Community Watch

Alder Springs Community is reactivating!

Following a few highly publicized and attended meetings to discuss the increasing drug and crime problems in our area, the Community Association has begun meeting again on a regular basis at the Community Center, located at 5867 Hustleville Road, on the third Monday of every month.

Officers including Jackie Riddle, president; Sheila Banks, vice-president; Beverly Lang, secretary; Sherry Richards, treasurer; and Nita Banks, Community Watch Block Captain, have been holding meetings to get everyone organized and get the Neighborhood Watch patrols started again.

At our last meeting, Lauryn Waldon with the Sheriff’s Department spoke to us about the progress the Sheriff’s Department is making with staffing, jail repairs, and equipment needs. She shared about the Everbridge weather alert system that will send alerts from EMA.

A tip line has now been established where people can anonymously report suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Department. That number is 256-571-7851. Report, report, report!

Progress is being made in our community! Community Watch signs have gone up around the community and neighbors are being encouraged to come out and meet each other.

The Community Center is undergoing some renovations with the help of Jackie Riddle and Tony Helton, who have been working on the building maintenance and electrical/lighting. Marie and Bill Mills jumped in to pressure wash and clean up the area and Marc Whelan painted the outside of the building. Robert Bodine did some sprucing up with the landscaping, while Beverly and Roger Lang fixed and repainted the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and Ray Uptagraft worked on the plumbing. Chris Ford and Tim Smith painted in the kitchen and hallways, while Jeff Benson painted the doors and worked on the porch area.

Thanks so much to everyone who has helped so far. We also have a new sign for the building. We still need some help as we try to make some roofing repairs and finish painting and repairing the interior to make the facility a great place for our community meetings and events so anyone wanting to help out, please reach out to us on our Facebook page (Alder Springs Community Association and Community Watch) or by contacting a member. Anyone in the community is welcome.

Besides reactivating the community watch and making the building available for the community and events, we are looking to host some special events and want to get everyone involved. We had a concert this month and have discussed other concerts, arts and crafts classes, Girls' Night Out, self-defense class, home-made ice cream social, spaghetti dinner, line dancing, vendor markets, and carnivals. We have also discussed a possible playground and a storm shelter. Lots of ideas, lots of fun, and lots of work are ahead and we need your help to make it happen! Alder Springs community – come on out to the next community meeting on June 17 at 7 p.m. and find out what we are up to next.

Other News

School is out for summer! Our kids will likely be out and about headed to the creek, riding around, and such. Be careful.

Speaking of heading out to the creek, please do not park in the roads or curves making travel dangerous. Remember, cars can be towed if left in unsafe and unauthorized places.

Congratulations Ryan Battles, Hunter Jones, and Jessica Williams on high school graduation.

Congratulations Buddy and Renona McCullars on celebrating their 36th anniversary!

Corinth Baptist Church just voted in a new pastor. Bro. David Beck and his wife Elaine will be welcomed soon. Vacation Bible School is up next and will run July 22-26.

Thanks to Gary Lyle, Little Randall Banks, Buddy McCullars, Paul Dean, and Junior Kitchens for helping out in the community garden. It’s looking great!

Community Church Service will be June 30th at the Community Center.

Thank you, District 4 Commissioner, Joey Baker, for all the paving and pot-hole filling. It is greatly improving the rides through our community.

Several members of the Alder Springs Volunteer Fire Department have been attending classes to improve their skills and ability to help the community. In May, sirens recognized International Firefighters Day. Starting in June, the Fire Department will be installing smoke detectors for anyone in the community interested. To request a smoke detector and installation, text or call 256-894-3473.

Upcoming Events

Fire Department installing smoke detectors – June

June 15 at 6 p.m. at Asbury Softball field – Meet and greet for a FREE Summer baseball/softball camp which will run until July 15. (Not just for Asbury students). The camp will be 3 days a week from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Community Association meeting – June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center on Hustleville Road.

Community Church Service – June 30 at the Community Center.

Corinth Baptist Vacation Bible School – July 22-26

August 24 - Pickers Concert at the Community Center

September 14 – Fire Department BBQ

October 8 – Section 8 concert and car show.

If you have any community news to share, please send the info to kathleenrice86@yahoo.com or text to 256-960-7640.

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