House destroyed by fire

Shown is the house, fully engulfed in flames.

Firemen from the Fayette Fire Department are shown battling flames as this house on County Road 53 South was fully engaged when they arrived at the scene on the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 5. The cause of the fire was listed as unintentional, with no additional details noted.

Two injured in truck, motorcycle accident

Pictured is the Harley Davidson motorcycle that was involved in the accident.

An accident at approximately noon on Feb. 2 on Temple Ave. North between a 1996 Dodge Dakota pickup, driven by James Alford Jenkins of Vernon, and a Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by David Lesley Smith of Winfield, sent the two occupants of the motorcycle to the hospital for medical treatment.

Berry Council approves purchase of police dog

Shown at the Berry Town Council meeting, from left: Council members Mary Sue Lollar, Chuck Tidwell, Russell Madison, Chris Lindsey and Calvin Madison.

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.


Savage speaks at Black History Month program

Shown participating in the 2024 Black History Program at Fayette Middle School, from left: Ryan Clary, Sam Rogers, Keziah Rucker, Corey Savage, Principal Rodney Hannah and Prestin Phillips.

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.


Glen Allen Council hears review of audit

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.


Volunteer fireman killed in vehicle accident

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.


Authorities make drug arrests in area

Pictured above are some of the guns consfiscated during recent drug arrests.

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.


C3 holds its annual meeting

Tom Wisemiller, President and CEO of the NW Alabama Economic Development Alliance, is shown updating attendees at its annual “State of the Region” meeting.

The Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance, also known as C3 for it promotion of economic interests in Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties, held its 13th annual “State of the Region” meeting at Bevill State Community College in Fayette on Friday, Jan. 26.


Water shortage at Boley returning to normal

Pictured is one of the many loads of water that was dispersed to the afflicted areas during the water shortage.

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.


BOE accepts Mims’ resignation as Berry’s football coach

Shown from left are Fayette County High School’s “Teacher of the Year” Julie Turman, Fayette Middle School’s “Teacher of the Year” Ciara Peoples and Deputy Superintendent Mary Raines.

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.

Fayette defeats Hubbertville’s boys

Cole Brand (11) for Hubbertville drives to the basket as Tucker Whitley (14) defends. Pictured in the background is Fayette’s Landon Kimbrell.

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.


Winter weather causes travel problems in area

Pictured is Fayette’s frozen Temple Avenue, as the street appeared on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 16.

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.


Boley, other areas, facing drinking water drought

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.


Commission approves Dumpster schedule

Pictured at the Jan. 22 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Wesley Jacobs, Robert Townley, David Hubbert, Shane Hughes and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

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 basketball teams defeat Berry

Kylee Dunn of Hubbertville was presented a basketball by Coach Caleb Hynds, commemorating her 1,000th point scored.

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.