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Friday, March 27, 2015

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Social Security Exemption For Garbage Pickup Fees

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The Winston County Sanitation Department announces there are only a few more days to apply for the Social Security exemption.  A completed application along with 2015 proof of income must be received by March 31, 2015.  No applications will be accepted after March 31, 2015.

Spring Break Safety

ALEA

Between now and the end of April, schools across Alabama and neighboring states will observe spring break, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) expects heavier-than-usual traffic on Alabama roadways and waterways.

Alabama State Troopers strongly encourage teens and their parents to make safety a priority.

“Parents, we need your help to make spring break season a safe one," Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said. "Let’s take a few minutes to go over traffic laws and boating with our teens, especially if they plan to travel with teen friends. Remind them to buckle up, to focus on the road, to avoid such distractions as texting while driving and to obey speed limits and other traffic laws.”

In addition, Collier said parents should ensure everyone understands boating laws and uses life vests when on the water. "The risk of water-related injuries increases as water traffic increases, so we all must be cautious when spending time at the lake or beach." 

And, he continued, because alcohol is the primary contributing factor in more than 60 percent of boating crashes, it is important to assign a designated boating operator before even setting out on a trip. While making plans, parents and other adults should be prepared to restrict access to alcohol and closely monitor teens to prevent under-age use

Collier said this also is the time for everyone to review the state's Graduated Driver License law, a three-stage licensing process that places certain restrictions on young drivers to ensure they acquire experience behind the wheel before driving without supervision or restrictions:

Stage I (learner’s permit): A teen is authorized to drive when accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver age 21 or older who is occupying the front passenger seat.

Stage II (restricted license): A teen age 16 or 17 who has passed the road skills test may drive without supervision, but he or she must not have more than one passenger in the vehicle other than parents, legal guardians or family members; must not use any handheld communication devices while driving; must not drive between midnight and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver age 21 or older.  

Stage III (unrestricted license): A teen age 17 who has held a Stage II license for six months or longer may obtain an unrestricted license. Anyone who is age 18 or older may bypass the first two stages and obtain a Stage III license after passing the road skills test.

For further information on Alabama's boating, traffic and drinking laws, please visit www.alea.gov.

Brilliant Man Killed

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A single-vehicle crash Tuesday, March 24, claimed the life of a Brilliant man. Gabriel Lee Haney, 36, a pedestrian, was killed as he was lying in the roadway and was struck by a 1997 Lincoln Continental. The vehicle did remain at the scene, and the driver was not injured. The crash occurred at 7:40 p.m. on Marion County 63 eight miles south of Brilliant. Nothing further is available as ALEA State Troopers continue to investigate.

Haleyville Board of Education

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The Haleyville Board Board of Education regular monthly meeting was Tuesday evening with all board members present. The first order of business was the swearing-in by Judge Lee Carter of Board President Beth McAlpine who was re-elected during the last general election. 

The board approved the financial statements and board expenditures for January, 2015 in the amount of $1,258,426.62. Other items approved were:

- Revised CNPP Meal Charge Policy.

- Continued use of CenturyLink for landline phone services and AT&T for cellular phone service.

- Amendment 1 in the FY 15 budget

- Substitute Teacher list

- The following consent Items:

       Item A: Facilities

    - Use of the HHS Football Track for the "Mark Forester Price of Freedom Run" May 16, 2015

   - Use of the HHS Football Stadium for the Haleyville Lions Club Easter Egg hunt on the amended date of April 4, 2015.

  - Use of HMS Cafeteria for the Mark Forester Foundation Dinner May 15, 2015.

       Item B: Field Trips

  - DECA-ICDC students and Neina Middleton to attend DECA International Conference in Orlando, FL, April 24-29.

  - Out of state travel for Debra Hamrick and Linda Godsey to travel to Washington and New York as chaperone for the HHS Senior Trip May 9-15, 2015.

  - Varsity Cheerleaders to attend UCA Cheer Camp in Gulf Shores April 29 - May 2.

  - HHS track Team to attend State Track Meet in Gulf Shores April 29 - May 2.

  - HMS Junior and JV Cheerleaders to attend UCA Cheer Camp in Tuscaloosa May 26 - 29. 

Also approved were eight fundraisers ranging from car washes to T-shirt sales for various school organizations. 

PERSONNEL:

 - The resignation of Rita Brannon as Lunchroom Manager at the Haleyville Elementary School effective May 22.

 - The retirement of Miriam Tucker as Science Teacher at Haleyville High School effective May 22.

The next regular scheduled meeting of the Haleyville Board of Education will be Tuesday, April 28.

Local Girl Plays Anne Frank

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Mikayla Thrasher is a 17 year old who has been home schooled until this school year and is now a junior at Phil Campbell High School. Mikayla, who has a Haleyville address, lives just off Highway 243 in south Franklin County. She has been acting since she was 12 in theater in Winfield. Recently, she played the role of Anne in the Diary of Anne Frank performed at the Ritz Theater in Sheffield before over 3,000 over a 4 day period.

Yhe production was very special for Mikayla who said, "Playing the role of Anne Frank on the 70th anniversary of her death has changed the way I choose to live my life. She was so young and full of hopes and dreams despite her situation. Her story and her optimism have inspired me to pursue my dreams wit the same passion she did."

There have been many roles, but a few of the more notable roles she has played at the Past Time Theater in Winfield since 2012 include Hare, in Alice and Wonderland; Mrs. TV, in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; Mary Warren, in the Crucible; Ariel, in the Little Mermaid; and Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet. 

Mikayla loves being on stage and working toward her dream of being a great actress. We wish her the best.

Financial Aid for College

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Representatives from Bevill State and Northwest Shoals Community Colleges will be on campus to assist students and parents with their 2015-16  *FAFSA application.  Please have the information listed below to be able to complete your application.

  1. Your federal student aid PIN - This can be retrieved on Monday night if you do not have your pin number.
  2. Your social security number — If you don’t know it, it can be found on yourbirth certificate.
  3. Your driver’s license number — If you don’t have a driver’s license, then don’t worry about this step.
  4. Your tax records — Use income records for the tax year prior to the academic year for which you are applying: so if you are filling out the 2015–16 FAFSA, you will need 2014 tax information (W-2, 1040, etc).
  5. Records of your untaxed income — This includes a whole bunch of variables that may or may not apply to you, like child support received, interest income and veterans non-education benefits. 
  6. Records of all your assets (money) — This includes savings and checking account balances, as well as investments like stocks and bonds and real estate.
  7. List of the school(s) you are interested in attending — The schools you list on your FAFSA will automatically receive your FAFSA results electronically.  They will use your FAFSA information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid you may receive. You can list up to 10 schools on your FAFSA.            

If you’re a dependent student, you will need this information for your parent(s) as well.    

        *FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aide

Talk With Your Teens About Safety

Alabama State Troopers

Between now and the end of April, schools across Alabama and neighboring states will observe spring break, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) expects heavier-than-usual traffic on Alabama roadways and waterways.

Alabama State Troopers strongly encourage teens and their parents to make safety a priority.

“Parents, we need your help to make spring break season a safe one," Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said. "Let’s take a few minutes to go over traffic laws and boating with our teens, especially if they plan to travel with teen friends. Remind them to buckle up, to focus on the road, to avoid such distractions as texting while driving and to obey speed limits and other traffic laws.”

In addition, Collier said parents should ensure everyone understands boating laws and uses life vests when on the water. "The risk of water-related injuries increases as water traffic increases, so we all must be cautious when spending time at the lake or beach." 

And, he continued, because alcohol is the primary contributing factor in more than 60 percent of boating crashes, it is important to assign a designated boating operator before even setting out on a trip. While making plans, parents and other adults should be prepared to restrict access to alcohol and closely monitor teens to prevent under-age use

Collier said this also is the time for everyone to review the state's Graduated Driver License law, a three-stage licensing process that places certain restrictions on young drivers to ensure they acquire experience behind the wheel before driving without supervision or restrictions:

Stage I (learner’s permit): A teen is authorized to drive when accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver age 21 or older who is occupying the front passenger seat.

Stage II (restricted license): A teen age 16 or 17 who has passed the road skills test may drive without supervision, but he or she must not have more than one passenger in the vehicle other than parents, legal guardians or family members; must not use any handheld communication devices while driving; must not drive between midnight and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver age 21 or older.  

Stage III (unrestricted license): A teen age 17 who has held a Stage II license for six months or longer may obtain an unrestricted license. Anyone who is age 18 or older may bypass the first two stages and obtain a Stage III license after passing the road skills test.

First Day of Spring

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New Drainage Culvert to Eliminate Highway Flooding

Harold Bearden

Work on the $1.2 million drainage project on Highway 13 north in front of the old Hardee's building moved into the second phase of prep work required before the actual installation of a new culvert. Alabama Power has already moved poles and lines on the norrh side of the highway in anticipation of the work to be done later by the state. Robinson and Sons of Haleyville has the contract to relocate the main water and sewer lines in within 30 days. A portion of the concrete parking area in front of the Hardee building will be removed in order to relocate the water line which paralleled the highway to underneath the path of the new culvert. The culvert will be built or poured in place and will cause some disrumption in traffic when the project gets to the final stage of construction.

The overall purpose of the project is to eliminate flooding over the highway during heavy rains. This has been a problem at this location for at least 30 years. Through the use of photos and videos provided by hbtv.us, the Alabama Department of Transportation realized the problem was bigger than originally thought. The money was allocated last year as a special project and dwill take several months to complete. The result should be the elimination of flooding in the area. 

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