The Fayette Community Foundation held its annual reception on Thursday, April 15 at the Fayette Civic Center for recipients of this year’s foundation grants. Although an annual event, the reception was not held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fayette Community Foundation was started in 2005 through the generous donation of funds from the Tilloston family. The Tilloston family started with a $1 million dollar donation to begin the perpetual fund from which the grants are made, and have continued to add additional funds through the years that now total $10 million dollars.
Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins told the Fayette City Council at its April 13 meeting that a policeman position would be posted within the next few days to replace a retiring officer. All council members were present for the meeting. Former Mayor Ray Nelson led the council in prayer prior to the beginning of the meeting. Jenkins said that Police Lieutenant Charles Walker, a veteran officer with approximately 22 years of service, will be retiring effective May 30.
The City of Fayette and the Town of Glen Allen will hold municipal clean-up this Saturday, April 24. The clean-ups are part of Alabama’s month-long PALS (People Against a Littered State) project. The Town of Glen Allen’s clean-up will begin with a safety briefing at the Town Hall at 8:30 a.m. Teams will then travel through the town of Glen Allen to pick-up trash.
The Fayette clean-up will begin at 9 a.m at Fayette City Hall. Police Chief Danny Jenkins will give a short presentation to the workers concerning safety before the clean-up activities begin.
The Fayette Tigers entered its three game series last week against Hamilton knowing that the series would determine the Area 12 Champion. Unfortunately, Fayette lost two-of-three games and will have to travel to Oneonta this week as the area runner-up. On Tuesday, Fayette traveled to Hamilton and was defeated by the Aggies by a score of 9-4. Hamilton scored a run in the bottom of the first, but Fayette tied the game quickly at one in the top of the second.
A Fayette County man with an extensive criminal history will serve 30 years in prison for breaking into Berry Elementary School. Nathaniel Albert Cannon, 43, was sentenced Thursday, April 8 after entering a blind guilty plea to third-degree burglary charge. He was charged with breaking into the elementary school on Nov. 15, 2018. Berry Police officers arrested Cannon after school staff reported that 11 handheld radios valued at $5,000, two I-Pads, cash and other items were stolen from the school.
John and Doris Brasher, along with a few female inmates from the jail at the Fayette County Sheriff’s office, recently picked up several hundred pounds of garbage that had previously lined the streets of Fayette. Doris Brasher said they concentrated on covering the city limits of Fayette, with some additional garbage pickup in the city’s police jurisdiction. During a nine-day cleanup effort, more than 1,100 five gallons buckets of trash was collected.
The Fayette Tigers dropped the first of three games to Haleyville last week, before winning a doubleheader on Thursday to capture a huge area series win. On April 6, Fayette lost to the Lions by a score of 8-4. Colton McCaleb suffered the loss for the Tigers on the mound, allowing eight runs on nine hits in seven innings of work, McCaleb struck out eight batters. Kaleb Garrett picked up the win for Haleyville, surrendering seven hits and four runs with five strikeouts. Blake Johnson and Cooper Sanford led Fayette at the plate with two hits each.
The Fayette Lady Tigers suffered a loss to Marion County on April 5 by a score of 6-1. The game was tied at one until the top of the fifth inning when the Lady Red Raiders took the lead. Lauren Seale suffered the loss for Fayette on the mound. Harley Johnson and Searley Nichols each had two hits for Fayette.
Jerry Martin Honeycutt, 78, of 10737 Hwy. 18 E., Bankston, was arrested on March 29 by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested on a warrant stemming from a March 26 incident. Honeycutt was charged with four counts of reckless endangerment, attempted murder, first degree burglary, person forbidden to possess pistol, two counts of menacing aggravated assault, first degree criminal trespass, two counts of first degree burglary and probation violation.