Watoto Children’s Choir brings message of inspiration to Fayette

Pictured from left: Watoto Children’s Choir team leader Aloysious, Witness and Fayette First Baptist Pastor Scott Davis.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda, Africa gave a special presentation at the First Baptist Church in Fayette to help spread the gospel of Christ and to let people know about the work they do to give abandoned and orphaned children a new start in life.


Veterans Day Program at Fayette Middle School

Pictured are the United States military veterans who were in attendance for Fayette Middle School’s Veterans Day Program. FCHS graduate Jessica Duck (seated third from right) was the featured speaker for the event.

Masters-at-Arms and Third Class Petty Officer Jessica Duck, a 2021 graduate of Fayette County High School, addressed the Nov. 9 Veterans Day Program at Fayette Middle School.

Accident causes one injury

This accident resulted in one injury and severe damage to the vehicles.

An accident occurring at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 left one person injured and caused severe damage to the vehicles. The accident occurred between a 2017 Toyota Camry, driven by Hannah Brooke McCool of Sulligent, and a 2013 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Karen Viola Warren of Winfield. The accident was worked by the Fayette Police Department, and no additional information is available concerning the incident.

Fayette loses to Lauderdale Co. in playoffs

Evan Sexton (24) follows the blocking of Jacob Paddon (86) for a nice gain against Lauderdale County.

The Fayette Tigers traveled to Rogersville for a first-round playoff game against Lauderdale County and were defeated by the score of 35-14. Fayette started the game off in an electrifying fashion, as senior Dylan Schloerb received the opening kickoff and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown. Isaiah Stowe kicked the extra point and with 11:46 remaining in the opening quarter, Fayette had an early 7-0 lead.


Byler Road to receive historical markers

Pictured at the Byler Road tourism project funding announcement in Tuscaloosa are, from left, Alabama Department of Tourism Director Lee Sentell, State Representative Tracy Estes, who is helping lead the project, and State Representative Tim Wadsworth.

One of Alabama’s most historic roadways is traveling back into the limelight. Byler Road, the first road ever commissioned by the Alabama Legislature, is finally getting its historic due, thanks to $200,000 in funding spearheaded by State Representative Tracy Estes and Alabama Senate Pro-Tem Greg Reed. 

Hindman’s tour of duty with a guy named Presley

Lewis Hindman (right) is shown posing for a picture with one of his Army buddies, Elvis Presley.

Lewis Hindman was born on Feb. 23, 1935 and has lived in Fayette County all of his life, except for the time he served in the U.S. Army. Hindman was drafted into the Army in 1958, and after spending a short time getting processed at the Fort Chafee, Ark. reception station, he was sent to Fort Hood, Texas to receive his basic training and advanced training in artillery. Shortly before Hindman’s arrival at the base in Texas, another green Army recruit had also been sent to the base for basic training, a recruit by the name of Elvis Presley.


Hubbertville School celebrates 100 years of excellence

Former Hubbertville Guidance Counselor Diane Fisher (left) is shown with her mother JoNell Hollingsworth, who served as the Home Economics teacher at Hubbertville for many years.

Hubbertville School celebrated its 100th year of existence on Saturday, Nov. 4 by inviting alumni, students, family, community members and friends to the school for a time of nostalgia and reminiscing. Many people attended the historic event, and were welcomed by current Hubbertville School Principal Tim Dunavant during a short program held in the school’s gymnasium.


Fayette Co. Sheriff’s Office makes drug arrests

Shown is a small portion of the many illegal drugs that the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department has seized recently.

On Oct. 19, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Branndon Collins, along with Berry Police Dept. Officer Randall Kelley, located subject Caleb Early at a location in Guin. Early was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants with Fayette County, along with numerous other agencies. Early was in possession of methamphetamine and a trafficking weight of Fentanyl.


Car catches fire at Hubbertvile store

Pictured is the car that was completely totaled in the fire.

A fire that occurred at Whitten’s Lions Den on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 2 destroyed this vehicle and severely damaged the gasoline pumps and pump canopy. David Dozier, fire chief for the Hubbertville VFD, said that the Glen Allen VFD also responded to the fire. Dodd said the car was owned by Preston White, who was pumping gas at the time the fire started.


FCHS and BSCC Veterans Day Program

Pictured are the local veterans who were present at the BSCC and FCHS program.

A large group of local veterans attended the Bevill State Community College and Fayette Co. High School’s annual Veterans Day program, held on Monday, Nov. 6. Navy Veteran and 1992 FCHS graduate James A. Henry was the guest speaker for the event. Henry began his military career in April 1993, and has earned numerous awards and commendations throughout his career.

Local business greets customers as princesses

Shown from left: Gabby Chambless (Elsa), Nancy Holliman (Princess Peach), Teresa Taylor (Elsa), Daphne Wilson (Queen Daphne), Angie Gillispie (Belle) and Shavonne Eatmon (Cinderella).

The employees of a local business in Fayette greeted its customers on Halloween dressed as Princesses. Shown from left: Gabby Chambless (Elsa), Nancy Holliman (Princess Peach), Teresa Taylor (Elsa), Daphne Wilson (Queen Daphne), Angie Gillispie (Belle) and Shavonne Eatmon (Cinderella).

FCHS defeats Hamilton, faces Lauderdale Co. in playoffs

Dezmon Harris (18) is shown returning a kickoff for Fayette as Orlando Lawson (23) blocks.

In a game where each team finished with 20 first downs and 356 yards in total offense, Fayette won the battle on the scoreboard and defeated the Hamilton Aggies 51-33. Dezmon Harris of Fayette received the opening kickoff and returned the ball 64 yards to give the Tigers excellent starting field position at the Aggies’ 19-yard line.

Berry ends season with 34-14 victory over Sumiton Christian

Kemari Hollingsworth (5) is shown running for a good gain for Berry.

The Berry Wildcats finished off its 2023 season by traveling to Walker County to face the Sumiton Christian Eagles. The Wildcats scored to take an early lead and never trailed as they finished the season with a two-game winning streak following the 34-14 victory.


Lynn defeats Hubbertville 56-33 in season finale for the Lions

Pictured is Hubbertville’s offensive lineman. From left: Kobyn Johnson (60), Tucker Bowen (50), Bryce Afshar (61), Heath Dunavant (64), Levi Williams (1) and Ronnie Minor (40).

On Friday night, the Lions hosted the Lynn Bears, the top team in Region Five. The Lions received the kickoff  and started its opening possession at its 35-yard line. Utilizing runs by T.J. Keeton, Ronnie Minor and Cole Brand, the Lions’ moved the ball out to the 42-yard line.

Brinyark defeats Cox in Republican runoff

Bryan Brinyark defeated Brad Cox in the Oct. 24 Republican Primary runoff to be the party’s nominee for the Alabama House District 16 seat. Although Cox collected the most votes in his home county of Fayette, and also in the portion of Jefferson County that is within the district, Brinyark won his home county of Tuscaloosa by a wide margin to capture the overall victory.


Fayette City Council hears report on Frog Level Festival

Fayette Chamber Director Emily Montague is shown talking to the Fayette City Council about this year’s Frog Level Festival.

The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24. All council members were present for the meeting, with the exception of Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe. Prior to the start of the meeting, Corey Baker, Children and Youth Pastor at Fayette First Baptist Church led the council in prayer. Fayette Mayor Rod Northam led the council in the Pledge of Allegiance.