BOE proceeds with plans to purchase building

Hubbertville students brought holiday cheer to the Fayette Board of Education meeting by singing holiday songs. From left: Teacher Carolyn Jungels, Bella Hubbert, Jaxson Moye, Ella Jace Jackson, Barrett Afshar, Jase Hill, Levi Dupuis, Jace Moye, Jackson Shelton, Chloe Lynn, Jack Persur, Carlie Keeton and Teacher Allyson Afshar.

The Fayette Board of Education wants to show transparency in the possible purchase of the athletic building at Fayette County High School, as noted during its latest meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Hubbertville School.


Painter found guilty in Fayette Co. Court

Michael Steven Painter

Andy Hamlin, 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney, announced that a guilty verdict was returned in Fayette County Circuit Court during the trial of a former probation officer.
Michael Steven Painter, 51, was convicted of custodial sexual misconduct and use of official position of office for personal gain. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2023.


Accident on Highway 43

Pictured is a 2023 GMC Sierra that was involved in an accident on Highway 43.

A 2023 GMC Sierra, driven by Kelvin Wesley James of Fayette, came to rest on its side after being involved in a collision with a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Tony Wayne Moore of Vernon. The accident occurred at the intersection of County Road 32 and Highway 171/ 43 North, just south of Walmart. No other details of the accident are available.

Animal Shelter receives donations for new program

West Alabama Bank and Trust of Fayette presented a check to the Fayette County Animal Shelter for its “Spay and Neuter” program. Bank employees shown from left: Jona Tucker, Brooklyn Fulgham, Fayette County Animal Shelter Director Phil Holliman, Logan McCool, Elizabeth Patrick, Leslie Morgan and Jackie Mitchell.

West Alabama Bank and Alabama Power recently donated money to aid the start of a new program that will be provided through the Fayette County Animal Shelter.


Berry reappoints Kearney as judge

Pictured at the Dec. 5 Berry Town Council meeting, from left: Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar, Councilman Russell Madison, Councilman Troyce Townsel and Councilman Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 5 at the Berry Town Hall. Councilman Chuck Tidwell was absent from the meeting, with all other council members present. At the beginning of the meeting, Councilman Russell Madison led the council in prayer, with Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar leading the Pledge of Allegiance.


BOE considers building purchase

Tierre Agnew (right) is shown taking the oath of office for his first term as a member of the Fayette County Board of Education from Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman. Tierre Agnew’s wife, Arlena Agnew, is shown holding the Bible.

The Fayette County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 29 at Fayette Elementary School. All board members were present for the meeting. Before starting the meeting, Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, along with board members Tom Hubbert and Tierre Agnew, each took the oath of office for a new term at their respective positions.


Commission discusses solid waste options

Pictured at the Nov. 28 Fayette County Commission meeting, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, David Hubbert, Wesley Jacobs, Robert Townley, Shane Hughes, Brad Cox and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission held its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 28. All commissioners were present for the meeting. County Engineer Jarrod Milligan addressed the commission concerning the current solid waste situation in the county.


Local teams have tough week

Kylee Dunn (15) is shown scoring a basket for the Lady Lions.

The Fayette County High School boys’ basketball team defeated Northside last week before losing the following night to Corner. Fayette defeated the Northside Rams by the score of 74-72, with Landon Kimbrell hitting the game winning basket for the Tigers at the buzzer.


Fayette Christmas Parade is Dec. 5

Shown is one of the floats from last year’s Christmas parade.

The annual Fayette Christmas Parade will be held this year on Monday, Dec. 5, with lots of lights, sounds and Christmas cheer to delight children and adults of all ages. Co-Chairperson Marla Kizzire said that anyone wishing to place an entry in the parade can see her or Co-Chairperson Belinda Watts prior to the parade, or they can just show up between 5-6 p.m. on the day of the parade at the old vacant shopping center lot.


Council approves repairs for fire truck

Shown at the Nov. 22 Fayette City Council meeting, from left: Councilman Tommy Williams, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council discussed the need to fix a cylinder on the fire department’s ladder truck during its Nov. 22 meeting. Councilman Jerry Nichols and Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe were absent from the meeting, with all other council members present.


Thanksgiving meals a blessing for community

Shown are a few of the many volunteers who worked on Thanksgiving Day to provide free meals for area residents.

The third annual “Thanksgiving at The Loft” was a tremendous success, with a record 225 plates served to residents of the community. Dana Beavers, organizer of the event, said that there was a tremendous outpouring of volunteers, donations and prayers that made the event a success this year.


Fayette Farm-City Banquet

Pictured is Ethan Olive, first-place winner in the Farm-City Essay Contest, with Fayette Co. Extension Agent Ronni Rene Brasher.

The 2022 Fayette County Farm-City Banquet was held on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Fayette Boy Scout building. The theme was “Sustaining for the Future,” and the event was sponsored by the Fayette County Farmers Federation.