The Journal Record

Election season underway in county for 2024

MARION COUNTY — Election season is officially underway as candidates will be gearing up to run for the 2024 elections.
Several positions in the federal, state and county levels will be up for a vote of the people including next year’s major presidential election.
The places up for election at the federal level are U.S. President, Vice President and the U.S. House of Representative.

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.

Public invited to share 1974 tornado stories

HAMILTON — Tornado Talk, a website dedicated to tornado history, in partnership with the Journal Record, is offering a chance for the public to share their knowledge and stories concerning the 1974 Super Outbreak of tornadoes, for the approaching 50th anniversary. On Thursday, Aug. 10, representatives from Tornado Talk will be at the Journal Record office in Hamilton, at approximately 1:30 p.m., for research purposes and to record the stories from the public of the tragic events of that day.

Johnson accepts position with Lagniappe Weekly


The Journal Record’s general manager, Scott Johnson, is announcing that he has accepted a position as a reporter for the Lagniappe Weekly newspaper in Mobile.
The outgoing manager will have his last day in the newspaper’s Hamilton office on Friday, Sept. 24, and will provide remote support for one-to-two days to his staff as they make accommodations.
Advertising manager Melissa Mathieson will also be stepping down from her part-time responsibilities with the newspaper and will have her last day on Sept. 24 as well.

JR closing Winfield office

The Journal Record office in Winfield is closing.
Marion County’s newspaper office in Hamilton will remain open, but simply due to the costs involved with staying in business, according to Journal Record Publisher Horace Moore and General Manager Jesse Lamar, the closing of the Winfield office is something they regretfully must do.

National Fire Prevention Week

With the current record-high temperatures and drought conditions in Marion County, it is especially poignant that this week we observe National Fire Prevention Week.
Fire prevention week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 300 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than three square miles of the city.

Education begins at home

Well, it’s that time of year again. Students in Marion County are returning to school this week. The students have fresh new clothes and new haircuts. The classrooms are clean and the pencils are sharpened. Parents are posting one last first-day-of-school photo before sending their children off to school to learn and become better citizens.

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.