Business as usual did not go on at the Walker County Board of Education meeting Thursday afternoon, because there were not enough board members in attendance to establish a quorum (the minimum number of members required to conduct business). Members not attending the meeting were Sonia Waid, Jeff Burrough and Mike Raines.
Ms. Waid was reportedly absent due to a family emergency, but efforts to reach the other two members were unsuccessful. Superintendent Vonda Beaty said that she suspects the absences stem from a dispute over her recommendation for the replacement of Cordova High School principal, the post being vacated by Jason Adkins, who will take over as Superintendent in January. Mrs. Beaty was expected to select current assistant principal Kathy Vintson for the principals' post, but due to other candidates having more experience and degrees, decided to let Adkins name the replacement after he takes office.
The following is a list of items that were on the agenda for the meeting that were postponed due to the lack of a quorum:
•Approval of personnel list.
•Five public comments.
•Approval of bids for Internet service, paper and uniforms for maintenance workers.
•Request to add COMPASS Learning Grant to 2011 Budget.
•Approve 20 percent At-Risk Allocation for 2011 Budget.
•Discuss lease of property to City of Carbon Hill.
•Selection of delegates to the Alabama Association of School Boards 2010 convention.
Arrests Made In
Five drug arrests were made over the past week in the Carbon Hill area, according to Police Chief Heath Allred. According to Allred, the majority of the cases were made on traffic stops, where the drivers were obviously impaired. Arrested were:
•Royderick O’Neil Brown, 26, of Carbon Hill was arrested Saturday for first-degree possession of marijuana.
•Terry Wayne Derrick, 41, of Carbon Hill was arrested Tuesday for unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
•Polly Elizabeth Wright, 60, of Carbon Hill was arrested on Saturday for driving under the influence and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
•Tammy Darlene Cain, 43, of Carbon Hill was arrested Sunday for second-degree possession of marijuana.
•George Herron, 60, of Carbon Hill was arrested Tuesday for possession/use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Also arrested in Carbon Hill was Patricia Raines Brasher, 40, of Nauvoo on non-drug related charges of five counts of fraudulent use of a debit card. Allred reported that Brasher faces similar charges in Winston County and Jasper. The case is still under investigation.
Handsome Jack is the newest member of Shirley and Ted Hooks canine family. When they first saw him three months ago, lying in the middle of the road, they thought he was dead. After taking him to Sumiton Animal clinic, where he was treated for scabies, red mange and bb's in his shoulder, the eight week old, eight pound puppy has blossomed into an almost 25 lb dog. The Hooks' 40 acres are home to 17 dogs, all of whom were abandoned or abused. However, both in their 70's, they wonder how much longer they can continue to care for the dogs that they have and take in other abused ones. Ted Hooks says that he hopes someone will takes up where he and his wife left off if something happens to the couple.