COVID-19 not the first time county has dealt with a pandemic

WINSTON COUNTY - “Schools and churches closed…Do your part by keeping the children at home.” That quote surely seems relevant today. Both churches and schools have been canceled due to COVID-19. However, the above quote came from a newspaper article in Hamilton from Oct. 16, 1918. It was relevant then, too, as what was known as Spanish influenza gripped the world, including here on our home turf, same as COVID-19 has.

Firefighters receive protective equipment from EMA


Winston EMA Director Jimmy Madison, left, distributes personal protective outfits to volunteer firefighters after a countywide meeting Thursday. Displayed on the floor is an example of the proper way to wear the clothing.
WINSTON COUNTY - Firefighters across Winston County, who put their lives on the line daily to help others, are speaking out, stating they have none of the supplies required by the Alabama Department of Public Health, to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Changes involving 9-1-1 policies and RPS services due to COVID-19


Shown are Winston 9-1-1 Director Tim Webb, left, and Regional Paramedical Service Ambulance Regional Director Tim Brown explaining to a group of community leaders changes they have had to make within their respective organizations due to COVID-19.
WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County 9-1-1 is changing procedures not only for its employees, but also emergency responders they dispatch in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Scary sight in the sky in Haleyville Tuesday night as city dodges bullet during tornado warning


This photo shared with the Alabamian shows what appears to be a funnel cloud passing through the northern portion of the city of Haleyville just past Goar's Market.

HALEYVILLE - Residents of Winston and Marion counties were placed under Tornado Warnings earlier this evening, with many Haleyville residents seeing what appeared to be a funnel cloud on the northern side of the city in the vicinity of Highway 13 North and Kelly Hill.  Several photos and videos were shot of the ominous cloud as hundreds poured into the city's storm shelters.  The City of Haleyville had created a plan earlier in the day regarding how to operate the storm shelters in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the plan appears to have worked. 

Lakeland CEO gives update

HALEYVILLE - Lakeland Community Hospital CEO Ashley Pool provided an update to the community Monday evening regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Lakeland's response, including news regarding the outcome of COVID-19 tests done at the hospital.