AES Student Awarded in SmartArt Contest

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

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

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

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

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.

Toddler Bitten and Mauled by Pit Bull

According to Sheriff  David Abston, a 17-month-old child was bitten and mauled by pit bull mix dog on Friday, Mar. 13. Pickens County Deputies rushed child to Pickens County Medical Center and the child was transported by AirEvac to Children’s hospital. 

The incident occurred on Cunningham Road near Lamar County line. A witness shot at the dog. Law enforcement and neighbors are looking for large light brown pit bull mix. The child sustained severe injuries to the face, neck, and head.

Housing Authority of Reform Receives ALM President's Risk Management Award

The Housing Authority of Reform was recently awarded a President's Risk Management Award by the insurance divisions of the Alabama League of Municipalities. 

Approximately 770 public entities participate in one or both of the Alabama League of Municipalities (ALM) sponsored insurance programs which are the Municipal Workers Compensation Fund (MWCF) and the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation (AMIC).

Pickens Co. Youth Receive Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ Scholarships

Pictured from left, SLE President Walter Crim, Briley Newman, Carson Shepherd, and PBCI Elder Billy Smith.

Two outstanding Pickens County youth in livestock were awarded scholarships by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PBCI) for their participation in Alabama’s livestock industry Saturday, March 17 at a luncheon held in coordination with the Alabama Jr. Beef Expo and the Southeastern Livestock Exposition (SLE) Rodeo. 

Carson Shepherd of Reform, was awarded the County Star Junior Cattleman award while Briley Newman of Gordo, received the County Premier Exhibitor award.  

PCMC Gets $150,000 Supplemental Grant

Students from Pickens Academy applied for and received a grant of $150,000 to help Pickens County Medical Center. The grant is issued by the University of Alabama. Pictured, from left are: Hamner Allen, Olivia Lewis, Lindsey Hardy, and Allie Wilson.


Four students of the Senior class of Pickens Academy collaborated and submitted a supplemental grant to the University of Alabama on behalf of the Pickens County Health Authority, specifically the Pickens County Medical Center (PCMC), for a $150,000 grant geared toward the hiring of a new administrator to fortify and rejuvenate the PCMC.

Aliceville Park Needs Work Before Season Begins

Bailey Gibson Dixie Youth Field’s press box at Aliceville City Park may contain the switch for the scoreboard on the far side of the field, but entry is blocked off and the door padlocked. A scoreboard is a necessity if the city is to host any All-Star games.


Alabama Dixie Youth Baseball games will kick off mid-April, and Pickens County is gearing up for another great season. But to provide comfortable surroundings and facilities for spectators, parents, coaches, and kids, some parks will need a bit of rejuvenating to achieve success. Aliceville will be hosting not only their own city’s league at the park, but Reform’s city league will be playing at the Aliceville park as well.