Council discusses de-annexation again

BRILLIANT - During the Wednesday, Oct. 24, meeting, Brilliant Town Council members discussed unhappy residents who have requested multiple times that their residences be de-annexed from the town limits.
The issue has been brought up at the past three town council meetings by resident Jason Wilds, who wants his property de-annexed, along with his brother, Keith Wilds, and his mother and father, Nathan and Sheryl Wilds, who also want their properties de-annexed.

Ivey awards $450k to fund Ragsdale Housing repairs

The City of Hamilton was presented a $450,000 Community Development Block Grant on Friday, Oct. 26, at the State Capitol. Shown at grant check’s presentation are (from left) Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments (NACOLG) Executive Director Keith Jones, Sen. Larry Stutts, Gov. Kay Ivey, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) Kenneth Boswell, Hamilton attorney Scott Hunt and NACOLG Community Development Specialist Heath King.

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton was awarded a $450,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by Gov. Kay Ivey for infrastructure repairs at the Ragsdale Hamilton Housing Authority, located on Highway 278 East.
The grant was presented to Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, Hamilton attorney Scott Hunt and Sen. Larry Stutts, R-Tuscumbia, by Ivey in Montgomery at the State Capitol on Friday, Oct 26.
The repairs on the  housing location will include sewer, water, street and drainage, which are reportedly more than 60 years old.

Arrest, incident reports

Hamilton Police Department

HAMILTON - The following arrests and activities were reported by the Hamilton Police Department for the period of Nov. 13-19:
Incident, offense cases
Four for possession of drug paraphernalia; three each for fourth-degree theft of property and third-degree domestic violence; two for resisting arrest; and one each for possession of a controlled substance, fraudulent use of a credit/debit card, third-degree possession of a forged instrument, secon-degree promoting prison contraband and identity theft.

Guin hires two new officers

Guin Police Chief Doug Webb (left) introduces new police hire Joe Smith, III, Fayette, during the Guin City Council meeting on Nov. 5.

GUIN - The Guin Police Department has hired two new police officers to bring the staff back to full force.
The first of the two hires was announced at the Guin City Council’s Nov. 5 meeting. At that meeting, Guin Police Chief Doug Webb introduced Joe Smith, III, Fayette, to the council.
A few minutes later the council voted to create an extra patrol officer position to bring the total number of Guin police officer slots to seven. The next day Vincent Cisco was hired to fill that slot, Webb said.

City faces $1.8 million deficit in FY ‘19

Hamilton accountant Allen Cantrell (left) hands copies of the City of Hamilton’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget to councilman Kenneth Cochran. Also shown are (from left) Cantrell, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page and councilmen Bobby Joe Irvin, Cochran and Herb Winsett.

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton is facing a tight financial outlook with at least four large projects which are anticipated to be paid for over the next year.
The Hamilton City Council adopted a $9.2 million budget for Fiscal Year 2019 at its Monday, Nov. 5, council meeting.
The adopted budget projects revenues of   $7,397,250, meaning that there is an expected $1,806,958.53 shortfall for the year.
Hamilton accountant Allen Cantrell gave the council a detailed look at the city’s past and upcoming budgets during a work session on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

City 2019 FY budget leaves $68K surplus

WINFIELD - On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Winfield City Council approved the 2019 Fiscal Year budget, which predicts that the city will end the fiscal year with $68,548 surplus funds.
Included in the budget are two enormous payments that will  pay off the city’s purchase of property at the industrial park, as well as some remaining debt from the defaulted Sterling RV company.

Marion County kindergartners answer the question, ‘HOW DO YOU COOK A TURKEY?’

Turkey(Editor’s note: Continuing what has become an annual Journal Record tradition, interviews were conducted with kindergarten students at elementary schools in Marion County, asking how to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving. The answers run from the sublime to the detailed to the ridiculous--but usually most are genuine and are a treat to read from the viewpoint of a child.

Veteran and minister Drew Manley uses station to minister the Gospel

Drew Manley is shown with a 1975 picture of his boot camp platoon in Fort Jackson, S.C., at the Super 8 TV office in Hamilton on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

There are those who are called to serve in the military and there are those who are called to preach the Gospel. And then, there are those who answered the call to do both. For the month of November the Journal Record has been celebrating our veterans by featuring stories on local preachers who answered the call to both serve their country, and to preach the Gospel.   In Jesus’ Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22, many are called but few are chosen. On Nov. 7 we featured Jeremy Sorrells and last week we featured Harrison Walker.

Boman proposes to equalize ANDI


gasHAMILTON - The Northwest Alabama Gas District (NWAGD)  board clashed over a proposed change to how the gas company distributes its residual revenues.
NWAGD is owned by six local municipalities (Guin, Hackleburg, Haleyville, Hamilton, Sulligent and Winfield) and its board members currently consist of those municipalities’ mayors.

Christmas for Kids update

HAMILTON - A total of $3,365 has been donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign as of Friday, Nov. 9.
Sandy Sandlin, coordinator of the campaign, says this year’s goal is $40,000 to help purchase holiday gifts for 444 children. The charity will spend $90 per child.
“We’re off to a good start,” Sandlin said.
All of the money will go toward buying clothing and shoes for children.
Records kept since 1985 show that over $790,000 have been raised and 10,621 children have been helped over the lifetime of the organization.

Agencies converge after ‘pipe bomb’ reported

GLEN ALLEN - The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) was dispatched to the intersection of state highways 129 and 233 on the Fayette County line in Glen Allen at about 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 after a caller reported a suspicious device near the intersection.
“The caller advised that it looked like a pipe bomb to him laying on the side of the road,” Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams said.
Chief deputy Jeff Davis and Lt. Pendley of the MCSO and officer Gary Hamlett of the Winfield Police Department responded to the call.

Cooper trial postponed


HAMILTON - Double-homicide suspect Jimmy Cooper’s trial date is being postponed.
The trial had been scheduled for Dec. 3.
According to an Oct. 15 court order issued by 25th Circuit Court Judge Lee Carter, Cooper, who is being charged for the Feb. 10, 2016, murders of Hamilton residents Linda Cole and Donny Miller in downtown Hamilton, has not been given a mental health examination yet and therefore the trial is being postponed until one is conducted.

Long-time debt paid off on Oct. 1

WINFIELD - In what can only be considered as a long-awaited pay-off, the Winfield Board of Education relieved itself of a significant financial burden with a final payment of $334,290.
The high school bond issue was created when the high school was built.
The debt was paid on Oct. 1, freeing up some of the school system’s resources.
With the new fiscal year approaching, the Winfield Board of Education conducted two public budget hearings on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Food Network Star finalist branches out

Brilliant native Trace Barnett, best known for his participation in the Food Network Star and Comeback Kitchen competitions, has produced his first book, which features Southern recipes, entertaining ideas and instructions for canning, freezing and more.

BRILLIANT - Brilliant resident and  founder of The Bitter Socialite, a culinary and lifestyle blog, Trace Barnett will debut his first book, “Tracing Roots,” which focuses on taking a modern approach to living off the land.
Barnett is best known for being a finalist on The Food Network Star and Comeback Kitchen, as well as appearing regularly on several television shows. According to Barnett, his family has lived in the Brilliant area since the 1820’s.

Help others this Christmas

Bell RingerHAMILTON - Among the many traditional sights and sounds of the Christmas season is a scene outside of stores of  an iconic red bucket with a cheerful person standing beside it ringing a bell.
Now,  Hamilton, Winfield and Haleyville have the opportunity to take part in this Christmas tradition.

Hurricanes blow past Pirates

Winfield senior Jackson Elkins (2) slips out of a possible sack before launching the ball to a teammate in the fourth quarter against Flomaton during the second round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A Playoffs.

WINFIELD - Winfield had trouble slowing down the Flomaton Hurricanes’ running game as the Pirates fell 32-7 in the second round of the Class 3A State Playoffs on Friday night, Nov. 16, in Winfield.
The loss for Winfield brought an end to an impressive campaign that saw the Pirates finish the regular season unbeaten for the first time since 2004, and 11-1 overall.
The Pirates were unable to slow the Hurricanes, allowing 309 rushing yards and 122 passing.


Aggie juniors win Super Bowl

The Hamilton Junior Toy Bowl team won the NCATA Super Bowl with a victory over Double Springs. Members of the winning team are (front row, from left) Karlee Cox, Blakeney Tibbs, Tesney Holbrook, Carley Harris, (second row, same order) Mason Holloway, Houston Tibbs, Samuel Shotts, Sawyer Tyra, Jackson Chandler, Eli Harris, Josh Webb, Tripp Summers, William Bentley, (third row, same order) Jordan Roloff, Cam Martin, Kaden Whitaker, Luke McCracken, Dillon Humphries, Sam Moore, Matthew Nieman, (back row, same order) coach Eric Harris, coach Scotty Chandler, Joshua Bean, coach Sonny Tibbs, Bryant King, coach Harry Holloway, Hayden Cox and head coach Stuart Shotts.

MILLPORT - The 2018 Hamilton junior team won the North Central Alabama Toybowl Association Super Bowl by defeating Double Springs 30-22 on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The young Aggie squad was able to edge out the Yellow Jackets for the one-score victory.
The victory capped a 7-2 season for the Aggies. The team won four of its six regular season matchups before picking up two playoff wins and earning the Super Bowl victory.


Principals present improvement plans

HAMILTON - Listening to Marion County principals discuss plans for the current school year allows one to catch a glimpse of what takes place inside local classrooms on a daily basis.
Principals representing the schools in the county which qualify for what is known as Title I status provided a peek at what plans they now have in place to assist students.
Such presentations from the schools are required under the federal law governing Title I programs. Principals presented their reports to members of the Marion County Board of Education on Tuesday, Oct. 16.