Benison seeks re-election as Sheriff



Sheriff Jonathan Joe Benison (1)

I, Jonathan “Joe” Benison, proudly announce my candidacy for re-election for Sheriff of Greene County in Alabama’s June 5, 2018 Primary Election.
I am a native of Greene County, having served Greene County early on in my career as a Deputy Sheriff under the late Honorable Sheriff Thomas Gilmore and the late Honorable Sheriff James Flannigan. I then proceeded with an upstanding career as an Alabama State Trooper for 24 years.
After less than a year of retirement, with my county’s support, I won the Democratic Primary in June 2010 and was appointed by then Governor Bob Riley to begin my first tenure as Sheriff early beginning December 2010.
After serving my first term, the citizens once again showed their trust in me and re-elected me for a second term as Sheriff of Greene County in 2014.
My diverse knowledge in law enforcement provides me with a unique experience that allows me to serve the citizens at the highest ability. Together, we can continue to make Greene County even better. Over my two terms, I set out to deliver more funding, more service and more stability for Greene County residents. I hope that I have exceeded your expectations because I have strived to do just that..

Since last election, Greene County has acquired its fifth bingo facility, resulting in yet another revenue stream to contribute to Greene County’s organizations and charities. The funding from bingo benefits each and every citizen. I want to continue to protect that resource for all citizens.
The Sheriff’s Department has obtained new equipment, patrol vehicles and a K-9 division all with the goal of better serving and protecting you in mind. Although tools and equipment are essential to our jobs, we want to be able to connect with the very citizens we serve. To accomplish this, I felt that diversity was the key. We recently added a female deputy to our team; a department that looks more like the people can better serve the people.
While these are just glimpses of what my team and I have accomplished, I hope you feel that we’ve made Greene County’s safety and progress our main goal over the years. I’d be honored to continue to be your Sheriff because we have more work to do. For 35 years, law enforcement has been my life; there is nothing else I’d rather dedicate myself to, there are no people I’d rather dedicate myself to than the residents of Greene County. Let’s continue to move forward. I want to keep protecting and serving the citizens of Greene County and keep fighting for Constitutional Amendment 743 that the good people of this great county voted for.
Accept no substitutions and let the work I’ve done speak for me. So please vote for me, Jonathan “Joe” Benison to be your Sheriff once again. Thank you and may God Bless us all.

Attorney Grace B. Stanford announces candidacy for Probate Judge


One of five children born to Arnold and Mary Belton, both of whom were born and reared in Boligee. “I was taught to trust in God, to value family, to study hard, and to build strong work ethics.”
“Respect, compassion and honesty toward everyone is paramount to me. And I believe that a person’s reputation speaks louder than any number of words.”
Stanford has spent more than twenty years practicing law, including Probate Law. She previously served as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Eutaw. “These experiences will help me to efficiently carry-out the varied, and oftentimes complex, tasks of the Probate Court. And I enjoy working with and serving others,” she added.
She and her husband William, and their 16 year-old grandson are members of First Apostolic Church. “I enjoy living in Greene County mostly because of the quiet of the country and the close-knit communities.”
Mrs. Stanford said that her mission, if elected to serve as Probate Judge for Greene County, is to see more informational resources made available to the public on estate planning, property rights and inheritance laws; as well as to ensure that the Office continues to deliver exceptional service to every citizen and business of Greene County.
“Continuing the mission of exceptional services.”

Jeremy Rancher qualifies for Probate Judge



After much prayer and consideration, I am extremely pleased and honored to announce my candidacy for the Office of Probate Judge. I am a lifelong resident of Greene County and a member of the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Boligee. My wife is Kajasa Cunningham Rancher and we have one daughter, Ryleigh Rancher. My parents are Valerie Rancher of Eutaw and Willie Gerome Walker of Union. I am a 2002 graduate of Greene County High School where I received an Advanced Diploma. I furthered my studies at Jacksonville State University where I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Forensic Investigations. While at Jacksonville State University, I was employed by the Calhoun-Cleburne County Mental Health Board as a Rehabilitation Assistant. I have been employed by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office since 2007 where I now serve as the Chief Deputy.
During my employment as a Greene County Deputy, I have gained an understanding of the complexities of county government including the capabilities and limitations.

The Probate Judge has many duties including two very important ones: (1) Serves as the chief election official for all elections and (2) Has the authority to involuntarily commit those suffering from mental health issues. I have received hundreds of hours of continuing education in several areas including but not limited to: Dealing with mental health issues, handling the election process, constitutional law updates and how to effectively communicate with others.

In addition, I am extremely active in the community in which I serve as an advocate for educating our youth in the areas of safety, drug awareness and underage drinking. I am member of the Greene County Children’s Policy Council where I serve as the Chairman of the Safety Committee, the Greene County Department of Human Resource’s Multi-Disciplinary Team and the Quality Assurance Committee, the 17th Judicial Circuit Child’s Death Review Team and a member of the Morrow’s Grove #800 Masonic Lodge.

I feel that the primary role of any elected official is to be an advocate for the citizens in which they serve. Because of my experience and training, I have “people skills” that can be used to bring people together towards common goals and unity. I also believe that all people should be treated the same regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, financial status or etc. All people should be treated with dignity and respect.

I am fair, impartial and honest. I am committed to serving the citizens of Greene County. I look forward to a positive and clean campaign as well as meeting as many citizens as possible. Your support and vote will be greatly appreciated. THE RIGHT EXPERIENCE, THE RIGHT CHOICE!!!


Childs seeks District 5 Commission seat




To the Citizens of District #5 and Greene County: It is after much thoughtful contemplation and prayer that I, Marvin Childs, have made the decision to seek the office of Greene County Commissioner of District #5. I believe the citizens of my district, district #5, deserve better than what we have received over the past few years. My decision to run for this position is based on a desire to work on behalf of the residents of District #5 and Greene County. This includes keeping District #5 residents informed of what is happening in the county and to be there for you when there are things that the county can do to help you.
As your commissioner, I will work alongside other Commissioners to move Greene County forward by working hard on issues our County encounters. Additionally, I will work with all other county departments so together we can all better Serve the People of Greene County. It is my belief that to serve, one must be a servant and that is what I will humbly be for you.
Thank you in advance for your support, your vote, and most of all your prayers in the upcoming June 5th, 2018 primary election.


School Board hears update on GEAR UP Program; in its fourth year

At the regular monthly meeting of the Greene County Board of Education, held Monday, February 19, 2018, Superintendent James H. Carter invited representatives of the GEAR UP Alabama program at Greene County High to give an update of projects and activities. Students in grades 9 and 10 are the current participants in GEAR UP, having begun the program as 7 and 8 grade students at the former Carver Middle School and Paramount Jr. High. GEAR UP will follow those students through high school graduation.
The updates were given by Lynne Marine, Region 5 Coordinator of GEAR UP Alabama and Marva Smith, Site Facilitator for Greene County. Ms. Smith described the various programs available to the students which include Financial Wellness Workshops, Financial Literacy Lessons, Kaplan Resources (books for various courses that are purchased for each student participant); ePrep (computer based instruction and testing) and Dual Enrollment for students who qualify; Comprehensive Mentoring; Mini Camps and Field Trips.
The GEAR UP acronym represents the following: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

Smith noted that GEAR UP students will be eligible to enroll in any two year college in the state tuition free. An added benefit is that their parents will also be eligible to enroll in any two year state college tuition free. Smith also stated that they are hopeful that GEAR UP Alabama will enlist a new group of students in middle school when the current group has graduated.
In his report, Dr. Carter emphasized the commitment to insure that all students are achieving at their highest potential every day. “The technology initiative will be the focus of instruction. We will be revisiting our infrastructure this year to provide the quality system that is needed for students to use technology the entire school day. We are exploring the addition of WIFI for students on buses as well as isolated areas in our school district.”
Superintendent Carter also announced that he hopes to implement a Field Day for special needs population in Greene County, inviting neighboring counties to participate.
In other business the board acted on the following items recommended by Superintendent Carter.
* Approved employment of LaToya Consentine as full-time bus driver.
* Approved employment of Justin Booth as substitute bus driver.
* Approved employment of Tweila Morris as long-term substitute in administrative assistant position at Eutaw Primary School for remainder of school term.
* Accepted resignation of Dana Blackwood McMillian as school nurse at Greene County High School.
* Approved Greene County High School baseball team out of state travel to Macon, MS, April 5, 2018 to compete against Noxubee County High School.

Black History Freedom Program February 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at Christ Temple Church Bishop Luke Edwards, Church Pastor Come Join us for Good Music, Lively Speeches and Good Fellowship Keynote Speaker Hon. Curtis Anthony Senior VP of BBVA Compass B’ham, AL Special Guest Hon. Artis McCampbell,  State Representative For more information please Contact Spiver W. Gordon at 205-372-3446