Editorial

Host of young, female lobbyists have taken over the Statehouse

By Steve FlowersGuest Columnist

As I observe the legislature, it occurs to me that I am getting older.  A lot of the legislators and lobbyists I have known over the years have moved on.

Montgomery is no longer an “Old Boys Club.”  A cursory look at a typical day at the Alabama Statehouse would surprise you.  An increasing number of professional women are a major part of the lawmaking process.  There are a host of brilliant women under 40 who are at the forefront and yield a great deal of influence over the process of policy making in Alabama.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Recently, I was in rehab at Arbor Woods Nursing Home. The doctors, nurses, and therapy departments were wonderful. I was treated professionally and I can certainly recommend this place for rehab. If ever I need long-term care, I can recommend Arbor Woods.

Thank you for the good care I received,

Wynema (Lucy) Fuller

State Budgets: Priority Number One

By Steve FlowersGuest Columnist

After their successful special five-day Special Session, the Legislature has been in their Regular Session for a few weeks now.  The Session will end in June so it is about one-fourth over.  Almost one-third of the members are new, freshmen if you will.  Even though they are, for the most part a bright and talented group, they are still wet behind the ears when it comes to legislative ways.

Rural roads need fixing

By Steve Flowers, Guest Columnist

Last week we talked about the importance that roads are to the economic development of our state.  We spoke about urban growth and expansion, especially the needs for highways in Huntsville and the improvement of the Port in Mobile.

Alabama Leads the Way with Female Government Leadership: Kay Ivey, Katie Britt, and Twinkle Cavanaugh

By Steve FlowersGuest Columnist

There has been a lot of talk about the advancement of women in politics over the past year.  It has been suggested that more progressive states have led the way with this change. Alabama can very well make the case that we lead the nation in women taking leadership roles in our state.

It is very doubtful that any state in the nation can claim a female governor and a female chief executive of their states leading business organization.

Infrastructure Program Should Be Priority 1

By Steve FlowersGuest Columnist

As the new quadrennium crests in Alabama government, everybody looks toward a new beginning.  There is a new fresh four years ahead for the newly elected leaders.  They are overwhelmingly Republican.  The Governor is Republican and all of the accompanying constitutional officeholders are members of the GOP.  More importantly, the State Legislature, both the House and the Senate are Republicans.  In fact, over two-thirds of each chamber are Republican.  It is a supermajority.

The Dead Fish

BY TIM MCCOOLPastor, Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church

A Christian worldview is essential for a Christian. That’s a fairly obvious statement. A worldview is, in a nutshell, the way in which we view the world around us.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

BY TIM MCCOOLPastor, Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church

Recently at Bethlehem one of the preachers preached a sermon from Mt.6:34: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” The thrust of the message was not listening to worry and fear, but deal with what we have in front of us each day, rather than stressing over what may or may not occur tomorrow.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Let’s talk about the American flag!

The last time our flags were displayed, they were still red and white stripes with white stars on a blue field.

The display of our flag is for all government buildings: city halls, schools, all federal buildings, etc.

A red flag with a white “200” is not our American flag.

If you do not know the code of the American flag, don’t fly something else in its place.

Signed,

Ken Lucas,

A Concerned Citizen

Aliceville

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The way we pave a highway today sure has changed. Let’s take seven miles on Highway 86 between Carrollton and Highway 82.

Changes made in the city around the court house, going out of Carrollton, were paved for a stretch. Then comes loose gravel, another paved section, then patched sections.

If this is the way we accept paved roads in Alabama, we need a new ALDOT supervisor.

Signed,

Ken Lucas,

A Concerned Citizen

Aliceville

Last of Famous Probate Judges: Hardy McCollum

By Steve FlowersGuest Columnist

In Alabama political history, the office of Probate Judge was the most powerful and prestigious position.  In the old days, in every county in Alabama, the probate judge was not only judge, he also appointed all county positions, hired all county employees, and was Chairman of the County Commission.  He was essentially the “King of the County.”

Analysis of General Election

By Steve Flowers, Guest Columnist

A few last thoughts and observations on our November 6 General Election in Alabama.

Our new 55th Governor looked and sounded more like the old Kay Ivey than the one we have seen the past few years and during the campaign.  She was vibrant, succinct and to the point, and had a perfectly timed and unscripted victory speech.  Her green jacket was becoming.  She will be a good governor.  She will tackle the tough issues the state must face in the next four years, especially our infrastructure needs.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Arbor Woods Health & Rehab would like to say, “Thank you!” to the family and friends of Pastor Cecil Junkin for the donations made to the Activity Department. We have purchased a Karaoke machine, CD player and Cassette AM/FM boom box, table games, and much more. Again thank you!

We also celebrated Resident’s Rights month during the week of Oct. 17-19. A special event took place each day. Along with Resident Rights Bingo & Gifts, we ended with a pizza party for the residents.

Arbor Woods

Reform, Ala.

More Than Election Going on in Alabama Politics

By Steve FlowersGuest Columnist

Our gubernatorial election year politics ended yesterday.  However, there have been other political maneuverings and developments going on behind the scenes, which may ultimately have more long-term ramifications in the Heart of Dixie’s political future.

The selection of a new Business Council of Alabama leader is imminent and will probably occur in the next few days.  In addition, the jockeying and wrangling for the U.S. Senate Seat in 2020 has begun.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Boss Hogg would like to thank each of the Volunteer Fire Departments and individuals in the area for taking the time out of their day and working so hard to put out the fire at Boss Hogg Bar-B-Que on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. May God bless each of you is my prayer.

Thank you,

Boss Hogg Bar-B-Que

Wilmer L. Davis, Co-Owner

Tarra L. Davis, Co-Owner

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

This Thanksgiving Day, as we gather with family and friends to count our blessings, let's give thanks for the bounty we enjoy not just on this holiday, but every day. The safe, plentiful food that is available to us, and the products used to produce the clothing, housing, medicines, fuel and other products we use on a daily basis, didn't just appear in a store. They got there thanks to a tremendous partnership of farmers and ranchers, processors, brokers, truckers, shippers, advertisers, wholesalers and retailers.

Frank Johnson the Legend and the Free State of Winston

By Steve FlowersGuest Columnist

Those of us who are Baby Boomers remember the tumultuous times of the 1960s.  We lived through the Civil Rights revolution.  Those of us who grew up here in the Heart of Dixie witnessed the transpiring of racial integration first hand.  Most of the crusades and struggles occurred here in Alabama, especially Montgomery.

The Shorty Price Story

By Steve FlowersGuest Columnist

Since this is Alabama vs. Tennessee week and we have a Governor’s Race in three weeks, allow me to share the Story of Shorty Price.

Alabama has had its share of what I call “run for the fun of it” candidates. The most colorful of all these perennial “also ran” candidates was Ralph “Shorty” Price. He ran for Governor every time.  His slogan was “Smoke Tampa Nugget cigars, drink Budweiser beer and vote for Shorty Price.”

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I would like to give a SHOUT OUT/THANK YOU to Ms. Lakitha Bell, director of Pickens County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). September 5, 2018, Hurricane Gordon shared with me a bit of a “watery” experience. Water covered half my carport!

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

This letter is intended to be informational and perhaps educational.  Do you know the actual impact that agriculture, forestry, and other related industries have on Pickens County:  In 2010, $195.6 million was generated through our country’s agricultural and forestry production.  Poultry and egg production was the largest agricultural commodity, contributing 70% of Pickens County’s total agriculture and forestry production, according to USDA National Agriculture Statistics.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor,

Thank you to the individuals and community organizations that made themselves available to welcome students back to school on “the first day of school” for the 2018-2019 academic year at Aliceville Elementary School.  Their presence portrayed a positive mental attitude for the students to emulate.  Great schools are known by the communities that support them.  School - community relations is vital to the success of a school and school district.

A Grand Celebration

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

Sunday, September 9, marks this year’s Grandparents Day. Celebrated since 1978, the statute signed by then President, Jimmy Carter, states the purpose of Grandparents Day is “to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.”

Remembering

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

Seventeen years ago. September 11, 2001. Do you remember what you were doing…where you were? I do. I remember.

My youngest daughter was two years old. She had come down with a bad cold and we had been up half the night. I woke up at about eight o’clock that morning. The television was on, which was strange. Usually, it was quiet after everyone else in the house had gone to school or work. The baby was with me. I guess she may have slept with me, or I with her. I held her on my hip.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Teachers are the largest group of school employees.  The second largest group is the school staff classed as auxiliary.  The auxiliary staff is also called school support staff, school support personnel, and education support personnel (ESP).  They are bus drivers, custodians, food service workers, secretaries, bookkeepers, maintenance technicians, etc.  It is estimated that almost 3 million school support personnel are working in our nation’s public schools.  During the 2017-2018 school year, 36,057 support personnel were employed in Alabama’s 1,473 public schools.

Beth Chapman – On Rane Plane Ride

By Steve Flowers, Guest Columnist

Recently, I wrote about Alfa’s influence in Alabama politics.  In my August 8 column, I said, the Alabama Farmers Federation still controls the Legislature.  They used to play in the Governor’s Race.  However, they got burned badly by Bob Riley when they helped him get elected and the first thing he did was stab them in the back.  However, they have slipped around this year and will not only own the Legislature, they will probably have a good friend in the Governor’s office.

Primary Political Potpourri

By Steve FlowersGuest Columnist

Now that the dust has settled on the primaries, allow me to share with you some thoughts on the Alabama political stage.

There is an old saying that says the more things change, the more they stay the same. This old adage is true in Alabama politics.

Back to School: Facing the Bully

BY GENA HUFF, Editor

As the new school year rolls into existence, so too will bullying. Seemingly, these go hand in hand. Although bullying can continue into adulthood — no longer called bullying but harassment, assault, or defamation — school years, and especially the younger to middle years of school, can be a gauntlet of peer pressure, confusion, angst, and awkwardness. This is only exasperated with bullying.

Rural Traffic Accidents More Likely Fatal

BY GENA HUFFEditor

e Pickens County Herald o ce receives press releases from all over the country, from all types of people and agencies. is includes press releases from Alabama State Trooper’s public information o cer regarding tra c fatalities in Pickens and the neighbor- ing counties. All too o en, those press releases state a seat belt was not in use.

Because of inertia, meaning an object will con- tinue to move at its current velocity until a force causes