Summertime Goodness

Black-eyed Susans scatter their blooms along roadsides during most of the summer. The “Susan” is a member of the sunflower family.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

Summertime has arrived. Or, almost, depending on how you look at it.

Astronomically, summertime begins on the Summer Solstice, which can fall anywhere between June 20 and June 22.  This year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Summer Solstice starts precisely on June 21 at 5:07 a.m. CDT. That is when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. The summer solstice is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year.

Mayhew / McCaa to Wed

Donald B. McCaa and Turkila Shauntell Mayhew

Ms. Mattie Mayhew of Aliceville is pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of her daughter, Turkila Shauntell Mayhew to Donald B. McCaa, son of Adaline McCaa.

The bride elect is the granddaughter of the late Jennie Hopson and Mary L. Barnes of Aliceville.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mary J. McCaa and the late Ora Bishop of Aliceville.

The wedding and reception will take place on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at 502 Gulfshore Drive, Destin, Fla.

Aliceville Farmers Market Open for Business

Gary Smith, the owner of B&S Farms, always provides a wide variety of fresh produce that will satisfy the needs of every customer.

By JESSICA JUNKIN, Pickens County Extension Office

The Aliceville Farmers Market, located near City Hall, is open for business every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. with just the right amount of vendors and activities for everyone to enjoy.

This venue has a large playground area for children, as well as a paved walking track around the covered pavilion. Fresh produce is the main attraction at the market, but other items are also available such as pottery, soaps, meat, and pastries.

Homicide in Aliceville

Daniel Perez, 32, was shot and killed at his residence on Memorial Parkway in Aliceville, June 1. A suspect has not yet been arrested.

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

Friday night, June 1, between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., an unidentified man shot 32-year-old Daniel Perez once in the chest, with a hand gun, killing him. The homicide occurred at Perez’s residence on Memorial Parkway in Aliceville. Another resident, who was inside during the altercation, went to a nearby store for help. Identification of the assailant has not yet been made public. It is said the intruder was wearing a ski mask and/or hood, and long sleeves. A suspect has not been named.

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Council Breathes Easy as Mule Day Comes Off Without a Hitch

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

The Gordo City Council members were all breathing a sigh of relief at the Council meeting this month, on June 4. Mule Day had once again been organized, put on, cleaned up, and touted a success for another year.

With some of the hottest temperatures of the year so far, and the dew point in the mid-70s, the crowd was hot, but there were no heat issues for the emergency departments. “No major incidents,” reported Gordo Police Chief Todd Hall.

Commission Hears from County Coroner, No Morgue in County

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

At the Pickens County Commissioner’s Administrative meeting June 7, amidst the talk of gravel, rip rap, road graders, and herbicide, County Coroner Chad Harless brought in something different when he came to notify the Commissioners the bills from the Coroner’s department were going to be higher.

“The Coroner’s office has been absolutely crazy this year,” said Harless. “I’ve had more in-depth investigation autopsies than I do in a three-year time period.”

Grants Issued to Beat the Heat

By awarding grants totaling $924,255 to assist low-income and elderly Alabama residents, Governor Kay Ivey is supporting local agencies to lower energy costs this summer.

The grants are supporting Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program which provide funds to improve the energy efficiency and safety of qualifying homes. Priority is given to those with disabilities, the elderly, and low-income households with children.

Gov. Ivey Installs Sentry Training Program in Schools

Governor Kay Ivey, on May 30, announced the installation of the Alabama Sentry Program in the school system. This program will permit administrators in schools without a School Resource Officer (SRO) to maintain a firearm on campus, in a secured safe, in order to be prepared to respond to an active shooter situation. The purpose of the program is to provide an additional security measure in schools that do not have an SRO.

Aliceville Council Bans Alcohol for City Park Rentals; Passes Resolution on Schools

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

At the Aliceville City Council meeting on May 23, unfinished business included an addition to the city’s Park Rental Agreement. At the council’s prior meeting, Mayor Marva Gipson wanted to add an amendment to the agreement which prohibits alcohol on site for rental events. Councilman Thomas Wilkins stated he wanted to have the city’s attorney, John Russell, make sure an amendment such as that would not infringe on the rights of citizens.

HUD to Enforce Smoke-Free Policy

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is requiring all public housing agencies across the nation, including Alabama, to be smoke free by July 31, 2018. In November of 2016, HUD announced its final rule requiring all public housing agencies to implement smoke-free policies over the following 18 months.

AES Rewards Store Another Success

Mrs. Washington’s Fourth-Grade Class shows off their “Yackers” before shopping at the last Accelerated Reading/Positive Behavior Rewards Store of the 2017-2018 school year.

Aliceville Elementary School has had another successful year at the Accelerated Reader (AR)/Positive Behavior Rewards Store for 2017-2018. Students are given “Yellow Jacket Yackers” to spend in the store for different types of games, toys, puzzles, and merchandise once every six weeks. The “yackers” come in $1, $2, $5, and $10 increments and are earned through reading at or above grade level, and by showing positive behaviors such as helping others, improving schoolwork, good attitudes, being peacemakers, and exhibiting leadership qualities.

Kesler/St. Pierre

Jordan Nicole Kesler and Christopher St. Pierre

Billy and Hazel Kesler of Columbus, Miss. are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jordan Nicole Kesler to Christopher Allen St. Pierre, son of John and Brenda St. Pierre of Columbus, Miss.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late James S. Jordan, Dixie G. Nickoles and Leon Kesler and Shirley Kesler of Columbus, Miss. She is a 2010 graduate of Caledonia High School, attended one year at EMCC, and is currently employeed at Handyland Exxon in Hinesville, Ga.

Lewis/Britt

Christopher Chase Britt and Luci Danielle Lewis

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Lewis of Aliceville announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Luci Danielle Lewis to Christopher Chase Britt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chad Britt of Carrollton.  
Miss Lewis is the granddaughter of Lucy Gates and the late Earl Gates, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Lewis, all of Aliceville.

Former FCI Aliceville Corrections Officer Receives Sentence for Abusive Sexual Contact with Inmate

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a former corrections officer at the federal prison for women in Alabama to 1½ years in prison for committing a sexual act with an inmate and lying about his contact with her while he worked at the facility. U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, Miami Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Robert A. Bourbon announced the sentence.