Musgrove arrested on felony charges

Steven Patrick Musgrove

A multi-agency investigation in Fayette County resulted in the seizure of illegal drugs and firearms. on Thursday morning, March 18. Investigators executed a search warrant at a home in the 200 block of 11th Street Southwest in Fayette at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, March 18. Agents charged Steven Patrick Musgrove, 25, with trafficking methamphetamine, first-degree possession of marijuana, failure to affix a tax stamp, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and certain persons forbidden from possessing a firearm.


BOE votes to non-renew Nalls’ contract

Pictured at the March 16 BOE meeting, from left: Board President Tom Hubbert and board members: Keith Madison, Julie Stough, John Stowe, John Aaron and Brenda Webb.

The Fayette County Board of Education voted during its Tuesday, March 16 meeting to not renew the contract for Dr. Alicia Nalls as principal of Fayette Elementary School. All board members were present for the meeting. Board President Tom Hubbert asked for a motion on Superintendent Jim Burkhalter’s recommendation to non-renew Nalls contract, effective June 30. Board member Julie Stough made a motion to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to non-renew, and the motion was seconded by board member Keith Madison.

Commission audits shows funds misspent for jail

An audit completed by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts for fiscal year 2018 concludes that Fayette County Commission funds from other accounts were incorrectly allocated to a fund that was used to help construct the new Fayette County Jail. While the report indicates that funds may have been mishandled and used from other accounts in an inappropriate manner, the auditors did not find that any funds were used for personal gain.

‘Blind Side’ actor visits FCHS

Pictured is Nathan Jacobs of Berry with Quinton Aaron following the program at Fayette Co. High School.

Quinton Aaron, the actor who played Michael “Big Mike” Oher in the movie “The Blind Side,” visited Fayette County High School on Wednesday, March 17 to present a program to the students on bullying. Students from Berry Elementary, Berry High School and Hubbertville School also attended the program.


FMC again listed among ‘World’s Best Hospitals’

For the second year in a row, Fayette Medical Center has been included in Newsweek Magazine’s list of the “World’s Best Hospitals.” Newsweek, in partnership with Statista Inc., released its 2021 list of the World’s Best Hospitals recently, and only four Alabama hospitals made the list.
Like last year, Fayette Medical Center received the second highest rating in the state after UAB.
Fayette Medical Center, has been part of the DCH Health System since 1984, and includes 61 licensed hospital beds and 122 long-term care beds.


Belk purchases new tractor

The Belk Town Council held its March monthly meeting a week early because of a pending medical issue involving Mayor Mike Ellison. All council members were present. The council addressed the appointment of a Mayor Pro Tem to serve in the absence of the mayor. The council approved the appointment of Bill Davis as Mayor Pro Tem for the Town of Belk. The council voted to purchase a tractor from Freeman Tractor Sales in Fayette. The cost of the Mahindra tractor was $22,430.

Fayette hosts garden tractor pull

Tim Benham of Bloomfield, Kent. is shown with the three lawn tractors that he brought to the event. Benham is a survivor of T-cell Lymphoma and calls his team “Survivor Racing.”

The 2021 Fayette Garden Tractor Pull was a huge success, with nearly 100 garden tractors competing in the event.

Hubbertville softball has mixed results

McKenna Fisher is shown fielding a ball at shortstop for Hubbertville.

The Hubbertville Lady Lions softball team played five games last week, with mixed results in the outcomes. Hubbertville started the week with an 11-1 victory over Brilliant. Emma Nichols pitched a complete five inning game and allowed only two hits and no earned runs while striking out 10 batters. Laikyn Wright had three hits in four at-bats, including a double, with two RBIs and two runs scored. Krissa Comer was also three-for-four at the plate, with four RBIs and two runs scored.


Lions place second in NAC Baseball Tournament

The Hubbertville Lions finished second in the NAC Baseball Tournament held last week. In the semifinal game against Hackleburg, the Lions won by a score of 5-2. Gage Key was the starting pitcher, pitching 4 1/3 innings and allowing no hits while striking out 11 batters to record the win. Tanner McGough pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in relief and also allowed no hits. T.J. Keeton had a hit, two RBIs and scored a run. Carter Hollingsworth had a RBI, and Grayson Sullivan had a hit for the Lions.

ARCA champion visits local sponsor

Bret Holmes (right) is shown with Temple Bowling and Kimberly Bowling with the hood that was on Holmes’ car when he won the ARCA Series Racing Championship last season.

ARCA Champion Bret Holmes visited with Temple Bowling and Kimberly Bowling, owners of the Golden Eagle Syrup Manufacturer in Fayette last week. Holmes presented them the hood that was on his car when he won the ARCA Series Racing Championship last season. The Bowlings sponsored Holmes’ car for that race, and will also sponsor him this year in the April ARCA race and the October Truck race at Talladega. The hood was designed by the Bowling’s son, Walt Bowling.

Fayette adjusts party rates at Aquatic Center

Fayette Mayor Rod Northam is pictured with Judge Mary Windom, the presiding judge for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, during the March 9 Fayette City Council meeting.

The Fayette City Council voted to raise its rates for weekend parties at the Fayette Aquatic Center to $500 each for the 2021 season. All council members were present for the meeting. Aquatic Center Administrator Chris Champion spoke to the council concerning the current rates at the center. Champion said that as they were preparing to open for the aquatic center’s ninth season, they are proposing an increase in the price for a weekend party. He said that season passes and the daily admission price would stay the same, as would the price for weekday parties.

Spring is here!

Shown is one of the many ornamental Bradford pear trees that is blooming in the area.

The many ornamental Bradford pear trees that have bloomed in Fayette and the surrounding area during the past several days appear to be signaling that springtime is here. The grass is getting greener, the temperature has already topped 80 degrees, and spring begins Saturday, March 20.

Commission discusses seeking grant for new clinic

The Fayette County Commission discussed at its March 8 meeting applying for a $300,000 Community Block - CARES grant that would be used with other funds to build a new clinic in Fayette. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman said that the current clinic is full, and that the county needs a new, more efficient clinic. He said that the commission has a short window of opportunity to apply for the grant, and thinks that a clinic would be a worthwhile project. The deadline to apply for the grant is April 1.


Berry Council approves return of Heritage Festival

After a one year absence due to coronavirus concerns, the Berry Town Council approved the return of the annual Berry Heritage Festival. All council members were present at the March 9 meeting. The council had solicited response from possible vendors and vintage car owners about renewing the event this year. A favorable response was received, and with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic waning in conjunction with the increased availability of coronavirus vaccinations, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar made a motion to hold the festival this year.

Tigers split games for week

The Fayette Tigers baseball team won two and lost two games last week. Fayette defeated the Winfield Pirates 6-2 in a game played on March 9. The game started out as a pitchers’ duel before Fayette put the game away late to take the win. Colton McCaleb, Landon Lowe, Blake Johnson and Drake Johnson each had hits to lead the Tigers at the plate. Lowe also started the game on the mound for the Tigers, allowing only three hits and one run in four innings of work.

Hub baseball has tough week

Hubbertville played South Lamar on March 8 and was defeated by the score of 20-10. Cade Fisher was the starting pitcher for the Lions, allowing five hits and six earned runs in three innings of work. Greyson Key pitched 2/3 of an inning, and surrendered four earned runs on three hits. Carter Hollingsworth pitched 2 1/3 innings for Hubbertville, and allowed three earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Gage Alexander led Hubbertville at the plate with two hits, a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored. Gage Key scored two runs for the Lions during the game.


Hub opens softball season

Hubbertville’s softball team opened its 2021 season with a 17-7 road loss to Hackleburg. Laikyn Wright had two hits, including a home run and four RBIs. Krissa Comer had two hits, including a solo home run. Kylee Dunn also had two hits and scored two runs, while Brenley Burkett had a solo home run. Emma Nichols started the game on the mound for Hubbertville. Nevaeh Hoobler picked up the loss in relief.


Berry softball has mixed results

The Berry Lady Wildcats defeated Sipsey Valley and Winfield on Friday night, March 11, in the Lady Aggies Classic. Berry opened the tournament with a 12-0 defeat of Sipsey Valley.  
Kyla Edmonson pitched four innings, giving up one hit and striking out nine for the win. At the plate, Edmonson was also three-for-four, with a double, and a RBI.  


Fayette softball competes in Aggies Classic

The Fayette Lady Tigers defeated Marion County on March 8 by the score of 12-8. Fayette was behind 6-0 entering the fourth inning before scoring six runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to seal the win. Lauren Seale captured the victory from the mound for Fayette. Harley Johnson and Sarah Moore each had three hits and three RBIs for Fayette. Jessica Duck contributed two hits and two RBIs,