BOE presents ‘Teacher of the Year’ to Burns

Deputy Superintendent Mary Raines is shown presenting Michelle Burns a gift bag for being named Fayette Middle School’s and the Fayette County School System’s “Teacher of the Year.”

The Fayette County Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting at the Fayette County Middle School gymnasium on Tuesday, Nov. 28. All board members were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, Superintendent Jim Burkhalter and the board members toured the facilities at Fayette Elementary School and Fayette Middle School.


Council hears project update

Ben Wieseman is shown addressing the Fayette City Council.

The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28. All council members were present for the meeting. Fayette resident Chuck Ellenberg opened the meeting with prayer. Councilman Eddy Campbell led the Pledge of Allegiance. City Engineering Consultant Luke Porter gave an update on city projects to the council.


Longtime employees retire at courthouse

Pictured is Ann Barnes, who retired recently from the Fayette County Tag office.

Two longtime employees at the Fayette County Courthouse retired recently, each with approximately 29 years of service in their respective jobs. Ann Barnes retired from the Fayette County Tag office on Nov. 29, after serving as a tag office clerk for the probate judge’s office. Delorous Gilpin retired recently from the Revenue Commissioner's Office. She was hired in Oct. 1994, and had served as the Chief Revenue Clerk since 2002.

High school basketball roundup

Landon Kimbrell (11) is shown driving to the basket for Fayette against Carbon Hill.

The Hubbertville boys’ basketball team won two-of-three basketball games for the week.
The Lion boys defeated Vina on Nov. 28 by the score of 61-22. Hubbertville was led in scoring by Cole Brand with 14 points, followed by Kane Rushing with 13 and Kade Watkins with 11 points.

‘An Old Fashion Christmas’ is Dec. 7

Shown at last year’s “An Old Fashion Christmas” are carolers singing Christmas hymns on the streets of Fayette.

Born during the midst of the COVID pandemic in 2020, “An Old Fashion Christmas” returns this year to downtown Fayette for its fourth season on Thursday, Dec. 7. Myra Nichols was instrumental in starting the new tradition in Fayette, which keeps building upon its foundation to get better each year.

Glen Allen Council discusses demolition of building

The Glen Allen Town Council met on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the town’s community center. All council members were present for the monthly meeting. Addressing items of old business, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant informed the council that the Fayette Community Foundation Grant application requesting funds to assist with developing a walking track on the community center’s property was submitted prior to the deadline date.


Kirkland-Bluff-Wayside VFD upgrades fire truck

Pictured with the fire truck are several members of the Kirkland-Bluff-Wayside VFD.

The Kirkland-Bluff-Wayside Volunteer Fire Department showcased its newest fire engine during a fundraiser held recently at Kirkland Community Center. The newly-purchased fire truck is a 1997 E-One pumper with a command center cab, and replaces a 1979 Pemfab pumper the department used for 22 years. The newer pumper truck was purchased for $15,000 and was paid for with a loan. It came from the Holly Pond Fire Department with 7,700 service hours and was transferred to the Kirkland-Bluff-Wayside VFD on Sept. 5.

Fayette City Council presents FMC with tax proceeds check

Receiving the sales tax proceeds check, totaling $573,288.82, from the Fayette City Council, from left, front: Fayette Medical Center Administrator Donald Jones, Rhonda Hicks, FMC Chairman Charles Brandon, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Dr. Martha Jo Christian and Sandy Nolen. Back: Councilmen Tommy Williams, Jerry Nichols and Eddy Campbell, and Fayette Junior City Council Mayor Emily Huang.

The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside and Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe were absent from the meeting, with all other members of the council present. Chris Huynh, a member of the Fayette Junior City Council, opened the meeting with prayer. Fayette Junior City Council member Ann Carsyn Cowart led the Pledge of Allegiance.


FCHS holds ‘Powderpuff’ games

Pictured are the teachers who played against their students. From left, front: Savannah Kimbrell, Bri Magouirk, LeAnn Nolen, Austyn Freeman and Karri Watkins. Back: Stacy Allen and Brandy Howton.

A “Powderpuff” football tournament was held at Fayette County High School on Tuesday, Nov. 7, with female students suiting up for a series of flag football games and the senior football players coaching the teams. The three-game student tournament also featured male cheerleaders taking their new roles very seriously.


Hubbertville’s JV team wins championship

Shown from left, front: Kane Rushing, Braylon Hill, Kason Tucker, Atticus Gray, Grayson Minor, Kruz Kizzire, Gavin Hubbert, Steven Hester, Hunter Rochester, Landon Dodd, Hunter Aaron and Sam Webb. Back: Coach Daniel Basher, Coach Harper Hynds, Coach Trent Hill, Jase Hill, Adam Brand, Cole Brand, Ceth Hollingsworth, Lane Barnes, Charles Keeton, Blaize Wakefield, Banks Lowery, Tyler Stricklin, Sam Tidwell, Lawson Dodd, Kaiden Tucker, Logan Cox, Coach Caleb Hynds, Coach Jarod Dunavant and Gage Whitten.

The Hubbertville Junior Varsity football team capped off an undefeated season by defeating Hackleburg 36-0 in the North Alabama Conference championship game, played on Oct. 3 at Hubbertville.

The ‘Eternal Flame’ burns brightly again

Pictured is Air Force Veteran Bob Newman, relighting the monument on Nov. 13, the day before his 92nd birthday.

After being extinguished for approximately 40 years, the Fayette Gas Board and citizens of Fayette made a concerted effort to relight the “Eternal Flame of Freedom” that was erected on the Fayette Co. Courthouse lawn in the 1960s to honor “Veterans of all wars from Fayette County.”