Berry tops Mation Co. 39-35

Trent Smith (3) runs for a good gain against the Red Raiders.

The last home game of the year is always special. However, the six Wildcat seniors, in addition to playing their last regular season game at Fred Webster Stadium, had even more on their minds. A win by the Wildcats over the Marion County Red Raiders would ensure that Berry would be the three seed from Region 6 heading into the playoffs. The game was closely contested and would not be decided until the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats fought hard and walked away with a 39–35 victory.  


Pickens Co. defeats Hubbertville 26-9

Blake Anthony (28) scores the only touchdown for the Lions against the Tornadoes.

With the threat of severe weather and heavy rain, the Pickens County Tornadoes arrived in Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium one night earlier than scheduled. Hubbertville won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick, with Alex Barnes and Gage Key lining up deep for the reception. Key advanced the kickoff 10 yards, setting the Lions up at its 25-yard line.

Governor Kay Ivey visits Fayette

Governor Kay Ivey is shown greeting Gwen Sanders of Fayette as Commissioners Joe Acker and Barry Corkren watch.

Governor Kay Ivey paid a quick visit to Fayette on Oct. 21, stopping at the Fayette County Courthouse to make a brief speech and greet residents before traveling to her next stop. She was in town to help celebrate Alabama’s Bicentennial. “Alabama has a lot to celebrate,” she said. She also added that the best part of serving as governor is getting to serve the “great people” of the state.

Fayette County Fair

Shown are a few of the many people who took a ride on “The Pharoah’s Ship” at the Fair.

The Fayette County Fair was held Oct. 16-19 at the multipurpose complex, and offered something for almost everyone.

FCHS celebrates AP students success

Students earning AP qualifying scores at Fayette County High School were honored on Oct. 18. Shown from front: Branyon Berry, Lincoln Cruz, Claudia Brown, Scarlett Turner, Holley Files, Mackenzie Nelson, Grace Sullivan, Kayley Strickland, Kylie Junkin, Halle Hallmark, Alexis Roberts and Alexa Rogers. Back: Robert Watts, Joseph Cummings, Brody Plunkett, Dalton Wright, Colby Allison, Jacob Dumpson, Carter Sanford, Harrison Whitley and Seth Stough.

Fayette County High School celebrated the success of its AP scholar students with a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 18 at the school. FCHS was recently named an A+ College-Ready School of Excellence. In earning the recognition, Fayette exceeded its school-wide goal for AP qualifying scores during the 2018 - 2019 school year. The school had a total of 34 AP qualifying scores, with two AP scholars who passed three AP exams.


Cub Scouts hold ‘Fishing Rodeo’

Shown are the winners in the fishing rodeo. From left: Big Fish winner Alyssa Britnell, who received a lifetime Alabama fishing license from the Alabama Department of Conservation; Most Fish (tie): Jayce Smith and Samuel Pasley; and runner-ups in the Big Fish contest: Lennox Gibson, Noah Pasley and Kelton Parker.

The Fayette Cub Scout Troop enjoyed a “Fishing Rodeo” on Saturday morning, Oct. 12 at the pond near the Fayette Airport. The fishing rodeo was sponsored by Tony Brown and Mike Freeman Ford, who stocked the pond with approximately 400 pounds of full-size catfish prior to the event.


Gordon announces retirement; commission hires Slatton as administrator

Shown at the Oct. 15 Fayette County Commission meeting, clockwise from left: Commissioners Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight and Shane Hughes, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, County Attorney Allen Grocholski and Commissioner Joe Acker. Not pictured, but also present were Commissioners Barry Corkren and John Underwood.

County Administrator John Gordon announced his plans to retire from his position during the Oct. 15 meeting of the Fayette County Commission. In a letter to the commissioners, Gordon expressed his desire to retire, effective April 1, 2020, stating that he has “been blessed to work for the commission 22 years as of Dec. 1, 2019.

Madden named District Seven South’s ‘Principal of the Year’

FCHS Principal Jeremy Madden

Dr. Jeremy Madden, principal of Fayette County High School, has been named District Seven South High School Principal of the Year. Madden is a 19-year educator who became principal of Fayette County High School in 2011. He attended Russellville City Schools and graduated from Russellville High School in 1993.


Fayette wins crucial regional game 27-13

Jason Robinson (2) “runs to daylight’ for a touchdown as Daniel Pendley (73), Isiah Dixon (52), Seth Stough (54) and Samuel Kizzire (25) block. Shown in the background is Fayette quarterback Carter Sanford (17).

The Fayette Tigers used a tremendous rushing game to control the tempo in the second half and defeat the Haleyville Lions 27-13. Fayette scored 14 points in the first quarter, but allowed the Lions to score 10 unanswered points in the second period to cut the Tigers’ lead to four points at the half. Fayette closed out the second half by running the ball 28 times and throwing only five passes.


Lions tame the Tigers 29-14

Blake Anthony (28) scores the first touchdown of the game for the Lions against the Brilliant Tigers.

The Hubbertville Lions traveled to Brilliant to faceoff against the Tigers on Friday night. Winning the coin toss, the Tigers elected to receive, with Braden O’Mary and Braden Burleson back deep to receive the opening kick. Gaberiele Arcidiacono’s kick was fielded by Burleson at the 10-yard line and advanced to the Tigers’ 31-yard line, where Xander Morrow made the stop. The Tiger’s first offensive possession came to a halt with the Tigers facing fourth down and 12 from its own 45-yard line. Gage Key fielded a punt at the 14-yard line and advanced to the 16.

Pickens County defeats Berry

Tyler Smith (6) is shown running with the ball as Johnathan Locke (7) and Deason Nichols (2) attempt to block.

It was Senior Night at G.S. Spruill Stadium, as the seventh ranked Pickens County Tornadoes played host to the Berry Wildcats in a Region 6 contest. A win for the Tornadoes would ensure the region championship for Pickens Co., and the team would not disappoint the Tornado fans.


Five people arrested for 2018 double homicide in Fayette Co.

Five people have been indicted and arrested in connection with the May 1, 2018 double homicide that occurred at a residence off of County Road 63 in Fayette County. Michael Council, 25, of New Jersey; Lazaro Moran, 33, of New Jersey; Lindettia Lynette Lowery, 33, of Fairfield; Brandon Lowery, 34, of Gadsden; and Britanny Bell-Spates, 25, of Gadsden have all been arrested at various locations during the past three months. Moran was arrested on Oct. 4 in New Jersey, and was the last of the suspects arrested.


Governor Kay Ivey to visit Fayette

Governor Kay Ivey will speak at the Fayette County Courthouse on Monday, Oct. 21.

Governor Kay Ivey will be in Fayette on Monday, Oct. 21 to speak to the citizens of the county as part of her tour celebrating Alabama’s Bicentennial. Ivey will deliver a short speech in front of the Fayette County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m, then spend a few minutes visiting with local residents before moving on to her next stop.


City Council reverses again, approves purchase of land for trail

Shown are some of the attendees at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Fayette City Council.

The much discussed and debated “Rails-to-Trails” project appears to be back on track after the Fayette City Council reversed its vote from the last meeting and again authorized the purchase of the land from Norfolk-Southern Railroad during its Oct. 8 meeting. At the council’s Sept. 24 meeting, Councilman Jason Cowart made a motion that was seconded by Councilman Jerry Nichols to rescind the authority of the city to purchase the land.

Fayette County Fair opens Oct. 16

This ride at the 2018 Fayette County Fair gave riders a thrilling “spin” as they visited the fair. This year’s fair will have numerous rides, booths, exhibits and attractions to please almost anyone.

The weather is cooler, the leaves are turning, and the Fayette County Fair is back in town!
Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 16, and continuing until Saturday, Oct. 19, the Fayette County Fair returns to provide entertainment for “kids of all ages.” The fair will have plenty of exhibits, livestock shows, food, rides, and entertainment each night, and will also offer special events throughout the week.


Bevill celebrates ‘Pink-Out’

Shown is the Bevill State Community College volleyball team as they posed for a picture prior to their “Pink-Out” match on Oct. 10 against Andrews College. Shown from left, front: Lexie Dishner, Audrey Marlowe, Danielle Knight, Ashley Wellington, Madison Pavlovec and Madison Chastain. Back: Adi Lynn, Amber Markham, Chy'Keria Gardner, Baily Bishop, Amanda Cunningham, Ricki-Jill Burrough, Sidney Keeton, Sarah Ellison and Head Coach Theresa Berry-Franks.

Bevill celebrated a “Pink-Out” tailgate party and volleyball match on Thursday, Oct. 10 in recognition of breast cancer awareness. Students and faculty enjoyed grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, and snacks prior to the Lady Bears match against Andrews College. Bevill State completed the afternoon of cancer awareness by defeating Andrew College 25-18, 25-10 and 25-13 in straight sets to win the match.


Fayette volleyball wins WAC

Pictured is the Fayette County High School volleyball team, which won the West Alabama Conference (WAC) tournament championship in Vernon on Saturday, Oct. 5.

The FCHS Lady Tigers went undefeated in Vernon on Saturday, Oct. 5 to win the 2019 WAC Tournament. Fayette swept Sulligent (25-13, 25-19) and Lamar County (25-10, 25-9) to advance to the championship and defeated Winfield (26-24, 20-25, 15-11). In a tri-match on Monday, Oct. 7, the Lady Tigers suffered a loss against Northridge (25-20, 13-25, 10-15), but beat Oakman (25-18, 25-15). On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Fayette lost an area game to Curry (25-21, 25-23, 25-11), then defeated Sumiton Christian (25-11, 25-17), leaving Fayette with a 20-3 season record.


Glen Allen searching for water plant operator

The Glen Allen Town Council held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct 1 at the town hall. Council members Gail Bircheat and Willie Rose McClinton were not in attendance for the meeting. The council discussed and reviewed possible options for filling the town’s water department’s water operator position. Water operator John Wakefield had previously notified the council of his desire to resign, but stated that he would continue in the position to allow time for the council to address the situation.


2019 Homecoming at Hubbertville

Pictured is the 2019 Hubbertville High School Homecoming Court. From left: Ciara Glaze and her father Shawn Glaze, Nevaeha Hoobler and her father Carl Hoobler, Sydney Farris and her father Jamie Farris, Haley Watkins and her father Jeremy Watkins, Haylee Pollard and her father Chris Pollard, and Mallory Corkren and her father Chad Corkren.

Hubbertville held its annual homecoming on Oct. 11, featuring school and field decorations, a dance and a football game against Lynn.

Berry holds homecoming festivities

Shown is the 2019 Homecoming Court at Berry High School. From left: Joe Earnest, Sydney Frost, Anthony Gant, Madison Broadhead, Chris Gann, Savannah Gann, Madison Frost, Hannah Frost, Chris Fields, Iannah Fields, Kevin Edmonson, Kyla Edmonson, Matthew Lollar and McKenna Lollar.

Berry celebrated homecoming on Oct. 11, and capped off the festivities with a 31-20 victory over the Brilliant Tigers.

Lynn spoils Hubbertville's homecoming 31-20

Gage Key (36) is pictured scoring a touchdown for Hubbertville.

Celebrating homecoming on Friday night, Hubbertville hosted the Lynn Bears in Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium. Unfortunately, the visiting team spoiled the Lions’ homecoming by defeating Hubbertville 31-20. The Bears took the opening kick down the field, utilizing only two plays to move the ball into the Lions’ red zone. Facing first and goal at the 10-yard line, Micah Cagle took the handoff, advancing three yards with Alex Barnes on the stop for the Lions.

Berry defeats Brilliant 31-20 on homecoming

Captains for Berry’s homecoming game against Brilliant were, from left: Isaac Darty (58), Johnathan Locke (7), Trent Smith (3) and Deason Nichols.

Homecoming is always an exciting time of year, full of seeing old friends, remembering great times, and celebrating history. Returning alumni always hope to see their old high school team do well, and the Wildcats’ fans who braved the rain were not disappointed. In a game that saw both teams struggle with penalties and the elements, the Wildcats took a 31–20 victory over the Brilliant Tigers.

Ransomware attack hit Fayette Medical Center and DCH

A cyber-security attack occurring on Oct. 1 resulted in the DCH Regional Health System having to respond to a ransomware attack of unknown sources. The attack affected the computer systems at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Northport Medical Center and Fayette Medical Center. Brad Fisher, spokesperson for DCH, said by phone Monday that the company’s technology and security personnel are working frantically to resolve the situation and return patient care to normal.

Fayette celebrates annual Frog Level Festival

Winners of the frog jumping contest, from left: Ella Grace Thompson (First), Asher Lovelace (second), and Kolston Ashby (third). The first place winner’s dad, Blake Thompson, was the winner of the first frog jumping contest held in Fayette.

Fayette celebrated its annual Frog Level Festival on Oct. 4-5. A huge crowd attended the two-day event and enjoyed the music, arts and crafts, food, antique cars, and the frog jumping competition.

Chapman is still doing her best with what she’s got

Nell Chapman is shown displaying one of her quilt-embordered shirts and the ribbons that she has won at art and crafts festivals.

Nell Bailey Chapman said that she was born in Fayette County and attended the former Kirkland Junior High School through the fourth grade until her parents moved to Aberdeen, Miss. Due to her father finding work in an ammunition factory during the war. She said that her family was poor, but she added that she learned a very important lesson early in life from her frugal mother. Her mother’s motto was, “Do the best you can with what you’ve got.”

Freeman speaks at ‘First Tuesday’ luncheon

Probate Judge Mike Freeman addresses the Chamber luncheon.

Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman said that he learned quickly that he would have to get his “on-the-job training” after he was elected as probate judge. “Nothing I had done prior to being elected fully prepared me for the job of probate judge, he said. “You learn quickly, but everything has gone pretty smoothly.”


FMS starts 'Tiger News'

Shown is the Fayette Middle School Tiger News staff and sponsor. From left, front: Lexie Strickland, Laura Junkin, Allie Long, Ensleigh Kennedy and Taylor Kelly. Middle: Natalyn Burkhalter (sponsor), Macy McIntrye, Kailey McAdams, Corri Garcia and Kenzie Strickland. Back: Isaiah Stowe, Jeremiah Culp and Elisabeth Fields.

At the beginning of the school year, a group of eighth grade students at Fayette Middle School who were enrolled in a Family and Consumer Science class decided they wanted to do something to help publicize the wonderful things going on in their school. This decision was initiated by Taylor Kelly, the FMS FCCLA Vice-President, for this school year.  After talking to his classmates, Kelly approached the Principal Ron Hannah with his idea. With the principal’s support, Tiger News was created.  


Fayette dominates to defeat Oak Grove 31-15

Colton Cooper (7) is shown muscling in for a touchdown in the third quarter for Fayette as Makarios Savage (70) blocks during the play.

Fayette cashed in two Oak Grove turnovers at the conclusion of the third quarter to take a 31-point lead and cruise to a 31-15 victory. The Fayette Tigers moved the ball on the opening possession of the game from its 27-yard line to the Oak Grove six, but a run and two failed pass attempts failed to gain additional yardage. Kent Bagwell kicked a 23-yard field goal on fourth down and with 9:34 left in the first quarter, Fayette took an early 3-0 lead.


Berry wins over Lynn 37-16

Trent Smith (3) is shown running as Matthew Morrison (54) blocks.

When wildcats and bears attack each other, it’s going to be the bear everyone thinks will win. However, the Berry Wildcats put up a winning fight on the Lynn Bears’ home turf Friday night, Oct. 4, and came out a winner by 21 points in a 37-16 win.

Hubbertville defeats Marion County

Brodie Porter (12) blocks on a touchdown run by Gage Key (36).

Returning to region play on Friday night, the Lions traveled to Guin to face-off with the Marion County Red Raiders. Winning the coin toss, the Lions elected to receive. Marion County was penalized on the opening kick for an offsides infraction, forcing a re-kick from the 35-yard line.

Bevill students visit Mercedes

Shown are the Bevill St. Community College students at the Mercedes plant in Vance.

Manufacturing Day, Oct. 4, is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. In honor of that, Bevill State Community College’s Vehicle Technology and Repair (VTR) students from the Hamilton campus and Electrical Systems Technology (ELT) students from the Fayette and Hamilton campuses were invited to tour the Mercedes-Benz plant on Thursday, Oct. 3.  


City Council approves pay raises, FY 2020 budget

Shown at the Sept. 24 meeting of the Fayette City Council are, from left: Councilmen Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson and Jason Cowart, Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council approved its fiscal year 2020 budget during its Sept. 24 meeting. A local resident, Bobby Avant, led the council in prayer prior to the beginning of the meeting. He also addressed the council concerning the purchase of land from Norfolk-Southern Railroad for the proposed Rails-to-Trails. “My first observation is that the price the railroad is charging is outrageous,” Avant said.”The fact that a donor has come forth to help with the purchase does not make it any less egregious. Building the trail is also based on getting future grants that may not happen.”

Commission approves bids, 2020 budget

Pictured at the Sept. 23 commission meeting, from left: Commissioner Joe Acker, Commissioner John Underwood and Commissioner Barry Corkren.

The Fayette County Commission approved its FY 2020 budget during the continuation of its Sept. 23 meeting. The Monday night meeting was recessed until Tuesday morning to take one last look at the budget before it was approved.


FCHS celebrates homecoming

Shown is the 2019 FCHS Homecoming Court. From left: Allie Rickman, ninth; Kayla Mansfield, 10th; Ali Burnett, 11th; Mary Grace Wyatt, 12th; Layla Birmingham, 2019 FCHS Homecoming Queen; JaTerra Baker, 12th; Iteria Walker, 11th, Avery Wyatt, 10th, and Emma Claire Kummer, ninth.

Fayette County High School celebrated homecoming on Sept. 27 with a parade and homecoming football game against Sipsey Valley.

Frog Level Festival returns to Fayette this weekend

The annual Frog Level Festival returns this weekend to downtown Fayette. The festival will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 with entertainment provided on the big stage by B.J. Reeves. At 5:45 p.m., The Chris Simmons Band will take the stage, followed by “Nationwide Coverage” at 7:30 p.m. Nationwide Coverage will feature The Tuscaloosa Horns and Fayette native Mart Avant. Avant is always a crowd favorite when he performs in the Fayette area. On Saturday, Oct. 5., there will be a Cruise-In in downtown Fayette beginning at 8 a.m. Also at 8 a.m., the Bama Dancers will entertain the crowd.

Fayette Memorial Library is now ‘fine-free’

Fines for overdue items are now a thing of the past for Fayette County Memorial Library. On Aug. 1, the library quietly implemented a new fine-free policy for its patrons. This change removes a barrier for people who cannot afford fines and wish to use the library, and it ensures that all members of our community have equitable access to library books and materials.


Robinson leads Tigers to 34-26 win over Bears

Kendrick Moore (13) is shown closing in for the tackle as Tucker Sanford (35) comes to help. Shown in the background is Parker Nichols (26).

The Tigers’ Jason Robinson ran for 207 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries as Fayette defeated Sipsey Valley 34-26. Fayette received the opening kickoff and following an exchange of punts, the Tigers moved 76 yards in seven plays for the first score of the game. Carter Sanford threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Kaleb Owens to complete the drive and following a Kent Bagwell kick for the extra point, Fayette led 7-0 with 5:28 remaining in the first quarter.


Hubbertville wins slugfest over Hackleburg 71-48

Blake Anthony (28) is shown running into the end zone for a touchdown.

The Hubbertville Lions welcomed the Hackleburg Panthers to Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium on Friday night and won an old-time slugfest by the score of 71-48. The total points scored tied for the 16th most points scored in the history of Alabama high school football in one game. Ironically, Hubbertvile was also involved in a game with the second highest point total in history, as Parrish defeated Hubbertville 81-58 in 2003. The Panthers won the coin toss and deferred. Brodie Porter advanced Caden Jones’ opening kick eight yards, setting the Lions’ offense up at its 40-yard line.

Berry loses heartbreaker to Donoho 17-14

Trent Smith (3) carries the ball for Berry as Matthew Morrison (54) and Houston Cannon (56) block.

The Berry Wildcats returned to Fred Webster Stadium to welcome the Donoho Falcons in the third-ever meeting between the two schools and the first to be played in Berry. The defenses from both teams set the tone of the game. In a game that would go back and forth all night, Donoho got the 17–14 victory on a late field goal.  Donoho won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. Donoho put together an 11-play drive deep into Wildcat territory.

Fayette’s ‘Karate Kid’ takes aim at future

Hester Whittaker (left), a 10-year old karate phenom from Fayette, is shown exhibiting the excellent sparring form that won two medals for him during the recent “State Games of America,” held in Lynchburg, Va.

On the surface, Hester Whittaker, a fifth grade student at Fayette Elementary School, appears to be one of the nicest, most polite 10-year old boy in the world. He has a genuine smile and charm that seem to mask the fierce competitor he becomes on a karate sparring mat. Make no mistake, he is still nice and polite to his opponents. He smiles at the beginning of the match and he is still smiling when the referee raises his hand in victory. Whittaker recently traveled with his parents to Lynchburg, Va. to compete in the “State Games of America.”


Multi-Year FCHS Reunion

The local “C-Plus Band” provided musical entertainment for the more than three-hour multi-year class reunion. Shown from left: Dr. Bruce Perry, Doug Thomas, Kyle Hickey, Dr. Charles Nolen, Roger Wallace, Dianne Fisher, Daniel Hindman, Sammy Renfroe, Chris Ballinger and Dennis Fisher. Shown in the background is Steve Fowler on keyboard and Drew Hattaway on drums.

A multi-year FCHS reunion, for the years of 1960-82, was held on Sept. 21 on the Fayette County Courthouse lawn. The local "C-Plus Band" provided music for the three-hour event.



Area code dialing mandatory beginning Oct. 12

Beginning on Oct. 12, area code dialing will become mandatory for all calls made within the traditional “205” area code region of the state. Earlier this year, it was announced that an “overlay” area code would be implemented within the 205 area code region. The new area code is “659” and will serve the same region as the 205 area code currently serves.


Fayette dominates the Yellow Jackets in 48-23 victory

Will Brown (15) is shown running for yardage after catching a pass in the fourth quarter. Also pictured is Jakorey Burris (24) looking for someone to block.

The Fayette County Tigers scored 35 first half points and coasted to a 48-23 victory over Curry.
Carter Sanford had a career day passing for Fayette while playing only the first half. He completed 14-of-18 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns, and he also ran twice for 18 yards.


BHS Alumni Association holds reunion

Former Berry High School Homecoming Queens, from left: Susan Barrentine Robertson, Holley Deavours Naramore, Amy Madison Clark, Robin Patton Clements, Darlene Pasley Earnest, Kathleen Earnest Medders, Charlotte Taylor Sutton, Rosemary Kimbrell Robbins and Ciera Pendley.

The Berry High School Alumni Association held its 19th annual reunion on Aug. 17. Attendees ranged from the Class of 1943 to the Class of 2019. VictorBonner opened the meeting in prayer. Tracy Fields directed those assembled in singing the Alma Mater with Linda Clark playing the piano.


St. Michael's celebrates 50th anniversary

Rt. Rev. John McKee Sloan will speak at St. Michael’s 50 anniversary service.

50 years ago in November of 1968, Herb Lowe placed an ad in the local newspaper seeking people interested in forming a new Episcopal church. Four people responded: Toni Robertson, Hugh and Edna Avant and Dot Crutcher. From these humble beginnings, the worshiping community of St. Michael’s was born. In the years that followed, the fledgling congregation gathered in a store front before building the current church up the hill west of Five Points on 10th Street in the early 80’s.


Berry spoils Meek’s homecoming 36-30

Tyler Lollar (20) is shown running for a big gain for Berry.

The Meek High Tigers had been preparing all week to face the Berry Wildcats Friday, Sept. 20, for homecoming. Even though it was a close game, Berry handed Meek the defeat 36-30.
Meek kicked off to Berry to start the game. The Wildcats immediately started to move the ball and after 41 yards, got the first touchdown with Johnathan Locke running the ball over the goal line. The PAT was no good, but Berry was up 6-0.