Joy Global fined $50,000 for emissions

Winfield - The Alabama Department of Economic Management is imposing a $50,000 fine on Joy Global Conveyors for “serious” hazardous emission violations that were reported last year.

Joy Global Conveyors currently owns and operates a facility located in Winfield, the former home of Continental Conveyor and Equipment Company. The company was acquired by Kamatsu Mining in 2016.
The company produces conveyor belts and other such equipment designed to transport coal and other natural elements across land or from underground up to the surface.


Officials considering new city manager position

Guin Mayor Max Maddox is shown during the regular meeting held on Monday, March 2, at Guin City Hall. The council discussed the possibility of creating a city manager position to handle the daily operations in the city.

GUIN - Much debate ensued concerning the proposed hiring of a city manager for Guin to handle the day-to-day operations in the city.
Guin Councilman Bobby Bellew proposed the idea during a regular meeting on Monday, March 2, at Guin City Hall.
“I think, for day-to-day operations, (having a city manager) would open the opportunity to take some of the work and allow the mayor to go and approve and go do some other things for the city,” said Bellew.

FINAL: Super Tuesday Election Results

The following are unconfirmed election results for Marion County.  (21/22 precincts reporting.)

Ballots cast: 6,504

Amendment 1 - Fire the elected state school board and replace them with a set of commissioners appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state senate.

Yes - 719

No - 6,208

Democratic Party

President of the United States

Michael Bennett - 5

Joseph Biden - 398

Michael Bloomberg - 104

Cory Booker - 0

Pete Buttigieg - 2

Minter, Pyburn driving force behind JBAF

Forever friends Tyna Pyburn (left) and Marla Minter have been the driving force behind the Jerry Brown Arts Festival, which will be held this coming weekend at the Tombigbee Electric Cooperative, located off Exit 14 of Interstate 22 in south Hamilton. The 18th edition of the JBAF starts Saturday, March 7, and will run through Sunday, March 8.

Friendship, the kind which begins when you were little kids in grade school to graduation and beyond, can make for great partnerships on projects.
Such as the Jerry Brown Arts Festival.
That’s the type of friendship Tyna Tucker Pyburn and Marla Avery Minter enjoyed and still have to this day.
These two Hamilton native women are considered the backbone of the Jerry Brown Arts Festival, the JBAF as it is known to many.

Gag order issued in Cooper case

HAMILTON - A gag order has been issued in Jimmy Cooper’s case by 25th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Lee Carter.
According to official court documents, Carter handed down the order on Tuesday, Feb. 25, prohibiting lawyers, law firms, government agencies, law enforcement officers, court personnel, witnesses and legal representatives from making any extrajudicial statements or releasing any information concerning the case.

Sanderson wants a good deal for county

Hamilton City Councilman Gene Sanderson urges fellow council members to take care in how much the Marion County Commission is charged for the 5.1-acre Bedford Industrial Park property, which the commission may use to build the new Marion County Jail. Also pictured is councilwoman Tammy Lewis-Williams.

HAMILTON - Hamilton City Councilman Gene Sanderson urged fellow Hamilton City Council members to take care in how much the Marion County Commission is charged for the 5.1-acre Bedford Industrial Park property, which the commission may use to build the new Marion County Jail.
This topic was raised during discussions concerning an appraisal for the property during a regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 20, at Hamilton City Hall.

City will purchase old Sitel facility

WINFIELD - The City of Winfield will purchase the old Sitel property for $375,000 after years of the company refusing to sell it.
The Winfield City Council voted 3-2 during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to make the purchase.
The purchase was recommended by Winfield Mayor Randy Price. Councilman Anthony Hallmark presented Price’s recommendation as a motion, councilman Rusty Barnes seconded it and councilor Tim Garrison added his support in the subsequent vote.
Councilmen Jimmy Hayes and Chris Ballard both voted against the motion.


Guin schools’ lunchroom kitchen floor collapses

HAMILTON - Lunchroom operations have abruptly shutdown for Guin schools as their cafeteria’s kitchen floor has collapsed.
The Marion County Board of Education held a special meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26, to review the situation and declared the conditions at the elementary lunchroom to be an emergency.
The declaration empowers Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West to approve any emergency expenditures relating to the situation.

January sales tax is record $168.5k

HAMILTON - Marion County’s one-cent education sales tax generated a record-breaking collection for the month of January.
January’s tax report was presented to the Marion County Board of Education by Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West during its monthly meeting held on Thursday, Feb. 20.
West told the board that January’s sales taxes brought in a total of $168,566.54—an increase of $21,775.26 from January 2019. It is the highest collection for the month of January on record and the highest monthly total of Fiscal Year 2020.

Mr. and Miss Main Street Spring Pageant to be held April 5

WINFIELD -  The Winfield Main Street program will present the Mr. and Miss Main Street Spring Pageant at the Winfield Pastime Theatre on Sunday, April 5.
Registration will open at 1 p.m. on the day of the event and the pageant will begin at 2 p.m.
The entry fee for the pageant is $50 and boys and girls age 0-18 are encouraged to participate. Sunday dress, semi-formal and formal attire are acceptable.
Entry deadline is Monday, March 20, at 5 p.m. No entries will be accepted after that time.

Consignment sale not granted gym space

HACKLEBURG - The seasonal Re-Run Consignment sale will have to find a different venue this spring.
During its meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, the Hackleburg Town Council procedurally denied a request by local business owner Jessica Pruitt to occupy the Hackleburg Recreational Center Gymnasium for four weeks to conduct the sale.
The consignment sale was held in the gym in both the fall and spring of 2019.

Alabama’s economic boom should be heard, felt statewide

When I was growing up in Haleyville, I can remember people in July and August saying, “It’s hotter’n blue blazes outside.”
Well, you could certainly describe America and Alabama’s current economic boom as being “hotter’n blue blazes.” Alabama’s economy is scorching hot, with the lowest unemployment numbers in our state’s history. One county economic development director told me that “if you want a job, you can find one right now.”

2020 edition of JBAF promises to be as good as ever

HAMILTON - With a lineup that includes approximately 55 artists from five states, the 18th Annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival (JBAF) promises to be as good as its long-time fans of original art are most accustomed to.
The festival, presented by “The First Lady of Alabama Pottery,” Sandra Brown, and the Northwest Alabama Arts Council, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, and hosted by the Tombigbee Electric Cooperative.

Board adopts school calendar

HAMILTON - Marion County Schools has set its 2020-2021 School Year Calendar.
During a Marion County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, the board voted unanimously to accept a calendar recommended by Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West.
West said she sent an example calendars out to everyone in the school’s communication system and used the feedback to determine her recommendation.

Boyett-led committee will not recommend cash ban

MONTGOMERY – An addiction committee formed through Marion County leadership will not recommend a ban on cash payments for buprenorphine, a drug used in addiction therapy.
District 6 Sen. Larry Stutts, R-Tuscumbia, who is one of two Marion County senators, sponsored the legislation that created the committee during last year’s legislative session.
Stutts, who is a physician himself, drafted the bill with the help of Hamilton addiction medicine specialist Dr. Brent Boyett. State Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, carried the bill in the House.


Move clocks ahead one hour Sunday

Clocks will change once more to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 8.
Residents going to bed on Saturday, March 7, will need to set their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed, remembering the phrase, “Spring forward, fall back.’’
While the time officially changes at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, most residents choose to make the transition prior to bedtime on Saturday.

Second-graders meet ‘Libby’ Liberty

HAMILTON - Wearing green paper crowns and waving tiny American flags, Marion County second-grade students showed their enthusiasm during a school assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to launch the system-wide Super Citizen and Hands On Learning Program, which is an immersive 10-week civics & character program.
During the launch event, more than 325 second graders from Marion County Schools cheered and counted down to the grand entrance of “Libby Liberty,” a Statue of Liberty character who brings American history to life with a live interactive performance.