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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Guthrie's Express Now Open in Village East

Drayer Physical Therapy Institute

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Leading the Way to Good Health

Beth Moore, PT, DPT, ATC

Manager Haleyville Center

Village East Shopping Center

Haleyville, AL 35565


Phone 205-486-8811

Fax 205-486-8812

ALEA Encourages Safety During Holiday Weekend


As summer approaches and another school year ends, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) urges Alabamians of all ages to ensure safety is part of their Memorial Day Weekend and during the summer months.

The official holiday traveling period runs from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday, May 25, and Alabama State Troopers assigned to the Highway Patrol and Marine Patrol Divisions will work together to create a highly visible enforcement presence and to promote public safety through midnight Monday, May 31.

In addition, state law enforcement will combine forces with county and municipal agencies in Alabama to conduct various details designed to enhance public safety and to enforce all laws, including traffic, boating, and alcoholic beverage laws. Troopers also will join law enforcement partners across the nation in this year’s Click It Or Ticket safety campaign, which began Monday, May 18, and runs through the end of May 31, to promote the use of seat belts and child restraints. Troopers and other officers will be looking for motorists who are not buckled up. In Alabama, the seat belt law mandates that all front-seat occupants -- regardless of age -- be restrained.

ALEA urges Alabamians to:

• Remember Alabama’s seat belt law mandates that all front-seat occupants -- regardless of age -- be restrained. The state’s child restraint law requires the following size‐appropriate restraint systems for children riding in front and back seats: Infant‐only seats and convertible seats used in the rear‐facing position for infants until at least 1 year of age or 20 pounds; convertible seats in the forward position or forward‐facing seats until the child is at least 5 years of age or 40 pounds; booster seats until the child is 6 years of age; seat belts until the child is 15 years of age.

• Restrict access and closely monitoring teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages.

• Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

• Buckle up -- no matter how short the trip -- on the road or on the water. Occupants of all ages should use seat belts or child restraints when traveling by motor vehicles. On waterways, all occupants of water vessels should use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

• Focus on driving or boating and avoiding such distractions as texting and talking on cell phones.

• Slow down in construction zones along the way. Drivers pose the greatest danger in work zone crashes by not paying attention, speeding and driving while impaired or distracted.

• Report anything suspicious (at school, public venues, etc.) to the Alabama Fusion Center’s tip line, 866.229.6220.

• Pay attention to weather conditions, particularly when there is thunder and lightning. Storms can come up quickly, especially in warm weather, so keep an eye to the sky. Watch for temperature changes, shifts in wind patterns and changes in cloud formations.

Story and photos courtesy of ALEA

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Hackleburg Elementary Field Day

Misty Williams

Hackleburg Elementary Field Day was Wednesday, May 20. An annual event providing a day of fun in the sun on the school's new Football Field, Elementary students, teachers, as well as parents had a great time.  Principal Donna Palmer said her goal was to make the day before the last day of school fun for the kids. 

Haleyville City Council Meeting

Harold Bearden

The Haleyville City Council met with all members present Thursday in a rescheduled meeting from Monday. The council approved the general operation bills in the the amount of $356,772.79. Other items approved was a franchise agreement with Century Link, a one-time pay supplement for city employees (Christmas bonus) and an application for a CDBG grant for water and sewer line work in the Cripple Creek subdivision and the city's match for the grant. 

Approval was given for the hiring of Johnathon Wiley for the Street and Sanitation Department pending his passing his CDL test, at a starting wage of $11.03/hour.

The mayor transferred Stacy Holley from part-time Class II dispatcher status to full-time Class II status effective June 6 with a pay adjustment to $11.53/hour. 

Nine lifeguards were also hired to work at the city pool for the summer at $7.25/hour. Hired were Anna Laine Godsey, Logan Dye, Kayleigh White, Kaci Moore, Jared Brimer, Maggie McGough, Natalie Epperson, Leslie Wright, and Cal Taylor. 

Ray Forester, father of Mark Forester, thanked the mayor and council for all the help provided by the city in the recent Mark Forester Price of Freedom Race. He stated there was an excellent turnout, and it would not have been possible without the help of the city, especially the police department providing escort. 

The next council meeting will be Monday, June 1.

Paradise 92.7 is Back on the Air

Harold Bearden

A very small, but expensive, transistor in the 1973 Gates FM transmitter decided to bite the dust on Tuesday, just before noon. The transister is considered obsolete in the U.S. and this replacement was manufactured in Russia. Thanks to Stan Jones for finding the problem and getting the replacement installed and putting WWWH-FM back on the air.  Just a reminder, you can always listen to Paradise 92.7 on the internet. Simply click on the icon in the upper left hand corner of this home page, and enjoy the music. Thanks for your patience and thanks for listening.

Haleyville Board of Education

Harold Bearden

The Haleyville Board of Education, with all members present, met Tuesday evening and elected new Board Officers. Beth McAlpine stepped down as president and was replaced by Kris Burleson, who conducted the remainder of the meeting. Barry Burleson was elected Vice-President of the board.

The Board approved the expenditures for April 2015 in the amount of $1,301,792.72. Summer school at the Haleyville Middle School and Haleyville High School were approved with the first session to begin June 8. Lunch prices, as well as bids for milk, bread and ice cream were approved. A contract with Encore Rehabilitation was approved for PT/OT for the coming school year. 

Several items were approved under use of facilities, field trips and fundraisers and personnel. See details below.

An announcement was made there will be one last chance for HES Kindergarten registration on June 23, 2 - 6 p.m. 

Graduation for the HHS Class of 2015 is Friday night at 8 p.m. at Bubba Scott Field.

The next meeting of the Haleyville BOE will be June 30.



Motorcycle Accident 1 Injured

Harold Bearden

One man was injured when the Harley Davidson he was riding crashed on Highway 13 at the entrance to the North Industrial Park. Reportedly, John Myers, of Bear Creek, was braking to avoid hitting a car which was stopping in front of him. His bike went down in the southbound lane, blocking traffic in both directions for approximately 30 minutes. Myers was initially transported to the Russellville Hospital, then later in the night was airlifted to the Huntsville Hospital with internal injuries. His wife reported he does have broken ribs and a lacerated spleen. Alabama State Troopers are investigating the accident.

Mark Forester Price of Freedom Walk

Harold Bearden

A group of 70 walkers began the 34 mile Price of Freedom Walk Saturday at 6 a.m. which ended at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Halevyille High School to honor SRA Mark Forester, who was killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan on September 29, 2010.  The walk was to raise money for the Mark Forester Foundation scholarship fund for Haleyville High seniors.  The distance of 34 miles represents the age Mark would have been on May 15. At the HHS awards program on Tuesday, Conner Kiser and Lacey Rowe were awarded this year's Mark Forester college schlorships.

This from the the Mark Forester Foundation web site: The Mark Forester Foundation has been established to honor an American Hero, Mark Andrew Forester, and to provide a venue for the generosity of family, friends, and acquaintances of Mark that will benefit others. We are a tax-exempt, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.

It is the desire of Mark's family that his example be preserved and shared with the world. First and foremost, we do this by providing a college scholarship to at least one Haleyville High School student each year. The city of Haleyville and the school system have been very supportive to our family since Mark’s death and we want to give back to our home town. We also want students to understand that freedom does not come without a price. We take awarding this student(s) scholarship very seriously. A scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student(s) who exemplifies the same character traits and patriotism that were the basis of Mark's life. The foundation will allow these and other goals to be accomplished.

For more information and to sign up for next year's events, see http://www.markaforester.com/?postID=1669&the-mark-forester-foundation

Saturday morning 5k race pictures and story to follow.



Photo Courtesy of Shannon Lollar

The Haleyville City Hall and Fire Station Number 1 are now completely gone, alone with several of the large trees originally located in the front and side of the buildings. The property officially became the property of CVS which plans to build a new store on the site between 19th and 20th streets on Highway 13 south. 

The fire department is awaiting the completion of the new fire station on Highway 13 North and 6th Avenue. Presently, the fire trucks are being staged from the fire department training facility behind Brooks Auto off Highway 13 North. 

The City Hall and Police Department are temporarily located in the Neighborhood Facilities Building. Construction on the new city hall is well underway but is still months away from completion. The new city hall will be located on top of the Safe Room behind McDonald's. 

The Haleyville City Council meeting, originally scheduled for Monday has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 21, at 5:30 at the Neighborhood Facilities Building. 


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