Public access to some portions of recreation areas in the Bankhead Forest temporarily closed

BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - Effective immediately, public access to developed campgrounds, day use areas and dispersed recreation area restrooms in the following locations in the Bankhead National Forest are temporarily yet indefinitely suspended, for the health and safety of visitors and staff due to the Coronavirus-2019, or COVID-19 pandemic.

Areas affected are:

Houston Day Use Area;

Brushy Lake Campground;

Sipsey Trailhead (restroom only);

Natural Bridge Day Use Area (located near Moreland);

Employee at Clayton Homes facility in Addison tests positive for COVID-19


Cleaning service workers were spotted outside one of the Clayton Homes facilities in Addison Wednesday morning after a confirmed case of COVID-19 among one of Clayton's Addison employees was announced. The facility has been shut down for the remainder of the week for a deep cleaning and sanitization. (Courtesy photo)
ADDISON - The Alabamian has been able to confirm that an employee at one of the Clayton Homes facilities in Addison has tested positive for COVID-19.

Schools schedule feeding programs

WINSTON COUNTY - With area schools still closed and free and reduced lunch rates very high throughout the county, the fear of children not receiving healthy meals is high among school officials. That is why school systems are planning feeding programs throughout the county to feed children who might be in need.

COVID-19 not the first time county has dealt with a pandemic

WINSTON COUNTY - “Schools and churches closed…Do your part by keeping the children at home.” That quote surely seems relevant today. Both churches and schools have been canceled due to COVID-19. However, the above quote came from a newspaper article in Hamilton from Oct. 16, 1918. It was relevant then, too, as what was known as Spanish influenza gripped the world, including here on our home turf, same as COVID-19 has.

Firefighters receive protective equipment from EMA


Winston EMA Director Jimmy Madison, left, distributes personal protective outfits to volunteer firefighters after a countywide meeting Thursday. Displayed on the floor is an example of the proper way to wear the clothing.
WINSTON COUNTY - Firefighters across Winston County, who put their lives on the line daily to help others, are speaking out, stating they have none of the supplies required by the Alabama Department of Public Health, to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Changes involving 9-1-1 policies and RPS services due to COVID-19


Shown are Winston 9-1-1 Director Tim Webb, left, and Regional Paramedical Service Ambulance Regional Director Tim Brown explaining to a group of community leaders changes they have had to make within their respective organizations due to COVID-19.
WINSTON COUNTY - Winston County 9-1-1 is changing procedures not only for its employees, but also emergency responders they dispatch in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Scary sight in the sky in Haleyville Tuesday night as city dodges bullet during tornado warning


This photo shared with the Alabamian shows what appears to be a funnel cloud passing through the northern portion of the city of Haleyville just past Goar's Market.

HALEYVILLE - Residents of Winston and Marion counties were placed under Tornado Warnings earlier this evening, with many Haleyville residents seeing what appeared to be a funnel cloud on the northern side of the city in the vicinity of Highway 13 North and Kelly Hill.  Several photos and videos were shot of the ominous cloud as hundreds poured into the city's storm shelters.  The City of Haleyville had created a plan earlier in the day regarding how to operate the storm shelters in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the plan appears to have worked. 

Lakeland CEO gives update

HALEYVILLE - Lakeland Community Hospital CEO Ashley Pool provided an update to the community Monday evening regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Lakeland's response, including news regarding the outcome of COVID-19 tests done at the hospital.

Fire fighters need a younger generation

Erik Gilbreath has completed a program on the simulator. Corey Robins stands to the right.

WINSTON COUNTY - When there is a fire, the fire department is called, and they respond. But what happens when no one answers? There is a current need for fire departments across the nation, to which the younger generation is not responding to as in times past.

Accountant says finances are “in great shape”

Rick McCabe discusses finances with the Haleyville Water Works and Sewer Board and explains the board is in great shape financially. Clockwise from left are Mayor Ken Sunseri, Bobby Taylor, Blue Russell, Ralph Trallo, Glen Roberts, Lane Bates and McCabe.

HALEYVILLE - A good fiscal year with sound accounting gave the Haleyville Water Works and Sewer Board a satisfying review of their finances by Rick McCabe, CPA, of McCabe and Associates of Fayette. The review was given at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 25. The finances were in great shape, according to McCabe, allowing the board to adopt a resolution for a clean water state revolving fund revenue bond.

Magnolia School at Camp McDowell is Alabama’s first

The Magnolia School at Camp McDowell: back row, from left are Jess Lingle, child care assistant; Chase; Isaac and Julie Camp, director. Front row, Ashtin; Alex; Jami; Annie Emerson, Magnolia Nature School teacher and Betsy.

NAUVOO - One of Winston County’s secluded spots is at Camp McDowell, on Clear Creek near the Walker County line. It was purchased by the Alabama Diocese in 1946 and made into the camp it is today. A multi-faceted facility brimming with stunning architecture, one of the highlights has become known as Alabama’s first nature pre-school: Magnolia Nature School at Camp McDowell.

James Spann visits Haleyville Elementary for program

Second grade students are intensley watching the screen as James Spann shows the weather balloons sent into the atmosphere daily for weather reports.

HALEYVILLE - The Weather Man himself showed up at Haleyville Elementary School Thursday, Jan. 16, while the second graders were studying weather. Meteorologist James Spann from the ABC network in Birmingham gave a program on the state of weather in Alabama and in general.

Three Eagle Scouts and three schools

Second graders sit in the outdoor classroom with students of Julie Dodson’s second grace class up front. From left are, Kyra Elliott, Lily Williams and Christopher Moore, Logan Lewis, Heather Tucker, Elise Beach, Jadyn Gravitt and Cashen Aderholt. Moore has just cut the ribbon declaring the outdoor classroom open.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Three separate schools have benefited this year with three Boy Scouts earning their right to be called Eagle Scouts. The Winston Career Academy had the flag pole and the surrounding area updated by Mitchell Taylor, Winston County High School had an outdoor classroom built beside Double Springs Middle School by Hunter Fields and now Logan Lewis has completed an outdoor classroom at Double Springs Elementary School. Work on the project began in November.