Berry participates in softball playoffs

Ashlyn Smith throws to first base to record an out.

The Berry Lady Wildcats traveled to Lagoon Park in Montgomery last week to participate in the Central Regional Softball Playoffs. The Lady Wildcats, representing Class 1A, Area 8 as the runnerup in the area tournament, faced Keith in the first round of the regional and was defeated by the score of 13-9.


Berry makes softball playoffs

Pictured is the Berry softball team after finishing as area tournament runner-up.

Berry, Hubbertville and Fayette each played in their respective area softball tournaments last week, Berry advanced to the first round of the playoffs, while Hubbertville and Fayette each concluded their seasons. Berry traveled to South Lamar for the Class 1A, Area 8 tournament, beginning on Tuesday, May 2. The Lady Wildcats won its first round game against University Charter by the score of 6-3.


Snider earns special designation

Calup Snider

Financial Advisor Calup Snider of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Fayette has received the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, conferred by the CFA® Institute. A Chartered Financial Analyst® designation is a globally recognized professional designation awarded by the CFA® Institute.


Berry Heritage Festival

Shown enjoying the Berry Heritage Festival, from left, front: Three-year olds Jaxon Self and Nolan Renfroe. Back: Brady Renfroe, Shannon Renfroe (holding four-week old Jessie Renfroe) and Faith Self.

The Berry Heritage Festival was a huge success, despite the lack of carnival rides during the festival. The festival had musical entertainment on Friday, lots of vendors, an antique vehicle show on Saturday, and of course, face painting for the children.


Berry Town Council issues proclamation

The Berry Town Council approved a resolution during its May 1 meeting, declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month. All council members were present, with the exception of Troyce Townsel. Prior to the meeting, Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison and the city council treated the clients and staff of Berry Manor, along with other mental health personnel, to snacks and refreshments.


County Commission approves new mapping system

Shown at the April 25 Fayette Co. Commission meeting, from left, front: Commission Chairman Mike Freeman; Rodney Battles, NWMH Executive Director; Pollyanna Higgs, NWMH Clinical Director of Mental Illness and Children Services; Gwen LeBlanc, NWMH Clinical Director of Substance Use Disorders; and Phillip Grace, NWMH Chief Financial Officer. Back: Commissioners Wesley Jacobs, David Hubbert and Robert Townley; Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison; Commissioners John Underwood, Shane Hughes and Brad Cox.

The Fayette County Commission held its April 25 meeting one day later than usual and at the Fayette County Annex Building instead of the Berry Civic Center as had been originally planned. All commissioners were present for the meeting.


Honeycutt guilty of attempted murder, other charges

Jerry Martin Honeycutt

A Fayette County Circuit Court jury returned guilty verdicts in an attempted murder trial last week, announced 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Andy Hamlin. Jerry Martin Honeycutt, 79, of Bankston, was found guilty of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree burglary and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.



Brief tornado causes damage in county

Pictured is one of the many trees that briefly blocked roadways in the Bankston/Stough Community on Friday night, April 21.

An EF-0 tornado touched down briefly in the Bankston – Stough area of Fayette County on Friday night, April 21, causing several trees to topple over or break. Fortunately, there was little structural damage and no injuries reported as a result of the brief tornado.


Accident at Highway 18/96 intersection

Pictured is an 18-wheeler that overturned Thursday, April 20 at the intersection of Highway 96 and Highway 18 in Fayette.

An 18-wheel, 2018 International truck and trailer overturned as it approached the right-turning lane of Highway 96, entering Highway 18. The accident occurred at approximately 12:18 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. The truck was owned by Excel Transportation, and was driven by Spencer Dillian Reid, of Wyoming, Mont.


Berry holds annual Heritage Festival this weekend

Shown at last year’s Berry Heritage Festival is a face-painting booth that attracted a lot of attention from youngsters.

The Town of Berry will celebrate its annual “Berry Heritage Festival” this weekend on Friday April 28 and Saturday, April 29. Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison said that despite the absence of carnival rides and square dancers this year, the Heritage Festival should have plenty of arts and crafts, food vendors, musical entertainment and vintage vehicles to please almost anyone.


Fayette has successful ‘Cleanup Day’

This volunteer is shown picking up garbage in the City of Fayette.

The Fayette Cleanup Day Campaign was a big success. Following the Friday night rain, the weather was near perfect for the two-hour cleanup on Saturday morning. Approximately 100 citizens participated in the event. Many of the participants were students at Fayette County High School.


BOE holds monthly meeting

Shown at the April 18 Fayette County Board of Education meeting, from left: Board President Tom Hubbert, and board members: Brenda Webb, Tierre Agnew, Julie Stough, John Stowe and John Aaron.

The Fayette County Board of Education approved personnel items and contracts during its April 18 meeting. All board members were present for the meeting.