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Saturday, November 1, 2014

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NWSCC Hosts Public Forum on Medical Marijuana


Phil Campbell, Ala. -- The Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will host an Honors Forum on Medical Marijuana, its future and use, at the Lou B. Bevill Auditorium on the Phil Campbell campus on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.


Each year Phi Theta Kappa focuses on a central topic. The 2014 topic has been “Frontiers: and the spirit of Exploration.” The forum will be on the medical uses of marijuana and Cannabidiol (CBD) oil.


Speakers for the forum include:


  • Dustin Chandler - Chandler started a grassroots campaign in Alabama to lobby the Alabama Legislature to pass a limited medical cannabis bill allowing the use of CBD oil.  The bill’s namesake, Carly’s law, is Chandler’s daughter.  Carly was diagnosed in February of 2012, with CDKL5. CDKL5 is a rare X linked genetic disorder that results in early onset, difficult to control seizures, and severe neuro developmental impairment. 


  • Joseph Skip Nichols - Nichols currently is the Clinical Director for Mission of Mercy Shoals, Tennessee Valley Drug Testing Management & Tennessee Valley Counseling.  Nichols has a decade of experience providing at-risk youth counseling, interventions, and substance abuse counseling and treatment placement.  He has experience with both in-patient and out-patient facilities, as well as private practice.


  • Mike Ball - State Representative Mike Ball was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002.  Ball received his A.S. in Criminal Justice from Jefferson State Junior College and his B.S. in Political Science from Athens State University. Ball represents the 10th District, Madison, Ala. He was a part of the team that assisted with the passage of Carly’s Law.
  • Ken Brackins - Brackins is a Psychology instructor at Northwest-Shoals Community College, where he has taught for 26 years.  He received his Master’s in Clinical Psychology with concentrations in Alcohol Drugs and Psychometrics from Alabama A&M, and a Bachelor’s Degree, double major in Psychology and Social work from the University of North Alabama.


Pam Peters, advisor for the Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, said, “We are very excited about this forum, our officers chose the topic and we hope that it will have a positive impact on our community.” The forum will explore the benefits and uses of marijuana and CBD oil in the state of Alabama and beyond.


There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

Candy Kickoff


The Candy Kickoff scheduled at Haleyville High School is still on! It has been moved inside the High School because of the weather, but all activities will still be taking place. Be sure to wear your costume and come trick-or-treat at HHS. All students 12 years old and younger who are in costume will get free admission into the game with a paid adult, and there will also be a costume contest just before halftime. Also, don't miss the special recognition of all senior football, cheerleader, band, volleyball, and cross country members on the field at 6:30!

HCT Robotics Competition

Sam Poe

The Haleyville Center of Technology Robotics Team is preparing for competition! Thirty-five members of the team designed and built this robot from various items provided to them. It will take place at the Shoals Campus of Northwest Shoals Community College, with portions of the competition scattered from Thursday evening through Saturday evening. Robotics Sponsor, Jamie White, stated the team has put a lot of hours, hard work, and dedication into the completion of this robot, and he is anxious for the competition this week.

The competition began September 20 of this year when the team received the components of the robot. In their package, they received plywood, PVC pipes, various wires, an unprogrammed controller, multiple motors, screws, and other hardware. The team began with each team member drafting and submitting an initial drawing of what he/she would like the robot to look like. The team then collaborated to put together ideas from each student and to make one overall vision for the project. The team poured countless hours of hard work and frustration into the building of the robot, from the actual assembly to writing code to make the controller manipulate the robot on command and even designing their own t-shirts for team members for the competition. After weeks of careful planning and assembly, the entire robot had to be changed last week after a test run because the design did not meet the minimum requirements for the competition. The team again went back to the drawing board to make the necessary corrections and assembled the robot yet again. The most notable change during this retake was the removal of the third rubber wheel on the back of the robot. Because the robot’s movements and turns were limited, the team decided to use a golf ball in its place to allow zero turns.

For the competition, the robot had to be mobile, able to lift approximately eight ounces, and drag approximately twelve ounces. The competition also required the team to create a marketing plan to raise money for the project. In order to compete and for the team to keep the robot after the competition, the project requires about $2,000. With approval from school administrators, team members were able to leave school to request donations from local businesses for the project. They had to keep track of each donation, who made it, and how that money was spent to fund the robot and the competition. In that notebook, the team also had to account for which team member was responsible for each aspect of the project and step by step instructions for the assembly. This portion of the competition will be judged by business professionals acquired by the Shoals Chamber of Commerce. The final portion of the competition is the Trade Show Booth. Throughout the day Saturday, judges can make random drop-ins to the booth that will be set up outside the gym at NWSCC. Any team member who is in the booth during the judge’s visit can be questioned about any portion of the robot, including design concepts, assembly, and functions, therefore requiring every team member to be informed on every step of this process.

White stated regardless of the outcome of this week’s competition he is proud of the creativity, teamwork, innovation, and dedication the team members have shown so far. 

The top photo shows members of the Robotics Team posing with their robot at Haleyville High School after demonstrating its abilities earlier this week. The top photo to the right is Chris Eckart showing how the robot is able to lift and move a 16 ounce bottle of water, which is double what is required for the competition. The next photo is the winning design for this year's t-shirts and its designer Chris Marchant. Then, the items shown in the following is the package of items received that had to be used for creation of the robot. The fourth photo was taken in the first weeks of the design, showing the frustration team members faced during construction. The final photo was taken in the trade booth at NWSCC during the competition Thursday evening. 

HCS to Continue After School Program

Sam Poe

In Tuesday evening’s Haleyville City Board of Education meeting, the board voted to terminate all staff and teachers of the 21st Century after school program due to loss of grant funding for the program. HCS Superintendent Dr. Alan Miller has stated that the after school program will continue, but it will now be called Extended Day and will not be funded through that grant. There will not be a gap in the after school program, and the students will not see the effects of this changeover. Parents WILL NOT have to find alternative after school plans, as all scheduling for this program will remain the same.  Dr. Miller also stated that the teachers who were terminated at Tuesday’s meeting are expected to be hired back at the November meeting to fill the positions in Extended Day, but it is unclear about the additional support staff at this time. 

Week 11 Football


It is the final week of regular season action for Alabama High School Football. Here’s a look at the matchups for local teams this week.

Haleyville vs. Lawrence County: All senior football, volleyball, band, cheerleader, and cross country members will be recognized in a special ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Hackleburg at Phil Campbell

R.A. Hubbard at Brilliant

Winfield at Lamar County

Marion County vs. Red Bay

Hamilton vs. James Clemens

Lynn at Carbon Hill

Meek vs. Sumiton Christian

Winston County at Addison

Phillips- Off

Bussman For Senate

pd pol Paul Bussman, Cullman


Time Change!


Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2:00 a.m.  Be sure to set all clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday. 

Board of Education

Sam Poe

The Haleyville City Board of Education met Tuesday evening for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. All members were present. Here’s a look at the items approved during this meeting.

  • August expenditures in the amount of $1,425,525.06
  • September expenditures in the amount of $1,388,584.23
  • Field trip request for Varsity Baseball and Todd McNutt to travel to the Spring Break Tournament in Gulf Shores March 29-April 2, 2015
  • Field trip request for DECA and Neina Middleton to visit the Titans Learning Lab in Nashville November 4, 2014
  • Surplus Equipment: printer, 4 stoves, 3 dishwashers, and 3 televisions
  • Substitute Teacher List
  • Junior/Senior Prom to be held at the Haleyville National Guard Armory April 11, 2015
  • Payment of annual property insurance in the amount of $76,955 to the State of Alabama Risk Management Insurance
  • “Candy Kickoff” and “Paint the Town Pink” events to be held on the grounds of Haleyville High School prior to the football game October 31, 2014
  • Use of HES Cafeteria by Fontaine Equipment Company December 5, 2014
  • Use of HES Lunchroom by the Haleyville Cardinal Toybowl Football for Awards Presentations November 4, 2014
  • Retirement of Mary Jo Swinney from HES effective January 2015
  • Termination of all 21st Century Staff and Teachers due to loss of funding, effective November 7, 2014
  • Hire of Dana Pettis as HES Teacher effective November 12, 2014

Area Halloween Activities

Sam Poe

Halloween is Friday, which means all the ghosts and goblins are ready to come out and play. In addition to door-to-door trick-or-treating throughout Haleyville and the surrounding cities, here is a list of other community events happening in our area this week.

Haleyville High School will host a Candy Kickoff Friday, 10/31 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. There will be a $5 parking charge for all cars. Kids ages 12 and under who are in costume will get free admission into the football game with a paid adult. There will also be a costume contest held just before halftime at the game.

Rose Manor will be passing out candy to trick-or-treaters from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Friday. 

New Hope Baptist Church on State Highway 129 will be hosting a Fall Festival Friday, 10/31 beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Activities include Trunk-or-Treat, games, and a hayride. There will also be live music. If you need transportation, call 205-269-2164.

South Haleyville Baptist Church will be hosting a Trunk-or-Treat event Friday 10/31 beginning at 5:00 p.m. They will also have refreshments.

Crossway Fellowship on State Highway 195 will be hosting a Trunk-or-Treat event Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Bear Creek will have a community-wide Halloween at the Park event Friday, 10/31 at the Twin Forks Campgrounds. It will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Trick-or-treat stations will be set up at the campsites, and transportation from the concession stand to the campsites will be provided. No other vehicles will be allowed to travel in the campground during trick-or-treat hours. Parents are encouraged to accompany smaller children.

Haleyville First United Methodist Church on 9th Avenue will hold the Hallelujah Festival Wednesday, 10/29 at 6:30 p.m. It will be located in the gym inside the church. There will be a blow-up slide, cake walk, costume parade, games with prizes, various activities, and Trunk-or-Treat cars lined up in the parking lot.

CrossWay Church on 18th Avenue will host a Trunk or Treat event Thursday, 10/30 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Mountain View Baptist Church in Phil Campbell will have a Trunk-or-Treat Friday, 10/31 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Refreshments will also be served.

Grace Baptist Church on State Highway 129 in Haleyville will host a Fall Festival Saturday, 11/1 from 5:00-8:30 p.m. They will have a hay ride, hotdogs, chili, and other activities. Please no costumes at this event.

New Oak Grove Freewill Baptist in Nauvoo will host a Trunk-or-Treat Thursday, 10/30 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

9th Avenue Church of Christ will have a Trunk-or-Treat event Wedneday 10/29 immediately following Bible Classes. Classes will begin at 6:30 p.m., and all ages are welcome. Prizes wille be given for the best boy and girl costume. 

If you would like to add an event, please email event details to sampoe@3wh.us.

Lions Cage the Hawks

Sam Poe

The Haleyville Lions secured a position in the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Playoff Games Friday night with a big win over Danville High School. Here’s a look at the scoring drives from Friday night.

The first half was all Haleyville, as the Lions led 49-0 at the half. During the first quarter, QB Conner Kiser scored on a 14 yard run, and Reyes added the extra point to take the Lions up by 7 with 11:25 remaining in the quarter. Next, Kiser threw to Jonas Dodd who scored on a 15 yard pass, and Reyes added the extra to give the Lions a 14 point lead with 10:03 on the clock in the first quarter. Brady Sherrill then scored on an 8 yard run, and Reyes completed the point after attempt to give the Lions a 21 point lead with 6:41 remaining in the opening quarter. The final score of the first quarter came on a Kiser to Dodd 22 yard pass. Reyes again added the extra, leaving the Lions with a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the action started for the Lions with a Kiser to Dillon Posey 19 yard pass to add 6. Reyes added the extra, and the Lions led by 35 with 7:51 remaining in the half. Next, Sherrill broke free on a 49 yard touchdown run, and Reyes completed the extra point. The Lions led by 42 with 5:12 remaining in the first half of play. The final scoring drive of the half came with :01 left on the clock with a Kiser to Posey 41 yard pass. Reyes again completed the extra point, and the Haleyville Lions entered halftime with a 49-0 lead over the Danville Hawks.

The third quarter action began with the first touchdown of the evening for Danville on a Kane Hogan 6 yard run. Jape kicked for the extra point, and Danville was on the board with 7 with 9:30 remaining in the third quarter. Will Evans added the next 6 for Haleyville on a 2 yard run. Reyes completed the extra point, and the Lions extended their lead 56-7. Danville answered with a Peyton Colburn 5 yard TD run, but the point after attempt failed. Danville trailed Haleyville 56-13 with 6:42 remaining in the third. Evans scored on another 12 yard touchdown run, and Reyes added the extra point. The Lions led 63-13 with 1:12 remaining in the third quarter. The only scoring drive of the fourth quarter came on a Hogan 10 yard run for Danville. The two point conversion failed again, and the Lions captured the 63-19 victory. 

Bids Opened for Haleyville Fire Station

Sam Poe

The City of Haleyville held a bid opening Friday morning for bids on construction of the new Haleyville Fire Station 1. The current fire station was recently sold during the sale of Haleyville City Hall to CVS Pharmacy. Here’s a look at the bids received for the site preparation, concrete work, and basic exterior building for the Haleyville Fire Station. 


Base Bid: The amount projected for the overall project, not including each of the alternates listed below. 

Alternate #1: Total that will be removed from base bid IF the building is completed with all metal siding and no block

Alternate #2: Amount to be added to base bid if glass doors are added to truck bays

Alternate #3: Amount to be removed from base bid if no generator is added to the building


Double Diamond Construction Company, Inc. from Northport, AL

Base Bid: $775,095

Alternate #1: -$20,000

Alternate #2: +$31,100

Alternate #3: -$34,000


Dymac Contracting, Inc. from Lynn, AL

Base Bid: $734,781

Alternate #1: -$35,000

Alternate #2: +$15,500

Alternate #3: -$40,000


Robinson & Sons Construction Services, Inc. from Haleyville, AL

Base Bid: $799,401

Alternate #1: -$38,000

Alternate #2: +$15,000

Alternate #3: -$35,000


The job will be awarded based on the base bid submitted from each company. The Haleyville City Council originally planned a special called meeting for Monday, October 27. However, that meeting was canceled to allow more time for price negotiations on this project. The bid is expected to be awarded Monday, November 3, 2014, in the regularly scheduled Haleyville City Council meeting. 

Aunt Jenny Visits the Library


Courtesy Photo


By way of a number of events in her life, Louisa Elizabeth Jane Bates Brooks  became known as one of the most notorious people in all of North Alabama.  She was known all around as simply “Aunt Jenny,” and she is the legend of many tales.  


On October 28 at 6:30 p.m. the Haleyville Public Library will host an evening with “ Aunt Jenny.”  Carla Waldrep, Librarian, will tell the many stories of the Life and Legend of this infamous lady from the Warrior Mountains (Bankhead Forest) and will conclude the program with some of the famous Ghost Stories about Aunt Jenny and other spirits that haunt our great state.  For more information call the Haleyville Library at 486-7450.

Local Football- Week 10


Haleyville 63 Daville 19

Decatur Heritage 33 Phillips 40

Berry 31 Lynn 14

Meek 12 Marion County 35

Vinemont 27 Winston County 21

Addison 27 Southeastern 7

South Lamar 38 Brilliant 0

R.A. Hubbard 15 Hackleburg 36

Carbon Hill 0 Hamilton 42

Winfield 44 Holly Pond 20

Phil Campbell- Off

Child Molester Back Behind Bars

Sam Poe

Photo Courtesy of Alabama Department of Corrections

Clyde James Patterson was convicted of three counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree in March 2007 for the sexual abuse of an eight year old female minor. He was sentenced to three ten year terms to be served consecutively. 


In September 2014, Judge Lee Carter was contacted by Patterson’s family members who stated he was in bad condition and would be dead within a week’s time. After conferring with medical experts at the prison, Judge Carter agreed to release Patterson from the correctional facility due to his terminal status. Upon Patterson’s return to the home, sources close to the family were relaying his status to Deputy District Attorney Neal Cook and indicated Patterson was not as sick as Judge Carter was led to believe. During the week following his release, the family also took Patterson to his family physician. In subpoenaed medical records, the physician stated Patterson’s life expectancy was three to six months. By the time the records were received, Patterson had already been back home for more than the one week indicated for his release.  


Due to these facts, Judge Carter issued an arrest order, and Patterson was picked up by the Winston County Sheriff’s Department and transported to the Limestone Correctional Facility in Harvest, Alabama. Cook stated it is highly unlikely Patterson will ever be released from the facility due to illness because of the deceiving information received in this event. Patterson will have a parole hearing in January 2017, and his minimum release date is currently set for May 15, 2024. 


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