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.

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.




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
  Part Time (20) ESL Adjunct Teacher
  Family and Consumer Science Teacher (One Semester) Certified –     Central High School.
  Elementary Teacher Certified – Ashland Elementary School
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.

Sheriff’s Deputies arrest for Burglary, Theft and Drugs

Below is a press release from Clay County Sheriff Ray Latham:

On December 8, 2016, Deputies were called to a residence in Hollins, where neighbors observed unknown individuals at a nearby residence. Reserve Deputy Bonner, who lives in the Hollins area was notified and proceeded immediately to the scene. Upon arrival, Reserve Deputy Bonner and reporting neighbors observed two individuals attempting to leave the house in question. Those persons were detained by Bonner and neighbors in the area, awaiting the arrival of Sheriff’s Deputies. Once the Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, Judson Larry Lee, age 51 of Sylacauga and Jerry Lyn Stover, age 35 listed as homeless were arrested for Burglary 3rd and committed to the Clay County Detention Center. Bonds were set at $5000.00 each. Lee was released on $5000.00 bond, Stover remains in the Clay County Detention Center.

On December 18th, 2016 Sheriff’s Deputies while on patrol in the Shiloh area, observed a suspicious vehicle traveling on Cragford Road. Once Deputies stopped the vehicle, a strong odor of Marijuana was identified as coming from the vehicle. After a short investigation by deputies, arrested were James Canyon Mattox, age 20 of Lineville and Steven Wayne Williams, age 22 of Ashland. Mattox was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Unlawful possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Williams was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2ndand Obstruction of Justice using false identity. Additionally Williams was charged with Violation of Probation and Writ of Arrest on a previous Criminal Mischief 1st charge. Mattox and Williams was committed to the Clay County Detention Center. Mattox was released on bonds totaling $9000.00.  Williams remains in the Clay County Detention Center under a no bond order.

On December 19th, 2016 Sheriff’s Deputies were assisting Alabama State Troopers in the Guntertown area of Clay County. A vehicle was observed with equipment violations approaching the Deputies location in a suspicious manner. Upon further observation, Deputies found a number of drugs and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Arrested were Travis Hunter Maxwell, age 28 of Alpine and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Additionally Jesse Cole Weldon, age 28 of Anniston was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Maxwell has bonded on $9000.00 from the Clay County Detention Center and Weldon remains in jail on $5000.00 bond.

Sheriff Latham urges citizens to remain alert to suspicious activity in their neighborhood during this Holiday Season. Do not hesitate calling our office to report any unusual activity in your area. Let us all have a Merry Christmas with a safe, rewarding and fulfilling New Year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the staff at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

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

December 8th Declared Eli Sims Day in Ashland; New Police Vehicle Purchase Approved

The Ashland Council met Monday, December 5, 2016 with all members present.ash 1

A Proclamation was presented to three-year-old Eli Sims, and his family members, naming December 8, 2016 as Eli Sims Day. This day will commemorate the courageous battle with cancer little Eli has valiantly fought for a year now.ash 2

Eli was diagnosed in late December 2015 just a few days before Christmas, with Stage 4 Liver Cancer that had metastasized to his lungs.ash 3

Eli has spent the past year going through rounds of chemo and clinical trials. As hard as this has been, this family remains rock steady in their faith that their son will be cured from the cancer monster.ash 5

On December 8th, Eli Sims will be the Grand Marshal of the Ashland Parade. The Ashland Fire Department also presented all the Sims children, Eli, Noah and Colin, with certificates naming them as honorary firemen.  ash 6

The Christmas Parade will take place at 6:00 PM on December 8. Details of the night’s festivities are on the flyer below.EL 4parade route 1parade route 2

Discussion of the duties and responsibilities of the new Maintenance Supervisor were discussed and possibly placing acting Supervisor Jody Brown in this position permanently. If Brown is promoted by the Council, they can do so without publicly advertising the position. Council member Smith noted that any one who took this position needed to make sure that they handled problems in this department properly in line with the policy and procedures manual. Smith said there couldn’t be any more stepping down from this position, as this has happened several times in the past. Mayor Fetner said he would talk to Brown with all of these concerns and see if he was interested in the promotion.

There was only one applicant for the Youth Sports Director, Stephanie Freeman, who is employed as P.E. Teacher and Varsity Coach with the Clay County Board of Education. Mayor Fetner felt they all really needed to talk to Freeman as a group before the hiring process took place to discuss some of the problems that could arise with this position just so she could be informed. The salary for this position is $6000 annually.

Chief Joseph Stanford discussed the benefits of adopting a Take Home Car Policy within the Police Department. Currently, the Police Department does not have a Take Home Policy, outside of Assistant and Police Chief, which means the entire fleet is left in a centralized location, where vandalism could wipe out an entire fleet. Stanford felt if the Officers were assigned their own vehicle, it would help with maintenance, mutual aid, and have better response times in life or death situations, as one of the Officers lives approximately 18 miles from work. These cars would be covered under insurance, with the stipulation that no one else were in the vehicle.

Fetner explained the bid contract to be sent out to those parties interested in performing the destruction and disposal of the smaller old Southland building directly behind the Ashland Library.  The City owns 75% of this property, so they can’t build anything on it, but could make a parking lot there, which is needed.

Mayor Fetner also noted the many crews working at the Hardees building in preparation for the opening to take place in a few weeks.

Approved Agenda Items included the following:

  • Approval of current bills.
  • Approval of payroll deduction specific guarantee issue life program.
  • Approval to purchase general fund checks from Intuit at an estimated cost of $437.99, plus shipping.
  • Approval to purchase two 2-wheel drive 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, fully outfitted for the police department at state bid from Donoho Chevrolet at a total cost of $73,468.00.
  • Approval to pay employees for unused vacation hours.
  • Approval for Chief Stanford to issue a standard operating procedure for the Ashland Police Department.
  • Approval to reschedule regular council meeting on January 2, 2017 to January 3, 2017, due to holiday.
  • Approval to reschedule regular council meeting on January 16, 2017 to January 17, 2017, due to holiday.
  • Approval to give Chelsey Wynn and Robin Catrett the authority to purchase city uniform shirts for city employees.
  • Approval to give Ashland Fire Department members each $100 for uniform allowance.
  • Approval to get a front end alignment for police vehicle for $512 at Gerald’s in Talladega.
  • Approval for location of the Historical marker in the City Cemetery.

The City Hall will be closed Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 for the Christmas holidays.





Lineville Council Adopts new Zoning Map: Hire New Police Officer

The Lineville City Council met Monday, December 5, 2016 with all members present. A public hearing was held prior to the regular meeting for the new zoning map. In the regular session, this map was approved with a unanimous 1li 2

Lineville resident Kathy Willis was present to address the council with a request. Mrs. Willis, who has lived on East College Street in Lineville for nine years, explained that speeding had become a huge problem on this street. Willis went on to explain that a built area in the asphalt where some repairs had been made at some time near the old water tower had served as a makeshift speed bump for years. However, since it had been leveled out, there was an abundance of speeding in the area again. Willis stated she was afraid that someone was going to have an accident if this 4

Willis’s request was to see if there was some way that the city could build this same area up again with asphalt in this same place on the street to prevent speeding. Mayor Adamson thanked Willis for attending and sharing her concerns with the council, and told her they would check into it. The Mayor went on to explain that if they decided on a speed breaker, there were certain guidelines they had to go by because so many people had requested them.

The Council approved to hire Joel Doss as a full-time Police Officer, effective immediately. Doss will attend Police Academy for his 13- week training beginning January 3, 2017. The city covers the cost of the tuition for this training and all newly hired Officers are asked to sign a 2 yr contract. However, if the Officer decides to leave his/her position before the 2 years are up, then the Officer is required to reimburse the tuition fee, which ranges from 1400-1600$.

Council members approved to change the meeting date from January 2, 2017 to January 4, 2017, since all city offices will be closed on January 2 in observance for New Years 3

Adamson informed all council members were required to have mandatory ethics training before the next meeting, which would take place at 4:00 PM on January 4, 2017, one hour prior to the regular session.

City Clerk Cynthia Harris reported a check from the Shriners in the amount of $2000 had been received as a donation to the Lineville Park Board. Council member David Proctor, also a member of the Lineville Park Board, thanked the Shriners for their generous donation and explained that every penny of this donation would go back into the Park.