C3 staff attends conference

Shown from left: Brenda Tuck, Rural Development Manager - Alabama Dept of Commerce; Secretary Greg Canfield, Alabama Dept of Commerce; Governor Kay Ivey; C3 President and CEO Tom Wisemiller; and Carissa Crayton, Special Projects Manager (Rural) - Alabama Dept of Commerce.

Tom Wisemiller, President & CEO, and Jamie Christian, Marketing & Membership Director, of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (known as C3 locally) attended the 2022 Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) Summer Conference in Point Clear on July 24 – 27.


Bevill awarded $1.4 million for Upward Bound

Bevill State Community College’s TRIO program — Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) — has been renewed by the Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education. The total award for this program, located on the Fayette Campus, is a little over $1.4 million, which is  approximately $300,000 per year. This grant assures the program’s continuation for the next five years, through 2027.

Commissioner of Mental Health visits Fayette

Pictured are members of the community, board members, and members of the Northwest Alabama Mental Health’s staff during a visit to some of Northwest Alabama’s facilities by Alabama Commissioner of Mental Health Kim Boswell on Thursday, Sept. 8. Shown from left, front: April Knight, Commissioner Boswell, Denease Marion, Samantha Howard, Philip Grace (CFO of NWMH), Jenny Elliott (Director of Human Resources for NWMH) and Fayette Mayor Rod Northam. Back: Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman, Gwen Leblanc (NWMH Director of Substance Abuse Services), Rodney Battle, Al Gilbert, Senator Greg Reed, Janice Trotter (NWMH Director of Transportation), Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins, Jeff Edwards (NWMH Director of Child Services) and Skip Newman.

Kim Boswell, the Alabama Commissioner of Mental Health, visited several of the facilities within the Northwest Alabama Mental Health System on Thursday, Sept. 8, including some of the facilities located in Fayette County.


Freeman addresses Glen Allen Council

Pictured is the Glen Allen Town Hall.

The Glen Allen Town Council met on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the town’s community center. All council members were present for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Following standard opening procedures, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant welcomed Probate Judge Mike Freeman to the meeting and yielded the floor to him.


CenturyLink to change to Brightspeed

Local CenturyLink phone and internet customers will soon see a new name on their bills.
Either on or soon after Oct. 3, Brightspeed will be taking over portions of CenturyLink’s business in 20 midwestern and southeastern states, including Alabama. Locally, CenturyLink offers phone and internet services in all of Fayette and Marion counties.


Tornadoes dominate Wildcats 62 -0

Lake Norris (24) is shown running the ball for Berry against Pickens County.

The Berry Wildcats continued its play in Region 5 by facing the eighth-ranked team in 1A when they traveled to Reform to face the Pickens County Tornadoes. The Wildcats got behind early and never gained any traction during the game. The potent Tornadoes’ offense proved to be too much for the Wildcats, as Pickens County won 62 - 0.


Two craftsmen display their unique styles at Fayette Arts Festival

Pictured are a few examples of Lindsey Porter’s “Door Candy.”

The 52nd Fayette Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Guthrie Smith Park, and will feature a vast array of craftsmen and artists displaying their works for sale. Two local craftsmen displaying their unique items at the festival this year are Emily Tittle and Lindsey Porter.


FCHS hosts reception for Madden

Pictured is Assistant FCHS Principal Jennifer Sanford with Dr. Jeremy Madden.

A reception was held for Dr. Jeremy Madden at Fayette County High School on Aug. 31, honoring him for his 21 years of service in the Fayette County School System as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Madden has served as principal at Fayette County High School for the past 11 years.

Lions defeat Holy Spirit 42-21

Landon Wright (54) is shown batting down a pass as Ronnie Minor (59) comes in to assist.

Hubbertville traveled to Tuscaloosa on Friday night to face the Holy Spirit Saints. The Saints won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick. Tucker Bowen’s kick rolled out of bounds, setting Holy Spirit up at the 35-yard line.

Curry defeats the Wildcats by the score of 42-21

Hudson Naramore (30) is shown blocking for Luke Norris (24) after he received the handoff from Ace Norris (2).

The Berry Wildcats traveled to Walker County to face the 4A Curry Yellow Jackets in its first game of the 2022 campaign. The Wildcats’ offense moved the ball well, but penalties and injuries plagued the Wildcats the entire game. The Wildcats kept the game close for most of the game, but two late fourth quarter scores gave the Yellow Jackets a 21-point victory, 42 - 21.