Pursuit Ends With Accident
A Haleyville Police Officer attempted to stop a 1998 Ford Mustang for a minor traffic violation in the early hours of Sunday morning near Goar's Supermarket on State Highway 13. The vehicle stopped near the intersection of Byler Road and Alabama Avenue when the officer activated his lights; however, he fled the scene as the officer approached the car. The officer pursued the vehicle down Alabama Avenue, across State Highway 129, continued on Alabama Avenue to Sam Letson Industrial Road, and then south on State Highway 13. The pursuit continued until approximately the intersection of State Highway 13 and County Road 3, when the suspect made a left turn onto a private driveway. The male driver of the vehicle jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot from the scene into the woods. The female passenger, Jessica Lee Sowers, then took control of the vehicle, accelerated, and attempted to the leave the scene. The rear of the vehicle caught the driver's door of the officer's car, causing the door to strike the officer's leg before the vehicle came to a stop in the grassy area in front of a home. The officer was checked and released from Lakeland Community Hospital, with only bruising. Sowers was arrested for Assault 1st Degree, Reckless Endangerment, and Possession of a Dangerous Drug. She was transported to and remains in the Winston County Jail, where she awaits trial. The Haleyville Police Department has not located the male driver at this time but is following leads on his whereabouts.
County and City Work to Resolve Flooding
The Winston County Commission and the City of Haleyville have been working diligently to solve the drainage problem at the intersection of State Highway 13 North and Dime Road. This has been a problem area in the city for many years, but officials are working to correct the issue.
The City of Haleyville, with assistance from the Winston County Commission, has cleared the ditch to ensure there is nothing obstructing the water flow. County Commissioner David Cummings and Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri are working closely with ALDOT officials to take the next steps in this process to make travel safer for Winston County citizens during hazardous weather situations. Mayor Sunseri stated, "This has been a problem at that intersection for many years. The city has done everything they can, and we are waiting on the state to do its part to disrupt the flooding issue."
HHS Basketball Banquet
The Haleyville High School Basketball Banquet will be held Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ninth Avenue Church of Christ Fellowship Hall. This will be an awards banquet only, and no meal will be served. Therefore, you do not need a ticket to attend. This event is open to the public, and all Lions Basketball fans are encouraged to attend.
Lions golfer, Reid Haughton, takes a swing in a recent matchup.
Spring sports at Haleyville High School have experienced a bit of a slump recently due to extreme winter temperatures and far less than perfect practice weather leading up to the start of the seasons.
The 2014 HHS golf season is off to a slow start as Lion golfers are struggling to start the season. Round after round of arctic weather has hampered the team’s ability to prepare, but as the weather is starting to warm so are their golf games. The lions started the season in Gulf Shores at the Battle on the Beach tournament finishing last in an eleven team field that included the likes of Hoover, Hartselle, McGill Toolen, and traditional golf power UMS-Wright. The lions bounced back, however, finishing second the following week in a tri-match with Cordova and Fayette, in what could only be described as less than ideal weather conditions. The following day they finished third in their first home match with Lawrence County, Fayette, and Winfield. The team was a mere seven combined strokes from winning in both of those matches. The Lady Lions golf team also started their season last Tuesday at home by finishing second in a tri-match behind Winfield and ahead of Lawrence County. Both of the Lions golf teams will look to get back on the winning track Monday, March 10 at home in a tri-match with Hamilton and Red Bay.
The golf teams would like to thank these sponsors for making their season possible: Bristol Haughton Insurance, Jerry McGough CPA, Winston Trailers, Cox Farm Supply, ALFA, Bill Smith Buick in Decatur, Hughes Lumber, Dr. Jerry Harrison, Dr. Dan Lakeman, and Pizza Hut.
This weekend was busy and a bit disappointing for both the baseball and softball teams, as they lost two games each. The Lady Lions played in the Muscle Shoals Tournament Friday and Saturday. They defeated Waterloo and Wilson Friday night. The Lady Lions then opened Saturday with a win against Rogers but lost to Mars Hill and Muscle Shoals to end their quest for the tournament championship. The Lady Lions will travel to Carbon Hill Tuesday at 4:30.
The Varsity Lions also played in Muscle Shoals Saturday with a double header against the Trojans. The Lions lost both games but will face Muscle Shoals at home Tuesday for another double header. The games will begin at 4:30.
HMS and HHS 2014-15 Cheerleaders
Middle School Cheerleaders 2014
Alma Rose Barber
Mary Kathryn Evans
Annie Brooke Sadler
Junior Varsity Cheerleaders 2014
Anna Lane Godsey
Emily Jo Smith
Varsity Cheerleaders 2014
Sara Ashton Lowe
Rollover Sends One to Hospital
There was a one vehicle rollover accident on State Highway 129 Thursday afternoon. Ginger South, of Brilliant, was driving the Buick Park Avenue and traveling north before she lost control of the vehicle and landed upside down off the shoulder of the road. The Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Haleyville Fire Department responded to this accident, and the driver was transported to Lakeland Community Hospital by ambulance. The accident is under investigation by the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Fire Destroys Chicken House
The Bear Creek, Haleyville, and Hackleburg Fire Departments responded to a fire at the farm of Ted Hallman on State Highway 241 North in Bear Creek Thursday morning. The fire completely destroyed one chicken house, but the firemen on the scene were able to stop the fire from spreading to the other structures. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Lady Lions Open Home Season
Eighth grade pitcher Courtney Eddy got the start for the Lady Lions first home game of the season, and she earned the win for Haleyville. She pitched five and one third innings with three strikeouts, nine hits, one walk, and five earned runs. Senior pitcher, and Mississippi State signee, Holly Ward finished up the game for the Lady Lions, pitching one and two thirds innings with three strikeouts, no hits, and no earned runs.
Freshman Anna Laine Godsey was 4-5 with a single, two doubles, and a triple. She scored three runs and had three RBIs. Junior Payten Townsend went 2-2 with two walks and scored three runs. Ward was 4-5, with two doubles and two singles, with five RBIs. Senior Perri Gilbert was released for play Wednesday and went 3-5 in her season debut game. She hit a home run, had three RBIs, and scored two runs. Senior Tori Pendley was 2-5, scored two runs, and added an RBI to round out the game. Haleyville defeated Russellville 16-8.
McNutt Named Interim AD
The Haleyville City Board of Education met for a special called meeting Thursday afternoon. All members were present. The Board of Education accepted the resignation of Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Mark Heaton, effective March 10, 2014. They appointed Todd McNutt as the Interim Athletic Director and Andy Lambert as the Interim Head Football Coach. The board also approved a revision to the Athletic Supplement Schedule. No other business was conducted, and the meeting was adjourned.
Haleyville AD to Resign
UPDATE: Coach Mark Heaton has officially been named as the Head Football Coach at Russellville High School. For more information, [CLICK HERE] for the article from our partners at the Times Daily.
Unconfirmed reports state that Haleyville Football Coach and Athletic Director Mark Heaton has resigned from Haleyville High School and will be accepting a position as the Football Coach at Russellville High School. Several players confirmed Heaton met with his team Thursday morning to deliver the news, and a Special Called Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m. where the board is expected to formally accept Heaton's resignation. HBTV will provide you with additional details on this matter as they are made available.
Local Schools Prepare for Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration will be held at Haleyville Elementary School April 4, 2014. Registration for last names beginning with the letters A-L will be from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Registration for last names beginning with the letters M-Z will be from noon-2:00 p.m.
Registration at Phillips Elementary School will be April 25, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
To register your child at either of these schools, you will need the child's blue immunization form, birth certificate, social security card, custody papers (if applicable), proof of residency, and a copy of the parent/guardian license. Also, make sure you bring your child! Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2014 to register.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Each year, the National Education Association celebrates Dr. Seuss with the Read Across America celebration. The week begins with a celebration of the birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2. This year at Haleyville Elementary, the classrooms were filled with reading, special guests, amazing classroom decorations, and special snacks all in honor of the great Dr. Seuss. The photos above show this year's kindergarten classes taking part in the festivities, as well as listening to story time with Mrs. Riggs, and enjoying their visit from the Cat in the Hat. Special thanks to our friends at HES for the photos throughout the fun-filled day!
Haleyville City Council
The Haleyville City Council met for their regularly scheduled bi-monthly meeting Monday evening at Haleyville City Hall. Councilmen Richard Bittinger and Jonathan Bennett were absent. The council first approved council meeting minutes from 2/18/14. Next, they discussed and approved clean up in Hill Crest Cemetery, which includes cutting down, topping, and other repairs to various trees throughout the cemetery. The city does not have the needed equipment to make the repairs in such small spaces between the graves, and the lowest bid on the project was Trees R Us at $9,500. Then, the council discussed improvements to the tennis and basketball courts at the 21st Street Gym. The council discussed options for these improvements but decided to look more into the matter before making any decisions. The council will discuss this matter at the next work session and will vote on the project at the next Haleyville City Council meeting.
Mayor Sunseri announced a Zoning Board of Adjustment for March 13 at 11:00 a.m. in the courtroom to discuss a proposed variance for off-street automobile parking. Finally, they heard comments from the audience before adjourning.
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