Changing the Face of Tomorrow: Part Two


In last week’s issue, the Part One article of “Changing the Face of Tomorrow,” focused more specifically on the local school system and how it is affecting our community as a whole. Part Two of the series focuses on the housing issues within our communities.

After speaking at length with Aliceville Chamber of Commerce Director, Edgar Pruitt, it was quite clear the housing market within our county cannot support the employees for the jobs created or the ones waiting to be created in the county.


A large amount of marijuana and methamphetamine was uncovered and confiscated during a routine traffic stop Sept. 2 in Gordo.

A traffic stop in Gordo, on September 2, at about 8:30 p.m., resulted in the confiscation of a large amount of marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and two hand guns.

Carrollton Council Passes Budget, Continues Improvements


Budgets are the topic of this month as local towns, cities, and boards prepare for the new fiscal year. Carrollton is no exception.

After some deliberation, members of the Carrollton Town Council voted to give a five percent raise to the town’s department heads and authorized Mayor Mickey Walker to handle other raises as he sees fit. “You earn it, I’ll give it to you,” said Walker.

Changing the Face of Tomorrow: Part One

Edgar Pruitt, Director of Aliceville’s Chamber of Commerce, is utilizing his talents and connections to revitalize the community.


In an interview with the director of Aliceville’s Chamber of Commerce, Edgar Pruitt, our mutual love of our county and how we can improve it, how we can promote it, how we can change the downward spiral we seem to be on, is the number one concern. The closure and reconfigurations of our county schools and the issues that seem to face the community in the face of new social concepts and the occurrence of new business but no economic boost, is troubling.

Aliceville Nursing Home Wins Customer Satisfaction Excellence in Action Award

Aliceville Manor Nursing Home is one of 15 Alabama Nursing Home Association members to win the Customer Satisfaction Excellence in Action Award from NRC Health.

This honor, awarded exclusively to NRC Health post-acute clients, recognizes organizations that achieve the highest overall resident or employee satisfaction scores in the NRC Health database–the largest source of long-term care and senior-living satisfaction metrics in the nation.”

BOE Holds First Budget Hearing for Fiscal Year 2019


The Pickens County Board of Education held its first of two required budget hearings August 20. Chief School Financial Officer Jennifer Shirley went through the preliminary layout of the budget for the board and audience.

“Everything is not totally complete,” said Shirley. “Our second budget hearing will be September (10). I always try to give everyone a really good comparison of where we were last year compared to this year.”

Deer Lure Could Spread Wasting Disease to Herds


With deer season fast approaching, bow hunters in particular should be wary of the lures they use to attract deer. Some popular deer urine lures could contain Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), an always fatal, debilitating disease similar to mad cow disease. CWD is a neurodegenerative disease found in most deer species including moose, elk, mule deer, and white-tailed deer. Deer can spread the disease among themselves before symptoms develop, and symptoms may not develop for up to two years.

Parker Victim Files Lawsuit Against School




A lawsuit filed August 3 in the circuit court of Pickens County names Pickens Academy, Pickens Academy Board of Trustees, and Brach White, Pickens Academy principal, as defendants. The suit was filed on behalf of one of the victims of Charli Jones Parker, a former teacher at Pickens Academy currently serving out a three-year imprisonment for improper sexual contact with two students under the age of 19 years.

Quarter-Million Dollar Motor Graders Cause Contention


Some dispute was had over the upgrading and purchasing of new motor graders for the county last week at the August 14 bi-monthly Pickens County Commissioners meeting. A seemingly innocuous item on the agenda reared its head as items were added, pursued, and challenged.

Usually, items are brought off the agenda, motioned, seconded, approved, and the meeting moves at a steady pace.

Tommy Hyche Announces Run For State House

Tommy Hyche

Tommy Hyche, lifelong resident of Northport/Tuscaloosa County, formally announced today he is running to represent the citizens of District 61 in the Alabama House of Representatives.

“No matter how hard they work, too many folks across our District still live paycheck to paycheck in constant fear of an unexpected illness or expense,” said Hyche. “It’s time that we have someone in Montgomery who understands these everyday struggles and will work to address them.”

Gordo City Council Talks Budget


With a new fiscal year approaching in October, the city of Gordo is gearing up to pass its budget for 2018-2019. During the August 6 city council meeting, Mayor Craig Patterson discussed budget with the council members. Patterson wanted to answer any of the council’s questions regarding the budget in anticipation of getting it passed at next month’s council meeting

Reform Council Puts Properties on Notice


The Reform City Council made decisions regarding two properties in the city at the council’s first meeting this month, held August 7. Mayor Bennie Harton and the city’s building inspector went to a mobile home which had been so neglected, “We were afraid to go in,” Harton told the council. “The door was open, but trees had grown to the door so, we really couldn’t enter the building.”

Hobson Gives Away Third Base


Butch Hobson, manager of the Chicago Dogs professional baseball team and formerly of Aliceville, gave away third base during an August 7 game between Hobson’s Dogs and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Hobson was unhappy a RedHawks’ runner on third base was not called out in the second inning. Hobson proceeded to let American Association umpire, Mike Jarboe, be sure he understood his disagreement with the call.

Aliceville City Council Plans Clean-Up Day


The city of Aliceville will be having a community Clean-Up Day, August 25. The event is being led by Councilman Robert “Cookieman” Wilder. When it was brought up during the August 8 city council meeting, it garnered a few suggestions and comments.

Mayor Marva Gipson suggested Wilder ask each council member to get help from their districts. “And then you’ll meet at a certain area, but we’re all going to have to meet here first,” Gipson said.

BOE Passes Bullying Prevention Policy


At the July 25 meeting of the Pickens County Board of Education, one of the first items on the agenda was the approval of the Jamari Terrell Williams Student Bullying Prevention Act.

The policy is named after a ten-year-old boy from Montgomery, Ala., who committed suicide in October 2017 after being bullied. This policy is expanded to cover kids off-campus as well as on and includes cyberbullying and harassment. It was signed into law by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on May 21, 2018. The policy took effect on June 1, 2018.

Old Armory Revamp Back on Table in A’Ville


At the July 25 meeting of the Aliceville City Council, Councilman Thomas Wilkins placed an item on the agenda regarding improvements to Aliceville’s old Armory location.

“I’ve got a committee,” said Wilkins. “I’m getting them up now. I want to get about seven or eight people getting to work down there. We can have baby showers, yard sales. I am going to come up with a new name (for the location).”