Next week Chris & John’s Bail Bonding Company will open its doors in Heflin and according to John Robinson, the senior adviser for the company, the business will be a first for Cleburne County.

Former Ranburne Mayor Jim Smith was booked into the Cleburne County Jail on Monday, after being indicted by a Cleburne County grand jury of using his office for personal gain over hiring his wife to work at the Ranburne Senior Center.

Samantha Smith, a lifelong Ranburne resident, was sworn in as Ranburne’s newest councilwoman Monday night at the beginning of the monthly Town Council meeting.