Festus Crashing Mayberry Sock Hop in Gordo

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:50


Mark Staggs as Festus from TV’s “Gunsmoke” series.
The Mayberry Sock Hop is coming up in Gordo on April 21. Tribute artists impersonating characters from the town of Mayberry will be there along with Andy Griffith’s real-life daughter, Dixie. But I learned from our Gordo friend and Otis Campbell impersonator, Kenneth Junkin, the Festus character from the “Gunsmoke” series will be crashing the party. So, of course I had to give him a call.

Governor Ivey Awards Grants For Healthy Food Access

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Thu, 04/05/2018 - 08:55


Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday awarded a total of $300,000 in grants to provide primarily low-income persons and senior citizens with improved access to healthy and fresh foods.
MONTGOMERY— Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday awarded a total of $300,000 in grants to provide primarily low-income persons and senior citizens with improved access to healthy and fresh foods.

Spring Has Sprung!

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:24


Tulips are in full bloom at Gordo Lodge #564 F&AM. The flower bed was prepared by Janice Tate. Members of Gordo 564 would like to invite everyone to take a look.

Check out our Special Spring Home and Garden section in this week's Herald!

Embrace Leadership at Your Library: Celebrate National Library Week

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Mon, 04/02/2018 - 10:20
During the week of April 8-14, the member libraries of the Pickens County Cooperative Library System – Aliceville, Carrollton, Pickens County Cooperative, Reform, and Ruth Holliman/Gordo – will join libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs, and expertise they offer. 

Commissioners Promote PALS Campaign

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Mon, 04/02/2018 - 10:04


Pickens County Commissioners finalize business at the Mar. 27 meeting. From left are: Randy Dillard, District 5; Drew Elmore, District 3; Jerry Fitch, Chairman and District 4; and Bobby Bain, District 1. Absent was Robert Kennedy, District 2.
The Alabama People Against A Littered State (PALS) campaign will be coming up officially from April 21-April 28. However, looking at the sides of the highways and county roads and their littered conditions, you realize this is a year-round problem that needs year-round solutions.

Mayberry Sock Hop Hosting Andy’s Daughter, Dixie

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Mon, 04/02/2018 - 09:51


Dixie Griffith and father, Andy Griffith.
Dixie Nann Griffith, the only daughter of Andy Griffith, will be coming to Gordo’s Mayberry Sock Hop, April 21, from 7-10 p.m. in the Gordo Elementary School Auditorium. Ms. Griffith was gracious enough to talk with me via phone call last Thursday night, Mar. 29, from her home in Colorado.

AES Student Awarded in SmartArt Contest

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:19


AES fourth grader, Kayla Phillips, is pictured with AES School counselor Jennifer Sterling.

Aliceville Elementary School congratulates Kayla Phillips on being awarded $100 towards a CollegeCounts 529 Fund account for her participation and successful placement in the SmartArt Contest. 

Kayla is a fourth grader at AES and is the daughter of Adolph and Beverly Phillips. She enjoys playing with her Legos, her Barbie dolls, and playing video games. Her favorite subject is Reading.

Bon Ami Civic & Service Club Celebrates Black History Month

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:17

The Bon Ami Civic & Service Club recently held their annual Black History program at Franconia CME Church in Aliceville.  This year’s theme was “African Americans in Times of War”.  Club Member Cynthia Gilmore served as the program’s mistress of ceremony. 

Throughout this program, the crowd was entertained by the harmonic sounds of the A.E.S. Voices of Inspiration.  Introduced by his brother, Naeem Corder, the guest speaker for the afternoon was Seliman Corder, formerly of Aliceville. 

ACH Interact Club Students Serve Meals to 200 in Community Service Project

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:15


Aliceville High School Interact Club students served meals to approximately 200 citizens at the Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl.

Aliceville High School Interact Club students served meals to approximately 200 citizens at the Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl, and visited and thanked America's Veterans at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center for their Community Service Project.  

Gordo’s Tribute Artist Bringing Mayberry Friends to Sock Hop

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 16:46
The Gordo Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a Mayberry Sock Hop featuring Mayberry tribute artists on Saturday, April 21 from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. at Gordo Elementary School’s Auditorium. Gordo’s very own Otis Campbell, also known as Kenneth Junkin, sat down with me to talk about some of the artists coming to perform and the special things that will be happening during the Sock Hop and throughout that weekend.

Pickens Co. Farmers Federation Announces Scholarship Opportunity

Submitted by Sparrow Estes on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 16:44

The Pickens County Farmers Federation is now accepting scholarship applications at the Pickens County Extension office in Carrollton. Applications can be picked up at school counselors’ offices, ALFA Insurance offices in Reform or Aliceville and Pickens County Extension office in Carrollton. Deadline to apply is April 20.

Scholarship Criteria

• Applicant’s parents or legal guardian must reside in Pickens County or the applicant must have graduated from or be currently enrolled in a Pickens County High School institution.