Archive for August 2011
At about 5:30 PM, on Monday, August 29, 2011, Police, Fire and Medical services were dispatched to the parking lot of the old Wal-Mart/Piggly-Wiggly, at 1500 Military Street South regarding a single car accident. Emergency units arriving on the scene found that a Ford Taurus vehicle had collided with one of the buildings columns in front of the Piggly-Wiggly. The vehicle was occupied by a lone elderly white female who was transported by ambulance to North East Medical Center in Hamilton where she died. Witnesses to the accident reported to police that the vehicle appeared to be out of control at the time of the collision. At the time of this release, the victim’s next of kin has not been notified and her identity is not being released. For further information, contact the Hamilton Police Department at (205) 921-7424.
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NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Mobile Health Clinic will soon be operating in Hamilton, AL
The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center announced that their new Veterans Mobile Health Clinic will soon begin operating one day per week in Hamilton, Ala., with an expected operational date of late September.
The clinic will help to bring both primary care and mental health services to Veterans living in rural areas that are served by the facility. The mobile clinic is designed to help reduce the travel time while increasing Veteran access to much of the same services available at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center.
The clinic will visit four predetermined locations on a rotating schedule, one day per week, one of those being Hamilton. Since the mobile clinic will function as a primary care team and mental health team, Veterans will be assigned to the mobile care team and attend appointments through the mobile clinic. All Veterans living in rural areas are eligible for the services and can apply for care in the same manner as applying for care at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center after the program is operational.
The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce, the VA Mobile Clinic, along with staff from the Medical Center, will have an open house for Veterans, their families and anyone interested in seeing the Mobile Clinic on Aug. 31, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the site where the clinic will operate, which is at the Hamilton Neighborhood Facilities Building (Recreation Center), 371 Seventh Avenue Southwest. Medical Center staff hope all interested in using the clinic can come by and learn about the clinic, meet with the Tuscaloosa VA staff, and learn about how to enroll for services through the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center.
For more information contact:
Damon A. Stevenson
Public Affairs Officer
Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
3701 Loop Road East
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35404
August 9, 2011
Memo To: News Media
From: Hamilton Police Department
Subject: Press Release
School Zone Initiative – Respect Hamilton
School is starting soon and we want our students to have a safe year. The Hamilton Police Department is asking everyone to be mindful of their driving while passing through active school zones. Not only is the speed limit reduced, but texting on a cell phone is also prohibited in Hamilton’s school zones. Zones are identified either by flashing lights or signs with the effective times posted. Zones start at the first identifying sign and end at the point where a sign marks the zone start for oncoming traffic. At the end of last school year, many drivers were ignoring these zones. This year as school begins; we are hoping to raise public awareness of school zones in cooperation with the news media. HPD will also be running enforcement details specifically targeting school zone driving as a way of upping driver attention. We will initially only be issuing warnings except in instances of gross or repeated violations. After a period of time, actual violations carrying fines and impacting driving records will replace the warning campaign. Everyone who visits, resides, or works in the city is part of Hamilton and driving considerately is not only a safety issue but a way of respecting Hamilton. We’re looking for safety awareness, not tickets, so information about the location of our enforcement teams may be posted on our facebook page.
(Photo Courtesy of HPD)
For further info contact Hamilton PD at (205) 921-7424
Memories cherished for class of 1961
This past Friday night (June 10), plans and people came together and now the 50 year reunion of the Hamilton (Ala.) High school class of 1961 is history.
Ruble has been working with a group of his classmates for months. If you have ever been a part of such a project you know how plans must be made and changed many times to fit many needs. Their hard work paid off.
On Friday night, there were a total of 95 people that included classmates, their spouses or dates, and other special guests at the reunion party. Three of six teachers who are still living where they are and a fourth phoned in a message to the class. The event was held at Fulton Bridge Baptist Church Family Life Center in South Hamilton.
Barbara Loden Duncan, member of the class of ’61 and wife of the church’s pastor, Dr. Dan Duncan, secured permission for the event to be held there. The original meeting place was changed because it was being used to store supplies for victims of the April 27 tornadoes.
The Family Life Center was beautifully decorated. To prove what a talented group this class is, there was entertainment by the Jerry Cantrell Band (Jerry is a classmate.) Two other classmates, Collis Terry and Terry Skinner who performed professionally as “The Terry Teens” while in high school, also sang. A delicious meal was served. Class officers spoke sharing both humorous and serious memories. Master of ceremonies Wayne “Bull” Wigington kept things moving along.
A committee had worked against a deadline collecting information and pictures for a book telling what the class of ’61 has been doing for the past half century. The book was designed and typeset by our friend, Olivia King. She was invited to be a special guest at the Friday night celebration.
Ruble introduced her. She said she felt she knew every one of them personally. Before the evening was over, they all felt the same same about her. The book is a keepsake to treasure, thanks to Olivia.
The most somber time of the evening came when candles were lit for each of the 13 members of the class who are deceased. Geraldine Osborn Lindsey read a poem dedicated to them. A special friend of each lit the candle placed in front of the senior pictures of the classmates. The class song,”Theme From a Summer Place” played as each went up to light the candle.
It was a night to remember. As goodbyes were said, plans were made to meet for breakfast…and lunch…and an afternoon visit before the Alumni Banquet on Saturday night. It seemed the cass of ’61 had to hold on to “together time,” if just for this one special weekend.
And so they did.
LaVale Mills is the former publisher of The Red Bay News and a regular columnist for The Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org