Spring is here!


Shown is one of the many ornamental Bradford pear trees that is blooming in the area.

The many ornamental Bradford pear trees that have bloomed in Fayette and the surrounding area during the past several days appear to be signaling that springtime is here. The grass is getting greener, the temperature has already topped 80 degrees, and spring begins Saturday, March 20.

Commission discusses seeking grant for new clinic



The Fayette County Commission discussed at its March 8 meeting applying for a $300,000 Community Block - CARES grant that would be used with other funds to build a new clinic in Fayette. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman said that the current clinic is full, and that the county needs a new, more efficient clinic. He said that the commission has a short window of opportunity to apply for the grant, and thinks that a clinic would be a worthwhile project. The deadline to apply for the grant is April 1.

 

Berry Council approves return of Heritage Festival



After a one year absence due to coronavirus concerns, the Berry Town Council approved the return of the annual Berry Heritage Festival. All council members were present at the March 9 meeting. The council had solicited response from possible vendors and vintage car owners about renewing the event this year. A favorable response was received, and with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic waning in conjunction with the increased availability of coronavirus vaccinations, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar made a motion to hold the festival this year.

Tigers split games for week

The Fayette Tigers baseball team won two and lost two games last week. Fayette defeated the Winfield Pirates 6-2 in a game played on March 9. The game started out as a pitchers’ duel before Fayette put the game away late to take the win. Colton McCaleb, Landon Lowe, Blake Johnson and Drake Johnson each had hits to lead the Tigers at the plate. Lowe also started the game on the mound for the Tigers, allowing only three hits and one run in four innings of work.

Hub baseball has tough week



Hubbertville played South Lamar on March 8 and was defeated by the score of 20-10. Cade Fisher was the starting pitcher for the Lions, allowing five hits and six earned runs in three innings of work. Greyson Key pitched 2/3 of an inning, and surrendered four earned runs on three hits. Carter Hollingsworth pitched 2 1/3 innings for Hubbertville, and allowed three earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Gage Alexander led Hubbertville at the plate with two hits, a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored. Gage Key scored two runs for the Lions during the game.

 

Hub opens softball season



Hubbertville’s softball team opened its 2021 season with a 17-7 road loss to Hackleburg. Laikyn Wright had two hits, including a home run and four RBIs. Krissa Comer had two hits, including a solo home run. Kylee Dunn also had two hits and scored two runs, while Brenley Burkett had a solo home run. Emma Nichols started the game on the mound for Hubbertville. Nevaeh Hoobler picked up the loss in relief.

 

Berry softball has mixed results



The Berry Lady Wildcats defeated Sipsey Valley and Winfield on Friday night, March 11, in the Lady Aggies Classic. Berry opened the tournament with a 12-0 defeat of Sipsey Valley.  
Kyla Edmonson pitched four innings, giving up one hit and striking out nine for the win. At the plate, Edmonson was also three-for-four, with a double, and a RBI.  

 

Fayette softball competes in Aggies Classic



The Fayette Lady Tigers defeated Marion County on March 8 by the score of 12-8. Fayette was behind 6-0 entering the fourth inning before scoring six runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to seal the win. Lauren Seale captured the victory from the mound for Fayette. Harley Johnson and Sarah Moore each had three hits and three RBIs for Fayette. Jessica Duck contributed two hits and two RBIs,

E-mail addresses to change for The Times-Record



Beginning on Thursday, March 18, The Times-Record will be using new e-mail addresses for all electronic mail correspondences. A recent change in our internet carrier and service has forced us to change email addresses. After Wednesday, March 17, we will no longer be able to access our current Centurytel e-mail addresses. Our new e-mail address provider will be Outlook.
To accommodate our readers and contributors, we have tried to make our e-mail addresses as similar to our previous addresses as possible.

 

Governor Ivey extends mask order



Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has extended her mask ordinance for the state until Friday, April 9.
In extending the order, Ivey promised that this would be the last time that she would extend the order. “After April 9, I will not keep the mask order in place,” she said during a Wednesday March 3 news conference.

 

Fayette County updates Hazard Mitigation Plan



The revised Fayette County Hazard Mitigation Plan is being finalized and will soon be submitted to local municipalities and the Fayette County Commission for adoption. Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Russ Taylor said that the plan is a requirement of the Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, and must be updated every five years in order to maintain eligibility for certain federal disaster assistance and mitigation funds.

 

Glen Allen to participate in a community clean-up



The Glen Allen Town Council met on Tuesday, March 2 at the town’s community center with all council members in attendance for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Mayor Allen J. Dunavant notified the council that he had received correspondence from Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State) inquiring whether the town would be participating in the 2021 “Don’t Drop it on Alabama” statewide annual spring cleanup.

 

Fayette Tigers win four games during week


Landon Lowe is shown pitching for the Tigers. Also shown is Langston Strawbridge playing third base.

The Fayette Tigers continued its strong start for the year, winning all four games that the team played during the week. In a classic pitchers’ duel, the Tigers defeated Gordo 2-1.
Gordo scored its run during the first inning, then was shut down at the plate for the remainder of the game. Colton McCaleb pitched for Fayette, allowing only one run on three hits in seven innings of work. He struck out seven batters and walked only one to pick up the victory. Walt Tucker led the Tigers at the plate, collecting three hits in three at bats.

 

Bevill State opens 2021 baseball season


Baker Wilson is shown pitching for Bevill.

The Bevill State Community College Bears opened its 2021 baseball season with a two-game series played in Florida. In the first game, Bevill State was defeated by St. Johns River College 8-5. The Bears scored its five runs all in the sixth inning of the game. Nick Pounders, Jackson Elkins and Braxton Knight drove in the runs for Bevill during the game. Jacob Hill suffered the loss for the Bears, allowing three hits and four runs in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four batters.

 

Tigers softball host tournament


Harley Johnson is shown getting a base hit for Fayette.

The Fayette Lady Tigers hosted its “Tiger Slam Invitational” softball tournament on Saturday, March 6. The tournament consisted of five teams: Fayette, Cordova, South Lamar, Lynn and Brilliant. Cordova finished with the best record in the round-robin tournament, with a perfect 4-0 record. South Lamar was 3-1, while Fayette finished 2-2 and Brilliant was 0-4. The Lady Tigers opened the tournament with a 16-4 victory over Brilliant. Fayette defeated Lynn in its second game 8-4, before losing 4-0 to South Lamar and 4-2 to Cordova.

 

Hubbertville defeats Hackleburg 10-9


Carter Hollingsworth is shown fielding a ground ball at second base.

Hubbertville defeated Hackleburg on March 4 by the score of 10-9. Jagger Youngblood was two-for-two at the plate with two RBIs. Tanner McGough had two hits and scored a run.
Gage Key, Gage Alexander and Cade Fisher each scored two runs for the Hubbertville Lions.
Key started the game at pitcher and picked up the win for Hubbertville. Key allowed three earned runs on two hits, while striking out eight batters.

 

Berry softball defeats Fayette 14-4



Berry’s softball team defeated the Fayette County High School Lady Tigers by a score of 14-4 in its only game played during the week. The Lady Wildcats scored five runs in the second inning, three in the third inning, and six runs in the fifth to close the game out in five innings. Kyla Edmonson pitched a complete game for Berry, earning her third victory of the season. She allowed four hits and no earned runs while striking out 10 opposing batters to secure the win.

 

Lights shine on Hubbertville’s ‘Field of Dreams’


Pictured is the Hubbertville baseball field during its home opener.

The revival of baseball as an organized sport began in Hubbertville in 1991, as the Hubbertville Community Park was established. However, it would be decades later when the baseball dreams started becoming reality on the school level. The true spirit of the Hubbertville community shined through the history of the baseball program and the establishment of the school baseball field.

Fayette City Council presents checks to schools


Shown is the Fayette City Council as they presented its annual $5,000 appropriation to each public school within the city limits. Pictured from left, front: Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Fayette Elementary Principal Dr. Alicia Nalls, FCHS Principal Dr. Jeremy Madden, Fayette Middle School Guidance Counselor Tonya Freeman and Councilman Eddy Campbell. Back: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe and Councilman Tommy Williams.

The Fayette City Council presented its annual appropriations to the three public schools within the city limits at its Feb. 23 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Checks for $5,000 each were presented to Fayette Elementary School, Fayette Middle School and Fayette County High School.