Berry Council approves repaving of walking trail


Pictured at the March 4 Berry Town Council meeting, from left: Council members Mary Sue Lollar, Charles Tidwell, Russell Madison, Chris Lindsey and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on March 4. All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Councilman Chris Lindsey led those present in prayer. Councilman Russell Madison led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Fayette baseball wins three-of-four


Ceth Hollingsworth is shown pitching for Hubbertville.

The Fayette Tigers’ baseball team won its first three games of the week before falling to the Northside Rams on Saturday. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Tigers defeated Lamar County 12-2.
Tucker Scott started the game on the mound for Fayette, allowing only six hits and two runs in six innings of work while striking out seven opposing batters and walking two.

 

Primaries are March 5



The State of Alabama will hold its party primaries and constitutional amendment election on Tuesday, March 5. Most of the contested races that will appear on the ballot involve statewide offices, with the exception of the United States presidential race and two district races for Fayette County Commissioner on the Republican ballot.

Raines hired as new football coach at Berry High


Josh Taylor, audit manager with the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, is shown addressing the Fayette County Board of Education concerning the results of its FY 2023 audit.

The Fayette County Board of Education held its Feb. 20 meeting in the central office boardroom at the courthouse annex. All board members were present for the meeting. Board President Tom Hubbert opened the meeting with prayer, followed by board member Tierre Agnew leading the Pledge of Allegiance. At the beginning of the meeting, Josh Taylor, audit manager with the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts, briefly discussed his department’s findings following the Fayette County Board of Education’s fiscal year 2023 audit.

Organization honors community leaders during program


Shown receiving plaques, from left, were: Military Veteran and Fayette Middle School Principal Ron Hannah, Fayette County “March for Jesus” organizer Milborn Savage, Fayette Co. Board of Education member John Stowe, Former Fayette Police Dept. Assistant Chief and current Fayette Co. Commissioner John Underwood and former Fayette City Councilman Cedric Wilson. Also honored posthumously were FCHS Coach Arthur Hughes, Fayette Park and Recreation Coach Charlie Nalls and community leader Bobby Savage.

The Brother2Brother Brotherhood hosted a special Black History Month program at the Fayette Civic Center on Sunday, Feb. 25, honoring the legacy of several men who have made a positive impact on the community.

Local schools begin baseball seasons


Blaize Wakefield is shown pitching for Hubbertville.

The Fayette Tigers opened its 2024 baseball season at home on Feb. 15 against the historically strong Bibb County Choctaws, losing by the score of 9-0. Landon Lowe started the game at pitcher for the Tigers, allowing three walks, two hits and three runs to Bibb County in the first inning.

 

Local surgeon uses skills, testimony to serve Christ


Shown are the Randalls as they posed for a picture during a recent trip to Dinan, France. From left: Tina Randall, Miles Randall, Mark Randall and Matt Randall.

Dr. Mark Randall came to the Fayette County area almost two years ago and almost immediately became an integral part of the medical community, not only for his renowned skills as a surgeon but also for his compassion to help others. Randall was born in Augusta, Ga. during his father Maurice Randall’s second year of medical school.

Council makes personnel hires


Shown receiving $5,000 appropriation checks from the Fayette City Council are from left, front: Fayette Elementary Principal Matthew Lindsey, Fayette Middle School Principal Ron Hannah and FCHS Assistant Principal Dan Gonzalez with Fayette Mayor Rod Northam. Back: Council members Tommy Williams, Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Jerry Nichols, Eddy Campbell and Fayette Junior Mayor Emily Huang.

The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13. All council members were present for the meeting, with the exception of Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside.
Judd Drake, director of Restoration Springs, opened the meeting with prayer, and Fayette Mayor Rod Northam led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Long-Term Care celebrates Valentine’s Day


Pictured are members of the Long-Term Care Center’s Royal Court. From left: Myron Leathers, Linda Wright, Christine Grizzell (Queen), Ernesto Gonzales (King), Mamie Burns and Robert Daniels.

The Fayette Medical Center Long-Term Care Facility celebrated it’s annual Valentine’s Banquet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The theme for this year’s celebration was Candyland. Residents enjoyed a wonderful meal, featuring their choice of ribeye steak or grilled chicken. The residents were served restaurant-style by Fayette Middle School, Fayette County High School and Bevill State Community College Nursing Students. In the picture above are the members of the Long-Term Care Center’s Royal Court.

Commission supports amendment passage


Pictured at the Feb. 12 Fayette County Commission meeting, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Wesley Jacobs, Robert Townley, David Hubbert, Shane Hughes, Brad Cox and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 12 at the Fayette Courthouse Annex building. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman opened the meeting with prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

House destroyed by fire


Shown is the house, fully engulfed in flames.

Firemen from the Fayette Fire Department are shown battling flames as this house on County Road 53 South was fully engaged when they arrived at the scene on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 5. The cause of the fire was listed as unintentional, with no additional details noted.

Two injured in truck, motorcycle accident


Pictured is the Harley Davidson motorcycle that was involved in the accident.

An accident at approximately noon on Feb. 2 on Temple Ave. North between a 1996 Dodge Dakota pickup, driven by James Alford Jenkins of Vernon, and a Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by David Lesley Smith of Winfield, sent the two occupants of the motorcycle to the hospital for medical treatment.

Berry Council approves purchase of police dog


Shown at the Berry Town Council meeting, from left: Council members Mary Sue Lollar, Chuck Tidwell, Russell Madison, Chris Lindsey and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council approved the purchase of a drug dog during its Feb, 5 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. The council addressed the purchase of another drug dog to help with patrolling Berry and other areas if municipalities need assistance. The most recent drug dog died in an accident, and the previous drug dog is no longer able to perform its duties as well as is needed.

 

Savage speaks at Black History Month program


Shown participating in the 2024 Black History Program at Fayette Middle School, from left: Ryan Clary, Sam Rogers, Keziah Rucker, Corey Savage, Principal Rodney Hannah and Prestin Phillips.

Corey Savage, a graduate of Fayette County High School and current resident of Fayette County, spoke at the annual Fayette Middle School’s “Black History Month Celebration,” held on Feb. 8 at the school’s gymnasium. In addition to being a graduate of Fayette County High School, Savage is also a graduate of Bevill State Community College and Auburn University. He is currently the pastor of Plum Grove Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa.

 

Glen Allen Council hears review of audit



The Glen Allen Town Council met on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the town’s community center. All council members were in attendance for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Rick McCabe, a Certified Public Accountant with McCabe and Associates of Fayette, addressed the council and presented a report and review from his annual audit of the town’s financial statements.

 

Volunteer fireman killed in vehicle accident



Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins reported that a Lawrence Mill volunteer fireman was killed on Monday, Feb. 5 in a vehicle accident as he returned to the fire station following a fire. He said a one-vehicle accident claimed the life of Tony Baumgartner, 71, of Fayette in an accident that occurred approximately one-mile west of Calvary Church on Co. Rd. 80.