Young golfer with local ties one of top junior golfers in U.S.


Shown is Jackson Van Paris, competing in a recent golf tournament.

Jackson Van Paris, grandson of Nicky and Lynn Whitehead of Fayette, has established himself as one of the best young golfers in the United States. Now, he has his sights set on excelling in world competition. Van Paris, a resident of Pinehurst, N.C., and a junior at Pinecrest High School, will be traveling to Melbourne, Australia in December as a member of a 12-player United States team that will compete against a 12-member international team for the 2019 Junior Presidents’ Cup. The events will be held at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

 

City Council opts to continue with opioid lawsuit


The Fayette City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Fayette City Hall.

The Fayette City Council held its rescheduled regular council meeting on Monday, Nov. 18. The meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12, but was rescheduled when a quorum of the members of the mayor-council body were not present. All members and Mayor Ray Nelson were present for the rescheduled meeting. Fayette Police Officer Will Warren, who recently completed his training at the law enforcement academy, was present also at the meeting and led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag.

Fayette hosts Farm-City Dinner


Pictured is David Thomas Aldridge, first place winner in the Farm-City poster contest for fourth through sixth grades. Not shown are second place winner Skylar Hubbert and third place winner Carson Sullivan.

The Fayette County Farmers Federation held its annual Farm-City Dinner on Nov. 21 at the Boy Scout building in Fayette. The dinner was a lead-in to Farm-City week, which is celebrated Nov. 22-28 this year to coincide with the Thanksgiving season. Don Mulvaney, professor of animal science at Auburn University, was the featured speaker for the dinner, and told the crowd about some of the challenges facing farmers today. Farmers are being asked to grow more and better agricultural products as both the numbers of farmers and available farm land is increasingly shrinking.

 

Fayette, Berry announce Christmas parade dates



The City of Fayette will hold its annual Christmas parade this year on Monday, Dec. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. Participants in the parade are asked to be at the vacant lot of the former Fayette Square Shopping Center at 5 p.m. to line-up for the parade. The parade will follow the usual parade route, traveling south on Temple Avenue and proceeding to Second Avenue heading north before disbanding back at the starting location.

 

Fayette boys, girls basketball off to great start


Darius Loyd (13) jumps high as he scores a basket over four Corner defenders.

Both the boys and girls basketball teams at Fayette County High School are off to a great start this season. The boys team lost its first game before winning its next two and the girls’ team is off to a 3-0 start. The girls’ basketball team began the season with a 48-29 victory over Oakman.
Jada Savage led the scoring for Fayette with 21 points, followed by Samantha Cox with 11 points. Iteria Walker had five points; Mackenzie Nelson, Meredith Collins and Holley Files had three points each; and Ariel Colburn rounded out the scoring with two points.

 

Berry loses one, wins one to begin season


Berry’s Johnathan Locke (20) is shown driving to the basket to score against the Bears.

The Berry girls’ basketball team traveled on Monday, Nov. 18 to play Sumiton Christian for the opening game of the 2019-20 season and lost a hard-fought game by the score of 41-31. Makayla Maybaum led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 11 points and nine steals. Brooke Hill scored eight points for Berry and Allie Taylor added eight rebounds for the team.

 

BSCC receives Alabama Power grant


Shown from left: Dr. Kim Ennis, President of Bevill State Community College; Andrea Ellis, Alabama Power Manager for Reform/Aliceville/Fayette; Sherry Terry, Director of Student Services for the BSCC Fayette Campus.

The Bevill State Community College Fayette Campus recently received an Alabama Power Good Roots grant to go toward the purchase of trees for beautification of the campus. Shown from left: Dr. Kim Ennis, President of Bevill State Community College; Andrea Ellis, Alabama Power Manager for Reform/Aliceville/Fayette; Sherry Terry, Director of Student Services for the BSCC Fayette Campus.

FMS seeks to help others during holidays


The Fayette Middle School FBLA and FMS Student Council partnered to host a can food drive during the month of November.

The students at Fayette Middle School are trying to help others have a brighter holiday season this year. The Fayette Middle School FBLA and FMS Student Council partnered to host a can food drive during the month of November. All can food items are being donated to the Fayette Christian Center of Concern. Additionally, The Fayette Middle School Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) has chosen to adopt Fayette Medical Center Long-Term Care Facility as their community service project.

Fayette Christian Academy fields first sports team


Shown are players and coaches for Fayette Christian Academy’s first sports team, the junior high girls basketball team. Shown from left, front: Abby Lovelace, Sara Beth Shirley and Sydney Durr. Back: Coach Danielle Hall, Keslyn Sullivan, Leanna Ray, Gracelyn Westbrook, Head Coach Jarrett Lovelace (back), Harlie Pogue, Savannah Underwood, Maty Freeman and Coach Timmy Fulmer.

Fayette Christian Academy held its first-ever sporting event on Nov. 5 as the Golden Eagles Junior High Girls basketball team faced off against the Amory Christian Academy Lions. Although the Golden Eagles suffered a 29 - 8 defeat, everyone couldn’t have been happier with the effort and they are also excited for the future.

Commission approves handicapped parking at courthouse


Shown at the annual organizational meeting of the Fayette County Commission is Chairman Mike Freeman (seated front) and from left, back: Commissioners Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight, Shane Hughes, outgoing vice-chairman Joe Acker, John Underwood and incoming vice-chairman Barry Corkren.

The commission approved the addition of four handicapped parking spots on the south end of the courthouse during its Nov. 11 meeting. All commissioners were in attendance for the meeting. Newly hired county administrator, Brooke Slatton, who will be starting with the commission in early 2020, was also in attendance at the meeting.

 

Hubbert selected again as BOE President


Shown at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education are, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, and board members: Tom Hubbert, Keith Madison, Tim Fields, John Stowe and Waldon Tucker. Absent from the meeting was Board Member Sam Sullivan. The meeting was held in the Fayette Elementary School Library.

The Fayette County Board of Education met at Fayette Elementary School on Nov. 12 for its annual organizational meeting. Board Member Sam Sullivan was absent, with all others board members present. The Board of Education toured Fayette Middle School and Fayette Elementary School prior to the meeting.

 

Fayette basketball begins 2019-20 season



The 2019 version of the Fayette County High School varsity basketball team is off and running, both literally and figuratively. New Head Basketball Coach Craig Smith has installed a new fast-paced offense for this season, with an emphasis on playing a full-court, pressing defense when the other team has the ball. Smith said that his objective is getting the ball up-court and getting off a makeable shot within 10 seconds of getting a defensive rebound or turnover.

 

Progress Club II names 'Woman of the Year'


Shown are family members, from left: Jack Nolen, Judge Merrell Nolen, Woman of the Year Sandy Nolen, Luke Nolen, and Julia Nolen.

On Nov. 12, Progress Club II had its annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Fayette Civic Center. Each year, Progress Club II recognizes an outstanding “Woman of the Year” for her contributions to the community and the organization. This year’s recipient is Sandy Nolen.

Glen Allen considers hiring water department employees



The Glen Allen town council met on Tuesday Nov. 5 at the town hall. Councilman Robert Aldridge was not in attendance for the scheduled meeting. Following standard opening procedures, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant gave an update from the exploratory committee which had been formed during the September council meeting to address avenues for hiring a certified water operator (Grade II) for the water department. The committee was tasked to explore and consider options for replacing Water Operator John Wakefield, who had submitted his intentions of resigning from the position.

 

Madden named finalist for 'Principal of the Year'


Dr. Jeremy Madden, principal of Fayette County High School (left) is shown receiving his award from Dr. Vic Wilson (right), Executive Director of CLAS.

Fayette County High School Principal Dr. Jeremy Madden recently represented the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP) as District 7 South High School Principal of the Year at the 2019 AASSP/AAMSP Fall Conference, Nov. 10-13 in Orange Beach. Madden was named as a top three finalist and was interviewed by a selection committee. The winner of Alabama’s High School Principal of the Year award will be named in Jan. 2020. The Alabama High School Principal of the Year Award is sponsored by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals and American Fidelity.

Royer speaks at Community Veterans Day program By


Shown are the veterans in attendance at the Community-Wide Veterans Day program held at Bevill.

Long-time broadcast journalist Mike Royer spoke about remembering and respecting the military during his address at the Community-Wide Veterans Day Program held at Bevill State Community College on Nov. 4 Royer is now the managing editor of WVUA 23 on the University of Alabama campus. He has just completed 43 years as a broadcast journalist, and has won numerous awards for his work as a journalist.

Several qualify for local races



Qualifying has ended for next year’s March 3 primaries, and several candidates are set to seek local office. All of the contested local primary races next year will be within the Republican Party. Fayette Democratic Party Chairman John Underwood, who is also a Fayette County Commissioner, said that he is seeking re-election to his District 6 Commission seat, while Billy Joe Rodgers has qualified as a Democrat for the County Commission District 5 position that he currently holds.