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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Haleyville City Board of Education

Sam Poe

The Haleyville City Board of Education met Tuesday evening for the regularly scheduled April meeting, and all board members were present. The following items were approved.

  • board expenditures for March 2014 in the amount of $1,438,644.32
  • field trip request for drafting and design students and James White to attend Skills USA Conference in Birmingham April 24-25
  • field trip request for welding students and Dwayne Melton to attend Skills USA Conference in Birmingham April 24-25
  • declaration of portable Delta Sawbuck Frame and Trim Saw as surplus equipment
  • high bid of $505 for Printronix model printer previously declared as surplus equipment
  • bread bid for 2014-2015 school year to Piggly Wiggly (Steve Stott abstained from the vote.)
  • milk bid for 2014-2015 school year to Dean Dairy/Barber Milk
  • ice cream bid for 2014-2015 school year to Mayfield Dairy
  • Athletic Physical Day at HHS for May 5 (Athletes throughout Haleyville City Schools and surrounding school systems are eligible to attend. The cost is $10 per person.)
  • high bid of $835 for 10" Powermatic Table Saw
  • job descriptions for Director of Student Services, Director of Instructional Services, and Director of Administrative Services
  • field trip request for Forensic Club to attend Skills USA Conference in Birmingham April 24-25

The following personnel recommendations were made by Dr. Alan Miller and approved by the board.

  • retirement of Patricia Carter as second grade teacher at HES, effective June 1, 2014
  • retirement of Juanelle S. Howell as fifth grade teacher at HES, effective November 1, 2014
  • non-renewal of Kelley Hubbard as employee of Haleyville City Schools for the 2014-2015 school year (Barry Burleson voted no.)
  • non-renewal of Heath Guin as employee of Haleyville City Schools for the 2014-2015 school year 

Haleyville City Council

Sam Poe

Debra Hood, Richard Bitninger, Drew Thrasher and Mayor Sunseri visit a potential site for new Fire Department


The Haleyville City Council met for the regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening, and Councilman Drew Thrasher was absent. The council approved the following items.

-public hearing and council minutes from April 7, 2014

-work session minutes from April 15, 2014

-March general operational bills in the amount of $466,062.15

-tax abatement for Door Components for new equipment and maintenance of newly acquired property

-agreement with Winston County for debris removal during natural disasters (The agreement has to be in place prior to the storm in order to receive FEMA reimbursement.)

-maintenance agreement for generators at the storm shelters and Haleyville Fire Department ($1,000 per year for shelters and $1,200 per year for the fire department)

-rescheduling of May 5 regular meeting to May 8 at 5:30 p.m.

The council then moved into executive session to discuss options for the new Haleyville Fire Station. No business was conducted at the closing of the executive session. 

Spring Sports

Sam Poe

The Haleyville Lions Varsity Baseball Team captured big wins in the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Baseball Playoffs Friday evening.  The Lions swept the Wildcats of Central High School with 8-6 and 11-0 victories to move on to the second round of playoffs this week.  Haleyville will face the Brooks Lions at Brooks Friday evening.  The game will be played at 4:30 p.m. with game two beginning thirty minutes after the first game ends. If needed, the third game will be played at noon Saturday.  

The Lady Lions had a much tougher weekend in the West Alabama Conference Tournament.  The Lady Lions were sent packing after back to back losses to Gordo and Vernon. However, the Lady Lions defeated the Hamilton Aggies Monday evening. They will face Carbon Hill at home Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Dye Arrested for Capital Murder and Arson

Sam Poe

Photo Courtesy of AFM 

Tonya Dye, 39 of Haleyville, has been arrested for Capital Murder, Second Degree Arson, and Obstructing a Governmental Operation in connection with the January 13, 2014 death of Timmy D. Hyde. Hyde's body was found inside his home by Haleyville firemen after the mobile home was destroyed by fire, and autopsy results concluded he was dead before the fire began. Dye is reportedly Hyde's girlfriend, but officials are not releasing a motive for the crimes at this time. 


Dye was arrested Friday evening, and she is currently being held in the Marion County Jail without bond. The investigation was conducted by the Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office, Marion County Sheriff's Department, Haleyville Fire Department, and the Haleyville Police Department. 


For the original fire story, [CLICK HERE].

Fire Destroys 15 Acres and Home

Sam Poe

There was a structure and woods fire on County Road 373 in Bear Creek Saturday afternoon. According to firemen on the scene, the fire started in the mobile home on the property and spread into the woods surrounding the home. Approximately fifteen of the seventeen acres were consumed by the fire.


The Bear Creek Fire Department, Haleyville Fire Department, Bear Creek Police Department, Regional Paramedical Services, Alabama Forestry Commission, and Alabama Fire Marshal's Office responded to the scene. The property is owned by J.W. Riley, and the fire is under investigation by the Alabama Fire Marshal's Office. 

Upcoming HCS Events


April 22, 2014: Title I Parent Meetings HES- 6:00 p.m. HMS-5:15 p.m.

April 23, 2014: Title I Parent Meetings HES- Noon HMS-1:00 p.m.

April 23, 2014: Kiddie Kollege Visit

April 30, 2014: 3rd-5th Aspire Reading

May 1, 2014: 3rd-5th Aspire Math

May 2, 2014: 5th ASA Assessment

May 2, 2014: Kingdom Kids Visit

May 6, 2014: 3rd-5th Aspire Science, English, and Writing

May 8, 2014: 5th Grade Scoliosis & Transition HMS Visit

May 8, 2014: 21st Century Parent Performance at 6:00 p.m.

May 9, 2014: 21st Century Student Performances (8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.)

May 12, 2014:  2nd Grade Field Day at 8:30

May 12, 2014: Headstart visit

May 13, 2014: Field Day 

8:30 3rd Grade

8:30 Kindergarten

Noon 1st Grade

May 14, 2014: 4th Grade Field Day at 8:30

May 15, 2014: 5th Grade Field Day at 8:30

May 15, 2014: Current 3rd or 4th Student Council Speeches/Elections

May 16, 2014: Student Council Field Trip

May 19, 2014: Renaissance Rallies 8:30 and 1:00

May 20, 2014: All A's Breakfast (Students only, by invitation only)

May 20, 2014: Wax Museum

May 21, 2014: 4th Grade Awards Day/IDOL at 8:30

May 22, 2014: 5th Grade Awards and Promotion at 8:30

NACOLG Grant Funds Road Construction

Sam Poe

Shown in the photo above (left to right) Bryan Cheatwood-Winston County Engineer, James Glasgow- Winston County Assistant Engineer, Joe Vail-Project Contractor, Roger Hayes-Winston County Commission Chairperson, Chris Tittle- Winston County Road Superintendent, and David Cummings-Winston County Commissioner.


Road construction will begin soon on three Winston County roads that are in desperate need of work. Pounders and Sims Road, Beech Grove Road, and County Road 3210 will all undergo construction due to $858,557.55 in ADECA money through a NACOLG grant because of damage to roads from the April 27, 2011, tornadoes. This is a 100% grant, and no matching funds are required from the county. 


Winston County Commissioner David Cummings stated although the storms were devastating to the area, this grant is making the best of a bad situation. He said, "What I stress most is you have to stay on top of it to find available funds to bring back to Winston County. Without these grants, we do not have the manpower or equipment to perform these jobs." 


Construction is set to begin possibly as soon as mid-June, but no later than the first of July. 

One Injured in One Vehicle Accident

Sam Poe



There was a one vehicle accident on State Highway 13 South, north of the intersection of Winston County Road 17, Wednesday afternoon around 2:00. Vernon Cummens was traveling south on Highway 13, lost control of the older model Chevy truck, and left the roadway before coming to a stop about 300 feet into the brush on the shoulder of the road. The Haleyville and Delmar Fire Departments responded to the scene and freed Cummens from the vehicle, and the Haleyville Police Department provided traffic control. He was transported to Lakeland Community Hospital by ambulance. The accident is under investigation by the Alabama Department of Public Safety. 

Fire Destroys Vacant Home

Sam Poe

There was a residential fire on JR Butler Drive, just off State Highway 172, in Bear Creek Tuesday around 2:30 p.m. The home was unoccupied and under renovation. The Bear Creek and Haleyville Fire Departments responded to the scene, but the home was a complete loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 


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