City passes grease ordinance

HAMILTON - In a measure to curb sewage backflows, Hamilton officials have passed an ordinance granting city inspectors the authority to inspect grease traps.
At the recommendation of Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams and Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, the Hamilton City Council considered the Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) ordinance during a regular meeting on Monday, June 15.

July 4 fireworks event approved for city

GUIN -  Despite growing concerns about a second wave of COVID-19 effecting proceedings, the Guin City Council voted 3-1 in favor of holding its annual July 4 fireworks show during a regular meeting over the phone on Monday, June 13.
Councilman Jerry Gann was the only member of the council to vote against holding the fireworks show due to concerns about spreading COVID-19.

Education sales tax collects $164k in May

HAMILTON - Marion County’s one-cent education sales tax report shows a record $164,401.76 being generated.
Marion County Schools chief financial officer Clint Green told the Journal Record the tax report represents tax dollars generated during April and recorded in May.
Clint said it is his understanding the numbers reflect federal CARES Act stimulus funds being spent locally.


2019-2020 Student Honors announced


HAMILTON - Bevill State Community College-Hamilton Campus has announced Student Honors awards for the 2019-2020 academic year.
“The honor of receiving these awards reflects the hard work and dedication they have exhibited. This is an outstanding distinction and Bevill State would like you to know that we share their pride in this notable accomplishment,” said Bevill State Community College President Dr. Kim Ennis.

Municipal qualifying starts July 7

If 2020 hasn’t been interesting enough already, preparations for municipal elections are underway.
Local talk in Marion County is already turning to who will--or won’t--run in local municipal elections in 2020. As happens every four years, all positions for mayor, as well as all city or town council seats, are up for election across Marion County.
According to election materials provided by the Alabama League of Municipalities, this year’s municipal election date has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Public hearing announced for Mitchell Loop

Marion County Commission Chairman Keith Nichols (center), Commissioner Dale Holt (left) and Commissioner Kenneth Cochran (right) are shown during the Marion County Commission meeting on Monday, June 13, at the commission office in Hamilton.

HAMILTON -  The Marion County Commission passed a resolution to hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 10, concerning the closing of Mitchell Loop off of County Road 53 in Hackleburg.
This occurred during a brief Marion County Commission meeting on Monday, June 13, at the Marion County Commission Office in Hamilton.
District 3 Commissioner Dale Holt stated that residents near the road have complained of unwanted activity going on and would like the road permanently closed.

Local search and rescue team to begin training

(Front, from left) Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith, Texas EquuSearch-Winfield President Hilda Smith, Winfield Mayor Randy Price, Walker County Investigator Mike Cole and (back) Texas EquuSearch Midwest Chapter Director Dave Rader are all pictured in front of the Winfield Hampton Inn on Thursday, June 11.

WINFIELD -  Texas Equusearch, who announced a new chapter in Winfield in February, will soon begin training volunteers as announced during a meeting on Thursday, June 11, at the Hampton Inn in Winfield.
Chapter President Hilda Smith held the meeting along with Midwest Chapter Director David Rader and Twila Sisco and Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith and Investigator Mike Cole.
In attendance were several members of the Winfield community including Commissioner Tim “Ears” Estes and Winfield Mayor Randy Price.

The show will go on

HACKLEBURG - Officials have decided to move ahead with Hackleburg’s annual firework celebration.
The display will take place on Saturday, July 4, beginning around 9 p.m. in downtown Hackleburg. Officials are recommending viewers to practice social distancing while they enjoy the display.
The Hackleburg Town Council discussed plans for the event during a meeting on Monday, June 8.
“We have to follow the CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines and we will be encouraging residents to wear masks and maintain six-foot distances,” Hackleburg Mayor Darryl Colburn said.

County moves forward with major road projects

Rebuild Alabama project signs were placed on County Road 14 in Winfield following the unanimous vote to start the major road project.

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission unanimously voted to award the bid for the planing, resurfacing and traffic striping of County Road 14 in Winfield to S.T. Bunn Construction Company during a regular meeting on Monday, June 8, at the commission office in Hamilton.
Marion County Engineer Mike Shaw was in attendance during the meeting to recommend bid approvals for various projects and discussed the state of various roads in the county.

Hackleburg leading the pack

Marion County is currently trailing behind the statewide Census response rate.
As of Wednesday, June 10, 57.2% of Marion County residents have self-reported to the 2020 Census while 58.8% of Alabamians have responded.
Bear Creek - 60.4%
Brilliant - 53.7%
Guin - 51.6%
Gu-Win - 53%
Hackleburg - 62.3%
Hamilton - 61.3%
Twin - 57.3%
Winfield - 61.7%
Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments (NACOLG) Regional Director Beau Cooper is encouraged that Marion County is not far behind its 2010 self-response rate of 59.8%.

Are you registered to vote?

Don’t be caught unprepared for the Republican Primary runoff election on Thursday, July 14.
Voters have until Monday, June 29, to register to participate in this year’s primary election.
Two Republican races will be on the July 14 runoff ticket: the Alabama Senate race between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville and the race for Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 2 between Beth Kellum and Will Smith.
The winner of the senate runoff will face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D).