At 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, May 28, straight-line winds swept through the Haleyville area toppling trees, knocking out power and causing some serious property damage. The Haleyville City Hall and Centurytel were both utilizing their respective emergency power generators for most of the day as repair crews worked to replace a power pole and lines taken down by a tree on 9th Avenue in front of the Wallace Thrasher home. The home of Congressman Robert Aderholt was not seriously damaged when a large tree fell across the roof. A power pole with transformer was knocked down with a falling tree on 10th Avenue. There were no reported injuries.
Salutatorian Kylie Brooke Lovett and Valedictorian Kaitlin Gabrielle Woods were two of the 105 seniors who participated in the 108th Commencement Exercises and Graduation of the Haleyville High School Class of 2017 Friday night at Bubba Scott Field.
Tommy Arthur, with ties to the Haleyville area, had an execution date set for Thursday at 6 p.m. at Holman prison. Arthur was granted a last-minute stay by the U.S. Supreme Court just before the planned execution. However, later in the night, the Court lifted the stay and Arthur was executed just after midnight. He had been on death row for 35 years and granted 7 stays to his execution, some following last-minute appeals. Thursday night, the “Houdini” of death row was finally put to death. In the 80’s, Arthur shot and killed a woman in Bear Creek, wounded one other, and was found guilty of killing a Shoals man while on work release for his first conviction.
The Haleyville School Board met Tuesday night and approved seven items under new business, two requests for use of facilities, four field trips, three fundraisers, and amendments to the substitute teachers and lunchroom workers lists.
The biggest item was the personnel changes in the school system. Erika McCoy was given a probationary contract as the new Haleyville High Principal, replacing Dr. Holly Sutherland who will become the new Superintendent of Education.
Approval was given to the resignation requests from Savannah Smith and Emily Head.
New hires approved include Brenda Scogin, Dylan Burleson, Amber Lambert, Sergio Mederos, Michael Holloway, Jacob McCarley, Emily Taylor, Alyssa Elliott, Toni Rai Sartin, Whitley Yocum, and Alex Fragale. The Board approved the non-renewal of Enjoli Godsey, Amy Smith, and Holly Comeens.
Tenure was approved for Meagan Benford, Nichole Cook, Elaine Frix, Jayme Hall, Leigh Ann Hicks, and Lindsey Kilpatrick at the HES. Tenure was also approved for Elyse Aldridge, Lee Frix, Adam Lawler, Charles Moody, and Sarah Vice at HHS.
Non-probationary status was approved for Reeta Hood, Rita Butler, Paige Hooker, Kristie Hyde and Emma Anne Hallman. Two transfers and one leave for approved.
The graduation ceremony for 105 HHS seniors will be this Friday night at 8 p.m. at Bubba Scott Field.
HHS alumni Day is ALWAYS the First Saturday in June!
Alumni Parade 10 a.m. Line-up HES parking lot 9 a.m.
Luncheon following parade at Noon HES Cafetorium Tickets -$15
The menu is barbecue pork, baked beans, potato salad, slaw, roll, drink, and dessert.Tickets may be purchased at Traders and Farmers Bank or by mailing your money to:
Haleyville Alumni Association P.O. Box 91, Haleyville, AL, 35565
The Alumni Parade begins at 10 a.m. Line-up at the elementary school parking lot starting at 9.
Officers: President – Debbie Caldwell Wood; 1st VP – Amy Masdon Farris; Secretary – Stacy Farris Temple; Treasure – Beverly Donaldson; Publicity – Melicia Johnson Allen.
This is Memorial Day weekend. In Haleyville, it means Friday night will be the graduation ceremony for 105 Haleyville High seniors at 8 p.m. at Bubba Scott Field.
The annual Coal Fest is this weekend in Brilliant, a celebration of the town’s rich coal mining history. The two-day festival begins Friday afternoon, May 26 with crafts, food, fun, music and an antique car show. Google or check Facebook for a schedule of events. Starting Friday night is the two-night Sheffield Street party, a fundraiser for Northwest Shoals Community College scholarships. Ads for the music lineup can be heard on Paradise 92.7.
The Haleyville High Golf Team made it to the state finals in Auburn Monday and Tuesday finishing third in the state. Congratulations to Coach Dusty Ball and the team of great golfers Reid Haughton, Rob Richards, Jack Lawson, J.B. Miller, Colton Russell and Eli Brannon.
The Haleyville High golf team is currently in 3rd place behind UMS Wright and Oneonta following play in the state finals. The team shot 320 on Monday. Individual scores were Rob Richards, 76, Colton Russell 84, J.B. Miller 80, Reid Haughton 80 and Jack Lawson 112. Today is the second and final day of play in Auburn.
The Haleyville City Council met Monday with all members present and approved the April general operation bills for $439,089.10. The Council approved new radios and phones from the Northwest Alabama Gas District. The phone service is being changed from Southern Link to AT&T. There will be 32 new radios and 10 phones.
Mayor Sunseri announced the U.S. flag at city hall is flying at half mast to commemorate Fallen Officers week. Following the regular session, the Council interviewed one candidate for Fire Chief and held a work session. The next meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be on Monday, June 5.
The Haleyville High School Seniors left Saturday morning by bus for Washington and New York. Telephone reports from the students can be heard on Paradise 92.7 each day at 12 noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.