November 2018 Marriage Licenses

HAMILTON - The following couples obtained marriage licenses during the month of November at the Marion County Probate Judge’s office:
Nov. 2 - Byron Joey Burgess, 46, Sulligent, and Anna Christine Stovall, 25, Sulligent.
Jason Edward Franks, 44, Fulton, Miss., and Kristy Shawn Franks, 43, Fulton, Miss.
Dakota Alexander Herron, 26, Jasper, and Melissa Nicole Colburn, 26, Nauvoo.
Austin Lee Lucas, 20, Brilliant, and Natalie Danyell McCraw, 18, Brilliant.

Arrest, incident reports

Hamilton Police Department

HAMILTON - The following arrests and activities were reported by the Hamilton Police Department for the period of Dec 4-10:
Incident, offense cases
Three each for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia; and one each for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), theft of property, open container violation, documentation of child custody dispute and documentation of a deer striking a vehicle.
Citations, Arrests

Holiday garbage, closing schedules listed

HAMILTON - The following garbage pickup schedules have been announced in connection with the Christmas and New Year‘s holidays:
Marion County Solid Waste
• For the Christmas holidays, Marion County Solid Waste officials have announced that the Monday, Dec. 24, garbage will be collected on the Friday before, Dec. 21, and the Tuesday, Dec. 25, garbage will be collected on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

One solitary life

(Editor's note: One of the most often-heard expressions one hears at Christmas is the “meaning of the season.” Many of us have lost that meaning in our secular, commercial world. The true meaning of Christmas is centered on a man, not a season. The extraordinary effect of this man has never been expressed so eloquently as in the following piece, which was written by an anonymous author. JLW)

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause

(Editor's note: On Sept. 27, 1897, a little girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote an unusual letter to the editor of the New York Sun, prompting the Sun to state, "We take great pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered as one of the friends of the Sun.
“Dear Editor,
“I am eight years old. Some of my friends say there is no Santa Clause. Papa says, "If you see it in the Sun, it's so.” Please tell me the truth: Is there a Santa Claus?”

Thornell speaks to commission regarding C3 dues

HAMILTON - C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance Executive Director David Thornell stood before the Marion County Commission on Monday, Dec. 10, to address concerns the commission had regarding a future vote to pay the yearly alliance member fee.
It was Thornell’s first appearance before the newly-seated commission since their swearing-in on Nov. 14. The commission wanted to hear from Thornell to clear up any issues before the commission votes on whether to pay the $30,000 fee to the C3 alliance.

Christmas Tree Lighting a success

(Photo courtesy of John Boyett) Hamilton Mayor Bob Page is shown with Santa Claus in front of the City of Hamilton’s lit Christmas Tree. The tree was donated to city by Tara Place Christmas Tree Farm and the lights were provided by Hamilton Walmart.

HAMILTON - Conservative estimates place turnout for the City of Hamilton’s 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at more than 750 attendees.
The Hamilton City Council heard from Hamilton Mayor Bob Page at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 3, who publically thanked those who assisted in the city’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, which took place at Hamilton City Hall on Thursday, Nov. 29.
According to Page, he estimated that there were about 750 people who attended the ceremony. He called this a conservative estimate.

Principals submit improvement plans

Phillips High School Principal Keith Smith hands a copy of his school’s 2018-19 continuous improvement plan to Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West during the Marion County Board of Education’s meeting on Friday, Nov. 16. Smith was named principal of Marion County High School at the board’s Thursday, Dec. 13, meeting.

HAMILTON - Principals of four high schools in the Marion County School System  presented material to the Marion County Board of Education citing areas of strengths and weaknesses based on recent testing data at the board’s Friday, Nov. 16, meeting.
Hackleburg High School
Hackleburg High School Principal John Hardin said that 2018-2019 goals call for Hackleburg students to show a 2-percent increase in math and reading on state assessments.

‘X’ marks the spot

HAMILTON - Economic recruiters are calling Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties the “Crossroads of the Automatic South.”
C3 of Northwest Alabama released a newsletter at the beginning of November announcing a new branding for the region, “NAX - The Crossroads of the Autmotive South.”
Gu-Win-based C3 of Northwest Alabama, which is being re-branded Northwest Alabama EDA (Economic Development Alliance), is an agency comprised of three Alabama counties: Marion, Fayette and Lamar.

House built by John Hamilton to be featured in Lamar County tour of homes

SULLIGENT - The Lamar County Genealogical and Historical Society is hosting a tour of historical houses in Lamar County on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1 -3 p.m.
One of the houses featured in the tour is the Hamilton House located in Detroit.
Tax records in the Lamar County Courthouse indicate the house was built in 1844 by John Hamilton, the father of Captain A. J. Hamilton. A. J. Hamilton is the namesake for the City of Hamilton, who gave the land upon which the City of Hamilton was built.

Jones, Warner compete on national stage

Hamilton High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter members (left) Anna Kate Warner, 16, and Josie Beth Jones, 15, made it into the Top 15 in the National FFA Talent competition, which took place in Indianapolis, Ind., in October.

HAMILTON - Two Hamilton High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter members sung their way into the Top 15 in the National  FFA Talent competition in October.
Sophomore Josie Beth Jones, 15, daughter of Danny and Juli Jones, and junior Anna Kate Warner, 16, daughter of Chris and Deanna Warner, competed in the talent competition during the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Ind., which took place Oct. 24-27.

Braden Pyron named state winner

Marion County High School’s Braden Pyron was named the state winner for the Wendy’s High School Heisman.
Pyron has been named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State teams for football (twice), baseball (once) and track and field (four times).
On the football field, Pyron was named a team captain, a three-time All-Northwest Alabama Conference selection, two-time All-Marion County team selection and four times as a member of the All-Journal Record football team.

Local club has 17 race in Memphis

There were 17 Northwest Alabama Runaways who raced in the 2019 St. Jude Marathon event on Saturday, Dec. 1, in Memphis, Tenn. Shown at the event are (front row, from left) Myra Rainey, Rhonda Clippard, Loretta Carter, Heather Bellew, (middle row, same order) Neil Moore, Todd Clippard, Mandy Stone, Alissa Hood, Bobby Bellew, (back row, same order) Jeremy Streetman, Eric Baker, Jim Northington and Jeff Fleming. Not pictured are Michelle Ward, Windy Myers, Phillip Cain and Stephanie Cain.

HAMILTON - Local running group, the Northwest Alabama Runaways, recently had 17 members participate in the St. Jude Marathon.
The race took place on Saturday, Dec. 1, in Memphis, Tenn., with more than 25,000 participants in a number events, including 5K, 10K, half-marathon and full marathon.
According to Runaway member Bobby Bellew, 10 Runaways took on the 26.2-mile marathon event.

Aggies down Pirates in rivalry matchup

Hamilton’s Peyton Williams (22) and Winfield’s Josh Estes (20) dive for the loose ball.

WINFIELD - Hamilton defeated rival Winfield 59-52 on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The Aggies jumped out to a 19-10 advantage in the first period. Winfield trimmed Hamilton’s halftime lead to eight points by outscoring the Aggies 11-10 in the second.
Hamilton scored 19 points in the third while the Pirates had 13. The final period saw Winfield’s comeback attempt fall short despite outscoring Hamilton 18-11 to give the Aggies the seven-point victory.
Hamilton’s Justin Webb scored a game-high 17 points.

Lady Pirates beat Lady Aggies in county clash

Hamilton’s Anna Grace Frost (2) shoots a layup against rival Winfield. Frost finished with a team-high 10 points in the Lady Aggie loss.

WINFIELD - Winfield earned a 60-42 victory over rival Hamilton on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A’s sixth-ranked Lady Pirates led 18-11 at the end of the first period before outscoring the Lady Aggies 17-9 in the second to hold a 37-20 halftime advantage.
Winfield scored 16 points in the third while Hamilton had seven points. The final period saw Hamilton trim Winfield’s lead by outscoring the Lady Pirates 15-9 to make the final score of 60-42.

BSCC, Mercedes-Benz introduce apprenticeship co-op

Shown at the donation of a Mercedes-Benz trial vehicle to Bevill State Community College (BSCC)-Hamilton Campus on Thursday, Dec. 6, are (from left) BSCC Dean of Workforce Solutions and Economic Development Al Moore, BSCC Dean of Instruction Dr. Leslie Hartley, House District 17. Rep. Tracy Estes, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, BSCC President Dr. Kim Ennis, Mercedes-Benz Vice-President of Human Resources Rolf Wrona, Mercedes-Benz Organizational Development Specialist Steve Colburn and BSCC Automotive Instructor Chad Bryant.

HAMILTON - Automotive Technician students at Bevill State Community College (BSCC)-Hamilton Campus and Sumiton Campus can now train and learn using new Mercedes-Benz SUV vehicles, which were donated to the school.
BSCC and Mercedes-Benz held a special event on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Bevill State Business and Career  Center in Hamilton, introducing the new Mercedes-Benz Technician and Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program available on the Hamilton and Sumiton campuses.

Christmas for Kids - ‘We’ve never been this far behind’

• Still needing $21,170, Sandlin says he’s worried for first time                                                Christmas for Kids has yet to break the halfway mark in its goal of $40,000 to purchase gifts for 442 children.
For the week-period ending on Thursday, Dec. 13, a total of $5,500 has been donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign. To date, that charity has only collected $18,829.71.

Choir performs at tree lighting

The Hamilton Elementary School Choir performs during the City of Hamilton’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29, on the steps of Hamilton City Hall. Shown leading from the front row are (from left) kindergartners Gregory Hill, James Walker Engle, Jacob Likes,  Desi Title,  Addy Beth Childers and Mia Blalock.


Councilors say Woodvale parking major problem

Winfield City Councilman Tim Garrison (left) told the council that parking on Woodvale Street, which intersects Highway 118 and sits adjacent to Abby Nicole’s in Winfield, is problematic. Garrison made a recommendation and a motion to pave the small street and enforce no-parking laws to accommodate traffic.

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Council voted to pave and stripe 250 feet of Woodvale Street, located off of Highway 118, next to Abby Nicole’s retail store, in an effort to cut down on shoppers parking on the sides of the street. The action took place at the Tuesday, Dec. 4, meeting.
The suggestion received criticism from councilman Chris Ballard, mayor Randy Price and Winfield Police Chief Brett Burleson, along with Abby Nicole’s owner Brandon Webster, who believes the issue to be personal instead of a public concern.

Commission votes to payout $844,517.76

Fred Clements of the Montgomery-based law firm Webb & Eley, stands before the Marion County Commission on Monday, Dec. 3. “At this point, there is nothing more to litigate,” Clements said.

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission voted unanimously to pay out a total of $884,517.76 to eight Marion County towns and the Marion County Health Department after attorneys for the commission have decided there is nothing more to litigate involving the Hospital Tax case.
The commission convened a special-called meeting on Monday, Dec. 3, with Fred Clements of Webb & Eley, the Montgomery-based law firm representing the commission. The commission immediately voted to go into executive session with Clements after convening the meeting.

October rainfall right on the mark

HAMILTON - According to National Weather Observer Eddie Pearce, the 3.02 inches of rain that Marion County received during October was exactly what could be expected from what’s generally the dryest month of the year.
According to Pearce, the 10th month is usually the dryest, as the normal amount of rainfall is 3 inches—and this year, Marion County nearly measured exactly that.

October 2018 Unemployment - State breaks record again; Marion County unemployment rate stays at 4.0%

MONTGOMERY - The number of people counted as employed in the state rose to a new record-high for the sixth month in a row during October.
These figures are slightly late getting to print because the Alabama Department of Labor did not update its county statistics from September figures on its newsletter until the Journal Record notified the DOL that the figures were outdated on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Figures for October should have been available on Nov. 16. They were finally updated on Friday, Nov. 30.


Kenneth Ables

Kenneth Ables, 62, Hamilton, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Hamilton funeral home - Hamilton, ala.

Live nativity scenes on display Sunday night

WINFIELD - The Winfield First Baptist Church will be presenting a live nativity display on Sunday, Dec. 16, at Winfield’s Ivan K. Hill Recreational Park, complete with real camels, sheep, donkeys, goats, horses and more.
From 5:30 - 8:30 Sunday evening, onlookers can drive through 11 scenes that depict the miracle birth of Jesus.
In each scene, residents can watch from their cars as both children and adults reenact the very first Christmas miracle.