Haleyville Council approves bidding for paving projects


Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, left, and council member Royce Benefield hold up a banner presented to the city by Motorola regarding the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call.
HALEYVILLE - With all council members present except for Blue Russell, and final preparations for the 9-1-1 Festival underway, the Haleyville City Council met Tuesday, May 29, in the courtroom of Haleyville City Hall.

Making Alabama exhibit now open


Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri cuts the ribbon proclaiming the traveling exhibit open on May 29. From left is Joel Sherrill, Mike Evans, Kris Burleson, Thomas Bryant (grants director for Alabama Humanites Foundation), Ken Sunseri, Mandy Little, Tim Robertson, Melinda Weaver and Christy Harbin. The exhibit will be open until June 8.
HALEYVILLE - Making Alabama, a walk through exhibit of the Alabama Bicentennial, is now open through Friday, June 8 at the former Dixie Flowers location at 926 19th Street from noon until 6 p.m. every day.

Shooting termed accidental


Law enforcement converge on the scene where the shooting occurred. From left, Sheriff's Sgt. Eddie Collins, Chief Deputy Bryan Kirkpatrick, Sheriff Tommy Moore, Investigators Caleb Snoddy and Brad Curtis.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is handling the case of the accidental discharge of a firearm leaving a Double Springs woman injured Thursday afternoon, May 24.

Numerous personnel items approved by Haleyville BOE


As part of the many personnel items approved by the board, Elementary Principal Christy Bice, second from left, welcomes on board new teachers, from left, Olivia Tank, Heather Carroll and Heather Fannin.
HALEYVILLE - Personnel items, including, leaves, resignations, transfers and new hires, comprised most of the agenda of the Haleyville Board of Education’s regular meeting Tuesday, May 22, in efforts of getting all personnel in place for the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Townsend named District VFW Teacher of the Year


Dwight Thomas, post commander of VFW Post 4543, presents the Smart/Maher Citizenship Education Award to High School Teacher Beth Pugh Townsend.
HALEYVILLE - Dwight Thomas, post commander for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4543, had special recognition for two teachers who were first place district award winners as VFW Teachers of the Year under the Smart/Maher Citizenship Education Award. The presentation was made at the Tuesday, May 22, meeting of the Haleyville Board of Education.

Baggett named District VFW Teacher of the Year

Dwight Thomas, post commander of VFW Post 4543, presents the Smart/Maher Citizenship Education Award to Haleyville Elementary Teacher Sheynon Loden Baggett.

HALEYVILLE - Dwight Thomas, post commander for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4543, had some special recognition at the Haleyville Board of Education's regular meeting Tuesday, May 22, for two teachers who were first place district award winners as VFW Teachers of the Year under the Smart/Maher Citizenship Education Award.

Advocacy group nominates board of directors at annual meeting

Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Group officers are, from left, Lu Cruce, Jim Eason, Kenny Kirkpatrick and Judy Lambert.

LAKESHORE - The Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Group held an annual meeting at Lakeshore Inn Restaurant on May 11, 2018, and held nominations for board of director appointees. Three members were nominated to the board: Ross Cole, Brian Kuntz and Lou Kuntz.

From Sage Brush to 911: How Haleyville Began first edition now available

Haleyville resident Bobby Taylor buys the first copy of the newly released edition From Sage Brush to 911: How Haleyville Began from Kenneth Ward, president of the Haleyville Historical Society.

HALEYVILLE - The long awaited project of compiling a book solely about the city of Haleyville has come to fruition with the release of From Sage Brush to 911: How Haleyville Began, a book full of history and pictures now available for purchase.

Tickets for Haleyville Alumni luncheon now available


The Haleyville Alumni Luncheon is quickly approaching. Here is a photo from the 2017 luncheon featuring the Haleyville High School Class of 1967, celebrating 50 years last year.
HALEYVILLE - Although the 50th anniversary of the nation’s first emergency 9-1-1 call will be drawing the largest ever crowd expected at the Haleyville 9-1-1 Festival the first weekend in June, other crowds will be gathering for the annual alumni activities.

Large bust at former business location nets meth, marijuana, firearms


At least 32 firearms were located, two of which were reported stolen.
ADDISON - A former business transformed into a drug distribution center was raided Thursday, May 10, by law enforcement agencies in Winston and Cullman counties, finding 25 grams of methamphetamine, 10 to 12 grams of marijuana and 32 firearms, two of which were reported stolen.

Fiery head-on collision leaves 2 dead


Firefighters had to extinguish the blaze then use the Jaws of Life to cut away portions of the vehicle in order to free the trapped occupants
NAUVOO - A two vehicle fiery crash around the Nauvoo area Saturday afternoon left two people dead and two others injured, one of whom being found at the bottom of a steep ravine off the highway, the other walking around on the highway, authorities on the scene said.

Chamber sponsors forum for Senator, Representative candidates


Candidates from left, Garlan Gudger, Senate District 4; David Hall, Phil Segraves and Tracy Estes, candidates for House District 17, and Paul Bussman, incumbent Senate District 4.
HALEYVILLE - Candidates for State Senate District 4 and House of Representatives District 17 got a chance to tell their platform on issues during the second political forum sponsored by the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce Friday, May 4, at the Alabama Power conference room.

$600 million pilot program to bring broadband into rural areas


From left, Steve Foshee, CEO of Tombigbee Electric Cooperative; Governor Kay Ivey; U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt; and Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture at the official announcement made Thursday afternoon, May 3, at Tombigee's headquarters in Hamilton
HAMILTON - Officials from the federal to state level gathered for the grand announcement Thursday afternoon, May 3, of a $600 million pilot program designed to help bring broadband or high speed internet into rural areas.

Federal officials meet with Haleyville High School FFA


From left, Julia Bonner, parliamentarian for the Haleyville High School FFA; U.S. Sectretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt; Blake Berry, HHS FFA historian; Katy Rawls, HHS FFA co-president and HHS Agriculture instructor Caleb Beason,
HAMILTON - Farmers and agriculture programs throughout the state and in the schools had some one-on-one time with federal officials during their announcement Thursday afternoon, May 3, of a $600 million pilot program that will extend broadband internet into rural areas, helping many in agriculture. The grant was administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service, funded under the Community Connect Broadband Grant Program.

Jack's coming to Addison


Addison Mayor Marsha Pigg, center, welcomes to town Jim Avery, director of development for Jack's, and Betty Hester, regional director.
ADDISON - The official announcement that Jack's Family Restaurants is coming to the town of Addison was made at a public hearing Monday night, May 1, when the town council adopted two resolutions concerning the project as well as met with Jack's officials.

First responders and elected officials ask tough questions regarding ambulance service


Double Springs assistant fire chief Brandon Lewis expresses concerns regarding RPS.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Regional Paramedical Services - the main ambulance service provider for Winston County -  faced the heat from a large crowd of emergency responders gathered Tuesday, April 24, to voice a strong protest to ways RPS has handled themselves on scenes.

Van stolen from Traditions Florist found in Mississippi


The white 2000 Chevrolet Express van stolen late Saturday night, April 28, from Traditions Florist in Haleyville, is found in Mississippi after it was reportedly abandoned by the suspect.
HALEYVILLE -Law enforcement are investigating to see if a  crime spree in Haleyville this past week, where vehicles were broken into, is related to the theft of a white van from Traditions Florist  late Saturday night, April 28.

Ball resigns as HHS varsity boys basketball coach; Burleson named new head


Haleyville City Schools Athletic Director Todd McNutt, left, congratulates Dylan Burleson after he is named the new Haleyville Varsity Boys Basketball Coach.
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Board of Education accepted the resignation of Dustin Ball as varsity boys basketball coach, effective March 23, and as head coach for the golf program, effective May 25.

Haleyville man arrested after vehicle found burning at abandoned railroad


Police and fire officials found the vehicle burning near the old wooden bridge spanning the abandoned Illinois Central railroad tracks.
HALEYVILLE - A Haleyville man has been arrested, facing  multiple charges after a vehicle was found burning beside the abandoned Illinois Central railroad tracks in the area of Alabama Avenue and 5th Avenue Monday night, April 16.

Java Medical Group speaks to Haleyville Civitan Club


Bappa Mukherji, CEO of Java Medical Group, left, and Chief Strategy Officer Ed Henry were special guests at the Tuesday, April 9 meeting of the Haleyville Civitan Club.
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Civitan Club hosted special visitors at their Tuesday, April 10, meeting, when Bappa Mukherji, CEO of the Java Medical Group, and Chief Strategy Officer Ed Henry spoke about specifics in their plans of managing Lakeland Community Hospital. now that it has been purchased by the Haleyville/Winston County Health Care Authority.