Cochran: ‘I never recognized you as my foreman’


Marion County District 2 Foreman Exie Spears reads from a prepared statement before the Marion County Commission concerning the work relationship between Spears and District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran.

HAMILTON - Marion County District 2 Foreman Exie Spears addressed the Marion County Commission concerning the work relationship between Spears and District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran during a regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, at the commission office in Hamilton.
“For the last several years I have been an employee here, Kenneth Cochran was one of my employees and now he’s my commissioner,” Spears said in a prepared statement.

Expert says church security is about keeping people safe, ministering


Mark Wakefield, Alabama Baptist State Missionary, addressed 139 members of the Marion County community concerning church safety and security on Monday, Feb. 10, at Hamilton First Baptist Church.

HAMILTON - Alabama Baptist State Missionary Mark Wakefield addressed 139 members of the Marion County community concerning church safety and security on Monday, Feb. 10, at Hamilton First Baptist Church.
 Wakefield stated that he travels throughout the state, speaking to various churches concerning safety and security measures.
At the start of his address, Wakefield stressed the importance that people must see a job in church security as both an opportunity to keep people safe and also minister to visitors.

Counting kernels...


Guin natives Ben Burleson (left) and Jason Spiller are shown in front of their corn vending machine, Maize Kraize.

Guin - Less than an ounce was all that stood in the way of a dream held by Guin natives and lifelong friends Jason Spiller and Ben Burleson.
The two are founders and owners of an emerging company, Maize Kraize, that sells corn vending stations.
Four business owners and individuals have purchased the machines  between Marion and Franklin counties, which currently can be found at the Shell gas stations in Guin and Hamilton, the Pure gas station in Winfield and at the intersection of County Highway 77 and State Highway 24 in Russellville.

Flood damage downs AT&T coverage

Hamilton - Flooding resulted in areawide outage for Marion County AT&T service users.
According to Alabama AT&T Lead Public Relations Manager Kelly Starling, flooding early Thursday morning, Feb. 13, resulted in a fiber cable being cut. Starling was unable to provide any other information.
Starling responded by email to the Journal Record on Thursday afternoon informing the newspaper that coverage had been restored.

‘Poor White Trash’ in Marion County


Angel Sewell, 52, has traveled the U.S. for the past six years painting window art and advertising. Her iconic “Poor White Trash” motorhome has been seen bouncing around Marion County since she arrived in the area on Sunday, Feb. 2.

She’s hard to miss. Angel Sewell, 52, who has roots in the Florida panhandle, is more popularly known by her business name, “Poor White Trash.”
Sewell arrived in Hamilton on Sunday, Feb. 2, in her painted 1983 Toyota Phoenix Motorhome and has been bouncing around day to day wherever her work takes her.
As of Wednesday, Feb. 12, Sewell was still stationed in Hamilton, which she considers a long stay. She said rainy conditions have contributed to this as she has had to postpone jobs while waiting for skies to clear.

Brilliant coal miner served during WWII

Winfield – Leonard Key, who will turn 94 on March 10, served two years in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Key was stationed in the South West Pacific theatre during World War II, being posted in countries such as the Philippines, New Guinea and Guadalcanal.
Key is the son of Chester and Texaner (Norris) Key, who raised their family on an 80-acre farm north of Brilliant, where they maintained peach and apple orchards. He was one of five children and he had two brothers—Lynu and Loyd—and two sisters—Modene Alexander and Dorothy Tucker (all deceased).