Fayette approves pay adjustment for city court magistrate

Pictured socially-distancing at the Jan. 12 Fayette City Council meeting, from left: Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, City Councilman Tommy Williams, City Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside and Councilman Eddy Campbell.

The Fayette City Council approved a one-time pay adjustment for City Court Magistrate Dorrie Rushing at the request of Fayette Municipal Judge Steven Nolen. All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Southside Baptist Church pastor Robert Parrish led the prayer and Fayette County High School student Will Brown led the pledge. Fayette Mayor Rod Northam said that the past two years, Rushing had not received an extra $3,000 per year as she had received in previous years. He said that the $4,500 would be paid out of municipal court funds.

Commission votes to hire tag office clerk

The Fayette County Commission voted to hire a tag office clerk at its Jan. 11 meeting. Commissioner Joe Acker was absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman said that the tag office has been working with one less employee for the past few months. He said that the number of transactions performed by the tag office each month is “huge,” and that the department needs to hire an additional employee to be fully staffed.

FCHS basketball struggling for wins

The FCHS boys’ basketball team lost to Phil Campbell on Jan. 5 by the score of 65-56. Kory Burris led Fayette in scoring with 17 points, followed by Steve White with 16 points. Lewis Cannon scored seven points, Darius Loyd added six points, and Hal Holland recorded five points. Khiry Burris scored three points and Tucker Sanford added two points for the Tigers.

Snow Day in Fayette

Pictured is the Fayette County Courthouse on the morning of Monday, Jan.11.

People in Fayette County and the surrounding area woke up on Monday, Jan. 11 to a blanket of snow on the ground. The snow appeared to have caused few traffic problems in the area, as schools were cancelled and some businesses delayed their morning openings.

Fayette celebrates 200th anniversary

Shown is the Fayette crest/flag that was designed by Shirley Garrison during Fayette’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1971.

The City of Fayette will celebrate its bicentennial (200th anniversary) as an incorporated city on Jan. 15, 2021. Fayette was first incorporated on Jan. 15, 1821 as “Fayette Court House.” The name has changed many times throughout the years, and the central location of the town has also shifted from its original geographic location. The town was originally called Lafayette, but due to other towns bearing the same name, the town was incorporated as Fayette Court House.

COVID vaccine available for 75 and older

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday, Jan. 8 announced that the ADPH will provide COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 years old or older, as well as first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters, statewide by appointment only effective January 18. Appointments at locations throughout the state are made first come, first served. The addition of these groups is not a full expansion into the next phase of the vaccine rollout.


Former Fayette resident wins award

Shown is Cynthia Nalls Day, who received the Lattie Pate Whitehead Evans Award.

Cynthia Nalls Day, a graduate of Fayette County High School and The University of Alabama, was recently awarded the 18th annual Lattie Pate Whitehead Evans Award. The award recognizes women serving on for-profit board for their achievements in business. The award is named for Evans, who was one of the first women to serve on a major corporate board. Evans was appointed to the board of directors for the Coca-Cola Company in 1934, and served on the board for nearly 20 years.

Local resident participates in the Alabama Electoral College vote

Shown marking their Electoral College ballots, from left: Joseph Fuller, Dr. John Killian, J. Elbert Peters, Joan Reynolds and John Wahl.

Dr. John Killian, director of the Fayette County Baptist Association, participated as one of the nine electors for Alabama casting votes on Dec. 14 in Montgomery for Donald Trump as president and Mike Pence as vice-president.

Bevill starting spring classes off-campus

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, Bevill State Community College will begin the 2021 Spring Semester with classes in a virtual, online, or remote format. Classes will begin as scheduled on Friday, Jan. 8. Students should log in to their canvas accounts on that date for communication from their instructors with course-specific details. BSCC President Dr.

Fayette City Council approves alcohol permit

The Fayette City Council approved an alcohol permit for Heenak LLC, doing business as Spirit Food Mart, during its Dec. 22 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Miracle Bailey led those in attendance in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the beginning of the meeting. A public hearing was held to discuss the proposed alcohol license for Spirit Mart. No one in attendance spoke either for or against the proposed license. Councilman Jerry Nichols made a motion to approve a license for the business to sell beer and table wine for off-premises consumption.