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Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Rushing to move to WCHS

Sam Poe

Sources have revealed that Haleyville High School's Coach Kelly Rushing will be resigning from HHS. Rushing has played multiple roles in the Haleyville City School system including Middle School Physical Education Teacher, Assistant Coach for football and basketball, and Head Coach for softball. 

Rushing is most well known for his leadership of the Varsity Lady Lions softball team that has been to the state tournament the past four seasons taking in two state championships, runner-up, and a third place finish in the four trips. 

Sources indicate that Rushing will be moving to Winston County High School to serve as WCHS Assistant Principal, Head Football Coach, and Head Softball Coach. Official news is expected on the resignation and hire later next week.

Two Vehicle Accident

Sam Poe

There was a two vehicle accident at the intersection of State Highways 13 and 195 Thursday afternoon. The 2013 Hyundai, driven by Hollie McGough, and the 18 wheeler, driven by Michael Dodd, were both turning right from Highway 195 onto Highway 13 when the vehicles made contact. The Hyundai sustained major damage to the driver's side, but McGough was not injured.  There was no damage to the truck, and Dodd was not injured. The accident is under investigation by the Haleyville Police Department. 

Scout Hut Repairs

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During Monday evening's city council meeting, the Haleyville City Council voted to make repairs to the Scout Hut in South Haleyville. Those repairs were approved up to $50,000. Here is a breakdown of the expenses to the building and the bids received for each project.

Fencing:

Austin Fencing- $12,472

Chambers Fencing- $13,275

One other business declined to bid.

Gas Pack (Heating and Air Conditioning):

Glass Heating and Air- $4,843

Keith's Heating and Air- $5,490

Affordable Service- $4,992- $5,489

Concrete:

Billy Hood- $23,340

Mike Forester- $21,000 (He does not have worker's comp insurance as required for city contracts and therefore has withdrawn his bid on this project.)

One other organization declined to bid.

Basketball Goal:

BSN Sports- $3,750

Paint and other supplies for lining the court will be purchased locally for around $150 and completed by city employees. The grand total of the project, according to these bids, will be $42,215.

Water Department Closer To New Home

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The new Haleyville Water Department Office will be opening late October or early November. Haleyville Water representatives stated great progress has been made on the new building. All wiring has been completed, as well as most of the sheetrock work. This week, crews are working on installing windows before working on more details on the inside of the building. Arguably, the best feature of the new location will be through the drive through window for payments. 

Chamber Offers Leadership Class

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The Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2014 Engaged Leaders for Better Communities Leadership Class. This class will meet one time each month, beginning in August 2014 and ending in April 2015. The class is designed to develop more informed community leaders and for individuals who would like to take a more active leadership role in the community.

The class is limited to the first 15 registered, and registration will end August 1, 2014. It will be held at the Alabama Power Business Office in Haleyville from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the selected dates.  For more information or to register, contact Melinda Weaver at (205)494-5500 or Natalie Boykin at (205)486-4611. You can also [CLICK HERE] to visit the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce website to view an online application. 

Schools Prepare For New Year

Sam Poe

The new school year is quickly approaching, and area schools are getting ready! Here's a list of upcoming events at our local schools.

Haleyville Elementary School:

  • Open House-  August 5, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Haleyville Middle School:

  • School tour and locker rentals- July 29, 2014 (The locker fee is $5, and only one locker will be sold per person.)
    • 6th grade- 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
    • 7th grade- 10:30 a.m. until noon
    • 8th grade- 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
  • Schedule pick up and open house- August 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Haleyville High School:

  • Locker rentals- July 29, 2014 (The locker fee is $10.)
    • 9:00 a.m. until noon for grades 9-12
  • Orientation, open house, and schedule pick up is August 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Phillips High School

  • Orientation and locker rentals will be July 31, 2014.
    • 12th grade- 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.
    • 11th grade- 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
    • 10th grade- 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
    • 9th grade- 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
    • 8th grade- 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
    • 7th grade- 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Haleyville City Council

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The Haleyville City Council met Monday evening for the regularly scheduled meeting, and all council members were present.  The following items were approved.

  • council minutes and public hearing minutes from 07/07/2014
  • June general operational bills in the amount of $392,922.40
  • school board member without opposition (Beth McAlpine Place 1)
  • repairs to the Scout Hut up to $50,000
  • mayor to execute a quitclaim deed to clear up right of way question with ALDOT for landscaped islands at the intersections of 20th and 19th Streets and State Highway 13
  • change August 20 court date to August 28
  • advertising for a school crossing guard
  • two appointments to the Mental Health Board for 6 year terms- Tressa Wilson and Mary Lou Masters (replacing Wallace Thrasher and Bill Lakeman)

The next regularly scheduled Haleyville City Council meeting will be held Monday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m. There will also be a work session immediately following the council meeting to discuss the proposed Fire Prevention Ordinance. 

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

Sam Poe

The annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday has been announced for the State of Alabama.  It will take place August 1-3, 2014, and most area schools will start back August 7, 2014.  

As the new year approaches, most Alabamians will need to purchase school supplies, and this tax holiday will provide a little relief to the pocketbook. Items such as school supplies (books, pencils, paper, etc.), computers, and clothing will be free of state sales and use tax, however, city taxes may still apply in some cities.  (Haleyville will not apply city taxes to the included items.)  Items such as sports equipment, eyeglasses, and hair accessories will not be included in the tax free sale.

For a list of participating counties and cities, [CLICK HERE]

You can also see a full list of items included in the sale if you [CLICK HERE].

Hall of Fame Inductees

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Haleyville Inductees, Julie Bearden Terry and Kiah Brown

Courtesy Photo

The annual Winston County Sports Hall of Fame was held Saturday evening at Haleyville Elementary School. The following individuals were inducted.

Haleyville High School- Kiah Brown and Julie Bearden Terry

Addison High School- Ryan Woodard, Alton Prewitt, Tim Box, and Gary Ivey

Lynn High School- Amanda Farris Brown, Patricia Easley Suchey, Bobby Cagle, and Jerry Morrow

Meek High School- Lori Langley Evans, Donnie Peppers, Eric Fuller, and Sue Reed

Winston County High School- Hermit Davis, Zebb Cobb, Mike Cobb, and Whitney Sanders Todd

In addition, two academic athletes were inducted from Addison High School. They were Callie Brewer and Logan Denson. 

Farmers Home Furniture Ribbon Cutting

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Farmers Home Furniture is now open in Haleyville! Farmers is located in the old Wakefield Furniture location on State Highway 195. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday morning with representatives from the Haleyville City Council, the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce, Farmers Home Furniture corporate representatives, and local employees.

Farmers Home Furniture is a chain store that has 178 locations throughout the Southeast and one of the top 100 furniture companies in the country, as well as one of the largest privately owned businesses based in Georgia. Farmers  offers high quality name brand merchandise and superior service. 

Free Voter ID Cards

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Secretary of State Jim Bennett announced today that there will be another round of photo voter ID mobile unit visits starting in late July and continuing on into October.  This will be in preparation for the November general election.  Photo voter ID cards are given to qualified voters free of charge.

“We feel that the first round of visits to each and every county in our state – around 93 stops in all – was successful in reaching out to voters who did not have an acceptable form of photo ID to vote.  We would like to keep that success going and help voters who are still in need of a photo ID to receive one prior to the November election,” Bennett said.

After reaching out to elections officials in every county in Alabama and an analysis of the numbers of ID’s made in the state, the schedule of counties to re-visit was set.

“We have made almost 3000 photo voter ID’s to date in our state. We also launched a huge media campaign to advertise the fact that voters do now need a photo ID to vote.   We believe that the message is being heard; however, we will continue to reiterate it.  Some counties recommended that we return to a few more areas and serve the voters there.  We are glad to do that and assist the county with this effort,” Secretary Bennett explained.

 In addition to the mobile unit sites, voters can visit their local Board of Registrars office or the Secretary of State’s office during their weekly hours of operation to receive a free photo voter ID. A voter can also receive a free non-driver ID for purposes of voting at any office that issues non-driver ID cards. A voter can use any of the following forms of photo ID at the polls:

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