Reform Council: Grant for sewer repairs on track

The Reform City Council meeting on July 16, 2019 began with the council approving the minutes of the July 2nd meeting. All were in favor to approve the accounts payable as well. All council members were present except for councilwoman Pat Wheat.
Mayor Bennie Harton began the meeting by discussing the price for the handicapped table at the mini park in Reform.  
Councilman Malcolm Giles said that the one that the council had looked at for $836 was probably going to be the best price.

West Alabama Bank celebrates 75th anniversary

West Alabama Bank

Folks who picked up a copy of the Pickens County Herald's July 29, 1944 issue read about a wide range of news. There were stories about FDR's nomination for his fourth term as president of the United States, the construction of new stables across from the railroad depot in Reform and the announcement of Unity Grove's annual camp meeting in Palmetto.
But the largest headline that day was "Reform Opens New Bank." Articles invited readers to visit the bank on its opening day, July 29.

People of Pickens: Drew Wade

Drew Wade

Drew Wade has been the Chief Operating Officer of West Alabama Bank in Reform, Ala. since 2007. Wade graduated from Pickens Academy in 1989 and then attended Marion Military Institute before graduating from the University of Alabama with a bachelors degree in business in 1994. In 1994, Wade started his career at West Alabama Bank, the bank that his grandfather, John Wade, started as The Bank of Reform in 1944 and his father, Andrew C. “Bubba” Wade worked at from 1963 until 2017. Drew is married to the former Ashley Pate of Carrollton and has three children named William, Andrew, and Mary.

German man traces father's path through POW camps in Aliceville

Wolfgang Lodman visited the Aliceville Museum recently with the desire of tracing his late father's path from Germany to Aliceville, where he spent time in the 1940s during the World War II POW camps. His father, Peter Klaus Lodman arrived in Aliceville on June 2, 1943 and Lodman said he believed that his dad was one of the first to arrive here in Aliceville. Lodman arrived in New York on a cargo ship, just as his father had came over to the United States and then took the train from New York to Tuscaloosa, where he then rented a car to get from Tuscaloosa to Aliceville.

PCMC welcomes new detox and recovery program

Journey Detox and Recovery, LLC, founded in 2012 at Clay County Hospital by CEO Lamar Ward and CFO Kathy Evans. The program is an inpatient medical detoxification and recovery facility where all phases of recovery are managed. The program's priority is to help patients detoxify their body without putting any other chemicals into the body, such as suboxone, a drug that is used to treat pain, as well as addiction to narcotic pain relievers.

People of Pickens: Terence Williamson

Terence Williamson

Gordo resident and councilman Terence Williamson recently won the 2019 NWTF World Friction Turkey Calling Championship. Williamson is a Construction Manager for ALDOT over the Greene, Pickens, Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Winston, and Walker Counties.
Back in February, Williamson and teammate Hunter Wallace won the Grand National Turkey Calling Contest in Nashville, Tennessee and after competing in both competitions numerous times, Williamson was finally able to win both competitions for the first time in 2019.

 

Sewell holds Town Hall meeting in Carrollton

U.S. 7th Congressional District
Representative Terri Sewell speaks at her Town Hall meeting at the Carrollton Service Center on Friday afternoon

 Congresswoman Terri Sewell held a Town Hall meeting at the Carrollton Service Center last Friday at 4 p.m. where she met with Pickens County constituents to discuss healthcare issues, specifically rural healthcare and the Pickens County Medical Center.
Before the Town Hall meeting, health screenings were available to all at the service center. Pickens County was Sewell’s sixth stop on her 2019 Congress in Your Community tour, which includes 14 counties in the 7th Congressional Disctrict.