Cuts will be ‘re-evaluated’

April Chamblee, Student Services Specialist at the Bevill State Community College-Hamilton Campus, places a cancellation notice on an entry door to the campus on Thursday, May 17. A scheduled town hall meeting was cancelled a few hours before the event was to take place.

HAMILTON - How many local and area residents would have attended Bevill State Community College’s (BSCC) Town Hall meeting for the Hamilton Campus will never be known.
A little over three hours before the meeting was to be held on Thursday, May 17, at 6 p.m., BSCC officials cancelled the meeting.


The way to a voter’s heart

Thinking back over Tombigbee Communication’s recent political event, I believe I have found a sure-fire way to a voter’s heart.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, and Gov. Kay Ivey all were present in Hamilton on Thursday, May 3, in what was an impressive gathering to award Tombigbee $3 million in grant monies.


Less than two weeks to Primary: Governor’s Race

As we get down to the lick log in the 2018 June Primary, there are few, if any, surprises in any of the major state races. Polling indicates that all of the contests are about where they were three or four months ago when the races began.
There is a tremendous amount of apathy and indifference as we head into the final days. This lack of enthusiasm has also affected fundraising. Most of the high-profile races have not attracted the amount of dollars as in the past.


Fact check: Commission will lose $122k/year under new system

HAMILTON - The new structure for the Marion County Probate Judge’s Office--set to take affect in January 2019--will put the Marion County Commission back as much as $122,000 per year.
According to Marion County Commission Chairman Roger Knight,  a March 2018 legislative ammendment that institutes the county’s probate office as a unit of the Marion County Commission will far from benefit the county, despite claims from Marion County Probate Judge Rocky Ridings.


Contract receives zero bids

Councilman Gene Sanderson (center) sits before rolled-up engineering plans for the city’s renovation of the E.T. Sims Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building. The project is currently in gridlock as no offers have been made to win the contract. Also shown are (left) councilwoman Tami Lewis Williams and Hamilton Park and Recreation Director Tim Kerr.

HAMILTON - Hamilton’s  E.T. Sims Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building renovation project cannot move forward as the city received no bids from a general contractor.
The City of Hamilton held a closed bid for contractors on April 19. Hamilton Mayor Bob Page told the Hamilton City Council during a work session on Monday, May 2, that no offers were received to win the recreation center project’s 10-month contract.


NWMC under new ownership

WINFIELD - With the assistance of Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, the Winfield Healthcare Authority obtained the last documents it needed to close the purchase of Northwest Medical Center.
The purchase was finalized on May 11, after Aderholt negotiated with the United States Department of Agriculture to drastically reduce the amount of the loan on the hospital.


Council funds 19 Marion Co. projects during FY16 - 18

Marion County’s legislative delegation met with officials from across the county and representatives from the Northwest Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council during a gathering on Friday, April 20, to discuss the council’s impact in the county’s municipalities. Shown with checks totaling $87,888 written out to Marion County are (from left) Hamilton resident Gregg Boyett, Brilliant Water and Wastewater Operator Gene Thomas, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, Northwest RC&D Council Vice Chairman Don Barnwell, Marion County Commissioner Bob Burleson, Northwest RC&D Council Executive Director Lauranna James, House District 17 Rep. Mike Millican, Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District Administrative Coordinator Brenda Real, Hackleburg Police Chief Kenny Hallmark, Marion County Commission Chairman Roger Knight and Winfield Park and Recreation Director Gina Bryant.

HAMILTON - “This is one of the only ways to get grants now-a-days,” said Hackleburg Town Councilman Don Barnwell.
Barnwell, who also serves as the vice chairman of the Northwest Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, spoke out during an RC&D legislative gathering at the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton on Friday, April 20, explaining the benefits of the organization to Marion County residents.


Cobb gets her ‘Edu-Cash-On’

The Listerhill Credit Union team made a surprise visit to Hamilton High School on Friday, May 4, to awarded senior Sarah Cobb with a $2,500 scholarship. Cobb was one of three scholarship winners this year in the Listerhill Scholarship “Get your Edu-Cash-On” Video Contest. Cobb was also the winner of an Amazon Echo Dot voice-controlled smart device.

Pirates take first-half varsity matchup over Hamilton

Winfield quarterback Jackson Elkins (2) reaches back before launching the pass to an open Beau Stidham (4) for the opening play of the Pirates’ scrimmage against Hamilton on Thursday, May 17. The Pirates ran a triple-reverse pass that involved Elkins handing off to Chris Broyles (7), who gave the ball to Nate Kemble (12) before Kemble pitched the ball back to Elkins who launched a 65-yard scoring strike to Stidham. The Pirates won the varsity portion 20-7 in the opening half with the Aggies taking the second half 7-0. Also shown are Winfield’s Luke McKinney (56) and Hamilton’s Gabe Anglin (31).

HAMILTON - Winfield toppled Hamilton 20-7 in the first half of the two rivals’ spring jamboree contest on Thursday, May 17.
Following the contest. Pirate head coach David McKinney was proud of his team’s performance during the spring game.

“We did some good things,” said the Winfield coach who is entering his sixth season with the team. “My biggest thing was this was our fourth and fifth days of practice.

Hall leads campaign spending with $61k

HAMILTON - It takes money to run a political campaign, and unfortunately, money does not grow on trees.
However, fortunately for politians, there are people, businesses and interest committees willing to put money into candidates who they believe will best represent them.

As of now, contributions in the House District 17 race—including cnadidates Tracy Estes, David Hall and Phil Segraves—have yet to compare to five-term Rep. Mike Millican, who has chosen not to seek re-election this year.


Mobile food pantry to visit Brilliant

BRILLIANT - Joan Canterberry, the director of the Brilliant Housing Authority, has arranged for the West Alabama Mobile Food Pantry to visit the  Town of Brilliant each
month, beginning June 21 and lasting through the
month of November. Canterberry told the town council that she had been hoping the food bank would visit the housing
authority, but when she realized that the truck could provide aid to many others in the town, she opted to do that.