Autistic Teen conquers his biggest fear

By: Tammy Andrews

timothy13 year old Timothy Kiser LOVES football, more than just your average child. According to his parents, he lives and breathes it. He is constantly talking and dreaming about it…even sleeps and showers with a football. Tim’s biggest dream is kicking a football in a real game, unfortunately, his fear of being hit by the other players has been bigger than his dream up until now. Tim always says he’s going to be a Kicker for the University of Alabama one day.

Tim also has a condition known as Fragile X Syndrome, which falls under the Autism spectrum. Children with fragile X syndrome may have anxiety and hyperactive behavior , along with attention deficit disorder (ADD). About one-third of individuals with fragile X syndrome have features of autism spectrum disorders that affect timothy 2communication and social interaction. But he does not let that define him…

Tim did play midget ball for the last 3-4 years, but was only put in the game a few times, due to his overwhelming fear, and played safety when he was on the field these times. Tim is now a member of the Central Vols Junior Varsity Team, and his passion to be a Kicker goes stronger and stronger…

This is what his father, Kevin Kiser, posted about an incident that took place on the field last Tuesday night: “I was totally shocked when Tuesday night I heard his team begin to chant his name and I looked up from my conversation to see Tim standing on the field about to kick off. I was shocked and so proud of him and his coaches and his team. As it turns out he panicked and made the guy next to him kick it, then ran off the field and cried for a minute and then threw up  He was nervous and scared and yet more excited and happy than I have ever seen him. But I want to assure everyone, he was proud of himself and he was so happy he still hasn’t stopped talking about it. I want to thank everyone involved with giving him a shot to live his dream.”

But this is not the end of the story….

Tim was very frustrated with himself after the game last week, says his Mom, Martha Denson. “When he got in the car that night, he said ‘Mom, I let my Coaches and my whole team down tonight.” Martha reassured him he would kick it next time.timothy kick

Every afternoon that week, Tim would go outside and practice kicking the ball over and over again. “This boy has more passion and heart for football than any kid I’ve ever seen, says his Stepfather, Tommy Denson. And this is how perseverance pays off…

Tonight, Tim finally overcame his fear with the help of his Coaches and teammates pulling for him. He may not have kicked the ball very far, but something tells me you’re going to hear more of this young man. “Next time I’m gonna kick it harder” he told his Mom when he came off the field wearing a big smile. This is one very happy boy!

Kevin and Martha wish to thank Tim’s Coaches past and present, and everyone else who played a hand in helping Tim begin to conquer his fears and achieve his dream.

Proud brother
Proud brother

Lois Stansell: Angel on Earth

By Tammy Andrews, The Clay Times-Journal

always beautiful, Lois
always beautiful, Lois

In life, you will meet many people…some you may be around on a regular basis, but never remember their name, while others may make a brief appearance, yet still leave a unforgettable impression on you.

As we go about our daily routine, we are unaware that sometimes even the smallest of our moves can leave a lasting impact on others.  Whether it’s your demeanor, your work ethic, or just how you handle a particular situation, you never really know when your actions or characteristics will influence others. But the biggest thing people will remember about you is the way you treated others. And this is why Lois Stansell will be missed so dearly…

When I first heard Ms. Lois had passed away last week, I felt like I had lost a very dear friend. But the truth is, I had only been around her a few times, and had not seen her in several years. That was the kind of impact she had on all those who knew her.

Lois had this quiet way about her and she would make you feel special every time she was in your presence.  The way she talked to you, always kind and very soft-spoken, with an ever-present sweet smile on her face as she listened intently to every word in such a thoughtful, caring manner.  Yes, Lois was a people person, and after just one conversation with her, she would leave footprints on your heart.  A woman who had such deep and caring relationships with people, that once you had made her acquaintance, you were her friend for life.  For example, she never stopped missing

Lois & Evans
Lois & Evans

her best childhood friend, who died at the age of six.

Lois Smith was born in the Mount Moriah community in 1925. As a young girl, she could recall working very hard on her parents’ farm. Her family

survived the Great Depression fairly well, thanks to the top-notch farming skills of her father.

Shortly after graduating from Lineville High, she met Evans Stansell, who would later become her partner for life. Their family was complete when

son, Ray, entered this world as Lois discovered the joys of motherhood. The Stansells had hoped for more children, but the birth of her son was very hard on her, so doctors warned her that another pregnancy could be very harmful.

Lois and son, Ray
Lois and son, Ray

Lois loved her son with everything she had and she worked really hard to take care of her little family. She knew what it was like to be a true housewife, toting water from the well in buckets to do the laundry, scrubbing each piece in a large washtub. She was no stranger to hard work and this was a way of life back then. And she did it all with a smile…

Lois went to work when Ray started to Union School in the Shinbone Community, where she worked in the cafeteria and did some substitute teaching to supplement her husband’s income as a master woodworker. Later, she would go to work at Spring Valley Foods (now Koch Foods), where she would retire from after 23 years. Lois was an exemplary employee with an impeccable work record, only missing six days of work during the first 17 of her 23 years there and was highly respected by all her co-workers and management.

Lois Stansell had no enemies that I know of, or she was kind to everyone she met.  I’m told that the only cross word she ever had with anyone here was when a co-worker would talk loudly about how Lois got preferential treatment over the others every day in the cafeteria, until Lois had finally had her bait of it. After hearing

Lois is presented with award
Lois is presented with award

these same accusations come out of her co-worker’s mouth for a few minutes, Lois finally turned to her in a crowded break room and said, “That’s a damn lie.” They say you could have heard a pin drop when Lois made this statement, for this was not in her element of behavior. But after that incident, the co-worker never bothered Lois again, and actually became quite fond of her.

One testament in regard to her work is that Ray tells of meeting many people in town over the years, and they would stop him and ask, “How is Mrs. Lois doing?”

Later, when Ray married Jeannie Trammell, Lois found out that the only thing she loved more than being a mother was being a grandmother. Kelli and Kristin will tell you that they had the best grandmother ever. “She would wait by the mailbox every day when we got off the bus. We could do whatever we wanted at her house,” says Kristin. Lois treasured every minute she got to spend with her girls.

Lois with granddaughters, Kelly & Kristin
Lois with granddaughters, Kelly & Kristin

During the celebration of Lois’ life on Sunday, August 31, 2014, Jeannie called her “The best mother-in-law anyone could have.”

In 1989, Lois said goodbye to the love of her life when her husband passed away at the age of 69 with a rare kidney disease.

As time went on, the family expanded when Kelli and Kristin married, and Lois once again expanded her heart to include her granddaughters’ husbands, Brandon and Stephen.  She loved cooking for them, and they loved her delicious meals. When great-granddaughter Charli (Steven and Kelli) came into the picture, Lois was as smitten as she could be. She loved her life and everyone in it.

Lois had a deep and abiding relationship with God, one that was part of her very existence and always kept her Bible within reach. Surprisingly, she also held a love for classic rock music, too, and went to see Kansas with Ray back in the late 70s.

Sadly, shortly after Charli was born, her health began to decline, so she wasn’t able to spend as much time with her as she wanted, but treasured every second she had with her.

Lois and Great-Granddaughter Charli Jean
Lois and Great-Granddaughter Charli Jean

Lois was called home with ease on August 28, 2014 at the ripe age of 89. It was as if God had taken her in the manner she had lived her entire life: quietly, wanting no fuss about herself.

The true testament to her life was the crowded pews at the Lineville First Methodist Church, as people who knew her best gathered in a celebration of her life. There were no tears, for she had lived a full life, just smiles and laughter as heartwarming stories were told of years past.  It was a celebration she was surely smiling down upon.

Lois Smith Stansell was the closest thing to an Angel on Earth that I know of. She was a warm and loving person with a pure heart of gold.  She was compassionate and considerate of others and always extended a hand in times of need. In her 89 years of life, I would say that she enjoyed every step of her journey, through the good times and bad.  She will be greatly missed, but the memories she leaves with us will always bring a smile to our face each time we think of her. And that’s the way she would have wanted it….

Rest in Peace, Lois….until we meet again.

Sheriff’s Office Hosts Women’s Personal Self Defense Class


 The Clay County Sheriff’s Office will host Women’s Personal Self Defense Class at the Sheriff’s Office beginning September 4th. This four part class for ages 12 and over will be held each Thursday evening from 6pm to 8pm and will include a certificate of graduation upon completion on September 25th. Please make plans to attend this very informative class. We are looking forward to seeing you. To register Call (256)354-2176, ext. 230 or Email your name and number to

CCRS assist in finding lost hikers

 The following information was taken from CCRS Operations Officer, Brian Andrews:

On Saturday afternoon, August 23,  at approximately 12:30 p.m., CCRS received a call that we were needed to assist on two lost hikers. At this point there were no injuries, but they had been in the woods several hours with no food or water. And that is never good during extreme heat or cold.The lost hikers were a mother and daughter from Mobile, AL that hiked in from Lake Chinnabee up the Chinnabee Silent trail. They were following the creek up towards Cheaha Falls, which separates from the original trail, and became lost. After switching back and forth across the woods unable to get back on the trail, they called 911. Fortunately, they were in an area that had cell coverage as lots of those spots do not. We were able to get better location information and headed up with our usual supplies and equipment.

Upon arrival it was about an hour we had located and arrived at the lost hikers. They were uninjured and transported back to their vehicle. All units were headed back off the mountain around 3:30 p.m.
Again we want to thank the members and first responders that helped out including the Talladega National Forest officers and a Clay County Deputy. You guys contribute greatly to these being successful and efficient missions. And remember… Even if you don’t have minutes or coverage with your provider, you can always make a call to 911 and it will put you through to the nearest dispatch center. So always carry a fully charged cell phone with you. It could be the difference between your safe return home and a dangerous situation.

Donations needed for Fables family

anna & TonyAs many of you know, Tony Fables was involved in a serious motorcycle accident on Friday, August 22, 2014.

Tony had just bought the Harley in Oxford and was riding it home on 431 to pick up Anna to bring her back to Anniston to get his truck. Luckily, Anna didn’t go with him for the purchase because she needed to get their youngest son to the band bus to get to the ball game.

The accident occurred when Tony hit gravel and lost control of the bike. He was thrown against the guard rail, both collar bones are broken, ribs and shoulder blades fractured, leaving a hole in his chest, from being impaled on the guard rail which was surgically repaired and the chest cavity rebuilt.

Thankfully, the lady following Tony said he was driving slowly and not erratically. . the lady stopped to help and called Anna for him.  Her quick actions calling 911 probably saved his life

. Tony is now on a ventilator to rebuild air space in his chest and is being kept heavily sedated. It is unknown when he will come off of it. He is in ICU and UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

Tony faces a long recovery and Anna will be there with him throughout this process, which will result in a loss of income for the entire household. Anna is now staying at a nearby motel in order to remain close to her husband, which is another expense.

Tony and Anna have medical insurance, but as you know, with medical, travel, and lodging expenses, not to mention the loss of income will most likely be financially devastating. Right now, that’s the last thing they need to worry about, so I am asking…no, anna fables pleading for your support at this time.

Anyone interested in making a donation to this amazing family can mail them to: Tony & Anna Fables 124 Dawkins Rd, Cragford, Al 36255. Even if you can’t send a donation, I’m sure they would appreciate a Get Well card.

Any donation will be appreciated. Thanks to you all and please share with your friends!

CCRS makes Dramatic Rescue for Fallen Hiker

The hike in
The hike in

Sunday afternoon, August 17 at appx 1:30pm, CCRS was dispatched to a call in the Talladega National Forest near Devil’s Den for a 30’s year old male that had fallen on the rocks and was unable to walk out.

assessing the patient
assessing the patient

Clay County Rescue Squad responded with an ambulance and Rescue crew. They arrived at staging and headed in. Upon arrival, they found the victim lying on a rock ledge across the creek and several rescue personnel had to swim in and out to help assess and then load the patient into the basket.


Treated as hip/back/neck injury on scene, then loaded to transport out by foot. He was carried out through the steep terrain and taken to the hospital by ambulance.

loading and ready to transport.
loading and ready to transport.

CCRS members response time on this call was excellent, making their way to the patient within less than an hour after the call was dispatched.”We would like to thank the Talladega National Forest law enforcement, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and of course our Rescue Squad volunteers that made this a safe and effective mission once again” CCRS Operations Officer Brian Andrews stated.

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carrying up the steep steps
carrying up the steep steps

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Mad Indian Quickie Mart robbed, arrests made.

0515robberyOn Thursday, August 14th, two subjects broke into Mad Indian Quickie Mart, sometime late during the night. The subjects forced entry into the facility and stole 2 bottles of liquor, grey goose vodka and kettle one, both 750 ml bottles. The building sustained minor damage.


The owners of the store were instantly alerted of the break-in from the alarm system, as was Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and 911. The subjects fled the scene, but were later called in for questioning after video surveillance was collected that revealed their identities. Both subjects were arrested at this time.


Freddy Carswell, age 50, of Lineville and Jessie James Zackery, age 51 of Lineville, were charged with 3rd degree Burglary and Theft and 1st degree Criminal Mischief. The Lineville Police Department was instrumental in the arrest of these two individuals.This is an ongoing investigation so no further details will be released at this time.  


Criminal Investigator Donnie Strain commends the store owner on having state of the art video surveillance and alarm system. “Without this system, it would have been hard to identify these perpetrators. I strongly recommend every business owner purchase surveillance equipment in order to protect their investments.”

91 yr old widow loses everything to house fire

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Bernice gives a somber look to the pile of ashes where her home once stood. Notice her caregiver, Brenda is going distributing out Bernice’s medication. Bernice lost all of her meds in the fire and Young’s Drugstore owner, Eric Smith, had opened on early Sunday morning to refill them.

fire 1Despite the best efforts of the Lineville Fire Department, this 100 year old home located on 5th Avenue in Lineville burned to the ground around 4:00 am this morning.

This historical home once belonged to the late L.D. Miller and was still occupied by his widow, 91 year old Bernice Miller and her caregiver, Brenda Rutherford.  Bernice and Brenda, along with several visiting family members were also in the home at the time the blaze occurred. “I just woke up and there was smoke swirling around everywhere” says Bernice. Everyone was able to get out of the house safely, except for a cherished family pet, a Chihuahua named Peaches.

The home was a complete loss and Bernice lost all of her belongings.  Bernice was a quilter, so she lost all of her beautiful handmade pieces, including a double wedding quilt she was currently working on at the time. Her visiting family members had also fire 10taken Bernice and Brenda shopping to take advantage of the tax free weekend, so they too lost their belongings, as well as the school clothes they had purchased the day before.


This home was filled with L.D.’s  hand carved furniture, including a cedar bedroom suit he had designed for Bernice. L.D. himself was not only well-known for making furniture; he was also a very talented quilter. His designs used to be displayed every year at the Lineville Heritage Day Quilt Show.

Anyone interested in making a donation, can call Veatrice Pitts (daughter) 256-354-7339, or mail to: Veatrice Pitts 2366 County Rd 31 Ashland, AL 36251. Bernice and Brenda wears a size 14-16 clothing, large shirt, and a size 7.5 shoe.

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Alabama Martial Arts Team seek funding for World Tournament; 8 members, 4 from Clay County.

2014 Team
2014 Martial Arts Team

Elite Yoshukai Karate Organization L.L.C in Ashland, AL is in desperate need of sponsors or donations of any amount to fund their travel  expenses to the 2014 World   Martial Arts Tournament . The U.S. Martial Arts Team will travel to Vancouver, Canada in September for this competition and as you know, travel expenses are not cheap.


To read more about this event, click here:

The U.S. Martial Arts Team is made up of about 85 members total, and 8 of those make up the Alabama Team. Four (4)karate 2 of these 8 members are from  Clay County alone: Tommy & Martha Denson, Ellen Hammett, Scott Fullington. Other team members include:  Thomas Kiser, Mike Zheng,  Jordan Ogles, Billy Ray Hamlin, Jay Peraiti, Olivia Cochran .

Some other members from the Bama team include: Sherman Peek of  Montgomery, who is currently attending Auburn University, Allen Butler – Andalusia, Al,  Jason Vinson – Roanoke, Al. And Danielle Hagan who reigns from Cross City, Florida.

This competition may not sound like a big deal to some who are not familiar with Martial Arts, but is the elite of the competitions. This tournament  is the equivalent of The Olympics for Martial Arts and is only held every 2 years.  2012 U.S. Team

2012 Alabama Martial Arts Team

Two years ago, the Alabama team brought  home 29 medals, 10 world championships, 2 world championships from Clay County members and several runner ups!!!!    That is really something to be proud of from our home state and our great county!!!


Anyone interested in making a donation, or becoming a sponsor can call Martha Denson at (256) 252-2832 or Tommy Denson at (256) 276-0209 or you can just click on this link:

The team is a 501 c3 non profit organization, so if your business decides to sponsor. or make a donation it can be used as a tax write off.

There is no amount too small to donate because every little bit helps.




Moonshine Still Found in Clay County, Arrest Pending


 Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board Thursday afternoon discovered a well-hidden moonshine still near the city of Ashland in Clay County.  A suspect was observed near the still and an arrest is pending.

ABC Agents assigned to the Moonshine Task Force located the 20-barrel still concealed in a utility shed on property located down a dirt drive, a short distance from Jericho Road. Agents, investigating a tip from a local resident about a possible marijuana field in the area, smelled the unmistakable odor of mash. Agents observed a suspect arriving on the property and waited for him to leave his vehicle. The suspect was in possession of moonshine paraphernalia and, after questioning, agents determined he was on the property to operate the still.

Task Force members, assisted by Clay County Sheriff’s deputies, recovered and dismantled the still cooker and seized 16.5 gallons of moonshine – 11.5 gallons of clear spirits and five gallons of charred. The suspect will be allowed to turn himself in to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office next week.  He will be charged with one count of possession of a still and one count of possession of illegal moonshine.

The agents are part of the ABC Board’s Moonshine Task Force that investigates tips, develops leads, and are skilled in tracking and following trails that are often associated with this type of illegal operation. Anyone with any information about these or any other illegal activities is encouraged to call the ABC Board Hotline at 1-800-327-7341. Cash awards are available for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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