Most area law enforcement switching to digital radios Feb. 28


Winston County Sheriff Horace Moore shows the new digital radios most law enforcement officers in Winston County will begin using Feb. 28.
WINSTON COUNTY - The Winston County Sheriff’s Office has announced that communications on both their hand-held and vehicle radios is being switched over from analog to digital, providing a much clearer means of communication, effective Feb. 28.

New poll site for Pebble residents


County officials and residents of the Pebble community gather in the kitchen building of the Pebble Community Center, which will now serve as the new polling site for the community. From l-r: Winston County Commissioner David Cummings, Pebble resident Earl Nicholson, Winston County Probate Judge Sheila Moore, resident and Pebble Community Center board member Carla Waldrep and Margaret Crane.
PEBBLE - A request from residents in the Pebble area to relocate their polling site from the Pebble Volunteer Fire Department to the Pebble Community Center over a year ago is just now coming to fruition after the Winston County Commission’s vote in their regular meeting Monday, Feb. 10.

A forgotten cemetery located


Winston County Genealogical Society member Ronald Jackson stands beside the grave of an unknown female at the newly discovered Caney Creek Road Cemetery.
RABBITTOWN - Winston County has many well-known cemeteries, including large ones such as Winston Memorial, but the Winston County Genealogical Society considers one lone grave a cemetery, and a new one has been located, which contains at least two, possibly three graves.

Mike Gilbreath Memorial Park temporarily closed during renovation project


Roots of trees through the years have heavily damaged the walking track at the park.
DOUBLE SPRINGS  - A community park, named in honor of a man who gave much service to his community, was temporarily closed beginning Feb. 13,  while its first major renovation, planned at least the past two years, is finally taking place.

Big plans announced for Arley Day on May 16


Members of the Arley Women’s Club plan this year’s Arley Day. Left to right, sitting are Jonna Bailey, Montie Pafford and Nancy Carlisle. Standing are Mary Wynder, Carolyn Blanton, Cindy Bryant, Jane Shirah, Laurie McGriff, Ara Loftis and Joni Owens.
ARLEY - Are you ready for summer? Members of the Arley Women’s Club sure are and have been working toward Arley’s gateway to summer: the annual Arley Day Festival. Organized and presented by the AWC, Arley Day is in its 47th year. Plans have already begun, and the event looks to be the best yet. Save the date: Saturday, May 16, and get ready to begin the summer off right.

Trophy case, patriotic mural honor Late Sr. Airman Mark Forester


From left, Haleyville High School Principal Davey Reed, art student Anna Reyes and Ray Forester are proud of the new trophy case and patriotic mural honoring Ray's son, Senior Airman Mark Forester, who was killed in the line of duty in 2010.
HALEYVILLE - What began as an expansion of the Haleyville High School nurse's station thanks to state windfall monies has led to a multi-faceted project displaying student talent as a memorial to Sr. Airman Mark Forester, who was killed in the line of duty in 2010.

Vehicle stalls across flooded creek


Splunge Creek flows out of its channel and across County Road 339 with the recent rains. The Chevrolet Tahoe shown has been extracted from the creek after occupants tried to cross.
LYNN - Winston County has received a lot of rain this week, especially Wednesday, Feb. 12, with the Haleyville weather station of the National Weather Service reporting just over two inches of rain that day alone. When a storm system comes through with heavy rain involved, there are several places in southwest Winston near Lynn which flood. Splunge and Browns creeks, both flowing under County Road 339 normally, flow over the road in the low-lying area, as the water channel cannot handle the load.

Town Council hires electrician to check out Twin Forks during temporary closure


From left, Council Member Jimmy Preston, Mayor Tammie Batchelor and Town Clerk Jamie Green listen as advice is given to them by attorney Cole Christopher concerning some election formalities the council needs to approve.
BEAR CREEK - The Bear Creek Town Council voted at their regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 13, to hire Chester Barber as the electrician to check out Twin Forks campsites,  making sure everything is in order while the park is temporarily closed for general maintenance.

Haleyville getting a pediatrician


Dr. Brooke Bailey Goar, left and Ashley Pool, COO of Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville.
HALEYVILLE - During the Business & Professional Women's Club meeting at Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville Wednesday, Feb. 12, Lakeland COO Ashley Pool announced that Dr. Brooke Bailey Goar will be opening a pediatric practice at Lakeland Community Hospital.

Man charged with capital murder in police officer's death has local ties


Nick O'Rear, who was shot and killed this past week in the line of duty, had recently been certified as the K-9 handler for the Kimberly Police Department.
WALKER COUNTY   - The pursuit of a suspect vehicle, containing a man with criminal ties to several areas including Winston County, ended in the fatal shooting of Kimberly Police Officer Nick O’Rear...

Burkett winner of county spelling bee

Winston County Spelling Bee winners are champion John Paul Burkett, of Lynn High School, and Grant Banks, of Meek High School. The winning champion word is “mutter.”

LYNN - It took 17 rounds for a winner to be declared in the 2020 Winston County Spelling Bee, held Friday, Feb. 7, at Lynn Elementary School. John Paul Burkett, of Lynn High School, was the winner with Grant Banks of Meek High School as the runner-up. The championship word was mutter.

Father and son reunite at Double Springs Elementary


Abel Spicer has so much to tell his Daddy, Nicholas Spicer, after Nicholas surprises Abel in his classroom after being overseas with the Air Force for seven months.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Six-year-old Abel Spicer got the birthday surprise of his life Wednesday, Jan. 29, when his daddy, Nicholas, surprised him after a six-month absence serving his country in the Air Force overseas in Qatar.

61st annual Chittlin' Supper taking place Feb. 28


New Meek High School band student Heather Berglund, left, reacts when she is told by fellow band student Suzie Feist that a chitterling is a fried hog intestine that is actually edible.
ARLEY - The annual chittlin' supper benefiting the Meek High School Band of Champions is less than a month away and nominations are already being accepted for the highly coveted honor of Chittlin' King and Queen, who will be announced after a vote at the supper this year.

Man loses everything in house fire


Firefighters battle the blaze and check for hot spots. The fire consumed the residence.
BEAR CREEK - The Alabama Fire Marshal is scheduled this week to begin an investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed the home where a Bear Creek man had been living, resulting in the loss of all of his possessions.

Sheriff releases statement on theft of sheriff's office vehicle by jail trustee


This Winston County Sheriff's Office vehicle was crashed in Decatur after being allegedly stolen by a Winston County Jail trustee.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Winston County Sheriff Horace Moore has released the following statement regarding the alleged theft and crash of a sheriff's office vehicle by a Winston County Jail trustee Monday, Feb. 3:

HES closes to disinfect after rampant flu


Haleyville Elementary Media Specialist Jennifer Haughton, left, and First Grade Teacher Robin Wilson clean desks and tables in classrooms while the school is closed.
HALEYVILLE  - The outbreak of the flu virus has spread like wildfire through different parts of the state, causing several schools, including Haleyville Elementary, to close their doors in order to clean and disinfect before students return Monday, Feb. 3.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson announces changes to rules affecting manufactured housing during Russellville facility tour

RUSSELLVILLE - During a visit to Clayton Homes manufacturing facility in Russellville as part of the “Driving Affordable Housing Across America Bus Tour,” Thursday, Jan. 30, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced...

McCrary crowned Miss UNA 2020


Miss UNA 2020 Caitlin McCrary, who is a native of Double Springs. (Photo by Leah Johnson, UNA staff photographer)
FLORENCE - University of North Alabama senior Caitlin Hope McCrary, of Double Springs, was crowned Miss UNA 2020 at the Miss UNA program, "The Greatest Show on Earth", Saturday evening, Jan. 25, at Florence Middle School auditorium.