Commission approves purchase of $15,000 server from appraisal revenue funds

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The Pickens County Commission meeting on April 23rd was short and sweet, as usual, with the biggest change being that Representative Bobby Bain took over as commission chairman for Commissioner Mark Gray.

The commission began by discussing new business, where they approved the hire of Katherine Thomas as appraisal clerk, which is effective as of May 6th. Commissioner Drew Elmore made the motion to appoint Thomas, which was seconded by Jerry Fitch. The motion passed unanimously.

Aliceville Council: Renting of armory remains on agenda

By Ginger Pearson, Correspondent

The City of Aliceville Council met on April 24th and began the meeting by discussing unfinished business. The first item discussed was the rental agreement for the old National Guard armory for events. City Attorney John Russell III spoke concerning the need to establish regulations. Russell recommended that alcoholic beverages not be served at events there.

HOSA students honored at BOE meeting

Front row, from left: Shaniah Doss, Cheyenne Livingston, Tyler Britt, Riley Campbell, Kayle Pate, Madison Acker, Laci Sanders, Alexia Bishop, Blake Bridges, Joshua Williams, Daniel Carr, John Weston Harless.
Back row, from left: McKenzie Bowles, Lila Belcher, Amy Blakney, Mykenzie Durrah, Jewlee Hill, Gracie Lang.

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

The April 15th Pickens County Board of Education Meeting began by recognizing the Pickens County College and Career Center students who competed at the HOSA state competition in Montgomery last month.

People of Pickens: Ginny Lee

Ginny Lee

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Ginny Lee began her career with First National Bank of Aliceville as a junior in high school, when she took a summer job, which she parlayed into her current position, as the Chief Financial Officer of the Tuscaloosa FNB branch. Pickens County Herald editor Brian Hamilton sat down for an interview with Ginny in Tuscaloosa recently.

Q: How did you get your start in the banking industry?

Court Square Coffee hosts book signing for mother and son duo

Authors Erich Wildgrube (left) and Paula Wildgrube (center) with illustrator Alexis Jones (right).

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Carrollton’s Court Square Coffee held a book signing on Monday, April, 15th for a mother and son duo from Tuscaloosa. Erich Wildgrube’s book “The Empress and the Archer” was available for purchase and signing, while his mother, Paula Wildgrube, was also there with her book titled “To CATch a Thief”.

Reform Council: Sewage rate increases are beneficial in the long run

City Engineer Jonathan Bonner waits to speak before the council during Tuesday night’s meeting.

By Addie Grace Phillips, Correspondent

The Reform City Council began their meeting on Tuesday, April 16th with Mayor Bennie Harton calling the meeting to order. Under old business, Harton discussed the fountain and lamp post installation. He also mentioned that Brandon Garrison was the genius behind the lamp post installation and it was all thanks to him and a few others.

Dead body found dumped on Benevola Road

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

It was just another Saturday for a passer-by on the Benevola Road until someone happened to notice what looked to be roadkill lying in the middle of Highway 2.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t a rodent lying lifeless in the highway; It was a human corpse.

The highway, better known as Benevola Road, runs from the southern part of Pickens County, called Bridgeville, near McCaa Bottom Road, and runs throughout the Benevola community, before turning into County Road 63 in south Gordo.

Band of Brothers member Bradford Freeman speaks at Aliceville Museum

Veterans of Pickens County with Mr. Freeman.

By Melanie Harville, Correspondent

Residents of Pickens County had the opportunity to experience a treat on Thursday, April 11th at the Aliceville Museum. Bradford Freeman, a 92-year-old former member of ‘The Easy Company ‘of The Band of Brothers, that parachuted in before D-Day on the beaches of Normandy.

Aliceville Council: Residents to voluntarily annex into City Limits

By BRIAN HAMILTON, Editor

Aliceville’s City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 10 began with the council once again electing to table the National Guard Armory rental agreement. The council also moved to keep an ordinance on providing storage for legally impounded vehicles on the unfinished business agenda.

The last item of unfinished business was appointment of the equalization board. The following were nominated to the board at the council meeting: Caleb Marine, Marion Bonner, Terry Windham, and David McCaffrey.