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Nine Citizens Police Academy graduates urged to ‘stay involved’

Nine graduates of the Demopolis Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy were recognized Sunday afternoon, and were also encouraged to remain active in their community.

Windham

Windham

“There are plenty of ways to stay involved,” Katie Windham, the program’s keynote speaker, told the group, “and this class is an example of that. Active, educated citizens are more involved citizens and are happier citizens.”

Windham is a vice president at Robertson Banking Company.

Willis

Willis

The group completed the multi-week curriculum that included weapons training, law enforcement intervention scenarios, self-defense and ride-alongs with DPD officers.

“This was informative and it was also a lot of fun,” said Class President Roger Willis. “We got to see what our officers go through every day. It was very worthwhile.”

Following opening remarks by DPD Lt. Tim Soronen and Windham’s address to the class, Police Chief Tommie Reese shared his appreciation to the group for their commitment to the program. He said the CPA is an important way for police officers to connect with the community, particularly since law enforcement is currently under intense scrutiny across the nation.

Soronen

Soronen

“Law enforcement is under attack today,” Reese told the crowd that included family members and friends of the nine graduates. “But in 30 years of law enforcement, I’ve never left my house thinking I want to kill somebody. I’ve left my house every day thinking I just want to make it back home.”

Reese

Reese

Reese also noted that a Youth Leadership Academy sponsored by DPD begins Monday, with another class scheduled later in June. He emphasized the importance of reaching out to the youth of the community to show them that there are alternatives to crime and violence.

Mayor Mike Grayson, in his closing remarks, echoed Reese’s sentiments.

“We hear a lot in the news,” he said, “but it all gets back to choices. Everybody has choices, and we need to understand the big picture – it’s a question of right and wrong. And you made the right choice by participating in this program,” he told the graduates.

Grayson

Grayson

The mayor asked all those in attendance to “hit your knees tonight and remember all our men and women in uniform. That includes our armed services,but it also includes our law enforcement, firefighters and our first responders.”

The Citizens Police Academy concept began in the United Kingdom in 1977 and first came to the U.S. in 1985. It is designed to give citizens a chance to learn about police functions, police operations and the organization of the police system. The program’s ultimate goal is to reduce crime through a stronger citizen commitment to the police department and the community.

Sunday’s graduating class represented the 10th group to participate in Demopolis’ CPA.

Members of the Citizens Police Academy, shown with Police Chief Tommie Reese and Lt. Tim Soronen, were, in back from left, Audrey Yeager, Leigh Akins, Brooke Winsett, Carolyn Willis, Roger Willis, Debra Blackmon, Shelly Wood, Elzora Fluker and Alma Null.

Members of the Citizens Police Academy, shown with Police Chief Tommie Reese and Lt. Tim Soronen, were, in back from left, Audrey Yeager, Leigh Akins, Brooke Winsett, Carolyn Willis, Roger Willis, Debra Blackmon, Shelly Wood, Elzora Fluker and Alma Null.

 

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William Goodwin

William Franklin Goodwin age 77 of Sweet Water, AL died May 29, 2015 at his home. He was born June 30, 1937 in Sweetwater, AL. He was a retired pipe fitter with James River Corp. and a member of Paynes Chapel United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Nedra Smith Goodwin of Sweet Water, AL; two sons, William Wade Goodwin of Sweet Water, AL; and Jon F. Goodwin of Van Cleave, MS; sister, Betty (Mack) Glass of Sweet Water, AL; three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a host of nieces & nephews, and extended family, Sher Miller Gates, Deb Mallette, & Timmy Lake. Visitation will be held at Paynes Chapel United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 1:00 PM until the 2:00 PM graveside service at Paynes Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Glenn Akridge and Rev. Nancy Warner officiating. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, AL.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Christine Rhodes

Christine Oliver Rhodes, 76 of Jefferson, Ala., died May 27, 2015. Born and raised in Half Acre, Ala., she was the loving and devoted wife of surviving husband William David “Billy” Rhodes for 54 years. She is also survived by her brother, Leonard G. Oliver, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard A. Oliver, and mother, Uldean Huckabee Oliver. A graveside service will be held at Jefferson Cemetery on Saturday, May 30, with Rev. Daniel Gandy and Rev. Tony Antonelli officiating, and Kirk Funeral Home of Demopolis directing. Christine, or “Cricket” as she was known by loved ones, was a member of Jefferson Baptist Church, where she enjoyed “making joyful noise” in the choir for many years and was a Sunday School teacher. She was secretary for Jefferson’s Vacation Bible School for many years and also kept the nursery during those years. Active in the community, she was the treasurer of Jefferson Community Club for some 30 or more years, and devoted much time to the establishment of and support for Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department. She was also a member of Jefferson’s domino club. Christine was one of the longest tenured employees of First Bank of Linden, where she began working in 1957 and retired as an assistant vice president after nearly 40 years. Christine was admired and will be remembered by all who knew her for her green thumb and for keeping a spectacular lawn and garden filled with beautiful blooms year-round. She has been noted by many as one of the community’s best cooks, often having the most beautiful pies and casseroles at covered dish suppers. Christine’s family and the Jefferson community will most remember her gentle Christian spirit, which was shown daily through her hospitality, kindness, friendship, and devotion to her loved ones. As Christine loved flowers and found solace in their beauty, flowers are welcome, or in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Jefferson Cemetery Fund, c/0 George Norris, and mailed to 26100 AL Hwy. 28, Demopolis, AL 36732, or to the Jefferson Cemetery Charitable Trust.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

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Trustmark sponsors USJ trip

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Mr. Leon Clark, principal of U S Jones Elementary School, accepts a check from Valley Harrison with Trustmark National Bank for the All A Trip for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders. There were 137 students treated to a trip to Bama Bowl in Tuscaloosa.

Extension offers workshop on trees, trucks and powerlines

On June 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will offer a workshop on Trees, Trucks, and Powerlines: A Guide to Safe Tree Care Above and on the Street at the Thomasville Civic Center, 559 West Front Street North, Thomasville. The class will be taught by Jack Rowe of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

The workshop will focus on electrical hazard awareness when working in and around trees; safe work practices using aerial lifts; basic tree pruning practices for health and safety; and chainsaw maintenance and safe operation. There is a registration fee of $15 payable at the door. Lunch is included.

Everyone is asked to pre-register by calling the Clarke County Extension office at (251) 589-5572. If you have questions, please call Jack Rowe at (251) 589-5572. The class will give credits of 5 PLM and 4 cat. 2 CFE. ISA CEU’s have been applied for.

Smith sworn in, recognized at inaugural ACCS Board meeting

Wednesday, May 27, was a historic day for workforce development in Alabama, as it marked the inaugural meeting of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Board of Trustees.

Governor Bentley presided over the meeting as president, and, as his first order of business swore in the recently Senate-confirmed board members, including Demopolis’ Chuck Smith.

Al Thompson, representing Congressional District 1, was elected vice-president, and Milton Davis, District 6, was elected pro tempore.

During the meeting, ACCS Chancellor Mark Heinrich recognized George Clark and Manufacture Alabama for their leadership in making the new board’s governance a reality. Three Manufacture Alabama members serve on the Board of Trustees: Ron Fantroy, District 2, Shaw Industries; Milton Davis, District 6, B.L. Harbert International; and Smith, District 7, C2S Associates, recently retired from RockTenn.

ACCS Board of Trustees also includes: Al Thompson, District 1, Thompson Properties; Susan Blythe Foy, District 3, Russell Medical Center; J. Frank Caldwell, District 4, Ridgewood Healthcare Center; Crystal Brown, District 5, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce; Mary Scott Hunter will serve as ex-officio from the State Board of Education; and Blake McAnally will serve at-large.

The ACCS Board is set to meet June 10.

Jasper Hill

Jasper Donald “Sonny” Hill age 79 of Thomasville, AL died May 26, 2015 at his home. He was born June 12,1935 in Marengo County, AL. He was a retired employee with the City of Thomasville Water Department and a member of Southside Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen P. Hill of Thomasville, AL; son, Jasper Donald “Jack” Hill, Jr. of Thomasville, AL; sister, Edna England of Daphne, AL; brother, Herbert Hill, Jr. of Thomasville, AL; devoted brother-in-law, Lonnie (Debbie) Smith of Selma, AL; two devoted sisters-in-law, Linda Bailey of Selma, AL; and Gail Hill of Thomasville, AL. Memorial services will be announced at a later time. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, AL.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

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Light repairs at Demopolis High School.