APCO provides grant to BSCC, challenges community

Bevill State Community College President Dr. Kim Ennis and Alabama Power Company western Division Vice President Mark Crews speak on Jan. 22 after the two announced that APCO is awarding the BSCC-Hamilton Campus a $50,000 Challenge Grant that will go towards building a Student Success Center on the campus.

HAMILTON - Alabama Power Company and the Bevill State Community College-Hamilton Campus are partnering to expand opportunities for workforce development and provide resources to bridge the gap between students and employers. 
Officials from Alabama Power (APCO) and BSCC met in the campus’ library on Tuesday, Jan. 22, to announce a $50,000 Challenge Grant from the Alabama Power Foundation that will kick-start the endeavor.  


Christian "Chris" Bloch

Christian “Chris” Bloch

Mr. Christian Bloch, better known as Chris, 54, Winfield, formerly of Waycross, Ga., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in the Northwest Medical Center in Winfield.

Alabama Senate releases committee assignments

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Senate Committee on Assignments announced the following Senate Standing Committee appointments for the 2019-2022 quadrennium recently for Marion County’s two senators, freshman District 4 Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman, and second-term District 6 Sen. Dr. Larry Stutts, R-Tuscumbia.
The 4th District covers Cullman, Lawrence, Marion and Winston counties. The 6th District includes Colbert, Franklin, and parts of Marion, Lawrence and Lauderdale counties.

500 career wins

Winfield head coach Joseph Wilson (center) was recognized for earning his 500th career win in the Lady Pirates’ 73-44 victory over Marion County in the opening round of the Marion County Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The longtime head coach has had stops with both Winfield’s boys and girls head basketball coach.

1,000-point club

Hamilton High School recognized senior Justin Webb (left) for scoring 1,000-career points during the Aggies’ senior night on Thursday, Jan. 31. Shown presenting Webb with a commemorative ball is Hamilton head coach Ethan Lawler.


No. 4 Winfield finishes regular season 27-1

Winfield’s Emma Kate Tittle (11) shoots over the outstretched arm of the Haleyville defender in the Lady Pirates’ 60-30 victory.

FAYETTE - Winfield improved to 27-1 on the year with a 77-22 victory over Fayette County on Thursday, Jan. 31.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A’s fourth-ranked Lady Pirates led the Lady Tigers 35-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Winfield added to its lead in the second by outscoring Fayette County 19-5 to hold a 54-7 advantage at halftime.
The Lady Pirates outscored the Lady Tigers 23-15 in the second half to cap the 55-point victory.



Claudine Carter

Claudine Carter, 75, Hamilton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Hamilton Funeral Home, Hamilton, ala.

Earnest Kevin Darracott

Earnest Kevin Darracott, 57, Hamilton, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.
hamilton funeral home hamilton, ala.

Sixth annual Readers’ Choice contest to begin

Ballots will be published, collected throughout February

Readers of the Journal Record have the opportunity in the coming days to vote once again for their favorite businesses and professionals for the newspaper’s Sixth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
“Not only is this a great way to kick off a new year, but it is also a great way we can help support our local businesses,” said Journal Record General Manager Les Walters.



Carter completes seventh annual charity hunt

(Back row) Hunt organizer Jeff Carter, is shown with participants (front row, from left) Jason Mitchell and his son Corey Mitchell and Jack Plowman and his dad Heath Plowman.

HAMILTON - For the past seven years, Jeff Carter of Pine Hills & Oaks Hollars Childs Classic has been able to appear as a shining light in 15 children’s lives as he offers a weekend of hunting and adventure to those children who have been battling with potentially terminal illnesses and disabilities.
Every year since the Wish Hunt was formed through ChildsWish.org, Carter, with the help of several businesses and sponsors, has brought children and their fathers out to the hunt to give them a weekend of deer, rabbit and duck hunting.  

Autos for Sale 4-17

FOR SALE - 1998 GMC Suburban, 158K Miles, 4x4, Very Nice, $4,900(tfn)

FOR SALE - 2004 Focus, 141K Miles, 4 Door, Auto, $4000.00. Call 412-2878(tfn)

FOR SALE - 2004 Lexus 6X470, SUV, 160K Miles, 4x4, Nice, 495-6880.(tfn)

FOR SALE - 2010 Ford F-150, 4x4, Crew Cab, 280K Miles, Motor only 3 Years Old, Everything Works, Good Condition, $12,500. Call 205-712-5711. (3-6, 13, 20, 27)

State will pay for repaving of Old Hwy 78

HAMILTON - As a result of a meeting between local commissioners and state highway officials, the State of Alabama has committed to pay for the repaving of Old  Highway 78 in Hamilton.
Marion County Engineer Mike Shaw told the Marion County Commissioner during a work session on Thursday, Jan. 10, that the state is devoting $250,000 for the repairs of the road.

No. 5 Aggies win county

The Hamilton Aggies defeated Winfield 76-63 in the finals of the Marion County Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament on Friday, Jan. 25, at Marion County High School. Shown for the Aggies are (front row, from left) Chaston McCarley, Ethan Brumley, Justin Webb, Chandler Peoples, Dalton Blalock, Logan Allen, Mark Snyder, (back row, same order) assistant coach Trent Williams, head coach Ethan Lawler, Hogan Gann, Caleb Weeks, Christian Loving, Peyton Williams, Josh McDaniel, Jordan Cross and assistant coaches Trey Williams and Andrew Howell.

GUIN - Hamilton defeated rival Winfield 76-63 in the Marion County Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament Finals on Friday, Jan. 25.
The victory marked the first time since the 2010-11 season that the Aggies have won the county championship.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A’s fifth-ranked Aggies led 19-7 at the end of the opening period.


Phillips makes it three in a row

The Phillips She Bears captured their third-consecutive Marion County title with a 67-40 win over Winfield on Friday, Jan. 25, at Marion County High School. Shown for Phillips are (front row, from left) Mary Ashton Hyde, Lexie Dishner, Gracie Hallman, Caitlin Martin, (back row, same order) assistant coach Jacob Feltman, head coach Scott Veal, Allie Veal, Baily Bishop, Ally McCollum, Amber Markham, assistant coach Julie Hallman and assistant coach Deb Cook.

GUIN – Phillips’ earned its third-consecutive Marion County Varsity Girls Basketball title with a 67-40 win over Winfield on Friday, Jan. 25.
The game was between two of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Top 5 teams in Classes 1A and 3A.
The She Bears entered the contest ranked No. 4 in Class 1A while the Lady Pirates were the second-ranked team in Class 3A.


Orders now being taken for fruit trees, ornamentals

HAMILTON - Now is the perfect time to plan your spring planting!
The annual Marion County 4-H Plant Sale event  offers the perfect opportunity to order plants and shrubs that are  grown exclusively for the North Alabama climate.
“The nursery fills the plants and trees specifically for our  orders,” explained Marion County Cooperative Extension Office  Coordinator Lisa Murphy.


Wrestling event to feature ‘Action’ Mike Jackson in Hackleburg

HACKLEBURG - Central Championship wrestling will present Star Wars-2019, a professional wrestling spectacle at the Hackleburg Recreation Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Four matches will take place that will feature such stars as Johnny Swinger, “Action” Mike Jackson, “Hotshot” Bubba Cagle, Mexican Superstar Antonio Garza, Ultimate Dragon, “The King” Cody Windham, and The America Brawlers.


Cochran indicted on capital murder

Marion County District Attorney Scott Slatton, 25th Circuit Court Judge Daryl Burt, Cochran, and defense attorneys Jared Arnold and Jim Standridge, watch security camera footage during a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 14 in the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton. The video shows a shooting that took place behind the Hamilton Police Department (HPD) on Dec. 25, 2018. Seated in the witness stand is HPD investigator Scotty Chandler. Cochran is charged in the shooting death of Lorenzo Garcia, who was shot and killed outside the rear entrance to the HPD during a child-custody exchange on Christmas Day 2018.

HAMILTON - The Marion County Grand   Jury handed down an  indictment for capital murder against Christopher Andrew Cochran at the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton on Wednesday, Jan 16.
Cochran was charged with the crime after  he allegedly shot and killed Lorenzo Garcia during a child custody exchange behind the Hamilton Police Department on Dec. 25, 2018.
25th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Slatton said Cochran will be arraigned and informed of the charges the grand jury handed down.

Trial will go to Montgomery Co.

HAMILTON - Circuit Court Judge Lee Carter of the 25th Judicial Circuit approved a motion by defendants Bevill State Community College (BSCC) President Dr. Kim Ennis and Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Chancellor Jimmy Baker to move an Alabama open records case out of Marion County.
The community college’s motion was heard and granted by Carter during a trial hearing held at the Marion County Courthouse on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Chain reaction leads to three-vehicle wreck

A chain reaction wreck led to a 2006 Ford Escape being pinned between an 18-wheeler and Town Square Jewelry on Thursday, Jan. 17, in downtown Hamilton. No one was injured in the three-vehicle wreck, according to a report from the Hamilton Fire Department

HAMILTON - No one involved in the three-vehicle wreck that happened in downtown Hamilton on Thursday, Jan. 17, sustained any injuries, according to a report from the Hamilton Fire Department.
The department was dispatched to the scene at 3:26 p.m that day but arrived to find two passenger vehicles and an 18-wheeler involved, the report said. One of the vehicles had crashed into the side of Town Square Jewelry, located at the corner of Military Street South and 1st Avenue S.W.

December food service health scores


In the Journal Record’s Wednesday, Jan. 16, edition of “For the Record,” a previous month’s records were published. This included dated incident and arrest reports from December and food service health scores from the month of November. This same report appeared in the Wednesday, Dec. 12, publication. We regret any confusion or embarrassment this may have caused.

For the Record 1/16 & 1/23


In the Wednesday, Jan. 16, edition of the Journal Record,  in the story “Winfield troop now taking orders for cookies,” the Girl Scouts of the USA was misidentified as the Girl Scouts of America. Also, the cookies known as Savannah Smiles, Samoas and Do-si-dos were mislabeled as Lemonades, Caramel DeLites and Peanut Butter, respectively. Various bakers use different names for the same flavor cookie. The Journal Record is happy to set the record straight.