Missing Aliceville Man Found Dead

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

Charles T. Manning, 68, was reported missing by the Aliceville Senior Citizens Center Wednesday, July 18. A lunch tray provided by the Center had not been removed from his porch from the previous day. His family had not seen him

since Sunday, July 15. e last time Aliceville police could verify anyone having seen Manning was Monday, July 16.

Aliceville Police Chief Tonnie Jones conducted a welfare check on Man- ning and found the doors locked and no one at the residence. Jones noti ed the Pickens County Sher-

Ex-NFLer to Be Tornadoes New Head Coach

BY BRIAN HAMILTONSports Correspondent 

 

Pickens County will un- dergo changes at the top, as former Tornadoes coach James ompson accepted the head coaching job at Carver-Montgomery this summer. Williams came back to Pickens County in the spring, where he was serving as a volunteer coach, but once there was a vacancy, he decided to in- terview for the head coach- ing job.

PC Forestry Team Competes in 4-H Invitational

The Pickens County Forestry Team recently competed in the 2018 Alabama 4-H Invitational on June 12-13 at the Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, Alabama. Coaches were Stewart and Ashley Koon, with help from Sam Wiggins.

The senior team competed in a written quiz, tree identification, compass and pacing, insects and diseases, and tree measurement. They placed in second place. Team members were Abel Abernathy, Grace Williams, Luke Koon, and Logan Snipes.

High Individuals Overall: Logan Snipes, third place; Luke Koon, fifth place.

State’s Bicentennial Exhibit on Display at Aliceville Museum

The entrance to the Bicentennial Exhibition features information specific to Pickens County and an audio display with music and singing.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

The Aliceville Museum is presenting a traveling exhibit dedicated to Alabama’s 200th Bicentennial birthday. Alabama became the nation’s 22nd state on December 14, 1819. This informative exhibition is traveling to all 67 Alabama counties through December 2019 and will only be in Pickens County July 14 – July 28, 2018.

Tariffs on Canadian Newsprint Costing Jobs

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

A New York-based equity firm filed a complaint in 2017 to the U.S. Department of Commerce after buying a paper mill in Longview, Wash. The complaint alleged Canadian newsprint companies had an unfair advantage over U.S. domestic mills because of Canadian subsidies. The Department of Commerce responded by levying a tariff on uncoated groundwood paper, the official name for newsprint.

Carrollton Receives Grant for Lagoon Improvements

Gov. Kay Ivey has announced grants totaling $1.55 million to help eight Alabama communities address and improve infrastructure. The town of Carrollton is one of the eight communities who received a grant. Carrollton was awarded $150,000 to rehabilitate the town’s wastewater treatment plant lagoons.

The funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will enable the communities to improve sewer systems, roads, and other concerns.

BOE and Aliceville Attempt Compromise on School Closing

Aliceville Middle School will open with seventh and eighth graders until Aliceville High School’s facilities can be brought up to par. The school will then close. Fifth and sixth graders will start the school year in the elementary building.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

The closing of the Aliceville Middle School has been a subject of great contention after Pickens County School Superintendent Jamie Chapman recommended the school’s fifth and sixth grades be moved to Aliceville Elementary School and the seventh and eighth grades be transferred to Aliceville High School due to declining enrollment numbers and funding issues stemming from those numbers. This will essentially shut down Aliceville Middle School.

Unidentified Boy May Have Been From Alabama

John Mebane Doe

On September 25, 1998 skeletal remains of an unidentified boy were found in Mebane, Orange County, North Carolina.

He was found in heavy brush near a billboard sign along Industrial Drive which is a service road adjacent to the Westbound lanes of Interstate 85 and Interstate 40.

The child had been deceased at this location for several months. The remains were identified as a male, 9-12 years old. His race is Caucasian or Hispanic. He stood approximately 4’11” tall and had straight brown hair.

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Gordo to Mark 175 Years

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Gordo will mark its 175th year of service to the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, starting at 10:00 a.m. The service will include some sharing of Mt Pleasant history, former pastors, staff, and those who have been ordained at Mt. Pleasant will be invited to attend. Bro. Glenn Sandifer will preach the sermon, and Keith Mullenix will lead the music. There will be a fellowship meal after the service.

Ruth Holliman Library Summer Reading Program a Success

The month of June was our Summer Library Program at Ruth Holliman Public Library.

Top Reader in K-2 grades was Di Nari Horton Brown. Top Reader in 3-6 grades was Bentley Dyer.  Second and third place readers were Dawson Roberts, Major Roberts, Kathryn Duren and Justin Sullivan.  Several children with perfect attendance were Adien Stephens, Bentley Dyer, Cade Spencer, Dawson Roberts, DiNari Horton Brown, Hagen Burkhalter, and Logan Shirley.

Former Aliceville Funeral Home Targeted to be Condemned

Obvious roof collapse and damage, coupled with ongoing neglect, makes the old funeral home on Third Avenue in Aliceville a candidate to be condemned.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

The former funeral home located next to the post office on 3rd Avenue in Aliceville, is on the council’s radar to be condemned. In the June 27 meeting of the Aliceville City Council, City Attorney John Russell discussed with the council their attempts to get the owner of the building to either repair or tear the building down.

Gordo, Reform Schools to Participate in CVS SMART Model

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

The CVS SMART model for schools is a public/private partnership developed between CVS Health, Ginn Group Consulting (architects of the model), school districts, and a partnership with local medical providers. The model was launched nationally in 2013. Its purpose is to provide preventive care to students — with parental consent — to enrich academic performance, achievement, and attendance.

History of Pickens County Book Reissued, for Sale

The Reprint Company Publishers, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, has recently reissued its earlier printing of History of Pickens County, Ala. From Its First Settlement in 1817 to 1856 by Nelson F. Smith. This classic work was originally published in 1856 in Carrollton and was reprinted by the Spartanburg publisher in 1980. That 1980 reprint has been out of print for a number of years. This latest reprint is a hardback book printed on archival quality paper and is now in a Print On Demand format.