Honors recipients announced McCarley, Bourland named students of the year

Hamilton - Bevill State Community College-Hamilton presented its honor awards during a ceremony on Wednesday, April 7.
Chaston McCarley was named the General Education Student of the Year and Sheena Bourland was named the Career Technical Student of the Year.
Leadership award recipients included Kenzley  Carnathan for the Student Nursing Association and Justin Webb for Bevill’s Ambassador program.
All USA Transfer Nominees include Jaclyn Bishop and Chaston McCarley.


Lady Aggies’ historic season grounded out

Michaela Otts sends a pitch towards home plate during the Lady Aggies’ game against Rogers High School. [Lisa Dobbins/Contributed]

OXFORD - The Hamilton Lady Aggies saw their season come to an end after suffering back-to-back losses in the Class 4A State Softball Tournament.
The Lady Aggies made it to the state tournament after going undefeated in the 4A West Regional Tournament, claiming the regional title.
The last time the Lady Aggies won the regional tournament and advanced to state competition was in 2009.


Steele signs with the Bevill Bears

Kenton Steele (center) is shown signing with Bevill State Community College. Also shown are (from left) Hamilton Head Basketball Coach Ethan Lawler, April Franks, Kenton Steele, Wesley Steele and amateur athletic union coach Chris Brasseal.[Scott Johnson/staff]

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

HAMILTON - Kenton Steele, 18, has signed to play basketball for the Bevill State Bears.
With signing, Kenton, who is a 6-foot-6-inch small forward/ wing for the Hamilton High School Aggies, is fulfilling a life-long dream to play college basketball.
Kenton is the son of April Franks and Wesley Steele. He has three brothers - Talen Steele, Grantley Steele and Bayler Franks.


Graduation is May 28

Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

High School seniors all across Marion County will walk the stage to complete perhaps one of the most unconventional school years in recent history.
Graduation ceremonies for both Marion County and Winfield City schools will take place on Friday night, May 28.


Jimmy Cooper’s jury being struck this week

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

Double Springs - The trial for double homicide suspect Jimmy Dale Cooper, 61, of Hamilton began Monday, May 17.
The trial, which is now more than five years in the making, started with a week of jury selection at the
Winston County
Courthouse in Double Springs.
Voir dire is scheduled to conclude on Friday, May 21, with jury striking to select a final group of 12 peers who will be tasked with judging Cooper’s case.


Six-week trucking program can get you behind the wheel

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

HAMILTON - In just two months, students can go from their couch to the road, making competitive wages as a truck driver.
Bevill State Community College-Hamilton Campus’ Truck Driver Training program has recently condensed its course into a six-week class, meaning the college can assist in solving the current trucker shortage being experienced nationwide.
“As far as the driver shortage, I don’t know if I have ever seen it like this,” said Marcus Carson, who heads up the Truck Driver Training program at Bevill State.


Tractor-trailer collision claims life of Hamilton woman


By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

Hamilton - A two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 3:07 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, has claimed the life of a Hamilton woman.
According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), Cheyenne Nichole Lawson, 43, was killed when the 2002 Jeep Liberty she was driving was struck head-on by a 2018 Freightliner.


Winfield City Board of Education Harrison named Bus Driver of the Year

WCHS bus driver Jim Harrison (right) received the Bus Driver of the Year award from Winfield City Schools Superintendent of Education Chris Cook (left) for the 2020-2021 school year during the Winfield City Schools Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 10, at Winfield Middle School.

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WINFIELD - Bus driver Jim Harrison received the Bus Driver of the Year award for the 2020-2021 school year during the Winfield City Schools Board of Education meeting  on Tuesday, May 10, at Winfield Middle School.
“This is a special part of my job that I really enjoy. We’ve all had experiences this year--dealing with COVID-19--and dealing with a tough year in a lot of different ways,” said Winfield City Schools Superintendent of Education Chris Cook.


Hamilton High School Student stable after collapsing during school

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

Hamilton - A high school athlete is recovering after a medical emergency at Hamilton High School required the minor to be transported by air to Tupelo.
At approximately 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, the Hamilton Fire and Rescue Squad responded to a call of an unresponsive minor on the sidewalk at the local high school.
Hamilton Assistant Fire Chief Matt McCracken said first responders were on the scene within minutes and rendered first aid and assisted Regional Paramedical Services.


Worker shortage could complicate summer hires

Councilman Don Barnwell (forefront) is shown at a Hackleburg Town Council meeting on Monday, May 10. Also shown is (background, from left) councilmen Jerry Williams and Darrin Wiginton [Scott johnson/staff]

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

HACKLEBURG - It could be a challenge this year to fill the needed lifeguard positions at Hackleburg’s public swimming pool.
During a meeting on Monday, May 10, Hackleburg town councilors discussed how the current worker shortage nationwide is affecting the economy and could complicate the town’s search for summer life guards.
The town will also need to quickly hire someone to open and treat the pool before it is used by the public.

Marion county Grand Jury Nabors charged for home repair fraud

By Scott Johnson Managing Editor WINFIELD - A Fayette man has been indicted by the Marion County Grand Jury for allegedly scamming Marion County home owners. Josh Lowel Nabors, 41, Fayette, was arrested on May 3 for four counts of home repair fraud, three counts of theft, no home builder’s license and a grand jury indictment for theft. He was held in the Marion County Jail in Hamilton and was released on May 6 on a $88,000 bond.

Status of 2022 U.S. Senate Race

When Sen. Richard Shelby announced he would not run for reelection to a sixth six-year term in 2022, speculation immediately began as to who would run for our iconic senior senator’s seat. Numerous names were floated as to who might lineup for the coveted seat.  It is expected to be a fairly large field.

It takes two to tango

Everyone is hiring.
Businesses are having to adjust for staff shortages. Folks are waiting hours for food. I’ve heard of Burger King here in Hamilton having only their drive-thru open due to nobody to work. Some other restaurants are cutting hours. Others are bumping up their pay and offering sign-on bonuses. A Captain Ds in Anniston was offering $100 bonuses to new employees.

Times haven’t really changed!

When I was a teen-ager I worked summers as a baby sitter for $10 a week. Now days one is paying close to that amount for one hour of this service. Our grand-daughter insists this is the price she must charge in order to buy the latest clothing one that carries the correct label. “That’s the only thing that fits right,” I was informed.

Lady Aggies punch ticket to state

By JESSE LAMAR General Manager Tuscaloosa - The Hamilton Lady Aggies swept every opponent they faced in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 4A West Regional softball tournament to punch their ticket to the Class 4A state softball tournament. The Lady Aggies, who finished the regular season as the Class 4A, Area 12 runners-up, started the regional tournament with an 8-4 win over Oak Grove High School. Hamilton took the lead early, posting three runs to the board in the top half of the first frame.

Lady Panthers and Lady Raiders fall in regionals

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Florence - The Hackleburg Lady Panthers and the Marion County Lady Red Raiders saw their respective seasons come to an end in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A North Regional Softball Tournament that was held at the Florence Sportsplex between Wednesday, May 12, and Thursday, May 13.
The Lady Panthers and the Lady Red Raiders faced off in the first round of the tournament with Hackleburg earning the 7-5 win over Marion County in the double-elimination tournament.