Cochran pleads not guilty to capital murder

Christopher Andrew Cochran (right) is shown sitting with his defense attorney, Jim Standridge of Tuscaloosa, at a preliminary hearing held on Jan. 14.

HAMILTON - Christmas Day 2018 murder-suspect Christopher Andrew Cochran, 29, Hamilton, has plead not guilty to charges of capital murder.
The 25th Judicial Circuit Court held an arraignment hearing for Cochran on Friday, March 1, at the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton.
Cochran’s court-appointed defense attorney, Jim Standridge of Tuscaloosa, told 25th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Daryl Burt that Cochran is pleading not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

 

Missing street signs to be replaced


(From left) Town Clerk Carla Rector, Kevin Barnwell, Eugene Marbutt, mayor Darryl Colburn and Don Barnwell of the Hackleburg Town Council unanimously agreed to replace over 100 missing street and stop signs during the Hackleburg City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 25, at Hackleburg Town Hall.

HACKLEBURG - The Hackleburg Town Council unanimously agreed to begin replacing over 100 missing street and stop signs.
The town had recently replaced 30 stop signs that had been stolen or damaged, but now finds the need to replace other street and stop signs that have been knocked down or gone missing.
Hackleburg Mayor Darryl Colburn and Town Clerk Carla Rector suggested that not replacing the signs could come at a great cost to individuals in the community.

 

Judge rules mistrial in Cantrell case

DOUBLE SPRINGS - A Hamilton native’s trial has been dismissed due to misconduct by prosecutors, according to Winston County court records.
 On Thursday, Feb. 21, in 25th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Lee Carter granted a mistrial motion and dismissed with prejudice the case of the State of Alabama v. Jarod Chase Cantrell.
The state has a right to appeal this decision.

 

Adams, Richards inducted into hall of fame

Dennis Adams (left) of Timberline Homes, Inc. and Britt Richards (right) of Clayton Home Building Group, were both inducted into the Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame at Bevill State Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

HAMILTON - The Alabama Manufactured  Housing Industry (AMHI) inducted Dennis Adams, president of Timberline Homes, Inc., and Britt Richards, vice president of operations and marketing for Clayton Home Building Group, to the industry’s hall of fame during an induction ceremony at Bevill State Community College Hamilton Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
“To be nominated by the members of our industry and chosen by those who have already been inducted into the hall of fame is a special honor, and it means more to me than they will ever know,” said Adams.

Winfield stylist participates in New York Fashion Week

WINFIELD - Stylist Sabrena Handley just returned from New York’s Fashion Week where she lived out one of her lifelong dreams--to work backstage at an international fashion show.
From Feb. 8-16, Handley worked side-by-side with renowned stylists and models during one of the world’s preeminent cultural gatherings. During the week, fashion designers from around the world showcase their creations to buyers, the media and the public in a series of high-profile fashion shows.

County Road 42 undergoing emergency repairs

County Road 42 is shown washing away as a result of heavy rainfall during the weekend of Feb. 23-24.

HAMILTON - Marion County Road 42 is undergoing emergency repairs after a portion of the road began to wash out from heavy rainfall.
As of presstime on Friday, March 1, the road remains closed between CR-107 and CR-98.
This portion of CR-42 was just recently re-opened after the Marion County Commission spent more than $116,000 to repair it.

 

$950 elevator switch to be replaced

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission voted unanimously to fix the elevator switch that controls the elevator in the courthouse for a total of $950 on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
The elevator is known to have been moving very slowly and the doors have taken longer than intended to both open and close.
Marion County Commission attorney, Scott Hunt, stated that he, as well as several others, prefer to take the stairs as it is usually the quicker method to traveling as opposed to riding the malfunctioning elevator.

 

Sibley’s station open for business

Estes Jackson, 93, is shown pumping gas as the station’s first-ever customer using his first credit card in 93 years with his Chevron credit card.

HAMILTON - Jim Sibley, owner of the new Chevron gas station, invited special guests and supporters to the soft opening of the station across from the Walmart Supercenter in Hamilton on Monday, Feb. 25.
Members of the Hamilton City council, along with mayor Bob Page, were also in attendance at the brand-new gas station as food was served from the station’s “Heritage Deli.”
Before Sibley served his guests, he expressed his thanks to those who supported the building of the new station on Hamilton’s Military street.

 

World champion three-peat

The Winfield cheerleading squad captured its third-consecutive world championship at the Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8, 9 and 10. Shown are (front row, from left) Savannah Williamson, Julia Taylor, Meg Bowen, Kati Rose Hardin, Anna Kate Gruwell, Sara Beth Cotton, Olivia Burleson, Jacie Cummings, (second row, same order) Bailey Dodd, Addie Birmingham, Brooklyn Bozeman, Macy Cummings, Memory Clark, Jaken Terrell, Abi Webb, Halie Lowry, Anna Grace Sims, (back row, same order) cheer coach Sandra Seals, Lexi Welch, MaKenna Tucker, Melody Harrison, Olivia Webster, Preslee Loring and Isabella Taylor.

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Winfield cheerleading squad captured its third consecutive world championship at the Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8, 9 and 10.
The squad, which also won its ninth UCA National Championship at the event, has now claimed the world crown for the large varsity non-tumbling division for three-straight years.

Final Four

Three Winfield players, along with head coach Joseph Wilson (second from right), answer questions during the postgame media session after the Lady Pirates’ 46-41 overtime victory over Lauderdale County on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Shown are (from left) freshman Emma Kate Tittle, senior Andrea Harbin, Wilson and senior C’era Beck.

HANCEVILLE - Winfield rallied from a double-digit deficit for the second-straight game to advance to Birmingham after defeating Lauderdale County 46-41 in overtime.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A Northwest Regional Final was on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Tom Drake Coliseum on the campus of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.

Hackleburg, Hamilton, Winfield earn wins on Opening Day

RED BAY - Hamilton scored five runs in the seventh inning to come back and beat Red Bay 10-6 on Monday, Feb. 18.
The Aggies scored four runs in the first inning before Red Bay responded with two in the bottom of the frame and four runs in the second to hold a 6-4 advantage.
After both teams went scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth innings, Hamilton tacked on a run in the top of the sixth to cut the Tigers’ lead to one run.

 

Delegates weigh in on upcoming session

HAMILTON - The 2019 Legislative Session is quickly approaching. It will launch on Tuesday, March 5, and could potentially run through June 17.
Leading up to the session, the Journal Record has reached out to Marion County’s legislative delegation and has requested their views on several issues that may potentially be tackled by lawmakers in Montgomery this year.

 

Raises walked back after misstep

HAMILTON - The Hamilton City Council is backpedalling after unintentionally approving raises for more employees than intended.
At a previous Jan. 22 council meeting, the Hamilton council unanimously passed pay raises for certified and non-certified Hamilton water and waste water employees.
But Hamilton Mayor Bob Page says that non-certified employees were never intended to be part of the equation.

 

Truck fire quickly extinguished

The Hamilton Fire Department responded to a tractor-trailer fire at 5 a.m. on I-22’s westbound Exit 7 on Friday, Feb. 22. Firefighters were able to save the load the truck was carrying and the driver was uninjured.

HAMILTON -  The Hamilton Fire Department was dispatched at 5 a.m.  to respond to a tractor-trailer fire at Interstate 22’s westbound Exit 7 on Friday, Feb. 22.

Spring enrollment down

HAMILTON - Spring 2019 enrollment for Bevill State Community College (BSCC) was lower systemwide compared to the previous semester, Fall 2018.
For Spring 2019, BSCC had a headcount of 3,317 students systemwide and had 29,418 registered credit hours, for an average of 8.87 hours per student.
Academic students numbered 1,604 systemwide and accounted for 13,673 of the system’s total credit hours. This means academic students averaged 10.21 hours.

 

Cheer, track team honored; Arno, Thornell give updates

Northwest Alabama Economic Alliance (NWEDA) President David Thornell distributes informational broshures to the council.

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Council held its Tuesday, Feb. 19, meeting in the Pastime Civic Center to honor the members of the Winfield City High School varsity cheer squad, cheer coach Sandra Seals and the WCHS track team.
Winfield Mayor Randy Price presented resolutions to Seals, the cheer squad and the track team for their recent accomplishments on the national and state level.

Sutton wins big at BBQ competition

HAMILTON - Samuel Sutton, 16, won 1st place at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference Turkey Barbecue Competition in Louisville, Ky., on Friday, Nov 15.
Sutton, an 11th grade student at Hamilton High School, heard about the competition through his local 4-H Club, where he has been a member for five years, and competed in a competition at the Marion County level and finished in 1st place at the state level before competing in the turkey barbecue competition at the national level in November.

17th Annual JBAF this weekend

Art lovers and artists mingle at the 2018 Jerry Brown Arts Festival at the Tombigbee Electric Cooperative facility.

HAMILTON - This weekend marks the Jerry Brown Arts Festival’s (JBAF) 17th annual event.
Once again under the large City of Hamilton water tower, the JBAF will be taking place at the Tombigbee Electric Cooperative’s facility at 3196 County Highway 55 in Hamilton.
The free event will take place on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 3, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Courthouse guard accidentally fires two shots into wall

HAMILTON - A private security guard has been terminated after accidently discharging two rounds from a handgun while on duty at the Marion County Courthouse.
Marion County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jeff Davis said the incident occurred on Friday, Feb. 22, at approximately 3:30 p.m. in the front security room of the courthouse.

No one was injured during the shooting and there was minimal damage.

 

Census 2020 participation vital for recruiting

HAMILTON - State officials are urging local leaders to drive home the need for Census participation.
While there are many uses for Census data, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Director Kenneth Boswell recently advised local leaders during a regional economic summit that many businesses and industries use the population report to make decisions on where to locate.

Aderholt honored with Champion Award

(From left) Current board chairman Al Elbert, 2018 board chairman Harry Unger, and Phillip Harrod, board chairman from 2014 to 2018, were all honored for their service to the Northwest EDA during the Eighth Annual State of the Region meeting at the Vernon City Complex on Thursday, Jan. 31.

VERNON - The Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (EDA) honored Congressman Robert Aderholt, John Riley of Bolzoni Auramo and current and former board chairmen as the EDA held its eighth annual state of the region meeting at the Vernon City Complex on Thursday, January 31.

Census bureau looking to hire in Northwest Alabama

HAMILTON - The United States Census Bureau is in the midst of a massive recruiting effort and they may have a job for you. The census bureau is currently looking to hire 20 million workers ahead of the 2020 Census.
Every 10 years, since 1790, the bureau has attempted to count every man, woman, and child living in the United States and its territories.

Tree seedling giveaway set for Feb. 26

HAMILTON - The Arbor Day free tree giveaway in Hamilton has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Sponsored each year by the Hamilton Beautification and Tree Board, in conjunction with the Alabama Forestry Commission, the free giveaway allows residents to select various saplings at no charge.
The event will be held at the Hamilton City Hall from 9 - 11 a.m.
For more information, interested persons can contact city hall at 921-2121.

First steps toward a new jail

Marion County sheriff Kevin Williams (standing) speaks to members of the commission on Monday, Feb. 4 during a special called meeting. Pictured are (seated, from left) Dale Holt, Bob Burleson, Kenneth Cochran and Keith Nichols. Not pictured is Tim “Ears” Estes.

HAMILTON - Over the past few weeks, a parade of architects, designers and consultants hoping to win a contract to build a new jail in Marion County have presented themselves to Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams and the Marion County Commission.
Representatives from such architectural and design firms as Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, PH&J Architects, Volkert, Inc. and Hamilton architect Andrea Harbison have all made presentations to the commission.

County, city school officials take a stand against AAA

The Marion County Board of Education and Winfield Board of Education have joined school districts across the state in calling for the repeal of the controversial Alabama Accountability Act (AAA).
Marion County school board members unanimously adopted a resolution at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, calling for lawmakers to repeal the act in the upcoming 2019 session, which begins on Tuesday, March 5.
The Winfield Board of Education also approved a resolution recommending Legislators repeal the AAA at its Wednesday, Feb. 13, meeting.

 

County offices see new, returning faces

(Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of 2 stories for the swearing in of county officials. See our last paper on Wednesday, Feb. 13, for Part 1.)
County officers elected during the 2018 election cycle have all taken their turn in raising their right hand and have sworn to serve the people.
The new and returning officers all officially assumed their positions on Tuesday, Jan. 15, not including the elected Marion County Board of Education members, who took their seats in December.

 

Bussler JBAF’s 2019 featured artist

The Northwest Alabama Arts Council has announced that Christine Bussler, an artist from Fayetteville, Tenn., has been selected as the featured artist for this year’s JBAF. Her artwork will be featured on the 2019 commemorative T-shirt. Bussler, who is a self-taught painter, is returning to the JBAF for the fifth time.

HAMILTON - Commemorative T-shirts for the 17th Annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival (JBAF) are now on sale.
The annual JBAF is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, in south Hamilton at the spacious Tombigbee Electric Cooperative facility. Admission is, as always, free and hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Hamilton-based Northwest Alabama Arts Council.