Remember the fallen, thank the living


Winston County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bryan Kirkpatrick and Sheriff’s Office Clerk/Event Organizer Misty Fannin at the monument which will be the focal point of the ceremony.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - “Remember the Fallen, Thank the Living” is the theme for this year’s National Police Week, which will be May 12-18. Winston County is planning a special ceremony honoring its fallen officers, with two new names to be added to the list of those who died in the line of duty.

ALDOT grant awarded


County Road 24 serves as a primary route for industrial traffic.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - A $393,800 Industrial Access grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation will go a long way to help several industries in Double Springs, with major improvements and a much needed stop sign at a dangerous intersection on County Road 24 planned.

Principal forgiveness not forgiven


Pump station 12, in Blake Curve on Newburg Road, is one of the pump stations to be replaced with money received from the $1 million loan.

HALEYVILLE - When the Haleyville Water Works and Sewer Board applied for a $1.5 million loan to work on a sewer project, it was hoped to receive principal forgiveness in the amount of $500,000. The loan was approved, but Haleyville did not qualify for the principal forgiveness, as other cities showed more need. This was the topic at the recent board meeting on Tuesday, April 23.

Mayor, town officials say employees a necessity


From left, Trenton Bonner, park employee; Water Supervisor Tyson Brown; Park and Rec Employee Crimson Jett and Andrew Welborn, director of both the street department and park and rec, at the meeting.
BEAR CREEK - Mayor Tammie Batchelor and employees of the town of Bear Creek have gone to bat, defending stiff claims from Town Council Member Daniel Green that all employee overtime as well as employees should be cut.

At odds over suggested cutbacks - Green recommends layoffs, no employee overtime


Town Attorney Cole Christopher, left, goes over figures with council member Daniel Green, center, and Jimmy Preston.
BEAR CREEK - Claims of around $100,000 in town indebtedness, as well as the town clerk not disclosing certain financial information about that indebtedness, have been made public by Bear Creek Town Council Member Daniel Green, who has also requested all employee overtime be cut and personnel laid off.

Principal's office rolled for National Principal Week


Winston County High School Principal Jeff Cole arrived to his office to find it "rolled" with toilet paper in celebration of National Principal Week this week. There were also balloons strewn about the hallway floors and crepe paper hanging everywhere, as well as signs on the walls with his picture on it proclaiming NPW. "I'm glad to know I am loved," Cole laughed.

Hiker rescued after three days in Bankhead Forest


Sid Burgess is reunited with family members, as he is transported from ALEA helicopter to RPS ambulance for medical transport after being found in the Bankhead National Forest.
BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - An experienced hiker, who had been in the Bankhead National Forest for three days, was found and rescued leading to an emotional moment when the man was reunited with family members before being transported for medical treatment at Princeton Hospital in Birmingham.