Ray arrested for arson


Robert Ray

Robert Ray, 49. of Fayette was arrested on Jan. 24 by the Fayette Police Department and charged with three counts of arson and a SORNA (Sex Offender Registration Notification Act) violation. According to arresting officer, Jordan Roberts, Ray had been living in an apartment at Harmony Lanes in Fayette. On Jan. 1, Fayette Police Officers Landon Miller and Trace Norris responded, along with the Fayette Fire Department, to an apartment fire at Harmony Lane.

 

Young Eagles Flights


Shown is a nervous Genevieve Palmer as she is about to take off on her first-ever flight with local pilot Steve Fowler.

The Tuscaloosa Chapter of the Experimental Aviation Association was in Fayette Saturday, Jan. 28 to provide “Young Eagles Flights” to brave youngsters in the area.

Council approves change in wastewater employees’s pay


Shown at the Jan. 24 Fayette City Council meeting, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Fayette Junior City Council Mayor Benjamin Olive and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council approved changing the way that two wastewater operators’ pay is calculated during its Jan. 24 meeting. All council members were present at the meeting. Mayor Rod Northam said that the wastewater treatment plant supervisor, Matt Buckner, had asked that wastewater plant operators Matt McCaa and Danny McCaleb’s pay be changed from salary to hourly. In changing the way the pay is calculated, each of the operators would receive approximately nine hours overtime every two weeks.

 

Basketball Roundup


Fayette’s Jake Rickman (12) is shown guarding Hubbertville’s Blaize Wakefield (15) as he drives for the basket.

The Fayette Tigers boys’ team defeated Hubbertville on Jan. 27 by the score of 65-47. Leading the Tigers in scoring was Isaiah Estep with 19 points, followed by Tucker Whitley and Jake Rickman with 10 points each. Taylor Kelly scored seven points, Will Jackson added six points, and Charles Grant, Barrett McIntyre and Grant Boyer each scored three points. Christian Burnett and Landon Kimbrell rounded out the scoring for Fayette with two points each.

 

Mass Notification System available for citizens



Fayette County has launched an emergency mass notification system, “Konexus.”
With this system, agencies can send citizens emergency notifications via multiple delivery channels (including text, voice message, email, or mobile app). To receive these notifications, residents will need to subscribe to the Konexus system, which is free of cost.

 

BOE meets at Fayette Co. High School


Pictured at the Jan. 17 Fayette County BOE meeting, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, Board President Tom Hubbert, and board members: Brenda Webb, Julie Stough, Tierre Agnew, John Stowe and John Aaron.

The Fayette County Board of Education held its Jan. 17 meeting on the campus of Fayette County High School. All board members were in attendance for the meeting. Prior to the meeting, Superintendent Jim Burkhalter and the members of the Fayette County Board toured the campus of the school and enjoyed a meal provided by FCHS Principal Jennifer Sanford. All board members were present for the meeting.

 

MLK celebration in Fayette


Pastor Jerry Bridges is shown telling the crowd about the reason for the day’s celebration.

Fayette County held a Martin Luther King Day rally on Jan. 16, beginning on the courthouse lawn and proceeding to the First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Drive for a brief service.

C3 holds annual meeting


Pictured is U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt as he was speaking at the C3’s annual meeting.

C3 of Northwest Alabama, an organization of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance, held  its annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Holiday Inn in Guin. Local, state and federal leaders joined local business people from Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties to talk about ongoing efforts to bring new industry to the area.

 

James Spann visits Fayette


James Spann is shown with Emma Nix and Will Brown.

ABC/3340 Chief Meteorologist James Spann was at “The Only Door Cafe” in Fayette on Saturday, Jan. 14 to sign copies of books that he has authored, including, “Weathering Life,” and “All You Can Do is Pray.” The line was long throughout the event to purchase books and have them signed.

City Council approves wastewater resolution


Pictured at the Jan. 10 meeting of the Fayette City Council, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Junior City Council Mayor Benjamin Olive and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council held a public hearing prior to its Jan. 10 meeting concerning the rehabilitation of the Fayette Wastewater Treatment Plant. All council members were present for the meeting.

 

Commission to apply for ‘Rebuild Alabama’ grant


Shown at the Jan. 9 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Wesley Jacobs, David Hubbert, Shane Hughes, Brad Cox and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted to apply for a special “Rebuild Alabama” grant that would help fund the bridge and culvert work needed on County Road 36 during its Jan. 9 meeting. Commissioner Robert Townley was absent, with all other commissioners being present.