Cady Inabinett

Citizens voice concerns over pending prison construction at City Council meeting

The Montevallo City Council met Monday, Oct. 12, for their regularly scheduled, biweekly meeting. The council met to discuss the set agenda topic as well as field the concerns of citizens who chose to attend the meeting. The council met in person both in person and via Zoom, with the meeting livestreamed on the city’s Facebook page.  Two citizens came forward to address the City Council about Governor Kay Ivey’s plan to construct a privately-run prison in nearby Brierfield.   This prison is part of the Ivey administration’s plan to construct three new prisons to replace some of the state’s aging...

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Netflix’s “Devil All the Time” review

View of Main Street that was featured in “The Devil All the Time.” Photo by Madelyn Alexander. Antonio Campos’ “The Devil All the Time” injects a star-studded cast into a dark Appalachian gothic narrative. The film follows Arvin Russell, portrayed by Tom Holland, as he combats the malevolent characters that are intertwined with his family, examining the connections between religion, evil and violence.  However, the narrative feels largely directionless for majority of the film’s runtime, losing much of its direction and conviction to its own ambition.  “The Devil All the Time” is not a bad movie by any means. It...

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City discusses possible new hotel and brewery

Graphic by Bell Jackson The Montevallo City Council met Monday, Sept. 28, for their regularly scheduled, biweekly meeting. The council met to discuss the set agenda topic as well as field the concerns of citizens who chose to attend the meeting. The council met both in person and via Zoom, with the meeting livestreamed on the city’s Facebook page.  One of the main topics of discussion was the acceptance of a capital project financing bid. This capital project was also a topic of discussion in the previous council meeting on Sept. 14, with several citizens bringing forward concerns about the impacts...

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UPC Mental Health Town Hall

The University Program Council hosted a Mental Health Town Hall Tuesday, Sept. 22 via Zoom. The program brought in four guest presenters, Elena Butler, Reese Butler and Sama Bellomo from imalive.org – an online crisis prevention network – and Bee Smith from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to speak on the misconceptions surrounding mental health issues.   The program focused largely on educating participants on how to handle discussing mental health, especially suicidal thoughts, in an empathetic and helpful manner, as well as addressing and fighting the stigma surrounding these issues. This presentation has been presented as a live show on college campuses since 2010, but has been adapted to a remote format in order to comply with social distancing protocols.  The program started with participants answering a poll ranking their stress on a level of one to ten – with one being the least stressed and ten being the most stressed. Majority of student participants ranked their stress levels at six.   A large portion of the presentation then proceeded to focus on addressing myths about mental health. A game called “Fact or Fiction,” in which participants had to determine if a presented statement was true or false, was hosted.   For example, there is a commonly held misconception that suicides peak during the winter holidays – due to factors such as Seasonal Affective Disorder and increased stress. This, however, is untrue; they actually peak during the spring.   Combatting misconceptions about mental health issues helps people understand these issues more accurately and, therefore,...

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City Council receives critical letter

Graphic by Bell Jackson The Montevallo City Council met Monday, Sept. 14, for their regularly scheduled, biweekly meeting. The council met to discuss the set agenda topic as well as field the concerns of citizens who chose to attend the meeting. The council met in person and via Zoom, with the meeting livestreamed on the city’s Facebook page.  Several citizens brought forward concerns regarding the financial health of the city, citing a letter addressed to the mayor, Dr. Hollie Cost, and the members of the City Council. Neither Cost nor any member of the city council had actually received the letter...

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