Bear Creek addressing storm shelter issues


Instead of being stocked with necessary water, food and other supplies, the storage room is piled high with junk.
BEAR CREEK - The day after a deadly EF-4 tornado wreaked havoc in Lee County- leaving mass destruction and 23 dead in its wake - weather preparedness, or the lack of it, was the major topic for Mayor Tammie Batchelor at the Bear Creek Council’s...

Electronic poll books to be installed in Winston


Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill spoke to the Haleyville Rotary Club Thursday, Feb. 28. From left, Ashley Pool, chief operating officer of Lakeland Community Hospital; Merrill; Don Dimond, Haleyville Rotary Club president; Winston County District Judge Mike Newell; Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri and Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes.
HALEYVILLE - Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) hopes to have electronic poll books in all 67 counties by the year 2022. What does this mean?

State Superintendent Dr. Mackey keynote speaker at luncheon


Students from all levels of Haleyville City Schools present special gifts to the state visiting team of State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, Dr. Jeff Langham, chief of staff for the state department of education, and Ryan Hollingsworth, executive director of school superintendents of Alabama.
HALEYVILLE - Alabama Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey was keynote speaker at a special State of Schools luncheon Friday, March 1, at the fellowship hall of Ninth Avenue Church of Christ.

State superintendent visits HCS students Friday


From left, Dr. Jeff Langham, chief of staff for the State Department of Education, Dr. Eric Mackey, state superintendent and Ryan Hollingsworth, executive director of school superintendents of Alabama, interact with Haleyville Elementary students during a tour of the school Friday morning, March 1. Students from left, Bryant Caine, Het Patel and Nicholas Barnett. They are in the third grade class of Brandi Crumpton learning about fraction pizzas.
HALEYVILLE - Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, along with Dr. Jeff Langham, chief of staff for the state department of education and Ryan Hollingsworth, executive director of school superintendents of Alabama, paid a special visit Friday, March 1, to Haleyville City Schools.

Case against Cantrell dismissed


Jarod Chase Cantrell

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Winston County Circuit Judge Lee Carter dismissed with prejudice the State of Alabama's case against Jarod Chase Cantrell, a former teacher and coach at Double Springs Middle School, Wednesday, Feb. 27.  A mistrial due to prosecutorial misconduct was granted on Feb. 22.  Dismissed with prejudice means the case has been permanently dismissed and cannot be brought back before the court.

Wallace State health programs offering new options, curriculum changes

HANCEVILLE - Three health programs at Wallace State Community College are making changes to expand their offerings or altering the curriculum to offer students more options to enter the workforce, to specialize in specific areas in their chosen field or to decrease the time they need to finish their degree.

Bonds crowned Queen of Hearts


The 2019 Queen of Hearts and her court. From l-r: Lexie Randolph, third alternate; Ella Moore, first alternate; Queen of Hearts Kady Bonds, Jesslyn Downey, second alternate and Tesslie Tidwell, fourth alternate. Bonds was also named Most Photogenic.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Kady Bonds, a senior at Winston County High School, was crowned the Queen of Hearts during the annual pageant Saturday.

Gardner named Princess of Hearts


The 2019 Princess of Hearts and her court. From l-r: Bailey Kelley, third alternate; Lizzy Bass, first alternate; Queen of Hearts Kaylie Gardner, ReShae Moore, second alternate and Abbie Hood, fourth alternate, Miss Citizenship and Miss Congeniality. Gardner was also named Most Photogenic.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Kaylie Gardner, a sixth grader at Double Springs Middle School, was crowned the 2019 Princess of Hearts during the annual pageant Saturday.

McCoy named new principal of Orange Beach High School

HALEYVILLE - According to a Facebook post tonight by Baldwin County Public Schools, Dr. Erika McCoy, principal of Haleyville High School, has been named the new principal of the new Orange Beach High School.  She will begin her new post at the end of March.

The Alabamian is working on this story, and will have more details as they become available.

 

HES silent auction ends tonight at STEAM Art Expo


Jennifer Haughton, media specialist at Haleyville Elementary, shows a sample of the colorful baskets on display for the silent auction this afternoon at the elementary library.
HALEYVILLE - A silent auction is ongoing at the Haleyville Elementary School library, where members of the school and public are being invited to place a silent bid on numerous gift baskets filled with a variety of different items on display throughout the library.

“America's Toughest Sheriff” coming to Winston County


Joseph Michael Arpaio, who served as the 36th sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
DOUBLE SPRINGS  -  Joseph Michael Arpaio, described as America’s Toughest Sheriff--one who has not only taken an outspoken stance against illegal immigration but also has been the subject of several federal civil rights lawsuits-- is coming to a special event in Winston County on Friday, March  8.

Neal McCoy to headline 2019 Haleyville 9-1-1 Festival


Award-winning country music artist Neal McCoy will be the headliner for the 2019 Haleyville 9-1-1 Festival.

HALEYVILLE - The line-up of bands for Haleyville’s annual 9-1-1 Festival concert Friday, May 31, has been officially announced by organizer Brandon Norris.  The concert line-up is as follows: Fly by Radio will perform from 5-6 p.m., followed by 3 Wheel  Drive from 6:30-7:30 p.m., William Michael Morgan from 8-9 p.m. and headline act Neal McCoy beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Mudslides closing roads


The side of County Road 79 has collapsed at a culvert, due to a mudslide. The road is currently closed to thru traffic.
WINSTON COUNTY - The heavy rains of Tuesday, Feb. 19, have caused two mudslides thus far in Winston County, and more may happen as the rain continues this week.

Flooded roads being barricaded


An erosion issue due to heavy rains has caused a section of County Road 79 in Double Springs to be barricaded.
Due to extreme rain and flooding conditions certain roads in the Winston, Marion county  have been barricaded, and motorists are being urged to avoid these areas.

Wadsworth to be honored


Billy Wadsworth
ARLEY - The Arley community is banding together once again in a big way, this time to pay tribute to the late Billy Wadsworth by constructing an outdoor basketball court at Hamner Park in his memory.

County petitions to close access to Caney Creek


Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes explains the county will not tolerate illegal parking on the county right-of-way.
BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - The Winston County Commission has petitioned the U.S. Forest Service to temporarily close access to the area of the Bankhead National Forest off County Road 2 leading to Caney Creek Falls due to parking, overcrowding from visitors and other related dangers.

Bear Creek Police vigilant about removing drugs from streets


Bear Creek Police Chief Joey Franks, left, and Officer Austin Lewis display drugs and paraphernalia confiscated in their most recent case.
BEAR CREEK  -  Police Officer Austin Lewis was in the right place at the right time, when he noticed a suspicious vehicle leading to the confiscation of methamphetamine, marijuana and the arrest of both the driver and passenger on Feb. 9.

Abatement for Cazadore’s topic at council meeting


Haleyville council members, front row from left, Jonathan Bennett and Royce Benefield stand with new accounting clerk Caroline Thompson and Christy Harbin, acting city clerk and G. Blue Russell, councilman. Back row are councilmen Richard Bittinger and Drew Thrasher with Ken Sunseri, mayor.
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville City Council's Feb. 4, meeting was preceded by a public hearing, where the owner of a popular restaurant asked the council for a tax abatement as her business grows.

Disagreements arise

Disagreements arose at the Monday, Feb. 4, Bear Creek Town Council meeting about paying for additional employees, as the town is facing an inadequate number of employees due to the massive amount of renovation work required to reopen Twin Forks Campgrounds.

Addison Ladies Club giving back to the community, one project at a time


Members of the newly formed Addison Ladies Club are on a mission to give back to Addison and the surrounding communities through a host of projects. From l-r: Heather Denson, Lori Hammack, Shea Williams, Melissa Cleghorn, Sharon Naylor, Lacey Hill, Vanessa Rice, president; Wendy Isom, treasurer; Shelonda Hayes and Samantha Crooks.
ADDISON - A new civic club in Addison is already making a huge difference in many residents’ lives, and members are hoping that their opportunities to give back to their community will only continue to grow.

State superintendent to deliver address March 1


Dr. Eric G. Mackey

Members of the community, including businesses, local civic groups and organizations, will have an opportunity to hear  from Alabama Superintendent of Education Eric Mackey, who will be keynote speaker at special State of the Schools event Friday, March 1.
Dr. Mackey will be joined by Alabama education officials along with administrators, teachers and students of Haleyville City Schools as well as members of the public during a special program held at 11 a.m. at the fellowship hall of Ninth Avenue Church of Christ.