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Alexandria City Council Meeting Postponed due to Lack of Quorum


By: Dwayne Page

The Alexandria Mayor and Aldermen were scheduled to meet in regular monthly session Tuesday night but couldn’t due to the lack of a quorum.

Mayor Bennett Armstrong could not open the meeting because only two aldermen were present, Bridgette Rogers and Linda Dickerson. City attorney Vester Parsley told the mayor that at least three aldermen had to be present to conduct business.

Alderman Lloyd Dyer is on vacation and could not attend. Alderman David Cripps was also absent. Alderman, Shane Blair, who was just elected on August 2, has already resigned. Another alderman position that had been filled by appointment is also vacant again.

Mayor Armstrong announced to a room full of residents and city employees in attendance that the meeting would have to be postponed until a later date but that there are important matters to take up soon including passage of the new city budget for the year.




Deputy Assaulted While Making Arrest

August 29, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

An 18 year old man is accused of assaulting an officer while being placed under arrest for public intoxication.

Shaun David Lee West of Green Hill Road, Smithville is charged with assault, public intoxication, and resist stop, frisk, halt, arrest, or search. His bond totals $16,500 and he will make a court appearance on September 20.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Sunday, August 26 a deputy spotted West walking on the side of the road. West was unsteady on his feet and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person.  During a pat down search, West began fighting with the Officer. He head butted the deputy’s left cheek bone and eye causing bodily injury to the officer. The deputy had to forcibly take West to the ground to place him under arrest.

57 year old Craig Alan Yarbrough of Birmingham, Alabama is charged with driving under the influence. Yarbrough’s bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on September 20.

Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, August 25 a deputy spotted a gold Hyundai setting in the middle of the intersection of West Broad Street and South Congress Boulevard with its lights off. The officer stopped to investigate and found Yarbrough passed out in the driver’s seat. The deputy awoke Yarbrough and noticed that he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. He asked Yarbrough to step out of the vehicle. Yarbrough was unsteady on his feet. His speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. Yarbrough refused to submit to field sobriety tasks saying he had medical issues with his feet. He was placed under arrest.

21 year old Isaiah Curtis Sutherland of Avant Circle, Alexandria is charged with being a fugitive from justice. His bond is $75,000 and he will make a court appearance September 6.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, August 26 a computer check through the National Crime Information Center was conducted on Sutherland and revealed that he was wanted in Marathon County Wisconsin for failure to appear on a burglary charge. Officials there plan to extradite him.




Newly Elected County Officials Sworn In Tuesday Night and will Take Office Saturday (VIEW VIDEOS HERE)

August 29, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Although their terms of office don’t officially begin until Saturday, September 1, all the newly elected officials of county and district offices were sworn in Tuesday evening at the county complex auditorium.

(VIEW VIDEO BELOW OF CIRCUIT COURT CLERK SUSAN MARTIN TAKING OATH OF OFFICE FROM JUDGE BRATTEN COOK, II)

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Judge Bratten Cook, II administered the oath to the newly elected county commissioners and school board members as a group and to the others individually including County Mayor Tim Stribling, Circuit Court Clerk Susan Martin, Road Supervisor Danny Hale, Sheriff Patrick Ray, County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss, Trustee Sean Driver, and Register of Deeds Jeff McMillen.

(VIEW VIDEO BELOW OF ROAD SUPERVISOR DANNY HALE TAKING OATH OF OFFICE FROM JUDGE BRATTEN COOK, II)

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The new county commissioners are Dennis Slager and Julie Williams Young from the 1st district, Myron Rhody and Sabrina Farler from the 2nd district, Jenny Trapp and Bobby Johnson from the 3rd district, Janice Fish-Stewart and Scott Little from the 4th district, Jerry Adcock and Anita Puckett from the 5th district, Jeff Barnes and Matt Adcock from the 6th district, and Beth Pafford and Bruce Malone from the 7 district.

(VIEW VIDEO BELOW OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE AS A GROUP FROM JUDGE BRATTEN COOK II)

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Newly elected Board of Education members are Danny Parkerson from the 1st district, Alan Hayes from the 2nd district, Jim Beshearse from the 3rd district, Kate Miller from the 4th district, and Shaun Tubbs from the 7th district.

(VIEW VIDEO BELOW OF NEWLY ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE AS A GROUP FROM JUDGE BRATTEN COOK II)

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Terms of each office are for four years.




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