King’s Closet open Sept. 22

Church members (from left) Marsha Wilson, Beth Green, Leslie Martin, Jane Mays and Rebecca Sorrells are shown in the King’s Closet ministry room at Hamilton First Baptist Church. The free program allows families with K-12 students to experience the joy and confidence of wearing new clothes.

HAMILTON - Hamilton First Baptist Church’s King’s Closet ministry will be open on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. giving families with K-12 students the opportunity to pick of up new and very-gently used clothes at no cost.
Those wishing to participate in the program should enter the church through the front doors of the church across from Hamilton High School’s main entrance.

System heading in good direction, survey says; 332 participate

WINFIELD- According to a recent study done on behalf of the Winfield Board of Education,  55 percent of stakeholders believe that the school system is headed in a good direction.
The study also suggests that the majority of constituents are indifferent as to whether or not the Winfield Board of Education should hire its new superintendent from outside or within the system.

Red Raiders, Pirates continue unbeaten streaks

Marion County schools saw mixed results in Week 3’s slate of games.
Marion County and Winfield each came away with key region victories to remain unbeaten in 2018
Brilliant suffered its second-consecutive region loss. Hackleburg is still searching for its first win of the year while Hamilton encountered its first setback.
This week continues region contests for county schools before returning to non-region contests next week.
Last week saw me go 3-1 in my prep picks which put my record at 14-2 this year.

Red Raiders remain perfect; Brilliant suffers second region loss

Marion County’s Tyler Thomas (11) reaches out to grab Brilliant quarterback Kade Bryant (11) as he fumbles the ball. Thomas was able to recover the fumble and race to the end zone for a 15-yard scoop-and-score to extend the Red Raiders’ lead to 49-6 just four minutes into the third quarter.

GUIN - Marion County defeated longtime county rival Brilliant 49-14 at Don Jones Field at Bill Rayburn Stadium on Friday, Sept. 14.
These two schools are each others’ longest running rivalry with 86 matchups between them. Marion County holds the advantage with a 44-37-5 record.
The victory improved the Red Raiders to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Class 1A, Region 6 while the loss dropped the Tigers to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in Region 6 action.


Pirates put big dent in Ironmen

Winfield’s Jacob Dyar (35) and Josh Estes (20) combine to stop the Holt runner. The Pirates’ defense shut out the Ironmen in the first half en route to a 42-0 lead.

HOLT - The Winfield Pirates scored early and often en route to a 42-7 region win over the Holt Ironmen on Friday, Sep. 14, in Holt.
The win improved the Pirates to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in Class 3A, Region 4 play.
Jackson Elkins threw four touchdown passes to lead the Pirates offense to a 42-0 halftime lead.


6 turnovers doom Aggies in region loss

Hamilton quarterback Jay Brown (4) races into the open field against Dora on Friday, Sept. 14.

HAMILTON - Coach Rodney Stidham’s Hamilton Aggies suffered their first loss of the season to the Dora Bulldogs on Friday night, Sept. 14, after turning the pigskin over six times courtesy of four fumbles and two interceptions.
Aggie fans saw the game head in the opposite direction to what they were expecting as Dora exited Sargent Stadium with a 37-12 victory in Hamilton’s 2018 home-opener.
Hamilton’s record is now 2-1 overall and 1-1 in Class 5A, Region 7 competition.


Panthers suffer fourth-straight loss

Hackleburg’s Kaleb Moore (5) stiff-arms the Waterloo defender as he looks to pick up extra yards. Moore tossed three touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores in the Panthers’ 47-34 loss to the Cougars.

HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg’s home-opener did not end how the Panthers hoped with the squad losing to Waterloo 47-34 on Friday, Sept. 14.
The game marked the first loss for Hackleburg against Waterloo in 19 matchups. The loss dropped the Panthers to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in Class 1A, Region 8 while Waterloo improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Region 8.
Hackleburg received the opening kickoff but was unable to get anything going and went three-and-out before punting to Waterloo.


Reaves named 2018 coach of the year

Winfield track and field coach Steve Reaves (left) received the Boy Track and Field Coach of the Year in Alabama for the second time since 2016. Shown presenting the award is Winfield Athletic Director Randy Thomley.

WINFIELD - Steve Reaves enters his 22nd year as the Winfield track and field coach with some new hardware to maintain.
Coming off the school’s third outdoor track and field state championship in four years, Reaves was named the Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year in Alabama for the second time since 2016.
Reaves noted that winning the award was “humbling” but that it “belongs to the kids, the young athletes that go and compete,” the 39-year Winfield teacher added. “It also belongs to the assistant coaches, Evan Shipp and Jake Seals.

Lady Raiders earn three wins, suffers four losses to larger schools

Marion County senior Amber West (16) chases down the ball during the finals of the Northwest Alabama Conference Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8. More photos, including a team photo, will be in the Wednesday, Sept. 26, edition of the Journal Record.

FAYETTE - Marion County lost in straight sets to Class 4A Fayette County by scores of 25-15 and 25-16 on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
The Lady Raiders’ Madison Norris finished with four kills, two digs, one service ace and a block.
Caitlyn Jones added six assists, one service ace and a kill. Sara Roberts had two kills and a block.


Winfield rises to No. 6 in Class 3A; Hamilton, Marion Co. receive votes

MONTGOMERY - Winfield remains the only school in Marion County ranked inside the Top 10 of their respective class.
The Class 3A squad rose from ninth-place to No. 6 after defeating previously sixth-ranked Gordo, who dropped to No. 9, 18-14 on Friday, Sept. 7.
While the Pirates remain the only team from the county in the Top 10, both Hamilton and Marion County received votes as potential Top 10 schools.


Jackson mentioned in spotlight

MONTGOMERY - Hamilton running back Jathan Jackson was recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 2.
The junior back collected 304 rushing yards and three scores on 34 carries in Hamilton’s 48-42 victory over West Point.
The win gave the Aggies their first Class 5A victory since realignment and also marked the team’s first Region 7 win on the season.


Gov. names 5 local schools ‘Bicentennial Schools’

Architect Andrea Harbison and Hamilton Elementary School Principal Lynda Hall share preliminary plans for the school’s coming Alabama Heritage Garden with HES students and booster club members. Pictured are (from left): Leida Kay Bartlett, Gretchen Surman, Aja Thomas, HES Booster Melissa Hughey, Hall, Molly Sandlin, Harbison and HES Booster Paula Wood.

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Kay Ivey announced 200 state schools as official Bicentennial Schools, including Hamilton Elementary School, Phillips Elementary School, Winfield Elementary School, Winfield Middle School and Winfield City High School.
Launched by Ivey in December 2017, the Alabama Bicentennial Schools Initiative encourages all public, private, and homeschool students and teachers to participate in the celebration of Alabama’s 200th anniversary of statehood in 2019.

City votes to hire new part-time library assistant

Winfield Public Library Director Regina Sperry recommended to the council that Tess Rayburn, a junior at Winfield City High School, be hired to a part-time position at the library at the council’s Thursday, Sept. 6 meeting.

WINFIELD - During the Thursday, Sept. 6, Winfield City Council meeting, the director of the Winfield Public Library, Regina Sperry, recommended to the council that Tess Raburn, a junior at Winfield City High School,  be hired to a part-time position at the library.
“She can come and work in the afternoon and with special programs and help us on Saturdays,” Sperry said. Sperry said Rayburn has previously volunteered at the library. The council voted in favor of Sperry’s recommendation.

Marion County Commission hears budget request

Brenda Real, the district administrative coordinator for the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District, distributes copies of the program’s 2018 budget to members of the Marion County Commission at its Monday, Sept. 10, meeting.

HAMILTON - Brenda Real, the district administrative coordinator for the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District approached the Marion County Commission at its Monday, Sept. 10, meeting to request a funding increase of $4,330. The commission currently awards the soil and water district $5,670 per year. “We would like that to be increased to $10,000 because, along with helping the agricultural industry in Marion County, we also do educational activities,” Real said, as she handed out copies of the program’s yearly budget to the commission.

Board updates superintendent qualifications

WINFIELD - During  a special-called meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21, the Winfield Board of Education updated its qualifications for the superintendent position and approved an expected salary range for the position of between $120,000 and $130,000.
In the previous meeting, board president James Garner told the board that the language of the superintendent qualifications needed to be updated in order to meet legal requirements. The called meeting was to approve these changes before the posting of the superintendent position.

Discovering, recovering heritage n Youth, adult volunteers clean up three historic cemeteries

Burleson Church of Christ Preacher Todd Clippard points into brush towards a cemetery hidden by overgrowth. A second picture of the same area displays a number of graves now reclaimed from the brush.

HAMILTON - A group of student volunteers from Missouri recently cleaned up three historic Marion County cemeteries, reclaiming the sites from overgrowth and weeds.
The local preacher who headed up the service project is hoping that the students’ service will inspire other local organizations to adopt and care for the local treasures.
On July 23 and 24, Burleson Church of Christ Preacher Todd Clippard led a team of five adults and 11 young men from Arnold, Mo., in a cleanup project of three historic Marion County cemeteries which had overgrown.


Students recognized for statewide achievement

The Winfield Middle School students whose kudzu germination project was chosen to be performed on the International Space Station, presented their project at the National Air and Science Museum of the Smithsonian Institute. Pictured are (from left) student researchers Will May, Cole Kirkpatrick, Seth Birdsong, Banks Roebuck and Izzy Steward.

WINFIELD - The group of Winfield Middle School students that became the first group in the state to be selected to send a science project into space to be performed on the International Space Station, was recognized by the middle school on Friday, Aug. 24.
The team included students Will May, Cole Kirkpatrick, Seth Birdsong, Banks Roebuck and Izzy Stewart. Together, the group formulated an experiment that would test the effects of gravity on the germination of kudzu seeds.

Ballard finalist for Presidential Award

Hamilton Middle School fifth-grade science teacher Esther Ballard works with her students to build a sundial in the school’s courtyard on Aug. 24. Ballard is one of three teachers in the state to be nominated for the 2018 Presidential Award for Math and Science.

HAMILTON - Hamilton Middle School fifth-grade science teacher Esther Ballard is one of three Alabama teachers to receive the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science.
With the award, Ballard is now automatically in the running to win the national award, which carries a cash-prize of $10,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet the president.
In an interview with the Journal Record outside her classroom on a recent school day, Ballard said she is happy to have been nominated, but the students, not awards, are her main focus.


Veterans clinic opens in Hamilton

Registered nurse Lisa Koontz speaks with veteran LO Boyett inside the new Veterans Administration clinic in Hamilton on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

HAMILTON - Marion County is now home to a permanent Veterans Administration (VA) store-front clinic and is currently seeing clients. The clinic opened on Aug. 15 and is located in front of the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton.
Before the clinic opened, local veterans had to either drive to Tuscaloosa or use a mobile unit that travels to various towns in West Alabama. The mobile unit stills travels from Tuscaloosa to Fayette and Livingston.


Hamilton man arrested for mailing drugs in Tremont, Miss.

HAMILTON - A Hamilton man was arrested in Tremont, Miss., after allegedly receiving packages of controlled substances through the U.S. Mail in Tremont, Miss.
According to the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Office in Fulton, Miss., Andrew Drake McCarley, 20, Hamilton, was arrested on Aug. 21 by agents of the North Mississippi Narcotics Unit.
McCarley is being charged with possession of a cocaine enhanced by a firearm. His bond was set at $10,000.

Florence man arrested on drug trafficking charges

BEAR CREEK - A Florence man was arrested in Bear Creek and is now facing drug trafficking charges.
Carlton Whiteside, 27, Florence, was arrested on Sept. 5 by the Bear Creek Police Department
Bear Creek officer Austin Lewis told the Journal Record that he pulled Whiteside’s vehicle over at approximately 8:55 a.m. on a routine traffic stop for a switched tag. He made the stop on County Road 62 near Consolidated Forest Products.

Water shortage during Labor Day weekend

Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams gave a public address at a Hamilton City Council meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 5, concerning a unforeseeable string of events which resulted in some of Hamilton’s being left with little-to-no water during Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

HAMILTON - Hamilton residents experienced issues with their water service during Labor Day weekend.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Page made a public address at the Hamilton City Council meeting held on Tuesday, Sept. 4, that due to a “perfect storm” of events with the Hamilton Water Department’s water purification system, many residents began to experience little-to-no water pressure at their homes and businesses.
Some businesses had to close for a day, while others were not unable to serve beverages.

Illegal immigrants and the Census

Conservative Republicans, like Jeff Sessions, have been obsessed with illegal immigrants for years. Sessions is and has always been a stickler for obeying the laws of our land. He is the most honest, upright, squeaky-clean politician I have ever seen in my lifetime of observing politics in Alabama.
Sessions is like Dudley Do Right, only shorter and straighter. He was an Eagle Scout and you can tell he was not making it up on his resume. He epitomizes a grownup Eagle Scout. He has never outgrown the straight and narrow path.

Water bills now payable online

HAMILTON - Hamilton residents will now have the option of paying their water bills electronically and perhaps save a trip to city hall once a month.
Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams told the Journal Record that online payments are now being accepted through the City of Hamilton’s website,
Credit and debit card payments are also now being accepted at the water department’s reception windows inside city hall as of Tuesday, Sept. 4.


Retail Strategies decision delayed again

Retail Strategies Chief Executive Officer Robert Jolly and chief operations officer Scott VonCannon were present at the Hamilton City Council’s Tuesday, Aug. 4, meeting to answer questions before the city voted on whether or not to renew its contract with the agency.

HAMILTON - The Hamilton City Council has once again delayed a decision to renew its contract with its economic development agency.
The council unanimously tabled a vote to renew its agreement with Retail Strategies of Birmingham at a cost of $40,000 at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4, pushing the decision into its second month either overdue or to terminate the contract.
The City of Hamilton entered into a three-year partnership with the agency in July 2017.


August marriage license

August Marriage licenses

HAMILTON - The following couples obtained marriage licenses during the month of June at the Marion County Probate Judge’s office:
Aug. 1 - Davaughndric Leedrell Pennington, 28, Sulligent, and Miranda Lavone Guyton, 34, Winfield;
James Brent Robertson, 37, Winfield, and Jessica Megan Allen, 34, Winfield;

Aug. 2 - Christopher Matthew Conner, 20, Hamilton, and Abigail Michelle McAlister, 20, Hamilton;
Bo Tyler Williams, 21, Hamilton, and Mary Katelyn Allen, 21, Sulligent;

For the Record Sept. 12


In the Wednesday, Aug. 29, edition of the Journal Record, in the story named “Baker, Ennis sued for open records violation,” the list of individuals which composes the Bevill State Community College-Hamilton Legislative Advisory Task Force for Education should have included 35-year college instructor Tony Shackelford of Hackleburg.

Enrollment numbers down

HAMILTON - According to an internally generated student data report, the August 2018 enrollment for the Marion County School System is down 27.5 percent compared to data from the same time period as last year.
Looking at the report during the Aug. 21. Marion County Board of Education meeting, superintendent Ann West lamented the negative numbers.

In a thriller, Winfield holds on to washout Gordo - Winfield 18, Gordo 14

Winfield running back Chris Broyles (7) races down the sideline away from the Gordo defender in the Pirates’ 18-14 victory over the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A No. 6 Gordo. Contributed photo Jeana Estes

GORDO - Timely defense and turnovers proved to be the key to lead the Winfield Pirates to a hard-fought 18-14 victory over Class 3A, Region 4 opponent Gordo on Friday, Sep. 7, in Gordo.
The win improved the Pirates’ record to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in Class 3A, Region 4 play.
Winfield handed the Gordo Greenwave its first region loss since 2013, the year after current Pirate head coach David McKinney left the school.


Jackson, Anglin combine for 418 yards, 5 TDs to power Aggies past Warriors - Hamilton 48, West Point 42

Hamilton’s Jathan Jackson (1) runs in for a touchdown. The Aggie running back finished the contest with 304 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries. Also shown for Hamilton are Alex Reid (28) and Matthew Jones (71).

WEST POINT - The Hamilton Aggies showed up and showed out in West Point on Friday night, Sept. 7, and left Cullman County with a 48-42 win.
That victory came courtesy of junior running back Jathan Jackson’s 304 rushing yards and three touchdowns and fellow junior Gabe Anglin’s 115 yards on the ground and two touchdowns--and a defense that made stops when they counted the most.  


Red Raiders stay perfect - Marion County 24, Lynn 12

Marion County quarterback Deuce Belk (6) launches a pass against Lynn in the first Class 1A, Region 6 contest of the season. Contributed photo by Jesse Lamar

LYNN - Marion County capitalized on miscues from Lynn to pick up the Red Raiders’ first Class 1A, Region 6 victory of the year with a 24-12 win over the Bears.
The visiting Red Raiders, who are now 3-0 on the season, controlled the tempo of the matchup with their run game and a stout defensive effort to limit the Bears' offensive production.


Tigers suffer first loss to No. 9 Tornadoes - Pickins County 54, Brilliant 8

Brilliant quarterback Kade Bryant (11) throws a screen pass to running back Braxton Mayo (8) as Pickens County’s Jermaine Hill (3) attempts to knock the ball down.

BRILLIANT - Brilliant lost 54-8 to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s ninth-ranked Class 1A team, Pickens County, on Friday, Sept. 7.
Following the loss, second-year head coach Brian Gunnels complimented the Tornadoes and added that his team had room to improve.
“We got out-played,” the Tiger coach said. “They were big and fast. They are a very good team.


Hackleburg loses third straight to start year - Mars Hill 52, Hackleburg 14

Hackleburg’s Sawyer Lynch (3) breaks across the goal line and in for a score against Mars Hill. Contributed photo by Amy Marquiss

FLORENCE - Hackleburg lost to Mars Hill 62-14 on Friday, Sept. 7, to mark the black-and-gold Panthers’ third-straight loss to begin the season.
The loss also came in Hackleburg’s first outing in Class 1A, Region 8  play this season.
Hackleburg head coach Rod Hudson did not sugar-coat one of the largest losses in recent school history.


Deadlocked on radio station

Hackleburg Town councilwoman Tabby Lolley (right) speaks to mayor Darryl Colburn (left) and councilman Don Barnwell during the Aug. 27 council meeting.

HACKLEBURG- An effort to move the Big 95.5 radio station into the old Hackleburg Town Hall building failed to get a majority vote during the Monday, Aug. 27, Hackleburg Town Council meeting.
The vote was split 3-3 with councilmen Kevin Barnwell and Eugene Marbutt and councilwoman Tabby Lolley voting no. Mayor Darryl Colburn, councilman Don Barnwell and councilman Darrin Wiginton voted yes.

Station deal discussed over group text

HACKLEBURG - The Hackleburg Town Council used electronic communications --texting-- to avoid having a public meeting, which is a violation of the law known as the Alabama Open Meetings Act.
The revelation came to light on Monday, Aug. 27, at the Hackleburg Town Council meeting during a discussion regarding a proposed lease contract with a local radio station, Big 95.5.