Oct. sales taxes best in last 12 years

HAMILTON - Marion County Schools’ education sales tax collections for the month of October were the highest in the last 12 years.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told the Marion County Board of Education during its Friday, Nov. 16, meeting that collections in October 2018 were about $138,500—about $7,490 higher than the previous October.
West said that the education sales tax is great source of local funding for Marion County Schools.

Jones takes District 4 seat

(Above photo) “Coach” Don Jones (center) was sworn into his position as the Marion County Board of Education District 4 member on Friday, Dec. 16. Shown conducting the swearing in is school board attorney Scott Hunt (left) and out-going District 4 board member Jim Atkinson, who held the Bible for Jones.span>

HAMILTON - “Coach” Don Jones was sworn in as the Marion County Board of Education District 4 member during the county school board’s November meeting, which took place on Friday, Dec. 16.
Jones, a Republican, was elected to  the position during the Nov. 6 election, where he received 82 percent of the vote and defeated Democratic candidate Willie Joe Hollis.
The new board member was a longtime Marion County High School English teacher and coach.

Editorial: It’s not business, it’s personal

The Winfield City Council voted to pay $12,750 and put a heck-of-a-rush on a paving project on Woodvale Street, located off Highway 118, at its Tuesday, Dec. 4, meeting. Councilman Chris Ballard is the only councilman that voted against the measure and mayor Randy Price did not vote.
Coincidentally, Woodvale is also the small road adjacent to Abby Nicole’s retail store--the one that has been the topic of a lot of conflict over the past year.

Sawyer celebrates first birthday

Sawyer James Hubbard celebrated his first birthday on Aug. 31. He was honored with a transportation first birthday-themed party at his Nana and Papaw’s pool, with family and friends in attendance. Sawyer is the son of Bo and Lisa Hubbard, Haleyville. His grandparents are Clayton and Konnie Cockrell, Haleyville, and LouAnn Hubbard, Hamilton. Sawyer’s great-grandparents are Vayrene Lowman and the late Ray Lowman and Ola Cockrell and the late Clarence Cockrell, all of Haleyville, and the late Wayne and Mattie Lou Brown, Hamilton.

Heather Emerson, Dylan Cornelius announce engagement

GUIN - Kevin and Vickie Emerson, Guin, proudly announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Heather Victoria Emerson, to Dylan Craig Cornelius, the son of Benny and Karen Johnston, Red Bay, and Mike and Rhonda Cornelius, Hamilton.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Doug Emerson and the late Martha Gail Emerson and Ray and Carolyn Zoglmann, all of Guin.
She is a 2013 graduate of Liberty Christian Academy, Guin, and a 2018 graduate of the University of North Alabama, Florence, with a degree in psychology.

Trump in Tupelo

State House District 17 Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, (back row, right) and Hamilton Mayor Bob Page (back row, left) attended the campaign rally hosted by President Donald Trump at the Tupelo Regional Airport on Monday, Nov. 26, on behalf of Mississippi incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Bourland hired as county supervisor

HAMILTON - Marion County High School Principal Jason Bourland has resigned from his position in Guin and has accepted a position as Supervisor for Marion County Schools.
The Marion County Board of Education accepted Bourland’s resignation at its Friday, Nov. 16, meeting.
Newly-elected District 5 board member “Coach” Don Jones, who was sworn in at the beginning of the meeting, made the motion to accept the resignation.
However, Jones said that he did so “under duress” as he was sad to see Bourland leave the position.

2,000-point club

Marion County’s Braden Pyron (5) entered the 2,000-point club with his fifth-point against Hubbertville on Friday, Nov. 30. Pyron sits at 2,080 career points following the Red Raiders’ Northwest Alabama Conference title victory on Saturday, Dec. 8.


Red Raiders win NAC

(Right photo) Marion County won the Northwest Alabama Conference Boys Basketball Tournament with a 44-34 victory over Lynn on Saturday, Dec. 8. The Red Raiders earned wins over Brilliant and Berry to advance to the championship. Shown for Marion County are (front row, from left) AJ Berry, Hunter Smith, (back row, same order) head coach Brad Frazier, Jerry King, Deuce Belk, Braden Pyron, Mason Ezekiel, Preston Walker and assistant coach Willie Joe Hollis.

GUIN - Marion County beat Lynn 44-34 in the Northwest Alabama Conference Boys Basketball Tournament championship on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Red Raiders’ Braden Pyron finished with a game-high 24 points.
Mason Ezekiel and Hunter Smith each had six points. Jerry King added four points.
Deuce Belk and Preston Walker scored two points apiece.
Friday, Dec. 7
GUIN - Marion County toppled Berry 75-46 in the NAC semifinals.
The Red Raiders scored in double-digits with Ezekiel leading the way with a team-high 25 points.

Marion County bows out in NAC semis

Marion County’s Erin Culp (40) and Josie Lipsey (30) attempt to pry the loose ball away from Brilliant’s Abby Humprhries (12). Also shown for the Lady Tigers are Alexis McCarley (10) and Carrington Barnett (35).

GUIN - Marion County lost to Berry 51-40 in the Northwest Alabama Conference Girls Basketball Tournament semifinals on Friday, Dec. 7.
The Lady Raiders’ Josie Lipsey finished with a team-high 12 points.
Cara Sullivan added 11 points. Erin Culp and Madison Stewart each had six points.
Caitlyn Jones added three points while Torie Taylor had two points.


Food service health scores

HAMILTON - The Marion County Health Department released the following health inspection scores and violations for 39 restaurants, delis and lunchrooms conducted through the month of November.
(Priority violations, whose application directly contributes to the elimination, prevention or reduction of hazards associated with foodborne illness or injury, are listed following the restaurant name when applicable. Core violations are not listed.):
• Aggie Food Mart, Hamilton - 100: No paper towels at handsink;
• Midnight Bakery, Hamilton - 98;

With 13 days till Christmas, charity well below goal

HAMILTON - Christmas for Kids has to break the halfway mark in its goal of $40,000 to purchase gifts for more than 400 area children.
For the week ending on Monday, Dec. 10, a total of $8,324.45 has been donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign. To date, that charity has only collected $13,329.70.
“We are still needing $27,000,” said Sandlin. “I hope this will raise awareness.”
Sandlin noted that donations can be made anonymously, in honor of someone and in memory of a loved one.

Miss Bell-Ringers

Shown volunteering as bell-ringers for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign on Saturday, Dec. 1, are (left) 2019 Miss Hamilton Rising Star Josie Taylor, 7, of Hamilton, and 2019 Miss Hamilton Lauren Reaves, 20, of Alexandria.


BSCC launching Mercedes-Benz Co-op program Dec. 6

HAMILTON - Bevill State Community College (BSCC) students—and soon local high school students—now have access to a course which can take them from a student to a Mercedes-Benz technician in two short years.
BSCC will be officially launching its Mercedes-Benz’s Technician and Mechatronics apprenticeship program on Thursday, Dec. 6.
BSCC Dean of Instruction Dr. Leslie Hartley told the Journal Record that the Mercedes-Benz manufacturing plant located in Vance is now in co-op partnerships with BSCC and Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.


Water, sewer rate increases being considered

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton is considering raising water and sewer rates to offset losses which the water department has traditionally suffered.
The Hamilton City Council met in a work session on Wednesday, Nov. 28, with Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams to hear the city’s options.
The current proposal would raise the minimum 2,000-gallon water bill from $48.38 to $50.19.


Commission questions C3 membership

Marion County District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran is seen at the commission's Nov. 19 meeting.

HAMILTON - One of the first orders of business the newly-seated Marion County Commission took up at its Nov. 19 meeting was to question its membership in the C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance.
The meeting was the first official meeting since the four new commission members were sworn in on Nov. 14.

CIS adapts to Fed’s interest rate hikes

HAMILTON - The Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes have led to some necessary adjustments with a local mortgage bank, CIS Home Loans.
According to CIS Home Loans President Paula Reeves, due to developments in the mortgage market, it was necessary to lay off 14 employees in late November.
“We are very much financially sound, these adjustments were necessary to make sure that we stay financially sound,” Reeves said.

‘Tis the Season for Peace and Joy

This is the season when we are supposed to think of others and not so much of ourselves. But we should be a little selfish this holiday season and give ourselves a gift. We should give ourselves the gift of a peaceful mind. The number one way to do that is by limiting the number of hours we spend in front of the television.
A television has never given anyone peace of mind; in fact, it does the opposite. Scientific studies have linked extended periods of television watching with depression. The more television a person watches, the more depressed they are likely to be.

Tractor-trailer rig crashes on Highway 43

HACKLEBURG - The driver of a tractor-trailer rig was injured after a one-vehicle accident on Saturday, Nov. 24, according to a report from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA).
The 2015 International truck was travelling south and hauling two large aluminum coils when it crashed about a mile north of the Northfork Bridge near the 288 mile-marker at 11:45 a.m.


Holiday deadlines announced - Gift subscriptions available!

HAMILTON - Journal Record General Manager Les Walters said this month the Marion County newspaper will observe special holiday deadlines for the upcoming holiday season.
“We realize the deadlines may be of minor inconvenience for some of our advertisers and other regular contacts, but this is necessary to allow us to meet the holiday schedule,’’ Walters said.
“In order for our employees to enjoy a holiday with family and friends, we must have our Wednesday edition finished ahead of our regular schedule.


Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown, 54, Hamilton, passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.  
Marion County Funeral Home - Hamilton, Ala.

Sheila Renay Cantrell

Sheila Renay Cantrell, 59, Detroit, passed away on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018.
A private family and friends memorial service was held on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.
Hamilton funeral home - Hamilton, Ala.

Upcoming Event Calendar

Thursday, Dec 6
American Legion Sonny James Post 165 invites everyone to join them from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Hamilton Walmart Supercenter parking lot for a Community Day.  Information will be available about the American Legion and will be able to sign up eligible veterans for post membership. Information will also be available about the Post 165 Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders. Information: 412-1314 or 412-8933 or email: legionalpost0165@aol.com

Jack's will open Dec. 6

HAMILTON - Jack’s, Jack’s, Jack’s is back, back, back!
Hamilton residents will soon be able to quickly grab Jack’s made-from-scratch biscuits, hand-breaded chicken, bigger burgers and hand-scooped shakes without leaving town.
Hamilton’s new Jack’s, located across the street from the Hamilton Walmart Supercenter on Military Street, is set to open its doors on Monday morning, Dec. 6, beginning bright and early at 5 a.m.