March for Jesus is Saturday

Pictured are a few of the participants in the 2019 “March for Jesus,” held in downtown Fayette.

Fayette’s 23rd “March for Jesus” celebration and prayer rally will be held Saturday, May 15, beginning at the Fayette Depot Museum and concluding at the First Baptist Church/Fayette Civic Center parking lot on Temple Avenue. The march and rally have been held in Fayette each year since 1997, with the exception of 2003, and last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chamber of Commerce awards ‘Students of the Year’

Shown receiving certificates for being named the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Students of the Year” at their respective schools, from left: Kendall Dunavant (Hubbertville), Emma Stidham (Hubbertville), Danni Kate Naramore (Berry Elementary), Zoe Mauldin (Berry High), Ian Estep ( Fayette Elementary), Elsie Smyth (Fayette Middle) and Trey Pinkerton (Fayette County High School).

The Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce recognized its “Students of the Year” during a ceremony and reception held on Tuesday, May 4 at the Fayette Civic Center. The awards are presented annually to students selected as representatives from all of the schools within Fayette County. Chamber President Kelli Foster presented the awards to the recipients after they had been introduced and recognized by a school representative.


Berry approves Community Service Programs agreement

Pictured is the Berry Town Council at its May 3 meeting. Shown from left: Mayor Jimmy Madison, and council members: Mary Sue Lollar, Charles Tidwell, Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council approved a “Memorandum of Understanding” with Community Service Programs of Alabama during its May 3 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. According to Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison, there are some funds available through Community Services Programs to help people in financial need with their water bills. For the town’s water customers to be able to use the program for assistance, the town had to pass a Memorandum of Understanding.


Fayette loses twice to Hamilton in area tournament

Shortstop Harley Johnson is shown making an easy tag against Hamilton.

Fayette’s 2021 softball season came to a close last week as Hamilton defeated Fayette twice in the Class 4A, Area 12 Tournament. Fayette had trouble in the field during the first game against Hamilton as the Lady Aggies won 12-2. The Lady Tigers out-hit Hamilton 7-2 in the game, with Searaley Nichols and Tyy Smith each collecting multiple hits.

Berry closes season with losses in area tournament

Berry struggled for hits early in its first area tournament game against South Lamar, losing by a final score of 5-3. The Lady Wildcats had not managed a hit entering its half of the seventh inning. Ashlyn Smith led off the inning with a single, followed by a bunt single by Brooke Hill. Allie Taylor had a single, then Caitlyn Banks followed with a RBI single, scoring Smith.
With one out, Gracyn Hydrick singled to center field to score Hill. Anna Kate VanDee then hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Allie Taylor with the third run of the inning.


Hubbertville defeats Brilliant in area tournament

The Hubbertville Lady Lions won one of three games in the area 12 tournament to close its 2021 softball season. Hubbertville lost a heartbreaker to Meek to begin the tournament by a score of 11-10. Emma Nichols started at pitcher for the Lady Lions, and was relieved by Dixie Moye, who suffered the loss. Laikyn Wright had a double, while Moye had a hit, scored two runs and had a RBI. Kaydance Brown and Krissa Comer each had hits and scored a run.

Fayette approves rubbish pickup contract with Harmony Lane

Pictured from left is Fayette Mayor Rod Northam; Tom Wisemiller, President and CEO of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (C3); and Mark Brown, chairman of the C3 economic board.

The Fayette City Council approved a rubbish pickup contract with Harmony Lane Apartments (formerly Quail Run Apartments) during its April 27 council meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the meeting, Scott Smyth, pastor of Vision Church in Fayette, led those in attendance in prayer. Mayor Rod Northam led the Pledge of Allegiance. Northam explained to the council that the apartments no longer use the City of Fayette for its household garbage collection service.

Fayette holds clean-up for city streets

Pictured are the participants in Fayette's Clean-Up Day.

The Saturday, May 1 clean-up day in Fayette was declared a huge success by Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, after a truck load of garbage was removed from the streets within a 2 1/2-hour timeframe. “I’m thrilled with the results,” Northam said. “We had great support for the clean-up and the amount of garbage removed from our streets speaks for itself.”


Fayette has ribbon-cutting for VA Clinic

A ribbon-cutting for a storefront veterans clinic, located inside the Medical Office Building in Fayette, was held on April 29. Pictured are several of the staff members who will be working at the facility, along with U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, local veteran Jerry Fulmer, FMC Administrator Donald Jones and Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center Director John Merkle.

After years of having to travel to Tuscaloosa for medical services or use a mobile unit in Fayette, local veterans now have a more conventional and comfortable facility to receive medical help with the opening of a storefront Veterans Medical Clinic in Fayette. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, April 29 for the new clinic, which is located in the DCH Medical Office Building on Temple Avenue North in Fayette. The ceremony was attended by local clinic staff members, local officials, VA, DCH and FMC administrative officials, several local veterans and U.S.

Governor issues COVID announcement

Governor Kay Ivey announced on Monday, May 3 that Alabama’s COVID-19 public health order will end Monday, May 31, and the state of emergency will end Tuesday, July 6. “For over a year now, Alabamians, like people around the globe, have made sacrifices and adjusted to a temporary ‘new normal.’ We have learned much since last year, and this is absolutely now a managed pandemic. Our infection rates and hospitalizations are in better shape, and over 1.5 million Alabamians have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Governor Ivey said.

Berry finishes season after second round of playoffs

Berry catcher Will Knight is shown tagging a Brantley runner out at the plate.

The Berry Wildcats baseball team fell behind early and could never recover as they lost the first game of the second-round playoffs to Brantley by the score of 12-1. Brantley scored five runs in the first two innings to force the Wildcats to play catch-up the remainder of the game. Berry managed only four hits and one run in the seven-inning game, while timely hitting by the Bulldogs allowed Brantley to score 12 runs on 10 hits.

Fayette wins three games during week

Sarah Moore is shown pitching against Aliceville.

Fayette softball won three of its four games during the past week. The Lady Tigers started the week with a 13-6 victory over Hubbertville. Sarah Moore was the winning pitcher for Fayette, allowing three earned runs in seven innings with four strikeouts. Jessica Duck started the game off in grand fashion, hitting the first pitch to the Lady Tigers over the fence for a solo home run.

Hubbertville splits games for week

Savanna McGraw is shown getting a hit for Hubbertville.

Hubbertville played two softball games last week, losing to Fayette and defeating Phillips later in the week. On April 26, Hubbertville traveled to Fayette and lost to the Lady Tigers by a score of 13-6. Emma Nichols started the game on the mound for Hubbertville, but was relieved in the sixth inning by Dixie Moye. Moye suffered the defeat in relief.

Berry Heritage Festival is big success

Shown is the Jeff Long Band. Pictured from left: Jimmy Joe Holsonback on the mandolin, Randy Glasgow on the banjo, Jeff Long on the guitar, and Greg Turner on the bass guitar.

The Berry Heritage Festival was a huge success, with a large crowd attending on Friday night, before the rains dampened the event a bit on Saturday. The Heritage Festival was the first big “post COVID-19 pandemic” event held in the Fayette County area. Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison said that everyone appeared to have a good time at the event. He said that hopefully, the event will be the start of a “return to normalcy,” not only in Fayette County, but also in the United States and the rest of the world.

Fayette’s clean-up day moved to May 1

Shown are some of the participants in Fayette’s 2019 Clean-up Day with the garbage that was collected during the event.

The City of Fayette’s cleanup day that was postponed last Saturday because of rain has been rescheduled for this Saturday, May 1. The clean-up is a project of Alabama’s PALS (People Against a Littered State). The Town of Glen Allen also had a clean-up scheduled for last Saturday that was postponed. Glen Allen Mayor Allen Dunavant said a decision would be made at the town’s May council meeting concerning the rescheduling of its clean-up event.

BOE joins e-cigarette litigation

Shown are the members of the Fayette County Board of Education at the board’s April 20 meeting. Pictured from left: Board President Tom Hubbert and board members Keith Madison, Julie Stough, John Stowe, John Aaron and Brenda Webb.

The Fayette County Board of Education voted at its April 20 meeting to join the nationwide e-cigarette litigation. All board members were present for the meeting. The board voted to join the litigation after recessing the meeting for approximately an hour to discuss a matter concerning undisclosed litigation.

Commission considers ACCA proposal

Shown at the April 12 Fayette County Commission meeting, from left: Commissioner Robert Townley, Commissioner Wesley Jacobs, Commissioner John Underwood, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, Commissioner Joe Acker, Commissioner Barry Corkren and Commissioner Shane Hughes.

The Fayette County Commission considered a proposal from the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) during its April 12 meeting. All of the commissioners and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman were present for the meeting. According to information received by the commission from the ACCA, Fayette County could receive $3,161,673 over the next four years under the 2021 “American Rescue Plan Act.” The ACCA proposes to provide necessary assistance to make sure that proposed projects would be compliant with federal guidelines.

Berry Wildcats sweep Verbena to advance in playoffs

Isaiah Kizzire is shown pitching a complete game for Berry in its game one win over Verbena.

The Berry Wildcats hosted Verbena in the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s baseball playoffs, winning both of the Friday games to advance into the next round. Berry had to fight and claw for the win in the first game of the doubleheader, coming from behind to win 9-6. Verbena scored two runs in the top of the first inning as they sent seven batters to the plate. The Wildcats fought back with a run of its own in the home-half of the inning.