Curb damage solution may have been found

Midstates Petroleum attorney Courtney Smith discusses the issue of curb damage from trucks with the city council at its Thursday, Oct. 4, meeting. Midstates Petroleum owns the Chevron gas station located on Highway 129 in Winfield.

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Council made progress on a solution to the crumbling curbs that have been causing tension between the Chevron gas station and the Med 360 clinic located on State Highway 129, just off Interstate 22 Exit 30.
The council heard from attorney Courtney Smith, who represents Midstates Petroleum of Vernon, the owners of the Chevron station in question, which owns the gas station, at the Thursday, Oct. 4, meeting.

NMMC welcomes new doctor


New family medicine physician Lisa Smothers, D.O., poses for a picture with North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton administrators and fellow physicians at a reception welcoming the new doctor to the area.

NTN-Bower service day at Hamilton Middle School

Buccaneer Homes employees clean lockers during a cleanup day at Hamilton Middle School.
Volunteers from Buccaneer Homes are seen here in Aggie Plaza during a cleanup day at Hamilton Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 6. Buccaneer Homes salesman Scott Tyra said the day was organized as a community service day for the company. “We’re giving back to the school, taking pride and trying to lend a helping hand,” Tyra said.


Local author publishes new book

Peyton Davidson, 3, is seen here with her great-grandmother’s book titled Amusing Animals.

GUIN - Local author Dorothy Thompson White has published a new book through Dorrance Publishing Company. The new book, titled A Marriage That Almost Wasn’t, will be published this week and will be available at book signings White said. The book is a 20-chapter book about her life in Kentucky and her marriage to Albert White of Henderson, Ky., in 1981.

Funds will benefit new shelter

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Tuesday, Oct. 9, that 16 programs throughout the state that assist domestic violence victims will receive a total of $1.5 million in funding from the state’s Domestic Violence Trust Fund.
Safeplace, Inc., which assists victims from Marion County and which will be opening an emergency housing shelter in the county in early 2019, will receive between $80,000 and $100,000 of these funds.

Cook named superintendent

Chris Cook

WINFIELD - The Winfield Board of Education named Chris Cook, currently the Marion County Board of Education Central Office Supervisor, as the next superintendent of education for the Winfield City School System on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Local candidates state their case

HAMILTON - Marion County voters will head back to the polls for the third and final time in 2018 on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The people will decide the fate of nine statewide races, seven local races and four ammendments.
Statewide races will include the:
• Gubernatorial race between Democratic candidate Walt Maddox and Republican Kay Ivey;
• Lieutenant Governor race between Democrat Will Boyd and Republican Will Ainsworth;
• Attorney General race between Democrat Joseph Siegelman and Republican Steve Marshall;

Students prepare for homecoming

Hamilton High School junior Eli Williams uses a stapler to help construct the HHS junior’s homecoming float during Float Day on Thursday, Oct. 18, at HHS. Helping Williams are Kennedy Cobb (left) and Gracelyn Ramsey.
Emma Miller (left) and Chesney Raburn help construct the freshmen class float. The junior float was announced as the winner of the float competition and the overall winner for Hamilton’s Spirit Award.


Michael Palmer: The Battle of Vinson’s Crossroads

Col. George Spencer (seated at right) is seen here with Gen. Grenville Dodge (seated at left) along with Dodge’s staff, in Corinth, Miss., in 1863.

One-hundred fiftyfive years ago this week, a Civil War Battle took place just outside the borders of Marion County. But you most likely have never heard of this battle. The battle happened after a Confederate army intercepted 500 Union soldiers returning from Alabama to Corinth, Miss.

Rhudy gives year-end report

Guin Park and Recreation Director Keith Rhudy presented a year-end report to the Guin City Council on Monday, Oct. 15.

GUIN - Guin Park and Recreation Director Keith Rhudy presented a year-end report to the Guin City Council at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Oct. 15.
Rhudy said the Guin Water Park finished the 2018 fiscal year $1,776.04 in the red. The water park had a total revenue of $68,247.94 and $70,023.98 in total expenses.
The negative difference, Rhudy said, was due to the Guin Park and Recreation Department’s choice to keep the water park open through Labor Day.

Pastime’s 2019 concert series announced

Winfield’s Pastime Theatre has announced its 2019 Concert Series, a string of four concerts featuring multiple different genres that will take place beginning in March and ending in June. Tickets are now on sale.

WINFIELD - The Pastime Theatre in Winfield is excited to announce its 2019 concert series.
The 2019 series will open on Saturday, March 9, with Jason Petty’s “Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes.” According to  Pastime Theatre Chairman Mary Hyche, “There’s only one Hank William’s and Jason Petty portrays him best.”
Petty starred as Williams in New York City’s hit Off-Broadway musical, “Lost Highway,” as well as at Nashville’s world-famous Ryman Auditorium.

Buttahatchee River Fall Fest set for Oct. 27

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 13th Annual Buttahatchee River Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27, in downtown Hamilton.
The fall festival, which will officially kick off at 9 a.m. that morning, is a family-friendly event and there is no charge for admission.
This year’s festival will be as jam-packed with fun for the whole family as it has been in the past, according to  Hamilton chamber president Lacy Williams.

3rd annual community trunk-or-treat set for Oct. 27

HAMILTON - Dress up the kids and grab a bag.
NTN-Bower in Hamilton will be hosting its third annual “trunk-or-treat” Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 27.
The event is open to everyone and will get kicked off at 6 p.m. and for an entire hour treat-or-treaters will be able to go from car to car to gather bag-fulls of candy.
Anyone interested in registering a vehicle to participate in the event is encouraged to call Mellissa McCarley at 921-8024  or Candi Childers at 921-8016.

Turkey and ham sale to benefit Christmas for Kids

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Kiwanis Club will once again sell smoked Thanksgiving turkeys as a fundraiser, but this year the club will also offer smoked half-hams. A 10-12 pound turkey or a half-ham, both smoked and ready to heat, can be purchased from any Kiwanis member from now until Monday, Nov. 12.
The group will use the proceeds from the smoked turkey fundraiser for two purposes: A donation to Christmas for Kids and Christmas food baskets for the needy.

11th Annual Charity Golf tournament

25th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Slatton is seen here at the Pikeville Country Club on Oct. 5. The flight one first-place winners were Tony Hayes and Garrett Fowler. The flight two winners were Heath Reed and Max Maddox.
(From left) Dana Davis of Lister Hill Credit Union, Danyelle Bragwell of the Marion County Department of Human Resources, Teena Nix with the Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force, SafePlace Victims Advocate Lisa Shipman, transitional housing manager and volunteer coordinator in Lauderdale County Leah Heathcoat, and musician Cody Bass are seen here at the Pikeville Country Club on

Pirates blow out Greene County - Winfield 63, Greene County 26

Winfield’s Walker Junkin (1) turns and runs into the end zone against Greene County. The Pirate offense scored 63 points while racking up just under 500 yards of total offense.

WINFIELD - The Winfield Pirates wrapped up the Class 3A, Region 4 championship with a 63-26 victory over the Greene County Tigers on Friday night, Oct. 19, at Estes Hudson Stadium in Winfield.
The Pirates improved to 9-0 overall, 6-0 in Class 3A, Region 4 play, and will host a first-round playoff game being the number one seed. This is the Pirates’ first region championship since 2015 and their first 9-0 start since 2005.

Aggies snap 5-game skid with region win - Hamilton 43, Lawrence County 28

Hamilton’s Alex Reid (28) races away from the Lawrence County defense.

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Aggies brought an end to a five-game losing streak this past Friday night, Oct. 19, against the Lawrence County Red Devils, coming away with a 43-28 victory on homecoming.
Hamilton is now 3-5 overall and 2-4 in Class 5A, Region 7.
Head coach Rodney Stidham said, “It’s always good to win on homecoming.”

Defensive effort keeps Red Raiders’ playoff hopes alive - Marion County 28, Meek 6

Marion County quarterback Deuce Belk (6) pulls the Meek defender along for the ride.

ARLEY - Marion County pulled away in the fourth quarter against Meek on the back of three fourth-quarter interceptions to earn the 28-6 Red Raider victory on Friday, Oct. 19.
The win improved the Red Raiders to 6-3 on the season and 3-3 in Class 1A, Region 6. The loss dropped the Tigers to 3-6 overall and 1-5 in Region 6.
“It wasn’t pretty, but we will take it,” third-year Marion County head coach Kyle Williams said following the game. “We had too many penalties and negative plays that kept us from doing what we wanted to in the first three quarters.

Panthers see playoff chance end with loss to Indians - Cherokee 56, Hackleburg 30

Hackleburg quarterback Kaleb Moore (5) sails over a fallen Cherokee defender as the quarterback picks up extra yardage.

CHEROKEE - Hackleburg saw its playoff chances fade away with a 56-30 loss to Cherokee on Friday, Oct. 19.
The Panthers held a 16-14 lead at halftime before being outscored 42-14 in the second half. The loss dropped Hackleburg to 1-7 overall and 1-4 in Class 1A, Region 8. Cherokee improved to 3-5 overall and 3-2 in Region 8.
Hackleburg head coach Rod Hudson noted the team played well, but was unable to get a much-needed stop in the fourth quarter.

Tigers lose third-straight with 17-point loss to Lions - Hubbertville 41, Brilliant 24

Brilliant’s Braden Burleson (32) searches for running room after catching a pass. (Bottom, right photo) Brilliant quarterback Kade Bryant (11) throws a pass against Hubbertville.

HUBBERTVILLE -  Brilliant lost the school’s 28th consecutive region contest with the Tigers’ 41-24 loss to Hubbertville on Friday, Oct. 19.
The loss dropped Brilliant to 2-6 overall and 0-6 in Class 1A, Region 6. Hubbertville improved to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in Region 6.
Brilliant head coach Brian Gunnels said he was proud of his team’s effort in the second half.