Tigers advance to football playoffs

Brian Watts (1) is shown blocking a punt that was returned by Noah Benton for a touchdown.

Fayette defeated the Hamilton Aggies 28-8 on the road to conclude its 2022 regular season. The Tigers will next face Sylvania in the first round of the playoffs. The Tigers controlled the tempo of the game from the beginning, receiving the opening kickoff and returning the kick to its 42-yard line.

Sumiton Christian beats Berry

Mason Parr (55) runs the ball for Berry.

The Berry Wildcats finished off the 2022 season by welcoming the Sumiton Christian Eagles to Fred Webster Stadium. Unfortunately, turnovers would plague the Wildcats throughout the game, and Berry’s season came to an end with a 53-18 loss to the Eagles.


Prewitt charged in federal indictment

Mario Jerrell Prewitt

Federal indictments have been unsealed charging three defendants in separate and unrelated gun and drug cases, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Mickey French; Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley; and FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Felix A. Rivera-Esparra.


BOE votes to expel student

Shown at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education, from left are: Fayette County Superintendent of Education Jim Burkhalter, Board President Tom Hubbert and board members Brenda Webb, Keith Madison, John Stowe and John Aaron.

The Fayette County Board of Education held its October meeting on Oct. 18 in the library of Berry Elementary School. Board member Julie Stough was absent, with all other board members present for the meeting. At the start of the meeting, board member Keith Madison made a motion to enter executive session to discuss the “good name and character of an individual.” The motion was seconded by board member Brenda Webb and was approved unanimously.


Help children stay safe this Halloween

 Children love to go “trick-or-treating” each year around Halloween. They love to dress up in their favorite characters, and most children really love getting lots of candy to eat. Yet, Halloween is a scary time of year for many reasons, and lots of those reasons are due to unintentional accidents that can quickly change the life of a family forever.


Fayette defeats Midfield 35-16

Charles Grant (6) had a tremendous night running the ball for the Tigers against the Midfield Patriots.

Despite starting the game with a 14-0 lead, Midfield led 16-14 midway through the fourth period before hard running by Charles Grant and a fumble recovery by the Tigers’ defense led to three touchdowns by Dylan Schloerb and a 35-16 Fayette victory.


Two sentenced for double homicide

Lazaro Moran

District Attorney Andy Hamlin has announced prison sentences for two of five defendants involved in a 2018 double murder case in Fayette Co. Lazaro Moran, 35, of New Jersey, will serve two life sentences and Lindettia Lowery, 36, of Fairfield, will serve two concurrent 25-year sentences. Both pled guilty on Friday, Oct. 14 to murder in the shooting deaths of Hernan Antonio Padilla and Allen Clifford Sandlin.

Raffle to benefit Animal Shelter

Shown from left: Kayla Strickland, Fayette County Animal Shelter Director Phil Holliman and Lindsay Kizzire with a check for the $700 donation to the Animal Shelter.

Kayla Strickland, owner of The Diamond Dog LLC Pet Grooming, Boarding and Daycare facility, wanted to do something to help the Fayette County Animal Shelter. Her love for animals led her and her mother, Lindsay Kizzire, to raffle off a “Golden Doodle” puppy during the recent Fayette Frog Level Festival. They decided that the money from the raffle would go to the Fayette County Animal Shelter.


Fayette City Council hears reports

Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins is shown presenting Sergeant Ronnie Earnest with his badge. From left: Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Lt. Mark Allison, Earnest, Jenkins and Fayette City Councilman Jerry Nichols.

The Fayette City Council heard several reports from different agencies during its Oct. 11 meeting. Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe and Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside were absent from the meeting. Fayette Police Sergeant Ronnie Earnest led the council in prayer, while Councilman Jerry Nichols led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Bicyclists ‘Ride 2 Rosemary’

Pictured are some of the riders resting in Fayette.

A group of approximately 75 bicyclists came through Fayette on Sunday, Oct. 7 for their annual “Ride 2 Rosemary.” The trip has occurred each of the past 12 years and has raised more than $2 million dollars total for cancer research. The trip begins in the Memphis, Tenn. area, and five days later, concludes at Rosemary Beach, Fla. The group travels approximately 100 miles per day, with rest stops and overnight lodging stops along the way. One of their annual rest stops is always in Fayette.

Fayette loses to Winfield 25-13

Brian Watts (1) is shown stripping the ball away from a Winfield ball carrier and running for a Fayette touchdown.

Despite controlling the ball for approximately 14 minutes in the first quarter and taking a 13-0 lead into the second period, Fayette ultimately lost a key regional matchup to Winfield by the score of 25-13. Fayette received the opening kickoff at its 24-yard line and immediately added an additional 15 yards on the first play as Blake Johnson completed a pass to Hollis Strawbridge.


Pickens County defeats Hubbetville 34-28

Taylor Hubbert (15) is shown running for a touchdown.

Hubbertville traveled south to Reform on Friday night to face the Pickens County Tornadoes. T.J Keeton received the opening kick, advancing to the 23-yard line and setting the Lions’ offense up for its opening possession. Two snaps later, Keeton connected on a pass with Jagger Youngblood, who raced to the endzone for the quick score. The PAT kick by Tucker Bowen was perfect, and the Lions led 7-0.


Lynn beats Berry 49-0

Luke Norris (24) is pictured getting a good gain for the Wildcats.

The Berry Wildcats played its final road game of the year, as they traveled to Lynn to face the 11th ranked Bears. The Bears proved to have too much firepower for the Wildcats, and walked away with a 49-0 victory.


Fayette Fly-In is a huge success

This particular vintage World War II plane played a major part in helping win the war, as it was responsible for gunning down 12 German aircrafts.

The first “Fly-In” at the Fayette Airport in 14 years was a huge success, based on the number of pilots and visitors to the event. Brenda Walters, one of the organizers of the event and a member of the Fayette Airport Ambassadors, said that approximately 30 pilots participated in the fly-in, and the event was attended by more than 500 people.


Fayette Frog Level Festival

Shown are the winners of the Frog Jumping Contest - Ollie Levins (first), Gunter Renfroe (second) and Henley Sanford (third) with Speckles.

The 2022 Fayette County Frog Level Festival was a huge success, with beautiful weather, lots of entertainment acts and vendors, a car show and the frog-jumping contest that made the festival famous.