Carrollton Receives Grant for Lagoon Improvements

Gov. Kay Ivey has announced grants totaling $1.55 million to help eight Alabama communities address and improve infrastructure. The town of Carrollton is one of the eight communities who received a grant. Carrollton was awarded $150,000 to rehabilitate the town’s wastewater treatment plant lagoons.

The funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will enable the communities to improve sewer systems, roads, and other concerns.

BOE and Aliceville Attempt Compromise on School Closing

Aliceville Middle School will open with seventh and eighth graders until Aliceville High School’s facilities can be brought up to par. The school will then close. Fifth and sixth graders will start the school year in the elementary building.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

The closing of the Aliceville Middle School has been a subject of great contention after Pickens County School Superintendent Jamie Chapman recommended the school’s fifth and sixth grades be moved to Aliceville Elementary School and the seventh and eighth grades be transferred to Aliceville High School due to declining enrollment numbers and funding issues stemming from those numbers. This will essentially shut down Aliceville Middle School.

Unidentified Boy May Have Been From Alabama

John Mebane Doe

On September 25, 1998 skeletal remains of an unidentified boy were found in Mebane, Orange County, North Carolina.

He was found in heavy brush near a billboard sign along Industrial Drive which is a service road adjacent to the Westbound lanes of Interstate 85 and Interstate 40.

The child had been deceased at this location for several months. The remains were identified as a male, 9-12 years old. His race is Caucasian or Hispanic. He stood approximately 4’11” tall and had straight brown hair.

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Gordo to Mark 175 Years

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Gordo will mark its 175th year of service to the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, starting at 10:00 a.m. The service will include some sharing of Mt Pleasant history, former pastors, staff, and those who have been ordained at Mt. Pleasant will be invited to attend. Bro. Glenn Sandifer will preach the sermon, and Keith Mullenix will lead the music. There will be a fellowship meal after the service.

Ruth Holliman Library Summer Reading Program a Success

The month of June was our Summer Library Program at Ruth Holliman Public Library.

Top Reader in K-2 grades was Di Nari Horton Brown. Top Reader in 3-6 grades was Bentley Dyer.  Second and third place readers were Dawson Roberts, Major Roberts, Kathryn Duren and Justin Sullivan.  Several children with perfect attendance were Adien Stephens, Bentley Dyer, Cade Spencer, Dawson Roberts, DiNari Horton Brown, Hagen Burkhalter, and Logan Shirley.

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.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

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

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

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.

Curtis/Clanahan

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

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

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

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

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.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

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.