Republicans begin qualifying locally

Several local Republicans are literally off to the races early as the Fayette County Republican Party began accepting qualifiers on Dec. 1. According to Fayette County Republican Chairman John Killian, current Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby was the first in line to qualify, turning his paperwork in to Fayette County Republican Candidate Committee Chairman Ty Burnett at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 1


Fayette holds Christmas Parade

The Fayette County High School band is shown performing during the Christmas Parade.

The annual Fayette Christmas Parade was a huge success, with an unusually large number of entrants in this year’s parade. The parade featured the FCHS band, floats, decorated cars and four-wheelers, fire trucks, horses and a visit from Santa.

Berry wins two of three: Fayette defeats Lamar Co. in OT

Tucker Whitley led Fayette in scoring against Lamar Co.

Berry boys won two of the three basketball games that they played last week, losing to South Lamar before defeating Meek and Sumiton Christian. On Nov. 30, Berry traveled to South Lamar and was defeated 58-36. Isaiah Kizzire led the Wildcats with 18 points, followed by Chrishaun Jennings with eight points. Colton Cunningham scored six points during the game, Tanner Parr had three points and Blake Johnson made a free throw.


Fayette City Council presents check to hospital board

Shown receiving the check, from left: FMC Board Members Dr. Martha Jo Christian, Rhonda Hicks (back), Sandy Nolen, Bill Rickman, Steve Butler (back), Board Chairman Charles Brandon, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Board Member Owen Sweatt (back), Council members Eddy Campbell, Virettia Whiteside and Tommy Williams, FMC Administrator Donald Jones, Board Member Roger Handley, and Board Member Jackie Waldon.

The Fayette City Council presented the proceeds for the one-half cent sales tax that is earmarked for capital projects at the Fayette County Hospital and Fayette Long -Term Care facility to the Fayette Medical Center Board on Tuesday, Nov. 16.


‘An Old Fashioned Christmas’ returns on Dec. 2

Pictured are carolers as they sang during last year’s “An Old Fashioned Christmas” in downtown Fayette.

The second annual “An Old Fashioned Christmas” will be back in downtown Fayette on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 5 - 8 p.m. The event was held for the first time last year, and appeared to be a crowd-pleaser for everyone involved. This year, there will be train rides for youngsters for $1, and carriage rides for everyone at $5 each. Most local businesses will have extended hours and sales, and there will be lots of food shops and vendors open as well.


“Christmas at the Park’ opens Thanksgiving night

The annual seasonal event, “Christmas at the Park” returns this week at Guthrie Smith Park in Fayette. “Christmas at the Park “ will start on Thanksgiving night, and the event will continue nightly through Dec. 31. The event was started several years ago by John and Doris Brasher, and is being continued by a group of citizens who wanted to keep the tradition the Brashers started alive in Fayette.


‘Celebrate America Rally’ held at Fayette Civic Center

Pictured from left, Dan Fisher, Perry Kelley and John Killian at the “Celebrate America” rally.

A “Celebrate America’ rally was held at the Fayette Civic Center on Sunday, Nov. 14.
The event included a presentation of the flags by members of the Sons of the American Revolution, and the singing of the National Anthem by the Fayette County High School choir.

“American Pickers’ coming to area early next year

The History Channel’s popular TV show, “American Pickers” is slated to be in Alabama in Feb. 2022, looking for their famous finds of “rusty gold.” “American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking.” The hit show follows skilled pickers as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.  


‘The Loft’ to offer free Thanksgiving meals

“The Loft,” a Christian Ministry located on Columbus Street in downtown Fayette, will again offer free Thanksgiving meals to the public this year. The meals will be available from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Loft on Nov. 25, and will consist of chicken and dressing, ham and/or turkey, sweet potato casserole, green beans, roll, dessert, and water or soft drink.

Glen Allen fills council vacancy

The Glen Allen Town Council met in regular session on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the town’s community center.The council was originally scheduled to meet for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 2, but since there was not a quorum of council members present for that meeting, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant rescheduled the meeting for Nov. 16. Councilman Joel Isham was not in attendance for the rescheduled meeting.

High schools transitioning to basketball

Alex Gilreath (2) looks to pass the basketball against Carbon Hill.

All area high schools are out of the football playoffs, and the schools are beginning their transition to basketball season. Berry traveled to Sumiton Christian on Nov. 16 and the girls were defeated 56-29. Courtney Parr led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 11 points. Lynsie Abernathy had six points, Ally Kimbrell and Anna Kate Vandee scored five each, while Maggie Hammack made two points.

Beard sentenced for jail escape

Daniel Wayne Beard

A Fayette County Jail inmate who escaped work release custody in July has been sentenced to serve 20 years in custody. Daniel Wayne Beard, 36, escaped custody with the assistance of a woman who picked him up at Fayette County High School on July 12. Beard was among a group of inmates on work release who cleaned the school over summer break.

Commission approves premium pay for county employees

Pictured is Connor Taylor, a senior at Fayette County High School, as he posed for a picture after leading the Pledge of Allegiance during the Nov. 9 Fayette County Commission meeting. Shown from left, front: Commissioner Brad Cox, Commissioner Wesley Jacobs, Taylor, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman and Commissioner Shane Hughes. Back: Commissioner Robert Townley and Commissioner John Underwood.

The Fayette County Commission approved premium pay for the county employees during its Nov. 9 commission meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren was absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Fayette County High School student Connor Taylor led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. Also at the beginning of the meeting, Councilman Robert Townley became the vice-chairman of the commission for the next year, replacing Commissioner John Underwood.

Fayette City Council receives report on proposed city shop

Shown from left at the Nov. 9 Fayette City Council meeting: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell and Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside.

The Fayette City Council heard a status report on the proposed new Fayette City Shop during its Nov. 9 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Kaylin Moore led the council in prayer and the pledge.

COVID vaccines and testing available at Fayette Health Department

COVID-19 vaccines are now readily available across the state, including the Fayette County Health Department. The Fayette County Health Department is currently giving COVID vaccines and COVID booster shots on Mondays - Fridays at the department, from 8 a.m. - noon and from 1 - 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Fayette Middle School celebrates Veterans Day

Pictured are many of the veterans who were in attendance for the program, as they posed for a group picture after the event.

The Fayette Middle School held its annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 10 to recognize and acknowledge local veterans who proudly served in the United States Armed Services. Guest speaker for the program was First Sergeant Albert Mitchell. Mitchell is a 39-year service veteran who has participated in 12 oversees deployments.