Alabama's congressional district lines to remain unchanged for 2020

MONTGOMERY - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Wednesday that a federal judge’s favorable initial ruling in a voting rights lawsuit against the State of Alabama’s congressional districting plan means there will be no change in Alabama’s congressional district map for the upcoming 2020 U.S. House elections.

Officials gather for listening session regarding opioid abuse


From left, Keith Jones, director of the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments; Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri; Tim Thomas, federal co-chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission; U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt; Alabama Power Business Office Manager Melinda Weaver and Jerry Groce, regional manager of the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

MUSCLE SHOALS  -  The issue of substance abuse goes far beyond just addiction, with a meeting of the minds between local, area, state and federal officials held Wednesday, March 20, in seeking solutions to bridge the gap between recovery and successful placement back into society.

Twin Forks trespassers to be prosecuted


Bear Creek Mayor Tammie Batchelor and Park and Rec/Street Department Supervisor Andrew Welborn emphasize that the Twin Forks campsite area is strictly closed to the public while major renovations and improvements are underway.
BEAR CREEK - “Violators Will Be Prosecuted”, reads a sign that is posted on a new gate at the entrance to the Twin Forks campsites...

Fetter named interim HHS principal


Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland, left, with Haleyville High School Interim Principal Chere Fetter.
HALEYVILLE - Chere Fetter brings a wealth of experience to the position of Haleyville High School interim principal, effective March 15, for the remainder of the school year...

Old Alfa building being torn down


The old Henry E. McNutt Alfa building was torn down Friday, March 22. The demolition crew had 13th Avenue by the post office closed to perform the task.
HALEYVILLE - A Demolition crew had 13th Avenue by the post office closed Friday, March 22, to tear down the old Alfa building. Motorists are urged to avoid the area for the next several hours.

Former Arley mayor remembered


Standing, from left, Treatment Plant Operator Clifton Rudd, Council Member Roger Fincher, Fire Chief James Rickett, Retired Police Chief Aaron Brown, Police Chief Jerry Cummings, Retired Fire Chief George Gibson, Water Plant Supervisor Johnny Taylor, Water Clerk Suzie Barber, Clerk Tammi Farley, Philip Harbison and Bob Williams. Seated from left, Brittany Ferguson, Harbison’s daughter; Ann Harbison, Allan’s wife; Brent Harbison, Allan’s son and Justin Harbison, Allan’s son.
ARLEY - Two terms is enough for any mayor to serve, once said former Arley Mayor Allan Harbison, who is being remembered by his family and friends not only for having integrity in the mayor’s office, but also being a strong leader by example. Harbison, 65, who passed away Monday, March 11...

Bear Creek addressing storm shelter issues


Instead of being stocked with necessary water, food and other supplies, the storage room is piled high with junk.
BEAR CREEK - The day after a deadly EF-4 tornado wreaked havoc in Lee County- leaving mass destruction and 23 dead in its wake - weather preparedness, or the lack of it, was the major topic for Mayor Tammie Batchelor at the Bear Creek Council’s...

Electronic poll books to be installed in Winston


Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill spoke to the Haleyville Rotary Club Thursday, Feb. 28. From left, Ashley Pool, chief operating officer of Lakeland Community Hospital; Merrill; Don Dimond, Haleyville Rotary Club president; Winston County District Judge Mike Newell; Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri and Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes.
HALEYVILLE - Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) hopes to have electronic poll books in all 67 counties by the year 2022. What does this mean?

State Superintendent Dr. Mackey keynote speaker at luncheon


Students from all levels of Haleyville City Schools present special gifts to the state visiting team of State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, Dr. Jeff Langham, chief of staff for the state department of education, and Ryan Hollingsworth, executive director of school superintendents of Alabama.
HALEYVILLE - Alabama Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey was keynote speaker at a special State of Schools luncheon Friday, March 1, at the fellowship hall of Ninth Avenue Church of Christ.

State superintendent visits HCS students Friday


From left, Dr. Jeff Langham, chief of staff for the State Department of Education, Dr. Eric Mackey, state superintendent and Ryan Hollingsworth, executive director of school superintendents of Alabama, interact with Haleyville Elementary students during a tour of the school Friday morning, March 1. Students from left, Bryant Caine, Het Patel and Nicholas Barnett. They are in the third grade class of Brandi Crumpton learning about fraction pizzas.
HALEYVILLE - Alabama State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, along with Dr. Jeff Langham, chief of staff for the state department of education and Ryan Hollingsworth, executive director of school superintendents of Alabama, paid a special visit Friday, March 1, to Haleyville City Schools.

Case against Cantrell dismissed


Jarod Chase Cantrell

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Winston County Circuit Judge Lee Carter dismissed with prejudice the State of Alabama's case against Jarod Chase Cantrell, a former teacher and coach at Double Springs Middle School, Wednesday, Feb. 27.  A mistrial due to prosecutorial misconduct was granted on Feb. 22.  Dismissed with prejudice means the case has been permanently dismissed and cannot be brought back before the court.

Wallace State health programs offering new options, curriculum changes

HANCEVILLE - Three health programs at Wallace State Community College are making changes to expand their offerings or altering the curriculum to offer students more options to enter the workforce, to specialize in specific areas in their chosen field or to decrease the time they need to finish their degree.

Bonds crowned Queen of Hearts


The 2019 Queen of Hearts and her court. From l-r: Lexie Randolph, third alternate; Ella Moore, first alternate; Queen of Hearts Kady Bonds, Jesslyn Downey, second alternate and Tesslie Tidwell, fourth alternate. Bonds was also named Most Photogenic.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Kady Bonds, a senior at Winston County High School, was crowned the Queen of Hearts during the annual pageant Saturday.

Gardner named Princess of Hearts


The 2019 Princess of Hearts and her court. From l-r: Bailey Kelley, third alternate; Lizzy Bass, first alternate; Queen of Hearts Kaylie Gardner, ReShae Moore, second alternate and Abbie Hood, fourth alternate, Miss Citizenship and Miss Congeniality. Gardner was also named Most Photogenic.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Kaylie Gardner, a sixth grader at Double Springs Middle School, was crowned the 2019 Princess of Hearts during the annual pageant Saturday.

McCoy named new principal of Orange Beach High School

HALEYVILLE - According to a Facebook post tonight by Baldwin County Public Schools, Dr. Erika McCoy, principal of Haleyville High School, has been named the new principal of the new Orange Beach High School.  She will begin her new post at the end of March.

The Alabamian is working on this story, and will have more details as they become available.

 

HES silent auction ends tonight at STEAM Art Expo


Jennifer Haughton, media specialist at Haleyville Elementary, shows a sample of the colorful baskets on display for the silent auction this afternoon at the elementary library.
HALEYVILLE - A silent auction is ongoing at the Haleyville Elementary School library, where members of the school and public are being invited to place a silent bid on numerous gift baskets filled with a variety of different items on display throughout the library.

“America's Toughest Sheriff” coming to Winston County


Joseph Michael Arpaio, who served as the 36th sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
DOUBLE SPRINGS  -  Joseph Michael Arpaio, described as America’s Toughest Sheriff--one who has not only taken an outspoken stance against illegal immigration but also has been the subject of several federal civil rights lawsuits-- is coming to a special event in Winston County on Friday, March  8.

Neal McCoy to headline 2019 Haleyville 9-1-1 Festival


Award-winning country music artist Neal McCoy will be the headliner for the 2019 Haleyville 9-1-1 Festival.

HALEYVILLE - The line-up of bands for Haleyville’s annual 9-1-1 Festival concert Friday, May 31, has been officially announced by organizer Brandon Norris.  The concert line-up is as follows: Fly by Radio will perform from 5-6 p.m., followed by 3 Wheel  Drive from 6:30-7:30 p.m., William Michael Morgan from 8-9 p.m. and headline act Neal McCoy beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Mudslides closing roads


The side of County Road 79 has collapsed at a culvert, due to a mudslide. The road is currently closed to thru traffic.
WINSTON COUNTY - The heavy rains of Tuesday, Feb. 19, have caused two mudslides thus far in Winston County, and more may happen as the rain continues this week.

Flooded roads being barricaded


An erosion issue due to heavy rains has caused a section of County Road 79 in Double Springs to be barricaded.
Due to extreme rain and flooding conditions certain roads in the Winston, Marion county  have been barricaded, and motorists are being urged to avoid these areas.