Bond issue change saves money

WINFIELD - At the  Thursday, Oct. 18, Winfield City Council meeting, the council voted to add the amounts of two properties to the already existing hospital bond issue, increasing the bond issue amount by $2.7 million.
In a followup interview, city attorney Todd Atkinson explained that by increasing the amount of the bond issue, the city would be able to pay off existing loans for the property behind the Chevron gas station off Interstate 22 Exit 30 and the former Sterling RV property.

Churches request road closures for safety, expansion

Hamilton First Baptist Church spokesperson Brent Thompson (forefront) addressed the Hamilton City Council at a public hearing held on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Hamilton Police Department’s municipal courtroom. Thompson is shown detailing capital improvement plans which include expanding the Baptist Church’s main building. Also shown is Hamilton FBC member Ray Cooper.

HAMILTON - The Hamilton City Council held a public hearing on the matter of three potential street closures.
The council held the hearing on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Hamilton Police Department’s municipal court room, prior to their second October council meeting.
No action was taken on the roads that night as councilors want to give enough time for details to be figured out and further comments made.
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Pirates finish perfect regular season - Winfield 42, Hale County 0

Winfield running back Chris Broyles (7) pushes away from a teammate as he picks up extra yards against Hale County. The senior has 1,517 all-purpose yards for the season, including 1,240 rushing yards. (Photo by Jeana Estes)

MOUNDVILLE - The Winfield Pirates finished their regular-season schedule with an easy 42-0 victory over the Hale County Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 26, in Moundville.
The win improved Class 3A’s third-ranked Pirates to 10-0 on the season and a perfect 7-0 worksheet in Class 3A, Region 4 play. This was Winfield’s first perfect regular season since 2004, and also head coach David McKinney’s first as a head coach in his career.

Red Raiders end regular season with blowout win - Marion County 42, Berry 18

Marion County senior Braden Pyron (2) reaches out across the goal line for a touchdown against Berry. Pyron finished with five receptions for 77 yards and the score. (Photo by Shelly Berry)

GUIN - Marion County ended the regular season with a 42-18 victory over  Fayette County rival Berry on Friday, Oct. 26.
With the win, the Red Raiders improved to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in Class 1A, Region 6. The Wildcats ended their season at 2-8 overall and 2-5 in Region 6.
Red Raider head coach Kyle Williams noted that six Marion County players found the end zone in the victory.

Panthers earn second win with victory over Red Devils - Hackleburg 44, Vina 8

Hackleburg’s Sawyer Lynch (3) runs down the sideline against Vina. (Photo by Amy Marquiss)

HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg earned its second win of the year with a 44-8 shellacking of Vina on Friday, Oct. 26.
The Panthers improved to 2-7 overall and 2-4 in Class 1A, Region 8 while Vina remained winless at 0-9 overall and 0-6 in Region 8.
Hackleburg struck early on offense when Kaleb Moore raced in from 37 yards away. Moore found Sawyer Lynch for the 2-point conversion to give the Panthers the 8-0 lead with 11:10 left in the opening quarter.

Fourth quarter proves to be difference in Aggie loss - Jasper 35, Hamilton 21

Hamilton’s Alex Reid (28) races by the Jasper defense for extra yards. The senior pulled in a 75-yard touchdown catch in the 35-21 loss.

Hamilton - Hamilton put up a valiant fight against Jasper on Friday night, Oct. 26, in perhaps one of the best games the Aggies have played this season, but the Vikings still handed Hamilton its sixth loss of the season.
The Aggies now stand at 3-6 overall and 2-5 in Class 5A, Region 7 play.

Brilliant drops fourth-straight with loss to Stallions - South Lamar 45, Brilliant 0

Brilliant senior Braxton Mayo (8) breaks into the open field against South Lamar. (Photo by Dana Bryant)

BRILLIANT - Brilliant suffered the team’s 29th-straight region loss with a 45-0 loss to South Lamar on Friday, Oct. 26.
The Tigers fell to 2-7 overall and 0-7 in Class 1A, Region 6. The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s fifth-ranked South Lamar improved to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in Region 6.
Despite the loss, Brilliant head coach Brian Gunnels was proud his Tigers’ effort in the contest.
“We came out tonight and played hard,” Gunnels said. “Our guys played hard for four quarters. That’s all I can ask from them.”

Smokey Bear repaved

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton has repaved Smokey Bear Road, which services the city’s parks and recreation district.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Page told the Journal Record that Murphree Paving of Tupelo, Miss., worked Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19, repaving the city street, which he says was in poor condition.
Page said that the city chose the street to work on as it carries a high traffic count due to the nearby park, ball fields and Hamilton Elementary School.

Festival yields lots of winners

WINFIELD - Mule Day 2018 was a blazing success, as thousands showed up to take part in the annual festivities although temperatures were through the roof.
The Journal Record annually reports the winners for the pageant, car show and mule judging that take place during the festival.
Pageant winners crowned
The Mule Day Pageant was full of adorable contestants ranging in age from newborn to 10-years-old.
Miss Bella Tidwell was crowned as Miss Mule Day 2018 on Sunday, Sept. 9.

September temps higher than usual

The month of September didn’t break any local weather records, but locals didn’t get to experience any fall weather as they did their best to beat the heat.
The high temperature for the month was noticeably high at 97 degrees on Sept. 26. As National Weather Service Observer Eddie Pearce noted, this number is simply temperature of the air, it does not factor in how hot it may feel due to humidity and other factors.
The hottest day of the month took place only three days after the summer season officially ended and fall began.

Arrest, incident reports

Hamilton Police Department

HAMILTON - The following arrests and activities were reported by the Hamilton Police Department for the period of Oct. 16-22:
Incident, offense cases
Two for third-degree domestic violence; and one each for first-, second-, and third-degree theft of property, third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree forgery, harrassing communications, possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence (DUI).

Curb damage solution may have been found

Midstates Petroleum attorney Courtney Smith discusses the issue of curb damage from trucks with the city council at its Thursday, Oct. 4, meeting. Midstates Petroleum owns the Chevron gas station located on Highway 129 in Winfield.

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Council made progress on a solution to the crumbling curbs that have been causing tension between the Chevron gas station and the Med 360 clinic located on State Highway 129, just off Interstate 22 Exit 30.
The council heard from attorney Courtney Smith, who represents Midstates Petroleum of Vernon, the owners of the Chevron station in question, which owns the gas station, at the Thursday, Oct. 4, meeting.

NMMC welcomes new doctor


New family medicine physician Lisa Smothers, D.O., poses for a picture with North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton administrators and fellow physicians at a reception welcoming the new doctor to the area.

NTN-Bower service day at Hamilton Middle School

Buccaneer Homes employees clean lockers during a cleanup day at Hamilton Middle School.
Volunteers from Buccaneer Homes are seen here in Aggie Plaza during a cleanup day at Hamilton Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 6. Buccaneer Homes salesman Scott Tyra said the day was organized as a community service day for the company. “We’re giving back to the school, taking pride and trying to lend a helping hand,” Tyra said.


Local author publishes new book

Peyton Davidson, 3, is seen here with her great-grandmother’s book titled Amusing Animals.

GUIN - Local author Dorothy Thompson White has published a new book through Dorrance Publishing Company. The new book, titled A Marriage That Almost Wasn’t, will be published this week and will be available at book signings White said. The book is a 20-chapter book about her life in Kentucky and her marriage to Albert White of Henderson, Ky., in 1981.

Funds will benefit new shelter

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Tuesday, Oct. 9, that 16 programs throughout the state that assist domestic violence victims will receive a total of $1.5 million in funding from the state’s Domestic Violence Trust Fund.
Safeplace, Inc., which assists victims from Marion County and which will be opening an emergency housing shelter in the county in early 2019, will receive between $80,000 and $100,000 of these funds.

Cook named superintendent

Chris Cook

WINFIELD - The Winfield Board of Education named Chris Cook, currently the Marion County Board of Education Central Office Supervisor, as the next superintendent of education for the Winfield City School System on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Local candidates state their case

HAMILTON - Marion County voters will head back to the polls for the third and final time in 2018 on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The people will decide the fate of nine statewide races, seven local races and four ammendments.
Statewide races will include the:
• Gubernatorial race between Democratic candidate Walt Maddox and Republican Kay Ivey;
• Lieutenant Governor race between Democrat Will Boyd and Republican Will Ainsworth;
• Attorney General race between Democrat Joseph Siegelman and Republican Steve Marshall;

Students prepare for homecoming

Hamilton High School junior Eli Williams uses a stapler to help construct the HHS junior’s homecoming float during Float Day on Thursday, Oct. 18, at HHS. Helping Williams are Kennedy Cobb (left) and Gracelyn Ramsey.
Emma Miller (left) and Chesney Raburn help construct the freshmen class float. The junior float was announced as the winner of the float competition and the overall winner for Hamilton’s Spirit Award.


Michael Palmer: The Battle of Vinson’s Crossroads

Col. George Spencer (seated at right) is seen here with Gen. Grenville Dodge (seated at left) along with Dodge’s staff, in Corinth, Miss., in 1863.

One-hundred fiftyfive years ago this week, a Civil War Battle took place just outside the borders of Marion County. But you most likely have never heard of this battle. The battle happened after a Confederate army intercepted 500 Union soldiers returning from Alabama to Corinth, Miss.

Rhudy gives year-end report

Guin Park and Recreation Director Keith Rhudy presented a year-end report to the Guin City Council on Monday, Oct. 15.

GUIN - Guin Park and Recreation Director Keith Rhudy presented a year-end report to the Guin City Council at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Oct. 15.
Rhudy said the Guin Water Park finished the 2018 fiscal year $1,776.04 in the red. The water park had a total revenue of $68,247.94 and $70,023.98 in total expenses.
The negative difference, Rhudy said, was due to the Guin Park and Recreation Department’s choice to keep the water park open through Labor Day.

Pastime’s 2019 concert series announced

Winfield’s Pastime Theatre has announced its 2019 Concert Series, a string of four concerts featuring multiple different genres that will take place beginning in March and ending in June. Tickets are now on sale.

WINFIELD - The Pastime Theatre in Winfield is excited to announce its 2019 concert series.
The 2019 series will open on Saturday, March 9, with Jason Petty’s “Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes.” According to  Pastime Theatre Chairman Mary Hyche, “There’s only one Hank William’s and Jason Petty portrays him best.”
Petty starred as Williams in New York City’s hit Off-Broadway musical, “Lost Highway,” as well as at Nashville’s world-famous Ryman Auditorium.

Buttahatchee River Fall Fest set for Oct. 27

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 13th Annual Buttahatchee River Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, in downtown Hamilton.
The fall festival, which will officially kick off at 9 a.m. that morning, is a family-friendly event and there is no charge for admission.
This year’s festival will be as jam-packed with fun for the whole family as it has been in the past, according to  Hamilton chamber president Lacy Williams.

3rd annual community trunk-or-treat set for Oct. 27

HAMILTON - Dress up the kids and grab a bag.
NTN-Bower in Hamilton will be hosting its third annual “trunk-or-treat” Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 27.
The event is open to everyone and will get kicked off at 6 p.m. and for an entire hour treat-or-treaters will be able to go from car to car to gather bag-fulls of candy.
Anyone interested in registering a vehicle to participate in the event is encouraged to call Mellissa McCarley at 921-8024  or Candi Childers at 921-8016.

Turkey and ham sale to benefit Christmas for Kids

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Kiwanis Club will once again sell smoked Thanksgiving turkeys as a fundraiser, but this year the club will also offer smoked half-hams. A 10-12 pound turkey or a half-ham, both smoked and ready to heat, can be purchased from any Kiwanis member from now until Monday, Nov. 12.
The group will use the proceeds from the smoked turkey fundraiser for two purposes: A donation to Christmas for Kids and Christmas food baskets for the needy.

11th Annual Charity Golf tournament

25th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Slatton is seen here at the Pikeville Country Club on Oct. 5. The flight one first-place winners were Tony Hayes and Garrett Fowler. The flight two winners were Heath Reed and Max Maddox.
(From left) Dana Davis of Lister Hill Credit Union, Danyelle Bragwell of the Marion County Department of Human Resources, Teena Nix with the Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force, SafePlace Victims Advocate Lisa Shipman, transitional housing manager and volunteer coordinator in Lauderdale County Leah Heathcoat, and musician Cody Bass are seen here at the Pikeville Country Club on