Pam Tillis set to perform on Valentine’s Day weekend

WINFIELD - The historic Pastime Theatre in Winfield has announced its 2020 Concert Series which will begin on Saturday, Feb. 15, with season headliner Pam Tillis and her trio.   
“This group performed at The Pastime Theatre several years ago and we are delighted to bring them back again for our Valentine concert,” said Mary Hyche, Pastime Theatre board chairman.
Prior to the concert, theatre goers may have dinner next door at the Pastime Civic Center. Dinner tickets are $20 and reservations are required.


Molding Hearts, Hands & Minds

HAMILTON - Brown’s Pottery and Sons in Hamilton hosted the annual Molding Hearts, Hands and Minds for students of Phillips Elementary School on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 4 and 5.
 The Northwest Alabama Arts Council (NWAAC) is supporting the arts and art education program in Marion County.
In 2007,  in conjunction with Hamilton potter Jerry Brown, a program was created for fourth-grade Alabama History students entitled “Molding Hearts, Hands & Minds.”

Marion Co. unemployment rate at 3%

Marion County’s December 2019 unemployment rate experienced a slight increase.
According to data published by the Alabama Department of Labor on Friday, Jan. 24, Marion County’s rate rose to 3%—a 0.2% increase from the previous two months, which maintained rates of 2.8%.
The county’s unemployment rate this time last year was 4.2%.
Surrounding counties’ unemployment rates include: Fayette County at 2.7%, Franklin County at 2.4%, Lamar County with 2.7%, Walker County with 2.8% and Winston County with 3%


Bids sought for Brilliant, Phillips High bleachers

HAMILTON – A healthy education budget has freed Marion County School officials to seek new sets of bleachers for two schools.
The Marion County Board of Education voted unanimously during its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22, to seek bids on new bleachers for both Brilliant High School and Phillips High School gyms.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told the board that new bleachers were a line item included on a recent heating and air conditioning upgrade for Phillips, which cost $350,000.

Smith hired as Victim’s Services Officer

HAMILTON - Scott Slatton, district attorney for the 25th Judicial Circuit, has announced Leslie Smith as his office’s new Victim’s Services Officer (VSO), which will service both Marion and Winston counties.
Slatton announced Smith as the new VSO on social media on Saturday, Jan. 25, noting the position is funded by the $6.3 million grant awarded in December 2018 by Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). The monies are being used to fund a total of 88 VSOs statewide.

Remembering a friend

BEAR CREEK – Exactly one week after cancer claimed the 4-year-old life of Wyatt Spann in Winfield, the community of Bear Creek is mourning the loss  while celebrating the life of Madison Chase Hulsey, a Phillips High School senior whose life was also taken by cancer at the tender age of 19.
Hulsey, described by students and faculty of Phillips School as a strong fighter against the disease, lost his life on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, leaving behind a life of love and compassion his classmates plan to emulate.

Board hires Gann as new math teacher

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Board of Education has hired a new math teacher after the resignation of Carrie Jackson, who submitted her resignation after her arrest on Thursday, Jan. 16.
The board has chosen student teacher Lauren Gann, 21, to replace Jackson in the position for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year at Winfield City High School during a special-called meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Winfield Middle School.

Clerk gets pay raise, will be paid for overtime

HACKLEBURG – After a lengthy, heated discussion, town officials have increased Hackleburg Town Clerk Carla Rector’s pay to $630 a week.
The Hackleburg Town Council addressed Rector’s pay during its Monday, Jan. 27, council meeting.
Rector, who has worked for the town for six years, has made $592 a week, or $14.80 an hour, without being compensated for overtime since 2014.

Wilds family farm recognized by state

HAMILTON – Wilds Horse and Cattle Company has been designated as an Alabama Century & Heritage Farm.
Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Assistant Commissioner Bob Plaster presented farm owner Jason Wilds and his family with a certificate and signage honoring his family’s farm during a Marion County Cattlemen’s Association meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, in Hamilton.