United Way teams with Simon Solutions for ‘care networking’

FLORENCE - United Way of Northwest Alabama in Florence is partnering with Simon Solutions to empower communities to better serve those in need.
Simon Solutions is best known as a co-creator of the Shoals Emergency Assistance Network (S.E.A.N.Tracker), also known as CharityTracker, which has served over 65,484 people with over 361,219 acts of kindness and care.

Elective surgeries resuming

HAMILTON - North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC)-Hamilton resumed elective surgeries on Thursday, May 7.
NMMC-Hamilton provides general surgeries, ophthalmology (eyes) and otolaryngology (head and neck).
Gov. Kay Ivey’s Safer at Home order issued on Tuesday, April 28, allows hospitals to resume elective procedures as long as they follow certain health safety precautions. All dental, medical or surgical procedures have been forced to postpone since March 28.

Board will sell gas to Fayette

HAMILTON - Northwest Alabama Gas District (NWAGD) in Hamilton will begin selling natural gas to the Fayette Gas Board.
The Northwest Alabama Gas District Board voted unanimously during a meeting on Friday, May 1, to enter into a one-year contract to sell gas to the Fayette utility to supply enough gas flow for an expanding latex glove manufacturer, Showa Best Glove Inc.

Human remains found near North Fork

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• Authorities say bones belong to local missing man

NORTH FORK - Authorities say the remains of a Marion County man have been found two years after he was last seen.

Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams told the Journal Record that local investigators have discovered substantial evidence that human remains found in the North Fork area belong to Zach Pike, who was last seen in May 2018.

Thompson: ‘We never should have been closed’

Thompsons Menswear in Hamilton reopened its doors on Friday, May 1, after Gov. Kay Ivey’s “safer-at-home” order allowed for retail stores to continue operation.

HAMILTON - Hamilton business owner Ray Thompson of Thompson’s Menswear expressed his delight in finally being able to open his doors to the public on Friday, May 1, after the end of the curfew enacted by Gov. Kay Ivey and Marion County.
“It’s been rough on us,” said Thompson, “I’m proud to open, we never should have been closed. I hope we can do some business, it’s going to be hard to get people back.”

Half of county school students can’t connect online

HAMILTON - Only 50% of the Marion County School System’s students can participate in online learning from home.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told members of the Marion County Board of Education during a meeting on Wednesday, April 29, that half of the county system’s student body does not have reliable access to the internet.
School campuses in Marion County have been closed since March 16 due to COVID-19. At-home blended instruction began April 6, per orders by Gov. Kay Ivey.

Death toll rises to six

Marion County’s death toll has risen to six, according to data published from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).
The mortality rate for Marion County remains unproportionally high at 20.2 deaths per 100,000 people, placing it as the third-highest out of 67 counties in the state with.
The county’s total number of cases now sits at 83 as of Monday, May 4--an additional nine cases from the previous week--giving it a per capita rate of 279 cases per 100,000 people. Marion County is number 17th in the state for cases per capita.

Sandlin issues stimulus bonus to employees

Ross Reed thumbs through a stack of two-dollar bills

HAMILTON - Thomas Jeffersons are making the rounds in Marion County, providing a boost to the local economy and delivering a message to business owners.
Local business owners Cole and Jill Sandlin of Fred’s Pharmacy in Hamilton distributed a “local stimulus package” of $200 to each of their seven employees on Tuesday, April 28. The bonuses were paid completely in $2 bills.
The local stimulus package coincides with the arrival of federal stimulus checks for many Americans during the economic shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Glover hired full-time with police dept.

HACKLEBURG - Steve Glover has been hired as a full-time police officer at Hackleburg Police Department.
The Hackleburg Town Council voted unanimously to hire Glover during its meeting on Monday, April 27. He will be the town’s fourth full-time officer.
Councilwoman Tabby Lolley noted that about three years ago, the town had five full-time officers.
Hackleburg Mayor Darryl Colburn believes four officers will be enough to carry the local department, as long as they continue to use part-time help.


COVID-19 Recovery Loan program established

Applications are being accepted for businesses in Marion County to receive loan funds from $10,000 to $20,000.
Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments (NACOLG) is making $160,000 available to local businesses through a newly-formed COVID-19 Recovery Loan program.
The same amount is being offered to other counties in NACOLG’s region--Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin and Winston.
Applications can be obtained by contacting NACOLG Government Services Director Tiffany Boyd by calling (256) 389-0564 or by email at tboyd@nacolg.org.


Estes to host virtual conference to aid small business, local governments

In an effort to assist local businesses and governments rebound as the coronavirus slowly begins to subside, Rep. Tracy Estes (R-Winfield) will be hosting a virtual conference later this month to bring together those who can play a vital role in the process.
“Our sole purpose in coming forward with this idea is to seek ways we can assist our small business owners and government officials in battling their way back after this unexpected turn of events,’’ Estes said. “Our economy has been blindsided in ways none of us could have imagined only a few months ago.

Price talks road repair difficulties

WINFIELD -  Winfield Mayor Randy Price brought to light the difficulties the City of Winfield has recently had in repairing roads during a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 21, on the telecommunications application Zoom.
Price stated that recent storms have caused delays and difficulties of road repairs throughout the city.
He also stated that, due to stormy weather in the last few weeks, some businesses have experienced flooding in their buildings.

Gas prices drop below two dollars

MARION COUNTY - Marion County’s current average gas prices sit at $1.64 but may soon see a rise in price as the demand for gasoline is predicted to see an increase in the coming months.
According to American Automobile Association (AAA), the average gas price has dropped from $1.77 per gallon last month to $1.56 per gallon in the state of Alabama.

Few familiar faces nine years after the storm

Hackleburg’s NAPA Auto Parts store lays in a mangled pile of sheet metal and rubbage while the town’s old water tower stands defiantly in the distance. The Hackleburg water tower survived the April 27, 2011, EF-5 tornado as well as the April 12, 1943, EF-4 tornado. Both tornadoes leveled the town

HACKLEBURG - “It’s amazing how in nine years how many people have moved on to different things in their lives,” says Hackleburg Mayor Darryl Colburn as he sits behind his desk at Hackleburg Town Hall.
Details of Wednesday, April 27, 2011, and the years of work that followed flowed effortlessly from Colburn’s memory during a discussion with town councilman Don Barnwell. There was no effort reproducing stories, either, for Barnwell.

Powell recaptured

HAMILTON - A man who escaped from the Hamilton Community Work Center has been recaptured.
According to the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC), Brandon Keith Powell, 38, who escaped from the Hamilton facility on April 1 was taken back into custody on April 19.
According to a ADOC report, Powell was recaptured in Lakeland, Fla.
Powell was in prison for third-degree burglary which he committed in Cherokee County. He was sentenced in August 2019.
Public relations officers with ADOC did not respond to requests for more information.

Census count being affected by COVID-19

MUSCLE SHOALS - The Town of Hackleburg is leading Marion County in Census responses, according to an update by the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments (NACOLG).
As of Monday, April 20, Hackleburg is the county frontrunner for the 2020 Census with 53.3% of residents self-reporting already.
Marion County’s total self-response rate is currently 49%, dragging behind the statewide average of 49.7% and the national average of 51%.