Fayette loses in first round of playoffs to Oneonta

The Fayette Tigers traveled to Oneonta for the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs and lost two games on Friday to finish its season. The Tigers gave a gallant effort in the first game, losing to the host team by a score of 5-4. The Tigers led 4-3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before Oneonta’s Brodie Devaney singled in two runs to give his team the winning runs.

Hubbertville defeats Phillips, Hackleburg

Hubbertville won two of its three softball games that it played last week. On April 19, Hubbertville defeated Phillips 16-6. Emma Nichols pitched a complete seven-inning game to record the victory, She allowed seven hits and no earned runs while striking out seven. Madison Cribb had three hits in four at-bats with two RBIs and four runs scored. Krissa Comer had three hits, including two doubles, with two RBIs and three runs scored. Nichols also had two doubles with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Lady Wildcats defeat Lamar County

The Berry Lady Wildcats played only one game last week, defeating the Lamar County Lady Bulldogs 8-5. Kyla Edmonson pitched a complete seven inning game for Berry, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out 12 batters. Allie Taylor had three hits in four at-bats, with two RBIs, while Anna Kate VanDee was also three-of-four batting with a run scored.

Fayette softball suffers three losses

The Fayette Lady Tigers played three games last week in softball. Fayette began the week with a 17-8 loss to Cordova. The Lady Tigers had 10 hits during the game, but could not manage to outscore the hot bats of the Lady Blue Devils. Lauren Seale suffered the loss on the mound for Fayette. Tyy Smith and Ally Porter had three hits each during the game.

Fayette Community Foundation holds reception

FMC Board Chairman Charles Brandon is shown speaking at the luncheon about the grant received by the hospital.

The Fayette Community Foundation held its annual reception on Thursday, April 15 at the Fayette Civic Center for recipients of this year’s foundation grants. Although an annual event, the reception was not held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fayette Community Foundation was started in 2005 through the generous donation of funds from the Tilloston family. The Tilloston family started with a $1 million dollar donation to begin the perpetual fund from which the grants are made, and have continued to add additional funds through the years that now total $10 million dollars.

Fayette to post policeman job to replace retiring officer

Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins told the Fayette City Council at its April 13 meeting that a policeman position would be posted within the next few days to replace a retiring officer. All council members were present for the meeting. Former Mayor Ray Nelson led the council in prayer prior to the beginning of the meeting. Jenkins said that Police Lieutenant Charles Walker, a veteran officer with approximately 22 years of service, will be retiring effective May 30.

Berry to hold Heritage Festival this weekend

Shown is a portion of the Jeff Long Band as they performed at the 2019 Berry Heritage Festival.

The Town of Berry will celebrate its annual “Berry Heritage Festival” on Friday April 23 and Saturday, April 24 following a one-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison said that he is hoping this will be one of the best festivals ever. Madison said that the festival started several years ago as a fun way to bring the citizens of the town together for a time of fellowship and fun. He said that other towns were having festivals, so the citizens of Berry decided to start a new tradition of its own.


Fayette, Glen Allen to hold clean-up

Shown are some of the people participating in the clean-up campaigm in Fayette in 2019.

The City of Fayette and the Town of Glen Allen will hold municipal clean-up this Saturday, April 24. The clean-ups are part of Alabama’s month-long PALS (People Against a Littered State) project. The Town of Glen Allen’s clean-up will begin with a safety briefing at the Town Hall at 8:30 a.m. Teams will then travel through the town of Glen Allen to pick-up trash.
The Fayette clean-up will begin at 9 a.m at Fayette City Hall. Police Chief Danny Jenkins will give a short presentation to the workers concerning safety before the clean-up activities begin.


Hill signs with Gadsden State

Pictured at the scholarship signing, from left Andrea Hill (mother), Timothy Hill (father), Brooke Hill and Gadsden State Basketball Coach Bryan Phillips.

Brooke Hill, senior athlete at Berry High School, signed a scholarship offer on April 14 to play college basketball beginning this fall for Gadsden State Community College. She has been a two-sport athlete at Berry High School, excelling in both basketball and softball. She scored more than 1,200 points during her high school basketball career, with nearly 250 defensive steals and almost 550 total rebounds. Berry Basketball Coach Caleb Hynds said that Brooke Hill was a leader on the Berry basketball team throughout her playing career.

Fayette will travel to Oneonta to begin playoffs

Cooper Sanford tags the bag and makes the throw to first for a double play as Fayette County hosted Hamilton in area high school baseball action on April 15.

The Fayette Tigers entered its three game series last week against Hamilton knowing that the series would determine the Area 12 Champion. Unfortunately, Fayette lost two-of-three games and will have to travel to Oneonta this week as the area runner-up. On Tuesday, Fayette traveled to Hamilton and was defeated by the Aggies by a score of 9-4. Hamilton scored a run in the bottom of the first, but Fayette tied the game quickly at one in the top of the second.


Berry headed to playoffs as area champs

The Berry Wildcats posed for a picture after wrapping up the area title in baseball last week. Shown from left, front: Gabe Jones, Ty Hydrick, Brylar Greene, Johnathan Locke, Micah Nichols, Trace Deavours, Joel Gray, Hudson Naramore and Hunter Harrison. Back: Head Coach Connor Long, Colton Cunningham, Isaiah Kizzire, Tyler Lollar, Colton Abernathy, Andrew Lowery, Trace Nelson, Tanner Parr, Will Knight, Matthew Morrison and Assistant Coach Hunter Mims. Not pictured is Assistant Coach Caleb Hynds.

After wrapping up the area title last week, the Berry Wildcats cruised to a 11-5 baseball victory over Oakman. The Wildcats started its scoring early, as Isaiah Kizzire singled in a run, then two more runs scored on walks to Tanner Parr and Trace Deavours. Berry scored four more runs in the fifth inning, as Parr, Deavours and Trace Nelson picked up RBIs at the plate.

Hubbertville softball has good NAC Tournament

The Hubbertville Lady Lions started off the week suffering a 10-1 loss to Marion County. Emma Nichols was the starting and losing pitcher for Hubbertville. Dixie Moye had two singles in the game, which were Hubbertville’s only two hits. Madison Cribb scored the only run for Hubbertville. Hubbertville beat Meek on Thursday by the score of 12-11. Emma Nichols pitched the eighth inning in relief for Hubbertville to record the win.

Hubbertville baseball finishes season

The Hubbertville Lions finished its 2021 baseball season with three games last week. Hubbertville beat Meek by the score of 19-14. Cade Fisher started the game on the mound for Hubbertville, allowing four earned runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. Carter Hollingsworth won the game in relief, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings. Brady Porter pitched the final inning for the Lions, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out three.

Fayette softball has tough week

The Fayette Lady Tigers suffered through a tough week of softball, losing all six games, including two in extra innings. Haleyville started off the week defeating Fayette 8-1. Lauren Seale suffered the loss on the mound for Fayette. Callie Williams had two hits for the Lady Tigers. Sipsey Valley defeated Fayette 16-5. Seale was the losing pitcher.

Fayette Co. man sentenced for burglary

Nathaniel Albert Cannon

A Fayette County man with an extensive criminal history will serve 30 years in prison for breaking into Berry Elementary School. Nathaniel Albert Cannon, 43, was sentenced Thursday, April 8 after entering a blind guilty plea to third-degree burglary charge. He was charged with breaking into the elementary school on Nov. 15, 2018. Berry Police officers arrested Cannon after school staff reported that 11 handheld radios valued at $5,000, two I-Pads, cash and other items were stolen from the school.


Good deed for the animal shelter

Shown with the dog food that was donated to the shelter, from left: Fayette County Commissioner Joe Acker, Fayette County Animal Shelter Director Phil Holliman (holding the $1,000 check), contestant Kaisley Craig (age four), contestant Gracelyn Westbrooks (age 12), and store owner Rachel Bolin.

“Temporary Princess,” a local business that sells formal dresses and hosts girl’s and ladies’ fashion pageants, recently held a charity contest to collect dog food and raise money for the Fayette County Animal Shelter. The contestants competed to see who could collect the most dog food and raise the most money for the shelter. The response was overwhelming as more than 2,100 pounds of dog food was collected and $1,000 raised.


Brashers and local female inmates help keep city clean

Shown is a small portion of the garbage that was picked up along Fayette city streets by the Brashers and some of the local female inmates.

John and Doris Brasher, along with a few female inmates from the jail at the Fayette County Sheriff’s office, recently picked up several hundred pounds of garbage that had previously lined the streets of Fayette. Doris Brasher said they concentrated on covering the city limits of Fayette, with some additional garbage pickup in the city’s police jurisdiction. During a nine-day cleanup effort, more than 1,100 five gallons buckets of trash was collected.


Berry Council discusses AirMedCare benefits for employees

Shown are the members of the Berry Town Council at its April 5 meeting. From left: Mayor Jimmy Madison, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar, Councilman Charles Tidwell, Councilman Russell Madison, Councilman Troyce Townsel and Councilman Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council voted at its April 5 meeting to pay half the cost for employees who wanted to purchase a AirMedCare membership. All council members were present for the meeting. Representatives from AirEvac attended the March meeting of the Berry Town Council and said that the town could purchase a membership in the program for employees at a cost of $65 each. Town Clerk Marie McCluskey said that the company  told her that many counties and municipalities are participating in a similar plan.