Savage chronicles long history of black achievement

Niesha Sudduth provided a special musical selection for the Black History Month program.

Corey Savage, youth pastor and associate minister at Plum Grove Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, gave the keynote speech at Bevill State Community College on Feb. 6 during the college’s Black History Month program. Savage, a Fayette native and graduate of Fayette County High School, Bevill State Community College and Auburn University, told the audience that many people equate Black History with the freeing of slaves in this country and the subsequent civil rights battles. He said there is a much deeper, richer history of achievement among blacks that he wanted to emphasize.


Leaders address the 'State of the Community'

Glen Allen Mayor Allen Dunavant is shown addressing the “State of the Community” luncheon at the Fayette Civic Center.

The Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual “State of the Community” luncheon on Feb. 5 at the Fayette Civic Center. Josh Musgrove, pastor of Pisgah Baptist Church in Fayette, led the opening prayer to begin the meeting. Several community leaders addressed the state of their departments at the luncheon, with the general consensus being that Fayette County is a good place to live with a viable economic and business base.


Fayette City Council sets industrial wastewater fee

Shown at the Fayette City Council meeting on Feb. 6, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilman Cedric Wilson and Councilman Jason Cowart.

The Fayette City Council held a special called meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6 to address the fees due from the dumping of industrial wastewater into the Fayette Wastewater System. All council members were present at the meeting. Councilman Eddy Campbell said at the beginning of last week’s meeting, it appeared that Georgia Pacific was supposed to be paying $75 per load to dump its industrial wastewater in the Fayette Wastewater System.

Berry Council approves financing of police cars

The Berry Town Council is pictured at its Feb. 4 meeting. Shown from left: Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar and councilmen Chris Rice, Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council approved the financing for its three new police cars during its Feb. 4 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Berry Police Chief Gerald DeDeaux said that the new police cars are in and have been shipped to a facility in Georgia to be equipped. He said that the cars should be ready for use by the department in approximately in month.


Local players sign scholarship offers

Cannon Alexander signed a scholarship offer on Feb. 8 to play for Faulkner College. Shown from left, front: Cali Alexander (mother), Cannon Alexander, and Brian Alexander (father). Back: Hubbertville Principal Tim Dunavant, Coach Dustin Silas, Coach Lamar Harris, Coach Trent Hill and Coach Jeff Rutledge.

Three high school football players in Fayette County signed scholarship offers last week to continue their football and academic careers in college. Cannon Alexander of Hubbertville signed to play for Faulkner College, while Tre’Darion Walker of Fayette County High School signed to play at the University of West Alabama and Zack Ingle of Fayette County High School will be playing for Huntington College.


FMS holds school pageant

Winners of the Fayette Middle School Pageant, Senior Division, were from left: Abby Berthoud, Most Photogenic; Claire Holliman, Miss Congeniality and First Alternate; Emma Claire Kummer, Miss Fayette Middle School; and Allie Long, Second Alternate.

The Miss Fayette Middle School Pageant was held Jan. 26 at Bevill State Community College. Winners of the Fayette Middle School Pageant, Senior Division, were: Abby Berthoud, Most Photogenic; Claire Holliman, Miss Congeniality and First Alternate; Emma Claire Kummer, Miss Fayette Middle School; and Allie Long, Second Alternate. Winners of the Fayette Middle School Pageant, Junior Division, were: Haven Magouirk, First Alternate; Bailey Unger, Most Photogenic and Miss Junior Fayette Middle School; Caylen Williams, Second Alternate; and Victoria Allison, Miss Congeniality.

Bevill Baseball swept in opening series

Cody Cobb (24) is shown making contact with the ball for the Bevill State Bears as they played Mineral Area Community College on Saturday.

The Bevill State Bears opened its 2019 baseball season by hosting Mineral Area Community College of Park Hills, Mo. on Friday Feb. 8 for a single game and for a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 9. Unfortunately for the Bears, the 2019 baseball campaign did not get off to a good start as the Cardinals of Mineral Area swept the three-game series.


Berry Lady Wildcats advance to Sub Regionals

Tanner Upton (11) of Hubbertville is shown shooting as Levi Cannon (22), Tyler Lollar (42) and Johnathan Locke (20) defend for Berry.

The Berry Lady Wildcats advanced to sub regional play by finishing second in the area tournament played last week at Guin. On Feb. 6, Berry faced its cross-county rival Hubbertville and was victorious by a score of 50-22. Leading the scoring for Berry was Zoe Mauldin with 13 points and six rebounds. Iannah Fields scored 12 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Bailey Thomas added 10 points and six rebounds. Brooke Hill scored eight points, followed by Tyner Bowling with five points.


Bicentennial Exhibit arrives at Hubbertville

Hubbertville School will host the “Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit,” from Feb. 15-22.

The “Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit,” will be in Fayette County at Hubbertville School from Feb. 15-22. The schedule for the exhibit at Hubbertville School is: Friday, Feb. 15 from 3:30-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 (Grand Opening) noon-5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 from noon-5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. - 5 pm., Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 22 from 3:30-7 p.m.


AARP offering free tax assistance.

The AARP Tax Aide volunteers are again offering free tax return assistance this year in Fayette County. This is a service that the volunteers have offered to citizens in the area for the past 15 years. The service is free to the public and there are no income or age restrictions. You do not have to be a member of AARP to take advantage of this service.


Fayette Baseball Boosters host annual banquet

The Fayette County High School Baseball Boosters will host its annual Banquet and Steak Supper on Friday, Feb. 15 at Bevill State Community College in the Earl McDonald Auditorium. The keynote speaker for the event will be Rick Karle, former sports director at WBRC/ Fox 6 in Birmingham. Tickets for the banquet are $25 each. The banquet starts at 6 p.m., but people purchasing plates to go may begin picking up the plates at 4:30 p.m. and continue until the start of the banquet.


Fayette City Council addresses wastewater issue

John Dill, manager of the Fayette Wastewater Treatment Plant, speaks to the council about pumping issues during a special called meeting of the Fayette City Council on Jan. 30.

The Fayette City Council met in a special called meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30 to address the pumping issue at the Fayette Wastewater Treatment Plant. All council members were present for the meeting. Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager John Dill told the council that the new pump that was installed at the facility in June 2018 had burned out in December 2018.


Commission approves hiring of part-time aging director

Shown clockwise from left at the Jan. 28 meeting of the Fayette County Commission are: Commissioner Barry Corkren, Probate Judge and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, Commissioner Shane Hughes and Fayette EMA Director Russ Taylor.

The Fayette County Commission voted on Jan. 28 to “move forward” with plans to hire a part-time aging director for Fayette County. Commissioner Joe Acker, Commissioner Billy Rodgers and Commissioner Barry Corkren had been on a committee to explore options concerning the direction that the aging program needs to take following the retirement of former director Faye Meharg in Oct. 2018.

Bicentennial exhibit coming to Hubbertville School

Hubbertville School will host the Alabama Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit from Feb. 15-22.

Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit presented by Alabama Humanities Foundation, will include an exhibition in Fayette County at Hubbertville School from Feb. 15-22. The schedule for the exhibit in Fayette County is: Friday, Feb. 15 from 3:30-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 (Grand Opening) noon-5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 from noon-5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. - 5 pm., Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 22 from 3:30-7 p.m.


Fayette Cub Scouts hold Pinewood Derby race

Pictured are the Pinewood Derby Fastest Car winners. From left: Carson Woods (Bear Den), Third Place; Karson Sparks (Jr Webelos Den), Second Place; and Noah Wheat (Jr Webelos Den), First Place.

The annual Pinewood Derby Race for Fayette Cub Scouts, Pack 45, was held at the Fayette Scout Building on Friday night, January 25. There were 32 Cub Scouts ages seven - 11 participating in the race. Each Scout with the help of his parents was responsible for designing and making his car from a kit which consisted of a block of wood and four wheels. The car could not weigh more than five ounces.

Tigers boys, girls defeat Cordova

Trevor Billups jumps high to score two points against Winfield

Both the Fayette boys and girls basketball teams faced Cordova at home on Jan. 28 and both teams were victorious. The girls’ team led for most of the game, but only took a slim 21-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. Fayette increased the lead in the second half, winning by a score of 46-33. Jada Savage led the Lady Tigers with 16 points, followed by Samantha Cox with eight, while Iteria Walker and Ayana Poe each scored seven points. Mackenzie Nelson added four points for Fayette, while Zana Smith and Kiera Savage scored two points each.


Hub loses heartbreaker to Phillips in overtime

Zach Hubbert is shown being fouled as he attempted a shot for Hubbertville.

The Hubbertville boys basketball team traveled to Bear Creek on Jan. 31 and lost a heartbreaker in overtime by a score of 83-80. The Lions led by three points before a desperation shot at the buzzer in regulation for Phillips tied the score and sent the game to overtime.


Lady Wildcats win three games during week

The Berry High School senior players and cheerleaders were honored during the Wildcats’ basketball game against Northside. From left: Deven Jones, Tyner Bowling, Sam Franklin, Bailey Thomas and Laine Henderson.

The Berry Lady Wildcats closed out a successful regular season and head into the playoffs with momentum as they won all three games during the week. Berry defeated South Lamar on Jan. 28 by a score of 54-29. Leading the scoring for the Lady Wildcats was Zoe Mauldin with 14 points and eight rebounds. Bailey Thomas had 13 points, followed by Brooke Hill with eight points and Tyner Bowling with seven.


Scholarships opportunities for students

The path to fill more than 10,000 automotive manufacturing jobs within two years will be even more affordable in 2019 for 50 students in Alabama. The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Alabama Community College System (ACCS) have partnered to provide a total $180,000 in scholarships, as well as mentors, to 50 students who want to pursue a technical education certificate or associate degree in the automotive manufacturing industry. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28.

First march and rally for MLK Day held in Fayette

Shown is a portion of the crowd that gathered at the Fayette County Courthouse to celebrate Fayette’s first Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Rally on Jan. 21.

A historic first march and rally in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was held in downtown Fayette on Monday, Jan. 21. The event was organized by the Fayette County Ministerial Alliance. The celebration began at the Fayette County Courthouse and continued through the streets of Fayette to the First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Drive. An estimated crowd of more than 200 people participated in the celebration.


Tucker to coach at Bartlett High in Tenn.

Shown from left are: Bartlett High School Athletic Director Phil Clark, Lance Tucker and Bartlett High School Principal Tim Jones. Tucker was named Bartlett’s new high school football coach on Jan. 24.


Lance Tucker has accepted a job to be the head football coach at Bartlett High School in Tennessee, effective June 1. Tucker resignation as head football coach at Fayette County High School was accepted by the Fayette County Board of Education at its meeting on Jan. 15. The effective date of the resignation is May 31. At Fayette County High School, Tucker compiled a 76-31 record in eight seasons, including finishing as runner-up for the state championship three times during those seasons.


Elliott sentenced to 20 years for bank burglary

Shown is Kenneth Dawayne Elliott, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the attempted burglary of West Alabama Bank in Fayette.

Kenneth Dawayne Elliott, 20, of Decatur pled guilty in Fayette Circuit Court to a second degree burglary charge on Jan. 10 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The plea deal was the result of a failed robbery and burglary attempt at the Fayette County branch of West Alabama Bank on Jan. 27, 2017. The original charges against Elliott were second degree burglary of a banking institution by force, first degree robbery, and attempting to elude a police officer.


Fayette City Council addresses speeding issue

Doris Brasher gave a report on “Christmas in the Park” at the Jan. 22 meeting of the Fayette City Council. Shown from left: Brasher, Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilman Jason Cowart, Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and City Clerk Dawn Clapp. Councilman Cedric Wilson was absent from the meeting.

The Fayette City Council addressed a speeding concern in a residential area of Temple Avenue during its Jan. 22 meeting. At the beginning of the regular meeting, Mayor Ray Nelson asked for an executive session to discuss “the good name and character of one or more individual.” A motion to enter executive session was made by Councilman Cedric Wilson and seconded by Councilman Jason Cowart. The motion was approved by a unanimous vote.


Deal to guest-star in TV show

Shown is a promo for the ‘Young Sheldon’ TV Show which will feature Forrest Deal in a guest appearance.

Forrest Deal, 16, of Fayette will be guest-starring in an upcoming episode of the TV comedy show “Young Sheldon.” The episode is entitled “David, Goliath, and a Yoo-Hoo from the Back,” and will air on the CBS network at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31. Deal filmed the episode of “Young Sheldon” at Warner Brothers Studio in Dec. 2018.


Former Berry football coach named Class 4A Coach of the Year

Shown from left: Headland High School Principal Jason Bradford, Raines and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Chaplin Luke Stevens.

Headland High School Head Football Coach Danny Raines (center) was named the Alabama Class 4A Head Football Coach of the Year for the 2018 season by the Alabama Football Coaches Association. The former Berry High School coach led his team to a 10-2 record last season.The award was presented during a banquet on Jan. 26 in Montgomery.

Hubbertville wins one, loses one during week

Zach Hubbert is shown scoring a basket for Hubbertville against Pickens County.

The Hubbertville boys basketball team traveled to Vina on Jan. 22 and won a thriller by the score of 49-48. The game was close throughout, with Hubbertville leading at the half by a score of 21-17. Zach Hubbert led the Lions with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Brady Tucker had 11 points, followed by Tanner Upton with nine points and nine rebounds.


Fayette boys, girls lose to Curry

Iteria Walker scores a basket for Fayette in the Lady Tigers’ game against Curry.

The Fayette boys hosted Curry in an area matchup for its only game of the week, losing by a score of 52-36. Leading the scoring for the Fayette Tigers was Harrison Whitley with 17 points. Landon Hamlett had 13 points and T’Marvic Smith scored four points for Fayette. Curry was led by Colton Aaron with 14 points, followed by Hunter Wilson with nine points on three three-point baskets.

Berry girls dominate Lynn, defeat South Lamar

Tyler Lollar is shown scoring a basket for Berry against South Lamar.

The Berry High School girls basketball team played Lynn on Jan. 21 and dominated the court for a 45-19 win. The Lady Wildcats were led in scoring by Brooke Hill with 14 points, followed by Iannah Fields with 10 points. Tyner Bowling  had eight points, while Bailey Thomas scored six points and hit the boards for nine rebounds.


Tucker resigns as FCHS football coach

Fayette Football Coach Lance Tucker is shown discussing a call with an official during the 2018 football season. Tucker has submitted his resignation as head coach at Fayette County High School.

Lance Tucker has resigned as head football coach at Fayette County High School, effective May 31. His resignation was accepted at the Jan. 15 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education. Board member Keith Madison made a motion to accept Tucker’s resignation and the motion was seconded by Tim Fields. Madison, Fields, Hubbert and Sullivan voted to accept the resignation, while board member John Stowe voted against the motion. Board member Waldon Tucker abstained from voting on the motion.


Rare total eclipse visible in Fayette

Shown is a photograph of the total lunar eclipse on Jan. 20. This photograph was taken in Fayette County by The Times-Record News Editor Dean Maddox.

A rare total eclipse of the moon occurred on Sunday, Jan. 20. The total eclipse, also known as a “Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse," was visible in Fayette County from approximately 10:45 - 11:40 p.m.

Fayette County Commission hears paving proposal

The Fayette County Commission met on Jan. 14 in the Fayette County Courthouse Courtroom for the first time under the leadership of Probate Judge Mike Freeman. Shown from left are: commissioners Joe Acker, John Underwood, Billy Joe Rodgers and James Knight, Freeman, commissioners Shane Hughes and Barry Corkren.

County Engineer Chris Howell told the Fayette County Commission during its Jan. 11 meeting that the city has approached him about a mutually beneficial paving project between the city and the county. The city is proposing that the county use federal money that is at their disposal to pave a portion of County Road 21, County Road 38 West, a portion of 8th Avenue and 25th Street.

BOE presents county’s report cards

Pictured are Fayette County Superintendent of Education Jim Burkhalter and Board President Tom Hubbert at the Jan.15 meeting of the local school board.

Fayette County Superintendent of Education Jim Burkhalter presented the results of the Alabama Education Report Cards recently released by the state during the board’s Jan. 15 meeting. Burkhalter said that the county’s scores were up at each individual school and for the system from last year’s scores. The Fayette County School System scored an 86 (B), compared to an 80 (B) last year.


Berry Council releases data from annual audit

Shown are the Berry Town Council members at the Jan. 8 meeting. From left: Mary Sue Lollar, Chris Rice, Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council released the data from its fiscal year 2018 audit, conducted by Kellum, Wilson and Associates, during its Jan. 8 meeting held at Berry Town Hall. All council members were present for the meeting. Phillip Eads represented the accounting firm at the meeting and stated that Berry received a clean audit with only a notation that the town needs more “segregation of duties.” He said this is a continuing yearly finding by his firm due to the size of the town and its limited resources.


Fayette boys suffer through tough week of losses

Fayette’s Trevor Billups is shown stealing the ball away from a Haleyville player.

The Fayette County High School varsity boys basketball team suffered through a tough week, losing three games including two area games. The Tigers were defeated by Dora on Jan. 14 by a score of 58-47. Trevor Billups led Fayette’s scoring with 19 points, followed closely by the 18 points from Landon Hamlett. Tre’Darion Walker added six points for the Tigers.


Hubbertville girls win one, lose one during week

Brady Tucker (24) scores a basket for Hubbertville as Aaron Cribb (21) and Tanner Upton (11) watch.

The Hubbertville’s girls basketball team hosted South Lamar on Jan. 15 and defeated the Lady Stallions by a score of 33-27. Gracie Dodd led the Lady Lions with 22 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Madison Cribb with five points, Haylee Pollard with four points and Kendall Dunavant with two points.


Three new local officials sworn into office

Probate Judge William Oswalt (right) is shown giving the oath of office to new Probate Judge Mike Freeman as his wife Tonya Freeman watches during a ceremony held on Jan. 11 in the courtroom of the Fayette County Courthouse.

Three new county officials who have never before held public office were sworn-in during a ceremony at the Fayette County Courthouse on Jan. 11. Mike Freeman took the oath of office as the new probate judge from outgoing Probate Judge William Oswalt. After taking the oath, Freeman administered the oath of office to the new Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby.


Striegel retires with more than 44 years in law enforcement

Deputy Sam Striegel retired on Jan. 11 with more than 44 years in law enforcement.

Fayette County Sheriff Department Deputy Sam Striegel retired on Jan. 11 with more than 44 years of service in law enforcement. Striegel began wotking as a patrolman at the Fayette Police Department in March 1972 nad worked for more than 16 years before deciding to try something different.


City Council proposes plan to re-pave street, county road

Shown is an artist’s conception of the new Alabama One Credit Union, opening soon in Fayette. Credit Union officials announced the addition at the Fayette City Council meeting.

The Fayette City Council authorized a motion to prepare a letter with a proposal for a joint paving project with the Fayette County Commission during its Jan. 8 meeting. Councilwoman Linda McCraw was absent from the meeting and all other council members were present.


Man injured in logging accident

A logger from the Northside area of Tuscaloosa County was seriously injured in an accident in the Berry area on Thursday, Jan. 10. Berry Police Chief Gerald DeDeaux said that Larry Williams was apparently cutting a tree when the tree fell on him, pinning him to the ground.


Berry defeats rival Hubbertville in basketball

Bailey Thomas is shown driving hard toward the basket for the Lady Wildcats.

The Berry Wildcats’ varsity basketball teams defeated its cross-county rival Hubbertville in both boys and girls basketball last week. The boys’ game was close, but Berry prevailed by a score of 52-46. Leading the scoring for Berry was Tyler Lollar with 12 points, followed by Isaac Darty with 11. Sam Franklin added seven points for Berry, while Levi Cannon, Isaiah Kizzire and Colton Abernathy each scored six points. Johnathan Locke rounded out the scoring for the Wildcats with four points.


Fayette boys, girls lose area game to Curry

The Fayette County High School boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Curry on Jan. 11, each losing critical area games to the Yellow Jackets. The boys team trailed throughout the game, although the deficit was only six points at the end of the third quarter. Both teams increased their scoring tempo in the fourth period, and the Yellow Jackets pulled away for a 54-41 victory.

Oswalt: ‘Tried to treat people with dignity and respect’

Shown with Probate Judge William Oswalt at his retirement reception are members of his family. Front row, from left: Deidre Smith, Hollis Strawbridge, Houston Oswalt, Whitney Oswalt, Cheryl Oswalt and Harrison Oswalt. Back row: Probate Judge William Oswalt, Nelda Oswalt, Audrey Oswalt Strawbridge and Ron Strawbridge. Not shown: Craig Smith, Dylan Smith, Savannah Smith and Langston Strawbridge.

Fayette County Probate Judge William Oswalt said that the biggest pleasure and honor in his working career has been serving the people of Fayette County for the past 30 years. He said that from day one, he entered into the office and duties as Fayette County Probate Judge determined to “treat people with respect and dignity.”


Clary thankful for 30 years of service as judge

District Judge Jerry Clary is retiring this month after serving Fayette County for 30 years.

District Judge Jerry Clary was not born and raised in Fayette County, but there is no doubt that he is now a true Fayette County citizen. Clary attended high school at Tuscaloosa High before attending the University of Alabama. He received both his undergraduate degree and law degree from Alabama, then decided to open a private law practice.


Body of missing woman found in Tuscaloosa County

A body believed to be Ashley Watkins was found on Jan. 2 in Tuscaloosa County.

The body of a woman reported missing in Fayette County was discovered by investigators with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Office on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Ashley Tenneil Watkins, 31, was reported missing in December to law enforcement officers at the Fayette County Sheriff Office.


2018 was second wettest year ever for Fayette County

The City of Fayette received the second most rainfall ever recorded during the calendar year 2018. According to the rainfall data reported to the National Weather Service by Kristopher Gardner, the official weather observer for Fayette, the town received 78.95 inches of rain in 2018. This is second to the 81.38 inches of rainfall recorded by the city in 1973. The third highest total for Fayette was 15 years ago in 2003, when 77.69 inches of rain was recorded.


Ribbon-Cutting at White Oak Market

Shown at the ribbon-cutting are members of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, White Oak Market employees, customers and friends. Holding the scissors at the ribbon-cutting is White Oak Market owner Crystal Evans.

A ribbon-cutting and open house was held at White Oak Market, located at 113 Columbus St. East in Fayette, on Saturday, Jan. 5. White Oak Market sells custom built and refinished furniture from local builders, unique home accessories and gifts, jewelry, wall art and many more items. The store also offers furniture makeovers and decorating services, and offers layaways and gift certificates for their customers’ convenience.


Alabama Power presents grant to Weldy Home

Shown from left, are: Tracy Estes, member of the Alabama House of Representatives; Collins Davis, State Bank & Trust officer; Tracy Kelly, Alabama Power; Tina Prescott, executive director of the Weldy Home; Rebecca Terrell, Weldy Home board member; Lynn Hughes, Weldy Home board member; Tamra Trull, Citizens Bank officer and Chris Carothers, Citizens Bank officer.

Alabama Power Company recently awarded an “Efficiency Forward Grant” for approximately $7,000 to the Weldy Home to replace a heating/air conditioning unit at the facility. The Weldy Home, located in Fayette County, is a group home where girls who have been neglected or abandoned can receive nurturing and support in a safe family atmosphere.