The largest holiday light display in Marshall County, Arab’s Christmas in the Park, will open the day after Christmas.

The Mountain Lakes Tourism Association out of Decatur sent out a story about the event this week. Here’s what it said:

The City of Arab kicks off the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving when Arab City Park is transformed into Christmas in the Park, a festive and over-the-top display of merriment and holiday splendor. More than two million lights will illuminate the night sky and decorations galore will line the sidewalks for five weeks, beginning November 23rd and ending December 31st. The holiday lights are on from dusk until 9:30 p.m., weather-permitting. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

Each year, the North Alabama town welcomes thousands of visitors who come to stroll through the magical wonderland filled with family photo opportunities at every turn. The event kicks off on Nov 23rd at 6 p.m. with the annual lighting ceremony. Musical entertainment will be provided by Arab High School Jazz Band who will be playing everyone’s favorite Christmas carols and medleys.

Santa in the Park adds to the excitement when the Arab Historic Village, adjacent to the Arab City Park, is transformed into Santa’s Village. As festivalgoers make their way around, a variety of activities will keep everyone entertained. Stop by the gristmill and pick up food for the reindeer, watch as the blacksmith makes reindeer shoes at his shop, visit with Santa Claus, decorate fun holiday cookies and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. All historic buildings will be open and adorned with festive Christmas decorations. Local musicians and carolers will line the sidewalks and add to the magic by singing a cappella renditions of traditional holiday music. Plenty of photo opportunities will be available to capture the holiday spirit. Hours for Santa in the Park are 6 to 9 p.m. (weather-permitting) beginning Nov. 23-24, and continuing Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 21-22. Admission for Santa in the Park is $5 per person, but not more than $20 per family. Children under 2 are admitted free.

Arab City Park is located at 844 Shoal Creek Trail Northeast in Downtown Arab. For more information and a schedule of entertainment for Christmas in the Park, visit or call the Arab Parks and Recreation Department at 256.586.6793.

Boaz Adds SRO

The city of Boaz is joining a list of schools adding school resource officers to their schools, according to WAFF, The Advertiser-Gleam’s news partner.

The Boaz City Council Monday night approved one more school resource officer for the Boaz city schools.

Guntersville, Jackson County and DeKalb County re other school districts that have recently added SROs.

But the officers in Boaz are going to be getting extra hours for additional details.

The Boaz City Council approved a measure to add an additional school resource officer. Once hired, the school system will have an SRO at the high school, middle school, intermediate school, with the remaining officer swapping time between the two elementary schools.

The city is expected to pay half the cost with the school system paying the other.

But these officers will be getting some extra duty. Seventy hours will be added to each officers yearly pay for extra details.

“The reason that came about was to get the SRO’s involved in events after hours if they have fall festivals or things like that at the school they want the SRO’s to be there because they’re already interacting with the kids and they’re already building that trust,” said Police Chief Josh Gaskin.

Gaskin says they plan to hire the new SRO as soon as possible.

Arrested in Etowah

An Albertville man was among 4 people arrested in Etowah County on drug trafficking charges.

The Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at a Gadsden hotel room. The search warrant was based upon narcotics found when Gadsden Police Department officers responded to the hotel room for an overdose.

During the search, agents recovered approximately 30 grams of suspected heroin, 39 grams of methamphetamine, hydrocodone, salvia, 4 grams of suspected marijuana, a loaded handgun, suspected drug paraphernalia, $1,477 in US currency, and suspected stolen property.

Courtney Brooke Dildy, 29, of Gadsden; Kristen Lashea Strawn, 29, of Glencoe; Justine Alyssa McAllister, 24, of Gadsden; and Justin Keith Threlkeld, 25, of Albertville, were charged with drug trafficking-heroin, drug trafficking-methamphetamine, possession of marijuana 1st degree, possession of certain chemical compounds, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a pistol by a violent felon.

They were taken to the Etowah County Detention Center, where they were being held on $100,000 bond each.

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