Thunderstorms cause some damage in area


Pictured is a tree that fell on Co. Rd. 1, blocking the road and causing a brief power outage.

A brief but intense isolated thunderstorm caused some tree damage within Fayette County in the early morning hours of Friday, March 15. Fayette County EMA Director Michael Stoker said that most of the downed trees were located on the south end of Fayette County, with no reported structural damage.

Fayette, Hub baseball have mixed results


Blaize Wakefield is shown pitching for the Lions.

The Fayette Tigers and Hubbertville Lions each had mixed results in baseball last week before heading into spring break. Fayette started its week last Monday with a 6-3 loss to American Christian Academy. Cooper Sanford started the game at pitcher for Fayette and suffered the loss, allowing seven hits and four runs in five and two-thirds innings of work.

 

Fayette softball wins two-of-three


Hubbertville’s Nevaeh Hoobler is shown getting a hit.

The Fayette Lady Tigers softball team defeated Brilliant last Monday by the score of 5-4. Preslee Kelly pitched a complete seven-inning game for Fayette, allowing 10 hits and four earned runs to pick up the victory. Kelly also led the team offensively with three hits at the plate. Aubrey Deavours had two hits for the Lady Tigers, including a triple. Ensleigh Kennedy had a double, while Lauren Unger, Rayah Nichols and Kinley Owens each had a hit for Fayette.

 

Rodgers, Hughes win local election


Ferrell Robertson (left) and Commissioner Shane Hughes are shown greeting each other on March 5 during the announcement of the election results at the courthouse.

Former Fayette County Commissioner, Billy “JoJo” Rodgers, defeated incumbent Commissioner Robert Townley, and incumbent Commissioner Shane Hughes topped challenger Ferrell Robertson in the only two contested local races during the March 5 primaries.

 

Local athletes win Bryant - Jordan Awards



The Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Program, now in its 37th year, has announced the 2024 regional winners who were selected from school nominations for this year’s scholarship distribution. More than $1 million in scholarships are available this year. A total of 102 high school senior student-athletes, 52 in the Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Program and 52 in the Bryant-Jordan Student Achievement Program, have advanced from area nominations. They will be recognized at the 37th annual Bryant-Jordan Awards Banquet to be held Monday night, April 15, at the Birmingham-Sheraton Hotel.

New traffic law in effect



A new state law seeks to drive down motor vehicle-related fatalities caused by distracted driving. In 2022, almost seven percent of all motor vehicle-related fatalities in Alabama were caused by distracted driving. The Alabama Legislature responded in 2023 by passing a law intended to slow the increasing number of people being killed by distracted drivers.

Commission approves policy change


Pictured at the March 11 Fayette County Commission meeting, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Wesley Jacobs, David Hubbert, Shane Hughes and Brad Cox, with Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on March 11 at the Fayette Courthouse Annex building. All commissioners were present for the meeting, with the exception of Commissioner Robert Townley. Commissioner David Hubbert opened the meeting with prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Dodd donates history of Bazemore


Faye Dodd (left) and her daughter, Sharon Kaye Dodd Sullivan, show the five-inch binder of Bazemore history that they have worked on for seven years.

After working on the project for seven years, Faye Dodd, 88, and a former Hubbertville High School history teacher, has completed a history of the Bazemore Community, located in Fayette County. The result of her and her daughter’s hard work can now be perused in a five-inch binder, which was donated to the Winfield Public Library at the Marion County Genealogical Society meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

 

Softball roundup


Rylee Hill is pictured throwing the ball in after a Lamar County hit.

The Fayette Lady Tigers softball team played a lead-in game against South Lamar om Thursday, leading up to its annual “Tiger Slam” tournament on Saturday. Fayette got in the hole early before fighting back and losing a 9-8 heartbreaker to the Lady Stallions. Ensleigh Kennedy was the starting pitcher for Fayette and only pitched one inning, allowing three hits and three runs to suffer the loss. Preslee Kelly pitched six innings in relief for Fayette, allowing six runs but only one earned run.

Accident on Highway 13 leaves one injured


Shown is the 2015 Kenworth involved in an accident on Hwy. 13 on Feb. 28.

A two-vehicle accident involving a commercial vehicle occurred on Highway 13 at approximately 11:21 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The accident occurred when the 2018 Nissan Armada, driven by Harley R. A. Wise, 27, of Berry, struck the 2015 Kenworth driven by Robert L. Adams, 53, of Rome, Ga.

 

Stabbing suspect arrested in Berry


Jeffrey Allen Martin

A Guin man faces assault charges after stabbing an Ashridge man in the chest then fleeing the scene to Fayette County, where he was apprehended. Jeffrey Allen Martin, 56, has been charged with first degree assault in the stabbing of a 31-year-old Ashridge man, according to Winston County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Josh Edwards, noting this is a Class B felony.

 

Fayette City Council votes to purchase transportation buses


Shown receiving appropriation checks from the Fayette City Council are from left, front: Fayette Area Chamber Director Emily Montague, Fayette County Memorial Library Director Jessica Crowe and Fayette Historical Society member Dale Lawrence with Fayette Mayor Rod Northam. Back: Council members Tommy Williams, Eddy Campbell, Fayette Junior Mayor Emily Huang and Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside.

The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13. All council members were present for the meeting, with the exception of Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe and Councilman Jerry Nichols. Charlie Humphrey, pastor of New Friendship Church, opened the meeting with prayer and also led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Berry Council approves repaving of walking trail


Pictured at the March 4 Berry Town Council meeting, from left: Council members Mary Sue Lollar, Charles Tidwell, Russell Madison, Chris Lindsey and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on March 4. All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Councilman Chris Lindsey led those present in prayer. Councilman Russell Madison led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Fayette baseball wins three-of-four


Ceth Hollingsworth is shown pitching for Hubbertville.

The Fayette Tigers’ baseball team won its first three games of the week before falling to the Northside Rams on Saturday. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Tigers defeated Lamar County 12-2.
Tucker Scott started the game on the mound for Fayette, allowing only six hits and two runs in six innings of work while striking out seven opposing batters and walking two.

 

Primaries are March 5



The State of Alabama will hold its party primaries and constitutional amendment election on Tuesday, March 5. Most of the contested races that will appear on the ballot involve statewide offices, with the exception of the United States presidential race and two district races for Fayette County Commissioner on the Republican ballot.

Raines hired as new football coach at Berry High


Josh Taylor, audit manager with the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, is shown addressing the Fayette County Board of Education concerning the results of its FY 2023 audit.

The Fayette County Board of Education held its Feb. 20 meeting in the central office boardroom at the courthouse annex. All board members were present for the meeting. Board President Tom Hubbert opened the meeting with prayer, followed by board member Tierre Agnew leading the Pledge of Allegiance. At the beginning of the meeting, Josh Taylor, audit manager with the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, briefly discussed his department’s findings following the Fayette County Board of Education’s fiscal year 2023 audit.

Organization honors community leaders during program


Shown receiving plaques, from left, were: Military Veteran and Fayette Middle School Principal Ron Hannah, Fayette County “March for Jesus” organizer Milborn Savage, Fayette Co. Board of Education member John Stowe, Former Fayette Police Dept. Assistant Chief and current Fayette Co. Commissioner John Underwood and former Fayette City Councilman Cedric Wilson. Also honored posthumously were FCHS Coach Arthur Hughes, Fayette Park and Recreation Coach Charlie Nalls and community leader Bobby Savage.

The Brother2Brother Brotherhood hosted a special Black History Month program at the Fayette Civic Center on Sunday, Feb. 25, honoring the legacy of several men who have made a positive impact on the community.