Novella Club celebrates Columbiana Police Appreciation Day

The Novella Club of Columbiana treated the Columbiana Police Department to a day of appreciation. Pictured are: (back row) Michael Bradberry, Jean Lowe, Mark Robinson, Rachel Bell, Kenneth Reavy, Lisa Dodson, Sherry Atchison, K/C. Handley, Scarlott Lowe, David Galutza, Sallie Lawshe, Jeff Bowers, David Alexander, David Orth, Mike Peppers; (front row) Pat Ponder, Janice Key, Becky Moore, Bonnie Atchison, Chief Lamar Vick and Sasha Lilly Knighten. (Contributed)

The Novella Club of Columbiana treated the Columbiana Police Department to a day of appreciation. Pictured are: (back row) Michael Bradberry, Jean Lowe, Mark Robinson, Rachel Bell, Kenneth Reavy, Lisa Dodson, Sherry Atchison, K/C. Handley, Scarlott Lowe, David Galutza, Sallie Lawshe, Jeff Bowers, David Alexander, David Orth, Mike Peppers; (front row) Pat Ponder, Janice Key, Becky Moore, Bonnie Atchison, Chief Lamar Vick and Sasha Lilly Knighten. (Contributed)

By PHOEBE DONALD ROBINSON / Community Columnist

The Columbiana Police Department was recently honored by the GFWC-Alabama Novella Club of Columbiana as they celebrated Columbiana Police Appreciation Day to honor the men and women who serve to protect Columbiana and its citizens.

“I just thought it would be a good idea to show support to our police,” said Novella Vice President Becky Moore, who came up with the idea.

The entire Novella Club gathered door prizes as well as goodie bags filled with items for each officer. Columbiana merchants were extremely generous.

“We did not have one merchant turn us down,” said Moore.

Those who donated to show their appreciation for the police were: Bernie’s on Main; Brown Lumber; Busy Hands; Columbiana Chevron, who donated a $20 gas card for each officer; Dale’s Beauty Salon; Davis Drug; Gail’s Florist; Jacks; Johnny Ray’s; Lowe Realty; Ouida Mayfield; Michael’s Pawn and Jewelry; Novella Club; Pa Paw’s restaurant; Piggly Wiggly; Sign Graphics; Snap Fitness; Subway; and Ellis, Head, Owens and Justice.

Scott Owens of Sign Graphics created the sign on the corner of Old Mill Square that reads, “We appreciate and support our Columbiana Police Department, Novella Club of Columbiana. Thank you!”

The entire force was in attendance due to a mandatory training session that day.

K.C. Handley was also present, Columbiana’s newest policeman.

He recently graduated from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Academy and joined the Columbiana Police Department.

A delicious lunch was served among the warm fellowship of the Novella Club women and police.

Chief Lamar Vick was presented with a beautiful vase of flowers designed by Leesa Nivens of Gail’s Florist for his wife Beverly.

Novella Club women who made the lunch and attended were: President Bonnie Atchison, Moore, Sallie Lawshe, Sherry Atchison, Jean Lowe, Rachel Bell, Pat Ponder, Scarlott Lowe and Janice Key.

“I know we have no way of showing our true appreciation for each of you,” said Moore to the police at lunch. “The world is getting to be a bad place and we want you to know we appreciate you.”