C3 holds annual meeting

Pictured is U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt as he was speaking at the C3’s annual meeting.

C3 of Northwest Alabama, an organization of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance, held  its annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Holiday Inn in Guin. Local, state and federal leaders joined local business people from Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties to talk about ongoing efforts to bring new industry to the area.


James Spann visits Fayette

James Spann is shown with Emma Nix and Will Brown.

ABC/3340 Chief Meteorologist James Spann was at “The Only Door Cafe” in Fayette on Saturday, Jan. 14 to sign copies of books that he has authored, including, “Weathering Life,” and “All You Can Do is Pray.” The line was long throughout the event to purchase books and have them signed.

City Council approves wastewater resolution

Pictured at the Jan. 10 meeting of the Fayette City Council, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Junior City Council Mayor Benjamin Olive and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council held a public hearing prior to its Jan. 10 meeting concerning the rehabilitation of the Fayette Wastewater Treatment Plant. All council members were present for the meeting.


Commission to apply for ‘Rebuild Alabama’ grant

Shown at the Jan. 9 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Wesley Jacobs, David Hubbert, Shane Hughes, Brad Cox and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted to apply for a special “Rebuild Alabama” grant that would help fund the bridge and culvert work needed on County Road 36 during its Jan. 9 meeting. Commissioner Robert Townley was absent, with all other commissioners being present.


No injuries suffered in accident

Shown is the Ford van involved in the accident.

A one vehicle accident, occurring at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5 on Highway 96 in Fayette, resulted in no injuries. The 2022 Ford van was registered to Scientific Pest Control, and was driven by Heather June Kough, of 225 Bobo Blvd. in Fayette. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a power pole, breaking the pole and causing downed power lines.

Glen Allen experiences major water line issues

Pictured is the Glen Allen water tank.

After days of water leaks and shortages, the Glen Allen Water System appears to be back operating at full capacity. Glen Allen Mayor Allen Dunavant said that the problems started during the extremely cold weather this area experienced during the Christmas holidays. He said that with temperatures dipping down below 10 degrees at times and staying below freezing for several consecutive hours, they began getting calls at City Hall from customers who were without water.


Free radon testing kits available

Pictured is a map showing average radon levels in Alabama.

January has been designated as “National Radon Action Month.” Radon is the number one leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is offering one free radon test kit per Alabama household as part of an initiative to cut down on dangerous radon exposure. Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be seen or smelled. It is produced when uranium breaks down in soil and water.


Officers commended for bravery

Shown from left, front: Deputy Todd Key, Deputy Tanner Burleson, Police Lt. Michael Kelley, FPD Officer Landon Miller and Fayette Mayor Rod Northam. Back: Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins, Fayette Co. Sheriff Byron Yerby, Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilman Tommy Williams, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside and Councilman Eddy Campbell.

Four local law enforcement officers, Fayette Police Officer Landon Miller and Police Lieutenant Michael Kelley, along with Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Deputies Tanner Burleson and Todd Key, were commended for their heroic efforts during a recent apartment fire. During the Dec. 27, 2022 Fayette City Council meeting, Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins addressed the council and those in attendance concerning the incident.


Bragga speaks at FCHS Baseball Banquet

Matt Bragga, head baseball coach at Tennessee Tech, was the featured speaker for the Fayette County High School Baseball Banquet.

The Fayette County High School Baseball Booster Club held its annual banquet and fundraiser on the campus of Bevill State Community College on Dec. 15, 2022. Mike Bragga, head baseball coach at Tennessee Tech, was the keynote speaker for the event.


City Council reappoints Nolen as judge

This youth group from Trinity Church of God (pictured in front with Fayette Mayor Rod Northam) led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Fayette City Council meeting.

The Fayette City Council reappointed Steven Nolen as municipal judge for the city during its Dec. 27 meeting. Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe was absent from the meeting, with all council members present. Prior to the start of the meeting, Mason Bonner led the council in prayer, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Tori Nichols and a youth group from the Trinity Church of God.


July - December ‘Year-in-Review’

Fayette Medical Center Administrator Donald Jones (left) is shown sharing a laugh with Tina Randall and her husband, Dr. Mark Randall, as Dr. Randall is welcomed to Fayette during a July 2022 reception.

Editor’s Note: Last week we brought you news stories for January through June 2022. We conclude our Year-in-Review with stories that made the headlines during July through December 2022.


Deep Freeze!

Pictured is an overflow ditch at Guthrie Smith Park that froze solid.

This year’s Christmas holidays brought some of the coldest temperatures ever for the season throughout Fayette County and most of the nation.