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Multiple Units Respond to Woods Fire

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018- Millerville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a woods fire on Gilpin Rd around 1:00 pm. Millerville soon requested mutual aid from Tri-Community and Forestry. Approximately 6 to 8 acres burned before containment.

Possible Murder in Hunter Bend area

Randolph County experienced their first suspected homicide on Sunday, August 26, 2018. 

Tammy Louise Desjardin, age 38, of 115 Holland Drive, Wedowee, was arrested and charged in connection with the murder of her father, Melvin Reni Desjardin, age 77, who died as a result of a gunshot wound. 

This is all the details we have at this time, as Mr. Desjardin’s body has been sent off for autopsy. 

Please remember that all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

Mother & Child Survive 25 ft. Plunge off Bridge, Charges Filed

Update on this story: The driver of this vehicle and mother of 20 month old child, Nakita Hardy, has been charged with reckless endangerment and is also under investigation with DHR. 

The following is a press release issued by Lineville Assistant Police Chief, Shane Dunnagan: 

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Last Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at approximately 7:17 pm Lineville Police Department, Clay County Rescue Squad, and the Lineville Fire Department responded to a one vehicle accident on East College St. The vehicle was driven by a 29 yr old female and was also occupied by a 20 month old child. When the vehicle came to the one lane bridge on East College St., it struck the guard rail and went over the embankment down approximately 25ft to the railroad tracks.

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Through investigation, it was determined that this vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it came to the narrow bridge. Police, Fire, and Rescue responded to find the vehicle upside down beside the tracks.

CSX was notified to stop any trains coming on the tracks. Both the mother and the child were transported by the Clay County Rescue Squad to the hospital and released later with no life threatening injuries.  Details of the accident are still under investigation by police. Any further information will be released at a later date. 

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
DISTRICT ATTORNEY, 40TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT (REP)
  • Amy Newsome (REP)
25.00%
962
  • John Keith Warren (REP)
23.88%
919
  • Jeff Willis (REP)
51.12%
1,967
3,848  total votes

MEMBER, CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, DISTRICT NO. 5

  • Terry Heflin (DEM)
35.70%
221
  • Bruce Sims (DEM)
64.30%
398
619  total votes

MEMBER, CLAY COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT NO. 5

  • Ricky Burney (DEM)
52.34%
335
  • David Staples Sr. (DEM)
22.19%
142
  • Roger Wood (DEM)
25.47%
163
640 total votes

SUPERINTENDENT, CLAY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

  • Karen Carr (REP)
45.42%
1,782
  • Billy Walker (REP)
54.58%
2,141
3,923 total votes

MEMBER, CLAY COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT NO. 2

  • Gabe Farr (REP)
34.71%
286
  • Donald C. Harris (REP)
65.29%
538
824 total votes

MEMBER, CLAY COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT NO. 3

 

  • Terry Meek (REP)
44.71%
423
  • Ray Milstead (REP)
55.29%
523
946 total

MEMBER, CLAY COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT NO. 4

  • Greg Denney (REP)
43.28%
380
  • Ricky Robertson (REP)
31.21%
274
  • John G. Wheeles (REP)
25.51%
224
878 total

 

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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