Hamilton downs Lady Tigers in county clash

Hamilton’s Anna Grace Frost (7) uses just 18 pitches in three innings of work as the Lady Aggies defeated Brilliant 16-1. Frost allowed three hits and one earned run in the outing while striking out two.

HAMILTON - Hamilton defeated Brilliant 16-1 in a county clash on Thursday, April 12.
The Lady Aggies scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning before adding eight runs in the second.
Brilliant scored a run in the top of the third before Hamilton answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to earn the 16-1 win.

Panthers sweep top-ranked Eagles

Hackleburg’s Austin Loveless (11) slides safely into the bag as Decatur Heritage’s third baseman awaits the throw. Hackleburg cruised to 11-7 and 10-5 wins over the top-ranked Eagles.

HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg completed a two-game sweep of Decatur Heritage 11-7  and 10-5 on Friday, April 13, in a battle between two of the Top 4 teams in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A rankings.
In the opener, the ASWA’s fourth-ranked Panthers trailed early after the top-ranked Eagles scored twice in the top of the first inning.
Hackleburg cut Decatur Heritage’s lead in half with a run in the bottom of the first. After a scoreless second inning, the Eagles scored two runs in the top of the third.

Winfield’s Boman signs with Huntingdon College

Tammy Boman (left) and Randy Boman (right) watch as their son, Keenan Boman, signs a four-year scholarship to play basketball at Huntingdon College. Photo by Michael E. Palmer

WINFIELD - Winfield City High School basketball standout Keenan Boman is living his childhood dream. On Thursday, April 5, the WCHS senior signed a scholarship to play college basketball. Coaches, teachers, friends, classmates, and family members gathered in the WCHS library to watch Boman sign with Huntingdon College in Montgomery.

Ennis named new BSCC president

Dr. Kim Ennis was named the new Bevill State Community College president at an ACCS board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, April 10, at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham.

BIRMINGHAM -  After a year-long hunt,  Dr. Kim Ennis has been named president of Bevill State Community College (BSCC).
During the ACCS board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, April 10, at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the selection of Ennis as president of Bevill State Community College.


Colagross selected as president

MONTGOMERY - At the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, April 10, ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the selection of Dr. Glenda Colagross as the new president of Northwest-Shoals Community College.
Colagross has served the ACCS for more than 25 years beginning in the classroom as a developmental studies instructor and serving most recently as interim president at Southern Union State Community College Opelika and Northwest-Shoals Community College.


26th annual abuse seminar another success

The 26th annual Breaking the Cycle of Abuse conference, held at the Bevill State Community College Business and Community Center on Friday, April 6, was attended by more than 100 locals and area residents who wish to do their part to prevent child abuse.

HAMILTON - The 26th annual Breaking the Cycle of Abuse conference was held on Friday, April 6, and residents attended the local conference to learn more about preventing and reporting child abuse.
Eighty guests paid registration to attend the conference, according to conference registration staff, but that number does not include students who were able to attend the conference for free. Accounting for those, registration volunteers estimated that the number of attendees was between 100 and 125.


Jack’s is coming back

HAMILTON - Jack’s is coming back to Hamilton.
Councilman Kenneth Cochran shared the news excitedly with the Hamilton City Council during a work session on Wednesday, April 11.
About 20 years ago, Jack’s Family Restaurants closed its location in the Hamilton Heights Shopping Center, making way for Burger King to open its current Hamilton restaurant.


Grandview Drive bridge closed as of April 16

As of Monday, April 16, the Grandview Drive bridge has been closed as it is being replaced with a new, wider bridge paid for using state and local funds estimated to total as much as $1.5 million.

HAMILTON - The Grandview Drive bridge, located between the 499 and 701 Grandview Drive residences, is now closed for construction as of Monday, April 16.
The bridge, which crosses Williams Creek in Hamilton, will be replaced with a new, wider bridge paid for with state and local funds.


Online activity: It’s public, permanent

Founder and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell Phone Communication Richard Guerry discusses cyber safety at the Breaking the Cycle of Abuse conference on Friday, April 6. Guerry told attendees that cyber tools, like fire, can be used productively or destructively.

“Would you be okay if everything you did in the digital world wound up public and permanent?”
This was the question posed by Richard Guerry, who conducted a presentation on using cyber tools responsibly at the Breaking the Cycle of Abuse conferrence on Friday, April 6.


Legislature sends Mason to space academy

Astronaut in training The Alabama Legislature has selected to send Hamilton Middle School eighth-grader Kalei Mason, 13, Hamilton, to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville for space camp. Mason will attend the program on a scholarship.

HAMILTON - Hamilton Middle School eighth-grader Kalie Mason, 13, Hamilton, has been awarded a scholarship by the Alabama Legislature to attend the Space Academy for Leading Students in Alabama (SALSA) program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.
The week-long space academy program hosted each year provides a select group of leading students across the state with a life-changing experience, inspiring them to get engaged in mathematics and science, while exposing them to career paths in the aerospace industry and beyond.


Haleyville’s 9-1-1 Festival on the 50th Anniversary . . . June 1-2

HALEYVILLE - Fifty years ago, a telephone call was made that was heard ‘round the world. Well, maybe not ‘round the world but everyone has heard of that call since then. On Feb.16, 1968 Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite placed the first ever 911 call from the Haleyville City Hall to U.S. Congressman Tom Bevill over at the Haleyville police station.
Since that day, just about anyone wanting to place an emergency call dials 911.


Six departments train on school bus

Central Alabama Training Solutions Specialist Jason Whatley (front right) of Tuscaloosa describes the internal frame structure of a school bus for 22 Marion County firefighters from Byrd, Guin, Pea Ridge, Shiloh, Shottsville and Twin volunteer fire departments. The training will help the local firefighters in the event of a bus accident where students are trapped within the vehicle.

HAMILTON - Twenty-two local firefighters from six Marion County fire departments received  thorough training on school bus wrecks on Saturday, April 7.
The training was held outside behind the Marion County Board of Education office in Hamilton.