HAMILTON — Hamilton resident Reynard Martin is one of few left in Marion County who served the United States military during World War II.
Martin, 98, was born in the State of Texas to parents Manuel and Lela Martin in October of 1924.
He has two sisters, Hazel and Neva, and one brother, Herman.
“My mom and dad ran a little store. I remember I would get up in some of the shelves and take a nap,” said Martin.
HAMILTON — Traffic on Interstate 22 heading eastbound was held up for over an hour after a FedEx tractor trailer turned over onto its left hand side, blocking both lanes of traffic.
The accident took place on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 16, near Exit 3 on I-22.
Jordan Carter with the Byrd Fire Department stated BFD, Shottsville Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Marion County Emergency Management Agency and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency all responded to the accident.
WINFIELD — Winfield City Schools were all placed on lockdown on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, after receiving a threat over the phone.
Officers from the Winfield City Police Department, as well as the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and others responded to each school around 11:30 that morning after the threat was received.
Parents who arrived at the elementary school for a scheduled event were either left standing in the parking lot or stuck in the elementary school’s auditorium during the lockdown.
By Luke Brantley
Staff writer — With information from Rob Swinney and Marie Sullins Holmes
When it comes to car transmissions, many folks nowadays don’t know how to operate manual transmissions, or “stick-shifts.” Manual transmissions have mostly fallen out of favor after the rise in popularity of the automatic transmission.
One Marion County man might have had a significant role to play in this transmission transition.
By Louis Mellini
HAMILTON — The Marion County Stampede in Hamilton has been named the Best New Rodeo of the Year and the Best $1,500 Rodeo of Year for the event that took place in 2022.
The rodeo event, which was held in the spring of 2022, was a huge hit in Marion County, drawing crowds from even outside of Marion County lines.
The Professional Cowboy Association at the rodeo finals in Biloxi, Miss. announced the awards on Saturday, Feb. 4.
By Chad Fell
Courtesy of the Northwest Alabamian
HALEYVILLE — A man wanted on escape charges from Marion County was in the wrong place at the wrong time on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Haleyville.
Arrested during a traffic stop on Highway 13 at 18th Street in Haleyville was Ashley Dewayne Pipkins, 46, of Haleyville, who has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine (possessing 28 grams or greater) and possession of marijuana second degree, according to Haleyville Police Investigator Lt. Eddie Collins.
By Louis Mellini
HAMILTON — Human remains found in Hamilton in January have finally been identified as Justin Kyle Lovett, who was reported missing back in April of 2022.
Lovett’s remains were found on Jan. 7 in Hamilton.
According to Hamilton Police Sergeant Scotty Chandler, the remains were identified by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences through dental records.
Chandler stated the Hamilton Police Department is in close contact with the family of Lovett.
By Louis Mellini
HAMILTON — Pine Hills and Oak Hollars Child Classic Wish Hunt took place for its 12th year at Maywood Christian Camp in Hamilton on Jan 5-8.
The wish hunt is offered annually to children who have illness and to those living in the local community as well.
Each year, three children are chosen to come along for the hunt, but this year, four children were taken to hunt squirrels and deer.
By P.J. Gossett
BRILLIANT — A high school basketball game was momentarily halted on Tuesday, Jan. 24, when a belligerent spectator caused a scene and was subsequently taken into custody by Brilliant Chief of Police Eddie Bryant.
Stephen Smiley, of Brilliant, has been charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.