System COVID numbers get perspective

By Luke Brantley
Staff Writer

WINFIELD - Interim Winfield Superintendent of Education Randy Thomley says Winfield schools are in a fortunate position despite cases of COVID-19 increasing in Marion County communities.
“Since last Tuesday, Aug. 24, we’ve had 30 positive students and six positive employees,” Thomley said.
Winfield City Schools is requiring students to wear masks at all times while on the school campus. Marion County Schools have not made a mask requirement, though they are being encouraged.

I miss Mule Day, but...

My family moved to Winfield when I was halfway through second grade.
My dad had been hired as the youth minister at Winfield First Baptist Church, so we moved to Winfield and have been here ever since.
When we first arrived, my dad was informed of a tradition that applied to newcomers to town.
He was asked to be a pooper scooper in the annual Mule Day parade.
My family used to live in Vernon, so my parents were aware of Mule Day, but I was too young to remember it, so I was hearing of it for the first time.

Meaning behind words: Examining our National Anthem

To my own embarrassment, a recent event afforded me a few moments to do something I had not done in quite some time--contemplate the words and meaning of our National Anthem.
Invited to sing our anthem at the Marion County School System teacher in-service event in August, I actually listened to the words for the first time in what seemed an eternity.
As the words flowed across my lips and those in attendance stood at attention, the words had meaning like never before.

20th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

This week marks the 20th Anniversary of the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation.
It was a day in your life where you remember where you were and what you were doing when you first heard of the attacks on the New York World Trade Center and Pentagon. It changed our world.
Like most people, I thought the first plane that flew into the towering Trade Center, was an accident.
However, when the second plane hit you knew it was not pilot error.
It was traumatic and terrifying.
I asked several of our state leaders their memories of that fateful day.

Most teams hit the road this week

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Last week was another solid week for predictions, save the Brilliant loss to Meek, 46-26. I had the Tigers winning. Due to Labor Day deadlines, coverage for that game was not available for print. You will be able to find it in our sister paper, the Northwest Alabamian.
Phillips lost to Decatur Heritage 41-10 as I predicted. Stats from that game were not received by the by presstime on Monday.
Here are my predictions for this Friday:

Cooper begins life sentence

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

Double springs – Convicted double homicide suspect Jimmy Dale Cooper, 63, has begun his life sentence in the custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections.
According to Winston County Sheriff Horace Moore, Cooper transferred to state custody on Thursday, Aug. 19, after a three-month interlude since his trial on May 24.

Panthers pounce on Tigers

By Luke Brantley
Staff Writer

HACKLEBURG — The Brilliant Tigers fell to the Hackleburg Panthers 26-6 at Hackleburg on Friday. The game was Brilliant’s first game of the season.
The Panthers kicked off to start the game, with Brilliant’s Braden O’Mary on the return. O’Mary took the Tigers to their own 30 yard line.
On their first play, Brilliant quarterback Wiley Hanson kept the ball and ran to the side for a gain of a few yards before he was brought down by the Panther’s defense.

Red Raiders make Vina Red Devils see red

By Luke Vrantley
Staff Writer

VINA — The Marion County Red Raiders traveled to Vina on Friday to take on the Red Devils, shutting them down 48-0.
The Raiders won the coin toss and elected to receive, and began their first drive on their own 35 yard line.
Brodie Silas ran twice for the Raiders for a total of 20 yards. Dee Lipsey was next, rushing for another 17 yards. The Raiders fumbled on the next play, and the Devils recovered.
The Red Raider defense held the line, stopping the Red Devils from gaining yards and forcing a punt.