She said “Yes!’

Julius Johnson proposed to classmate Katelyn Beathard immediately after graduation.

Graduation night is a memorable occasion for any high school senior, but the night was even more special for these two Berry graduates. Immediately after the graduation ceremony ended, Julius Johnson dropped to one knee and asked Katelyn Beathard to marry him. The reaction of the crowd and the smiles on the couple’s faces told the rest of the story: She said “Yes!”

March for Jesus is success

Participants in the “March for Jesus” are shown releasing their balloons with attached Bible verses after stopping briefly downtown.

Approximately 500 people participated in the 2022 edition of the “March for Jesus” event, held in the streets of Fayette on Saturday, May 21. Organizer Milborn Savage said this appeared to be one of the biggest crowds that has attended the event. The 24th edition of the Fayette March for Jesus began at the Fayette Depot Museum, where balloons were handed to the participants with Bible verses tied to each one.


Valedictorians, Salutatorians of Fayette Co. Schools

Shown from left: Hannah Frost (Valedictorian) and David Banks (Salutatorian) of Berry High School; Meagan Moore (Valedictorian) and Kayla Mansfield (Salutatorian) of Fayette County High School; Dylan Smith (Valedictorian) and Jayden Garrard (Salutatorian) of Hubbertville School.

The Valedictorians and Salutatorians from the Fayette County Schools posed for a picture last week in front of the Fayette County Courthouse.

Fayette Co. High School holds awards night

Shown are the FCHS Top 10 Seniors. From left, front: Meagan Moore, Kayla Mansfield, Zoe Smyth, Elizabeth Driver and Alexis Wilson. Back: Jacie Junkin, Aeilya Walker, Leeanna Burkhalter, Julia Beavers and Brady Mansfield.

Fayette County High School held its annual “Awards Night” on Tuesday, May 3, with the senior class receiving approximately $1.7 million dollars in total scholarship awards. One of the highlights of the night is always the announcement of the top 10 seniors by academic scores.


BOE honors ‘Teachers of the Year’

Pictured are the “Teachers of the Year” for the Fayette County School System. From left: Brook Lupentiz - Fayette Middle School, Abby Haney - Fayette Elementary School, Tammy Davis - Berry Elementary School, and Linnie Shepherd Booth - Berry High School. Not shown: Keifer Traweek - Hubbertville School, and Austyn Freeman - Fayette County High School.

The Fayette County Board of Education honored the valedictorians and salutatorians at each of the county schools, and also the "Teachers of the Year" prior to the start of its May 17 meeting, All board members were present for the meeting.


March for Jesus is Saturday

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

Fayette’s 24th “March for Jesus” celebration and prayer rally will be held Saturday, May 21, beginning at the Fayette Depot Museum and concluding at the First Baptist Church on Temple Avenue. The march and rally has been held in Fayette each year since 1997, with the exception of 2003, and also 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


History made in Belk

Karen Strickland is shown taking the oath of office from Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman to officially become the new mayor of Belk.

Karen Strickland made history on Tuesday, May 10 by becoming the first female mayor of a municipality in Fayette County.

Fire causes severe damage to home

This home on 9th St. NW was severely damaged by fire on May 10.

A fire on the morning of May 10 severely damaged this home on 9th St. NW in Fayette. The Fayette Fire Department responded to the fire, and reported that no one was at home at the time the fire started, and that the fire appears to be accidental. No additional information about the fire was available from the fire department.

Primary elections are May 24

With the primary elections approaching fast, several races, are expected to bring voters to the polls in near-record numbers for a non-presidential election year. In Fayette County, the races for Sheriff and Superintendent of Education each have several viable candidates who have campaigned hard for their respective positions. There are also contested Commissioner seats and Board of Education positions on the ballots in certain districts within the county.


Former Commissioner passes away

Ray Clark

Former Fayette County Commissioner Ray Clark passed away on Wednesday, May 11 at the age of 81. Clark was well-known throughout the area for  being a successful businessman, having owned and operated logging and trucking businesses for years. In 1989, Clark received the prestigious honor of being named the “Alabama Logger of the Year.”


Smyth receives scholarship

Pictured presenting the scholarship to Zoe Smyth (center) are Deana Northam (left) and Frances Butler, members of the Fayette Garden Club’s scholarship committee.

Zoe Smyth, a senior at Fayette County High School, is the recipient of the Fayette Garden Club’s 2022 college scholarship. The $600 scholarship is available for use at the college of the recipient’s choice.

Commission issues resolution for Brown’s retirement

The Fayette County Commission announced the issuance of a resolution commemorating the retirement of Margaret Brown from the Fayette County Soil and Conservation office during its May 9 meeting. All of the commissioners were present for the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman called Brown to the front of the room as he read aloud a resolution from the Fayette County Commission, congratulating Brown for her 39 years of dedicated service to the Soil and Conservation district office.

Anderson discusses conditions in Slovakia

Pictured is former Fayette County resident Jeffrey Anderson and his family as they posed in front of the High Tetras Mountains in Slovakia. Anderson is currently serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Košice, Slovakia, where he teaches courses on American history and culture at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University.

Editor’s Note: Jeffrey Anderson is currently serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Košice, Slovakia, where he teaches courses on American history and culture at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University. He arrived in the country in January, and will leave in July. He is joined there by his wife, Lynn, and sons, Michael and David. Slovakia joins the Ukrainian border, and Košice is located only 60 miles from the Ukrainian border.

Fayette golf team has successful season

The Fayette County High School golf team posed for a picture at Oak Hill Country Club after winning the WAC Championship again this season. Shown from left: Charlie Cooper, William McCollum, Will Ayres, Hunter Stough, Logan Taylor, Chandler Howard, Connor Taylor, Luke Anderson, Taylor Kelly, Drew Jones and Eli Canterbury.

The Fayette County High School 2022 golf season came to a close on  May 22 at Sub-State in Dothan on the Robert Trent Jones Highland Oaks Golf Course. Head Golf Coach Ray Trull said that this event was one step short of completing the team’s goal for another trip to the state championship.

Berry Council approves heat pump purchase

Pictured at the May 2 Berry Town Council meeting, from left: Mayor Jimmy Madison, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar, Councilman Charles Tidwell, Councilman Russell Madison, Councilman Troyce Townsel and Councilman Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 2. All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, Councilman Russell Madison led those in attendance in prayer. Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Glen Allen community holds cleanup campaign

Shown are some of the participants in Glen Allen’s cleanup event, held on April 30.

The Glen Allen Town Council met on Tuesday, May 3 at the town’s community center. All council members were in attendance for the monthly meeting. Following standard opening procedures, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant stated that an item of old business needed to be addressed prior to conducting business on the new agenda.

Driver receives scholarship

Scholarship recipient Elizabeth Driver (center) is pictured with her parents Misty and Chris Driver.

The Fayette County Education Retiree’s Association (FCERA) met on April 5 at the Fayette Civic Center.  President Frances Bulter welcomed all in attendance. Elizabeth Driver, a senior at Fayette County High School, was the recipient of the FCERA Scholarship. She will continue her education at Bevill State Community College in the fall.  


Two Bevill - Fayette students receive awards

Two Bevill State Community College (BSCC) - Fayette Campus students have been selected to the 2022 All-Alabama Academic Team. Harley Anne Lawrence (GPA: 4.0), of Kennedy, and Lindsie Jo Moseley (GPA: 4.0), of Vernon,  were honored for their accomplishments during the Annual All-Alabama Community College Academic Team Recognition Ceremony on Friday, April 22, in Birmingham.