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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Lions Wipeout the Wildcats

Sam Poe

The Haleyville Lions faced the Wildcats of Central (of Florence) High School Friday evening. The Lions were able to capture a big 53-35 win. Here’s a look at the scoring summary for the game.

The one and only score of the first quarter came from a 42 yard run by Brady Sherrill. Reyes added the point after to take the Lions up 7-0 with 2:52 remaining in the opening quarter. The second quarter was full of action by both teams. With 11:51 remaining in the half, Sherrill scored another Lions TD on a 1 yard run, and Reyes again completed the point after attempt to take the Lions up 14-0. With 9:57 remaining, Corinthian Graham scored on a 5 yard run, and Murphy completed the kick to take the score to 14-7 Lions. Next, QB Conner Kiser scored for the Lions on a 12 yard run and then completed a two point conversion play with Kiser to Evans to take the Lions up 22-7 with 6:28 remaining in the half. The Wildcats scored with 3:56 on the clock on another Graham 24 yard run, but they were unable to complete the point after attempt. The Lions continued to lead 22-13. The final scoring drive of the first half was a 3 yard run for the Wildcats by Denton Chandler. The Wildcats then completed the two point conversion, leaving the halftime score 22-21 in favor of the Haleyville Lions.

After another stellar halftime performance of the Roaring Lions Band, the teams returned to the field for the second half of play. The Lions struck first with 10:36 remaining in the third. QB Kiser completed an 18 yard TD pass to Jonas Dodd and then a two point conversion play Kiser to Dodd to take the Lions up 30-21. Central returned on a Clayton Chaplin 26 yard run and two point conversion with 7:33 remaining in the third. The Lions held on to the lead 30-29.  Then, Antonio Reyes added three points to the board for Haleyville with a 33 yard field goal with 0:39 remaining in the quarter. The final quarter began with a 28 yard run by Central’s Denton Chandler to take the Wildcats up 35-33 with 11:23 remaining in the game. Haleyville returned the kickoff 72 yards to regain the lead for the Lions 39-35 after the two point conversion play failed. With 6:45 remaining, Kiser completed a 27 yard pass to Posey, and Reyes completed the point after attempt to take the Lions up 46-35. The final scoring drive of the game was a Conner Kiser 80 yard run and the extra point added by Reyes with 3:34 remaining in the game. The final score was Haleyville 53 Central 35.

 

New Business License Regulations

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October 1st is the first day business owners around the State of Alabama will be able to purchase a business license for 2014. Because of a new law, business owners now have to provide the Federal Employee Identification Number or the Social Security Number in order to obtain a business license. This law was passed by the Alabama legislature earlier this year in order to streamline the business license process and as the first step toward business license reform in the state.  The last day to purchase the 2015 license without penalty is October 31, 2014. 

HCS Celebrates Homecoming

Sam Poe

This week, Haleyville City Schools will celebrate Homecoming. The week will be filled with activities in Haleyville City Schools, including a theme each day, the annual homecoming parade, and a pep rally. Activities for the week will conclude Friday evening at the football game against Cordova. This game will be a big regional matchup for the team, and the announcement of this year’s Homecoming Queen will be made during the halftime ceremony. The following young ladies have been named to this year’s Homecoming Court.

 

9th Grade- Kayleigh White

10th Grade- Anna Laine Godsey

11th Grade- Maddie Lowman

12th Grade- Rachel Bailey, Makenzie Holley, Danielle Rader, Hannah Rader, and Caroline Walker

Homecoming Themes

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The Haleyville Lions will celebrate Homecoming this week, with the Homecoming Game and Halftime Celebration Friday, October 3, 2014. Each day this week will have a different theme for student participation. Here’s a look at what to expect this week!

 

Monday- “Can’t Hide Our Pride”- Camo Day

Tuesday- “Make Them See Stars”- America Day (Wear red, white, and blue.)

Wednesday- “Be Their Worst Nightmare”- Pajama Day

Thursday- “Lions Have Class”- Dress your BEST Day

Friday- “Beat Cordova”- Spirit Day! (Wear red and white, spirit shirts, or homecoming shirts.)

 

Please remember the dress code must still be followed with these themes. 

Drayer Ribbon Cutting

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Drayer Physical Therapy Institute celebrated the opening of their new expanded location in the old Walmart building on Highway 195 in Haleyville. Drayer is the fourth and final business in the Action Properties location. Drayer was originally in the same mall but located several doors down. In the new location, they not only expanded with an area three times the size of the original location, but they also added an inground pool to offer aquatic therapy. The Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held Thursday evening. 

Week 6 Football

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Here’s a glimpse at Week 6’s High School Football action for area schools. 

 

Haleyville 53 Central 35

Phil Campbell 0 Phillips 24

Winston County 41 Carbon Hill 8

Winfield31 Hamilton 38

Brilliant 22 Hackleburg 45

Lynn 14 Sumiton Christian 7

Marion County 6 Colbert Heights 27

Meek 28 Vina 8

Addison- Off

HCS Adopts Sex Offender Policy

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At Tuesday evening’s Haleyville City Board of Education, the board approved a Sex Offender Policy for Haleyville City Schools. Here is a detailed look at the policy. 

 

“For the safety and security of all students, all adult sex offenders will be monitored by the school principal, or designee, while on Haleyville City Schools’ grounds or while attending Haleyville City Schools’ activities.

 

For the safety and security of all students, all adult sex offenders must report immediately to the principal of the school, or designee, upon entering school property or arriving at a K-12 school activity. When reporting to the principal or designee the adult sex offender will inform them of the rationale for his or her visit (who they are there to see and why) as well as where they plan to be during the activity (general location). The adult sex offender will also notify the principal or designee when they exit school grounds or the school activity. The school principal or designee, through visual observation, will periodically and discreetly monitor the whereabouts of the adult sex offender to the best of their ability while on school grounds or during the school activity. At no time should the adult sex offender be in an unsupervised area with K-12 students or in an area where they can not be observed by the principal or designee.”

Scouts Visit Paradise

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The Haleyville Cub Scout Pack 97 visited the Paradise 92.7 station Monday afternoon while working toward communication badges. The scouts learned how the station is used to communicate important information to the public each day and during emergency situations.  They also learned what happens inside the station to make what they hear on the radio. 

 

Board of Education

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The Haleyville City Board of Education met for the monthly meeting Tuesday night. All members were present, and the following items were approved.

  • field trip request for SKILLSUSA, AYES, and Mike Bachelor to attend Joint Leadership Conference in Birmingham, AL November 18-19
  • Sex Offender Policy
  • Data Governance Policy
  • substitute teacher list
  • field trip request for FFA students and Caleb Beason to attend the National FFA Convention October 28-Noevmber 1 in Louisville, KY
  • termination of federal funding for one teacher unit at HES and funding said teacher unit through the State Foundation Program for the 2014-15 school year
  • 7 fundraisers for Haleyville City Schools

Roaring Lions Join With Pride of Dixie Band

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Five members of the Haleyville High School Roaring Lion Band volunteered to join up with students from dozens of other high schools from across Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi to take part in the “Band Extravaganza” hosted by the University of North Alabama Pride of Dixie Band.  Over 800 students were in attendance in the group, along with the Pride of Dixie, and performed at halftime of the UNA vs. Langston University (Oklahoma) game.

 

A small group of Roaring Lion band members will be at Wal-Mart performing this Saturday, September 27, 2014 and holding a “Fill the Bucket” fundraiser.  Everyone is encouraged to attend to support the band. Also, Band Director Reggie Tolbert and the Haleyville Band Boosters would like to thank the community for all of the support in the BBQ dinner and the “Drive One For Your School” event. 

Courtesy Photos

Unemployment Rates Show Improvement

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The unemployment rate for the State of Alabama has been a major topic since rates began climbing in late 2007. Prior to the sharp increase, the State of Alabama was at historical lows in April of 2007 with only a 3.2% unemployment rate. In December 2007, our country entered a recession, and the rates began to rise across the nation.

 

In October 2009, it peaked at 10.0% nationwide with Alabama coming in just above the national average at 10.4%, four months after economic specialists declared the United States was no longer in the recession. Rates have now begun to reach the lowest point since the recession began, coming in at 6.9% for Alabama for August 2014 (Winston County-8.9%, Marion County- 9.0%, Franklin County- 8.3%, and Lawrence County-8.9%).

 

In addition, all Alabama counties, with the exception of Dallas and Greene Counties, showed a decrease in unemployment during August. The counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby at 5.1%; Blount at 5.7%; and Cullman, Lee, and Baldwin Counties at 5.8%. 

Inspections Begin on Gas Pumps

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Gas prices are finally falling, but have you already been getting less than you pay for? 

 

Gas pumps across the State of Alabama are supposed to be inspected annually to ensure you are not overcharged or undercharged and that there is no water in the gas to cause engine problems in your car. However, since a major reduction of Department of Agriculture staff in 2010 that decreased the number of statewide inspectors from 23 to 5, many pumps around the state have not been checked annually, and some have not been checked since 2010. 

 

How do you know when the pump was last inspected? It's rather easy to tell actually. There is a small sticker on the side of each pump that is shaped like the State of Alabama. Those stickers are color coded to tell you the year of the last inspection. Blue stickers mean the pumps were inspected in 2010. Green stickers are from 2011, and brown stickers are from 2012. 

 

The state legislators passed new legislation last year, allowing registered service agents to inspect and report back to the Department of Agriculture. Then, the inspectors from the Department of Agriculture will be randomly checking behind the private companies to ensure inspections are being properly conducted. Once the inspection is completed, business owners can face fines ranging from $500 to $8,000 if their pumps do not comply with requirements. 

 

Inspections will begin across the state next week. It will take approximately one year to inspect all pumps in Alabama, but then inspections will be completed annually as required by the law to ensure you are receiving the best quality product available. 

Local Schools Compete for Grants

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The Power To Play grant program focuses on the importance of keeping students active in sports and will award $2,500 to each of 36 schools throughout the state to support their athletic programs. The program aims to help high school athletic programs break down barriers to student participation.

Research shows students who participate in athletics get better grades and are more likely to graduate from high school, among other benefits.

Finalists for the grants were announced Monday and are now competing in an online ballot process, during which members of the community can vote to support their school. Winners will be announced Dec. 3.

Local high schools selected as finalists are Haleyville, Phillips, Meek, Brilliant, Marion County, Hackleburg, and Phil Campbell. You can vote for one school in each classification per day. [CLICK HERE] to cast your vote!

Alabama Disability Cripples Economic Growth

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According to new statistics, Alabama has the second highest disability rates in the nation. Only West Virginia ranks higher for more disabled workers in the typical workforce. In Winston County in 2013, 1,015 people received disability benefits, totaling $470,000. In Marion County, 1,145 residents were on disability, totaling $558,000.  

 

While there are many opinions and options for the reason behind this, many experts believe these numbers have resulted from blue collar work in the South. Rather than banking, finance, and other professional office jobs being the main source of work for the state, most Alabama residents have remained in the blue collar industry throughout their lives. Production plants and factories have provided the livelihood for Alabama and other southern states throughout the history of those states.  Alabama's numbers are extremely high, and they are closely followed by Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee further supporting the blue collar claim. 

 

Industry and manufacturing jobs have provided for the people, but they have also created an environment that is physically straining on the workforce. It often results in back and neck injuries, hearing loss, and further physical injury to workers. Illiteracy is also a factor, as many older Alabama residents are not able to read and write. Without a viable option for employment under those circumstances, these individuals often see disability as the only option. This is true among many of the aging Baby Boomers as the skill sets for employment are low and contained mostly to production type jobs, unemployment is extremely high, and jobs are scarce in these areas. 

 

Not only is this a scary statistic, but it also limits economic growth in the state. In the first quarter of 2014, Alabama saw a 1.2% increase in incomes. This was the fastest rate of growth in the nation for the time period; however, it came from a rapid increase in government benefits rather than from an increase in employment. Wages and salaries earned at work increased by 1%, but payments from the government increased at 2.2%, including the cost of living benefits increase effective in January 2014. These and many other statistics show up when prospective businesses look at Alabama for beginning new locations. Business owners can be scared to enter the state with a new company, not knowing if there is a large enough qualified workforce to complete the tasks for the business or if there will be a high turnover rate due to injured and/or disabled workers. 

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