Spann, Estes, Stutts condemn Lindh’s early release

Winfield resident and mother of Johnny Micheal Spann, Gail Spann (front right), speaks on the floor of the Alabama House of Representatives in Montgomery on Thursday, March 21. District 17 Rep. Tracy Estes (left) sponsored a resolution condemning the early release of John Walker Lindh and honoring Johnny Micheal Spann.

 MONTGOMERY -  Winfield resident Gail Spann, the mother of Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann, appeared on the floor of the Alabama State House on Thursday, March 21, to express her opposition to the early release of Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh.
Lindh was a prisoner at the Qali-I-Jangi fortress where Micheal Spann was killed on Nov. 21, 2001, after a prison uprising.
Spann was the first American killed in combat after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

 

Council votes to do away with cumulative voting

Guin City Councilman Roger Agnew (left) looks on as councilman Bobby Bellew announces the spring cleanup day for Guin at the Monday, March 18 council meeting. Bellew said the cleanup day will be held on April 27.

GUIN - The Guin City Council voted to do away with cumulative voting as the method of electing council members at the council’s Monday, March 18, meeting.
Cumulative voting is a form of voting that allows each voter to cast multiple votes for one candidate. The method allows for a low population of racial minorities in a certain district the chance to gain representation on a governmental board or council.  

Common Core repeal headed to House

MONTGOMERY - The state Senate has voted 23-7 to repeal Common Core Standards from public school curriculums.
Common Core, also known in Alabama as Alabama College- and Career-Ready Standards, is a set of academic standards for English and math adopted by 41 states.
Both Marion County senators, District 4 Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman, and District 6 Sen. Larry Stutts, R-Tuscumbia, voted in favor of the repeal, also known as Senate Bill 119.

 

Gilmore set for retirement

(From left) Jimmy Gilmore, Rolna Gilmore Palmer and Rita Gilmore are shown standing in front of family-owned Jimmy’s Cut and Style. Jimmy Gilmore has been a barber for 51 years and Rita Gilmore has been a cosmetologist for 51 years.

HAMILTON -  Rita Robertson Gilmore, 70, will be retiring after 51 years as a cosmetologist in Northwest Alabama.
“I’m looking forward to (retirement), I haven’t had a Saturday off in a long time. I’ve really enjoyed serving the people here, now it’s time to hang it all up,” said Gilmore.
She expressed that her favorite thing about working in cosmetology was the opportunity to better the self-esteem of her clients, one of which was Willa Dean Spratlin of Detroit, who has been a loyal client of Gilmore’s for over 50 years.

 

Council looking to cap towing fees

Winfield City Council attorney Todd Atkinson advises the council to pass a more inclusive resolution that would cap the towing and storing fees for large and small vehicles at the council’s Tuesday, March 19, meeting.

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Council moved to table a vote on a resolution that would cap the towing and storage fees for towing companies on the city’s rotation wrecker service at its March 19 meeting.
At the March 5, meeting the council voted to allow city attorney Todd Atkinson to draft the resolution that would cap the fees. The resolution would cap the towing fee at $150 and the storage fee at $35 per day.

State gas tax will provide city about $60,000 more

HAMILTON - The recently-passed 10-cent statewide gas tax increase will increase the City of Hamilton’s gas tax allocation for city streets by an estimated $60,000 dollars.
House District 17 Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, was in attendance during the Hamilton City Council’s meeting on Monday, March 18, and answered questions concerning the tax increase, named the Rebuild Alabama Act.

Inaugural car, bike show fundraiser on April 6

HAMILTON - The Pride of Hamilton Aggie Band will be hosting its first-ever car and bike show fundraising event.
The Hamilton High School Band’s Inaugural Car Show and Motorcycle Exhibition will take place rain or shine on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the band’s practice field in front of Hamilton Middle School and will be open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles.
From noon to 1 p.m., a barbecue lunch will be available in the Hamilton High School cafeteria and will cost $8 per person.

 

Extension office to hold free parenting classes

HAMILTON -  The Marion County Extension Office will be holding parenting classes once every week throughout the month of April.
The classes will be held on Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 23 and 30, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

These classes will set out to teach parents and guardians how to create a healthy environment and relationship for the children under their care.

 

Hamilton hospital earns another 5-star rating

HAMILTON  - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released updated star ratings, and North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC)-Hamilton received a five-star rating.
The ratings are a composite metric of one to five stars, with five being the best. They intend to convey the overall quality of nearly 4,000 hospitals in the U.S. and are posted to the CMS Hospital Compare site.

10 counties receive ARC grant

TUSCALOOSA- West Alabama Works (WAW) has received a grant of $1,459,335 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
This grant is a part of ARC’s $22.8 million to expand and diversify the economy of coal-impacted communities in nine Appalachian states.
In partnership with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, WAW will use the grant to deliver training and employment opportunities to coal-impacted communities such as Bibb, Fayette, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Shelby, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties.

 

Hamilton street lights going LED

HAMILTON - Nights will be brighter in the City of Hamilton.
The Hamilton City Council unanimously voted during its meeting on Monday, March 18, to move forward on a project with Alabama Power which will replace all 661 of its city street lights with LED bulbs.
The city’s power bill, which currently averages roughly $6,900 per month, will increase by $108, or about $1,300 annually, to pay for the lights and installation.

 

Local pastors represent evangelicals in Azerbaijan

Ramp pastors Samuel Bentley (left) and Micah Wood stand outside of Azerbaijan’s largest mosque, Heydar, in Baku.

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Ramp pastors Samuel Bentley and Micah Wood, both of Hamilton, were two of 12 U.S. evangelical pastors who traveled to the country of Azerbaijan as guests of its president.
Azerbaijan is a predominately Shi’ite Muslim country on the Caspian Sea, located north of Iran and south of Russia. It is one of the few Muslim nations to maintain cooperational ties with Israel.

Reid signs with Harding

Hamilton receiver Alex Reid (seated, right) signed a scholarship offer to play for Harding University in Searcy, Ark., on Tuesday, March 5, at Hamilton High School. Pictured with the future Bison are (front row, from left) parents Brock and Jennifer Taylor, Reid, (back row, same order) Aggie coaches Rush Holcomb, Rodney Stidham and David Cantrell.

HAMILTON - Hamilton’s Alex Reid will don black-and-gold next season after signing to play for Harding University in Searcy, Ark., on Tuesday, March 5.
Reid was joined by family and friends at Hamilton High School as the 18-year-old made his decision as to where to spend his next four years playing football.
The son of Brock and Jennifer Taylor sat behind a table with his family and two hats and sets of paper in front of him--one from Harding and the other from Auburn University.

 

No. 6 Winfield continues win streak

Winfield shortstop C’era Beck (1) throws over to first base to complete a double play after tagging second. Shown for Marion County is Bretta Taylor (1).

WINFIELD - Winfield defeated Class 3A, Area 10 foe Carbon Hill 7-0 on Wednesday, March 13.
The Lady Pirates are ranked No. 6 in Class 3A by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
Winfield’s Alana Ballard earned the complete-game victory. She allowed three hits and three walks while striking out two.

 

Conference set for April 5

HAMILTON - The 27th Annual Breaking the Cycle of Abuse (BTCOA) conference will be held on Friday, April 5, at Bevill State Community College- Hamilton.
This year’s event will mark the first time that two doctors will give presentations as previous years the conference had featured only one doctor. Dr. Carin Richard Kiser and Dr. David Bernard of the UAB Department of Pediatrics will be speaking at this year’s event.

State gas tax will rise 10 cents

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Senate voted 28-6 in approval of the Rebuild Alabama Act, which levies an additional 10-cents per gallon on fuel sales.
The state House of Representatives passed the referendum with a few amendments on Friday, March 8. The Senate voted the tax through on Tuesday, March 12, sending it to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk, who signed it into law later that afternoon.