Winfield

Winfield approves pay raise and sells storm scraps

The remains of a fallen city Christmas tree decoration are beside roof debris left behind by the tornado that struck downtown Winfield on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. The city accepted bids to purchase all of the debris by multiple individuals.

By Luke Brantley
Staff writer
WINFIELD — The Winfield City Council voted to move forward with plans to give a one-time pay raise to all full-time and part-time city employees using American Rescue Plan funds during its regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 20.
The raise had been a subject of discussion for several weeks after mayor Randy Price asked the council to make sure they were keeping track of the numerous projects the city was undertaking which were eligible for the same funds.

Mary Dale’s Birthday parade

Top photo: Mary Dale Barker (Center) celebrating her 100th birthday with her family: her son, Gary Barker (back), his son Todd Barker (right) and his wife Stacey (left).
Bottom photo: Dozens of people stopped by with signs and balloons to wish Barker a happy birthday. [Luke brantley/staff]

By Luke Brantley
Staff Writer

WINFIELD — Family and friends put together a  birthday parade celebration for Mary Dale Barker’s 100th birthday on Friday, Sept. 10 at Country Place Senior Living in Winfield.

Winfield City police and firefighters led the parade, made up of friends from the community who stopped by to wish Barker a happy birthday from their car windows.
“I feel good,” Barker said about turning 100. “Today was so nice!”
Barker was born in 1921 and grew up in Sulligent, before moving to Winfield where she has lived most of her life.

Missing Winfield girl found unharmed

By Luke Brantley
Staff Writer

WINFIELD — a Winfield girl who was reported missing on Saturday, Sept. 4, was found on Monday, Sept. 6, unharmed.
According to Lt. Brad Burroughs with the Winfield Police Department, the 16-year-old told parents on Friday night, Sept. 3, that she was going to stay at a friend’s house. But when her parents checked the next morning, she was not where she said she would be.

Mule Day canceled for second year

By Luke brantley Staff Writer WINFIELD - On Monday, Aug. 16, the Winfield Chamber of Commerce voted to cancel Mule Day for the second year in a row, according to Chamber of Commerce President Dana Peoples. Last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19, and this year’s event met the same fate. “We greatly regret that Mule Day 2021 has been cancelled,” a statement released by the Chamber of Commerce said. “COVID-19 continues to pose a serious public threat to the State of Alabama and to our community.

Winfield Rubber wins supplier of the year

WINFIELD - Winfield Rubber was announced the winner of the 3M 2020 Supplier of the Year award during an awards ceremony held virtually early this year for their work with the 3M plant in Guin.
The company was honored with the award in recognition of their contribution to improving 3M’s competitiveness.
“We have had the great privilege to work with the 3M Guin plant for the past 13 years. We supply them the reflective highway marking tape for their Highway Division,” said Winfield Rubber President Frank Hollingsworth.

 

Churches, citizens invited to join for public prayer

WINFIELD - Local churches are coming together to promote a time of public prayer for the nation.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The one-hour public prayer time will be held at the gazebo located adjacent to Winfield City Hall. Ironically, this is the same Saturday which traditionally serves as Mule Day weekend in the city.

Community mourns loss of two teens killed in wreck


Members from numerous West Alabama communities sing “Amazing Grace” during a prayer circle on Sunday, Sept. 1, in Winfield. About 200 people attended the prayer circle to mourn the loss of Tallon Burleson and Steven King.

WINFIELD - Two teenagers killed in an automobile accident are being mourned by friends and loved ones across Marion, Fayette and Lamar counties.
Tallon Burleson, Winfield, and Steven King, Vernon, both 19, died after the 2004 Jeep Wrangler they were travelling in left the roadway and struck a utility pole at 8:07 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30.