Aggie juniors win Super Bowl

The Hamilton Junior Toy Bowl team won the NCATA Super Bowl with a victory over Double Springs. Members of the winning team are (front row, from left) Karlee Cox, Blakeney Tibbs, Tesney Holbrook, Carley Harris, (second row, same order) Mason Holloway, Houston Tibbs, Samuel Shotts, Sawyer Tyra, Jackson Chandler, Eli Harris, Josh Webb, Tripp Summers, William Bentley, (third row, same order) Jordan Roloff, Cam Martin, Kaden Whitaker, Luke McCracken, Dillon Humphries, Sam Moore, Matthew Nieman, (back row, same order) coach Eric Harris, coach Scotty Chandler, Joshua Bean, coach Sonny Tibbs, Bryant King, coach Harry Holloway, Hayden Cox and head coach Stuart Shotts.

MILLPORT - The 2018 Hamilton junior team won the North Central Alabama Toybowl Association Super Bowl by defeating Double Springs 30-22 on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The young Aggie squad was able to edge out the Yellow Jackets for the one-score victory.
The victory capped a 7-2 season for the Aggies. The team won four of its six regular season matchups before picking up two playoff wins and earning the Super Bowl victory.


Principals present improvement plans

HAMILTON - Listening to Marion County principals discuss plans for the current school year allows one to catch a glimpse of what takes place inside local classrooms on a daily basis.
Principals representing the schools in the county which qualify for what is known as Title I status provided a peek at what plans they now have in place to assist students.
Such presentations from the schools are required under the federal law governing Title I programs. Principals presented their reports to members of the Marion County Board of Education on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Nov. 23-30 declared ‘Jackie Hickman Volunteerism Week’

Hamilton Mayor Bob Page (left) presents a certificate to Jackie Hickman’s husband of 41 years, Otis Hickman, commending Mrs. Hickman for her volunteer service to the City of Hamilton.

HAMILTON - The late Jacqualyn “Jackie” Diane Hickman, who is best-known for her 53 years of bell ringing for the Salvation Army, has been formally honored by the City of Hamilton.


Miller presents schools for Africa program to Alpha Tau members

Members of the Alpha Tau chapter of the Alabama State Organization of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Aromas Cafe in Winfield.

WINFIELD - The Alpha Tau chapter of the Alabama State Organization of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Aromas Cafe in Winfield.   
Following delicious refreshments, Dr. Barbara Miller presented information about Schools for Africa and shared her interview of Jean Kabre from Burkina Faso, Africa.
Kabre’s successful story was moving and inspirational to all in attendance.


Deal with Holiday Stress and beat the Winter Blues

The holiday season is here. It is time for family get-togethers, decorating, shopping, gift-wrapping, baking and attending special events.
You and your family may feel stressed because of the extra demands placed upon already busy schedules. We put too much pressure on ourselves to create the "perfect" family occasion.
The three main causes of stress are relationships, finances and physical demands.  Sometimes emotional disappointments combined with excess fatigue and stress result in post-holiday letdown.  It can take us the rest of the winter to recover.  

Center receives aid for new residents

HAMILTON - The adult group home in Hamilton will be welcoming new residents soon, as state funds have made it possible for the facility to accept 16 residents from Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa.
The Hamilton group home is part of the Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center, which serves the mental health needs of five counties, including Marion, Fayette, Lamar, Winston and Walker.

October Food Service Health Scores

HAMILTON - The Marion County Health Department released the following health inspection scores and violations for 37 restaurants, delis and lunchrooms conducted through the month of October.
(Priority violations, whose application directly contributes to the elimination, prevention or reduction of hazards associated with foodborne illness or injury, are listed following the restaurant name when applicable. Core violations are not listed.):
• Big Jerry’s Grill’n Mobile Unit , Winfield - 100;
• David’s Hometown Market, Hamilton - 99;

Arrest, incident reports

Hamilton Police Department

HAMILTON - The following arrests and activities were reported by the Hamilton Police Department for the period of Oct. 30 - Nov. 5:
Incident, offense cases
Two each for harassment and fourth-degree theft of property; one each for possession of child pornography, production of pornography with minors, second- and third-degree criminal mischief,  harassing communications and second-degree theft of property.
Citations, Arrests

Kids Count rating drop...

As we at the Journal Record looked over the 2018 Kids Count data, we were as surprised as most of our readers likely will be to see that Marion County was ranked 18 spots lower than last year in child well-being.
So we talked it over with VOICES for Alabama’s Children Deputy Director Rhonda Mann, who  gave us some ideas as to why the ranking may have changed so dramatically for our county.

County child well-being rate falls 18 places

HAMILTON - Falling 18 places from its 16th-place ranking in 2016 and 2017, Marion County ranked 34th out of the 67 counties in the State of Alabama for overall child well being, according to the 2018 Kids Count Data Book.
The large drop in well-being rates for Marion County could be attributed to a number of changes that took place over the past year, including education scores, an added mental health component and poverty statistics.

Marion County favors all four amendments

All four statewide constitutional ammendments were passed during the 2018 general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Amendment 1
Amendment 1, which authorizes the display of the Ten Commandments on state, school or public property, was passed statewide with 72 percent approval and 1,091,181 votes—431,568 “No” Votes.
Countywide, the ammendment received even more popularity with 90 percent approval, or 8,097 votes. There were 931 “No” votes.


Voter turnout 47.8%

Marion County recorded a below-average voter turnout percentage at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6,  during Alabama’s 2018 general election.
With about a 48 percent turnout, the county’s voter turnout percentage is the second-lowest general election turnout over the last decade.
The week prior to the election, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill predicted that turnout would range from 35 to 40 percent.


Veteran, minister Harrison Walker sees the hand of God in every day life

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Harrison Walker, 77, and his wife Delerious, 72, are pictured here in their home in Hamilton on Oct.30. Delerious served four years in the U.S. Air Force and 19 years with the 115th National Guard Signal Battalion in Haleyville. The couple married in 1973. The couple raised their children, Christopher Scott Hicks, and Nikki Pennington in Hamilton. Walker has a daughter, Sheila, who lives in Seattle, Wash.

HAMILTON -  U.S. Marine Corps veteran Harrison Walker heard the call to minister in 1960, but it was a call he didn’t answer. In fact, he ran from it.
Walker first refused the calling shortly after joining the Marines in December 1959. After basic training in San Diego, Calif., Walker was offered the opportunity to go into seminary to become a chaplain.   


Republicans sweep the ballot

Marion County Probate Judge’s Office Chief Clerk Lauren Palmer reviews vote tallies on election night, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

HAMILTON - Every Marion County office up for election in 2018 has been won by a Republican candidate.
A Marion County “red wave” overtook every race during the election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, securing public offices for 16 Republicans who will represent the area either on the local, regional or state level.
Twenty-one  other offices with implications for Marion County were secured in the Republican primary and runoff elections over the summer.


State trying to tweak report card formula

HAMILTON - Alabama’s school report cards will be delayed unless changes are made in the next two months.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told the Marion County Board of Education at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, that the Alabama State Department of Education is trying to tweak its formula for the report cards “as they strive to compare two incomparable tests.”


Sales tax raises $1.7M in FY 2018

HAMILTON - Marion County sales taxes for education collected in Fiscal Year 2018 were the highest in the 10 years since the local school system began keeping records in 2008.
More than $1,714,333 in local sales taxes were taken in for the Marion County School System in the previous fiscal year—surpassing the previous high of $1,635,548 in Fiscal Year 2017. The newest total outdistanced the previous mark by $78,785.


Estes sworn in

Newly-elected House District 17 Rep. Tracy Estes (center), R-Winfield, is sworn in by 25th Judicial Circuit Judge Daryl Burt (right) on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton. Estes is the former news editor at the Journal Record. Shown holding the Bible for Estes is his wife, Tawanna.

Veterans banners will be flown on city poles

WINFIELD - The Winfield Main Street Program is selling Veterans Day Banners that will be flown on the city’s decorative poles for military holidays and other special holidays.
According to Main Street Program Director Tammy Brashier, residents can purchase a veterans flag (size 18x36) for $100. The banners will be flown one or two times each year for three years, at which point residents can keep those flags or have the option of purchasing a new one.

Houston Academy had a big problem, courtesy of the Pirates - Winfield 40, Houston Academy 3

Winfield running back Chris Broyles (7) breaks into the open against Houston Academy. The senior finished with 134 yards and two scores on the ground. He added a 13-yard touchdown reception.

WINFIELD - The Winfield Pirates used a balanced offensive attack to give Houston Academy problems to no end to defeat the Raiders going away, 40-3, on Friday night, Nov. 9, at Estes Hudson Stadium in Winfield.
The win improved the Pirates to 11-0 on the season and advanced them to the second round of the Class 3A State Playoffs. Winfield also extended its current winning streak to 12 games, going back to the final game of the 2017 season.

Red Raiders shut out in Round 1 loss to Panthers - Mars Hill 55, Marion County 0

Marion County senior Braden Pyron (2) blocks the Mars Hill extra-point attempt to keep the score at 34-0 in the first half. Pyron finished with 14 runs for 48 yards and pulled in two passes for 36 yards on offense.

FLORENCE - Marion County was shut out for the first time all season in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A State Playoffs First Round by Mars Hill 55-0.
The loss dropped Marion County to 7-4 on the year after the Red Raiders finished 4-3 in Class 1A, Region 6. The victory improved Mars Hill to 10-1 overall after the Panthers finished a perfect 6-0 in Region 8.


Local party chairs weigh in on results

Following a dominate display by Republican candidate, who gained every statewide and county office on the November ballot, Marion County political party leaders shared their insight into the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election with the Journal Record.
Marion County Democratic Executive Committee Chairwoman Susan Cobb said that on the national level, she was tickled that Democrats have control of the House and can keep President Donald Trump in check.

General Election update; 21/22 precincts reporting

Submitted by Scott Johnson on Tue, 11/06/2018 - 15:30
Breaking News Alert

Runoff Election Final Update

The following are unofficial results from 21 of Marion County's 22 voting boxes. Provisional ballot information will be available later in the week. 

Turnout:  9,992

Straight Party Voting:

Democrat: 559

Republican: 3,983

Skipped: 5,445

U.S. House Rep. 4th Congressional District:

Marion County results:

Veterans Day Profile: Sorrells called to use experience to minister

Hamilton First Baptist Church pastor Jeremy Sorrells, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is seen here speaking to his congregation on Sunday, Sept. 30. Sorrells spent six years on active duty in the Air Force before retiring in 2006 to become a pastor. (Photo by Les Walters)

(There are those who are called to serve in the military and there are those who are called to preach the Gospel. And then, there are those who answered the call to do both. For the month of November, the month we celebrate our veterans, the Journal Record will feature four local preachers who answered the call to both serve their country, and to preach the Gospel.   In Jesus’ Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22, many are called but few are chosen.

Crestwood Manor Apartments to renovated

District 17 Rep. Tracy Estes visited Winfield’s Crestwood Apartments to celebrate with apartment owner David Morrow and members of the Alabama Affordable Housing Association about the apartments’ upcoming renovation. Pictured are (from left) Crestwood maintenance specialist Jonathon Taylor, Estes, Morrow and apartment site manager Amber Terrell.

WINFIELD - Crestwood Manor Apartments in Winfield, home to elderly and disabled residents, will be receiving a total renovation thanks to the Alabama Affordable Housing Association (AAHA).
The renovation is part of the housing association’s “Making Alabama Sweet Home Again” project.
This project is part of the housing association’s effort to either construct or rehabilitate housing structures in the state to provide more affordable housing to residents.