2-year-old child dies

 The Winston/Marion County District Attorney's Office has confirmed to the Alabamian that a two-year-old child died over the weekend. The case is under investigation  by the DA's office.

Authorities have not released the cause of the child's death. Winston County Deputy Coroner Tracy Yealock has not released the child's name due to the child's age.

The Alabamian will provide more details as they become available.

Garbage bills are going up


Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes, left, explains about the need to keep equipment updated for the sanitation department. Also shown is Commissioner Bobby Everett.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - A resolution passed by the Winston County Commission Monday, June 10, increased rates for garbage collection service by $1.50 for a total of $14.75 per month for the service, with an additional $3 late fee applied each quarter to any rates that are not paid.

Brian Free & Assurance in concert Saturday at Haleyville First Baptist


Brian Free & Assurance

Well known gospel recording artist Brian Free & Assurance will be in concert Saturday, June 15, at 6 p.m. at Haleyville First Baptist Church, located at 1103 21st Street, Haleyville, Alabama 35565. Some of the work by the gospel group includes, "Stand Up for What I Stand For", "Mercy Granted One More Time", "Flood the Altar", "All Things Work Together", "Promises One By One", and many more.  There will be no admission charge and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Chromebooks for all Winston students


Chromebooks are being used at Lynn High School. From left are Roger Hayes, Winston County Commission chairman; Jeff Stokes, Lynn mayor; Representative Tim Wadsworth; Senator Greg Reed; Lauranne James, executive director and LHS Principal Todd Tittle.
WINSTON COUNTY - A “one to one” initiative has paid off for the Winston County School System, thanks to the Resource Conservation and Development of Northwest Alabama council association.

Haleyville hires new firefighters

HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri told Haleyville City Council members during the June 3, meeting that he has hired five new volunteer firemen.  They are Branden Roberts, Cameron Miller, Kyle Doss, Ethan McBroom and Blane Godsey.  They will be paid at a rate of $17.83 per call.  The only item on the council’s agenda was approving minutes from May 20.

D-Day Remembered


Double Springs resident Jack Baldwin with many of the medals he received for his service during WWII, including the French Legion of Honour.
Editor's note: In commemoration of today, June 6, being the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France - known as D-Day, we are posting an article that ran in the Alabamian approximately five years ago. The article is about Double Springs resident Jack Baldwin, who received the French Legion of Honour for his role in helping to liberate France from the Nazis. The article includes Baldwin's personal recollections of landing at Normandy on D-Day. Please note that the dates within this article reflect the timeframe when it was written five years ago. DOUBLE SPRINGS - A Double Springs man has joined a short and very prestigious list of persons to receive France’s highest honor.

Knight receives Alumnus of the Year award


Bo Knight receives the Alumnus of the Year award presented by Debbie Wood, president of the Haleyville Alumni Association.
HALEYVILLE  - Bo Knight, described as knowing the value of hard work and never expecting from others what he is willing to give, was honored with thunderous applause, when he came forward to receive the highly coveted Alumnus of the Year award at the city’s annual luncheon Saturday, June 1.

Lyons receives Service and Dedication award


Annita Lyons, left, receives the Service and Dedication award on behalf of her husband Howie Lyons. Shown presenting the award is Tabitha Clark, vice president of the Haleyville Alumni Association.
HALEYVILLE - The room filled with alumni gathered for the annual luncheon Saturday, June 1, erupted with applause, when Annita Lyons came forward to receive the Service and Dedication award on behalf of her husband Howie Lyons.

Property taxes may go up


Winston County Revenue Commissioner Sandra Wright shows a sample of the green card that will soon be mailed out.
WINSTON COUNTY - Taxpayers in Winston County need to be aware of a little green card they will soon receive in the mail.

Former Addison Police Chief killed in accident


Donald Baker

ADDISON - Retired Addison Police Chief Donald Baker was killed Monday afternoon, June 3, in a motorcycle accident in the vicinity of Dunlap, Tennessee.  Baker's body was returned to Nichols Funeral Home in Addison Monday afternoon in a large convoy comprised by law enforcement officers from across Winston County and the surrounding area. 

For funeral arrangements, see the Obituary page.

Denton named elite tourism professional

NATURAL BRIDGE - An individual from Winston County has been named a North Alabama Elite Tourism Professional, a program of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) where tourism employees demonstrating outstanding customer service and hospitality in the 16-county North Alabama region are recognized in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week.

Reed hired as new Haleyville High School Principal


Welcoming Davey Reed on board as new principal of Haleyville High School, from left, Board of Education President Donna Jones, Chere Fetter, who has served as high school interim principal. Standing to the right of Reed is HCS Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland.
HALEYVILLE - In a special called meeting Friday, May 31, Davey Alan Reed was hired by a unanimous vote of the Haleyville Board of Education as the new principal of Haleyville High School for the 2019-2020 school year effective June 3.

Ivey signs rural broadband inititative into law


Governor Kay Ivey signs SB90 into law. Standing far right is State Senator Greg Reed, who represents a portion of Winston County.
MONTGOMERY - In a major step toward continued expansion of broadband internet service in rural Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey today signed Senate Bill 90 into law. Sponsored by Senator Clay Scofield (R-Guntersville), SB90 expands an existing grant program under the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund, which was established by the Alabama Legislature in 2018.

State Senate approves Incentives to spur job growth in slow-growing counties and bring technology companies to Alabama

WINSTON COUNTY - The State Senate on Wednesday evening approved the Alabama Incentives Modernization (AIM) Act, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) and Representative Bill Poole (R-Tuscaloosa).

$1.1 million resolution passed for water and sewer improvements


Mayor Ken Sunseri has just signed a resolution for the 2019 Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan in the amount of $1,182,100.
HALEYVILLE - When the Haleyville Water Works and Sewer Board did not receive the principal forgiveness of $500,000 on a $1.5 million loan, not all of the items could be completed at this time. The HWWSB approved a resolution for one of the scenarios given by Engineer Calvin Cassady in the amount of $1,182,100, at their meeting, Tuesday, May 28, for the 2019 “Clean Water State Revolving Fund” loan.

Crane Hill couple pleads guilty to tax fraud

CRANE HILL - A Crane Hill couple pleaded guilty yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama to failing to pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town for the Northern District of Alabama.

Billowing smoke alerts fire department to vacant house fire

HALEYVILLE - Friday morning, May 24, Fire Chief Terrell Baccus was in the area of 21st Street and Alabama Avenue, when he saw black smoke billowing from the south Haleyville area.

“I could tell it was more than a controlled burn. I called dispatch. They said they didn't have any reports of any controlled burn, so I came and inspected it and found a structure fire fully involved,” Chief Baccus stated.

County issuing warrants over past due bills


Discussing the issue, from left, Winston County Commissioner David Cummings, Chairman Roger Hayes and Commissioner Bobby Everett. Also shown is administrative clerk Judy Burnett.
WINSTON COUNTY - $800,000 in arrears caused by residents not paying their fees for sanitation collection services has forced the Winston County Commission into taking its strongest action yet, reaching the point of legal action to get residents to pay up on past due bills.

Bear Creek back in debt


Discussing the indebtedness, from left, Mayor Tammie Batchelor, Clerk Jamie Green and Attorney Cole Christopher.
BEAR CREEK - The time has come for the Town of Bear Creek to turn over all of its finances to the Alabama Attorney General for investigation, after the town council and members of the public discussed back payments never made to the Internal Revenue Service during a previous administration, that are now coming to a head.

Donations heading Africa's way


Seated are Pastor Jonathan Uncapher and Dr. Isaac Gwan. Standing left to right, Grace Mokem, university student; Guilene Pagnou, lab technician; Leonie Fokou, teacher and her child; Solange Gouffo, head teacher and Cornelius, young boy.
ARLEY - The Church at Arley, located three miles south of the town on County Road 41, has received many donations, including much needed medical equipment, which is being sent to Nomedjoh, Cameroon, just north of the equator in west Africa. It had 712 inhabitants in 2005.

BEF Foods, Inc. recalls beef products produced without benefit of inspection

WINSTON COUNTY - BEF Foods, Inc., a Lima, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 527 pounds of beef pasta products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside of inspection hours, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

New faces taking top posts at Double Springs and Meek Elementary schools


Alan Henderson, current assistant principal at Meek High School, will be moving to principal at Meek Elementary School. Heather Tucker will be moving to Double Springs Elementary School as principal from MES.
WINSTON COUNTY - When students return to school at Double Springs and Meek Elementary on Wednesday, Aug. 7, they will see new faces welcoming them.

LHS Class of 1960 saves Natural Bridge Town Hall


Members of the Lynn High School Class of 1960 are outside the town hall and community center at Natural Bridge which was just on fire. Back row from left are Linda Garrett, Bobbie Ann Rhodes, Betty Jean Downey, Mavis Emberg and Lon Hicks. Front row, Ola Fay Gustafson, Linda Prestridge, Joe Norris and Peggy Lynn.
NATURAL BRIDGE - It is the time of year for class reunions, and the Lynn High School Class of 1960 met for their 59th on Friday, May 10, at the Natural Bridge Town Hall and Community Center. The quiet gathering soon turned into a cry of fire when a passing motorist noticed smoke coming from the eaves of the building and alerted those inside.

Alabama bait bill becomes law

WINSTON COUNTY - Hunters in Alabama can now hunt white-tailed deer (when in season) and feral pigs with the aid of bait on privately owned or leased lands if they have purchased and are in possession of an annual bait privilege license issued by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

East side of county wary over Lakeland’s plan to open clinics


Above left, State Representative Tim Wadsworth, who is also providing a building for Capstone Clinic to open in Arley, speaks out. Above right, attorney Jeff Mobley, representing the health care authority, says collaboration is the key rather than competition. Also shown is health care authority chairperson Judy Bittinger.
WINSTON COUNTY - Before the Winston County Commission took a vote April 29, to apply two mills of property tax directly to the Health Care Authority of Haleyville and Winston County, a tremendous amount of discussion erupted, with several opposing the idea.