County jobless rate dips again

April map

By LOUIS MELLINI
Staff Writer

As help wanted signs have been seen popping up nationwide as the country bounces back from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marion County jobless rate has taken a slight dip from 2.8% to 2.5% from March to April, a stark contrast from the 10.5% unemployment rate last year at this time.

 

Animal service non-profit seeking city’s backing

Concept art of a proposed animal shelter facility which would be built in the Pikeville area.

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

HAMILTON - City officials will weigh whether or not to partner with a startup non-profit for animal control services.
Hoof or Paw non-profit founder Calen Weston spoke with the Hamilton City Council during a work session on Tuesday, June 1, to discuss her organization’s push to answer Marion County’s animal control predicament. Weston attended the meeting accompanied by Hamilton resident Felicia Aycock, who has been helping the organization fundraise.

 

Oh the places she’ll go - Hamilton Elementary music teacher Jenn Zetrouer moving to UK

Louis Mellini

By LOUIS MELLINI
Staff Writer

HAMILTON - Hamilton Elementary School music teacher and theater director Jenn Zetrouer will be moving to Manchester, England, following her three-year stint at the school.
Zetrouer was hired by the school in 2018 to teach in the music program and directed several productions throughout the last three years.
Zetrouer, 29, was born to Chris and Tonia in January of 1992 and raised in Gainesville, Ga., with her brother, Chris.

 

Truly honored for new role

I love the tension of this verse. To me, it shows that Paul wrestles with how God’s grace is the sole reason for his substance.
I’m by no means an authority in the world of theology. I’m sure there will be some who peruse this column who are. I guess it would be appropriate in this context to ask for grace as I’m sure I could be handling this text clumsily.

Services provide support, improve quality of life

In March, Ashton Sims of Hamilton, an account executive with Alabama Hospice Care of Jasper, learned of Mrs. Joyce Myrick, an 83-year-old widow who lived alone.
Mrs. Myrick was wheelchair-bound and had been diagnosed with colon cancer a few years ago. She also experienced recurrent issues and infections in her kidneys and had a history of heart issues, including a heart attack and a diagnosis of congestive heart failure.

Fresh fruits and vegetables for seniors

Special to the
Journal Record

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally funded program administered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, Farmers Market Authority Section.
The SFMNP provides eligible seniors with $30 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from certified farmers at farmers markets and farm stands in the state of Alabama.  
Food benefits are available on a first come, first serve basis until available funds are committed. Don’t delay, complete an application today!

 

Hamilton hospital gets top review

Special to the
Journal Record

HAMILTON — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released updated star ratings, and North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton received five stars, the highest quality rating.
Of 4,586 hospitals, only 13.5%, or 455 hospitals, received five stars. North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton is one of only six hospitals in Alabama to receive five stars.

 

Wholesale water rates could be hiked as much as $1

Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams discusses possible wholesale rate increases during a May 11 meeting. [Scott Johnson/staff]

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

HAMILTON - City officials will be considering a possible wholesale water rate increase as a recent production audit has shown the city to be selling water to other local water systems at a loss.
The Hamilton City Council met in a work session on Tuesday, May 11, with Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams, who discussed his department’s finances and pricing.

Johnson stepping in as GM

Marion County’s newspaper will be led by a new general manager.
Effective Monday, May 24, Scott Johnson has been named the general manager of the Journal Record, filling in the position of Jesse Lamar, who has accepted a position as a design engineer at Kith Kitchens in Bear Creek.

 

May in Marion

Marion County Historical Society members are shown reenacting life in the 1800s. Mary Beth Hall (left) was a school teacher, Sharon Dickinson (center) was on the front porch peeling apples and preparing vegetables and Ryan Knight was cooking cracklins.

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Webb to Wallace State

Abigail Webb (center) is shown signing a full cheerleading scholarship with Wallace State Community College in Hanceville on Thursday, May 28. Shown are (from left) LaDawn Lawrence, Abigail, Adam Lawrence and (back) Sam Webb. [Contributed]

By Scott Johnson
General Manager