The secret power of gospel music and its kinship to Black history


Dr. Martin Nalls is the head of school for the I3 Academy in Birmingham, a tuition-free, public charter school serving kindergarten through seventh-grade students.
BIRMINGHAM — I remember growing up in Marion County, Ala. My parents' home would be filled with the sounds of Shirley Caesar, the Winans, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and other gospel music greats. This was especially the case on Sunday morning as we prepared for church.

Notice of Election

STATE OF ALABAMA
COUNTY OF MARION

JUDGE OF PROBATE OF SAID COUNTY
Pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of Title 17-9-5, Code of Alabama, 1975, and such other requirements, I, Paige Nichols Vick, Judge of Probate of Marion County, do hereby give notice that the Democratic and Republican Party Preferential Primary Elections will be conducted in the various precincts in Marion County on March 5, 2024 and the Primary Runoff Election, if needed, will be held April 16, 2024.  
The offices and amendments that will be voted on are as follows:

African Americans and the Arts


Dr. Lavern Terrell wrote about African Americans and the Arts to kickoff February’s Black History Month recognition for the Journal Record.
“For centuries, Western intellectuals denied or minimized the contributions of people of African descent to the arts as well as history, even as their artistry in many genres was mimicked and/or stolen,” according to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 2024.

Motion filed for Mills’ date of execution


Photo of Jamie Mills

By P.J. Gossett
General manager
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a motion in the Alabama Supreme Court on Monday, Jan. 29, for an execution warrant for Jamie Ray Mills, the convicted murderer of Floyd and Vera Hill of Guin, nearly 20 years ago. The motion was filed to have a date set for Mills’ execution. As of press time Monday, Feb. 5, that date has not been set.

Thirsty times: Hamilton’s water crisis


The water crisis in Hamilton can be linked back to several water line breaks (such as the one shown) and leaks caused by the severe and lengthy low temperatures from the previous week. This particular leak was on Military Street North, not far from downtown. Chemicals and malfunctions also later contributed to the problem.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The City of Hamilton is working to refill its water tanks and regain pressure in order to restore water service for city residents and rural residents who are also connected.
The water crisis began during the ice storm two weeks ago, when the drop in temperature began to cause issues with the city’s water lines, including several major breaks.

Hamilton girls county champs

The Hamilton Lady Aggies won the Marion County Basketball Tournament. Front row from left: Ella Kelley, Meg Wiginton, Aubrey Sorrells and Danidi Weghorst. Back row: Assistant Coach Paisley Sorrells, Ella Cantrell, Kayla King, Jordan Parker, Emily Jones, Brilyn Gilstrap, Jessica Shotts, head coach Candace Shipp and Della Houston.

 

Winfield boys county champs

Shown are the 2024 Marion County Basketball Tournament champions, the Winfield Pirates. Left to right, Coach Thackary Box, Coach Zach Evans, Coach Billy Stovall, Jacob Barnes, Haiden Channell, Slate Gilbert, Miles Miles, Preston Nelson, Casen Sadberry, Sean Wyers, Kruz Box, Keylan Hughes, Jacob Chism, Head Coach Zac Wakefield, Coach Derek Trimm and Aaron Roa.

Street conditions and animal control discussed at Bear Creek


Large trucks are violating the sign pictured at right, and traveling down Bear Creek’s side streets causing damage to the roads.
BEAR CREEK — The Town of Bear Creek is sinking its teeth deeper into an animal control ordinance after a series of threatening situations, as well as planning stiff fines for drivers town officials claim are tearing up city streets.

Hamilton firefighters battle blaze in harsh conditions — resident passes later


This home on Second Street Northwest was the scene of a fire last week.
HAMILTON — Although their extreme measures were not enough to save the life of Hamilton resident Lauren Gilchrist, firefighters with the Hamilton Fire Department certainly gave their best efforts in their attempts to do so.

Frozen in place: Weather brings county to standstill


On Wednesday, Jan. 17, a water leak on Military Street South in Hamilton near the Dollar General store created a massive ice sculpture, still visible days later due to extremely low temperatures in the area.
MARION COUNTY — For the majority of the week of Jan. 15-19, most of Marion County was frozen in place and under an “impassable travel advisory” from the Marion County Engineer’s Office.

Fatality occurs Thursday on 49

HAMILTON — A single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 9:53 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, has claimed the life of a Hackleburg man. Frankie S. Swinney, 52, was fatally injured when the 2013 Ford Focus he was driving left the roadway, struck a utility pole guy-wire and a tree. Swinney was transported to North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton in Hamilton, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The crash, occurring on Marion County Highway 49 near Alabama Highway 253, is currently under investigation by state troopers.

Two arrested after police pursuit

HAMILTON — Two people have been arrested, with one being charged with a felony, after a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 22 Monday, Jan. 8.

Sheldon Poole, 29, of Memphis, Tenn., and Tylisha Holst, 25, also of Memphis, were arrested after a tire deflation device was deployed by the Hamilton Police Department, stopping the vehicle just west of Exit 7 on the interstate, which is near Weston.