• Priceville Blueprint

    Be a part of the future!
    The Town of Priceville has initiated a partnership with DesignAlabama, as a part of the DesignPlace program to look at the future of our community and they need your help!
    You are invited to “Priceville Blueprint” on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Priceville Municipal Building. Event starts at 6:00 P.M.
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    From The Decatur Daily
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    From The Decatur Daily
    by Evan Belanger
    PRICEVILLE — After approving a $9 million bond issue last week, town officials plan to build and open by next fall a 66,000-square-foot recreation center at North Park.
    They’re also planning to use a portion of the bond proceeds to extend Marco Drive to East Upper River Road in a bid [...]

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Students raise funds, show support during diabetes walk

From The Decatur Daily
by Jonece Dunigan

PRICEVILLE – Jenny Rehmer wiped tears from her eyes Wednesday during the fourth annual Kids Walk for Diabetes at Priceville Elementary.

Rehmer strolled the school’s track thinking about her family’s journey with her 8-year-old son, Bryaden, who was diagnosed last year. She remembers crying when she explained to her son why he had to take insulin and prick his fingers to stay alive.

She cried as she held him down when he took his first shots. When he received his insulin pump this month, she was afraid it would affect his confidence.

But as Bryaden’s entire second-grade class walked with fake pumps hanging from their arms and legs, Rehmer knew she didn’t have to worry anymore.

“The support is overwhelming because you know people care and they are praying,” Rehmer said. “That’s what keeps him motivated. He doesn’t feel so alone.”

The purpose Wednesday’s event was to raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease affecting the body’s ability to create insulin. The hormone is needed to convert sugars into energy. Type 1 diabetes usually is diagnosed in children and young adults.

Priceville Elementary raised $3,692 for Type 1 diabetes research during its weeklong fundraiser to find a cure, which is more than double the school’s initial $1,500 goal. Ten percent of the funds will go to the school’s clinic.

More than 720 children cheered and laughed as Principal Tanya McCain kissed a pig. Assistant Principal Daniel Gullion’s lip was smeared with lipstick before he leaned in to kiss a goat.

McCain said she didn’t have a problem kissing a farm animal for the students.

“The kids wanted something exciting this year,” McCain said. “Any time we can do that to get support, it’s worth it.”

Second-grade teacher Sophia Clotfelter started the event to educate parents about the subtle symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, which include frequent urination, headaches and nausea. Her daughter, Anna Catherine, 10, was diagnosed five years ago and has to take several shots a day.

Monitoring blood sugar is a must for diabetics. So is having a network of friends and family to lean on during the bad days, Clotfelter said. The toughest times are during the night, when Anna Catherine’s blood sugar is most likely to drop to dangerous levels.

Support for those with diabetes has grown because it has become more common in the community, Clotfelter said. Anna Catherine was the only one when she was diagnosed in first grade. Five years later, four students had been diagnosed. The school also has a teacher with the disease.

An estimated 208,000 Americans under age 20 have Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Those who have adult-onset, or Type 2, diabetes produce insulin, but it’s less capable of moving sugar out of the bloodstream.

Students didn’t let the statistics get them down. They showed support for their diagnosed classmates by holding up colorful signs and shouting their names into a sunny sky.

Clotfelter said she appreciated the support.

“No one was doing the fundraiser for a prize or any other reason but to show support,” Clotfelter said. “It’s humbling to see the overwhelming love shown for these kids.”

The students honored the living and the dead. Priceville resident Nancy Bullard held back tears as one class carried a sign in memory of her son, Justin Watts, who died from diabetes complications in November 2005. The 2004 Hartselle High graduate was 20 years old.

“We need to find a cure,” Bullard said. “It warms my heart to see the support because I never asked them to honor my son. The school reached out to me.”