Reaves named 2019 Miss Hamilton

Lauren Reaves of Alexandria (left) was crowned Miss Hamilton 2019 on Sunday, Sept. 30. Destiny Schatzline of Tuscaloosa (right) was also named 2019 Miss Outstanding Teen. Both winners are pictured with 2019 Miss Alabama Callie Walker, who acted as mistress of ceremonies for the pageant.

HAMILTON - The 35th annual Miss Hamilton Pageant culminated in the crowning of Lauren Reaves of Alexandria as the 2019 Miss Hamilton, as well as showcasing dynamic performances from outgoing titleholders--2018 Miss Hamilton Bethany Knight and 2018 Miss Outstanding Teen Meg Bowen.
The pageant, which took place in the Bevill State Community College - Hamilton Campus Auditorium on Sunday, Sept. 30, had a theme that paid tribute to Broadway, “I Dreamed a Dream.”
Reaves stuns at pageant

Parenting classes to be offered at Extension office

HAMILTON - The Marion County Extension Office will be offering “Together We Can Creat Healthy Relationships for Our Family” Oct. 15 - Dec. 3 with Melanie Allen as the instructor.
Allen is a Human Sciences Extension Agent, Family and Child Development.
This course is open to:
• Married or non-married parents raising a child together;
• Single parents and other support persons raising a child;
• Pregnant and expecting a child; and
• Anyone wanting to learn healthy relationship skills.

Bank donates building for historical museum

Citizens Bank President Chris Carothers (third from right) hands over the historic Citizens Bank building keys to Winfield Mayor Randy Price, fourth from left, on Tuesday Oct. 2 in downtown Winfield. Under a special agreement, the Citizens Bank is deeding the historic bank building to the City of Winfield to establish a museum that will be maintained by the Winfield Main Street Program. Also pictured are (from left): Main Street president Don Studdard, Citizens Bank Chief Executive Officer Russell Carothers, Citizens Bank Senior Vice president Bubba Carothers, Price, Chris Carothers, Pastime Theatre Board Chairman Mary Hyche and Main Street Director Tammy Brashier.

WINFIELD - The City of Winfield and the board of the Citizens Bank of Winfield have entered into a special agreement that will allow the Winfield Main Street program to maintain the historic Citizens Bank building as a history museum. The agreement was announced in a press release to the Journal Record.

Absentee ballots now available

HAMILTON - Beginning Monday, Sept. 24, Marion County Circuit Clerk and Absentee Election Manager Denise Mixon has announced that her office will begin sending out voter absentee ballot applications for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.
The last day to file an application for a ballot will be Thursday, Nov. 1.
Registered voters can request an absentee ballot at Mixon’s office, which is located on the second floor of the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton.

Aggies drop fourth straight

Hamilton’s Gunner Seahorn (34) reaches his hands out in the end zone before pulling in the scoring toss from 14 yards out. The pass-and-catch cut the Wildcat lead to 22-21 with 5:25 left in the game.

HAMILTON - In an unexpected turn of events, the Hamilton Aggies lost their fourth game in a row on Friday night, Oct. 5, to the Hayden Wildcats 30-21.
Hamilton head coach Rodney Stidham said his team “shot themselves in the foot early” and that they did not make the plays that they needed to make in the first and second halves.
Stidham stated matter-of-factly that he takes some of the blame, mentioning that the success of the team “always falls back on the head coach.”


Red Raiders fall a yard short

Marion County quarterback Deuce Belk (6) pulls away from the Hubbertville defense and goes into the end zone. Belk scored three times and rolled up 179 yards rushing in the loss.

HUBBERTVILLE - Marion County lost to Hubbertville 28-20 on Friday, Oct. 5, after the Red Raiders saw their final drive go down to the 1-yard line.
Marion County had first-and-goal at the 1-yard line with less than a minute on the clock as the team suffered its second one-score loss on the season.
The Red Raiders fell to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Class 1A, Region 6. Hubbertville improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in Region 6 play.


Pirates overcome early struggles, defeat Wildcats

Winfield’s Chris Broyles (7) races down the sideline as an Oakman defender closes in on him. The senior finished with 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

WINFIELD - The Winfield Pirates’ defense held the Oakman Wildcats on an opportunity to make it a one-score game in the fourth quarter, and then scored three late touchdowns to secure a 40-12 win on Friday, Oct. 5, in Winfield.
The win improved Winfield to 7-0 on the season and for the first time since 2007 to claim a 7-0 start. The Pirates improved to 4-0 in Class 3A, Region 4 and are in sole possession of the number one spot in the region for the playoffs.

Third-ranked She Bears take county crown

The Phillips She Bears won the 2018 Marion County Volleyball Tournament in four matches. The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A third-ranked She Bears defeated Marion County in the finals and semifinals, Brilliant and Hackleburg en route to the crown. Shown for Phillips are (front row, from left) Autumn Edwards, Mary Ashton Hyde, Gracie Hallman, Jill Gillum, Lexie Dishner, (back row, same order) head coach Debbie Grubbs, Caitlin Martin, Baily Bishop, Ally Mccollum, Lani Clayton, Amber Markham and assistant coach Deb Cook

GUIN - The Phillips She Bears captured the Marion County Volleyball Tournament crown with a two-set sweep of Marion County on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A third-ranked Phillips swept the tournament in four matches with victories over Marion County (twice), Brilliant and Hackleburg.
The She Bears won the finals by a score of 25-14 in both sets.
Phillips’ Baily Bishop finished with six kills, one dig and a service ace.


Tale of two halves dooms Brilliant in first half

Brilliant’s Braden Burleson (32) races down the sideline past a Meek defender in the visiting Tigers’ 36-14 loss.

ARLEY - Brilliant head coach Brian Gunnels described his Tigers’ 36-14 loss to Meek on Friday night, Oct. 5, as a game of two halves.
“I didn’t have the guys ready to play in the first half,” Gunnels said. “I’m proud of the way we came out after the half. We just have to work on us.”
Brilliant (2-4 overall and 0-4 in Class 1A, Region 6) entered the game coming off a 43-24 win over Tharptown last week.

High school welcomes new band director

Winfield City High School’s new band director Austin Woods started off his first year at WCHS with a summer band camp and said he is looking forward to working with the WCHS students.

WINFIELD - WINFIELD - Winfield City High School welcomed band director Austin Woods in July, as band camp kicked off July 23 - Aug. 1.
Woods served as Winfield Middle School’s band director for the past two years, from fall of 2016 until spring of 2018, where he served as an understudy for former high school band director Nathan Garner.
Woods officially began working with the high school band on July 9, he said, doing some optional practices for musicians.

Corpus brings a new philosophy to band director position

New Hamilton High School Band Director Zack Corpus is seen here in the HHS band Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

HAMILTON - There’s an image of the American cowboy moving from place to place and living life by his own philosophy. The new Hamilton High School (HHS) band director, Zack Corpus, fits that bill.
When you first meet him he is quick to say with a smile that his last name is spelled “just Like Corpus Christi,” in Texas. Corpus was born in Dodge City, Kan., “the cowboy capitol of the world,” Corpus said, citing the town’s nickname.

State breaks employment records for 4th month

MONTGOMERY - In August, Alabama’s employment rate broke records for the fourth consecutive month, as more Alabamians than ever are working.
The state broke the employment record set in July, with August’s numbers showing that 2.1 million residents were now counted as employed. This figure shows an increase of nearly 7,000 people counted as employed over the one-month period.
Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington discussed the record-breaking gains.

Unemployment data: How it works

MONTGOMERY - With all of the hoopla about how the state’s employment and unemployment figures are better than ever, the Journal Record decided to dig deeper into what these numbers really mean for residents.
According to Alabama Department of Labor Communications Director Tara Hutchison, the employment figures that  calculate the amount of people that are in the work force, both employed and unemployed, are tabulated by the United States Census Bureau.
“The Census Bureau calls 1,500 households in Alabama each month,” said Hutchison.

18-Wheeler collision causes little damage

WINFIELD - The small access road between the Med 360 clinic and the neighboring Chevron gas station has been the topic of much discussion but no action in Winfield City Council meetings.
That access road, however, was the scene of an accident on Monday, Sept. 24, when a tractor-trailer truck struck a vehicle.
The accident happened around 11:30 a.m., and according to Winfield Police Chief Brett Burleson, it appears the accident was the fault of the tractor-trailer driver.


North AL Works Career Expo set for eighth-graders

MUSCLE SHOALS - North Alabama Works! is hosting its first Worlds of Works career expo for eighth-grade students on Thursday, and Friday, Oct. 25 and  26, at Northwest Shoals Community College, Phil Campbell. The event will help students learn about different career opportunities by demonstrating hands-on activities in which they can participate.
This will allow students to see potential careers up-close and personal.

U.S. Census Bureau hiring workers for 2020 Census

MONTGOMERY - Alabama residents looking for some extra income may have a great opportunity to help their country, their state and earn a little extra money all at the same time with a federal job related to the 2020 Census in Alabama.
The United States Census Bureau is now accepting applications online for temporary jobs related to the 2020 Census.
Those jobs include census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff and supervisory staff.
For information about available jobs and to apply, please visit

Siegelman visits Mule Day

Attorney General hopeful Joe Siegelman (left) and his father, former Gov. Don Siegelman (right), are shown in front of a Mule Day display at Citizens Bank.

WINFIELD - Birmingham attorney and State Attorney General candidate Joe Siegelman visited the area for Marion County’s biggest day of the year.
Siegelman stopped by the Journal Record on Mule Day, Friday, Sept. 21,  to discuss his campaign, as well as pet some mules, mingle with residents and observe the Mule Day prep-work going on in downtown Winfield.
Siegelman, a self-proclaimed politics-hater, said that his love for justice has motivated him to pursue the position of Attorney General.


No indictment issued for shooting death of Billy Ray Sims

Submitted by Scott Johnson on Wed, 10/03/2018 - 13:15

HAMILTON - According to the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), the Marion County Grand Jury voted for "no bill of indictment" concerning the Hamilton police officer-involved shooting in Hamilton in December 2017, which resulted in the death of Billy Ray Sims, 74.

SBI Senior Special Agent Adam Buchanan told the Journal Record that the grand jury convened in September and voted not to press charges in conjunction with the shooting death of Sims, which occurred on Dec. 13, 2017, at his residence on Reese Road.

Winfield sticks at No. 5

MONTGOMERY - Winfield held firm in the Class 3A rankings as the Pirates remained at No. 5 this week.
The Pirates held the slot after earning a victory over  Class 5A rival Hamilton. The Pirates trailed the Aggies 14-12 at halftime before dominating the second half 26-0 as head coach David McKinney’s squad improved to 6-0 this year.
While the Pirates remain the only team from the county in the Top 10, Marion County received one vote as a potential Top 10 school.

Bear Creek mayor resigns

Submitted by Scott Johnson on Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:05
Breaking News Alert

Officials at Bear Creek Town Hall have confirmed that Bear Creek Mayor Connie Morrison has resigned from her position with the town.

The Town of Bear Creek has announced a special called meeting tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 3) at 6 p.m. at the Bobby Bishop Community Center to select a mayor pro-tem.

Williams recruits Vass in Hamby search

(From left) Forensic anthropologist Dr. Arpad Vass, State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Captain Jonathan Winters, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams, District Attorney Scott Slatton, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency pilot J.D. Jackson and SBI Lt. Robbie Barton confer at the Marion County Rankin Fite Airport on Sept. 20 after an arial reconnaisance search for missing person Jessica Hamby.
Jessica Leeann Hamby

HAMILTON - World-renowned scientist and body locator Dr. Arpad Vass and his grave detection machine have been recruited to aid in the search for Jessica Leeann Hamby.

Council denies Wilds, refuses land offer - full article

The Wilds family attended a third town council meeting to request that their properties be de-annexed from the Brilliant Town Limits. Resident Jason Wilds (far left) is seen arguing with councilman Charles Berryhill at the Wednesday, Sept. 26, meeting.

BRILLIANT - In what seems to be the end of a three-month argument,  or perhaps an entirely new beginning, Brilliant Town Council members told Jason Wilds and his family that they did not support removing the family’s three properties from the town limits of Brilliant.
The Wednesday, Sept. 26, meeting was the third council meeting that the Wilds family attended, arguing that they were promised Brilliant town water in return for them agreeing to annex their properties into the town limits.

Editorial: That IS our job

As the Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force kicks off its annual supply drive, we at the Journal Record have some things to say.
First of all, we agree with a comment made by supply drive coordinator Ellen Gregg, when she stated, “We have to keep the needs of the vulnerable at the forefront of our minds.” The Journal Record wants to shout that statement from the rooftops!
Too often in today’s society, people practice “looking after number one.” As long as our family is safe, we aren’t too worried about the needs of anyone else’s.