The owner of a gas station in Heflin that Cleburne County officials say is $34,000 behind on sales tax said Wednesday he’d arranged a plan to pay up.

Most of Ranburne will be at Jacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum this evening at 6 p.m. when the Ranburne girls take on Section in the semifinal round of the Northeast Regional basketball tournament. It will be the second consecutive Northeast Regional appearance for Ranburne (17-8).           

The City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a budget amendment that will allow the Police Department to hire another officer.

The addition will bring the department’s number up to 13, Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield said after the meeting.


This third year of the quadrennium Regular Session of the legislature has recently gotten a lot more complex. These next four months will be trying times for the Alabama legislature. They will not only have to deal with a beleaguered General Fund Budget that has to feed a money-eating monster named Medicaid, they have an overcrowding problem in the state prisons to deal with as well as major public school systems being taken over by the state because of mismanagement and underfunding.