Winston County offices remain closed Friday

DOUBLE SPRINGS- All Winston County offices remain closed Friday, January 19, after a week of closures due to weather, announced Commissioner David Cummings. Plans are to reopen offices on Monday, January 22, with an emergency commission meeting set 9:45 am, at the courthouse, Cummings added. 

Winston County Sheriff's officials have been working with local fire departments, ALEA troopers, and municipal law enforcement agencies this week helping motorists either stranded or having minor accidents due to icy roadways, according to Sheriff's Investigator Jacob Eward.

Haleyville, Winston County schools virtual Friday

HALEYVILLE - Due to secondary roads still being deemed impassible  as of Thursday morning as well as a water issue at Haleyville  City schools that could pose a problem about ice, the schools   will be virtual this Friday January 19, announced superintendent Dr Holly Sutherland.

"We are not risking employee or student safety by trying to open school when it is not safe to do so," Sutherland emphasized. 

Sutherland encouraged all students to refer to their grade level and  classroom platforms,  online work platforms and iReady or their virtual assignments.

All Haleyville roads to refreeze, become impassable

HALEYVILLE - Due to the threat of City streets refreezing, Mayor Ken Sunseri is deeming all roads impassible including the major highways such as 13, 195 and 129. The city's garbage schedule will be posted when employees can return to work. Plans are for employees to return to work by 10 am Thursday, January 18, weather permitting, the major says. The community safe room, which has been open as a warming station, will be closed at noon Thursday, the mayor added.

Bear Creek, Haleyville set council meeting times

BEAR CREEK - Bear Creek Mayor Rob Taylor has announced that their council meeting scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, January 17 at 5:30 will take place as usual  Any updates will be posted on the website weather-related this afternoon.  Taylor also  said that the Alabama Department of Transportation is working to clear the major Highway 13, but  city streets were still deemed impassable. 

County roads still deemed impassable today

WINSTON COUNTY - As of Wednesday morning, January 17, all Winston County roads were still deemed impassable, according to the Winston County Commission.

"We are just as anxious for this weather to break as anyone else, but with sub-freezing temperatures this morning and throughout most of the day today, we’re still deeming Winston County Roads impassable for right now,"  Winston County Commissioner for District 1 Rutger Hyche posted on his Facebook page.

City, county garbage collection postponed until road conditions improve

WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County Sanitation Department has postponed garbage collection for Tuesday, January 16, until roads are deemed passible after wintry weather, reports commissioner David Cummings. 

Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri stated there is much uncertainty on when City offices will reopen Tuesday. If City streets do not improve enough to reopen, city services such as garbage collection will remain halted.

All Winston County roads deemed impassable

WINSTON COUNTY - Haleyville  Mayor Ken Sunseri and Winston County Commissioner David Cummings are advising that road conditions continue to worsen due to wintry weather, and that all county and City roads have been deemed impassible. The mayor is encouraging residents if at all possible to stay at home. The warming shelter is open at the community safe room located below City Hall. The mayor also expects road conditions to worsen throughout the day.

Haleyville City Schools to be virtual Thursday due to weather

HALEYVILLE-  Due to the continued threat of hazardous road conditions, Haleyville City Schools will be virtual on Thursday,  January 18, announced Superintendent Dr Holly Sutherland.  

"We will continue to monitor the weather. It is possible we may be virtual Friday as well," Sutherland said.

She urged everyone to follow social media learning platforms, iReady,  and check grade level and classroom social media pages for more information.


Addie’s Place brings comfort and justice to child abuse victims

Diane Watson, left, program manager/forensic interviewer at Addie’s Place, and Executive Director Kayren Howton in the area of the center where forensic interviews with child abuse victims take place.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The heartbreaking reality for victims of child abuse is that they often hold in and try to process what happened to them instead of coming forward and seeking help. The mission of Addie’s Place, Winston County’s only children’s advocacy center, is that no other child experiences the trauma of child abuse, and that those who are victims have a place of comfort and trust to turn to.