Privatization of ABC Stores Fails Again

Alcohol was on the minds of many Alabama lawmakers this year as the legislature considered an abnormally high number of alcohol-related bills. Several of the bills passed.
Most notable was legislation that made it possible for Alabama businesses to deliver beer, wine and liquor to customers’ homes, and separate legislation that allows state residents to order wine directly from wineries, even if those producers are out of state.

COVID-19 emergency conditions ended

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

HAMILTON – A year-and-a-half-old emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic has officially ended in Marion County.
The Marion County Commissioners unanimously ended the local orders on Monday, June 21, formally acknowledging that emergency conditions declared in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus no long exist throughout the county.
Commission attorney Scott Hunt told the council that the county’s emergency orders technically end with the State of Alabama’s order.

Kids and Kin program dates set

Staff Writer

HAMILTON - The Family Guidance Center of Alabama will be offering the Kids and Kin Program to Marion County residents this year at the Clyde Nix Public Library in Hamilton.
The program is a free statewide program to provide support and assistance for grandparents, aunts, uncles and older siblings who provide child care for their relatives’ children.

Honors students named for Athens State University Spring 2021

ATHENS – Athens State University has announced the students who have been named to the President’s List and Provost’s List for the Spring 2021 semester.
Local students include:
Emma Culp, Guin, President’s List; Hannah Palmer, Guin, President’s List; Briana Holcomb, Hamilton, Provost’s List; Addison Skinner, Hamilton, President’s List; and Shelby Reese, Winfield, President’s List.

All-state softball players named

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By Scott Johnson
General Manager

The Alabama Sports Writers  Association (ASWA) released its All-State teams on Sunday morning, June 13.
The 2021 ASWS All-State softball teams feature the best players in each of eight classes.
The All-State team is compiled through submissions from coaches to sports writers in their area and voted on by the ASWA prep committee. A pitcher, hitter, player and coach of the year is then selected in each class.


Colburn drops debut fight

Jamie Colburn (right) squares up with opponent Elijah Williams during his debut fight on June 12.
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By Scott Johnson General Manager TUPELO, MISS - Hamilton athlete Jamie Colburn, 17, a recent Hamilton High School graduate, lost his first competitive boxing match on June 12. But Colburn says he’s eager to get back inside the ring. Colburn faced off with a seasoned amateur boxer, Elijah Williams of Tupelo, in the TCB Fights BIG Time Boxing night, held at the Tupelo Furniture Market, which coincided with the city annual Elvis Festival. I-Deal Boxing Trainer Cody Harris said Colburn held his own in the first of three rounds.

Four named to all-star team

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By Scott Johnson General Manager Four local baseball players were named to teams in this year’s sportswriters all-star team. The Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) released its 2021 all-state teams on Sunday morning, June 13. The All-State team is compiled through submissions from coaches to sportswriters in their area and voted on by the ASWA prep committee. A pitcher, hitter, player and coach of the year is then selected in each class.

Substitute teachers needed

By Scott Johnson General Manager HAMILTON - Substitute teachers were in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be two opportunities to sign up as a substitute teacher with the Marion County School System throughout the next year. The Marion County Board of Education will be signing up new substitute teachers, support workers, lunchroom workers and bus drivers on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, from 8 a.m - noon and 1 - 3:30 p.m. The final day to sign up for the first semester will be Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 8:30 a.m. - noon and 1-3:30 p.m.

Brilliant, Hamilton recognized for sportsmanship

By Scott Johnson General Manager Two Marion County Schools are being recognized by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for their sportsmanship during the 2020-2021 school year. Brilliant High School and Hamilton High School are among a total of 131 high schools which will be recognized at the 2021 AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon on Friday, July 23, at the Renaissance Hotel and Montgomery Convention Center for having no ejections and no fines for the 2020-2021 school year.

Garner appointed as head baseball coach

FAYETTE – Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is excited to announce the appointment of Travis Garner as the new Head Coach of the Men’s Baseball Team. Garner started his college baseball career playing for Meridian Community College (MCC). He then went on to start for two years at the University of Alabama (UA) before signing a professional contract with the Kansas City Royals. Since 2008, Garner has worked as a high school baseball coach. The Bevill State Baseball Program is located on the College’s Fayette Campus.

Blood feud in Marion County

By Scott Johnson General Manager Glen allen - Hard times and alcohol collided on April 26, 1928, in Glen Allen, located in the southeast corner of Marion County, leaving a son arrested for the murder of his father. In his new book, Blood Feud in Marion County, author William Robert (Bob) Baccus of Huntsville dives into the what he has called Marion County’s “most sensational murder” and works to reveal unspoken secrets involving the murder of his great-grandfather, Walter Franklin “Frank” Baccus, at the hands of his grandfather, Lonzo Baccus. Baccus says he never heard this story, witnessed b

Officials weigh Rescue Fund program

By Scott Johnson General Manager Marion County commissioners will weigh whether or not they want to use 6% of its $5.7 million in American Rescue Plan monies to pay the Alabama County Commission Association (ACCA) for legal and administrative aid on how the funds can be used. Marion County Administrator Kalyn Moore told county commissioners during a work session on Thursday, June 10, that they have through Friday, July 16, to decide if they want to participate in the ACCA’s Investing in Alabama Counties (IAC) program, which will help participating counties plan and spend the Rescue funds. The

We’re back!!


Winfield - The Pastime Theatre in Winfield is excited to announce that performances will be returning to The Pastime Theatre stage this July. On Saturday, July 31, at 7 p.m., the Pastime Theatre will begin its comeback with local talent favorites and Walker County-based country rock band Backdraft. Original band members were all firemen or the wife of a fireman, hence the name Backdraft. Backdraft has now spanned over two decades and continues to offer a variety of music styles from Oldies to Country to Rock & Pop. Backdraft has performed all over Alabama and neighboring states.

Good to be back

The last year or so has been weird. I graduated from Troy University last summer, in the middle of a global pandemic. Which was funny, because I took an elective class on that very subject my first semester at Troy! I spent most of last summer applying for jobs, and strangely enough, ended up in Troy, North Carolina, where I was hired as the sports and features editor for the county paper, the Montgomery Herald. Those of you who knew me growing up know that I was never much of a sports guy, so it was a change of pace to suddenly be THE sports guy.