New equipment a breath of fresh air for Haleyville Fire


Haleyville Fire Department was able to purchase 32 new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses with extra air bottles this month thanks to a federal matching-funds grant. (Courtesy Photo)

HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Fire and Rescue (HFD) was able to replace its entire aging inventory of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA) this month thanks to a federal grant, the 2022 Assistance to Firefighters Grant, that it received on August 10, 2023.

“(SCBA are) our source of safe breathing air when we’re inside of a house fire or a hazardous materials scene," said Craig Thomas, HFD firefighter and paramedic. “Anytime that there’s a toxic atmosphere, we’ll wear those.”

21st Century Learning Grant for Winston County Schools expanding opportunities


Shown are a few of the pre-K students in the Addison Elementary School After-School Program. From left, Branson Traynom, Ryder Roberson, Amelia Woodard and Anslee Massey. Working with them are Rena Parris, left, site coordinator and AES Principal Sharon Naylor.

ADDISON    - After-school programs have either been brought back, formed  or enriched at four schools in the Winston County Schools system, thanks to $4 million spread over the next five years through the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant.
The grant  provided $80,000 to restart the after-school program at Addison Elementary School, as well as begin new programs at Double Springs Middle School and Double Springs Elementary, according to educators.

Runoff election April 16


Winston County Election Officer Sheila Moore checks polling pads in preparation for the April 16 runoff election.
WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County voters will be returning to the polls on Tuesday, April 16, to cast ballots to determine the winners in two runoffs, including county commission chairman and county board of education Addison district 4.

Grants awarded to bands, arts council


At the presentation of the grant monies, from left, Lisa Cagle, reading specialist at Lynn Elementary; Marla Price, high school curriculum director for Winston County Schools; Lynn Band Director Rodney Fike; WCHS Band Director Nick Watts; Meek Band Director Zach Cleghorn; Addison Band Director Garrett McCurley; Jennifer Baker, elementary curriculum director for WC Schools; Theresa Snoddy, vice president of the Winston County Arts Council and Arts Council President J.D. Snoddy.
WINSTON COUNTY - Music and arts programs throughout Winston County, programs, which are not funded by the state, are now receiving a major financial boost, thanks to over $120,000 in funding through the Alabama Arts Education Initiative Grant.

Issue at Nesmith polling site did not affect election outcomes, Moore assured

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Board of Registrars Office is working to correct an error from the March 5 primary election, when voters informed the office and polling officials at the Nesmith voting precinct they had received the wrong ballot for a different school board district than which they should vote.

HHS senior play Friday


HHS seniors at a recent play practice. Back row, from left, Nathan Boyles, Reece McNutt, Jackson Kutis, Blake Hood, Clay Price and Play Director and HHS Band Director Reggie Tolbert. Front row, from left, Lilie Defoor, Kate Shipman, Alex Perez and Andrew Luna.
HALEYVILLE - The annual Haleyville High Schools senior class production, Rock The Ville, featuring comedy and music, will take the stage Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8, at the elementary school cafetorium.

HCS stepping up for students in need through shoe and snack drives


Front row, From left, Haleyville City Schools Peer Helpers members Jacob Crook, Caroline Hooker and SGA members Addison Adams and Cydney Yeager. Back row, from left, Meagan Vickery, coordinator the middle school Peer Helpers program, Susan Loller, organizer of the clothes closet; Middle School Assistant Principal Emily Faulkner; Principal Bo Wilcoxson and Pam Woodard, organizer of the clothes closet.
HALEYVILLE - Students and faculty with a heart for helping those in need are asking the public to join them in making donations of much-needed shoes and snacks for Haleyville City School students.

Putt-putt course at Looney’s to open this year


Pictured with the new Dual Destiny replica for one of the holes on the putt-putt golf course at Looney’s Tavern are seated, from left, Melanie Howell Hayes and Kim Howell Blankenship. Standing, from left, Debbie Hughes Henderson, Diane Hughes Watson, Angela Curtis Tidwell and Andrea Curtis. (Courtesy photo)
LAKESHORE - An interesting project, called the “Twins” Project, is developing right now at Looney’s Amphitheater Complex and Cultural Center as part of Winston County Arts Council’s renovation of the 13-acre property.

Sheriff encourages “yes” vote on local amendment


From left, Ashley Tucker, vice president of the Winston County Firefighters Association, Sheriff Caleb Snoddy and Double Springs Fire Chief Brandon Lewis. Snoddy is holding the legislation that, if passed by voters, will give proceeds from sheriff’s office fundraisers to benefit local fire departments.
WINSTON COUNTY - On March 5, voters will have the choice to approve a local amendment allowing the Winston County Sheriff’s Office to conduct fundraisers, with proceeds benefiting the office, as well as charitable organizations and volunteer fire departments.