Vandals stealing tombstones in local cemeteries

A grave with a rock formation border has several rocks missing at Old Oak Grove Cemetery. The identifying rock with the initials “M.P.” on it is also missing. Josh Tucker and Dawn Carroll look over the grave.
BLACK POND - Cemeteries should be peaceful and pleasant final resting places for the deceased. They tell stories of those who came before us and should be respected.

14th Avenue shooting has officials dispelling rumors, calling for peace

Law enforcement place tape up to barricade the residence on 14th Avenue during the active investigation.
HALEYVILLE - A shooting in the 1800 block of 14th Avenue in Haleyville Thursday afternoon, June 17, left two injured, as well as numerous rumors and hearsay that have been silenced by the Haleyville Police Department.

Revenue commissioner’s request for better vehicle denied

Winston County Revenue Commissioner Sandra Wright makes a request to the commission for a vehicle. From left, Commissioners David Cummings, Bobby Everett, Chairman Roger Hayes and Administrative Clerk Judy Burnett.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The request for a newer vehicle for the Winston County Revenue Commissioner’s office was denied by the Winston County Commission, stating the office had already been given a vehicle, but it is not being used.

Landmark church burns

Foundation blocks, rolled pieces of glass (from the heat) and rubble is shown from the scene of the fire.
NAUVOO - Investigation is underway into a fire which has completely destroyed a landmark church.

Lynn and Nauvoo firefighters battle house fire

Lynn and Nauvoo firefighters work to put out a large fire that destroyed a home in southern Winston County Tuesday afternoon.
NAUVOO- Firefighters from Lynn and Nauvoo battled a large fire Tuesday afternoon, June 15, on County Road 3621, near Nauvoo that completely destroyed the Michael and Jenny Reed residence, leaving them in desperate need of help.

School records to be destroyed

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Winston County Schools will be destroying records of former special education students who have been exited from the school system for five years by June 30.  Anyone wishing to receive their records should contact Lauren Archer, special education coordinator, prior to June 30. Archer may be reached by calling (205) 489-5018 or by email at

Preliminary autopsy reports in Loveless and Clark deaths show homicide/suicide

WINSTON COUNTY - Preliminary autopsy reports have come back from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville in the deaths of Angela Lynne Clark and Siddric Lee Ricky Loveless, indicating that the deaths were a homicide/suicide, not a double homicide as reported in the June 16, edition of the Alabamian.

Clark and Loveless were found dead June 7 at a residence on County Road 461 near Haleyville.

Armed robbery suspect caught

Sgt. Eddie Collins, investigator with the Haleyville Police Department, left, and Sgt. Wesley Donaldson with the items confiscated from the backpack found at the scene.
HALEYVILLE - A series of alleged crimes - including an armed robbery, attempted home invasion and vehicle burglaries - has been wrapped up by the Haleyville Police Department in their arrest of a single suspect.

Sheriff's Office finds large amount of drugs during arrest

Pictured left to right are Winston County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Caleb Snoddy, Head Investigator Jacob Eward, Sheriff Horace Moore and Deputy Matt Owens with the large amount of drugs and gun found on a suspect.
HALEYVILLE - An ongoing investigation of illegal drug activity in the area of Blake’s Curve on Newburg Road led to the arrest of a Haleyville man after 26 grams of methamphetamine were found on his person.

A promotion and new faces at the Sheriff’s Office

Winston County Probate Judge Sheila Moore, left, swears in the new chief deputy, investigator and patrol deputy for the Winston County Sheriff’s Office. From l-r: Moore, Investigator Matt Roberts, Chief Deputy Caleb Snoddy, Patrol Deputy Matt Owens and Winston County Sheriff Horace Moore.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - A new era has begun for the Winston County Sheriff’s Office, with new faces in the roles of chief deputy, investigator and patrol deputy.

Bridge on County Road 4 could be closed for months

Mounds of dirt and barricades have been placed on both sides of the bridge on County Road 4, which is now closed until repairs can be made to the pilings. The county is asking motorists to avoid this area and choose another route.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The temporary closure of the bridge spanning Clear Creek on County Road 4 is resulting in motorists, as well as first responders, seeking alternate routes.