Maddox: ‘The only regret I have is the lawsuit with 3M’

GUIN - Guin City Mayor Max Maddox and members of the Guin City Council, whose terms will come to an end in November, said their farewells to the public and fellow council members during a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 18, at Guin City Hall.
“I enjoyed working with everybody, I know we’ve had our ups and downs--everybody does, I guess--even families have their ups and down,” said Maddox.
“I think we got a lot done, I have no regrets. The only regret I have is the lawsuit with 3M. I’ve enjoyed working with you whether you believe it or not.”


Fine Arts School accepts Winfield student

WINFIELD -  The Alabama School of Fine Arts  announced the addition of a Winfield student to its enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Winfield student accepted into the school this year is Braylee Lynn for Dance.
 Lynn is among 100 new students from across the state that were accepted into the state’s only highly specialized arts and sciences pre-professional and college preparatory program for middle and high school students.  

ALEA urges residents to obtain their STAR ID

One year ago, Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Secretary Hal Taylor were urging Alabamians to obtain their STAR ID by Oct. 1.
However, in response to COVID-19, President Donald Trump ordered the Department of Homeland Security to extend the deadline to obtain a STAR ID to Oct. 1, 2021.
This allows all citizens an additional year to obtain the more secure form of identification as government offices reopen, and pandemic-related health guidelines are lifted.

McGaha honored during board meeting

WINFIELD -  The Winfield City Schools Board of Education honored the late Ray McGaha and announced that they have begun placing gold memorial placards on seats in the football, baseball and softball fields to honor the memory of McGaha.
Board members took the time to remember McGaha stating that he always made sure to take care of students when they needed help and encourage those attending the school.

Keys to city presented to Ballard, Hallmark

Winfield Mayor Randy Price (left) presents outgoing Winfield City Councilman Chris Ballard a plaque and a Winfield Key to the City during the council’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, which was the last meeting for the current version of the council.

WINFIELD -  Winfield Mayor Randy Price honored Winfield City Council members Chris Ballard and Anthony Hallmark with plaques and keys to the city during a regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Winfield Community Shelter.
Councilman Jimmy Hayes was also awarded a plaque and key to the city, but was not in attendance during the meeting.
“I appreciate getting to serve with y’all for the past four years. I’ve enjoyed it and I think we’ve made a lot of good progress for the city and it’s been very a positive administration with y’all on it,” said Price.

Town of Brilliant Getting the news at home 75+ years ago

BRILLIANT  - Today's generation enjoys many tools of communication in this current electronic age, beginning with internet providing immediate delivery!
But in the mid-1940s, television  wasn't yet on the scene, and with the AM radio, it was tough to listen to the news when thunder showers were nearby because of the static interruptions to the audio. Newspapers were and are today a dependable resource of what's happening and where.

$1.5m Arc Grant Amping up Local Welding program

Bevill State Hamilton Welding Instructor Mike Reed leans into a weld.

HAMILTON - Bevill State Community College’s (BSCC) Welding Technology program in Hamilton is getting a shot in the arm through a $1.5 million Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant.
The award, which is a part of the commissions “POWER” grant program was announced on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and will fund expansion measures for the Bevill State Hamilton Campus’ welding program by doubling its current capacity.

Mayor vows a ‘double-down’ on drug activity

Hamilton officer Gerald Broaddrick confiscated five pounds of marijuana and an illegal firearm on Monday, Oct. 5, during a traffic stop on Military Street North. According to Hamilton Police Lt. Jimmy Pendley, Broaddrick confiscated another 3.2 pounds of marijuana a few months ago as well.

HAMILTON - City officials say local law enforcement will be cracking down on illicit drug activity in Hamilton.
During a work session on Wednesday, Oct. 14, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page said there has been a “public outcry” concerning illicit drug activity in the city.
“My reaction to this is to double-down on our police department, which I’m doing at this time, and our effort to stop illegal drug sales and use in the City of Hamilton.”


Hackleburg council stands its ground

HACKLEBURG - Big 95.5 radio station owner Hutty Hutcheson will be expected to pay power expenses totaling $2,300 which were incurred during 2019.
At a Hackleburg Town Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 12, Hackleburg Mayor Darryl Colburn attempted to state his case for why he believes the bill should be lower.
Hackleburg Councilwoman Tabby Lolley brought the issue to the council’s attention during the council’s Sept. 28 meeting. She pointed out at the time that Hutcheson has been billed three times for the amount owed and has not paid.

Citizens drive launching to fill the gap

With Christmas for Kids canceled, Jason Rayburn (left) and Stacey Gann, both of Hamilton, are organizing a citizen’s Christmas drive in order to make sure no children go without this holiday season. Also shown is Jay Gann.

HAMILTON - When news broke that Hamilton’s longtime Christmas charity Christmas for Kids would not be able to operate this year due to COVID-19, Jason Rayburn and Stacey Gann felt like they had to do something.
Rayburn and Gann, both of Hamilton and whose families have been friends for years, said they both felt the burden to act when they heard the news.
The two are conducting the drive modeled similar to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel Tree program, where individuals adopt children and are given their gender, age,  clothing sizes and wish list.

Weatherly says high expectations, consistency breed success at rural school

GUIN - Josh Weatherly said he believes that collaboration is a key component driving the success and continued academic progress of students at Guin Elementary in rural northwestern Alabama.
Weatherly has been principal for eight years at the preK-6 school. He taught the prior 10 years at Guin Elementary, which recently earned first-time honors as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School. It is a 2019 ESEA Network National Title I Distinguished School, recognized for exceptional student performance and academic growth.

Benefit concert being held for band

WINFIELD -  The Winfield City High School Marching Band will hold a benefit concert featuring Grammy and Multi-Dove Award winning artist Jason Crabb with special guest, comedian Mickey Bell on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m.
The concert will be held on the baseball field next door to Winfield Free Will Baptist Church located at 1960 U.S. Hwy 43, Winfield, AL.
Tickets are $15 in advance for General Admission, $20 at the gate and $30 for VIP tickets (advance sales only).
Tickets may be purchased online at

Christmas for Kids canceled this year

COVID-19 has shutdown this year’s Christmas for Kids drive, which provides more than 400 children with christmas gifts each year.
Sandy Sandlin, who has led the seasonal campaign since it began more than 35 years ago, lamented the cancelation, saying that challenges incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in organizing and executing the drive to be essentially infeasible.
The Marion County Department of Human Resources (DHR) has partnered with the Christmas for Kids to handle and review applications.

Ivey extends mask order

Marion County High School (MCHS) assistant coach Seth Seaborn is shown masked up during MCHS’s game against Meek on Friday, Oct. 2.

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her 18th supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes an extension to the statewide mask requirement.
Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until Sunday, November 8, at 5 p.m.
The order will remain in full force and effect until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, unless extended, rescinded or modified in writing before that time.

City cuts checks for local schools

HAMILTON - The City of Hamilton distributed $135,000 in special funding to its three local schools from its alcohol tax revenue during a meeting on Monday, Sept. 21.
This marks the third year for the city to make the donation.
Hamilton City Clerk Angela Owen presented the checks to Hamilton’s local principals, high school principal David Cantrell and elementary principal Keith Smith during the meeting. Middle school principal Norman Ballard was unable to attend.


Lolley wants radio station billed again

Hackleburg Town Councilwoman Tabby Lolley questions why Big 95.5 owner Hutty Hutcheson has not paid bills sent to him.

HACKLEBURG - Outgoing town councilors want a final effort to secure obligations they claim are still owed by Big 95.5 owner Hutty Hutcheson.
The local radio station owner, who rents space in the town’s recreation building, is pushing back against the accusations, arguing he’s invested thousands of dollars into the facility and that the council members are bitter because he didn’t support them for re-election.

Leaders pull the plug on state’s virtual school

HAMILTON - Marion County School officials will  “bite the bullet” and fork out additional funds to replace  problematic state-furnished virtual school software.
During a special-called meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 23, the Marion County Board of Education voted unanimously to contract with a Minnesota-based online school software company, Edmentum. The program will cost an estimated $234,000, which will be adjusted depending on enrollment changes.

Guin Water Works dropping 3M lawsuit

Guin City Attorney Jerry Hester is shown reading aloud a statement from the Guin Water Board that the decision was made to drop the lawsuit against 3M during a regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 21, at Guin City Hall.

GUIN -  Guin Mayor Max Maddox  announced that the Guin Water Works and Sewer Board has decided to drop its lawsuit against 3M during a regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 21.
Maddox stated that the Water Board and attorneys involved in the lawsuit made the decision to sue 3M against his advice.
“I sit on the (water) board, I have no vote, but I do give my opinion,” said Maddox.
“I gave my opinion when we were meeting with the lawyers that they would not do anything until they met with 3M. The next thing I heard, we had a lawsuit.”