Price concerned about pan-handling

Staff Writer

WINFIELD -  Winfield Mayor Randy Price expressed his concern about individuals pan-handling in downtown Winfield during a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 5, on the telecommunication app Zoom.
Price stated that he observed a family, who was traveling across the country, holding a sign and asking for financial assistance at the intersection in front of city hall and the Winfield Pastime Theatre.


Human remains found near North Fork Bridge

Marion County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jeff Davis (left) and Marion County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Daryl Spencer search for evidence near where Zach Pike’s remains are believed to have been found.

NORTH FORK - Authorities say the remains of a Marion County man have been found two years after he was last seen.
Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams told the Journal Record that local investigators have discovered substantial evidence that human remains found in the North Fork area belong to Zach Pike, who was last seen in May 2018.

ADOC confirms COVID-19 at Hamilton A&I

HAMILTON -  The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) confirmed an inmate incarcerated at Hamilton Aged & Infirmed (Hamilton A&I) in Hamilton, has tested positive for COVID-19.
Hamilton A&I is a medium custody facility that opened in May 1981, for aged and infirmed inmates.
The facility is located just across the road from Marion Regional Nursing Home, one of the hot-spots for the COVID-19 outbreak in Marion County.


State health officer eases restrictions

MONTGOMERY - Restaurants, gyms, salons and churches are now open again.
Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Friday, May 8, that State health Officer Scott Harris has eased more regulations on the state’s economy, which took effect on Monday, May 11.
Any gatherings where attendees cannot maintain six-foot distances from one another are still prohibited. The previous 10-person limit has been removed.


Businesses countywide find footing as state reopens

Old School Barbershop owner Jeremy Ledbetter (left, standing) adds a fresh coat of paint to his storefront in downtown Hamilton. The barber took advantage of some downtime during the coronavirus shutdown to prepare to reopen. He also had a new metal roof installed. Ledbetter says his 12-year-old son, Jaxon, and his wife, Heidi, did the majority of the painting.

The Marion County economy is beginning to get back up to speed as  restrictions continue to loosen statewide.
Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris issued orders on Tuesday, April 28, allowing “non-essential” retail stores to open back up on Friday, May 1.
Harris followed up that order with another on Friday, May 8, allowing churches, gyms, restaurant lobbies and personal-care businesses to operate again beginning Monday, May 11.

System will see 17 faculty members retire

HAMILTON - Marion County Schools saw an unusually large amount of teachers announce their retirement plans this year.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told school board members during a meeting on Wednesday, April 29, that there were 17 retirements scheduled to take effect June 1.
“I’ve been hearing for a couple of years that this was coming, and it’s here,” West said.


United Way teams with Simon Solutions for ‘care networking’

FLORENCE - United Way of Northwest Alabama in Florence is partnering with Simon Solutions to empower communities to better serve those in need.
Simon Solutions is best known as a co-creator of the Shoals Emergency Assistance Network (S.E.A.N.Tracker), also known as CharityTracker, which has served over 65,484 people with over 361,219 acts of kindness and care.

Elective surgeries resuming

HAMILTON - North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC)-Hamilton resumed elective surgeries on Thursday, May 7.
NMMC-Hamilton provides general surgeries, ophthalmology (eyes) and otolaryngology (head and neck).
Gov. Kay Ivey’s Safer at Home order issued on Tuesday, April 28, allows hospitals to resume elective procedures as long as they follow certain health safety precautions. All dental, medical or surgical procedures have been forced to postpone since March 28.

Board will sell gas to Fayette

HAMILTON - Northwest Alabama Gas District (NWAGD) in Hamilton will begin selling natural gas to the Fayette Gas Board.
The Northwest Alabama Gas District Board voted unanimously during a meeting on Friday, May 1, to enter into a one-year contract to sell gas to the Fayette utility to supply enough gas flow for an expanding latex glove manufacturer, Showa Best Glove Inc.

Human remains found near North Fork

Submitted by Scott Johnson on Thu, 05/07/2020 - 10:49
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• Authorities say bones belong to local missing man

NORTH FORK - Authorities say the remains of a Marion County man have been found two years after he was last seen.

Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams told the Journal Record that local investigators have discovered substantial evidence that human remains found in the North Fork area belong to Zach Pike, who was last seen in May 2018.

Thompson: ‘We never should have been closed’

Thompsons Menswear in Hamilton reopened its doors on Friday, May 1, after Gov. Kay Ivey’s “safer-at-home” order allowed for retail stores to continue operation.

HAMILTON - Hamilton business owner Ray Thompson of Thompson’s Menswear expressed his delight in finally being able to open his doors to the public on Friday, May 1, after the end of the curfew enacted by Gov. Kay Ivey and Marion County.
“It’s been rough on us,” said Thompson, “I’m proud to open, we never should have been closed. I hope we can do some business, it’s going to be hard to get people back.”

Half of county school students can’t connect online

HAMILTON - Only 50% of the Marion County School System’s students can participate in online learning from home.
Marion County Superintendent of Education Ann West told members of the Marion County Board of Education during a meeting on Wednesday, April 29, that half of the county system’s student body does not have reliable access to the internet.
School campuses in Marion County have been closed since March 16 due to COVID-19. At-home blended instruction began April 6, per orders by Gov. Kay Ivey.

Death toll rises to six

Marion County’s death toll has risen to six, according to data published from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).
The mortality rate for Marion County remains unproportionally high at 20.2 deaths per 100,000 people, placing it as the third-highest out of 67 counties in the state with.
The county’s total number of cases now sits at 83 as of Monday, May 4--an additional nine cases from the previous week--giving it a per capita rate of 279 cases per 100,000 people. Marion County is number 17th in the state for cases per capita.

Sandlin issues stimulus bonus to employees

Ross Reed thumbs through a stack of two-dollar bills

HAMILTON - Thomas Jeffersons are making the rounds in Marion County, providing a boost to the local economy and delivering a message to business owners.
Local business owners Cole and Jill Sandlin of Fred’s Pharmacy in Hamilton distributed a “local stimulus package” of $200 to each of their seven employees on Tuesday, April 28. The bonuses were paid completely in $2 bills.
The local stimulus package coincides with the arrival of federal stimulus checks for many Americans during the economic shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Glover hired full-time with police dept.

HACKLEBURG - Steve Glover has been hired as a full-time police officer at Hackleburg Police Department.
The Hackleburg Town Council voted unanimously to hire Glover during its meeting on Monday, April 27. He will be the town’s fourth full-time officer.
Councilwoman Tabby Lolley noted that about three years ago, the town had five full-time officers.
Hackleburg Mayor Darryl Colburn believes four officers will be enough to carry the local department, as long as they continue to use part-time help.