Fayette County man charged in Whitson’s death

Michael Wade Tucker (Photo courtesy of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office)

On Saturday, June 29, Michael Wade Tucker was taken into custody and subsequently charged with the murder of 21-year-old Laci Whitson, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Reports show that Tucker was the last known person to be with Whitson who was reported missing by her family earlier this week.

Pharmacy bandits nabbed in Tuscaloosa

From left to right: Jaylun Dshaun Murray and Keante R. White (Photo courtesy of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office)

On Saturday, June 29, around 1:18 a.m., Berry Police were alerted to a possible break in at Berry Discount Apothecary.  According to Berry Police Officer Randall Kelley, surveillance cameras began recording the incident when the suspects broke out the windows of the establishment. 

Recent Hubbertville High School grad appears in music video

Ashtin Berryhill, pictured with singer Post Malone, appeared in a music video with Malone and Blake Shelton for the song “Pour Me A Drink” that was released on Monday.

Ashtin Berryhill applied to the casting call on June 4 and was selected later that same day and filmed in Nashville on June 5. She was not informed of who the singers would be prior to arriving on set but was overwhelmed with excitement when she found out it was Post Malone and Blake Shelton.

Bid approved for Glen Allen water system improvements

On Tuesday, June 4, the Glen Allen Town Council met in regular session at the Town Community Center. All council members were in attendance except for Councilman Joel Isham. Following standard meeting procedures, Mayor Allen J. Dunavant announced to the council that the lone bid for the Telemetry Upgrades on the Water System Improvements Projects had been accepted and cleared the review of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), authorizing Kazmier and Associates, Inc. to move forward with implementing the proposed project.

Expect increased law enforcement presence during Fourth of July

As we gear up to celebrate Independence Day with friends and family, it’s important to prioritize safety while traveling. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) kicked-off its annual ‘101 Days of Summer Safety’ campaign that began on Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day in September. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office will also be taking steps to safeguard travelers, ensuring that everyone reaches their destinations safely.

Student safety is main topic of board meeting

The Fayette County Board of Education held its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 11, at the Courthouse Annex building. All board members were present except for District Three Board Member Tom Hubbert. District Four Board Member Brenda Webb conducted the meeting in the absence of Hubbert. District One Board Member John Aaron opened the meeting with prayer followed by District Six Board Member John Stowe reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting began with Mollie Prewitt, a parent of a Fayette County School student, addressing the board. 

Bankston resident killed in motorcycle accident

Photo of Walter David Watkins

An early morning motorcycle fatality occurred in the pre-dawn hours of June 11, when a motorcycle left Highway 13 near the Natural Bridge intersection and crashed. Walter David Watkins Jr., 52, of Bankston, was killed around 4:50 a.m., when the 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle he was riding left the roadway and overturned, according to troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Fayette Medical Center Long Term Care holds Father’s Day event

Pictured here are residents who participated in the event at the annual Fayette Medical Center Long Term Care picnic.

Friday June 14 the men residents of Fayette Long Term Care were honored and served at the annual LTC picnic. Several pastors from the community of Fayette participated in the event. The residents enjoyed foods prepared by FMC Dietary.

Berry football team attend camps in Auburn

Pictured are members of the Berry High School football team for 2024 along with Auburn Co-Defensive Coordinator, Charles Kelly

The Berry High School Football team went to two football camps at Auburn University.  They competed at a seven on seven camp on Friday, June 7. The Wildcats went 3-3 at the camp.  Players that participated in the seven on seven camp were Kemari Hollingsworth, Lake Norris, Max Westbrook, Jayden Smith, Ace Norris, Seth Traweek, Luke Ward, Ashton Waltrip, Drayke Parr, Dalton Greene, Dale Gray, Cody Lollar, and Jake Martin. The Wildcats then attended a linemen camp on Sunday, June 9.

Former state Representative Thigpen dies

William Edge Thigpen

Former State Representative William Edge Thigpen, Sr., died Saturday, June 8, 2024, at his residence in Montgomery. In addition to owning and operating several businesses in Fayette over the years, Thigpen represented House District 16 for 12 years, which includes Fayette County. He went on to be Assistant Director of ABC agency.