Cave Spring man charged with taking recreational vehicles

Cave Spring man charged with taking recreational vehicles

A Cave Spring man, arrested a week ago in Bartow County, had three more felony theft counts added to the list of charges against him across multiple jurisdictions.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Joel Nelson Yother Jr., 35, of 2385 Lyons Bridge Road, Cave Spring, stole a 1996 PolarKraft fishing boat, valued at $9,500, from a home on Big Texas Valley Road on Oct. 14.

Yother also took a 26-foot Puma camper, valued at $20,000, from a home on Gill Road on Nov. 22. He also took a 2008 White Freedom Spirit camper from a home on Mary Mac Road on Nov. 28. That camper was valued at $1,500.

In addition to the three new counts of felony theft by taking added Friday, Yother is charged three misdemeanor counts of criminal trespassing.

Yother was taken into custody at the Cass-White exit off Interstate 75 Dec. 3 after Floyd County police got information that he was a suspect in multiple camper thefts.

In addition to the local charges, Yother is being held on undisclosed charges in Gordon County and Cherokee County, Alabama.

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Sand Rock girls’ comeback attempt falls short at Collinsville

Sand Rock girls’ comeback attempt falls short at Collinsville

COLLINSVILLE – Sand Rock girls basketball coach Lisa Bates wishes her Lady Wildcats could have the second quarter to do over again at Class 2A, Area 12 rival and ninth-ranked Collinsville on Friday.

What was a four-point point cushion at the end of the first quarter for the Lady Wildcats quickly turned into an 18-point deficit, but No. 10 Sand Rock didn’t fold easily.

The Lady Wildcats managed to whittle Collinsville’s lead to just two points with 2:03 remaining on a 3-pointer by Erin Langley, but the Lady Panthers closed out the contest on a 6-3 run – including a 4-for-6 performance from the free-throw line in the final 45 seconds – to hold on for a 76-71 victory.

“We just had a terrible second quarter and it killed us,” Bates said. “We didn’t play smart in the second quarter. We kind of got flat. We just let it get in our heads and went into panic mode, but we settled down in the second half and made a comeback. I was proud of them for that.”

It was the first meeting between the two schools on the basketball court in recent years. The two teams played in front of a standing-room only crowd at L.D. Dobbins Gym.

“To be honest, that’s probably the biggest crowd we’ve had here except for a couple of sub-region games. It’s probably our biggest regular-season crowd since Spring Garden in 2007,” Collinsville coach Jon Tidmore said. “It’s just that type of game. I think both schools are glad to be playing again and they embrace it. I think it’s going to be a big game every time we play no matter what.”

The player that was the thorn in the Lady Wildcats’ paws all night was freshman guard Brittany Rivera. She scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed six rebounds in leading Collinsville (7-2, 2-0) to the victory.

“She’s getting better every game,” Tidmore said of Rivera. “She started getting better around Christmas last year, and she got better during the summer. From game one, she’s gotten better every game. She’s very athletic and has gotten so much better with her left hand. She finished left five or six times tonight. It just makes you want to hug her. She couldn’t go left at all as a seventh or eighth grader, but she’s worked at it. She’s done a great job.”

Rivera’s last two-point basket was a jumper that put Collinsville up 72-68 with 1:41 remaining in the game. Sand Rock’s Audrey Richardson was fouled on the return trip up the court and sent to the line for two shots. She missed the first but canned the second to pull the Lady Wildcats (4-2, 1-1) back within three at 72-69.

Collinsville’s Kendreia Moore, who finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, extended the Lady Panther lead to five by sinking a pair of free throws with 45.8 seconds to go, then Sand Rock’s Kirby DeBoard scored a basket with 39.2 seconds to bring the margin back within three again at 74-71.

Rivera and Aryelle Jones were both sent to the line in the game’s final 30 seconds, where both players connected on the back end of two shots from the charity stripe for the final.

“We let 14 (Rivera) score too many points,” Bates said. “She drove to the basket well and we didn’t stop her. (Number) 23 (Moore) also drove to the basket well. That was a problem for us. We didn’t play good team defense.”

Tidmore said he wasn’t surprised with Sand Rock’s comeback effort.

“I knew they were going to keep playing and make a run because that’s just the program they are,” he said. “You just had that feeling that they were not going to quit. I thought we helped them by turning it over and going soft on defense. We just got to where we got in a little foul trouble and I think we just kind of stood and watched. They just kept on rebounding and going to the goal hard.”

Sand Rock led 21-17 at the end of the first quarter, but then Collinsville went on a 27-5 run in the second to take a 44-26 advantage at halftime. The Lady Panthers led 59-43 at the end of the third quarter before Sand Rock mounted its comeback.

DeBoard led the Lady Wildcats with 21 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists. Richardson added 14 points, nine boards, four steals and a blocked shot. Langley contributed 13 points and three rebounds. Savannah Blackwell, who suffered a twisted ankle injury in the second quarter and didn’t play in the second half, had nine points and 10 rebounds. Haylie Pruitt finished with five points and 10 boards.

Caroline Brannon posted 11 points for Collinsville. Jones scored nine points and Trinity Garner finished with eight points.

“It was a pretty good team effort, but scoring 76 points, you should win by more than five,” Tidmore said. “We’ve got to guard a little better.”

The two teams meet again at Sand Rock on Jan. 10.

“It hurts to lose here to Collinsville, but we know we can play with them,” Bates said. “We’re leaving here thinking of the positives. We can learn from this. We can’t let someone score 70-something points. That’s the thing.”


Collinsville 64, Sand Rock 44

COLLINSVILLE – The Collinsville Panthers sank 12 3-pointers, including five from freshman guard Kaleb Jones, to defeat Class 2A, Area 12 basketball rival Sand Rock on Friday.

Jones led all scorers with 22 points. Four of his treys came in the first half.

“Kaleb has shot the ball very well this year. He’s shooting around 50-percent from 3-point range,” Collinsville coach Jon Tidmore said. “He works at it and he deserves it. He’s got a lot of confidence for a freshman, and I think our players have a lot of confidence in him. He’s playing really well offensively.”

Collinsville (7-2, 1-1) connected on four 3-pointers in the first quarter to take a 15-10 lead. The Panthers extended their advantage to 30-21 at halftime and held a 45-25 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Austin Posey contributed 13 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Panthers. DeAndre Orr added 11 points, including 10 in the second half. Caleb Pruitt posted 10 points and Grant Jones finished with six points and four assists.

Jack Riley Boyd led Sand Rock (2-4, 1-1) with 14 points and 13 boards. Carson Carver came away with eight points. Perry Stevens and Cade Clark both finished with six points.

“I thought we had good effort and played hard,” Sand Rock coach Brian Mackey said. “When we get our offense on track, we should be a very competitive team.”

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SHANNON FAGAN: Cherokee Invitational begins next Friday

SHANNON FAGAN: Cherokee Invitational begins next Friday

If you feel like taking a break from all the hustle and bustle Christmas shopping brings, then you’re in luck.

The annual Cherokee County Basketball Invitational begins next Friday. This year’s host is Gaylesville High School. The tournament features the host Trojans, Cedar Bluff boys and girls, Sand Rock boys and girls, Spring Garden boys and girls, Collinsville boys and girls, Piedmont boys and girls, Chattooga boys, Gaston boys, Glencoe girls, and Springville girls.

All games will be played in the new Gaylesville gym. The price of admission is $5.

The action begins with the Lady Trojans taking on Sand Rock’s girls at 5 p.m. Dec. 16, followed by the Trojan boys battling Chattooga at 6:30 p.m.

Six games are on the slate for Dec. 17, featuring Cedar Bluff vs. Springville girls (9 a.m.), Cedar Bluff vs. Gaston boys (10:30 a.m.), Piedmont vs. Glencoe girls (noon), Sand Rock vs. Piedmont boys (1:30 p.m.), Spring Garden vs. Collinsville girls (3 p.m.), and Spring Garden vs. Collinsville boys (4:30 p.m.)

The action picks back up on Dec. 19 with eight games beginning at 9 a.m. The invitational concludes on Dec. 20 with consolation games at 3 and 4:30 p.m., and the tournament championships at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Cedar Bluff’s girls won last year’s tournament on tiebreakers, while the Chattooga boys earned a 73-66 victory over Sand Rock to claim last year’s boys’ title.


The Class 1A, Region 6 football coaches recently selected their All-Region team. Spring Garden senior quarterback Ben Ivey was chosen as Offensive Most Valuable Player. Cedar Bluff junior defensive back Isaiha Jones was named Defensive MVP. Coach of the Year went to Woodville’s Jay Powell.

Ivey ran for 1,062 yards on 123 carries and scored 26 touchdowns. He also completed 27-of-62 pass attempts for 772 yards and nine scores for the Panthers (10-2).

Jones posted 86 tackles and six interceptions for the region champion Tigers (8-4). He also had three pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries and caused another fumble.

Powell led Woodville to a 5-6 record, including the Panthers’ second straight playoff berth.

Joining Jones from Cedar Bluff are seniors Seth Bishop, Jonathon Shinn, Derick Pearsey and Dylan Oglesby, junior Davion Fife, and sophomores Ethan Teague, Ivory Starr and Ross Johnson.

Cedar Bluff honorable mention players are Lucas Tracy, Bailey Agan, Tray McMeekin, Anthony Dingler and Thomas Wirtzfeld.

Joining Ivey from Spring Garden are seniors Dakota Lambert, Quintin Downey, Taylor Hardin and Hunter McCord, junior Draevan Bowman, and sophomores PJay Smith and Christian Crider. The Panthers also have a pair of honorable mention players in Jacob Molock and Dylan Rogers.

Representing the Gaylesville Trojans (3-7) are seniors Landon Lawson, Will Smith and Keith McGraw. Trojan honorable mention players are Austin Stordahl and Devin Bentheimer.

Justin Ball, Nick Baker, Jose Montesdeoca, Angel Montesdeoca, Collin Cash and Zane Miller represent Woodville. The Panthers also have a pair of honorable mention players in Lane Bremer and Clay Fowler.

Teppei Daisaku, Seongsoo Dark, Caden Davidson, Chase Burger and Dartavious Britton represent Coosa Christian (3-8). The Conquerors also had honorable mention players in James Mills, Emory Kitchens, Evan Delp, Jackson Justus, Caiden Lipscomb and Alexander Holman.

Representing Valley Head (2-6) is Ethan Harrison, Trevor Landers, Justin Blansit and Devin Leps. Roger Kirby was selected as an honorable mention.

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Mr. William Jackson (Jack) Morgan Sr., 95, of Centre passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Cherokee Village Assisted Living Center. Mr. Morgan was born in Dawson, AL and graduated from Geraldine High School. After graduation he Joined the U.S. Navy where he served as a disbursing officer. After the war ended his ship made two trips to Pearl Harbor and one to Japan transporting troops back home. During his World War II Naval service he attended the University of South Carolina, Auburn, Bucknell, and Harvard. He also attended the University of Alabama after the war. He was an accountant and operated his own business for 25 years. He was a Christian and member of the First Baptist Church in Centre, where he served as ordained deacon for many years.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Friday, December 9, 2016 at Perry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Melvyn Salter and Dr. Eddie Nation officiating. Burial will follow in Cherokee Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until 11AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church General Fund.

Survivors include a sister, Lucille Mahone of Decatur, Georgia; sons, Jack Morgan, Jr. of Centre, David (Jennifer) Morgan of Centre and Michael Morgan of Elmore, Alabama.; daughters, Carol (Jim) Alldredge of Birmingham and Elaine (Chris) Patty of Talking Rock, Georgia. Seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mr. Morgan is the son of the late Isaac Calvin and Della Darby Morgan.

Mr. Morgan was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Shurbutt Morgan.


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Area basketball teams well represented in first ASWA rankings of new season

Area basketball teams well represented in first ASWA rankings of new season

Seven area basketball teams are ranked among the state’s best in the first Alabama Sports Writers Association basketball poll of the season. The poll was released late Wednesday evening.

The Cherokee County Lady Warriors (5-0) are the highest-ranked team among the area squads, coming in at No. 3 in the Class 4A girls poll. The Warrior boys (2-0) are ranked seventh in the Class 4A boys poll. Both Warrior squads put their rankings and undefeated records on the line on Friday at Area 12 rival White Plains beginning at 6 p.m.

Spring Garden’s girls (3-2) and boys (1-1) also find themselves ranked in their respective classes. The defending 1A champion Lady Panthers begin the new season at No. 5, while the Panther boys come in at No. 8. Both Panther teams play at Area 10 opponent Donoho on Friday at 6 p.m.

In the Class 2A girls poll, Area 12 rivals Collinsville (6-2) and Sand Rock (4-1) are ranked ninth and 10th respectively. The two teams play each other at Collinsville on Friday beginning at 6 p.m.

One other area boys team earned a top-10 ranking in the first poll of the season: Class 3A Piedmont (1-0). The Bulldogs, fresh off their second straight football championship, are ranked eighth to begin the new season and will play at home against Pleasant Valley on Friday.

Two other boys teams received consideration for this week’s rankings: Class 1A Cedar Bluff (0-1) and Class 2A Collinsville (6-2).

This week’s completed rankings are listed below, beginning with the boys.




1. Mountain Brook (9-0)

2. Lee-Montgomery (7-0)

3. Smiths Station (8-0)

4. Hoover (8-2)

5. McGill-Toolen (8-4)

6. Spain Park (5-4)

7. Sparkman (5-3)

8. Auburn (7-2)

9. Murphy (9-3)

10. James Clemens (4-2)

Others nominated: Buckhorn (6-4), Enterprise (4-0), Fairhope (5-3), Grissom (4-4), Huffman (7-1), Oak Mountain (6-3), Tuscaloosa Co. (7-1).


1. Pelham (6-1)

2. Austin (9-0)

3. Daphne (10-0)

4. Hueytown (9-3)

5. Carver-Montgomery (2-3)

6. Spanish Fort (7-2)

7. LeFlore (9-1)

8. Sidney Lanier (5-1)

9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (5-2)

10. Clay-Chalkville (9-1)

Others nominated: Blount (9-4), Homewood (4-2), Ramsay (5-5), Selma (5-2).


1. Jemison-Huntsville (11-2)

2. Lee-Huntsville (8-4)

3. Sumter Central (9-0)

4. Guntersville (7-2)

5. Wilcox Central (7-0)

6. Wenonah (3-3)

7. Faith-Mobile (7-3)

8. St. John Paul II (5-4)

9. Alexandria (5-0)

10. Corner (9-1)

Others nominated: Dallas Co. (3-2), Douglas (6-2), Hayden (5-2), Scottsboro (5-3), St. Paul’s (4-1).


1. Hale Co. (7-0)

2. Madison Academy (4-3)

3. Cordova (5-1)

4. West Limestone (8-0)

5. Anniston (5-1)

6. Winfield (4-2)

7. Cherokee Co. (2-0)

8. White Plains (5-2)

9. Andalusia (1-0)

10. Trinity (7-0)

Others nominated: Ashford (6-2), Escambia Co. (3-3), North Jackson (3-1).


1. Midfield (6-1)

2. Holly Pond (9-0)

3. Montevallo (6-1)

4. Geraldine (6-0)

5. American Christian (5-2)

6. Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-0)

7. East Lawrence (5-1)

8. Piedmont (1-0)

9. Prattville Christian (5-2)

10. Straughn (3-0)

Others nominated: Clarke Co. (3-2), Mobile Christian (6-4), New Hope (4-3).


1. Abbeville (5-0)

2. Tanner (3-0)

3. St. Luke’s (6-1)

4. Lanett (2-0)

5. Barbour Co. (5-2)

6. Vincent (6-3)

7. Westbrook Christian (4-2)

8. Keith (2-6)

9. Samson (6-1)

10. Central-Hayneville (3-1)

Others nominated: Asbury (7-1), Chickasaw (6-1), Collinsville (6-2), Elba (1-0), Goshen (3-0).


1. Sacred Heart (8-1)

2. Skyline (9-0)

3. Georgiana (3-0)

4. South Lamar (5-0)

5. Decatur Heritage (8-0)

6. Coosa Christian (6-2)

7. R.A. Hubbard (7-1)

8. Spring Garden (1-1)

9. Faith-Anniston (2-5)

10. Ellwood (1-4)

Others nominated: Cedar Bluff (0-1), Pleasant Home (4-3).


1. Macon-East (8-0)

2. East Memorial (9-1)

3. Russell Christian (Miss.) (10-2)

4. Autauga Academy (5-1)

5. Lee-Scott (7-2)

6. Glenwood (3-0)

7. Bessemer Academy (2-1)

8. Chambers Academy (1-0)

9. Tuscaloosa Academy (5-2)

10. Pickens Academy (6-0)

Others nominated: Fort Dale Academy (3-2), Hooper (5-3), Northside Methodist (3-1), Restoration (2-4).




1. Sparkman (12-1)

2. McGill-Toolen (9-2)

3. Hoover (7-4)

4. Spain Park (6-3)

5. Gadsden City (9-2)

6. Hewitt-Trussville (7-7)

7. Central-PC (4-2)

8. Lee-Montgomery (4-6)

9. Thompson (4-4)

10. Auburn (7-3)

Others nominated: Huffman (4-4), Tuscaloosa County (6-2).


1. Homewood (8-0)

2. Hazel Green (11-0)

3. LeFlore (11-1)

4. Athens (10-0)

5. Clay-Chalkville (9-1)

6. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6-1)

7. Sylacauga (7-1)

8. Ramsay (3-2)

9. Shades Valley (4-2)

10. Center Point (5-3)

Others nominated: Brewer (9-1), Northview (9-1), Selma (7-1), Southside-Gadsden (5-1).


1. Wenonah (7-0)

2. Faith Academy (8-0)

3. Charles Henderson (3-0)

4. Brewbaker Tech (5-2)

5. Central-Tuscaloosa (10-4)

6. Pleasant Grove (7-0)

7. Eufaula (4-1)

8. Carroll (9-0)

9. West Point (10-1)

10. Cleburne County (6-0)

Others nominated: BTW-Tuskegee (3-1), Crossville (5-2), Fairview (8-2), Lee-Huntsville (5-6), Springville (3-2).


1. Madison Academy (8-0)

2. Deshler (3-0)

3. Cherokee County (5-0)

4. Hokes Bluff (3-0)

5. St. James (7-0)

6. Madison County (6-3)

7. Greensboro (4-2)

8. Anniston (4-3)

9. Sipsey Valley (5-3)

10. Priceville (5-5)

Others nominated: BTW Magnet (3-2), Montgomery Catholic (6-0).


1. Lauderdale County (4-0)

2. Locust Fork (6-0)

3. Midfield (4-3)

4. Plainview (8-0)

5. Pisgah (5-2)

6. Montevallo (6-1)

7. Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-0)

8. Montgomery Academy (2-1)

9. Pleasant Valley (4-2)

10. Clarke County (5-2)

Others nominated: Bayside Academy (7-2), Carbon Hill (7-0), Daleville (6-3), Geneva (7-2), J.B. Pennington (7-3), Susan Moore (6-1).


1. Samson (10-0)

2. Red Bay (5-0)

3. Geneva County (10-0)

4. Cold Springs (8-0)

5. Section (7-1)

6. Tanner (3-0)

7. Abbeville (5-0)

8. Ider (4-1)

9. Collinsville (6-2)

10. Sand Rock (4-1)

Others nominated: Keith (3-5), Goshen (3-1).


1. Loachapoka (7-1)

2. J.F. Shields (5-1)

3. Decatur Heritage (4-1)

4. Linden (0-0)

5. Spring Garden (3-2)

6. Pleasant Home (5-2)

7. Skyline (8-1)

8. Vina (11-1)

9. Brantley (4-2)

10. Westminster-OM (5-1)

Others nominated: Georgiana (2-1), Isabella (5-2), Holy Spirit (4-1), Jacksonville Christian (5-1), R.A. Hubbard (4-4).


1. Glenwood (5-0)

2. Springwood (9-1)

3. Lee-Scott (8-0)

4. Lakeside (NA)

5. Pickens Academy (6-0)

6. Wilcox Academy (NA)

7. Fort Dale Academy (5-1)

8. Lowndes Academy (5-2)

9. Northside Methodist (6-2)

10. Sparta Academy (6-2)

Others nominated: Eastwood Academy (7-1), Escambia Academy (3-2), Patrician Academy (2-3), Pike Liberal Arts (3-2).

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Things to do in Cherokee County Thursday, Dec. 8

Things to do in Cherokee County Thursday, Dec. 8

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.

In high school basketball action, Jacksonville Christian plays at Cedar Bluff beginning at 5 p.m.

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, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

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

An Art Class is held each Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cherokee County Public Library. Participants are urged to bring two Number Two pencils and an 8 X 10 sketchbook.

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