Lady Wave Season Ends on Walk-off Grand Slam

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:32

The Lady Wave says a team prayer before a game at the Troy regional.

By Brian Hamilton, Sports Correspondent

Gordo was one strike away from getting another shot at American Christian Academy and securing a spot in the state championships in Montgomery. All of that came crashing down when Prattville Christian’s Carolyn Carter hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Panthers a 6-5 win.

Prattville Christian, 7 Gordo, 0

Positively PCMC: Getting to Know the CEO

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:07

John O’Neil, CEO, Pickens County Medical Center


A lot of excitement has surrounded the new CEO of Pickens County Medical Center (PCMC) since he arrived. A new hope has found its way into the community surrounding the hospital, along with the excitement of PCMC being selected as one of only nine other communities for a first-time $2 million grant program.

Born in Peoria, Ill., John O’Neil graduated the University of Iowa in 1978. “I started in healthcare in 1980 and then, after I’d been in it about a year or so, I went back to get my master’s,” he said.

Aliceville Aiming for Hoops at City Park

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:00


After improvements this season at the Aliceville City Park, the city council is looking to go a bit further. At the previous council meeting on April 25, Councilman Thomas Wilkins mentioned he had been approached about getting a basketball goal and court at the park. Thinking it would be a good addition, research and steps have commenced to see if that request can be made into reality.

Evans Announces Candidacy for State Treasurer

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:55

Stephen Evans

Like many in his generation, Stephen was an army brat born overseas. At the conclusion of his father’s service, Stephen’s family moved back to Talladega County. Like many in Alabama, the textile industry downturn led his father to seek a new path to providing for his family. This led to the family moving to the Wiregrass in 1995. It was in the Wiregrass that Stephen met his youth pastor’s daughter. In 2008, they married and settled down. They have been blessed with one daughter, Tallulah Grace.

Carrollton City Council Reinvests in Town

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/15/2018 - 14:39


At the Town Council meeting May 3, councilmembers voted to reinvest savings, gained from recent improvements, back into the community. The town saved money through both a good deal on surveillance cameras and audio-recording equipment, and a generous donation of office furniture and evidence lockers for the new Carrollton Police Department/City Court site.

One on One with Congresswoman Sewell

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/15/2018 - 14:34


When Congresswoman Terri Sewell visited Pickens County on May 2, I was allowed a brief one-on-one with her after the Town Hall meeting, held at the Aliceville City Hall. My concern is Pickens County. I wanted to know, specifically, how we are being represented and fought for in Washington. With declining school enrollment and population, our county is facing a re-shifting of our schools and a revamping of our local hospital.

Aliceville Museum to Host Annual Fundraiser Gala June 2

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/15/2018 - 14:29

For the last four years, the Aliceville Museum’s annual fundraiser gala has been one of the social highlights for west-central Alabama. This year’s event promises to be the best yet with a Louisiana-style Crawfish Boil!  The gala will be held from 7:00 to 11:00 pm on Saturday, June 2 in the Museum's Events Room and Courtyard.

Congresswoman Sewell Holds Pickens County Town Hall

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/08/2018 - 18:26

Congresswoman Terri Sewell of the 7th Congressional District speaks at Aliceville City Hall during her “Congress in Your Community” tour, May 2.


Congresswoman Terri Sewell of the 7th Congressional District held a “Congress in your Community” Town Hall at Aliceville City Hall on May 2. Sewell makes a tour of the 14 Alabama counties she represents every year.

After an invocation by the Rev. James Wright of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church and a greeting and introduction by Aliceville Mayor Marva Gipson, Congresswoman Sewell began her Congressional update for the attendees.