Panthers end season with win - Hackleburg 22, Phil Campbell 12

Hackleburg quarterback Kaleb Moore (5) is tackled and carried into the end zone for the first touchdown of the contest on a five-yard run. The senior finished with 155 rushing yards and two scores on 40 attempts.

HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg ended the 2018 season with a 22-12 victory over rival Phil Campbell on Thursday, Nov. 1.
The win gave the Panthers their 16th consecutive victory over their longest-running rival. It also improved Hackleburg’s lead in the all-time series to 50-33-1.
The victory ended Hackleburg’s season at 3-7 overall and 2-4 in Class 1A, Region 8. Phil Campbell dropped to 2-8 overall and finished 1-5 in Class 3A, Region 8.
Panther head coach Rod Hudson expressed his pride in the way his team performed for senior night.

Tigers end season with loss - Waterloo 57, Brilliant 6

Brilliant running back Braxton Mayo (8) searches for running room against Lynn on Friday, Sept. 21 (JR File Photo)

WATERLOO - Brilliant ended the 2018 season with its eighth loss after falling to Waterloo 57-6 on Friday, Nov. 2.
The loss finished the Tigers’ season at 2-8 overall and 0-7 in Class 1A, Region 6. Waterloo improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in Region 8.
Following the loss, head coach Brian Gunnels complimented the Cougars and noted the Tigers played hard despite some having to play out of position due to injuries.

City considering LED lights

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton is considering a measure to integrate LED street lights onto its streets.
The council has met with officials from Alabama Power over the last month to discuss the logistics and costs of switching over.
Municipal Account Manager with Lighting Services at Alabama Power Company Terrance Moultrie presented the council with a crossover plan for the city at a work session held on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Hallmark submits letter of resignation

Hackleburg Police Chief Kenny Hallmark (right) hands a letter of resignation to councilman Eugene Marbutt at the council's Monday, Oct. 22, meeting.

HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg Police Chief Kenny Hallmark presented his letter of resignation to the Hackleburg Town Council at its Monday, Oct. 22 meeting. Hallmark will reach 25 years of service with the town and his retirement will become effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Hallmark’s retirement marks the end of a contentious few weeks for the town that came to a head during the council’s Oct. 8 meeting.
At that meeting, councilman Eugene Marbutt voiced his concerns about the ethical aspects of Hallmark working two full-time jobs.

House goes up in flames

(Top photo) Firefighter Bryant Rye (left) and volunteer firefighter Cody Watson spray water on the home of Terry Hamlett after Hamlett's house burned down on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Larry Ware (left) and Thomas Roden (right) pray with Hamlett after the fire. Ware, from Hamilton, said he was traveling on Highway 278 when he saw the smoke from the fire and decided to stop and see if he could help. Roden said he lives in the Sugar Bend Community and saw the smoke and decided to go see if he could help. "I keep an eye on my neighbors," Roden said.

Morrow’s, Stutts’ funding nears $1M

HAMILTON - Candidate campaign funding reports from Secretary of State John Merrill’s website show campaign fundraising and spending were alive and well during the last leg of the 2018 election season, which will conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with the general election.
Campaign contributions in the state Senate District 6 race between incumbent Larry Stutts, R-Tuscumbia, and Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, are approaching $1 million.

New garbage truck budgeted

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission has approved the purchase of a new garbage truck for the Marion County Solid Waste Department.
The commission approved a $10.4 million operating budget which included the new $170,000 sanitation vehicle during a special meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at its office in Hamilton.
Marion County Engineer Mike Shaw reminded the commission at a budget hearing on Sept. 5 that the solid waste department is totally funded by collections and fees and does not use General Fund dollars.

Agriculture workshop registration deadline Nov. 19

NAUVOO - The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN) will have work sessions for statewide farmers at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. The event is open to the public and geared toward farmers, as well as food supporters and gardeners.
ASAN is a grassroots and non-profit organization developed to help farmers and markets thrive and connect through events, field days, scholarship programs, publications and community support networks.

It’s that time again...

The favorite Daylight Savings Day for this year is Sunday, Nov. 4, as residents set their clocks back, gaining an hour.
The annual observance of Daylight Savings is commonly referred to as “Spring forward, fall back.” This transition in the fall effectively gives Daylight Savings—observing states an additional hour and is more anticipated than its spring counterpart for this reason.

Absences delay answers for PD

With many empty seats surrounding the council table, Canon Birmingham Senior Account Executive Darren Sanders presents a software system that could assist the Winfield Police Department at a special-called meeting on Monday, Oct. 21. A vote could not be taken as the council did not have enough members present for a quorum

WINFIELD - After hearing the Winfield Police Department describe its need for new software in two separate meetings, the city council was unable to vote on the matter.
WPD Lt. Rusty Hulsey first requested the Canon Solutions America cloud-based server at the Thursday, Oct. 18, meeting, where he described the perks of the Canon Solutions system.
Hulsey told the council that, because the city no longer has a contract with A1 Computers in Guin, he is unsure whether WPD records are being backed-up.

Bond issue change saves money

WINFIELD - At the  Thursday, Oct. 18, Winfield City Council meeting, the council voted to add the amounts of two properties to the already existing hospital bond issue, increasing the bond issue amount by $2.7 million.
In a followup interview, city attorney Todd Atkinson explained that by increasing the amount of the bond issue, the city would be able to pay off existing loans for the property behind the Chevron gas station off Interstate 22 Exit 30 and the former Sterling RV property.

Churches request road closures for safety, expansion

Hamilton First Baptist Church spokesperson Brent Thompson (forefront) addressed the Hamilton City Council at a public hearing held on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Hamilton Police Department’s municipal courtroom. Thompson is shown detailing capital improvement plans which include expanding the Baptist Church’s main building. Also shown is Hamilton FBC member Ray Cooper.

HAMILTON - The Hamilton City Council held a public hearing on the matter of three potential street closures.
The council held the hearing on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Hamilton Police Department’s municipal court room, prior to their second October council meeting.
No action was taken on the roads that night as councilors want to give enough time for details to be figured out and further comments made.
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Pirates finish perfect regular season - Winfield 42, Hale County 0

Winfield running back Chris Broyles (7) pushes away from a teammate as he picks up extra yards against Hale County. The senior has 1,517 all-purpose yards for the season, including 1,240 rushing yards. (Photo by Jeana Estes)

MOUNDVILLE - The Winfield Pirates finished their regular-season schedule with an easy 42-0 victory over the Hale County Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 26, in Moundville.
The win improved Class 3A’s third-ranked Pirates to 10-0 on the season and a perfect 7-0 worksheet in Class 3A, Region 4 play. This was Winfield’s first perfect regular season since 2004, and also head coach David McKinney’s first as a head coach in his career.

Red Raiders end regular season with blowout win - Marion County 42, Berry 18

Marion County senior Braden Pyron (2) reaches out across the goal line for a touchdown against Berry. Pyron finished with five receptions for 77 yards and the score. (Photo by Shelly Berry)

GUIN - Marion County ended the regular season with a 42-18 victory over  Fayette County rival Berry on Friday, Oct. 26.
With the win, the Red Raiders improved to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in Class 1A, Region 6. The Wildcats ended their season at 2-8 overall and 2-5 in Region 6.
Red Raider head coach Kyle Williams noted that six Marion County players found the end zone in the victory.

Panthers earn second win with victory over Red Devils - Hackleburg 44, Vina 8

Hackleburg’s Sawyer Lynch (3) runs down the sideline against Vina. (Photo by Amy Marquiss)

HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg earned its second win of the year with a 44-8 shellacking of Vina on Friday, Oct. 26.
The Panthers improved to 2-7 overall and 2-4 in Class 1A, Region 8 while Vina remained winless at 0-9 overall and 0-6 in Region 8.
Hackleburg struck early on offense when Kaleb Moore raced in from 37 yards away. Moore found Sawyer Lynch for the 2-point conversion to give the Panthers the 8-0 lead with 11:10 left in the opening quarter.

Fourth quarter proves to be difference in Aggie loss - Jasper 35, Hamilton 21

Hamilton’s Alex Reid (28) races by the Jasper defense for extra yards. The senior pulled in a 75-yard touchdown catch in the 35-21 loss.

Hamilton - Hamilton put up a valiant fight against Jasper on Friday night, Oct. 26, in perhaps one of the best games the Aggies have played this season, but the Vikings still handed Hamilton its sixth loss of the season.
The Aggies now stand at 3-6 overall and 2-5 in Class 5A, Region 7 play.

Brilliant drops fourth-straight with loss to Stallions - South Lamar 45, Brilliant 0

Brilliant senior Braxton Mayo (8) breaks into the open field against South Lamar. (Photo by Dana Bryant)

BRILLIANT - Brilliant suffered the team’s 29th-straight region loss with a 45-0 loss to South Lamar on Friday, Oct. 26.
The Tigers fell to 2-7 overall and 0-7 in Class 1A, Region 6. The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s fifth-ranked South Lamar improved to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in Region 6.
Despite the loss, Brilliant head coach Brian Gunnels was proud his Tigers’ effort in the contest.
“We came out tonight and played hard,” Gunnels said. “Our guys played hard for four quarters. That’s all I can ask from them.”

Smokey Bear repaved

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton has repaved Smokey Bear Road, which services the city’s parks and recreation district.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Page told the Journal Record that Murphree Paving of Tupelo, Miss., worked Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19, repaving the city street, which he says was in poor condition.
Page said that the city chose the street to work on as it carries a high traffic count due to the nearby park, ball fields and Hamilton Elementary School.

Festival yields lots of winners

WINFIELD - Mule Day 2018 was a blazing success, as thousands showed up to take part in the annual festivities although temperatures were through the roof.
The Journal Record annually reports the winners for the pageant, car show and mule judging that take place during the festival.
Pageant winners crowned
The Mule Day Pageant was full of adorable contestants ranging in age from newborn to 10-years-old.
Miss Bella Tidwell was crowned as Miss Mule Day 2018 on Sunday, Sept. 9.

September temps higher than usual

The month of September didn’t break any local weather records, but locals didn’t get to experience any fall weather as they did their best to beat the heat.
The high temperature for the month was noticeably high at 97 degrees on Sept. 26. As National Weather Service Observer Eddie Pearce noted, this number is simply temperature of the air, it does not factor in how hot it may feel due to humidity and other factors.
The hottest day of the month took place only three days after the summer season officially ended and fall began.

Arrest, incident reports

Hamilton Police Department

HAMILTON - The following arrests and activities were reported by the Hamilton Police Department for the period of Oct. 16-22:
Incident, offense cases
Two for third-degree domestic violence; and one each for first-, second-, and third-degree theft of property, third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree forgery, harrassing communications, possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence (DUI).