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Madison receives David M. Cochrane Award


Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison received the prestigious 2018 David M. Cochrane Award during the recent West Alabama Regional Commission. Shown front, from left, are: Hope Reed and Lavonne Madison. Back row: Skylar Reed, Jimmy Madison, Jeff Madison and Will Madison.

The West Alabama Regional Commission held their Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony Thursday, Nov. 8 at Cypress Inn Pavilion. Candi Williams, State Director of AARP for Alabama, was the guest speaker for the evening. The highlight of the program was the presentation of the 2018 David M. Cochrane Award to the Honorable Jimmy Madison, Mayor of Berry. Members of the West Alabama Regional Commission’s board of directors were also recognized at the ceremony.

 

Berry opens with win over Brilliant


Isaac Darty scores two points for the Wildcats.

The Berry Wildcats boys basketball team opened its 2018-19 basketball season on Nov. 29 at Brilliant and started the season off with a road win against the Tigers by the score of 67-48.
Berry was led in scoring by Isaac Darty with 20 points, followed by Levi Cannon with 16 points. Also scoring in double-digits were Sam Franklin with 13 points and Tyler Lollar with 10 points. Johnathan Locke scored six points and Isaiah Kizzire rounded out the scoring with two points.

 

Fayette, Berry announce Christmas parade dates

The City of Fayette will hold its annual Christmas parade this year on Monday, Dec. 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Participants in the parade are asked to be at the vacant lot of the former Fayette Square Shopping Center at 4:30 p.m. to line-up for the parade. The parade will follow the usual parade route, traveling south on Temple Avenue and proceeding to Second Avenue heading north before disbanding back at the starting location.

Berry High School completes volleyball season


Shown from left front: Seniors and captains Lydia Young, Tyner Bowling and Laine Henderson. Back: Head Coach Linnie Shepherd, Faithlyn McCoy, Dixie Odom, Zoe Mauldin, Raven Davis, Brooke Blanton, Iannah Fields, Maggie Hammack, Sarah Rice and Lynsie Abernathy.

Berry High School’s Volleyball team finished the season as the Area Seven Runner-Up and competed in Montgomery in the super regionals.

Jacobs resigns as Berry Council member


The Berry City Council met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 5 with three council members in attendance. Shown from left are councilmen Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madison

The Berry City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 5 at the Berry Town Hall. Councilman Troyce Townsel, Councilman Russell Madison and Councilman Calvin Madison were present for the meeting, and Councilman Chris Rice and Councilman Wesley Jacobs were absent. Berry Mayor Jimmy Madison declared that a legal quorum was present that would allow business to be conducted at the meeting.

 

Berry falls to Red Raiders 42-18

Berry’s Jace Smith (54) and Deason Nichols (70) combine to make a tackle as a Marion County player grabs the jersey of Berry’s Levi Cannon (22).

The Berry Wildcats ended its 2018 campaign by traveling to Guin to face the Marion County Red Raiders. The Wildcats had three second half touchdowns, but turnovers would be the difference in the game. The Red Raiders took advantage of the three Wildcat turnovers to win the game 42–18.  Marion County won the toss and elected to receive. The Red Raiders returned the kickoff to the Berry 34-yard line to begin play. Marion County had the ball for seven plays before the Wildcats’ defense forced a punt on fourth and 11 from the Berry 49-yard line.

 

Pickens County degeats Berry 51-7


Sam Franklin (2) is shown eluding the grasp of a Pickens County defender.

The Berry Wildcats finished up its home games at Fred Webster Stadium by playing host to the Pickens County Tornadoes for Senior Night.  The Tornadoes got off to a quick start and opened up a lead that would prove to be too much for Berry to overcome. The Wildcats fought hard all night but fell 51–7 to Pickens County. The Wildcats returned the opening kickoff to the Berry 39-yard line to begin play, but was unable to advance and piunted the ball away. 

Former Berry coach has Headland on winning track

Danny Raines, former coach at Berry High School, is having a remarkable season at a school that was known for its sub-par football teams prior to his arrival. Raines became the head football coach at Headland High School in 2017, following his controversial dismissal as the head football coach at Berry after the 2016 season. When Raines arrived at Berry in 2003, he inherited a football program that had not had a winning season during the previous five years, nor had Berry been to the playoffs during that period of time.

 

Berry defeats Brilliant 42-6


Isaac Darty (34) runs for a good gain behind the blocking of Jace Smith (54) after taking a handoff from Tyler Smith (6).

The Berry Wildcats traveled to Brilliant to take on the Tigers for Brilliant’s Homecoming. The Wildcats started the game hot and never cooled off, scoring on offense, defense, and special teams as they rolled to a 42–6 victory. Brilliant won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. The Tigers returned the kickoff to the Brilliant 35-yard line. After three plays, Brilliant faced fourth and 11 on the Tigers’ 34-yard line. Brilliant elected to punt and the Wildcats’ offense got the ball for the first time on the Berry 36-yard line.

 

Berry presents homecoming court

Shown is the 2018 Berry High School Homecoming Queen and Court, as presented at the Berry - Lynn football game. From left: seventh grade representative Tayla Files, escorted by her brother-in-law Eddie Flynn; ninth grade representative Haley Tidwell, escorted by her father Chuck Tidwell; 11th grade representative Brooke Blanton, escorted by her uncle Jeff Handley; Homecoming Queen Ciera Pendley, escorted by her uncle Jerome Trimm; 12th grade representative Halle Duckworth, escorted by her stepfather Jimmy Honeycutt; 10th grade representative Zoe Mauldin, escorted by her father Jared Mauldin; and eighth grade representative Courtney Parr, escorted by her father Dewayne Parr.

Berry High School celebrated its homecoming last week, which included a homecoming football game against Lynn High School.