Fayette Lady Tigers play in Lynn Tournament

The Fayette Lady Tigers played six games in the Lynn Softball Tournament Feb. 28-29 and a single game earlier in the week against South Lamar. The girls finished the week with a 4 - 3 record. On Feb. 25, Fayette traveled to South Lamar and was defeated 7-1. Brandy Johnson was the starting pitcher for Fayette and suffered the loss. She surrendered four runs on six hits while striking out one opposing batter.

Williams arrested for Bankston murder

Travis Terell Williams was arrested for the murder of Maronda Williams.

Travis Terell Williams, 37, of 832 33rd Ave., Tuscaloosa, was taken into custody by the district attorney’s office of the 24th judicial circuit on Feb. 18. On Feb. 19, Travis Williams was served with two warrants, charging him with the death of his ex-wife, Maronda Parker Williams.

Smith out as FCHS football coach

Coach Bill Smith is shown with his wife Ann Smith shortly after he accepted the head football coaching position in March 2019.

Bill Smith, who was hired in March 2019 to be the head football coach at Fayette County High School, will not be returning to coach the team this fall. Smith, who completed a respectable 8-3 season that included a first-round playoff game, was informed of the decision by FCHS Principal Dr. Jeremy Madden. Madden did not elaborate on the change of coaches, except for the following statement: “We appreciate his work and all he did for Fayette County football. He worked to mold his team into better young men.”

Rushing signs scholarship offer

Shown from left, front: Fayette County High School Principal Dr. Jeremy Madden; Karli Rushing; her mother, Dorrie Rushing; and her father Matthew Rushing. Shown in back are Fayette County High School Head Volleyball Coach Jackie Dodd, Fayette County High School Assistant Volleyball Coach Sandra Holliman, and Karli’s brother Kason Rushing.

Karli Rushing, senior at Fayette County High School, signed a scholarship offer on Feb. 19 to continue her academic and volleyball career the next two seasons at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss. This fall will be the first-ever season of volleyball at the school, and she is anxious to be a part of this historic team for Itawamba.

FMC staff enjoys treat

Shown are a few of the Fayette Medical Center’s staff and employees as they enjoy the tasty treats.

The Fayette Medical Center Family Council and Fayette Garden Club members provided food on Feb. 19 for the Fayette Medical Center Long-Term Care and Hospital staff in appreciation for the services they provide to the patients under their care. This is an annual event that is hosted on the first Wednesday after Valentine’s Day by the two organizations, and the food is always enjoyed by the employees.

BOE approves 2020-21 school calendar

The Fayette County Board of Education named its “Teachers of the Year” at the beginning of its Feb. 18 meeting. The teachers honored, from left, are: Wendy Canterbury (Fayette County High School), Ashley Herring (Fayette Elementary School), Cristy Thompson (Fayette Middle School), Allyson Afshar (Hubbertville), Jon Marlowe (Berry High School), and Kim Ward (Berry Elementary School).

The Fayette County Board of Education approved its 2020-21 school year calendar during its Feb. 18 meeting. All board members were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, the Fayette County Teachers of the Year at their respective schools were announced. The teachers honored were: Wendy Canterbury (Fayette County High School), Ashley Herring (Fayette Elementary School), Cristy Thompson (Fayette Middle School), Allyson Afshar (Hubbertville), Jon Marlowe (Berry High School), and Kim Ward (Berry Elementary School).


Berry Council makes appointments, approves water sale

The Berry Town Council approved appointments to the Berry Park and Recreation Board, and also approved a proposed sale of water to the Oakman Water Board during its Feb. 3 meeting. Councilman Troyce Townsel was not present at the meeting. The Council approved a motion by Councilman Calvin Madison to accept the resignation of Jonathan Smith from the Berry Park and Recreation Board. After the council unanimously approved the resignation, Councilman Russell Madison made a motion to appoint Diane Dedeaux to fill the remainder of the term on the board.

Fayette opens its softball season with win over Berry

Dixie Moye is shown pitching for Hubbertville during a game against Fayette.

Fayette opened its 2020 softball season with an extra-inning win over Berry by the score of 9-8.
Berry rallied from four runs back in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game and send it to extra innings. The winning run scored when Zaylin Driver hit into a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the eighth to score a run.


Berry softball off to good start

Brooke Blanton is shown pitching for the Berry Lady Wildcats during the Berry Invitational Softball Tournament, held Feb. 21 - 22.

Despite rain forcing the postponement of some games, the Berry Lady Wildcats softball team is off to a good start for the 2020 season. Berry traveled to Fayette for its opening game on Monday, Feb. 17 and lost an overtime thriller to the Lady Tigers by the score of  9-8.


Bevill continues strong start to season

Tray Lacy of Winfield is shown pitching for Bevill against Mineral Area.

After opening the 2020 season with two wins at home, the Bevill State Community College baseball team has continued to be impressive so far during the season. Bevill travelled to Southwest Tennessee Community College and won by a score of 8-1. Tray Lacy of Winfield was the winning pitcher for Bevill, pitching seven innings and scattering four hits. Andrew Feola was the losing pitcher for Southwest Tennessee.

Council distributes appropriations to schools

The Fayette City Council delivered checks to the public schools within the city in the amount of $5,000 each, totaling $15,000. Shown from left, front: Matthew Lindsey, Fayette Elementary School; Ray Trull, Fayette Middle School; and Dr. Jeremy Madden, Fayette County High School. Back: Councilmen Jason Cowart, Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson, Eddy Campbell and Mayor Ray Nelson.

The Fayette City Council distributed $5,000 to each of the three public school within the city during its Feb. 11 meeting. Councilwoman Linda McCraw was absent with all other council members present. Representatives from Fayette Elementary School, Fayette Middle School and Fayette County High School each accepted a check from the council, totaling $15,000 to the three schools. The money was appropriated to the schools in this year’s budget, contingent on funds being available.


Windham encourages citizens to become involved

LaTasha Windham was the keynote speaker at Bevill State Community College’s “Celebrating Black History Month” program.

LaTasha Windham of Aliceville was the featured speaker at this year’s “Celebrating Black History Month” program, held on Feb. 13 at Bevill State Community College in Fayette. Windham is a native of Pickens County, and a graduate of Bevill State and Mississippi University for Women. She is currently employed with the U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Prisons, working as a contract specialist.

Fayette County Commission hears citizen’s complaint

David White, a resident of the Mt. Lebanon Community, spoke to the commission concerning the condition of the roads in his area.

David White addressed the Fayette County Commission at the beginning of its Feb. 10 meeting concerning the condition of county roads, especially roads in the Mt. Lebanon Community. All commissioners, with the exception of Commissioner John Underwood, were present at the meeting.

Fink celebrates 100th birthday

Christine Fink celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Christine Fink, a resident at Fayette Medical Center Long-Term Care, celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 12, surrounded by family and friends. A lifelong resident of Fayette, she said that she still enjoys visiting with people and reminiscing about the way things used to be.

Bevill opens baseball season with two wins

Bo Spencer (10) is shown scoring the winning run for Bevill in a thrilling seventh inning, come-from-behind, 12-11 victory against Bishop State during the first game of the season.

The Bevill State Bears hosted Bishop State for an opening day double-header on Saturday, Feb. 8 and swept the games by the scores of 12-11 and 1-0.The first game was a matchup of offensive power, with Bishop State scoring a single run in each of the first five innings. Bishop State took an early 2-0 lead into the bottom of the second inning before Bevill managed to break through with three runs to take the lead.

Fayette, Berry girls end season in sub-regionals

Brooke Hill (3) is shown putting the ball in the basket for Berry against Falkville.

Both the Fayette and Berry girls’ basketball teams wrapped up successful season despite losses in their sub-regional games. Fayette traveled to the number three ranked Class 4A girls basketball program in the state and lost to Priceville by a score of 54-23.

Officials deliver ‘State of the Community’ at luncheon

Fayette County EMA Director Russ Taylor spoke at the luncheon, encouraging Fayette citizens to contact his office if they have questions concerning emergency situations.

Several local officials and community leaders delivered the “State of the Community” during the Feb. 4 Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce’s “First Tuesday” Luncheon. Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson said that the state of the City of Fayette is very strong, with the city experiencing significant growth in 2019. He said the unemployment rate in the city is currently 2.7 percent. “If you’re looking for a job, you should be able to find one,” he said.


Primaries key to local races

The March 3 primaries, which will determine the outcome of several local races, are less than three weeks away. There will be contested general elections for Fayette County Commission Districts 5 and 6, with the incumbents in both districts running as Democrats and facing Republican opposition.