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Looking back at the news and events from 2007

Wednesday, Jan 02,2008

2007 Year in Review

JANUARY 2007
Jan. 4 – The final phase of the levee rehabilitation project in Elba takes shape with clearing of Beaver Dam creek bed (Photo shows some of the clearing work that officials said would increase storage capacity for run-off water for storms); Elba City Schools upgrades school website; Several local citizens share their hopes and expectations for 2007; Elba’s animal control officer George Homyak is featured in the Meet the Elba Police spotlight.
Jan. 11 – Sheriff-elect Dave Sutton introduces several key administration appointees during Coffee County Commission meeting; U.S. Senator Richard Shelby visits Elba City Hall for an open public meeting; Coffee County Board of Education formally congratulates Kinston Lady Bulldog volleyball team during the January board meeting for winning the 1A state championship (Photo: County BOE recognizes board member Annette Griswold for reaching the Master Level for school board training); Kyle English featured in the Meet the Elba Police spotlight.
Jan. 18 –Dave Sutton accepts oath of office Sunday, Jan. 14, as Sheriff of Coffee County (Photos: Coffee County District Judge Paul Sherling administers the oath of office to Sutton; All officers with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department accept the oath of office following Sheriff Sutton); Sheriff Dave Sutton provides a “take control” message to prisoners at the Coffee County Jail Tuesday, Jan. 16, as a shakedown is conducted; The Town of New Brockton honors the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with annual remembrance march; Dispatcher Marylene Coleman featured in the Meet the Elba Police spotlight.
Jan. 25 – Coffee County Commission approves request from Sheriff Dave Sutton to appropriate funds for his department for equipment upgrades and additional training for deputies; Prestwood Mill, located just off County Road 110, expected to soon be turning out fresh water ground cornmeal after years of sitting dormant; Elba Police urge citizens to watch for suspicious activity following several local burglaries of businesses; Elba Mayor James Grimes speaks to Lions Club members; During Elba City Council meeting, Police Chief Freddy Hanchey reports the loss of three officers from the department to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department; Dispatcher Drew Dobbins featured in the Meet the Elba Police spotlight.
FEBRUARY 2007
Feb. 1 – Elba Police Department present Phase I of a Women’s Safety Course focused on sexual harassment, assault and rape prevention; A two-vehicle accident Thursday, Jan. 25, on Davis Street (U.S. Hwy. 84) in Elba involved an 18-wheeler and a Chevrolet GEO; A second accident of the day occurred Thursday, Jan. 25, on Davis Street in Elba. This accident involved three vehicles that collided at the Reddoch Hill intersection; Investigator Leslie Hussey featured in the Meet the Elba Police spotlight.
Feb. 8 – Elba Police arrest Carl W. Howell of Elba on Tuesday, Feb. 6, in connection with two burglaries in Elba; Members of the Elba Volunteer Fire Department participate in a “live burn” training exercise using an abandoned home off Claxton Avenue near the Evergreen Cemetery; Elba Police ask for help in locating a John Deere “Gator” reported stolen from the Dorsey Trailers facility in Elba; Elba Police capture and arrest Phillip Oneal Musgrove of Elba in connection to the report of an attempted robbery of the Elba Shell convenience store; Coffee County Sheriff’s Department arrests two suspects, Marcus Neal (charged with receiving stolen property third degree) and Timothy Dewan Council (charged with receiving stolen property second degree), in connection with several burglaries within the county; Dispatcher Christy Vickrey featured in the Meet the Elba Police spotlight.
Feb. 15 – Elba City Council votes to approve rate increase for sewer and residential garbage fees effective March 1st; Elba Water and Electric board voted to approve an increase in electric rates for residential and small commercial users; New Brockton Town Council approves new solid waste collection contract with Arrow Disposal; Building on the west side of the square set to be taken completely down to the ground due to structural problem; Coffee County young farmers Andy and Dixie Lavender named Alabama’s 2007 Outstanding Young Farm Family; Coffee County EMA director John Tallas reviews county’s outdoor warning siren program with Coffee County Commissioners.
Feb. 22 – Elba City Schools Board of Education votes in a split vote to renew the contract of head football coach Scott Rials; Fire destroys a home Friday, Feb. 16, on Coffee County Road 215; Tatiana Parker selected as AEC Youth Tour winner from Elba High School; Elba High School teacher Cal Donnia Howard says former student Jamie Greek is a fine example for all people, especially those with disabilities; Elba Police Chief Freddy Hanchey featured in Meet the Elba Police spotlight.
MARCH 2007
March 1  - Dr. Joseph Meloni joins the Elba healthcare team and will open a family medicine practice Monday, March 5; One-vehicle wreck Thursday, Feb. 22, on Hickman Avenue (Hwy. 166) in Elba sends George W. Lewis of Breman, Ala., to a Dothan hospital; One-vehicle wreck Friday, Feb. 23, on Hwy. 141 near Danley’s Crossroads claims the life of Santiago DeLa Cruz Vazquez; Coffee County Schools selected as a 2007 AMSTI (Alabama Math, Science and Technoligy Initiative) school; Meet the Elba Fire Department series begins featuring firefighter Alan Willis.
March 8 – Deadly tornado hits Enterprise Thursday, March 1, killing nine people including eight students at Enterprise High School; Coffee County Commission presents plaque of appreciation to county engineer Randy Tindell for 12 years of dedicated service; Ribbon cutting ceremony held at the Elba General Hospital and Nursing Home celebrating the opening of the new medical records, MRI and Therapy departments; Firefighter Josh Mack featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
March 15 – Utility officials in Elba defend rate increases after higher bills prompt complaints from many citizens; The expected tearing down of a building due to structural problems on the west side of the square in Elba begins; Coffee County Commission votes to approve leave of absence for county administrator Wilson Mobley requested due to health related issues; During city council meeting, Elba Mayor James Grimes commends departmental heads for keeping expenses down; New Brockton Town Council votes to increase garbage service fees; Firefighter Jeremy Sanders featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
March 22 –Coffee County inmate Phillip Musgrove throws down his crutches, kicks off his shoes and temporarily escapes custody from corrections officers after making an appearance before the judge at the county courthouse in Elba – Musgrove was recaptured approximately 22 minutes after his escape; Resolution still being sought in Dorsey Trailers bankruptcy case; Elba Lions Club raises $2,700 during annual pancake breakfast to assist Enterprise tornado victims; Enterprise students receive lesson from FEMA officials in building stronger, safer homes; George Edward Holloman of New Brockton arrested by officials and charged with two counts of sodomy first degree and two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12-years-old; Elba Department of Parks and Recreation plans Family Easter Festival for Saturday, March 31; Firefighter Clint Tindol featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
March 29 – Coffee County Board of Education approves recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Linda Ingram to hire new principals and a special programs coordinator for the 2007-08 school year; Elba Elementary School hosts more than 70 educators/visitors to witness the school’s reading program in action; Former county jail employee Ruth Scheipe addresses county commission regarding her employment and March 6 termination; Drop-off site for Elba Recycle changed; City of Elba receives Gold Award from Workman’s Comp. insurance carrier for having a lost time rate below 5 percent; Firefighter Ben Purvis featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
APRIL 2007
April 5 – Former Coffee County Jail employee Ruth Scheipe files formal complaint regarding her termination seeking damages in the sum of $1 million; Two Elba businesses, Riverwalk Outfitters Inc. and Kids, Teens & Moms Unlimited, honored with ribbon cutting ceremonies; Officials with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department arrest Stacey Dawn Wallace Wise on the class “c” felony charge of chemical endangerment of exposing a child; New Brockton officials report heavy rains hinder progress on Tyler Street project; Firefighter Rory Vignola featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
April 12 – Coffee County Commission votes not to renew contract of county administrator Wilson Mobley and to place him on administrative leave for the remainder of his current contract; Children all around searched for the “golden egg” during Easter egg hunts; Elba City Council approves fire department’s request to purchase new truck; Coffee County Board of Education votes to hire three assistant principals for 2007-08 school year; St. Jude Trike-A-Thon event set for Saturday, April 20, in Elba; Firefighter Ross Adkinson featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
April 19 – Madeline Driggers, age 8, reacts quickly and responsibly following an accident outside her grandparents house to help her grandmother, Penny Driggers; Graduation ceremony held at the Enterprise Civic Center honoring Coffee County Youth Leadership students; Elba City Schools implement new emergency communications calling system; Coffee County recognized for best Farm-City committee in the state of Alabama; Firefighter Jeffrey Fuller featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
April 26 – Coffee County Commissioners approve qualifications list to begin advertising for new county administrator; New court hearing set regarding sale of Dorsey Trailers assets; The bell chimes again at the Coffee County Courthouse in Elba following successful repair work to return the courthouse clock to good working condition; Coffee County Board of Education completes administrative hires for the 2007-08 school year; Consultant Kathy Lolley, a certified public accountant, delivers her report to the Coffee County Commission after commissioners voted during a Dec. 2006 meeting to hire Lolley to look at the books, procedures and internal control of the commission office and make recommendations; Firefighter/EMT Todd McKee featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
MAY 2007
May 3 – Elba’s inaugural Rotary Club Golf Tournament exceeds expectations raising more than $4,000; Elba Police arrest Quinton Rashard Caldwell on charges of wilfull torture, child abuse and aggravated child abuse; Coffee County deputy assaulted during traffic stop on Highway 87 about six miles north of Elba; City of Elba receives funding for downtown enhancements; Firefighter Tim Hudson featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
May 10 –Thursday, May 3, fire damages a home at 1032 Guyton Street in Elba; Town of Kinston presents an American flag to employee Richard Johnson as he prepares to report for active duty in the Middle East with his National Guard unit; New Brockton Town Council holds first meeting at new town hall location (former Armory building); New postage rates to take effect Monday, May 14, including a two-cent hike of a First-Class mail stamp to 41 cents; Coffee County Lake set to reopen Friday, May 18, after being drained in 2005; Elba Fire Chief Danny Jordan offers safety tips for river boating/floating; Firefighter George Homyak featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
May 17 – Elba Police arrest Tommy Franklin Shepperd on two counts of rape first degree following a complaint by a 19-year-old female; Residents of Marilyn Street in Elba address Elba City Council regarding an ongoing sewage problem; Alabama State Trooper Willie White honored with banquet upon his retirement after 30 years of service; March 1st tornado in Enterprise unites resident Lillian Ward with 33 students from Indiana State University; U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson rules June 2, 1981 death sentence for Billy Joe Magwood after capital murder conviction of then Coffee County Sheriff C.F. “Neil” Grantham violated due process and must be overturned; Firefighter Kelly Shehee featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
May 24 – Saturday, May 19, fire completely destroys home located at 1951 Taylor Mill Road in Elba; Alabama Attorney General Troy King announces conviction of Judy Thomas of Elba for 25 felony counts involving theft of $11,611 in welfare benefits and possession of forged documents in a forgery of the probate judge’s signature; Dedication ceremony held Sunday, May 20, for new Zion Chapel Senior Citizens Center; 15th Annual Coffee County Relay for Life event held Friday, May 18, in Enterprise; All 67 Alabama counties placed under a Fire Alert due to drought conditions; Lieutenant Drew Parker featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
May 31 – Coffee County Board of Education approves long list of personnel recommendation in preparation for 2007-08 school year; Graduation ceremonies highlight the week; Coffee County Commission prepares to interview four applicants for county administrator’s position; Congressman Terry Everett votes for passage of agriculture disaster assistance; Lieutenant Randy Hawthorne featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
JUNE 2007
June 7 – Cities of Elba and Geneva officially dedicate completed levee rehabilitation projects during ceremony in Elba; Walking trail atop Elba levee officially named the James E. Grimes Riverwalk Trail; Pitts Enterprises given court approval to buy Dorsey Trailers; Three Enterprise men (Douglas Mitchell Gatlin, Joe Ben Thomas and Stephen Daniel Ramsey) arrested by county officials following a burglary in the Damascus community south of Elba; Alabama Attorney General announces plans to appeal court ruling of U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson regarding Billy Joe Magwood case; Elba City Council votes no to a proposed $1.50 per hour pay raise for police officers; County officials arrest Kelli Nicole Champion Hussey on one county of rape first degree, one count of sodomy first degree and one count of rape second degree; Senior Lieutenant Wesley DeVane featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
June 14 – Coffee County Commission votes to hire Kathy Lolley as new county administrator; Elba Rotary Club plans auction fund raising event to benefit community service project to build a new Habitat for Humanity home in Elba; Coffee County Board of Education tables discussion regarding increase in salary for Superintendent Dr. Linda Ingram; Ribbon cutting ceremony held for Felicity’s Christian Book and Gift in Elba; Elba City Council members hear complaints regarding loud music; Firefighter J.J. Farmer featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
June 21 – Federal grant of $1,597,500 allocated for Elba airport project that will include reconstruction of the runway; David Dorsey hired by Pitts Enterprises to serve as general manager for “new” Dorsey Trailers; Coffee County Jail inmates yield garden filled with fruits and vegetables; Elba Police make several arrests on various charges; Tyler Street project in New Brockton nears completion according to town officials; Captain Wayne Jackson featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
June 28 – Jeff Pitts, president of Pitts Enterprises, officially announces the purchase of Dorsey Trailers in Elba; Jeff Pitts, president and owner of Pitts Enterprises, and David Dorsey, general manager of Dorsey Trailers (purchased by Pitts Enterprises), serve as the guest speakers at the Elba Rotary Club meeting; Elba officials receive report from ISO inspection that results in no change for city’s rating; Elba officials say water supply remains good despite drought conditions; Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton reports recent shakedown of county jail reveals very little contraband found in the facility; Captain Mike Tindell featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
JULY 2007
July 5 – Coffee County Board of Education awards pay raise to Superintendent Dr. Linda Ingram; Members of the Elba Volunteer Fire Department conduct “fill the boot” drive to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA); Coffee County resident Jason Senn pleads guilty to two counts of manslaughter for the 2006 deaths of Jeremy Paul Jackson and Amber LeeAnn Ogburn following a vehicle accident that occurred on County Road 215; Coffee County finally receives some rain only days after Alabama Governor Bob Riley encourages citizens to pray for rain; Shane Casey named new principal of Elba High School; Assistant Chief Dennis Manning featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
July 12 – Town of New Brockton officials vote to give employees a cost-of-living pay raise; New Brockton officials recognize the recreation department’s Dixie Belles softball team on the completion of a successful season which included an overall record of 30-4 and winning the Area 3 Sub-District Championship; County engineer Randy Tindell announces brief closure of County Rd. 239 to allow for the replacement of a cross-drain pipe; Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton and Chief Deputy R.W. Whitworth serve as guest speakers at Elba Lions Club meeting; Officials arrest Ken Allen Cochran on multiple charges including two counts of kidnapping first degree, burglary first degree and attempted murder; Firefighter Johnny Manning featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
July 19 – 2007 ISO rating inspection report for City of Elba draws difference of opinion among city officials; Alabama Attorney General visits Elba to film a news report regarding the continuing court hearings and other delays in the scheduled execution of Billy Joe Magwood for the capital murder March 1, 1979 of Coffee County Sheriff Neil Grantham; New Elba High School principal Shane Casey speaks to Elba Kiwanis Club members; County Board of Education completes personnel hires including Thomas Boswell as new head football coach at Zion Chapel; A two-vehicle wreck Monday, July 16, on Hwy. 134 near Coffee County Road 617 claims the life of a Covington County couple – Ralph Weeks and Amy Strickland Weeks; Governor Bob Riley announces $26,040 grant to be used for a rehabilitation project at the Heflin Smith Sports Complex in Kinston; Chief Danny Jordan featured in the Meet the Elba Fire Department spotlight.
July 26 – Elba City Council plans workshop to discuss need for additional police officers; Coffee County volunteer fire departments receive grant checks from the state’s forestry commission; Red Cross conducts very successful community blood drive in Elba; Weeky feature “Meet the Coffee County EMS Team” begins with first spotlight on EMT-B Michael Hughes.
AUGUST 2007
Aug. 2 – Elba City Council finds no immediate solution to police officers shortage during schedule work session; Annual band camp held for Elba Marching Tiger Band as program welcomes new band director Shaun Hammonds; Alabama Department of Public Health encourages frequent handwashing with Shigella cases on the rise; Bicyclist and Oregon resident Tim Janko pedals through Elba during a cross-country biking trip that began in Miami, Fla. and will end in Canyon Villes, Oregon; Paramedic Tammy Joyner featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
Aug. 9 – As start of production draws closer, an official ribbon cutting ceremony held Friday, Aug. 3, for Dorsey Trailers; Zion Chapel celebrates continued growth of schools with a ribbon cutting ceremony held for the completion of building renovations and construction projects; Dr. Lance K. Dyess and his family donate 30-acres of land to Zion Chapel Schools; New Brockton Mayor Charles Cole says Tyler Street is open to traffic; EMT-Basic/Driver Richard Ealum featured in the Meet the Coffee County EMS team spotlight.
Aug. 16 – ABC agents raid open house party at residence on Hickman Avenue in Elba; Vandals leave their mark on the Old Town and Teel cemeteries in rural Coffee County; Elba City School achieve 100 percent on AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) goals for second consecutive year; Elba resident Randy Kevin Hobbs arrested in Covington County on drug-related charges; EMT-Basic Todd Teachnor featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
Aug. 23 – Motorists urged to put safety first around school buses; Coffee County Commission votes no to request from Coffee County Firefighters Association to show support for sending a proposed Emergency Services Act to county voters for their approval or disapproval; Officials arrest Melinda Rodriguez and Sherry Kilcrease Moseley after a methamphetamine lab is located on County Rd. 355; Alabama Department of Public Health officials recommend preventative measures to avoid heat illnesses; Staff Sgt. David Rowe of Elba, a member of 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team’s cooking team, prepares pretzel delight during the Iron Chef Competition held at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq; EMT-Basic/Driver Lee Crowder featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS team spotlight.
Aug. 30 – Coffee County Commission revisits discussion on proposed Emergency Services Act; Pam Bedsole of Elba named Executive Director of the Year by the Alabama Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities; Elba City Council awards bids for work at airport; Superintendent Dr. Linda Ingram reports good start to 2007-08 school year for Coffee County Schools; Cecilio Caballero scores four goals for his team “Real Espania” against team “America” during the weekly soccer games played at Miller Memorial Stadium in Elba each Sunday afternoon; EMT-Basic Victoria Lawrence featured in the Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
SEPTEMBER 2007
Sept. 6 – Geneva County resident Marlon Wade Pendarvis arrested by Coffee County officials in connection with several burglaries in Coffee County; Elba Chamber of Commerce officials announce change of date for Christmas Festival as busy season arrives; Coffee County Storytellers Club meets and urges attendees to share passion of telling stories with youth; Paramedic Randall Hughes featured in the Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
Sept. 13 – During very lengthy meeting, the Coffee County Commission discusses the Fiscal Year 2008 budget; Americans remember the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the day now known as Patriot Day; Sgt. Eric Jordan awarded Army Chief of Staff coin; New Brockton resident Ricky Strickland addresses council to express concern of using reserve officers at driver’s license checkpoints; Elba City Council begins looking at Fiscal Year 2008 budget; EMT-Basic Elizabeth Hughes featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
Sept. 20 – Fire destroys a mobile home located on Coffee County Road 355; Elba Board of Education adopts the Fiscal Year 2008 budget; New Brockton Elementary student Courtney Sconyers receives a new wheelchair from the Wal-Mart Heart Drivers; Coffee County Board of Education adopts Fiscal Year 2008 budget; Paramedic Thad Fleming featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
Sept. 27 – Elba Chamber of Commerce holds annual membership banquet; Elba airport temporarily closed to allow for runway resurfacing project; Elba City Council approves “bare bones” budget for Fiscal Year 2008; Elba High School Ambassadors place wreath at the foot of the Ben Ringsdorf monument in honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day; Coffee County Commission approves Fiscal Year 2008 budget; Paramedic Kenny Williams featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
OCTOBER 2007
Oct. 4 – The first drop deck trailer to come off the production line at the “new” Dorsey Trailers makes an appearance in the Elba High School Homecoming Parade 2007 carrying the 30-year honored class – Class of 1977; Prior to the start of the Homecoming football game Friday, Sept. 28, the Class of 1997 presents a plaque to the parents of Jason Jordan in memory of their fallen classmate killed in Iraq while serving his country; Representative Terry Spicer announces he has formed a committee to explore the possibility of him making a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives seat; Elba City Schools receive education award from local DAR organization; Paramedic Robbie Odom featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
Oct. 11 – Coffee County resident Sonya Barnes arrested for promoting terroristic acts; Several residents of the Elba Nursing Home enjoy a day of fishing at the Coffee County Lake; Lamar Kelley recognized prior to the start of the Elba vs. Pike County football game as Mayor James Grimes presents Kelley with a resolution plaque noting his longtime volunteer services to the City of Elba and Elba School System; EMT David T. Sutton featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
Oct. 18 – Coffee County inmate Brenton Wayne McDaniel leaves work site at county landfill recycling center for a short-lived escape from custody – he is recaptured later that evening near Cottonwood, Ala.; Elba General Hospital and Nursing Home conducts annual Health Fair; Arkansas author David M. Sargent Jr. visits New Brockton Elementary School; A one-vehicle accident on Hwy. 87 (Troy Hwy.) in Elba sends Juan Starks to a Dothan hospital; Elba’s Lee “Bubba” Pinckard named an Alumni of the Year award recipient at Troy University; Paramedic Jeremy P. Cottle featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
Oct. 25 – Opp resident Danny Chestnut arrested in Coffee County at residence of County Rd. 349 on meth charges; Local emergency managers from throughout Alabama recognize Rep. Terry Spicer for his sponsorship of a new law establishing a certification program to better prepare the managers for the challenges of their jobs; Coffee County Commission appoints Tom Grimsley as chairman; Elba City Council hears the local National Guard Armory will not close as had been rumored; Remains of Terry DeWayne Allums of New Brockton (missing since July 25, 1998) found and identified; Zion Chapel queens Little Miss Zion Chapel Lexi Sanders and Miss Zion Chapel Brooke Stinson perform well at National Peanut Festival pageants; EMT-Basic Donnie Maddox featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
NOVEMBER 2007
Nov. 1 – Members of the 1-117th Field Artillery unit of the National Guard welcomed home after an 18-month deployment; Elba educator Leroy Carnley inducted into LaGrange College Athletic Hall of Fame; Alabama Department of Public Health addresses MRSA concerns; Work begins to remodel old Hardee’s building in Elba for new restaurant but unexpected excitement occurs when small grease fire ignites; EMT-Intermediate Joseph McCollough featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
Nov. 8 – Elba Police announce reward being offered in ATV theft; Elba Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cutting ceremony for Isabellas Day Spa; Annual “Pumpkins on the Square” hosted by Elba Chamber appears to draw largest crowd ever; County Board of Education approves trip for Zion Chapel band to participate in Sugar Bowl activities in 2009 if enough funds are raised prior to trip; Elba High School plans to award honorary diploma to World War II veteran Ben Busbee during Veterans Day program; EMT-Basic Aaron O’Connell featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
Nov. 15 – Coffee County resident James King asks for county commission’s help with County Rd. 422; Local governmental officials sign join proclamation recognizing Farm-City Week in Coffee County; Coffee County District Attorney’s office and Department of Human Resources join forces to conduct child support roundup in November and December; County Commission presents proclamation to Pleasant Shade Missionary Baptist Church recognizing church’s 100 years of service to the Lord; Paramedic Elissa Hope Helms featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
Nov. 22 – Senator Jimmy Holley and Representative Terry Spicer present $40,000 acquired through community pledge grants to help with Elba Playground project debt; Elba Lion’s Club presents $700 check to help Elba Rotary Club with Habitat for Humanity project in Elba; Bullock Volunteer Fire Department receives new tanker/pumper acquired through a FEMA grant; EMT-Basic Glenn Boutwell featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
Nov. 29 – Local hunters seek laws regarding coyotes; During Farm-City Banquet, the Elba Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Chamber of Commerce jointly receive Spirit of Coffee County award; Holiday House, sponsored by county extension office, draw huge crowd; Elba City Council hears of progress with FEMA approval on U.S. Hwy. 84 extension; EMT-Basic/Driver Todd McKee featured in Meet the Coffee County EMS Team spotlight.
DECEMBER 2007
Dec. 6 – Coffee County authorities catch suspect Leon Lyons of Union Springs trying to sell counterfeit merchandise in Elba; Rogers Paint and Collision Center destroyed by fire Monday night, Nov. 26; Good deeds of siblings Antwain and Tamya Griffin recognized by others; Elba Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cutting ceremony for Juliette’s Restaurant; County officials arrest Deborah Brown, Kenneth Paul McLendon Jr., Brandon Lee McLendon, George Robert Whitley and Tina Marie Spicer on various drug charges.
Dec. 13 – Jack E. Brunson presented with a wreath to the city during 20th Annual Elba Christmas Festival; Habitat for Humanity house built in memory of Katie Strunk in Enterprise dedicated Sunday, Dec. 9; Local hunter Vic Davis worries his sport will diminish if changes are not made to hunting laws regarding coyotes; County officials arrest Andrew Keith Baker for burglary third degree in connection to a burglary at a residence on County Rd. 215.
Dec. 20 – The Mike and Starla Amison family is featured as Elba’s Christmas Family for 2007.
Dec. 27 – Sodomy suspect Danny Thomas Johnson returns to Coffee County to face 1997 grand jury charges after being arrested by Georgia officials; Dorsey Trailers continues to make progress since reopening earlier this year; Coffee County Commissioners approve rental guidelines and regulations for use of senior citizen centers; Recipient family chosen for Habitat for Humanity house to be built in Elba thanks to community service project of Elba Rotary Club.