Fayette Co. Commission hires new engineer


Shown is a portion of the crowd that attended the July 25 commission meeting held in Belk.

The Fayette County Commission hired a new county engineer during its July 25 meeting, held at the Belk Community Center at the request of District 1 Commissioner Brad Cox. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman announced that the commission has been without an engineer for the past two – three months following the resignation of the previous engineer Josh Knight. He said that three applicants had been interviewed for the position, and that one candidate for the position had received a second interview.

 

Fayette Co. schools begin Aug. 8



The new school year for students within the Fayette County School System begins on Monday, Aug. 8. Fayette County Superintendent Jim Burkhalter said that teachers and the administrative staffs of the schools have been working hard in an effort to open schools in a traditional and normal fashion this year, following disruptions the past two years due to COVID restrictions.

 

Fayette City Council considers new sewer rate


Pictured at the July 26 meeting of the Fayette City Council, from left: Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Junior Council Mayor Shanti Enis and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 26. All council members, with the exception of Councilman Jerry Nichols, were present for the meeting. City Accountant Rick McCabe opened the meeting with prayer and Mayor Rod Northam led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Berry Council approves water line requests


Pictured is the Berry Town Hall, where the Aug. 1 Berry Town Council meeting was held.

The Berry Town Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 1 at Berry Town Hall. Councilman Calvin Madison and Councilman Charles Tidwell were absent from the meeting, with all other council members present. Councilman Russell Madison led the council in prayer, with Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

FMC welcomes new surgeon


Dr. Mark Randall

On Sunday, July 24, DCH’s Fayette Medical Center hosted a welcome reception for Dr. Mark Randall. Dr. Randall is trained in general and laparoscopic surgery and will begin offering services at Fayette Medical Center starting Aug. 1.

 

O’Neal Manufacturing officially begins operation


Pictured is O’Neal Manufacturing Services, located in the former Fayette Fabrication building.

Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield announced on Monday, July 25 that O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) plans to invest $5.5 million to open a 130,000-square-foot steel fabrication facility in Fayette as part of a project that will create 70 full-time jobs within three years after operations commence.

 

BOE approves salary schedule


Pictured at the Fayette County Board of Education meeting, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, Board President Tom Hubbert, and board members Brenda Webb, Keith Madison and Julie Stough. Not shown, but also present was Board Member John Aaron.

The Fayette County Board of Education met on July 19 to consider the 2022-23 salary schedule and several personnel items. All board members were present for the meeting, with the exception of Board Member John Stowe.

 

BSCC to host 'First Chapter'



Students can start the FIRST CHAPTER of their Bevill State story in a day!
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) will be hosting “First Chapter” events at all five of its locations during the month of August. These events will allow new students to take a campus tour, apply for admission, complete their FAFSA, take any necessary placement tests, meet with an advisor, and register for Fall classes.

Hydrangeas in full bloom


This hydrangea in downtown Fayette is now at its peak blooming season.

The more than 40 limelight hydrangeas that are located throughout Fayette are now in full bloom. The plants, along with numerous other plants located within the city, are taken care of by the Fayette Garden Club.

Fayette City Council discusses upcoming projects


Pictured is the Fayette City Council at its July 12 meeting. From left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Fayette Junior City Council Mayor Pro Tem Aeilya Walker and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council discussed its plans and options concerning several possible upcoming projects during its July 12 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Kelcey Hale led the council in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the beginning of the meeting.

 

Commission adopts opioid resolution


Pictured at the July 11 Fayette County Commission meeting, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Wesley Jacobs, Shane Hughes, Brad Cox and Robert Townley.

The Fayette County Commission adopted a resolution to join in a statewide opioid settlement with other counties and municipalities during its July 11 meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman was absent due to attending a state conference, and Commissioner Barry Corkren was also absent from the meeting.

 

Council sentenced for double murder


Michael Evan Council

The first of five defendants in a double murder case from 2018 pled guilty on Friday, July 8, agreeing to serve two consecutive life sentences. The sentencing of Michael Evan Council, 28, a New Jersey resident, was announced by 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Andy Hamlin.
Council was one of the defendants responsible for the shooting deaths of Hernan Antonio Padilla and Allen Clifford Sandlin.  

 

‘Back-to-School’ 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 15 - 17. 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 15 at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m.

 

School board approves personnel, contract changes


Pictured at the June 28 Fayette Co. Board of Education meeting, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, Board President Tom Hubbert, Board Member Brenda Webb and Board Member Keith Madison. Not pictured but also present were board members John Aaron and John Stowe.

The Fayette County Board of Education met on June 28 to consider several personnel and contract items. All board members were present with the exception of Julie Stough. Prior to the start of the meeting, Josh Taylor, of the Alabama Examiners of Public Accounts, delivered the results of the latest state audit to the board, stating that there were no significant problems with the audit.