First snowfall of season

This picture was taken of the back of a vehicle at approximately 10 p.m. on Dec. 10.

The first snowfall of the season in Fayette County occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 10, with most of the snow falling between 9-10 p.m. The snow mostly accumulated slightly on colder surfaces, such as cars, wooden porches, etc., and did not appear to pose a hazard to travel in the Fayette area.

'Joey Day' Project receives donation

Making the presentation to Joey Day, from left: Terry Dillard, Danny Atkinson, Shane Hughes, Mark Brown (Joey Day representative), Jackie Atkinson, Theresa Simmons and David White.

Joey Day representative Mark Brown received $3,275 from the Kirkland/Bluff/Wayside communities on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Over 35 families, Wayside Church, the Wayside Community Club, The Kirkley Foundation, and The Animal Clinic made generous donations to the Joey Day Project with the hope that over 300 needy children referred by the Department of Human Resources will have a happy Christmas as they receive clothing, shoes and toys for Christmas.

Berry boys win NAC Basketball Tournament

Shown is the Berry High School basketball team, posing with the championship trophy as the 2019 NAC Tournament varsity basketball champions. From left, front: Tanner Parr, Johnathan Locke, Isaiah Kizzire, Isaac Darty and Dustin Merchant. Back: Assistant Coach Danny Darty, Hunter Harrison, Josh Ward, Tyler Lollar, Levi Cannon, Deon Mayfield, Blake Johnson and Head Coach Josh Northington.

The Berry boys’ basketball team won the North Alabama Conference (NAC) Basketball Tournament by defeating Marion County in the semifinals and Lynn in the championship game of the tournament. The Wildcats hosted the tournament on Friday and Saturday, with Berry winning its opening game over the Marion County Red Raiders by a score of 52-47.


Hubbertville’s boys, girls lose to Marion Co. in NAC

Landon Morrow is pictured laying the ball in the basket.

The Hubbertville Lady Lions hosted Marion County in the first round of the North Alabama Conference (NAC) Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 12 and lost to the Lady Red Raiders by a score of 52-27. Haylee Pollard and Laikyn Wright led Hubbertville with 11 points each. Madison Cribb scored three points for the Lady Lions, and McKenna Fisher rounded out the scoring with two points.

Scrooge returns to Fayette in ‘A Christmas Carol’

Pictured are, from left: Marsha Porter (Mrs. Fezziwig), Ted Cox (Fezziwig), Carson Silas (Young Scrooge), Julianne Brann (Belle) and Eric Long (Scrooge).

Scrooge will once again take center-stage this year at the Fayette Civic Center, this time as the central character in Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol.” It has been a few years since Scrooge and his supporting cast appeared on the Civic Center’s stage. Dogwood Productions presented the Christian adaptation of Dickens’ timeless story, “The Gospel According to Scrooge,” for many years prior to the untimely death of the show’s director, Deborah Bynum.

‘Touchdown McCabe’ honored by Itawamba College

Pictured at the celebration honoring Neil McCabe at Itawamba Community College, were his family, from left: Rick McCabe, Neil McCabe, Pat McCabe and Donna Barton.

Fayette resident Neil McCabe was recently honored by his former college for doing something that only he can say that he accomplished - scoring the first touchdown for Itawamba College in the history of the program. McCabe signed with the junior college (now community college) after playing high school football for Lauderdale County. He was a starting tailback for the first football team that Itawamba fielded in 1949, 70 years ago.

Movies featuring local actor to re-air

Pictured is Forrest Deal.

Forrest Deal, a 16-year old actor who attends Fayette County High School, will be featured in the re-airing of the Dolly Parton holiday movies, “Coat of Many Colors” and Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” NBC will rebroadcast “Coat of Many Colors” on Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. and will air “Christmas of Many Colors” the following night at 8 p.m.


Festival of Trees in Fayette through Jan. 3

Shown is the tree at the Festival of Trees sponsored by the FCHS junior class.

Pictured are a few of the many trees featured in this year’s Fayette Arts Museum’s “Festival of Trees.” The exhibit is on display during normal business hours at the Fayette Civic Center and Arts Museum. There will be an opening reception at the Fayette Civic Center on Friday, Dec. 13 from 6 - 6:50 p.m.

Berry’s boys team wins three games during week

Tyler Lollar is shown scoring a basket against Northside.

The Berry’s boys basketball team returned to play after taking a few days off for Thanksgiving and delivered three impressive wins during the past week. The Wildcats opened the week traveling to Brilliant, and defeated the Tigers by a score of  61 - 50. Levi Cannon led Berry with 16 points and eight rebounds, followed by Tyler Lollar with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Isaac Darty scored 13 points with eight rebounds, while Isaiah Kizzire also scored in double figures with 10 points and two rebounds.


Hub boys defeat Vina 72-66

Haylee Pollard (22) is shown driving to the basket.

The Hubbertville boys started the week with a win against Vina 72 - 66. Hubbertville’s Gage Key led all scorers with 25 points. Brady Porter added 15 points, followed closely by Gage Alexander with 14. Landon Morrow scored 12 points and recorded eight rebounds for the Lions, while Austin Berryhill had three points, Grayson Sullivan scored two points, and Brodie Porter made a free throw.

Benton receives 17-year sentence for sodomy

Timothy Vess Benton

Timothy Vess Benton, 22, of Fayette accepted a plea deal last week in Fayette County Circuit Court, pleading guilty to two counts of second degree sodomy. According to 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Andy Hamlin, Benton received a sentence of 17 years in an Alabama Department of Corrections prison for each count, with the sentences to run concurrently. Benton was first arrested on May 4, 2017, and charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with forcible compulsion and two counts of first degree sexual abuse with forcible compulsion.

Council approves tree removal from property

Shown are Malcolm Mostiller (left) and Councilman Jason Cowart as they discuss a situation during the Nov. 26 meeting of the Fayette City Council.

During its Nov. 26 meeting, the Fayette City Council approved the removal of a leaning tree from a resident’s property after the council determined that the city’s actions may have contributed to the damage. Councilman Jerry Nichols was  absent from the meeting with all other council members present. Malcolm Mostiller appeared before the council to state his case that a pipe placed in a drainage ditch by the city caused a flooding problem on his property and also caused a tree to lean.

Commission holds work session, approves holiday schedule

Pictured at the Nov. 25 Fayette County Commission meeting, clockwise from left, are: County Engineer Chris Howell, Commissioners Billy Joe Rodgers, James Knight and Shane Hughes, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioners Joe Acker, John Underwood and Barry Corkren.

The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Nov. 25. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, the commiccion held a brief work session to discuss the county’s adherence to the current FY2020 budget.
The commission noted during the work session that most departments were staying within their allotted budgets, but stressed the need to take a look at the budgets monthly to ensure that the budgets do not get out of control.


Youngster kills 17-point trophy-size deer

Shown is Audrey Clelland with 17-point deer she killed.

Audrey Clelland of Winfield shot this 17-point, double-main beam deer on Nov. 17 while hunting in Marion County. The 11-year old, sixth-grade student at Winfield Middle School has been hunting since she was eight years old, and has already become a seasoned hunter. In the three years that she has been hunting, she has killed five does and three bucks. Clelland killed the buck while firing only one shot from her 243 Mossburg Patriot Youth Rifle.


Fayette teams win one, lose one for week

Korey Burris (14) jumps high to score for the Fayette Tigers.

The Lady Tigers’ basketball team hosted Marion County on Nov. 25 and was defeated by the Lady Red Raiders by score of 46-34. This was Fayette’s first loss of the year. Fayette was led in scoring by Jada Savage and Holley Files with 10 points each. Meredith Collins had eight points, followed by Samantha Cox with four points and Iteria Walker with two points.