Portion of 20th Street at Haleyville Schools to be closed Wednesday for road work

HALEYVILLE- The four way stop area  of  20th Street in the area of 20th Avenue between Haleyville High School, middle school and elementary school is scheduled to be closed beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, in order for some minor road work to be done. Teachers, administrators and the general public need to to use caution and  avoid this particular area during the closure. 

Local student competes in world’s largest rodeo


Sage Isom demonstrates bull riding.
BEAR CREEK - Sage Isom, a recent graduate of Phillips High School, will be competing in the world’s largest rodeo in Lincoln, Neb., July 18-24. Isom earned a position on the Tennessee State National High School rodeo team and is traveling with his teammates. He will be competing in the bull riding category. This year is the 73rd annual National High School Finals Rodeo.

Wallace State plans half-million dollar Winston County Community Learning Center for Arley


Rep. Tim Wadsworth, left, Wallace State Community College President Dr. Vicki Karolewics and Arley Mayor Chris Tyree celebrate the announcement of the Winston County Community Learning Center.
ARLEY - Wallace State Community College and the Arley Town Council solidified plans Monday July 12, to establish a $500,000 community learning center on town property next to Meek Baptist Church.

Key drug supplier arrested


Winston County Sheriff Horace Moore and his deputies with drugs, a gun and paraphernalia recovered during the recent arrest of a major drug supplier. From l-r: Chief Deputy Caleb Snoddy, Deputies Jonathan Oliver and Tim Williams, Moore, Deputy Chris Franks and Investigator Jacob Eward. Not shown is Investigator Matt Roberts (Courtesy photo)
BLACK POND - A major drug distributor was taken off the streets after the Winston County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant, finding 1.4 grams of cocaine, 112 grams of methamphetamine and 2.9 grams of marijuana found.

Significant loss of equipment and supplies in barn fire


Firefighters continue to spray water on to all that is left of an outbuilding on a farm off of Macedonia Road near Haleyville.

HALEYVILLE - A structure fire off of Macedonia Road near Haleyville has resulted in the loss of a significant amount of farm equipment and hay bales, as well as spooked livestock on the farm.

Haleyville fire and police, along with other agencies are currently on the scene.   The Alabamian also has a reporter on scene and will have more as it becomes available.

Crews restore water to Lynn customers after lightning strike

NATURAL BRIDGE- The Haleyville Water Department worked to repair the rupture of an eight-inch water line caused by lightning striking a  tree near the Natural Bridge Post Office around 4 p.m. Wednesday, with service restored late Wednesday evening.

Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri reported around 8 p.m. that crews were having to dig down to where the line ruptured, remove and replace the damaged portions.

Meanwhile, water service for Lynn customers was disrupted until repairs were made, Sunseri said. 

Lynn Elementary, Lynn High and Meek High principals coming to Winston County Schools' Central Office


The new district administrators for Winston County Schools, from l-r: Jennifer Baker, who was serving as Lynn Elementary School’s principal; Marla Murrah, who was serving as Meek High School’s principal and Todd Tittle, who was serving as Lynn High School’s principal.
WINSTON COUNTY - Windfall funding to the Winston County Board of Education is being used to offset the costs of creating three new positions at the central office, with the filling of those positions causing a complete turnover at schools in Meek and Lynn.

Alsup new LES principal; Farris promoted to principal job at LHS


Brad Alsup, above left, is the new Lynn Elementary School principal. Daniel Farris, above right, is the new Lynn High School principal.
LYNN - A complete turnover in administration at Lynn Schools has resulted in Brad Alsup as the new elementary principal and the transfer of Daniel Farris to high school principal from the assistant’s role.

Harden new MES principal; Henderson moves to Meek High


Wesley Harden, above left, is the new Meek Elementary School prinicpal. Allan Henderson, above right, has been transferred to the principal job at Meek High School.
ARLEY - Wesley Harden, a Meek High School graduate, has returned home as Meek Elementary principal, replacing Allan Henderson, who has been transferred as high school principal in a series of personnel relocations across the Winston County school district.

McCay resigns as Winston County Schools CSFO


Morgan Smothers is the new chief school financial officer for Winston County Schools. She will replace Andy McCay, who has resigned to accept the same position at Walker County Schools.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Board of Education named Morgan Smothers as the new chief school financial officer due to the resignation of Andy McCay, who has held the CSFO role for the district the past 10 years.

Wash out on 14th Avenue repaired, road reopened

The section of 14th Avenue where the wash out occurred has been repaired, with new culvert installed and gravel filling in the hole that had been dug in the road.
HALEYVILLE - The section of 14th Avenue washed out Thursday afternoon due to heavy rainfall has been repaired and the road reopened, after crews were on the scene placing a new culvert later that night.

Downtown vandalized: merchants, tenants demand answers as police patrols increase


Haleyville Public Library Librarian Carla Waldrep points to a broken glass window in the former law office building of the late Jerry Jackson, which is located next to the library.
HALEYVILLE - Merchants and others along Main Street in downtown Haleyville are speaking out, requesting more action be taken after another incident of destruction of city property.

Fire dues to be integrated with Lynn’s water bills


Lynn Town Clerk Marcia Manasco, standing, and Kris Gray, water clerk, check a water bill with the RVS software used by the town. Fire dues will be included on water bills beginning in January. Water customers may opt out by calling or stopping by Lynn Town Hall.
LYNN - The Town of Lynn has decided to make a change to customers’ water bills using an idea from a neighboring town. The Lynn Town Council decided at their meeting on Monday, June 21, to integrate fire department dues with residents’ water bills.

Arrest made in assault

HELICON - An Arley man has been taken into custody on assault charges after he allegedly repeatedly beat his neighbor in the head and neck area with a blunt object, resulting in serious injuries, according to the Winston County Sheriff’s Office.