Advocacy group needs volunteers for lake clean up Sept. 25-26


Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy, Inc. will have a volunteer clean up of sloughs on Smith Lake Sept. 25-26.
ARLEY - Polluting a water system is bad for the environment and for people, not to mention it looks horrible next to the homes on the lake. The Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy, Inc. is an established group who work toward cleaning Smith Lake. Even though the group did not have a clean up in the spring and Alabama Power will not be providing boats this year to help with the clean up, thanks to COVID-19 in both instances, the group will be sponsoring a lake clean up event Friday, Sept. 25, as well as the next day on Sept. 26.

Black Pond VFD donates masks to Double Springs Elementary


Black Pond Fire Chief Terry Tidwell gives Double Springs Elementary Principal Heather Tucker a small portion of the 500 masks they purchased and donated to the school. Shown from left are Hubert Williams, Dawn Carroll, Tammy Williams, Jake Haynes, Tidwell, Heather Tucker, Josh Tucker, Chelsey Riddle and D.J. Riddle.
BLACK POND - Since school has started in a pandemic, and face masks are required for all students to wear, it can be tough for the younger students, as masks get dirty, they break and they are sometimes forgotten at home. The Black Pond Volunteer Fire Department saw the need and recently donated 500 disposable face masks to Double Springs Elementary School.

Fall Family Field Trips coming to Camp McDowell


Farm life is part of Camp McDowell. Classes on harvesting food and bringing it to the table will be given on the field trips this fall.
NAUVOO - Many, if not all, local schools have no field trips planned this year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Family vacations could be at a standstill. But right in Winston County’s backyard is a spectacular place that is offering families time together.

Allegations brought before Winston Board of Education


Concerned parent Bobbeth Champion brings hand-outs to Winston County School Board members regarding allegations against Central Office personnel.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Allegations of alcohol possession and inappropriate conduct at the central office of the Winston County Board of Education came to light publicly, when questions from a concerned parent were directed to Winston County Schools Superintendent Greg Pendley and school board members at their Thursday, Aug. 27, meeting.

Tornado damages homes and businesses in Moreland and Double Springs


Portions of the porch at the Dempsey residence in Moreland is flipped onto the roof. The wind was strong enough to push the vehicle a few inches sideways and ripped the license plate from the vehicle.
WINSTON COUNTY - Damage has been reported in Moreland and Double Springs from an apparent tornado during the evening hours of Aug. 28. Homes in Moreland have been damaged, and businesses on Highway 33 in Double Springs sustained damage. No injuries have been reported.

Hamilton Homebuilders expands to Lynn


At the announcement of Hamilton Homebuilders opening a new location at the former Platinum Homes plant in Lynn are, from left, Brad Mikels, president of Hamilton Homebuilders; Lynn Town Clerk Marcia Manasco; Production Manager Ricky Butler; Human Resources Director Sherry Jones; Production Manager Phillip Alexander and David Roberson, president of the Industrial Development Authority of Winston County.
LYNN - The partnership of three major entities in Winston County has enabled a division of Hamilton Homebuilders to complete production of Platinum Homes’ orders, as well as to transition over to an increased production of 100 employees at Hamilton Homebuilders’ newest location in the former Platinum Homes building.

Winston County receives $500,000 grant as part of multi-state project


From left, Brad Nail, regional forester with the Alabama Forestry Association; Winston County Assistant Road Engineer Matthew Rouse and Winston County Road Engineer James Glasgow at Cane Creek off County Road 115, where culverts will be replaced thanks to the funding.
WINSTON COUNTY - The Alabama Forestry Association brought good news to a recent Winston County Commission meeting, announcing a $500,000 project involving county crews to correct major drainage issues affecting stream beds in order to protect endangered wildlife.

Mineral Springs sewer area to get face lift


The septic tank at Mineral Springs was one of three installed in the city in 1931.
HALEYVILLE - Many years ago, not far from the railroad in the bustling town of Haleyville and east of Alabama Avenue, there was a three-story hotel, advertised all around as a place for clean and healthy water. During its approximate 30 years, it accommodated many. As Haleyville grew, so did the need for a sewer system to be installed. One of the places selected to have a septic tank was in the woods behind the hotel. Today, the septic tank, no longer in use, will be removed during renovations from the Haleyville Water Works and Sewer Board.