Good luck, Jacob and Jessica!

Posted 10/4/17

Let’s clear out the notebook ...

•Here is to Jacob Butler, the manager of Jack’s in Carbon Hill, and Jessica Keeton, who works as a circulation assistant here at the Daily Mountain Eagle, …

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Good luck, Jacob and Jessica!


Let’s clear out the notebook ...

•Here is to Jacob Butler, the manager of Jack’s in Carbon Hill, and Jessica Keeton, who works as a circulation assistant here at the Daily Mountain Eagle, as they plan to get married Saturday afternoon. They are both fine young people and I think they are going to make a great couple.

•Carbon Hill High School announced its school would hold a pep rally for tonight downtown at what it called “the Bulldog intersection,” refering to the recent street painting near city hall. The homecoming parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, starting at the school. (Oakman will be holding its parade at 11:30 a.m. as well.)

•The Milo’s in Jasper has gone up quickly and looks nearly completed; I noticed they also serve breakfast. The nearby Pinnacle Bank branch is also taking shape.

•For those wanting to keep watch across the line in Marion County, an interesting development occurred in that Sheriff Kevin Williams and Revenue Commissioner Barbara Cooper, as well as Marion County Commissioner Bob Burleson, have all switched over from the Democrats to the Republican Party. Commissioner Mike Davis also tried to switch but the Republican committee there turned him down. He told the Journal Record in Hamilton it was because he wants to run against Republican Probate Judge Rocky Ridings, a first-termer who has battled the commission to get the office off the fee system and charge the county for a salary commissioners felt was too high. Davis will now run as an independent. So now we have two Republicans, two Democrats and one independent, and one of the Democrats is a possibility to not run again. (Meanwhile, Marion County Republican Party Chairman David Hall is running for the House District 17 seat being vacated by Mike Millican.) 

•While we are at it, for those looking at competition literally down the road, it is looking less likely a large hotel will build in Winfield, joining Hamilton in losing out on that effort. However, Guin now looks like it will get a gas station and maybe a restaurant at the old Yampertown Steaks next to the Holiday Inn.

•As for Jasper Mall, we didn’t have much in-depth comment recently in the paper with Daymon Ward, senior general manager of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Inc. (JLL), who followed the same practice as last time we approached him this year: He asked us for questions in advance and then issued a short statement. Official word on developments with the mall have been very controlled, although Ward was pleasant over the phone and offered confirmation for my story; I offered to help anyway we could. We can only hope that all of this comes out well for the mall, as I would like to preserve the stores we got up there, not to mention bring more stores in the vacant spaces.

•I enjoy going to the restaurants downtown Jasper, as they have a great atmosphere, but why, oh, why, or why is there not more Wi-fi spots downtown? I think with the crowd attracted that really needs to be addressed, either by the businesses or the city.

•One of the more pleasant finds at Cracker Barrel: They don’t push it much, but the restaurant will serve a bowl of plain vanilla ice cream, which is sometimes all I want after a meal.

•It has not been as easy to determine the turnout for the runoff of the Senate primary, as one box had a snafu in terms of the card in their machine, so we were given their totals verbally — but it also meant we didn’t get the printout of the turnout. As best as I can tell based on the number of voters during the Aug. 15 primary, I would say it was about 18 percent, give or take. I am not sure it will be much better when we have a called General Election for that seat smack in the middle of December.

•Although I didn’t know James Mason Berry, 19, who died in a three-vehicle accident eight miles north of Northport last week, I understand many people have been upset. He graduated Walker High School just a couple of years ago. It is always so tragic to see a young man with potential snuffed out so quickly.

•I was irritated at CBS News Radio the other day. CBS just turned 90 years old. I recall when the networks hit 50, they had multi-hour, multi-day retrospectives. CBS News Radio covered 90 years in less than an hour, and they gave a whole lot of time to Edward R. Murrow. They could at least have gone two hours.

•Joseph Carter Realty has put out signs that it will be taking over the space just to the right of Johnny Brusco’s in downtown Jasper.

•In case you wondered why the sidewalk project in Jasper was doing some pipe work, Mayor David O’Mary said Wednesday they found issues they were not expecting and had to address that. I wonder if they won’t find some others like it when they start digging up other sidewalks downtown, but these are issues that probably need to be addressed while they are at it. I recalled the downtown revitalization in Hamilton a couple of years ago was scheduled to address drainage, and they found their situation about as bad as you could imagine once they dug up the streets. Jasper is already planning separate drainage work to help the Jasper Civic Center area.