Qualifying for the 2024 election cycle concluded on Friday, Nov. 10, with few challenges in local races.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A man walking down U.S. Highway 43 was struck and killed by a vehicle on Tuesday night, Oct. 31 (Halloween night). Brian Keith Alexander, 42, of Hubbertville, was walking near the intersection of Highway 43 and County Road 4, also known as Three-Bridge Bottom, when he was hit by a vehicle.
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.
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.
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.
Fayette Medical Center has again been recognized in this year’s Newsweek’s “Best In-State Hospitals.” Fayette Medical Center is one of 11 hospitals in Alabama, and more than 600 nationwide, to make the list this year. This is the fifth year in a row the hospital has ranked in one of Newsweek’s “Best Hospitals” lists.
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.
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.
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.