Jan 26 2016
On November 30, 2015, Winston County Sheriff Hobby Walker terminated two of his investigators, Zachery Green and Steven Moody.
Sheriff Walker said they had both started a security company and that it conflicted with their official duties. Walker explained, if there was an incident such as a theft at a house the two had under contract, neither could be utilized to conduct an investigation. Plus their job entailed being on call 24/7 and working another job would make that impractical. He stated he had instructed both Green and Moody to either terminate their company or resign from the Sheriff’s Department. Because they did not do either, Walker stated both were terminated because he felt he could not trust them to do as instructed.
Green stated their company was not a “security” company and has never been portrayed as such.
Sheriff Walker also stated since they both worked “at will” for the Sheriff, he did not need to provide due process because had the right to terminate anyone at will.
Green and Moody retained an attorney and filed a Notice of Request for Grievance and/or Appeal to Personnel Board in December but there was no response to the notice. On January 13, 2016, a complaint was filed in the Circuit Court of Winston County alleging they were both denied due process on their termination. The two alleged wrongful termination as a result of an incident involving the Sheriff asking the two to commit an illegal act by furnishing the Sheriff with marijuana from evidence they had obtained for a drug case.
The administrative offices of the City of Haleyville are now located in the new Haleyville City Hall building located just behind McDonald’s located between 20th and 21st Street. The move was made last Friday and after a couple of days to get things put away, all administrative offices are now open for business. The phone number remains the same, 486-3121, just the location has changed. A ribbon cutting and open house will be held later, once the police department has moved.
The police department is still located in the Neighborhood Facilities for the present time where city court will be held Thursday. The Police Department is expected to move in February.
Governor Robert Bentley announced Thursday that aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been approved for 39 counties in Alabama to cover damage from the December 24-31 storms.
Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lawrence, and Marshall in North Alabama were all approved.
The Marshall County EMA Director estimates about $1.477 million in damage in their county with seven roads still closed.
Jackson County is facing about $700,000 in damage.
Lawrence County has about $500,000 in damage.
In DeKalb County, they’ve got about $400,000 in flooding damage.
Franklin County, about $300,000 in damages.
Colbert County has about $220,000 in damage.
The counties included in this declaration are Autauga, Barbour, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, DeKalb, Elmore, Escambia, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Lamar, Lawrence, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Pike, Perry, Russell, St Clair, Walker, and Winston.
The disaster declaration makes local governments in the 39 Alabama counties eligible to apply for assistance. The grant provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency may assist the impacted counties with debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private Non-Profit organizations.
Jan 21 2016 Haleyville Middle and High School Band directors Judd Williams and Regie Tolbert ask for your help. If you have a band instrument, no longer being used for whatever reason, please donate it to the school. Your donation will help some student who otherwise may not be able to afford an instrument. Trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute or any other instrument you can donate will be put to good use. Please contact the Haleyville High School office at 486-3122, or simply drop off your donated instrument at the school office. Your donation will help clean out your closet and give that instrument a new life in the hands of a student musician.
POSITION AVAILABLE: FULL-TIME FIREFIGHTER
JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Must be physically fit, pass CPAT, and able to perform strenuous work in all types of weather. Must have a valid Alabama Drivers License. Preferred to have a minimum of one year of fire fighting experience. Must be over 21 years of age. Must be able to work different shifts. Must be able to graduate from a certified Fire Fighters College within 12 months of hire date and be certified by the State of Alabama as Firefighter I or above. Call 205-486-2435 for more information.
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE: City Hall, 911 21st Street, Haleyville, AL 35565
Or Fire Department, 610 Hwy 13, Haleyville, 35565
The closing date for accepting applications is February 5, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. E.O.E. – A.D.O.
Free volunteer tax preparation services will be available from the Winston County AARP Tax-Aide sites with locations in Double Springs and Haleyville, AL. Volunteers will prepare and electronically file federal and state tax returns for taxpayers with low and middle incomes. You do not have to be a member of AARP, a retiree, or a certain age to use this service.
These tax sites were developed thru collaboration between the IRS, AARP Tax-Aide, Mayor Robinson of Double Springs and Mayor Sunseri of Haleyville, AL.
Individuals should bring:
- Photo proof of identification
- Social Security cards for themselves, their spouse, and dependents or Social Security number verification letters issued by the Social Security Administration
- Birth dates for all persons listed on the tax return
- Wage and earning statement(s) Forms W-2, W-2G, and 1099-R, from all employers and Social Security
- Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
- Copies of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
- Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit of refunds
- Other relevant information about income and expenses
- Amounts paid for day care, if applicable, and the day care provider’s identifying number.
Assistance is available by appointment only:
- Call (205)486-3532to make an appointment in Haleyville (David Godsey)
- Call (205)489-5447to make an appointment in Double Springs (Kristi)
Haleyville (Old 14th Avenue Elementary School – Chamber of Commerce conference room), at 2324 14th Avenue Suite B, tax preparation will be on Tuesday, February 9, March 8, and April 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Double Springs (Town Hall courtroom) at 21 Main Street, tax preparation will beon Wednesday, February 10, March 9, and April 6 from 9:00 a. m. – 3:00 p.m.
Also, for those who live in the Arley area, Richard Carpenter, who volunteers with AARP Tax-Aide, will be preparing taxes in Arley. Contact Richard at 251-680-5638 for details.
Jan 19 2016
The Haleyville City Council met Tuesday evening with all members present. The council approved the minutes from the last council meeting on January 4 and the December general operation bills in the amount of $475,774.35.
The council voted to approve a change in the alcoholic beverage ordinance changing the amount of the license fee to $2,500 from the original $5,000.
An application was approved for a $150,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the new Haleyville Sports Complex.
The council also voted to advertise for a full-time fireman to replace Tommy Lewis who will be retiring in April.
A group of 20 individuals were at the council meeting to express their concurs on the use of the land next to the Knight Subdivision. A request was on the agenda for the last city council meeting to bring it into the city limits, but was tabled without further action. Members of the group stated they did not want any low income, or multi-family housing built on the property. So far, there has been no public proposal to develop the property in that manner.
The next meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be Monday, February 1, 5:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Facilities Building.
Jan 18 2016
A Franklin County grand jury has issued more charges, including additional sexual abuse and rape charges, against a former Franklin County sheriff’s deputy.
Court officials said Carl Nathan Weeks Jr., 33, of Phil Campbell, was indicted on six counts of second-degree sexual abuse, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree rape. Weeks, a former deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested in December after an investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation. At the time of his arrest, he was charged with only three counts of sexual abuse of a child. The case was presented to the recently concluded January grand jury, and the new charges were issued. Sheriff Shannon Oliver said Weeks, along with his attorney, Tim Case, of Florence, came to the jail Friday and surrendered to authorities. He has been released on bail of $150,000.
For the full story see the Times/Daily article.
Gregory Steven Bates, 50, who was living on 14th Avenue, had been missing for 10 days. His body was found Saturday afternoon and recovered from a wooded ravine approximately 350 yards from his residence. His body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Huntsville to determine the cause of death. According to Winston County Coroner, Larry Gilliland, the preliminary results should be available by mid-week.
Jan 15 2016
Each year, the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Haleyville, AL hosts a festival to celebrate its heritage and honor first responders. This year the 9-1-1 Festival has received the great honor of being named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events in the Southeast United States for June 2016. The annual Festival set for June 3-4 celebrates the ‘Home of 9-1-1’ where the first emergency call originated with a family-friendly event including music, children’s activities, street vendors, a parade, classic car show, and much more, while honoring its police, fire, rescue, and emergency personnel.
The Festival Committee is proud to announce that headliner LONESTAR will take the 9-1-1 music stage this year with their country roots and strong melodies. Since their national launch in 1995, Lonestar has sold in excess of ten million album units and achieved ten #1 country hits including “No News”, “Come Crying To Me”, and their crossover smash “Amazed”, which was also #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the first single in years to top both charts. In 1999 the band was awarded ACM Single of the Year for “Amazed”, which also won Song of the Year. In 2001 Lonestar received the Vocal Group of the Year award from the Country Music Association.
In 1999 their third album, Lonely Grill, was certified multi-platinum in both the United States and Canada. It also yielded three more #1 country hits…”Smile”, “Tell Her”, and “What About Now”. The 2001 release “I’m Already There” topped the country album charts, as did the band’s 2003 From There To Here: The Greatest Hits, which produced another #1 single, “My Front Porch Looking In”.
The 9-1-1 festivities get underway at noon on Friday, June 3 when Haleyville’s Main Street area closes to allow the many arts/crafts and food vendors to set up. At 5:00 p.m. the Kids’ Zone opens with inflatable fun for those 12 years and younger. The music stage will come alive at 5:00 p.m. with favorites “Tremayne featuring Shelbie Z”, followed by our own “Winston Ramble”, the “Sweet Tea Trio”, and headliner LONESTAR at 9:00 p.m.
First thing Saturday morning is the third annual 5K Color Fun Run at 7 a.m. sponsored by Encore Rehabilitation and SportsFit. A classic car show to benefit the Haleyville High School Automotive Technology program and an antique tractor show will both open at 8 a.m. A variety of activities will include something for everyone with the Kids’ Zone and the arts/crafts and food vendors opening at 9 a.m. Judging and awards for the car show will take place in the afternoon. Also on Saturday, the local group “Kreek” will entertain with live music and host an open mic for other area artists to showcase their talents.
In 1968, the very first 9-1-1 emergency call was placed from City Hall by Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite to U.S. Representative Tom Bevill at the City’s police station. The annual 9-1-1 Festival celebrates this history-making moment with an entirely free event made possible by Haleyville business, industry and individual sponsors. Festivalgoers should bring lawn chairs for music events and all activities are held in downtown Haleyville, AL. For more information, visitwww.haleyvillechamber.org or call 205-486-4611. Follow and like us on Facebook at Haleyville Alabama 9-1-1 Festival.