Commission votes to proceed with Co. Rd. 53 project

Shown at the Fayette County Commission meeting on June 10, from left: Fayette County Administrator John Gordon, and commissioners John Underwood, Billy Rodgers, James Knight , Shane Hughes, Barry Corkren and Joe Acker. Vice-Chairman Acker presided over the meeting during the absence of Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted to seek bids for the County Road 53 repaving project this month during its regularly scheduled meeting held on June 10. All commissioners were present for the meeting, with Commission Chairman Mike Freeman absent due to attending a probate judges’ conference. Vice-Chairman Joe Acker presided over the meeting during Freeman’s absence.


Glen Allen Town Council holds monthly meeting

The Glen Allen Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 4 at the Town Hall. All council members were in attendance for the meeting.
Mayor Allen J. Dunavant presented before the council a request inquiry from Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State) with regards to the town’s participation in the statewide Adopt-a-Mile program.


NW Mental Health welcomes new directors

On April 1, Shelley Young Jones, LICSW, assumed the role of Executive Director at Northwest Alabama Mental Health following the retirement of Dr. Dale Cottle.  Jones held several positions in her 18 years with the Northwest Center, beginning with Coordinator of the PHP Program in Lamar County, Regional PHP Coordinator, Marion County Outpatient Director, and most recently as Clinical Director over Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Programs for the five-county service area. Also on April 1, Patricia L. Franks Montgomery, LPC, became Clinical Director over Northwest’s five counties.

South reports on legislative session

The 2019 regular legislative session that adjourned earlier this month accomplished many tasks that I believe will improve the lives of the citizens throughout House District 16.  In addition to providing record funding for public education and essential state services, we implemented some much needed and long overdue pieces of legislation.

Enjoying life after retirement

Pictured are Kalos and Peggy Sims, enjoying time off after retirement.

As Kalos Sims was approaching retirement age, he began to think of a new career that he would enjoy working for a few years. He had always enjoyed cooking, so when he had a chance to buy an upstart barbeque place called Lisa’s, he jumped at the chance. “I was 57 years old when I bought Lisa’s in April 1995,” Kalos Sims said. “My thought was to keep the business until I turned 65, then sell it and retire. Those first eight years went by fast, so I finally sold the business after keeping it 24 years.”


BOE approves personnel changes, contracts

Shown at the June 4 Fayette County Board of Education meeting are, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter and board members Tom Hubbert, Sam Sullivan, Keith Madison, Tim Fields and Waldon Tucker. Not present was Board Member John Stowe.

The Fayette County Board of Education approved several personnel changes and contracts for the 2019-20 school year during its June 4 meeting. Board Member John Stowe was absent from the meeting, with all other board members present. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Josh Taylor of the Alabama Department of Public Accounts, gave a brief overview of his department’s recent audit of the school board.

Berry Council reinstates Townsel to position

Shown is the Berry Town Council at its June 3 meeting. From left: Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar and councilmen Chris Rice, Russell Madison and Troyce Townsel. Not shown, but also present for the meeting was Councilman Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council voted to unanimously reinstate Troyce Townsel to his position on the council during its June 3 meeting. Townsel had missed meetings for 90 consecutive days or longer and according to a town’s ordinance, he had to be reappointed to his position on the council by a vote of the council members. Council Member Russell Madison made a motion to reappoint Townsel, and the motion was seconded by Council Member Chris Rice. The council members unanimously voted to approve the motion.


Saluting National Skilled Nursing Care Week

Melissa May and her son Jacob performed at the ice cream social for National Skilled Nursing Care Week.

Every day, skilled nursing centers assist our seniors and people with disabilities in living their happiest and best lives. Whether it’s planting, cooking, reading or listening to music, these centers pay it forward by helping individuals find their own happiness to improve their quality of life. This year, National Skilled Nursing Care Week focused on living soulfully and will celebrate skilled nursing centers, their residents and staff, by showcasing how they help residents achieve happy minds and healthy bodies.


City Council discusses Rails-to-Trails project in work session

Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce Director Daniel White and Marla Kizzire spoke to the Fayette City Council at its May 28 meeting concerning the need for a safe walking route for elementary and middle school students when crossing streets within the city.

Following the Fayette City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on May 28, the Fayette City Council held a lengthy work session to primarily discuss the proposed “Rails-to-Trails” project.
Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and City Clerk Dawn Clapp were absent from the meeting. Assistant Clerk Sherry Fowler assumed the duties of Clapp at the council meeting.


Price executed for Lynn’s murder

Shown is Christopher Price, who was executed for the murder of Bill Lynn.

After several appeals and a last-minute stay of execution in April, convicted killer Christopher Price was executed on May 30 for the murder of Bill Lynn. On the day his sentence was carried out, Price reportedly apologized to Lynn’s family through his attorney, saying, “I’m terribly sorry for the victim of my crime and his family. Neither he nor his family deserve what happened to him. No one deserves that.”


Two vacant mobile homes destroyed by fire

Shown are the remains of two vacant mobile homes that burned in the Belk community on May 30. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Fayette Fire Department, along with the Belk Volunteer Fire Department, responded to a fully-involved fire on County Road 6 in Belk on Thursday, May 30 at approximately 12:50 p.m.
Fayette Fire Chief Shannon Taylor said that two vacant mobile homes were fully engulfed in flames at the time of his department’s arrival. He said that the fire departments contained the fire to the area of the mobile homes and prevented the fire from spreading to the nearby woods.


Accident claims life of Fayette County resident

The Hamilton Post of the Alabama State Troopers reported that a two-vehicle accident occurring at approximately 8:45 a.m. on May 31 claimed the life of a Fayette County woman. Merlene Williamson, 77, was killed when the golf cart she was driving collided with a Hyundai Sante Fe. The driver of the other vehicle was not identified by the troopers’ office.


Governor Ivey signs broadband internet bill

Several legislative leaders watch as Governor Kay Ivey signs the “The Rural Broadband Initiative,” including Senator Greg Reed (far right).E

In a major step towards continued expansion of broadband internet service in rural Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey signed Senate Bill 90 into law. Sponsored by Senator Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville), SB90 expands an existing grant program under the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund, which was established by the Legislature in 2018.


Berry High presents athletic awards

Winning awards in basketball, shown from left: Zoe Mauldin, Bailey Thomas, Tyner Bowling and Brooke Hill. Not shown: Katelyn Willcutt and Laine Henderson.

Berry High School presented its athletic awards at its annual banquet. Awards were presented to several student-athletes in each of the school's varsity sports.

Fayette Garden Club's Yard-of-the-Month

Shown from left: Donna Parker, Wesley Parker and Randy Parker, winners of May's Yard-of-the-Month.

Randy, Donna and Wesley Parker received the Fayette Garden Club’s Yard-of-the-Month for May. Their house is one of the oldest houses in Fayette, and also was the first hotel in town. The house was built in 1850. The Parkers received this month’s award due to the tremendous job they do keeping their yard neatly groomed and blooming with flowers.

Bevill Upward Bound students plan trip to Washington D.C.

Shown from left, front: Hamilton High School Junior, Brennon Ballard and Carbon Hill High School Junior, Araceli Ramirez. Back: Bevill State Upward Bound Coordinator - Fayette Campus, Cody Hammack; BSCC Upward Bound Coordinator-Hamilton Campus, Donna Swinney; BSCC Director of Grants and Federal Programs, and Wanda Jackson; BSCC Upward Bound Coordinator - Sumiton Campus, Gina Thomason.

Last week, two Bevill State Community College Upward Bound students met to discuss their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. for the 30th Annual National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC) which takes place June 8-13. Brennon Ballard, a junior from Hamilton High School and Araceli Ramirez, a junior from Carbon Hill High School, were two students chosen of just 180 from around the United States.

Wilcox speaks at Fayette Chamber Banquet

Shown is Chamber Director Daniel White, Outgoing Chamber President William Eaves, Chamber Banquet speaker Tommy Wilcox, and incoming Chamber President Kelli Foster.

The Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce held its 2019 banquet on Tuesday, May 21 at Bevill State Community College. Guest speaker for the event was former University of Alabama All-American defensive back and current TV show host Tommy Wilcox. Wilcox played on Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s last football team at Alabama, and also served as one of the pallbearers at Bryant’s funeral.


Former police chief/councilman dies

Mike Hardin

Former Fayette Police Chief and former Fayette City Councilman Mike Hardin passed away at his residence on Wednesday, May 22 at the age of 70. Hardin began work at the Fayette Police Department in Feb. 1979 and was promoted to sergeant in March 1985. He became chief of the police department in Jan. 1995 and remained in that position until he retired in July 1999.


Roberts finishes third on ‘The Voice’

Country music singer Toby Keith (left) is shown performing with Dexter Roberts on the results show finale of NBC’s “The Voice.” Roberts was one of the final four contestants on the show and finished in third place.

Dexter Roberts of Fayette finished a very respectable third on season 16 of “The Voice.”
The results were announced last Tuesday night, with Andrew Sevener finishing fourth, Gyth Rigdon capturing second, and Maelyn Jarmon taking home the top prize. During the results show, it was announced that each of the top four finalists would receive a new Toyota Rav 4 as a gift.


Commissioner/Deputy arrested for DUI

Barry Corkren, Fayette County Commissioner for District Three and a sergeant with the Fayette County Sheriff Department, was arrested on Monday, May 20 and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency reported that troopers responded to a one-vehicle accident occurring at the intersection of Highway 102 and County Road 142 in Fayette County.


Berry Town Council approves water report

The Berry Town Council approved a resolution to adopt the 2018 municipal water pollution prevention report during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, held on May 13 at the town hall. All council members with the exception of Troyce Townsel were in attendance for the meeting. No police report for the previous month was presented to the council due to the absence of Berry Police Chief Gerald DeDeaux.

Hundreds ‘March for Jesus,’ in Fayette

Shown is a portion of the crowd as they "March for Jesus" through the streets of Fayette.

More than 500 people attended the 22nd annual “March for Jesus” walk and rally held in downtown Fayette on Saturday, May 18. The march began at the Depot Museum and concluded at the parking lot adjacent to the First Baptist Church on Temple Avenue. When the marchers reached the parking lot, balloons with Bible verses were released to carry a portion of the Word to parts unknown.


Roberts makes top four on ‘The Voice’

Shown are the four finalists this season on “The Voice.” From Left: Andrew Sevener, Gyth Rigdon, Maelyn Jarmon and Dexter Roberts.

Editor’s note: Dexter Roberts competed this Monday on “The Voice” as one of the top four contestants. The results of the voting were not released until Tuesday night, after The Times-Record was printed for the week. Dexter Roberts continues to impress music fans across the nation as he was voted one of the top four contestants this season on “The Voice.”


Parents voice concerns to school board

Shown is a portion of the crowd in attendance at the May 14 Board of Education meeting.

Two parents voiced their concerns to the Fayette County Board of Education during its May 14 meeting. Jennifer Terry and Tammy Back delivered prepared statements at the meeting addressing the treatment of special needs children within the school system. Terry said that “students have lost the entire year of instruction due to allegations of abuse and mistreatment, and the system seemingly unwillingness to act in the student’s interest. I do not believe this would have been acceptable except for the student’s enrollment status in special education.”


City Council hears project update, reports

Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins presents his department's monthly report to the council.

The Fayette City Council heard an update on its paving project, and the monthly fire and police reports at its May 14 meeting. Councilman Cedric Wilson was absent from the meeting with all other council members in attendance. City Engineering Consultant Luke Porter said that the county commission is not being able to get an advance payment for paving that was to be used for its joint project with the city. He said that the new “Rebuild Alabama Act” changed the way that money is now distributed to the counties.


Commission hires new maintenance supervisor

Shown is the Fayette County Commission at its May 13 meeting. From left are commissioners Joe Acker, John Underwood, Billy Rodgers, James Knight, Shane Hughes, Barry Corkren, County Attorney Allen Grocholski and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission hired a new maintenance supervisor during a special called meeting on May 16. At the regular meeting, held on May 13, County Commission Chairman Mike Freeman appointed a committee consisting of Commissioner Barry Corkren, Commissioner Shane Hughes and Commissioner James Knight to review the applications for the maintenance position and make a recommendation. At the May 16 meeting, the committee said that following interviews, they were recommending James Vaughn of Boley for the position.


Glen Allen awards bid, seeks arrest warrant

The Glen Allen Town Council voted unanimously to accept a bid from R.G. Remodeling of Winfield to implement ceiling repairs at the Water Department storage building and the Glen Allen Volunteer Fire Department buildings during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 7. The bid submitted by R. G. Remodeling totaled $2,000 and will include materials and labor which will consist of removing damaged sheet-rock from the ceilings and replacing the sheet-rock with oriented strand board (OSB) in all three buildings.

Hubbertville holds athletic banquet

Recipients of softball awards at Hubbertville, from left: Kayla Tidwell - Captain, Madison Cribb - Most Improved Player, Gracie Dodd - Captain and Most Valuable Player, Chelsea Porter - Captain, Highest Batting Average, and Most Runs (tie), Gabby Key - Golden Glove, Haylee Pollard - Most Runs (tie), and Laikyn Wright - Most Extra Base Hits, Most RBIs, Game Changer, and Lady Lion Hustle & Heart Award.

Hubbertville School held its athletic banquet on May 13, presenting awards to students who excelled in their various sports.

Roberts in top eight on 'The Voice'

Shown are the members of “Team Blake” remaining in the top eight contestants on “The Voice.” Shown from left: Gyth Rigdon, Dexter Roberts, Coach Blake Shelton, Carter Lloyd Horne, Kim Cherry and Andrew Sevener.

Dexter Roberts is still living a dream, riding high after becoming one of the top eight contestants on NBC’s “The Voice.” Last week, Roberts sang Tim McGraw’s number one hit song, “Something Like That,” and was voted through easily by the fans’ vote. Roberts appears to be one of the fan favorites this season, and also appears to be a favorite contestant of Blake Shelton, who has five of the remaining  eight contestants on the show.


March for Jesus is this Saturday

People are shown walking through the streets of Fayette during last year’s “March for Jesus.”

Fayette’s 22nd annual “March for Jesus” celebration and prayer rally will be held Saturday, May 18, 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. March for Jesus is an annual interdenominational, global event that started in England in the 1980s before spreading to other countries. The first known march in the United States was held in Austin, Texas in 1989 and has been observed nationwide since 1992.

Fiddle Fest a success

The annual West Alabama Fiddle Fest and Southeast Fiddle Championship was held in Fayette on May 10-11. Shown are the winners of the Fiddle competition and two of the organizers of the event. From left: Glenn Taylor; Ivy Phillips, junior winner and winner of the overall competition; Marcia Denton, senior winner; Bill Jones, adult winner; and Sharon Bounds.

Although the weather caused a change of venue for this year’s Fiddle Fest and Southeast Fiddle Championship, the event’s organizers said the Fiddle Fest was still a huge favorite among the fans who attended. Glenn Taylor, one of the organizers of the event, said that despite the inclement weather, the event still ran smoothly and allowed the performers to showcase their talents.


Wilcox to speak at Chamber banquet

Tommy Wilcox, former All-American football player at the University of Alabama and current host of the popular hunting and fishing show, “Tommy Wilcox Outdoors” will be the guest speaker at this year’s Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce banquet. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 and will be held in the Earl McDonald Auditorium of Bevill State Community College, Fayette Campus. Tickets for the event are $15 each and will include a meal. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Chamber’s office.


Exchange Club honors FCHS seniors

Shown from left are: Joyce Franklin, Exchange Club District President; Jason Wyatt, President of the Fayette Exchange Club; Walt Gary; Olivia Yerby; Fayette Exchange Club member Jerry Bobo; and Orman Wilson, Exchange Club Division Director. Not pictured is Noah Scott.

The Fayette Exchange Club annually honors the top senior students at Fayette County High School during the academic year. At the May Exchange Club meeting, the top three seniors receive plaques from the club in recognition of their outstanding achievement.

Berry makes softball regionals

Shown is Berry's 2019 softball team with the runner-up plaque from the area tournament.

On Thursday, May 9, the Berry High School softball team traveled to Choccolocco Park in Oxford to compete in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s East Central Regional.  
Game one paired Berry against the Area Seven winner, Victory Christian. Berry’s bats came alive early, scoring seven runs in the top of the first while coasting to a 23-0 victory.  


FMS holds eighth grade graduation

Shown is FMS eighth grade graduation class.

Fayette Middle School held its first-ever Eighth Grade Graduation this year on May 9 in the Arthur Hughes Gymnasium at the school. The graduation was initiated because the school’s administration and teachers felt the students should be rewarded for their accomplishment of completing middle school. The diplomas that they receive were also intended to serve as encouragement for the students as they begin a new journey of academics in high school.

Roberts makes top 13 on ‘The Voice’

Roberts’ family was at the viewing of “The Voice” results show on April 30 at the Fayette Civic Center. Shown from left: Kennedy Casey, Tiffany Casey, Brooks Casey, Deborah Musgrove and Judy Hubbert.

Dexter Roberts of Fayette continues to win fans with his classic country sound as he advanced last week to the top 13 contestants on “The Voice.” The Fayette Civic Center hosted a viewing of “The Voice” last week during the Tuesday night results show, allowing many of Roberts’ family and friends to watch the show together to cheer on their hometown favorite.


Fiddle Fest returns to Fayette

Shown is one of the featured bands from last year’s Fiddle Fest. This is the third consecutive year that the festival and contest has been held in Fayette.

The West Alabama Fiddle Fest and Southeast Fiddle Championship will be returning to Fayette this weekend for its third consecutive year. Daniel White, director of the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce, said that last year’s crowd was great and that he anticipates another huge crowd for this year’s event.


Convicted killer rescheduled for execution

Convicted killer Christopher Price has a new execution date set for May 30.

Christopher Lee Price, who received a last-minute stay of execution on April 11, has a new execution date scheduled for May 30. At approximately 4 p.m. on April 11, U.S. Southern District Court Judge Kristi Dubose ordered a stay of execution for Price. At 11:34 p.m. that evening, the state called off the execution, stating that the U.S. Supreme Court had not issued a ruling on the stay, and that there was not sufficient time left in the day to carry out Price’s death warrant.


Tigers lose in third round to Hokes Bluff

Langston Strawbridge is shown recording an out against the Eagles.

The Fayette Tigers baseball team put up a valiant fight, but ultimately lost its third round playoff games to Hokes Bluff by the score of 5-1 and 2-1. The Eagles traveled to Fayette for the games and keep its magical season alive. Hokes Bluff started the season ranked number one in Class 4A and has remained on its perch all-season.


Road resurfacing to affect travel

A major resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 43/171 will force motorists in Fayette to exercise patience and caution during the next several weeks. The resurfacing is occurring from the intersection of Highway 159 (Gordo Rd.) on the south end of town and will conclude at the intersection of Highway 102 on the north end of Fayette. The road construction is expected to conclude during the summer.


Measles making a comeback in U.S.

The national rise in cases of measles - a disease which was considered virtually eradicated in the United States in 2000 - is causing worry throughout the nation. A press release from the Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday, May 2, noted that ADPH had received notification of a presumptively positive case of measles that morning in an infant in St. Clair County. The child had not been in a daycare setting nor had the child traveled out-of-state.


Berry finishes second in area, advances to regionals

Lydia Young catches the ball for an out in the area tournament.

The Berry softball team won two of its four games in the area tournament and advanced to the regional playoffs by finishing second in the area. The Lady Wildcats traveled to Holy Spirit and faced South Lamar in the first game of the tournament, losing a close game by the score of 4-3.


Hub defeats Brilliant 20-10 in area tournament

Gracie Dodd of Hubbertville catches a fly ball for an out.

The Hubbertville Lady Lions traveled to Guin on April 29 to begin play in the area tournament. In the first game of the tournament, Lynn defeated the Lady Lions 8-0. Emma Nichols pitched a complete game in a losing effort for Hubbertville. Chelsea Porter and Madison Cribb collected the only hits in the game for Hubbertville.


Fayette City Council approves transfer of West Alabama TV Cable

Julie Turman, a teacher at FCHS, is shown addressing the city council about the spring clean-up on April 27.

The Fayette City Council unanimously approved the transfer of West Alabama TV Cable to Spectrum/Charter Communications during its April 23 meeting.  All members of the council were present for the meeting.