Childers will volley for the Bevill Bears

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

HAMILTON - Kayleigh Mariah Childers, a senior at Hamilton High School, has signed with Bevill State Community College to compete on the Bears’ collegiate volleyball team.
Kayleigh, 17, who is the daughter of Jamie and Stephanie Childers, signed with the Bears on Friday, May 14, outside of the Hamilton High School Library. She plans to study forensic science with the goal of becoming a pathological assistant in the morgue.

Lady Pirates fall in back-to-back contests, end season in 3A regional tournament

General Manager

Tuscaloosa - The Winfield City High School Lady Pirates saw their season come to an end on Friday, May 14, after losing back-to-back games in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A West Regional Softball Tournament.
The Lady Pirates, who are coached by Zac Wakefield, came into the tournament as the Class 3A, Area 10 Runners-Up, and matched up with Hale County in their first round contest.


Estes honors board, staff

Staff Writer

WINFIELD - State Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, honored the Winfield City Schools Board of Education during a regular meeting held on Tuesday, May 11, at Winfield Middle School.
Estes stated that he had a resolution passed in Montgomery honoring those working in education during the COVID-19 pandemic, which included those working in the Winfield City School System.


American Fighting League Sims falls by judge’s decision in debut match

[Kyle Sims of Hamilton throws a roundhouse kick at opponent Will McCown.

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

Albertville - Hamilton’s Kyle Sims finished with a loss in his debut Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) match, which was a three-round bout that ended in a judge’s decision.

Sims, 27, who is 5-foot-9-inches was matched up with 24-year-old Will McCown of Hoover, who stood at 6-foot-2-inches during the Marshall County-based American Fighting League (AFL)’s fight night on Saturday, May 8, at the Sand Mountain Park in Albertville.


Health facilities will continue under federal mask ordinance

Special to the Journal Record

While the Centers for Disease Control and Pre- vention (CDC) announced May 13 that people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 may go maskless in most places, Alabama’s nursing homes and hospitals are still under federal mask re- quirements.

The Alabama Nursing Home Association and the Alabama Hospital Associa- tion are reminding citizens that they will be required to wear masks when they visit their facilities, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Puppy mill owner arrested, charged

Julie Akins

By Scott Johnson Managing Editor HAMILTON - A woman running what neighbors have called a “puppy mill” has been arrested on animal cruelty charges. Julie Akins, 50, of Hazel Avenue in east Hamilton, was arrested on Tuesday, May 4, on 13 counts of second-degree animal cruelty and booked into the Marion County Jail. She was released the same day on a $6,500 bond.

Alabama Legislature Medical marijuana gets approval

By Scott Johnson Managing Editor Montgomery - The Alabama Legislature has voted to legalize the use of medical marijuana and now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk. The bill will give Alabama residents with qualifying medical conditions the ability to obtain a medical cannabis card to purchase marijuana for medicinal use if recommended by a physician.

Estes opposes public funding of charter schools

MONTGOMERY – In light of a recent debate in the Alabama Legislature, Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, has confirmed his commitment to public education and his opposition to using public tax dollars to fund charter schools.
“Those who know me will attest to my long-standing commitment to public education, as a parent, journalist and former school board member,’’ Estes said. “Since returning to Marion County in 1991 to raise my family, I have worked closely with public education in some form or fashion and will continue to do so as long I have the health to serve.’’


Town back in garbage business

Hackleburg Mayor Darryl Colburn (left) and Shane Hudson work the back of a rental garbage truck on April 29.

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

Hackleburg - As of late April, the Town of Hackleburg is now operating its own sanitation detail to roughly 700 local accounts.
All customers east of U.S. Highway 43 will have their garbage collected on Wednesday. Those west of Highway 43 will be served on Thursday.
Customers are recommended to have their cans out by the road no later than 7 a.m.



Wayne Mays/ Pikeville Drone Services

By Scott Johnson Managing Editor HACKLEBURG - Nearly 70 individuals formed a human cross under Hackleburg’s caution light on Highway 43 on Tuesday, April 27. Over the last decade, the formation has become the way for Marion County and Hackleburg residents to remember the 25 people that were tragically lost when three tornadoes plowed through the area. The cross symbolizes the hope of resurrection in spite of the imminence of death--a hope that Hackleburg has seen realized as the town has been reborn out of the rubble of April 27, 2011.

How will Alabama fare in Washington, D.C. after Richard Shelby?

Some of you have inquired how Alabama will fare in Washington after Senator Shelby retires at the end of 2022. The answer is that it will be nothing less than devastating for the Heart of Dixie. The amount of federal dollars that Senator Shelby has individually brought home is incalculable and irreplaceable. Alabama is going to be in the proverbial boat without a paddle in 20 short months. We will have negligible power in Washington and for a state that depends on federal dollars, that is not going to be a good position to be in for Alabama.


Two local authors published

First-time Marion County authors M. J. Carley and Martha Young have both had works published in the past year. Both authors secured contracts with Christian publishing Covenant Books Inc. of Murrells Inlet, S.C.--Carley’s mystery and suspense novel Right as Rayne hit shelves in May 2020; Young’s Finding April was released Feb. 18, 2021. Carley and Young are both employees at NTN-Bower in Hamilton.

New state Republican Party chairman introduced to local GOP

Staff Writer

HAMILTON - Recently appointed Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party John Wahl made his first visit to Marion County during the Marion County Republican Party meeting on Saturday, May 8, at J & V’s Ole Smokehouse in Hamilton.
This was the party’s first meeting with a full attendance since the COVID-19 pandemic began back in March of last year. In attendance were also Marion County  Republican Party Chairman David Hall, as well as State Rep. Tracy Estes and Senator Larry Stutts.


Commissioners approve new hires

Staff Writer

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission approved two new hires for the Marion County Sheriff’s Department during a regular meeting on Monday, May 10, at the Marion County Commission office in Hamilton.
Kyle Engle was hired as a jailer at the Marion County jail at $14.06 per hour and Riley Cagle was hired as a deputy at $16.23 per hour.


Vehicle caught fire, burned after oil service

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

A Shottsville couple is seeking answers after an engine fire totaled their vehicle and damaged their home. They say the incident occurred immediately after their car was serviced at the Hamilton Walmart’s Auto Care Center.
On Saturday, April 24, Vicki Winsett’s 2015 Nissan Altima caught fire and became fully engulfed while parked in her driveway on Goggans Road in west Marion County.


Students will eat free through 2022

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

All students enrolled in Marion County and Winfield City schools will continue to eat free breakfast and lunch through the 2020-2021 school year, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Traditional and virtual students have been able to eat free meals throughout the pandemic year. That benefit will continue through May of 2022.