Pickens County

Tornado kills three; destroys homes in Settlement community

The scene near the Settlement community near Carrollton, where an EF-2 tornado touched down on Saturday, January 11, 2020, ravaging homes and claiming the lives of three. Clean up has been an ongoing effort since the storm.

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, a tornado, confirmed to be an EF-2 by the National Weather Service, touched down near the Settlement community near Carrollton, claiming the lives of three individuals and destroying the homes of many more. Tyrone Spain, 51, Albert Barnett, 85, and wife Susan Barnett, 75, all lost their lives in the tornado. The NWS crews say that winds reached 132 miles per hour during the storm. The result was a mix of brick and wood-frame houses and mobile homes scattered all throughout the community.

Pickens County rallies to beat South Lamar on late Cosby TD

Pickens County coach Michael Williams gives a fist pump after the Tornadoes force a tunrover on downs on the Stallions final possession

BY BARRY AMBROSE Sports Correspondent If you were in Reform on Friday night, you might have thought you were attending a heavyweight championship fight. In reality, you were attending a heavyweight bout, but it wasn't a boxing match, it was high school football at it's finest. G. S. Spruill stadium was the site of a Class 1A Top-10 matchup between the #5 South Lamar Stallions and the homestanding #9 Pickens County Tornadoes. At stake in this game was the #1 spot in Region 6, which is very important as far as the state playoff picture goes.

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.

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.

Abston resigns as sheriff

Submitted by Brian Hamilton on Sun, 06/16/2019 - 14:38
Breaking News Alert

Coroner Chad Harless is sworn into office as acting sheriff by Circuit Clerk Keith “Booty” Cox. Harless will remain sheriff until the next election cycle, or the governor appoints a replacement.


Lady Jackets Advance to Championship Game Against Pickens County

Pickens County’s Skylin Joe (11) looks for an open teammate in the Lady Tornadoes’ semifinal loss to Aliceville.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Aliceville got off to a slow start against Pickens County in the Pickens County Championship semifinal game, as the Lady Jackets held onto a narrow 7-6 lead after one quarter. Aliceville outscored the Lady Tornadoes 14-6 during the second quarter to take a 21-12 lead, en route to a 42-27 win to advance and face Gordo in the championship game.

Aliceville Boys Defeat Pickens County in Overtime

By Brian Hamilton, Sports Correspondent

Aliceville narrowly escaped the semifinal round of the Pickens County tournament with a victory after the Yellow Jackets squandered a seven-point fourth quarter lead when Pickens County’s Aaron Billups made a three-point basket sending the game to overtime at 45-45. Aliceville would prevail in the end, winning 51-48 to advance and face Gordo in the championship game.