The importance of humility

I’m 28 years old this month.
Being nearly 30 is not old at all but the older I get the more I reflect on who I am and how I act and that’s always changing.
 It’s not only age that does it, I love God as well and that brings about its own constant self-reflection.
I am constantly having to put myself in the uncomfortable position of looking at myself and seeing just how wrong I am in a lot of situations and having to readjust my actions in order to live right.
 It’s difficult, we all go through it—it’s just a natural part of life for everyone.

Mary Dale’s Birthday parade

Top photo: Mary Dale Barker (Center) celebrating her 100th birthday with her family: her son, Gary Barker (back), his son Todd Barker (right) and his wife Stacey (left).
Bottom photo: Dozens of people stopped by with signs and balloons to wish Barker a happy birthday. [Luke brantley/staff]

By Luke Brantley
Staff Writer

WINFIELD — Family and friends put together a  birthday parade celebration for Mary Dale Barker’s 100th birthday on Friday, Sept. 10 at Country Place Senior Living in Winfield.

Winfield City police and firefighters led the parade, made up of friends from the community who stopped by to wish Barker a happy birthday from their car windows.
“I feel good,” Barker said about turning 100. “Today was so nice!”
Barker was born in 1921 and grew up in Sulligent, before moving to Winfield where she has lived most of her life.

Hamilton A&I saved from the chopping block

The Hamilton Aged and Infirmed prison facility

By Louis Mellini
Staff Writer

HAMILTON — Hamilton Aged and Infirmed facility has officially been saved from the chopping block on Gov. Ivey’s Prison Plan this past weekend.
State Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, and Sen. Garlan Gudger have been fighting to keep jobs in Hamilton after Gov. Kay Ivey announced that the State of Alabama will be closing several prisons, including Hamilton’s Aged and Infirmed facility on Military Street.

Parting wisdom: be an engaging reader

This will be my last week contributing to the Journal Record--at least in my current capacity. As of today, Wednesday, Sept. 29, I am writing full-time for the Lagniappe Weekly in Mobile.
I can only count on one hand the times I’ve had to make a decision this defining. Marion County has been so good to me. My employees are incredible, and the readers and friendships I’ve made have been nothing short of outstanding.
As a student of this community for the last four-and-a-half years of writing here, it seems odd to me to try and return any parting wisdom.

Building a Future

MLK wasn’t the only one to have a dream. We all have one of those. Your value isn’t something that is placed on you by another.
Your value comes from inside.
YOU get to decide!
MLK’s dream didn’t die with him. The beat goes on.
When I was younger, my new husband and I were in the army.
We’d left my hubby’s well-off family (they owned several businesses, a new home so large it had a rifle range in the basement, and a lot of land), however, by the time we’d returned home, everything they owned had been sold.

Missing Winfield girl found unharmed

By Luke Brantley
Staff Writer

WINFIELD — a Winfield girl who was reported missing on Saturday, Sept. 4, was found on Monday, Sept. 6, unharmed.
According to Lt. Brad Burroughs with the Winfield Police Department, the 16-year-old told parents on Friday night, Sept. 3, that she was going to stay at a friend’s house. But when her parents checked the next morning, she was not where she said she would be.

Holloway calls for greater celebration of veterans

By LOUIS MELLINI
Staff Writer

HAMILTON - Marlon Holloway, who serves as the Director of Veterans Service Office (VSO) at the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, has put forth his plan to honor veterans in the county to the Hamilton City Council.
Holloway addressed the council during a regular meeting gon Monday, Sept. 20, to discuss the idea with mayor Bob Page.
“We don’t do what I would consider a class-act Veterans Day program,” said Holloway.
“I hear it from spouses and people who know veterans. We should do more.”