Fayette County Lake has successful reopening

Angela Cobb is shown with one of the many bass she caught on opening day at the Fayette County Lake.

After being closed for the past four years, the Fayette County Public Lake had a successful reopening on Thursday, March 28, much to the delight of numerous anglers in the area.
The 60-acre lake had been restocked with bluegill, shellcracker, bass and catfish, and the fish were eagerly awaiting the hooks and baits being thrown into the water by the patrons who had waited so long for the lake’s reopening.


Plane’s return brings back fond memories

Shown with the Cessna airplane formerly owned by Bud Carroll, from left: Blake Westbrook, Earnie Duckworth and James Garrison. Duckworth and his employees recently painted the plane for the current owner.

The return an old Cessna airplane to Fayette brought back fond memories for a few men who remember taking numerous rides with Bud Carroll, the former pilot and owner of the aircraft. Earnie Duckworth is an aircraft painter stationed at Richard Arthur Field in Fayette. He said that a few months ago, he was contacted by the current owner of the plane, Blackstone Aviation in Hartselle, to do a total repaint of the aircraft. Duckworth said that he knew immediately when he heard the plane’s call letters that this was the plane that had started him on his love of airplanes.

Fayette City Council hears local resident

Linda Winston is shown addressing the Fayette City Council during its March 26 meeting.

A local resident addressed the Fayette City Council at its March 26 meeting concerning the condition of the streets on Martin Luther King Drive and the speed of vehicles traveling the streets. Councilman Jerry Nichols and Councilman Eddy Campbell were absent from the meeting.

Commission hires aging director, road supervisor

Shown at the March 25 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left, are: Commissioners Joe Acker, John Underwood, Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight, Shane Hughes, Barry Corkren, County Attorney Allen Grocholski and Fayette County Probate Judge (Commission Chairman) Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted to hire a part-time aging director during its March 25 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. The commissioners approved a motion to enter an executive session at the beginning of the meeting to discuss personnel issues at the request of Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.
Following the executive session, Freeman announced that the county road supervisor, Tim Whitson, had resigned from his position effective immediately.


FMC recognized for excellence

Members of the FMC and DCH Boards presented a resolution to the Fayette Medical Center’s staff and honored the employees with a reception. Shown from left are: Jim Harrison, John Mize, Mary Ann Hardin, Judge Joseph Colquitt, Dr. Linda Olivet and FMC Administrator Donald Jones.

The Fayette Medical Center (FMC) and the FMC Long-Term Care facility have been recognized as among the top healthcare facilities in the nation. FMC achieved a five-star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administrates Medicare. FMC is one of only five hospitals in Alabama and one of 293 nationwide to receive this rating, placing FMC in the top 6.5 percent of the nation’s 4,500 hospitals.

Aderholt addresses opiod crisis

Tim Thomas (left), ARC federal chairman, is shown discussing the opioid issue with Congressman Robert Aderholt during a break in the meeting.

The issue of substance abuse goes far beyond just addiction. A meeting of the minds between local, area, state and federal officials was held Wednesday, March 20, to seek solutions to bridge the gap between recovery from drug abuse and the successful placement of those who find themselves facing addiction back into society.


FMC Foundation presents scholarships

Pictured from left is Marla Kizzire (Fayette Medical Center Foundation Interim President), Cade Harris, Madison Dunn and Hunter Reynolds. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship that can be used at any college or university chosen by the recipient.

The Fayette Medical Center Foundation recently announced this year’s recipients of its “Nutrition Fuels Fitness” scholarships. Selected as this year’s recipients were Bevill students Cade Harris, Madison Dunn and Hunter Reynolds. Each received a $1,000 scholarship that can be used at any college that they choose to attend.


Sanders receives Korean War medal

Nolen Dean Sanders received an “Ambassador of Peace” Medal from the Korean government. Shown from left: Dianne Sanders Brown, Bobbie Jean Sanders, Anita Smalley Sanders, Nolen Dean Sanders, Skip Hocutt and Jerry Fulmer.

On Feb. 16, a day that he will never forget, Nolen Dean Sanders of Fayette received an “Ambassador of Peace” medal for his service in the Korean War. The medal was issued by the government of the Republic of Korea and presented to Sanders by two members of the local VFW Post, Post Commander Jerry Fulmer and Skip Hocutt. The certificate from the Korean government stated: “We cherish in our hearts the memory of your boundless sacrifices in helping us reestablish our Free Nation.


Local boxer seeks second chance in ring and life

Local professional boxer Anthony Stewart (left) is shown sparring with his trainer Seth Leonhard during a recent session at the 205 Gym in Fayette.

Sometimes in both boxing and real life, you have to get knocked down before you can succeed.
Local professional boxer Anthony Stewart’s life took a sharp detour a few years ago after a promising career in amateur boxing. Now he has a second chance in life and as a boxer, and he plans to make the most of this opportunity.


Fire causes extensive damage to local residence

Shown is the residence on Davis Drive that suffered extensive fire and smoke damage during a fire on the morning of March 19. There were no injuries and no one was home at the time the fire occurred

A fire on Tuesday, March 19 at 71 Davis Drive in Fayette caused extensive damage to the single structure residence. Fayette Fire Chief Shannon Taylor said that upon the arrival of the Fayette Fire Department at the residence, the structure was approximately one-half involved in flames, with fire throughout the attic and carport.


Bevill Foundation donates bus to Fayette Campus

Shown in the picture from left, front: Melissa Stowe (Bevill State Dean of Students), Sherry Terry (Bevill State Fayette Campus Director of Student Services), Dr. Harold Wade (Bevill State Foundation Board Member), Dr. Camilla Benton (Bevill State Foundation President), Theresa Berry-Franks (Bevill State Head Volleyball Coach) and Martha Kimbrell (Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Instruction at Bevill State). Back: Joey May (Bevill State Head Baseball Coach), Will Norwood (Bevill State Foundation Board Member).

Bevill State Community College announced the donation of a 2019 Startran PS/2 bus by the Bevill State Foundation to the Fayette campus. On Friday, March 22, the passenger bus was delivered to the Fayette campus of the college, where the keys were presented by board members of the Bevill Foundation.


Grand-Opening at Fayette Mini-Mart

Fayette Mini-Mart celebrated its Grand Opening on March 21. Shown from left are store employee Amy Hudson, DeWayne Guyton, Fayette Chamber of Commerce Director Daniel White, Store Owner Yonas Getachew, Fayette Fire Chief Shannon Taylor, Willie Ivey, Adam Fowler and Larry Humber.

Fayette Mini-Mart, located on the south side of Fayette at the intersection of Highway 171 and Highway 159, celebrated its Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting on March 21. The store is under new management and is operated by new owner Yonas Getachew.

BOE approves retirements, revises school calendar

The Fayette County Board of Education approved the retirement of two employees and revised the 2019-20 school calendar during its March 19 meeting. Board member Tim Fields was absent, with all other members present for the meeting. The board accepted the retirement of Jeanie Hindman as Fayette Elementary School teacher and Shirley Dailey as a lunchroom worker at Fayette Middle School. Their retirements will be effective on June 1.


Hubbertville softball defeats Hackleburg 10-0

Dixie Moye is shown pitching for Hubbertville in a game during the Hubbertville Tournament.

The Hubbertville Lady Lions traveled to Hackleburg on March 21 and won by a score of 10-0.
Emma Nichols pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout for Hubbertville to claim the victory.
Chelsea Porter and Madison Cribb each had two hits and scored a run during the game, while Cribb also had a RBI. Gracie Dodd and Kayla Tidwell each had a double, scored a run and had two RBIs. Laikyn Wright had a double, scored two runs and had a RBI.


Tigers win two games during week

Brandy Johnson is shown pitching for Fayette during the Hubbertville Softball Tournament.

The Fayette County High School Tigers defeated Hubbertville and Brilliant during the Hubbertville Softball Tournament, but lost the remainder of its games during the past week.
Fayette hosted Carbon Hill on March 18 and lost a close one to the Lady Bulldogs by a score of 8-7.


Berry softball 3-1 in tournament

Kyla Edmonson is shown getting a hit for Berry during the tournament at Hubbertville.

Berry softball completed a successful tournament at Hubbertville on Saturday, winning three games and losing a 1-0 heartbreaker in the other game. The Lady Wildcats, ranked number 10 in the latest Alabama Sportswriters Association Class 1A poll, opened the tournament with an 8-1 win over Brilliant. Brooke Blanton pitched a complete five-inning game, striking out 10 batters to earn the victory.


Fayette baseball wins two out of three against Curry

Colton McCaleb is shown making a catch to record an out against Curry during a game played on March 20 at Fayette County High School.

The Fayette Tigers traveled to Curry on March 19 and won by a score of 3-0. Carter Sanford had two hits and two RBIs in the game. Langston Strawbridge also had two hits for the Tigers. Colton McCaleb pitched a complete seven inning shutout for Fayette, scattering four hits and striking out six batters.


Hubbertville defeats Hackleburg in baseball

Gage Key throws the ball to first base to record an out for Hubbertville.

The Hubbertville Lions finished strong to take a 9-4 victory over Hackleburg in baseball.
The Lions scored in the first inning when Gage Key doubled in a run. The big inning for the Lions was the sixth, when Hubbertville scored four runs. Gage Alexander, Key and Zach Hubbert each had RBIs during the inning.


Storm does some damage in county

Shown is the mobile home owned by Ray Wooten that was damaged during the storm.

A brief but powerful thunderstorm in Fayette County cused some minor damage to trees and one residence in the county, according to Fayette County Emergency Management Director Russ Taylor. Taylor said that Fayette was never under a tornado warning, but much of the county was under a severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado watch for much of the afternoon and early evening on Thursday. March 14.

Convicted killer scheduled for execution

Christopher Lee Price is scheduled to be executed on April 11.

Christopher Lee Price is scheduled to be executed by the Alabama Department of Corrections on April 11. Price, 46, was convicted in the 1991robbery and murder of Bill Lynn. According to court documents, Lynn, a minister at Natural Springs Church of Christ, was fatally stabbed by Price outside of Lynn’s home on Dec. 22, 1991.


Sheriff department makes major drug bust

Shown are the methamphetamines that were seized during a drug bust made by the Fayette Sheriff Department. Other drugs were also seized at the time of the arrest.

The Fayette County Sheriff Department made a major drug bust this month, removing several grams of illegal drugs from the streets. While in the course of a routine investigation, Deputy Justin Watkins and Deputy Chris Hubbert arrived at the home of James Sherman Jones, located at 1507 2nd Ave. SW in Fayette.

Fayette County Commission holds brief meeting

Pictured is the Fayette County Commission as they met on March 11.

The Fayette County Commission held a brief regular meeting on Monday, March 11. All commissioners were present for the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, only one item of business was on the agenda. The item of business was discussion about the aging program director and at the beginning of the meeting, the commissioners agreed to remove that item of business from the agenda.


Fayette City Council receives reports and updates

The Fayette City Council received a monthly report from the fire and police chiefs in addition to hearing an update on the former Cotton Mill property litigation during its March 12 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, local resident Bobby Avant offered prayer. Avant also spoke breifly to the council concerning his experience as a visitor to a recent Fayette Municipal Court proceeding.


Fayette baseball defeats Bibb Co., South Lamar

Senior pitcher Austin McCaleb pitched a complete game to record a win as Fayette County hosted Bibb County on Saturday, March 16.

The Fayette County High School baseball team defeated Bibb County and South Lamar in games played at Fayette on Saturday, March 16. In the first game of the day for the Tigers, senior Austin McCaleb pitched an outstanding game for Fayette to win a pitchers’ duel for the Tigers by a score of 2-1.


Hub defeats Phillips, loses to Lynn

The Hubbertville girls’ softball team played two games last week, losing 16-0 to Lynn on the road and defeating Phillips 4-3 at home. During the 16-0 loss to Lynn on March 11, Hubbertville managed only two hits during the game. Chelsea Porter and Cayla Tidwell were each one-for-two at the plate for the Lady lions.


Berry baseball wins one, loses one

Berry’s baseball team traveled to Guin on March 11 to face Marion County and was defeated by a score of 12-1. Hunter Harrison was two-for-two at the plate for Berry, with a single and a double.Isaiah Kizzire was one-for-two with a RBI and was also hit by a pitch. Johnathan Locke had a double in the game, and Gabe Jones scored Berry’s only run.


Cattlemen’s Association elects Slay as Regional Vice-President

Randy Slay was elected as Regional Vice-President of the Alabama Cattlemen's Association.

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association membership elected Randy Slay of Fayette as regional vice-president at its annual membership meeting, held in conjunction with the 76th annual convention and trade show in Birmingham on Feb. 16.


Basketball team has successful season

Shown from left, front: Barrett McIntyre, Luke Anderson and Will Jackson. Back: Head Coach Jeremy Madden, Connor Nix, KeShawn Hughes, Nathan Franks, and Assistant Coach Josh Jackson.

The Fayette Two, 12 and Under, Fayette Park and Recreation basketball team had a very successful 2018-19 season. The team was 7-3 during the regular season, finishing the year 8-4 after the season-ending tournament. Madden said he enjoyed coaching the young players and commented that the team improved throughout the year. He  added that he is anxious to see the players compete next year at Fayette Middle School.


Sip[sey Arts Alliance holds Ribbon-Cutting

Present at the ribbon-cutting were many of the local artists within the Sipsey Arts Alliance, members of the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce, community business leaders, and also Jose Perry, regional director for U.S. Senator Doug Jones.

The Sipsey Arts Alliance Artists’ Collective held its Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting on March 14. The new facility will have studio space for the alliance’s artists, and will also have local art available for purchase. The new business is located at 117 East Columbus Street in Fayette.

Ivey awards grant to help victims of abuse, violent crime

Governor Kay Ivey has awarded a $700,000 grant for a new way to help victims of sexual abuse and violent crime better cope with the fallout and the anxieties that can come with criminal justice proceedings. The Office of Prosecution Services is using grant funds to place Certified Facility Dogs throughout the state. Four facilities in Chilton, Houston, Montgomery and Madison counties will house, train, transport and care for the service dogs, which can be deployed to any of the 67 counties in Alabama.


Rutland honored by dedication of new medical library at FMC

Dr. Richard O. Rutland is shown speaking at the March 10 dedication ceremony of the new Fayette Medical Center medical library named in his honor. Shown with Dr. Rutland is one of his daughters, Cindy McBrearty.

Dr. Richard O. Rutland was honored by a reception and dedication ceremony on March 10 at Fayette Medical Center, honoring his lifetime of medical achievements in the Fayette community and naming the new medical library in his honor. Sandy Nolen, chairperson of the Fayette Medical Center Board, opened the ceremony by thanking Rutland and the other “forward thinking leaders” who helped lead Fayette into the future.


'Meet and Greet' held for new FCHS football coach

Shown in the photo from left: Stephanie Hill, Ruby Porter and Charles “Bud” Porter speak with Coach Bill Smith.

Fayette County High School held a “Meet and Greet’” at the school on Sunday, March 10 for new FCHS football coach Bill Smith and his wife, Ann Smith. Many people attended the two-hour event to speak with the coach and his wife. The Smiths said that they were very encouraged by the support of the community and Bill Smith said that he is eagerly looking forward to a successful football season with the Tigers.

County Commission holds special meeting to approve gas tax resolution

Shown at the commission’s special meeting are, from left: County Engineer Chris Howell, Commissioner James Knight, Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers, Commissioner Shane Hughes, Glen Allen Mayor Allen Dunavant and Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission held a special called meeting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 to consider adopting a resolution in support of the “Rebuild Alabama Act” that is being considered by state legislators. All commissioners were present with the exception of Commissioner Barry Corkren and Commissioner John Underwood.


Berry Town Council approves car show

Shown from left: Town Clerk Marie McClusky, Mayor Jimmy Madison, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar and Councilman Chris Rice at Berry’s March 4 town meeting. Not shown is Councilman Calvin Madison, who was also present at the meeting.

The Berry Town Council approved the hosting of a September car show in Berry during its March 4 meeting. Councilman Russell Madison and Councilman Troyce Townsel were absent from the meeting.


Students Encouraged to Enter State-Fish Art Contest

Each year, Kindergarten - 12th grade students from across the country can enter their artwork in the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest. The contest requires student artists to depict a state fish. Prizes are awarded at the state and national levels in four categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, with students in grades 4-12 writing a one-page essay about the fish, its natural habitat and the importance of that habitat in addition to submitting the artwork. Complete contest rules and the entry form can be found on the Wildlife Forever website, www.wildlifeforever.org


Fayette softball suffers through tough week

The Fayette County High School softball team suffered through a tough week of losses, losing a single game on the road on Thursday before dropping a pair of games during a tournament at Hamilton on Friday. Fayette jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning against Curry on Thursday, March 7, but the Lady Yellow Jackets stormed back with five runs in the third to take the 9-3 victory over the Lady Tigers.


March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information.


West Alabama Mayors elect new president

Millport Mayor Stanley Allred is the new president of the West Alabama Mayors Association.


The West Alabama Mayors Association (WAMA) elected its 2019 officers during a regulary scheduled meeting held on Feb. 21 in Glen Allen. Millport Mayor Stanley Allred was chosen as president and Carrollton Mayor Mickey Walker was chosen as vice-president.  Each will serve a one-year term.