Law enforcement seizes 8.6 grams of meth in home raid


Winston County Sheriff's Investigator Caleb Snoddy and Reserve Heather Hardy find drugs in the bedroom area of the home. In the background searching is Sheriff's Deputy Josh Silas.
DOUBLE SPRINGS  -  Multiple agencies converged on a residence in Double Springs Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 6, conducting a drug sweep  of 8.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine, in attempts of remedying an ongoing problem and arresting four individuals.

WCHS juniors help themselves by helping the Alabamian


Members of the WCHS junior class, along with their class’ faculty sponsor. From l-r: Mitchell Taylor, Caroline Tidwell, Hunter Fields, Drew Harris, Logan Lewis, Skylar Mosher and Frances Gillentine.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The junior class at Winston County High School is currently working in partnership with the Alabamian on a project that is mutually beneficial.

Henshaw retires


Winston County Commissioners commend Mike Henshaw on his service. From left, Commissioner David Cummings, Chairman Roger Hayes, Henshaw and Commissioner Bobby Everett.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Employees at the Winston County Extension Office all agree that the retirement of long-time coordinator Mike Henshaw will leave big shoes to fill.

Barnett charged with murder


Brittany Barnett

PHIL CAMPBELL - Brittany Kaylen Barnett, 21, has been charged with murder in the Monday evening, Feb. 4, death of Jason Poore, 38, of Russellville.  The crime allegedly occurred on County Highway 81 in Phil Campbell.  According to a press release from Phil Campbell Police Chief Joe Fike, his department is conducting the homicide investigation, with assistance from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Knight crowned Miss 9-1-1


Bethany Knight, Miss 9-1-1 for 2019.

HALEYVILLE - Bethany Knight, 19, of Hamilton, was crowned Miss 9-1-1 for 2019 in the annual competition held Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium.  Knight, who is a freshman at the University of Alabama, competed against seven other young women from across the region for the title.  The Miss 9-1-1 Competition is a preliminary to the Miss Alabama Competition, and Knight will now move on to compete for the Miss Alabama title in June.

County spelling bee winner


Winston County Spelling Bee runner-up is Garrett Crow, left, of Double Springs Middle School and winner is Gabe Drummond, right, of Lynn High School
HALEYVILLE - The Winston County Spelling Bee tournament was held Friday, Feb. 1, at the Haleyville Elementary School library.

School, community preparing for HMS 10th anniversary celebration


Teachers who have been with Haleyville Middle School since its opening 10 years ago, get ready to celebrate the special occasion on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The public is being cordially invited to attend this special event. From left, Dusty Ball, Renea Allen, Amy Farris, Susanne Trallo and Assistant Principal Tammy Hatton.
HALEYVILLE  -  The date Feb. 26 will commemorate a special occasion at Haleyville Middle School in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the school, as invitations to past and present administrators, board members and other special guests are being sent out for an assembly commemorating the occasion.

Beloved former employee honored by Haleyville School Board


The late Juanita White’s children accept the “Serve With Pride” award given in her honor by the Haleyville Board of Education, along with a framed photograph of their beloved mother, which will be on display at HES, where she worked. From left, Wanda White, Rickey White, Will White, Lynn White Long and Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland.
HALEYVILLE - Emotions ran high for the family of the late Juanita White at the Haleyville City Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, when a “Serve With Pride” award was given in recognition of White to members of her family in attendance.

Students provided gardening opportunities


Shown are students weeding the raised garden bed of strawberries at Winston County High School. From left, Stephen Nix and Hunter Fields are on one side with Paeton Randolph, Emily Cleveland, Abby Taylor, Brooklyn Robbins and Makayla McDonald on the other. County Extension Agent Mike Henshaw, back left, and WCHS Agriscience Teacher Byron Tuggle look on.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - As part of the Winston County Diabetes Support Coalition, at least one school in every town in the county now has raised garden beds, it was told at the meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Where's the snow??


Haleyville Public Librarian Carla Waldrep is among many who where disappointed the area did not receive the snow that had been forecasted.
WINSTON COUNTY  -  Although weather experts and officials were bracing for the worst, Mother Nature gave them the best, when the highly anticipated snow event of late Monday, Jan. 28 into early Tuesday, Jan. 29, never materialized.

Tuesday closings

The following is a list of closings for Tuesday, January 29, due to the possibility of winter weather: Bevill State Community College, Haleyville City Schools, Marion County Schools (including all after-school activities), Marion County Schools (including all after-school activities)

Haleyville city departments bracing for winter weather


City employees listen intently as Mayor Ken Sunseri explains about the upcoming winter weather storm threat. From left, Lakeland COO Ashley Pool, Lakeland PR Director Gerita Rye, Tim Robertson of Lakeland, Alabama Power Business Office Manager Melinda Weaver, Chris Saylor of the street department, Tim Robertson Jr. of the park and recreation department.
HALEYVILLE - City departments are preparing for the uncertainties of Mother Nature, as the area has been placed under a Winter Storm Warning...

Twin Forks campsites to close Feb. 1


Bear Creek Mayor Tammie Batchelor, accompanied by town employees, inspects a pile of trash and debris left by a camper at Twin Forks campgrounds, after campers were notified they had to be out by Jan. 31, in order for the town to make park renovations.
BEAR CREEK - The Bear Creek Town Council’s recent vote to temporarily close Twin Forks campgrounds effective Feb. 1, in order to make improvements and do renovations, caused a stir of campers at the Monday, Jan. 14, public meeting voicing grievances and concerns.

Meek goes green


These cans are at Meek schools for recycling. High School Principal Marla Murrah hopes to reduce garbage by up to 50 percent.
ARLEY - Members of the Arley Women’s Club, Meek school principals and educators from Camp McDowell Environmental Center held planning meetings recently to further the club’s recycling program.

One dead after vehicle collides with petroleum tanker truck


Emergency responders gather on the scene of the collision of a pickup truck and petroleum tanker truck that left one person dead Thursday morning, Jan. 17.
ASHRIDGE   -  The collision of a Chevrolet pickup and a petroleum  tanker truck on Highway 195 in front of Pleasant Hill #2 Church, left one driver dead and the other driver emotionally shaken on a rainy scene Thursday morning, Jan. 17.

Musso hired as new HHS football coach


Newly hired Haleyville High School football coach Chris Musso with HHS Principal Dr. Erika McCoy, left, and HCS Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland at the special called meeting Friday, Jan. 18
HALEYVILLE  -  Haleyville school officials agreed that the hiring of Chris Musso as head football coach for the high school was the right fit for the system for multiple reasons. 

Legislators receive warm welcome at Meet and Greet


Winston County's team of legislators with Bicentennial logos made at HCS and presented to them, from left Representatives Tracy Estes, Proncey Robertson, Senators Greg Reed, Garlan Gudger and Representative Tim Wadsworth.
HALEYVILLE - Winston County's state legislative team received a warm welcome when they visited Haleyville Middle School Thursday night, Jan. 17, for a Meet and Greet event sponsored by the Haleyville Civitan Club.

Bigger fair this year? Officials say yes


The fair in Double Springs is set to begin Tuesday, April 23. It promises to be a bigger fair than last year with popularly known musical acts in the works.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Tuesday, April 23, through Saturday, April 27, are the dates for the fair this year in Double Springs, noted Crystal Till of Community Unity at the Double Springs Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 14.

9-1-1 now accepting texts


Winston County E-911 Director Tim Webb sends the first 911 text on ANGEN, which was received by Dispatch Supervisor Deborah Hardy. Also shown is dispatcher Debbie Tidwell.
WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County is leading the way in new emergency communications technology once again...

Arley Police getting upgrades


Arley Police Chief Jerry Cummings shows the computer in his police cruiser. A new hard drive will be installed soon in both Arley police cruisers.
ARLEY - The Arley Police Department has computers in its vehicles dating back to the time when Ed Townsend was sheriff.

Reception for new HHS football coach Friday

HALEYVILLE - A reception honoring the new football coach at Haleyville High School will be held this Friday, Jan. 18, at the high school commons area.

The Haleyville Board of Education will meet in a special called meeting Friday, Jan. 18, 1:30 p.m. for the purpose of personnel, according to Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland.

The board also met in a working session where they voted to enter into an executive session Monday, Jan. 14, to discuss personnel related to hiring a new high school football coach.