Winston County Commission asked to pay more for inmate health care

Ritchie Harbison chief operations officer for Quality Correctional Health Care, goes over figures claiming the company is in the red over the Winston County Jail. Shown seated from left, Commissioners Rutger Hyche and David Cummings and Chairman Roger Hayes.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Officials with the company that provides medical services for Winston County Jail inmates are claiming to be in the red, offering a solution which would cost the Winston County Commission an additional $84,000 per year.

New overtime rule could put squeeze on City of Haleyville's budget

Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri discusses concerns regarding the new federal overtime rule regarding some salaried employees. Also shown is Haleyville City Council Member Boo Brooks.
HALEYVILLE - Federal changes regarding how some salaried workers are compensated for overtime work has the City of Haleyville concerned over how the new requirement will affect its budget.

Residents angry over conditions of roads in Bankhead

Black Pond Fire Chief Terry Tidwell says it’s a rough situation for firefighters responding to calls on County Road 315 due to its deteriorating condition.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - A group of residents who live along County Road 315 in the Black Pond community informed the Winston County Commission they have traveled a rough road trying to get road improvements made, urging commissioners to help them with funding and resources.

Baughn new DSES principal

New Double Springs Elementary Principal Sharon Baughn at the door to the school, where she will soon be greeting students as they enter for a new year.

DOUBLE SPRINGS    -  Sharon Baughn, newly hired principal at Double Springs Elementary School, is a strong believer in building relationships.
The Winston County Board of Education named Baughn as DSES principal effective July 1, during their regular meeting June 13, at which time they also approved the retirement of Heather Tucker from that position, effective Aug. 1.
Tucker has accepted the position of executive director of Wild Alabama, replacing the retiring Maggie Johnston.

New law gives police new tool to combat distracted driving

WINSTON COUNTY - Alabama’s “hands-free” law, which largely prohibits holding a cell phone or other “wireless telecommunications device” or using one without hands-free technology while driving, went into full effect June 15, following a one-year grace period during violations resulted in warnings rather than citations.

Friendship Festival in Bear Creek July 6

Bear Creek Mayor Rob Taylor and Town Clerk Kay Wiginton show T-shirts for the Friendship Festival celebrating Independence Day that are available for purchase.

BEAR CREEK - Patriotism will be front and center in Bear Creek on Saturday, July 6, as the town holds its annual Friendship Festival at Twin Forks Park, located off of County Highway 79.
Town officials are preparing for the largest crowd in years to come out for the live music, arts, crafts, food vendors and car show, capped off by at least a 30-minute fireworks show that night, Bear Creek Mayor Rob Taylor said.