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.

Agenda protocol discussed

Guin City Councilman Roger Agnew (right) tells councilman Gary Randolph that Randolph needs to wait his turn before speaking.

GUIN - GUIN- To begin the Monday, Oct., 1 Guin City Council meeting, Guin City Clerk Rebeca Markham presented an agenda that had only one item listed under old business and three items under new business.
In old business, mayor Max Maddox informed the council that he has not yet received paving quotes from S.T. Bunn or the county regarding the paving of certain streets in Guin.
At the last meeting Maddox told the council that he is looking to get Guin streets paved that are in the most need of paving.

Editorial: Are we celebrating too early?

To really understand the Journal Record’s stance on the state’s broadly-proclaimed record-breaking employment numbers, you need to first read the article in this same issue, titled “Unemployment data: How it works.”
For months now, we have heard from the Department of Labor that the state is supporting more jobs than ever. And it may be.
But when we took a closer look at how the employment data is calculated, we began to have doubts about just how reliable those figures are and how much they really apply to us here in Marion County.


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.