Monday morning December 31, around 11 a.m. Gene Edwards was driving his Buick Century toward town on Newburg Road at 27th Street when the car left the road, hit a culvert in a ditch and flipped upside down. Edwards, who was wearing his seatbelt, received a cut across his forehead, but otherwise appeared to be in good condition. He was transported from the scene by ambulance to Lakeland Community Hospital ER.
Neighbors saw smoke coming from the eves of their neighbor’s house on County Road 3409 just after 1 p.m. Sunday, December 30 and called 9-1-1. The Haleyville Fire Department was dispatched first, then Bear Creek, Delmar, and Pebble Fire Departments. Firemen, wearing air tanks entered the house and fought the fire through the ceiling. Meanwhile, a fireman went on the roof and cut a hole in the roof to access the fire which appeared to be contained in the attic. The fire was extinguished but the house did have very extensive smoke and water damage. The owners of the house, Darrel and Becky Underwood were not at home at the time of the fire but were notified and quickly returned.
One year ago, the Lakeland Community was on the verge of closing. With only a 45 day notice, the City of Haleyville was informed the hospital would close on December 31, 2017. Closures of small, rural hospitals were becoming commonplace everywhere, but Haleyville and Winston County was no common or ordinary place.
Mayor Ken Sunseri and the City Council and the people who lived in this area did not want the hospital to close and actions were immediately taken to keep it from happening. With an extension to the closing date, the city was given a little breathing room to organize and make a plan. The Haleyville and Winston County Hospital Authority Board was formed, a new management agreement implemented, and a one-cent sales tax passed with half committed to ensuring a bond could be issued for funding of the hospital.
Barry Farris had great compliments and praise for Lakeland Community Hospital. On Friday, December 21, his daughter, Emily Farris, 23, was doctoring one of her horses and while leading it back to a stall, the horse raised up and came down, hitting her on the top of her head with an iron horseshoe. She was taken to the Lakeland Emergency Room, examined, treated for the open head wound, and spent the night in intensive care.
Barry stated all the personnel, including the COO who came to personally check on her, were professional and attentive. He stated he was extremely proud of the hospital and was glad it is open and operating. Farris stated: “I have been to in many hospitals in my lifetime, and Lakeland was every bit as good as most and better than some.
Presently, the hospital is making plans grow to a level of self-sufficiency with new services and reinstate some of which had been previously discontinued.
A custody exchange in the Hamilton Police Department parking lot just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, Christmas Day, led to a fatal shooting of the father of two small children. The location was used as a “safe place” for a custody exchange.
According to reports, a man had accompanied his girlfriend to pick up her children from their father. The father got out of his vehicle and accompanied his son to meet the mother’s boyfriend. The daughter had stayed behind. Reportedly, a verbal confrontation between the two men ensued. The mother stepped between the two but was unable to stop her boyfriend from shooting the father of her children.
Andy Cochran, 29, has been charged with murder and presently is in the Marion County Jail. Andy or Andrew Cochran was the manager of O’Riley’s Auto Parts in Hamilton.
City Of Haleyville Street & Sanitation will be closed Monday, December 24 and 25 for Christmas Holidays. Monday, December 24 route will be picked up along with Friday, December, 21 route. Tuesday, December 25 route will be picked up along with Wednesday, December, 26 route.
Also closed on Monday, December 31, and Tuesday, January 1. Monday, December 31 route will be picked up along with Friday, December 28 route. Tuesday, January 1 route will be picked up along with Wednesday, January 2. Thanks for your cooperation.
Shamrock Portable Buildings represent a great step forward in the portable building industry. With an all-treated floor and G90 Galvanized framing, Shamrock buildings are head and shoulders above the rest of the industry in terms of quality. See them today at Rowe Building Supply, Haleyville.
The Haleyville Board of Education met Tuesday, December 18, and approved the expenses for November in the amount of $1,544,501.57. Under consent items, the Board approved three uses of facilities requests, four field trips, and one fundraiser.
Under personnel the Board approved the hiring of Jenny Holliman as a part-time contract school nurse, Dewayne Melton as Special Needs Bus Driver and a change in placement for Alex DeLeon from the HES to the HMS.
The Serve With Pride Awards were made in honor of a former Haleyville School teacher Linda Godsey who is shown with this month’s recipients and respective Principals.
Elis Godsey, Linda Godsey, Ty Woodard, Christy Bice, Principal, HES
John-Barrett Godsey, Linda Godsey, Maegan Woodard, Bo Wilcoxsen, Principal, HMS
Anna Grace Rains, Linda Godsey, Drake Robertson, Dr. McCoy, Principal, HHS
The Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade had beautiful weather and a huge turnout after being postponed from December 7 because of rain. Many of the area churches and organizations sponsored floats and vehicles. Fire trucks and emergency vehicles from Haleyville and surrounding communities also participated. The parade started next to CVS on 20th Street and did a clockwise trip around downtown. Videos of the parade are on Facebook under HHS and HMS Bands.