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October 1, 2014

Cleburne Co.

Organizers hope for record turnout at Haunted Chicken House fundraiser

The Haunted Chicken House in Hollis opened its doors Friday for a 10th season and is hoping for a record 10,000 visitors over its 12 operating days thanks to some celebrity visits, say organizers.

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Monday 09/29/2014
Three candidates interested in Heflin council seat
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 7:03 pm

Three people have asked the Heflin City Council to be considered to finish out the term of Councilman Jerry Gaines, who died Sept. 17.

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Friday 09/26/2014
Roadside treasures
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 7:37 pm

Cars and trucks crawled along Alabama 46 on Friday as drivers waited for bargain-hunters to cross with their finds or as they scanned the offerings lined up on tables and blankets spread in the grass. The Highway 46 yard sale had arrived again.

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Industry board rejects spending agreement with Cleburne commissioners
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 12:42 am

“We just don’t want our hands tied,” said board member Steven Lines. “We don’t want it earmarked for a specific purpose.”

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
Cleburne County preps for annual 26-mile yard sale
Updated: September 24, 2014 - 5:26 pm

HEFLIN — The Highway 46 Yard Sale is set to kick off Friday for its 17th year, and Wednesday vendors were already setting up their roadside stands.

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Weekend show to focus on Cleburne pottery
Posted: September 24, 2014

HEFLIN — Pottery created by Cleburne County potters in the 1800s is beautiful, say collectors, but it also represents the resourcefulness of early settlers in the area.

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Event to showcase historical pottery of Cleburne County
Updated: September 24, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Jacksonville State University, the Heflin Arts Council and the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the event, showcasing exhibits of the historic pottery and offering pottery identification by experts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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Cuts to compliance officer’s hours won’t have great effect on Cleburne County budget
Updated: September 24, 2014 - 4:21 pm

A surprise vote by the Cleburne County Commission on Monday cut a full-time employee to part-time to save $12,000 in the $8 million budget.

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Section of road in Heflin closed after crews hit gas line
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 12:30 am

A gas leak forced the closure of Oxford Street near the Heflin Mall Wednesday morning.

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Tuesday 09/23/2014
Heflin council approves budget with $63K surplus
Updated: September 23, 2014 - 7:57 pm

HEFLIN — The City Council on Tuesday approved a $2.7 million budget for fiscal year 2015 that estimates a $63,000 surplus at the end of the year.

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Cleburne commission approves new deputy slot
Updated: September 23, 2014 - 5:51 pm

The Cleburne County Commission met in a special session Tuesday afternoon to approve the hiring of a sheriff’s deputy, an item inadvertently left off the agenda for Monday’s meeting.

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Monday 09/22/2014
Cleburne Commission votes to make compliance officer part-time position
Updated: September 23, 2014 - 12:24 am

The Cleburne County Commission on Monday passed a budget that calls for the county compliance officer to be changed from a full-time to a part-time position starting Feb. 1.

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Friday 09/19/2014
Cleburne County officials worry how to pay for economic development position
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 6:10 pm

The Heflin Industrial Development Board will discuss at a special meeting next week an agreement between it and the Cleburne County Commission on using $75,000 the commission allocated to the board.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Family, friends remember Heflin council member as dedicated public servant
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Heflin City Council member Jerry Gaines died Wednesday. He was 72.

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Cleburne County officials say funding can’t keep up with need for road repairs
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 6:24 pm

Many county roads have been suffering from a funding crisis that’s been building for years, says county engineer Shannon Robbins, who’s also head of the road department.

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Cleburne County Hospital Board seeks input from commissioners on outside management idea
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 1:29 am

Board secretary Pam Richardson said Wednesday the board just wants to the commissioners to know what’s going on as it explores hiring a management firm. 

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Scrap tires being collected Saturday in Cleburne County
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 1:29 am

Scrap tires are not just an eyesore. They create a haven for mosquitoes and rats which spread disease, so they create a risk to public health, Swafford said.

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
Heflin council sees small surplus in 2015 budget
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 9:48 pm

The city’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget includes a bump in estimated revenue and a surplus of $61,619 at the end of the year, City Council members heard Tuesday.

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Monday 09/15/2014
Alabama school lunches attract fewer 'customers'
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 8:54 pm

Maria Gilbert said her two older children, in the 11th and fifth grades this year, refuse to eat lunches prepared at their schools. Her kindergartner is “adjusting to the food.”

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Sunday 09/14/2014
Anniston farmers market sets October opening dates
Updated: September 14, 2014 - 1:26 am

This weekend was the final one of the summer for The Downtown Market, but the fall markets will begin Oct. 4, said Bill Carson, a vendor and president of the group. “It’s an experiment right now,” Carson said.

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Friday 09/12/2014
Cleburne Commission discusses 2015 budget
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 1:34 am

The budget is still a deficit budget with revenue estimated at $6.7 million and spending estimated at $7.9 million. However, County Administrator Steve Swafford said the deficit will only occur if all the expenditures need to be spent this year.

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