Brinyark defeats Underwood for Representative seat

Bryan Brinyark

Republican Bryan Brinyark defeated Democratic candidate John Underwood 2,370 - 469 in the Jan. 9 special general election to win the vacant Alabama House of Representative District 16 seat. The seat became vacant when former representative, Kyle South, resigned to take the President and CEO position with the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.


Fayette Community Foundation awards grants

Pictured are several of the Fayette Community Foundation’s board members and grant recipients as they posed for a picture following the grant award presentation.

The Fayette Community Foundation held its annual grant award presentation on Jan. 11 at the Fayette Civic Center. In attendance were many of the Foundation’s board members and grant recipients. The Fayette Community Foundation was started through the generosity and benevolence of the Tillotson family with a $1 million contribution in 2005.  Throughout the years, the family continued to contribute to the fund, reaching a total contribution of $10 million.


Fayette City Councl approves ‘Rails-to-Trails’ bid

Pictured at the Jan. 9 Fayette City Council meeting, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Fayette Junior Mayor Emily Huang and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9. All council members were present for the meeting. Local citizen Kelcey Hale opened the meeting with prayer, and also led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Local students participate in Rose Bowl activities

Crimsonette Claire Holliman is pictured performing with the Million Dollar Band at the Rose Bowl.

Three former Fayette County High School students were able to experience a thrill that they will remember for the rest of their lives during The University of Alabama’s recent trip to Pasadena, Calif. – the thrill of participating in the Tournament of Roses Parade.


Hudson selected as assistant county engineer

Halee Hudson was hired on Jan. 8 as the new assistant engineer for Fayette County.

Halee Hudson, a 2022 graduate of The University of Alabama, was hired during the Fayette County Commission’s Jan. 8 meeting as the new assistant engineer for the county. (Note: Other items transacted during the Jan. 8 meeting will be covered in the Jan. 17 issue of The Times-Record.)


Berry man dies in vehicle accident

A single-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, claimed the life of a Berry man. Terrill L. Wrenn, 50, was fatally injured when the 2009 Pontiac G6 he was driving left the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. Wrenn was pronounced deceased at the scene.


Friedman to speak in Fayette on the War in Israel

Richard Friedman, with the Jewish Federation, will be speaking at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Fayette Civic Center, giving an overview on the recent attacks on Israel.
Friedman has visited Israel 55 times, and has spoken and written extensively concerning Israel and Jewish themes. His articles have appeared in numerous state and national publications.

Hubbertville basketball competes in Winfield Tournament

Kane Rushing shoots over a defender to score a basket.

The Hubbertville basketball teams competed in the Winfield Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28 – 30, 2023, with the boys’ team winning one of three games and the girls’ team suffering three losses. The Hubbertville boys started the tournament with a 70-31 loss to Sulligent.


Berry Town Council holds brief meeting

The Berry Town Council held a brief regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2. All council members with the exception of Councilman Charles Tidwell were present for the meeting. The council voted to approve a quote from Langley Lawn and Fence of Bankston to install a “walk gate” for the Berry Water Department at a cost of $850.


Brinyark, Underwood faceoff in Jan. 9 election

Republican Bryan Brinyark and Democrat John Underwood will meet in a Jan. 9 general election to determine who will serve in the Alabama House of Representative, District 16 seat, for the next three years. The winner of the general election will fill the remainder of the unexpired term left when former representative Kyle South resigned effective June 30 to become the President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.


Make your voice heard; vote on Jan. 9

Although it seems to have almost gotten lost during all of the activities surrounding the holiday season, there is a pretty significant event occurring early in the New Year - the general election for the Alabama House of Representative from District 16. This is the representative that will serve Fayette County, and also a portion of Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties,  for the remainder of the unexpired term (three years).


Year-in-Review, January - June

ABC/3340 Chief Meteorologist James Spann was at “The Only Door Cafe” in Fayette on Saturday, Jan. 14 to sign copies of books that he has authored, including, “Weathering Life,” and “All You Can Do is Pray.” Spann is shown at the event with Emma Nix and Will Brown.

Highlights from the first six months of 2023 are presented in this issue of The Times-Record.

Two from area earn All-State honors

Fayette County High School’s Hollis Strawbridge and Hubbertville’s T.J. Keeton were each selected as second team All-State football players by the Alabama Sportswriters Association following the 2023 season. Strawbridge, a senior,  was selected as a Class 3A second team defensive back. He was one of the senior leaders on the Tigers’ football team, and contributed heavily not only on defense, but also as an offensive receiver and blocker. T.J. Keeton, a junior, was selected as a Class 1A second team running back.

Berry approves sewer project bid

Pictured is the Berry Town Hall.

The Berry Town Council awarded the bid on its sewer replacement project during its Dec. 4 meeting. All council members, along with Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison and Town Clerk Marie McCluskey, were present for the meeting. The low bid on the sewer replacement project was from Price Civil Services of Vance at a cost of $750,000.


AHSAA makes changes to reclassifications

Following last week’s announcement concerning the Alabama High School Athletic Associations (AHSAA) reclassifications for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 seasons, the association issued a correction that will affect the realignment in Fayette’s football region. “Due to an error in the holdback/promotion portion of the ADM data reported from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE),  the Alabama High School  Athletic Association (AHSAA) has made some adjustments to the classification data announced earlier this week,” the correction stated.


Lucas named Hub’s Teacher-of-the-Year

Pictured is the Hubbertville “Teacher-of-the-Year,” Gracie Lucas (right), with Deputy Superintendent Mary Raines.

The Fayette County Board of Education toured Hubbertville School prior to its Dec. 12 meeting in the Hubbertville School library. All board members were present for the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, Gracie Lucas was announced as the Hubbertville “Teacher-of-the-Year” by Deputy Superintendent Mary Raines.