Walker receives 20-year sentence

Demetrus Deundra Walker

The office of 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Andy Hamlin recently announced the guilty plea and 20-year sentence of a repeat offender in Fayette County. Demetrus Deundra Walker, 42, a five-time convicted felon who was on probation from a 2010 case, pled guilty to selling methamphetamine in June 2020.  


Veterans hear Stevenson thank them for service

Pictured are many of the local veterans who attended the 2021 Veterans Day Program, held at Bevill State Community College on Monday, Nov. 8. The veterans in attendance included World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans, in addition to veterans who have served in more recent conflicts.

The annual community Veterans Day program, co-sponsored by Fayette County High School and Bevill State Community College, was held on Monday, Nov. 8 at the Earl McDonald Auditorium at Bevill State in Fayette. The featured speaker for the program this year was Chance Stevenson, a 2018 graduate of Fayette County High School and currently a senior at the United States Air Force Academy.


Huang’s artwork chosen for national publication

Emily Huang, a student at Fayette County High School and a music student under the tutelage of Renee Richardson, designed this artwork for Junior Keynotes Magazine.

Emily Huang, a student at Fayette County High School, recently had her artwork chosen as the cover art for a major national music publication. Her artwork was chosen for the cover of the Junior Keynotes Magazine, a publication of the National Federation of Music Clubs.  The National Federation of Music Clubs is the largest non-profit organization in America promoting and supporting American music, performance and music education.


Fayette exits playoffs after 38-0 loss to Randolph

Cooper Sanford (4) protects the ball while being tackled after catching a pass.

The Fayette Tigers concluded its 2021 football season last week after suffering a 38-0 first-round playoff game loss to Randolph Academy. Randolph effectively put the game out of reach in the first quarter by scoring 28 points. Three of the touchdowns were the direct result of Fayette turnovers.


Hubbertville defeats Hackleburg in first round of playoffs

Cole Brand (11) is shown intercepting a pass for Hubbertville.

Advancing to the first round of the playoffs last Friday night, Hubbertville hosted the Hackleburg Panthers for the second time this season. The teams had met up for a fall jamboree in Hackleburg on Aug. 20 and later, the Lions hosted the Panthers for homecoming on Sept. 24.

Comimssion considers premium pay

Pictured at the Fayette County Commission’s Oct. 24 meeting, from left: Commissioner Barry Corkren, Commissioner Wesley Jacobs, Commissioner Robert Townley, Commissioner Brad Cox and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission held its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 25. Commissioner John Underwood and Commissioner Shane Hughes were absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. Prior to the beginning of the official meeting, the commissioners held a work session. During the work session, the major topic of discussion centered around providing the county employees with premium pay, that would be funded either in part or in whole out of American Rescue Act funds provided to the county under federal COVID legislation.


Council donates money for football playoffs

The Fayette City Council presented a check to Fayette County High School during the Fayette - Red Bay football game that was approved during the council’s Oct. 25 meeting to pay for a portion of the school’s playoff expenses. Shown from left: Councilman Tommy Williams, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, FCHS Band Director Sebastian Dobbins, FCHS Principal Dr. Jeremy Madden and Fayette Mayor Rod Northam.

The Fayette City Council voted to approve a $2,500 donation to help support the Fayette County High School band and athletic program during its upcoming travel for the state football playoffs. All board members were present for the meeting. At the beginning of the discussion, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam said that the City of Fayette has made a donation of $1,000 each to the Fayette County Board of Education to support the Fayette High School band and football team in past years. The total donation in the past has been $2,000.


EMA Director asks public to review Hazard Mitigation Plan

Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Russ Taylor says the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan has recently been updated and is available for review for area residents.
Fayette County residents who want to review the Fayette County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan may do so by going online to https://hazardmitigationplans.com


Fayette wins close game against Red Bay 24-20

Charles Grant (6) is shown running with the football behind the blocking of Kendrick Moore (1).

Fayette scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to come from behind and defeat Red Bay by the score of 24-20. The game was tied 6-6 at halftime, with Red Bay leading 14-12 at the conclusion of the third period. Red Bay received the opening kickoff and after driving to its 41-yard line, punted the ball to Fayette. The punt was returned 34 yards by Cooper Sanford, but a holding penalty on the return gave the Fayette Tigers possession at its 15-yard line.


Winterboro defeats Berry 34-20 to close the Wildcats’ season

Berry’s Will Knight (12) is pictured running behind the blocking of Colton Cunningham (6).

Before the start of the game on a cool, damp night, the Berry Wildcats took time to recognize its 21 senior football players and cheerleaders. After the pre-game activities, the Wildcats faced the Winterboro Bulldogs in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Despite great efforts by both the Berry offense and defense, the Bulldogs’ ground game proved to be the difference as Winterboro took the win 34 - 20.

Henegar pleads guilty in band foundation case

Sherrin Leigh Henegar

Andy Hamlin, District Attorney for the 24th Judicial Circuit, announced the guilty plea and sentencing of a former bank employee who stole nearly $91,000 from two non-profit organizations. Sherrin Leigh Henegar, 47, of Millport, pled guilty to first-degree theft at a hearing before Circuit Judge Sam Junkin on Monday, Oct. 18. She was acting as the treasurer for the Fayette County Band Foundation when she began to transfer the foundation’s money to her accounts for personal use.

Spann holds book signing

Tiffany Lollar (left) with her two month old son Aaron Lollar and Mellisa Davis pose with James Spann.

ABC/3340 Chief Meteorologist James Spann was at the Fayette County Memorial Library on Wednesday, Oct. 20 to sign copies of books that he has authored, including, “Weathering Life,” and his latest release, “All You Can Do is Pray.” The line was long throughout the event to purchase books and have them signed.

Library holds time capsule event

Pictured is a small portion of the large crowd that attended the “Time Capsule” event at the Fayette County Memorial Library on Sunday, Oct. 17. Shown at the podium is Anita Morris, who read the essay written by Charlie Grimsley 50 years ago that most closely resembled what Fayette would be like in 2021.

A “Time Capsule” event was held on Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Fayette County Memorial Library to view the contents of a capsule packed away 50 years ago, and to see the items that were selected to be opened 50 years in the future. An essay was read by Anita Morris that was written in 1971 by Charlie Grimsley. His essay was selected as the one that most closely resembled what life is currently like in 2021.

Berry Council to seek foundation grant

The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 4. Councilman Russell Madison was absent from the meeting, with all other council members present. Berry Police Chief Gerald DeDeaux said that he wants to upgrade the town’s body cameras so they will synchronize with the police officers’ Tasers. He said that the new cameras would also automatically download footage when the officers return to the police station.

Tombigbee RC&D presents grant awards

Shown with the grand total award check in the amount of $94,642.33, from left, front: Tombigbee RC&D Executive Director James Granger, Ronni Rene Brasher, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, RC&D Programs Manager Tonika Wyckoff, State Senator Greg Reed, Rhonda Dunavant and Hubbertville Principal Tim Dunavant. Back: Trent Hill, Fayette Co. Commissioner Brad Cox, Berry High Principal Steve Sawyer, Warren Griffith and Adam Brand.

Officials from the Tombigbee RC&D Council was in Fayette on Monday, Oct. 18 to present grant checks to several different local agencies.

Fayette to receive grant

Governor Kay Ivey announced on Monday, Oct. 25 a $700,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to help upgrade public water and wastewater infrastructure in the city of Fayette. Fayette will install four valves and a telemetry system in the water system to enable the southeastern part of the city to better meet growing demand in the area.

Fayette clinches playoff spot with 34-13 win

Charles Grant (6) is pictured running behind the blocking of G’onni Harris (21), Hollis Strawbridge (24) and Tuff Stripling (52).

Fayette’s Kendrick Moore had a career night, scoring four total touchdowns, as the Fayette Tigers defeated the Hamilton Aggies 34-13. On a night when Fayette honored all of the teams in the school’s history, the win secured a third seed in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 4A playoffs for the Tigers.

Meek defeats Berry by the score of 28-7

Deon Mayfield (60) is pictured making a leaping tackle for Berry with the assistance of Colton Cunningham (6).

The Berry Wildcats faced its final road test of the season and concluded its region play as they traveled to Arley to face the Meek Tigers. Meek controlled the game clock and used special teams' turnovers to defeat the Wildcats 28-7. The Tigers won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. Meek started its opening possession on its 32-yard line. The Tigers failed to move the ball and punted on fourth down from the Meek 34-yard line.

Hubbertville defeats Lynn 40-14

Greyson Key (21) is shown handing the ball off to Gage Alexander (10) for Hubbertville.

Hubbertville closed out its regular season play last Friday night, welcoming the Lynn Bears to Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium. The Lions won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick. The kickoff sailed out of bounds, setting the Lions’ offense up for its opening possession at the 40-yard line. The Bears’ defense stood its ground early, allowing a gain of only five yards on the first three plays with Austin Berryhill punting the ball away on fourth down.