Traffic pattern change for HMS


Haleyville Middle School Principal Bo Wilcoxson instructs a test driver on the proper way of maneuvering through the parking lot under the new drop off and pickup pattern of traffic.

HALEYVILLE  -The start of a new year for Haleyville City Schools on Wednesday, Aug. 8, will mean a major change in student drop offs for the middle school, not just during hectic first-day traffic, but throughout the school year.

Senior Center proposed for Arley


The former Traders & Farmers Bank building in Arley is being considered as a site for a possible senior center for residents.
ARLEY - The former location of Traders & Farmers Bank, which has sat vacant for several years, is being eyed as the location for the Town of Arley’s first senior citizen center, as those behind the planning recently approached the Arley Town Council with their requests.

Grant to enhance Addison Pre-K


Addison Elementary Principal Jeff Scott with Pre-kindergarten teacher Liz Brannon, far left, and Jennifer Woodard. who were funded under the first pre-K program.
ADDISON - After a successful pre-kindergarten program the past two years at Addison Elementary, the school will proudly kick off their second pre-K program when school starts Wednesday, Aug. 8, thanks to a second $120,000 grant.

Haleyville applying for $450,000 CDBG grant


Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, left, and Lane Bates, general manager of the Haleyville Water and Sewer Department, are on 7th Avenue, where a portion of the proposed major water/sewer line project will take place.
HALEYVILLE - The time has come to update water and sewer lines and freshly pavie areas of 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th avenues, thanks to a $450,000 Community Development Block Grant, which would be funded as a partnership between the City of Haleyville and the water department.

Helicon or Helican?


F.C. Parris Grocery in Helicon, one of Helicon’s former businesses. (Photo courtesy of Chris and Lenette Parris)
HELICON - Nestled in east-central Winston County, about one-and-a-half miles from the Cullman County line, is the community of Helicon.

Mayor holds weather briefing ahead of severe weather threat


Mayor Ken Sunseri, center, talks with Gerita Rye, director of safety, medical staff services, physician recruitment and marketing for Lakeland Community Hospital, and Park and Recreation Director Joel Sherrill after the meeting.
HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri held a weather meeting with department heads Friday, July 20, ahead of what weather officials were predicting as a severe weather situation much more common to the spring than summer.

Buzz-in systems for all Winston County Schools


From left, Cory Williamson, receptionist at the Double Springs Elementary School office, Principal Keith Hood, Winston County Schools Security Supervisor Danny Springer and Superintendent Greg Pendley at the door where the buzz-in intercom system has been installed.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - In efforts to increase student safety, all schools across the Winston County School district are installing buzz-in systems, where the only method of entry into the buildings will be through intercom communication with the receptionist.

Winston wildlife team headed to national competition


Winston County 4-H students attend state competition at Eufaula Springs. Back row, from left, Ethan Smith, Tommy Daniel, Alden Archer, Jagger Benson and Suzie Feist. Front row, Destiny Walker, Daneaul Walker, Bethany Fuller, James Feist and Avery Archer. (Courtesy photo)
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County 4-H Wildlife Team has garnered the prestige of being the first in the county to make it to national competition.

Double Springs a favorite stop for Overland bicyclists


American Challengers bike across the country, with a stop in Double Springs. This photo shows them running into the ocean with their front wheels at Santa Monica on August 8, 2017, at the end of the journey. The latest group will arrive there shortly. Courtesy photo.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Southern hospitality is extended yearly by Double Springs Mayor Elmo Robinson and others toward Overland American Challenge bicyclists, it was learned at the recent town meeting on July 9.

Arts expanding in Winston County schools


Involved in the recent grant announcements, from left, State Representative Tim Wadsworth, Meek High School Principal Marla Murrah, Pottery Workshop teacher Sandra Heaven, Addison Art Teacher Shirley Sudduth, Blythe and Larry Welton, educational directors for the Winston County Arts Council and Arts Council President J.D. Snoddy.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The goal of expanding art programs throughout all of the schools in Winston County has received a major boost with the announcement of two grants.

Arley native gives back


Celia Sampley, left, and Debra Johnson, right, give their respective grandson and son, Caleb Johnson, a big hug.
ARLEY - Arley native Caleb Johnson, author of the newly-published book Treeborne, has been on a book signing tour across the southeast since it was published by Picador Press in June, but recently came home to share his success by giving back.

Continentally-divided family reunites


From l-r, Arnold Stewart, Kay Stewart, Georgia Evans, Pam Stewart and Keith Evans are happy to now be a united family.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Many children grow up knowing their father, his looks, his mannerisms and his character. Some grow up with their father across town or even across the nation. Not many, though, grow up without ever seeing their father because he lives in another country, but that is what happened to Georgia Rose Evans, of Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.