Marion County Commissioner

County commissioner wants school playgrounds safer

District 5 Commissioner Larry Akers stands on the playground at Brilliant Elementary, showing the area needing to be leveled.

By P.J. Gossett
General manager
HAMILTON — Recess is still an important part of the elementary school day by providing a short break from schoolwork. To keep the children as safe as possible, improvements are looking to be made at the playgrounds of both Brilliant and Guin elementary schools. Attention to ways of improvement was brought to the attention of District 5 County Commissioner Larry Akers, and he approached the Marion County Board of Education at their last meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15, to see how the two could work together to achieve the improvements.

Pay scale talks cause uproar at commission

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON —  Marion County budget discussions for the Marion County Commission nearly unraveled into a shouting match when the discussion of a new pay scale was presented.
The meeting took place during a work session meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the commission office in Hamilton.
Present during the meeting were all commissioners, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams, Revenue Commissioner Barbara Cooper and County Engineer Chris Wilbanks.

Akers and Gunnin new commissioners

Larry Akers won against Rodney Lucas in the Marion County Commission District Five runoff.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
MARION COUNTY — Two new commissioners and the U.S. Senator  were some of the big names on the runoff ballots this week as Marion County residents cast their votes.
Marion County District Three Commissioner Dale Holt will end his time in his spot on the commission this November as Hackleburg’s Greg Gunnin won the race 453 votes to Holt’s 319.
Marion County Commission District Five’s runoff went between Larry Akers and Rodney Lucas.

Commissioners approve new hires

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission approved two new hires for the Marion County Sheriff’s Department during a regular meeting on Monday, May 10, at the Marion County Commission office in Hamilton.
Kyle Engle was hired as a jailer at the Marion County jail at $14.06 per hour and Riley Cagle was hired as a deputy at $16.23 per hour.
Both employees will receive a $.50 per hour raise after 60 days in their respective positions.