‘Stop the rumors’


Marion County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Eric Terrell.

HAMILTON - Rumors and hear-say are just more issues to handle for officials in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marion County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Eric Terrell urged numerous county and industry officials on Wednesday, March 25, to stomp out misinformation the best they can.

Design flaws could be to blame for floor collapse

HAMILTON - The collapse of the lunchroom kitchen floor in Guin may have been due to missing vents in the design of the building, according to state inspectors.
Lathan Associates Architects Vice President Shawn Calma met with the Marion County Board of Education on a video call during a meeting on Wednesday, March 18.
The kitchen floor partially collapsed on Friday afternoon, Feb. 21, while lunchroom staff were working. No one was injured.

Hengers receive keys to city


(From left) Winfield Mayor Randy Price, former Northwest Medical Center-Winfield Chief Executive Officer Robert Henger and his wife, Jan, are shown during the key-to-the-city presentation honoring the Hengers during the Winfield City Council meeting held on Tuesday, March 17, at Winfield City Hall.

WINFIELD -  Former Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Medical Center-Winfield Robert Henger and his wife, Jan, received keys to the City of Winfield for their service to the community during a regular meeting on Tuesday, March 17, at Winfield City Hall.
Mayor Randy Price presented the keys to the Hengers and thanked them for their contribution to the Winfield community through the hospital.
“Bob has stepped in several times to lead us in the right way and make sure the hospital operates in the way that it should,” said Price.

Local hospitals commended for COVID-19 precautions


Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Northern District Administrator Judy Smith speaks during a COVID-19 meeting in Marion County on Wednesday, March 25.>

HAMILTON - A state health officer has commended Marion County’s local hospitals for measures taken to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
“I have to commend you for what you’re doing,” Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Northern District Administrator Judy Smith told hospital administrators from North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC)-Hamilton and Northwest Medical Center in Winfield.

City officials lock in with jail plan


The Marion County Commission met with the Hamilton City Council during a work session on Wednesday, March 11.>

HAMILTON - A new Marion County Jail is beginning to become more of a reality.
The Hamilton City Council voted unanimously during its Monday, March 16, meeting to pledge $200,000 a year to the Marion County Commission to help cover payments for up to a $10 million bond for a new jail.
The pledge was passed with a provision that the commission not raise lock-up fees for the Hamilton Police Department.

Officials gives COVID-19 update


Marion County Commission Chairman Tim “Ears” Estes

MARION COUNTY -  The Marion County Commission urges citizens to be diligent in their efforts to stay informed and to participate in mitigation activities to help reduce the exposure and spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus.

Gudger stresses social distancing

HAMILTON - Adhering to state-ordered health policies could reduce the local impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by 80%, said state Sen. Garlan Gudger, during a meeting with 19 Marion County industry leaders and officials.
The senator and state Rep. Tracy Estes met with a cross-section of officials in law enforcement, health care and education on Wednesday morning, March 25, to discuss the local response and needs associated with the coronavirus outbreak.