The Journal Record

NWA, JR named ‘Most Improved’ newspapers


The Journal Record’s editorial staff received two second-place statewide awards in “Most Improved” and “Best Local News Coverage” categories in the 2019 Alabama Press Association Media Awards contest. Shown are (from left) staff writer and photographer Michael E. Palmer, news editor Scott Johnson, staff writer Louis Mellini and managing editor Matthew Puckett.

HAYLEYVILLE - Two newspapers owned by Haleyville-based Mid-South Newspapers— the Northwest Alabamian and the  Journal Record—were recognized as being the most improved publications statewide.­
(Mid-South Newspapers also owns the Fayette County newspaper, the Times-Record, and the Pickens County Herald in Carrollton.)
The Alabama Press Association (APA) held its summer convention on Saturday, June 29, at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, where the winners of the 2019 APA Media Awards (AMA) contest were announced.

Leggings cause rare split in the seams

In an unusual occurrence, the Marion County Board of Education found itself split on an issue. 
It is the norm for the Marion County Board of Education to be in agreement. There are few recountable times where the board has split opinions—let alone votes—on any issue. It has made countless unanimous decisions over the years.
Board members found their views conflicting during a discussion on a proposed ban on leggings during its meeting on Thursday, May 13. The board made no decision on the ban during the meeting and tabled a final verdict for further consideration.

For each other’s sake

Quite recently in Alabama, the topics of vaccinations and general health have been magnified by the sudden potential outbreak of the measles virus.
Worries began a few weeks ago when a traveler who was believed to have been carrying the measles virus made two stops in Alabama, causing fear of the virus spreading to our local areas.
Spread of the measles virus is very preventable and the symptoms are clear if and when the virus is contracted.
We believe it is up to all of us to protect each other and pay close attention to any symptoms of sickness and disease.

We don’t make the news--we just print it

We received several phone calls this past week concerning our coverage of the Guin City Council meeting in the Wednesday, April 10, edition (Meeting ends early amid shouting, finger-pointing).
Those who fielded the calls were told they didn’t like how this story was handled, the harsh manner in which it was presented. In fact, our staff was told we actually reported too much.
Well, we didn’t like it, either.
Covering meetings when tempers are flaring and conversations and discussions are frayed are not enjoyable for our reporters.

‘Red wave’ tabbed as top story in 2018

While our readers may feel as if few major headlines make the front page of their local newspaper in any given year, such was certainly not the case in 2018 as selecting the annual Top 10 list proved as difficult as ever.
1) Republicans claim
every office up for grabs
The dominate top story for 2018 was the sweeping takeover by the Marion County Republican Party in local elected offices.

Cheerleading leads the way again

Marion County sports saw several highlights in 2018.
The Journal Record’s Top 10 Sports Stories of 2018 range from Winfield City High School’s cheerleaders winning the world championship--again--to Marion County High School’s Braden Pyron being named a Wendy’s High School Heisman state winner.
Here is the list of the Top 10 sports stories published by the Journal Record in 2018, along with a short list of other stories which earned honorable mention status.
1.) Winfield cheer wins
world championship again

Holiday deadlines announced - Gift subscriptions available!

HAMILTON - Journal Record General Manager Les Walters said this month the Marion County newspaper will observe special holiday deadlines for the upcoming holiday season.
“We realize the deadlines may be of minor inconvenience for some of our advertisers and other regular contacts, but this is necessary to allow us to meet the holiday schedule,’’ Walters said.
“In order for our employees to enjoy a holiday with family and friends, we must have our Wednesday edition finished ahead of our regular schedule.

JR announces holiday deadlines

HAMILTON - Journal Record Managing Editor Les Walters recently announced that due to the Labor Day holiday, early deadlines will be in effect for the Wednesday, Sept. 5,  edition of the newspaper.
Journal Record offices in Winfield and Hamilton will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day.
“We realize these deadlines may be an inconvenience for some of our contributors, but they are necessary to produce our newspaper in a timely manner,’’ said Walters.

JR to post runoff results night of election

HAMILTON - The Journal Record will post results of the Tuesday, July 17, runoff election on its website as they are made available later that evening at the Marion County Probate Judge's office.

As election results are released the night before the newspaper's weekly Wednesday publication, Managing Editor Les Walters is directing readers to the newspaper’s website for day-of election results on July 17.

Your guide to Marion County’s 2018 runoff election

• Six local Republican contests, previews, platforms, descriptions, details, background

HAMILTON - Voters will be back at the polls again on Tuesday, July 17, to decide the fate of 12 Republican runoffs.
Republican candidates in the local races of Senate District 6, state House District 17, Marion County Commission Districts 1, 3 and 4, and the Marion County Probate Judge have been sent into another six weeks of campaigning.