Brilliant girls have 20-8 season record

Senior Abby Humphries achieves 1,000 points in her basketball career on Jan. 31. Shown are Coach Sawyer Nelson, Head Coach Ryan Sanderson, Humphries and Coach Heath Sanderson.

By P.J. Gossett
General manager
BRILLIANT — The Brilliant High School’s varsity girls basketball team has a 20-8 record and two milestone achievements this season. Senior Abby Humphries is the most recent of these, when she achieved 1,000 career points at the game against Vina on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The other one was by Macy Moore, another 1,000 points achiever, in December.

Man arrested at school event

By P.J. Gossett
General manager
BRILLIANT — A high school basketball game was momentarily halted on Tuesday, Jan. 24, when a belligerent spectator caused a scene and was subsequently taken into custody by Brilliant Chief of Police Eddie Bryant.
Stephen Smiley, of Brilliant, has been charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Turning lane to be added in Brilliant

A turning lane is planned to be added here on State Highway 129 in Brilliant.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
BRILLIANT — Brilliant received just shy of $2 million in ATRIP-II funds to install turn lanes on State Highway 129 in front of the Stone Canyon Homes plant.
The turn lanes are intended to make the entrance to the plant safer, since it is located in a curve of the road, and several accidents have occurred there.

A look back at the Boston Theatre

Shown is the eastern side of the Boston Theatre.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
BOSTON —  Don’t get Boston and Brilliant confused! There’s a difference—at least…there used to be.
Before the mines shut down and the two communities were incorporated into Brilliant, there used to be the Town of Boston, Alabama, located where downtown Brilliant is today. Brilliant, back then, was the area closer to where the high school stands today.

RC&D projects total over $76,000

From left, Brilliant High School Coach Ryan Sanderson; SNAP-Ed Educator Ginger Eatman; RC&D members Drayton Crosby, Lauranne James and Vanessa King; State Representative Tracy Estes (R-Winfield); Senator Garlan Gudger; Jamie Colburn; Ryan Mays and Susan O’Mary stand in the newly renovated Brilliant High School Gym.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
BRILLIANT — The Northwest Alabama Resource Conservation and Development council announced that over $76,000 in grant funding  helped complete 13 projects in this year with help from Alabama legislators.


Holy Spirit Catholic crushes Brilliant

Brilliant’s Quarterback Wes Woodard throws a pass.

By P.J. Gossett
General Manager
BRILLIANT — Brilliant’s football streak continues with their eighth loss this season. On Friday, Oct. 14, the Brilliant Tigers lost against the Tuscaloosa based Holy Spirit Catholic High School 56-0.
Brilliant received the kickoff and managed to take it 65 yards, before punting. On first down, Terry Collins was able to take it in for a touchdown. Holy Spirit’s PAT was good, lighting the scoreboard 7-0, HS.

Bears maul Tigers 53-0 on homecoming night

IBrilliant’s Wes Woodard (#10) keeps the ball and runs as Phillips’ Will Guthrie (#50) and the Bears’ defense tries to make the stop.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
BRILLIANT — The Phillips Bears defeated the Brilliant High Tigers 53-0 on Friday night, Sept. 23.
The Tigers kicked off to start their homecoming game, and the Bears quickly gained the yards they needed to score their first touchdown on the night, scored by Phillips’ Joshua Mann.
The Tigers were able to gain some yards during their first possession, but it ended in a fourth-down punt.
The Bears returned the punt to the 50-yard line, but a series of penalties forced them back deep into their own territory.