Council approves security system purchase, posts job openings


Fayette City Councilmen, from left; Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson and Jason Cowart are shown at the council's April 10 meeting.

The Fayette City Council approved the purchase of a security system for city hall during its April 10 meeting. Councilwoman Linda McCraw was absent from the meeting, with the remaining council members in attendance along with Mayor Ray Nelson.
Prior to beginning the discussion concerning security, Nelson said that he had a copy of a video from Kirkwood, Missouri that showed an active shooter killing two police officers, three city councilmen and the mayor during a council meeting. He said the video reinforces the need for security at governmental buildings.

 

Berry Town Council awards bid, amends ordinance

The Berry Town Council held a special called meeting on March 19 to award the bid for the water line relocation in Bankston. Councilman Calvin Madison made a motion to adopt a resolution authorizing Mayor Jimmy Madison to contract on behalf of the Town of Berry with Robinson and Sons Construction to relocate the water line. The amount of the successful bid was $255,450 and the cost of the relocation will be reimbursed by the Alabama Department of Transportation.

 

Hubbertville defeats Pickens County 20-2


Laikyn Wright is shown catching for the Hubbertville Lady Lions.

Hubbertville defeated Pickens County 20-2 on April 10 in a three inning game.
Emma Nichols pitched a complete game for Hubbertville, allowing four hits and two unearned runs with three strikeouts and no walks. Gracie Dodd had two hits for Hubbertville, including a home run, with two runs scored and two RBIs. Chelsea Porter had three runs scored and two RBIs, Savannah McCraw scored a run and had two RBIs, and Cayla Tidwell had a double, RBI and scored two runs.

 

Fayette wins one-of-three against Winfield


Coulter Ary slides safely home during a game against the Winfield Pirates.

Fayette lost to Winfield on April 10 by a score of 7-6 as the Pirates Jack Williamson hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning for Winfield’s come-from-behind win. Walt Tucker had a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at five, and Fayette had a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth before the triple by Williamson. Austin McCaleb had a three hit night for Fayette and Tucker also had multiple hits in the game.

 

Williams pleads guilty to drug charge, sentenced to 20 years


Shown are the drugs, scales, guns and cash confiscated during the execution of a search warrant at a residence on 3rd St. SE in Fayette on April 5, 2016.

Tatarian Williams, 28, of Fayette, accepted a plea deal in Fayette County Circuit Court on April 4 and was sentenced to spend the next 20 years in an Alabama Department of Corrections facility. Williams was arrested on June 10, 2016 and charged with drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia following a raid on his residence, located on 3rd St. SE in Fayette. According to reports of the arrest, Antonious Charblye Delaney and Dionne Cherell Dixon were also arrested during the raid.

Fayette Community Foundation holds annual appreciation luncheon


Beth Roberts of Bevill addresses the Fayette Community Foundation reception.

The Fayette Community Foundation held its annual reception on April 5 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.

 

Fayette Garden Club presents Community Service Award


Linda Black, vice-president of the Fayette Garden Club, is shown presenting the Community Service Award to Mason Aldridge.

The Fayette Garden Club presented its Community Service Award and scholarship during the Fayette Chamber of Commerce’s “First Tuesday” luncheon, held at the Fayette Civic Center on April 3. Mason Aldridge, a senior at Fayette County High School, was presented the Community Service Award and also received a $250 cash scholarship from the Fayette Garden Club.

Henslee Named Academic Silver Scholar


Elizabeth Henslee, a student at Bevill State Community College, Fayette Campus, has been named a 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar.
Elizabeth Henslee, a student at Bevill State Community College, Fayette Campus, has been named a 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.

Fayette defeats South Lamar Stallions 11-1


Fayette shortstop Walt Tucker is shown tagging a Haleyville runner as second baseman Chance Stevenson watches.

The Fayette Tigers baseball team faced South Lamar on March 23 and recorded a resounding 11-1 victory over the Stallions. Carter Sanford drove in a run on a groundout in the first inning, and Fayette notched four runs in the fifth to seal the victory. Sanford, Chance Stevenson, Luke Avery and Brett Linton all had RBIs in the crucial fifth inning for the Tigers. Avery had two-hits in two at-bats for Fayette.

 

Lady Lions lose heartbreaker to Berry 9-8


Haylee Pollard of Hubbertville is shown focusing on a pitch.

Hubbertville traveled to its cross-county rival Berry on April 3, losing a heartbreaker to the 10th ranked team in Class 1A by a score of 9-8. Emma Nichols pitched a complete six-inning game for Hubbertville, allowing all nine runs of which only two were earned. She gave up 13 hits to the Lady Wildcats, while walking one and striking out an opposing batter.

 

Number 10 Berry wins three-of-four during week

The Berry girls’ softball team, ranked 10th in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A poll, won three-of-four games during the past week. The Lady Wildcats’ only loss of the week was to the third-ranked team in Class 2A, the Lamar County Lady Bulldogs. On Monday, April 2, Berry defeated Holy Spirit 9-2. Brooke Blanton pitched a complete seven-inning game, allowing one hit and striking out six opposing batters. Blanton also went two-for-four at the plate with a walk.

 

Bevill Bears suffer through tough stretch of games

After a promising start to its newly-revived program, the Bevill Bears have hit a rough stretch of games, losing seven-of-eight during the past two weeks. The Bears hosted Southern Union on March 29, losing 13-1 in the first game of a double-header. The Bison used an eight-run fifth inning to seal the victory against the Bears. Parker Hubbard pitched 4 2/3 innings for Bevill, allowing 13 runs on just nine hits while striking out four.

 

No April Fool's!


Shown is Chris Whitley, chief jailer for the Fayette County Sheriff Department as he takes the first ceremonial scoop of dirt toward the site preparation.

Although some people thought it would never happen, the long-debated jail took a big step toward reality on April 2 as the official ground-breaking for the new jail occurred. The company handling the site prep is Price Civil Services of Tuscaloosa. The site preparation is expected to last approximately three months, followed by the beginning of the construction of the jail.

City Council approves truck purchase, lifeguard pay increase


Shown are members of the Fayette City Council at the March 27 meeting. From left: Councilmen Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson, Jason Cowart, Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council approved the purchase of a used dump truck for the street and sanitation department at a cost of $23,300 during its March 27 meeting Marty Weeks, supervisor of the Street and Sanitation Department, spoke to the council during a work session that was held prior to the meeting. He said that the motor in one of the department’s trucks was worn out, and said that the department needed another truck.

 

Commission hires Tomlin as road supervisor, votes to add deputy


Faye Meharg is shown speaking to the commission during the March 26 meeting.

The Fayette County Commission voted to hire Mike Tomlin as the county’s road supervisor/superintendent during its March 26 meeting. County engineer Luke Porter said that several applicants for the superintendent job had been interviewed and following the completion of the interviews, his recommendation was to hire Tomlin for the position. Tomlin is already an employee of the county’s road crew and is familiar with the duties and functions of the department.

 

Ms. Ella turns 99!


Ella Wilson is shown celebrating her 99th birthday at the Fayette Long-Term Care Center.

Ella Wilson celebrated her 99th birthday on March 25 at the Fayette Long-term Care Facility. She was surprised with a special birthday party by her family. Ms. Ella, as she is affectionally known by the staff and her many friends, wore her crown and sash to celebrate the special occasion. She was escorted around the facility on her birthday and was congratulated by the other residents and staff. Ms. Ella plays the harmonica and sings at many of the activities at the Long-Term Care facility.

McDonald’s celebrates re-opening


Shown, left to right are, front: Addison Sanford, Gavin Winston and Kinley Owens. Row 1: Jackie Smith, Zack Freeman, Rick Hanna, Jr, Payne Hanna, Rick Hanna, Molly Champion, Tracy Kerr-Frederick, Stacia Donovan, Fayette Chamber Director Danny White, Amy Tucker and Mark Brown

McDonald’s of Fayette celebrated its “grand re-opening “ with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 27. The interior of the store was closed for a few weeks for a major renovation. The newly remodeled McDonald's will seat 70, and the outside seats will accomidate an additional 25.