The Fayette County Board of Education held it regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the central office boardroom. All board members were present for the meeting. February is recognized as Career Technical Education (CTE) Month, and the board invited local CTE teachers and several students representing schools throughout the county to the meeting to be recognized.
The 11th annual Alabama Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will be observed Feb. 25 - 27. The tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 25 and continue until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27.
The “Kids and Kin” Program, a service offered by the Family Guidance Center of Alabama and funded by the Alabama Department of Human Resources, will be offering a series of classes continuing through June in the Fayette area.
Fayette opened its 2022 baseball season at home, playing Bibb County in the first game of a doubleheader and facing cross-county rival Hubbertville in the second game of the twin-bill.
Fayette defeated Hubbertville in the second game by a score of 14-0. Cooper Sanford started the game on the mound for the Tigers, and Brodie Porter was the starting pitcher for Hubbertville.
Jessica Duck, a 2021 graduate of Fayette County High School, recently completed her basic Naval training and also her training as a Masters-at-Arms (Naval Police). Since her graduation from high school, Duck, who will turn 19 years old next month, has been living in a different world than the laid-back, small-town atmosphere of Fayette.
The Fayette City Council approved a resolution during its Feb. 8 meeting that will allow officers retiring from the Fayette Police Department to keep their service pistol and badge provided they retire with at least 10 years of service to the department. All council members were present for the meeting.
A one-vehicle accident occurring at the intersection of Second Avenue Northeast and 10th Street Northeast resulted in the loss of traffic lights at the intersection for approximately 42 hours.
The accident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9. The Fayette Police Department investigated the accident.
All area high school teams closed out their 2021-22 basketball seasons last week following losses in the area tournaments. Hubbertville’s girls traveled to South Lamar to face Holy Spirit in a first round game and was defeated by the score of 51-32.
The Bevill State Bears played its second week of baseball and won two-out-of-five games for the week. The Bears traveled to Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss. to challenge the 17th ranked community college team in the nation on Feb. 8. Bevill gave a good accounting of its program by splitting games of a doubleheader by identical scores of 7-4.
Alex Moore, the new Electrical System Technology instructor at Bevill State Community College in Fayette, is used to accomplishing a lot at a young age. Moore graduated in 2018 from Fayette County High School and when he walked across the stage to receive his diploma, he had already earned more than 30 credit hours as a dual enrollment student at Bevill State Community College.
The Berry Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 7. All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, Roger Mertens, pastor of Berry Bible Missionary Church, led those in attendance in prayer. Before the business portion of the meeting began, Ronnie Magouirk, speaking on behalf of Stallion Trailers, addressed the council concerning the recent eviction notice that was sent to him concerning the leased property. The property in question is the former Amory building.
The Glen Allen Town Council met in regular session on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the town’s community center with all council members in attendance.
Bevill State Community College in Fayette opened its 2022 baseball season this past weekend with a 2-2 split against Frontier Community College of Fairfield, Ill. The teams played a doubleheader on Saturday, with Frontier winning the first game by a score of 5-0. Blake Burgess was the starting pitcher for Bevill and suffered the loss. He pitched five innings, surrendering four hits, one earned run and struck out four opposing batters.
The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, with the entire state testing at high positivity rates.
On Monday, Feb. 7, the seven-day positivity rate for the State of Alabama was 26.2 percent, while the positivity rate for Fayette County registered at 35.8 percent. The new Omicron variant appears to be far more contagious than the previous COVID viruses, but medical officials say that there is now a variant of the original Omicron virus that is even more contagious.
Fayette celebrated “Senior Night” in basketball by hosting the Berry Wildcats on Monday, Jan. 31. Honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to the girls’ basketball game were the senior girl players, the senior cheerleaders, and their families. Senior girls’ basketball players for Fayette County High School are Alexis Wilson, Meredith Collins and Julie Beavers. Senior cheerleaders at FCHS are Grace Tucker, Kayla Mansfield, Jacie Junkin and Carly Black.
The Fayette County Commission voted during a special-called emergency meeting on Friday, Jan. 28 to purchase three new dump trucks off of the state bid list. Councilman Brad Cox and Councilman Wesley Jacobs were absent from the meeting, with all of the other commissioners present. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman explained that the reason for the emergency meeting is the availability of the trucks from the state bid list. He said that only 100 total trucks are available, and many of those trucks have already been reserved by other agencies.
The Fayette County Health Department offers COVID vaccines and boosters on Mondays - Fridays from 9 - 11 a.m. Walk-in Clinic - no appointment necessary. For COVID testing, call the department before arrival at (205) 932-5260.