Sawyer celebrates first birthday

Sawyer James Hubbard celebrated his first birthday on Aug. 31. He was honored with a transportation first birthday-themed party at his Nana and Papaw’s pool, with family and friends in attendance. Sawyer is the son of Bo and Lisa Hubbard, Haleyville. His grandparents are Clayton and Konnie Cockrell, Haleyville, and LouAnn Hubbard, Hamilton. Sawyer’s great-grandparents are Vayrene Lowman and the late Ray Lowman and Ola Cockrell and the late Clarence Cockrell, all of Haleyville, and the late Wayne and Mattie Lou Brown, Hamilton.

Heather Emerson, Dylan Cornelius announce engagement

GUIN - Kevin and Vickie Emerson, Guin, proudly announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Heather Victoria Emerson, to Dylan Craig Cornelius, the son of Benny and Karen Johnston, Red Bay, and Mike and Rhonda Cornelius, Hamilton.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Doug Emerson and the late Martha Gail Emerson and Ray and Carolyn Zoglmann, all of Guin.
She is a 2013 graduate of Liberty Christian Academy, Guin, and a 2018 graduate of the University of North Alabama, Florence, with a degree in psychology.

Trump in Tupelo

State House District 17 Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, (back row, right) and Hamilton Mayor Bob Page (back row, left) attended the campaign rally hosted by President Donald Trump at the Tupelo Regional Airport on Monday, Nov. 26, on behalf of Mississippi incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Bourland hired as county supervisor

HAMILTON - Marion County High School Principal Jason Bourland has resigned from his position in Guin and has accepted a position as Supervisor for Marion County Schools.
The Marion County Board of Education accepted Bourland’s resignation at its Friday, Nov. 16, meeting.
Newly-elected District 5 board member “Coach” Don Jones, who was sworn in at the beginning of the meeting, made the motion to accept the resignation.
However, Jones said that he did so “under duress” as he was sad to see Bourland leave the position.

2,000-point club

Marion County’s Braden Pyron (5) entered the 2,000-point club with his fifth-point against Hubbertville on Friday, Nov. 30. Pyron sits at 2,080 career points following the Red Raiders’ Northwest Alabama Conference title victory on Saturday, Dec. 8.


Red Raiders win NAC

(Right photo) Marion County won the Northwest Alabama Conference Boys Basketball Tournament with a 44-34 victory over Lynn on Saturday, Dec. 8. The Red Raiders earned wins over Brilliant and Berry to advance to the championship. Shown for Marion County are (front row, from left) AJ Berry, Hunter Smith, (back row, same order) head coach Brad Frazier, Jerry King, Deuce Belk, Braden Pyron, Mason Ezekiel, Preston Walker and assistant coach Willie Joe Hollis.

GUIN - Marion County beat Lynn 44-34 in the Northwest Alabama Conference Boys Basketball Tournament championship on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Red Raiders’ Braden Pyron finished with a game-high 24 points.
Mason Ezekiel and Hunter Smith each had six points. Jerry King added four points.
Deuce Belk and Preston Walker scored two points apiece.
Friday, Dec. 7
GUIN - Marion County toppled Berry 75-46 in the NAC semifinals.
The Red Raiders scored in double-digits with Ezekiel leading the way with a team-high 25 points.

Marion County bows out in NAC semis

Marion County’s Erin Culp (40) and Josie Lipsey (30) attempt to pry the loose ball away from Brilliant’s Abby Humprhries (12). Also shown for the Lady Tigers are Alexis McCarley (10) and Carrington Barnett (35).

GUIN - Marion County lost to Berry 51-40 in the Northwest Alabama Conference Girls Basketball Tournament semifinals on Friday, Dec. 7.
The Lady Raiders’ Josie Lipsey finished with a team-high 12 points.
Cara Sullivan added 11 points. Erin Culp and Madison Stewart each had six points.
Caitlyn Jones added three points while Torie Taylor had two points.


Food service health scores

HAMILTON - The Marion County Health Department released the following health inspection scores and violations for 39 restaurants, delis and lunchrooms conducted through the month of November.
(Priority violations, whose application directly contributes to the elimination, prevention or reduction of hazards associated with foodborne illness or injury, are listed following the restaurant name when applicable. Core violations are not listed.):
• Aggie Food Mart, Hamilton - 100: No paper towels at handsink;
• Midnight Bakery, Hamilton - 98;

With 13 days till Christmas, charity well below goal

HAMILTON - Christmas for Kids has to break the halfway mark in its goal of $40,000 to purchase gifts for more than 400 area children.
For the week ending on Monday, Dec. 10, a total of $8,324.45 has been donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign. To date, that charity has only collected $13,329.70.
“We are still needing $27,000,” said Sandlin. “I hope this will raise awareness.”
Sandlin noted that donations can be made anonymously, in honor of someone and in memory of a loved one.

Miss Bell-Ringers

Shown volunteering as bell-ringers for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign on Saturday, Dec. 1, are (left) 2019 Miss Hamilton Rising Star Josie Taylor, 7, of Hamilton, and 2019 Miss Hamilton Lauren Reaves, 20, of Alexandria.


BSCC launching Mercedes-Benz Co-op program Dec. 6

HAMILTON - Bevill State Community College (BSCC) students—and soon local high school students—now have access to a course which can take them from a student to a Mercedes-Benz technician in two short years.
BSCC will be officially launching its Mercedes-Benz’s Technician and Mechatronics apprenticeship program on Thursday, Dec. 6.
BSCC Dean of Instruction Dr. Leslie Hartley told the Journal Record that the Mercedes-Benz manufacturing plant located in Vance is now in co-op partnerships with BSCC and Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.


Water, sewer rate increases being considered

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton is considering raising water and sewer rates to offset losses which the water department has traditionally suffered.
The Hamilton City Council met in a work session on Wednesday, Nov. 28, with Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams to hear the city’s options.
The current proposal would raise the minimum 2,000-gallon water bill from $48.38 to $50.19.


Commission questions C3 membership

Marion County District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran is seen at the commission's Nov. 19 meeting.

HAMILTON - One of the first orders of business the newly-seated Marion County Commission took up at its Nov. 19 meeting was to question its membership in the C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance.
The meeting was the first official meeting since the four new commission members were sworn in on Nov. 14.

CIS adapts to Fed’s interest rate hikes

HAMILTON - The Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes have led to some necessary adjustments with a local mortgage bank, CIS Home Loans.
According to CIS Home Loans President Paula Reeves, due to developments in the mortgage market, it was necessary to lay off 14 employees in late November.
“We are very much financially sound, these adjustments were necessary to make sure that we stay financially sound,” Reeves said.

‘Tis the Season for Peace and Joy

This is the season when we are supposed to think of others and not so much of ourselves. But we should be a little selfish this holiday season and give ourselves a gift. We should give ourselves the gift of a peaceful mind. The number one way to do that is by limiting the number of hours we spend in front of the television.
A television has never given anyone peace of mind; in fact, it does the opposite. Scientific studies have linked extended periods of television watching with depression. The more television a person watches, the more depressed they are likely to be.

Tractor-trailer rig crashes on Highway 43

HACKLEBURG - The driver of a tractor-trailer rig was injured after a one-vehicle accident on Saturday, Nov. 24, according to a report from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA).
The 2015 International truck was travelling south and hauling two large aluminum coils when it crashed about a mile north of the Northfork Bridge near the 288 mile-marker at 11:45 a.m.


Holiday deadlines announced - Gift subscriptions available!

HAMILTON - Journal Record General Manager Les Walters said this month the Marion County newspaper will observe special holiday deadlines for the upcoming holiday season.
“We realize the deadlines may be of minor inconvenience for some of our advertisers and other regular contacts, but this is necessary to allow us to meet the holiday schedule,’’ Walters said.
“In order for our employees to enjoy a holiday with family and friends, we must have our Wednesday edition finished ahead of our regular schedule.


Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown, 54, Hamilton, passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.  
Marion County Funeral Home - Hamilton, Ala.

Sheila Renay Cantrell

Sheila Renay Cantrell, 59, Detroit, passed away on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018.
A private family and friends memorial service was held on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.
Hamilton funeral home - Hamilton, Ala.

Upcoming Event Calendar

Thursday, Dec 6
American Legion Sonny James Post 165 invites everyone to join them from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Hamilton Walmart Supercenter parking lot for a Community Day.  Information will be available about the American Legion and will be able to sign up eligible veterans for post membership. Information will also be available about the Post 165 Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders. Information: 412-1314 or 412-8933 or email:

Jack's will open Dec. 6

HAMILTON - Jack’s, Jack’s, Jack’s is back, back, back!
Hamilton residents will soon be able to quickly grab Jack’s made-from-scratch biscuits, hand-breaded chicken, bigger burgers and hand-scooped shakes without leaving town.
Hamilton’s new Jack’s, located across the street from the Hamilton Walmart Supercenter on Military Street, is set to open its doors on Monday morning, Dec. 6, beginning bright and early at 5 a.m.


Wreaths Across America shaping up to be a success

HACKLEBURG - The work that American Legion Sonny James Post 165 Commander Tim Howard has been putting into the Wreaths Across America Ceremony has paid off.
“Once everybody found out about it, it took off,” Howard said. “I’m kind of surprised.”
Howard has been working for the past year to make the inaugural Wreaths Across America project a success at the Cedar Tree Cemetery in Hackleburg.


Junkin, Estes sign with USA

Winfield classmates Walker Junkin (left) and Josh Estes both signed track and field scholarships to compete for the University of South Alabama in Mobile. The pair will remain teammates with the Jaguars as Junkin will compete in the pole vault and decathlon events while Estes, the current state record holder in Class 4A’s javelin event, will participate in all of the throwing events.

WINFIELD - Winfield seniors Walker Junkin and Josh Estes signed track and field scholarships with the University of South Alabama in Mobile on Sunday, Nov. 18.
The pair signed their scholarships to compete for the Jaguars at Winfield City High School.
Junkin participates in both the pole vault and decathlon events for Winfield and plans on being part of those events at South Alabama.


Aggies perfect 5-0 to start season

Hamilton’s Christian Loving (23) goes around the Haleyville defender and shoots a layup against the Lions on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

HAMILTON - Hamilton improved to a perfect 5-0 with the Aggies’ second victory of the season over Haleyville, 68-45, on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
The Aggies held a 34-26 advantage at halftime before outscoring the Lions 34-19 in the second half.
Hamilton’s Justin Webb led the way with 18 points. The senior added six rebounds and three assists.


Girls Basketball Roundup

Hamilton’s Lexie Childers (22) shoots a floater over the outstretched arm of the Haleyville defender on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

HAMILTON - Hamilton earned its second win of the season with a 54-50 victory over rival Haleyville on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Hamilton’s Paisley Sorrells finished with a game-high 21 points.
Mia Hollingsworth added eight points and eight rebounds.
Lexie Childers contributed nine rebounds while Gracey Dezso pulled in eight boards as the Lady Aggies improved to 2-3 on the season.

(Schools reporting: Brilliant, Hackleburg, Hamilton, Marion County and Winfield)

Price will clean up to set example

WINFIELD - In response to comments made by city residents, Winfield Mayor Randy Price told the council and audience during the Tuesday, Nov. 19, council meeting that he would be cleaning up the clutter at his businesses, as well as expecting other home and business owners to keep their properties presentable.
“We’ve had complaints about certain landowners with messy properties,” said Price. He told the council that he had received calls and comments regarding at least two disheveled residences in the city.

C3 hosting Opportunity Zone seminar Dec. 19

HAMILTON - C3 of Northwest Alabama is hosting a free event to educate its tri-county constituency about Opportunity Zones, a program established through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The event will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 2-4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Guin. The event is being hosted at no cost to participants, compliments of C3 and its member municipalities and businesses.
Those who are planning to attend are being asked to RSVP with Katie Hallman by email to or by phone at 468-3213.


Christmas open house Dec. 13

HAMILTON - Local economic development agency C3 of Northwest Alabama is hosting a Christmas Open House.


The event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 2-4 p.m. at C3’s main office located at 4020 Highway 43 in Gu-Win.

“In appreciation of the service and support, and as a valuable partner in our mutual efforts to grow the region of Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties, we hope that you will join our board of directors and staff for holiday refreshments and fellowship,” said C3 Executive Director David Thornell.

Park receives $10K grant for accessible bathrooms

Winfield’s Komatsu Mining Corporation donated $10,000 to the Ivan K. Hill Recreational Park in Winfield for a renovation that will give the park all-accessible restrooms. Pictured are (from left) park board members Randy Earnest, Chris Carothers, park director Gina Bryant, Komatsu Human Resource Manager Ronnie Howard, Winfield Mayor Randy Price and park board member Bobby Bryant

WINFIELD - Winfield’s Ivan K. Hill Recreational Park received a $10,000 grant from Komatsu Mining Corporation that will partially fund new all-accessible bathrooms.
This change was inspired by Girl Scout Wren Williamson, who approached both the park board and the Winfield City Council requesting that action be taken to make the bathrooms handicap accessible.
Williamson has been conducting fundraising projects, hoping to purchase an adult-sized changing table for the new bathrooms.


Cotton crop expected to be lower than usual

Regional agriculture specialists report that the cotton crop has been average this year and Marion County specialists say the county’s crop is falling in line with these reports—not too good or too bad.
Marion County Extension Office Coordinator Lisa Murphy stated that locally, the crop yields varied considerably.
“Several farmers have estimated that the cotton crop yield this year has produced between 750 pounds and 1,400 pounds of cotton per acre,” said Murphy.


Holdbrooks, Thetford announce their engagement

WINFIELD - Mr. and Mrs. Chad Holdbrooks, Winfield, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kelsey Marie Holdbrooks, Birmingham, to Peyton Clark Thetford, Jr., Birmingham, the son of Dr. James Edward and Dr. Tara McCormick Bryant, Birmingham, and Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Clark Thetford, Mountain Brook.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry K. Hunter, Winfield, Mrs. Hal Ray Holdbrooks, Haleyville, and the late Mr. Hal Ray Holdbrooks.

Trapping workshop a success

The Alabama Department of Conservation and National Resources hosted a free trapping workshop on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4, at the Byrd Volunteer Fire Department fire station in Hamilton. Several residents attended the workshop, which provided instruction on historical aspects of trapping, information about furbearers and proper techniques of trapping.

Brilliant students attend Teen Driving Safety Summit

Brilliant High students who attended the UR KEYS 2 DRV Teen Driver Safety Summit included (front row, from left) Emily Henderson, Bayli Henson, Heather Gettings, Carrington Barnett, Lauren Mays, James Epler, and (back row, same order) Jeremy Ertwine, Hayden Prescott, Peyton Norris, Alexis McCarley, Kaitlyn Wyninger, Aubrie Sartin, Stormy Lawson and Jordan Lawrence and Brilliant coach Brian Gunnels

BRILLIANT - Students from Brilliant School attended the UR KEYS 2 DRV Teen Driver Safety Summit on Thursday, Nov. 15. The one-day interactive event was held at Sumter Central High School in York.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Teen drivers have crash rates three times those of drivers 20 and older per mile driven.
However, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and a statewide coalition is working with Alabama students through UR KEYS 2 DRV to address safe driving habits.


Winfield cheerleaders going to state

The 2018-2019 Winfield Pirate varsity cheerleaders won the Alabama High School Athletic Association North Super Regional Championship Cheerleading Competition on Thursday, Nov. 15. Pictured are (front row, from left) Savannah Williamson, Meg Bowen, Olivia Burleson, Anna Kate Gruwell, Sara Beth Cotton, Julie Taylor, Jacie Cummings, Katie Rose Hardin, (second row, same order) Lexie Welch, MaKenna Tucker, Jaken Terrell, Melody Harrison, Macy Cummings, Memory Clark, Abi Webb, Brooklyn Bozeman, Bailey Dodd, Addie Birmingham, (back row) cheer coach Sandra Seals, Halie Lowry, Olivia Webster, Preslee Loring and Isabella Taylor.

WINFIELD - The Winfield Pirate varsity cheerleaders competed in the regional championships on Thursday, Nov. 15, earning a berth in the state competition.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association North Super Regional Championship Cheerleading Competition was held at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, and the Winfield cheerleaders won first place among 3A varsity teams.

BSCC answers nursing shortage

HAMILTON - According to information released from the Alabama Department of Labor in October, there is a consistent market-demand for nurses in the state.
Bevill State Community College-Hamilton Campus plays an important role in meeting the need for skilled nurses in the current economical environment.
According to the ADOL, registered nurses earn an average wage of $28.43 per hour.