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Britt Moore

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Transcript of Weaver,Alabama

The city of Weaver, located in North Eastern Alabama has the personal motto of: "Where quality of life is our #1 priority!". For Human Behavior and Social Environment II class our group decided to test the validity of this motto with a community assessment. To get an overall degree of well being for this assessment we investigated the demographics, history, poverty, education, healthcare, and community involvement of this city. Our assessment also includes the signs of personal, community, and organizational well-being along with power within the community.

Problem Statement
Like most small towns, Weaver lacks resources within its city limits. The main problem we assessed is that the citizens of Weaver have to drive outside of the city to get government resources, healthcare, and transportation.

The methods of well-being, strengths, risks, weaknesses, and opportunities were measured in the community by interviews and observation of the city.
The demographics, poverty, education and history was retrieved from various websites and different books.

History of Weaver
Upon the death of their father in Putnam County, Georgia, two brothers Simeon and Linzey Weaver left Georgia in a wagon train which included a kinsman preacher named Rev. Richard Pace.
Lying in the fertile valley of the Appalachian foothills, the region of present-day Weaver appealed to their desires.Sometime between 1835 and 1836, they acquired land in the area and began to establish their farms.
David Francis Weaver, son of Linzey Weaver, took it upon himself to pursue a railroad depot and post office for his community.
In 1871, the United States government established a post office on land donated by David Weaver.

History Continued:
The first school established in the Weaver area was known as the Cave Creek Academy, built in 1861.
Tuition ranged from $1.50 to $3.00 per month.
By 1884, the school was recognized as Weaver’s High School.
In the early day’s of the town’s development, government in Weaver was self-imposed. Saloons were forbidden.
Weaver was formed on October 4, 1945.
The first church to organize in Weaver was the Weaver Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
On July 23, 1903, the name was officially changed by the United States Postal Service to Weaver, a name that remains to this day.

Ecological Perspective
Because of the cotton gins, the possibility of fires was a constant menace to the citizens.This made Weaver’s greatest concern the town’s welfare, especially, avoiding loss of property by fire.
Two big fires hindered Weaver's growth early on. They were the:
The most disastrous fire in 1892. To the citizens of Weaver’s Station, this loss was nearly a death blow to the town.
The most noted fire of all destroyed the Southern Railway Depot in 1933. Old timers still talk about the “burning of the old depot”.

Power/ Structural Perspective:
Mayor is Wayne Willis.
Weaver has 5 people on the city council.
Police department
8 officers
Have a k-9 unit and detective.
Fire department
Anniston EMS Station 4
Weaver has a city hall and a post office.

A Community Assessment

By: Brittney Moore, Kara Byron, Melissa Ramsey, and Melissa Evans
Black/African American:
Hispanic/ Latino:
American Indian/Alaskan Native:
Total Population:
By Age:
Younger than 25:
Average median household income in 2012:
Weaver- $41, 398
Individuals below poverty level in 2012:
Weaver- 13.1%
The city of Weaver does not have government housing but the Anniston Housing Authority falls under Weaver.
The churches of Weaver collect food and clothes for the people who need them.
Weaver Schools offer a subsidized meal program.

Breakfast Student:$1.50 Lunch Student:$1.75
Subsidized= *Free* or Reduced breakfast=$.30 Lunch$.40

Weaver does not have any doctor offices, dentists or hospitals.
The closest doctor offices and dentists are in Anniston and Jacksonville.
The closest hospitals are RMC of Anniston, Stringfellow Memorial Hospital, and RMC of Jacksonville.

Furthering Education:
College Education
4 year university
13 mins. away

2 year college
Gadsden State-
33 mins. away

Participation/Community Involvement:
Homecoming parade
Heritage Day Celebration in the Fall
Trick or treat on Halloween
Easter Egg hunt in Spring
Christmas Parade in December
Senior Citizen Senior

Personal Signs of Well Being:
Early life development-
Churches provide daycare services (Westwood Baptist)
Life span development-
Upward bound program (basketball and cheer leading)
Youth baseball fields
Lifestyle and life expectancy-

Weaver is a quiet and small town.
Life expectancy is high in Weaver.

Community Signs of Well Being
Ladiga Trail
Full time senior center
Social and psychological signs

Where quality of life is our #1 priority!”
Great place to raise a family and resources
are close by.
Organizational Signs of Well Being:
Weaver Park
Post office
Grocery stores
Full time senior center

Not enough employment opportunities
Strong sense of community
Good morals
Improved park
Everyone knows everyone and is willing to help out if anyone is in need
Growing in number of houses
City council members support
Senior center
Fire department
Police department
Our group sees Weaver as both a gemeinschaft and gesellschaft community. Even though residents have to go outside of the town to receive necessary healthcare and other important things citizens of this town are a tight knit community, and choose to stay here for their traditional small town way of life. However, the city officials of this town have been selected to achieve the goal of improving Weaver’s quality of life and keeping it prospering.

With new businesses moving in and houses being built all over the city our group declares Weaver, Alabama to be a "good community" that exemplifies all 9 qualities our text book mentions.

1.Primary Group Relations
4.Power Distribution
6.Degree of Commitment
7.Degree of Heterogeneity
8.Extent of Neighborhood Control
9.Extent of Conflict
Small town
Children in weaver school system
Not a lot of businesses, can’t generate money.
Not enough employment opportunities
Only one restaurant
Small roads
No library
No children center
Resident have to seek resources from next larger city (Anniston or Jacksonville)

Opportunities and Investments:
Public education
Senior citizen center
Access to 2 and 4 year college
Community involvement

More Restaurants
Local Businesses
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