Columbiana swears in new mayor, council

Published 6:57 pm Monday, November 5, 2012

Columbiana Municipal Court Judge Mike Atchison administers the oath of office to Columbiana Mayor Dr. Stancil Handley, while his wife, Ann, holds the Bible. (Reporter photo/Jan Griffey)


COLUMBIANA — A chilly first Monday in November was anything but in Columbiana as several hundred citizens turned out to witness the inauguration of a new mayor and council members.

Main Street was hot and hopping, lined with tents and tables from a variety of city businesses, each serving a plethora of free food and drink offerings. Residents brought out lawn chairs and mingled while enjoying the music of Artie Childs.

Columbiana Cub and Boy Scouts presented the U.S. and Alabama flags and led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance before Municipal Judge Mike Atchison swore in the city’s elected officials.

New Columbiana Mayor Dr. Stancil Handley gave a two-sentence address to his constituents.

“I’m going to keep it short and sweet. I’m going to let this administration’s actions do the talking,” Handley told the crowd.

Others taking the oath of office Monday evening were:

• First District Council member Leslie Whiting

• Second District Council member Barbara A. Moore

• Third District Council member Ricky Ruston

• Fourth District Council member Kim R. King

• Fifth District Council member Ouida L. Mayfield.