Berry Council approves budget for FY 2021

Shown at the Sept. 14 meeting of the Berry Town Council, from left: Mayor Jimmy Madison and council members Mary Sue Lollar, Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madison. Absent from the meeting was Councilman Chris Rice.

The Berry Town Council approved its fiscal year 2021 budget during its Sept. 14 meeting. Councilman Chris Rice was absent, with all other council members present for the meeting.
Berry Town Clerk Marie McCluskey said that projected revenues for the town are expected to be similar to the revenue collected last year. Total revenue for the FY2021 general fund budget is expected to be approximately $677,586.


Kemp-Driver retires from commission

Shown from left, front: Kemp-Driver and Commission Vice-Chairman Barry Corkren. Back: Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman and Commissioner John Underwood.

Bobbie Jo Kemp-Driver was presented a plaque and a resolution signed by the members of the Fayette County Commission, honoring her for her 37 years of “dedicated and loyal service” to the county. Her official retirement date will be Oct. 1.

Fayette gets road victory over Oak Grove 26-7

Zac Jackson (4) is shown running with the ball behind the blocking of Darius Loyd (13) after taking a handoff from quarterback Langston Strawbridge (8).

The Fayette Tigers traveled to Oak Grove last week for its first road game of the season and came home victorious with a 26-7 win. Fayette scored touchdowns on its first three possessions, then sealed the victory with another score late in the fourth quarter.


Berry defeats Marion County 38-16

Will Knight (12) wrapped up this Marion County runner to record a solo tackle.

The Berry Wildcats sought to continue its road game winning streak as they traveled to Guin to face the Marion County Red Raiders. Marion County took an early lead, but big plays on both sides of the ball by the Wildcats proved to be too much for the Red Raiders to handle.  A 26-point second half led Berry to a 38–16 victory.


Hubbertville defeats Meek 57-28

Brodie Porter (12) and Gage Alexander (10) protect Gage Key (7) as he advances the ball upfield for Hubbertville.

Hubbertville recorded its first Region 6 win of the season on Friday night with a 57-28 victory over the Meek Tigers. Gage Key returned the opening kick 19 yards, setting up the Lions’ offense with its opening possession. With the snap, Key connected on a passing route down the right sideline with Austin Berryhill, who raced to the four-yard line awarding the Lions with first and goal. First down brought Gage Alexander with the handoff for the quick six with only 42 seconds erased from the game clock.

Painting the Courthouse dome

Two local painters are shown giving the courthouse dome a fresh coat of paint on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

The Fayette County Courthouse dome was repainted last week during a project that is a portion of the courthouse refurbishing project.  The project will include a complete new roof and the repainting of all exterior wood surfaces. The cost of the project is approximately $170,000, and will be paid out of the Courthouse Restoration Fund. No tax money will be used for the project.


COVID-19 affects school system

After starting school on Aug. 20, the Fayette County School System is starting to experience some of the attendance problems that were expected due to attending school during a pandemic.
On Monday, Sept. 14, the Fayette County Board of Education reported that, since the beginning of the school year, 180 total individuals had been quarantined throughout the school system.

Never Forget - Sept. 11

Roger Wallace of Fayette is shown playing “Taps” before the Fayette - Curry football game.

Fayette County High School had local musician Roger Wallace play “Taps” before the Fayette - Curry football game on Sept. 11 to honor the memory of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil. The Fayette Fire Department also flew a huge American flag all day on Sept. 11, hoisted by a ladder on one of its trucks, to commemorate the event.

Fayette City Council discusses new wastewater dumping site

Pictured at the Sept. 8 Fayette City Council meeting are, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilman Jason Cowart and Councilman Cedric Wilson. Also present for the meeting but not pictured were Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and Mayor Ray Nelson.

The Fayette City Council discussed the new designated dumping site for wastewater during its Sept. 8 city council meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. The council recently changed the sites allowed for wastewater dumping to a central site located in the northern portion of the city. According to John Dill, manager of the wastewater department, the site was chosen to reduce the harmful impact on the city’s wastewater pumps to a minimal amount.


Fayette Police Dept. receives grant

Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins (left) accepted a grant check from District Attorney Andy Hamlin last week.

The Fayette Police Department recently received a check in the amount of $1,500 in the form of a grant from the 24th Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney’s office. The grant is designated to be used by the department for equipment purchases and training. Jenkins said that he appreciates the district attorney’s office recognizing the hard work his officers perform and aiding the department with the grant. “I’m very grateful for the grant,” Jenkins said. “Anytime you get financial assistance, especially for training and equipment, its always beneficial.”


Fayette gets first win of season over Curry 36-22

Samuel Kizzire (25) gained 13 yards on this run for Fayette against Curry.

Fayette captured its first win of the 2020 football season by defeating the Curry Yellow Jackets 36-22. The Tigers held a commanding 30-0 lead late in the second quarter, then relied on its younger reserve players for most of the remainder of the game to secure the win.

Berry defeats Hubbertville 26-0

Berry’s Trent Smith (3) is shown running for the Wildcats after taking a handoff from Isaiah Kizzire (1). Pictured blocking for Berry are Colton Abernathy (18) and Haiden Schicker (66).

Berry defeats Hubbertville 26-0

The Hubbertville Lions played host to its cross-county rival Berry in Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium on Friday night, suffering a 26-0 loss to the Wildcats. Following the coin toss, Joel Gray booted the opening kick downfield, setting the Lions’ offense up for its opening possession.

Fayette Police catch burglar at scene

Gregory Shane Fortner

The quick action of the Fayette Police department resulted in a burglar being captured at the scene of the crime. Gregory Shane Fortner, 39, of 531 11th St. SW, Fayette, was caught hiding in the ceiling at Shop & Save Supermarket in Fayette at approximately 4:30 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 1. The police department responded to the scene when Fortner activated the security alarm at the store.


Brashier, Parker plead guilty to drug charges

Two Fayette County residents pled guilty to felony drug charges last week after reaching plea agreements with the 24th Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney’s Office. Tracy Lynn Brashier, 30, of Berry agreed to serve 15 years in prison for distribution of a controlled substance. She was arrested on March 20 with a quantity of methamphetamine intended for sale. Eric Parker, 49, of Fayette, was arrested in January for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Parker will serve 11 years in prison.

Fayette City Council certifies election results

The Fayette City Council is shown at its Sept. 1 meeting that was called to certify the election. Shown from left: Councilman Cedric Wilson (sitting in chair at far left), Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilman Jason Cowart, Mayor Ray Nelson, City Clerk Dawn Clapp, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and Councilman Eddy Campbell.

The Fayette City Council met in a special called meeting at noon on Tuesday Sept. 1 to add the legitimate provisional ballots cast during the Aug. 25 primary and to certify the election results. All council members and Mayor Ray Nelson were present for the meeting. There were 11 provisional ballots counted in the final results of the Fayette municipal election, and four provisional ballots cast were ruled ineligible to be counted. Sherry Settle represented the Fayette County Board of Registrars at the meeting.


Glen Allen Council certifies new municipal officers

The Glen Allen Town Council passed resolutions 3-20 through 8-20, certifying the municipal election results at its Tuesday, Sept. 1 council meeting. Since there was only one candidate qualifying for each position on the town’s governing board, an election was not required for this election cycle. Mayor Allen J. Dunavant presented and read aloud the resolutions which were specified for each position of the governing body.

Lions lose heartbreaker to Pickens Co. 28-26

Gage Key (7) hands the ball off to Gage Alexander (10) as Tanner McGough (69) and Dawson Youngblood (60) block.

The Lions traveled to Reform on Friday night, opening regional play by facing-off against the Pickens County Tornadoes. Skylar Benton’s opening kick was fielded at the 39-yard line and advanced to the Lions’ 48-yard line. Three plays later, Xerrance Washington took the handoff 41-yards around the right end to the end zone for a quick score. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score 6-0 with only 24 seconds off the game clock.


Wildcats defeat Stallions 40-12

Isaiah Kizzire (1) hands the ball to Johnathan Locke (7) as Will Knight (12), Hunter Cannon (55) and Trent Smith (3) block.

The Berry Wildcats traveled to Millport looking to break a four-game losing streak against its Region 6 foe, the South Lamar Stallions. Both teams got off to a fast start, but eventually the Wildcats’ running game would wear down the Stallions. This allowed Berry to walk away with a 40–12 win.

Northam wins mayor of Fayette election

Rod Northam is shown being congratulated by his mother Sue Northam after winning the election for Fayette mayor.

Rod Northam won the Aug. 25 Fayette mayoral race over three opponents, collecting 781 votes and winning the position without a runoff. Current Fayette City Councilman Cedric Wilson finished second in the race, gathering 451 votes. Max Weaver received 149 votes and Kevin Bass collected 140 votes for mayor. Northam, a former engineer and plant manager at the 3M plant in Guin, earned the victory in his first attempt at political office.

Commission passes transportation plan for FY2021

Pictured is the Fayette County Commission social distancing at its Aug. 24 meeting.

The Fayette County Commission approved its transportation plan for fiscal year 2021 as required under the “Rebuild Alabama Act,” which was enacted last year by the state legislature. The plan was approved during a special called meeting on Aug. 28 that followed the commission’s regular meeting on Aug. 24. The special meeting was called for the expressed purpose of approving the transportation plan, since the plan is required to be approved prior to Sept. 1 each year, and since the plan was not approved in the last regular commission meeting of the month.