Bear Creek man killed in wreck

MARION COUNTY - A single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, has claimed the life of a Bear Creek man. Jeremy Poston, 49, was killed when the 1988 Jeep Wagoneer he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. Poston was pronounced deceased on scene. The crash occurred on Alabama 253 at the 19 mile-marker approximately 14 miles east of Hamilton.  Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

Residents upset over wake board erosion on lake


Harold Martinez, a resident of Smith Lake, shows erosion that has occurred along the shoreline from large waves created by wake boats.
SMITH LAKE - Comments from a large audience numbering at least 250 people in a recent meeting came from those who are unsettled about the situation of wake boards or large water vessels causing destruction of their property by waves.

Timber Creek begins production


From left, Todd Evans, vice president of sales and operations for Timber Creek Housing; Production Manager Greg Wiggins and Mike Barnett, general manager, show the newly remodeled plant that began production this week.
BEAR CREEK - Ongoing renovations and expansions at the new Timber Creek Housing LLC industrial site on County Highway 65 in Bear Creek the past several months built up to the official start of production Monday, July 26, and the beginning of a phase-in of workers on their production lines.

Explorers post 92 and club 92 teaches STEM skills to youth

DOUBLE SPRINGS - A new opportunity is presenting itself to help the youth of Winston County learn specific skills for future careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics can open new pathways in fields such as law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire fighting. Sponsored by the non-profit Free State STEM Foundation, the newly established Double Springs Engineering and Technology Exploring Post 92 and Club 92 met officially the first time Monday, June 21.

Local UNA students join Phi Kappa Phi

FLORENCE - The following local UNA students were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines:

Tiffany Harbison, of Arley;
Stormy Sides, of Haleyville;
Meaghan Hardy Reed, of Phil Campbell.

They are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only.

Portion of 20th Street at Haleyville Schools to be closed Wednesday for road work

HALEYVILLE- The four way stop area  of  20th Street in the area of 20th Avenue between Haleyville High School, middle school and elementary school is scheduled to be closed beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, in order for some minor road work to be done. Teachers, administrators and the general public need to to use caution and  avoid this particular area during the closure. 

Local student competes in world’s largest rodeo


Sage Isom demonstrates bull riding.
BEAR CREEK - Sage Isom, a recent graduate of Phillips High School, will be competing in the world’s largest rodeo in Lincoln, Neb., July 18-24. Isom earned a position on the Tennessee State National High School rodeo team and is traveling with his teammates. He will be competing in the bull riding category. This year is the 73rd annual National High School Finals Rodeo.

Wallace State plans half-million dollar Winston County Community Learning Center for Arley


Rep. Tim Wadsworth, left, Wallace State Community College President Dr. Vicki Karolewics and Arley Mayor Chris Tyree celebrate the announcement of the Winston County Community Learning Center.
ARLEY - Wallace State Community College and the Arley Town Council solidified plans Monday July 12, to establish a $500,000 community learning center on town property next to Meek Baptist Church.

Key drug supplier arrested


Winston County Sheriff Horace Moore and his deputies with drugs, a gun and paraphernalia recovered during the recent arrest of a major drug supplier. From l-r: Chief Deputy Caleb Snoddy, Deputies Jonathan Oliver and Tim Williams, Moore, Deputy Chris Franks and Investigator Jacob Eward. Not shown is Investigator Matt Roberts (Courtesy photo)
BLACK POND - A major drug distributor was taken off the streets after the Winston County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant, finding 1.4 grams of cocaine, 112 grams of methamphetamine and 2.9 grams of marijuana found.