Ashley Cooper of Fayette received only minor injuries when the 2002 Ford Explorer she was driving overturned in a ditch near Walmart during a one-vehicle accident on March 7. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Cooper was transported by ambulance following the accident for a medical observation.
Maurice Gandy, a long-time feature correspondent for The Mobile Press-Register and an adjunct English instructor for the University of South Alabama, spoke to the Fayette Progress Club during its March 10 meeting, held at the Fayette County Memorial Library. Gandy’s topic for the meeting was entitled, “Oral History: Famous Lost Words, Don’t Forget Where You Came From.”
The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 7. All council members were present for the meeting with the exception of Councilman Chuck Tidwell. In old business, the council again debated whether to replace the worn out generator at the Berry Fire Station or attempt to repair the current generator.
The Glen Allen Town Council elected to participate in the annual People Against a Littered State (PALS), “Don't Drop it on Alabama” cleanup campaign during its Tuesday, March 1 meeting. The PALS organization has designated the entire month of April as the statewide spring cleanup month. All council members were in attendance for the monthly scheduled meeting.
Bevill State Community College opened conference play last week by splitting four games against the number one ranked team in Alabama Community College baseball, Wallace State of Hanceville. The two teams played a doubleheader on the road Thursday, March 10, as Wallace State captured an 11-1 victory in the first game and Bevill won the second game by the score of 4-0.
Fayette Medical Center has agan made Newsweek Magazine’s list of the “World’s Best Hospitals.” This is the third year in a row that the medical facility has been awarded this prestigious honor. Fayette Medical Center has been part of the DCH Health System since 1984, and includes 61 licensed hospital beds and 122 long-term care beds.
The Fayette County Commission held its Feb. 28 regularly scheduled meeting at the Newtonville Community Center. Commissioner Barry Corkren was absent, with all other commissioners present for the meeting. There were 32 people present for the meeting, and the commissioners thanked everyone for their attendance.
Strange circumstances occurred the first time Ben Logan met his future wife, Loretta Logan, during the early 1950s. He was attending a birthday party accompanied by Loretta’s aunt when he spotted someone that he had never met before. That first casual meeting led to a love story that has stood the test of time for more than 67 years.
Years ago, people traditionally got married either one of two ways. They either opted to have a traditional wedding in a church, or they chose to go to the probate judge’s office at the courthouse to have a simple and quick ceremony to solemnize their vows of marriage after they purchased a marriage license.
Prior to Aug. 2019, Alabama law required the issuance of a marriage license for two consenting parties uniting in matrimony. Upon issuance of the marriage license, the parties were also required to solemnize the wedding, whether by a minister, preacher, probate judge or other official duly authorized to perform wedding ceremonies. On Aug. 29, 2019, the law drastically changed the way individuals are united in marriage in Alabama.
The Berry Lady Wildcats finished second in the eight-team Fayette County High School “Tiger Slam” Softball Invitational, held last Friday and Saturday at FCHS. In Berry’s first game of the tournament on Friday night, Cordova beat the Lady Wildcats by the score of 2-1. Kyla Edmonson pitched the entire game for Berry, surrendering five hits and two earned runs with eight strikeouts. She also led Berry at the plate, delivering a single and a double in two at-bats.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey made a special appearance at the Fayette Civic Center on Friday, Feb. 28 to announce the construction of a four-lane access highway that will give Fayette direct access to Interstate 22. The $250 million, 16-mile project is being totally funded through “Rebuild Alabama” funds.
Fayette’s most famous actor, Forrest Deal, is again playing a significant role in a feature film entitled, “Tyson’s Run.” The movie revolves around an autistic boy who decides to train to run a marathon. It is as an uplifting story that shows how sheer determination and hard work can overcome physical obstacles and also change the perception of others.
The Fayette Police Department hosted a “Crisis Intervention Training” exercise last week to prepare law enforcement officers and medical first responders to better deal with mental health issues. Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins said that he has seen a sharp increase in the number of mental health related calls over the past several months. He said that many times, neither the health professionals nor the law officers are totally prepared to deal with certain situations when they arise.
The Fayette City Council approved paving/resurfacing projects for the city during its Feb 22 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting, with the exception of Councilman Jerry Nichols. Prior to the start of the meeting, Bill Sullivan, director of Fayette Christian Academy, led the council in prayer. Councilman Eddy Campbell led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is proud to announce the launch of “Move Alabama,” a collaboration between SNAP-Ed and EFNEP at Auburn University. Beginning on March 1, from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., participant logs can be picked up from the Fayette County Extension office, located at 650 McConnell Loop. Logs must be returned to the extension office by April 30. Those who have completed at least 15 of the 20 challenges will be entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes.