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    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

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    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

  • headland official seal 200x200

    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

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    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

  • headland official seal 200x200

    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

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    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

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While the amount of sleep Headland firemen get certainly varies, the quality won't. Sealy Mattress and Mattress U.S.A. donated six sets of mattresses and box springs to the Headland Fire Department March 26. "It means so much to us to be a part of the Headland community," said Mattress U.S.A. owner Dan Corley, explaining he lives in Henry County and his family has roots that run deep here.

Twenty three East Alabama High School Bass teams competed in the first tournament of the year this past Saturday at Lake Martin. The Headland Bass Team of Cole Burdeshaw and Jacob Hartzog held off the field taking first place with a 5 fish limit and a winning weight of 7 lbs 8 oz. The team of Peyton McCord and Zach Buchanan finished strong as well taking 11th with just a little over a 1 lb for Headland.

Archer Daniels Midland, parent company of Golden Peanut, presented a grant from its "ADM Cares" program to the Headland Fire Department during Tuesday's council meeting. The funding will go toward an extrication tool to help in entering buildings and vehicles. With Mayor Ray Marler looking on, the presentation was made. On hand were, from the left, HFD's Tony Wilkerson, Golden's Greg Tate, HFD's T.J. Williams and Golden Headland Manager Kent Whiddon.

Michael Roland was sworn in as Headland City Councilman for District 3 last Thursday afternoon. Judge Derek Peterson officiated over the ceremony in the council chambers. Roland will be completing the remaining term of Councilman John Mellown, who recently moved out of the district. Joining the new councilman were his wife, Kim, and sons Jake, Max and Ryan.

To show appreciation to the city council for its support, the Headland Library Board treated the group to dinner in the library conference room. Chicken and rice, green beans, a salad and dessert were on the menu and the council members were all smiles as they prepared to go into the city council meeting that followed.

Jan 21, 2014 - John Mellown presented with a certificate of appreciation from Headland Mayor Ray MarlerDue to his moving from the district he represents, John Mellown attended his last Headland City Council meeting Jan. 21. The council honored him with a certificate of appreciation for his years of service to District 3 and the city of Headland. Mayor Ray Marler made the presentation.

2014-30-yr-reunion-hhs-rams-basketball-state-champsMembers of the Alabama State Champion Headland Rams Basketball Team gathered Friday night for a 30-year reunion and recognition during the games in Smith Gym. The team worked to achieve a 34-2 record which remains one of the best seasons ever at HHS. They were treated to a barbecue meal in the HHS Library prior to the games. Seated with the championship trophy are Headland Coach Steve Williams, left, and Assistant Coach Al Griffin. Back, from the left, are Manager John Gamble, Bobby Joe Jackson, Travis Reeves, Tracy Jones, and Manager Joey Hodges. Other team members were Bobby Ray Norton, James Acey King, Craig Adams, Kelvin Brown, William Walker, Keith Thornton, Kenneth Morris, Greg Stovall, Curtis Brown and Manager Mark Watson.

2013-headland-christmas-tree-lighting-06The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting was held Thursday, December 12th on the Town Square in Headland. Mayor Ray Marler welcomed a huge crowd to the ceremonies, Sid Brannon was a guest speaker, various local queens brought beauty to the event and members of the Headland High School band entertained. It was a glorious event! Read on for more photos!

The long-awaited paving of South Main Street in Headland is inching closer to reality. The city council Tuesday approved a resolution for an agreement with the state for the job.

The resolution involves 1.403 miles of paving from the bridge at the south end of the street to King Street. Contracts are set to be let on Dec. 15, with $675,000 allocated for the work. The current four-lane street is scheduled to be narrowed to two for vehicle traffic, with outer walking/bicycle lanes taking up the remainder of the space. It has been an effort of Mayor Ray Marler since his election and he expressed pride Tuesday that its beginning of the project is finally here.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Headland. Christmas lights are going up around the square. A new Christmas tree has been planted. And a list of Christmas activities is out.

Rhonda Harrison of the Headland Chamber of Commerce recently told the city council the annual Christmas Parade is set for Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. The parade will follow the usual route, beginning at Douglas Park and traveling down East Church, around the square and down South Main to King.

2013-burdeshaw-center-thanksgiving-dinner-04The City of Headland celebrated the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with a dinner in the Burdeshaw-Solomon Senior Center Nov. 19. City employees, elected city officials and guests feasted on ham,  chicken, dressing, casseroles, pies, cakes and other items. The event has become a favorite of employees over the past few years and one long-anticipated.

2013-11-20-Joyce-Simmons-with-new-xmas-treeChristmas is on the way and the City of Headland is starting a new Christmas tradition. A new tree has been planted on the square, replacing old beloved tree which had to be removed due to disease. It is hoped the young tree will soon be well on its way to becoming a highlight of the square. Showing off the tree was Beautification Director Joyce Simmons.

2013-satsumas-dallas-hartzogReadying for a busy Saturday - While it was quiet last Thursday afternoon, Dallas Hartzog and his family are preparing for an extremely busy Saturday. The family will hold its annual satsuma sale, and this year's crop is promising to be a good one. The sale starts at 6 a.m., so get there early.
A once popular crop few know was ever popular in the Wiregrass is making quite a comeback. Here comes the satsuma!

One might be excused for thinking satsumas are new to the area, but nothing could be farther from the truth. "We're actually bringing back an old crop from the late 1800s until about 1952," said Dallas Hartzog, former peanut specialist at Auburn's Wiregrass Experiment Station in Headland and now a satsuma grower. "There are numerous newspaper accounts of satsumas being shipped from this part of the world up north."

Satsumas, Hartzog said, once ranged from Texas to the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama and into Georgia. Then came a few years of bad weather. While the fruit will weather temperatures to about 23 degrees, single digit winters in the 1930s and 1940s "gradually made it unprofitable to grow satsumas in this part of the world."

halloween-screamThe Annual Halloween Scream was held on the town square Thursday, Oct. 31st with hundreds of creepy ghosts, goblins, princesses, witches, and just about every other costume you can imagine.  There were booths of treats, hayrides and other activities.  Halloween Scream is about kids having fun in a safe environment.  It was a blast! Read more for a gallery!

The 2013 HHS Homecoming Parade was held Thursday, October 24th!

2013 - 42nd Annual Harvest Day Festival2013 - 42nd Annual Harvest Day FestivalThe 42nd Harvest Day Festival was held on the Town Square in Headland on Saturday, Oct. 12th.  Thousands of citizens and visitors enjoyed a beautiful day with rides for the kiddies, entertainment throughout the day, a wide variety of foods as well as treats, as well as dozens of booths displaying a wide variety of arts and crafts The Festival is sponsored by the Headland Chamber of Commerce.

2013-tom-mokryzcki-retirement-01A retirement luncheon was held last week for Tom Mokryzci who wa a dispatcher for the City of Headland for over twenty years. Thanks for your service and we will miss you!

2013-tom-mokryzcki-retirement-01A retirement luncheon was held last week for Tom Mokryzci who wa a dispatcher for the City of Headland for over twenty years. Thanks for your service and we will miss you!

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Congratulations to the Headland Dixie Youth Majors team on winning the 2013 Alabama Dixie Youth Majors State Title at Douglas park on Thursday, July 25th.  Headland finished 2nd the past two years and became the first host team to win a Dixie Youth Majors state tournament since Pelham did it in 1991.  Best of luck at the Dixie Youth World Series in Laurel, Mississippi next week against the Virginia State Champions.

pdf_icon_very_smallRead Dothan Eagle article "Dixie Youth Majors: Headland wins its first state title"


pdf_icon_very_smallRead Dothan Eagle article "Headland Hits A Homer as Tournament Host"

squaretalesSquare Tales is a collection of stories about growing up in a small southern town during the 1950s and 1960s. Most chapters were taken from the author's column for a local newspaper, Memories from Main Street. The book shows us how drastically life has changed from the simple, quiet rhythms of the past to the frenetic demands of life in the computer age.  To order, click the image of the book!

About the Author:
Gary Lloyd Smith was born in Headland, Alabama, in 1947. After graduating from Headland High School, he attended Wallace College, Troy University and served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Smith was engaged in real estate development and restoration for many years and authored, Look! There's Your House, published by Llumina Press in 2009. His love of the past prompted the writing of this book.

St Jude 5K Run / WalkThe inaugural St. Jude 5K Run and Walk was conducted on Saturday, March 12th with start and end on the Town Square in Headland, Alabama. We had a great turn out for our first year with a total of 62 participants. More than $2000 has been collected to date with more to be collected from sponsors that made pledges.