Disagreements arise

Disagreements arose at the Monday, Feb. 4, Bear Creek Town Council meeting about paying for additional employees, as the town is facing an inadequate number of employees due to the massive amount of renovation work required to reopen Twin Forks Campgrounds.

Addison Ladies Club giving back to the community, one project at a time


Members of the newly formed Addison Ladies Club are on a mission to give back to Addison and the surrounding communities through a host of projects. From l-r: Heather Denson, Lori Hammack, Shea Williams, Melissa Cleghorn, Sharon Naylor, Lacey Hill, Vanessa Rice, president; Wendy Isom, treasurer; Shelonda Hayes and Samantha Crooks.
ADDISON - A new civic club in Addison is already making a huge difference in many residents’ lives, and members are hoping that their opportunities to give back to their community will only continue to grow.

Illegal parking at Caney Creek Falls entrance means being towed


Warning signs have recently been posted at the entrance site to Caney Creek Falls off County Road 2. This is due to a safety situation because there is not enough parking space nearby. Vehicles will be towed if parked illegally effective Saturday, Feb. 9.
ASHRIDGE - The Winston County Sheriff’s Office is combating a safety issue and issued a public service announcement concerning the parking issue at the entrance to Caney Creek Falls. Vehicles will now be towed if parked on the right of way of County Road 2.

Winston Homebuilders begins production in Double Springs


Employees inspect one of the production lines in the plant before the industry opens.
DOUBLE  SPRINGS   -  A $400,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will be the major kickoff of a new manufacturing business opening in Double Springs in the facilities vacated by the relocation of Southern Homes back in 2014.

Law enforcement seizes 8.6 grams of meth in home raid


Winston County Sheriff's Investigator Caleb Snoddy and Reserve Heather Hardy find drugs in the bedroom area of the home. In the background searching is Sheriff's Deputy Josh Silas.
DOUBLE SPRINGS  -  Multiple agencies converged on a residence in Double Springs Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 6, conducting a drug sweep  of 8.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine, in attempts of remedying an ongoing problem and arresting four individuals.

WCHS juniors help themselves by helping the Alabamian


Members of the WCHS junior class, along with their class’ faculty sponsor. From l-r: Mitchell Taylor, Caroline Tidwell, Hunter Fields, Drew Harris, Logan Lewis, Skylar Mosher and Frances Gillentine.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The junior class at Winston County High School is currently working in partnership with the Alabamian on a project that is mutually beneficial.

Henshaw retires


Winston County Commissioners commend Mike Henshaw on his service. From left, Commissioner David Cummings, Chairman Roger Hayes, Henshaw and Commissioner Bobby Everett.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Employees at the Winston County Extension Office all agree that the retirement of long-time coordinator Mike Henshaw will leave big shoes to fill.

Barnett charged with murder


Brittany Barnett

PHIL CAMPBELL - Brittany Kaylen Barnett, 21, has been charged with murder in the Monday evening, Feb. 4, death of Jason Poore, 38, of Russellville.  The crime allegedly occurred on County Highway 81 in Phil Campbell.  According to a press release from Phil Campbell Police Chief Joe Fike, his department is conducting the homicide investigation, with assistance from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Knight crowned Miss 9-1-1


Bethany Knight, Miss 9-1-1 for 2019.

HALEYVILLE - Bethany Knight, 19, of Hamilton, was crowned Miss 9-1-1 for 2019 in the annual competition held Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium.  Knight, who is a freshman at the University of Alabama, competed against seven other young women from across the region for the title.  The Miss 9-1-1 Competition is a preliminary to the Miss Alabama Competition, and Knight will now move on to compete for the Miss Alabama title in June.

County spelling bee winner


Winston County Spelling Bee runner-up is Garrett Crow, left, of Double Springs Middle School and winner is Gabe Drummond, right, of Lynn High School
HALEYVILLE - The Winston County Spelling Bee tournament was held Friday, Feb. 1, at the Haleyville Elementary School library.

School, community preparing for HMS 10th anniversary celebration


Teachers who have been with Haleyville Middle School since its opening 10 years ago, get ready to celebrate the special occasion on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The public is being cordially invited to attend this special event. From left, Dusty Ball, Renea Allen, Amy Farris, Susanne Trallo and Assistant Principal Tammy Hatton.
HALEYVILLE  -  The date Feb. 26 will commemorate a special occasion at Haleyville Middle School in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the school, as invitations to past and present administrators, board members and other special guests are being sent out for an assembly commemorating the occasion.

Beloved former employee honored by Haleyville School Board


The late Juanita White’s children accept the “Serve With Pride” award given in her honor by the Haleyville Board of Education, along with a framed photograph of their beloved mother, which will be on display at HES, where she worked. From left, Wanda White, Rickey White, Will White, Lynn White Long and Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland.
HALEYVILLE - Emotions ran high for the family of the late Juanita White at the Haleyville City Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, when a “Serve With Pride” award was given in recognition of White to members of her family in attendance.

Students provided gardening opportunities


Shown are students weeding the raised garden bed of strawberries at Winston County High School. From left, Stephen Nix and Hunter Fields are on one side with Paeton Randolph, Emily Cleveland, Abby Taylor, Brooklyn Robbins and Makayla McDonald on the other. County Extension Agent Mike Henshaw, back left, and WCHS Agriscience Teacher Byron Tuggle look on.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - As part of the Winston County Diabetes Support Coalition, at least one school in every town in the county now has raised garden beds, it was told at the meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Meek goes green


These cans are at Meek schools for recycling. High School Principal Marla Murrah hopes to reduce garbage by up to 50 percent.
ARLEY - Members of the Arley Women’s Club, Meek school principals and educators from Camp McDowell Environmental Center held planning meetings recently to further the club’s recycling program.

One dead after vehicle collides with petroleum tanker truck


Emergency responders gather on the scene of the collision of a pickup truck and petroleum tanker truck that left one person dead Thursday morning, Jan. 17.
ASHRIDGE   -  The collision of a Chevrolet pickup and a petroleum  tanker truck on Highway 195 in front of Pleasant Hill #2 Church, left one driver dead and the other driver emotionally shaken on a rainy scene Thursday morning, Jan. 17.

Musso hired as new HHS football coach


Newly hired Haleyville High School football coach Chris Musso with HHS Principal Dr. Erika McCoy, left, and HCS Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland at the special called meeting Friday, Jan. 18
HALEYVILLE  -  Haleyville school officials agreed that the hiring of Chris Musso as head football coach for the high school was the right fit for the system for multiple reasons. 

Legislators receive warm welcome at Meet and Greet


Winston County's team of legislators with Bicentennial logos made at HCS and presented to them, from left Representatives Tracy Estes, Proncey Robertson, Senators Greg Reed, Garlan Gudger and Representative Tim Wadsworth.
HALEYVILLE - Winston County's state legislative team received a warm welcome when they visited Haleyville Middle School Thursday night, Jan. 17, for a Meet and Greet event sponsored by the Haleyville Civitan Club.

Bigger fair this year? Officials say yes


The fair in Double Springs is set to begin Tuesday, April 23. It promises to be a bigger fair than last year with popularly known musical acts in the works.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Tuesday, April 23, through Saturday, April 27, are the dates for the fair this year in Double Springs, noted Crystal Till of Community Unity at the Double Springs Town Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 14.

9-1-1 now accepting texts


Winston County E-911 Director Tim Webb sends the first 911 text on ANGEN, which was received by Dispatch Supervisor Deborah Hardy. Also shown is dispatcher Debbie Tidwell.
WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County is leading the way in new emergency communications technology once again...

Arley Police getting upgrades


Arley Police Chief Jerry Cummings shows the computer in his police cruiser. A new hard drive will be installed soon in both Arley police cruisers.
ARLEY - The Arley Police Department has computers in its vehicles dating back to the time when Ed Townsend was sheriff.

Man arrested on Macedonia Road


Winston County Sheriff's Office Investigator Caleb Snoddy leads defendant Todd Hood to the patrol car for transport to the Winston County Jail.
HALEYVILLE - The call of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Macedonia Road Haleyville around 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, led Haleyville Police and the Winston County Sheriff's Office to the scene, where a m an was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant as well as drug related charges.

Two vehicle collision on Highway 195, Haleyville

Submitted by Melica Allen on Wed, 01/09/2019 - 15:14
The Haleyville Police Department is on the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 195, near Rowe Building Supply, in Haleyville. Around 3 p.m., a red Ford Ranger pickup and a four-door silver colored Buick were involved in the accident.  One injury has been reported with RPS on the scene. Traffic is currently down to one lane, so please be aware if traveling in that vicinity. Ward's Wrecker Service  and Lyle's Wrecker were called to the scene.


The Haleyville Police Department is on the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 195, near Rowe Building Supply, in Haleyville. Around 3 p.m., a red Ford Ranger pickup and a four-door silver colored Buick were involved in the accident. One injury has been reported with RPS on the scene. Traffic is currently down to one lane, so please be aware if traveling in that vicinity. Ward's Wrecker Service and Lyle's Wrecker were called to the scene.

Tough pill to swallow

WINSTON COUNTY - The opioid abuse epidemic in Winston County has prompted officials from throughout the region to band together and form a coalition to not only fight the problem, but create measures to help those suffering from abuse.

Locals want answers concerning parking issues at Caney Creek Falls


Caney Creek Falls is one of the most visited waterfalls in the Bankhead Forest. This photo was taken this past summer with back lights at night. Ron Burkett is the photographer and graciously allowed the Alabamian to use his photo.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Winston County is unique - not all people in Alabama, or anywhere for that matter, have the option of walking out their back door into a forest or protected wilderness area.

Bear Creek virtually debt-free


Mayor Tammie Batchelor, left, goes over the town’s finances with Town Clerk Jamie Green at a recent council meeting.
BEAR CREEK - For the first time in several years, the Town of Bear Creek is clearing out all of its past due bills and consolidating its remaining debts for a quicker pay-off, thanks to a surprise $29,000 check received from a court settlement filed against the Marion County Commission.

Electronic sign of the times


Sponsors and school officials stand in front of the new sign at Meek Elementary School. From left, Jared White, legislative liasion for Governor Ivey; Heather Tucker, principal; Cyndy Bartlett, math lab facilitator; Greg Reed, senate majority leader; Tim Wadsworth, representative and Allen Owens, manager of Traders and Farmers Bank, Arley. Sponsors not shown are Traditions Bank and Rusty Banks of Lakeshore Properties, Inc.

ARLEY - The new electronic sign in front of Meek Elementary School will not only provide information for the town of school events, but will also be a small source of income for the school.
The sign was installed in October, with bids the previous month, according to Principal Heather Tucker.
“We had started researching everything for different ones. We finally bidded out. Then we had to find money,” she mentioned.