Death of inmate under investigation

Pictured is the Fayette County Jail.

An investigation into the recent death of an inmate who was in custody at the Fayette County jail is being conducted by the State Bureau of Investigations. A statement released last week by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) stated the following: “On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at the request of Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Special Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) are investigating an in‐custody death reported on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Celebrating Independence

Shown is a portion of the fireworks sponsored by the Central Church of Christ in Fayette.

The Central Church of Christ in Fayette sponsored an Independence Day fireworks celebration that was enjoyed by a large number of people.

Primary runoff is July 14

The July 14 primary runoff election features no Democratic ballot and a short Republican ballot for eligible voters. Voters who voted in the Democratic primary on March 3 are barred by law from “crossing over” and voting in the Republican runoff primary on July 14. Voters who did not vote in the March 3 primary, or who only voted on the Constitutional amendments, are eligible to vote in the runoff, along with the Republican primary voters.

First COVID-19 cases at FMC’s Long-Term Care facility

Fayette Medical Center’s Long-Term Care facility registered its first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus last week, according to a spokesperson for DCH Health System. Andy North, vice-president of marketing and communications for DCH, issued the following statement concerning the virus at the facility: “Late last week, a few residents at Fayette Medical Center’s Long-Term Care facility began showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Qualifying begins for municipal elections

The municipal elections for Fayette will be held at the Fayette Civic Center.

Qualifying opened on July 7 and will continue until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 for the four municipalities located within Fayette County. Municipal elections for Glen Allen, Belk, Berry and the City of Fayette will be held on Aug. 25, with runoff elections to be held on Oct. 6 if necessary. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. All city council seats will be up for election, as will the mayors in each municipalities. Candidates for office will have to qualify at their respective town/city halls during regular business hours.

Income tax due by July 15

The Alabama Department of Revenue (ALDOR) would like to remind taxpayers that an important deadline is right around the corner. July 15 is the deadline for any Alabama taxpayer whose payment and filing deadline for state Individual Income Tax, Corporate Income Tax, Financial Institution Excise Tax (FIET), and Business Privilege Tax (BPT) was extended from its original due date by executive order on April 10.

BSCC developing strategic plan

Bevill State Community College (BSCC) met with faculty, staff, and administrators from all five locations on Monday, June 29, to continue the development of a new strategic plan. The College began this process earlier this year. However, recent statewide developments make the timing of this planning process optimal. At the close of the regular legislative session, Alabama lawmakers approved a $1.25 billion bond issue for school construction in the largest capital improvement project in more than a decade.

Tucker hired as FCHS football coach by BOE

Waldon Tucker (left) is shown sharing a moment with his son Lance Tucker prior to the 2015 state championship game held at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

The Fayette County Board of Education voted 4-1 at its June 25 meeting to hire former Fayette County High School football coach and former BOE member Waldon Tucker as the new FCHS varsity football coach. All current members of the board were present for the meeting. Board Member Keith Madison opposed the hiring of Tucker, while the other board members supported the motion. Tucker resigned his position on the Fayette County Board of Education during a special-called meeting on Monday, June 22.

Commission votes to centralize supply purchases

The Fayette County Commission approved a plan to centralize its purchasing of office supplies and materials in an effort to save money during its June 22 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman had previously addressed the commission concerning centralizing its office supply purchases, but the commission had taken no previous action.

City Council hires two new police officers

The Fayette City Council meets at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Fayette City Hall on Temple Avenue.

The Fayette City Council approved the hiring of two new police officers during its June 23 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins recommended the employment of Landon Miller and Logan Wright to Mayor Ray Nelson and the Fayette City Council to fill two current vacancies in the police department. He reported that Miller has two years of law enforcement experience and is currently employed as a deputy with the Lee County Miss. Sheriff Department.

COVID-19 cases starting to stabilize in area

After a dramatic spike in local cases two weeks ago, Fayette County’s COVID-19 cases appear to have somewhat stabilized. From Monday, June 8 to Monday, June 15, the number of coronavirus cases within Fayette County increased by 26, climbing from 19 cases to 45 cases in one week. Last week, the number of new cases decreased over the same seven-day timeframe to 13 new cases. From Monday, June 22 to Monday, June 29, Fayette County again decreased in new cases, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health, with only eight new cases.