The Southern Union Fine Arts Department is pleased to welcome acclaimed author and actor Timothy Mooney to the Renaissance Center on the Wadley Campus on Feb. 4, for a one-night only performance. Traveling throughout North America to celebrate the life of Shakespeare and bring attention to the great playwright's work, Mooney performs several one-man plays designed to "crack the code" on Shakespeare's most challenging works, making them accessible to audiences everywhere. "Mooney has the ability to put a comedic spin on the classics opening them up to a variety of audiences," commented Michael Williams, director of theatre at SUSCC. "We are delighted to welcome him to Southern Union." The former artistic director of Chicago's Stage Two Theatre, where he produced nearly 50 plays in five years, Mooney will perform two pieces while visiting SU: The Greatest Speeches of All Time and Shakespeare's Histories. In the Greatest Speeches, Mooney leads the audience through the words that shaped history as they were being spoken. Historic speeches by Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Winston Churchill are only a few of the highlights. In the second act of the evening, Mooney combines the most brilliant speeches of Shakespeare's most challenging plays into a single hour-long performance in Shakespeare's Histories. Mooney notes, "It's amazing when you realize that all of these famous lines, words that live in our everyday language, had their origins in these obscure plays." Performances begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For more information, contact Williams at 256-395-2211. Southern Union State Community College is the second oldest community college in the state and is one of the select community colleges in Alabama that offers a comprehensive course of study in the arts, including music, dance and theatre.
Clay County, the only totally dry county remaining in Alabama, could lose that distinction on March 1. Petitions submitted to the city councils of Ashland and Lineville for a vote on legalizing alcoholic beverages within those municipalities were sufficient to have the measure put on the upcoming ballot. Under Alabama law, municipalities of more than 1,000 population can vote to legalize sales even if they are within a dry county. Several counties in the northern part of the state are "dry" but have "wet" municipalities within them. Putting the measure on the ballot required valid signatures of eligible voters on a petition representing at least 30 percent of those voting in the previous election. In Ashland that minimum number was just 117. The petition presented had 141 names. In Lineville the number needed was 315. The Lineville petition had 394 signatures. Only those within each city may vote on the issue for that city.
As part of the State Department of Education celebratory innovation tour many members visited Roanoke City Schools last Friday, including state Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice.
Dewayne Trammell Goodwin, 46, of 2261 Country Club Rd., Roanoke, was arrested on Jan. 28 and charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling in connection with shots fired that struck Roanoke HealthCare Center on Jan. 10. RPD made the arrest after watching video surveillance and interviewing witnesses. They are still seeking a subject they believe to have been Goodwin's intended victim.
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, at approximately 6:47 p.m., a black male entered Welch One Stop in northern Chambers County. The suspect asked for cigarettes, and when the clerk opened the cash drawer, the suspect presented a handgun and aimed it at the clerk's face. He then reached into the drawer and removed the money. The suspect then fled the store. Within seconds, an off duty LaFayette police officer arrived at the store and learned about the robbery. He quickly noticed a suspicious individual in the area and followed him south on U.S. 431. The suspect realized he was being followed, accelerated to a high rate of speed and got away from the officer. This enabled investigators to develop a suspect. Thursday at approximately 10 a.m., Chambers County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested Roosevelt Andronicas Mackey, 26, of LaFayette and charged him with first-degree robbery. Sheriff Sid Lockhart thanks LaFayette Police Department, Roanoke Police Department and Randolph County Sheriff's Office for their assistance in this case. If you have any information related to this case, please contact Sgt. Rollins at 334-864-4300.
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, around 7:30 a.m., a resident on County Road 75 in Rock Mills returned home after leaving for work and noticed a small red Toyota Corolla with no tag sitting in his yard. The homeowner went to the door of the residence, noticing it had been kicked in. About that time, he encountered a subject in his residence armed with a weapon. The homeowner fled to a neighbor's house and contacted 911. Upon investigation, Randolph County Sheriff's Office has learned this has been occurring all over Troup County, Ga., with the same vehicle and description of suspect. The suspect is a black male approximately 6 feet tall and heavy build. If anyone sees anything suspicious, call 911 or local police. Don't wait too late or until something happens. RSCO is working with Troup County investigators on this, along with other agencies, to apprehend this suspect.
WADLEY--Wadley Councilman Michael Brown said he thought the council should draft a resolution to the legislature in Monday's work session about the changes involving Southern Union State Community College.
WEDOWEE--Randolph County Board of Education voted unanimously to purchase four new International buses, lease computers, projectors and Chromebooks, and hire former Wadley Bulldog and Auburn Tiger Terrell Zachary as ISS/ALC teacher at Wadley High School during its meeting on Thursday evening of last week. Grants Superintendent Rance Kirby, in his system update, announced Wedowee Elementary School has received a Dependent Care Grant for $10,800 that will fund an after-school program. Rock Mills Junior High has received an Enhancement Grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Office of School Readiness for classroom materials and playground equipment for their pre-kindergarten program. Randolph-Roanoke Career Technology Center has received $5,533 in grant money for Career Readiness Indicator (CRI) testing. Achieving a CRI insures a student of graduating College and Career Ready as outlined in the State Department of Education's Plan 2020. Digital learning Upon Kirby's recommendation, the board voted to lease from Riverside Technologies 191 administrative/teacher computers, 68 classroom projectors and 200 student Chromebooks in addition to Chromebooks already in place. Kirby explained this is part of Phase 2 of the district's Digital Learning Initiative including the wireless upgrade. The bid price was $244,268 over four years. The Chromebooks will be distributed among the schools in the county and will come with protective cases. The lease will be paid from state ad valorem tax funds provided annually by the state. Transportation The board voted to purchase four International buses from last year's bid from Southland International. Kirby explained that he and transportation supervisor Benny Floyd have discussed, and they feel International buses are durable and cost effective when it comes to stocking parts and maintaining them. The last eight buses purchased (FY14 and FY15) were also Internationals. Kirby further explained buses older than ten years do not earn fleet renewal funds from the state. The system currently has several buses older than ten years. He said the plan is to replace these older buses over the next few years and eventually have the entire fleet less than ten years old. He added all of this can't and shouldn't be done at once. Other Business In other business, the board: • Hired Terrell Zachary as ISS/ALC teacher (teacher aide) at Wadley. • Approved the contract with Victor Rodriguez for EL (English learners) tutoring services. (For more from Randolph County Schools see the February 3 issue of The Randolph Leader, print or e-edition.)
Roanoke City Schools Superintendent Chuck Marcum updated the Roanoke Board of Education on the athletic facilities project at the board's Jan. 26 meeting.
The wheel was knocked loose from this car in a collision in front of Walmart Monday evening.
The Mill Street home of Jerry and April Huddleston took top honors in the Wedowee Garden Club's Christmas lighting contest.
Four Corners Thrift Store employees who prepared boxes of food to brighten the day of some elderly folks in the community during Christmas are (from left) Nancy Overton, store manager, Kristen Bonner, cashier, Brenda Frye, assistant manager, and Debbie Jordan, processor. Participating in the project, but not present, is Kathy Hall, cashier.
The bank around this culvert on County Road 435 at Graham washed away but the roadway held. County engineer Burrel Jones told commissioners Monday that work the county had done cleaning out culverts paid off during the recent hard rains. Water topped roads in several locations in the county but without much damage to the roads themselves.
Utilities general manager Jerry Revis presents Pam Bonner with the employee of the year plaque, made doubly meaningful by her fellow employees voting her the winner.
Pat Truitt receives a plaque for her service from Mayor Mike Fisher.