Brundidge council recognizes community leaders

Published 10:50 pm Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Community leaders Jennifer Amlong and Darell Kennedy were recognized for their interest in and contributions to the City of Brundidge and its youth at the Tuesday meeting of the Brundidge City Council.

Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd congratulated Jennifer Amlong, Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library assistant director, and the entire library staff on a highly successful Summer Library Program.

Amlong said total attendance for the “Libraries Rock” summer program for children and young adults was 720.

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“We had a great summer program with enthusiastic participation,” Amlong said. “Chris Nickson’s summer camp for kids participated in the summer library program and we enjoyed having them.”

Amlong said the focus of “Libraries Rock” was music and programs were presented on different genres of music.

“The summer library program is designed to keep kids reading and more than 560 books were read by kids of all ages.”

Amlong said “Tupper” has activities and events planned for children and adults throughout the year.

“‘Growing Words’ is for anyone who has as interest words, whether reading or writing,” Amlong said. “Larry McLeod and Ed Hicks lead the group and there is a special focus on poetry.”

“Growing Words” meets at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of the month.

“Friends of the Library” is a fast-growing group and membership is free. The next meeting of “Friends” will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14.

Darell Kennedy of the Eternal Happiness Foundation was acknowledged for his interest in the city’s youth and his efforts to make  Brundidge a more beautiful city.

Kennedy said plans for a community-wide trash pickup in the city are being finalized for the Galloway Road and 6th Avenue areas. He thanked Boyd for making a police escort available during the pickup.

“Our Yard of the Month recognition will hopefully encourage property owners to keep their lawns neat and attractive,” Kennedy said. “The ‘Yard of the Month’ recognition for August has been awarded to sisters Jimmie Helen Barrow and Mary Linda Barrow on Galloway Road.”

Boyd expressed appreciation to the Eternal Happiness Foundation for it interest in the community.

In council business, Boyd said that Katherine Flowers has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the Brundidge Housing Board.

Council Member Margaret Ross, District 3, alerted the council to the need for the dead trees along Mims Creek in the Caldwell Subdivision to be taken down. The trees are the culprits in electric outages during inclement weather, Ross said.

Boyd said she was in the Mims Creeks area last week to see what could be done to get the trees down.

Jeffery Baker inquired about the renovation of the former BB&T building for use as city hall. Boyd said the renovation should be completed by the spring of 2019.

Baker also asked if improvements were being made to the walking trail at Ramage Park and if a gazebo was planned for the park. The answer to both was affirmative.

Annette Bryan, a resident of Hin-Wal Circle said gas has been siphoned from her car on two different occasions. Attempts to siphon gas from a neighbor’s car were unsuccessful, so the car window was broken and car contents were stolen.

Bryan said it would be a deterrent to such acts if the residential areas were patrolled often by the Brundidge Police Department.

The Brundidge City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.