JR closing Winfield office

The Journal Record office in Winfield is closing.
Marion County’s newspaper office in Hamilton will remain open, but simply due to the costs involved with staying in business, according to Journal Record Publisher Horace Moore and General Manager Jesse Lamar, the closing of the Winfield office is something they regretfully must do.

Personal information secure, Hunt says

HAMILTON - Personal information and data are believed to be secure following a cyber attack that hit the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton on Monday, March 2.
On the day before the Tuesday, March 3, primary election, a server housing data for Marion County’s probate and revenue commission offices was infected by ransomware, shutting down operations at both offices for the rest of the week.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

Bill being filed to consolidate polling places

HAMILTON - A local bill being filed with the Alabama Legislature would consolidate eight voter boxes into three.
The bill was discussed during the Marion County Commission’s meeting on Monday, March 9, when Marion County Probate Judge Paige Vick gave notice to the commission on behalf of the Secretary of State’s Office that there is push to assure handicap accessible polling places.
She explained that the issue is a primary concern for the U.S. Department of Justice in 2020.

Young songwriter strikes a chord with ‘Alabama Weather’

HAMILTON - Hot, freezing, rain or shine—all in the same week, or for that matter, all on the same day. Yup, Alabama weather has a way of keeping you guessing.
Living through this reality during the first few months of 2020 were enough to inspire Hamilton’s Anna Kate Warner, 18, to pen an original song, “Alabama Weather,” that is quickly getting attention.
The lyrics to Anna Kate’s song can be found on page 3B.
Anna Kate, a senior at Hamilton High School and the daughter of Chris and Deana Warner, was born and raised in music.

DA’s office negotiates 75 guilty pleas

Hamilton - During late February and early March pre-trial hearings in 25th Judicial Circuit Court, Marion County District Attorney Scott Slatton’s office accepted 75 guilty pleas.
During the hearings, which took place Feb. 25-27 and March 9 in Hamilton, The DA’s office also recommended 16 cases be dismissed and reached agreements on 10 additional cases for them to be placed on the inactive docket in order for defendants to complete certain requirements before official dismissal.


2020 Census has begun

MARION COUNTY - Gov. Kay Ivey has formally signaled the open of Census 2020 participation statewide.
For the first time in history, the Census is now available online at my2020Census.gov.
Additionally, invitation letters have been mailed and will continue to arrive in mailboxes across the state through Friday, March 20.
Individuals can participate in the 10-question Census online, by phone or through traditional paper form.


Nearly 4,000 Enjoy Jerry Brown Arts Festival

Artist Norman Morgan is shown creating jewelry pieces during the 18th Annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival on Sunday, March 8, at the Tombigbee Electric Cooperative’s warehouse in Hamilton.

HAMILTON -  Approximately 3,750 people from across the country and the globe packed out the Tombigbee Electric Cooperative’s warehouse in Hamilton for the 18th Annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival (JBAF) on March 6 and 7.
According to JBAF Public Relations Chairman Marla Minter, the event hosted attendees from Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Virginia. This year, there were even visitors from across the globe from Australia and Wales.

Winfield board honors McGaha, Brasher

Winfield Superintendent of Education Chris Cook is shown holding a plaque honoring the late Ray McGaha for his years of service to the Winfield City School system. During the meeting, the board also honored former superintendent Dale Brasher.

WINFIELD - Winfield Middle School will honor former superintendent of education Dale Brasher and the late Ray McGaha for their years of service  to the Winfield City School System.
During a meeting held on Tuesday, March 10, the Winfield Board of Education unanimously approved superintendent Chris Cook’s proposal to rename the Winfield Middle School gymnasium as the Dale Brasher Gymnasium and will place gold placards on seats in the football, baseball and softball fields to honor the memory of McGaha.

Henger steps down as NWMC CEO

WINFIELD - Northwest Medical Center-Winfield Chief Executive Officer Robert Henger has stepped down from the position after returning to the hospital in July 2019.
Former CEO Michael Windham has returned to the hospital to replace the resigning Henger.
According to Henger, Windham worked for the hospital as CEO for approximately four years before leaving due to conflicts with the hospital’s previous owner.