Fire alarm at HES

A fire alarm sounded at Haleyville Elementary School Wednesday, April 11, at the start of the school day. All children and staff were safely removed from the building. Haleyville Fire Department is on hand to search for the source of the smoke smell. A second fire alarm sounded at approximately 8:40 a.m., with the Haleyville Fire Department coming back on scene.  More updates as they become available.

Haleyville Center of Technology, Greenhouse Plant Sale


Pictured, left to right: Kaseon Knight, Johnny Lane, Katey Rawls, Jessie Thrasher, Julia Bonner, Jessica Adams, Carissa Whitten, Katelyn Blalock, Joshua Handley, Tyler Wilson, Christopher Vicente, Sunshine Glanze and Caleb Beason, agriscience instructor.
HALEYVILLE - The FFA plant sale is now underway at the greenhouse at the Haleyville Center of Technology weekdays between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Java Medical Group addresses hospital employees about transition


Sharing large cards made by the staff of Lakeland Community Hospital and given to the Java Medical Group and the city of Haleyville, are, from left, Ed Henry, chief strategy officer for Java; Bappa Mukherji; CEO; Martha McCormick, COO; Attorney Jeff Mobley; Healthcare Authority Chairperson Judy Bittinger and Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri.
HALEYVILLE - Officials with the Java Medical Group, the team that will now be managing day to day operations at Lakeland Community Hospital, held a department head meeting at the hospital Monday, April 2, informing them of the official news that the hospital is now under the ownership of the Haleyville/Winston County Healthcare Authority.

Civitan Club auction, barbecue supper this Saturday, April 7


Clients at the Winston/Marion County ARC are excited about the auction and barbecue supper this Saturday that will provide much needed funding for their programs and services. ARC Director Missy Brimer, far right, is pictured with the clients. From left, Tasha Mayhall, Steve Bates, Linda Gann, Freddie Myers, Angie Nichols, Bryan Lyons, Jason Trapp, Kelly Greer, Adam Riddle, Lowell Raley, Doug Ward and Martha Frost.
HALEYVILLE - The annual barbecue supper and auction sponsored by the Haleyville Civitan Club to benefit clients with disabilities at the Winston/Marion ARC will be this Saturday, April 7.

Healthcare funding agreement approved relating to transaction of Lakeland Community Hospital


This photo of the Haleyville City Council was taken at a recent meeting when all of the council members were present at the approval of the $1.5 million loan. Council members shown from left, Richard Bittinger, Jonathan Bennett, Mayor Ken Sunseri, Council members Blue Russell, Drew Thrasher and Royce Benefield.
HALEYVILLE - Days before the March 31 deadline of the latest extension to keep Lakeland Community Hospital open, a healthcare Funding Agreement, for the benefit of the Haleyville/Winston County Healtcare Authority, was approved by the Haleyville City Council at their regular meeting Monday, March 26, relating to financing the acqusition of the hospital.

Bankhead Recreation Areas now open


Clear Creek Recreational Area in the Bankhead National Forest is now open, as is Corinth Recreational Area. The popular sites will be open through November.
BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - The USDA Forest Service has announced the opening of the 2018 recreation season for Alabama’s four national forests – Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee.

Former Southern Homes office demolished


A trackhoe from Hyche Landfill tears down the former office of Southern Homes in the Double Springs Industrial Park Wednesday, March 21. The town now owns the property.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Following up on recent action discussed by the Double Springs Town Council, the former office complex of Southern Homes, which is now property owned by the town, was demolished by a trackhoe by Hyche Landfill.

Principals' contracts for Bice, Wilcoxson extended by BOE

HCS Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland recommends the personnel items which are voted on by the board. Also shown is Board President Barry Burleson.

HALEYVILLE - Contracts for Christy Bice, principal at Haleyville Elementary, as well as Middle School Principal Bo Wilcoxson were extended by the Haleyville Board of Education during their regular meeting Tuesday, March 20.

No official storm reports in Winston County

WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County appears to have dodged a bullet Monday, March 12, as possible tornadoes passed by to the north and east of the county.  There are reports of storm damage in Russellville in Franklin County, as well as damage in Lawrence County.

The primary damage reports seem to be from hail, however, especially in Cullman County, where hail as large as baseballs was reported.  There were hail reports in Winston County of approximately penny size, according to the Winston County EMA.

Intruders sought in home invasion

Suspects wanted in the home invasion reportedly smashed out the windshield of the victim's vehicle as part of the vandalism at the victims' residence in the Poplar Springs area.

POPLAR SPRINGS - Law enforcement have charged three individuals in a home invasion incident that occurred Friday, March 9, when they smashed out windows to a residence as well as smashed a vehicle parked there and entered at gunpoint into a residence, where a couple was locked in the bedroom hiding.

Tax cut coming to Alabamians


Governor Kay Ivey signs the bill giving Alabamians a tax cut. Shown with her is State Senator Del Marsh, who sponsored the bill.
WINSTON COUNTY - Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday signed Senate Bill 76, sponsored by Senator Del March, which provides the largest tax break in more than a decade to middle-class Alabamians.

Wreck at Black Pond

BLACK POND - The Black Pond Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene of a one-vehicle accident on County Road 8 Tuesday, March 13, at approximately 7:15 p.m.  Firefighters reportied at least one injury in the accident.

Also, a telephone pole has possibly been made unstable due to the accident.  Motorists are urged to continue to use caution through this area.

Reagan faces manslaughter charge in death of ex-boyfriend


Sherry Dianne Reagan faces charges of manslaughter, possession of marijuana second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.
ADDISON - Sherry Dianne Reagan, 58, of 220 County Road 3730, was arrested by the Winston County Sheriff's Office early Friday, March 2, facing charges of manslaughter, in the death of her ex-boyfriend Gary Kenneth Aderholt, 61, who sustained injuries allegedly caused by Reagan during a domestic altercation that occurred at her residence.

Banners for veterans


Pictured from left are Acting City Clerk Christy Harbin, Mayor Ken Sunseri and Auxiliary President Becky Linam with an example of one of the banners that may be purchased.
HALEYVILLE - American Legion Whitehead Post #33 and Auxiliary in Haleyville in conjunction with the City of Haleyville are proud to announce The Banner Program, honoring family and friends (past and present) who have served our great nation.

AES welcomes Wiggins for Read Across America finale


Addison native and Bassmaster Pro Elite Series Member Jesse Wiggins with Addison Elementary’s Dr. Seuss inspired students during Read Across America Week.
ADDISON - Students at Addison Elementary School received a big boost, not only to ignite their joy of reading but also to reach their goals to make dreams come true, during a special visit Friday, March 2, from Addison High School graduate Jesse Wiggins, who tours the circuit with the Bassmaster Pro Elite Series.

Parents meeting set for girls interested in tryouts for majorette or color guard at HHS

HALEYVILLE - Parents of any girls who are entering the ninth grade and above for the 2018-19 school year at the Haleyville High School are invited  to attend a meeting Wednesday, March 7, at 5 p.m., in the HHS bandroom if your daughters are interested in trying out for majorette or color guard.
Majorette sponsor Amy Farris said she hopes to see many in attendance. “We are excited about the 2018 marching season,” said Mrs. Farris.

One vehicle accident occurs


Haleyville Police Officer Nathan Whitman waits with the driver of the Toyota involved in the accident for ALEA to arrive.

HALEYVILLE - A one-vehicle  accident occurred Tuesday, March 6, around 10:30 a.m. on Highway 195 east of Haleyville across from Winston Memorial Cemetery. Haleyville Police Department officers responded, but  troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency are investigating. Watch for more details concerning the accident.

Rushing crowned HHS Sr. Leo's Loveliest


Mallory Rushing, Senior Leo's Loveliest

Sophomore Mallory Rushing was crowned Haleyville High School's 2018 senior Leo's Loveliest. The pageant, featuring 40 young ladies, was held in the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium Saturday, March 3. Top Five included Megan Smith, 1st alternate; Kayleigh White, 2nd alternate; Lauren Watkins, 3rd alternate; Kaley Stevens, 4th alternate.

Palmer crowned Jr. Leo's Loveliest


Macie Grace Palmer, Jr. Leo's Loveliest

Macie Grace Palmer was crowned Jr. Leo's Loveliest Friday night, Feb. 2, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium. There were 29 young ladies participating. Top Five included Kirsten Stevens, 1st alternate; Emma Elkins, 2nd alternate; Macy Seymour, 3rd alternate and Kaitlyn Burleson, 4th alternate.

$200,000 Clean Diesel grant to purchase 10 new buses


Pictured with the current buses, some of which will be updated thanks to the $200,000 grant, are, from left, Heath Tidwell, mechanic at the Winston County Transportation Office, Shop Foreman Jamie Blanton, Superintendent Greg Pendley, Transportation Supervisor Jeff Hendrix and Jerry Lassiter, financial administrator for the State Department of Education.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Board of Education was notified Feb. 21, they are receiving a $200,000 grant through the National Clean Diesel Rebate Program through the Environmental Protection Agency, that will be used to purchase 10 new school buses for their fleet.

Missing Arley man found in truck submerged in pond


Arley Fire Chief James Rickett inspects the Nissan pickup that was dragged out of the pond late Monday night, Feb. 26.
ARLEY - The body of Jerrell Cates Rogers, 73, former minister of music at Arley First Baptist Church, and a mentor to all who knew him, was found in his Nissan pickup submerged in a pond off County Road 3986 a quarter mile from his residence late Monday night, Feb. 26.