Local winter guard group wins gold

Pictured with their gold medals for winning the 2024 Independent Regional A Championship are Ethos Independent Winter Guard members (front row, from left) Bailey Romine, 13; Kailyn Sullivan, 17; Keirstynne Smith, 15; and coach Kim Lolley, and (back row, from left) coach Eric Zills, Conner Zills, 15; Ryleigh Gallardo, 16; Sydney Spaulding, 15; Braydan Williams, 18; and coach and director Brandon Owens.
HAMILTON — The color guard group “Ethos Independent Winter Guard,” based in Hamilton, recently received a gold medal at the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit Championship on Saturday, April 6, in Bowling Green, Ky.

Marion County Stampede nears

Shown are two flag bearers during the Marion County Stampede in 2023.

The Third Annual Marion County Stampede takes place this weekend on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, at the Hamilton Industrial Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. Muttin’ Bustin’ begins at 6:30 p.m. (register by 6:15) and the rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, with all proceeds to benefit the Hamilton Aggie Football Booster Club. Children three and under are admitted free. Professional rodeo riders from all over the country will appear at this fun family fundraising event. Merchandise and food vendors will be onsite.

Hamilton approves $600K for water backup

The Hamilton City Council votes unanimously on April 15 to accept a grant from ARC to help fund alternative water supplies for the city. Shown are (from left) councilors Scott Robertson, Wade Williams, mayor Bob Page and councilors Sherry Armstrong, W. Ross Reed and Scott Tyra.
HAMILTON — The City of Hamilton will put up $309,813 to match a $309,812 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to fund alternate water supplies. The total investment is $619,625, with the matching funds coming from the city’s American Rescue Plan/COVID monies.

Reno 911: Escaped inmate recaptured within 24 hours

Chief Carter addresses DOC communication delay, Pictured is Ricky Brandon Reno
HAMILTON — The Hamilton Police Department, with assistance from the Hackleburg and Bear Creek police departments, as well as the Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC), arrested Rickey Brandon Reno after he escaped from work release on Tuesday morning, April 16.

Annual youth hunting event marks 13 years, 33 smiles

Participants in the 13th Annual Pine Hills & Oak Hollars Child Classic gather after their Saturday morning squirrel hunt where the kids killed 19 squirrels with the assistance of two hunting dogs. Shown are (standing, left side of truck) Andy Miller, Heath Atkins, Hunter Carter, Joshua Lewis, James Gillion, Noah Carter, Madden Ferrell, John Gillion, Jalen Lewis, Jackson Miller, Isaac Gillion, Shane Clanton, Karson Buckelew, Jake Robinson, Chris Robinson, Bobby Joe Childers, Scotty Harbor, Cody Davenport and Jordan Humphres, and (front row, squatting, from left) David Cochran, Jeff Carter and Rodney Buckelew.
HAMILTON — The 13th Annual Pine Hills & Oak Hollars Child Classic was held Jan. 4-7, with several youth able to experience the joy of hunting, along with other meaningful activities and events.