County earns B on report card

HAMILTON - The Marion County School System has improved its annual report card score by one point, but reactions are mixed as administrators believe they could have been named among the few A’s in the state.
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) published its 2018-2019 Education Report Cards on Friday, Oct. 18. The Marion County School System earned an 88 (B)—a one-point jump from the 2017-2018 school year.
Out of Alabama’s 137 school districts, there were 23 A’s, 80 B’s, 29 C’s and 3 D’s.

System improves to an 89 (B)

WINFIELD - The Winfield City School System has earned an 89 on its report card for the 2018-2019 school year— an improvement over the previous school year’s score of 88.
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) published its 2018-2019 Education Report Cards on Friday, Oct. 18.
 Out of Alabama’s 137 school districts, there were 23 A’s, 80 B’s, 29 C’s and 3 D’s.
“It’s not where we wanted to be, but we’re moving in the right direction,” said Winfield Superintendent of Education Chris Cook.

 

Clocks fall back one hour on Sunday

HAMILTON - Journal Record readers are reminded to turn their clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, as Daylight Saving Time ends and we return to Standard Time. The change will allow for an extra hour of sleep on Sunday.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins on the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November.

Police Chief introduces new hire

GUIN - Guin Police Chief Doug Webb introduced a new hire to the Guin Police Department during the Monday, Oct. 21, Guin City Council meeting.
The mayor pro-tem, councilman Bobby Bellew,  was filling in for Guin Mayor Max Maddox, who was absent. Councilmen Gary Randolph and Troy Hightower were also not present.

Tuberville: ‘I’m a politician’s worst nightmare’

HAMILTON - U.S. Senate Republican candidate Tommy Tuberville addressed the Marion County Republican Party at J&V’s Ole Smokehouse in Hamilton on Saturday, Oct. 12.
“I want to help, I was never in the military, but I want to give public service,” said Tuberville, addressing the individuals in attendance. “I’ve had a job for 40 years, I’ve been out in the public and I’ve seen where we hurt. Our education is in bad shape, we’re broke as a country and we have huge problems everywhere.”

Election season officially underway

Seven local Republicans have qualified to run in the 2020 elections.
No Democrats have qualified as of presstime on Monday, Oct. 21.
Marion County Republican Party Chairman David Hall told the Journal Record that the following candidates have qualified to run (listed alphabetically):
State Board of Education

 

Jail committee taking shape

HAMILTON - The Marion County Commission selected names for the Marion County Jail Committee during a special-called meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the commission office in Hamilton.
Commissioners present during the meeting were chairman Tim “Ears” Estes, Bobby Burleson, Dale Holt and Kenneth Cochran. Commissioner Keith Nichols was absent.
The committee will feature several members of the Marion County Community.
The members of the committee are as follows:

 

Diesel mechanics course now offered at Brilliant School


Taylon Lothrop installs a window regulator on an 18-wheeler at Brilliant High School on Thursday, Sept. 26.

BRILLIANT - Students in the Marion County School system now have the opportunity to take a dual enrollment diesel mechanics class that could put them in the driver’s seat to a well-paying job in the future.
The class is being hosted at Brilliant High School and is a partnership between Bevill State Community College-Hamilton and the Marion County School System.