BankFirst purchases The Citizens Bank

Pictured from left: Bobby Mills, President and CEO of The Citizens Bank; John Robertson, Citizens Bank Chairman of the Board; David Barge, Chairman of the Board for BankFirst; and Moak Griffin, President and CEO of BankFirst.

After more than 100 years of being a family-owned and operated bank in Fayette, The Citizens Bank will soon become part of the BankFirst system of banks. The announcement was made public in a press release on Thursday, Oct. 14. Members of the BankFirst Corporation traveled to Fayette on that date to make the announcement public.


Fayette City Council approves street closures

Scott Robertson of SHOWA Gloves is shown addressing the crowd at the Fayette City Council meeting.

The Fayette City Council voted to approve a partial closure of two streets at the request of business owners during its Oct. 12 meeting. The votes to close a portion of the streets came following public hearings to discuss the topics. All council members were present for the meeting.

Timber Valley holds ribbon-cutting

Shown from left, front: Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce Director Daniel White, Martha Campbell, David Mays and his wife Ellen Mays (owners), Harper Clemons, Jo Frances White, Chamber President Kelli Foster and Daniel Hindman. Back: Fayette City Councilman Eddy Campbell, Scott Robertson, Larry Mayfield and Mark Brown.

Timber Valley Lodge is under new management and held its ribbon-cutting and grand opening on Friday, Oct. 15.

Commission votes to take lead in paving project

Current State of Alabama FFA President Leeanna Burkhalter led the commission in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 12. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Leeanna Burkhalter, a student at Fayette County High School and the current state FFA President, led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Gordo defeats the Tigers 27-0

Shown tackling a Gordo runner are Mason Dixon (30) and Tucker Sanford (35) as Javen Westbrook (89) and Cooper Sanford (4) rush in to assist.

Fayette traveled last week to face its old traditional rival Gordo and was defeated by the Greenwave 27-0. The Tigers’ defense made several huge goal line stands, but the Fayette offense could never appear to get on-track during the game.

Berry loses to Brilliant 14-7

Lake Norris (24) is shown running 57 yards for a touchdown.

The Berry Wildcats continued region play by traveling to Brilliant to face the Tigers. First half turnovers kept the Wildcats’ offense from getting on track, while miscues on special teams led to two Brilliant touchdowns as Berry fell to the Tigers 14-7.


City of Fayette to show historical film

The City of Fayette will be showing and releasing a four-minute long, 16mm film reel showing Fayette in the 1940s during the time capsule event at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Fayette County Memorial Library. First found in the 1970s in the projection booth during the remodeling of what was the Roxy Theater (now The Times Record building), this film shows downtown Fayette in November 1940.


Beavers relates butterfly transformation to life

Pictured are caterpilars that turned into monarch butterflies.

Local business owner Dana Beavers knows a lot about people overcoming obstacles and personal transformations. This year, she decided to start a project that would show just how beautiful transformation can be. Beavers went to Mobile in the spring and purchased 165 milkweed plants, hoping to start a monarch butterfly farm on the patio of her community outreach center, “The Loft.”

‘Ride 2 Rosemary’ goes through Fayette

Pictured is a portion of the 63 bicyclists who passed through Fayette on Sunday, Oct. 10 on their way from Memphis, Tenn. to Rosemary Beach, Fla.

A group of 63 bicyclists came through Fayette on Sunday, Oct. 10 on their annual “Ride 2 Rosemary.” The trip has occurred each of the past 11 years and has raised more than $2 million dollars total for cancer research, said Keith Merrimann, one of the originators of the annual ride.

Fayette dominates Haleyville 27-0

Charles Grant (6) breaks a long run as Harrison Unger (14) and Canon Nalls (18) look for someone to block.

The Fayette County High School Tigers got back on track following a loss to Northside with a dominating win over regional foe Haleyville by the score of 27-0. Fayette used a balanced offensive attack of 196 yards rushing and 194 yards passing to control the tempo of the game. The Tigers’ defense also had an outstanding game, and held a potentially explosive passing attack by the Lions to just 40 yards through the air.


Hubbertville blanks Brilliant 33-0

T.J. Keeton (25) is pictured eluding a tackle.

Traveling to Brilliant on Friday night, the Lions found themselves facing a wet and challenging playing field due to the heavy downpours of rain from earlier in the week. Following the coin toss, Hubbertville’s receiving team took the field for the opening kickoff.


Berry falls to Pickens County 25-6

Will Knight (12) made a good gain on this carry for the Berry Wildcats.

The Berry Wildcats returned to Fred Webster Stadium after two weeks on the road to face the fourth ranked Pickens County Tornadoes. Berry gained an early lead, but big plays on offense and special teams soon gave Pickens County an advantage. The Wildcats fought hard, but they were unable to overcome a 13-point halftime deficit and fell 25-6 to the Tornadoes.


Porter takes oath of office

Shown administering the oath of office to Fayette County Revenue Commissioner Ruby Porter is Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman.

Fayette County Revenue Commissioner Ruby Porter took the oath of office on Thursday, Sept. 30, prior to beginning her fourth term of office on Oct. 1.

Bevill presents five-year strategic plan

Dr. Joel Hagood, president of Bevill State Community College, spoke to the audience at the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce’s “after-hours” event about the college’s vision and strategic plan for the next five years. Also speaking briefly at the event was Leeanna Burkhalter. Burkhalter is a senior at Fayette County High School and is the current state president of Alabama FFA.


Fayette Kiwanis Club holds golf tournament

Pictured above are Kiwanis members at the annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament. From left: Outgoing Fayette Kiwanis President Jeff Crowley, Don Bell, Rayburn Howard, Kiwanis Alabama District Lt. Gov. Seth Edgil, Joe Acker, Bill McCollum and Incoming Fayette Kiwanis President Larry Humber.

The Fayette Kiwanis Chapter recently held its 26th annual golf tournament to raise funds for the Fayette County Weldy Homes for Girls. This year, 90 golfers participated in the tournament, and approximately $12,000 was raised by the Kiwanis Chapter for the Weldy Home. Golf Project Chairman Don Bell said that the proceeds from this year’s tournament will make more than $300,000 that the club has donated to the home during the 26 years that it has hosted the tournament.


Fayette County Commission passes FY 2022 budget

State 4-H Ambassador William McCollum attended the Sept. 27 Fayette County Commission meeting. Pictured from left: Commissioners Brad Cox, John Underwood and Wesley Jacobs, McCollum, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, Commissioners Barry Corkren, Shane Hughes and Robert Townley.

The Fayette County Commission passed its fiscal year 2022 budget during its Sept. 27 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, William McCollum, a student at Fayette County High School and an Alabama 4-H ambassador, led the commissioners in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag. McCollum was attending the commission meeting on his 16th birthday.

Fayette City Council approves FY 2022 budget

Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe is shown with Girl Scouts, from left: Patience Monroe, Kaylee Franks and Mercy Monroe.

The Fayette City Council voted to approve its budget for fiscal year 2022 during its Sept. 28 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, members of the local Girl Scout troop led the council in the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.


Northside dominates Fayette for 34-0 win

Maurice Harris (32) is pictured running for a nice gain for Fayette.

Fayette traveled to Northside last Friday for a regional game and was shutout by the Rams by a score of 34-0. Northside used a strong running game to control the line of scrimmage and take control of the contest. The Rams also had a very effective passing game to balance the offense, completing four-of-six passes for 85 yards and four touchdowns