Dog Attack Spurs


A picture shared on Sunset Manor’s Facebook page on Tuesday, Oct. 17, is of the dog suspected of allegedly biting the six-year-old girl. The picture was taken prior to incident.
GUIN — Residents gathered at the Guin City Council’s regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, to bring a recent dog attack, and the related issues, to the council’s attention.

State BOE makes major change to ACAP test

The Alabama State Board of Education has voted to lower the score needed to pass the reading portion of the ACAP test, which will majorly affect third graders moving on to fourth grade at the end of this school year.
This year, third graders taking the test must pass the reading portion of the ACAP test in order to move on to the fourth grade.
This comes after Alabama Literacy Act rules came into effect this school year.
Originally, students taking the reading portion of the test needed a score of 452 to pass that portion of the test.

Hamilton continues tackling stray problem

Hoof or Paw is a non-profit organization devoted to helping animals in the area.

HAMILTON — The City of Hamilton is making major considerations in increasing their support of the efforts being made to clean the streets of stray animals.
During a regular meeting held at city hall on Monday, Oct. 2, the city was scheduled to vote on paying Charlotte Williams with the Humane Society and Calen Weston with Hoof or Paw a sum of $1,200 per month, split equally between the two parties.
Before the vote was taken however, Mayor Bob Page allowed Weston to address the council, with the thought of tabling the vote for further consideration.

Bevill State launches online workforce certification program

HAMILTON — Bevill State Community College is excited to announce the launch of Bevill State CertifyNow: Fast-Track Your Success. This new initiative offers a wide variety of online workforce certification training programs. These convenient options allow students to take classes on their time, from any device, from any location. Interested individuals can learn more about the available programs at BSCC.edu/CertifyNow.

Hamilton Middle School gym project making major progress


Work crews are pictured excavating the land near the Hamilton walking track in order to lay pipe supplying water to the new Hamilton Middle School gym facility.
HAMILTON — Crews were hard at work for the past week tearing up ground and laying down pipe to supply water to Hamilton Middle School’s new gym. The project, which began pre-construction on Friday, Sept. 1, has a 300 day timeline for completion, making the gym’s completion date at the start of next school year.

State Superintendent Visits Hamilton


From left are Marion County Superintendent, Ann West, State Superintendent, Eric Mackey, and school board members, Joyce Fowler and Mark Dearen. Mackey is wearing a shirt presented to him by Hamilton Middle School students.
HAMILTON— Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey made a big appearance at Hamilton schools last week, in what was the first visit from a state superintendent in almost 40 years.

Sheriff looks to state for reimbursement


Above is the current view of the construction of the new Marion County Jail. Groundbreaking at the site was on Nov. 4, 2022. It will be located in Bedford Industrial Park near Marion County DHR. The estimated cost for the facility is just under $17 million.
HAMILTON — Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams is looking to the State of Alabama to help soften the blow of inflation on the Marion County Jail. The Marion County jail, like any jail in the U.S., is not only in charge of housing inmates, but also feeding them.

Marion County Sheriff employee arrested

Tiffany Lucas Carruth, a court liaison with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department is arrested this past Saturday.

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Marion County Sheriff’s Department Court Liaison Tiffany Lucas Carruth was arrested this past weekend after having her vehicle searched in Vina.
Carruth, 42, of Hamilton, was arrested after being stopped at a driver license checkpoint, according to Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams.
Williams stated during the stop, Franklin County Deputies smelled an odor of marijuana and conducted a search.
During their search, deputies found marijuana, an open container of alcohol and drug paraphernalia.

Electric vehicle charging station open in Guin

From left, State Representative Tracy Estes, Guin Mayor Phil Segraves, Congressman Robert Aderholt and State Senator Greg Reed cut the ribbon in front of a large group of local officials and business leaders to commemorate the grand opening of the Tesla charging stations at the Holiday Inn in Guin.

GUIN — Federal, state and local officials and business owners gathered at the Holiday Inn in Guin at exit 26 off of I-22 to celebrate the official opening of the Tesla electronic vehicle charging stations located in the parking lot beside the hotel.
Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt was present at the event, along with State Senator Greg Reed and State Representative Tracy Estes. Representatives from the Ag commission and ALDOT were also present, along with numerous other elected officials.

Gym construction begins at Hamilton Middle School

Pictured are crews working at the site of the new Hamilton Middle School gym.

HAMILTON — Hamilton Middle School’s major new gym project is under way as on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The project, which began pre-construction on Friday, Sept. 1, has a 300 day timeline for completion, making the gym’s completion date at the start of next school year.
“The project was put out for bid in June of this year, and the bid was awarded to the low bidder, Dominguez Design-Build, Inc. from Pensacola, Fla. at the July meeting,” said Marion County Superintendent Ann West.