• Bassett to Purchase Assets of Crimson Casual, Inc.

    “We are excited to add a U.S.-based metal fabricating and finishing facility to our growing portfolio of capabilities in the outdoor furniture space,” said Rob Spilman, Bassett’s Chairman, and CEO. “Crimson Casual produces high-quality products that will provide us with new opportunities to expand our outdoor presence and we welcome their associates to the Bassett team. Adding domestically manufactured aluminum products with custom finishing options will be a wonderful complement to our existing woven wicker, teak, and fully upholstered assortments. Looking ahead, we plan to further penetrate the outdoor market on three fronts. Lane Venture, acquired in late 2017, has grown at a double-digit rate in 2019 as the Bassett speed to market model has reinvigorated the venerable 47-year-old Lane Venture brand. We have added over 200 new dealers this year as our standard for service has been embraced by new and established dealers alike. A second initiative that is still in the planning stages will be our entry into the outdoor contract furniture channel under the name Bassett Outdoor Contract. We are gearing up to call on hospitality organizations and country clubs as we pursue this significant portion of the overall outdoor furniture industry. And, in February, our third approach will commence with the launch of the new Bassett Outdoor line that will be sold exclusively in the 100 Bassett Home Furnishings stores across the country. In development for over one year, this launch will make our stores a complete home resource and will leverage our investment in our existing North Carolina manufacturing facility with more volume and greater efficiencies.”

    Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSET), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-quality home furnishings. With 103 company- and licensee-owned stores, Bassett has leveraged its strong brand name in furniture into a network of corporate and licensed stores that focus on providing consumers with a friendly environment for buying furniture and accessories. Bassett’s retail strategy includes custom-built furniture that is ready for delivery in the home within 30 days. The stores also feature the latest on-trend furniture styles, free in-home design visits, and coordinated decorating accessories. Bassett also has a traditional branded and non-branded wholesale business with more than 700 accounts in the open market, across the United States and internationally. In addition, Bassett manufactures and markets outdoor furniture under the Lane Venture brand to over 300 accounts in the open market. For more information, visit the Company’s website at bassettfurniture.com. (BSET-E)

  • Haleyville City Council

    The Haleyville City Council met Monday with Councilman Jonathan Bennet absent.

    The council approved the “First Responders Benefits Program”  this will provide cancer and disability insurance to all of the City Haleyville Volunteer and Full Time Fireman for a total of $3,964.80 per year. This program will meet the guidelines and requirements of the house bill that was signed by the Governor in 2019. This bill became law, ACT 2019-361, and will be effective on January 1, 2020.

    The Council voted to absorb the 4.9% increase to employee health insurance set forth by the Local Government Health Insurance Board for 2020.

    Four main intersections, including 195 at 20th Avenue (Chevron Station), 13/195, and a couple of others will have Freedom Fiber monitoring at a cost of $75/mo each. This will notify the police dispatcher of the operational status of the lights.

    The Council also approved the promotion of Eddie Collins, Haleyville Police Officer to Sergeant with the pay increase which goes with the position.

    The next scheduled Haleyville City Council is Monday, Oct 21, 5:30 p.m. at the Haleyville City Hall.

  • Missing Boater Body Found

    The body of Kelsey Starling, the missing passenger from a two-vessel crash July 4 at Smith Lake, was recovered  Saturday, Oct.5.

    Search efforts had resumed on Thursday, Oct. 3. Divers from Houston County Rescue Squad located what they believed to be Ms. Starling today in approximately 140 feet of water.  She was located in the approximate location that the accident occurred in Rock Creek.

    Houston County Rescue Squad, Crane Hill Fire Department,  Logan Fire Department, Trimble Fire Dept., Smith Lake Task Force, Winston County Sheriff’s Office, Winston County Coroner’s Office, Winston County EMA, Cullman County Coroner’s Office, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Marine Patrol Division were involved in recovery efforts.

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

  • And One Make Six

    The Haleyville Fire Department responded quickly to an unoccupied house fire at 1632 9th Avenue Tuesday evening just after 6 p.m. The fire in the center of the house went from heavy smoke to flames through the roof. The quick professional action of the Haleyville Firemen saved the house from complete destruction. The house did suffer extensive fire, smoke and water damage. Neighbors stated the house had been unoccupied for some time. This is the sixth unoccupied house fire in Haleyville in less than a month. The cause of the fire is unknown.

  • Haleyville City Council

    The Haleyville City Council met Monday, September 16 with all members present. Mayor Sunseri presented a Proclamation celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Recovery Month to Angela Hill, of the Marwin Counseling Services. Look for an announcement on the hbtv.us Bulletin Board about wearing blue on September 25 in support of those in recovery from addiction. The Council approved the operation bills and Purchase Orders for August in the amount of $434,505.84. The Council also approved an ordinance calling the City’s outstanding general obligation school warrants, series 2014 for redemption and authorizing a funding agreement with the City Board of Education of the city of Haleyville for the issuance of a new warrant. The new Special Tax School Warrant, Series 2019 will be for approximately $8,510,000.00, of which the City will be obligated to $150,000.00 annually.

    Mayor Sunseri announce he has hired Wes Donaldson, a former Winston County Deputy Sheriff as a new Haleyville Police Officer.

    The next scheduled meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be on Monday, October, 7, 5:30 p.m. at the Haleyville City Hall.

  • Haleyville Rotary Club Donates to Schools

    As a result of the recent Haleyville Rotary Club Barbeque dinner at the Haleyville Middle School, a total of $4,000 was presented to the three school principals on Thursday, September 12. This money is outside the regular school budget and will be used for special events and prizes to help motivate students, especially attendance. Tickets for the dinner were sold by the students and the top salesperson was Shelby Shipman, who was honored at the meeting. Shelby has been a consistent top ticket salesperson for several years. Her parents Lisa and Scott Shipmen were present for the special lunch and cake she received. Scott is also a member of the Rotary.

    The top sales by a school were by the Haleyville Elementary School, whose principal Christy Bice, used a unique motivation for her students. The top salesperson became acting principal for a day. Others in the photo above include Bo Wilcoxen, Principal HMS, Davey Reed, Principal, HHS, and Dr. Holly Sutherland, Supertendant HCS.

  • Two More Make Five Fires in Three Weeks

    A fire of unknown origin destroyed a building on 6th Avenue in South Haleyville Monday afternoon September 9, just before 4 p.m. The building was once the John Baker store and later a residence. Like the three previous houses which have burned in the last three weeks, the building had been unoccupied for some time. The Haleyville Fire Department responded quickly and was aided by the Bear Creek, Delmar and Craft Fire Departments. Aside from the heat of the fire, the temperature was 95 with a heat index even higher. The building was a total loss. Firemen used some of their water on another house close by.

    Later in the evening on Monday, around 9 p.m., the Delmar Fire Department responded to an unoccupied house fire on County Road 28, just south of Haleyville.

    As of this time, the cause of these fires, (others below) while suspicious, is still unknown.

  • Elected Officials and Candidates Reception

    The ALFA Winston County Farmers Federation women’s committee is sponsoring a reception for elected officials and candidates on September 16, at the Traders and Farmer’s Bank Bldg downtown Double Springs. It will start at 6 p.m.  We have 4 of the candidates for U.S Senate confirmed to be there along with Twinkle Cavanaugh for PSC chair, some state judicial offices, and locals.

  • Fire Destroys Another Empty Building

    The second photo is approximately 40 minutes later than with most of the structure on the ground.

    The third fire in three weeks of abandoned Haleyville houses has raised suspicions as to the origins of these fires. Sunday afternoon, September 8, the Haleyville Fire Department was dispatched at 3:08 p.m. to a structure fire on Highway 13 South, just across from H&R Block. HFD quickly called for help, mostly in manpower to fight the fire. Area Fire Departments including Bear Creek, Delmar, Craft, Pebble, Lynn, Hackleburg, Winfield, Brilliant and Ashridge responded. The building was originally the Boshell Chiropractic Clinic, then the Reece apartments. For quite some time the building has been vacant and empty.  The structure was a total loss. The fire is under investigation by the Haleyville Fire Department.