Many events slated for the weekend

Garbage routes, closings given for Veterans Day

From staff reports
Posted 11/8/19

A number of closings and garbage routes have been announced for Monday's Veterans Day holiday, while events to salute the area's veterans are also slated over the weekend. 

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Many events slated for the weekend

Garbage routes, closings given for Veterans Day


A number of closings and garbage routes have been announced for Monday's Veterans Day holiday, while events to salute the area's veterans are also slated over the weekend. 

The Walker County Courthouse and city halls in the county will be closed Monday for the observance. 

Garbage in Carbon Hill will not run, but a garbage truck will be parked at City Hall for the public to bring their trash to. The council is also moving its Nov. 11 meeting to Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the new permanent time of 6 p.m.

In Jasper, residential garbage service will run a day late throughout the week. Monday's garbage service in Sumiton will be on Tuesday, and Tuesday will be on Wednesday. 

Garbage service will not be affected for Walker County, Dora, Oakman nor Parrish. 

Mail routes will not be run Monday, and counter service for U.S. Post Offices will not be offered that day. Financial institutions are expected to close. Urgent care clinics and pharmacies may offer special hours. Walker County and Jasper City Schools will be closed Monday, as will Bevill State Community College.

Many chain businesses are expected to hold special sales that weekend. 

A number of events will be taking place across the county from Saturday through Monday to mark the holiday: 

• The Sumiton Area Veterans Memorial will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Sumiton Community Center. Monument director Bill Fowler will recognize veterans of all conflicts by giving out certificates. Harold McMurran, a graduate of Dora High School, and World War II veteran who fought at Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge will be the guest speaker for the ceremony. 

• Dedication for the new Dora Area Veterans Memorial Monument is Saturday, November 9, at 11 a.m. The new monument stands in front of the Dora Civic Center on Sharon Blvd. next to the city hall. Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper, will be the guest speaker. 

• U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt will speak at a Veterans Day ceremony at the American Legion Hall in Carbon Hill, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. The Legion Hall is 330 Third Street SW, two blocks off of Highway 118. The American Legion Auxiliary Walters Myers Unit 1010 will sponsor the event. This year's event is expected to last about an hour, followed by a lunch for anyone who attends. In addition, a blood drive organized by Vitalant will be held at the Legion Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston, who grew up in Jasper, will be the grand marshal of this year's Jasper Veterans Day Parade, resulting in the 11 a.m. parade being moved to Monday, Nov. 11. Due to security, the City of Jasper is joining the Marvin Lee Ferguson VFW Post 4850/Jasper and its Auxiliary to put on the parade. McCarver and Lisa Myers are leading city efforts, while auxiliary member Janet Little, who has helped organize past parades, will represent the VFW. Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth and U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt are among a large number of political and military dignitaries who are expected to be attending the event. A traditional brief welcoming ceremony is expected to be held at the square before the parade starts. The parade line-up will still be at the T.R. Simmons Elementary School area on Viking Drive (19th Street), heading west from there. Organizers usually like everyone to be in place by 10 a.m. A number of invitation-only events for Grinston are also planned that day. 

• After the Jasper parade, hot dogs and drinks will be available to parade participants at the VFW Post, across Highway 118 from Walker Baptist Medical Center. Also, after the parade, All Four Real Estate is hosting a Chili Cook-Off to raise money and awareness of homeless veterans. 

In addition to the traditional holiday events, the undefeated Jasper Vikings will start the Class 5A football playoffs, hosting the Madison Academy Mustangs at Ki-Ro Gambrell Stadium at 7 p.m. Jasper High School's marching band will perform its halftime show before the start of the game at approximately 6:40 p.m., while the Madison band will play at halftime. 

Also, a number of area residents are expected to head for Tuscaloosa Saturday for the top two matchup between Alabama and LSU, which will also involve pregame ESPN and SEC Network telecasts from 8 to 11 a.m. and a visit by President Trump.  Bryant-Denny Stadium will open early at 11:30 a.m., with kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come early due to security and larger crowds, with the telecasts open to fans at 6:30 a.m. ESPN Gameday will be at the northeast corner of the Quad near Lloyd Hall, while SEC Nation will be on the lawn in front of Moore Hall.