Students thank city council

Students from Cornerstone Christian Academy presented the council with a plaque Monday night. 

Students from Cornerstone Christian Academy presented the Rainsville City Council with a plaque on Monday.

Before presenting the council with the gift, two CCA students and varsity football players addressed the council to thank them for allowing the school’s new football team to use the facilities at the Field of Dreams Sports Complex.

The 2018 football season saw CCA’s first-ever varsity football team. The city council voted last summer to enter an agreement that would allow the school to use the facilities at the sports complex.

Layne Fortner, a sophomore at CCA, said he hopes the new team will continue to make the city proud.

“On behalf of the Cornerstone football team, I’d like to thank the city council for letting us use the football field and its facilities,” Fortner said. “Many of us have dreamed of playing football for Cornerstone our entire lives, and thanks to you all, our dream has been fulfilled. I hope that we make the city of Rainsville proud for the years to come.”

Matthew Johnson, also a sophomore at CCA, addressed the council to thank them on Monday night as well.

“Being a small, private school, we don’t have that much money, and so things like this we can’t just do on our own,” Johnson said. “It’s helped a lot of students that really wanted to play football, so thank you.”

The field was turned into a practice field for peewee football, so it was an easy transition to bring in the new CCA team. The city will host flag football, CCA Varsity Football and pee wee football in the upcoming season, Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt said.

The SAM Foundation

Deb Goins, a representative with The SAM Foundation, invited the council and public to their upcoming QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training that equips participants with steps to help an individual who may be struggling and may be in danger of taking his or her own life.

“I’m here on behalf of The SAM Foundation, which is a suicide awareness program, and we offer free training in hope to bring awareness and education to others,” Goins said.

So many people around the country and even in the room have been affected by suicide, Goins said.

“It’s something that we think is preventable if you get them the right help,” she said. “So we’re giving training all over the place right now, but on April 9 we are having training at the [E-911 Jimmy Wright Emergency Operations Complex] in Rainsville from 5:30 to 7:30. We would love to have as many people in this area to come and support us and learn how we might can be a big help in our community to save lives.”

The council also:

• approved to close an unused bank account at First Southern State Bank and move the remaining balance to general fund.

• added Whitley Mitchell to the Tom Bevill Enrichment Center Board to replace Whitney Whiteside.

• approved to purchase a sign for the Industrial Park for $2,600, partially paid for by the Industrial Board.

• approved to purchase additional signage for all four “Welcome to Rainsville” signs to add state championship information for Plainview High School and Cornerstone Christian Academy for $4,000.

• approved to purchase three flagpoles, two flags and shipping for the new First Responder Memorial in the city park for an estimated cost of $2,000 to $3,000.

• hired Scott Boswell for a part-time position at the fire department.

• approved $1,950 for outside sanding and painting on the front of the Rainsville Public Library.

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