Probate and Commission’s Office moves to “The Herndon Building”

As of October 2022, the probate and commission’s office has moved to “The Herndon Building”. The Herndon Building is located at 102 North Court Square Abbeville, AL 36310. We are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday. The probate office is responsible for all renewals/purchases of boat/car tags, business licenses, and hunting/baiting/fishing licenses. Standard driver’s licenses and marriage certificates will still be located in the courthouse. Please come see us when it is your month to renew. Thanks!

Driver’s License examiner has moved to the Annex Building

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) examiner location has changed. They are now located in the Annex Building only on Wednesdays. You can still simply renew your license or change your address at the Henry County Courthouse when you walk in and turn right on any weekday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. A state trooper from the ALEA office will be in Abbeville to issue new Driver’s Licenses, change your name, issue new star IDs, and issue driving tests on Wednesdays only. The location of the Annex Building is 101 N Doswell Street Abbeville, AL 36310. We do not take appointments, first come first serve.

HOURS
(Wednesdays Only)
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
(1-hour lunch break)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

For more information please call (334) 604-5407. This number will only be answered on Wednesdays during business hours.

Henry County will no longer be mailing out Tag Renewal Cards

Residents of Henry County, AL will no longer be receiving car tag renewals via mail. The process of mailing these out was costing the city an exorbitant amount of money every year. We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience. We recommend you make a reminder of when your tag is due or check our website monthly to see if it is your turn to renew. Thanks!

The Herndon Building Parking

For customers visiting The Herndon Building, we have a very large parking lot behind our building. If you drive around the right side, there is more than enough parking for everyone. No need to park at the courthouse and walk over or walk around the whole building to get to the front. There is a side door on the opposite side of the building than you drove in on like you are exiting our parking lot. It is accessible to everyone. We hope you will come to see us soon!

Red Cross Shelters opened for storms

Henry County will open two Red Cross shelters on Sunday.  The First Baptist Church Headland located at 301 East Church Street in Headland and the Abbeville United Methodist Church located at 100 West Kelly Street in Abbeville will open at 4:00pm on Sunday September 10th.

 

Residents living in mobile homes are encouraged to seek out one of these shelters or stay with friends / family in a sturdy home.

From the Courthouse to your House (August 2017)

“Get in the Game”

By:  David Money

     In 1988, I left the mayor’s office after twelve years in municipal government.  There was no doubt in my mind that a career in public service had ended.  Our business was going through some challenging times and I needed to devote all my energies to bringing it back.  Then, in 1999, I attended ‘The Walk to Emmaus’ in the Big Bend community near Tallahassee.  That weekend I heard a talk from a lay speaker that centered on Isaiah 6:8 – when the Lord asked, “Who will go for us – whom shall I send?”  And Isaiah answered, “Here am I, Lord…send me.” I’ve never forgotten that talk…and that became a life verse for me.  It reminds me that we are all called to missions…to serve others.  Karen, Erin and I have since been on numerous mission trips – to help establish churches in Costa Rica and Belize…to assist in the vaccination of sheep, goats, horses and dogs on the Navajo Reservations of New Mexico and Arizona…to take supplies to the poor regions of Appalachia surrounding the Red Bird Mission in eastern Kentucky.  The more we served the more blessed we became.  And it opened my eyes to how much I missed public service.

     After selling the dealership in 2011 a door opened that would allow the opportunity for a return to public service.  For the past 4 ½ years, I’ve been honored to serve as your probate judge and county commission chairman.  I’ve recently shared my desire to serve one final term.  A strong foundation has been laid but there’s still much work to be done.  We’ve just returned from the annual convention of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (A.C.C.A.)  Strategies were developed that should lead to more jobs for our citizens, better county roads, a plan for a revised juvenile justice system and improvements in many other areas of concern for those of us in Henry County.  The convention’s theme was ‘Get in the Game.’  Last Thursday, I was elected as the A.C.C.A. vice president for the coming year.  With it comes an opportunity to have an even stronger voice for Henry County on the state level.  

     Public service is much like mission work…it can and should be a ministry of sorts…a calling to serve, to meet needs, to be there for others.  Since January of 2013, I’ve centered my work around a second verse of scripture, Micah 6:8:  “Seek Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with your God.”  May that be our guiding principle as we all seek to ‘get in the game.’

 

30 Day Update:

  • Probate Court Activity for July: one probating of a will; two adoptions; two involuntary commitments; two guardianships; seven miscellaneous hearings; five final settlements; two name changes and seven marriage licenses issued
  • If your last name begins with ‘J’ – ‘K’ – ‘R’ today is the final day to renew your tags and avoid a penalty. Last names beginning with ‘Q’ – ‘S’ – ‘T’ will renew in September.
  • July 31 – We welcomed U.S. Senate candidate Mo Brooks as he visited Henry County.
  • August 2 – I attended an A.C.C.A. Workers Comp board meeting in Montgomery.
  • August 3 – Abbeville and Headland Chambers sponsored a luncheon honoring Wallace Community College baseball coach Mackey Sasser and WCC President Dr. Linda Young.
  • August 5 – We attended the Henry County Historical Group’s annual dinner/meeting.
  • August 7 – Around 80 poll workers attended our poll worker’s training at AUMC.
  • August 8 – I interviewed for vice president of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama in Montgomery – the election will be held on August 24
  • August 15 – We had a small turnout (app. 18%) for the U. S. Senate primary election.
  • August 16 – I attended an Alabama Juvenile Justice Task Force meeting at the Capitol.
  • August 21-25 – We attended the A.C.C.A. annual convention in Orange Beach.
  • August 28 – HCHR board meeting – noon at HCHR board room.
  • August 28 – I represented Henry County at the dedication of ‘The Rainbow Soldier.’ It was exactly 100 years ago (August 28, 1917) that 3,677 WWI soldiers departed Union Station in Montgomery.  Several from Henry County were in that 42nd Rainbow Infantry Division, including my grandfather and great uncle.  They have all now been memorialized with the unveiling of a bronze statue at Union Station.   
  • August 31 – Henry County Commission 2017/18 budget preparation work session.

 

Dates to Remember:

  • September 4 – Enjoy a safe Labor Day holiday.
  • September 7-10 – Bethlehem Walk to Emmaus (Dr. Perry Mobley is the lay director.)
  • September 12 – Wallace College Foundation Board meeting
  • September 12 – September Administrative meeting – 9:00 AM – Probate Court Room
  • September 12 – September Commission meeting – 10:30 AM – Probate Court Room
  • September 13 – E911 board meeting – Headland annex
  • September 13/14 – A.C.C.A. board member seminar – Lake Martin
  • September 14 – SEARP&DC board member/annual dinner – Ozark Civic Center
  • September 21 – Henry County Youth Leadership conference at Troy University
  • September 22 – ‘Leadership Alabama’ regional luncheon – Dothan Country Club
  • September 26 – Republican runoff for the U. S. Senate election

From the Courthouse to your House (June 2017)

‘Why Must It Be So Complicated?’

By:  David Money

     The Alabama legislative process is by no means a simple one.  Much more goes on ‘behind the scenes’ in Montgomery than is visible on the floor of the House or the Senate.  Never has that been more apparent than during the debate over the ATRIP2 legislation as the 2017 session drew to a close.  By statute, all revenue bills must originate in the House of Representatives.  Those bills are not allowed to come to a vote on the floor of the House until the General Fund budget has been passed (which historically happens well into the session.)  A way around this is through what’s known as the B.I.R. (Budget Isolation Resolution.)  Passage of a B.I.R. that is tied to a specific revenue bill allows that particular piece of legislation to be brought to a vote on the House floor even if the General Fund budget has not been passed.

     The purpose in addressing this in this column is to clarify what has become a confusing situation.  I’ve been asked about statements I had made indicating that our local legislators in the House of Representatives were not supportive of the ATRIP2 legislation (this is the bill that would have provided over $10 million in funding to make needed improvements to almost 100 miles of roads in Henry County and its municipalities.)  Here is the clarification:  I have no doubt whatsoever that IF the ATRIP2 legislation had gotten to a vote, every local Representative in the Wiregrass area would have voted for it.  I have no doubt about that.  The issue is that there was a problem just getting it to a vote.  When you have the ‘no new tax under any circumstance’ Republicans as well as the Democratic Caucus and various other special interest groups trying to work deals to satisfy their own interests, the easiest way to prevent this type revenue legislation from coming to a vote is to bog down efforts to get the B.I.R. passed.  That is what happened with the ATRIP2 bill.

      Sadly, too often the ‘wants’ of special interest groups blind them to the ‘needs’ we face on the county level every day.  My ‘special interest’ is this:  to improve our roads and do it as soon as funds are available to get it done.  Legislators don’t get the majority of calls from citizens who are rightfully demanding better roads.  Those calls are made – as they should be – to their county commissioners and to the local road and bridge department.  But, the truth of the matter is that our hands are tied financially.  No one wants better roads more than we do – it is the number one priority in county government – but, as a county commission, we don’t have the statutory authority to pass some magical funding mechanism.  That is the role of the legislature.  So to any legislator who felt I was indicating that they didn’t support the bill itself, I apologize.  My plea to each of them is this:  do all you can to get the legislation to a vote on the floor of the House; then support it by voting ‘Yes.’

 

30 Day Updates

  • May probate activity: five adoptions, nine guardianship/conservatorships, three involuntary commitments, one miscellaneous hearing and 14 marriage licenses sold
  • If your last name begins with “I” or “M” you have only today and tomorrow to renew your tags without penalty. July will be the renewal month for those with last names beginning with “L” or “P”
  • June 6 – attended the Wallace College Foundation Board meeting in Dothan
  • June 7 – attended an Alabama Workers Comp board meeting in Montgomery
  • June 8 – attended the Todd’s Farm RV Campground ribbon cutting in Headland
  • June 8 – attended the SEARP&DC board meeting in Dothan
  • June 13 – appointed by Governor Ivey to serve on the Alabama Juvenile Justice Task Force (representing the Association of County Commissioners of Alabama)
  • June 12/14 – attended the Alabama Probate Judges Association Summer Conference
  • June 20 – monthly administration and commission meetings
  • June 21/22 – attended the ‘Budget & Finance’ conference in Prattville
  • June 26 – attended the HCHR board meeting in Abbeville
  • June 28/29 – attended the ‘Alabama County Government’ conference and the ACCA board meeting in Prattville and Montgomery

Dates to Remember:

  • June 30 – Wiregrass Forum in Ozark
  • July 4 – Happy 241st Birthday, America
  • July 11 – July Administrative meeting – 9:00 AM – Probate Court Room
  • July 11 – July Commission meeting – 10:30 AM – Probate Court Room
  • July 20 – Alabama Juvenile Justice Task Force meeting – Montgomery