Commission votes to vacate Logan Road

The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 23 at the Fayette Courthouse Annex building. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, a public hearing was held concerning vacating Logan Road. No one spoke either for or against the road closure during the hearing.


Area churches host Trunk-or-Treat

Teresa and Art Frazier are shown with their grandchildren, from left front: William Benefield, Harrison Benefield (standing) and Oaklinn Benefield.

The annual Fayette Area Churches “Trunk or Treat,” held at the Fayette County Multipurpose Complex, was a big hit with children and also the adults.

Future cheerleaders help cheer Fayette to victory

Shown are a few of the many youngsters who participated in the pre-game activities.

During the Fayette - Midfield pre-game activities, several future Fayette County High School cheerleaders took the field to lead cheers alongside the current FCHS varsity cheerleaders. The young cheerleaders got the crowd and the team motivated, as they helped to cheer the Tigers to a crucial regional victory. Shown above are a few of the many youngsters who participated in the pre-game activities.

FCHS volleyball team has successful season

The Fayette County High School varsity volleyball team finished a successful 2023 season, winning the regular season area title and hosting the area tournament. The Lady Tigers received a first-round bye in the Class 3A, Area 9 Tournament, then defeated Winfield three sets to one to advance to the championship match. Fayette faced a tough Carbon Hill squad for the title, and won the championship match three sets to one.


Fayette defeats Midfield; qualifies for playoffs

Isaiah Stowe (56) is shown kicking an extra point for Fayette.

Fayette used a massive rushing attack to control the game’s tempo and defeat Midfield in a crucial regional game by the score of 36-18. The win clinched the fourth and final playoff spot in the region, and secured a first-round road playoff game against Lauderdale County following the conclusion of the Tigers’ regular season finale against Hamilton this week.


Berry defeats Brilliant 44-8

Ace Norris (2) is shown running for a touchdown as his teammates provide the blocking.

The Berry Wildcats continued region play by traveling to Brilliant to face the Tigers. The Wildcats scored on offense, defense, and special teams to take control of the game early and cruise to a 44-8 victory over the Tigers.


Qualifying for 2024 elections is underway

Qualifying is now underway for the 2024 federal, state and local primary elections. The local Republican Party started its qualifying on Oct. 10, and the state Republican Party started qualifying candidates on Oct. 16. The local Democratic Party and the state Democratic Party are also busy qualifying candidates, with all party qualifying scheduled to conclude at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10.


Farmers Market to open Oct. 28, Nov. 4

The Fayette Farmers market will be open on the next two Saturdays in its downtown location, on the north side of the Fayette Depot Museum. Lann Stewart, manager of the Fayette Farmers Market, said that there will be fall and winter greens for sale (turnip greens, mustard greens, collards, etc.), and a wide variety of locally grown baked and canned good items. There will also be a few craft items for sale.


FCHS, Bevill to host Veterans Day Program

Fayette County High School and Bevill State Community College will host its annual “Communitywide Veterans Day Program" at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 in the Earl McDonald Auditorium on the Fayette Campus of Bevill State. The guest speaker for the event will be United States Navy Veteran James A. Henry, a 1992 graduate of Fayette County High School.


BOE honors Berry's ‘Teachers of the Year’

The Fayette County Board of Education recognized the Berry “Teachers of the Year” during their Oct. 17 meeting. From left: Deputy Superintendent Mary Raines, Kelley Strickland, Athena Hubbert and Superintendent Jim Burkhalter.

The Fayette County Board of Education toured Berry Elementary School and Berry High School before holding its Oct. 17 meeting in the library of Berry High School. All board members were present for the meeting, with the exception of board member Tierre Agnew. Prior to the start of the meeting Athena Hubbert was recognized as Berry Elementary School’s “Teacher of the Year,” and Kelley Strickland received recognition as Berry High School’s “Teacher of the Year.”


FCHS wins Area Volleyball Tournament

Shown from left, front: Ensleigh Kennedy, Maggie Hubbert and Ally Porter. Middle: Bailey Unger, Caylen Williams, Lily Beth Davis and Laney Deavours. Back: Elsie Smyth, Bella Wilkins, Addie Thomas, Brooklyn Stevenson, Kinley Owens, Ayla Stevenson and Linnie Hubbert.

Fayette County High School’s volleyball team won the Class 3A, Area 9 championship by defeating Carbon Hill in the championship match three sets to two.

Fayette loses heartbreaker to Winfield 28-24

Jake Rickman (17) is shown completing a pass as Dylan Schloerb (8) blocks.


In a matchup when Fayette may have played its best game of the year, the Tigers lost a heartbreaker on the road to Winfield by the score of 28-24. Winfield received the opening kickoff at its 38-yard line, and methodically moved down the field in 11 plays for a touchdown. Declyn Morgan ran the final nine yards for the score and after Jacob Barnes kicked the extra point, Winfield led 7-0 with 7:32 remaining in the first quarter.


Pickens County defeats the Lions

Kane Rushing (23) of Hubbertville is shown in pursuit of the Pickens County quarterback.

The Pickens County Tornadoes visited Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium on Friday night to face the Lions. Winning the coin toss, the Tornadoes elected to receive, sending Santonio Jones and Kemaurion Plott back to receive the opening kickoff. However, Kristofer Witherspoon recovered Tucker Bowen’s short kick at the 47-yard line.

Lynn overpowers Berry 50-0

Noah Morrison (57) is pictured making a tackle as a few of his teammates rush in to assist.

The Berry Wildcats welcomed the sixth-ranked Lynn Bears to Fred Webster Stadium for a Region 5 matchup on Senior Night. The Bears offense took control of the game early, and Lynn’s defense dominated the game. When game concluded, the Bears had a 50-0 victory to remain undefeated in region play.


Drug Court offers second chance

The recent successful graduates of Drug Court are pictured during their graduation ceremony on Sept. 29. From left: Judge Jacob West, Vaughndale Bowling, Marissa Ratajski, Darrell Rogers, Patrick Pennington, Deanna Waldrop, John Nichols and Circuit Judge Sam Junkin.

On Sept. 29, six people earned the right to get a fresh start in life through the 24th Judicial Circuit’s Drug Court Program. The program originated in 2011. Since it began, approximately 500 participants have participated in the program. Overall, there has been a 40 percent graduation rate.