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Monday, July 28, 2014

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New Rotary President

Harold Bearden

As of July 1, the Haleyville Rotary Club has a new president, Ron Horton. Past President Harold Painterwas presented a plaque by Horton who commended Painter on having a great year. Club Secretary-Treasurer, Mike Evans stated the club had donated a total of $6,999 during the past year back into the community .The three programs funded included Toys for Kids, the Haleyville Schools Renaissance Program and scholarships to HHS grads. 

The money to fund these programs came through Rotarian fundraising. The first for this year will be a dinner before the first home football game. Breakfast with Santa happens the first weekend in December. 

The Haleyville Rotary Club meets in the Lakeland Hospital Conference Room each Thursday at noon. 

Two Vehicle Accident

Sam Poe

There was a two vehicle accident at the intersection of State Highways 13 and 195 Thursday afternoon. The 2013 Hyundai, driven by Hollie McGough, and the 18 wheeler, driven by Michael Dodd, were both turning right from Highway 195 onto Highway 13 when the vehicles made contact. The Hyundai sustained major damage to the driver's side, but McGough was not injured.  There was no damage to the truck, and Dodd was not injured. The accident is under investigation by the Haleyville Police Department. 

Scout Hut Repairs

Sam Poe

During Monday evening's city council meeting, the Haleyville City Council voted to make repairs to the Scout Hut in South Haleyville. Those repairs were approved up to $50,000. Here is a breakdown of the expenses to the building and the bids received for each project.


Austin Fencing- $12,472

Chambers Fencing- $13,275

One other business declined to bid.

Gas Pack (Heating and Air Conditioning):

Glass Heating and Air- $4,843

Keith's Heating and Air- $5,490

Affordable Service- $4,992- $5,489


Billy Hood- $23,340

Mike Forester- $21,000 (He does not have worker's comp insurance as required for city contracts and therefore has withdrawn his bid on this project.)

One other organization declined to bid.

Basketball Goal:

BSN Sports- $3,750

Paint and other supplies for lining the court will be purchased locally for around $150 and completed by city employees. The grand total of the project, according to these bids, will be $42,215.

Water Department Closer To New Home

Sam Poe


The new Haleyville Water Department Office will be opening late October or early November. Haleyville Water representatives stated great progress has been made on the new building. All wiring has been completed, as well as most of the sheetrock work. This week, crews are working on installing windows before working on more details on the inside of the building. Arguably, the best feature of the new location will be through the drive through window for payments. 

Chamber Offers Leadership Class

Sam Poe

The Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2014 Engaged Leaders for Better Communities Leadership Class. This class will meet one time each month, beginning in August 2014 and ending in April 2015. The class is designed to develop more informed community leaders and for individuals who would like to take a more active leadership role in the community.

The class is limited to the first 15 registered, and registration will end August 1, 2014. It will be held at the Alabama Power Business Office in Haleyville from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the selected dates.  For more information or to register, contact Melinda Weaver at (205)494-5500 or Natalie Boykin at (205)486-4611. You can also [CLICK HERE] to visit the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce website to view an online application. 

Schools Prepare For New Year

Sam Poe

The new school year is quickly approaching, and area schools are getting ready! Here's a list of upcoming events at our local schools.

Haleyville Elementary School:

  • Open House-  August 5, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Haleyville Middle School:

  • School tour and locker rentals- July 29, 2014 (The locker fee is $5, and only one locker will be sold per person.)
    • 6th grade- 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
    • 7th grade- 10:30 a.m. until noon
    • 8th grade- 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
  • Schedule pick up and open house- August 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Haleyville High School:

  • Locker rentals- July 29, 2014 (The locker fee is $10.)
    • 9:00 a.m. until noon for grades 9-12
  • Orientation, open house, and schedule pick up is August 4, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Phillips High School

  • Orientation and locker rentals will be July 31, 2014.
    • 12th grade- 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.
    • 11th grade- 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
    • 10th grade- 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
    • 9th grade- 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
    • 8th grade- 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
    • 7th grade- 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Haleyville City Council

Sam Poe

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

  • council minutes and public hearing minutes from 07/07/2014
  • June general operational bills in the amount of $392,922.40
  • school board member without opposition (Beth McAlpine Place 1)
  • repairs to the Scout Hut up to $50,000
  • mayor to execute a quitclaim deed to clear up right of way question with ALDOT for landscaped islands at the intersections of 20th and 19th Streets and State Highway 13
  • change August 20 court date to August 28
  • advertising for a school crossing guard
  • two appointments to the Mental Health Board for 6 year terms- Tressa Wilson and Mary Lou Masters (replacing Wallace Thrasher and Bill Lakeman)

The next regularly scheduled Haleyville City Council meeting will be held Monday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m. There will also be a work session immediately following the council meeting to discuss the proposed Fire Prevention Ordinance. 

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

Sam Poe

The annual Back to School Sales Tax Holiday has been announced for the State of Alabama.  It will take place August 1-3, 2014, and most area schools will start back August 7, 2014.  

As the new year approaches, most Alabamians will need to purchase school supplies, and this tax holiday will provide a little relief to the pocketbook. Items such as school supplies (books, pencils, paper, etc.), computers, and clothing will be free of state sales and use tax, however, city taxes may still apply in some cities.  (Haleyville will not apply city taxes to the included items.)  Items such as sports equipment, eyeglasses, and hair accessories will not be included in the tax free sale.

For a list of participating counties and cities, [CLICK HERE]

You can also see a full list of items included in the sale if you [CLICK HERE].

Hall of Fame Inductees

Sam Poe

Haleyville Inductees, Julie Bearden Terry and Kiah Brown

Courtesy Photo

The annual Winston County Sports Hall of Fame was held Saturday evening at Haleyville Elementary School. The following individuals were inducted.

Haleyville High School- Kiah Brown and Julie Bearden Terry

Addison High School- Ryan Woodard, Alton Prewitt, Tim Box, and Gary Ivey

Lynn High School- Amanda Farris Brown, Patricia Easley Suchey, Bobby Cagle, and Jerry Morrow

Meek High School- Lori Langley Evans, Donnie Peppers, Eric Fuller, and Sue Reed

Winston County High School- Hermit Davis, Zebb Cobb, Mike Cobb, and Whitney Sanders Todd

In addition, two academic athletes were inducted from Addison High School. They were Callie Brewer and Logan Denson. 


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