• Freedom Fiber Has Arrived

    Donnie Statton, Nick Tucker, Grady Neely, Mayor Ken Sunseri, Vic Haggy, and Brandon Curry

    The first official customer for the new Freedom Fiber internet system in Haleyville is the Haleyville City Hall which was installed Friday morning, July 26 by a crew from Freedom Fiber and FiberRise, a contracting company assisting in the installation. Freedom Fiber is unique in that it is running fiber for serious high-speed connections to homes and businesses in Haleyville. If you have signed up with Freedom Fiber, you should see technicians at your home or business soon to make the final connection. Service starting with 100mbs is available for $49/mo. Up to 1 gigabit is also available.

  • Hunting Over Bait is Now Legal!

    Ernie Stephens, Senior Officer for the Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division Enforcement Section – District 1, spoke to the Haleyville Rotary Club Thursday, July 25 and explained the new laws recently passed by the State Legislature. The biggest change, it is now legal to hunt white-tailed deer and feral swine over bait. The law was changed from hunting with bait from a distance. The new law makes it legal to hunt in close proximity to the animals. A $15 additional license is required with no exceptions, even if you have a “free” license. More information can be found on this website: www.outdooralabama.com.

  • One Fatality in Two Vehicle Crash

    A Southbound pickup driven by a 16-year-old male from Bear Creek collided head-on with a Northbound concrete truck from Haleyville Thursday morning at 5:30 a.m. on Alabama Highway 13 North near County Highway 85 in front of the H&H RV sales lot.  The driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner. The driver of the concrete truck was slightly injured. The front wheels and drive axle was knocked out from under the concrete truck which landed on its side in a ditch on the north side of the highway. The concrete was flushed from the truck in order to right it and remove it. The crash occurred in Marion County and is being investigated by the Haleyville Police Department. This story will be updated later as more information is released.

  • Haleyville City School Board

    The Haleyville City Schools Board of Education met Tuesday night with all members present. The Board approved the expenditures for June in the amount of $1,401,786.36. The vote to extend the contract for Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland, effective 2019 through June 30, 2023, was was a close 3-2 vote, but did pass to extend.

    Other items approved included amendments to the school policies and procedures for youth suicide awareness and prevention, Instructional policy, athletics supplement list, National Security Insurance company to provide accident insurance, a coaches hand student/parent handbook, the Middle School Volleyball Schedule, a contract for purchasing paper, the A la Carte prices for the CNP program and a new Special Needs schools bus in the amount of $97,458.

    The Board approved one request for use of facilities, one field trip one fundraiser and substitute teacher and substitute lunchroom worker lists.

    Under personnel, the Board approved two resignations, one retirement, one catastrophic leave, and one voluntary transfer. Two new hires and several coaching assignments were also approved.

  • Winston County Sports Hall of Fame

    The Winston County Sports Hall of Fame 22nd Annual Induction Dinner was held Saturday night, July 20 at the HES cafetorium. Pictured above are Tony Giles, MC and guest speaker Tyler Watts. Board members from each of the five schools in Winston County presented plaques and T-shirts to the athletes chosen from their respective schools. The first presentation was made to two students from Addison High School who received the Academic/Athlete Award for 2019, Gage Gilland and Destiny Walker with Board member Aubry Haynes. Continue reading

  • Search Suspended

    The search on Smith Lake has been suspended indefinitely.  There are some search operations planned for the future, but we will no longer have personnel searching every day.  ALEA Marine Patrol troopers will search the area regularly while on boat patrol.  ALEA Aviation will still conduct aerial searches periodically.  Winston County EMA has specialty sonars out of Dothan and Florida scheduled for next week as well.

    Thanks to all of you for your patience with us as we attempted to bring closure to the Starling family.  Obviously, this did not have the outcome that we had hoped for.  Many organizations and agencies have worked hard over the last 15 days.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Starling family.

    Sgt. Chad Pate, ALEA-Marine Patrol Division, Northern District Assistant Commander

  • Search Continues on Smith Lake

    The search continued for the missing boater on Smith Lake today.


    These are photos of a sonar image of an area of the search.  You can see the standing timbers.  This is in the range of 150 to 225 feet.  These photos came from Daphne SAR.  They captured these images over the weekend while they were assisting with the search.

    Sgt. Chad Pate, ALEA-Marine Patrol Division, Northern District Assistant Commander

  • Fred’s in Haleyville Closing

    Fred’s is closing 159 locations by next May. Most will close before then. The Haleyville store next to the Haleyville City Hall on 21st Street is one of those locations. The closures include underperforming and unprofitable locations, which Fred’s said will include a “thorough evaluation of the company’s current operating plan as well as other potential alternatives to maximize value.”

    With everything in the store marked down to reduce the inventory, Fred’s in Haleyville is due to be closed in the first part of August.

    Fred’s also sold off most of its pharmacy assets to Walgreens, including its pharmacy patient prescription files and remaining pharmacy inventory. The company operated 179 pharmacy stores. The transaction closed at the end of the company’s fourth fiscal quarter. The downtown Haleyville Fred’s pharmacy is reported to still be Fred’s pharmacy and will remain open.

    Fred’s was started in 1947 and serves the southeastern portion of the U.S.

  • Haleyville City Council

    The Haleyville City Council met Monday with Drew Thrasher absent. The Council approved the general operation bills and purchase orders for June in the amount of $325,799.58. Various equipment purchases were authorized for the street department in the amount of $55,199.00. The equipment, as well as a rotary tiller for the Park and Rec Department for $1,000 all, came from the Haleyville Water Department.

    Original 1940 sign from Att’s Repair Shop, which was located Highway 195 across from what is now Littleville Road. Photo from Atticus’s grandson, Bobby Taylor.

    The Council approved the purchase of signs to mark the southernmost part of Littleville Road between Highway 195 and 30th Street as the Atticus Taylor Road. Mr. Taylor, the father of Mitchell Taylor, donated the land for the road to the city many years ago. Mr. Taylor ran the Att Taylor garage on Highway 195 for many years, specializing in generators and automotive electrical work.

    The next meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be on Monday, August 5. 5:30 pm at the Haleyville City Hall.