Fayette Garden Club's Yard-of-the-Month


Shown from left: Donna Parker, Wesley Parker and Randy Parker, winners of May's Yard-of-the-Month.

Randy, Donna and Wesley Parker received the Fayette Garden Club’s Yard-of-the-Month for May. Their house is one of the oldest houses in Fayette, and also was the first hotel in town. The house was built in 1850. The Parkers received this month’s award due to the tremendous job they do keeping their yard neatly groomed and blooming with flowers.

Bevill Upward Bound students plan trip to Washington D.C.


Shown from left, front: Hamilton High School Junior, Brennon Ballard and Carbon Hill High School Junior, Araceli Ramirez. Back: Bevill State Upward Bound Coordinator - Fayette Campus, Cody Hammack; BSCC Upward Bound Coordinator-Hamilton Campus, Donna Swinney; BSCC Director of Grants and Federal Programs, and Wanda Jackson; BSCC Upward Bound Coordinator - Sumiton Campus, Gina Thomason.

Last week, two Bevill State Community College Upward Bound students met to discuss their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. for the 30th Annual National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC) which takes place June 8-13. Brennon Ballard, a junior from Hamilton High School and Araceli Ramirez, a junior from Carbon Hill High School, were two students chosen of just 180 from around the United States.

Wilcox speaks at Fayette Chamber Banquet


Shown is Chamber Director Daniel White, Outgoing Chamber President William Eaves, Chamber Banquet speaker Tommy Wilcox, and incoming Chamber President Kelli Foster.

The Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce held its 2019 banquet on Tuesday, May 21 at Bevill State Community College. Guest speaker for the event was former University of Alabama All-American defensive back and current TV show host Tommy Wilcox. Wilcox played on Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s last football team at Alabama, and also served as one of the pallbearers at Bryant’s funeral.

 

Former police chief/councilman dies


Mike Hardin

Former Fayette Police Chief and former Fayette City Councilman Mike Hardin passed away at his residence on Wednesday, May 22 at the age of 70. Hardin began work at the Fayette Police Department in Feb. 1979 and was promoted to sergeant in March 1985. He became chief of the police department in Jan. 1995 and remained in that position until he retired in July 1999.

 

Roberts finishes third on ‘The Voice’


Country music singer Toby Keith (left) is shown performing with Dexter Roberts on the results show finale of NBC’s “The Voice.” Roberts was one of the final four contestants on the show and finished in third place.

Dexter Roberts of Fayette finished a very respectable third on season 16 of “The Voice.”
The results were announced last Tuesday night, with Andrew Sevener finishing fourth, Gyth Rigdon capturing second, and Maelyn Jarmon taking home the top prize. During the results show, it was announced that each of the top four finalists would receive a new Toyota Rav 4 as a gift.

 

Commissioner/Deputy arrested for DUI



Barry Corkren, Fayette County Commissioner for District Three and a sergeant with the Fayette County Sheriff Department, was arrested on Monday, May 20 and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency reported that troopers responded to a one-vehicle accident occurring at the intersection of Highway 102 and County Road 142 in Fayette County.

 

Berry Town Council approves water report



The Berry Town Council approved a resolution to adopt the 2018 municipal water pollution prevention report during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, held on May 13 at the town hall. All council members with the exception of Troyce Townsel were in attendance for the meeting. No police report for the previous month was presented to the council due to the absence of Berry Police Chief Gerald DeDeaux.

Hundreds ‘March for Jesus,’ in Fayette


Shown is a portion of the crowd as they "March for Jesus" through the streets of Fayette.

More than 500 people attended the 22nd annual “March for Jesus” walk and rally held in downtown Fayette on Saturday, May 18. The march began at the Depot Museum and concluded at the parking lot adjacent to the First Baptist Church on Temple Avenue. When the marchers reached the parking lot, balloons with Bible verses were released to carry a portion of the Word to parts unknown.

 

Roberts makes top four on ‘The Voice’


Shown are the four finalists this season on “The Voice.” From Left: Andrew Sevener, Gyth Rigdon, Maelyn Jarmon and Dexter Roberts.

Editor’s note: Dexter Roberts competed this Monday on “The Voice” as one of the top four contestants. The results of the voting were not released until Tuesday night, after The Times-Record was printed for the week. Dexter Roberts continues to impress music fans across the nation as he was voted one of the top four contestants this season on “The Voice.”

 

Parents voice concerns to school board


Shown is a portion of the crowd in attendance at the May 14 Board of Education meeting.


Two parents voiced their concerns to the Fayette County Board of Education during its May 14 meeting. Jennifer Terry and Tammy Back delivered prepared statements at the meeting addressing the treatment of special needs children within the school system. Terry said that “students have lost the entire year of instruction due to allegations of abuse and mistreatment, and the system seemingly unwillingness to act in the student’s interest. I do not believe this would have been acceptable except for the student’s enrollment status in special education.”

 

City Council hears project update, reports


Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins presents his department's monthly report to the council.

The Fayette City Council heard an update on its paving project, and the monthly fire and police reports at its May 14 meeting. Councilman Cedric Wilson was absent from the meeting with all other council members in attendance. City Engineering Consultant Luke Porter said that the county commission is not being able to get an advance payment for paving that was to be used for its joint project with the city. He said that the new “Rebuild Alabama Act” changed the way that money is now distributed to the counties.

 

Commission hires new maintenance supervisor


Shown is the Fayette County Commission at its May 13 meeting. From left are commissioners Joe Acker, John Underwood, Billy Rodgers, James Knight, Shane Hughes, Barry Corkren, County Attorney Allen Grocholski and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission hired a new maintenance supervisor during a special called meeting on May 16. At the regular meeting, held on May 13, County Commission Chairman Mike Freeman appointed a committee consisting of Commissioner Barry Corkren, Commissioner Shane Hughes and Commissioner James Knight to review the applications for the maintenance position and make a recommendation. At the May 16 meeting, the committee said that following interviews, they were recommending James Vaughn of Boley for the position.

 

Glen Allen awards bid, seeks arrest warrant

The Glen Allen Town Council voted unanimously to accept a bid from R.G. Remodeling of Winfield to implement ceiling repairs at the Water Department storage building and the Glen Allen Volunteer Fire Department buildings during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 7. The bid submitted by R. G. Remodeling totaled $2,000 and will include materials and labor which will consist of removing damaged sheet-rock from the ceilings and replacing the sheet-rock with oriented strand board (OSB) in all three buildings.

Hubbertville holds athletic banquet


Recipients of softball awards at Hubbertville, from left: Kayla Tidwell - Captain, Madison Cribb - Most Improved Player, Gracie Dodd - Captain and Most Valuable Player, Chelsea Porter - Captain, Highest Batting Average, and Most Runs (tie), Gabby Key - Golden Glove, Haylee Pollard - Most Runs (tie), and Laikyn Wright - Most Extra Base Hits, Most RBIs, Game Changer, and Lady Lion Hustle & Heart Award.

Hubbertville School held its athletic banquet on May 13, presenting awards to students who excelled in their various sports.

Roberts in top eight on 'The Voice'


Shown are the members of “Team Blake” remaining in the top eight contestants on “The Voice.” Shown from left: Gyth Rigdon, Dexter Roberts, Coach Blake Shelton, Carter Lloyd Horne, Kim Cherry and Andrew Sevener.


Dexter Roberts is still living a dream, riding high after becoming one of the top eight contestants on NBC’s “The Voice.” Last week, Roberts sang Tim McGraw’s number one hit song, “Something Like That,” and was voted through easily by the fans’ vote. Roberts appears to be one of the fan favorites this season, and also appears to be a favorite contestant of Blake Shelton, who has five of the remaining  eight contestants on the show.

 

March for Jesus is this Saturday


People are shown walking through the streets of Fayette during last year’s “March for Jesus.”

Fayette’s 22nd annual “March for Jesus” celebration and prayer rally will be held Saturday, May 18, beginning at the Fayette Depot Museum and concluding at the First Baptist Church on Temple Avenue. The march and rally has been held in Fayette each year since 1997, with the exception of 2003. March for Jesus is an annual interdenominational, global event that started in England in the 1980s before spreading to other countries. The first known march in the United States was held in Austin, Texas in 1989 and has been observed nationwide since 1992.

Fiddle Fest a success


The annual West Alabama Fiddle Fest and Southeast Fiddle Championship was held in Fayette on May 10-11. Shown are the winners of the Fiddle competition and two of the organizers of the event. From left: Glenn Taylor; Ivy Phillips, junior winner and winner of the overall competition; Marcia Denton, senior winner; Bill Jones, adult winner; and Sharon Bounds.

Although the weather caused a change of venue for this year’s Fiddle Fest and Southeast Fiddle Championship, the event’s organizers said the Fiddle Fest was still a huge favorite among the fans who attended. Glenn Taylor, one of the organizers of the event, said that despite the inclement weather, the event still ran smoothly and allowed the performers to showcase their talents.

 

Wilcox to speak at Chamber banquet

Tommy Wilcox, former All-American football player at the University of Alabama and current host of the popular hunting and fishing show, “Tommy Wilcox Outdoors” will be the guest speaker at this year’s Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce banquet. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 and will be held in the Earl McDonald Auditorium of Bevill State Community College, Fayette Campus. Tickets for the event are $15 each and will include a meal. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Chamber’s office.

 

Exchange Club honors FCHS seniors


Shown from left are: Joyce Franklin, Exchange Club District President; Jason Wyatt, President of the Fayette Exchange Club; Walt Gary; Olivia Yerby; Fayette Exchange Club member Jerry Bobo; and Orman Wilson, Exchange Club Division Director. Not pictured is Noah Scott.

The Fayette Exchange Club annually honors the top senior students at Fayette County High School during the academic year. At the May Exchange Club meeting, the top three seniors receive plaques from the club in recognition of their outstanding achievement.

Berry makes softball regionals


Shown is Berry's 2019 softball team with the runner-up plaque from the area tournament.

On Thursday, May 9, the Berry High School softball team traveled to Choccolocco Park in Oxford to compete in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s East Central Regional.  
Game one paired Berry against the Area Seven winner, Victory Christian. Berry’s bats came alive early, scoring seven runs in the top of the first while coasting to a 23-0 victory.  

 

FMS holds eighth grade graduation


Shown is FMS eighth grade graduation class.

Fayette Middle School held its first-ever Eighth Grade Graduation this year on May 9 in the Arthur Hughes Gymnasium at the school. The graduation was initiated because the school’s administration and teachers felt the students should be rewarded for their accomplishment of completing middle school. The diplomas that they receive were also intended to serve as encouragement for the students as they begin a new journey of academics in high school.

Roberts makes top 13 on ‘The Voice’


Roberts’ family was at the viewing of “The Voice” results show on April 30 at the Fayette Civic Center. Shown from left: Kennedy Casey, Tiffany Casey, Brooks Casey, Deborah Musgrove and Judy Hubbert.

Dexter Roberts of Fayette continues to win fans with his classic country sound as he advanced last week to the top 13 contestants on “The Voice.” The Fayette Civic Center hosted a viewing of “The Voice” last week during the Tuesday night results show, allowing many of Roberts’ family and friends to watch the show together to cheer on their hometown favorite.

 

Fiddle Fest returns to Fayette


Shown is one of the featured bands from last year’s Fiddle Fest. This is the third consecutive year that the festival and contest has been held in Fayette.

The West Alabama Fiddle Fest and Southeast Fiddle Championship will be returning to Fayette this weekend for its third consecutive year. Daniel White, director of the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce, said that last year’s crowd was great and that he anticipates another huge crowd for this year’s event.

 

Convicted killer rescheduled for execution


Convicted killer Christopher Price has a new execution date set for May 30.

Christopher Lee Price, who received a last-minute stay of execution on April 11, has a new execution date scheduled for May 30. At approximately 4 p.m. on April 11, U.S. Southern District Court Judge Kristi Dubose ordered a stay of execution for Price. At 11:34 p.m. that evening, the state called off the execution, stating that the U.S. Supreme Court had not issued a ruling on the stay, and that there was not sufficient time left in the day to carry out Price’s death warrant.

 

Tigers lose in third round to Hokes Bluff


Langston Strawbridge is shown recording an out against the Eagles.

The Fayette Tigers baseball team put up a valiant fight, but ultimately lost its third round playoff games to Hokes Bluff by the score of 5-1 and 2-1. The Eagles traveled to Fayette for the games and keep its magical season alive. Hokes Bluff started the season ranked number one in Class 4A and has remained on its perch all-season.

 

Road resurfacing to affect travel



A major resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 43/171 will force motorists in Fayette to exercise patience and caution during the next several weeks. The resurfacing is occurring from the intersection of Highway 159 (Gordo Rd.) on the south end of town and will conclude at the intersection of Highway 102 on the north end of Fayette. The road construction is expected to conclude during the summer.

 

Measles making a comeback in U.S.

The national rise in cases of measles - a disease which was considered virtually eradicated in the United States in 2000 - is causing worry throughout the nation. A press release from the Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday, May 2, noted that ADPH had received notification of a presumptively positive case of measles that morning in an infant in St. Clair County. The child had not been in a daycare setting nor had the child traveled out-of-state.

 

Berry finishes second in area, advances to regionals


Lydia Young catches the ball for an out in the area tournament.

The Berry softball team won two of its four games in the area tournament and advanced to the regional playoffs by finishing second in the area. The Lady Wildcats traveled to Holy Spirit and faced South Lamar in the first game of the tournament, losing a close game by the score of 4-3.

 

Hub defeats Brilliant 20-10 in area tournament


Gracie Dodd of Hubbertville catches a fly ball for an out.

The Hubbertville Lady Lions traveled to Guin on April 29 to begin play in the area tournament. In the first game of the tournament, Lynn defeated the Lady Lions 8-0. Emma Nichols pitched a complete game in a losing effort for Hubbertville. Chelsea Porter and Madison Cribb collected the only hits in the game for Hubbertville.

 

Fayette City Council approves transfer of West Alabama TV Cable


Julie Turman, a teacher at FCHS, is shown addressing the city council about the spring clean-up on April 27.

The Fayette City Council unanimously approved the transfer of West Alabama TV Cable to Spectrum/Charter Communications during its April 23 meeting.  All members of the council were present for the meeting.

 

Board of Education accepts retirements, resignations


Shown at the Fayette County Board of Education’s April 16 meeting, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, Board President Tom Hubbert, and board members Sam Sullivan, Keith Madison and Tim Fields. Not present at the meeting were board members John Stowe and Waldon Tucker.

The Fayette County Board of Education accepted several retirements and resignations during its April 16 meeting. Board members Waldon Tucker and John Stowe were not in attendance at the meeting.

 

Bevill hosts career fair for students


Shown is a view of some of the activities during Bevill's Career Fair for students.

Bevill State Community College hosted a career fair on Friday, April 26 for high school students in Fayette and Lamar County. The career fair is a partnership between Bevill State, 3M, Northwest Alabama Economic Alliance, the Alabama Career Center and the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service.

 

VFW presents awards


Shown from left: Julie Nabors, VFW Post 5406 Commander Jerry A. Fulmer, and Isaac Fowler.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5406, held its annual awards program on April 16. Each year, the post sponsors the essay contest: “Patriot Pen, the Voice of Democracy” contest, and the “Teacher of the Year” contest. All middle and high school students are encouraged to enter. This year, the winners in the Patriot Pen contest were: Kylee B. Dunn, Emily Huang and Harry Unger IV. Isaac Fowler won the Voice of Democracy award. He prepared and gave a winning speach on our freedoms. The Teacher of the Year award was given to Julie Nabors from Hubbertville School.

Berry softball defeats Hubbertville 16-0


The Berry softball team is shown posing with its second place trophy from the NAC Tournament.

The Berry Lady Wildcats defeated Hubbertville 16-0 on April 13 in the continued NAC Tournament that was previously postponed. The tournament was played at Guin. Brooke Blanton was the winning pitcher for Berry, allowing only two hits and striking out three to capture the win.

 

Roberts remains strong on ‘The Voice’


Dexter Roberts of Fayette continues to be a strong contender on NBC’s hit TV talent show, “The Voice.” He will compete next week for a spot among the top 13 contestants on the show. (Photo furnished courtesy of Tyler Golden/NBC)

Dexter Roberts of Fayette made it through the live auditions and is still going strong after defeating two opponents in the battle rounds on this year’s “The Voice.” Roberts, a 2010 graduate of Fayette County High School, earned a four-chair turn during the auditions and picked country music star Blake Shelton as his coach. In the first battle round, Roberts performed a duet with his teammate Dalton Dover of Aragon, Georgia.

 

Strong winds hit Fayette County


This enormous tree was completely uprooted by straight-line winds during the thunderstorm that passed through Fayette County on April 18. The tree demolished a 2017 Ford pick-up and caused damage to this house, owned by Ron Hannah and located on 2nd Ave. NW in Fayette.

A severe thunderstorm hit Fayette County in the late afternoon and early evening hours on Thursday, April 18, and the county suffered damage in numerous locations due to straight-line winds. Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Russ Taylor said that there were trees reported down throughout much of the county, with some structural damage. He said that a church in northeast Fayette County reported damage and several sheds were demolished during the storm.

 

Fayette Community Foundation hosts reception


Fayette Community Foundation Chairman William Oswalt is shown addressing the crowd during the Foundation’s annual reception for recipients.

The Fayette Community Foundation held its annual reception on April 11 at the Fayette Civic Center to recognize the past year’s grant recipients. William Oswalt, chairman of the Fayette Community Foundation board of directors, presented opening remarks at the beginning of the reception.

 

Vehicle accident on Highway 171


The occupants of this vehicle involved in an accident were transported to a medical facility.

A single vehicle accident on Highway 171 approximately four miles south of Fayette resulted in injuries to the occupants of the vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway and traveled several feet before being stopped by a wooded area. Names of the occupants had not been released at press time. Both occupants were transported by ambulance to a medical facility.

FMC hosts health fair


Shown are a few of the booths at the FMC Health Fair.

Fayette Medical Center held a Community Health Fair on Friday, April 12 to help inform the residents about medical services available in the area and also to offer educational materials and services. In addition to the various agencies and departments located at Fayette Medical Center, other medical providers were on-hand to talk about the services that they offer and to provide information and demonstrations for the public.