300 people turnout for 1st-ever event

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 8, 2014


The Andalusia Police Department’s first National Night Out event drew a crowd of about 300 people who enjoyed karaoke, face painting, and games.

“It seemed like everyone enjoyed it,” Chief Paul Hudson said. “It was a good turnout for a school night and the weather was great.”

The Andalusia Fire Department, the Covington County DA’s office, the Drug Task Force, and Covington County EMA were among the agencies participating in the event. The DTF displayed a drone it’s now using to aid in investigations, and had a drug take back event, allowing those who need to dispose of unused prescription drugs safely to turn them in, no questions asked.

DTF Commander Mark Odom said the results of the drug take back were good.

“I think the most we’ve ever collected was 128 pounds,” he said.

As of last night, the pills had not been weighed. After they are removed from the plastic pill bottles, they will be incinerated, he said.

Among those turning in unused prescriptions was Darby’s owner David Darby.

A new law allows pharmacies to be a drop-off point for unused pills, Darby said.