Berry ends season with 34-14 victory over Sumiton Christian

Kemari Hollingsworth (5) is shown running for a good gain for Berry.

The Berry Wildcats finished off its 2023 season by traveling to Walker County to face the Sumiton Christian Eagles. The Wildcats scored to take an early lead and never trailed as they finished the season with a two-game winning streak following the 34-14 victory.


Lynn defeats Hubbertville 56-33 in season finale for the Lions

Pictured is Hubbertville’s offensive lineman. From left: Kobyn Johnson (60), Tucker Bowen (50), Bryce Afshar (61), Heath Dunavant (64), Levi Williams (1) and Ronnie Minor (40).

On Friday night, the Lions hosted the Lynn Bears, the top team in Region Five. The Lions received the kickoff  and started its opening possession at its 35-yard line. Utilizing runs by T.J. Keeton, Ronnie Minor and Cole Brand, the Lions’ moved the ball out to the 42-yard line.

Brinyark defeats Cox in Republican runoff

Bryan Brinyark defeated Brad Cox in the Oct. 24 Republican Primary runoff to be the party’s nominee for the Alabama House District 16 seat. Although Cox collected the most votes in his home county of Fayette, and also in the portion of Jefferson County that is within the district, Brinyark won his home county of Tuscaloosa by a wide margin to capture the overall victory.


Fayette City Council hears report on Frog Level Festival

Fayette Chamber Director Emily Montague is shown talking to the Fayette City Council about this year’s Frog Level Festival.

The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24. All council members were present for the meeting, with the exception of Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe. Prior to the start of the meeting, Corey Baker, Children and Youth Pastor at Fayette First Baptist Church led the council in prayer. Fayette Mayor Rod Northam led the council in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Commission votes to vacate Logan Road

The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 23 at the Fayette Courthouse Annex building. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, a public hearing was held concerning vacating Logan Road. No one spoke either for or against the road closure during the hearing.


Area churches host Trunk-or-Treat

Teresa and Art Frazier are shown with their grandchildren, from left front: William Benefield, Harrison Benefield (standing) and Oaklinn Benefield.

The annual Fayette Area Churches “Trunk or Treat,” held at the Fayette County Multipurpose Complex, was a big hit with children and also the adults.

Future cheerleaders help cheer Fayette to victory

Shown are a few of the many youngsters who participated in the pre-game activities.

During the Fayette - Midfield pre-game activities, several future Fayette County High School cheerleaders took the field to lead cheers alongside the current FCHS varsity cheerleaders. The young cheerleaders got the crowd and the team motivated, as they helped to cheer the Tigers to a crucial regional victory. Shown above are a few of the many youngsters who participated in the pre-game activities.

FCHS volleyball team has successful season

The Fayette County High School varsity volleyball team finished a successful 2023 season, winning the regular season area title and hosting the area tournament. The Lady Tigers received a first-round bye in the Class 3A, Area 9 Tournament, then defeated Winfield three sets to one to advance to the championship match. Fayette faced a tough Carbon Hill squad for the title, and won the championship match three sets to one.


Fayette defeats Midfield; qualifies for playoffs

Isaiah Stowe (56) is shown kicking an extra point for Fayette.

Fayette used a massive rushing attack to control the game’s tempo and defeat Midfield in a crucial regional game by the score of 36-18. The win clinched the fourth and final playoff spot in the region, and secured a first-round road playoff game against Lauderdale County following the conclusion of the Tigers’ regular season finale against Hamilton this week.


Berry defeats Brilliant 44-8

Ace Norris (2) is shown running for a touchdown as his teammates provide the blocking.

The Berry Wildcats continued region play by traveling to Brilliant to face the Tigers. The Wildcats scored on offense, defense, and special teams to take control of the game early and cruise to a 44-8 victory over the Tigers.


Qualifying for 2024 elections is underway

Qualifying is now underway for the 2024 federal, state and local primary elections. The local Republican Party started its qualifying on Oct. 10, and the state Republican Party started qualifying candidates on Oct. 16. The local Democratic Party and the state Democratic Party are also busy qualifying candidates, with all party qualifying scheduled to conclude at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10.


Farmers Market to open Oct. 28, Nov. 4

The Fayette Farmers market will be open on the next two Saturdays in its downtown location, on the north side of the Fayette Depot Museum. Lann Stewart, manager of the Fayette Farmers Market, said that there will be fall and winter greens for sale (turnip greens, mustard greens, collards, etc.), and a wide variety of locally grown baked and canned good items. There will also be a few craft items for sale.


FCHS, Bevill to host Veterans Day Program

Fayette County High School and Bevill State Community College will host its annual “Communitywide Veterans Day Program" at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 in the Earl McDonald Auditorium on the Fayette Campus of Bevill State. The guest speaker for the event will be United States Navy Veteran James A. Henry, a 1992 graduate of Fayette County High School.


BOE honors Berry's ‘Teachers of the Year’

The Fayette County Board of Education recognized the Berry “Teachers of the Year” during their Oct. 17 meeting. From left: Deputy Superintendent Mary Raines, Kelley Strickland, Athena Hubbert and Superintendent Jim Burkhalter.

The Fayette County Board of Education toured Berry Elementary School and Berry High School before holding its Oct. 17 meeting in the library of Berry High School. All board members were present for the meeting, with the exception of board member Tierre Agnew. Prior to the start of the meeting Athena Hubbert was recognized as Berry Elementary School’s “Teacher of the Year,” and Kelley Strickland received recognition as Berry High School’s “Teacher of the Year.”