Second case of chronic wasting disease detected; Marion County within 50-mile radius of case

MISSISSIPPI - Mississippi wildlife officials have confirmed the year’s second case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a white-tailed deer.
A deer exhibiting strange behavior was put down in Pontotoc County, Miss., near Ecru on Oct. 8. The deer had no fear of humans and attacked a dog, according to a report in the Clarion Ledger in Jackson.

Brilliant Basketball hosting fundraising wrestling match Friday

BRILLIANT - The Brilliant School basketball team is hosting a fundraiser sure to get the blood pumping—the 2018 Star Wars Professional Wrestling Match.
The Brilliant Tigers basketball team will be hosting the family-friendly event at the Glendon-Gibbs Gymnasium in Brilliant High School on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30.
The fundraiser will feature the second annual $1,000 over-the-top-rope, King of the Ring Battle Royal.

Winfield Main Street's Bake N’ Auction scheduled for Sunday

WINFIELD - Local residents should mark their calendars for the Winfield Main Street’s annual Bake N’ Auction fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11, from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Pastime Civic Center.
The fundraiser will take place on the same day as the merchant Christmas Open House in downtown Winfield.
“That way you can shop with all our downtown merchants and then come by the Pastime Civic Center and bid on some delicious items!” said Main Street Director Tammy Brashier.

Senior citizens served small portions of cold, inedible food

HAMILTON - Marion County senior citizens have been served cold and sometimes unedible food since a new Georgia-based catering service company took over a contract for local senior center meals.
Senior citizens voiced their disapproval of the new operations of the Elderly Nutrition Program, which is provided by Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments (NACOLG), at the Hamilton City Council meeting held on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Hamilton Police Department’s municipal courtroom.

Hamilton Commons Shopping Center - Unauthorized cars will be towed

The Hamilton Commons Shopping Center is cracking down on unauthorized vehicles parked in its parking lot. Cars parked on the property outside of business hours are liable to be towed at the owners’ expense if they are on the property between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

HAMILTON - The property owner of a parking lot traditionally used by residents to sell vehicles is re-upping efforts to keep the lot clear of unauthorized vehicles.
According to Hamilton Police Lieutenant Jimmy Pendley, five to six parked cars, some for sale, were removed from the Hamilton Commons Shopping Center early Monday morning, Oct. 29, which were in violation of the property owner’s policy.
Pendley said that among the vehicles was a soda vendor tractor-trailer.

‘Great turnout’ at 13th BRFF

The band “Treymane“ performs during the Buttahatchee River Fall Fest Saturday, Oct. 27 in Hamilton.

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce recorded about 75 vendors which set up booths, provided entertainment and sold food during this year’s Buttahatchee River Fall Fest.
Completing its 13th annual event, the chamber of commerce saw a “great turnout” at the downtown Hamilton event, which was held on Saturday, Oct. 27.


Clarifications, Corrections


The Journal Record would like to clarify some information that was published in the Wednesday, Oct. 10 edition, in an article titled “Council denies de-annexation request." This article states that Brilliant resident Jason Wilds offered to donate 25 acres of land to the town of Brilliant in order for the town council to de-annex his and his family’s property from the town limits. In a recording of the Sept. 26 council meeting, Wilds stated, “There’s 25 acres to the south of us.

Arrest, incident reports

Hamilton Police Department

HAMILTON - The following arrests and activities were reported by the Hamilton Police Department for the period of Oct. 23-29:
Incident, offense cases
Four for fourth-degree theft of property; two each for third-degree burglary and third-degree domestic violence; one each for possession of drug paraphernalia, documentation of suicide, menacing, giving false information, third degree criminal mischief and duty upon striking a vehicle.
Citations, Arrests

Retiring after 35 years of service

Winfield Police Department’s Sgt. Jeff Hughes ended his lengthy law enforcement career with a retirement party on  Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Winfield City Hall. Hughes has been part of the WPD for 11 of those 35 years. Family members, city officials and other emergency response personnel attended Hughes’ retirement party which was organized by the police department.

Hamilton closes season with win over arch-rival Haleyville - Hamilton 31, Haleyville 8

Hamilton quarterback Jay Brown (4) runs into the end zone for a score against Haleyville. Brown completed 8-of-14 pass attempts for 106 yards. The senior added 39 rushing yards and this score on seven attempts. (Matthew Puckett/Sports Editor)

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Aggies put together a solid game plan in their final outing of the 2018 campaign and it produced a big and memorable 31-8 victory, for it came  on senior night over their long-time rival, the Haleyville Lions.
Head coach Rodney Stidham noted he, his coaches and the team had multiple discussions about the game in the days leading up to it. He called it “an outstanding win for us, the community, and our school.”  Stidham also expressed his pride in how well his Aggies played in the final game of the season.

Panthers end season with win - Hackleburg 22, Phil Campbell 12

Hackleburg quarterback Kaleb Moore (5) is tackled and carried into the end zone for the first touchdown of the contest on a five-yard run. The senior finished with 155 rushing yards and two scores on 40 attempts.

HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg ended the 2018 season with a 22-12 victory over rival Phil Campbell on Thursday, Nov. 1.
The win gave the Panthers their 16th consecutive victory over their longest-running rival. It also improved Hackleburg’s lead in the all-time series to 50-33-1.
The victory ended Hackleburg’s season at 3-7 overall and 2-4 in Class 1A, Region 8. Phil Campbell dropped to 2-8 overall and finished 1-5 in Class 3A, Region 8.
Panther head coach Rod Hudson expressed his pride in the way his team performed for senior night.

Tigers end season with loss - Waterloo 57, Brilliant 6

Brilliant running back Braxton Mayo (8) searches for running room against Lynn on Friday, Sept. 21 (JR File Photo)

WATERLOO - Brilliant ended the 2018 season with its eighth loss after falling to Waterloo 57-6 on Friday, Nov. 2.
The loss finished the Tigers’ season at 2-8 overall and 0-7 in Class 1A, Region 6. Waterloo improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in Region 8.
Following the loss, head coach Brian Gunnels complimented the Cougars and noted the Tigers played hard despite some having to play out of position due to injuries.

City considering LED lights

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton is considering a measure to integrate LED street lights onto its streets.
The council has met with officials from Alabama Power over the last month to discuss the logistics and costs of switching over.
Municipal Account Manager with Lighting Services at Alabama Power Company Terrance Moultrie presented the council with a crossover plan for the city at a work session held on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Hallmark submits letter of resignation

Hackleburg Police Chief Kenny Hallmark (right) hands a letter of resignation to councilman Eugene Marbutt at the council's Monday, Oct. 22, meeting.

HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg Police Chief Kenny Hallmark presented his letter of resignation to the Hackleburg Town Council at its Monday, Oct. 22 meeting. Hallmark will reach 25 years of service with the town and his retirement will become effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Hallmark’s retirement marks the end of a contentious few weeks for the town that came to a head during the council’s Oct. 8 meeting.
At that meeting, councilman Eugene Marbutt voiced his concerns about the ethical aspects of Hallmark working two full-time jobs.

House goes up in flames

(Top photo) Firefighter Bryant Rye (left) and volunteer firefighter Cody Watson spray water on the home of Terry Hamlett after Hamlett's house burned down on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Larry Ware (left) and Thomas Roden (right) pray with Hamlett after the fire. Ware, from Hamilton, said he was traveling on Highway 278 when he saw the smoke from the fire and decided to stop and see if he could help. Roden said he lives in the Sugar Bend Community and saw the smoke and decided to go see if he could help. "I keep an eye on my neighbors," Roden said.

Morrow’s, Stutts’ funding nears $1M

HAMILTON - Candidate campaign funding reports from Secretary of State John Merrill’s website show campaign fundraising and spending were alive and well during the last leg of the 2018 election season, which will conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with the general election.
Campaign contributions in the state Senate District 6 race between incumbent Larry Stutts, R-Tuscumbia, and Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, are approaching $1 million.

New garbage truck budgeted

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission has approved the purchase of a new garbage truck for the Marion County Solid Waste Department.
The commission approved a $10.4 million operating budget which included the new $170,000 sanitation vehicle during a special meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at its office in Hamilton.
Marion County Engineer Mike Shaw reminded the commission at a budget hearing on Sept. 5 that the solid waste department is totally funded by collections and fees and does not use General Fund dollars.

Agriculture workshop registration deadline Nov. 19

NAUVOO - The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN) will have work sessions for statewide farmers at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. The event is open to the public and geared toward farmers, as well as food supporters and gardeners.
ASAN is a grassroots and non-profit organization developed to help farmers and markets thrive and connect through events, field days, scholarship programs, publications and community support networks.

It’s that time again...

The favorite Daylight Savings Day for this year is Sunday, Nov. 4, as residents set their clocks back, gaining an hour.
The annual observance of Daylight Savings is commonly referred to as “Spring forward, fall back.” This transition in the fall effectively gives Daylight Savings—observing states an additional hour and is more anticipated than its spring counterpart for this reason.

Absences delay answers for PD

With many empty seats surrounding the council table, Canon Birmingham Senior Account Executive Darren Sanders presents a software system that could assist the Winfield Police Department at a special-called meeting on Monday, Oct. 21. A vote could not be taken as the council did not have enough members present for a quorum

WINFIELD - After hearing the Winfield Police Department describe its need for new software in two separate meetings, the city council was unable to vote on the matter.
WPD Lt. Rusty Hulsey first requested the Canon Solutions America cloud-based server at the Thursday, Oct. 18, meeting, where he described the perks of the Canon Solutions system.
Hulsey told the council that, because the city no longer has a contract with A1 Computers in Guin, he is unsure whether WPD records are being backed-up.