The second annual march and rally in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was held in downtown Fayette on Monday, Jan. 20. The event was organized by the Fayette County Ministerial Alliance. The celebration began at the Fayette County Courthouse and continued through the streets of Fayette to the First Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Drive. Despite the bitterly cold temperature, a crowd of approximately 100 people participated in some part of the walk and rally.
The City of Fayette received a grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation that will aid with the resurfacing of Martin Luther King Drive and 10th Street. The grant, in the amount of $250,000, was announced last week by Governor Kay Ivey. The grant is the second round of special grants that have been awarded to counties and municipalities throughout the state as part of the “Rebuild Alabama Act.”
The Fayette County Commission reviewed the budgets for all departments within the county during a work session prior to the start of its Jan. 13 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting, along with Commission Chairman Mike Freeman and County Administrator Brooke Slatton. County Administrator John Gordon was not present at the meeting.
The Fayette girls’ basketball team won two big area games last week to maintain a mathematical chance for a tie for the area regular season title. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Fayette traveled to Cordova and won by a score of 52-45. Samantha Cox led Fayette in scoring with 13 points, followed closely by Holley Files with 12 points. Meredith Collins added eight points, Jada Savage scored seven points, and Mackenzie Nelson notched six points, while Iteria Walker, Aerial Colburn and Callie Williams each scored two points for the Lady Tigers.
The Fayette City Council held a work session on Tuesday, Jan. 7 to discuss several issues prior to its next meeting. All council members and Mayor Ray Nelson attended the work session. Councilman Cedric Wilson started the work session by addressing the salaries to be paid the 2020 incoming council members and mayor. “In my opinion, the mayor should be paid more than the highest-paid employee in the city.” Wilson said. “I also believe the mayor deserves benefits and an annual cost-of-living adjustment.”
Two warrants served on Fayette County residences last week resulted in the arrest of 12 people. Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby said that on Jan. 8, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the 24th Judicial Circuit’s District Attorneys Office, the Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Alabama Bureau of Investigations, a federal postal inspector, and the Berry Police Department’s Canine Unit executed a search warrant on a residence in the 2100 block of Pender Road.
Butch Thompson, head baseball coach at Auburn University, was the keynote speaker at the annual Fayette County High School Baseball Banquet, held Jan. 11 at Bevill State Community College. Thompson is entering his fifth season as coach of the Auburn Tigers, and is coming off a trip to the College World Series in 2019.
Fayette girls’ basketball team hosted Haleyville for an area game on Friday, Jan. 10 and captured a huge win by the score of 58-52. This was the first win by Fayette girls over Haleyville in several years, and it kept them in contention for the regular season area title with a 2-2 area record.
Leading the Lady Tigers in scoring were Jada Savage, Holley Files and Samantha Cox with 14 points each. Mackenzie Nelson also scored in double figures with 10 points, while Meredith Collins added six points.