Dog Fighting Still Problem in Pickens Co.

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:21

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

A Pit Bull, trained for dog fighting, has been euthanized after video evidence surfaced of the dog killing a puppy used as a “bait dog.” A “bait dog” is used for the sole purpose of teaching the fighting dog to attack and kill living canines for sport. The puppy’s owners received the video and after watching, notified authorities.

Homicide in Aliceville Update

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:20

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

On Friday night, June 1, between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Daniel Perez, 32, was shot and killed at his residence on Memorial Parkway in Aliceville, two houses down from the Fast Gas gas station and convenience store. Not many details have been added at this time, as the case is still being investigated.

Car Accident Claims Life of Child

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:16

Deep grooves show where the Ford Explorer went off Highway 86 on June 12 and crashed into a tree. Markers placed on the scene help Alabama State Troopers with their investigation.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

A 12-year-old Tuscaloosa boy was killed Tuesday, June 12, when the 2000 Ford Explorer he was riding in left the road, slid down a grassy slope, and hit a tree. The one-vehicle incident happened at about 2:45 p.m. between mile marker 21 and mile marker 22 on Highway 86 East between Carrollton and Gordo. The driver and 3 other minors were also injured in the crash and were transported to DCH Regional Medical Center.

Zoning Confusion Brought to Reform Council

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:13

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

During the last couple of city council meetings, Reform city council members have had zoning issues brought to their attention. One of them, brought to the council on May 15, was from Dearl Hughes, who wanted to rezone a strip of land currently zoned as residential, but having commercial properties on either side of it.

Summertime Goodness

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:11

Black-eyed Susans scatter their blooms along roadsides during most of the summer. The “Susan” is a member of the sunflower family.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

Summertime has arrived. Or, almost, depending on how you look at it.

Astronomically, summertime begins on the Summer Solstice, which can fall anywhere between June 20 and June 22.  This year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Summer Solstice starts precisely on June 21 at 5:07 a.m. CDT. That is when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. The summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year.

Mayhew / McCaa to Wed

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:05

Donald B. McCaa and Turkila Shauntell Mayhew

Ms. Mattie Mayhew of Aliceville is pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of her daughter, Turkila Shauntell Mayhew to Donald B. McCaa, son of Adaline McCaa.

The bride elect is the granddaughter of the late Jennie Hopson and Mary L. Barnes of Aliceville.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mary J. McCaa and the late Ora Bishop of Aliceville.

The wedding and reception will take place on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at 502 Gulfshore Drive, Destin, Fla.

Aliceville Farmers Market Open for Business

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:02

Gary Smith, the owner of B&S Farms, always provides a wide variety of fresh produce that will satisfy the needs of every customer.

By JESSICA JUNKIN, Pickens County Extension Office

The Aliceville Farmers Market, located near City Hall, is open for business every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. with just the right amount of vendors and activities for everyone to enjoy.

This venue has a large playground area for children, as well as a paved walking track around the covered pavilion. Fresh produce is the main attraction at the market, but other items are also available such as pottery, soaps, meat, and pastries.

Homicide in Aliceville

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:26

Daniel Perez, 32, was shot and killed at his residence on Memorial Parkway in Aliceville, June 1. A suspect has not yet been arrested.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

Friday night, June 1, between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., an unidentified man shot 32-year-old Daniel Perez once in the chest, with a hand gun, killing him. The homicide occurred at Perez’s residence on Memorial Parkway in Aliceville. Another resident, who was inside during the altercation, went to a nearby store for help. Identification of the assailant has not yet been made public. It is said the intruder was wearing a ski mask and/or hood, and long sleeves. A suspect has not been named.

Local Medicare Counseling Available

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:15

Are you new to Medicare?

Questions beneficiaries often ask are; do I have Medicare or Medicaid, Part A or Part B, how do I select the right Part D plan, Medigap or supplemental coverage, managed care or HMO’s? What services does Medicare cover?

If these are a few of the questions in the back of your mind, you are not alone. Medicare is a very complex program and trying to understand your benefits can be overwhelming. Knowing the basics about Medicare is the key to making informed decisions about your coverage.

Local Alligator Takes a Stroll Through Town

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:09

A six-foot American alligator caused a stir when it appeared in Aliceville. The animal was captured and released in the Tombigbee River.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

An American alligator created quite the scene in Aliceville during the last weekend of May. The six-foot gator was spotted ambling across the grassy area behind Fred’s and near Buchanan Lumber Company, close to Baptist Line Road.

Council Breathes Easy as Mule Day Comes Off Without a Hitch

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:06

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

The Gordo City Council members were all breathing a sigh of relief at the Council meeting this month, on June 4. Mule Day had once again been organized, put on, cleaned up, and touted a success for another year.

With some of the hottest temperatures of the year so far, and the dew point in the mid-70s, the crowd was hot, but there were no heat issues for the emergency departments. “No major incidents,” reported Gordo Police Chief Todd Hall.

Commission Hears from County Coroner, No Morgue in County

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:02

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

At the Pickens County Commissioner’s Administrative meeting June 7, amidst the talk of gravel, rip rap, road graders, and herbicide, County Coroner Chad Harless brought in something different when he came to notify the Commissioners the bills from the Coroner’s department were going to be higher.

“The Coroner’s office has been absolutely crazy this year,” said Harless. “I’ve had more in-depth investigation autopsies than I do in a three-year time period.”

Grants Issued to Beat the Heat

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:00

By awarding grants totaling $924,255 to assist low-income and elderly Alabama residents, Governor Kay Ivey is supporting local agencies to lower energy costs this summer.

The grants are supporting Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program which provide funds to improve the energy efficiency and safety of qualifying homes. Priority is given to those with disabilities, the elderly, and low-income households with children.

Gov. Ivey Installs Sentry Training Program in Schools

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 14:00

Governor Kay Ivey, on May 30, announced the installation of the Alabama Sentry Program in the school system. This program will permit administrators in schools without a School Resource Officer (SRO) to maintain a firearm on campus, in a secured safe, in order to be prepared to respond to an active shooter situation. The purpose of the program is to provide an additional security measure in schools that do not have an SRO.