Winston County Commission

Commission votes to split internet tax proceeds between school systems


Shown announcing the funding at a recent Haleyville Board of Education work session, from left, Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes, Commissioner David Cummings, Winston County Board of Education President Joey Boteler, Winston County Schools Superintendent Greg Pendley, Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland and Haleyville Board of Education President Donna Jones.
WINSTON COUNTY - Sales tax may have taken a dip due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but the resulting increase in taxes related to internet purchases is benefiting school systems for the first time, and in a big way.

Winston County has new appraiser


Shawn Blanton took over the role of Winston County Appraiser beginning Oct. 5.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Coinciding with the ad valorem taxes becoming due, the Winston County Revenue Commissioner’s office has a new person appointed as appraiser by the Winston County Commission. A familiar face to many, Shawn Blanton transferred from the road department to the chief appraiser position when Andy McSpadden resigned in September.

County Road 28 to have new pavement


County workers begin the chip sealing process at the northern end of County Road 28, next to Highway 13 in Delmar.
DELMAR - A bumpy ride promises to be smoothed out with a new hot mix asphalt. County Road 28, one of three routes that are between both U.S. Highway 278 to Highway 13 in Delmar, has recently had work done to its base on the Delmar half of the road, with those work areas then being chip sealed. New pavement will soon be added to that half, with striping added to the entire road.

Winston County receives $500,000 grant as part of multi-state project


From left, Brad Nail, regional forester with the Alabama Forestry Association; Winston County Assistant Road Engineer Matthew Rouse and Winston County Road Engineer James Glasgow at Cane Creek off County Road 115, where culverts will be replaced thanks to the funding.
WINSTON COUNTY - The Alabama Forestry Association brought good news to a recent Winston County Commission meeting, announcing a $500,000 project involving county crews to correct major drainage issues affecting stream beds in order to protect endangered wildlife.

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.

State officially takes over maintenance, costs of Duncan Bridge


At the official announcement about Duncan Bridge, from left, Winston County Commissioner Bobby Everett, State Senators Garlan Gudger, Greg Reed, State Representative Tim Wadsworth, Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes, Commissioner David Cummings and Road Engineer James Glasgow.
DUNCAN BRIDGE  - Seven months after state legislators brought news to Winston County, that the state would take over maintenance and upkeep of 60-year-old Duncan Bridge, the official transfer took place Monday, June 15, celebrated by congregating of state and local officials at the blue steel bridge spanning Smith Lake.

Winston County Commission declares State of Emergency amidst COVID-19 concerns


From left, Winston County Commissioner David Cummings, Administrative Clerk Judy Burnett, Commission Chairman Roger Hayes, Commissioner Bobby Everett and Commission Attorney Hobby Manasco at the emergency meeting held Thursday morning.
DOUBLE SPRINGS  - The Winston County Commission in an emergency meeting held Thursday morning, voted to declare a State of Emergency, enabling Chairman Roger Hayes to carry out routine and necessary operations and expenditures due to the coronavirus or COVID-19 restrictions being issued statewide.

Officials seeking funding for road repairs after State of Emergency declared


From left, Winston County Commissioner Bobby Everett, Commission Chairman Roger Hayes and Road Engineer James Glasgow view a large washed out drainage ditch off Highway 195 near the county extension office.
WINSTON COUNTY - The expression, “rain rain go away” has never been more true for Winston County officials than it is now, as excessive rainful during February and now carrying into March has left officials with pothole problems.