Marion county Grand Jury Nabors charged for home repair fraud

By Scott Johnson Managing Editor WINFIELD - A Fayette man has been indicted by the Marion County Grand Jury for allegedly scamming Marion County home owners. Josh Lowel Nabors, 41, Fayette, was arrested on May 3 for four counts of home repair fraud, three counts of theft, no home builder’s license and a grand jury indictment for theft. He was held in the Marion County Jail in Hamilton and was released on May 6 on a $88,000 bond.

Status of 2022 U.S. Senate Race

When Sen. Richard Shelby announced he would not run for reelection to a sixth six-year term in 2022, speculation immediately began as to who would run for our iconic senior senator’s seat. Numerous names were floated as to who might lineup for the coveted seat.  It is expected to be a fairly large field.

It takes two to tango

Everyone is hiring.
Businesses are having to adjust for staff shortages. Folks are waiting hours for food. I’ve heard of Burger King here in Hamilton having only their drive-thru open due to nobody to work. Some other restaurants are cutting hours. Others are bumping up their pay and offering sign-on bonuses. A Captain Ds in Anniston was offering $100 bonuses to new employees.

Times haven’t really changed!

When I was a teen-ager I worked summers as a baby sitter for $10 a week. Now days one is paying close to that amount for one hour of this service. Our grand-daughter insists this is the price she must charge in order to buy the latest clothing one that carries the correct label. “That’s the only thing that fits right,” I was informed.

Lady Aggies punch ticket to state

By JESSE LAMAR General Manager Tuscaloosa - The Hamilton Lady Aggies swept every opponent they faced in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 4A West Regional softball tournament to punch their ticket to the Class 4A state softball tournament. The Lady Aggies, who finished the regular season as the Class 4A, Area 12 runners-up, started the regional tournament with an 8-4 win over Oak Grove High School. Hamilton took the lead early, posting three runs to the board in the top half of the first frame.

Lady Panthers and Lady Raiders fall in regionals

General Manager

Florence - The Hackleburg Lady Panthers and the Marion County Lady Red Raiders saw their respective seasons come to an end in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A North Regional Softball Tournament that was held at the Florence Sportsplex between Wednesday, May 12, and Thursday, May 13.
The Lady Panthers and the Lady Red Raiders faced off in the first round of the tournament with Hackleburg earning the 7-5 win over Marion County in the double-elimination tournament.


Childers will volley for the Bevill Bears

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

HAMILTON - Kayleigh Mariah Childers, a senior at Hamilton High School, has signed with Bevill State Community College to compete on the Bears’ collegiate volleyball team.
Kayleigh, 17, who is the daughter of Jamie and Stephanie Childers, signed with the Bears on Friday, May 14, outside of the Hamilton High School Library. She plans to study forensic science with the goal of becoming a pathological assistant in the morgue.

Lady Pirates fall in back-to-back contests, end season in 3A regional tournament

General Manager

Tuscaloosa - The Winfield City High School Lady Pirates saw their season come to an end on Friday, May 14, after losing back-to-back games in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A West Regional Softball Tournament.
The Lady Pirates, who are coached by Zac Wakefield, came into the tournament as the Class 3A, Area 10 Runners-Up, and matched up with Hale County in their first round contest.


Estes honors board, staff

Staff Writer

WINFIELD - State Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, honored the Winfield City Schools Board of Education during a regular meeting held on Tuesday, May 11, at Winfield Middle School.
Estes stated that he had a resolution passed in Montgomery honoring those working in education during the COVID-19 pandemic, which included those working in the Winfield City School System.


American Fighting League Sims falls by judge’s decision in debut match

[Kyle Sims of Hamilton throws a roundhouse kick at opponent Will McCown.

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

Albertville - Hamilton’s Kyle Sims finished with a loss in his debut Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) match, which was a three-round bout that ended in a judge’s decision.

Sims, 27, who is 5-foot-9-inches was matched up with 24-year-old Will McCown of Hoover, who stood at 6-foot-2-inches during the Marshall County-based American Fighting League (AFL)’s fight night on Saturday, May 8, at the Sand Mountain Park in Albertville.


Health facilities will continue under federal mask ordinance

Special to the Journal Record

While the Centers for Disease Control and Pre- vention (CDC) announced May 13 that people fully vaccinated for COVID-19 may go maskless in most places, Alabama’s nursing homes and hospitals are still under federal mask re- quirements.

The Alabama Nursing Home Association and the Alabama Hospital Associa- tion are reminding citizens that they will be required to wear masks when they visit their facilities, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Puppy mill owner arrested, charged

Julie Akins

By Scott Johnson Managing Editor HAMILTON - A woman running what neighbors have called a “puppy mill” has been arrested on animal cruelty charges. Julie Akins, 50, of Hazel Avenue in east Hamilton, was arrested on Tuesday, May 4, on 13 counts of second-degree animal cruelty and booked into the Marion County Jail. She was released the same day on a $6,500 bond.

Alabama Legislature Medical marijuana gets approval

By Scott Johnson Managing Editor Montgomery - The Alabama Legislature has voted to legalize the use of medical marijuana and now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk. The bill will give Alabama residents with qualifying medical conditions the ability to obtain a medical cannabis card to purchase marijuana for medicinal use if recommended by a physician.

Estes opposes public funding of charter schools

MONTGOMERY – In light of a recent debate in the Alabama Legislature, Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, has confirmed his commitment to public education and his opposition to using public tax dollars to fund charter schools.
“Those who know me will attest to my long-standing commitment to public education, as a parent, journalist and former school board member,’’ Estes said. “Since returning to Marion County in 1991 to raise my family, I have worked closely with public education in some form or fashion and will continue to do so as long I have the health to serve.’’