Part of Hwy 231 Dedicated to Charles Poland

Part of highway 231 has been re-named in honor of fallen Dale County bus driver Charles Poland.

He was killed on January 29th of last year when a man boarded his bus demanding children.

Poland refused Jimmy Lee Dykes' demand and was fatally shot.

Dykes then took a little boy hostage, holding him in an underground bunker for nearly a week.

A half-mile stretch of highway 231 is now named the Charles Chuck Albert Poland Junior Memorial Highway.

The state senate passed a resolution last session to rename the road.

The one year anniversary of Poland’s death is next Wednesday.

A remembrance ceremony is planned on that day to honor his memory and heroic efforts.

It will be at Dale County High School in Midland City at 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited.

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