Lowery disqualified by Republican Party

Greg Lowery is shown standing next to the seal for the Alabama House of Representatives.

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.


Berry starts season with impressive 50-13 win

Max Westbrook is shown running the ball for Berry as Jaden Smith blocks.

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.

Lions blank Sumiton Christian 43-0

Zeb Haley (10) is shown taking a handoff as Kobyn Johnson (60) and T.J. Keeton (25) provide blocking.

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.


BOE presents resolutions to Hubbertville students

Hubbertville Principal Tim Dunavant is shown presenting State Senate resolutions to FCCLA students Zoe Whitson (center) and Maci McCaleb.

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.


Rainey honored during pre-game ceremony

Shown from left: Greg Rainey (Curt Rainey’s son), Curt Rainey, Kevin Rhudy and Coach Jared Porter.

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.

Council hears plea for more courts at park

Emily Huang, the Fayette Junior City Council Mayor and a student at Fayette County High School, spoke to the council concerning more tennis and pickleball courts at Guthrie Smith Park.

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.


Fayette defeats Cordova 12-7

Charles Grant (6) is shown running for a huge gain behind solid blocking.

On a hot, humid, sultry night in John Morgan Brown Stadium the Fayette Tigers scored two third-quarter touchdowns and hung on to defeat Cordova 12-7. The game was delayed one hour due to the excessive heat of the day, with the temperature hitting near 100 degrees earlier in the afternoon.


University Charter defeats Hubbertville 22-20

Cole Brand (11) tipped this ball away from a receiver to prevent a touchdown.

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.


Reward offered for information

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.”

Important Note

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.

Tigers host football jamboree

Fayette’s A.J. Parris is shown passing the ball past the outstretched arms of a defender during the Tigers’ jamboree game against Northside.

Fayette played host to a preseason jamboree last Friday night, prior to the start of the regular season this week. The Tigers played its first game against Northside, with the starters playing the first quarter and reserves playing the second quarter.


Farmers Market plans fall season

Lann Stewart and his daughter Izzy Stewart are pictured with many of the items produced by Stewart Farms and sold at the Fayette Farmers Market.

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.


Commission approves purchase of excavator

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.


Berry 12 and Under team finishes third in nation

Shown is the Berry 12 and Under baseball team, from left, front: Sawyer Morgan, Zack Hollingsworth, Landon Nuckols and Kaden Ham. Back: Coach Todd Morgan, Myles Woodfin, Carter Brand, Cruz Kizzire, Walker Edmonson, Keaton Cunningham, Evan Vice, Coach Chris Nuckols and Coach “Bebop” Hollingsworth.

Berry’s 12 and Under baseball team placed third in the USSSA All-Star World Series. The team won the state championship in Oxford, going undefeated and outscoring their opponents 48 - 4. Berry won four games at the national tournament before losing its final game 7 - 6.

Fayette looks to senior leadership for success

During Coach Jared Porter’s first season at Fayette as head coach, the team had a successful season, finishing the year with an 8-3 record, which included a trip to the high school football playoffs. However, Porter still sees room for a lot of improvement. “Our two regular season losses were to our traditional rivals, Gordo and Winfield,” Porter said. Those two losses kept us from hosting a first-round playoff game.”