Town issued clean audit report

HACKLEBURG - An audit report for the Town of Hackleburg for Fiscal Year 2019 revealed no errors or discrepancies.
Northport accountant Don Wallace met with the Hackleburg Town Council on Monday, June 22.
“During the audit, I did not identify any deficiencies in internal control that I considered to be material weaknesses,” Wallace said.

Not-so-hot summer for Gu-Win Drive-In

GU-WIN - With movie theaters worldwide feeling the impact of coronavirus shutdowns, drive-in theaters have been seen as the place where individuals can enjoy a show while still operating under the social distancing guidelines.
But, according to Blue Moon Drive -In owner Chris Curtis, business for drive-in theaters is not as booming as some have been led to believe.
“From the beginning of things starting to open back up to now, business has been terrible,” said Curtis.

First day of school begins in 36 days

HAMILTON - Marion County School students are expected to return to school on schedule.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West says schools are set to open the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 11, just 36 days from now.
The start date was approved by Marion County Board of Education members in February, prior to the large-scale U.S. outbreak of COVID-19.
“As we all know, any plans we make these days are subject to change,” West said.

Hutcheson wants to base new TV station in town


Big 95.5 Owner Hutty Hutcheson shares plans for a new TV station with Hackleburg Town Council members.

HACKLEBURG - Big 95.5 Radio Station Owner Hutty Hutcheson says he has purchased a TV station.
The Hackleburg Town Council heard from Hutcheson during its regular meeting on Monday, June 22.
Hutcheson, who operates the radio station out of the rec building in downtown, says he is looking for space to build a broadcast tower.
“I’m trying to get it to where it is here and here on out,” Hutcheson said. “I just think it’d be good for the town.”

 

Love’s set to finish December 15

HAMILTON - A franchise company from Birmingham says it plans to open a Domino’s Pizza in Hamilton.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Page told the Journal Record during a phone interview on Thursday, June 25, that he and Hamilton City Attorney Scott Hunt sat down with company officials last month where they shared their plans to locate the restaurant near downtown Hamilton.
The businessmen told Page the company has been considering Hamilton for the past three years and plan to have a store operating by August of this year.

City passes grease ordinance

HAMILTON - In a measure to curb sewage backflows, Hamilton officials have passed an ordinance granting city inspectors the authority to inspect grease traps.
At the recommendation of Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams and Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, the Hamilton City Council considered the Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) ordinance during a regular meeting on Monday, June 15.

July 4 fireworks event approved for city

GUIN -  Despite growing concerns about a second wave of COVID-19 effecting proceedings, the Guin City Council voted 3-1 in favor of holding its annual July 4 fireworks show during a regular meeting over the phone on Monday, June 13.
Councilman Jerry Gann was the only member of the council to vote against holding the fireworks show due to concerns about spreading COVID-19.

Education sales tax collects $164k in May

HAMILTON - Marion County’s one-cent education sales tax report shows a record $164,401.76 being generated.
Marion County Schools chief financial officer Clint Green told the Journal Record the tax report represents tax dollars generated during April and recorded in May.
Clint said it is his understanding the numbers reflect federal CARES Act stimulus funds being spent locally.

 

2019-2020 Student Honors announced

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HAMILTON - Bevill State Community College-Hamilton Campus has announced Student Honors awards for the 2019-2020 academic year.
“The honor of receiving these awards reflects the hard work and dedication they have exhibited. This is an outstanding distinction and Bevill State would like you to know that we share their pride in this notable accomplishment,” said Bevill State Community College President Dr. Kim Ennis.

Municipal qualifying starts July 7

If 2020 hasn’t been interesting enough already, preparations for municipal elections are underway.
Local talk in Marion County is already turning to who will--or won’t--run in local municipal elections in 2020. As happens every four years, all positions for mayor, as well as all city or town council seats, are up for election across Marion County.
According to election materials provided by the Alabama League of Municipalities, this year’s municipal election date has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Public hearing announced for Mitchell Loop


Marion County Commission Chairman Keith Nichols (center), Commissioner Dale Holt (left) and Commissioner Kenneth Cochran (right) are shown during the Marion County Commission meeting on Monday, June 13, at the commission office in Hamilton.

HAMILTON -  The Marion County Commission passed a resolution to hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 10, concerning the closing of Mitchell Loop off of County Road 53 in Hackleburg.
This occurred during a brief Marion County Commission meeting on Monday, June 13, at the Marion County Commission Office in Hamilton.
District 3 Commissioner Dale Holt stated that residents near the road have complained of unwanted activity going on and would like the road permanently closed.