‘X’ marks the spot

HAMILTON - Economic recruiters are calling Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties the “Crossroads of the Automatic South.”
C3 of Northwest Alabama released a newsletter at the beginning of November announcing a new branding for the region, “NAX - The Crossroads of the Autmotive South.”
Gu-Win-based C3 of Northwest Alabama, which is being re-branded Northwest Alabama EDA (Economic Development Alliance), is an agency comprised of three Alabama counties: Marion, Fayette and Lamar.

House built by John Hamilton to be featured in Lamar County tour of homes

SULLIGENT - The Lamar County Genealogical and Historical Society is hosting a tour of historical houses in Lamar County on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1 -3 p.m.
One of the houses featured in the tour is the Hamilton House located in Detroit.
Tax records in the Lamar County Courthouse indicate the house was built in 1844 by John Hamilton, the father of Captain A. J. Hamilton. A. J. Hamilton is the namesake for the City of Hamilton, who gave the land upon which the City of Hamilton was built.

Jones, Warner compete on national stage

Hamilton High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter members (left) Anna Kate Warner, 16, and Josie Beth Jones, 15, made it into the Top 15 in the National FFA Talent competition, which took place in Indianapolis, Ind., in October.

HAMILTON - Two Hamilton High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter members sung their way into the Top 15 in the National  FFA Talent competition in October.
Sophomore Josie Beth Jones, 15, daughter of Danny and Juli Jones, and junior Anna Kate Warner, 16, daughter of Chris and Deanna Warner, competed in the talent competition during the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Ind., which took place Oct. 24-27.

Braden Pyron named state winner

Marion County High School’s Braden Pyron was named the state winner for the Wendy’s High School Heisman.
Pyron has been named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State teams for football (twice), baseball (once) and track and field (four times).
On the football field, Pyron was named a team captain, a three-time All-Northwest Alabama Conference selection, two-time All-Marion County team selection and four times as a member of the All-Journal Record football team.

Local club has 17 race in Memphis

There were 17 Northwest Alabama Runaways who raced in the 2019 St. Jude Marathon event on Saturday, Dec. 1, in Memphis, Tenn. Shown at the event are (front row, from left) Myra Rainey, Rhonda Clippard, Loretta Carter, Heather Bellew, (middle row, same order) Neil Moore, Todd Clippard, Mandy Stone, Alissa Hood, Bobby Bellew, (back row, same order) Jeremy Streetman, Eric Baker, Jim Northington and Jeff Fleming. Not pictured are Michelle Ward, Windy Myers, Phillip Cain and Stephanie Cain.

HAMILTON - Local running group, the Northwest Alabama Runaways, recently had 17 members participate in the St. Jude Marathon.
The race took place on Saturday, Dec. 1, in Memphis, Tenn., with more than 25,000 participants in a number events, including 5K, 10K, half-marathon and full marathon.
According to Runaway member Bobby Bellew, 10 Runaways took on the 26.2-mile marathon event.

Aggies down Pirates in rivalry matchup

Hamilton’s Peyton Williams (22) and Winfield’s Josh Estes (20) dive for the loose ball.

WINFIELD - Hamilton defeated rival Winfield 59-52 on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The Aggies jumped out to a 19-10 advantage in the first period. Winfield trimmed Hamilton’s halftime lead to eight points by outscoring the Aggies 11-10 in the second.
Hamilton scored 19 points in the third while the Pirates had 13. The final period saw Winfield’s comeback attempt fall short despite outscoring Hamilton 18-11 to give the Aggies the seven-point victory.
Hamilton’s Justin Webb scored a game-high 17 points.

Lady Pirates beat Lady Aggies in county clash

Hamilton’s Anna Grace Frost (2) shoots a layup against rival Winfield. Frost finished with a team-high 10 points in the Lady Aggie loss.

WINFIELD - Winfield earned a 60-42 victory over rival Hamilton on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A’s sixth-ranked Lady Pirates led 18-11 at the end of the first period before outscoring the Lady Aggies 17-9 in the second to hold a 37-20 halftime advantage.
Winfield scored 16 points in the third while Hamilton had seven points. The final period saw Hamilton trim Winfield’s lead by outscoring the Lady Pirates 15-9 to make the final score of 60-42.

BSCC, Mercedes-Benz introduce apprenticeship co-op

Shown at the donation of a Mercedes-Benz trial vehicle to Bevill State Community College (BSCC)-Hamilton Campus on Thursday, Dec. 6, are (from left) BSCC Dean of Workforce Solutions and Economic Development Al Moore, BSCC Dean of Instruction Dr. Leslie Hartley, House District 17. Rep. Tracy Estes, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, BSCC President Dr. Kim Ennis, Mercedes-Benz Vice-President of Human Resources Rolf Wrona, Mercedes-Benz Organizational Development Specialist Steve Colburn and BSCC Automotive Instructor Chad Bryant.

HAMILTON - Automotive Technician students at Bevill State Community College (BSCC)-Hamilton Campus and Sumiton Campus can now train and learn using new Mercedes-Benz SUV vehicles, which were donated to the school.
BSCC and Mercedes-Benz held a special event on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Bevill State Business and Career  Center in Hamilton, introducing the new Mercedes-Benz Technician and Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program available on the Hamilton and Sumiton campuses.

Christmas for Kids - ‘We’ve never been this far behind’

• Still needing $21,170, Sandlin says he’s worried for first time                                                Christmas for Kids has yet to break the halfway mark in its goal of $40,000 to purchase gifts for 442 children.
For the week-period ending on Thursday, Dec. 13, a total of $5,500 has been donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign. To date, that charity has only collected $18,829.71.

Choir performs at tree lighting

The Hamilton Elementary School Choir performs during the City of Hamilton’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29, on the steps of Hamilton City Hall. Shown leading from the front row are (from left) kindergartners Gregory Hill, James Walker Engle, Jacob Likes,  Desi Title,  Addy Beth Childers and Mia Blalock.


Councilors say Woodvale parking major problem

Winfield City Councilman Tim Garrison (left) told the council that parking on Woodvale Street, which intersects Highway 118 and sits adjacent to Abby Nicole’s in Winfield, is problematic. Garrison made a recommendation and a motion to pave the small street and enforce no-parking laws to accommodate traffic.

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Council voted to pave and stripe 250 feet of Woodvale Street, located off of Highway 118, next to Abby Nicole’s retail store, in an effort to cut down on shoppers parking on the sides of the street. The action took place at the Tuesday, Dec. 4, meeting.
The suggestion received criticism from councilman Chris Ballard, mayor Randy Price and Winfield Police Chief Brett Burleson, along with Abby Nicole’s owner Brandon Webster, who believes the issue to be personal instead of a public concern.

Commission votes to payout $844,517.76

Fred Clements of the Montgomery-based law firm Webb & Eley, stands before the Marion County Commission on Monday, Dec. 3. “At this point, there is nothing more to litigate,” Clements said.

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission voted unanimously to pay out a total of $884,517.76 to eight Marion County towns and the Marion County Health Department after attorneys for the commission have decided there is nothing more to litigate involving the Hospital Tax case.
The commission convened a special-called meeting on Monday, Dec. 3, with Fred Clements of Webb & Eley, the Montgomery-based law firm representing the commission. The commission immediately voted to go into executive session with Clements after convening the meeting.

October rainfall right on the mark

HAMILTON - According to National Weather Observer Eddie Pearce, the 3.02 inches of rain that Marion County received during October was exactly what could be expected from what’s generally the dryest month of the year.
According to Pearce, the 10th month is usually the dryest, as the normal amount of rainfall is 3 inches—and this year, Marion County nearly measured exactly that.

October 2018 Unemployment - State breaks record again; Marion County unemployment rate stays at 4.0%

MONTGOMERY - The number of people counted as employed in the state rose to a new record-high for the sixth month in a row during October.
These figures are slightly late getting to print because the Alabama Department of Labor did not update its county statistics from September figures on its newsletter until the Journal Record notified the DOL that the figures were outdated on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Figures for October should have been available on Nov. 16. They were finally updated on Friday, Nov. 30.


Kenneth Ables

Kenneth Ables, 62, Hamilton, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Hamilton funeral home - Hamilton, ala.

Live nativity scenes on display Sunday night

WINFIELD - The Winfield First Baptist Church will be presenting a live nativity display on Sunday, Dec. 16, at Winfield’s Ivan K. Hill Recreational Park, complete with real camels, sheep, donkeys, goats, horses and more.
From 5:30 - 8:30 Sunday evening, onlookers can drive through 11 scenes that depict the miracle birth of Jesus.
In each scene, residents can watch from their cars as both children and adults reenact the very first Christmas miracle.

Oct. sales taxes best in last 12 years

HAMILTON - Marion County Schools’ education sales tax collections for the month of October were the highest in the last 12 years.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told the Marion County Board of Education during its Friday, Nov. 16, meeting that collections in October 2018 were about $138,500—about $7,490 higher than the previous October.
West said that the education sales tax is great source of local funding for Marion County Schools.

Jones takes District 4 seat

(Above photo) “Coach” Don Jones (center) was sworn into his position as the Marion County Board of Education District 4 member on Friday, Dec. 16. Shown conducting the swearing in is school board attorney Scott Hunt (left) and out-going District 4 board member Jim Atkinson, who held the Bible for Jones.span>

HAMILTON - “Coach” Don Jones was sworn in as the Marion County Board of Education District 4 member during the county school board’s November meeting, which took place on Friday, Dec. 16.
Jones, a Republican, was elected to  the position during the Nov. 6 election, where he received 82 percent of the vote and defeated Democratic candidate Willie Joe Hollis.
The new board member was a longtime Marion County High School English teacher and coach.

Editorial: It’s not business, it’s personal

The Winfield City Council voted to pay $12,750 and put a heck-of-a-rush on a paving project on Woodvale Street, located off Highway 118, at its Tuesday, Dec. 4, meeting. Councilman Chris Ballard is the only councilman that voted against the measure and mayor Randy Price did not vote.
Coincidentally, Woodvale is also the small road adjacent to Abby Nicole’s retail store--the one that has been the topic of a lot of conflict over the past year.

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.