Hanceville Council Meets; Civitan Club Awards Essay Contest Winners, Mother Angelica’s Memorial Week and a Fish-O-Rama

Sharon Schuler Kreps

Seen in photo, from left to right: Brenda Carter, Civitan Club; Abi Long, 1st Place Sr. High Winner and 3rd Place District Contest and Mayor Kenneth Nail.


HANCEVILLE – The Hanceville City Council gathered for a regular meeting on Thursday night, and the spotlight was on the winners of the Hanceville Civitan Club’s essay contest.

After all housekeeping items were taken care of, Hanceville Civitan Club’s Brenda Carter announced the Junior and Senior High School essay contest winners. Seventh-grader Izayah Glenon and ninth-grader Abi Long took home the honors. Long also placed third in the district contest, out of 19 entrants.

The theme for this year’s essays was “I am the key to serving my community.” Both Glenon and Long read their essays to the council members and meeting attendees.

First place winners at the local Civitan Club level receive $75, second $50 and third $25.  Because Abi also won third place at district level, she will receive an additional $50.

Complete list of junior high winners:

  • 1st Place- Izayah Glenon
  • 2nd Place- William Lesnasky
  • 3rd Place- Katelyn Miller
  • Honorable Mention- Haley Thrasher

Complete list of senior high winners:

  • 1st Place- Abi Long
  • 2nd Place- Hannah Summer
  • 3rd Place-  K.J. Johnson
  • Honorable Mentions- Tess Brown and Morgan Yglesias

In new business, the Hanceville Fire Department purchased new air packs, and the council spoke about getting rid of the older, surplus packs, which are valued at $43,750. A motion was made and approved to place the packs on www.govdeals.com with a reserve value of $38,000.

The 2016 Hanceville Spring Clean-Up will be held May 2-6.

In old business, Mayor Kenneth Nail spoke up first about the invoice from AT&T that was discussed last month. The bill was to repair a line that the mayor cut accidentally earlier in the year while using heavy equipment to work on a ditch project along U.S. Highway 31.

“First off, I would like to clear up some inaccurate reporting from the Cullman Times. We were never charged $210,000 for the fiber optic cables. I don’t know where the Cullman Times got that,” said Nail. “Anyway, it was $10,000, which was waived. We didn’t have to pay that. The last bill we got from AT&T was for $6,000. Insurance said they would cover it; we may have to pay the $1,000 deductible.”

Hanceville Police Chief Bob Long spoke about law enforcement coverage during the week of Mother Angelica’s death and funeral.

“With Mother Angelica’s passing, if you were in town you would have seen over 100 staff law enforcement personnel from Hanceville to Cullman City, Cullman County, state troopers from Blount County, Marshall County, Etowah County and EMA; I know there were 110 on the email list. They were here all week. We expected a huge amount of people; I think we estimated about 2,500 to 3,000 here for the funeral and probably a couple thousand each of the last couple days before that.

“We have been planning for this for the past five years, probably longer,” Long continued. “Everything went really smooth. The weather wasn’t the most cooperative for us, but as a whole, Hanceville and Alabama was (sic) televised worldwide and I just thought everything went really smooth. I would like to thank everybody who participated in the event. The cooperation was statewide and wonderful.”

The 2016 Hanceville Fish-O-Rama is coming up. The Kid’s Fish-O-Rama will be April 30 and the Senior Citizen’s Fish-O-Rama will be May 6. The fishing pond will be stocked as soon as the fish come in. Members of the city council, as well as all in attendance, donated money to pay for the fish.

The next Hanceville City Council meeting will be April 28 at 7 p.m. The next downtown (Main Street/ Historic Downtown Hanceville Revitalization) meeting will be May 10 at 6 p.m.