Brody to the Bevill State Bears

Winfield pitcher Brody Cook (center) is shown signing with the Bevill State Bears on Sunday, July 25. Shown with him are (seated, from left) his mother, Tara Cook, and his father, Chris Cook and (standing, same order) coaches Jake Elkins, Tanner Smothers, Alan Smith and Derek Rhodes. [Contributed]

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Winfield’s Tittle plays in North-South game

Emma Kate Tittle (right) of Winfield (4) guards an opponent during the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSSA) All-Star Week North-South Girls Basketball game on Tuesday, July 20. [Contributed]

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Winfield – Upcoming Winfield Lady Pirate senior Emma Kate Tittle competed in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) 25th Annual All-Star Week North-South Girls’ Basketball all-star game at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex in Montgomery on Tuesday, July 20.
As a guard for Winfield City High School, Tittle finished the 2020-2021 basketball season with 24 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, 4.3 assists per game and 3.9 steals per game. She shot 52% field goals, 44% on 3-pointers and 85% from the foul line.

Hall of Fame set to welcome 27th, 28th class inductees during Aug. 7 ceremony

(Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a two-part series listing the honors and achievements of the members of the 2020 and 2021 Marion County Sports Hall of Fame classes. New inductees have been listed three schools at a time, alphabetically by last name.
The 2020 class was delayed until this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s listing includes inductees from Hackleburg, Hamilton and Marion County High School (Guin).

Trump admin. gave us best weapons against COVID-19. We should use them

Washington, D.C., is so hyper-politically polarized these days, it’s no wonder Americans have tuned out the earnest pleas of the nation’s top doctors, their elected leaders, superstar athletes and other celebrities who have been urging, for months, those who are unvaccinated to take the shot. Here is the truth: Closing businesses will not defeat COVID-19. Wearing masks will not defeat COVID-19. And keeping our students from in-classroom learning will not defeat COVID-19.

The craziest thing I have ever done

Have you ever heard a story about someone that seemed hard to believe? Maybe they quit a job they’ve had for 20 years or maybe they committed a crime, but when you heard their name you thought, “Really? That person? They did that? I never dreamed they would (or could) do something like that.”
I feel like that’s my life right now. I’m the person doing things that people are saying, “Really? You? I never pictured you doing something like that….”

Ivey should coast to re-election

For over a year I have been touting the fact that the 2022 election year in the Heart of Dixie was going to be the busiest and most monumental in history.
Folks, it looks like it is not going to be as eventful as anticipated.  Yes, everything is on the ballot, but the power of incumbency is thwarting the drama.  It appears the U.S. Senate race is going to be the marquee event.

Bear Creek man killed in single- vehicle crash

PostonAlabama Highway Patrol Division
Bear Creek man killed in single-
vehicle crash

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

A 49-year-old man from Bear Creek was killed in a single-vehicle wreck last Wednesday morning (July 28), according to Alabama State Troopers.
“A single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, has claimed the life of a Bear Creek man,” Senior Trooper Gregory Corble said. “Jeremy Poston, 49, was killed when the 1988 Jeep Wagoneer he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree.”
Poston was pronounced deceased on the scene. Corble said the crash occurred on Highway 253 at the 19 mile-marker approximately fourteen miles east of Hamilton.
No further information is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

A 49-year-old man from Bear Creek was killed in a single-vehicle wreck last Wednesday morning (July 28), according to Alabama State Troopers.
“A single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, has claimed the life of a Bear Creek man,” Senior Trooper Gregory Corble said. “Jeremy Poston, 49, was killed when the 1988 Jeep Wagoneer he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree.”
 

 

‘Our ERs are overrun’

Northwest Medical Center (Winfield) Administrator Michael Windham (left) and North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton Administrator Robert Trimm discuss the status of their hospitals amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. [Scott Johnson/Staff]

An increase in COVID-19 cases in Marion County has spurred local officials to forge a response plan.
A dozen local physicians and officials gathered on Monday, Aug. 2, at the Marion County School System Central Office where they brainstormed approaches of how to thwart a critical increase of COVID-19 infections in the area, due to the Delta variant of the virus, which is estimated at being 1,000 times more contagious.
Local emergency rooms are already being overwhelmed, according to hospital officials.

 

Masking up again?

Guin Marion County Board of Education member Don Jones said he would not be able to support a mask mandate if the state were not doing so as well. [Scott Johnson/Staff]

HAMILTON – Threatening increases in the number of COVID-19 cases in Marion County has education officials in limbo with only a matter of days before school starts.
During a meeting on Friday, July 30, Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told the county’s school board members that her office is “watching and waiting” for how state officials will posture policy in light of a surge in COVID-19 infections.

Letter to the Editor

The first time I remember feeling a loss of a good thing by “things that come to an end”. I was a kid of seven or so. I had just finished enjoying my very first Tootsie Roll Pop. (A customer of mine on my Chicago Tribune paper route gave it to me as a tip for good service.)
It was cherry flavored. My mouth started watering just now just thinking about that taste experience I had long ago. I guess back then I had been sheltered from candy by my parents. With a bunch of brothers and sisters, candy was not on our weekly menu.

Woke liberal culture wants to destroy the fabric of sports

There are few things in everyday life that teach our kids life lessons better than sports. As they grow up and play for different teams they learn about commitment, hard work, how to win with grace, and how to pick yourself up and move on after a loss. These lessons stay with them forever, and as a parent I know how valuable those experiences are. This is why we have to ensure sports, especially high school sports, remain fair and free of political influence. When Title IX was enacted, it did just that for female athletes.

Gov. Kay Ivey second-year governor from Wilcox County

Kay Ivey is doing a good job as governor. She is a strong and decisive leader, who has done more than steady the ship of state. She is getting things done. She is making her mark as a good governor.
She did a good day’s work when she got Jo Bonner to be her Chief of Staff. They make quite a team. This duo from Wilcox County were cut out to be leaders.
Kay Ivey is only the second governor to hail from Wilcox County. Benjamin M. Miller was the first. The Black Belt region of Alabama has spawned an inordinate number of governors and legislative giants.