The Arts are Alive at HMS and HHS!


Despite dealing with the challenges of COVID 19, the arts are thriving at Hamilton Middle School and Hamilton High School! Both schools are grantee schools that received Arts Education Initiative Grants from the Alabama State Department of Education.
The schools are in their second grantee cycle and have been awarded the grant again for the 2021-2022 school year. Both schools are currently offering Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Essentials of Acting, and Musical Theater.

Tombigbee receives five-year tax pass

HAMILTON - FreedomFiber will get a local boost in its journey to expand high-speed broadband internet service to northwest Alabama.
During a meeting on Monday, Dec. 7, the Hamilton City Council voted unanimously to provide Tombigbee Communications with a five-year abatement on its local three-cent sales-and-use tax in order to assist the company in its large-scale broadband intuitive.

“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.

Revis pleads guilty to murder

Double Springs - Christopher Dewayne Revis, 42, Hamilton, will serve life in prison for the murder of Jerry Stidham in 2004.
According to court documents, Revis pled guilty to murder in 25th Judicial Circuit Court on Wednesday, Sept. 16, in Double Springs.
Since 2006, Revis has been on Death Row after a jury found him guilty of Capital Murder in connection with the case.
Revis’ plea of the lesser charge of murder will incur a life sentence instead of the death penalty.


Young songwriter strikes a chord with ‘Alabama Weather’

HAMILTON - Hot, freezing, rain or shine—all in the same week, or for that matter, all on the same day. Yup, Alabama weather has a way of keeping you guessing.
Living through this reality during the first few months of 2020 were enough to inspire Hamilton’s Anna Kate Warner, 18, to pen an original song, “Alabama Weather,” that is quickly getting attention.
The lyrics to Anna Kate’s song can be found on page 3B.
Anna Kate, a senior at Hamilton High School and the daughter of Chris and Deana Warner, was born and raised in music.

Second-graders meet ‘Libby’ Liberty

HAMILTON - Wearing green paper crowns and waving tiny American flags, Marion County second-grade students showed their enthusiasm during a school assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to launch the system-wide Super Citizen and Hands On Learning Program, which is an immersive 10-week civics & character program.
During the launch event, more than 325 second graders from Marion County Schools cheered and counted down to the grand entrance of “Libby Liberty,” a Statue of Liberty character who brings American history to life with a live interactive performance.

Expert says church security is about keeping people safe, ministering

Mark Wakefield, Alabama Baptist State Missionary, addressed 139 members of the Marion County community concerning church safety and security on Monday, Feb. 10, at Hamilton First Baptist Church.

HAMILTON - Alabama Baptist State Missionary Mark Wakefield addressed 139 members of the Marion County community concerning church safety and security on Monday, Feb. 10, at Hamilton First Baptist Church.
 Wakefield stated that he travels throughout the state, speaking to various churches concerning safety and security measures.
At the start of his address, Wakefield stressed the importance that people must see a job in church security as both an opportunity to keep people safe and also minister to visitors.

Flood damage downs AT&T coverage

Hamilton - Flooding resulted in areawide outage for Marion County AT&T service users.
According to Alabama AT&T Lead Public Relations Manager Kelly Starling, flooding early Thursday morning, Feb. 13, resulted in a fiber cable being cut. Starling was unable to provide any other information.
Starling responded by email to the Journal Record on Thursday afternoon informing the newspaper that coverage had been restored.

‘Poor White Trash’ in Marion County

Angel Sewell, 52, has traveled the U.S. for the past six years painting window art and advertising. Her iconic “Poor White Trash” motorhome has been seen bouncing around Marion County since she arrived in the area on Sunday, Feb. 2.

She’s hard to miss. Angel Sewell, 52, who has roots in the Florida panhandle, is more popularly known by her business name, “Poor White Trash.”
Sewell arrived in Hamilton on Sunday, Feb. 2, in her painted 1983 Toyota Phoenix Motorhome and has been bouncing around day to day wherever her work takes her.
As of Wednesday, Feb. 12, Sewell was still stationed in Hamilton, which she considers a long stay. She said rainy conditions have contributed to this as she has had to postpone jobs while waiting for skies to clear.