Bankhead Recreation Areas now open


Clear Creek Recreational Area in the Bankhead National Forest is now open, as is Corinth Recreational Area. The popular sites will be open through November.
BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - The USDA Forest Service has announced the opening of the 2018 recreation season for Alabama’s four national forests – Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee.

Former Southern Homes office demolished


A trackhoe from Hyche Landfill tears down the former office of Southern Homes in the Double Springs Industrial Park Wednesday, March 21. The town now owns the property.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Following up on recent action discussed by the Double Springs Town Council, the former office complex of Southern Homes, which is now property owned by the town, was demolished by a trackhoe by Hyche Landfill.

Principals' contracts for Bice, Wilcoxson extended by BOE

HCS Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland recommends the personnel items which are voted on by the board. Also shown is Board President Barry Burleson.

HALEYVILLE - Contracts for Christy Bice, principal at Haleyville Elementary, as well as Middle School Principal Bo Wilcoxson were extended by the Haleyville Board of Education during their regular meeting Tuesday, March 20.

No official storm reports in Winston County

WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County appears to have dodged a bullet Monday, March 12, as possible tornadoes passed by to the north and east of the county.  There are reports of storm damage in Russellville in Franklin County, as well as damage in Lawrence County.

The primary damage reports seem to be from hail, however, especially in Cullman County, where hail as large as baseballs was reported.  There were hail reports in Winston County of approximately penny size, according to the Winston County EMA.

Intruders sought in home invasion

Suspects wanted in the home invasion reportedly smashed out the windshield of the victim's vehicle as part of the vandalism at the victims' residence in the Poplar Springs area.

POPLAR SPRINGS - Law enforcement have charged three individuals in a home invasion incident that occurred Friday, March 9, when they smashed out windows to a residence as well as smashed a vehicle parked there and entered at gunpoint into a residence, where a couple was locked in the bedroom hiding.

Tax cut coming to Alabamians


Governor Kay Ivey signs the bill giving Alabamians a tax cut. Shown with her is State Senator Del Marsh, who sponsored the bill.
WINSTON COUNTY - Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday signed Senate Bill 76, sponsored by Senator Del March, which provides the largest tax break in more than a decade to middle-class Alabamians.

Wreck at Black Pond

BLACK POND - The Black Pond Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene of a one-vehicle accident on County Road 8 Tuesday, March 13, at approximately 7:15 p.m.  Firefighters reportied at least one injury in the accident.

Also, a telephone pole has possibly been made unstable due to the accident.  Motorists are urged to continue to use caution through this area.

Randy Brown guest speaker for WC Genealogical Society meeting March 20


Marion County Genealogical Society President Randy Brown will be the guest speaker at the WCGS meeting March 20.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Genealogical Society is proud to announce Randy Brown, President of the Marion County Genealogical Society, will be presenting the March program about General Sam Dale, in keeping with the Alabama Bicentennial celebration.

9-1-1 Festival Vendor Application and Waiver Form in Resource Guide!

The Vendor Application and waiver for the upcoming 9-1-1 Festival, which will be held Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, are now on our website under the Resource Guide.  They are in separate forms but must be submitted together in order to secure a spot.

This year's 9-1-1 Festival is going to be the biggest yet, so keep checking here at mynwapaper.com for more updates!

Reagan faces manslaughter charge in death of ex-boyfriend


Sherry Dianne Reagan faces charges of manslaughter, possession of marijuana second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.
ADDISON - Sherry Dianne Reagan, 58, of 220 County Road 3730, was arrested by the Winston County Sheriff's Office early Friday, March 2, facing charges of manslaughter, in the death of her ex-boyfriend Gary Kenneth Aderholt, 61, who sustained injuries allegedly caused by Reagan during a domestic altercation that occurred at her residence.

Banners for veterans


Pictured from left are Acting City Clerk Christy Harbin, Mayor Ken Sunseri and Auxiliary President Becky Linam with an example of one of the banners that may be purchased.
HALEYVILLE - American Legion Whitehead Post #33 and Auxiliary in Haleyville in conjunction with the City of Haleyville are proud to announce The Banner Program, honoring family and friends (past and present) who have served our great nation.

AES welcomes Wiggins for Read Across America finale


Addison native and Bassmaster Pro Elite Series Member Jesse Wiggins with Addison Elementary’s Dr. Seuss inspired students during Read Across America Week.
ADDISON - Students at Addison Elementary School received a big boost, not only to ignite their joy of reading but also to reach their goals to make dreams come true, during a special visit Friday, March 2, from Addison High School graduate Jesse Wiggins, who tours the circuit with the Bassmaster Pro Elite Series.

Parents meeting set for girls interested in tryouts for majorette or color guard at HHS

HALEYVILLE - Parents of any girls who are entering the ninth grade and above for the 2018-19 school year at the Haleyville High School are invited  to attend a meeting Wednesday, March 7, at 5 p.m., in the HHS bandroom if your daughters are interested in trying out for majorette or color guard.
Majorette sponsor Amy Farris said she hopes to see many in attendance. “We are excited about the 2018 marching season,” said Mrs. Farris.

One vehicle accident occurs


Haleyville Police Officer Nathan Whitman waits with the driver of the Toyota involved in the accident for ALEA to arrive.

HALEYVILLE - A one-vehicle  accident occurred Tuesday, March 6, around 10:30 a.m. on Highway 195 east of Haleyville across from Winston Memorial Cemetery. Haleyville Police Department officers responded, but  troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency are investigating. Watch for more details concerning the accident.

Community Cleanup to be planned for May in Haleyville

HALEYVILLE - During the Haleyville City Council meeting Monday, March 5, Mayor Ken Sunseri asked council members to come up with plans for a community cleanup to take place in May just before the 9-1-1 Festival in June.

The council also approved ordering 1,000 9-1-1 coins to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call being made in Haleyville.  At. $3.85 apiece, the cost will be split with the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rushing crowned HHS Sr. Leo's Loveliest


Mallory Rushing, Senior Leo's Loveliest

Sophomore Mallory Rushing was crowned Haleyville High School's 2018 senior Leo's Loveliest. The pageant, featuring 40 young ladies, was held in the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium Saturday, March 3. Top Five included Megan Smith, 1st alternate; Kayleigh White, 2nd alternate; Lauren Watkins, 3rd alternate; Kaley Stevens, 4th alternate.

Palmer crowned Jr. Leo's Loveliest


Macie Grace Palmer, Jr. Leo's Loveliest

Macie Grace Palmer was crowned Jr. Leo's Loveliest Friday night, Feb. 2, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium. There were 29 young ladies participating. Top Five included Kirsten Stevens, 1st alternate; Emma Elkins, 2nd alternate; Macy Seymour, 3rd alternate and Kaitlyn Burleson, 4th alternate.

$200,000 Clean Diesel grant to purchase 10 new buses


Pictured with the current buses, some of which will be updated thanks to the $200,000 grant, are, from left, Heath Tidwell, mechanic at the Winston County Transportation Office, Shop Foreman Jamie Blanton, Superintendent Greg Pendley, Transportation Supervisor Jeff Hendrix and Jerry Lassiter, financial administrator for the State Department of Education.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Board of Education was notified Feb. 21, they are receiving a $200,000 grant through the National Clean Diesel Rebate Program through the Environmental Protection Agency, that will be used to purchase 10 new school buses for their fleet.

Missing Arley man found in truck submerged in pond


Arley Fire Chief James Rickett inspects the Nissan pickup that was dragged out of the pond late Monday night, Feb. 26.
ARLEY - The body of Jerrell Cates Rogers, 73, former minister of music at Arley First Baptist Church, and a mentor to all who knew him, was found in his Nissan pickup submerged in a pond off County Road 3986 a quarter mile from his residence late Monday night, Feb. 26.

Sewer system gets good marks


Shane Cook, pictured center, was welcomed on board as the Haleyville Water and Sewer Department attorney at the Tuesday, Feb. 27, meeting. Shown left to right are Manager Lane Bates, Cook and Board Chairman Ken Sunseri.

HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Sewer Superintendent Drew Thrasher reported good marks for the system at the Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, meeting of the Haleyville Water and Sewer Board.

Teacher honored by Mark Forester Foundation


Lauren Tinker, left, representing the Mark Forester Foundation, presents a special honor to Haleyville City Schools Teacher Denise Berry for her avid support of the Mark Forester Race. Also shown is Mark's dad Ray Forester.
HALEYVILLE - Lauren Tinker, representing the Mark Forester Foundation, made a special presentation at the regular meeting of the Haleyville Board of Education Tuesday, Feb. 27, presenting a framed picture of soldier Mark Forester--who died in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan in 2010--to HCS teacher Denise Berry for her avid support and annual participation in the Mark Forester Race held in honor of Mark at the school campus.