Christopher Phillips is the new Veterans Service Officer for Fayette, Pickens and Lamar counties, effective Dec. 1, 2021. After training for one month in Jasper, he now works out of the local area offices to serve local veterans. Phillips was born in Texas, and moved several times as a young child before his dad left the military and he settled in Alabama. He grew up in the Alexander City area, and graduated high school in 1995 from Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery. In 1999, Phillips joined the Navy, where he trained as an Aviation Structural Mechanic.
The Fayette City Council voted during its Jan. 11 meeting to pay $50,000 in expenses to settle a claim filed by Henry and Ericka Hollis. All council members were present for the meeting.
Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Fayette Police Officer Ronnie Earnest led those in attendance in prayer, and Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Assistant Police Chief John Underwood is retiring from the Fayette Police Department this month after serving 27 years with the department. “Big John,” as he is affectionally known throughout the community, started with the police department as a patrolman in 1995, and has served the past 15 years as assistant police chief.
The on-going COVID pandemic again disrupted school and extracurricular activities last week.
Local schools started attending virtual-only classes at midweek, which also forced the postponement of several key area matchups between teams. The area matchups will have to be rescheduled and played if at all possible due to playoff implications.
The Fayette County Commission voted to lease the former Fayette Recycling Center during its Jan. 10 meeting. Commissioner Wesley Jacobs was absent from the meeting, and Commissioner Robert Townley was also not present due to the death of his father-in-law. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman told the commissioners that a sub-contractor from Texas has expressed an interest in leasing the former recycling center. The building has been vacant for several months, and recently had some minor repairs completed to make the building suitable for lease.
The Berry Town Council held a special-called meeting on Dec. 20, 2021. All council members were present with the exception of Councilman Chuck Tidwell. The meeting was called for the purpose of considering the proposed Endo Corporation opioid settlement, and to also hear the annual audit report from Phillip Eads, of the accounting firm Kellum, Wilson and Associates.
Former Fayette County Commissioner Jerrell Aldridge of Bankston died on Jan. 4 at the Fayette Medical Center’s Long-Term Care facility at the age of 81. Aldridge was appointed in 2003 to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Hubert Norris, who was elected to serve another term as sheriff in Nov. 2002. Aldridge served two years as commissioner, including a year as Fayette County Commission Chairman in 2004.
Three local football players were recently named to the 2021 Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State football team. Gage Alexander, Hubbertville running back, repeated as a first team All-State player in Class 1A after also making the team in 2020. Joining Alexander as first team Class 1A All-State was Tanner Parr of Berry, who was named All-State punter.
Making second team All-State from Hubbertville was defensive lineman Dawson Youngblood.
An accident occurring at approximately noon on Thursday, Jan 6 on 2nd Ave. NE in Fayette fortunately caused only minor injuries to the occupants of the vehicles. The accident occurred between a 2006 Ford Focus, driven by Ruby Gann Fester of Fayette, and a 2004 Toyota Camry, driven by Kayla Denise Hosmer of Berry.
The Glen Allen Town Council met on Tuesday, Jan. 4 with all council members in attendance.
Following a lengthy working council session, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant called the regular scheduled meeting to order at 7:42 p.m.
This Christmas and New Year’s season was unusually warm, with the high temperature in Fayette reaching 82 on New Year’s Day. However, the weather can change quickly in Alabama, and the high temperature on Jan. 2 was only 46 degrees. A light snow began falling at about 7 p.m. that night that fortunately caused little travel problems and provided great winter scenery.