BOE presents resolutions to outgoing board members

Superintendent Jim Burkhalter (center) is shown presenting resolutions to board members Sam Sullivan (left) and Tim Fields (right) for their service on the board.

At the conclusion of the Fayette County Board of Education’s Oct. 22 meeting, Fayette County Superintendent Jim Burkhalter presented board members Sam Sullivan and Tim Fields with framed resolutions commending them for their service on the board. Board member John Aaron was absent from the meeting, with all other board members in attendance.

Commission hires substitute workers for Aging Program

The Fayette County Commission voted to hire two substitute workers for the Fayette County Aging Program during its Oct. 19 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commissioner Joe Acker made a motion to hire two workers for the program, and the motion was approved unanimously. The two substitute workers will be used to fill in at any of the Aging Programs within the county when needed.

Fayette loses to Red Bay 36-20

Fayette’s Lewis Cannon (18) makes a good gain after catching a pass.

The Fayette Tigers traveled to Red Bay for its final game of the 2020 football season. Despite a gallant and hard-fought effort by Fayette, the team lost to the Tigers of Red Bay by a score of 36-20. Following an exchange of punts to start the game, Fayette began its second possession of the contest at its 24-yard line. After advancing near midfield, Fayette’s quarterback Blake Johnson was sacked for a seven-yard loss, then threw an interception on the next play that was returned by Red Bay to the Fayette 34-yard line.

Fayette City Council certifies Ward 1 election results

Shown is a portion of the crowd that attended the Oct. 13 Fayette City Council meeting.

The Fayette City Council certified the election runoff results in the council’s Ward 1 race and expressed its opposition to the local amendment that would add an additional three mils to the real property tax paid in the county at its Oct 13 meeting.

FCHS holds AP Celebration

Shown are many of the former and current students at Fayette County High School who made qualifying scores on their AP exams during the past year.

Fayette County High School hosted its third annual AP Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The school currently offers seven Advanced Placement courses. During the 2016-17 school year, FCHS gave 44 exams and had eight students make a qualifying score. This year, Fayette County High School gave 187 exams and had 36 qualifying scores.

Frog Level ‘Best Frogs’ displays

Best Overall Winner - Fayette Long-Term Care.

Despite the cancellation of this year’s Fayette “Frog Level Festival,” the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce encouraged its members and all downtown business to display the traditional wooden frogs that are seen at festival time. The Fayette Garden Club held its annual judging competition, and the results of the contest were recently announced. There were four categories that the frogs were judged in: Most Keeping with Business, Most Creative, Prettiest and Best Overall.

Aggies takedown the Fayette Tigers 14-2

Zac Jackson (4) is pictured turning upfield for a good gain. Jackson had 20 carries for 115 yards during the game.

Fayette had one of its better games moving the ball on offense, but five turnovers kept the Tigers out of the endzone and Hamilton won the game 14-2. Fayette received the opening kickoff at its 41-yard line and soon progressed to the Lions’ 35 before an offsides penalty moved them back five yards. On the next play, quarterback Langston Strawbridge’s deep pass was intercepted at the Hamilton five-yard line and returned 21 yards to stop the scoring threat.


Hubbertville wins close game at Lynn 27-21

Gage Alexander (10) is shown running the ball for Hubbertville as several of his teammates block.

Traveling to Lynn on Thursday night, Hubbertville closed out its regular season play with a Region 6 matchup against the Bears. Winning the coin toss, the Lions elected to receive the opening kickoff, with T.J. Keeton back deep for the reception. Chance Majors’ kick was recovered at the Bears’ 49-yard line by Jarrett Benton.

Berry defeats Meek 43-6

Will Knight (12) is shown running for a good gain for Berry.

The Berry Wildcats faced the Meek Tigers in their last regular season home game. The Wildcats received turnovers from the defense, and touchdowns on special teams and the offense to take control of the game. The Wildcats walked away with a 43–6 victory, and finished undefeated in region play for the first time since 2015.

Arrest made in recent shooting

Ruben Hedgemon

A Tuscaloosa man has been charged with attempted murder in relation to a shooting that happened at a party in Fayette County last month. Members of the U.S. Marshals’ Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force tracked Ruben Hedgemon, 21, to a location on Ormond Street in Tuscaloosa, and took him into custody on Thursday, Oct. 15. He is accused of firing multiple rounds as he left a party on New Hope Church Road in southern Fayette County during the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 26.

Porter contests Ward 1 council results, later files to dismiss

Scottie Carl Porter filed a motion in Fayette County Circuit Court on Oct. 8, seeking to nullify Virettia Whiteside’s election on Oct. 6 as the Ward 1 Fayette City Council member. Porter claimed in his complaint that Whiteside was not eligible for the Ward 1 seat due to “misconduct, fraud, or corruption,” and that her residency is not in Ward 1. He claimed that Whiteside’s proper address is in Ward 3, and that she owns a house located in that ward.

SHOWA Manufacturing makes big economic impact on local community

SHOWA’s Mike Kimble explains a portion of the glove-making process to U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt.

A group of local, state and national leaders toured the SHOWA Glove Manufacturing facility in Fayette on Oct. 14 to get a glimpse of the future of world-class glove manufacturing. SHOWA has just completed the outside of a 43,000 square-foot, six story tall building that will house new state-of-the-art equipment for glove manufacturing. The expansion should double or possibly triple the glove manufacturing capacity of the facility, and will add approximately 100 - 170 new jobs to the Fayette economy.


Accident results in injuries, questions

Shown is one of the vehicles that was involved in an accident that occurred at the intersection of Highway 43/171 and Highway 18 on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

An accident occurring at the intersection of Highway 43/171 and Highway 18 on October 6 left two people injured with possible charges pending from the accident. According to the accident report filed by the Fayette Police Department, a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by James Edward Watkins of Fayette, was stopped in the inside west-bound lane of Columbus Street East, waiting to make a left turn into the Chevron parking lot. Watkins said that he had signaled his intention to turn.


Berry High School celebrates Homecoming

Shown is the Berry 2020 Homecoming Court. From left: Anna Raley Palmer (seventh grade), Kimber Kennard (ninth grade), Anna Kate VanDee (11th grade), Queen Gracyn Hydrich (12th grade), Brooke Hill (12th grade), Lynsie Abernathy (10th grade), and Sydney Frost (eighth grade).

Berry High School celebrated its homecoming on Friday, Oct. 16 with a parade and a huge 36-13 region win over the Brilliant Tigers.

Gordo defeats Fayette 25-0

Fayette’s Darius Loyd (13) tries to escape the grasp of a would-be Gordo tackler.

Despite playing at a high intensity level throughout the game, Fayette lost 25-0 to its regional rival, the Gordo Greenwave. Due to an injury to Fayette’s starting quarterback Langston Strawbridge, backup Blake Johnson played the entire game at quarterback for the Tigers.


Berry clinches region title with 36–13 victory

Berry’s Deason Nichols (2) is shown running for a big gain against Brilliant.

Homecoming is always an exciting time of year. This year in addition to wanting to win for returning alumni, a win would clinch the region championship for the Wildcats. With that in mind, the Wildcats welcomed the Brilliant Tigers to Fred Webster Stadium. The game was close at the half, but the Wildcats took control of the game in the second half and secured a 23-point victory for Berry.