Things to do in Cherokee County Tuesday, Oct. 13

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The Cherokee County Commission meets at 10 a.m. in the Cherokee County Administration Building. The work session begins at 9 a.m.

Children’s Story Times at Cherokee County Public Library will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. CDT.

The Family Care Center in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center in Centre includes a Thrift Store open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Family Care Center helps others by giving clothing, food and possibly hope to families in their time of need. The Center asks for your help by supporting its thrift stores. There are currently three locations, the one in Centre, another at 5511 Main St. in Hokes Bluff and another in Cedar Bluff. The Center is currently helping more than 100 families per week and thanks the community for its continued support. Director is Cindy McGinnis.

The Centre City Council meets at 5 p.m. at Centre City Hall on Main Street in Centre. The work session begins at 4 p.m.

In high school volleyball action, Gaylesville at Coosa Christian beginning at 3 p.m., Cherokee county, Spring Garden, Piedmont at Sand Rock at 4 p.m. and Cedar Bluff, White Plains at Donoho beginning at 5 p.m.

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Cherokee County Arrest Report Tuesday, Oct. 13

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Local law enforcement agents have made the following arrests in recent days:

-Scottie Eugene Abernathy for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying concealed weapon without permit, driving under the influence any substance and unlawful possession of controlled substance.

-Wallace Horace Dixon for unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree and unlawful possession of controlled substance.

-Rodney Jamal Johnson for driving under the influence.

-Jin Hee Sutton for theft of property in the third degree.

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SHANNON FAGAN: Playoffs coming into focus

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Over the weekend, I found myself thinking ‘Man, where has this high school football season gone?’

Here we are in Week 8, and the playoffs are just around the corner. All seven of The Herald’s teams are in contention.

There’s still a lot to be determined in the next couple of weeks, but things are coming into focus a bit. They’ll be a lot clearer after Friday. Let’s move on to this week’s high school forecast.

Cedar Bluff (7-0) at Section (0-7): The Tigers wrapped up the Class 1A, Region 7 title last week, but head coach Jonathan McWhorter told his team in the huddle right after their 69-0 trouncing of Coosa Christian that there’s still more to be played for.

He mentioned the Tigers’ lackluster performance against Section last season, a 14-7 setback.

Cedar Bluff is clicking on all cylinders right now, and the Lions are not. I expect the Tigers to roll … Cedar Bluff 34, Section 7.

Sardis (3-4) at Cherokee County (4-3): The Warriors have had this game circled on their calendar since the end of last season. It was in this game – a 42-38 last-second heartbreaker – that Cherokee County’s playoff hopes went down the drain.

This year, a win by the Warriors secures their first playoff spot since 2011. Revenge is sweet …Cherokee County 41, Sardis 14.

Coosa Christian (0-7) at Gaylesville (1-6): With last week’s win at Woodville, Gaylesville kept its faint playoff hopes alive. I think the Trojans will keep them alive just a little longer after conquering the Conquerors … Gaylesville 35, Coosa Christian 6.

New Hope (6-1) at Sand Rock (4-3): The good news is the Wildcats return to the friendly confines of Russell Jacoway Stadium after three straight weeks on the road.

The bad news is they have New Hope, which has won six in a row and posted two straight shutouts.

I’d like to think the Wildcats can pull the upset, but the Indians are just too dog gone loaded … New Hope 34, Sand Rock 21.

Woodville (3-4) at Spring Garden (4-3): Spring Garden can lock up the runner-up spot in Class 1A, Region 7 with a win over Woodville. Look for that to provide the Panthers will all the motivation they need … Spring Garden 42, Woodville 13.

Westbrook Christian (2-5) at Piedmont (6-1): Steve Smith earned his 100th win at Piedmont last week. Smith takes his first step toward 200 this week …Piedmont 49, Westbrook Christian 7.

Collinsville (5-2) at Gaston (5-2): Collinsville is alive and well for the runner-up spot in Class 2A, Region 7, but the Panthers need a win at Gaston to keep those aspirations alive. I think they’ll give Gaston all they can handle, but the Bulldogs are tough to beat at home … Gaston 28, Collinsville 24.

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Saving lives is what they do

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The Cherokee County Commission, during its Monday, Sept. 28 meeting, honored two local deputies for heroic acts in the line of duty.

Commission Chairman/Probate Judge Kirk Day officially presented the Lifesaver Award to Officer Jeremy Stepps and Officer David Kirk “in recognition of courageous actions during an emergency situation. At great risk you came to the aid of a fellow human being with dedication to diligence.”

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver explained how he nominated Stepps and Kirk through the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum.

“I nominated these two for their actions to save a man who had become distraught and hung himself and they cut him down,” said Shaver. “He did go to the hospital but made a full recovery.”

When the deputies arrived on the scene, Shaver said, they were informed the suspect had fled into the woods behind the house. As they searched the woods, they saw the man climb a tree, tie a rope around his neck, and jump. Stepps and Kirk rushed to the suspect, cut the rope, and lowered him to the ground.

The man was breathing but unconscious, shaver said. He was air-lifted to an area hospital for treatment and made a full recovery. Sheriff Shaver stated the deputies demonstrated a high level of courage and commitment to duty by rushing to the aid of this man, even though he was suspect of criminal activity at the time, and helping save his life. Shaver added he is extremely proud to have these two deputies serving the citizens of Cherokee County.

“This county is extremely blessed to have such wonderful deputies,” said Day. “We have some that are professional, brave, courageous.

They are here definitely to serve the community and we just want to say how thankful we are to each and every one.”

To begin the meeting, Chairman Day also recognized Cherokee County Revenue Commissioner Johnny Roberts, who recently retired, for his service to the county.

“This will be his last meeting with us in that capacity,” said Day. “We hope he will be no stranger but I doubt he will be because of his involvement in so many aspects of our community. Johnny, it has been a pleasure to work with you. You’ve done a lot of things of benefit to the citizens of Cherokee County. You helped out the probate office quite a bit getting our equipment on the same sheet of music. Of course that allows us to make peoples’ jobs a little bite easier. You will certainly be missed and at this time we just want to stand and give you a little bit of applause.”

The commission and visitors said the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag in honor of Army Private First Class John B. Tucker from the Jamestown community who died in the European Theatre of Operations Oct. 3, 1918 during the first World War.

“We want to remember him and all those who served from this county that didn’t make it back home,” said Day.

Cherokee County Engineer Corey Chambers presented for the commission’s consideration the annual Highway Department bids for Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016.

The commission approved bids on aggregate from Blount Springs Materials, grader blades from Tractor and Equipment Company, guard rails from Alabama Guard Rail, Inc., herbicides from Red River Specialties. herbicide treatments from Kimbrough Services, hot mix asphalt materials from Jim’s Asphalt, liquid asphalt from Ergon, petroleum from Cedar Bluff Oil, plant mix patching materials from Jim’s Asphalt, road signs from Traffic Signs and traffic striping from Ozark Striping company.

The commission also approved excess land redemptions to T. Mallroy or Margaret Whorton for $294.74.

In other business, the commission:

-Approved hiring Lance Wiseman as HMT-1 at the Cherokee County Highway Department for $9.95 per hour.

-Adopted the 2016 Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday resolution and authorized the chairman to sign.

-Approved hiring Helen Dutton as housekeeper for the Cherokee County Administration Building at $9.95 an hour.

The next meeting of the Cherokee County Commission is Monday, Oct. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. The work session begins at 9 a.m.

Source: Cherokee County Herald

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New Revenue Commissioner Dustin St. Clair

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“For I know the plans that I have for you says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.”-Jeremiah 29:11.

The Rev. Tim Douglas, pastor, Leesburg Church of God of Prophecy, shared this passage during the recent swearing in ceremony for Dustin Charles St. Clair, who officially assumed his office as Cherokee County Revenue Commissioner recently.

A packed house of family, friends and colleagues gathered in the Cherokee County Commission meeting room of the Cherokee County Administration Building for the ceremony.

Cherokee County District Court Judge Wes Mobley administered the oath of office to St. Clair as he pledged to “support the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Alabama so long as I continue a citizen thereof and that I will faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of the office of revenue commissioner of Cherokee County, Ala. to the best of my ability so help me God.”

“I do thank everybody for coming out today,” said St. Clair. “I really appreciated the support.”

St Clair introduced his pastor, Rev. Douglas, who shared a few words about the occasion.

“As Dustin stopped by the church a while back as this journey began, he was discussing this and he came by to talk it over with me,” said the Rev. Douglas. “He began to tell me about the position and about the election. That was the verse of scripture that I began to talk to him about that day.”

“I said ‘Dustin I will tell you what. I will begin to pray that if this the plans God has for you then God will grant this, that God will open this door,”’ said the Rev. Douglas. ‘“But the only way I will do this and I will agree to do this with you is if you will accept that if this door doesn’t open, it was God’s plan for it to go in a different direction.”’

“And we both agreed with that in the very beginning because we knew it would be a very long campaign and a long process to go through,” said the Rev. Douglas. “That was our agreement and so we talked about it several times throughout the months and even up to the night of the election we were still talking about that and just praying because if it was not God’s will, we didn’t want him to step through that door.”

“We all know we are here today how that turned out and we thank God for that opportunity and we continue to pray for Dustin and his entire family because a position like this does include the family,” said Rev. Douglas. “We pray that God would continue to lead them and to guide them and to direct them.

“We thank all of you for coming out today to show your support for this family,” said Rev. Douglas.

Incoming Revenue Commissioner St. Clair said a few words of gratitude as well.

“I just want to take a couple of minutes to thank everybody that supported me through this whole process, most importantly, my wife, my two boys,” said St. Clair.

“I want them to know that,” said St. Clair. “It was a lot of long nights to come home from another job, change of clothes going out, calling Mandy at 9 or 10 at night saying ‘please keep Clayton up so I can see him before he goes to sleep,”’ said St. Clair. “And she did that without complaining. She never said ‘Why are you going again?’ She just did what needed to be done and I appreciate her for that.”

“I thank my parents, of course, for always being there when I went and talked with them,” said St. Clair. “I talked to all of my family and when I went and talked to them they were behind me, most importantly in prayer.”

“My brother and his wife and family, I just can’t say enough about everything they have done through this whole process and the sacrifice they have made,” said St. Clair.

St. Clair also extended his appreciation to his in-laws for their continued support throughout the election and campaign.

“You will never know how much I appreciate all of them,” said St. Clair. “For everyone else in this room, I appreciate the support, the kind words, prayers. It has been a long process and I have been asked a thousand times when am I taking office because it has been 11 months. I thank everybody for being patient. We start tomorrow. I am excited to get into the office and do some different things. My number one priority is to just be here for the taxpayers to help them.”

As incoming revenue commissioner, St. Clair pledged to continue maintaining the excellent programs and services offered by the revenue commissioner’s office and to continue improving upon them.

Source: Cherokee County Herald

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Mrs. Martha Joan Day

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Mrs. Martha Joan Day, 73 of Centre, passed away Friday, October 9, 2015 at Cherokee Medical Center. Mrs. Day was a native of Childersburg, and was a member of Centre First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 3:PM Monday, October 12, 2015 at Perry Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Melvyn Salter and Rev. Eddie Nation officiating. Burial will follow in Cherokee Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1 until 3:PM Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Centre First Baptist Church. Perry Funeral Home Directing.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Walden Day; son, Harold Todd Day of Centre; daughter, Tara Day (Fran) Blanchard of Leesburg; brother, Ronnie (Becky) Reed of Sumter, South Carolina; two grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; special friend, Christy Howell.

Mrs. Day was the daughter of the late Ulysses Thomas and Lucille Young Reed.

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Leesburg swears in new councilwoman Diane Tillery to replace Brandy Pierce

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The Leesburg Town Council met for their regular October meeting in the town hall meeting room. Mayor Brandy Pierce called the meeting to order and led the pledge to the American flag. Councilman Frankie Brewster opened the meeting in prayer.

The first item of business was the swearing in ceremony for Diane Tillery. The oath was administered by District Court Judge Wes Mobley. Mrs. Tillery had been councilwomen previously for several years.

After the council went into executive session to discuss several candidates for the job, then reconvening, Mrs. Tillery was nominated by Councilman Joe Sonaty and approved by the town council.

Mrs. Tillery was taking place number three on the council formally held by Brandy Pierce who was named Mayor after the passing of Mayor Edward Mackey.

The minutes and previous expenditures were approved.

In old business, the bleachers that the town ordered have arrived with the larger set being installed at the ball fields, and the other smaller sets placed at Leesburg Landing.

The cleaning of the FEMA building was discussed and decision made to have more through cleaning scheduled.

In new business; the council approved a resolution for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plan for Leesburg that will be good for five years.

The council approved the new budget that has a surplus of over $23,000.

The council approved the town sponsoring Trunk or Treat this Halloween Saturday, Oct. 31 at Leesburg Landing from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. There will be inflatables, hotdogs, games, and candy.

Fire Chief Joe Sonaty discussed a new chassis truck for the department’s water truck tank. He also stated that the water leak on engine number 6 had been fixed. Police Chief Lanny Ransum discussed sending one of their officers to some training in January.

Then the meeting was adjourned.

Source: Cherokee County Herald

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Alabama Weekly Fuel Update and Outlook

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October 12- Average retail gasoline prices in Alabama have risen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.03/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,348 gas outlets in Alabama. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.31/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Alabama during the past week, prices yesterday were 98.6 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 3.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 3.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 88.0 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“A majority of states saw gasoline prices jumping over the last week thanks to a upward move in oil prices as well as refinery maintenance season getting underway, constricting gasoline output,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for “The jump was led by states in the Midwest- areas that GasBuddy had warned last week were ripe for hikes thanks to a confluence of refinery maintenance and outages. North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Oklahoma led with the largest increases, while areas of the West Coast saw continued relief at the pump. Some areas of the country are seeing hikes at the gas pump while others see continued declines.”

“The most pressing issues on gasoline prices currently remain the recent surge in oil prices that have brought a barrel of West Texas Intermediate oil to nearly $50/bbl from $38/bbl in August. While I believe the rebound is somewhat of a head fake as the oil market remains oversupplied- it will be a temporary rebound, with oil and gasoline prices moving lower again in the months ahead, allowing for relief at the pump again in the months ahead, and we’re sticking to our previous guidance- $1.98/gal nationally by Christmas,” DeHaan said.

For a complete listing of current averages and other fuel price data, visit For fuel news and alerts, follow @GasBuddyNews on Twitter.

GasBuddy is the premiere source for real-time local gas prices. Founded in 2000, developed as an initiative to provide consumers access to local, current gas prices. Through the website and the free GasBuddy mobile app, users can find and share gas prices with fellow drivers, saving big money at the pump.

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Things to do in Cherokee County Monday, Oct. 12

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The office of the Utilities Board of the Town of Cedar Bluff will be closed Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day.

Cedar Bluff Town Hall will be closed Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day. Monday’s garbage will be picked up on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

McNutt Memorial United Methodist Church will hold Revival Oct. 12-14 beginnin gat 6 p.m. featuring evangelists Dr. Don Wright (Oct 12), Dr George Cobb (Oct. 13) and Rev. Justin Yarbrough (Oct. 14).

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow the signs.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

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Cherokee County Arrest Report Monday, Oct. 12

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Local law enforcement agents have made the following arrests in recent days:

-April Renae Langston for unlawful possession of controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.

-Amber Nicole Smith for unlawful possession of controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug parapheranilia, tampering with physicial evidence and revoked bond.

-Margaret Ann Kirby for unlawful possession of controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

-Billy Matthew Tucker on 48 hour court order.

-Charles Steven Bryant for failure to appear on charge of driving under the influence and failure to appear on speeding charge.

-Michael Paul Roberts on 48 hour court order.

-Tammy Jo Young on court order.

-Carina Renfroe Reed on 48 hour court order.

-Joey Blake Hampton on court order.

-James Howard Pendergrass for theft of property in the third degree.

Source: Cherokee County Herald

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