Toys for Kids
The annual Toys for Kids Drive in Haleyville is underway!
This year, the organization will serve 286 children in Haleyville, in order to provide them with toys for their Christmas gifts. The deadline for signing up for the project has already passed, but distribution of the toys is quickly approaching. If you are signed up to receive toys, they will be passed out Friday night, December 13, at the American Legion Building in Haleyville behind the Lions Den. If you have questions or concerns, contact Barry Burleson at (205)486-8121.
The Toys for Kids organization thanks each individual and business in the community who has donated to the cause and to those who have had fundraisers to assist with the project. Amongst those contributions, Walmart generously donated $1,500 to assist. Walmart also graciously provided support during the recent shopping trip for toys. Shown in the photos on this story are members of the Toys for Kids Project, Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce, Walmart representatives, and numerous volunteers who make this project successful every year.
Christmas by the Lake
The Haleyville Fire Department is preparing for the 12th Annual Christmas by the Lake. The event will open Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. and will continue through Christmas night.
Hours for this year's events are Sunday-Thursday 5:30-8:30, and Santa will be in his house from 6:00-8:00 on those evenings. Fridays and Saturdays, the hours will be 5:30-9:30, and Santa will be visiting from 6:00-9:00 nightly. However, Santa will not be available Christmas Eve or Christmas Night, due to prior obligations around the world.
There is no admission fee to the event, but donations for the Haleyville Fire Department will be accepted. Phillip Weaver, Haleyville Fire Chief, stated he and the department are very thankful to everyone who has made this event possible. He stated many donations have been received from businesses and individuals in the community, and without those donations, the event would not be able to take place each year. If you would like to volunteer to work Christmas by the Lake, call the Haleyville Fire Station at 486-2435.
One Fatality in Two Vehicle Accident
The Haleyville Police Department, Haleyville Fire Department, Alabama Department of Public Safety, Winston County Sheriff's Department, Delmar Fire Department, and Lynn Police Department worked a two vehicle accident on State Highway 13 South Tuesday just after 3:30 a.m. This accident occurred just south of the old Captain Dave's location, and State Highway 13 was shut down for several miles until around 8:30 a.m.
The accident involved a 2012 Freightliner truck, registered to Penske Truck Leasing and leased to Marshall Durbin, and a 1988 Dodge Ram pickup. The Freightliner was driven by Jimmy Robinson, age 62 of Cordova, and the Dodge was driven by Ryan "Chase" Thompson, age 28 of Haleyville. Robinson had only minor injuries, but Thompson passed away from injuries sustained during the crash. The accident is under investigation by the Haleyville Police Department Traffic Homicide Unit, with assistance from the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Chamber Hosts Town Hall Meeting
The Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a county-wide town hall meeting Thursday night at Haleyville Middle School. Many senators and representatives from our area will be at the event, and there will be a question and answer session that is open to the public. It will begin at 7:00 p.m., and the Chamber of Commerce encourages everyone to attend.
With potential hazardous winter weather approaching the area, some area schools and businesses have opted to delay their opening Tuesday morning. At this time, these are the only known weather delays in our area.
--Franklin County Schools will open at 10:00 a.m.
--Russellville City Schools will open at 10:00 a.m.
--Northwest Shoals Community College will open at 10:00 a.m. Finals scheduled for Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. have been rescheduled for Thursday at 2:45 p.m.
--Winston and Marion Counties, as well as Haleyville City Schools will make a decision Tuesday morning as more information is available regarding the weather in the area.
--No information is available from Athens State University at this time.
Dr. Alan Miller, Superintendent of Haleyville City Schools, stated he has requested assistance with monitoring of road conditions from the Haleyville Police Department throughout the night. Dr. Miller stated no delays are expected for Haleyville at this time since conditions are not expected to be hazardous in the area. However, if the HPD finds unsafe roadway conditions, an alternative decision will be made Tuesday morning. Bear Creek Police Chief Shane Whitten also stated his officer will patrol the Bear Creek area as the weather moves into the area and will report hazardous conditions when/if they are found.
Check back often for updates on any school, business, or road closures and/or issues related to the winter weather.
Local Selected For TN Road Team
The following press release was made available from the Tennessee Trucking Foundation Friday. The members of this year's Tennessee's Road Team are shown in the photo above, including three members from Alabama. Shown fourth person from the right is Randal Poe from Bear Creek. Also from Alabama were Stephen Richardson of Decatur and Stan Thrasher of Guntersville.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Trucking Foundation (TTF), the 501c3 charitable arm of the Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA), recently selected the 2014 Tennessee’s Road Team Captains.
Tennessee’s Road Team Captains are professional truck drivers who take the message of highway safety across Tennessee. The Road Team is a public education program designed to improve highway safety and educate motorists on how to safely share the road with large trucks.
The following finalists were selected to the 2014 Road Team:
David A. Baker, Milan Express, Milan, TN
Kyle A. Beach, TCW/Tennessee Express, Nashville, TN
Scott Davis, Con-way Freight, Nashville, TN
Arnold Dove, Venture Express, Lavergne, TN
Don Gamelli, Wal-Mart Transportation, Midway, TN
Brian Hall, Old Dominion Freight Lines, White Pine, TN
Matt McMillan, Averitt Express, Knoxville, TN
Lawrence Pelfrey, Venture Express, Lavergne, TN
Randal Poe, Milan Express, Milan, TN
Stephen Richardson, Big G Express, Shelbyville, TN
Stan Thrasher, Danny Herman Trucking, Mountain City, TN
Road Team Captains are available free of charge to speak to students and groups anywhere in Tennessee. Road Team Captains bring a tractor-trailer to presentations so participants may sit in the cab and experience the size of the vehicle while learning about safety issues such as blind spots (No-Zones) and safe passing techniques.
Tennessee Trucking Foundation’s mission is to save lives on Tennessee’s highways by educating all motorists on how to safely share the road with large trucks and commercial vehicles. Large trucks are a dominant part of the traffic stream and represent every 4th vehicle on the road.
To learn more about the highway safety education programs offered by the Tennessee Trucking Foundation please contact Dave Huneryager (615-777-2882) or Mandee Johnson (615-478-9797). Please visit our websites at www.tntrucking.org and www.tntruckingfoundation.org.
Winston County Cleanup Day
The Winston County Commission has set Saturday, December 7, 2013 as the County-wide Cleanup Day in coordination with BFI Landfill in Haleyville, Pace Ind. Landfill in Lynn, Hyche Landfill in Addison, and Hyche Landfill in Double Springs. Landfills will be open to the public for free from 8:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. Only appliances with freon removed from them will be accepted. The following items will not be accepted for this event: batteries, oil, paint, or aerosol cans, chemicals, styrofoam, televisions, or household garbage. There will be a limit of four (4) tires per vehicle or load. No commercial or industrial waste. Please take this opportunity to clean-up on your road and around your house and haul it to your nearest landfill.
If you have any questions, contact the Winston County Commission at (205)489-5031.
Haleyville Christmas Parade Rescheduled
The annual Haleyville Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade has been rescheduled for Friday, December 13,2013, at 6:00 p.m. Lineup for vehicles in the parade will start at 5:00 in the Haleyville Elementary School parking lot. Walking participants should assemble in the parking lot behind the Haleyville First Baptist Church.
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