Berry woman killed in accident

A two-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 11:44 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, claimed the life of a Berry woman. Casey M. Jackson, 30, of Berry was fatally injured when the 2014 Chevrolet Captiva that she was driving collided head-on with the 2005 Ford F-150 driven by Juan S. Sebastian, 33, of Northport.


Berry Clinic holds Grand Opening

Shown from left, front: Mark Montague, Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce Director Emily Montague, Jim Harrison (DCH Health Systems Board of Directors, Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison, FMC Administrator Donald Jones, Katrina Keefer (President/CEO of DCH Health Systems), Fayette Co. Probate Judge Mike Freeman, Daniel Conville, Director of Physician Services for DCH Health Systems), Kristin Moudry (CRNP for Berry Medical Clinic) and Marla Kizzire (President of the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce). Back: Jincy Wright (Field Representative for Congressman Robert Aderholt), Sherry Gray, Kelli Wolfe (Field Representative for U.S. Senator Katie Britt), State Representative Kyle South, Fayette Co. Commissioner Wesley Jacobs and Charles Brandon (FMC Board Chairman).

A large crowd of DCH personnel, dignitaries and Fayette County citizens attended the open house and ribbon-cutting for the long-awaited reopening of the Berry Clinic. The clinic held its grand reopening on Monday, Feb. 27, and the event was welcomed by the Berry Community as a big step forward in needed healthcare for the area.


ATM damaged during attempted theft

Pictured is the ATM machine from Alabama Credit Union that was pulled off of its pedestal during an attempted theft.

An ATM machine was severely damaged, but no money was stolen during a robbery attempt at Alabama Credit Union in Fayette. The attempted theft occurred at approximately 1:18 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, according to Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins.


Thornell authors economic development book

Pictured is David Thornell’s book, "Small Town Solutions."

David Thornell, Fayette County resident and former President and CEO of the Northwest Alabama Economic Alliance (also known as C3) has recently published a book concerning economic development for small towns. The book, called Small Town Solutions, was written as an economic development guide for small towns with a dream to grow their communities, thus providing better economic, housing, educational and recreational opportunities for its citizens.


Davis close to setting record

Antoine Davis, the son of former Fayette County High School and University of Alabama basketball player Mike Davis, is within 64 points of surpassing an “unbreakable record,” the all-time NCAA basketball scoring record set by “Pistol” Pete Maravich.


Fayette softball to host ‘Tiger Slam’

The Fayette Lady Tigers opened its season by playing a softball tournament in Lynn before hosting its “Tiger Slam” Tournament this Friday and Saturday. Lynn defeated Fayette 10-3 in the opening game of the Lynn Tournament. Harley Johnson scored two of the Lady Tigers three runs, and Karlee Clark suffered the loss, allowing six hits and eight earned runs in only 1/3 inning of pitching.


FCHS baseball starts season 4-1

Fayette opened its 2023 baseball season with a 3-2 heartbreaking loss to traditionally strong Bibb County. Hollis Strawbridge and Cooper Sanford each had two hits to lead Fayette offensively. Harrison Unger pitched six strong innings for Fayette on the mound, with Blake Johnson pitching the seventh inning in relief.


FMS celebrrates Black History Month

Students at Fayette Middle School are shown displaying the flags before the program began.

Fayette Middle School held its annual “Black History Month Program” on Feb. 17, with Fayette First Baptist Church Pastor Scott Davis as the featured speaker for the program. Also participating in the program were several students, who spoke about the meaning of Black History Month and recounted significant events throughout the Civil Rights movement.


Berry Town Council votes to purchase land

Pictured is the Berry Town Hall, where the Berry Town Council holds its meetings.

The Berry Town Council voted to purchase land next to its current industrial park during its Feb. 6 meeting. All council members were present, with the exception of Councilman Troyce Townsel.
It was explained to the council that the town could purchase 35 acres of land from Jenny Ledlow at a cost of $111,110. The transaction would also be subject to a lease agreement for a small portion of the property.


Tucker to start new football program at Belgreen

Former Fayette County High School graduate Luke Tucker has been hired to start a new high school football program at Belgreen High School in Franklin County. Tucker has been the head football coach for the past two seasons at Dale County High School. He was an assistant football coach at Fayette County High School for several years, was the head FCHS baseball coach, and led the Tigers to an undefeated 15-0 football record and a state championship during the 1996 season as a junior quarterback for the team.


Hub girls advance to sub-regions

Kylee Dunn (15) is shown shooting for Hubbertville.

Basketball season has concluded for most of the county’s high school teams this season, but the Lady Lions finished second in its area tournament and will advance to the sub-regionals to play Addison on the road. The Hubbertville girls opened the tournament by defeating Brilliant 40-38.