Drivers’ License offices to close April 18-26

Governor Kay Ivey announces the unveiling of a modernized driver license system that will provide significant improvements to both citizens and Driver License personnel across the state.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Driver License System, simply known as LEADS, will completely revitalize the current system, which has been in place for nearly two decades.  


Tigers win Haleyville series, Hub defeats Brilliant

Will Jackson stretches to make a catch for Fayette during a game against Haleyville.

The Fayette Tigers won a huge baseball series against area foe Haleyville last week, winning two of the three games played. Fayette could not get the bats going in game one, losing a heartbreaker by the score of 1-0. The Tigers managed only four hits during the game offensively, with Cooper Sanford getting two hits, while Landon Lowe and Harrison Unger managed one hit each.


Hub, Berry participate in NAC Tournament

Berry and Hubbertville started the week off facing each other in softball before finishing the week playing in the NAC Tournament. Berry defeated Hubbertville by the score of 7-2 on April 4.
Kyla Edmonson pitched a complete seven-inning game for Berry, allowing two runs on four hits with 16 strikeouts and only two walks. Edmonson also hit a home run for the Lady Wildcats and had three RBIs.


Fayette’s Cleanup Campaign is Saturday

Fayette Mayor Rod Northam and a citizen volunteer are shown picking up garbage along the city streets of Fayette during last year’s Cleanup Campaign. This year’s cleanup in Fayette will be Saturday.

The City of Fayette will hold its annual Cleanup Campaign on Saturday, April 9. Participants will meet at Fayette City Hall that morning at 9 a.m., and the event is scheduled to conclude at noon at City Hall. The Cleanup Campaign is a project of Alabama’s PALS (People Against a Littered State).


Yerby representing Alabama at Festival

Lindsey Yerby is in Washington D.C. this week representing Alabama in the U.S. Cherry Blossom Princess Program.

Lindsey Yerby, a 2015 graduate of Fayette County High School, is in Washington D.C. this week representing Alabama as the state’s Cherry Blossom Princess. Yerby is a former Alabama Crimsonette and a 2019 graduate of The University of Alabama. She will graduate in May from The University of Alabama’s School of Law.


Commission holds meeting at Bankston VFD

Commissioner John Underwood, who recently retired from the Fayette Police Department, was presented a plaque by Sheriff Byron Yerby in recognition of him beginning his law enforcement career at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

The Fayette County Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 28 at the Bankston Volunteer Fire Department. All commissioners were present for the meeting.


Hub softball defeats Berry 2-1

Kyla Edmonson is shown pitching for Berry against Hubbertville. Despite pitching a complate game with 13 strikeouts, the Lady Lions were defeated by Hubbertville by the score of 2-1.

The Berry Lady Wildcats had a heartbreaking week of softball last week – losing a 2-1 game to its cross-county rival Hubbertville and also losing a no-hit game to Holy Spirit. Berry lost 2-0 to Holy Spirit despite Lady Wildcats’ pitcher Kyla Edmonson pitching a complete seven-inning, no-hit game.


Hubbertville baseball loses twice to Lynn

The Hubbertville Lions’ baseball team played two games last week, losing both of the games to Lynn. On March 31, Lynn defeated Hubbertville by the score of 14-2. Brady Porter started on the mound for Hubbertville, allowing seven hits and three earned runs in four innings of work. He struck out two batters and issued three bases-on-balls while surrendering the loss.


Bevill wins doubleheader against Central Alabama

Kaleb Allen is shown pitching the second game of a Saturday doubleheader for Bevill against Central Alabama Community College.

After losing a doubleheader to Central Alabama on the road last Friday, Bevill recovered to sweep a doubleheader between the two teams on Saturday. Bevill lost the first game of the series by the score of 11-3. The Bears had an early 3-1 lead before Central Alabama’s bats heated up to put the game away. Brody Cook started the game for Bevill and allowed only one earned run.


Hubbertville baseball at historic Rickwood Field

Shown is the Hubbertville baseball team at Rickwood Field in Birmingham. From left, front: T.J. Keeton, Jagger Youngblood, Tyler Stovall, Cade Fisher, Landon Logan, Gage Alexander, Dawson Youngblood, Grayson Sullivan, Angel Molina Urbano, Brodie Porter and Will Benton. Back: Coach Daniel Brashier, Blaize Wakefield, Brady Porter, Carter Hollingsworth, Kade Watkins, Tucker Bowen, Cole Brand, Ceth Hollingsworth, Greyson Tidwell, Alex Barnes and Coach Adam Brand.

The Hubbertville Lions baseball team got a thrill that few modern baseball players get to experience - playing at the historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham. Rickwood Field opened on August 18, 1910, and predates the opening of Boston’s Fenway Park by two years. Though no longer used regularly, Rickwood Field is still considered the oldest baseball park in America.


Council approves Aquatic Park increases

The Fayette City Council approved an increase in admission at the Fayette Aquatic Park of $2 per person for full admission and $1 per person for all others during its March 22 meeting.
All council members were present for the meeting. Prior to the start of the meeting, Fayette Middle School student Sean White led the council in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.


Two house fires cause damage

Firefighters are shown fighting this fire at a home on 4th St. NW in Fayette on Sunday, March 27.

Two separate fires on the afternoon of Sunday, March 27 caused heavy structural damage to the buildings involved. According to Fayette Fire Chief Shannon Taylor, the Fayette Fire Department responded to a structural fire at 2020 County Road 106 on Sunday at approximately 1:30 p.m.


Accidents claim two county lives

According to Fayette County Coroner Tim Kimbrell, two separate but similar accidents claimed the lives of two Fayette County men this month. Kimbrell reported that James Johnson, age 84, of the Eldridge Community in Fayette County, died on Saturday, March 12 when his pickup truck jumped into gear after he had exited the vehicle and ran over him.


Job Fair held for Fayette Fabrication workers

Shown is a picture of Fayette Fabrication, which closed on March 14.

A successful job fair was held on Friday, March 18 at the Fayette Civic Center. Although the job fair was open for anyone seeking work, the employment event was primarily held to help the displaced Fayette Fabrication workers find new employment in a quick and timely manner.
Fayette Fabrication basically closed its operating facility on Monday, March 14 at approximately 3 p.m. At that time, the workers were told in a meeting that the plant would be ceasing operations, although a few employees are continuing to work for a few days to help permanently close the plant.