Accident in Fayette causes multiple injuries

Shown is the 2011 Honda Ridgeline, driven by John Brasher, that was involved in an accident with a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado, driven by Leroy Dale Simmons.

An accident within the Fayette City Limits on July 2 at approximately 4:24 p.m. caused multiple injuries to local residents. The accident occurred on Highway 18, approximately one mile west of Fayette. A 2011 Honda Ridgeline, driven by John Brasher of Fayette, was struck in the rear by a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado, driven by Leroy Dale Simmons of Fayette. The collision destroyed the back portion of the double-cab Ridgeline, and caused the Chevrolet Colorado to cross the four-lane highway and exit the road on the opposite side.

World War II vets honored at ‘Celebrate America’ rally

Fayette County’s War World II veterans in attendance for the “Celebrate America Rally” were recognized during the program. From left: J.G. Jenkins, Perry Kelley, Jimmy Gullett, Horace Berry and Albert Wise.

The local Baptist Association churches held a “Celebrate America Rally” on Sunday, June 30 at First Baptist Church in Fayette “to honor God for His blessings on America.” The event was organized by Fayette County Baptist Association Director John Killian, and featured special patriotic music, color guards from the Alabama Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and a featured message tracing America’s roots back to its Biblical heritage.


Berry holds monthly council meeting

Shown at the Berry council meeting, from left: Mayor Jimmy Madison, and council members Mary Sue Lollar, Russell Madison and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 1. Councilman Chris Rice and Councilman Troyce Townsel were absent, with all other council members present.
Councilman Russell Madison made a motion to appoint Andy Lowery to the Berry Park and Recreation Board, and the motion was seconded by Councilman Calvin Madison. The motion was approved by a unanimous vote of the council members present.


‘Tunes on Temple’ returns this week

The popular “Tunes on Temple” returns to downtown Fayette this Friday night for its debut performance of the season. The June event was postponed due to rain, and this event, typically held on the first Friday of the month, was rescheduled for the second week due to the Independence Day holiday last week. The featured group for Friday night’s Tunes on Temple is the Vaughn Family from Berry.

Hardison-Carter named BSCC’s outstanding faculty member

Hardison-Carter was named the outstanding faculty member for Bevill's Fayette campus.

This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award on the Fayette Campus is Beverly Hardison-Carter. Hardison-Carter began her educational pursuits at Bevill State Community College, graduating Cum Laude with an Associates in Arts Degree in 1997 as a Liberal Arts major. In 1999, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the Mississippi University of Women. She received a Master of Arts in English from The University of West Alabama in 2002.

Berry Church of the Nazarene welcomes new pastor

Shown from left, front: Rob Steinbrook and Parker Steinbrook. Back: Amy Denise Steinbrook and Lauren Steinbrook.

Berry Church of the  Nazarene welcomes new pastor
Berry Church of the Nazarene is excited to welcome its new pastor, Rev. Rob Steinbrook and family. Steinbrook is from Bloomington, Ind., and was raised in Martinsville, Ind. in a Christian home and in a Nazarene Church. He attended Kentucky Mountain Bible College in Vancleve, Kent. from 1999-2001, and God’s Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2001-2002.

West Alabama Amateur Radio Club Field Day 2019

Shown from left are David Bash, Arne Carlsson and Danny Miller of the West Alabama Amateur Radio Club during the Field Day activities held at Guthrie Smith Park in Fayette.

On June 22 and 23, more than 50 area and West Alabama Amateur Radio Club (WAARC) members (operators) came out for Field Day in Fayette’s Guthrie Smith Park. The event incleded a 24-hour nationwide training exercise to test the skills of amateur radio operators in the event of an emergency.


House damaged by high winds

Shown is a tree that fell on the home of Larry and Euline Sanford, located on Highway 159.

High winds at approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 toppled a huge tree onto the residence of Larry and Euline Sanford, located at 6978 Highway 159 in Fayette. The Sanfords said that they were at home during the time the thunderstorm occurred. They said that they were in the other end of the house when they heard the rain begin. The Sanfords said they then heard a loud crash and discovered that the tree had fallen on the house.


Local pastor honored at Southern Baptist Convention

North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell (left) is shown telling Mike and Kim Perrigin during the Southern Baptist Association Convention in Birmingham that the remainder of their house mortgage is being paid by generous donors of the association.

A local church pastor was honored at the recent Southern Baptist Association’s annual convention, held in June in Birmingham. Mike Perrigin, pastor of Chapel Hill Baptist Church near Newtonville, thought that he had been asked to speak at the convention concerning his role as a bi-vocational pastor. He expressed that just being asked to attend and possibly speak was an honor to both him and his family.


BOE makes personnel changes, approves contracts

The Fayette County Board of Education approved several personnel changes during its June 25 meeting. Board Member Waldon Tucker was absent from the meeting, with all other members being in attendance. The board accepted the following resignations during the meeting: Shelby Humphres, teacher at Fayette Elementary School; Lori Tucker, special education teacher at Fayette County High School; and Luke Tucker, physical education teacher and coach at both Fayette Middle School and Fayette County High School.


Nelson seeks alternate means for Rails-to-Trails

Pictured at the Fayette City Council meeting, from left: councilmen Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson, Jason Cowart, Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson said at the June 25 meeting of the Fayette City Council that he wanted the city to try one more effort to find the means for the proposed Rails-to-Trails. All council members were present for the meeting. Nelson said that he received a letter from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), dated June 17, stating that the city has 30 days to notify ADECA of its “intent or lack thereof to proceed with the (Rails-to-Trails) project.”


Maddox speaks to Fayette Lions Club

Shown from left are: David Oswalt, Dick Anderson, Nolan Maddox, Dean Maddox, Mark Brown and Bruce Perry. Lions Club members not pictured are Andrew Bynum, Mike Marion and Alva Grimsley.

The Fayette Lions Club welcomed The Times Record’s News  Editor, Dean Maddox, as its featured speaker for the club’s June 24 meeting. During the presentation, Maddox explained his duties as reporter, photographer and editor for the newspaper. He discussed the process for covering meetings and events, and Maddox also outlined the steps necessary for getting the newspaper ready to publish.


The Oak Barrel holds ribbon-cutting

Shown from left: Fayette Fire Chief Shannon Taylor, Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce Director Daniel White, Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman, Tammy Freeman Jones, Linda Lu (owner), Ben Huang, Jo Frances White, Donald Jones and Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce President Kelli Foster.

The Oak Barrel Spirits, Package and Vape Store held its ribbon-cutting and grand opening on Friday, June 28. The store is located on North Temple Avenue, and the hours of operation are  Mondays - Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - midnight.

Local resident earns quilting recognition

Shown is the detailed quilted patch sewn by Marilyn Cash for the Alabama Rural Electric Association’s 2019 quilt contest.

Marilyn Cash of Fayette said that she had never quilted before designing a square for this year’s Alabama Rural Electric Association’s quilt contest. She said that her friend Renee Richardson had encouraged her to enter the contest and since she had done some crocheting in the past, she decided to give quilting a try. Her design was one of 90 entries throughout the state for the contest, which had an Alabama Bicentennial theme this year.


Alabama eliminating marriage licenses this fall

Beginning this fall, Alabama will no longer issue  licenses to individuals wishing to enter into marriage. A bill was passed, signed and enacted on May 31 that will abolish the issuing of marriage licenses in Alabama. The law is scheduled to take place on approximately Aug. 29, and will require the couple wishing to marry to sign an affidavit affirming that they meet the legal requirements to marry.


Kimbrell elected President of Coroner’s Association

Shown is Fayette County Coroner Tim Kimbrell and wife Angie Kimbrell.

On April 10, Fayette County Coroner Timothy “TK” Kimbrell was elected President of the Alabama Coroner’s Association. He was elected at the 2019 Alabama Coroner’s Association Conference, held in Orange Beach. This is the first time that a coroner from Fayette County has been elected to this position. Kimbrell was elected as Fayette County Coroner in Nov. 2010 and took office in Jan. 2011. In 2013, he was elected as director of District 5, which includes Fayette, Lamar, Walker, Marion, Franklin, Colbert, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Cullman, Morgan, Limestone and Winston counties.

Local organization seeks to restore monuments

Shown is a portion of the Fayette City Cemetery, which has several broken monuments.

Historic Restorations, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization, is soliciting funds to repair the many damaged headstones and monuments at the Fayette City Cemetery. All donations are tax deductible. Historic Restorations charges no administration fee, therefore 100 percent of all donations will go toward actual work in the cemetery.


Unity Grove hosts fishing rodeo

Shown are some of the participants in Unity Grove's fishing rodeo.

Unity Grove Baptist Church of Fayette hosted its first-ever youth fishing rodeo at Guthrie Smith Park on June 22. Pastor Will Corbett said they decided to host the rodeo to try to reach more youths in the area. More than 50 people attended this year’s event.

‘Golden Eagle’ mural celebrates 90 years of history

Shown is the finished Golden Eagle Syrup mural painted by artist Missy Miles.

Local artist Missy Miles saw a big blank wall and thought, “That wall has a story to tell.”
Miles painted the original label logo on the wall at the Golden Eagle Syrup factory in 2013, and mentioned to the owners that she would like to paint the entire wall. The owners, Temple and Kimberley Bowling, and John and Joy Blevins, could not envision at the time being able to finance such a massive undertaking.


Lowery gives hemp presentation to Fayette City Council

Shown are members of the Fayette City Council, along with other citizens of the area, as they listen to Greg Lowery speak about the importance of Fayette and Fayette County taking advantage of new opportunities in the hemp-growing industry.

The Fayette City Council heard a presentation at its June 11 meeting from Fayette County resident Greg Lowery concerning the growing, production, manufacturing and distribution of hemp-related products in Fayette County. Councilman Jason Cowart was absent from the meeting due to an obligation with the National Guard. All other council members were present for the meeting. “Hemp is not marijuana. Hemp is not illegal,” Lowery told the council and the audience in attendance. “Hemp production can help save the family farm.”


Commission votes to proceed with Co. Rd. 53 project

Shown at the Fayette County Commission meeting on June 10, from left: Fayette County Administrator John Gordon, and commissioners John Underwood, Billy Rodgers, James Knight , Shane Hughes, Barry Corkren and Joe Acker. Vice-Chairman Acker presided over the meeting during the absence of Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted to seek bids for the County Road 53 repaving project this month during its regularly scheduled meeting held on June 10. All commissioners were present for the meeting, with Commission Chairman Mike Freeman absent due to attending a probate judges’ conference. Vice-Chairman Joe Acker presided over the meeting during Freeman’s absence.


Glen Allen Town Council holds monthly meeting

The Glen Allen Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 4 at the Town Hall. All council members were in attendance for the meeting.
Mayor Allen J. Dunavant presented before the council a request inquiry from Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State) with regards to the town’s participation in the statewide Adopt-a-Mile program.


NW Mental Health welcomes new directors

On April 1, Shelley Young Jones, LICSW, assumed the role of Executive Director at Northwest Alabama Mental Health following the retirement of Dr. Dale Cottle.  Jones held several positions in her 18 years with the Northwest Center, beginning with Coordinator of the PHP Program in Lamar County, Regional PHP Coordinator, Marion County Outpatient Director, and most recently as Clinical Director over Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Programs for the five-county service area. Also on April 1, Patricia L. Franks Montgomery, LPC, became Clinical Director over Northwest’s five counties.

South reports on legislative session

The 2019 regular legislative session that adjourned earlier this month accomplished many tasks that I believe will improve the lives of the citizens throughout House District 16.  In addition to providing record funding for public education and essential state services, we implemented some much needed and long overdue pieces of legislation.

Enjoying life after retirement

Pictured are Kalos and Peggy Sims, enjoying time off after retirement.

As Kalos Sims was approaching retirement age, he began to think of a new career that he would enjoy working for a few years. He had always enjoyed cooking, so when he had a chance to buy an upstart barbeque place called Lisa’s, he jumped at the chance. “I was 57 years old when I bought Lisa’s in April 1995,” Kalos Sims said. “My thought was to keep the business until I turned 65, then sell it and retire. Those first eight years went by fast, so I finally sold the business after keeping it 24 years.”


BOE approves personnel changes, contracts

Shown at the June 4 Fayette County Board of Education meeting are, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter and board members Tom Hubbert, Sam Sullivan, Keith Madison, Tim Fields and Waldon Tucker. Not present was Board Member John Stowe.

The Fayette County Board of Education approved several personnel changes and contracts for the 2019-20 school year during its June 4 meeting. Board Member John Stowe was absent from the meeting, with all other board members present. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Josh Taylor of the Alabama Department of Public Accounts, gave a brief overview of his department’s recent audit of the school board.

Berry Council reinstates Townsel to position

Shown is the Berry Town Council at its June 3 meeting. From left: Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar and councilmen Chris Rice, Russell Madison and Troyce Townsel. Not shown, but also present for the meeting was Councilman Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council voted to unanimously reinstate Troyce Townsel to his position on the council during its June 3 meeting. Townsel had missed meetings for 90 consecutive days or longer and according to a town’s ordinance, he had to be reappointed to his position on the council by a vote of the council members. Council Member Russell Madison made a motion to reappoint Townsel, and the motion was seconded by Council Member Chris Rice. The council members unanimously voted to approve the motion.


Saluting National Skilled Nursing Care Week

Melissa May and her son Jacob performed at the ice cream social for National Skilled Nursing Care Week.

Every day, skilled nursing centers assist our seniors and people with disabilities in living their happiest and best lives. Whether it’s planting, cooking, reading or listening to music, these centers pay it forward by helping individuals find their own happiness to improve their quality of life. This year, National Skilled Nursing Care Week focused on living soulfully and will celebrate skilled nursing centers, their residents and staff, by showcasing how they help residents achieve happy minds and healthy bodies.


City Council discusses Rails-to-Trails project in work session

Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce Director Daniel White and Marla Kizzire spoke to the Fayette City Council at its May 28 meeting concerning the need for a safe walking route for elementary and middle school students when crossing streets within the city.

Following the Fayette City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on May 28, the Fayette City Council held a lengthy work session to primarily discuss the proposed “Rails-to-Trails” project.
Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and City Clerk Dawn Clapp were absent from the meeting. Assistant Clerk Sherry Fowler assumed the duties of Clapp at the council meeting.


Price executed for Lynn’s murder

Shown is Christopher Price, who was executed for the murder of Bill Lynn.

After several appeals and a last-minute stay of execution in April, convicted killer Christopher Price was executed on May 30 for the murder of Bill Lynn. On the day his sentence was carried out, Price reportedly apologized to Lynn’s family through his attorney, saying, “I’m terribly sorry for the victim of my crime and his family. Neither he nor his family deserve what happened to him. No one deserves that.”


Two vacant mobile homes destroyed by fire

Shown are the remains of two vacant mobile homes that burned in the Belk community on May 30. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Fayette Fire Department, along with the Belk Volunteer Fire Department, responded to a fully-involved fire on County Road 6 in Belk on Thursday, May 30 at approximately 12:50 p.m.
Fayette Fire Chief Shannon Taylor said that two vacant mobile homes were fully engulfed in flames at the time of his department’s arrival. He said that the fire departments contained the fire to the area of the mobile homes and prevented the fire from spreading to the nearby woods.


Accident claims life of Fayette County resident

The Hamilton Post of the Alabama State Troopers reported that a two-vehicle accident occurring at approximately 8:45 a.m. on May 31 claimed the life of a Fayette County woman. Merlene Williamson, 77, was killed when the golf cart she was driving collided with a Hyundai Sante Fe. The driver of the other vehicle was not identified by the troopers’ office.


Governor Ivey signs broadband internet bill

Several legislative leaders watch as Governor Kay Ivey signs the “The Rural Broadband Initiative,” including Senator Greg Reed (far right).E

In a major step towards continued expansion of broadband internet service in rural Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey signed Senate Bill 90 into law. Sponsored by Senator Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville), SB90 expands an existing grant program under the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund, which was established by the Legislature in 2018.


Berry High presents athletic awards

Winning awards in basketball, shown from left: Zoe Mauldin, Bailey Thomas, Tyner Bowling and Brooke Hill. Not shown: Katelyn Willcutt and Laine Henderson.

Berry High School presented its athletic awards at its annual banquet. Awards were presented to several student-athletes in each of the school's varsity sports.