FUMC cancels Veterans program due to COVID-19

HALEYVILLE - The annual celebration  honoring veterans at the Slaughter Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church, 9th Avenue, which is usually held the first of November, has been cancelled this year to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced organizer Debbie Wood. Wood offered her regrets for having to cancel the ceremony but assured it was in the best protection of the public, especially the veterans, many of whom are older residents, that may be more susceptible to the ongoing virus. 

Bake sale Dec. 4-5 as part of WCHS band marketplace

DOUBLE SPRINGS- The Winston County High School band will be conducting a holiday marketplace on Dec. 4-5 at the Double Springs Municipal Building on Highway 195.  The marketplace will not only feature all types of arts and crafts but also a bake sale of all types of goods provided by the Ashridge Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. To special order a cake, contact Jo Ann Durham at 205-489-5741.

Fried pie sale to help fund Ashridge storm shelter, community center

ASHRIDGE- The Ashridge Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will have a fried pie sale on Nov. 16-17 to help raise funds to build a new storm shelter and community center. Fried apple and peach pies will be made with either sugar or splenda and available for $2 each. Pies this year will be made at Pleasant Hill #2 Baptist Church. Those picking up pies need to drive to the back of the church at the fellowship hall.  To order a pie or for more information, contact Joe Ann Durham at 205-489-5741.

Vandals strike at Lynn Cemetery

Tombstones are knocked over in the Lynn Cemetery.
LYNN - Residents and law enforcement are working together to patrol roads at Lynn Community Cemetery, after extensive vandalism resulted in gravestones being overturned, vases pulled from other stones and decorations and flowers strewn.

Driver injured, fuel spilled when log truck overturns

First responders on the scene of Highway 278 at Brushy Creek Bridge, where a log truck overturned Monday afternoon
ADDISON    - The driver of a log truck was injured and fuel spilled, after the truck lost control in a curve and overturned near Brushy Creek, resulting in a call to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management over possible water contamination issues.

Homeland Security raids residence on 7th Avenue Thursday morning

Lindsay Williams, public affairs officer for Homeland Security Investigations, at the scene of the raid on 7th Avenue.
HALEYVILLE - Federal charges have been filed against Haleyville couple Deivin and Crystal Escalante for allegedly funneling undocumented workers to a Jasper poultry plant, according to federal court documents.

Prayer rally at courthouse Nov. 1

DOUBLE SPRINGS - “Prayer changes the heart and can change the nation,” Franklin Graham, son of Evangelist Billy Graham, believes. With that reality and truth, there will be a God, Country and Community Prayer Rally on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m., on the steps of the Winston County Courthouse in Double Springs to come together and celebrate our blessings from Almighty God. We as citizens have been blessed abundantly to live in a wonderful place called Winston County.

Residents heavily cautioned by police after 2 recent home invasions

These photos show the areas on Dime Road in which the home invasions occurred. One incident occurred at a residence in Sherwood Place Subdivision, the second 1 1/2 miles away in the Quarter Creek area.
HALEYVILLE - Two home invasion incidents occurred within two hours and 1 1/2 miles of each other on Dime Road, during the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 17.

NACOLG helps COVID-19 affected businesses

Local and area officials at the major economic development announcement, from left, NACOLG Community Development Specialist Heath King; State Representative Proncey Robertson; U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt; Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Mike Evans; President Industrial Development Authority of Winston County David Roberson and Alabama Power Community Relations Manager Melinda Weaver.
MUSCLE SHOALS - Local and area officials, including the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce, received a welcomed funding announcement on Wednesday morning, Oct. 14, from the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments of funds totaling over $1 million to be used to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Polling places prepare for polling pads

Winston County election officials, from left, Sheriff Horace Moore, Probate Judge Sheila Moore and Circuit Clerk and Absentee Elections Manager J.D. Snoddy show the new electronic poll books which will be used for the first time at every county polling site during the Nov. 3 general election.
WINSTON COUNTY - Just as the dust is settling from the Oct. 6, run-off elections after the August municipal elections, plans are already gearing up for the general election on Nov. 3, with voters being introduced to a new method of signing in at the polls.

Winston County has new appraiser

Shawn Blanton took over the role of Winston County Appraiser beginning Oct. 5.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Coinciding with the ad valorem taxes becoming due, the Winston County Revenue Commissioner’s office has a new person appointed as appraiser by the Winston County Commission. A familiar face to many, Shawn Blanton transferred from the road department to the chief appraiser position when Andy McSpadden resigned in September.