New Cullman County history book uses Wallace State collection for research


Tanya Shearer, left, and Iman Humaideh, right - of Wallace State’s genealogy collection - hold new Cullman County history books by author Robin Sterling, center.
HANCEVILLE - Wallace State Community College's family and regional history collection helps people across the country, and some people in foreign lands, in researching their genealogy and local legacy.

Mobile home fire in Pebble

PEBBLE - A mobile home was consumed by fire Friday, Sept. 13, on County Road 3437 in the Pebble community.  Haleyville, Pebble and Ashridge Fire Departments responded to the scene, along with the Winston County Sheriff's Office.  More details as they become available.

9/11 commemorated by Veterans of Foreign Wars


Veterans of Foreign Wars members and Auxiliary present cases of water to representatives from area fire departments in memory of Sept. 11.
DELMAR - Veterans of Foreign War post members and Auxiliary remembered the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the nation by giving back to local fire responders during their meeting Monday, Sept. 9.

Vacant structure fires keep area firefighters busy


A firefighter climbs the ladder of the Haleyville ladder truck preparing to spray water downward on the flaming building.
HALEYVILLE - The largest fire in Haleyville in recent history - bringing the most response since the 2011 Bama Textile fire nine years ago this month - resulted in 10 fire departments facing the long, grueling task of battling a blaze Sept. 8...

2nd vacant structure burns within 24 hours


Firefighters brave intense daytime temperatures to fight the second fire at a vacant structure within 24 hours.
HALEYVILLE - Less than 24 hours after at least 10 fire department responded to a massive blaze consuming the vacant building once used as Boshell Chiropractic Clinic and Reece Realty on Highway 13, firemen were dispatched to another vacant structure, finding it engulfed in flames Monday, Sept. 9.

Wreck knocks out telephone pole

HALEYVILLE - A one vehicle wreck, occurring around 8:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, caused only minor injuries to the driver of the vehicle, but took down a telephone pole, causing road blockage while authorities worked to restore the pole.

Beth Prater of Double Springs, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado on Macedonia Road towards Double Springs after getting off the early morning shift at Walmart, she said. “I was coming home. I just dozed off. It's my fault,” Prater said. “I woke up and realized I was hitting (the pole).”

Commerce secretary visits Winston

Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, center, visits Haleyville City Hall during a tour of Winston County to discuss economic development needs. Pictured with Canfield, from left, are State Representatives Proncey Robertson and Tracy Estes, State Senator Greg Reed and State Representative Tim Wadsworth.

HALEYVILLE - Rural areas such as Winston County are finally getting on the road map for future economic development prospects, as was shown during a recent economic development meeting that brought personnel from the Alabama Department of Commerce to see and hear first hand about the area’s biggest needs.

Hayes recognized for 24 years of public service


2019-2020 ACCA President David Money (left) presents Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes (right) with a Tenure in Office Award for Hayes's 24 years of county government service.
MONTGOMERY - Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes has been presented with the Tenure in Office Award by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama...

“Significant findings” send BCDA to Sunset Committee


Bear Creek Development Authority attorney Jeff Bowling, left, Administrator Shannon McKinney and board chairman Jeff Mobley discuss strategy during a BCDA board meeting.
MONTGOMERY - Auditors from the Alabama State Department of Examiners of Public Accounts - operating under the Alabama Legislature’s Sunset Committee - had “significant findings” against certain aspects of the Bear Creek Development Authority, specifically regarding mishandling of funds, which led to the board meeting Thursday, Aug. 22, before the Sunset Committee .