Former state Representative Thigpen dies


William Edge Thigpen

Former State Representative William Edge Thigpen, Sr., died Saturday, June 8, 2024, at his residence in Montgomery. In addition to owning and operating several businesses in Fayette over the years, Thigpen represented House District 16 for 12 years, which includes Fayette County. He went on to be Assistant Director of ABC agency.

Tornado confirmed in Fayette County


Photo by Jennifer Madison

On Wednesday, June 5, severe storms moved into Northwest Alabama around 6:30 p.m. that produced winds up to 60 mph, lightning and heavy rain. Approximately 115 Fayette County residents were without power after Wednesday evening’s storms according to Alabama Power. Fayette County EMA Director, Michael Stoker, along with the National Weather Service (NWS) traveled the path of the storm in Fayette County. During the preliminary survey, the NWS was able to confirm an EF-0 tornado started at Coffee Creek Rd. in Fayette County and moved into Marion County.

Music & Motors coming to Guthrie Smith Park

The ARC of Fayette, Lamar & Marengo Counties has deep roots in Fayette. They play a vital role in protecting and promoting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and are actively seeking for participation in our community. The ARC is excited to announce the first annual Music & Motors. This is a car show that will be held at Guthrie Smith Park on Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will include food vendors, arts and crafts, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, and music.

FCHS welcomes new basketball coach


Fayette County High School Basketball Coach Jake Mitchell is shown with his wife Emma and their two children Lily and Asher.

Fayette County High School has started a new era for its basketball program with the recent hiring of Jake Mitchell, a seasoned coach with a decade of experience and a personal connection to the sport.

City council recognizes local band


Fayette City Mayor Rod Northam alongside city council members recognized and awarded two framed plaques honoring the C+ Band’s years of service to the Fayette community.

The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, May 28, at Fayette City Hall. All council members were in attendance except for Councilman Eddie Campbell. The meeting was led with prayer by Fayette Junior City Council Member Zaden Walker followed by the pledge which was led by Fayette Junior City Council Member Sean White.

FCHS CTE class builds tables for Fayette Aquatic Center

Pictured left to right seated: Recreation Supervisor O.P. Morgan, Drew Henegar, Hunter Ham, Park Director Chris Champion
Standing left to right – Lukas Simmons, Avery Hancock, Instructor Jonathan Burkhalter, Blake Cook, Danny Powell, Carson Hollingsworth

The Career Technical Educate (CTE) Lab at Fayette County High School recently completed a project that visitors to the Fayette Aquatic Center will enjoy this season and for many years to come. The class, part of the SkillsUSA organization, built four new picnic tables for the water park, and repainted four existing tables that are used at the facility. The project was led by instructor Jonathan Burkhalter, with several students contributing to the project that was completed and delivered just in time for the Aquatic Center’s opening day.

Local Veteran honored for service in WWII

Photo of James "Jimmy" Gullett

James “Jimmy” Gullett was born on February 26, 1927. He enjoyed photography, playing football and even served as a Feature Editor for the Echo Staff during his time at Fayette County High School. Coming from a family with a strong military background, his father, George Harris Gullet Sr., was an artilleryman in World War I, and his brother, George Harris Jr., fought in the Battle of the Bulge under Lieutenant General George S. Patton.

Tempers flare at the Board of Education meeting

The Fayette County Board of Education held its regular board meeting on Tuesday, May 21, at the Courthouse Annex building. All board members were present except for District Four Board Member Brenda Webb. The meeting was led with prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting began with four attendees speaking on various topics about the Fayette County School system. Each participant was allowed three minutes to speak freely.

Six FCHS seniors recognized during athletic signing



On Friday, May 10, Fayette County High School celebrated the acheivements of six athletes during the athletic scholarship signing. Shown from left to right: Brady Jones (Cross Country at Shelton State Community College), Noah Benton ( Football at Lyon College), Hollis Strawbridge (Football at Rhoades College), Cooper Sanford (Baseball at Wallace State in Hanceville), Brantley Stocks (Baseball at Bevill State Community College) and Harrison Unger (Baseball at Bevill State Community College).