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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.