Marion County

Marion County surviving in drought conditions

Marion County is in a minor drought condition, facing abnormally dry to moderate drought this season.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
MARION COUNTY — The heat in Alabama, while not entirely abnormal for a July in the state, may have some farmers and gardeners slightly worried about droughts in the area.
While Marion County has certainly been no dust bowl this year, a recent report by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that Marion County is facing abnormally dry to moderate drought this summer.

Sales tax holiday this weekend

MARION COUNTY — Alabama’s 17th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 15, and ends at midnight Sunday, July 17, giving individuals the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, books and clothing free of the state’s four percent sales or use tax.

Sirens unable to weather storm

EMA Director Eric Terrell, right, says issues with sirens, like the one to the left, have affected the whole county.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Marion County has experienced quite a whirlwind week in terms of weather and has not been helped by its lack of a tornado alarm system.
Marion County was placed under a tornado watch on Thursday, Feb. 17, with both Guin and Winfield being placed under a tornado warning in the afternoon, which was canceled 20 minutes later. Residents noticed that none of the city’s tornado warning system sirens had sounded.

Inaugural Marion County Stampede rodeo coming soon

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Hamilton is about to get its very own rodeo after Matt McCracken announced the event to the Hamilton City Council during a work session on Wednesday, Feb. 16.
McCracken addressed the council to ask for support in the buildup to the event, which is set to be held in early May.
“We’ve got a group of cowboys who have contacted us and kind of taken an interest in Hamilton,” said McCracken.

Berryhill signs with Union College

Marion County’s Dakota Berryhill signed with Union College on Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the multipurpose room at Marion County High School. Berryhill said he is majoring in criminal justice, and will be a pole vaulter on Union’s track team. Back row, from left, are Coaches Joy Cooper, Kelee Williams, Mineo Lindsey, Susan Seals and Union Track and Field Coach Chris Jelks. Front row are Teresa Berryhill (mother), Dakota Berryhill and Wade Berryhill (father).

Fourteen candidates qualify for Marion County

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — As of Friday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m., a number of people qualified to run for elected offices in the 2022 elections.
According to the Alabama Secretary of State’s website, which shows dates for the 2022 elections, both the Republican and Democratic primaries for U.S. Senate,  U.S. House, state and county offices will be Tuesday, May 24, with any necessary runoffs on Tuesday, June 21, and the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Marion County
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Incumbents will have an (I) after their names.