Porter resigns as Fayette County Engineer


Faye Meharg (standing), Fayette County Aging Program Director, is shown speaking to the Fayette County Commissioners concerning a proposal for cleaning services. Also pictured from left are Fayette County attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioner Joe Acker and Commissioner Barry Corkren.

In a move that appeared to take most of the commissioners by surprise, Luke Porter resigned his position as Fayette County Engineer during the continuation of the commission’s July 23 meeting. Near the close of the regular meeting on Monday, July 23, Porter asked the commission to allow him an executive session to discuss a personnel matter. Following the executive session, the commission recessed the meeting until 2:30 p.m. on the following day.

Linton signs baseball scholarship


Shown at the signing front row, from left: Amy Linton (mom), Bret Linton and Gene Linton (dad). Back row: Ricky Bowen, owner and instructor at Bowen Baseball Academy; Bret Linton’s sister, Riley Linton; and Scott Humber, travel-team baseball coach.

Bret Linton, 2018 graduate of Fayette County High School, held a scholarship signing on July 21 at the Fayette Civic Center. Bret Linton signed to play catcher on the baseball team of the MUW Owls of Columbus, Miss., while pursuing a degree in business. Bret Linton thanked MUW, his coaches, family and friends for their support and help throughout his baseball career.

Dubose addresses council concerning work partnership


Russell Dubose, human resource director for Phifer Wire, spoke to the council about the company’s partnership with schools to help train workers for industries.

Russell Dubose, human resource director for Phifer Wire, spoke to the Fayette City Council during its July 24 meeting about the partnership that local industries are making with schools to help train skilled workers. Dubose said that Phifer has been a part of the Fayette community for more than 10 years and looks forward to its continued growth in the area following its current expansion into the former Arvin building. He said the company’s decision to expand to Fayette was a wise choice.

 

Return of theater to Fayette a success

Local theater production returned to the stage at the Fayette Civic Center last week to the delight of many in the Fayette community. Self Express Productions, based in Winfield, presented five performances of the Disney Classic “Mary Poppins” and proved once again that there are many talented people in Fayette and the surrounding counties who are more than capable of thrilling audiences with their musical and theatrical talents.

 

Theatrical performance of Mary Poppins at Fayette Civic Center


A portion of the cast from Self Express’ theatrical production of “Mary Poppins” is shown during a scene featuring the song, “Just a Spoonful of Sugar.” Pictured from left are: Ava Grace South (Michael Banks), Lily Beth Davis (Jane Banks), Casey Kauffman (co-producer and playing the lead role of Mary Poppins), and Brandi Davis (Winifred Banks).

The stage is again scheduled to come alive at the Fayette Civic Center Thursday, July 26 - Sunday July 29 as Self Express Productions performs the Disney classic “Mary Poppins.”
The movie version of theis classic, starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews, remains popular more than 50 years after its release. Its popularity is so immense that a new film version, “Mary Poppins Returns,” is slated for release later this year.

 

Board of Education hires Raines as deputy superintendent


Mary Raines was approved as the new deputy superintendent at the July 17 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education.

The Fayette County Board of Education approved the hiring of Mary Raines as the new deputy superintendent, following the resignation of current deputy superintendent Vic Herren, during its July 17 meeting. Raines has served as the board’s director of  curriculum and technology for the past few years and was unanimously approved by the board members in attendance to replace Herren. Herren resigned to take a job teaching seventh grade math at New Hope Middle School in Mississippi.

 

Freeman, Yerby winners in local primary runoff


Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins (left) congratulates Byron Yerby after the results for sheriff were announced.

Mike Freeman and Byron Yerby were the big winners in the Republican primary runoff for local office held on July 17. Freeman defeated Mike Newman 2,288 (67.49 percent) to 1,102 (32.51 percent) to win his party’s nomination for Fayette County probate judge. Freeman will face the Democratic nominee Greg Lowery, who defeated Scott Porter in the June 5 primary, in the Nov. 6 general election.

 

Fayette City Council approves hiring of new fire chief


Shown from left are councilmen Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson, Jason Cowart, Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and City Clerk Dawn Clapp at the council’s July 10 meeting.

The Fayette City Council approved Mayor Ray Nelson’s selection for new fire chief during its July 10 meeting. Shannon Taylor of Brookwood was selected by Mayor Nelson as the new fire chief replacing Tony Ellis who retired last month. The council is required to affirm the mayor’s choice, and after Councilman Jason Cowart made a motion that was seconded by Councilwoman Linda McCraw, the council unanimously approved Taylor as the next fire chief.

 

Commissioners discuss budget expenditures, approve mass notification system


Commissioner John Underwood, Commission Chairman Shane Hughes and Commissioner Joe Acker are shown inspecting the inside of the former Shop & Save Supermarket that is now owned by the commission. The building will become a supplemental annex for the county.

The Fayette County Commission held a work session prior to its regular monthly meeting on July 9. County Administrator John Gordon told the commissioners during the work session that most departments and items were well within their budgeted amounts after nine months of the 12-month fiscal budget for 2018.

 

Fayette, Berry and Fayette County participate in sales tax holiday

The Municipalities of Fayette and Berry, in conjunction with Fayette County and the State of Alabama, will participate in the annual school sales tax holiday on July 20-22. This is the 13th year that Alabama has held the tax holiday, and the second time that the event has been held in July. The sales tax holiday will begin on Friday, July 20 at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, July 22 at 11:59 p.m.

 

Newman elected as President Pro Tem of school board


Jeff Newman, District 7 representative on the Alabama Board of Education

The Alabama Board of Education held its regular board meeting on Tuesday, July 10 in Montgomery and elected District 7 board member Jeff Newman as President Pro Tem of the board for the upcoming year. Newman, who previously served as vice-president of the board in 2015-16, is a former Lamar County Superintendent of Education. His district includes Fayette and Lamar counties. Newman was elected to the board in Nov. 2012 and was re-elected in Nov. 2016 for a second term.

 

Fayette EMA Director Russ Taylor receives certification


Russ Taylor is shown at work in the Fayette County EMA office on July 9.

Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Russ Taylor recently completed the educational requirements and training to receive the designation of Advanced Level Emergency Manager. To become an Advanced Level Emergency Manager, Taylor had to complete 700 hours of core curriculum coursework and 300 hours of management-related training.

 

Berry Town Council discusses lease agreement


The Berry Town Council held its regular scheduled meeting on July 2. Shown from left: Mayor Jimmy Madison and councilmen Wesley Jacobs, Chris Rice, Russell Madison and Troyce Townsel. Not shown is Calvin Madison, who was absent from the meeting.

The Berry Council held its regular monthly meeting on July 2 with all of the councilmen present except for Councilman Calvin Madison. Mayor Jimmy Madison said that the councilmen inspected the former armory building on June 21 that is currently leased to Ronnie Magouirk. The councilmen found several items that needed attention, some of the items were the leasee’s responsibility and some things needed to be repaired by the council.

 

Glen Allen Town Council holds monthly meeting

During the regular monthly meeting of the Glen Allen Town Council on Tuesday, July 3, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant announced that the Alabama Bicentennial Commission Foundation has awarded the town a community grant in the amount of $2,500. The grant funding is awarded without the requirement of a local matching amount and will be issued upon the receipt of an official agreement executed between the Municipality of  Glen Allen and the Alabama Bicentennial Commission Foundation.

The musical "Mary Poppins" to be performed in Fayette

Self Express Productions and the Fayette Arts Council proudly announces that a live musical production of the Disney classic Mary Poppins will be held at the Fayette Civic Center on July 26-29. Mary Poppins was one of the most popular Disney movies of all-time and later became a Broadway musical with more than 2,500 performances. It is a story of how Mary Poppins uses magic and musical enchantment to win over two young children and their family.