by Millie Barber, President Mt. Cheaha Chapter - V.O.C.A.L.
Thank you everyone who showed up for our Candle Light! It kick off with Foster Marshall from the DA's office was our emcee, prayer at the beginning was by RevRoland Brown, Judge Alice Martin sang (beautifully) the Nation Anthem, Sheriff Larry Amerson introduced AG Luther Strange who talked about VOCAL and understanding our plight. After that I made some additional comments at Mt Cheaha VOCAL and thanked everyone. During that time Scott Manners Criminal Justice students passed out the candles and helped us light them. Matthew Wade play Amazing Grace and Taps on bagpipes (went straight to my soul) and Rev Fred Durante closed us in pray.
On Friday, December 13, 2013 - VOCAL held Christmas Open House and Dedication of Joyce Nottingham Miller Memorial rooms. Many friends, DA, and victims joined VOCAL in this dedication.
VOCAL now has 5 bedrooms available for lodging the night before parole or pardon hearings or court hearings. Please contact VOCAL at 334-262-7197 to make reservations.
Governor's Conference will be Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Award nominations due by March 15th.
At VOCAL's (Victims of Crime and Leniency) 30th Anniversary celebration District Attorney Douglas Valeska, of the 20th judicial circuit, was honored for all of his achievements in working with victims' for over the past 25 years.
His portrait will be hung on the "Wall of Honor" at the VOCAL state headquarters in Montgomery, Alabama, alongside that of Former Attorney General Jimmy Evans and Montgomery Co. DA Ellen Brooks.