Area softball teams winding down season

Nevaeh Hoobler is shown pitching for Hubbertville.

The Berry Lady Wildcats played only two softball games last week, losing a 10-inning, 1-0 heartbreaker to area foe South Lamar before suffering a shutout the next day at Holy Spirit.
Kyla Edmonson pitched a magnificent game against South Lamar on April 11, scattering five hits and allowing no runs entering the 10th inning of the game. She also tied a school record set by Taylor Thomas in 2012 with 20 strikeouts in the game. Thomas set the record by striking out 20 of the 21 batters she faced.


Galloway graduates from Fire College

Attending the Fire College graduation ceremony, from left: Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Fayette Fire Chief Shannon Taylor, Tyler Galloway and Fayette Assistant Fire Chief Casey Black. Also in attendance, but not pictured, was Fayette City Councilman Tommy Williams.

Tyler Galloway, the newest member of the Fayette Fire Department, graduated from the Alabama Fire College on Friday, April 9.

Fayette Community Foundation holds reception

Ronni Rene Brasher is shown speaking at the Fayette Community Foundation reception.

The annual reception was held for the recipients of awards from the Fayette Community Foundation on Tuesday, April 5 at the Fayette Civic Center. Fayette Community Foundation Chairman William Oswalt told the recipients that the foundation has awarded $7.2 million in grants to organizations during the 17 years since the start of the foundation in 2005, including approximately $600,000 in grants for the current year.


Berry Council to seek bids on new sewer jetter

Pictured is the Berry Town Council at its April 4 meeting. From left: Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar, and Councilmen Chuck Tidwell, Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madision.

The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 4. All council members were present for the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, Berry Police Chief Gerald Dedeaux  gave the police report for March 7 through April 3.


Yerby named runner-up U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen

Lindsey Yerby (right) is pictured with the Japanese Cherry Blossom Queen after Yerby was named as the runner-up U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen.

Lindsey Yerby of Fayette, Alabama’s Cherry Blossom Princess, was named as the runner-up U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen during the week-long U.S. Cherry Blossom Program that took place in Washington D.C. on April 3 - 10.


Drivers’ License offices to close April 18-26

Governor Kay Ivey announces the unveiling of a modernized driver license system that will provide significant improvements to both citizens and Driver License personnel across the state.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Driver License System, simply known as LEADS, will completely revitalize the current system, which has been in place for nearly two decades.  


Tigers win Haleyville series, Hub defeats Brilliant

Will Jackson stretches to make a catch for Fayette during a game against Haleyville.

The Fayette Tigers won a huge baseball series against area foe Haleyville last week, winning two of the three games played. Fayette could not get the bats going in game one, losing a heartbreaker by the score of 1-0. The Tigers managed only four hits during the game offensively, with Cooper Sanford getting two hits, while Landon Lowe and Harrison Unger managed one hit each.


Hub, Berry participate in NAC Tournament

Berry and Hubbertville started the week off facing each other in softball before finishing the week playing in the NAC Tournament. Berry defeated Hubbertville by the score of 7-2 on April 4.
Kyla Edmonson pitched a complete seven-inning game for Berry, allowing two runs on four hits with 16 strikeouts and only two walks. Edmonson also hit a home run for the Lady Wildcats and had three RBIs.


Fayette’s Cleanup Campaign is Saturday

Fayette Mayor Rod Northam and a citizen volunteer are shown picking up garbage along the city streets of Fayette during last year’s Cleanup Campaign. This year’s cleanup in Fayette will be Saturday.

The City of Fayette will hold its annual Cleanup Campaign on Saturday, April 9. Participants will meet at Fayette City Hall that morning at 9 a.m., and the event is scheduled to conclude at noon at City Hall. The Cleanup Campaign is a project of Alabama’s PALS (People Against a Littered State).


Yerby representing Alabama at Festival

Lindsey Yerby is in Washington D.C. this week representing Alabama in the U.S. Cherry Blossom Princess Program.

Lindsey Yerby, a 2015 graduate of Fayette County High School, is in Washington D.C. this week representing Alabama as the state’s Cherry Blossom Princess. Yerby is a former Alabama Crimsonette and a 2019 graduate of The University of Alabama. She will graduate in May from The University of Alabama’s School of Law.


Commission holds meeting at Bankston VFD

Commissioner John Underwood, who recently retired from the Fayette Police Department, was presented a plaque by Sheriff Byron Yerby in recognition of him beginning his law enforcement career at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 28 at the Bankston Volunteer Fire Department. All commissioners were present for the meeting.


Hub softball defeats Berry 2-1

Kyla Edmonson is shown pitching for Berry against Hubbertville. Despite pitching a complate game with 13 strikeouts, the Lady Lions were defeated by Hubbertville by the score of 2-1.

The Berry Lady Wildcats had a heartbreaking week of softball last week – losing a 2-1 game to its cross-county rival Hubbertville and also losing a no-hit game to Holy Spirit. Berry lost 2-0 to Holy Spirit despite Lady Wildcats’ pitcher Kyla Edmonson pitching a complete seven-inning, no-hit game.


Hubbertville baseball loses twice to Lynn

The Hubbertville Lions’ baseball team played two games last week, losing both of the games to Lynn. On March 31, Lynn defeated Hubbertville by the score of 14-2. Brady Porter started on the mound for Hubbertville, allowing seven hits and three earned runs in four innings of work. He struck out two batters and issued three bases-on-balls while surrendering the loss.


Bevill wins doubleheader against Central Alabama

Kaleb Allen is shown pitching the second game of a Saturday doubleheader for Bevill against Central Alabama Community College.

After losing a doubleheader to Central Alabama on the road last Friday, Bevill recovered to sweep a doubleheader between the two teams on Saturday. Bevill lost the first game of the series by the score of 11-3. The Bears had an early 3-1 lead before Central Alabama’s bats heated up to put the game away. Brody Cook started the game for Bevill and allowed only one earned run.


Hubbertville baseball at historic Rickwood Field

Shown is the Hubbertville baseball team at Rickwood Field in Birmingham. From left, front: T.J. Keeton, Jagger Youngblood, Tyler Stovall, Cade Fisher, Landon Logan, Gage Alexander, Dawson Youngblood, Grayson Sullivan, Angel Molina Urbano, Brodie Porter and Will Benton. Back: Coach Daniel Brashier, Blaize Wakefield, Brady Porter, Carter Hollingsworth, Kade Watkins, Tucker Bowen, Cole Brand, Ceth Hollingsworth, Greyson Tidwell, Alex Barnes and Coach Adam Brand.

The Hubbertville Lions baseball team got a thrill that few modern baseball players get to experience - playing at the historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham. Rickwood Field opened on August 18, 1910, and predates the opening of Boston’s Fenway Park by two years. Though no longer used regularly, Rickwood Field is still considered the oldest baseball park in America.