Berry Council holds brief meeting

Pictured are the Berry Town Council members at the June 7 meeting. From left: Mary Sue Lollar, Charles Tidwell, Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council held its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, June 7. All council members were present for the meeting. During the absence of acting Police Chief Bart Norris, Berry mayor Jimmy Madison gave the police report covering May 1 – June 6. Mayor Madison said that 36 arrests were made by the department, with many of the arrests coming as the result of serving warrants. The Berry Police Department also issued 27 traffic citations and filed 15 reports.


Berry approves Community Service Programs agreement

Pictured is the Berry Town Council at its May 3 meeting. Shown from left: Mayor Jimmy Madison, and council members: Mary Sue Lollar, Charles Tidwell, Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council approved a “Memorandum of Understanding” with Community Service Programs of Alabama during its May 3 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. According to Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison, there are some funds available through Community Services Programs to help people in financial need with their water bills. For the town’s water customers to be able to use the program for assistance, the town had to pass a Memorandum of Understanding.


Berry closes season with losses in area tournament

Berry struggled for hits early in its first area tournament game against South Lamar, losing by a final score of 5-3. The Lady Wildcats had not managed a hit entering its half of the seventh inning. Ashlyn Smith led off the inning with a single, followed by a bunt single by Brooke Hill. Allie Taylor had a single, then Caitlyn Banks followed with a RBI single, scoring Smith.
With one out, Gracyn Hydrick singled to center field to score Hill. Anna Kate VanDee then hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Allie Taylor with the third run of the inning.


Berry finishes season after second round of playoffs

Berry catcher Will Knight is shown tagging a Brantley runner out at the plate.

The Berry Wildcats baseball team fell behind early and could never recover as they lost the first game of the second-round playoffs to Brantley by the score of 12-1. Brantley scored five runs in the first two innings to force the Wildcats to play catch-up the remainder of the game. Berry managed only four hits and one run in the seven-inning game, while timely hitting by the Bulldogs allowed Brantley to score 12 runs on 10 hits.

Berry Heritage Festival is big success

Shown is the Jeff Long Band. Pictured from left: Jimmy Joe Holsonback on the mandolin, Randy Glasgow on the banjo, Jeff Long on the guitar, and Greg Turner on the bass guitar.

The Berry Heritage Festival was a huge success, with a large crowd attending on Friday night, before the rains dampened the event a bit on Saturday. The Heritage Festival was the first big “post COVID-19 pandemic” event held in the Fayette County area. Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison said that everyone appeared to have a good time at the event. He said that hopefully, the event will be the start of a “return to normalcy,” not only in Fayette County, but also in the United States and the rest of the world.

Berry Wildcats sweep Verbena to advance in playoffs

Isaiah Kizzire is shown pitching a complete game for Berry in its game one win over Verbena.

The Berry Wildcats hosted Verbena in the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s baseball playoffs, winning both of the Friday games to advance into the next round. Berry had to fight and claw for the win in the first game of the doubleheader, coming from behind to win 9-6. Verbena scored two runs in the top of the first inning as they sent seven batters to the plate. The Wildcats fought back with a run of its own in the home-half of the inning.

Lady Wildcats defeat Lamar County

The Berry Lady Wildcats played only one game last week, defeating the Lamar County Lady Bulldogs 8-5. Kyla Edmonson pitched a complete seven inning game for Berry, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out 12 batters. Allie Taylor had three hits in four at-bats, with two RBIs, while Anna Kate VanDee was also three-of-four batting with a run scored.

Berry to hold Heritage Festival this weekend

Shown is a portion of the Jeff Long Band as they performed at the 2019 Berry Heritage Festival.

The Town of Berry will celebrate its annual “Berry Heritage Festival” on Friday April 23 and Saturday, April 24 following a one-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison said that he is hoping this will be one of the best festivals ever. Madison said that the festival started several years ago as a fun way to bring the citizens of the town together for a time of fellowship and fun. He said that other towns were having festivals, so the citizens of Berry decided to start a new tradition of its own.


Hill signs with Gadsden State

Pictured at the scholarship signing, from left Andrea Hill (mother), Timothy Hill (father), Brooke Hill and Gadsden State Basketball Coach Bryan Phillips.

Brooke Hill, senior athlete at Berry High School, signed a scholarship offer on April 14 to play college basketball beginning this fall for Gadsden State Community College. She has been a two-sport athlete at Berry High School, excelling in both basketball and softball. She scored more than 1,200 points during her high school basketball career, with nearly 250 defensive steals and almost 550 total rebounds. Berry Basketball Coach Caleb Hynds said that Brooke Hill was a leader on the Berry basketball team throughout her playing career.