City of Hamilton
HAMILTON — The City of Hamilton endured quite the weekend as residents were notified of an extreme contamination issue in Hamilton’s water system on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 8:29 p.m.
According to Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, the city’s water and sewer department observed silt in the water, causing a major issue for the treatment plant.
“We found mud in the river—silt mud—it was unexpected,” said Page.
“Someone had a pond dam break, and it flowed downstream and finally reached the river.”
By Louis Mellini
HAMILTON — Hamilton’s historic Hamilton-Sullins home, located right next to the Marion County Commission, is nearing its final days of renovations.
After beginning repairs and renovations approximately 10 years ago, the home, which has been undergoing heavy work in the past several days, is nearly ready to be used by the city.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Page discussed the significance of the home, which ties to the origins of the City of Hamilton.
HAMILTON — The City of Hamilton held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Hamilton Track and Field Facility, set to open 200 days after the June 19, construction start date.
In attendance during the event were many officials from all over Marion County, including Marion County Board of Education members, Marion County Superintendent Ann West, the Hamilton City Council and State Representative Tracy Estes.
Heath Avery of Avery Landscape and Associates was also in attendance during the groundbreaking.
HAMILTON — The City of Hamilton is now accepting bids for several surplus equipment items, as discussed during the Hamilton City Council meeting that took place last Monday, April 17, at Hamilton City Hall.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Page announced that seven different items will be up for bid, five of which are vehicles.
The items include a Heil 20 yard garbage bed; an 8 yard dump truck bed; a 1981 GMC; a 1985 Chevrolet pickup truck; a 1987 Ford F-800; a 1990 Chevrolet CK20; and a 1997 Dodge pickup.
HAMILTON — All three Hamilton schools are set to get a major financial boost as the City of Hamilton has established the Hamilton Aggie School Foundation.
Typically, the City of Hamilton would fund Hamilton Elementary, Middle and High schools using alcohol tax monies at a total of $135,000 per year.
Now, with the new foundation in operation, the City of Hamilton will have $300,000 to disperse to schools for various projects that schools may need completed.
HAMILTON — The City of Hamilton is on the search for a new police chief after longtime law enforcer Ronny Vickery announced his retirement scheduled for the end of June.
Vickery has served as the Hamilton Police Chief for the past 10 years.
“With regrets, we’re going to be losing Ronny. I hate to see (him) go. He’s been a great chief for the City of Hamilton for a number of years now,” said Mayor Bob Page.
HAMILTON — The City of Hamilton has made the decision to yet again sponsor the Marion County Stampede during its second annual rodeo to be held in Hamilton.
The city will sponsor the event in the amount of $5,000.
Marion County Stampede organizer Matt McCracken was in attendance during the Hamilton City Council meeting to ask for sponsorship.
He also met with the Marion County Commission and Hamilton Kiwanis Club earlier that day.
By Louis Mellini
HAMILTON — The Marion County Stampede in Hamilton has been named the Best New Rodeo of the Year and the Best $1,500 Rodeo of Year for the event that took place in 2022.
The rodeo event, which was held in the spring of 2022, was a huge hit in Marion County, drawing crowds from even outside of Marion County lines.
The Professional Cowboy Association at the rodeo finals in Biloxi, Miss. announced the awards on Saturday, Feb. 4.
By Louis Mellini
HAMILTON — Human remains found in Hamilton in January have finally been identified as Justin Kyle Lovett, who was reported missing back in April of 2022.
Lovett’s remains were found on Jan. 7 in Hamilton.
According to Hamilton Police Sergeant Scotty Chandler, the remains were identified by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences through dental records.
Chandler stated the Hamilton Police Department is in close contact with the family of Lovett.