Federal indictments have been unsealed charging three defendants in separate and unrelated gun and drug cases, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Mickey French; Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley; and FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Felix A. Rivera-Esparra.
The Fayette County Board of Education held its October meeting on Oct. 18 in the library of Berry Elementary School. Board member Julie Stough was absent, with all other board members present for the meeting. At the start of the meeting, board member Keith Madison made a motion to enter executive session to discuss the “good name and character of an individual.” The motion was seconded by board member Brenda Webb and was approved unanimously.
Children love to go “trick-or-treating” each year around Halloween. They love to dress up in their favorite characters, and most children really love getting lots of candy to eat. Yet, Halloween is a scary time of year for many reasons, and lots of those reasons are due to unintentional accidents that can quickly change the life of a family forever.
District Attorney Andy Hamlin has announced prison sentences for two of five defendants involved in a 2018 double murder case in Fayette Co. Lazaro Moran, 35, of New Jersey, will serve two life sentences and Lindettia Lowery, 36, of Fairfield, will serve two concurrent 25-year sentences. Both pled guilty on Friday, Oct. 14 to murder in the shooting deaths of Hernan Antonio Padilla and Allen Clifford Sandlin.
Kayla Strickland, owner of The Diamond Dog LLC Pet Grooming, Boarding and Daycare facility, wanted to do something to help the Fayette County Animal Shelter. Her love for animals led her and her mother, Lindsay Kizzire, to raffle off a “Golden Doodle” puppy during the recent Fayette Frog Level Festival. They decided that the money from the raffle would go to the Fayette County Animal Shelter.
The Fayette City Council heard several reports from different agencies during its Oct. 11 meeting. Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe and Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside were absent from the meeting. Fayette Police Sergeant Ronnie Earnest led the council in prayer, while Councilman Jerry Nichols led the Pledge of Allegiance.
A group of approximately 75 bicyclists came through Fayette on Sunday, Oct. 7 for their annual “Ride 2 Rosemary.” The trip has occurred each of the past 12 years and has raised more than $2 million dollars total for cancer research. The trip begins in the Memphis, Tenn. area, and five days later, concludes at Rosemary Beach, Fla. The group travels approximately 100 miles per day, with rest stops and overnight lodging stops along the way. One of their annual rest stops is always in Fayette.
Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill issued a reminder to Alabamians that they have less than one week left to register to vote. Monday, Oct. 24 is the last day to register in Alabama to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 8 General Election.
Despite controlling the ball for approximately 14 minutes in the first quarter and taking a 13-0 lead into the second period, Fayette ultimately lost a key regional matchup to Winfield by the score of 25-13. Fayette received the opening kickoff at its 24-yard line and immediately added an additional 15 yards on the first play as Blake Johnson completed a pass to Hollis Strawbridge.
Hubbertville traveled south to Reform on Friday night to face the Pickens County Tornadoes. T.J Keeton received the opening kick, advancing to the 23-yard line and setting the Lions’ offense up for its opening possession. Two snaps later, Keeton connected on a pass with Jagger Youngblood, who raced to the endzone for the quick score. The PAT kick by Tucker Bowen was perfect, and the Lions led 7-0.
The first “Fly-In” at the Fayette Airport in 14 years was a huge success, based on the number of pilots and visitors to the event. Brenda Walters, one of the organizers of the event and a member of the Fayette Airport Ambassadors, said that approximately 30 pilots participated in the fly-in, and the event was attended by more than 500 people.