Sheriffs' offices join forces to take down local meth dealer


Back row, from left, Slade Reeves, narcotics officer with the Walker County Sheriff's Department, Winston County Sheriff's Investigators Matt Roberts and Jacob Eward. Front row, from left. Sgt. Josh Edwards, narcotics officer with the Walker County Sheriff's Office (holding the bag of meth seized), Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith, Winston County Sheriff Horace Moore and Winston County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Caleb Snoddy.
NAUVOO - A major drug distributor for the Nauvoo area who has clientele in Winston County has been taken off the streets, thanks to a partnership between sheriffs offices in Winston and Walker counties.

Residents and commissioners at odds over development


At the center of a debate regarding RV parks is a development off of County Road 16 on Smith Lake, shown above. (courtesy photo)
SMITH LAKE - Regulations regarding the development of subdivisions vs. RV parks have created a major disagreement between some landowners at Smith Lake and the Winston County Commission over who should govern those regulations.

Bear Creek man killed in wreck

MARION COUNTY - A single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, has claimed the life of a Bear Creek man. Jeremy Poston, 49, was killed when the 1988 Jeep Wagoneer he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. Poston was pronounced deceased on scene. The crash occurred on Alabama 253 at the 19 mile-marker approximately 14 miles east of Hamilton.  Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

Residents upset over wake board erosion on lake


Harold Martinez, a resident of Smith Lake, shows erosion that has occurred along the shoreline from large waves created by wake boats.
SMITH LAKE - Comments from a large audience numbering at least 250 people in a recent meeting came from those who are unsettled about the situation of wake boards or large water vessels causing destruction of their property by waves.

Timber Creek begins production


From left, Todd Evans, vice president of sales and operations for Timber Creek Housing; Production Manager Greg Wiggins and Mike Barnett, general manager, show the newly remodeled plant that began production this week.
BEAR CREEK - Ongoing renovations and expansions at the new Timber Creek Housing LLC industrial site on County Highway 65 in Bear Creek the past several months built up to the official start of production Monday, July 26, and the beginning of a phase-in of workers on their production lines.

Explorers post 92 and club 92 teaches STEM skills to youth

DOUBLE SPRINGS - A new opportunity is presenting itself to help the youth of Winston County learn specific skills for future careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics can open new pathways in fields such as law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire fighting. Sponsored by the non-profit Free State STEM Foundation, the newly established Double Springs Engineering and Technology Exploring Post 92 and Club 92 met officially the first time Monday, June 21.

Local UNA students join Phi Kappa Phi

FLORENCE - The following local UNA students were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines:

Tiffany Harbison, of Arley;
Stormy Sides, of Haleyville;
Meaghan Hardy Reed, of Phil Campbell.

They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only.