Berry, Fayette make baseball playoffs

Colton Cunningham is shown pitching against Sampson.

The Berry Wildcats and Fayette County High School Tigers each made the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s playoffs, with Berry advancing to the second round and Fayette’s season ending after dropping two-of-three games to Westminster Christian.


Downtown apartment living

Shown is the living room of Toni Robertson’s spacious loft apartment.

Following the death of her beloved husband, Bill Robertson, Toni Robertson began to think about downsizing her home and moving to a new location. She also wanted to do something to help preserve the former bank building that is located next to the current Citizens Bank, and she had an idea that allowed her to accomplish both tasks. Robertson decided to partner with Luke and Amanda Porter to buy the former bank building. The upstairs area of the building would be transformed into her new home, and the downstairs area would become office space for the Porters and their businesses.

Fayette City Council awards checks

Shown at the April 12 meeting of the Fayette City Council, from left. front: Fayette Middle School Principal Ron Hannah, Fayette Elementary Principal Matthew Lindsey, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Fayette Chamber Director Daniel White and Fayette County High School Principal Dr. Jeremy Madden. Back: Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Councilman Tommy Williams and Councilman Jerry Nichols.

The Fayette City Council presented its annual appropriation of funds at the beginning of its April 12 meeting to the three public schools located within the city limits and also to the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce. Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe and Councilman Eddy Campbell were absent from the meeting, with all other council members present.


Commission purchases additional equipment

Pictured at the April 11 Fayette County Commission meeting, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Barry Corkren, Robert Townley, Wesley Jacobs, Shane Hughes. Bradley Cox and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted during its April 11 meeting to purchase more road equipment with funds provided through the COVID American Rescue Act funds. All commissioners were present for the meeting.


PCA Fayette Cattlemen’s Rodeo

Shown is Shelby Clift of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., showing the rodeo crowd her skills as a trick riding performer.

The annual PCA Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association rodeo was held on April 8 - 9 at the Fayette County Multipurpose Complex and was enjoyed by a large group of patrons each night.

Glen Allen to hold cleanup day

The Glen Allen Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 5. All council members were in attendance for the monthly scheduled meeting. During the meeting, the council voted to conduct the town’s annual spring cleanup on Saturday, April 30. The cleanup is being held in conjunction with the People Against a Littered State (PALS) “Don’t Drop it on Alabama” Statewide Spring Cleanup.


Container gardening can be rewarding

This is an example of a sweet “Candy Cane Pepper” that was grown locally last year in a container. The size of the plant and the uniqueness of the variety made this plant an ideal candidate for container gardening, and also a novelty conversation item.

Gardening can be very satisfying and rewarding, but many homeowners do not have the space to plant a traditional garden. When space is limited, many people choose to do container gardening as a means to raise a few fresh vegetables for their kitchen tables. Container gardening can be successful on a small scale in almost any location; however, gardening in this manner presents its own unique challenges.


Local baseball teams have mixed results for week

Jagger Youngblood is shown pitching for the Lions.

The Hubbertville Lions defeated Meek High School by the score of 11-8 in a game played on April 11. Jagger Youngblood pitched six innings to record the victory, allowing eight hits and two earned runs while striking out seven. Brodie Porter pitched the final inning in relief for Hubbertville.


Area softball teams winding down season

Nevaeh Hoobler is shown pitching for Hubbertville.

The Berry Lady Wildcats played only two softball games last week, losing a 10-inning, 1-0 heartbreaker to area foe South Lamar before suffering a shutout the next day at Holy Spirit.
Kyla Edmonson pitched a magnificent game against South Lamar on April 11, scattering five hits and allowing no runs entering the 10th inning of the game. She also tied a school record set by Taylor Thomas in 2012 with 20 strikeouts in the game. Thomas set the record by striking out 20 of the 21 batters she faced.


Galloway graduates from Fire College

Attending the Fire College graduation ceremony, from left: Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Fayette Fire Chief Shannon Taylor, Tyler Galloway and Fayette Assistant Fire Chief Casey Black. Also in attendance, but not pictured, was Fayette City Councilman Tommy Williams.

Tyler Galloway, the newest member of the Fayette Fire Department, graduated from the Alabama Fire College on Friday, April 9.

Fayette Community Foundation holds reception

Ronni Rene Brasher is shown speaking at the Fayette Community Foundation reception.

The annual reception was held for the recipients of awards from the Fayette Community Foundation on Tuesday, April 5 at the Fayette Civic Center. Fayette Community Foundation Chairman William Oswalt told the recipients that the foundation has awarded $7.2 million in grants to organizations during the 17 years since the start of the foundation in 2005, including approximately $600,000 in grants for the current year.


Berry Council to seek bids on new sewer jetter

Pictured is the Berry Town Council at its April 4 meeting. From left: Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar, and Councilmen Chuck Tidwell, Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madision.

The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 4. All council members were present for the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, Berry Police Chief Gerald Dedeaux  gave the police report for March 7 through April 3.


Yerby named runner-up U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen

Lindsey Yerby (right) is pictured with the Japanese Cherry Blossom Queen after Yerby was named as the runner-up U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen.

Lindsey Yerby of Fayette, Alabama’s Cherry Blossom Princess, was named as the runner-up U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen during the week-long U.S. Cherry Blossom Program that took place in Washington D.C. on April 3 - 10.


Drivers’ License offices to close April 18-26

Governor Kay Ivey announces the unveiling of a modernized driver license system that will provide significant improvements to both citizens and Driver License personnel across the state.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Driver License System, simply known as LEADS, will completely revitalize the current system, which has been in place for nearly two decades.  


Tigers win Haleyville series, Hub defeats Brilliant

Will Jackson stretches to make a catch for Fayette during a game against Haleyville.

The Fayette Tigers won a huge baseball series against area foe Haleyville last week, winning two of the three games played. Fayette could not get the bats going in game one, losing a heartbreaker by the score of 1-0. The Tigers managed only four hits during the game offensively, with Cooper Sanford getting two hits, while Landon Lowe and Harrison Unger managed one hit each.