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

Two people arrested in Heflin were charged with felony marijuana trafficking during a traffic stop on I-20 Thursday morning. Heflin police officers Danny Turner and Chris Cohran stopped a vehicle for a routine traffic violation and noticed the familiar scent of marijuana.

As a young boy, White Plains native Matthew “Matt” White liked going to Wagon Wheel in White Plains. He ate there often with his late grandparents, J.B. and Martha Taylor. He still remembers how much the family greeted and fellowshipped with neighbors as they sat and enjoyed their meals.

 In a very brief meeting Tuesday, the Heflin City Council unanimously approved a Fire Fund purchase for the city’s Fire Department. The resolution allows the department to buy firefighting equipment.

Although power was restored to all Alabama Power’s Cleburne County customers during the day Monday, said company spokesman Ike Pigott, some 5,700 residents were without it the previous days.

Cleburne County Engineer Lee Estes told the county commission Monday night during a work session that the county will not be spraying herbicides on the county’s rights of way anytime soon. The county has sprayed herbicides in the past to control weeds but not this time.