Runoff Election Final Update

  • Estes wins HD 17; Stutts, Vick head to general election

The following are unofficial results from 21 of Marion County's 22 voting boxes. Provisional ballot information will be available later in the week.

State Senator, District 6:

  • Larry Stutts: 5,755 (53.36 percent)

Steve Lolley: 5,030

Countywide: Lolley, 2,233; Stutts, 1,367

State Representative, District 17:

  • Tracy Estes: 3,871 (50.92 percent)

Phil Segraves: 3,732

C3 says economic outlook positive

C3 of Northwest Alabama President David Thornell met with members of the Marion County Commission on Monday, July 9. He said that he is optimistic about the economy and said that low unemployment is driving up competitive pay.

• Low unemployment driving up competitive pay

HAMILTON - Low unemployment may mean more on your paycheck.
C3 of Northwest Alabama President David Thornell met with the Marion County Commission on Monday, July 9, to discuss the state of the county’s economy.
Thornell highlighted the flourishing opportunities for employment in the county and the lack of manpower available—something which he says is motivating employers to offer higher wages.


Hayes retires after 38 years

Brilliant High School long-time principal Jack Hayes received the “Making a Difference” award from the Alabama High School Athletic Association on June 12, just weeks before his retirement on July 1. Hayes is pictured holding a plaque with AHSAA members (from left) Alvin Briggs, assistant director Denise Ainsworth and executive director Steve Savarese.

BRILLIANT - Brilliant High School’s longtime principal, Jack Hayes, retired on July 1, after 38 years as an educator.
Hayes talked with a Journal Record reporter and took a walk down Memory Lane, discussing his long history at the school.
Hayes began teaching at Brilliant High School in 1980 and wore several hats, including teaching American history, physical science, government, economics and physics. He also coached several sports over the years, including baseball, football and basketball.


Ivey advantaged for re-election if she can play it safe

The four best will be Troy King versus Steve Marshall in the Attorney General’s race;  the Lt. Governor runoff between Twinkle Cavanaugh and Will Ainsworth will be interesting;  the Agriculture Commissioner race between Rick Pate and Gerald Dial will be good; and  it will be interesting to see if Bobby Bright ousted Martha Roby from Congress in the 2nd District.


Mayor says city needs policy for sewer repair

Winfield Mayor Randy Price (center) told the city council at its July 3 meeting that the city needed a specific policy on sewer repairs for residences. Also shown are councilman Rusty Barnes (left) and city clerk Angie Oliver.

WINFIELD - Winfield Mayor Randy Price told the city council at its Tuesday, July 3, meeting that a definite policy was needed for sewer repairs.
Price said that because the city does not have a policy in place, issues have arisen when homeowners had a sewer problem that reached under a city street, but did not occur in a main line.


Town receives 2017 audit

Certified Public Accountant Don Wallace (standing) of Tuscaloosa distributes the 2017 Hackleburg audit to the Hackleburg Council on July 9. Shown are (seated, from left) town clerk Carla Rector, councilman Eugene Marbutt, mayor Darryl Colburn, councilman Don Barnwell and councilman Darrin Wiginton. Seated behind Wallace is councilman Kevin Barnwell. Not present was councilwoman Tabby Lolley.

HACKLEBURG -  Certified Public Accountant Don Wallace of Tuscaloosa presented copies of the 2017 Hackleburg audit to the mayor and council on Monday, July 10 at the Hackleburg Town Council meeting. Wallace said that the Hackleburg revenues were a little over $1,000,659 for 2017.
Wallace, who served on the Tuscaloosa County Commission for eight years, said one area of concern he had from the town’s audit is attaining funds for rebuilding aging infrastructure.  


Ivey not the last word on jail food funds

• Legislature will have to act to change laws

HAMILTON - Despite fanatical conclusions, Gov. Kay Ivey has not and cannot executively end the state’s inmate meal predicament.
According to press reports, Ivey directed the state comptroller’s office on Tuesday, July 10, to stop depositing jail food money into personal accounts of Alabama sheriffs and instead, deposit it into official county accounts.


Town hopes to light new main street with memorial lights

New street lights are making an appearance on newly renovated Main Street in Brilliant. The town plans to install 10 of the antique-looking lights.

BRILLIANT - To accentuate newly-renovated Main Street, the Town of Brilliant is erecting decorative street lights that carry a special message.
Businesses and individuals have the option to donate $500 toward the beautiful street lights and receive a memorial plate on the light that has a message regarding a loved one or honoring the sponsors.


Sandlin receives 2018 Excellence in Innovation award

Hamilton pharmacist Cole Sandlin was awarded the 2018 Excellence in Innovation award on Monday, June 11, by the Alabama Pharmacy Association (APA). The award was announced at the APA 137th Annual Convention held at the Grand Hotel Mariott Resort in Point Clear. The award is a national award.

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Pharmacy Association (APA) awarded Fred Coleman “Cole“ Sandlin III, Pharm.D., of Hamilton, with the 2018 Excellence in Innovation Award on June 11. The award was announced at the APA 137th Annual Convention held at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear.

Penney Plaza ready for businesses

Penney Plaza, a newly constructed commercial business center, is finished and ready for businesses to occupy its five units. The plaza is located directly off Exit 30 where Interstate 22 meets State Highway 129.

WINFIELD - Construction has recently finished on Penney Plaza, located at the junction of Interstate 22, Exit 30, and State Highway 129,  and it’s ready for new or existing businesses to move in.
The plaza is located in a large area just off the interstate, known as Grey’s Landing, where owner Grey Land has extensive plans for the area.


State’s 13th annual tax-free weekend set for July 20-22

• Cities, county also tax-free

HAMILTON - State and local taxes will be temporarily waived for parents to prepare to send their children back to school.

In the past, the tax-free holiday was set for the first weekend in August, but due to the first day of school being moved earlier in the year, the holiday has been adjusted to the third weekend in July.

From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 20, until midnight on Sunday, July 22, the state waives its 4 percent sales tax on school-related supplies and clothing.




WERH building will remain for now

HAMILTON - The historical WERH radio station building will remain standing for now.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Page told the Journal Record that he recently spoke with Retail Strategies of Birmingham and they have reconsidered the precise location of a new  Jack’s Family Restaurants they plan to construct in Hamilton. The original plan was to level the radio station and build at that location.


City delays decision to stop 18-wheelers near clinic, faces safety issue the next day

Med 360 Clinic Practice Manager Sheila Bozeman says she discovered her storm drain cover had been destroyed by an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer rig on Wednesday morning, June 20.

WINFIELD - Less than 24 hours after the Winfield City Council tabled the discussion about dangerous 18-wheeler traffic through the Med 360 Clinic parking lot and surrounding city owned areas, a storm drain cover was destroyed by one of the trucks, leaving a gaping hole and safety hazard for the city.
Med 360 Practice Manager Sheila Bozeman said she arrived for work on Wednesday, June 20, and saw new 18-wheeler tire tracks exiting the clinic.


Box named Trooper of the Year

The Alabama State Trooper Association recognized David Box (left), Winfield, as “Trooper of the Year.” Making the presentation was State Trooper Cpl. Mark Stone.

• Hamilton Post trooper earns top award

MONTGOMERY- A Hamilton Post state trooper was awarded the Alabama State Trooper Association (ASTA) Trooper of the Year award on April 30 in Montgomery.
David Box of Winfield was nominated and selected to receive the special award based on not only his work as a state trooper, but also  on the service he gives to his community.


BHS senior hopes to collect bus-load of supplies

Brilliant High School senior Kaitlyn Wyninger plans to stuff a bus full of school supplies for Brilliant teachers and students. Wyninger has set up several donation places throughout the town where residents can drop-off supplies before they’re delivered on Saturday, Aug. 4.

BRILLIANT - Brilliant High School senior Kaitlyn Wyninger has put together a school-supply fundraiser called “Stuff the Bus,” that she hopes will make a huge (bus-sized) impact.
The 17-year-old plans to fill a school bus with the donated supplies and present the bus-load of supplies to teachers from both BHS and Brilliant Elementary School on Saturday, Aug. 4.