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.

Haleyville Elementary encourages parents to wash supplies

Please consider washing these items before your child returns to school.
HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Elementary School is encouraging parents to sanitize their children's school supplies, such as backpacks, lunchboxes and other items before returning to school. HES will be off Thursday and Friday, Jan. 30-31, due to flu and strep.

Phillips High students mourn the loss of one of their own

From left, Diane Hulsey, great-aunt of Chase Hulsey; Chase's homebound teacher Reba Hill, closest friends Madison Thrasher, Devin Mann, Nick Loveless and Camron Kelley, School Counselor Monica Allen and High School Principal Dr. Al Temple, recall special moments in Chase's life as the school and community cope with his recent death after a lengthy battle with cancer.
BEAR CREEK - Exactly one week after cancer claimed the 4-year-old life of Wyatt Spann in Winfield, the community of Bear Creek is mourning the loss while celebrating the life of Chase Hulsey, a Phillips High School senior whose life was also taken by cancer at the tender age of 19.

Commission urges residents to sign up for weather alerts

Winston County Emergency Management Director Jimmy Madison, center, discusses the need for residents to sign up for weather alerts with the Winston County Commission. From l-r: Winston County Commission Attorney Hobby Manasco, Winston County Commissioner Bobby Everett, Madison, Winston County Commissioner David Cummings and Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes.
WINSTON COUNTY - Weather sirens are an important way to receive weather warnings, but for residents not in the sirens’ range, it is urgent they have a rapid means of receiving weather alerts.

Theresa Snoddy honored for being inducted into College of Education Hall of Fame

From left, Winston County Circuit Clerk J.D. Snoddy, his wife Theresa Snoddy, who was honored by a special proclamation presented by State Representative Tracy Estes.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - State Represetative Tracy Estes had a distinguished resolution to present at the half time of the Lynn Bears/Winston County Yellow Jackets Boys Varsity basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, when honored retired educator Theresa Snoddy was recognized for her induction into the College of Education Hall of Fame.

New model fire truck approved by Haleyville Council

Acting Fire Chief Terrell Baccus, seated front, talks to the council about the need for a fire truck at the council meeting. Also shown are Haleyville firefighters Doug Brakefield, Craig Thomas and David Eckl, sales rep for Emergency Equipment Professionals.
HALEYVILLE - A long overdue upgrade for the Haleyville Fire Department came Tuesday night, Jan. 21, when the Haleyville City Council approved the purchase of a...

State Resolution honors Kennedy

State Representative Tracy Estes presents a resolution to Doug Kennedy in honor of Kennedy's upcoming induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Shown with Kennedy are his wife Gracie, daughter Tracy Martin, grandchildren Mason and Maddie Grace Martin and lifelong friend and supporter Jim Masdon.
HALEYVILLE - State Representative Tracy Estes had a special resolution to present at the Tuesday, Jan. 21, meeting of the Haleyville City Council, honoring Doug Kennedy.

Rep. Proncey Robertson introduces new gun permit legislation

State Representative Proncey Robertson
WINSTON COUNTY - State Senator Randy Price (R-Auburn) and State Representative Proncey Robertson (R-Mt. Hope) - who represents a portion of Winston County - pre-filed a bill Jan. 22, that will establish a cohesive and statewide management level process for administering and managing concealed weapons permits in the State of Alabama.

First responders ‘seeking a sign’ from residents

Arley Fire Department Chief James Rickett makes a reflective sign in the department’s sign shop for residents to purchase to mark their addresses properly.
WINSTON COUNTY - The lack of proper identification, description and visible addresses at residences and other properties across the county is creating quite a headache for emergency responders...

The Bridges of Winston County

Most bridges on Highway 278 were built in 1958 when the road itself was built, unlike this bridge built two years later. It crosses Sipsey Fork in Lakeshore. Shown on the bridge is a “snooper” truck with inspectors.
WINSTON COUNTY - Did you think about that bridge you crossed today? Have you ever thought of what goes into keeping the bridge up?

Town of Lynn names Bryan Kirkpatrick as police chief

Bryan Kirkpatrick is named chief of police in Lynn. From left are Clerk Marcia Manasco and council members Bruce Odom, Tommy Chambless, Brian Heck (front), Allen Barnett, Chris Little (front), Mayor Earl Gilbert and Kirkpatrick.
LYNN – After several months with no police presence, the town of Lynn has hired a police chief, who is no stranger to police work. Bryan Kirkpatrick, former chief deputy with the Winston County Sheriff’s Office, was named chief of police during Lynn’s town meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. His effective date was the next day, Jan. 22.

Burglary case solved just a few hours after initial report

Shown with many of the recovered items, from left, Winston County Sheriff's Deputy B.J. Simmons, Sheriff Horace Moore, Investigators Jacob Eward and Caleb Snoddy and Chief Deputy Brett Rodgers.
ARLEY  - A major emphasis by new Winston County Sheriff Horace Moore is to react quickly to calls and situations, which has led to solving a major theft case just a few hours after the theft was reported.

Haleyville man charged with arson after apartment fire

Yellow crime tape remains around the apartment structure during an ongoing investigation into the fire.
HALEYVILLE  - An early morning blaze at an apartment building at 802 6th Avenue in Haleyville has resulted in arson charges against a Haleyville man after fire officials entered the lower level of the structure to find a chair fire had spread, endangering the second floor.

Addison Rescue Squad dissolved

This building, where the former Addison Rescue Squad operated from, is owned by the Town of Addison.
ADDISON - After 46 years, one organization in Addison is no longer in operation. A letter circulated to Addison Town Hall on Jan. 2, states the Addison Rescue Squad has been dissolved effective Dec. 31, 2019. The announcement came during the Addison town meeting Monday, Jan. 6.

Lynn looks for police chief

Council members Chris Little and Tommy Chambless, along with Clerk Marcia Manasco and Mayor Earl Gilbert discuss hiring a police chief.
LYNN - When the chief of police resigned, it left the Town of Lynn without full-time police protection. Besides the possibility of hiring another chief, one other option was to hire a sheriff’s deputy, though this plan did not make it to fruition.

Routine patrol leads to drug bust at Carl Elliott Heights

Winston County Sheriff's Investigator Jacob Eward weighs some of the drugs confiscated at the scene of Carl Elliott Heights apartments on Newburg Road in Haleyville.
HALEYVILLE  - A routine patrol in the area of Carl Elliott Heights apartments on Newburg Road in Haleyville led to the discovery of methamphetamine and marijuana...

Woodmen Life donates 2 flags to HCS

From left, Haleyville High School Principal Davey Reed, Woodmen Life Sales Rep Todd Dillard, John McCullar, assistant principal over the Center of Technology and High School Assistant Principal Candy Garner

HALEYVILLE - Woodmen Life Insurance recently presented two American flags to Haleyville City Schools, one to be flown on the pole at the high school campus, the other to be flown on a pole at the Haleyville Center of Technology. Woodmen Life presents flags to non-profit groups or organizations. Shown making the presentation to High School Principal Davey Reed is Woodmen Life Sales Representative Todd Dillard. Also shown, at right, are John McCullar, assistant principal over the COT and High School Assistant Principal Candy Garner.

Legislators to conduct public meet and greet tonight at HMS

From left, State Representatives Tracy Estes, Proncey Robertson, Senators Greg Reed, Garlan Gudger and Representative Tim Wadsworth at the 2019 forum holding Alabama bicentennial plaques made by students at the Haleyville Center of Technology.
HALEYVILLE  - Winston County’s delegation in the state legislature will be visiting Haleyville Middle School for a meet and greet tonight.

Local students graduate from Troy University

TROY - April Westmoreland, of Addison, and Autumn Cunningham, of Arley, both completed the requirements for graduation during the fall semester and Term 2 of Troy University's 2019/2020 academic year.  The fall semester includes graduates from the Troy campus. Term 2 graduates include students at Troy's campuses in Dothan, Phenix City and Montgomery, along with teaching sites outside of Alabama and online.

Rodgers named chief deputy

Winston County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Brett Rodgers
WINSTON COUNTY - Brett Rodgers, known most recently as school resource officer for Addison Schools as well as officer for the town of Addison, has been welcomed onboard by newly appointed sheriff Horace Moore as chief deputy of the sheriff’s office.

Estes wins AASB’s highest honor

State Representative Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, receives the Legislative Award from Alabama Association of School Boards Executive Director Sally Smith.
BIRMINGHAM - State House Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, was recently presented with the Legislative Award, as chosen annually by officials with the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB).

Faster internet coming to Smith Lake

Discussing the new project at the entrance to Sipsey Pines subdivision, from left, Suzie Barber, subdivision resident; Jay Weekley, co-founder of Cyber Broadband; Jay Fuller, co-founder/CEO of Cyber Broadband; Don Aaron, technician; Drew Whiteside, loan officer with Traders and Farmers Bank; Jeremy Bartlett, technician and State Senator Garlan Gudger.
ARLEY - A $535,000 project providing high speed internet service to 200 residents in the Sipsey Pines subdivision at Smith Lake is receiving a major boost from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.