Fire destroys family’s home

This home in Fayette County was destroyed by fire on Friday, Feb. 18.

A fire on Friday, Feb. 18 completely destroyed the home of Brandon and Jocelyn Stocks.
A call was received at the Fayette Fire Department to dispatch trucks to the home on County Road 38 West at approximately 3:19 p.m., according to Fayette Fire Chief Shannon Taylor.

Commission to use COVID funds to buy equipment

Pictured at the Feb. 14 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: Commissioner John Underwood, Commissioner Barry Corkren, Commissioner Wesley Jacobs, Commissioner Robert Townley, Commissioner Shane Hughes, Commissioner Brad Cox and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted unanimously during its Feb. 14 meeting to use some of its American Rescue Act (COVID) funds to purchase road equipment. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commission Chairman Mile Freeman told the commission that new guidance concerning the expenditure of funds from the American Rescue Act appears to allow counties to spend some of the funds for the purchase of new road equipment, with some stipulations.

FMS presents Black History Month program

Pictured at the Fayette Middle School’s “Black History Month” program. from left: Rodney Hannah, Makiyah Hannah, Kaiden Nalls, Ki-Jana King, Sofi Gant, Addie Thomas, and Sean White. Shown in front is a picture of Hannah and Civil Rights pioneer, U.S. Congressman John Lewis.

Fayette Middle School held its annual “Black History Month” program on Friday, Feb. 18 in the school’s gymnasium. The program was led by Fayette Middle School students. The audience was welcomed to the program by Makiyah Hannah. The opening prayer was led by Sofi Gant. Next, several students sang an inspiring rendition of the song, “We are the World.”

BOE recognizes Career and Technical students

Pictured at the Feb. 15 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education are some of the Career and Technical students in Fayette County who were recognized during the meeting.

The Fayette County Board of Education held it regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the central office boardroom. All board members were present for the meeting. February is recognized as Career Technical Education (CTE) Month, and the board invited local CTE teachers and several students representing schools throughout the county to the meeting to be recognized.

Fayette defeats Hubbertville in baseball

Brantley Stocks is pictured making contact with the ball for a base hit.

Fayette opened its 2022 baseball season at home, playing Bibb County in the first game of a doubleheader and facing cross-county rival Hubbertville in the second game of the twin-bill.
Fayette defeated Hubbertville in the second game by a score of 14-0. Cooper Sanford started the game on the mound for the Tigers, and Brodie Porter was the starting pitcher for Hubbertville.


Fayette Sherrif’s Department gets unused medicine depository

Shown with the depository box, from left: Deputy Lauren McAlpin, Deputy Brandon Collins, Deputy Jared Taylor, Sheriff Byron Yerby, with Amber Whitson, Meg Rutledge and Lindsey Jackson of Northwest Mental Health.

The Fayette County Sheriff Department recently received an unused medicine depository from Northwest Mental Health, where people can safely return unused prescription medicines that are no longer needed or out-of-date.


Duck completes Naval training

Jessica Duck is pictured receiving her Masters-at-Arms certificate. Shown from left: Executive Officer Commander Chris Beckenridge, Command Master Chief Hernandez, Jessica Duck and Commanding Officer Damon Summerall.

Jessica Duck, a 2021 graduate of Fayette County High School, recently completed her basic Naval training and also her training as a Masters-at-Arms (Naval Police). Since her graduation from high school, Duck, who will turn 19 years old next month, has been living in a different world than the laid-back, small-town atmosphere of Fayette.


Fayette Council appproves pistol and badge resolution

Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins (left) presented retired former Assistant Police Chief John Underwood with his badge and pistol during the Feb. 8 Fayette City Council meeting.

The Fayette City Council approved a resolution during its Feb. 8 meeting that will allow officers retiring from the Fayette Police Department to keep their service pistol and badge provided they retire with at least 10 years of service to the department. All council members were present for the meeting.


Bevill Baseball wins two-out-of-five for week

The Bevill State Bears played its second week of baseball and won two-out-of-five games for the week. The Bears traveled to Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss. to challenge the 17th ranked community college team in the nation on Feb. 8. Bevill gave a good accounting of its program by splitting games of a doubleheader by identical scores of 7-4.


World Champion Powerlifter is new Bevill instructor

Alex Moore of Fayette is the new Electrical System Technology instructor at Bevill State Community College.

Alex Moore, the new Electrical System Technology instructor at Bevill State Community College in Fayette, is used to accomplishing a lot at a young age. Moore graduated in 2018 from Fayette County High School and when he walked across the stage to receive his diploma, he had already earned more than 30 credit hours as a dual enrollment student at Bevill State Community College.


Berry Council hears from evicted tenant

Pictured at the Berry Town Council meeting on Feb. 7, from left: Mayor Jimmy Madison, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar, Councilman Chuck Tidwell, Councilman Russell Madison, Councilman Troyce Townsel and Councilman Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 7. All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, Roger Mertens, pastor of Berry Bible Missionary Church, led those in attendance in prayer. Before the business portion of the meeting began, Ronnie Magouirk, speaking on behalf of Stallion Trailers, addressed the council concerning the recent eviction notice that was sent to him concerning the leased property. The property in question is the former Amory building.


Bevill State opens 2022 baseball season

Shown is Bevill State Community College’s pitcher Griffin Busby, who closed out Bevill’s first win of the season on Saturday. The sophomore lefthander from Mortimer Jordan has already signed a baseball scholarship with UAB for next season.

Bevill State Community College in Fayette opened its 2022 baseball season this past weekend with a 2-2 split against Frontier Community College of Fairfield, Ill. The teams played a doubleheader on Saturday, with Frontier winning the first game by a score of 5-0. Blake Burgess was the starting pitcher for Bevill and suffered the loss. He pitched five innings, surrendering four hits, one earned run and struck out four opposing batters.


Local COVID rate higher than state’s average

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, with the entire state testing at high positivity rates.
On Monday, Feb. 7, the seven-day positivity rate for the State of Alabama was 26.2 percent, while the positivity rate for Fayette County registered at 35.8 percent. The new Omicron variant appears to be far more contagious than the previous COVID viruses, but medical officials say that there is now a variant of the original Omicron virus that is even more contagious.


Local basketball teams finish regular season

Brady Porter (23) looks to pass the ball inside to an open player against Vina.

Fayette celebrated “Senior Night” in basketball by hosting the Berry Wildcats on Monday, Jan. 31. Honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to the girls’ basketball game were the senior girl players, the senior cheerleaders, and their families. Senior girls’ basketball players for Fayette County High School are Alexis Wilson, Meredith Collins and Julie Beavers. Senior cheerleaders at FCHS are Grace Tucker, Kayla Mansfield, Jacie Junkin and Carly Black.