Our Opinion: Community continues to prosper

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 1, 2008

In the news last week, good news for Demopolis and Marengo County was reported including improvements to education, industry expansion, awards and accomplishments, downtown facelift and a safe pilot.

Emergency Landing

Yes, you read that correctly. Good news was reported when a Mobile pilot made an emergency landing on South Maria Avenue in Demopolis Tuesday afternoon.

Classroom addition

The Demopolis City Schools will add six new classrooms, two for the Demopolis Middle School and four for the high school. The classes will be used for math, reading, language arts and science.

Industry expansion

The importance of growth and jobs was the topic of discussion during a special visit from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala, as he toured the Foster Farms Demopolis factory last week. The company, which began its East-coast operations in Demopolis in 1996, recently completed a $10 million expansion that included a blending operation, oven, spiral freezer and fryer.

Honor

Linden Police Officer Ronald Bright received the WAKA Channel 8 Serve and Protect award for the month of April for his efforts in stopping a potentially dangerous person during a routine traffic stop.

Downtown Facelift

Repairs to the exterior of the Demopolis Public Library are near completion after more than one year of waiting to find matching brick to replace that, which was damaged during a February 2007 accident.