Area News

G’ana names Peagler Interim Police Chief

BY RAY VAN COR The Greenville Standard   The City of Georgiana has named, Major Jeremy Peagler, an eight year veteran of their Georgiana Police Department, to be the Interim Police Chief. Former Police Chief Carlton Cook has decided to pursue other opportunities. A press statement from Georgiana Mayor Frank Betterton stated, “Chief Carlton Cook…

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Skills for Life

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Standard   Once a coach always a coach is an old adage which applies to a special group of people. Speed Sampley, a teacher at Fort Dale Academy, is just one of those people. After stepping down from coaching football for 34 years, he turned his attention to teaching students skills…

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COVID-19 vaccination clinic to be held on April 6

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   Governor Kay Ivey has activated the Alabaman National Guard (ALNG) to setup mobile sites in 24 rural and under-served counties in Alabama to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. A vaccination clinic will be offered in Butler County on April 6, at Southside Baptist Church, located at 211 King Street in…

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Farmers Market vendor meeting and workshop upcoming

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   Butler County Farmers Market (BCFM) will host a vendor meeting and workshop on Tuesday, April 20, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Beeland Park Recreation Center in Greenville. At the workshop, attendees can renew or obtain a Growers Permit and receive Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)…

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CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Lurleen B. Wallace

BY MOLLIE S. WATERS The Greenville Standard   “The Greenville Standard” has been featuring prominent Alabama women all March in honor of Women’s History Month. This week’s featured Alabamian is Lurleen B. Wallace, who was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, sponsored by Judson College, in 1972. Most people will recognize Lurleen B.…

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Loud music leads to charges

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   Fredrick Palmer, 41, from Greenville, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana 2nd, drug paraphernalia, and reckless endangerment on Sunday, March 14. According to Police Chief Justin Lovvorn at around 8:30 p.m. that evening, a Greenville Police officer noticed a black Dodge Charger playing…

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Treed and caught

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   Sunday, March 21, proved to be a unique day in the annals of manhunts for the Butler County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO). A car chase involving an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency State Trooper led to a manhunt, complete with tracking dogs, a shifty felon, and an eventual treeing with…

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Chickens everywhere

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   On Wednesday morning, March 17, a Koch Foods 18-wheeler transporting over 3,000 chickens for processing overturned on McKenzie Grade Road. The truck was headed north on McKenzie Grade Road when the right front tire left the pavement as it exited the last curve before Halso Mill Road. The…

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Lewis indicted on new sex charge

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   Former Butler County juvenile probation officer Terry Van Lewis, 65, of Montgomery, was charged with an additional sex crime on Monday, March 9, by a Butler County grand jury. Lewis was originally indicted by a Butler County grand jury in 2019 for a charge of first-degree rape and…

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Richie and Me, Part 11

BY CARTER E. ANTHONY   At the turn of the New Year, our senior year and our last semester in high school, Richie and I decided we needed a senior trip after school. As opposed to seniors today, the only cruise we were aware of was the Saturday night trip up and down Commerce Street…

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