Fayette County

Volunteer fireman killed in vehicle accident

Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins reported that a Lawrence Mill volunteer fireman was killed on Monday, Feb. 5 in a vehicle accident as he returned to the fire station following a fire. He said a one-vehicle accident claimed the life of Tony Baumgartner, 71, of Fayette in an accident that occurred approximately one-mile west of Calvary Church on Co. Rd. 80.


Authorities make drug arrests in area

Pictured above are some of the guns consfiscated during recent drug arrests.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office released the following announcement concerning the recent arrests of several suspects and the confiscation of guns, drugs and drug paraphernalia. As part of an ongoing investigation into recent drug complaints in the Berry area, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Berry Police Department and the Alabama State Probation and Parole officers conducted an operation which resulted in multiple arrest in and around the Berry area.


Water shortage at Boley returning to normal

Pictured is one of the many loads of water that was dispersed to the afflicted areas during the water shortage.

After two weeks of extreme water outages, the Boley, Flatwoods and Alta communities are finally getting some relief from an on-going problem with the Oakman Water Works. The problem began on Sunday, Jan. 14, and for two weeks, residents of those and other areas of Fayette and Walker counties had to haul water to their homes for flushing toilets and pick up bottled water for cooking and drinking. They also had to find alternate means to wash clothes and take baths.


Commission approves Dumpster schedule

Pictured at the Jan. 22 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Wesley Jacobs, Robert Townley, David Hubbert, Shane Hughes and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Jan. 22. All commissioners, with the exception of Commissioner Brad Cox, were in attendance at the meeting. Commissioner John Underwood opened the meeting in prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. At the beginning of the meeting, Commission Chairman Mike Freeman thanked the commissioners and county workers, including County EMA Director Michael Stoker, for helping to keep the citizens of Fayette safe during the ice storm last week.

Make your voice heard; vote on Jan. 9

Although it seems to have almost gotten lost during all of the activities surrounding the holiday season, there is a pretty significant event occurring early in the New Year - the general election for the Alabama House of Representative from District 16. This is the representative that will serve Fayette County, and also a portion of Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties,  for the remainder of the unexpired term (three years).


Lucas named Hub’s Teacher-of-the-Year

Pictured is the Hubbertville “Teacher-of-the-Year,” Gracie Lucas (right), with Deputy Superintendent Mary Raines.

The Fayette County Board of Education toured Hubbertville School prior to its Dec. 12 meeting in the Hubbertville School library. All board members were present for the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, Gracie Lucas was announced as the Hubbertville “Teacher-of-the-Year” by Deputy Superintendent Mary Raines.


Hydraulic fluid spill on highway

This forklift leaked hydraulic fluid onto Hwy. 107 last week.

A hydraulic fluid leak that occurred on Highway 107 on Thursday, Dec. 7 caused no damage or harm, thanks to the quick action of first responders and the operators of the equipment. Fayette County EMA Director Michael Stoker said the spill occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. near the 12-mile marker on Highway 107.

Longtime employees retire at courthouse

Pictured is Ann Barnes, who retired recently from the Fayette County Tag office.

Two longtime employees at the Fayette County Courthouse retired recently, each with approximately 29 years of service in their respective jobs. Ann Barnes retired from the Fayette County Tag office on Nov. 29, after serving as a tag office clerk for the probate judge’s office. Delorous Gilpin retired recently from the Revenue Commissioner's Office. She was hired in Oct. 1994, and had served as the Chief Revenue Clerk since 2002.

Kirkland-Bluff-Wayside VFD upgrades fire truck

Pictured with the fire truck are several members of the Kirkland-Bluff-Wayside VFD.

The Kirkland-Bluff-Wayside Volunteer Fire Department showcased its newest fire engine during a fundraiser held recently at Kirkland Community Center. The newly-purchased fire truck is a 1997 E-One pumper with a command center cab, and replaces a 1979 Pemfab pumper the department used for 22 years. The newer pumper truck was purchased for $15,000 and was paid for with a loan. It came from the Holly Pond Fire Department with 7,700 service hours and was transferred to the Kirkland-Bluff-Wayside VFD on Sept. 5.