Washington Heights Community and TCR Address Board, Open Positions

The Board of Education met Thursday. March 24, 2016 with all members present.

Addressing the Board were the  citizens of the Washington Heights Community in regards for wanting the former vocational building turned back over to the community.  Original Board member Elijah Wood of the Clay County Training School, Terry Heflin, and  Clay County Commissioner Ricky Burney  spoke on behalf of the matter.

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Mr. Wood, who spoke first, said the community gave the land for the purpose of the establishment of the school many years ago. Wood felt that with the hard work of the citizens of the community, they could put the building to good use through senior center meals on wheels and other services as well . Wood told the Board if they wish to use the building for school purposes, then the citizens would step aside with their plans.

Commissioner Burney explained thebo 3 community for the  past 8-10 years that it was promised on behalf of Mr. Staples, one of the board members, that the school would be returned back to the community. Burney said he understood there were several processes to be followed, and had been followed. “The people of the community is excited about the prospect of returning this building back to them for the sake of worthy projects and programs.”

Terry Heflin also spoke on behalf of the matter, telling the Board he had spoken with the state architect, Mr. Perry Taylor, in Montgomery at the state Department of Education,  as well as legal counsel. Heflin explained the state had no deeds recorded on file that the state owns the property on which the old vocational building stands now. bo 4The last deed on file in the county recorded in Montgomery and Clay County both says that the property was still in the name of the Clay County Training School.  Heflin said the state was still looking into recorded documents for this facility and would know more later. Heflin went on to say they had consulted legal counsel of their own to discuss this issue because they felt the process that was followed with both Mellow Valley and Bibb Graves schools being returned to their communities was a different process from this one. “This land was given by the community to build this school and I have deeds dating back to the 1903 showing that the Methodist Church gave and 1929 for the deacons of Springhill and Mr. Gibson to build this school”, said Heflin.

Also present to address the Board was Kay Jennings, Executive Director of Coosa Valley Child Care Corporation, representing Cheaha Head Start. Jennings handed out a proposal to each board member outlining renovations for the Lineville TCR Head Start facility that would cost around $900,000 to get it up to licensing code. Currently, 28 children are in the TCR program in Lineville, 18- Pre-k 4 year olds, and ten 3 year olds. This is the maximum capacity of for the building at this time.

The renovations proposed would allow more children to receive services, such as early head start center, a head start center, and a pre-k program at this location in Lineville.”  We would like to make this a full inclusive center for children from birth to kindergarten age, including providing mobile services for 8 pregnant women”, saidbo 2 Jennings The total number of children that could be served if these renovations took place would be 59 and 67 counting the pregnant women. ” After thorough research, we have discovered there’s a strong need for these services just in the nearby community alone” says Jennings.

Jennings explained they would collaborate with the BOE and write the grant themselves for a funding for an early head start in Clay County, but would need a support letter from the Board members stating TCR would have access to the building to do the necessary renovations. TCR would keep up insurance and any upkeep. This concluded Jenning’s presentation.

The following items were unanimously approved:


  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the agenda.
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the minutes from the February 23
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the following Financial Reports for February 2016. Chief Financial Officer Brandi Bishop stated they were ending the month of February with approximately $1.2 million, which is actually a little over the mandatory one-month operating expenses. However, Bishop explained that was typical for this time of year since this was the time of year they received most of their taxes. Bishop went to explain this balance would drop with the majority of taxes already received and stated she didn’t expect to end the year with the required one-month operating expense in reserve.
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the 2016 Amended Budget.
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the following state-approved textbooks:


K-8  Carolina biological supply company’s The Science and Technology Concepts Program 

9-12 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Alabama Biology Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Alabama Modern Chemistry 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Alabama Physics 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Environmental Science 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Physical Science 

McGraw Hill/Hole’s Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology  

Goodheart Wilcox’s Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 

  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the CSFO Employment Contract given to board members at the last meeting for review.
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval for the Lineville Elementary 5t grade to travel to Atlanta Georgia to tour the World of Coke and Inside CNN Tour.
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval to declare the 1964 dump truck (VIN# F60AN522063) as surplus.  The central office will advertise to accept bids on this vehicle.
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval to accept the bid received March 22, 2016 for a Busworx/Bluebird Type C Diesel Bus with wheelchair lift. The bid is for $90,898.00 and was the only bid received. The funds for this project will not come from fleet renewal funds, it will come from capital projects funds.
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the Unified, Comprehensive, and Equitable System of Learning Supports Policy given to board members at the last meeting for review.
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the 49 Personnel Action Items, including some of the following:

Retirement of Janie Hann,  Instructional aide at LES effective June 1, 2016

Retiremene of Nanette G. Perry,  English Teacher at CHSCC effective June1, 2016

Resignation of Michael Wayne Jordan,  Transportation Coordinator effective March 23, 2016

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Informational items:

Mr. Walker recently completed the required State Training for Superintendents. The classes were Instructional Leadership, School Finance and Education Law .

Everyone is invited to attend the unveiling ceremony and reception honoring Doctors Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Wednesday April 6, 2016 at 9:30 at the Clay County Health and Wellness Center.

Board members will be given a revised copy of the Religious Liberties Policy that will be voted on at the next meeting.

The next regular board meeting will be April 28, 2016 at 4:00 in the Board Room.


The following Positions are Open with the CCBOE at this time:
Transportation Coordinator:  Central Office/Bus Shop, applicants should file applications with Superintendent, Billy Walker at the Clay Co. Board of Education Office.
Drivers Education Teacher – Summer School
Online Credit Recovery Facilitator – Summer School
Applicants should file applications with Principal, Steve Giddens at Central High School.
ESY Summer Teacher/Bus Aide
ESY Bus Driver / Classroom Aide
Applicants should file applications with Special Education Coordinator, Charla Deleo at the Clay Co. Board of Education Office
All positions will be advertised for a minimum of 14 days until filled.
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Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies make arrest for Attempted Murder 

The following is a press release issued by Clay County Sheriff Ray Latham:

On Saturday evening at approximately 7pm, Sheriff’s Deputies received a call from an individual stating threats had been made via text messages and voice mail to them and a friend.

Shortly after receiving that information, Sheriff’s Deputies received another call of shots fired at the residence of the complainant.  After arriving at the residence, Sheriff’s Deputies received information that positively identified a person of interest and proceeded to locate the subject. It was determined that the suspect had fled the area, as investigators received information that the person sought had caused a disturbance with family members in the Lincoln, Alabama area.

Sheriff’s Deputies contacted the United States Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force in order to assist in locating the individual. On Tuesday, Sheriff’s Deputies assisted by the United States Marshals Task Force were able to determine the location of the suspect. Dustan Dewain Gambrell, age 41 of Eastaboga, Alabama was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder by Sheriff’s Deputies at a location in Northern Clay County.

Gambrell is currently being held in the Clay County Detention Center on $50,000.00 bond resulting in the Attempted Murder Charge. He is also held on No Bond on a violation of Protection Order and a previous Domestic Violence Charge earlier in the year.

Sheriff Latham thanks the U. S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force for their assistance in apprehending Gambrell.

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Ashland Community Garden Offers Citizens more than just a good meal


Call it the “Field of Dreams”, if you will, because for some, that’s just what it is. Doesn’t look like much right now to the naked eye, yet in a couple of weeks it will begin to take on a new form as Clay County residents attempt to breathe life into the rich soil. garden 1

What would seem like nothing more than an empty field and a mound of dirt holds the promise of a new beginning for many of these residents, as their excitement of getting “back to the basics” start to take hold.

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In early Summer 2015, the Ashland Housing Development Corp (AHDC) began their quest for a means to provide healthy meals for low-income residents of the Ashland Housing Authority. Let’s face it though, eating healthy is expensive, unless you have access to fresh garden foods, which many of these do not. And at this day and age, even eating what we think are nutritious foods bought at supermarkets can do more harm than good, with hidden pesticides of vegetables grown and shipped in from other countries. That’s where the idea of a Community Garden was born, one where anyone who was willing could participate and reap the rewards of good home-grown foods.

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The AHDC presented the idea to Ashland city officials and were awarded a one-acre land donation in the Westside Community for this purpose of the garden site. With a grant from Coosa Valley RC&D, they were also able to install a freshwater well for irrigation, an eight-hundred square foot grow house and fifteen hundred feet of traditional and plastic covered rows to grow on.

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Container gardens in a variety of shapes and sizes were scattered in the placement for residents to create their own personal garden to grow their food. Even the county officials were glad to donate a huge mound of soil for the garden. And with that, the Ashland Community Garden was born.

So, now here we are, as April 2016 is upon us with all its glory. Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and residents have already begun planting.  Community volunteers have done all the weeding and soil prep.  Now comes the seeding and planting for the Spring growing season.  After this weekends cold snap, the soil temps are about ready to plant  the anticipation is in the air.

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“Resident participation is going to be huge this year” says Jason, with a smile, as he tells me stories of the interaction with some of the residents in the field. “Some of these people are so excited about this garden. I have disabled residents who can’t do much, yet they bring jugs of water. There are elderly residents who grew up gardening, but haven’t had the chance to practice it since they moved into public housing. I have kids who are very curious and eager to learn. Dollie, a long time Ashland resident cooked her cabbage and greens and brought us a plate.”

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“The art of gardening is quickly becoming extinct. The generation gap of those who once knew these skills as a way of life are passing on, which leaves no one to teach the younger generation, and there are those who are eager to learn. Not to mention, the older generation who still appreciate this skill who are not in the position to do it anymore, usually for health reasons. The reasons to keep this skill alive are plentiful and much needed, in my book”, says Stan,” We’re only a couple of generations of that knowledge and skill completely disappearing.”

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The Ashland Housing Development Corporation hopes to broaden the spectrum of community services offered that would enhance not only the community, but the county as well. The Ashland Community Garden will lay the foundation for many of these services. More details to follow on current projects in the works at a later date.

“Overall, we just want to make it a better place” says Stan Gaither, executive director the the AHDC, “For years, I’ve realized that change is inevitable, and even though change has always seem to come slow to Clay County, our logic is that if we manage that change, it can be brought about in a positive light.”

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Their summation of the variety of programs they are looking to offer the community is simply this: “Our unofficial motto here is we want to give people a hand up, not a hand out. We want to teach people how to be successful. We want to improve the lives of the residents of Clay County as a whole, for the future of our community and for our kids.

You can keep up with the  Ashland Community Garden on Facebook/ashlandcommunitygarden and the garden is located at 105 King Street in Ashland behind Showplace Rentals.  If you have plants, seeds, tools or something else you wish to donate, there is a donation drop off area at the garden.



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Lineville, Ashland go wet: other Local election results

History was made on this Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016 with both cities of Lineville and Ashland voting “Yes” to alcohol sales. Lineville citizens had an great turnout at the polls, with almost 1000 votes cast on the very controversial issue. For those who were hoping for a “wet” city, the victory was a landslide, with 616 voting YES for alcohol sales and 264 voting NO.

In Ashland, the margin was significant as well, with 421 Yes votes and 229 Dry. Earlier in the day, there were functioning problems reported with both Lineville and Ashland electronic polling machines.

In Ashland, the electronic machine began to malfunction after an undisclosed amount of votes, resulting in the ballots inserted thus far to be placed in an emergency box and the machine was reset to zero. With this action taken, the machine had no other issues. At the end of the polling day, the ballots that were placed in the emergency box were fed back into the electronic machine and the results were tallied.


In Lineville, there were issues with the machine jamming, but this problem had no bearing on the vote count. However, to prevent any controversy, they immediately ceased the use of the troublesome machine and put their spare machine into place. At the end of polling day, the figures from both machines were tallied together and reported.

Despite any issues, neither city had to resort to a manual hand count of votes.

In the county election, the voter turnout was a little over half the registered voters. Below are the statistics from Clay County:

Total Ballots Cast: 5,090
Total Registered Voters: 9,830
Voter Turnout: 51.78%
Boxes Reported: 17 of 17
  • Amy Newsome (REP)
  • John Keith Warren (REP)
  • Jeff Willis (REP)
3,848  total votes


  • Terry Heflin (DEM)
  • Bruce Sims (DEM)
619  total votes


  • Ricky Burney (DEM)
  • David Staples Sr. (DEM)
  • Roger Wood (DEM)
640 total votes


  • Karen Carr (REP)
  • Billy Walker (REP)
3,923 total votes


  • Gabe Farr (REP)
  • Donald C. Harris (REP)
824 total votes



  • Terry Meek (REP)
  • Ray Milstead (REP)
946 total


  • Greg Denney (REP)
  • Ricky Robertson (REP)
  • John G. Wheeles (REP)
878 total


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NFL Honors Howard Ballard; approve 2016-17 school calendar year

All Board members were present, with the exception of Arthur Oliver.

Superintendent Billy Walker was excited to present a Super Bowl 50 football sent by the NFL in honor of the 50th Super Bowl anniversary, presented to the former Clay County High School, in recognition of the former Clay County High School graduate Howard “House” Ballard. This golden football was given in honor of Ballard’s accomplishment of playing in Super Bowls XXV, XXVI, XXVII and XXVIII for the Buffalo Bills.

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The NFL recognized every player in the NFL who had ever played in a Super Bowl with these footballs presented to their former high school and community. This was a total of 3000 players and 2000 different schools across the country. In addition to this, the NFL will also send character education teaching materials to  Clay Central Head Coach Herron and his staff for the Volunteer players ( since there is no Clay County High School).

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Ballard was unable to be present for this special award, since  he had recently accepted the Offensive Line Coach for Lane College in Tennessee, but expressed his gratitude to Superintendent Walker via phone. Ballard stated he was very appreciative to the Board members, the Clay County Education System and to this former Coach, Richard Beverly for laying the foundation for his NFL career.  Ballard also mentioned his former Coach was going to be honored with an induction to the Alabama State Football Hall of Fame in March .


Walker spoke fondly of his former classmate: “That’s just what kind of person Howard is, always thinking of others. I had the pleasure and honor of growing up with and playing football side by side with him. Howard is just a good a person as he was a football player. I’m very proud of Howard and his accomplishments.

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The following items on the agenda were approved, as recommended by the Superintendent:

  •  approval of the attached 2 year Real Estate Lease of the Board Room from the Estate of Kenneth F. Ingram. The annual rental fee will be $2,400.00. (see attachment)
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the Financial Reports for January 2016
  • Recommended by the Superintendent, approval of the minutes from the January 19, 2016, and the February 4, 2016, meetings.
  • Approval of Item 1A, ( an addition to the agenda)
  •  approval of the agenda.
  •  approval for Brad Strother, Technology Coordinator, to submit bids to vendors and Forms 470 and 471. Bids will be presented at the April 2016 meeting. After approval, bids will be written into contracts that will begin July 1, 2016 and will be effective for one year, with options to renew annually for three years.
  •  approval of the 2016-17 School Calendar.
  •  approval for the Central Junior High School Beta Club to attend the State convention March 16-18, 2016 in Birmingham. There will be no cost to the board for this trip.
  •  approval of 32  Personnel Action items which included the retirement of long- time school bus driver, Willoughby Gaither – Bus Driver and the hiring of Shawnee Gortney as an Ashland Elementary teacher.
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Informational items were as follows:

  • Congratulations  was extended to the Central High School Project Lead the Way Engineering Program for completing the rigorous requirements of the AL State Dept. of Education Business/lndustry Certification Process. The certification period is 2015-2016 to 2020-2021.
  •  Mr. Walker will be attending a mandatory Superintendents meeting February 24-26 in Tuscaloosa.
  • Board members were given information on Unified, Comprehensive, and Equitable System of Learning Supports and a CSFO Employment Contract for review.

The next regular Board Meeting will be March 24, 2016

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Wet or Dry??? What’s your Choice?

With the upcoming wet/dry elections just around the corner on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 for both cities of Lineville and Ashland, there are many  misconceptions about the economic impact it will have on the cities, among other issues. On that note, I’ve done some research with surrounding cities and counties that were once dry for some facts and figures.

Of course, you know that all of Randolph County went wet in 2013, so they didn’t have the municipalities to compare with. But the city of Wedowee, population 818, reported  a revenue increase last year of $41,000 in alcohol license fees and $71,000 in alcohol tax.

The city of Heflin, in Cleburne County, which is wet, reports they have not had  a bar/lounge move into the area that has yet to be supported. Every business of this type that attempted to open closed soon afterwards. Economically, Heflin has fared well with more restaurants,  grocery stores, a winery, and chain restaurants have moved into the area after going wet. . They see a 10% increase every year from business license and revenues. Last year, they added draft beer, which will make more of an impact. The city of Heflin also saw a decrease in their DUI drivers. This was thought to be because those who drove a long way to get alcohol would drink it on the way back, but since they were buying locally now, they would just wait until they got home. 

Another dry county where a city went wet was Rogersville, in Lauderdale County. Rogersville went wet three years ago and set up a separate account for strictly alcohol related revenues. Three years later, they have  almost $400,000 in this account. Rogersville has a population of 1400.

The city of Monroeville, population 6,419, went wet when their county(Monroe) stayed dry. Monroeville now grosses over $200,000 every year just with beer, wine and liquor taxes. That total is not including business licenses.

The city of Roanoke also saw a huge boost in their revenues by going wet. Population approx. 6,500.

Another common myth is that Lineville and Ashland will lose their share of the TVA funds the county receives for being dry. This is simply not true. Not only will the county continue to receive some $320,000 of TVA funds, the cities will also CONTINUE to get their share of $10,000 each. So, in addition to NOT losing these funds, you would see an increase in revenues from business licenses,  and alcohol tax, not to mention possibly bring in more businesses for growth, possibly creating more jobs for our local area.

After speaking with a couple of regulars who frequently pick up aluminum cans on the sides of the roads, they both report that over half of what they picked up were beer cans in this county.

Folks, I can’t tell you how huge this election is for either city. if you are a citizen in either town, let your voice be heard as to your vote. Don’t let the fate of both cities be decided by just a handful of people. If you don’t vote, then you have no right to complain.

In the event either city goes wet, each council will call a special meeting to get an ordinance in place  as how alcohol revenues will be used, taxes, fees, and how to maintain control however they feel it should be. Example: if the council decided they wanted to put in the ordinance that you could not be caught drinking a beer within a mile of the schools, then they can vote to pass this law. 

Come March 1st, the vote could go either way, but MAKE CERTAIN that your choice is documented. There are 2,395 citizens who live inside the city limits of Lineville (a portion of this is children) and  1200+ residents voted in the last general election in Lineville.

With a population of 2037 Ashland residents, according to the 2010 census ( some children), only 400 residents turned out at the polls for Ashland’s last election. These numbers are simply unacceptable. That’s why it VERY important that EVERY CITIZEN who is able to get out and vote on this issue.

Editor’s note: My personal opinion- After reviewing this information, I feel that Both cities could benefit greatly from extra revenue, not to mention how each cities’ fire and police departments could use more updated equipment and extra personnel.

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I understand this is a huge moral and Biblical issue with many people and I am, by no means, trying to take anything away from those who are opposed, because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I have heard that there will also be more crime if the cities go wet, but my personal opinion is that Clay County is blessed with some VERY GOOD law enforcement, who work really hard to keep a hold on crime and they do an excellent job. So, I don’t feel they will ever let either city become crime ridden over an extended period of time.

Folks, we have the wettest dry county you will ever see and I don’t think going wet is going to change anything other than the fact that you will now be able to buy alcohol in the local stores. People who are going to drink are going to drink regardless of how far they have to drive, so you may as well cash in on it. Does it sound like we are condoning their behavior? Well, maybe so. But it’s not us who has chosen to abuse the substance.

Addiction is every aspect of our life, and we all have fight it in some form of the word, whether its gluttony, gambling, drinking, smoking, shopping, drug use, etc. Some forms are just worse on your health than others are, but all are dangerous unless you can learn to control it. The key to life is learning to do things in moderation so you can be free of that addiction ( with the exception of drug use).

This is just my two cents now and you know what they say about opinions. But, everyone is allowed to have their say. In closing, I would like to say that I respect the views of those who oppose, and can even agree on some of their reasons, but going wet just makes more sense in the end. Both cities are poor and it seems like the only way we ever get anything new is through some type of grant. What’s wrong with wanting to be self-sufficient?

When seeking employment, we usually always look at the salary comparisons and go with the largest because we feel it is the best choice. That’s why I think WET is the best choice, because these figures speak for themselves. Wet is already here and has been for some time now, it just hasn’t been official.

Now, you are all more than welcome to state your opinions in the comment thread, but please remember to keep it clean and without slander.   Happy Voting, people :)

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11:00 am EMA Weather Briefing for Clay County

We all know that a big weather system is headed our way, so here’s what you can expect:

  • Clay County is under a Flash Flood watch until Wednesday afternoon ( no particular time has been given at this point).
  •  A Wind Advisory was issued February 23 at 3:17AM and will be in effect until February 24 at 9:00 PM.


  • The estimated times for the threat of severe weather is from  10:00 PM Tuesday night until 4:00 AM Wednesday morning.
  • We are in the elevated risk area for tornadoes, damaging winds  up to 70 MPH, and golf ball size hail during the 10 PM-4:00 AM time range.


  • There will be widespread thunderstorms before and after this system comes through.
  • We will experience heavy rainfall in the amount of 1 to 1.5 inches, possibly more.
  • Be prepared for fallen trees with the excessive wind and rain, so have a plan of action in place in the event of power outages.
  • This system is expected to move through at an estimated 55 MPH at this time, but as always it is in the timing.
  • All Clay County schools will be delayed by 2 hrs in the morning due to the threat of severe weather.
  • Be sure to have a plan of action in the event of tornadoes.
  • Please report any fallen trees, downed power lines, or road conditions to EMA, 256-396-5886 for public safety.
  • If there are downed power lines, DO NOT attempt to cross them.keith warren ad
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Chamber of Commerce holds Annual Dinner

It was a packed house at the  annual Clay County Chamber of Commerce Dinner  held on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Clay Central Sr. High Cafeteria. Those in attendance enjoyed a fabulous meal, an entertaining speaker, and good fellowship.

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The meeting was opened by Chamber Board member, Karen Carr, who is also seeking the office of Clay County Board of Education.

chamber 1After a few brief words, the invocation was given by 2nd Vice President Stephen Young, just before the meal. Over 130 attendees enjoyed an amazing meal, of entree ribeye steak sandwiches, donated by the Clay County Cattlemen’s Association.

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Chamber President Bradley Strother also addressed the crowd and introduced the new CEO of Clay County Hospital, Mr.  Joel Tate, who spoke a few words.

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Chamber Director Tiffany Young spoke briefly to the crowd on the importance of social media on the promotion of local events.  Young said the Chamber’s facebook page was very vital when sharing business members’ events and ongoing promotions of its members and the success they had when going this route. She invited everyone to stay in communication with her so she could help pass along important information to the public whenever possible.

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Young also spoke of the success of Chamber events held throughout the year. With the help of sponsors and community participation, there had been three (3) movie nights held last year, one (1) at Ashland City Park and two (2) at Lineville City Park. These movie nights were aimed towards quality family time with movies for the entire family.

Another successful series of events offered by the Chamber was the Learn for Life Workshops, which offered a variety of subjects for all members and non-members as well. ” Our goal with these workshops is to be able to give back to the community and for the public to learn information that would be useful in life along the way”, said Young. Examples of such workshops held were, a beginner Excel class and one self-defense class. A survey was placed on each table for all attendees to submit any input for any future ideas about the workshops.

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Young explained that The Chamber and Economic  Development Council were in partnership to find permanent housing for the Chamber, which they were hopeful to have a plan in place by April.” We look forward to continuing to grow and to provide support and encouragement to our members” said Young, in closing. 

Young also thanked the following people for their part in making the event such a success:

  • Central High School – for hosting the event
  • Guest Speaker- Lee McBride
  • Clay County Cattlemen’s Association- for the Ribeye Sandwiches
  • Duke’s Jewelry- for donating the plaques
  • Teresa Henderson and Karen Carr for decorations
  • First Assembly of God for the sound system
  • Clay Central Junior Ambassadors- for did an amazing job of providing  meal support for attendees, such as replenishing drinks and clearing of dishes.

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Next up was Guest Speaker, Lee McBride, a Christian Entertainer, who was a huge hit. McBride has traveled the country as a Christian Comedian, storyteller, and evangelist.  Throughout the duration of McBride’s presentation,  eruptions of laughter could be heard frequently  throughout the audience as McBride entertained everyone with his humorous real life accounts of his childhood.


The highlight of the night was the presentation of the three most prestigious awards of the year made by CEO Tiffany Young, which included the following:

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Business of the Year: Hurst Construction

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Business person of the year: Janine Mosley of M3 Connectionschamber 12

Volunteer of the Year: Sharon McNatt of Ann’s Flowers & Gifts

The meeting was closed by Vice President Tim Worthy.

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2016 Queen of Hearts Division Winners

The Central High School Marching Volunteers is proud to present the Queen of Hearts 2016 Division Winners! We would like to extend Special Thanks to the following:

  • Kana Avenue Photography
  • Ann’s Florist
  • Denise Keith as Tabulator
  • Chris Bass (CBass) as MC

0-11 months:

12699159_10205577987037033_2141220359_o Miss Nova Walker : Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Hair, Miss Photogenic, Queen;  Miss Madelyn Rae Hurst : Prettiest Smile, Best Dressed, 1st Alternate

1-2 years

Groups 1_2 yrLeft to right- Miss Presley Johns : Prettiest Hair,  1st Alternate; Miss Holly Anne Hubbard : Prettiest Eyes , Miss Photogenic , Queen; Miss Piper Claire Champion: Best Dressed,  2nd Alternate;  Miss Autumn Dubose : Prettiest Smile,  3rd Alternate 

3-4 years

12754806_10205577988037058_1084839691_oLeft to right Miss Kinslee Glenn : Prettiest Hair,  1st Alternate;  Miss Saylor Ayers : Best Dressed, Miss Photogenic,  Queen ; Miss Lexie Grace Overton : Prettiest Eyes,  2nd Alternate;  Miss Atleigh Mai McNatt: Prettiest Smile,  3rd Alternate

5-6 years

Groups 5_6 yrLeft to right  Miss Emmy Hathcock: Best Dressed, 1st Alternate; Miss Marlie Ann Allen:  Prettiest Eyes,  2nd Alternate;  Miss Alyssa Lauryn Channell: Prettiest Hair,  Miss Photogenic, Queen; Miss Mariana Warren: 3rd Alternate;  Miss Adyson Jaymes Gortney: Prettiest Smile 

7-9 years

12754943_10205577990157111_2009139036_oLeft to right Front row- Miss Abbie Patterson : Prettiest Hair,  Miss Scarlett Diana Windsor: Prettiest Eyes 

Back row – Miss Baxley Caroline Ayers:  Prettiest Smile,  2nd Alternate;  Miss Mya Glenn: Best Dressed,  Miss Photogenic,  Queen;   Miss Sophie Madaline Price : 1st Alternate; Miss Marli Kaye Price: 3rd Alternate 

10-12 years

12735546_10205577991277139_1001379938_nLeft to right–  Front row- Miss Savana Long : 3rd Alternate;  Miss Rivers Elise Jackson:  Prettiest Smile 

 Back row- Miss Raylee Denise Moore: Prettiest Eyes,  Miss Photogenic,  1st Alternate;  Miss Carlee Isabella Tapley :Best Dressed, Queen; Miss Kaylie Businelle:  Prettiest Hair, 2nd Alternate 

13-15 years

Group 13_15 yrLeft to right– Miss Anna Grace Davidson: Prettiest Hair,  Miss Photogenic,  1st Alternate; Miss Eriel Lashay Sims :Prettiest Smile, Queen;  Miss MaLaysia Monique Marbury: Prettiest Eyes,  2nd Alternate;  Miss Bayli Glenn Strickland: Best Dressed,  3rd Alternate

16-up years

Group 16_upLeft to right– Miss Callen Anese Brown : Prettiest Smile,  Best Dressed, Miss Photogenic,  Queen; Miss Megan Denney : Prettiest Eyes,  Prettiest Hair,  1st Alternate



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Lightning Strike causes Natural Gas Leak in Lineville


A lightning strike to a tree caused a natural gas line leak on Oak Grove Rd around 4:45 PM on Monday, February 16, 2016. The lightning strike ran down the tree and jumped across to a nearby underground gas line, causing it to rupture.

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Lineville Police Department Officers were the first to arrive on the scene, responding to reports of a tree on fire. They immediately detected the strong odor of natural gas and requested Lineville Fire Department to the scene and called East Central Alabama Gas to respond. 

Upon calling, East Central ordered evacuations to be made up to 500 feet of the area and traffic blocked immediately. East Central Alabama Gas responded within minutes to the scene with five trucks. After the gas line was located, the gas was cut off to the exposed line. 

Lineville Police Department also responded to the scene.



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