More concerns amid pool opening

GUIN -  With the City of Guin’s waterpark set to open on the weekend of May 30, the Guin City Council discussed concerns for the reopening of the park during a regular meeting over telephone on Monday, May 18.
Mayor Max Maddox and councilman Bobby Bellew both recommended that hand sanitizer be placed at the facility and that whoever is placed in charge over the facility after opening take care to enforce social distancing.

Sanitation, street departments split

Hamilton Street Superintendent Mike Johnson discusses how the city will benefit from splitting its current street department into a street and sanitation department. Also shown is Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams.

HAMILTON - Street and sanitation operations will be divided into their own departments.
The Hamilton City Council voted unanimously to divide the city’s street department during a meeting on Monday, May 18.
The division came at the recommendation of former Hamilton Street Superintendent Mike Johnson,  who says the two departments will better serve the city with a separate supervisor managing street and sanitation work.

Northam becomes local foreign exchange coordinator

HAMILTON - International Cultural Exchange Services of Hurricane, W. Va., has announced Tammie Northam as a new local coordinator.
Northam will be working with families and schools in Hamilton and in the surrounding area. As the local coordinator, Northam is available to answer questions, give advice and provide general support to students and host families throughout the experience.

Safer at Home order amended further

Gov. Kay Ivey speaks during a press conference on Thursday, May 21, where she announced that State Health Office Dr. Scott Harris would be updating Alabama’s Safer at Home order.

MONTGOMERY -  Governor Kay Ivey issued an amended Safer at Home order on Thursday, May 21, to be applied statewide.
The order, which includes an expanded list of items to reopen, went into effect Friday, May 22, at 5 p.m. and will expire on Friday, July 3, at 5 p.m.
This order effects the opening of entertainment venues, athletics programs, educational facilities, daycare programs and various camping facilities.


Local hotel receives major award

(From left) Hilda Smith, Director of sales and events, and Shae Tidwell, Front Office Manager are pictured with the coveted Connie Award in the Hampton Inn by Hilton in Winfield.

WINFIELD -  The Hampton Inn hotel in Winfield received its corporation’s coveted Connie Award on Friday, April 24, after being named the #1 Hampton Inn hotel in Alabama and being ranked the #6 Hampton Inn hotel in the world.
According to Hotel General Manager Chad Clark, the award, named after Hilton founder, Conrad Hilton signifies the hotel as one of the top performing properties within the brand and is only presented to hotels that have excelled in service and growing customer loyalty.

Officials reopen courthouse

Marion County Commission Chairman Keith Nichols (center) announced that the Marion County Courthouse will reopen on Monday, May 18, during a meeting on Monday, May 11, at the commission office in Hamilton. Also shown are commissioners Dale Holt (left) and Kenneth Cochran. [LOUIS MELLINI/STAFF]

Commission buys Bedford Industrial Park land for new jail

Staff Writer

Graduation ceremonies set for Thursday, Friday

By Scott Johnson
and Louis Mellini

Loosened public health orders have made room for graduations to take place.
Graduations at high schools across Marion County will take place beginning tomorrow (Thursday, May 21) and again on Friday, May 22.
High School seniors statewide with passing grades have been considered “graduates” since in-class instruction was suspended in March.
The graduation ceremonies are now set to commence due to updated public safety orders which took effect on Monday, May 11.


Hamilton water manager requesting grease ordinance

Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams (left) discusses sewage issues with the Hamilton City Council. Williams believes facilities are not properly emptying their grease traps. Also shown are (clockwise, from left) Tami Lewis Williams and Gene Sanderson, mayor Bob Page and councilors Wade Sullins and Herb Winsett. [Scott johnson/staff]

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

HAMILTON - Officials want to tighten up accountability for how Hamilton businesses and facilities are disposing of grease.
Hamilton Water Superintendent Rodney Williams appeared before the Hamilton City Council during a work session on Wednesday, May 13, explaining the need for a local ordinance that would empower the city to obtain documented proof of how local facilities are disposing of their grease.

Systems provide 61,500 meals to children during shutdown

Winfield City Schools Special Education Aide Camille Sce hands out school-prepared meals on March 30 outside of Winfield Middle School. [Winfield City Schools]

By Scott Johnson
Managing Editor

Marion County’s public school systems have distributed thousands of meals during the COVID-19 shutdown.
According to information provided by the Marion County School System and the Winfield City School System, nearly 61,534 meals were provided for children out of school during March and April.


Steele saluted upon retirement

Master Sgt. La’Tanja Steele

By Kadena Air Base - Airfield Management

Okinawa, Japan - Today, we pay tribute to Master Sgt. La’Tanja Steele for her tremendous leadership and her absolute commitment to the Airmen and Families of the United States Air Force (USAF)--a commitment that she has delivered on for over 22 years, where she served solely in airfield management.  
Steele is the Deputy Airfield Manager for the 18th Operations Support Squadron Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.


Taylor sits in on final meeting

Winfield Superintendent of Education Chris Cook (standing) presents a gift to retiring Winfield Board of Education member Brenda Taylor during her final meeting as a board member on Tuesday, May 12, at the Winfield Middle School Library. [LOUIS MELLINI/STAFF]

Staff Writer

WINFIELD -  Long-serving Winfield Board of Education (BOE) member Brenda Taylor sat in on her final Winfield BOE meeting on Tuesday, May 12, at the Winfield Middle School library.
Members of the board such as Winfield Schools Superintendent of Education Chris Cook took the time to thank Taylor for her service on the board.