Archive For January 31, 2017
Diamond Rio is the headliner for the 9-1-1 festival concert 9:30 Friday night, June 2 behind the library downtown Haleyville. Back by popular demand Sweet Tea Trio will perform at 8:15. The Band Steele will be on stage at 7. Hand Shake Promise at 6. Local HHS student singer/songwriter Reid Haughton will kick it off at 5:20. Come early. Don’t forget your lawn chair.
The power outage Sunday evening around 7 p.m. across the northern part of Haleyville was caused by a box truck snagging a power line just north of the Jordan apartments on Dime Road. All of Littleville Road across to and including Marion County Highway 85 was without power until Alabama Power crews repaired the downed line. No one was injured in the mishap.
In their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Haleyville Board of Education accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Alan Miller. Dr. Miller who will be leaving at the end of this school year after 5 years as superintendent. Board President Kris Burleson said Dr. Miller has done a great job and the Board will be starting a search for a replacement soon.
Dr. Miller stated “It’s been an absolute pleasure to serve as the superintendent of Haleyville City Schools and I look forward to continuing to work with our wonderful faculty and staff as we finish out this school year, but it’s the right time for me and my family to pursue other opportunities. With two sons soon to begin college, it’s perhaps the right time to look at possibly relocating closer to where they will attend school. Haleyville is a wonderful community, and I’s sure Haleyville City Schools will continue to excel in the future.”
In other business, the Board approved the financial statements and board expenditures for December in the amount of $1,373,991.23. The School Calendar for 2017-2018 and an amendment to the current salary schedule were approved.
The Board also approved the use of two facilities, three field trips, and seven fundraisers. Maternity Leave for Elaine Frix and the hiring of Savannah Smith for the HHS English Language/Arts teacher were approved.
The next scheduled meeting of the Haleyville BOE will be Tuesday, February 28.
Two men have been arrested in connection with the New Bethel Baptist Church fire on December 20, 2016. Corey Dean, 21,(Cherry Hill Road) and Brian Box, 23, Brilliant. The two were also charged with breaking into 6 other churches in this area in the last 45 days. The New Bethel fire was investigated by an Alabama State Fire Marshall. The church building and contents were completely destroyed by the fire. Several items were stolen from the church before the fire. The church had no insurance thus there will be a gospel quartet benefit singing this Saturday featuring Freedomland and Southern Image. The singing will be at the Hines Memorial Baptist Church at 10726 State Highway 241 this Saturday, January 28 at 6 p.m. All proceeds and donations will go to the New Bethel Baptist Church. For more info or to make a donation, call 486-2767.
Tommy Arthur, a Shoals area native but no stranger to the Haleyville area and the mobile home manufacturing industry during the 70’s and early 80’s has but one more chance to avoid execution. He has received a stay of execution 7 times in the last 15 years while sitting on death row. His last stay was on November 3, 2016. Arthur was found guilty of a murder for hire of Troy Wicker of Muscle Shoals in 1982. One of his latest appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied a review on Monday, January 23. However, he has yet another appeal to the Supreme Court based on the lethal injection method used by Alabama. If the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, his stay of execution will go away and yet another date for execution will be set.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) currently is investigating a scam targeting senior citizens in Alabama. SBI Agents warn citizens to be suspicious of callers asking for money in any form. In this case, each victim received a call from someone posing as their grandson who is in financial trouble and is requesting assistance in the form of Walmart gift cards. So far, Agents have located three victim parties in Etowah, Jackson and Washington counties, with a total approximate loss of $13,000. SBI is urging the public to be on guard for this scam and for any victims of fraud to notify their local law enforcement agencies.
The Haleyville City Council met Tuesday. The first order of business was the appointment and swearing in of G. Blue Russell. Blue is the son of George Russell, who passed away in December, shortly after being elected to the Council. Blue stated it was a bittersweet honor to be appointed to the position held by his late father.
The Council approved the general operation bills for December for $433,318.50. Also approved was selecting the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments to provide grant administration for an LWCF grant.
One change order for the Cripple Creek project and one change order for the new sports complex equipment building were approved.
The next regular meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be on Monday, February 6, 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The second meeting for February was rescheduled from Monday, February 20, President’s Day to Thursday, February 23.
The Haleyville City Hall, Library, Neighborhood Facility Building, Senior Citizen Center will be closed Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The Haleyville City Council, which would normally meet the third Monday has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 5:30 p.m. at City Hall
In a special called meeting of the Haleyville Board of Education Tuesday, Todd McNutt was selected to be the head football coach as well as Athletic Director for HHS. Coach McNutt was already the head baseball coach and will continue wearing that hat as well. The HHS conference room was packed with students, friends, and family who came for the Board of Education selection and announcement.