Free tree giveaway set for Feb. 20, 21

By Kathryn “Chazz” Hirschfeld
HAMILTON & WINFIELD — In honor of Arbor Week, Feb. 18-24, the Alabama Forestry Commission will once again be holding free tree giveaways in the cities of Hamilton and Winfield.
Hamilton’s free trees will be given away on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in front of the Hamilton City Hall from 9-11 a.m.
Winfield’s free trees will be given away on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in front of Winfield City Hall from 9-11 a.m.
All giveaways are while supplies last.

SafePlace supply drive now underway for local needs

Beth Senkbeil of Safeplace (left) and Sarah Emerson of the Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force hold up a flyer promoting their annual supply drive, which benefits local domestic violence survivors and their children who are being housed in the county’s shelter. Businesses, persons and organizations can donate supplies through the month of February.
HAMILTON — Two representatives of the Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force spoke to the Hamilton City Council during its Monday, Feb. 5, meeting regarding their annual supply drive, now underway.

Multi-county chase ends in arrest

Police blocked in Goodwin’s vehicle, which didn’t have a license plate, after he crashed on a four-wheeler trail.
HAMILTON — Jerald Goodwin, 38, of Hamilton, was arrested and charged with felony attempting to elude on Friday morning, Feb. 9, after leading Hamilton, Hackleburg and Franklin County police on a lengthy pursuit.

Hamilton water customers to receive 50% discount in March

Hamilton Mayor Bob Page
HAMILTON — Every residential and business water customer served by the City of Hamilton will receive a 50-percent discount on their March water bill. The Hamilton City Council approved the measure at its Monday, Feb. 5, meeting. Hamilton Mayor Bob Page noted the adjustment is being made to help compensate for the water outage that occurred during the recent ice storm.

Survey for tie-ins, wells being planned for alternate water

Members of the Marion County Water Authority Board, the Marion County Commission and other officials and members of the public are shown a few moments before the meeting began on Feb. 6.
HAMILTON — At least two alternate water supplies are currently being investigated by the Marion County Water Authority, with the Marion County Commission offering to fund a tie-in to Franklin County as one of the solutions.

The secret power of gospel music and its kinship to Black history

Dr. Martin Nalls is the head of school for the I3 Academy in Birmingham, a tuition-free, public charter school serving kindergarten through seventh-grade students.
BIRMINGHAM — I remember growing up in Marion County, Ala. My parents' home would be filled with the sounds of Shirley Caesar, the Winans, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and other gospel music greats. This was especially the case on Sunday morning as we prepared for church.

Notice of Election


Pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of Title 17-9-5, Code of Alabama, 1975, and such other requirements, I, Paige Nichols Vick, Judge of Probate of Marion County, do hereby give notice that the Democratic and Republican Party Preferential Primary Elections will be conducted in the various precincts in Marion County on March 5, 2024 and the Primary Runoff Election, if needed, will be held April 16, 2024.  
The offices and amendments that will be voted on are as follows:

African Americans and the Arts

Dr. Lavern Terrell wrote about African Americans and the Arts to kickoff February’s Black History Month recognition for the Journal Record.
“For centuries, Western intellectuals denied or minimized the contributions of people of African descent to the arts as well as history, even as their artistry in many genres was mimicked and/or stolen,” according to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2024.

Motion filed for Mills’ date of execution

Photo of Jamie Mills

By P.J. Gossett
General manager
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a motion in the Alabama Supreme Court on Monday, Jan. 29, for an execution warrant for Jamie Ray Mills, the convicted murderer of Floyd and Vera Hill of Guin, nearly 20 years ago. The motion was filed to have a date set for Mills’ execution. As of press time Monday, Feb. 5, that date has not been set.

Hamilton girls county champs

The Hamilton Lady Aggies won the Marion County Basketball Tournament. Front row from left: Ella Kelley, Meg Wiginton, Aubrey Sorrells and Danidi Weghorst. Back row: Assistant Coach Paisley Sorrells, Ella Cantrell, Kayla King, Jordan Parker, Emily Jones, Brilyn Gilstrap, Jessica Shotts, head coach Candace Shipp and Della Houston.


Winfield boys county champs

Shown are the 2024 Marion County Basketball Tournament champions, the Winfield Pirates. Left to right, Coach Thackary Box, Coach Zach Evans, Coach Billy Stovall, Jacob Barnes, Haiden Channell, Slate Gilbert, Miles Miles, Preston Nelson, Casen Sadberry, Sean Wyers, Kruz Box, Keylan Hughes, Jacob Chism, Head Coach Zac Wakefield, Coach Derek Trimm and Aaron Roa.