Festival of Hope seeks to strengthen community

Evangelist Ronnie Hill will lead the 'Festival of Hope 2023' crusade.

After months of preparation, and thousands of prayers seeking wisdom, direction and guidance, the “Festival of Hope 2023” begins in Fayette next week. The festival, a Christian Crusade that seeks to change lives and see souls saved for Jesus, will be held nightly from Sunday, Oct. 1 through Wednesday, Oct. 4 in John Morgan Brown Stadium (Fayette County High School’s football stadium). Services will begin each night at 7 p.m.


Local resident wins medals at National Senior Games

Charles Bianco is shown wearing the medals that he won at the National Senior Games, and is also holding the proclamation he received from Governor Kay Ivey.

Charles Bianco, a Fayette resident and former University of Alabama bowling coach, won a gold medal in the team bowling event, and a bronze medal in the individual bowling event at the National Senior Games, held July 7-18 in Pittsburgh, Penn.


September is ‘Beating Childhood Cancer Month'

Pictured above, from left, front: Susan Ingle, Camden Wright and Zack Ingle. Middle: Jaydin Hosch, Trinity Benton and Ann Carsyn Cowart. Back: Lucy Lowe and Keslyn Sullivan.

September is “Childhood Cancer Awareness” month. FCHS Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) performed several activities during the month, including designing a t-shirt to be worn every Tuesday in September, created and posted posters and flyers about childhood cancer and had a Pediatric Cancer float in the parade.

Special House primary is Sept. 26

The special Republican primary election to fill the unexpired Alabama House District 16 seat, formerly held by Kyle South, will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26. There will be no Democratic primary for the open seat, as John Underwood was the only Democratic qualifier. As the only Democratic candidate, Underwood will automatically be in the Jan. 9, 2024 general election.


Fayette City Council hears project update

Pictured at the Sept. 12 meeting of the Fayette City Council, from left: Council members Jerry Nichols, Aliska Hughes-Monroe and Tommy Williams, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, council members Eddy Campbell and Virettia Whiteside, Junior City Council Mayor Emily Huang and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12. All council members were present for the meeting. Fayette resident Rickey Ary opened the meeting with prayer. Councilman Tommy Williams led the Pledge of Allegiance. City Engineering Consultant Luke Porter gave the council an update on recent projects.


Winners of Fayette Arts Festival

Shown are the winners of awards. From left, front: Trae Anderson, Austyn Freeman, James Pierce, Avery Dove and Michael Shepherd. Middle: Mayor Rod Northam, Joseph Intravartolo, She-She and Tammy Ross. Back: Ron Morris, Jeffie Lawrence, Mrs. Feliciano Abaurre, Karen Thompson and Feliciano Abaurre.

The 53rd Fayette Arts Festival was held on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Fayette Civic Center and Art Museum. Many artists and craftsmen participated in the festival.

Stallions defeat Lions 42-6

Kane Rushing (23) runs for a good gain after making a catch for Hubbertville.

Hubbertville hosted the South Lamar Stallions on Friday night. Winning the coin toss, the Lions elected to receive, sending T.J. Keeton back deep for the opening kick. The Lions’ opening possession was short.

Pickens County defeats Berry

Jaden Smith (3) is shown catching the ball for Berry against Pickens County.

The Berry Wildcats returned to Fred Webster Stadium after a week on the road to face the third ranked Pickens County Tornadoes.  Although the Wildcats kept the penalty-plagued game close for the first half, big plays on offense and special teams gave Pickens County the victory by the score of 44-7. 

One injured in vehicle accident

This 2004 Buick Century was involved in the accident.

Rhonda Jackson Warren of Fayette was injured and transported to a medical center for treatment during an accident that occurred between the 2004 Buick Century that she was driving and a 2010 Toyota Tacoma, driven by Charles Ian Rainey of Fayette.

Fayette Memorial Library asks commission for funds

Joy Griswold is shown addressing the Fayette County Commission on Sept. 11.

The Fayette County Commission held its regular meeting at the Fayette County Memorial Library, at the request of the library board. All commissioners were present for the meeting.
Jessica Crowe, the director of the Fayette County Memorial Library for the past eight years, was unable to attend the meeting, but welcomed the commissioners through a taped video message.