Official county fair debuts next week

Seymour-Durbin Park in Double Springs will be the place to be next week, as the first official county fair opens. (Photo by P.J. Gossett)
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Although this marks the third fair sponsored by Community Unity, this year marks a first in Winston County for a fair to be designated as the officially chartered county fair by the Alabama Fair Association. This means the fair, which has been held at the Double Springs ball fields the past three years, has now been expanded more than ever before, to include not just the family friendly and thrilling rides and games but also activities by the county cooperative extension service and even live entertainment.

Principal's office rolled for National Principal Week

Winston County High School Principal Jeff Cole arrived to his office to find it "rolled" with toilet paper in celebration of National Principal Week this week. There were also balloons strewn about the hallway floors and crepe paper hanging everywhere, as well as signs on the walls with his picture on it proclaiming NPW. "I'm glad to know I am loved," Cole laughed.

Nine plays from Free State Theater Troupe starting April 12

Haleyville students Zoe Lawler, Matt Thompson, Cayden Postell, and Cadey Lawler prepare for the upcoming Spring performance of “Hilarity and Hoopla.” Students from six area schools have joined to form the Free State Theater Troupe and are sponsored by the Winston County Arts Council.
WINSTON COUNTY - The Free State Theater Troupe have been rehearsing for upcoming performances at Looney's Tavern Dual Destiny Theater on Hwy. 278 in Double Springs. Nine short comedy plays will be played out in front of the audience.

46th annual Arley Day set for May 18

Arley Women’s Club members preparing for the big event, include, seated from left, Gail Pisani, Audra Kelley, Club President Cindy Bryant. Standing from left, Montie Pafford, Nancy Carlisle, Publicity Chairperson Beth Sargent and Belinda Rahal.
ARLEY - The Town of Arley will soon be filled with thousands of visitors for the 46th annual Arley Day festival.

Hiker rescued after three days in Bankhead Forest

Sid Burgess is reunited with family members, as he is transported from ALEA helicopter to RPS ambulance for medical transport after being found in the Bankhead National Forest.
BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - An experienced hiker, who had been in the Bankhead National Forest for three days, was found and rescued leading to an emotional moment when the man was reunited with family members before being transported for medical treatment at Princeton Hospital in Birmingham.

2018 state auditor candidate arrested

MONTGOMERY - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest of Elliott Owen Lipinsky, a candidate for 2018 Republican nomination for state auditor, on three felony charges related to illegally accessing and attempting to access confidential law enforcement records, two of which are related to his opponents in the primary.

Aderholt introduces bill to raise the age to buy tobacco products

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Robert Aderholt, released the following statement in regard to the introduction of his bill, Stopping Consumption of Tobacco by Teens (SCOTT Act), to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21 and to also require more age verification for the online sale of vaping products.

More details released in death of baby found in motel room floor

The baby was found unresponsive in the floor of a motel room at the Imperial Inn located on Highway 13 in Haleyville.
HALEYVILLE  -  The death of a five-month-old male infant, who was found on the floor while the father was sleeping in a motel room at Imperial Inn Tuesday, April 2, is under active investigation.

Twin Forks to reopen April 15; camper fees, rules approved

Bear Creek Town Council Member Daniel Green, right, makes a lengthy motion explaining the reopening of Twin Forks Park along with numerous rules, prices and needful information. Also shown is Town Attorney Cole Christopher.
BEAR CREEK   - The date that both campers as well as town officials and residents have been waiting for will take place on Monday, April 15, when Twin Forks park and campsites will reopen after being closed down 10 weeks for repairs and renovations.