Phillips advances to Final Four

Submitted by Matthew Puckett on Tue, 02/20/2018 - 17:28
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The Phillips She Bears won the Class 1A Girls Northwest Regional championship with the team’s 57-48 victory over Holy Spirit on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Shown for the She Bears are (front row, from left) Amber Markham, Lexie Dishner, Autumn Edwards, Mary Ashton Hyde, Gracie Hallman, Caitlin Martin, manager Jill Gillum, manager Lee Cobb, (back row, same order) assistant coach Deb Cook, assistant coach Julie Hallman, Julianna Taylor, Ally McCollum, Lexie Hajjar, Baily Bishop, Allie Veal, assistant coach Bart Hyche and head coach Scott Veal.

HANCEVILLE - Phillips advanced to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Final Four in Birmingham with a 57-48 victory over Holy Spirit on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Northwest Regional Finals.
The victory advanced the She Bears to the state’s semifinal round for the first time since the 1986 state championship run. The title marked the second of back-to-back state crowns with the She Bears also winning the championship in 1985.

16th annual JBAF set for March 3-4

Sandra Brown, the wife of the late Jerry Brown, continues his legacy with artistic endeavors of her own. Brown continues to run her late husband’s retail pottery business from her home in Hamilton, with the help of her son and grandson. Brown also plays a role in hosting the annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival, which will take place this year on March 3 and 4 at Tombigbee Electric Cooperative in Hamilton.

HAMILTON - With a lineup that includes 66 artists, the 16th Annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival (JBAF) will be as fun-filled, colorful and beautiful as ever before.
The festival, hosted by “The First Lady of Alabama Pottery,” Sandra Brown, and the Northwest Alabama Arts Council, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4. On Saturday, the hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As always, the JBAF will have no charge for admission.


It’s Readers’ Choice Time!

HAMILTON - Readers of the Journal Record have the opportunity in the coming days to vote again for their favorite businesses and professionals for the newspaper’s Fifth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
“This is a great way to kick off the new year,” said Journal Record Managing Editor Les Walters. “All you need to do is fill out a 2018 Readers’ Choice ballot and return it to our office by Friday, March 16, at 5 p.m. The results will be published on Wednesday, April 18.”


NACOLG offers update

Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments Executive Director Keith Jones addresses the Marion County Commission on Monday, Feb. 12.

HAMILTON - Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments (NACOLG) Executive Director Keith Jones addressed the Marion County Commission during its Monday, Feb. 12, meeting about various services NACOLG offers Marion County.
NACOLG is an entity serving the local governments of Marion, Winston, Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin counties. NACOLG often serves as a liaison between local and state government agencies, helping local governments to benefit from state and federal resources.


Chairmanship moves to Knight

Marion County Commission Chairman Roger Knight (left) shakes hands with former chairman Kenny Jackson in front of Knight’s newly-installed parking spot at the commission office.

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission chairmanship was transferred from District 1 commissioner Kenny Jackson to District 3 commissioner Roger Knight during the Monday, Feb. 12, commission meeting. Knight will serve for the next nine months.
Every nine months, the county commission rotates its chairmanship. This rotation allows for all five commissioners to serve as chairman once during their four-year term.


Hamilton woman killed in crash near Red Bay

Tina Turbyfill

A one-vehicle crash three miles North of Red Bay claimed the life of a Hamilton woman at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, according to a report released by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA).
Tina Hood Dulaney Turbyfill, 56, was killed when the 2002 Ford Explorer she was driving ran off the roadway and struck a tree. Turbyfill’s crash occurred while traveling on AL-247 in Franklin County.


Position, volunteer considered to open gym

The Hackleburg Town Council is considering ways of giving Hackleburg youth access to the its park gymnasium throughout the week. If the town were to hire a part-time, minimum wage employee to supervise the gym, councilman Eugene Marbutt (left) said that the town is looking at paying someone about $70 a week. Also shown reviewing the city’s options is Hackleburg Mayor Darryl Colburn.

HACKLEBURG - The Hackleburg Town Council is considering ways of giving its residents supervised access to the town’s park gym throughout the week.
At a council meeting on Monday, Feb. 12, Hackleburg Mayor Darryl Colburn asked the town council to consider hiring someone part-time to open the local gym two to three days a week for minimum wage ($7.25 per hour).


Board approves 10 items for surplus

HAMILTON - The locally owned gas utility has placed a number of vehicles and equipment in its surplus inventory.
Board members for  the Northwest Alabama Gas District (NWAGD) voted at its February board meeting held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, to place four of its trucks and six other units of equipment on its surplus list.

The surplus system is an opportunity for the owning municipalities who can purchase the vehicles at five-sixths of the cost, as each owning municipality already owns rights to one-sixth of the vehicle.


City grants $1 rent to Christian Aid Center

Volunteers for the local Christian Aid Center addressed the Winfield City Council during the Feb. 6 meeting to request that the city grant the aid center a five-year lease of $1 rent per month in order to be eligible for a grant from Alabama Power. Pictured is volunteer Georgia Davidson speaking on behalf of the organization and describing the detailed work the center would like to do with the grant funds.

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Council voted to allow the Christian Aid Center (CAC) to rent it’s current building at a price of $1 per month so that the organization would meet the eligibility criteria for a heating and cooling renovation grant from Alabama Power.
In the city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, CAC volunteer Yvonne Barker expressed to the council that the building, which is owned by the city, is in serious need of repairs.


Phillips knocks off defending champs

Phillips’ bench celebrates as time expires in the She Bears’ 53-49 Northwest Regional Semifinal win over R.A. Hubbard, who eliminated Phillips in the regional finals last season. Shown celebrating are (from left) Autumn Edwards, manager Jill Gillum, Allie Veal, Mary Aston Hyde, Amber Markham, Lexie Hajjar, assistant coach Bart Hyche and head coach Scott Veal.

HANCEVILLE - Phillips defeated defending Class 1A state champion R.A. Hubbard 53-49 on Friday, Feb. 16, to advance to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A Girls Nothwest Regional Finals.
R.A. Hubbard defeated Phillips 57-53 in last season’s regional finals en route to the Lady Chiefs’ second state championship in school history and first since 2011.