Company provides STEM scholarships

Students receiving STEM scholarships courtesy of 3M, pictured from left: Aiden Evans of Fayette, Max Herdzik of Guin, Samuel Killingsworth of Hubbertville, Reagan LeDuke of Guin, Ian McCaleb of Guin, Anna Beth Robinson of Winfield and Gavin Williams of Guin.

The 3M company facility located in Guin has partnered with the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science to fund young learners from its area attending the school’s STEM leadership summer program. Ten students in the sixth through eighth grades from Fayette, Lamar and Marion counties in northwest Alabama will attend the ASMS STEM Leadership Academy summer camp as a result of a $4,300 grant.


Upward Bound funding continued

Bevill State Community College’s TRIO program - Upward Bound (UB) — has been renewed. The total award for all programs combined is a little more than $1.2 million a year from the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education. This grant assures the programs’ continuation for the next five years, through 2027.


WARC to hold meeting

There will be a regularly scheduled meeting of the West Alabama Regional Commission’s Board of Directors on June 23 at 11:45 a.m. Presiding at the meeting will be Tuscaloosa County Commission Chairman, Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the West Alabama Regional Commission, the Honorable Rob Robertson.


Accident severely injures Fayette Co. resident

Pictured is the truck involved in a one-vehicle accident

A one-vehicle accident on County Road 12 near Concord Baptist Church at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Friday, June 3 severely injured Daniel Smith, age 76, of Bankston. Smith was traveling west with a load of lumber for Lawrence Farm and Lumber when the truck he was driving left the roadway and overturned, scattering the lumber along the roadside.

Fayette Memorial Library celebrates 100th anniversary

Bentley Kennedy poses with the delicious 100th anniversary cake he made for the library’s celebration.

The Fayette Memorial Library celebrated its 100th anniversary on May 31, with lots of children’s activities, cake, ice cream, popcorn and other treats. Toni Robertson, a member of the Fayette Progress Club, said last year during a presentation at the library that the Progress Club was established in 1921 “for the sole purpose of helping to establish a permanent library in the City of Fayette.” Robertson said that in 1922, the first library in town “opened in a portion of Dr. Branyon’s office and contained 68 books.”

Bank of Berry closes

The First National Bank (Bank of Berry) has closed and the building is currently on the market to sell.

The Board of Directors for Marion County Bancshares, Inc., doing business as First National Bank, Hamilton, made the decision to close its branches in Berry and Parrish, effective May 27.
The bank will continue to operate all other branches located in Hamilton, Sulligent, Haleyville, Carbon Hill and Double Springs. A recommendation to close the Berry and Parrish branches was made during the Board’s January 2021 meeting, following a review of the 2020 branch performance reports.

Nichols-Slatton receives state award

Fayette County Administrator Brooke Nichols-Slatton was named the 2022 John Ray Gordon County Administrator of the Year by the Association of County Administrators of Alabama (ACAA) in recognition of her service to her profession. Nichols-Slatton was selected by a committee of her peers from around the state to receive the ACAA’s highest honor at its annual conference in May.


Yerby wins Republican Primary for sheriff

Sheriff Byron Yerby is shown being congratulated by challenger Roger Morrison after he successfully won the May 24 Republican primary for sheriff. Shown in the background is Byron Yerby’s uncle, Robert Yerby.

Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby defeated four challengers to win the May 24 Republican Primary for sheriff without a runoff. Since there were no Democratic challengers for the office, and no independent candidates have announced, Yerby is virtually assured of a second term as Fayette County’s sheriff.


Fayette Aquatic Park opens

Lifeguards kept a careful eye on the water at the Fayette Aquatic Park to ensure everyone was safe.

Opening day at the Fayette Aquatic Park proved to be a big success. Although the temperature of the water was a little cool when the park opened for the day, the weather warmed up nicely and the low humidity made the day a pleasant experience for park attendees. Lifeguards kept a careful eye on the water at the Fayette Aquatic Park to ensure everyone was safe.

Council approves purchases for Fire Dept.

Shown at the May 24 Fayette City Council meeting, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilwoman Aliska Hughes-Monroe, Councilman Tommy Williams and Mayor Pro Tem Eddy Campbell.

The Fayette City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 24. All council members, with the exception of Councilwoman Virettia Whiteside were present for the meeting. In the absence of Fayette Mayor Rod Northam, Mayor Pro Tem Eddy Campbell presided over the meeting. Caleb Hall led the council in prayer and his daughter Macy Hall led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Commission approves road bid project

Pictured at the May 23 Fayette County Commission meeting, from left: Commissioners John Underwood, Barry Corkren, Wesley Jacobs, Robert Townley and Brad Cox.

The Fayette County Commission unanimously approved the acceptance of a bid from ST Bunn in the amount of $393,593 for the patching of County Road 2 and the scrub-sealing of County Road 36. This was the only bid received on the project. All commissioners with the exception of Commissioner Shane Hughes were present for the meeting.


Four arrested for water tower trespassing

This is the water tower on Taylor Road where the trespass occurred.

Four individuals were arrested on May 6 on charges related to the trespassing and tampering with a water tower owned and operated by the Fayette Water Board. Mason Garrett Mitchell, 19, of Berry Circle NW, Fayette; Skyler Layne Barrett, 19, of 14th Street NE, Fayette; Caelan Oneal Killingsworth, 23, of Co. Rd. 106, Fayette; and Skylar Sheree Hill, 21, of Gross Road, Guntersville, were arrested by the Fayette Police Department and each charged with three felony offenses: Burglary non-residence force, Damaged Property - Criminal Mischief, and Property Crime – Criminal Tampering.

She said “Yes!’

Julius Johnson proposed to classmate Katelyn Beathard immediately after graduation.

Graduation night is a memorable occasion for any high school senior, but the night was even more special for these two Berry graduates. Immediately after the graduation ceremony ended, Julius Johnson dropped to one knee and asked Katelyn Beathard to marry him. The reaction of the crowd and the smiles on the couple’s faces told the rest of the story: She said “Yes!”

March for Jesus is success

Participants in the “March for Jesus” are shown releasing their balloons with attached Bible verses after stopping briefly downtown.

Approximately 500 people participated in the 2022 edition of the “March for Jesus” event, held in the streets of Fayette on Saturday, May 21. Organizer Milborn Savage said this appeared to be one of the biggest crowds that has attended the event. The 24th edition of the Fayette March for Jesus began at the Fayette Depot Museum, where balloons were handed to the participants with Bible verses tied to each one.


Valedictorians, Salutatorians of Fayette Co. Schools

Shown from left: Hannah Frost (Valedictorian) and David Banks (Salutatorian) of Berry High School; Meagan Moore (Valedictorian) and Kayla Mansfield (Salutatorian) of Fayette County High School; Dylan Smith (Valedictorian) and Jayden Garrard (Salutatorian) of Hubbertville School.

The Valedictorians and Salutatorians from the Fayette County Schools posed for a picture last week in front of the Fayette County Courthouse.

Fayette Co. High School holds awards night

Shown are the FCHS Top 10 Seniors. From left, front: Meagan Moore, Kayla Mansfield, Zoe Smyth, Elizabeth Driver and Alexis Wilson. Back: Jacie Junkin, Aeilya Walker, Leeanna Burkhalter, Julia Beavers and Brady Mansfield.

Fayette County High School held its annual “Awards Night” on Tuesday, May 3, with the senior class receiving approximately $1.7 million dollars in total scholarship awards. One of the highlights of the night is always the announcement of the top 10 seniors by academic scores.