Board, city teaming up for new auditorium

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Schools Board of Education and The City of Winfield discussed plans to fund and build a new auditorium during a regular Board of Education meeting at Winfield Middle School on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Winfield Mayor Randy Price and District 17 State Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, were in attendance to discuss the project with board members.
Price stated that the plan is to build a new auditorium and incorporate new administrative offices for  both the Winfield BOE and the employees for the City of Winfield.

Grant awarded to repair history-rich structure

Grant funds through the Alabama Historical Commission (AHC) are on their way to assist a local historical project.
State Rep. Tracy Estes said he has received news from the AHC that two of three grants he has assisted within his district have been approved for funding.
This includes a $15,000 grant to the City of Winfield to replace the roof on the former Christian Center of Concern building and another $15,000 grant to reroof an old school in Double Springs.

350 meals provided for Thanksgiving

A Hamilton drive distributed hundreds of meals on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 26.
According to event coordinator Sandy Sandlin, with help from local volunteers, the local Hamilton United Methodist Church helped to distribute 350 meals to first responders, firefighters, policemen, paramedics, hospital and nursing home staff, the Hamilton Aged & Infirmed and the Hamilton- Work Release, a local mental health group home and Marion County Jail inmates.

“Pick’n and grin’n” on Christmas nights

For 30 years, every Christmas night in Hamilton would be filled with the twangs of bluegrass music.
The holiday tradition formed around the musical legacy of the Jackson family, which has produced a heritage of pickers, songwriters and, yes, buck dancers, too.
From their home near downtown Hamilton, Estes, 95, and Ercelle, 92, Jackson reminisced on Christmases past with their son, David.

Trott’n turkeys run up $6,100 for toy drive

Turkey Trot Race Director Dawn Guin presents a $6,100 check to Winfield Police Chief Bob Burleson for his department’s annual Christmas Toy Drive for children.

The Turkey Trot 5K, formerly Huffin & Puffin for Turkey & Stuffin, was born out of a need to help families in the Winfield area.  
Shane Hughes was instrumental in starting this endeavor.  In its early days, the toy fund relied on toy donations from the community.  Five years ago, donations had become fewer and fewer.  The idea was conceived to host a 5K race on Thanksgiving Day with 100% of the proceeds going to the toy fund.  

Fiery crash claims life of unknown driver

Authorities have yet to identify a driver who died in a single-vehicle wreck on Friday, Nov. 20, in Hamilton.
According to Alabama State Trooper Public Affairs Officer Gregory Corble, at approximately 11:50 a.m., the unknown driver left the roadway, struck a guard rail, hit a tree and then overturned.
Corble said the 2008 Cadillac Escalade he or she was driving then engulfed in flames. Identification of the body is pending confirmation from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville and notification of next of kin.

‘They were godsends’

Winfield resident Ken Barnett had Winfield Elementary School Physical Education Coach George Hennicke and Track Coach Steve Reaves to thank for saving his life after collapsing at the school’s track complex on Nov. 19.
Barnett was on a run and crossed the parking lot at the elementary school and onto the track complex before collapsing to the ground.
“I got about a half mile into my run and I started feeling funny and breathing hard. I saw the track team and saw coach Reaves there,” said Barnett

Holiday shoppers show up to buy small

(From left) Sonya Stewart and Brad Stewart visit and shop at Farm Valley Company’s booth at the Hamilton Hometown’s downtown shopping event on Friday, Nov. 20. Also shown are Farm Valley Company owners Kalyn Moore and Carly Mellini.

HAMILTON - More than 1,000 people flocked to the Hamilton Hometown Christmas event this year, according to event officials.
The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its Fifth Annual Hometown Christmas downtown shopping event on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21.

Board accepting letters of interest for open seat

Re-elected Marion County Board of Education (MCBOE) member Daryl Weatherly (right) is administered the oath of office by MCBOE attorney Scott Hunt (foreground). Also shown is board member Beverly Burleson.

HAMILTON - The Marion County Board of Education is seeking to fill an upcoming vacancy.
During the board’s meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19, members voted unanimously to accept letters of interest from those wishing to be considered for appointment to fill the District 3 seat currently occupied by longtime board member Belinda McRae.

Officials recognize ‘Thank Alabama Teachers Week’

HAMILTON - The Marion County Board of Education thanked Marion County School teachers during its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19.
The board’s meeting took place during what the Alabama State Department of Education has declared “Thank Alabama Teachers Week,” which was observed the week of Nov. 16.
“Our teachers have had to go way above and beyond this year. It has been stressful and they have worked very hard,” West said.

Aderholt files broadband EXPAND Act

Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) released a statement in regard to his new rural broadband legislation, the Enabling Extra Time to Extend Network Deployment (EXTEND) Act on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the critical need for efficient and reliable rural broadband. Teleworking, telemedicine, and virtual classrooms have been our reality for the better part of eight months, and it could continue into the new year,” said Aderholt.

Mask order extended through December

MONTGOMERY -  Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her 19th supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes an extension to the statewide mask requirement.
Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until Friday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m.

Joe Biden is projected president-elect

Democrat Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being declared the winners of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
After four days of awaiting final vote tallies from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, legacy media outlets broke news on Saturday morning, Nov. 7, that the Biden-Harris campaign were determined to have the needed 270 electoral votes needed for victory.

Record turnout at the polls

Marion County voters showed up to the polls in droves and they showed up to vote overwhelming red.
Unofficial results from the Nov. 3 election show turnout for the county was recorded at 62.92%, with 13,834 total ballots cast out of 21,988 registered voters. Though more voters participated in the election this year, nearly 500 more registered voters resulted in the turnout being lower than in 2016.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s office has posted results showing the turnout to be 61.9%, or 2.29 million ballots received out of 3.71 million registered voters.

Party chairs weigh in on election results

Local Democratic and Republican leadership believe the execution of Marion County’s election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, was a success.
Both candidates provided their opinions to the Journal Record prior to the majority of the media outlets projecting Joe Biden as president-elect on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Marion County Republican Chairman David Hall said he was very pleased with how the election was conducted locally, commending the work of Marion County Probate Judge Paige Vick, Absentee Ballot Election Manager Denise Mixon and Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams.

New officials sworn-in, seated

HAMILTON - A swearing-in and organization meeting was held for the newly elected Hamilton city officials on Monday, Nov. 2.
The meeting was conducted in the old city hall building (now the Hamilton Police Department) to allow for a large number of attendees.
Former circuit judge John Bentley administered the oaths of office for re-elected mayor Bob Page and the newly elected councilors Scott Robertson, Matt Sims, Ross Reed, Wade Williams and Scott Robertson.
Following the ceremony, the council began its organizational meeting, whereupon:


Segraves, council members sworn in

GUIN - New Guin Mayor Phil Segraves and Guin City Council members, both new and incumbent, were sworn in during the meeting held on Monday, Nov. 2, at Marion County High School.
Segraves, Bobby Bellew, Regina Salter, Kelee Williams and Joseph Benton were all in attendance, while Councilman Mineo Lindsey was not present for the ceremony.
Segraves thanked Judge Mark Hammitte for conducting the ceremony.
Following the ceremony, the council took a short recess to celebrate the  new Mayor and council members and continued with the meeting.