Minister safe and home from war rattled Ukraine

Mark Posey returns safely from Ukraine.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
WINFIELD — Winfield missionary Mark Posey was woken by explosions around 5:30 in the morning on Thursday, Feb. 24. He got a call and answered his phone. It was his friends letting him know it was time to go. Russia was invading Ukraine.
Posey had originally planned to leave that day, but all flights had been canceled since the airport was now in the line of fire. He tried to reschedule a flight for the next day, but it was also cancelled.

Council upset with Hackleburg mayor

Former Hackleburg Police Chief Jeremy Booth addresses the Hackleburg Town Council, voicing his support of new chief Kenny Hallmark

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HACKLEBURG — Hackleburg’s Town Council meeting ended on a bit of a sour note after council members Pam Pickens and Don Barnwell voiced their frustrations with mayor Darryl Colburn’s decision to appoint Kenny Hallmark as the new police chief in the town.
Following Jeremy Booth’s decision to resign just a few weeks ago, Colburn placed Hallmark in charge of Hackleburg’s police department.

Counterfeit bills causing problems in area businesses

A sign was placed on the window of Hamilton’s Dollar General on Military Street South after the store received several counterfeit $100 bills.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Counterfeit $100 bills have been making their way through cities in Marion County and has hit Hamilton businesses in a major way in the last month.
Hamilton’s Dollar General has stopped the acceptance of $100 bills after a recent breakout of customers using counterfeit money at the store.

Marion County girls win 1A state championship

Marion County girls hold the trophy high after their state win March 3.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
BIRMINGHAM — The time has come to resolve unfinished business and avenge a loss.
The Marion County High School Lady Red Raiders claimed their first ever 1A state title with a solid 72-55 victory over the Skyline Lady Vikings on Thursday, March 3 at the BJCC Legacy Arena in Birmingham.

Miles discusses mural ideas with council

Missy Miles addresses the Hamilton City Council during a work session meeting, discussing her ideas for new murals in the city.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton artist Missy Miles met with Mayor Bob Page and Hamilton City Council members to discuss the potential for making new murals in the community during a work session meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Hamilton City Hall.
Miles addressed council members with a powerpoint presentation highlighting various locations within the city that she stated would be good for a mural.

Sirens unable to weather storm

EMA Director Eric Terrell, right, says issues with sirens, like the one to the left, have affected the whole county.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Marion County has experienced quite a whirlwind week in terms of weather and has not been helped by its lack of a tornado alarm system.
Marion County was placed under a tornado watch on Thursday, Feb. 17, with both Guin and Winfield being placed under a tornado warning in the afternoon, which was canceled 20 minutes later. Residents noticed that none of the city’s tornado warning system sirens had sounded.

Celebrating the history of Guin’s Colored School

Guin Colored School/Guin High School’s first classes met in Real Chapel C.M.E. Church in Guin.
The teachers were, Cora Swanigan and Micha Terrell Warren.
The location for classes was the Joseph Northington place in Guin.
The county then built a two room school, the location of which now is the Curtis Wallace place.
The C.M.E. church was also used. Students were bused from Winfield, Brookside and Brilliant.

Winfield missionary minister in Ukraine

Mark Posey preaching to a congregation in a Ukrainian church, joined by his translator Marina Flegontova.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
DNIPRO, UKRAINE — In March of 2014, Russia invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula territory that previously belonged to Ukraine. Ukraine, which shares its eastern border with Russia, has been in a tense situation ever since.
Earlier this year, tensions started to rise once again as Russia built up troops along the border, and skirmishes between Ukrainian, Russian and Russian-backed separatist forces grow more common and violent.

Winfield City Schools plan policy change

Winfield City Schools Superintendent Randy Thomley is re-examining policies with board members.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
WINFIELD — The Winfield City School Board is planning on making changes to school policy in regards to the dress code and other areas.
The idea of making changes entered discussion during the school board’s regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 10.
School board attorney Todd Atkinson said the board needed to update  the dress code to fit modern society.

Inaugural Marion County Stampede rodeo coming soon

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton is about to get its very own rodeo after Matt McCracken announced the event to the Hamilton City Council during a work session on Wednesday, Feb. 16.
McCracken addressed the council to ask for support in the buildup to the event, which is set to be held in early May.
“We’ve got a group of cowboys who have contacted us and kind of taken an interest in Hamilton,” said McCracken.

Hackleburg mayor appoints police chief

Kenny Hallmark has been appointed the new police chief in Hackleburg. Photo is courtesy of the Northwest Alabamian.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HACKLEBURG — Hackleburg Police Chief Jeremy Booth has announced that he will be resigning after his short stint as chief of the police department.
In his place, Mayor Darryl Colburn appointed Bear Creek Police Chief Kenny Hallmark, who will begin his work as chief after serving out his two week notice in his current position.
“We hate to lose Chief Booth,” Colburn said. “He’s done a great job during his time here.

Looking at the history of Hamilton’s Ada Hanna School

Edward Northington

(This February, the Journal Record will celebrate Black History Month by taking a look back at the Ada Hannah School in Hamilton and the stories that surround it.)

Edward Northington
My name is Edward Clifton Northington, and I moved to Bexar when I was nine years old.
I started Ada Hanna when I was in the third grade. One of my teachers was Mrs. Tiney Bobo.  
And later I had a student crush on Mrs. Edith Parks.

Reed thanks community for rallying behind family

Ross Reed is shown thanking the Hamilton community for supporting his brother, Lake, who had a brain bleed recently, and his family.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton City Councilman Ross Reed thanked the Hamilton community for supporting his brother Lake Reed and his family during a difficult period in the past few weeks.
Reed’s younger brother, Lake, suffered a brain bleed in late January and has gained the support of those in the Hamilton and Marion County community.
Lake, 10, is the son of Mike and Michelle Reed and brother to Ross and Cole Reed.

Pastime Theatre announces concerts

The Pastime Theatre in Winfield is opening its season for concerts.

WINFIELD — The Pastime Theatre in Winfield has announced the upcoming concert season. Rock and roll fans will be pleased with the list this year.
“We normally begin our concert season in February, but the Pastime Theatre and the downtown area were directly impacted by the Dec. 28, 2021 tornado. While repair and rebuilding efforts are still underway, we are excited to announce that performances will return to The Pastime Theatre stage in March”, stated Mary Hyche, theater chairman.

Commissioners want money

Dana Peoples and Bruce Miller, jail committee members, and Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams look over plans for the new county jail.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Marion County Commission and the jail committee met on Thursday night, Feb. 3, to discuss finances in regards to the new county jail. Plans are moving forward to construct a 208-person jail with a $14 million budget.
Marion County Administrator Kalyn Moore presented two options for paying off the bond. One option would allow the county to make lower payments over 25 years, which is around $635,000 each year, or make higher payments for 20 years, which is around $745,000 per year.

Miles Terrell’s story

Miles Terrell

Mrs. Northington and Ms. Spears were my favorite teachers. I remember participating in the Spelling B's against Guin’s black school, and I also remember participating in the annual track and field events against all the other black schools from Guin, Sulligent, Vernon and Fayette. I also remember we used to have school plays every year. Riding the school bus with Uncle Denton and cousin Napoleon was also fun back in the day.
Terrell currently resides in Southfield, Mich. He attended Ada Hanna from first grade through sixth grade.