I was honored to present Terry Coxwell and Nathan Mallory with the "Attaboy" award. They went above and beyond, working tirelessly for two weeks prior to the Opelika Christmas events. They installed and employed new technology for sound and wifi for downtown.
Opelika Pickleball President, Jim Young, presented a check for $60,000 to the City of Opelika. This check was presented to the city, acknowledging the partnership between Opelika Pickleball and The City of Opelika and thanking the city for investing in pickleball.
I was honored to proclaim January 2023 as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Each year in the United States, about 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed and about 4,000 women die of this cancer. Cervical cancer is most frequently diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44 with the average age at diagnosis being 50. The good health and well-being of women in our city and state are enhanced by increased awareness about cervical and gynecologic cancers and their symptoms and treatments. It is critical for women, physicians, and all healthcare providers to recognize the risk factors and symptoms of cervical and gynecologic cancers and to remember the importance of early detection in preventing and treating these diseases. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month; it is a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about cervical cancer and HPV vaccination. When diagnosed, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable forms of cancer, as long as it is detected early and managed effectively. Cancers diagnosed in late stages can also be controlled with appropriate treatment and palliative care. With a comprehensive approach to prevent, screen, and treat, we can end cervical cancer as a public health problem within a few generations.
Melanie Smyly and Kristina Neely Stehouwer along with their Life Group and the Servants in Christ Sunday School class from First United Methodist Church were concerned about the homeless and local folks who didn’t have adequate heat in their homes with the extremely cold weather in Opelika during the Christmas holidays. With the help of Vic Patel, owner of Microtel Inn & Suites, multiple rooms were made available. Vouchers were arranged and Opelika Police Officers were given the vouchers with instructions to give one to a homeless person or anyone needing a safe and warm place for a few days. The caring hands of the Brown Life Group from FUMC prepared essential care packages for those in need. I, Gary Fuller, Mayor of the City of Opelika, on behalf of the Opelika City Council, and the City of Opelika Administration do humbly thank those who cared for our brothers and sisters in need.