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Drug busts net 6 arrests, drugs, guns City Police Department, Jacksons Gap Police Department, Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department and the Several law enforcement Alabama Law Enforcement agencies combined efforts to take illegal drugs off the streets Agency’s Marijuana Eradication Team were able to recover crysthis week. tal meth, prescription drugs, The Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force, Alexander See DRUG • Page 3 By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer
Jacksons Gap takes out loan to buy property By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer
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This is a sketch of the suspect who robbed AutoZone in Alexander City.
Police hope sketch identifies robbery suspect By CLIFF WILLIAMS Staff Writer
Investigators with the Alexander City Police Department have developed a sketch of a suspect who is still on the run following a June robbery of AutoZone in Alexander City to try and identify the individual. Alexander City Police Det. George Long was quiet about who provided the information to develop the sketch but did say the image of a black male suspect was produced with the help of an artist from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The image is on the ACPD Detective Facebook page and commenters noted the similarity to a suspect in a Sylacauga See SKETCH • Page 7
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State Board of Education candidate Tracie West stopped by the Tallapoosa County Republican meeting Thursday night at The Coffee Corner as she campaigns for next week’s runoff against Melanie Hill.
Jones introduces civil rights cold case bill STAFF REPORT TPI Staff
Sen. Doug Jones introduced a piece of legislation in the U.S. Senate Tuesday mandating the review, declassification and release of government records related to unsolved criminal civil rights cases.
The Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018 is necessary, Jones argued, because the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as currently written has prevented the timely and adequate disclosure of executive branch records, See JONES • Page 3
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The Jacksons Gap Town Council approved the resignation of a fellow member and approved taking out a loan to purchase property at Tuesday’s meeting. “We have received a building loan offer from BB&T,” Mayor Jeff Walker said. “It is not to exceed $160,000 and is for 84 months.” The loan would be used to purchase the old radio station on old Highway 280. Walker expressed his interests in waiting to make a decision on the loan until a finance committee meeting could take place to discuss the issue along with budgets. Walker stated the town was already $30,000 over budget for the year. Councilmember Heather Glenn disagreed with the mayor’s interpretation of the town’s finances. “I have looked at the numbers,” Glenn said. “The town can do this.” Glenn made a motion to accept the loan offer and fellow councilmembers Troy Cruz and Janice Glaze voted with Glenn for the motion. Councilmember Carl Pritchard and Walker voted no on the motion. Discussion at previous council meetings had the town renovating the building and using it as the new town hall, constructing a building for municipal court and See JACKSONS • Page 7
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SCHOOL CALENDAR Alexander City Schools Tuesday, July 31
Alexander City Middle School Orientation (seventh grade at 10 a.m., eighth grade at 1 p.m.)
Thursday, Aug. 2
Monday, Aug. 20
Alexander City Middle School Open House, 5:30 p.m.
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Jim Pearson Elementary School Open House, kindergarten and first grade at 4 p.m. Radney Elementary School Open House, 5 p.m.
Horseshoe Bend School Open House (eighth and ninth grades at 5:30 p.m., seventh grade at 6:30 p.m.)
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Horseshoe Bend School Open House (12th grade at 1 p.m., 11th grade at 2 p.m., 10th grade at 3 p.m.) Dadeville High School Open House, grades 10-12, 5 p.m.
Jim Pearson Elementary School Open House, pre-K and second grade at 4 p.m.
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Ongoing Events CELEBRATE RECOVERY: Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered ministry designed to help hurting people. It is made up of regular folks who are on a journey toward wholeness; seeking recovery from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups. We meet every Monday at Vertical Point Church, 860 Airport Drive, Alex City. We begin with dinner at 5:45, followed by large group at 6:15 & small groups at 7:15. Childcare is provided. Everyone is welcome. For more info, call Mike at 256496-4664. CCTS ALUMNI MEETING: The Coosa County Train School and J.D. Thompson alumni association hold monthly meetings the third Saturday of each month. BEYOND TRANSFORMATIONS: Meetings every second Saturday. Have you been wanting to give back, work with youth, or be a part of a group that makes a difference? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or Call at 334-440-6539. Donations of clothes, food, books, computers, school supplies. A building and donations are needed. AMERICAN LEGION: Post 339 in Cottage Grove is open every Friday night from 8 p.m. until with fried chicken and fish. Music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. SCV MEETING:The Sons of Confederate Veterans meets every third Tuesday
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night at 7 p.m. at J.R.’s Sports Bar & Grill. Visitors are welcome. AMATEUR RADIO CLUB: The Lake Martin Amateur Radio Club meets from 6 to 7 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the Alexander City Airport Terminal Building with dinner and fellowship following at a local area restaurant. Interested persons may contact Michael Courtney at 256-825-7766 or Mike Smith at 256-750-5710. TALLAPOOSA PATRIOTS: The Tallapoosa Patriots meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Professional Commons. For more information contact Sherry Sellers at email@example.com or at 256-234-2528. DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP: The Emily Gilbert Dementia Support Group for family and caregivers meets the third Monday of every month in the community room at Russell Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. It is sponsored by the Russell Medical Auxiliary. For more information call volunteer services office at 256-329-7177. FREE SUPPORT GROUP: GriefShare, a grief recovery support group, will meet each Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Reception Center of Radney Funeral Home in Alexander City. This seminar is offered without cost to participants, and sponsored by Radney Funeral Home and Rocky Creek Baptist Church. For further information and registration, call Larry Cummings at 256-397-2511. WEIGHT WATCHERS: The group meets each Monday evening in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church on Green Street in Alexander City.
POLLING LOCATION CHANGE ARMORY VOTERS TO VOTE AT MILL TWO EIGHTY: l voters that normally cast ballots at the Alabama National Guard Armory in Alexander City will now cast ballots at The Mill Two Eighty for next week’s election on Tuesday, July 17. Polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Mill Two Eighty is located at 4562 Highway 280 in Alexander City. The Fellowship Hall is located behind the sanctuary. Registration is 5- 5:30 p.m. Meeting is 5:30-6 p.m. New members will want to stay after the meeting for a 15-minute Weight Watchers orientation. MUSIC AT EQUALITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: The Equality Performing Arts Center hosts music and other events on the second and fourth Friday nights of each month at 6:30 p.m. on Alabama Highway 9 in Equality. Country/Western, bluegrass, Southern gospel and instrumental music featured. For more information, contact Wayne Glenn at 334541-3302. HOUSE OF RESTORATION PENTACOSTAL, INC.: Pastor Doris Patterson, 519 Slaughter Road in Camp Hill. Prayer is Monday at noon every week. Wednesday Bible Study at noon and Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. For more information, contact 256-749-7666. LABELS FOR EDUCATION: Jim Pearson’s P.E. Department is collecting Campbell’s soup labels and other products – visit labelsforeducation.com for a full list. Send labels and caps c/o Patricia Brooks, 3491 Coley Creek Road, Alexander City. BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Help support Alexander City Middle School by collecting box tops. Send them to ACMS or send them by students. CHARITY BINGO: Alexander City Elk Lodge #1878 will have Charity Bingo every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds go to local college scholarships. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: The T.O.U.C.H. support group (Today Our Understanding of Cancer is Hope) meets at noon on the first Wednesday of each month in the community room of Russell Medical Center. The meeting is open to cancer survivors, current patients, caregivers or loved ones and anyone else going through cancer. Lunch is cov-
ered dish. SINGERS NEEDED: The Sunshine Singers are looking for those who love to sing the old songs. They meet at 2 p.m. every Thursday to share their love for music with residents of area nursing homes, including Brown, Adams, the Goodwater Nursing Home and Chapman. For more information, call 256-3291878 after 7 p.m. EVENING PRAISE: There will be an evening praise worship service every first and third Sunday at 5 p.m. at Family Worship Center at 1676 Sewell St. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 256-794-2969. The Well Armed Woman: The Well Armed Woman, Alexander City chapter meets the fourth Sunday of each month. For more information email Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org. VOLUNTEER: Southern Care Hospice is seeking volunteers. Please call Lizz Gillenwaters at 256-234-1134 or 256-749-3717 for more information. WOMAN MEETING: Victory Temple Holiness Church hosts a women’s meeting every first Sunday at 237 Aster St. in Dadeville. Everyone is invited. The meetings start at 2 p.m. READY TO WORK: CACC can prepare you to be Career Ready with a FREE 6 to 8 week Workforce Development Course called Ready to Work. It includes computer self-paced instruction financial planning, reading and math skills, and computer basic skills as well as instructor-led module presentations on communication, problem-solving, job acquisition, operation skills, and workplace behavior. Earn a Career Readiness Certificate and an AIDT Alabama Certified Worker Certificate. The class meets Monday-Thursday 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Alexander City Career Center located at 1375 Junior College Drive. For more information, call Melanie Veazey at 256-2154499 or email at mveazey@ cacc.edu.
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and congressional records are not subject to public disclosure under FOIA. In addition, some of these records, although almost 50 years old, remain unnecessarily classified or shielded from public view. Jones’ bill will require the National Archives and Records Administration to create a collection of government documents related to civil rights cold cases and to make those documents available to the public. Specifically, Jones’ bill requires the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to establish a collection of cold case records about unsolved criminal civil rights cases that government offices must publicly disclose in the collection without redaction or withholding. It also calls for the establishment of a Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board as an independent agency of impartial private citizens to facilitate the review, transmission to NARA and public disclosure of government records related to such cases. Joining Jones as an original co-
sponsor to this bill is Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). “Having prosecuted two civil rights cold cases in Alabama, I know firsthand the importance of having every available piece of information at your disposal,” Jones said in a press release. “This bill will ensure public access to records relating to these cases and will expand the universe of people who can help investigate these crimes, including journalists, historians, private investigators, local law enforcement and others. “We might not solve every one of these cold cases, but my hope is that this legislation will help us find some long-overdue healing and understanding of the truth in the more than 100 unsolved civil rights criminal cases that exist today.” Jones, who successfully prosecuted two of the former Ku Klux Klan members involved in the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, has long been an advocate for greater access to civil rights cold case records. In 2007, Jones
Drug marijuana plants, marijuana and firearms while executing three search warrants. In Hackneyville Tuesday, investigators located individuals with outstanding warrants and probation violations. They then executed a search warrant at a home off Sanford Road. Task force investigators found crystal meth, Lortab and Xanax. Terry Britton, 53, of Hackneyville was arrested and charged with four counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Margaret Tapley, 42, of Tallassee was arrested on four counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, probation revocation and two warrants for failure to appear. Jeffery Price, 54, of Alexander City was arrested for four counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a warrant for failure to appear. The Alabama National Guard Counterdrug Aviation Unit, ALEA Marijuana Eradication
testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act that established a special initiative in the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate civil rights cold cases. He spoke about the difficulty of prosecuting these cases so many years after the crimes were committed and pointed to the importance of sharing information in order to find the truth. “We’ve made progress ensuring these heinous acts of violence and hatred are able to be brought to justice — but we have more work to do,” McCaskill, who served as a prosecutor in Jackson County, Missouri before being elected to the Senate, said in the release. “Helping families and advocates get access to these documents could help their push towards justice for these long unsolved cold cases.” Hank Klibanoff, the director of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University, said in the release, “It is hard to overstate the positive impact that Sen. Jones’s pro-
posed Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act would have on thousands of families who, 40 to 60 years later, have no idea how a father, grandfather, aunt or brother came to a violent death in the modern civil rights era. As a journalist and historian who relies on government-held records in these civil rights cold cases, it’s important to know that our purposes are simple: To learn the truth, to seek justice where there may be a living perpetrator, to tell the untold stories, to bring closure to the families of victims and find opportunities for racial reconciliation.” Jones modeled his bill after the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, which created an orderly and effective process for reviewing, declassifying and releasing thousands of documents related to the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy. The legislation was also envisioned by schoolteacher Stuart Wexler and his students from Hightstown High School in New Jersey.
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Team and the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force teamed up after pilots spotted marijuana from the air in the Peckerwood area of Jacksons Gap Wednesday. Authorities were able to seize 25 mature marijuana plants after obtaining a search warrant. The plants have a street value of about $2,000 each for a total of $50,000. Samuel Roe, 39, of Jacksons Gap was arrested for manufacture and cultivation of marijuana second degree, possession of marijuana first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jennifer Roe, 46, of Jacksons Gap was also arrested on the same charges. Authorities responded to a call on Airport Drive in Alexander City Thursday. Law enforcement was able to obtain a telephonic search warrant to recover 25 grams of crystal meth, five grams of marijuana, prescription drugs and firearms. Brian Black, 48, of Alexander City was charged with possession with the intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, illegal
possession of prescription medication and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to court records, Britton has several previous drug charges, burglary and theft charges, a driving under the influence, domestic violence charges and several traffic offenses. Tapley has several drug offenses and traffic offenses. Price has several traffic offenses listed. Samuel Roe has several drug offenses listed. All were still in custody at the Tallapoosa County Jail Thursday afternoon. Black is being held on a $60,000 bond. Britton is being held on a $4,500 cash bond. Price is being held on a $4,500 cash bond. Jennifer Roe is being held on a $40,000 bond. Samuel Roe has no bond available to him as the charges are a probation violation. Tapley is being held on $35,000. The Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force and other law enforcement agencies continue to investigate illegal drug possession, distribution and trafficking in the area.
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rime happens. No matter how much we hate it or wish it would go away, there are people out there who think the best way to have things is to steal them from others. Forget the fact most of us work hard for what we have. Some individuals choose to take the easy way – through criminal acts – of trying to get ahead. No matter how hard law enforcement officials work to deter crimes or how careful we are, criminals still look for an opportunity. But in Tallapoosa County, we are fortunate to have a group of hardworking law enforcement officials who are dedicated to eliminating crime as much as possible. Just this week a group of city, county and state law enforcement officials teamed up and recovered crystal meth, prescription drugs, marijuana plants, marijuana and firearms while executing three search warrants in the area. Six were arrested and were still in custody on bonds at the Tallapoosa County Jail Thursday afternoon. And that’s all in a couple days’ work. We give a round of applause for our law officials who are making every effort to keep crime off our local streets. Alexander City Police Department officials are also working hard to investigate an incident where AutoZone employees were robbed at the Alexander City store and held at gunpoint in June. The suspect got away with an unspecified amount of money, but was caught on store video. Though he’s still on the run, a talented artist from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency drew up a sketch of the suspect. The sketch, posted on the ACPD Detective Facebook page, is similar to a suspect in a Sylacauga incident where an O’Reilly Auto Parts was robbed, according to commenters. “Some of the things that happened in the Sylacauga and Alexander City robberies are similar,” ACPD Det. George Long said. “But some things are a little different. There the guy had no hat and his hair pulled back. Just because they are similar does not mean they are the same suspect.” With the help of area residents, law enforcement continue to investigate this situation, among other cases, and we hope they will be able to bring suspects into custody soon. We can’t stop crime, but local officers do a good job of eliminating it the best they can. It is refreshing to see good, oldfashioned police work help find people suspected of doing bad things. Congratulations on jobs well done.
Snapshots are the windows of our soul
on’t you just hate having your picture taken? I think the last decent pictures I had made were my baby pictures and they only look good because my mama was in them. It’s bad enough if it is a decent photographer doing his best to make you look good, but it is especially bad on a passport, driver’s license or ID badge. Somehow the true nature of what we really look like to others comes out. A case in point is my passport photo because it is a combination of a Middle Eastern terrorist and someone who recently escaped from the asylum. I’ve had security people in several countries take a look at me, then the photo, then me and just shake their heads. They don’t know whether to arrest me, send me on or put me on medication. As bad as my passport photo is, you should see my driver’s license! Forrest Gump looks like he has a PhD compared to the mugshot on this document. How in the world can they get you slumped over, eyes half-closed and mouth open? They are able to get this same effect every four years at renewal time in spite of my best efforts. The scary thought is, maybe this is the way I really look. I could get arrested for DUI just on the looks
GERALD HALLMARK Columnist of my photo, and I am a teetotaler, old line Baptist preacher. My all-time favorite photos are the candid ones people take when you don’t know they are around. You know the kind where you are eating, scratching, wearing a swimsuit or generally looking normal. They produce the response of going on a diet, cutting your hair or never going back in public again. In the old days you got a hard copy of the picture as soon as the drug store developed them and you were stuck with them. At least today you can look at the digital image and quickly delete it before it gets posted all over the web. The thing about photographs is they are so true to life. They capture the way we are, not the way we perceive ourselves to be. The discouragement comes because we thought more highly of ourselves and these snapshots pull us back to reality. Maybe that is why they are called snapshots because they “snap” us back to where we really are. My mental images of looking like an Olympic
champion are always crashed by the reality of a little round, balding senior adult that shows up in the photograph. How can that guy get in the way of all my wonderful pictures? The Bible reminds us God doesn’t look on the outward appearance, but looks upon the heart. His picture of us is the truest photograph we will ever have taken. We can dress ourselves up, airbrush away the blemishes and doctor the negatives, but God still sees our hearts. God views the photos of His children through the eyes of love. His grace erases the rough edges and softens the harshness of our sins. Like a loving parent He sees us with love and this love removes our sin because of His son’s sacrifice. We are precious in His sight because of His love. I’m glad my Heavenly Father has a true portrait of me in His home. In the meantime, I had to have a new passport photo made. After submitting it to the state department in Washington, they are requiring an FBI check and two doctor’s certificates of competency. Boy, that was a bad picture of me! Dr. Gerald Hallmark is a retired minister who lives in Alexander City. His column appears each Friday in The Outlook.
Mark Tuggle (R) represents the 81st District covering Coosa, Chilton and Tallapoosa counties. He can be reached by phone at 256392-2006 or by email at email@example.com. His office is located at 110 Calhoun Street, Suite 108, Alexander City. Tom Whatley represents the 27th District covering Lee, Russell and Tallapoosa County. He was elected to the Alabama Senate on Nov. 2, 2010, and can be reached at 334-242-7865. His office is located at 337 East Magnolia Drive, Auburn. Clyde Chambliss Jr. represents Senate District 30, which includes portions of Elmore, Autauga, Chilton, Coosa and Tallapoosa counties. He can be reached at 334-343-7883 or at clyde. firstname.lastname@example.org
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In its July 12 issue, The Alabama Baptist has published its annual statistics on both state and national Southern Baptist Convention relevant to growth and revenue. While this publication is obviously dedicated to the Baptist, it, nevertheless, has an average readership of roughly 400,000 per issue in Alabama and is the primary publication for 925,286 Baptist members statewidethat is 20 percent of the entire state population! Yet, this issue also reports that actual church membership is down by 24,200 in the past 12 months. Baptisms were down by 2,400. At the same time gross revenue is stated at $731 million – down $12.5 million over the same time period. While the decline is noticeable, $731 million is a huge sum even
in today’s dollars. In this same issue, data on the S.B.C. nationally reveals that the association has amassed $11,728 Billion in annual revenue (that’s billion with a B)! Furthermore, annual membership totals are 15 million – down 2.2 million over the same time period. So, what does this say about us Baptists? Are we, in fact, being good stewards of God’s resources? Christianity Today in a Feb. 27, 2018 article disclosed that smaller churches spend six hours or less weekly using church facilities with the remaining 162 hours per week buildings are sitting empty. Small churches are considered ones with 1,000 members or less-that make up the vast majority of individuals churches groups nationally. All churches use their buildings a total of 5.3 hours per week. In yet another revelation, The
Christian Post states that full time paid church staff admit that they, on the average, spend a total of about 10 hours per week on the job that includes time in the pulpit, visiting, weddings, funerals and counseling. What are we doing as a faith to meet the needs of the homeless, abused families, indigent, the aged, veterans, and drug rehabilitation? Where is our consciousness when reaching out to our fellow man? I implore you to assert yourselves and work toward better and more Christian use of your tithe and donation dollars. Perhaps, try reading 1 Peter 4:10, “as each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace...” James W. Anderson Talladega, AL
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Police are hoping people can identify a suspect, sketched at right, who robbed AutoZone in Alex City in June.
Sketch incident where an O’Reilly Auto Parts was robbed. “Some of the things that happened in the Sylacauga and Alexander City robberies are similar,” Long said. “But some things are little different. There the guy had no hat and his hair pulled back. Just because they are similar does not mean they are the same suspect.” In Alexander City the suspect entered the AutoZone about 8 p.m. June 20. “A black male entered AutoZone Wednesday night and held employees at gun point,” Alexander City Police Chief Jay Turner said in June. “He was able to get away with an
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unspecified amount of cash.” The unidentified gunman did one last thing before leaving the store. “He locked employees in the back room and fled,” Turner said. Until the sketch was developed this week, the Alexander City Police Department was using video from the store to try to develop a name for the robber. Long and the Alexander City Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. If anyone recognizes the person in the sketch, they are asked to call Det. Long at 256-397-1135.
building a park. Walker informed the council that fellow councilmember Dana Ford was resigning effective immediately. He explained the process would be to have those interested in replacing her interview with the council at the next meeting, then hold a special meeting before the regular September meeting to select the replacement within 60 days. Glenn also presented a proposed ordinance to clean up run down properties, trying to take care of number of issues from overgrown weeds to abandoned cars and rundown buildings. Jacksons Gap Town Attorney Chad Harrison said the council may want to put the automobile part into its own section in the ordinance. The idea of the ordinance was welcomed by other councilmembers. “It is certainly a problem,” Glaze said. “We need to do something to be able to deal with it.” Harrison also brought up a potential issue for how the town’s volunteer fire department is organized. He explained the department was once incorporated but dissolved in 1992 and reorganized under the city umbrella. Harrison said little was described in the relationship other than officers like chief,
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assistant chief, secretary and treasurer. The way the town ordinance reads is the department is to provide financials at the request of the council but is not required until the request. Basically the current ordinance organizing the fire department gives the fire chief arrest powers during a call, but Harrison said the relationship could be defined further if the council saw fit. “It has advantages and disadvantages,” Harrison said. “You may want to look at how you want to define the relationship between the town and the department.” The council also: • approved minutes from the last meeting. • approved payment of bills. • Walker informed the council that someone was interested in leasing/purchasing property the town owns on Highway 280. • Glenn informed the council that someone was interested in locating a truck stop on Highway 280. • Glenn explained to the council issues with dates were complicating a school supply drive and got approval to make the donation directly to the Dadeville schools. The next meeting of the Jacksons Gap Town Council is Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m.
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Today - July 13
EARLY ROSE DISTRICT CONGRESS: The 59th Annual Session of the Early Rose District Congress of Christian Education is July 9-13 at 9 a.m. daily at Miracle Missionary Baptist Church.
Today - July 31
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: Registration for Faith Christian Academy’s After School program 2018-2019 will be July 9-31 for school-aged children K4 and up. The program provides snack and help with daily homework. Pick-up from schools is available. Faith Christian Academy is a ministry of Faith Temple Church and is located at the corner of Franklin and Gorgas Streets in Alexander City. For more information please contact Vickie Waters at 256-397-4130.
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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Family Worship Center is hosting Game On, Vacation Bible School July 12-14 for ages 3 through teens. July 12 and 13 will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and July 14 will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Tony Harris is pastor of Family Worship Center.
Saturday, July 14
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Comer Methodist Men’s Club pancake breakfast is July 14 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. It is $6 a plate, eat-in or carry out. MARKET ON THE HILL: Artisans will display and sell their handmade items at Market on the Hill next to the Good News Baptist Church on Highway 280 in Jacksons Gap. There will also be face painting, prizes and awards. All pre-registered vendors are eligible to receive a $100 Hobby Lobby gift card. For more information call 256-8279857 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org MARRIAGE WORKSHOP: Calvary Heights Baptist Church in Ashland is hosting a marriage workshop on communication Saturday, July 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be a discussion and video on how to improve communication with your spouse. Childcare is provided.
Sunday, July 15
CHURCH HOMECOMING: Mt. Carmel Baptist Church is hosting homecoming services July 15 at 11 a.m. with a covered dish to follow. The church is located at 3610 Dudleyville Road in Dadeville. Rev. John Marks will deliver the message. CHURCH HOMECOMING: Haven Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting homecoming services July 15 at 2 p.m. Pastor John Leonard Sr. of St. James AME Church is the guest speaker. HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Joyce Cauthen, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, will present “Way Down in Alabama: Finding Old-Time Fiddlers and their Tunes” on Sunday, July 15, 2 p.m. at Tallapoosee Historical Society Museum on the square at 214 N. Broadnax Street. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served. WOMEN’S DAY PROGRAM: Bread of Life Apostolic of Promise on Highway 280 West in Kellyton is hosting a Women’s Day Program Sunday, July 15 at 3 p.m. Guest Speaker will be Elder Brenda Mock, pastor of Sylacauga. Elder Netherland Tuck is pastor of Bread of Life. MENS AND WOMENS DAY: New Elam #1 Missionary Baptist Church is hosting Men’s and Women’s Day Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. Guest speaker will be Rev. Michael McCain Sr. of Cornerstone House of Prayer. Rev. Michael McCain Sr. is pastor
of New Elam #1 Missionary Baptist Church. CHURCH HOMECOMING: New Hope Baptist Church is hosting homecoming services Sunday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. Covered dish dinner to follow at noon. The Mike Lowery Trio will be singing. Everyone is welcome.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Duncan United Methodist Church is hosting Vacation Bible School July 15-17 at 5 p.m. daily. The theme is “God First” and a closing ceremony will be Sunday, July 22 at 5 p.m. with a program presented by the children of activities, games and music they enjoyed. Rev. Wayne Hicks is pastor.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Comer Baptist Church is hosting “Game On” Vacation Bible School July 15 - 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for ages 4 through sixth grade. The church is located at 341 East Church Street. Call 256-234-2236 for van pickup.
THROW AWAY DAYS: The Middle Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership and the Tallapoosa County Commission are holding Throw Away Days July 16-17. Dumpsters will be located at the Alex City Annex at 395 Lee Street, Double Bridges on Highway 63, the Old Daviston School on Highway 22, Youngs Ferry Road at Mullican and Gibson roads and the Union Community Center at 4191 Highway 50. Dumpsters will be available at no charge to residents.
CHURCH REVIVAL: Haven Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting revival services July 16-18 at 6 p.m. Guest speakers are Pastor James Grasham of Haven Chapel, Pastor Lou Benson of GAP Fellowship and Associate Pastor Joann Finley of Haven Memorial United Methodist Church.
Tuesday, July 17
ELECTION: The primary election runoff will be held July 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. IF YOU VOTE AT THE NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY IN ALEXANDER CITY, THE POLLING PLACE HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE MILL 280 JUST UP THE STREET ON HIGHWAY 280 AT ELKAHATCHEE ROAD. BOARD OF EDUCATION: The July meeting of the Tallapoosa County Board of Education will be July 17. A work session will be held at 3 p.m. and the board meeting will be at 5 p.m.
Thursday, July 19
DEMOCRATIC PARTY MEETING: Jeremy Jeffcoat, candidate for Alabama House of Representatives District 81 will be the speaker at the monthly meeting of the Tallapoosa County Democratic Party. SENIORX: Deborah Jones, SeniorRx coordinator will be at the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce July 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to help seniors determine if they are eligible for assistance with diabetic supplies, liquid supplements and medications. TOUCH-A-TRUCK: First Baptist Church of Alexander City Daycare is holding a touch-a-truck event 9 a.m. July 19. There will be fire trucks police cars and other vehicles.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Kellyton Chapel United Methodist Church is hosting vacation Bible school July 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 8
p.m. and July 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 50 County Road 87, Kellyton. Rev. Michael Strong is pastor of Kellyton Chapel United Methodist Church.
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Saturday, July 21
CITY CLEANUP: Please join members of the community, in association with Clean Community Partnership, to help clean up the streets of Alexander City on July 21. Meet in Broad Street Plaza at 8:30 a.m. for supplies and assignments. Contact Jacob Meacham at jacob.meacham@ alexandercitychamber.com for more information. COMMUNITY HEALTH DAY: Beacon of Joy Seventh Day Adventist Church is hosting a community health day Saturday, July 21 from noon to 3:30 p.m. There will be free health screenings, gospel entertainment, Back 2 School supplies and science, arts and crafts activities with healthy snacks as long as supplies last. Beacon of Joy is located at 369 Scott Road. For more information call 256-7869711. TRADE DAY: Bibb Graves High School Alumni and Friends Monthly Trade Day in Millerville on Highway 9 between Ashland and Goodwater will be held on July 21 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Refreshments are also available.
Sunday, July 22
VBS CLOSING CEREMONY: Duncan United Methodist Church is hosting a VBS closing ceremony at 5 p.m. with a program presented by the children of activities, games and music they enjoyed during the recent VBS program. Rev. Wayne Hicks is pastor.
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ASTHMA CAMP: The Auburn University School of Nursing is holding the first Asthma Camp Eagle (ACE) in partnership with the Morris family and Children’s Harbor from July 23-26 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Martin. The camp is for children 7-12 years old. Most of the campers will be from Tallapoosa County. The camp is free and parents of possible campers are asked to contact Linda Gibson-Young at gibsolm@ auburn.edu. or call at 334-844-5601.
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FAMILY REUNION: The MahanYates-Jarvis Family Reunion will be July 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rocky Creek Fellowship Hall. Bring covered dishes and enjoy the fellowship and food.
Sunday, July 29
OPEN HOUSE: Living Word Eclectic is hosting an open house July 29 at 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and learn about the church, facility and programs offered. The message will be delivered by Rev. Stan Davidson. The church is located at 1826 Kowaliga Road. Call 334-399-1486 for more information.
Thursday, August 2
AUBURN CLUB: Auburn Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl will be at the annual meeting of the Lake Martin Auburn Club at Willow Point Country Club, Thursday, August 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is $40 a person. Sponsorships are available at $500 and includes four tickets and special meet and greet with Coach Pearl. Food and beverages will be provided and a cash bar will be available. To sign up just go to www. lakemartinauburclub.com and pay online
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love the FIFA World Cup. Every four years, the best national teams in the world come together and over the course of a month, determine who is the top dog. From countries that are small (Senegal and Costa Rica) to those that are large (Russia and Australia), from those with storied histories (Brazil and Germany) to those trying to make new legacies for themselves (Iceland and Panama), it is the dream of every country in the World Cup to get to hoist the championship trophy at the end of the tournament. Since the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world, it only makes sense there is a great deal of attention being paid to the events in Russia this summer. While negative incidents have occurred during the tournament in the past, including fights breaking out between rival countries’ supporters and certain qualifying matches being relocated to neutral countries to avoid conflict (see leg three of the World Cup qualifying series between Honduras and El Salvador in 1969), something happened at this year’s World Cup that made me pause and admire the situation for a moment. Once the group stage of the tournament was over and the field narrowed from 32 to 16, Japan drew Belgium in the first of the elimination rounds. The Japanese held a 2-0 advantage after a pair of goals early in the second half, but this lead slowly slipped away, with Belgium scoring the winning goal just before the final whistle sounded to advance to the quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory. Despite this loss, the Japanese fans and players acted with a major amount of dignity and class. The fans were heartbroken but took the time to help stadium staff in Rostov-on-Don clean up the seats. In an image that has been circulating online, the Japanese players left their locker room absolutely spotless, with only one thing left behind: a card that simply read “Spasibo” — Russian for “Thank you”. To me, this is one aspect of what sports should be about. It was completely understandable the Japanese players and fans would be heartbroken following such a loss, but they acted with dignity and class. Rather than rioting, throwing trash onto the field or picking fights with Belgian supporters outside of the stadium, their fans left the stadium as nice as they could. Instead of leaving athletic tape and other waste strewn throughout their locker room, the players took the time to leave the facility in pristine condition. In a world where men like Harvey Updyke exist, “Malice at the Palace” happened and the fans of a team that lost in the championship series are sometimes not above looting stores and setting cars on fire, seeing everyone involved act with dignity and politeness is a refreshing thing. Knowing there are people who, even at their lowest point, continue to act honorably and show such respect gives me a little hope we can see this happen more and more in the future. While Japan may not be returning home with arguably the most coveted piece of hardware in the sports world, the fans and players will make it back with the knowledge that everyone around the world who has seen these images has a newfound respect for their class and sportsmanship. The Japanese are not champions on the pitch this year, but they are truly winners off the field. No matter which team we like the best, win or lose, this is an example we all should follow.
Dadeville, Reeltown face opposition in practice By LIZI ARBOGAST Sports Editor
Excitement is starting to build for the upcoming football season, as area teams have gotten over the midway hump and summer lull and are beginning to take on other squads in 7-on-7s and organized team activities. Dadeville hosted a 7-on-7 with Lanett, LaFayette and Sylacauga, while Reeltown had an OTA with Notasulga on Thursday night. Here are the top five observations from the evening’s practices. Rebels are fired up: While Dadeville and Benjamin Russell have both had the experience of facing off against another team prior to Thursday night, Reeltown got its first opportunity and the competitive juices were flowing. After waiting out a thunderstorm, the Rebels finally took the field against the Blue Devils of Notasulga. The teams are extremely familiar with each other, as the schools sit less than 10 miles away. Notasulga is Reeltown’s most-played opponent; although they don’t face each other in the regular season this year, they’ve played 67 teams throughout their histories with Reeltown winning 40 of those matchups. That familiarity made for some intense trash talking and competitive one-onone drills. Both teams were in the spirit of things, loudly cheering for their team’s successes and their opponent’s failures. Watch out for McCullers: Slade McCullers is returning at quarterback for the Dadeville Tigers, and although he doesn’t have a ton of skillplayers returning around him, watch out for McCullers to use his arm way more often this year. Under the direction of new offensive coordinator J.D. Atkins, the Tigers are hoping to move to a more spread offense, which should suit McCullers well. Although Dadeville was up against some very formidable opponents in Lanett, LaFayette and Sylacauga on Thursday night, McCullers was slinging it around just fine. He threw at least one touchdown pass against both LaFayette and Lanett, and the Panthers are the defending state champions in Class 2A. One of McCullers’ favorite targets Thursday was Jamarion Wilkerson. Hughley is back with a vengeance: Reeltown was the county’s most successful football team a year ago, but there’s a good chance it could’ve been even more successful if not for an injury to starting tailback Keke Hughley. Cameron Faison and brother Tre Tre Hughley filled Keke’s shoes just fine, but now the Rebels will boast a three-headed monster as Keke Hughley has come back
with a vengeance. Despite suffering an ACL injury a year ago and missing half the football season and the entire basketball season, Hughley wasn’t afraid to get in on the action against Notasulga. He didn’t seem thwarted by the fear of re-injury one bit. Secondary needs improvement: It’s always hard to judge a team just based on 7-on-7 action. Without offensive and defensive lines, there’s only but so much a team can really show off that it’ll be doing during the regular season. That being said, it was clear Thursday night Dadeville’s defense still needs some improvement. Although Alex Sims had a beautiful interception about the aforementioned defending state champions, he won’t be enough to carry the team entirely on his back. Dadeville ran its routes fairly well but struggled to get hands on people and didn’t have the same kind of speed Lanett and LaFayette boasted. Faison is a multi-threat player: With a small school like Reeltown, it’s expected a lot of players will compete on both sides of the field, but be on the lookout for Cameron Faison to compete in multiple positions. Faison was a member of the All-Outlook First Team Defense last year but could’ve easily been a member of the First Team Offense too. As just a sophomore, he did a little bit of everything for the Rebels and it’s guaranteed he’ll be doing a little bit more of everything again this year.
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From top: Reeltown’s Cameron Faison, left, defends a pass against Notasulga during Thursday’s OTA. Dadeville’s Jamarion Wilkerson, left, makes a catch against LaFayette in a 7-on-7. Reeltown’s Iverson Hooks jumps up for a catch. Dadeville’s Slade McCullers drops back for a pass.
He was the team’s second leading rusher with 738 yards a season ago, but against Notasulga, Faison looked even better as a receiver.
He’ll also be a defensive back and will likely be the catalyst for special teams, where he returned four kickoffs for touchdowns last season.