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Friends of NRA Dinner Tonight

It’s that time of year again!! Our 5th annual Friends of NRA Patriot’s Dinner & Auction will be Thursday, October 19, 2017. This year we will be celebrating the life and service of local hero SrA Mark A. Forester. We are blessed and excited to have Mark’s brother, Thad Forester, as our speaker. Come join us to hear Thad tell us about Mark, Patriotism and the true Price of Freedom! Our dinner will be at the Double Springs Municipal Building 22415 Hwy 195 in Double Springs. Doors open and games begin at 5:30, Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ Dinner will be served at 6:30 with the auction to follow. Tickets are available for $30 each or $50 per couple at Alabama Title & Pawn in Haleyville, 205-486-1864 or Call Eric at 256-810-3363. Tickets are also available online at

Haleyville City Council

The Haleyville City Council met Monday with the longest agenda on record for this council. Mayor Sunseri and the council presented a plaque to retired Haleyville Fire Chief Phillip Weaver. Phillip has been a fireman for over 30 years.

Approval was made by the council to annex property into the city as requested by the owners Jerry Whitman, Sr., Jerry Whitman, Jr, and Kim Ann Balkenbush. A resolution changed a contractor for miscellaneous paving projects around town, from the original low bidder, Shoals Paving and Sealing to the next to lowest bidder Mallory Burkhalter Paving because Shoals Paving was not current with the city of Haleyville in paying the required occupational taxes. The cost increased by approximately $1200.

The Council approved a resolution to apply for funding assistance from the Alabama Department of Transportation in the amount of $150,000 for improvements at the Haleyville airport. This project will be for the obstruction removal of trees on the north and south end of the runway.

A $184,725.00 project was approved to construct a safe room at the new Sports Complex with a contract to be awarded to Triple J Construction.

A remote lighting system was approved for the Sports Complex. The equipment and installation will cost $3,000 from Industrial Service plus $347/year for cellular service. This system will allow the lights at the ball fields to be turned on or off remotely with a phone by authorized personnel.

Lighting was approved for the playground area at the Sports Complex from Industrial Service for $2,000.

A yearly music performance fee of $341.00 will be paid to the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) by the city for the 9-1-1 weekend and other public music usages by the city.

The Council approved $2,675.00 for the purchase of an analog card for the voice recorder used by the police department.

Accepting the resignation of Jonathan Bennett from the Water Board the Council appointed Royce Benefield to that position per a prior agreement to rotate council members on the Board.

In personnel, the Council selected Christy Harbin as Acting City Clerk, effective January 1, 2018, who will replace retiring Debra Hood. The Council voted to promote Emily Farris to HR/Accounting Clerk/Assistant City Clerk effective January 1, 2018. Mayor Sunseri announced the hiring of two part-time Class II Dispatchers: Teresa Wright and Daniel Robins.

The next scheduled meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be Monday, November 6.

Fugitive Now in Custody

Roman Chase Banks of Jasper, Alabama is considered armed and dangerous. He is wanted for multiple felonies including stealing a car from the Walmart parking lot in Winfield.

Empty Bowls Dinner

The bowls were not empty for at least 425 people at the Empty Bowls Dinner Thursday night at the Double Springs Municipal Building. Everyone enjoyed a host of savory crock pot soups and even two kinds of chili. The annual dinner is a joint project of the Winston County Arts Council and Main Street Ministries. Both will split the proceeds which totaled $5,615.  Both organizations thank everyone who came and enjoyed the fantastic food and just as important, a chance to socialize without a smartphone. It was a great evening!

Winston County Commissioner David Cummings and the Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill


 JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Must be a high school graduate or have an equivalent. Must pass the required Basic Ability Test (BAT), if applicable. Must have a valid driver’s license. Must be mentally and physically able to work in all kinds of weather and under hazardous conditions over sustained periods. APOST certification preferred, or be able to meet all the minimum standards as set out in Alabama Title 36-21-46 within a 6-month period.

Full-time position includes BCBS Health Insurance, State Retirement, 13 Paid Holidays, Vacation, & Sick Time.

Applications may be picked up at the Haleyville City Hall or the Haleyville Police Department located at 911 21st Street. Call Police Chief Kyle Reogas at 205-486-2427 for more information. E.O.E. – A.D.A.

Crash Claims Life of Arley Man

A single-vehicle crash at 6:35 a.m. today, Oct. 12, has claimed the life of an Arley man.  Matt Cook Russell, 39, was killed when the 2005 Toyota Scion he was driving left the roadway and overturned. Russell, who was not using a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred on County Road 41, 5 miles north of Addison.  Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.


Double Springs Gun Show

New Forest Service District Ranger

(Double Springs, AL) October 6, 2017 – The USDA Forest Service recently announced Andy Scott as the new district ranger responsible for the administration of approximately 181,000 acres of the Bankhead National Forest in northwest Alabama.

According to Carl Petrick, forest supervisor for the Conecuh, Talladega, Bankhead, and Tuskegee National Forests, Scott brings a wealth of leadership and scientific skills to the National Forests in Alabama.  For 15 years, Scott worked with the Forest Service providing extensive collaboration with community stakeholders, partners, and Forest Service employees.  He served as a research soil scientist for the Forest Service Southern Research Station in Pineville, LA, and Huntsville, AL.

 “I’m very excited to join the great group of employees, partners, and volunteers that work hard every day to manage the beautiful Bankhead Ranger District,” said Andy Scott. “Together we will provide a productive, safe and enjoyable work environment to accomplish the best outcomes for the land to benefit its natural resources and the public.”

Scott earned a Ph.D. in forestry and forest products from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science in forest management from Purdue University and a Master of Science in forestry from Texas A&M University.

A native of Shoals, IN, Scott is a member of the Society of American Foresters, Soil Science Society of America and the Alabama Forestry Council.   He is married to Debbie Scott and has three children.

Empty Bowls Dinner Thursday

The Empty Bowls Bicentennial Dinner will be this Thursday night, October 12 at the 5 p.m. at the Double Springs Municipal Building. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. The proceeds go to the Winston County Arts Council and Main Street Ministries Food Bank. For your $15, enjoy a wide variety of delicious homemade soups plus your choice of a unique one-of-kind pottery bowl made by the pottery art class at Meek High School. Tickets available at the door.

HHS vs Madison Academy

TThe Haleyville Lions Varsity Football team was defeated by Madison Academy Friday night 52-0. The Lions played a great game but was just no match for the private school which does appear to have advantages when it comes to players and facilities. Their field boasts a Jumbotron once used by Vanderbilt and wireless microphones for the referees to announce their calls. The loss was not a regional game and it may be possible for Haleyville to see another game against Madison Academy in postseason play. The Paradise 92.7 Lion of the Week is Nick Sadler.

Haleyville will play a regional game this Friday night against Good Hope, at Good Hope.

Listen to the exciting play-by-play each Friday night on Paradise 92.7 with Butch Foster and Craig Wakefield.

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