Online learning virtually impossible

“It’s a struggle,” said Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West, describing the experience many teachers, parents and, more importantly, students have had attempting to do school online.
The sentiment is similar in Winfield, according to Winfield City Schools Superintendent of Education Chris Cook.

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.

 

No known at-school transmission

Health measures taken by local public school systems are successful thus far, according to school administrators.
During a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told members of the Marion County Board of Education that administrators have not seen any evidence of COVID-19 transmission at school.
“There is no knowledge of spread from students being in school,” West said. “I think our schools are doing very well.

Mercedes-Benz ‘learn-and-earn’ program growing

HAMILTON - “I’m determined to figure it out, no matter how long I have to work on it.”
Those are the words from Jonathan Harkness, a 2019 Winfield City High School graduate, who is currently one of Bevill State Community College-Hamilton Campus’ first two students to participate in the college’s Mercedes-Benz Tech Co-Op program.

Extension office offers update

HAMILTON -  Lisa Murphy, Marion County Extension Coordinator, addressed the Marion County Commission with updates on activities at the extension office during a regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, at the Marion County Commission Office in Hamilton.
In attendance with Murphy were extension employees Rebecca Danley, Ginger Avery, Ginger Eatman, Lucy Edwards and Tim Crow.
Murphy stated that the Extension Office has been effected by COVID-19, but has been able to adapt and return to normal office operations.

Reeves honored during meeting

WINFIELD -  Winfield City High School will rename their track at the Winfield City Schools track complex to the Coach Steve Reeves Track after the Winfield City Schools Board of  Education unanimously approved of Superintendent Chris Cook’s recommendation to do so.
This track is being named to honor long-standing Winfield City Schools sports coach Steve Reeves.

Churches, citizens invited to join for public prayer

WINFIELD - Local churches are coming together to promote a time of public prayer for the nation.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The one-hour public prayer time will be held at the gazebo located adjacent to Winfield City Hall. Ironically, this is the same Saturday which traditionally serves as Mule Day weekend in the city.

Roll call shows 3,210 students present

Marion County Schools’ enrollment numbers have decreased again this year.
During a budget hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 15, Marion County Schools Chief Financial Officer Clint Green told the Marion County Board of Education that overall enrollment at the system is down to 3,210 for the 2020-2021 school year.
This is down 227 total students from six years ago when 3,437 students were attending Marion County Schools in 2014-2015.

Primary absentee ballots now available

Voter’s may now apply for vote absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 Presidential Election.
Absentee ballot application processing began on Monday, Sept. 14,  on the second floor of the Marion County Courthouse, according to Marion County Circuit Clerk Denise Mixon, who serves as the county’s absentee election manager.
Absentee applications are also being processed online at alabamavotes.gov.
Per changes made this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, any qualified voter can vote absentee by mail or in person, according to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.

 

Bevill State receives accreditation for next decade

HAMILTON -  Bevill State Community College (BSCC) President Dr. Kim Ennis received notification from Dr. Michael Hoefer, vice president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), that BSCC  accreditation standards had been reaffirmed for the next 10 years.
SACSCOC is a regional accrediting body of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. Its mission is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions.

Watha withdraws Baby Street rezone plan after public opposition

HAMILTON - A Hamilton businessman has withdrawn a rezoning application after local residents spoke out against his plans to build an apartment building.
The Hamilton City Council hosted a public hearing prior to a regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 7, to hear comments concerning a proposal by local businessman Watha Williams, who was seeking to build a multi-apartment dwelling on a half-acre lot on Baby Street, which is formally known as 2nd Ave. SW.

Developer planning subdivision of 16-17 units

HACKLEBURG - A developer is planning a small neighborhood project in Hackleburg to accommodate 16-17 manufactured homes.
Hackleburg Town Attorney Tony Glenn discussed the development with the Hackleburg Town Council members during a meeting on Monday, Aug. 10.
Glenn told council members that he had been communicating with the developer and he has requested that the city extend its sewer system approximately 300 feet to service the property.
Hackleburg Mayor Darryl Colburn explained that the extension will only cost the town about $250 for materials.

Tucker, ROSS offer free recovery to county residents

HAMILTON -  Chuck Tucker, representative of Birmingham-based  Recovery Organization of Support Specialists (ROSS), offered his services to any in Marion County during a presentation at the Marion County Commission regular meeting held on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Marion County Commission office in Hamilton.
Tucker stated that he is an individual in long-term recovery and stated that he has not used mood-altering substances since 2008.
Tucker stated that ROSS is being offered to any individual in the State of Alabama at no cost to the person in need.

Thomas gearing up to enter the ring

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -  A local boxer will be traveling to the Sunshine State in hopes of securing a title belt.
Trevon Daquan Thomas, 19, Guin, will be traveling to southeast Florida on Aug. 28-30 to complete in the 2020 Sugar Bert Boxing National Qualifier - World Boxing Council  (WBC) Green Belt Challenge at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda.

Governor awards grant to improve safety on highways

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded an $800,000 grant to increase the presence of state troopers on Alabama’s highways and improve highway safety.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) will use the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program funds for year-round patrols to enforce traffic speeds and take dangerous drivers off of the roads.
“My desire is that all drivers on Alabama roads obey our traffic laws and arrive at their destination safely,” Ivey said.