Pickens Co. Farmers Federation Announces Scholarship Opportunity

The Pickens County Farmers Federation is now accepting scholarship applications at the Pickens County Extension office in Carrollton. Applications can be picked up at school counselors’ offices, ALFA Insurance offices in Reform or Aliceville and Pickens County Extension office in Carrollton. Deadline to apply is April 20.

Scholarship Criteria

• Applicant’s parents or legal guardian must reside in Pickens County or the applicant must have graduated from or be currently enrolled in a Pickens County High School institution.

Toddler Bitten and Mauled by Pit Bull

According to Sheriff  David Abston, a 17-month-old child was bitten and mauled by pit bull mix dog on Friday, Mar. 13. Pickens County Deputies rushed child to Pickens County Medical Center and the child was transported by AirEvac to Children’s hospital. 

The incident occurred on Cunningham Road near Lamar County line. A witness shot at the dog. Law enforcement and neighbors are looking for large light brown pit bull mix. The child sustained severe injuries to the face, neck, and head.

Housing Authority of Reform Receives ALM President's Risk Management Award

The Housing Authority of Reform was recently awarded a President's Risk Management Award by the insurance divisions of the Alabama League of Municipalities. 

Approximately 770 public entities participate in one or both of the Alabama League of Municipalities (ALM) sponsored insurance programs which are the Municipal Workers Compensation Fund (MWCF) and the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation (AMIC).

Pickens Co. Youth Receive Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ Scholarships


Pictured from left, SLE President Walter Crim, Briley Newman, Carson Shepherd, and PBCI Elder Billy Smith.

Two outstanding Pickens County youth in livestock were awarded scholarships by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PBCI) for their participation in Alabama’s livestock industry Saturday, March 17 at a luncheon held in coordination with the Alabama Jr. Beef Expo and the Southeastern Livestock Exposition (SLE) Rodeo. 

Carson Shepherd of Reform, was awarded the County Star Junior Cattleman award while Briley Newman of Gordo, received the County Premier Exhibitor award.  

PCMC Gets $150,000 Supplemental Grant


Students from Pickens Academy applied for and received a grant of $150,000 to help Pickens County Medical Center. The grant is issued by the University of Alabama. Pictured, from left are: Hamner Allen, Olivia Lewis, Lindsey Hardy, and Allie Wilson.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

Four students of the Senior class of Pickens Academy collaborated and submitted a supplemental grant to the University of Alabama on behalf of the Pickens County Health Authority, specifically the Pickens County Medical Center (PCMC), for a $150,000 grant geared toward the hiring of a new administrator to fortify and rejuvenate the PCMC.

Aliceville Park Needs Work Before Season Begins


Bailey Gibson Dixie Youth Field’s press box at Aliceville City Park may contain the switch for the scoreboard on the far side of the field, but entry is blocked off and the door padlocked. A scoreboard is a necessity if the city is to host any All-Star games.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

Alabama Dixie Youth Baseball games will kick off mid-April, and Pickens County is gearing up for another great season. But to provide comfortable surroundings and facilities for spectators, parents, coaches, and kids, some parks will need a bit of rejuvenating to achieve success. Aliceville will be hosting not only their own city’s league at the park, but Reform’s city league will be playing at the Aliceville park as well.

PCMC Welcomes New CEO


The Pickens County Medical Center Board of Directors welcomes new CEO to PCMC. Pictured from left: Mark Prater, Shawn McDaniel, John O’Neal, Sue Russell, JoAnne Colvin, Bob Brooke, Kathy Marine, Gail Beams, James Kirkland, and Manly Sullivan.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

On Mar. 19, Pickens County Medical Center (PCMC) welcomed its new CEO and President, John O’Neil. Mr. O’Neil has extensive experience in the healthcare industry, serving as the CEO of St. Vincent’s hospital from 2009 to 2015 and most recently served as a consultant for UAB Health System. While at UAB, O’Neil assisted in developing and implementing strategic plans for rural hospitals across Alabama. Mr. O’Neil holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa and a Masters Degree in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University.

PCHS Receives Grant from Alabama Power


Andrea Ellis, Manager of the Reform/Aliceville Alabama Power business office, presents a $2,500 Power to Play grant check to Pickens County High School Band Director Thomas Hargrave on Tuesday, Mar. 13. Hargrave says the grant will be used to purchase instruments for the school’s music education and band programs. Pictured, from left, Craig Perrigin, PCHS Assistant Principal; Jamarian Cohen, student; Andrea Ellis; Thomas Hargrave; Ariana Hathorne, student; Keaysha Jones, student; SheMia Wilson, Principal; Caleb Yarbrough, student.
Pickens County High School was awarded a $2,500 Power to Play grant from the Alabama Power  Foundation on Tuesday, Mar. 13. Thomas Hargrave, PCHS band director, said the grant will be used to purchase instruments for the music education and band programs at the school.

Aliceville Rotary Welcomes Fulbright Scholar Speaker


The Aliceville Rotary Club heard from speaker Dr. Fanbin Zeng at their meeting Mar. 13. Dr. Zeng is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pictured from left, Connie Marine, Kathy Marine, Dr. Fanbin Zeng, and Vickie Xu, UWA International Administrator.
At their meeting on Mar. 13, the Aliceville Rotary Club welcomed Dr. Fanbin Zeng, the Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Zeng was brought by the Rotary’s former president and member, Connie Marine, International Programs Coordinator at the University of West Alabama, located in Livingston, Ala. This was at the request of Rotary program chairperson of the day, Kathy Marine.  

Aliceville Hosts ASF’s “Much Ado About Nothing”


“Much Ado About Nothing,” was performed on Mar. 15 at the Aliceville Entertainment Complex.
Shakespeare may not seem like it is for everyone, but on Thursday night, Mar. 15, it became available to all ages within our own small community in Aliceville. The Aliceville Museum, Aliceville Library, and the Pickens County Arts Guild hosted the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Touring Group’s performance of the William Shakespeare play, “Much Ado About Nothing,” an Italianate comedy for the ages.