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: legionalpost0165@aol.com

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 khallman@northwestalabama.org 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.



Sarah Nell Caddell Attaway

Sarah Nell Caddell Attaway, 92, Winfield, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
Miles funeral home - Winfield, ala

Breakfast with Santa this Saturday

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Hamilton Civitan Club and Bevill State Community College-Hamilton Campus will hold their annual Breakfast with Santa event, which will take place from 8 - 11 a.m. in the Bevill Business and Community Center on the north end of the campus.
Children 12 years and under will be admitted for free, and attendees over 12 years old will be admitted for $5. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Veteran and minister Cam Spain made a decision that changed his life

Hamilton Free Will Baptist Church Youth Minister is shown here in his office the church on Sunday, Nov. 18.

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. On Nov. 14 we featured Harrison Walker.

Sullins appointed to replace Cochran

Hamilton City Councilman Gene Sanderson (right) nominated Wade Sullins to fill former councilman Kenneth Cochran’s seat at the Monday, Nov. 19, meeting. Also shown is Hamilton City Councilwoman Tami Lewis Williams.

HAMILTON - By a vote of 3-1, with councilman Tami Lewis  Williams voting against the measure, the Hamilton City Council appointed Wade Sullins to replace former councilman and current Marion County District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran.
“We had a councilman elected as district commissioner. It’s this council’s responsibility to replace him with a new person to serve,” said mayor Bob Page.
Councilman Gene Sanderson nominated Sullins to replace Cochran.
After the council voted, Page addressed Sullins briefly.

Local Christmas parades set

Listed below are the dates and times for the Christmas parades for each municipality in Marion County:Parade
• The Hamilton Christmas Parade will wind its way through downtown on Monday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m.
Santa will be available prior to the parade for Santa on the Square festivities at the courthouse from 3:30 - 5:30. Children can sit on Santa’s lap and have their pictures taken.

First tree lighting ceremony tomorrow night

HAMILTON - The first Mayor’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29, beginning at 5:30 p.m. outside of Hamilton City Hall.
Beginning at 5:30, several groups will perform, bringing real holiday spirit to the ceremony.
Hamilton Boy Scout Troup 56 will begin the ceremony with opening prayer.
Hamilton’s elementary and middle school choirs will perform at the event. The ceremony will also feature performances from Hamilton High School’s Key Line Dancers and the high school color guard.

Editorial Elections are over. Our new/old officials are in place. Now, let’s get to work!

CalmIn other words, the 2018 elections are over. Thank God.
We have new/old officials in positions of power. Some with a lot, others with not as much as they may think. Voters have retained some, and sent others home to whatever lies in their future.
Naturally, we are very pleased with some of the electorate’s choices. Naturally, some not so much.

Christmas for Kids update

HAMILTON - For the week ending on Wednesday, Nov. 21, a total of $5,005.26 has been donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign.
Sandy Sandlin, coordinator of the campaign, says this year’s goal is $40,000 to help purchase holiday gifts for more than 400 children.
“We are still needing around $35,000 more,” said Sandlin. “I hope this will raise awareness.”
All of the money will go toward buying clothing and shoes for children.
Among those who have made the most recent donations are:
• $200 - Anonymous;

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.