Edmonson named to All-State team


Kyla Edmonson is shown pitching for the Berry Lady Wildcats during the 2022 season.

Berry High School senior pitcher Kyla Edmonson finished the season for the second consecutive year as an Alabama High School second-team All-State softball player, as selected by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

 

BOE hires new football coach



In a special-called meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education on Monday, June 20, the board unanimously voted to hire Jared Porter as the next football coach at Fayette County High School. All board members were in attendance for the special meeting. The head football coach and athletic director’s position became available following the June 7 board meeting, when the board failed to approve the coaching supplement for Coach Waldon Tucker. The coaching position was posted on June 13 as an internal system transfer only.

 

Fayette City Council votes to allow tax abatements


Matt Moon, general manager of O’Neal Manufacturing Services, is shown addressing the Fayette City Council. Also pictured in the background is Tom Wisemiller, president and CEO of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance.

The Fayette City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 14. All council members, with the exception of Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside and Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, were present for the meeting. Councilman Tommy Williams opened the meeting with prayer and also led the Pledge of Allegiance. Tom Wisemiller, president and CEO of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (C3), spoke to the council concerning sales, usage and property tax abatements for a possible new industry.

 

Commission holds brief meeting


Shown at the June 13 Fayette Co. Commission meeting, from left: Commissioner Barry Corkren, Commissioner Robert Townley, Commissioner Wesley Jacobs, Commissioner Shane Hughes and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission held a very brief meeting on June 13 at the Fayette County Courthouse. Commissioner Brad Cox and Commissioner John Underwood were absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. Commissioner Barry Corkren made a motion to allow the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department to be added to the “Brinks supports first responders donation program wait list.”

 

Berry to seek bids on water pumps



The Berry Town Council voted at its June 6 meeting to seek bids for three new raw water pumps for the Berry Water System. All council members were in attendance for the meeting with the exception of Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar. Berry Water Plant Chief Operator Walter Taylor appeared before the council during the meeting to explain to the council the urgent need for the new pumps. He also explained that there is at least a six-month wait to receive new pumps once they are ordered.

 

Scary accident - no injuries


Pictured is the 2017 Honda Accord involved in the accident on Highway 43.

An accident, occurring on Friday, June 10 at approximately 9:05 a.m., looked really bad but fortunately, the occupants of the vehicles were uninjured. The accident happened on Highway 43 North, between the intersections of 19th St. NW and 20th St. NW. According to the police report, a 2007 GMC Envoy van, driven by Clara A. Gilliam of Bankston, was entering the roadway from the parking lot of a nearby business and struck a 2017 Honda Accord, driven by Cheryl Denise Terrell of Guin, causing the Accord to flip upside down.

BOE fails to renew Tucker’s coaching supplement


Pictured at the June 7 Fayette Co. BOE meeting, from left: Board President Tom Hubbert, Board Member Brenda Webb, Board Member Julie Stough, Board Member John Stowe and Board Member John Aaron.

The Fayette County Board of Education failed to approve the coaching and athletic director’s supplement for Waldon Tucker, Fayette County High School head football coach, during its June 7 meeting. Board Member Keith Madison was not in attendance at the beginning of the meeting due to a conflict with his work schedule.

 

Grand Opening of Farmers Market a success


Jim Carlo is busy selling fresh vegetables and herbs to customers.

The grand opening of the 2022 Fayette Farmers Market in the downtown area was a huge success, with local vendors selling out of produce quickly. Each week, additional vendors are expected to participate in the market, and the variety of fresh produce will also increase during the summer.  Jim Carlo is busy selling fresh vegetables and herbs to customers.

Glen Allen to run CCR report



The Glen Allen Town Council met in regular session on Tuesday, June 7 at the town’s community center. All council members were in attendance for the meeting. Allen Grocholski, who serves as the town’s attorney, informed the council members of options available for the removal of a used mobile home located on property owned by the town at 11th street west.

 

Company provides STEM scholarships


Students receiving STEM scholarships courtesy of 3M, pictured from left: Aiden Evans of Fayette, Max Herdzik of Guin, Samuel Killingsworth of Hubbertville, Reagan LeDuke of Guin, Ian McCaleb of Guin, Anna Beth Robinson of Winfield and Gavin Williams of Guin.

The 3M company facility located in Guin has partnered with the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science to fund young learners from its area attending the school’s STEM leadership summer program. Ten students in the sixth through eighth grades from Fayette, Lamar and Marion counties in northwest Alabama will attend the ASMS STEM Leadership Academy summer camp as a result of a $4,300 grant.

 

Upward Bound funding continued



Bevill State Community College’s TRIO program - Upward Bound (UB) — has been renewed. The total award for all programs combined is a little more than $1.2 million a year from the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education. This grant assures the programs’ continuation for the next five years, through 2027.

 

WARC to hold meeting



There will be a regularly scheduled meeting of the West Alabama Regional Commission’s Board of Directors on June 23 at 11:45 a.m. Presiding at the meeting will be Tuscaloosa County Commission Chairman, Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the West Alabama Regional Commission, the Honorable Rob Robertson.

 

Accident severely injures Fayette Co. resident


Pictured is the truck involved in a one-vehicle accident

A one-vehicle accident on County Road 12 near Concord Baptist Church at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Friday, June 3 severely injured Daniel Smith, age 76, of Bankston. Smith was traveling west with a load of lumber for Lawrence Farm and Lumber when the truck he was driving left the roadway and overturned, scattering the lumber along the roadside.

Fayette Memorial Library celebrates 100th anniversary


Bentley Kennedy poses with the delicious 100th anniversary cake he made for the library’s celebration.

The Fayette Memorial Library celebrated its 100th anniversary on May 31, with lots of children’s activities, cake, ice cream, popcorn and other treats. Toni Robertson, a member of the Fayette Progress Club, said last year during a presentation at the library that the Progress Club was established in 1921 “for the sole purpose of helping to establish a permanent library in the City of Fayette.” Robertson said that in 1922, the first library in town “opened in a portion of Dr. Branyon’s office and contained 68 books.”

Bank of Berry closes


The First National Bank (Bank of Berry) has closed and the building is currently on the market to sell.

The Board of Directors for Marion County Bancshares, Inc., doing business as First National Bank, Hamilton, made the decision to close its branches in Berry and Parrish, effective May 27.
The bank will continue to operate all other branches located in Hamilton, Sulligent, Haleyville, Carbon Hill and Double Springs. A recommendation to close the Berry and Parrish branches was made during the Board’s January 2021 meeting, following a review of the 2020 branch performance reports.

Nichols-Slatton receives state award



Fayette County Administrator Brooke Nichols-Slatton was named the 2022 John Ray Gordon County Administrator of the Year by the Association of County Administrators of Alabama (ACAA) in recognition of her service to her profession. Nichols-Slatton was selected by a committee of her peers from around the state to receive the ACAA’s highest honor at its annual conference in May.

 

Yerby wins Republican Primary for sheriff


Sheriff Byron Yerby is shown being congratulated by challenger Roger Morrison after he successfully won the May 24 Republican primary for sheriff. Shown in the background is Byron Yerby’s uncle, Robert Yerby.

Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby defeated four challengers to win the May 24 Republican Primary for sheriff without a runoff. Since there were no Democratic challengers for the office, and no independent candidates have announced, Yerby is virtually assured of a second term as Fayette County’s sheriff.