Moore appointed county administrator

Marion County administrative assistant Kalyn Moore (left) and Marion County administrator Brooke Nichols-Slatton (right) are shown during the Marion County Commission meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, at the commission office in Hamilton.

HAMILTON - Marion County administrative ­assistant Kalyn Moore has been appointed as the new county administrator as longtime administrator Brooke Nichols-Slatton handed in her resignation during a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, at the commission office in Hamilton.
Slatton will officially resign on Jan. 21, 2020, after 15 years as the Marion County administrator. Slatton has accepted a job as the Fayette County administrator.

Hutty: ‘I’m trying to do right’

Hackleburg radio station owner Hutty Hutcheson (left) is shown speaking to the Hackleburg Town Council during a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 28, at Hackleburg Town Hall. Also shown is town clerk Carla Rector.

HACKLEBURG - Hutty Hutcheson,  owner of Big 95.5 WFMH Hackleburg Radio, which is housed in the old town hall building, passionately addressed the Hackleburg Town Council concerning the payment of his rent and power bill during a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 28, in the council chambers.
“I’ve been up there (at the station) for nine months, you (Kevin Barnwell) haven’t been up there, she (Tabby Lolley) hasn’t either, how are you going to tell me what’s going on if you can’t come up there and see what’s going on?” said Hutcheson.

Bass to lease land from town

BRILLIANT - The Brilliant Town Council unanimously approved to lease Kevin Bass 20 acres of the town-owned industrial property at Exit 30 on I-22 during a regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Brilliant.
According to town clerk Jessica Lee, Bass will use the property to hold auctions for heavy machinery and farming equipment.
Bass stated that the first auction date has not been set as he plans to search for an official auctioneer and the town has yet to determine when the lease will end.


Marion County man arrested for animal cruelty

HALEYVILLE  - A Haleyville man has been charged with cruelty to animals after he  allegedly shot his neighbor’s dog, then tied a strap around its neck and hung it out the window of a vehicle as he drove down the road in his neighborhood.
Donald Gene Nix, 57, was picked up by the Haleyville Police Department at his residence on County Highway 62 on Thursday, Oct. 31. He was and charged with cruelty to animals second degree, noted Lt. Tim Steien with the Haleyville Police Department.

Task force raises over 5K for shelter

HAMILTON - The Marion County Domestic Violence Task Force raised over $5,000 from its 12th annual fundraiser golf tournament held at the Pikeville Country Club on Friday, Oct. 4.
Kier Vickery, co-chair of the task force, said the $5,094.84 was raised through 11 corporate sponsors, 27 hole sponsors and 18 golf teams who  supported the cause.
“We have sponsors that have sponsored each year for the past 12 years,” Vickery said. “They feel this cause is important enough and we just appreciate folks supporting the cause every year.”


The Brilliant Alumni Association and Guin "Feed My Sheep" Community Food Bank will be hosting a joint auction on Tuesday, November 5th.  The Brilliant Basketball Teams will be selling dinner plates for $10 each.  The meal will be provided by Rowdy Hogs Smoking BBQ.  If you would like to order a plate, you can contact Ginger Tittle Eatman at 205-399-2023 by Friday, November 1st.  All activities will be held at the Guin National Guard Armory.  Pre-order plates can be picked up between 5-7pm.  The Silent Auction will be held from 6:00 PM-6:45 PM with the Live Auction beginning at 7:00 PM.  The

Fall Fest rescheduled for Saturday

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 14th Annual Buttahatchee River Fall Fest will be rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. in downtown Hamilton.
The chamber made the decision to postpone the event due to concerns surrounding the weather on the original Saturday, Oct. 26, festival date.
NTN-Bower also announced it would be rescheduling its trunk-or-treat event for for Nov. 2, as well. It will begin at 7 p.m.


Longtime editor announces retirement

Journal Record Managing Editor Les Walters (center) has announced he will be retiring effective Nov. 1. Shown during Walter’s retirement reception on Friday, Oct. 25, are (from left) Mid-South Newspapers General Manager Mike Moore, Sheri Walters, Les Walters, Mid-South Newspapers Publisher Horace Moore and Patty Moore.

HAMILTON - In October 1978, Hamilton became the home to a young, rising journalist, eager to sink his pen and ink into the newspaper business.
James Lesley Walters, longtime editor for the Journal Record, moved to Marion County that year on a business venture with The Itawamba County Times of Fulton, Miss., where a new Hamilton newspaper would be launching, The Hamilton Progress.

County earns B on report card

HAMILTON - The Marion County School System has improved its annual report card score by one point, but reactions are mixed as administrators believe they could have been named among the few A’s in the state.
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) published its 2018-2019 Education Report Cards on Friday, Oct. 18. The Marion County School System earned an 88 (B)—a one-point jump from the 2017-2018 school year.
Out of Alabama’s 137 school districts, there were 23 A’s, 80 B’s, 29 C’s and 3 D’s.