• Haleyville Council to Borrow $3 million

    After a one week delay because of the ice storm, he Haleyville City Council met Monday night and approved a resolution for a loan negotiated with BankFirst for $3,ooo,ooo.oo for the purchase of the Professional Building adjacent to Lakeland Community Hospital. The resolution states:

    WHEREAS, the City of Haleyville has negotiated a loan with BankFirst for a one year commercial draw/ non-revolving line of credit, with interest being paid monthly. At maturity, the bank will extend a 10-year fixed rate loan to include principal and interest payments at a rate of 2.20%. As well as closing cost fees of $15,000.00.

    In other business, the Council approved the operation bills and purchase orders for January in the amount of $360,116.50. Also approved was a resolution calling for the city’s participation in the NW Alabama Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Action Plan. The purpose of the plan is to develop and implement a hazard mitigation action plan which can result in actions that reduce the long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards. This plan has been approved by State and Federal Emergency agencies.

    A work order change to an project the City of Haleyville is currently working on 2020 Fall Street Paving 12th Avenue between 29th Place and 11th Avenue, Briarwood Drive, and Hill Top Subdivision, requiring an additional 23.60 tons of asphalt at the unit price bid of $98.00/ton was used to complete the paving at the intersection of 11Th Avenue and 28th Street, resulting in an increased project cost of $2,312.80.

    Mayor Ken Sunseri praised the city workers, especially the street and sanitation workers for their work during and after the ice storm last week. With all the downed trees and limbs, Sunseri pointed out Haleyville was fortunate to have Alabama Power restoring power as quickly as it did.

    The next scheduled Haleyville City Council meeting will be Monday, March 1, 5:30 p.m. at the Haleyville City Hall.

  • Solid Rock Church

    Please join with The Solid Rock Church in Haleyville, Alabama, Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 10:30 am as we welcome Pastor Brian Beasley of “The Ramp” in Hamilton, AL  This will be an exciting and empowering service as the name of Jesus Christ is lifted up.  We will be led by the worship, dance and ministry teams from the Ramp School of Ministry.  All are invited to this morning of encouragement and impartation.  Nursery and childcare will be provided for ages up to 5 years old.  The church is located at 2505 Newburg Road, Haleyville, Alabama.  Doors will open at 9:30 on February 21, 2021  Don’t miss this amazing time in God’s presence.  For more information please contact us at 205-486-4736

  • Former HHS Alumni Officer Pleads Guilty to Theft

    Double Springs, AL–A Haleyville man has pled guilty to two counts of Theft of Property 1st Degree. As a part of the negotiated plea agreement Jarrod Tyler Hallman admitted to the theft of over $45,000 in funds belonging to the Haleyville Alumni Association and the Haleyville Alumni Scholarship Foundation Fund. Hallman admitted that he used is fiduciary position within the Alumni Association to take funds belonging to the two entities and converting them to personal use. District Attorney Investigator Rusty Hulsey found that on at least 15 separate occasions Hallman accessed the Alumni Association or Scholarship Foundation account and used the money for personal business. Judge Lee Carter accepted Hallman’s guilty plea and sentenced him to ten years in the state penitentiary on each theft count, but split the sentences for Hallman to serve 18 months on Community Corrections followed by 5 years of supervised state probation as was agreed between Hallman’s attorney and the District Attorney. Hallman will also be required to pay a $10,000 fine and $45,071.62 in restitution to the two entities. District Attorney Slatton prosecuted the case for the State of Alabama stated “While I am saddened by the actions that were taken by one individual that was entrusted to care for scholarship funds, I am glad that a quick resolution has been obtained in this case that will provide for a full return of the restitution owed to the Alumni Association and Scholarship Fund.” Slatton also stated “…I hope this case is a warning to others that theft by any individual will not be tolerated and harsh consequences will follow when the truth catches up.

    Scott A. Slatton, District Attorney, 25th Judicial Circuit

  • Rodney Lewis New HPD Chief

    The Haleyville City Council met Monday with all members present with 5 items on the agenda.

    Haleyville Police Officer Rodney Lewis was hired as the Haleyville Police Chief. He will be the interim Chief until Chief Kyle Reogas retires on February 28. Five people were interviewed for the job.

    The Council voted to buy the Professional Building, located next to the Lakeland Hospital. The building was owned by an investment company and did not belong to Lakeland.

    Approval was made for the purchase of firetruck and emergency equipment in the amount of $23,521.08.

    A CDBG grant was approved for a project in the Mineral Springs Housing area which will include replacing a sewer line, adding a new water line and resurfacing a street.

    The next scheduled meeting of the Haleyville City Council will be Monday, January 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Haleyville City Hall.

  • Murder Suspect Arrested

    Caleb Scott Farley Suspect

    The 25th District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division announces the arrest of a suspect in the death investigation of David Brian Hayes. Hayes’ body was discovered by firefighters responding to a house fire call at 5954 Helicon Road, Arley, Alabama in the morning hours of Saturday, December 19, 2020.

    Caleb Scott Farley, 20 years old, of 2001 County Road 22, Arley, Alabama has been arrested and charged with the Murder of David Brian Hayes and Arson 1st of the residence at 5954 Helicon Road.

    “I commend the investigators for their tireless work put into this case to bring the suspect to answer to the allegations. All the men and women involved in this investigation put in an extraordinary amount of time and effort over the holiday period to make the arrest and bring the suspect to the judicial system to answer for the alleged actions” said District Attorney Scott Slatton. “I want to send a special thanks to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Agents from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Winfield Police Department, 24th District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division and Fayette County Sheriff’s Department who sent manpower to assist in this investigation. Without their help we could very well still be looking at an unsolved crime,” Slatton continued.

    The investigation was conducted by the 25th District Attorney’s Criminal Investigation Division, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Winston County Sheriff’s Office. Agents with

    For Immediate Release December 29, 2020

    the Region E Task Force assisted with the investigation. Bond was set at a total of $250,000 by Judge Daryl Burt. Due to the nature of the case the District Attorney’s Office requested the bond be set higher due to the allegations made and that request was granted by the Judge. Farley is being held in the Winston County Jail.

    The public is reminded that a complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • Missing Man Found Deceased

    A single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, has claimed the life of a Winfield man. George W. Watkins, 71, was killed when the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado he was driving left the roadway, went down an embankment and struck a tree. Watkins was pronounced deceased at the scene. The crash occurred on Alabama 233 at the 8.8 mile marker,  approximately five miles east of Brilliant. Watkins has been identified as a missing person from the area since Dec. 13. Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

  • New Lakeland Hospital Visitor Rules

    Visitor Guidance for Lakeland Community Hospital Inpatient and Clinics
    Effective October 2, 2020

    COVID-19 and Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19

    • No visitors allowed except in end-of-life situations Non-COVID 19 Inpatients

    • One caregiver will be allowed in a 24-hour period. The Caregiver will not be allowed to rotate with any other Caregiver during this 24-hour period in consideration of the need to limit exposure.
    • Caregiver must follow the following Guidelines.

    o Wear your own face covering upon arrival to the facility and must wear it at all times.

    The face covering must cover your mouth and nose at all times.
    o There are no exceptions to wearing face coverings for the health and safety of our

    patients, caregivers, and staff.
    o Agree to practice appropriate hand hygiene and limit the touching of surfaces in patient

    care areas.
    o Stay in room: Caregivers are asked to stay in the patient’s room and not leave the unit

    or roam the hospital except for basic personal needs (e.g. food, restroom)
    o Comply with Entrance screening: LCH will continue limited and monitored points of

    entry, with active Caregiver screening upon entry.
    o Entrance will be overseen by our Admitting department with Nursing and Security

    o All Caregivers must sign in at the entrance to help us track who is in our facility.
    o Entry will be denied to anyone who screens positive for COVID-19 such as temperature

    above 99 degrees, cough, or shortness of breath.
    o Caregiver must wear visitor badge at all times. These will be provided at both entrance

    locations. Caregiver must return badge when exiting facility.
    o Designated entrances will only be open to Caregivers between 8 am and 7 pm.

    Caregivers as defined above will not be allowed to enter after 7pm. Any emergency need should be escalated to the Admitting department and an administrator will be contacted on your behalf.

    End-of Life Guidance

    • For non-COVID-19 patients in which death is reasonably anticipated within 24-48 hours, two Caregivers (meeting the above requirements) will be allowed at the bedside.

      o CaregiversmayrotatewithotherCaregivers

    • For COVID-19 and Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19- only one Caregiver will be

      allowed at the bedside pursuant to Physician approval

    o Caregivers will be required to follow all instructions from clinical staff related to hand

    hygiene, PPE, entry/exit, length of time with patient, etc.

    Emergency Department

    • One Caregiver may accompany a patient and remain in the patient’s room at all times with a face covering over the mouth and nose.
    • If the patient is under the age of 14, two Caregivers may accompany the patient but must remain in the patient’s room at all times with a face covering the mouth and nose.
    • Failure to follow these guidelines will result in immediate removal from the facility in order to protect the health and safety of patients, Caregivers, and staff.

      Inpatient Psychiatry Unit

    • Under the recommendation of the treatment team, one visitor may be allowed by appointment only during established visiting hours. Telephone and video conferencing is available and encouraged.

    Rural Health Clinics (Boyde J. Harrison, MD, Lakeland Family Practice, and Haleyville Pediatrics)

    • Visitors will not be allowed except for those meeting a compassionate care qualification. One Caregiver/Support person will be allowed to accompany the patient only when one of the following circumstances is met:

    o Patient has cognitive/memory disorder
    o All Caregivers must wear a face covering. The face covering must cover your mouth and

    nose at all times.
    o Symptomaticscreeningwillbeconducted
    o Proper social distancing at 6 feet is maintained at all times within the facility.