Cross-county drug sweeps lead to seven arrests


Shown with the mother load of drugs and items seized in a major county sweep, from left, Winston County Sheriff’s Investigator Josh Bennett, Sheriff Caleb Snoddy, Investigators Eric Faith, Josh Edwards and Chief Deputy Jacob Eward.
WINSTON COUNTY - All three homes raided in a major drug sweep across the county last week were within close distance of a school campus.

Increased need for special education services a concern as Haleyville BOE passes budget

HALEYVILLE - The high rate that students requiring specialized instruction is increasing at Haleyville City Schools does not equal the amount of funding required, as school officials have reached out for financial assistance from their state legislators on the matter.

Several families displaced in apartment building fire in Haleyville

HALEYVILLE - A fire Monday afternoon, Sept. 25, at one of the buildings comprising Beech Grove Apartments on Beech Grove Road in Haleyville has left at least 4 families displaced, with the fire damaging several units.

At least one resident had to be treated on scene by medics with Regional Paramedical Ambulance.  Haleyville Fire Department responded to the scene, receiving assistance from Delmar Fire Department and the Haleyville Rescue Squad.  Haleyville Police also responded to the scene.

More candidates announce plans to seek local offices


Candidates who announced Sept. 11, that they would be seeking Winston County offices in the March 5, primary are pictured with State Representatives Tracy Estes, front left, and Tim Wadsworth, front right, who were special guests at the meeting. Seated between the representatives is Tonise Partridge, candidate for the Addison district of the Winston County Board of Education. Back row, from left, Winston County Republican Party Chairman Jerry Mobley; Thomas Govan, seeking Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2
DOUBLE SPRINGS - A present and a former Winston County Commissioner will now be running against each other for the seat of commission chairman in the March 5, 2024, primary election.

Free wi-fi in downtown Haleyville concerns residents


Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, far right, responds to concerns presented by the public at the council meeting. Also shown are council members Dr. Ray Boshell, left, and Brian Berry who also addressed the concerns.
HALEYVILLE - The issue of free internet access attracting people to downtown Haleyville to hang out, including persons who are possibly using drugs or are homeless, was brought to the ears of the Haleyville City Council by concerned residents Sept. 5.

Progress at Looney’s continues with additional grants


At the presentation of a $25,000 Alabama Power Foundation grant to the Winston County Arts Council, from left, Arts Council President J.D. Snoddy; AP Community Relations Manager Melinda Weaver; Arts Council Vice President Theresa Snoddy; Board member Patricia Taylor and Looney’s Project Manager David Jacobs.
LAKESHORE - The goal of funding announcements - both recently and forthcoming - for the Looney’s Amphitheater and Culture Center, is to focus on relieving debt incurred from renovations, so the focus can be on art-related programs and services for the county and area.

End of ESSER cloud on horizon for Winston BOE


The Winston County Board of Education looks over the budget before approval. From left, Board members Randy Lee, Lamar Frith, Chief Financial Officer Morgan Blankenship, Board President Joey Boteler, Superintendent Greg Pendley and board members Allin Bailey and Mark Finley.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Since funding that school systems have been receiving through Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief will be ending in 2024, school officials are asking if funding will continue for personnel paid by ESSER funds.