Munford Council appoints new municipal judge
by Shane Dunaway
Dec 04, 2013 | 749 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Munford Town Council unanimously approved a motion by Councilman Shane Turner to appoint attorney Chad Woodruff as the town’s new municipal judge during a meeting Tuesday.

A Talladega High School graduate, Woodruff fills the position formerly held by Judge Larry Ward, who retired in November.

“I think he’s going to do well for us,” Turner said. “We’ve called him and asked him questions before. He’d answer anything we’d have to say. He’s going to help us out with things we may not even know about.”

Woodruff’s first official court session will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 21.

The council also received updates on the progress of the “Stuff for Santa” fundraiser coordinated by recreation board member Deonne Clark.

“We’re going to be able to let the kids play there and throw them a little party,” Clark said. “April’s Gym is actually going to be the ones to help take care of the kids while we work on the behind-the-scenes stuff.”

Becky Moore, a contributor with the fundraiser, said the annual children’s gift drive is still accepting donations at multiple locations in Munford, including Jack’s, Big Daddy’s Barbecue, Munford Town Hall, Munford Public Library and the Munford Branch of the First National Bank of Talladega.

“We’re doing really well,” Moore said. “I started shopping last night, and believe it or not, bought 10 complete outfits for these kids for less than $40. We’re looking for toys that do not run off batteries or have to be plugged (into an outlet). We want old-fashioned toys because these people are in bad shape and can’t afford the batteries for these toys. Why give them something they can only play with until it runs down.

“We’re giving them clothes,” Moore added. “We’re going to work with Hope House again to get them some coats. We’re getting them a pair of shoes. We’re doing stockings and of course, getting toys for the kids. We’d like to get them two outfits apiece.”

Moore said material goods aren’t the only items people can donate.

“We would love to be able to give the families some food, so bring a couple cans in if you’re bringing in toys (or other donations),” Moore said. “If you can’t afford a toy — because you know toys are high (in cost) — just bring in some canned goods and we’ll separate them to see if we can get these families some food, too.”

Mayor David Dabbs did not attend the meeting due to illness.

In other business,:

• The council unanimously approved the Nov. 5 meeting minutes.

• Councilman Lee Garrison submitted financial reports for the months of October and November. The council voted 5-0 to approve the reports.

• Clark announced youth basketball sign-ups are currently ongoing with a draft to be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday. She added information regarding baseball and softball programs will be available at the end of the month.

• Clark announced the $10,000 reverse drawing benefit banquet has been rescheduled for Feb. 22 at a time to be determined.

• Munford’s Community Center will host a blood drive for Emma Mitchell Dec. 17. No start time was announced.

• Library board representative Jennie Trickett delivered the board’s monthly report, noting there were 585 customers, 398 books checked out, 62 serials checked out, 201 computer users and 13 new library card holders.

• Munford Public Library hosts its “Patron Appreciation Day” Tuesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 256-358-3600.

• Turner announced the senior center will host a Christmas party Dec. 20.

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