Oxford-area landowner Thomas Taylor has what Clay County-based pottery hunter Gary Price calls an “interesting conglomeration”: a small mound of broken clay shards, intended once to be jugs and bowls and other utilitarian containers, now just potsherds Taylor dug up and polished.

Qualifying for Alabama municipal elections opens on July 5, and continues through 5 p.m. July 19. In Ranburne, though, a dearth of candidates has led to an appointed municipal government that has been in place for more than 20 years. The last municipal election held in the town of just more than 400 was in 1992.

The class of 11 women taught by the Heflin department and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield said the class was organized in response to requests from the community, mostly from women who wanted to learn more about using the guns many already had.

John P. Wheeler was raised in Anniston, graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts, and then returned to his hometown, taking a job with his uncle at Anniston National Bank in 1953. Known also for his service to the community, Wheeler retired from his profession in 1995. He died Friday.

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