Todd Syrup Farm and Country Market had a special guest last week, one that could mean a lot of attention paid to the business in years to come. Alabama Tourism Department Digital Marketing Director and Gulf Coast Regional Director Jo Jo Terry, was in Headland to get the grand tour from owner Joe Todd. "We wanted you to see us today and know we're for real," the owner said as he seeks support from the state involving coming projects. Among these are the National Fig Festival, scheduled for 2016. Todd said the farm has visitors from Texas, Missouri, Alaska and international tourists from South America, Tunisia and Russia. Ms. Terry expressed her excitement over the farm's activities and plans, adding the state would be working with Todd in the future.
In an effort to increase efficiency and lower operational costs, Headland is looking at joining a growing list of cities going to electronic water meters. Members from two of the leading companies in the industry met with the city council Tuesday night.
"The meter you see here, we actually pour in Tallassee," said Kevin Smith of Neptune Technology Group, which is located in that city. "Everything is covered from there."
Smith showed the council how the system works, explaining the increased efficiency of the meters and other advantages. They can be read faster, are accurate up to 1/10 of a gallon, will show leaks and the time period involved, and have backflow meter capabilities which can look for such problems as water heater failures. They also record 96 days of hourly information. "You're protecting yourself and protecting the customers," he said.
Mayor Ray Marler said the city would be looking at phasing the system in over a period of time, and is seriously considering such a move in the near future.
The recent visit by Social Security officials to Headland showed promise, but a storm that day held attendance down. Therefore, officials have scheduled another meeting for Sept. 4 from 1:30-4 p.m. in the Solomon Memorial Library.
Six braved the conditions to sign up for benefits, with another signing up on line. The turnout, despite the inclement conditions, encouraged SSA officials to schedule the second meeting.
As it plans the addition of a new building to its campus, Troy University Dothan is actively seeking the assistance of the towns, cities and counties it serves. Tuesday, it was Headland's turn.
Dr. Don Jeffrey, vice-chancellor of the Dothan Campus, reviewed the university's rich history in the Wiregrass with the Headland City Council. "We've been needing room to grow." The latest project in that growth is a planned 50,000-55,000-square-foot facility which will include classrooms, a Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence to assist local business owners and potential owners, and a 400-seat auditorium.