Bevill State Community College released the following press release on Tuesday, May 22:
HAMILTON - With a pointed open letter, Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, came out swinging in defense of career technical programs being offered in Marion County.
Hopefully, we’ve been granted more than just a brief reprieve.
Thankfully, Bevill State Community College officials have delayed decisions made in mid-April to either close or transfer tech classes on the Hamilton Campus.
Thinking back over Tombigbee Communication’s recent political event, I believe I have found a sure-fire way to a voter’s heart.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, and Gov. Kay Ivey all were present in Hamilton on Thursday, May 3, in what was an impressive gathering to award Tombigbee $3 million in grant monies.
As we get down to the lick log in the 2018 June Primary, there are few, if any, surprises in any of the major state races. Polling indicates that all of the contests are about where they were three or four months ago when the races began.
There is a tremendous amount of apathy and indifference as we head into the final days. This lack of enthusiasm has also affected fundraising. Most of the high-profile races have not attracted the amount of dollars as in the past.
- As the June 5 Alabama Primary Election is quickly approaching, Marion County Probate Judge Rocky Ridings has been busy trying to dispel rumors and allegations concerning his office.
HAMILTON - The new structure for the Marion County Probate Judge’s Office--set to take affect in January 2019--will put the Marion County Commission back as much as $122,000 per year.
According to Marion County Commission Chairman Roger Knight, a March 2018 legislative ammendment that institutes the county’s probate office as a unit of the Marion County Commission will far from benefit the county, despite claims from Marion County Probate Judge Rocky Ridings.
HAMILTON - Hamilton’s E.T. Sims Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building renovation project cannot move forward as the city received no bids from a general contractor.
The City of Hamilton held a closed bid for contractors on April 19. Hamilton Mayor Bob Page told the Hamilton City Council during a work session on Monday, May 2, that no offers were received to win the recreation center project’s 10-month contract.
WINFIELD - With the assistance of Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, the Winfield Healthcare Authority obtained the last documents it needed to close the purchase of Northwest Medical Center.
The purchase was finalized on May 11, after Aderholt negotiated with the United States Department of Agriculture to drastically reduce the amount of the loan on the hospital.
HAMILTON - “This is one of the only ways to get grants now-a-days,” said Hackleburg Town Councilman Don Barnwell.
Barnwell, who also serves as the vice chairman of the Northwest Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, spoke out during an RC&D legislative gathering at the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton on Friday, April 20, explaining the benefits of the organization to Marion County residents.
HAMILTON - Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Agency (CAA) Executive Director Jeff Fleming said his agency will soon take appointments for financial assistance for utility bills for qualified persons.
The assistance will be provided through the federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
BRILLIANT - Brilliant’s 2018 CoalFest will include arts and crafts, activities, games and, of course, lots of food and music, on Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26.
Songwriters and performers such as James LeBlanc and Joseph Baldwin will entertain attenders throughout the weekend.
HAMILTON - In a bizarrely-timed series of unrelated events, two inmates escaped from incarceration on Monday, May 21, in Hamilton.
David Curtis Wood and Thomas Joe Green escaped from incarceration on Monday, May 21.
HAMILTON - Winfield toppled Hamilton 20-7 in the first half of the two rivals’ spring jamboree contest on Thursday, May 17.
Following the contest. Pirate head coach David McKinney was proud of his team’s performance during the spring game.
“We did some good things,” said the Winfield coach who is entering his sixth season with the team. “My biggest thing was this was our fourth and fifth days of practice.
HAMILTON - It takes money to run a political campaign, and unfortunately, money does not grow on trees.
However, fortunately for politians, there are people, businesses and interest committees willing to put money into candidates who they believe will best represent them.
As of now, contributions in the House District 17 race—including cnadidates Tracy Estes, David Hall and Phil Segraves—have yet to compare to five-term Rep. Mike Millican, who has chosen not to seek re-election this year.
HAMILTON - The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its second “First Fridays” event on Friday, June 1, in downtown Hamilton. It has also slated July’s event on July 6. The Friday-night event will take place from 6-9p.m.
BRILLIANT - Joan Canterberry, the director of the Brilliant Housing Authority, has arranged for the West Alabama Mobile Food Pantry to visit the Town of Brilliant each
month, beginning June 21 and lasting through the
month of November. Canterberry told the town council that she had been hoping the food bank would visit the housing
authority, but when she realized that the truck could provide aid to many others in the town, she opted to do that.