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County road will bear Henderson legend’s name

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Paying Honor: Scores turnout to honor veterans Paul Davis and brother Wayne Davis placed a flag at Bicentennial Park for Pugh Davis during Tuesday’s Veterans Day ceremony… read more County road will bear Henderson legend’s name Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The late Rex Locklar, unofficial mayor of Henderson and founder of the Henderson Bluegrass Festival, is being honored through an effort to rename a county road in his honor.The Pike County Commission voted Monday night to honor Rex Locklar, the founder of the Henderson Bluegrass Festival, by naming a stretch of a Pike County road in his memory.Exactly what the road from Springhill to the Crenshaw County line will be named has not been decided but it will be a memorial highway, said Pike County Commission Joey Jackson, who along with Commissioner Ray Goodson, petitioned for the naming of the highway.“How this came about was the bluegrass association wanted to do this for Rex because of his love of bluegrass and how he promoted it for all those years,” Jackson said. “Everybody knew Rex, and I don’t know anybody that didn’t like him. So, naming the road was a no brainer. I got with Ray and we got the ball rolling.“We got 110 signatures on the petition to name the road in memory of Rex and it was a unanimous vote by the commissioners. Now, we’ve got to know what to put on the signs and get them ordered.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Goodson said Locklar was known for his love of bluegrass music, but he was also an icon of the Henderson community.“I don’t care where you went to bluegrass festivals, when people found out where you were from, they always asked if you knew Rex Locklar,” Goodson said. “Rex was known all over for the bluegrass festivals he put on. And, he had that store right on the road and there was always somebody sitting out there on the porch with Rex. I’d go by and sit with him and he could tell you some stories.”For 44 years, “Old Rex” hosted bluegrass festivals each October and April at the old Henderson Schoolhouse. Pickers, grinners and toe-tappers came from hundreds of miles to be apart of Rex’s Bluegrass Festivals.Locklar died on Feb. 23, 2014. His contributions to bluegrass in Alabama were recognized by the State Legislature. Latest Stories By Blood Sugar Blaster Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Jaine Treadwell Locklar’s brother, Wiley Locklar, said the Alabama Bluegrass Association initiated the efforts to name the Springhill to Glenwood highway in memory of Rex Locklar.“I was contacted by the bluegrass association about naming the road in memory of Rex and I really appreciated that,” Locklar said. “I talked with Commissioner Jackson and he was all for it. He and Commissioner Ray Goodson got the process started. Rex would be humbled by it.”The naming of County Roads 2262, 2290 and 2276 will not affect E-911 numbering. The memorial signs will be placed at each end of the stretch of roadway. About half of the roadway is in District 4 and half in District 6. The funding for the signs will come from Commissioners Goodson and Jacksons’ discretionary funds. Email the author Book Nook to reopen Published 3:00 am Thursday, November 13, 2014 Print Article Sponsored Contentlast_img read more