The LaFayette City Council’s Recreation Board met Monday afternoon to discuss the upcoming Christmas parade being planned in the city.
The board was reviewing the issue after complications arose for the individuals originally planning the parade.
At last week’s full council meeting, parade organizer Randy Talley told the council that he had pulled the parade petition because of the cost of liability insurance and issues regarding business sponsorship. Because of the work that had gone into planning the parade, the council agreed too look into taking over the event, which could then be covered by the city’s insurance. The matter was referred to the Recreation Board.
Recreation Board Chair Mike Ellis expressed some concern over taking over the parade at that full meeting but asked Talley and other parade organizers to attend the board meeting to give an update so that a decision could be made.
At Monday’s Recreation Board meeting, none of the parade organizers attended, but the board did agree to assume responsibility of the parade. The parade will now fall under the umbrella of the Recreation Department for insurance.
The board did note that they would like Talley to meet with Mayor Barry Moody or a representative of the council in order to outline the specifics of the parade.
The matter will likely be discussed in more detail at next Monday’s full council meeting, at which time a determination could be made on whether the parade will continue as planned.
The board also handled some other business relating the new city park at the meeting. They agreed to contact Auburn University in order to get updated designs on the park and to seek sponsorship for installing playground equipment. They also suggested scheduling a date to meet at the current city park location to discuss possible renovation options.
The Smithsonian will arrive in Chambers County on Sunday, November 23, and the public is invited to the opening reception of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit “The Way We Worked” from 2 to 4:30 pm CST at the H. Grady Bradshaw Chambers County Library and Cobb Memorial Archives in Valley.
Valley is one of only six cities in Alabama selected to host the exhibition on its state tour that occurs from July 2014 to June 2015. The exhibit draws from the Smithsonian’s rich collections to tell the compelling story of how work impacts our individual lives and the historical and cultural fabric of our communities. It will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society.
This exhibit will also provide glimpses into ‘the way we worked’ here in the Valley. Along with the Smithsonian display, our local story will be told using photographs, documents and artifacts from the holdings of the Cobb Memorial Archives.
“Over the decades our area economy has featured an array of interesting and ever-evolving occupations, and this exhibit will provide an insight into many of the varied vocations that have powered our local economic engine,” said Library and Archives Director Mary Hamilton. “There’s something here of interest for everyone.
“Stop in to learn about or reminisce about working in the mills; shopping in downtown West Point; seeing the Chattahoochee Valley Railroad trains traveling through town; getting an ice cold Coca-Cola at school along with a notepad, pencil and ruler; or watching the West Point Dam going up.”
A special screening of The University of Alabama Center for Public Television production “The Way We Worked” will be showing in the Lanier and Jordan Rooms during the reception. The video features several local residents who were interviewed in “The Box,” a film booth converted from an old photo booth.
The “Out to Lunch” series will begin December 4 with Dolores Hydock presenting “Every Picture Tells a Story: The Way Norman Rockwell Worked” and continues on December 15 when Jim Leak will present “My Hometown: Sharing Our History.” Sarah Bliss Wright will present “Alabama Cotton and Bemis Bags: Quilted into History” on January 7. The “Out to Lunch” series will conclude on January 15 when Dr. John Kvach presents “The Way Alabamians Worked.” Lunch is served at 10:30 am with the programs beginning at 11 am CST. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s finally here. The sixth annual Fredonia Heritage Day will take place this Saturday, November 15. The event lasts from 9 am to 4 pm CST in Fredonia.
Heritage Day will be highlighted by an immense variety of happenings throughout the day. Some of the favorite activities include mule drawn wagon rides, Cake ‘n Bake Walks and demonstrations by potters, spinners, a blacksmith and a weaver. There is something for everyone, from the history buff to children.
From the festival’s opening until it’s close the Old School grounds will be covered with over 60 art and craft vendors providing exquisite gifts for holiday shopping, from Kilsup Van Thieu’s unique bud vases to Lee and Wanda Smith’s Native American jewelry, Wes Holderfield’s Amish cheeses, the Costine’s swings and handcrafted chairs, beautiful carvings from Mary’s Carvin’ Cabin, also from Don Mahaffey and others. Glenda Erwin from north Georgia will be among several artists selling gorgeous paintings; there will be little girl dresses and bows and boys’ puppets and stones and much more. Additionally, there will be eight food vendors offering everything from barbecue sandwiches and rib slabs, to turkey legs and Boston butts, Polish sausage, fish, grilled chicken wraps, Brunswick stew, apple dumplings with ice cream, Fredonia Freedom burgers, dogs, chili, cole slaw, fried pies, funnel cakes and strawberry lemonade.
Throughout the day the Joe Louis Barrow exhibit from Emory University will be displayed in the History Presentation Room of the Fredonia Community House, which will also house the Heritage Museum (and from 8-9 a Fredonia Heritage sausage biscuit and gravy breakfast!). At 9:00 in the museum Ms. Malinda Powers (re-enacting Fredonia founder Sarah Hurst) and Dr. Horace (Mac) Holderfield, president and vice-president, respectively, of the Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society, will speak on local history.
At noon in the Presentation Room, Sandra Thornton will give a short dramatization of Harriet Tubman, being followed by a brief introduction of acclaimed LaGrange artist Annie Greene.
At 12:15, George Barrow, historical presentation chair, will introduce featured guests, Emory University’s Dr. Pellom McDaniels III and Dr. Dana White, responsible for this years 100th birthday celebration of Chambers County’s famous boxer, Joe Louis Barrow (cousin of George Barrow and his sister, Alfreda Fannings). The presentation is entitled: “Joe Louis (Barrow): A Life and Career in Context.”
Outside, after the 9 am greetings by Fredonia Mayor George Fannings and other dignitaries, the day-long stage entertainment will begin with the Rev. Michael Stiggers, grandson of Fredonian Johnny Stiggers, introducing the first act featuring Langdale UMC’s Mark Lott and Gary Lewis. Other outstanding performances will include the Hwy. 29 Trio, violinist Debbie Atkins, Fredonia’s Old School Musicians, Henry Burton’s Star Wonders Gospel, Loachapoka’s Whistle Stop Pickers, the McDow Irish Dancers, Lucille Allen Johnson’s 7 Shaped Note Singers, Fredonia Heritage Singers, Zeke Weldon and Brian Green’s routine from Guys and Dolls, Point University’s Signature Singers, Period Dancers instructed by Nanci Hendrix, soloists Faith DeLee and Bruce Cotney, the “Saints and Singers” choir from Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and the newly formed Java Jammers featuring their “Country Roads-Fredonia!”
Sarah Corson and SIFAT’s “Neighbor to Neighbor” booth will be at Heritage Day, demonstrating appropriate technology and selling global crafts while the visiting minister from Bolivia talks about his village adopting those techniques and another neighbor sings Appalachian folk songs.
Ronnie Williams, Chief of the Southeastern Mvskoke Nation, Inc. will demonstrate flintknapping at his authentic militia and hunting camp and his wife Martha will lead everyone in a Friendship Dance. Read the rest of this entry »
Chambers County voters showed their support for incumbent candidates at the polls in Tuesday’s general election. Four of the five local contested races were won by incumbents, including for the offices of Sheriff, County Commissioner and State Senate.
Approximately 38 percent of the county’s more than 21,000 registered voters went to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots, a significant decrease from the 2012 elections.
In Chambers County, one of the closest margins of victory came from the Chambers County Commission, District 3 race. Incumbent Joe Blanks received 927 votes (53.09 percent), while Republican Eugene Blair earned 818 (46.85 percent).
“I really appreciate the folks getting out to come and support me,” Blanks said Tuesday night. “I’m going to work to continue the paving work in my district as well as extending water services.”
The District 5, commission race was the closest in the county as Republican incumbent David Eastridge was elected to a second term over challenger Johnny Yates. Eastridge received 617 votes (52.47 percent) compared to Yates’ 558 votes (47.36 percent).
“For people to come out and support me on the ballot is really a humbling experience,” Eastridge said. “I’m looking forward to getting to work to do the best job I can for the people that elected me.”
The race for Chambers County Sheriff was one of the first races called Tuesday as incumbent Democrat Sid Lockhart was elected to a sixth term over Republican challenger Jimmy Allen in a lopsided race. Lockhart received 6,467 votes (78.09 percent) compared to Allen’s 1,661 votes (20.06 percent).
“I want thank the citizens that have supported me over these past 20 years and have faith in me to elect me to another term.” Lockhart said. “I’m going to continue to work over the next four years to serve the citizens of Chambers County and provide them the quality law enforcement agency they deserve.”
One of the local races that drew the most interest was for the District 13 State Senate seat. The district includes all or parts of Chambers, Lee, Randolph, Clay, Cherokee and Cleburne Counties. Vying for the seat were incumbent Republican State Senator Gerald Dial, Democrat Darrell Turner and Independent Bill Fuller.
Though only 87 percent of the district precincts have been counted, Sen. Dial has declared victory. Turner took Chambers County, but Dial earned enough votes throughout the district to earn the victory. Dial currently has 10,840 votes to Turner’s 8,113. Fuller had 3,025 votes. In Chambers County Turner had 3,581 votes (43.59 percent), Dial received 3,147 votes (38.30 percent) and Fuller had 1,475 votes (17.95 percent).
Next Tuesday, November 4, residents from Chambers County, the State of Alabama and across the country will go to the polls to vote in the 2014 general election. Locally, there are several races of note, including two for County Commission seats, Chambers County Sheriff and two local state legislative seats.
Perhaps the most hotly contested race for area voters is that for State Senate District 13, which includes all or parts of Chambers, Lee, Randolph, Clay, Cherokee and Cleburne Counties. Incumbent Republican State Senator Gerald Dial from Lineville is facing opposition from both Democrat Darrell Turner of Heflin and Independent Bill Fuller of LaFayette. Sen. Dial defeated Tim Sprayberry in the Republican primary earlier this year, while Turner ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket.
In the race for State House District 37, three candidates are vying for the seat on Tuesday. They are Republican Bob Fincher of Woodland, Democrat Josh Burns of Roanoke and Independent Guy Kelly of Wadley. District 37 covers Randolph County and parts of Chambers and Cleburne Counties. The winner will replace longtime Representative Richard Laird, who will retire when his term ends. Fincher defeated Bryant Whaley in the Republican primary, while Burns ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.
In the race for Sheriff, Incumbent Democrat Sid Lockhart is seeking his sixth term in office. Lockhart will face opposition from Republican Jimmy Allen. Allen earned the Republican nomination by defeating Chad Roberts in the primary election, while Sheriff Lockhart was unopposed as a Democrat. Read the rest of this entry »
The LaFayette City Council heard about an upcoming Christmas parade planned in the city. At their regular meeting Monday, the council also heard a complaint from a resident about road conditions and heard about a local canned food drive planned next month.
Randy Talley attended the meeting to talk about the Christmas parade, which is scheduled for Saturday, December 6 at 4 pm in downtown LaFayette.
Talley said that planning has already begun for the event, including talking with sponsors and schools about participation. The parade will include float contests in two categories, commercial and homemade. Monetary prizes will be given out to first, second and third place winners in each contest. Talley said that sponsoring business would provide the prize money.
Talley talked about food at the parade, but explained that any vendors have to have a state inspection license from the Health Department, because it is a non-profit event. He said very few small vendors have that license, so plans are still being finalized for food. Read the rest of this entry »