WINFIELD - The Winfield City Board of Education made a few last-minute hires and accepted a resignation during a special-called meeting at the WCBOE board room at Winfield Middle School on Tuesday, July 30.
MARION COUNTY - Statewide changes went into effect for vape shops on Thursday, Aug. 1, as Alabama looks to tighten up on vape retailers.
This month, the state will begin oversight and regulations for retailers who sell vape and other nicotine products.
The new law:
• Requires vape shops to have a tobacco license;
HAMILTON - The University of Alabama will soon begin addressing opioid morbidity and mortality in four Alabama counties by developing a community care network to strengthen prevention, treatment and recovery.
The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded a UA-led team of researchers and community stakeholders a $200,000 grant to implement an integrative tele-health network.
The network will be used by a multidisciplinary team from UA with health and education community partners in Marion, Winston, Franklin and Walker counties.
WINFIELD - The Alabama Department of Transportation announced on Aug. 5 that work will begin this week to resurface and restripe a portion of Interstate 22 from near Exit 30 to near Exit 34.
The 4.5-mile project is expected to last from August to the end of December. All work is scheduled to be performed between 6 a.m and 6 p.m. At least one lane will be open at all times in each direction throughout the duration of the project.
Motorists should expect possible delays and are encouraged to observe work-zone speed limits.
HAMILTON - The Marion County Board of Education received a good opinion from state auditors for Fiscal Year 2018.
Denise Olive with the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts presented the audit report to the board at a meeting on Tuesday, July 23.
Olive explained she was present at the meeting because in 2006, the Legislature passed an act requiring audits be presented during public meetings.
Public schools across Marion County are searching for children with disabilities or who are suspected of having disabilities in order to provide special services.
The program, simply referred to as Child Find, is a statewide program that is sponsored by the state Department of Education’s Division of Rehabilitation Services, Early Intervention, and the Division of Special Education Services.
The program is an effort to locate, identify and evaluate individuals from birth to age 21 who have disabilities or who are suspected of having disabilities.
Glen Allen - The Glen Allen Town Council unanimously elected to refrain from seeking funding from the Alabama Power Foundation "Good Roots" Grant during its Tuesday, July 9, council meeting.
Councilwoman Bobbie McCraw was not in attendance for the meeting.
BIRMINGHAM - The father of Gunner Pendley is crediting God and prayers for the unexpected improvement of his son’s health.
“It’s a divine miracle from our Father in Heaven,” said Hamilton Police Department Lt. Jimmy Pendley, whose son was expected to either die or be brain dead after suffering a severe brain injury.
On Wednesday, July 24, Gunner Pendley, 20, Hamilton, son of Jimmy Pendley and Kimberly Reese, was involved in a tractor accident around 1:30 p.m. while working in the Wayside Community in Fayette County.
HAMILTON - Implementing ways to fund the Marion County Jail was the topic of discussion as county attorney Scott Hunt provided a bond update pertaining to the new Marion County Jail building during the Marion County Commission’s special-called meeting on Wednesday, July 24, in Hamilton.
Chronic Pain is a three-part series about the opioid crisis and addiction. Part 1 ran in the July 3 issue of the Journal Record. Part 2 ran in the July 24 issue.
HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg residents will no longer have the ability to make payments to Alabama Power at the town hall after Wednesday, August 31.
Alabama Power, who recently made the decision to shut down its Hamilton location, has now made the decision to pull its payment service from the Hackleburg Town Hall building in downtown.
While the service is being removed from the building, individuals will still be able to make payments online and through other authorized stores.
WINFIELD- Five people were arrested on numerous drug possession charges after a hotel maintenance man discovered two people asleep in a Hampton Inn hotel room on Monday, July 15.
Winfield Police Chief Brett Burleson said hotel management contacted police after two people were discovered asleep in a room they should not have been in.
“They had paid for one room and had told the front desk that the air conditioner wasn’t working,” Burleson said. “So the hotel gave them another room and they just kept both rooms and had them a little party in both rooms.”
HAMILTON - City officials have announced an opening reception for the “Alabama Then & Now 1819-2019 Traveling Bicentennial Art Exhibition,” which will be stationed at Hamilton City Hall beginning Thursday, Aug. 1.
The opening reception will take place at city hall on Friday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., where artists from around the state will be demonstrating “en plein air” (in plain air, or outdoor) painting at the historic Ernest Baxter Fite House built in 1927-1928.
MARION COUNTY - Individuals who have enjoyed fishing for Channel Catfish and Largemouth Bass in Bear Creek’s upper reservoir located in Marion County have been warned of chemical contamination by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Channel Catfish has been deemed safe to eat as a meal only once every month, while Largemouth Bass has been deemed unsafe to consume entirely at this time.
HAMILTON - 25th Judicial District Attorney Scott Slatton has announced that the chief investigator position left vacant since 2016 has now been filled.
Lt. Rusty Hulsey, formerly the chief investigator at the Winfield Police Department, has been hired to fill the position.
The position has been vacant since 2016 when Gov. Kay Ivey appointed the former 25th Judicial chief investigator Tommy Moore as sheriff of Winston County.
Slatton said having no chief investigator in his office has hindered his ability to investigate cases.
MONTGOMERY -Marion County’s unemployment rate ticked up six percentage points to 4% from May’s record low of 3.4% according to data released by the Alabama Department of Labor.
In May, only 440 people of an available labor force numbering 12,857 were looking for jobs as compared to June when 515 people in Marion County were looking for work. The labor force is the number of people aged 16 and over who are either working or looking for work.
HAMILTON - Newton’s third law of motion states that, “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” According to Dr. Brent Boyett, the chief medical officer of Pathway Healthcare, the same rule applies to drugs. The disease of addiction Boyett describes addiction as a chronic disease that effects the pleasure/pain center of the brain. He said that pain and pleasure dictate everything we do. According to Boyett, the feelings of pain and pleasure are critical in survival.
HAMILTON - The Marion County Jail has consistently held over 300 inmates in every one of the first six months of 2019.
The jail, constructed in 1979, was originally built to hold a maximum of 85 inmates.