Horace Sellers Merrill loved to hunt deer and play checkers.

“I went deer hunting with him many times,” Heflin Mayor Rudy Rooks said. “He still kept a few deer dogs. He was also the best checkers player in Cleburne County, maybe Alabama. It didn’t take but a few times of him beating me that I just quit playing him.”

Merrill, the father of Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, died last week at the age of 80.

Nine Cleburne County wrestlers scored points and eight placed in the AHSAA Class 1A-5A state tournament in Huntsville last weekend. The Tigers earned 123 teams points and finished second to Arab (176.5). The Knights won this year’s 1A-5A title after winning the 6A championship in 2016 and 20…

After initially being denied the money, Cleburne County will get up to $1.5 million from a state trust fund to help clean up a fuel spill at a former county fueling station, commissioners learned Tuesday.


We have unbelievable natural resources in Alabama starting with the Tennessee Valley and transcending to the beautiful white sands at Gulf Shores. Many of our natural resources have been exploited over the years.