Lifelong Fayette resident and former teacher, principal and superintendent Jeffie Lawrence will be showcasing his art and craft collection of miniature houses that he has built during this year’s Fayette Arts Festival, to be held at the Fayette Civic Center and Art Museum from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9.
A single-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 5:49 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29, has claimed the life of a Fayette man. Jimmy D. Feltman, 65, was fatally injured when the 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that he was operating left the roadway and struck a tree.
The Alabama Republican Party has disqualified Fayette County resident Greg Lowery from seeking the Alabama House of Representatives, District 16 nomination during the Republican Primary. Lowery’s name will be on the Republican Primary ballots, which have already been printed. A spokesperson for the Alabama Republican Party confirmed to The Times-Record last week that Lowery has been disqualified due to a violation of the state party’s by-laws that prohibit a candidate from running in a Republican Primary within six years of seeking office with another party.
As of Sept. 1, the sales tax on most food and grocery items was reduced by one percent in Alabama. The Alabama Legislature passed a bill this year that reduced the tax on grocery items, with certain limitations.
The Berry Wildcats welcomed the 4A Curry Yellow Jackets to Fred Webster Stadium to open its 2023 campaign. The weather would affect both teams, as a steady rain caused some turnover issues and bad snaps, but the Wildcats took control of the game early and cruised to a big victory to start the season.
Traveling to Sumiton on a wet rainy night, the Lions opened Region 5 play against the Sumition Christian Eagles. Winning the coin toss, the Eagles elected to receive. Following a sack on quarterback Jake White by Kane Rushing, the Eagles were facing third down and 16 from its own 32-yard line. Two snaps later, the ball was punted away, rolling to a stop at Hubbertville’s 34-yard line.
The Fayette County Board of Education honored two Hubbertville School students and presented the students with signed Alabama Senate resolutions congratulating them for their accomplishments during its Aug. 22 meeting. All board members were present for the meeting.
Board president Tom Hubbert opened the meeting with prayer, and board member John Aaron led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Longtime FCHS employee Curt Rainey served as a honorary captain and was recognized during the Fayette - Cordova pre-game ceremony for his 40 plus years of service to Fayette County High School. He was hired at the school in Jan. 1958 as custodian, and also performed maintenance and groundskeeping work at the school until retiring in 1998. He was presented a plaque in recognition of his service during the ceremony.
The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Aug. 22. Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe and Councilman Eddy Campbell were absent from the meeting, with all other council members present. Prior to the start of the meeting, Chris Huynh led the council in prayer and Fayette Junior Council Mayor Emily Huang led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Opening the 2023 season, the Hubbertville Lions welcomed the Trail Blazers of University Charter School to Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium. Winning the coin toss, the Lions elected to receive the opening kick, with Kobe McCarley recovering the ball at the 30-yard line. The Lions’ opening possession was short. Facing fourth down and five from the 35-yard line, T.J. Keeton punted the ball away, setting the Blazers up at its 29-yard line.
The 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office and Pickens County Sheriff’s office have consulted with an anonymous donor who has generously made $5,000 available to anyone with information about a burglary reported last year. Firearms were stolen and security equipment was damaged at a camp house on Pickens County Road 13 (Vienna Road) the night of Oct. 30, 2022. “Someone knows who is responsible for this,” said Pickens County Sheriff Jordan Powell. “We hope the reward will serve as an incentive for them to do the right thing and come forward.”
Due to near-record temperatures this week, the kickoff for the Fayette-Cordova football game at John Morgan Brown Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 24 is being delayed until 8 p.m. Also, Hubbertville’s home game against University Charter School on Friday, Aug. 25 is starting at 7:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.
The Fayette Farmers Market had a very successful summer season, and plans to reopen sometime in October with a variety of greens, pumpkins, gourds, baked goods and canned goods. Fayette Farmers Market Manager Lann Stewart said that the response to the Saturday market this year was “great,” with more vendors participating and more produce for sale than at last year’s market.
The Fayette County Commission held its Aug.14 meeting at the courthouse annex building. All commissioners were present for the meeting, with the exception of Commissioner Wesley Jacobs. Commissioner Robert Townley opened the meeting with prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Tom Wisemiller, president and CEO of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Authority, (C3) addressed the commission at the beginning of the meeting.