Fayette County

County Commission approves new mapping system

Shown at the April 25 Fayette Co. Commission meeting, from left, front: Commission Chairman Mike Freeman; Rodney Battles, NWMH Executive Director; Pollyanna Higgs, NWMH Clinical Director of Mental Illness and Children Services; Gwen LeBlanc, NWMH Clinical Director of Substance Use Disorders; and Phillip Grace, NWMH Chief Financial Officer. Back: Commissioners Wesley Jacobs, David Hubbert and Robert Townley; Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison; Commissioners John Underwood, Shane Hughes and Brad Cox.

The Fayette County Commission held its April 25 meeting one day later than usual and at the Fayette County Annex Building instead of the Berry Civic Center as had been originally planned. All commissioners were present for the meeting.


Honeycutt guilty of attempted murder, other charges

Jerry Martin Honeycutt

A Fayette County Circuit Court jury returned guilty verdicts in an attempted murder trial last week, announced 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Andy Hamlin. Jerry Martin Honeycutt, 79, of Bankston, was found guilty of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree burglary and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.



Brief tornado causes damage in county

Pictured is one of the many trees that briefly blocked roadways in the Bankston/Stough Community on Friday night, April 21.

An EF-0 tornado touched down briefly in the Bankston – Stough area of Fayette County on Friday night, April 21, causing several trees to topple over or break. Fortunately, there was little structural damage and no injuries reported as a result of the brief tornado.


BOE holds monthly meeting

Shown at the April 18 Fayette County Board of Education meeting, from left: Board President Tom Hubbert, and board members: Brenda Webb, Tierre Agnew, Julie Stough, John Stowe and John Aaron.

The Fayette County Board of Education approved personnel items and contracts during its April 18 meeting. All board members were present for the meeting.


Lowery pleads guilty to murder

Brandon Lowery

The fourth of five defendants in a double murder case from 2018 pled guilty Monday to serve life in prison with no possibility of parole. Andy Hamlin, 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney, announced the plea of Brandon Lowery, 38, on Tuesday, April 11. Lowery pled guilty to two counts of capital murder (murder during the course of a robbery) that stemmed from the shooting deaths of Hernan Antonio Padilla and Allen Clifford Sandlin.  


Sheriff’s Office seeks public’s help

Kenneth Spinato is pictured above with his daughter Sherry Renshaw.

Editor’s Note: The following is a press release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department asking for the community’s help in solving a murder investigation.

Over six months ago, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, Kenneth Spinato was found deceased in his Fayette County home. Investigators quickly determined that Spinato was the victim of a homicide.

Commission honors law enforcement officers for service

Shown at the March 13 commission meeting, from left, front: Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins, Deputy Tanner Burleson, Fayette Police Officer Landon Miller, Fayette Police Lt. Michael Kelley and Deputy Todd Key. Back: Commissioners John Underwood, David Hubbert, Robert Townley, Shane Hughes, Fayette Co. Sheriff Byron Yerby and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission honored four law enforcement officers for their courage and bravery, and acknowledged the long-term commitment, trust and loyalty of another officer during its March 13 meeting. Commissioner Wesley Jacobs and Commissioner Brad Cox were absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present.