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Throw Away Days to be held quarterly By MITCH SNEED Editor

Local officials have dealt with the problem of illegal dumping for years, but if the success of the two Countywide Throw Away Days is any indication, a partial solution to the problem may have been found.

Middle Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership Coordinator Sabrina Clark Wood said that the volume of trash and unwanted items that were collected on Jan. 10-11, two weekdays shows that people need a place to get rid of items that have collected at their homes on a regular basis. See TRASH • Page 5

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Success of previous Throw Away Days led to a partnership to implement a quarterly rotation to alleviate illegal dumping.

Suspect in robbery, high speed chase apprehended

Attorney seeks bond for murder suspect



The two men accused of murder in the death of LaDarrell Lamar Hart remain in the Tallapoosa County Jail no bond was Ponds set which is customary in capital murder cases, but the attorney for one of the men has filed a motion hoping to change that. Edward Rashun Thomas Thomas, 20, and 20-yearold Bobby Lee Ponds Jr., were arrested Jan. 20 and charged with capital murder in the Jan. 18 shooting death of 27-yearold Hart in his Third Street home in Alexander City. Attorney Mitch Gavin, who was appointed to represent Ponds in the case, has filed a motion seeking his release on his “personal recognizance.” The motion states that Ponds

coaching position at the insistence of students who were adamant about restarting starting the sport at the school. “We have some pretty good competitors, I think,” she said, “and they’re getting better.” DHS assistant tennis coach Matt Campbell, who also addressed the Kiwanis, has helped both new Tigers team members and the community become more familiar with the sport of tennis by getting them

John David Loudermilk is in the Tallapoosa County Jail after his arrest by the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department Thursday night in on Lilly Lane Jacksons Gap. Loudermilk was wanted on charges stemming from an altercation in Dadeville. “We have charges of robbery first and domestic violence menancing,” Dadeville Police Department Assisstant Loudermilk Chief Chris Martin said. “The charges stem from a domestic situation involving family members.” Authorities say that a Kia driven by a man believed to the 23-year-old Loudermilk fled when the deputy tried to initiate a stop Wednesday near Horseshoe Bend School. The vehicle raced at speeds in excess of 100 mph at times with units from the county, New Site, Jacksons Gap, Dadeville, Chambers County and Camp Hill all playing roles in the chase.

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The Dadeville Kiwanis Club presented the Dadeville High School tennis team with a check for $1,000 to help the new team get ready for its rapidly approaching season. Pictured are: Peggy Bullard, head coach Deann Jennings and assistant coach Matt Campbell.


Kiwanis Club invested in school tennis team future By COREY ARWOOD Staff Writer

The Dadeville High School tennis team is readying for its season to begin, and the team leadership spoke about the sport’s direction and what is needed to get there in her address to the Dadeville Kiwanis Club Thursday. New head coach and DHS math teacher Deanna Jennings said she took up the

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Major player in east Tallapoosa drug trade among six arrested in drug sweep warrant at a residence off Highway 50 in Dadeville on Thursday. The target of this operation was Garon Allen Marshall, known on the street as “Big G.” Law enforcement officials believe they “He is a habitual drug offender who have struck a major blow to the flow of is currently serving a sentence under the drugs in eastern Tallapoosa County as a joint Community Corrections Program,” White said. operation netted multiple suspects including one “Marshall is considered a major distributor for described as a major player. methamphetamine for the easternmost part of Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Forces Tallapoosa County. Commander Sgt. Fred White said Friday that According to White, investigators located and agents from the task force, the Tallassee Police seized 165 grams of crystal methamphetamine, Department, Lee County Sheriff Department tramadol pills, synthetic marijuana and digital Cliff Williams / The Record K-9, Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department scales. Garon Allen Marshall, known on the street as “Big G,” was one of the people arand Alexander City Police Department “The Task Force had been receiving rested in two separate drug busts that were carried out by area law enforcement Investigation Division executed a search See BUST • Page 5 Thursday. By MITCH SNEED and CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writers


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Library Notes

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top in today at 2 p.m. to join H & R Block for a Tax Talk. In the lower level of the library, H & R Block will have a representative available to inform you about new changes in Tax Laws and problems with fraud and answer any questions you may have. Congratulations to Bill Sherling for winning the drawing for the “What’s my title?” contest. The correct title was Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. What’s your favorite book? Come in to the lobby and write your favorite book title on a heart and post it to the bulletin board. Help someone else find a new book, or find one for you. Love Your Library! This month is the Friends of the Library membership renewal month. If you want to join the friends of the library, stop by the Circulation desk to pick up a membership form. The General Membership is $15 and the Business Membership is $25.

New Releases in Adult Fiction:

• Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb • My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella • Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner • The Old Man by Thomas Perry • Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble • In The Shadows of Denali by Tracie Peterson • A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz • The Seekers (Amish Cooking Class #1) by Wanda E. Brunstetter Story Time is on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Stop in with your toddler to enjoy a fun filled hour of reading, learning, coloring, and fun! Library Notes are provided by Dadeville Public Library Director Abbi Mangarelli.

Dadeville Police Department February 7

• A report was filed for Unlawful Breaking and Entering of a Vehicle and Theft of Property that occurred on N. East Street.

February 5

• A Childersburg woman, age 30, was arrested on Highway 280 on the charges of Public Intoxication.

February 4

• A report was filed for Theft of Property that occurred on Young Street. • A report was filed for Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia that occurred on East South Street.

February 3

• A Pell City woman, age 25, was arrested on E. Lafayette Street on the charges of Using False Identity to Obstruct Justice, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Forged Instrument. • A report was filed for

Harassment that occurred on E. Columbus Street.

February 2

• A report was filed for Theft of Property that occurred on East South Street. • A report was filed for Narcotics Found on College Street. • A report was filed for Domestic Violence and Criminal Mischief that occurred on Thweatt Industrial Park Blvd.

January 29

• A Jacksons Gap woman, age 27, was arrested on East Street on three charges of Failure to Appear.

Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department February 6

• Robert Glassburn of Alexander City was arrested on an outstanding probation violation warrant.

February 5

• Eric McCormick of Beulah Lane in Dadeville was arrested for attempting to elude, possession of paraphernalia, outstanding warrants for probation violation and

failure to appear for distribution, burglary third, attempt to elude and possession of marijuana second.

February 3

• A resident of Highland Park Drive in Birmingham filed a report for burglary of a residence. • A resident of Holiday Drive filed a report for lost property. • Ricardo Sheriff of Old Montgomery Road in Tuskegee was arrested on outstanding warrants for failure to appear attempt to elude, failure to appear unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, grand jury indictment distribution of a controlled substance and grand jury indictment attempt to elude. • Antonio Davis of Sunny Pines Drive in Alexander City was arrested on outstanding warrants for grand jury indictment burglary third and grand jury indictment theft of property fourth.

February 2

• A resident of Highway 22 East in Daviston filed a report for theft of property.

• A resident of Highway 22 East in Daviston filed a report for theft of property of a residence. • A resident of Highway 49 South in Dadeville filed a report for harassment communications.

February 1

• Patrick Mask of Daviston was arrested on a warrant for menacing.

January 31

• A business on Moncrief Road in Alexander City filed a report for theft. • A resident of Mnter Road in Camp Hill filed a report for assault. • Hakeem Muhammad of Riverdale, Georgia was arrested on an outstanding warrant for assault third.

January 30

• A business on Lovelady Road in Tallassee filed a report of theft. • A resident of Sanford Road in Alexander City filed a report for assault. • Amber Bice of Tallassee was arrested for an outstanding bench warrant.

Deer-car collisions on the rise, biologists break down the reasons By COREY ARWOOD Staff Writer

Officials say vehicle collisions involving deer are on the rise in Elmore and Tallapoosa counties, and state biologists have answers for the rising rates. According to Alexander City Auto Body Collision body shop manager Chris Davis, about 50-percent of the vehicles they were currently working on were there because of deer related run-ins. Those cases start rising in October. However, Davis said,

recent occurrences are on par with recent years. Brad Price, owner of Price Paint and Body in Wetumpka, said he had noticed more work than normal on damage to vehicles from deer at his shop — an estimated $18,000 worth. “This is the time of year that we’re extremely busy with deer wrecks and this year has probably been the most I’ve seen,” he said. “It’s crazy how many we fix.” Price estimated that a 25-percent increase this

year in the cases. According to Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett, so far this year several deputies had been struck by or had struck deer while in their vehicle. “It’s just one of those thing you have to deal with,” said Abbett. However, he said, that information wasn’t among the list of thousands of vehiclerelated instances the department comes across each year. In 2016 the sheriff’s department received 247 calls in reference to

some type of livestock in the roadway. Cpl. Jess Thornton with the ALEA said a combination of deer hunting season, and the weather had spurred deer into greater mobility and there is “no doubt” that from October through February the organization responds to more deer-related wrecks. “We always work with wrecks this time of year because of the winter,” said Thornton. “This time of year it’s nothing unusual.” The deer causing those wrecks, according to District 2 Supervising Wildlife Biologist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Steve Bryant comes from different breeds from across the nation. Most of them were introduced into Alabama in the 1950’s–70’s from neighboring Southern regions. However, Bryant said, there was an influx of deer in the state from Georgia, “that have moved their genetic information into Alabama,” and all of these different species breed at different times of the year.

DEER RELATED INCIDENTS Deer Strikes Total Crashes Total Injuries Total Fatalities

Bryant said the south Alabama transplant makes up the largest segment of the state’s deer population. They mate at a later date, which means bucks are on the hunt for a receptive doe. “That can account for the increase in movement of the deer and also on top of that you would have a extreme drought last year,” he said. That drought means less vegetation, which sends deer looking farther for food. The Georgia Department of Conservation has begun mapping deer behavior and using deer-vehicle collision data. According to www., “Researchers at the University of Georgia and biologists with the Wildlife Resources Division found a strong correlation between peak deer-vehicle collision timeframes, deer conception dates and the hourly movement rates of deer

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tracked by GPS.” Stephanie Daughtry of Nationwide insurance said she had not seen an influx of claims called into their office, but that did not mean the incidents were not being happening because their customers called a general hotline to a claims office. “People don’t call in claims to our office so we don’t always know when things occur,” she said. However, Daughtry added that since hunting season is coming to a close, she is sure they are occurring. “Especially during hunting season, they’ve got to run somewhere,” she said. Brian Hill of Farmers Insurance in Wetumpka confirms that summation by pointing out that he has dealt with five instances of deer related damage in the last two months, up from the roughly one or two he normally processes in the same timeframe.

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Legislature likely to kick Medicaid can down road in busy session


s the third regular session of this quadrennium begins, the paramount focus once again will be on the budgets. Even more specifically, it will be about the General Fund Budget. Alabama is one of five states that has two budgets. Our education budget now receives over two-thirds of our tax revenue due to the fact that our growth taxes, income and sales, are earmarked for education’s coffers, whereas our General Fund gets the remaining one third of revenue and that will continue to shrink because it has no growth taxes. The General Fund also has to feed the most expensive expenditure of state government – Medicaid. This Great Society program created by Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s is a moneyeating monster that grows exponentially and now eats up over half of the General Fund Budget. This problem is not unique to Alabama. Every state would name Medicaid funding as its most significant financial nightmare. We are affected more adversely than most states because we have a much higher indigent population. It is this long-term problem that eventually will have to be addressed. Those who are closest to the problem are aware that it is an elephant in the room that will not go away. Rep. Steve Clouse (R-Ozark), who chairs the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee, sees it as does Gov. Robert Bentley. Bentley, being a former physician, is sympathetic to the needs of the less fortunate. He treated all patients during his 35 years of practicing medicine. He also wants to see his compatriot pediatricians paid to take care of poor sick children. Initially many of the Republican House and Senate members were saying enough is enough. We cannot continue to absorb 10 percent annual increases in this


social program, even if the federal government matches Alabama’s contribution about three to one. However, once a crisis seemed imminent, they realized that it not only affected the poor but also the middle class Alabamians they represent. In medium-sized towns and cities throughout the state it is imperative that Medicaid be funded in order for their hospitals to exist. In Birmingham, it would cripple our crown jewel, Children’s Hospital. It would also be devastating for Alabama’s and Birmingham’s largest employer, UAB. Most respected economists say that Alabama should have taken the expanded Medicaid program offered by the federal government. It would have been a financial boon for that state if for nothing else than the windfall to UAB. A good many of the Republican legislators’ constituents rely on Medicaid to care for their parents and family members and probably a good many of their parents reside in nursing homes. Approximately 70 percent of nursing home residents in the state depend on Medicaid to pay their nursing home expenses, which, by the way, is very expensive. In short, Medicaid is here to stay. It is not going away. Legislators cannot bury their heads in the sand like an ostriches and hope the problem disappears. The legislature and governor have come up with a short term fix to our Medicaid problem. They appropriated $120 million of the one-time BP oil-spill settlement funds and gave it to Medicaid. This was about 20 percent of the one-

Ongoing Events RECYCLING: The Alexander City Recycling Facility is located at the Public Works Department at 824 Railey Road. All materials should be dropped off behind the green storage shed on the Public Works lot. The facility is always open for unassisted drop off. Assistance with drop off is available between 7:00 am until 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Please call 256409-2020 for more information. TOPS MEETING: Take Off Pounds Sensibly is the short name for TOPS Club, Inc., the original nonprofit, noncommercial network of weight-loss support groups throughout the U.S. and Canada. TOPS offers tools and programs for healthy living and weight management, with exceptional group fellowship and recognition. Established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success, we’ve helped millions of people live healthier lives. Come out and visit us. Your first meeting is free. Meetings are held every Thursday @ 6 p.m. at Comer Baptist Church, 341 E. Church St., Alexander City, AL. Call (256) 496-4210 for more information. WOMEN’S MEETING: Victory Temple Holiness Church in Dadeville is hosting a women’s meeting the first Sunday of every month. Men are invited too. AWANA: Wayside Baptist Church hosts Awana Sundays from 4:40 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for ages three to high school. For more information contact George Gardin, student minister, at 864-5800343. VOLUNTEER: Southern Care Hospice is seeking volunteers. Please call Lizz Gillenwaters at 256-234-1134

time BP windfall. Ironically, it will be disbursed over the next two years, 20172018. Guess what folks – that is when the quadrennium ends. Therefore, the proverbial can has been kicked down the road. The next governor and legislature will inherit this baby to take care of the following four years. Legislators may be faced with yet another issue in this overladen regular session. It may be imminent to raise the gasoline tax in the state, which has not been increased in fifteen years. The reason being is that the Trump administration will probably come with a massive federal infrastructure plan to rebuild the nation’s highways and bridges. More than likely states will have to come up with some matching dollars. It will be imperative that we take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity. The last major federal highway initiative was the Eisenhower Federal Interstate Program. We are behind the eight ball when it comes to political capital and attaining federal dollars. Bentley is blackballed and laughed at by the Trump administration, as are our Congresswomen Martha Roby and Terri Sewell. We also have a freshman senator who will be ranked 100th in seniority. However, we have quite an ace in the hole. We have Richard Shelby to protect us. When Shelby speaks, folks in Washington listen and that includes Trump. Richard Shelby is unquestionably one of the five most powerful members of the U.S. Senate. See you next week. Steve Flowers is Alabama’s leading political columnist. His weekly column appears in over 60 Alabama newspapers. He served 16 years in the state legislature. Steve may be reached at www.

or 256-749-3717 for more information. WOMAN MEETING: Every first Sunday, Victory Temple Holiness Church hosts a women’s meeting, at 237 Aster St. in Dadeville. Everyone is invited. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. READY TO WORK: Ready to Work is a FREE jobs skills training program offered at Central Alabama Community College Career Center. Classes meet Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Completion of the program depends on the skill level of the individual. For more information contact Elaine Balint, instructor, at 256215-4496 (leave message) or ebalint@ OFFICE CAREERS: The Office Careers Technology program is funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and was created to help dislocated workers learn new employable skills. To qualify for the programs be a dislocated worker (layoff) or a low-income family. Anyone interested in the classes should contact the Alexander City Career Center @ 256-215-4494 and ask about the WIA program. Most all dislocated workers automatically qualify for financial assistance. The program is 52 weeks and is open entry/ open exit. Students learn at their own pace in a non-traditional classroom setting. Classes begin when students are approved and they may leave when they receive any or all of the certificates offered. Classes are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.--3:00 p.m. (with a lunch break). All textbooks and class materials are supplied. Certificates available are receptionist, inventory clerk, data entry clerk, administrative assistant, accounting office clerk, medical office clerk, legal office clerk.


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Cooperation between law enforcement makes us safer


e are lucky to live in an area that has such cooperation between law enforcement agencies. Just look at the headlines over the last few weeks and almost every story has multiple agencies working to bring criminals to justice. • A murder investigation in Alexander City leads to an arrest of two individuals in Dadeville that involved the Alexander City Police Department, the Dadeville Police Department and others. • A multi-county chase that involved the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department, the New Site Police and Camp Hill Police Departments to another chase that started in Lee County but Camp Hill and Dadeville Police Departments providing a stop before a high speed chase made it into Dadeville. • A massive haul of stolen goods were recovered this week and two suspects in a string of burglaries were arrested after a tip prompted action, Alexander City Police Department investigators along with several other groups and agencies all worked together to search, recover and get justice for the victims. • And today’s headline with a drug bust that featured the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Taskforce working with the Tallassee Police Department to bring down one of the larger hauls of methamphetamine in the area putting a huge dent into the supply chain. The Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force is an example of that cooperation itself. People from multiple agencies all serve as a part of the team. Combine all those agencies with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department serving as jail for most of the agencies and you see who intertwined the web of law enforcement in our area really is. Instead of letting pride getting in the way, our law enforcement agencies are sharing information as they work for a common purpose – to get criminals off the street. They don’t worry about who makes the arrest ort where one city limit ends and another begins.. The cooperation not only saves tax dollars but makes are streets much safer.


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Freedom isn’t free

reedom isn’t free” is something that is often attributed to the sacrifices of men and women in uniform. As an old army guy, I can appreciate that, but this article is about something greater than any man or woman of this earth. Freedom isn’t free, because Jesus paid the price for you and me. To top it off, I’m a poet and didn’t even know it. Last Tuesday, a dear friend of mine went to week one of her Freedom Group. They have them for men, women, and co-ed. So what are Freedom Groups? Per the Church of the Highlands’ website, it goes something like this. Freedom Groups gather for 13 weeks to discuss the Freedom Small Group curriculum, which is designed to equip us to live the victorious and abundant life Christ came to give each of us. Freedom Groups build on the foundation of our faith in Christ to help us embrace the truth of God’s Word as it relates to our worldview, our past, our sin, our personal value to God, and our purpose in His Kingdom. The group will help us remove every obstacle to intimacy with God and walk in true freedom. So, I decided that I’d start one, too. I’ve been eager to join a Bible study for some time

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now, but for one reason or another, it just never happened. In fact, a friend invited me to join a Freedom Group with him a couple of years ago. I think it was my friend Kyle, but I wasn’t sure. On Thursday, I sent him a text asking if he was the one who invited me and if knew anything about any upcoming opportunities to join a group or if he had any points of contact for anyone who may have information. And then this happened. “I’ll be honest, I cannot remember, but I probably did. Man, you (or the Lord) sure has a crazy sense of timing. We have a men’s Freedom group (me and 3 other guys are leading) starting tonight. We will be meeting every Thursday from 7-9, and will end with a conference in early May,” he said. That there, my friends, is what I call a “God nod.” I could have asked a dozen people. Kyle might not have known anything. They could have been on week 12. It just blows my mind that God’s

timing was so immaculate. I’m really not sure why I get so surprised when I see such obvious divine intervention, because I see it so often. God shows me more signs than Alexander Shunnarah, and that’s saying a lot. I jumped at the opportunity to get involved. My group is about 15 strong, which is the perfect size, in my opinion. Although we watched a video and did some work in the study guide, the first night was just an introduction of sorts, but I can already tell that it’s going to be special. Each of the guys are solid, too. We all have problems. We all have issues. As my dear friend says, we all have stories, even those who you may think have everything going their way. While there are some things I can’t and won’t talk about at this point in my life, I know that whatever I say at Freedom Group, other than the teachings itself, will stay within Freedom Group, because as Kyle says, “What happens in Freedom Group stays in Freedom Group.” Jody Fuller is a comic, speaker, writer and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He is also a lifetime stutterer. He can be reached at jody@ For more information, please visit

Romance, public service and pancakes By RAPHORD FARRINGTON Guest Columnist


et’s not forget one of the most important days of the year for love and romance on Tuesday, Feb. 14. There is plenty of time to purchase cards, flowers, candy, jewelry, or make reservations at a nice restaurant. The main thing is just don’t forget to do something special for those special people in your life. This is not just a husband/wife or boyfriend/ girlfriend thing. We all like to be remembered and appreciated, so

remember your spouse, children, parents, special friends and anyone else in your life that means a lot to you. I had an idea this week that will show our support and enthusiasm for the Dadeville area. The Kiwanis Pancake breakfast is Saturday, Feb. 18, the same day as the Dadeville litter clean up day. So let’s do this – meet at the Dadeville Elementary cafeteria at 7 a.m. for all you can eat, pancakes, sausage, ham, coffee, juice, (I hope it is orange juice) and milk for only $6. Then we meet at City Hall at 8 a.m to begin

our litter pickup. This helps the Kiwanis with their fundraising efforts and we leave there full of pancakes and ready to make Dadeville look better. See you there. Have you done anything with a close friend or friends lately? Doing things together occasionally will build and strengthen those friendships. I just feel like we need a lot of friends in this place we call home. Friends aren’t free we must earn them! Farrington is a Dadeville resident and a regular columnist for The Record.

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Rogers vows to help build the wall


ost folks across East Alabama watched with excitement on Jan. 25th as President Donald Trump signed an executive order to strengthen our country’s immigration laws. I, too, applauded our new president’s action to take seriously our nation’s immigration crisis. As a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I have long been an advocate for protecting American taxpayers from the enormous costs of illegal immigration. President Trump’s action stated his intent to build a wall along our southern border. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 authorized the building of a fence along our southern border. I am proud to say that I was a cosponsor of that legislation then, and I remain a strong supporter of that

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law now. Though President Obama ignored this public law, we in the Congress will work with our new president to build the wall once and for all. In a recent House Homeland Security Committee hearing I was able to speak with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly about our shared efforts. I believe border wall construction is a timesensitive issue and should start as soon as possible. In order to jumpstart construction of the wall, I will sponsor a bill, the Border Security Funding Act of 2017, which will require illegal workers to

pay a fee on money they send away to their home countries. This bill will also strengthen penalties for any country benefitting from illegal immigrant work in America. Thankfully, with Jeff Sessions becoming our Attorney General, we will finally have a strong supporter of the rule of law at the DOJ. By building a border wall and enforcing the laws on the books, American can start to reclaim its sovereignty. I am looking forward to working closely with the Trump administration to curb America’s illegal immigration problem. I want to hear from you. Please sign up for my e-Newsletter by visiting www.mikerogers. Congressman Mike D. Rogers represents the Third Congressional District, which includes Tallapoosa County.



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Communication with elected officials is the key to good government. To let your most local representatives know how you feel about city matters, contact your council representative. To contact the city hall, please call 256-825-9242. Betty Adams represents District 1. Her phone number is 256-8256211. Her address is 268 Adams Street, Dadeville.

Betty Adams Brownie Caldwell represents District 2. Her phone number is 256-825-4749. Her address is 480 East LaFayette St., Dadeville.

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Teneeshia GoodmanJohnson represents District 3. Her phone number is 256-825-9749. Her address is 1191 Fulton Teneeshia Street, Dadeville. GoodmanRoy Mathis represents District 4. His phone number is 256-825-4369. His address is 181 Cedar Hill Drive, Dadeville.


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H.A ‘Dick’ Harrelson represents District 5. His phone number is 256-307-3880. His address is 333 West Columbus Street., Dadeville.

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Wayne Smith is mayor of Dadeville. His phone number is 256-8256820. His address is 156 Oliver Grove, Dadeville.

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complaints about drug activity coming from this residence for the past six months,” White said. Marshall, 27, of Dadeville was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, two counts of possession of controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The operation. which included a number of controlled buys, led investigators to multiple suspects. Others arrested included: • Hilyard “Bill” Tucker, 35 of Dadeville, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, two counts of possession of controlled substance, distribution of controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. • John Farrel Adamson, 26 of Dadeville, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, two counts of possession of controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Thomas Bufford, 39, of Dadeville, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, two counts of possession of controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Morgan Sheridan, 33, of Jacksons Gap, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, two counts of possession of controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Jeffery Sheridan, 53, of Jacksons Gap, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, two counts of possession of controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tallassee Police Chief Matthew Higgins said he welcomed the help of the task force and said that having that kind of expertise available is a great help in battle drugs in his area. “I think this operation speaks volumes for the expertise and the power of a cooperative effort when it comes to keeping drugs off the streets,” Higgins said. “There had been complaints from this area for quite some time and to use this type of multi-level investigation and operation is the only way to make such a dramatic impact. We are thankful to all the investigators and agencies who were a part of it.”


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is not “an extraordinary bail risk” and “will not jeopardize the safety of the community.” The motion claims that Ponds will live with his mother in Dadeville and will neither flee nor go into hiding should he be released.” Gavin has also filed a motion to allow Ponds to be present at all court proceedings and stated in advance federal and state constitutional objections, which is customary in capital cases. No dates for motion hearings have been set and will likely be taken up at arraignment. Attorney James Bailey has been appointed to represent Thomas in the case. No motions have been filed on his behalf at this point in the process. Records show that Ponds and Thomas are scheduled to appear before Judge Kim Taylor on March 21 for an arraignment. The criminal complaint for each of the men contains similar wording that includes that they suspects “did intentionally cause the death of LaDarrell Lamar Hart, by shooting him with a firearm, and caused said death during the time that were in the course of committing a theft of two Emerson televisions, and a 2010 Dodge Charger blue in color.” The complaint also indicates that Hart may have attempted to fight off the men who were armed with handguns as they attempted to rob him. In the end the complaint says the men shot and killed Hart. Hart, a well-known resident who served as a co-manager at Wal-mart, was found shot to death when his roommate came home from work at about 5 a.m. Investigators responded to the home at 1522 Third Street in Alexander City and found Hart dead, having suffered what police called “two apparent gunshot wounds.” It was found that Hart had invited people to his home to play cards and that another message on social media showed that as of 3 a.m. he was still alive.

Trash “Over 36 tons of garbage was collected, similar to the 40 tons collected last April,” Wood said. “Unlike what was done in April, these two days were during the week. I think that shows that there is a need for this service. “We are pleased to announce that we are moving forward with a Throw Away Day Program. Several commissioners have already agreed to join forces throughout the year and continue to offer dumpsters at no charge.” Commissioner John McKelvey personally saw how much the dumpsters were used. In his district, a dumpster was placed in Daviston. After just a few hours, he had to call for another run because the receptacle was overflowing. “To say they used it was an understatement,” McKelvey said. “It filled up three times over the three days. The good thing is that everything they took in means that is less likely that those things will

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end up dumped on the side of area roads.” McKelvey’s district was the only one with similar results. Wood said that each district placed one dumpster at an advertised location. During the two day event, dumpsters were emptied multiple times and in many locations additional dumpsters had to be added. Because the days have been so popular, a quarterly schedule has been set, Wood said. “To keep a quarterly schedule, April 10-11 should be our next event followed by July 10-11 and October 9-10,” Wood said. “This has been a muchneeded resource for county residents and I encourage everyone to thank their commissioners and make them aware of how beneficial it has been. “We will share the locations for the future events soon, but people can go ahead and mark their calendars.”

Kiwanis involved. He is extending that involvement to students as young as the seventh grade, which could help grow the DHS program. “We can start young too we don’t have to a country club here, this can be our little tennis program,” Campbell said. “If you really get the bug and you really love tennis you’re willing to give your time to go out there and teach others I can’t tell you how happy it makes my heart to go out there and teach those other kids.” The DHS tennis coaches told the Dadeville Kiwanis that volunteers have already come forward to help instruct the DHS tennis team. Plus, the program is receiving promotional help from the U.S. Tennis Association. Campbell and Jennings also explained the need

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for funds to maintain and advance the school’s tennis program. “My goal is for tennis to be maintained,” Jennings said. The Dadeville Kiwanis took a big step in helping to meet that goal by presenting the coaches with $1,000 to repair the school’s 15-year-old tennis courts originally funded by the civic group. Two teams, consisting of eight girls and seven boys, are putting those repair courts to use by practicing for a full schedule of nine matches. All but one will be on the home court. The DHS tennis team opens its season at 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13.

Arrest The suspect led lawmen on a route that covered more than 100 miles through two counties and took several twists and detours, with the suspect often doubling back during the pursuit. The suspect was able to get out of the line of sight of officers at one point and ditched the car and apparently fled on foot. “We believe the car was taken from a family member,” Martin said. Loudermilk will also face charges from other law enforcement agencies including the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department after

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they finish their investigation. Court records indicate that Loudermilk has had eight arrests over the last three years, and was released on bond for receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and attempting to elude law enforcement about two weeks ago.

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ancakes Are Coming: Put Saturday, Feb. 18, on your calendars! Get ready for our Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the DHS cafeteria, starting at 7 a.m. As you know, we have delicious food, friends galore, kids, balloons, and a GRAND old time for everyone. I’ll be talking about this event until Feb. 18, and hope most of you will buy tickets. They’re for sale all over town. Or you can buy them at the door when you arrive for breakfast on the 18th. Only $6 each! For questions, call Peggy Bullard at 256-825-9415. Hope to see you at the breakfast! Wellness Center News: New Year Resolutions are under way here at the Wellness Center! We are so proud of all of those who have committed to a healthier lifestyle for this year! We can help you reach your goals, whether it be a short term or long term goal. We have a wonderful staff who can help you with your fitness

needs. Call us today for more information at (256) 825 – 2304 or come by and visit! We are open Monday – Friday 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. Line Dancing News: Betsy Keown’s line dancing class is happening at the Dadeville Recreation Center, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. until noon for a fee of $1 per class. For questions, call Betsy at 256-825-3985. First Presbyterian Church News: I was delighted to attend services at the Presbyterian last Sunday morn, little bit o’ rain! Rev. Ben’s sermon was “God’s Promise of Guidance” “but will I listen and follow?” with scriptures from Isaiah 58; Psalm 112; 1 Corinthians 2; and Matthew 5. We touched on the territory of Galilee last week (northern Israel), with Judea in the South of Israel. Politically, Gallilee had been under a different dictatorship, i.e., a

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hodge-podge of control and politics. Judeans despised their northern neighbors and thought the Galileans did not worship properly; more political and social unrest. The USA is divided on the subject of illegals and their plight to enter America. Aren’t there differences in American Christianity? Disciples are the light that lights the way. God does not leave us without direction! Come visit us at the Presbyterian Church and Rev. Ben Arellano will make you feel welcome. First United Methodist Church News: The CWIA and the Older Adult Ministry will

be hosting a Ladies Valentines brunch on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. All ladies of the church are invited to attend. Please RVSP to Deborah Harwell by Feb. 7! Contribution Statements may be picked in the Narthex for the next two Sundays. Come visit us at the First United Methodist Church and Rev. William Brown will make you feel most welcome. Red Ridge Methodist Church News: The performance by the Auburn University Gospel choir last Sunday was a big success. There was almost a capacity crowd. Thanks to Kim Walls for organizing this event. The choir’s anthem Sunday will be “Come Now is the Time to Worship.” A Leadership Training Workshop will be held Sunday, Feb. 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Alex city starting at 2:30 p.m. for members of the Finance, Staff-

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February 9 - 10

SEUSSICAL JR: The Radney Elementary School Drama Club is producing Seussical Jr. at the Benjamin Russell auditorium Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. Admission is $5

Billy and Nettie Lou Lankford are celebrating their anniversary.

volunteers will drop filled bags of trash at Dirt Road Gourmet and enjoy a cookout hosted by the Thornton’s. This annual event has become one of the most successful area cleanups each year with as many as 50 volunteers participating. For additional information contact John Thompson at lmra@ PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Alexander City Kiwanis are hosting their annual pancake breakfast Feb. 11 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Benjamin Russell High School cafeteria. It is all you can eat pancakes and Conecuh sausage. The money raised is donated back into the community for youth based organizations. VALENTINE DANCE: The Weogufka Center for the Arts Entertainment and Education is hosting a Valentine Dance with the Back Street Band playing Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are only available at the door for $10. Concessions will be available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT AWARENESS: Good News Baptist Church in Jacksons Gap is hosting a Congenital heart Defect Awareness Fundraiser Christian Singing and Silent Auction Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Alabama to the Pediatric Cardiology Department. Performing will be Zach Channell, 49 North, All for Him, Emily Sims, Resounding Gospel Singers,Kendra Gardmner, Tammy Ozment, Nothin but Grace and Rogers Gospel Music Barn. There will be food and drinks available and bring a lawn chair.

February 12

EVANGELIST: Passion Church is hosting Evangelist Danny Johnston Feb. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

February 13

HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Frances Robb will be speaking to Horizons Unlimited Feb. 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education. The winter program runs through Feb. 27. Membership is $20 per person or $30 per couple each semester.

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February 11

TRASH WALK: The February PATH Trash Walk will meet at Dirt Road Gourmet located on Highway 229 near Martin Dam on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. Volunteers can arrive as early as 8 a.m. and enjoy coffee and a sampling of sausage & grits provided by Dirt Road Gourmet owners Jackie & Reuben Thornton. At the conclusion of the walk the

VALENTINES DINNER: Kellyton United Methodist Church is hosting a Valentines Dinner Feb. 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for $7.50 each of a family of four for $20. The menu includes lasagna, salad and strawberry shortcut. There will also be karaoke.

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February 16

ARTS ASSOCIATION: The Arts Association of Central Alabama will meet Feb. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Activity Center at the Sportplex. Diane Hough will give a demonstration on pencil drawing.

February 18

CLAY CLASSIC: The Ronald E Koon Sporting Clay Classic is in its 11th year of providing a fun filled day for avid shooters to help support our local Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area. The event will be held at the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Club in Montgomery, Alabama starting at9 a.m. on Feb. 18, 2017. Team of four is $600. Team of two is $300 and a one-man team $100. Lunch, shells, goodie bags and door prizes given to each participant Call 256-234-4757 to sign up today or email NORRIS HOLLEY AND EDWARDS FAMILY GATHERING: The 10th Annual Family Gathering of the Norris, Holley and Edwards family will be Feb. 18 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bud Porch Building. Bring a dish. COMMUNITY PRAYER: The Darian Missionary Baptist Church family and prayer team are offering prayer to the community Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot on the corner of Laurel and E streets across from Stephens School. PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Dadeville Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will be Feb. 18 starting at 7 a.m. at the Dadeville High School cafeteria. Tickets are available almost every where in Dadeville for $6. For questions call Peggy Bullard at 256-825-9415. POLAR PLUNGE: Wind Creek State Park is hosting its Second Annual Polar Plunge Feb. 18 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Park entrance fees apply to non-campers. PANCAKES FOR ROBOTICS: Faith Christian Academy will host a Pancake Breakfast with sausage, juice and coffee at the upper level gym of Faith Temple Church on the corner of Franklin and Gorgas Streets on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. All you can eat in-house. Carry out is available. You may purchase tickets from FCA students or by calling the church office at 256234-6421. Tickets are also available at the door. The proceeds will go to send the FCA Robotics teams which consist of 4th grade thru 8th grade students to the

Parish Relations, Trustees and Nominations and Lay Leadership Development Committees. Plans are to leave the church at 1:45 p.m. Singles are planning a trip to New Orleans March 2 and will ride Amtrak from Birmingham to New Orleans. Anyone interested should contact Linda Bodine through the church office. Don’t forget your valentine! RR is located at 8091 County Road 34, Dadeville, 256-825-9820, Paul Messer is pastor. THOUGHT FOR TODAY: I wish the buck really DID stop here. I sure could use a few of them. Hayes is a community columnist for The Record. She is a resident of Dadeville and writes on the events and people of the Dadeville area.

Churches and non-profits can submit items to the calendar at editor@thedadevillerecord. com and Today’s Birthdays

Melanie Moseley, Carter Hayes, Sue Kennedy , Parker Sanders, Sammie Burton, William Michael Moten, Jr. and William Harrell are celebrating their birthday.

National WWII Museum Robotics Challenge in New Orleans in May. PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Bibb Graves School in Millerville will have a pancake breakfast Saturday Feb. 18, serving from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Eat-in or carry out. Plate includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and coffee. Cost is $6. All profit is used for renovation of the old High School section of the Community Center. Trade Day will be from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, candy bars, and soft drinks will be available at lunch time. PRAYER BREAKFAST: Great Bethel Baptist Church is hosting a prayer breakfast and book signing with Rev. Sondrea L. Tolbert and her book “On the Bright Side – Morning Joy” Feb. 18 at 8:30 a:m.

February 19

LAKE WATCH ANNUAL MEETING: The Lake Watch of Lake Martin Annual Meeting will be Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the StillWaters Residential Association Building. Along with a business meeting, Jimmy Lanier, founder of CRATA will be the guest speaker. FRIENDS AND FAMILY DAY: Mt. Lovely Baptist Church is hosting friends and family day Sunday,Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. with guest pastor Rev. Anthony Pogue and the Bethesda Baptist Church. Pastor of Mt. Lovely is Rev. Bernard Harris.

February 20

HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Daphne Simpkins will be speaking to Horizons Unlimited Feb. 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education. The winter program runs through Feb. 27. Membership is $20 per person or $30 per couple each semester.

February 24-26

COMMUNITY THEATRE: The Sylacauga Community Playhouse will present “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 25 and 26 at 2 p.m. at the Sylacauga High School Auditorium. Cost is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information call 256-3693003.

February 25

ART WORKSHOP: The Artists Association of Central Alabama is hosting a workshop on basic gourd art with Kay Fincher Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sportplex Senior Activity Center. Cost is $45 and includes all materials. To register call 256-3774918.

February 27

HORIZONS UNLIMITED: Katie Simpkins will be speak-

ing to Horizons Unlimited Feb. 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alexander City Board of Education. The winter program runs through Feb. 27. Membership is $20 per person or $30 per couple each semester.

March 3-4

RECORD SHOW: The Alabama Record Collectors Association are hosting their 36th annual record and cd show March 3 and 4 at the Bessemer Civic Center East Meeting Room.

March 4

MISS WINTER: The 2017 Miss Winter Pageant will be March 4 at 2 p.m. at the New Covenant Church. Tickets to watch the pageant are $10 at the door or $8 if purchased by Friday, March 3. Please email Sherri Williams at

March 5

PASTOR APPRECIATiON: Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dadeville is hosting the 36th Appreciation of Rev. G.H. Pulliam Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m. Guest minister will be Rev. Justin Freeman of New Canaan Baptist Church. PASTOR ANNIVERSARY: New Style Baptist Church in Nixburg is hosting the 2nd Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Richard Ellis Taylor Sunday, March 5 at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Robert Hargrove and the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church will be the guest.

March 11

JOHNNY APPLESEED CELEBRATION: Wind Creek State Park is hosting a Johnny Appleseed Celebration March 11 at 10 a.m. with fun activities for kids. Children 5 and under should be accompanied by an adult and will be at the clubhouse near the playground. LAUREL REUNION MEETING: There will be a meeting for the 50th Reunion of the Laurel High School Class of 1969 Saturday, March 11 at 10 a.m. at the Cooper Recreation Center.

March 16

ARTS ASSOCIATION: The Arts Association of Central Alabama will meet March 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Activity Center at the Sportplex. There will be a surprise project.

March 18

COMMUNITY PRAYER: The Darian Missionary Baptist Church family and prayer team are offering prayer to the community March 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot on the corner of Laurel and E streets across from Stephens School.

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Lebanon Baptist Mt. Carmel Rd., Dadeville, 256-234-7541

Pleasant Home Baptist Clay County Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist 835 Valley Rd., Camp Hill 334-257-4442 Ridge Grove Missionary Baptist Alexander City, 256-234-6972 Rocky Mt. Baptist New Site community

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New Life Baptist County Road 14, Alex City, 256-329-2635 Victory Baptist 280 By-Pass, Alex City West End Baptist Off 280 West, 256-234-2130 BAPTIST – MISSIONARY Bethlehem Baptist New Site Cross Key Baptist Hackneyville, 256-329-9716 Darian Missionary Baptist Church Pearson Chapel Rd., Alex City 256-329-3865 Elam Baptist Robertson Rd. Alex City Early Rose Baptist 201 E Street, Alexander City Flint Hill Baptist Hwy. 280, Dadeville Friendship Baptist Our Town Community, 256-329-5243 Hollins Springs Baptist Hwy. 280, Goodwater

Marietta Baptist Goodwater Miracle Missionary Baptist 1687 “I” Street 256-215-9788, 256-215-9787 Mt. Calvary Baptist 329 King St., Alex City, 256-234-5631 Mt. Olive Baptist Hwy. 280 & Jct. 49, Goodwater Mt. Sinai Baptist Fish Pond Rd., Coosa County 256-329-2337

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BAPTIST – SOUTHERN Bay Pine Baptist 1480 Bay Pine Rd. Jackson’s Gap, 256-825-4433 Bethany Baptist Church Bethany Road Bethel Baptist Smith Mt. Rd., Jackson’s Gap 256-825-5070 Beulah Baptist Smith Mt. Rd., Jackson’s Gap 256-825-9882

New Elam Baptist Hwy. 9, Burtonville, 256-234-2037 New Bethel Baptist Rock St., Dadeville, 256-825-7726 Peace & Goodwill Baptist Cottage Grove Community Alexander City, 256-377-4634

New Life Baptist Jackson’s Gap, 256-825-6190 / 256-329-2635 New Pine Grove Baptist Off Hwy. 22, Perryville New Providence Baptist Pearson Chapel Rd., Alex City New Rocky Mount Baptist 670 Peckerwood Rd., Jackson’s Gap 256-794-3846 New Salem Road New Site Rd., New Site, 256-234-2932 Old Providence Baptist Off Hwy. 63 N., near Hackneyville

Calvary Baptist 819 Main St., Dadeville, 256-825-5989

Old Union Baptist 1106 Davis Circle Jackson’s Gap 256-596-1873

Calvary Heights Baptist Elkahatchee, Rd., Alex City 256-234-7224

Orr Street Baptist 1000 “O” Street (Hwy. 63N) Alex City, 256-234-3171

Camp Hill Baptist Downtown Camp Hill, 256-896-2811

Perryville Baptist Perryville, 256-234-3588

Daviston Baptist Daviston, 395-4327

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Zion Hill Missionary Baptist 583 S. Broadnax St., Dadeville

Liberty Church 1034 Liberty Church Rd. Willow Point Alex City Macedonia Baptist Macedonia Circle, Goodwater 256-839-5793

New Hope Baptist Lake Martin, off Hwy. 63 256-329-2510

Unity Baptist Robinson Rd., Alex City

Jackson’s Gap Baptist Church 21 East Church St. 256-825-6814

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Pine Grove Baptist Camp Hill Ray Baptist Rockford Hwy., Alex City, 256-234-7609 River Road Baptist 148 Dean Rd., Alex City, 256-234-6971

Eagle Creek Baptist Hwy. 49, Dadeville, 256-825-6048

Rocky Creek Baptist Samford Rd., Cowpens Community

Fellowship Baptist Buttston Community Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church on Claybrook Drive, Alex City 256-839-5339 First Baptist Court Square, Alex City 256-234-6351

Rocky Mount Baptist Hwy. 22 E., Alex City, 256-329-2327 Rock Springs Baptist Jackson’s Gap, 256-839-6263 Russell Farm Baptist Hwy. 63 beyond Our Town

Dadeville Church of Christ East LaFayette St., Dadeville Meadows St. Church of Christ 306 Meadows St., Alex City Pleasant Grove Church of Christ 1819 Bay Pine Rd, Jackson’s Gap Southview Church of Christ 2325 Dadeville Rd., Alex City 256-329-0212 CHURCH OF GOD Alex City No. 2 A.C.O.P. Church of God Local Street, Alex City Bread of Life A.C.O.P. Church of God Hwy. 280, Kellyton Cedar Street Church of God 711 Martin Luther King Blvd. Alex City Dadeville Church of God 425 Horseshoe Bend Rd. (Hwy. 49 N.) Dadeville 256-825-8820 Marshall Street Church of God 428 Marshall Street, Alex City 256-234-3180 New Faith Tabernacle A.C.O.P. Church of God “J” Street New Harvest Ministries Church of God Hwy 280 & Coosa 28 256-329-2331

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Duncan Memorial U.M. 3997 Hillabee Rd., Alex City 256-234-6708 First United Methodist 310 Green St., Alex City 256-234-6322

Goodwater U.M. Main St., Goodwater, 256-839-6661 Haven United Methodist 354 Christian St., Alex City 256-329-8394

EPISCOPAL Saint James Episcopal Church 121 South Central Ave., Alex City 256-234-4752

Pearson Chapel U.M. Pearson Chapel Rd., Alex City

METHODIST – INDEPENDENT Daviston Independent Methodist Daviston, 395-4207 PENTECOSTAL Pentecostals of Dadeville 115 West Columbus Street Dadeville, 256-596-3411 PRESBYTERIAN First Presbyterian 371 Jefferson St., Alex City 256-329-0524 First Presbyterian Okefuske, Dadeville, 256-825-4081

Good News Baptist Church 10493 Hwy. 280, Jackson’s Gap 256-825-2555 Hackneyville Baptist Hwy. 63 N., Hackneyville

Sixth Street Baptist Sixth St., Alex City, 256-234-2408

FULL GOSPEL Dadeville Foursquare Gospel Church Old 280 By-pass

Family Worship Center 1676 Sewell Street 256-839-6895

Sunny Level Baptist Church Sunny Acres Subdivision Sewell Street

Fellowship Revival Center Mission 316 6th Ave., Alex City 256-329-1510 weekends

First Congregational Christian 11th Ave. South, Alex City

Town Creek Baptist Camp Ground Rd., Alex City

Kellyton Revival Center Co. Road 87 South Kellyton

Kendrick Baptist Church Nixburg Lake Martin Baptist Hwy 34, Dadeville 256-825-7434 Lake Pointe Baptist 8352 Hwy. 50W, Dadeville

Passion Church 3340 Hwy. 63 N., Alex City 256-409-9590

CATHOLIC St. John the Apostle 454 N. Central Ave., Alex City 256-234-3631

The Family Worship Center 365 Scott Road, Alex City

CHURCH OF CHRIST Alex City Church of Christ 945 Tallapoosa St., Alex City 256-234-6494

METHODIST – UNITED Alexander City Methodist 11th Ave. N., Alex City 256-329-1284 Bradford Methodist Hwy. 9, Goodwater


Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Robinson Rd., Alex City UNITED PENTECOSTAL Alex City Apostolic 3708 Robinson Rd., Alexander City, 256-329-1573

Zion Hill Baptist Hwy. 79, near Horseshoe Bend

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Union United Methodist 4428 Hwy. 50, Dadeville 256-825-2241

House of Restoration Holiness 519 Slaughter Ave., Camp Hill, 256-749-2373, 256-896-2904

Kellyton Baptist Kellyton, 256-329-1512


Trinity United Methodist 280 By-pass, Alex City, 256-234-2455

Sandy Creek Baptist Alex City

Jackson’s Gap Baptist Jackson’s Gap, 256-825-4951

New Site U.M. New Site, 256-234-7834

HOLINESS Alex City Emmanuel Holiness Hillabee St., Alex City

Liberty Life Christian Center 321 “S” Street, Alex City


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First Baptist Tallassee St., Dadeville, 256-825-6232

Wayside Baptist 21 Wayside Circle, Alex City 256-234-5564


Liberty United Methodist Liberty Rd., Hackneyville

INDEPENDENT Faith Temple Franklin Street, Alex City, 256-234-6421

Hillabee Baptist Hillabee Rd., Alex City 256-234-6798 Horseshoe Bend Baptist Hwy. 280, Dadeville

574 S. Central Ave Ave. Alexander City, AL (256) 329-9762

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Kellyton U.M., Kellyton, 256-329-1681

Sunnylevel United Methodist 3202 Hwy. 63N, Alex City 256-234-6877

CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Dadeville Church of the Nazarene Corner Hwy. 280 and 49, 256-825-8191


Hillabee Campground UMC 120 CC Road, Alex City Sunday School 10am Sunday Service 11am

The Church of God 13th Ave. N., Alex City 256-329-1696

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1515 Worthy Road, Alex City (Corner of Worthy Place and Dadeville Road)

Tapley Appliance Center

Flint Hill U.M., Alex City 256-234-5047

Red Ridge United Methodist 8091 County Road 34, Dadeville 256-825-9820

CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHECY Church of God of Prophecy 303 Poplar Rd., Alex City, 256-234-6941

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First United Methodist Dadeville, 256-825-4404

Pentecostal Church of God 163 Franklin Street, Alex City 256-215-4055

Washington Street A.C.O.P. Church of God Washington Street


Comer Memorial U.M. 427 East Church St., 256-329-3467


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Wright’s Funeral Home

GAP Fellowship Ministries P.O. Box 1571, Alex City Jehovah-Jireh Ministries 252 Tallapoosa St., Alex City 256-215-4211 Leap of Faith Outreach Ministry 886 Terrance Drive, 256-234-7119 New Bethel Fellowship Church 5474 Rock Springs Road Jackson’s Gap 256-825-3367 The Baha’I Faith 740 Newell Street, Camp Hill 256-896-4007 The Word Bible Church 161 Main St., Alex City, 256-215-5646



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t its heart, education is more about hand-tohand combat than about ballyhooed plans and initiatives. Sure, we love the big splash, but at the end of the day itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all of the little splashes that make a difference. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what just happened at the University of West Alabama, tucked away in tiny Livingston. President Ken Tucker and Dean of Education Jan Miller announced the creation of the Black Belt Teacher Corps at a reception and recognized the first 10-member cohort of the program. For sure, this swath of deep soil that cuts across the gut of Alabama, known as the Black Belt, is unique. When cotton created â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alabama Feverâ&#x20AC;? in the early 19th century, it burned hottest here. It was the antebellum home of large plantations and hordes of slaves who tended endless cotton rows. It was first named for its soil. Today, it could be named for its population. The beautiful countryside hides the grinding poverty. And slap dab in the middle of it sits an institution of higher learning that first took in students in 1839. Since then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been kinda like the little engine that could. Impacting that little patch of earth one student and one life at a time. Like all rural places, public education struggles here. With one of the struggles being where will new teachers come from? So UWA has embarked on a program to grow its own teachers. To help students who plan to become educators and are mostly from the area, not only financially, but with special









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training to better prepare them to address community issues. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a formula that has worked in the Missouri Ozarks. Gary Funk, who runs the national Rural Schools Collaborative, was instrumental in getting the Missouri program going. He and his organization are partnering with UWA in the Black Belt Teacher Corps. Juniors and seniors selected for scholarships receive $5,000 per year, plus $1,000 to carry out a place-based education project. All of this would not have happened without the wholehearted support of state Rep. Bill Poole and state Sen. Arthur Orr, who chair the House and Senate Education Finance committees, and local state Sen. Bobby Singleton. I attended the reception. The smiles of the students getting scholarships were big, bright and genuine. Just as those of the mamas and daddies who were there. I looked at the scholarship applications of the recipients. For the most part, these are not third- or fourthgeneration college grads. Many are the first in their family to ever go to college. They are not riding around in a new SUV with daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s platinum credit card in their pocket. Instead, they are counting pennies. One has never seen his father and his mother went to jail when

he was five. His grandparents raised him. The scholarship will save him from piling up more student loans. One of his professors told me it has been a joy to watch his â&#x20AC;&#x153;lightâ&#x20AC;? come on and to see him grow. One has worked as a substitute teacher in Pickens County every time she can since graduating high school. As do the vast majority in education, she feels â&#x20AC;&#x153;calledâ&#x20AC;? to be a teacher. One used to ask Santa to bring her teacher supplies for Christmas and her first class was stuffed animals. She wants to return to her small hometown in Choctaw County. One graduated from Sumter Central High School. He would like to be a principal in the Black Belt some day and says the Upward Bound program at UWA kept him for becoming just another Black Belt statistic. He also has diabetes and struggles sometimes because of schoolwork and his health. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My health insurance is not goodâ&#x20AC;? and family circumstances means he sometimes doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the medicine he needs. This scholarship will be very beneficial in this regard. One plans to be a special ed teacher and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to be the one who holds their hands, wipes their tears and tells them their situation is only a bad as perceived.â&#x20AC;? Hand to hand combat. One student at a time. UWA understands this. Larry Lee is a public school advocate and co-author of the study, Lessons Learned From Rural Schools. Larrylee133@

Alabamians pay one of nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest sales tax rates By MITCH SNEED Editor

Recently released statistics show that Alabama has the fourth highest combined sales tax rate in the nation. The Tax Foundation, a Washington D.C.-based independent tax policy research organization, compiled numbers showing that 45 states and the District of Columbia collect statewide sales taxes and 38 states collect local sales tax. Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9.01 percent combined average ranked only behind Louisianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9.98 percent, Tennessee at 9.46 percent) and Arkansas 9.30 percent. Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state sales tax rate is just 4 percent, which is one of the lowest state rates in the country. What boosts Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s combined rate are the local sales taxes which are 5.1 percent on average. In Alexander City, residents pay a total of 6 percent in sales tax from non-state sources, which include money for city, county, schools and roads. California has the highest state-level sales tax rate, at 7.25 percent. Four states tie for the second-highest statewide rate, at 7 percent: Indiana, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. The lowest non-zero, state-level sales tax is in Colorado, which has a rate of 2.9 percent.







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Five states follow with 4 percent rates: Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, New York, and Wyoming. This report, prepared by Jared Walczak and Scott Drenkard of The Tax Foundation, provides a population-weighted average of local sales taxes as of January 1, 2017. The purpose was to give a sense of the average local rate for each state, according to information supplied by the policy research group. The five states with the lowest average combined rates are Alaska (1.76 percent), Hawaii (4.35 percent), Wyoming (5.40 percent), Wisconsin (5.42 percent) and Maine (5.5 percent). The Tax Foundation report ranks states based on tax rates and does not account for differences in tax bases (e.g., the structure of sales taxes, defining what is taxable and nontaxable). States can vary greatly in this regard. For instance, most states exempt groceries from the sales tax, others tax groceries at a limited rate, and still others tax groceries at the same rate as all other products. Some states exempt clothing or tax it at a reduced rate. Alabama doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer any of those sales tax breaks, which makes Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rate even more draining on shoppers.





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funding options were not as clear in the speech. Bentley touched on several of the state’s success stories including ATRIP projects that have helped rebuild roads across the state and announced that now has 2 million people working, more than at any time during his administration. He talked of job creation in the auto industry and with the recruitment of Airbus to the state. Bentley also talked of rolling back the sales tax on groceries “Alabama is one of only four states with no tax break on groceries, placing a greater burden on low-income families and those on a fixed-income,” Bentley said. “A task force made up of experts from fields such as education, healthcare, taxation and revenue and the economy will study the impact of removing the sales tax on food.” Bentley’s address was delivered from the Old House Chamber of the State Capitol. In attendance were five of Bentley’s guests, two former inmates and three teachers at Zion Chapel School in Coffee County. The address was Bentley’s seventh State of the State speech to Alabamians.




Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley used Tuesday night’s State of the State address to again push for an $800 million bond to help fund construction of four new “super prisons” and asked that state employees be given a 4 percent raise. “Nearly all DOC facilities are double sometimes triple capacity, infrastructure is collapsing and the tensions created among inmates and officers by the deteriorating facilities and overcrowded conditions have even become deadly,” Bentley said. “Alabama is about to embark on a complete transformation of the state’s prison system. The Alabama Prison Transformation Initiative will transform Alabama’s prison system into a national model for the 21st century. The initiative will consolidate 14 of 16 maximum custody level prisons into four large-scale, state-of-the-art regional correctional facilities — three men’s facilities and one women’s facility to permanently replace Tutwiler Prison for Women.” One reason that the prison plan is so vital, Bentley said, is because of the federal mandate to fix

overcrowding and substandard conditions. In October, the U.S. Justice Department launched an investigation of Alabama’s prisons. Two separate suits involving mental health care for inmates and a lack of medical care for detainees have been filed, one currently on trial and the other scheduled later this year. “From the campaign trail and from this podium you’ve heard me time and again declare my long held beliefs in our great Constitution, the power and authority it grants to the states,” Bentley said. “Our country is made up of 50 sovereign states, and governors like myself, have stood firm while costly mandates were shoved down our throats, and said collectively ‘no more.’” The pay hike for state employees that Bentley called for would cost the state $19 million and if passed would be the first cost of living increase since 2009. Another “priority” cited by Bentley was a $20 million increase in prekindergarten, which would be about a 30 percent increase and would advance the governor’s goal to expand the program statewide. While there was a lot of talk about what is needed,



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UPCOMING SPORTS EVENTS Today • Dadeville Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball registration for ages 3-12 at Dadeville Recreation Center, $50 for ages 3-4, $65 for 5-12, 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10Saturday, Feb. 11 • Dadeville High and BRHS varsity wrestling at State Sectionals, Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, time TBA.

Saturday, Feb. 11 • CACC baseball home game against John A. Logan, 1 p.m. • Dadeville Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball registration for ages 3-12 at Dadeville Recreation Center, $50 for ages 3-4, $65 for 5-12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12 • CACC baseball home game against John A. Logan, 1 p.m. • Dadeville Dixie Youth National Softball Association softball-certification class and hands-on clinic at McKelvey Park, 1:30 p.m., $60 for clinic, $10 for class with onsite registration.

Monday, Feb. 13 • Dadeville varsity tennis home match against Holtville, boys 3:15 p.m., girls 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16 • Dadeville varsity tennis home match against Valley, boys 3:15 p.m., girls 5 p.m. • Dadeville Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball registration for ages 3-12 at Dadeville Recreation Center, $50 for ages 3-4, $65 for 5-12, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

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In the Tigers home wrestling match against Beulah Tuesday, Dadeville senior Tyler Muniz overcomes his opponent in the 152-pound division.

Dadeville grapplers fall to Beulah 30-24 Lack of numbers costs Tigers final home match of the season By CATHY HIGGINS Sports Editor

In the Dadeville varsity wrestling team’s final home match of the season Tuesday, the Tigers lost to Beulah 30-24. Despite the team score, the Tigers swept all five of their individual matches. “I’m real happy with our individual efforts,” said Dadeville varsity wrestling head coach George Richardson. “We don’t have the numbers but quality counts. These guys are working real hard.” That quality showed when two of Dadeville’s triumphs were in the first period. In the 152-pound class, DHS senior Tyler Muniz defeated Stinson with

a takedown. In the 170-class, Dadeville senior Austin Holley got a win over Hale with a pin on a reversal. One Tiger got an individual win in the second period, as in the 113-pound division, Dadeville eighth grader Dillan Strickland defeated Morris with a takedown and pin. A lone Tiger also won in the third period. In the 138-pound class, DHS sophomore R.J. Ford bested Hines with a reversal and stalling. Dadeville junior Kenneth “Ab” Abernathy got a win by Beulah forfeit in the 220-pound class.

Despite a sweep of individual wins from the Tigers, DHS lost due to forfeiting for lack of competitors on the team. Those forfeits were in the 120, 126, 132 145 and 182-pound classes. “I wish we had more,” Richardson said. “But I’m happy with what I’ve got because I’ve got some wrestlers.” Both teams forfeited the 106-pound, 160-pound, 195-pound and heavyweight divisions. The Tigers next head to Cramton Bowl in Montgomery Friday for the two-day Alabama High School Athletic Association Wrestling South Super Section Tournament.

Sullivan shines in Dadeville Tigers’ season closer By CATHY HIGGINS Sports Editor

Although the Dadeville varsity boys’ basketball season was cut short Monday at the Class 4A, Area 5 semifinals, Dadeville junior Jalen Sullivan stood out for his efforts in the playoffs. In the game the Tigers lost to Holtville 52-50, Sullivan put up 18 points for the Tigers. For that he was named to the All-Area Team. Sullivan considers his efforts Monday as just part of his responsibility to help the team. “I just tried to do what I could,” he said. Despite the loss, Sullivan was proud of the Tigers’ playoff performance. “I felt like we really came together as a team,” he said. As the season started, that wasn’t necessarily the case. Instead, Sullivan admits that it took some time for development to kick in. “It was late in the season,” he said. “But going back to last year, I wasn’t as good as I was this year. But I worked in the summer and did drills.” Things finally began to click. And while the Tigers continued to struggle on the scoreboard, Sullivan

felt himself improving. In fact, his personal best was when the Tigers lost 58-53 to Tallassee at home in January. “I scored 21 points,” said Sullivan, who also plays defensive back on the Tigers football team. While Sullivan’s total season stats aren’t yet tallied, in the seven Dadeville varsity boys games covered by The Outlook, he scored a total of 83 points. With the semifinal included, that’s an average of 12.6 points a game. As for next year, both Tigers head coach Rodney Taylor and Sullivan look for the varsity boys to have a better season that takes them to the state championship. That includes improving the ability to make those free throws. “We’ve got to get those,” Sullivan said. Sullivan has been playing on the Tigers’ varsity team since he was a sophomore. “I pulled him off the JV team last year,” Taylor said. Sullivan has been playing on JV since he was in seventh grade. However, the junior’s experience on the hardwood dates back to elementary school. “I started playing Cathy Higgins / The Record Upward Basketball in third In the Tigers game against Beauregard earlier in the season, Dadeville junior Jalen Sullivan grade,” Sullivan said. goes for a layup.

Youth umpiring clinics coming up STAFF REPORT TPI Staff

On Sunday at 1:30pm at McKelvey park, Dadeville Dixie Youth will host a National Softball Association softball-certification class and hands-on clinic. The event includes assisted class time and testing for NSA certification to umpire NSA-sanctioned events. Certification class is $60, and the hands-on clinic is $10, with registration onsite. A Dixie Youth Baseball umpires hands-on clinic will is set for the following weekend. The event is slated for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at Mckelvey Park with a $10 registration. Participants can then visit ClientSite/article/1387760 to obtain Dixie Youth Baseball certification. “Coaches, parents, umpires and anyone wanting to become an umpire come and join us for these highly informative events,” said Dadeville Dixie Youth President Stacy Ayers.

Dadeville Lady Tigers move into area semifinal playoffs By CATHY HIGGINS Sports Editor

The Dadeville varsity girls’ playoff dreams remained alive Wednesday as they head to Elmore County today to play the host at 7 p.m. in the Class 4A, Area 6 playoff semifinal game. Dadeville moved into the semifinals after defeating Holtville 73-9 in Monday’s Class 4A, Area 5 playoff firstround game at Elmore County. Results of Wednesday’s semifinal game were not available at press time. Check for results. However, the winner comes back for the final round on Friday at 6 p.m. against Alabama Christian or Tallassee. The Dadeville varsity boys weren’t as fortunate in their first-round playoff game. The Tigers lost to Holtville

Monday 52-50, ending their basketball season. Despite the loss, Dadeville junior guard Jalen Sullivan led the Tigers in scoring with 18 points. He had help from junior small forward Qua Tucker with 12 and freshman guard Jamarion Wilkerson, who had 10. With Monday’s loss, the Dadeville varsity boys’ season ends with a record of 5-14 overall and 4-5 in the region.

Reeltown gets swept in playoff semifinals The Reeltown varsity boys’ basketball season came to a close Tuesday as the Rebels lost to Lanett 88-41 in the semifinal round of the Class 2A, Area 8 Tournament. According to Rebels head coach Jonathan Gardner, Reeltown struggled throughout the game. “We started the game off really slow and can’t play like that against a good team like Lanett,” he said. “We were down 26-8 at the end of the first quarter and didn’t play

much better after that.” Despite the loss, Reeltown freshman forward Eric Shaw led the Rebels in scoring with 24 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. With Tuesday’s loss, the Reeltown varsity boys’ season ends with a record of 2-22 overall and 1-9 in the region. The Reeltown varsity girls’ post-season journey also ended early as the Lady Rebels lost in Monday’s Class 2, Area 8 Tournament semifinal game at Lanett by a score of 75-30. Despite the loss, Reeltown junior Ashlynn Thomas led the Lady Rebels in scoring with eight points. She had help from junior Marsheka Shaw with seven. With the semifinal loss, Reeltown varsity girls end their season with a record of 2-13 overall and 1-5 in the region.

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