Cattlemen’s Association hosts 12th annual rodeo

The Fayette Cattlemen’s Association will host its 12th annual PCA sanctioned Rodeo on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at the Fayette Multi-Purpose Complex. The rodeos will begin each night at 7:30 p.m. The rodeo will include bull and bronco riding, calf roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. There will be several events just for kids also, including gold rush, chicken chase, greased pig and the calf scramble, in addition to pony rides.

 

Murder investigation underway in Fayette County


Shown helping secure the scene at a double homicide in northern Fayette County on May 1 are, from left: deputies Eric Dubielak and Chad Aldridge of the Fayette County Sheriff Office with Officer Randall Kelley of the Berry Police Department.

A murder investigation is currently underway in Fayette County after two male victims were found deceased at a residence off of County Road 63 near the Walker County line. According to Andy Hamlin, chief assistant district attorney for the 24th judicial circuit, a 911 call was received from a female caller at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1. Hamlin, who was working the crime scene later that morning, said that they were handling the matter as a death investigation, with multiple agencies cooperating in the effort.

 

West Alabama Fiddle Fest returns to Fayette this weekend

The West Alabama Fiddle Fest and Southeast Fiddle Championship will be returning to Fayette this weekend for the second time and Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce President Daniel White said he hopes the event has found a home.
“Last year, the event was held at the Fayette Civic Center,”” White said. “Judge William Oswalt asked about moving the event downtown in front of the Courthouse and we feel this will be a better venue for the competitors and spectators.”

 

Fayette Co. Commission holds work session


Commissioners John Underwood and Billy Rodgers are shown at the Fayette County Commission’s May 1 work session.

The Fayette County Commission held a work session on Tuesday, May 1 to discuss the needs of the road crew department. Commissioner Barry Corkren and Commissioner James Knight were absent from the work session. Before the discussion began concerning road equipment needs, Commission Chairman Shane Hughes said that he was appointing commissioner Joe Acker to oversee the development of the newly acquired property known as Courthouse Annex #2.

 

Berry finishes softball season with 19 wins


Brooke Blanton is shown delivering a pitch for the Berry Lady Wildcats during a game this season.

The Berry Lady Wildcats’ softball team traveled to South Lamar last week for the area tournament, winning one game and losing two to finish 19-15-1 for the season. Berry opened its play in the tournament by facing Holy Spirit, winning a thrilling eight-inning game over the Lady Saints by a score of 8-7. Brooke Blanton pitched the complete eight innings for Berry, striking out four opposing batters. She also had a terrific game at the plate for the Lady Wildcats with three hits in four at-bats, including a triple.

 

Hubbertville wins 10 games as it continues rebuilding


Hubbertville Head Coach Chasidy Tucker and assistant Jesi McMillan watch as Emma Nichols pitches.

The Hubbertville Lady Lions traveled to South Lamar for its area tournament and won its first game before losing the next two to exit the tournament. Hubbertville opened the tournament with a 14-2 win over Pickens County. Emma Nichols pitched a complete five-inning game to capture the victory.

 

Berry Heritage Festival


Scott and Charlene Shepherd of Berry are shown enjoying a relaxing Ferris Wheel ride at the Berry Heritage Festival with their two-year old granddaughter, Sadie Howton.

The Berry Heritage Festival was held on April 27-28 and featured rides, vendors, an antique car show, music , square dancing and other entertainment for the citizens to enjoy.

Council renews Air Evac contract, applies for manufacturing grant


Shown at the Fayette City Council meeting on April 24 are, from left: Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson; Mark McClanahan and Christie McClanahan, owners of Fayette Fabrication; and Bobby Avant, Alabama Communities of Excellence coordinator.

The Fayette City Council approved the renewal of the city’s agreement with Air Evac to provide services for the citizens of the City of Fayette and city employees during the council’s April 24 meeting. LaTere Jones, membership sales manager with Air Evac, told the council that the type of agreement that Fayette has for its citizens would not be offered to new customers after June 1. He said that if Fayette continues to renew its agreement with Air Evac, the city would be “grandfathered-in” and that the price of the agreement would remain the same.

 

Fayette County Commission hears road equipment concerns

Pictured is the site prep work that is occurring next to the courthouse annex building for the new jail.

Luke Porter, county engineer, addressed the Fayette County Commission about road equipment needs during a work session prior to the beginning of the regular meeting of the commission on April 23. Porter said that his department needs several service trucks, dump trucks and also needs to upgrade the graders and Bush-Hogs in the department. He said that most of the equipment has not been upgraded or replaced in several years.

 

Continuing the tradition of Crimsonette High


Shown from left are: Anna Greene, Julia Nolen, Lindsey Yerby and Jalyn Musgrove. Greene, Yerby and Musgrove are returning veterans for the Crimsonettes, while Nolen is a graduating senior at FCHS.

Tryouts for the University of Alabama Crimsonettes were held on Saturday, April 28 and four former Fayette County High School majorettes will be on the 2018-19 squad.  Through the years, Fayette County High School has produced more Crimsonettes than any other high school, earning the school the well-deserved nickname, “Crimsonette High.”

 

Bevill State to hold town hall meetings

Bevill State Community College has announced town hall meetings on each of its four main campuses in May to address the public concerning the state of the college. Dr. Kim Ennis, president of Bevill State Community College, will conduct the meetings, which are open to the public. At each meeting, the public will be allowed to speak and ask questions concerning the college.

 

Bonds receives scholarship


Gracie Bonds, student at the University of Alabama (left), is shown receiving the Alpha Xi Fayette Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma’s Scholarship Grant-in-Aid from Frances Butler, Alpha Xi Treasurer.

Gracie Bonds, student at the University of Alabama, recently received the Alpha Xi Fayette Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma’s Scholarship Grant-in-Aid. Bonds is a graduate and Salutatorian of Hubbertville High School, an Ambassador Scholarship Recipient for Bevill State Community College and is currently enrolled at the University of Alabama majoring in special education.

Hubbertville softball loses twice to Sulligent


Several members of the Hubbertville Lady Lions softball team are shown on the steps of the dugout during a recent game at Hubbertville.

Hubbertville played Sulligent twice last week, once away and once at home, losing both games to the Lady Blue Devils. On April 23, Hubbertville traveled to Sulligent and was defeated by the Lady Blue Devils by a score of 5-0. Emma Nichols pitched a complete six-inning game for Hubbertville, allowing seven hits and only two earned runs. Gracie Dodd led the Lady Lions in hitting, with two singles in three at-bats. Cayla Tidwell added a double, while Haylee Pollard and Nichols had the only additional hits for Hubbertville.

 

Berry closes regular season with 10-9 win over Marion County


Bailey Thomas is shown stepping up to the plate for the Berry Lady Wildcats.

The Berry Lady Wildcats closed its regular season in softball with a thrilling 10-9 victory over Marion County. Brooke Blanton pitched a complete seven-inning game, allowing eight hits and striking out five Lady Red Raiders. She also contributed with her bat, getting two hits in four at-bats.

 

Fayette School System prepares students for high-tech world


Shown are students at Fayette County High School working on the new Chromebooks during history class. Shown on the right is Noah Sapp. In the middle row, from front, are: Zack Ingle, Noah Scott, Lane Brock and Ariona Doss.

The Fayette County Board of Education recently completed a “Chromebook Initiative” that will hopefully make all Fayette County students a little more tech-savvy and better prepared as they leave high school.

Fayette BOE approves retirement, other personnel changes


Pictured are Fayette County Board of Education council members, from left: Keith Madison, Tim Fields, John Stowe and Waldon Tucker at the board’s April 17 meeting.

The Fayette County Board of Education approved the retirement of four employees whose combined tenure with the system totaled more than 89 years during its April 17 meeting.
All board members were present with the exception of Sam Sullivan. The retirements accepted were: Janet Litton, teacher at Fayette Elementary School with 26 years service; Sherry Hall, teacher at Fayette Elementary with 23 years service; Debbie Ingle, elementary teacher at Hubbertville School with 25 ½ years service; and Charlie Dale Jones, bus driver with 15 years service.

 

Bevill announces personnel cuts, reviewing organizational realignment

Bevill State Community College announced on Wednesday, April 18 the reduction of 15 faculty and staff members from throughout the college’s five campus locations. These cuts follow a reduction of 19 employees from the system that occurred in August 2017. The previous cuts were instructed by the Alabama Community College System chancellor’s office in an effort to increase Bevill’s reserves. The Alabama Community College System also provided Bevill with guidance concerning the latest cuts.

 

Sheriff Department urges residents to use caution when driving

Recent reports of the unauthorized use of blue police lights on a personal vehicle has prompted the Fayette County Sheriff Department to issue a warning to the public. A female resident was recently driving on County Road 26 when a black Dodge Charger pulled up behind her and turned on blue lights similar to the ones used by law enforcement. The driver did not pull over and soon the person driving the Charger turned off onto another road.

 

Glen Allen votes to increase water rates

The Glen Allen Town Council met on Tuesday, April 3 at the town hall. The agenda for the regular scheduled monthly meeting was short as most items requiring action had been discussed in detail during the council's water-working meeting held on Tuesday, Feb. 6. All council members were in attendance at the water-working meeting and were also present for the council meeting. Mayor Allen J. Dunavant presented items one-by-one for discussion from the water-working meeting prior to the council electing to take the necessary action.

 

Henry signs with AUM


Alex Henry, seated in center, is shown at her volleyball signing ceremony held at Bevill State Community College on Wednesday, April 18. Shown with Alex Henry are her parents, Will and Amanda Henry, and standing is her Bevill volleyball coach, Theresa Berry-Franks.

Alex Henry has signed to play her remaining two years of college with Auburn University of Montgomery. She was a standout volleyball player at Fayette County High School and only played one year at Bevill during the college’s reinstatement of the volleyball team in 2017.

Berry has rare week, losing two games


The Berry Lady Wildcats softball team celebrated senior night on Thursday, April 19. Shown from left are: Coach Darrell Thomas, Bob Tangle, Sommer Bullard, Coach Taylor Thomas, Tierra Grivens, Keesha Easterling and Coach Ryan Stephens.

Berry had a rare week of softball, losing the only two games that it played during the week.
Holy Spirit pounced on Berry early and never looked back in a decisive 17-2 win against its area rival. Brooke Blanton was the losing pitcher, allowing seven hits in four innings of work while striking out five. Allie Taylor pitched two innings in relief, allowing five hits and striking out three. Sommer Bullard was one-for-three for the Lady Wildcats, with a double and a RBI. Gracyn Hydrick was one-for-two with a RBI. Tierra Grevins and Kierston Smith scored the only two runs for Berry.

Hubbertville defeats Brilliant, loses to Holy Spirit


Emma Nichols is shown pitching for Hubbertville in a game against Brilliant.

The Hubbertville softball team hosted Brilliant on Wednesday, April 18 and easily defeated the Lady Tigers by a score of 18-2. Emma Nichols pitched a complete game for the Lady Lions, allowing four hits, one earned run and striking out two batters. Gracie Dodd had the big bat for Hubbertville, going three-for-three including a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs. Laikyn Wright also had three hits for Hubbertville, including a double, four runs scored and three RBIs.

Glen Allen - Hubbertville hosts weekend of activities


Shown are a few of the many volunteers who helped with the clean-up campaign in Glen Allen on Saturday, April 21.

A total of 52 people participated in the annual Glen Allen “Don’t Drop it on Alabama” clean-up day on Saturday, April 21. Glen Allen Mayor Allen Dunavant said that the crowd was smaller than usual due to the Hubbertville Park Day being held at the same time, but he said the clean-up campaign was a success.

 

Bears suffer through tough stretch of games

Bevill traveled to Marion on April 12 and lost both games of a double-header to Marion Military Institute. In the first game, the Bears lost by a score of 5-3. Bevill took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and stretched that lead to 3-1 by the second inning. MMI took the lead in the fourth and never relinquished to preserve the win. Parker Hubbard took the loss for Bevill despite surrendering only two earned runs. He struck out three opposing batters and allowed five hits.

Former Berry Councilman Clyde Pendley passes away


Former Berry Councilman Clyde Pendley is shown at a town council meeting. Pendley passed away at his home on April 13.

Former Berry Town Council member Clyde Pendley, age 78, passed away at his home on Friday, April 13. Services were held on Monday, April 16 with burial in Memory Hill Garden cemetery. According to Berry Town Clerk Marie McClusky, Pendley served as a Berry councilman from his appointment for the remainder of an unexpired term in April 2007 until his resignation in February of this year due to health reasons.

 

Ennis named Bevill State President


Dr. Kim Ennis is the new president of Bevill State Community College.

Dr. Kim Ennis was named as the new president of Bevill State Community College by the Alabama Community College System’s Board of Directors during a meeting held on Tuesday, April 10 at Lawson State Community College.Ennis began her college career as a student at Walker College, which is now part of the Bevill State Community College system. Following her studies at Walker College, Ennis received her Bachelor’s degree in business at Birmingham Southern and later received her Masters’ and PHD in Education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

 

Fayette man arrested for burgalary, assault of Millport woman

Sandy Whitson, 46, of Fayette was arrested and charged with first degree burglary, third degree burglary, first degree theft of a vehicle and second degree domestic violence assault in connection with an attack on a Millport woman. The attack occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, according to Millport police chief Charles White. He said Whitson broke into the female victim’s home and assaulted her before she could get away.

 

County Commission votes to buy former supermarket property


The Fayette County Commission voted to purchase the former Shop & Save Supermarket at its April 9 meeting.

The Fayette County Commission voted to purchase the former Shop & Save Supermarket located across from the annex building during its April 9 meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren said that the commission had an opportunity to purchase the supermarket property for the assessed value of $220,000 if they voted now to make the purchase. He said that the property would be put on the market if the county commission chose not to make the purchase.

 

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.