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Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Week 5 Football Scores


Haleyville 56 at Curry 26

Phillips 46 at Cherokee 20

Red Bay 69 at Phil Campbell 13

Winston County 14 at Oakman 35

Vinemont 6 at Winfield 38

Meek 12 at South Lamar 34

Marion County 55 at Lynn 8

Addison 13 at Hanceville 0

Brilliant 6 at Hubbertville 40

Shoals Christian 14 at Hackleburg 27

Hamilton 14 at Cordova 20

Danville 26 at Fayette County 41

School Bus Accident

Sam Poe

There was a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Maple Street and Cedar Avenue in Hilltop Subdivision Thursday afternoon around 4:00. The vehicles involved were a school bus from Haleyville City Schools and a GMC truck. The truck was parked in the roadway, and the school bus was turning from Cedar Avenue onto Maple Street. There were five students on the bus when the accident occurred, but no one was injured. The accident is under investigation by the Haleyville Police Department. Names of the drivers are expected to be released soon. 

Arts Council Hosts Concert

Sam Poe

The Winston County Arts Council is hosting a concert with Pianist Robert Cowan. The concert will be held Monday, September 22, 2014 at Lakeshore Inn at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the event will be $15 each and will provide dinner and admission to the concert.

For over forty years, Robert Cowan has performed piano concerts. He travels with his 7-foot Hamburg Steinway to his engagements throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Additional concert tours have taken him to the Far East, Russia, Austria and Czechoslovakia.

Robert Cowan has studied with Joseph Raieff at Julliard (B.S. and M.S. Degrees), Cecile Genhart at the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A.), and with Harold Craxton as a Fulbright Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music (L.R.A.M.). Mr. Cowan has been duo-pianists-in-residence at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama with his former wife, noted pianist Joan Yarbough, and an artist-faculty member at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina. He currently lives in Montevallo, Alabama and has a busy solo piano performance schedule.

The Winston County Arts Council currently provides arts supplies to all Winston County Schools as well as Haleyville City Schools. The council is made up of volunteers from across Winston County and is funded by donations and fundraisers.

For more information, contact any member of the Winston County Arts Council. 

Drive One For Your School

Sam Poe

The Haleyville High School Roaring Lion Band will host the Drive One For Your School Event Friday in the parking lot beside the football field. It will be held this Friday, September 19, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This fundraiser is one of the easiest for community participation, as it requires very little effort and is absolutely free to support. All you need to do is show up to test drive a new Ford from John Carpenter Ford during the event. (You have to be at least eighteen years old with a valid driver's license.)  For every test drive, the Roaring Lion Band will earn $20 and can earn up to $6,000 throughout the day.

The band would like to say a special thank you to Jason Godsey and John Carpenter Ford for making this event possible. 

PCHS Opens Doors

Sam Poe

After more than three years in temporary situations on the campus of Northwest Shoals Community College, in mobile units, and at community churches, the Phil Campbell Bobcats have a new place to call home. Students filled the halls of the new PCHS building Monday for the first time. According to PCHS officials, the transition went even better than expected with only a few minor glitches. A few students wandered the hall looking for classrooms, and adjustments to new routines began. However, the smiles on the faces of the students made the hard work worth it for Phil Campbell educators.

The new school is not currently open for public tours, but an open house ceremony is expected soon so the community can visit.

 Welcome home, Bobcats!

Tips for the November Election

Sam Poe

With the November general election quickly approaching, here are a few tips you need to know to help you better prepare.

  • Offices on the ballot will include local (sheriffs, school boards, and county commissions), state (governor, State Senate, and State House of Reps), and national (U.S. Senate and U.S. Representatives).
  • In June's primary elections, only about 21% of registered Alabama voters participated in the votes. This is the lowest voter turnout in more than 16 years.
  • Registration for new voters, as well as updating your current registration status (due to moves or name changes), must be completed no later than October 20, 2014.
  • If you need to vote using an absentee ballot, your deadline for application for absentee ballot is due no later than October 30, 2014. Your ballot must be post marked or hand delivered no later than November 3, 2014.


If you are unsure whether or not you are registered to vote, you can contact the Board of Registrars Office. In Winston County, the phone number is (205)489-3966. For Marion County, call (205)921-3625, and in Franklin County, it is (256)332-8849. To view the Alabama Voter's Guide for additional information, [CLICK HERE].

If you would like to register to vote, you can fill out and submit voter registration forms at your local board of registrars. You can also get the form from all state and/or county offices that provide public assistance such as Medicaid, WIC, and DHR. Help is also available in those offices if you need help completing or submitting the forms. You can also fill out and submit a voter registration form when obtaining or renewing a driver's license or when applying for a library card at any county library and many city libraries. For more information on voter registration, [CLICK HERE].

Haleyville City Council

Sam Poe

The Haleyville City Council met Monday evening for the regularly scheduled council meeting, and Councilman Jonathan Bennett was absent. The following items were approved.

  • minutes  from council meeting, public hearing, and work session from 09/02/2014
  • August general operational bills in the amount of $375,266.78
  • renewal of $290,000 line of credit (It is not being used but needs to remain active in case it is needed for future purposes.)
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Marion County for debris removal in order to receive FEMA reimbursement in case of an emergency
  • renovations to the Haleyville City Pool totaling $47,380 with Hollywood Pools as the low bidder on the project
  • advertisement for bids for construction on the new Haleyville Fire Station
  • advertising for sealed bids for surplus property located in Forest Park Subdivision (Royce Benefield abstained from this vote.)
  • purchase of room partitions for the Neighborhood Facilities Building from Witcher Office Supply for $2,860 for supplies and installation
  • resignation of Brett Vinson from the Haleyville Street and Sanitation Department
  • advertisement for four new full time employees for the Haleyville Street and Sanitation Department- The council hopes these four full time employees will eliminate the need for eight seasonal employees each year for the department, but this is not guaranteed due to the need being dependent on the amount of work pending each season. The mayor also changed the status of seasonal employees Chad Manasco and Todd Hood to full time to fill vacancies due to a retirement and a resignation.
  • The council also discussed appointments for various boards throughout the city. These will be reviewed by council members and discussed more in-depth at the next council meeting. 

Lions Fall to Tigers

Sam Poe

The Haleyville Lions faced the Fayette County Tigers Friday night in Week 4 of Alabama High School Football. The Lions entered the game undefeated, unfortunately they were plagued with costly turnovers throughout the game, including one very controversial turnover in the final minutes of the game that landed the Lions on the losing end of the 28-21 score. Here are the unofficial offensive stats for the game.


Brady Sherrill- 25 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns; 1 reception for 5 yards

Conner Kiser- 11 carries for 48 yards; 8/16 completions for 138 yards and 1 touchdown

Dillon Posey- 1 carry for 3 yards; 3 receptions for 64 yards

Jonas Dodd- 4 receptions for 69 yards 

For more photos, [CLICK HERE].

Franklin County Loses Ambulance Service

Sam Poe

UPDATE: Pleasant Bay Ambulance Service has now decided to stay in business and to serve Franklin County, at least temporarily. The formal contract with Shoals Ambulance has now been verified, and they will provide two top of the line critical care ambulances to Franklin County around the clock. During peak times, more will be sent to the county for additional coverage. Continue to follow developments on this story using the link below. 

During Monday's Franklin County Commission meeting, employees of the Pleasant Bay Ambulance Service  resigned from their positions after the commission did not endorse Pleasant Bay as the sole provider of coverage for Franklin County.  Employees of Pleasant Bay yelled remarks from the back of the meeting room stating, "Good luck," and "Y'all can have it." These reactions followed Probate Judge Barry Moore's reading of the letter of recommendation from Franklin County's EMS Committee listing Shoals Ambulance as the committee's choice.  

For the past 90 days, Pleasant Bay Ambulance Service has been under contract with Franklin County to provide coverage for the county while waiting for a more permanent decision to be made. According to Elzie Malone, owner of Pleasant Bay Ambulance, the company is no longer under any obligation to provide services.  You might also recall that an employee of Pleasant Bay Ambulance Service was arrested for being intoxicated on the job during an emergency transport in August. More information on that story is listed below.

Blake Hargett, Operations Manager for Shoals Ambulance Service, was in attendance at the meeting and immediately made a call for an ambulance to be dispatched to Franklin County to provide emergency service to the county after learning Pleasant Bay would no longer be providing those services. Shoals Ambulance Service will be under contract with Franklin County as soon as the contract is agreed upon by lawyers from both organizations. That is expected to happen as early as Monday afternoon.

Special thanks to our friends at the Franklin County Times for assistance with this story. Please [CLICK HERE] for more information on Monday's decision for ambulance provider, and [CLICK HERE] for information about the arrest of the Pleasant Bay EMT. 

Family Home Destroyed by Fire

Sam Poe

A family's mobile home was completely destroyed by fire Friday night around 8:00. The Bowman residence was fully involved when firemen from the Haleyville Fire Department arrived on the scene. Initial calls stated the occupants were entrapped, but no one was inside the home, and no one was injured in the fire. The home was located on State Highway 195 in the Needmore Community.  The Haleyville Fire Department was also dispatched back to the scene for a small rekindle Saturday around noon. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

V.F.W. Donates to Local Fire Departments

Sam Poe

Haleyville's Post 4543 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars recently honored four local fire departments in remembrance of the lives of first responders lost on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Post commander, Dwight Thomas, opened the ceremony with a speech reminding the attendees of the risk taken by our first responders each day, not only in New York and D.C. but right here in our own communities. As a gift, Post 4543 presented cases of water to each of our local departments for use at scenes. 

Ward Honored as Gatorade Player of the Year

Sam Poe

Left to Right: Ward's mom-Tracie Ward, Holly Ward, Ward's dad-Kevon Ward, HHS Coach Kara West, HHS Coach Whitney Webb, HHS Principal Dr. Holly Sutherland, and HCS Superintendent Dr. Alan Miller

During halftime of Friday's HHS vs. Fayette game, former Lady Lions standout pitcher, Holly Ward, was recognized as last year's Alabama Gatorade Softball Player of the Year. Ward was selected after leading the Lady Lions to two state championships, runner-up, and third place finish at the Alabama High School Athletic Association Softball State Tournaments for the past four years. Ward is now a freshman at Mississippi State University and will be pitching for the Bulldogs.

Congratulations, Holly!

You Make the Call

Sam Poe

Haleyville lost a heartbreaker to Fayette County Friday night after a controversial play. The call was that Haleyville's #22-Brady Sherrill fumbled the ball, but did the ground cause the fumble? You make the call. 


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