The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for parts of central Alabama including Calhoun and Cleburne counties from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Heflin City Council members met for eight minutes Tuesday to approve the minutes of their previous council meeting two weeks earlier and hear the city’s financial report.

Set back in the trees behind a house in Muscadine, a tree house that used to be a children’s playhouse has been transformed into an artist’s studio.

“I needed a quiet place to work on my own,” said Brad Mix, 65, in a recent interview. “I really didn’t have any room in the house anyway for a dedicated place.”

HEFLIN - Heflin City Council members met for eight minutes Tuesday to approve the minutes of their previous council meeting two weeks earlier and hear the city’s financial report.

Thursday, on the fourth anniversary of a shootout that left Heflin police officer Jackie Stovall with a devastating wound, he will receive a service award from the Justice and Civil Rights Initiative based in Anniston. 

City Council members Tuesday approved changes to the personnel manual involving sick, vacation and compensatory time, but not exactly as discussed at the work session a week ago.

For those who have no transportation, getting to school or landing a job can be a difficult, said Gayle McClellan of Cheaha Regional Head Start which covers Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Talladega and Randolph counties.

“It is a problem,” McClellan said.

Editor Laura Camper and salesperson Misty Pointer of the Cleburne News received the Communications Award for a weekly publication from the Alabama Farmers Federation during the organization’s 95th annual meeting in downtown Montgomery Dec. 5.

Standing over her dining room table Lorraine Boyd Watson, 100, spoke animatedly about the residential history of Heflin she’s creating.

The table is covered with her hand drawn maps and notes about the people who have lived in her hometown.

A local candidate is considering contesting the Nov. 8 election results after learning that the Cleburne County Republicans may not have filed all the paperwork in advance of the election.

Cleburne County commissioners Wednesday rescinded a resolution they had passed at their October meeting capping employees’ sick leave accumulation at 560 hours and annual leave accumulation at 360 hours.

Political newcomer Jake Durham won the District 4 Cleburne County Commission seat Tuesday with a decisive 67 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.