City of Hamilton

Hamilton hosts tree lighting ceremony

From left, Mayor Bob Page, Fred Hunter from WBRC’s Absolutely Alabama and Mrs. Claus gather to celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Holiday season has arrived in the City of Hamilton as Mayor Bob Page invited the community to city hall to celebrate the annual Christmas tree lighting.
The event, held outside of the city hall building in Hamilton, was on Tuesday night, Nov. 15.

Mathieson steps up for foster families

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — With the growing need of foster families in Marion County rising every year, Marion County has had its need of foster families growing as well.
Luckily for the county, Hamilton resident Melissa Mathieson has been one of a few to step up to the plate.
Mathieson began her journey in foster care after a storm damaged her home in 2017.
“When we were in the process of rebuilding our house, I always felt like we were building our house for something bigger than us or for somebody other than us,” said Mathieson.

Marion County and Hamilton back animal organizations to help stray issue

Commissioners Dale Holt (left) and Tim “Ears” Estes view photos of stray animals taken in by Hoof or Paw.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — With the stray animal issue in Marion County continuing to be a problem, organizations such as Hoof or Paw have been left struggling to keep up with the demand of caring for stray animals due to the financial restraints.
This past week, both the Marion County Commission and the City of Hamilton have approved appropriations for Hoof or Paw and other organizations in the county.

Commission pledges more than $2K

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — The Marion County Commission has joined the City of Hamilton and Alabama Power in supporting the Veterans Day program in just one month. During a meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 12, commissioners unanimously voted to pay the City of Hamilton $2,600 in order to financially support the Veterans Day program at the Bevill Community Center in Hamilton. Marlon Holloway, who serves as the veterans service officer in Marion County, addressed the Marion County Commission in August to ask for financial support.

 

Fentanyl rise affects Halloween

A trick-or-treater enjoys the Marion County first responders’ Trunk-or-Treat during last year’s Buttahatchee River Fall Festival.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON —Leaves turning and falling, the air turning cool and pumpkins being seen at almost every doorstep in the county can only mean one thing: fall is officially here.
With the new season, there usually comes the host of knocks at the door from costumed children asking for candy during Halloween. But, with times being as they are, has  a classical Halloween become too dangerous for kids in Marion County?

Miss Hamilton stands against domestic violence

Miss Hamilton Chandler Mordecai stands with Hamilton Mayor Bob Page after a resolution was passed recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Miss Hamilton, Chandler Mordecai, attended the Hamilton City Council meeting to voice her support of those who have been deeply affected by domestic abuse.
Mordecai, a Winfield native, started the initiative “Victory Over Domestic Violence” in 2014, which aims to help individuals who are in need due to situations of domestic violence.

Three truck crash in Hamilton

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — A three pickup truck car wreck caused one individual to be air lifted to Tupelo, Miss. on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 23, in Hamilton.
According to Hamilton Police Officer Tyler Norton, near Bexar Avenue West and Chestnut Circle, a pickup truck came to a sudden stop, causing the truck behind him to come to a stop. Norton stated the third truck involved saw the two trucks too late and was unable to avoid the collision that ensued.

Pay scale talks cause uproar at commission

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON —  Marion County budget discussions for the Marion County Commission nearly unraveled into a shouting match when the discussion of a new pay scale was presented.
The meeting took place during a work session meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the commission office in Hamilton.
Present during the meeting were all commissioners, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams, Revenue Commissioner Barbara Cooper and County Engineer Chris Wilbanks.