Lineville Head Start hold Open House at new Location

day 25On Friday, August 19, 2016, the public was invited to attend an Open House at the new location of Lineville Head Start, formerly the Lineville Elementary Primary

After a ribbon cutting ceremony, the small crowd toured the facility and then were treated to a catered lunch in the cafeteria, also newly 23

The cafeteria, as well as the old Elementary School was vandalized a few years ago, so the cleanup for this facility took a little more work, I’m sure. But it cleaned up well…day 22

From the looks of the smiles on the faces of those in attendance, it  was easy to see that these citizens were as thrilled as I was to see new life breathed into the  facility.

day 12The staff had done a fabulous job with the classrooms and it was evident to see the educational  opportunities available for these children.

day 17 For me, it was like taking a step back in time, as I recalled, not only my own school days past, but those of my children as well. Strange how time flies by, yet you can still remember things just like it was yesterday.

day 24 Looking out at the bright colored playground equipment, I could see myself climbing those old monkey bars and racing my friends to the the tall slide.

day 9 Of course, these items were no longer there, but the memories were burned in my mind, as I smiled to myself remembering my youthful days. Where does the time go? That was over 40 years ago. day 13

It’s very exciting to see our children have the opportunities available to them through the HeadStart program, and I can’t wait to see how many more beneficial community programs that will be established for not only our children, but our citizens as well through this 16

The Lineville Head Start’s enrollment is currently 27 children, and 18 children are enrolled in the Pre-k program, with the promise of new enrollment in the near future.

day 15 TCR is also in the process of writing a grant for an Early Head Start for Lineville. Early Head Start will provide services for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years of age. They also have plans in place to increase parent and community involvement. day 5

 Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5.  In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other 8
Head Start services are responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. day 7
Cheaha Regional Head Start would like to thank everyone that came out to support the Lineville Head Start on Friday and  give a special thanks to Mayor Adamson and the Lineville City Council. “We look forward to collaborating with our community partners  in Lineville in the near future” says TCR Rep. day 4
TCR representatives are also hopeful to utilize the elementary school sometime in the near future, if everything goes right.
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I’m just glad to see children back in this building the way God does my heart good. The sky’s the limit, folks… and one thing’s for sure…It’s gonna be a great year 🙂
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Controversy over Wellborn Utility Re-location Grant at Ashland Council Meeting

The Ashland Council met Monday, August 15 for the regular scheduled meeting.

Discussion in the work session involved whether to proceed with the utility grant re-location for the Wellborn expansion. The city attorney had advised the council not to move forward with the project, because he had not time had time to properly look over the paperwork. Council member Wolfe was also reluctant to proceed as well, because of the attorney’s advice and also because the numbers kept changing. This meaning that the original cost named was not to exceed $750,000 in the beginning, but now those figures had changed to over $900,000.However, it was stated also in the beginning that an accurate amount could not be disclosed at that time because it was unknown how much this project would cost.

Wolfe said he didn’t want this project to turn out to be like the Industrial Park project, which was aborted by ALDOT before completion after out of pocket expenses were incurred by the city. Wolfe said he wanted to make sure that the city would not be held liable for any additional expenses on this project, other than the original $25,000 that was agreed upon in the beginning. 14037616_10206270533234890_913695566_o

In his reply concerning the Industrial Park project,  Engineer Stan Nelson, of Nelson & Nelson reminded Wolfe that his firm did not recommend proceeding at that time. ” However, we are recommending that you proceed now with this project because you are under contract already and have contractors already working, and we do not want you to be in default. I assure you that everything is in order”, said Nelson, ” I think your resolution passed to begin with gave the mayor authority to sign off of any paperwork regarding that grant and project.”

Thompson reiterated the latter of his last statement,  stating that she felt this discussion was a moot point, because they had already signed a resolution giving the Mayor this authority.

Nelson stated the attorney had reviewed another agreement just like it, except the numbers had changed. The actual grant would not be in until Wednesday and Nelson stated the Mayor needed to sign the grant agreement now, for it to go back to ADECA, before they can put it into their system so we can process payments this month. Nelson said if the attorney wanted to look it over for a week, then the city would be at default without funding.

In the end, the council agreed to go ahead and sign this agreement, since that resolution had already been put into place.

Nelson pointed out the city’s contribution had not changed at all in the revised grant agreement, except the percentage went down from 15% to 13.2% and their maximum of $25,000 remains the same.

Nelson’s update on Wellborn project thus far: ” We have two great contractors working on the water and sewer relocation at Wellborn’s, and are 30-40% percent completed already.  We’ve had one little hiccup in the project so far, where one of the houses on the right of way is still occupied. Wellborn cannot terminate that lease until after Jan. 1, 2017, so they’ve had to run a temporary gas line to that house, so that the occupants can have heat until they move out. After, the house will be demolished. They will start  cutting in 4 valves later in the week and the daycare would be out of water service for about a half a day. No one else would be affected. Everything is proceeding right along. The re-coating of the 77 water tank will be done by Tank-Pro, Inc.

Discussion of  the ongoing issues with the 5th Street West, the small side street where Volunteer Produce is located and also the same access road the Dollar General 18 wheelers use for their deliveries.

The first issue, which has since been fixed,  before was the power service line going to the Volunteer Produce Stand was too low and kept getting pulled out from the weatherhead. Alabama Power did fix this issue by relocating the service line.

However,  the issue still remains with the sewer and water line clean out spot getting crushed after being driven over by these trucks, which is driving it down into the ground. At this moment, there’s not another access route for the Dollar General trucks to gain access to the back of the building.

Chief Stanford and Maintenance Supervisor Jody Brown have been out there several times to assess the issue to hopefully come up with a permanent solution for this ongoing problem. Stanford said  they have discussed a possible route with Stan Gaither of the Ashland Housing Authority  about absorbing some of that property back that was promised to the Housing Authority and maybe widening that road and putting some asphalt over those sewer lines and giving those water and sewer lines some extra protection from those 18- wheelers.

Stanford said Brown set up a meeting with the state on Friday and maybe look at the access point on 5th st west and and come back to the council with their plan as to how to proceed. Stanford said the maintenance crew was out there just that day trying to put up cemented pole to try to prevent these 18 wheelers from running over this clean out spot, but wanted to rectify the whole situation, instead of putting a bandaid on it. Stanford said the city will probably have to absorb some of the cost of moving these poles.

The Mayor said it was his understanding that 90% of the problem could be solved by moving the power lines.

Renovation of the City Hall was briefly discussed. Mayor Fetner said they had been speaking with EMA about the possibility of attaining grant funds to install a safe room in the basement area, which would be the future Police Department. 14074620_10206270533314892_794129717_o

Thompson stated the signage for the new City Hall were in production, but the electronic signage was not because they had not decided about making that purchase yet, but they needed to make a decision, because it would take several weeks to get it. The signage ordered would  cover all outside and inside signs and also for the Police Department. Thompson also reported the Drive thru window for the Water Dept. to take payments was supposed to be finished this week.

There was discussion of the  janitorial bid from Mark’s Cleaning Service The bid was for $1060 monthly   and would cover once a weekly cleanings of the Library, Police Dept and New City Hall, and then once a month cleanings for the courtroom, Senior Center, old City Hall, and current Water Dept. Ad for Clay Co Web 71816

There was discussion of a location for the Girl Scout Troop to meet, and Mayor asked Brown what kind of shape the Boy Scout Building was in. Brown said the ceilings were falling in and would need to be replaced. In the end, they decided to show the building to the Troop Leader and see what she wanted to do, before they would proceed with the cleanup of the building.

Stanford said the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” blitz period would be begin on Aug. 19th and run through Sept. 5th and said you would see more of a presence of the officers during this time with license checks, motor assists, etc. Stanford also said he had begun working on the Halloween Truck or Treat and ways to make it better.

Brown said they had started the limb route and it had taken all day to run two and a half roads because the limb piles were huge and they were filling the trucks up at one stop. Brown said he felt this was an issue that needed to be looked at because he felt there were people who were abusing this service and it was costing the city a lot of time and money. tiny home giveaway


The contract with the Animal Shelter was renewed at the same stipulations as the previous year of $6000 a year to the shelter.


City Administrator Chelsey Wynn reported they had received a call from a resident today, requesting Pedestrian Crossing signs on the square at the crosswalk. Council members said they would have to check with the state before proceeding with this request.

Wynn also reported the Voting machine public testing would be Friday, Aug.  19th at 3:30 and Canvassing of the election results would be at noon,  Aug. 30th.

Wolfe asked Brown if he had looked into getting Hidden Drive signs for Cragford Rd and Brown said he had not yet, but he would look into it.

The following items were also approved:

  • Approval of current bills
  • Approval to add New City Hall to Superior Pest monthly service for an additional $60.00 per month
  • Approval to release FY-2016 appropriations of $2000.00 to Cheaha Regional Library ( Included in budget)
  • Approval to pay $4,291.55 to AMIC for lawsuit settlement.
  • Approval to reschedule regular scheduled council meeting on Sept. 5, 2016 to Sept. 6, 2016 due to Labor Day holiday.
  • Approval to pay yearly maintenance fee of $500.00 to Overdrive for Ashland City Library. This was to pay for e-books gotten through the library. In years past, this money was usually paid by Dial or Laird ( now Hurst).
  • Accept resignation of Senior Center Manager Sue Knight, effective August 31, 2016
  • Approval to promote Haley Traylor to Senior Center Manager and advertise to hire a van driver.
  • Approval for Investigator David Martin to attend Drug Investigation Training in Meridian, Mississippi on Sept. 6-8, 2016 and reimburse for travel expenses.
  • Approval to renew Termite Bond with Superior Pest Control on Water Department for $325.00.
  • Approval to pay monthly fee of $34.00 to Enveloc for daily backup of server at City Hall.
    • Approval to hire custodial contract and make sure they’re bonded. Mark’s Cleaning Service.
  • Resolution to take Vicki Shaddix off of the Senior Center Checking Account and add Haley Traylor.






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Prayers requested for Destinee Davidson

14030764_10206264380081065_684986724_nThe family of Destinee Davidson are requesting prayers tonight and are asking that you share with your friends and family to create a powerful prayer chain that would hopefully pull their loved one through for a miraculous recovery. Fifteen year old Destinee suffered a brain aneurysm and stroke over the weekend. She remains in ICU at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.


Destinee was at a friend’s house Saturday night, when she began nauseous and started throwing up. At the same time, her right side went numb and she lost consciousness. Destinee was airlifted to Children’s in Birmingham, where she underwent surgery to insert a shunt in her head to relieve the pressure and try to stop the bleeding. She was placed on a ventilator, but was removed after some time. 14012491_10206264380121066_1013707981_o

Destinee has an NVM which has caused swelling in the veins in her brain. It is very rare and there is no way to see it coming. Prior to this incident,  Destinee was a very healthy and active 15 year old. The pressure is on the left side of her brain and has caused loss of function on the right side of her body. The inserted shunt will  help with draining, but it is going to be a long road.

14001949_10206264380201068_1962863127_oDestinee has already proven doctors wrong, because she has spoken since the shunt was put in, and moved her right side of her body. She continually to improve daily, but indeed has a long road to recovery ahead of her with obstacles. Later this week, a test will be ran where dye will be ran through her veins to check her blood flow. Depending on these results, a decision as to the best route to take in Destinee’s recovery with either surgery or radiation to repair the damage to her blood vessels where the aneurysm occurred.  The good news is that the doctors say  there is a 94% chance that she will never have another occurrence. But first, now we pray hard…..

Please take a moment to pray for Destinee’s recovery and for her family. Destinee has already proven that she is a fighter, but is in desperate need of your prayers. So please, add her to your prayer list and pass along, for we all know that prayer can move mountains.



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Commission Adopts Resolutions, Hears Update on Major Water Line Project

The Clay County Commission met Monday, August 8, 2016 for the monthly session. There were two major resolutions adopted during this meeting.13940154_10206218107764286_1900195806_o

  • A resolution was adopted from the association of county commissioners in appreciation of Senator Dial, as an advocate for Clay County. Dial gave a brief speech, in which he revealed that he would not seek another term. Dial has been in office for 40 years and he thanked everyone in this district for their support throughout his career.13950650_10206217981761136_1870921801_o
  • A Resolution was adopted honoring Shinbone Valley Fire Dept Chief Charles Sam Morrow, who  was instrumental in raising and securing funds, through fundraisers, of matching funds to attain a safe room in that community. This Resolution revealed the Shinbone Community Center to be named after Chief Morrow. Morrow thanked the Commission and EMA Director Theresa Daugherty, stating that “she runs that EMA like a ship.”13977827_10206217981921140_1511298351_oThis same Resolution also Hollins Community Center to be named after Hollins Fire Shelter Chief Charles Gallop for this same purpose of raising and securing funds for a safe room in his community. Gallop  also thanked Daugherty, as well as the commission.

Commissioners approved to renew and obligate forestry funds that are available to reimburse emergency personnel who take part in a search mission within the Talladega National Forest. Johnson said this was a great tool to help the rescue squad and fire depts. participating, and that to date there was over $40,000 from US Forest Service funds distributed for reimbursement of expenses to engaging personnel.

Commissioners also agreed to renew the Easter Seals program, as discussed in the planning session.

This concluded the session.


The Clay County Commission planning meeting was made up of several presentations.13987047_10206217982401152_1977888417_o

Andrew Wackerly, area representative for USDA, gave an update on the major water project, which would run over 120 miles of water lines to 300 people. Wackerly  presented a map to each commissioner where each water line would go. The next step to the water project was for the potential customers to commit as to whether they wanted to be a part of this project.  Thursday,  Aug. 25th from 4:00-7:00 PM was the meeting date set up for these customers who were interested in taking part. In this meeting, the engineers would be present to talk to the public about where the lines would go, what size pipe they would use, where fire plugs would go, etc. This is also when the sign up process would take place.

Wackerly  explained this expansion of water lines was one of the largest projects he had ever worked on and introduced his staff. He explained there would be full-time inspection at job site all the time. As they went around the room, all commissioners stated how excited they were about this project, especially with this drought we’re going through and how getting water to these chicken farmers was crucial.

Wackerly also informed the commission of other grant funding they had, that could also finance fire stations and trucks, town halls, any kind of municipal or civic building through grant funds. With the mention of this program, Wackerly reported they were currently working with Barfield Fire Dept for a new building.

13987151_10206217982241148_334810281_oTorin Brazzle, of AMI Group, was excited to announce they were submitting a grant on Aug. 24 to serve Clay County children, as well as other counties within the state of Alabama, which will provide free child care to low income families, but also to the providers.

Through grant funds, if attained, Brazzle  announced they were partnering with Little Rascals daycare to provide early head start services to eligible daycare children. Brazzle said through the grant funding, they would  allocate 8 slots at Little Rascals.

Currently, the facility owner was receiving approx. $73 per week per child any child enrolled who is on the dhr subsidy program . Through these grant funds, Little Rascals will receive an additional $135 per week per child,  which would bring her per week per child  from $73 to $200 a week. In addition to this,  AMI would work with the owner on a national level to get accredited, and could assist her with an associate or bachelor degree, if she so chose.

This grant will also look at Little Rascal’s environment of indoor/outdoor play spaces and learning environments. “This would be a professional and personal boost to the Little Rascal’s owner”, said Brazzle.

If these grant funds come through, Brazzle explained they would be looking for someone within the county who was interested in beginning a child day care in their home because statistics show that children of this age fare much better in a home setting.

Clay County Hospital CEO Joel Tate was the first up, as he explained 13978259_10206217983201172_960918029_othe future of the hospital and some programs and services they hoped to bring to the county to make things more convenient for the people here . Tate explained his roots went way back in the Clay County area and was thrilled to return here when he had first heard of the opportunity .

Tate said his background in healthcare  had spanned over a 40 year period and how he had operated hospitals  ranged from 20 beds from 260 beds. ” I have to tell you that in all the places my career has led me, this has to be the most special places, not just because my family is from here, but the people here are the best I’ve ever known.” The hospital employs approximately 350 people.

Tate was excited to announce that there would be a large  county-wide anniversary celebration sometimes during the month of September to commemorate the hospital’s 65th anniversary, 10 years for the Wellness Center and 50 years for the Nursing Home.

13932088_10206217982161146_717034546_oRepresenting the Clay County Animal Shelter, the following people addressed the Commission about their need for a paid employee: Faye Davenport, Frankie Gravette, and Sharon Forbus.

Davenport explained there was such a need for a shelter within the county that they had been full since they first opened the doors almost a year ago. Davenport said they had accepted a total of 516 animals to date, and had probably turned down twice that number due to limited kennel space to date and have transported 225 puppies to date to Rescues out of the state.

Currently, the no-kill shelter have 43 dogs and 39 cats, but have a low adoption rate within the county. “Our adoption rate doesn’t even include all of our expenses”, said Davenport.


Davenport said that earlier Sheriff Latham had provided inmate assistance for kennel services, but is no longer currently being able to provide this service, so now they are totally reliant on volunteer services. During July alone, there were over 1000 volunteer hours for the shelter, which is a 7-day operation. They thanked Latham for this providing this service as long as he could.

Currently, the shelter’s primary need is a paid employee who can work and run the shelter and were looking for additional support from the county to make this possible.  Clay County Animal Shelter Treasurer Frankie Gravette reported their biggest monthly expense is their vet bill, which averages between $1800-2000 a month, with monthly expenses averaging around $4000.


Kennel manager Sharon Forbus, also spoke on behalf of the shelter explaining their day to day duties in detail and their appreciation of the cities, counties’ and the citizens donations. Milstead asked how much the cities’ provided for the shelters each month, to which Gravette informed them that the city of Ashland gave $500 and Lineville gave $150 at this time.



Milstead  stated the need for a new Side Cutter for the Road Dept., as discussed at a previous session. Milstead said  he felt they could purchase a new side cutter without getting a loan, possibly with the funding received from the federal inmates.  Also at a previous session, commissioners had voted to extend permission to make this purchase, but to seek out funding for it.


Milstead explained of another water project, a CDBG project that himself and Wheeles had done the leg work on last year, which is 66% complete and should be finished in another 2-3 months.

Dan Floyd, from Diversified Computer Services, a county information management system ( SIMS), with methods that could could provide a beneficial savings to the county through this program. The monthly cost for SIMS would be $650 and would be available to a undisclosed amount of county departments.

County Administrator Mary Wood explained it was time to renew The Easter Seals program, which is a short term training program for Senior Citizens beginning at the age of 55, working 20 hours a week @ minimum wage, and lasts 24 months.  This program is of no cost to the county and the services rendered were needed.  Burney said this program was very beneficial to the county and he felt it was something they needed to continue doing. There are several of the Easter Seals participants within the county right now. Johnson mentioned possibly getting the Animal Shelter on board with this program to help them.

Brad Green, with Raymond James, a financial firm, whose presentation centered around refinancing for tax exempt organizations. This presentation included the county saving as much as $20,000 a year with refinancing of a lower interest rate, as one option. Commissioners

EMA Director reported that 911 was operating at full power since the lightning strike a few weeks ago and everything was working as it should.

County Engineer Jeremy Butler presented everyone with a Press release page that showed how much six cents from each gallon of fuel sold in Clay County would help the Road Dept. This department is funded solely on gasoline tax bought in Clay County.

Butler also reported they were hopeful to begin the highway project soon on County Rd 31 in Highland of replacing a major culvert. This project will be paid through federal aid reimbursement and is still in the process of getting those funds approved.

Sheriff Latham reported the surplus vehicles were ready for distribution, in which the Road Dept. would receive one. Johnson said there were several fire depts. that had shown interest in the other vehicles.

The meeting was then adjourned.






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Lineville Elementary is READY for you!!! Check out what they have in store for your children…

In less than 12 hours, the halls of Lineville Elementary will be filled with the laughter of many excited children as the 2016-2017 school year kicks off. And although the first day is chaotic, and even sometimes tearful for the little ones,  students are bound to be beyond themselves with excitement at the colorful, creative themes chosen and implemented by the LES teachers over the course of the summer.  Nothing screams ” I Love being a teacher” more than a unique, colorful themes that bring a sparkle to their student’s eye.

Last Fall,  several of the LES  teachers had the opportunity to attend the Ron Clark Academy (and several more are going next month) and were truly inspired by this experience, which inspired these big changes you see in this school. At RCA, they balance FUN in the classroom with intense learning–which is the goal at LES.

Several things that are being replicated at LES are: the stage (Ron Clark says “a stage lifts you up in more ways than one”), pictures of students lining the halls (this is being implemented at the start of this year), music/cheers/chants to engage and excite students, movement to keep kids interested, inviting classrooms that are student centered. Basically, the goal is to create an engaging atmosphere that will set students on fire for learning! Another thing being implemented in several of these classrooms is flexible seating (giving the students a choice of places to sit as opposed to desks/chairs).

Now, back in my day, if you had a nicely decorated bulletin board when you started school, then you were happy. Boy, what I would give to be a child now…they don’t even know how lucky they are….LOL. Hats off to these teachers for wanting to create an exciting learning environment for these children. It makes me proud to live in such a great county where both of our elementary schools truly care about the future of our children!

I apologize for not keeping every teacher’s room in the order that I did in Ashland’s gallery, but I was kinda on a time constraint on this one. Just know that I appreciate each and every one of you!

If you would like to see an enlarged version of each picture, just click through the gallery.

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Ashland Elementary Faculty get Creative for the 2016-17 School Year

After hearing there was something going down at Ashland Elementary, I decided to go check things out for myself, cuz you know that’s just how I roll…and all I gotta say is WOW!!! I was blown away by all of the hard work these teachers and Administrators put into this facility! These kids are in for a real treat this year!

These teachers have been diligently working, some of them ALL summer too, to transform their classrooms into these amazing themes that any student is sure to appreciate!

Special Thanks to AES Principal Jared Wesley for the guided tour of all facilities. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Let’s all give these educators a tremendous hand for their creativity to create a masterpiece that reflects the level of care they hold for their students.

Folks, it takes a special person to be a teacher and my hat is off to every single one of you!  Also, because of you, I heard Hobby Lobby’s stock went up this summer 🙂 🙂

Captions below each picture, just click your way through the gallery to view enlarged version. Enjoy…



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Fallen Tree causes One-Vehicle Accident

A one-vehicle accident on Hwy 9 N on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 4, resulted in one serious injury. Sole occupant. Tina Wade Finch, was injured when a large tree fell in the roadway in front of her, while traveling south on Hwy 9 near the historical marker( Baby grave).


Startled, Finch swerved to keep from hitting the tree, causing her to lose control of her vehicle, flipping, before landing upside down in a ditch, entrapping her.13902219_1114514315271893_187936137_o

The jaws of life were used to free Finch from the wreckage. Finch was transported to Clay County Hospital helipad via ambulance, where she was airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.wreck 1

Finch’s injuries included:  2 fractured ribs, a small fracture at L spine, lacerations and deep bruising to the left side of body. She remains in UAB at this time.



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Board Approves Building Purchase; Personnel Items


The Clay County Board of Education met Thursday, July 28 for their monthly session.

Terry Heflin, from the Washington Heights Community Outreach addressed the Board as to the status of the progress of former vocational school. Superintendent Walker told Heflin they had not received any information as to the deeds coming back yet.

For some time now, the Washington Heights community have attended monthly meeting expressing their interest in having this facility, the former Clay County Training School, turned back over to the community because of its historic status within the community. TCR Headstart Organization had expressed interest in attaining this facility in the past to expand their services in the city of Lineville, but chose to withdraw their request amid the controversy.

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Terry Heflin

All June  2016 Financial statements were unanimously approved. Financial Officer Brandi Bishop reported that 9 months into the fiscal year, they had received with 77% of general fund revenues and 85% of Ad Valorem ( percentage of property taxes).  Bishop also stated they had spent about 74% of what they had budgeted for expenditures. Revenues over these expenditures were $598,000, which brings the general fund balance to a little over $1.2 million at this time. This amount does represent a little more than the one month operating expense required by the state. Bishop said that although they were in a better place than in the past few years, this fund balance could be subject to change as August and September were hard hit months sometimes to the budget. 13839742_10206169381066149_1777175267_o

Board members approved to authorize the Superintendent to negotiate a lease transfer from Community Action Agency Head Start to Community Development Institute Head Start for the Ashland Primary School. This is strictly due to name change for the non-profit organization and nothing within the Ashland Head Start program will change.

Board members also approved to purchase the Ingram building, which is the board room and adjacent room from the Kenneth F. Ingram Estate for the price of $27,000.00. Walker explained they had been renting this building for $200 a month for some time now, and felt that this would be a sound investment for the Board in the long run. This purchase would not come from the general fund, but from capital improvement funds.

As Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the following Personnel Action Items, which included the following:

  • Michelle Williamson – Teacher at AES
  • Doris Thompson – Special Ed. Teacher at AES


  • Ashley Kinder from LES teacher to AES teacher
  • Winter Seals from AES teacher to LES teacher
  • Amber Willis as Special Ed. Aide at LES
  • Brandi Davis as Special Ed. Aide at LES
  • Jordan Upchurch as History teacher at CJHS (Position will be for the entire school year due to Mr. Dean’s deployment with the National Guard)
  • Shannah Mathews as Special Ed. teacher at AES
  • Matt Crenshaw as Special Ed. Aide at CHS
  • Chris Hayes  as Mechanic II at the Bus Shop
  • Abby Duncan as Bus Driver
  • Amanda Wolfe as Bus Driver
  • Shop Assistant/Bus Driver

Other Agenda items approved were as follows:

  •  Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the all Financial Reports for June 2016:
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval to contract with RainCrow Environmental for our three year re-inspections of five schools/facilities. The cost will not exceed $1,500.00.
  •  Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the First Aid Protocol Policy that was given to members at the last board meeting for review.
 Informational Items:


  • The required FY 17 Budget Hearing will be held August 25, 2016 at 3:30 with the regular Board Meeting to follow. The second required Budget Hearing will be September 8, 2016 at 3:30PM.
  • Teachers will return to school on August 2, 2016
  • Open House for all schools will be August 4, 2016
  • Students return on August 9, 2016
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Local News Tidbits July 27, 2016

Congratulations to Chase Miller on winning a VERY NICE brand new truck! Chase is a member of the Alabama Outdoor news magazine and everyone who is a member can enter the buck they kill each week for a contest. The biggest buck for each week wins a seat at the truck buck shoot out, which included three wild card seats. One  for public lands,  one for women and one for kids. Chase won the public lands

The Truck Buck Shoot Out took place at the 33rd World Deer Expo in Birmingham, AL on Saturday, July 16. The shoot out started with 19 shooters and they began at 45 feet with a regular size skeet. Then on to 60 feet. Next, they went back to 45 feet with a small skeet and then again at 60 feet. Last, they shot at an egg beginning at 30 feet. Then 45 and last, 60 feet. The 19 shooters were narrowed down to only three people left when they got to 60 feet. The first two people missed at 60 feet and Chase hit it, and was declared the winner of a   4-wheel-drive Chevrolet pickup truck , valued at $45,000 and a check for $1000.00. Not too shabby for a day’s work. chase 2

On July 20, 2016, Central High School of Clay County student,  16 yr old Severe Threats presented his beautiful artwork for display and purchase at Jacksonville State University’s 3rd Annual Autism Conference.


Severe has been drawing and painting since he was 10 years old and his talents have increased considerably throughout the years, as you can see. Severe has also competed in several Special Olympics as well. Severe is the son of Julie Wester.

ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist is special guest at today’s ( July 27) Health Fair at Bibb Graves High School. If you hurry, you can still have time to get there, they will be there until noon.


 Tru-Cabinetry announces establishment of a second shift, which will add 46 jobs. This expansion comes after a business increase of 53% during just a year and a half’s time. Sounds like this place is really booming and the sky’s the limit. Anyone interested  in applying for one of Tru Cabinetry’s new jobs can apply in person at 41778 Hwy. 77 North, Ashland, AL, or email a resume to The company, he said, is currently interviewing prospective employees to fill positions and start training immediately.13639993_10155106934512576_1771609585_o
Last, but not least, and my personal favorite… Last week, Ashland Police Officer Franklin Few, or possibly better known to many as “Pooh”.few
Officer Few stopped by to show Jacqueline Patterson’s grandchildren the anatomy of a police car and also took the time to speak to them about his role as a public servant and how he keeps them safe.few 2
He gave them a full lecture about the importance of seat belts, car seats and staying buckled. The kids loved it. We Thank you, Officer Few for your service.
On this note, I would like to say how proud I am to live in a place where the law enforcement stay on top of things so well in order which is just one of the things that makes Clay County such a great place to live.

McDonald’s in Ashland
And while our nation seems to be divided at war with themselves, not to mention striking down our men and women in blue, I am also proud to say that our county stands behind our law enforcement agencies 110% and appreciate everything you do for us.
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