Hope's Choice holds successful 5K run

Shown are three generations of runners who participated in the Hope’s Choice 5K run. On the left is Brian Ingle from Florence with his mom, Ruth Ingle from Guin, in the middle. On the right is Ruth Ingle’s granddaughter, Leslie Ledbetter of Guin.

Hope’s Choice held its first-ever 5K charity run in Fayette on March 10, and according to Kasey Kennedy, executive director of Hope’s Choice, the event was an overwhelming success. “This was the biggest fundraiser for Hope’s Choice since we opened our doors five years ago,” Kennedy said. “We would like to thank all the sponsors, runners, volunteers and prize donors who made this possible. The 5K wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Nicole Miles and DCH-FMC. We had 58 runners, and all of the proceeds raised go to benefit Hope’s Choice Pregnancy Resource Center.”

Berry softball has mixed results for week

Kyla Edmonson is shown pitching for Berry against South Lamar.

The Berry softball team had a busy week of games with mixed results. On March 9, the Lady Wildcats defeated Pickens County 15 - 0. Brooke Blanton was the winning pitcher. She completed three innings with six strike outs. Blanton also contributed heavily at the plate, getting three hits in four at-bats with a double and four RBIs. Kyla Edmonson also had a big game offensively for Berry. Edmonson had three hits and three RBIs, which included a two-run homer.


Hub softball wins big against Phillips

Nevaeh Hobbler scoops up a ground ball at second base for Hubbertville.

The Hubbertville Lady Lions only played one softball game during the week, but they delivered with their best game of the year in defeating Phillips 13 - 0. Emma Nichols pitched a complete five innings shutout to claim the victory. Madison Cribb had two hits in four at-bats with a run scored and a RBI for Hubbertville. Brinley Burkett had a hit, scored two runs and drove in three runs.

Fayette suffers three losses for week in softball

Fayette lost three-of-four games for the week in softball. Fayette traveled to Curry for a game and was defeated by the score of 7-0. Lauren Seale suffered the loss on the mound for Fayette, pitching five innings and allowing seven runs on 13 hits. Samantha Cox led Fayette at the plate with two hits. Harley Johnson, Brandy Johnson and Zaylin Driver also had hits for the Lady Tigers.

Porter, Hughes take primary wins

Challenger Marion Dodson is shown congratulating incumbent Revenue Commissioner Ruby Porter following the election results on March 3.

Longtime Fayette Revenue Commissioner Ruby Porter defeated challenger Marion Dodson 2,808 to 1,641 votes to secure the Republican nomination for her current position during the March 3 primary. Since there is no Democratic opposition for the office, Porter is basically assured of her re-election to the position. The unofficial totals from the March 3 primary show that 5,436 votes were cast in Fayette County, with 4,633 votes (85.23 percent) cast on Republican ballots.

Gordon honored with retirement reception

Shown are members of the Fayette County Commission. From left, front: Commissioner James Knight, County Administrator Brooke Slatton, County Administrator John Gordon, Commissioner Barry Corkren and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman. Back: County Commissioners Shane Hughes, Joe Acker and John Underwood. Not pictured, but also present at the reception, was Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers.

John Gordon was recognized during a reception on Sunday, March 8, for his 22 years of service as county administrator for the Fayette County Commission.

Fayette, Piedmont set to expand ‘Sister City’ partnership

Shown at the March 5 “Sister Cities” meeting in Irondale, from left: Wanda Simpson, A&B Distillery; Tina Simpson, A&B Distillery; J.B. Simpson, owner of A&B Distillery; Julie Simpson, A&B Distillery; Max Weaver, Fayette Chamber member; Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce Director Daniel White; Piedmont Community Development Director Lane Weatherbee; Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson; Piedmont Mayor Bill Baker; Piedmont City Clerk Michelle Franklin; Steve Fowler, Fayette CDC member; and Temple Bowling, owner of Golden Eagle Syrup Manufacturing.

Note: This article is reprinted by permission of Consolidated Publishing’s News Journal: Serving Jacksonville, Piedmont and Northern Calhoun County. On Thursday, March 5, for the first time in Alabama history, two cities within the state became sister cities. On that day, the mayors of the cities of Piedmont and Fayette signed proclamations that declared their new status. The signing occurred at Zamora Shrine Center in Irondale.

Berry Town Council approves flood ordinance

Shown at the March 2 meeting of the Berry Town Council, from left: Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar, Councilman Russell Madison, Councilman Troyce Townsel and Councilman Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council approved its flood ordinance update during its March 2 meeting. Chris Rice was absent from the meeting with all other council members present. Town Clerk Marie McClusky said that the town has to have the ordinance approved before the citizens of Berry can obtain flood insurance for their properties. McClusky added that Cedar Creek and North River are the two most flood prone areas within the town.


Glen Allen to participate in PALS cleanup

The Glen Allen Town Council held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 3 at at the town hall. Following standard opening procedures, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant addressed the short agenda for the meeting. He stated that the Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State) Board of Directors has recently announced that the annual 2020 “Don’t Drop it on Alabama” Spring Cleanup would be held during the entire month of April for the first time ever.

Hubbertville softball gets first win over Brilliant

Tassie Lewis is shown pitching against the Brilliant Lady Tigers for Hubbertville. She pitched a complete game shutout for the win.

After opening the season with four losses, the Hubbertville Lady Lions captured its first win of the softball season with a 10 - 0 shutout victory over Brilliant. Tassie Lewis pitched the complete game shutout for Hubbertville, shutting down the Lady Tigers’ offense for the win.


Fayette baseball wins two games during week

Langston Strawbridge is shown sliding into third during a recent game.

The Fayette County Tigers baseball team traveled to Caledonia, Miss. on March 6 and returned with a hard-fought 6-4 victory. The game was tied at four runs each in the top of the ninth when Langston Srawbridge doubled in a run to put Fayette ahead. Carter Sanford started the game on the mound for Fayette, pitching four innings and allowing four hits and four runs, with seven strikeouts.


Tucker arrested for numerous sex-related crimes

Wayne Edwin Tucker

Wayne Edwin Tucker, 73, of Glen Allen, was arrested on Feb. 25 and charged with 33 sex-related offenses following an indictment by a Fayette County Grand Jury in January. Tucker had previously been arrested in 2017 following a grand jury indictment that charged him with two felony counts of sexual abuse. He posted bail shortly after his arrest, and had been free on bond until his arrest last week following the latest grand jury indictment.


Cattlemen’s Association holds annual supper and banquet

Pictured from left are: Jimmy Trice, Brad Cox, Cattleman of the Year Jarod Long, Fayette County Cattlemen Association President Charlie Dale Jones and Laura Rainey during the association’s annual banquet.

The Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association held its annual steak supper and banquet on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Boy Scout Building in Fayette. Regional Vice-President Randy Slay, who is a member of the Fayette Cattlemen’s Association, told the audience in attendance that Alabama has been aggressive in passing laws that will ensure consumers that the meat sold in Alabama “is really meat.”


Council approves tax abatements for local industry

Jerry Fulmer, representing the local VFW Lodge, displays one of the 110 banners honoring Fayette County veterans who died in service to their country. The banners will be flown throughout Fayette on patriotic holidays.

The Fayette City Council voted at its Feb. 25 meeting to approve property tax and sales/use tax abatements for Showa Best Gloves due to the expansion of its current facility. Councilwoman Linda McCraw was absent from the meeting, with all other council members in attendance. Scott Robertson, plant manager of Showa Best Gloves, appeared before the council to request the abatements.


Commission changes public comment policy

Shown at the Monday, Feb. 24 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioner Joe Acker and Commissioner John Underwood.

During its Feb. 24 meeting, the Fayette County Commission established a new policy that will declare a 60-day moratorium on public comments prior to an election. Commissioner Barry Corkren was absent, with all other commissioners present. Commissioner Joe Acker commented during the meeting that the commission appeared to get speakers just before an election cycle speaking against a candidate who is seeking re-election. He asked for a 60-day moratorium on public comments to be fair to the candidates who are seemingly being attacked.

FCHS expands dual-enrollment opportunities with BSCC

Shown at the announcement, from left: Sherry Terry, Max Weaver, Dr. Jeremy Madden and FCHS Assistant Principal Jennifer Sanford.

Fayette County High School and Bevill State Community College have announced a new parnership that will expand opportunities for high school students to earn dual credit for college courses. Max Weaver, Dean of Student Success, and Sherry Terry, Director of Student Services for the Bevill - Fayette Campus, made the announcement of the expanded partnership at Fayette County High School on Feb. 28. The agreement will now allow students in the 11th grade to take classes at Bevill for dual credit. The classes for high school juniors will include U.S.

Lions Club donates to FCHS athletics

Shown from left: Assistant FCHS Principal Jennifer Sanford, FCHS Principal Dr. Jeremy Madden, and Lions Club members Mark Brown and Alva Grimsley.

The Fayette Lions Club recently presented a check to the Fayette County High School athletic program for $3,000, which represented the proceeds from ads sold for the football programs. Additionally, the money from the sale of the football programs is donated to the Fayette County High School Band. The Fayette Lions Club also helps to sell tickets at all home games during the FCHS football season.

Fayette baseball wins two games, loses two

Kaleb Owens of Fayette slides safely into third ahead of the throw in a game against Hubbertville.

The Fayette County High School baseball team split its four games during the week, winning two games and losing two. Fayette started the week with a home game against Lamar County on Feb. 25, defeating the Bulldogs by a score of 14 - 8. The game was a game of big innings for each team. Fayette scored five runs in the sixth inning to counter the seven runs that Lamar County had pushed across the plate in the fourth inning. Kaleb Owens started the game for Fayette, pitching four innings and allowing seven runs on seven hits. Owens struck out six opposing batters.