April 24-30 Daily Calendars
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Thursday, April 24

Support Groups:

• New NA meeting “Stepping Up”, 6 p.m., Jacksonville State University, Daugette Hall, room 136, building behind Bibb Graves to the left, 700 Pelham Road S.

• Mental Health, for patients with bi-polar, depression and other disorders, and those interested in providing support, 1:30-2 p.m., Tyler Center breakroom, 256-235-5146.

• Alzheimer’s Support Group, for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, 4-5 p.m., Physician’s Center, fourth floor, room 406, 256-235-5146.

• Fibromyalgia Support Group of Calhoun County, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tyler Center, Galley meeting room off the Sunroom. Members and non-members are invited to attend. Contact Debi Parsley at 256-835-2554 for more information.

• AA meeting, noon and 7 p.m., 1411 Gurnee Ave., enter through rear of building, 256-237-6196.

• NAMI Connection, a support group for persons living with a mental illness, 1-2:30 p.m., Tyler Center, 731 Leighton Ave., NAMI is National Alliance on Mental Illness, 256-452-9676.

• Alcoholics Anonymous, noon-1 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, corner of East Ladiga and Southeast Church Street, Jacksonville, 256-343-6685.

• Courage to Change Group of Narcotics Anonymous, Just for Today book study, open, non-smoking, noon, Atlanta Avenue, off Noble Street between 10th and 11th streets.

• New Perspectives, a narcotics anonymous group, 6:30-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 109 Gayle St., behind McDonald’s, Jacksonville, 256-435-4881.

• Help in Progress Narcotics Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., 2236 U.S. 78 W., (1 mile from Fred’s).

• Alcoholics Anonymous Piedmont Group, noon-1 p.m., 801 Hughes St.

• True Transformation, a Christ-centered recovery program for women only, 3 p.m., 1211 Noble St.

Meetings:

• The Calhoun County 9-1-1 District Board of Commissioners, 5:30 p.m., boardroom of the Calhoun County 9-1-1 District, 507 Francis St. W., Jacksonville, 256-237-9119.

• Referral Builders Network, 7-8:30 a.m., Saks Community Center, call Joe Bynum at 256-237-2300 for more information.

• National Active and Retired Federal Employees Talladega Chapter 1511, 10:45 a.m., DeSota Pastime Center, bldg. 1530, Anniston Army Depot, a current driver’s license is needed by all who enter to show security personnel at the check point entrance to gain access to the meeting site. All members are encouraged to attend, no special permission needed to enter Depot for this event. Call 256-358-4257 or 256-268-5286 for more information.

• Anniston Kiwanis Club, noon, Anniston Country Club, lunch served, 256-832-3664 or 256-473-0296.

• Oxford Kiwanis, noon-1 p.m., Oxford Civic Center, 256-831-2660.

• (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), TOPS# AL 502, Lineville, 6 p.m., Lineville Nursing and Rehab chapel, 256-396-2703 or 256-396-5623.

• Christ-centered parenting classes for parents and caregivers of children ages10-18, 1 p.m., 1211 Noble St.

• (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), TOPS# AL 572, Jacksonville, 6 p.m., Jacksonville Congregational Church, 604 Alexandria Road. Call Shirley Finley at 256-820-6464.

• East Alabama Shrine Club, dinner, 6 p.m.; meeting, 7 p.m., 1713 Noble St.

• Gadsden Toastmasters Club, serving Etowah, Calhoun and Marshall Counties, 7-8 p.m., Joe Ford Center, room 202, Gadsden State Community College, 405 Cardinal Drive, Gadsden. Call 256-328-4865 or 480-236-3688 or visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.

• Calhoun County Education Retirees Association, refreshments, 1:30 p.m.; meeting, 2 p.m., Parker Memorial Baptist Church, in the patio room.

Miscellaneous:

• Senior water aerobics and senior therapeutic yoga classes, 8 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coliseum. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 or jsu9517k@jsu.edu for more information.

• Swinging Stars Square Dance Club, 7-8:45 p.m., Bynum Community Center, 256-236-4135.

• Anniston Runners Club, 5:30 p.m., at Anniston YMCA, W. 14th Street. Call 256-310-0830, e-mail ddunn@annistonstar.com or visit www.annistonrunners.com.

• Northeast Alabama Safe Kids and RMC Tyler Center Checkpoint, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Tyler Center parking deck, 731 Leighton Ave., 256-235-5132 ext. 3 for appointments.

• Bridge Club, 11 a.m., Lenlock Center No. 5, 5818 McClellan Blvd., 256-225-0003.

• Diabetes Cooking School, 10 a.m.-noon, Calhoun County Extension auditorium, 1702 Noble St., suite 108, topic will include diabetes and healthy eating, 256-237-1621.

Friday, April 25

Support Groups:

• AA meeting, noon and 7 p.m., 1411 Gurnee Ave., enter through rear of building, 256-237-6196.

• Alcoholics Anonymous closed meeting, noon, Tyler Center, in the Galley.

• Celebrate Recovery, 12-step Christ-centered recovery program, free meal 5:30 p.m.; open meetings, 6:30 p.m.; small group meetings, 7:30 p.m., Word Alive International Outreach, Coldwater, 256-225-2186 or 256-223-6593.

• Courage to Change Group of Narcotics Anonymous, open, non-smoking, 7 p.m., Atlanta Avenue, off Noble Street between 9th and 10th streets.

• Celebrate Recovery, 12-step Christ-centered program, meal, 5:30 p.m.; main program, 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 230 7th St. N.E., Jacksonville, 256-435-6093 or 256-225-2492.

• True Transformation, a Christ-centered recovery program for women only, noon, 1211 Noble St.

• Help in Progress Narcotics Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., 2236 U.S. 78 W., (1 mile from Fred’s).

Meetings:

• Anniston Morning Rotary, 7:15 a.m., Classic on Noble, visit www.annistonmorningrotary.org.

Miscellaneous:

• Senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes, 8 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coliseum. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 or jsu9517k@jsu.edu for more information.

• Diabetes Cooking School, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Calhoun County Extension auditorium, 1702 Noble St., suite 108, topic will include food choices for diabetics, 256-237-1621.

Saturday, April 26

Support Groups:

• Celebrate Recovery, 7 p.m., Meadowbrook Baptist Church, 1125 Meadowbrook Court, Oxford, 256-831-1811.

• AA meeting, noon and 7 p.m., 1411 Gurnee Ave., enter through rear of building, 256-237-6196.

• Courage to Change Group of Narcotics Anonymous, discussion, open, non-smoking, 7 p.m., Atlanta Avenue, off Noble Street between 10th and 11th streets.

• Alcoholics Anonymous Piedmont group, 7:30 p.m., 801 Hughes St., Piedmont.

Help in Progress Narcotics Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., 2236 U.S. 78 W., (1 mile from Fred’s).

Meetings:

• Alcoholics Anonymous speakers meeting, 8-9 p.m., 14th Street and Gurnee Avenue.

• Bridge Club, 11 a.m., Lenlock Center No. 5, 5818 McClellan Blvd., 256-225-0003.

Miscellaneous:

• Food for the soul, feeding the body and mind, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Rest Haven Missionary Ministry, 2420 Noble St., Bishop Billy R. Morgan is pastor. Call 256-820-4421 or 256-820-2569 for more information.

• The original farmers market, 6 a.m.-until sold out, behind the Calhoun County Administration Building.

• Heflin senior citizen dance 7-11 p.m., (every Saturday), American Legion Post 19, $5, live country music, no alcohol or profanity allowed, 256-579-2402.

• Anniston Runners Club, 7:30 a.m., at Anniston High School. Call 256-310-0830, e-mail ddunn@annistonstar.com or visit www.annistonrunners.com.

• Food and clothing for the needy, noon-2 p.m., Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1600 Dooley Ave., 256-237-2773.

Sunday, April 27

Support Groups:

• AA “First-Things-First”, 5 p.m., United Methodist Faith Community, 7777 U.S. 431, Alexandria, 256-403-5397.

• AA meeting, noon and 7 p.m., 1411 Gurnee Ave., enter through rear of building, 256-237-6196.

• Courage to Change Group of Narcotics Anonymous, sponsorship book study, open, non-smoking, 7 p.m., Atlanta Avenue, off Noble Street between 10th and 11th streets.

• Alcoholics Anonymous Piedmont group, 2:30 p.m., 801 Hughes St., Piedmont.

• Help in Progress Narcotics Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., 2236 U.S. 78 W., (1 mile from Fred’s).

• Hope for Today Al Anon Family, 5 p.m., St. Charles Catholic Church, Jacksonville, support for families and friends of people with drinking or drug problems. Call 256-452-0343 for more information.

Monday, April 28

Support Groups:

• AA meeting, noon and 7 p.m., 1411 Gurnee Ave., enter through rear of building, 256-237-6196.

• Lakeside Hospice Grief Support, 3 p.m., Talladega Health Care Facility, Chaffee Street, 800-427-3993.

• Courage to Change Group of Narcotics Anonymous, basic text study, open, non-smoking, noon and 7 p.m., Atlanta Avenue, off Noble Street between 10th and 11th streets.

• Alcoholics Anonymous Piedmont group, 7:30 p.m., 801 Hughes St., Piedmont.

• Help in Progress Narcotics Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., 2236 U.S. 78 W., (1 mile from Fred’s).

Meetings:

• Saints John Lodge 931 Communications, 7 p.m., 1400 Wilmer Ave.

• Hartwell Masonic Lodge No. 101 F & A.M. of Alabama, 7 p.m., 600 Main St., Oxford, 256-282-2035.

• Civitan Club, noon, Classic on Noble, 256-236-9874.

• Weaver Lion’s Club, 7 p.m., Weaver Senior Citizen’s Center, president Don Kessler, 256-820-0043.

• Oxford Rotary Club, noon-1 p.m., Western Sizzlin’, Oxford.

Miscellaneous:

• A free way out day program for ladies ages 18-21, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 1335 Pine Ave. This is a 12-week program to teach survival skills including interview techniques, job placement, education opportunities and more. Call Claudia Elston at 256-740-2354 for more information.

• Baby Café, a group for breastfeeding mothers or those interested, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Café McClellan at McClellan Park Medical Mall. Socialize and receive free professional help with breastfeeding if needed. Light snacks will be provided. The event is free. Visit on Facebook at Northeast Alabama Baby Café. Call 256-241-0886 for more information.

• Low-cost spay/neuter transport to the non-profit Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic in Irondale takes place at 7 a.m. (also second Monday of each month), returns Tuesday at noon, at Pickett’s Feed and Pet Supply, 3200 McClellan Blvd. Call 877-334-9738 for an appointment. Visit www.alspay.org for more information.

• Senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes, 8 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coliseum. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 or jsu9517k@jsu.edu for more information.

Tuesday, April 29

Support Groups:

• Al-Anon, a community resource for family recovery from alcoholism, noon, Physician’s Center at RMC, 4th floor, room 406, feel free to bring a bag lunch, call 256-236-5146 for more information.

• Arc of Calhoun and Cleburne Counties educational and therapeutic support for parents/caregivers with children who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, 6-8 p.m., 401 Noble St. Childcare is provided. Call Mindi Amberson at 256-236-2857 for more information.

• AA meeting, noon and 7 p.m., 1411 Gurnee Ave., enter through rear of building, 256-237-6196.

• Courage to Change Group of Narcotics Anonymous, discussion, open, non-smoking, noon, Atlanta Avenue, off Noble Street between 10th and 11th streets.

• Mental Health, for patients with bi-polar, depression and other disorders, and those interested in providing support, 1:30-2 p.m., Tyler Center breakroom, 256-235-5146.

• Free parenting classes to residents of Calhoun County, sponsored by Family Services Center of Calhoun County, 13 E 11th St., call 256-231-2240, ext. 120, to sign up.

• New Perspectives, a narcotics anonymous group, 6:30-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 109 Gayle St., behind McDonald’s, Jacksonville, 256-435-4881.

• One day at a time Al-Anon group, noon-1 p.m., (new location), Physician’s Office Building, Suite 406, call the chaplain at 256-235-5146 for directions or more information.

• Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Tyler Center, in the Galley, 256-235-5146.

• Help in Progress Narcotics Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., 2236 U.S. 78 W., (1 mile from Fred’s).

True Transformation, a Christ-centered recovery program for women only, noon, 1211 Noble St.

• National Association for Retired and Active Federal Employees, Volunteer Service Center, 9 a.m.-noon, Anniston Army Depot, Building 220, (outside main gate), to assist retired federal employees. Call 256-235-4631 to make an appointment or for more information.

Meetings:

• Eastaboga Masonic Lodge No. 155, 7 p.m., Lodge building in Eastaboga, 256-835-7576.

• Rotary Club of Anniston, noon, Anniston Country Club, Highland Avenue.

• North East Alabama Table Tennis Club, 5-9 p.m., Anniston Army Depot Gym, Bynum, 256-689-8603.

• Bridge Club, 9 a.m., Lenlock Center No. 5, 5818 McClellan Blvd., 256-225-0003.

Miscellaneous:

• A free way out day program for ladies ages 18-21, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 1335 Pine Ave. This is a 12-week program to teach survival skills including interview techniques, job placement, education opportunities and more. Call Claudia Elston at 256-740-2354 for more information.

• Free, confidential counseling for prospective and existing small business owners, provided by the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), by appointment, Northeast Alabama Entrepreneurial System, 1400 Commerce Blvd., just off Greenbrier Road, call 256-831-5215 to make an appointment or for more information.

• Anniston First United Methodist Church men’s prayer breakfast, 6:30 a.m., The Bridge, 1400 Noble St., at rear of church, all men are invited to attend, call 256-236-5605.

• Anniston Runners Club, 5:30 p.m., at Anniston YMCA, W. 14th St. Call 256-310-0830, e-mail ddunn@annistonstar.com or visit www.annistonrunners.com.

• Senior water aerobics and senior therapeutic yoga classes, 8 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coliseum. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 or jsu9517k@jsu.edu for more information.

Wednesday, April 30

Support Groups:

• “Women Loving Life” AA group for women only, 5-6 p.m., Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 1335 Pine Ave. Call 256-405-4337 for more information.

• DivorceCare, a divorce counseling/support group, 6-7:30 p.m., Greenbrier Road Baptist Church. Call 256-689-6444 or 256-310-3956 for more information.

• AA meeting, noon and 7 p.m., 1411 Gurnee Ave., enter through rear of building, 256-237-6196.

• Celebrate Recovery, 12-step Christ-centered recovery Step Study Group, 6 p.m., Word Alive International Outreach, Coldwater, 256-225-2186 or 256-223-6593.

• Courage to Change Group of Narcotics Anonymous, 90 minute, closed, candlelight, non-smoking, 7 p.m., Atlanta Avenue, off Noble Street between 10th and 11th streets.

• Free parenting classes for parents of 2- to 12-year-olds, 9-11 a.m., Family Services Center of Calhoun County, 13 E 11th St. Child care provided, 256-231-2240.

• Alcoholics Anonymous Piedmont group, 7:30 p.m., 801 Hughes St., Piedmont.

• Help in Progress Narcotics Anonymous, 7-8 p.m., 2236 U.S. 78 W., (1 mile from Fred’s).

• New Wine Recovery Support Group for addicts and alcoholics, 6:30 p.m., Hill Crest Baptist Church, “The Rock,” room 208, Family Life center.

Meetings:

• Men’s Bible Study of Anniston First Baptist Church, 8 a.m., McDonald’s in Lenlock, 256-847-0230.

Miscellaneous:

• A free way out day program for ladies ages 18-21, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Smith Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 1335 Pine Ave. This is a 12-week program to teach survival skills including interview techniques, job placement, education opportunities and more. Call Claudia Elston at 256-740-2354 for more information.

• Bridge Club, 11 a.m., Lenlock Center No. 5, 5818 McClellan Blvd., 256-225-0003.

• Senior water aerobics and senior floor aerobic classes, 8 a.m., Jacksonville State University, Pete Mathews Coliseum. Contact Aubrey Crossen at 256-689-2580 or jsu9517k@jsu.edu for more information.

Frequency approved for Cleburne County emergency agencies
by Laura Camper
news@cleburnenews.com
Apr 23, 2014 | 187 views |  0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HEFLIN — Cleburne County’s emergency communications should be up and running on a new digital frequency as early as next week, officials said. Steve Swafford, Cleburne County administrator, said the new digital frequency was approved last week and McCord Communications should start programming the equipment at central dispatch, the Sheriff’s Office and the Heflin and Ranburne police departments late this week or early next week. The entire system will change to digital when the repeaters on the two towers make the switch, Swafford said. “There could still be some tweaking and adjustments after next week,” he said. “But it should be a dawning of a new day.” Most Cleburne County public safety agencies have experienced communication problems over the last couple of years since the county narrowed its radio frequency band as mandated by federal regulations. The change allowed the Federal Communications Commission to create more channels on the existing frequency spectrum but the local departments say it also allowed more interference between frequencies. The departments are hoping the switch to digital will fix the problems caused by the narrowbanding, they said. Ranburne police Chief Steve Tucker said the department hasn’t experienced the same interference, dead spots and communication interruptions that the other departments have. But Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield said Heflin officers have lost contact with dispatch on numerous occasions, putting those officers in danger. Even last week, the officers didn’t receive a call from dispatch that was being sent to them over the new radios in analog, he said. A Cleburne County deputy called on the phone to give them the information, Benefield said. “It’ll definitely be a help with officer safety and public safety,” he said. Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.
Heflin tae kwon do team wins championship
by Laura Camper
news@cleburnenews.com
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Heflin tae kwon do students went to Jackson, Miss., in March for a competition and brought back a national championship title. The 13 students on the school’s demonstration team won first place for their performance, which included breaking boards, sparring, tumbling and synchronized movements all set to music, said Paula Smith, who owns the tae kwon do school with her husband, Chad. Winning felt like hitting the lottery, said Chase Smith, 13, her son and a member of the team. He was really surprised because he thought the second place team had beaten them. “I was excited,” said his sister, Ashley Smith, 10, another team member. “So excited I went and jumped in a freezing cold pool.” That wasn’t the only celebrating the students did. They also cut their coach’s hair, the 10-year-old said. He had offered the haircut as a reward if the students did well at the competition, Paula Smith said. The students cut his long hair during the awards ceremony at the tournament, she said. “That was the funnest part,” Ashley Smith said, although she said he didn’t look so good after the initial haircut. He’s since had it fixed up, Paula Smith said. The tournament was put on by Taekwondo United, a cooperative with more than 50 member schools from 13 states, according to its website. Paula Smith said the cooperative puts on two national tournaments a year, but only one for demo teams. Heflin competed against four other teams from California, Texas, Louisiana and North Carolina, she said. The students tried out to be on the demo team in July, Smith said. It’s the second year the school has had a demo team, she said. The first year, the team competed in a regional competition and placed third out of three. “We really amped it up and brought it this year,” Smith said. Chase Smith was on the team last year and again this year, he said. Last year was a “building year” for the team, he said. They gained experience and momentum. “Feeling like we really should have done better really drove us,” the teen said. This year’s routine was better and the students were really committed to the team, he said. The students had to be at least a green belt to try out for the team, said Paula Smith. The belts in order are white, yellow, orange, green, purple, blue, brown, red and black. All the team members were either red or black belts by the time they competed, she said. They had been practicing the routine all the way up to the Sunday before they competed. Benjamin Casey, 11, said he tried out for the team after watching the 2013 team perform. “I thought it was really cool,” Casey said. The practices were Friday nights and Sunday afternoons for almost a year. It was a lot of work, so when the team won, he was happy, Casey said. “I was also happy that all those practices paid off,” he added. On average, the students will compete in two national competitions and two regional competitions a year through the cooperative, Paula Smith said. The students will head to Anaheim, Calif., for an individual national competition on Sept. 19 and 20, she said. The school had also sponsored an area tournament in January 2013 in Heflin, Smith said. Nearly 200 competitors came to that tournament, she said. She hopes to host another area tournament in January 2015. Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.
Prep softball: Oxford, Ohatchee score wins
by Star staff
Apr 23, 2014 | 359 views |  0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kaylynn Garrett went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI as Oxford beat Pell City 5-4 in high school softball Wednesday. Makenzie Trantham was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Haley Lyner went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Morgan Whaley went 2-for-4. Winning pitcher Kendra Larkin worked four innings and struck out two. Oxford (34-15) will play again Friday in the Southside tournament. The Yellow Jackets will open against Fort Payne at 5 p.m. Ohatchee 10, Gaston 5: Taylor Hamm and Mersady Williams each went 3-for-4 for Ohatchee. Daisy Hathorne, Lexi Pressley and Sarah Martin each had a hit, while Shelby Doss had two walks and scored twice. Shey Clements got the pitching win, while Taylor Hamm finished in relief. Ohatchee scored a 5-2 win over Woodland on Monday night, as Hamm got the win, striking out 10.
Jacksonville State's Paschal Petrongolo puts the tag on Troy's Jakob Nixon at first base. Nixon was safe on the play. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Jacksonville State's Paschal Petrongolo puts the tag on Troy's Jakob Nixon at first base. Nixon was safe on the play. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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