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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Haleyville City Council

Sam Poe

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

  • minutes  from council meeting, public hearing, and work session from 09/02/2014
  • August general operational bills in the amount of $375,266.78
  • renewal of $290,000 line of credit (It is not being used but needs to remain active in case it is needed for future purposes.)
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Marion County for debris removal in order to receive FEMA reimbursement in case of an emergency
  • renovations to the Haleyville City Pool totaling $47,380 with Hollywood Pools as the low bidder on the project
  • advertisement for bids for construction on the new Haleyville Fire Station
  • advertising for sealed bids for surplus property located in Forest Park Subdivision (Royce Benefield abstained from this vote.)
  • purchase of room partitions for the Neighborhood Facilities Building from Witcher Office Supply for $2,860 for supplies and installation
  • resignation of Brett Vinson from the Haleyville Street and Sanitation Department
  • advertisement for four new full time employees for the Haleyville Street and Sanitation Department- The council hopes these four full time employees will eliminate the need for eight seasonal employees each year for the department, but this is not guaranteed due to the need being dependent on the amount of work pending each season. The mayor also changed the status of seasonal employees Chad Manasco and Todd Hood to full time to fill vacancies due to a retirement and a resignation.
  • The council also discussed appointments for various boards throughout the city. These will be reviewed by council members and discussed more in-depth at the next council meeting. 

Lions Fall to Tigers

Sam Poe

The Haleyville Lions faced the Fayette County Tigers Friday night in Week 4 of Alabama High School Football. The Lions entered the game undefeated, unfortunately they were plagued with costly turnovers throughout the game, including one very controversial turnover in the final minutes of the game that landed the Lions on the losing end of the 28-21 score. Here are the unofficial offensive stats for the game.


Brady Sherrill- 25 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns; 1 reception for 5 yards

Conner Kiser- 11 carries for 48 yards; 8/16 completions for 138 yards and 1 touchdown

Dillon Posey- 1 carry for 3 yards; 3 receptions for 64 yards

Jonas Dodd- 4 receptions for 69 yards 

For more photos, [CLICK HERE].

Franklin County Loses Ambulance Service

Sam Poe

UPDATE: Pleasant Bay Ambulance Service has now decided to stay in business and to serve Franklin County, at least temporarily. The formal contract with Shoals Ambulance is still pending and could be signed this week, enabling Shoals to begin servicing Franklin County. 

During Monday's Franklin County Commission meeting, employees of the Pleasant Bay Ambulance Service  resigned from their positions after the commission did not endorse Pleasant Bay as the sole provider of coverage for Franklin County.  Employees of Pleasant Bay yelled remarks from the back of the meeting room stating, "Good luck," and "Y'all can have it." These reactions followed Probate Judge Barry Moore's reading of the letter of recommendation from Franklin County's EMS Committee listing Shoals Ambulance as the committee's choice.  

For the past 90 days, Pleasant Bay Ambulance Service has been under contract with Franklin County to provide coverage for the county while waiting for a more permanent decision to be made. According to Elzie Malone, owner of Pleasant Bay Ambulance, the company is no longer under any obligation to provide services.  You might also recall that an employee of Pleasant Bay Ambulance Service was arrested for being intoxicated on the job during an emergency transport in August. More information on that story is listed below.

Blake Hargett, Operations Manager for Shoals Ambulance Service, was in attendance at the meeting and immediately made a call for an ambulance to be dispatched to Franklin County to provide emergency service to the county after learning Pleasant Bay would no longer be providing those services. Shoals Ambulance Service will be under contract with Franklin County as soon as the contract is agreed upon by lawyers from both organizations. That is expected to happen as early as Monday afternoon.

Special thanks to our friends at the Franklin County Times for assistance with this story. Please [CLICK HERE] for more information on Monday's decision for ambulance provider, and [CLICK HERE] for information about the arrest of the Pleasant Bay EMT. 

Family Home Destroyed by Fire

Sam Poe

A family's mobile home was completely destroyed by fire Friday night around 8:00. The Bowman residence was fully involved when firemen from the Haleyville Fire Department arrived on the scene. Initial calls stated the occupants were entrapped, but no one was inside the home, and no one was injured in the fire. The home was located on State Highway 195 in the Needmore Community.  The Haleyville Fire Department was also dispatched back to the scene for a small rekindle Saturday around noon. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

V.F.W. Donates to Local Fire Departments

Sam Poe

Haleyville's Post 4543 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars recently honored four local fire departments in remembrance of the lives of first responders lost on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Post commander, Dwight Thomas, opened the ceremony with a speech reminding the attendees of the risk taken by our first responders each day, not only in New York and D.C. but right here in our own communities. As a gift, Post 4543 presented cases of water to each of our local departments for use at scenes. 

Ward Honored as Gatorade Player of the Year

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Left to Right: Ward's mom-Tracie Ward, Holly Ward, Ward's dad-Kevon Ward, HHS Coach Kara West, HHS Coach Whitney Webb, HHS Principal Dr. Holly Sutherland, and HCS Superintendent Dr. Alan Miller

During halftime of Friday's HHS vs. Fayette game, former Lady Lions standout pitcher, Holly Ward, was recognized as last year's Alabama Gatorade Softball Player of the Year. Ward was selected after leading the Lady Lions to two state championships, runner-up, and third place finish at the Alabama High School Athletic Association Softball State Tournaments for the past four years. Ward is now a freshman at Mississippi State University and will be pitching for the Bulldogs.

Congratulations, Holly!

You Make the Call

Sam Poe

Haleyville lost a heartbreaker to Fayette County Friday night after a controversial play. The call was that Haleyville's #22-Brady Sherrill fumbled the ball, but did the ground cause the fumble? You make the call. 

Week 4 Football Finals


Round 4 of High School Football has arrived, and key regional matchups are in place for most area teams. Here's a look at tonight's action.

Haleyville 21 Fayette County 28

Hackleburg 58 Phillips 34

Phil Campbell 0 Hatton 41

Lynn 6 Brilliant 14

Addison 42 Falkville 7

Winfield 55 Winston County 20

Marion County 30 Hubbertville 54

Hamilton 44 Curry 12

Special Called BOE

Sam Poe

The Haleyville City Board of Education met for a Special Called Board Meeting Thursday night. The items on the agenda were the approval of the FY 2015 Budget and the HCS Strategic Plan. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Stults Named Finalist in National Competition

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Stults is shown in the photo above relocating a turtle from the middle of the road to safety inside the Gulf State Park. 

Haleyville native Randy "Taylor" Stults has been named a finalist for the Service Wear Apparel Park Ranger of the Year. Stults is a Park Ranger for the Alabama State Parks and currently serves at the Gulf State Park in Orange Beach. This award is a nationwide award for park rangers. The criteria met for this nomination includes the following items.

  • Dedication to preservation of the park and its natural environment
  • Leadership through obstacles to create the best possible park experience for visitors and staff
  • Commitment to safety and protection of park and visitors by smart thinking and intentional action

If Stults wins this competition, he not only wins money for himself, but he will receive $1,000 in uniform allowances for the Gulf State Park rangers. This competition is based on votes from the public, and everyone is encouraged to support Stults in this contest. Use the link below to vote one time each day through September 19, 2014.

Congratulations on a job well done, Taylor! We are very proud of you!

[CLICK HERE] to vote DAILY. 

Cheer Camp


The Haleyville High School Cheerleaders are hosting a Mini-Cheer Clinic, and sign-ups are going on now. The clinic will be held Monday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 17. It will be 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. with the parents' performance Wednesday. The clinic is for ages 3 years old through 6th grade, and the cost is $30 each or $45 for two children in the same family.
Each girl will receive a t-shirt, spirit items, and will do cheers at the September 26th home game. For more information, see any Haleyville Cheerleader or contact Wendy Rushing.

Lions Boot the Bulldogs

Sam Poe

The Haleyville Lions traveled to Carbon Hill Friday night to face the Bulldogs. Haleyville defeated Carbon Hill 54-36, with young Lions playing most of the second half. Here's a breakdown of last week's game.

The Lions came out and scored early in the first quarter with a 1 yard run by Quarterback Conner Kiser, and Kiser followed up with a pass to Sherrill to put the Lions up 8-0 with 9:32 remaining in the quarter. Next, Kiser completed a 16 yard pass to Jonas Dodd, and Dillon Posey missed the point after attempt to extend the lead 14-0. Then, Sherrill scored on a 35 yard run, and Posey completed the kick to take the Lions up 21-0 with 3:12 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Lions opened the second half with a Kiser pass to Posey for a 90 yard score, and the Lions took a 27-0 lead. Next, Kiser completed a pass to Posey again for a 68 yard touchdown run further extending the Lions lead to 34-0. Completing scoring for the half, Posey scored on a 48 yard run with 1:08 remaining and completing the 41-0 lead at the half.

To begin the second half, many young Lions took the field against the Bulldogs and received valuable regional play time. The first score of this half was a 1 yard run by Nate Johnson for the Bulldogs. They also completed the two point conversion to take the score to Haleyville 41 Carbon Hill 8. The Lions then returned, and Brady Sherrill scored on a 36 yard run, and the Lions took a 48-8 lead after Posey completed the extra point. The Bulldogs then scored on an Avery to Gann 50 yard pass to end the third quarter of play at 48-14.

The Bulldogs continued their scoring run with a 16 yard run by Tyler Rasberry and completed the two point conversion to make the score Lions 48 Bulldogs 22. Next, the Lions returned and scored on an 11 yard run by Will Evans, but Posey missed to extra point. The Bulldogs returned with an Avery to Gann 57 yard pass and completed the two point conversion. The final score of the game came with 1:06 remaining on a 1 yard run for the Bulldogs by Tyler Rasberry. The final score was Haleyville 54 Carbon Hill 36. 

For more photos, [CLICK HERE].

Sign Ordinance


The Haleyville City Council voted last week to approve a sign ordinance to be enforced inside the Haleyville CIty Limits. Here is a copy of the ordinance for your review. 




WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Haleyville, Alabama, finds it is desirable to eliminate the visual effect caused by the placement of signs throughout the City; and,


WHEREAS, the placement of signage throughout the City needs to be uniform, safe, and attractive.






  • It shall be unlawful for any person to affix any sign, poster or other printed or written matter of any kind whatsoever to any public utility pole, tower, wire, anchor, guy wire, cable, transformer, meter, device or structure of any kind belonging to any public utility corporation holding a franchise from the city and situated within the city or the police jurisdiction thereof or to any traffic-control device or sign or route marker or any post, cable or wire supporting the same, situated within the city or the police jurisdiction thereof, and erected by any federal, state, or municipal authority.


  • The posting of signs on utility poles, on street or traffic signs, on City property, in the public right-of-way, in road medians, on any structures in the public right-of-way, attached to trees, attached to rocks, or attached to other natural features is hereby prohibited except as provided for in Subsection (c) and (e); 


  • Signs advertising yard, garage, or estate sales are allowed only on the property in which the sale is taking place unless special permit is obtained in advance; such sign may be placed in the yard of the sale not more than five (5) days before the sale and must be removed upon completion of the sale; 


  • All Real Estate signs must be located on the property that is for sale, lease or rent, whether by a company or by owner; one real estate sign, not exceeding six (6) square feet, is permitted to face each street adjacent to the property that is for sale, lease, or rent; model home and open house signs shall only be displayed when the property is available for public viewing and subject to limitations in Subsection (e);


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