In a game where each team finished with 20 first downs and 356 yards in total offense, Fayette won the battle on the scoreboard and defeated the Hamilton Aggies 51-33. Dezmon Harris of Fayette received the opening kickoff and returned the ball 64 yards to give the Tigers excellent starting field position at the Aggies’ 19-yard line.
Bryan Brinyark defeated Brad Cox in the Oct. 24 Republican Primary runoff to be the party’s nominee for the Alabama House District 16 seat. Although Cox collected the most votes in his home county of Fayette, and also in the portion of Jefferson County that is within the district, Brinyark won his home county of Tuscaloosa by a wide margin to capture the overall victory.
The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24. All council members were present for the meeting, with the exception of Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe. Prior to the start of the meeting, Corey Baker, Children and Youth Pastor at Fayette First Baptist Church led the council in prayer. Fayette Mayor Rod Northam led the council in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 23 at the Fayette Courthouse Annex building. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, a public hearing was held concerning vacating Logan Road. No one spoke either for or against the road closure during the hearing.
During the Fayette - Midfield pre-game activities, several future Fayette County High School cheerleaders took the field to lead cheers alongside the current FCHS varsity cheerleaders. The young cheerleaders got the crowd and the team motivated, as they helped to cheer the Tigers to a crucial regional victory. Shown above are a few of the many youngsters who participated in the pre-game activities.
The Fayette County High School varsity volleyball team finished a successful 2023 season, winning the regular season area title and hosting the area tournament. The Lady Tigers received a first-round bye in the Class 3A, Area 9 Tournament, then defeated Winfield three sets to one to advance to the championship match. Fayette faced a tough Carbon Hill squad for the title, and won the championship match three sets to one.
Fayette used a massive rushing attack to control the game’s tempo and defeat Midfield in a crucial regional game by the score of 36-18. The win clinched the fourth and final playoff spot in the region, and secured a first-round road playoff game against Lauderdale County following the conclusion of the Tigers’ regular season finale against Hamilton this week.
Qualifying is now underway for the 2024 federal, state and local primary elections. The local Republican Party started its qualifying on Oct. 10, and the state Republican Party started qualifying candidates on Oct. 16. The local Democratic Party and the state Democratic Party are also busy qualifying candidates, with all party qualifying scheduled to conclude at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10.
The Fayette Farmers market will be open on the next two Saturdays in its downtown location, on the north side of the Fayette Depot Museum. Lann Stewart, manager of the Fayette Farmers Market, said that there will be fall and winter greens for sale (turnip greens, mustard greens, collards, etc.), and a wide variety of locally grown baked and canned good items. There will also be a few craft items for sale.
Fayette County High School and Bevill State Community College will host its annual “Communitywide Veterans Day Program" at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 in the Earl McDonald Auditorium on the Fayette Campus of Bevill State. The guest speaker for the event will be United States Navy Veteran James A. Henry, a 1992 graduate of Fayette County High School.
The Fayette County Board of Education toured Berry Elementary School and Berry High School before holding its Oct. 17 meeting in the library of Berry High School. All board members were present for the meeting, with the exception of board member Tierre Agnew. Prior to the start of the meeting Athena Hubbert was recognized as Berry Elementary School’s “Teacher of the Year,” and Kelley Strickland received recognition as Berry High School’s “Teacher of the Year.”
The Berry Town Council voted to deed the former Armory property to the Berry Industrial Development Authority during its October meeting. All council members were present with the exception of Councilman Russell Madison.
The “Kids and Kin” Program, a service offered by the Family Guidance Center of Alabama and funded by the Alabama Department of Human Resources, will be offering a series of classes continuing through March 2024 in the Fayette area.