Marion County

Voters elect Sutton as Marion County superintendent

Patrick Sutton is elected Marion County Superintendent.
MARION COUNTY — Voters headed to the polls last Tuesday, April 16, and when the day was done, Patrick Sutton was declared the winner of the Marion County Board of Education superintendent race. He received 1,525, or 58.1 percent, of the votes compared to Josh Weatherly’s 1,100, or 41.9 percent, of the votes. This race was the only one on the ballot. Sutton will take office in January.

Baseball season round-up

Hackleburg pitcher Aydan Beard releases a pitch against a West Limestone batter on March 29. The Panthers won the game 12-1.
Marion County baseball teams are still in area play as the season continues and playoffs draw near. Here are some quick highlights from each team’s season as of Monday, April 8, 2024.

Free weather radio giveaway

Weather radios will be given out this Saturday in Bear Creek, Brilliant and Hackleburg.
MARION COUNTY — Households in the towns of Bear Creek, Brilliant and Hackleburg will be eligible to receive one free Midland Weather Radio while supplies last on Saturday, April 13, during giveaways in each town.

Solar eclipse next Monday

MARION COUNTY— Unusual phenomenon in the heavens bring wonder and awe to the population. This will occur next week when parts of the United States will see a total solar eclipse Monday, April 8, when the moon blocks the sun from view.

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.

Foster parent classes begin Jan. 23

HAMILTON — The Marion County Department of Human Resources will hold free foster parent classes beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the DHR offices in Bedford Industrial Park in Hamilton.

According to local child advocate, foster parent and founder of Kids for Life, Melissa Mathieson, there is a greater need for local foster parents than ever before, with a record number of children needing foster care.

There is a dire need for help with local children

There are not enough foster homes in Marion County. Can you help? A nationally-renowned minister recently noted if every church in America fostered one child in need, there would be enough homes for every child.

Marion County has a lot of churches. Maybe it’s not possible for every church to help support a foster family, but every church can add the need for more local foster homes to its prayer list.