Sad news to report out of Randolph County tonight…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017- Multiple agencies within Randolph County, including Randolph County and Clay County Rescue Squads, responded to a missing persons call around 5:00 PM Tuesday night at the New Harmony Boat Ramp on Lake Wedowee near Flat Rock.dro

After a couple of hours of searching, it was discovered the missing person was presumed to be a victim of accidental drowning. The victim has been recovered. Our prayers go out to this family.

 

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BOE names Assistant Principal for Central High

 The Board of Education met Tuesday, January 10, 2017 for a special called session. Prior to this meeting, newly appointed District 4 Board member, Lorri Allen and re-elected Superintendent Billy Walker were sworn in by Judge Jim Malone.Bo 1
All personnel action items were approved on the Agenda, which included the following:
EMPLOY:
Richard Coleman – Assistant Principal at Central High School
Deanna Graben  – Teacher at Ashland Elementary School
CONTRACT SERVICES:
Ivan Roman-Ocasio – English Language Learner (ELL) Adjunct Instructor – Clay Co. SchoolsBo 2
The next regular board meeting will be January 26, 2017 at 4:00 PM.
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Former Ashland Texaco Robbery Under Investigation

 Below is a statement issued by Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford on the Texaco burglary located on Hwy 77N in the city of Ashland that occurred in the early AM hours:

In the early morning hours of January 12, 2017, the A and I Food Mart (formerly known as Texaco) was burglarized after the store was closed. Officers responded, and an investigation ensued.texaco 1

The suspects stole several items and some cash. The incident is being investigated, and as my policy has been, we will not be able to provide more information on an open case. When information does come available, we will make this available to the public. texaco 2

 

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Ashland Council name Maintenance Supervisor; Open Patrol Officer Position

Prior to the Ashland Council meeting on January 3, 2017, a planning session was held to hear from several Architectual firms who were making their presentations with their input on the design and renovation on the Police Department, which will be housed in the basement of the new City Hall. No decisions were made on choosing an architect for this job at this session. ashland 1

Council member Kim Cain thanked Maintenance Supervisor Jody Brown and the maintenance crew for the installation of the new swing set at the park.

Police Chief Joseph Stanford reported the new patrol vehicles were ordered and they were expecting a 10 week production time, which should put them arriving around mid February. ashland 2

Agenda items approved for this meeting included the following: 

  • Approval of current bills.
  • Set Public Hearing for Abatement of Nuisance Property of January 18 at 4:00 PM.
  • Approval to make Acting Maintenance Supervisor Jody Brown permanent as Maintenance Supervisor.
  • Approval to open and advertise for two weeks for Patrol Officer position.
  • Approval to give City Hall Assistant Sarah McKemie one-step merit raise (R7-S2).
  • Add to Mark Heard Cleaning Service to  clean office, bathroom and kitchen at fire station for an additional $25-30 a month to his contract.

The meeting was then adjourned.

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Sheriff’s Investigators recover more Stolen Goods

On December 21, 2016, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported recovery of several items taken from a January 2016 burglary on Clairmont Springs Road. Sheriff Latham indicated at that time Investigators were aggressively taking steps to locate other items.brownsaddles

On Friday January 6, 2017 Sheriff’s Investigators were able to locate and recover several other items taken in the 2016 burglary. Saddles, saddle blankets, leather gear and halters, valued at over $1500.00 were recovered as a result of the ongoing investigation.

Investigators followed information that led to White Plains, Alabama, where the above described items were located and recovered. Sheriff Latham commends our investigators on their consistence efforts in this case.

The investigation is continuing with a few other items still be sought.

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Chamber Briefs Lineville Council on Upcoming Events; Discuss Railroad Issues

The Lineville Council met Wednesday, January 4, 2017 for the first regular session of the new year.

Chamber CEO Tiffany Young was present to give her monthly update on all of the Chamber’s events and news. Young reminded the council of their annual dinner coming up on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Central High School Cafeteria. Special guests will be Ryan Robertson and Roger Hammett.Lineville 2

Young also reported the Chamber was partnering with Talladega Career Center to hold a Business Associates Luncheon on every third Thursday of each month at 11:00 am. The first luncheon will be held January 19 at Anderson’s Bistro in Ashland. This luncheon is open to anyone who wants to come. For more details, call Tiffany at the Chamber office, 256-396-2828. Mayor Adamson thanked Young for her briefing.

Council members did approve to renew their annual contract with the Chamber in the amount of $5400.00.

Since the next meeting falls on Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, council members approved to change the meeting date to Tuesday, January 17.

The Council agreed to accept the resignation of Ronald Robertson from the Lineville Park Board. Robertson has  served as the Secretary for this Board for the past 10 years. On that note, Council member Proctor, also President of the Park Board, appointed Jarrid Griffin to this position. This appointment was accepted with a unanimous vote.

In regards to Lineville Park events, Proctor also announced that Twin Creeks Veterinary Hospital wanted to hold a Fun Day in the Park, in which all proceeds raised from this event will go towards the Clay County Animal Shelter. This event will be called Dog Days of Summer and will be held on June 10.

After Council members approved to amend their budget to reflect a salary increase, Council members unanimously approved a 3% pay increase across the board for all city employees. Its been several years since city employees have had a pay increase.  Lineville 1

Council member Johnny Appleby mentioned that a CSX Train was parked and left at Shaddix Woodyard over the Christmas weekend at the entrance of Cemetery Rd, leaving no access to the cemetery during this time. There have been problems in the past with CSX blocking this entrance for hours at a time, during which at times people were trapped while attending graveside services.  There has discussion of the possibility of another access entrance and/or road to this cemetery at some point in the future.

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

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Sheriff’s Office, Ashland P.D. & Lineville P.D. Join forces/make arrests

On January 1, 2016, a burglary was reported at 5464 Clairmont Springs Road in Ashland where antiques valuables in the excess value of $3500.00 were stolen. Over the past year, Sheriff’s Investigators have made arrests and retrieved some of the stolen items, but many were not discovered until recently. Sheriff’s Investigators received information that some of the remaining items from the burglary were at a residence in Oxford, Alabama. Sheriff’s Investigators traveled to 3501 Rocky Ridge Road in Oxford, where they located several items from the January Burglary. Those items were identified by the owner and returned to them. The case remains under investigation with possible additional arrests.

On December 22nd, 2016, Clay County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of possible identity theft. Lineville Police had received a similar complaint concerning the same activity. Lineville Police Investigator’s joined forces with Sheriff’s Investigators in an attempt to located and apprehend the suspect. Gathering information concerning the activity on the victims account, Investigators were quick to target a suspect. Sheriff’s Office Deputies, assisted by Lineville Police proceeded to the Delta area where the suspect was located with a number of items they had received as a part of the crime. Investigators arrested Gloria Elizabeth Hunt, age 36 of Ashland for Identity Theft. A number of items were seized from the suspect valued in the hundreds of dollars. Hunt remains in the Clay County Detention Center on a $5000.00 bond.

On December 20, 2016, Lineville Police Investigators initiated an investigation concerning possible thefts from local business. Additionally, Ashland Police Investigators were looking into thefts from businesses in the Ashland area. On December 21, 2016, Lineville and Ashland Police Investigators identified a suspect. Lineville Police, Ashland Police and Clay County Sheriff’s Investigators joined in an effort to serve a search warrant at 1611 East Mill Road, Lineville. Investigators found several items connected with the above mentioned thefts and additionally found drugs in the residence. Arrested was Brandi Lynn Delaney, age 41 of Lineville and Nathan Alexander Godwin, age 23 of Lineville. Both were charged on related drug violations, and Delaney was charged in connection with the above mentioned thefts. Godwin was booked into the Clay County Detention Center and released on bonds totaling $7000.00. Delaney remains in the Clay County Detention Center.

Lineville Police Chief Shane Dunnagan, Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford and Sheriff Ray Latham commends these officers for their unified work on these investigations.

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Lineville Council Approve Maintenance Truck Purchase

The Lineville Council met Monday, December 19, 2016. Council Member David Proctor served as Mayor Pro Tem in the absence of Mayor Adamson. District 1 Council member Carolyn Smith was also absent.

Maintenance Supervisor Rusty Taylor reported the water department had received materials for the water line project on Fox Creek Rd. Approximately 1700 feet of line and 3 fire hydrants will be installed in the near future and completed as weather permits.lie 2

Taylor reported that the two water shed lakes were still down about seven feet and the levels were coming up about an inch every day.

Council members approved the purchase of a new truck for maintenance dept. This will replace the 1989 Blazer in this fleet. The vehicle purchase was budgeted in the 2016-17 fiscal year.

Council members promoted Librarian Julie Silverson to full time status after her six month probationary period had expired. This was a unanimous vote.

Proctor reported he thought the Christmas parade went very well, but felt there was always room for improvement. Proctor felt there needed to be someone in charge of the parade in the future, a go-to person for any information requested by the public because there was no one right now and it created confusion.

City Administrator Donna  Mathews said she felt there needed to be a standard registration form in place for float entry, participation, etc.

The City Hall will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26th for the Christmas Holidays.

 

 

 

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BOE Approves Superintendent Salary Increase

The Clay County Board of Education met Thursday, December 15, 2016  for their monthly session.boe 1

After two executive sessions, totaling over 30 minutes combined of discussion, Board members were ready to begin the agenda. No business was conducting during these executive sessions.

The following agenda items were approved:

  • Approval to appoint Lori Allen as District 4 Board member to complete term vacated by Greg Denney.
  • Approval to keep the Board member’s salary as it currently stands, $400 per month for the next 4 years.
  • Approval to set the Superintendent’s salary at $96,720 per year. This was a 4% salary increase for this position, which was also a reflection of the standard rate for an across the Board raise  for all Clay County Board of Education employees given this fiscal year.  It was also approved  to enter into agreement with the Superintendent to specify indemnity for the Superintendent and the Clay County Board members, and to include travel and professional growth allowances and reimbursement.
  • Approval of the minutes from the previous meeting, Nov. 29, 2016.
  • Approval of all financial reports and cash balances for October and November 2016.
  • Approval for Kecia Burns and the DECA students to attend the DECA International Competition in Anaheim, California, April 22-30th. There will be no cost to the Board for this trip.
  • The following Personnel Action items were approved, which included:
EMPLOY- Fredrick C. Roberts as Bus Driver
RESIGNATION- Corey Goodson – Teacher at Ashland Elementary
OPEN POSITIONS:
  Part Time (20) ESL Adjunct Teacher
  Family and Consumer Science Teacher (One Semester) Certified –     Central High School.
  Elementary Teacher Certified – Ashland Elementary School
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
Congratulations to our transportation department for having no major deficiencies on their yearly inspection!
Christmas Holidays  Dec. 20 – Jan. 3, 2017
Our next regular board meeting is January 26, 2017.
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Mending Ties This Holiday Season…

Another Christmas season upon us….How did that happen?? Seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year and now we’re about to see it off. Well, good riddance, I say to 2016 because its brought nothing but heartache, rifts, and life-altering change to the world around me as I once knew it. Some may say that is wishing my life away, but at this point in time, I don’t care. I just want this year to be over with hopes that 2017 will bring brighter days. pic 3

My sweet Grandmother once warned me that I would get to a point that life would go by so fast I couldn’t keep up with it. And as usual, she was right. As I get older, fatter, and gray hair threatens to overtake me, I realize the things in life that are the most important to me, and its not what I once thought it to be. Money, fame, and fortune can no buy me the happiness I thought it once could in my younger days ( not that I was ever famous, but hey, one can dare to dream, huh?) . Material things come and go, but family and friends are forever. There is no amount of money that can replace a sweet memory, and that’s the truth.

pic 2 If you don’t believe me, ask an elderly person who has lived through heartache and loss and let them tell you. In the end, it’s those you care about the most you remember. Not some fancy car, expensive outfit, or lavish lifestyle. Those are just temporary distractions. Don’t let them become permanent. People with loads of money seem to have problems that money can’t fix, so with that being said, I’d like to stay on the other side of that fence.pic 5

We all seem to want what we can’t have in life. When we’re young, we want to be older. When we’re old, we wish to be younger. The grass is always greener on the other side, I guess. The simple truth is, not many know that the good times in their life were some of the best times until they are gone. No one really seems to think that their loved ones won’t be there to share in joyous occasions one day, or a family squabble may separate the bonds that tie. These kind of things are not just supposed to happen, right? Yet, they do…every single day. And how sad is it when this happens?pic 1

For family is a sacred and should hold a timeless bond. Nothing should come before family. And why does family seem to always hurt you so badly anyway? Because it’s the ones you care about the most who cut you the deepest. Sometimes it may be over a trivial argument, and sometimes it gets much worse. Sometimes you can never get it back…yet, sometimes you can. This holiday season, I urge you to reach out to those you love the most and try to repair those cracks in your family ties, for nothing is ever truly broken when it comes to blood. Now, I realize there are some bad situations out there where no repair is even wanted, and family doesn’t always have to be blood.pic 4

Make 2017 the year where things begin to turn around for you. Reach out, heal, and then strengthen those bonds that God put in your life for a reason. It all starts with forgiveness, but someone has to make the first move.  Make this Christmas one to remember.pic 6

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