Garbage truck wrecks in Natural Bridge

A sanitation vehicle crashed on Highway 5 near Natural Bridge Monday morning.

NATURAL BRIDGE - A garbage truck crashed on Highway 5 south near Natural Bridge early Monday morning, July 25.  The driver was reportedly not injured, but trash has been dumped from the truck along the roadway, and authorities are still on the scene.  Motorists should use caution when traveling through this area this morning.

The Alabamian is also on the scene and will have much more in our Wednesday, July 27, edition.

Free Bat Blitz educational event for the public

The Alabama Bat Working Group’s Education Committee will hold a Bat Blitz educational event for the public on Monday, August 1, 3-6 p.m., at Randall Commons in Camp McDowell. Attendees will learn more about bats and their importance to the ecosystem, have the chance to see live bats up close and be able to participate in hands-on activities. Children are especially encouraged to attend. There is no entrance fee and no need to register in advance. The public is invited to drop in at any time during the event.

Scott back as district ranger

Andy Scott (Courtesy photo)
BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - The Bankhead National Forest is once again under the leadership of District Ranger Andy Scott, who departed the Bankhead to become the deputy forest supervisor for the national forests in Mississippi on May 8.

County Road 4 bridge project nears completion

Replacing a section of railing on the County Road 4 bridge near Double Springs is some of the last work that must be done before the bridge reopens later this month.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - After an extended closure, the bridge on County Road 4 will be reopened later this month, after extensive repairs to the pilings or foundational supports underneath the bridge that were becoming worn and had posed safety concerns.

Spring collapse of Marion Highway 48 almost completely repaired

Marion County Highway 48 is almost completely repaired after a portion of it collapsed in March. From left, Marion County Road Engineer Chris Wilbanks and Assistant Engineer Lynn Mitchell.
HALEYVILLE - The portion of County Highway 48 that collapsed in March due to old pipes and a clogged drainage system has now been restored and is open for travel.

Haughton, Vickery win Haleyville School Board election

HALEYVILLE - A familiar face and a newcomer will be joining the Haleyville Board of Education.

Christopher "Boo" Haughton was overwhelmingly elected to Place 2 on the Haleyville School Board, defeating Valeria Taylor.  Haughton has served on the school board in the past.

Brian "Thumper" Vickery has defeated incumbent Kris Burleson for Place 4 on the school board.  


Enjoy a free tomato sandwich

The Winston County Extension Office and local farmers have teamed up for Tomato Sandwich Day, which is intended to become an annual event. On Friday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until supplies run out), the public is invited to drop in for a tomato sandwich made with fresh tomatoes donated by local farmers. The event will be held at 64 Main Street, Double Springs (behind BankFirst).

No bank branch for Lynn any time soon

LYNN - The town of Lynn is unlikely to have its own bank branch, Mayor Earl Gilbert reported to the Lynn City Council at its meeting, Monday, June 27, after meeting with representatives of PeoplesTrust Bank of Hamilton.
“We talked to them about opening a bank in Lynn, but they just couldn’t do it,” said Town Clerk Marcia Manasco.

Sheriff’s office gets new equipment

Winston County Sheriff Horace Moore, left, and Chief Deputy Caleb Snoddy show the new tasers and radars that have arrived thanks to a grant. (Courtesy photo)
DOUBLE SPRINGS - A $24,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs has enabled the Winston County Sheriff’s Office to make some major updates on key equipment.

Black new Lynn High principal

Officials welcome Annah Black on board as the new principal of Lynn High School. From left, Joey Boteler, president of the Winston County Board of Education, Lynn Elementary Principal Brad Alsup; Black and Winston County Schools Superintendent Greg Pendley.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Annah Cagle Black, who served this past year as assistant Lynn High School principal, has been promoted to the role of principal, replacing Daniel Farris, who was moved to the central office during a recent meeting of the Winston County Board of Education.

Imperial Inn employee among five arrested in latest bust

Clockwise from top left, Jennifer Dianne Lawler, Waylon Harvey Williams, Joseph Heath Terry and Lori Faye Lay. (Courtesy photo)
HALEYVILLE - One of the largest multi-room drug busts at the Imperial Inn on Highway 13 in Haleyville has resulted in multiple packages of marijuana, meth and pills being confiscated and five persons, including an office employee, being arrested.

Lack of lifeguards at Haleyville City Pool not a new problem

Tim Robertson, director of the Haleyville Parks and Recreation Department, gives instructions to lifeguards before they start to work at the pool. Lifeguards, from left, J.B. Crumpton, Adyson Robertson, Posey Whiteside, Emma Ballenger and Melissa Boshell.
HALEYVILLE - There have always been ebbs and flows in the lifeguard situation at the Haleyville Swimming Pool, but recent social media posts about the uncertainty of the pool’s future due to lifeguard shortages is being addressed by city officials.