Notice to All Residents
A new restaurant which has opened on West Lee Street:
At the August 6 Mobile Country Music Association fundraiser City Councilman Adam Bourne presented a resolution to Nathan Cooper, Jr., Vice-President and MC of Mobile Country Music Association.
July 4th Celebration
Photos by The Call News
Kiwanis Club Luncheon
The afternoon luncheon of the Chickasaw Kiwanis Club on May 16, 2011 was dedicated to presenting our Quarterly Police Award to Sergeant Dennis Sullivan. Chief Mike Reynolds explained how Sullivan started at the bottom over ten years ago and has been instrumental in bringing over a million dollars worth of equipment into the City's fire and police department through grants and military salvage. A Fire/Rescue boat with twin Cummings diesel engines and a Hummer Police vehicle are two of the latest acquisitions. Pictured are President Ervin Dailey and Sergeant Sullivan.
Tuesday May 17, 2011: Workshop Held; Shane Nelson, Speaker
Mayor Pittman invited board members and key stakeholders to City Hall where Motivational Speaker Shane Nelson gave us a look at teamwork and living up to our capabilities as community leaders. Shane comes from Corpus Christi, Texas where he entered the football world at Baylor University, then spent seven years as a middle linebacker with the Buffalo Bills. He often referred to Alabama's Coach Sabin's requirements to form a winning team. Refreshments and group discussions were part of the informative evening. Plans are in the works for a future workshop.
Chickasaw Easter Egg Hunt 2012
Senior Mystery Trip
March 17, 2011: Municipal Dinner at Chickasaw
The Mobile County Municipal Association met Thursday, March 17, 2011, for it's monthly Municipal Dinner. The City Of Chickasaw was the host serving Sonny's Barbeque Pork and Chicken to more than 75 enthusiastic guests from all over the County. The Mobile Department of Health was represented speaking upon the harm of smoking and "second hand" smoke. Superintendent Of Schools, Roy Nichols was on hand to remind us to vote for the continuation of the school tax on March 22. Tom Hayward is shown congratulating Adam Bourne for his fine job as Association President.
February 17, 2011: Municipal Dinner at Bayou La Batre
President of The Municipal Association, Adam Bourne led the meeting featuring speaker Spencer Collier, Homeland Security Chief. Mayor Wright and the city served a great seafood feast enjoyed by everyone. Next Municipal Dinner to be held in Chickasaw on March 17, 2011.
Friday, December 3, 2010, was the official ribbon cutting and welcome to Chickasaw for Charles Saucier and his recently opened Huddle House. Two Councilmen: Ross Naze and Adam Bourne were there to assist Mayor Byron Pittman and Chamber President Tom Hayward in wishing Mr. Saucier much success in his entrepreneurial endeavor. Hayward presented Saucier with a Chamber token of appreciation while restaurant patrons looked on. Also in attendance, but off camera, were Police Chief Mike Reynolds, Maintenance Department Sam Rawls and Code Inspector Carnes Craig. The new restaurant is enjoying great crowds of satisfied customers.
Planning Meeting for Hazard Mitigation Planning in Mobile County
On November 30, 2010, a group of very interested persons attended a planning meeting for hazard mitigation planning in Mobile County. Chickasaw City Hall hosted EMA chief Ronnie Adair along with other officials to review and see two years of planning by the city, committed to preparation for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Very professionally constructed maps and topographical displays indicated wind speeds and courses of past hurricanes and some of the damage inflicted by their presence. All who attended left feeling more secure about the fine work that has been acheived by this ongoing study.
Chickasaw Folks Turn Out For Coastal Clean-Up
On Saturday September 18, 2010, a substantial segment of our proud citizens turned out to tackle Brooks Park and the surrounding waterways for the purpose of eliminating trash and bottles. A great deal of plastic and paper were recovered in the park and everything from a child's full kitchen set to ropes and cans were plucked from the bogue. The waste was recorded, water fully tested and tee-shirts handed out to volunteers. Carnes Craig provided chili-dogs, chips and water to the tired and thirsty.
Tuesday June 22, 2010, BP Meeting
The Chickasaw Industrial Development Board sponsored a meeting with Lt. Commander Phil Snodgras of the Coast Guard to discuss possible ramifications of BP's oil spill reaching the Port Of Chickasaw and the Brooks Park area. The meeting was attended by Port business owners, Representative Randy Davis, Mayor Byron Pittman and EMA director, Ronnie Adair.
Mr. Williams went to Washington on May 12
Long-time Chickasaw resident Ben Williams was aboard Honor Flight III that left Mobile on Wednesday, May 12, with 91 other veterans who flew to Washington D.C. to see the WW II memorials dedicated to this generation of heroes' military service. The passengers, all 85-plus years of age, along with guardians, who are assigned to assist 1-3 veterans during the trip, and medics left early. Active military men and women greeted the contingency upon arrival in Washington, assisted them while in the Capital city, and on their return to Mobile.
Neighbor Kristi Lanford and her 10-year old son, Caleb, shared an experience they will long remember. They were among thousands of family and friends from Mobile and Baldwin Counties, who came to Mobile Regional Airport to welcome and honor these men and women. Along with a pep rally, rock concert and red carpet experience, the high school bands, cheerleaders, youth groups, Cub Scout groups serenaded the vets and cheered them as they walked through the airport concourse. For Kristi and her son, it was a very emotional and ‘awesome’ experience, watching these men and women walk down a gauntlet of cheering and grateful crowd who say “thanks for service” many times over.
“We cheered the loudest for Mr. Ben, but stayed for all 92 to walk by because we were riveted to this experience of honoring our country and its servicemen, said Kristi Lanford. “I am so proud of our country and our city and would highly recommend attending this event, whether you know someone on an honor flight or not,” concluded Lanford.
Her son gets up at 6:30 a.m. each morning to help Ben work in his garden. When the gardening is done, they go fishing along the riverbank in the back of Mr. Ben’s home in Pirate’s Cove.
Honor Fight South Alabama
When the dual forces of war threatened our way of life, men and women enlisted by the hundreds of thousands, fought, and won both wars while enduring great hardship and personal sacrifice. Then these veterans came home, started families and careers and paved the way to build a great nation. Our greatest generation is in their golden-plus years.
With many veterans over 85, the mission to fly these heroes to our nation’s Capitol is critical. We are losing WW II veterans every day. Many have financial or medical challenges in making a trip; the veterans travel free through Honor Flight South Alabama. They are able tour the memorials constructed in honor of their service. The flight, tour, and meals are provided at no cost to the Veteran. Flights depart Mobile in the early morning and land in the Washington D.C. area mid-morning. Veterans tour the memorials, eat lunch, and return to Mobile in the early evening. WW II Veterans complete an application and are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis based on the date of their application and the program's ability to meet the support needs of the applicant. Exceptions are made for terminally ill or last chance veterans.
Honor Flight South Alabama (HFSA) is a non-profit program directed by Barry Booth to recognize and honor the tremendous service and sacrifices of America’s “Greatest Generation,” our World War II (WWII) Veterans. HFSA flies these American heroes to Washington, DC, to visit and reflect at their memorial. The WW II Memorial was not dedicated until April 2004, nearly 60 years after the end of the war; therefore, there are MANY Veterans who have not had the opportunity or the resources to see their country’s tribute to their bravery.
HFSA removes any obstacles by chartering a fully-staffed airplane, with medical professionals and equipment, providing volunteer “Guardians” to accompany and assist each veteran, and funds travel for all WWII veterans who are aboard the fight.
Guardians are individuals who travel with Honor Flight veterans to provide support and assistance to the veterans as if they were their own family members. Guardians are required to pay their own way and are selected based on an interview.
Honor Flight South Alabama seeks public and private donations to make this most worthy mission possible, so that those aging vets who are still here may have an opportunity to travel to DC to see the memorials.
The Honor Flight program was conceived by Earl Morse, a Physician Assistant and Retired Air Force Captain, to honor veterans he has taken care of for the past 27 years. Honor Flight originated in Ohio in May 2005 with six small planes flying 12 WW II veterans from Springfield to Washington, DC. In 2006, with a waiting list of veterans expanding rapidly, commercial airline carriers were used to accommodate as many veterans as possible, as quickly as possible. Partnering with Honor Air in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Hero Flight in Provo, Utah, the “Honor Flight Network” was formed and began aggressively expanding programs to other cities across the nation.
Honor Flight South Alabama, a hub affiliated with the national network was founded by the South Alabama Veterans’ Council. A cadre of dedicated volunteers assembled and organized, and Senator Jeff Sessions and Congressman Jo Bonner graciously agreed to co-chair the HFSA Board of Trustees. The founding sponsor and “Medal of Honor” level donor, Springhill Medical Center, has joined the effort providing myriad resources bringing Honor Flight South Alabama into existence.
Donations are needed to cover costs for the next 2 or 3 trips. Whether by donating money, time, or just going to the airport for the next welcome home celebration, find a way to be become involved with this cause — enrich and change your life.
For more information, or if to support this cause, call 251-431-8621 or visit their website at honorflightsa.com