MHS Band state champions; HHS Band runner up in 4A

From left, MHS Band of Champions Director Kevin Dunham, band students Chase Herron, Tori Payne, Suzie Feist, Mallory Taylor and Holli Hyche with the large 1A state champion award plus individual awards the band received at the second annual statewide competition.
HOOVER - The Meek High School Band has truly lived up to its name - The Band of Champions - by earning top honors in 1A at the second annual Alabama State Marching Band Championship.

Applications for Toys for Tots to be accepted beginning Friday

From left, Winston County Assistant Work Release Coordinator Brent Porter, Sheriff's Chief Deputy Bryan Kirkpatrick and Sheriff's Investigator Jonathan Oliver the amount of toys leftover from previous Toys for Tots giveaways is dwindling and is need of replenishing.
WINSTON COUNTY   -  The need keeps growing, while the donations keep dwindling. Donations are not matching the need, as the amount of toys  for the annual Toys for Tots holiday giveaway, has nearly been depleted, leaving organizers to start from scratch for this year’s drive.

Haleyville Veterans parade, activities Saturday, Nov. 9

From left, American Legion Post 33 Vice Commander Bud Nixon, Post 33 Adjutant Commander Mickey Holdbrooks and Post 33 Commander and District 14 Commander Mike Smith with a special bugle that is played for Taps when a band member or another player cannot be found at a ceremony.
HALEYVILLE  - The lives of all veterans, past and present, will be honored in grand fashion Saturday, Nov. 9, with a special emphasis on the 101st anniversary of the end of World War I and the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.

Man charged after shooting dog then dragging it by a nylon lumber strap

Donald Gene Nix is escorted into the Haleyville Police Department by Investigator Lt. Tim Steien on Thursday, October 31.
HALEYVILLE  - A Haleyville man has been charged with cruelty to animals after he not only shot his neighbor’s dog but tied a nylon lumber strap around its neck and hung it by the rope out the window of a vehicle as he drove down the road in his neighborhood.

Stoneware jug about 115 years old

This stoneware whiskey jug donated to the Haleyville Historical Society is over 100 years old.
HALEYVILLE - Walk in the saloon, hear the piano player, miss the spittoon, jingle your spurs and drink some whiskey. No, this was not a saloon somewhere in the Old West but a saloon right here in Haleyville.

$774,000 ARC grant announced to continue high speed internet project

Discussing the new funding are, from left, Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes, State Representative Tracy Estes, Paul Housel, representing Congressman Robert Aderholt, Tombigbee President Steve Foshee, Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri and WC Commissioner David Cummings.
HAMILTON - Tombigbee Electric Coop has announced a $774,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant will be applied  to furthering the ongoing regional project connecting both homes and commerce in rural Alabama to high speed internet service.

Extension office partners with HCS on major outreach project

From left, Former Winston County Extension Agent Mike Henshaw, HCT Drafting Instructor Jamie White, Extension Coordinator Zack Brannon, Assistant High School Principals Candy Garner and John McCullar with $2,000 worth of lumber donated by Mill Creek for the project.
HALEYVILLE  - Residents in need, who receive assistance each week from Main Street Ministries, have inspired a partnership between the Winston County Extension Office and Haleyville City Schools to work on a project with an unlimited outreach.

Community hears startling messages about social media dangers

From left, Seth Sullivan, instructor with the National Association of School Resource Officers; Winston County High School Principal Jeff Cole and School Resource Officer Kent Donaldson talk before the community event.
DOUBLE SPRINGS  - School children may not realize it, but they often have strangers in their bedrooms or in their homes.

Memorial dedicated to memory of Mark Forester

Before the ceremony, State Representative Proncey Robertson is introduced to Ray and Pat Forester, parents of Mark Forester. The newly dedicated monument can be seen in the background.
HALEYVILLE - A ceremony held at the flag pole at Haleyville Middle School on Tuesday, October 22,  set the stage for the dedication of the school's flag pole and a special monument named in honor of Senior Airman Mark Forester, who lost his life defending his country in Afghanistan in 2010.

Date changes made for football games

Due to the threat of inclement weather, announcements have been made for our coverage area's Friday night football games.  Addison, Haleyville,  and Phillips and Winston County's games have been changed to Thursday, Oct. 24, with kick-offs at 7 p.m. However, the Meek/Lynn game has been moved back to Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., due to a conflict with another sporting event.