Fayette County

History made in Belk

Karen Strickland is shown taking the oath of office from Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman to officially become the new mayor of Belk.

Karen Strickland made history on Tuesday, May 10 by becoming the first female mayor of a municipality in Fayette County.

Primary elections are May 24

With the primary elections approaching fast, several races, are expected to bring voters to the polls in near-record numbers for a non-presidential election year. In Fayette County, the races for Sheriff and Superintendent of Education each have several viable candidates who have campaigned hard for their respective positions. There are also contested Commissioner seats and Board of Education positions on the ballots in certain districts within the county.


Commission holds meeting at Boley VFD

Pictured at the April 25 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: Commission Chairman Mike Freeman and commissioners: Shane Hughes, Wesley Jacobs, Robert Townley, Brad Cox and John Underwood.

The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 25 at the Boley Volunteer Fire Department. Commissioner Barry Corkren was absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. This was the third in a series of monthly meetings that the commission has scheduled for communities within the various districts of the county. The first district meeting for the commission was held in February at the Newtonville Community Center, and the commissioners met at the Bankston Volunteer Fire Department in March.


Accident results in death

Shown is the 2001 Jeep Cherokee involved in the accident.

A single vehicle accident, that occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20 in Fayette County on Highway 107 near the four-mile marker, claimed the life of the driver of a 2001 Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree before catching on fire. After initially releasing an identity based on the vehicle’s identification, the Alabama State Troopers now say a positive identification of the deceased is pending the result of forensic tests. Fayette County Coroner Tim Kimbrell said the driver of the vehicle apparently died upon impact.

Commission holds meeting at Bankston VFD

Commissioner John Underwood, who recently retired from the Fayette Police Department, was presented a plaque by Sheriff Byron Yerby in recognition of him beginning his law enforcement career at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 28 at the Bankston Volunteer Fire Department. All commissioners were present for the meeting.


Accidents claim two county lives

According to Fayette County Coroner Tim Kimbrell, two separate but similar accidents claimed the lives of two Fayette County men this month. Kimbrell reported that James Johnson, age 84, of the Eldridge Community in Fayette County, died on Saturday, March 12 when his pickup truck jumped into gear after he had exited the vehicle and ran over him.


Sharing a life of love and triumph for more than 67 years

Shown are the Logans as they appear today, happily married after more than 67 years together.

Strange circumstances occurred the first time Ben Logan met his future wife, Loretta Logan, during the early 1950s. He was attending a birthday party accompanied by Loretta’s aunt when he spotted someone that he had never met before. That first casual meeting led to a love story that has stood the test of time for more than 67 years.


Participatants sought for ‘Move Alabama’

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is proud to announce the launch of “Move Alabama,” a collaboration between SNAP-Ed and EFNEP at Auburn University. Beginning on March 1, from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., participant logs can be picked up from the Fayette County Extension office, located at 650 McConnell Loop. Logs must be returned to the extension office by April 30. Those who have completed at least 15 of the 20 challenges will be entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes.

Fire destroys family’s home

This home in Fayette County was destroyed by fire on Friday, Feb. 18.

A fire on Friday, Feb. 18 completely destroyed the home of Brandon and Jocelyn Stocks.
A call was received at the Fayette Fire Department to dispatch trucks to the home on County Road 38 West at approximately 3:19 p.m., according to Fayette Fire Chief Shannon Taylor.