Winfield missionary minister in Ukraine

Mark Posey preaching to a congregation in a Ukrainian church, joined by his translator Marina Flegontova.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
DNIPRO, UKRAINE — In March of 2014, Russia invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula territory that previously belonged to Ukraine. Ukraine, which shares its eastern border with Russia, has been in a tense situation ever since.
Earlier this year, tensions started to rise once again as Russia built up troops along the border, and skirmishes between Ukrainian, Russian and Russian-backed separatist forces grow more common and violent.

Winfield City Schools plan policy change

Winfield City Schools Superintendent Randy Thomley is re-examining policies with board members.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
WINFIELD — The Winfield City School Board is planning on making changes to school policy in regards to the dress code and other areas.
The idea of making changes entered discussion during the school board’s regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 10.
School board attorney Todd Atkinson said the board needed to update  the dress code to fit modern society.

Inaugural Marion County Stampede rodeo coming soon

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton is about to get its very own rodeo after Matt McCracken announced the event to the Hamilton City Council during a work session on Wednesday, Feb. 16.
McCracken addressed the council to ask for support in the buildup to the event, which is set to be held in early May.
“We’ve got a group of cowboys who have contacted us and kind of taken an interest in Hamilton,” said McCracken.

Hackleburg mayor appoints police chief

Kenny Hallmark has been appointed the new police chief in Hackleburg. Photo is courtesy of the Northwest Alabamian.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HACKLEBURG — Hackleburg Police Chief Jeremy Booth has announced that he will be resigning after his short stint as chief of the police department.
In his place, Mayor Darryl Colburn appointed Bear Creek Police Chief Kenny Hallmark, who will begin his work as chief after serving out his two week notice in his current position.
“We hate to lose Chief Booth,” Colburn said. “He’s done a great job during his time here.

Looking at the history of Hamilton’s Ada Hanna School

Edward Northington

(This February, the Journal Record will celebrate Black History Month by taking a look back at the Ada Hannah School in Hamilton and the stories that surround it.)

Edward Northington
My name is Edward Clifton Northington, and I moved to Bexar when I was nine years old.
I started Ada Hanna when I was in the third grade. One of my teachers was Mrs. Tiney Bobo.  
And later I had a student crush on Mrs. Edith Parks.

Reed thanks community for rallying behind family

Ross Reed is shown thanking the Hamilton community for supporting his brother, Lake, who had a brain bleed recently, and his family.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton City Councilman Ross Reed thanked the Hamilton community for supporting his brother Lake Reed and his family during a difficult period in the past few weeks.
Reed’s younger brother, Lake, suffered a brain bleed in late January and has gained the support of those in the Hamilton and Marion County community.
Lake, 10, is the son of Mike and Michelle Reed and brother to Ross and Cole Reed.

Pastime Theatre announces concerts

The Pastime Theatre in Winfield is opening its season for concerts.

WINFIELD — The Pastime Theatre in Winfield has announced the upcoming concert season. Rock and roll fans will be pleased with the list this year.
“We normally begin our concert season in February, but the Pastime Theatre and the downtown area were directly impacted by the Dec. 28, 2021 tornado. While repair and rebuilding efforts are still underway, we are excited to announce that performances will return to The Pastime Theatre stage in March”, stated Mary Hyche, theater chairman.

Commissioners want money

Dana Peoples and Bruce Miller, jail committee members, and Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams look over plans for the new county jail.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Marion County Commission and the jail committee met on Thursday night, Feb. 3, to discuss finances in regards to the new county jail. Plans are moving forward to construct a 208-person jail with a $14 million budget.
Marion County Administrator Kalyn Moore presented two options for paying off the bond. One option would allow the county to make lower payments over 25 years, which is around $635,000 each year, or make higher payments for 20 years, which is around $745,000 per year.

Miles Terrell’s story

Miles Terrell

Mrs. Northington and Ms. Spears were my favorite teachers. I remember participating in the Spelling B's against Guin’s black school, and I also remember participating in the annual track and field events against all the other black schools from Guin, Sulligent, Vernon and Fayette. I also remember we used to have school plays every year. Riding the school bus with Uncle Denton and cousin Napoleon was also fun back in the day.
Terrell currently resides in Southfield, Mich. He attended Ada Hanna from first grade through sixth grade.

Terrell reflects on the end of the year

Marion County EMA Director Eric Terrell is shown.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Marion County Emergency Management Agency Eric Terrell had an eventful end to 2021, taking a tornado, a plane crash and freezing weather head on.
Terrell, who was hired as the EMA Director on Jan. 1, 2020, spoke with the Journal Record about his whirlwind of a holiday period as well as his time heading up the Marion County EMA.

Fourteen candidates qualify for Marion County

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — As of Friday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m., a number of people qualified to run for elected offices in the 2022 elections.
According to the Alabama Secretary of State’s website, which shows dates for the 2022 elections, both the Republican and Democratic primaries for U.S. Senate,  U.S. House, state and county offices will be Tuesday, May 24, with any necessary runoffs on Tuesday, June 21, and the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Marion County
Incumbents will have an (I) after their names.

Jerry Brown Arts Festival Canceled

Well-known arts festival is canceled weeks before it was scheduled.

HAMILTON - In yet another major blow to the notion of “getting back to normal,” the 20th annual Jerry Brown Arts Festival has yet again been canceled just five weeks before the event was scheduled to kick off.
In a special-called meeting of the Northwest Alabama Arts Council on Monday night, Jan. 31, council members met to discuss strategies on how to overcome issues which had developed in the previous week with the upcoming event.

Saving a life

Police Chief Brett Burleson receives commendation for his life-saving response during a city council meeting on Dec. 21, 2021. Assistant Fire Chief Dewayne Norris also received commendation.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
WINFIELD — Winfield Police Chief Brett Burleson and Assistant Fire Chief Dewayne Norris were recognized for their life-saving actions during a city council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021.
On Sept. 29, 2021, Burleson and Norris received a call of a man who had collapsed outside of L & S Building Supply in Winfield. They arrived on scene and were able to resuscitate the man.
Len Smothers, who owns L & S, said the man seemed perfectly fine before he fell.

Exhibit showcases work of Missy Miles

Hamilton’s multi-medium artist Missy Miles stands beside some of the paintings and gourd art she selected for her “Transitions” exhibit being featured now in the City Gallery at Hamilton City Hall.

By Kathryn Hirschfeld
Special to the Journal Record
HAMILTON — One of the most amazing artists in Marion County is Hamilton’s Missy Miles. Miles’ work can be found on many of the beautiful murals in each of the county’s cities and along the Alabama Mural Trail. Miles is also well known for her incredible gourd art.
But Miles also does so much more. She creates incredible acrylic, watercolors and Plein-Air paintings. Her artistic eye also helps her capture amazing photographs.

COVID-19 affecting students

Students change classes on Monday morning, Jan. 31. Marion County Schools Superintendent Ann West said Marion County schools saw a spike of cases, but that number has started to decrease.

By Louis Mellini and
Luke Brantley
Staff writers
MARION COUNTY — This round of COVID-19 outbreak has seen a noticible uptick in cases among younger people throughout the nation, putting strains on school systems throughout the country.
Marion County Superintendent  of Education Ann West and Winfield City Schools Superintendent of Education Randy Thomley spoke to the Journal Record concerning the recent spread of COVID affecting their respective schools.