Berry baseball wins one, loses one

Berry’s baseball team traveled to Guin on March 11 to face Marion County and was defeated by a score of 12-1. Hunter Harrison was two-for-two at the plate for Berry, with a single and a double.Isaiah Kizzire was one-for-two with a RBI and was also hit by a pitch. Johnathan Locke had a double in the game, and Gabe Jones scored Berry’s only run.


Cattlemen’s Association elects Slay as Regional Vice-President

Randy Slay was elected as Regional Vice-President of the Alabama Cattlemen's Association.

The Alabama Cattlemen’s Association membership elected Randy Slay of Fayette as regional vice-president at its annual membership meeting, held in conjunction with the 76th annual convention and trade show in Birmingham on Feb. 16.


Basketball team has successful season

Shown from left, front: Barrett McIntyre, Luke Anderson and Will Jackson. Back: Head Coach Jeremy Madden, Connor Nix, KeShawn Hughes, Nathan Franks, and Assistant Coach Josh Jackson.

The Fayette Two, 12 and Under, Fayette Park and Recreation basketball team had a very successful 2018-19 season. The team was 7-3 during the regular season, finishing the year 8-4 after the season-ending tournament. Madden said he enjoyed coaching the young players and commented that the team improved throughout the year. He  added that he is anxious to see the players compete next year at Fayette Middle School.


Sip[sey Arts Alliance holds Ribbon-Cutting

Present at the ribbon-cutting were many of the local artists within the Sipsey Arts Alliance, members of the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce, community business leaders, and also Jose Perry, regional director for U.S. Senator Doug Jones.

The Sipsey Arts Alliance Artists’ Collective held its Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting on March 14. The new facility will have studio space for the alliance’s artists, and will also have local art available for purchase. The new business is located at 117 East Columbus Street in Fayette.

Ivey awards grant to help victims of abuse, violent crime

Governor Kay Ivey has awarded a $700,000 grant for a new way to help victims of sexual abuse and violent crime better cope with the fallout and the anxieties that can come with criminal justice proceedings. The Office of Prosecution Services is using grant funds to place Certified Facility Dogs throughout the state. Four facilities in Chilton, Houston, Montgomery and Madison counties will house, train, transport and care for the service dogs, which can be deployed to any of the 67 counties in Alabama.


Rutland honored by dedication of new medical library at FMC

Dr. Richard O. Rutland is shown speaking at the March 10 dedication ceremony of the new Fayette Medical Center medical library named in his honor. Shown with Dr. Rutland is one of his daughters, Cindy McBrearty.

Dr. Richard O. Rutland was honored by a reception and dedication ceremony on March 10 at Fayette Medical Center, honoring his lifetime of medical achievements in the Fayette community and naming the new medical library in his honor. Sandy Nolen, chairperson of the Fayette Medical Center Board, opened the ceremony by thanking Rutland and the other “forward thinking leaders” who helped lead Fayette into the future.


'Meet and Greet' held for new FCHS football coach

Shown in the photo from left: Stephanie Hill, Ruby Porter and Charles “Bud” Porter speak with Coach Bill Smith.

Fayette County High School held a “Meet and Greet’” at the school on Sunday, March 10 for new FCHS football coach Bill Smith and his wife, Ann Smith. Many people attended the two-hour event to speak with the coach and his wife. The Smiths said that they were very encouraged by the support of the community and Bill Smith said that he is eagerly looking forward to a successful football season with the Tigers.

County Commission holds special meeting to approve gas tax resolution

Shown at the commission’s special meeting are, from left: County Engineer Chris Howell, Commissioner James Knight, Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers, Commissioner Shane Hughes, Glen Allen Mayor Allen Dunavant and Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission held a special called meeting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 to consider adopting a resolution in support of the “Rebuild Alabama Act” that is being considered by state legislators. All commissioners were present with the exception of Commissioner Barry Corkren and Commissioner John Underwood.


Berry Town Council approves car show

Shown from left: Town Clerk Marie McClusky, Mayor Jimmy Madison, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar and Councilman Chris Rice at Berry’s March 4 town meeting. Not shown is Councilman Calvin Madison, who was also present at the meeting.

The Berry Town Council approved the hosting of a September car show in Berry during its March 4 meeting. Councilman Russell Madison and Councilman Troyce Townsel were absent from the meeting.


Students Encouraged to Enter State-Fish Art Contest

Each year, Kindergarten - 12th grade students from across the country can enter their artwork in the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest. The contest requires student artists to depict a state fish. Prizes are awarded at the state and national levels in four categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, with students in grades 4-12 writing a one-page essay about the fish, its natural habitat and the importance of that habitat in addition to submitting the artwork. Complete contest rules and the entry form can be found on the Wildlife Forever website,


Fayette softball suffers through tough week

The Fayette County High School softball team suffered through a tough week of losses, losing a single game on the road on Thursday before dropping a pair of games during a tournament at Hamilton on Friday. Fayette jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning against Curry on Thursday, March 7, but the Lady Yellow Jackets stormed back with five runs in the third to take the 9-3 victory over the Lady Tigers.


March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information.


West Alabama Mayors elect new president

Millport Mayor Stanley Allred is the new president of the West Alabama Mayors Association.


The West Alabama Mayors Association (WAMA) elected its 2019 officers during a regulary scheduled meeting held on Feb. 21 in Glen Allen. Millport Mayor Stanley Allred was chosen as president and Carrollton Mayor Mickey Walker was chosen as vice-president.  Each will serve a one-year term.