Judge Wes Allen in the news

Commission marks ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’

Probate Judge Wes Allen and the Pike County Commission Monday proclaimed this week “Mental Health Awareness Week” in Pike County.

Allen said the variety of mental disorders makes mental illness the most prevalent disease in the country, and people need to be informed about it.

“People need to know that it’s real and they need to know when certain behaviors are potentially signs of mental illness,” Allen said. “Early detection is extremely important because the sooner you know, the better chance there is of protecting the brain from future damage.”


MEMORIAL: Troy honors fallen officers

“We must never forget those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.”

That was the reminder by Mayor Jason Reeves, who spoke to the crowd gathered Wednesday morning at the Troy Police Department for the fallen officer memorial service, part of National Police Week.

Reeves said the crowd was one of the largest in recent years to attend the solemn occasion of remembrance of the officers who have died in the line of duty.

Probate Office ends fees for debit/credit pay

There are four options available for residents renewing their car tag. Those choices include; in-person renewals at the Pike County Courthouse; in-person renewals at the probate satellite office in Brundidge available the third Tuesday of each month; on-line renewals; and mail-in renewals.

“We respect our customers’ time and want to give them multiple options to renew their automobile tags,” said Judge Allen. “Our team has worked extremely hard to increase efficiency and make it easier for the public to conduct business in the probate office.”


Allen: In Alabama, the mud on our floors pays the bills — and we shouldn’t forget that

A couple of weeks ago, while responding to emails at my desk, that man (a friend) knocked on the door and asked to speak with me. I invited him in to sit down. For about the next 15 minutes, our discussion focused on a few issues of the day. My friend is a job creator who works outdoors from daylight to dark. As he left following our talk, he was unaware mud from his boots was left behind on the office carpet.

While retrieving a vacuum cleaner to remove the dried mud, I recalled what an attorney once told me, “That mud on our floors, pays the bills!”


14 local Alabama leaders who are running their regions of the state

Wes Allen, Pike County Probate Judge
Judge Allen is a former Crimson Tide football player and assistant athletic director at Troy. He grew up in politics; his father currently serves in the Alabama Senate. He is known for being a principled conservative with a strong work ethic. Allen found himself in the spotlight recently as one of the most vocal pro-traditional marriage probate judges in the state.


Primary voting is Tuesday

Pike County voters head to the polls Tuesday morning to take part in the Super Tuesday presidential and local primaries.

County, state and national races will be on the ballot, including presidential primaries and three contested county commission seats.

“It’s hard to predict turnout,” said Probate Judge Wes Allen, who oversees the election process in Pike County. “In the 2012 March primary, 5,867 ballots were cast.”


Troy community says goodbye to CHHS head baseball coach

Friends, family, fellow coaches and faculty members gathered together Tuesday evening inside the Troy First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall to honor former Charles Henderson High School baseball head coach Derek Irons who is leaving the Trojans after seven seasons.

Irons accepted the head-coaching job at Oak Mountain High School in early June. Tuesday, Irons said he was thankful to have been in Troy for so long.


Alabama judges must issue gay marriage licenses if they issue straight marriage licenses, court rules

With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.

Opposition withered as some counties complied with the decision, and gay marriage advocates said they would ask courts to impose penalties on the holdouts that refuse.

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade of Mobile issued a brief order saying state probate judges can’t discriminate against gay couples since the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled gay marriage is legal everywhere.

Also Wednesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to wrap up gay marriage cases in their states in line with last week’s ruling.


Alabama probate judge declares his county is no longer in the ‘marriage business’

With an order released by the Alabama Supreme Court Monday morning, probate judges now have a 25-day delay before they must legally start issuing marriage licenses to gay and straight couples.

Probate Judge Wes Allen of Pike County has other plans. Instead of granting or denying same-sex couples marriage licenses, he has taken his county out of the marriage business altogether. Since February of this year, Pike County has not issued marriage licenses to any couples: straight or gay.

“My office discontinued issuing marriage licenses in February, and I have no plans to put Pike County back into the marriage business,” Probate Judge Allen said in a statement Friday. “The policy of my office regarding marriage is no different today than it was yesterday.”


Alabama County Stops Issuing Marriage Licenses Altogether

With Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, many places started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In Alabama, Pike County and others stopped issuing licenses to any couple — straight or gay.


Allen: Pike probate office ‘out of marriage licensing business’

Rather than be forced to violate his religious beliefs by facilitating same-sex marriages, the Pike County Probate Judge said Friday he will no longer issue marriage licenses or perform marriage ceremonies.

Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen’s statement comes three days before a ruling legalizing same-sex marriages takes effect. Anticipating a statewide response by same-sex couples seeking to wed on Monday, Allen said removing his office from the marriage licensing business allows him to follow the law and adhere to his Christian beliefs.


Two counties out of marriage business for good after Supreme Court ruling

Pike County officials haven’t issued marriage licenses in months, and today Probate Judge Wes Allen announced that his office is now permanently out of the marriage business.

“My office discontinued issuing marriage licenses in February and I have no plans to put Pike County back into the marriage business,” Allen wrote in a statement. “The policy of my office regarding marriage is no different today than it was yesterday.”

Geneva County Probate Judge Fred Hamic also said he intends to permanently close the marriage license bureau in his office, if his attorneys don’t object.


Alabama judge in ‘spiritual battle’ against gay marriage

After a Feb. 9 ruling by U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ordered Alabama officials not to discriminate against gay couples, Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen decided to stop issuing all marriage licenses.

While speaking at the Pike County Republican Women’s meeting on Wednesday, Allen explained why he took the stand against marriage equality.

“We have a conflict of law,” he insisted. “If sexual complimentarity is eliminated as an essential attribute of marriage, then what principle limits marriage to monogamous couples only?”


Hixon earns statewide honors for farming impact

Every now and then, people get what they deserve. Bill Hixon got what he deserves.

On Thursday night, Bill Hixon, a prominent Banks cattleman and farmer and member of the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association, was inducted into the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association 2014 Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame.

A large gathering of family members and members of the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association attended the awards banquet in support of Hixon who is an active and longtime leader in Pike County.


Court officials begin new term in office

One by one, four Pike County court officials raised their right hands and placed their left on a Bible Thursday night.

Probate Judge Wes Allen, District Judge William Hightower, Circuit Judge Tom Head and Circuit Clerk Jamie Scarbrough all began new terms on Jan. 10, solemnly affirming to uphold the laws of the United States and Alabama while faithfully and honestly performing their duties to the best of their abilities.

“Justice in Pike County is in great hands because there are good people involved,” said Federal Judge Keith Watkins who administered the oath of office to the four.


TroyLife magazine launched

Troy Publications on Thursday launched its newest publication, TroyLife, a quarterly lifestyle magazine.

“We’re thrilled to be adding a magazine to our family of publications,” said Stacy Graning, publisher. “We believe Troy, and the surrounding areas, deserve a magazine that captures the spirit of our community and reflects the lifestyle we enjoy here.

“We’ve had terrific and positive feedback from the folks with whom we’ve shared the concept and sought and advice, and I believe we’re going to produce a stunning magazine for our community.”