• How to Vote Absentee

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – MONTGOMERY – Ahead of the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, Secretary Merrill reminds Alabama voters that there are 79 days left to apply for an absentee ballot.

    In order to protect the safety and well-being of our voters, Secretary Merrill encourages those who are concerned about contracting or spreading the coronavirus to apply for and cast an absentee ballot.

    Absentee ballot applications can be downloaded online or requested by visiting or calling the local Absentee Election Manager’s office.

    Voters may also contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (334) 242-7210 to request an absentee ballot application.

    Due to the declared states of emergency, any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place shall be eligible to check the box on the absentee ballot application that is most applicable to that individual. In the case none of the boxes are appropriate, voters can check the box which reads as follows:

    “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”

    For the July 14 Primary Runoff Election, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, June 29, the deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Thursday, July 9, the deadline to return an absentee ballot to the Absentee Election Manager is the close of business Monday, July 13, and the last day to postmark an absentee ballot is Monday, July 13.

    Voters who are eligible to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act will have until Tuesday, July 14 to postmark an absentee ballot.

    To learn more about testing locations and options related to the coronavirus, please call 1-888-264-2256 or visit CDC.gov.

  • Haleyville City Council

    The Haleyville City Council met Monday, not in person, but by video phones and computers. This is the second time in the history of the Haleyville City Council the meeting was done with the Mayor and Councilmen all at different locations. The first of these unique meetings was two weeks ago all in an effort to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Software called Zoom was utilized successfully to connect Mayor Sunseri, all the Councilmen, City attorney Jeff Mobley and the media.

    The first item on the agenda was the approval of the March general operation bills in the amount of $402,211.52.  The Council also approved hazard duty pay to all city employees. Full-time employees will receive an extra $150/mo and part-time employees, including volunteer firemen, will receive an extra $75/mo during the Covid-19 active threat. This was recommended by Mayor Sunseri who likened this hazardous duty pay to the extra pay received by military personnel when they are in a war zone or working in a dangerous and hazardous situation.

    Approval was made for a 75/25 matching grant for the purchase of food for the local food banks run by the churches.

    The next scheduled Council meeting will be on Monday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. It may or may not be at City Hall, or by phone as the last two meetings have been.

  • COVID-19 Update

    Alabama State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Harris, shared Alabama’s most recent numbers and updates…

    Approximately 4,946 COVID-19 positive tests
    45,712 total Alabamians tested
    641 people have been hospitalized
    113 deaths confirmed to be from COVID-19
    165 reported deaths
    Hospital capacity is positive and thankfully it seems that no alternative care sites are needed at this time
    57 counties across the state are testing

  • Fatality Crash – Arley Teen

    ALEA-HAMILTON POST – A single-vehicle crash on Saturday, April 18, 2020, has claimed the life of an Arley teen, Trinton Blake Ory.  The 16-year-old was killed when the 2015 Ford Mustang he was operating, left the roadway and struck a tree.  The crash occurred at 10:35 p.m. on Co Rd 12, approximately 5 miles Southeast of Arley.  Nothing further is available as ALEA State Troopers continue to investigate. 


    As of April 17, 2020
    WINSTON – 211 Tests 9 confirmed cases
    WALKER – 464 Tests 84 confirmed cases
    MARION – 461 Tests 60 confirmed cases 4 notification of deaths 3 confirmed COVID-19 deaths
    LAMAR – 123 Tests 7 Confirmed Cases
    FAYETTE – 153 Tests 4 Confirmed Cases
    CULLMAN – 417 Tests 42 confirmed cases 1 Death

  • 9-1-1 Festival Cancelled

    Today we must announce the cancellation of our annual 9-1-1 Festival that was scheduled for June 5 & 6, 2020. Our fundraising efforts were suspended a month ago out of respect for our local businesses and industries who were facing uncertain times all the while we all were in hopes this crisis would soon pass. Although we would like to think that the end of this pandemic is closer than when it began, we believe it would be irresponsible to continue under these circumstances.

    Our Festival began about 25 years ago to celebrate the heritage of our town, remind and educate everyone that Haleyville is where the first 9-1-1 call was made, and honor the dedicated service of our local First Responders. A highlight of this annual celebration has been to honor our First Responders during an awards banquet on Thursday evening prior the festival. This was an opportunity for the 9-1-1 Committee to recognize and thank our First Responders from Haleyville, Winston County Sheriff, Double Springs and Bear Creek Departments. We ask that you continue to keep these Officers, Firemen, Deputies, Dispatchers, and Troopers in your prayers as they continue responding to our emergencies.

    We also want to acknowledge another group of First Responders that also need our thoughts and prayers, as well. The Doctors, Nurses, and all the support personal at Lakeland Community Hospital, the dedicated staff at USA Healthcare, the Azalea and Rose Manor facilities, and all the medical professionals in our community and around our country who are on the front-line of the battle we are fighting.

    On a personal note, I would like to thank our Festival Sponsors and our Mayor and City Council for the support they provide to make this event happen each and every year. I would also like to publicly thank our 9-1-1 Festival Committee members, Mandy Little, Natalie Boykin, Melinda Weaver, Kris Burleson, Brandon Norris, Aubrey Haynes and Michael Humphries, who work 9-10 months each year planning this event.

    Jade Bice

  • Haleyville City Council

    The Haleyville City Council met through teleconferencing for the first time as a caution against spreading or contracting the Covid-19 virus. The Council approved the bid and purchase of a tractor and rotary cutter from Scott Equipment of Russellville, Alabama for the quoted amount of $24,153.61 and $2,079.36, respectively; a total of $26,232.97.

    A contractor is currently working on the construction of the 2020 Winter Street Paving Project (26th Street and 30th Street). A request was made to the Contractor to add areas to be resurfaced as part of that project. These areas include the continuation of 30th Street from Elizabeth Street to Littleville Road (approximately 510’ x 22’), 16th Avenue at 27th Street (94’ x 30’), and 27th Street and 15th Avenue (270’ x 30’).  These areas were chosen because of the amount of traffic daily and for the fact that the roadbed was exposed and eroding.  The work added in Change Order No. 1 amounts to an increase of $12,317.20. Mayor Sunseri approved the additional paving on 27th Street under the Local Emergency Order. 

    The Council voted to allocate $9,536.62 for the repair of the City limb truck.

    The next scheduled regular City Council meeting will be on Monday, April 20 which may be another teleconference meeting.

  • Update on Covid 19 for NW AL

    According to State Representative Tim Wadsworth, in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon, with no reference as to the source of this information, these are the latest numbers.

    Walker County – 193 Tests- 49 Confirmed Cases 49 – 0 deaths
    Winston County – 48 Tests – 3 Confirmed Cases – 0 deaths – Cullman County – 141 Tests – 15 confirmed cases and 1 reported death. Lamar County 32 Tests 3 Confirmed Cases – 0 Deaths – Marion County – 92 Tests – 18 Confirmed Cases and 2 reported Deaths and 1 confirmed COVID-19 death
  • Governor Issues Stay at Home Order

    1. Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., every person is ordered to stay at his or her place of residence except as necessary to perform any of the following “essential activities”:

    a. To obtain necessary supplies. A person may leave his or her place of residence to obtain the following supplies for himself or herself, for other household members, including pets, or for a loved one or friend who cannot or should not leave home or cannot care for himself or herself:
    (i) Food and other consumer goods necessary to maintain a person’s daily routine or to maintain the safety, sanitation, and routine operation of a home or residence;
    ii) Supplies needed to work from home;
    (iii) Pharmaceutical prescriptions or other medical supplies;
    (iv) Fuel for automobiles or other vehicles or other vehicle supplies;
    (v) Materials for distance learning or other education-related purposes; and
    (vi) Any other supplies necessary to maintain a person’s or pet’s daily routine or to maintain the safety, sanitation, and routine operation of a home or residence.

    b. To obtain or provide necessary services. A person may leave his or her place of residence to obtain or provide the following services for himself or herself, for other household members, including pets, or for a loved one or friend who cannot or should not leave home or cannot care for himself or herself:
    (i) Dental, medical, or surgical procedures allowed under paragraph 14 of this Order;
    (ii) Government-funded services or benefits;
    (iii) Automobile repair services;
    (iv) Services vital to the treatment or care of people with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, or people with substance-use disorders;
    (v) Services related to any public or private distance learning activities and education continuity, including all services under education continuity plans approved by the State Superintendent of Education; and
    (vi) Any other services which are necessary to maintain a person’s or pet’s health and safety or to preserve the person’s ability to perform an essential activity as defined in this paragraph.

    c. To attend religious services. A person may leave his or her place of residence to attend an event that is a religious worship service, wedding, or funeral in either of the following circumstances:
    (i) The event involves fewer than 10 people and the people maintain a consistent six-foot distance from one another; or
    (ii) The event is a “drive-in” worship service that adheres to the following rules: 1. All participants shall remain in their vehicles for the entirety of the service; 2. The participants in each vehicle all share the same place of residence; and 3. Participants do not come within six feet of participants in other vehicles.

    d. To take care of others. A person may leave his or her place of residence to care for a family member, friend, or pet in another household, or to donate blood, or to transport family members, friends, or pets as allowed by this Order.

    e. To work. A person may leave his or her place of residence to perform work at “essential businesses and operations” as defined in paragraph 2 below or to perform essential work-related activities as follows:
    (i) Work-related activities to maintain the value of a business, establishment, corporation or other organization, such as managing inventory, ensuring security, and processing payroll and employee benefits;
    (ii) Work-related activities to enable people to work or shop remotely from their residences or to allow people to buy products through drive-by, curbside, or doorto-door delivery; or
    (iii) Work-related activities that do not require any regular interaction within six feet of another person.

    f. To engage in outdoor activity. A person may leave his or her place of residence to participate in an outdoor activity that involves fewer than 10 people so long as the person maintains a consistent six-foot distance from other persons.

    g. To seek shelter. A person may leave his or her place of residence to seek shelter if required by his or her employment by an “essential service of business” or if his or her residence is unsafe or at imminent risk of becoming unsafe. A person may also leave his or her place of residence to seek help from providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged people, such as food pantries.

    h. To travel as required by law. A person may leave his or her place of residence to travel as required by law enforcement or court order, including the transportation of children required by a custody agreement.

     i. To see family members. A person may leave his or her place of residence to visit the residence of other persons who are related to him or her.

    Anyone leaving his or her home or place of residence as authorized in this order shall take reasonable steps to maintain six feet of separation from other persons.

    Last week, Ivey ordered closed until April 17 numerous types of businesses including athletic events, entertainment venues, non-essential retail shops and service establishments with close contact.

    The Governor also issued an additional Supplemental State of Emergency Order temporarily halting evictions and foreclosures. The order says, in part, “All state, county, and local law enforcement officers are hereby directed to cease enforcement of any order that would result in the displacement of a person from his or her place of residence.” This is to allow people to remain safe in their places of residence.

  • Fatality Crash-Franklin County

    QUAD CITIES POST – A two-vehicle crash at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020, claimed the life of a Russellville senior adult. Milton W. Alexander, 82-year-old male, was killed when the 2013 Dodge Ram pickup he was driving was struck by a 2012 Ford Taurus, driven by 25-year-old Christian Garcia of Phil Campbell.  The crash occurred at the intersection of AL 243 and County Road 79 in Franklin County.  Alexander was unrestrained and died at the scene of the crash. The Franklin County Coroner, Charlie Adcox, pronounced Alexander deceased. Garcia was transported to the Russellville Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.