Eutaw Elderly Village dedicates pavilion for residents

On Saturday, September 3, 2022, the Eutaw Elderly Village(EEV) dedicated an outdoor pavilion for the residents at the elderly housing site on Tuscaloosa Street in downtown Eutaw.
Funding for the pavilion was provided by the TS Police Support League, Inc., a charity associated with the Palace Bingo facility. The pavilion will provide an outdoor place for residents to relax, mingle, bar-b-que and meet with their friends.
The pavilion was dedicated to the late Eloise Brown, a faithful church and community worker, that the TSPS League wished to recognize and Evie J. Ebbinghouse, wife of Attorney Rick Ebbinghouse, who died of cancer early in life. Ebbinghouse worked with Alabama Legal Services and helped the Federation, PLBA-HDC and others in establishing affordable housing for low income people. EEV had previously planted and dedicated a tree to Mrs. Ebbinghouse. The tree was hit by lightning and destroyed.
In the photo from L. to R., Eutaw Mayor Latasha Johnson, James Otieno, EEV Board, Thelma Palmer, EEV Board Member, Emma Jackson, Sheriff Department Carrie Fulghum, EEV Manager, Miriam Leftwich EEV Board Member, Sheila Smith, President TSPS League, Inc., Attorney Rick Ebbinghouse, John Zippert, EEV President, at cutting ribbon to officially dedicate the pavilion.

Events to mark MLK Birthday in Greene County announced

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Spiver W. Gordon

Spiver W. Gordon, President of the Alabama Civil Rights Museum Movement announced plans for the commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday in Greene County, for the third weekend in January.

“In Greene County, we have been celebrating Dr. King’s Birthday long before it was a national holiday because of Dr. King’s work which brought civil rights and voting rights to our county. We also celebrate throughout the weekend, including on January 15, Dr. King’s actual birthday, as well as on the third Monday, which is the official national holiday,” said Gordon.

On Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 12:00 Noon there will be a Freedom Sidewalk Luncheon at Sandra Walker’s former Campaign Headquarters, in Eutaw, next to the new Courthouse on Tuscaloosa Street. Speakers at this outdoor program include: Sister Martha Lucia Tonon of the Guadalupon Multicultural Services; and Attorney John Stamps, III of the Black Belt Law Center in Bessemer, Alabama. Other speakers have also been invited to give remarks.

On Sunday, January 16, 2022, there will be a community program at First Baptist Church at 3:00 to honor Dr. King. There is a historical marker at the church remembrance of Dr. King’s coming to speak at the church in the 1960’s as part of the movement to change civil rights in this nation. Rev.  Kendrick Howell , will be the keynote speaker at this event. Rev. Lynn Finch is pastor of First Baptist Church.

On Monday, January 17, 2022 at 8:00 AM there will be a Freedom Unity Breakfast at the Branch Heights Community Center. After breakfast, there will be a march from Branch Heights to the William M. Branch County Courthouse in downtown Eutaw. At the Courthouse there will be a Freedom Rally with speakers, including Rev. James Carter, Rev. Kevin Cockrell, Eutaw Mayor Latasha Johnson, School Board Chair, Dr. Carol P. Zippert and other elected officials.

After the Courthouse Rally, the group will return to the Branch Heights Community Center for a Dreaming About Freedom Mass Rally with Teirdre Owens, Outreach Coordinator for Congresswoman Terri Sewell and others.

“We are hoping to have an inspirational series of events to start the year of 2022 in the right ‘freedom spirit’ to continue throughout the year.

Eutaw Mayor Johnson gives first State of the City Address, listing specific fixes and improvements

Mayor Lastasha Johnson

Eutaw Mayor Latasha Johnson created another first for the City of Eutaw by delivering a very detailed State of the City address at a community luncheon held Friday, November 19, 2021, at the R.H. Young Community Center (the former Carver school).
The mayor prefaced her comments with reflections on her upbringing. “ I was raised in Eutaw in Carver Circle. I learned the value of hard work at an early age and I continue to maintain a strong work ethic. I want to see the city that raised me and made me who I am today, thrive and grow.”
Mayor Johnson served four years on the Eutaw City Council before seeking the mayor’s position.
In her address she provided a summary of the troubled areas of the city government that existed when she came into office. “The previous administration ended with a majority of the police officers resigning, the water department having several ADEM violations, our city property with an IRS tax lien, and a lack of office personnel to handle the day-to-day operations of the city, no budget or financial plan”
The Mayor’s report also listed the various improvements she and her Team Eutaw have put in place in the previous year. “We have resolved the IRS lien, after fines, penalties and interest of a quarter million dollars. We have a new city clerk. We have implemented and updated a city website and Facebook page. We have a new phone system and internet set up which is expected to reduce expenses by as much as $40,000 each year. We have worked on a community notification system and implemented a new budgeting and financial management system that will keep us on budget,” she said. The mayor noted that her administration was the first to have a budget passed in many years.
According to Mayor Johnson, the city’s revenue for the past year fiscal year was nearly $1.2 million, nearly doubling that of several previous years, and boasting a $260,000 surplus.
The mayor discussed other improvements brought about by her administration as listed below:
Hired a full time water and wastewater operator, and other employees including police officers a Park and Recreation Director, additional magistrates.
* Provided pay raises for city employees.
* Obtained new vehicles and equipment, including a street sweeper, grapple truck
* Secured a $500,000 grant for the Eutaw Airport Authority.
* Working to provide the first independent audit of city finances in eight years.
* Working hard to bring openness and transparency to City Hall with online meetings and community engagements.
* Resumed relations with the Chamber of Commerce, the Industrial Development Authority, and neighboring municipalities.
* Supporting Greene County E911.
Installed online payments and auto pay for the first time.
Upgraded all technology.
City will secure a new garbage company.
Cancelled unnecessary contracts and reduced expenses.
Mayor Johnson extended special appreciation to the various individuals who worked tirelessly to bring about the changes and adjustments needed to put the city on the right track. “ I want to thank everyone, the police officers, office staff, the street workers, city council and citizens who have been instrumental in making my first year in office a hugh success. I could not have done any of this without you. I am thankful and humbled by your hard work,” she stated.

Cancer Awareness Color Me Fun Run/Walk held

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This time of year is typically flooded with shades of pink as people come together to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. United Purpose, Incorporated Girl Scout  Troop 408,  Greene County Human Rights Commission, Greene County Community Health Advisors co-sponsor  their 1st Annual Color  Run/Walk to promote Cancer Awareness. The event was held Saturday, October  9, 2021 at the  The Eutaw City Park.  The event kicked off at 10:00 am  with lot of family fun activities throughout the program. The Color Run/Walk a multipurpose event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together and to raise Cancer Awareness. Participants dusted with an array of color powder as they passed specific mile markers.  Darlene Robinson, Human Rights Commissions  and Greene County /Hale Co. CHAs delivered greeting; Eutaw Mayor Latasha Johnson  presented words of welcome; Marilyn Sanford rendered an inspirational reading,  Miriam Leftwich United Purpose & Girl Scout 408 Coordinator  also presented greetings.  Mollie Rowe the memorial, a celebratory walk by the survivors; D.J. Birdman rendered the music,  dancing, photo opportunities and a massive color throw.  Sponsorships helped defay the cost of organizing the event to benefit Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation for 2021, for patients in the Greene County area.  Early Detection is the Best Protection!