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Choctaw Co. Sheriff's Department PCA Rodeo



Banks a hero to all

Gary Banks has never stood beneath neon lights. He hasn't streaked onto Lambeau Field, has never found his way onto the SportsCenter Top 10 plays and there's a chance Spencer that ESPN's White Chris Berman Sports will never Editor boom his name on primetime television. He is a fighter, a scrabbler, a latcher. For years, he has taken the practice field at the San Diego Chargers' complex in California to serve as whatever opponent the AFC franchise will face in that Sunday's game. But in many ways, the most important ones, he is the quientessntial NFL player. He works every day, never asking for favors. He straps on his worn shoulder pads and laces up his cleats without a hint of misery or a sniff of self-pity. Because for Banks, the dream is all in the doing. This sort of quiet determination is evident from the moment you meet the man. He assumes nothing, and the ego of the star athlete is nowhere to be found in his quiet but steadfast voice. Beyond fame and vast fortune, Banks is a role model, in every sense of the word. He is a young man who respects family, clear from hs constant visits back to Choctaw County. My first meeting with him, in fact, was in front of his family's grocery outside Gilbertown. He was polite, well-mannered and extremely friendly, traits I had seen in the other members of his family and was pleased to notice had been passed on to the star of their youngest generation. He also possesses a refreshing sense of generosity. My first conversations with him concerned the possiblilities of looking into baseball/softball facilities for both Choctaw County and Southern Choctaw High Schools, a project that was likely to be both expensive and time-consuming. Without hesitation, the former SCHS star was willing to discuss ideas and sources of potential funding. Once again, the word that most clearly struck me was refreshing. In a world of athletics, both collegiate and professional, where attitudes and a me-first agenda seem to permeate and swallow up what once was a pure and bluecollar world, the world of athletics, Banks is a refreshing throwback to the old days. One that the boys of this county, both young and near adulthood, white and black, can learn from and look up to for how a son and man should be.

Third annual rodeo a big success

By Spencer White

Sports Editor

JACHIN -- The smell of hay was in the air and the sound of spurs clinked through the August night as the Choctaw County Sheriff's Department held the third annual Professional Cowboy Association Rodeo at J.O. Clark & Sons Arena this past weekend. Riders from as far away as Califormia, New Mexico and Arizona came all the way to Jachin to compete in a variety of events ranging from bareback horse riding to three-leg tie calf roping. When the final tallies were gathered, a grand total of 260 hopefuls had entered events to create a combined prize pool of $19,400 that went up for grabs. Carolyn Minor, PCA Rodeo secretary, stated that the event was "a big success." "The sheriff was very pleased," Minor said. "I know I was." Minor also stated that attendance for the event was the highest in the three year history she has been associated with it, stating that the clear skies paved the way for approximately 600 interested fans to make their way to the arena. In addition to the money events, fans were encouraged to participate in several amusing contests, including a cattle chase, a treasure hunt in a bale of hay, and the ever popular Choctaw County Idol. Minor also added that with the success of the event this year, she and the PCA expect to continue a relationship with Choctaw County for the forseeable future. "As long as there's interest, (the PCA) will be happy to come back."

Sun-Advocate photo by Spencer White The entrance of the American flag kicked off Saturday's rodeo. More photos on 10A

Setting up for victory

GILBERTOWN -- They say that two heads are better than one, and nobody knows that better than Judy Franks and Tracy Roberts. The Southern Choctaw High School volleyball coaches take the advice to heart every summer, calling on the help of University of South Alabama head coach Nicole Keshock. For three years, Keshock generously gives her time to come up to Silas, bringing along a couple of her own players, to go through drills and, as Franks says, "give a new look at the fundamentals." "She brings it from a very experienced coach," Franks said. "I think it's good for our girls to get a outside look." Roberts chimes in with her own, simple explaination. "She makes it fun." That was the occupation of the SCHS girls volleyball squad this past week, as Keshock and two of her players led the team through various drills, subtly disguised as `games'. "We want this to be fun," Roberts said. "They don't realize their learning." Both say that with the success of the work that has been done in the past three years, they hope to continue receiving visits for the foreseeable future. "I think it's gone very well," Franks said. "I think it's good for them, and we learn by watching."

AT LEFT: A SCHS volleyball player works a drill during Monday's volleyball camp in Silas. The camp is put on every year by University of South Alabama head volleyball coach Nicole Keshock, who will usually bring along her own players to assist in running the camp. Photo by Spencer White

Results from Sheriff's Department Rodeo

Bareback Riding: 1st - Lance Etheridge 2nd - Jonathon Lee 3rd - Mitchell Spangler Saddle Bronc Riding: 1st - Brad Bates 2nd - Justin Caylor 3rd - Cole Bilbro Calf Roping: 1st - Riley Grisham 2nd - Colton Redmond 3rd - Jud Gully 4th - Clint Keller 5th - Cody Harris 6th - Bart Brunson Steer Wrestlling: 1st - Sam White 2nd - Scott Owen 3rd - Lance Arriso 4th - Dusty Purvis 5th - Tee Owens Breakaway Roping: 1st - Tabitha Kiker 2nd - Whitley Allemand 3rd - Meaghan Watts 4th - Ashlea Pierce 5th - Kassidi Smart Barrel Racing: 1st - Kelsey Kennemer 2nd - Ashley Pierce 3rd - Rhonda Dobbins 4th - Stacy Dial 5th - Chelsee Watson 6th - Lacy Shirley Team Roping: 1st - Bart and Wes Brunson 2nd - Richard Taylor and Squirt Cook 3rd - Territt Varner and Zack Dobbins 4th - Randy Dobbins and Charlie Day 5th Austin McDougald and Dustin Brown 6th - Bradley Massey and Dereck Freeman Bull Riding: 1st - Michael Campbell 2nd - Greg Hall 3rd - Jeffery Ramagas 4th - Cody Wiggins



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Master Gardener course to be offered by Cooperative Extension Office


BUTLER -- Master Gardeners are more than just dedicated and skilled gardeners. They are ambassadors of the local county Extension office, and volunteers who love helping and educating people about things related to home gardening. Their goal and primary mission is assisting Extension in helping all people, solving problems, and serving the needs of the community. The Alabama Master Gardener Volunteer Program is an educational program offered through county offices of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Through this program, individuals are trained and certified in horticulture and related areas. These individuals, in turn, volunteer their expertise and services to help others through horticultural projects that benefit the community. The Master Gardener Program trains volunteers, who work through Extension, to bring the latest horticultural information and practices from the world of research to their communities' landscapes and gardens. Through the Master Gardener program, thousands of people in the United States and Canada have been trained as volunteers. The Alabama Master Gardener training program provides more than 40 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction in horticulture and related areas. Classes taught include soils and plant nutrition; composting, plant physiology; plant pathology; landscape design and plant selection; weed identification and control; entomology; pesticide education, fruit culture; plant propagation; home lawn care; vegetable gardening; interior plants, care and maintenance of landscape plants; and bedding plants, and more. Courses are taught by specialists from Auburn University, Extension agents from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, fellow certified Master Gardeners, and local horticulture professionals. In exchange for the training, participants are obligated to return an equal amount of volunteer service time on projects that benefit their communities. To become a Certified Master Gardener, one must return at least 50 hours of approved community service. Examples include assisting county agents, answering gardening related phone calls, writing fact sheets or garden columns for newspapers, speaking to garden clubs or civic organizations, assisting with the next Master Gardener class, working on special projects within your community or city, or pursuing your own project ideas. A Master Gardener Course will be offered locally beginning Tuesday, August 31, 2010. Classes will meet each Tuesday night for 10 to 12 weeks. Each class will last 4 hours each. Cost of the class will be $100. If you're interested in participating in the Master Gardener Program or would like more information on this program, please call the Choctaw County Extension Office at 1205-459-2133.


LISMAN -Greetings from The Center. We all are hot, hot, hot. This is the hottest summer we have had. Oh my, 96 to 100 degrees. We had two deathis this week, Mr. Johnny Jackson, and a man was found dead, Mr. Malone in Lisman area. Please remember Lillian these families in Hodge your prayers. Contributing The Columnist sick ones are Mrs. Katie Nicklson, Mrs. Essie M. Sturdivant and Bennie Ruffin. These are some that are in the hospital. At home, Dr. Haward, Sis. Josephine Chaney, Doris Irby, Ben Marsh, Hattie Johnson, Ola Mae Harbin, and Viola Mason. In Willow Trace Home, Pearl Horn, Johnnie Louis Keeton, Annie B. Marsh, and others. Mrs. Sue Moore is some better I heard. Please pray for these people. Sunday School with Thomas Horn the Instructor and Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., The Bible Class with Bishop Johnny B. Payton and Bro. Jimmie Lee Hill. They do a good job telling the story about Jesus. We had a visitor, Rev. Cecil Hopkins and Mrs. Ada Rodgers. Please add Mrs. Bettie Harten to the sick list. Oh yes, Mrs. Mattie Burkes is out to a grand girl wedding in Virginia Beach. Hurry back Mrs. Mattie. Greater First Baptist Church is doing fine. Going someplace about every Sunday after leaving our church. My pastor is called to preach and we go with him. Revival is on the move this month. All of the churches get ready, pray for good Revivals. Please don't forget about Ohio for The Choctaw Picnic, Aug. 13th and 14th. I am trying to get ready. Oh yes, The Ridgeway Ladies was home for homecoming at St. Mary Church in Butler. I was glad to see them. My pastor, Rev. Joseph Patterson did the homecoming sermon. Very nice. The choir accompanied him. The people from the Hospice do a nice job with Bingo. About every one gets a gift. That is nice. Please don't forget Annual Woman Day, Aug. 8th at 2 p.m. at Greater First Baptist. My time is gone. Bye.

Changes for the creek and the boy

There was a time, and it really was not so long ago, when Bogueloosa Creek ran silent and ran deep. The winters at that time were about the same as now, but there was still a marked effect upon the surface of the creek. Since the water was almost unmoving, ice formed on the top of the water, and it usually remained until spring. Sammy The deep water pro- Wright vided for the quiet- Contributing Columnist ness. A ten year old boy walked across a field to reach the creek early on a winter morning. It was shortly after dawn, and that was the time when the pan-sized catfish were biting best. They were easy to catch and clean, and they made an excellent breakfast when fried with eggs. The boy threw his hook into the water but it did not sink. The hook needed a heavier sinker, and it would be easy to make. Canning jars came with lead caps that were just a piece of lead that screwed down and touched a rubber band and formed a seal. The lead was easy to melt and pour into a hole in the sand where it hardened and formed a sinker. The amount of lead determined the weight of the sinker. The boy went back to the creek, but the sinker was still too light to sink the hook. He found a whirlpool where the ice did not cover the surface, and before long, he had enough fish for breakfast. The years passed quickly, and both the creek and the boy changed. Clear-cutting loosened the soil on the nearby hills and the soil flowed into the creek which now runs shallow and noisily. Ice does not form now on the shallow, swift water. The boy's changes were equally as swift. He became a slender tall youth that the Army wanted. After training as an infantryman at Camp Blanding, Florida, he was sent to Europe. Although not a part of the D-Day invasion. He was assigned to any Army unit that followed behind the invaders and maintained security in the areas that the invaders first secured. All the troops were under the command of General George Patton, and they were all making their way toward the Rhine River. There is an old saying that stresses that it is possible to take a boy out of the country, but it is not possible to take the country out of a boy. The saying might have added that it is not possible to take the boy out of the man that the boy becomes. While maintaining the security of a small village, the unit commander was approached one morning by

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Leadership Choctaw honors graduates

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BUTLER ­ Local business and education leaders recently completed the 2009-10 Leadership Choctaw program and were honored with a graduation and awards reception at Water Valley Lodge on May 27. The event featured a keynote address by Dr. Larry Turner, President of the Mobile Math and Science School. Following dinner and Turner's address, the graduates were presented with awards for their participation in the annual program. Leadership Choctaw is an comprehensive program that gives community leaders a wide range of information about the county that will help in their decision-making process as they lead in their respective areas. Graduates pictured are: (front, left to right) Mary Kelly (First United Security Bank), Merry Cummings (Daystar Hospice), Jacqui James (Principal, Southern Choctaw Elementary School); (standing) Thomas Jackson (Mayor, Lisman), Bill Rickman (West Alabama Bank & Trust), Johnie Beard (Commissioner, District Three), Ron Mason (Southern Oaks Realty), Bob Moore (First United Security Bank). Not pictured are: Donna Hannah (Regions Bank), Lenoir Lewis (SGA, Patrician Academy), Dana Lolley (TRIO, Alabama Southern Community College), Joshua Manley (SGA, South Choctaw Academy), Chloe Pritchett (SGA, Choctaw Co. High School), and Phillip Turner (SGA, Southern Choctaw High School).



Isabella Ried Lucus

BIRMINGHAM -- Mr. and Mrs. Bart Lucus of Moody, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella "Bella" Ried, born on May 28, 2010 at 7:51 a.m. at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham. Bella weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz. And was 20 1/2 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Ried and Sara Drinkard of Providence. Paternal grandparents are Paul and Ginger Lucus of Toxey. Paternal great-grandparents are Edna Lindsey of Butler and the late Wallace and Lois Lucus of Toxey. Mrs. Lucus is the former Elizabeth Ann Drinkard of Providence.

Museum to charge fee for use of grounds

GILBERTOWN ­ The board of directors of the Choctaw Co. Historical Museum has announced that, effective Sept. 1, 2010, there will be a charge of $50 per three-day period for any individual or organization that wishes to use the museum grounds. Reservations for such use be made in advance by calling Curator Jean Bundy at 251-843-2501. Only the curator can confirm such reservations and any unauthorized individual or organization not complying with this rule will be asked to leave the grounds immediately.

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Center mourns loss of Bonner

By Jessie Wright

Center Director

BUTLER -- We were so sad to hear about the death of Lavon "Shorty" Bonner. She was a member of the Gilbertown center but she still came to the Butler Center when she was in Butler. She was a very loving person and we will miss her so much. James Bonner, her husband, will need our prayers. We send our love to him and his three sons. James comes to Butler Center on Wednesdays and does the devotion from 10:45 until 11:00. We appreciate him taking time to come and do this for us. The bingo winners for July were Margie Loflin, Deborah Morgan, Joyce Fendley, Mary Catherine, Jeanise Purfour, Nita Gilbert, and Jewel Gibson. We play bingo on Mondays and Fridays each week. We have exercise on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some of us try to walk but it has been so hot it is hard to walk very long. We have a machine that we use sometimes plus the regular exercise that I teach. If anyone would like to visit the center, you must be at least 60 yrs. old to eat lunch. We enjoy having visitors. The Center can be rented for any special event like wedding receptions or family reunions, just about any special occasions. Just call 205-459-4442 and speak to Jessie Wright to rent the Center. Mrs. Vera Frasier is moving out of one of the apartments at the White Oak Apartments. We will miss her. She has been there for several years. She has rented a house. I know she will enjoy having more room. She loves to have flowers and all kinds of plants. Good luck Vera in your new home. This apartment is a two bedroom and will be ready to rent in a couple of weeks. Please Call Jessie Wright at 205-4594442 to see the apartment. Anyone may call me at 205-459-3654 after 12 p.m. and before 6 p.m. Have a great week and stay cool.

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Two for five

Two separate branches covering five generations of the Scott-Johnson-Roberts family gathered together at the 100th birthday celebration for Mrs. Myrtle Scott on July 17. The top photo includes Mrs. Scott, Janice Johnson, Louis Johnson, Scott Johnson, and Bryson Johnson. At bottom are Mrs. Scott, Janice Johnson, Louis Johnson, Samantha Johnson Roberts, Kade Roberts, and Hunter Roberts.


Swim advisories lifted

By Dee Ann Campbell

Sun-Advocate Editor

GULF SHORES ­ Beachgoers can now swim safely in the Gulf, according to a press release by the Alabama Department of Public Health. On Friday, July 30, the ADPH lifted swim advisories that had been posted for beaches in Baldwin and Mobile counties, citing improved beach conditions. The advisories had been posted in recent weeks after authorities detected oil in the water and on the beaches in both counties from the Deep Water Horizon oil spill that occurred off the coast of Louisiana on April 20. According to the ADPH, current projections do not show oil impact and recent observations from the water and the air show only light sheen near the shoreline. In lifting the advisories, Dr. Donald Williamson, state health officer for the ADPH, said that his department would continue to monitor the beaches and reinstate them if necessary. Williamson said that there may still be sporadic oil on or near Alabama beaches, and beachgoers should still heed precautions in avoiding contact with the oil.


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a man, a woman, and a teenage boy from the village, and while the man and woman were crying the teenager was saying something in perfect English. In a weird situation that could develop only during wartime, the captured villagers were asking their captors for help. It appeared that a boy of about ten years of age was lost. The crying adults were the lad's parents, and the teen was along just to explain the problem. The boy from the Bogueloosa Valley listened to the conversation and the image of a whirlpool formed in his mind when the teen described the nearest creek as just one big mass of solid ice. This was shortly before the Battle of The Bulge, and all of western Europe was frozen solid. "Sir," our local boy said to the commander, "I can find that boy." "How can you find him" the commander asked. You have never been here before." "No, Sir," the local boy responded, "but I was once a ten year old boy." Perhaps that response was just enough to change the mind of the officer. He told the local boy, who is our brother, Calvin Wright, that he could go and search for the boy but two other men would have to go with him. Even more, all three men would wear side arms, they would return before nightfall, and the English speaking teen would remain in his custody until they returned. Before they left, Calvin asked the teen for directions to the creek. The lady cried constantly, and she reminded Calvin of

feet. He limped for the rest of his life, but no one ever heard him complain. He returned home, reared a wonderful family, and enjoyed a good life. He always wanted to go to college, so after retiring, he enrolled at the college in Gilbertown. He did finally get a degree. We congratulated his graduation by giving him a pair of clogs that relieved the pain that came when he walked. We asked for permis-

sion to publish this story several times, but he always told us to wait. Well, we could wait not longer, so here it is. Somewhat shy, he did not want to appear to be bragging. As a member of the greatest generation, he has every right to brag. That generation astounded us, and still amazes us. If you have a member of that generation in your family, cater to him and love him, and love him. They are leaving us at the greater number of eleven hun-

dred each week. Have we finally managed to write an article without poetry? Well not quite. Since Calvin is our older brother and always gave us some sage advice, we want to return the favor by using a few words from Dylan Thomas, circa 1949. "Do not go gentle into that dark night; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Do not go gentle ... ...into night." that dark

Calvin Wright

Matthew's description of Bethlehem after Herod killed the children who were under the age of two years after the birth of Christ: "In Rama, there was a voice heard, lamentation and weeping. Rachel, weeping for her children and would not be comforted since they are not." But that was not the case that morning on the creek. It was completely frozen, but they walked along the banks and stopped every few feet to listen. When Calvin heard the spinning sound of a whirl pool, he screamed for joy, and the only person whose scream was louder was that of the boy's mother. Feel free to call this whatever you will, but we call it boy reaching out to boy. The reach also had a physical meaning. The children of Germany had not tasted candy for four

years, so when Calvin took a bar of candy from a pocket and waved it, the boy jumped onto the ice and ran toward them. The lady insisted, in broken English, that the men come to her house for lunch. They went and waited as she cooked an enormous pudding in a circular pan. She placed the pan on the table and asked them to eat. When no one responded, rightfully fearing that there might be poison in the pudding, the lady showed that it was okay by taking a huge part out of the middle and eating it in front of the men who then dug in. Kindness can respond even in times of war. The men rejoined their unit and later fought the Battle of The Bulge where Calvin was wounded. However, his greatest injury came from the ice which almost destroyed his



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conservation benefits. Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share, and technical assistance. CRP protects millions of acres of America's topsoil from erosion and is designed to improve the nation's natural resources base. Participants voluntarily remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production by entering into longterm contracts for 10 to 15 years. In exchange, participants receive annual rental payments and a payment of up to 50 percent of the cost of establishing conservation practices. By reducing water runoff and sedimentation, CRP also protects groundwater and helps improve the condition of lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. Acreage enrolled in the CRP is planted to resourceconserving vegetative covers, making the program a major contributor to wildlife population increases in many parts of the country. As a result, CRP has provided significant opportunities for hunting and fishing on private lands. Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this sign-up provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring this fall covering about 4.5 million acres may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this sign-up are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1, 2010. FSA implements CRP on behalf of Commodity Credit Corporation. FSA will evaluate and rank eligible CRP offers using an Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) for environmental benefits to be gained from enrolling the land in CRP. The EBI consists of five environmental factors (wildlife, water, soil, air and enduring benefits) and cost. Decisions on the EBI cutoff will be made after the sign-up ends and after analyzing the EBI data of all the offers. Those who would have met previous sign-up EBI thresholds are not guaranteed a contract under this sign-up. In addition to the general signup, CRP's continuous sign-up program will be ongoing. Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land. For more information, visit

Conservation Reserve signup to begin this week

MONTGOMERY -- Daniel Robinson, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Alabama, has announced that a general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on August 2, 2010, and continue through August 27, 2010. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general sign-up at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. CRP is a voluntary program that assists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to use their environmentally sensitive land for


Lakeside Steel, Inc. to build new Thomasville facility

THOMASVILLE -- Governor Bob Riley last Thursday announced that Lakeside Steel, Inc. will build a pipe manufacturing facility in Thomasville and initially create 120 new jobs. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in the fall and the company plans to begin production by the end of 2011. "This project will have a tremendous impact on this community. The new jobs coming here mean more opportunities and brighter futures for so many families," Riley said. "Alabama is honored and proud to welcome Lakeside Steel." The company reports that once the new facility is completed, it will be the largest industrial employer in Thomasville. "Alabama provides the right environment in which to operate a manufacturing business and Thomasville specifically will be conducive to a productive and profitable operation for years to come," the company said in a statement. Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, the company is a diversified steel pipe and tubing manufacturer with a list of customers includes large oil and gas, mining, automotive, commercial and industrial supply companies. Gov. Riley thanked local officials for their hard work in recruiting Lakeside to Thomasville. Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day and other local officials joined Riley and Ron Bedard, President and CEO of Lakeside Steel, and Vic Alboini, Chairman of the Board of Lakeside, at the announcement at the Thomasville Civic Center.


TDS to offer communications technology for businesses

MADISON, Wis. -- TDS Telecommunications Corp. has announced that it is now offering managed UC, a Voice Over Internet Protocol managed service utilizing the Cisco® Unified Communications 500 system for Small Business. The Cisco system is designed especially for small businesses with locations that have up to 100 employees. TDS is able to offer managedUC to businesses located throughout the U.S., within and beyond its normal service boundaries. With this new offering, TDS is helping small businesses function more like Fortune 500 companies, without the expense. The TDS managedUC solution provides an integrated, feature-rich, premise-based, IP PBX communications system. It gives small business customers (with limited or no internal IT department) a telecommunications system that TDS completely monitors and manages 24/7. TDS managedUC features: · Equipment is housed at the customer's premises; · 24/7 monitoring and management of the Cisco UC 500 system; any indications of "trouble" are cared for immediately, often before the customer realizes any problems; · Businesses, networking up to five locations, can share features between locations, including fourdigit dialing, without the long-distance toll charges; · Productivity enhancing applications are available, such as a PC-integrated toolbar and a soft phone, that can replace the hard phone for traveling employees; · Employees working from home, office, or traveling access a highly secure VPN connection every time. TDS Telecommunications Corp., headquartered in Madison, WS, is the eighth-largest wire line company in the nation; employing approximately 2,600 people.

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Local landowners invited to `Wildlife School' at Auburn

AUBURN The "Wildlife School," a land management training seminar, will be held at the Gadsden State Community College, Centre, Alabama, August 26-27, 2010. The targeted audience includes landowners and land managers interested in improving wildlife habitat and population management. Topics include food supply, beaver and hog control, timber management, wildlife openings, deer and turkey management, pond management, quail and dove management, where to obtain assistance, and much more. The training is hosted by the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts (AACD) Forestry and Wildlife Standing Committee. Sponsors include the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee, the Calhoun and Cherokee Counties Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Registration is $85, and includes the 2day seminar, 2 meals, and 2 breaks. Single day registration for Thursday or Friday is available for those who cannot attend both days. Registered foresters that attend will receive Continuing Education Credits for each day of attendance. The agenda and registration form are available online at:, click on "calendar," then scroll down to "AACD Forestry and Wildlife Committee Wildlife School." Deadline for registering is August 18. For more information, contact Cheryl Hall, Calhoun County Soil and Water Conservation District, 1413 Hillyer Robinson Parkway, Suite B, Anniston, AL 36207. Phone: 256-835-7821 Ext #3.

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First Assembly ministers in Venezuela

By Jeanette Kearley

Guest columnist

BUTLER -- About a year ago, First Assembly of God in Butler began to form a mission team. Because of a connection that the church has with missionaries in that area, the church chose Venezuela as their destination. The missionaries in Venezuela associated with the Assemblies of God, are Gary and Patricia Heiney, an Uncle and Aunt of First Assembly of God children's pastor, Rev. Jon McCluey. A great deal of work went into raising the funds needed to go and on July 3, 2010, the Venezuela Missions Team, consisting of 14 members from Butler Assembly of God and a dental team, Dr. Britt Morris, D.M.D. of Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, and three of his hygienists, flew out of Atlanta, Georgia headed to Caracas, Venezuela. The team members participating on this mission trip were: Roy Coody, Judy Etheredge, Phyllis Fulcher, Shelby Fulcher, Matt Etheredge, Christie Hearn, Whitley Hearn, Cecil & Jeanette Kearley, Joshua Manley, Pastor Jon McCluey, Dr. Britt Morris, Selena Mosley, Melissa Sims, Amy Singleton, Amanda Tyson, Courtney Walker, and Pastor Jimmy Watson. Before the team started their work at hand, they had the privilege of attending Destiny Church International at the children's home,

The mission team included: (front, left to right) Joshua Manley, Matt Etheredge Second Row: Phyllis Fulcher, Amanda Tyson, Shelby Fulcher, Courtney Walker, Whitley Hearn - Third Row: Cecil Kearley, Jeanette Kearley, Amy Singleton, Judy Etheredge, Christie Hearn, Melissa Sims, Dr. W. Britt Morris, D.M.D., Pastor Jimmy Watson, Roy Coody, Back Row: - Pastor Jon McCluey, and Selena Mosley

Two of the team members work on a construction project in Venezuela.

Samuel's House, where the team would be working. It was exciting to ride in a bus that was provided for the church and Samuel's House use, bought by funds from Speed the Light. Speed the Light is an organization within the Assemblies of God, funded by money raised by the youth. Speed the Light provides missionaries transportation to do their work, whether it is a bus, van, pickup or a bicycle or motorcycle. It depends on the missionary's needs and the area conditions in which he or she is working The mission work at Samuel's House was multi-faceted. Some worked on a lodge that

Jeanette Kearley and Phyllis Fulcher spend time with some of the local children. will later house future held a Kids Crusade, missions' teams and twice a day for three retreats for the Assembly days, while the dental of God churches in team, gave free care to Venezuela, the youth on the children of Samuel's the team along with House and then for both other team members children and adults in the surrounding communities, totaling more than 116 children and adults, ranging from age 4 to 71. The mission team witnessed through interpreters and many were saved. Just the smiles and glows on the faces of community residents and children from the children's home were a blessing. Even though the team had interpreters helping, there was one thing common to everyone, LOVE. Love of God, love for each other, hugs and smiles broke through any language barrier. The team returned to the States July 10th after making lasting friendships with the missionaries, their families and staff and

Dr. Britt Morris provides much needed dental care for Venezuelan people.

Bro. Jon McCluey prays with two Venezuelan boys.

also with the children of Samuel's House. The

team is planning to return next summer.

In prayer for the schools

Sun-Advocate photo by Dee Ann Campbell GILBERTOWN -- Rev. Erwin Mooney of Toxey Baptist Church led a group of Christians in a Prayer Walk around local schoolson Sunday afternoon. The event was a time to pray for students, teachers, and administrators in preparation for the beginning of school in the next few days. This year's Prayer Walk marked the third year that such events have been held prior to the opening of school.



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AND THE ALABAMA AUCTIONEERS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE AN AUCTION OF HUNTING LEASES FOR CERTAIN STATE TRUST LANDS IN ALABAMA Notice is hereby given to all interested parties that a public auction of hunting leases on certain State-owned lands will be conducted in the State Capitol Auditorium, Montgomery, Alabama on August 20, 2010. The auction will promptly begin at 10:00 a.m. and oral bidders should plan to arrive before the stated time in order to register as a bidder. LOCATION OF TRACTS: The tracts offered for lease are more particularly described as follows: #10. Choctaw County - T9N, R3W, the E2, the N2NW and the S2SW of Section 16; containing 481± acres. Minimum Bid: $11.00/Ac/Yr; $5,291.00 First Year.* * Subsequent annual rental rates for all leases will automatically increase by 3% of the previous year rental rates per year. The State does not warrant nor guarantee either title or access to the lands herein advertised and all bidders should satisfy themselves as to the State's title, accuracy of the acreage offered and tract accessibility. LEASE TERMS: Any lease of property shall include the terms of the standard Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/State Lands Division's hunting lease. In addition to payment of annual rental, certain landowner assistance will be required of the successful bidder as specified in the hunting lease: 1. The term of the lease shall be for five consecutive years with the anniversary date of the lease, for payment of annual rental, considered as July 1. There shall be no proration of the full annual rental amount during the lease term. 2. The lease shall be for the specific purpose of hunting by the lessee and accompanied guests. In the event of lease to a hunting club, a currently maintained list of members will be required and hunting shall be limited to club members and accompanied guests. No commercial hunting shall be permitted on the tract and the property may not be used for commercial hunting purposes. 3. BIDDERS AND ALL INDIVIDUALS AUTHORIZED TO HUNT PREMISES MUST NOT HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A GAME VIOLATION IN ANY STATE FOR THE PREVIOUS THREE CALENDAR YEARS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE BID OPENING IN ORDER TO QUALIFY AS POTENTIAL LESSEES. ANY VIOLATION OF FEDERAL OR STATE GAME LAWS AND REGULATIONS ON THE PREMISES BY ANY INDIVIDUAL AUTHORIZED TO HUNT ON THE TRACT MAY RESULT IN IMMEDIATE TERMINATION OF THE LEASE. 4. The lessee must make provisions for access to the property, and must secure the property by measures acceptable to the State Lands Division. The State does not guarantee access to any tract. 5. All roads on the property must be maintained in good condition at all times and all property boundaries remarked and State Lands signs posted once during the lease period; all at Lessee's expense. No vehicles shall be operated under circumstances or in a manner that causes accelerated erosion or deep rutting. At least once a

year, following deer and turkey hunting seasons, the lessee shall properly drain and restore all roads in accordance with Alabama's Best Management Practices for Forestry and State Lands Division specifications. 6. Annually, the lessee shall fertilize and plant all food plots on the property and all property line fire breaks in accordance with State Lands Division specifications. 7. During the term of the lease, the lessee shall paint the boundaries of the property and post State Lands signs in accordance with State Lands Division specifications. Paint and signs will be furnished by the State Lands Division. 8. Lessee shall patrol the property on a weekly basis and promptly report to the State Lands Division any evidence of trespass, garbage dumping, beetle infestation of timber or other damage to the property. 9. Lessee shall provide general liability insurance, with the State of Alabama named as co-insured, in the amount of ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000) with a company licensed and approved to do business in Alabama. 10. Lessor specifically reserves unto itself all rights and interests in the subject premises not inconsistent with the restricted hunting rights made the subject of this lease. Lessor specifically reserves the right to full use and enjoyment of the premises for all activities except hunting, including without limitation, game management objectives, harvesting timber or conducting other silvicultural activities, prospecting or exploring for oil, gas and other minerals, development or production of oil, gas, minerals or other natural resources including all activities incident thereto. BIDDING PROCEDURES: Before the auction is held, Written Absentee Bids will be accepted separately for each individually numbered tract (in its entirety). Lump sum bids for all, combinations or portions of tracts will not be considered. Absentee Bids may be in any form but must state at least the TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE FIRST YEAR'S MINIMUM ANNUAL RENT, AS IDENTIFIED IN THIS NOTICE, FOR EACH TRACT. Each Bid submitted must include a certified check or a cashier's check (no personal checks or cash) to the State Lands Division for the total amount of the first year's minimal annual rent, as identified in this notice. Bids submitted without such check will not be considered. Absentee Bids must be received by the State Lands Director; 64 North Union Street, Suite 464; Montgomery, AL 36130 no later than August 19, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. Each separate Absentee Bid must be submitted in a separate sealed envelope clearly marked on the outside, "ABSENTEE BID FOR HUNTING LEASE, TRACT NO. ________, NOT TO BE OPENED UNTIL AUGUST 20, 2010 AT 10:00 A.M." Absentee Bids will be opened by the State Lands Division at the time of the auction of the tract and the highest absentee bid received for a tract will be the starting minimum bid for that tract. If no absentee bids are received for a tract, the auction will start at the minimum bid stated in the notice. ATTENTION: PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ABSENTEE BIDS MUST BE SUBMITTED SPECIFICALLY TO THE STATE LANDS DIVISION OFFICE AT 64 NORTH UNION STREET, ROOM 464, FOLSOM ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING, MONTGOMERY ALABAMA 36130 (36104 IF DELIVERED BY PRIVATE COURIER). NO ABSENTEE BID SHALL BE RECEIVED FOR ANY REASON ANY TIME AFTER THE ADVERTISED DEADLINE. IT SHALL BE THE SOLE

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BIDDER TO ENSURE ACTUAL RECEIPT OF THE ABSENTEE BID BY THE STATE LANDS DIVISION PRIOR TO THE ADVERTISED DEADLINE. On the day of the auction, hunting leases for each individually numbered tract will be offered separately in the order listed. All oral bids must be for at least the TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE FIRST YEAR'S MINIMUM ANNUAL RENT, AS IDENTIFIED IN THIS NOTICE, FOR EACH TRACT. At the time of the auction, the high bidder will be required to submit a bid deposit in the form of either a certified check or a cashier's check, made payable to the State Lands Division for the total amount of the first year's minimal annual rent, as identified in this notice. No bid will be considered without such check. Specification of a minimum bid amount to be considered does not suggest acceptance of any bid which may equal or exceed that amount. The Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to negotiate increased revenues to the State with the highest bidder. Successful bidders must execute and return a completed lease to the State Lands Division within ten days following receipt of the lease; otherwise, the bid may be deemed to have been withdrawn and the bid deposit forfeited to the State. This lease bid opening is conducted pursuant to all State laws applicable to the leasing of state lands. Any tract may be inspected before August 19, 2010 at 3:00 p.m., by contacting the State Lands Division. Persons desiring further information regarding this bid opening may contact the State Lands Division at the above address, by telephone at (334) 242-3484, or visit the Alabama Department of Conservation website at The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, or disability in its hiring or employment practices nor in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. PATRICIA J. POWELL, DIRECTOR M. BARNETT LAWLEY, COMMISSIONER STATE LANDS DIVISION ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES State Lands Division Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 64 North Union Street, Suite 464 Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1901 4TC.11535.08/18. FORECLOSURE NOTICE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness described in and secured by that certain mortgage executed by Sharon H. Tindle and Jerry W. Tindle, husband and wife to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) acting solely as nominee for Lender, Quicken Loans, Inc., and Lender's successors and assigns, dated March 27, 2006, and Recorded In Book 332, Page 396 of the records in the Office of the Judge of Probate, Choctaw County, Alabama, which said mortgage was subsequently assigned to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP; notice is hereby given that the undersigned as holder of said mortgage will under power of sale contained in said mortgage, sell at public outcry for cash to the highest bidder, during legal hours of sale on August 16, 2010, at the front door of the Courthouse of

Choctaw County, Alabama, 117 S Mulberry Street Butler, AL 36904, the following described real property in the County of Choctaw, State of Alabama, being the same property described in the above referred to mortgage: SECTION 8: BEGINNING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER, SECTION 8, TOWNSHIP 13 NORTH, RANGE 2 WEST; THENCE SOUTH 1 DEGREE 30 MINUTES WEST ALONG THE QUARTER-QUARTER LINE A DISTANCE OF 188 FEET AND TO THE POINT OF COMMENCEMENT; THENCE EAST AND PARALLEL WITH SAID NORTH LINE A DISTANCE OF 840 FEET AND TO THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF THE LISMAN-MT. STERLING PUBLIC ROAD; THENCE SOUTH 25 DEGREES 45 MINUTES EAST ALONG SAID WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 345 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 64 DEGREES 00 MINUTES WEST ALONG THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF TRANSCONTINENTAL PIPELINE COMPANY A DISTANCE OF 1112 FEET AND TO THE WEST QUARTER QUARTER LINE; THENCE NORTH 1 DEGREE 30 MINUTES EAST ALONG SAID QUARTER-QUARTER LINE A DISTANCE OF 807 FEET AND THE POINT OF COMMENCEMENT. SAID PLOT OF LAND LYING IN THE NORTHEAST QUARTER SECTION 8, TOWNSHIP 13 NORTH, RANGE 2 WEST, IN CHOCTAW COUNTY, ALABAMA, AND CONTAINING 12.9 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ON AN "AS IS, WHERE IS" BASIS, SUBJECT TO ANY EASEMENTS, ENCUMBRANCES AND EXCEPTIONS REFLECTED IN THE MORTGAGE AND THOSE CONTAINED IN THE RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE OF THE PROBATE WHERE THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED PROPERTY IS SITUATED. THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD WITHOUT WARRANTY OR RECOURSE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED AS TO TITLE, USE AND/OR ENJOYMENT AND WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION OF ALL PARTIES ENTITLED THERETO. Said sale is made for the purpose of paying the said indebtedness and the expenses incident to this sale, including a reasonable attorney's fee. The sale will be conducted subject (1) to confirmation that the sale is not prohibited under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and (2) to final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan with the holder of the mortgage. BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP Holder of said Mortgage. William S. McFadden McFadden, Lyon & Rouse, L.L.C. 718 Downtowner Blvd. Mobile, AL 36609 3TC.11543.08/11. LEGAL NOTICE In accordance with Chapter 1, Title 39, Code of Alabama, 1975, notice is hereby given that Richard Sprouse Construction, Inc., Contractor, has completed the Contract for Construction of Gymnasium Renovations at Southern Choctaw High School For Choctaw County Board of Education Choctaw County, Butler, Alabama. for the State of Alabama and the County of Choctaw, Owner(s), and have made request for final settlement of said Contract. All persons having any claim for labor, materials, or otherwise in connection with this project should immediately notify Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc. 27011 Avenue South Suite 100 Birmingham, Alabama 35233 RICHARD SPROUSE CONSTRUCTION 109 B. CANYON PARK CIRCLE PELHAM, AL 35124. 4TC.11549.08/25. MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by DEBORAH F. BROWN, A SINGLE PERSON, to NAHEOLA CREDIT UNION on OCTOBER 10, 2003, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of CHOCTAW County, Alabama, at BOOK 321, PAGE 927, the undersigned NAHEOLA CREDIT UNION, as mortgagee (or transferee), under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in said mortgage, will sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, at the entrance of the Courthouse of CHOCTAW County, Alabama, on AUGUST 27, 2010, between the legal hours of sale, the following described real estate situated in CHOCTAW County, Alabama, to wit: TOWNSHIP 9 NORTH, RANGE 4 WEST, SECTION 33: BEGINNING AT A POINT WHERE THE PUBLIC ROAD CROSSES THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE SE 1/4 OF SW 1/4 OF SECTION 33, T9N, R4W; THENCE RUN N ALONG THE EASTERN BOUNDARY OF SAID PUBLIC ROAD 455 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE RUN IN A SOUTHEASTERLY DIRECTION 170 FEET TO AN ESTABLISHED POINT; THENCE RUN IN A SOUTHWESTERLY DIRECTION, PARALLEL WITH PUBLIC ROAD 125 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE RUN IN A NORTHWESTERLY DIRECTION 170 FEET TO A POINT ON THE EASTERN BOUNDARY OF PUBLIC ROAD; THENCE NORTH ALONG THE EASTERN BOUNDARY OF SAID PUBLIC ROAD 125 FEET AND TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING ONE- HALF (1/2) ACRE, MORE OR LESS, AND LYING AND BEING SITUATED IN THE SE 1/4 OF SW 1/4 OF SAID SECTION, IN CHOCTAW COUNTY, ALABAMA

Subject to all zoning, easements, restrictions, restrictive covenants and reservations appearing of record. Said sale will also be made subject to any Federal Tax Liens, Ad Valorem Real Estate Taxes and / or Special Assessments of any nature, if any, which might adversely affect the title to the property. The property is being sold "as is, where is". Said property is sold without warranty or recourse, expressed or implied as to title, use, enjoyment or condition. The mortgagee or transferee reserves the right to bid for and purchase the real estate and credit its purchase price against the expenses of sale and the indebtedness secured by the real estate. All bidders will be required to execute a bidding agreement prior to sale. Copies of the bidding agreement may be obtained prior to the sale. The successful bidder will be required to pay the bid amount at the time of sale in cash or certified funds. This sale is made for the purpose of paying the indebtedness secured by said mortgage, as well as the attorneys fees and expenses of foreclosure. This sale is subject to cancellation or postponement. NAHEOLA CREDIT UNION, Mortgagee-Transferee Leonard N. Math Chambless, Math & Carr, P.C. P.O. Box 230759 Montgomery, Alabama 36123-0759 334-272-2230 3TC.11544.08/18. INVITATION TO BID TOWN OF BUTLER, ALABAMA The Town of Butler, Alabama is seeking bids for paving of section of Riderwood Drive, Sheffield Street, and a section of Pickens Avenue. Bids will be opened on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at City Hall. For complete information call Mayor Ben Smith at 205-459-3795. 3TC.11550.08/18. PUBLIC NOTICE - 201 ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT NOTICE OF UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK (UST) CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS CHOCTAW COUNTY Fikes Wholesale, Inc., PO Box 1287, Temple, Texas is required by ADEM to implement a Corrective Action Plan for remediation of soil and/or groundwater which has resulted from a release from an underground storage tank located at Super Stop No. 87, Butler, Alabama. The site is identified as Facility I.D. Number 11448-023-012893 and Incident Number UST94-09-33. The proposed remediation methods include free product removal and natural attenuation. Copies of the Corrective Action Plan are available for public inspection at the following location Monday ­ Friday (except legal holidays), 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. A nominal fee for copying and/or mailing may be charged. Arrangements for copying should be made in advance. Russell A. Kelly, Chief Permits and Services Division ADEM 1400 Coliseum Blvd. [Mailing address: PO Box 301463; Zip 36130-1463] Montgomery, Alabama 36110-2059 (334) 271-7714 Persons wishing to comment may do so, in writing, to the Department's named contact above within 15 days following the publication date of this notice. Any person wishing to provide additional information regarding the Corrective Action Plan may do so. A written request for a public meeting may also be filed within that 15-day period and must state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the meeting. This notice is hereby given this August 4, 20l0, by authority of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Lance R. LeFleur Director 1TC.11545.08/04. MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by WOODIE E. BECK, III AND WIFE, AMY P. BECK, to NAHEOLA CREDIT UNION on NOVEMBER 15, 2005, said mortgage being recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of CHOCTAW County, Alabama, at BOOK 331, PAGE 74, the undersigned NAHEOLA CREDIT UNION, as mortgagee (or transferee), under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in said mortgage, will sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, at the entrance of the Courthouse of CHOCTAW County, Alabama, on AUGUST 27, 2010, between the legal hours of sale, the following described real estate situated in CHOCTAW County, Alabama, to wit: LOT NO. NINE (9) IN BLOCK NO. THIRTEEN (13) OF GREEN ACRES SUBDIVISION, TOWN OF BUTLER, CHOCTAW COUNTY, ALABAMA, AS SHOWN IN THE PLAT OF SAID GREEN ACRES, SUBDIVISION, RECORDED IN BOOK 1, OF TOWN PLAT AT PAGE 32 IN THE RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE PROBATE JUDGE OF CHOCTAW COUNTY, ALABAMA Subject to all zoning, easements, restrictions, restrictive covenants and reservations appearing of record. Said sale will also be made subject to any Federal Tax Liens, Ad Valorem Real Estate Taxes and\or Special Assessments of any nature, if any, which might adversely affect the title to the property. The property is being sold "as is, where is". Said property is sold without warranty or recourse, expressed or implied as to title, use, enjoyment or condition. The mortgagee or transferee reserves

the right to bid for and purchase the real estate and credit its purchase price against the expenses of sale and the indebtedness secured by the real estate. All bidders will be required to execute a bidding agreement prior to sale. Copies of the bidding agreement may be obtained prior to the sale. The successful bidder will be required to pay the bid amount at the time of sale in cash or certified funds. This sale is made for the purpose of paying the indebtedness secured by said mortgage, as well as the attorneys fees and expenses of foreclosure. This sale is subject to cancellation or postponement. NAHEOLA CREDIT UNION, Mortgagee-Transferee Leonard N. Math Chambless Math & Carr, P.C. P.O. Box 230759 Montgomery, Alabama 36123-0759 334-272-2230 3TC.11542.08/18. STATE OF ALABAMA IN THE PROBATE COURT CHOCTAW COUNTY CASE NO. M-2010-4312 IN RE: THE ESTATE OF THEADO ROBERTS, DECEASED. NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT Letters Testamentary of said deceased having been granted to the undersigned on the 27th day of July, 2010 by the Honorable D'WAYNE MAY, Judge of the Probate Court of Choctaw County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present same within the time allowed by law or the same will be barred. BRUCE ROBERTS, Executor of the Estate of THEADO ROBERTS 392 Gardner Road Prattville, AL 36067 3TC.11553.08/18. NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE WHEREAS, default has been made in the terms of the mortgage executed on the 2nd day of March, 2005, by Valerie Duff, AKA Valerie Denise Brown Duff, as mortgagor in favor of Jim Walter Homes, Inc., as mortgagee, as recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Choctaw County, Alabama, in Book No. 328, at Page No. 850, and said default continuing the mortgagee, under power of sale contained in said mortgage will sell at auction for cash to the highest bidder on the steps of the Choctaw County Courthouse in Butler, Alabama, during legal hours of sale on the 13th day of August, 2010, the following described real estate embraces in said mortgage, situated in Choctaw County, Alabama to wit: BEGIN AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 27, TOWNSHIP 15 NORTH, RANGE 3 WEST; THENCE EAST ALONG NORTH LINE OF SOUTHWEST 1/4 680 FEET TO POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE EAST 210 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 210 FEET; THENCE WEST 210 FEET; THENCE NORTH 210 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING ONE ACRES, MORE OR LESS. AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS: COMMENCE ON THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 27, TOWNSHIP 15 NORTH, RANGE 3 WEST, CHOCTAW COUNTY, ALABAMA, SAID CORNER BEING THE POINT OF COMMENCEMENT; THENCE RUN N87 DEGREES 45'07"E FOR A DISTANCE OF 673.76 FEET TO A FENCE CORNER, SAID FENCE CORNER BEING THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE RUN S85 DEGREES 19'09"E FOR A DISTANCE OF 222.42 FEET TO AN IRON ROD; THENCE RUN S05 DEGREES 33'50"E FOR A DISTANCE OF 182.99 FEET TO AN IRON ROD; THENCE RUN S81 DEGREES 32'51"W FOR A DISTANCE OF 210.51 FET TO AN IRON ROD THENCE RUN N07 DEGREES 40'57"W FOR A DISTANCE OF 233.31 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 27, TOWNSHIP 15 NORTH, RANGE 3 WEST, CHOCTAW COUNTY, ALABAMA AND CONTAINS 1.02 ACRES MORE OR LESS. THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PARCEL IS SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT-OF-WAY OF TRENTON DRIVE. INDEXING INSTRUCTIONS SW 1/4 OF SE 1/4 OF SECTION 27, T15N, R3W, CHOCTAW COUNTY, ALA. THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ON AN "AS IS, WHERE IS" BASIS, SUBJECT TO ANY EASEMENTS, ENCUMRANCES, AND EXCEPTIONS REFLECTED IN THE MORTGAGE AND THOSE CONTAINED IN THE REOCRDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE OF PROBATE OF THE COUNTY WHERE THE ABOVEDESCRIBED PROPERTY IS SITUATED. THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD WITHOUT WARRANTY OR RECOURSE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED AS TO TITLE, USE AND/OR ENJOYMENT AND WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION OF ALL PARTIES ENTITLED THERETO. Said sale is made for the purpose of foreclosing of said mortgage, paying the mortgage debt, the costs and expenses of foreclosure, including a reasonable attorney's fee. Mortgagee reserves the right to bid on the subject property. Said mortgage is a first mortgage and is not junior to another mortgage of record. Said sale is also subject to unpaid taxes or assessment whether of record or not. Jim Walter Homes, Inc. Mortgagee H. Warren Cobb, Jr. COBB, BOYD, WHITE & COBB Post Office Box 2047 Dothan, Alabama 36302-2047 (334) 677-1000 Attorney for Mortgagee 3TC.8/11

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8B · The Choctaw Sun-Advocate · August 4, 2010


Kimbrough selected for research project under Caribbean waters

By Dee Ann Campbell Sun-Advocate Editor

GILBERTOWN ­ "It was like being in another world," he says. "I've never seen anything like it." For Gilbertown native Ian Kimbrough, a recent trip to the Caribbean was not just about seeing the beaches, or sunbathing, or taking a summer vacation. Instead, it was about experience, about research, and about seeing what he describes as an uncharted frontier that few humans understand. And, he says, it was about learning how humans are impacting that frontier -- in ways that will eventually affect the balance of life. Kimbrough was one of only eight students selected from the University of Alabama, along with eight from the University of Mississippi, to participate in an indepth two-week study of the coral reefs and marine life off the coast of the Bahamas. A senior biological science major, Kimbrough earned the opportunity to attend the study based on his academic achievements, a written essay expressing his interest in the field, and the recommendations of professors at the university. The two-week project earned him four credit hours toward his degree ­ the equivalent of a full semester course. On June 1, Kimbrough traveled to Lee Stocking Island in the Bahamas, where he joined with other students, researchers, and marine biologists at the Caribbean Marine Research Institute. Set aside solely for the purpose of research, the island is uninhabited by other human life, offering the researchers the perfect scenario for studying the coral reef and the balance of marine life in the area. "It was amazing," says Kimbrough, with obvious passion. "There is nothing like seeing the diversity of the coral reefs, to experience it first-hand." Kimbrough says that he had the opportunity to see underwater life in a way that few people get to experience it. "We had experts that diving with us at all times, telling you about each species, about the dangers those species are in," he says. Using underwater slates and cameras to document their work, the students were able to compare the biodiversity of one underwater site to

A fellow student catches a good shot of Kimbrough as he dives from the docks into the Caribbean waters. Photos courtesy of Ian Kimbrough Kimbrough is pictured on right during an outing aboard a vessel, along with researchers at the Institute.

Among the incredible species that Kimbrough was able to photograph and study during his research trip were these two Flamingo Tongued Snails.

another to learn why there is a difference in species of organisms in different areas. The students also performed lab experiments, attended lectures, and learned about what Kimbrough describes as incredible adaptations of organisms under the sea. "For example, we swabbed the mucous coating of organisms and grew bacteria from it," he says. "We were able to isolate a bioluminescent bacteria that makes that organism glow underwater." Throughout the twoweek study, Kimbrough was given a first-hand look at the stressors and factors that affect, and

often inhibit, life under the ocean waters and how that inhibition affects the food chain from the tiniest amoeba to human life. "We studied coral bleaching and the effects of climate change on the coral reefs," he explains. In particular, the research project allowed the students to study the human impact on significant portions of the coral reef through pollution, neglect, and lack of concern. Kimbrough's study was made even more significant by current fears about the effect of the Gulf oil spill on the delicate balance of organisms and their habitat in the Gulf and beyond. "The majority of our biodiversity is in the rain

forests and the coral reefs," he says. "We're destroying both of them." "In the rainforest, we need sustainable practices for cutting so we want destroy it," he adds, "and the coral reefs grow even slower than trees. Once we destroy it, it may be thousands of years before it comes back." Kimbrough says that most people are unaware of the benefit that coral reefs and rainforests have on human life. "Right now, 60 to 70% of our cancer drugs comes from the rain forest or are synthesized from there," he says. "And the coral reefs are vital to the whole ocean food chain. Think of all that we'll lose if we destroy them." Kimbrough says that the experience at the Research Center has reinforced his passion for science and for research in general. Once he earns his degree, he plans to attend graduate school to complete his education in the field. His passion, he says, is to find ways for humans to use marine biological research for the good of man, while helping to save the habitat and the organisms who thrive in it. "I want to go into research," he says. "I want to do field work in marine biology, maybe find new chemicals, new drugs, new substances for use in medicine. Overall, that's my passion."

The coral reef is vital to the survival of marine species, but it is in danger of being destroyed by the actions of humans.

ABOVE: Kimbrough shows off a beautiful LongfinSquid. BELOW: Kimbrough photographed this Nurse Shark while diving.

AT LEFT: In addition to his recent trip to the Caribbean research lab, Kimbrough also spent several days getting more hands-on experience with marine life at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.



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