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Posted October 22, 2013

JOB OPENING NEW RESTAURANT “LYNNIE BO’S” located between Lineville and Wedowee on Hwy 48 at the Hwy 48 Flea Market


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Countdown 2 College Seminar

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Countdown 2 College Seminar


October 21, 2013 from 6-7 pm at the Ashland Theatre
Brought to you by the Clay County Children’s Policy Council and Chamber of Commerce.

FREE … But You MUST Register. Complete Form at Bottom of the Page. RSVP by 5 pm October 16th!

  • Did you know the deadlines are almost here for Senior Scholarships—The internal/renewable awards that can comprise the majority of most college-bound students’ overall funding package ?
  • Did you know that there are external/non-renewable awards available (12) months of the year for students as young as Pre-School thru Adult/Graduate-level?
  • Do you know what to do, where to go or who to ask to help your student maximize their award results—Especially if they think that they might transfer from one campus to another at some point?
  • Are you missing out on unique opportunities available to Grades K-7, 9-12, & Up or to fully capitalize on situations that are “unique” to your student and/or family?
  • Are you the parent /guardian/ or grandparent of a graduating high school senior, a junior, a sophomore or motivated younger student?

If so, you are invited to join us for an exciting “Countdown 2 College” Seminar !
When: Monday Oct 21st
Where: The Ashland Theatre 6-7pm.

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Jill Gudger Howell, M.A.Ed.

Presenting: Jill Gudger Howell, M.A.Ed., founder of N2College and developer of the PreK-12 “$cholar$hip Jump$tart” Program. The company creates comprehensive customized admissions, scholarship funding and career planning programs for clients across the US and internationally. In 2012, her clients averaged $96,500 in earned MERIT-BASED college scholarships PER family, with over $14,850,565 in TOTAL cumulative awards made to their Client Families overall !

A multi-time College Board presenter focusing specifically on college access, maximized funding, and retention, you may have heard Jill on Dave Ramsey’s “Kids and Money” Radio segment, read one of her nationally published articles, or seen her discussing how families can most effectively lower the cost of college on television, or in one of many speaking appearances across the state & around the country!

This seminar is presented free of charge to all parents and students. We do ask that you register by completing the form at the end of this page or leave a message at: 256.354.9021. A special event offer for a “30-Day Boot Camp” Service Program will be offered to all attendees.

With either form of RSVP, please also provide:

Parent Name:
Grade Level(s) Of Your Student(s):
(#) Attending In Your Group:

IMPORTANT: Please Note That ALL RSVPs MUST Be Received By 5:00 PM On Wednesday, October 16th To Secure Spaces For The Event.

There will be a Question/Answer segment at the end of the presentation. Come and ask the College Funding Expert who Dave Ramsey calls “The Scholarship Lady” what YOU can do to help your child reduce the out-of-pocket cost of attending college!

Register for Countdown 2 College Seminar

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Introducing Scholarship Corner

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Scholarship Corner

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Welcome to the Scholarship Corner!

Hello everyone, welcome to the first edition of Scholarship Corner.

Let me introduce myself, my name is Lisa Runyan and I’m on the Board of Directors for the Clay County Chamber of Commerce as well as Director of the Clay County Children’s Policy Council and a lifelong children’s advocate. I am writing this column to help parents and teachers who want to invest in their children’s education.

So often, parents think about scholarships only for their children in High School. The truth is that it’s never too early to be looking for award and scholarship opportunities. Students who are awarded scholarships in middle school are more likely to be awarded scholarships in High School.

This edition will focus on awards for children 13 years and younger. Scholarships for this age group are the hardest to find, so I’m happy to be able to bring this lengthy list to you. A few of these awards will allow students up to 15 years of age. Pay special attention to the due dates as these are non-negotiable. Some of these awards are team sponsored, so get involved and help mentor a team in your school or encourage participation with the help of a teacher.

Check back often, as I will highlight resources and scholarship opportunities as I find them. Click on each link to be directed to the individual award website.

Visit the Scholarship Corner page on this website. Good Luck and Happy Hunting. Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Lisa Runyan

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Industry and Business Survey for Central High School

The career/technical education program at Central High School is seeking input concerning the future workforce of our community. It is our goal to provide the community with a skilled workforce that is equipped to handle the ever-changing demands of business and industry.

To reach our goal, we need your assistance. Please download, print, and complete the Industry and Business Survey that will help us to determine the curriculum and equipment needs for our career/technical education programs. Your input will be valuable as we update and revise our programs. If you can scan the completed survey, then email to Or bring by the Chamber office at 88855 Highway 9, Lineville, AL 36266 or mail to P.O. Box 85 Lineville, AL 36266. Please return it by July 24, 2013. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

The next time you have an employee opening in your organization, we hope you will allow us the opportunity to provide you with potential candidates for employment. Please do not hesitate to call us at 256-396-1400 if you would like additional information concerning our career/technical education programs.

Michael Anderson
Agriscience Instructor/FFA Advisor

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Job Opening at Koch Foods Ashland

JOB OPENING Ashland, Alabama

Koch Foods of Ashland
Occupational Health Nurse 3rd Shift

Koch Foods of Ashland, LLC is has a 3rd shift Occupational Health Nurse position available.
Hours are Sunday night – Thursday night 8:30PM – 4:30AM

License Requirements:
Licensed in State of Alabama as an LPN, LVN, RN, or Paramedic

Koch Foods LLC offers a competitive wage and benefits package. All interested candidates should send in a resume to Jennifer Mattox by fax, 256-354-5702 or by e-mail,
Resumes accepted through July 17th.
No phone calls please.


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County Data on Agriculture’s Economic Impact in Alabama Now Available

From Southeast AG NET

During the annual Alabama Agribusiness Council held this week in Orange Beach, county statistics detailing Alabama’s $70.4 billion economic impact of agriculture, forestry and related industries were released.

Gary Lemme, Director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, made the presentation and explains what this means for agriculture in the state.

County statistics detailing Alabama’s $70.4 billion economic impact of agriculture, forestry and related industries are now available at The study revealed Mobile, Jefferson and Marshall counties are top three in the state for economic impact and jobs related to agriculture and forestry.

The new website details county-level data from the 2013 Economic Impacts of Agriculture and Forestry Study, including dollar value of economic impact and job numbers related to agriculture and forestry industries. It breaks down the top three commodities for each county.

“This will be a useful tool in bringing much-deserved attention to agriculture and forestry and how critical those industries are to our local economies,” said Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council. “Statewide, the impact of these industries is tremendous, but this new information really hits home with county impacts. In many counties, agriculture and related industries account for more than half of all jobs.”

Other county information includes number of farms, acreage and population. Data can be accessed at by clicking on county in the statewide map. The statewide study also is available.

Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System conducted the survey with support from state agriculture groups and businesses.

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Importance of Clay County Agriculture, Forestry, and Related Industries

New Impact Report Underscores Dominant Grassroots Influence of Agriculture and Forestry in Alabama

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Agribusiness Council has recently released an impact report entitled: Clay County Agriculture, Forestry, and Related Industries.

Clay County’s agricultural, forestry, and related industries generated 1,627 full- and part-time jobs, representing 28.5 percent of the county’s total workforce (5,709 jobs).

The total impact of agriculture, forestry, and related industries was $194.8 million, which was 34.1 percent of the county’s total economic activity ($570.7 million). The indirect business taxes impact was $4.6 million, 28.4 percent of the county’s total indirect business taxes.

Read the full report (PDF download) 2010 Clay County Agriculture Forestry Impact Report.

Review reports on each county in Alabama, go to

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The Bear Facts

By Vaughn Samuels, Clay County Resident

As a kid, I can remember watching shows like “Grizzly Adams” where an American hero built a cabin in the mountains, lived off the land, and made friends with a California Grizzly he named after Benjamin Franklin.  And with the failsafe recipe of History-sprinkled-with-Hollywood, it didn’t seem all that far-fetched that a grizzly bear could become a boy’s best friend.  “Ben the bear” seemed more like a glorified family dog that you could teach to do tricks, and was one of Hollywood’s many charming depictions of these beautiful behemoths and their curious nature.

Whether you are one to see the likable doggish qualities in bears, or one who would prefer to admire them from afar, bears are universally fascinating creatures because of their intelligence, mannerisms, and size.  In Alabama we are fortunate to have a presence of Black Bears, smaller and less aggressive than the Brown Bears of the West.  And East Alabama in particular has apparently become “The New West” to the bear community, as more Black Bears are migrating downward from the Smoky Mountains.  Black Bear sightings are on the rise in our neck of the woods as these bears have begun to range our way, with most being spotted around the Talladega Forest and Cheaha Mountain.

One Clay County woodsman in particular recently noticed evidence of a new bear presence here, and set out to capture footage of it with a game camera.  Along the foothills of the Talladega Forest, Mr. David Lockridge came upon a series of large, overturned rocks and clawed bark that had the signature of a bear searching for food.  Placing his game camera in an opportune spot, he was eventually able to capture this video before the bear moved onward.

Bear sightings are gaining speed in Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, and Talladega Counties, and are projected to climb in Chambers, Coosa, Randolph, and Tallapoosa Counties as their migration from the Smoky Mountains continues to range southward and eastward.  At Cheaha State Park, visitors and staff members have spotted an entire family of adult and baby bears roaming through the grounds.  Being the wild animals that they are, the bears tend to stick to their own schedule and are unpredictable in when they will show (at least by human inklings).  Cheaha State Park thus remains the most likely place to see a bear, because of its high location and natural habitat.

While there is no guaranteed spot to see a Black Bear firsthand, the most probable way for would-be Greenhorns is to follow the bear’s lead and “Go South, Young Man”!

(Views expressed are that of the author Vaughn Samuels, and not of any employer.)

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Let It Snow

By Vaughn Samuels

What is it about snow that makes us so giddy?

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Technically speaking, snow is bad news.  Snow is “inclement weather” that slows down business, threatens would-be drivers, taunts power outages, and tests the resolve of aging roofs and iffy tree limbs.  Snow is not friendly to human touch, and must be managed with shovels and plows if the business of living is to continue taking place.  I get it.  But all of those noble curbings pale in comparison to the unsullied joy that only snow can bring (at least to the young at heart).

For all its cons, snow is one of those transcendent flukes that has a way of bringing out the best in us.  And in my many years on this Earth being fascinated by snow, I’ve found that people fall into one of two categories where all things snowy are concerned:

Category A:  Snow Treaders

Category B:  Snow Dreaders

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I’ve also come to the conclusion that about 70% of us enter into this life eager to romp right into the stuff as Snow Treaders, with about 30% leftover, skating by as Snow Dreaders (no pun intended).  As a lifelong snow-bred member of Category A, I can attest that the sight of snow transports me instantly to a very special place.  Snowfall cues me into a state of mind that just can’t be “gotten to” through any other prompt.  (Granddaddy called it “Falling Weather”.)  I am openly and knowingly affected by the sudden change in the world around me, and I like it!  As the sky turns into one gigantic pillow of a cloud, I welcome the snowflakes, snow flurries, and snowscapes that instantly shake those of us below like a snow globe.   It’s a place where busyness disappears, and memories of childlike awe take over.  For me, snow is a covering, that suspends us all in its glistening grasp and forces us to frolic in its wonder, until it is good & ready to let us go.  For some that means unkept hours of making snow angels, snowmen, snowballs, and snow pictures.  For others it means curling up in the warmest nook of the house with a bowl of chicken soup and a half-finished novel, occasionally glancing out the window to peer at us fools outside, naively risking frostbite.

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And there’s no place better to experience the snow as it was meant to be, than in the country.  Being in the South, snow in East Alabama is the exception rather than the rule.  Snow is considered rare in these parts, and often goes years before recurring—-all the more special for us Snow Treaders, as snow days are that much more of a treat to be savored and relished.  And as my Michigan friends recount, it is easier to accept the snow down South because there is just so much of it around up North, that the joy gets lost in the danger of it all.

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So as I respect the frugal fears of the detractors in Category B, my head remains snow-ied but unbowed.  For even the Snow Dreaders are susceptible to the glory of the snow, as they occasionally, however unwittingly, let tempered hails escape their lips, like, “Well if it does have to snow, at least it is appealing to look at.”  (pun intended)

(Views expressed are that of the author Vaughn Samuels, and not of any employer.)

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