Pocket park planned for Haleyville


This is an artist’s rendering of the park and amphitheater to be located on the vacant lot on Main Street in downtown Haleyville.
HALEYVILLE - What began as an idea to further revitalize Haleyville’s downtown district has blossomed into action, with plans to turn a vacant lot along Main Street into a thriving community park, complete with an amphitheater, landscaping and decorative drawings along the walls of the adjoining building.

COVID-19 vaccinations begin to be administered in Winston County


Dr. Jerry Harrison, left, and Dr. Ramesh Reddy roll up their sleeves to receive two of the first COVID-19 vaccines given in Winston County.

HALEYVILLE - Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville received a shipment of the Moderna vaccine late last week,  with the first shots given out to physicians and other healthcare workers Monday, Dec. 28.  Lakeland plans to continue to administer the Moderna vaccine throughout the week, and have turned the hospital board room into the site where the vaccines will be administered.    The Alabamian will have much more about the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccines in next week’s edition.

Arrest made in Helicon death


Caleb Scott Farley has been arrested and charged with murder and arson first degree in the death of David Brian Hayes.
HELICON - The 25th District Attorney's Criminal Investigation Division has announced the arrest of a suspect in the death investigation of David Brian Hayes.

Local angels help DHR make season bright


A partial stack of Christmas presents at the Winston County DHR will be delivered by Santa Claus tomorrow night, Christmas Eve.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - “I love getting gifts, but last Christmas, I didn’t get anything. I must be bad,” one eight-year-old boy told a Winston County Department of Human Resources employee recently. Santa Claus did not get to come see him last year, but that won’t happen this year, thanks to local individuals and businesses who have made sure the county’s foster children will have a happy Christmas morning.

Walker Area Foundation spreads Christmas cheer through grants


The Arley Women’s Club will purchase a sensory dome for Hamner Park with funds granted from the Walker Area Community Foundation. Shown in the discovery cave at the park is Laura Ulz, chairwoman of the park committee. Standing from left are Terre Sutherland and Barbara Wills, president of the AWC.
WINSTON COUNTY - For the greater good is the mission for many non-profit agencies, and local ones are benefiting from the generosity of a Walker County organization, which are in turn helping the public.

Cash prizes to be awarded in Mask Up Alabama video contest

WINSTON COUNTY - With face masks proving to be one of the most effective methods of preventing COVID-19 transmission, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), the Alabama Hospital Association (ALAHA) and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama are sponsoring the Mask Up Alabama Video Contest for Alabamians to share why they feel it is important to wear a mask.

Lumber spilled on Highway 195

HALEYVILLE - A truck hauling lumber accidentally spilled a part of the load onto  the middle of Highway 195 in front of Free State Lumber Wednesday morning, Dec. 16. Workers as well as bystanders were  busy cleaning up the lumber, as traffic from both directions on 195 faced a slight detour of going through a nearby parking area to avoid the scene. 

Relief fund set up to help employee burned in incident


Family, friends and co workers of Savannah Miller gather at the scene, while she is being treated by medics inside Regional Paramedical Service ambulance in the parking area of Banks Barbecue Friday night.
HALEYVILLE - An employee of Banks Barbecue suffered burns Friday night, Dec. 11, when she opened the bin doors of the smoker and intense heat rushed out.