Former Aliceville Funeral Home Targeted to be Condemned

Obvious roof collapse and damage, coupled with ongoing neglect, makes the old funeral home on Third Avenue in Aliceville a candidate to be condemned.


The former funeral home located next to the post office on 3rd Avenue in Aliceville, is on the council’s radar to be condemned. In the June 27 meeting of the Aliceville City Council, City Attorney John Russell discussed with the council their attempts to get the owner of the building to either repair or tear the building down.

Gordo, Reform Schools to Participate in CVS SMART Model


The CVS SMART model for schools is a public/private partnership developed between CVS Health, Ginn Group Consulting (architects of the model), school districts, and a partnership with local medical providers. The model was launched nationally in 2013. Its purpose is to provide preventive care to students — with parental consent — to enrich academic performance, achievement, and attendance.

History of Pickens County Book Reissued, for Sale

The Reprint Company Publishers, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, has recently reissued its earlier printing of History of Pickens County, Ala. From Its First Settlement in 1817 to 1856 by Nelson F. Smith. This classic work was originally published in 1856 in Carrollton and was reprinted by the Spartanburg publisher in 1980. That 1980 reprint has been out of print for a number of years. This latest reprint is a hardback book printed on archival quality paper and is now in a Print On Demand format.


Michael Hayes Clanahan and Taylor Lynne Curtis

Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Curtis of Bradford, Ohio announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Taylor Lynne Curtis, to Michael Hayes Clanahan, son of Jim and Bet Clanahan, of Buford, Georgia.

The bride elect is the granddaughter of  Mr. and Mrs. H. Edward Kuhns of Ludlow Falls, Ohio and Mr. and Mrs. Woodford Curtis of Troy, Ohio.  She graduated cum laude from Lee University with a BS in Business Administration.  She is currently in a management trainee position with Enterprise in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

911 Board Wants to Share Director of EMA


The Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director, Laketha Bell, has been approached by representatives of the Pickens County 911 Board to discuss possibly merging the two director jobs into one. 911 Board Chairman, Keith “Booty” Cox, spoke to the Pickens County Commissioners at the Commission’s June 21 administrative meeting about the possibility. Since technically, both organizations work for the Commissioners, it needed to be brought first to them and to see if they would consider the merger.

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.

Mayhew / McCaa to Wed

Donald B. McCaa and Turkila Shauntell Mayhew

Ms. Mattie Mayhew of Aliceville is pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of her daughter, Turkila Shauntell Mayhew to Donald B. McCaa, son of Adaline McCaa.

The bride elect is the granddaughter of the late Jennie Hopson and Mary L. Barnes of Aliceville.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mary J. McCaa and the late Ora Bishop of Aliceville.

The wedding and reception will take place on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at 502 Gulfshore Drive, Destin, Fla.

Aliceville Farmers Market Open for Business

Gary Smith, the owner of B&S Farms, always provides a wide variety of fresh produce that will satisfy the needs of every customer.

By JESSICA JUNKIN, Pickens County Extension Office

The Aliceville Farmers Market, located near City Hall, is open for business every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. with just the right amount of vendors and activities for everyone to enjoy.

This venue has a large playground area for children, as well as a paved walking track around the covered pavilion. Fresh produce is the main attraction at the market, but other items are also available such as pottery, soaps, meat, and pastries.

Homicide in Aliceville

Daniel Perez, 32, was shot and killed at his residence on Memorial Parkway in Aliceville, June 1. A suspect has not yet been arrested.


Friday night, June 1, between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., an unidentified man shot 32-year-old Daniel Perez once in the chest, with a hand gun, killing him. The homicide occurred at Perez’s residence on Memorial Parkway in Aliceville. Another resident, who was inside during the altercation, went to a nearby store for help. Identification of the assailant has not yet been made public. It is said the intruder was wearing a ski mask and/or hood, and long sleeves. A suspect has not been named.