Las Amigas Civic Organization Helps Citizens of Gordo

Las amigas scholarship committee and winner
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Robin Junkin, Goly Vang, Rhonda Shirley, Vickie House
( not pictured Tenza Housel)

By Donna Bain
Staff Writer

GORDO- Las Amigas Civic Organization is very active in the town of Gordo, Alabama. They award a senior girl with a $1000.00 scholarship every year and are willing to help the citizens of Gordo in any way they can. Las Amigas is Spanish for “the friend”. Las Amigas sponsors the book fair and spelling “B” at Gordo Elementary School. They give donations to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. They help a foster family at Christmas and have helped buy some of the Christmas lights in Gordo.

Pickens County Commission votes decision on district proposal

Commission votes on district proposal.

By Felicity Holman
News Correspondent

CARROLLTON- The Pickens County Board of Commissioners meeting was held on December 28, 2021. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Drew Elmore.
A motion was made by Commissioner Mark Gray and seconded by Commissioner Bobby Bain to approve the consent agenda. The motion was approved.


Reform Council approves 2021-2022 proposed budget

By Kelli Shelton
News Correspondent

REFORM – On Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at 7 p.m., the Reform city council meeting was called to order with the invocation given by Council member Richardson. Roll call was taken by Annette Maughan, and all council members were present. The minutes from the December 7, 2021 meeting were approved with a motion from Council member Taggart and seconded by Council member Hagan. Payables from November 3 to December 21, 2021 were approved with a motion from Council member Giles and seconded by Council member Richardson.


Aliceville Mayor Terrance Windham Proclaims January 2022 Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Mayor Windham proclaims January 2022 Human Trafficking Awareness Month

By Caitlin Saxton
News Correspondent

ALICEVILLE- Mayor Terrance Windham called the Aliceville City Council meeting to order at 5 pm on December 22. With no update on the City Hall kitchen and bathroom renovation in unfinished business, the council began new business after approving the previous meeting's minutes. The first item discussed was the ongoing issues with Aliceville's trailer parks, West Park and Country Lane.


Modern Manufacturing Program Receives $75,000.00 Vehicle from Mercedes

Left to right Steve Kelley, Instructor, Debra Wiggins, career tech counselor, Maurice Ingle, Bevill State, Cailyx Larson, assistant principal

By Donna Bain
Staff Writer

LADOW- Wednesday, December 15, 2021, was a very exciting day for the Pickens County College and Career Center in Carrollton, Alabama. The career center received a new 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450 Coupe for the Modern Manufacturing Program. The $75,000.00 vehicle was donated to the career center by the Mercedes Company in Vance, Alabama. Mercedes has donated fifteen cars to schools recently which equals about $700,000.00 in donations.


Outgoing Aliceville Chamber Director believes community needs to 'invest in itself'

Edgar Pruitt, chamber director

Edgar Pruitt took over as Executive Director of the Aliceville Chamber of Commerce in May of 2017 and is now stepping away from the position in 2021.
“I didn’t have a contract, just when I accepted the job, I said I would give them three years of my time,” Pruitt said. “I gave them an extra year because of the pandemic.”


Aliceville Mayor and Chief of Police hosts Q&A forum for the citizens of Aliceville


The Aliceville Police Chief Tonie Jones and Mayor Terrence Windham held a Q & A forum on Monday, June 28, 2021. The meeting gave an update on the violence that has been going on in the community and answered questions submitted by citizens
 Jones said, “There will never be a day again where you can sleep with your doors or windows unlocked. We live in a time now where people will break into your house while you are there.” He urged residents to lock their doors.


Sheriff's Office reports to Ethelsville area resulting in three arrests

Samuel Varner is part of the three arrests made by Sheriff's Office

On June 25th, 2021 Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a report of suspicious activity in the Ethelsville area.  Investigation led Deputies to the arrest of three suspects and the seizure of two vehicles that had been used in the commission of felony crimes.  Deputies were able to recover stolen property that had been taken from mailboxes in Mississippi.Samuel Varner, Stephen Knight and Daniel Gordey all of Columbus, Mississippi were all arrested on the scene.