Winston County Fair coming July 2-12

This year’s fair is slated for July 2-July 12, with 18-20 rides, making it the biggest fair to date.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - After several postponements and the possibility of cancellation due to COVID-19 this year, and the hard work of Crystal Till and April Flake of Community Unity, it has been announced the Winston County Fair will take place this year with more rides than ever before. It is scheduled from Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 12, with between 18 and 20 rides provided by C&M Southern Midways of Eastaboga, Ala.

Search for two suspects leads to five arrests

Pictured above, from l-r: Winston County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Caleb Snoddy, Winston County Sheriff Horace Moore, Winston County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jacob Eward and Winston County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brett Rodgers with a large amount of drugs, a firearm and paraphernalia found in Haleyville May 28.
HALEYVILLE - What began as a search for two individuals wanted on outstanding felony warrants with the Winston County Sheriff’s Office turned into arrests of five persons in Haleyville on a variety of drug-related charges.

Dual threats on the water this year

Alabama Marine Police Troopers Kasey Pruitt, Kyle Stephenson and John Mahler urge everyone to use common sense and caution on the waterways this summer.
SMITH LAKE - Memorial Day kicked off the summer season in a big way, but under entirely new circumstances, as the public flocked to beaches and waterways often not following warnings related to social distancing and other measures being urged to follow due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff member at Hamilton Aged & Infirmed facility tests positive for COVID-19

HAMILTON - The Alabama Department of Corrections was informed via self-reporting that two staff members employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, one staff member employed at Hamilton Aged and Infirmed in Hamilton and one staff member employed at Bullock Correctional Facility in Union Springs have tested positive for COVID-19.

Garrett granted parole

Jimmy Garrett

WINSTON COUNTY - The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles granted parole to Jimmy Scott Garrett Wednesday, May 27.

Garrett was convicted of manufacturing a controlled substance in Winston County and was sentenced in 2013 to 20 years in prison.

Experienced hiker offers practical advice on Bankhead trails

Thompson Creek bridge is at the trailhead of the Thompson Creek trail, which passes by the headwaters of the Sipsey Fork.
WINSTON COUNTY - Hiking through trails in the woods provides extraordinary views, unusual places not seen elsewhere and brings the kinship between man and nature a little bit closer together. However, hiking can be dangerous, from accidents to becoming lost.

Bartlett named to Ole Miss’s dean’s honor roll

ADDISON -  Lacie Kay Bartlett, of Addison, was recently named to the University of Mississippi's spring 2020 honor roll lists.
Bartlett was named to the dean's honor roll, which is reserved for students who earn a semester GPA of 3.50-3.74.
In order to be eligible for honor roll designation, a student must have completed at least 12 graded hours for the semester and may not be on academic probation during the semester.