Fayette Farmers’ Market offers farm-fresh produce

Shown is some of the produce that is offered for sale at the Fayette Farmers' Market.

Several farmers are offering for sale locally-grown, harvest-fresh produce at the Fayette Farmers’ Market, located near the Fayette County Multipurpose Complex on McConnell Loop Road in Fayette. Ronni Rena Brasher, Fayette County Extension Coordinator, said that the local farmers have produced a bumper crop of fresh vegetables this year that are offered for sale each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Farmers’ Market.


Fayette City Council renews hospital sales tax

Pictured at the July 13 meeting of the Fayette City Council, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council voted during its July 13 meeting to extend the one-half cent sales tax that is earmarked for the Fayette Medical Center. All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the business portion of the meeting, Tim Oliver, assistant pastor at Olive Branch Church, led those in attendance in prayer. His daughter, Hannah Oliver, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Fayette's hydrangeas are in full bloom

Pictured is one of the hydrangeas located in downtown Fayette.

The more than 40 limelight hydrangeas that are located throughout Fayette are now in full bloom. The plants are taken care of by the Fayette Garden Club, and were purchased with a grant from the Fayette Community Foundation. Two new “Moon” Hydrangeas will be planted at the Flag Park in downtown Fayette.

Former commissioner Lacy addresses commission

Jerry Lacy, a former Fayette County Commissioner, spoke at the July 12 Fayette County Commission meeting in favor of the proposed county transportation plan. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Lacy thanked the commissioners for their unanimous vote earlier this year in reference to pursuing a transportation plan. He said that he wanted to speak to the commissioners from both his head and his heart.

Vaccination rates low in county, state

Pictured are workers at the Fayette County Health Department administering COVID-19 vaccinations during one of its “drive-through” clinics in January. The local health department is currently offering walk-in vaccinations without appointments on Fridays from 1 - 2:30 p.m.

After battling with Mississippi the past couple of weeks in a neck-to-neck race, Alabama now holds the dubious distinction of having the lowest COVID vaccination rate in the nation. That distinction is nothing to brag about, as the state is currently seeing the number of COVID cases and hospitalizations rise again after a few months of relative calm. Adding to the concern is a new, more contagious version of the COVID virus, the highly infectious Delta variant.

Organizations to host job fair

The Fayette Career Center is partnering with the City of Vernon, West Alabama Works, and the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (C3) to present a multi-employer “Job Fair" on Friday, July 16 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Vernon City Complex, located at 44425 Highway 17 in Vernon. The event is free and open to all employers and jobseekers.