Berry Town Council purchases new software

The Berry Town Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on June 1. Councilman Christopher Rice was absent, with all other council members present. A motion was made by Councilman Calvin Madison to table a resolution to declare two Chevrolet Silverado pickups as surplus items, pending a determination concerning the value of the pickups. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar and approved unanimously.

Ivey Awards Grants in COVID-19 Recovery

Governor Kay Ivey has awarded more than $17 million to provide relief for Alabamians who faced unemployment and economic difficulties as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Community Services Block Grants will be distributed to 20 community action agencies to provide services to qualified persons in Alabama. Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Perry, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties) will receive $1.65 million in grant money.


Local resident tames and befriends wild bird

Shown is a picture of Kristopher Gardner’s feathered friend, “Peanut.”

Kristopher Gardner of Fayette is an amateur photographer and nature lover. He recently combined the two talents to photograph his friend “Peanut.” Gardner said that Peanut is a “tufted titmouse” that he befriended and coaxed into landing on his hand. He said that it took weeks of patiently waiting under a tree limb with his outstretched hand before Peanut finally decided he could be trusted.

Ivey issues weatherization grants for area

Governor Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $3.2 million statewide to assist low-income, elderly and disabled Alabama residents with weatherizing their homes to lower energy costs. A total of $229,705 was awarded to Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc. (Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa). Contact the agency at (205) 752-5429 for more information. The grants support Alabama’s Weatherization Assistance Program which provides funds to improve the energy efficiency and safety of qualifying homes.

Fayette Aquatic Park to open June 15

Pictured is an overhead view of the Fayette Aquatic Park during opening day of the 2019 season.

The Fayette City Council failed to have enough members for a quorum to hold its May 26 meeting. Councilman Cedric Wilson and Councilman Eddy Campbell were in attendance for the meeting.  Councilman Jason Cowart was on a military reserve assignment, Councilwoman Linda McCraw was on vacation and Councilman Jerry Nichols was absent from the meeting.


Commission hires new director for Berry Senior Center

Pictured at the May 26 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: Commissioner John Underwood, County Attorney Allen Grocholski (back), Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission hired a new director for the Senior Citizens Center in Berry during its May 26 meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren was absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. The meeting opened with Commission Chairman Mike Freeman stating the commission needed to hold an executive session to discuss a legal matter. Commissioner Joe Acker made a motion to enter executive session, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers. The commissioners present unanimously voted to enter executive session.

Free fishing day in Alabama is June 13

On Saturday, June 13,  Alabamians and out-of-state visitors alike will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters, including both freshwater and saltwater. Free Fishing Day is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 6-14. The event allows residents and non-residents to enjoy the outstanding fishing Alabama has to offer without purchasing a fishing license.


COVID-19 cases increasing in Fayette County

As businesses and activities continue to normalize during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of cases of the virus in Fayette County has increased sharply within the past two weeks. Although Fayette County still is one of the counties with the fewest number of cases within the state, the counties numbers have seen a dramatic rise of seven new cases within the past 14 days. The total number of cases in Fayette County at press time was 16, with only Cleburne County posting a lower number of 15 cases.

COVID-19 testing continues at health department

Pictured is the Fayette County Health Department, where COVID-19 tests are given on Wednesdays to people who meet the testing criteria.

Drive-up COVID-19 testing clinics will be offered at the Fayette County Health Department, located at 215 1st Avenue NW, Fayette, on Wednesdays beginning at 8:30 a.m. while testing supplies are available. Call (205) 932-5260 for an appointment and to pre-register. A physician referral is preferred.

Two Fayette County men killed in industrial accident

Shown is the helicopter at the scene, ready to airlift the injured to the hospital.

This article is reprinted with permission from the “Starkville Daily News.” Ryan Phillips was at the scene of the accident, and gave a first-hand account concerning the ensuing rescue attempt. It’s a situation many emergency officials train for, but one that those who have experienced firsthand hope to never encounter again.

Painter charged with ethics violation

Michael Steven Painter

A Haleyville man was arrested and charged with an ethics violation in relation to his work as a probation officer. Michael Steven Painter, 49, of 5898 Newburg Road, Haleyville, was taken into custody Friday, May 15, and charged with an ethics violation of using a public office for personal gain and custodial sexual misconduct, according to Andy Hamlin, District Attorney for the 24th Judical Circuit in Alabama, which encompasses Fayette, Lamar and Pickens counties. He was booked into the Fayette County jail.

Honoring the fallen veterans

Shown is one of the veterans' banners that is being flown in Fayette for Memorial Day.

Patriotic banners are displayed for the first time this Memorial Day, thanks to an effort by the local VFW lodge and a grant supplied by the Fayette Community Foundation. The banners honor the memories of 110 Fayette County veterans who gave their lives during wartime service to their country.

Fayette to receive EPA assistance

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Marketing Service, is announcing assistance to help 16 communities boost economic opportunities for their local farmers while promoting clean air, safe water, open space, and healthy food choices.

Farris signs scholarship with MVC

Shown from left: Michael Wilson (men’s and women’s Olympic lifting head coach and powerlifting assistant coach), Sydney Farris and David Edwards (MVC Men’s and Women’s powerlifting head coach, and strength and conditioning coordinator).

Sydney Farris, a 2020 high school graduate of Hubbertville School, signed a four-year athletic scholarship for powerlifting on Friday, May 15 with Missouri Valley College (MVC), located in Marshall, Mo. Farris competed as a junior elite in USPA powerlifting, and is a former national and world record holder for 52 kg. juniors. She was trained by Jessie Lindsey at West Alabama Barbell Club for four years, and currently self-trains at American Gym in Winfield.  


FMC Long-Term Care hosts drive-through parade

Shown are staff members of the facility, telling the residents that they are their heroes. Many signs seen during the parade praised the workers as the real heroes for taking care of the residents.

The residents and staff at Fayette Medical Center’s Long-Term Care facility enjoyed a drive-through parade in their honor on Friday, May 15. After most residents had been secluded from friends and family members for almost two months during the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the community turned out to thank the long-term care workers and greet the residents. Seventy-eight vehicles paraded through the parking lot, with most of the vehicles adorned with balloons and signs telling their family members how much they have missed seeing them during the pandemic.