MCHS seniors launch charity; New Guin food pantry assisting those in need

Feed My Sheep organizer Selena Belk brings a box of food into the Feed My Sheep food pantry for distribution at the Earnest Courts Community Center in Guin on Thursday, Jan. 10.

GUIN - The newly created Feed My Sheep food pantry in Guin received its first food delivery on Thursday, Jan. 10, and the organizers could not have been more happy.
“We’re just excited that this is happening,” said Marion County High School senior Selena Belk, one of three student organizers of the pantry.  
Belk, along with MCHS seniors Jayda Stinnett and Mackenzie Pearce, organized the pantry, located in the Ernest Courts Apartments, after recognizing a need in the community.


Hunters find scorched vehicle, human remains near MS line; Ward believed to have been found after missing 89 days

Arthur Ward

HAMILTON - Law enforcement officials are saying that remains found within a burnt vehicle may belong to a missing 69-year-old Choctaw County senior citizen, Arthur Lawrence Ward, who went missing in October.

Love’s to build truck stop on Exit 14; Project could break ground as early as June

HAMILTON - A Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store is anticipated to break ground in Hamilton as quickly as this summer.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Page told the Journal Record that Love’s has plans set in place to acquire 20 acres on River Road Drive, right off of Interstate 22’s Exit 14, for a large truck stop, convenience store, bath house and two restaurants.
The company could be ready to break ground on its new location as early as June.

Winfield troop now taking orders for cookies

Marion County Girl Scouts pictured during last year’s cookie drive are (from left) Payton Wallace, Wren Williamson, Allyson Lyons, Makayla Long, Audrey Clelland, Kalee Upton, Jada Hamilton, Alexanderia Hale and (back row) Kaylie Estille.

WINFIELD - The Winfield Girl Scout Troop 40216 is now taking orders for its yearly Girl Scout cookie fundraiser. Thin mints, lemonades, caramel delites, and peanut butter sandwich are just a few of the cookies the troop will be selling to raise funds for yearly membership dues, excursions and other charitable work, said troop leader Dana Long.
Long said the Girl Scout Troop sold 7,000 boxes of cookies last year and raised over $6,000.

Editorial: Thankful for the opportunity

Two areas in Marion County have received federal designation as Opportunity Zones, a program established recently through the passage of President Donald Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Nationwide, there is speculation that the program will be the largest investment program in history, generating as much as $100 billion, which will all be funneled into low-income areas to help provide boosts in economic development.
Per the regulations, Gov. Kay Ivey was given the responsibility of choosing a portion of the state’s low-income areas to be designated as “zones.”

Self-service CWD sampling stations deployed in North Alabama; Sampling site in Marion County is at Watson's Grocery

WFF has deployed six self-service CWD sampling stations in north Alabama as part of its increased sampling surveillance efforts. The sample station freezers are in Marion, Fayette, Lamar, Franklin, Lauderdale and Colbert counties, and are available to receive deer head samples 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) has deployed six self-service Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) sampling stations in north Alabama as part of its increased CWD sampling surveillance efforts in the state.
The sample station freezers are in Marion, Fayette, Lamar, Franklin, Lauderdale and Colbert counties, and are available to receive deer head samples 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Diane Cochran

Diane Cochran, 66, Hamilton, passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.
marion county Funeral Home
Hamilton, ala.

Velma Jean Cole

Velma Jean Cole, 90, Hackleburg, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.
Hackleburg Funeral Home
Hackleburg, AL

Upcoming Event Calendar

The Winfield Public Library will be offering Storytime for children ages 4-6 to join them for reading, singing, playing games and maybe even dancing. Storytime will be held from 3:30 - 5 p.m. The library is located at 185 Ashwood Dr. Information: 487-2484 or email

Two Marion Co. ‘zones’ bullseyes for investors; Some officials deflated by seemingly arbitrary boundaries

Opportunity Alabama founder and chief executive officer Alex Flachsbart spoke with approximately 35 local officials and business owners about investment opportunities through the Opportunity Zone program during a seminar put on by C3 of Northwest Alabama on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Holiday Inn of Guin.

HAMILTON - Local business and industry officials and public figures are expectantly curious about the local opportunities available through a federal economic development program rolling out in 2019.
C3 of Northwest Alabama hosted Opportunity Alabama founder and chief executive officer Alex Flachsbart at the Guin Holiday Inn on Wednesday, Dec. 19, to discuss the program.
About 35 business owners, investors and elected officials from around Northwest Alabama attended the event to learn how to take advantage of the economic development opportunity.

Food service health scores (Dec. 2018)

HAMILTON - The Marion County Health Department released the following health inspection scores and violations for 39 restaurants, delis and lunchrooms conducted through the month of November.
(Priority violations, whose application directly contributes to the elimination, prevention or reduction of hazards associated with foodborne illness or injury, are listed following the restaurant name when applicable. Core violations are not listed.):
• Aggie Food Mart, Hamilton - 100: No paper towels at handsink;
• Midnight Bakery, Hamilton - 98;

Rucking for Santa

Sandy Sandlin and the Christmas for Kids organization thanks I-Deal Fitness and the Sua Sponte Ruck Club, led by Sgt. Sean Roby, for their charity event called “Ruck for Santa,” which raised approximately $1,300 for the Christmas for Kids group. This was a 10-mile trek with a 30-pound rucksack on. It was a challenging route with lots of steep inclines.

Charity still $5,000 short of goal; Sandlin: ‘We may have to start knocking on doors’

HAMILTON - With gifts already purchased, delivered and opened by 442 children over the holidays, Christmas for Kids is still needing $5,787.29 to meet its $40,000 funding goal.
For the week-period ending on Thursday, Jan. 9, a total of $1,455 was donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign. To date, the charity has now collected $34,212.71.
Charity organizer Sandy Sandlin said that fundraising is still underway to pay for the gifts. Since the charity was formed in 1985, it has always met its fundraising goal one way or another.

Jasper woman wounded in hunting accident

GUIN - A Jasper woman was accidently shot by her husband while deer hunting on Sunday, Jan. 6, in the Pea Ridge Community.
Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams told the Journal Record that Lyn Humphries, 46, Jasper, was injured when her husband, Phillip Humphries, 47, accidently shot her in the back.
The incident occurred on the Jasper couple’s 60-acre hunting property, located on County Highway 42, approximately one mile north of the County Highway 37 intersection.


No. 2 Winfield remains perfect; Hamilton’s Hollingsworth records first triple-double on varsity

Hamilton’s Aubrey Sorrells (11) and Winfield’s C’era Beck (20) fight for the ball in the rivalry matchup on Friday, Jan. 4. The Lady Pirates defeated the Lady Aggies 69-30. Beck finished with 16 points while Sorrells collected seven rebounds. Also shown are Winfield’s Andrea Harbin (10) and Hamilton’s Lexie Childers (22).

WINFIELD - Winfield defeated Oakman 53-44 in Class 3A, Area 10 action to remain perfect on the season.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A’s second-ranked Lady Pirates were tied with the Lady Wildcats at 13-all at the end of the first period.
Winfield took a 27-22 lead heading into halftime with a 14-9 second quarter.
The Lady Pirates added to their lead with a 16-12 third quarter. Both schools scored 10 points in the fourth to give the final of 53-44, Winfield.


Ninth-ranked Aggies improve to 16-4

Hamilton’s Ethan Brumley (10) drives to the basket and attempts a layup as Winfield’s Luke Jungels (32) goes for a block. Brumley scored 15 points while Jungels had 18 points, seven rebounds, six blocks, three assists and a steal in the Pirates’ 60-59 victory.

MOULTON - Hamilton earned a 69-56 win over Class 5A, Area 14 foe Lawrence County to improved to 5-1 in area action.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A’s ninth-ranked Aggies had three players score in double-digits.
Justin Webb finished with a team-high 17 points. He added four assists.
Ethan Brumley and Caleb Weeks each scored 15 points apiece. Brumley added six assists and six rebounds.
Christian Loving scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds.
The victory improved the Aggies to 16-4 on the season.

Council votes to place lawsuit money on bank loan

Guin Mayor Max Maddox (seated, foreground at left) watches as five Guin City Council members raise their hands to vote yes on allocating funds from the Hospital Tax lawsuit to pay city debt held by State Bank and Trust on Monday, Jan. 7. Councilman Gary Randolph (seated at left at the table) voted "no."

GUIN -  The Guin City Council voted to allocate the $65,863 it garnered from the Marion County Commission Hospital Tax lawsuit to paying down the city’s $1.7 million loan debt at its Monday, Jan. 7 meeting.
The council’s vote to put the money toward the loan was a surprise for Mayor Max Maddox who expressed desire to put the lawsuit windfall toward street repair or bond payments.
Repairing Guin’s streets has been a topic of concern at previous council meetings.

Agency can help low-income residents with high energy costs

HAMILTON - Low-income residents of Marion County seeking financial assistance to pay for high energy costs can call the Marion Winston Community Action Agency beginning Jan. 23 to see if they qualify for the service.
The assistance will be provided through the federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
To make an appointment, residents can call the Hamilton office at 205-921-4224 Monday through Friday. Residents of Winston County can call the Haleyville office at 205-486-7239 Monday through Tuesday.

Lady Pirates win Christmas tournament; Hamilton downs Jasper, Cordova in blowout wins

The Winfield Lady Pirates won the 2018 Winfield Christmas Tournament Varsity Girls championship after defeating Red Bay in the finals on Friday, Dec. 28. The Lady Pirates earned wins on Thursday, Dec. 27, over Holy Spirit Catholic and Sulligent. Shown for Winfield are (front row, from left) Gracie McCarty, C’era Beck, Shelby Evers, Andrea Harbin, Kristen Wilson, (back row, same order) head coach Joseph Wilson, Emma Kate Tittle, Presley Guin, Anna Kate Crumpton, Kady Grace Eads, Hallie Glasgow, Abbie Junkin and assistant coach Ty Seals.

WINFIELD - Winfield won its own Christmas tournament after defeating Red Bay 64-42 in the championship game on Friday, Dec. 28.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A’ sixth-ranked Lady Pirates led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter before adding 22 points to their total in the second to lead 30-18 at halftime.
Winfield outscored Red Bay 20-13 in the third and 14-11 in the fourth to capture the 22-point victory.
Stats for Winfield were not available at presstime.
The victory improved the Lady Pirates to a perfect 15-0.

Pirates go unbeaten in Christmas tournament; Tigers fall to Phillips, Bryant recognized for eclipsing 1,000-career point mark

Brilliant’s Kade Bryant (left) eclipsed the 1,000-career point mark in the Tigers’ 67-59 loss to Waterloo. The sophomore had 1,107 career points heading into this week’s slate of games. He was recognized by Tiger head coach Ryan Sanderson (right) before the Tigers’ 79-72 loss to Phillips on Monday, Dec. 17. Bryant finished that game with 28 points and 19 rebounds.

WINFIELD - Winfield finished unbeaten in the Winfield Christmas Tournament after defeating Northside 55-46 on Friday, Dec. 28.
The Pirates’ Brady Franks finished with a team-high 13 points. He added eight rebounds and a steal.
Graham Bradford contributed 11 points, four rebounds, one assist and a block.
Luke Jungels had nine points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Jackson Elkins and Camden Clark each added six points. Elkins had three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Clark added three steals and a rebound.

Foshee surveys the past, looks to the future of freedomFIBER

Tombigbee Electric Cooperative President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Foshee displays the one-inch fiber optic cable that is bringing ultra high-speed internet to Marion, Fayette, Lamar and Winston counties. Giant spools of the cable are pictured in the background.

HAMILTON - As a new year rolls around lots of people take stock of the past and look ahead to the future.
For Tombigbee Electric Cooperative President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Foshee, the past has been a success and the future is looking bright, particularly in regard to the freedomFIBER project—the multi-million project to bring ultra high-speed internet to the residents of Marion, Lamar and Fayette counties and the City of Haleyville.
Foshee draws a comparison to a football game when reviewing the current state of freedomFIBER.

Arrest, incident reports


In the Wednesday, Jan. 2, edition of the Journal Record, in the story headline, “Westbrook stuck, killed crossing HWY. 43,” “stuck” is incorrect and should have been “struck.” We apologize and regret any confusion or embarrassment this may have caused.
To request a correction or clarification, call news editor Scott Johnson at 921-3104 .

Hamilton Police Department

Gov. Ivey, DA Slatton announce $6.3M grant for victims assistance

Shown at the Friday, Dec. 7, announcement by Gov. Kay Ivey concerning the awarding of a $6.3 million state grant that will allow Alabama District Attorneys to hire 88 Certified Victim Service Officers to assist victims of crime are (from left) 25th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Slatton, Ivey, Marion County Victim Service Officer Gena Holloway and Winston County Victim Service Officer Tammy Miller.

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Friday, Dec. 7, the awarding of a $6.3 million state grant that will allow Alabama district attorneys to hire 88 Certified Victim Service Officers to assist victims of crime.
Speaking at a news conference on Friday afternoon, Dec. 7, in the Old House Chamber, Ivey noted the need for more assistance for crime victims.

Editorial: Cochran first to be prosecuted under new law

On Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, the City of Hamilton suffered its second downtown shooting event in just the last three years, leaving a father dead in the presence of his two children during a custody exchange gone wrong.
Hamilton’s last shooting happened in just February 2016, when Jimmy Dale Cooper, Hamilton, allegedly shot and killed Linda Cole and Donnie Miller in separate shooting incidents in downtown Hamilton.