Winston County

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.

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.

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.