Harris begins 44th year as coach at Hubbertville

Pictured is the 2020 Hubbertville varsity football team.

The 2020 football season is about to begin at Hubbertville and for the 44th consecutive season, Lamar Harris will be leading the team as head coach. Harris’ 44-year tenure leads current Vestavia Hills’ Coach Buddy Anderson by one year as the longest tenured football coach at any high school in Alabama football history. Although he has seen a lot in his 44 years at Hubbertville, Harris said that he has never seen anything like the current COVID-19 pandemic sweeping through the nation and world. “It’s so unpredictable,” Harris said. “The information is constantly changing.

FMC recognized as one of top hospitals in nation

Fayette Medical Center (FMC) was named earlier this year as one of the top hospitals in the nation by a national magazine publication. The hospital, which is part of the DCH Health System, was one of two hospitals in Alabama to be named to Newsweek Magazine’s “Best Hospitals for 2020,” with the other hospital being UAB in Birmingham. Hospitals were evaluated by the magazine in three areas: recommendation from peers, patient experience and key performance indicators.


BOE debates coaching supplements

John Aaron (center) is shown as he was administered the oath of office as a new Fayette County Board of Education member by Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman (left), prior to the board’s Aug. 4 meeting. Pictured at right is Fayette County Superintendent of Education Jim Burkhalter.

The Fayette County Board of Education discussed coaching supplements for the upcoming school year during a work session prior to its Aug. 4 meeting. Prior to the work session and subsequent meeting, John Aaron took the oath of office as the board’s District 1 representative, replacing Waldon Tucker who resigned from the board earlier this year. The board tabled a motion at its last meeting to cut the coaching supplements by 50 percent if the teams did not play this year.

Berry Council offers certificates of election

Shown at the Berry Town Council meeting, from left: Town Clerk Marie McCluskey, Mayor Jimmy Madison, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar and Councilman Chris Rice.

The Berry Town Council voted to certify the candidates for Berry mayor and council offices as elected to their respective positions during its Aug. 3 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Since only one candidate qualified for each of the upcoming Berry mayor and city council positions, the sitting council declared the candidates elected to their respective positions. The officers will start their new terms on Nov. 2.

Fayette County tops 200 cases of COVID-19 virus

Fayette County saw its weekly total of new cases increase from 174 on Aug. 3 to 212 on Aug. 10. The 38-case increase is the largest seven-day increase yet for Fayette County. The county’s new cases of the coronavirus have more than doubled in less than a month. On July 13, the Alabama Department of Public Health showed only 90 cases of the virus reported within the county.  Fayette County’s death toll from the COVID-19 virus remains at five.

Fayette City Council holds special called meeting

The Fayette City Council held a special called meeting on Monday, Aug. 10 to appoint poll workers for the upcoming municipal election. Councilman Jason Cowart and Councilwoman Linda McCraw were absent from the meeting. The council had previously appointed poll workers at an earlier meeting, but replacement workers had to be selected to replace the ones that would no longer be serving. The poll workers approved for the Fayette municipal election are: Electronic Machine Coordinator, Billy Joe Howton; Chief Inspector, Barry Lowe; Inspector, Dottie Brasher; and Chief Clerk, Anita Morris.

Glen Allen discusses availability of CARES Act funds

The Glen Allen town council met on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the Glen Allen Community Center. All council members were in attendance for the monthly meeting. Addressing items of old business, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant announced that municipal elections would not be held during the upcoming municipal election cycle, as only one candidate had qualified for each position for the town’s governing body. He acknowledged that Joel Isham would be a newcomer to the town council, serving as councilman in Seat Two, as councilwoman Gail Bircheat decided not to seek re-election for that position.

Robertson addresses council concerning liquor license

Toni Robertson is shown speaking to the Fayette City Council on Tuesday, July 28 concerning a liquor license for the proposed “Historic Fayette Hotel” that will be built in downtown Fayette.

Toni Robertson, representing the Fayette Area Community Development Corporation (CDC), attended the July 28 meeting of the Fayette City Council to address the council concerning a liquor license for a proposed hotel. All council members were present for the meeting.

Rushing hired as temporary part-time maintenance supervisor

Pictured at the July 27 Fayette County Commission meeting are front, from left: Commissioner James Knight, Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman. Pictured in back, left, is County Attorney Allen Grocholski. Also present, but not pictured, were commissioners Joe Acker, Barry Corkren and Shane Hughes. Commissioner John Underwood was absent from the meeting.

The Fayette County Commission voted to hire Phillip Rushing as a temporary, part-time maintenance supervisor during its July 27 meeting. Commissioner John Underwood was absent, with all other commissioners in attendance. The Fayette County Commission is currently without a maintenance supervisor, and the commission had inquired about the availability of former supervisor Rushing to fill in until the position can be filled with a full-time person. Rushing held the position for more than 10 years prior to his retirement last year.


FCHS students attend parent-sponsored prom

Attending the prom, shown from left: Dalton Fowler, Layla Birmingham, Cole Holliman, Drake Johnson, Brix Lee, Mary Grace Wyatt, Samantha Cox, Noah Kummer and Karli Rushing.

The parents of students who were juniors and seniors at Fayette County High School during the 2019-2020 academic year held a prom for the students at Timber Valley Lodge on Saturday, Aug. 1. The parents wanted the students to enjoy one of the big social events of the year, since so many of their events had been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


COVID-19 continues to linger as school approaches

Pictured is a new visitors’ booth that was installed last week at FMC Long-Term Care.

Alabama’s new cases of the COVID-19 virus again increased by nearly 11,000 new cases last week, with the weekly death toll dropping from 189 new deaths to 134. Although the numbers in Alabama are slightly better than last week, the number of new coronavirus cases remains alarmingly high as school is scheduled to reopen on Aug. 19. Fayette County saw its weekly total of new cases increase from 23 the previous week to 30 new cases for the seven-day period ending Aug. 3. Fayette County’s death toll from the COVID-19 virus remains at five.

Reunion held adhering to COVID-19 restrictions

Pictured at the Smith - Little reunion (wearing masks in accordance with Governor Kay Ivey’s order), from left, front: Cherry Bridges Delaune, Kathy Bridges Hayes, Lydia Smallwood, Gaynell Johnson and Stephanie Butler. Middle: Miriam June Aldridge, Jackie Bridges Redding, Brenda Moore, Donald Johnston, Frances Butler and Rachel Thomas. Back: Dennis Moore, Steve Butler and Michael Smallwood.

The descendants of James William Smith and Rebecca Little Smith held their annual Smith - Little Reunion at the Paul Hubbert Pavilion, located on the campus of Hubbertville School, on Saturday, Aug. 1. The reunion was a little different this year, with the attendees practicing social distancing and wearing facial protection due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions. Although the pandemic kept some of the usual participants from attending this year’s event, a few family members were able to attend for the first time in many years.

BOE selects Aaron to fill board vacancy

Shown at the July 21 Fayette County Board of Education meeting, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, Board President Tom Hubbert, Board Member Sam Sullivan, Board Member Tim Fields and Board Member John Stowe.

The Fayette County Board of Education selected John Aaron to fill the vacancy left on the board by the resignation of Waldon Tucker in District 1 during its July 21 meeting. The action was taken at the conclusion of the board’s regular agenda and before the meeting was adjourned. Board Member Keith Madison was absent from the meeting, with the remainder of the board members present.

Municipal candidates set for Aug. 25 election

Qualifying has ended and the candidates are set for the Aug. 25 municipal election in Fayette. There will not be an election in the towns of Belk, Glen Allen and Berry, as no more than one candidate has qualified for each position. In Belk, incumbent Sherry Spack qualified for Seat One, incumbent Bill Davis qualified for Seat Two, former Council Member Karen Strickland will again be a part of the Belk governing body in Seat Three, and incumbent Jeanie Hollingsworth qualified for Seat Four.

'Rebuild Alabama' project underway

Pictured are workers resurfacing a portion of Martin Luther King Drive on Friday, July 24.

The resurfacing of Martin Luther King Drive in Fayette is underway. The project was funded by the City of Fayette through funds provided from the State of Alabama through the “Rebuild Alabama” Act. Also included in the funding is the resurfacing of 10th Street in the north section of the city.

Former Fayette physcian dies

Dr. Jon Sanford

Dr. Jon Emory Sanford, 79, a long-time resident of Fayette, passed away on July 25 at Kirkwood by the River Skilled Nursing facility after extended illnesses. A private service will be held on Friday, July 31 at the Fayette Church of Christ and will be conducted by his sons. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Dr. Sanford was born on Sept. 14, 1940 on the family farm in Manchester, Walker County.

High school football cleared by AHSAA to return this fall

The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has cleared the way for high schools in Alabama to participate in sports beginning this fall. Officials met in Montgomery last week, establishing the groundwork for fall football practices to begin this week and games to be played beginning on Aug. 20-21. The AHSAA released a pamphlet called “AHSAA Best Practices” that details certain guidelines and rules that will need to be followed if the return of high school sports is successful.


Fayette Boy Scouts participate in camps

Participating in the Boy Scout Day Camps, from left, front: Gage Reynolds, Peyton Knight, Karson Sparks, Noah Wheat and Cameron Reynolds. Back: Wyatt Johnson, Marquahan Maddox, Jackson Hubbert, Will Bliven, Dalton Marcum and Cody Reynolds.

The Fayette Boy Scout Troop participated in Day Camps last week, where they learned about metal working, horsemanship, emergency preparedness and taking ccare of pets. The scouts also visited Vernon Milling during the camp.