An Albertville police officer was sent to Huntsville Hospital on a “precautionary stay” after a collision on U.S. Highway 431 last week, according to The Sand Mountain Reporter.

Albertville Police Chief Jamie Smith confirmed that just before 6 a.m., an officer was involved in a car wreck on U.S. 431.

“He was traveling south on Highway 431 in the left lane,” Smith said. “From what I understand, another vehicle attempted to change lanes and clipped the front of his police Tahoe. In an attempt to avoid the collision, the officer dodged to the left and got into the median where he lost control in the grass. His momentum carried him across the northbound lanes and off the outside shoulder of the roadway where his vehicle flipped down an embankment and came to rest on its roof in a creek.”

The officer was transported to Huntsville Hospital for his injuries, which Smith said, as of 5 p.m. Thursday, were “not believed to be serious.” Smith said the officer was admitted for an overnight stay just as a precaution.

“He is banged up and has some stitches and most likely a concussion, but he is very fortunate that it was not any worse,” Smith said.

Smith said the Alabama State Troopers are investigating the accident.

School Name

The Albertville City Schools Board has approved changing the name of Evans Elementary School to Albertville Intermediate School on Evans Campus.

Effective July 1, the school will have a name that clearly indicates its Albertville identity, according to Superintendent Boyd English. He said when students are outside the city for sports, academic events and traveling for other school-related events, others don’t always realize that Evans Elementary School is in Albertville.

Continuing to honor the Evans family was a top priority, English said. Since the Evans family donated the property the school sits on today, he said it was important to the Board to keep the Evans name in the title.

“We always want to consider the community, and we did reach out to the Evans family,” he said. “We still want to show that we are grateful for their generous donation.”

In July 2019, the Board approved to change the name of Big Spring Lake Kindergarten to Albertville Kindergarten and Pre-K for the same reason. The Board has had a goal to “bring every school into the Albertville brand.”

“We’re lucky enough to have competitions all over the state,” English said, after approving the name change in 2019. “At the competitions, we don’t want people guessing where our school is from. We want them to see the Albertville name and realize what a great school system we have.”

Graduates Berea

Emily Young of Boaz received a Bachelor of Arts from Berea College conferred on December 20, 2019.

Berea College's Recognition Ceremony for Mid-Year Graduates was held Sunday, Dec. 8, in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Jim Branscome, retired managing director for investment analysis of Standard & Poor's (S&P), addressed the seniors who completed their degree requirements at the end of this term. Berea College graduates represent 14 states and 10 other countries.

Berea, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor, and service. Supported by Berea's No-Tuition Promise, Berea College admits only academically promising students with limited economic resources, primarily from Appalachia. All students must work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, room and board. The College's motto "God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth," speaks to its inclusive character, and the quality of its programs ensures that graduates from Berea go on to distinguish themselves and the College in many fields.

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