WADLEY - Wadley Police Chief Tyler Murphy organized the first Mental Health Forum held on Wednesday, Sept. 4, and hosted by Roanoke Police Department.

This was open to all first responders for the county and also had attendances from Glencoe and Heflin. The forum served as a time for first responders to talk about challenging times they face within their workforce. Responders were educated on how this line of work can leave an impact on one's emotions and mental state. They were also encouraged to open up and talk about what they may be facing in order to form camaraderie and a support system. Mayor Donna McKay attended the gathering and noted that it was "an eye opener and a wonderful forum."

An increase in pay has been approved for police officers in Wadley. The pay has now been moved up to $16.50 per hour, and the town is in the process of hiring an officer. This pay increase will help tremendously with recruitment and retention of quality police officers who can better serve the town of Wadley.

The State Legislature passed a new gas tax in March 2019, and Wadley has a projected amount of $11,458 to spend in 2020. This money is to be spent on road paving, road patching, striping, lighting and other road improvements.

The town council approved to hire co-op student workers from Wadley High School. The workers will be used to help out around the town, mostly doing weed eating and lagoon work.

A new lawnmower is going to be purchased by the town of Wadley. A new one has been needed for a while and will be a great asset to the town.

New lights have been ordered for police trucks to enhance safety at night.

New Cooledge Street signs have been delivered and installed. These will help tremendously with directing first responders in an emergency situation.

The surplus property black police Charger has been sold by the town of Wadley at the asking price of $1,200.

Upcoming

Saturday, Sept. 21, will be Wadley's Bicentennial Celebration. It will be in downtown Wadley from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a free concert that night at the high school football stadium with Kevin and others from 6 - 8 p.m. Food will be sold, and there will be a fireworks show following the concert. T-shirts are on sale now for purchase and proceeds will go towards putting on this event.

Randolph County Chamber of Commerce will host Business After Hours at Tanner East Alabama Medical Center in Wedowee on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. The hospital will be open for tours by the public.

Southern Union State Community College will host its "Grave Affair" on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Lakeview Room to raise funds for dual enrollment scholarships. The town of Wadley will donate to these scholarships, and members of the council plan to be in attendance.

Cindy Rice Hightower will perform at Promised Land Equine Rescue Concert in downtown Wadley on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1 - 3 p.m.

Downtown Wadley Trunk or Treat and for homes in the community will be Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5 - 7 p.m.

October 2019 has been deemed Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the town of Wadley.

This meeting was on Thursday instead of Monday in honor of Labor Day.

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