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Jul 16, 2008
Jasper Man Dies In
Jasper police are
investigating a motorcycle accident that claimed the life of a Jasper man Sunday
According to Jasper police, 36-year-old Scott David Dill died around 1 p.m.
Sunday when the motorcycle he was riding collided with another vehicle on
Alabama 195 in Jasper.
Officers say the accident occured in front of Connie’s Qwik Sak in the Five
Points area and is still under investigation.
Dill was pronounced dead on the scene.
Runoff Today; Absentee Applications Up
expecting a light turnout for today’s party primary runoffs. This, despite the
fact that about 100 more absentee ballots have been applied for than were
applied for during the June 3 race, possibly concentrated on a Democratic Walker
County Commission race.
A glance at absentee applications provided by the Walker County Board of
Registrars at the Walker County Courthouse show an overwhelming number of the
applications appear to be coming from the western half of the county. The
absentee ballots are specifically from areas that would likely be within
District 2. At least one candidate in that race particular noted the influx of
absentee ballots last week.
A spokesman for Secretary of State Beth Chapman, said on Monday that her office
had received no complaints concerning absentee ballots, and the number of extra
ballots would not be enough to be of concern.
Polls are be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Voters will have to declare a
party to vote in, although they will not have to do so during the Nov. 4 general
Democrats, who last went to the polls during the June 3 primary, will choose
nominees for county treasurer and the District 2 seat of the county commission.
Walker County Republicans, who have no local races to be decided today, will
choose nominees in two statewide races, for the president of the Public Service
Commission and Court of Criminal Appeals Place 1.
According to Circuit Clerk Susan Odom, who is also absentee ballot manager, 359
applications have been turned in for the runoff as compared with 254 for June 3.
Board Of Education Looking
To Fill District 4 Position
The July 1st
resignation of Dustin Beaty from the Walker County Board of Education has caused
a seat to become available on the board for a representative from District 4.
District 4 includes all the East Walker County schools consisting of T. S. Boyd
Elementary, Sumiton Elementary/Middle, Dora High and Sipsey Junior High schools.
The board began accepting applications immediately following Beaty’s resignation
and continued to do so until Tuesday, July 8.
The following 12 individuals are being considered to fill the District 4
position on the Walker County Board of Education:
•Scott Aaron of Jasper
•Robert Bradford of Empire
•Douglas Channell of Jasper
•Mike Harris of Sipsey
•Richard “Tony” Headrick of Sumiton
•Norman Holt of Dora
•John Jo David Landrum of Sumiton
•Antonio Riddle of Dora
•Stephen Rizzo of Sumiton
•Michael Rollo of Jasper
•Eddie Ray Turner of Sipsey
•Sonia Waid of Sumiton
Wreaking Havoc On County’s Cities
Rising gas prices are affecting the way services are being administered by
officials in small cities surrounding Jasper.
According to Mayor Phillip Howard, Carbon Hill’s council is stressing over the
cost of fuel for their police vehicles. Gasoline costs this year, are up $3,600
as compared with last year and diesel costs are up approximately $5,000.
Restriction on the use of fuels is not an option for the police force because
that could bring about increased criminal activity, according to Howard, who is
asking that his officers not leave cars running when possible and also to limit
the time spent at accident scenes.
Carbon Hill is also reducing the hours of street maintenance. Dry weather is
assisting with the amount of grass that needs to be cut so, mowing every two
weeks has become the norm, according to Mayor Howard.
Garbage pick up has become a serious problem, but Carbon Hill can not afford to
cut back because a double-day pick up would involve the use of two trucks
instead of one. During the beginning of the current administration, the city
instituted a rise in garbage fees in anticipation of upcoming changes.
The fuel surcharge from other companies has affected delivery fees for goods
coming in to Carbon Hill. The delivery fee for asphalt and gravel has soared.
Dora has taken a different approach with their police vehicles by replacing the
gas-guzzling Ford Crown Victorias with Chevrolet Impalas for better fuel
efficiency. Various sources report that Crown Victorias average around 11 mpg in
the city while Impalas average around 18 mpg under the same driving conditions.
Dora is also monitoring gas receipts, to track any discrepancies with the street
Cordova has tightened up on street maintenance such as bush hogging and cutting
grass on city property. Cordova has also cut back on the number of patrol
vehicles in use on any one shift. Instead of having two, City Administrator
Randall Gammon says that only one patrol vehicle will be in operation.
Even items such as road signs have increased in price. Fuel is needed to make
these signs and in turn companies are passing the buck on to customers.
Many Heat-Related Illnesses
Walker Baptist Medical Center’s Emergency Department staff is reporting seeing a
large number of heat stroke cases and instances of exhaustion this summer and is
advising people to be cautious when working in the heat.
Dr. Jeffrey Milner, medical director of the ER, says, “It’s that time of the
year. It’s hot and it’s humid.”
Milner says that a majority of the cases he’s been seeing have been construction
workers who are dehydrating while working in the hot summer sun.
Milner suggests that, if it’s necessary for anyone to be out in the sun, you
should drink fluids that replenish nutrients and electrolytes that are lost
through sweating. Drinks like Gatorade, Propel or just plain water. This should
apply to everyone working, and even children who are practicing sports or band
or simply playing, during the hottest hours of the day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Milner also suggests that you should take frequent breaks throughout the day,
don’t overexert yourself and, again, drink fluids on a regular basis.
Milner also suggests to not only stay away from sugary drinks, but also
alcoholic drinks when in the hot hours of the day.
In Burglary At Walker High
A 16 year old juvenile was taken into custody early Friday morning in connection
with an alleged burglary at Walker High School.
There were no reports of damage at the school.
Voters to pick Democratic nominee for treasurer
The two Democratic runoff candidates for county treasurer sounded in good
spirits as they touted experience in an effort to win the nomination today.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.
The previous county treasurer’s appointed replacement is not running for office,
essentially keeping the office going until voters pick a new treasurer in the
Morris Studdard Jr. won 45 percent of the vote and 32 of 46 boxes in the June 3
primary and racked up big margins in a number of the county’s larger cities.
Shelia Rice received 35 percent of the votes and did well to the east, with
large victories in Sipsey, Bevill State, Dillworth, New Hope and Pineywoods.
Ruth Cloud received 11 percent and James Maloy received 9 percent. You may
recall that Maloy dropped out before the vote and endorsed Studdard. Cloud said
on this past Thursday that she was declining to endorse anyone in the runoff.
The winner in the treasurer’s Democratic runoff will face Republican Keith
Duncan of Jasper in the November general election.
Bray, Wright vie
for District 2 nomination
The two District 2 Democratic candidates continued to campaign last week in
advance of Tuesday’s runoff to pick a candidate to go against Republican Sandy
Grace Pennington of Nauvoo.
Polls will be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Democrats to choose nominees
for county treasurer and for District 2 commissioner, as Commissioner Larry
Farris is retiring. Republicans will go to the polls on two statewide runoff
In the June 3 primary, Mitchell “Dan” Wright got 42 percent of the vote, while
James “Pete” Bray got 34 percent and Tex Sparks got 24 percent. Bray had big
victories in Carbon Hill, Eldridge, Kansas, New Bethany and the absentees, while
Wright had major wins at Memorial Park, Westside, Macedonia and the county
Emergency Management Agency.
On Friday, Sparks said he was endorsing Wright.
city elections ends Tuesday
The two-week municipal qualifying period ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday in advance of
the Aug. 26 elections and any resulting runoffs on Oct. 7.
Qualifying forms are available from the city clerks for the positions. Winners
will take office on Nov. 3.
Carbon Hill Mayor Phillip Howard and Dora Mayor George Sides have announced they
will not run for office. Incumbent mayors in Nauvoo, Eldridge, Sipsey and Oakman
have not signed up yet — and as of this past Friday afternoon, no candidates at
all had qualified for any position in Eldridge and Sipsey.
No council positions had any candidate in Oakman. Two council positions in
Parrish and one in Carbon Hill had no council candidates, while four council
positions in Nauvoo were vacant.
response training offered through college
Bevill State Community College in Sumiton will be hosting emergency response
training for fire, police and rescue services, along with city officials, to
connect agencies in times of disaster and to meet requirements for federal
The classes, which are required by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency),
will take place Aug. 4-7 at 8 a.m. on the Sumiton Campus. The classes are being
funded by a $45,000 Police and Homeland Security grant provided by the
Department of Postsecondary Education. According to Charles Ireland, Bevill
State’s director of skills training, the classes will be offered in all of
Bevill’s service area, but will begin in Walker and later on the Hamilton
The following is
the complete list of candidates as of this past Friday (July 11, 2008):
Mayor: Billy H. Ward, 116 Old Lynn Road.
Place 1: Tammy G. Mote (I), 205 Third Ave.
Place 2-5: None.
Mayor: Chris Hart, 1246 North First Street; Jean Cagle, 107 Forest Ridge Circle,
F-2; James “Pee Wee” Richardson, 366 Rubbing Ridge Road.
District 1: Joe Killingsworth (I), 385 Second Street SW; Sandra Garrison, 223
Third Ave. SW.
District 2: Willie B. Clayton, 539 Fourth Ave. NE
District 3: Carol Ann Page Hackney, 199 12th Ave. NE
District 4: Scott Wright, 957 Northeast 7th Street.
District 5: None
District 6: Jack Hinds, 718 Second Avenue NE.
Mayor: Jack Scott (I), 196 McCrory Street; Randy Fielding, 115 North Street; Guy
Zwetzig, 76 Buttercup Terrace; J.B. (Doc) Weaver, 35 Amory Dr.
District 1: None.
District 2: Bradley Grace, 4129 Massachusetts Ave. N.; Kurt Zolman, 275 North
Street; Shelley Skinner, Massachusetts Avenue (house number unavailable due to
District 3: John Borzelli (I), 229 Stewart St.
District 4: Ralph Sandlin (I), 225 High Street.
District 5: Kim Brown, 303 Highland St. E.
District 6: Jim Madison, 157 Valley Rd.; Bobby (Hootie) Homan, 56 Oak St.
District 7: Tina (Harris) Woods, 4481 River Road; Tommy Harbison, 329 Sixth St.
Mayor: Arthur Lee Taylor, 309 Dickerson Circle; Richard Lovelady, 328 Morgan
Road; McArthur Sargent, 221 Butler Circle; Chris Edwards, 481 Burnwell Road;
Adam Ritch, 117 Dunbar Trace.
City Council (vote for only one council candidate; top seven receiving votes are
elected to council): Betty Sanders, 169 Butler Circle; William “Buddy” Sparkman,
304 Nethery Road; Clyde H. Nix, 1500 Burnwell Road; John Y. Smith, 348 Doliska
Road; Carl Frost, 1788 Horsecreek Boulevard; Donnie Burns, 1861 Doliska Road;
Jeremy Daniel Williams, 37 Red Road; Nicholas Isbell, 21 Lockerbie Lane; Richard
Crawford (I), 414 Morgan Road; Hezikiah Walker Jr., 140 Railroad Ave.; Todd
Wolfe, 1960 Sharon Blvd.
Wayne Sanford (I), 291 Shady Grove Road, withdrawn from the council race
Mayor: Petey Ellis (I), 204 Morgan Road; Gwin Wells, 916 Main St.; Ralph
Shoemaker, 1732 Main Street.
Place 1: Charles E. Yow (I), 67 Ovel St.; Brian Sides, 66 Ovel St.
Place 2: Jim Brown, 355 Whitlow Rd.
Place 3: Billy Killian (I), 64 Dogwood Lane.; Ricky Thomas, 950 Sullivan Road.
Place 4: Geoffrey Phillips, 906 Main St.; William S. (Bill) Fowler (I), 254
Place 5: Robert T. Brown, 963 Main Street; Doug Ragsdale, 104 Pineview St.
Mayor: V.L. (Sonny) Posey (I), 300 Bankston Dr.
District 1: M. (Andy) Braden, 3400 19th Street; Morris Studdard (I), 509 Crest
District 2: David S. Cain, 2402 Oak Ridge Circle; John M. (Johnny) Rollins (I),
2102 Overton Road.
District 3: Gary Cowen (I), 1101 Hickory Hill Lane.
District 4: Lee Swann (I), 1105 10th Ave.
District 5: Sandy P. Sudduth (I), 3009 Simmons Rd.; Edward (Ed) White, 2709
Mayor: Billy J. Dunn (I), 46 Barber St.; Crea Howard, 114 Castile St.; James (Smitty)
Smith Jr., 97 Town St.
District 1: Carol S. Wilson, 75 Hill Drive.
District 2: William Banks, 151 Fifth St.; Lloyd Hitt (I), 90 Fourth St.; Donald
J. Howton, 275 Third Avenue.
District 3: David L. Brown, 148 Castile St.
District 4: None.
District 5: None.
Clerks in Kansas and Oakman could not be reached Friday afternoon. As of
Tuesday, the only candidate who had qualified for any race in Oakman was Joseph
Aldridge, 141 Basin Street, who signed up to run for mayor, while no one had
qualified for any council positions.
Here are the list of candidates that were in place as of Tuesday in Kansas.
Mayor: Joey Bagwell (I), 1323 Old Highway 78
Place 1: Linda Tittle, 61 Rutledge Street
Place 2: Brenda Faye Darty (I), 345 Blackbranch Street
Place 3: Eunice Rutledge (I), 166 Dogwood Lane.
Place 4: Sheila Clark (I), 71 Charles Ave.
Place 5: Cindy Wright (I), 385 Blackbranch Street
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