Borden Springs firefighters won two federal grants from the Rural Community Development and Initiative Grant program this year to buy a utility task vehicle and trailer to haul it.

A trailer parked in front of New Harmony Baptist Church in Heflin was about half filled with stacked green, red and white cardboard shoe boxes Sunday afternoon while volunteers waited on the church steps for more to arrive.

The city of Ranburne should look a little more patriotic this Veterans Day with brand new American flags flying along Main Street thanks to the efforts of residents.

At the end of a bumpy gravel road about 1.5 miles east of Edwardsville, some nine houses, mostly mobile homes, survive either on well water or on connections that they themselves have made to a Cleburne County water main that runs along U.S. 78 past their road.

Pat Jordan’s husband, Sam, was in critical condition at Northeast Regional Medical Center in April, struggling to breath after open heart surgery.

Pat left her husband’s side for their Heflin house for a change of clothes, and to take care of their two dogs. She put the dogs — Fancy, a terrier, and Mable, a great dane — out. When she moved to bring them back inside, both were gone.

The Heflin City Council Tuesday declared four municipal candidates running unopposed for their seats in the Aug. 23 election to be in those offices.

Mayor Rudy Rooks, along with Travis Crowe (incumbent, District 1), Clinton “Shag” Austin (newcomer, District 3) and Rhonda Green (incumbent, District 5), who were all running for council, were unanimously voted into office, as state law allows.

The Cleburne County 911 Board Tuesday heard from representatives of two of the agencies that would be seeing big increases in dispatching fees if the proposed plan is approved.

Although Cleburne County 911 Board members heard a proposal for increased dispatch fees for the first time at their meeting Tuesday, some Hospital Board members showed up to protest the hikes.

Police are investigating a string of burglaries in Heflin and have made several arrests with more pending, according to local law enforcement.

Heflin Investigator Stacey Hendrix said Wednesday that three arrests have been made so far for a burglary on Brown Street in May. The home was empty at the time because the resident was in jail, Hendrix said.

 The Cleburne County Board of Education at a meeting Monday denied a request by two elementary school principals to split the employment of a full-time media specialist between their two schools.