Woodland heliport

Editor's note: The original version of this story erroneously stated that Dollar General was building a store in Woodland. Woodland mayor Scott Carter confirmed on Wednesday that Family Dollar is actually planning to build on the site.

WEDOWEE - Randolph County Hospital Authority member Bill Caypless brought some good news to Randolph County Commission during last Thursday's meeting.

He told commissioners the company that owns Family Dollar would trade some property to the authority for the construction of a new store in Woodland. Caypless said the new store would be located at the corner of Highway 48 and County Road 59, property owned by the hospital authority.

A heliport is currently on that site, but will be moved with the cost of moving and construction of a new heliport being paid for by Family Dollar.

"Basically we'll be getting more land in the transaction and it is a win-win situation," Caypless said.

Resident wants subdivision road part of county system

Ida Amon, a resident of the Some Place Else Subdivision, said she moved to the subdivision in 1999. She said, "At that time there were only two residents in the subdivision, and the road was named County Road 4310 with a green sign. (NOTE: County-maintained roads are three digits and designated with a blue sign.)

She said there are now nine residents on the road, and the road is beginning to erode. "People not living in the subdivision are bringing in trucks and boats. The public is coming into a private area. I am here just to ask for you to consider to make this a county-maintained road, so it can be worked like other county roads that have a three-digit designation. I just want to ask for some help."

The commission thanked Amon for her comments, but there was no further discussion on the request.

COVID regulations updated

The commission agreed to keep the same regulations for all county buildings with some minor changes. The commission had waited to see what the governor was going to do statewide. Some of the changes noted were the addition of chairs in the hallway of the courthouse, a maximum of 25 people on the second floor, masks are not required but encouraged as is social distancing. The entrances will remain the same with court participants and sheriff's department visitors using the back door and other business through the front door.

In other business, the commission:

  • Heard a report from Sheriff David Cofield that as of last Thursday there were 68 inmates housed at the county jail, 58 males and 10 females. Cofield said they had the first shakedown at the new jail and no major problems were found. The sheriff stated landscaping is continuing at the new jail.
  • Removed from the agenda a request from Shiv Oham Inc. for a license to sell draft beer. Commissioner Derek Farr abstained.
  • Approved the week of June 6 Randolph County Volunteer Fire Department Appreciation Week.
  • Authorized the chairman, chief financial officer and county administrator to open a new checking account with First State Bank for the upcoming release of the American Rescue Plan Funds. The CFO is waiting on guidance on how the money can be spent.
  • Approved a contract with LED Solutions for a study and installation of LED lights in county buildings.
  • Heard a report from the administrator that landscaping work on the front lawn of the courthouse had been completed, and the new fence will be installed within a week or so. Work on the railings at the back entrance will also be done at the same time.


The county-wide cleanup is continuing through April.

The bloodmobile will be in front of the courthouse on Friday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Randolph County Volunteer Fire Department Association dinner will be Saturday, June 12, at 6 p.m. at Midway Church Family Life Center.

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