The Berry Town Council approved the purchase of a drug dog during its Feb, 5 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. The council addressed the purchase of another drug dog to help with patrolling Berry and other areas if municipalities need assistance. The most recent drug dog died in an accident, and the previous drug dog is no longer able to perform its duties as well as is needed.
Corey Savage, a graduate of Fayette County High School and current resident of Fayette County, spoke at the annual Fayette Middle School’s “Black History Month Celebration,” held on Feb. 8 at the school’s gymnasium. In addition to being a graduate of Fayette County High School, Savage is also a graduate of Bevill State Community College and Auburn University. He is currently the pastor of Plum Grove Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa.
The Glen Allen Town Council met on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the town’s community center. All council members were in attendance for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Rick McCabe, a Certified Public Accountant with McCabe and Associates of Fayette, addressed the council and presented a report and review from his annual audit of the town’s financial statements.
Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins reported that a Lawrence Mill volunteer fireman was killed on Monday, Feb. 5 in a vehicle accident as he returned to the fire station following a fire. He said a one-vehicle accident claimed the life of Tony Baumgartner, 71, of Fayette in an accident that occurred approximately one-mile west of Calvary Church on Co. Rd. 80.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office released the following announcement concerning the recent arrests of several suspects and the confiscation of guns, drugs and drug paraphernalia. As part of an ongoing investigation into recent drug complaints in the Berry area, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Berry Police Department and the Alabama State Probation and Parole officers conducted an operation which resulted in multiple arrest in and around the Berry area.
Note: The following people were sentenced in Fayette County Circuit Court since Aug. 2023. The list was compiled from information recently received from the Fayette County Circuit Court Office.
There will be an informative meeting concerning the on-going war between Gaza and Israel at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Fayette Civic Center. The guest speaker for the event will be Richard Friedman, former executive director for the Birmingham Jewish Foundation.
After two weeks of extreme water outages, the Boley, Flatwoods and Alta communities are finally getting some relief from an on-going problem with the Oakman Water Works. The problem began on Sunday, Jan. 14, and for two weeks, residents of those and other areas of Fayette and Walker counties had to haul water to their homes for flushing toilets and pick up bottled water for cooking and drinking. They also had to find alternate means to wash clothes and take baths.
The Fayette County Board of Education toured Fayette County High School prior to its Jan. 25 meeting in the school’s library. Board members John Aaron and Brenda Webb were absent for the meeting, with all other board members present. Board member Tierre Agnew opened the meeting with prayer, with board member Julie Stough leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23. All council members were present for the meeting. Dean South, pastor of Mountain View Apostolic Church, opened the meeting with prayer, and Jayden South led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Fayette’s boys’ basketball team traveled to Hubbertville last Friday night and defeated the Lions 70-41. Will Jackson led Fayette with 24 points and four assists, followed by Taylor Kelly with nine points and three steals. Tucker Whitley had eight points, five rebounds and five assists, while Landon Kimbrell scored seven points and Keyshaun Hughes added six points. Elijah Benton scored five points, Max McDonald, Scott Davis and Jake Rickman scored three points each, and Isaiah Estep added two points.
An unusual ice storm, with temperatures in the single digits and teens and with wind chill factors at times near zero, brought Fayette County and the surrounding area to a near-standstill last week. The ice storm was unusual due to the fact that most of the ice was confined to pavement and the roadways. Fortunately, the ice did not lay heavily on tree limbs and power lines, and most people had electricity during the extremely cold weather.
The Boley, Flatwoods and Alta communities are suffering through a water shortage as part of an on-going problem with the Oakman Water Works. The problem began on Sunday, Jan. 14, and is well into its second week of water drought for the area’s residents. Cecil Canida, manager of the Oakman Water Works, said that a “perfect storm” of incidents has led to the current situation.
The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Jan. 22. All commissioners, with the exception of Commissioner Brad Cox, were in attendance at the meeting. Commissioner John Underwood opened the meeting in prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. At the beginning of the meeting, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman thanked the commissioners and county workers, including County EMA Director Michael Stoker, for helping to keep the citizens of Fayette safe during the ice storm last week.
Hubbertville boys’ basketball team traveled to Lynn on Jan. 9 and was defeated by the Bears 57-35. Cole Brand led the Lions in scoring with 10 points, followed by Kane Rushing with eight points. Cam Pendley had six points, Blaize Wakefield added five points, while Kade Watkins and Sebashton Harris had three points each. On Jan. 12, Hubbertville hosted Berry and won by the score of 52-48.