Sponsored by Russell County Cattlemen;s Association at Crawford Market Days
Victor Cross received a proclamation from Russell County Commission Chair Peggy Martin for nearly 30 years of service as the Phenix City/Russell County Chamber of Commerce President. Victor retired from that post as of December 31, 2017. At the same December 13 meeting, Victor was hired as the new Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Russell County. His new job begins January 2, 2018.
Supported by his family and his community, Money Powell IV began his boxing career in 2011 quickly ascending to the top of his game; ranking No.1 in the United States and entering the professional ring in 2017. He is now training and attending Columbus State University, preparing for life inside and outside of the boxing arena.
The Russell County Commission congratulates Money Powell IV, his family and coaches, for his outstanding and remarkable achievements, and; would like to encourage him to continue on his championship mission.
Christmas at the Courthouse December 22, 2017
A Very Grand Opening
Saturday in the Park
A far cry from the snow days of mid-January…the sun came out and the temperature rose a touch above 70; just in time for the Grand Opening of the Fort Mitchell Playground. The Fort Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department served up some excellent hot dogs and burgers while youngsters tested the new equipment. The playground, situated along HWY165 in the front yard of the FMVFD/ Fort Mitchell Community Center, was constructed in late January in not so clement weather by the Russell County Parks and Recreation Department and volunteers county-wide. A grant from Wiregrass Resource Conservation and Development, submitted by Russell County Commissioner Cattie Epps, covered the cost of the materials. The FMVFD leased the property without cost to the county for the park site.
Russell County Probate Judge Alford Harden helps Ayden Hoskins, age 5, take a turn on the zip-line; while Russell County Commissioner Cattie Epps gives Ayden a big high-five for his first ride on the new zip-line at the Grand Opening of the Fort Mitchell Playground. Once Ayden got the idea, he got Josiah Riley, age 6, on the ride. Jaxson Cox, 18 months, shares a hot dog with grandma and mom after a quick slide on the new equipment and Ava Aurigema, age 2, brought her painted rocks for other kids to find and post on Facebook. Alise, 10, and nine-year- old Jasmine Vazquez reach new heights as they test-drive the swings with a little help from dad.
Family Fun Day 2018
After over 25 years of
Staff Sergeant Gregory Thomas (center) received a Proclamation from the Russell County Commission, upon his retirement. Staff Sgt.Thomas has served at the Russell County Jail under two Sheriff's Administrations, Thomas F. Boswell and Heath D. Taylor(left). His colleagues in corrections and Russell County deputies joined him in celebration.
Justus Armstrong and Carsen Storey, representing the Alabama Youth Infrastructure Coalition receive a resolution from the Russell County Commission asking for support from Alabama Legislators and the local delegation for the Interstate 14 Highway extension. Both are students at Auburn University.
I-14 is a major interstate that will run from Meridian, Texas, to Augusta. The first 25-mile stretch officially opened on Jan. 26, 2017, near Killeen, Texas, and Fort Hood.
Breakfast was served as were some high school students in Russell County.
Willie J. McCoy, Cynthia McKinney and Russell County Commissioner Larry Screws joined the Fraternal Order of the Police Marcus Bruce Lee Lodge#14 at the Fletcher McCollister American Legion Post 135 for fellowship, “the best pancakes ever” and a little something “ BeYond Expectations.”
Local Candidates, Judge Alford Harding and Circuit Court Clerk Jody Sellers, provided sponsorship; the American Legion gave the time, kitchen and dining area; FOP members hunted, gathered, cooked and served; Retired Sgt. Ricky Lawrence won a 32-inch flat-screen and the S&M Russell County Scholarship Fund-a part of BeYond Expectations Community Outreach- received a check for $250.00.
BeYond Expectations Community Outreach is a non-profit organization designed and created in 2010 to assist low income families in Russell County. The B.E. goal is to “advocate and bring public awareness to the issues of hunger, encourage self-sufficiency, restore and empower individuals to reach their full potential;” through programs and services such as the S&M scholarship fund. The organization has a website: beyondexpectaionsoutreach.weebly.com and a Facebook page. The BeYond Expectations Community Outreach office is located in Hurtsboro at the Marian Wright-Edelman Center; 403 Red Fox Drive; 36880. Please call 334-520-7774 for more information and how you can help.
Thank you, WIN: Phenix City/Russell County Chapter Women in the NAACP
The Russell County Sheriff's Department has received goodies and a little glory from the Phenix City/Russell County NAACP Chapter: WIN. Coming before the Russell County Commission during the few minutes reserved for the public, NAACP members presented Sheriff Heath Taylor with enough "Bags of Gratitude and Inspiration" to deliver a smile to all deputies on the job. The gifts are filled with snacks, water and a pen and notepad. Each item carries a message designed to encourage and support law enforcement. Representatives praised the Sheriff's Department for their vigilance and service in the community.
Russell County Commission Attorney, District 2 Russell County Commissioner Carl Currington, District 6 Russell County Commissioner Chance Corbett, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor and Candidate Roger Newman all spoke at the Ladonia Russell County District 2 Town Hall Meeting-that was supposed to be at the brand new T-Bones Steakhouse and Grill, but ended up at the church next door. T-Bones, scheduled to open in the Ladonia Plaza before the meeting, was not allowed to accept guests via Phenix City dictates. The restaurant has complied with all health, building and safety codes. The Kingdom Family Worship Center graciously opened its doors upon the news that their neighbors would be unable to seat the meeting. About 80 citizens attended the Town Hall to ask questions and get information on the County-City lawsuit currently in progress. The County is challenging the City through a 2016 mandate that addresses "lassoing" property into the City and, through that annexation, extending the Police Jurisdiction. Currently, within the Police Jurisdiction, sales tax is dictated by City Council. Russell County taxpayers in the "PJ" can not vote to elect members of Phenix City City Council. Businesses in the "PJ" must charge City sales and use tax. Russell County receives one-half of that sales tax and none if the business is annexed into the City. Also present at the meeting, but not formally speaking were: Russell County department and planning commission representatives, Phenix City Police Chief Ray Smith, State Representative Chris Blackshear, Revenue Commissioner Naomi Elliott, Probate Judge Alford Harden, Fort Mitchell Water Director David Ellis. T-Bones provided a cooler of refreshments.
Awarded by the Alabama Association of Emergency Management, Samantha Cato has completed the courses and performed her appointed tasks. She is now certified as an Intermediate Emergency Manager for Russell County's OHS/EMA. OHS/EMA Director Bob Franklin proudly gives Samantha her honors and well earned title.
It has been a little over 10 years since Bill Friend was presented to the Russell County Commission, by way of the Sheriff’s Department.
The county needed a Special Enforcement Officer. Someone who could monitor and manage an ordinance-free community with the rules, fees, permits, codes and licenses that did apply outside the city limits.
He’s been kinda busy since 2007 and even though he is part- time now and officially retired, his pace has not slowed; his work continues to make a difference in Russell County.
This year Russell County Enforcement Officer Bill Friend took top honors as the 2018 County Revenue Officer of the Year via the County Revenue Officers Association of Alabama. He was awarded at the Alabama County Commissioners Association convention this August and “back home” at the first Russell County Commission meeting in September with Commission Chair Peggy Martin and Vice Chair Carl Currington.
He graciously extended this commendation and his gratitude to everyone for this prestigious recognition.
“I thank the CROAA and the ACCA for honoring me,” said Friend, “I also want to thank the County Commission, our County Administrator, Judge Harden, Revenue Commissioner Naomi Elliott and her staff, Wanda Hardie and her folks from Sanitation and the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office has always been there whenever I have called on them, days, nights and weekends. I want to thank all the department heads; my wife who has put up with me all these years and the citizens of Russell County for working with me over the past 10-plus years.”