Council distributes appropriations to schools

The Fayette City Council delivered checks to the public schools within the city in the amount of $5,000 each, totaling $15,000. Shown from left, front: Matthew Lindsey, Fayette Elementary School; Ray Trull, Fayette Middle School; and Dr. Jeremy Madden, Fayette County High School. Back: Councilmen Jason Cowart, Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson, Eddy Campbell and Mayor Ray Nelson.

The Fayette City Council distributed $5,000 to each of the three public school within the city during its Feb. 11 meeting. Councilwoman Linda McCraw was absent with all other council members present. Representatives from Fayette Elementary School, Fayette Middle School and Fayette County High School each accepted a check from the council, totaling $15,000 to the three schools. The money was appropriated to the schools in this year’s budget, contingent on funds being available.


Windham encourages citizens to become involved

LaTasha Windham was the keynote speaker at Bevill State Community College’s “Celebrating Black History Month” program.

LaTasha Windham of Aliceville was the featured speaker at this year’s “Celebrating Black History Month” program, held on Feb. 13 at Bevill State Community College in Fayette. Windham is a native of Pickens County, and a graduate of Bevill State and Mississippi University for Women. She is currently employed with the U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Prisons, working as a contract specialist.

Fayette County Commission hears citizen’s complaint

David White, a resident of the Mt. Lebanon Community, spoke to the commission concerning the condition of the roads in his area.

David White addressed the Fayette County Commission at the beginning of its Feb. 10 meeting concerning the condition of county roads, especially roads in the Mt. Lebanon Community. All commissioners, with the exception of Commissioner John Underwood, were present at the meeting.

Fink celebrates 100th birthday

Christine Fink celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Christine Fink, a resident at Fayette Medical Center Long-Term Care, celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 12, surrounded by family and friends. A lifelong resident of Fayette, she said that she still enjoys visiting with people and reminiscing about the way things used to be.

Bevill opens baseball season with two wins

Bo Spencer (10) is shown scoring the winning run for Bevill in a thrilling seventh inning, come-from-behind, 12-11 victory against Bishop State during the first game of the season.

The Bevill State Bears hosted Bishop State for an opening day double-header on Saturday, Feb. 8 and swept the games by the scores of 12-11 and 1-0.The first game was a matchup of offensive power, with Bishop State scoring a single run in each of the first five innings. Bishop State took an early 2-0 lead into the bottom of the second inning before Bevill managed to break through with three runs to take the lead.

Fayette, Berry girls end season in sub-regionals

Brooke Hill (3) is shown putting the ball in the basket for Berry against Falkville.

Both the Fayette and Berry girls’ basketball teams wrapped up successful season despite losses in their sub-regional games. Fayette traveled to the number three ranked Class 4A girls basketball program in the state and lost to Priceville by a score of 54-23.

Officials deliver ‘State of the Community’ at luncheon

Fayette County EMA Director Russ Taylor spoke at the luncheon, encouraging Fayette citizens to contact his office if they have questions concerning emergency situations.

Several local officials and community leaders delivered the “State of the Community” during the Feb. 4 Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce’s “First Tuesday” Luncheon. Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson said that the state of the City of Fayette is very strong, with the city experiencing significant growth in 2019. He said the unemployment rate in the city is currently 2.7 percent. “If you’re looking for a job, you should be able to find one,” he said.


Primaries key to local races

The March 3 primaries, which will determine the outcome of several local races, are less than three weeks away. There will be contested general elections for Fayette County Commission Districts 5 and 6, with the incumbents in both districts running as Democrats and facing Republican opposition.


Ribbon-cutting at Fort Tom Bevill

Shown at the ribbon-cutting, from left, are: Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce President Kelli Foster, Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson, Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman, CPT Jeffrey Powell, LTC Terry McPherson, LTC Alexander Shaw, SFC Chris Pugh and 1SG Gary Williams.

The Tom Bevill Readiness Center, home of the horizontal unit of the 168th Engineering Company of the Alabama Army National Guard, held its ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony on Feb. 7. The building originally opened in 1983 and was acquired for $1,700. The latest total restoration on the 29,000 square foot building and the 19 acres on which the building sits costs approximately $4 million.

Parole denied for Fayette inmates

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied parole to two Department of Corrections inmates who are currently serving five years each for drug-related crimes. Tommy Lee Moore was denied parole by the board on Feb. 4. He was sentenced in Jan. 2019 to five years in prison for two counts of possession/receiving a controlled substance. Jason Glenn Dalton was denied parole on Feb. 5. He was sentenced in May 2019 to five years for one count of possession/receiving a controlled substance.

Glen Allen votes to not raise salaries

Rick McCabe of McCabe and Associates, Inc. addressed the Glen Allen Town Council on Tuesday, Feb. 4 during the town’s regularly scheduled meeting. McCabe reviewed his findings from the annual audit of the town’s accounts for fiscal year 2019, informing the council that he had discovered no discrepancies nor had he experienced any significant difficulties in dealing with the town’s management in performing his audit.

Berry girls win area tournament, host sub-regional

Pictured are the Class 1A, Area 10 Champions. From left, front: Anna Kate Van Dee, Zoe Mauldin, Iannah Fields and Brooke Hill. Back: Assistant Coach Ryan Stephens, Makallah Maybaum, Gracyn Hydrick, Allie Taylor, Katelyn Willcutt, Hailey Schicker, Maggie Hammack and Head Coach Caleb Hynds.

The Berry Wildcats girls’ basketball team hosted the Class 1A, Area 10 tournament last week. The Berry girls played South Lamar in its opening round game on Feb. 6, defeating the Lady Stallions 56-46. Leading the Lady Wildcats was Brooke Hill with 19 points, three assists and three steals, followed closely by Zoe Mauldin with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Iannah Fields contributed nine points and three steals, with Katelyn Willcutt scoring six points and pulling down six rebounds.


Fayette girls finish second in area tournament

The Fayette County High School girls’ basketball team finished second in the recent area tournament. Shown from left: Julie Beavers, Alexis Wilson, Callie Williams, Ariel Colburn, Mackenzie Nelson, Karlie Rushing, Meredith Collins, Holley Files, Samantha Cox, Jada Savage and Iteria Walker. In back is Head Coach Tony Martin.

The Fayette girls’ basketball team finished second in the area tournament, defeating Cordova in the first round before losing to Haleyville in the championship game. The Lady Tigers hosted the area tournament and defeated Cordova 64-41. Holley Files led Fayette with 19 points, followed closely by Jada Savage with 15 points and Samantha Cox with 14 points. Meredith Collins also scored in double figure, notching 11 points for the Lady Tigers. Rounding out the scoring was Mackenzie Nelson with three points and Karlie Rushing with two points.

Hubbertville concludes season with area tournament

Lee Betts scores a three-point basket for Hubbertville.

Hubbertville ended its 2019-20 basketball season Monday, Feb. 3 with losses during the area tournament. The Lady Lions played South Lamar at Berry and lost by a score of 60-38. Laikyn Wright led Hubbertville with 15 points, followed by Haylee Pollard with nine points. McKenna Fisher scored six points for Hubbertville, followed by Kendal Dunavant with three points. Madison Cribb and Haley Watkins each scored two points, with Krissa Comer adding a free throw. South Lamar was led by Savannah Crimm with 20 points.

Council raises mayor’s salary, rejects Sunday alcohol sales referendum

Mike Emanuel, director of Restoration Springs, addresses the Fayette City Council during its Jan. 27 meeting.

The Fayette City Council, during its Jan. 27 meeting, voted three to three against an ordinance that would have allowed a referendum to permit Sunday alcohol sales within the city. Several citizens were in attendance at the meeting, with three citizens speaking in opposition to the proposed ordinance. Pastor Scott Davis from the Fayette First Baptist Church was the first citizen to speak in opposition to the ordinance.

County Commission makes board appointments

The Fayette County Commission made several board appointments during its Jan. 27 meeting. All commissioners were in attendance for the meeting. Commissioner John Underwood made a motion to appoint Charles Brandon to the Fayette Medical Center Board, replacing Danny Palmer. Commissioner Shane Hughes seconded the motion, and the motion passed by a unanimous vote. The commission also voted to keep Bill McCollum on the E911 Board, and to replace Adam Smith on the board with Jay Lawrence.


Local duo win big in powerlifting meet

Samuel Morrison of Fayette is shown competing on Dec. 7 at the “Drug-Tested, Golden Apes Power Challenge” in Decatur. Morrison won first in both the bench and deadlift, setting a national record in the deadlift.

Samuel Morrison and Jessie Lindsey of Fayette traveled to Decatur on Dec. 7 and brought home medals and new records to add to the growing collection earned by members of the “West Alabama Barbell Club.” Lindsey, who competes in the Masters 40-44 year old class, had not competed in about a year and was moving up a weight classification at the Decatur “Golden Apes Power Challenge. He said the event is drug tested, which means that participants have to build their strength and stamina through natural means and weight training, without the use of steroids and illegal drugs.

Berry basketball teams have another successful week

Levi Cannon (right) was presented with a commemorative basketball by his coach, Josh Northington, after he scored his 1,000 career point on Senior Night in a game against Brilliant.

The Berry Wildcats had another successful week of basketball, with the boys’ team winning two-of-three games and the girls winning all three games. The Wildcats enter area tournament play this week playing solid basketball and with a lot of momentum.


Fayette girls dominate Northside 53-4

Meredith Collins (22) scores a basket for Fayette.

The Fayette girls’ basketball team hosted Northside on Jan. 28 and dominated the Lady Rams by a score of 53-4. The Lady Tigers led 19-2 at the close of the first quarter, and 32-3 at halftime. The score was 45-4 after three quarters, with Fayette winning the game 53-4. Jada Savage led Fayette with 12 points, followed by Samantha Cox with 11 points. Meredith Collins had nine points, Holley Files scored seven points, Iteria Walker added six points, Mackenzie Nelson scored five points and Julie Beavers notched three points for the Lady Tigers.


Hackleburg, Phillips defeat Hubbertville

Haylee Pollard shoots a three-point shot for Hubbertville.

The Hubbertville boys’ basketball team traveled to Hackleburg on Jan. 28 and lost a close game by the score of 51-48. Gage Key and Landon Morrow led the scoring for Hubbertville with 18 points each. Morrow also contributed eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Brady Porter scored eight points, while Gage Alexander also scored four points for the Lions.

Authorities investigating Bankston woman’s death

Shown is the home in the Bankston community where Maronda Parker Williams was found dead on Tuesday, Jan. 21. No cause of death has been released, but foul play is suspected by law enforcement authorities.

The death of a Bankston woman last week is being investigated by law enforcement authorities as a possible homicide. Maronda Parker Williams, age 49, of the Bankston community, was found dead in her home off Highway 18 East on Tuesday, Jan. 21.


James Spann visits Fayette Elementary School

Shown is ABC 3340 Meteorologist James Spann, who was presented with a gift basket during his visit to Fayette Elementary School. Shown in front is Riley Hindman. Back, from left: James Spann, Emily Weeks and FMS Principal Dr. Alicia Nalls.

ABC 3340 Meteorologist James Spann visited Fayette Elementary School on Jan. 23 to talk to students about weather.

Drug arrest made on warrant

An arrest was made after a search warrant was executed on a motel room at China Inn and Suites in Fayette. Mario Prewitt, 31, of Fayette, was arrested at approximately 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of probation violation.

One injured in accident

This accident, occurring on Jan. 24, resulted in one injury.

Crystal Faye Anders, of Millport, was injured and transported to Fayette Medical Center by ambulance when the 2010 Ford Escape she was driving collided with a 2005 GMC Sierra, driven by Wayne Stowe of Fayette. The accident occurred on 2nd Ave. NE on Friday, Jan. 24.

BOE approves bid for dugouts at Hubbertville

Shown are the Fayette County Board of Education members during the Jan. 21 meeting held at Fayette County High School. Shown from left: Board President Tom Hubbert, and board members Sam Sullivan, Keith Madison, Tim Fields and Waldon Tucker. Not present at the meeting was Board Member John Stowe.

The Fayette County Board of Education accepted a bid to build dugouts at the Hubbertville School baseball field during its Jan. 21 meeting, held at Fayette County High School. Board Member John Stowe was absent, with all other board members and Superintendent Jim Burk- halter present for the meeting. Board President Tom Hubbert made a motion to approve a contract with Savage Construction in the amount of $12,000 to build the dugouts, and the motion was seconded by Board Member Waldon Tucker. The motion passed by a unanimous vote.

Berry girls win area title, will host area tournament

Berry’s Tyler Lollar (42) is shown scoring a basket over a Hubbertville defender.

The Berry Lady Wildcats wrapped up the area portion of its 2019-20 basketball season as area champs and will host the area tournament beginning Feb. 3. The Lady Wildcats will play their first game in the tournament on Feb. 5, and will face the winner of the South Lamar – Pickens County game. Berry opened last week with a game against South Lamar and defeated the Lady Stallions 49-44.


Fayette girls win share of area basketball title

Holley Files (3) brings the ball up the court for Fayette. Also shown is Samantha Cox (23).

The Fayette girls’ basketball team finished its area season in a three-way tie for the area championship, sharing the title with Haleyville and Curry. The Fayette girls’ team won the tie breaker to determine the number one seed in the area, and will host the area tournament beginning Monday, Feb. 3. On Monday, Jan. 20, the Lady Tigers defeated Lamar County 56-35.


Hubbertville Lions boys defeat Vina 51-24

Gage Alexander (24) is shown making a basket for Hubbertville against Berry. Also shown for the Lions are Landon Morrow (22), Austin Berryhill (30) and Carter Hollingsworth (2).

The Hubbertville boys returned to the win column with a 51-24 win over Vina. Landon Morrow led the Lions with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Gage Key also scored in double figures with 16 points. Gage Alexander added six points, while Austin Berryhill and Brady Porter each scored four points. Carter Hollingsworth rounded out the scoring for Hubbertville with two points. Vina was led by David Davidson with 10 points.


Marchers celebrate MLK Day march and rally in Fayette

Shown are several of the participants in the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march and rally. The rally began on the front lawn of the Fayette County Courthouse and concluded at the First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Drive.

The second annual march and rally in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was held in downtown Fayette on Monday, Jan. 20. The event was organized by the Fayette County Ministerial Alliance. The celebration began at the Fayette County Courthouse and continued through the streets of Fayette to the First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Drive. Despite the bitterly cold temperature, a crowd of approximately 100 people participated in some part of the walk and rally.

City of Fayette receives grant

The City of Fayette received a grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation that will aid with the resurfacing of Martin Luther King Drive and 10th Street. The grant, in the amount of $250,000, was announced last week by Governor Kay Ivey. The grant is the second round of special grants that have been awarded to counties and municipalities throughout the state as part of the “Rebuild Alabama Act.”

Fayette County Commission reviews budgets for departments

Shown at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioners Joe Acker, John Underwood and Barry Corkren, and County Administrator Brooke Slatton.

The Fayette County Commission reviewed the budgets for all departments within the county during a work session prior to the start of its Jan. 13 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting, along with Commission Chairman Mike Freeman and County Administrator Brooke Slatton. County Administrator John Gordon was not present at the meeting.


Glen Allen hires water operators


During its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Glen Allen town council elected to hire two part-time employees for roles within the town’s water department. Justin Rainey was hired as the town’s water operator and Matt Madison was hired as maintenance man for the water system. Both men were in attendance for the council meeting and following a brief introduction by Mayor Allen J.

Fayette girls win two big area games during week

Darius Loyd is shown taking the ball to the basket against Curry.

The Fayette girls’ basketball team won two big area games last week to maintain a mathematical chance for a tie for the area regular season title. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Fayette traveled to Cordova and won by a score of 52-45. Samantha Cox led Fayette in scoring with 13 points, followed closely by Holley Files with 12 points. Meredith Collins added eight points, Jada Savage scored seven points, and Mackenzie Nelson notched six points, while Iteria Walker, Aerial Colburn and Callie Williams each scored two points for the Lady Tigers.


Berry girls sweep three games during week

Isaac Darty is shown bringing the ball up the court for the Berry Wildcats.

The Berry Wildcats boys’ basketball team suffered a loss to Pickens County before regrouping to defeat Marion County and Sumiton Christian later in the week. Pickens County dominated the homestanding Wildcats on Tuesday, Jan. 14 to take an easy 75-23 victory. Berry was led by Levi Cannon with 12 points. Tyler Lollar scored three points, while Josh Ward, Tanner Parr, Hunter Harrison and Johnathan Locke each scored two points.

Council to consider salary increase, Sunday alcohol vote

From left: Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and Councilman Eddy Campbell listen as Councilman Jason Cowart makes a point during the city council’s work session on Jan. 7.

The Fayette City Council held a work session on Tuesday, Jan. 7 to discuss several issues prior to its next meeting. All council members and Mayor Ray Nelson attended the work session. Councilman Cedric Wilson started the work session by addressing the salaries to be paid the 2020 incoming council members and mayor. “In my opinion, the mayor should be paid more than the highest-paid employee in the city.” Wilson said. “I also believe the mayor deserves benefits and an annual cost-of-living adjustment.”


Warrants lead to 12 arrests

Two warrants served on Fayette County residences last week resulted in the arrest of 12 people. Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby said that on Jan. 8, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the 24th Judicial Circuit’s District Attorneys Office, the Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Alabama Bureau of Investigations, a federal postal inspector, and the Berry Police Department’s Canine Unit executed a search warrant on a residence in the 2100 block of Pender Road.

Thompson tells players to overcome fears for success

Auburn University Head Baseball Coach Butch Thompson is shown speaking at the FCHS Baseball Banquet, held Jan. 11 at Bevill State Community College.

Butch Thompson, head baseball coach at Auburn University, was the keynote speaker at the annual Fayette County High School Baseball Banquet, held Jan. 11 at Bevill State Community College. Thompson is entering his fifth season as coach of the Auburn Tigers, and is coming off a trip to the College World Series in 2019.


Berry Council keeps mayor, council salaries the same

Cameron Clark from the Alabama Department of Revenue is shown addressing the Berry Council.

The Berry Town Council decided at its Jan. 6 meeting to leave the salaries for the incoming 2020 council members and mayor at the same level as the current administration. No vote was taken nor required on the item, but the consensus of the council and mayor was to leave the salaries at the present level. The Berry mayor currently makes $700 per month and the council makes $100 per month.


BSCC receives funds to update equipment

Shown at the announcement, from left, are State Senator Greg Reed, BSCC President Dr. Kim Ennis, Fayette Campus Director of Student Services Sherry Terry and State Representative Kyle South.

Bevill State Community College will begin a project to update the audio/visual equipment in the Earl McDonald Auditorium in the Tom Bevill Building on the Fayette Campus.  This project is being funded through multiple sources, including Senator Greg Reed, Rep. Kyle South, the Fayette Community Foundation, the Bevill Foundation, and the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).


Alabama Power donates to Joey Day

Shown presenting a check from the Alabama Power Foundation to the Joey Day Project are from left: Cindy Harcrowe, Lisa Rushing, Alabama Power Company Fayette Business Manager Andrea Ellis, and Joey Day Chairman Chuck Langley.

The Alabama Power Foundation donated money to the Fayette Joey Day Project. The project buys clothes and toys for needy children in the area during the Christmas season.

Fayette girls defeat Haleyville for area win

Kealand Savage (3) is shown scoring a basket against Haleyville.

Fayette girls’ basketball team hosted Haleyville for an area game on Friday, Jan. 10 and captured a huge win by the score of 58-52. This was the first win by Fayette girls over Haleyville in several years, and it kept them in contention for the regular season area title with a 2-2 area record.
Leading the Lady Tigers in scoring were Jada Savage, Holley Files and Samantha Cox with 14 points each. Mackenzie Nelson also scored in double figures with 10 points, while Meredith Collins added six points.