O’Neal Manufacturing officially begins operation

Pictured is O’Neal Manufacturing Services, located in the former Fayette Fabrication building.

Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield announced on Monday, July 25 that O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) plans to invest $5.5 million to open a 130,000-square-foot steel fabrication facility in Fayette as part of a project that will create 70 full-time jobs within three years after operations commence.


BOE approves salary schedule

Pictured at the Fayette County Board of Education meeting, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, Board President Tom Hubbert, and board members Brenda Webb, Keith Madison and Julie Stough. Not shown, but also present was Board Member John Aaron.

The Fayette County Board of Education met on July 19 to consider the 2022-23 salary schedule and several personnel items. All board members were present for the meeting, with the exception of Board Member John Stowe.


BSCC to host 'First Chapter'

Students can start the FIRST CHAPTER of their Bevill State story in a day!
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) will be hosting “First Chapter” events at all five of its locations during the month of August. These events will allow new students to take a campus tour, apply for admission, complete their FAFSA, take any necessary placement tests, meet with an advisor, and register for Fall classes.

Hydrangeas in full bloom

This hydrangea in downtown Fayette is now at its peak blooming season.

The more than 40 limelight hydrangeas that are located throughout Fayette are now in full bloom. The plants, along with numerous other plants located within the city, are taken care of by the Fayette Garden Club.

Fayette City Council discusses upcoming projects

Pictured is the Fayette City Council at its July 12 meeting. From left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Mayor Rod Northam, Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Fayette Junior City Council Mayor Pro Tem Aeilya Walker and City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council discussed its plans and options concerning several possible upcoming projects during its July 12 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Kelcey Hale led the council in prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the beginning of the meeting.


Commission adopts opioid resolution

Pictured at the July 11 Fayette County Commission meeting, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Wesley Jacobs, Shane Hughes, Brad Cox and Robert Townley.

The Fayette County Commission adopted a resolution to join in a statewide opioid settlement with other counties and municipalities during its July 11 meeting. Commission Chairman Mike Freeman was absent due to attending a state conference, and Commissioner Barry Corkren was also absent from the meeting.


Council sentenced for double murder

Michael Evan Council

The first of five defendants in a double murder case from 2018 pled guilty on Friday, July 8, agreeing to serve two consecutive life sentences. The sentencing of Michael Evan Council, 28, a New Jersey resident, was announced by 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Andy Hamlin.
Council was one of the defendants responsible for the shooting deaths of Hernan Antonio Padilla and Allen Clifford Sandlin.  


‘Back-to-School’ sales tax holiday is this weekend

The municipalities of Fayette and Berry, in conjunction with Fayette County and the State of Alabama, will participate in the annual school sales tax holiday on July 15 - 17. This is the 14th year that Alabama has held the tax holiday, and the third time that the event has been held in July. The sales tax holiday will begin on Friday, July 15 at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m.


School board approves personnel, contract changes

Pictured at the June 28 Fayette Co. Board of Education meeting, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, Board President Tom Hubbert, Board Member Brenda Webb and Board Member Keith Madison. Not pictured but also present were board members John Aaron and John Stowe.

The Fayette County Board of Education met on June 28 to consider several personnel and contract items. All board members were present with the exception of Julie Stough. Prior to the start of the meeting, Josh Taylor, of the Alabama Examiners of Public Accounts, delivered the results of the latest state audit to the board, stating that there were no significant problems with the audit.


C3 holds ‘Meet and Greet’

Shown is Matt LeDuke, Chairman of the Northwest Alabama Economic Alliance Board.

The Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (also commonly known as C3) held a “Meet and Greet” at the Fayette Civic Center on June 30. The purpose of the event was to allow community and business leaders to meet the members of the alliance in an informal setting to discuss current economic issues.


Board suspends Bolling’s medical license

In a document dated May 23, the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners ordered Dr. Robert Pearce Bolling of Fayette to “immediately CEASE and DESIST from the practice of medicine in the State of Alabama until such time as the Administrative Complaint of the Alabama State Medical Examiners shall be heard by the Commission and a decision rendered thereon.”


Fayette Co. resident arrested in Haleyville

Lori Faye Lay

Editor’s Note: This article was compiled, written and furnished to The Times-Record by the staff of The Northwest Alabamian.

Lori Faye Lay, 42, of Fayette, was arrested on June 21 by the Haleyville Police Department and charged with possession of marijuana first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lay, along with four other people, including an employee of the motel, was arrested at the Imperial Inn, located on Highway 13 South in Haleyville.