New water filters installed

Crews work to install one of four new water filters at the Guin water treatment plant on Monday, June 6. The new filters will filter out harmful chemicals like PFAS.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
GUIN — New water filters were installed at the Guin water treatment plant on Monday, June 6. The new granulated articular carbon filters are designed to filter out harmful chemicals, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl.
Four new filters were installed at the plant, located on Highway 43 just beside the 3M plant.

No more dumping at Munsingwear

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Marion County Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to sign up for the newly implemented EMA alert system using smartphone technology.
Since the launch of the new alert system at the start of June, Marion County has had 510 residents registered to receive important updates and are now looking for more to register.

Residents routed by bypass

The proposed bypass project would widen Highway 171, which could force people out of their homes or off their property.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
FAYETTE AND MARION COUNTIES —  Alabama District 16 Representative Kyle South posted a series of images to Facebook on Feb. 25, 2022, showing details of a proposed interstate bypass project that would widen Highways 171 and 129. The bypass would swing from 171 in Fayette County and meet Highway 129 in Winfield at an intersection on Highway 118.
There has been no word from the governor or the Alabama Department of Transportation regarding a date and time for a public meeting to discuss the proposal.

New track facilities on the horizon in Hamilton

An aerial photo shows the old Munsingwear location where the City of Hamilton plans to construct a new track and field facility. The location is just off Military Street South on County Highway 42 on the right just past Lovers Lane. The photo is courtesy of Pikeville Drone Services.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton is well on its way to having a brand new track and field facility for Hamilton and other schools in the county to enjoy.
The city is currently planning on building this new facility located just off of Military Street South on the city owned old Munsingwear property.

Ukrainian family helps mother get to U.S. safely

Left to right are Tim Lacey (holding David Butsykin), Debbie Lacey, Natalie Dolhopolova, Erik Butsykin (front), Sasha Butsykina, Artyom Butsykin and Meri Butsykina (front).

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
WINFIELD — In February, 2022, Russian forces invaded Ukraine in full force, sending in troops and tanks while blasting cities with rockets, artillery, missiles and bombs.
Since the beginning of the invasion, millions of Ukrainians have left the country as refugees seeking safe shelter in neighboring countries, like Poland, Germany and Turkey. One Ukrainian woman ended up all the way in the United States, in a small town called Winfield.

John Berry performs at Springfest in Guin

John Berry performs at Springfest in Guin. Berry is in the middle with the guitar. His wife Robin is on the right. Berry’s bass player is on the left.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
GUIN — The City of Guin held its first Springfest, formerly known as Mayfest, on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21.
Vendors selling food, crafts and other goods set up downtown while live music played and prizes were won at the carnival.

Carter receives Hamilton diploma after 70 years

From left, Hamilton Principal David Cantrell, Hubert Carter and his daughter Robin are pictured together after Carter received his high school diploma over 70 years after he would have graduated.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton High School graduates had the pleasure of sharing a quite beautiful moment with a very special guest during their graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 26, at Hamilton High School.
U.S. Army Veteran Hubert Carter, 89, received his high school diploma after over 70 years.

Election results from Tuesday’s primary

Cars are lined up at the E.T. Sims Recreation Facility in Hamilton, where residents cast their votes Tuesday.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
MARION COUNTY — Marion County residents voted in the primary elections that took place last week on Tuesday, May 24.
County residents went to the polls to vote their candadites for several poisitions that will be up for grabs in November as well as Marion County Sheriff, Marion County Coroner and two Districts of the Marion County Comission.

Marijuana bust nets 129 pounds

To the right, Sheriff’s Deputies Jordan Carter, left, and Garrett Weeks, right, stand in front of the 129 pounds of marijuana seized during a traffic stop on I-22.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
MARION COUNTY  — The Marion County Sheriff’s Department’s plans to sweep up crime on Interstate 22 has already become a fruitful venture, with major events happening in the past week for the department’s joint efforts along with adjoining counties.

Beta club’s incoming and outgoing state vice president from same school

Left to right, incoming Beta Club state vice president Austin Berry, outgoing vice president Riley Pyron and Marion County High School Beta Club sponsor Amber Beckon being recognized by the Marion County Board of Education.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Marion County Board of Education recognized several students during its meeting on Thursday, May 19. Among the students recognized were Riley Pyron and Austin Berry, the outgoing and incoming state Beta Club vice-president.
Pryon and Berry are both students at Marion County High School. Pyron ran for state vice president last year, and this year Berry was elected as his successor to the position.

First Avenue traffic lights coming down

The traffic lights located at the intersection of Military Street South and First Avenue will soon be taken down in order to alleviate traffic in downtown Hamilton.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton residents may have noticed some increased road work this past week in Hamilton’s downtown area, leading to some increased traffic on Military Street South.
Residents should expect some more road work as the Alabama Department of Transportation aims to solve Hamilton’s “bottle neck” issue at its main intersection.

DHR recruiting foster parents

Marion County Department of Human Resources Director Kier Vickery speaks to those in attendance during the foster parent recruitment session held at the House of Plenty in downtown Hamilton.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Marion County Department of Public Health invited residents of Marion County to a foster parent recruitment session on Thursday, May 19, at the House of Plenty in downtown Hamilton.
DHR director Kier Vickery, Judge Mark Hammitte, foster parent licensing worker Melanie Norris and foster parent Melissa Mathieson spoke to those interested in fostering or helping foster parents in Marion County.

Formula shortages affect Marion County

Formula shortages have affected the entirety of Marion County, causing many store formula shelves to look just like this one, located at Wal-Mart in Hamilton.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Marion County families relying on formula have had a rough time as of late, with the previous stocked shelves being left completely bare in some cases at local stores throughout the county, state and nation.
Back in February, formula manufacturer Abbot Laboratories, whose product Similac is among the most popular formula brands, shut down a major plant in Sturgis, Mich., after it recalled infant formula products following a federal investigation where four babies taking the formula developed bacterial infections.

Marion County Primary Election - May 24, 2022


Marion County
Primary Election
May 24, 2022
Unofficial Report

Precincts Counted (of 17) - 16  votes, 94.12 %
Registered Voters - Total -  27,715 votes
Ballots Cast - Total -  5,851 votes
Ballots Cast - Alabama Democratic Party - 147 votes, 2.51%
Ballots Cast - Alabama Republican Party - 5,702, 97.45%
Ballots Cast - Nonpartisan -  2 votes, .03%
Ballots Cast - Blank  - 0
Voter Turnout - Total - 26.94
Voter Turnout - Blank

May Fest now known as Spring Fest in Guin

Famous country artist John Berry will headline Spring Fest in Guin May 20.

By P.J. Gossett
General Manager
GUIN — Widely known as May Fest, the Town of Guin is changing things a little this year. The event is now called Spring Fest and will be held later in the month on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, at the town square in Guin.
While the name and date have been changed, it still promises to be fun-filled family days. The event will begin Friday evening at 6 p.m. with country music star John Berry headlining the show.

Water park set for June opening

The Guin Water Park, located on County Highway 16, is set to re-open in mid-June according to park director Tyler Markham.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
GUIN — According to Guin Park Director Tyler Markham, the Guin Water Park is set to open in mid-June after repairs are completed.
 “We are going to do our best to have it open by the middle of June,” Markham said. “There are some structural repairs, just from time, that we’re having to replace and repair. That’s what will be the delay in opening it.”

EMA launches new major alert system

Eric Terrell is the Marion County EMA director.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
MARION COUNTY — The Marion County Emergency Management Agency has officially launched its new telephone-based mass notification system county wide on Wednesday, May 4.
The EMA began taking sign ups for the new program EMA Director Eric Terrell has been pushing for since his arrival in the position a little over two years ago.

Inaugural Marion County Stampede a massive success

Hamilton held its first ever Marion County Stampede rodeo event this past weekend, drawing crowds from Marion County and surrounding areas to watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in various events.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Marion county Stampede on I-22 and Hamilton’s first Cowboy Day were huge successes this weekend, drawing big crowds from all over and outside of Marion County to enjoy Hamilton’s first inaugural rodeo event.
The event took place on Friday night, May 6 and Saturday night, May 7, at the field near the Tombigbee Electrical Co-op property with a special Cowboy Day held on Saturday morning in downtown Hamilton before the second day of the rodeo.

Plein Air Artists event huge success

Artist Martha Fulghum (left) is pictured with Absolutely Alabama and WBRC Fox 6’s Fred Hunter after painting his portrait at Trace Barnett’s farm in Brilliant.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Artists and local business owners have been raving about the Alabama Plein Air Artists event that took place during the week of April 18 in Marion County.
Artists with the Alabama Plein Air Artists organization visited Marion County to paint scenes in front of businesses in Hamilton and other areas in Marion County.