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    City of Headland

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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

    headland official seal 200x200  

    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

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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.



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On Friday, February 12th, 2010, snow blanketed the City of Headland giving us scenery you would expect more in Vermont than in Alabama. Schools closed - A Real Snow Day! Naturally, kids are enjoying snow fights on the Town Square. Citizens rolling snow and building snowmen all over the city. A carpet of snow everywhere but too late for a White Christmas! Better luck next year.

Photos by Luke Douglas.

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The public has been invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting for the Henry County Annex of the Alabama Aviation College at the Headland Municipal Airport on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 am. Lunch will be provided for all those in attendance.




2009-11-AG-Troy-King-Presents-Dwight-Grooms-Officer-of-the-YearCorporal Dwight Grooms of the Headland Police Department has been chosen as the Alabama Statewide Officer of the Year for his actions on April 24, 2009 in southern Henry County just east of Headland. Cpl Grooms was nominated for the award by Headland Police Chief Mark Jones for what he states was heroic and professional behavior during a shootout that left Officer Dexter Hammon dead and Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Ted Yost critically injured after Fred Davis opened fire on the officers in the Granberry Crossing Community.

“I thought about getting out, but I told my wife Dexter died for me,” Grooms said. “I got to thinking Dexter wouldn’t quit if I got killed. I’d rather have Dexter back than all the awards in the world.”

Dwight_GroomLinks to related articles:

Dothan Eagle

Montgomery Advertiser

Dothan First - WDHN

WTVY News 4

Headland Farmers Market on the Town SquareThe Farmers Market on the Town Square in Headland, Alabama will be open from 8am-12pm each Saturday until November 28th. Read on for pictures of what local growers and vendors are selling to the general public.

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Governor Bob RileyGov. Bob Riley has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants for improvement projects in Ozark, Headland and Cottonwood. Riley awarded a $500,000 grant to Headland and a $399,586 grant to Cottonwood to improve sewer systems in those towns. A $488,476 grant to Ozark will fund a plan to revitalize one of the city’s main corridors. The three grants are part of the Community Development Block Grant program.

“In today’s difficult economy, there are many vital projects that local governments are unable to undertake without assistance,” Riley said. “I am pleased we are able to help these cities improve the quality of life for residents.”

Headland will replace a sewer line and pumping station serving about 735 households in the city’s central and north sections. Broken clay sewer lines and an undersized, outdated pumping system have contributed to sewage backup in the neighborhood, especially during heavy rains. Local funding of $141,946 has been pledged for the project.

2009_09_26_Farmers_Market_HCoC_Pres_Chuck_Lueck_Welcomes_AttendeesA lot of work by a lot of people paid off Saturday morning as Headland first ever farmers’ market brought praise from organizers, vendors and attendees alike. “We were thrilled,” Amanda Mueller, farmers’ market chairman, said Monday morning. “It was a great event.”

Mrs. Mueller said she was told the event ranked as high as similar markets in Auburn and Dothan. “Overall, it was just fabulous… a huge success. We hope the vendors were happy.”

While saying the organizers would understand if there would be somewhat of a letdown following the first event, Mrs. Mueller promised work would continue to make sure Saturday’s level of excitement remains. “We will be rotating vendors to keep the products fresh,” she said. “We also will operate on Harvest Day and we have special Halloween events set.”

From the left are Councilmen John Glover, Benton Beasley and John Mellown, Mayor Ray Marler, Hammond's widow Chrissy, Councilman Jody Singleton, and Headland Police Chief Mark Jones.

The cabinet stands silent in the corner of Headland City Hall. But it holds items that speak loud and clear as to the importance of Investigator Dexter Hammond to the Headland Police Department, and the void his passing leaves.

Hammond died of a gunshot wound April 24 while answering a call, the first officer in the city’s history to do so. Since then, his friends and fellow Headland officers have been working hard to keep his memory alive, last week dedicating a memorial containing certificates, medals, a plaque, bracelets, a “Fallen Hero” American flag, and a Gold Bond powder bottle.

“Today is a special day for us,” Headland Police Chief Mark Jones said, calling the memorial “not a reminder of the tragedy, but the love Officer Dexter Hammond had for his job and the people of this community. He was one of our family… a true friend… a brother.”

Jones presented Hammond’s widow, Chrissy, with the contents of the cabinet. “We want to thank you for the sacrifices you and your family made. We will always be grateful.”

Sidewalk ProjectIn an effort to formulate a uniform plan for the city's future, the Headland City Council recently contracted with the KPS Group of Birmingham to devise a comprehensive plan for growth. A number of public meetings have already been held and more are scheduled, but KPS last week forwarded chapters one and two of the plan to the city. The public is invited to study the document and comment to the council at a regularly scheduled meeting or at the next public meeting with KPS. That time will be posed on this site and in local newspapers.

Comprehensive Plan - Chapters 1-4

2009 Daylily Festival - May 30, 2009Fans of the day lily gathered on the square in Headland Saturday for the city’s annual Daylily Festival. There was plenty to see and do with flowers available for judging and for purchase. Local queens added to the beauty of the day and there were also refreshments and t-shirts for purchase.

Dexter Hammond is a hero. He was 38 years old when he paid the ultimate price on Friday, April 24, 2009. The 16-year veteran ex-police chief, husband, father, son and friend was laid to rest on April 28, 2009. The event was witnessed by a crowd of over 1,000 people including about 400 police officers.

Officer Hammond was born in Troy. He was a 16-year veteran police officer and owned and operated Hammond’s Tae Kwon Do in Eufaula for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, Chrissy, and a son, Cody. His parents are Stan Hammond and Scarlet Driggers Hammond of Dothan.

Hammond was a former Baker Hill and Eufaula policeman who joined the Headland force in December. By all accounts, he was a top officer who loved his family and his Harley.

“He was fun-loving,” said Headland investigator Scott Langley.”He was one of those officers who would help in any kind of way.”

Headland Police Chaplain Andy Bryan says Hammond was one of the best.

“He was one of the greatest officers we ever had. He was very considerate and he loved his little boy.”