Robbery suspects captured in Arkansas


William Malachi Fields is shown above being escorted by Corporal Trace Norris (left) and Patrol Officer Roger Morrison (right) to the Fayette County Jail.

On Monday, April 1, The Fayette Police Department received reports of an attempted robbery at Check Into Cash located in Fayette. Authorities say a white male entered the business and took an undisclosed amount of money. The suspects of the incident were later identified as William Malachi Fields, 19, of Tuscaloosa Ala., and Brandon Russell Watson, 41.

Multiple vehicle crash sends one to hospital

UPDATE 4/18: On Monday, April 15, multiple vehicles were stopped by a road construction flagman on U.S. 43/ AL-18 near Co. Rd. 53, according to Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins. A semi- truck also traveling on U.S. 43/ AL- 18 hit the vehicles from the back, causing a chain reaction. Jenkins says the trucking company as well as the driver have been cooperative during the investigation and there were no fatalities in the crash. The incident is still under investigation at this time.

Healing Zone coming soon to downtown


Photo of future Healing Zone in downtown Fayette

On Thursday, April 11, Fayette City Mayor Rod Northam, alongside Brittina Moore, the Community Liaison for Fayette, and other stakeholders, conducted an official site visit to the future Healing Zone in downtown Fayette. This area, also known as “Bill’s Trail”, is a tribute to the memory of William C. Robertson, a highly regarded local businessman.

 

Suspect leads deputies on high-speed chase


Photo of Ricky Ray Sanders (Photo courtesy of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office)

On Thursday, April 4, authorities received reports of a single vehicle crash on Hwy. 43 at the Trading Post. Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby reported that an Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) employee stopped to assist at the scene. However, the person involved in the accident seized the ALDOT vehicle and fled down Hwy. 43 toward Berry.

Bomb threat at Fayette County High School


Photo of Fayette County High School

On Monday around 9 a.m., Fayette County High School received an email of a bomb threat, according to Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby. The school immediately alerted authorities and everyone was safely evacuated from the area. Other Fayette County Schools were placed on a soft lockdown as a safety protocol. After a thorough search, the campus was cleared around noon. Yerby says that nothing was found during the search and the incident is under investigation. Fayette County High School resumed its normal operations on Tuesday, April 9th.

Suspect sought in daring daytime robbery

On Monday, April 1, The Fayette Police Department received reports of an attempted robbery at Check Into Cash located in Fayette. According to Assistant Police Chief Mark Allison, a white male entered the business and took an undisclosed amount of money. Allison says at this time they have a person of interest and the investigation is still ongoing. Corporal Jordan Roberts is leading the investigation with the assistance of multiple agencies. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact the Fayette Police Department at (205) 932-5312.

Berry City Council meets



The Berry City Council held its regular meeting on Monday, April 1. The session was attended by all council members. The meeting commenced with a prayer led by Councilman Chris Lindsey, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Jimmy Madison proposed the approval of the minutes
from the March 4 meeting. The motion was approved with Councilman Russell Madison moving to accept and Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar seconding it.

All girls golf team at FCHS


The inaugural 2024 FCHS Girl's Golf Team consists of, left to right, Jaliegh Jordan, Victoria Allison, Sofi Gant, Lucy Lowe, Elsie Smyth and AnnaBeth Smith, not pictured.

The Fayette Country Club held the inaugural West Alabama Conference Golf Tournament on Wednesday, March 27. For the first time in school history, Fayette County High School has established an all-girls golf team.