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.
Haleyville High School Locker rental and parking permits for the 2017-2018 school year will be Friday, August 4 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. The cost of locker rental will be $10.00.
Students will need driver’s license and proof of insurance to purchase a parking permit. Cost of parking permits will also be $10.00
New student registration will also be Friday, August 4, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.
For enrollment, all new students must go by the Haleyville City Board of Education office to complete paperwork for verification purposes and provide the following information:
- Parent/guardian must complete an enrollment form
- Official school records from the school last attended need to arrive at Haleyville High School before the student is enrolled.
- Proof of residency (utility bill, lease agreement, etc. in an appropriate name and with current address).
- Copy of birth certificate
- Students living with someone other than a natural parent must provide documented proof of custody and guardianship before enrolling.
- A copy of Social Security Card.
- Proof of Alabama immunization (blue slip) must be submitted.
- A copy of parents/guardians driver’s license or appropriate identification.
Open House for Haleyville High School will be Monday, August 7, 2017, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Parents and students are encouraged to attend. There will be a short meeting in the gym for all parents/students grades 9th-12th. Students and parents will then be able to pick up class schedules, student information sheets, and Child Nutrition program applications for 2017-2018 and then meet with their teachers.
Students first day of school will be Thursday, August 10. A school supply list will soon be available on the high school Facebook page or at Walmart.
Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center
Haleyville and surrounding areas
Positions are available for responsible, caring, self-motivated individuals as entry-level staff providing supervision, care, and assistance to individuals residing in community residential settings.
Eligible applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and must have a valid driver license with an insurable driving record.
- Full Time and Part Time Positions Available
- Flexible work schedules
- State Retirement
- Premium pay for working Christmas Holiday
- Optional Life Insurance Available
- Minimum starting pay $8.00/hr. and up to .50/hr. increase after 6 months
- Opportunities for advancement available
Full-Time Positions also provide the following benefits:
- Paid Holidays
- Paid Vacations
- Paid Sick Leave
- Bereavement Leave
- Affordable Single Coverage Medical Insurance
- Optional Family Medical Insurance Available
- Optional Dental Insurance Available
- Optional Aflac Insurance Policies Available
- Long Term Disability
Apply in person at 2551 6th Avenue, Haleyville, AL in Oak Tree Plaza M-F 8-5pm or on-line at NWAMHC.com.
The Haleyville City Council met Monday will all members present. Mayor Sunseri tabled an animal control ordinance in order to get more information and legal advice on exactly what the police can do when answering a complaint about dogs inside the city.
The Council approved a request by Albert and Wanda Sue Dodd and Eddie and Lisa Godsey to annex three tracts of their residential property located in Marion County into the Haleyville city limits.
The Council approved a resolution to provide funding all funds necessary to the Employees’ Retirement System to cover the cost of the one-time lump sum payment for eligible retirees and beneficiaries of deceased retirees of the City of Haleyville to be paid in October of this year.
The City Court dates for August and September were changed from the third Thursday to the fourth Thursday of each month. The new court dates are August 31 and September 28.
Mayor Sunseri gave an update on various projects and finances for the city. He stated overall tax income was up in both sales and occupational taxes but alcohol tax was down.
Mayor Sunseri read a letter from the Smithsonian requesting the loan of the red telephone which in on display in the front lobby of the Haleyville City Hall. This phone was used for the first 9-1-1 phone system in the U.S. which happened in Haleyville in February 1968. The phone would be returned to Haleyville for the 50th-anniversary celebration in June of next year. The Smithsonian requested the phone then be returned to Washington for a permeant display at the Smithsonian. The Council approved the loan but did not make a decision on the permanent transfer to the Smithsonian.
The next meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be next Monday, July 17.
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