Homecoming is always a special time of year and this year was no different. The alumni that returned to Berry High School were treated to a game of two very different halves. A last minute touchdown by the Red Raiders in regulation would send the game to overtime, and despite a valiant effort from the Wildcats, Marion County won 20-14.
Rashad Johnson, a former University of Alabama and NFL football player, spoke to several youths in Fayette on Thursday, Sept. 9 at Mayfair Manor in Fayette. Mayfair Manor Resident Manager Virettia Whiteside arranged for Johnson’s appearance, and local resident Floyd Rogers introduced Johnson to the crowd. Johnson said that he was a walk-on when he first arrived as a student-athlete at the University of Alabama. He played his high school football at Sulligent High School, and only had scholarship offers from The Citadel and the University of North Alabama.
A former Fayette County resident recently wrote and published his second book - as he was approaching his 100th birthday. (He is now 101). Clayton O’Mary was born on Aug. 10, 1920, grew up in the Hubbertville Community, and finished high school at Hubbertville in 1939. He attended Berry College in Rome, Ga. following high school, before joining the Army and later transferring to the Air Force during World War II.
After 100 years, the congregation at the Fayette First United Methodist Church decided it might be time to replace the church roof. The church was built in 1921 and with the exception of a few tiles that had to be replaced because of damage, the roof on the church was still the original roof from the year the structure was built.
On Sunday, Sept. 12, Lucy Spear, a freshman at Bevill State, became the first female in Fayette County Scouting history to earn the Eagle Scout designation. In Oct. 2019, the local former Boy Scouts of America began accepting girls into the once all-male organization and formed Troop 45 G (Girls) of Scouts BSA. Spear joined the group and two years later, joined her three brothers - Kia, Sawyer and Conrad - as Eagle Scouts.
In March 1921, a group of very forward thinking ladies met for the first time for the sole purpose of helping to establish a permanent library in the City of Fayette. Toni Robertson, during a presentation at the Fayette Memorial Library on Sept. 9, said that someone suggested they call their newly established club the “Progress Club.” The name stuck, and so did the ladies’ determination to establish a library.
The move of Coach Caleb Hynds from Berry to Hubbertville during the off-season increased the tension and excitement of this year’s football game betwen the two cross-county rivals. It would be difficult for any game to live up to the hype leading into the 80th meeting between the two schools, but for the fans in attendance at Fred Webster stadium, it was one of the most exciting games ever, with Berry winning 8-6.
On Sept. 11, 2001, the most horrific terrorist attack ever on American soil was conducted. It all happened in approximately one and a half hours, yet the impact from those events is still felt today, especially approaching the 20th anniversary of the attacks. A total of 2,996 people lost their lives in the four attacks from hijackers of commercial planes. Thousands others suffered physical injury, and many thousands more have been emotionally scarred forever from the events.
The Fayette Zoning Board of Adjustments failed to issue a variance for the property of Henry and Erika Hollis during its Aug. 31 meeting. All members of the board were present for the meeting. The Fayette Zoning Board of Adjustments consists of Dr. Bruce Perry (chairman), Mike Newman, Larry Pinkerton, Belinda Ary and Scott Walker.
The Fayette County Commission approved its 2022 “Rebuild Alabama” Transportation Plan at its Aug. 30 meeting. All commissioners were present, with the Commission 1 position being vacant.
A two-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 10:18 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 25 claimed the life of a Bankston woman. Gwen “Judy” Halbrook, 79, was killed when the 2005 Hyundai Sonata she was driving collided with a 2010 Dodge Ram that crossed the centerline and came into her lane of travel. The Ram was driven by Daniel Wilson, 52, of Fayette. Halbrook was pronounced dead at the scene.
Local citizen and business owner Tom Jenkins addressed the Fayette City Council concerning Americans with Disabilities (ADA) violations at its Aug. 24 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Before the meeting began, Owen Sweatt led those in attendance in prayer, and veteran Jimmy Campbell led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The 51st Fayette Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Fayette’s beautiful Guthrie Smith Park on Highway 43 North. The Fayette Arts Festival is the longest-running festival in the State of Alabama, and attracts many artists and visitors from the entire southeast.
The Fayette County Board of Education held its Aug. 24 meeting in the school district’s courthouse annex boardroom. All board members were present for the meeting. The board accepted the resignation of Derek Price as custodian at Fayette County High School, effective Aug. 13. Employed by the board were Laurie Kalson as lunchroom worker at Fayette County High School, and Alexis Frost as teacher at Berry Elementary School. Both hires were effective Aug. 25.