• Look for this Referendum on Tuesday’s Ballot

    This is the one local referendum which should be approved by the voters.

    This referendum seeks to adjust the salary for the Winston County Coroner in line with current realities. The current salary is less than $80.00 per month to pay for an official responsible for investigating and certifying the cause of every “unattended” death which happens in Winston County 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

    The change, if approved, would increase the pay to around $10,000 per year.  The job requires a response to every fatal accident, homicide, drug death and every suspicious death which occurs in the county.  In addition, new requirements require the coroner to approve every death scheduled for cremation and review every hospice death.  The coroner actually pronounces death in over 100 cases a year where the patient is simply not under the care of a physician.

    Many cases require the coroner to take charge and custody of remains until an autopsy can be scheduled and conducted by forensic sciences and then issue and sign the death certificate.

    The demands of this position have changed drastically over the years.  Accuracy and thoroughness are critical to criminal prosecutions. We cannot expect anyone to respond throughout the county at all hours of the day and night for less than $1.80 an hour.

  • Dr. David Sunseri UNA Alumnus of the Year

    Dr. David Sunseri with parents Kay and Ken Sunseri

    David Sunseri started his education with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of North Alabama. He continued his education at Florida State University by pursuing his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry with a focus on chromatography.

    In August of this year, Dr. Sunseri was appointed CEO of PMI BioPharma Solutions. In this position, he is responsible for leading the overall strategic direction of the company. His previous role as Senior Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development and Chief Business Development Office within PMI Bio held him responsible for leading developmental programs and providing new business opportunities to drive growth for the company. This experience has prepared him for his new role, which he is excited to take.

    Dr. Sunseri stays connected by serving on UNA’s Foundation Board of Directors. He is the Treasurer of the Foundation; Chair of the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee; and member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the University’s College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council.

  • What’s On the Ballot Tuesday

    On Tuesday, November 6, Northwest Alabama residents will go to the polls to vote for their local and statewide representatives, including the governor and District 4 representative. In addition to the candidates, there are four proposed amendments to the state constitution to be decided by the public.

    The first amendment for consideration would add language to the constitution to allow for the display of the Ten Commandments on public property.  One amendment would in the future protect unborn life, depending on a change by the U.S. Supreme Court. One would allow one person from each of the U.S. Congressional Districts to be appointed to the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. And the last is to eliminate certain elections, saving taxpayers dollars.  Continue reading


    Montgomery – October 30 – Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri and Lane Bates, manager of the Haleyville Water Department were presented with a “check” representing the approval of a grant for the City of Haleyville for $450,000. The request for the funds came from both the city and the water department. The money will be used for resurfacing 6th, 7th, and 8th Avenues.

    Keith Jones –  Director NACOLG  Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments

    Representative Ken Johnson

    Governor Kay Ivey

    Mayor Ken Sunseri

    Kenneth Boswell Director Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)

    Lane Bates Manager Haleyville Water and Sewer

    Heath King –  NACOLG  Community Development Specialist


    MONTGOMERY — Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission has approved a $1,500,000 grant to the Tombigbee Electric Cooperative for the Haleyville Fiber Infrastructure Project.

    This project will help install 99 miles of new fiber construction which will provide internet access to approximately 252 businesses and over 1,500 households in Marion and Winston Counties.

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  • Fire Destroys Home on 31st Street

    Fire destroyed the home of Linda Clayton at 1605 31st Street 10 am Friday morning. Haleyville and three other fire departments (Bear Creek, Craft, and Delmar) were called out. Haleyville’s first tanker truck arrived on the scene and quickly used all the water it had on board. The HFD’s 6-inch hose was brought to the scene and laid to the nearest hydrant about over a block away. Meanwhile, the wind from the south helped the fire intensity grow. Firemen donned masks and air tanks to attack the fire because of the heavy smoke and wind. The fire was brought under control approximately an hour after their first arrival.

    No one was home at the time of the fire. According to Mrs. Clayon’s daughter, the fire appeared to have started in the utility room, just behind the carport where the fuse box was located. No official cause of the fire has been determined.

  • Phillips She Bears Area Champs

    The Phillips High School She Bears claimed the Class 1A Area 14 volleyball title Tuesday night after defeating the Belgreen Bulldogs in the championship game. The She Bears opened tournament play by defeating Hackleburg.  Next, Belgreen defeated Covenant Christian to set up the championship match. The championship match was a thriller that left fans of both teams on their feet until match point. The She Bears took the first game 25-11. Belgreen came back to win the second game 25-20, but the She-Bears struck again in the third game-winning 25-18. The fourth game was a hard-fought battle throughout, but the She-Bears came out on top 25-23 to seal the victory. Both Phillips and Belgreen will advance to the Super Regional Tournament in Huntsville this Friday. Phillips will take on Mars Hill at 11:30 a.m.

  • Haleyville City Board of Education Meeting

    The Haleyville City Board of Education met Tuesday evening and approved amendments to the salary supplement schedule, the expenditures for September in the amount of $1,414,306.10, the payment of the property insurance and the Middle School Basketball schedule. The Board also approved one request for use of facilities, two field trips, and 6 fundraisers.

    Honoring a 1968 HHS grad, Jerry Jackson, the Board presented Serve With Pride Awards to students in the three schools.

    Mallory Comeens, HES, Mrs. Bice

    Nichols (Ping) Church, HMS, Mr. Wilcoxen

    HHS, Dr. McCoy, Ryan Baccus, Mr. McCullar