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September 22, 2014

Cleburne Co.

Cleburne County officials worry how to pay for economic development position

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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Thursday 09/11/2014
Before they were born: Pleasant Grove fourth-graders absorb lessons of 9/11
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 5:57 pm

About three-quarters of the fourth-graders at Pleasant Grove Elementary Thursday knew that terrorists attacked the United States. What they didn’t understand was the attackers' motivation.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Approaching 100, Heflin native looks back on a century lived
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Nancy Stephens Campbell, 99, a resident of Autumn Cove retirement community and assisted living in Anniston for the last three years, has seen a lot of changes in her lifetime.

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Cleburne Board of Education approves budget
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 1:04 am

The proposed budget is higher than the current fiscal year’s $24.3 million budget and includes three more employees, for a total of about 323. The budget estimates the school system will receive $18.3 million in state dollars, $1.3 million in federal and $3.2 million in local funding.

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
Cleburne BOE budget calls for dip into reserves
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 10:30 am

Officials with Cleburne County Schools may have to dip into the district’s reserves by $132,500 next year, according to a budget presented to the school board Monday.

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Sunday 09/07/2014
Wine and cheese tasting in Heflin draws a crowd
Updated: September 07, 2014 - 1:35 am

"I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to move here," said owner Roger Turner, who opened the business in November. "People don't know that I'm here in Heflin yet."

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Friday 09/05/2014
Heflin board puts off spending $25,000 until plan is developed
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 1:19 am

The money will give the board an income with which it can leverage grants or save to do some infrastructure work, said board chairman Jerry Cash. The allocation will be formally made during the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Cleburne budget would set more oversight for county spending
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 8:19 pm

The first would require county administrator’s and the commissioners’ approval of overnight travel by employees. The second would create oversight of department funds spent on advertising,

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Cleburne commission seeks help getting state money for fuel leak cleanup
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 8:00 pm

The Cleburne County Commission has retained the services of a Birmingham law firm with the expectation that the firm might be able to help the commission tap into state funds available for fuel spill remediation.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Proposed Cleburne budget has county at $1.2 million deficit
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 5:57 pm

Cleburne County’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 relies on dipping into the county’s reserves to get through the year, but some county commissioners say they want to change that.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Cleburne County students get early chance at college credit
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Students at Cleburne County High School have the opportunity to take Jacksonville State University classes on the high school grounds for the first time this school year.

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Hoover man drowns in Cheaha Lake
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 7:12 pm

CHEAHA STATE PARK — Rescuers this afternoon pulled the body of a swimmer from Cheaha Lake, where he apparently drowned after a companion saw him go under three hours earlier.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Heflin City Council agrees to help pay for new drug dog
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 9:13 pm

The Heflin City Council on Tuesday voted to spend $2,600 on a new drug dog for the city’s police department.

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