Berry boys, girls defeat rival Hubbertville

Makayla Maybaum is shown driving for a basket against Hubbertville.

The Berry Wildcats basketball teams hosted cross-county rival Hubbertville last week, with both the boys and girls teams capturing victories. The Lady Wildcats defeated Hubbertville 51-34. Zoe Mauldin scored 13 points and had 12 rebounds for Berry, while Brooke Hill scored 12 points with eight rebounds and five steals. Iannah Fields also scored 12 points, with Makayla Maybaum adding eight points and Katelyn Willcutt scoring five points and pulling down 11 rebounds.


Hubbertville girls defeat Brilliant 48-33

Madison Cribb (20) is shown making a basket for Hubbertville.

The Hubbertville girls traveled to Brilliant and defeated the Lady Tigers 48-33. The Lady Lions were led in scoring by Madison Cribb with 15 points, followed by McKenna Fisher with 13 points. Haylee Pollard scored eight points, Kendal Dunavant scored seven points and Laikyn Wright had five points for Hubbertville. Chelsea Barton led Brilliant with 10 points.

Heavy rains cause damage on Fayette County roads

Heavy rains last week caused extensive damage on county roads in the Fayette area. Fayette County Road Supervisor Randall Moore said that rain washed out culverts on four roads, forcing the temporary closure of those roads and the re-routing of traffic. He said that most all dirt roads in the county suffered washes, and the rain also caused several trees to fall across county roads.


Longtime banker Bill Robertson dies at age 80

William C. "Bill" Robertson died Dec. 31, 2019 at the age of 80.

Longtime businessman and banker, William C. “Bill” Robertson, died Dec. 31, 2019 at his residence at age 80. Robertson was born on Nov. 26, 1939 in Fayette and graduated from Fayette County High School. After graduating from the University of Alabama, he returned to Fayette to work at Citizens Bank, which was founded in 1913 by his grandfather.


County employees receive service plaques

Shown with their service awards, from left: Rosemary Blakney, Revenue Commissioner Ruby Porter and Delorous Gibson.

On Dec. 18, 2019, plaques were presented to three Fayette County Revenue Office employees to honor their many years of service to Fayette County. Rosemary Terry Blakney has worked for Fayette County in the revenue office for over 40 years. She was hired by Aubrine A. Nichols in March 1979. Ruby Porter began working for Fayette County over 35 years ago. She was hired in Oct. 1984 by Tax Collector Marie Grey.


Board of Education approves personnel changes, contracts

The Fayette County Board of Education approved personnel changes and awarded contracts during a brief meeting held on Dec. 10, 2019 at Hubbertville School. Prior to the meeting, the board members toured the Hubbertville School. The board approved extending Family Medical Leave for Jackie Stevens until Jan. 3. The board also accepted the resignations of James McAlpin as bus driver, effective Dec. 13, 2019; and Sandra Stovall, bus driver and shuttle bus driver, effective Dec. 31, 2019.


Annual Year-in-Review for July - December 2019

Football returned to the county schools in August, with the Fayette Tigers under the direction of new head coach Bill Smith.

We continue our review of stories from 2019 with headlines from July - December. Events from the first six months of the year were reviewed in last week’s edition of The Times-Record. July:
The Town of Berry received a clear audit report from Kellum, Wilson and Associates during its July 1 meeting. A two-vehicle accident in Fayette on July 2 caused multiple injuries and totaled both vehicles.


FMS receives art instruction

Shown from left are Susan Newman and Judy Godfrey, art instructor volunteers at FMS.

Judy Godfrey and Susan Newman, members of the Sipsey Arts Alliance, have been volunteering at Fayette Middle School this school year to work with the fifth grade students. They have worked with the students to not only teach them about the skill involved in art, but to also develop an interest and love for art among the students.


Mahaffey receives Roy Dobbs Achievement Award

Keith Mahaffey, left, is shown receiving the Roy Dobbs Lifetime Achievement Award from Mayor Stanley Allred.

Keith Mahaffey, the former Mayor of Vance, was recently named the 2019 recipient of the Roy Dobbs Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, created by the West Alabama Mayors Association in 2013, honors a former mayor from the West Alabama region selected for having made a lasting, meaningful and positive impact on his or her community.


Fayette splits tournament games

Fayette’s boys team competed last week in the Tuscaloosa County News Basketball Tournament, held at Tuscaloosa County High School. The Tigers lost the first game to the homestanding Wildcats, before winning the consolation game of the tournament the next night against Cedar Bluff.

Council to consider changes to salaries

The Fayette City Council held its Dec. 27 meeting at the Fayette Civic Center. Shown clockwise from left: Councilman Jason Cowart, City Clerk Dawn Clapp, Councilwoman Linda McCraw, Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilman Cedric Wilson, Councilman Eddy Campbell and City Attorney Dale Lawrence. Absent from the meeting was Councilman Jerry Nichols.

The Fayette City Council held a brief meeting on Dec. 20 at the Fayette Civic Center, prior to the annual Christmas luncheon for city employees. Councilman Jerry Nichols was absent from the meeting, with all other council members and Mayor Ray Nelson present.


Year-in-Review for January - June 2019

Angela Cobb is shown with one of the many bass she caught on opening day (March 28) at the Fayette County Lake.

As we approach a new year, we pause to take a look back at some of the top stories from the first six months of 2019. January: The body of Ashley Tenniel Watkins, 31, was discovered in Tuscaloosa County on Jan. 2. The woman had been reported missing on Dec. 8, 2018 while visiting a friend in Fayette County. Retiring Fayette County Probate Judge William Oswalt and retiring Fayette County District Judge Jerry Clary were each honored with separate receptions. Each of the men served 30 years in their respective offices.


Commission declares an emergency for communications system

Shown at the Dec. 9 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, clockwise from left: Recently-hired County Administrator Brooke Slatton, Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers, Commissioner James Knight, Commissioner Shane Hughes, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioner Joe Acker, Commissioner John Underwood, and Commissioner Barry Corkren. Not pictured, but present at the meeting is current County Administrator John Gordon.

The Fayette County Commission held its only meeting of the month on Dec. 9. All commissioners were present for the meeting, along with Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.
In a work session held prior to the regular meeting, a discussion was held about buying a new communications system for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.


Realignments for 2020-22 announced by AHSAA

The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) recently announced the new classifications and realignments for the 2020-22 seasons. Fayette remained in Class 4A, Region 5 in football. The Tigers will continue to be in the northern-half of the 4A bracket for the next two seasons, and Fayette will also continue to play Curry, Northside, Oak Grove and Haleyville as regional opponents. Also playing in Class 4A, Region 5 will be Gordo, moving up from Class 3A; and Hamilton, moving down from Class 5A.


FCHS holds football banquet

Parker Nichols (left), shown with Head Football Coach Bill Smith, received the “School Record Holder Award” at the football banquet.

Fayette County High School held its annual Football Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Southside Baptist Church gymnasium in Fayette.

Locke is named All-State in football

Pictured is Johnathan Locke of Berry High School.

The Alabama Sportswriters Association selected Johnathan Locke of Berry as its second team All-State athlete in Class 1A football for the 2019 season. Locke, a junior on the Berry High School football team, was one of the leaders for the Wildcats. He played running back and wide receiver on offense, and also contributed heavily on defense as a defensive back.

Fayette Co. Circuit Court announces sentences

The following people were sentenced in Fayette County Circuit Court during the month of November. The list was compiled from information received from the Fayette County Circuit Court. • Gregory Shane Fortner, third degree burglary, sentenced to 20 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections, sentenced suspended with five years supervised probation, and three years reversed split sentence with three years in the custody of the Department of Corrections, and 12 months postponement;


Byrne seeks U.S. Senate seat to return power to the people

U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne (standing) visited Fayette on Dec. 16 to discuss the 2020 U.S. Senate race. Shown sitting, clockwise from left: Fayette Co. Baptist Association Director John Killian, Reg Harris, Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson and Bob Musgrove.

Bradley Byrne, U.S. Congressman from the First District, visited with residents of Fayette last week. Byrne, a Republican, is running next year for the U.S. Senate. He said that he has enjoyed his six years in the House of Representatives, but now he wants to take the next step as a member of the U.S. Senate. “A new senator has a lot more power than a member of the House of Representatives,” Byrne said. “There are 435 House members and only 100 Senators.”


Two vehicle accident causes huge damages

Pictured is the 2004 Toyota Sequoia involved in the accident.

The 2004 Toyota Sequoia, shown in the top photo and driven by Karenda King of Fayette, collided with the 1986 Ford truck, shown in the bottom photo and driven by Jackie Ashby of Fayette, at the intersection of 5th St. NE and 2nd Ave NE. According to the accident report, the two vehicles collided as the Sequoia was attempting to cross 2nd Avenue.


Former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions speaks to the City Council

Former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions spoke briefly to the Fayette City Council during its Dec. 10 meeting. Shown from left: Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson, Sessions, Councilwoman Linda McCraw, Councilman Eddy Campbell and Councilman Cedric Wilson.

Former U.S. Senator and Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to the Fayette City Council prior to the beginning of its business portion of the Dec. 10 meeting. Councilman Jason Cowart and Councilman Jerry Nichols were absent from the meeting, with Mayor Ray Nelson and the remaining council members present.


Fayette makes a quick exit in the WAC Tournament

Darius Loyd (13) powers his way to the basket as he is fouled by a Cordova player.

The Fayette B-Team, girls varsity and boys varsity basketball teams participated in the West Alabama Conference (WAC) Tournament in Vernon last week, with all of the Fayette teams making a quick exit after suffering first round defeats. Earlier in the week, the varsity boys and girls teams each defeated Cordova in games played at Fayette County High School.


Freedom FIBER receives loan/grant

Steve Foshee of Tombigbee Electric is shown speaking during the announcement.

Local broadband provider freedom FIBER, a subsidiary of Tombigee Electric Cooperative, has been awarded a $29.5 million loan/grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand rural high-speed internet in northwest Alabama. U.S. and state officials announced the 50 percent loan/grant during a ceremony held at Tombigbee’s warehouse in Hamilton on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Sessions seeks former job as U.S. Senator

Former U.S. Senator and Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions (right) is shown greeting Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman.

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Fayette last week, saying that he is seeking his former office of U.S. Senator to help President Donald Trump continue his agenda of “making America great again.” Sessions spoke at the Fayette County Republican meeting on Dec. 10, telling the crowd that he wants to regain the senate seat to return it to the people of Alabama.
“I don’t feel like the seat is my seat, it belongs to the people of Alabama,” he said. “I want to return the seat to the people where it belongs.”


Beaty convicted for murder of Fayette man

Candice Cheyanne Beaty, 29, Winfield, has been convicted of first-degree robbery and felony murder in connection with the death of William Jerome Henry in April 2016. According to court documents released by Marion County Circuit Clerk Denise Mixon, Beaty pled guilty to the charges in 25th Judicial Circuit Court on Nov. 12 and was ordered by Circuit Judge Lee Carter to serve a 30-year sentence in the custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) and to pay up to $750 in restitution.


FMS fifth grade spreads Christmas joy

Shown is the fifth grade class at Fayette Middle School as they posed for a picture on the steps of the Fayette County Courthouse on Dec. 16. Shown in back are Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman (left) and Andy Hamlin, district attorney for the 24th judicial circuit.


On Monday, Dec. 16, the Fayette Middle School fifth grade class shared their love for Christmas with others throughout the Fayette community. The class visited the Fayette County Courthouse and the downtown Fayette area, where they sang Christmas carols and presented stuffed toys to workers and others who stopped to listen to their merry songs. They also visited the Fayette Medical Center Long-Term Care facility to sing to the residents and presented each one of them with a stuffed animal.


First snowfall of season

This picture was taken of the back of a vehicle at approximately 10 p.m. on Dec. 10.

The first snowfall of the season in Fayette County occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 10, with most of the snow falling between 9-10 p.m. The snow mostly accumulated slightly on colder surfaces, such as cars, wooden porches, etc., and did not appear to pose a hazard to travel in the Fayette area.

'Joey Day' Project receives donation

Making the presentation to Joey Day, from left: Terry Dillard, Danny Atkinson, Shane Hughes, Mark Brown (Joey Day representative), Jackie Atkinson, Theresa Simmons and David White.

Joey Day representative Mark Brown received $3,275 from the Kirkland/Bluff/Wayside communities on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Over 35 families, Wayside Church, the Wayside Community Club, The Kirkley Foundation, and The Animal Clinic made generous donations to the Joey Day Project with the hope that over 300 needy children referred by the Department of Human Resources will have a happy Christmas as they receive clothing, shoes and toys for Christmas.

Berry boys win NAC Basketball Tournament

Shown is the Berry High School basketball team, posing with the championship trophy as the 2019 NAC Tournament varsity basketball champions. From left, front: Tanner Parr, Johnathan Locke, Isaiah Kizzire, Isaac Darty and Dustin Merchant. Back: Assistant Coach Danny Darty, Hunter Harrison, Josh Ward, Tyler Lollar, Levi Cannon, Deon Mayfield, Blake Johnson and Head Coach Josh Northington.

The Berry boys’ basketball team won the North Alabama Conference (NAC) Basketball Tournament by defeating Marion County in the semifinals and Lynn in the championship game of the tournament. The Wildcats hosted the tournament on Friday and Saturday, with Berry winning its opening game over the Marion County Red Raiders by a score of 52-47.


Hubbertville’s boys, girls lose to Marion Co. in NAC

Landon Morrow is pictured laying the ball in the basket.

The Hubbertville Lady Lions hosted Marion County in the first round of the North Alabama Conference (NAC) Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 12 and lost to the Lady Red Raiders by a score of 52-27. Haylee Pollard and Laikyn Wright led Hubbertville with 11 points each. Madison Cribb scored three points for the Lady Lions, and McKenna Fisher rounded out the scoring with two points.

Scrooge returns to Fayette in ‘A Christmas Carol’

Pictured are, from left: Marsha Porter (Mrs. Fezziwig), Ted Cox (Fezziwig), Carson Silas (Young Scrooge), Julianne Brann (Belle) and Eric Long (Scrooge).

Scrooge will once again take center-stage this year at the Fayette Civic Center, this time as the central character in Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol.” It has been a few years since Scrooge and his supporting cast appeared on the Civic Center’s stage. Dogwood Productions presented the Christian adaptation of Dickens’ timeless story, “The Gospel According to Scrooge,” for many years prior to the untimely death of the show’s director, Deborah Bynum.

‘Touchdown McCabe’ honored by Itawamba College

Pictured at the celebration honoring Neil McCabe at Itawamba Community College, were his family, from left: Rick McCabe, Neil McCabe, Pat McCabe and Donna Barton.

Fayette resident Neil McCabe was recently honored by his former college for doing something that only he can say that he accomplished - scoring the first touchdown for Itawamba College in the history of the program. McCabe signed with the junior college (now community college) after playing high school football for Lauderdale County. He was a starting tailback for the first football team that Itawamba fielded in 1949, 70 years ago.

Movies featuring local actor to re-air

Pictured is Forrest Deal.

Forrest Deal, a 16-year old actor who attends Fayette County High School, will be featured in the re-airing of the Dolly Parton holiday movies, “Coat of Many Colors” and Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” NBC will rebroadcast “Coat of Many Colors” on Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. and will air “Christmas of Many Colors” the following night at 8 p.m.


Festival of Trees in Fayette through Jan. 3

Shown is the tree at the Festival of Trees sponsored by the FCHS junior class.

Pictured are a few of the many trees featured in this year’s Fayette Arts Museum’s “Festival of Trees.” The exhibit is on display during normal business hours at the Fayette Civic Center and Arts Museum. There will be an opening reception at the Fayette Civic Center on Friday, Dec. 13 from 6 - 6:50 p.m.

Berry’s boys team wins three games during week

Tyler Lollar is shown scoring a basket against Northside.

The Berry’s boys basketball team returned to play after taking a few days off for Thanksgiving and delivered three impressive wins during the past week. The Wildcats opened the week traveling to Brilliant, and defeated the Tigers by a score of  61 - 50. Levi Cannon led Berry with 16 points and eight rebounds, followed by Tyler Lollar with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Isaac Darty scored 13 points with eight rebounds, while Isaiah Kizzire also scored in double figures with 10 points and two rebounds.


Hub boys defeat Vina 72-66

Haylee Pollard (22) is shown driving to the basket.

The Hubbertville boys started the week with a win against Vina 72 - 66. Hubbertville’s Gage Key led all scorers with 25 points. Brady Porter added 15 points, followed closely by Gage Alexander with 14. Landon Morrow scored 12 points and recorded eight rebounds for the Lions, while Austin Berryhill had three points, Grayson Sullivan scored two points, and Brodie Porter made a free throw.

Benton receives 17-year sentence for sodomy

Timothy Vess Benton

Timothy Vess Benton, 22, of Fayette accepted a plea deal last week in Fayette County Circuit Court, pleading guilty to two counts of second degree sodomy. According to 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Andy Hamlin, Benton received a sentence of 17 years in an Alabama Department of Corrections prison for each count, with the sentences to run concurrently. Benton was first arrested on May 4, 2017, and charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with forcible compulsion and two counts of first degree sexual abuse with forcible compulsion.

Council approves tree removal from property

Shown are Malcolm Mostiller (left) and Councilman Jason Cowart as they discuss a situation during the Nov. 26 meeting of the Fayette City Council.

During its Nov. 26 meeting, the Fayette City Council approved the removal of a leaning tree from a resident’s property after the council determined that the city’s actions may have contributed to the damage. Councilman Jerry Nichols was  absent from the meeting with all other council members present. Malcolm Mostiller appeared before the council to state his case that a pipe placed in a drainage ditch by the city caused a flooding problem on his property and also caused a tree to lean.

Commission holds work session, approves holiday schedule

Pictured at the Nov. 25 Fayette County Commission meeting, clockwise from left, are: County Engineer Chris Howell, Commissioners Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight and Shane Hughes, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioners Joe Acker, John Underwood and Barry Corkren.

The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Nov. 25. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, the commiccion held a brief work session to discuss the county’s adherence to the current FY2020 budget.
The commission noted during the work session that most departments were staying within their allotted budgets, but stressed the need to take a look at the budgets monthly to ensure that the budgets do not get out of control.


Youngster kills 17-point trophy-size deer

Shown is Audrey Clelland with 17-point deer she killed.

Audrey Clelland of Winfield shot this 17-point, double-main beam deer on Nov. 17 while hunting in Marion County. The 11-year old, sixth-grade student at Winfield Middle School has been hunting since she was eight years old, and has already become a seasoned hunter. In the three years that she has been hunting, she has killed five does and three bucks. Clelland killed the buck while firing only one shot from her 243 Mossburg Patriot Youth Rifle.


Fayette teams win one, lose one for week

Korey Burris (14) jumps high to score for the Fayette Tigers.

The Lady Tigers’ basketball team hosted Marion County on Nov. 25 and was defeated by the Lady Red Raiders by score of 46-34. This was Fayette’s first loss of the year. Fayette was led in scoring by Jada Savage and Holley Files with 10 points each. Meredith Collins had eight points, followed by Samantha Cox with four points and Iteria Walker with two points.


Berry’s girls play in Curry Thanksgiving Tournament

The Berry girls’ basketball team won its first game before losing its next two during the Curry Thanksgiving Tournament. The boys’ team did not play last week.
Berry opened the tournament on Nov. 22 with a game against Sumiton Christian and won by a score of 49-36. Brooke Hill led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 17 points and five steals. Iannah Fields also scored in double figures with 15 points.


Accident causes lots of damage, minor injures

Shown is the overturned vehicle involved in an accident on Temple Ave. North.

A one-vehicle accident on Saturday, Nov. 23 caused only minor injuries, but resulted in several thousands of dollars in property damage when a 2009 Ford F-150, driven by Christopher Nicholas Blakely of Fayette, hit a utility pole, overturned, and continued into several new utility trailers.