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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Board of Education

Sam Poe

The Haleyville City Board of Education met for the regularly scheduled December meeting Tuesday evening. All board members were present, and the following items were approved.

  • Board expenditures for November 2014 in the amount of $1,308,807.66
  • Wellness Policy on nutrition, physical activity, and amendments to the CNP Policy
  • Substitute teacher list
  • 2015 HHS Varsity and JV Football schedules
  • Changes to the 2014-15 coaching assignments
  • HCS Child Nutrition Program HACCP Plan
  • Job description and posting for the Assistant Band Director
  • Revisions to the 2014-15 HCS Student Code of Conduct
  • Resolution in support of the three mill school district tax renewal
  • Use of the HES Cafetorium to ARC for Easter Pageant March 21, 2015
  • 2 fundraisers
  • Hire of Lisa Cook and Lisa Emerson as Extended Day tutors at HES for 2014-15 school year
  • Transfer of Pam Wilson from HMS to HES as lunchroom worker effective 01/05/2015
  • Hire of Cheryl Letson as Special Education Teacher at HHS effective 01/05/2015

Roaring Lions Earn $6,000

Sam Poe

Recently the Haleyville High School Roaring Lion Band participated in the Ford Drive One for Your School Event with John Carpenter Ford from Moulton. Thanks to many supporters in Haleyville and the surrounding community, the Roaring Lions were able to earn $6,000 which is the maximum amount for this fundraiser. John Carpenter and Jason Godsey from John Carpenter Ford were at Haleyville High School Monday to present the check to the Roaring Lion Band. Band Director Reggie Tolbert stated the money will be used to sustain the program over the next year and hopefully to purchase some new instruments. The band thanks each person who supported this fundraiser and made it a success.

Special thanks to John Carpenter Ford for always supporting Haleyville High School with this fundraiser. In the past four years since the program was introduced, approximately $38,000 has been earned for Haleyville High School with assistance from John Carpenter Ford.

Haleyville City Council Meeting

Sam Poe

The Haleyville City Council met Monday evening for the regularly scheduled council meeting. Councilman Bud Wilson was absent. The following items were approved. 

 -council minutes from 12/1/14

 -November general operational bills in the amount of $382,476.80

 -approval of the Hazard Mitigation Plan for cases of natural disasters with no changes from the last approved version

 -amendment of the employee holiday schedule (Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve are no longer holidays, but they were switched for the Friday after Christmas and the Friday after New Year's Day.)

 -approval of project close out for the Highway 13 drainage project (Royce Benefield abstained from the vote.) the local match on this project ended at $441,030. Because the project was over 286 days, City Engineer Calvin Cassidy recommended imposing a $10,000 liquidated damages fee on this project for the increased costs associated with the overages. 

The next scheduled city council meeting will be Monday, January 5, 2015. 

Rotary Toys for Kids

Harold Bearden

Friday, the Haleyville Rotary Club distributed approximately 500 toys to 180 families in the Haleyville Area. This is the first year the Haleyville Toys for Kids program has been a Rotary Club project. The multi-week project included fundraisers, purchasing the toys and the distribution of the toys. 

The Breakfast with Santa held recently is one fundraiser held annually for the project. Rotary Club members have worked many hours on the fundraisers, receiving and cataloging requests, purchasing toys and the actual distribution late Friday. 

Many of the toy purchases were made possible with money donated by individuals and local businesses. Rotary Club President Ron Horton thanks everyone who donated their time or money to this worthwhile project, including many non-Rotary members.

Christmas by the Lake

Sam Poe

Haleyville Fire Department’s annual Christmas by the Lake Celebration is now underway! The park will be open 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  It will be open every night through December 25th.  Santa will also be in his house at the North Pole each night until Christmas Eve. This is a free event open to the public, but donations for upkeep and improvements of the event are accepted for the Haleyville Fire Department. 

Kindergarten Christmas

Sam Poe

Kindergarteners at Haleyville Elementary School are getting into the Christmas spirit, and each class has now decorated their door for the holiday. There’s not much words can say about this, so enjoy the sweetness of the photos! Special thanks to Shanda Barnett for the photos. 

One Airlifted From 3 Car Crash

Sam Poe

There was a three vehicle accident on Winston County Road 11/ Franklin County Road 69 Thursday just after 3:00 p.m. This accident occurred just inside Franklin County. The vehicles involved were a 1999 red Ford Mustang driven Valentine Arteaga of Russellville, a 2003 gold Dodge Caliber driven by Kayla Lewis of Haleyville, and a black 2007 Nissan Altima driven by Jennifer Harris of Haleyville. Multiple witnesses on the scene stated that the Altima was traveling north in the southbound lane when the collision occurred. Both the Mustang and the Caliber were traveling south in the southbound lane. Witnesses stated the Altima struck the Mustang head-on with the most impact occurring on the drivers’ side of the vehicles. The Mustang then was forced into the front end of the Caliber upon impact with the Altima. The Mustang came to a stop off a ravine on the southbound side of the road. The Altima came to a stop in the southbound lane facing south, and the Caliber came to a stop several yards south of the impact point off the northbound side of the roadway. 


The driver of the Mustang was extricated from the vehicle by the Pebble Fire Department and airlifted to Huntsville Hospital from the scene by Air Evac 15. The passenger was not injured in the crash, and he has not been identified by the ALEA at this time. The driver of the Altima was transported to Russellville Hospital by Regional Paramedical Services, and the driver of the Caliber was not injured. Agencies who responded to this scene included the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, the Winston County Sherrif’s Department, the Haleyville Police Department, the Pebble Fire Department, the East Franklin Fire Department, and the Phil Campbell Rescue Squad.  


Names of the involved parties are expected to be released from the ALEA Friday. 


Trooper Seriously Injured During Traffic Stop


Photos Courtesy of ALEA

HAMILTON-A three-vehicle crash at 1:35 p.m. today, Dec. 11, seriously injured an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency State Trooper and two others.  The Trooper, who is assigned to the Hamilton Highway Patrol Post, was conducting a traffic stop on a GMC Acadia when a 2014 Peterbilt left the roadway and struck both vehicles. The truck then struck the Trooper as he stood outside his Dodge Charger patrol vehicle. The Trooper was airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham with serious injuries. The driver of the Acadia also sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss. The driver of the Peterbilt was injured as well and was transported by ambulance to North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton. This crash occurred on Interstate 22 at the 20 mile marker, approximately three miles east of Hamilton.  No further information is available as Troopers continue to investigate. 

Additional details are expected Friday.

Home Damaged by Fire

Sam Poe


The Haleyville and Pebble Fire Departments responded to a residential fire at 9102 County Road 32 Tuesday morning around 8:00 a.m. The home belongs to Crystal Fuller. According to family members, the home was unoccupied as Fuller has moved out of town. There was moderate fire damage to one room of the home and smoke damage throughout. This fire is under investigation.

One Transported From Two Vehicle Crash

Sam Poe


There was a two vehicle accident at the intersection of State Highway 13 North and North Industrial Loop in Haleyville Tuesday just after 6:00 a.m. Both vehicles were traveling north on Highway 13, and the Chevy Corsica, driven by Zach Crews of Double Springs, stopped to turn left onto Industrial Loop. The Chevy Sonic, driven by Vincent Cason, collided with the rear end of the Corsica. The passenger of the Corsica, Vivian Whiteman Crews, was transported to Lakeland Community Hospital by ambulance. The Haleyville Fire and Police Departments responded to this accident. 

Barn Destroyed and Home Damaged by Fire

Sam Poe

Around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, firemen from the Delmar, Haleyville, and Lynn Fire Departments responded to the Estes residence on County Highway 357 to a barn fire that was also endangering a home. The barn was completely engulfed in flames when the firemen arrived on the scene, and it was completely destroyed. However, the firemen were able to prevent the propane gas tank near the home from exploding, and only minor damage was done to the outside of the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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