HALEYVILLE - A truck hauling lumber accidentally spilled a part of the load onto the middle of Highway 195 in front of Free State Lumber Wednesday morning, Dec. 16. Workers as well as bystanders were busy cleaning up the lumber, as traffic from both directions on 195 faced a slight detour of going through a nearby parking area to avoid the scene.
JASPER - Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday, Dec. 29, announced that Jasper Lumber Co. and Canada’s Tolko Industries Ltd. have formed a partnership that will expand lumber production at a Walker County facility through a $45 million project creating at least 60 jobs.
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.
JASPER - Governor Kay Ivey announced Tuesday, Dec. 22, that Germany-based Heiche Surface Technologies plans a substantial investment to open an advanced metals coating facility in Jasper, creating at least 73 jobs and expanding Walker County’s footprint in Alabama’s auto industry.
NAUVOO - A single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 5:35 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21, has claimed the life of a Nauvoo man.
WINSTON COUNTY - Governor Kay Ivey has awarded a total of $4.18 million to eight agencies in north and central Alabama to provide services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - A decision was made Wednesday, Dec. 16, to suspend Winston County High School basketball games until the first of the year, due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, school officials said.
BEAR CREEK - (Photo at right shows Bear Creek Mayor Rob Taylor examining town water that has pooled up at a drainage system due to a leak in a line). The water issue in the town of Bear Creek is a double edged sword, as the town is facing soaring water bills due to non-paying customers, while major water leaks are also proving costly to the town.
LYNN - A pleasant end to the year has happened for the Lynn Volunteer Fire Department despite the uncertainty the year 2020 has brought. Expensive items have been purchased thanks to two grants the department received recently. The most costly items are 16 brand new self-contained breathing apparatus devices used in most situations involved with the fire department.
BRILLIANT - Isolated between Highway 129 and Main Street, there is a small stand of woods about one-third of a mile in length. Stuck in between the roads on a knoll, in the city limits still, is an old cemetery which has been neglected for a number of years. Only three tombstones exist in this cemetery of forgotten souls, with others containing small rocks.
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Street and Sanitation Department will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25, for Christmas and Thursday, Dec. 31, and Friday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s. Therefore, there will be no garbage collection on these dates.
LYNN - The annual Christmas parade at Lynn, which was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, has been postponed to Monday night, Dec. 14. Line up for the parade is set for 6:30 p.m. with the parade beginning at 7. The town has the Christmas tree up currently and will have a tree lighting ceremony following the parade.