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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Guthrie's Express Now Open in Village East

Winston County Arts Council Fund Raiser


R&D is an acoustic music duo: Robert is the percussion master, David sings and plays acoustic guitar. Repertoire:whatever we like from the 60's till today.

Aderholt named NADO's Legislator of the Year


During the 2015 NADO Washington Policy Conference: NADO on the Hill, Representative Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL) was named National Association of Development Organizations' (NADO) 2015 Legislator of the Year.  Representative Aderholt is a dedicated supporter of regional economic development and rural communities.  As a leader on the House Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, Representative Aderholt has been a champion of programs important to regional economic and community development including the Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Economic Development Administration, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program.  Click here to read a press release from Representative Aderholt’s office on receiving the award.

Haleyville Man Sentenced to Prison


According to court documents, a Haleyville man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for burglary in Russellville last November. Joshua Andrew Mobley, age 35 of  Winston 183, Haleyville, was accused of using his car to break into a business last year was sentenced during a pretrial conference docket in Franklin County Circuit Court last week. Mobley was already on probation at the time of his arrest and he has six prior convictions for burglary. He was charged with breaking into a business on Village Knoll Road in Russellville. Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett stated Mobley was looked at as a suspect after looking at the store security video and from information obtained from the public.

Former Winston County Deputy Sentenced To Federal Prison


A former Winston County Sheriff's Deputy has been sentenced to serve three years and nine months in federal prison for his plea to charges he extorted a woman to cook methamphetamine. Grady Keith Concord, 42, of Nauvoo, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Abdul Kallon during a hearing last Thursday in Birmingham. The judge also ordered Concord to serve three years supervised probation once his is released. 

Concord had pleaded guilty in December to one count each of extortion under color of official right, manufacturing methamphetamine, and manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine on premises where children are present or reside.

Concord also faces a second-degree manufacturing methamphetamine charge in state court from last June. His trial is set for May 11 on that charge. He was fired from the sheriff's department and has remained in jail since. 

For more info see al.com


Doctor Arrested in Jasper


      The Drug Enforcement Agency was in Jasper Friday morning for Dr. Muhammad Wasim Ali, who was arrested and suspected of distributing/dispensing oxycodone for other than a legitimate medical purpose. 

      Multiple times last year, the DEA says Ali prescribed oxycodone to an undercover agent at Walker Rural Health Services/Jasper Neurological Care, of which he owns solely. 

      In 2014, Ali wrote over 12,000 prescriptions for Schedule II narcotics, which includes 4,047 prescriptions for oxycodone.

     The undercover investigation started in July 2014 with illegal prescriptions happening a month apart from August to November, according to the criminal complaint.

      No word on Ali's initial court appearance. See complete story click HERE.

Cheerleaders Chosen for Phillips High for 2015-2016


JV in no particular order:

Mackenzie Heatherly

Hannah Moody

Amber Phelps

Kira Kelley

Kaylin Lawler

Varsity in no particular order:

Alyssa Suddith

Amber Lucas

Hannah Glauser

Hana Setliff

Jasmine Bates

Haley Rickard 

Makayla Hunter

Taylor Grace

Kirstin Wilson 

Hannah Watson

Julianna Taylor

Amber Markham

Brittney Todd

Baylie Crumpton 

Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt


The annual Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday April 4 starting at 10 a.m. at the Haleyville High football field. In case of bad weather, the egg hunt will be at the Dixie Theater. 

If you would like to bring your own Easter basket, please do so. If you do not have a basket, egg collection bags will be provided. This year, 10,000 eggs will be hidden on the football field and sponsors are donating Easter prize baskets which will be given away at the end of the hunt. After the hunt, there will be a free age appropriate movie at the Dixie Theater starting around 11 a.m. Each sponsor will be recognized at the egg hunt and everyone is encouraged to shop with these sponsors. The Haleyville Lions Club thanks you for your support. 

Meals Free of Charge-Winston County Summer Feeding Program



During the month of June and July, Winston County School System is partnering with the State of Alabama and USDA to provide meals free of charge to any child 18 years of age or younger, 21 years of age if enrolled in a County School.  Faculty may purchase a meal at minimal cost.  Parents may purchase a meal when bringing children to eat.  Bible Schools, Daycares and other organizations are eligible to participate in this program. Service dates:  June 1 – July 31

Contact the following schools for more information:

Lynn Lunchroom – Evelyn Hicks 205-893-5476

Meek Lunchroom – Ann Harbison 205-384-5860 

Winston County High – Joann Fortenberry 205-489-2516, Dede Vickery/Cassie Jordan 205-489-3813

Social Security Exemption For Garbage Pickup Fees


The Winston County Sanitation Department announces there are only a few more days to apply for the Social Security exemption.  A completed application along with 2015 proof of income must be received by March 31, 2015.  No applications will be accepted after March 31, 2015.

Spring Break Safety


Between now and the end of April, schools across Alabama and neighboring states will observe spring break, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) expects heavier-than-usual traffic on Alabama roadways and waterways.

Alabama State Troopers strongly encourage teens and their parents to make safety a priority.

“Parents, we need your help to make spring break season a safe one," Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said. "Let’s take a few minutes to go over traffic laws and boating with our teens, especially if they plan to travel with teen friends. Remind them to buckle up, to focus on the road, to avoid such distractions as texting while driving and to obey speed limits and other traffic laws.”

In addition, Collier said parents should ensure everyone understands boating laws and uses life vests when on the water. "The risk of water-related injuries increases as water traffic increases, so we all must be cautious when spending time at the lake or beach." 

And, he continued, because alcohol is the primary contributing factor in more than 60 percent of boating crashes, it is important to assign a designated boating operator before even setting out on a trip. While making plans, parents and other adults should be prepared to restrict access to alcohol and closely monitor teens to prevent under-age use

Collier said this also is the time for everyone to review the state's Graduated Driver License law, a three-stage licensing process that places certain restrictions on young drivers to ensure they acquire experience behind the wheel before driving without supervision or restrictions:

Stage I (learner’s permit): A teen is authorized to drive when accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver age 21 or older who is occupying the front passenger seat.

Stage II (restricted license): A teen age 16 or 17 who has passed the road skills test may drive without supervision, but he or she must not have more than one passenger in the vehicle other than parents, legal guardians or family members; must not use any handheld communication devices while driving; must not drive between midnight and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver age 21 or older.  

Stage III (unrestricted license): A teen age 17 who has held a Stage II license for six months or longer may obtain an unrestricted license. Anyone who is age 18 or older may bypass the first two stages and obtain a Stage III license after passing the road skills test.

For further information on Alabama's boating, traffic and drinking laws, please visit www.alea.gov.

Brilliant Man Killed


A single-vehicle crash Tuesday, March 24, claimed the life of a Brilliant man. Gabriel Lee Haney, 36, a pedestrian, was killed as he was lying in the roadway and was struck by a 1997 Lincoln Continental. The vehicle did remain at the scene, and the driver was not injured. The crash occurred at 7:40 p.m. on Marion County 63 eight miles south of Brilliant. Nothing further is available as ALEA State Troopers continue to investigate.

Haleyville Board of Education


The Haleyville Board Board of Education regular monthly meeting was Tuesday evening with all board members present. The first order of business was the swearing-in by Judge Lee Carter of Board President Beth McAlpine who was re-elected during the last general election. 

The board approved the financial statements and board expenditures for January, 2015 in the amount of $1,258,426.62. Other items approved were:

- Revised CNPP Meal Charge Policy.

- Continued use of CenturyLink for landline phone services and AT&T for cellular phone service.

- Amendment 1 in the FY 15 budget

- Substitute Teacher list

- The following consent Items:

       Item A: Facilities

    - Use of the HHS Football Track for the "Mark Forester Price of Freedom Run" May 16, 2015

   - Use of the HHS Football Stadium for the Haleyville Lions Club Easter Egg hunt on the amended date of April 4, 2015.

  - Use of HMS Cafeteria for the Mark Forester Foundation Dinner May 15, 2015.

       Item B: Field Trips

  - DECA-ICDC students and Neina Middleton to attend DECA International Conference in Orlando, FL, April 24-29.

  - Out of state travel for Debra Hamrick and Linda Godsey to travel to Washington and New York as chaperone for the HHS Senior Trip May 9-15, 2015.

  - Varsity Cheerleaders to attend UCA Cheer Camp in Gulf Shores April 29 - May 2.

  - HHS track Team to attend State Track Meet in Gulf Shores April 29 - May 2.

  - HMS Junior and JV Cheerleaders to attend UCA Cheer Camp in Tuscaloosa May 26 - 29. 

Also approved were eight fundraisers ranging from car washes to T-shirt sales for various school organizations. 


 - The resignation of Rita Brannon as Lunchroom Manager at the Haleyville Elementary School effective May 22.

 - The retirement of Miriam Tucker as Science Teacher at Haleyville High School effective May 22.

The next regular scheduled meeting of the Haleyville Board of Education will be Tuesday, April 28.


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