C3 holds ‘Meet and Greet’

Shown is Matt LeDuke, Chairman of the Northwest Alabama Economic Alliance Board.

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.


Board suspends Bolling’s medical license

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.”


Fayette Co. resident arrested in Haleyville

Lori Faye Lay

Editor’s Note: This article was compiled, written and furnished to The Times-Record by the staff of The Northwest Alabamian.

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.


County Commission holds meeting in Bobo Community

Pictured is a portion of the large crowd in the Bobo Community that attended the June 27 meeting of the Fayette County Commission.

The Fayette County Commission held its June 27 meeting at the Bobo Community Center at the request of District Two Commissioner Shane Hughes. All commissioners were present for the meeting, with the exception of Commissioner Barry Corkren.


Fayette City Council approves premium pay

Shown at the June 28 meeting of the Fayette City Council, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Junior Fayette City Council Mayor Shanti Enis and Fayette City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

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.  


World Games flag travels throough Fayette Co.

World Game flag bearers and runners, from left: Angela Miles, Tia Doss and Emily Walter, all of Marion County. Not pictured is Mallory Long, also of Marion County.

The World Games 2022 flag, along with an American Flag, made its way through Fayette County as runners carried the flags from Winfield to Wayside and on to Vernon on July 4. The World Games will have its opening ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday, July 9.


Newman selected for Hall of Fame

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.


Burkhalter, Agnew win local runoffs

Fayette County Republican Vice-Chairman Bill McCollum (right) is shown congratulating Superintendent Jim Burkhalter on his primary victory.

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.


Fayette Fire Dept. respond to fire

Pictured is a Fayette firemen as he sprayed water to contain the smoke and flames.

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.

Wages named BSCC Outstanding Faculty Member

David Wages has been named BSCC's "Most Outstanding Faculty Member" on its Fayette Campus.

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.  


Summer is here!

This thermometer, outside a local church, shows the temperature on the second day of summer as 104 degrees.

Summer is starting out hot this year. On June 22, the official temperature for the day was 101. With the heat index added in, the temperature felt like 108.

Landowners upset over proposed highway route

Pictured is an Alabama Department of Transportation map showing the proposed route of the access highway.

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.


Edmonson named to All-State team

Kyla Edmonson is shown pitching for the Berry Lady Wildcats during the 2022 season.

Berry High School senior pitcher Kyla Edmonson finished the season for the second consecutive year as an Alabama High School second-team All-State softball player, as selected by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.


BOE hires new football coach

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.


Fayette City Council votes to allow tax abatements

Matt Moon, general manager of O’Neal Manufacturing Services, is shown addressing the Fayette City Council. Also pictured in the background is Tom Wisemiller, president and CEO of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance.

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.


Commission holds brief meeting

Shown at the June 13 Fayette Co. Commission meeting, from left: Commissioner Barry Corkren, Commissioner Robert Townley, Commissioner Wesley Jacobs, Commissioner Shane Hughes and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

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.”


Berry to seek bids on water pumps

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.