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Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Pedestrian Killed in Winfield

Trooper Johnathan Appling

A single-vehicle crash Saturday, Jan. 24, claimed the life of a Winfield man.  Mack Dodd Jr., 87, a pedestrian, was killed as he entered the roadway and was struck by a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer.  The vehicle did remain at the scene, and the driver was not injured.  The crash occurred at 4:38 p.m. on Marion County 69 one mile south of Winfield.  Nothing further is available as ALEA State Troopers continue to investigate.

Rotary Donates to Haleyville Schools

Harold Bearden


The Haleyville Rotary Club presented $3,000 in checks to the principals of the three Haleyville schools this past Thursday for the schools' Renaissance Program . The Renaissance Program consists of planned activities to motivate students to stay in school and fulfill the school's goals of motivating, educating, and achieving excellence. The program has proven to be successful over the past years with a lowered dropout rate and higher performance levels in academics. 

Receiving the checks were Wayne Frazier, principal of Haleyville Elementary, Bo Wilcoxson, principal of Haleyville Middle School and Dr. Holly Sutherland, principal of Haleyville High. Also present were Dr. Alan Miller, Superintendent, and three members of the Haleyville School Board and Dr. Bill Bishop, Director of Administrative Services. Board members in attendance were Sandra Manasco, Kris Burleson and Steve Stott. Dr. Miller praised the members of the school board for their work and spoke of the progress being made at the schools. Miller announced a new additional band director will be hired soon to help with the band program.

The Haleyville Rotary Club raised the money for the donations through fund raisers, including the BBQ dinner held before the first home football game. Tickets for the event were sold by students. Shelby Shipman, daughter of Scott and Lisa Shipman, was recognized as the top salesman for dinner tickets last fall. 

The Haleyville Rotary Club also donates scholarship money to selected and deserving HHS seniors just before graduation each year in May. Another project for the Rotary Club is Toys for Kids, held each December. 

The Haleyville Rotary Club has been active for almost 25 years and is part of Rotary International, which helps local communities through out the world with various civic projects. Rotary is best known for helping fund a program to eradicate polio, which is now found in only three countries. If you would be interested in becoming a Rotarian, please contact any member or simply attend one of the weekly meetings held each Thursday at noon in the conference room at Lakeland Community Hospital. 

New Weather Girl

Harold Bearden

Madilyn Warren of Haleyville recently had the opportunity to help Mickey Ferguson with his weather forecast on Fox 6 in Birmingham. Mickey features kids from Alabama who have an interest in the weather and broadcasting. Madilyn is 5, but will turn 6 on March 1 and is in Mrs. Brooks kindergarten class at HES. Her parents, Shawn and Crystal Warren discovered Madilyn is very intrigued with news and weather and with her experience on Fox 6, she may be on her way to a career. She plans to be on television when she grows up, but for now, after school, she loves to sit at her desk pretending to be either a news journalist or a meteorologist on TV. 

Madilyn is a girly girl who loves to dance and play with her dog Kriket and play with her purple bow and arrow in her high heels. A very talkative and energetic outspoken member of the Warren family with one 12 year old bother Ethan, who attends Haleyville Middle Schol. Congratulations to Madilyn and we wish her great success in her chosen field when she gets older.

Thanks to Crystal Warren for photos and info.  

Editor's note, did you know what you wanted to do when you were five? Neither did I.

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 22014 Highway 5 North

 Lynn, AL 355575



Now Seeing New Patients!   Dr. Jeffrey Chenyl, M.D.

Last City Council Meeting in Old City Hall

Harold Bearden

With the purchase of city hall by CVS, the Neighborhood Facilities Building will be utilized temporarily until construction on the new city hall is complete, thus Tuesday's council meeting was the last for the old city hall. Mayor Ken Sunseri announced at Tuesday night's council meeting the slab for the new city hall should be poured this week

Councilmen Royce Benefield and Bud Wilson were absent from the Tuesday meeting which had been rescheduled from Monday due to Martin Luther King Day. With a quorum of four, the council approved the regular council meeting minutes from January 5 and the general operation bills of $398,762.54. Also approved was the purchase of a new garbage truck for $136,596,00. 

After some discussion, a request for a change order for a new fire department electrical generator was tabled as well as a request for a change order for the installation of a 110 volt circuit to the fire sprinkler back flow preventer vault at the new fire station. The council did approve a change order to remove buried trees and debris from the parking lot sub base at the new fire station. 

Christy Harbin and Starla Watts were appointed as magistrates for the city. It was pointed out that city court this month will be held January 29 at the Neighborhood Facilities instead of the old city hall court room. 

The council approved changing the council meeting from Monday, February 16 to Tuesday, February 17 due to Presidents Day on the February 16. 

The next scheduled regular council meeting will be Monday, February 2, at the Neighborhood Facilities Building. 


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HHS Band to March in Inaugration Parade


The Haleyville Roaring Lion Band will make back to back appearances in the Inauguration parade welcoming Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to office on Jan. 19.

For the second straight time, the band will march in the governor’s inauguration parade in the streets of Montgomery after the Roaring Lion Band was nominated by State Senator Paul Bussman. 

During the parade, the band will march in the streets surrounding the Alabama State Capitol building and pass the Governors reviewing stand.

Haleyville City School students will not attend school on January 19 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday but the band is working.

The band is excited to have been chosen for the honor of participating in the parade and the honor of representing Haleyville and Winston County while showing off the new uniforms.  In the parade, the band will be playing the “Washington Lee Swing”, the HHS fight song.  The band practiced Thursday and Friday and departed Monday morning at  at 5:30 a.m. and will return Monday evening.

The Inauguration ceremonies and parade can be seen on Alabama Public Television beginning at 9 a.m. with the parade beginning at 11 a.m.

Martin Luther King Day


A reminder Monday, January 19 is Martin Luther King Day. Schools, government offices and banks will be closed. The Haleyville City Council has been rescheduled from Monday to Tuesday, January 20 at 5:30 at city hall because of the holiday. 

New Water and Sewer Department Office Building

Harold Bearden

David Cox, Manager of the Haleyville Water and Sewer Department stands in front of the new office buiding which will have a ribbon cutting ceremony with Congressman Robert Aderholt Friday, January 30. Following the ribbon cutting at 2 p.m., a reception and open house will be inside from 2 to 4 p.m. 

According to Cox, the greatest advantage over the old location at city hall is a drive-thru window. However, there are some stipulations to using the drive-thru. First, you must have your bill and you can pay only by cash or check. The idea is to not hold up the line by having to look anything up or get approval for a bank card. If you do not have your bill or want to pay by bank card you will need to go inside. 

Water Department office personnel will be closing the old office at noon on Wednesday, January 28 and reopen Monday, February 2. The new 2500 square foot building is located at 808 21st Street at the corner of Alabama Avenue. 

Cox pointed out the structure was built on land already owned by the water department and no money was borrowed to build.


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