Mobile grocery, dining order options expanding

Reserved parking in front of Shoppers Value Foods in Hamilton puts customers curbside to pick up online orders made through the local grocery store’s phone app. The shopping trend is expanding in Marion County. [Scott Johnson / Staff]

Marion County patrons will have more options available for them in the upcoming months for how they choose to shop for groceries.
Walmart - Hamilton has begun filling online orders and Winfield will begin accepting online curbside grocery ordering in the next few weeks.
Mobile and online ordering can be done through Walmart’s phone application or at

Another town seeking to pop open alcohol sales

Bear Creek Police Chief Kenny Hallmark and Town Clerk Kay Wiginton are shown holding a copy of the wet/dry petition circulating through town for voters to sign. [NWA]

BEAR CREEK   -  Petitions are currently being signed in the town of Bear Creek by those supporting a referendum giving voters a choice about alcoholic beverages being sold or distributed in the town.
Code of Alabama Section 28-2A-1 states that any municipality with a population of 1,000 or more may change its classification from dry (no alcohol sales) to wet or wet to dry through a municipal election.

Hackleburg Elementary students pen letters for wounded soldiers

HACKLEBURG - Local elementary school students have sent bundles of letters to wounded American servicemen.
Hackleburg Elementary School and the Sonny James American Legion Post partnered together to write and send the letters to the soldiers who remain hospitalized in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington, D.C., who was wounded in the Aug. 26 suicide bombing at the Kabul airport.

Johnson accepts position with Lagniappe Weekly


The Journal Record’s general manager, Scott Johnson, is announcing that he has accepted a position as a reporter for the Lagniappe Weekly newspaper in Mobile.
The outgoing manager will have his last day in the newspaper’s Hamilton office on Friday, Sept. 24, and will provide remote support for one-to-two days to his staff as they make accommodations.
Advertising manager Melissa Mathieson will also be stepping down from her part-time responsibilities with the newspaper and will have her last day on Sept. 24 as well.

Public calls for water solution

Marion County Commissioners (from right) Kenneth Cochran, Keith Nichols and Tim “Ears” Estes look over photos of items stained by the iron in well water during a public hearing on Sept. 13.
[Louis Mellini / Staff]E

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission meeting held on Monday, Sept. 13, saw several members of the community gather to plead to the commissioners to use American Rescue Act funds to serve those in Marion County who do not have access to water.
This matter was discussed during a public hearing that took place during the meeting at the commission office in Hamilton.
Among the crowd gathered during the meeting was Marion County Water Authority General Manager Jan Cummings and State Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield.

Panthers tamed in fourth-quarter loss

Staff Writer

COURTLAND - Hackleburg and RA Hubbard held scoreless until the dying minutes of the fourth quarter during the Panthers’ second away game of the season in Courtland on Friday, Sept. 10.
Very little happened in the first three quarters with both teams unable to break the deadlock and score a touchdown.
Even in the final quarter of the game, the two teams remained at a stalemate until, with five minutes left on the clock, RA Hubbard scored a 32-yard touchdown run and scored two from the extra point attempt.

Bears Down the Cougars

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

WATERLOO - The Phillips Bears earned their first win of the season on Friday, Sept. 10, on the road against the Waterloo Cougars 12-0.
Both teams entered the night without wins on the season.
“It's a big region win that helps our goal of getting to the playoffs,” said Phillips head football coach Adam Lawler. “We had better team pursuit on defense. Everybody just needs to play team football, and do their job.”

Majority of area teams anticipated to win this week

My predictions from last week were mediocre. I was 3-3, accurately calling the Brilliant, Hamilton and Winfield games. Congratulations to the Phillips Bears for upsetting my prediction of a loss to Waterloo, and my utmost regards to the Brilliant Tigers for pulling off the win against Lynn in overtime. Maybe I’ll do better this week:

Lady Raiders clinch 4th NAC Title in a row

The Marion County Red Raiders Volleyball team are shown (front row, from left) Charity Crowe, Anna Kate Shirley, Bretta Taylor, Olivia Webb, Cady Seaman, Sam Calloway, (back row, same order) assistant coach Cally Chaffin, Anna Rhea White, Serinity Metcalfe, Porshia Lipsey, Erin Culp, Lydia Gosa, Sarah Webb, Mackenzie Stephens, head coach Savannah Smith Fox. v [Scott Johnson / Staff]

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

The State of Affairs

My husband and I left a democratic run state 25 years ago. We relocated here in Alabama, where my family originally is from. We knew this state believed and was run “by the people and for the people’s” freedoms.
Those freedoms now are under siege right now by a tyrannical, bordering on communism, illegitimate regime. It's time for U.S. citizens to save our great country.

Census results are revealing

Well folks, the final Census figures are in from last year’s 2020 nose count.  The census is taken every 10 years to determine the lines and boundaries of congressional and legislative districts. However, the census reveals a lot more information about us as a state and nation than just how many of us there are.  It paints a picture of who we are as people and what we look like.

Positive Winfield budget encouraging

The Winfield City Council voted to adopt a new budget during its meeting on Sept. 7.
According to Winfield Mayor Randy Price, this budget marks the first time in a long time that the city will have a significant surplus in the budget.
Price said that in the past, the city has often found itself scrambling to move funds around to make sure all of the bills get paid.

Are we living in alternate realities?

College football games launched in full force earlier this month with stadiums packed full of spectors and screaming fans. High school football games and volleyball games have been taking place without restriction for a month. And from the looks of it, Hamilton will have its Buttahatchee River Fall Fest. But Mule Day has been canceled. Do we have a shared sense of reality anymore?

Save the Hamilton prison

We cannot afford to lose jobs in Marion County. That may sound like a rather obvious statement that could apply to any city or county on the planet, but it’s one that we at the Journal Record feel needs to be said after the news that Gov. Kay Ivey plans to close Hamilton’s Aged and Infirmed facility within the next few years.
Ivey’s plan to reform prisons in Alabama involves the closing of four prisons in the state, including our own in Hamilton.