Council sentenced for double murder

Michael Evan Council

The first of five defendants in a double murder case from 2018 pled guilty on Friday, July 8, agreeing to serve two consecutive life sentences. The sentencing of Michael Evan Council, 28, a New Jersey resident, was announced by 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Andy Hamlin.
Council was one of the defendants responsible for the shooting deaths of Hernan Antonio Padilla and Allen Clifford Sandlin.  


‘Back-to-School’ sales tax holiday is this weekend

The municipalities of Fayette and Berry, in conjunction with Fayette County and the State of Alabama, will participate in the annual school sales tax holiday on July 15 - 17. This is the 14th year that Alabama has held the tax holiday, and the third time that the event has been held in July. The sales tax holiday will begin on Friday, July 15 at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m.


School board approves personnel, contract changes

Pictured at the June 28 Fayette Co. Board of Education meeting, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, Board President Tom Hubbert, Board Member Brenda Webb and Board Member Keith Madison. Not pictured but also present were board members John Aaron and John Stowe.

The Fayette County Board of Education met on June 28 to consider several personnel and contract items. All board members were present with the exception of Julie Stough. Prior to the start of the meeting, Josh Taylor, of the Alabama Examiners of Public Accounts, delivered the results of the latest state audit to the board, stating that there were no significant problems with the audit.


C3 holds ‘Meet and Greet’

Shown is Matt LeDuke, Chairman of the Northwest Alabama Economic Alliance Board.

The Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (also commonly known as C3) held a “Meet and Greet” at the Fayette Civic Center on June 30. The purpose of the event was to allow community and business leaders to meet the members of the alliance in an informal setting to discuss current economic issues.


Board suspends Bolling’s medical license

In a document dated May 23, the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners ordered Dr. Robert Pearce Bolling of Fayette to “immediately CEASE and DESIST from the practice of medicine in the State of Alabama until such time as the Administrative Complaint of the Alabama State Medical Examiners shall be heard by the Commission and a decision rendered thereon.”


Fayette Co. resident arrested in Haleyville

Lori Faye Lay

Editor’s Note: This article was compiled, written and furnished to The Times-Record by the staff of The Northwest Alabamian.

Lori Faye Lay, 42, of Fayette, was arrested on June 21 by the Haleyville Police Department and charged with possession of marijuana first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lay, along with four other people, including an employee of the motel, was arrested at the Imperial Inn, located on Highway 13 South in Haleyville.


County Commission holds meeting in Bobo Community

Pictured is a portion of the large crowd in the Bobo Community that attended the June 27 meeting of the Fayette County Commission.

The Fayette County Commission held its June 27 meeting at the Bobo Community Center at the request of District Two Commissioner Shane Hughes. All commissioners were present for the meeting, with the exception of Commissioner Barry Corkren.


Fayette City Council approves premium pay

Shown at the June 28 meeting of the Fayette City Council, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Junior Fayette City Council Mayor Shanti Enis and Fayette City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council, during its June 28 meeting, approved a motion that will award one-time premium pay to city employees. Councilman Eddy Campbell was absent from the meeting, with all other council members present. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Alexis Wilson led the prayer and Aeilya Walker led the Pledge of Allegiance.  


World Games flag travels throough Fayette Co.

World Game flag bearers and runners, from left: Angela Miles, Tia Doss and Emily Walter, all of Marion County. Not pictured is Mallory Long, also of Marion County.

The World Games 2022 flag, along with an American Flag, made its way through Fayette County as runners carried the flags from Winfield to Wayside and on to Vernon on July 4. The World Games will have its opening ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday, July 9.


Newman selected for Hall of Fame

Fayette County resident Mike Newman has been selected for induction into the Alabama Sports Officials Hall of Fame. The induction of the 2021 class will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Oxford Civic Center. This will be the fourth class of annual inductees since the Hall of Fame was established in 2019.


Burkhalter, Agnew win local runoffs

Fayette County Republican Vice-Chairman Bill McCollum (right) is shown congratulating Superintendent Jim Burkhalter on his primary victory.

Fayette County Superintendent of Education Jim Burkhalter defeated Berry High School Principal Steve Sawyer in the June 21 Republican Primary runoff election. The win virtually assures Burkhalter of a third term as superintendent, since he will not have a Democratic challenger for the office during the November general election.


Fayette Fire Dept. respond to fire

Pictured is a Fayette firemen as he sprayed water to contain the smoke and flames.

Two fire trucks from the Fayette Police Department responded to a vehicle and shed fire that occurred on Friday, June 24 at approximately 10:11 a.m. on Highway 159, approximately eight miles south of Fayette. According to the fire report, the fire started as a camper fire and quickly spread to a nearby shed and boat. The firemen were able to contain the fire, and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire was ruled unintentional and of an undetermined origin.

Wages named BSCC Outstanding Faculty Member

David Wages has been named BSCC's "Most Outstanding Faculty Member" on its Fayette Campus.

College Instructor David Wages is the 2022 recipient of the Bevill State “Outstanding Faculty Award” on the Fayette  Campus. Wages’ education roots run deep at Bevill State Community College. As a student at Fayette County High School, he took four dual enrollment courses beginning in the 11th grade.  


Summer is here!

This thermometer, outside a local church, shows the temperature on the second day of summer as 104 degrees.

Summer is starting out hot this year. On June 22, the official temperature for the day was 101. With the heat index added in, the temperature felt like 108.

Landowners upset over proposed highway route

Pictured is an Alabama Department of Transportation map showing the proposed route of the access highway.

Alabama District 16 Representative Kyle South posted a series of images on Facebook on Feb. 25, showing details of a proposed interstate bypass project that would widen Highways 171 and 129. The bypass would start from 171 in Fayette County and meet Highway 129 in Winfield at an intersection on Highway 118. There has been no word from the governor or the Alabama Department of Transportation regarding a date and time for a public meeting to discuss the proposal.