Dr. James Gentry Retires From PCMC After 33 Years

Dr. James Gentry with his wife Debbie and grandchildren Kenley Gentry and Hudson Jost.

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Correspondent

Dr. James (Jim) Gentry, Jr. has decided to hang up the stethoscope after working as a surgeon at Pickens County Medical Center (PCMC) for the past 33 years. Dozens of friends, family members, and colleagues gathered at PCMC last Sunday to recognize Gentry for his service to the hospital.

Wife of Alabama AG Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound


Bridgette Gentry Marshall, wife of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, was found the morning of June 24 in her apartment in Murfreesboro, Tenn., dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In a statement released by the Attorney General’s office on that day, it was stated Mrs. Marshall “passed away this morning after a long struggle with mental illness.”

Cancer-Survivor’s Grandmother Creates Quilts from Doll’s Dresses

Mollie Bailey (right) and her grandmother Sue Yarbrough (left) with the quilt Yarbrough sewed of Abby’s dresses.

By Brian Hamilton, Correspondent

Ever since Carrollton resident Sue Yarbrough can remember, she has been sewing matching dresses for her granddaughter Mollie Bailey and her doll Abby. Mollie is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of three. Mollie is very passionate about Abby, while Yarbrough is very passionate about sewing and making dresses for Mollie and Abby.

Aliceville PD on the Hunt for New Officers

The Aliceville Police Department wants to add additional officers to its force.


The Aliceville Police Department is looking for new officers to add to the force. Current officers have been pulling a lot of overtime and recruits for small-town forces with small-town pay are few and far between. Especially certified and trained officers. Especially officers with experience. That experience and training is key to a well-rounded police department.

Homicide in Aliceville Update


On Friday night, June 1, between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Daniel Perez, 32, was shot and killed at his residence on Memorial Parkway in Aliceville, two houses down from the Fast Gas gas station and convenience store. Not many details have been added at this time, as the case is still being investigated.

Car Accident Claims Life of Child

Deep grooves show where the Ford Explorer went off Highway 86 on June 12 and crashed into a tree. Markers placed on the scene help Alabama State Troopers with their investigation.


A 12-year-old Tuscaloosa boy was killed Tuesday, June 12, when the 2000 Ford Explorer he was riding in left the road, slid down a grassy slope, and hit a tree. The one-vehicle incident happened at about 2:45 p.m. between mile marker 21 and mile marker 22 on Highway 86 East between Carrollton and Gordo. The driver and 3 other minors were also injured in the crash and were transported to DCH Regional Medical Center.

Summertime Goodness

Black-eyed Susans scatter their blooms along roadsides during most of the summer. The “Susan” is a member of the sunflower family.


Summertime has arrived. Or, almost, depending on how you look at it.

Astronomically, summertime begins on the Summer Solstice, which can fall anywhere between June 20 and June 22.  This year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Summer Solstice starts precisely on June 21 at 5:07 a.m. CDT. That is when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. The summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year.