The 2014 Dixie Youth State Tournament got underway with special ceremonies Friday night. The reigning champion, Headland, arrived in style aboard a city fire truck. Lights were flashing and sirens blaring to let everyone at Douglas Park the top team from last year was on its way. Headland’s first game was Sunday afternoon and it was a good start to the title defense as the local players beat Beauregard 1-0 in a great pitching and defensive effort by both teams.
The City of Headland has moved it's administrative offices to the new Headland Municipal Complex located at 25 Grove Street. This facility will house offices for the Mayor, City Clerk, Water / Wastewater Department, Street Department, E-911, city administrative assistants and the Headland Chamber of Commerce. The former City Hall is now the Judicial Building housing the Police Department, City Court Magistrate, City Court and Council Meeting chamber. Read on to view photos!
Though construction has already begun, the official journey of Headland's new Wal-Mart Express began last Friday with ceremonies at the site.
Headland Mayor Ray Marler and Henry County Probate Judge/Commission Chairman David Money, wielding golden shovels, broke ground on the project. They were joined by a group of area Wal-Mart managers and Headland officials.
Both Marler and Money shared their excitement about the new addition to the local economy. They thanked Wal-Mart for having faith in Headland and Henry County, saying presence of such a quality company would be a boon to the economy and job market.
"The store is going to employ 20-25," said Wal-Mart Marketing Assistant Carolyn Broadwater. "It will have a pharmacy, gas station, and a selection of groceries and general merchandise. This is going to be a good thing for the city. It's going to generate tax dollars for the county and the city."
Though announcements have been made by other local cities of Wal-Mart Express locations coming, Ms. Broadwater emphasized the Headland store would be "the first Wal-Mart Express in the state of Alabama to be opening." A target date of late September-early October has been set.
This year’s growing season is underway and local shoppers like Pat Rister, right, began benefitting from the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables Friday as the Headland Farmers Marker kicked off its series of appearances on the square. With the oaks providing plenty of shade, many took advantage of the newly-picked goodies in what has become an anticipated annual tradition. The market is slated to run Fridays from 3-7 p.m. through July 25. For more information, contact the Henry County Extension Service.