McCoy named new principal of Orange Beach High School

HALEYVILLE - According to a Facebook post tonight by Baldwin County Public Schools, Dr. Erika McCoy, principal of Haleyville High School, has been named the new principal of the new Orange Beach High School.  She will begin her new post at the end of March.

The Alabamian is working on this story, and will have more details as they become available.

 

HES silent auction ends tonight at STEAM Art Expo


Jennifer Haughton, media specialist at Haleyville Elementary, shows a sample of the colorful baskets on display for the silent auction this afternoon at the elementary library.
HALEYVILLE - A silent auction is ongoing at the Haleyville Elementary School library, where members of the school and public are being invited to place a silent bid on numerous gift baskets filled with a variety of different items on display throughout the library.

“America's Toughest Sheriff” coming to Winston County


Joseph Michael Arpaio, who served as the 36th sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
DOUBLE SPRINGS  -  Joseph Michael Arpaio, described as America’s Toughest Sheriff--one who has not only taken an outspoken stance against illegal immigration but also has been the subject of several federal civil rights lawsuits-- is coming to a special event in Winston County on Friday, March  8.

Neal McCoy to headline 2019 Haleyville 9-1-1 Festival


Award-winning country music artist Neal McCoy will be the headliner for the 2019 Haleyville 9-1-1 Festival.

HALEYVILLE - The line-up of bands for Haleyville’s annual 9-1-1 Festival concert Friday, May 31, has been officially announced by organizer Brandon Norris.  The concert line-up is as follows: Fly by Radio will perform from 5-6 p.m., followed by 3 Wheel  Drive from 6:30-7:30 p.m., William Michael Morgan from 8-9 p.m. and headline act Neal McCoy beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Mudslides closing roads


The side of County Road 79 has collapsed at a culvert, due to a mudslide. The road is currently closed to thru traffic.
WINSTON COUNTY - The heavy rains of Tuesday, Feb. 19, have caused two mudslides thus far in Winston County, and more may happen as the rain continues this week.

Flooded roads being barricaded


An erosion issue due to heavy rains has caused a section of County Road 79 in Double Springs to be barricaded.
Due to extreme rain and flooding conditions certain roads in the Winston, Marion county  have been barricaded, and motorists are being urged to avoid these areas.

Wadsworth to be honored


Billy Wadsworth
ARLEY - The Arley community is banding together once again in a big way, this time to pay tribute to the late Billy Wadsworth by constructing an outdoor basketball court at Hamner Park in his memory.

County petitions to close access to Caney Creek


Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes explains the county will not tolerate illegal parking on the county right-of-way.
BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - The Winston County Commission has petitioned the U.S. Forest Service to temporarily close access to the area of the Bankhead National Forest off County Road 2 leading to Caney Creek Falls due to parking, overcrowding from visitors and other related dangers.

Bear Creek Police vigilant about removing drugs from streets


Bear Creek Police Chief Joey Franks, left, and Officer Austin Lewis display drugs and paraphernalia confiscated in their most recent case.
BEAR CREEK  -  Police Officer Austin Lewis was in the right place at the right time, when he noticed a suspicious vehicle leading to the confiscation of methamphetamine, marijuana and the arrest of both the driver and passenger on Feb. 9.

Abatement for Cazadore’s topic at council meeting


Haleyville council members, front row from left, Jonathan Bennett and Royce Benefield stand with new accounting clerk Caroline Thompson and Christy Harbin, acting city clerk and G. Blue Russell, councilman. Back row are councilmen Richard Bittinger and Drew Thrasher with Ken Sunseri, mayor.
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville City Council's Feb. 4, meeting was preceded by a public hearing, where the owner of a popular restaurant asked the council for a tax abatement as her business grows.

Disagreements arise

Disagreements arose at the Monday, Feb. 4, Bear Creek Town Council meeting about paying for additional employees, as the town is facing an inadequate number of employees due to the massive amount of renovation work required to reopen Twin Forks Campgrounds.

Addison Ladies Club giving back to the community, one project at a time


Members of the newly formed Addison Ladies Club are on a mission to give back to Addison and the surrounding communities through a host of projects. From l-r: Heather Denson, Lori Hammack, Shea Williams, Melissa Cleghorn, Sharon Naylor, Lacey Hill, Vanessa Rice, president; Wendy Isom, treasurer; Shelonda Hayes and Samantha Crooks.
ADDISON - A new civic club in Addison is already making a huge difference in many residents’ lives, and members are hoping that their opportunities to give back to their community will only continue to grow.

State superintendent to deliver address March 1


Dr. Eric G. Mackey

Members of the community, including businesses, local civic groups and organizations, will have an opportunity to hear  from Alabama Superintendent of Education Eric Mackey, who will be keynote speaker at special State of the Schools event Friday, March 1.
Dr. Mackey will be joined by Alabama education officials along with administrators, teachers and students of Haleyville City Schools as well as members of the public during a special program held at 11 a.m. at the fellowship hall of Ninth Avenue Church of Christ.

Arley Day set for May 18

ARLEY - Amid the chilly February weather, Arley Women’s Club members met for a planning session for their big summer event of 2019. The annual Arley Day Festival, Car Show and Parade will be held at Hamner Park on Saturday, May 18.

STEAM Art Expo to showcase all students' talents Feb. 21


Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland and STEAM Coach Candy Garner with middle school student Ping Church were among special guests at the Tuesday,Feb. 12 Haleyville Civitan Club meeting advertising for the Feb. 21 art expo. Ping is displaying an artistic work he did of his grandfather, which, as he described, was his father's hero. At least one artistic work from every student at HCS will be displayed at the expo.
HALEYVILLE - The first ever STEAM Art Expo set Thursday, Feb. 21, at all campuses at Haleyville City School, is a way of showcasing art from each and every student in the system, while raising funds to keep the STEAM initiative thriving.

Illegal parking at Caney Creek Falls entrance means being towed


Warning signs have recently been posted at the entrance site to Caney Creek Falls off County Road 2. This is due to a safety situation because there is not enough parking space nearby. Vehicles will be towed if parked illegally effective Saturday, Feb. 9.
ASHRIDGE - The Winston County Sheriff’s Office is combating a safety issue and issued a public service announcement concerning the parking issue at the entrance to Caney Creek Falls. Vehicles will now be towed if parked on the right of way of County Road 2.

Winston Homebuilders begins production in Double Springs


Employees inspect one of the production lines in the plant before the industry opens.
DOUBLE  SPRINGS   -  A $400,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will be the major kickoff of a new manufacturing business opening in Double Springs in the facilities vacated by the relocation of Southern Homes back in 2014.

Law enforcement seizes 8.6 grams of meth in home raid


Winston County Sheriff's Investigator Caleb Snoddy and Reserve Heather Hardy find drugs in the bedroom area of the home. In the background searching is Sheriff's Deputy Josh Silas.
DOUBLE SPRINGS  -  Multiple agencies converged on a residence in Double Springs Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 6, conducting a drug sweep  of 8.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine, in attempts of remedying an ongoing problem and arresting four individuals.

WCHS juniors help themselves by helping the Alabamian


Members of the WCHS junior class, along with their class’ faculty sponsor. From l-r: Mitchell Taylor, Caroline Tidwell, Hunter Fields, Drew Harris, Logan Lewis, Skylar Mosher and Frances Gillentine.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The junior class at Winston County High School is currently working in partnership with the Alabamian on a project that is mutually beneficial.

Henshaw retires


Winston County Commissioners commend Mike Henshaw on his service. From left, Commissioner David Cummings, Chairman Roger Hayes, Henshaw and Commissioner Bobby Everett.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Employees at the Winston County Extension Office all agree that the retirement of long-time coordinator Mike Henshaw will leave big shoes to fill.

Barnett charged with murder


Brittany Barnett

PHIL CAMPBELL - Brittany Kaylen Barnett, 21, has been charged with murder in the Monday evening, Feb. 4, death of Jason Poore, 38, of Russellville.  The crime allegedly occurred on County Highway 81 in Phil Campbell.  According to a press release from Phil Campbell Police Chief Joe Fike, his department is conducting the homicide investigation, with assistance from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Knight crowned Miss 9-1-1


Bethany Knight, Miss 9-1-1 for 2019.

HALEYVILLE - Bethany Knight, 19, of Hamilton, was crowned Miss 9-1-1 for 2019 in the annual competition held Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium.  Knight, who is a freshman at the University of Alabama, competed against seven other young women from across the region for the title.  The Miss 9-1-1 Competition is a preliminary to the Miss Alabama Competition, and Knight will now move on to compete for the Miss Alabama title in June.

County spelling bee winner


Winston County Spelling Bee runner-up is Garrett Crow, left, of Double Springs Middle School and winner is Gabe Drummond, right, of Lynn High School
HALEYVILLE - The Winston County Spelling Bee tournament was held Friday, Feb. 1, at the Haleyville Elementary School library.

School, community preparing for HMS 10th anniversary celebration


Teachers who have been with Haleyville Middle School since its opening 10 years ago, get ready to celebrate the special occasion on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The public is being cordially invited to attend this special event. From left, Dusty Ball, Renea Allen, Amy Farris, Susanne Trallo and Assistant Principal Tammy Hatton.
HALEYVILLE  -  The date Feb. 26 will commemorate a special occasion at Haleyville Middle School in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the school, as invitations to past and present administrators, board members and other special guests are being sent out for an assembly commemorating the occasion.