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.
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.
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.
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.
The Fayette County Commission held a special meeting on Feb. 1 for the purpose of approving the current payables and awarding the bid on the Fayette County Multipurpose Complex lighting project. All commissioners with the exception of Commissioner John Underwood were present for the meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.