Wednesday, 10th August 2022
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    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

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    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

  • headland official seal 200x200

    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

    headland official seal 200x200  

    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

  • headland official seal 200x200

    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

    headland official seal 200x200  

    City of Headland

    Gem of the Wiregrass

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It was a beautiful night at Douglas Park as thousands of spectators gathered for the City of Headland Independence Day Fireworks!  The fireworks lasted about 25 minutes and everyone enjoyed it immensely!

The City of Headland wishes to thank the sponsors who supported this annual event.

  • MDI
  • Headland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • HNB First Bank
  • Donald Smith Company
  • PeoplesSouth Bank
  • Wiregrass Construction
  • Polyengineering, Inc.
  • BWSC, Inc.

First Baptist Church Headland

The First Baptist Church of Headland celebrated their 150th Anniversary on April 23, 2017.  From a small beginning of 8 founding members in April of 1867 at 1 Cleveland Street in Headland, the First Baptist Church as grown to over 1,100+ members!

The following is a brief history of the church.

Our Heritage

The First Baptist Church of Headland was organized in the early part of 1867 as The Baptist Church of Christ at Bethlehem with an enrollment of eight members. The Church was admitted to the Judson Association as Beulah Church in the same year. The Rev. Thomas Scott was the first pastor and Bro. William Whitehead was the first deacon. J. S. Kirkland was the first member to be received for baptism after the church organized; he then served as the first church clerk.

2016 headland all stars dixie youth majors world series champs

The Headland 11&12 Year Old All Stars / Team Alabama won the championship game against Georgia 7-5 earlier today in the Dixie Youth Majors World Series in Laurel, Mississippi. The City of Headland and community will have a "Welcome Home Celebration" for our World Series Champs at the downtown square tonight at 7:00pm. Please join us as we congratulate these fine young men!!!

Members of the team are Jake Johnson, Luke Nelson, James Evan Trammell, Justin Murphy, Cooper Weeks, Jake Smith, Karson Reinhardt, Mason Steele, Weatherly, Taylor, Burke and Jordan. Jason Steele served as head coach, while Richard Reinhardt and Denny Steele were assistants.

Saturday dawned cloudy and foggy, but as it burned off it revealed one of the larger crowds in recent Harvest Day memory. The morning kicked off at nine with a welcome from Headland Mayor Ray Marler. Also on hand were Councilmen Michael Roland, Jody Singleton, Joe Falkner and Kendrick Spurling.

As the new fiscal year is getting underway, the Headland City Council adopted the budget that will carry the city through the next 12 months.

"I hope we made all the changes we talked about," Mayor Ray Marler said, asking the council to look over the numbers and make sure they met members' approval. "It's been kind of a busy couple of weeks."

The budget projects total revenues of $3,408,550 and expenses of $3,058,250, for a projected net income of $350,300.

Beautification department gearing up for holidays;
season will kick off Saturday with Harvest Day

They're out there year round. Every day, you can see members of the Headland Beautification Department working in or around the square or other areas of the city. But, as the days begin to get shorter, the work takes on a new urgency. Just around the corner is... holiday season!

With only a few days until Harvest Day, Beautification Superintendent Joyce Simmons' crew is hitting the ground running early each morning. Borrowing a line from "Smoky And The Bandit":  They've got a long way to go... and a short time to get there.

Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, has announced the agency will resume the periodic mailing of Social Security Statements -- once every five years for most workers-- while encouraging everyone to create a secure My Social Security Account to immediately access their statement online, anytime. The statement is a valuable financial planning tool providing workers age 18 and older with important individualized information regarding their earnings, tax contributions, and estimates for future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits.

Headland celebrated homecoming the week of Sept. 22, with the annual parade held the 25th. One of the favorite activities of the week, it drew entries from throughout the area. Among those taking part were representatives from the city. In the top picture, Police Chief Mark Jones maneuvered his Charger along the route with lights flashing and siren blaring. Below, members of the city's fire department and EMT program were on hand to remind participants and those watching to be careful.

Councilmen Jody Singleton and Kendrick Spurling

Headland High School's annual homecoming parade drew entries of all kinds Sept. 25 as it made its way around the city. Among those taking part were representatives of city government. Councilmen Jody Singleton and Kendrick Spurling wheeled a golf cart along the parade route near the front of the line.

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 City of Headland has moved it's administrative offices to the new Headland Municipal Complex located at 25 Grove Street.  This facility will house offices for the Mayor, City Clerk, Water / Wastewater Department, Street Department,  E-911, city administrative assistants and the Headland Chamber of Commerce. The former City Hall is now the Judicial Building housing the Police Department, City Court Magistrate, City Court and Council Meeting chamber. Read on to view photos!

Headland Farmers Market

This year’s growing season is underway and local shoppers like Pat Rister, right, began benefitting from the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables Friday as the Headland Farmers Marker kicked off its series of appearances on the square. With the oaks providing plenty of shade, many took advantage of the newly-picked goodies in what has become an anticipated annual tradition. The market is slated to run Fridays from 3-7 p.m. through July 25. For more information, contact the Henry County Extension Service.

2014-05-07-economic-lessons-1Students at Headland High School learned some first-hand lessons in economics May 7 as they took part in the “Reality Check“ program at the school. Each student was given an individual identity and life situation, such as a single parent with three children. They were then given a fixed amount of money to live on and led through billable purchases, such as cars, food, power, insurance and others.  Volunteers from various city businesses and teachers were on hand to give the students a healthy dose of realism during their search. In the top photo, Mayor Ray Marler and City Clerk Heather Shippey operated a “store” were students bought food. In the bottom photo, the students lined up to purchase insurance.


Headland Police Department "Drunk Busters" program at Headland High

The Headland Police Department presenting lessons on the effects of alcohol to students at Headland High recently. And not one drop was consumed. The students wore “drunk goggles” as part of the “Drunk Busters” program. The goggles simulated the effects of alcohol, with students asked to perform tasks to the best of their ability while wearing them. There was a great deal of staggering and missed basketball shots throughout the day, with the police department feeling the message was well received by the students.

Mayor and Council honors Library Board Members

Three Solomon Library Board Members were honored for their 38 years of service to the facility during the Headland City Council meeting Tuesday night. On hand were, front row, from the left, Mayor Ray Marler, Librarian Joan Moulton, Don McGriff (representing board member honoree and his wife, Betty), honoree Nell Parker, honoree Zona Gayle Baxter, Board Member Roberta Childs, Board Member Rose Reeves, and library employees Beth Tew and Barbara DeShazo. Back row, from the left, are Council Members Michael Roland, Joe Falkner, Jody Singleton and Kendrick Spurling.


The city of Headland is growing, and to keep up with that growth, the city council is constantly looking for ways to improve the lives of local residents. They took another step in that direction Tuesday by approving the lease of the old Alabama Power building on the square for city administrative use.

"I think this will be a great asset to our city, especially bringing in some county business to join hands with us," Mayor Ray Marler said. The current city hall is bursting at the seams with offices and the new building will give the city room to grow while allowing for better services to the public.


New Headland District Three Councilman Michael Roland knew he wanted to serve the city one day, but that day got here quicker than expected. He was recently recommended to take the place of John Mellown, who had moved out of the district.

"This was actually something I had thought of doing... only not this soon," Roland said. "When the opportunity came available and I was approached about it, I decided now was a good time."

This year's event will bring changes

For the second year in a row, Headland will be the host city for the Dixie Majors State Baseball Tournament. The awarding was made April 6.

With the long-awaited Chinese industrial conference in Dothan ending, local city and business leaders are assessing the event and what it could mean for the area.

Headland Mayor Ray Marler said Tuesday the conference brought the chance to "interact with people from different cultures. Hopefully, we'll get more chances to interact in the future."

What began with fears of heavy rain and thunderstorms cleared with the passing clouds and the most successful "PawsFest" ever was held Saturday on the square.

"I think everybody had a blast," CHARM Board Member Jo Geisler said Monday morning. "The weather panned out fine. We set a record for fundraising. And the vendors had a good day."