Following the Sept. 26 Republican Primary for the vacant Alabama House District 16 seat, Fayette County resident Brad Cox will face Tuscaloosa County resident Bryan Brinyark in the Oct. 24 Republican runoff. There was not a Sept. 26 Democratic primary, since John Underwood was the only Democratic qualifier.
The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26. All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, former mayor, Ray Nelson, addressed the council members about the importance of the “Festival of Hope,” and extended an invitation to the mayor and council to attend the event as much as possible.
This week will be a week full of entertainment and family activities in the City of Fayette.
The activities for the week actually began on Sunday, Oct. 1, with the 2023 “Fayette Festival of Hope” Crusade in John Morgan Brown Stadium, led by Evangelist Ronnie Hill.
The Fayette County Commission approved its fiscal year 2024 budget during its Sept. 25 commission meeting. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Local resident Milborn Savage spoke to the commission concerning the Festival of Hope Crusade. He said that people everywhere need to come together in peace, fellowship and unity, and he said that is impossible without God leading the way.
After months of preparation, and thousands of prayers seeking wisdom, direction and guidance, the “Festival of Hope 2023” begins in Fayette next week. The festival, a Christian Crusade that seeks to change lives and see souls saved for Jesus, will be held nightly from Sunday, Oct. 1 through Wednesday, Oct. 4 in John Morgan Brown Stadium (Fayette County High School’s football stadium). Services will begin each night at 7 p.m.
The Fayette County Board of Education held a brief special-called meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to take action on four personnel items. All board members were in attendance except for board member Brenda Webb.
The Berry Town Council voted to appoint Chris Lindsey to fill the Place 4 seat on the Berry Town Council, replacing former Councilman Troyce Townsel, during its Sept. 11 meeting. All council members were present, with the exception of Councilman Russell Madison.
September is “Childhood Cancer Awareness” month. FCHS Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) performed several activities during the month, including designing a t-shirt to be worn every Tuesday in September, created and posted posters and flyers about childhood cancer and had a Pediatric Cancer float in the parade.
The Fayette Community Foundation will soon begin accepting grant applications for 2023.
The special Republican primary election to fill the unexpired Alabama House District 16 seat, formerly held by Kyle South, will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26. There will be no Democratic primary for the open seat, as John Underwood was the only Democratic qualifier. As the only Democratic candidate, Underwood will automatically be in the Jan. 9, 2024 general election.
Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Michael Stoker is advising all local residents that there will be a loud test of the nationwide Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
The Fayette City Council held its regular council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12. All council members were present for the meeting. Fayette resident Rickey Ary opened the meeting with prayer. Councilman Tommy Williams led the Pledge of Allegiance. City Engineering Consultant Luke Porter gave the council an update on recent projects.