Growing up in the “Home o’ Gomer” Sylacauga​.

December 1, 2017

By Jim Zeigler

Sylacauga, Alabama’s own Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) has died at 87.

People who hear that I grew up in Sylacauga sometimes ask if I knew Jim Nabors growing up. For you yutes too young to remember, Jim Nabors was a nightclub singer who then became famous as Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show and, later on his own show, Gomer Pyle, USMC. He can sing like the voice of God in a deep, operatic presentation that is just the opposite of his high-pitched Gomer Pyle voice. “Shame, shame, shame.” “Surprise, surprise, surprise.” “Judy, Judy, Judy.” “Citizen’s arayest. Citizen’s arayest.” “Well, goooooooool-lee.”

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Perdue Wants to Talks to People Across the State About Mental Health

June 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 2, Alabama Mental Health Commissioner Jim Perdue (R) was in Sylacauga for the first of a planned eighteen town hall meetings

Commissioner Perdue told the estimated crowd of 70 gathered at the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce, “I want to talk to people across the state about mental health.”

Perdue said that historically Alabama liked to lock up its’ mental patients. Bryce hospital in 1971 had over 5000 residents, Partlow had over 3000, and there were other hospitals and development centers all over the State.
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Perdue Approves Merger of Cheaha Mental Health Centers and AltaPointe Health System

June 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 2, Alabama Department of Mental Health Commissioner Jim Perdue (R) was in Sylacauga for the first of an anticipated eighteen town hall meetings across Alabama about the State of mental health services in Alabama. Commissioner Perdue also had a local issue to deal with in deciding on whether or not to allow the Cheaha Mental Health Centers (which serves Talladega, Coosa, Randolph, and Clay Counties) with the AltaPointe Health System. The opposition to the proposed merger had faded away so Perdue announced that he would sign for the two mental health service providers to merge, a move that was supported by most members of the area’s legislative delegation.
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Innocence Inquiry Commission Moves to House

April 12, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—State Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) is working to move his historic legislation forward to establish an Alabama Innocence Inquiry Commission.

An Innocence Inquiry Commission will hear a deathrow inmate’s case in lieu of a lengthy and costly appeals process, if there “…is physical evidence that can prove actual innocence, not just reasonable doubt, but actual innocence,” said Brewbaker.

The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Brewbaker says he has made a request for a public hearing and is waiting for a response.
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Law & Order Star’s Video on Death Row Inmate: Must See 10 Minutes

February 10, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—For over two decades, William “Billy” Kuenzel has occupied a 8×5 cell on Alabama’s death row awaiting execution. Evidence withheld by prosecutors in his 1988 trial to came to light in 2010, showing Kuenzel did not murder Linda Jean Offord.

On the night of November 9, 1987, in Sylacauga, Offord, a mother of three, working the night shift at a convenience store, was murdered in the course of a robbery. “Billy” Kuenzel was charged with the crime. The case relied almost exclusively on the testimony of Harvey Venn, an alleged accomplice who received a reduced sentence for his testimony against Kuenzel.
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