Free Fishing Day is coming

Free Fishing Day, when residents and out-of-state visitors can fish for free in most public waters, whether fresh or saltwater, will be Saturday, June 11, during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4-12. On this day, no fishing license will be required to fish in most public waters in Alabama. However, some piers and state public fishing lakes will still require a permit, and fishing for red snapper will still require a $10 Gulf Reef Fish Endorsement and saltwater angler registration, which is free.

$2 million new industry coming to Bear Creek


Bear Creek Mayor Rob Taylor shows the property that will soon occupy Riverwood Forest Products Inc., where Burley Wholesale will soon be closing.
BEAR CREEK - A $2 million investment in Bear Creek has been announced, as a new industry has purchased the former Burley Wholesale property, bringing high-paying jobs and a major boost in the area’s economic development.

Haleyville Library chosen for prestigious school readiness program


Using one kit from the Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit, Head Librarian Carla Waldrep practices color recognition and counting with local preschoolers. Ten different kits will be available to check out.
HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Public Library recently received the Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit, a set of ten kits each containing two to three books (21 in all) and materials for hands-on activities related to the books’ topics.

Arley Day is May 21


Members of the Arley Women’s Club are excited about the swiftly approaching Arley Day festival to be held once again at Hamner Park but with some refreshing changes. Members from left, Brittany Bailes, Paula Fullington, Bethany Grant,  Teri Henley, Jane Shirah, Club President Barb Wills, Johnna Bailey, Arley Day chairperson, Leigh Hall, Sue Grogan and Beverly Kelly.

ARLEY        -  There are more reasons to celebrate at the annual Arley Day festival than ever before.
This year, the festival, planned in its annual time slot of the third Saturday in May, or May 21, marks several changes. The biggest change is  a major expansion of the festival itself, resulting in parking moved off site and visitors being shuttled back and forth to the festival located Hamner Park off County Road 77, organizers said.

$200,000 grant to repair County Road 54


Shown at the site where a portion of County Road 54 collapsed due to failed culverts, from left, Winston County Emergency Management Director A.J. Brown, Commissioner David Cummings, Road Engineer James Glasgow and Assistant Engineer Matt Rouse.
HALEYVILLE - The wheels of progress are turning once again, and the public should see a bridge spanning the gap where a section of County Road 54 collapsed due to aging culverts, thanks to $200,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds.

Fire departments seek LUCAS life-saving device while county commission struggles over how to get it


Lt. Erik GIlbreath of the Double Springs Fire Department shows how their LUCAS device works.
WINSTON COUNTY - The Winston County Commission is feeling the heat from seven local volunteer fire departments that need a LUCAS chest compression system or automated CPR device, wondering why the commission is not spending funds from their portion of the American Rescue Plan Act.

Bankhead District Ranger leaving


Andy Scott (Courtesy photo)
BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - Bankhead District Ranger Andy Scott is leaving for more—if not greener—forest next month; he’s being promoted to the position of deputy forest supervisor for the national forests in Mississippi, which stretch across 1.2 million acres in seven ranger districts.