Kirk seeks re-election

Michelle Kirk

I have qualified for re-election as Revenue Commissioner.  I have been employed in the Revenue Commissioner’s Office for 24 years.  I began working as an appraisal and mapping clerk in August, 1996.  I was promoted to Appraiser in 2003 and held that position until running for office in 2014.  I was sworn in as Revenue Commissioner on October 1, 2015.    

Brothers to Speak at Aliceville Salute to Veterans Luncheon

"Brothers Percy Lee, Jr. (left) and Billy Ray Lee seen here in their Alabama National Guard uniforms, will speak at the Aliceville Museum Salute to Veterans Luncheon. (Undated photo from the Museum's collection)"

The Aliceville annual Salute to Veterans Luncheon will be held in the Aliceville Museum Events Room located at 104 Broad Street, NE in Aliceville at 11:30 am on Tuesday, November 12. Tickets are $10.00 each. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the Museum at 205-373-2363. Lunch, which is being catered by Angie’s Place Restaurant of Aliceville, will be served starting at 11:30, and the program will begin at noon.

Aliceville Library to introduce West Alabama Works kiosk

Left to Right: Job applicant Terrian Amison, Workforce Development Outreach and Program Manager Laura Collier, Outcomes Coordinator Andy Kuhl, and Intern Nicole Strahl

On Friday, September 27, 2019, Aliceville Public Library held a virtual job fair to help those in the Pickens County community who are looking for employment opportunities.

Gordo Council Votes Johnny Stephenson as Permanent Chief of Police

Newly appointed Gordo Police Chief Johnny Stephenson shakes hands with Mayor Craig Patterson and other council members after being named Police Chief.

Gordo’s City Council met on September 9th at 5:30 p.m. to briefly discuss a few items on their agenda. After reading and approving the minutes from their August meeting, the council expressed their gratitude for the cards and posters sent to them by various classes from Gordo Elementary for the money that the council had sent to them.
Next, Mayor Craig Patterson made a formal motion to the council to make Johnny Stephenson the permanent police chief for Gordo and the motion was passed.

Aliceville to have community clean up day on September 28th

Aliceville Police Chief Tonnie Jones mentions to the council that the city needs to do more to honor police officers and first responders on September 11.

The September 11, 2019 Aliceville City Council meeting began with Warren Lavender calling the meeting to order, as Mayor Marva Gipson was absent for the meeting. The first item discussed by council was regarding Sunday alcohol sales. Since Mayor Gipson, nor City Attorney John Russell was available, the council chose to table the item until a later date. The motion was passed unanimously. The council then made a motion to pass the 2019-2020 budget. Without Mayor Gipson being at the meeting, the council also voted unanimously to table a vote to pass the 2019-2020 budget.

County Commission: Appraisal Department to get two new trucks

The minutes of the August 13, 2019 meeting were approved and under new business, the commission voted to declare a Canon copying machine in the appraisal office as surplus and authorize its disposal. The next item under new business was also dealing with the appraisals office. It was approved, just two weeks after it was approved for the Sheriff ’s office to purchase two F-150s that the appraisals office was approved to purchase two of the trucks, however, Revenue Commissioner Michelle Kirk said that the money used for the trucks would not come from the county’s budget.

Carrollton Music Festival raises money for future park

Rusty Hendrix and Allen Russell performing at the Carrollton Fundraiser Concert

Carrollton’s inaugural Music Festival Fundraiser kicked off at on Sunday, August 25, 2019 with Jesse Reece performing at 3 p.m ., Chance Britt at 3:30 p.m., Overtime at 3:50 p.m., Allen Russell at 4:30 p.m., and Starburst at 5: 30 p.m. Confederate Railroad guitarist, and Carrollton native, Rusty Hendrix was also on hand to play with the music groups as well. “We are very thankful for Rusty Hendrix coming back home to Carrollton to put on this event,” Carrollton Mayor Mickey Walker said.

Carrollton to hold music fundraiser; All proceeds to go toward future park

The Town of Carrollton Beautification Committee will hold a Music Festival Fundraiser on August 25, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with all proceeds going to benefit Carrollton’s future city park and walking track. This will be a well-lit facility and will include playground equipment, a picnic area, along with a memorial flag area to honor all military. Carrollton Mayor Mickey Walker said he plans on breaking ground on the new park this fall.

People of Pickens: Ken Lucas

Ken Lucas

Ken Lucas moved to Aliceville in 1998 and hassince became a fixture in the
community as a volunteer. Lucas volunteers with the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) posts in Pickens County and is a member of the American Legion, among other things . He recently won an award for Volunteer of the Year at the Aliceville Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

Mr. Ken, as he is known in the community is also a World War II veteran who is retired from the Army. Pickens County Herald Editor Brian Hamilton recently sat down for an interview with Mr. Lucas.

SMART™ Student Health and Wellness Model Expands to Gordo Schools for Fall 2019 Opening

Dr. John Brandon, SMART Contracted Physician Preceptor; Kim Taylor SMART Utilization Manager; Amanda Newman, Gordo’s SMART Patient Services Representative; Dr. Yolima Moncada, Director of SMART Clinical Operations; and Juan Pablo Sanchez, SMART Business Development Manager

Gordo, Ala. — Pickens County Primary Care and Ginn Group Consulting (GGC) are pleased to announce the opening of a new SMART Clinic at Gordo High School serving both Gordo High and Gordo Elementary School. A second SMART Clinic will eventually be phased in to operate at GES.

Aliceville Mayor informs City Council that additional $113,000 is needed to make it to end of fiscal year

The Aliceville City Council held their Council Meeting on  July 24th at 6 p.m. at Aliceville City Hall.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Marva Gipson.  Councilman Terrence Windham held the opening prayer.  The minutes from the previous meeting were approved by the council members.
There was no old business presented during the meeting.    

Aliceville Chamber Director Edgar Pruitt working to get commercial apartments in Aliceville

Executive Director of Aliceville Chamber of Commerce, Edgar Pruitt, said that declining population in Aliceville and Pickens County started in 1980 and every year since then, the county is averaging a 9-10% decline. Pruitt says that when you look at the makeup of the population, Pickens County has become an aging population. In a decade, a significant amount of the baby boomer generation will either die or become incapacitated. He explains that an aging population needs infrastructure to support that population such as the hospital.  

Sommerville charged with multiple crimes after Aliceville police chase on July 19

Fred Sommerville

After a chase led to an arrest with one found dead in Aliceville on Friday, July 19, 2019, a suspect was finally named and charged in connection with two murders.
Fred Sommerville, 47, of Ardmore, Ala., was charged on Monday with Attempt to Elude Police, Theft of Property, Abuse of a Corpse, and Reckless Endangerment through the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department. In Ardmore, Sommerville faces a capital murder charge related to the two deaths.

 

Commission denies YouthBuild request to donate land

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the Pickens County Commission held a brief meeting to vote on several items on their agenda.  
Commissioner Bobby Bain opened the meeting with an invitation to any citizen requests.  Mr. Wayne Davis with YouthBuild then stood and asked the committee if they had taken an opportunity to discuss the parcel that he had previously asked the county to donate to his organization.
“A few days ago they came in and asked about a space of land, can we get a follow up on that,” Davis said.

Pickens County Resident recalls working for NASA on 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

July 16, 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.  In commemoration of the anniversary of the Apollo Landing, I sat down with Gordo residentJohn Williams, who worked for McDonald Douglas, an aerospace manufacturing corporation.
Williams was contracted at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas as a Flight Operations Engineer from 1976 to 1979.

 

Pickens County Herald hires Michael Stevens as advertising sales and design manager

The Pickens County Herald  has recently brought on Michael Stevens as an advertising sales and advertising design manager.
Stevens is originally from Starkville, Miss. and recently retired from working in poultry. He also runs a taxidermy business called Hill Country Taxidermy, a business he has operated for 11 years.
Stevens worked in the agriculture and poultry industry for 27 years.

Pickens County Fellows to give monthly Health Talks

Pickens County Fellows

Pickens County Fellows will be hosting a monthly Health Talk at the Aliceville Public Library consisting of various health topics ranging from wellness to financial well-being.
The program is offered through the Pickens County Partnership, a partnership through the University of Alabama with the goal of working with Pickens County Medical Center to educate the community on health and well-being.

Reform Council: Grant for sewer repairs on track

The Reform City Council meeting on July 16, 2019 began with the council approving the minutes of the July 2nd meeting. All were in favor to approve the accounts payable as well. All council members were present except for councilwoman Pat Wheat.
Mayor Bennie Harton began the meeting by discussing the price for the handicapped table at the mini park in Reform.  
Councilman Malcolm Giles said that the one that the council had looked at for $836 was probably going to be the best price.

West Alabama Bank celebrates 75th anniversary

West Alabama Bank

Folks who picked up a copy of the Pickens County Herald's July 29, 1944 issue read about a wide range of news. There were stories about FDR's nomination for his fourth term as president of the United States, the construction of new stables across from the railroad depot in Reform and the announcement of Unity Grove's annual camp meeting in Palmetto.
But the largest headline that day was "Reform Opens New Bank." Articles invited readers to visit the bank on its opening day, July 29.

People of Pickens: Drew Wade

Drew Wade

Drew Wade has been the Chief Operating Officer of West Alabama Bank in Reform, Ala. since 2007. Wade graduated from Pickens Academy in 1989 and then attended Marion Military Institute before graduating from the University of Alabama with a bachelors degree in business in 1994. In 1994, Wade started his career at West Alabama Bank, the bank that his grandfather, John Wade, started as The Bank of Reform in 1944 and his father, Andrew C. “Bubba” Wade worked at from 1963 until 2017. Drew is married to the former Ashley Pate of Carrollton and has three children named William, Andrew, and Mary.

German man traces father's path through POW camps in Aliceville

Wolfgang Lodman visited the Aliceville Museum recently with the desire of tracing his late father's path from Germany to Aliceville, where he spent time in the 1940s during the World War II POW camps. His father, Peter Klaus Lodman arrived in Aliceville on June 2, 1943 and Lodman said he believed that his dad was one of the first to arrive here in Aliceville. Lodman arrived in New York on a cargo ship, just as his father had came over to the United States and then took the train from New York to Tuscaloosa, where he then rented a car to get from Tuscaloosa to Aliceville.