Sheriff Jonathan Benison takes Oath of Office for 4th term

On Sunday evening, January 15, 2023, the  Greene County Sheriff Jonathan”Joe“ Benison took his oath of office for the fourth time at the Williams M. Branch Courthouse surrounded by a   room filled with family, friends and well wishers.  
  The ceremony began with Presentation of Colors by the Greene County High School JROTC Color Guard, followed by the invocation presented by Rev. Lynn Finch and a welcome by Chief Deputy Vince Hardwick.  Rev. Finch recognized elected officials present. Ms. Monica Turner rendered a soul stirring song.
 Lt. LaJeffrey Carpenter, with the sheriff’s office, gave the introduction of the Sheriff who then took the Oath of Office administered by District Judge Lillie Jones-Osborne, with Mrs. Benison holding the bible.
Sheriff Benison in his inaugural address emphasized the importance of unity in the community focusing on the youth. “We are in the 4th quarter of life and we need to prepare a future for our children so they can kept the torch burning,” he stated. He emphasized that now more then ever is the time for everyone to come together and prepare our young people for leadership.
Sheriff Jonathan “Joe” Benison is a native of Forkland, Al., where he graduated from Paramount High School in 1978. He is a 1982 graduate of Alabama State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. While there he joined the Gamma Beta Chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
After college Benison graduated from the University of Alabama’s Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (A.P.O.S.T.) and joined the Greene County Sheriff’s department as a deputy for 3 years under the late Sheriffs Rev. Thomas Gilmore and James Flannigan.
  Benison began his 24 year career as an Alabama State Trooper serving 14 years in Choctaw County and the remaining 10 years on the force in Greene County. During his career, Benison served several years as a Traffic Homicide Investigator and also as a Field Training Officer where he trained many of the State Troopers that are now working in our area.
Throughout his career Benison has received many accomplishments and awards.  In 1992 he was second runner-up for the Alabama Trooper of the Year award for his dedication to the association. In 2008 he was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for his outstanding service to the citizens of the community.
In July of 2010, Sheriff Benison overwhelmingly won his first bid for Sheriff, but then was appointed to begin serving early by Governor Bob Riley in December 2010. He officially began his first term as Sheriff in January 2011. Benison then won his second election for Sheriff in 2014 and began his second term of Sheriff in January 2015.  Sheriff Benison was once again voted in to serve as Sheriff of Greene County for a third term in 2018 which was official in January 2019. Recently, Sheriff Benison was elected in an unprecedented 4th term in the Primary Election in May 2022 that begins  his current term January 17, 2023.

Quarles sworn in as Forkland’s District 1 Councilman

Saturday, December 18, 2021 District Judge Lillie Jones-Osborne swore in newly appointed Mr. Tony Quarles as Town of Forkland District 1 Councilman. Quarles is shown with his wife and family, Forkland Mayor Charlie McAlpine and fellow council members. Council member Tony Quarles stated he looks forward to work in unity and bring continued progress to the Town of Forkland.

Greene County Children’s Policy Council open “Little Free Outdoor Libraries” throughout Greene County

Submitted by Children Policy Council Staff 

Shown L to R: Joycelyn Steele, Juvenile Officer Courtnei Cook,   District Judge Lillie Jones-Osborne, Marcus Steele, SPOT student Marcus Steele III,  Greenetrack CEO Luther Nat Winn,   Jennifer Watkins, Emma Jackson and Dr. Carol  P. Zippert, Policy Council Members.

The Greene County Children’s Policy Council is always looking for ways to improve the lives of children in Greene County. The Greene County Children’s Policy Council current project is to install “Little Free Outdoor Libraries” in designated areas throughout Greene County. Studies have shown that books in the hands of children have a meaningful impact on improving literacy. The more books in or near the home, the more likely a child will learn and love to read.

On last week the Policy Council held ribbon cutting ceremonies at six (6) sites throughout Greene County. The current libraries are located at the Eutaw City Park, Greene County Children’s Policy Council Resource Center, Carver Circle, Boligee Park, Steele’s Barber Shop, and the Forkland Youth Center. The Policy Council will be placing (10) additional libraries throughout the County within the next few months. These libraries are registered and will appear on the “Little Free Library” World map. The libraries will be maintained and stocked continually by students who are involved in the Council’s mentoring program. This project will not only teach the students about responsibility but also the value of community service.

According to Judge Lillie Jones-Osborne, Chairman of the Greene County Children’s Policy Council, this project was made possible by a donation from GreeneTrack and Mr. Luther ‘Nat’ Winn. She encourages parents and students to visit a “Little Outdoor Library” and pick up a free book to take home and read.