Marion County Commission

Officials reopen courthouse


Marion County Commission Chairman Keith Nichols (center) announced that the Marion County Courthouse will reopen on Monday, May 18, during a meeting on Monday, May 11, at the commission office in Hamilton. Also shown are commissioners Dale Holt (left) and Kenneth Cochran. [LOUIS MELLINI/STAFF]

Commission buys Bedford Industrial Park land for new jail

By LOUIS MELLINI
Staff Writer

Nichols takes chair


Marion County District 1 Commissioner Keith Nichols is shown taking his place in the chairman’s seat during his appointment on Monday, April 20, at the commission office in Hamilton

HAMILTON -  Marion County District 1 Commissioner Keith Nichols was appointed Marion County Commission Chairman during a regular meeting on Monday, April 20, at the commission office in Hamilton.
The Marion County Commissioners voted unanimously to rotate the chairman position, as they do every nine months.
“The first thing I need to do is thank Tim for the job he’s done for the last several months, he’s done a good job,” said Nichols.
“This is new to me--first time--I guess the best thing to do is just do it.”

 

Unanimous vote approves 180k loan

HAMILTON -  Marion County District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran was given unanimous approval to borrow $180,000 from PeoplesTrust Bank for the purchase of excavating equipment.
Marion County Administrator Kalyn Moore informed the commissioners that the loan will be paid over a 72-month period at $2,700 per month, with an interest rate of 2.42%.

Moore also stated that, although District 2 will acquire the loan funds, the entire county will be required to pay the debt if Cochran’s district is unable.

 

Crucial two weeks for county

HAMILTON -  Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams stated that the two-week curfew period will be crucial to the county’s future during the Marion County Commission meeting on Monday, March 30, at the commission office in Hamilton.
“Our numbers are going to go up, I can guarantee you that. We may have our first death in the next 48 hours here in Marion County, that’s just how serious this is. It’s spreading pretty quickly,” said Williams

Cochran calls courthouse prayer


Marion County District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran is shown during a prayer meeting with the Marion County Commissioners, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, Marion County Courthouse staff and other members of the community on Friday, March 20, in front of the courthouse in Hamilton.

HAMILTON -  Marion County District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran called a prayer meeting with the Marion County Commissioners, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, Marion County Courthouse staff and other members of the community on Friday, March 20, in front of the courthouse in Hamilton.
Cochran called the prayer meeting to pray for the county and the entire nation concerning the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Officials gives COVID-19 update


Marion County Commission Chairman Tim “Ears” Estes

MARION COUNTY -  The Marion County Commission urges citizens to be diligent in their efforts to stay informed and to participate in mitigation activities to help reduce the exposure and spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus.

Personal information secure, Hunt says

HAMILTON - Personal information and data are believed to be secure following a cyber attack that hit the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton on Monday, March 2.
On the day before the Tuesday, March 3, primary election, a server housing data for Marion County’s probate and revenue commission offices was infected by ransomware, shutting down operations at both offices for the rest of the week.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

Bill being filed to consolidate polling places

HAMILTON - A local bill being filed with the Alabama Legislature would consolidate eight voter boxes into three.
The bill was discussed during the Marion County Commission’s meeting on Monday, March 9, when Marion County Probate Judge Paige Vick gave notice to the commission on behalf of the Secretary of State’s Office that there is push to assure handicap accessible polling places.
She explained that the issue is a primary concern for the U.S. Department of Justice in 2020.

Cochran: ‘I just don’t understand’

HAMILTON - Marion County District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran and District 2 employee David Ballard spoke to the Journal Record on Friday, Feb. 14, following Exie Spears’ prepared address to the Marion County Commission on Monday, Feb. 10.
During the meeting, Cochran stated that Spears was never officially voted to be appointed foreman by the commission.
At the time of the meeting, county administrator Kalyn Moore stated that she could not find any evidence of Spears’ official appointment as District 2 foreman.

Byrd: ‘He was as good a hand as I ever had’

HAMILTON -  Former District 2 Marion County Commissioner Eddie Byrd spoke to the Journal Record concerning county employee Exie Spears following Spears’ address concerning his relationship with current District 2 commissioner Kenneth Cochran at the commission’s regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, at the commission office in Hamilton.
“I’ve never had a problem with him (Spears). Kenneth has never liked Exie, I don’t know why,” stated Byrd.