Council members honor victims of violent crimes
by Daniel Gaddy
Apr 04, 2012 | 1644 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
District Attorney Bill Adair stands with a group representing victims of crime in Walker County. The group accepted a proclamation from the Jasper City Council declaring April 22-28 National Crime Victims Rights Week. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
District Attorney Bill Adair stands with a group representing victims of crime in Walker County. The group accepted a proclamation from the Jasper City Council declaring April 22-28 National Crime Victims Rights Week. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
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The Jasper City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to recognize crime victims in the community.

Mayor Sonny Posey presented to Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair a proclamation declaring National Crime Victims Rights Week in Jasper from April 22-28.

Posey read aloud from the resolution: “Now is the time to extend the vision through a comprehensive strategy of reaching and servicing every victim of crime.”

Adair, whose father was murdered during a 1981 home invasion, joined several community members who were victims of violence to accept the proclamation.

Adair said he and victims of violent crime throughout the community are thankful for the city leadership’s efforts to help bring awareness to the issue of victims’ rights.

Particularly, he praised the council and mayor for allowing a monument to be placed at the Walker County Courthouse square, which will honor the victims of violence in the area.

“I think it's something all the citizens of Jasper should be proud of and should be proud of their council and mayor for doing,” he said.

The monument will include a fountain and decorative bricks inscribed with the names of victims of violent crimes in the county.

In other business, the council:

•Recognized the local nonprofit Missions Unlimited, which provides food and supplies to victims of disasters.

Though the group has helped areas like Haiti after the earthquake and Japan after the tsunami, Missions Unlimited has primarily served tornado victims since April 27, 2011.

•Heard from Rev. Jack Baldwin of the Greater Jasper Ministerial Association, who requested use of the Walker County Courthouse Square on May 3 at noon for the National Day of Prayer.

The request was approved unanimously by the council.

•Heard from council member Johnny Rollins, who said he wanted to thank all of the people who offered support after his father passed away in a car wreck last month.

Rollins’ mother was also involved in the crash and was recently released from the hospital.

•Heard from Mayor Sonny Posey who announced that Memorial Park will have a grand opening for ball teams of all ages on Saturday, April 14. Proceeds from concessions sold at the event will go to pay for a PA system for the ball fields.

•Heard a report from Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe, who said the seven officers picked for an emergency response unit are doing well at a training academy in Jacksonville.

She thanked the council for agreeing to have the officers take the training course.