Strong winds and thunderstorms hit Fayette County just after dark on Tuesday, July 18, causing considerable tree damage and knocking out power to some areas for several hours. According to Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Michael Stoker, high winds and heavy rains from the thunderstorm began at approximately 8:15 - 8:30 that night. He said that the winds generated by the thunderstorms contained gusts of approximately 50-60 MPH, as reported by the National Weather Service.
Hubbertville School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), represented the school and its community well at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC), held at the Colorado Convention Center on July 2 - 6. Maci McCaleb and Zoe Whitson of Hubbertville’s FCCLA placed first in the nation in the FCCLA Chapter Website, Level Two, STAR Event, and also achieved well-deserved gold medals in recognition of their outstanding performances.
The Fayette County Commission held its July 24 meeting at the courthouse annex building. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Mount Joy Pastor Kelcey Hale led the commission in prayer. Fayette County Engineer Jarrod Milligan presented the commission with a FY 2024 “Rebuild Alabama” transportation plan that had been discussed by the commissioners in a previous work session. The transportation plan is funded through the county’s share of Rebuild Alabama funds and is required by law. The plan must be submitted by the commission by Sept. 1.
The Berry Town Council voted to approve the transfer of its economic development funds and the industrial park land to the Berry Industrial Development Authority during its July 10 meeting. Councilman Charles Tidwell and Councilman Troyce Townsel were absent, with all other council members present.
The Glen Allen Town Council met on Tuesday, July 11 at the town’s community center. All council members were in attendance, with the exception of Councilman Joel Isham.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners are encouraged to take advantage of the new “HUB” – Small Business Plan Workstation locations that were recently launched at the following three locations in Northwest Alabama: Vernon City Hall Library, Bevill State Community College - Hamilton Campus, Bevill State Community College – Fayette Campus.
The municipalities of Fayette and Berry, in conjunction with the State of Alabama, will participate in the annual school sales tax holiday on July 21-23. This is the 18th year that Alabama has held the tax holiday, and the seventh time that the event has been held in July. The sales tax holiday will begin on Friday, July 21 at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, July 23 at 11:59 p.m.
The Fayette City Council held its regular meeting on July 11. Aliska Hughes-Monroe was absent, with the remainder of the council members present. Prior to the start of the meeting, Andrew Self, pastor of Davis Chapel Freewill Baptist Church opened the meeting in prayer, and his son, Eli Self, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Fayette County Board of Education approved personnel items and contracts during its July 11 meeting. All board members were present for the meeting, with the exception of board member Tierre Agnew. Board President Tom Hubbert read the Personnel Action Report prior to voting on the items listed on the report. The items listed on the report were as follows:
Resignations: Tori Grace, Berry Elementary teacher; Angela Davis, Berry Elementary teacher; Carolyn Jungels, Hubbertville School teacher; and Kevin Bass, bus driver.
This is the first of three articles highlighting inductees for the 2023 class of the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame.
Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins said that a response by officers to a call concerning an “unwanted guest” at a residence led to an arrest of a suspect on multiple charges. Dustin Glasgow was arrested at a residence on County Road 21, and charged with first degree burglary, second degree assault, third degree criminal mischief and attempted murder.
In the year 2020, a COVID pandemic encircled the world that caused people to drastically change their normal patterns of lives, including attending regular church services. Although the pandemic is now over, many people have not fully returned to doing many of the things that are important to them, including attending church. In October, there will be a countywide crusade in Fayette, entitled the “Fayette Festival of Hope 2023” that will seek to draw churches and Christians of all dominations together in a great revival.
Governor Kay Ivey on Friday, July 7 signed a proclamation to set special election dates for the vacant Alabama House District 16 office. This seat was previously held by Kyle South, who resigned effective June 30 to serve as president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.
After a four-year absence, the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will have an induction ceremony this August for its Class of 2023 inductees. The ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 in the Earl McDonald Auditorium on the Fayette Campus of Bevill State Community College. Fayette County High School graduate and University of Alabama broadcasting legend Tom Roberts will once again emcee the event.
A brief, isolated thunderstorm produced large hail and caused some tree damage in the Bankston – Berry area of the county on Thursday, June 29, according to Fayette County Emergency Management Area Director Michael Stoker. Stoker said that due to temperatures reaching nearly 100 degrees in Northwest Alabama last week, the heat caused isolated thunderstorms to occur in certain areas. The official high temperature for Fayette last Thursday was 97 degrees, with a heat index of approximately 110 degrees.
The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, June 27. All council members were present for the meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Eddy Campbell led the meeting during the absence of Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, who missed the meeting due to attending a conference. Fayette County High School student Sean White opened the meeting with prayer and also led the Pledge of Allegiance.