Java Medical Group addresses hospital employees about transition


Sharing large cards made by the staff of Lakeland Community Hospital and given to the Java Medical Group and the city of Haleyville, are, from left, Ed Henry, chief strategy officer for Java; Bappa Mukherji; CEO; Martha McCormick, COO; Attorney Jeff Mobley; Healthcare Authority Chairperson Judy Bittinger and Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri.
HALEYVILLE - Officials with the Java Medical Group, the team that will now be managing day to day operations at Lakeland Community Hospital, held a department head meeting at the hospital Monday, April 2, informing them of the official news that the hospital is now under the ownership of the Haleyville/Winston County Healthcare Authority.

Civitan Club auction, barbecue supper this Saturday, April 7


Clients at the Winston/Marion County ARC are excited about the auction and barbecue supper this Saturday that will provide much needed funding for their programs and services. ARC Director Missy Brimer, far right, is pictured with the clients. From left, Tasha Mayhall, Steve Bates, Linda Gann, Freddie Myers, Angie Nichols, Bryan Lyons, Jason Trapp, Kelly Greer, Adam Riddle, Lowell Raley, Doug Ward and Martha Frost.
HALEYVILLE - The annual barbecue supper and auction sponsored by the Haleyville Civitan Club to benefit clients with disabilities at the Winston/Marion ARC will be this Saturday, April 7.

Healthcare funding agreement approved relating to transaction of Lakeland Community Hospital


This photo of the Haleyville City Council was taken at a recent meeting when all of the council members were present at the approval of the $1.5 million loan. Council members shown from left, Richard Bittinger, Jonathan Bennett, Mayor Ken Sunseri, Council members Blue Russell, Drew Thrasher and Royce Benefield.
HALEYVILLE - Days before the March 31 deadline of the latest extension to keep Lakeland Community Hospital open, a healthcare Funding Agreement, for the benefit of the Haleyville/Winston County Healtcare Authority, was approved by the Haleyville City Council at their regular meeting Monday, March 26, relating to financing the acqusition of the hospital.

Bankhead Recreation Areas now open


Clear Creek Recreational Area in the Bankhead National Forest is now open, as is Corinth Recreational Area. The popular sites will be open through November.
BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - The USDA Forest Service has announced the opening of the 2018 recreation season for Alabama’s four national forests – Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee.

Former Southern Homes office demolished


A trackhoe from Hyche Landfill tears down the former office of Southern Homes in the Double Springs Industrial Park Wednesday, March 21. The town now owns the property.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Following up on recent action discussed by the Double Springs Town Council, the former office complex of Southern Homes, which is now property owned by the town, was demolished by a trackhoe by Hyche Landfill.

Principals' contracts for Bice, Wilcoxson extended by BOE

HCS Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland recommends the personnel items which are voted on by the board. Also shown is Board President Barry Burleson.

HALEYVILLE - Contracts for Christy Bice, principal at Haleyville Elementary, as well as Middle School Principal Bo Wilcoxson were extended by the Haleyville Board of Education during their regular meeting Tuesday, March 20.

No official storm reports in Winston County

WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County appears to have dodged a bullet Monday, March 12, as possible tornadoes passed by to the north and east of the county.  There are reports of storm damage in Russellville in Franklin County, as well as damage in Lawrence County.

The primary damage reports seem to be from hail, however, especially in Cullman County, where hail as large as baseballs was reported.  There were hail reports in Winston County of approximately penny size, according to the Winston County EMA.

Intruders sought in home invasion

Suspects wanted in the home invasion reportedly smashed out the windshield of the victim's vehicle as part of the vandalism at the victims' residence in the Poplar Springs area.

POPLAR SPRINGS - Law enforcement have charged three individuals in a home invasion incident that occurred Friday, March 9, when they smashed out windows to a residence as well as smashed a vehicle parked there and entered at gunpoint into a residence, where a couple was locked in the bedroom hiding.

Tax cut coming to Alabamians


Governor Kay Ivey signs the bill giving Alabamians a tax cut. Shown with her is State Senator Del Marsh, who sponsored the bill.
WINSTON COUNTY - Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday signed Senate Bill 76, sponsored by Senator Del March, which provides the largest tax break in more than a decade to middle-class Alabamians.

Wreck at Black Pond

BLACK POND - The Black Pond Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene of a one-vehicle accident on County Road 8 Tuesday, March 13, at approximately 7:15 p.m.  Firefighters reportied at least one injury in the accident.

Also, a telephone pole has possibly been made unstable due to the accident.  Motorists are urged to continue to use caution through this area.