Donoho defeats Berry 42-14

Tyler Smith (6) is shown dropping back to pass as Isaac Darty (34) blocks.

The musical group Grateful Dead once sang about what a long, strange journey this has been. The Berry faithful who made the long trek to Calhoun County to see the Wildcats take on the Donoho Falcons could identify with that. The game saw problems with the field, controversial calls, and contention between players from both teams. The Wildcats hoped to upset the Falcons on their homecoming, but ultimately Donoho walked away with a 42 – 14 win.


BES receives check for reading success

Shown receiving a $20,000 check from the Alabama Department of Education for Berry Elementary School are from left: Eric Mackey, Alabama State Superintendent; Darrell Thomas, Berry Elementary principal; BES teachers Amber Stephens and Heather Windle; Mary Raines, Fayette County deputy superintendent; Jim Burkhalter, Fayette County superintendent and State Board Member Jeff Newman.

Berry Elementary School received a $20,000 check from the Alabama Department of Education in recognition of its outstanding success in reading achievement during a ceremony in Montgomery on Sept. 13. The state education department honored 50 of the top schools in the state for reading achievement, and each school received a $20,000 check at the ceremony. Berry Elementary School was the only school in Fayette County to receive this special reading recognition.


Celebrating 125 years of Christian service

Shown is a recent picture of Macedonia Baptist Church, as the church was framed by a rainbow in the background.

Macedonia Baptist Church, located on County Road 35 south of Fayette, will celebrate its 125th anniversary of Christian service on Sunday, Sept. 30. The church was founded on Nov. 19, 1893 when five men and six women assembled at Sulphur Springs School House to organize a new Missionary Baptist Church. Those individuals that gathered on that day were J.A. South, J.B. Kemp, Ira Griffin, G.W. Newton, J.M. Lindsey, F.A. South, Sara E. Kemp, Susan A. Griffin, T.O. Newton, Nora Lindsey and Ethel Kelley.

FCHS celebrates Homecoming

Shown is the 2018 Homecoming Court. From left: Julie Beavers, Samantha Holliman, Layla Birmingham, McKenzie Back, Morgan Trull (Queen), Lindy Hindman, Holley Files, Searaley Nichols and Jacie Junkin.

Fayette County High School celebrated its Homecoming on Sept. 21 with a 24-0 win over the Curry Yellow Jackets.

Gordon honored by FCHS

Shown are John Gordon (left) and FCHS Principal Jeremy Madden.

John Gordon (left) received a plaque from Fayette County High School Principal Jeremy Madden during the FCHS homecoming game recognizing his 42 years of service as the public address announcer at John Morgan Brown Stadium. Gordon officially retired from announcing this season after taking a leave-of-absence during the previous year.

Reeves retires from 24th Judicial Circuit

Shown are the people in the district attorney’s office Reeves worked with. From left: Merrell Nolen, Jack Nolen, District Attorney Chris McCool, Nancy Reeves, Andy Hamlin, Kaleb Beams and Steven Nolen.

The 24 Judicial Circuit honored Nancy Reeves with a retirement party on Aug. 23, in recognition for her 16 1/2 years of service to the district attorney’s office. Reeves was hired on Feb. 11, 2002 and will officially retire on Nov. 30.


Glen Allen refrains from seeking water funds

The Glen Allen town council unanimously decided at its Sept. 4 meeting to refrain from submitting an application to seek funding for assistance in upgrading the town's water infrastructure. All council members were present for the meeting.
Mayor Allen J. Dunavant informed the council that The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is presently making available a historic level of funding for water and waste disposal infrastructure in rural towns and communities. The funding could be obtained by way of grants or long-term, low-interest rate loans.

Berry Council approves budget for 2019

The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 10. All council members were present for the meeting. Town Clerk Marie McClusky presented the budget for fiscal year 2019 to the council. She said that the only significant change in the budget was the inclusion of a provision to purchase three new police cars, as detailed during discussions at the August meeting with Berry Police Chief Gerald DeDeaux.

Fayette gets shutout win over Curry 24-0

Walt Tucker (5) is shown throwing a pass as Langston Strawbridge (24) blocks.

Fayette used a solid passing attack and a dominating defensive effort to register a 24-0 homecoming victory over the Curry Yellow Jackets. Curry managed only two net yards rushing and less than 100 yards in total offense during the game. The swarming Tigers’ defense also forced Curry to lose four fumbles that were recovered by Fayette.


Berry gets first win of season

Johnathan Locke (7) is shown cradling a pass reception for a two-point conversion for the Berry Wildcats.

The Berry Wildcats faced the Meek Tigers with both teams looking to pick up their first regional win. The Tigers led early in the game, but the Wildcats took control in the second half to win 33–15. The Tigers won the toss and elected to take the opening kickoff. Meek started its opening possession on the Tigers’ 32-yard line. Nine plays later, Meek faced fourth and two on the Berry 28-yard line and decided to try to convert the down. The Wildcat defense stopped the Tigers for no gain and forced a turnover on downs.


Hub falls to South Lamar

Gage Alexander (10) is shown tackling a South Lamar ball carrier as Tanner Upton (25) comes in to assist.

The battle between the undefeated South Lamar Stallions and the Hubbertville Lions got off to a quick start on Friday night. The Stallions won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick, wasting little time advancing the ball to the endzone for a quick score. Beginning the first offensive possession at its own 46 yard line, Jack Dawson dropped back and connected on a pass with Keidarris Griffin, who raced down the right sideline for the touchdown. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful, leaving the score 6-0 with only 11 seconds erased off the clock.


Governor’s job fair for people with disabilities

In partnership with the Alabama Career Center System / Alabama Department of Labor, the City of Huntsville, United Ability, the Alabama Department of Rehab Services, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Governor’s Office on Disability, and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Governor Kay Ivey announced plans to host the second annual Governor’s Job Fair for People with Disabilities.

Renovating the past for a productive future

Shown is a portion of downtown Fayette showing the after effects of the storefront renovations, which was one of the many phases of the Downtown Revitalization Program.

“We don’t tear down old buildings, we renovate and restore them,” said Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson. “We are proud of our historical past and want to preserve that heritage while preparing for business in the future.” With only a couple of noticeable exceptions, those being the McNease-Robertson Hospital/Clinic and Richard’s Theater, the buildings occupying present-day downtown Fayette have a very familiar look to the landscape of 50-100 years ago. The names on the buildings may have changed, but the buildings have been renovated and reborn into new vibrant businesses.


Commission votes to post operator, clerk positions

Shown at the Sept. 10 commission meeting are, from left: Commissioner Joe Acker, Commissioner Barry Corkren and shop supervisor Tim Whitson.

The Fayette County Commission voted to post a new accounts payable position and two road crew operator positions during its Sept. 10 meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, Commissioner Barry Corkren asked that the agenda for the meeting be amended to include the addition of “open and re-alignment positions.” The commissioners unanimously approved the agenda with the requested change added. Corkren said that the road crew has been understaffed and needs two equipment operators hired to fill the needs of the department.

Fayette City Council renews hospital tax

Shown at the Sept. 11 Fayette City Council meeting, from left: councilmen Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson and Jason Cowart, Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council approved the renewal of the one-half cent sales tax that is earmarked for Fayette Medical center during its Sept. 11 meeting. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Lee Auman, candidate for then United States House of Representatives, Fourth Congressional District, was introduced by Bobby Avant. Auman was allowed five minutes to speak and used that time to thank the council for their foresight in protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of the Fayette.

Never forget

Shown is the flag that was displayed at the Fayette Fire Department on Sept. 11.

The Fayette Fire Department displayed a giant flag on Sept. 11, remembering the nearly 3,000 innocent victims and the heroic first responders who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.



Fayette BOE approves budget, contracts during meeting

Shown at the BOE meeting representing Berry Elementary from left: Amber Stephens, Heather Windle and Principal Darrell Thomas. Berry Elementary placed in the top 50 schools in the state for reading growth in 2018.

The Fayette County Board of Education approved its budget for fiscal year 2019 during its Sept. 11 meeting. All members of the board were present for the meeting. Prior to the meeting, a budget hearing was held to present proposed revenues and expenditures for the upcoming year. Revenues were listed at $22,516,659 and expenditures were listed at $23,376,396. These are projected numbers and are subject to change within the year.


Fayette Arts Festival winners announced

Shown are the winners from the 49th annual Fayette Arts Festival.

The 49th annual Fayette Arts Festival, held on Sept. 8 at Guthrie Smith Park, announced its prize winners from this years festival. The winners are as follows: Jimmy Pierce, Cottondale – First Place, Fine Art Division; Cindy S. Vance, Bankston – Display Award; Marinda Michael, Baldwin, Miss. – Third Place, Craft Division; Ashleigh McCool, Gordo – Second Place, Fine Art Division; and She-She, B’ham – First Place, Folk Art Division. Middle: Dianne Wurtele, Birmingham – Patron’s Choice Award; Laura S.

Fayette wins WAC Volleyball Championship

The Fayette volleyball team won the WAC Championship, held Sept. 15 in Fayette. Shown from left, kneeling: Aleah Byars and Mary Kate Ballew. Back: Head Coach Jamie Lawler, Jessica Duck, Karli Rushing, Assistant Coach Danielle Newsome, Samantha Cox, Mary Grace Wyatt, Kayley Strickland, Grace Sullivan, Karrigen Koster and Assistant Coach Sandra Holliman.

The Fayette County High School Lady Tigers volleyball team won the West Alabama Conference (WAC) championship, played in Fayette on Sept. 15.

Fayette scores big in second quarter to defeat Cordova 35-12

KyHeim Montford (3) runs for a good gain after taking a handoff from quarterback Blake Wallace (4).

Fayette traveled to the sweltering hot football pit of the Blue Devils on Friday night and used a 29-point second quarter to easily defeat Cordova 35-12. The second quarter was so dominating that Fayette scored on each of its three offensive possessions in the period, accumulating 156 yards in the process. The Tigers also returned a punt 69-yards for a touchdown and then recovered the ensuing kickoff. The Blue Devils ran 12 plays in the second quarter, failing to gain a first down and with a net loss of six yards in the period.