Mahaffey receives Roy Dobbs Achievement Award

Keith Mahaffey, left, is shown receiving the Roy Dobbs Lifetime Achievement Award from Mayor Stanley Allred.

Keith Mahaffey, the former Mayor of Vance, was recently named the 2019 recipient of the Roy Dobbs Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, created by the West Alabama Mayors Association in 2013, honors a former mayor from the West Alabama region selected for having made a lasting, meaningful and positive impact on his or her community.


Fayette splits tournament games

Fayette’s boys team competed last week in the Tuscaloosa County News Basketball Tournament, held at Tuscaloosa County High School. The Tigers lost the first game to the homestanding Wildcats, before winning the consolation game of the tournament the next night against Cedar Bluff.

Council to consider changes to salaries

The Fayette City Council held its Dec. 27 meeting at the Fayette Civic Center. Shown clockwise from left: Councilman Jason Cowart, City Clerk Dawn Clapp, Councilwoman Linda McCraw, Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilman Cedric Wilson, Councilman Eddy Campbell and City Attorney Dale Lawrence. Absent from the meeting was Councilman Jerry Nichols.

The Fayette City Council held a brief meeting on Dec. 20 at the Fayette Civic Center, prior to the annual Christmas luncheon for city employees. Councilman Jerry Nichols was absent from the meeting, with all other council members and Mayor Ray Nelson present.


Year-in-Review for January - June 2019

Angela Cobb is shown with one of the many bass she caught on opening day (March 28) at the Fayette County Lake.

As we approach a new year, we pause to take a look back at some of the top stories from the first six months of 2019. January: The body of Ashley Tenniel Watkins, 31, was discovered in Tuscaloosa County on Jan. 2. The woman had been reported missing on Dec. 8, 2018 while visiting a friend in Fayette County. Retiring Fayette County Probate Judge William Oswalt and retiring Fayette County District Judge Jerry Clary were each honored with separate receptions. Each of the men served 30 years in their respective offices.


Commission declares an emergency for communications system

Shown at the Dec. 9 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, clockwise from left: Recently-hired County Administrator Brooke Slatton, Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers, Commissioner James Knight, Commissioner Shane Hughes, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioner Joe Acker, Commissioner John Underwood, and Commissioner Barry Corkren. Not pictured, but present at the meeting is current County Administrator John Gordon.

The Fayette County Commission held its only meeting of the month on Dec. 9. All commissioners were present for the meeting, along with Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.
In a work session held prior to the regular meeting, a discussion was held about buying a new communications system for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.


Realignments for 2020-22 announced by AHSAA

The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) recently announced the new classifications and realignments for the 2020-22 seasons. Fayette remained in Class 4A, Region 5 in football. The Tigers will continue to be in the northern-half of the 4A bracket for the next two seasons, and Fayette will also continue to play Curry, Northside, Oak Grove and Haleyville as regional opponents. Also playing in Class 4A, Region 5 will be Gordo, moving up from Class 3A; and Hamilton, moving down from Class 5A.


FCHS holds football banquet

Parker Nichols (left), shown with Head Football Coach Bill Smith, received the “School Record Holder Award” at the football banquet.

Fayette County High School held its annual Football Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Southside Baptist Church gymnasium in Fayette.

Locke is named All-State in football

Pictured is Johnathan Locke of Berry High School.

The Alabama Sportswriters Association selected Johnathan Locke of Berry as its second team All-State athlete in Class 1A football for the 2019 season. Locke, a junior on the Berry High School football team, was one of the leaders for the Wildcats. He played running back and wide receiver on offense, and also contributed heavily on defense as a defensive back.

Fayette Co. Circuit Court announces sentences

The following people were sentenced in Fayette County Circuit Court during the month of November. The list was compiled from information received from the Fayette County Circuit Court. • Gregory Shane Fortner, third degree burglary, sentenced to 20 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections, sentenced suspended with five years supervised probation, and three years reversed split sentence with three years in the custody of the Department of Corrections, and 12 months postponement;


Byrne seeks U.S. Senate seat to return power to the people

U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne (standing) visited Fayette on Dec. 16 to discuss the 2020 U.S. Senate race. Shown sitting, clockwise from left: Fayette Co. Baptist Association Director John Killian, Reg Harris, Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson and Bob Musgrove.

Bradley Byrne, U.S. Congressman from the First District, visited with residents of Fayette last week. Byrne, a Republican, is running next year for the U.S. Senate. He said that he has enjoyed his six years in the House of Representatives, but now he wants to take the next step as a member of the U.S. Senate. “A new senator has a lot more power than a member of the House of Representatives,” Byrne said. “There are 435 House members and only 100 Senators.”


Two vehicle accident causes huge damages

Pictured is the 2004 Toyota Sequoia involved in the accident.

The 2004 Toyota Sequoia, shown in the top photo and driven by Karenda King of Fayette, collided with the 1986 Ford truck, shown in the bottom photo and driven by Jackie Ashby of Fayette, at the intersection of 5th St. NE and 2nd Ave NE. According to the accident report, the two vehicles collided as the Sequoia was attempting to cross 2nd Avenue.


Former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions speaks to the City Council

Former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions spoke briefly to the Fayette City Council during its Dec. 10 meeting. Shown from left: Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson, Sessions, Councilwoman Linda McCraw, Councilman Eddy Campbell and Councilman Cedric Wilson.

Former U.S. Senator and Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to the Fayette City Council prior to the beginning of its business portion of the Dec. 10 meeting. Councilman Jason Cowart and Councilman Jerry Nichols were absent from the meeting, with Mayor Ray Nelson and the remaining council members present.


Fayette makes a quick exit in the WAC Tournament

Darius Loyd (13) powers his way to the basket as he is fouled by a Cordova player.

The Fayette B-Team, girls varsity and boys varsity basketball teams participated in the West Alabama Conference (WAC) Tournament in Vernon last week, with all of the Fayette teams making a quick exit after suffering first round defeats. Earlier in the week, the varsity boys and girls teams each defeated Cordova in games played at Fayette County High School.