Glen Allen Council holds monthly meeting


Shown is the Glen Allen Town Hall.

The Glen Allen Town Council unanimously elected to refrain from seeking funding from the Alabama Power Foundation’s “Good Roots” grant program during its July 9 council meeting. Councilwoman Bobbie McCraw was not in attendance for the meeting. The Good Roots grant is available for municipal governments, educational institutions and non-profit organizations for the purpose of purchasing trees for planting in locations deemed as prominent areas, such as parks, landscaping projects and gateway areas.

QB of Fayette’s undefeated 1949 football team dies at age 86



John Thomas Campbell, quarterback of Fayette County High School’s 1949 undefeated 10-0 football team, died on July 16 at the age of 86. Campbell was the starting quarterback on the 1949 team, with Mickey Smith as the backup quarterback. The team’s closest contest during the season was a 7-6 win over the Hamilton Aggies.

BOE approves personnel changes, contracts


Pictured at the July 23 Fayette County Board of Education meeting were, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, and board members: Tom Hubbert, Sam Sullivan and Keith Madison. Also present at the meeting but not shown was Board Member Waldon Tucker.

The Fayette County Board of Education approved several personnel changes and contracts during its July 23 meeting. Board members Tim Fields and John Stowe were absent from the meeting, with all other board members being in attendance. The board approved Family Medical Leave for Barbie Mochelle Fields, beginning on July 31 and continuing until approximately Sept. 16. The resignation of Dustin Silas, assistant principal at Hubbertville, was accepted, effective July 5.

Fayette City Council selects budget committee


Trace Norris and Dustin Morgan, two Fayette police officers who recently graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy, led the Pledge of Allegiance at the July 23 Fayette City Council meeting. Shown from left: Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson, former Fayette Alabama Communities of Excellence Coordinator Bobby Avant, Norris, Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins, Morgan and Council President Pro Tem Cedric Wilson.

Mayor Ray Nelson appointed a budget committee for the 2020 fiscal year during the Fayette City Council’s July 23 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Nelson asked the President Pro Tem of the council, Cedric Wilson, to be the chairman of the committee. Councilman Jason Cowart and Councilman Eddy Campbell volunteered to be on the budget committee, and was subsequently appointed to the three-man committee by the mayor.

 

County Commission votes to return meetings to annex building


Shown at the July 22 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: Commissioners Joe Acker, John Underwood, Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight, Shane Hughes, Barry Corkren and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted at its July 22 meeting to resume holding its meetings in the annex building instead of the Fayette County Courtroom. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers made the motion to move the meetings, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Joe Acker. The motion passed by a unanimous vote.

 

Community Theater on a big-league level



Josh and Casey Kauffman’s Self Express Productions company has once again delivered a big-time performance in Fayette, this time with an adaptation of the musical “Annie.” I attended the Saturday afternoon matinee performance, and if that particular performance was an indication of the quality of the other four performances, the play was a tremendous success with Fayette audiences.

 

Accident injures man near Wayside



A father is attributing God and prayers for the unexpected improvement of his son’s health.
“It’s a divine miracle from our Father in Heaven,” said Hamilton Police Department Lt. Jimmy Pendley, whose son was expected to either die or be brain dead after suffering a severe brain injury.

 

Fayette Co 4-H participates in regional congress


Shown are the participants from Fayette County in the 4-H Northwest Alabama Regional Congress.

The Northwest Alabama Regional Congress was held on Friday, June 21 at the Russellville City Schools Complex. The Regional Congress strives to provide educational citizenship and leadership experiences, enhance youth self-esteem and teamwork, encourage the development of decision-making and problem-solving skills, provide opportunities for youth to develop social skills and to gain knowledge in cultural diversity, provide opportunities for youth to participate in regional-level competitive events, and to recognize and reward youth for project mastery and accomplishment.

 

McCollum holds annual basketball camp


Shown are the participants in this year’s Ronnie McCollum Basketball Camp.

Ronnie McCollum, a graduate of Fayette County High School, held his annual basketball camp at his alma mater last week. McCollum is currently the head basketball coach of a professional team in Lommel, Belgium. This is the 17th year that he has hosted the camp at FCHS.

Council approves purchase of land for trail


Shown are some of the citizens in attendance at the special called meeting of the Fayette City Council on July 16.

During a special called meeting on July 16, the Fayette City Council voted to purchase the land from Norfolk Southern Railroad to build a walking trail. Councilman Jason Cowart was absent from the meeting with all of the other council members present. Mayor Ray Nelson scheduled the meeting during the council’s regular meeting last week for the expressed purpose of voting on the issue concerning the “Rails-to-Trails” land purchase.

 

Theatrical production of ‘Annie’ to be performed in Fayette


Oliver Warbucks (Josh Kauffman) is shown presenting a locket to Annie (Ava Grace South) as Warbucks’ secretary, Grace Farrell (Brandi Davis), watches.

Self Express Productions, in conjuction with The Fayette Arts Council, will present a theatrical version of the hit Broadway musical “Annie” this week at the Fayette Civic Center. Self Express Productions was founded nine years ago by the husband-wife team of Josh and Casey Kauffman. The Kauffmans met and married in New York, but opted to relocate in the Winfield area to be near Casey Kauffman’s dad, Ted Cox, who is a physician in Winfield.

 

Former state senator, longtime businessman dies


George Bolling, former state senator and longtime Fayette businessman, died July 21.

Former state senator and longtime Fayette businessman George Bolling died at his home on July 21 at the age of 81. Bolling was born in the Brilliant in Marion County and grew up in Hamilton. After graduating from high school, he attended Auburn University, where he graduated with a pharmacy degree in 1959.

Morgan, Norris graduate from Law Enforcement Academy


Dustin Morgan (left) and Trace Norris (right) are shown with Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins.

Morgan, Norris graduate from Law Enforcement Academy
Dustin Morgan and Trace Norris are shown with Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins after graduating from the Law Enforcement Academy of Tuscaloosa on July 18. Jenkins said that the two officers are the first to attend the academy from the City of Fayette in several years, and said that he is proud they chose to work at the Fayette Police Department.

 

Samford announces Dean’s List



Samford University recognized 1,519 students who were named to the 2019 spring semester Dean’s List. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must have earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of coursework. The Dean’s List is the highest academic recognition given by the school at the end of each semester.
Local students receiving this recognition were: Anna Pinkerton of Fayette, Charles Nolen of Fayette, and Allie Taylor of Winfield.

Commission closes voting precinct at Studdard's Crossroads


Shown at the July 8 Fayette County Commission meeting, from left: Commissioners Joe Acker, John Underwood, Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight, Shane Hughes, Barry Corkren and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman. Shown in the background on the left is County Administrator John Gordon.

The Fayette County Commission approved the closing of the Studdard’s Crossroads voting precinct during its July8 meeting. All commissioners and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman were in attendance for the meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren made the motion to close the precinct, citing the small number of people using the precinct and the lack of adequate plumbing as reasons for the closure. Corkren added that the voters at the precinct could be relocated to nearby precincts without causing unnecessary hardships.

Fayette City Council changes method of collecting sales tax


The Fayette City Council greeted Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill at its council meeting on July 9. From left, front: State Representative Kyle South, Councilman Jason Cowart, Merrill, Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson and Fayette Coordinator for the Alabama Communities of Excellence Bobby Avant. Back: Councilmen Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson and Eddy Campbell.

The Fayette City Council voted at its July 9 meeting to cancel its current contract with Avenu/RDS for sales tax collection and return to having the tax collected by the State of Alabama. Councilwoman Linda McCraw was absent from the meeting, with all other council members in attendance. Prior to the start of the meeting, current Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill spoke to the city council concerning his upcoming bid for a U.S. Senate seat.

 

Miles paints mural commemorating Glen Allen’s history


Shown is the mural for the Town of Glen Allen, painted by local artist Missy Miles.

Local artist and mural painter Missy Miles has completed a mural for the Town of Glen Allen depicting the town’s rich history. The mural is painted on the south wall of the Glen Allen Volunteer Fire Department, next to the Glen Allen Town Hall and Post Office. A grant from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission Foundation paid for the cost of the mural.

 

Sales tax holiday is this weekend



The municipalities of Fayette and Berry, in conjunction with Fayette County and the State of Alabama, will participate in the annual school sales tax holiday on July 19-21. This is the 14th year that Alabama has held the tax holiday, and the third time that the event has been held in July. The sales tax holiday will begin on Friday, July 19 at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, July 21 at 11:59 p.m.

FMC Long-Term Care celebrates Independence Day


Pictured are some of the Long-Term Care residents enjoying the ripe, delicious watermelons for Independence Day.

The Fayette Medical Center Long-Term Care facility hosted an Independence Day “Watermelon Celebration” for its residents. The Long-Term Care facility provides daily activities for its residents and always sponsors special events during the major holidays, as well as Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day.

 

Champion attends camp at Space and Rocket Center


Champion is pictured going through a training session at Space Camp.

Eli Champion, 12, an eighth-grader at Fayette Middle School, recently attended Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama (SALSA) at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics™, Aviation Challenge®, U.S. Cyber Camp® and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.

 

Fayette County 4-H host RiverKids program


Shown are some of the participants in this year's RiverKids program.

Fayette County 4-H, with help from grant proceeds from the Tombigbee RC&D, established a 4-H RiverKids program this year. Grant proceeds were used to have a kayak trailer built and to purchase nine kayaks. In addition, the grant helped pay for personal flotation devices, dry bags, throw ropes, whistles and other essential safety items.

 

Fayette Garden Club selects Yard of the Month


Shown is Jacqueline Johnson's yard, selected as the “Yard of the Month” for July.

The Fayette Garden Club selected the yard at the home of Jacqueline Johnson as its “Yard of the Month” for July. Johnson moved to Fayette from Indiana about 11 years ago, and she has worked very hard since moving to Fayette to transform her yard into the flowering oasis that it is today.

 

Accident in Fayette causes multiple injuries


Shown is the 2011 Honda Ridgeline, driven by John Brasher, that was involved in an accident with a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado, driven by Leroy Dale Simmons.

An accident within the Fayette City Limits on July 2 at approximately 4:24 p.m. caused multiple injuries to local residents. The accident occurred on Highway 18, approximately one mile west of Fayette. A 2011 Honda Ridgeline, driven by John Brasher of Fayette, was struck in the rear by a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado, driven by Leroy Dale Simmons of Fayette. The collision destroyed the back portion of the double-cab Ridgeline, and caused the Chevrolet Colorado to cross the four-lane highway and exit the road on the opposite side.

World War II vets honored at ‘Celebrate America’ rally


Fayette County’s War World II veterans in attendance for the “Celebrate America Rally” were recognized during the program. From left: J.G. Jenkins, Perry Kelley, Jimmy Gullett, Horace Berry and Albert Wise.

The local Baptist Association churches held a “Celebrate America Rally” on Sunday, June 30 at First Baptist Church in Fayette “to honor God for His blessings on America.” The event was organized by Fayette County Baptist Association Director John Killian, and featured special patriotic music, color guards from the Alabama Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and a featured message tracing America’s roots back to its Biblical heritage.

 

Berry holds monthly council meeting


Shown at the Berry council meeting, from left: Mayor Jimmy Madison, and council members Mary Sue Lollar, Russell Madison and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 1. Councilman Chris Rice and Councilman Troyce Townsel were absent, with all other council members present.
Councilman Russell Madison made a motion to appoint Andy Lowery to the Berry Park and Recreation Board, and the motion was seconded by Councilman Calvin Madison. The motion was approved by a unanimous vote of the council members present.

 

‘Tunes on Temple’ returns this week



The popular “Tunes on Temple” returns to downtown Fayette this Friday night for its debut performance of the season. The June event was postponed due to rain, and this event, typically held on the first Friday of the month, was rescheduled for the second week due to the Independence Day holiday last week. The featured group for Friday night’s Tunes on Temple is the Vaughn Family from Berry.

Hardison-Carter named BSCC’s outstanding faculty member


Hardison-Carter was named the outstanding faculty member for Bevill's Fayette campus.

This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award on the Fayette Campus is Beverly Hardison-Carter. Hardison-Carter began her educational pursuits at Bevill State Community College, graduating Cum Laude with an Associates in Arts Degree in 1997 as a Liberal Arts major. In 1999, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the Mississippi University of Women. She received a Master of Arts in English from The University of West Alabama in 2002.

Berry Church of the Nazarene welcomes new pastor


Shown from left, front: Rob Steinbrook and Parker Steinbrook. Back: Amy Denise Steinbrook and Lauren Steinbrook.

Berry Church of the  Nazarene welcomes new pastor
Berry Church of the Nazarene is excited to welcome its new pastor, Rev. Rob Steinbrook and family. Steinbrook is from Bloomington, Ind., and was raised in Martinsville, Ind. in a Christian home and in a Nazarene Church. He attended Kentucky Mountain Bible College in Vancleve, Kent. from 1999-2001, and God’s Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2001-2002.

West Alabama Amateur Radio Club Field Day 2019


Shown from left are David Bash, Arne Carlsson and Danny Miller of the West Alabama Amateur Radio Club during the Field Day activities held at Guthrie Smith Park in Fayette.

On June 22 and 23, more than 50 area and West Alabama Amateur Radio Club (WAARC) members (operators) came out for Field Day in Fayette’s Guthrie Smith Park. The event incleded a 24-hour nationwide training exercise to test the skills of amateur radio operators in the event of an emergency.

 

House damaged by high winds


Shown is a tree that fell on the home of Larry and Euline Sanford, located on Highway 159.

High winds at approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 toppled a huge tree onto the residence of Larry and Euline Sanford, located at 6978 Highway 159 in Fayette. The Sanfords said that they were at home during the time the thunderstorm occurred. They said that they were in the other end of the house when they heard the rain begin. The Sanfords said they then heard a loud crash and discovered that the tree had fallen on the house.

 

Local pastor honored at Southern Baptist Convention


North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell (left) is shown telling Mike and Kim Perrigin during the Southern Baptist Association Convention in Birmingham that the remainder of their house mortgage is being paid by generous donors of the association.

A local church pastor was honored at the recent Southern Baptist Association’s annual convention, held in June in Birmingham. Mike Perrigin, pastor of Chapel Hill Baptist Church near Newtonville, thought that he had been asked to speak at the convention concerning his role as a bi-vocational pastor. He expressed that just being asked to attend and possibly speak was an honor to both him and his family.

 

BOE makes personnel changes, approves contracts



The Fayette County Board of Education approved several personnel changes during its June 25 meeting. Board Member Waldon Tucker was absent from the meeting, with all other members being in attendance. The board accepted the following resignations during the meeting: Shelby Humphres, teacher at Fayette Elementary School; Lori Tucker, special education teacher at Fayette County High School; and Luke Tucker, physical education teacher and coach at both Fayette Middle School and Fayette County High School.

 

Nelson seeks alternate means for Rails-to-Trails


Pictured at the Fayette City Council meeting, from left: councilmen Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson, Jason Cowart, Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson said at the June 25 meeting of the Fayette City Council that he wanted the city to try one more effort to find the means for the proposed Rails-to-Trails. All council members were present for the meeting. Nelson said that he received a letter from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), dated June 17, stating that the city has 30 days to notify ADECA of its “intent or lack thereof to proceed with the (Rails-to-Trails) project.”

 

Maddox speaks to Fayette Lions Club


Shown from left are: David Oswalt, Dick Anderson, Nolan Maddox, Dean Maddox, Mark Brown and Bruce Perry. Lions Club members not pictured are Andrew Bynum, Mike Marion and Alva Grimsley.

The Fayette Lions Club welcomed The Times Record’s News  Editor, Dean Maddox, as its featured speaker for the club’s June 24 meeting. During the presentation, Maddox explained his duties as reporter, photographer and editor for the newspaper. He discussed the process for covering meetings and events, and Maddox also outlined the steps necessary for getting the newspaper ready to publish.

 

The Oak Barrel holds ribbon-cutting


Shown from left: Fayette Fire Chief Shannon Taylor, Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce Director Daniel White, Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman, Tammy Freeman Jones, Linda Lu (owner), Ben Huang, Jo Frances White, Donald Jones and Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce President Kelli Foster.

The Oak Barrel Spirits, Package and Vape Store held its ribbon-cutting and grand opening on Friday, June 28. The store is located on North Temple Avenue, and the hours of operation are  Mondays - Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - midnight.
 

Local resident earns quilting recognition


Shown is the detailed quilted patch sewn by Marilyn Cash for the Alabama Rural Electric Association’s 2019 quilt contest.

Marilyn Cash of Fayette said that she had never quilted before designing a square for this year’s Alabama Rural Electric Association’s quilt contest. She said that her friend Renee Richardson had encouraged her to enter the contest and since she had done some crocheting in the past, she decided to give quilting a try. Her design was one of 90 entries throughout the state for the contest, which had an Alabama Bicentennial theme this year.

 

Alabama eliminating marriage licenses this fall



Beginning this fall, Alabama will no longer issue  licenses to individuals wishing to enter into marriage. A bill was passed, signed and enacted on May 31 that will abolish the issuing of marriage licenses in Alabama. The law is scheduled to take place on approximately Aug. 29, and will require the couple wishing to marry to sign an affidavit affirming that they meet the legal requirements to marry.

 

Kimbrell elected President of Coroner’s Association


Shown is Fayette County Coroner Tim Kimbrell and wife Angie Kimbrell.

On April 10, Fayette County Coroner Timothy “TK” Kimbrell was elected President of the Alabama Coroner’s Association. He was elected at the 2019 Alabama Coroner’s Association Conference, held in Orange Beach. This is the first time that a coroner from Fayette County has been elected to this position. Kimbrell was elected as Fayette County Coroner in Nov. 2010 and took office in Jan. 2011. In 2013, he was elected as director of District 5, which includes Fayette, Lamar, Walker, Marion, Franklin, Colbert, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Cullman, Morgan, Limestone and Winston counties.

Local organization seeks to restore monuments


Shown is a portion of the Fayette City Cemetery, which has several broken monuments.

Historic Restorations, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization, is soliciting funds to repair the many damaged headstones and monuments at the Fayette City Cemetery. All donations are tax deductible. Historic Restorations charges no administration fee, therefore 100 percent of all donations will go toward actual work in the cemetery.

 

Unity Grove hosts fishing rodeo


Shown are some of the participants in Unity Grove's fishing rodeo.

Unity Grove Baptist Church of Fayette hosted its first-ever youth fishing rodeo at Guthrie Smith Park on June 22. Pastor Will Corbett said they decided to host the rodeo to try to reach more youths in the area. More than 50 people attended this year’s event.

‘Golden Eagle’ mural celebrates 90 years of history


Shown is the finished Golden Eagle Syrup mural painted by artist Missy Miles.

Local artist Missy Miles saw a big blank wall and thought, “That wall has a story to tell.”
Miles painted the original label logo on the wall at the Golden Eagle Syrup factory in 2013, and mentioned to the owners that she would like to paint the entire wall. The owners, Temple and Kimberley Bowling, and John and Joy Blevins, could not envision at the time being able to finance such a massive undertaking.

 

Lowery gives hemp presentation to Fayette City Council


Shown are members of the Fayette City Council, along with other citizens of the area, as they listen to Greg Lowery speak about the importance of Fayette and Fayette County taking advantage of new opportunities in the hemp-growing industry.

The Fayette City Council heard a presentation at its June 11 meeting from Fayette County resident Greg Lowery concerning the growing, production, manufacturing and distribution of hemp-related products in Fayette County. Councilman Jason Cowart was absent from the meeting due to an obligation with the National Guard. All other council members were present for the meeting. “Hemp is not marijuana. Hemp is not illegal,” Lowery told the council and the audience in attendance. “Hemp production can help save the family farm.”

 

Commission votes to proceed with Co. Rd. 53 project


Shown at the Fayette County Commission meeting on June 10, from left: Fayette County Administrator John Gordon, and commissioners John Underwood, Billy Rodgers, James Knight , Shane Hughes, Barry Corkren and Joe Acker. Vice-Chairman Acker presided over the meeting during the absence of Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted to seek bids for the County Road 53 repaving project this month during its regularly scheduled meeting held on June 10. All commissioners were present for the meeting, with Commission Chairman Mike Freeman absent due to attending a probate judges’ conference. Vice-Chairman Joe Acker presided over the meeting during Freeman’s absence.

 

Glen Allen Town Council holds monthly meeting



The Glen Allen Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 4 at the Town Hall. All council members were in attendance for the meeting.
Mayor Allen J. Dunavant presented before the council a request inquiry from Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State) with regards to the town’s participation in the statewide Adopt-a-Mile program.

 

NW Mental Health welcomes new directors



On April 1, Shelley Young Jones, LICSW, assumed the role of Executive Director at Northwest Alabama Mental Health following the retirement of Dr. Dale Cottle.  Jones held several positions in her 18 years with the Northwest Center, beginning with Coordinator of the PHP Program in Lamar County, Regional PHP Coordinator, Marion County Outpatient Director, and most recently as Clinical Director over Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Programs for the five-county service area. Also on April 1, Patricia L. Franks Montgomery, LPC, became Clinical Director over Northwest’s five counties.

South reports on legislative session



The 2019 regular legislative session that adjourned earlier this month accomplished many tasks that I believe will improve the lives of the citizens throughout House District 16.  In addition to providing record funding for public education and essential state services, we implemented some much needed and long overdue pieces of legislation.