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Southside's Love lands top honor on Gadsden Times' 2015 All-Etowah County baseball team


The second-team All-State selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association also had a solid ...
Wellborn in the first round of the playoffs before losing two in a row to Piedmont. For the season, Westbrook finished 14-18 — the high number of losses ...

Hyperbaric therapy heals tough bone break for local skier


He wanted to try hyperbaric therapy, but an Alabama doctor turned him down, saying Pass’ break was too severe to be worth sessions in the hyperbaric chamber. Piedmont Newnan Hospital surgeon Dr. Frank Powell, a friend and former skiing partner of Pass ...

Xtreme 03 wins USSSA 12u state championship


From Piedmont: Kayley Kirk. From Spring Garden ...
Xtreme 03 vs Falcons Fastpitch 03 (Madison, AL) L 4-7 Xtreme 03 vs Falcons Fastpitch 03 (Madison, AL) W 3-2

Antique Corner And Coffee Shop Revitalizes Downtown Piedmont


It is one fo the last intact roadless areas in Alabama's National Forests. The Chief Ladiga Trail began in 1990 when the Calhoun County Commission and the City of Piedmont received an Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act enhancement grant ...

Mayor poses with dead squirrel which caused $20,000 of damage and left half a town without power


A mayor has posed with the corpse of a squirrel which he claims caused half a town to lose electricity. Bill Baker, the Mayor of Piedmont in Alabama, said the pesky creature climbed into a substation and caused $20,000 of damage on Saturday. He also joked ...

Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT Pays $24 Million for Old Alabama Square


Developed by Piedmont Property Co., the center offers ingress/egress at three different locations along Old Alabama Rd., an east/west thoroughfare that connects the north Atlanta suburbs. Lori Schneider of Marcus & Millichap's institutional property ...

Squirrel apparent culprit in Piedmont power outage


The lights were out for several hours in Piedmont yesterday, and Mayor Bill Baker thinks he knows who's responsible. Baker posted a photo to his Facebook page yesterday of himself holding a squirrel. "Here's the culprit that caused all of the power ...

In Memory: Vicky Ann Eagle, 28, Bakery Manager At Ingles


Gray and Mrs. Sandra Witcher Gray. Survivors include her husband, Josh Eagle of White; son, Ethan Wayne Hobbs of White; sister, Julie Parris of Piedmont, Alabama; three brothers, Jonathan Malloy and his wife Caroline of Woodstock, Steven Malloy and Michael ...

A list of Forsyth County college baseball players this season


Keith Grabowski, Piedmont: The senior outfielder hit ...
innings pitched while striking out four as Chattahoochee Valley went 43-17 overall, 23-9 in the Alabama Community College Conference and advanced to the NJCAA World Series. Anthony Carco, Anderson ...

UPDATE: Piedmont, Alabama, man sent to hospital after wreck on Ga. 100


Update: A Piedmont, Alabama man, was sent to the hospital following a wreck on Ga. 100 Friday afternoon. Jeffrey Winkles, 50, was driving a white Dodge Dakota pickup that left the roadway, police said. There were no passengers. A white Dodge Dakota pickup ...

Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Calls for Entries of the The Body Beautiful – Deadline Aug. 16, 2015


Love them or hate them, our bodies are the means by which we experience life. Oh how they taunt us, and oh how they delight! In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we celebrate “The Body B…

North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, NC, Offers Sid Luck for Its Monthly Lecture Series – July 24, 2015


On Friday, July 24th, join us at the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove, NC, for a slide lecture by local Seagrove potter Sid Luck. Luck, a fifth-generation potter, will present on his family…
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Take Action to Improve Your Financial Situation in PIEDMONT ALABAMA

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Director.

America Saves Week, February 24 – March 1, 2014, is a time to review your finances, decide what you want to save for, and set up a system that will allow you to save automatically. That’s why the America Saves Week theme is Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. Did you know that only half of Americans report having good savings habits? Even if you are already saving, it’s good to take a look at your goals and decide if you can save more or start a new savings goal. Join thousands of others who are pledging to pay down debt, save money, and take financial action during America Saves Week.

Not sure what to save for or what to save for next? Here are the most popular saving goals of those who have pledged to save through America Saves:

· Save for Emergencies - Only 37 percent of low-to-moderate income households have a savings or money market account at a bank or credit union and nearly a quarter of savers who have pledged to save have chosen “emergency savings” as their first wealth-building goal. Learn more.

· Save for Education - Saving for education is the second most popular goal savers select when they pledge to save with America Saves. There are many different things to factor in when saving and paying for college. Learn more.

· Pay Down Debt - Getting out of debt is the #3 goal Savers select when they pledge to save. That does not come as a surprise since a 2012 survey found that 45% of families with annual incomes under $50,000 rely on credit cards to pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, insurance and food. Learn more.

· Save for a Home - For decades, home ownership has been the main path to wealth for most Americans. Today, home equity - the market value of a home minus the balance on any home loans - represents more than four-fifths of the typical family’s wealth. Learn more.

· Save for Retirement - Retirement savings is a top priority for many Savers. Saving for retirement now will ensure that you have enough money to maintain a comfortable standard of living when you stop or reduce the amount of hours you work. Learn more.

Not sure how to save for your goals? Here are some saving strategies to help:

· Save Automatically - The easiest and most effective way to save is automatically. This is how millions of Americans save at their bank or credit union, and how millions of employees save through 401(k) and other retirement programs at work. Learn more.

· Save at Tax Time - Do you spend weeks eagerly anticipating your tax refund? When the money finally comes in, is it gone tomorrow? Many people view tax refunds as unplanned bonuses. They see the money as a gift from the government, to use for splurges or treats. But a tax refund provides the opportunity to improve your financial situation. Learn more.

Take the America Saves Pledge (or re-pledge) today to set your savings goal and make a plan to save. When you take the pledge you can also choose to receive text message tips and reminders to help you save for your goal. And don’t forget to follow America Saves on Facebook and Twitter.

America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for inpiduals to assess their own saving status

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Take Action to Improve Your Financial Situation in PIEDMONT ALABAMA

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Director.

America Saves Week, February 24 – March 1, 2014, is a time to review your finances, decide what you want to save for, and set up a system that will allow you to save automatically. That’s why the America Saves Week theme is Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. Did you know that only half of Americans report having good savings habits? Even if you are already saving, it’s good to take a look at your goals and decide if you can save more or start a new savings goal. Join thousands of others who are pledging to pay down debt, save money, and take financial action during America Saves Week.

Not sure what to save for or what to save for next? Here are the most popular saving goals of those who have pledged to save through America Saves:

· Save for Emergencies - Only 37 percent of low-to-moderate income households have a savings or money market account at a bank or credit union and nearly a quarter of savers who have pledged to save have chosen “emergency savings” as their first wealth-building goal. Learn more.

· Save for Education - Saving for education is the second most popular goal savers select when they pledge to save with America Saves. There are many different things to factor in when saving and paying for college. Learn more.

· Pay Down Debt - Getting out of debt is the #3 goal Savers select when they pledge to save. That does not come as a surprise since a 2012 survey found that 45% of families with annual incomes under $50,000 rely on credit cards to pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, insurance and food. Learn more.

· Save for a Home - For decades, home ownership has been the main path to wealth for most Americans. Today, home equity - the market value of a home minus the balance on any home loans - represents more than four-fifths of the typical family’s wealth. Learn more.

· Save for Retirement - Retirement savings is a top priority for many Savers. Saving for retirement now will ensure that you have enough money to maintain a comfortable standard of living when you stop or reduce the amount of hours you work. Learn more.

Not sure how to save for your goals? Here are some saving strategies to help:

· Save Automatically - The easiest and most effective way to save is automatically. This is how millions of Americans save at their bank or credit union, and how millions of employees save through 401(k) and other retirement programs at work. Learn more.

· Save at Tax Time - Do you spend weeks eagerly anticipating your tax refund? When the money finally comes in, is it gone tomorrow? Many people view tax refunds as unplanned bonuses. They see the money as a gift from the government, to use for splurges or treats. But a tax refund provides the opportunity to improve your financial situation. Learn more.

Take the America Saves Pledge (or re-pledge) today to set your savings goal and make a plan to save. When you take the pledge you can also choose to receive text message tips and reminders to help you save for your goal. And don’t forget to follow America Saves on Facebook and Twitter.

America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for inpiduals to assess their own saving status

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The Guardian and a warning to PIEDMONT ALABAMA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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