May is Foster Care Month

By Scott Johnson Managing Editor With May as National Foster Care Month, there has been a local push to promote the need for additional foster families. According to Marion County Department of Human Resources (DHR) Director Kier Vickery there are currently five foster families with 18 children in care. According to Vickery, it is normal for the county to maintain care for between 15 and 20 children. Vickery said that the lack of foster homes for at-risk children is a significant problem--one that is being experienced locally.

Grads, honors

Fulton, Miss. – Students were awarded associate of arts or science degrees during an online commencement ceremony May 13 and 14 at Itawamba Community College (ICC) in Fulton, Miss.
They include: Tristan Luke Glasgow, Guin - Associates of Arts.
Honor students were also announced:
Dean’s List scholars who have a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.79 include:
Hamilton - Reagan Humphries

Class of 2021 Graduates named

The following Marion County residents were announced as graduates of the University of West Alabama:
• Anna Lucas, Winfield, Master of Education - Special Education.
• Casey Fox,  Guin, Master of Education - Physical Education.
• Deborah Hankins, Educational Specialist, Early Childhood Education.
• Morgan McCarley, Hackleburg, Master of English.
• Christopher Williams, Hamilton, Master of Education, Physical Education.
• Mallory Tidwell, Eldridge, Education Specialist, Instructional Leadership.

Hamilton man dead in Lamar County collision

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

SULLIGENT – An elderly Hamilton man was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Tuesday, May 18.
According to Alabama State Trooper Public Affairs Officer Gregory Corble, Arthur Webb, 81, of Hamilton was killed when the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree off of Lamar County Road 35 seven miles north of Sulligent. Webb was pronounced dead at the scene.


City school system acquires Sitel building

Staff Writer

WINFIELD - Both the Winfield and Hamilton SITEL call center buildings will now have a new use after the Winfield City Council approved deeding the Winfield property to the Winfield City Schools System.
This took place during a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 18, at Winfield City Hall.
“It took about seven years to get back this building from SITEL and, now the third-biggest employer in Winfield (Winfield City Schools) has contacted me about purchasing it,” said Mayor Randy Price.


Hawkins, Spiller earn top marks

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

HAMILTON - Two students have been recognized for academic excellence for their performance on the ACT.
Taylor Hawkins of Marion County High School in Guin and Carson Spiller of Hamilton High School were both recognized by the Marion County Board of Education on Friday, May 21, and received plaques commemorating them both for achieving an ACT composite score of 30 or higher.
The Marion County Board of Education annually recognizes seniors in Marion County Schools who achieve scores at this level.


Winfield school board honors high scorers

Staff Writer

WINFIELD - The Winfield City Schools Board of Education gave special recognition to the nine students who scored a 30 or higher on their ACT tests during this school year.
This occurred during the regular Winfield BOE meeting held on Tuesday, May 10, at Winfield Middle School.
“Last year we had six seniors who scored 30 or higher on the ACT. This year, as you can see, we have more than six,” said Winfield City Schools Superintendent of Education Chris Cook.


Honors recipients announced McCarley, Bourland named students of the year

Hamilton - Bevill State Community College-Hamilton presented its honor awards during a ceremony on Wednesday, April 7.
Chaston McCarley was named the General Education Student of the Year and Sheena Bourland was named the Career Technical Student of the Year.
Leadership award recipients included Kenzley  Carnathan for the Student Nursing Association and Justin Webb for Bevill’s Ambassador program.
All USA Transfer Nominees include Jaclyn Bishop and Chaston McCarley.


Lady Aggies’ historic season grounded out

Michaela Otts sends a pitch towards home plate during the Lady Aggies’ game against Rogers High School. [Lisa Dobbins/Contributed]

OXFORD - The Hamilton Lady Aggies saw their season come to an end after suffering back-to-back losses in the Class 4A State Softball Tournament.
The Lady Aggies made it to the state tournament after going undefeated in the 4A West Regional Tournament, claiming the regional title.
The last time the Lady Aggies won the regional tournament and advanced to state competition was in 2009.


Steele signs with the Bevill Bears

Kenton Steele (center) is shown signing with Bevill State Community College. Also shown are (from left) Hamilton Head Basketball Coach Ethan Lawler, April Franks, Kenton Steele, Wesley Steele and amateur athletic union coach Chris Brasseal.[Scott Johnson/staff]

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

HAMILTON - Kenton Steele, 18, has signed to play basketball for the Bevill State Bears.
With signing, Kenton, who is a 6-foot-6-inch small forward/ wing for the Hamilton High School Aggies, is fulfilling a life-long dream to play college basketball.
Kenton is the son of April Franks and Wesley Steele. He has three brothers - Talen Steele, Grantley Steele and Bayler Franks.


Graduation is May 28

Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

High School seniors all across Marion County will walk the stage to complete perhaps one of the most unconventional school years in recent history.
Graduation ceremonies for both Marion County and Winfield City schools will take place on Friday night, May 28.


Jimmy Cooper’s jury being struck this week

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

Double Springs - The trial for double homicide suspect Jimmy Dale Cooper, 61, of Hamilton began Monday, May 17.
The trial, which is now more than five years in the making, started with a week of jury selection at the
Winston County
Courthouse in Double Springs.
Voir dire is scheduled to conclude on Friday, May 21, with jury striking to select a final group of 12 peers who will be tasked with judging Cooper’s case.


Six-week trucking program can get you behind the wheel

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

HAMILTON - In just two months, students can go from their couch to the road, making competitive wages as a truck driver.
Bevill State Community College-Hamilton Campus’ Truck Driver Training program has recently condensed its course into a six-week class, meaning the college can assist in solving the current trucker shortage being experienced nationwide.
“As far as the driver shortage, I don’t know if I have ever seen it like this,” said Marcus Carson, who heads up the Truck Driver Training program at Bevill State.


Tractor-trailer collision claims life of Hamilton woman


By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

Hamilton - A two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 3:07 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, has claimed the life of a Hamilton woman.
According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), Cheyenne Nichole Lawson, 43, was killed when the 2002 Jeep Liberty she was driving was struck head-on by a 2018 Freightliner.


Winfield City Board of Education Harrison named Bus Driver of the Year

WCHS bus driver Jim Harrison (right) received the Bus Driver of the Year award from Winfield City Schools Superintendent of Education Chris Cook (left) for the 2020-2021 school year during the Winfield City Schools Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 10, at Winfield Middle School.

Staff Writer

WINFIELD - Bus driver Jim Harrison received the Bus Driver of the Year award for the 2020-2021 school year during the Winfield City Schools Board of Education meeting  on Tuesday, May 10, at Winfield Middle School.
“This is a special part of my job that I really enjoy. We’ve all had experiences this year--dealing with COVID-19--and dealing with a tough year in a lot of different ways,” said Winfield City Schools Superintendent of Education Chris Cook.


Hamilton High School Student stable after collapsing during school

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

Hamilton - A high school athlete is recovering after a medical emergency at Hamilton High School required the minor to be transported by air to Tupelo.
At approximately 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, the Hamilton Fire and Rescue Squad responded to a call of an unresponsive minor on the sidewalk at the local high school.
Hamilton Assistant Fire Chief Matt McCracken said first responders were on the scene within minutes and rendered first aid and assisted Regional Paramedical Services.


Worker shortage could complicate summer hires

Councilman Don Barnwell (forefront) is shown at a Hackleburg Town Council meeting on Monday, May 10. Also shown is (background, from left) councilmen Jerry Williams and Darrin Wiginton [Scott johnson/staff]

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

HACKLEBURG - It could be a challenge this year to fill the needed lifeguard positions at Hackleburg’s public swimming pool.
During a meeting on Monday, May 10, Hackleburg town councilors discussed how the current worker shortage nationwide is affecting the economy and could complicate the town’s search for summer life guards.
The town will also need to quickly hire someone to open and treat the pool before it is used by the public.