Free weather radio giveaway


Weather radios will be given out this Saturday in Bear Creek, Brilliant and Hackleburg.
MARION COUNTY — Households in the towns of Bear Creek, Brilliant and Hackleburg will be eligible to receive one free Midland Weather Radio while supplies last on Saturday, April 13, during giveaways in each town.

Memorial service honors tornado victims


Meteorologist James Spann was the keynote speaker during the memorial service. Shown from left are Guin City Clerk Rebeca Markham, Spann, Guin Mayor Phil Segraves and Guin Assistant City Clerk Lorie Mayo.
GUIN — Scars have been on the hearts of many Guin residents for 50 years. Those scars were left by one of the strongest tornadoes ever recorded in history, as it came down on the city on April 3, 1974. Since then, the town has overcome the destruction and built the city back, though the loss of life is still felt, especially by the families of the 25 who perished in the tornado. These 25 were honored during a memorial service Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at Guin First Baptist Church, a handful of hours from the minute the tornado struck 50 years prior

Solar eclipse next Monday

MARION COUNTY— Unusual phenomenon in the heavens bring wonder and awe to the population. This will occur next week when parts of the United States will see a total solar eclipse Monday, April 8, when the moon blocks the sun from view.

RC&D grant period underway, Wide range of funding available


Lauranne James was able to enjoy a short-lived retirement from NACOLG before agreeing to head up the Northwest Alabama’s RC&D Council.
HAMILTON— During a recent Marion County Commission meeting, Lauranne James, the executive director of the Northwest Alabama Resource Conservation and Development Council shared valuable information on her organization, the grant process and the wide range of grants available through RC&D. Besides Marion County, RC&D also serves Colbert, Lauderdale, Franklin and Winston counties.

Byrd Fire and Rescue recognizes two of their own


Pictured are family members of Lynwood and Lorene Hamilton are shown gathered on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Byrd Fire and Rescue Department for a photograph with the mural commemorating the beloved couple and their dedication to the department. Gathered with the family are members of the BFRD and muralist Missy Miles (fourth from left), and her husband, Tommy (second from left)
DETROIT — On Saturday, Feb. 3, the Byrd Fire and Rescue Department gave honor to Lynwood and Lorene Hamilton.

I-22 named for James Brown


The Brown family and friends stand next to the sign that will go up along I-22 in honor of James “Spike” Brown. Left to right, top row: State Representative Tracey Estes, Susannah Brown, Alexandra Leigh M.D., Beatrix Brown, Nathan Brown M.D./D.M.D., Meredith Brown and Kenneth Mays III (Tripp). Bottom row: Myrina (Minnow) Brown, Alexandra (Honey) Brown, Cynthia Brown and Dylan Mays.
HAMILTON — Family, friends and fellow state, county and local officials gathered at Hamilton City Hall on Friday, March 15, to honor the late James “Spike” Brown.

Drug drop box open in Winfield


Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center prevention specialist Charity Cook stands next to the drug drop box holding a bag of medications someone brought in that day.
WINFIELD — Anyone with expired or unused prescription medication can now safely dispose of it at any time at the Winfield Police Department.

Outdoor expo a great success


Junior division turkey calling contest winners are shown with Northwest Alabama RC&D personnel. From left are Lauranne James, Anna Morrison, Thaylen Stone (first place), Clark Nichols (second place), Haysten Williams (third place) and Vanessa King.
HAMILTON — Multiple agencies have come together and created the inaugural Marion County Outdoor Expo. Held on Friday, March 1, it brought in youngsters from multiple parts of the county to participate in events, such as turkey calling, and a motivational speech by former Hamilton resident and BASS professional angler Clay Dyer.

Bevill State levels up: Hamilton unveils esports


Shown is the new logo for Bevill State’s esports.
HAMILTON — Bevill State Community College is excited to announce the introduction of esports to its Hamilton campus, with plans to commence competitive gaming activities in the upcoming fall semester. The introduction of esports at Bevill State's Hamilton campus is a testament to the college's dedication to staying at the forefront of modern educational trends and meeting the evolving interests of its student body. Esports, which has seen explosive growth in recent years, offers a unique platform for students to showcase their skills, foster teamwork and engage in competitive play.

Run-off April 16 for county superintendent


The E.T. Sims Jr. Recreation Center in Hamilton was busy at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, as Precinct 1A-1D voters cast their vote for the candidates of their choice during the 2024 primary election.
HAMILTON — The 2024 Marion County Schools superintendent and Board of Education District 4 primary elections are headed to a runoff election on Tuesday, April 16.

School house rock’d by Adam Calvert


Singer, songwriter and music video star Adam Calvert reaches out to an audience of Hackleburg High School students late last year during a concert in the school gym planned and executed by Family, Career & Community Leaders of America students and their teacher, Holly Chambers.

One of the most exciting days, if not the most exciting day, I’ve had so far back here at the Journal Record was my experience in Hackleburg when singer, songwriter and music video star Adam Calvert and his band and crew came through late last year.
We were short-staffed that day, so I didn’t get to stay for the entire concert, but I was totally blown away by what I did get to see and hear.
I’ve been to concerts in big cities and the stage production put on in Hackleburg High School’s gym was certainly no less than spectacular.