Fire chief asked to resign

Dawn Carroll, Josh Tucker and “Yo” Williamson are now on the board of directors for the Black Pond Volunteer Fire Department at the meeting. They join Terry and “Duck” Tidwell as members of the board.
BLACK POND - A public message on the Facebook page Black Pond Community News posted Friday, March 6, stirred up strong emotions between members of the Black Pond Volunteer Fire Department and the public, leading to a public meeting at the fire department March 10.

Two council seats declared vacant

Mayor Elmo Robinson declares two council seats vacant: Bill Hawkins’, deceased, and Bart Seymour’s. From left are Adam Veal, council member; Kim Ownby, city clerk; Robinson, Hobby Walker, council member and Seymour.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - When Bill Hawkins passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 25, it left a council seat vacant at the Town of Double Springs. As events unfolded at the town council meeting Monday, March 9, another seat became available when Mayor Elmo Robinson read a resignation letter by council member Bart Seymour. Seymour’s resignation is due to him no longer living in the city limits.

Absentee ballots will be mailed out for run-off election

WINSTON COUNTY - After earlier reporting from the Alabama Secretary of State  that no absentee ballots would  be mailed out due to the Coronavirus scare, also known as COVID-19, that news changed with business  as usual, meaning absentee ballot applications are being accepted and ballots are being mailed out in preparation for the March 31 run-off election.

Also, the run-off election is still scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, reported Winston County Absentee Elections Manager J.D. Snoddy.

Sorting out symptoms of COVID-19, influenza, colds and allergies

BIRMINGHAM - As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, many health care systems across the country are beginning to become overrun with patients experiencing symptoms that are common to many illnesses. To alleviate the pressure on health care workers, here is a guide from the University of Alabama at Birmingham to help you determine whether you have a cold, the flu or allergies or are indeed infected with COVID-19:

Local COVID update - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

WINSTON COUNTY - As of 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, March 17, Alabama had 36 confirmed cases of Coronavirus-2019, or COVID-19.  There have been no deaths reported from in Alabama from the virus.  There are still no confirmed cases in Northwest Alabama.  The only cases in north Alabama are in Limestone and Madison counties, with one reported in each county.

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Camp McDowell closes

NAUVOO - As of Monday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m., Camp McDowell will close due to coronavirus 2019. The camp plans to reopen Monday, April 6, as of right now. Those who have events scheduled between March 16 and April 6, should receive a phone call from camp operators.

Haleyville City Schools announce initial plan to feed students over first two days of extended break

HALEYVILLE - In one of several all-call messages to parents of Haleyville City Schools students Sunday, March 15, HCS Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland announced the initial plan to feed students for the first two days of what will be an extended school closure due to Coronavirus 2019.

Governor Ivey presented copy of new book about the Byler Road

From l-r: Winston County Circuit Clerk J.D. Snoddy, Theresa Snoddy, Governor Kay Ivey and Joel Mize.

MONTGOMERY - The author of the new book "The Byler Road and Its People", Haleyville native Joel Mize, was in Montgomery Tuesday along with his collaborator on the book, Theresa Snoddy, of Double Springs, and Theresa's husband, Winston County Circuit Clerk, J.D. Snoddy.  While in the state capital, the three visited with Governor Kay Ivey, presenting her a copy of the book, which details the history of the Byler Road and the counties through which it travels.

Lynn Church of God members remaining steadfast after the loss of youth minister’s wife and unborn daughter in wreck

Gathered at Lynn Church of God are church members Jerry Thorn, Pat Thorn, Candice Tittle and Jeff Stokes.
LYNN - The power of faith is being shown in the life of Jacob Eaton, the broken survivor of a head-on vehicle collision that claimed the life of both his wife and unborn child just a few weeks before the child’s birth.

Merritt takes inspiration from her childhood in Double Springs for mystery series

Author and Double Springs native Sarah Crumpton Merritt, also known by her pen name, S.C. Merritt.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - When one thinks of Double Springs, the first thought typically isn’t of murder and mayhem. Those are not the first thoughts of Double Springs native Sarah Crumpton Merritt has, either, but they have been added into the mix for her delightful new mystery series, which definitely draws inspiration from Merritt’s hometown.