• Eli Gold Speaker at WCSHF

    The annual Winston County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held this Saturday night, July 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium. The guest speaker will be the play-by-play radio voice of the University of Alabama football, Eli Gold.

    Gold is the longest tenured announcer in the Southeastern Conference which began with Alabama in 1988. Eli Gold is also part of Sports USA Radio’s broadcast team which provides coverage of the NFL He has also been a member of NASCAR’s Motor Racing Network for 41 years and co-anchor, turn announcer and pit reporter for 33 years. In his years behind the microphone, he has also done television play-by-play for two National Hockey League teams and for the Detroit Tigers baseball team plus free lance for ATP Tennis Tournaments.

    Gold has served as play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN and TNN Motorsports in their coverage of NASCAR racing. He has also handled play-by-play for CBS Sports regional coverage of NCAA basketball. He has also worked for NBC as a play-by-play announcer for their coverage of the Arena Football League and NASCAR racing.

    A five time Alabama Sportscaster of the Year voted by his peers in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, Eli Gold was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and the University of Alabama Hall of Fame in 2016.

    Tickets for the steak dinner and induction ceremony for the Winston County Sports Hall of Fame are $20 per person and can be purchased at Traders and Farmers Bank downtown or at the door.

  • Single Vehicle Crash

    Just after noon on Thursday, July 6, a car driven by Debra Toole left Highway 195, ran into a ditch knocking down a road sign and struck a storage shed in the parking lot of the Winston Co-Op. Reportedly, one of the two small children in the back seat had a cut finger, but otherwise, there were no serious injuries. The cause of the crash is unknown and was investigated by the Haleyville Police Department.

  • A Shocking Experience

    Sixteen-year-old Faith Mobley had a shocking experience on Wednesday, July 5th while working at McDonald’s in Haleyville. Faith was working in the kitchen area washing a gravy bowl with her hands in the water when she saw a flash of lightning as it struck nearby and apparently entered the building, She immediately felt the effect of the electrical charge as it went through her body from her drive-thru headset and exited through her foot. She stated everything tightened up, her muscles spasmed and her body went numb. One of her co-workers caught her as she was falling backward.

    She was transported to UAB burn center in Birmingham where she was checked and found to be fine. Reportedly, she did have a blister on her foot and a hole in her shoe which she stated was not there earlier. However, there were two strange side-effects from the incident. She wore glasses before and afterwards, she stated she cold see fine without them. Also, her eyes were dark green but changed to a light green.

    Faith had skipped several grades and had graduated from high school in May and is a Bevill State Community College student. She was released from UAB Thursday and returned home.

    See the WBRC-TV story here

  • Training for Paents

    Parents are invited to attend free training multiple times throughout the 2017-18 school year.  Meetings will be held at Haleyville Elementary School on the following dates and subjects:

    •  July 18, 2017, @ 4:00 pm @ HES Library: Understanding the Special Education Process-Susan Riggs:  How Does the Special Education process work? Referrals, Eligibilities, and Individual Education Plans can be confusing and overwhelming and we will go over the process.  Why has my child not been tested or does not qualify for specialized services although a doctor has written a prescription for them saying they need an IEP? What do the 12 pages of Special Education Rights really mean? What are my child’s needs and rights? What are my rights as a parent?
    •  August 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm in HES (A. Jones’ room): Crises Prevention Training for Parents – Angela Jones: This training is designed to help equip you on how to respond to aggressive actions from your child and intervene with positive strategies when you must handle difficult situations with your child.
    • August 7, 2017, @ 5:00 pm in HES Conference Room: The Annual Title 1 At Risk Advisory Committee Meeting will be held for all parents wishing to attend and give input into the At Risk needs and budgeting for the 2017-18 school year.
    • October 24, 2017, @ 5 pm in HES Library: Things to Know when First Responders are Needed-Nicole Cook: This training is designed to help parents understand what to do and explain when a student with disabilities is involved with EMTs, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Juvenile Probation, Court and other First Responders.
    • January 15, 2018, @ 4 pm in HES Library: Promoting Positive Behaviors-Shirley Kelley: This training is to help parents understand how to effectively implement behavior strategies, how to understand the root causes of the behaviors and how to change negative behaviors to positive.
    • April 12, 2018, @ 5:00 pm in HES Library: What is the Difference between Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and SLD? This training is to help parents understand the differences in Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia and Specific Learning Disabilities. It is also designed to give parents information about how a student can be Dyslexic and not receive specialized services.


  • Happy 4th of July!

    Here’s hoping all will have a great July 4th !!

    Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? 

    Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. 

    Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

    Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

    Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. 

    They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

    What kind of men were they? 

    Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

    Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well-educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. 

    Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter, and trader saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts and died in rags.

    Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.  He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

    Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. 

    At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

    Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

    John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. 

    So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots.  It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.

    Remember: freedom is never free!  We thank these early patriots, as well as those patriots now fighting to KEEP our freedom!

  • Drowning on Smith Lake

    A swimming incident at 2:45 p.m. in the Rock Creek area of Lewis Smith Lake Monday, July 3 has claimed the life of a Crane Hill man. Kenneth Claude Sampsell, 62, drowned while swimming with family off a boat dock at a residence in Winston County. Sampsell was pulled from the water immediately afterward and pronounced dead. Nothing further is available as Troopers from ALEA’s Marine Patrol Division continue to investigate.

  • HelpLocateChildren withDisabilities

    What is Child Find? Child Find is a statewide effort by the Alabama State Department of Education and the Department of Rehabilitation Services to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to age 21

    How does Child Find work? Early Intervention and Special Education Services work closely with community service agencies, parents, and local school systems to locate children with disabilities. A toll -free number is provided for parents or other persons interested in information about referring a child from birth to age 21.  Why is Child Find Important? It helps the child, the family, and the provider to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students meeting eligibility requirements in the following disability areas: hearing impairment, deaf-blindness, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, speech language impairment, visual impairment, specific learning disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, developmental delay, and emotional disability.For more information about Child Find, contact your local school system, local coordinating council, or call Susan Riggs at 205-486-5181 for ages 3-21 or for Birth through 2 years old, call 1-800-543-3098.


    Haleyville City Schools will be destroying special education records for students that have been exited from our system for at least 5 years. Anyone wishing to claim these files must do so by calling Susan Riggs at 205-486-9231, extension 5,  between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm, Monday – Thursday.  Tentative date of destruction set for July 31, 2017.

  • Council & Garbage Pickup Rescheduled

    The Haleyville City Council meeting which would normally be this afternoon, the first Monday of the month, has been rescheduled for next week, Monday, July 10 because of the July 4th Holiday.

    Haleyville Street and Sanitation will be closed for the 4th of July and pick Tuesday 4th route up on Wednesday 5th.

  • Guest Editorial – Jim Farris

    Congratulations to the 2017 4A Baseball Public School Champs – the Haleyville Lions!

    In 2017, Haleyville was the best baseball team in 4A when following the true intent of fairness and equal play.  Haleyville followed the standard of common sense rules.  You play with the kids in your normal school area, who were either born there, as most were, or moved into the school zone without being recruited or given a scholarship.  Schools like Madison Academy, UMS Wright or LAMP do not play by these rules.  All of Haleyville’s kids played in Haleyville Dixie Youth, JV baseball, B-team baseball, and high school baseball together.  Most kids’ parents and grandparents attended Haleyville.  My 2 sons have family members who attended Haleyville dating back to the 1910’s.  There are several players like this on this year’s team – players whose family are multi-generation Haleyville families who have attended Haleyville schools.  Haleyville’s team is not some thrown together North Alabama all-star team.

    Haleyville’s school zone population, by best research, is around 4,800.  Madison Academy’s school zone, per Madison Academy and several news stories, encompasses the same school zone as all major metropolitan Huntsville High Schools combined.  The population of that is roughly 223,000 compared to 4,800 of Haleyville.  What Haleyville can’t do is go to a kid and say, “Come to our school.  Here is an academic scholarship – not an athletic one.”  All private schools can do this and say this to abide by AHSAA rules.  The AHSAA does not allow athletic scholarships.

    Here is more proof of questionable talent at Madison Academy –

    While in 3A, Madison Academy had Josh Langford, who enrolled at Jr. High.  He then became the Gatorade Player of the Year in basketball in the 2014-2015 season.  Most recruiting sites had him as the best player in the state.  At the same time, the Madison Academy 2014 football team had player Kerryon Johnson, who was named Mr. Football by the ASWA and the Gatorade Player of the Year.  What are the odds of a 3A school having the best player in the state in 1 sport – much less 2 in the same year?  I’m not saying that illegal recruiting was going on, but a 3A school having both players named the best in each sport for the whole state is questionable at the very least.  You take the large 7A schools with student populations of grades 9-12 at nearly 3,000 and in the past more than 3,000 – they have never accomplished this feat.  But a 3A private school just happens to do it. Continue reading