Addison hit hard by COVID-19


Addison Town Hall appears unoccupied, but town officials note that business is being conducted at the drive-thru, since the public is not allowed in the lobby due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the town.
ADDISON - Although Addison town officials and employees have mixed views about the COVID-19 vaccine that is being administered in Winston County, they all agree the vaccine is needful, especially with the town facing hardships due to surging virus cases.

Mixed emotions over COVID-19 vaccine


Helicon firefighter Carson Gladney, far right, receives the COVID-19 vaccine from Lacie Frederick, RN, at the Winston County Health Department. First responders shown preparing for the vaccine are from left, Arley firefighter George Gibson, Arley Fire Chief James Rickett, Helicon firefighter Lael Feist and Helicon Assistant Fire Chief Neil Feist. Showing support to the first responders receiving vaccines is State Representative Tim Wadsworth.
WINSTON COUNTY - Although health officials are stressing the safety of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is now being offered in Winston County, some first responders are approaching the vaccine with reservation.

Capstone waiting on vaccines

WINSTON COUNTY - Although the Capstone Clinic in Double Springs shares a facility with the Winston County Health Department, they did not receive COVID-19 vaccines to administer in round one as did the health department, according to Capstone Executive Director and Nurse Practitioner David Jones.

Free digital marketing class Jan. 14 to help COVID-19 affected businesses

HAMILTON - A partnership between the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments, the University of North Alabama, the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Industrial Development Authority of Winston County has created a free digital marketing class focusing on business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pocket park planned for Haleyville


This is an artist’s rendering of the park and amphitheater to be located on the vacant lot on Main Street in downtown Haleyville.
HALEYVILLE - What began as an idea to further revitalize Haleyville’s downtown district has blossomed into action, with plans to turn a vacant lot along Main Street into a thriving community park, complete with an amphitheater, landscaping and decorative drawings along the walls of the adjoining building.

COVID-19 vaccinations begin to be administered in Winston County


Dr. Jerry Harrison, left, and Dr. Ramesh Reddy roll up their sleeves to receive two of the first COVID-19 vaccines given in Winston County.

HALEYVILLE - Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville received a shipment of the Moderna vaccine late last week,  with the first shots given out to physicians and other healthcare workers Monday, Dec. 28.  Lakeland plans to continue to administer the Moderna vaccine throughout the week, and have turned the hospital board room into the site where the vaccines will be administered.    The Alabamian will have much more about the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccines in next week’s edition.

Arrest made in Helicon death


Caleb Scott Farley has been arrested and charged with murder and arson first degree in the death of David Brian Hayes.
HELICON - The 25th District Attorney's Criminal Investigation Division has announced the arrest of a suspect in the death investigation of David Brian Hayes.

Local angels help DHR make season bright


A partial stack of Christmas presents at the Winston County DHR will be delivered by Santa Claus tomorrow night, Christmas Eve.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - “I love getting gifts, but last Christmas, I didn’t get anything. I must be bad,” one eight-year-old boy told a Winston County Department of Human Resources employee recently. Santa Claus did not get to come see him last year, but that won’t happen this year, thanks to local individuals and businesses who have made sure the county’s foster children will have a happy Christmas morning.

Walker Area Foundation spreads Christmas cheer through grants


The Arley Women’s Club will purchase a sensory dome for Hamner Park with funds granted from the Walker Area Community Foundation. Shown in the discovery cave at the park is Laura Ulz, chairwoman of the park committee. Standing from left are Terre Sutherland and Barbara Wills, president of the AWC.
WINSTON COUNTY - For the greater good is the mission for many non-profit agencies, and local ones are benefiting from the generosity of a Walker County organization, which are in turn helping the public.