Tracy Estes

New park planned


From left, Will Walker, north Alabama east region president of BankFirst; Double Springs Mayor Elmo Robinson; Crystal Till, chairperson of the park’s citizen committee; State Representative Tracy Estes and Double Springs Branch Manager Dennis Seymour.

DOUBLE SPRINGS   -  Many in Winston County may take the name Double Springs for granted as the county’s seat, while others through the years have questioned the origin of its name.
The  donation of  half an acre of land from BankFirst to the Town of Double Springs will be used for a park to celebrate the history of the town -- which received its name from  natural dual springs of water located in the area where the park will be located off Highway 195.

Park improvements near completion


A portion of the track is paved at the Mike Gilbreath Memorial Park in Double Springs. A part still unpaved can be seen above the asphalt in the photo. Though still closed, the construction company will have the park completed soon.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Damage to the walking track at Mike Gilbreath Memorial Park, due to time, weather and roots, caused the park to be closed in February of this year for renovations. According to reports at the town meeting Monday, Sept. 14, the repaving of the track and lighting are the only issues left to complete before the park reopens.

Time is running out to be counted in 2020 Census


Tracy Estes
The State of Alabama is losing--and losing quite badly, as if our state were one of the perennial cupcakes found on the schedule for Southeastern Conference teams in the fall. The deadline to respond to the census is Sept. 30 and a substantial portion of our state has failed to take the five minutes necessary to answer a few basic questions.

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.

Renovation work at HHS gym planned


This is an architect’s drawing of how the facade of the Haleyville High School gym will look once the project is completed.
HALEYVILLE - At a time when schools have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, extra funding for capital improvements is a welcome relief, with Haleyville City Schools planning to focus a portion of its $2 million bond issue allotment on a new, modern look for the high school gymnasium.

“Stitching” together to help first responders


State Representative Tracy Estes, center, receives a donation of 250 face masks made by local volunteers. The masks will be given to area first responders. From l-r: Pam Smith, Larry Gillentine, Frances Gillentine, Estes, Barbara Bishop, Rodney Fike and Sharon Fike. (Courtesy photo)

DOUBLE SPRINGS - ”Stitching” together in this trying time of pandemic, there is a group aiming to help make life easier for others.
Sharon Fike, of Double Springs, got the idea to help make face masks to give to first responders in the area. State Representative Tracy Estes will be distributing them amongst Winston and Marion counties.

Estes wins AASB’s highest honor


State Representative Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, receives the Legislative Award from Alabama Association of School Boards Executive Director Sally Smith.
BIRMINGHAM - State House Rep. Tracy Estes, R-Winfield, was recently presented with the Legislative Award, as chosen annually by officials with the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB).