A fire at 2 a.m. Saturday morning, September 22 destroyed the home and contents of John and Paula Hill. The house was located on Winston County Road 3434 (Kinlock Road), just across from the entrance to the Bankhead Forest north of Rabbit Town.
Several family members were staying in the house at the time of the fire. All escaped injury by ducking under the flames as they fled the burning house. Saturday afternoon, members of the family, friends, and neighbors were busy removing the debris and trying to find anything such as photos which could be saved.
The Pebble Fire Department, aided by the Haleyville Fire Department, arrived quickly and were on the scene until daylight. The house was a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown.
The Haleyville City Council met Monday and approved the general operation bills and purchase orders for the month of August in the amount of $506,079.41.
The council approved a resolution proclaiming the week of September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week which recognizes the 251st anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.
Approval was made for the purchase of Acer laptops and mobile printers for police cars in the amount of $12,060 from Jen-Eric Computers.
Striping the ballparking lot and the North Industrial Park Entrance Road were also approved.
Mayor Sunseri hired A.J. Brown as a part-time Class II dispatcher with a starting pay of $11.53 per hour.
The next meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be on Monday, October 1.
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Ashley Brooke Goven Fields appeared before Winston County Circuit Judge Lee Carter today for sentencing, following her August 10th conviction for the felony murder of her six-month-old daughter.
Ms. Fields was sentenced to a prison term of 25 years. The possible range of punishment was 10 years to 99 years or life. She has 30 days in which to file a motion for a new trial and 42 days in which to file a notice of appeal. Any appeal would be to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.
Before sentencing, Ms. Field failed to accept any wrongdoing in the death of her child.
The following is the statement of Deputy District Attorney Neal Cook after the sentencing hearing:
“Although I asked the Court to impose a sentence of 80 years and 8 months (the remainder of Adalyn’s life expectancy), the twenty-five-year sentence given by Judge Carter does remove 25 years from the freedom of the defendant.
“No sentence to be served by the defendant can bring back the life of Adalyn Fields. However, it is my hope that today’s sentence will bear a message to all that your actions must bear consequences. It is my further hope that all parents and caregivers will stop and reflect before they respond to the crying of their child. I highly recommend that young parents check out the resources provided by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome on its website, dontshake.org.
“I again thank all of those who were involved in the investigation and prosecution of this case. Your efforts will never be forgotten, nor will the memory of Adalyn Marie Fields.”
ALEA – Hamilton Post – A single-vehicle crash at 12:10 am Monday, September 10, 2018, has claimed the life of a Winfield man. Kenneth Lowery, 55, was killed when the 2008 Chevrolet pickup he was driving exited the roadway on the left side and struck a tree. Lowery, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred on I-22, 1 mile west of Hamilton, Al. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.
The body of Randall Walker was reportedly found this past week in a parking lot in Meridian Mississippi. Walker was being sought in connection to the death of a Haleyville woman, Vicky Howton. (see story on hbtv.us). The forensics lab in Huntsville had stated Vicky’s death was not by natural causes. The actual cause of death of Howton nor Walker has been released. This story will be updated if and when that information is officially released.
On Friday, August 7, the Haleyville Area Chamber of commerce met at Alabama Power with three special guests. President Mike Evans introduced Garland Gudger, Poncey Robertson, and Tracy Estes. The three will be freshmen members of the state legislature next year. They promised to work with each other and represent the Haleyville area to the best of their abilities. The common theme was to get to know the people of this area and their needs.
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At 12:12, Friday, September 7, ALEA Communications Quad Cities Post was notified of a single vehicle crash on Valley Drive in Winston County, near Arley. The crash involved a UAB passenger bus with twenty-seven occupants. The bus traveled down a steep hill, through an intersection, struck a large rock, then a tree. There were eleven injured passengers transported from the scene. Seven passengers were transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, two with serious injuries, and four were transported to Cullman Regional Medical Center in Cullman. Nothing further as State Troopers continue to investigate.
Lakeland Community Hospital and Java Medical Group are proud to name Ashley Pool as the new Chief Operating Officer at Lakeland Hospital in Haleyville.
Ashley is a long-time health care advocate who considers patients, employees, and the community her life’s mission. Ashley grew up in a small town west of Athens, Alabama called the Coxey Community where she is a 1994 graduate of Clements High School. She is also a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville having obtained her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in nursing. She has been a nurse practitioner for 16 years, a nurse for 21. In 2014, Ashley obtained a Masters in the Management of Health Care degree from Vanderbilt University. Through the years she has been a cardiac intensive care nurse, home health nurse, and worked with an internal medicine physician. She opened her own business across the street from her high school and provided health care to her community for 8 years before selling her clinic to Athens-Limestone Hospital. She presently co-owns and administrator of Pool Healthcare and Aesthetics in Athens. She has also been an adjunct professor at Athens State University believing an education is a powerful tool in ensuring one’s success.
Ashley is married to Tracy Pool, an ER physician at Athens-Limestone Hospital. She has 4 children and 2 stepchildren who she prefers to refer to as her bonus children.
ashley is excited about joining the team at Lakeland Community Hospital and wishes to continue her personal mission to be an employee advocate, foster community involvement and provide excellent customer service to Haleyville and surrounding area. She considers it her purpose to promote excellence in healthcare for all residents while preserving the small-town character where everyone is neighbors, friends, and family.