Commissioners give reasons why County Road 54 is still not fixed


The status of a restoration project for the collapsed section of County Road 54 near Haleyville is in limbo until county officials can decide on a cheaper route toward making repairs.
HALEYVILLE - Progress toward restoring County Road 54 near Haleyville after a large section of the road collapsed over a year has been very slow, due to a number of factors, the Winston County Commission told the Alabamian.

New Arley Women's Club officers announce reading initiative


The new officers of the Arley Women’s Club presented the former officers with gift bags at an AWC meeting on Aug. 14. From left to right are Treasurer Sara Little, incoming Vice President Beth Sargent, outgoing Vice President Anne Knowlton, Immediate Past President Barbara Wills, incoming President Laurie McGriff, outgoing Secretary Jane Shirah, incoming Secretary Monti Pafford, outgoing Parliamentarian Becky Mascari-Cox and incoming Parliamentarian Krista Givens.
ARLEY - The new Arley Women’s Club officers and directors, who assumed their roles in July and will serve two-year terms, have new projects planned for the coming years.

New number to call for those needing Winston County Sheriff's Office's Dispatch

DOUBLE SPRINGS -  Due to ongoing issues with the landlines at the Winston County Courthouse in Double Springs, a new number has been put in place for those needing to call dispatch at the Winston County Sheriff's Office.  To reach dispatch, please call (205) 272-1080.

The Alabamian is working on this story and will have much more in our edition Sept. 13.

Pension liabilities problematic for BCDA


Certified Public Accountant Don Wallace goes over the results of the most recent audit with members of the Bear Creek Development Authority at their recent quarterly meeting.
HODGES - The Bear Creek Development Authority is facing an indebtedness of $785,000 related to its pension liabilities paid to the state for retirees, a problem faced by other entities and governmental agencies, and a problem without a solid solution.

Missing persons update

Jaqleen Amber Grimes and Joshua Chester Flanagin have been missing since early June.

WINSTON COUNTY - Law enforcement wants to assure family members of both Joshua Chester Flanagin and Jaqleen Amber Grimes, who both went missing about five days apart in early June, that investigation into both disappearances remains active and all leads are being checked.

Searches have been ongoing, and all leads  on the disappearances of Flanagin, 36, and Grimes, 33, both of Double Springs, are being investigated according to the Winston County Sheriff’s Office.

Natural Bridge park saved

This natural rock formation, described as the longest rock bridge east of the Rockies, brings in visitors from all over the world.

NATURAL BRIDGE - Local, county and state officials who have been fighting to save Natural Bridge park as a local tourist attraction can breathe a sigh of relief now the park has been sold to a couple who are planning to not only keep the park open but eventually expand the trail system.

This announcement was made official by Winston County Commission Chairman Roger Hayes, who is also chairman of the Winston County Resource Conservation and Development Council, at the council’s quarterly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17.