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.”