County Commission holds meeting in Bobo Community


Pictured is a portion of the large crowd in the Bobo Community that attended the June 27 meeting of the Fayette County Commission.

The Fayette County Commission held its June 27 meeting at the Bobo Community Center at the request of District Two Commissioner Shane Hughes. All commissioners were present for the meeting, with the exception of Commissioner Barry Corkren.

 

Fayette City Council approves premium pay


Shown at the June 28 meeting of the Fayette City Council, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams, Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside, Junior Fayette City Council Mayor Shanti Enis and Fayette City Clerk Dawn Clapp.

The Fayette City Council, during its June 28 meeting, approved a motion that will award one-time premium pay to city employees. Councilman Eddy Campbell was absent from the meeting, with all other council members present. Prior to the beginning of the meeting, Alexis Wilson led the prayer and Aeilya Walker led the Pledge of Allegiance.  

 

World Games flag travels throough Fayette Co.


World Game flag bearers and runners, from left: Angela Miles, Tia Doss and Emily Walter, all of Marion County. Not pictured is Mallory Long, also of Marion County.

The World Games 2022 flag, along with an American Flag, made its way through Fayette County as runners carried the flags from Winfield to Wayside and on to Vernon on July 4. The World Games will have its opening ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday, July 9.

 

Newman selected for Hall of Fame



Fayette County resident Mike Newman has been selected for induction into the Alabama Sports Officials Hall of Fame. The induction of the 2021 class will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Oxford Civic Center. This will be the fourth class of annual inductees since the Hall of Fame was established in 2019.

 

Burkhalter, Agnew win local runoffs


Fayette County Republican Vice-Chairman Bill McCollum (right) is shown congratulating Superintendent Jim Burkhalter on his primary victory.

Fayette County Superintendent of Education Jim Burkhalter defeated Berry High School Principal Steve Sawyer in the June 21 Republican Primary runoff election. The win virtually assures Burkhalter of a third term as superintendent, since he will not have a Democratic challenger for the office during the November general election.

 

Fayette Fire Dept. respond to fire


Pictured is a Fayette firemen as he sprayed water to contain the smoke and flames.

Two fire trucks from the Fayette Police Department responded to a vehicle and shed fire that occurred on Friday, June 24 at approximately 10:11 a.m. on Highway 159, approximately eight miles south of Fayette. According to the fire report, the fire started as a camper fire and quickly spread to a nearby shed and boat. The firemen were able to contain the fire, and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire was ruled unintentional and of an undetermined origin.

Wages named BSCC Outstanding Faculty Member


David Wages has been named BSCC's "Most Outstanding Faculty Member" on its Fayette Campus.

College Instructor David Wages is the 2022 recipient of the Bevill State “Outstanding Faculty Award” on the Fayette  Campus. Wages’ education roots run deep at Bevill State Community College. As a student at Fayette County High School, he took four dual enrollment courses beginning in the 11th grade.  

 

Summer is here!


This thermometer, outside a local church, shows the temperature on the second day of summer as 104 degrees.

Summer is starting out hot this year. On June 22, the official temperature for the day was 101. With the heat index added in, the temperature felt like 108.

Landowners upset over proposed highway route


Pictured is an Alabama Department of Transportation map showing the proposed route of the access highway.

Alabama District 16 Representative Kyle South posted a series of images on Facebook on Feb. 25, showing details of a proposed interstate bypass project that would widen Highways 171 and 129. The bypass would start from 171 in Fayette County and meet Highway 129 in Winfield at an intersection on Highway 118. There has been no word from the governor or the Alabama Department of Transportation regarding a date and time for a public meeting to discuss the proposal.

 

Edmonson named to All-State team


Kyla Edmonson is shown pitching for the Berry Lady Wildcats during the 2022 season.

Berry High School senior pitcher Kyla Edmonson finished the season for the second consecutive year as an Alabama High School second-team All-State softball player, as selected by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

 

BOE hires new football coach



In a special-called meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education on Monday, June 20, the board unanimously voted to hire Jared Porter as the next football coach at Fayette County High School. All board members were in attendance for the special meeting. The head football coach and athletic director’s position became available following the June 7 board meeting, when the board failed to approve the coaching supplement for Coach Waldon Tucker. The coaching position was posted on June 13 as an internal system transfer only.

 

Fayette City Council votes to allow tax abatements


Matt Moon, general manager of O’Neal Manufacturing Services, is shown addressing the Fayette City Council. Also pictured in the background is Tom Wisemiller, president and CEO of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance.

The Fayette City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 14. All council members, with the exception of Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside and Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, were present for the meeting. Councilman Tommy Williams opened the meeting with prayer and also led the Pledge of Allegiance. Tom Wisemiller, president and CEO of the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (C3), spoke to the council concerning sales, usage and property tax abatements for a possible new industry.

 

Commission holds brief meeting


Shown at the June 13 Fayette Co. Commission meeting, from left: Commissioner Barry Corkren, Commissioner Robert Townley, Commissioner Wesley Jacobs, Commissioner Shane Hughes and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission held a very brief meeting on June 13 at the Fayette County Courthouse. Commissioner Brad Cox and Commissioner John Underwood were absent from the meeting, with all other commissioners present. Commissioner Barry Corkren made a motion to allow the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department to be added to the “Brinks supports first responders donation program wait list.”

 

Berry to seek bids on water pumps



The Berry Town Council voted at its June 6 meeting to seek bids for three new raw water pumps for the Berry Water System. All council members were in attendance for the meeting with the exception of Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar. Berry Water Plant Chief Operator Walter Taylor appeared before the council during the meeting to explain to the council the urgent need for the new pumps. He also explained that there is at least a six-month wait to receive new pumps once they are ordered.

 

Scary accident - no injuries


Pictured is the 2017 Honda Accord involved in the accident on Highway 43.

An accident, occurring on Friday, June 10 at approximately 9:05 a.m., looked really bad but fortunately, the occupants of the vehicles were uninjured. The accident happened on Highway 43 North, between the intersections of 19th St. NW and 20th St. NW. According to the police report, a 2007 GMC Envoy van, driven by Clara A. Gilliam of Bankston, was entering the roadway from the parking lot of a nearby business and struck a 2017 Honda Accord, driven by Cheryl Denise Terrell of Guin, causing the Accord to flip upside down.

BOE fails to renew Tucker’s coaching supplement


Pictured at the June 7 Fayette Co. BOE meeting, from left: Board President Tom Hubbert, Board Member Brenda Webb, Board Member Julie Stough, Board Member John Stowe and Board Member John Aaron.

The Fayette County Board of Education failed to approve the coaching and athletic director’s supplement for Waldon Tucker, Fayette County High School head football coach, during its June 7 meeting. Board Member Keith Madison was not in attendance at the beginning of the meeting due to a conflict with his work schedule.

 

Grand Opening of Farmers Market a success


Jim Carlo is busy selling fresh vegetables and herbs to customers.

The grand opening of the 2022 Fayette Farmers Market in the downtown area was a huge success, with local vendors selling out of produce quickly. Each week, additional vendors are expected to participate in the market, and the variety of fresh produce will also increase during the summer.  Jim Carlo is busy selling fresh vegetables and herbs to customers.

Glen Allen to run CCR report



The Glen Allen Town Council met in regular session on Tuesday, June 7 at the town’s community center. All council members were in attendance for the meeting. Allen Grocholski, who serves as the town’s attorney, informed the council members of options available for the removal of a used mobile home located on property owned by the town at 11th street west.