‘Golden Eagle’ mural celebrates 90 years of history

Shown is the finished Golden Eagle Syrup mural painted by artist Missy Miles.

Local artist Missy Miles saw a big blank wall and thought, “That wall has a story to tell.”
Miles painted the original label logo on the wall at the Golden Eagle Syrup factory in 2013, and mentioned to the owners that she would like to paint the entire wall. The owners, Temple and Kimberley Bowling, and John and Joy Blevins, could not envision at the time being able to finance such a massive undertaking.


Lowery gives hemp presentation to Fayette City Council

Shown are members of the Fayette City Council, along with other citizens of the area, as they listen to Greg Lowery speak about the importance of Fayette and Fayette County taking advantage of new opportunities in the hemp-growing industry.

The Fayette City Council heard a presentation at its June 11 meeting from Fayette County resident Greg Lowery concerning the growing, production, manufacturing and distribution of hemp-related products in Fayette County. Councilman Jason Cowart was absent from the meeting due to an obligation with the National Guard. All other council members were present for the meeting. “Hemp is not marijuana. Hemp is not illegal,” Lowery told the council and the audience in attendance. “Hemp production can help save the family farm.”


Commission votes to proceed with Co. Rd. 53 project

Shown at the Fayette County Commission meeting on June 10, from left: Fayette County Administrator John Gordon, and commissioners John Underwood, Billy Rodgers, James Knight , Shane Hughes, Barry Corkren and Joe Acker. Vice-Chairman Acker presided over the meeting during the absence of Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted to seek bids for the County Road 53 repaving project this month during its regularly scheduled meeting held on June 10. All commissioners were present for the meeting, with Commission Chairman Mike Freeman absent due to attending a probate judges’ conference. Vice-Chairman Joe Acker presided over the meeting during Freeman’s absence.


South reports on legislative session

The 2019 regular legislative session that adjourned earlier this month accomplished many tasks that I believe will improve the lives of the citizens throughout House District 16.  In addition to providing record funding for public education and essential state services, we implemented some much needed and long overdue pieces of legislation.

Enjoying life after retirement

Pictured are Kalos and Peggy Sims, enjoying time off after retirement.

As Kalos Sims was approaching retirement age, he began to think of a new career that he would enjoy working for a few years. He had always enjoyed cooking, so when he had a chance to buy an upstart barbeque place called Lisa’s, he jumped at the chance. “I was 57 years old when I bought Lisa’s in April 1995,” Kalos Sims said. “My thought was to keep the business until I turned 65, then sell it and retire. Those first eight years went by fast, so I finally sold the business after keeping it 24 years.”


BOE approves personnel changes, contracts

Shown at the June 4 Fayette County Board of Education meeting are, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter and board members Tom Hubbert, Sam Sullivan, Keith Madison, Tim Fields and Waldon Tucker. Not present was Board Member John Stowe.

The Fayette County Board of Education approved several personnel changes and contracts for the 2019-20 school year during its June 4 meeting. Board Member John Stowe was absent from the meeting, with all other board members present. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Josh Taylor of the Alabama Department of Public Accounts, gave a brief overview of his department’s recent audit of the school board.

Saluting National Skilled Nursing Care Week

Melissa May and her son Jacob performed at the ice cream social for National Skilled Nursing Care Week.

Every day, skilled nursing centers assist our seniors and people with disabilities in living their happiest and best lives. Whether it’s planting, cooking, reading or listening to music, these centers pay it forward by helping individuals find their own happiness to improve their quality of life. This year, National Skilled Nursing Care Week focused on living soulfully and will celebrate skilled nursing centers, their residents and staff, by showcasing how they help residents achieve happy minds and healthy bodies.


City Council discusses Rails-to-Trails project in work session

Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce Director Daniel White and Marla Kizzire spoke to the Fayette City Council at its May 28 meeting concerning the need for a safe walking route for elementary and middle school students when crossing streets within the city.

Following the Fayette City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on May 28, the Fayette City Council held a lengthy work session to primarily discuss the proposed “Rails-to-Trails” project.
Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and City Clerk Dawn Clapp were absent from the meeting. Assistant Clerk Sherry Fowler assumed the duties of Clapp at the council meeting.


Price executed for Lynn’s murder

Shown is Christopher Price, who was executed for the murder of Bill Lynn.

After several appeals and a last-minute stay of execution in April, convicted killer Christopher Price was executed on May 30 for the murder of Bill Lynn. On the day his sentence was carried out, Price reportedly apologized to Lynn’s family through his attorney, saying, “I’m terribly sorry for the victim of my crime and his family. Neither he nor his family deserve what happened to him. No one deserves that.”