Local pastors represent evangelicals in Azerbaijan

Ramp pastors Samuel Bentley (left) and Micah Wood stand outside of Azerbaijan’s largest mosque, Heydar, in Baku.

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Ramp pastors Samuel Bentley and Micah Wood, both of Hamilton, were two of 12 U.S. evangelical pastors who traveled to the country of Azerbaijan as guests of its president.
Azerbaijan is a predominately Shi’ite Muslim country on the Caspian Sea, located north of Iran and south of Russia. It is one of the few Muslim nations to maintain cooperational ties with Israel.

Reid signs with Harding

Hamilton receiver Alex Reid (seated, right) signed a scholarship offer to play for Harding University in Searcy, Ark., on Tuesday, March 5, at Hamilton High School. Pictured with the future Bison are (front row, from left) parents Brock and Jennifer Taylor, Reid, (back row, same order) Aggie coaches Rush Holcomb, Rodney Stidham and David Cantrell.

HAMILTON - Hamilton’s Alex Reid will don black-and-gold next season after signing to play for Harding University in Searcy, Ark., on Tuesday, March 5.
Reid was joined by family and friends at Hamilton High School as the 18-year-old made his decision as to where to spend his next four years playing football.
The son of Brock and Jennifer Taylor sat behind a table with his family and two hats and sets of paper in front of him--one from Harding and the other from Auburn University.

 

No. 6 Winfield continues win streak

Winfield shortstop C’era Beck (1) throws over to first base to complete a double play after tagging second. Shown for Marion County is Bretta Taylor (1).

WINFIELD - Winfield defeated Class 3A, Area 10 foe Carbon Hill 7-0 on Wednesday, March 13.
The Lady Pirates are ranked No. 6 in Class 3A by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
Winfield’s Alana Ballard earned the complete-game victory. She allowed three hits and three walks while striking out two.

 

Conference set for April 5

HAMILTON - The 27th Annual Breaking the Cycle of Abuse (BTCOA) conference will be held on Friday, April 5, at Bevill State Community College- Hamilton.
This year’s event will mark the first time that two doctors will give presentations as previous years the conference had featured only one doctor. Dr. Carin Richard Kiser and Dr. David Bernard of the UAB Department of Pediatrics will be speaking at this year’s event.

State gas tax will rise 10 cents

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Senate voted 28-6 in approval of the Rebuild Alabama Act, which levies an additional 10-cents per gallon on fuel sales.
The state House of Representatives passed the referendum with a few amendments on Friday, March 8. The Senate voted the tax through on Tuesday, March 12, sending it to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk, who signed it into law later that afternoon.

Drug shipment intercepted

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HALEYVILLE - An interstate drug operation has been intercepted by local and regional agencies, who seized approximately eight pounds of marijuana in air-tight bags mailed from southern California to the post office in Haleyville.

Driver ejected in I-22 collision

The Hamilton Fire Department was dispatched by Marion County 9-1-1 to a single-vehicle collision near exit 14 on I-22 at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12. The driver and passenger were both rescued by the Hamilton Fire Department and transported to the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

HAMILTON -  The Hamilton Fire Department was dispatched by Marion County 9-1-1  to a single-vehicle collision near exit 14 on I-22 at 2 a.m. on Tuesday March 12.
When the fire department arrived, with assistance from the Hamilton Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Department, firefighters discovered that the vehicle had collided with the interstate guardrail, tearing the left side of the vehicle open and caused the driver of the vehicle to be ejected from the car.

Last dollar of 2014 bond issue spent

Dymac Construction of Lynn continues its renovation work on the E.T. Sims Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building. The work has included structure improvements and repairs as well as gym updates and a refurbished senior center. The renovation is tentatively set to be complete in May.

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton has spent the last dollar from its 2014 bond account.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Page told the Journal Record that the city officially closed its bond account after paying out its remaining balance to Dymac Contracting for work its work on the E.T. Sims Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building.
Hamilton City Clerk Angela Owen said that the remaining balance in the account was paid out on Feb. 19 for the rec center renovation.

 

Robotics team honored at meeting

Members of the Winfield Middle School robotics team explain the rules and strategy of a typical robotics competition during the Winfield City Board of Education meeting at the middle school on March 12. Demonstrating were Seth Birdsong, Easton Couch, Adam Cunningham and Auna-Kate Hale.

WINFIELD - The Winfield Middle School robotics team put on a demonstration during the Winfield City Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 12, in the board room at the school.

Fire tax trucks in $756K for inaugural year

Representatives from Marion County’s volunteer fire departments received checks at the Tiger Den in Brilliant on Thursday, Feb, 28. (From left) Jerry Ezekial, Pea Ridge; Jeremy Prestage, Byrd; Meredith Green, Brilliant; Adam Loden, Bear Creek; Dana Loden, Shottsville; John Chambers, Craft; Stephanie Plunkett, Twin; Augy Avery, Shiloh; Coby Wiginton, Hamilton; Steve Hood, Hackleburg; and Randy Garrison, Guin.

HAMILTON - The three-mill fire protection tax has completed its first full year of collections.
Marion County Firefighters Association President Jeff Williams provided the Journal Record with Fiscal Year 2018 statements of Marion County’s 12 municipal and community fire departments.
Altogether, the three-mill tax produced $756,460.08 for the period and provided $63,038.34 each to the Craft, Bear Creek, Brilliant, Byrd, Guin, Hackleburg, Hamilton, Pea Ridge, Shiloh, Shottsville, Twin and Winfield fire departments.

 

Hamilton girls challenging the norms of career tech

HAMILTON - The Hamilton High School (HHS) Engineering Club is breaking career technical norms.
According to HHS engineering teacher James Beasley, the local engineer club has about 70-percent female participation.
Beasley and three engineering club members—Bailey Sherman, Kira Clark and club president Kaylee Gann—gave a special presentation to the Marion County Board of Education at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in accordance with Career Technical Education Month in February.

 

Councilman wants to explore tax options for repaving

HAMILTON - Hamilton councilman Gene Sanderson has suggested the city begin discussing temporary tax options to fund road repairs.
Sanderson introduced the topic at the Hamilton City Council’s meeting on Monday, March 4, after regular business had concluded.
“We need to start doing something about paving some of these streets,” Sanderson said. “We’ve got a lot of people who are not satisfied with the streets in Hamilton.”

 

New bus for senior center

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Senior Center will have a brand new 15-passenger van to provide services to local seniors.
The Hamilton City Council voted unanimously to purchase a new 2019 15-passenger van at its Tuesday, Feb. 19, meeting.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Page said between three to four months will be necessary for the van to be obtained.