Ollie Vester selected as Mayor of Forkland

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Ms. Ollie Vester was selected for the position of Mayor of Forkland, AL at the Forkland Town Council meeting held Monday, May 2, 2016. Ms. Vester will hold the position of Mayor until the municipal elections scheduled for August 2016. Michael Westmoreland was also nominated for the mayoral position.  The final vote was 3/2 for Ms. Vester.
The Forkland Mayor’s seat was vacated after  the death Mr. Derrick Biggs, who was completing his first term as mayor.
Vester has served on the Forkland Town Council for eight years, representing District 1.  She was at the end of her second term and held the position of Mayor Pro Temp. Other Forkland Town Council members are Preston Davis, Willie Sashington, Dora Armstead and Jimmie Benison. Ms. Vester’s District 1 seat on the council will be filled at the next meeting.
Ollie Vester is a lifelong resident of Forkland and a retired teacher with the Greene County School System.  In response to her selection as Forkland Mayor, Ms. Vester stated,”I am happy to be of service to the Forkland community.”

$239.987.12 distribution in Bingo

On Monday, March 2, 2016, Greene County Sheriff Jonathan Benison distributed $239,987.12 in bingo allocations from the four licensed gaming operations in the county. This distribution represented the January assessment 2016 payment.
The sheriff’s Bingo Rules and Regulations direct each licensed facility to distribute approximately $60,000 per month to the particular entities also determined by the sheriff. The recipients of the monthly distributions from bingo gaming designated by Sheriff Benison in his Bingo Rules and Regulations include the Greene County Commission, the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the cities of Eutaw, Forkland, Union and Boligee and the Greene County Board of Education.
Sheriff Benison continues to withhold the Greene County Commission’s bingo allocation, which would total approximately $96,000 per month.  The Commission has not received its bingo payments from the sheriff since May 2015.
Green Charity (Center for Rural Family Development) gave a total of $60,000 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; and the Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $3,000; Greene County Board of Education, $13,500.
Greenetrack, Inc gave a total of $59,987.12 to the following: Greene County Commission, $23,994.84; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $8,998.07; City of Eutaw, $4,499.03; Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each, $2,999.36; Greene County Board of Education, $13,497.10.
Frontier (Dream, Inc.) gave a total of $60,000 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, 4,500; Towns of Forkland, Union $3,000 and Greene County Board of Education, $13,500.
Rivers Edge (YAPO) gave a total of $60,000 to the following: Greene County Commission, $24,000; Greene County Sheriff’s Department, $9,000; City of Eutaw, $4,500; Towns of Forkland, Union and Boligee each $3,000; and Greene County Board of Education,13,500.