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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Spring Sports

Sam Poe

The Lady Lions earned another big win Tuesday evening after defeating the 5A Red Devils of Lawrence County.  The Lady Lions defeated LCHS 3-1 after two solo home runs by senior, Holly Ward, and junior, Payten Townsend. The Lady Lions will travel to Russellville Thursday at 4:30 p.m. to face the Golden Tigers. 

The regular season has ended for Lions Baseball, but they will play in the first round of the playoffs Friday evening. Haleyville will travel to Central of Florence to play the Wildcats. This will be a best two of three series. The Lions will play Friday at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. If needed, the determining game will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. 

Former Haleyville Resident Charged With Murder

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Dr. Hunter Coan, formerly of Haleyville but currently living in Mobile, has been charged with murder. Coan was involved in an automobile accident on September 11, 2013, on Snow Road near Dominion Drive in Mobile. John Charles Lindell was killed in the crash. According to Jennifer Wright, Assistant District Attorney, the toxicology report showed Coan was driving under the influence of both Ambien and Ativan. Both of these are prescription medications that have sedative effects and impair the ability to drive or operate other heavy machinery. Coan has been charged with murder for Lindell's death, and he has also been charged with two separate assault charges for injuries sustained by two individuals in a third car involved in the accident.

 Wright also stated Coan has two previous DUIs and prior accidents involving prescription medications. For more information on this story, [CLICK HERE] and [CLICK HERE] for the full articles from WKRG in Mobile. 

Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

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The 2nd Annual Haleyville Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the football field at Haleyville High School. The Lions Club and the sponsors have purchased over 10,000 eggs for the event, and they are stuffed with candy and toys. There will also be prize basket giveaways. The event is for children ages 10 and under. Bags for the hunt can be picked up at Elliott True Value Hardware, Traditions Florist, Traders and Farmers Bank, and First National Bank.  If it rains, the event will be held at the Dixie Theater. 

Also, there will be free popsicles provided by Piggly Wiggly and a free movie at the Dixie Theater following the egg hunt. Sponsors for this year's event are Full of Surprises; Glass House Car Wash; Traders and Farmers Bank; Universal Forest Products; J. Shane Cook, Attorney at Law; Traditions Florist; Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce; Jackson, Mays, and McNutt, Attorneys at Law; First National Bank; and Elliott True Value Hardware. 

Mr. & Miss Havala


HHS Mr. and Miss Havala 2014, Matthew Sartin and Paris Nelson

The theme of the 2014 Haleyville High School prom was Emerald City, based on the movie The Wizard of Oz. The highlight of the evening was the announcment of Mr. and Miss Havala, who will be featured in the Havala yearbook. The out-of-town judges picked the winners based on information about the candidates, including academics and other activities. Selected this year for the title of Mr. and Miss Havala were Matthew Sartin and Paris Nelson. First Alternates were Deven Knight and Chau Hyunh. Second Alternates were Andrew Townsend and Emily Brown. 

Culver Named New HHS AD and Football Coach

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Dr. Alan Miller, Brooke Noble Culver, Stephan "Bo" Culver

The Haleyville City Board of Education announced the new Head Football Coach and Athletic Director for Haleyville High School Friday evening. Stephan "Bo" Culver has been selected for the position. 

In 2002, Culver graduated from Hatton High School where he was linebacker for the Hornets.  After graduation, he played for an independent league while attending the University of North Alabama and then began working as a graduate assistant for the football program at Shoals Christian High School. After four seasons at SCHS, Culver ended there as the Special Teams Coordinator and worked with the receivers and secondary. Next, he accepted the Head Coach at Phil Campbell High School in 2009 at the age of 24. Prior to Culver's hire, PCHS has won only three games in three seasons. During his first year, the Bobcats struggled with a 3-7 season, but Culver reshaped the program and workouts during the off season. In three seasons, Culver led the Bobcats to a 9-21 mark and faced the traumatic events of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes with his team.

Then, Culver moved to Florence High School where he has been for the past two seasons. Culver served as the Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach. During his time there, Culver coached star quarterback Kendrick Doss, who will be attending Ole Miss.  The Culver offense scored 381 points last season, landing Florence High School in the quarterfinals for Class 6A.

 In January 2014, Culver announced he has been appointed as the new Head Coach for Sparkman High School. However, because of his acceptance of the Haleyville High School position, he will not face a single football game as Head Coach at Sparkman High School. 

Haleyville Mourns Loss of Chamber Director

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Haleyville lost another great man Thursday with the death of Gary Warren. Warren was the Executive Director of the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce who passed away Thursday due to medical complications. 


In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Warren was the Chairman of the Haleyville 9-1-1 Festival. He was also well known for his many years of service to the Haleyville City School System where he taught Building and Construction Maintenance from 1974-1993 and served as the Career/Technical Director from 1993 until his retirement in December 2008. Upon his retirement from Haleyville City Schools, Warren served on the State Board of Education and has been a pillar of the Haleyville community for a countless number of years. 


Paradise 92.7 and HBTV offer heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Gary Warren during such a trying time. 


Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri stated Jade Bice and Natalie Boykin will assume all roles and responsibilities of the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce until an appointment can be made for the role of Executive Director. 


The Haleyville Chamber of Commerce has established the Gary Warren memorial Scholarship to benefit students of HHS. Donations can be made at Traders and Farmers Bank or call the Chamber at 486-4611.

Prescription Take Back by WCSO


The Winston County Sheriff's Department is hosting another collection drive for expired and/or unused prescription medication. The event will be held across Winston County Saturday, April 26. The following locations will be collection sites, and a member of the Winston County Sheriff's Department will be on site at all locations. 

Haleyville Wal-Mart 10:00-2:00

Double Springs Gateway 10:00-2:00

Natural Bridge Community Center 12:00-2:00

Lynn City Hall 10:00-12:00

Arley City Hall 10:00-2:00

Addison City Hall 10:00-2:00

New Home for Haleyville Water Department

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Construction has begun on the new office for the Haleyville Water Department. Mayor Ken Sunseri stated it is expected to be finished early this fall, but as with all construction projects, the completion date is heavily reliant on the weather. However, the project is currently ahead of schedule.


The new office will be located at the intersection of Alabama Avenue and 19th Street. The new office will provide new services to Haleyville residents, including a new drive thru for payment drop off. 

NWSCC Chorale to Perform at Carnegie Hall



Phil Campbell, Ala. -- Northwest-Shoals Community College’s (NW-SCC) Chorale will travel to world renown, Carnegie Hall, in New York, NY, to perform Mozart’s Requiem on Monday, April 14, 2014.


Manhattan Concert Productions will present the event which will feature the NW-SCC Chorale as one of approximately five collegiate and municipal choirs selected nationally to combine for this performance. The event will feature New York City Chamber Orchestra, led by distinguished Guest Conductor Pearl Shangkuan.


The NW-SCC Chorale is led by Director, Jeff McAlister. This will be McAlister’s 4th time to lead the NW-SCC Chorale to perform at Carnegie Hall. “For some students, it's the only opportunity they'll get to see life at one of the greatest cities in the world and be able say ‘I've performed at Carnegie Hall’,” stated McAlister. “It gives them a new perspective on life, interacting with a culture different from that of rural Alabama. It's an experience they never forget and it's very rewarding to be able to be a part of the experience.”


NW-SCC 2013-14 Chorale consists of the following students:






John Baker


Megan Morrow

Red Bay

Natasha Baldwin


Kimberly Seals

Phil Campbell

Jessica Barton


Matthew Sewell


Dylan Benford


Michael Sewell


Brandon Benson


Jordan Shelton


Alex Hasting


Melinda Swinney

Phil Campbell

Whitni Lasseter


Courtney Thornton


Adrienne Lourenco

Red Bay

Dylan Wilburn


Bobby Martin Jr.


Audrey Yocom


Brandon Morgan




Kindergarten Registration, Take Two

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Haleyville Elementary School will hold another kindergarten registration for families who were unable to attend last week.  It will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the HES Library. 


Phillips and Brilliant Elementary Schools will hold kindergarten registration Friday, April 25, 2014.


To register, you will need the blue immunization form, birth certificate, social security card, custody papers if applicable, proof of residence, and copy of parent/guardian license.  Also, make sure you bring your child. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2014 to register.


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