Northwest Medical Center will be under new ownership

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, March 6, the Winfield City Council decided to provide $2 million for the purchase of Northwest Medical Center. The hospital will be owned and operated by the Winfield Healthcare Authority after the closing of the purchase scheduled for March 31.

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Council voted to give $2 million to the Winfield Healthcare Authority for the Northwest Medical Center purchase from Curae Health on Tuesday, March 6.
After a lengthy process of setting up a healthcare authority board and investigating options to safeguard the city’s hospital, the City of Winfield agreed to fund the purchase of the hospital, which will be owned by the Winfield Healthcare Authority when the purchase closes on March 31.


Abby Nicole’s will be leaving Winfield

Abby Nicole’s will be relocating to another area in the county soon, as disagreements between the business owner, Brandon Webster, and the Winfield City Council remain unresolved.

WINFIELD - A few weeks after Abby Nicole’s owner, Brandon Webster, posted on social media that he plans to relocate his business, Webster told the Journal Record that the city’s decision not to work with him on the expansion of his business has motivated him to relocate it.
Abby Nicole’s has been located in Winfield for more than 11 years, according to Webster, and more than a year ago, Webster requested that the Winfield City Council close a small road running through his property in order for him to expand his business and add more parking.

Hayes heatedly resigns from zoning committee

In the Winfield City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 6, councilman Jimmy Hayes (right) resigned from the city’s planning and zoning board after the council voted against the recommendation of the board. Also shown is councilman Tim Garrison.

WINFIELD - City councilman Jimmy Hayes resigned immediately from the planning and zoning board after the council voted against the recommendation of the zoning board concerning sign measurements in a meeting on Tuesday, March 6.
Council members granted the Winfield Neurology and Family Medicine clinic a variance on sign size by a vote of 4 - 1, raising the sign height limit to 70 feet for the clinic, prompting Hayes’ resignation.


Retired teacher enriches schools and communities with her art

Judy Godfrey taught in the Winfield and Fayette County school systems for 37 years, but developed a love for painting after her retirement. Godfrey has used art as a new teaching outlet for the past 15 years in various schools and groups

WINFIELD - Judy Godfrey, a retired teacher who taught at Winfield Elementary School and Fayette Elementary School, has developed a love for art through the years and spends her time sharing that experience with others.
Godfrey has spent her entire life in the Winfield and the Fayette County communities.


February sets two weather records

The humid, hot February that Marion County experienced was one for the books, as the area experienced much hotter, much rainier weather than usual.
In an interview with the Journal Record, National Weather Observer Eddie Pearce of Hamilton said that Marion County experienced five days where temperatures were above 80 degrees, setting a new record.


Earn a high school diploma: Receive a college scholarship

The Winfield City School Foundation met on Thursday, March 1, and agreed to send fliers to alumni and members of the community requesting aid for scholarships. The school foundation has sent 32 local students to college on scholarships it has provided.

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Schools Foundation met  to discuss how to fund its scholarship program, which  awards each Winfield City High School graduate that pursues higher education with financial assistance.
At the Thursday, March 1, meeting, members decided to create a flier that can be mailed to alumni and community members requesting aid for the scholarships.


Pikeville annexation discussed

HAMILTON - A Hamilton City Council Work Session has revealed that the Pikeville County Club considering annexation into the City of Hamilton.
Hamilton City Attorney Scott Hunt told the Hamilton City Council at a work session on Wednesday, Feb. 28, that the Pikeville Country Club’s Board of Directors has inquired about possible annexation within the Hamilton City Limits.


Backpacks and Beyond continues community outreach

The local Backpacks and Beyond program provides children in kindergarten through sixth-grade in Guin, Winfield and Brilliant schools with easily prepared food for the weekends.

The Backpacks and Beyond program has been providing kid-friendly food to students in Guin, Brilliant and Winfield over the weekends since 2011.
The program began seven years ago, when three women—Genny Jenkins, Lisa Porter and Rose Caruthers—began an after-school food donation, having heard of a similar program in another town.


Page: 2018 JBAF ‘best we ever had’

HAMILTON - In light of the recent 16th Annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival, March 3-4, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page formally recognized the event during  a Hamilton City Council meeting held on Monday, March 5.
“This was the best we’ve ever had,” Page said, opening the council meeting’s discussion. “I’m so thankful for all those who helped to publicize the event, drove the shuttles and worked parking.


Hamilton downs Winfield in rivalry contest

Hamilton’s Mattie Kerr (10) slides safely into home plate as Winfield catcher Andrea Harbin (10) attempts to apply the tag. The run helped Hamilton to a 5-3 victory over the Lady Pirates in Class 4A, Area 11 action on Thursday, March 15. Photo by Michael E. Palmer

HAMILTON - Hamilton defeated rival Winfield 5-3 in a Class 4A, Area 11 clash on Thursday, March 15.
Both schools scored a run in the first inning. The Lady Aggies tacked on three runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Winfield trimmed Hamilton’s lead by scoring a run in the top of the fourth and fifth frames.
Hamilton scored one run in the bottom of the fifth as a scoreless sixth and seventh frame made the 5-3 final in the Lady Aggies’ favor.

Winfield takes overall top combined score in Ice Breaker

Winfield’s Lydia Seals (left) and Josh Estes finished first place in the javelin throw with tosses of 122-03 and 135-04, respectively, to set new school records in the event and capture first place.

WINFIELD - Winfield saw three school records fall at the 13th Annual Winfield Ice Breaker Track and Field Meet on Saturday, March 3, as the Pirates captured the top combined score on the day.
The Winfield boys team finished with an event-high 182 points to beat out second-place Guntersville (156 points) and third-place finisher Brooks (65 points).

Panthers rout Colbert County

Hackleburg’s Dalton Rackard (16) hits a home run in the Panthers’ victory over previously unbeaten Lynn in the opening round of the Northwest Alabama Conference Baseball Tournament on Saturday, March 17.

Hackleburg - Hackleburg dominated en route to an 18-8 victory over Colbert County on Tuesday, March 13.
The Panthers scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Indians answered with four runs in the top of the third.
Hackleburg scored six times in the bottom of the third. Both schools scored three runs in the fourth frame to make the score 12-7 in Hackleburg’s favor.
Colbert County added a run to its total in the fifth before the Panther offense exploded for five runs in the bottom of the frame to hold a 17-8 advantage.