Things to do in Cherokee County Thursday, Aug. 25

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 Cherokee Historical Museum Arts and Crafts class with crafter Pam Dean will be held from noon until 5 p.m. at the museum. Call Kathy Marko for more information at 256-927-7835.

Cloud Farrow teaches an Art Class Thursdays 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.

The next meeting of the Historical Preservation Society of Cherokee County is Thursday, Aug. 25, beginning at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served and a quick business meeting will be held, followed by the program. The presenter, Sonny Lane, is a native and current resident of the Tucker’s Chapel community. Sonny majored in biology and chemistry at Jacksonville State University. He worked in the lab at Alabama Power for 8 years and was involved in research and development. He was at the Leesburg site and was involved in setting the specifications and testing the soil and concrete used in the dam and dikes of Weiss Lake. Those attending will learn how their work insured our safety. Sonny was later employed in the of the marble facility, Sylacauga Calcium in Sylacauga, AL. He worked in their lab for 40 years. He will share about the work he did there and the many products we use every day containing products from this plant. The meeting is free to the public.

TheatreCentre will hold auditions for its next show, No Time For Sergeants, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at 22-West Main St. in Centre. Twenty men of all ages, 17 and over, will be east for this play which is built around the original black and white 1957 movie of the same name. Scripts for the auditions will be supplied. The actors selected will be cast for the show Nov. 12, 13, 14, 2016. You may contact director Gary Davis at 256-927-9516 or 256-484-1344. No prior experience is required.

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Another scam hits Dekalb County area

The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office is urging citizens to remain vigilant in keeping a watch out for scam artists and bogus phone calls.

On August 23rd the Sheriff’s Office received several calls about a “Sergeant Wayne Matthews,” stating that he is from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and that they have missed court. He is also stating that they are going to be arrested if they do not get pre-paid cards from Wal-Mart. This person is calling from a private number and giving the Court Referral number as a call back number, according to a press release from Dekalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris.

Every so often the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office receives calls about scams like this one. Some of the numbers they attempt to trace back come from a prepaid phone or an overseas number. If you receive a call like this or someone saying that they are from the IRS and that you need you to send a money order do not respond and call your local Police department or Sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Harris says “If anyone received this or any other phone call like this please be aware that this is a scam. The Sheriff’s Office definitely do not ask for money or pre-paid cards from Wal-Mart or anywhere. The Sheriff’s Office also does not collect any fines or cash bonds that money is paid and handled though the circuit clerk’s office.”

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Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County drop; Piedmont maintains top ranking in latest ASWA football poll

Even though not all high school football teams across the state were in action during Week 0, there was still plenty of movement in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association football rankings. The latest poll was released late Tuesday evening.

Surprisingly, Class 1A Cedar Bluff – which was last year’s state runner-up – slipped one spot to No. 3 this week without having played a game. Defending state champion Maplesville (0-0) held on to the top spot, followed by this week’s new No. 2 Linden (0-0), which leapfrogged the Tigers from the No. 3 spot in the preseason.

Cedar Bluff opens the 2016 season on Thursday against Chattooga, Ga. (0-0).

One other area Class 1A team held on to its ranking: the Spring Garden Panthers (0-0). Spring Garden continues to be ranked at No. 7 and will host Class 3A Beulah (0-0) on Friday.

Speaking of Class 3A, defending state champion Piedmont (1-0) continues to be the top dog after grabbing 25 out of a possible 27 first-place votes. The Bulldogs are coming off a dramatic come-from-behind 29-22 victory over Cedartown, Ga. in last week’s Border Battle. Piedmont will travel to longtime rival Cherokee County on Friday.

Speaking of the Warriors (0-1), they dropped out of this week’s Class 4A rankings after losing 54-28 to Rockmart, Ga. last Friday. However, they are continuing to receive votes after being ranked eighth in the preseason.

This week’s complete rankings are listed below.


HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL Week 1 – Aug. 23, 2016

(First-place votes and record in parentheses)

Class 7A

1. McGill-Toolen (24) (1-0) 314

2. James Clemens (2) (0-0) 236

3. Hoover (1) (1-0) 229

4. Spain Park (1-0) 182

5. Bob Jones (1-0) 155

6. Hewitt-Trussville (1-0) 130

7. Murphy (0-0) 93

8. Central-Phenix City (0-1) 90

9. Auburn (1-0) 67

10. Lee-Montgomery (1-0) 19

Others receiving votes: Gadsden City (0-1) 14, Vestavia Hills (0-0) 3, Buckhorn (0-0) 2, Foley (1-0) 2, Mary G. Montgomery (1-0) 2, Jeff Davis (0-1) 1.

Class 6A

1. Clay-Chalkville (21) (1-0) 305

2. Blount (2) (1-0) 215

3. Spanish Fort (4) (0-1) 205

4. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (1-0) 193

5. Opelika (1-0) 174

6. Oxford (1-0) 127

7. Park Crossing (1-0) 110

8. Saraland (1-0) 69

9. Bessemer City (1-0) 45

10. Benjamin Russell (0-0) 39

Others receiving votes: Florence (0-1) 27, Hartselle (1-0) 17, Hazel Green (0-0) 4, Southside-Gadsden (1-0) 3, Minor (1-0) 2, Gardendale (1-0) 1, Homewood (1-0) 1, Parker (0-0) 1, Wetumpka (1-0) 1.

Class 5A

1. St. Paul’s (27) (1-0) 324

2. Jackson (0-0) 238

3. Alexandria (0-0) 205

4. Russellville (0-0) 191

5. Mortimer Jordan (0-1) 141

6. Beauregard (0-0) 118

7. Eufaula (1-0) 103

8. Etowah (0-1) 96

9. Guntersville (0-0) 42

10. Brooks (0-1) 19

Others receiving votes: Cleburne Co. (0-0) 17, Greenville (0-0) 11, Central-Clay Co. (1-0) 10, Scottsboro (0-0) 8, Sylacauga (1-0) 6, Calera (1-0) 5, Mae Jemison-Huntsville (0-1) 3, Vigor (0-1) 2.

Class 4A

1. Cordova (11) (1-0) 268

2. Madison Acad. (9) (0-0) 258

3. Andalusia (1-0) 199

4. UMS-Wright (5) (0-1) 197

5. Leeds (2) (1-0) 166

6. Munford (0-1) 101

7. North Jackson (0-0) 94

8. West Limestone (1-0) 80

9. Thomasville (0-0) 57

10. Fayette Co. (0-1) 45

Others receiving votes: Haleyville (1-0) 26, Cherokee Co. (0-1) 20, Handley (0-0) 10, St. James (1-0) 7, Randolph (1-0) 3, Satsuma (1-0) 3, Montgomery Catholic (1-0) 2, Jacksonville (1-0) 1, Tallassee (1-0) 1, Wilson (1-0) 1.

Class 3A

1. Piedmont (25) (1-0) 318

2. Gordo (2) (1-0) 248

3. T.R. Miller (0-0) 198

4. Hillcrest-Evergreen (0-0) 172

5. Opp (0-0) 154

6. Colbert Co. (0-0) 113

7. Montevallo (0-0) 108

8. Daleville (0-0) 76

9. Bayside Acad. (0-1) 68

10. Oakman (0-0) 47

Others receiving votes: Glencoe (1-0) 9, Lauderdale Co. (0-1) 9, Mobile Chr. (0-0) 7 Clarke Co. (0-0) 5, Randolph Co. (0-0) 2, Straughn (0-0) 2, Excel (0-0) 1, N. Sand Mountain (1-0) 1, Pisgah (1-0) 1.

Class 2A

1. Elba (27) (0-0) 324

2. Washington Co. (0-0) 213

3. Fyffe (0-0) 202

4. G.W. Long (0-0) 173

5. Lanett (1-0) 165

6. Tanner (0-1) 144

7. New Brockton (0-0) 104

8. LaFayette (1-0) 93

9. Cleveland (0-0) 65

10. Aliceville (0-0) 46

Others receiving votes: Ranburne (0-0) 3, Red Bay (1-0) 3, Gaston (0-1) 2, J.U. Blacksher (0-1) 1, Sheffield (0-1) 1.

Class 1A

1. Maplesville (24) (0-0) 314

2. Linden (2) (0-0) 234

3. Cedar Bluff (1) (0-0) 228

4. Brantley (0-0) 178

5. Pickens Co. (0-0) 147

6. Notasulga (1-0) 128

7. Spring Garden (0-0) 93

8. Sweet Water (0-0) 82

9. Berry (1-0) 55

10. Decatur Heritage (0-1) 32

Others receiving votes: Addison (1-0) 24, Georgiana (1-0) 12, Loachapoka (0-1) 4, Marengo (0-0) 4, R.A. Hubbard (1-0) 2, Lynn (1-0) 1, Millry (0-0) 1.


1. Bessemer Acad. (27) (2-0) 324

2. Escambia Acad. (2-0) 241

3. Autauga Acad. (0-0) 215

4. Monroe Acad. (0-1) 136

5. Lowndes Acad. (0-0) 123

6. Abbeville Chr. (0-1) 101

7. Marengo Acad. (0-0) 94

8. Fort Dale Acad. (0-0) 92

9. Jackson Acad. (1-0) 80

10. Morgan Acad. (1-0) 39

Others receiving votes: Clarke Prep (0-0) 27, Edgewood Acad. (0-1) 20, Northside Methodist (1-0) 13, Chambers Acad. (0-0) 11, Lee-Scott (0-0) 11, Springwood (0-0) 4, Pike Liberal (0-0) 2, South Choctaw Acad. (1-0) 2, Sparta Acad. (0-0) 2, Tuscaloosa Acad. (0-0) 2.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association prep committee members are: Paul Beaudry (Chairman), Alabama Media Group; Will Gaines, Anniston Star; Jonathan Deal, Athens News Courier; Gary Estwick, Birmingham News; Rob Rice, Blount Countian; Shannon Fagan, Cherokee Herald; Tommy Hicks, Citronelle Call-News; Ross Wood, Clarke Co. Democrat; Rob Ketcham, Cullman Times; Johnathan Bentley, Daily Mountain Eagle; Justin Graves, Decatur Daily; David Mundee, Dothan Eagle; Lee Peacock, Evergreen Courant; John McWilliams, Florence TimesDaily; Jeremy Smith, Freelance (Demopolis); Chris McCarthy, Gadsden Messenger; J.J. Hicks, Gadsden Times; Daniel Boyette, Huntsville Times; Ben Thomas, Mobile Press-Register; Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser; Eric Bacharach, Opelika-Auburn News; Shannon Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter; Jason Bowen, Scottsboro Daily Sentinel; Daniel Evans, Selma Times-Journal; Baker Ellis, Shelby County Reporter; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News; Cory Diaz, Wetumpka Herald.

Not voting: Cathy Higgins, Alexander City Outlook; Josh Dutton, Andalusia Star-News; Andrew Garner, Atmore Advance; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home.

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Cherokee County Arrest Report Wednesday, Aug. 24

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

-Tonya Marie Wells for failure to appear on speeding charge.

-Justin Blake Patterson for underage consumption.

-David Orlando Rodriguez for obstructing justice.

-Walter Louis Tucker on revoked bond, unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree.

-Illya Stephond Henderson for domestic violence in the third degree and non child support.

-Micheal Roy Holcomb for failure to appear on charge of domestic violence in the third degree.

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Deputies make arrests and recover stolen 4-Wheeler

Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies made two arrests in connection to a stolen ATV Monday morning, Aug. 22.

Arrested, according to a press release from Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, were Darrell Scott Firestone, 33, of Ragland, and Coley Reaves, 34, of Gadsden, who were both charged with receiving stolen property in the second degree and attempting to elude.

According to Sheriff Shaver, deputies responded to a call of suspicious man and woman on an all-terrain vehicle on the edge of County Road 20, just west of Garrett’s bridge. When the officers attempted to speak to the couple, they started the ATV and attempted to flee but were stopped. The ATV was discovered to be stolen from Hokes Bluff, and the female also has outstanding warrants.

Both were taken into custody and transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center, according to the press release.

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Piedmont’s Hayes earns recognition in AHSAA’s Week 0 Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Piedmont got its defense to last year’s Class 3A state football championship off to a good start Friday, thanks in large part to senior quarterback Taylor Hayes.

Hayes scored the game-winning 5-yard touchdown with 22.1 seconds remaining, lifting the Bulldogs to a 29-22 victory over Cedartown, Ga. He rushed for 73 yards on 17 carries with two scores and also completed 7-of-11 pass attempts for 105 yards and two touchdowns (6 and 49 yards).

The Alabama High School Athletic Association honored Hayes for his effort on Monday in its Week 0 Spotlight.

Hayes and the Bulldogs (1-0) travel to Centre to face rival Cherokee County (0-1) on Friday.

In other statewide happenings, Bob Jones High School senior running back Brad Anderson grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for the week with a performance of a lifetime.

Anderson had a 99-yard touchdown run in the second half of a 35-14 win over Dorman, S.C., at Madison City Stadium to join an elite group of only 11 before him AHSAA prep football history.

Then, a few minutes later, he did it again – becoming what is believed to the first high school football player in the nation to accomplish such a feat twice in one game. The NFHS does not list records for long plays. None of the other 11 listed in the AHSAA Record Book had two 99-yard runs from scrimmage in their careers.

The 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior finished the game with 17 carries for 310 yards and three touchdowns.

Also, no player in AHSAA history has had two touchdown runs of 99 yards in the same game. In fact, only one other player has been reported with two TD runs over 90 yards, Reayundo Sturdivant accomplished the feat in 2002 with TD runs of 90 and 92 yards in a 46-14 win over Francis Marion.

The last player to enter the AHSAA record books with a 99-yard rush attempt was Westminster Christian’s Jared Smith in a 21-12 win over Oneonta in 2015. Collinsville’s Jalyn Martin had a 99-yard TD run in 2014 in the Panthers’ 41-24 victory over Cedar Bluff. The first player listed with the feat is Joseph Hutto of East Lawrence in a 22-12 victory over Madison County in 1992 – 24 years ago.

The first week’s action was highlighted with special commemorations at Prattville and Foley high schools that honored two of the state’s all-time favorite high school football standouts.

KENNY STABLER NUMBER RETIRED: At Foley, the high school jersey number (12) of recent NFL Hall of Fame inductee, the late Kenny Stabler, became the first number in school history to be retired. The ceremony took place prior to the Lions’ 41-14 season-opening win over Robertsdale Aug. 19.

Stabler, Foley’s quarterback from 1961 through 1963 when the Lions rolled to a 29-1 record and a 23-game winning streak, went on to a standout career at Alabama and in the NFL. He succumbed to colon cancer in 2015. Several members of his family attended Friday night’s ceremony, which in addition to the number retirement, included a Hometown Hall of Fame program presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Ford Motor Company.

After Foley’s current No. 12, Garrett Mayo, completes his prep career, no Lion will wear the jersey again, according to school officials.

“I’ve never played a down of football in my life, but I do know how special this place was to our dad,” Alexa Stabler Adams, one of Stabler’s three daughters, said at the ceremony. “Foley was home. Foley gave Dad the skills to perform at the highest level. It gave Dad the relationships that carried him to Tuscaloosa, to Oakland, to New Orleans, to Houston and, ultimately, back here.”

PRATTVILLE NAMES FIELD IN HONOR OF KEVIN TURNER: Prior to Prattville’s season-opening 55-53 setback to Wetumpka at Stanley-Jensen Stadium Friday night, Prattville High School named the field in honor of former Lions’ standout Kevin Turner.

And in what is believed to be a first, Prattville also named the sideline in front of the Prattville team in honor of longtime local sportswriter, team statistician and PHS historian Jimmy White, 82, who died earlier this year.

White wrote a sports column locally for many years for the Prattville Progress and covered all PHS sports events for more than 60 years. The City of Prattville honored Mr. White by painting his name along with the logo of his beloved Boston Red Sox on the spot where he followed his Lions for over six decades.

Turner, whose life has been documented by HBO, attended Prattville High School where he played on the 1984 Class 6A state championship team. He went on to play at Alabama and in the NFL from 1992-99. Turner, diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2010, died last March. The Kevin Turner Foundation now offers education and support for other ALS victims.

In other highlights from the week:


JATARVIOUS WHITLOW, LAFAYETTE: Rolled up 425 yards total offense, including 279 yards rushing and 146 passing, as the Bulldogs beat Dadeville 44-29. Whitlow rushed for four scores and passed for another.

JORDAN STOVER, HARTSELLE: Ran for 273 yards on 25 carries and scored twice as the Tigers beat I-65 rival Cullman 27-17.

DONTE EDWARDS, DAVIDSON: Rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries as Davidson opened the season with a 35-28 win over Daphne. Edwards’ first TD came in a 90-yard drive on the first play from scrimmage.

ALARIC WILLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: The senior running back had 237 combined yards and five touchdowns in the Panthers’ 48-33 victory over Etowah. Williams rushed 17 times for 187 and four TDs and caught three passes for 50 yards and another score.

QUENTIN YOUNG, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Rushed for a school record 292 yards on 25 carries and scored four touchdowns (1, 21, 64, 32 yards) in the Cougars’ 53-48 win over Florence. Young’s last touchdown regained the lead for the Cougars late in the come-from-behind win.

TREVELL SMITH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns from his tailback position and added 10 tackles on defense to help the Lions beat Cottonwood 35-14 and end a 24-game losing streak, the second longest in the state.

MITCHELL BESS, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries as the Raiders downed Geneva County 28-19.

JONATE COTTON, NEW HOPE: Sparked the Indians to a 15-6 win over Westminster Christian with 199 yards rushing and s 41-yard touchdown run. He also anchored the defense at linebacker.

NICK PHILLIPS, WILSON: Ran for a career-high 193 yards on 29 carries with an 11-yard TD run as Wilson beat Sheffield 17-14.

SAM EVERETTE, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Ran for 191 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Spartans beat Gulf Shores 56-6.

JORDAN JEFFERY, PISGAH: The senior rushed for 190 yards on 11 carries, scored three touchdowns (9, 80 and 20 yards) and two 2-point conversions in a 48-0 win over Section.

ZALON REYNOLDS, CHELSEA: Ran for 183 yards on 29 carries as the Hornets beat Oak Mountain 49-33. Reynolds scored four rushing touchdowns as Chelsea beat Oak Mountain for the first time in five tries.

REED BLANKENSHIP, WEST LIMESTONE: The senior rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries, and threw a 55-yard touchdown late in the game that led to the winning 2-point conversion in a 15-14 win over Tanner. It was the Wildcats’ first win over the Rattlers since 1999 and snapped a four-game losing streak to the Limestone County foe.

ALLEN VINSON, FALKVILLE: Had 170 yards rushing and three scores, but his biggest play came on defense when he made the tackle on Decatur Heritage’s 2-point conversion try late in the game to seal a 20-19 win.


SAM McALPINE, HALEYVILLE: Was 21-of-31 passing for 341 yards and a TD as the Lions recorded their first win over Deshler since 1975 with the 35-12 decision. The Tigers had won 11 straight during that stretch. The two schools’ previous meeting came in 2007 with Deshler winning 44-0.

CONNOR ADAIR, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Completed 27-of-34 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns in his debut as the Huskies’ starter in a 33-25 comeback win over Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. His TD passes covered 70 and 26 yards.

MONTE TURNER, FLORENCE: Passed for 311 yards and a career-high five touchdowns and ran for a sixth score in a 53-48 loss to Clay-Chalkville. His TD passes covered 27, 17, 22, 25 and 49 yards.

SWIFT LYLE, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Was 20-of-31 passing for 314 yards and two touchdowns as the defending Class 5A state champions beat Fairhope 41-14. It was Lyle’s debut as the starting QB.

WILL APPLETON, ALBERTVILLE: The quarterback led the Aggies to a 42-13 win over Columbia with 14 rush attempts for 130 yards and 13-of-24 passing for 186 yards and three scores for 316 total yards.

CAM TAYLOR, PRATTVILLE: Combined for 305 yards passing and seven touchdowns (4 passing, 3 rushing) in the 55-53 loss to Wetumpka.

PRESTON HERRING, ARITON: Was 10-of-11 passing for 200 yards and two TDs in a 33-26 win over McKenzie.

ETHAN WILSON, ANDALUSIA: Rushed for 80 yards and a score on nine carries and was 13-of-20 passing for 189 yards and another score as the Bulldogs beat Brooks 34-13.

COLE FREDERICK, HILLCREST-TUSCALOOSA: Completed 12-of-17 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 27 yards in a 42-7 Champions Challenge win over Demopolis at Cramton Bowl. All of his the yards came in the first half.

KADARIUS TONEY, BLOUNT: Rushed for 101 yards on nine carries with TD runs of 73 and 11 yards and completed 13-of-25 passes for 181 yards and a TD as the Bobcats beat Vigor 29-20 in the ‘Battle of Prichard’.

CASEY BAYNES, TALLASSEE: In his first start at quarterback, Baynes completed 7-of-8 passes for 180 yards and a 27-yard TD in a 25-0 win over Russell County. He also rushed for 90 yards and a 31-yard TD scamper on 13 carries.

TAYLOR GOVER, EUFAULA: The 15-year-old freshman completed 12-of-14 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns in his first start with the game-winning TD coming on a 24-yard TD pass to break a tie with 7:44 left as Eufaula beat Early County (GA) 27-13.

KOLBY BRAGWELL, RED BAY: Completed the game-winning 15-yard TD pass to Ricky Thompson with 30 seconds to play as the Tigers beat Colbert Heights 33-26.


KAPE McRAE, ARITON: Hauled in five pass receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-26 Ariton win over McKenzie.

CAL TAYLOR, HALEYVILLE: Caught five passes for 150 yards in a 35-12 win over Deshler 35-12.

JOE GREEN, EUFAULA: Caught seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’ 27-13 win over Early County (GA).

BAILEY DEMPSEY, J.B. PENNINGTON: Had 164 all-purpose yards, including three catches for 73 yards and three touchdowns, in a season-opening 40-0 victory over Brindlee Mountain. He also had four tackles on defense.


JERMAINE ELY, B.C. RAIN: Recovered two fumbles and returned both for scores in a 41-0 win over Chickasaw. His first score covered 55 yards and the second 42. Ely also had 12 tackles and recovered as third Chickasaw fumble for the contest.

KADE LUCIOUS and DEMAREOUS SMITH, ROGERS: Each returned fumbles for touchdowns as Rogers forced seven turnovers en route to a 27-12 win over Lauderdale County. Lucius returned a fumble 55 yards, and Smith returned a fumble 28 yards for a touchdown.

MATTHEW RAINEY, BROOKS: Had 14 tackles in a 34-13 Champions Challenge loss to Andalusia.

DARIUS JONES, ENTERPRISE: Recorded six tackles with four resulting in losses and also had two quarterback pressures as the Wildcats downed Dothan 38-12.

RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Was in on 17 tackles, including 11 solos – two for losses and one for a quarterback sack – during a 22-6 loss to Alabama Christian.

JOSH SULLIVAN, ARITON: Registered 12 tackles, one for a loss, in Ariton’s 33-26 win over McKenzie.

CARLTON MARTIAL, McGILL-TOOLEN: Had 12 tackles, including two sacks and another stop for a loss, as the defending Class 7A state champions beat defending 6A champs Spanish Fort 24-3.

LEVON FLETCHER, RANDOLPH: Swiped two interceptions as the Raiders forced nine turnovers in a 28-2 win over Brewer.

DEVIN MARCH, HOUSTON COUNTY: Had 11 tackles, including three quarterback sacks, in a 35-14 in that snapped the Lions’ 24-game losing streak. Teammate Keith Barkley recorded eight tackles with a sack and fumble recovery in the win.

BEN ABERCROMBIE, HOOVER: Had 11 tackles and teammate Kholbe Coleman had eight stops plus an interception he returned 51 yards to set up a score as the Bucs beat Central-Phenix City 23-7.

JARED LOWE, COTTONWOOD: Recorded 11 stops a 35-14 loss to Houston County. Don Mathis also had 10 tackles for the Bears.

MARCUS SHELTON, BESSEMER CITY: Had eight tackles, including five sacks, as the Tigers limited Central-Tuscaloosa to minus-15 yards rushing in the first half of the 26-0 shutout win.

DAMARIUS FARMER, SPAIN PARK: Intercepted a Gadsden City pass on the Titans’ final play of the game to seal Spain Park’s 21-17 victory.

JARIOUS UPSHAW, CENTRAL-PHENIX CITY: Had 10 tackles in the Red Devils’ 23-7 Champions Challenge loss to Hoover.

ELLIS DYKES, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had an interception at the 7-yard line in the fourth quarter and a fumble recovery in the first half during the Raiders’ 28-19 win over Geneva County.


JEREMY AMBURGERY, DALE COUNTY: Blocked two punts, one that teammate Josh Mauldin returned for a touchdown, during the Warriors’ 14-6 loss to Headland.

BARRETT PICKERING, HOOVER: Booted three field goals in the second half as Hoover beat Central-Phenix City 23-7 in the Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl. Pickering also kicked two extra points in the second quarter to finish with 11 points. He also punted four times for a 35.6-yard average.

ETHAN DELAY, LYNN: Sparked the Bears’ 66-0 win over Brilliant by returning a punt 57 yards for a touchdown. He also had six carries for 192 yards and four more scores in the win.

AHKIM WALDEN, DOTHAN: Kicked field goals of 32 and 42 yards in Dothan’s 38-12 loss to Enterprise.

JAYDEN WASHINGTON, LEEDS: Returned a second-half touchdown 98 yards as the defending Class 4A state champions beat Lincoln 21-7. He also had a rushing touchdown.

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Attorney General Strange announces nationwide stay of Obama Education Department Transgender Restroom Guidance

(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Luther Strange announced that a federal court judge has granted a motion for a preliminary injunction by Alabama and 12 other states staying the Obama administration’s transgender school restroom access order. The U.S. District Court ruling allows schools in Alabama and nationwide to keep in place their current gender-based restroom and locker room policies.

“The court decision is a victory for parents and children all across Alabama,” said Attorney General Strange. “I joined the multi-state lawsuit against the Obama administration in May to prevent Alabama schools from being forced to surrender their restroom access policies to social experimenters in Washington. I am pleased the federal court has agreed to our request to stay the controversial order while our lawsuit challenging the legality of the transgender order continues.”

On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice jointly announced that schools must allow students access to restrooms and locker rooms of their gender “identity” rather than their sex, or lose federal funding.

On May 27, 2016, Attorney General Strange advised the Alabama Board of Education, which governs K-12 public schools, that it did not have to follow the federal guidance until the multi-state lawsuit is addressed in federal court.

The 13 states that filed the lawsuit requesting the stay include Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Cherokee County Arrest Report Monday, Aug. 22

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

-Angel A. Sandoval for prohibited methods (game fish), prohibited methods (non game FISh creel limit.)

-John William Gossett for domestic violence in the third degree.

-Shannon Learan Farley for non-support.

-Adam Lee Maroney on court order.

-Vernon Wayatt Bennefield on court order.

-Tammy Lea Hawkins for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia andunlawful possession of controlled substance. 

-Danny Lee Hawkins for unlawful possession of controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Piedmont rallies past Cedartown in Border Battle

PIEDMONT – Piedmont senior Taylor Hayes has been presented with all sorts of scenarios as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback throughout the past couple of years, but he hasn’t been in a game situation where he had to direct a game-winning drive with time winding down.

Hayes was presented that exact scenario on Friday night. He passed that test with flying colors.

Hayes calmly guided the Bulldogs on a 10-play, 75-yard drive, which he capped off with his five-yard touchdown run with 22.1 seconds remaining. Junior Cardavion Myers added the 2-point conversion to cap Class 3A, No. 1 Piedmont’s 29-22 comeback victory over Cedartown, Ga., in the second game of the inaugural Border Battle at the Field of Champions.

Hayes finished the game completing 7-of-11 pass attempts for 105 yards. He also rushed for 43 yards on nine totes with the game-winning score.

“Coach (Steve) Smith said in the locker room there’s just something about being a Piedmont guy that just refuses to lose. I think he’s right,” Hayes said. “We got our character built up through summer workouts, working hard at two-a-days. We’ve just bonded. It’s a brotherhood. I’m not going to let my brother down, and I know they’re not going to let me down. We didn’t panic. We knew we were going to score there at the end.

“We had ran left quarterback sweeps and quarterback powers left I think five or six plays in a row. Krae (Keener), one of our best senior linemen, said ‘Hey Coach, we haven’t ran right. I know I’m getting my guy.’ That’s what we did. I could have drove a car through it (the hole).”

Smith had confidence in Hayes and the rest of the Bulldogs (1-0) in the clutch.

“We practice that a lot,” Smith said of game-winning drives. “The thing I’m probably the most proud of right there is everybody else might have been getting a little antsy, but the guys on the field kept their composure and did what they were supposed to do. They didn’t panic in that situation.

“I think that’s a sign of a good team. You’ve got to be able to keep your composure when you’re backed in a corner like that and you’ve got to get something to pull it out and win the game. I’m very proud of our guys for doing that.”

Early on, it looked as if Piedmont would run away with the game. The Bulldogs took a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter on the strength of Hayes’ arm. His 6-yard fadaway pass to a diving Austin Brazier just inside the right pylon helped give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead, and then a 49-yard bomb to junior receiver Darien Bossie with 47.7 seconds left in the first quarter, gave Piedmont a two-touchdown lead.

But Cedartown (0-1) battled back to tie the game before halftime behind its quarterback, Trevon Wofford. Wofford capped a 5-play, 53-yard drive with a 2-yard run. Piedmont blocked the ensuing extra point, keeping the score at 14-6 with 4:54 remaining in the second quarter.

A little under four minutes later, Wofford delivered a 58-yard scoring strike to running back Quan Neal. Wofford also connected with fullback Tyler Blalock for the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 14.

Wofford led the visiting Bulldogs by completing 7-of-21 pass attempts for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 26 yards on eight carries with a score.

“The quarterback they’ve got has a big arm,” Smith said. “He’s got a great group of receivers out there that had already hit us on some pretty long passes. We had a couple of breakdowns in coverage.”

After Piedmont regained the lead at 21-14 on Hayes’ 2-yard touchdown with 9:04 remaining in the game, capping a 9-pay, 79-yard drive, Wofford struck again. He connected with Neal for a 45-yard score with 3:59 left in the game.

After an offside penalty against Piedmont on the extra point, Cedartown coach Scott Hendrix decided to go for two to take the lead. Running back Tony Mathis took a sweep to the left and darted into the end zone, giving Cedartown a 22-21 advantage.

“It was a yard-and-a-half. We’d been running the toss sweep and had success through the game. You saw Piedmont stack everybody in there. It wasn’t a genius call or anything. We ran the toss sweep, we blocked it and the kid got in there.”

That set the stage for Hayes and company to put together the game-winning drive.

On that drive, Hayes connected with Myers for a 21-yard gain, setting the Bulldogs up with a first-and-goal at the Cedartown 7-yard line. Two plays later, Hayes punched it in.

“There was no secret. They were going to run No. 11 (Hayes),” Hendrix said. “That kid is a winner. He’s hard nosed. We knew what they were going to do. We tried to put enough guys in there to stop them, but we didn’t do it. We just came up a little short.”

Cedartown plays rival Rockmart next Friday. Rockmart defeated Cherokee County 54-28 in the first game of the Border Battle doubleheader on Friday.

Piedmont hits the road to Centre to face the rival Warriors, also on Friday.

“We’re going to celebrate this win this weekend, but we’re going to go to work on Centre on Monday,” Hayes said. “Centre, in my opinion, was one of the best teams we played last year. They had a rough game tonight, but I know that’s not going to last. They’re going to come back strong.”

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Things to do in Cherokee County for the weekend of Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21

Saturday, Aug. 20

The National Park Service is 100 years old this month! Celebrate 100 years of National Parks with us at our concert party on Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Little River Canyon Center. The gates will open at 5 for seating. This FREE concert featuring three great acts is outdoors. The Little River Arts Council is bringing Marc Womack, Them Dirty Roses, and Jacob Stiefel & the Truth to the giant Canyon Concert Stage. Bring your lawn chairs, a blanket to sit on and a cooler if you wish, but be sure to take advantage of on-site food vendors, the Canyon Gift Shop and special merchandise from the bands.

Residents are reminded that the Cherokee County High School Alumni Reunion for all attendees, teacher, coaches, support personnel, etc. (family and friends) is this Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cherokee County High School. Anyone who has any connection to Cherokee County High School, from the current year backward, is invited to come an reminisce and relive those great high school days while touring the campus. Items from past years will be on display. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. For more information, call 256-927-3577. Hope to see you there!

Centre Future Farmers of America will hold a car wash fundraiser from 8 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of Advance Auto Parts in Centre. Donations will be accepted.

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.

Sunday, Aug. 21

The Centre First Baptist Church contemporary worship service, “Impact” begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Edge, a contemporary worship service that welcomes each person as he or she is and challenges us all to grow together in our faith in Jesus Christ, meets at 8:45 a.m. at Centre First United Methodist Church.

Melorse Baptist Church will host Homecoming beginning at 10:30 a.m. Special singers will be Justified.

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.

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