Bevill State Career Tech programs to remain open

Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is announcing that the career tech programs slated
to close, as announced on April 18, will remain open. The programs include Auto Body
Repair, Diesel Mechanics Technology, Automotive Technician, Advanced Design
Engineering, and Machine Tool Technology. After meeting with local business and
industry leaders, the College understands that there is a demand in the career tech fields.
In light of this decision, BSCC will be reviewing curriculum and working to improve the

Hubbertville Elementary Awards Day 2018

Hubbertville School presented the following awards to its elementary students for the 2017-18 school year. Kindergarten: (Jones) Citizenship Award – Eric Taylor, Callie Bosch; Certificate of Participation – Denver Aldridge, Kolston Ashby, Callie Bosch, Rivers Burgess, AlliAnna Cox, Rylee Cox, Tanner Guyton, Maci Hall, Lucas Hallmark, Camryn Hughes, Anna Johnson, Jabe Morris, Cameron Parks, Skylar Sturkie, Eric Taylor, Ellie Tidwell, Gavin Walker, Amelia Watts:  


March for Jesus urges people to unite, live in unity

Pictured are some of the participants in this year’s “March for Jesus” as they proceed to the First Baptist Church. Approximately 500 people participated in this year’s march.

An estimated 500 people attended the 21st annual “March for Jesus” walk and rally held in downtown Fayette on Saturday, May 19. Marchers arrived early for the event and at 9 a.m., the march began at the Depot Museum and concluded at the parking lot adjacent to the First Baptist Church on Temple Avenue. When the marchers reached the parking lot, balloons with Bible verses attached were released in a segment of the event that is known as the “Balloon Bless.”

Cattlemen Association rodeo a success

This is one of the many brave cowboys who took a turn at riding one of the ferocious bulls at the rodeo. On Saturday night, the bulls pitched a shutout, as all of the riders made a quick exit off their rides.

The Fayette County Cattlemen Association held its annual PCA Rodeo in Fayette on May 18-19. The rodeo was held at the Fayette County Multi-Purpose Complex Center.

Fayette resident dies in accident

Fayette Fire Chief Tony Ellis is shown at the scene of the accident.

A Fayette resident died Friday, May 18 when the vehicle that he was driving struck the front of a building located in the Fayette Housing Authority. Chester Wilson, age 55 of Fayette, was driving a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer when witnesses say the vehicle veered toward the apartment building and crashed into the brick divider between two of the apartments. Emergency personnel was immediately called and upon arrival, found that Wilson was unresponsive.


Fayette County Commission discusses road concerns during meeting

Commission Chairman Shane Hughes is shown at the May 14 meeting.

Fayette County Engineer Luke Porter again discussed his equipment needs and concerns with the Fayette County Commission during its May 15 meeting. Porter reviewed his priorities for equipment needs for the county road crew. He said that a 1/2 ton truck is needed for the superintendent, a one ton truck for the pipe/ditching crew, a mini-excavator, chip spreader, distributor truck, asphalt spreader, grader, tractor, and Bush-Hog. He said the total estimated cost for all of this equipment is approximately $945,000


Fayette BOE approves personnel changes and contracts during meeting

Shown are the Fayette Board of Education members at the May 15 meeting. From left: Tom Hubbert, Sam Sullivan, Keith Madison, Tim Fields, John Stowe and Waldon Tucker.

The Fayette County Board of Education approved the non-renewal of nine teachers in the system during its May 15 meeting. All board members were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the business session of the meeting, Superintendent Jim Burkhalter recognized the Valedictorians and Salutatorians at each of the area schools. Anna Corkerin and Maggie Herren of Berry High School, and Anna Kate Pinkerton and Luke Avery of Fayette County High School were present for the recognition.

Glen Allen holds May meeting

Dennis Stripling, the newly elected Executive Director of the West Alabama Regional Commission, addressed the Glen Allen Town Council during its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 1. Following standard opening procedures for the meeting, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant introduced and welcomed Stripling. Stripling stated that although he had only been Executive Director of the Regional Commission for a short time, he had expressed to the board of directors his personal desire to visit with all municipalities and governing bodies within the seven counties which make up the Regional Commission.

Local library offers summer reading fun

Fayette County Memorial Library is proud to present the 2018 Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock!” from June 1 to July 20. The Summer Reading Program is comprised of the Summer Reading Challenge and a variety of events and programs offered throughout the summer. The Summer Reading Challenge asks patrons ages three to adult to pledge a number of books they believe they can read during the summer. If they meet their goals, they will receive a reading award and prize, and their names will be entered into a drawing for one of three grand prizes.

Bevill cancels town hall meetings

Bevill State Community College is announcing the cancellation of the remaining town hall meetings to be held on the Hamilton Campus on Thursday, May 17, the Jasper Campus on Monday, May 21, and the Fayette Campus on Thursday, May 24.  After listening to the concerns of our communities and industry, Dr. Kim Ennis, president of Bevill State, is in communication with leadership at the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) regarding the college re-evaluating program closures across the campuses.

March for Jesus seeks unity for community and nation

Shown is a portion of the participants in last year’s March for Jesus in Fayette.

Fayette County’s 21st “March for Jesus” celebration and prayer rally will be held Saturday, May 19, beginning at the Fayette Depot Museum and concluding at the First Baptist Church on Temple Avenue. The event has been held in Fayette each year since 1997, with the exception of 2003. March for Jesus is an annual interdenominational, global event that started in England in the 1980s before spreading to other countries. The first known march in the United States was held in Austin, Texas in 1989 and has been observed nationwide since 1992.

2018 Fiddle Fest is a success

Tyler Andal won first place and Ivy Phillips placed second in the adult fiddle category. This Tennessee duo played in many of the events during the festival.

The 2018 Southeast Fiddle Championship and West Alabama Fiddle Fest appeared to be a huge success, based on the number of participants and the attendance of the two-day event. Committee member Glenn Taylor said that it appears the festival has found a new home.
“This has been a wonderful weekend,” he said. “Good venue, good attendance, wonderful support. We couldn’t be more pleased.”


City Council approves rezoning, alcohol license

Shown are some of the attendees at the May 8 Fayette City Council meeting and public hearing.

The Fayette City Council approved the rezoning of property and an alcohol license during its May 8 meeting. The rezoning is for property that was the former residence of Jake Garrison and is located north of the Fayette medical Center on Highway 43 North. The property is being changed from a R-1 residential to a B-2 business district. A public hearing for the property change was scheduled and properly advertised for this meeting. No one spoke in opposition to the rezoning.


Berry joins litigation concerning opioid crisis

Berry Town Clerk Marie McClusky and Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison are shown at the council meeting held on May 7.

The Berry Town Council unanimously agreed to join a growing number of city and county governments throughout the country in seeking damages concerning the opioid crisis during its May 7 meeting. Mayor Jimmy Madison said that three law firms had approached the council concerning the litigation, which seeks to recover monetary damages against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids.

Cattlemen’s Association hosts 12th annual rodeo

The Fayette Cattlemen’s Association will host its 12th annual PCA sanctioned Rodeo on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at the Fayette Multi-Purpose Complex. The rodeos will begin each night at 7:30 p.m. The rodeo will include bull and bronco riding, calf roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. There will be several events just for kids also, including gold rush, chicken chase, greased pig and the calf scramble, in addition to pony rides.


Murder investigation underway in Fayette County

Shown helping secure the scene at a double homicide in northern Fayette County on May 1 are, from left: deputies Eric Dubielak and Chad Aldridge of the Fayette County Sheriff Office with Officer Randall Kelley of the Berry Police Department.

A murder investigation is currently underway in Fayette County after two male victims were found deceased at a residence off of County Road 63 near the Walker County line. According to Andy Hamlin, chief assistant district attorney for the 24th judicial circuit, a 911 call was received from a female caller at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1. Hamlin, who was working the crime scene later that morning, said that they were handling the matter as a death investigation, with multiple agencies cooperating in the effort.


West Alabama Fiddle Fest returns to Fayette this weekend

The West Alabama Fiddle Fest and Southeast Fiddle Championship will be returning to Fayette this weekend for the second time and Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce President Daniel White said he hopes the event has found a home.
“Last year, the event was held at the Fayette Civic Center,”” White said. “Judge William Oswalt asked about moving the event downtown in front of the Courthouse and we feel this will be a better venue for the competitors and spectators.”


Fayette Co. Commission holds work session

Commissioners John Underwood and Billy Rodgers are shown at the Fayette County Commission’s May 1 work session.

The Fayette County Commission held a work session on Tuesday, May 1 to discuss the needs of the road crew department. Commissioner Barry Corkren and Commissioner James Knight were absent from the work session. Before the discussion began concerning road equipment needs, Commission Chairman Shane Hughes said that he was appointing commissioner Joe Acker to oversee the development of the newly acquired property known as Courthouse Annex #2.