Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby announced that the third of three juveniles missing from the Fayette County START rehabilitation program was found safe on June 11 in Panama City, Fla.
The Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (also commonly known as C3) held a “Meet and Greet” at the Fayette Civic Center on June 30. The purpose of the event was to allow community and business leaders to meet the members of the alliance in an informal setting to discuss current economic issues.
In a document dated May 23, the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners ordered Dr. Robert Pearce Bolling of Fayette to “immediately CEASE and DESIST from the practice of medicine in the State of Alabama until such time as the Administrative Complaint of the Alabama State Medical Examiners shall be heard by the Commission and a decision rendered thereon.”
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Lori Faye Lay, 42, of Fayette, was arrested on June 21 by the Haleyville Police Department and charged with possession of marijuana first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lay, along with four other people, including an employee of the motel, was arrested at the Imperial Inn, located on Highway 13 South in Haleyville.
The Fayette City Council, during its June 28 meeting, approved a motion that will award one-time premium pay to city employees. Councilman Eddy Campbell was absent from the meeting, with all other council members present. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Alexis Wilson led the prayer and Aeilya Walker led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Fayette County resident Mike Newman has been selected for induction into the Alabama Sports Officials Hall of Fame. The induction of the 2021 class will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Oxford Civic Center. This will be the fourth class of annual inductees since the Hall of Fame was established in 2019.
Six people have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms following an investigation into contraband smuggled into the Fayette County Jail. The defendants each played a role in smuggling illegal drugs and paraphernalia, including methamphetamine, heroin, Suboxone and syringes, to inmates in the facility.
Fayette County Superintendent of Education Jim Burkhalter defeated Berry High School Principal Steve Sawyer in the June 21 Republican Primary runoff election. The win virtually assures Burkhalter of a third term as superintendent, since he will not have a Democratic challenger for the office during the November general election.
Two fire trucks from the Fayette Police Department responded to a vehicle and shed fire that occurred on Friday, June 24 at approximately 10:11 a.m. on Highway 159, approximately eight miles south of Fayette. According to the fire report, the fire started as a camper fire and quickly spread to a nearby shed and boat. The firemen were able to contain the fire, and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire was ruled unintentional and of an undetermined origin.
College Instructor David Wages is the 2022 recipient of the Bevill State “Outstanding Faculty Award” on the Fayette Campus. Wages’ education roots run deep at Bevill State Community College. As a student at Fayette County High School, he took four dual enrollment courses beginning in the 11th grade.
Alabama District 16 Representative Kyle South posted a series of images on Facebook on Feb. 25, showing details of a proposed interstate bypass project that would widen Highways 171 and 129. The bypass would start from 171 in Fayette County and meet Highway 129 in Winfield at an intersection on Highway 118. There has been no word from the governor or the Alabama Department of Transportation regarding a date and time for a public meeting to discuss the proposal.
In a special-called meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education on Monday, June 20, the board unanimously voted to hire Jared Porter as the next football coach at Fayette County High School. All board members were in attendance for the special meeting. The head football coach and athletic director’s position became available following the June 7 board meeting, when the board failed to approve the coaching supplement for Coach Waldon Tucker. The coaching position was posted on June 13 as an internal system transfer only.
The Fayette City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 14. All council members, with the exception of Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside and Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, were present for the meeting. Councilman Tommy Williams opened the meeting with prayer and also led the Pledge of Allegiance. Tom Wisemiller, president and CEO of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (C3), spoke to the council concerning sales, usage and property tax abatements for a possible new industry.
The Fayette County Commission held a very brief meeting on June 13 at the Fayette County Courthouse. Commissioner Brad Cox and Commissioner John Underwood were absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. Commissioner Barry Corkren made a motion to allow the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department to be added to the “Brinks supports first responders donation program wait list.”
The Berry Town Council voted at its June 6 meeting to seek bids for three new raw water pumps for the Berry Water System. All council members were in attendance for the meeting with the exception of Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar. Berry Water Plant Chief Operator Walter Taylor appeared before the council during the meeting to explain to the council the urgent need for the new pumps. He also explained that there is at least a six-month wait to receive new pumps once they are ordered.