The Haleyville City Board of Education met Tuesday and approved the Board expenditures for August in the amount of $1,471,997.82. The Board also approved the Haleyville Middle Schools’s Parent’s Guide to Safety Brochure, the FY 2019 Strategic Plan, the Center of Technology Student Hand Book and the appointment of Donna Jones as a delegate and Kris Burleson as an alternate delegate for the Alabama Association of School Boards Delegate Assembly.
One field trip and two fundraisers were approved. The three principals each recognized an individual from their respective schools as recipients of the Howie Lyons Serve With Pride Award. HES, Boston Brewer; HMS, Aynelise Vickery; HHS Tristan Carter.
MONTGOMERY – On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill will join hundreds of different partners around the nation to observe National Voter Registration Day, a special event set to emphasize voter registration. In Alabama, Merrill is also specifically encouraging a “voter refresh” effort to update state voter rolls with correct information about our citizens.
“Since I became Secretary of State, we have registered more than a million new voters who have helped us shatter state records for voter registration and participation in our elections,” Merrill said. “But we also want our voter rolls to be up-to-date, so we are urging everyone to take a moment to make sure their current address is correct in the state system. We are pleased to participate in this special day that encourages more participation in our electoral process. We continue to work daily to make sure every eligible U.S. citizen in our state is registered to vote and has a photo ID. We want to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat.”
National Voter Registration Day, held on the fourth Thursday of September since 2012, is endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors. Since 2012, more than 1.4 million people around the nation have registered to vote or update their registration as part of this event. This year, libraries, schools, and other partners will hold local voter registration drives. Since Secretary Merrill took office, Alabama has registered 1,064,616 new voters, bringing the state’s total to 3,418,839 as of September 7, 2018.
Alabama residents can update their voter registration information by downloading the “Vote for Alabama” app on your smartphone or visiting the Secretary of State website at https://sos.alabama.gov.
“There is no freedom more integral to this Republic than the right to vote and participate in our democratic process,” Merrill said. “I am so proud we are able to work with the partners involved with National Voter Registration Day to help make increased participation a reality here in the state of Alabama.”
For a full list of partners or more information about National Voter Registration Day, visit NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org.
Noon, Monday, Sep 24 – An 18 wheeler had the misfortune of an axle fire which destroyed at least two tires on the left rear of the box trailer. A quick response and action by the Haleyville Fire Department saved the trailer from total loss. There were no injuries, just a temporary traffic diversion on Highway 13 in front of McDonald’s while the road was cleared.
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.