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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Infant Uninjured in Crash

Sam Poe


There was a one vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on State Highway 195, near the intersection of State Highway 243. Crystal Satcher, 28 of Double Springs, lost control of the Mitsubishi Eclipse, left the roadway, and came to a stop in the middle of a patch of trees. She sustained minor injuries in the crash but refused transportation to the hospital. Her infant child was also in the back seat and was not injured in the accident. The Pebble Fire Department responded to provide assistance at the scene, and it is under investigation by the Alabama Department of Public Safety. 


Seniors Host Chili Supper


The Haleyville High School Senior Class is having a chili supper Friday, October 24 from 4:30 until 6:30 in the lunchroom at HHS. You can purchase tickets in advance from any senior or by calling the HHS Office. You can also stop by on your way to the game that night to pick up your plate. Tickets are $8 each. 

Local Football- Week 10


Danville at Haleyville

Decatur Heritage at Phillips

Berry at Lynn

Meek at Marion County

Vinemont at Winston County

Addison at Southeastern

South Lamar at Brilliant

R.A. Hubbard at Hackleburg

Carbon Hill at Hamilton

Winfield at Holly Pond

Phil Campbell- Off

HHS Receives Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence

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HHS Assistant Principal Al Temple, HHS Principal Dr. Holly Sutherland, and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange presented Haleyville High School with the Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence Tuesday morning. This award is only given to one school in each district each year, making HHS one of only eight schools to receive the honor for 2014. Haleyville High School Principal Dr. Holly Sutherland stated this award is a portfolio award and required hours of preparation and documentation for submission for consideration. She commended Assistant Principal Al Temple for his time and effort that made the receipt of the award possible for Haleyville High School. She stated this initiative represents the great things that have been done to prepare for an emergency the school might face in the future. 


During the award presentation, Attorney General Strange commended the students, teachers, and staff of Haleyville High School for being a leader in providing safety and for representing the future of Alabama schools. He stated school safety is critical, as students cannot study and learn unless they feel safe inside the classroom. Attorney General then commended the Haleyville Community as a whole for the cooperation among agencies and stated the relationship exhibited between the school system and the law enforcement community was one of the determining factors in awarding this honor to Haleyville High School. Other items that stood out in the application for Haleyville High School were the color-coded emergency flipbook provided to teachers to better prepare them for dealing with emergency situations in the classroom. Strange also commended the school for being proactive in teaching students how to stay safe while using social media sites and the Internet. He stated this is essential for the future for all students. 


Because of the outstanding preparation and planning by Haleyville High School, the ideas and practices found in the plans will be incorporated into the state plan that will be sent to schools statewide as recommendations for their own emergency planning. 



Shown in the photo above are community leaders who were present at the award ceremony. Left to Right: Haleyville Acting City Clerk Debra Hood; Winston County Commissioner Bobby Everette; Haleyville City Councilman Richard Bittinger; Winston County Commissioner David Cummings; Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri; Haleyville Police Chief Kyle Reogas; HHS Assistant Principal Al Temple; Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange; HHS Principal Dr. Holly Sutherland; Haleyville City Schools Board Members- Barry Burleson, Steve Stott, Sandra Manasco, Kris Burleson, and Beth McAlpine; and Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Miller

Intersection Changes at Newburg and CR 11

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Winston County Commissiones David Cummings and Bobby Everett discuss changes at the intersection.


As a part of recent projects on Newburg Road, the intersection of County Road 11 and Newburg Road has been changed. Before the project began, if you were traveling north on Newburg Road, you were able to continue straight without stopping. However, you must now make a slight right hand turn and stop before making either a right turn onto County Road 11 or left to continue on Newburg Road. If you are traveling south on Newburg Road (from the area of the airport), you now have a yield sign when approaching the intersection. There is not a change while traveling on County Road 11. 


Winston County Commissioners David Cummings and Bobby Everett stated this decision was not made locally. All funding for this project had been appropriated by ALDOT through various programs. In order to receive this funding, the changes had to be made to the intersection as required by ALDOT. This is one of several changes across the state to make the road safer for Alabama drivers. 

Haleyville City Council

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The Haleyville City Council met for the regularly scheduled council meeting Monday evening, and Councilman Royce Benefield was absent. The following items were approved.

  • Council minutes from 10/06/2014
  • September general operation bills in the amount of $462,301.44
  • Bid for Senior Center car to Earlene Bradford in the amount of $650
  • Lease on a packer for use at the Haleyville Sportsplex in the amount of $3,250 per month from Winfield Tool and Equipment Rental in Jasper, Alabama
  • Retirement/resignation of Michelle Foster effective January 1, 2015
  • Advertising for a bookkeeper/ accountant/ magistrate
  • Tree removal on 10th Avenue on the city’s right of way in the amount of $1,200 by Trees R Us
  • Bid on concrete ramp at the old armory leading up to the new roll up door- lowest bid was Robinson and Sons/ Billy Hood in the amount of $4,500
  • Additional work at 6th Avenue and 5th Street near the MarJac Feed Mill in the amount of $2,547- must have additional culverts and concrete headers
  • Special called Haleyville City Council Meeting for 10/27/2014 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss/approve bids for the new Haleyville Fire Department- Bids will be opened this Friday 10/24/2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Haleyville City Hall.
  • $1,700 to go to the Haleyville White Toybowl Football teams for use in placing a bid to host the second round of playoffs IF any Haleyville White team advances in the playoffs from the first round

Additional Notes:

  • Mayor Sunseri hired Adam Flake as a part-time employee for Haleyville Park and Recreation at $7.50 per hour effective 10/24/2014 pending a pre-employment physical and background check.
  • Attorney General Luther Strange will be at the HHS Gym Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:20 a.m. for a presentation of the Safe School Award. 

New AT&T Tower for Haleyville

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American Tower Corporation has begun construction on a new cell phone tower on Ellenburg Road. According to engineers with the company, AT&T is expected to provide service for the tower upon completion of the structure.

Currently, there is a delay in completing the building because crews can only build 180 feet up on the tower before power is provided. Alabama Power will soon be clearing several hundred feet of trees around the tower to run electricity to the structure. Once that phase of the project is completed, workers will resume with building the tower up. The engineer stated once the power project is completed, crews will set up a crane to work on the remaining portions of the tower. It should be completely finished in about 8 hours after the crane arrives.

After the structure is completed, West Tower Corporation from Jackson, Mississippi will take over the next phase. They will add a fence to secure the tower and the compound to house all of the technical equipment. AT&T will then add its equipment to the structure to set up cellular service for the area. AT&T is expected to take over and begin operating the tower no later than the end of 2015.

Dryer Causes Fire in Family Home

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There was a residential fire at the Hutcheson residence at 4895 County Road 48 Sunday night just after 9:00. The fire started behind the dryer causing major damage to that room and smoke damage throughout the home. The fire was extinguished when the water lines running to the washing machine burned into and from quick action from family members who used the outdoor water hoses to finish fighting the fire. Haleyville Firemen responded to the scene to ensure all fire had been completely extinguished. No one was injured in this accident. 

City Council to Meet Monday

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The Haleyville City Council will meet for the regularly scheduled council meeting Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. The council will meet in the Courtroom at Haleyville City Hall.

Among several items on the agenda, discussion is expected regarding the recent sale of Haleyville City Hall. As always, the meeting is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. 

Sitel Adds 300 Jobs

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Sitel, a Canadian-based company with a call center in Hamilton, announced last week it will be adding 300 additional jobs. This expansion will impact our area greatly by almost doubling the current number of employees for the organization. Obviously this company growth will this positively impact Hamilton, but individuals from across Marion, Winston, Franklin, and Lamar Counties will likely be hired as well. Sitel currently has 110 locations in 23 countries according to the company’s website, and it originally opened in Hamilton following a $1 million grant and incentives package. Sitel will be looking for candidates for the new positions soon and prefer individuals with customer service experience and strong computer skills.

For more on this story, [CLICK HERE].

Week 9 Football Results

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Phillips 44 Vina 14

Phil Campbell 7 Sulligent 35

Brilliant 16 Meek 20

Tarrant 26 Addison 13

Marion County 35 Berry 50

Oakman 49 Winfield 14

Hackleburg 54 Decatur Heritage 28

Hamilton 45 Danville 14

Haleyville- Off

Winston County- Off

Lynn- Off

HFD Seeks New Displays for Christmas by the Lake

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The Haleyville Fire Department is currently preparing for the annual Christmas by the Lake Celebration. In order to put on this event, the Haleyville Fire Department relies heavily on businesses and organizations in the community for help. They are currently looking for organizations to set up displays for this year’s Christmas by the Lake event. There is no charge for the display area, but each department is responsible for their own decorations and setup prior to the event’s opening. For more information, contact the Haleyville Fire Department or Fire Chief Phillip Weaver. 

How Does Ebola Affect Me?


Lakeland Community Hospital is working closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond should anyone in our community contract or be exposed to the Ebola virus.  While we have not treated any patients with Ebola at our hospital, and there have been no confirmed cases in Alabama, out of an abundance of caution, Lakeland has taken steps to prepare our organization in the event that a patient presents with signs and symptoms of this infection.  Below are some common questions regarding Ebola Virus Disease and the necessary precautions that our facility has taken: 


What is Ebola?

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease that is native to several African countries. It is caused by infection with Ebola virus, which is contracted through direct contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids, contact with contaminated objects (such as needles), or contact with infected animals.


Who is at risk?

Those at risk for EVD include:

·         People who have resided in or travelled internationally to countries where cases of EVD have been reported (West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria):

·         People who have been in close contact with a person who is ill with EVD:

·         People who have handled bats, rodents or primates from areas where EVD transmission is active; and

·         Healthcare workers who have treated patients with EVD.


What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include fever (greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit), severe headache, joint and muscle pain, sore throat, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and unexplained bruising or bleeding. Some patients also experience skin rashes, red eyes and internal bleeding.


When do symptoms appear after infection?

Symptoms can appear anywhere from 8 to 21 days after infection. The incubation period for EVD – the time from exposure to when signs or symptoms appear -- is usually 8-10 days, but can range from 2-21 days. The risk for transmission is greatest during the later stages of the illness. Ebola cannot be transmitted in the incubation period or early stages of the virus, i.e., before a fever or other symptoms are present.



Is there a vaccine for EVD?

No vaccine currently exists for EVD.

However, the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are leading the effort to develop and test vaccines and new treatments. Some investigational vaccines have been developed. The NIH recently announced that initial human testing of an investigational vaccine to treat Ebola would begin in September, and a vaccine developed through the U.S. Department of Defense also will start testing in humans later this year.


How is EVD treated?

EVD symptoms are treated with supportive care, including providing intravenous fluids and balancing electrolytes, maintaining oxygen status and blood pressure, and treating other infections that may occur.


What are the potential complications of EVD infection?

Data gathered on patients who have recovered from EVD show long-term complications ranging from joint and muscle pain to vision problems. EVD can potentially be fatal. Recovery depends on early diagnosis, good clinical care, and the patient’s immune response. Evidence shows that people who recover from EVD infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.


How can I prevent transmission?

Basic infection control procedures and good hygiene can prevent infection. Just like any other virus, EVD can be prevented by:

·         Avoiding contact with people who are sick or display signs and symptoms that indicate illness, including sharing food, cups or eating utensils;

·         Washing your hands frequently  – or, if soap and water aren’t available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;

·         Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;

·         Disinfecting your home and belongings regularly; and

·         Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue or your sleeve or elbow (not your hands).



What procedures are in place at Lakeland Community Hospital to keep patients and our communities safe?


Our hospital follows infection control procedures as recommended by the CDC and our state health department. Routine infection control procedures that are used to prevent the spread of any viral illness also can control and manage Ebola cases and ensure the safety of other patients in the hospital.

While we do not anticipate Ebola impacting our community, out of an abundance of caution, we have:

·         Implemented new screening processes to identify patients who have traveled to countries affected by Ebola, or who have had contact with someone who has traveled to those countries;

·         Practiced appropriate isolation procedures in the event a patient presents with symptoms (Dedicated isolation rooms have been designated for patients who may have been exposed to Ebola and protective gear has been provided in all areas for our employees)

·         Evaluated our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE); and

·         Distributed detailed guidance to all hospital staff regarding the appropriate steps to prevent the spread of infection and the proper procedures for handling a patient who has, or is suspected to have, an EVD infection.

·         Involved in ongoing webinars and conference calls with CDC, Alabama Department of Public Health and the American Hospital Association.

·         Our Infection Preventionist is actively involved in the local Association for Professionals in Infection control and Epidemiology (APIC).

·         Stop signs have been placed at entrances asking anyone who has a fever and has traveled outside the country, or who has had exposure to an international traveler to notify staff.


Has EVD spread to the United States?

On September 30, 2014, the CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had travelled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas. The patient had no symptoms when leaving West Africa but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the United States. The patient sought medical care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, was evaluated and discharged, and later readmitted and tested for Ebola infection. His diagnosis was confirmed and attempts to control his infection, which was quite progressed, began.  He died on October 8.

According to media sources, two health care providers have since tested positive for EBV. 

How can I find out more information?

You may contact Lakeland Community Hospital at 205-486-5213 and request Jennifer Young or Cathy Mitchell with questions, or talk to your doctor or primary healthcare provider. We are currently providing ongoing training and guidance on identifying, managing and treating EVD.  You also can visit the CDC Ebola site at www.cdc/gov/ebola, or the World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola virus disease (EVD) site: www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en.


Lakeland Community Hospital is committed to making Winston County and our surrounding communities healthier.  We want to ensure the community that we are taking appropriate precautionary measures to keep our employees, visitors, and community safe and prevent the spread of this virus. 



Jennifer Young – Director of Infection Prevention, Quality/Risk Management and Patient Safety

Cathy Mitchell – Chief Nursing Officer

Cindy Nichols – Chief Executive Officer





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