Veterans memorial for Helicon back on track


From left, James Rickett, member of the American Legion post in Arley; Dr. Nicole Jones Wadsworth, who works in economic development and State Representative Tim Wadsworth, who purchased the lot for the monument to be located in the Helicon area.
HELICON - Just over two years after plans for a monument honoring veterans was announced for the Helicon community, plans are now in full swing for its construction.

Winston County Commission asked to pay more for inmate health care


Ritchie Harbison chief operations officer for Quality Correctional Health Care, goes over figures claiming the company is in the red over the Winston County Jail. Shown seated from left, Commissioners Rutger Hyche and David Cummings and Chairman Roger Hayes.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Officials with the company that provides medical services for Winston County Jail inmates are claiming to be in the red, offering a solution which would cost the Winston County Commission an additional $84,000 per year.

New overtime rule could put squeeze on City of Haleyville's budget


Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri discusses concerns regarding the new federal overtime rule regarding some salaried employees. Also shown is Haleyville City Council Member Boo Brooks.
HALEYVILLE - Federal changes regarding how some salaried workers are compensated for overtime work has the City of Haleyville concerned over how the new requirement will affect its budget.

Residents angry over conditions of roads in Bankhead


Black Pond Fire Chief Terry Tidwell says it’s a rough situation for firefighters responding to calls on County Road 315 due to its deteriorating condition.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - A group of residents who live along County Road 315 in the Black Pond community informed the Winston County Commission they have traveled a rough road trying to get road improvements made, urging commissioners to help them with funding and resources.

Baughn new DSES principal


New Double Springs Elementary Principal Sharon Baughn at the door to the school, where she will soon be greeting students as they enter for a new year.

DOUBLE SPRINGS    -  Sharon Baughn, newly hired principal at Double Springs Elementary School, is a strong believer in building relationships.
The Winston County Board of Education named Baughn as DSES principal effective July 1, during their regular meeting June 13, at which time they also approved the retirement of Heather Tucker from that position, effective Aug. 1.
Tucker has accepted the position of executive director of Wild Alabama, replacing the retiring Maggie Johnston.

New law gives police new tool to combat distracted driving

WINSTON COUNTY - Alabama’s “hands-free” law, which largely prohibits holding a cell phone or other “wireless telecommunications device” or using one without hands-free technology while driving, went into full effect June 15, following a one-year grace period during violations resulted in warnings rather than citations.