Fayette approves pay adjustment for city court magistrate

Pictured socially-distancing at the Jan. 12 Fayette City Council meeting, from left: Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, City Councilman Tommy Williams, City Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside and Councilman Eddy Campbell.

The Fayette City Council approved a one-time pay adjustment for City Court Magistrate Dorrie Rushing at the request of Fayette Municipal Judge Steven Nolen. All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Southside Baptist Church pastor Robert Parrish led the prayer and Fayette County High School student Will Brown led the pledge. Fayette Mayor Rod Northam said that the past two years, Rushing had not received an extra $3,000 per year as she had received in previous years. He said that the $4,500 would be paid out of municipal court funds.

Commission votes to hire tag office clerk

The Fayette County Commission voted to hire a tag office clerk at its Jan. 11 meeting. Commissioner Joe Acker was absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman said that the tag office has been working with one less employee for the past few months. He said that the number of transactions performed by the tag office each month is “huge,” and that the department needs to hire an additional employee to be fully staffed.

Lady Lions win four of last six games

Haylee Pollard (22) is shown bringing the ball upcourt against Berry’s Katelyn Willcutt (32).

Hubbertville’s Lady Lions won four of its last six basketball games during the past two weeks.
The girls’ team defeated Brilliant 47-28 on Jan. 5. Haylee Pollard and Kylee Dunn led Hubbertville with 15 points each. Madison Cribb scored seven points, Laikyn Wright added five points, McKenna Fisher and Savanna McGraw each scored two points, and Kendall Dunavant made a free throw.


Berry girls dominate Pickens County 47-9

Berry’s Brooke Hill (3) scores a basket as she is closely guarded by Hubbertville’s Kendall Dunavant (12), Madison Cribb (20) and Kylee Dunn (15).

The Berry girls’ basketballl team continued its strong season last week with dominating wins over Pickens County and Hubbertville. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Lady Wildcats overwhelmed Pickens County to record a 47-9 victory. Brooke Hill led Berry with 17 points, four assists and six steals. Allie Taylor had 11 points, followed by Maggie Hammack with eight points and eight rebounds. Zoe Mauldin scored six points with nine rebounds, while Anna Kate VanDee added three points. Rounding out the scoring for Berry was Katelyn Willcutt with two points.

FCHS basketball struggling for wins

The FCHS boys’ basketball team lost to Phil Campbell on Jan. 5 by the score of 65-56. Kory Burris led Fayette in scoring with 17 points, followed by Steve White with 16 points. Lewis Cannon scored seven points, Darius Loyd added six points, and Hal Holland recorded five points. Khiry Burris scored three points and Tucker Sanford added two points for the Tigers.

Snow Day in Fayette

Pictured is the Fayette County Courthouse on the morning of Monday, Jan.11.

People in Fayette County and the surrounding area woke up on Monday, Jan. 11 to a blanket of snow on the ground. The snow appeared to have caused few traffic problems in the area, as schools were cancelled and some businesses delayed their morning openings.

Fayette celebrates 200th anniversary

Shown is the Fayette crest/flag that was designed by Shirley Garrison during Fayette’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1971.

The City of Fayette will celebrate its bicentennial (200th anniversary) as an incorporated city on Jan. 15, 2021. Fayette was first incorporated on Jan. 15, 1821 as “Fayette Court House.” The name has changed many times throughout the years, and the central location of the town has also shifted from its original geographic location. The town was originally called Lafayette, but due to other towns bearing the same name, the town was incorporated as Fayette Court House.

Hubbertville, Berry players make All-State

Two players from Hubbertville and six players from Berry were chosen as All-State football players for the 2020 season. Both teams had great success during the football season.  Berry finished with an 11-2 record , including 11 straight wins, and made it to the Alabama High School Athletic Associations’s playoff semifinals. Hubbertville finished with a very respectable 9-3 season, and the Lions reached the quarterfinal round of the state football playoffs.


Berry Council adjusts water fees

Shown at the Jan. 4 meeting of the Berry Town Council, from left: Mayor Jimmy Madison, and council members Mary Sue Lollar, Charles Tidwell, Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Jan. 4 at the Berry Town Hall. All council members were present for the meeting. The only item on the agenda was a review of fees charged by the town for water service installation. Mayor Jimmy Madison told the council that the town charges $1,500 for a road bore under a state highway and $750 for a road bore under a county road or city street.

COVID vaccine available for 75 and older

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday, Jan. 8 announced that the ADPH will provide COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 years old or older, as well as first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters, statewide by appointment only effective January 18. Appointments at locations throughout the state are made first come, first served. The addition of these groups is not a full expansion into the next phase of the vaccine rollout.


Former Fayette resident wins award

Shown is Cynthia Nalls Day, who received the Lattie Pate Whitehead Evans Award.

Cynthia Nalls Day, a graduate of Fayette County High School and The University of Alabama, was recently awarded the 18th annual Lattie Pate Whitehead Evans Award. The award recognizes women serving on for-profit board for their achievements in business. The award is named for Evans, who was one of the first women to serve on a major corporate board. Evans was appointed to the board of directors for the Coca-Cola Company in 1934, and served on the board for nearly 20 years.

McCabe presents audit results to Glen Allen Council

The Glen Allen Town Council met in regular session on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at the community center. Council Member Bobbie S. McCraw and Dustin Youngblood were not in attendance for the monthly meeting. Following standard opening procedures, Rick McCabe of McCabe and Associates, addressed the council. McCabe, who is a certified public accountant, recently completed the 2020 audit of the town’s financial statements.

Berry defeats Hub in basketball

Both the Berry boys and girls basketball teams defeated cross-county rival Hubbertville in basketball on Friday, Jan. 8. The girls’ team defeated Hubbertville by a score of 58-39. Brooke Hill led Berry in scoring with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven steals. Katelyn Willcutt had 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals, followed by Zoe Mauldin with 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Anna Kate VanDee scored five points against Hubbertville, and Allie Taylor added a free throw.

Local resident participates in the Alabama Electoral College vote

Shown marking their Electoral College ballots, from left: Joseph Fuller, Dr. John Killian, J. Elbert Peters, Joan Reynolds and John Wahl.

Dr. John Killian, director of the Fayette County Baptist Association, participated as one of the nine electors for Alabama casting votes on Dec. 14 in Montgomery for Donald Trump as president and Mike Pence as vice-president.

Bevill starting spring classes off-campus

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, Bevill State Community College will begin the 2021 Spring Semester with classes in a virtual, online, or remote format. Classes will begin as scheduled on Friday, Jan. 8. Students should log in to their canvas accounts on that date for communication from their instructors with course-specific details. BSCC President Dr.

Fayette City Council approves alcohol permit

The Fayette City Council approved an alcohol permit for Heenak LLC, doing business as Spirit Food Mart, during its Dec. 22 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Miracle Bailey led those in attendance in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the beginning of the meeting. A public hearing was held to discuss the proposed alcohol license for Spirit Mart. No one in attendance spoke either for or against the proposed license. Councilman Jerry Nichols made a motion to approve a license for the business to sell beer and table wine for off-premises consumption.

Local residents receive certificates

Receiving “Certificates of Biblical Ministry” are from left, front: Thomas Bynum Sr., Eric Dubielak, Kristine Dubielak, James Rivers, Nolan Maddox and David Oswalt. Back: Scott Davis (instructor), Dr. John Killian (Fayette County Baptist Association Director), Orie Knowlton III, Robert Cobb, Rick Cargile, Jimmy Cabaniss and Edward Vines (instructor). Not present, but also receiving certificates, were Wil Corbett and Michael Emanuel.

Fayette’s first graduating class from the certificate program offered through the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary participated in a graduation ceremony at Fayette First Baptist Church on Dec. 27. The classes were sponsored in Fayette by the Fayette County Baptist Association.

Fayette Police Department arrest buglary suspects

An early morning traffic stop by the Fayette Police Department resulted in the arrest of four possible suspects in a rash of recent pharmacy burglaries. Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins said that Sgt. Mike Kelley and Police Officer Trace Norris spotted a suspicious car from out-of-county that made a “U-turn” in the road near Cannon Pharmacy on the north end of town at about 3 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17.