Mobile home fire in Pebble

PEBBLE - A mobile home was consumed by fire Friday, Sept. 13, on County Road 3437 in the Pebble community.  Haleyville, Pebble and Ashridge Fire Departments responded to the scene, along with the Winston County Sheriff's Office.  More details as they become available.

9/11 commemorated by Veterans of Foreign Wars


Veterans of Foreign Wars members and Auxiliary present cases of water to representatives from area fire departments in memory of Sept. 11.
DELMAR - Veterans of Foreign War post members and Auxiliary remembered the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the nation by giving back to local fire responders during their meeting Monday, Sept. 9.

Vacant structure fires keep area firefighters busy


A firefighter climbs the ladder of the Haleyville ladder truck preparing to spray water downward on the flaming building.
HALEYVILLE - The largest fire in Haleyville in recent history - bringing the most response since the 2011 Bama Textile fire nine years ago this month - resulted in 10 fire departments facing the long, grueling task of battling a blaze Sept. 8...

2nd vacant structure burns within 24 hours


Firefighters brave intense daytime temperatures to fight the second fire at a vacant structure within 24 hours.
HALEYVILLE - Less than 24 hours after at least 10 fire department responded to a massive blaze consuming the vacant building once used as Boshell Chiropractic Clinic and Reece Realty on Highway 13, firemen were dispatched to another vacant structure, finding it engulfed in flames Monday, Sept. 9.

Wreck knocks out telephone pole

HALEYVILLE - A one vehicle wreck, occurring around 8:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, caused only minor injuries to the driver of the vehicle, but took down a telephone pole, causing road blockage while authorities worked to restore the pole.

Beth Prater of Double Springs, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado on Macedonia Road towards Double Springs after getting off the early morning shift at Walmart, she said. “I was coming home. I just dozed off. It's my fault,” Prater said. “I woke up and realized I was hitting (the pole).”

Commerce secretary visits Winston

Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, center, visits Haleyville City Hall during a tour of Winston County to discuss economic development needs. Pictured with Canfield, from left, are State Representatives Proncey Robertson and Tracy Estes, State Senator Greg Reed and State Representative Tim Wadsworth.

HALEYVILLE - Rural areas such as Winston County are finally getting on the road map for future economic development prospects, as was shown during a recent economic development meeting that brought personnel from the Alabama Department of Commerce to see and hear first hand about the area’s biggest needs.

Hayes recognized for 24 years of public service


2019-2020 ACCA President David Money (left) presents Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes (right) with a Tenure in Office Award for Hayes's 24 years of county government service.
MONTGOMERY - Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes has been presented with the Tenure in Office Award by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama...

“Significant findings” send BCDA to Sunset Committee


Bear Creek Development Authority attorney Jeff Bowling, left, Administrator Shannon McKinney and board chairman Jeff Mobley discuss strategy during a BCDA board meeting.
MONTGOMERY - Auditors from the Alabama State Department of Examiners of Public Accounts - operating under the Alabama Legislature’s Sunset Committee - had “significant findings” against certain aspects of the Bear Creek Development Authority, specifically regarding mishandling of funds, which led to the board meeting Thursday, Aug. 22, before the Sunset Committee .

Marijuana distribution near Addison disrupted


Winston County Sheriff’s Investigator Caleb Snoddy, left, and Addison Police Officer Brett Rodgers with the large find of growing marijuana plants and other related items confiscated.
ADDISON - Complaints of illegal narcotics activity at an Addison residence led to the finding of 14 growing marijuana plants as well as methamphetamine, in what law enforcement have termed a drug distribution operation.

Canfield keynote speaker at economic development meeting


From left, Greg Canfield, director of the Alabama Department of Commerce, Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri and Senator Greg Reed at the economic development meeting.
HALEYVILLE - Officials from throughout Winston County were joined by those from the state level in a crucial economic development meeting comparing the strengths of the county to incentives that can be provided from the Alabama Department of Commerce in helping more rural areas.

Birmingham psychologist pleads guilty to $1.5 million in Medicaid fraud

BIRMINGHAM - A one-count information filed yesterday in U.S. District Court charges a Birmingham psychologist with defrauding the Alabama Medicaid Agency by filing false claims for counseling services that were not provided, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-OIG Special Agent in Charge Derrick L. Jackson, and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall.

Attorney General's opinion on ad valorem tax released


Hobby Manasco, attorney for the Winston County Commission, explains the need for commissioners to approve a resolution based on the recently received Attorney General’s opinion.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The long standing question as to if the Winston County Commission could use the entirety of ad valorem taxes authorized under Section 215.02 of the Recompiled Constitution of Alabama to fund a public hospital operating other medical clinics, has finally been resolved by an Attorney General’s opinion received July 24.

Double Springs Study Club members enjoy AFWC State Convention


Pictured above are Double Springs Study Club members with Miss Alabama. From l-r: Nancy Gray, Sandy Horsley, Miss Alabama 2018 Callie Walker, Glennis Posey, Pat Berry, Joyce Martin and Betsy Andrews. Not shown are Wanda Wilder and Ginger Farris. (Courtesy photo)
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Eight members of the Double Springs Study Club recently enjoyed attending the Alabama Federal of Women’s Clubs’ state convention at the Guntersville State Lodge.

Bear Creek town limit issue resolved

BEAR CREEK - The issue of whether or not the property of Bear Creek Mayor Tammie Batchelor is located in the town limits has been resolved, with documents showing the property was approved 35 years ago to be annexed into the town limits, but the ordinance approving it was never recorded at the probate judge’s office until recently.

HCS reminds parents of traffic patterns at schools


Administrators talk about the parking and drop off situations at their schools, going into effect when school starts Thursday, Aug. 8. Elementary Principal Christy Bice is showing where to pull up in order to drop off. Also shown are High School Principal Davey Reed, center, and Middle School Principal Bo Wilcoxson.
HALEYVILLE - As a new school year starts for Haleyville City Schools on Thursday, Aug. 8, the community needs to be reminded of parking situations, drop-off locations and schedules, in order to keep the traffic flowing smoothly, especially during the first few days of school.

HCS Superintendent contract results in controversy, mixed vote


Voting no to renew the superintendent contract of Dr. Holly Sutherland are board members Beth McAlpine and Barry Burleson. Shown in the middle is Kris Burleson, who voted yes along with members Chad Tidwell and Donna Jones.
HALEYVILLE  - The issue of whether or not to renew the contract of Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland sparked controversy, including some strong statements made by school board members during a work session held just prior to the board meeting Tuesday afternoon, July  23.

Surplus equipment sold to City of Haleyville


Engineer Calvin Cassady shows the end result of a chemical grout injection, which was used at the manhole near Lion’s Pride to keep groundwater from flowing into the sewer.
HALEYVILLE - In 2011, equipment was purchased by the Haleyville Water and Sewer Board to do work at the airport. Since that time, the equipment has not been used and deemed surplus at the water and sewer board meeting on Tuesday, July 23. A proposal to sell the equipment to the City of Haleyville was approved in the amount of $53,750, the majority being a 2011 John Deere 5093E Limited tractor 4x4 pre-emissions with loader for $40,000.

Lynn Fire Department to get tested

LYNN - Testing equipment on a regular basis is a must in order to save a life, and the Lynn Fire Department is required to test their bottles and hoses annually. A list of the equipment has been given to Lynn council members. Approval was given to move $3,188 from the fire department savings account to the checking account to cover the supplies and testing procedures at the recent town meeting, Monday, July 15.

Winston Homebuilders provides 200 jobs


Officials attending the ribbon cutting of Winston Homebuilders, from left, Winston Homebuilders Vice Presidents Heath Jenkins, Jeff Hood; State Senator Greg Reed, Double Springs Mayor Elmo Robinson, State Representatives Tim Wadsworth, Tracy Estes, ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell, Winston Homebuilders President Brad Mikels.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The newly opened Winston Homebuilders received much praise from local, federal and state officials attending a ribbon cutting Wednesday, July 17, celebrating not only the company’s 200th job but also the renovation of the plant’s finishing facility...

Addison 11U team state champs

The Addison 11U Dizzy Dean baseball team won the state championship June 25. Front row, l-r: Shelton Alexander, Jed Wilkins, Dathan Cleghorn, Cole Thompson, Jaxson Williams, Braiden Moser, Kiah Lake, Stone Talley, Landen Livingston, Tucker Thompson and Trennon Burns. Back row, l-r: Coaches Chad Williams, Keith Thompson, head coach; Damon Cleghorn and Dallas Thompson. (Courtesy photo)

ADDISON - They came together approximately five years ago to play America’s pastime. Now they are state champions.

Fred’s is closing

Fred’s Inc. announced Friday, July 12, it would be closing 129 stores nationwide, including the Haleyville location, including 11 others in the state.

HALEYVILLE - Fred’s Super Dollar in Haleyville will be closing soon, it was learned Friday, July 12, through a press release. A date of closing has not yet been set. The retail chain will be closing an additional 129 store locations across the country. The Haleyville location, at 916 21st Street, was one of an additional 12 in Alabama to be shuttered.