Deaths of Cullman County men found near Haleyville under investigation

Winston County Sheriff Caleb Snoddy, far right, discusses with his deputies the case of the two Cullman County men found dead near Haleyville Wednesday.
HALEYVILLE - Investigation is underway to determine the cause of death of two Cullman County men whose bodies were discovered Wednesday, Nov. 8, in a vehicle parked off County Road 17 on an old logging road near Haleyville, law enforcement said.

Flint Creek Trail system in Bankhead closed until December 22

BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - The USDA Forest Service has announced that the Flint Creek Trail system on the Bankhead National Forest will be closed from November 9 - December 22 due to a logging operation taking place in the area.

For more information or to learn more about other trailheads and trail systems on the Bankhead, call the Bankhead Ranger District at (205) 489-5111.

Duties of Winston County constables explained

Greg Howse, who has served as one of Winston County's constables the past 15 years, discusses the duties of a constable at a recent Winston County Republican Party meeting.
WINSTON COUNTY - Questions concerning what a county constable is, along with the roles and responsibilities performed by a constable have been answered, as qualifying for county candidates for the March 5, primaries is well underway.

FOP Lodge kicks off Toys for Kids this week

Pictured with just a few of the toys that have already been collected for the FOP’s Toys for Kids giveaway are, from left, Winston County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Josh Edwards, Winston County Sheriff Caleb Snoddy, Deputy Sam Kelly, Chief Clerk Sherry Stapp and Deputy Chris Franks.
WINSTON COUNTY - Rising living costs are creating even harder economic conditions for families this holiday season, so Winston County Fraternal of Police Lodge 51 is hoping more children will receive a brighter Christmas than ever before in the annual Toys for Kids giveaway.

Local veterans' sacrifices to be honored with parade and ceremony

From left, Haleyville Mayor and Veteran Ken Sunseri; Mark Wakefield, vice commander of American Legion Post 33 and Post 33 Adjutant Mickey Holdbrooks at the Haleyville War Memorial.
HALEYVILLE - Veterans are concerned that the public’s attendance at such city parades as homecoming and Christmas seems to be much larger than those lining the downtown streets for the annual Veterans parade and program each year.

Byler Road tourism project begins

Discussing the new Byler Road tourism project, which will directly benefit Haleyville and Winston County are, from left, State Representative Tracy Estes, Byler Road Historian and Haleyville native Joel Mize and Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri.
WINSTON COUNTY - One of Winston County’s - and Alabama’s - most historic roadways is traveling back into the limelight.

Help sought for dangerous intersection

Large trucks are being discouraged from using County Road 62 at Highway 13, due to the dangerous slope and limited visibility.
DELMAR - A railroad crossing at County Roads 62 and 3505 has proven dangerous for motorists, especially larger trucks that turn into the opposite lane of Highway 13 in order to navigate their heavy loads.

Citizens approach Double Springs Town Council about Springs Park's status

This sign off Highway 195 south of the Winston County Courthouse marks the site where future development is planned for a park honoring the heritage of Double Springs. The sign has been up for quite some time, with no visible work done on the property.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The lack of any visible progress on land set aside for a community park brought concerned residents to the Monday, Oct. 9, Double Springs Town Council meeting.

Bittinger to be inducted into Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame

Dr. Judy Bittinger (Courtesy Photo)
HALEYVILLE - It takes so much more than a college education to become a nurse. It takes a heart and mind geared toward serving others in the best and worst of circumstances. One Haleyville lady’s dedication and success in nursing has brought her one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a nurse in Alabama.

Community rallies around police chief after house fire; donations needed

Caroline and Luke Sheppard and their 10-year-old son Gage in the ruins of their home on Monday, Oct. 23.

ADDISON - Addison Police Chief Luke Sheppard strives as an emergency first responder to help others but found himself and his family overwhelmed and needing help after losing their home to fire.

The town of Addison is coming to the aid of new Police Chief Sheppard and his family, after they lost all of their possessions in a house fire while they were on vacation.

“You always want to have the ability to help someone, but when you come into a situation like this, and it’s yours, there is not much help that you can provide,” Sheppard pointed out.

Hours change at Bear Creek Senior Center

BEAR CREEK - Hours of the newly established Bear Creek Senior Center have been changed to 9 am until 1 pm, announced director Eugenia Cottongin. The center is open Monday through Friday at the Bobby Bishop Community Center. So far, 49 seniors have signed up for the program. The center provides a hot lunch, games and activities for those 60 and older.  Contact Cottongin at 205-486-4199.

Arson and theft suspected

Clay Hall looks at where he believes a fire was set on the bed in his bedroom, where he also discovered a 32-inch TV was missing.
LYNN - The victim of an early morning house fire Monday, Oct. 16, suspects arson and theft after finding fire had possibly been set at three separate locations inside his home and a TV missing from the bedroom.