Tucker arrested for numerous sex-related crimes

Wayne Edwin Tucker

Wayne Edwin Tucker, 73, of Glen Allen, was arrested on Feb. 25 and charged with 33 sex-related offenses following an indictment by a Fayette County Grand Jury in January. Tucker had previously been arrested in 2017 following a grand jury indictment that charged him with two felony counts of sexual abuse. He posted bail shortly after his arrest, and had been free on bond until his arrest last week following the latest grand jury indictment.


Cattlemen’s Association holds annual supper and banquet

Pictured from left are: Jimmy Trice, Brad Cox, Cattleman of the Year Jarod Long, Fayette County Cattlemen Association President Charlie Dale Jones and Laura Rainey during the association’s annual banquet.

The Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association held its annual steak supper and banquet on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Boy Scout Building in Fayette. Regional Vice-President Randy Slay, who is a member of the Fayette Cattlemen’s Association, told the audience in attendance that Alabama has been aggressive in passing laws that will ensure consumers that the meat sold in Alabama “is really meat.”


Council approves tax abatements for local industry

Jerry Fulmer, representing the local VFW Lodge, displays one of the 110 banners honoring Fayette County veterans who died in service to their country. The banners will be flown throughout Fayette on patriotic holidays.

The Fayette City Council voted at its Feb. 25 meeting to approve property tax and sales/use tax abatements for Showa Best Gloves due to the expansion of its current facility. Councilwoman Linda McCraw was absent from the meeting, with all other council members in attendance. Scott Robertson, plant manager of Showa Best Gloves, appeared before the council to request the abatements.


Commission changes public comment policy

Shown at the Monday, Feb. 24 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: County Attorney Allen Grocholski, Commissioner Joe Acker and Commissioner John Underwood.

During its Feb. 24 meeting, the Fayette County Commission established a new policy that will declare a 60-day moratorium on public comments prior to an election. Commissioner Barry Corkren was absent, with all other commissioners present. Commissioner Joe Acker commented during the meeting that the commission appeared to get speakers just before an election cycle speaking against a candidate who is seeking re-election. He asked for a 60-day moratorium on public comments to be fair to the candidates who are seemingly being attacked.

FCHS expands dual-enrollment opportunities with BSCC

Shown at the announcement, from left: Sherry Terry, Max Weaver, Dr. Jeremy Madden and FCHS Assistant Principal Jennifer Sanford.

Fayette County High School and Bevill State Community College have announced a new parnership that will expand opportunities for high school students to earn dual credit for college courses. Max Weaver, Dean of Student Success, and Sherry Terry, Director of Student Services for the Bevill - Fayette Campus, made the announcement of the expanded partnership at Fayette County High School on Feb. 28. The agreement will now allow students in the 11th grade to take classes at Bevill for dual credit. The classes for high school juniors will include U.S.

Lions Club donates to FCHS athletics

Shown from left: Assistant FCHS Principal Jennifer Sanford, FCHS Principal Dr. Jeremy Madden, and Lions Club members Mark Brown and Alva Grimsley.

The Fayette Lions Club recently presented a check to the Fayette County High School athletic program for $3,000, which represented the proceeds from ads sold for the football programs. Additionally, the money from the sale of the football programs is donated to the Fayette County High School Band. The Fayette Lions Club also helps to sell tickets at all home games during the FCHS football season.

Fayette baseball wins two games, loses two

Kaleb Owens of Fayette slides safely into third ahead of the throw in a game against Hubbertville.

The Fayette County High School baseball team split its four games during the week, winning two games and losing two. Fayette started the week with a home game against Lamar County on Feb. 25, defeating the Bulldogs by a score of 14 - 8. The game was a game of big innings for each team. Fayette scored five runs in the sixth inning to counter the seven runs that Lamar County had pushed across the plate in the fourth inning. Kaleb Owens started the game for Fayette, pitching four innings and allowing seven runs on seven hits. Owens struck out six opposing batters.


Fayette Lady Tigers play in Lynn Tournament

The Fayette Lady Tigers played six games in the Lynn Softball Tournament Feb. 28-29 and a single game earlier in the week against South Lamar. The girls finished the week with a 4 - 3 record. On Feb. 25, Fayette traveled to South Lamar and was defeated 7-1. Brandy Johnson was the starting pitcher for Fayette and suffered the loss. She surrendered four runs on six hits while striking out one opposing batter.

Williams arrested for Bankston murder

Travis Terell Williams was arrested for the murder of Maronda Williams.

Travis Terell Williams, 37, of 832 33rd Ave., Tuscaloosa, was taken into custody by the district attorney’s office of the 24th judicial circuit on Feb. 18. On Feb. 19, Travis Williams was served with two warrants, charging him with the death of his ex-wife, Maronda Parker Williams.

Smith out as FCHS football coach

Coach Bill Smith is shown with his wife Ann Smith shortly after he accepted the head football coaching position in March 2019.

Bill Smith, who was hired in March 2019 to be the head football coach at Fayette County High School, will not be returning to coach the team this fall. Smith, who completed a respectable 8-3 season that included a first-round playoff game, was informed of the decision by FCHS Principal Dr. Jeremy Madden. Madden did not elaborate on the change of coaches, except for the following statement: “We appreciate his work and all he did for Fayette County football. He worked to mold his team into better young men.”

Rushing signs scholarship offer

Shown from left, front: Fayette County High School Principal Dr. Jeremy Madden; Karli Rushing; her mother, Dorrie Rushing; and her father Matthew Rushing. Shown in back are Fayette County High School Head Volleyball Coach Jackie Dodd, Fayette County High School Assistant Volleyball Coach Sandra Holliman, and Karli’s brother Kason Rushing.

Karli Rushing, senior at Fayette County High School, signed a scholarship offer on Feb. 19 to continue her academic and volleyball career the next two seasons at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss. This fall will be the first-ever season of volleyball at the school, and she is anxious to be a part of this historic team for Itawamba.

FMC staff enjoys treat

Shown are a few of the Fayette Medical Center’s staff and employees as they enjoy the tasty treats.

The Fayette Medical Center Family Council and Fayette Garden Club members provided food on Feb. 19 for the Fayette Medical Center Long-Term Care and Hospital staff in appreciation for the services they provide to the patients under their care. This is an annual event that is hosted on the first Wednesday after Valentine’s Day by the two organizations, and the food is always enjoyed by the employees.

BOE approves 2020-21 school calendar

The Fayette County Board of Education named its “Teachers of the Year” at the beginning of its Feb. 18 meeting. The teachers honored, from left, are: Wendy Canterbury (Fayette County High School), Ashley Herring (Fayette Elementary School), Cristy Thompson (Fayette Middle School), Allyson Afshar (Hubbertville), Jon Marlowe (Berry High School), and Kim Ward (Berry Elementary School).

The Fayette County Board of Education approved its 2020-21 school year calendar during its Feb. 18 meeting. All board members were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, the Fayette County Teachers of the Year at their respective schools were announced. The teachers honored were: Wendy Canterbury (Fayette County High School), Ashley Herring (Fayette Elementary School), Cristy Thompson (Fayette Middle School), Allyson Afshar (Hubbertville), Jon Marlowe (Berry High School), and Kim Ward (Berry Elementary School).


Berry Council makes appointments, approves water sale

The Berry Town Council approved appointments to the Berry Park and Recreation Board, and also approved a proposed sale of water to the Oakman Water Board during its Feb. 3 meeting. Councilman Troyce Townsel was not present at the meeting. The Council approved a motion by Councilman Calvin Madison to accept the resignation of Jonathan Smith from the Berry Park and Recreation Board. After the council unanimously approved the resignation, Councilman Russell Madison made a motion to appoint Diane Dedeaux to fill the remainder of the term on the board.

Fayette opens its softball season with win over Berry

Dixie Moye is shown pitching for Hubbertville during a game against Fayette.

Fayette opened its 2020 softball season with an extra-inning win over Berry by the score of 9-8.
Berry rallied from four runs back in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game and send it to extra innings. The winning run scored when Zaylin Driver hit into a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the eighth to score a run.


Berry softball off to good start

Brooke Blanton is shown pitching for the Berry Lady Wildcats during the Berry Invitational Softball Tournament, held Feb. 21 - 22.

Despite rain forcing the postponement of some games, the Berry Lady Wildcats softball team is off to a good start for the 2020 season. Berry traveled to Fayette for its opening game on Monday, Feb. 17 and lost an overtime thriller to the Lady Tigers by the score of  9-8.


Bevill continues strong start to season

Tray Lacy of Winfield is shown pitching for Bevill against Mineral Area.

After opening the 2020 season with two wins at home, the Bevill State Community College baseball team has continued to be impressive so far during the season. Bevill travelled to Southwest Tennessee Community College and won by a score of 8-1. Tray Lacy of Winfield was the winning pitcher for Bevill, pitching seven innings and scattering four hits. Andrew Feola was the losing pitcher for Southwest Tennessee.

Council distributes appropriations to schools

The Fayette City Council delivered checks to the public schools within the city in the amount of $5,000 each, totaling $15,000. Shown from left, front: Matthew Lindsey, Fayette Elementary School; Ray Trull, Fayette Middle School; and Dr. Jeremy Madden, Fayette County High School. Back: Councilmen Jason Cowart, Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson, Eddy Campbell and Mayor Ray Nelson.

The Fayette City Council distributed $5,000 to each of the three public school within the city during its Feb. 11 meeting. Councilwoman Linda McCraw was absent with all other council members present. Representatives from Fayette Elementary School, Fayette Middle School and Fayette County High School each accepted a check from the council, totaling $15,000 to the three schools. The money was appropriated to the schools in this year’s budget, contingent on funds being available.