Commission holds meeting in Newtonville

The Fayette County Commission held its Feb. 28 meting at the Newtonville Community Center. Shown from left: Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, and Commissioners Brad Cox, Robert Townley, Wesley Jacobs, Shane Hughes and John Underwood.

The Fayette County Commission held its Feb. 28 regularly scheduled meeting at the Newtonville Community Center. Commissioner Barry Corkren was absent, with all other commissioners present for the meeting. There were 32 people present for the meeting, and the commissioners thanked everyone for their attendance.


Sharing a life of love and triumph for more than 67 years

Shown are the Logans as they appear today, happily married after more than 67 years together.

Strange circumstances occurred the first time Ben Logan met his future wife, Loretta Logan, during the early 1950s. He was attending a birthday party accompanied by Loretta’s aunt when he spotted someone that he had never met before. That first casual meeting led to a love story that has stood the test of time for more than 67 years.


Wedding and tradition changes in modern times

Shown is a photo featuring wedding attire from the 2022 Debra Porter Fashion Show.

Years ago, people traditionally got married either one of two ways. They either opted to have a traditional wedding in a church, or they chose to go to the probate judge’s office at the courthouse to have a simple and quick ceremony to solemnize their vows of marriage after they purchased a marriage license.


People still adjusting to new marriage law in Alabama

Prior to Aug. 2019, Alabama law required the issuance of  a marriage license for two consenting parties uniting in matrimony. Upon issuance of the marriage license, the parties were also required to solemnize the wedding, whether by a minister, preacher, probate judge or other official duly authorized  to perform wedding ceremonies. On Aug. 29, 2019, the law drastically changed the way individuals are united in marriage in Alabama.


Berry finishes second in ‘Tiger Slam’ Tournament

Kyla Edmonson is shown pitching for Berry during Fayette’s Tiger Slam Tournament.

The Berry Lady Wildcats finished second in the eight-team Fayette County High School “Tiger Slam” Softball Invitational, held last Friday and Saturday at FCHS. In Berry’s first game of the tournament on Friday night, Cordova beat the Lady Wildcats by the score of 2-1. Kyla Edmonson pitched the entire game for Berry, surrendering five hits and two earned runs with eight strikeouts. She also led Berry at the plate, delivering a single and a double in two at-bats.


Gov. Ivey announces four-lane access road for Fayette Co.

Governor Kay Ivey was in Fayette on Friday, Feb. 25 to announce the building of a four-lane access road from Fayette to I-22.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey made a special appearance at the Fayette Civic Center on Friday, Feb. 28 to announce the construction of a four-lane access highway that will give Fayette direct access to Interstate 22. The $250 million, 16-mile project is being totally funded through “Rebuild Alabama” funds.


Deal to appear in movie, “Tyson’s Run”

Pictured at the Atlanta world-premiere of “Tyson’s Run” on Feb. 25, from left: Isaiah Hanley (Bradley Burton), Forrest Deal (Jonsey), Layla Felder (Shannon) and Major Dodson (Tyson Hollerman).

Fayette’s most famous actor, Forrest Deal, is again playing a significant role in a feature film entitled, “Tyson’s Run.” The movie revolves around an autistic boy who decides to train to run a marathon. It is as an uplifting story that shows how sheer determination and hard work can overcome physical obstacles and also change the perception of others.


Fayette PD hosts officers training

Lt. Craig Parker of the Tuscaloosa Police Dept. is shown conducting mental health training in Fayette.

The Fayette Police Department hosted a “Crisis Intervention Training” exercise last week to prepare law enforcement officers and medical first responders to better deal with mental health issues. Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins said that he has seen a sharp increase in the number of mental health related calls over the past several months. He said that many times, neither the health professionals nor the law officers are totally prepared to deal with certain situations when they arise.


Fayette City Council approves paving projects

City Engineering Consultant Luke Porter is shown addressing the Fayette City Council.

The Fayette City Council approved paving/resurfacing projects for the city during its Feb 22 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting, with the exception of Councilman Jerry Nichols. Prior to the start of the meeting, Bill Sullivan, director of Fayette Christian Academy, led the council in prayer. Councilman Eddy Campbell led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Participatants sought for ‘Move Alabama’

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is proud to announce the launch of “Move Alabama,” a collaboration between SNAP-Ed and EFNEP at Auburn University. Beginning on March 1, from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., participant logs can be picked up from the Fayette County Extension office, located at 650 McConnell Loop. Logs must be returned to the extension office by April 30. Those who have completed at least 15 of the 20 challenges will be entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes.

Fire destroys family’s home

This home in Fayette County was destroyed by fire on Friday, Feb. 18.

A fire on Friday, Feb. 18 completely destroyed the home of Brandon and Jocelyn Stocks.
A call was received at the Fayette Fire Department to dispatch trucks to the home on County Road 38 West at approximately 3:19 p.m., according to Fayette Fire Chief Shannon Taylor.

Commission to use COVID funds to buy equipment

Pictured at the Feb. 14 meeting of the Fayette County Commission, from left: Commissioner John Underwood, Commissioner Barry Corkren, Commissioner Wesley Jacobs, Commissioner Robert Townley, Commissioner Shane Hughes, Commissioner Brad Cox and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman.

The Fayette County Commission voted unanimously during its Feb. 14 meeting to use some of its American Rescue Act (COVID) funds to purchase road equipment. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commission Chairman Mile Freeman told the commission that new guidance concerning the expenditure of funds from the American Rescue Act appears to allow counties to spend some of the funds for the purchase of new road equipment, with some stipulations.

FMS presents Black History Month program

Pictured at the Fayette Middle School’s “Black History Month” program. from left: Rodney Hannah, Makiyah Hannah, Kaiden Nalls, Ki-Jana King, Sofi Gant, Addie Thomas, and Sean White. Shown in front is a picture of Hannah and Civil Rights pioneer, U.S. Congressman John Lewis.

Fayette Middle School held its annual “Black History Month” program on Friday, Feb. 18 in the school’s gymnasium. The program was led by Fayette Middle School students. The audience was welcomed to the program by Makiyah Hannah. The opening prayer was led by Sofi Gant. Next, several students sang an inspiring rendition of the song, “We are the World.”

BOE recognizes Career and Technical students

Pictured at the Feb. 15 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education are some of the Career and Technical students in Fayette County who were recognized during the meeting.

The Fayette County Board of Education held it regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the central office boardroom. All board members were present for the meeting. February is recognized as Career Technical Education (CTE) Month, and the board invited local CTE teachers and several students representing schools throughout the county to the meeting to be recognized.

Fayette defeats Hubbertville in baseball

Brantley Stocks is pictured making contact with the ball for a base hit.

Fayette opened its 2022 baseball season at home, playing Bibb County in the first game of a doubleheader and facing cross-county rival Hubbertville in the second game of the twin-bill.
Fayette defeated Hubbertville in the second game by a score of 14-0. Cooper Sanford started the game on the mound for the Tigers, and Brodie Porter was the starting pitcher for Hubbertville.


Fayette Sherrif’s Department gets unused medicine depository

Shown with the depository box, from left: Deputy Lauren McAlpin, Deputy Brandon Collins, Deputy Jared Taylor, Sheriff Byron Yerby, with Amber Whitson, Meg Rutledge and Lindsey Jackson of Northwest Mental Health.

The Fayette County Sheriff Department recently received an unused medicine depository from Northwest Mental Health, where people can safely return unused prescription medicines that are no longer needed or out-of-date.