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Thursday, October 8, 2015

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Road to Nowhere?

Harold Bearden

James Brown and Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri  Looking northwest, Haleyville bypass section one

James Brown, Division Engineer for the Alabama Department of Transportation, (ALDOT) recently spoke to the Haleyville Chamber of Commerce and shared the following data on the Haleyville bypass. The project started in October, 1956. A preliminary engineering budget was approved to study a corridor from 2.5 miles south of Haleyville to Spruce Pine. Thus, it has been 59 years, so far, in getting the road constructed. 

The first engineering budget on what we know today as the Haleyville by-pass was authorized in May of 1985, and work on the corridor study began shortly after that. Public hearings were held in 1987 and 1988, with a large number of comments received from local citizens. The study had 10 alternate routes. Alternate number 4 was chosen, and finding no significant impact, the final environmental document was signed off by the Federal Highway Administration November 7, 1988. 

The first design engineering budget was established March 5, 1990 for the first section from Franklin County 79 to the four-lane at Spruce Pine. The right-of-way budget was established February 1, 2001, and the cut, grade and drain contract was let on June 29, 2001. Over the next several years, three sets of bridges have been constructed on the first section with the last bridges completed this year. 

On the second or middle section from County Road 79 to Highway 195, 65% of the design engineering has been completed. The third section, from Highway 195 at Walmart to just south of Delmar has been surveyed, but no design work has been completed. 

The amount of money spent on the by-pass to date include preliminary engineering, $3,559,000 and construction, $71,600,000. Estimated construction funds needed to complete the by-pass in 2049-2050, adjusted for inflation, $303,700,000. Brown explained the project was projected to 2049-2050 because there is no money at this time to complete the road. 

The grade, drain and bridge on the second section from Highway 195 to County Road 79 is estimated to be $136,500,000 of that $303 million. The original cost estimate to construct the entire by-pass made in 1987 was $45.2 million. Brown pointed out that due to the complexities of the existing soil, and mine reclamation area, the job of building the next section will be extremely difficult and expensive, as attested by the $136.5 million needed for the project. 

The bottom line from James Brown, there is no money to complete the project, thus it was placed in the 2049-2050 time frame. 

If it is in the year 2050, the road will have taken almost 100 years to complete.

So far, Alabama taxpayers have $75 million invested in a road to nowhere. City and chamber officials hope the next section to highway 195 can be completed long before the projected 2050 date, but other construction projects in the state have priority, such as the Birmingham northern by-pass. Disappointed with the information from Brown, officials have not given up on securing funding for the completion of the Haleyville by-pass, hopefully in our lifetime.

Fikes Welcomes Rebecca Postell


Where to get Driver's License



License renewals amd replacements will continue to be done in person at the Winston County Courthouse Annex. You do not need an appointment. Contact Probate Judge office at 205-489-5219 with any questions.


Due to the cutbacks from the State’s General Budget, it is with sincere apologies that the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) has closed several Examining Offices across the state.  According to a memo that was sent to this office on September 30, Winston, Franklin and Lawrence Counties will no long have an examining office.

Listed below are Examining offices that have not closed and adjoin Winston County:

Walker Co Courthouse
1801 3rd Ave S
Jasper, AL   35501 

Main Office (205)221-7589

Hours: 8am-5pm     Mon.-Fri

Lunch: 12pm-1pm

4521 Military St South
Hamilton, AL   35570 

Main Office (205) 921-4743

Hours: 8am-4:30pm   Mon.-Fri.

Lunch: 12pm-12:30pm

Main Office: (205) 921-4743
CDL: (205) 921-4743

Cullman Co. Courthouse
500 2nd Ave SW
Cullman, AL   35055

Main Office (256)775-4822

Hours: 8am-4:30pm    Mon.-Fri.

Lunch:  11:30 am-12:30pm 

CDL: Bevill State Community College

101 State Street

Sumiton, Al. 35148

Main Office (205)548-2991  

Hours: 8am-4pm      Mon.-Fri

 Lunch: open

***It is strongly advised that you go on line and make an appointment with one of these examining offices at www.alea.gov which will secure your place upon arrival and save on your wait time. 



Time to get rid of dead tree limbs before they fall and damage your house or car. Call Trees-R-Us at 205-269-0198. Nathan Hulsey has the crew and the equipment to get it done safely and professionally. Complete tree removal, inclusing stump grinding. From a chain saw to a bucket truck, Trees-R-Us can get it done. Demolition of virtually anything. Licensed and insured, call the best, Tree-R-Us. 

HHS Bonfire Thursday Night


Haleyville City Council Meeting


The Haleyville City Council met Monday night with Mayor Ken Sunseri and Councilman Bud Wilson absent. With only two items on the agenda, it was a very short meeting conducted by Mayor pro tem Richard Bittinger. The council approved the minutes from the regular meeting on September 21 and then approved replacing an antenna for the police radio repeater. 

It was announced Haleyville fire Chief Phillip Weaver recommended Jarrod Crittenden to be added as a volunteer firemen for Haleyville Fire and Rescue.

The next scheduled regular meeting of the council will be Monday, 19 October, at 5:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Facilities Building.

HHS Band Rated Superior

Harold Bearden

Congratulations to members of the Haleyville High School Roaring Lion Band for their Superior Rating last Saturday at Oneonta's band competition. 

The scores were all 1's, or Superior. 

Drum Major: 1

Color Guard: 1

Majorette: 1

Percussion: 1

Band Judge 1: 1

Band Judge 2: 1

Band Judge 3: 1

Overall: 1

The HHS band won the "Sonny Tolbert Award for Excellence" Class 3A. This award is awarded to bands with all superior ratings. The score sheets revealed HHS band finished second in class to Scottsboro by 0.67 points. Band director Reggie Tolbert stated he was super proud of his students!

Haleyville Teen Killed in Auto Accident

Trooper Johnathan Appling

A single-vehicle crash at 7:05 a.m. Saturday, 3 October, has claimed the life of a Haleyville teen. Cory M. Hill, 13, was killed when the 1998 Honda Civic in which he was a passenger left the roadway and struck a utility pole.  The vehicle’s driver, Kristopher Jason Hill, 17, of Haleyville was transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.  The crash occurred on Winston County 17, eight miles south of Haleyville. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

The family is asking for help funding funeral expenses for Cory who was a 7th grader and played trumpet in the Winston County High School band.  You can donate at the following site: https://www.gofundme.com/qv5juek4

HHS Lions Defeated by Cordova


The Haleyville High Lions Varsity football team made a great showing last Friday night against Cordova, but ultimately lost 20-12 at Cordova, in what is known as "the pit." The Paradise 92.7 Lion of the week was Jared Gravitt, who played an outstanding game against Cordova. 

The next game for the Lions is this Friday night against Hamilton, a regional game and the last home game of the season, which will also be Senior Night. Be there early. 

The next week, October 16 is open, followed by the last regional game at Danville and the last regular game of the season on October 30 at Lawrence County in Moulton.

You can listen to live broadcasts of the Haleyville Lions games each Friday night at 7 p.m. on Paradise 92.7 with play-by-play by Butch Foster and Craig Wakefield. You can listen to Paradise 92.7 anytime on your smart phone with the free TuneIn Radio app.

Flags Lowered Till Tuesday


Governor Bentley gave a verbal directive on Friday evening to lower flags until sunset Tuesday in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Oregon.  

Happy New Year From the State of Alabama

Harold Bearden

Today is Oct 1, the first day of the fiscal year for the State of Alabama. 

The fiscal year budget passed by the Legislature last month cut spending by about $83 million, or 4.5%.

Here are just a few of the cuts made by the state:

31 driver's license offices to close, including Winston County 

$11 million cut in Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's (ALEA) fiscal year 2016 budget

     (ALEA raised the cost to renew drivers license in February to $35.25 for four years from the previous $23.50. With 1.2 million licenses issued each year, that's an additional $15.3 million for the agency)

25 cent new sales tax on cigarettes

5 Alabama state parks to close, others reducing staff

6 additional National Guard armories to close 

   (Huntsville, Winfield, Alexander City, Demopolis, Marion and Eufaula)

15 original National Guard armories closures

     (Sheffield, Scottsboro, Vernon, Jasper, Aliceville, Sylacauga, Camden, Fort Deposit, Jackson, Brantley, Elba, Geneva and Hartford)

Haleyville's Armed Forces Reserve Training Center (Armory) so far, has survived the cut.

Driver Killed in Collision Identified


The person killed in the collision last week on Highway 195 has been identified as Jessica Garner, 29, of Decatur, formerly of Double Springs. Garner was driving a 95 Buick LeSabre north on Highway 195 just east of Highway 243 when it collided head on with a fully loaded 18 wheeler coal truck. Garner had reportedly been driving erradically prior to the impact.  The driver of the truck stated the Buick was on his side of the highway and he had no where to go. 

The Buick went up under the truck, both leaving the highway on the north side and into the woods where the Buick burst into flames.  Because of the intensity of the fire and impact, Garner could not be readily identified. Her body was sent to the state forensic lab in Huntsville for positive identification.

According to state troopers, the reason for the distraction is still unknown and more tests are pending. 


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