Work to rehabilitate six houses in Hobson City using federal grant money could begin in May, according to a Gadsden-based architect involved in the project.
Since more warmth and sunshine are in the forecast — temps in the 70s all week with showers expected only Tuesday; a little cooler but sunny all weekend — here are some suggestions for how to spend that time outside.
The nonprofit Dannon Project will use a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to roll out a new training program called the “Re-entry Demonstration Project.”
Hobson City’s mayor on Thursday sold I-20 Bingo a permit to play the game of chance in the town’s limits, meaning the hall will open Friday for the first time since March.
A manager at I-20 Bingo says the erstwhile Hobson City operation intends to open on Friday, the first time since the hall closed in May.
Hobson City officials plan a community involvement meeting Jan. 7 at which they hope to gather ideas from residents on improving a broad range of aspects of life in the town.
“We ask people to come prepared to talk about what they want to see done in Hobson City,” Mayor Alberta McCrory told council members, describing the meeting, “and what they want to help do.”
Representatives from I-20 Bingo — the group that until May ran games out of a cinderblock building on the town’s southwest flank — approached the council seeking that approval, which is a first step to getting a permit from Calhoun County Bingo Regulatory Commission.
A Hobson City council member says he’s noticed a pattern: Pipes seem to leak again after being repaired. In April, such repairs were said to have cost the town $15,000 in the preceding year.
Kathy Jackson’s lawsuit alleges town officials did not follow the proper process for choosing poll workers, and questions incumbent Alberta McCrory’s residency based on the Georgia license plate affixed to her car.
Forty-eight children returned to the Head Start program in Hobson City’s Town Hall today, after a delay of about two weeks. Problems with a leaky roof and drainage issues kept the kids away, according to the center’s director.
For incumbent Mayor Alberta McCrory, the debate was an opportunity to offer as possible solutions to the town’s bleak economic setting the initiatives she and others have already begun.