The Berry Council held its regular monthly meeting on July 2 with all of the councilmen present except for Councilman Calvin Madison. Mayor Jimmy Madison said that the councilmen inspected the former armory building on June 21 that is currently leased to Ronnie Magouirk. The councilmen found several items that needed attention, some of the items were the leasee’s responsibility and some things needed to be repaired by the council.
Mike Freeman and Mike Newman will face each other in the Republican runoff for Fayette County probate judge, while Byron Yerby and Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins will square off against each other for the Republican nomination for sheriff during the July 17 Republican Party runoff.
During the regular monthly meeting of the Glen Allen Town Council on Tuesday, July 3, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant announced that the Alabama Bicentennial Commission Foundation has awarded the town a community grant in the amount of $2,500. The grant funding is awarded without the requirement of a local matching amount and will be issued upon the receipt of an official agreement executed between the Municipality of Glen Allen and the Alabama Bicentennial Commission Foundation.
Self Express Productions and the Fayette Arts Council proudly announces that a live musical production of the Disney classic Mary Poppins will be held at the Fayette Civic Center on July 26-29. Mary Poppins was one of the most popular Disney movies of all-time and later became a Broadway musical with more than 2,500 performances. It is a story of how Mary Poppins uses magic and musical enchantment to win over two young children and their family.
The Fayette County Commission approved hiring a replacement Class I Operator during its June 25 meeting. County Engineer Luke Porter said that an operator had recently left the department to take another job, leaving the maintenance crew on employee short. A motion was made by Billy Rodgers and seconded by James Knight allow the hiring of an Operator I position. The motion was approved by all the commissioners in attendance, with Commissioner Barry Corkren being absent due to illness.
The Fayette County Board of Education received its audit report and made several personnel changes during its June 26 meeting. Brooke Hynds, of the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, reported to the board that no irregularities were found regarding the finances for the 2017-18 school year. She emphasized that the audit was a good clean audit for the entire school system. The board accepted the resignations of Shelby Humphres and Michelle Porter, both teachers at Fayette Elementary. These resignations are effective immediately.
The Fayette City Council heard a request for a vehicle upgrade from city mechanic Curtis Moore concerning the need for repair or replacement of a dump truck during its June 26 meeting. Moore said that the dump truck they are using is 18 years old and needs a new transmission. He said the approximate cost to fix the transmission will be $4,500, and he also stated that the truck is too small to pull the equipment that they need.
Eugene and Florence Farris of Fayette have seemingly defied the odds on raising vegetables in a small space. This small garden at their home has produced a bountiful harvest of tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, squash, okra, pepper and many other varieties of vegetables. Florence Farris said that she has been amazed at the amount of fresh produce the tiny space has produced. She encourages other people to utilize the space around their homes to grow vegetables to eat and enjoy throughout the year.
After a lifetime of competing in various sports and suffering through numerous injuries and surgeries, Jim Fuqua of Fayette thought he had lost his competitive desire. Since his last injury in 2015, he had competed only once in a javelin competition before starting to throw the javelin again this year in February. “I told my wife that I was going to give this one more try, but if I couldn’t be competitive, I was giving it up,” he said.
A recently-formed legislative advisory task force has declared “no confidence” in newly-named Bevill State Community College (BSCC) President Dr. Kim Ennis. The BSCC-Hamilton Campus Legislative Advisory Task Force made the vote of “no confidence” in the system’s new leadership on Tuesday morning, June 19, in Hamilton.
Anne Michelle Porter of Fayette, former Fayette Elementary School teacher, pled guilty in Fayette County Circuit Court on June 14 to the charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. As a result of her plea, Porter received a 32-month sentence in custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections. However, the sentence will be suspended and Porter will be placed under three years of supervised probation.
The Fayette County Commission held a brief regular meeting on June 11 before entering executive session. Commissioner Joe Acker was absent from the meeting and all of the other commissioners were present. County Engineer Luke Porter was also absent from the meeting. County Shop Superintendent Mike Tomlin attended the meeting during Porter’s absence. County Administrator John Gordon asked the commissioners about the upcoming 90th annual Association of County Commissions of Alabama meeting that will be held at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach on Aug. 21-23.
The Fayette City Council received reports from two new businesses that are opening soon in the downtown area during its June 12 meeting. Ron and Anita Morris spoke to the council concerning their new business that will be opening in July. Ron Morris said that it would be a business that would sell his pottery and paintings , but added that it would also offer pottery classes for children and adults who want to learn more about the craft. Anita Morris will also have an area where she will teach cooking classes.
The Glen Allen town council held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 5 at the Glen Allen Town Hall. All councilors were in attendance for the meeting. Mayor Allen J. Dunavant brought before the council a consideration for the municipality to become a participating member of the Alabama League of Municipalities, Municipal Intercept Services (MIS).
The Hamilton Post of the Alabama State Troopers reported that a one vehicle crash at 10:45 p.m. on Monday, June 11 claimed the life of a Fayette man. Denver James Turner, 21, was killed when the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Dylan Keith Harkins, 23, ran through a stop sign, striking a tree and catching on fire. Turner was pronounced dead at the scene and Harkins was transported to DCH in Tuscaloosa.
Mike Freeman and Mike Newman will face each other in the Republican runoff for Fayette County probate judge, while Byron Yerby and Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins will square off against each other for the Republican nomination for sheriff. During the primary elections held on June 5, incumbent Fayette County Superintendent Jim Burkhalter defeated challenger Sandy Aldridge 2,577 to 1,800 to secure the Republican superintendent nomination. No one qualified in the county to run for superintendent as a Democrat.
The remains of a soldier who was killed during the Korean War have been identified and returned home for burial with full military honors. A casket carrying the remains of Sgt. Julius Ellis McKinney arrived Wednesday, June 6 at Memphis International Airport in Tennessee. He was declared dead by the army after being last seen on Dec. 2, 1950.
Editor’s note: The following article is being reprinted in its entirety in The Times-Record with permission and courtesy of B-Metro Magazine of Birmingham. The author’s name is not stated on the article. The exhibit that opens at the Birmingham Museum of Art on June 16 contains works of four Alabama folk artists with ties to Fayette and the Fayette Art Museum. These artists are: Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Benjamin F. Perkins, Sibyl Gibson and Fred Webster.
The Fayette County Board of Education approved several personnel and contractual items during its June 4 meeting. The board granted four days of on-the-job injury for Tammie Tittle, lunchroom worker at Hubbertville School. Maternity Leave and Family & Medical Leave was also granted to Emily Weeks, teacher at Fayette Elementary School, from approximately Aug. 1 - Aug. 27. The resignations of Kerrie Logan, Fayette Elementary teacher, and Caroline Watson, special education teacher at Fayette Elementary School, were accepted.
The Berry Town Council held its monthly meeting on June 4 at the Berry Town Hall. Mayor Jimmy Madison was present and all councilmen were present with the exception of Councilman Wesley Jacobs. Councilman Troyce Townsel made a motion to table discussion concerning the former armory building lease until after the council tours the building on June 22. Councilman Russell Madison seconded the motion and the motion was approved unanimously by the councilmen in attendance.
Berry High School had two softball players named to the Class 1A all-state team as selected by the Alanama Sportswriters Association. Bailey Thomas (near left), a junior, was selected as a first-team utility player. She led Berry in most offensive categories for the year. Sommer Bullard (far left), a senior, was a team captain and defensive Most Valuable Player for the Lady Wildcats.
Gwen Sanders celebrated her 100th birthday last week as many of her friends, former colleagues and former students dropped by to congratulate her on reaching this milestone. Sanders was born May 27, 1918 in Winfield and graduated from Winfield High School in 1936. She attended Florence State Teachers College (now the University of North Alabama), and started teaching after two years of college. She received her Bachelors degree from Florence and later received a Masters degree from The University of Alabama.
Ken is a misfit at school who keeps to himself and does not appear to have many friends. He is bullied by many of his classmates, and he never participates in group activities or sports. Ken’s grades are slipping, and he often skips class or does not attend school at all for a few days. One day, Ken tells his friend Barbara that he is “sick and tired of school.” He says that he has something planned that will make people wish they had been nicer to him. Ken tells Barbara that she shouldn’t go to school on Friday, because “something bad is going to happen at school that day.”
The Fayette County Commission approved hiring four summer employees and also agreed to the purchase of two trucks and a mini-excavator during its May 29 meeting. Luke Porter said that he received seven applications for seasonal workers to help with the road crew. He recommended to the commission that Cameron Bonner, Owen Taylor, Tyler Smith and Max Miller be hired for the summer jobs. Bonner, Taylor and Smith have all worked as summer workers with the road crew during previous years.
Opening Day - 2018 at the Fayette Aquatic Center was an overwhelming success, according to the aquatic center manager, Chris Champion. Champion said that once the clouds cleared and the sun brightened up the day, the crowd responded with a near-record opening day attendance.
Many at the park said this was their first visit and said the atmosphere was a very pleasant experience.
The Fayette Medical Center - Long term Care facility celebrated National Nursing Home Week with its residents from May13-19 by hosting several special events throughout the week. In keeping with the theme of the week, “Celebrating Life’s Stories,” four of the residents recalled their unique life’s stories.
The June 5 primaries for the Democratic and Republican parties are June 5, as several loca candidates seek their parties’ nominations. In the Republican race for Sheriff, current Fayette police chief Danny Jenkins, Byron Yerby and Justin White face each other for the nomination. The Democratic nominee, Tierre Agnew, is unopposed and current Sheriff Rodney Ingle will be on the general election ballot as an Independent.
Fayette County High School held its annual awards day on May 3 at Bevill State Community College. The top 10 academic seniors were announced at the ceremony. Valedictorian for 2018 is Anna Kate Pinkerton and Salutatorian is Luke Avery. The R.C. Cobb Memorial Scholarship, a full academic scholarship to the University of Alabama, was awarded to Jake Beede.
Hubbertville presented scholarships to three of its athletes during the annual awards banquet held at the school. Kristen Lowery was recipient of the Megan McClusky Memorial Scholarship, Alaina Oden received the Rodney Marcum Scholarship, and Erica Marcum was awarded the Andy Stovall Memorial Scholarship. Many other awards were given to various athletes during the banquet.
Fayette Middle School has experienced wonderful success since the implementation of the WIRED Robotics program began last year. Next year as part of this program, seventh and eighth grade students at FMS will be allowed to take a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Connections class as an elective. This will allow Fayette Middle School to teach robotics/STEM as part of the curriculum.
The 2018 American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events will be held on Friday, June 1 at Bungalow’s in downtown Fayette. The Cancer Survivor’s Dinner will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the survivor’s lap and the luminaria ceremony. The luminaria ceremony is a time of remembrance and hope for those whose lives have been touched in some way by the ravages of cancer. The ceremony is a solemn way to honor those who have faced the dreaded disease and won the battle, and also a time to remember the many who were overcome by cancer and lost the fight.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is announcing that the career tech programs slated
to close, as announced on April 18, will remain open. The programs include Auto Body
Repair, Diesel Mechanics Technology, Automotive Technician, Advanced Design
Engineering, and Machine Tool Technology. After meeting with local business and
industry leaders, the College understands that there is a demand in the career tech fields.
In light of this decision, BSCC will be reviewing curriculum and working to improve the
Hubbertville School held its high school awards day on May 8. The following awards were presented: Class of 2018: Carley Anthony – Bevill Academic Honors Scholarship, A/B Honor Roll, President’s Education Award; Amber Bobo – Spencer Benton Memorial Scholarship, A/B Honor Roll, Highest Average English 12;
Hubbertville School presented the following awards to its elementary students for the 2017-18 school year. Kindergarten: (Jones) Citizenship Award – Eric Taylor, Callie Bosch; Certificate of Participation – Denver Aldridge, Kolston Ashby, Callie Bosch, Rivers Burgess, AlliAnna Cox, Rylee Cox, Tanner Guyton, Maci Hall, Lucas Hallmark, Camryn Hughes, Anna Johnson, Jabe Morris, Cameron Parks, Skylar Sturkie, Eric Taylor, Ellie Tidwell, Gavin Walker, Amelia Watts:
An estimated 500 people attended the 21st annual “March for Jesus” walk and rally held in downtown Fayette on Saturday, May 19. Marchers arrived early for the event and at 9 a.m., 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 attached were released in a segment of the event that is known as the “Balloon Bless.”
A Fayette resident died Friday, May 18 when the vehicle that he was driving struck the front of a building located in the Fayette Housing Authority. Chester Wilson, age 55 of Fayette, was driving a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer when witnesses say the vehicle veered toward the apartment building and crashed into the brick divider between two of the apartments. Emergency personnel was immediately called and upon arrival, found that Wilson was unresponsive.
Fayette County Engineer Luke Porter again discussed his equipment needs and concerns with the Fayette County Commission during its May 15 meeting. Porter reviewed his priorities for equipment needs for the county road crew. He said that a 1/2 ton truck is needed for the superintendent, a one ton truck for the pipe/ditching crew, a mini-excavator, chip spreader, distributor truck, asphalt spreader, grader, tractor, and Bush-Hog. He said the total estimated cost for all of this equipment is approximately $945,000
The Fayette County Board of Education approved the non-renewal of nine teachers in the system during its May 15 meeting. All board members were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the business session of the meeting, Superintendent Jim Burkhalter recognized the Valedictorians and Salutatorians at each of the area schools. Anna Corkerin and Maggie Herren of Berry High School, and Anna Kate Pinkerton and Luke Avery of Fayette County High School were present for the recognition.
Dennis Stripling, the newly elected Executive Director of the West Alabama Regional Commission, addressed the Glen Allen Town Council during its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 1. Following standard opening procedures for the meeting, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant introduced and welcomed Stripling. Stripling stated that although he had only been Executive Director of the Regional Commission for a short time, he had expressed to the board of directors his personal desire to visit with all municipalities and governing bodies within the seven counties which make up the Regional Commission.
Fayette County Memorial Library is proud to present the 2018 Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock!” from June 1 to July 20. The Summer Reading Program is comprised of the Summer Reading Challenge and a variety of events and programs offered throughout the summer. The Summer Reading Challenge asks patrons ages three to adult to pledge a number of books they believe they can read during the summer. If they meet their goals, they will receive a reading award and prize, and their names will be entered into a drawing for one of three grand prizes.
Bevill State Community College is announcing the cancellation of the remaining town hall meetings to be held on the Hamilton Campus on Thursday, May 17, the Jasper Campus on Monday, May 21, and the Fayette Campus on Thursday, May 24. After listening to the concerns of our communities and industry, Dr. Kim Ennis, president of Bevill State, is in communication with leadership at the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) regarding the college re-evaluating program closures across the campuses.
Fayette County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, Phase 35. Fayette County has been chosen to receive $8,005 for Phase 35 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
Fayette County’s 21st “March for Jesus” celebration and prayer rally will be held Saturday, May 19, beginning at the Fayette Depot Museum and concluding at the First Baptist Church on Temple Avenue. The event 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.
The 2018 Southeast Fiddle Championship and West Alabama Fiddle Fest appeared to be a huge success, based on the number of participants and the attendance of the two-day event. Committee member Glenn Taylor said that it appears the festival has found a new home.
“This has been a wonderful weekend,” he said. “Good venue, good attendance, wonderful support. We couldn’t be more pleased.”