Council honors former resident

The family of Pearl Young received a proclamation honoring her memory during the Sept. 13 Fayette City Council meeting. Shown from left, front: Sharon Morgan (cousin), Ann Whitson (sister), Bishop Mary Craig (sister), Pamela Young Pritchett (daughter), Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Jacqueline Wright (niece) and Emmett Morgan (cousin). Back: Council members Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Virettia Whiteside, Tommy Williams, Jerry Nichols and Eddy Campbell.

The Fayette City Council issued a proclamation during its Sept. 13 meeting, honoring the life and legacy of former Fayette resident Pearl Young. Young was killed in a senseless act of violence during the mass shooting at the Tops Market in Buffalo, N.Y. on May 14. All council members were present for the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, Emmett Morgan, a cousin to Young, led the council in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.


Fayette Community Foundation Board

Members of the board, shown from left are: Fayette County Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, Dale Lawrence, Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman, Eddie Robertson, Bobbie Jo Kemp-Driver, former Fayette County Probate Judge William Oswalt, Carlton Benton and Fayette Mayor Rod Northam. Members of the board not pictured are Jeffery Richardson, Skip Newman and former Mayor Ray Nelson.

The Fayette Community Foundation Board met in Fayette last week. The Foundation will begin accepting new applications for grants in October.

Commission approves bids for materials

Shown at the Sept.12 Fayette County Commission meeting, from left: Commisioners John Underwood, Barry Corkren, Wesly Jacobs and Robert Townley. Also present but not pictured was Commissioner Brad Cox.

The Fayette County Commission approved bids for road materials during its Sept. 12 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting, with the exception of Commissioner Shane Hughes.


Sanford hired as FCHS principal

Pictured at the Sept. 13 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter and board members Tom Hubbert, Brenda Webb, Keith Madison, Julie Stough, John Stowe and John Aaron.

The Fayette County Board of Education hired Jennifer Sanford to be the interim principal at Fayette County High School during its Sept. 13 meeting. All board members were in attendance for the meeting.


Pre-K tours Depot Museum

Shown are a few of the Pre-K students as they toured the railcar.

The Pre-Kindergarten class at Fayette Elementary School visited the Fayette Depot Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 14 as part of their field trip. The children enjoyed seeing the many interesting items inside the museum and also enjoyed exploring the railcar that is located beside the museum.

New Fayette Junior City Council selected

Shown are members of the Junior City Council, from left, front: Abby Turner, Emily Huang (Junior Mayor Pro-Tempore), Junior Mayor Benjamin Olive, Semira King (Secretary-Treasurer) and Gracelyn Westbrook. Back: KiJona King, Kaylee Bliven, Will Ayres, William McCollum and Oscar Huang. Not shown is Sean White.

Members of the 2022-23 Fayette Junior City Council were recently selected and officers for the council were elected.

BSCC wins awards

Shown are Tana Collins-Allred and Andrew Brasfield with the awards won by their department.

The Department of Enrollment Management, Public Relations, and Recruiting at Bevill State Community College (BSCC) received two awards during the annual conference of the Alabama Community College System Public Relations Association (ACCSPRA) held last week in Gulf Shores.


C3 staff attends conference

Shown from left: Brenda Tuck, Rural Development Manager - Alabama Dept of Commerce; Secretary Greg Canfield, Alabama Dept of Commerce; Governor Kay Ivey; C3 President and CEO Tom Wisemiller; and Carissa Crayton, Special Projects Manager (Rural) - Alabama Dept of Commerce.

Tom Wisemiller, President & CEO, and Jamie Christian, Marketing & Membership Director, of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (known as C3 locally) attended the 2022 Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) Summer Conference in Point Clear on July 24 – 27.


Commissioner of Mental Health visits Fayette

Pictured are members of the community, board members, and members of the Northwest Alabama Mental Health’s staff during a visit to some of Northwest Alabama’s facilities by Alabama Commissioner of Mental Health Kim Boswell on Thursday, Sept. 8. Shown from left, front: April Knight, Commissioner Boswell, Denease Marion, Samantha Howard, Philip Grace (CFO of NWMH), Jenny Elliott (Director of Human Resources for NWMH) and Fayette Mayor Rod Northam. Back: Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman, Gwen Leblanc (NWMH Director of Substance Abuse Services), Rodney Battle, Al Gilbert, Senator Greg Reed, Janice Trotter (NWMH Director of Transportation), Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins, Jeff Edwards (NWMH Director of Child Services) and Skip Newman.

Kim Boswell, the Alabama Commissioner of Mental Health, visited several of the facilities within the Northwest Alabama Mental Health System on Thursday, Sept. 8, including some of the facilities located in Fayette County.