HUD to Enforce Smoke-Free Policy

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:53

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is requiring all public housing agencies across the nation, including Alabama, to be smoke free by July 31, 2018. In November of 2016, HUD announced its final rule requiring all public housing agencies to implement smoke-free policies over the following 18 months.

AES Rewards Store Another Success

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/29/2018 - 16:01

Mrs. Washington’s Fourth-Grade Class shows off their “Yackers” before shopping at the last Accelerated Reading/Positive Behavior Rewards Store of the 2017-2018 school year.

Aliceville Elementary School has had another successful year at the Accelerated Reader (AR)/Positive Behavior Rewards Store for 2017-2018. Students are given “Yellow Jacket Yackers” to spend in the store for different types of games, toys, puzzles, and merchandise once every six weeks. The “yackers” come in $1, $2, $5, and $10 increments and are earned through reading at or above grade level, and by showing positive behaviors such as helping others, improving schoolwork, good attitudes, being peacemakers, and exhibiting leadership qualities.

Kesler/St. Pierre

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/29/2018 - 15:59

Jordan Nicole Kesler and Christopher St. Pierre

Billy and Hazel Kesler of Columbus, Miss. are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jordan Nicole Kesler to Christopher Allen St. Pierre, son of John and Brenda St. Pierre of Columbus, Miss.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late James S. Jordan, Dixie G. Nickoles and Leon Kesler and Shirley Kesler of Columbus, Miss. She is a 2010 graduate of Caledonia High School, attended one year at EMCC, and is currently employeed at Handyland Exxon in Hinesville, Ga.


Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/29/2018 - 15:57

Christopher Chase Britt and Luci Danielle Lewis

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Lewis of Aliceville announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Luci Danielle Lewis to Christopher Chase Britt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chad Britt of Carrollton.  
Miss Lewis is the granddaughter of Lucy Gates and the late Earl Gates, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Lewis, all of Aliceville.

Former FCI Aliceville Corrections Officer Receives Sentence for Abusive Sexual Contact with Inmate

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/29/2018 - 15:56

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a former corrections officer at the federal prison for women in Alabama to 1½ years in prison for committing a sexual act with an inmate and lying about his contact with her while he worked at the facility. U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, Miami Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Robert A. Bourbon announced the sentence.

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.

Leader’s Luncheon Ushers in Opening Celebration At Career Center

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:20

Invited guests gather for lunch and presentations from community leaders before the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Pickens County College and Career Center.

In prelude to the ribbon cutting of the much-awaited Pickens County College and Career Center in Carrollton, a Community Conversation Luncheon was held for over one hundred invited guests and dignitaries.