New police officer hired in Alderson

By Brenda Boykin

Alderson Police Chief Jeremy Bennett announced at the monthly city council meeting, held on Monday, Apr. 9, that Timothy Adkins, Jr. has been hired as a part time police officer. Bennett also advised council that officer William Nester will not be using a police department vehicle to go back and forth to work, as was reported and approved at the last council meeting.

The town has hired Jesse Dunbar as a part time employee to take on some of the seasonal cleaning work that in the past was done by inmates from the Alderson Federal Prison Camp and by people required by law to perform community service. Council stated the reason for the new hiree was because none of the prison camp inmates qualified for the program this year, and there is a shortage of people with sentences requiring community service.

Council approved a motion to not charge town residents the customary fee for yard sales during the weekend of Apr. 24, 25 and 26. There will be several local events that weekend and council hoped to attract locals and visitors alike to town to participate, including the grand opening of the Food Hub’s Green Grocery and the Alderson Community Market.

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