HCS Art Expo next week


Elementary students under the leadership of STEAM Coordinator Shanda Barnett, proudly show off their works of art for the expo. Students from left, Presley Hood, Abigail Hood, Miranda Marchant, Elizabeth Stamos, Ben Romine, Laney Johnson and Sawyer Hubbard.
HALEYVILLE - All campuses at Haleyville City Schools will come alive with works of art depicting places and cultures from around the globe Thursday, April 25, during this year’s Art/ STEAM Expo.

Biodiversity discovered at Natural Bridge Bioblitz


A male redspot darter, bright with breeding colors during spawning season, collected from Natural Bridge Park during the bioblitz.
NATURAL BRIDGE - During a recent bioblitz at Natural Bridge Park, organized by Wild Alabama (WA), scientists, university and high school students and members of the public inventoried living species in the park.

Smith Lake Cleanup

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SMITH LAKE - The Winston County spring Renew Our Rivers Smith Lake Cleanup will be Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19, at Clear Creek Recreation Area from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Alabama Power started the Renew Our Rivers program in 2000. Twice a year, Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy Inc. (WCSLAI), the Bankhead National Forest Ranger District and members of the public team up with Renew Our Rivers to remove trash from the shores of Smith Lake within Winston County by boat.

Free GED classes available in Winston County


Wallace State Adult Education Program GED Instructor Krista Givens teaches students at Meek Baptist Church in Arley two days each week.

ARLEY - The first step toward a successful future is simply getting started.
That is the message Wallace State Community College is wanting people in Winston County who, for whatever reason, were not able to get their high school diploma to know as they offer completely free GED classes in Arley and Double Springs.  Classes for persons 18 and older are held in Arley at Meek Baptist Church on County Road 77 (Helicon Road) Tuesdays and Thursdays and at The Rock Family Worship Center on Highway 278 just east of Double Springs every Wednesday night.

Fair returns to Double Springs this month


The Winston County Fair will return to the Seymour-Bevill Ball Field area in Double Springs April 23-28. Pictured above are just some of the rides and booths that were at the fair in the past. (Courtesy photo)
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Several charitable causes will benefit from the annual Winston County fair that’s returning to Double Springs April 23-28, as well as the Fair Queen Pageant that will kick-off the week-long event.

ALDOT makes changes to Highway 33 project


This is the view of where the Highway 33/County Road 24 intersection will take place. ALDOT has amended the project after receiving concerns from town officials.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - After Double Springs officials voiced concerns with the state’s plans to improve a dangerous intersection, the Alabama Department of Transportation paid a visit and agreed to amend the project.

Veteran educators retiring


From left, Haleyville High School Principal Davey Reed; HHS Assistant Principal and System STEAM Coordinator Candy Garner; Middle School Teacher Susanne Trallo; Middle School Assistant Principal Emily Faulkner and Middle School Principal Bo Wilcoxson. Garner and Trallo have announced retirement at the end of the school year.
HALEYVILLE - Two long-time educators at Haleyville City Schools, with a combined service of 60 years, will be retiring at the end of the school year.

New equipment a breath of fresh air for Haleyville Fire


Haleyville Fire Department was able to purchase 32 new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses with extra air bottles this month thanks to a federal matching-funds grant. (Courtesy Photo)

HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Fire and Rescue (HFD) was able to replace its entire aging inventory of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA) this month thanks to a federal grant, the 2022 Assistance to Firefighters Grant, that it received on August 10, 2023.

“(SCBA are) our source of safe breathing air when we’re inside of a house fire or a hazardous materials scene," said Craig Thomas, HFD firefighter and paramedic. “Anytime that there’s a toxic atmosphere, we’ll wear those.”

21st Century Learning Grant for Winston County Schools expanding opportunities


Shown are a few of the pre-K students in the Addison Elementary School After-School Program. From left, Branson Traynom, Ryder Roberson, Amelia Woodard and Anslee Massey. Working with them are Rena Parris, left, site coordinator and AES Principal Sharon Naylor.

ADDISON    - After-school programs have either been brought back, formed  or enriched at four schools in the Winston County Schools system, thanks to $4 million spread over the next five years through the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant.
The grant  provided $80,000 to restart the after-school program at Addison Elementary School, as well as begin new programs at Double Springs Middle School and Double Springs Elementary, according to educators.

Runoff election April 16


Winston County Election Officer Sheila Moore checks polling pads in preparation for the April 16 runoff election.
WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County voters will be returning to the polls on Tuesday, April 16, to cast ballots to determine the winners in two runoffs, including county commission chairman and county board of education Addison district 4.