Columbiana celebrates inauguration

Published 3:17 pm Monday, October 29, 2012

From left, Helen Dean, Mayor-elect Dr. Stancil Handley and wife Ann in front of Handley’s office on Main Street in Columbiana with his “Cowboy Day” Pumpkin Kids. (Contributed)

By PHOEBE DONALD ROBINSON / Community Columnist

You are cordially invited to Columbiana’s mayoral and City Council Inauguration Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. on Main Street followed by a celebration for all.

The night of celebration will begin with the local Cub Scout troop presenting the flag. Then Columbiana City Judge Mike Atchison will swear in the new council from each district: Leslie Whiting (1); Barbara A. Moore (2); Ricky Ruston (3); Kim R. King (4); Ouida L. Mayfield (5). Last, Atchison will swear in the new mayor — Dr. Stancil Handley.

“I am so proud,” said wife Ann Handley. “Stancil has worked so hard. He will be an energetic and hardworking mayor. I look forward to learning and working to help my husband.”

Hospitality tents will line Main Street with local businesses providing refreshments. Musician Artie Childs will perform after the inauguration.

Businesses confirmed (with more to come) are: Shelby County Reporter; Davis Drug; State Farm Insurance; Columbiana Health and Rehabilitation; Snap Fitness; ATC; Shelby County Arts Council; Regions Bank; M&F Bank; Piggly Wiggly; NAPA; Columbiana Chevron; Sweet Potato Queens; Main Street Florist; Dr. Timothy Nettles and Shelby County Humane Society.

“I wanted the inauguration to be a social event for the town,” said Handley who planned the event. “All residents are encouraged to come, visit, socialize, dance and have fun. I want everyone to mix and mingle and have a good time in Columbiana.”

Helen Dean is Handley’s assistant and worked with him throughout his campaign as well in his professional business.

“Columbiana has just elected an honest, dependable, ambitious, hardworking, strong mayor,” said Dean. “Even before elected mayor, Dr. Stancil worked each day for Columbiana to promote the future growth of the city he lives in and loves. There are many instances I have seen working for Dr. Stancil, in his office and on the campaign trail, that has convinced me of that and of his character qualities first hand. Columbiana will be represented by someone who is determined to work hard each day to bring new opportunities to Columbiana and to let it shine for what already makes it great.”


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About Phoebe Donald Robinson

I am President of Donald Real Estate and Ins. Co., Inc., a company that my grandfather , Charles J. Donald, founded in 1925. I am the third generation owner of the business. I am also the Columbiana Columnist for the Shelby County Reporter.

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