No injuries suffered in accident

Shown is the Ford van involved in the accident.

A one vehicle accident, occurring at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5 on Highway 96 in Fayette, resulted in no injuries. The 2022 Ford van was registered to Scientific Pest Control, and was driven by Heather June Kough, of 225 Bobo Blvd. in Fayette. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a power pole, breaking the pole and causing downed power lines.

Glen Allen experiences major water line issues

Pictured is the Glen Allen water tank.

After days of water leaks and shortages, the Glen Allen Water System appears to be back operating at full capacity. Glen Allen Mayor Allen Dunavant said that the problems started during the extremely cold weather this area experienced during the Christmas holidays. He said that with temperatures dipping down below 10 degrees at times and staying below freezing for several consecutive hours, they began getting calls at City Hall from customers who were without water.


Free radon testing kits available

Pictured is a map showing average radon levels in Alabama.

January has been designated as “National Radon Action Month.” Radon is the number one leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is offering one free radon test kit per Alabama household as part of an initiative to cut down on dangerous radon exposure. Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be seen or smelled. It is produced when uranium breaks down in soil and water.


Officers commended for bravery

Shown from left, front: Deputy Todd Key, Deputy Tanner Burleson, Police Lt. Michael Kelley, FPD Officer Landon Miller and Fayette Mayor Rod Northam. Back: Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins, Fayette Co. Sheriff Byron Yerby, Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilman Tommy Williams, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside and Councilman Eddy Campbell.

Four local law enforcement officers, Fayette Police Officer Landon Miller and Police Lieutenant Michael Kelley, along with Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Deputies Tanner Burleson and Todd Key, were commended for their heroic efforts during a recent apartment fire. During the Dec. 27, 2022 Fayette City Council meeting, Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins addressed the council and those in attendance concerning the incident.


Bragga speaks at FCHS Baseball Banquet

Matt Bragga, head baseball coach at Tennessee Tech, was the featured speaker for the Fayette County High School Baseball Banquet.

The Fayette County High School Baseball Booster Club held its annual banquet and fundraiser on the campus of Bevill State Community College on Dec. 15, 2022. Mike Bragga, head baseball coach at Tennessee Tech, was the keynote speaker for the event.


City Council reappoints Nolen as judge

This youth group from Trinity Church of God (pictured in front with Fayette Mayor Rod Northam) led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Fayette City Council meeting.

The Fayette City Council reappointed Steven Nolen as municipal judge for the city during its Dec. 27 meeting. Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe was absent from the meeting, with all council members present. Prior to the start of the meeting, Mason Bonner led the council in prayer, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Tori Nichols and a youth group from the Trinity Church of God.


July - December ‘Year-in-Review’

Fayette Medical Center Administrator Donald Jones (left) is shown sharing a laugh with Tina Randall and her husband, Dr. Mark Randall, as Dr. Randall is welcomed to Fayette during a July 2022 reception.

Editor’s Note: Last week we brought you news stories for January through June 2022. We conclude our Year-in-Review with stories that made the headlines during July through December 2022.


Deep Freeze!

Pictured is an overflow ditch at Guthrie Smith Park that froze solid.

This year’s Christmas holidays brought some of the coldest temperatures ever for the season throughout Fayette County and most of the nation.

June - July ‘Year-in-Review’

Fayette Assistant Police Chief John Underwood is shown making his final call to dispatch upon his retirement in January.

Editor’s note: As we approach a new year, we pause to take a look back at some of the top news stories of the first six months of 2022. Our annual review will continue next week with headlines from July - December 2022.


Certificate graduates of New Orleans Baptist Seminary

Shown from left, front: Robert Cobb, Deborah Bolton, Toni Cook, Brianna Owens, Nolan Maddox and Kevin Morrison. Back: Instructor Robert Parrish, Orie Knowlton, Instructor Chuck Oliver and Instructor John Killian. Also receiving certificates, but not pictured were: Preston Jones, Rick Cargile, Wil Corbett, Mike Emanuel and David Oswalt.

Several residents of Fayette and the surrounding area recently completed classes in certificate programs offered through the New Orleans Baptist Seminary.


Car crashes into house

This photo shows the vehicle, driven by Dakota Frost, as it came to rest inside the residence of Joe and Beth Redker of Belk.

A car crashed into a Fayette County residence just as the family living at that residence was sitting down to a meal. Luckily, all involved in the accident escaped with no or only minor injuries. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene, and a spokesperson for that department said that the accident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. on the night of Tuesday, Dec. 13.