St Albans has been awarded a $125,000 federal grant for its ongoing streetscapes project, US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and US Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) announced Tuesday.The grant, awarded by the Department of Transportation, will fund continued downtown improvements.In FY2009, Welch secured $380,000 in funding for sidewalk, streetlight, signage and aesthetic upgrades to Main Street and Taylor Park as part of a comprehensive, local economic revitalization project, known as the streetscapes project. The project will increase accessibility and safety in an historic and economically vital corridor of the city.The multi-phased project includes the comprehensive redesign of Main Street sidewalks; replacement of street lights, traffic signal arms, and traffic lights; replacement of street trees to better manage storm water; and the construction of signage. Street and traffic lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights.‘This will help St. Albans advance its vision for strengthening its historic downtown. Streetscape projects like this are about more than just making our downtowns more attractive. They are about leveraging new economic development and making housing and services more accessible to residents and visitors,’ said Leahy.‘I am pleased that the city has won this federal investment in its historic downtown,’ said Sanders. ‘This funding will not only help St. Albans preserve its downtown environment, it will help preserve and sustain the natural environment, including implementing better ways to deal with storm water runoff and using innovative energy-efficient, energy-saving LED lighting in public spaces.’‘It is great news the City of St. Albans continues to receive federal support for this important downtown project. The streetscapes redevelopment will help the City continue to create jobs, improve its economic development, save energy, and preserve its unique historic character,’ said Welch. ‘In working with city officials over the years on this critical project, it is clear the people of St. Albans recognize the incredible value to the community of improving their downtown region.’St. Albans City Mayor Marty Manahan said, ‘This project is a key component our downtown redevelopment plans and our efforts to help the City improve on its economic development potential.’‘Our streetscapes project is about increasing the curb appeal of Main Street. The City has great design and character and this project helps highlight those assets,’ added St. Albans City Manager Dominic Cloud. Source: Congressional delegation. (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2010).
Bernice A. Hopkins, 87, of Greenwood, formerly of Holton passed away at 10:30am, Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. She was born near Zenas in Jennings County on December 18, 1928 the daughter of William and Gertrude Yeager Speer. She was married to Harold Hopkins on October 17, 1948 and he preceded her in death on June 16, 2002. Survivors include one son Charles (Amy) Hopkins of Apollo, Pennsylvania; two daughters Katherine (Vernon) Pedersen of Great Falls, Montana and Yvonne (Steve) Tanner of Greenwood; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; two brothers Walter (Mary Evelyn) Speer of North Vernon and Wayne (Janet) Speer of Lexington; one sister Virginia (Walter) Brauer of Brownsburg. She was also preceded in death by her son Michael, her parents, and her brothers Elmer, Omer, Melvin, Leonard, John, Fred, and Richard Speer. Mrs. Hopkins was a 1947 graduate of Zenas High School. She and her husband were former owners and operators of Hopkins’ Grocery in Holton and she was also a homemaker. Her favorite past times were bird watching, crocheting, reading, gardening, and her grandchildren. Bernice was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church, Versailles OES, and the Napoleon VFW Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 16 at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Ty Choate of the Hopewell Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Rock Cemetery near Osgood. Visitation will be Sunday from 3pm to 6pm. Memorials may be given to the Flat Rock Cemetery in care of the funeral home.
Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter speaks during the induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Forcefully and emotionally, Cris Carter summed up the 50th induction ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.The seventh and final inductee from the Class of 2013, Carter honored dozens of people in his life who were “going into the Hall of Fame with me tonight,” as he followed Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson, Larry Allen, Bill Parcells, Curley Culp and Warren Sapp in being inducted.More than 120 hall members, a record, and a crowd of 11,500 was on hand at Fawcett Stadium for the golden anniversary celebration of the shrine.Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Dave Robinson, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Curley Culp and Warren Sapp pose with their bronze busts during the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard) “I appreciate the process you have to go through to get to be a Hall of Famer,” Carter said. “To be able to join these men on this stage in football heaven is the greatest day of my life.”Carter needed six tries to make the hall even though he retired as the No. 2 career receiver behind Jerry Rice. He choked back tears as he made his speech after being presented by his son, Duron, and he spoke of his problems with alcohol while playing three years for the Eagles before being released.He hooked on immediately with the Vikings and hooked onto nearly everything throw his way: Carter finished his 16-season career with 1,101 catches for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns.“This game gave me identity, gave me a sense of purpose,” he said.Parcells also seemingly spoke for everyone in the Hall of Fame, and all the people gathered Saturday night.“There’s a kinship created that lasts for the rest of your life,” he said about his experience as one of the NFL’s most successful coaches.The master of the franchise turnaround as the only coach to take four teams to the playoffs, Parcells won Super Bowls with the New York Giants in the 1986 and 1990 seasons.“Every organization I worked for supported me to the fullest,” Parcells said. “Without that, you’ve got no shot.”Parcells was Coach of the Year honors in 1986 and 1994. He asked to have his bust placed somewhere near Lawrence Taylor in the hall “so I can keep an eye on that sucker.”As relaxed as if he had no one to block, Ogden became the first Baltimore Raven enshrined. The first player drafted by the Ravens after the franchise moved from Cleveland in 1996 and was renamed, Ogden was presented by the man who made that selection, fellow Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome, now Baltimore’s general manager.A former college shot putter at UCLA, the 6-foot-9, 345-pound Ogden starred at tackle for a dozen seasons in Baltimore, winning the 2000 NFL championship.“He is part of the foundation of this franchise, part of the reason we have two Super Bowl championships,” Newsome said.Ogden, who was given a 2013 Super Bowl ring by the team, made the hall in his first year of eligibility. He was a six-time All-Pro, made the Pro Bowl 11 times and was the main blocker when Jamal Lewis rushed for 2,066 yards in 2003.“Talent isn’t enough,” Ogden said. “A lot of people have talent, they don’t always live up to it. For me it is about maximizing, striving for perfection.”Allen, who sniffled his way through his speech, was just as dominating a blocker as Ogden. He also was the NFL’s strongest man, once bench-pressing 700 pounds, saying “I did it naturally.”A lead blocker for Dallas as Emmitt Smith became the NFL’s career rushing leader, Allen made six All-Pro squads and 11 Pro Bowls in his 14 seasons, the final two with San Francisco. He won the Super Bowl in the 1995 season and was voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility,“I just knew I had to win every play,” he said. “That’s the reason I am here. I knew if I lost a play, I had 45 seconds to get even.”Sapp became only the second Tampa Bay Buccaneer enshrined, 18 years after Lee Roy Selmon made it. He was elected in his first year of eligibility following 13 seasons in which he went from instant starter after being selected 12th overall in the 1995 draft to Defensive Player of the Year in 1999. That season, he had 12 1/2 sacks as the Bucs won their first division title in 18 years. For his career, Sapp had 96 1/2 sacks, extremely high for a defensive tackle.“I sit here with the greatest among the great,” Sapp said, breaking into tears. “We’re here, baby.”Presented Saturday night by his 15-year-old daughter, Mercedes, Sapp made the NFL’s All-Decade squads for the 1990s and the 2000s.Sapp, who both Ogden and Allen said was as tough to handle as any player they faced, paid tribute to his roots in Plymouth, Fla.“That dirt road was something rough,” he said. “We sure turned it into something special.”Robinson became the 12th inductee from the vintage Packers coached by Vince Lombardi to be enshrined. Robinson was a prototype outside linebacker who could rush the quarterback, cover tight ends or running backs on pass plays, and stop the run. He made the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1960s and won three NFL titles, including the first two Super Bowls.“This is the biggest day of the 21st century for the Robinson family,” he said, adding that he “lives 25 miles from here but it took me 38 years to get here.“Now, I am immortalized.”As is Culp, one of the game’s most dominant defensive tackles for much of his 14 pro seasons, including the 1969 season when he helped Kansas City win the NFL title.A five-time Pro Bowler, Culp also played for Houston and Detroit, retiring in 1981, then waiting more than three decades to be enshrined Saturday as a senior nominee.“It gives me joy and inspiration that will last the rest of my life,” Culp said. “I am just overwhelmed by the struggles, joys and tears of those who made it here. I’m happy to join them in the Hall of Fame.
Facebook269Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Thurston County Board of County CommissionersThurston County Emergency Management is urging residents – especially those living east of Durgin Road, Kuhlman Road, and Nisqually Cut-Off Road – to evacuate the area by 4:00 p.m. today due to expected flooding caused by an increase in the amount of water released from the LaGrande Dam. The peak height of the river is expected between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. today. The evacuation advisory could last until Saturday, February 8.A shelter has been established by the American Red Cross at the Gwinwood Camp and Conference Center (6015 30th Ave. SE Lacey, WA 98503) for those effected by the evacuation advisory. The shelter will open today at about 4 p.m. and is pet friendly and accessible for individuals with disabilities. Pets coming into the shelter must be crated and pet owners are encouraged to bring supplies such as food and water to care for them.The impacts of this incident include possible road closures and structure flooding. Currently, 6th Ave SE & Riverside Dr. SE are closed due to water over the roadway. The Mckenna Bridge in Yelm is still open and there is no plan to close the bridge at this time. Information on road closures in the county are available at: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks/travelImpacts.html.The North Thurston School District has informed parents and guardians that they will not be dropping off students in the affected areas. Parents with students in the North Thurston School District who live in the affected areas must pick up their students from school.This incident is fluid and additional information will be shared through the county’s social media channels as it becomes available. Residents are encouraged to follow Thurston County Emergency Management social media channels for regular updates:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThurstonEM/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThurstonEMThurston County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently in the area going door-to-door to inform people of the evacuation advisory. Riverside residents of the Nisqually Pines are urged to keep a watchful eye on the river and be prepared to evacuate on short notice, but are not under an evacuation advisory at this time. Residents can monitor river levels at: www.thurstoncountywa.gov/em/pages/rivers-graphs.aspx.County residents were notified of the evacuation advisory today at around 9:30 a.m. through the Thurston County Alert System. The notification stated that Tacoma Power will begin releasing 17,000 cubic ft. of water per second by 1:00 p.m. today from the LaGrande Dam to manage water levels due to significant water flow.To receive critical countywide TCALERT messages like this, residents can sign-up at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/em/Pages/ei-alert.aspx.For more information on preparedness and having a grab and go kit, visit: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/em/Pages/prep-personal.aspx. Don’t forget to prepare to take your household pets with you.