Representative Bill Roberts Speaks to East Walker Chamber of Commerce ~ From The Daily Mountain Eagle
SUMITON — State Rep. Bill Roberts spoke to the East Walker Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday at Lee’s Restaurant in Sumiton. One of the things Roberts spokeabout was the need for more training for workforce employees.
Roberts said there were more than 800,000 vacant skilled jobs in the United States today. Roberts said that generations of pushing high school graduates into college led to the shortage in the skilled labor jobs that are necessary to keep the country running.
“What we forgot was not everybody was designed to go to college,” Roberts said. Roberts talked about efforts to encourage young people to chose careers like welding, heating and air conditioning, electrical, etc. at a personal level. “I went to Bevill State and set up scholarships, I took $1,200 out of my income, roughly 2.5 percent, and I set up two $600 scholarships,” Roberts said. The scholarships were not available in time last year, so this year four students will receive the scholarships.
The money requires that the students study a technical field. The scholarships were awarded to students from Dora, Cordova, Curry and Walker. He also discussed some of the issues facing the state, including debt and the separate general and education funds, which many states consolidate, Roberts said.
“The general fund has been stagnant for years,” Roberts said. Although the funds coming into the fund have been the same, economic decline has put more people on assistance programs, which has increased the burden but not the funds, Roberts said.
He also discussed efforts to cut department and agency spending to bring the numbers back in line. Some of that means looking at each group, department and agency to see where their money is being spent.
Sumiton Purchased Property for Walking Track
Story from the Daily Mountain Eagle
SUMITON — Mayor Petey Ellis expressed his gratitude to Dora Mayor Chris Edward, his staff and the Dora City Council for the sale of railroad property extending from Bozeman's Grocery Store to the bridge at Horse Creek Golf Course during Tuesday's regularly scheduled meeting of the Sumiton City Council. With the sale of the property, Sumiton can begin to seek a grant for funding for a proposed walking track that would tie in to an upcoming sidewalk project that is currently under bid. If completed, Sumiton's walking track could be connected to Dora's to create a nine-mile-long attraction that could be a significant draw for athletic events. Ellis reaffirmed his city's commitment to begin the construction of the walking trail within a two-year period or revert the offer back to Dora. "I don't foresee any problems in obtaining the funding for our track," Ellis said. "It will be after the first part of the year before we can apply for the grant, but I feel sure that we'll get the money we need and begin work shortly afterward." In other action from Tuesday's meeting: •The Council voted unanimously to accept a $245,735.50 bid on its planned sidewalk project from Powe General Contractors of Hanceville, after receiving a letter of recommendation from Nelson Engineers and the Alabama Department of Transportation. •The Council passed a motion to pay two increments of $5,421 for grant-matching purposes on three city projects. •The Council unanimously voted to pay for improvements to the Sumiton football field. •Ellis reported the city received a letter of gratitude for the Sumiton Fire and Police Department's participation in last weekend's Frog Festival and the Sumiton Christian Homecoming Parade. "Our turnout for the festival was tremendous and the people who worked to help put it all together did a great job," Ellis said. "The Frog Festival continues to grow every year and what caught my eye is that we had vendors from Mobile and Marianna, Fla., who came to sell items at the event. We thank everyone involved in it." Read more: Daily Mountain Eagle - Ellis grateful to Dora for sale of property
Free Yoga Classes on Monday Nights
The Sumiton Senior Center hosts free yoga classes each Monday night at 7 p.m. Jilda Watson is a certified yoga instructor and the class is open to everyone of all ages - both men and women.
The practice of yoga increases strength, flexibility, balance, and overall health. The class ends with fifteen minutes of relaxation which helps people in today's high-stress world.
The City of
City of Sumiton is located on the eastern edge of Walker County
and the city limits extend into Jefferson County. Some of
the friendliest people on the planet live here.
Within the last several years Sumiton has
grown extensively with the addition of several national chain
stores and lots of new restaurants, and many other local businesses
which combined make Sumiton a bustling area of commerce.
Sumiton is also the home of Bevill State Community College
which has grown exponentially over the last several years.
Sumiton School which is K-8 is one of the largest schools
in Walker County.
The Library which is located at city hall has a large selection
of books for the entire family. Also available for Library
visitors is a computer with Internet access which is ideal
for research, job hunting, and educational pursuits.
There are upscale subdivisions and charming
older homes in the area depending on your tastes. Sumiton
recently completed construction of a multi-function Senior
Citizen Center which server the people of Sumiton and surrounding
communities. The Senior Center is a hub of activity for
Seniors and a place where they can meet, play games, eat
hot meals and enjoy companionship. The Senior Center is
also a safe shelter for the community during violent weather
situations. Click here for photos
of the Senior Center.
All of this together makes Sumiton is a great
place to raise your family.
Sumiton Area Veteran's Memorial Holds Wreath Laying Service
Citizens from Sumiton and the surrounding
area gathered at the Sumition Community Center on Saturday, May 29 and held a "laying of the wreath" ceremony for area veterans.
The service was for all veterans from the area who have served America through the years. The wreath was ceremony was for those soldiers who gave their lives in service to this country.
Bill Fowler who heads the Veteran's Memorial Committee along with Mayor Petey Ellis presided over the ceremony. The Walker County Honor Guard performed
The dedication for the Veteran's Memorial
is scheduled for September 11th 2010. There are still a limited number of memorial granite stones available for those who would like to purchase one of a in honor of a local veteran.
The granite paver stones will help finance the monument. The committee is selling paver stones which will be a permanent part of the memorial.
The pavers (pictured below) will contain the name and other information about local veterans. The deadline for getting your paver in place before the 9/11/10 event is August 1st 2010.
Pavers cost $100 each and contain 3 lines, 21 characters per line (including spaces and special characters). The link below has the form that should be used for each paver.
Click here to view photos from the Laying of the Wreath Ceremony.
Council members presented $15,000 grant
SUMITON — Tommy Sherer, Alabama House representative for District 13, presented Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis with a $15,000 grant check during Tuesday’s meeting of the Sumiton City Council.
“We are glad when Council members from our district visit our meetings,” Ellis said upon receiving the check. “We are very appreciative of our representatives and will use this check to help take care of landscaping around the community center.”
Full story courtesy of the Daily Mountain Eagle
Sumiton Frog Festival
2009 Sumiton Frog had picture perfect weather again.
The long-range forecast did not bode well but the rain
moved out on Friday afternoon and the skies were blue
as a swimming pool. It would be hard to order up a better
day off a menu of Great Day options.
The air was cool before sunrise but when the sun peeked up above the horizon
and burned off the early morning dew, the weather was perfect.
There is no way to count the number of people that attend the festival, but at
one point looking down main street in either direction was wall-to-wall people>
The vendors seemed happy this year as people were not only out in droves, but
they were buying more than in years past.
Below is a link to photos from this year's festival.
Click here for FrogFotos