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Friday, November 21, 2014

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Sprinkler System Saves Business

Sam Poe

There was a structure fire at Simply Bunkbeds Thursday around 11 p.m. The fire started in the paint room of the business, but luckily the sprinkler system quickly extinguished the fire. The Haleyville Fire and Police Departments responded to the scene to ensure the fire was no longer endangering the business. There was some damage to the area where the fire occurred, but the structure of the business was not compromised. 

Round 3

Sam Poe

The Haleyville Lions have had plenty of obstacles to tackle this season, but they have battled to remain the best they could be, on the field and off. Because of the resiliency of the Lions, they have had a history-making season, and they aren’t finished yet!

This year is only the second time in school history the Haleyville Lions have advanced to the third round of the AHSAA Playoffs. The first time was in 1986, and the Lions were defeated in that third round playoff game. In the modern-day playoff system, no Lions team has ever advanced to the fourth round of the playoffs. Haleyville receiver Dillon Posey also broke a school record for the most receiving yards in a season. His current total is 1,454 yards, breaking Kiah Brown’s 1,268 record set in 2004. Posey’s record also sets him up as the fifth all-time among receivers in the rankings from the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Posey needs 22, 120, 129, or 281 receiving yards before the close of this season to climb the rankings as fourth, third, second, or first place respectively in AHSAA rankings.

The Lions are ready to do their part on the field Friday evening, but they are requesting for fans to do their part by filling the stands and showing their support. Temperatures will be milder than the last few games, and you won’t have to travel. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Haleyville High School. Join us at "the Bubba" as the Haleyville Lions set out to break more records on an already astounding season!

Hospitals Have New Owners


Russellville, Haleyville and Winfield, Ala. (November 20, 2014) – Curae Health today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire three northwest Alabama hospitals from LifePoint Hospitals. The hospitals, Russellville Hospital in Russellville, Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville, and Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, will be the first to join Curae Health, a not-for-profit health system specializing in positioning rural community hospitals for long-term success. 

As part of Curae Health, the hospitals will have a strategic affiliation with Huntsville Hospital Health System, which includes Alabama's largest community-owned and -governed, not-for-profit hospital serving patients throughout north Alabama and southern Tennessee. 

 “Curae Health was founded to strengthen rural hospitals and improve the healthcare available in rural communities,” said Curae Health CEO Steve Clapp. “I am excited to build our system with these three great Alabama hospitals. Together with Huntsville Hospital Health System, we have great opportunities to improve care across northwest Alabama.”

Through this partnership, Russellville Hospital, Lakeland Community Hospital and Northwest Medical Center will have access to enhanced physician recruiting, continuing education programs and other clinical and operational support through Huntsville Hospital Health System.

 “Being the first hospitals to join Curae Health is exciting,” said Cindy A. Nichols, MSN, RN, CEO of Lakeland Community Hospital. “As part of Curae Health, we have a unique opportunity to partner together and with other providers in this region to strengthen healthcare delivery, enhance the care we provide and more effectively address the needs of our patients and communities.”

Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Curae Health will maintain all services currently provided at Russellville Hospital, Lakeland Community Hospital and Northwest Medical Center, and all employees of the hospitals will be retained. 

“Russellville Hospital, Northwest Medical Center and Lakeland Community Hospital have been closely affiliated for many years,” said Christine Stewart, CEO of Russellville Hospital and Northwest Medical Center.  “By joining Curae Health, we are honored to continue our work of providing excellent health care services for our communities with a superior team of strong employees, physicians and communities.

The final closing of the acquisitions is expected by December 31, 2014.   

The acquisitions of Russellville Hospital, Lakeland Community Hospital and Northwest Medical Center by Curae Health will be seamless for patients.  All providers and contact information for the hospitals will remain the same.

About Curae Health

Curae Health is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit health system formed to help address the needs of rural healthcare. Dedicated to working with small- to medium-sized sole community providers, its primary goals are to own and operate community hospitals, provide high quality care to the communities it serves, and seek strategic affiliations to ensure its hospitals’ successes. Visit www.curaehealth.org to learn more.

About Lakeland Community Hospital

Lakeland Community Hospital, a Joint Commission-accredited 59-bed facility, serves as the sole acute healthcare provider for Winston County. The hospital provides a comprehensive range of medical services and its medical office building houses multiple physician specialty offices with direct access to hospital services including Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, 24-hour Emergency services, Home Health, Laboratory, Outpatient Surgery, Geriatric Psychiatry and Inpatient Therapy.  Its state-of-the-art Diagnostic Center offers Open MRI, Mammography, Bone Density and ultrasonography technology. 

About Northwest Medical Center

Northwest Medical Center is a 71-bed acute care facility serving northwest Alabama. The hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Among its many services, the hospital provides a 24-hour Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, Respiratory Therapy, Inpatient and Outpatient Diagnostic and Treatment Services, Rehabilitation Services, Wellness Center, Wound Care Center, Senior Health Services, Surgery and Laboratory.

About Russellville Hospital

Russellville Hospital is a 100-bed acute care facility serving northwest Alabama. The hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Among its many services, the hospital provides a 24-hour Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit/ Cardiac Care Unit, Respiratory Therapy, Inpatient and Outpatient Diagnostic and Treatment Services, Rehabilitation Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Ambulatory Surgery, Laboratory and Home Health. 

SGA Sponsors Blood Drive


Board of Education

Sam Poe

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

  • Minutes from the 10/28/14 regular meeting
  • Expenditures for October 2014 in the amount of $1,400,913.27
  • HHS Activity Supplements for 2014-15 school year
  • Renea Allen as voluntary cheer sponsor for 2014-15 school year
  • Wellness Policy on Nutrition/Physical Activity and Amendments to the CNP Policy to be sent to components for input
  • Substitute Teacher List
  • CSFO Evaluation Instrument
  • The following consent items:
    • HMS Library to hold Scholastic Book Fair Jan. 30-Feb. 6, 2015
    • HHS to hold Seniors vs. Faculty volleyball game Nov. 25, 2014
    • HHS Library to hold Scholastic Book Fair Dec. 1-9, 2014
    • HHS Softball to sell advertising signs Nov. 19, 2014-Feb. 19, 2015
    • HHS Softball to have 20/20 program Nov. 19, 2014-Feb. 19, 2015
    • Use of HMS Gym to Wild Animal Adventure for presentation Jan. 20, 2015
    • Field trip request for 4th grade and teachers to travel to Hamilton for a presentation of The Nutcracker Dec. 11, 2014
  • Resignation of Tiffany Donnan as 6th grade English Teacher at HMS
  • Hire of the following teachers as tutors for the Extended Day Program: Vicki Bishop, Julie Brooks, Bettie Creel, Heather Evans, Elaine Tank, and Robin Wilson
  • Hire of Beverly Donaldson as the Director of Extended Day Program
  • Hire of Brandy Vickery as 6th Grade Teacher at HMS
  • Resignation of Sherri Lauderdale as Lunchroom Worker
  • Resignation of Alyssa Elliott as Special Education Teacher at HHS

Haleyville City Council

Sam Poe

The Haleyville City Council met Monday evening for the regularly scheduled council meeting. All members were present, and the following items were approved.

  • Council minutes from 11/03/2014
  • October general operational bills in the amount of $1,855,464.48- $549,025.11 is for the regular October bills. $1,306,439.37 was deposited into the general fund due to the sell of Haleyville City Hall.
  • Rescindment of motion to advertise for bookkeeper/magistrate- The council is opting to not hire this position at this time.
  • Bids for construction on the new Haleyville City Hall-Please see full story below for full details of the bids.
  • Purchase of message board sign for use by the City of Haleyville in emergency situations and to advertise upcoming city events- The sign will be mounted on a trailer, is solar powered and battery operated, and has a charger on the trailer to keep the sign charged while it is not in use. The sign will have three lines of up to eight characters per line, and the cost is $12,200. It will be purchased out of the alcohol funds.
  • Acceptance of low bid for two new police cars- Two bids were received on 2015 Ford Interceptor Sedans. Lynn Layton placed a bid for $23,947 per car (total for two cars being $47,894.00). John Carpenter Ford placed a bid of $23,563 per car (total for two cars being $47,126.92). There will be additional charges to add necessary equipment to the cars. 
  • Hire of Anthony Nix as HPD officer effective 11/18/2014- The starting salary will be $11.55 per hour increasing to $12.60 per hour after 9 months of probation and a positive review, $13.23 per hour after 1 year, $13.60 per hour after 2 years, $13.97 per hour after 3 years, and $14.34 per hour after 4 years.
  • 2015 court dates
  • Mayor Sunseri announced the City of Haleyville will be applying for a $10,000 grant from ADECA for two cameras for police cars. If approved, there will not be any matching funds required for the city.
  • The Haleyville Christmas parade will be Friday, December 5, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Lineup will be at the Haleyville Fire Station at 5:00 p.m. If the Haleyville Lions are still in the AHSAA Football Playoffs, the parade will be moved to Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Anyone who has questions about the parade can contact Natalie Boykin at (205)486-4611. Also, anyone who plans to throw candy from a float must have walkers beside that float to ensure the safety of parade attendees.
  • Haleyville Chamber of Commerce Representative Fran Bishop spoke to the council about the 2015 9-1-1 Festival plans. She stated most of the entertainment is already in place, but it has not been announced yet. Because of the construction of the new Haleyville City Hall, all festival activities will be located from Main Street south. There will not be a BBQ Competition this year due to a lack of location. They hope to have that event back next year. 

Bids Received for Haleyville City Hall

Sam Poe

Bids were opened Thursday, November 13, 2014 for the construction of the new Haleyville City Hall. It will be built as an addition to the Downtown Safe Center. Two bids were received on this project, and both companies submitted a last minute deduction that was written in on the outside of the envelope before the bids were opened.  Both construction companies are located in Tuscaloosa.

Harrison Construction Company

Base Bid- $2,000,000.00

Deduction- $121,000.00

Total Bid- $1,879,000.00


K&A Builders

Base Bid- $1,800,000.00

Deduction- $126,000.00

Total Bid- $1,674,000.00

 At Monday’s Haleyville City Council meeting, the Haleyville City Council voted to accept the low bid from K&A Builders for this project in the amount of $1,674,000.00.

Hunters Rescued

Sam Poe

As evening fell Sunday, two hunters were reported missing near the Gum Pond area of the Bankhead Forest in Lawrence County. Gregory Sherrill and Buddy Brown, both of the Phil Campbell area, had been hog hunting since Sunday morning. Near dusk, the men called their family members and reported they were lost and unable to find their way out. The family members then contacted the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department to begin the search. 


Members from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, the Forestry Service, and various other agencies from the area worked through the night to locate Sherrill and Brown. Search crews were able to identify a general area where they were because the hunters shot their guns into the air in response of hearing sirens in the area. However, they were not able to get to them due to the weather and the rough terrain of the area until after daylight Monday. Law enforcement requested the State Trooper helicopter to assist with the search Monday, but it was unable to fly because of the weather. Search crews spread throughout the area on foot and by horseback until the men were rescued just before noon Monday. 


Both Sherrill and Brown were ambulatory and were transported to the hospital for medical evaluation. 

Power Interruption

Sam Poe

There will be an interruption in power in the area of State Highway 13 North and Dime Road Tuesday, November 18, 2014. This interruption will be in order to complete a line modification that is necessary for the construction project by the Alabama Department of Transportation. If weather does not allow the project Tuesday, it will be completed Thursday, November 20, 2014. Power is expected to go down around 8:00 a.m. and to return around 3:00 p.m. 

City Council to Meet Monday

Sam Poe

The Haleyville City Council will meet Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom of Haleyville City Hall.  The council is expected to discuss items associated with the recent sale of Haleyville City Hall and the progress in moving all departments to the temporary locations and the plans for the new buildings as well. As always, the Haleyville City Council meeting is open to the public, and you are welcome to attend!

HES Thanksgiving Lunch

Sam Poe

Haleyville Elementary School will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, and the annual Thanksgiving lunch for students’ family members will be held Tuesday and Thursday. The schedule for each grade is listed below. The menu for the special lunches will include turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potato rounds, and rolls. Visitor lunches with tea will be $3.50, tea only is 75 cents, and ice cream is 50 cents. All students will be allowed to purchase ice cream during their Thanksgiving lunch.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kindergarten: 10:00 a.m. -10:45 a.m.

Second Grade: 10:55 a.m. -11:40 a.m.

Fourth Grade: 11:50 a.m. -12:40 p.m.


Friday, November 21, 2014

First Grade: 10:25 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Preschool: 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Third Grade: 11:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Fifth Grade: 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Round 2 Results

Sam Poe

Haleyville Coach Bo Culver receiving an ice bath by two Lions after Friday's win

Round 2 of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Football Playoffs were played last week. Unfortunately, two of the four local teams were defeated in this round. Phillips and Hackleburg were defeated, and Marion County will travel to Cedar Bluff for Round 3.

The Haleyville Lions have advanced to Round 3 as well! This is the first time the Lions have made it to the third round of playoffs since 1986. The Lions have faced and overcome multiple challenges this year from a new head coach with a new system of play, region losses, and injuries, but they have grown as a team as the season has progressed and are stronger than ever. The Lions will HOST this week, and they are requesting your presence! The Haleyville Lions would like to see Herman "Bubba" Scott Field filled to capacity as they have a rematch against Cordova. The Lions came out on top in a nailbiter in the first matchup against the Blue Devils, but they need you there to support them this week. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m., and admission will be $8 at the gate. See you Friday at "The Bubba!" 

Haleyville 41 Oneonta 14

Phillips 34 Hubbertville 40 (OT)

Hackleburg 48 Cedar Bluff 56

Marion County 29 Donoho 18

Haleyville Rotary Toys for Kids Accepting Applications


Applications are being accepted through November 25. Qualifications for applications:

  1. You must be a parent or legal guardian of the child.
  2. You must provide proof of residence.
  3. Only one application per child allowed.
  4. Birth Certificate or proof of guardianship will be required.
  5. All applications must be received by the deadline of November 25 at Noon.
  6. No late applications will be accepted.
  7. All toys must be picked up Friday, December 12, 2014 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the American Legion Building.

Applications for Toys for Kids can be picked up at these locations:

  • Alabama Power – 8:30 – 5:00
  • Traders & Farmers Bank – 8:30 – 5:00
  • First National Bank – 8:30 – 5:00
  • Pinnacle Bank - 8:30 - 5:00
  • Lakeland Community Hospital Emergency Admitting Department – 24 hours/day

If you would like to sponsor a child you may do so for just forty ($40) dollars.  You are requested to purchase one large toy and two smaller toys for the child you have selected. You can pick up a star at Lakeland Community Hospital with the child’s age and sex listed. (Please see Katrina Wray or Whitney Howe)

The Rotary Club is accepting monetary donations and any new toy for this year’s program. You can bring your donations by Alabama Power, First National Bank, Traders & Farmers Bank, Pinnacle Bank or Lakeland Community Hospital. You may also mail a check to Lakeland Community Hospital, PO Box 780, Haleyville, AL 35565 ATTN: Toys for Kids. Please make all checks payable to Haleyville Rotary Club Toys for Kids.

BCFD Gets New Tanker

Sam Poe

The Bear Creek Fire Department recently purchased a new tanker for use by the department. It is a 1987 Western Star truck that holds approximately 3,900 gallons of water. The tank was refinished by Robinson’s Sandblasting in Haleyville, but all other upgrades and repairs to the truck were completed by Bear Creek firemen.

This tanker will assist Bear Creek Fire Department in areas with limited water supply, especially in cases of structure fires. If needed, the Bear Creek Fire Department will also be better prepared to assist neighboring agencies in their time of need.

Truck 795 has already been on two calls, and it performed flawlessly.


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