Ribbon-cutting at Fort Tom Bevill

Shown at the ribbon-cutting, from left, are: Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce President Kelli Foster, Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson, Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman, CPT Jeffrey Powell, LTC Terry McPherson, LTC Alexander Shaw, SFC Chris Pugh and 1SG Gary Williams.

The Tom Bevill Readiness Center, home of the horizontal unit of the 168th Engineering Company of the Alabama Army National Guard, held its ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony on Feb. 7. The building originally opened in 1983 and was acquired for $1,700. The latest total restoration on the 29,000 square foot building and the 19 acres on which the building sits costs approximately $4 million.

Parole denied for Fayette inmates

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied parole to two Department of Corrections inmates who are currently serving five years each for drug-related crimes. Tommy Lee Moore was denied parole by the board on Feb. 4. He was sentenced in Jan. 2019 to five years in prison for two counts of possession/receiving a controlled substance. Jason Glenn Dalton was denied parole on Feb. 5. He was sentenced in May 2019 to five years for one count of possession/receiving a controlled substance.

Glen Allen votes to not raise salaries

Rick McCabe of McCabe and Associates, Inc. addressed the Glen Allen Town Council on Tuesday, Feb. 4 during the town’s regularly scheduled meeting. McCabe reviewed his findings from the annual audit of the town’s accounts for fiscal year 2019, informing the council that he had discovered no discrepancies nor had he experienced any significant difficulties in dealing with the town’s management in performing his audit.

Berry girls win area tournament, host sub-regional

Pictured are the Class 1A, Area 10 Champions. From left, front: Anna Kate Van Dee, Zoe Mauldin, Iannah Fields and Brooke Hill. Back: Assistant Coach Ryan Stephens, Makallah Maybaum, Gracyn Hydrick, Allie Taylor, Katelyn Willcutt, Hailey Schicker, Maggie Hammack and Head Coach Caleb Hynds.

The Berry Wildcats girls’ basketball team hosted the Class 1A, Area 10 tournament last week. The Berry girls played South Lamar in its opening round game on Feb. 6, defeating the Lady Stallions 56-46. Leading the Lady Wildcats was Brooke Hill with 19 points, three assists and three steals, followed closely by Zoe Mauldin with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Iannah Fields contributed nine points and three steals, with Katelyn Willcutt scoring six points and pulling down six rebounds.


Fayette girls finish second in area tournament

The Fayette County High School girls’ basketball team finished second in the recent area tournament. Shown from left: Julie Beavers, Alexis Wilson, Callie Williams, Ariel Colburn, Mackenzie Nelson, Karlie Rushing, Meredith Collins, Holley Files, Samantha Cox, Jada Savage and Iteria Walker. In back is Head Coach Tony Martin.

The Fayette girls’ basketball team finished second in the area tournament, defeating Cordova in the first round before losing to Haleyville in the championship game. The Lady Tigers hosted the area tournament and defeated Cordova 64-41. Holley Files led Fayette with 19 points, followed closely by Jada Savage with 15 points and Samantha Cox with 14 points. Meredith Collins also scored in double figure, notching 11 points for the Lady Tigers. Rounding out the scoring was Mackenzie Nelson with three points and Karlie Rushing with two points.

Hubbertville concludes season with area tournament

Lee Betts scores a three-point basket for Hubbertville.

Hubbertville ended its 2019-20 basketball season Monday, Feb. 3 with losses during the area tournament. The Lady Lions played South Lamar at Berry and lost by a score of 60-38. Laikyn Wright led Hubbertville with 15 points, followed by Haylee Pollard with nine points. McKenna Fisher scored six points for Hubbertville, followed by Kendal Dunavant with three points. Madison Cribb and Haley Watkins each scored two points, with Krissa Comer adding a free throw. South Lamar was led by Savannah Crimm with 20 points.

Council raises mayor’s salary, rejects Sunday alcohol sales referendum

Mike Emanuel, director of Restoration Springs, addresses the Fayette City Council during its Jan. 27 meeting.

The Fayette City Council, during its Jan. 27 meeting, voted three to three against an ordinance that would have allowed a referendum to permit Sunday alcohol sales within the city. Several citizens were in attendance at the meeting, with three citizens speaking in opposition to the proposed ordinance. Pastor Scott Davis from the Fayette First Baptist Church was the first citizen to speak in opposition to the ordinance.

County Commission makes board appointments

The Fayette County Commission made several board appointments during its Jan. 27 meeting. All commissioners were in attendance for the meeting. Commissioner John Underwood made a motion to appoint Charles Brandon to the Fayette Medical Center Board, replacing Danny Palmer. Commissioner Shane Hughes seconded the motion, and the motion passed by a unanimous vote. The commission also voted to keep Bill McCollum on the E911 Board, and to replace Adam Smith on the board with Jay Lawrence.


Local duo win big in powerlifting meet

Samuel Morrison of Fayette is shown competing on Dec. 7 at the “Drug-Tested, Golden Apes Power Challenge” in Decatur. Morrison won first in both the bench and deadlift, setting a national record in the deadlift.

Samuel Morrison and Jessie Lindsey of Fayette traveled to Decatur on Dec. 7 and brought home medals and new records to add to the growing collection earned by members of the “West Alabama Barbell Club.” Lindsey, who competes in the Masters 40-44 year old class, had not competed in about a year and was moving up a weight classification at the Decatur “Golden Apes Power Challenge. He said the event is drug tested, which means that participants have to build their strength and stamina through natural means and weight training, without the use of steroids and illegal drugs.

Berry basketball teams have another successful week

Levi Cannon (right) was presented with a commemorative basketball by his coach, Josh Northington, after he scored his 1,000 career point on Senior Night in a game against Brilliant.

The Berry Wildcats had another successful week of basketball, with the boys’ team winning two-of-three games and the girls winning all three games. The Wildcats enter area tournament play this week playing solid basketball and with a lot of momentum.


Fayette girls dominate Northside 53-4

Meredith Collins (22) scores a basket for Fayette.

The Fayette girls’ basketball team hosted Northside on Jan. 28 and dominated the Lady Rams by a score of 53-4. The Lady Tigers led 19-2 at the close of the first quarter, and 32-3 at halftime. The score was 45-4 after three quarters, with Fayette winning the game 53-4. Jada Savage led Fayette with 12 points, followed by Samantha Cox with 11 points. Meredith Collins had nine points, Holley Files scored seven points, Iteria Walker added six points, Mackenzie Nelson scored five points and Julie Beavers notched three points for the Lady Tigers.


Hackleburg, Phillips defeat Hubbertville

Haylee Pollard shoots a three-point shot for Hubbertville.

The Hubbertville boys’ basketball team traveled to Hackleburg on Jan. 28 and lost a close game by the score of 51-48. Gage Key and Landon Morrow led the scoring for Hubbertville with 18 points each. Morrow also contributed eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Brady Porter scored eight points, while Gage Alexander also scored four points for the Lions.

Authorities investigating Bankston woman’s death

Shown is the home in the Bankston community where Maronda Parker Williams was found dead on Tuesday, Jan. 21. No cause of death has been released, but foul play is suspected by law enforcement authorities.

The death of a Bankston woman last week is being investigated by law enforcement authorities as a possible homicide. Maronda Parker Williams, age 49, of the Bankston community, was found dead in her home off Highway 18 East on Tuesday, Jan. 21.


James Spann visits Fayette Elementary School

Shown is ABC 3340 Meteorologist James Spann, who was presented with a gift basket during his visit to Fayette Elementary School. Shown in front is Riley Hindman. Back, from left: James Spann, Emily Weeks and FMS Principal Dr. Alicia Nalls.

ABC 3340 Meteorologist James Spann visited Fayette Elementary School on Jan. 23 to talk to students about weather.

Drug arrest made on warrant

An arrest was made after a search warrant was executed on a motel room at China Inn and Suites in Fayette. Mario Prewitt, 31, of Fayette, was arrested at approximately 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of probation violation.

One injured in accident

This accident, occurring on Jan. 24, resulted in one injury.

Crystal Faye Anders, of Millport, was injured and transported to Fayette Medical Center by ambulance when the 2010 Ford Escape she was driving collided with a 2005 GMC Sierra, driven by Wayne Stowe of Fayette. The accident occurred on 2nd Ave. NE on Friday, Jan. 24.

BOE approves bid for dugouts at Hubbertville

Shown are the Fayette County Board of Education members during the Jan. 21 meeting held at Fayette County High School. Shown from left: Board President Tom Hubbert, and board members Sam Sullivan, Keith Madison, Tim Fields and Waldon Tucker. Not present at the meeting was Board Member John Stowe.

The Fayette County Board of Education accepted a bid to build dugouts at the Hubbertville School baseball field during its Jan. 21 meeting, held at Fayette County High School. Board Member John Stowe was absent, with all other board members and Superintendent Jim Burk- halter present for the meeting. Board President Tom Hubbert made a motion to approve a contract with Savage Construction in the amount of $12,000 to build the dugouts, and the motion was seconded by Board Member Waldon Tucker. The motion passed by a unanimous vote.

Berry girls win area title, will host area tournament

Berry’s Tyler Lollar (42) is shown scoring a basket over a Hubbertville defender.

The Berry Lady Wildcats wrapped up the area portion of its 2019-20 basketball season as area champs and will host the area tournament beginning Feb. 3. The Lady Wildcats will play their first game in the tournament on Feb. 5, and will face the winner of the South Lamar – Pickens County game. Berry opened last week with a game against South Lamar and defeated the Lady Stallions 49-44.


Fayette girls win share of area basketball title

Holley Files (3) brings the ball up the court for Fayette. Also shown is Samantha Cox (23).

The Fayette girls’ basketball team finished its area season in a three-way tie for the area championship, sharing the title with Haleyville and Curry. The Fayette girls’ team won the tie breaker to determine the number one seed in the area, and will host the area tournament beginning Monday, Feb. 3. On Monday, Jan. 20, the Lady Tigers defeated Lamar County 56-35.