Superintendent candidates named

WINFIELD - Culminating a nearly three-month-long search, the names of the five candidates under consideration for the Winfield Superintendent of Education position were released at a board work session on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
The Alabama Association of School Boards has assisted the Winfield Board of Education in its  search for a new superintendent since Tuesday, July 17.

Council discusses Hallmark’s status

Town of Hackleburg Collections Clerk Mandy Tatum distributes the agenda to councilman Eugene Marbutt (left) and mayor Darryl Colburn before the start of the Hackleburg Town Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 8.

HACKLEBURG - The status of Hackleburg Police Chief Kenny Hallmark came to a head during the Monday, Oct. 8, Hackleburg Town Council meeting.
Councilman Eugene Marbutt addressed a few points he had concerning Hallmark’s role on the Hackleburg Police Department.    
On Sept. 19 the Florence Times Daily reported that the Russellville City Council voted to approve School Resource Officer (SRO) contracts with “retired police officers Sammy Washington and Kenny Hallmark.”


Attorney reneges, board does not recognize local officials

HAMILTON - The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Board of Trustees left three Marion County residents unrecognized during a public meeting last week after an initial commitment to give them an opportunity to speak.
The Bevill State Community College (BSCC)-Hamilton Campus Legislative Advisory Task Force for Education traveled to the ACCS main building in Montgomery on Wednesday, Oct. 11, to attend the ACCS’ board meeting that morning.

Inmate meal records suit thrown out

HAMILTON - An Open Records Act lawsuit against 49 Alabama county sheriffs—including Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams—has been dismissed.
At the beginning of this year, the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice sued the Alabama sheriffs after the officials refused to release inmate meal finance records.
The advocacy groups sought to compel the sheriffs to produce the records, which the Alabama Sheriffs Association argues were not public records at all.

Food funds off Williams’ plate, for now

Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams inspects the Marion County Jail’s kitchen where meals are prepared daily for as many as 130 individuals held in his custody on regular basis.

HAMILTON - As of Sept. 1, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams is temporarily no longer personally financially responsible for feeding his inmates.
In July, Gov. Kay Ivey directed the state comptrollers office to no longer deposit jail food money into personal accounts of Alabama sheriffs and instead, deposit it into official county accounts.


Inmate escapes

Richard Talis

HAMILTON - An inmate in the Hamilton Work Release Center escaped and was then recaptured on Friday, Oct. 12.
According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, Richard Bernard Talis, 34, left from his assigned job location at approximately 7:50 a.m.


Editorial: Laws are made to be obeyed

Recently the Journal Record has reported about two local municipal governments not following the law as established by the State of Alabama in The Alabama Open Meetings Act.
In the Sept. 26 edition of the Journal Record, we reported that the Guin City Council did not follow the protocol that is required after an executive session has ended.
In the Sept. 5 edition, we published a story about the Hackleburg Town Council using a group text among council members to discuss town business in lieu of an open work session.  

Arrest, incident reports

Hamilton Police Dept.

HAMILTON - The following arrests and activities were reported by the Hamilton Police Department for the period of Oct. 2-8:
Incident, offense cases
One each for third-degree domestic violence, first-degree theft by deception and possible elder abuse.
Citations, Arrests

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Kids

HAMILTON - ‘Tis the season for Christmas for Kids to partner once again with the Marion County Department of Human Resources and Christ Community Fellowship to help distribute hundreds of Christmas gifts to children in need.
Officially launching in 1985, the charity is celebrating 34 years of generosity this year.
Prior to 2014, Christmas for Kids was helping provide Christmas gifts to children throughout Marion County courtesy of donations received from county and area residents.

September 2018 marriage licenses

HAMILTON - The following couples obtained marriage licenses during the month of  September at the Marion County Probate Judge’s office:
Sept. 4 - Alexander Jack Wylie, 56, Smithville, Miss., and Myra Sue Guthery, 56, Smithville, Miss.;
Sept. 5 -  Hunter Drake Rhudy, 22, Guin, and Allison Paige Webb, 23, Guin;
Sept. 6 - Jaylen Dwan Anthony, 20, New Albany, Miss., and Kerri Ann Griffin, 18, New Albany, Miss.;

Proposed amendments broken down

Next month’s General Election will also decide the fate of four proposed state constitutional amendments--whether they will be written into the state’s constitution or be discarded.
Amendment 1 would authorize the display of the Ten Commandments on state, school or public property. The proposed amendment would also prohibit spending public funds to try to prove that the public display of the Ten Commandments is unconstitutional.

Registered to vote in November?

Don’t be caught unprepared when exercising your right to vote in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.
Voters have until Monday, Oct 22, to register to participate in the U.S. midterm election.
Registering to vote
Residents can register to vote online by visiting
Marion County Registrar Hoyt McMillan noted that those who wish to register in this fashion, must have a valid Alabama driver’s license.

Council makes PD pay more competitive

WINFIELD - In a council meeting much more docile than the last one, the Winfield City Council voted to change the pay raise schedule for the Winfield Police Department on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Police Chief Brett Burleson addressed the council requesting the change in the raise schedule.
“With everything that’s going on in the world these days, you all know that this isn’t the favorite job in the world,” said Burleson.

Fall festival set for Oct. 25

BRILLIANT - The Town of Brilliant will be hosting its second annual Family Fall Fun Fest at the Ivan Ganey Park on Thursday, Oct. 25.
The festival begins at 6 p.m. and will feature food vendors, a trunk-or-treat for children, games,  inflatables and more.
Everyone is encouraged to wear their best, family-friendly costumes. There will be door prizes handed out, as well as a prize for the best costume, so bring your A-Game!
A chicken-chase will take place during the evening for the fleet-of-foot of all ages.

Pirates’ quick-strike offense puts away Carbon Hill - Winfield 35 - Carbon Hill 12

Winfield receiver Walker Junkin (1) pulls in a pass from quarterback Jackson Elkins with one hand against Carbon Hill.

CARBON HILL - Winfield needed only 24 seconds to get on the scoreboard for the first time Friday night, Oct. 12, and added another to go up two touchdowns in less than five minutes to cruise to a 35-12 win over the Carbon Hill Bulldogs.
The Pirates improved to 8-0 overall, 5-0 in Class 3A, Region 4 play, and the win also clinched a playoff berth and at least the first or second slot in the region. Winfield will need one win in the next two games against Greene County or Hale County to clinch the Class 3A, Region 4 Championship.

Phillips topples Panthers in county clash - Phillips 38 - Hackleburg 8

Phillips’ Bryant Hyde (4), Hunter Lanford (21) and Ken Edwards (1) combine to tackle Hackleburg’s Ethan Heggy (14) along the sideline.

HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg suffered its second-straight loss with Phillips defeating the Panthers 38-8 on Friday night, Oct. 12.
The loss dropped Hackleburg to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in Class 1A, Region 8. The victory gave Phillips its third-consecutive win and improved the Bears to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in Region 8.
Following the Panthers’ sixth loss on the season, head coach Rod Hudson was straight-to-the-point about what the team needs to improve.

Fifth-ranked Stallions beat Red Raiders - South Lamar 55 - Marion County 31

Marion County quarterback Deuce Belk (6) races by the South Lamar defense and in for a touchdown. The sophomore finished with 215 rushing yards in the loss.

GUIN - Marion County suffered its third loss of the season when South Lamar defeated the Red Raiders 55-31 on Friday, Oct. 12.
The loss dropped Marion County to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in Class 1A, Region 6. The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s fifth-ranked Stallions improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in Region 6.
Marion County received the opening kickoff and was unable to get anything going offensively and punted to South Lamar.
The Stallions drove 67 yards in six plays to get the team’s first score of the contest.

Aggies drop fifth straight - Russellville 65 - Hamilton 34

Hamilton running back Jathan Jackson (1) follows blocks by Matthew Jones (71) and Alex Reid (28) against Russellville.

RUSSELLVILLE - The Hamilton Aggies became the homestanding Russellville Golden Tigers seventh victim of the 2018 season in as many outings on Friday night, Oct. 12, losing 65-34.
The Class 5A, Region 7 loss marked the Aggies’ fifth-consecutive after winning the first two games of the season and eliminated Hamilton from the playoffs. Hamilton now stands at 2-5 overall and 1-4 in region play.

Tigers lose to Wildcats for fifth loss - Berry 42 - Brilliant 6

Brilliant running back Trevor Barton (4) takes a handoff from Kade Bryant (11) and tries to find a gap into the end zone against Berry.

BRILLIANT - Brilliant suffered its 27th-consecutive region loss when Berry defeated the Tigers 42-6 on Friday, Oct. 12.
The loss dropped Brilliant to 2-5 overall and 0-5 in Class 1A, Region 6. Berry improved to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in Region 6 play.
Brilliant received the opening kickoff but was unable to sustain the drive.
Berry’s opening possession ended with the Wildcats’ Isaac Darty capping it off with a 1-yard run. A successful point-after try gave Berry a 7-0 lead with 6:14 left in the first quarter.

Free farm equipment calibration demonstration

WINFIELD - The Marion, Fayette and Lamar County Extension Offices will host a demonstration concerning calibrating farm equipment on Monday, Oct. 22.
The presentation will take place from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Winfield Experiment Station, which is located at 171 Experiment Loop, off Highway 36.
A short presentation will be given on the how’s, why’s and where’s for calibrating farm equipment, followed by a hands-on, interactive demonstration.

Legion recognizes POW-MIA vets

American Legion Veterans from Post 100 in Winfield salute during a ceremony that honored prisoners of war and service members that are missing in action on Thursday, Sept. 20, outside Winfield City Hall.

WINFIELD - The Winfield American Legion Post 100 had a flag-lowering ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 20, to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.
In a remindful, touching ceremony, veterans looked on as the American Flag, the POW - MIA (Prisoners of War - Missing in Action) flag and the  Vietnam Veterans flag were lowered. The group held a moment of silence for service members who remain missing while in the course of duty.
Post 100 Commander Danny Loftis said that the ceremony turned out to be quite a success.


Burden of probate office being realized in FY 19

Marion County Commission Administrator Brooke Slatton (left) hands out financial budget literature during a special budget hearing held on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Also shown are Marion County Commissioners Mike “Sac” Davis (center) and Bob Burleson.

HAMILTON - HAMILTON - Now under the umbrella of the Marion County Commission, the Marion County Probate Judge is expected to fire about a $183,000 direct hit into the county’s General Fund.
The commission held numerous budget hearings during the month of September, where it discussed its financial situation and looked into several opportunities to save money in the upcoming year.
Concluding the process, the commission unanimously passed a $10.4 million operating budget at a special-called meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19.