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.

Downtown Heflin will go green, Irish Green that is, on March 18th for its St. Patty’s on Main Festival.  In conjunction with the Strides of March 5k and the St. Pawtrick’s Day Pet Parade, the town will celebrate its ties to Ireland with an Irish Festival – St. Patty’s on Main. 

Any given day during the week, nearly 10 percent of Fruithurst’s population — 30 people — eat a free lunch at the town’s senior center. Another 17 meals are delivered out, said the town’s 34-year-old mayor, Chris Owens.

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.

The business operating a gas station along Interstate 20 in this city’s limits withheld tens of thousands in sales tax collected over nearly four years, a Cleburne County administrator said Monday.

The Heflin Police Department is looking to bolster its staff by one officer.

Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield, speaking at a Heflin City Council work session Tuesday, said the extra officer is needed to reduce overtime pay.

City Clerk Shane Smith estimated the cost of the additional hire to be $32,000 annually.

Tajuan McCarty spoke Saturday in Heflin about how, six years before to the day, she took that first call from a young women asking for help.

Heflin City Council members on Tuesday agreed to spend money to protect city property and to keep firefighters safe when responding to accidents.

In a brief meeting council members agreed to declare as an emergency a roof repair on the city’s recreation center.

The Oxford location of a company that produces cardboard packaging is moving to Heflin so it can expand, Heflin’s Industrial Development Board announced Rusken Packaging Inc. is moving the 25 workers from its Oxford plant on Bama Drive near the Oxford Police Department and adding 15 new positions at the new site on U.S. 78 north of downtown Heflin, according to a release from the Industrial Development Board.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for parts of central Alabama including Calhoun and Cleburne counties from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Heflin City Council members met for eight minutes Tuesday to approve the minutes of their previous council meeting two weeks earlier and hear the city’s financial report.

Set back in the trees behind a house in Muscadine, a tree house that used to be a children’s playhouse has been transformed into an artist’s studio.

“I needed a quiet place to work on my own,” said Brad Mix, 65, in a recent interview. “I really didn’t have any room in the house anyway for a dedicated place.”

HEFLIN - Heflin City Council members met for eight minutes Tuesday to approve the minutes of their previous council meeting two weeks earlier and hear the city’s financial report.

Thursday, on the fourth anniversary of a shootout that left Heflin police officer Jackie Stovall with a devastating wound, he will receive a service award from the Justice and Civil Rights Initiative based in Anniston. 

City Council members Tuesday approved changes to the personnel manual involving sick, vacation and compensatory time, but not exactly as discussed at the work session a week ago.