PHS Robotics Team places high in prestigious competitions


The Phillips High School Robotics Team. Front row, from left, Andrew Byrd, Nevin Elkins, Seth Anderson, Eric Wilson, Gavin Mallard, Zack Farr and Riley Price. Back row, from left, Bo Green, David Copeland, adviser, Katlyn Frazier, Andrew Gilbert, Kylie Crane, Abby Sutherland, Alexis Sutherland, Maddie Guthrie, Jade Wilson, Brady Sutherland, Brendon Garrison and Phillip Wilson, parent helper. (Courtesy photo)
BEAR CREEK - The Phillips High School Robotics Team has been working very hard, and that work is paying off.

Winston/Marion Youth Leadership Academy bringing students from both counties together


Dr. Bill Bishop, director of administrative services for HCS and youth leadership sponsor Neina Middleton go over details of the academy with the two students chosen from HHS, Halle Tolbert and Ty Black.
HALEYVILLE - Students across schools in Winston and Marion counties are experiencing the first joint youth leadership academy encompassing the two counties in many years, training youth to become the leaders of tomorrow through community service.

Stay off social media, mayor emphasizes


Bear Creek Mayor Tammie Batchelor informs the public that social media is hurting the town and all town business on social media should be stopped.
BEAR CREEK - The use of social media to conduct any town business has been strictly condemned by Mayor Tammie Batchelor, who spoke out at the town council’s Dec. 3 meeting that such will not be tolerated, while at the same time issuing a new rule regarding those speaking at council meetings.

New vehicles for Winston County Sheriff’s Office


From left, showing the partnership between the Winston County Commission and the sheriff’s office, from left, Commissioners Bobby Everett, David Cummings, Commission Chairman Roger Hayes, Sheriff Tommy Moore, Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bryan Kirkpatrick and Deputy Josh Silas.
HALEYVILLE - Being frugal with funds has meant two new vehicles for the Winston County Sheriff’s Office, a purchase praised by the Winston County Commission showing the partnership they have with the sheriff’s office.

Child population is decreasing. How will it impact us?

WINSTON COUNTY - Data have been released for “kids count” statistics on Alabama counties. Every year, a data book is released by VOICES for Alabama’s Children, and this year marks the 25th anniversary. A changing demographic from these statistics show a decline in Alabama’s child population, which is now at 25%. Winston County’s child population dropped from 26.2% in 2000 to 22.7% in 2017...

Location for Winston County High School Band's Christmas concert changed

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The location for the Winston County High School Band's Christmas concert has been changed.  The concert will take place Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at The Rock Church, located on Highway 278 East.  The concert was originally planned to be at First Baptist Church of Double Springs.

New trial for Fields


Ashley Fields
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Circuit Judge Lee Carter has ordered that Ashley Brooke Fields--who was sentenced on Sept. 12, to 25 years in the state penitentiary after being found guilty of murder/felony murder--did not receive a fair trial...

Exxel Outdoors cuts ribbon on new military systems dept.


Officials attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new military systems department at Exxel Outdoors.
HALEYVILLE - Exxel Outdoors, the leading manufacturer of high quality innovative outdoor recreation products, announced a major expansion of its production line and the grand opening of its first Military Systems Department, in a grand ceremony attended by local, state and federal officials Thursday, Nov. 29.

Vets honored at Winston County High


Veterans honored at Winston County High School were, bottom row, from left, Alan Gray, Eddie Densmore, Clyde Garrison, William Storie, Jim Baird, G.W. Elliott, Jerry Thorn and Carl Alexander. Middle row is Danny Jacks, Brandon Key, Joe Steele, Johnnie Hill and Ralph Garcia. Top is Neeley Adams.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Fourteen veterans, ranging from the Korean War to present day, were honored at the Winston County High School gymnasium Friday, Nov. 9.