No. 6 Winfield continues win streak

Winfield shortstop C’era Beck (1) throws over to first base to complete a double play after tagging second. Shown for Marion County is Bretta Taylor (1).

WINFIELD - Winfield defeated Class 3A, Area 10 foe Carbon Hill 7-0 on Wednesday, March 13.
The Lady Pirates are ranked No. 6 in Class 3A by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
Winfield’s Alana Ballard earned the complete-game victory. She allowed three hits and three walks while striking out two.

 

Conference set for April 5

HAMILTON - The 27th Annual Breaking the Cycle of Abuse (BTCOA) conference will be held on Friday, April 5, at Bevill State Community College- Hamilton.
This year’s event will mark the first time that two doctors will give presentations as previous years the conference had featured only one doctor. Dr. Carin Richard Kiser and Dr. David Bernard of the UAB Department of Pediatrics will be speaking at this year’s event.

State gas tax will rise 10 cents

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Senate voted 28-6 in approval of the Rebuild Alabama Act, which levies an additional 10-cents per gallon on fuel sales.
The state House of Representatives passed the referendum with a few amendments on Friday, March 8. The Senate voted the tax through on Tuesday, March 12, sending it to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk, who signed it into law later that afternoon.

Drug shipment intercepted

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HALEYVILLE - An interstate drug operation has been intercepted by local and regional agencies, who seized approximately eight pounds of marijuana in air-tight bags mailed from southern California to the post office in Haleyville.

Driver ejected in I-22 collision

The Hamilton Fire Department was dispatched by Marion County 9-1-1 to a single-vehicle collision near exit 14 on I-22 at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12. The driver and passenger were both rescued by the Hamilton Fire Department and transported to the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

HAMILTON -  The Hamilton Fire Department was dispatched by Marion County 9-1-1  to a single-vehicle collision near exit 14 on I-22 at 2 a.m. on Tuesday March 12.
When the fire department arrived, with assistance from the Hamilton Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Department, firefighters discovered that the vehicle had collided with the interstate guardrail, tearing the left side of the vehicle open and caused the driver of the vehicle to be ejected from the car.

Last dollar of 2014 bond issue spent

Dymac Construction of Lynn continues its renovation work on the E.T. Sims Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building. The work has included structure improvements and repairs as well as gym updates and a refurbished senior center. The renovation is tentatively set to be complete in May.

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton has spent the last dollar from its 2014 bond account.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Page told the Journal Record that the city officially closed its bond account after paying out its remaining balance to Dymac Contracting for work its work on the E.T. Sims Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building.
Hamilton City Clerk Angela Owen said that the remaining balance in the account was paid out on Feb. 19 for the rec center renovation.

 

Robotics team honored at meeting

Members of the Winfield Middle School robotics team explain the rules and strategy of a typical robotics competition during the Winfield City Board of Education meeting at the middle school on March 12. Demonstrating were Seth Birdsong, Easton Couch, Adam Cunningham and Auna-Kate Hale.

WINFIELD - The Winfield Middle School robotics team put on a demonstration during the Winfield City Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 12, in the board room at the school.

Fire tax trucks in $756K for inaugural year

Representatives from Marion County’s volunteer fire departments received checks at the Tiger Den in Brilliant on Thursday, Feb, 28. (From left) Jerry Ezekial, Pea Ridge; Jeremy Prestage, Byrd; Meredith Green, Brilliant; Adam Loden, Bear Creek; Dana Loden, Shottsville; John Chambers, Craft; Stephanie Plunkett, Twin; Augy Avery, Shiloh; Coby Wiginton, Hamilton; Steve Hood, Hackleburg; and Randy Garrison, Guin.

HAMILTON - The three-mill fire protection tax has completed its first full year of collections.
Marion County Firefighters Association President Jeff Williams provided the Journal Record with Fiscal Year 2018 statements of Marion County’s 12 municipal and community fire departments.
Altogether, the three-mill tax produced $756,460.08 for the period and provided $63,038.34 each to the Craft, Bear Creek, Brilliant, Byrd, Guin, Hackleburg, Hamilton, Pea Ridge, Shiloh, Shottsville, Twin and Winfield fire departments.

 

Hamilton girls challenging the norms of career tech

HAMILTON - The Hamilton High School (HHS) Engineering Club is breaking career technical norms.
According to HHS engineering teacher James Beasley, the local engineer club has about 70-percent female participation.
Beasley and three engineering club members—Bailey Sherman, Kira Clark and club president Kaylee Gann—gave a special presentation to the Marion County Board of Education at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in accordance with Career Technical Education Month in February.

 

Councilman wants to explore tax options for repaving

HAMILTON - Hamilton councilman Gene Sanderson has suggested the city begin discussing temporary tax options to fund road repairs.
Sanderson introduced the topic at the Hamilton City Council’s meeting on Monday, March 4, after regular business had concluded.
“We need to start doing something about paving some of these streets,” Sanderson said. “We’ve got a lot of people who are not satisfied with the streets in Hamilton.”

 

New bus for senior center

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Senior Center will have a brand new 15-passenger van to provide services to local seniors.
The Hamilton City Council voted unanimously to purchase a new 2019 15-passenger van at its Tuesday, Feb. 19, meeting.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Page said between three to four months will be necessary for the van to be obtained.

 

Winfield drama students present spring show

 WINFIELD - The Winfield City High School drama students are presenting their annual spring production at The Pastime Theatre this week. The students will present the romantic comedy Tom Jones with public performances on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m.   
The production was adapted by David Rogers from the novel written by Henry Fielding, published in 1749. The book is generally considered one of the first novels in the English language.

‘We made mistakes’

Tracy Peoples (left) and Chris Hargrove (right), vice presidents of Dynamic Security Inc., who have provided security guards for the Marion County Courthouse since 2016, visited with members of the Marion County Commission and other local officials to discuss solutions and preventative measures after the Friday, Feb. 22, incident in which a security guard accidentally discharged two rounds from a handgun while on duty.

HAMILTON - Following the accidental discharge of a weapon in the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton on Feb. 22, Chris Hargrove and Tracy Peoples, vice presidents at Muscle Shoals-based Dynamic Security Inc., who have provided security to the courthouse since 2016, visited the Marion County Commission to discuss solutions and preventative measures after the incident. 
In attendance were county commissioners Bobby Burleson and Dale Holt, sheriff Kevin Williams, 25th Judicial Circuit Judge Daryl Burt and Marion County Commission Attorney Scott Hunt.

Jobless rate up slightly in county, more jobs added across the state

HAMILTON -  Marion County’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly from 3.8 percent in November 2018 to 4.1 percent in December. Though slightly up, the number marks the end of a downward trend that began in January 2018 when the rate was at 7.6 percent.
In December, 510 people in the county were unemployed, up from the 482 in November. In December 2017, 448 people in the county were unemployed.

Turnovers sink Lady Pirates

Winfield head coach Joseph Wilson (right) walks toward senior guard Andrea Harbin (10) after the final seconds ticked off the clock in Winfield’s 48-41 loss to Montgomery Academy in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A Basketball State Tournament semifinal at the Legacy Arena in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

BIRMINGHAM - Winfield suffered a heartbreaking 48-41 loss to Montgomery Academy in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Basketball State Tournament Semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Legacy Arena in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A’s fourth-ranked Lady Pirates led a majority of the contest, including a three-point advantage heading into the final period of play, before suffering the seven-point loss to the state’s seventh-ranked Lady Eagles.

McKinney, Pyron named to North squad

Marion County senior Braden Pyron (2) slips through the arms of a Vina defender. Pyron was named as a wide receiver to the North All-Star Football Team.

Marion County will be well represented in the 60th Annual Alabama High School Athletic Association’s North-South All-Star Football Game on Thursday, July 18.
Winfield head football coach David McKinney was named the North’s head coach for the event at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.
“I am honored and proud for the opportunity,” McKinney said. “They told me that the North has won four years in a row, so the pressure is on.”

 

Hackleburg, Marion County, Winfield earn wins

Hamilton second baseman Dawson Morris (10) awaits the throw-down from the catcher as the Muscle Shoals runner attempts to steal second.

HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg scored early en route to an 11-5 victory over Brilliant on Thursday, Feb. 28.
The Panthers scored a run in the bottom of the first inning. Brilliant evened the score in the top of the second before Hackleburg added five runs to make the score 6-1, Panthers.
Hackleburg added three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth while the Tigers crossed home plate twice in the top of the fifth.

 

Lady Aggies start season with wins

Hamilton’s Katelyn Peoples (15) ropes a double into the outfield in the Lady Aggies’ 6-1 win over Haleyville. Peoples had two RBIs in the contest.

GUIN - Hamilton toppled Marion County 17-9 in a county clash on Thursday, Feb. 28.
Hamilton scored five runs in the top of the first before Marion County trimmed the Lady Aggie lead with two runs in the bottom of the frame.
Both teams scored four runs in the second inning. The Lady Raiders tacked on two runs in the bottom of the third.

 

Recent misstep good reminder of open government

The public’s business should be done in public. We have sounded this charge time and time again over the years. In the wake of a curious situation that the Hamilton City Council was faced with, we believe it’s a great opportunity to sound this charge again.
The Hamilton council, at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, was tasked with repealing a resolution for water department raises which it had swept through for approval at its previous meeting on Feb. 4. It then turned around and passed a clarifying resolution, correcting an error included in the previous ordinance.

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.