With 13 days till Christmas, charity well below goal

HAMILTON - Christmas for Kids has to break the halfway mark in its goal of $40,000 to purchase gifts for more than 400 area children.
For the week ending on Monday, Dec. 10, a total of $8,324.45 has been donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign. To date, that charity has only collected $13,329.70.
“We are still needing $27,000,” said Sandlin. “I hope this will raise awareness.”
Sandlin noted that donations can be made anonymously, in honor of someone and in memory of a loved one.

Choir performs at tree lighting

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The Hamilton Elementary School Choir performs during the City of Hamilton’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29, on the steps of Hamilton City Hall. Shown leading from the front row are (from left) kindergartners Gregory Hill, James Walker Engle, Jacob Likes,  Desi Title,  Addy Beth Childers and Mia Blalock.

 

Councilors say Woodvale parking major problem


Winfield City Councilman Tim Garrison (left) told the council that parking on Woodvale Street, which intersects Highway 118 and sits adjacent to Abby Nicole’s in Winfield, is problematic. Garrison made a recommendation and a motion to pave the small street and enforce no-parking laws to accommodate traffic.

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Council voted to pave and stripe 250 feet of Woodvale Street, located off of Highway 118, next to Abby Nicole’s retail store, in an effort to cut down on shoppers parking on the sides of the street. The action took place at the Tuesday, Dec. 4, meeting.
The suggestion received criticism from councilman Chris Ballard, mayor Randy Price and Winfield Police Chief Brett Burleson, along with Abby Nicole’s owner Brandon Webster, who believes the issue to be personal instead of a public concern.

Commission votes to payout $844,517.76


Fred Clements of the Montgomery-based law firm Webb & Eley, stands before the Marion County Commission on Monday, Dec. 3. “At this point, there is nothing more to litigate,” Clements said.

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission voted unanimously to pay out a total of $884,517.76 to eight Marion County towns and the Marion County Health Department after attorneys for the commission have decided there is nothing more to litigate involving the Hospital Tax case.
The commission convened a special-called meeting on Monday, Dec. 3, with Fred Clements of Webb & Eley, the Montgomery-based law firm representing the commission. The commission immediately voted to go into executive session with Clements after convening the meeting.

October rainfall right on the mark

HAMILTON - According to National Weather Observer Eddie Pearce, the 3.02 inches of rain that Marion County received during October was exactly what could be expected from what’s generally the dryest month of the year.
According to Pearce, the 10th month is usually the dryest, as the normal amount of rainfall is 3 inches—and this year, Marion County nearly measured exactly that.

October 2018 Unemployment - State breaks record again; Marion County unemployment rate stays at 4.0%

MONTGOMERY - The number of people counted as employed in the state rose to a new record-high for the sixth month in a row during October.
These figures are slightly late getting to print because the Alabama Department of Labor did not update its county statistics from September figures on its newsletter until the Journal Record notified the DOL that the figures were outdated on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Figures for October should have been available on Nov. 16. They were finally updated on Friday, Nov. 30.

Obituaries

Kenneth Ables

Kenneth Ables, 62, Hamilton, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Hamilton funeral home - Hamilton, ala.

Live nativity scenes on display Sunday night

WINFIELD - The Winfield First Baptist Church will be presenting a live nativity display on Sunday, Dec. 16, at Winfield’s Ivan K. Hill Recreational Park, complete with real camels, sheep, donkeys, goats, horses and more.
From 5:30 - 8:30 Sunday evening, onlookers can drive through 11 scenes that depict the miracle birth of Jesus.
In each scene, residents can watch from their cars as both children and adults reenact the very first Christmas miracle.

 

Oct. sales taxes best in last 12 years

HAMILTON - Marion County Schools’ education sales tax collections for the month of October were the highest in the last 12 years.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told the Marion County Board of Education during its Friday, Nov. 16, meeting that collections in October 2018 were about $138,500—about $7,490 higher than the previous October.
West said that the education sales tax is great source of local funding for Marion County Schools.

 

Jones takes District 4 seat


(Above photo) “Coach” Don Jones (center) was sworn into his position as the Marion County Board of Education District 4 member on Friday, Dec. 16. Shown conducting the swearing in is school board attorney Scott Hunt (left) and out-going District 4 board member Jim Atkinson, who held the Bible for Jones.span>

HAMILTON - “Coach” Don Jones was sworn in as the Marion County Board of Education District 4 member during the county school board’s November meeting, which took place on Friday, Dec. 16.
Jones, a Republican, was elected to  the position during the Nov. 6 election, where he received 82 percent of the vote and defeated Democratic candidate Willie Joe Hollis.
The new board member was a longtime Marion County High School English teacher and coach.

 

Editorial: It’s not business, it’s personal

The Winfield City Council voted to pay $12,750 and put a heck-of-a-rush on a paving project on Woodvale Street, located off Highway 118, at its Tuesday, Dec. 4, meeting. Councilman Chris Ballard is the only councilman that voted against the measure and mayor Randy Price did not vote.
Coincidentally, Woodvale is also the small road adjacent to Abby Nicole’s retail store--the one that has been the topic of a lot of conflict over the past year.

Sawyer celebrates first birthday

Sawyer James Hubbard celebrated his first birthday on Aug. 31. He was honored with a transportation first birthday-themed party at his Nana and Papaw’s pool, with family and friends in attendance. Sawyer is the son of Bo and Lisa Hubbard, Haleyville. His grandparents are Clayton and Konnie Cockrell, Haleyville, and LouAnn Hubbard, Hamilton. Sawyer’s great-grandparents are Vayrene Lowman and the late Ray Lowman and Ola Cockrell and the late Clarence Cockrell, all of Haleyville, and the late Wayne and Mattie Lou Brown, Hamilton.

Heather Emerson, Dylan Cornelius announce engagement

GUIN - Kevin and Vickie Emerson, Guin, proudly announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Heather Victoria Emerson, to Dylan Craig Cornelius, the son of Benny and Karen Johnston, Red Bay, and Mike and Rhonda Cornelius, Hamilton.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Doug Emerson and the late Martha Gail Emerson and Ray and Carolyn Zoglmann, all of Guin.
She is a 2013 graduate of Liberty Christian Academy, Guin, and a 2018 graduate of the University of North Alabama, Florence, with a degree in psychology.

Trump in Tupelo

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State House District 17 Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, (back row, right) and Hamilton Mayor Bob Page (back row, left) attended the campaign rally hosted by President Donald Trump at the Tupelo Regional Airport on Monday, Nov. 26, on behalf of Mississippi incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Bourland hired as county supervisor

HAMILTON - Marion County High School Principal Jason Bourland has resigned from his position in Guin and has accepted a position as Supervisor for Marion County Schools.
The Marion County Board of Education accepted Bourland’s resignation at its Friday, Nov. 16, meeting.
Newly-elected District 5 board member “Coach” Don Jones, who was sworn in at the beginning of the meeting, made the motion to accept the resignation.

 

2,000-point club

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Marion County’s Braden Pyron (5) entered the 2,000-point club with his fifth-point against Hubbertville on Friday, Nov. 30. Pyron sits at 2,080 career points following the Red Raiders’ Northwest Alabama Conference title victory on Saturday, Dec. 8.

 

Red Raiders win NAC

(Right photo) Marion County won the Northwest Alabama Conference Boys Basketball Tournament with a 44-34 victory over Lynn on Saturday, Dec. 8. The Red Raiders earned wins over Brilliant and Berry to advance to the championship. Shown for Marion County are (front row, from left) AJ Berry, Hunter Smith, (back row, same order) head coach Brad Frazier, Jerry King, Deuce Belk, Braden Pyron, Mason Ezekiel, Preston Walker and assistant coach Willie Joe Hollis.

GUIN - Marion County beat Lynn 44-34 in the Northwest Alabama Conference Boys Basketball Tournament championship on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Red Raiders’ Braden Pyron finished with a game-high 24 points.
Mason Ezekiel and Hunter Smith each had six points. Jerry King added four points.
Deuce Belk and Preston Walker scored two points apiece.

 

Red Raiders win NAC

(Right photo) Marion County won the Northwest Alabama Conference Boys Basketball Tournament with a 44-34 victory over Lynn on Saturday, Dec. 8. The Red Raiders earned wins over Brilliant and Berry to advance to the championship. Shown for Marion County are (front row, from left) AJ Berry, Hunter Smith, (back row, same order) head coach Brad Frazier, Jerry King, Deuce Belk, Braden Pyron, Mason Ezekiel, Preston Walker and assistant coach Willie Joe Hollis.

GUIN - Marion County beat Lynn 44-34 in the Northwest Alabama Conference Boys Basketball Tournament championship on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Red Raiders’ Braden Pyron finished with a game-high 24 points.
Mason Ezekiel and Hunter Smith each had six points. Jerry King added four points.
Deuce Belk and Preston Walker scored two points apiece.

 

Marion County bows out in NAC semis


Marion County’s Erin Culp (40) and Josie Lipsey (30) attempt to pry the loose ball away from Brilliant’s Abby Humprhries (12). Also shown for the Lady Tigers are Alexis McCarley (10) and Carrington Barnett (35).

GUIN - Marion County lost to Berry 51-40 in the Northwest Alabama Conference Girls Basketball Tournament semifinals on Friday, Dec. 7.
The Lady Raiders’ Josie Lipsey finished with a team-high 12 points.
Cara Sullivan added 11 points. Erin Culp and Madison Stewart each had six points.
Caitlyn Jones added three points while Torie Taylor had two points.

 

Food service health scores

HAMILTON - The Marion County Health Department released the following health inspection scores and violations for 39 restaurants, delis and lunchrooms conducted through the month of November.
(Priority violations, whose application directly contributes to the elimination, prevention or reduction of hazards associated with foodborne illness or injury, are listed following the restaurant name when applicable. Core violations are not listed.):
• Aggie Food Mart, Hamilton - 100: No paper towels at handsink;
• Midnight Bakery, Hamilton - 98;

Miss Bell-Ringers

Miss
Shown volunteering as bell-ringers for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign on Saturday, Dec. 1, are (left) 2019 Miss Hamilton Rising Star Josie Taylor, 7, of Hamilton, and 2019 Miss Hamilton Lauren Reaves, 20, of Alexandria.

 

BSCC launching Mercedes-Benz Co-op program Dec. 6

HAMILTON - Bevill State Community College (BSCC) students—and soon local high school students—now have access to a course which can take them from a student to a Mercedes-Benz technician in two short years.
BSCC will be officially launching its Mercedes-Benz’s Technician and Mechatronics apprenticeship program on Thursday, Dec. 6.
BSCC Dean of Instruction Dr. Leslie Hartley told the Journal Record that the Mercedes-Benz manufacturing plant located in Vance is now in co-op partnerships with BSCC and Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.

 

Water, sewer rate increases being considered

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton is considering raising water and sewer rates to offset losses which the water department has traditionally suffered.
The Hamilton City Council met in a work session on Wednesday, Nov. 28, with Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams to hear the city’s options.
The current proposal would raise the minimum 2,000-gallon water bill from $48.38 to $50.19.

 

Commission questions C3 membership

Marion County District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran is seen at the commission's Nov. 19 meeting.

HAMILTON - One of the first orders of business the newly-seated Marion County Commission took up at its Nov. 19 meeting was to question its membership in the C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance.
The meeting was the first official meeting since the four new commission members were sworn in on Nov. 14.

CIS adapts to Fed’s interest rate hikes

HAMILTON - The Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes have led to some necessary adjustments with a local mortgage bank, CIS Home Loans.
According to CIS Home Loans President Paula Reeves, due to developments in the mortgage market, it was necessary to lay off 14 employees in late November.
“We are very much financially sound, these adjustments were necessary to make sure that we stay financially sound,” Reeves said.
 

‘Tis the Season for Peace and Joy

This is the season when we are supposed to think of others and not so much of ourselves. But we should be a little selfish this holiday season and give ourselves a gift. We should give ourselves the gift of a peaceful mind. The number one way to do that is by limiting the number of hours we spend in front of the television.
A television has never given anyone peace of mind; in fact, it does the opposite. Scientific studies have linked extended periods of television watching with depression. The more television a person watches, the more depressed they are likely to be.

Tractor-trailer rig crashes on Highway 43

HACKLEBURG - The driver of a tractor-trailer rig was injured after a one-vehicle accident on Saturday, Nov. 24, according to a report from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA).
The 2015 International truck was travelling south and hauling two large aluminum coils when it crashed about a mile north of the Northfork Bridge near the 288 mile-marker at 11:45 a.m.