Hamilton City Schools?

Shown voting in favor of a feasibility study for the creation of a Hamilton city school district are (from left) council member Wade Williams, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page and councilmen Ross Reed and Scott Tyra. [Scott Johnson/staff]

HAMILTON - City leaders in Marion County’s largest municipality have commissioned a study to determine if it can establish its own city school system.
The Hamilton City Council voted unanimously during a meeting on Monday, June 7, to contract Dr. John Myrick of the Alabaster School City School District to conduct a feasibility study of Hamilton schools withdrawing from the Marion County School System.

Journal Record places 1st in two categories

Birmingham - In its 52nd year, the Journal Record continues its tradition of exceptional news coverage in Marion County.
The Alabama Press Association (APA) announced on Friday, May 28, that two first-place awards were announced for the news organization in the 2021 APA Media Awards (AMA).
According to APA Chairman Dee Ann Campbell, this year 54 publications submitted 1,852 entries in the annual contest. The South Carolina Press Association membership judged entries this year.

Hamilton wants you

Hamilton wants your help to take the city back from the litter bugs.
The city’s newly established anti-littering committee is already set to make some waves with its first sponsored clean-up event, which will mobilize volunteers on Saturday, June 19.
“This will be the first of what we hope will be many official cleanup efforts that will focus on specific areas of Hamilton to pick up the litter,” said Hamilton City Councilman Scott Tyra, who heads up the anti-litter board.

My Nine Lives

It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through another year. “Time flies when you’re having fun” is a saying often said, but at my age it seems that time flies whether I’m having fun or not. I’ve blinked and suddenly find myself in my mid-forties. How did that happen? To be honest, I’m not exactly sure when or how I “grew up”. Or maybe I haven’t yet? Surely I’m not the only person who feels this way.

City school study sends a message

Hamilton city officials have unanimously commissioned a study to analyze the feasibility of creating a city-run education system and splitting ways with the Marion County School System, which currently operates all schools in the county outside of Winfield.
The step taken during a meeting on Monday, June 7, is just a study, but it does send a message. One, there is a strong and shared desire among Hamilton residents to support their local schools. Two, Hamilton believes its schools have a higher potential.

Prison issue unresolved

There were two major issues not resolved during the just completed regular legislative session. Gambling and prisons were left on the table and up in the air.
It is foolish to not address a resolution to get some revenues for the state from gambling which currently exists in Alabama. However, it is not imperative that the problem be solved.

Weldy Home for Children Celebrates reopening

Winfield’s Weldy Home for Children hosted an open house on Wednesday, June 9, to celebrate the home reopening after being closed for two years.
Founded in 1991 and named in honor Russellville physician Joseph F. Weldy, the home provides shelter and care for up to 10 girls ages 6-18. The girls are taken in through collaboration with the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Winfield, Hackleburg teams among 100 finalists

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Two Marion County rocketry teams are among 100 national finalists in the American Rocketry Challenge.
Both Hackleburg High School and Winfield City High School have teams represented in the national finals, which will take place in mid-June at launch sites across the U.S., including one at a Birmingham site where a total of seven teams in the state will compete.

Winfield Rubber wins supplier of the year

WINFIELD - Winfield Rubber was announced the winner of the 3M 2020 Supplier of the Year award during an awards ceremony held virtually early this year for their work with the 3M plant in Guin.
The company was honored with the award in recognition of their contribution to improving 3M’s competitiveness.
“We have had the great privilege to work with the 3M Guin plant for the past 13 years. We supply them the reflective highway marking tape for their Highway Division,” said Winfield Rubber President Frank Hollingsworth.


School systems seeking to assist children with disabilities

Public schools across Marion County are searching for children with disabilities or who are suspected of having disabilities in order to provide special services.
The program, simply referred to as Child Find, is a statewide program that is sponsored by the state Department of Education’s Division of Rehabilitation  Services, Early Intervention, and the Division of Special Education Services.
The program is an effort to locate, identify and evaluate individuals from birth to age 21 who have disabilities or who are suspected of having disabilities.

More than $1.7M in scholarships earned

Marion County Schools’ seniors were awarded approximately $1,729,460 in scholarship money this year.
The amount is the collective pool of 219 graduating students across five high schools in the Class of 2021, including Brilliant High School, Hackleburg High School, Hamilton High School, Marion County High School in Guin and Phillips High School in Bear Creek.
At Brilliant High, 21 graduating seniors were awarded $428,000 in scholarships.
Thirty-nine seniors at Hackleburg  High were awarded a total of $155,520 in scholarships.

Veal awarded coaches’ children scholarship

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

MONTGOMERY – Ten senior student-athletes in the Alabama High School Athletics Association (AHSAA) have been selected by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) to receive the 2021 Coaches’ Children Scholarships.
Phillips High School’s Allie Veal was selected as the District 7 recipient.  Allie is the daughter of Coach Scott and Lisa Veal. She has one brother, Hunter.


County jobless rate dips again

April map

Staff Writer

As help wanted signs have been seen popping up nationwide as the country bounces back from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marion County jobless rate has taken a slight dip from 2.8% to 2.5% from March to April, a stark contrast from the 10.5% unemployment rate last year at this time.


Animal service non-profit seeking city’s backing

Concept art of a proposed animal shelter facility which would be built in the Pikeville area.

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

HAMILTON - City officials will weigh whether or not to partner with a startup non-profit for animal control services.
Hoof or Paw non-profit founder Calen Weston spoke with the Hamilton City Council during a work session on Tuesday, June 1, to discuss her organization’s push to answer Marion County’s animal control predicament. Weston attended the meeting accompanied by Hamilton resident Felicia Aycock, who has been helping the organization fundraise.


Oh the places she’ll go - Hamilton Elementary music teacher Jenn Zetrouer moving to UK

Louis Mellini

Staff Writer

HAMILTON - Hamilton Elementary School music teacher and theater director Jenn Zetrouer will be moving to Manchester, England, following her three-year stint at the school.
Zetrouer was hired by the school in 2018 to teach in the music program and directed several productions throughout the last three years.
Zetrouer, 29, was born to Chris and Tonia in January of 1992 and raised in Gainesville, Ga., with her brother, Chris.