Team with local ties finishes second in nation

The Dixie Youth Eight and Under Winfield boys posed for a picture before leaving for Dothan on Wednesday, July 27, for competition in the Dixie Youth World Series. From left, front: Ames Poole, Chason Bonds, Case Miles, Erik Butsykin and Brock Corkren. Back: Avery Tucker, Kolbe Windham, Brooks Riley, Ridge Stocks, Blaine McNeal and Lee Roland.

Editor’s note: The Winfield Eight and Under Dixie Youth baseball team recently played for a World Series Championship, losing a close game to North Carolina and finishing second in the nation. Although the team played in the Winfield Park and Recreation League, several of the coaches and parents have strong ties to Fayette County.


BOE hires additional personnel

Shown at the Aug. 4 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education, from left: Board members Brenda Webb, Keith Madison, Julie Stough, John Stowe and John Aaron. Not pictured but also present were Board President Tom Hubbert and Superintendent Jim Burkhalter.

The Fayette County Board of Education approved several personnel changes during its Aug. 4 meeting. All board members were present for the meeting.


Glen Allen approvs Transportation Plan

The Glen Allen Town Council met in regular session on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the town’s community center. All council members were present for the monthly meeting. Following standard operating procedures, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant presented the Glen Allen FY 2023 Transportation Plan in accordance with regulations of the “Rebuild Alabama Act” (State House Bill 2019-2).

Fayette Co. Commission hires new engineer

Shown is a portion of the crowd that attended the July 25 commission meeting held in Belk.

The Fayette County Commission hired a new county engineer during its July 25 meeting, held at the Belk Community Center at the request of District 1 Commissioner Brad Cox. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman announced that the commission has been without an engineer for the past two – three months following the resignation of the previous engineer Josh Knight. He said that three applicants had been interviewed for the position, and that one candidate for the position had received a second interview.


Fayette Co. schools begin Aug. 8

The new school year for students within the Fayette County School System begins on Monday, Aug. 8. Fayette County Superintendent Jim Burkhalter said that teachers and the administrative staffs of the schools have been working hard in an effort to open schools in a traditional and normal fashion this year, following disruptions the past two years due to COVID restrictions.


Fayette City Council considers new sewer rate

Pictured at the July 26 meeting of the Fayette City Council, from left: Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Junior Council Mayor Shanti Enis and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 26. All council members, with the exception of Councilman Jerry Nichols, were present for the meeting. City Accountant Rick McCabe opened the meeting with prayer and Mayor Rod Northam led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Berry Council approves water line requests

Pictured is the Berry Town Hall, where the Aug. 1 Berry Town Council meeting was held.

The Berry Town Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Aug. 1 at Berry Town Hall. Councilman Calvin Madison and Councilman Charles Tidwell were absent from the meeting, with all other council members present. Councilman Russell Madison led the council in prayer, with Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar leading the Pledge of Allegiance.


FMC welcomes new surgeon

Dr. Mark Randall

On Sunday, July 24, DCH’s Fayette Medical Center hosted a welcome reception for Dr. Mark Randall. Dr. Randall is trained in general and laparoscopic surgery and will begin offering services at Fayette Medical Center starting Aug. 1.


O’Neal Manufacturing officially begins operation

Pictured is O’Neal Manufacturing Services, located in the former Fayette Fabrication building.

Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield announced on Monday, July 25 that O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) plans to invest $5.5 million to open a 130,000-square-foot steel fabrication facility in Fayette as part of a project that will create 70 full-time jobs within three years after operations commence.


BOE approves salary schedule

Pictured at the Fayette County Board of Education meeting, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, Board President Tom Hubbert, and board members Brenda Webb, Keith Madison and Julie Stough. Not shown, but also present was Board Member John Aaron.

The Fayette County Board of Education met on July 19 to consider the 2022-23 salary schedule and several personnel items. All board members were present for the meeting, with the exception of Board Member John Stowe.


BSCC to host 'First Chapter'

Students can start the FIRST CHAPTER of their Bevill State story in a day!
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) will be hosting “First Chapter” events at all five of its locations during the month of August. These events will allow new students to take a campus tour, apply for admission, complete their FAFSA, take any necessary placement tests, meet with an advisor, and register for Fall classes.

Hydrangeas in full bloom

This hydrangea in downtown Fayette is now at its peak blooming season.

The more than 40 limelight hydrangeas that are located throughout Fayette are now in full bloom. The plants, along with numerous other plants located within the city, are taken care of by the Fayette Garden Club.

Fayette City Council discusses upcoming projects

Pictured is the Fayette City Council at its July 12 meeting. From left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Fayette Junior City Council Mayor Pro Tem Aeilya Walker and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council discussed its plans and options concerning several possible upcoming projects during its July 12 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Kelcey Hale led the council in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the beginning of the meeting.


Commission adopts opioid resolution

Pictured at the July 11 Fayette County Commission meeting, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Wesley Jacobs, Shane Hughes, Brad Cox and Robert Townley.

The Fayette County Commission adopted a resolution to join in a statewide opioid settlement with other counties and municipalities during its July 11 meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman was absent due to attending a state conference, and Commissioner Barry Corkren was also absent from the meeting.