Commission recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 10/4/16

The Walker County Commission recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Monday’s meeting.

Commission chairman Billy Luster presented a proclamation to a group of local breast cancer survivors. Following the meeting, a …

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Commission recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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The Walker County Commission recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Monday’s meeting.

Commission chairman Billy Luster presented a proclamation to a group of local breast cancer survivors. Following the meeting, a balloon release was held on the steps of the Walker County Courthouse.

One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women.

Breast cancer survivor Jan Price urged women to schedule a yearly mammogram because early detection is key to survival.

“In 2009, there was no sign of anything on my mammogram. In 2010, I had Stage Three breast cancer. Do not wait,” Price said.

In other action, the commission:

•approved a 36-month service agreement with AT&T based on a contract that the telecommunications company has with the state. The county has been at a stalemate with AT&T over disputed charges for more than a year.

Several executive sessions have been held on the matter in recent months.

County attorney Eddie Jackson said AT&T will erase $112,000 in overcharges from the county’s account as a result of the new agreement.

Jackson added that the agreement will save approximately up to $2,500 a month on its phone bill.

Commissioner Keith Davis called the agreement “a first step” in the county’s goal of upgrading its outdated phone system, which currently does not connect one department to another.

•approved an agreement that will allow the county to pave a parking lot at Oakman High School at the school’s request.

The Walker County Board of Education will reimburse the county up to $15,000 for the project because district funds cannot be used, county engineer Mike Short said.

•approved a lease agreement for a new vehicle for ClasTran to be used on city routes. The vehicle is being acquired in cooperation with the city of Jasper at no cost to the county.

•appointed Gary Thomas and Robby Busby to the East Walker Sewer Authority Board.

•learned that a free library box will be placed outside the commission office. Free libraries have also been installed at T.R. Simmons Elementary School and at G. May & Sons in downtown Jasper in recent months.

The project is sponsored by The Literacy Council of Central Alabama - Walker County, Jasper Main Street, Lamar’s Glass, Walker County Arts Alliance, Daily Mountain Eagle and Honda of Jasper.

•learned that the county’s second annual toy drive will be held Dec. 17. Donations will be taken between Nov. 7 and Dec. 10.