A Tuscaloosa man has been charged with attempted murder in relation to a shooting that happened at a party in Fayette County last month. Members of the U.S. Marshals’ Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force tracked Ruben Hedgemon, 21, to a location on Ormond Street in Tuscaloosa, and took him into custody on Thursday, Oct. 15. He is accused of firing multiple rounds as he left a party on New Hope Church Road in southern Fayette County during the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 26.
Scottie Carl Porter filed a motion in Fayette County Circuit Court on Oct. 8, seeking to nullify Virettia Whiteside’s election on Oct. 6 as the Ward 1 Fayette City Council member. Porter claimed in his complaint that Whiteside was not eligible for the Ward 1 seat due to “misconduct, fraud, or corruption,” and that her residency is not in Ward 1. He claimed that Whiteside’s proper address is in Ward 3, and that she owns a house located in that ward.
A group of local, state and national leaders toured the SHOWA Glove Manufacturing facility in Fayette on Oct. 14 to get a glimpse of the future of world-class glove manufacturing. SHOWA has just completed the outside of a 43,000 square-foot, six story tall building that will house new state-of-the-art equipment for glove manufacturing. The expansion should double or possibly triple the glove manufacturing capacity of the facility, and will add approximately 100 - 170 new jobs to the Fayette economy.
An accident occurring at the intersection of Highway 43/171 and Highway 18 on October 6 left two people injured with possible charges pending from the accident. According to the accident report filed by the Fayette Police Department, a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by James Edward Watkins of Fayette, was stopped in the inside west-bound lane of Columbus Street East, waiting to make a left turn into the Chevron parking lot. Watkins said that he had signaled his intention to turn.
Virettia Whiteside made history last week by winning the Ward 1 council position and becoming the second minority member of the newly-elected Fayette City Council. Whiteside defeated Steve Herring on Oct. 6 in the Ward 1 runoff election by a vote of 184 to 104. Whiteside received 126 absentee votes and 58 regular votes to Herring’s 13 absentee votes and 91 votes on election day.
Haleigh Ingle and Julia Nolen are carrying on a proud tradition of majorettes from Fayette County High School twirling for the Million Dollar Band at The University of Alabama. No other high school has produced more Crimsonettes than Fayette County High School, earning FCHS the well-deserved title of “Crimsonette High.”
In less than three weeks, on Nov. 3, local voters will decide on their choice for president, a U.S. senate seat, a Congressional House seat, President of the Public Service Commission, two county commission seats, state amendments and one local amendment that will affect only Fayette County. During the “Year of the Coronavirus Crisis,” many voters will exercise the option allowed by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrell to vote an absentee ballot. However, thousands of other Alabama voters will gather at the polls on election day to cast their ballots in person.