C3 holds annual ‘State of the Region’ meeting


Tom Wisemiller, CEO and president of the Northwest Alabama Economic Alliance (C3), is shown speaking at the "State of the Region" meeting.

The Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (commonly known as C3), met on Friday, April 29, at Vernon City Hall for its annual “State of the Region” meeting. Local leaders and businesspeople from Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties met to talk about bringing business to Northwest Alabama during a time of change.

Accident results in death


Shown is the 2001 Jeep Cherokee involved in the accident.

A single vehicle accident, that occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20 in Fayette County on Highway 107 near the four-mile marker, claimed the life of the driver of a 2001 Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree before catching on fire. After initially releasing an identity based on the vehicle’s identification, the Alabama State Troopers now say a positive identification of the deceased is pending the result of forensic tests. Fayette County Coroner Tim Kimbrell said the driver of the vehicle apparently died upon impact.

BOE approves personnel changes


The Fayette County Board of Education honored the “Support Staff Employees of the Year” at its April 19 meeting. From left: Randy Burns, Mary Alice Taylor, Beverly McCollum Whitfield, Kim Coley and Stephanie Jones. Also recognized but not pictured: Rusty Fields, Tammie Darty and Sandy Milligan.

The Fayette County Board of Education approved several personnel items and contracts during its April 19 meeting. All board members were present for the meeting. At the start of the meeting, board member John Aaron made a motion to enter executive session to discuss possible litigation. The motion was seconded by board member Keith Madison and was approved unanimously. After an executive session of approximately 20 minutes, the board reconvened its open meeting.

 

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.