Heads up in the Barfield area! A break-in occurred at a residence on Barfield Fire Department Rd in Lineville on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 sometime between the hours of 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Several items were taken and the house was ransacked.
The burglar(s) gained entry to the house by breaking a window pane. There are no suspects yet, although resident owners confirm there is evidence that may hopefully provide identity.
So, if you live in that area or traveling through and see any suspicious activity, please be sure to do your best to get to an accurate description and most of all, a tag number. Please call Clay County Sheriff’s Office with any information, 256-354-2176.
It all started with a high speed chase involving a stolen car out of Cleburne County last night that ended in flames. The incident occurred just inside Clay County on Hwy 49 North in the Delta area last night around 10:00 PM.
The driver, Terrence Marshall, lost control of the car and crashed, catching fire. There were three subjects in the car. Two of these subjects, Marshall and a juvenile male, quickly fled the accident scene on foot.
The third subject, a black female identified as Alexus Nichole Horne of Cochran, Ga. was also in the vehicle, but did not run. She was treated for her injuries on the scene and taken into custody. Shinbone Valley Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.
A foot pursuit ensued and the subjects separated. The two black males kept the law enforcement busy, as multiple calls begin to come to county dispatch soon after the crash of a black male beating on doors, on porches, and in the yards of homeowners nearby in the vicinity of Abel Rd/Hwy 49N intersection near the crash site.
The search continued throughout the night as law enforcement combed the densely wooded area with the K-9 Unit. Around 6:30 am this morning, Marshall was apprehended on Hwy 49N.
Marshall told law enforcement that his partner was wanted for murder and was armed. There were reports of the remaining subject spotted on Good Hope Delta Rd,just a few miles up from this area, trying to flag people down on the road.
The search was moved to this vicinity after a few visuals of the perpetrator, but each time he seemed to slip through their hands with so many wooded areas to hide in.
The manhunt continued throughout the next several hours as the state chopper and law enforcement agencies from surrounding counties joined in the search.
The parameter of the search area extended from Good Hope Delta Rd to Ketchemedoggie Rd to Waites Rd, Ridge Rd, and Hwy 49 N.
There were more sightings, and the K-9’s would pick up on his trail, but the subject was quick to escape captivity with what seemed like tireless efforts.
The fugitive covered a lot of ground in a short time, but kept running in a circle, probably due to not being familiar with his surroundings.
The manhunt finally ended on Waites Rd/Ridge Rd area with the chopper getting a visual on him as law men took him in custody when the toll of his run seemed to overtake him.
Clay County Rescue Squad was called to the scene for evaluation of the subject. He was treated for a large laceration on his leg and physical exertion. The second subject apprehended today is a juvenile and has warrants out of Georgia for murder.
The timing of the apprehension couldn’t have been any better with a small thunderstorm moving in, that would have grounded the chopper.
This is not an official press release, yet information I’ve observed throughout this incident. Hopefully, a press release will be issued at a later date.
I would like to recognize the following law enforcement agencies that played a part in the 15 hour ordeal and the capture the fugitive:
Clay County Sheriff’s Department
Lineville Police Department
Ashland Police Department
Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department
Heflin Police Department
U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement
U. S. Marshal Task Force
St. Clair County Dog Team
ALEA Aviation Unit
My local enforcement sources would like to extend their appreciation to all of these agencies, with a special thanks to the St. Clair County Dog Team and ALEA Aviation Unit for their apprehension of this fugitive.
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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
Denise Keith as Tabulator
Chris Bass (CBass) as MC
Miss Nova Walker : Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Hair, Miss Photogenic, Queen; Miss Madelyn Rae Hurst :Prettiest Smile, Best Dressed, 1st Alternate
Left 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
Left 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
Left 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
Left 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
Left 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
Left 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
Left to right– Miss Callen Anese Brown : Prettiest Smile, Best Dressed, Miss Photogenic, Queen; Miss Megan Denney : Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Hair, 1st Alternate
The following information was verified by restaurant owner, Amanda Holcombe. There has been no information released on this crime by law enforcement at this time.
A robbery at Lynnie Bo’s on Hwy 48 on Tuesday, Sept. 7th led to the arrest of two Clay County females, Katie Griffin and Nicole Payne. Payne and Griffin were caught on surveillance cameras, even though they had cut all the camera and phone wires in an attempt to carry out the crime unnoticed.
The following items were taken from the establishment: $300.00 in rolled change, an Apple Laptop, Liquor, and five (5) bags of Shrimp valued at $150.00 per bag.
Both females confessed to the crime and were taken to the Randolph County Jail. It is believed that both Griffin and Payne are out on bail at this time.
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: https://www.facebook.com/worldmartialartsgames
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) 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.
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.
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.
Some people see having a special needs child as a burden, but they don’t call these kids “special” for nothing. The thing that makes children so special is their honesty, pureness, and unconditional love they have for others. A typical child will lose these qualities over time, but a special needs child won’t. But if they are born to the right person, it is amazing what obstacles they can overcome. And that’s where special parents come in…
When Felicia Hamlet gave birth to her second child, Cody, she was alerted that something was amiss when she was unable to see him for almost two hours. After some time, the doctor came in to speak with her and explained to her that Cody had all the signs of Downs Syndrome. She didn’t cry or get upset at this news, she just asked to see her baby.
When she was finally able to hold her precious newborn son in her arms, she swore right then that she would do whatever she had to do to make sure her son had everything in this world that he needed to lead a normal life. At the time he was actually diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, the doctor explained to her that Cody may never walk or even talk, depending on the severity of his condition. But Felicia clung to her faith in God that Cody would surpass these barriers in life.
Cody would turn out to have a moderate case of Down’s on a high-functioning level.
As the years went by, Felicia and her husband never treated Cody any different than they did his siblings, Justin and Amy. He had chores just like his brother and sister and was always encouraged to do things for himself. Cody is your typical boy who loves to deer hunt and has killed several deer. He loves video games and Subway pizzas. But most of all, he loves his family, who adore him as well.
Cody has an enthusiasm for life that is contagious to all of those around him and he gets excited over the slightest things. “Cody can get a new pair of shoes and he will run around in the yard swearing no one can catch him.”
A few months ago, Cody came to Felicia one night and asked “Mama, what’s wrong with me?” Felicia replied “Nothing’s wrong with you, Cody, God just made you special.” Not quite satisfied with her answer, Cody began asking questions about why he wasn’t doing the same things (such as classwork)as everyone else. So, for the first time in his life as a teenager,
Felicia explained to Cody what it meant to be a person with Down’s. Felicia gave him details about his limitations in life and Cody listened intently. Afterwards, he seemed happy with his mother’s answers and never became frustrated with himself after that.
All of his life, Cody has always been in a special needs classroom until last Fall, when Cody was enrolled at Clay County Christian Academy as a basic curriculum 10th grade student. Felicia was apprehensive about this making this move, but decided to support Cody’s decision because he wanted to go to the same school where his sister went. But never is her wildest dreams did she ever imagine this change would bring about what she can only refer to as “the work of the divine hand of God”. She has been in awe of the change it has made in her son and couldn’t be happier.
“This has been the biggest blessing for him. His entire personality has changed, he has gained confidence in himself and is no longer shy outside his family. He talks to everybody, even complete strangers. Cody has been embraced by the entire school for the person that he is and is not treated any differently”, she says “and this is all I have ever wanted for him”.
When Cody’s older brother Justin turned 16, it was a big deal. So, that’s all Cody could think about from that moment on. He couldn’t wait to get a truck. Felicia didn’t want to let Cody down by telling him this would never be possible, because she always taught her kids that no was not an option. So, on his 16th birthday, she took him to the DMV and explained to the lady that she wanted an Identification Card.
The staff treated him the same as they would anyone by telling him the rules of safe driving. Cody said “Oh, I would never do that, I let my mama do the driving”. When Cody finished getting his “license”, he walked out and everyone in the place stood up and clapped, high-fived and congratulated him. Cody’s present was a beautiful new dune buggy all decked out, complete with a tag that read “Codyman”.
Cody’s biggest dream has always to play basketball, and now that dream has become a reality, with the help of CCCA Coach Ricky Morgan and his teammates. Cody is an excellent shooter and frequently makes shots from the 3-point line. His teammates even call this “Codytime”.
“He is one of the most sincere and loving people you will ever meet, and I’m not just saying this because he is my kid either. He amazes and inspires me every day to be a better person. I have found him many times on his knees in his room just talking to God and praying for someone” says Felicia.
What effect has being the mother of a special needs child made on her life…nothing but pure joy and enrichment. “I feel very blessed. Out of every mother in this world, God chose me to be his mother and I take that job very seriously. I will fight for him and support him in every way possible. I love all of my children and I can honestly say that being a mother has made me a much better person, but being Cody’s mother has given me courage. I couldn’t be the woman I am today if Cody had not been born and none of us can imagine life without him.”
Please join Cody and his family in observing World Down Syndrome Day on Friday, March 21.
This Head Start program were to be evicted from a building they have occupied for over 40 years in less than three weeks and closed permanently, without even allowing the 58 student enrolled to finish out the 2013-14 school year. But don’t count them out just yet…. this cowardly eviction might just turn out to be a blessing in disguise after A LOT of time and effort and most of all, hard work.
I have confirmed the Ashland Head Start program has been given permission by Superintendent Garey Reynolds and the CCBOE use of the former Ashland Primary Building for the 2014-15 calendar year for the price of $300 a month. This amount will be a 33% increase over the amount they had been paying, and will stretch the allowance of their annual budget, but will still be achievable.
The State VFW has agreed to allow the 58 students now enrolled to remain in their building until the 2013-14 school draws to a close in mid-May.
To my knowledge, the state VFW’s eviction decision has nothing to do with our local VFW members.
The Ashland Head Start has been leasing the VFW building for almost 40 years now. In the beginning, this one building was nothing more than hollow walls. Throughout the years, the improvements to this building included:
partitioning to build classrooms
additional office space construction
fencing in the area
a new roof
an outer building for storage
playground equipment (which they are allowed to take)
These improvements total somewhere in the vicinity of $90,000. The VFW is asking a selling price of $100,000.
Keep in mind that these VFW members were not even aware these improvements had even been made and were asking $1000 monthly rent from AHS. However, the entire story changed when they sent a representative out to view the property. After seeing these improvements, the AHS Director was informed by the representative they were no longer interested in renting, and had decided to sell. The students and staff were given 60 days to evacuate. This representative has been the only face they have seen, none of the state VFW members will come out to speak to anyone with this program.
The legalities of this move are now in the process with contracts and such. It is unknown at this time what kind of legal action the Head Start program will pursue.
Now, here is where the hard work comes in and you can help…
When it comes times for the move in mid-May, AHS staff will be in DESPERATE NEED of volunteers in many areas in order to have this facility ready in time for the 2014-15 school year.
They are asking businesses, high school students, organizations, and any citizens interested for donations of the following:
Vehicles to help move equipment, etc:
People willing to help assist with heavy lifting
Window replacement (not up to code)
And the list goes on and on…
All of these people and items needed will not be a paid service, but your public service will be documented as in-kind dollars- meaning the more volunteer services this center has, the more federal funds this center can get, which will benefit this local program tremendously.
Volunteering your time and efforts could build a bigger budget for this program, therefore will result in an increase in student enrollment. With the current space they have now, the Head Start program is only allowed 60 students, but moving into a larger facility could mean a big expansion in the program with student enrollment and more job opportunities.
Clay County citizens has always stepped up in times of great need and I can’t think of a better need than this one. I urge all of our high school teachers who are in the position to organize a “field trip” with your students to perform this community service. And any other organization who would like to be a part of building this program, please don’t hesitate to extend a helping hand. So, all of you politicians and county officials, it’s time for you to step up… After all, the children are our future, and you never know how this program could enhance their lives….
Anyone interested in making a donation can contact Ashland Head Start 256-354-2553 and speak with Helen Simmons.
I spent all day Monday at Commissioner Wayne Watts’ “office space” in Lineville, better known on Facebook as “Wayne’s World of Watt-Nots ”, where the American Pickers had chosen to visit and film an upcoming show. This was a very interesting day for me and I thank Wayne for allowing me to be a part of it. I enjoyed meeting Mike and Frank, along with several other people who were along for the ride too. This was such a unique opportunity for our county and could possibly open doors along the way.
I’ve always said we have something special here that outsiders aren’t aware of unless they have had the chance to taste it for themselves. My favorite quote from the movie Doc Hollywood is “You don’t see a lot in town of Grady, but what you see you never forget”. Well, that’s the way I feel about Clay County, and so does Wayne Watts. This man loves everything about this county and goes above and beyond on a daily basis to promote growth and breathe new life into it. Not the kind of growth that would attract a large shopping mall, but the kind of life that would help us find our “niche” to promote tourism while preserving our small town heritage all at the same time.
It wasn’t Wayne’s idea to bring the American Pickers here, but he wasn’t going to turn it down because he knew this could be a great thing for this county. Wayne is always searching for ways to put Clay County in the limelight in a positive fashion so he, too saw this as a unique opportunity. Wayne was all smiles all day long because he knew the citizens were really enjoying the national exposure. He made sure to tell everyone “This is not about me, this is for Clay County”.
Wayne’s lists of priorities runs like this: God first, family second, and Clay County third. He has served in law enforcement for many years, owns a successful construction company and is a County Commissioner. As a Commissioner, you won’t find anyone who works any harder. Wayne’s nose is to the grindstone every day. And in times of crisis, you will either find him somewhere extending a helping hand or at the EMA Office helping direct calls.
Many days and weekends you will find him at his office space adorned with priceless treasures he has sought out and restored over the years and he can tell you specific details about every single item. Most of these items hold deep sentimental value to him as he does his best to preserve as much of Clay County history as he can.
You won’t find anyone else who has attained as much history knowledge of this county than Wayne. This is mostly due to Wayne paying special attention to some of the old timer’s stories when he was younger who have since passed on. Collecting and preserving these artifacts has become his passion and as his collections grow in numbers, he hopes to expand his “museum” of sorts one day, where visitors are always welcome.
Wayne Watts is one of the biggest assets Clay County has and I hope everyone here can see and appreciate that. So, next time you see him, be sure to thank him for everything he does for the betterment of our county. He will most likely blow it off as no big deal, but I know deep down, it would mean a lot to him. God Bless you, Wayne!