The Delmar Fire Department called for backup from the Haleyville Fire Department Monday night, March 11, just before 9 p.m. at a house fire on County Road 28. The house was fully engaged when the first firemen arrived and was a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Zeto Media has notified its customers it will shut down its remaining internet service on April 5. Zeto, which acquired the cable company from Charter several years ago had already ceased providing cable TV and attempted to concentrate on a better internet service. Apparently, cable TV signals interfered with internet signals. The internet service did improve, but the cost of maintaining the system became too much for the Pennsylvania based company with few customers. This will end the cable system in Haleyville, which was founded originally by John Slatton in the early 70s. The company has gone through many owners over the years and once the cable company’s local office closed, service was never as good as customers expected. Dish and Direct were major factors in taking many customers from cable. It was a steady decline until the end.
The Internet is now available only from CenturyTel with wired service and Cyber Broadband with wireless service. There are a couple of satellite services such as Hughes Net and Viasat. Mayor Ken Sunseri stated last week Freedom Fiber should begin installing fiber optic service in April.
I have been a customer of Cyber Broadband out of Cullman, formerly Total Solutions Guys, for several years. It is wireless and works on WiFi. I have been very happy with their service, but the quality of service depends on your location. It is a line of sight system thus location is everything.
Gerita Rye, representing Lakeland Community Hospital which sponsored the two awards, presented the Miss Congeniality Awards to Savannah Fralix (top) in the Junior Division and Halle Tolbert in the Senior Division during the recent Leo’s Loveliest Pageants. Congratulations to both!
On Thursday, March 7, Mayor Sunseri called a meeting of all city department heads, the hospital administrators, and other responders for a briefing about the potential of severe weather this Saturday afternoon. Presently, there exists a possibility of tornadoes between 3 p.m. and midnight. Be weather aware, he suggested to all.
After the briefing, Sunseri praised the Haleyville Police and the school for reacting to an incident on Wednesday. Reportedly, a man riding a bicycle with a shotgun was seen heading toward the Haleyville Schools. The school was notified and immediately went into lockdown mode. All three Haleyville police officers on duty went to the area and searched for the man on the bike. State Troopers came in to assist. The bike rider was quickly located and it was discovered the “shotgun” was a BB gun and the man lived in the area. Sunseri praised everyone involved because all planned emergency procedures were followed to the letter. Sunseri stated it was like having an unplanned drill, which all turned out to be a great way to check the system without anyone being hurt.
A package mailed from California to a Haleyville address was intercepted by law enforcement agencies on Tuesday, March 5. A total of 5 pounds of marijuana was found in a five-gallon bucket packed in a Home Depot box. This discovery followed the previous find during a traffic stop in February of an individual who had been under suspicion. Her vehicle had a box with 3 one-pound bags of marijuana. Another package had over $3,000 in cash.
Postal authorities had previously reported suspicious packages had been arriving at the Haleyville Post Office from California. Investigators waited for a package to be picked up and made a traffic stop in the Rabbittown area and found the metal box in the possession of Shavonna Lynn Zoetewey, 29, formerly of Sheffield and a current resident of 3686 County road 23, Haleyville. Zoetewey was placed in the Winston County Jail and after making the $51,000 bond on her Winston county charges, she was transferred to the Lauderdale County Jail where she faced additional charges.
Warrants for Brandon Charles Benge, of Haleyville have been made in connection with this case. He faces two counts of trafficking marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking in a controlled substance.
A search warrant was obtained and the controlled substance found at the residence was fentanyl. No one was home at the time, but authorities also found a 40 caliber handgun and an AK-47 with a loaded magazine. Reports stated children had been living at the residence.
In addition to the U.S. Postal Inspector John Bailey who opened one of the packages in the presence of law enforcement officers, other regional law enforcement agencies were also involved in this case. They were from the Region E Drug Task force which includes Winston, Marion, Walker, Fayette, Franklin, Lawrence and Colbert counties.
Lakeland Community Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science, and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
The Haleyville City Council met Monday with all members present. At the invitation of Mayor Sunseri, Alabama State Representative Tracy Estes was present to inform the Mayor and Council on his knowledge of the proposed state gas tax. He stated it was not in its final form and most likely would have amendments added both in the House and the Senate before it was ready to be passed. He stated he was not for or against the proposed tax bill and would not make a decision until he sees the final version.
Haleyville Police Chief Kyle Reogas and Investigator Tim Steine gave reports on the activity of the Police Department for the month of February. Chief Reogas stated the department had 28 incidents of offenses filed, investigated 9 traffic accidents, 3 courtesy reports of accidents on private property, 116 citations were issued, 27% of which were for no insurance, 23% were for drivers license violations (either expired or revoked). Seventeen percent of the 116 were for speeding. Thirty-eight individuals were arrested for criminal charges. Of the 38 arrested, Reogas pointed out 45% were not from the Haleyville area. Forty-eight percent of the arrests were drug-related. Chief Reogas stated there is a drug problem in our city and he did not know what to do about it. “No one knows,” he said.
Lieutenant Steine stated the District Attorney has changed the requirements to make a felony arrest which now requires more paperwork and time to put together a report. Steine reported that 16 indictments were handed down in last week’s Grand Jury on cases he has been working on which was more than any other agency in Winston County. These included several assaults and several thefts, receiving stolen property, and fraudulent use of credit cards. He stated part of Haleyville is in Marion County, so he has to work cases in Marion County as well. Other cases he said he is presently working on is a missing person case, two forges, and one embezzlement case.
The Council did not pass a resolution in support of the proposed state gasoline tax.
The Council approved a contract with the Prema Corporation for city revenue collections. This company will replace RDS whose contract with the city was terminated at the last council meeting.
Mayor Sunseri announced the hiring of 7 people as lifeguards for the summer at the Haleyville Pool.
The next Council meeting will be on Monday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Haleyville City Hall.
Leo’s Loveliest 2019 Emma Elkins
3rd Alternate, Allison Watkins, 1st Alternate, Maddie Palmer, Leo’s Loveliest Emma Elkins, 2nd Alternate, Molly Gilbert (Miss Photogenic), 4th Alternate, Kara Thrasher
The results of the Leo’s Loveliest Pageant Junior Division Friday night at the HMS.
Evelyn Kate Carroll
3rd Alternate Lily Tinch, 1st Alternate, Brookleigh Cockrell, Evelyn Kate Carroll, 2nd Alternate, Karlie Lasker, 4th Alternate, Hadley Smith.