Lady Red Raiders make 1A state runners-up


Bottom row from left to right are Jasmine Wilson, Kaley Webb, Becca Junkin and Mckenzie Stephens. Top row, Erin Culp, Scott Veal, Anna Rea White, Addison Randolph, Krissa Comer, Porshia Lipsey, Lilly Robinson, Rachel Roberts, Alecia Shack, Bree Lipsey and Lexie Dishner.
BIRMINGHAM — The Marion County High School Lady Red Raiders are the 2022-23 season basketball 1A state runners-up.

Marion County Ag Expo event presented to 10th graders

Pictured are, bottom row, left to right, Greg Carter, Lauranne James (executive director Northwest RC&D Council), Ronald Madrigal, Rick Pate (commissioner of agriculture and industries in Alabama), Isaac Burleson, David Sims, Gary Weatherly and Ginger Eatman (SNAP-Ed educator). Top row, left to right, Jared Carter (programs director AMRV RC&D Council), Katie Thomas (executive director, Alabama Association of RC&D Council), Vanessa King, Wade Hill (USDA district conservationist), Brett Miller, Sawyer Thompson, Hunter Garrard, Brent Shaw, Carla Lewis (Marion County CEC), and Rebecca Danley (Marion County 4-H FREA).

HAMILTON — The Marion County Extension Office partnered with Northwest RC&D, USDA, NRCS and Live Well Alabama to develop the Marion County Ag Expo.
The event took place on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Bevill State Community Center in Hamilton.

World War II veteran returns to Hamilton

IReynard Martin is a World War II veteran.

HAMILTON — Hamilton resident Reynard Martin is one of few left in Marion County who served the United States military during World War II.
Martin, 98, was born in the State of Texas to parents Manuel and Lela Martin in October of 1924.
He has two sisters, Hazel and Neva, and one brother, Herman.
“My mom and dad ran a little store. I remember I would get up in some of the shelves and take a nap,” said Martin.

 

FedEx truck overturns on I-22

:A truck is shown turned over on its left side following an accident on I-22.

HAMILTON — Traffic on Interstate 22 heading eastbound was held up for over an hour after a FedEx tractor trailer turned over onto its left hand side, blocking both lanes of traffic.
The accident took place on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 16, near Exit 3 on I-22.
Jordan Carter with the Byrd Fire Department stated BFD, Shottsville Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Marion County Emergency Management Agency and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency all responded to the accident.

 

Winfield Schools placed on lockdown

Winfield school board member Chris Carothers (left) and school board chairman James Garner (middle) stand by the fence at the elementary school during the lockdown to explain the situation to parents arriving for a school event, all while Winfield police officer Shane Dickinson (right) stands guard with his rifle.

WINFIELD — Winfield City Schools were all placed on lockdown on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, after receiving a threat over the phone.
Officers from the Winfield City Police Department, as well as the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and others responded to each school around 11:30 that morning after the threat was received.
Parents who arrived at the elementary school for a scheduled event were either left standing in the parking lot or stuck in the elementary school’s auditorium during the lockdown.

Drive: The Roberson Coy Sullins story

Coy Sullins stands with a creation of his about 1940 in Florida.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer — With information from Rob Swinney and Marie Sullins Holmes
When it comes to car transmissions, many folks nowadays don’t know how to operate manual transmissions, or “stick-shifts.” Manual transmissions have mostly fallen out of favor after the rise in popularity of the automatic transmission.
One Marion County man might have had a significant role to play in this transmission transition.

Marion County escapee captured in Haleyville

Ashley Pipkins

By Chad Fell
Courtesy of the Northwest Alabamian
HALEYVILLE — A man wanted on escape charges from Marion County was in the wrong place at the wrong time on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Haleyville.
Arrested during a traffic stop on Highway 13 at 18th Street in Haleyville was Ashley Dewayne Pipkins, 46, of Haleyville, who has been charged with  trafficking methamphetamine (possessing 28 grams or greater) and possession of marijuana second degree, according to Haleyville Police Investigator Lt. Eddie Collins.

 

Marion County Stampede wins awards

Hamilton Mayor Bob Page holds the two awards given to Marion County Stampede.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Marion County Stampede in Hamilton has been named the Best New Rodeo of the Year and the Best $1,500 Rodeo of Year for the event that took place in 2022.
The rodeo event, which was held in the spring of 2022, was a huge hit in Marion County, drawing crowds from even outside of Marion County lines.
The Professional Cowboy Association at the rodeo finals in Biloxi, Miss. announced the awards on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Human remains identified

Remains found on Jan. 7 have been identified as those of Justin Kyle Lovett.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON  — Human remains found in Hamilton in January have finally been identified as Justin Kyle Lovett, who was reported missing back in April of 2022.
Lovett’s remains were found on Jan. 7 in Hamilton.
According to Hamilton Police Sergeant Scotty Chandler, the remains were identified by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences through dental records.
Chandler stated the Hamilton Police Department is in close contact with the family of Lovett.

Hunting and the Gospel at Maywood

Jalen Lewis, right, with his father Joshua

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Pine Hills and Oak Hollars Child Classic Wish Hunt took place for its 12th year at Maywood Christian Camp in Hamilton on Jan 5-8.
The wish hunt is offered annually to children who have illness and to those living in the local community as well.
Each year, three children are chosen to come along for the hunt, but this year, four children were taken to hunt squirrels and deer.

Man arrested at school event

By P.J. Gossett
General manager
BRILLIANT — A high school basketball game was momentarily halted on Tuesday, Jan. 24, when a belligerent spectator caused a scene and was subsequently taken into custody by Brilliant Chief of Police Eddie Bryant.
Stephen Smiley, of Brilliant, has been charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Hackleburg names Ring city councilman

IPictured are, front from left, Tenley Ring, Tyli Ring; back, from left, new Hackleburg Councilman Cody Ring and his wife Tiffany Ring.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HACKLEBURG —  The Town of Hackleburg has found its new councilman in newcomer Cody Ring.
After much deliberation, the Town of Hackleburg voted unanimously to put Ring on the council to replace the late Doc Hudson on Monday, Jan. 23, at Hackleburg Town Hall.
Ring, 37, is a Hackleburg resident and former member of the water board.
His wife, Tiffany, is a teacher at Hackleburg Elementary School where his two daughters, Tenley and Tyli attend.

Arrest made after crash investigation

Rusty Clark is arrested Monday for DUI and reckless endangerment in a crash which occurred in December.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
WINFIELD —Rusty Clark, 51, of Winfield, has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence and reckless endangerment after a car accident in December of last year.
According to police, tests showed that Clark’s alcohol blood level was above the legal limit at the time of the accident.  
Clark turned himself in on Monday morning, Jan. 30, and is currently being held in Marion County Jail as of press time Monday.