Let’s clean out the notebook ...
•A number of Christmas parades have been announced as people prepare their schedules for which parades they will participate in or attend. While many details …
Let’s clean out the notebook ...
•A number of Christmas parades have been announced as people prepare their schedules for which parades they will participate in or attend. While many details have still not been announced yet, I thought (with some help from Elane Jones) you might like to have a concise list put together. Among the parades announced are the following:
The Town of Parrish Christmas Parade will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. in downtown Parrish. Town officials are looking for churches and businesses who are interested in entering a float in this year’s parade. For more information, call the Parrish Town Hall at 205-686-9991.
The 28th Annual “Christmas in Nauvoo” Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. in downtown Nauvoo. Lineup will begin at 9 a.m. at the Old Slick Lizzard Restaurant in Nauvoo. For more information, contact Gene McDaniel at 205-697-5652.
The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County will hold its Christmas parade on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Anyone wanting more information may contact the chamber at 205-384-4571.
The Town of Oakman will hold its Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. Anyone wanting more information may call 205-622-3232.
The Eldridge "Christmas In The Country" Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 9. Lineup will be at 9 a.m. at the Eldridge Town Hall. Parade will begin at 10 a.m. All entries are welcome. A complimentary chili/soup lunch will be served following the parade in the Eldridge Community Center Gymnasium. For more information, call Eldridge Mayor Bobbie Dodd at 205-275-3496.
Carbon Hill will hold its Christmas parade at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. Anyone wanting more details may call 205-924-9961.
The East Walker Chamber of Commerce will hold its Christmas parade will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. at Dora High School and will go through downtown Sumiton.
The Townley Third Annual Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Townley Community center.
In addition, other major annual Christmas events have also been announced. The Walker County Christian Chorus will perform Handel’s Messiah on Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at Jasper’s First Baptist Church. Also, the Athletic Arts Center in Jasper will host its annual performance of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at Jasper High School.
We’ll be giving more details on these parades later, of course, and I would urge those in charge to get with us in time to make sure we have details such as line-up times and places, prizes for floats, parade routes, additional activities coinciding at the time of the parade and contact information.
•While I was attending the Jasper Main Street Economic Vitality Committee meeting on Tuesday, I got my first inside glimpse — at last — of Jasper High School. I have already brought one visiting friend to look at it from the outside as we drove by, leaving him to think we had become Hoover High-West. On Tuesday, I was riding in a group and couldn’t take up an offer to tour inside that day, but Ann Jackson, the Jasper school superintendent, agreed to get with me later to let me see the rest of it. It is incredibly impressive just at a glance; the fact it had a culinary area to teach young cooks — wow. It looked also like they had put a lot of thought into tornado shelter space.
The funny thing was that no one could get cell service inside, which some of the adults there that day were puzzled about, being a school facility.
•Not much occurred in this month’s short meeting of the Walker County Civil Service Board. The most interesting point really was that the board agreed at the start of its meeting that from that point on, it would allow the public and officials to comment only at the start of the meeting, to give the board members the chance to respond to any statement in the course of the meeting. (If one thinks about it, the public comment section of the Walker County Commission meeting is at the start of their meetings.) I am not sure the decision was popular with those attending the board meeting, as some saw where they might need to respond later in a meeting, too.
•Scheduling notes: The Walker County Republicans will meet on Thursday, Nov. 2, which is about a week early for them ... Keep in mind that the Shoe Fund application days will only be Monday through Thursday; we will not be taking applications Friday through Sunday ... The Buttahatchee River Fall Fest in Hamilton (which has built up nicely in recent years) has been delayed a week due to bad weather expected this weekend ... Pets on Parade in Gamble Park has been moved to Nov. 11 due to rain expected on Saturday.
• John Rogers, the capable aide with Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, is taking a leave of absence to work as a press spokesman for the Roy Moore Senate campaign; his name is already turning up on releases.
•While on the Legislature, an interesting turn has come up in the race to replace retiring state Rep. Mike Millican in House District 17, which stretches into parts of Winston County. My old Journal Record co-worker, longtime News Editor Tracy Estes of Winfield, has decided to run as a Republican for the seat, going against Marion County Republican Party Chairman David Hall, a Hamilton insurance agent. This one could be interesting.
•The new unemployment figures are a major advancement for the county and the area. Unless some state revision pulls the jobless figures back up, it would signal we really are turning the corner. People wondering about all these stores opening in Jasper may have their answer as Yorozu continues to grow. It has been said the stores closing in the Jasper Mall were more of a national trend for those companies than a local one — and I continue to hear that JCPenney’s could have possibly lasted longer, as it was not as in as bad a shape as the national chain as a whole. Local leaders are delighted about the new figures, but know they may have to work harder to find workers in what could actually be a statewide problem now. But it is a good problem to have.