Bad Seeds: Residents urged to turn in unsolicited packages from overseas


Haleyville resident Mark Finley, left, is the first reported person in Winston County to receive a packet of unsolicited seeds from China. As part of the required process, he is handing over the unopened packet to Winston County Extension Coordinator Zack Brannon at the extension office in Double Springs.
WINSTON COUNTY - A Haleyville resident has been the first reported person in Winston County to receive in the mail a pack of unsolicited seeds mislabeled as jewelry from China, but the resident promptly took action to report the situation.

HES Back to School Parade provides excitement, motivation for a new year

Elementary teachers cheer and wave, greeting students as they ride by in the Back to School parade, held on Thursday, Aug. 13 a week before school starts.

HALEYVILLE - Cheers, friendly faces and waves set a festive and positive atmosphere for the start of Haleyville Elementary School, which will be this Thursday, Aug. 20.

Fire departments receive state funds


Back row from left: James Rickett, Arley; Code Wakefield, Lynn; Brandon Lewis, Double Springs; Jeff Marksberry, Central; Mike Crooks, Addison and Casey Hammack, Alabama Forestry Commission. Front row, Terry Tidwell, Black Pond; Roger Watts, Ashridge; Wade Hess, Haleyville and Ray Cantrell, Delmar. Kneeling are Estes and Wadsworth. Not shown are representatives from Helicon and Pebble fire departments.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Fire Fighters Association met at the Double Springs Municipal Building Tuesday, July 28, for their monthly meeting. Before the business meeting, State Representatives Tracy Estes and Tim Wadsworth distributed checks to each fire department.

Town of Lynn makes $3,000 donation to school for football helmet reconditioning

LYNN - Fall is approaching and with it comes time for high school football. One of the main pieces of protective equipment is the helmet, used to combat concussions in the contact sport. Helmets are required to be reconditioned every two years, and Lynn High School will need to have theirs ready before football begins.

A call for unity in Bear Creek from local pastor


Local pastor Ricky White brings a message of unity and love to Bear Creek during the town council meeting.
BEAR CREEK - Local pastor Ricky White had some strong words of advice and encouragement for Bear Creek residents before he led the Bear Creek Town Council and members of the public in attendance in prayer at the beginning of the Monday, Aug. 3 meeting.

Avoid the knock: Complete the census


The above graph shows the census response rate of residents in Winston County’s municipalities as of press time Aug. 2, as well as Bear Creek and Marion County. The state’s response rate is also represented. It should be noted that Natural Bridge’s response rate most likely appears low due to its small population.
WINSTON COUNTY - Time has nearly run out for those who have not responded to the 2020 Census.

Mask mandate not a muffled matter during county commission meeting


Winston County Probate Judge Sheila Moore and Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes discuss the mask ordinance after the commission meeting.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Very few people actually enjoy wearing a facial covering to keep down the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and some defy any mandates, but those choices are trivial when it comes to the current state mandate requiring facial coverings be worn.

Lack of county road signs and road condition topics at Black Pond


A 1,200 foot section of County Road 8 will be fixed before striping. The road will be complete at this point.
BLACK POND - When a first responder is dispatched, one of the most vital items is information. An address is imperative for those first responders, whether fire, police or medical. Unfortunately, for those not familiar with the area, be it dispatch or the responder, problems arise when the address cannot be located. One major problem with this is the stealing of county road signs.