Task force raises over 5K for shelter

HAMILTON - The Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force raised over $5,000 from its 12th annual fundraiser golf tournament held at the Pikeville Country Club on Friday, Oct. 4.
Kier Vickery, co-chair of the task force, said the $5,094.84 was raised through 11 corporate sponsors, 27 hole sponsors and 18 golf teams who  supported the cause.
“We have sponsors that have sponsored each year for the past 12 years,” Vickery said. “They feel this cause is important enough and we just appreciate folks supporting the cause every year.”


The Brilliant Alumni Association and Guin "Feed My Sheep" Community Food Bank will be hosting a joint auction on Tuesday, November 5th.  The Brilliant Basketball Teams will be selling dinner plates for $10 each.  The meal will be provided by Rowdy Hogs Smoking BBQ.  If you would like to order a plate, you can contact Ginger Tittle Eatman at 205-399-2023 by Friday, November 1st.  All activities will be held at the Guin National Guard Armory.  Pre-order plates can be picked up between 5-7pm.  The Silent Auction will be held from 6:00 PM-6:45 PM with the Live Auction beginning at 7:00 PM.  The

Fall Fest rescheduled for Saturday

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 14th Annual Buttahatchee River Fall Fest will be rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. in downtown Hamilton.
The chamber made the decision to postpone the event due to concerns surrounding the weather on the original Saturday, Oct. 26, festival date.
NTN-Bower also announced it would be rescheduling its trunk-or-treat event for for Nov. 2, as well. It will begin at 7 p.m.


Longtime editor announces retirement

Journal Record Managing Editor Les Walters (center) has announced he will be retiring effective Nov. 1. Shown during Walter’s retirement reception on Friday, Oct. 25, are (from left) Mid-South Newspapers General Manager Mike Moore, Sheri Walters, Les Walters, Mid-South Newspapers Publisher Horace Moore and Patty Moore.

HAMILTON - In October 1978, Hamilton became the home to a young, rising journalist, eager to sink his pen and ink into the newspaper business.
James Lesley Walters, longtime editor for the Journal Record, moved to Marion County that year on a business venture with The Itawamba County Times of Fulton, Miss., where a new Hamilton newspaper would be launching, The Hamilton Progress.

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.