The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to rename Heflin’s former National Guard armory to the Sgt. Maj. Harold Lee Jones Armory.
City officials will hold a dedication ceremony for the building’s new name during the city’s Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 11.
This is not the first time the Armory in Heflin has had a name change. In June 2014, the council passed an ordinance naming the structure the Armory. It had previously been called the Civic Center but that name caused confusion with the recreation center, according to Heflin city clerk Shane Smith.
Harold Jones, 86, was a first sergeant in the National Guard at the Armory from 1954 to 1984. In 1984, Jones left Heflin and was stationed in Montgomery, achieving the rank of state retention sergeant major. He served until 1991. Jones said he was pleased the city is going to rename the Armory after him.
Also during the meeting, Rooks addressed the confusion city residents are having concerning the county’s new garbage service. Rooks wrote a letter that will appear online and in the newspaper informing Heflin residents that the new garbage service affects only those living outside the city limits.
Rooks said that if you pay your garbage bill monthly with your water bill you will not be affected. In the letter, Rooks encouraged residents to get to know their elected officials and to attend council meetings.
November council meetings:
— Nov. 7: Work session
— Nov. 14: Council meeting
— Nov. 28: Council meeting