Bicentennial exhibit comes to Hubbertville

Shown is one of the many bicentennial exhibits on display at Hubbertville School until Feb. 22.

The Alabama Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit had its grand opening at Hubbertville School on Saturday, Feb. 16. Many historical exhibits pertaining to the state’s history, in addition to displays of a local nature were on display. Herb Hollingsworth was the keynote speaker for the event. The exhibit will remain on display at Hubbertville School until Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

Fayette Exchange Club honors Students of the Month

Shown from left: Jason Wyatt, Fayette Exchange Club president; Emma Madison, December Student of the Month; Morgan Trull, January Student of the Month; Coulter Ary, February Student of the Month and Jerry Bobo, longtime member of the Fayette Exchange Club.

The Fayette Exchange Club honors the “Student of the Month” at Fayette County High School throughout the school year by presenting them with plaques at an Exchange Club meeting. These awards are presented to students who achieve academic success in the classroom, and are also very involved in extracurricular activities both at school and in their communities. The club presented the awards for December, January and February at its meeting on Feb. 4.

Northwest Economic Alliance holds annual ‘State of the Region’ meeting

From left: Current board chairman Al Elbert, 2018 board chairman Harry Unger, and Phillip Harrod, board chairman from 2014 to 2018, were honored for their service to the Northwest EDA during the Eighth Annual State of the Region meeting at the Vernon City Complex on Thursday, Jan. 31.

The Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (EDA) honored Congressman Robert Aderholt, John Riley of Bolzoni Auramo and current and former board chairmen as the EDA held its eighth annual “State of the Region” meeting at the Vernon City Complex on Thursday, Jan. 31.


Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday is Feb. 22-24.

The eighth annual Alabama Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will be observed Feb. 22-24. The tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday Feb. 22 and continue until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. The towns of Berry and Fayette are participating in the tax holiday, and Fayette County is also participating, which means that no sales tax will be charged on covered items in those areas during the holiday. Glen Allen has chosen not to participate in the sales tax holiday this year.


Bevill splits double-header with Motlow State

Casey Page (18) is shown scoring a run for Bevill during the first game of a doubleheader against Motlow State Community College on Saturday, Feb. 16. Also shown is Walker Nolan (15) and Spencer Hughes (5) for the Bears.

The Bevill State Bears split a doubleheader with Motlow State of Tennessee, losing the early game 11-2 and winning the second game by a score of 11-1. Jared Barnes led Bevill in hitting with two hits, including a solo home run. Parker Hubbard suffered the loss for Bevill, allowing four hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings.


Berry girls lose in sub-regionals

The Berry girls were runner-up in the area basketball tournament. Front row from left: Cheyenne Pendley, Bailey Thomas, Laine Henderson and Tyner Bowling. Back row: Coach Ryan Stephens, Anna Kate VanDee, Katelyn Willcutt, Allie Taylor, Zoe Mauldin, Ianna Fields, Brooke Hill, Makallah Maybaum and Head Coach Caleb Hynds.

The Berry Lady Wildcats finished its basketball season on Feb. 11 by losing in the sub-regional tournament to Falkville by a score of 72-39. Brooke Hill led Berry with 15 points, five steals and five rebounds. Bailey Thomas added seven points for the Lady Wildcats, while Tyner Bowling and Zoe Mauldin each scored six points.


Savage chronicles long history of black achievement

Niesha Sudduth provided a special musical selection for the Black History Month program.

Corey Savage, youth pastor and associate minister at Plum Grove Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, gave the keynote speech at Bevill State Community College on Feb. 6 during the college’s Black History Month program. Savage, a Fayette native and graduate of Fayette County High School, Bevill State Community College and Auburn University, told the audience that many people equate Black History with the freeing of slaves in this country and the subsequent civil rights battles. He said there is a much deeper, richer history of achievement among blacks that he wanted to emphasize.


Leaders address the 'State of the Community'

Glen Allen Mayor Allen Dunavant is shown addressing the “State of the Community” luncheon at the Fayette Civic Center.

The Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual “State of the Community” luncheon on Feb. 5 at the Fayette Civic Center. Josh Musgrove, pastor of Pisgah Baptist Church in Fayette, led the opening prayer to begin the meeting. Several community leaders addressed the state of their departments at the luncheon, with the general consensus being that Fayette County is a good place to live with a viable economic and business base.


Fayette City Council sets industrial wastewater fee

Shown at the Fayette City Council meeting on Feb. 6, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilman Cedric Wilson and Councilman Jason Cowart.

The Fayette City Council held a special called meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6 to address the fees due from the dumping of industrial wastewater into the Fayette Wastewater System. All council members were present at the meeting. Councilman Eddy Campbell said at the beginning of last week’s meeting, it appeared that Georgia Pacific was supposed to be paying $75 per load to dump its industrial wastewater in the Fayette Wastewater System.

Berry Council approves financing of police cars

The Berry Town Council is pictured at its Feb. 4 meeting. Shown from left: Councilwoman Mary Sue Lollar and councilmen Chris Rice, Russell Madison, Troyce Townsel and Calvin Madison.

The Berry Town Council approved the financing for its three new police cars during its Feb. 4 meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. Berry Police Chief Gerald DeDeaux said that the new police cars are in and have been shipped to a facility in Georgia to be equipped. He said that the cars should be ready for use by the department in approximately in month.


Local players sign scholarship offers

Cannon Alexander signed a scholarship offer on Feb. 8 to play for Faulkner College. Shown from left, front: Cali Alexander (mother), Cannon Alexander, and Brian Alexander (father). Back: Hubbertville Principal Tim Dunavant, Coach Dustin Silas, Coach Lamar Harris, Coach Trent Hill and Coach Jeff Rutledge.

Three high school football players in Fayette County signed scholarship offers last week to continue their football and academic careers in college. Cannon Alexander of Hubbertville signed to play for Faulkner College, while Tre’Darion Walker of Fayette County High School signed to play at the University of West Alabama and Zack Ingle of Fayette County High School will be playing for Huntington College.


FMS holds school pageant

Winners of the Fayette Middle School Pageant, Senior Division, were from left: Abby Berthoud, Most Photogenic; Claire Holliman, Miss Congeniality and First Alternate; Emma Claire Kummer, Miss Fayette Middle School; and Allie Long, Second Alternate.

The Miss Fayette Middle School Pageant was held Jan. 26 at Bevill State Community College. Winners of the Fayette Middle School Pageant, Senior Division, were: Abby Berthoud, Most Photogenic; Claire Holliman, Miss Congeniality and First Alternate; Emma Claire Kummer, Miss Fayette Middle School; and Allie Long, Second Alternate. Winners of the Fayette Middle School Pageant, Junior Division, were: Haven Magouirk, First Alternate; Bailey Unger, Most Photogenic and Miss Junior Fayette Middle School; Caylen Williams, Second Alternate; and Victoria Allison, Miss Congeniality.

Bevill Baseball swept in opening series

Cody Cobb (24) is shown making contact with the ball for the Bevill State Bears as they played Mineral Area Community College on Saturday.

The Bevill State Bears opened its 2019 baseball season by hosting Mineral Area Community College of Park Hills, Mo. on Friday Feb. 8 for a single game and for a double-header on Saturday, Feb. 9. Unfortunately for the Bears, the 2019 baseball campaign did not get off to a good start as the Cardinals of Mineral Area swept the three-game series.


Berry Lady Wildcats advance to Sub Regionals

Tanner Upton (11) of Hubbertville is shown shooting as Levi Cannon (22), Tyler Lollar (42) and Johnathan Locke (20) defend for Berry.

The Berry Lady Wildcats advanced to sub regional play by finishing second in the area tournament played last week at Guin. On Feb. 6, Berry faced its cross-county rival Hubbertville and was victorious by a score of 50-22. Leading the scoring for Berry was Zoe Mauldin with 13 points and six rebounds. Iannah Fields scored 12 points and pulled down six rebounds, while Bailey Thomas added 10 points and six rebounds. Brooke Hill scored eight points, followed by Tyner Bowling with five points.


Bicentennial Exhibit arrives at Hubbertville

Hubbertville School will host the “Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit,” from Feb. 15-22.

The “Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit,” will be in Fayette County at Hubbertville School from Feb. 15-22. The schedule for the exhibit at Hubbertville School is: Friday, Feb. 15 from 3:30-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 (Grand Opening) noon-5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17 from noon-5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. - 5 pm., Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Friday, Feb. 22 from 3:30-7 p.m.


AARP offering free tax assistance.

The AARP Tax Aide volunteers are again offering free tax return assistance this year in Fayette County. This is a service that the volunteers have offered to citizens in the area for the past 15 years. The service is free to the public and there are no income or age restrictions. You do not have to be a member of AARP to take advantage of this service.


Fayette Baseball Boosters host annual banquet

The Fayette County High School Baseball Boosters will host its annual Banquet and Steak Supper on Friday, Feb. 15 at Bevill State Community College in the Earl McDonald Auditorium. The keynote speaker for the event will be Rick Karle, former sports director at WBRC/ Fox 6 in Birmingham. Tickets for the banquet are $25 each. The banquet starts at 6 p.m., but people purchasing plates to go may begin picking up the plates at 4:30 p.m. and continue until the start of the banquet.


Fayette City Council addresses wastewater issue

John Dill, manager of the Fayette Wastewater Treatment Plant, speaks to the council about pumping issues during a special called meeting of the Fayette City Council on Jan. 30.

The Fayette City Council met in a special called meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30 to address the pumping issue at the Fayette Wastewater Treatment Plant. All council members were present for the meeting. Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager John Dill told the council that the new pump that was installed at the facility in June 2018 had burned out in December 2018.


Commission approves hiring of part-time aging director

Shown clockwise from left at the Jan. 28 meeting of the Fayette County Commission are: Commissioner Barry Corkren, Probate Judge and Commission Chairman Mike Freeman, Commissioner Shane Hughes and Fayette EMA Director Russ Taylor.

The Fayette County Commission voted on Jan. 28 to “move forward” with plans to hire a part-time aging director for Fayette County. Commissioner Joe Acker, Commissioner Billy Rodgers and Commissioner Barry Corkren had been on a committee to explore options concerning the direction that the aging program needs to take following the retirement of former director Faye Meharg in Oct. 2018.