Tornado kills three; destroys homes in Settlement community

The scene near the Settlement community near Carrollton, where an EF-2 tornado touched down on Saturday, January 11, 2020, ravaging homes and claiming the lives of three. Clean up has been an ongoing effort since the storm.

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, a tornado, confirmed to be an EF-2 by the National Weather Service, touched down near the Settlement community near Carrollton, claiming the lives of three individuals and destroying the homes of many more. Tyrone Spain, 51, Albert Barnett, 85, and wife Susan Barnett, 75, all lost their lives in the tornado. The NWS crews say that winds reached 132 miles per hour during the storm. The result was a mix of brick and wood-frame houses and mobile homes scattered all throughout the community.

Kirk seeks re-election

Michelle Kirk

I have qualified for re-election as Revenue Commissioner.  I have been employed in the Revenue Commissioner’s Office for 24 years.  I began working as an appraisal and mapping clerk in August, 1996.  I was promoted to Appraiser in 2003 and held that position until running for office in 2014.  I was sworn in as Revenue Commissioner on October 1, 2015.    

Brothers to Speak at Aliceville Salute to Veterans Luncheon

"Brothers Percy Lee, Jr. (left) and Billy Ray Lee seen here in their Alabama National Guard uniforms, will speak at the Aliceville Museum Salute to Veterans Luncheon. (Undated photo from the Museum's collection)"

The Aliceville annual Salute to Veterans Luncheon will be held in the Aliceville Museum Events Room located at 104 Broad Street, NE in Aliceville at 11:30 am on Tuesday, November 12. Tickets are $10.00 each. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the Museum at 205-373-2363. Lunch, which is being catered by Angie’s Place Restaurant of Aliceville, will be served starting at 11:30, and the program will begin at noon.

Aliceville Library to introduce West Alabama Works kiosk

Left to Right: Job applicant Terrian Amison, Workforce Development Outreach and Program Manager Laura Collier, Outcomes Coordinator Andy Kuhl, and Intern Nicole Strahl

On Friday, September 27, 2019, Aliceville Public Library held a virtual job fair to help those in the Pickens County community who are looking for employment opportunities.

Gordo Council Votes Johnny Stephenson as Permanent Chief of Police

Newly appointed Gordo Police Chief Johnny Stephenson shakes hands with Mayor Craig Patterson and other council members after being named Police Chief.

Gordo’s City Council met on September 9th at 5:30 p.m. to briefly discuss a few items on their agenda. After reading and approving the minutes from their August meeting, the council expressed their gratitude for the cards and posters sent to them by various classes from Gordo Elementary for the money that the council had sent to them.
Next, Mayor Craig Patterson made a formal motion to the council to make Johnny Stephenson the permanent police chief for Gordo and the motion was passed.

Aliceville to have community clean up day on September 28th

Aliceville Police Chief Tonnie Jones mentions to the council that the city needs to do more to honor police officers and first responders on September 11.

The September 11, 2019 Aliceville City Council meeting began with Warren Lavender calling the meeting to order, as Mayor Marva Gipson was absent for the meeting. The first item discussed by council was regarding Sunday alcohol sales. Since Mayor Gipson, nor City Attorney John Russell was available, the council chose to table the item until a later date. The motion was passed unanimously. The council then made a motion to pass the 2019-2020 budget. Without Mayor Gipson being at the meeting, the council also voted unanimously to table a vote to pass the 2019-2020 budget.

County Commission: Appraisal Department to get two new trucks

The minutes of the August 13, 2019 meeting were approved and under new business, the commission voted to declare a Canon copying machine in the appraisal office as surplus and authorize its disposal. The next item under new business was also dealing with the appraisals office. It was approved, just two weeks after it was approved for the Sheriff ’s office to purchase two F-150s that the appraisals office was approved to purchase two of the trucks, however, Revenue Commissioner Michelle Kirk said that the money used for the trucks would not come from the county’s budget.

Carrollton Music Festival raises money for future park

Rusty Hendrix and Allen Russell performing at the Carrollton Fundraiser Concert

Carrollton’s inaugural Music Festival Fundraiser kicked off at on Sunday, August 25, 2019 with Jesse Reece performing at 3 p.m ., Chance Britt at 3:30 p.m., Overtime at 3:50 p.m., Allen Russell at 4:30 p.m., and Starburst at 5: 30 p.m. Confederate Railroad guitarist, and Carrollton native, Rusty Hendrix was also on hand to play with the music groups as well. “We are very thankful for Rusty Hendrix coming back home to Carrollton to put on this event,” Carrollton Mayor Mickey Walker said.

Carrollton to hold music fundraiser; All proceeds to go toward future park

The Town of Carrollton Beautification Committee will hold a Music Festival Fundraiser on August 25, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with all proceeds going to benefit Carrollton’s future city park and walking track. This will be a well-lit facility and will include playground equipment, a picnic area, along with a memorial flag area to honor all military. Carrollton Mayor Mickey Walker said he plans on breaking ground on the new park this fall.