WAB’s Drew Wade Completes Executive Development Institute for Community Bankers

West Alabama Bank of Reform COO Drew Wade, right, receives his plaque for completing a rigorous 19-month leadership development program.

The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC) is pleased to announce that Drew Wade, COO, West Alabama Bank, Reform, Ala., has graduated from the Executive Development Institute for Community Bankers® (EDI), a rigorous 19-month leadership development program for up-and-coming executive officers of community banks.

Elected Officials are Sworn into Office

Four of the five Commissioners were sworn in by Probate Judge John Paluzzi. From left: District 3 Commissioner Drew Elmore, District 5 Commissioner Mark Gray, District 1 Commissioner Bobby Bain, and District 2 Commissioner Bobby Ingram.


The swearing in of elected officials in the Pickens County community occurred over the past couple of weeks, welcoming all those elected to their positions in an official capacity. Former Pickens County District Attorney Chris McCool was sworn in as the Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Place Number 2 on November 9 in Montgomery.

At the swearing in of the Commissioners on Nov. 14 at the Judicial Building in Carrollton, McCool was on hand to swear in District 4 Commissioner Jerry Fitch.

Carrollton Gets $350,000 Grant for Lagoon Project

From left: Senator Gerald Allen; Governor Kay Ivey; Carrollton Mayor Mickey Walker; Kenneth Boswell; and Cory Johnson, Director West Alabama Regional Commission.

Carrollton received the Community Block Development Grant for $350,000 for the wetland lagoon cell, for tertiary advanced treatment, at the waste-water treatment plant on Latham Street. 

Robotics Club Forms for its Inaugural Year at Career Center

The Pickens County College and Career Center’s Robotics Club posed with their entry to Bevill State Community College’s BEST Robotics competition. (Photo was taken on Halloween day.) Front Row, from left: Collin Vang, GHS; Tori Pulliam, PCHS; Briana Harris, PCHS; Trishyla Means, PCHS; Jessica Phipps, GHS; Talaija Smith, AHS; Castella Sherrod, AHS; and Glenn Draper, PCHS. Back row, from left: Judson Stanfill, PA; Benjamin Stephens, GHS; and Wesley Junkins, GHS.

This year’s topic was Saving the Sea Turtles and Clean our Oceans.

Veterans Day: Honoring Those Who Served Since 1919

Brandon Garrison, left, and Brian Pearson, right, were recently honored as Veterans of the Month by the
Foreign Wars Veterans Post 4767. World War II Veteran Ken Lucas, center, presented the awards.

The staff of the Pickens County Herald would like to thank all those who have served or are serving our great nation. We appreciate your sacrifices and honor you, not only on Veterans Day, but every day.

Acker / Whitney

Acker / Whitney

Mike and LuAnn Acker of Carrollton are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Leigh Acker, to Charles Joseph “CJ” Whitney, son of Jeffrey and Lea Whitney of Georgetown, Delaware.

Happy Halloween

Ghosts and ghouls greet commutors at the intersection of Hwy. 17 and Hwy. 82 in Reform. Citizens Glenda Adcock and Jacob Callahan voluntarily decorate the high-visible block of the city each year for the enjoyment of the city’s residents and passerbys.    

Sustainable Agriculture Network to Hold Work Sessions for Alabama Farmers

Members of ASAN, from left, Margaret Weinberg, youth food and farm forum coordinator; Laura Núñez, administrative and program assistant; Mindy Santo, part-time program assistant and Alice Evans, executive director.

To register, visit asanonline.org/forum18 or call Evans at 256-743-0742 or Santo at 205-547-0666. The deadline for registration is Monday, Nov. 19.

Aliceville Gardeners Decorate Broad Street for the Aliceville Street Fair

Seated, from left: Jamie Owens, Tricia Lavender, Sara Peebles, Elaine Clark, Mayor Marva Gipson, Linda Colvin, Carol McKinzey, Debbie Gentry. Standing, from left: Johnie McKinzey, Brenda Coshatt, Carol Jo Hagerman, Brenda Bailey, Beth Powell, Sallie Alston, Sandra Kuykendall, Jane Gwinn, Mary Tucker, Weezie Noland, Kathy Colvin, Connie Johnston, Jean McBride, Jo Anne Young, and Pat Wilson.

The fair was held Saturday, October 20