Water shortage at Boley returning to normal

Pictured is one of the many loads of water that was dispersed to the afflicted areas during the water shortage.

After two weeks of extreme water outages, the Boley, Flatwoods and Alta communities are finally getting some relief from an on-going problem with the Oakman Water Works. The problem began on Sunday, Jan. 14, and for two weeks, residents of those and other areas of Fayette and Walker counties had to haul water to their homes for flushing toilets and pick up bottled water for cooking and drinking. They also had to find alternate means to wash clothes and take baths.


BOE accepts Mims’ resignation as Berry’s football coach

Shown from left are Fayette County High School’s “Teacher of the Year” Julie Turman, Fayette Middle School’s “Teacher of the Year” Ciara Peoples and Deputy Superintendent Mary Raines.

The Fayette County Board of Education toured Fayette County High School prior to its Jan. 25 meeting in the school’s library. Board members John Aaron and Brenda Webb were absent for the meeting, with all other board members present. Board member Tierre Agnew opened the meeting with prayer, with board member Julie Stough leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Fayette defeats Hubbertville’s boys

Cole Brand (11) for Hubbertville drives to the basket as Tucker Whitley (14) defends. Pictured in the background is Fayette’s Landon Kimbrell.

Fayette’s boys’ basketball team traveled to Hubbertville last Friday night and defeated the Lions 70-41. Will Jackson led Fayette with 24 points and four assists, followed by Taylor Kelly with nine points and three steals. Tucker Whitley had eight points, five rebounds and five assists, while Landon Kimbrell scored seven points and Keyshaun Hughes added six points. Elijah Benton scored five points, Max McDonald, Scott Davis and Jake Rickman scored three points each, and Isaiah Estep added two points.


Winter weather causes travel problems in area

Pictured is Fayette’s frozen Temple Avenue, as the street appeared on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 16.

An unusual ice storm, with temperatures in the single digits and teens and with wind chill factors at times near zero, brought Fayette County and the surrounding area to a near-standstill last week. The ice storm was unusual due to the fact that most of the ice was confined to pavement and the roadways. Fortunately, the ice did not lay heavily on tree limbs and power lines, and most people had electricity during the extremely cold weather.


Boley, other areas, facing drinking water drought

The Boley, Flatwoods and Alta communities are suffering through a water shortage as part of an on-going problem with the Oakman Water Works. The problem began on Sunday, Jan. 14, and is well into its second week of water drought for the area’s residents. Cecil Canida, manager of the Oakman Water Works, said that a “perfect storm” of incidents has led to the current situation.


Commission approves Dumpster schedule

Pictured at the Jan. 22 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Wesley Jacobs, Robert Townley, David Hubbert, Shane Hughes and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Jan. 22. All commissioners, with the exception of Commissioner Brad Cox, were in attendance at the meeting. Commissioner John Underwood opened the meeting in prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. At the beginning of the meeting, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman thanked the commissioners and county workers, including County EMA Director Michael Stoker, for helping to keep the citizens of Fayette safe during the ice storm last week.

Hubbertville basketball teams defeat Berry

Kylee Dunn of Hubbertville was presented a basketball by Coach Caleb Hynds, commemorating her 1,000th point scored.

Hubbertville boys’ basketball team traveled to Lynn on Jan. 9 and was defeated by the Bears 57-35. Cole Brand led the Lions in scoring with 10 points, followed by Kane Rushing with eight points. Cam Pendley had six points, Blaize Wakefield added five points, while Kade Watkins and Sebashton Harris had three points each. On Jan. 12, Hubbertville hosted Berry and won by the score of 52-48.


Brinyark defeats Underwood for Representative seat

Bryan Brinyark

Republican Bryan Brinyark defeated Democratic candidate John Underwood 2,370 - 469 in the Jan. 9 special general election to win the vacant Alabama House of Representative District 16 seat. The seat became vacant when former representative, Kyle South, resigned to take the President and CEO position with the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.


Fayette Community Foundation awards grants

Pictured are several of the Fayette Community Foundation’s board members and grant recipients as they posed for a picture following the grant award presentation.

The Fayette Community Foundation held its annual grant award presentation on Jan. 11 at the Fayette Civic Center. In attendance were many of the Foundation’s board members and grant recipients. The Fayette Community Foundation was started through the generosity and benevolence of the Tillotson family with a $1 million contribution in 2005.  Throughout the years, the family continued to contribute to the fund, reaching a total contribution of $10 million.


Fayette City Councl approves ‘Rails-to-Trails’ bid

Pictured at the Jan. 9 Fayette City Council meeting, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Fayette Junior Mayor Emily Huang and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9. All council members were present for the meeting. Local citizen Kelcey Hale opened the meeting with prayer, and also led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Local students participate in Rose Bowl activities

Crimsonette Claire Holliman is pictured performing with the Million Dollar Band at the Rose Bowl.

Three former Fayette County High School students were able to experience a thrill that they will remember for the rest of their lives during The University of Alabama’s recent trip to Pasadena, Calif. – the thrill of participating in the Tournament of Roses Parade.


Hudson selected as assistant county engineer

Halee Hudson was hired on Jan. 8 as the new assistant engineer for Fayette County.

Halee Hudson, a 2022 graduate of The University of Alabama, was hired during the Fayette County Commission’s Jan. 8 meeting as the new assistant engineer for the county. (Note: Other items transacted during the Jan. 8 meeting will be covered in the Jan. 17 issue of The Times-Record.)


Berry man dies in vehicle accident

A single-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, claimed the life of a Berry man. Terrill L. Wrenn, 50, was fatally injured when the 2009 Pontiac G6 he was driving left the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. Wrenn was pronounced deceased at the scene.


Friedman to speak in Fayette on the War in Israel

Richard Friedman, with the Jewish Federation, will be speaking at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Fayette Civic Center, giving an overview on the recent attacks on Israel.
Friedman has visited Israel 55 times, and has spoken and written extensively concerning Israel and Jewish themes. His articles have appeared in numerous state and national publications.

Hubbertville basketball competes in Winfield Tournament

Kane Rushing shoots over a defender to score a basket.

The Hubbertville basketball teams competed in the Winfield Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28 – 30, 2023, with the boys’ team winning one of three games and the girls’ team suffering three losses. The Hubbertville boys started the tournament with a 70-31 loss to Sulligent.


Berry Town Council holds brief meeting

The Berry Town Council held a brief regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2. All council members with the exception of Councilman Charles Tidwell were present for the meeting. The council voted to approve a quote from Langley Lawn and Fence of Bankston to install a “walk gate” for the Berry Water Department at a cost of $850.