City of Hamilton

Human remains identified

Remains found on Jan. 7 have been identified as those of Justin Kyle Lovett.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON  — Human remains found in Hamilton in January have finally been identified as Justin Kyle Lovett, who was reported missing back in April of 2022.
Lovett’s remains were found on Jan. 7 in Hamilton.
According to Hamilton Police Sergeant Scotty Chandler, the remains were identified by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences through dental records.
Chandler stated the Hamilton Police Department is in close contact with the family of Lovett.

Hunting and the Gospel at Maywood

Jalen Lewis, right, with his father Joshua

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Pine Hills and Oak Hollars Child Classic Wish Hunt took place for its 12th year at Maywood Christian Camp in Hamilton on Jan 5-8.
The wish hunt is offered annually to children who have illness and to those living in the local community as well.
Each year, three children are chosen to come along for the hunt, but this year, four children were taken to hunt squirrels and deer.

Senior Spotlight: Eguel Belk turns 103

Eguel Belk turns 103.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton resident Eguel Belk celebrated her 103rd birthday this past week, with her party being held on her birthday on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton Nursing Home.
Belk, born in 1920 and a longtime resident of Hamilton, was raised on a farm in the Bexar community and attended the Ada Hannah School. Her parents were Carl Elliott and Eva (Wesh) Elliott.
“We just went to church and worked on the farm,” said Belk. “I’d help my daddy plow out on the farm.”

Hamilton removes 1st Avenue red light

An electronic sign displays “Do Not Enter” and “One Way” as striping is completed on the new one way street.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton residents may have noticed lots of work being done near the Marion County Courthouse. Crews were busy Monday morning taking down the street light right before Hamilton’s main intersection and installing a blinking yellow light in its place.
For 30 days, Hamilton will not be using the old traffic light located at 1st Avenue and Military Street South.
On Monday, Aug. 15, the Hamilton City Council made the decision to cover the lights and make 1st Avenue Southeast a one way road.

Pickleball courts approved for $38k

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton pickleball enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that the City of Hamilton approved the construction of two new pickleball courts near the Hamilton tennis courts near the recreation center during the Jan. 17, meeting.
The project has an estimated cost of $38,908.
Pickleball, similar to tennis, is an indoor or outdoor racket/paddle sport where two or four players hit a perforated hollow polymer ball over a 36-inch-high net using solid-faced paddles.

Williams sees pay scale as good start

Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams has 35 employees in his department.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Departments within Marion County got their wishes granted when the Marion County Commission approved the new pay scale.
A pay scale in Marion County has been long awaited by many, but likely none more than Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams.
Williams, who has been sheriff for over 20 years, has the largest of any department in Marion County with 35 employees.

County implements long awaited pay scale

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Marion County’s pay scale saga has officially come to an end after commissioners unanimously voted to implement a pay scale for all 87 county employees on Monday, Jan. 9, in Hamilton.
The short and quickly taken unanimous vote to implement the new pay scale was nothing in comparison to the months of debate over the best way to keep county employees on a regular raise schedule that encouraged long-time service as a county employee.


World War II vet passes

Cecil Rye

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON —Hamilton resident and World War II veteran Marvin Cecil Rye passed away last week on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the age of 98.
Rye, who was born in Detroit on Oct. 30, 1924, was one of the 13 children born to John and Millie Rye.
“It was wonderful,” Rye said about growing up with 12 brothers and sisters during an interview with the Journal Record in 2021. “We disagreed some, but we got along.”


County commissioner wants school playgrounds safer

District 5 Commissioner Larry Akers stands on the playground at Brilliant Elementary, showing the area needing to be leveled.

By P.J. Gossett
General manager
HAMILTON — Recess is still an important part of the elementary school day by providing a short break from schoolwork. To keep the children as safe as possible, improvements are looking to be made at the playgrounds of both Brilliant and Guin elementary schools. Attention to ways of improvement was brought to the attention of District 5 County Commissioner Larry Akers, and he approached the Marion County Board of Education at their last meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15, to see how the two could work together to achieve the improvements.

$4.7 million track project greenlit

From left, Hamilton Council Members Wade Williams, Mayor Bob Page, Matt Sims and Ross Reed look at plans for the Hamilton Track Facility. Also pictured is Hamilton City Clerk Angela Owen.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton’s new track facility now officially has the green light for construction after the Hamilton City Council unanimously voted to begin putting out bids on the project.
Phase One of the Hamilton Track Facility, located at the old Munsingware property, is estimated to cost approximately $4.7 million.