Pickens County

Pickens County schools set graduation dates

BY BRIAN HAMILTON
Editor

After much deliberation, Pickens County Schools Aliceville, Gordo, and Pickens County finally set dates for graduation ceremonies and for the first time in recent memory, they will not all be on the same night.
“We threw out some parameters and we let the school make that decision because of everything that was going on,” Pickens County Superintendent Jamie Chapman said.

High School Seniors adjust to ‘new normal’

We all can recall our senior year of high school, from our last year playing sports, to the sports banquets, to senior play, to senior skip day, to graduation, and then senior trip before going off to college. You wanted to go to school just to see your friends because most of you would never be in school together again. All of those are fond memories for me, as I look back on my senior year at Dora High School in 2004. Several friends and I actually spent some time discussing those times recently through social media, because frankly, we’re nostalgic and it’s human nature.

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.