Student-led art features in Guin mural


Master muralist Missy Miles (left) and gifted art student Gracious Webb stand before the “Greetings from Guin” mural, which Webb illustrated and Miles painted.
GUIN — As you travel along U.S. Highway 43 in Guin from east going west, a remarkable sight meets your eyes. Displayed on the side of the Guin Post Office is a strikingly beautiful and colorful mural spelling out the name of the city. As you continue driving, you might see three other murals in the city, all painted by artist and master mural painter Missy Miles.

Winfield police chief suspended


Winfield Chief of Police Brett Burleson served a three day suspension.
WINFIELD — Winfield Police Chief Brett Burleson faced a three-day suspension two weeks ago after mayor Randy Price did not approve of the way Burleson handled a confrontation related to a personal issue.

Soloing at Sixteen: Macon Harris earns driver license, student pilot certificate in one day


Sixteen year old Macon Harris takes off on his first solo flight Nov. 16. He is piloting a Piper Cherokee.
HAMILTON — Hamilton High School sophomore Macon Harris got two licenses on his birthday—one for driving a car, and the other for flying a plane.

Walk of Trees a city, chamber success


Teamwork makes light work for the Hamilton Street Department’s (from left) Gus Morrow, Brett Holcomb, Shawn Holloway and Tracy Lee.
HAMILTON — The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce expected some participation in their inaugural “Walk of Trees” event. What they didn’t expect was to fill all 100 slots available for the project in just three days.

Extension hosts first Garden Expo


The Northwest Alabama RC&D Council sits at a table at the first Garden Expo. Shown above are Executive Director Lauranne James, Anna Morrison and Vanessa King.
HAMILTON — The Marion County Extension Office partnered with Northwest Alabama RC&D to host a garden expo as part of an outreach through NRCS/USDA on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Bevill State Community College in Hamilton. Carla Lewis, Marion County Extension coordinator; Lauranne James, Northwest RC&D Council, executive director; and Tomeesa Shedd, NRCS conservation technician welcomed the attendees to the Garden Expo.

Old grocery store fire


Hamilton fire fighters open windows to help vent the smoke from the fire as it rises from the east end of the building
HAMILTON — Hamilton firefighters and police responded to a fire in the unoccupied building on Highway 278 / Bexar Avenue East across from the Hamilton Housing Authority on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The building was formerly known as Ray Grocery.

Marion County police receive new helmets and shields


Marion County officials pose with new helmets and shields. From left are County Investigator Kevin Bryant, Assistant EMA Director Blake Farley, Sheriff Kevin Williams, Winfield Police Chief Brett Burleson, Brilliant Police Chief Eddie Bryant, Winfield Assistant Chief Gary Hamlett, Hackleburg Police Chief Kenny Hallmark, Guin Police Chief Daryl Spencer, Hamilton Police Lieutenant Scotty Chandler and Hamilton Police Chief Jordan Carter.
HAMILTON — The sheriff’s department and police departments throughout Marion County now have new protective equipment for every officer.

Marion County promotes domestic violence awareness

Members of the Marion County Department of Human Resources stand in front of the DHR building displaying their purple shirts on Purple Thursday. Front row from left are Lynn Knight, Jamie Carter, Charlotte Lindsey, Elisha Brewington, Kim Lolley and Darlene Palmer. Back row from left are Dwan Madden, Misty Miller, Suzanne Hester, Marilyn Cook, Melanie Norris, Holly Prescott and Amanda Arnett.

HAMILTON — Thursday, Oct. 19, has been noted as “Purple Thursday” throughout Marion County. To show support and awareness of domestic violence, many citizens and officials were wearing purple throughout the day. While Purple Thursday has been observed before, this year the Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force distributed over 2,000 stickers and have placed yard signs all over the county.

State Assesses health needs in Guin


Alabama Department of Public Health state health assessment coordinator Carlene Robinson (right) discusses important health issues with local residents and leaders on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Collins Life Center in Guin.
GUIN — The Alabama Department of Public Health hosted a meeting at the Collins Life Center in Guin to discuss issues relating to health and healthcare accessibility in rural communities on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Hamilton thanks organizations helping during water crisis


Pictured are three trailers full of water cases delivered to Hamilton during the August water crisis.
HAMILTON — The City of Hamilton signed a resolution thanking three entities who delivered aid to the city during the water crisis which took place in August. Just two months ago, Hamilton faced a dangerous water situation when silt contaminated the Buttahatchee River due to a broken dam.