Archive For August 31, 2016


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Time to clean up your yard, trim those trees of dead limbs. Perhaps you have a tree way to close to your house for comfort and ready to fall on your house the next time we have a storm. You know better than to try doing the work yourself. Call TREES-R-US. With the right equipment and trained personnel to clean up your yard or larger property, TREES-R-US is just a phone call away from a free estimate. Call Nathan Hulsey today, on his cell, 269-0198. Mention you saw it on Jonathan will treat your right and the price is right.


HHS Crosscountry Wins

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The Haleyville High School Cross Country team traveled to McFarland Park in  Florence on Tuesday for their season opener at the Brooks Invitational Class 1-4A XC meet. The team came home with their first win of the season, placing #1 in overall points.  Jaquan Caine placed 3rd, Tristan Carter 6th, and Hamza Abussamour 7th.  Aly Donaldson also finished 4th for the girls.  According to MileSplit, the Haleyville High School boys XC country team is #47 out of the top 100 teams to watch across all classifications (1A-7A)! They boys are preseason #5 in 4A!

Story and photo by Kathy Barber


Drug Bust at Shady Brook Apartments

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Carlton Lee Vaughn Whiteside Ladarius Dewayne Brown

On Monday, August 24, a confidential informant told Winston County Deputy Sheriff Eddie Collins there was a large amount of marijuana in a Shady Brook apartment in Haleyville. Based on that information, Collins obtained a search warrant and notified the Haleyville Police Department. Jason Williams, Rodney Lewis and Tim Steien of the Haleyville Police Department came to assist. Inside they found thirteen one ounce bags of marijuana, a small amount of cocaine and Indica cannabis, which is new to this area. Indica cannabis is marijuana in the form of candy. There were also scales and drug paraphernalia and a 45 cal pistol. Darius Brown(photo right), the occupant of the apartment arrived and admitted the drugs did belong to him.

Meanwhile, the Winston County Sheriff’s office had received information there was marijuana being sold from 248 Lakeshore Drive by Carlton Whiteside(photo left) Both locations are near each other and as it turned out, with Winston county Sheriff’s Investigator Josh Silas, Reserve Deputy Heather Hardy and a state probation officer who had originally obtained the information from Whiteside met and searched the Whiteside residence. There they found 11 plastic bags containing approximately one ounce of marijuana in each. They also found a Mossberg .22 cal rifle.

Within two hours, officers had arrested two people on the drug charges, plus while that was going on, another deputy arrived with a completely different search warrant and arrested two others with drug paraphernalia in a nearby apartment.

In the two initial busts, Carlton Lee Vaughn Whiteside, 25 was charged with distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana first degree, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation.

Darius Brown was charged with possession of marijuana 1st degree, unlawful possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia Both are being held in the Winston County jail.


Haleyville High Lions Defeat Winston County

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The Haleyville Lions football team defeated Winston County Friday night in Double Springs 47-22. On the road again this week, the Lions travel to Hamilton to take on the Aggies. Kickoff time this Friday night and all season is 7 p.m. The first home game will be September 9 against Cordova.

Listen to the live play-by-play radio broadcast every Friday night on Paradise 92.7 with Butch Foster and Craig Wakefield. David Albright hosts the Leo Preview show on Paradise 92.7 each Friday morning at 7 a.m. when he will be talking to the coaches about the upcoming games.


Louisana Flood Victims Can Use Your Help Today!

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Suzanne Hood ask for your help. She has organized a drive for flood victims in Louisana. Originally from Louisana, Suzanne has a sister and other family members in the area which was flooded in the last couple of weeks. Suzanne is married to Ricky Hood, who works at McGriff Tire in Haleyville. With help from Doug Brakefield, the three spent Thursday collecting items they will take to Hammond, Louisana tonight. Exxel Outdoors has donated sleeping bags, McGriff rented a Uhaul truck and trailer and members of the Civitan and Rotary Clubs have made donations, but much more is needed. Donations should be taken to County Line Church, on County Line Road, just off Dime Road by 6 p.m. today.

Here is a suggested list of items needed. Please bring new, unopened items which can be purchased at Dollar General, Fred’s or Wal-Mart.

Bibles, bleach, feminine products, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizer, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, brooms, mops, sponges, paper towels, sleeping bags, towels, washcloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste, air mattresses, bottled water, toilet paper, anti-bacterial hand soap, paper plates, garbage bags, diapers and wipes, laundry baskets, Clorox and Lysol wipes, canned Lysol, deodorant, underwear, (men, women and children, all sizes). Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve.

Also needed are tear-out tools. These do not need to be new, just useable. Hammers, flat crowbars, square tipped shovels, wheel barrels, sheet rocks cutters, box cutters, chalk line, gloves, dust masks, squeegees, and push brooms.

Clothing is not needed at this time. There is no place to put it. Bring all donations to the County Line Church by 6 p.m. today. Money donations will be accepted to pay for gas and expenses.



Seat Belts Really Work!

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Aout 8:30 Thursday night, Bill West, 65, was traveling south on Highway 13 in his 73 Ford Ranger and had slowed to turn into the Wavahoo station when a driver behind him became distracted looking at a Haleyville Police car and officer issuing a ticket next to the Wavahoo. The Ranger was struck from the rear hard enough to knock into the parking lock and came to rest upside down near the gas pumps.

Because both West and the driver of the other vehicle were wearing seat belts, no one sustained any serious injuries. Haleyville Police investigated the accident.


Haleyville Board of Education

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The Haleyville Board of Education met Tuesday evening with all members present and approved the expenditures for July in the amount of $1,244,418.44. The Board also approved the general liability/errors and omissions liability insurance fund participation, an amendment to the school’s student handbook and the use of school facilities for supplemental educational services after school hours for HES students for this school year and the use of the HMS lunchroom to the Rotary Club for a BBQ supper September 9.

Seventeen fundraisers were approved along with amendments to the substitute teacher and lunchroom workers list.

The Board approved the hiring of Maribel Cofield as an HES lunchroom worker and the resignation of Abbey Harbin Rae as physical education teacher at the HMS.

Before the meeting Tuesday night, during the work session, the Board held a budget hearing. The second budget hearing will be on September 8. The next regular meeting of the Haleyville Board of Education will be Tuesday, September 27.


Election Returns

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Haleyville City Election

For Mayor Ken Sunseri 576 (84.8%) – Valeria Tayor 103 (15.2%)

Council Place 3 George Russell 542 (80.9$%) – Christopher Jordan Wilson 128 (19.1%)

School Board Place 5 Donna Jones 648 (63.2%) – Bud Wilson 378 (36.8%)


Mayor – Connie Morrison 123 – Don Vickery 64 (Runoff) – Ed Franks 61

Council – Chris Gillum 175 – Mark Townsend 68

Council – Chris Hyde 214 – Patricia Hood 31


Mayor – Jeff Stokes 127 – Sherae Hokett – 49 – William Mike McCraw – 12

Council Place 1 – Earl gilbert 133 – Leah McCraw  – 53

Hackleburg city election

Mayor – Darryl Colburn 356 – Barney Shackelford 137

Council – Ashton Knowles 280 – Jamie Swinney 211

Council – Sherman Marbutt  305 – Barry McCarley 186

Council – Paul Emerson 203 – Darrin Wiginton 288


Mayor – David Grissom 1,964 – Donnie Horton 496 – Rand Bray 174

Council District 1 – David Palmer 812 – John Thorn 270

Council District 2 – William Nale 109 – Judy Miller 106 – Ronney Murphy 72

Council District 3 – Gary Cummings – 368 – Dwight Jackson 152 – Roy Cornelison – 36

Council District 4 – Arthur Elliott – 202 – Lanny Hubbard 150 – Billy Patterson 54

Council District 5 – Jamey Harris 232 – Brent Caldwell 75


Elect Ken Sunseri Mayor

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Ken Sunseri business cardC


Be Sure to Vote

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Tomorrow is election day in Haleyville. You are urged to exercise your right as an American citizen and go to the polls to vote. It will be a relative short ballot, with few names and should only take you a few minutes to complete.

The names of the candidates for the Haleyville city council and school board who were unopposed will not be on the ballot. The names and positions you will see will be Ken Sunseri and Valerie Taylor for Mayor of Haleyville and City Council place number 3, George H. Russell and Christopher Jordan Wilson. For place number 5 on the Haleyville School Board, Donna Jones and Stephen Bud Wilson. While this is a very short ballot, it is nevertheless very important.

Complete election returns will be posted shortly after the election on