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The city of LaFayette gets a new welcome sign

By John Brice

Community leaders, local officials, media representatives and area residents gathered in the late morning hours of Thursday, June 27, 2024, for a ceremony to unveil the city’s welcome sign on Highway 50 next to the New Mount Sellers Missionary Baptist Church.
Notable guests included Mayor Kenneth Vines, District C Councilman Toney B. Thomas, District 37 Assemblyman Bob Fincher, Alabama Senator for District 13 Randy Price, District 2 Commissioner Douglas Jones, Jr., District 3 Commissioner James “Moto” Williams, Chambers County Sheriff Jeff Nelson, Fire Chief James Doody, LaFayette Main Street Director Deanna K. Hand, Chambers County Development Authority Executive Director Chris Busby, and Coosa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council Executive Director Ciara Turner. Director Hand opened the ceremony by welcoming attendees and Commissioner Jones led a prayer before the opening remarks began.
Hand began by addressing the crowd, “Thank you to Coosa RC&D for making this possible. We’ve been working since last year to get this project done and bring some vibrancy and new change to our town. Main Street Alabama, Main Street America and our goals at Main Street are to continue to revitalize and preserve the downtown historic district. So I just want to say a huge thank you to Coosa Valley RC&D for everything you’ve done for us and for giving us this grant. It’s a wonderful honor and we’re very grateful. So thank you again. Now I’d like to let our Mayor Kenneth Vines say a few words, if he doesn’t mind.”
Mayor Vines then spoke saying, “Good morning, I want to thank each and every one of you for attending this great event. A sign unveiling. As always, I say raise your hand if this is your first time here in the City of LaFayette. Welcome to the City of LaFayette. We take great pride in and joy in our city and as you all know, we try to grow every day. Just look around, from the experiences of the past and today. A lot of it is coming together, working together and following a unity. Great things happen when everybody comes together and works together. Main Street, ourselves, along with my official staff, the City Council, our Secretary and the citizens. You all just come together and trust that we’re doing a great job. You voted us in office to do a great job and that’s what we’re trying to do. Sometimes we bump heads a little bit. But at the end of the day, we come together to get the job done. Because it’s all about all of you, not us. It’s about all of you, and that’s what we do, and that’s part of it. For years, when you drive up Highway 50 and you look over there and you see ‘Welcome to the City of LaFayette’ and you see that sign. All the time, it’s kind of touched me. So when Director Hand talked about the plan, I thought ‘first place to put it, Highway 50.’ And she made it happen. Again, welcome to the City of LaFayette. I’m so happy to see everyone here this morning. Let’s unveil that sign.”
Following remarks by Mayor Vines, the veil was lifted from the sign to reveal it in full. Additional speeches were given by Senator Price, Assemblyman Fincher, Coosa Valley RC&D Director Turner and Board Member Chris Langley, as well as Commissioner Jones and CCDA Executive Director Busby. Afterwards, special guests and members of the community lined up to pose for a large group photo.