Franks following in father’s footsteps as Bear Creek Police Chief


Newly appointed Bear Creek Police Chief Joey Franks is following closely in the footsteps of his father Ed Franks, who was police chief 1981 until he retired in 2013.
BEAR CREEK - Newly appointed Bear Creek Police Chief Joey Franks has a last name that’s probably very familiar to people in the town due to his father Ed Franks’ longstanding service in the same role.

Safeplace seeking shelter location in Winston County


From left, Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, Rachel Hackworth, executive director of Safeplace, Inc.; Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce President Mike Evans and Winston County Circuit Clerk J.D. Snoddy.
HALEYVILLE - Safeplace, Inc. has been helping victims of domestic violence from Winston County, opening a new facility in Marion County but now reaching out with the need to open a shelter in Winston County as well.

Veterans honored by school assembly at Meek


These high school students displayed various flags pertaining to the different military branches. Shown from left are Emma Smith, Abby Phillips, Montana Barton, Savannah Smith, Jessie Woodard and BreAnna Eddy.
ARLEY - Veterans from many different wars were honored Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Meek High School gymnasium. The school assembly consisted of kindergarten through senior grades.

Barricaded with shotgun and fires burning


The remains of a burned-out doublewide off County Road 28 were still smoldering Monday morning after an allegedly deliberate fire was set at the residence Sunday night.
DELMAR - Multiple structure fires on the same property off County Road 28, including a residence, with reports of shots being fired by the property owner, led multiple law enforcement agencies as well as at least three fire departments to the scene late Sunday night, Nov. 11.

Fire at Lynn Elementary School


Firefighters and others remove items from a classroom at Lynn Elementary School after fire erupts.

LYNN - One kindergarten classroom at Lynn Elementary School has been damaged in a fire this morning, Saturday, Nov. 10.  Lynn, Delmar and Double Springs fire departments are on scene.  According to the Lynn Fire Department, the fire is under control and has been contained.

The Alabamian has a reporter on scene and we will have pictures soon and the full story in our Wednesday, Nov. 14, edition of the Alabamian.

Reed re-elected Alabama State Senate Majority Leader


Greg Reed

MONTGOMERY  – The 27 Republican members of the Alabama Senate on Wednesday re-elected Greg Reed, of Jasper, to serve as the Senate Majority Leader. The unanimous election took place at a caucus meeting in Montgomery. Reed was first elected to the State Senate in 2010 and was chosen as Majority Leader in 2014 by his Republican colleagues.

Fate of Bridgeview Drive’s status lies with Circuit Court


Addison resident Larry Robinson shows where the gate was once located, that had to be removed across the old roadbed he claims has not been a county road in at least 50 years.
ADDISON - The issue of whether a road currently known as Bridgeview Drive in the Addison area is a county road or not now rests in the Winston County Circuit Court for a judge to decide possibly in 2019.

Fire department responds to call at Lakeland hospital


Firefighters load up their equipment to leave the scene after the situation was brought under control.
HALEYVILLE - Smoke in the equipment room on the third floor of Lakeland Community Hospital brought response Thursday afternoon, Nov. 1, from the Haleyville Fire Department, to find smoke but no flames, according to Acting Chief Terrell Baccus.

High speed internet coming to Arley and Addison


Pictured at the announcement, from left, Angela Wilkins and Dallas Baldwin, representing the Winston County Commission; Arley Mayor Chris Tyree; Dave Hargrove, governmental relations for AT&T; State Representative Tim Wadsworth and Paul Housel and James Manasco with Congressman Robert Aderholt’s office.
ARLEY - The east side of Winston County will reap the benefit from AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet service, designed to bring high speed internet to rural, under-served locations such as Arley, Addison, Crane Hill and Logan.

Lynn resource fair a success


Lynn Principal Jennifer Baker; Cynthia Tittle, second and third grade math and second grade science teacher and Lisa Cagle, reading coach specialist pose in front of the Alabama 200 flag.
LYNN - The first Lynn Community Resource Fair was held Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Lynn school lunchroom.

ASAN to gather at Camp McDowell Dec. 7 - 8


Members of ASAN, from left, Margaret Weinberg, youth food and farm forum coordinator; Laura Núñez, administrative and program assistant; Mindy Santo, part-time program assistant and Alice Evans, executive director.
NAUVOO - The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network will have work sessions for statewide farmers at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8. The event is open to the public and geared toward farmers, as well as food supporters and gardeners.

Truck stolen from Better Built Trailers in Double Springs

DOUBLE SPRINGS - A vehicle was stolen from a local business last week, and police and the business owners are needing the public's health locating it.

A white 2007 GMC four-wheel drive truck with a flatbed was stolen from Better Built Trailers, in Double Springs sometime during the evening hours of Thursday, Oct. 18.  The single wheel truck has a custom cab light bar on top of it.

If spotted, please contact the Double Springs Police Department at 205-489-5115.

Unhappy voters come to Commission

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Voters are expressing grievance, some even saying they are being discriminated against in the voting process, since the precinct lines have changed due to the latest census, meaning some voters are now at a different polling site than where they have traditionally voted.

New equipment helps Double Springs FD save lives


The new set of Jaws of Life purchased for the department features the strongest technology in both cutting and spreading devices, as shown here by Fire Chief Allen Ward, left, and Lt. Erik Gilbreath.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Double Springs Fire Department is ready to roll with new equipment that will greatly benefit them, especially fighting fires in more rural areas.

Burglary suspect breaks through back wall into Delmar Quick Stop


Lt. Tim Steien, investigator with the Haleyville Police Department, inspects the hole where the suspect gained access into the store during the break-in and theft incident.
DELMAR   - A suspect tore a hole in the back wall of Delmar Quick Stop  early Friday morning, Oct. 12, in order to gain access into the store, where all of the cigarettes were cleaned out as well as all of the cash taken from the store’s ATM machine.

Jerry Perkins retires from manufactured housing career


Jerry Perkins sits in front of his children and grandchildren. From left, Carter Perkins, Jami Perkins holding Penelope, Lashae Berry, Jessica McDonald and Hilrye and Ruby Baker.
HALEYVILLE - What began by working on the assembly floor of a manufactured home plant in 1963, eventually led to retirement 55 years later as owner of a company.

Tons of trash plucked from shore


Clockwise from left are Kerri Roberts, Kathy and Jackie Phelps, Charlotte Dougherty and Brian and Lou Kuntz.
CRANE HILL - What do combs, toothbrushes, unopened bottles of water, unopened bottles of oil, tires, rubber snakes, aerosol cans, plastic bags, light bulbs, tarps, chairs, rope, bobbers and barrels have in common?

Community Action looking for seniors in need of help with electric bills

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Community Action in Double Springs is currently looking for seniors aged 60 and older, as well as persons who are on disability who are having problems playing their electric bills.
Those who fall under this category and believe they may qualify can call 205-489-5448 for more information.

Car crashes into Goar's Market


A car crashes into the entrance of Goar's Market in Haleyville.
HALEYVILLE - Emergency responders and city officials swarmed the scene at Goar’s supermarket Monday morning, Oct. 8, after a vehicle crashed through the south entrance door, scattering debris and alarming store personnel and customers.

Man arrested after active meth lab found on stolen four-wheeler at Phillips School


Tommy Levi Lolley, 27, of Phil Campbell, is placed into the patrol car at the scene of the bust at Phillips School Thursday, Oct. 4.
BEAR CREEK   - The Bear Creek Police Department was at the right place at the right time, when they caught a man on a stolen four wheeler in possession of an active methamphetamine lab and firearms in the parking lot in the presence of students at Phillips School.

3 arrested in counterfeit check scheme


Lt. Tim Steien with the Haleyville Police Department, examines the counterfeit checks.
HALEYVILLE     - Three people have been nabbed in a counterfeit check scheme affecting not just Haleyville but several northwest Alabama communities, where the individuals were attempting to cash bogus company checks while being in possession of bogus personal checks.