Submit your Vacation Bible School information

WINSTON/MARION - School is almost out, so that means Vacation Bible Schools are about to begin! Area churches are encouraged to submit their Vacation Bible School, Kids Krusade or other summertime events to the Northwest Alabamian. The items run free in upcoming events and will also be placed under the events page here for free.  For more information, call 205-486-9461 or send an email to

New faces taking top posts at Double Springs and Meek Elementary schools

Alan Henderson, current assistant principal at Meek High School, will be moving to principal at Meek Elementary School. Heather Tucker will be moving to Double Springs Elementary School as principal from MES.
WINSTON COUNTY - When students return to school at Double Springs and Meek Elementary on Wednesday, Aug. 7, they will see new faces welcoming them.

Summer reading program registration underway soon

Beth Kendrick, Double Springs librarian, shows the poster for this year’s summer reading program theme, “Alabama Has a Universe of Stories.” It was designed by Logan Tanner.
WINSTON COUNTY - Summer is on its way, which means it is time for students to get out of school, pool parties, fun in the sun and summer reading programs at the three Carl Elliott Regional libraries in Winston County: Haleyville, Double Springs and Arley. The theme this year is “Alabama Has a Universe of Stories,” and coincides with the Alabama 200 Bicentennial celebration.

LHS Class of 1960 saves Natural Bridge Town Hall

Members of the Lynn High School Class of 1960 are outside the town hall and community center at Natural Bridge which was just on fire. Back row from left are Linda Garrett, Bobbie Ann Rhodes, Betty Jean Downey, Mavis Emberg and Lon Hicks. Front row, Ola Fay Gustafson, Linda Prestridge, Joe Norris and Peggy Lynn.
NATURAL BRIDGE - It is the time of year for class reunions, and the Lynn High School Class of 1960 met for their 59th on Friday, May 10, at the Natural Bridge Town Hall and Community Center. The quiet gathering soon turned into a cry of fire when a passing motorist noticed smoke coming from the eaves of the building and alerted those inside.

Alabama bait bill becomes law

WINSTON COUNTY - Hunters in Alabama can now hunt white-tailed deer (when in season) and feral pigs with the aid of bait on privately owned or leased lands if they have purchased and are in possession of an annual bait privilege license issued by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

East side of county wary over Lakeland’s plan to open clinics

Above left, State Representative Tim Wadsworth, who is also providing a building for Capstone Clinic to open in Arley, speaks out. Above right, attorney Jeff Mobley, representing the health care authority, says collaboration is the key rather than competition. Also shown is health care authority chairperson Judy Bittinger.
WINSTON COUNTY - Before the Winston County Commission took a vote April 29, to apply two mills of property tax directly to the Health Care Authority of Haleyville and Winston County, a tremendous amount of discussion erupted, with several opposing the idea.

Wolfpen Cemetery decoration and cleaning May 11

BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - The annual decoration at Wolfpen Cemetery, located on County Road 60 in the Bankhead National Forest near Rabbittown, will be Saturday, May 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  The cemetery will be cleaned and all the graves will be decorated.  Anyone who has a loved one buried at Wolfpen or is interested in helping to clean the cemetery is welcome to attend.

Remember the fallen, thank the living

Winston County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bryan Kirkpatrick and Sheriff’s Office Clerk/Event Organizer Misty Fannin at the monument which will be the focal point of the ceremony.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - “Remember the Fallen, Thank the Living” is the theme for this year’s National Police Week, which will be May 12-18. Winston County is planning a special ceremony honoring its fallen officers, with two new names to be added to the list of those who died in the line of duty.

ALDOT grant awarded

County Road 24 serves as a primary route for industrial traffic.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - A $393,800 Industrial Access grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation will go a long way to help several industries in Double Springs, with major improvements and a much needed stop sign at a dangerous intersection on County Road 24 planned.