HHS band performs in Governor's Inaugural parade Monday


The Haleyville High School Roaring Lion band is ready to march in Monday's inaugural parade. Band members are shown with Director Reggie Tolbert, left, Assistant Director Judd Williams and HHS Principal Dr. Erika McCoy.
HALEYVILLE  -  The Haleyville High School band will once again take part in the state’s history, when pages in their government textbooks come to life Monday, as they march in the inauguration parade after the swearing in of Alabama’s 54th governor Kay Ivey, the second female governor of the state.

Haleyville BOE to meet in executive session Monday

HALEYVILLE - It was announced earlier that the Haleyville Board of Education will meet Monday, Jan. 14, in a working session at the Pride Room of Haleyville High School. The purpose was to discuss the hiring of a new football coach.  Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland noted the meeting will be executive session only, which is a meeting closed to the public to discuss the good name and character of an individual, according to law.

There will not be a board meeting following the executive session.

Man arrested on Macedonia Road


Winston County Sheriff's Office Investigator Caleb Snoddy leads defendant Todd Hood to the patrol car for transport to the Winston County Jail.
HALEYVILLE - The call of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Macedonia Road Haleyville around 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, led Haleyville Police and the Winston County Sheriff's Office to the scene, where a m an was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant as well as drug related charges.

Two vehicle collision on Highway 195, Haleyville

Submitted by Melica Allen on Wed, 01/09/2019 - 15:14
The Haleyville Police Department is on the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 195, near Rowe Building Supply, in Haleyville. Around 3 p.m., a red Ford Ranger pickup and a four-door silver colored Buick were involved in the accident.  One injury has been reported with RPS on the scene. Traffic is currently down to one lane, so please be aware if traveling in that vicinity. Ward's Wrecker Service  and Lyle's Wrecker were called to the scene.


The Haleyville Police Department is on the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 195, near Rowe Building Supply, in Haleyville. Around 3 p.m., a red Ford Ranger pickup and a four-door silver colored Buick were involved in the accident. One injury has been reported with RPS on the scene. Traffic is currently down to one lane, so please be aware if traveling in that vicinity. Ward's Wrecker Service and Lyle's Wrecker were called to the scene.

Tough pill to swallow

WINSTON COUNTY - The opioid abuse epidemic in Winston County has prompted officials from throughout the region to band together and form a coalition to not only fight the problem, but create measures to help those suffering from abuse.

Locals want answers concerning parking issues at Caney Creek Falls


Caney Creek Falls is one of the most visited waterfalls in the Bankhead Forest. This photo was taken this past summer with back lights at night. Ron Burkett is the photographer and graciously allowed the Alabamian to use his photo.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Winston County is unique - not all people in Alabama, or anywhere for that matter, have the option of walking out their back door into a forest or protected wilderness area.

Bear Creek virtually debt-free


Mayor Tammie Batchelor, left, goes over the town’s finances with Town Clerk Jamie Green at a recent council meeting.
BEAR CREEK - For the first time in several years, the Town of Bear Creek is clearing out all of its past due bills and consolidating its remaining debts for a quicker pay-off, thanks to a surprise $29,000 check received from a court settlement filed against the Marion County Commission.

Electronic sign of the times


Sponsors and school officials stand in front of the new sign at Meek Elementary School. From left, Jared White, legislative liasion for Governor Ivey; Heather Tucker, principal; Cyndy Bartlett, math lab facilitator; Greg Reed, senate majority leader; Tim Wadsworth, representative and Allen Owens, manager of Traders and Farmers Bank, Arley. Sponsors not shown are Traditions Bank and Rusty Banks of Lakeshore Properties, Inc.

ARLEY - The new electronic sign in front of Meek Elementary School will not only provide information for the town of school events, but will also be a small source of income for the school.
The sign was installed in October, with bids the previous month, according to Principal Heather Tucker.
“We had started researching everything for different ones. We finally bidded out. Then we had to find money,” she mentioned.

Enhancements coming to park


Double Springs Mayor Elmo Robinson shows the deterioration of the walking track at Mike Gilbreath Memorial Park.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Double Springs has received its slice of the pie to fund a highly anticipated project to revamp Mike Gilbreath Memorial Park.

Lynn’s newly appointed fire chief was junior firefighter


Tim Harris, right, was named Lynn fire chief effective Monday, Dec. 17. His father, David Harris, left, the former fire chief, stepped down due to health reasons.
LYNNLynn’s newly appointed fire chief was junior firefighter - The Town of Lynn has a new fire chief, who was hired in that position effective Monday, Dec. 17. Tim Harris, the son of the former fire chief David Harris, has been named.

PHS Robotics Team places high in prestigious competitions


The Phillips High School Robotics Team. Front row, from left, Andrew Byrd, Nevin Elkins, Seth Anderson, Eric Wilson, Gavin Mallard, Zack Farr and Riley Price. Back row, from left, Bo Green, David Copeland, adviser, Katlyn Frazier, Andrew Gilbert, Kylie Crane, Abby Sutherland, Alexis Sutherland, Maddie Guthrie, Jade Wilson, Brady Sutherland, Brendon Garrison and Phillip Wilson, parent helper. (Courtesy photo)
BEAR CREEK - The Phillips High School Robotics Team has been working very hard, and that work is paying off.

Winston/Marion Youth Leadership Academy bringing students from both counties together


Dr. Bill Bishop, director of administrative services for HCS and youth leadership sponsor Neina Middleton go over details of the academy with the two students chosen from HHS, Halle Tolbert and Ty Black.
HALEYVILLE - Students across schools in Winston and Marion counties are experiencing the first joint youth leadership academy encompassing the two counties in many years, training youth to become the leaders of tomorrow through community service.

Stay off social media, mayor emphasizes


Bear Creek Mayor Tammie Batchelor informs the public that social media is hurting the town and all town business on social media should be stopped.
BEAR CREEK - The use of social media to conduct any town business has been strictly condemned by Mayor Tammie Batchelor, who spoke out at the town council’s Dec. 3 meeting that such will not be tolerated, while at the same time issuing a new rule regarding those speaking at council meetings.

New vehicles for Winston County Sheriff’s Office


From left, showing the partnership between the Winston County Commission and the sheriff’s office, from left, Commissioners Bobby Everett, David Cummings, Commission Chairman Roger Hayes, Sheriff Tommy Moore, Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bryan Kirkpatrick and Deputy Josh Silas.
HALEYVILLE - Being frugal with funds has meant two new vehicles for the Winston County Sheriff’s Office, a purchase praised by the Winston County Commission showing the partnership they have with the sheriff’s office.

Child population is decreasing. How will it impact us?

WINSTON COUNTY - Data have been released for “kids count” statistics on Alabama counties. Every year, a data book is released by VOICES for Alabama’s Children, and this year marks the 25th anniversary. A changing demographic from these statistics show a decline in Alabama’s child population, which is now at 25%. Winston County’s child population dropped from 26.2% in 2000 to 22.7% in 2017...