Collins outlines plans for Bear Creek Police

New Bear Creek Police Chief Eddie Collins, third from left, discusses new ideas and plans he has for the town with Town Council members. Shown from left, Eric Mills, Eric Loden, Collins, Alex Price, Tom Misner and Chris Gillum.
BEAR CREEK - The concept of community policing is being put into action for the Town of Bear Creek by newly installed chief Eddie Collins, who met with the mayor and council at their April 5, town council meeting to discuss new ideas and a fresh approach to law enforcement.

4-H'ers to compete in Pig Squeal Livestock Show and Auction

WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County 4-H’ers Justice Bowen, Braxten Cagle, Emma Johnson, Erin Tidwell and Elizabeth Treece will soon wrap up their Pig Squeal projects by showing the pigs they’ve raised at the North Alabama Pig Squeal Livestock Show and Auction, 10 a.m., April 29, at the Fayette County Multipurpose Complex, Fayette, Ala.

Double Springs installing license plate readers

Motorists traveling on all of Double Springs main roads, which all intersect at the above area of town, will soon be passing by cameras that read license plates and enter the numbers into a state database to help law enforcement. The exact location of the cameras has not been disclosed.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - A major tool to help the Double Springs Police Department work with other agencies has been approved by the Double Springs Town Council, with the purchase of Flock Safety’s license plate-reading cameras.

Arley Day turning 50 this year

Planning the Arley Day festival at Hamner, park, where the festival will be held, are, clockwise from bottom left, Arley Women’s Club members Sara Little, Jane Shirah, Gail Pisani, Montie Pafford, Beth Sargent, Anne Knowlton, Jessie Burns and Sandy Schwarz.
ARLEY - A year after the Arley Women’s Club celebrated its 50th anniversary, another 50-year event will be celebrated on Arley Day Saturday, May 20.

Forest officials looking at options regarding damaged Sipsey Rec Area bridge

The pedestrian lane of the bridge in the Sipsey Picnic Area was smashed by a falling tree during the high winds of March 3. The entire bridge is unsafe for all forms of traffic. With the lower parking lot and trailhead inaccessible, the U.S. Forest Service is assessing how to proceed.
BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - The fate of the nearly 90-year-old bridge in the Sipsey River Picnic Area, which has been closed since it was damaged by a wind-felled tree on March 3, will not be known for some time.