Vinemont, AL


Foundry Farm unveils new chapel

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. –  More than 175 people attended the ribbon cutting for the new chapel at The Foundry Farm near Holly Pond on Sunday, Jan. 22.   The Foundry Ministries Chief Development Officer Joey Daly said the ministry is grateful to everyone who contributed to the project.   “The support from the community we received by coming together to address this critical need for our organization will have a lasting impact on hundreds (if not thousands) of individuals for the years to come,” Daly said. “We are excited and extremely thankful.”  Daly said the chapel is ready to go and will be used as a place of worship and as an educational/multi-use space.  He said Bible study leader Stanley Dye was a catalyst for the chapel project.  “Through the design and ultimate construction of the facility, he was at the center of everything,” Daly said. “There are too many others to name. This was a true community effort by our friends and supporters in the Cullman community.”  The chapel is located on the property of The Foundry Farm at 575 County Road 1676, Cullman, AL 35058.  
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4 arrested after vandalism spree in Hartselle

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Police in Hartselle say they’ve arrested four people in connection with a vandalism spree in the city. 18 year old Randon Black Jr. and three juveniles are charged with Criminal Mischief, Throwing or Shooting Deadly or Dangerous Missile into an Occupied Vehicle and Receiving Stolen Property. The juveniles were not identified due to their ages.

CCSO weekly arrest roundup

CULLMAN, Ala. –  The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) made multiple arrests over the last week, including:   Thursday, Jan. 19  Deputies served a warrant on Marlan Odell Phillips, 32, of Florence. Phillips is currently incarcerated in the Cullman County Detention Center.   The warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred in December 2022.   Phillips was charged with escape.   Friday, Jan. 20  Deputies arrested Dana Faye Denton, 45, of Arley, on failure to appear warrants for harassment, third-degree criminal mischief, negotiating a worthless negotiable instrument and two counts of forgery.   Saturday, Jan. 21  Deputies responded to the Cullman County Detention Center lobby, where two subjects were arguing.  The victim allegedly stopped...

County commission rejects bid for HVAC upgrades

CULLMAN, Ala. – At a brief special-called meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, the Cullman County Commission voted to reject the sole bid for Cullman County Courthouse HVAC upgrades and attempt to negotiate the price at the recommendation of JMR+H Architecture Vice President of Operations Kevin Baughn. JMR+H is based in Montgomery. Baughn’s projects include the Geneva County Jail and properties for the Retirement Systems of Alabama in Montgomery and Mobile.  The commission also voted to approve the use of $3.385 million in American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds for a proposal for additional HVAC upgrades from Stateline Mechanical in Woodland, Alabama. ARPA is a Biden Administration economic stimulus bill signed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The next county commission work session will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room at the Cullman County Courthouse. The regular meeting will follow at 6.   Copyright 2023 Humble Roots, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 

Decatur woman killed in Saturday evening crash

MORGAN Co., Ala. (WAFF) - A Decatur woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Saturday evening near EVa. According to officials with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), Sharon Allen, 41, was a passenger who was killed when the Ford F-150 she was in left the road and struck multiple trees.

Files from yesteryear: 1900, 1930, 1950

From the files of 1900  M. Dickerman has purchased the sawmill, belonging to W. Turney, near Vinemont.  Doctor W.A. Barclift, of Hartselle, is having a cottage erected on the bluff, overlooking the Vinemont railroad station and will use it as a summer home.  A.M. Weatherford has been at work putting electric lights in the courthouse, this week.  Mrs. M.W. Howard stopped in Cullman, this week, on her return from Kentucky, where Mr. Howard has been making campaign speeches.  John F. Knight went to Birmingham on Wednesday to meet Mrs. Knight, who has just returned from Canada. They will reside here.  Probate Judge, S.L. Fuller has received...

Arrests and Incidents reported Jan. 27, 2023

CULLMAN, Ala. – Below are the arrests and incidents reported Jan. 27, 2023. All persons are innocent until proven guilty. GJ = grand jury; FTA = failure to appear Cullman County Sheriff’s OfficeNo incidents or arrests reported. Cullman Police DepartmentIncidents Jan. 25• theft of property-4th degree; Wal-Mart; Olive St. SW; general merchandise; $79 Jan. 26• theft of property-4th degree; Wal-Mart; Hwy. 157; clothing; $75• identity theft; person Arrests Jan. 26 Martin, Kasey K.; 51• FTA- theft of property-4th degree Jorgensen, Tyrone J.; 21• FTA- theft of property-4th degree Gaddis, Jennifer A.; 38• FTA- public intoxication Klosinski, Mary E.; 33• FTA- domestic violence-3rd degree• FTA- disorderly conduct Lackey, Tommy R.; 49• theft of property-1st degree (2 counts)• burglary-3rd degree (4 counts)• criminal mischief-2nd degree (2 counts)• criminal mischief-1st degree• criminal mischief-3rd degree• theft of property-3rd degree• theft of property-4th degree Hanceville Police DepartmentIncidents and arrests reported by CCSO. Find arrest reports online Monday-Friday at

Nail proclaims International Clergy Week in Hanceville

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Maylor Kenneth Nail and the Hanceville City Council, during its last meeting in January, voted to proclaim the first full week of February International Clergy Week in Hanceville. Leading the city in the celebration of Cullman County clergy is the Hanceville Civitan Club. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m., clergymen and women will be honored at Hanceville Methodist Church.  A written statement submitted by Hanceville Civitan President Rev. James C. Fields, Jr. read, “Among us are people who dedicate a lifetime to bringing about a better world. They are the clergy of all faiths and creeds who...

2 Birmingham residents charged with drug trafficking in Cullman County

CULLMAN, Ala. – Two people from Birmingham were arrested in Cullman County on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and both are facing three counts of drug trafficking.   According to a media release from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), on Jan. 24, deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop along Alabama Highway 69 near Dodge City. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and attempted to flee. A pursuit continued until the offender crashed into a CCSO investigator’s vehicle. There were no injuries. Two suspects were detained and later arrested.  Kena Dionte Smith, 24, of Birmingham, and Alexis Nicole Funish, 25, of Birmingham,...

Cullman County Schools hires new CSFO

Jan. 27—The Cullman County Board of Education called a special meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25, to approve Suzy Berryman to fill the position of Chief School Financial Officer (CSFO) that was recently vacated by Ed Roberson. Berryman has served as CSFO for the Lawrence County School District for the...

Henderson wins award at Distinguished Young Women of Alabama event

CULLMAN, Ala. – Distinguished Young Women (DYW), formerly known as America’s Junior Miss, is a national nonprofit organization that provides scholarship opportunities to high school senior girls. The 2023 DYW of Alabama program was held last week in Montgomery, where 2023 Distinguished Young Woman of Cullman County Ashton Henderson placed in the top five in the fitness category.   According to DYW of Cullman County Chairwoman Felicia Carden, the program is designed to provide young women with the opportunity and support needed to succeed before, during and after college.  “Participants can learn skills like interviewing, public speaking, self-confidence building and much more,” Carden...

Hanceville’s Carl Quist named to College of the Holy Cross fall 2022 Dean’s List

WORCESTER, Mass. – Carl Quist of Hanceville was named to the College of the Holy Cross fall 2022 Dean’s List.  A member of the Class of 2023, Quist was named to the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2022-23 academic year.  To qualify, students must pass four or more letter-graded courses with no failing grades during the semester and earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  About Holy Cross  The College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass., is among the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Since its founding in 1843, Holy Cross has made a positive impact in society by graduating students who distinguish themselves as thoughtful leaders in business, professional and civic life. 

‘Keeping It Real’ program provides 9th graders glimpse into adulthood

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman High School ninth graders learned a valuable lesson this week – money doesn’t go as far as they thought it would as adults working in the real world with bills and responsibilities. The “Keeping It Real” program was presented to the students by the Cullman Economic Development Agency’s Belinda Hyatt and a team of volunteers from local businesses.  “This is such a good program, and all of the county schools participate as well,” explained Hyatt. “Some of the schools even do a follow up in the 12th grade as it all becomes real.”  Each student was provided a...

FIRST ALERT: A soggy week ahead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Our area remains below two fronts, one stationary near The Gulf Coast and a cold front to the north. The southwest winds will prevent a rapid incursion of the cold front for the beginning of the week and after the patchy morning drizzle any lingering precipitation should continue to dissipate, but more showers may return during the pre-dawn hours.

CCSO arrest roundup

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has made numerous arrests recently, including:   Tuesday, Jan. 17  Deputies arrested Derrick Lynn Vincent, 35, of Cullman, on warrants for cruelty to animals, unlawful possession of methamphetamine (failure to appear) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (failure to appear).   Wednesday, Jan. 18  Deputies arrested David Gene Golden, 47, of Cullman, on warrants for two counts of unlawful possession of dangerous drugs (failure to appear), larceny (failure to appear), unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (failure to appear), five traffic violations (failure to appear), receiving stolen property (bond revocation), two counts of unlawful possession of dangerous drugs (bond revocation) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia (bond revocation).    ——-  Deputies arrested David Lee Horton, 62, of Cullman, on bail-jumping warrants for burglary, larceny, using a false identity to avoid arrest and robbery.   Horton has been confined at the Cullman County Detention Center since Dec. 7, 2022, on other charges.   ——-  Deputies arrested Tammy Rena Moore, 36, of Cullman, on failure to appear warrants for six traffic violations, seven counts of forgery, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful distribution of dangerous drugs and two counts of larceny, as well as bail-jumping warrants for larceny and seven counts of forgery. 
Hartselle Enquirer

Dunn’s three-pointer sinks the Bearcats in the final seconds

Ryan Dunn has made some big shots in his career as a Hartselle Tiger. However, none were bigger than the three-pointer he hit with less than two seconds remaining to give the Tigers a 51-50 win over Cullman. “I wanted to go for the win with the final shot,” Dunn...

Secret Hat Society: CCPS teachers wear hats as reminder of educator versatility, dedication

CULLMAN, Ala. – It’s no secret that teachers wear several different hats at school, so to channel that metaphor into reality, Cullman City Primary School teacher Amanda Stidham has started a not-so-secret Teacher Secret Hat Society to do just that.  Stidham credits a quote from the children’s movie “Robots” – “See a need, fill a need,” – as inspiration for her fun teacher hat club. Teachers can wear their hats — literally — on Tuesdays at CCPS as a way to bring a little extra joy to the school week. While pursuing her National Board Certification, Stidham said she was encouraged...

Around town with Cullman County seniors

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. – Two stops at Cullman County senior centers on Tuesday gave a bird’s eye view of why our community is special – we care for each other. Whether it be at the Colony Senior Center, where First Federal Mortgage Branch Manager Misti Easter and her team called bingo games and provided prizes for the local elders, or at the Good Hope Senior Center, where Cullman County Commissioner Garry Marchman and his wife brought and served lunch to the seniors, it was clear that serving and honoring our senior citizens is important to everyone.  An always competitive game of...