Storms cause significant damage in county

Shown is a portion of the damage that occurred at the Fayette Country Club. Pictured is the damage caused by a tree falling into the main building. The roof on the bathrooms at the Country Club’s pool was also blown off and into the main building.

A fast-moving and somewhat unexpected severe thunderstorm caused considerable damage in Fayette County during the early morning hours of Monday, March 23. One of the hardest hit areas by the storm appeared to be the Covin - Belk area. There were numerous trees blown down or uprooted during the storm, and several buildings suffered structural damage. A portion of the roof on the Covin voting precinct was blown off of the building. An awning at M&M in Covin was also blown off and destroyed in the storm.

BOE accepts retirements of several employees at meeting

Pictured at the March 17 meeting of the Fayette Co. Board of Education, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, Board President Tom Hubbert, and Board Members Sam Sullivan, Keith Madison, Tim Fields and John Stowe. Board Member Waldon Tucker was absent from the meeting.

The Fayette County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on March 17 at the courthouse annex building. Board Member Waldon Tucker was absent from the meeting, with all other board members present. At the beginning of the meeting, Board President Tom Hubbert made a motion to start the meeting with an executive session to discuss a legal matter. Board Member Sam Sullivan seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously. Following an executive session of approximately 30 minutes, the board reconvened in open session.

Fayette Garden Club exhibits community service

Shown at right are members of the Fayette Garden Club as they perform a labor of love by planting fresh flowers at the Fayette Depot Museum. Shown from left are: Frances Butler, Stephanie Butler, John Brasher, Doris Brasher and Sheena Peterson.

The Fayette Garden Club exhibits its pride in the community by planting and caring for flowers and plants in the downtown Fayette area. The service organization is dedicated to helping beautify the area through its use of plants and flowers, and the Fayette Garden Club also encourages others to help make the area more beautiful.

Fayette splits four baseball games

Samuel Kizzire is shown pitching for Fayette against Sulligent.
Note: These games were played prior to the closure of the schools for the Coronavirus outbreak. No games were played last week. The Fayette Tigers baseball team hosted the Carbon Hill Bulldogs on March 9 and lost a low-scoring pitcher’s duel by the score of 2-1. Colton McCaleb pitched seven innings for the Tigers and suffered the loss. He pitched a superb game, striking out 11 batters while walking only one.

Commission hires Meharg as temporary aging director

Seated is County Administrator John Gordon, who was attending his last meeting as administrator before his retirement. From left, middle: Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, County Administrator Brooke Slatton, Commissioner Barry Corkren and Commissioner Joe Acker. Back: Commissioner Billy Joe Rodgers, Commissioner James Knight, Commissioner John Underwood, Commissioner Shane Hughes and County Attorney Allen Grocholski.

The Fayette County Commission approved a new cyber-security plan for its employees during its March 9 meeting. All commissioners were present at the meeting. The meeting also was the last meeting that County Administrator John Gordon would be attending as administrator. Gordon will take a couple of weeks vacation before his official retirement begins on April 1. He has served the county for the past 22 years as administrator.


Council sets qualifying fees for municipal elections

Shown is the Fayette City Council at its March 10 meeting. From left: Councilmen Jerry Nichols, Cedric Wilson and Jason Cowart; Mayor Ray Nelson, Councilman Eddy Campbell; Councilwoman Linda McCraw; and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council set the dates and qualifying fees for the upcoming municipal elections during its March 10 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Mayor Ray Nelson announced that qualifying for the municipal election will occur from July 7 - 21. The municipal election will take place on Aug. 25, with the runoff election, if necessary on Oct. 6. The new mayor and council members will take office on the first Monday in November, which is Nov. 2.


Former Fayette resident awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, formerly of Fayette, was recently awarded the Fulbright Scholarship.

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Dr. Jeffrey Anderson, University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) Professor of History in the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences, has received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to teach American History in Slovakia next fall and spring.


Hope's Choice holds successful 5K run

Shown are three generations of runners who participated in the Hope’s Choice 5K run. On the left is Brian Ingle from Florence with his mom, Ruth Ingle from Guin, in the middle. On the right is Ruth Ingle’s granddaughter, Leslie Ledbetter of Guin.

Hope’s Choice held its first-ever 5K charity run in Fayette on March 10, and according to Kasey Kennedy, executive director of Hope’s Choice, the event was an overwhelming success. “This was the biggest fundraiser for Hope’s Choice since we opened our doors five years ago,” Kennedy said. “We would like to thank all the sponsors, runners, volunteers and prize donors who made this possible. The 5K wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Nicole Miles and DCH-FMC. We had 58 runners, and all of the proceeds raised go to benefit Hope’s Choice Pregnancy Resource Center.”

Fayette suffers three losses for week in softball

Fayette lost three-of-four games for the week in softball. Fayette traveled to Curry for a game and was defeated by the score of 7-0. Lauren Seale suffered the loss on the mound for Fayette, pitching five innings and allowing seven runs on 13 hits. Samantha Cox led Fayette at the plate with two hits. Harley Johnson, Brandy Johnson and Zaylin Driver also had hits for the Lady Tigers.