wreck victim airlifted; suffers serious injuries

By: Tammy Andrews

Asking for prayers for Emil Jordan, who suffered serious injuries from this one-vehicle accident on Hwy 9 South just out of Ashland on Friday, July 10 around 4:30 PM.  Jordan was entrapped in his vehicle and hydraulic tools were used  by emergency personnel to extract him.jordan wreck

Jordan was taken by ambulance to the Clay County Hospital helipad where he was airlifted to Emory Hospital in Ga. Jordan’s injuries included a broken hip, crushed pelvis, and broken femur, and five (5) broken ribs. Jordan also has a blood clot in his lungs, which may take as long as 4 weeks to clear up. At present time, the main focus is getting his oxygen regulated.

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Emil’s wife, Debra wishes to thank all of the emergency personnel who helped at the accident scene as well: Clay County Rescue Squad, Ashland Police, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and Ashland Fire Department and all volunteers.

Mr. Jordan looks to have a long recovery period ahead of him. Debra wishes to thank everyone for their support thus far and asks that everyone keep those prayers coming because they are working!

 

 

Remembering Kara

By: Tammy Andrews

kara 2July 11, 2015….a day that will bear no significance to many, but to those who knew Kara Hay, it will forever be etched in their memory as the five year anniversary date a radiant princess went back home to live eternally with her King. And while their hearts may still be saddened from missing this lovely young woman, they are comforted by the fact that she walks among angels in a body made whole again, free from disease, hospitals, and sickness that plagued her most of her Earthly journey.

This may sound like the beginning to a very sad story to those who never knew Kara, but to those who did, they know it is anything but that. It is a story of a courageous young warrior who fought battles wearing a sweet smile and left behind a legacy of triumph, inspiration and hope.  This is Kara’s story as told by the woman who knew her best.

From the moment that beautiful little girl was laid in her arms on New Year’s Day, 1990, Karen’s heart swelled with love and pride as she gazed down at the blonde-headed cherub snuggled sweetly up to her. God had made her a mother, one of the finest titles he could bestow on her and she promised Him right then and there that she would do everything in her power for this little girl. Little did she know how quickly the battles would begin…

At just 11 weeks of age, when Kara began experiencing symptoms such as projectile vomiting and failure to thrive, Dr.’s ordered a sweat test which confirmed their fears. When Kara as diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 13 weeks, and so her journey as a CF child began…

Since Kara was diagnosed with CF as an infant, she never knew kara 6anything but doctor visits and hospital stays. But this did little to daunt her sunny disposition, which made her a doctor’s favorite. She formed a lifelong relationship with one Dr. Sellers, whom she referred to as her “best buddy”.

One of the biggest influences on Kara’s life was her relationship with her Lord and Savior. She accepted Jesus Christ into her heart at the tender age of six years old and her faith never wavered throughout her Earthly journey. She could quote Bible scriptures before she could fairy tale rhymes.  One of her favorites was Isiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Kara refused to let her condition define her in life and she worked very hard to make sure that no one ever saw her sick or suffering. No matter what was going on with her, her focus was always on others. She was selfless and giving, which earned her lots of friends, as well respect from her peers.

Kara grew into a striking beauty with a dazzling smile that would melt your heat. With her charismatic personality, her witty banter and a real zest for life, people were drawn to her. And always, always a winning attitude regardless of what she faced.

kara 1Because she was missed so much school due to hospital stays, she was placed under the IDEA program, where she had teachers sent out to her home. Kara thrived in her schoolwork and finished within the top 10 of her class. After graduating from Lineville High School, she registered for classes at CACC, where she majored in graphic design, a long-time passion of hers. Kara had originally wanted to be a Registered Nurse, but because of her fragile condition, that was not an option. She was self-motivated and worked hard in all of her classes, despite her medical needs, which was a daily struggle.

CF is a grueling disease, which takes its toll over the body over a long period of time. Kara underwent multiple sinuses surgeries for polyps, had to wear an insulin pump for diabetes, had to take calcium shots every night, and numerous hospital stays. Towards the end, she had to have a feeding tube inserted and was taking almost 60 pills a day.

She went on the list in April 2010 for a double lung transplant, but her pulmonary functions had already begun deteriorating by that point after a bout with H1N1 virus and she was never able to recover. But she never lost her fight and people were shocked when she passed away because she made a point to never let anyone see her suffer. In fact, her final thoughts were of others, mostly her mother. It was very important to Kara that her mother was doing okay and she would ask her frequently.

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This was one of Kara’s favorite pictures with her mother because of the expressions on their face. It brought lots of laughs from both of them.

On the last ambulance ride, Kara looked at her mother and said “Mama, I’m in to win it, whether I’m in Heaven or not. I’m still going to win.”

During her last hospital stay on July 6th, Kara crashed, but after some time, they were able to revive her. Karen said after the crash, she had a little talk with God and told him that she was done and she was turning it over to Him for His will to be done. It was then that she felt an inner peace wash over her.

Kara’s last four days was spent with Karen by her side and she was able to have deep conversations with her daughter before her passing, another thing she feels so blessed over.

Sunday morning, July 11, 2010 dawned like just any other day. Karen was in the room with Kara during the last minutes of her life and much life her sweet daughter’s birth, was in awe of her surroundings. “You could just feel Jesus in the room. She was conscious the entire time, right up until the moment she passed. When reached her hand up in the air and I caught it, and I felt the life slip right out of her body. It was amazing.”

Kara was 20 years, six months and 10 days old when she passed. “I feel blessed to have gotten those 20.5 years with Kara, although I wish I would have had more”, says Karen.

Kara’s Memorial Service was a Celebration of her life in which all of kara 7her family and friends were asked to wear pink, Kara’s favorite color. The service was overseen by Karen with a multitude of family and friends sharing their fondest memories of Kara. There may have been a little tears mixed in with the laughter, but it seemed a fitting tribute to the girl who was once filled with so much life that she never wanted anyone to be sad.

The scripture that summed up Kara’s life appeared on her headstone from II Timothy 4:7, scripture on her headstone “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Very few words, yet so powerful if you knew her story.

The countless lives touched by Kara Hay are probably too many to name. Many who never even knew her were also touched by her story, even now after five years since her passing which never seems to amaze Karen.

Her “In it to win it” saying resulted in a Kara Hay Memorial 5K Walk/Run held every year in October, where all the proceeds to towards the Kara Hay Scholarship Fund awarded to selected students.

Karen’s nephew wrote a song about Kara after she passed called ”Free to Breathe”, which can be found on Itunes for just 99 cents. All proceeds from this song’s purchase goes toward the CF Foundation.  kara 4Another song was written from a poem Karen wrote about her daughter called “Unexplainable Peace”.

Does she miss her daughter? Most certainly…

“She was my best friend; my hair dresser, my patient, my student, my counselor, and most of all, my rock. When I was at my lowest, she was always there pulling me up”, says Karen, “Because of the life that I have led with my daughter, it has made me into the person I am and given me a purpose. I have fought for Kara in every aspect of her life; medically and in the educational field. She is the reason I want to become an advocate for the children. That’s just part of the legacy she leaves behind.”

 

 

 

Search still underway for Suspect in Randolph County

manhuntThe search for this hispanic male is still ongoing in Randolph County. This was the scene on County Rd 88 around the Traylor Park area in Randolph County this morning as U.S. Marshals, along with local law enforcement, combed the area with bloodhounds tried to sniff out any sign of the wanted individual, but he was not found.manhunt 2

I have received information that the suspect had been spotted not even an hour ago just north of the Lee’s Bridge area and is still at large. Please pass this information along to anyone you feel could use it.  The suspect is wanted on three counts of Kidnapping in Georgia and is a person of interest in a homicide in North Carolina. If anyone has any information or sees the suspect contact 911.

“The Kitchen” in Ashland offers more than just good food for the community

the kitchen 9By Tammy Andrews

These days, it is rare to find business owners who are more interested in helping people with their product rather than just selling the product itself. But this is exactly what Jason and Cynthia at The Kitchen are all about…making a difference…

Last month, they opened a quaint little café on the Ashland Square (formerly High Points) that specializes in making tasty meals, smoothies, and juices with organic fruits and vegetables and people are quickly taking notice! Since opening, The Kitchen has seen a steady increase in business as more and more news circulates that healthy eating is not always about having to deprive your taste buds of a delicious meal.

The Knights couldn’t be happier with how well their business is going and will tell you that their café is only the foundation of what they wish to accomplish here in this county. As community oriented people, both Jason and Cynthia are passionate about teaching their knowledge of adapting a healthy lifestyle to the citizens of this county. In fact, Jason is volunteering with the Ashland Housing Development

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Corporation (AHDC) to develop Clay County’s first community garden. The Ashland Community Garden will offer an opportunity for anyone interested, especially those in need. “It’s about getting back to the basics”, says Jason smiling. (More about the Community Garden in the next article)

Cynthia, who you will find behind the counter usually always busy with food preparations will tell you that this is a lifelong passion she has dedicated herself to. Cynthia, who grew up in Michigan, found herself dealing with a health problems of her own coming up. But her life would change after a move to the California Red Woods and met a woman who cured herself of cancer by eating and juicing only fresh, raw vegetables. This would have a tremendous impact on Cynthia and unknowingly, it lead her to her life’s path.

Once Cynthia adapted this lifestyle and over time, she found herself more energetic and eventually cured of all of her ailments. Her only problem was she got bored with her meals because there was only so many ways to make a salad. Until one day, when she was given an vegan brownie and found it to be delicious. She grabbed the wrapper and saw it was made from an organic farm in Miami, FL and immediately said “That’s where I’m going”, and she did just that. In 2001 Cynthia moved to Miami and would go to Glaser Farms every day and beg them until they relented and gave her a job. It was here that Cynthia began to learn the proper collaboration of herbs, vegetables and fruit to make tasty meals.

And she was good at it too…

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Macho Nachos, a best seller

She opened up a restaurant called  Om Garden in Miami’s Brickell District, which was very successful. After a few years, her client list began to show it too, working with a very-high end clientele as a chef/nutritionist. Cynthia has been the personal chef to many wealthy people, including Bob Marley’s mother, Mama B and she continues to private chef in Miami for his brother and his family.  And that’s how she met Jason.  In 2010, Cynthia was working with a client in Lakeland, FL when she met Jason at the local farmers market. It was immediately clear that they both held the same passions and the rest was history.

Jason, who had grown a “military brat” as he professes, was ready to put permanent roots down and somewhere to call home, something he had never had. So he began researching little towns with a strong community ethic and when he ran across Ashland, AL, his decision was made. Cynthia and Jason moved her a year ago and they love living in Clay County. “You don’t find people like this anywhere else”, he says with a smile, “just good people.”

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Pizza night!

With their strong community sense, their ultimate goal is just to help the people become more healthy  and they are taking every step towards that goal. In addition to the community garden, they feed needy elderly people, in a “Meals on Wheels” type of program. Their Thursday nights are committed to bringing the community together and show-casing local musical talent with Jason’s Pizza n’ Music night plus they serve fresh baked pies and vegan desserts in Thee Dessert Room on Friday nights.  Cynthia hopes to begin offering a Food Prep Classes once a month so that people can learn how to easily prepare healthy meals in their own homes.

Next week, The Kitchen will extend their business hours and offer lunch deliveries as far as Lineville. They also hope to open a small all-natural grocery store in the future as well.

God said, “I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food”Genesis 1:29. This is a Bible scripture you will read on every menu at The Kitchen, which kitchen 6concludes everything the Knights are trying to teach to the public about your food intake, which, in turn, is linked to your health. “Even if you feel your health has declined so badly that you can’t change it, just know that it is never too late to make this change” says Cynthia, “the right foods are the cure to everything. Food is medicine. Not only do we want to feed people, we also hope to show them the truth.”

At the age of 38, Cynthia’s acquired knowledge of the healing quality of herbs, fruits and vegetables,  attained over the last two decades could easily earn her a permanent spot as a personal chef in Hollywood, but that’s not a route she or Jason wish to follow. They are perfectly happy right here where they are, living the small town life and showing people that food can hopefully be the cure for all that ails ‘em, to give a better quality of life  to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Kitchen will hold their Ribbon Cutting ceremony this Thursday night at 6:00pm.  After the opening, pizzas will go in the oven, the music will start up and the fun will begin when you show up.

Alex City Man killed, others injured from Lake Martin Boat Collision

boat crashYou are looking at a photo of the pontoon boat struck from behind by a bass boat last night on Lake Martin that claimed the life of an Alex City man, Stanley Sides, age 66.

There were two other injuries from passengers of the pontoon boat, one of which is Side’s wife, who reportedly suffered a brain bleed from the impact and was transported to UAB, where she remains at this time. I have no other information on the other injury other than they were treated at Russell Medical Center.

The crash occurred at 8:45 p.m. in the Tallapoosa River channel of Lake Martin, Kowaliga Bay,  between Dennis Creek and Mallard Point in Tallapoosa County. Alabama State Troopers from the Marine Patrol Division are actively investigating the collision.

I was told by several people who knew Stanley Sides that he was a great man and also the successful business owner of Sides Drywall, Inc of Auburn, AL.Please remember this family in your prayers.

Confirmed Case of Lyme’s Disease in Clay County

You are looking at a picture of a recently diagnosed case of Lyme’s disease in Clay County. This was sent to me by a person

This is the actual tick bite from this victim. Please be sure to check your body thoroughly this summer after you've been outside, especially in wooded areas.
This is the actual tick bite from this victim. Please be sure to check your body thoroughly this summer after you’ve been outside, especially in wooded areas.

who prefers to remain anonymous, but also wanted to let everyone know to be aware of any tick bites you might have, along with possible symptoms.

Luckily, this case was caught early so it is treatable after a month worth of antibiotics. This tick bite came from a tiny seed tick, and you can see how the area began to redden with a ring around several days after the bite. The victim also reported a stiffness in his neck, along with extreme fatigue.

Again, please be cautious of any of these symptoms after a tick bite and seek medical attention immediately. Catching it early is the key.

Burglary Suspect attempts Escape, APD Officers receive minor injuries

Suspect breaks down door at APD while trying to escape
Suspect breaks down door at APD while trying to escape

On June 14, 2015, Ashland Police Officer Cecil Chappell and Sergeant Tony Hubbard were investigating a burglary that had taken place on June 13, 2015 at the Gaither Laundromat in the City of Ashland. They identified the subject as Mr. James Leonard, of Lineville, AL, and found the subject at his place of work, at Integrity Cabinets in Ashland. Officer Chappell went to Integrity and found the subject in possession of the items that were taken from Gaither’s Laundromat, and he took him into custody, and transported him to the Ashland Police Department.

While at the Ashland Police Department, Officer Chappell was booking Mr. Leonard in, when Mr. Leonard made an attempt to escape. He fought both Sgt. Hubbard, and Officer Chappell, causing injuries to both officers before finally getting away and running through town. Officers from Ashland Police Department, Lineville Police Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Department pursued the subject and were able to apprehend him near the First Methodist Church on 2nd Ave. South.

Both Ashland Officers did receive injuries due to Mr. Leonard’s attempt at escaping, and both were treated for those injuries. The Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford would like to extend a debt of gratitude to the citizens of Ashland, and the other two departments for their assistance in apprehending Mr. Leonard.

Lineville, AL resident sets out on 2800 mile Bicycle Trek for Humanity

By: Tammy Andrews

How does one person make a difference in the world? Well, let’s see…

Wayne sets off on his 2800 mile journey
Wayne sets off on his 2800 mile journey

On June 1, 2015, Wayne Meador, a 32 year-old world sustainability advocate of Lineville, AL, will try his hand at being that difference in the world as he embarks upon a 90-day bicycle trek that will cover a total of 2800 miles through just about every type of terrain and weather you can imagine, with the ending point in San Francisco, CA.  He calls this mission A Trek 4 Change. His goal…to show the people of the world that nothing is impossible when it comes to preserving our natural resources of the world and hopefully improving them along the way for future generations.

mead 9 Meador will leave out early Monday morning, June 1, from The Kitchen, a local organic restaurant in Ashland, AL, with a big sendoff from the residents of Clay County. Meador has been training for several weeks now, pedaling his modified mountain bike, sponsored by Fun Wheels of Oxford, AL, some 20 miles or more every day.

Meador’s daily trek will consist of a conservative 20-30 miles a day, which will allow him to stop and talk to people along the way, as well as several scheduled waypoints. Making the task a little more difficult, Meador’s bike will pull a 175 lb. load on his bike trailer with his bare necessities, including camping equipment, and solar panels needed to help record his daily journey with natural resources.

The entirety of the Trek 4 Change will be broadcasted, and

produced using 100% renewable energy using Cell data, and solar power. Wayne will be documenting the trek via his YouTube channel with no less than 2 episodes/week documenting what he’s going through, as well as showcasing how people in the heartland of North America are striving to be more sustainable in their daily lives and businesses. You can follow his daily trek at http://www.aworld4change.com/atrek4change/

The biggest majority of Meador’s equipment and gear have been

A List of Sponsors
A List of Sponsors

sponsored/donated through various businesses, companies, and corporations in the United States, who were all carefully researched and chosen for their corporate values and humanitarian efforts. You can also find a list of those sponsors on his web page listed above.

Meador has put careful thought and consideration in his scheduled waypoints along his 90 day trek, such as one being Greensburg, Kansas, a city that was destroyed by tornados in 2007 and decided to rebuild as a “green” town, with the help of Greensburg GreenTown, a non-profit organization created to help the residents learn about and implement the green living initiative. The city’s power is supplied by ten 1.25 MW wind-turbines, that 50% of the city’s energy. Meador plans to interview the Mayor and even some of the residents to see how they feel and then re-sharing it on the internet. These waypoints are also listed on the web page.

Most people would look at Meador’s trek as just another publicity stunt, but he has true goals behind it. But, let’s start at the very beginning…

Wayne Meador was born and raised in Indiana, the oldest of four

Wayne is shown here with his long-time girlfriend, Rebecca Miles and the owners of The Kitchen. Wayne is holding up a green monster smoothie
Wayne is shown here with his long-time girlfriend, Rebecca Miles and the owners of The Kitchen. Wayne is holding up a green monster smoothie

brothers. His parents were German Baptist, but it was an Amish-typed environment. “My parents even looked like they were Amish” said Meador smiling, “They drove a car and had electricity, but they were farmers and grew most of our own food. It was all they knew how to do, and they worked hard at it. My brothers and I helped, but they never taught us how to do it and the reasoning behind it”

Even as a child, Meador admits he always had this major drive that somehow, and some way, he was going to make a massive change and/or difference in the world, but he was clueless as to how this was going to happen. And somewhere along the way, that idea was buried, but would resurface at a later date and bring him back to his roots.

Flash forward several years, and Meador began trying to find his way in the world. He worked in a wide variety of occupations and careers throughout the years, yet couldn’t seem to really make a connection with any of them. From construction, EMT, firefighter, outside sales, nursing, to finally settling in a consulting firm making an excellent living, he still could not seem to find the life purpose he was looking for. That was when he really began to put some deep thought into what he wanted to do with his life, which inevitably led him back to the simplicity and roots of his early life. Only this time, his main focus would be to get back to the basics, in an efficient and sustainable method. Hence, the birth of A World 4 Change,( http://www.aworld4change.com/) which focus was to educate and help drive people on how to be more sustainable in their day to day life.

So, now Wayne was a man with a purpose and he was passionate about it too, but it wasn’t until he lost his job with the consulting firm that he was really able to put the time and effort into A World 4 Change, Wayne feels now is the time to make people aware of a simpler life with long-lasting positive benefits that many think is just

Getting ready to go...
Getting ready to go…

too unattainable for their time-restricted lives. “I want to encourage people to do things that are sustainable and to think outside the box, where they’re not just fitting into society. We think it takes a lot of money to enjoy what we want out of life when in fact, it really doesn’t”, he states eagerly.

“I believe we need to be prepared for whatever our future holds, but not in the same way everyone else does. I think we need to learn to use our resources to the best of our ability in order the preserve the Earth’s resources for future generations.  I also believe from a religious standpoint that all things will eventually come to an end, but we’re still supposed to be good stewards until that happens and take care of God’s handiwork.”

“It’s time to do something radical to show people the depth of my passion and that road literally begins with this mission”, says Meador “The ultimate objective with this trek is to be able to take A World 4 Change and make it a better tool at the end of this 90 day mead 6trek than what I am now. Meador has already lined up meeting with CEO’s and executives of companies when he arrives in San Francisco that can hopefully help fund his business, and become a worldwide benefit corporation focused on humanity.

Meador sums his cross-country goals up from his trek of humanity with a simple statement: “I want to tell a story, with me being the vehicle of what is happening in North America. I want to share the

emotions and challenges of what’s happening with people in our nation and put that in the public eye. I want to have a positive impact as to the endless possibilities of how people can be sustainable in the modern world and show them that it’s not that hard to do. I really feel this is my true path in life and I hope one day, I will leavemy mark upon the Earth with a defined legacy of a true humanitarian.

Please join Wayne in his daily journey with the links listed above.

You can also find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AWorld4ChangeTV

Anyone interested in donating to Wayne’s humanitarian efforts can

do so here: http://www.gofundme.com/atrek4change

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Love knows no Boundaries

This warms my heart and makes me smile!

Proof positive that love knows no boundaries and that mothers don’t always have to come from blood. It seems Miss Kitty here has found herself a sweet little baby bunny that she has taken under her wing. She doesn’t really seem to know how to go about nursing her, but she is bathing and keeping her warm, just as she is her other babies. Her owner, Stacey Pitts, is feeding the little one with an eye dropper. Let’s hope she makes it. I’m curious to see how this one turns out. bunny 3bunny 3bunny 4bunny 1

BIG fish caught at Lineville Park

Don’t let anybody tell you there’s no big fish at the Lineville Park Pond. This 32 lb carp was sent in by LaKeisha Kerley caught by Germaine Ford from one of the ponds, but it’s a big’un :)big fish 4big fish 1big fish 2