Senior citizens being fed, despite the coronavirus pandemic


Haleyville Park & Rec Department employee John Cavender helps Haleyville Senior Center Director Beverly Donaldson deliver a meal to local resident Dean Hulsey.
WINSTON COUNTY - Senior citizen centers across the state may be temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus-2019 pandemic, but municipalities across Winston County are making sure seniors are visited, fed and that their needs are met during such uncertain times.

Lynn Post Office employee tests positive for COVID-19

LYNN - As the nation first learned about Coronavirus-2019, many did not believe it would get to Small Town, U.S.A. However, it has infiltrated the country, going from one to nearly 1,000 cases in Alabama as of press time Monday, including two residents of Winston County. A U.S. Postal Service employee at the Lynn Post Office, a non-Winston resident, has now tested positive.

“Stitching” together to help first responders


State Representative Tracy Estes, center, receives a donation of 250 face masks made by local volunteers. The masks will be given to area first responders. From l-r: Pam Smith, Larry Gillentine, Frances Gillentine, Estes, Barbara Bishop, Rodney Fike and Sharon Fike. (Courtesy photo)

DOUBLE SPRINGS - ”Stitching” together in this trying time of pandemic, there is a group aiming to help make life easier for others.
Sharon Fike, of Double Springs, got the idea to help make face masks to give to first responders in the area. State Representative Tracy Estes will be distributing them amongst Winston and Marion counties.

President approves Alabama's disaster declaration regarding COVID-19

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump declared Sunday, March 29, that a major disaster exists in the State of Alabama and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing.

Community colleges postpone spring graduation activities; extend online instruction for spring semester

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) has announced that online instruction will continue at all of its campuses through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, due to restrictions on event sizes by state and federal officials, all traditional commencement activities will be postponed.

State health officer closing certain types of businesses statewide to help combat spread of COVID-19

WINSTON COUNTY - With the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus-2019 or COVID-19 increasing it seems by the minute within Alabama, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris put out a new health order effective Saturday, March 28, at 5 p.m. for the following types of "non-essential" businesses to be closed to non-employees:

Double Springs First United Methodist cancels Holy Week services

DOUBLE SPRINGS - In a move that saddened all involved, Double Springs First United Methodist Church has regretfully had to cancel its annual Holy Week services, which were scheduled for April 6-10 , due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The health and safety of our friends and neighbors is of utmost concern to us.  So, for the first time in over 30 years, Holy Week will not be conducted this year,"  Lay Leader Jim Baird said.

AHSAA provides guidance to principals and coaches regarding end of spring sports seasons

WINSTON COUNTY - The announcement Thursday by Governor Kay Ivey and State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey that all Alabama public schools will be closed for traditional instruction for the remainder of the school year also means that the spring sports regular seasons and championships are also canceled.