The election for probate judge of Tuscaloosa County is growing closer and candidates came together to discuss their aspirations and goals.Republican candidate Rob Robertson and Democratic candidate Laura K. Gregory squared off in a forum sponsored by Tuscaloosa’s Rotary Club on Sept 25. One of these candidates will take over the position from incumbent Hardy McCollum, who has held the office since 1976.Laura K. Gregory is a local attorney who has practiced in the Tuscaloosa County Probate Court for over 25 years. She said that she wants to grow the county to a place people want to permanently invest their futures into.“My vision for Tuscaloosa County is a place that people don’t only want to move to but where people want to stay and grow up,” said Gregory. “That’s critical to our futures that we keep folks here and that we develop what we have in the way of resources.”Robertson currently serves as director of the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency. He said that it is important to recognize the importance of the position, as it carries the responsibility of chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Commission.“What makes this role unique as I alluded to earlier is we are also electing a probate judge but also the chairman of our county commission,” said Rob Robertson. “So, there is a lot of matters on each side of that responsibility that we’re talking about.”The election will take place on Nov. 6. If you have questions about the election and want to ensure you can exercise your right to vote, you can find more information here.
[dropcap]B[/dropcap]log, you know in the film, Bridge over the River Kwai, where the British soldiers were so staunch, they would never, EVER show weakness to the Japanese prison-guards? Well, that’s a bit like employing Lofty. If I club him over the head, a thousand times, to perform a certain task properly, he will just look up defiantly, from his permanent Hot-Box, and tell me to “F-Off” !!HOWEVER, he has been given FULL responsibility of organising the tissue, and the Staffing and equipment, for our pitch at Towcester Dogs.My Blog, it would be remiss of me, not to report Lofty’s resurgence, to glory, to you. He has been EXCELLENT. Everything has gone smoothly. Worked perfectly. And he has done and collated other tissues and cards; in a professional manner.10 out of 10, Lofty. Well done. BUT YOU HAVE TO DO IT EVERY TIME NOW..!!In other news:I met Lofty, when I was 12 years old. He worked for bookie, Bo Brown, at Hove Dogs. He was like a cool big-boy I looked up to. He took time, explaining to me, how to read the card, clerk, and price-up a race. And never nasty or patronising. I always used to tell him, that one day we would bet at Walthamstow. That we would bet in the front-row at Cheltenham. And that we would….sponsor the Greyhound Derby. LIVING THE DREAM.Over and out, B x