Marion County

Frozen in place: Weather brings county to standstill


On Wednesday, Jan. 17, a water leak on Military Street South in Hamilton near the Dollar General store created a massive ice sculpture, still visible days later due to extremely low temperatures in the area.
MARION COUNTY — For the majority of the week of Jan. 15-19, most of Marion County was frozen in place and under an “impassable travel advisory” from the Marion County Engineer’s Office.

Foster parent classes begin Jan. 23

HAMILTON — The Marion County Department of Human Resources will hold free foster parent classes beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the DHR offices in Bedford Industrial Park in Hamilton.

According to local child advocate, foster parent and founder of Kids for Life, Melissa Mathieson, there is a greater need for local foster parents than ever before, with a record number of children needing foster care.

There is a dire need for help with local children

There are not enough foster homes in Marion County. Can you help? A nationally-renowned minister recently noted if every church in America fostered one child in need, there would be enough homes for every child.

Marion County has a lot of churches. Maybe it’s not possible for every church to help support a foster family, but every church can add the need for more local foster homes to its prayer list.

First year anniversary for historic photos

By P.J. Gossett
This edition marks the first year anniversary of including historic photos on this page of the newspaper. All previous 52 issues of the Journal Record included a photo here.
We have had several positive feedback responses regarding the photos, and we are happy this was a successful endeavor. Several individuals have been gracious with letting us scan and use their photos. We thank each and every one of you.

2023 Football Season Scores

This page will update with Marion County schools' football scores throughout the 2023 football season.

Brilliant High School:
8/25/2023, vs. Waterloo, 64-0, W
9/1/2023, vs. Pickens County, 6 -34, L
9/8/2023, at Marion County, 12-44, L
9/22/2023, vs. Sumiton Christian (Homecoming), 45-6, W
9/29/2023, at Phillips, 40-6, W
10/6/2023, vs. Hubbertville, 13-55, L
10/13/2023, at Lynn, 6-63, L
10/20/2023, at Holy Spirit Catholic, 26-35, L
10/27/2023, vs. Berry, 0-44, L
11/3/2023, at South Lamar, 0-56, L

Weekend storms strike Marion County

Pictured is a fallen tree in Hackleburg.

MARION COUNTY — Marion County was hit with storms this weekend on Saturday and Sunday in another string of summer storms that don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
According to Marion County Emergency Management Agency Director Eric Terrell, storms caused damage throughout the county with downed tree limbs and power lines affecting all areas.
“This is basically the same pattern we’ve had all summer. It’s been a pretty stormy summer,” said Terrell.
Terrell stated Marion County 9-1-1 was flooded with calls from all over reporting damage.