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.

For those who have no transportation, getting to school or landing a job can be a difficult, said Gayle McClellan of Cheaha Regional Head Start which covers Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Talladega and Randolph counties.

“It is a problem,” McClellan said.

Editor Laura Camper and salesperson Misty Pointer of the Cleburne News received the Communications Award for a weekly publication from the Alabama Farmers Federation during the organization’s 95th annual meeting in downtown Montgomery Dec. 5.