Council Breathes Easy as Mule Day Comes Off Without a Hitch

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

The Gordo City Council members were all breathing a sigh of relief at the Council meeting this month, on June 4. Mule Day had once again been organized, put on, cleaned up, and touted a success for another year.

With some of the hottest temperatures of the year so far, and the dew point in the mid-70s, the crowd was hot, but there were no heat issues for the emergency departments. “No major incidents,” reported Gordo Police Chief Todd Hall.

Commission Hears from County Coroner, No Morgue in County

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

At the Pickens County Commissioner’s Administrative meeting June 7, amidst the talk of gravel, rip rap, road graders, and herbicide, County Coroner Chad Harless brought in something different when he came to notify the Commissioners the bills from the Coroner’s department were going to be higher.

“The Coroner’s office has been absolutely crazy this year,” said Harless. “I’ve had more in-depth investigation autopsies than I do in a three-year time period.”

Grants Issued to Beat the Heat

By awarding grants totaling $924,255 to assist low-income and elderly Alabama residents, Governor Kay Ivey is supporting local agencies to lower energy costs this summer.

The grants are supporting Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program which provide funds to improve the energy efficiency and safety of qualifying homes. Priority is given to those with disabilities, the elderly, and low-income households with children.

Gov. Ivey Installs Sentry Training Program in Schools

Governor Kay Ivey, on May 30, announced the installation of the Alabama Sentry Program in the school system. This program will permit administrators in schools without a School Resource Officer (SRO) to maintain a firearm on campus, in a secured safe, in order to be prepared to respond to an active shooter situation. The purpose of the program is to provide an additional security measure in schools that do not have an SRO.

Aliceville Council Bans Alcohol for City Park Rentals; Passes Resolution on Schools

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

At the Aliceville City Council meeting on May 23, unfinished business included an addition to the city’s Park Rental Agreement. At the council’s prior meeting, Mayor Marva Gipson wanted to add an amendment to the agreement which prohibits alcohol on site for rental events. Councilman Thomas Wilkins stated he wanted to have the city’s attorney, John Russell, make sure an amendment such as that would not infringe on the rights of citizens.

HUD to Enforce Smoke-Free Policy

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

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

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.

Lewis/Britt

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

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

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

John O’Neil, CEO, Pickens County Medical Center

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

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

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

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

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.