FCHS, Bevill to host Veterans Day Program

Fayette County High School and Bevill State Community College will host its annual “Communitywide Veterans Day Program" at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 in the Earl McDonald Auditorium on the Fayette Campus of Bevill State. The guest speaker for the event will be United States Navy Veteran James A. Henry, a 1992 graduate of Fayette County High School.


BOE honors Berry's ‘Teachers of the Year’

The Fayette County Board of Education recognized the Berry “Teachers of the Year” during their Oct. 17 meeting. From left: Deputy Superintendent Mary Raines, Kelley Strickland, Athena Hubbert and Superintendent Jim Burkhalter.

The Fayette County Board of Education toured Berry Elementary School and Berry High School before holding its Oct. 17 meeting in the library of Berry High School. All board members were present for the meeting, with the exception of board member Tierre Agnew. Prior to the start of the meeting Athena Hubbert was recognized as Berry Elementary School’s “Teacher of the Year,” and Kelley Strickland received recognition as Berry High School’s “Teacher of the Year.”


FCHS wins Area Volleyball Tournament

Shown from left, front: Ensleigh Kennedy, Maggie Hubbert and Ally Porter. Middle: Bailey Unger, Caylen Williams, Lily Beth Davis and Laney Deavours. Back: Elsie Smyth, Bella Wilkins, Addie Thomas, Brooklyn Stevenson, Kinley Owens, Ayla Stevenson and Linnie Hubbert.

Fayette County High School’s volleyball team won the Class 3A, Area 9 championship by defeating Carbon Hill in the championship match three sets to two.

Fayette loses heartbreaker to Winfield 28-24

Jake Rickman (17) is shown completing a pass as Dylan Schloerb (8) blocks.


In a matchup when Fayette may have played its best game of the year, the Tigers lost a heartbreaker on the road to Winfield by the score of 28-24. Winfield received the opening kickoff at its 38-yard line, and methodically moved down the field in 11 plays for a touchdown. Declyn Morgan ran the final nine yards for the score and after Jacob Barnes kicked the extra point, Winfield led 7-0 with 7:32 remaining in the first quarter.


Pickens County defeats the Lions

Kane Rushing (23) of Hubbertville is shown in pursuit of the Pickens County quarterback.

The Pickens County Tornadoes visited Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium on Friday night to face the Lions. Winning the coin toss, the Tornadoes elected to receive, sending Santonio Jones and Kemaurion Plott back to receive the opening kickoff. However, Kristofer Witherspoon recovered Tucker Bowen’s short kick at the 47-yard line.

Lynn overpowers Berry 50-0

Noah Morrison (57) is pictured making a tackle as a few of his teammates rush in to assist.

The Berry Wildcats welcomed the sixth-ranked Lynn Bears to Fred Webster Stadium for a Region 5 matchup on Senior Night. The Bears offense took control of the game early, and Lynn’s defense dominated the game. When game concluded, the Bears had a 50-0 victory to remain undefeated in region play.


Drug Court offers second chance

The recent successful graduates of Drug Court are pictured during their graduation ceremony on Sept. 29. From left: Judge Jacob West, Vaughndale Bowling, Marissa Ratajski, Darrell Rogers, Patrick Pennington, Deanna Waldrop, John Nichols and Circuit Judge Sam Junkin.

On Sept. 29, six people earned the right to get a fresh start in life through the 24th Judicial Circuit’s Drug Court Program. The program originated in 2011. Since it began, approximately 500 participants have participated in the program. Overall, there has been a 40 percent graduation rate.


Balloon pilots make emergency landing

Pictured are workers as they prepare to pack up the Spanish balloon that had to make an emergency landing in Fayette County on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

A cross-country balloon race ended abruptly for two Spanish pilots when they had to make an emergency landing in southern Fayette County. The Spanish balloon pilots, Anulfo Gonzalez and Angel Aguirre had left Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday, Oct. 7 as part of the annual “Gordon Bennett Cup” Gas-Powered Balloon Race.

Fayette City Council raises garbage pickup rates

Attorney Roderick Van Daniel is shown addressing the council.

The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside and Mayor Rod Northam were absent from the meeting, with all other members of the council present. Mayor Pro Tem Eddy Campbell presided during the meeting in the absence of the mayor. Fayette resident John McPeek opened the meeting with prayer. His daughter, Sadie McPeek, led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Accident causes vehicle damage, injuries

This accident occurred at the intersection of Hwy. 171 and Hwy 159.

An accident, occurring at the intersection of Highway 159 and Highway 171 South, caused severe vehicular damage and injuries. The accident occurred at approximately 5:49 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9. Manuel Portuges Ajqui was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox, and John David Horton was driving a 2024 Chevrolet 3500.

Former state senator passes away

Roger Bedford Jr., 67, passed away in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 11 following a brief illness.
Bedford was a mainstay in the Alabama Senate for many years, becoming the youngest person to ever win election to the prestigious state chamber in 1982 at the age of 25. At the time of his State Senate service, Fayette County was in his district.


Hubbertville FCCLA attends national leadership program

Shown from left: Kaylee Crumpton (Chapter President), Layla Frederick (Vice-President of Membership), Ella Kate Curington (Junior President) and Ana Tingle (Vice-President of Programs).

Hubbertville FCCLA Chapter Officers Kaylee Crumpton, Ella Kate Curington, Ana Tingle, and Layla Frederick, along with Chapter Advisor Rhonda Dunavant from Hubbertville School, attended FCCLA’s Capitol Leadership program, where they joined with youth leaders from across the nation.


Fayette volleyball to host area tournament

Shown are the senior FCHS volleyball players, along with their coaches and families. From left: Head Coach Jackie Dodd, Dru Porter, Ally Porter, Lindsay Porter, Shane Johnson, Katie Johnson, Mandy Johnson, Brad Kennedy, Ensleigh Kennedy, Kasey Kennedy, Heath Webb, Linnie Hubbert, Maggie Hubbert, Emily Webb and Assistant Coach Sandra Holliman.

Fayette County High School will host the area volleyball tournament on Thursday, Oct. 19.
Gordo and Winfield will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the first match of the day, and the winner of that match will play Fayette at 3 p.m. Oakman will face Carbon Hill at 4:30 p.m., with the championship match scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.


Lions defeat Berry in cross-county rilvalry

Landon Wright (54) of Hubbertville is shown tackling Kemari Hollingsworth (5) of Berry.

The Lions boarded buses and traveled to Berry to meet their cross-county rivals. Following the coin toss, Mason Parr’s opening kick was received at the 25-yard line by Coby McCarley, with Max Westbrook and Noah Morrison on the stop. With runs by T.J. Keeton and Blaize Wakefield, the Lions advanced the ball to midfield, where the opening possession came to a halt.

Gordo defeats Fayette 35-6

Cooper Sanford (4) is shown making a good gain for Fayette as Hollis Strawbridge (3) blocks.

Fayette County hosted one of its regional rivals last Friday night, losing to the Gordo Greenwave by the score of 35-6. The scoring began early for the visiting Greenwave, as Ethan Wilder received the opening kickoff for Gordo and returned it 67 yeards for a touchdown. Jordy Gomez kicked the extra point, and Gordo held a quick 7-0 lead after 23 seconds of action.