Carrollton Council: City Hall renovations almost complete


The April 4th Carrollton City Council meeting was held at the Carrollton Police Department rather than city hall, due to unfinished remodeling at the normal meeting place.

Mayor Mickey Walker mentioned that the renovations to the Carrollton City Hall were almost complete, with everything set to go except some work on the windows. Walker said he fully expects the staff to be moved back into City Hall by the upcoming May council meeting.

Carrollton native Jodie Minor promoted to major

Left to right are: Congressman Robert Aderholt, Joeita Simon (mother), Major Jodie Minor, Taryn Minor (daughter), Trey Minor (son), Jasmine Walker (daughter), Sherry Anderson (aunt) and Congresswoman Terri Sewell.

Captain Jodie W. Minor Jr. of Carrollton was recently promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Army.

Minor graduated from Athens State University and held several business management jobs before enlisting in the United States Army as an Intelligence Analyst in 2004. In 2008, CPT Minor commissioned as an Adjutant General’s (AG) Corps (Human Resources) Officer through the Army’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) Program.

Jodie is currently assigned as a Congressional Budget Liaison to the House of Representatives within ASA-FM&C’s Congressional Budget Liaison Office.

Aliceville Council: Back-to-School sales tax holiday set for July 19-21


Aliceville City Council's meeting on March 27 was very brief, as the first item under unfinished business was Mayor Marva Gipson discussing that at the March 13th meeting, Councilman Terrence Windham discussed the council meeting in a separate board meeting to discuss some of the city's matters. Gipson mentioned that the council would hold the board meeting on March 28.

People of Pickens: Marva Gipson

Marva Gipson


Mayor Marva Gipson is a native of Aliceville and a graduate R.J. Kirksey High School.  Gipson then attended Tuskegee Institute University and Miles College and began her career at the Pickens County Board of Education as a Teacher’s Aide and later as School Secretary. She was the third African American to be employed at Westinghouse Electricity Corporation, where she served as a shipping clerk/receptionist in Reform, Ala.

Aliceville Dixie Youth kicks off 2019 season with new park upgrades

Local children assist in a ‘Clean-up Day at the Park’ in late February.


The Aliceville Dixie Youth league threw out the first pitch of the 2019 season this week with some much needed improvements to the Aliceville City Park fields.

Rob Dahlberg, President of the newly appointed Aliceville Park and Recreation Board, has been instrumental in the new park renovations and held a clean-up day in late February, where both adults and children worked together to help clean up trash and get the field ready for the upcoming baseball season.

Board of Education: Pickens County leading West Alabama in dual enrollment

Pickens County Career Center


The Pickens County Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, March 20th began with Superintendent Jamie Chapman informing the board that the Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 15th would be moved to the Pickens County College and Career Center, rather than at the central office. Chapman stated that the meeting would remain at its scheduled time of 6 p.m. and all that would change is the location.

Area code overlay approved for the Alabama 205 area code


To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 659 area code will be added to the area served by the 205 area code, which is known as an area code overlay.

An overlay is the addition of another area code to the same geographic region as an existing area code, however, it does not require customers to change their existing area code.

Commission adopts logging notice ordinance

BY DOUG SANDERS JR., Correspondent

The Pickens County Commission recently adopted a new logging notice system that went into effect this week which will set up guidelines for timber owners and loggers.

The Commission held an extremely brief meeting on March 26, lasting a total of six minutes. First, the Commission made a motion to adopt the ordinance, to take effect April 1, and it was unanimously approved. Then, they voted unanimously to appoint County Engineer Clint Terry to be the license inspector responsible for enforcing the ordinance.

Reform Council: City’s water treatment system greatly improved


The Reform Council meeting on Tuesday, March 19 began with Mayor Bennie Harton discussing the quotes for the light repairs at the city park. Harton said the park director took a careful count of the park’s lights to determine exactly how many were needing replaced. Mills Electric had given the city a quote for approximately 40 lights being out, when the count was actually lower.