the President................7 Getting to Know Clay County Road less traveled..............................10 The heart of Central Alabama............12 Local government and public safety..13 The Great Outdoors TSALAGI Trails................................16 R.L. Harris fishing tournament..........19 Zenus Windsor...................................20 The great indoors...............................23 Mountain View Plantation.................24 Top 10 outdoor activities...................26 Birding trail........................................30 Community Healthy living.....................................32 Hospital directory...............................33 Volunteers promote growth................34 Volunteer opportunities......................34 An abundance of art...........................35 Places of worship...............................36 Youth sports build character..............37 2012 events .......................................38 Education A new beginning................................40 Rounded education in Clay County...42 School directory.................................42 Private schools offer options..............43 Nearby colleges..................................43 Business Location.............................................44 Timber................................................45 Small business spotlight.....................46 Chamber celebrates 25 years.............48 Chamber directory.............................50 Index to advertisers............................53 Parting photo......................................54 CLAY COUNTY LIFE

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Publisher/Advertising Sales Photography Mary Patchunka-Smith 256.396.2828 claychamber@centurytel.net Layout and Design/Photography John Denney 256.794.4774 john_denney@att.net Copy Editor/Writer Gwen Bishop 256.307.8155 gwenbishop1@gmail.com Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee Debbie McKinney Sharon McNatt Special thanks to Richard and Sharon Arnold

Clay County Chamber of Commerce 88855 Hwy. 9, P.O. Box 85, Lineville, Al 36266 256.396.2828 Satellite office located at Clay County Courthouse www.claycochamber.com claychamber@centurytel.net Clay County Life is an annual publication produced by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. No content in this publication may be reproduced or republished in any platform without the express written consent of the publisher. To the publisher’s knowledge, all furnished materials are true and correct.

The cover photo was taken by John Denney at the Cardboard Boat Regatta on Lake Wedowee. 6

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Welcome From the Chamber President Hello Fellow Clay Countians and Friends, The Clay County Chamber is excited to bring to you the third edition of this county’s own Clay County Life. This edition is loaded with great information about Clay County from all four corners. Our focus is more on the outdoors this year as you can see by our cover. From the lakes to the mountains, find out about it right here in this edition. There’s always plenty to do and see in our county and with the economy as it is today we would ask that you do all you can to keep our county thriving by buying locally and spending time exploring and discovering your special county. This year we say goodbye to our very own Clay County Panthers and Lineville Aggies and say hello to the Central High Volunteers! These are exciting times for our county. We have always been so proud of each school and what they stand for and now this year will be the beginning of a new era and the coming together of two great forces, becoming the THE force to be reckoned with. Go Vols! The Clay County Chamber wishes each of you the best of Life this year and hopes you take the time to sit back in one of your favorite places in your county and enjoy from cover to cover the 2012 edition of Clay County Life. Blessings to you all!

Kathy Pinkston President - Clay County Chamber of Commerce

The 2012 Clay County Chamber Board of Directors: Back row, left to right, Billy Robertson, Mike Coleman, Tim Worthy, Kathy Pinkston and Stan Gaither; bottom row, left to right: Lisa Runyan, Sharon McNatt, Mary Patchunka-Smith, Debbie McKinney and Brad Strother.

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CLAY COUNTY A Place to Call Home on the

ROAD LESS TRAVELED There is not a single word to describe Clay County. A combination of words like beauty, community, serenity still don’t completely spell out everything the area has to offer. You have to see it to believe it. When Robert Frost wrote “A Road Less Traveled”, he must have just visited Clay County. He must have hiked to the top of Mt. Cheaha, then rode his horse down what is now Highway 49. Surely, he spoke with old-timers about the tranquility and beauty that help make Clay County one of the most special places to live in Alabama. Located in east central Alabama, Clay County is just far enough away from big-city life - yet centrally located between Atlanta, Gadsden and Birmingham - to bring back those wonderful memories of porch swings and ice cold sweet tea. Things are a bit slower and neighbors actually know each other. People here say “Welcome,” and they really mean it when they say “Stay awhile.” Residents consider relaxation one of their specialties. Clay County is home to some of the state’s most inspiring natural beauty. Lakes so unspoiled that you can see the bottom, majestic mountain terrain, trees that stand tall through generations of growth. Living here tends to put people at peace. From lifelong residents to newbies, there are plenty of reasons folks choose to live here. Ashland Mayor Larry Fetner said although he has lived in other towns, he has lived in Clay County the longest and one of the biggest differences are the people of the area. 10

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“People genuinely care about each other,” he said. “When problems come up, small or large, someone is there to help whether its your friends or neighbors.” Lineville Mayor Roy Adamson agrees. “Not only do we have some of the best natural scenery you will see anywhere we also have the best people in the world. The people here are great to visit with, but would also make you the best neighbors you will find anywhere,” he said. Mayor Adamson is right about the natural scenery of Clay County. The rural, wooded setting begs the outdoorsman to visit and fills him with a desire to stay. “All you have to do is drive to Cheaha and you will see the beauty in the forests, trees, vegetation,” Mayor Fetner said. Outdoor adventures abound in Clay County and the surrounding area. The county is home to parts of Cheaha State Park in the Talladega National Forest and Lake Wedowee on the eastern boundary. The Pinhoti Trail system weaves its way through the Talladega National Forest to Mt. Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama. Hikers along the trail may spy some of the local wildlife, including whitetail deer, wild turkey and the rare bald eagle. There is also the TSALAGI Trail system - four driving trails that offer different experiences and sights throughout the county. Small lakes dot the county, providing many opportu-


nities for water play and fishing. The seasons are kind in Clay County. The climate is great year round. Temperatures reach the 70′s in the spring and fall, climb into the 90′s in the summer and rarely dip below freezing in the winter - making the area the perfect place to live and play yearround. And it’s not just the natural beauty of the area. Nor is it just the friendly neighbors. Clay County has a proud heritage of education, industry and a can-do attitude that has helped the area not only survive some tough economic times, but also thrive. “Having lived and worked in other areas, I can attest what sets Clay County apart is the quality of life in this quaint setting,” Clay County Chamber of Commerce President Kathy Pinkston said, “along with free enterprise and a strong work ethic.” Industry comes to the area and stays. The dedicated workforce and can-do attitude makes for a friendly place to plant a business. “Most people in Clay County are very dedicated, loyal people,” Mayor Adamson said. “They have a lot of pride when it comes to their work. That being said, it is also why business/commercial investors should consider locating here in Clay County. You will not find better people anywhere, our citizens are always willing to go that extra mile to make things happen - whatever the

cause.” The belief that education is important makes for an educated workforce that is not found in many rural areas. From pre-school to higher education, Clay County believes in well-rounded educational opportunities. Arts are still considered important in education. And in the county’s two private schools, religion is still important. The neighborly spirit extends into the real world. Volunteer fire departments that provide homeowners with excellent insurance ratings. Volunteer organizations, civic groups and churches that lend helping hands and open their hearts to all have a solid home here. The county’s healthcare providers cover all the basics from pediatrics to homehealth care with highly-trained professionals with a compassionate touch. Your doctor is your neighbor in Clay County. When you’re ready to enjoy life the way it was meant to be, Clay County has what you’re looking for - friendly neighbors, peace and quiet, outdoor fun and a simplicity not found anywhere. “It’s not high stress here,” Mayor Fetner said. “We have wide open spaces, clean air and we’re not cramped. “We’re just offering what we already have here.”

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The Heart of East Central Alabama Easily accessible to several major cities in Alabama and the largest city in the South, Clay County is located in the heart of Central Alabama, and has an overabundance of natural beauty. The tranquility of the area only makes it seem far from modern life. The county is centrally located between Cleburne County to the north, Randolph County to the east, Tallapoosa County to the south, Coosa County to the southwest and Talladega County to the west. This makes Clay County convenient to metropolitan areas of Birmingham (90 minutes), Montgomery (one hour) and Atlanta (two hours). While no major highways run through Clay County, four state roads and two railroads make it convenient for both travellers and industry. Alabama highways 9, 48, 49 and 77 crisscross the county making rural travel convenient. The 2010 U.S. Census has the county listed with 13,932 residents in approximately 604 square miles. Several online sources state the largest town is Lineville with 2,325 residents while the county seat, Ashland, is second with 1,893. The majority of residents work at the major industries in the county consisting of cabinets and related product manufacturing, health care, construction, agriculture and educational services. There are several cabinet manufacturers in the county which started when Ashland’s Wellborn Cabinet opened its doors in 1961. Wellborn has traditionally been one of the county’s largest employers. Ashland is not only the county seat, where the historic Clay County Courthouse is located, but also home to several industries including poultry processor Koch Foods as well as a variety of unique retailers and other small businesses. The Historic Ashland Square surrounds the courthouse that is a thriving retail district with restaurants, an art gallery, the renovated Ashland Theatre and other retail shops. The town is governed by Mayor Larry Fetner and city council members Zeola Echols, Bobbie Steed, Gail Thompson, Rebecca Boddie and Mike Beale. The council meets the first and third Mondays of every month at 5 p.m. The city has its own police department with Benny Davis as chief. The city also has a volunteer fire department led by Joel McMath. Ashland’s City Park offers a skateboard park, recreation equipment for children and tennis courts. The well-lit walking trail offers a peaceful setting for an afternoon or early evening walk in the park. The park also offers a wonderful setting for reunions, weddings, birthdays and other community gatherings. The city of Ashland also boasts a senior center and city library. The City of Lineville is a small city with unique 12

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qualities and a rich history. Many of the city’s famous sons and daughters have been honored with street names, sports fields, a military memorial park as well as putting accomplishments into a time capsule to be opened in 2020. The city’s largest employer is Lineville Nursing Facility with an estimated 126 employees. The city is governed by Mayor Roy Adamson and council members Carolyn Smith, David Proctor, Marnmie Turman, Matt Benefield and Johnny Appleby. The council meets the first and third Mondays of every month at 5 p.m. The Lineville Recreational Park boasts baseball and softball fields which are enjoyed by numerous citizens and visitors. The park is included in the Alabama Passport to Fitness campaign, which is a walking guide to 85 Alabama trails, tracks and historic town tours. The city also has a library, senior center and is protected by its own police department, led by Police Chief Monty Giddens. Other communities in the county include Cragford, Mellow Valley, Delta, Barfield, Shinbone Valley and Millerville. Each smaller community has a distinct personality, but all have the same friendly, neighborly quality found throughout Clay County.


Local Government and Public Safety Clay County government is handled in two locations, the historic Clay County Courthouse and the Clay County Annex located south of Ashland on Highway 77. The residents of the county are represented by five county commissioners elected by their respective districts. The commission, which operates under the unit system of government, meets the second Monday of each month at 11 a.m. with a planning session held the Thursday prior. The commissioners are elected to four year terms. The current commissioners are District 1, Wayne Watts; District 2, Roy Johnson; District 3, Terry Meek; District 4, Kevin Kiser and District 5, Rickey Burney. Ashland and Lineville are governed by a city council. The Clay County Sheriff’s Department, led by Sheriff Ray Latham, provides law enforcement protection to the citizens of the county and is responsible for answering emergency calls, conducting criminal investigations, civil process service, courtroom security, prisoner transports, patrol and other designated duties. They are also responsible for the jail which is located in Ashland

on Hwy. 77. Ashland and Lineville both have a city police department. The Clay County Emergency Management Agency exists

to serve and provide a coordinated center for preparation and the handling of disasters. Theresa Daugherty is the director and the office is located between Lineville and Ashland at the Clay County Farmer’s Market building. Fire departments are located in Ashland and Lineville, as well as many smaller volunteer departments around the county.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS On the Road

TSALAGI TRAILS Hunting and fishing aren’t your thing? That’s okay, TSALAGI Trails is a set of four driving trails that will take you all the way through the county in some of the best kept places you will ever find. If you haven’t discovered the TSALAGI Trails rambling through Clay County, you are definitely missing out on one of the most scenic drives anywhere in the Southeast. Pronounced ja-la-gee and meaning Cherokee Trails, the TSALAGI Trails is a system of four different types of driving trails throughout the county. Two of the trails are designed for car drivers, one for motorcycles and one for SUVs. Each trail is designed so that drivers will see the best views for the vehicle they are driving. All of the individual trail names and TSALAGI are derived from a specific Cherokee Indian tribe that once thrived in this area. The A WI (a-wee) Trail, which means deer, is best suited for motorcycle touring. It has 242 curves in its 76.5 mile course, with off-shoots to Cheaha Mountain, a gold mine and camping. 16

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This route is very popular among bikers and car drivers alike. The NO TSI (no-gee) Trail, which is best suited for convertible sports cars, means pine. This route not only takes the driver through the historic downtowns, but also along country routes with plenty of curves, hills and beautiful scenery. There are plenty of shopping and eating stops along the way. The WA LO SI (walow-see) Trail, meaning frog, is a laid back, easy trail that takes you back in time and is designed especially for antique or collector cars, although drivers with any type of car will enjoy this trail immensely. The trail winds through places like Lake Wedowee and R.L. Harris Dam, Flat Rock Park, historic Cragford, and Patterson’s Flats, where Cherokee tribes camped out on their way to the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Finally, the GANA


(ga-nah) Trail, meaning turkey, is a 58-mile mostly dirt road trail that allows you to ford two creeks, with a third creek as an option. This route is perfect for SUVs. Here, drivers share a Treasure Forest, a waterfall, and some of the prettiest mountain scenery in Alabama. Any one of the four TSALAGI trails provide a great day trip from Birmingham, Montgomery, Columbus, LaGrange or Atlanta. Many who have already experienced the TSALAGI trails call them the “best kept secret in Alabama.” All of the trails offer interesting scenery, plenty of photo opportunities and adventures to will share with family and friends. Tentatively set for Sept. 8, a TSALAGI Trail festival is currently being planned by the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. This will be a great opportunity to not only drive one or all of the routes, but to see what else Clay County has to offer. Keep updated on the event by going to www.claycochamber.com. Full-size maps of the TSALAGI Trail can be purchased through the chamber as well. Visit their website for more information. To get you started, the following directions can be used to navigate each of the four routes. A WI Trail 0.0 miles 3.7 miles 6.2 miles 7.1 miles

11.2 miles 13.4 miles 16.9 miles 19.4 miles 23.8 miles 25.4 miles 34.6 miles

1-20, Exit 191 onto US 431 South * RV PARKING * Turn right onto 281/Skyline Drive go to the “T”, turn left onto Skyline Drive Scenic Overlook Side trip to Abel. Take off-ramp to Abel, and go left 1.8 miles on right to King Gold Mine and local campgrounds. Return to Scenic Drive to continue on trail. Scenic Overlook Turn left onto Hwy 49 South Nubbin Creek Trail head on right. Walking Trail Turn right onto County Road 31 South Turn right onto Clairmont Springs Road, County Road 12, continue 10.7 miles High Falls Trail Head (walking trail) and waterfall on right Turn left onto County Rd 130 Idaho Road

40.6 miles Turn left onto Hwy 77 South 44.0 miles Downtown Ashland and junction of Hwy 77 S and Hwy 9 N. Historic Courthouse Square, Art Gallery and shops. Continue the trail on Hwy 9 to Lineville 50.5 miles Lineville – gas, food 54.4 miles Barfield – Cole Store on left 60.2 miles Delta – gas 67.8 miles Turn left onto Hwy 431 North, 4 way stop – gas 69.7 miles Side trip option: Take County Road 11 W to County Road 24 W to Abel Gap, Camping, and King Gold Mine 72.4 miles Junction of Hwy 431 and Skyline Drive Hwy 281 76.5 miles I-20 back to start of trail

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0.00 miles Depart I-20 Exit 191 (RV Parking) onto US 431 South 3.5 miles Turn right onto SR-281/ Skyline Drive. Got to “T” and turn left on to Skyline Drive 13.2 miles Turn left onto Hwy 49 South. (Side trip idea: continue on Hwy 281 to top of Cheaha Mountain, then return to Hwy 49 South to rejoin the trail) 27.4 miles Downtown Lineville. (Food, Gas, Shopping) 34.9 miles Turn right on Sardis Road 35.0 miles On left food. 38.8 miles Turn right at “T” onto Clay County Road 35 42.2 miles Photo opportunity on right Old Store 44.2 miles Turn left at stop sign “T” onto Hwy 77 North – 1.6 miles to Ashland 45.8 miles Downtown Ashland – turn left on to Hwy 9 South to Millerville 6.9 miles 52.7 miles Turn right in Millerville on Hwy 148 to Sylacauga or continue on Hwy 9 to Montgomery

WA LO SI Trail 0.0 miles 5.0 miles 6.4 miles 7.4 miles 9.4 miles 10.3 miles 30) 19.3 miles

Depart on Highway 9 from Lineville, AL to Blakes Ferry Road (service station) Berwick Road (swimming hole) At Cragford Road/Highway 895 turn right at stop sign (straight ahead swimming at Flat Rock) Side road to Harris Dam and Observation Platform Downtown Cragford Turn left at stop sign. Old Cragford High School (County Road Turn right at CLAY COUNTY LIFE

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stop sign onto Highway 49 South Mellow Valley (service station) Turn right onto Catfish Road (mile marker 57) Red’s Catfish on left (listed in “100 Places in Alabama to Eat Before You Die” Turn left at “T” stop sign Turn right at stop sign, road T’s Stop sign continue to the right Bluff Springs (Patterson’s Store) Turn left onto Bluff Springs Road Turn right onto Bishop Road Turn right at the “T” Turn left onto Big Springs Road (church) Turn left onto Highway 9 South Turn right on slaughter Mill Road Turn right at “T” onto Pleasant Hill Road Turn left at stop sign Turn right at the “T” onto Mines Road then proceed straight ahead at stop sign Turn right at the “T” onto County Road 5 Turn to the right at the “T” onto Highway 77 Downtown Ashland continue straight at traffic light on Highway 9 Lineville – Back at start. Run time 1 hour 45 minutes.

GANA Trail 0.00 miles Beginning on the square in Ashland take Highway 77 toward Talladega. 0.5 miles Turn left onto High Pine Road/County Road 34 5.6 miles Turn left at “T” onto Mines Road 7.4 miles Road turns to dirt. 14.1 miles Turn left onto Bolton Road (unmarked), if you go to wooden bridge you have gone too far. 16.1 miles On Bolton Road there is a waterfall on the left. 16.2 miles Turn right at the “T” County Road 18 (paved) 17.9 miles Turn left onto Cann Road (dirt marked) 20.1 miles Cross Highway 148 continue on Cann Road (dirt) 20.5 miles Bear to the left at “T”, not the driveway on left 22.3 miles Turn right onto Valley Road (dirt road crossroads) Shady Grove Church on the right. 24.8 miles Turn right at the “T” onto County Road 7 (paved) 25.8 miles Turn left on Bullgap Road 27.5 miles Enter Hollins Wildlife Management Area (NO FIREARMS) 29.0 miles Turn right unmarked narrow dirt road 680 White Gap Road 31.1 miles Turn right at stop sign. Highway 148. 34.4 miles Turn left off Hwy 148 onto County Road 7 36.8 miles Turn left off County Road 7 onto Horn’s Valley Road (dirt). 38.5 miles Option to ford creek or take bridge 44.5 miles Turn right at stop sign on Highway 77 South (paved), continue 13 miles to Ashland

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R.L. Harris Fishing Tournament Fishermen, take note! A new fishing tournament has come to Clay County! A year-long tournament set at R.L. Harris Reservoir Highway 48 Boat Ramp kicked off in February and is scheduled to continue until the Classic in February 2013. To qualify for the Classic, participants must either place in the top 30 percent or fish in all 11 tournaments. The tournament trail is presented by Clay County Chamber of Commerce and has already started a lot of buzz not only in the Clay and Randolph county area, but across the state as well. Many fishermen are competing from out-of-state. “We are really focusing on the beauty of Clay County,” Chamber Director Mary Patchunka-Smith said. “That’s why most people come here so we want to give them something else to do while they are here.” Families of the fishermen can enjoy their free time by touring the downtown areas of Lineville and Ashland, shopping, eating at the great locally-owned restaurants, taking a scenic drive on the TSALAGI Trails, bird watching at one or more of the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail locations, hiking at Cheaha State Park, or just relaxing at the many watering holes, including Clay County Lake, Lake Gerald or Flat Rock. “Clay County is truly one of the best kept secrets in Alabama,” Mary said. “We believe this fishing tournament trail is a great way for new people to discover what we have to offer, and that we’re only a short distance from everywhere.”

Trail Schedule May 5th (Daylight - 3 p.m.) June 2nd (6 p.m. - 1 a.m.) July 7th (6 p.m. - 1 a.m.) August 4th (6 p.m. - 1 a.m.) September 22nd (Daylight - 3 p.m.)

October 20th (Daylight - 3 p.m.) November 17th (8 a.m.-3 p.m.) January 26th (8 a.m.-3 p.m.) February 23rd - Classic (Daylight - 3 p.m.) CLAY COUNTY LIFE

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ZENUS WINDSOR Jack of All Trades, Master of None This Clay County icon is known for many things. From preaching to telling some of the funniest jokes you’ve ever heard, he does it all. His passion? The outdoors. “I met a lady some time ago and she was the baby of 16 kids. I asked her if she ever knew why her momma and daddy had so many. She said it was because Momma couldn’t hear good. That threw me for a loop and I said ‘What did that have to do with your momma?’ “She said, ‘Well, they didn’t have nothing but an ol’ radio back then.’ Her daddy would go to bed and say ‘Do you want to listen to the radio, or what?’ And she’d say ‘What?’” -Zenus Windsor There’s no easy way to get a straight answer from Rev. Zenus Windsor. Preparing to interview a man whose answers to questions usually begins with a joke means there is no way to get good notes. So I bought a voice recorder. Growing up in New Site, I was familiar with Rev. Windsor because he had spent many years preaching at Rocky Creek Baptist Church, but I had never met him. I really didn’t know what to expect when I called him to set up an interview, but after a 20-minute phone conversation where I spent most of my time laughing, I knew I’d need that recorder. We did most of the interview on our way to one of his favorite fishing spots. The reverend is an expert at taking a true story and turning it into a joke. He talked about growing up with 15 kids in the house and how if any of their buddies spent the night, his mom would lay them crossways on the bed because you can get more people on the bed. These are interesting stories to me - I enjoy hearing how people used to live. “I’ve slept with eight other kids in the bed,” he said. “I knew what a waterbed was 20 years before they were invented.” He catches me off guard with that one, then tells me I’m slow. We laugh, and he’s serious again, telling more stories. Rev. Windsor tried to figure up how many funerals he’s done.

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Zenus Windsor with of his catfish box traps on Lake Martin, Alabama. Opposite: Tools of the trade.

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One of Zenus’s modified catfish traps at work. In May, he’ll have been a preacher for 57 years. He estimated he’s done at least 10 a year, but most years it’s more than 20. He low-balled his math, coming up with between 1000 and 1500. He also has a theory about why he is asked to “bury” so many people. “That person [who died] has already preached their funeral with his or her life, so I try to help the family,” he said. “If I know anything funny about the person, I’ll tell a story. People need cheering up because they lost a loved one.” He went to tell more serious stories about how if he had money he would spend all of time visiting folks because he loved people. We reach the boat landing, where the photographer is waiting for us. Rev. Windsor gets his little aluminum boat in the water

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and we head out to check his catfish boxes. I’m gonna be honest here, his catfish “chum” was some of the worst smelling stuff I’ve ever been exposed to. A mixture of soybeans and some sort of cheese, he allows the stuff to ferment to a stinky level. Apparently, the smellier it is, the more the catfish like it. I can kind of smell it as we head out to the first box, but I think I’m going to be sick and he empties the first box of its fish and starts refilling the box with chum. Nasty. And then he tells me this is not the stinkiest he’s ever made. As he’s pulling the cages up, some of them need work. He has a power saw on board, using it to make the entrances larger on some of the cages, explaining while he works that if you want larger fish, they have to have the room to get in the cage. He also cuts numerous slits on the long sides of the cages to


allow more water flow. Some of the newer cages don’t allow as much flow, making it harder to pull the cages out of the water. After a few hours on the water, I am grateful when he pulls the last cage. It’s cold and smelly, and I’m ready for land. Rev. Windsor is a good host throughout the trip, laughing at me while I breathe through my coat that covers my mouth and nose most of the time. Rev. Windsor not only loves people, but he loves all things outdoors. Fishing, gardening, or just being outside. He’s turned his love of fishing into a small business, selling his catfish to restaurants around the area. He still fishes for fun, and noodling is one of his favorite pastimes. Noodling is catching fish with your hands, digging under the mud and muck and literally pulling a fish out with your hand in its mouth. I really wanted to get photos of him noodling, but I didn’t think he’d be up for it in

January when we did this photo shoot. After four hours with the infamous Zenus Windsor, I’m not sure that I got any straight answers on anything, but one thing is for sure: Rev. Windsor has to be not only one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met, but the funniest too. He guaranteed me nobody falls asleep during his sermons and you want to check out his stand up act (yes, I said stand up), he performs for various functions and at churches around the area. He is also a part of the Over-theHill Review, which performs at different locations around the state. “It’s for old folks like myself,” he said. “A lot of old folks have to have help to get on the stage. Some of them have to quit their doings right in the middle to go to the bathroom.” Never a dull moment.

The Great Indoors When it’s time to take a break from the great outdoors, Clay County has a few interesting options. While visiting Cheaha State Park, be sure to look for the two museums located there. One is located near the gatehouse entrance and the other is inside the park. Both offer interesting artifacts from the area as well as great historical information. If you’re interested in shopping, there are several antique shops around the county, including Lineville Emporium. The shop is a unique mix of antiques and is located in one of the oldest buildings in Lineville. There is also a quaint antiques shop located on Hwy. 9 in Delta. Many specialty shops can be found in both Ashland and Lineville. Hungry? Clay County boasts two restaurants that are listed on Alabama’s “Top 100 Places to Eat”. High Points Coffee Shop and Bookstore in Ashland is an interesting mix of restaurant and bookstore and can be a fun place to spend the afternoon. High Points has a nice selection of local authors and artists on display and for sale, as well. Red’s Catfish, located on Catfish Road in the southern end of the county is hard to find, but worth the trip. Renowned in the area for their fried catfish, Red’s offers a menu full of Southern tradition. The restaurant overlooks two fish ponds and in warm weather, you can enjoy the view from the porch. No matter your interests, there is always something interesting to be found in the nooks and crannies of Clay County - all you have to do is look. CLAY COUNTY LIFE

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MOUNTAIN VIEW PLANTATION A Sportsman’s Paradise Years in the making, Richard Sprayberry is having the time of his life at his serene hunting lodge. What happens when you take someone who loves hunting and the outdoors, a killer view, and a plot of family land? You get an experience like no other. Richard Sprayberry’s Mountain View Plantation Hunting Lodge was born from his love of the outdoors, and “has grown beyond my wildest dreams,” he said. Located near the foothills of Cheaha State Park in Delta, Clay County, the lodge has one of the most stunning views of the mountains anywhere in the area surrounding the park. The lodge and main area is located on property that has been in Richard’s family for three generations. He bought additional property over the years, and now Mountain View rests on approximately 3000 acres. Not only is the area beautiful, but the retreat is a hunter’s paradise - stocked with white-tail deer, quail, Eastern wild turkey, wild boar and pheasant. Being an avid hunter himself, and spending time at other hunting retreats, Richard had an idea of how he wanted to operate his business before he even broke ground. “I wanted my guests to know they meant something to us when they left,” he said. “Kind of like they were members of a frat house - that we’ve bonded and shared an experience together.” Richard said he realizes that every hunt is not successful, but wanted every guest to just relax and enjoy themselves. “You don’t judge a hunt by whether something is killed, but by the quality of the experience,” he said. Each hunt is guided, and each guide has spent plenty of the time on the grounds to know the best places to take the guests for the most success. They keep abreast of where the animals are feeding each season as well. They also plant a lot of food for the deer, turkeys and quail. “Because we try to treat people the way we would want to be treated and make them comfortable, our growth has come from word of mouth,” he said. “All of our new guests were brought by people who had visited before.”

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This year, he said, people visited Mountain View from 26 states and two foreign countries - Lebanon and Germany. The lodge accommodations allow guests to stay however long they would like, Richard said. Some of his regular quail hunting guests from Atlanta may come a dozen times a year for only a day, while others may come once a year and stay for several days. Mountain View recently hosted a women’s only weekend hunting event, and to Richard’s surprise, sold out immediately. When he decided to open the event for a second weekend, it sold out as well. The lodge hosts several different types of hunting events each year, including the Clay County Chamber of Commerce’s fund-raising skeet shoot. Combine the stunning views and selection of game with people who treat you like family, and you have something extra special in Clay County that words can’t completely describe. For Richard, this is just an extension of his love of hunting and the outdoors. For everyone else, it’s just a great

time that can’t be found at any other lodge. “I always say the lodge is the best kept secret in Clay County,” Richard said.

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TOP TEN Outdoor Activities Finding fun outdoor adventures in Clay County can become a daunting task if you’re not sure where to look. The following Top Ten Things to Do will give you a glimpse into some of the most outstanding outdoor adventures.

Cheaha Mountain Not only is Cheaha Mountain the highest point in Alabama, holding bragging rights for some of the most beautiful views anywhere in the state, Cheaha State Park is located in Talladega National Forest, a pristine, protected wildlife area. With hiking trails, a walking trail to Bald Rock and a small lake, there is plenty to do and see if Cheaha is a daytrip destination. There is also a gift shop, two museums and a restaurant with a grand view. For those wishing to extend the trip, Cheaha has mountain lodges, or if you’d rather “rough” it, plenty of camping sites are available throughout the park. And with many back roads to explore, the park is fun time and time again.

Mountain View Plantation If hunting is your thing, a visit to Delta’s Mountain View Plantation is in order. Born out of a love of hunting and the outdoors, Richard Sprayberry’s vision of a home-away-fromhome hunting experience is one not to be missed. The 3000 plus acre plantation is home to a variety of game birds including quail, as well as white-tail deer and wild boar. With a knowledgeable hunting guide by your side, even if you don’t bag anything on your hunt, you will definitely enjoy your stay at Mountain View Plantation. CLAY COUNTY LIFE

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Alabama Birding Trail A great way to take in the natural beauty of Clay County is to spend some time at the sites located along the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail. Clay County is one of nine counties on the trail and offers not only great opportunities to see the many birds of Alabama, but is also an excellent way to enjoy the undisturbed areas of the county that visitors may not normally see. There are seven birding trail sites designated in the county, offering bird watchers the opportunity to see both native and migratory birds in the area. Not into birds? That’s okay, too. These sites offer great opportunities for picnicking, swimming, relaxing, and hiking along water banks and amongst hiking trails.

Lake Chinnabee A local favorite for relaxing with family and friends is Lake Chinnabee, located inside Talladega National Forest. Great for swimming and picnics, the natural beauty of the area will entice new visitors to return for many more visits. Lake Chinnabee is also a designated site on the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, giving the lake plenty of outdoor activities for the entire family to enjoy almost yearround.

Morris Mountain ORV Park Morris Mountain ORV Park has just about everything that off-road riders need for a fun day (or weekend) of riding. With five classes of trails, primitive camping and even annual memberships, off-road riding is taken to a new level in this park located near the Clay/Cleburne county line. When riders tire of the many trails, there is always the mud pit with racing lanes. There are many events planned throughout the year, or groups can rent the entire park for a weekend if they’d prefer. 28

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Patriot Riding Retreat & Lodge For the novice or expert horse-rider, Patriot Riding Retreat & Lodge is a great place to get outside and enjoy riding beautiful horses along the many trails especially designed to make rides enjoyable for everyone. The lodge is situated on a stocked pond, so when the horses are back in their stable, fishing is an alternative, as well as exploring the beautiful property located in Delta. The lodge has cabins, is available for groups, and has been specifically designed as a getaway for wounded veterans. With Alabama’s temperate weather, Patriot Riding Retreat & Lodge can be enjoyed year-round.


TSALAGI Trails There’s no better way to see the beauty of Clay County than by taking at least one of the TSALAGI trails in the four-trail system. Some are for cars and some are for off-road vehicles, but they all are are a great way to spend a few days. The car routes are devoted to seeing the history of the county and many beautiful, winding country roads that many visitors would miss. The off-road routes are perfect for goofing off in the woods and enjoying the wildlife of Clay County. A first ever TSALAGI Trails event is scheduled for the fall. A fun event for the entire family!

Flat Rock/ R. L. Harris Dam A favorite local hangout for many reasons, Flat Rock is one of the most unusual areas in the county. Flat Rock is just what the name implies - a huge flat rock. Flat Rock is great for swimming and picnicking, and if boating and fishing sound like fun, put your boat in at adjoining R.L. Harris Dam. Although the dam was built for power production, this area has become popular for recreational use because of the beautiful setting.

Clay County Lake Yes, fishing is a fun way to spend the day at Clay County Lake, but there are many other fun things to do while you’re there. There’s swimming, picnicking, boating and water sports. If you enjoy birdwatching, Clay County Lake is one of the seven sites in Clay County listed on the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail. No matter what you consider outdoor fun, families and friends will definitely enjoy an entire day on the lake.

High Falls Hikers will be overwhelmed with the beauty of High Falls when they reach this destination. Just a short hike out, even novice hikers will be glad they took this route. Hidden in one of the many forests of Clay County, this is one of the most beautiful and serene areas anywhere in the state. No matter what season you visit High Falls, the water and surroundings are beautiful. The area is not developed, so both flora and fauna are in abundance in the area, as well as on the trail leading to this magnificent site. There are several other hiking trails at High Falls, so more experienced hikers can enjoy an entire day spent in one of the best kept secrets in the South. CLAY COUNTY LIFE

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BIRDING TRAIL There are seven birding trail sites designated in the county, offering bird watchers the opportunity to see both native and migratory birds in the area. A great way to take in the natural beauty of Clay County is to spend some time at the sites located along the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail. Clay County is one of nine counties on the trail and offers not only great opportunities to see the many birds of Alabama, but is also an excellent way to enjoy the undisturbed areas of the county that visitors may not normally see. There are seven birding trail sites designated in the county, offering bird watchers the opportunity to see both native and migratory birds in the area. Not into birds? That’s okay, too. These sites offer great opportunities for picnicking, swimming, relaxing, and hiking along water banks and amongst hiking trails. PPBT Coordinator Joanne Ninesling said the one thing that sets this birding trail apart from the others in the state is that they incorporated all aspects of sightseeing into the trails. “We tried to offer added sites and highlight those along with the trails,” she said. “Like at Watershed #3 in Clay County, we want visitors to ride to Cheaha State Park or to Delta to see the old cars and buildings on the side of the road. This is an opportunity to 30

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get in the county and in nature to see things you might not have seen before.” Les Robinson, local coordinator for the Clay County PPBT said the trails have already made a positive impact on the county by giving them an opportunity to “clean up” many of the areas. “Watershed #3 started as a nature trail in the late 1970s,” he said. “It was grown over, but we knew that area would be a great place for the trail. There is ample water supply, an open area and a nature trail, we just needed to get it cleaned up.” The county received a grant to continue to improve that site and will have a new boat ramp and better parking in place by mid August, he said. The grand opening of the PPBT trails is set for September in Clay County. “We believe all of these improvements will get the bikers out, because now there is something out there to see,” Les said. “We want people to start utilizing what we have here and turn this into something positive for the whole county.” Because of the different landscape of the county, Joanne


said that Clay County is a great place to see a variety of birds. “With the mountains, the high altitude and different elevations, as well as [Talladega National Forest], it sets Clay County apart from the rest of the trail. Habitat wise, you are sure to see birds here that you won’t see in other parts of the state,” she said. “You are more likely to see hawks, owls or eagles in the national park, and from there you can be on the top of Cheaha Mountain in 30 minutes or less to see even more birds that you won’t see anywhere else.” The seven sites around the county are Ashland City Park, Turnipseed Camp, Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area, Cheaha State Park, Clay County Public Fishing Lake, Crooked Creek Watershed Site #3 Nature Trail and Lineville City Park. These sites and the others on the PPBT can be found on a map that can be either downloaded, or visitors can request a copy through the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. The map includes directions to each site as well as detailed information about what is offered at each site. For more information, or to download a map, visit www. piedmontplateaubirdingtrail.com.

Site Legend 1. Ashland City Park 2. Turnipseed Park 3. Lake Chinnabee Recreation Park 4. Cheaha State Park

5. Clay County Fishing Lake 6. Crooked Creek Watershed Site #3 Nature Trail 7. Lineville City Park

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COMMUNITY Rural, Modern

HEALTHY LIVING From wellness centers with personal trainers to emergency care and beyond, the Clay County Medical community keeps its residents healthy. The old adage of "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" may not be entirely true, but there are many things that can keep a body healthy. Wellness centers have become popular in recent years as a way to help everyone keep their bodies in better condition and keep them out of the doctor’s office or hospital. The Clay County Wellness Center is a great place to start getting healthy or to maintain a high level of fitness. The wellness center offers personal training. No matter what your age or fitness level, personal training is great for improving your physical well-being. A customized plan is developed for each person after an initial evaluation is made, and as each person progresses, adjustments are made by the personal trainer. Using a personal trainer also gives professional guidance, motivation, and encouragement. Clay County Wellness Center membership also includes aerobics, indoor walking track, pool, whirlpool, fitness area, free weights and pilates. To make visits easier to work into busy schedules, the wellness center offers playcare for parents who need to bring their children. No matter how healthy someone is, there are still times a visit to the doctor is in order. Lineville Clinic has several family physicians on staff to help with basic medical needs. The clinic has served the community for several decades 32

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providing trusted medical care. When a hospital is necessary, Clay County Hospital services the entire area. From basic hospital needs such as emergency room services to surgery, the hospital has the facilities to provide care and comfort. The hospital also provides several specialties such as Hospice care, nuclear medicine, physical therapy, radiology and sleep disorders. Nuclear medicine is specialized imaging that uses small measured amounts of radioactive material to diagnosis and treat various diseases including many types of cancer, heart disease, thyroid, liver and bone diseases. Clay County Hospital offers many types of scans. They have state of the art nuclear medicine imaging equipment and the technologist is specially trained and certified. The physical therapy department treats a wide range of conditions including arthritis, balance deficits, geriatric care, muscle imbalance, neurological disorders, spinal care and sports injury. Physical therapy services are also offered outside the hospital when necessary. Therapists evaluate clients prior to treatment to assess their needs, provide education pertaining to their specific condition, answer questions or concerns, and take baseline measurements to help determine goals. Specialized treatment


programs are then developed for patients’ individual needs A growing need for sleep disorders lab is met at Clay County Hospital. The Sleep Disorders Lab conducts tests to watch what happens to a person’s body during sleep. The studies are done to find out what is causing sleep problems which may include sleep apnea, narcolepsy or chronic insomnia. Sleep apnea is a common and potentially dangerous sleep disorder but is relatively easy to diagnose and treatable. Patients with sleep apnea are at a greater risk for heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder where a person falls asleep suddenly many times a day. Chronic insomnia is when a person has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep night after night. For anyone having trouble sleeping, the Sleep Disorders Lab, may be just what the doctor ordered. With a 16-bed facility, Twin Oaks Assisted Living may be the perfect place for those who aren’t quite ready for a nursing home. By having a small number of residents, the staff is

able to provide excellent care and a variety of activities and entertainment options. For long-term care, Clay County Nursing Home is convenient and provides superb care. Many unique services are provided including the fact that the home is connected to Clay County Hospital. Residents have the flexibility to choose their physician and there is physical, occupational and speech therapies available. For those who may just need short-term rehabilitation, that option is also available. Two unique features of Clay County Nursing Home includes pets and a resident council. One of the units housing a bird aviary and pets are welcome for short visits. The active resident council meets monthly and discusses nursing home routines and provides suggestions for changes. Whatever healthcare needs residents require, Clay County has a solution. From wellness to long-term care, healthcare professionals in the area provide trained, quality care with a personal touch that is only found in rural Alabama.

Healthcare Directory Clay County Health Department 86892 Hwy 9, Lineville 256-396-6421 Lineville Clinic 60026 Highway 49, Lineville 256-396-2143 Clay County Chiropractic 85430 Hwy 9, Ashland 256-354-0121 Clay County Health & Wellness Center 57 Floyd Springs Rd, Ashland 256-354-1260

Clay County Hospital www.claycountyhospital.com 83825 Hwy 9, Ashland 256-354-2131 Clay County Hospital Home Care (operated by LHC Group) 83825 Highway 9, Ashland 256-354-0077 Clay County Nursing Home 83825 Hwy 9, Ashland 256-354-1202

Lineville Health and Rehabilitation 88073 Highway 9, Lineville 256-396-2104 Steele Chiropractic Life Center 89485 Hwy 9, Lineville 256-396-2058 Twin Oaks Assisted Living Facility 51 Westobulga Dr., Lineville 256-396-62211 Central Family Care Hwy9, between Ashland and Lineville 256-354-5064 CLAY COUNTY LIFE

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Volunteers Promote Growth Trying to pinpoint exactly how Clay County residents volunteer is a difficult task. It’s not because they don’t volunteer, it’s because they do so much. As a matter of fact, residents of Clay County are so involved with their communities, that in the 1980’s, Alabama Rep. Richard Laird (D) of the 37th District declared Clay County as Volunteer County of Alabama because of the spirit of giving he saw in the residents of the county. To this day, the spirit of giving and helping is one of Clay County’s greatest strengths. Most of the growth of the county is attributed to volunteerism. From the Clay County Arts League to the 28 volunteer fire departments in Clay County, residents take it upon themselves to help improve their lives. Much of the county’s safety needs are met through volunteers. The Clay County Rescue Squad is also comprised of volunteers who help provide first aid and ambulance service to the residents of the county. There are also numerous clubs and organizations devoted to service including the Exchange Club which helps promote the prevention of child abuse; Clay County Relay for

Life which raises funds for the American Cancer Society; and Autism Awareness Day, which was originally organized by a high school student. Many of the local churches also have strong groups which help residents with a variety of needs. Civic groups and organizations such as the chamber also have volunteer opportunities. Many of these groups hold annual events and there are always volunteer positions waiting to be filled. This spirit of giving is what makes Clay County such a tight-knit family. “Folks here in Clay County never think twice when a fellow Clay Countian is in need. They’d give you the shirt right off their back,” Mary PatchunkaSmith, Clay County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said. The volunteer opportunities are endless. Residents are encouraged to look for a need, and then to fill it. This is what makes Clay County special and different from other areas. It’s also why Rep. Laird gave the heart-felt title “Volunteer County of Alabama” to people who really do care about their neighbors. “Here, we’re all volunteers,” Mary said.

Volunteer Opportunities 20th Century Club    Sue Luker 256-354-2121

Clay County Cattleman’s Assoc. Donny A. Daugherty 256-488-5392

Clay County Treasure Forest/Forestry Planning Committee 256-396-2441

Angel Food Ministries Lineville Baptist Church 256-396-2567

Clay County Children’s Advocacy Council Lisa Runyan 256-354-9021

Girl Scouts Clay and Randolph Counties Rhonda Ashworth 800-734-4541 x1901

Clay County Exchange Club David Franklin 256-396-2717

Lineville Boy Scout Troop 222 New Fellowship Baptist Church 256-283-7680

Clay County Garden Club Dee Perkins, 256-354-0028

Inter Se Ruth Carmichael, 256-396-2928

Clay County Relay for Life Lineville Health and Rehab 256-396-2104

Modern Cultural Club   Mary Worthy 256-354-2121

Ashland Boy Scouts Billy Walker 256-354-2235 Bereavement Outreach Group Belinda Catchings 256-276-4094 Clay County Arts League 256-396-6143 34

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An Abundance of Art Art is alive and well in rural Alabama. For a county as sparsely populated as Clay County, the amount of art and artists in the county is astounding. Many local artists have been able to turn their talent and passion into a career, such as Jim Gasser, owner of Earthfire Studios. Not only does he have a thriving pottery business, he also teaches pottery, like many other local artists who enjoy passing on their artistic knowledge. The Steel family has also turned their passion for arts into a business by buying a historical building on the square in Ashland, restoring it, and opening it as Ashland Theatre. The beautifully restored building is host to several productions a year. Another hub of artistic activity can be found on the square in Ashland. Both Marble Gate Gallery and High Points Coffee House and Bookstore display works of art from local artists. Marble Gate Gallery also conducts adult and children’s art classes. Since 1971 the Clay County Arts League has brought a variety of programs to the culturally underserved area including visual arts shows, music, plays and programs for children. Kim Crist, director of the arts league Arts Camp, said the league is very important to the area. Since 1995, the Arts League has hosted a variety of arts programs for children and teens throughout the year. Some of the classes that have been offered are singing, drama, music, pottery, drawing, painting and even cooking. Murals completed by local artists and the children have been created and left behind as gifts to local schools. Many children attend Arts Camp each year on scholarship. The Arts League has also partnered with the school system on several occasions to bring theatre and visual artists into the county’s schools. "I focus on school-age kids," Kim said. "They don’t get

the creative outlet of arts and music because it’s not offered at the schools, but if we can get it to even a few of them, it’s worth it. "Many people have told me ‘don’t ever stop’ the Arts Camp. They keep coming back and as teenagers, many will come back and volunteer. We are able to get grants to provide about 150 children a year with the chance to do dance or art." The county saw its first art shows when the league formed, as well as the opening of a gallery in Ashland. The foundation was laid to encourage and support the county’s artists. "Through the Artist’s Eyes" has been showcasing local artists for the past six years, with exhibits at the Clay County Health and Wellness Center. The visual artists create works in different mediums - painting, pottery, photography, wood working and glass sculpting. For 21 years, the organization has produced plays, musicals and other shows for Clay County residents including "A Christmas Carol", "Peter Pan", "South Pacific", "Grease" and "A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream". Additionally, the Seasoned Performers, a senior adult theater group from Birmingham, has performed at the historic Ashland Theatre. Summer Sizzle has been entertaining Clay County with free outdoor concerts on Thursdays in July since 2004. The music ranges from gospel to big band swing to local mariachi and country. In 2008, the Arts League joined with the Clay County Chorus to bring mixed choral music to the forefront of Clay County. Over the past few years, the choral groups have performed beautiful Christmas shows. “I know this means a lot to the county,” Kim said. “That’s why we keep doing it.”

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Places of Worship Ashland Church of Christ 39815 Hwy. 77, Ashland 256-354-2202

County Line Baptist Church 233 County Line Road, Cragford 256-354-5836

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church 3752 County Rd. 113, Lineville 256-396-2130

Ashland Church of God 85079 Hwy. 9, Ashland 256-354-3097

Cragford Community Church 10957 Cragford Road, Cragford 256-396-2033

Springhill Baptist Church 264 Oak Grove Rd., Lineville 256-396-2293

Barfield Baptist Church 74 East Mill Rd., Lineville 256-396-5316

Eldred Street Church of God 174 McLain, Lineville 256-396-6208

St. Mark’s - St. Vincent de Paul* Country Club Rd., Ashland Union Baptist Church 24 Vickers Lane, Ashland

First Assembly of God* 85621 Hwy. 9, Ashland 256-354-4090 First Baptist of Ashland* 83558 Hwy. 9, Ashland 256-354-7958

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church 460 High Pine Road, Ashland 256-354-7873 Bethel Christian Church Goodwater Hwy., Ashland 256-354-2125 Bethlehem United Methodist Church 188 Oak Grove Road, Lineville 256-396-2581 Big Springs Baptist Church 3805 High Pine Road, Ashland 256-449-2087 Carey Baptist Association 181 2nd Ave. S., Ashland 256-354-5073 Carey and Clay County Baptist Center 60084 Hwy. 49, Lineville 256-396-2461

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Lystra Baptist Church 677 McKay Road, Lineville 256-354-2567

First United Methodist Church, Ashland* 219 E. 1st Ave., Ashland 256-354-2267

Mellow Valley Church 1016 School Rd, Cragford 256-354-2292

First United Methodist Church, Lineville* 256-396-5945

Millerville Baptist Church 1855 6th Street Extension, Alex City 256-354-5431

Good Hope Baptist Church 9408 County Road 31, Lineville

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church 325 Mt. Zion Church Rd., Ashland 256-354-3190

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 30 4th St., Ashland 256-354-3619 Lineville Baptist Church* 60515 Hwy. 49, Lineville 256-396-2567

Vineyard Worship Center 241 Talladega St., Lineville 256-396-5089

New Fellowship Baptist Church 2092 Horns Lake Rd, Talladega New Hope Baptist Church 405 Black Chapel Rd., Delta 256-396-2548 New Life Christian Center 240 Howard Ballard Dr., Ashland 256-354-2738 Olive Branch Baptist Church 155 Olive Branch Rd., Ashland 256-396-9014 Open Door Baptist Church Delta 256-488-5130 Pleasant Grove United Methodist 41324 Hwy. 77, Ashland 256-354-3716

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Youth Sports Build Character One sure way to help youth develop into community leaders is participation in team sports. Clay County is wellknown in central Alabama for producing talented athletes. The county youth sports programs are open to all children in the county and each group is led by adults with a lot of experience in these leagues. This close-knit community pulls together during all sporting seasons to provide a funfilled time for children and their families. Ashland Youth Baseball and Softball Summer League Chuck Freeman 256-354-2121 Ages 5-12, sign up last Tuesday of January and first two Tuesdays in February

Lineville Youth Baseball and Softball Summer League 256-396-5299 after 5 p.m. Girls 5-16; Boys 5-15, sign up February

Lineville Youth Football/ Cheerleading Leon Morrow 256-282-3515 Ages 5-13, sign up in August

Upward Basketball Lineville Baptist Church 256-396-2567

Youth Soccer First Assembly Christian School 256-354-4090

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2012 Events R.L. Harris Tournament Trail Through February 2013 Lake Wedowee

5 Stand Clay Tournament April 21st Mountain View Plantation

Cardboard Boat Regatta May 12 Lake Wedowee

TSALAGI Trails Festival & Fun Run

Fall 2012 Location TBA This brand new event will include a fun run, music and much more.

Clay County Birding Trail Launch & Ashland Downtown Open House September 8 Ashland Square

World’s Longest Yard Sale

August 2-5 Clay county will connect with the “World’s Longest Yard Sale”

AL PALS County/State Wide Clean Up April 21-28

Heritage Day

1st Saturday in November Presented by Lineville Merchants Association

Clay County Car Show and Swap Meet 1st Sunday in November Presented by Dr. Bob Steele and Tommy Hicks www.facebook.com/ClayCountyCarShow/info

Second Saturday on the Ashland Square Presented by Ashland Merchants

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EDUCATION

The last game ever between Ashland and Lineville was played September 19th, 2011. This marks the end of an era, but also begins a new tradition with the two schools unifying.

A New Beginning Ask anyone in Clay County about the Clay Bowl and you are going to get long, colorful stories. The beginning of the 2011 high school football season marked the end of the 101-year-old Clay Bowl tradition. And although there are mixed emotions about the end of the era, there is a bright future in store. When the 2012-13 school year begins, high schoolers in Clay County will be welcomed in a brand new school - Central High School of Clay County. Several years in the making, the new school is large enough to house all county high schoolers and include vocational building on site, as well as a gymnasium. “It appears that the new school will be organized in a way that will promote career planning and achievement through academic, athletic and career technical excellence,� Ann Thompson of the Career Tech Center said. With this opening, Clay County High in Ashland, which is in terrible condition, will be able to close and undergo renovations to be used by the lower grade levels. When Lineville High is empty, renovation will begin and that building will become Lineville Elementary, housing grades kindergarten through sixth. Ashland Elementary, which is also in bad condition, will be renovated and new classrooms will be added. All of the renovation projects are set to be completed by the beginning of the 2013 school year. 40

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Ann believes the new school and the extensive renovations will have a positive impact not only for the students, but the teachers as well. “Central High School of Clay County will offer a new, clean, state-of-the-art facility that will afford students a world class learning environment that will be safe from the perils of man and nature. “Remodeling the old schools will provide elementary students with a spacious facility, on one campus, that is conducive to academic achievement,” she said. “Also, the inclusion of a gymnasium at both elementary schools will greatly enhance the physical education opportunities for the students.” Although there is great excitement surrounding the new facilities, losing Clay Bowl will be one thing it may take some time for the communities to recover from. “We’re losing something that Clay County is identified with,” Lineville Head Coach Steve Giddens said. “The Clay Bowl is important to the people of the county.” Coach Giddens also played football at Clay County High School and coached there for a year before transferring to Lineville. “It’s bittersweet,” Clay County High School Head Coach Kris Herron said. “This is the longest running high school rivalry in the state. “Both sides have taken a lot of pride in the game over the years. This is the last game before play offs. Whoever wins feels good until football season starts over.” Even with the loss of the Clay Bowl, parents, teachers and the community at large know the benefits far outweigh the sadness. “The new school will be sensational if a spirit of cooperation can be attained from parents, teachers and students,” Ann said.

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Rounded Education in Clay County A long history of educated local, state and national leaders have their roots in Clay County. Although Clay County is well-known for producing skilled athletes, they are probably better equipped to handle a complete, quality education for all students. Many notable figures from the area have made an individual impact on the nation. This can be traced directly back to education. Hugo Black (18861971), born in Harlan, served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1937 until 1971; LaFayette L. Patterson (1888-1987), born near Delta, served three terms in the U.S. Congress from 1928 to 1933; Byron Lavoy Cockrell (1935-2007), born in Lineville, rocket scientist and engineer; and Bob Riley (b. 1944), Alabama’s 52nd governor, native of Ashland, all received their primary education in Clay County schools. There are also other notable residents: NFL All-Pro Howard Ballard, Auburn Basketball stand-out Lance Weems, six-time AHSAA Coach of Year Danny Horn, American astronaut Joe Frank Edwards, Jr. and NFL football player Jonathan Carter. With all of this talent coming from one small place, there has to be some sort of driving force behind it. There is always drive and talent, but the educational system has to be strong enough to back such stand-outs. Clay County Board of Education governs the schools, which serve approximately 2100 students. There are currently two high schools, Clay County High School in Ashland and Lineville High School. The new campus will open in Fall 2012, combining both high schools. After renovation, the empty

buildings will house elementary schools. Clay County and Lineville High schools serve grades 7-12. Both schools participate in the ACCESS Distance Learning program which enables the schools to offer more classes with fewer teachers. Classes such as Spanish are conducted through this program. Clay County High boasts six state football championships since 1994. Two students have held National Junior Beta Club officer positions, and four have held State Junior Beta Club officer positions since 2000. Other programs and classes offered at the high schools include drama, art, band (marching, concert and jazz), as well as multiple clubs and social organizations such as Scholar’s Bowl, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Student Government Association. Sports offered include football, girls and boys basketball, baseball, softball, cheerleading and golf. Ashland Elementary Main Campus (2-6) and grades K-1 are currently served at the primary school location on Alabama Highway 77. Lineville Elementary School serves grades K-6 grades, and the Washington Street campus also houses the alternative school for the Clay County school system. The greatest proof that education is important to the future of Clay County’s children is that everyone pulls together to make it happen. From the art league to community fund-raisers, it indeed takes a village to raise a child.

School Directory Clay County Board of Education 62 Court Sq, Ashland 256-354-5414 Gary Reynolds, superintendent www.claycoboe.org

Central High School of Clay County (Grades 7-12) Scheduled to open Fall 2012. Will combine Clay County and Lineville high schools.

Lineville Elementary School (Grades K-6) 88584 Highway 9, Lineville 256-396-5320 Tim Pilkington, principal

Ashland Elementary School (Grades 2-6) 223 Third Street SW, Ashland 256-354-2566 Demita Parson, principal

Clay County High School 220 3rd St SW, Ashland 256-354-7510 Billy Walker, principal

Lineville High School 18 West Main Street, Lineville 256-396-2466 Steve Giddens, principal

First Assembly Christian School (Grades K-12) 85621 Highway 9, Ashland 256-354-4090 Bradley Strother, principal www.facslions.org

Clay County Christian Academy (Grades K3-12) 1085 School Road, Cragford 256-354-7778 David Haynes, Administrator http://ccca.us

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Private Schools Offer Options Parents looking for alternatives to public schools can find two high-quality faith-based private schools in Clay County, and there is a large, supportive community of parents who home school their children. First Assembly Christian School, located in Ashland, was founded in 1997 by Keith Jones, after much prayer and research. The vision Jones was given was to create a Christcentered, Bible-based academic institution for Christian families who have committed to “training up their children in the way they should go”, according to scriptures. First year enrollment totaled 45 students in grades K-8, and today, the enrollment is around 200. Their objective has remained the same: to provide an affordable, academic excellence alternative education based on the values and standards of the Word of God. “We put the emphasis on wholesome values that families cling to as part of our underlying foundation,” principal Bradley Strother said. “And all of our curriculum is considered advanced.” For more information, find them online at www.facslions.org. Clay County Christian Academy, located in southern Clay County in Mellow Valley, is a K3-12 school and offers standard academic classes as well as a variety of sports. One of the major differences is that the school is able to offer more clubs than many public schools. The school offers diverse academic clubs such as robotics, astronomy, drama and an intercom/public address group. The

robotics club participates in competitions with other private schools at Auburn University and the intercom group is responsible for morning “shows” each day during homeroom. CCCA has a working relationship with Southern Union State Community College in which high school junior and seniors can take advantage of dual enrollment options. Opened in 2003, the school’s mission began to lovingly nurture life-long Christian servants through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; to development a biblical worldview and godly character through immersion in the King James version of the Holy Bible; personal and professional excellence through an enriched academic program, which is biblically sound and academically challenging. For more information, find them online at http:// ccca.us. For those who decide to home school, Alabama has a large network and many cooperatives to help parents wishing to teach their children at home. Between the quality public and private schools, there are many fine options for education in Clay County, many parents still find they prefer a home setting. Home schooling offers the ability to control many outside influences, and once state standards are met, home schooled children can focus on other academic areas that may interest them. There are many websites to help get interested parents started including www.hlsda.org and www.chefofalabama.org.

Nearby Colleges There are a number of post-secondary schools in Alabama within a 60-mile radius of Clay County offering a wide variety of degree opportunities for students wishing to continue their education after high school. For qualifications, admissions and programs, contact each school for more information. s Alabama State University Montgomery s Amridge University - Montgomery s Auburn University

s Auburn University at Montgomery s Birmingham-Southern College s Central Alabama Community College - Alexander City and Childersburg s Chattahoochee Valley Community College - Phenix City s Faulkner University - Montgomery s Gadsden State Community College s Huntingdon College - Montgomery s Jefferson State Community College Birmingham s Lawson State Community College Birmingham

s Miles College - Birmingham s Samford University - Birmingham s Southeastern Bible College Birmingham s Southern Union State Community College - Wadley and Opelika s Talladega College s Trenholm State Technical College Montgomery s Tuskegee University s Troy University Montgomery and Phenix City s University of Alabama at Birmingham CLAY COUNTY LIFE

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BUSINESS It’s All About

LOCATION Location, a community with a positive outlook, and plenty of acreage makes Clay County a great place for business. Clay County offers everything business and industry are looking for in a location to call home. From people who believe in community and education, to plenty of acreage to accommodate most any size industry, Clay County offers a firm foundation for businesses. A fast growing business in Clay County is tourism. Residents who enjoy the natural beauty of the area are willing to share with tourists. Many local events are centered around the outdoors from fishing tournaments to motorcycle routes. Local businesses that cater to tourists do well in the main towns of Ashland and Lineville. For industry, there are four state highways crisscrossing the county, two railways and an airport. Clay County is centrally located between Birmingham, Montgomery and Atlanta. Last year the Ashland/ Lineville Airport Runway was granted more than $750,000 for rehabilitation of the runway, increasing efforts to attract more industry. Both CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway continue to run through the county. The county has two industrial parks that were created 44

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through a joint effort of the county and the towns of Ashland and Lineville. A park is located in each of the towns. Industries such as Wellborn Cabinet, Tru-Wood Cabinets and Koch Foods have found a successful home in Clay County by utilizing the above amenities. Small business owners with unique ideas are quite successful in the county as well. Locally owned businesses do well by offering all the basic services, and there are plenty of opportunities to expand by offering new shopping experiences to residents. Retail businesses find that there is steady business and tend to gain loyal followers by offering unique items, or sometimes just items that are necessary. With the closest urban shopping available an hour away, local retail stores located in the county can provide much needed goods in a more convenient location for residents. All in all, Clay County is a great place for business to call home. With good land and great people, there is a bright future for any business located in the county’s boundaries.


Timber: One of County’s Best Assets Timber has always played a major role in the vitality of Clay County. Many years ago when Clay County was settled, the timber industry was one of the largest industries in the county. Although many wood yards have closed in part due to the current recession, timber is still an important part of the county’s story. There are thousands of acres of forest still in the county, which gives the area its unsurpassed beauty. The untouched forests have now become a tourist attraction with more and more urbanites looking to enjoy a simple, relaxing vacation in the quiet of the countryside. These forests also have become home to hunting lodges and other outdoorsy retreats. As owner of approximately 700 acres of timberland in Clay County, Lamar Dewberry agrees that timber is just as important now as it was a hundred years ago. "Because of our location to Birmingham, Atlanta and Montgomery we can use the properties for tourism, hunting, etc.," he said. "Being a landowner is a positive thing - there’s the aesthetics, recreation and wildlife value." Prior to becoming a realtor seven years ago, Lamar spent

23 years as an agriscience teacher - his appreciation and knowledge of the forests of Clay County grew during his tenure. He and his wife Felicia take an active role in not only the upkeep of their acreage, but also in teaching other landowners how to increase the beauty and value of their timberland. One of the couple’s land tracts has been designated a Treasure Forest, so the couple spend time giving tours on this property, showing other owners good forest management practices. "You want to add value to the land, not just let it grow up into a big jumbled up mess," Lamar said. From knowing how often and when to burn the undergrowth, to which types of pines and hardwoods to grow, there is a true science that goes into maintaining a healthy forest. During a recession, this maintenance is important for when people begin buying more timber again. "Timber isn’t like corn, you don’t have to gather it at harvest, you can leave it for next year," so the value doesn’t really decrease, he said

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Small Business Spotlight 1998, her love of all things antique has grown into a full-fledged business. Lineville Emporium, located downtown on Hwy. 9, is a two-story wonderland of artifacts, antiques, collectibles and gifts. Not only does this 100-year-old-plus building house Kathy’s finds, she also rents space to other antique lovers. Folks looking to browse, shop or just take in everything there is to see in this marvelous shop, will

Clay County Livestock Clay County Livestock owner Justin McCollum always knew he wanted to own a livestock business - that’s what makes him so good at what he does. From buying and selling all sorts of livestock, to operating a cafeteria, everything about his business reflects his love of livestock. Justin currently has cow sales every Tuesday afternoon and horse sales every third Friday night. The cafeteria is currently open Tuesdays in conjunction with the cow sales. For more information, find Clay County Livestock on Facebook, or call Justin at 256.354.2276.

High Points Coffee and Books Listed in Alabama’s Top 100 Places to Eat, visitors to High Points Coffee and Books have to try the menu item that made the list - chicken salad. Served either as a salad with crackers or on fresh bread, the smoky chicken tossed with grapes and nuts makes a tasty light lunch. While you’re there, browse the thousands of book for sale, or take a seat on the comfy couch to read the many books owners Johnie and Melvine Sentell have collected. The shop also boasts a nice selection of works by local artists and authors - all available to take home. The shop is set in a historical building that was updated to house a restaurant, but done carefully to protect its old charm. Many pieces that were removed were repurposed and other design elements, such as doors, were taken from other old buildings. They are open Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m.4 p.m. and lunch is served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. They are located on the square in Ashland. Phone them at 256.354.2481.

Lineville Emporium

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enjoy the setting and the selection. “Before you go to Talladega or Anniston looking for antiques, you have to stop here,” Kathy said. Lineville Emporium is open Monday, Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 256.396.9121.

H&A Outdoors With nearly 25 years experience in outdoor products and landscaping, H&A Outdoors owners Herman and Pam Benefield have found their niche in Clay County. With everything from hunting supplies to potting soil, the Benefields have opened a business that tries to cover what the people in the area need to have a great experience outdoors. “We’re really trying to get in what people want,” Pam said. What started out as a place for folks to find a few basic things, has turned into a “mini WalMart,” she said. H&A carries name brand clothing such as Russell Outdoors, Mossy Oak and Browning. They also have a nice line of SCAG and Echo yard machines. Homeowners can also find most everything they need for gardening and landscaping. They are open noon-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. They are located on Hwy. 9 just north of Lineville and can be reached at 256.396.9166.


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Chamber Celebrates Twenty-five Years By Mary Patchunka-Smith Clay County Chamber Director Being the director of a rural county Chamber of Commerce can be a challenge at times. There are numerous obstacles to overcome including budgets that don’t always stretch out to the inability to make things happen quickly. Now here’s the good part. Because we are a rural community, we pull together to make impossible things happen. That’s the greatest pleasure I get from being a part of the chamber - seeing people work together for the common good of everyone. All that being said, I’m very proud to be a part of a chamber that is celebrating its 25th year. None of our advances would have been possible without the help of the entire county. A few of things we have accomplished in Clay County include huge festivals, marketing, business growth and community pride. Some of our events and festivals, past and present, include: Clay County Music and Arts Festival, TSALAGI Trails Riding Festival, seven sites on the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trails, R.L. Harris Fishing Tournament Trail and 5 Stand Clay Tournament at Mountain View Plantation. This year, Clay County will be connecting with the World’s Longest Yard Sale scheduled for Aug. 2-5. We have increased our exposure around Alabama, the Southeast and nationwide by increasing our marketing. Even with a limited budget, we have managed to reach more people than we ever expected. Some of our marketing projects include: the annual Clay County Life Magazine, a full-color map, Facebook and our popular and informative website. Our membership has more than doubled in just four

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years, which in my opinion, shows how much pride our community has. We also co-sponsor Leadership Clay County, a wonderful program that helps inspire current and future leadership in our county. Other things we are involved in that helps with networking and marketing are memberships and committees including membership in Chamber of Commerce of Alabama, which I sit on the board of directors; membership in the Southeast Tourism Society which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee. Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Arkansas; East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, I’m also on the Board of Directors; and the East Alabama Tourism Project which includes Clay, Cleburne, Chambers, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega and Tallapoosa counties. Being a part of all of these groups takes time and dedication, but I truly believe that by continuing to work toward a vision of what we believe our county should be can only be a positive step for all of us. There are so many people in Clay County that share this vision and work very hard to accomplish it, we are bound to continue to thrive and grow even in this weakened economy. Residents of the county take great pride in our homeplace, we are proud to show it off, and happy to pitch in to help others whenever necessary. I look forward to many more years of serving Clay County and its residents, and I’m excited about the bright future we have. The celebration of Clay County Chamber of Commerce’s 25th anniversary wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and work hard of its residents.


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Chamber Membership Directory 2012 A-G-L Solid Waste Disposal Authority 256-354-5803 40717 Hwy 77, Ashland, AL 36251 Alabama Power Company 800-888-2726 www.alabamapower.com 85571 Hwy. 9, Ashland, AL 36251 Alabama Publishing Group 256-442-6620 www.apgpages.com 3049 Steel Station Rd , Rainbow City, AL 35906

Benefield Funeral Home 256-396-2888 www.benefieldfuneralhome.com 300 E Main St, Lineville, AL 36266 Bolton Service Company 256-236-8330 lugrad87@cableone.net 109 East L St., Oxford, AL 36205

Charlene Phillips 456 Phillips St, Ashland, AL 36251 Charter Cable 334-863-7080 pamela.brown@chartercom.com PO Box 900, Roanoke, AL 36274 Cheaha Industrial Services 256-396-1000 bobby.bolt@cheahagrp.com PO Box 453, Lineville, AL 36266

Clay County Arts League 256-396-6143 kimmcrist@yahoo.com P.O. Box 696, Ashland, AL 36251 Clay County Cattleman’s Assoc. 256-488-5392 dad_wiretwisters@netzero.net 853 Fernway Dr, Delta, AL 36258

Ashland Tax & Business Services 256-354-3166 www.ashlandtax.com 82948 Hwy 9, Ashland, AL 36251

Clay County Children’s Policy Council 256-354-9021 lrunyan@mindspring.com Cheaha Realty 256-396-2717 P.O. Box 990, Ashland, AL 36251 http://cheaharealty.com 118 E Main St, Lineville, AL 36266 Clay County Chiropractic Boys Scouts of America 256-354-0121 256-452-5135 Cheaha Regional Head Start drcaseydc@gmail.com tritch@1bsa.org 256-396-6975 85430 Hwy 9, Ashland, AL 36251 516 Liberty Pkwy, Bham, AL 35242 sjacobs@cheahaheadstart.org 925 North St., Talladega, AL 35160 Brannons Office City Clay County Christian Academy 256-362- 6104 256-354-7778 Cheaha Regional Mental Health, Inc. www.brannons.biz www.mvca.us 256-245-1340 144 East St. N, Talladega, AL 35161 37993 Hwy 77, Ashland, AL 36251 catkinson@cheahamentalhealth.com 351 W Third St, Sylacauga, AL 35150 Britches and Bows Clay County Commission 256-354-2700 256-354-7888 Cheaha State Park Restaurant suggs32@aol.com cfrye@claycountyal.com 256-488-5649 1759 Sardis Rd, Ashland, AL 36251 PO Box 87, Ashland, AL 36251 stateparklodge@dcnr.alabama.gov 2141 Bunker Lp, Delta, AL 36258 C&C Septic Pumping & Porta-Potties Clay County Dept. of Human Resources 256-610-0135 256-396-6800 City Auto Parts marable@teleclipse.net www.dhr.state.al.us 256-396-5418 841 Co Rd 818, Roanoke, AL 36278 86930 Hwy. 9, Ashland, AL 36251 http://www.NAPAonline.com 88890 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266 Carolyn’s Beauty Shop Clay County E-911 256-396-2010 City of Ashland 256-396-6911 carolyn@acs-isp.com 256-354-2121 www.claycountyema.org 59885 Hwy 49, Lineville, AL 36266 www.cityofashland.net 86838 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266 P.O. Box 849, Ashland, AL 36251 Carr Logging, LLC Clay County EMA City of Lineville 256-354-3825 256-396-5886 256-396-2581 675 Mines Rd, Ashland, AL 36251 PO Box 427, Ashland, AL 36251 www.cityoflineville.net P.O. Box 247, Lineville, AL 36266 Center State School for the Arts Clay County Farmer’s Federation 256-252-0494 256-396-0566 Clay-Coosa Community Services, Inc. iveyezzell@gmail.com ldewberry@centurytel.net 256-354-5711 PO Box 753, Ashland, AL 36251 P.O. Box 429, Lineville, AL 36266 83066 Hwy 9, Ashland, AL 36251

B&J Builders 256-488-0071 benniemorrison@centurytel.net 3653 McKay Rd, Delta, AL 36258

Central Family Care 256-354-5064 gyoung@ashlandfamilycare.com PO Box 1385, Ashland, AL 36251

Clay Automotive 256-396-2155 www.goclayauto.com 86635 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266

Clay County Healthcare Authority 256-354-2131 www.claycountyhospital.com 83825 Hwy 9, Ashland, AL 36251

BB&T 256-396-5435 www.bbt.com 89071 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266

Century Link 256-354-7125 http://centurytel.myway.com 40218 Hwy 77 S, Ashland, AL 36251

Clay Communications 256-396-5111 claycomm@centurytel.net PO Box 819, Lineville, AL 36266

Clay County Historical Society 256-354-2481 highpoints@acs-isp.com P.O. Box 998, Ashland, AL 36251

Alfa Insurance 256-396-0566 25 Arena Rd Lineville, AL 36266 American Red Cross - AL Lakes Chapter 256-234-3291 melissa.poe@redcrossal.org 17 Main St, Alexander City, AL 35010 Ann Saxon 35 Rosewood Ln, Ashland, AL 36251 Ann’s Flowers & Gifts 256-354-2613 P.O. Box 758, Ashland, AL 36251 Ashland Housing Authority 256-354-2661 www.cityofashland.net/housing 128 1st Street N, Ashland, AL 36251 Ashland Pharmacy, Inc. 256-354-2166 ashland012@centurytel.net P.O. Box 487, Ashland, AL 36251 Ashland Printing/Image Makers 256-354-7177 robbie-lett@excite.com 40486 Hwy 77, Ashland, AL 36266

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Bonner Heating & Air 256-396-9093 jackson745@aol.com 59774 Hwy 49, Lineville, AL 36266


Clay County Hospital Home Care/ LHC Group 256-354-0077 www.lhcgroup.com 83745 Hwy 9, Ashland, AL 36251 Clay County Industrial Development Council P.O. Box 400, Lineville, AL 36266 Clay County Livestock Inc. 256-354-2276 claycountylivestock@yahoo.com PO Box 938, Lineville, AL 36266 Clay County Tire & Retreading 256-354-2515 lfetner@centurytel.net P.O. Box 532, Ashland, AL 36251 Clay County Women & Children’s Center 256-354-2229 ccwcrc@gmail.com PO Box 683, Ashland, AL 36251 Clay Service & Electronics 256-473-1990 www.ClayService.com 111 Airport Rd, Ashland, AL 36251 Cotney & Company, Inc. 256-395-4455 cotneycompany@yahoo.com PO Box 429, Wadley, AL 36276

Don Fulbright First United Methodist - Ashland 256-354-7405 256-354-2267 dfulbright@centurytel.net ashlandfumc@gmail.com 428 Armory Dr, Ashland, AL 36251 PO Box 305, Ashland, AL 36251

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 256-362-7780 talladegahotel@gmail.com 240 Haynes St, Talladega, AL 35160

Duke’s Jewelry, Inc. 256-396-2566 Hwy 49 S, Lineville, AL 36266

Holmestead Farms 256-404-4316 bobbyrayholmes@yahoo.com 6582 Co Rd 7, Talladega AL 35160

Eagle 102.3 334-863-4139 6855 Hwy 431, Roanoke, AL 36274 Earth Fire Studios 256-396-5599 earthfire@centurytel.net 921 Pinehole Rd, Lineville, AL 36266 East Alabama Portables, Inc. 256-236-6830 www.eastalabamaportables.com 2680 Bynum Leatherwood Rd, Anniston, AL 36201 East Central Alabama Gas District 256-354-2194 east001@centurytel.net 40717 Hwy 77, Ashland, AL 36251 East Central AL Teen Challenge Crisis Center 256-354-2644 www.alabamateenchallenge.org P.O. Box 3447, Oxford, AL 36203 Edward Jones 256-835-5694 www.edwardjones.com 240 Oxford Exchange Blvd, Oxford, AL 36203

Country Aire Veterinary Clinic 256-354-7604 ccountry001@centurytel.net 43 Ratley Rd., Ashland, AL 36251

Envirogrind, LLC 256-354-3635 khj1195@aol.com 2230 Clairmont Springs Rd, Talladega, AL 35160

Creekside Signs 256-396-0610 creeksidesigns@centurytel.net 149 Greenvalley Rd, Lineville, AL 36266

First Assembly Christian School 256-354-4090 www.facslions.org 85621 Hwy 9, Ashland, AL 36251

D & W Kettle Corn D & W Loader & Mulching Service 256-354-5895 dwlandclearing@yahoo.com 505 Airport Rd, Ashland, AL 36251 Dewrell Horizontal Road Boaring 256-488-5459 bdewrell@centurytel.net 72341 Hwy 49, Delta, AL 36258 Don East creekstreetfarms2@yahoo.com 256-396-2694 981 Co Rd 2811, Lineville, AL 36266

First Assembly Church of God 256-354-4090 phyllis@facslions.org PO Box 697, Ashland, AL 36251 First Baptist Church of Ashland 256-354-7958 P.O. Box 577, Ashland, AL 36251

First United Methodist - Lineville first145@centurytel.net PO Box 175, Lineville, AL 36266 FRED’S #1950 256-396-0901 district45@fredsinc.com 50 Talladega St, Lineville, AL 36266 Gaither’s Laundry 256-354-3463 www.stevegaithermusic.com 3496 Cragford Rd, Ashland, AL 36251 Gallet-A Terracon Company 256-354-1457 jhgreen@terracon.com 80 Ali Way, Oxford, AL 36203 Garing Business Machine 362-2538 www.garing.com P.O. Box 916, Talladega, AL 35161

Hometown One Stop 256-396-5176 sandysims7482@yahoo.com 64710 Hwy 49, Lineville, AL 36266 Hurst Construction, LLC 256-488-5427 renee@hurst-construction.com 5 Hammock Dr, Lineville, AL 36266 J Media 334-401-9160 www.jmediaonline.com 503 Freeman Rd, Dadeville, AL 36853 JKM Consulting, Inc. 256-405-0613 jkmoses@jkmconsultinginc.com PO Box 3250, Oxford, AL 36203

Gerald Dial 256-396-5626 John-Co Truss, Inc. 256-396-5006 gerald_dial@yahoo.com johnco12@centurytel.net PO Box 248, Lineville, AL 36266 116 Reeves Rd, Lineville, AL 36266 Gregory Varner, Attorney 256-354-5464 John Keith Warren, Attorney www.govarner.com 256-354-5711 lawoffice007@centurytel.net P.O. Box 338, Ashland, AL 36251 83066 Hwy 9, Ashland, AL 36251 H&A Outdoor LLC 256-396-9166 Judge George C. Simpson halawn1@hotmail.com gcsimpson@usa.net 90467 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266 PO Box 880, Ashland, AL 36251 Heart’s Desire Photography 256-354-3278 www.shaunasworksofheart.com 1101 Big Springs Rd, Ashland, AL 36251 Higgins Sewing and Manufacturing, Inc. 256-396-2704 www.higginsembroidery.com 88891 Hwy. 9, Lineville, AL 36266

First Capital Insurance Co. 256-396-2131 firstcapital@centurytel.net 629 College St E, Lineville, AL 36266

High Points Coffee & Books 256-354-2481 highpoints@acs-isp.com PO Box 1552, Ashland, AL 36251

First State Bank 256-396-2187 www.firststatedirect.com PO Box 547, Lineville, AL 36266

His Place Christian Resources 256-396-1201 www.hisplacecr.com PO Box 1040, Lineville, AL 36266

Key Concept Services, Inc. 256-276-9389 www.keyconcept.net 125 Tribble Gap Rd #402 Cumming, GA 30040

Kim’s Klosets, LLC 256-276-0015 kimmcrist@yahoo.com PO Box 44, Ashland, AL 36251

Koch Foods of Ashland, LLC 256-354-2155 www.kochfoods.com 516 Tyson Rd., Ashland, AL 36251

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Lett’s Do Cars, Inc. 256-396-5305 rlett000@centurytel.net 55 6th Ave, Lineville, AL 36266 Lineville Baptist Church 256-396-2567 jkcbama@aol.com P.O. Box 356, Lineville, AL 36266

Patriot Riding Stables & Retreat Mark Bowen 256-396-2953 256-618-1896 bowenmark@centurytel.net marc1@patriotsolutions.us 2840 Fosters Rd, Delta, AL 36258 Matt Hooton 334-546-2717 Perryland Foods matt36117@gmail.com 256-396-5663 PO Box 8, Lineville, AL 36266 PO Box 95, Lineville, AL 36266

Rental Car Momma 407-396-4152 ryan@rentalcarmomma.com 1801 E Irlo Bronson Mem, St Cloud, FL Representative Richard Laird 334-863-7938 rjlsrdo@teleclipse.net 341 Bonner Dr, Roanoke, AL 36274

Lineville Building Supply 256-396-0241 424 Industrial Blvd Lineville, AL 36266

Megan Miller Yates - Attorney at Law 256-396-2100 meganmiller@centurytel.net PO Box 747, Lineville, AL 36266

Piggly Wiggly - Ashland 256-354-2184 PO Box 988, Ashland, AL 36251

Lineville Clinic 256-396-2143 P.O. Box 98, Lineville, AL 36266

Monte Alban 256-396-9288 89570 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266

Piggly Wiggly - Lineville 256-396-2224 pigl@echosat.net PO Box 456, Lineville, AL 36266

Royster Enterprises 256-354-5900 80048 Hwy 9 S, Ashland, AL 36251

Planter’s Hardware 256-354-2311 planters@centurytel.net PO Box 124, Ashland, AL 36251

SERVPRO 256-245-1631 www.servpro.com 99 Hagan Ave, Childersburg, AL 35044

RA-LIN and Associates, Inc. 770-834-4884 101 Parkwood Cir, Carrollton, GA 30117

Shine Salon 256-396-5483 greggs2005@hotmail.com 1835 Mines Rd, Ashland, AL 36251

Lineville Dental Office 256-396-2928 lamar43@centurytel.net 454 Denson Dr, Lineville, AL 36266 Lineville Emporium 256-396-9121 lvlemporium@yahoo.com 88839 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266 Lineville Food Shop 256-396-5674 bahill@bellsouth.net 89395 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266 Lineville Health & Rehabilitation 256-396-2104 www.northporthealth.com 88073 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266 Lineville Economic Development Council PO Box 512, Lineville, AL 36266 Lineville Merchant’s Association 256-396-9121 www.linevillemerchants.com PO Box 425, Lineville, AL 36266

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Morris Mountain ORV Park 256-310-5465 www.morrismountainorv.com 1957 Almon St, Heflin, AL 36264 Mountain Streams Realty 256-396-0555 www.mountainstreamsrealty.com 89520 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266

Randolph County Animal Shelter Mountain View Plantation 256-488-5393 256-357-0101 www.randolphshelter.org richardsprayberry@tri-venturemarketing.com 104 Animal Shelter Rd, Wedowee, AL 36278 488 Haynes Mtn Rd, Delta, AL 36258

Robertson’s Garage 256-396-5550 lrgarage@yahoo.com 11320 Cragford Rd, Cragford, AL 36255

Show Place Rental 256-354-7616 1314A Talladega Hwy Sylacauga, AL 35150

NE AL Community Development Corp. 205-541-9839 wwwnortheastalabamacdc.org PO Box 1325, Ashland, AL 36251

RBC Bank 256-354-2163 sharon.mcvay@rbc.com PO Box 37, Ashland, AL 36251

Partners BBQ 256-396-9061 beachbum022461@yahoo.com 89663 Hwy. 9, Lineville, AL 36266

Red’s Catfish Cabin Son Up Real Estate 256-354-7705 256-396-6160 info1@redscatfish.com www.sonuprealestate,com 488 Bluff Valley Rd, Cragford, AL 36251 91478 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266

Sims Masonry 256-396-9146 jsimsmasonry@gmail.com 64758 Hwy 49, Lineville, AL 36266


Southern Union State Community College 256-395-2211 www.suscc.edu P.O. Box 1000, Wadley, AL 36276 St. Mark’s - St. Vincent de Paul 256-357-0220 billndeesammon@yahoo.com PO Box 460, Wedowee, AL 36278 State Farm Insurance 256-354-2272 www.youneedmike.com PO Box 545, Lineville, AL 36266 Steel Chiropractic Life Center 256-396-2058 www.steelechiropracticlifecenter.com 89485 Hwy 9 N, Lineville, AL 36266 Subway of Lineville 256-396-1065 kdwhiteside@centurytel.net P.O. Box 818, Lineville, AL 36266 Superior Gas Company 256-396-2428 PO Box 484, Lineville, AL 36266 Superior Pest Control, Inc. 256-396-5016 www.superiorpestcontrol.org PO Box 134, Ashland, AL 36251

Talladega Cycle Sales 256-362-6370 www.talladegacyclesales.com 35288 Al Hwy 21, Talladega, AL 35160 Tallapoosa River Electric Coop 334-864-9331 http://trec.coop PO Drawer 675, Lafayette, AL 36862 Tank’s Landscape 256-299-0657 anthonynew62@yahoo.com 1950 Mt. Moriah Rd, Delta, AL 36258 Teapots Laces and Roses Bed & Breakfast 256-354-0173 www.teapotsbandb.com 40888 Hwy 77 W, Ashland, AL 36251 The Ashland Theatre 256-396-2058 www.theashlandtheatre.com PO Box 218, Ashland, AL 36251 The Beauty Shop 256-299-0661 1950 Mt. Moriah Rd, Delta, AL 36258 The Drug Store 256-354-3784 83871 Hwy 9, Ashland, AL 36266

The Pursang Group 256-343-9261 kingramhorn@yahoo.com PO Box 570, Lineville, AL 36266 Tru-Wood Cabinets, Inc 256-354-3378 www.truwood.com PO Box 640, Ashland, AL 36251 Twin Creeks Veterinary Services 256-354-7032 taylordvm@bellsouth.net 85774 Hwy 9, Ashland, AL 36251 Vaughan Samuels vsamu36946@aol.com 4631 Blakes Ferry Rd, Lineville, AL 36266 VEHICLEARTZ 256-396-0303 wareagle@magnumz.com 100 War Eagle Ln, Lineville, AL 36266 VFIS/SE 256-396-2055 www.vfis.com PO Box 280, Lineville, AL 36266

Wedowee Marine 256-357-2045 www.wedoweemarine.com The East Alabama Advertiser 256-568-5958 21130 Hwy 431, Wedowee, AL 36278

Wells Fargo 256-396-2191 www.wellsfargo.com 89035 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266 WFAZ - FM Vision 90.9 256-354-4909 twood@vision909.com PO Box 697, Ashland, AL 36251 Wiretwisters Manufacturing, Inc. 256-488-9556 dad_wiretwisters@netzero.net 853 Fernway Dr, Delta, AL 36258 Wright-Sprayberry Insurance 256-354-4100 www.wrightsprayberry.com 109 First St. N., Ashland, AL 36251 Young’s Drug Store 256-396-5632 youngsdrugstore@yahoo.com 88960 Hwy 9, Lineville, AL 36266 Young’s Farm Supply & Feed LLC 256-354-3543 2265 Taylor Rd, Ashland, AL 36251

This directory is reflective of paid chamber membership as of April 9, 2012. It is also available online at www.claycochamber.com.

advertiserstuff@bellsouth.net Talladega Career Center 256-480-2109 www.AlabamaJobLink.com 235 Haynes St, Talladega, AL 35160

The Ivy Cottage 256-354-7810 30 Court Sq, Ashland, AL 36251

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. 256-354-7151 www.wellborn.com 38669 Hwy 77 S, Ashland, AL 36251

Index to Advertisers Alabama Power................................................................................ 4 Alabama Teen Challenge............................................................... 47 Ann’s Flowers & Gifts................................................................... 38 Ashland Housing Authority........................................................... 25 Ashland Tax & Business Service................................................... 45 Benefield Funeral Homes.............................................................. 52 Bonner Heating & Air.................................................................... 50 Brannons Business Solutions......................................................... 15 C&C Pumping and Porta-Potties................................................... 50 CenturyLink..................................................................................... 6 Cheaha Realty................................................................................ 22 Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center.......................................... 8 City Auto Parts & Electronics....................................................... 48 City of Ashland.............................................................................. 55 City of Lineville............................................................................... 2 Clay County Arts League.............................................................. 35 Clay County Automotive............................................................... 56 Clay County Christian Academy.................................................... 9 Clay County Commission.............................................................. 18 Clay County Economic Development Council............................. 39 Clay County Healthcare................................................................... 3 Cotney & Company....................................................................... 13 Duke’s Jewelry............................................................................... 38 East Central Alabama Gas............................................................. 31 First Assembly Christian School................................................... 15

First State Bank................................................................................ 5 First United Methodist Church of Lineville.................................. 31 High Points Coffee and Books...................................................... 35 Hurst Construction......................................................................... 22 Koch Foods of Ashland................................................................... 8 M2 Connections............................................................................ 49 Megan Miller Yates........................................................................ 15 Mountain Streams Realty.............................................................. 13 Mountain View Plantation............................................................. 14 NE Alabama Community Development Corp............................... 37 Perryland Foods............................................................................. 36 RA-LIN & Associates.................................................................... 47 Shine Salon.................................................................................... 38 Son Up Real Estate........................................................................ 14 Southern Union State Community College................................... 14 State Farm...................................................................................... 45 Steele Chiropractic Life Center..................................................... 51 Superior Gas Company.................................................................. 38 Talladega Cycle Sales...................................................................... 8 The Ashland Theatre...................................................................... 52 The Ivy Cottage............................................................................. 48 Twin Creeks Veterinary Service.................................................... 38 Wedowee Marine........................................................................... 15 Wellborn Cabinet............................................................................. 9 Young’s Drug Store....................................................................... 36 CLAY COUNTY LIFE

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Clay County Life 2012  

Clay County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present its 3rd annual issue. Our magazine strives to show locals and tourists alike everything...

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