Cleburne County Elementary was one of fifty schools in the state to receive an unexpected $20,000 last week, money allotted by the Alabama Legislature to recognize schools showing the most improvement in third-grade reading results.

Four-year-olds on bright yellow tricycles raced last week around an oval track which is part of the new pre-K playground at Pleasant Grove Elementary school. The helmeted tykes, along with their other classmates, were enjoying the new playground, which was completed Aug. 1, according to school Principal Adam Dasinger.

Coroner-elect Adam Downs addressed the Cleburne County Commission Monday night during a work session about some concerns regarding the transportation of bodies.

Describe yourself, or else others will describe you by their own perception.

That was the marketing lesson an urban planning firm presented to senior city officials and many other residents Friday. They had gathered at the Heflin Community Arts Center for the unveiling of a description the firm thought would work for the Cleburne County city.

Olivia Nelson, 10, held out her hand to offer a tasty treat to a cow at Cleburne County High School on Tuesday morning. The animal wagged its tongue around to find the light brown chunk of food in the girl’s fingers, then happily devoured it.

The Cleburne County Board of Education handled year-end personnel business at its monthly meeting on April 9. The board voted unanimously to accept the following resignations due to retirement:

An early Wednesday morning crash on Interstate 20 claimed two lives at mile marker 203, according to officials, and blocking the westbound lanes of the freeway until after dawn.

Heflin’s City Council on Tuesday learned about a new way to stay abreast of city laws: via a new city code database, now available online.

Elementary and high school students shuffled into the stands of Ranburne’s football field Friday morning and cheered as a large white latex balloon lifted off toward space.

A Heflin woman has sued the Cleburne County Commission, alleging racial discrimination kept her from being hired last year as its human resources officer.

The events that led to a different person being hired have been critically questioned by the county’s former attorney and its current county commission chairman.

More than 40 kids showed up on Monday afternoon at the Heflin Armory to audition for the Missoula Children’s Theater Company production of “Gulliver’s Travels In Space.” The kids, all from Cleburne County, will work collaboratively with the production company for five days to put on the play.

The Ranburne Town Council discussed the opening that now exists on the governing body following the recent death of longtime Councilman Benjamin Thomas “Tommy” Jones.

Alabama’s state environmental agency is looking into conditions at a former rubber plant in Fruithurst that local activists have said may be linked to several cases of cancer in nearby residents.

If approved by the U.S. National Forest Service, a proposed project will make it possible to hike from the Cahulga Creek Park in Heflin to the Pinhoti Trail.

The 2.1 mile spur would link the park on Mountain Street with the Pinhoti Trail at the Shoal Creek Ranger Station to the west, all within the boundaries of the Talladega National Forest.

The peace and quiet of downtown Anniston was briefly interrupted Sunday afternoon as about three dozen sports cars swarmed into town like rumbling bees. The source of the sound was an annual outing of the Porsche Club of Alabama.

In a brief meeting Tuesday night the Heflin City Council unanimously passed its consent agenda, or housekeeping-type items that come up at all meetings.

Cleburne County’s newly sworn-in emergency manager, Crystal Cavender, was ready to start her new job during a day when snow and ice were forecast to cause travel concerns