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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Flash Flooding in Russellville

Harold Bearden

Heavy rains throughout North West Alabama Wednesday afternoon caused flooding in low lying areas. This photo by Brandy Hulsey shows the parking lot and drainage ditch in front of the Russellville Hospital late Wednesday afternoon. Our hilly area may not be Houston, but flooding can and does happen fast in low lying areas. 

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10 DAYS! Haleyville 9-1-1 Festival, June 5-6

Haleyville Chamber of Commerce

Each year, the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Haleyville, AL hosts a festival to celebrate its heritage and honor law enforcement and emergency personnel. Set for June 5-6, 2015, the annual 9-1-1 Festival celebrates the town’s role in making the first 911 emergency call with all the makings of a family-friendly event including music, activities for kids, street vendors, a parade, and much more, while honoring its police, fire, rescue, and emergency personnel. 

Headlining this year’s event is country rock band RESTLESS HEART which formed in 1983, and has released seven albums with twenty-five singles earning a spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Restless Heart has enjoyed six consecutive #1 hits including “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “The Bluest Eyes in Texas,” “When She Cries,” “Why Does It Have To Be Wrong or Right”, and “Fast Movin’ Train.” In 1990, they were awarded Top Vocal Group by the Academy of Country Music. Restless Heart has received 4 Grammy nominations, 7 time Country Music Association award nominee and 4 nominations from the Academy of Country Music. From November 20, 2014 through Christmas Day they presented Restless Heart “A Season of Harmony” at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. For more information, visit www.restlessheartband.com


Ainsley's Angels

Lisa Shipman

This was the first year that Ainsley’s Angel athletes have participated in the Mark Forester Price of Freedom race under Haleyville ambassador and coach Elyse Aldridge.  The athletes were welcomed by the Forester family to participate and were thankful for their support and the assistance of the local rescue squad who provided back up during the hilly race.   Two Angel Rider Athletes won their age division in the race, but the memorial push-ups performed at the finish line was a powerful reminder of why everyone ran.  SrA Forester gave his life for our freedoms.
Five Ainsley’s Angels Rider Athletes along with their 11 Angel Runners joined other runners to pay tribute to a local hero at the Mark Forester Price of Freedom Race on May 16, 2015.  On September 29th, 2010, Senior Airman Mark Forester, beloved son, brother and friend was killed in Afghanistan while attempting to save a fallen comrade. Mark is proof that heroes are real.  The 5th annual race raises money for a scholarship for a deserving Haleyville High Senior. 

Ainsley’s Angels is a nationwide program in 17 states that provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to be included in all aspects of life including endurance races.  Athletes can participate in 5Ks to marathons to triathlons.  They do that through the support of local runners who become angel pushers and provide the wings for the athletes.  In the endurance events, the angel team is made up of an angel rider athlete, angel runners who are being pulled by their rider athletes to the finish line and guardian angels who support the team on race day by assembling race chairs, taking pictures, assisting athletes and other essential race day functions.  Financial support comes from individuals and corporations who partner to provide race chairs, trailers, medals and t-shirts and pay entry fees for races.  Race chariots are provided at no cost to the rider athletes as are finisher medals and t-shirts.  Children, teens, adults, veterans and anyone with a need and desire to experience the thrill of competition and fun is invited to participate as a rider athlete.  The angel pushers are truly blessed to be pulled across the finish line by the smiles and encouragement of the assisted athletes.   

Ainsley’s Angels of America was started by Kim and Lori Rossiter of Virginia Beach.  “Rooster” is serving with the Marines when he started racing with their daughter with Team Hoyt after Ainsley had a diagnosis of INAD, a rare terminal illness.  On July 4, 2014, Angel Elyse Aldridge drove from Haleyville to Tuscaloosa to participate in her first race with Ainsley's Angels. Elyse was pulled to the finish line by Angel Rider Athlete Kylie. This was just the beginning for Elyse and her desire to bring the fun of racing to Haleyville.  Elyse brings laughter and conversation and loves to share that her strength and joy comes from her trust in Jesus Christ.

Elyse is the Ainsley’s Angels Ambassador for Northwest Alabama.  The Mark Forester Race was her first race as Ambassador.  She hopes to participate in one race per month with plans to run the Haleyville 911 Festival race on June 6.  Ainsley’s Angels has provided the local ambassador with three race chairs along with shirts and bracelets, but she has to raise the money to cover these expenses and to add additional chairs.  In addition to these expenses, all rider athletes participate at no expense of their own.  The group covers their entry fees and provides all needed equipment.  All donations are tax deductible and will help Aldridge provide the experience of endurance events for assisted athletes. 

To learn more about being becoming an Angel and being pulled to the finish line by a rider athlete or to become an assisted athlete and experience the wind in your face, contact Elyse Aldridge and visit the groups website www.ainsleysangels.org.  Ainsley’s Angels are ready to Roll with the Wind and would love to have you see those smiles at every mile! 

Two Vehicle Acciddent, No Injuries

Harold Bearden

A two vehicle accident around 7 p.m. Sunday on 14 Avenue left two damaged vehicles but no injuries. Kenan Griffus, 17 driving a 2000 Honda Accord, lost control of his car and struck the left front of a Ford 250 pickup driven by Hunter Smitherman, 18. The Honda appeared to be totaled, with all the airbags deployed. Neither Griffus nor his 4 passengers were injured. The ford had a bent fender and a flat left front tire. Alabama State Troopers investigated the accident. 

HHS Class of 2015

Samantha Thomas


The commencement exercises of the Haleyville High School Class of 2015 were held Friday, May 22, 2015 at Haleyville High School’s Herman “Bubba” Scott Field. This senior class was made up of 119 students and set a new standard for all who will follow in their footsteps, leaving behind a legacy that is second to none. The most impressive achievement of this class is earning more than $2.1 million in scholarship funds to various colleges and universities across the country. Six of these graduates have also volunteered to serve in various branches of our nation’s armed forces.

In addition to great success in the classroom, the senior class of 2015 led Haleyville High School athletic teams to new heights as well. This year, Haleyville High School won the first football playoff game on the road in school history and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs. The boys’ basketball team advanced to Wallace State for the first time since 2008. The golf team advanced to the state tournament for the first time in four years and finished fourth place in the state for the first time in school history. Many members of this senior class also competed and were successful at the state track meet.  Athletic scholarships were awarded to the University of North Alabama, Blue Mountain College in Mississippi, Faulkner University, and Wallace State Community College.

The Roaring Lion Band received all superior ratings at all competitions this season. There were seven seniors who received performing arts scholarships and seven band members who received All State Band Honors.

Prior to Friday’s HHS graduation, one senior graduated from Northwest Shoals Community College with a degree in welding Thursday evening. Several other seniors have won prestigious art competitions, Automotive Technology Competitions, and Agriscience Competitions at both the state and national levels. Scholarships were awarded to the Air Force Academy, University of North Alabama, Marion Military Academy, Caterpillar, Lawson State Community College, Auburn University, and the University of Alabama, just to name a few.

The following statement is from Dr. Holly Sutherland, Principal of Haleyville High School.

“I cannot express how proud I am of each of you and how much I wish you success in the future. You have the skills and knowledge to help you accomplish all of your goals and dreams! Pair those with a strong work ethic and a positive attitude, and you will be unstoppable. Set your educational or career goals high and your moral and ethical foundation even higher. I wish you all the luck in the world! I love each and every one of you and always remember You Matter!”

Congratulations to the Class of 2015! May all of your dreams come true!

Full Ride

Samantha Thomas

The Haleyville High School Valedictorian for the Class of 2015 was Jake Pickens. Jake will be attending Northwest Shoals Community Community College on a full academic scholarship.

The Haleyville High School Salutatorian for the Class of 2015 was Ashley Adamson. She will be attending Jacksonville State University on a full academic scholarship.

The Haleyville High School Historian for the Class of 2015 was Ashlyn Jones. She will be attending Jacksonville State University on a full academic scholarship. 

HHS Alumni Scholarships and Senior of the Year

Samantha Thomas


Each year the Haleyville High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation awards four outstanding Haleyville High School graduates with scholarships during the graduation ceremonies. This presentation began in 1992 as a dream of Mr. Jerry Jackson. Since that time, the scholarship foundation has helped approximately sixty Haleyville High School graduates further their education through these alumni scholarships. 

During the 2015 commencement exercises of Haleyville High School, Ms. Beverly Donaldson presented four Haleyville High School graduates with $4,000 scholarships, totaling $16,000 of scholarship money over the four year period the graduates will attend the colleges and universities of their choices.  This year’s recipients were Ashley Blanco, Conner Kiser, Emma Rains, and Lacie Rowe. 

In addition, Ms. Donaldson also represented the Haleyville High School Alumni Association to present the award for the 2015 Senior of the Year. This year’s recipient was Miss Caroline Walker. 

Special thanks to Ms. Beverly Donaldson for her assistance with this article.

Drayer Physical Therapy Institute

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Leading the Way to Good Health

Beth Moore, PT, DPT, ATC

Manager Haleyville Center

Village East Shopping Center

Haleyville, AL 35565


Phone 205-486-8811

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ALEA Encourages Safety During Holiday Weekend


As summer approaches and another school year ends, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) urges Alabamians of all ages to ensure safety is part of their Memorial Day Weekend and during the summer months.

The official holiday traveling period runs from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday, May 25, and Alabama State Troopers assigned to the Highway Patrol and Marine Patrol Divisions will work together to create a highly visible enforcement presence and to promote public safety through midnight Monday, May 31.

In addition, state law enforcement will combine forces with county and municipal agencies in Alabama to conduct various details designed to enhance public safety and to enforce all laws, including traffic, boating, and alcoholic beverage laws. Troopers also will join law enforcement partners across the nation in this year’s Click It Or Ticket safety campaign, which began Monday, May 18, and runs through the end of May 31, to promote the use of seat belts and child restraints. Troopers and other officers will be looking for motorists who are not buckled up. In Alabama, the seat belt law mandates that all front-seat occupants -- regardless of age -- be restrained.

ALEA urges Alabamians to:

• Remember Alabama’s seat belt law mandates that all front-seat occupants -- regardless of age -- be restrained. The state’s child restraint law requires the following size‐appropriate restraint systems for children riding in front and back seats: Infant‐only seats and convertible seats used in the rear‐facing position for infants until at least 1 year of age or 20 pounds; convertible seats in the forward position or forward‐facing seats until the child is at least 5 years of age or 40 pounds; booster seats until the child is 6 years of age; seat belts until the child is 15 years of age.

• Restrict access and closely monitoring teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages.

• Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

• Buckle up -- no matter how short the trip -- on the road or on the water. Occupants of all ages should use seat belts or child restraints when traveling by motor vehicles. On waterways, all occupants of water vessels should use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

• Focus on driving or boating and avoiding such distractions as texting and talking on cell phones.

• Slow down in construction zones along the way. Drivers pose the greatest danger in work zone crashes by not paying attention, speeding and driving while impaired or distracted.

• Report anything suspicious (at school, public venues, etc.) to the Alabama Fusion Center’s tip line, 866.229.6220.

• Pay attention to weather conditions, particularly when there is thunder and lightning. Storms can come up quickly, especially in warm weather, so keep an eye to the sky. Watch for temperature changes, shifts in wind patterns and changes in cloud formations.

Story and photos courtesy of ALEA

Hackleburg Elementary Field Day

Misty Williams

Hackleburg Elementary Field Day was Wednesday, May 20. An annual event providing a day of fun in the sun on the school's new Football Field, Elementary students, teachers, as well as parents had a great time.  Principal Donna Palmer said her goal was to make the day before the last day of school fun for the kids. 

Haleyville City Council Meeting

Harold Bearden

The Haleyville City Council met with all members present Thursday in a rescheduled meeting from Monday. The council approved the general operation bills in the the amount of $356,772.79. Other items approved was a franchise agreement with Century Link, a one-time pay supplement for city employees (Christmas bonus) and an application for a CDBG grant for water and sewer line work in the Cripple Creek subdivision and the city's match for the grant. 

Approval was given for the hiring of Johnathon Wiley for the Street and Sanitation Department pending his passing his CDL test, at a starting wage of $11.03/hour.

The mayor transferred Stacy Holley from part-time Class II dispatcher status to full-time Class II status effective June 6 with a pay adjustment to $11.53/hour. 

Nine lifeguards were also hired to work at the city pool for the summer at $7.25/hour. Hired were Anna Laine Godsey, Logan Dye, Kayleigh White, Kaci Moore, Jared Brimer, Maggie McGough, Natalie Epperson, Leslie Wright, and Cal Taylor. 

Ray Forester, father of Mark Forester, thanked the mayor and council for all the help provided by the city in the recent Mark Forester Price of Freedom Race. He stated there was an excellent turnout, and it would not have been possible without the help of the city, especially the police department providing escort. 

The next council meeting will be Monday, June 1.

Paradise 92.7 is Back on the Air

Harold Bearden

A very small, but expensive, transistor in the 1973 Gates FM transmitter decided to bite the dust on Tuesday, just before noon. The transister is considered obsolete in the U.S. and this replacement was manufactured in Russia. Thanks to Stan Jones for finding the problem and getting the replacement installed and putting WWWH-FM back on the air.  Just a reminder, you can always listen to Paradise 92.7 on the internet. Simply click on the icon in the upper left hand corner of this home page, and enjoy the music. Thanks for your patience and thanks for listening.

Haleyville Board of Education

Harold Bearden

The Haleyville Board of Education, with all members present, met Tuesday evening and elected new Board Officers. Beth McAlpine stepped down as president and was replaced by Kris Burleson, who conducted the remainder of the meeting. Barry Burleson was elected Vice-President of the board.

The Board approved the expenditures for April 2015 in the amount of $1,301,792.72. Summer school at the Haleyville Middle School and Haleyville High School were approved with the first session to begin June 8. Lunch prices, as well as bids for milk, bread and ice cream were approved. A contract with Encore Rehabilitation was approved for PT/OT for the coming school year. 

Several items were approved under use of facilities, field trips and fundraisers and personnel. See details below.

An announcement was made there will be one last chance for HES Kindergarten registration on June 23, 2 - 6 p.m. 

Graduation for the HHS Class of 2015 is Friday night at 8 p.m. at Bubba Scott Field.

The next meeting of the Haleyville BOE will be June 30.




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