Lights permanently removed in Hamilton


Shown is the intersection of First Avenue and U.S. Highway 43 in Hamilton, now without its notorious traffic lights.
HAMILTON — The bell has finally tolled for Hamilton’s First Avenue traffic lights after the Alabama Department of Transportation permanently removed them on Friday, March 17. Hamilton used yellow caution lights in place of typical traffic lights on the street for a trial run this past month.

Hackleburg Panthers are county champions


Hackleburg Panthers are, front row from left, Jakoby Bruns, Kross Weeks, Chandler Benford, Gavin Heggy, Carson Swinney, JaQuan Reeder, Cameron Ingram and Maddox Vickery. Back row, Alan Slusher, Jon McKinney, Payton Scott, Edge Weeks, Jayce Ables, Blaise Vickery, Ross Hudson, Drew Williams, Abe Morgan, Aydan Beard, Braiden Godwin, Jaxon Fincher, Brynn McGuire and Rynn McGuire.
HACKLEBURG — The Hackleburg Panthers were crowned the Marion County Champions after beating Winfield, Marion County and Hamilton on home turf on Saturday, March 11.

Marion County back in C3


Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (C3) CEO Tom Wisemiller speaks to Marion County Commissioners during a meeting.
HAMILTON — Marion County is back in the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance (C3) after commissioners voted to rejoin the economic development group lead by CEO Tom Wisemiller.

Lady Red Raiders make 1A state runners-up


Bottom row from left to right are Jasmine Wilson, Kaley Webb, Becca Junkin and Mckenzie Stephens. Top row, Erin Culp, Scott Veal, Anna Rea White, Addison Randolph, Krissa Comer, Porshia Lipsey, Lilly Robinson, Rachel Roberts, Alecia Shack, Bree Lipsey and Lexie Dishner.
BIRMINGHAM — The Marion County High School Lady Red Raiders are the 2022-23 season basketball 1A state runners-up.

Marion County Ag Expo event presented to 10th graders

Pictured are, bottom row, left to right, Greg Carter, Lauranne James (executive director Northwest RC&D Council), Ronald Madrigal, Rick Pate (commissioner of agriculture and industries in Alabama), Isaac Burleson, David Sims, Gary Weatherly and Ginger Eatman (SNAP-Ed educator). Top row, left to right, Jared Carter (programs director AMRV RC&D Council), Katie Thomas (executive director, Alabama Association of RC&D Council), Vanessa King, Wade Hill (USDA district conservationist), Brett Miller, Sawyer Thompson, Hunter Garrard, Brent Shaw, Carla Lewis (Marion County CEC), and Rebecca Danley (Marion County 4-H FREA).

HAMILTON — The Marion County Extension Office partnered with Northwest RC&D, USDA, NRCS and Live Well Alabama to develop the Marion County Ag Expo.
The event took place on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Bevill State Community Center in Hamilton.

World War II veteran returns to Hamilton

IReynard Martin is a World War II veteran.

HAMILTON — Hamilton resident Reynard Martin is one of few left in Marion County who served the United States military during World War II.
Martin, 98, was born in the State of Texas to parents Manuel and Lela Martin in October of 1924.
He has two sisters, Hazel and Neva, and one brother, Herman.
“My mom and dad ran a little store. I remember I would get up in some of the shelves and take a nap,” said Martin.

 

FedEx truck overturns on I-22

:A truck is shown turned over on its left side following an accident on I-22.

HAMILTON — Traffic on Interstate 22 heading eastbound was held up for over an hour after a FedEx tractor trailer turned over onto its left hand side, blocking both lanes of traffic.
The accident took place on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 16, near Exit 3 on I-22.
Jordan Carter with the Byrd Fire Department stated BFD, Shottsville Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Marion County Emergency Management Agency and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency all responded to the accident.

 

Winfield Schools placed on lockdown

Winfield school board member Chris Carothers (left) and school board chairman James Garner (middle) stand by the fence at the elementary school during the lockdown to explain the situation to parents arriving for a school event, all while Winfield police officer Shane Dickinson (right) stands guard with his rifle.

WINFIELD — Winfield City Schools were all placed on lockdown on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, after receiving a threat over the phone.
Officers from the Winfield City Police Department, as well as the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and others responded to each school around 11:30 that morning after the threat was received.
Parents who arrived at the elementary school for a scheduled event were either left standing in the parking lot or stuck in the elementary school’s auditorium during the lockdown.