Ambulance crucial step forward for Winston County Rescue Squad

The Winston County Rescue Squad has purchased its first ambulance. Above, Winston Medic 1 is parked in front of Arley Fire Department, which will be the WCRS’ base in Arley. At right are Helicon Fire Chief Neil Feist, Addison firefighter Darrell Smith and Arley Fire Chief James Rickett, members of the WCRS’ board of directors. Not shown are Ashley Tucker, Central Fire’s representative on the board, and Pat Hanna, board president.
ARLEY - The Winston County Rescue Squad has purchased its first ambulance, a 2005 Wheeled Coach built on a Ford F-350 cab chassis with a diesel engine and four-wheel drive.

Double Springs struggling to collect fire dues

Double Springs Fire Chief Brandon Lewis, left, and Lt. Erik Gilbreath show the letter that is being sent out with fire dues, giving a cost breakdown of the equipment they use.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Double Springs town officials and fire department personnel are expressing concern that a significant percentage of those living in the city’s fire coverage area, but not in the town limits are not paying their fire dues, yet are receiving fire protection services.

Audit issues explained to Winston BOE

The Winston County Board of Education discusses a wide range of issues. Clockwise from bottom left, Board Members Randy Lee and Lamar Frith, Chief Schools Financial Officer Morgan Blankenship, Winston BOE President Joey Boteler, Winston County Schools Superintendent Greg Pendley and Board Members Allin Bailey and Mark Finley.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Board of Education has been cited by auditors for two instances where funds were not spent and filed correctly.

Draft beer, winery requests made to Double Springs Town Council

This pavilion has already been constructed on property owned by Bart Crabtree off Highway 278 at Lakeshore. Crabtree wants to have food trucks, live music and serve alcohol at this location.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The request to sell draft beer, as well as open a winery in Double Springs were two issues brought to the attention of the Double Springs Town Council, recently.

Flanagin’s cell phone possibly found in the Black Pond area

Planning their strategy before Saturday morning's search, from left, Cameron Williams, VET DRTI; Jon Hill, president VET DRTI; Angela Haley Harris, president Aniah's Heart; John Sloan, VP of VET DRTI: Emily Stewart, VET DRTI; Misty Hughes, Shane Hughes, Aniah's Heart. At far right is Winston County Sheriff's Investigator Josh Bennett.
WINSTON COUNTY - A damaged cell phone found in a wooded area believed to belong to missing Double Springs man Joshua Flanagin brought two well-known state organizations to a wooded area at the end of County Road 8 for a search operation Saturday, June 17.

County’s business owners invited to an important workshop June 21

WINSTON COUNTY  -  Businesses and industries throughout Winston County are being urged to take advantage of state financial incentives being offered to them to provide a better qualified and trained workforce, incentives that will be discussed during a crucial Lunch and Learn meeting Wednesday,  June 21.

The Lunch and Learn workshop will be Wednesday, June 21, from 12-1 p.m. at the Double Springs Town Hall courtroom, for companies with 50 or more employees.

Winston County Rescue Squad set to purchase and lease ambulances

The board of directors of the Winston County Rescue Squad watch as Tyler Sanders of the Stryker Corporation demonstrates a powered stretcher and loading system to them and others at the Arley Fire Department. From left, James Rickett (board member from Arley Fire Department), Cody Wakefleld (Lynn Fire Department), Ashley Tucker (board member from Central Fire Department), Pat Hanna (board president), Sanders, Darrell Smith (board member from Addison Fire Department), Neil Feist (board member from Helicon Fire Department) and Brian Kuntz (Arley Fire Department).

ARLEY - Eric Pendley, chief operations officer of Regional Paramedical Services (RPS), told the board of directors of the new Winston County Rescue Squad at its meeting at the Arley Fire Department, May 17, that RPS would lease an ambulance to the WCRS and was willing to help with its documentation of runs and billing.

At a meeting  Tuesday, June 6, Hanna said a CPA had approved the proposed arrangement with RPS.

Hyche and Wiggins reel in big scholarships

Jace Wiggins, left, and Westin Hyche hold up their scholarship prizes after winning the Bass Tactix junior division state championship. (Courtesy photo)

SMITH LAKE - It may seem like elementary age is too early to think about college scholarships, but two Addison Elementary students have already been awarded a combined $140,000 in scholarships to Kentucky Christian University based on their fishing skills.

Double Springs residents missing

Jaqleen Amber Grimes, left, and Joshua Chester Flanagin, right, were both reported missing by the Winston County Sheriff’s Office on June 12. As of press time Monday, they were still missing. (Courtesy photos)

WINSTON COUNTY - The public’s assistance is being sought by the Winston County Sheriff’s Office to locate a man and a woman who had both been reported missing as of press time Monday, June 12.

Jaqleen Amber Grimes, 33, of Double Springs, was last seen on June 1, on Highway 195 in the Black Pond area, according to the sheriff’s office.