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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Same Sex Marriage Locally?


Can gays and lesbians obtain a marriage license and be married in Winston County? Is same sex marriage legal in Winston County? It is now. For a short while in February of this year it was possible, but that changed, and then changed again. Today, same sex couples can obtain a marriage license in Winston County, as well as Cullman and Franklin Counties. But not Marion County.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on January 20, found Alabama"s prohibition against gay marriages unconstitutional. Alabama Supreme Court Judge, Roy Moore did not agree. For a short while, the Winston County Probate Judge Sheila Moore's office sold 4 same sex marriage licenses between February 10 and February 14. Since February, with a continuing legal battle being fought between Alabama and the Federal Government, same sex marriage licenses were not issued. No marriage ceremonies have been performed by Judge Moore since January 23. 

She pointed out, she does not discriminate, she just does not perform marriage ceremonies for anyone. The license is available, but it will be up to the couple to find someone who can legally marry them. 

Holiday Garbage Pick-up Schedule


Because of the July 4th weekend, your garbage pickup may be affected. Sanitation Department workers will be off on Friday, July 3rd. In Haleyville, all garbage normally picked up on Friday, will be picked up on Monday, July 6. Marion County Sanitation Friday pickup will be on Thursday, July 2nd.  Winston County pickup for Friday is being picked up progressively each day. In addition to the normal daily pickups, on Wednesday, Friday routes 22 and 24 will be picked up. On Thursday, routes 21 & 23. 

Haleyville Chamber Has New President


At a recent Haleyville Chamber of Commerce, Will Walker, President of Traders and Farmers Bank, became the new president of the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce. Jade Bice, the past president, passed the gavel to Walker and will continue to serve as a board member. The Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce usually meets at noon on the first Friday of each month at the Galley Restaurant. For more information, contact the Chamber secretary, Natalie Boykin at 486-4611.

Finishing 33rd May Not Not Sound Impressive, But....


Bryton Frost competed at the Skills USA nationals in Louisville, Kentucky this past week. He finished 33 in the nation. That may not sound impressive, until you learn Bryton just turned 15 and will be a sophomore this year at Haleyville High School. He competed against junior and seniors. Shown in this picture with Bryton is Mr. Steven Howard the new Haleyville Center of technology instructor. The true uniqueness of this story is Bryton competed in the Diesel Technology Category and Haleyville doesn't even have a diesel program, only auto! 

Lakeland Under New Ownership


Whitney Howe – Director, Medical Staff Services & Business Development, Cindy Nichols – CEO, Steve Clapp – President and CEO of Curae Health

Curae Health, a new not-for-profit health system based in Clinton, Tennessee purchased Lakeland Community Hospital in January - along with Russellville Hospital and  Northwest Medical Center in Winfield. Although under new ownership, Lakeland Community Hospital still offers the same quality healthcare services including: 24 hour Emergency Services, LakePoint Gero-Psychiatric Unit, Cardiopulmonary Services, Diagnostic Imaging, Intensive Care Unit, Home Health Services, Specialty Services, 24 Hour Laboratory, and Surgical Services. Lakeland Community Hospital is still here to provide high quality healthcare to Winston County and surrounding areas.

Car collides With Truck at Natural Bridge

Harold Bearden Photos Christy Barton

A collision between an 18-wheeler and a Ford Focus at the Natural Bridge intersection Thursday morning sent one to the Emergency Room at Lakeland Hospital. The 18-wheeler, driven by Christy Barton, 36, Haleyville, had stopped at the four-way, then headed west on Highway 278. As she continued to accelerate in fourth gear, she saw a black Ford Focus coming through the intersection toward her truck. The driver appeared to be looking down. Barton hit her brakes. With an estimated speed of 55 miles per hour, the Focus slammed into the mid section of the empty flat bed trailer. Barton said, "a second earlier and she would have hit my tanks. A second later, the wheels on the trailer."

The driver of the Focus, Angela Jones, 38, Sipsey, had to be cut from her vehicle. She reportedly had no life threatening injuries. The accident was investigated by the Alabama State Troopers. 

8U All Stars Bound for State Tournament

Amy Swims

Left to right: Hope Swims, Mariella Vickery, Traci Hyde, Ella Vandiver, Elis Godsey, Madison Wynn,Savannah Fralix, Taylor Bean, Brooklyn Walton, Ryliegh Kutis, Madison Cooper, Adyson Fralix, Sadie Brazell

The Lady Lions 8U All Stars are heading to Muscle Shoals this weekend for the State Tournament. They have played in both pre-areas in Hueytown  and Hayden. They also played in Area tournament this past weekend in Gardendale where they finished 5th. Entering the State tournament they are the #2 seed.

Hackleburg Market Ribbon Cutting

Harold Bearden

Governor Robert Bentley joined the Mayor of Hackleburg and other digitaries in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new grocery store called Hackleburg Market. This is the first grocery store in Hackleburg since the tornado of 2011. Bentley addressed the crowd and talked about the 18 people killed by the F5 tornado on April 27, 2011 and the mass destruction of homes and businesses. He stated he was proud of Hackleburg for the come back it has made. The rebuilding and reopening of the Wrangler plant, good jobs are back, a new school, and now a new grocery store. 


Hackleburg Market Ribbon Cutting (Wednesday, June 24, 2015) [READ MORE]
New Fire Station Occupied (Tuesday, June 23, 2015) [READ MORE]
House Fire Next to Mineral Springs (Monday, June 22, 2015) [READ MORE]