Wadley celebrates Hutto

A big surprise awaited longtime Wadley Recreation Department Director Ronnie “Hutto” Hudson on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the city’s park.
When the man people lovingly call “Hutto” arrived with his wife Kathy Hudson, people were already waiting for him. The day was set aside for opening the new basketball courts at Hope Williams Memorial Park. 
“WILDCATS” was painted on one court. On the other court is painted, “WADLEY WILDCATS.” On the other side of this court is something special, “HUTTCOURT.”
“Court One is dedicated to Hudson,” Wadley Mayor Harold Moore said. “Hutto, you know these kids love you; and, we know, Hutto, you love the kids.”
The mayor said there is something else in the plans – a day in Hudson’s honor called Hutt Day.
“It will be a fun day in the park,” he said in an interview.
“We really wanted to let Ronnie Hutto know his 30 years of service means so much to the kids, means so much to the community,” Moore said.
“The whole thing was a surprise,” Hudson said, adding he appreciates the parents trusting him with their children for the 30 plus years he’s worked with them. 
“I love them,” he said about the children.
Lisa Smith remembers Hudson from years ago when she became a firefighter on the Wadley Fire Department. Hudson who is now the city’s fire chief was a supporter of hers.
“I started in 1987 with Wadley Fire Department. He was captain on the fire department,” Smith said. 
She bumped into a cousin of Hudson’s. The cousin told Smith about the ceremony; and, she knew she had to be there.
“Ronnie was a very dedicated supporter of mine while I was on the Wadley Fire Department; and, I wanted to be there in support of Ronnie,” she said.
“He was a good instructor of mine; and, he is a good all-around person. He is an awesome firefighter; and, I learned a lot.”