Truly honored for new role

I love the tension of this verse. To me, it shows that Paul wrestles with how God’s grace is the sole reason for his substance.
I’m by no means an authority in the world of theology. I’m sure there will be some who peruse this column who are. I guess it would be appropriate in this context to ask for grace as I’m sure I could be handling this text clumsily.

Services provide support, improve quality of life

In March, Ashton Sims of Hamilton, an account executive with Alabama Hospice Care of Jasper, learned of Mrs. Joyce Myrick, an 83-year-old widow who lived alone.
Mrs. Myrick was wheelchair-bound and had been diagnosed with colon cancer a few years ago. She also experienced recurrent issues and infections in her kidneys and had a history of heart issues, including a heart attack and a diagnosis of congestive heart failure.

Fresh fruits and vegetables for seniors

Special to the
Journal Record

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally funded program administered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, Farmers Market Authority Section.
The SFMNP provides eligible seniors with $30 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from certified farmers at farmers markets and farm stands in the state of Alabama.  
Food benefits are available on a first come, first serve basis until available funds are committed. Don’t delay, complete an application today!


Hamilton hospital gets top review

Special to the
Journal Record

HAMILTON — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released updated star ratings, and North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton received five stars, the highest quality rating.
Of 4,586 hospitals, only 13.5%, or 455 hospitals, received five stars. North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton is one of only six hospitals in Alabama to receive five stars.


Wholesale water rates could be hiked as much as $1

Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams discusses possible wholesale rate increases during a May 11 meeting. [Scott Johnson/staff]

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

HAMILTON - City officials will be considering a possible wholesale water rate increase as a recent production audit has shown the city to be selling water to other local water systems at a loss.
The Hamilton City Council met in a work session on Tuesday, May 11, with Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams, who discussed his department’s finances and pricing.

Johnson stepping in as GM

Marion County’s newspaper will be led by a new general manager.
Effective Monday, May 24, Scott Johnson has been named the general manager of the Journal Record, filling in the position of Jesse Lamar, who has accepted a position as a design engineer at Kith Kitchens in Bear Creek.


May in Marion

Marion County Historical Society members are shown reenacting life in the 1800s. Mary Beth Hall (left) was a school teacher, Sharon Dickinson (center) was on the front porch peeling apples and preparing vegetables and Ryan Knight was cooking cracklins.

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Webb to Wallace State

Abigail Webb (center) is shown signing a full cheerleading scholarship with Wallace State Community College in Hanceville on Thursday, May 28. Shown are (from left) LaDawn Lawrence, Abigail, Adam Lawrence and (back) Sam Webb. [Contributed]

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Pirate’s Den closed after midnight fire

Staff Writer

Winfield restaurant Pirate’s Den caught fire early Friday morning on May 21 and the restaurant has now closed its doors until further notice.
Winfield Fire Chief Allan Stovall stated that the Winfield Fire Department responded to a call about the fire at 12 a.m. and were at the scene within five minutes of the call.
  Stovall stated that they arrived with three fire engines, a ladder truck and two support vehicles.


What Do We Do Now?

I sat down at the table early in the morning with a cup of coffee ready to write. In my mind I already had a plan to write about the month of June and why I think it’s the best month of the year.
I glanced down at my phone to see how much time I had to write and instead of seeing the time, my eyes fell to the date stamped on the home screen of my phone. Immediately, I felt a sinking feeling in my stomach. May 28. I’m pretty sure my heart skipped a beat or two.

Alabama Legislative Session: What went wrong?

State Representative

Before discussing the numerous achievements in the most recent session of the Alabama Legislature, I am certain many in House District 17 would prefer to speak of what some might consider the failures.
In the minds of many across the three-county area, the two most visible and controversial issues yet to be addressed in the state would be the failure of any legislation involving gambling and the funding of construction of new prisons.

Session Ends: Gambling Left on the Table

The 2021 Legislative Session is in the books.  I would rate it a success. When you pass budgets that are balanced, any session is a success.  In fact, the only constitutional mandate given to the legislature is that they pass the two budgets.
 The amazing revelation that is almost difficult to comprehend is the fact that both the General Fund and the Educational Fund budgets were not only status quo but were flush with growth coming out of a year of the COVID pandemic.  State employees and teachers both received raises in the budgets.