Hamilton council to vote on giving local schools $270K over next two years

Submitted by Scott Johnson on Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:52
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The City of Hamilton has included a recommendation on the Hamilton City Council's agenda for its meeting on Monday, June 18, at 6 p.m. to give its three local schools an annual donation of $135,000 per year for two years.  

The recommendation requests that the money be divided equally, with each of the three schools--elementary, middle and high--receiving $45,000 per year from the City of Hamilton.  

Harbin named 4A’s hitter of the year

MONTGOMERY - Winfield’s Andrea Harbin was named Class 4A’s Hitter of the Year in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2018 All-State Softball Team.
Along with Harbin, Marion County High School sluggers Josie Lipsey and Caitlyn Jones were named to Class 1A’s first team. Lipsey was named to the team as a second baseman while Jones earned a designated hitter slot.
Winfield’s Breanna Ray was named to Class 4A’s honorable mentions as a first baseman.

Hunt smashes go-ahead grand slam

Winfield native Jordan Hunt (29) celebrates with his Cumberland University teammates following his go-ahead grand slam in the Phoenix’s 8-7 victory over Northwestern College in the NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round on Tuesday, May15, in Upland, Ind. Photo by Taylor Sports Information.

Cumberland UniversityLEBANON, Tenn. - Winfield graduate Jordan Hunt knocked a go-ahead grand slam in Cumberland University’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Championship Opening Round Tournament game on Tuesday, May 15, in Upland, Ind.

Vick, Ridings head to runoff.

Chief Clerk Lauren Palmer announces election results in the office of the probate judge at the Marion County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 5.

• Gudger topples incumbent Bussman; Lolley forces Stutts to runoff; Estes, Segraves will showdown

HAMILTON - Voters will be back in the polls again on Tuesday, July 17, to decide the fate of 12 Republican runoffs.
Republican candidates in the local races of Senate District 6, state House District 17, Marion County Commission districts 1, 3 and 4, and the Marion County Probate Judge have been sent into another six weeks of campaigning.


Three qualify as independents

HAMILTON - There will be three wildcard candidates on the November general election ballot.
According to Marion County Probate Judge Rocky Ridings, Mike Davis of Winfield, Barry McCarley of Hackleburg and Jimmy Mills of Hamilton have all qualified as independent candidates for the Nov. 6 general election.


SSA hires Hollingsworth as executive director

Marion County Superintendent of Education Ryan Hollingsworth addresses local and area residents, fellow elected officials and the media at the first of what would be many interviews he gave regarding the county board of education’s work toward rebuilding Hackleburg’s schools. This particular press conference was probably the first following the April 27, 2011, tornado disaster in Hackleburg and was held inside a large tent in Hackleburg. Hollingsworth, who was serving his first term as superintendent, was quoted at the time as saying: “Really, it is an honor for me to be in this position at a time when a new school will be built,’’ he said. “I see the plans on my desk each day and I know what a chance this represents for students in the community. We will have only one chance to do this right. The school is something that will serve Marion County for many years to come. We have no choice but to get it right and I am reminded of that every time I turn through the plans lying on my desk. I am blessed with this great opportunity, but it is also an important responsibility.’

MONTGOMERY - The School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) announced on Thursday, June 7, that Marion County Superintendent of Education Ryan Hollingsworth will lead the staff of SSA as executive director beginning July 1, 2018.
Hollingsworth has served as the superintendent of Marion County Schools for the past 10 years. Prior to becoming superintendent, he served as assistant superintendent; as a central office supervisor; as assistant principal at Hamilton Middle School; and as a science teacher and coach at Hamilton High School.


It ain’t over yet..

All of us Marion County folk that have been invested in these elections are happy that the primaries are over, the runoffs are ready and the final elections are closer!
Candidates this year have been as active as ever, showing up to events, knocking on doors and campaigning with real spirit.


Analysis of Gubernatorial Primaries

Steve FlowersNow that the dust has settled from last week’s gubernatorial primaries, let’s analyze the outcome.
Gov. Kay Ivey and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox won very impressive victories. Ms. Ivey beat three well financed opponents without a runoff. She trounced them. She garnered 56 percent of the vote to 25 percent for Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.

Goggans miraculously escapes

Sheri Goggans (left), 69, Nuvato, Calif., and CJ McLemore, 17, Sulligent, are shown on Lost Creek Road in Sulligent where Goggans was able to escape from her kidnapper and into McLemore’s pickup truck to be taken for medical treatment.

HAMILTON - While visiting family in Hamilton, a Novato, Calif., woman was abducted at knifepoint and nearly murdered by a Hamilton man who was recently released from prison and now on parole.
With the help of 50-years experience as a flight attendant and the  goodwill and quick-thinking of a Sulligent High School senior, Sheri Goggans escaped from her kidnapper and would-be killer alive, suffering on only minor injuries.


City to receive sewer grant for industrial park

The Winfield City Council discusses a grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs that will allow the city to run sewer lines to the industrial park. Mayor Randy Price assured the council that these types of projects are necessary for recruiting businesses to the area

WINFIELD - Mayor Randy Price announced at the Tuesday, May 15, city council meeting that the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs had offered the city $300,000 toward installing sewer lines at the industrial park.
Price told the council and visitors that access to these resources are crucial for securing businesses for the area.


Gunnin remembered as a man who loved friends, family, community

Hackleburg Mayor Doug Gunnin (right) conducts an interview with a Los Angeles Times reporter outside the emergency command center in Hackleburg on April 30. Gunnin, who served as Hackleburg’s council for 24 years and two terms as mayor before passing away on Friday, May 25, at the age of 77.

HACKLEBURG -  To all who knew him, former Hackleburg Mayor Douglas Gunnin was a man who cared for his friends, family and the community. Gunnin passed away on May 25 at the age of 77. Gunnin served 24 years on the Hackleburg town council and two terms as mayor. Gunnin entered the political realm to serve the community that he loved, said his daughter and current Hackleburg councilwoman Tabby Lolley.

Winfield senior awarded $10,000 Horatio Alger Scholarship

Julia Stewart, a senior at Winfield City High School, is a member of the National Honor Society and several other clubs, participates in sports at her school and works a regular job in her free time. She has been awarded the Horatio Alger Scholarship to pursue higher education because of her dedication and perseverance despite some hardships.

WINFIELD - Winfield City High School senior Julia Stewart has received the $10,000 Horatio Alger scholarship and will be attending the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Miss.
The $10,000 scholarship will be awarded over a period of four years.



The Hamilton Career Center, located on the Hamilton Campus of Bevill State Community College 1481 Military Street South, will host Bevill State Community College at the Hamilton Career Center, 1481 Military Street South, will host a Job Fair for Resource MFG hiring for Toyota Motor Manufacturing located in Blue Springs, Miss., from 10 a.m. - noon. Toyota Motor Manufacturing is hiring for Production Team Member positions. No registration is required.

Davis coordinates safety seminar for region’s schools

Among those in attendance at the seminar were (from left) Marion County Assistant Superintendent of Education Ann West; Jeff Newman, representative for District 7 on the Alabama State Board of Education; Trish Crain, reporter for al.com; and Susie Ellison, community coordinator for the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS). During a break in the seminar, they discussed ideas concerning threat assessment scenarios.

FAYETTE - Ken is a misfit at school who keeps to himself and does not appear to have many friends. He is bullied by many of his classmates and he never participates in group activities or sports. Ken’s grades are slipping, and he often skips class or does not attend school at all for a few days.