Berry Town Council hires Norris as interim police chief

Pictured at the May 4 Berry Town Council meeting, from left: Berry Police Chief Gerald DeDeaux, incoming interim Police Chief Bart Norris, and Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison.

The Berry Town Council approved Bart Norris at its May 4 meeting as the interim, part-time replacement police chief for the Town of Berry during the federal deployment of Police Chief Gerald DeDeaux. All council members were present. The meeting was held at the Berry Civic Center due to the distancing requirements in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. DeDeaux will serve an overseas deployment of approximately one year, and Norris will be the acting chief during his absence. Norris previously served as police chief in Berry until his retirement in August 2012.

Berry votes to allow change in employees’ retirement

Shown from left are Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar, Councilman Calvin Madison, Councilman Troyce Townsel and Councilman Russell Madison along with Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison (right). Not shown, but present was Berry Town Clerk Marie McCluskey.

The Berry Town Council voted at its April 6 meeting to allow Tier II employees in the Town of Berry to change the way their benefits would be structured at retirement. Councilman Chris Rice was absent from the meeting, with the remainder of the council members present. The meeting was moved from Berry Town Hall to the Berry Civic Center due to the need for “social distancing” requested by the state health department during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.


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.


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.

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.


Fayette, Berry girls end season in sub-regionals

Brooke Hill (3) is shown putting the ball in the basket for Berry against Falkville.

Both the Fayette and Berry girls’ basketball teams wrapped up successful season despite losses in their sub-regional games. Fayette traveled to the number three ranked Class 4A girls basketball program in the state and lost to Priceville by a score of 54-23.

Berry girls win area tournament, host sub-regional

Pictured are the Class 1A, Area 10 Champions. From left, front: Anna Kate Van Dee, Zoe Mauldin, Iannah Fields and Brooke Hill. Back: Assistant Coach Ryan Stephens, Makallah Maybaum, Gracyn Hydrick, Allie Taylor, Katelyn Willcutt, Hailey Schicker, Maggie Hammack and Head Coach Caleb Hynds.

The Berry Wildcats girls’ basketball team hosted the Class 1A, Area 10 tournament last week. The Berry girls played South Lamar in its opening round game on Feb. 6, defeating the Lady Stallions 56-46. Leading the Lady Wildcats was Brooke Hill with 19 points, three assists and three steals, followed closely by Zoe Mauldin with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Iannah Fields contributed nine points and three steals, with Katelyn Willcutt scoring six points and pulling down six rebounds.


Berry basketball teams have another successful week

Levi Cannon (right) was presented with a commemorative basketball by his coach, Josh Northington, after he scored his 1,000 career point on Senior Night in a game against Brilliant.

The Berry Wildcats had another successful week of basketball, with the boys’ team winning two-of-three games and the girls winning all three games. The Wildcats enter area tournament play this week playing solid basketball and with a lot of momentum.


Berry girls win area title, will host area tournament

Berry’s Tyler Lollar (42) is shown scoring a basket over a Hubbertville defender.

The Berry Lady Wildcats wrapped up the area portion of its 2019-20 basketball season as area champs and will host the area tournament beginning Feb. 3. The Lady Wildcats will play their first game in the tournament on Feb. 5, and will face the winner of the South Lamar – Pickens County game. Berry opened last week with a game against South Lamar and defeated the Lady Stallions 49-44.