Trump comes to Alabama

Former President Donald Trump paid a visit to the Heart of Dixie last week.  Obviously, this is Trump country.
Alabama was one of Trump’s best states in the 2020 Election.  He got an amazing 65% of the vote in our state. If the turnout for his August 21 rally in rural Cullman County is any indication, he would get that same margin of victory this year if the election were held again.  Many of those in attendance were insistent that Trump won last year’s presidential contest and that it was stolen from him.

The Creamery and Marketplace now open

A new addition to Hamilton’s downtown district has opened. The Creamery and Marketplace opened on Wednesday, Aug. 18, and the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the occasion. The new business serves rolled ice cream and has retail space for vendors to sell an assortment of products. Shown at the occasion are (front row, from left) Cheri Hayes, Ashley Watson, Miriah Willis, Caleb Willis, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, owners Tonya and Danny Willis, Hamilton Councilman Scott Tyra, Nicki Harbor, councilman Wade Williams, (back row, same order) Melinda Weaver, Candace Ingram, Heather Hollingsworth Knight, David Hall and John Boyett. [Scott Johnson/staff]

Hamilton by way of steel-tipped dart

Hamilton new-comers Jim and Micki Hewey are pictured in front of their home after moving to Marion County from the State of Washington this year. [Louis mellini/staff]

Staff Writer

HAMILTON - Moving to a small, rural area like Hamilton from a big city is not entirely unheard of, but perhaps the most odd story to date may very well be that of Jim and Micki Hewey.
The Heweys made their way to Hamilton by way of a steel-tip dart and a map of the State of Alabama.
Micki Lloyd-Hewey, 63, was born and raised in Bremerton, Wash. and her husband, Jim, was born in Potsdam, N.Y. and served as a U.S. Marine  and retired in 2002 in Silverdale, Wash.

OP-ED: Winfield doctors support Mule Day cancelation

Physicians at Winfield Internal Medicine submitted the following joint letter to the Journal Record:

Winfield city leaders have recently made a very difficult decision to cancel Mule Day for 2021 due to the dramatic worsening of the COVID pandemic.  Cancelling Mule Day has a negative impact on all the local businesses many of whom rely on the event for a large part of their yearly income.

We understand the economic impact of this cancellation.  Even so, we would like to openly voice our support of this difficult decision.

Aggies’ offensive performance stays off Tigers’ hopes

Hamilton’s Matthew Coleman races up field against the Red Bay Tigers. [SETH DURKIN / durkindesigns]

By John Robert Page
Hamilton Correspondent

New seasons lead to new records, players and coaches. However, there is one thing that stays the same under the Friday night lights: The expectation to win.
All eyes were on the Hamilton Aggies as they made the trip to face off against the Red Bay Tigers on Friday Aug. 20.
An electrifying offense led the charge for the Aggies, and it resulted in a 40-24 victory for Hamilton.

Winfield outlasts Fayette County in turnover slugfest

WINFIELD - It was a soggy rainy night in Winfield as the home-standing Pirates took on Fayette County Tigers in the 2021 season opener on Thursday, Aug. 19, at Estes Hudson Stadium.
Both teams struggled offensively and with the wet field conditions did not help matters as both teams traded turnovers. The Pirates connected on a pass with 2:17 left in the game to take the lead for good to claim the 6-0 victory over the Tigers.


Brilliant, Hackleburg will open season in match up

Four Marion County schools will host home football games this Friday, Aug. 27.
Brilliant and Hackleburg will go head-to-head in an in-county rivalry.
This week all games continue to be non-regional match-ups. Region play will begin next week.
I’ve never made predictions before, but I’m happy I was able to follow these teams the first week before jumping into prognosticating.

City entering NaviRetail contract

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

HAMILTON - City officials are aiming at retail development in the city with a new contract with a Memphis, Tenn.-based consulting firm.
Hamilton City Councilors voted unanimously on Monday, Aug. 16, to enter into a one-year contract with NaviRetail group to promote retail development in the city.
Page told the Journal Record that Pontotoc, Miss., native and NaviRetail CEO Casey Kidd and Blake Spencer of Tupelo met with the city last month to propose a partnership.

Lady Panthers beat MCHS in 3 sets

By Luke Brantley
Staff Writer

WINFIELD — The Hackleburg Panthers defeated the Marion County Red Raiders in their season opener on Thursday, Aug. 19. The Panthers won in three sets: 25-17, 25-21 and 25-17.
Emma Harper was the top scorer for the Panthers with 14 kills and three errors our of 26 attempts. Avery Harper scored five kills with 0 errors out of eight attempts.