Governor Ivey defends state pushbacks on unfair federal mandates

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is greeted by U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt upon her visit as keynote speaker at the Ronald Reagan Republican dinner Saturday night. Also shown are Sheriff Horace Moore, Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes, Attorney Scott Shipman and Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Unlike her recent television ad about U.S. President Joe Biden, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey had plenty of good things to say when she visited Winston County Saturday night, March 5, to deliver the keynote address at the annual Ronald Reagan Republican Dinner.

Kelley and Till crowned Queen and Princess of Hearts

Bailey Kelley was crowned Queen of Hearts, and Macy Till was crowned Princess of Hearts at Winston County High School on Saturday, March 5.

The top five in Queen of Hearts included Arleigh Breedwell, first alternate, Lexie Flake, second alternate, Jaelyn Dotson, third alternate, and Kaylie Gardner, fourth alternate.

The top five in Princess of Hearts included Maggie Courington, first alternate, Gabrielle Hobbs, second alternate, Kaitlyn Thorn, third alternate, and Nevaeh Taylor, fourth alternate.

Donations needed to make Arley Senior Outreach a reality

Standing outside what will be the Arley Smith Lake Senior Outreach Center are organizers and board members, from left, Bob Cooper, Cathy Cooper, James Rickett and Cheryl Rickett.
ARLEY - After years of collecting donations, hoping and waiting, the Arley Smith Lake Senior Outreach Center is becoming a reality, thanks to a partnership between the organizing committee and the town to secure the former Traders & Farmers Bank building.

Hallman appointed Bear Creek's new police chief

Douglas Hallman takes the oath office as new police chief for the town of Bear Creek during a special-called meeting Monday night. Shown administering the oath is Mayor Rob Taylor. Holding the Holy Bible, on which the oath was taken, was Hallman's wife Nancy.
BEAR CREEK- A unanimous vote of the Bear Creek Town Council at a special-called meeting Monday night named Douglas Hallman as police chief, replacing Kenny Hallmark who resigned recently to go back to Hackleburg as police chief.

Boyles crowned Leo's Loveliest

Leo's Loveliest senior division Top 5, from left, Averie Elkins, third alternate; Shamekia Desiderio, first alternate; Leo's Loveliest Ann Marie Boyles; Kirsten Stevens, second alternate and Hadley Smith, fourth alternate.

HALEYVILLE - Haleyville High School Senior Ann Marie Boyles was crowned the senior division Leo's Loveliest during the 45th annual contest Saturday, Feb. 26.  Rounding out the top 5 were Shamekia Desiderio, first alternate; Kirsten Stevens, second alternate; Averie Elkins, third alternate and Hadley Smith, fourth alternate.

A full round-up of both the junior and senior divisions of Leo's will be in the Wednesday, March 2, edition of the Alabamian.

Attend the wedding of the year this weekend

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Free State Theater Troupe's production of "Virgil's Wedding," directed by Beth Wilson Gilbreath, opened last night at Double Springs Middle School. A musical comedy full of surprises, "Virgil's Wedding" features nineteen talented young actors from across Winston County. With very natural, nigh on flawless performances, they keep the audience laughing throughout--except when they sing. Then a hush falls. There are two more chances to attend: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27, in the DSMS gym.

Haleyville Lions headed to the Final Four

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville High School Lions boys basketball team is the Northwest Regional Champions for Class 4A and will now head to the Final Four in Birmingham after knocking off Brooks High School 55-54 in a nail-biter of a game.  This marks the first time in program history that the boys basketball team has made the final four.  Congratulations to the Haleyville Lions!


Governor's Emergency Relief fund provides match for storm shelter

Pictured at the site of the new storm storm shelter in the Ashridge area, from left, community residents and Ladies Auxiliary members Sheila Miller, Geraldine Jetton, Joe Ann Durham, Bonnie Tidwell, Renee Baker, with her grandson, State Representative Tim Wadsworth, Ashridge Assistant Fire Chief Roger Watts, Dr. Nicole Jones, Gene Baccus, Probate Judge Sheila Moore, Commission Chairman Roger Hayes, Commissioner David Cummings, EMA Director A.J. Brown.
ASHRIDGE - A storm shelter for the Ashridge community has become a reality, thanks to Governor Kay Ivey’s emergency relief fund for the sole purpose of providing matching funds for storm shelters across the state.

Disney Dessert Cabaret coming March 4

Disney Dessert Cabaret performers freshman Brooklyn Burks, teachers Alicia Bond and Meridyth Hardin, sixth grader Anniston Wilson and first grader Lizzy Rawls (seated center) are shown here with Lynn Elementary School Principal Brad Alsup (left), band director Rodney Fike (right) and volunteer assistant band director Sharon Fike (front), who is directing the cabaret and "Willy Wonka JR".
LYNN - The newly formed Young Actors Guild at Lynn Schools will hold a Disney Dessert Cabaret next week to raise funds for their April production of “Willy Wonka JR.”

4-H to hold interest meeting for livestock judging

Students in Winston County aged 9-18 who would like to learn more about participating in livestock judging competitions will have the opportunity on March 3. Regional Extension Agent Dylan Gilbert, who heads up the 4-H program in Winston County, is holding a Livestock Judging Interest Event at 5:30 p.m. in the Double Springs Municipal Building. Students, as well as their parents or guardians, can attend in person or by Zoom.

New business bringing jobs to Haleyville

The Haleyville City Council takes action to vote on the high bidder for property that will house a new business in the city. Voting in favor, from left, Dr. Ray Boshell, Mayor Ken Sunseri, seated front, and Boo Brooks. Council member Brian Berry, center, abstained from the vote.
HALEYVILLE - A major step has been taken to create more local jobs, with the Haleyville City Council awarding the sale of surplus property so a new distribution business for Fontaine Trailer Company and Transcraft can be constructed.