3rd annual community trunk-or-treat set for Oct. 27

HAMILTON - Dress up the kids and grab a bag.
NTN-Bower in Hamilton will be hosting its third annual “trunk-or-treat” Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 27.
The event is open to everyone and will get kicked off at 6 p.m. and for an entire hour treat-or-treaters will be able to go from car to car to gather bag-fulls of candy.
Anyone interested in registering a vehicle to participate in the event is encouraged to call Mellissa McCarley at 921-8024  or Candi Childers at 921-8016.

Turkey and ham sale to benefit Christmas for Kids

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Kiwanis Club will once again sell smoked Thanksgiving turkeys as a fundraiser, but this year the club will also offer smoked half-hams. A 10-12 pound turkey or a half-ham, both smoked and ready to heat, can be purchased from any Kiwanis member from now until Monday, Nov. 12.
The group will use the proceeds from the smoked turkey fundraiser for two purposes: A donation to Christmas for Kids and Christmas food baskets for the needy.

11th Annual Charity Golf tournament

25th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Slatton is seen here at the Pikeville Country Club on Oct. 5. The flight one first-place winners were Tony Hayes and Garrett Fowler. The flight two winners were Heath Reed and Max Maddox.
(From left) Dana Davis of Lister Hill Credit Union, Danyelle Bragwell of the Marion County Department of Human Resources, Teena Nix with the Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force, SafePlace Victims Advocate Lisa Shipman, transitional housing manager and volunteer coordinator in Lauderdale County Leah Heathcoat, and musician Cody Bass are seen here at the Pikeville Country Club on

Pirates blow out Greene County - Winfield 63, Greene County 26

Winfield’s Walker Junkin (1) turns and runs into the end zone against Greene County. The Pirate offense scored 63 points while racking up just under 500 yards of total offense.

WINFIELD - The Winfield Pirates wrapped up the Class 3A, Region 4 championship with a 63-26 victory over the Greene County Tigers on Friday night, Oct. 19, at Estes Hudson Stadium in Winfield.
The Pirates improved to 9-0 overall, 6-0 in Class 3A, Region 4 play, and will host a first-round playoff game being the number one seed. This is the Pirates’ first region championship since 2015 and their first 9-0 start since 2005.

Aggies snap 5-game skid with region win - Hamilton 43, Lawrence County 28

Hamilton’s Alex Reid (28) races away from the Lawrence County defense.

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Aggies brought an end to a five-game losing streak this past Friday night, Oct. 19, against the Lawrence County Red Devils, coming away with a 43-28 victory on homecoming.
Hamilton is now 3-5 overall and 2-4 in Class 5A, Region 7.
Head coach Rodney Stidham said, “It’s always good to win on homecoming.”

Defensive effort keeps Red Raiders’ playoff hopes alive - Marion County 28, Meek 6

Marion County quarterback Deuce Belk (6) pulls the Meek defender along for the ride.

ARLEY - Marion County pulled away in the fourth quarter against Meek on the back of three fourth-quarter interceptions to earn the 28-6 Red Raider victory on Friday, Oct. 19.
The win improved the Red Raiders to 6-3 on the season and 3-3 in Class 1A, Region 6. The loss dropped the Tigers to 3-6 overall and 1-5 in Region 6.
“It wasn’t pretty, but we will take it,” third-year Marion County head coach Kyle Williams said following the game. “We had too many penalties and negative plays that kept us from doing what we wanted to in the first three quarters.

Panthers see playoff chance end with loss to Indians - Cherokee 56, Hackleburg 30

Hackleburg quarterback Kaleb Moore (5) sails over a fallen Cherokee defender as the quarterback picks up extra yardage.

CHEROKEE - Hackleburg saw its playoff chances fade away with a 56-30 loss to Cherokee on Friday, Oct. 19.
The Panthers held a 16-14 lead at halftime before being outscored 42-14 in the second half. The loss dropped Hackleburg to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in Class 1A, Region 8. Cherokee improved to 3-5 overall and 3-2 in Region 8.
Hackleburg head coach Rod Hudson noted the team played well, but was unable to get a much-needed stop in the fourth quarter.

Tigers lose third-straight with 17-point loss to Lions - Hubbertville 41, Brilliant 24

Brilliant’s Braden Burleson (32) searches for running room after catching a pass. (Bottom, right photo) Brilliant quarterback Kade Bryant (11) throws a pass against Hubbertville.

HUBBERTVILLE -  Brilliant lost the school’s 28th consecutive region contest with the Tigers’ 41-24 loss to Hubbertville on Friday, Oct. 19.
The loss dropped Brilliant to 2-6 overall and 0-6 in Class 1A, Region 6. Hubbertville improved to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in Region 6.
Brilliant head coach Brian Gunnels said he was proud of his team’s effort in the second half.

Stuff the Bus’ a huge success

Brilliant School senior Kaitlyn Wyninger (center) created and led a supply drive for Brilliant School in which Wyninger and other students packed a school bus with more than $3,000 worth of school supplies. Shown with Wyninger are Brilliant teachers Ann Dykes and Ryan Sanderson.

BRILLIANT - Brilliant School senior Kaitlyn Wyninger created and led a school supply drive to collect school supplies for Brilliant’s teachers and students called “Stuff the Bus,” which led to more than $3,000 worth of supplies being donated for the school.
These supplies were presented to teachers on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Brilliant School as Wyninger and other students who were helping with the project  packed the paper, binders, cleaning wipes and much more into a bus.

City adopts ‘Coach Safely’ policy

HAMILTON - Volunteer coaches of youth sport teams ages 14 and under who use city facilities will now be required to take a mandatory training  course.
The Hamilton City Council passed resolution 2018-10-15 at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 15, pursuant with the state Legislature’s “The Coach Safety Act,” which was passed into law in April.
 The bill made the Alabama Department of Public Health responsible for developing the rules.
The Alabama State Board of Health adopted the training rules in September.

Superintendent candidates named

WINFIELD - Culminating a nearly three-month-long search, the names of the five candidates under consideration for the Winfield Superintendent of Education position were released at a board work session on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
The Alabama Association of School Boards has assisted the Winfield Board of Education in its  search for a new superintendent since Tuesday, July 17.

Council discusses Hallmark’s status

Town of Hackleburg Collections Clerk Mandy Tatum distributes the agenda to councilman Eugene Marbutt (left) and mayor Darryl Colburn before the start of the Hackleburg Town Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 8.

HACKLEBURG - The status of Hackleburg Police Chief Kenny Hallmark came to a head during the Monday, Oct. 8, Hackleburg Town Council meeting.
Councilman Eugene Marbutt addressed a few points he had concerning Hallmark’s role on the Hackleburg Police Department.    
On Sept. 19 the Florence Times Daily reported that the Russellville City Council voted to approve School Resource Officer (SRO) contracts with “retired police officers Sammy Washington and Kenny Hallmark.”


Attorney reneges, board does not recognize local officials

HAMILTON - The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Board of Trustees left three Marion County residents unrecognized during a public meeting last week after an initial commitment to give them an opportunity to speak.
The Bevill State Community College (BSCC)-Hamilton Campus Legislative Advisory Task Force for Education traveled to the ACCS main building in Montgomery on Wednesday, Oct. 11, to attend the ACCS’ board meeting that morning.

Inmate meal records suit thrown out

HAMILTON - An Open Records Act lawsuit against 49 Alabama county sheriffs—including Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams—has been dismissed.
At the beginning of this year, the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice sued the Alabama sheriffs after the officials refused to release inmate meal finance records.
The advocacy groups sought to compel the sheriffs to produce the records, which the Alabama Sheriffs Association argues were not public records at all.

Food funds off Williams’ plate, for now

Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams inspects the Marion County Jail’s kitchen where meals are prepared daily for as many as 130 individuals held in his custody on regular basis.

HAMILTON - As of Sept. 1, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams is temporarily no longer personally financially responsible for feeding his inmates.
In July, Gov. Kay Ivey directed the state comptrollers office to no longer deposit jail food money into personal accounts of Alabama sheriffs and instead, deposit it into official county accounts.


Inmate escapes

Richard Talis

HAMILTON - An inmate in the Hamilton Work Release Center escaped and was then recaptured on Friday, Oct. 12.
According to the Alabama Department of Corrections, Richard Bernard Talis, 34, left from his assigned job location at approximately 7:50 a.m.


Editorial: Laws are made to be obeyed

Recently the Journal Record has reported about two local municipal governments not following the law as established by the State of Alabama in The Alabama Open Meetings Act.
In the Sept. 26 edition of the Journal Record, we reported that the Guin City Council did not follow the protocol that is required after an executive session has ended.
In the Sept. 5 edition, we published a story about the Hackleburg Town Council using a group text among council members to discuss town business in lieu of an open work session.  

Arrest, incident reports

Hamilton Police Dept.

HAMILTON - The following arrests and activities were reported by the Hamilton Police Department for the period of Oct. 2-8:
Incident, offense cases
One each for third-degree domestic violence, first-degree theft by deception and possible elder abuse.
Citations, Arrests

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Kids

HAMILTON - ‘Tis the season for Christmas for Kids to partner once again with the Marion County Department of Human Resources and Christ Community Fellowship to help distribute hundreds of Christmas gifts to children in need.
Officially launching in 1985, the charity is celebrating 34 years of generosity this year.
Prior to 2014, Christmas for Kids was helping provide Christmas gifts to children throughout Marion County courtesy of donations received from county and area residents.