Bicentennial Exhibit arrives at Hubbertville

Hubbertville School will host the “Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit,” from Feb. 15-22.

The “Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit,” will be in Fayette County at Hubbertville School from Feb. 15-22. The schedule for the exhibit at Hubbertville School is: Friday, Feb. 15 from 3:30-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 (Grand Opening) noon-5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 from noon-5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. - 5 pm., Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 22 from 3:30-7 p.m.


AARP offering free tax assistance.

The AARP Tax Aide volunteers are again offering free tax return assistance this year in Fayette County. This is a service that the volunteers have offered to citizens in the area for the past 15 years. The service is free to the public and there are no income or age restrictions. You do not have to be a member of AARP to take advantage of this service.


Fayette Baseball Boosters host annual banquet

The Fayette County High School Baseball Boosters will host its annual Banquet and Steak Supper on Friday, Feb. 15 at Bevill State Community College in the Earl McDonald Auditorium. The keynote speaker for the event will be Rick Karle, former sports director at WBRC/ Fox 6 in Birmingham. Tickets for the banquet are $25 each. The banquet starts at 6 p.m., but people purchasing plates to go may begin picking up the plates at 4:30 p.m. and continue until the start of the banquet.


Fayette City Council addresses wastewater issue

John Dill, manager of the Fayette Wastewater Treatment Plant, speaks to the council about pumping issues during a special called meeting of the Fayette City Council on Jan. 30.

The Fayette City Council met in a special called meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30 to address the pumping issue at the Fayette Wastewater Treatment Plant. All council members were present for the meeting. Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager John Dill told the council that the new pump that was installed at the facility in June 2018 had burned out in December 2018.


Commission approves hiring of part-time aging director

Shown clockwise from left at the Jan. 28 meeting of the Fayette County Commission are: Commissioner Barry Corkren, Probate Judge and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, Commissioner Shane Hughes and Fayette EMA Director Russ Taylor.

The Fayette County Commission voted on Jan. 28 to “move forward” with plans to hire a part-time aging director for Fayette County. Commissioner Joe Acker, Commissioner Billy Rodgers and Commissioner Barry Corkren had been on a committee to explore options concerning the direction that the aging program needs to take following the retirement of former director Faye Meharg in Oct. 2018.

Bicentennial exhibit coming to Hubbertville School

Hubbertville School will host the Alabama Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit from Feb. 15-22.

Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit presented by Alabama Humanities Foundation, will include an exhibition in Fayette County at Hubbertville School from Feb. 15-22. The schedule for the exhibit in Fayette County is: Friday, Feb. 15 from 3:30-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 (Grand Opening) noon-5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 from noon-5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. - 5 pm., Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 22 from 3:30-7 p.m.


Fayette Cub Scouts hold Pinewood Derby race

Pictured are the Pinewood Derby Fastest Car winners. From left: Carson Woods (Bear Den), Third Place; Karson Sparks (Jr Webelos Den), Second Place; and Noah Wheat (Jr Webelos Den), First Place.

The annual Pinewood Derby Race for Fayette Cub Scouts, Pack 45, was held at the Fayette Scout Building on Friday night, January 25. There were 32 Cub Scouts ages seven - 11 participating in the race. Each Scout with the help of his parents was responsible for designing and making his car from a kit which consisted of a block of wood and four wheels. The car could not weigh more than five ounces.

Tigers boys, girls defeat Cordova

Trevor Billups jumps high to score two points against Winfield

Both the Fayette boys and girls basketball teams faced Cordova at home on Jan. 28 and both teams were victorious. The girls’ team led for most of the game, but only took a slim 21-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. Fayette increased the lead in the second half, winning by a score of 46-33. Jada Savage led the Lady Tigers with 16 points, followed by Samantha Cox with eight, while Iteria Walker and Ayana Poe each scored seven points. Mackenzie Nelson added four points for Fayette, while Zana Smith and Kiera Savage scored two points each.


Hub loses heartbreaker to Phillips in overtime

Zach Hubbert is shown being fouled as he attempted a shot for Hubbertville.

The Hubbertville boys basketball team traveled to Bear Creek on Jan. 31 and lost a heartbreaker in overtime by a score of 83-80. The Lions led by three points before a desperation shot at the buzzer in regulation for Phillips tied the score and sent the game to overtime.


Lady Wildcats win three games during week

The Berry High School senior players and cheerleaders were honored during the Wildcats’ basketball game against Northside. From left: Deven Jones, Tyner Bowling, Sam Franklin, Bailey Thomas and Laine Henderson.

The Berry Lady Wildcats closed out a successful regular season and head into the playoffs with momentum as they won all three games during the week. Berry defeated South Lamar on Jan. 28 by a score of 54-29. Leading the scoring for the Lady Wildcats was Zoe Mauldin with 14 points and eight rebounds. Bailey Thomas had 13 points, followed by Brooke Hill with eight points and Tyner Bowling with seven.


Scholarships opportunities for students

The path to fill more than 10,000 automotive manufacturing jobs within two years will be even more affordable in 2019 for 50 students in Alabama. The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Alabama Community College System (ACCS) have partnered to provide a total $180,000 in scholarships, as well as mentors, to 50 students who want to pursue a technical education certificate or associate degree in the automotive manufacturing industry. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28.

First march and rally for MLK Day held in Fayette

Shown is a portion of the crowd that gathered at the Fayette County Courthouse to celebrate Fayette’s first Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Rally on Jan. 21.

A historic first march and rally in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was held in downtown Fayette on Monday, Jan. 21. The event was organized by the Fayette County Ministerial Alliance. The celebration began at the Fayette County Courthouse and continued through the streets of Fayette to the First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Drive. An estimated crowd of more than 200 people participated in the celebration.


Tucker to coach at Bartlett High in Tenn.

Shown from left are: Bartlett High School Athletic Director Phil Clark, Lance Tucker and Bartlett High School Principal Tim Jones. Tucker was named Bartlett’s new high school football coach on Jan. 24.


Lance Tucker has accepted a job to be the head football coach at Bartlett High School in Tennessee, effective June 1. Tucker resignation as head football coach at Fayette County High School was accepted by the Fayette County Board of Education at its meeting on Jan. 15. The effective date of the resignation is May 31. At Fayette County High School, Tucker compiled a 76-31 record in eight seasons, including finishing as runner-up for the state championship three times during those seasons.


Elliott sentenced to 20 years for bank burglary

Shown is Kenneth Dawayne Elliott, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the attempted burglary of West Alabama Bank in Fayette.

Kenneth Dawayne Elliott, 20, of Decatur pled guilty in Fayette Circuit Court to a second degree burglary charge on Jan. 10 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The plea deal was the result of a failed robbery and burglary attempt at the Fayette County branch of West Alabama Bank on Jan. 27, 2017. The original charges against Elliott were second degree burglary of a banking institution by force, first degree robbery, and attempting to elude a police officer.


Fayette City Council addresses speeding issue

Doris Brasher gave a report on “Christmas in the Park” at the Jan. 22 meeting of the Fayette City Council. Shown from left: Brasher, Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilman Jason Cowart, Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and City Clerk Dawn Clapp. Councilman Cedric Wilson was absent from the meeting.

The Fayette City Council addressed a speeding concern in a residential area of Temple Avenue during its Jan. 22 meeting. At the beginning of the regular meeting, Mayor Ray Nelson asked for an executive session to discuss “the good name and character of one or more individual.” A motion to enter executive session was made by Councilman Cedric Wilson and seconded by Councilman Jason Cowart. The motion was approved by a unanimous vote.


Deal to guest-star in TV show

Shown is a promo for the ‘Young Sheldon’ TV Show which will feature Forrest Deal in a guest appearance.

Forrest Deal, 16, of Fayette will be guest-starring in an upcoming episode of the TV comedy show “Young Sheldon.” The episode is entitled “David, Goliath, and a Yoo-Hoo from the Back,” and will air on the CBS network at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31. Deal filmed the episode of “Young Sheldon” at Warner Brothers Studio in Dec. 2018.


Former Berry football coach named Class 4A Coach of the Year

Shown from left: Headland High School Principal Jason Bradford, Raines and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Chaplin Luke Stevens.

Headland High School Head Football Coach Danny Raines (center) was named the Alabama Class 4A Head Football Coach of the Year for the 2018 season by the Alabama Football Coaches Association. The former Berry High School coach led his team to a 10-2 record last season.The award was presented during a banquet on Jan. 26 in Montgomery.

Hubbertville wins one, loses one during week

Zach Hubbert is shown scoring a basket for Hubbertville against Pickens County.

The Hubbertville boys basketball team traveled to Vina on Jan. 22 and won a thriller by the score of 49-48. The game was close throughout, with Hubbertville leading at the half by a score of 21-17. Zach Hubbert led the Lions with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Brady Tucker had 11 points, followed by Tanner Upton with nine points and nine rebounds.


Fayette boys, girls lose to Curry

Iteria Walker scores a basket for Fayette in the Lady Tigers’ game against Curry.

The Fayette boys hosted Curry in an area matchup for its only game of the week, losing by a score of 52-36. Leading the scoring for the Fayette Tigers was Harrison Whitley with 17 points. Landon Hamlett had 13 points and T’Marvic Smith scored four points for Fayette. Curry was led by Colton Aaron with 14 points, followed by Hunter Wilson with nine points on three three-point baskets.

Berry girls dominate Lynn, defeat South Lamar

Tyler Lollar is shown scoring a basket for Berry against South Lamar.

The Berry High School girls basketball team played Lynn on Jan. 21 and dominated the court for a 45-19 win. The Lady Wildcats were led in scoring by Brooke Hill with 14 points, followed by Iannah Fields with 10 points. Tyner Bowling  had eight points, while Bailey Thomas scored six points and hit the boards for nine rebounds.