No ATRIP II money has cities and county scrambling to save projects

Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri was counting on the $1.6 million of which the city had applied in ATRIP II funds for a major resurfacing project connecting two major highways-from 195 down 30th Street, to Kelly Hill down to Highway 13. Sunseri is pictured at Kelly Hill.
WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County did not get a piece of the ATRIP II funding pie this year.

Lynn Police Chief expected to resign Friday

LYNN - Last week was tough for the Town of Lynn. After a council meeting Monday, Oct. 7, where a grant project Mayor Jeff Stokes was working on was voted down by the council, Stokes made the decision to resign as mayor, turning in a resignation letter Oct. 9. A special called meeting took place Oct. 10, to formally accept his resignation and place Mayor Pro-Tem Earl Gilbert in the seat as mayor. Then, after a police vehicle purchase was tabled at the special called meeting, Police Chief Derrick Cagle turned in his resignation Oct. 11.

Arley Police adopts policy on body cameras

Jerry Cummings, Arley Chief of Police, shows the body worn camera he wears at chest level to capture audio and video evidence.
ARLEY - ‘Smile for the camera’ is a phrase which pertains to the Arley Police Department in today’s time, since they have been wearing body cameras the past several years. The APD adopted a standard operating procedure for using them at the Arley town meeting Monday, Oct. 7.

Commissioners ask for patience as they wait for gas tax monies

Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes shows the sign that will be placed on roads to be resurfaced with gas tax proceeds.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Residents are urged to be patient as the Winston County Commission is beginning the lengthy process of waiting until gas tax proceeds will be received next year so work on deteriorating roads and bridges can begin.

Winston Genealogical Society's guest speaker for tonight canceled

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Due to a death in her family, Brandie Rennicker, who was supposed to be the guest speaker for the Winston County Genealogical Society's meeting tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 15, will not be speaking.  The WCGS will still meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Winston County Archives, located across from the Winston County Courthouse in Double Springs, and all interested persons are welcome to attend.

Insurance a big topic in Haleyville City Council meeting

HALEYVILLE - Insurance was a dominant topic during the Haleyville City Council's Oct. 7, meeting.  With all council members present except Jonathan Bennett, council members approved paying for a cancer/disability insurance policy for all active Haleyville firefighters, a grand total of $3,964.80 per year or $198.24 per firefighter per year.

PHS Homecoming Parade Friday

It's homecoming week for Phillips High School!

BEAR CREEK - This is homecoming week at Phillips High School, and the school will celebrate with a homecoming parade Friday, Oct. 11. Line-up will be behind Phillips High School near the Attie Fleming Building beginning around 12:45 p.m., with the parade to follow at 1:30 p.m.

Peacemaker’s Guild Quilt Show Oct. 18

Carol Harris shows a quilt pieced by Sarah Frances Worsham, her grandmother. Other helpers included her great-aunt and great-grandmother. It was made in Missouri, appears to be made of feed sacks and is between 80 and 100 years old.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Do you like to see old quilts or help in making quilts? Would you like to display your craft? If you answered yes, then the quilt walk and show is a must see in Double Springs on Friday, Oct. 18. It begins at 10 a.m. and will last until 5 p.m. The walk will begin at the “Little Old Rock Building” and continue on to the new Winston Baptist Association building just beyond the elementary school.

HHS football team, cheerleaders visit ARC for site's first pep rally

High School football player Ty Black visits with ARC client Roger Prescott. Football players and cheerleaders can be seen in the background visiting with other clients.
HALEYVILLE - Haleyville High School brought cheer and pep to the clients of the ARC center, serving clients with special needs in the Winston and Marion County area, by having the center's first high school pep rally Thursday, Oct. 3, in celebration of the school's homecoming festivities.

Bear Creek council votes to borrow $30,000

Bear Creek Mayor Tammie Batchelor talks to Attorney Cole Christopher and Town Clerk Jamie Green about the need to borrow from the town's lines of credit.
BEAR CREEK - The Bear Creek Town Council voted to borrow $30,000 from their line of credit in order to pay bills and pay officers in the police department, at the council's regular meeting Monday, October 7.

Power outages reported in Haleyville

HALEYVILLE - Significant power outages are being reported in the Haleyville area Monday evening, Oct. 7.  Most of the outages are in the area around Kelly Hill and Highway 13 North.  As of 6:53 p.m. nearly 600 people were reported to be without power in Winston County, all served by Alabama Power. Power crews are working on the problem and will restore power as soon as possible.

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Fire damages Knight residence

Benny Knight talks to Haleyville firefighters at the scene. Benny's step-mother Ruby was not home when the fire occurred.
HALEYVILLE - A fire Thursday afternoon, Oct. 3, damaged the residence of Ruby Knight, located at 1651 County Road 51, bringing response from the Haleyville Fire Department.

Governor Ivey honors Haleyville City and Winston County schools during visit

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey waves to the crowd as she exits the Winston County Courthouse and approaches the podium for the ceremony. Shown behind her is event emcee State Senator Greg Reed. On each side are students from schools that received the distinct designation of being named a Bicentennial School.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Alabama Governor Kay Ivey's tour celebrating the state's bicentennial approaching this December, made a stop Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Winston County Courthouse, where she was met with the patriotic fanfare that emphasized pride in the county and of the state.

Dodd is winner in scavenger quest

WCGS President Dianne Miller presents Faye Dodd a gift.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Faye Dodd of Haleyville was the winner in the Free State Scavenger Quest, held through the month of September. The drawing was held at the Winston County Archives on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Dodd is shown holding a gift bag containing “Cooked on Smith Lake” from the Arley Women’s Club, and presenting it is Winston County Genealogical Society President Dianne Miller. Dodd also received three volumes of “Winston Roots” and a historical book on Haleyville, along with a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart, a $25 gift certificate to Gateway, a year’s subscription to the Northwest Alabamian and a year’s subscription to the WCGS.

Arley Senior Center’s grand opening is Monday

The Arley Senior Center will open Monday at the Arley Fire Department. Shown from left are Arley Fire Chief James Rickett, Cathy Cooper, emergency medical volunteer and chaplain and Bob Cooper, public information officer and firefighter.
ARLEY - Lonely widowers have caught the attention of Bob and Cathy Cooper of the Arley Fire Department as the team has made medical calls over the past few years.

All parents urged to attend meeting in Double Springs regarding dangerous issues facing children

Winston County High School Principal Jeff Cole talks to students about social media issues involving their cell phones. Students, from left, Olivia Wright, Bailey Kelley, Nathaniel Gurley, Cade Taylor, Isaiah Fell, Layken Morgan and Kayla Stromatt.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Dangerous issues, including predators using social media and health risks caused by vaping, are being brought to light in a big way Tuesday, Oct. 15, in a first-of-its-kind countywide meeting, and parents are being urged to attend to hear these messages. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the Double Springs Middle School gymnasium, where school officials will be joined by law enforcement, including Seth Sullivan, instructor with the National Association of School Resource Officers.

Bond issue to be refinanced

Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland and Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, discuss the terms of the bond issue refinancing.
HALEYVILLE - A historically low interest rate - combined with a new option of flexibility for school systems in handling their own bond issues - have resulted in Haleyville City Schools handling the refinancing of the bond issue for the middle school, which will free up finances for both the school system and the City of Haleyville.

Grant will help Arley Police Department

Police Chief Jerry Cummings speaks to the town council about a grant the Arley Police Department could use to purchase equipment needed. The amount of the grant, if the department qualifies, will be $24,000.
ARLEY - An upcoming grant opportunity is not passing by the Arley Police Department, with Chief Jerry Cummings looking forward to obtaining a grant to purchase much-needed equipment for the department.

HCS Superintendent addresses threat, rumors

Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland issued the following statement Thursday evening, Sept. 26:

"This week, we have been investigating an alleged threat made against Haleyville High School. Thus far, we have found no facts to support this threat.

"The HHS Administration and the Haleyville Police Department will continue to investigate if any new information is brought forward. We have taken this seriously and have worked hard to do a thorough investigation.