Become a certified logging equipment manager--for free

The Forest Workforce Training Institute is offering a Logging Equipment Operator Training School in Double Springs, March 28-April 22. The free four-week program will give participants all necessary safety certifications, plus Professional Logging Manager (PLM) status. Not only is there no cost to participate, the institute will even pay participants a $30/day stipend to help them cover the cost of travel to and from the classroom.

Four teachers in Winston County receive grants

Teachers Danny Snoddy, Angela McCullar and Cindy Nuss received Alabama Power Foundation Classroom Grants at the Winston Career Academy, Jan. 26. Casey Wilson (not shown) also received a grant recently. Pictured left to right are WCA Director Adam Gray, Snoddy, Alabama Power Community Relations Manager Melinda Weaver, McCullar and Nuss.

Three teachers in Double Springs and one in Haleyville received Alabama Power Foundation Classroom Grants recently. Danny Snoddy, electrical technology instructor at the Winston Career Academy, received $1000 for the utility lineworker program. Angela McCullar, third grade teacher at Double Springs Elementary, received $1000 for her classroom, as did Casey Wilson, seventh grade special education teacher at Haleyville Middle School. Cindy Nuss, kindergarten teacher at DSES, received $715, which she said was the exact amount she requested.

Haleyville student wins Winston County Spelling Bee

These winners of elementary, middle and high school spelling bees competed in the Winston County Spelling Bee on Feb. 4.

Daniel Clark was the last person standing after twelve rounds of spelling and vocabulary questions at the Winston County Spelling Bee on Friday, Feb. 4. To win, he spelled the championship word “heroic.” Clark was the school winner from Haleyville Middle School. He competed against nine other winners from elementary, middle and high schools across the county. The county runner up was Zoe Hearn from Meek Elementary School.

Residents recruiting neighbors for Feb. 15 Community Watch meeting

Haleyville Police Chief Rodney Lewis, right, and Investigator Eddie Collins talk to residents at the first Community Watch meeting about the urgency of the new program.
HALEYVILLE - Residents throughout the community are being urged to recruit their neighbors to become a part of the city’s new Community Watch program, giving law enforcement an extra set of eyes and ears in the fight against crime.

Pregnant woman allegedly beaten with baseball bat

Note the wording on the baseball bat pictured above that was confiscated by the Winston County Sheriff's Office. The bat was allegedly used to beat a pregnant woman, authorities said.
WINSTON COUNTY - Four individuals face multiple charges after at least two vehicles were stolen, stranded on a logging road and a pregnant woman was beaten with a baseball bat then forced into a vehicle.

Cole achieves milestone at WCHS

Winston County High School Principal Jeff Cole is surprised during an announcement stating he had become the school’s longest serving principal on Jan. 18. WCHS students are cheering him in the hallway.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Winston County High School is steeped in rich, local history which dates back to the school’s beginning in 1908. Many years from now, the current happenings of the school will be considered part of the school’s history. Why not capture the history now for preservation for the future?

$2 million in ATRIP-II funding coming to Natural Bridge

Officials gather at the railroad overpass on Highway 278 at Natural Bridge, where a portion of the highway will be lowered to give clearance for mobile homes and large trucks to go under the overpass. From left, State Senator Garlan Gudger, Winston County Commissioner David Cummings, Natural Bridge Mayor Pete Parrish, State Representative Tracy Estes, Natural Bridge Town Council Member Rocky Hulsey, Winston County Road Engineer James Glasgow, Assistant Road Engineer Matt Rouse and State Representative Tim W
NATURAL BRIDGE - A pile of logs remains near the guard rail off Highway 278 at a railroad overpass, as a reminder of how difficult it has been for trucks hauling freight, logs or mobile home carriers to go under the trestle without losing freight or making costly detours.