Cash prizes to be awarded in Mask Up Alabama video contest

WINSTON COUNTY - With face masks proving to be one of the most effective methods of preventing COVID-19 transmission, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), the Alabama Hospital Association (ALAHA) and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama are sponsoring the Mask Up Alabama Video Contest for Alabamians to share why they feel it is important to wear a mask.

Lumber spilled on Highway 195

HALEYVILLE - A truck hauling lumber accidentally spilled a part of the load onto  the middle of Highway 195 in front of Free State Lumber Wednesday morning, Dec. 16. Workers as well as bystanders were  busy cleaning up the lumber, as traffic from both directions on 195 faced a slight detour of going through a nearby parking area to avoid the scene. 

Relief fund set up to help employee burned in incident

Family, friends and co workers of Savannah Miller gather at the scene, while she is being treated by medics inside Regional Paramedical Service ambulance in the parking area of Banks Barbecue Friday night.
HALEYVILLE - An employee of Banks Barbecue suffered burns Friday night, Dec. 11, when she opened the bin doors of the smoker and intense heat rushed out.

Water issue a double-edged sword

BEAR CREEK - (Photo at right shows Bear Creek Mayor Rob Taylor examining town water that has pooled up at a drainage system due to a leak in a line). The water issue in the town of Bear Creek is a double edged sword, as the town is facing soaring water bills due to non-paying customers, while major water leaks are also proving costly to the town.

Lynn Fire Department ends year ahead

The new SCBAs are unpacked and inspected. Lynn received them Dec. 9.
LYNN - A pleasant end to the year has happened for the Lynn Volunteer Fire Department despite the uncertainty the year 2020 has brought. Expensive items have been purchased thanks to two grants the department received recently. The most costly items are 16 brand new self-contained breathing apparatus devices used in most situations involved with the fire department.

Chronic Wasting Disease testing available in Winston

This freezer is at the front of the U.S. Forest Service office on Highway 33 in Double Springs. Chronic Wasting Disease samples are to be left in the freezer.
HOUSTON - Clorox cannot kill the disease. A temperature of 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit will not kill it. Chronic Wasting Disease, first identified in 1967, is a protein deficiency in the genetic makeup of deer, moose, caribou and other similar animals, including reindeer.

Black Coal Miners Cemetery information sought

James Ferrell stands in front of a possible grave which has sunken in. He has also flagged the possible grave along with many others in the area.
BRILLIANT - Isolated between Highway 129 and Main Street, there is a small stand of woods about one-third of a mile in length. Stuck in between the roads on a knoll, in the city limits still, is an old cemetery which has been neglected for a number of years. Only three tombstones exist in this cemetery of forgotten souls, with others containing small rocks.

Addison restaurant building fire termed suspicious

From left, Helicon Fire Department Assistant Chief Neil Feist, Jimmy Collier, criminal investigator/fraud bureau ALDOI criminal investigation division of the Alabama Department of Insurance; Phillip Freeman, deputy state fire marshal and Addison Firefighter Aubrey Jones at the scene of the fire.
ADDISON    -  An early morning fire  on Wednesday, Dec. 9, that heavily damaged the building that formerly housed Smith’s Barbecue as well as other restaurants is being termed suspicious, after authorities found a broken window at the front of the building.

Lynn's Christmas parade postponed

LYNN - The annual Christmas parade at Lynn, which was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, has been postponed to Monday night, Dec. 14. Line up for the parade is set for 6:30 p.m. with the parade beginning at 7. The town has the Christmas tree up currently and will have a tree lighting ceremony following the parade.

Haleyville native preparing for medical career through Auburn’s Rural Medicine Program

Jayci Hamrick (courtesy photo)
AUBURN - Auburn University’s long history of helping mold the state’s physicians of tomorrow continues this semester with a talented group of students ready to dedicate themselves to serving their local communities through the Rural Medicine Program, or RMP.

Reed gets unanimous approval for nomination to be Alabama Senate President Pro-Tem

Alabama Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, who represents a portion of Winston County, is expected to take his seat as the Alabama Senate’s President Pro-Tem, second only to the lieutenant governor, when the legislature reconvenes in February.
MONTGOMERY - The voice was unanimous among the Alabama Senate Republican Caucus that Majority Leader Greg Reed, who represents a portion of Winston County, will be the new president pro-tem replacing State Senator Del Marsh when the state legislature reconvenes in February.

Christmas in the Park is tonight in Double Springs

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Christmas in the Park, usually scheduled in conjunction with the parade has been scaled back this year due to COVID-19. While the parade has been canceled, Santa will be in the park tonight, Dec. 7. Hot chocolate will be served along with cakes, cookies and gift bags for the children. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Community Unity will do a virtual tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 followed by a virtual lighting of the American flag, which is a new addition to the park. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate.