Overturned tractor-trailer on Highway 33 just over Winston County line

LAWRENCE COUNTY/WINSTON COUNTY LINE - Officers are on scene of an accident where a tractor-trailer has overturned on Highway 33, just north of Double Springs over the county line into Lawrence County.  Please use caution driving through this area over the next couple of hours, as officers work to get a wrecker on scene capable of getting the truck upright, as well as picking up a steel coil which has fallen from the vehicle.

Troops come home


Lower left photo shows B Company Commander Brian Bartes of Haleyville with wife Kimberly and sons Austin, Will and Levil. Lower right photo shows SPC Corey Robinson of Addison being met with hugs from parents Kenny and Sherry Robinson.
HUNTSVILLE - The National Anthem sung by Cristina Lynn of Huntsville was blended with the roar of a plane’s engine, as the Southwest flight bringing home the last of the soldiers from the 115th Signal Battalion pulled up on the tarmac at the Huntsville International Airport for short but powerful ceremony Thursday morning, June 6, before soldiers were released to their families.

First responders honored at banquet


First responders receiving awards. See story for names and departments.
HALEYVILLE - First responders were the honorees at an awards banquet held as the city's annual 9-1-1 festival was beginning and also to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first emergency 9-1-1 call placed in the city. The banquet was held Thursday, May 31 at the Joint Armed Forces Reserve Center on Newburg Road.

Little red phone finds new home


Photo at left shows Craig Floyd, president and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Museum, and Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri at the official announcement that the red telephone used in the city for the first 9-1-1 call 50 years ago will be displayed at the museum. Photo at right 911 Dignitary Steve Souder presents Mayor Sunseri with a replica red phone to be displayed in the city hall foyer replacing the vintage red phone that is going to Washington.
HALEYVILLE - The small red rotor dialed telephone that opened emergency 9-1-1 calling services to the entire nation has its roots in Haleyville, the birth city for that call.

Federal dignitaries special guests at 911 Town Hall workshops


From left, Retired Admiral David Simpson, former Federal Communications Commission bureau chief; Alicia Burns, 911 dignitary and committee chairperson for the town hall meeting; Christy Williams, 911 director North Central Texas Council of Governments, Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner and Steve Souder, 9-1-1 dispatcher during many historical events in the nation
HALEYVILLE - The 911 Town Hall workshops held Thursday, May 31, at Haleyville City Hall, brought attendance from federal, state and local dignitaries pesenting a series of programs called 911 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Family of Former Mayor James Whitt honored


From left, members of the James Whitt family, from left, Carol Whitt, Heath Sutherland, Whitt Sutherland, Steve Whitt, Mona Whitt, Holly Sutherland, Will Sutherland, Murry Whitt, Kay Sunseri, Casey Whitt, Mayor Ken Sunseri.
HALEYVILLE - A special award was presented in memory of former mayor James Whitt, who was mayor of the city when the historical first 9-1-1 call was made in Haleyville on Feb. 16, 1968. The award was presented at the award banquet honoring first responders Thursday, May 31, at the Joint Armed Forces Reserve Center.

City of Haleyville receives Founders Award


Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, far right, receives the Founders Award on behalf of the city of Haleyville. Presenting the award is Ron Bonneau, past president of NENA, with NENA Historian Steve O'Connor and Current Vice President Jamison Peevyhouse also in attendance.
HALEYVILLE - Mayor Ken Sunseri received a special honor at the awards banquet honoring first responders Thursday night, May 31 at the Joint Armed Forces Reserve Center, when he was presented the Founders Award by Ron Bonneau, past president of the National Emergency Numbers Association.

Wallace named Alumnus of the Year


Debbie Wood, president of the Haleyville Alumni Association, presents the Alumnus of the Year award to Dana Wallace at the alumni luncheon Saturday, June 2.
HALEYVILLE - Henry Dana Wallace of the Haleyville High School class of 1978, celebrating 40 years, thanked not only his classmates but members of the class of 1968 for a special reason when he received the coveted Alumnus of the Year during annual alumni festivities Saturday, June 2.

Jasper man dies in early morning wreck

JASPER - A single-vehicle crash at 12:29 a.m. today, June. 4, has claimed the life of a Jasper man.  Victor Marcel Del Fuoco, 26, was killed when the 2007 Ford Mustang he was driving exited the roadway on the right side, striking an embankment. Fuoco was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred on I-22, 4.5 miles southeast of Cordova.  Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

First 9-1-1 call reenacted


Congressman Robert Aderholt, center, holds the iconic red phone from which the first 9-1-1 call in the nation was made after he and Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, right reenacted that historic phone call. With them is Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, left.
HALEYVILLE - With the 9-1-1 Festival getting underway Friday, June 1, and this year being the 50th anniversary of the first-ever 9-1-1 call in the nation made, officials from Washington and Montgomery gathered at Haleyville City Hall Friday afternoon to reenact that historic call that has led to countless lives across the world being saved.

Bear Creek Town Clerk announces retirement


From left, Bear Creek Water Department clerk and soon-to-be interim town clerk Jamie Green, Bear Creek Town Clerk Ava McCurley, who is retiring July 1, and Bear Creek Mayor Connie Morrison.

BEAR CREEK - In a special-called meeting of the Bear Creek Council Wednesday, May 30, the retirement of town clerk Ava McCurley, was announced and accepted, effective July 1.  After some discussion, the council approved naming Bear Creek Water Department Clerk Jamie Green as interim town clerk, effective July 1.  Green will serve as clerk for both the water department and the town.

Haleyville Council approves bidding for paving projects


Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, left, and council member Royce Benefield hold up a banner presented to the city by Motorola regarding the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call.
HALEYVILLE - With all council members present except for Blue Russell, and final preparations for the 9-1-1 Festival underway, the Haleyville City Council met Tuesday, May 29, in the courtroom of Haleyville City Hall.

Making Alabama exhibit now open


Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri cuts the ribbon proclaiming the traveling exhibit open on May 29. From left is Joel Sherrill, Mike Evans, Kris Burleson, Thomas Bryant (grants director for Alabama Humanites Foundation), Ken Sunseri, Mandy Little, Tim Robertson, Melinda Weaver and Christy Harbin. The exhibit will be open until June 8.
HALEYVILLE - Making Alabama, a walk through exhibit of the Alabama Bicentennial, is now open through Friday, June 8 at the former Dixie Flowers location at 926 19th Street from noon until 6 p.m. every day.