BOE and Aliceville Attempt Compromise on School Closing

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:16

Aliceville Middle School will open with seventh and eighth graders until Aliceville High School’s facilities can be brought up to par. The school will then close. Fifth and sixth graders will start the school year in the elementary building.


The closing of the Aliceville Middle School has been a subject of great contention after Pickens County School Superintendent Jamie Chapman recommended the school’s fifth and sixth grades be moved to Aliceville Elementary School and the seventh and eighth grades be transferred to Aliceville High School due to declining enrollment numbers and funding issues stemming from those numbers. This will essentially shut down Aliceville Middle School.

Carrollton Renovations in Full Swing

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:09

Paving projects have begun in Carrollton. Shown are the pavers working on Hill Street beside the Pickens County Herald office.


The Carrollton Town Council voted in their April meeting to spend up to $125,000 on a road-paving project. Burkhalter Paving won the bid for the project and with the summer season, the paving has begun.

Unidentified Boy May Have Been From Alabama

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:57

John Mebane Doe

On September 25, 1998 skeletal remains of an unidentified boy were found in Mebane, Orange County, North Carolina.

He was found in heavy brush near a billboard sign along Industrial Drive which is a service road adjacent to the Westbound lanes of Interstate 85 and Interstate 40.

The child had been deceased at this location for several months. The remains were identified as a male, 9-12 years old. His race is Caucasian or Hispanic. He stood approximately 4’11” tall and had straight brown hair.

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Gordo to Mark 175 Years

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:51

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Gordo will mark its 175th year of service to the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, starting at 10:00 a.m. The service will include some sharing of Mt Pleasant history, former pastors, staff, and those who have been ordained at Mt. Pleasant will be invited to attend. Bro. Glenn Sandifer will preach the sermon, and Keith Mullenix will lead the music. There will be a fellowship meal after the service.

Ruth Holliman Library Summer Reading Program a Success

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:49

The month of June was our Summer Library Program at Ruth Holliman Public Library.

Top Reader in K-2 grades was Di Nari Horton Brown. Top Reader in 3-6 grades was Bentley Dyer.  Second and third place readers were Dawson Roberts, Major Roberts, Kathryn Duren and Justin Sullivan.  Several children with perfect attendance were Adien Stephens, Bentley Dyer, Cade Spencer, Dawson Roberts, DiNari Horton Brown, Hagen Burkhalter, and Logan Shirley.

Former Aliceville Funeral Home Targeted to be Condemned

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:16

Obvious roof collapse and damage, coupled with ongoing neglect, makes the old funeral home on Third Avenue in Aliceville a candidate to be condemned.


The former funeral home located next to the post office on 3rd Avenue in Aliceville, is on the council’s radar to be condemned. In the June 27 meeting of the Aliceville City Council, City Attorney John Russell discussed with the council their attempts to get the owner of the building to either repair or tear the building down.

Aliceville Council Approves New Police Officer

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:14


The Aliceville City Council approved the application for new police officer cadet, Kimberly Manning, at their latest meeting on June 27. “Chief (Tonnie) Jones and myself have reviewed several applications,” Aliceville Mayor Marva Gipson told the council. “We have one applicant and we need to approve for her to take a pre-qualification test.”

Gordo, Reform Schools to Participate in CVS SMART Model

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:11


The CVS SMART model for schools is a public/private partnership developed between CVS Health, Ginn Group Consulting (architects of the model), school districts, and a partnership with local medical providers. The model was launched nationally in 2013. Its purpose is to provide preventive care to students — with parental consent — to enrich academic performance, achievement, and attendance.

History of Pickens County Book Reissued, for Sale

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:09

The Reprint Company Publishers, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, has recently reissued its earlier printing of History of Pickens County, Ala. From Its First Settlement in 1817 to 1856 by Nelson F. Smith. This classic work was originally published in 1856 in Carrollton and was reprinted by the Spartanburg publisher in 1980. That 1980 reprint has been out of print for a number of years. This latest reprint is a hardback book printed on archival quality paper and is now in a Print On Demand format.


Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:07

Michael Hayes Clanahan and Taylor Lynne Curtis

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Curtis of Bradford, Ohio announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Taylor Lynne Curtis, to Michael Hayes Clanahan, son of Jim and Bet Clanahan, of Buford, Georgia.

The bride elect is the granddaughter of  Mr. and Mrs. H. Edward Kuhns of Ludlow Falls, Ohio and Mr. and Mrs. Woodford Curtis of Troy, Ohio.  She graduated cum laude from Lee University with a BS in Business Administration.  She is currently in a management trainee position with Enterprise in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Local Facility Rated Among Alabama’s Best Nursing Homes

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:07

A newly-released rating published by US News and World Report has tapped Aliceville Manor Nursing Home as one of the best nursing homes in Alabama.   The publication used data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Nursing Home Compare website, where nursing homes are rated “poor” to “top-performing” on a scale of 1 to 5.

911 Board Wants to Share Director of EMA

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:45


The Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director, Laketha Bell, has been approached by representatives of the Pickens County 911 Board to discuss possibly merging the two director jobs into one. 911 Board Chairman, Keith “Booty” Cox, spoke to the Pickens County Commissioners at the Commission’s June 21 administrative meeting about the possibility. Since technically, both organizations work for the Commissioners, it needed to be brought first to them and to see if they would consider the merger.