Fayette splits four baseball games

Samuel Kizzire is shown pitching for Fayette against Sulligent.
Note: These games were played prior to the closure of the schools for the Coronavirus outbreak. No games were played last week. The Fayette Tigers baseball team hosted the Carbon Hill Bulldogs on March 9 and lost a low-scoring pitcher’s duel by the score of 2-1. Colton McCaleb pitched seven innings for the Tigers and suffered the loss. He pitched a superb game, striking out 11 batters while walking only one.

Governor Ivey Issues Statement on Statewide Public Health Order

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Thursday, March 19 issued the following statewide health order to aid in Alabama’s efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
 Statewide through April 5:
 All gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. This Order shall apply to all gatherings, events or activities that bring 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time.

Runoff election rescheduled for July 14

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday, March 18 announced the Primary Runoff Election would be held on July 14 due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. “Exercising my extraordinary powers under the Emergency Management Act, I am setting Alabama’s Primary Runoff Election for July 14, 2020,” said Ivey. “The ability to hold free and fair elections is an inherent right as citizens of the United States and the great State of Alabama, but the safety and well-being of Alabama citizens is paramount.

COVID - 19 putting normal lives on hold

This picture of completely empty paper goods shelves in a local store was typical this past weekend as panicked buyers rushed to stock up on supplies in case of a home quarantine.

The first case of Coronavirus (COVID - 19) was reported in Alabama in Montgomery on Friday, March 13. Like a bad horror movie, the aftermath of the virus has caused almost a total disruption in the lives of most people. As the cases and geographic areas where the virus has been located has increased, the toll on modern life has also escalated.


Commission hires Meharg as temporary aging director

Seated is County Administrator John Gordon, who was attending his last meeting as administrator before his retirement. From left, middle: Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, County Administrator Brooke Slatton, Commissioner Barry Corkren and Commissioner Joe Acker. Back: Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers, Commissioner James Knight, Commissioner John Underwood, Commissioner Shane Hughes and County Attorney Allen Grocholski.

The Fayette County Commission approved a new cyber-security plan for its employees during its March 9 meeting. All commissioners were present at the meeting. The meeting also was the last meeting that County Administrator John Gordon would be attending as administrator. Gordon will take a couple of weeks vacation before his official retirement begins on April 1. He has served the county for the past 22 years as administrator.


Council sets qualifying fees for municipal elections

Shown is the Fayette City Council at its March 10 meeting. From left: Councilmen Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson and Jason Cowart; Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilman Eddy Campbell; Councilwoman Linda McCraw; and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council set the dates and qualifying fees for the upcoming municipal elections during its March 10 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Mayor Ray Nelson announced that qualifying for the municipal election will occur from July 7 - 21. The municipal election will take place on Aug. 25, with the runoff election, if necessary on Oct. 6. The new mayor and council members will take office on the first Monday in November, which is Nov. 2.


Former Fayette resident awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, formerly of Fayette, was recently awarded the Fulbright Scholarship.

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) Professor of History in the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences, has received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to teach American History in Slovakia next fall and spring.


Hope's Choice holds successful 5K run

Shown are three generations of runners who participated in the Hope’s Choice 5K run. On the left is Brian Ingle from Florence with his mom, Ruth Ingle from Guin, in the middle. On the right is Ruth Ingle’s granddaughter, Leslie Ledbetter of Guin.

Hope’s Choice held its first-ever 5K charity run in Fayette on March 10, and according to Kasey Kennedy, executive director of Hope’s Choice, the event was an overwhelming success. “This was the biggest fundraiser for Hope’s Choice since we opened our doors five years ago,” Kennedy said. “We would like to thank all the sponsors, runners, volunteers and prize donors who made this possible. The 5K wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Nicole Miles and DCH-FMC. We had 58 runners, and all of the proceeds raised go to benefit Hope’s Choice Pregnancy Resource Center.”

Berry softball has mixed results for week

Kyla Edmonson is shown pitching for Berry against South Lamar.

The Berry softball team had a busy week of games with mixed results. On March 9, the Lady Wildcats defeated Pickens County 15 - 0. Brooke Blanton was the winning pitcher. She completed three innings with six strike outs. Blanton also contributed heavily at the plate, getting three hits in four at-bats with a double and four RBIs. Kyla Edmonson also had a big game offensively for Berry. Edmonson had three hits and three RBIs, which included a two-run homer.


Hub softball wins big against Phillips

Nevaeh Hobbler scoops up a ground ball at second base for Hubbertville.

The Hubbertville Lady Lions only played one softball game during the week, but they delivered with their best game of the year in defeating Phillips 13 - 0. Emma Nichols pitched a complete five innings shutout to claim the victory. Madison Cribb had two hits in four at-bats with a run scored and a RBI for Hubbertville. Brinley Burkett had a hit, scored two runs and drove in three runs.

Fayette suffers three losses for week in softball

Fayette lost three-of-four games for the week in softball. Fayette traveled to Curry for a game and was defeated by the score of 7-0. Lauren Seale suffered the loss on the mound for Fayette, pitching five innings and allowing seven runs on 13 hits. Samantha Cox led Fayette at the plate with two hits. Harley Johnson, Brandy Johnson and Zaylin Driver also had hits for the Lady Tigers.

Porter, Hughes take primary wins

Challenger Marion Dodson is shown congratulating incumbent Revenue Commissioner Ruby Porter following the election results on March 3.

Longtime Fayette Revenue Commissioner Ruby Porter defeated challenger Marion Dodson 2,808 to 1,641 votes to secure the Republican nomination for her current position during the March 3 primary. Since there is no Democratic opposition for the office, Porter is basically assured of her re-election to the position. The unofficial totals from the March 3 primary show that 5,436 votes were cast in Fayette County, with 4,633 votes (85.23 percent) cast on Republican ballots.

Gordon honored with retirement reception

Shown are members of the Fayette County Commission. From left, front: Commissioner James Knight, County Administrator Brooke Slatton, County Administrator John Gordon, Commissioner Barry Corkren and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman. Back: County Commissioners Shane Hughes, Joe Acker and John Underwood. Not pictured, but also present at the reception, was Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers.

John Gordon was recognized during a reception on Sunday, March 8, for his 22 years of service as county administrator for the Fayette County Commission.

Fayette, Piedmont set to expand ‘Sister City’ partnership

Shown at the March 5 “Sister Cities” meeting in Irondale, from left: Wanda Simpson, A&B Distillery; Tina Simpson, A&B Distillery; J.B. Simpson, owner of A&B Distillery; Julie Simpson, A&B Distillery; Max Weaver, Fayette Chamber member; Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce Director Daniel White; Piedmont Community Development Director Lane Weatherbee; Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson; Piedmont Mayor Bill Baker; Piedmont City Clerk Michelle Franklin; Steve Fowler, Fayette CDC member; and Temple Bowling, owner of Golden Eagle Syrup Manufacturing.

Note: This article is reprinted by permission of Consolidated Publishing’s News Journal: Serving Jacksonville, Piedmont and Northern Calhoun County. On Thursday, March 5, for the first time in Alabama history, two cities within the state became sister cities. On that day, the mayors of the cities of Piedmont and Fayette signed proclamations that declared their new status. The signing occurred at Zamora Shrine Center in Irondale.

Berry Town Council approves flood ordinance

Shown at the March 2 meeting of the Berry Town Council, from left: Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison, Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar, Councilman Russell Madison, Councilman Troyce Townsel and Councilman Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council approved its flood ordinance update during its March 2 meeting. Chris Rice was absent from the meeting with all other council members present. Town Clerk Marie McClusky said that the town has to have the ordinance approved before the citizens of Berry can obtain flood insurance for their properties. McClusky added that Cedar Creek and North River are the two most flood prone areas within the town.


Glen Allen to participate in PALS cleanup

The Glen Allen Town Council held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 3 at at the town hall. Following standard opening procedures, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant addressed the short agenda for the meeting. He stated that the Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State) Board of Directors has recently announced that the annual 2020 “Don’t Drop it on Alabama” Spring Cleanup would be held during the entire month of April for the first time ever.

Hubbertville softball gets first win over Brilliant

Tassie Lewis is shown pitching against the Brilliant Lady Tigers for Hubbertville. She pitched a complete game shutout for the win.

After opening the season with four losses, the Hubbertville Lady Lions captured its first win of the softball season with a 10 - 0 shutout victory over Brilliant. Tassie Lewis pitched the complete game shutout for Hubbertville, shutting down the Lady Tigers’ offense for the win.


Fayette baseball wins two games during week

Langston Strawbridge is shown sliding into third during a recent game.

The Fayette County Tigers baseball team traveled to Caledonia, Miss. on March 6 and returned with a hard-fought 6-4 victory. The game was tied at four runs each in the top of the ninth when Langston Srawbridge doubled in a run to put Fayette ahead. Carter Sanford started the game on the mound for Fayette, pitching four innings and allowing four hits and four runs, with seven strikeouts.