Berry softball defeats Hubbertville 16-0

The Berry softball team is shown posing with its second place trophy from the NAC Tournament.

The Berry Lady Wildcats defeated Hubbertville 16-0 on April 13 in the continued NAC Tournament that was previously postponed. The tournament was played at Guin. Brooke Blanton was the winning pitcher for Berry, allowing only two hits and striking out three to capture the win.


Roberts remains strong on ‘The Voice’

Dexter Roberts of Fayette continues to be a strong contender on NBC’s hit TV talent show, “The Voice.” He will compete next week for a spot among the top 13 contestants on the show. (Photo furnished courtesy of Tyler Golden/NBC)

Dexter Roberts of Fayette made it through the live auditions and is still going strong after defeating two opponents in the battle rounds on this year’s “The Voice.” Roberts, a 2010 graduate of Fayette County High School, earned a four-chair turn during the auditions and picked country music star Blake Shelton as his coach. In the first battle round, Roberts performed a duet with his teammate Dalton Dover of Aragon, Georgia.


Strong winds hit Fayette County

This enormous tree was completely uprooted by straight-line winds during the thunderstorm that passed through Fayette County on April 18. The tree demolished a 2017 Ford pick-up and caused damage to this house, owned by Ron Hannah and located on 2nd Ave. NW in Fayette.

A severe thunderstorm hit Fayette County in the late afternoon and early evening hours on Thursday, April 18, and the county suffered damage in numerous locations due to straight-line winds. Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Russ Taylor said that there were trees reported down throughout much of the county, with some structural damage. He said that a church in northeast Fayette County reported damage and several sheds were demolished during the storm.


Fayette Community Foundation hosts reception

Fayette Community Foundation Chairman William Oswalt is shown addressing the crowd during the Foundation’s annual reception for recipients.

The Fayette Community Foundation held its annual reception on April 11 at the Fayette Civic Center to recognize the past year’s grant recipients. William Oswalt, chairman of the Fayette Community Foundation board of directors, presented opening remarks at the beginning of the reception.


Vehicle accident on Highway 171

The occupants of this vehicle involved in an accident were transported to a medical facility.

A single vehicle accident on Highway 171 approximately four miles south of Fayette resulted in injuries to the occupants of the vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway and traveled several feet before being stopped by a wooded area. Names of the occupants had not been released at press time. Both occupants were transported by ambulance to a medical facility.

FMC hosts health fair

Shown are a few of the booths at the FMC Health Fair.

Fayette Medical Center held a Community Health Fair on Friday, April 12 to help inform the residents about medical services available in the area and also to offer educational materials and services. In addition to the various agencies and departments located at Fayette Medical Center, other medical providers were on-hand to talk about the services that they offer and to provide information and demonstrations for the public.

Raffle benefits Fayette Co. Animal Shelter

Shown at the drawing from left: Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby, Commissioner Joe Acker, Fayette County Animal Shelter Director Phil Holliman, Barry Friedman and Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman.

Alabama Pawn & Cash recently held a raffle to give away a Henry Alabama Bicentennial Rifle to benefit the Fayette County Animal Shelter. The raffle raised $3,000 for the shelter and the gun was won by Chris House of Millport.

FMS selects new majorettes

Shown from left, front: Lucy Lowe, Savannah Brock, Ava Johnson and Braydin Parker. Back: Jaylee Howton, Laci Whitehead, Katie Johnson (head majorette) and Allie Long.

The Fayette Middle School majorettes were recently selected for the 2019-20 school year.

Color Guards selected at FMS

Shown from left, front: Victoria Wilhite, Anslie Stough and Elsie Smyth. Second row: Abby Berthoud, Deanna Guyton, Larken Reese, Jayla Taylor and Savanna Arzie. Third row: Ella Porter, Brooke Plunkett, Destiny Stough, and Kate Pierce. Back row: Kimberly Cabrera and Alexis Overstreet.

Color Guards for the 2019-20 school year were recently selected at Fayette Middle School.

Berry Heritage Festival is April 26-27

The annual Berry Heritage Festival is April 26-27, and Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison said that he is hoping this will be one of the best festivals ever. Madison said that the festival was started several years ago as a fun way to bring the citizens of the town together for a time of fellowship and fun. He said that other towns were having festivals, so the citizens of Berry decided to start a new tradition of its own.


Wright's art work on display in Florence

The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence presents the works of Fayette folk artist Bernard Wright from Wednesday, April 10 through Friday, May 3. A gallery talk is scheduled for Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Wright is a student of acclaimed Alabama artist, Jimmy Lee Sudduth and will be teaching a workshop using Sudduth’s methods in painting with mud on Saturday, May 4 at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. The workshop lasts from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and includes lunch.

Berry Lady Wildcats 3-1 for the week

Brooke Blanton is shown pitching for Berry during the tournament on Saturday.

The Berry softball team had a very successful week, winning three of the four games that the team played. Berry started off the week on April 15 by defeating Hubbertville 6-1. Brooke Blanton pitched a complete game for the Lady Wildcats, allowing six hits and striking out six batters.


Fayette defeats Oneonta to advance in playoffs

Austin McCaleb is shown getting a hit against Winfield.

The Fayette Tigers won a best-of-three series with Oneonta to advance to the second round of the state baseball playoffs. Fayette will host North Jackson on Friday, April 26, beginning at 5 p.m. The Tigers won the deciding third game against Oneonta on Monday by a score of 3-2. No stats for that game were available at press time.


Randolph creates invention to help farmers

Pictured is Jody Randolph as he holds a copy of the U.S. Patent that he received for his “KwikLock” invention. Randolph received the patent in May 2018.

The Greek philosopher Plato was quoted as saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” A local resident found that saying very applicable and proceeded to invent an implement that will help not only himself, but other farmers and gardeners who own smaller tractors.


Fayette City Council hires an additional police officer

The Fayette Police Department has hired four new officers since December 2018. Shown from left: Will Warren, (hired at the April 9 meeting), Councilman Cedric Wilson,Officer Jesse Finch (hired in December), Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins, Officer Dustin Morgan (hired in March) and Officer Trace Norris (hired in March).

The Fayette City Council approved the hiring of an additional police officer at its April 9 meeting. All council members were present with the exception of Councilwoman Linda McCraw. Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins said that he had an additional vacancy on his staff due to the resignation of Sargeant Adam Smith. Smith resigned to take a position with the Fayette County Sheriff Office as the jail administrator, effective May 1.


Commission approves purchase of radios

Pictured is the Fayette County Commission at its April 8 meeting. From left: Commissioners Joe Acker, Barry Corkren, Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight, Shane Hughes and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted at its April 8 meeting to use a Homeland Security Grant to purchase 10 radios for the Fayette Sheriff Department and five for the Berry Police Department. All commissioners with the exception of Commissioner John Underwood were present for the meeting.


Glen Allen holds council meeting

The Glen Allen Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 2 at the Town Hall. All council members were in attendance for the meeting. Addressing an item which had been tabled from the March council meeting, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant asked each councilor to submit a nominee to serve on the Glen Allen Community Club Committee. Following discussion among the council, the following individuals were agreed upon and appointed to serve:  Tracie Hubbert, Virginia Tucker, Candice Shipp, Crissy Youngblood, Shirley Jones and Sue Hubbert.


Fayette loses three key area games to Haleyville

Honored for their senior leadership and contributions at the Haleyville game were, from left: Coulter Ary, Austin McCaleb, Noah Sapp and Blake Wallace.

The Fayette Tigers lost three crucial area games to the Haleyville Lions during the past week.
On Thursday, April 11, Fayette was defeated by the Lions 11-1. The Tigers managed its only run of the game in the sixth inning, while the Lions scored four more runs in the bottom of the inning to cap its victory.


Lady Lions defeat Pickens County 16-5

The Hubbertville Lady Lions played Pickens County on April 11 and won by a score od 16-5. Emma Nichols pitched a complete game to earn the victory for Hubbertville. Haylee Pollard had two hits, one RBI, and scored four runs for Hubbertville. Allie Voss and Chelsea Porter each had two hits, scored two runs and had two RBIs.

Lutzenkirchen speaks to BHS students

Mike Lutzenkirchen (back right), executive director of the Lutzie 43 organization, is shown speaking with a few of the students at Berry High School following his presentation.

Mike Lutzenkirchen, executive director of the Lutzie 43 Foundation, spoke to the students at Berry High School on April 4 about making sound decisions in their lives, especially when driving or riding in a motor vehicle as a passenger.

Cattleman’s Association to host 13th annual rodeo

This brave bull rider competed during last year’s Cattlemen’s Association Rodeo in Fayette.

The Fayette Cattlemen’s Association will host its 13th annual Professional Cowboy Association (PCA) sanctioned rodeo on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at the Fayette Multi-Purpose Complex. The rodeos will begin each night at 7:30 p.m.


Fayette Garden Club presents service award

Lindy Hindman of Fayette County High School was presented with the 2019 Fayette Garden Club Community Service Award during the April 2 Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Shown from left: Fayette Garden Club President Doris Brasher, Hindman, Jane Introvartolo and Francis Butler.

Lindy Hindman, a senior at Fayette County High School, was presented the Fayette Garden Club’s 2019 “Outstandin Community Service Award” during the Fayette Chamber of Commerce’s “First Tuesday” luncheon on April 2.


Berry Council purchases motor for water department

Shown at the April 1 meeting of the Berry Town Council are, from left: Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar, Councilman Russell Madison and Councilman Calvin Madison. Not present at the meeting were councilmen Chris Rice and Troyce Townsel.

The Berry Town Council held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at the Berry Town Hall on April 1. Councilman Troyce Townsel and Councilman Chris Rice were absent from the meeting with all other council members being present.


Local FCCLA members attend state conference

Shown are the Fayette Middle School Students attending the 2019 FCCLA State Conference

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a career and technical student organization that functions as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education curriculum and operates within the school system.  It provides opportunities for active student participation at local, state, and national levels. 

FMS has large number of twins in attendance

Shown are the twins at FMS this year. From left, bottom: Braydin and Bishop Parker, and Alex and Abby Turner. Second Row: Lexie and Kenzie Strickland, Joshua and Rachael Smith, and Emma and Drew Jones. Third Row: Georgia and Victoria Wilhite. Back: Will and Elizabeth Stoker, Madaline and Virginia Edgeworth, and Jeremiah and Johnathan Culp.

Fayette Middle School has an unusual situation in the halls of the school this year. Although they are not identical, there are nine sets of twins from grades five - eight: one set in the fifth grade, two sets in the sixth grade, four sets in the seventh grade and two sets of twins in the eighth grade. The FMS yearbook is doing a feature page on this rare group of twins, highlighting each set of twins.


Fayette sweeps Cordova to cap successful week

Carter Sanford pitched a complete game against Cordova to record the win for Fayette.

The Fayette Tigers baseball team swept Cordova last week to head into the area championships on a winning streak. Fayette defeated the Blue Devils 3-1 in a pitchers’ duel at home on Tuesday, April 4. Cordova scored first in the top of the fourth inning, but that would be the only score that Cordova would notch in the game.


Sipsey Arts Alliance presents program at FMS

Shown is an instructor helping the students during the Sipsey Arts Alliance’s visit to FMS.

The Sipsey Arts Alliance (SAA), a nonprofit organization, was formed in 2014 and is dedicated to the purpose of promoting the arts in both the community and in the local schools. Volunteer artists/members of the group present art classes in the Fayette County schools without any cost to the schools or the students.

Fayette County Lake has successful reopening

Angela Cobb is shown with one of the many bass she caught on opening day at the Fayette County Lake.

After being closed for the past four years, the Fayette County Public Lake had a successful reopening on Thursday, March 28, much to the delight of numerous anglers in the area.
The 60-acre lake had been restocked with bluegill, shellcracker, bass and catfish, and the fish were eagerly awaiting the hooks and baits being thrown into the water by the patrons who had waited so long for the lake’s reopening.


Plane’s return brings back fond memories

Shown with the Cessna airplane formerly owned by Bud Carroll, from left: Blake Westbrook, Earnie Duckworth and James Garrison. Duckworth and his employees recently painted the plane for the current owner.

The return an old Cessna airplane to Fayette brought back fond memories for a few men who remember taking numerous rides with Bud Carroll, the former pilot and owner of the aircraft. Earnie Duckworth is an aircraft painter stationed at Richard Arthur Field in Fayette. He said that a few months ago, he was contacted by the current owner of the plane, Blackstone Aviation in Hartselle, to do a total repaint of the aircraft. Duckworth said that he knew immediately when he heard the plane’s call letters that this was the plane that had started him on his love of airplanes.

Fayette City Council hears local resident

Linda Winston is shown addressing the Fayette City Council during its March 26 meeting.

A local resident addressed the Fayette City Council at its March 26 meeting concerning the condition of the streets on Martin Luther King Drive and the speed of vehicles traveling the streets. Councilman Jerry Nichols and Councilman Eddy Campbell were absent from the meeting.

Commission hires aging director, road supervisor

Shown at the March 25 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left, are: Commissioners Joe Acker, John Underwood, Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight, Shane Hughes, Barry Corkren, County Attorney Allen Grocholski and Fayette County Probate Judge (Commission Chairman) Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted to hire a part-time aging director during its March 25 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. The commissioners approved a motion to enter an executive session at the beginning of the meeting to discuss personnel issues at the request of Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.
Following the executive session, Freeman announced that the county road supervisor, Tim Whitson, had resigned from his position effective immediately.


FMC recognized for excellence

Members of the FMC and DCH Boards presented a resolution to the Fayette Medical Center’s staff and honored the employees with a reception. Shown from left are: Jim Harrison, John Mize, Mary Ann Hardin, Judge Joseph Colquitt, Dr. Linda Olivet and FMC Administrator Donald Jones.

The Fayette Medical Center (FMC) and the FMC Long-Term Care facility have been recognized as among the top healthcare facilities in the nation. FMC achieved a five-star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administrates Medicare. FMC is one of only five hospitals in Alabama and one of 293 nationwide to receive this rating, placing FMC in the top 6.5 percent of the nation’s 4,500 hospitals.

Aderholt addresses opiod crisis

Tim Thomas (left), ARC federal chairman, is shown discussing the opioid issue with Congressman Robert Aderholt during a break in the meeting.

The issue of substance abuse goes far beyond just addiction. A meeting of the minds between local, area, state and federal officials was held Wednesday, March 20, to seek solutions to bridge the gap between recovery from drug abuse and the successful placement of those who find themselves facing addiction back into society.


FMC Foundation presents scholarships

Pictured from left is Marla Kizzire (Fayette Medical Center Foundation Interim President), Cade Harris, Madison Dunn and Hunter Reynolds. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship that can be used at any college or university chosen by the recipient.

The Fayette Medical Center Foundation recently announced this year’s recipients of its “Nutrition Fuels Fitness” scholarships. Selected as this year’s recipients were Bevill students Cade Harris, Madison Dunn and Hunter Reynolds. Each received a $1,000 scholarship that can be used at any college that they choose to attend.


Sanders receives Korean War medal

Nolen Dean Sanders received an “Ambassador of Peace” Medal from the Korean government. Shown from left: Dianne Sanders Brown, Bobbie Jean Sanders, Anita Smalley Sanders, Nolen Dean Sanders, Skip Hocutt and Jerry Fulmer.

On Feb. 16, a day that he will never forget, Nolen Dean Sanders of Fayette received an “Ambassador of Peace” medal for his service in the Korean War. The medal was issued by the government of the Republic of Korea and presented to Sanders by two members of the local VFW Post, Post Commander Jerry Fulmer and Skip Hocutt. The certificate from the Korean government stated: “We cherish in our hearts the memory of your boundless sacrifices in helping us reestablish our Free Nation.