Marion County to receive more electric vehicle charging stations


Love’s Travel Stop in Hamilton is the recipient of a grant from the state to install two electric vehicle charging stations. The only other stations in the county are located at the Holiday Inn in Guin.
HAMILTON — The Love’s Travel Stop in Hamilton, located off of I-22 on River Road/County Highway 35, will be getting electric vehicle charging stations thanks to a state grant.

Citizens Bank warns of scams


VP Sandy Anderson shares tips to avoid scams after fake warranty letter received
WINFIELD — After a recent scam letter found its way into the mailboxes of Citizens Bank’s customers, Citizens Bank Vice President Sandy Anderson sat down with the Journal Record and shared some tips on spotting scams before it’s too late.

Boston marathoner originally from Brilliant


Nurse practitioner and Haleyville resident Alissa Hood is all smiles as she runs in the iconic Boston Marathon. E
HALEYVILLE — When Haleyville resident Alissa Hood started running seven years ago, she only wanted to run three miles. Now, she has logged hundreds of miles and traveled the world, all one step and one dream at a time, inspiring her community all at the same time.

Guin council honors first Black city councilors


Guin honors the first Black city councilors with plaques. Shown from left are city councilors Bobby Bellew and Kelee Williams, Annie Metcalfe (accepting on behalf of her late husband Cerrell Metcalfe), councilor Mineo Lindsey, mayor Phil Segraves, councilors Regina Salter and Joseph Benton.
GUIN — The Guin City Council honored two city council members for setting historic firsts for the city during its meeting on Monday, July 1.

BNSF presents $25k check to hazmat team


BNSF Railway Executive Director of Public Affairs Michael Garriga presents a hazmat check to the Marion County Hazmat Team. From left are Garriga, Marion County Assistant EMA Director Blake Farley, Bryant Rye, Winfield Fire Chief Alan Stovall and Representative Tracy Estes
WINFIELD — The Marion County Hazmat Team was presented with a $25,000 check from BNSF Railway on Wednesday, June 26, at the Winfield city fire station.

Holiday Inn Guin wins top award in country


Holiday Inn Guin received a Torchbearer Award, one of only four given in the Americas.
GUIN — Few hotels in the western world for last year can claim the prestigious Torchbearer performance award. In fact, only four of the awards were presented in the Americas (Canada, United States, Mexico, Latin America and South America). The only one in the United States was bestowed on the Holiday Inn in Guin.

Bear Creek’s Friendship Festival set for July 6


Friendship Festival t-shirts make great collector’s items. Shirts from small to 3X are $15 and come in mint green and stone grey. Attendees can also purchase a t-shirt ahead of time at town hall to wear to the festival. Shown are Bear Creek Mayor Rob Taylor (left) and town clerk Kay Wiginton holding up the 2024 t-shirts.
BEAR CREEK — Patriotism will be front and center in Bear Creek on Saturday, July 6, as the town holds its annual Friendship Festival at Twin Forks Park, located off of County Highway 79.

23rd annual Neighbor Day set for June 28-29


The 23rd Annual Neighbor Day in Hackleburg will culminate on Saturday, June 29, with a spectacular fireworks display at 9 p.m. Festivities will begin on Friday, June 28, at 5 p.m. and continue Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. and lasting all day until the fireworks extravaganza.
HACKLEBURG — The 23rd Annual Neighbor Day in Hackleburg will be celebrated this year on Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29.

‘Welcome to Hamilton’ mural approved


Shown is artist Missy Miles’ mural presentation board, which she recently shared with the Hamilton City Council. Miles will start work soon on the mural, to be located on the side of A Tiny Mustard Seed in Hamilton. Miles based her design on business owner Savannah Smith’s desire to have a “positive, welcoming and timeless” message for the mural.
HAMILTON — Local master muralist and artist Missy Miles of “Miles of Murals” has been approved by the Hamilton City Council to begin work on her 123rd mural.

Hamilton chamber serves up awards for Dinner on First


Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce President Ethan Mattingly, right, presents Hamilton Police Chief Jordan Carter with the “Citizen of the Year” award during “Dinner on First. >
HAMILTON — The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual “Dinner on First” awards banquet on April 18 on First Avenue in downtown Hamilton.