Fayette boys fall to Deshler in regionals


Fayette’s Darius Nalls (11) attempts a three-point shot against Deshler in the AHSAA class 4A regionals at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville on Sat. Feb. 17. Also pictured is Q’Derek Johnson (12) and Tre’Darion Walker (1).

By MICHAEL E. PALMER
T-R Managing Editor

The Fayette County High School boys basketball team ended their post-season play with a 57-37 loss to the Deshler Tigers at Wallace State Community College on Saturday. Feb. 17. The game was defined by what coach Ron Hamilton described as his team’s season-long “achilles heel” - free throw shooting.  

 

FMS Students Start a Recycling Campaign


Seventh grade Fayette Middle School students Emma Claire Kummer and Virginia Edgeworth have decided to start a recycling campaign at FMS. These students are members of FMS Family, Career and Community Leaders FCCLA program.

Seventh grade Fayette Middle School students Emma Claire Kummer and Virginia Edgeworth have decided to start a recycling campaign at FMS.
These students are members of FMS Family, Career and Community Leaders FCCLA program. 

Fayette council adopts resolution opposing bills


The Fayette City Council is pictured here at the Feb. 13 meeting. From left are: Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson, Jason Cowart, Ray Nelson, Eddy Campbell, Linda McGraw, and Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council held its first meeting of February on Tuesday the 13. The mayor and all council members were present.
In the first order of business the council voted to approve the minutes from the last meeting. In the business session of the meeting, the council then voted unanimously to approve Midstates Petroleum to provide fuel to the City of Fayette for the calendar year 2018.

Commission denies payment of excess vacation time


From left; Fayette County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioner Joe Acker and Commissioner Barry Corkren are shown reviewing the county’s vacation pay policy during the commission’s Feb. 12 meeting.
The Fayette County Commission denied the payment of vacation time that is in excess of the county’s stated policy during its Feb. 12 meeting. County employees who have not used all of their vacation hours can “roll-over” up to 60 hours to the following year, and those employees can also be paid for up to 60 hours of vacation time per year. The maximum hours of vacation time that an employee can both roll-over and be paid for yearly is 120 hours combined.

Berry Lady Wildcats take runner-up trophy


The Berry Lady Wildcats were the runners-up in the Class 1A, Area 9 Championship tournament. Pictured are, front row (L-R): Bethany Townsel, Tierra Grevins, Sommer Bullard, and Maggie Herren. Back Row, (L-R): Coach Ryan Stephens, Coach Zack Townley, Tyner Beth Bowling, Bailey Thomas, Iannah Fields, Zoe Mauldin, Katelyn Willcutt, Brooke Hill, and Head Coach Caleb Hynds.

The Berry Lady Wildcats  traveled on Feb. 7 to Holy Spirit High School in Tuscaloosa for the opening round of the Class 1A, Area 9 basketball tournament.

 

Berry Wildcats defeat Hubbertville, fall to South Lamar in Class 1A, Area 9 tournament


Members of the Berry Wildcat basketball team celebrate after Isaiah Kizzire (1) made a last second three-point shot to defeat the Hubbertville Lions 72-69 in the first round of the Class 1A, Area 9 tournament at South Lamar High School on Feb. 5.

Berry boys basketball team defeated Hubbertville 72-69 in the first round of the Class 1A, Area 9 basketball tournament, held Feb. 5 at South Lamar.

 

Berry declares vacancy on town council


Pictured at the Feb. 5 Berry Town Council meeting are, from left: Councilman Chris Rice, Councilman Troyce Townsel and Councilman Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council announced the resignation of Councilman Clyde Pendley and declared a vacancy on the council during its meeting on Feb. 5. In addition to Pendley, Councilman Wesley Jacobs was also absent from the meeting.

 

Fayette artist Bernard Wright continues Sudduth’s folk art tradition


Bernard Wright is shown holding one of his paintings of Civil Rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the background is a mural painted by local artists Missy Miles and Karen Griffiths depicting Wright’s mentor, Jimmy Lee Sudduth.

As a native of Fayette, Bernard Wright often passed by the home of famed folk artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth and casually admired Sudduth’s work that was frequently displayed in his yard. Wright would also frequently see Sudduth sitting outside, creating a new painting out of the primitive materials that he used.  

 

Hammond donates $5K to Hubbertville School baseball


Long time Hubbertville supporter Teddy Norris, left, Chris Hammond, center, and Hubbertville baseball Coach Dustin Silas are pictured here at a check ceremony at Hubbertville School on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Long time Hubbertville supporter Teddy Norris, left, Chris Hammond, center, and Hubbertville baseball Coach Dustin Silas are pictured here at a check ceremony at Hubbertville School on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Fayette County Schools celebrate FCCLA Week


Pictured are First Vice-President Kirstin Nix, left, of Berry, and Vice-President of STAR Events Kristen Lowery of Hubbertville.

Fayette County - National Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) week will take place Feb. 12-16 and it will feature a week full of FCCLA activities around the county.
This week is an opportunity to get the word out about FCCLA, show spirit, and inspire potential new members and supporters.

Nalls, Stevenson sign NCAA Division One football scholarships on National Signing Day


Fayette County High School football standouts Darius Nalls and Chance Stevenson signed Division 1 football scholarships.

Fayette - Governor Nalls and Cadet Stevenson. Those are the new titles that Fayette County High School football standouts Darius Nalls and Chance Stevenson picked up  after last week’s scholarship signing ceremony at FCHS. Nalls signed to play football with the Austin Peay State University Governors. Stevenson announced that he will be attending the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

 

Police department conducts training class for church security


Shown are some of the participants from local churches at the Fayette police/fire station on Jan. 24 as they gathered for the Fayette Police Department’s first church security training session.
Danny Jenkins, Fayette police chief, greeted the participants from local churches at the police/fire station on Jan. 24 as they gathered for the department’s first church security training session. He asked Officer Adam Smith, who is also an ordained minister, to open the meeting with a word of prayer. As the participants bowed their heads in silent reverence, chaos begin to flow from the back of the building. One by one, the participants were hit by objects while Smith continued his prayer.

Fayette County schools receive ‘B’ on report card


Hubbertville School had an 84 on the recently released school report cards. This was the highest score received within the Fayette County school system.
The Fayette County School System scored a final score of 80 (B) on its report card issued by the Alabama Department of Education under the 2016-17 Accountability Assessment. Each school in the system was assessed and given both a numeric and letter grade.

Candidates seek office as qualifying deadline approaches

As the primary qualifying deadline of Feb. 9 approaches, several local candidates have qualified to run for office in the June 5 primary. Qualifying for the Fayette County Superintendent of Education race on the Republican ticket is incumbent Jim Burkhalter and Sandy Aldridge. Seeking the Republican nomination for Probate Judge is Mike Newman, Mike Freeman and Kevin Bass. The lone qualifier for the position in the Democratic Party is Scott Porter.

Diesel fuel spill prevented from entering water supply


The site where diesel fuel leaked from a tank is seen here on Monday Jan. 29. The site is located where Highway 18 crosses the Luxapallila Creek.

Quick action by local water department and Emergency Management Agency (EMA) officials prevented a diesel fuel spill from entering the local water supply. Daniel Brasher, general manager of Fayette Water Works, said that at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, a local hunter called the Covin water processing facility to report the smell of diesel fuel and a bluish sheen on the water of Luxapillila Creek near Highway 18 West.

Maddox speaks to youth leadership group


Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox was the featured speaker at the West Alabama Youth Leadership Institute meeting, held on the Fayette campus of Bevill State Community College.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox was the featured speaker at the West Alabama Youth Leadership Institute meeting, held on Jan. 24 at the Fayette campus of Bevill State Community College. Maddox has served as mayor of Tuscaloosa since 2005, and he previously served as a Tuscaloosa city councilman and the executive director of personnel for the Tuscaloosa City School System.

Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance holds meeting


Pictured left to right are Katie Espeseth, Beth Roberts, David Thornell, Jim Searcy, Harry Unger and Kim Ennis at the 7th annual Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (C3) State of the Region meeting.

The Northwest Alabama (formerly C3) Economic Development Alliance’s seventh annual meeting was held on Jan. 25 on the campus of Bevill State Community College in Fayette. The Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance covers Fayette, Marion and Lamar counties, and is an organization dedicated to strengthening the communities that it serves through economic and community development projects.

Commission votes to pay employees for time missed


Shown at the Fayette County Commission meeting are from left: commissioners John Underwood, Billy Rodgers, James Knight, Shane Hughes, County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioner Joe Acker and Commissioner Barry Corkren.

The Fayette County Commission voted during its Jan. 22 meeting to pay all employees for time missed when the courthouse was closed for inclement weather on Jan. 16 and 17. Commission Chairman Shane Hughes had ordered that the Fayette County Courthouse be closed on Jan. 16 and 17 due to the threat of possible inclement weather and impassible roads. Some employees received full pay compensation for those days, while others did not receive compensation.

Fayette survives the snow, coldest temperatures in over 20 years


The east side of Lake Hutto at Guthrie Smith Park was frozen solid on Jan. 17. (Photo by DEAN MADDOX)

Fayette survived the coldest temperatures that the county has endured in over 20 years on Jan. 16-18, according to Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Russ Taylor. The temperature was six degrees on the morning of Jan. 17, with a wind chill of minus three degrees.

Fayette BOE approves personnel and contract changes


Board president Tom Hubbert (center) emphasizes a point to board member Sam Sullivan (right) as Superintendent Jim Burkhalter watches. (Photo by DEAN MADDOX)

The Fayette County Board of Education approved a few personnel and contract changes during its Jan. 18 meeting, held in the board’s meeting room at the Fayette County Courthouse annex. The meeting was originally scheduled for Jan. 16 at Fayette County High School, but the date and location was changed due to inclement weather on the original date.