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The Millbrook Independent

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Loyd holds Ward meeting, community college campus discussed
Written by News Desk   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:09

7-17ward1Mayor Al Kelley (standing in photo) at a Ward meeting called by Councilperson Joyce Loyd (seated center in photo with P.K. Johnson, Millbrook's Police Chief).

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Joyce Loyd, Millbrook City Council representative - Ward 1, held a ward meeting last week, the ninth since her election to office in 2012.

As has become typical at Loyd's meetings Mayor Al Kelley and Chief of Police P.K. Johnson joined Loyd in offering updates on various city projects. During his remarks Kelley said the city is actively pursuing a community college campus to open a campus in Millbrook.

"Our goal is to have a campus. We recently made a dual enrollment agreement with Central Alabama Community College. That means if a student is taking certain courses in high school they can simultaneously earn college credit. That way when they get to college they are not starting at square one," Kelley said.

Kelley said students need to be exposed to career experiences while they are still in high school.

"Some of these students already have a good idea what they want to do for a career. We need to give them all the opportunities we can to allow that effort and hard work to easily follow them into their college work. Some of these students are still exploring what they want to do. Having a community college in town opens up opportunities for students to try things out in town without going to the expense right away of moving to Auburn or UAB," Kelley said.

Loyd updated the attendees on the grant application for the Sandtown School. Shes said the grant had already been submitted. The Central Alabama Regional Development and Planning Commission helped the Millbrook Communites Improvement Association (Millbrook C.I.A.) to apply for the grant. One condition on the grant was to conduct surveys in the area around the school to help guage need and community support. If approved the grant could bring in $250,000 to rennovate the building and grounds at the school, especially a new gymnasium. The facility is used for community events as well as the Kid's Journey summer program. Loyd said the news on whether or not the grant is approved will come later this year.

Chief Johnson updated the group on recent police activity including news related to a series of burglaries, believed to be the work of juveniles.

7-17aumAuburn University nurses

Photo: Auburn University nursing students (L-R) Katelyn Perry, Sam Schaefer, Sophia Mallaji, Hannah Lynne Sims gave a presentation on stroke awareness and held a health fair at the meeting.

Nursing students from Auburn University held a health fair onsite at the Ward 1 meeting and gave a presentation about recognizing the signs of stroke. Stroke is a medical emergency as it chokes off oxygen and nutrients to the brain as a result of clot or rupture.

The students performed blood pressure checks and other non-invasive diagnostic tests.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:16
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