Karle speaks at baseball booster banquet

Rick Karle is shown speaking at the FCHS Baseball Booster Banquet on Feb. 15.

The Fayette County High School Baseball Boosters held its annual Banquet and Steak Supper on Friday, Feb. 15 at Bevill State Community College in the Earl McDonald Auditorium. The keynote speaker for the event was Rick Karle, former sports director at WBRC/Fox 6 in Birmingham. Karle worked 30 years as the sports director for WBRC/ FOX 6 in Birmingham. During those years, he won numerous state and regional awards for sportscasting, including 23 Emmy Awards from the Atlanta Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science. Additionally, Karle won six prestigious Edward R.

Fayette City Council awards funds to organizations

The Fayette City Council presented $5,000 checks to each of the local schools within the city. Shown front, from left: Fayette County Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, Councilwoman Linda McCraw, FES Principal Dr. Alicia Nalls, FMS Guidance Counselor Tonya Freeman, FCHS Principal Dr. Jeremy Madden and Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson. Back: Councilmen Eddy Campbell and Cedric Wilson.

The Fayette City Council awarded checks in the amount of $20,000 during its Feb. 12 meeting.
Councilmen Jason Cowart and Jerry Nichols were absent from the meeting with all other council members present. Fayette Elementary, Fayette Middle and Fayette County High School each received a check for $5,000 from the council. The Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce was also awarded a $5,000 appropriations check during the meeting.


Fayette County Commission makes board appointments

Shown at the Feb. 11 commission meeting, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Billy Rodgers, James Knight and Shane Hughes.

The Fayette County Commission made additional board appointments during its Feb. 11 meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman opened the meeting with a moment of silence in memory of Edwin “Punk” Turner, who died on Feb. 10. Fayette County EMA Director Russ Taylor told the commissioners that FEMA has given its final approval for the Fayette County storm shelters, and has also closed the grant application for the shelters. Paperwork concerning the shelters has to be kept on file for an additional three years.


Gun raffle for animal shelter

Shown are Fayette County Animal Shelter manager Phil Holliman (left), Barry Friedman of Alabama Pawn and Cash, and one of the many lovable pets that are available for adoption from the shelter.

Alabama Pawn and Cash in Fayette has donated a limited edition, commemorative Alabama Bicentennial Henry 22 Rifle to be given away on April 19. Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Fayette County Animal Shelter. Only 300 tickets for the rifle will be sold. Tickets are available at Alabama Pawn and Cash.

Fayette Exchange Club honors Students of the Month

Shown from left: Jason Wyatt, Fayette Exchange Club president; Emma Madison, December Student of the Month; Morgan Trull, January Student of the Month; Coulter Ary, February Student of the Month and Jerry Bobo, longtime member of the Fayette Exchange Club.

The Fayette Exchange Club honors the “Student of the Month” at Fayette County High School throughout the school year by presenting them with plaques at an Exchange Club meeting. These awards are presented to students who achieve academic success in the classroom, and are also very involved in extracurricular activities both at school and in their communities. The club presented the awards for December, January and February at its meeting on Feb. 4.

Northwest Economic Alliance holds annual ‘State of the Region’ meeting

From left: Current board chairman Al Elbert, 2018 board chairman Harry Unger, and Phillip Harrod, board chairman from 2014 to 2018, were honored for their service to the Northwest EDA during the Eighth Annual State of the Region meeting at the Vernon City Complex on Thursday, Jan. 31.

The Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (EDA) honored Congressman Robert Aderholt, John Riley of Bolzoni Auramo and current and former board chairmen as the EDA held its eighth annual “State of the Region” meeting at the Vernon City Complex on Thursday, Jan. 31.


Savage chronicles long history of black achievement

Niesha Sudduth provided a special musical selection for the Black History Month program.

Corey Savage, youth pastor and associate minister at Plum Grove Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, gave the keynote speech at Bevill State Community College on Feb. 6 during the college’s Black History Month program. Savage, a Fayette native and graduate of Fayette County High School, Bevill State Community College and Auburn University, told the audience that many people equate Black History with the freeing of slaves in this country and the subsequent civil rights battles. He said there is a much deeper, richer history of achievement among blacks that he wanted to emphasize.


Leaders address the 'State of the Community'

Glen Allen Mayor Allen Dunavant is shown addressing the “State of the Community” luncheon at the Fayette Civic Center.

The Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual “State of the Community” luncheon on Feb. 5 at the Fayette Civic Center. Josh Musgrove, pastor of Pisgah Baptist Church in Fayette, led the opening prayer to begin the meeting. Several community leaders addressed the state of their departments at the luncheon, with the general consensus being that Fayette County is a good place to live with a viable economic and business base.


Fayette City Council sets industrial wastewater fee

Shown at the Fayette City Council meeting on Feb. 6, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilman Cedric Wilson and Councilman Jason Cowart.

The Fayette City Council held a special called meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6 to address the fees due from the dumping of industrial wastewater into the Fayette Wastewater System. All council members were present at the meeting. Councilman Eddy Campbell said at the beginning of last week’s meeting, it appeared that Georgia Pacific was supposed to be paying $75 per load to dump its industrial wastewater in the Fayette Wastewater System.