Last chance approaches to complete census

Faye Garner, left, and Mary Watkins, mobile questionnaire assistants, asked people at Gateway Foodland on Saturday, Sept. 19, if they have completed their census.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Faye Garner, left, and Mary Watkins, mobile questionnaire assistants, asked people at Gateway Foodland on Saturday, Sept. 19, if they have completed their census. The deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 30, to fill out the census. As of Monday, Sept. 21, Alabama is ranked the lowest in the nation at 87.8 percent enumerated. To fill out the census, go to

Haleyville City Schools to destroy special education records

HALEYVILLE -  Haleyville City Schools will be destroying special education records for students who have been exited from the system for at least 5 years.

Anyone wishing to claim these files must do so by calling Susan Riggs at 205-486-9231, extension 5,  between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday - Thursday.  The tentative date of destruction is set for October 6, 2020.

Land tax exemptions can be filed by mail this year

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Land taxes become due on Oct. 1, every year and are considered delinquent after Dec. 31. Those 65 or older qualify for a reduction, but the revenue commissioner’s office has to have a form signed and on file by those who qualify. Every year, the forms have had to be completed in the Winston County Revenue Commissioner’s office. Due to COVID-19 this year, the forms may be completed by mail.

Dodd crowned 2020 Phillips High Homecoming Queen

The Phillips High School 2020 Homecoming Court. From l-r: Kayden McGarity, seventh grade representative; Morgan Lauderdale, eighth grade representative; Madison Smith, ninth grade representative; Jada Hulsey, twelfth grade representative; Queen Julie Dodd; Morgan Wilson, twelfth grade representative; Katelyn Frazier, eleventh grade representative and Shelby Dodd, tenth grade representative.
BEAR CREEK - Julie Dodd was crowned the Phillips High School Homecoming Queen for 2020 during a halftime ceremony Friday, Sept. 11.

County’s veterans service office reopens after eight years

U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt cuts the ribbon to celebrate the reopening of the Winston County Veterans Affairs Office. He is joined by State Veteran Affairs officers Bob Horton, assistant commissioner; W. Kent Davis, commissioner; State Representatives Tracy Estes and Tim Wadsworth; Winston County Veterans Service Officer Nathan Tidwell; Timothy Edgil, district manager region 1; Retired Winston County Veterans Service Officer Dwight Thomas and Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Veterans across Winston County who have faced difficulties obtaining benefits and services after the county’s veterans service office closed in 2012, are relieved that the office has been reopened.

Advocacy group needs volunteers for lake clean up Sept. 25-26

Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy, Inc. will have a volunteer clean up of sloughs on Smith Lake Sept. 25-26.
ARLEY - Polluting a water system is bad for the environment and for people, not to mention it looks horrible next to the homes on the lake. The Winston County Smith Lake Advocacy, Inc. is an established group who work toward cleaning Smith Lake. Even though the group did not have a clean up in the spring and Alabama Power will not be providing boats this year to help with the clean up, thanks to COVID-19 in both instances, the group will be sponsoring a lake clean up event Friday, Sept. 25, as well as the next day on Sept. 26.

Black Pond VFD donates masks to Double Springs Elementary

Black Pond Fire Chief Terry Tidwell gives Double Springs Elementary Principal Heather Tucker a small portion of the 500 masks they purchased and donated to the school. Shown from left are Hubert Williams, Dawn Carroll, Tammy Williams, Jake Haynes, Tidwell, Heather Tucker, Josh Tucker, Chelsey Riddle and D.J. Riddle.
BLACK POND - Since school has started in a pandemic, and face masks are required for all students to wear, it can be tough for the younger students, as masks get dirty, they break and they are sometimes forgotten at home. The Black Pond Volunteer Fire Department saw the need and recently donated 500 disposable face masks to Double Springs Elementary School.

Fall Family Field Trips coming to Camp McDowell

Farm life is part of Camp McDowell. Classes on harvesting food and bringing it to the table will be given on the field trips this fall.
NAUVOO - Many, if not all, local schools have no field trips planned this year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Family vacations could be at a standstill. But right in Winston County’s backyard is a spectacular place that is offering families time together.

Allegations brought before Winston Board of Education

Concerned parent Bobbeth Champion brings hand-outs to Winston County School Board members regarding allegations against Central Office personnel.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Allegations of alcohol possession and inappropriate conduct at the central office of the Winston County Board of Education came to light publicly, when questions from a concerned parent were directed to Winston County Schools Superintendent Greg Pendley and school board members at their Thursday, Aug. 27, meeting.

Tornado damages homes and businesses in Moreland and Double Springs

Portions of the porch at the Dempsey residence in Moreland is flipped onto the roof. The wind was strong enough to push the vehicle a few inches sideways and ripped the license plate from the vehicle.
WINSTON COUNTY - Damage has been reported in Moreland and Double Springs from an apparent tornado during the evening hours of Aug. 28. Homes in Moreland have been damaged, and businesses on Highway 33 in Double Springs sustained damage. No injuries have been reported.