R.J. Kirksey Class Holds 50th Reunion

Attendees missing from the photo include: Ernest Colvin, Vern Gavin, Ida G. Goff, Horace Hughes, Nannie H. Jones, Willie C. Lanier, Linda H. Stanton, Eddie Sterling, Mary J. Turnipseed, Linda P. Wilder.

On April 5 thirty members of the R.J. Kirksey High School, Class of 1968 met in Aliceville to celebrate their 50th Class Reunion.  The event was held at, and catered by, Judi’s Café (formerly Savory Solutions II).

The formal reunion program featured presentations by classmates on the history of the school, a memorial tribute, reflections on the life journeys and noteworthy experiences of the participants, singing of the alma mater, and communal fellowship. It was a heartfelt and humbling experience.

Man Dies In Tractor/Auto Collision

At 8:38 a.m. on April 21, 911 received a call regarding a collision on Hwy. 82 Westbound at mile marker 2 in Ethelsville. The collision involved a Dodge Ram truck and a farming tractor.

William Douglas Wilcox, 77, the driver of the tractor, died at the scene. The tractor was not overturned but knocked off the road and into the ditch.

Forrest and Liberty Fire Departments, Pickens County Ambulance, Pickens County Sheriff, Pickens County Coroner, and Alabama State Troopers were all on scene. The collision is still an ongoing investigation.

Festus Crashing Mayberry Sock Hop in Gordo


Mark Staggs as Festus from TV’s “Gunsmoke” series.
The Mayberry Sock Hop is coming up in Gordo on April 21. Tribute artists impersonating characters from the town of Mayberry will be there along with Andy Griffith’s real-life daughter, Dixie. But I learned from our Gordo friend and Otis Campbell impersonator, Kenneth Junkin, the Festus character from the “Gunsmoke” series will be crashing the party. So, of course I had to give him a call.