On Friday, July 28, the Haleyville Fire Department was awarded a federal grant in the amount of $13,334 for the purchase of a turnout gear washer/extractor and gear drying system in round 12 of the 2016 Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The AFG program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
The $13,334 grant to the Haleyville Fire Department will be used to purchase a washer/extractor and drying system. This grant will extend the life of firefighter protective clothing and remove contaminants including carcinogens and biohazardous materials from the protective clothing. The grant will bring the department into NFPA and OSHA compliance for the care and maintenance of firefighter protective clothing.
The grant award of $13,334 covers 95% of the total estimated cost ($14,000) of the washer and drying system. The fire department is responsible for the remaining 5% of the cost of the new equipment which will be approximately $666.
The FY2016 Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) funding has an appropriation of $310,500,000 to support fire and EMS Operations and Safety Grants, Firefighting and Emergency Vehicle Grants, and Fire Prevention and Safety Grants
Haleyville Schools start back on Thursday, August 10. Several events are scheduled leading up to the opening day.
Haleyville Elementary School (HES) welcomes students and parents to the Kindergarten Kick-Off Monday, August 7, 5-7 PM. Parents will have an opportunity to meet and ask their teacher questions. This is a Kindergarten only event to ensure less confusion and smaller crowds. The next night, August 8, HES will host a Meet and Greet for parents and students for Pre-Kindergarten and grades 1 through 5 to meet their teachers, bring supplies and make lunch deposits.
The Haleyville Middle School (HMS) locker day will be Wednesday, August 2. Locker fee is $5. Open house for HMS students and parents is August 7, 5-7 PM to pick up schedules and meet their teachers.
Haleyville High School (HHS) locker/parking passes will be issued on Friday, August 4, 9 am-12pm. Open House is at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 7 at to pick up schedules and paperwork completion.
More information is available on the Haleyville Schools website http://hhs.haley-k12.us/
Winston County Schools start on Wednesday, August 9.
Principals Christy Bice, HES, Dr. Erika McCoy, HHS, and Bo Wilcoxson, HMS
The Haleyville Board of Education met Tuesday and approved many business items on the agenda, including the expenditures for June in the amount of $1,356,632.32. Also approved were amendments to the instructional policy program, the personnel policy, the high school coaching assignments, supplemental salary schedule, updated accounting regulations, breakfast worker assignments, lunchroom prices, professional service agreements for the football season and contracts for the purchase of copier paper and produce. Six fund raisers and two field trips were also approved.
In personnel, the Board approved the reassignment of faculty members Amber Lambert, Dusty Ball, Brooke Yarbrough and Amy Farris to other positions within the school system.
Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland praised the janitorial, maintenance and grounds workers for their work getting the school campuses in great shape for the opening of school in August.
The next regular meeting of the Haleyville Board of Education will be Tuesday, August 22.
The body of Jeremy Keith Abbott, 20, was found at 9:20 Friday morning, July 21. Abbott had been reported missing since June 19. He was found near the end of Benefield Farm Road in Marion County, northwest of Haleyville. According to Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams, his death appeared to be self-inflicted and there were no signs of foul play. The body was found relatively close to a friend’s house where he was last seen alive. The death investigation is being conducted by the Marion County Sheriff’s office.
Marion County 9-1-1 notified Haleyville at 4:40 A.M. Friday, July 21 of a fire at 809 Kilpatrick Dairy Road with the possibility the structure was occupied. A few moments later it was learned the fire was in the Haleyville district and Haleyville firemen were also dispatched to the scene. A camper trailer was completely distorted by the fire. Fortunately, the sole occupant had already left for work. The cause of the fire is unknown.
The body of Robert Kempt, 63, Fayette, who has been missing since Monday, July 10 was found Thursday morning, July 20 around daybreak floating on the water surface by a boater on Bear Creek Lake. Kempt had been searched for since he was reported missing, virtually day and night with sonar and divers by search teams from three surrounding counties and the ALEA Marine Patrol. The Haleyville Rescue Squad was called out Thursday morning to retrieve the body.
The Haleyville City Council met Monday, July 17 with Drew Thrasher absent. The general operation bills and purchase orders for June in the amount of $485,766.72 were approved.
For the second time, a proposed animal control ordinance was tabled in order the council may meet with Haleyville Police Chief, Kyle Reogas during a work session to clarify the role police can play in answering vicious dog complaints.
The podium at the old city hall was declared surplus and donated to the city of Lexington. The Council approved the purchase of playground equipment for the new sports complex including a wheelchair swing from Bliss Products for a total of $67,857.55.
A resolution was approved to allow Haleyville Street Department personnel to undertake two drainage improvement projects in the Hilltop Subdivision. The first project will include asphalt patching, curbing, inlet box, storm water culvert and rip rap at lots 48 and 49 with an estimated construction cost of $7,670. The second project is located on 18th Avenue at lots 8 and 9 which will include curb and gutter and asphalt patching with an estimated cost of $2,400.
The next meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be Monday, August 7.
The 20th annual Winston County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held Saturday, July 15. Twenty people representing the five high schools in Winston County were inducted in a program highlighted by guest speaker Eli Gold, the voice of the University of Alabama.
Academic/Athlete from Lynn, Hannah Grace Alsup and Luke Tittle
Addison High School Lana Pigg Hines, Craig and Marsh Pigg, Kyle Carden Julie Pruitt Nix, Dr. Haley Wilkins, Kyle Carden, Brian Denson
Haleyville High, Eric Cummings, Joyce Prentice, Jackie Miller Witt, and Kelly Crider Eaton
From Lynn High School Blake Hood and Keith Farris
Meek High School, Phillip Williams, Paul Abbott and James “Butch” Gaines.
Winston County High, James Horsley, Aimee Beck and Jared Prestridge.
Jeremy Keith Abbot, 20, has been missing from Haleyville since Monday, June 19. He was last seen at a home on Bennifield Dairy Farm Road. Jeremy is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 100 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes, and a 1997 tattoo on his chest and various tattoos on his arms. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Haleyville Police Department at 205-486-5201.
Robert Kempt, 63, Fayette, who was reported missing on Bear Creek Lake Monday, July 10, around 3:30 p.m. is still being searched for. The search began after an empty boat was reported circling in the water near the bridge next to the Twin Forks boat ramp. Reportedly, a truck and boat trailer were on the ramp apparently ready to take the boat out of the water.
Bear Creek Fire requested help in the search from Haleyville Rescue on. Search crews were on the scene until almost midnight Monday. More search teams from Winfield, Hamilton, Franklin and Colbert Counties came to assist on Tuesday. State divers and boats with sonar have been searching but as of Thursday afternoon, he had not been found.