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Black Jacket Symphony at Pastime Theatre on August 7th!

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Our concert Saturday night, August 7, at The Pastime Theatre is a major production!

Black Jacket Symphony at 7:00 pm. There are 12 musicians- vocals, guitars, keyboard, drums, cello, trumpet, saxophone, bass and violin! They are bringing their own sound and lighting engineers.

Please tell all your friends and family and share on social media

They will do “Abbey Road” in its entirety, have intermission, then do a set of Greatest Hits of The Beatles.

Tickets $35. Hope you can come!

Tickets (cash or check) Theatre/Main Street office Gold Connection Winfield City Hall Kemp Foundation

iTickets.com (credit card)


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August 3, 2021 at 10:54 AM

Live music returns to The Pastime Theatre in July!

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July 31st at 7pm, the Pastime Theatre will begin its come back with local talent favorites and Walker County-based country rock band Backdraft.  Original band members were all firemen or the wife of a fireman, hence the name Backdraft. Backdraft has now spanned over 2 decades and continues to offer a variety of music styles from Oldies to Country to Rock & Pop. Backdraft has performed all over Alabama and neighboring states. Recently two of Backdraft’s members, Vickie Cosby and Jeff Parnell, were featured in 78 Magazine.  Now let’s meet the band….

Vickie Cosby, the lead singer for Backdraft, grew up with a love for music and singing in church. Singing has always been a passion for her and she was instrumental in forming the band Backdraft.

Tony Long is one of the original members of Backdraft. Tony played a short while in the 80’s with the group Shenandoah.  

Terry Merchant, also a longtime member of Backdraft, is the drummer and band manager and has had a long career in entertainment. He also plays drums for his gospel group.


Jeff Parnell has entertained audiences all over the southeast. Now a member of Backdraft, he plays both bass and acoustic guitar and also adds his vocal talent. 


Unfortunately, band member Barry Key will be unable to perform due to illness, but the following friends of Backdraft will be performing:

Danny Long, an amazing bass guitarist, started playing as a teenager and has played in many bands throughout his musical career. 

J J Hadder is an awesome vocalist that grew up with a love for music and has been entertaining all his life. He sang with the well-known gospel group Gold City and today continues to entertain crowds with his heartfelt harmony and vocals. 

Wayne Walker is a well-known keyboard talent and soulful harmony singer. He has played music all over the southeast with various bands. Backdraft welcomes his unique style of music along with other friends of Backdraft to offer the audience a memorable night!

“The Pastime Theatre sends well wishes to Barry Key and appreciates the guest band members. We are looking forward to a great comeback after Covid show”, stated Pastime Theatre chairman Mary Hyche.

This concert is not part of the original concert series that now been rescheduled. Tickets for this performance are $10.Tickets are available , cash or check only, at the Pastime Theatre office, Winfield City Hall, Gold Connection and The Kemp Foundation. For more information call 205-487-3002

Backdraft The Band Facebook Page

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July 22, 2021 at 10:05 PM

Renovation complete!!

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Winfield Main Street Program purchased the dilapidated empty building located at 136 Bankhead Highway, across the street from City Hall in downtown Winfield in late 2019. The building had sat vacant for over twenty years. According to local historian Yank Burgess, the property was at one time the location of a furniture store and shoe repair shop owned by Claude Young and John Sullivan, the post office was there for a time, and later was home to Western Auto (Albert Holt and John Berry). Mrs. Edril Hubbert McCaleb owned the property for many years. Main Street Program purchased this property from the family of William Vaughn McCaleb, Jr. Main Street renovated the area and donated the property to the City of Winfield. It has now become The Patio which is an open-air area with various colorful business facades including a restaurant (Café 136), Hometown Bakery, a Barber Shop, Friends Coffee – N – Books, Happiness Unlimited Pets, a theater,and a Chinese Restaurant, Chef Foo Linn Yoo. “Ideally, we wish these were actual, thriving businesses, but if that were not possible, our goal was to make this an attractive, useful addition to our downtown,” said Don Studdard, president of Main Street.

The Patio has a gazebo, tables, chairs and benches, and offers free Wi-Fi and covered plugs for charging electronics.  It is a very safe, inviting atmosphere with decorative lighting, beautiful flowers, herbs, and various plants.   There are two photo op areas which feature a butterfly and a balloon bouquet.

Contractor for the renovation was J & M Construction. “Mike Pridmore was wonderful to work with. He was meticulous with the little details and provided many useful ideas and suggestions,” said Studdard.

Main Street would like to thank RC&D who provided a grant in the amount of $4,000.00 to be used in this project.  The grant was used to purchase tables and chairs.

“We do appreciate all those who stepped up and helped us with this project. Special thanks to Casey Coats, Tombigbee Electric Cooperative, Turkey Creek Sand and Gravel, Derek Green of Green’s Mills, Winfield Police Chief Brett Burleson, Rob Bolton and Winfield Street Department, Melissa Pate, Main Street director Tammy Brashier and Main Street secretary Jeana Estes,” added Mary Hyche, treasurer of Main Street. “Of course, I’m not sure we could have ever completed this project without Don Studdard. As he has been for so many projects over theyears, he was there from the planning stages to completion making sure everything was done to perfection.”

Main Street had wanted to do this project since being organized in 1996.  Hyche and Studdard agreed this has been an incredibly special, fun project and are overjoyed to see it completed.  “We love seeing people gathering outside, bringing lunch to The Patio, taking pictures or using the internet there.  We hope our citizens will enjoy The Patio,” said Studdard.

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July 8, 2021 at 4:46 PM

Pastime Theatre Concert Series Starts Up Again – July 31st!!

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Walker County-based BACKDRAFT

The Pastime Theatre is welcoming the month of July with its first concert since the pandemic.

Like many other venues, The Pastime Theatre has been at a standstill since the Coronavirus Pandemic hit in spring of 2020. The last concert held was March of 2020 featuring Jazz legend, Eric Essix. Although the theatre office remained open during the mandatoryshutdown, the music was silenced. But after 16 months that changes this month!

July 31st at 7pm, the Pastime Theatre will begin its comeback with local talent favorites and Walker County-based country rock band Backdraft.  Original band members were all firemen or the wife of a fireman, hence the name Backdraft. Backdraft has now spanned over 2 decades and continues to offer a variety of music styles from Oldies to Country to Rock & Pop. Backdraft has performed all over Alabama and neighboring states. Recently two of Backdraft’s members, Vickie Cosby and Jeff Parnell, were featured in 78 Magazine

This concert is not part of the original concert series that had been postponed. Tickets for this performance will be $10 per person. Tickets are available at the Pastime Theatre office, Gold Connection, City Hall andThe Nelson and Charlene Kemp Foundation. Ticketsare also available via postal service. No credit card purchases for this performance. For more information contact 205-487-3002

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July 7, 2021 at 8:41 PM

Pastime Theatre proudly announces…..We’re Back!!!

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The Pastime Theatre in Winfield is excited to announce that performances will be returning to The Pastime Theatre stage this July!

July 31st at 7pm, the Pastime Theatre will begin its comeback with local talent favorites and Walker County based country rock band BACKDRAFT. BACKDRAFT has performed all over Alabama and neighboring states. This concert is not part of the original concert series that had been postponed. Tickets for this performance will be $10.

As part of the original 2020 concert series, The Band Steele has been rescheduled for August 21 at 7pm. Tickets to The Band Steele are $25. The Band Steele is the singer/songwriter duo of Bo Steele and Ben Rubino.  Both are Alabama natives from Double Springs.  Their original track “Good Times” is featured in the John Travolta/Sharon Stone film “Life on the Line”.  In addition to performing nationally, the Band Steele enjoys performing at our military bases and their latest single “Sit Awhile” is a tribute to the men and women that serve. The Band Steele celebrated its first Top 30 at Country Radio with “Waitin’ On Sunshine” (MusicRow Country Breakout Chart) in March 2020, and its second close behind with “You’re Gonna Have to Miss Me” in October 2020.

Finishing out the 2020 concert series that had been postponed due to the pandemic will be the 7 Bridges Band on September 11 at 7pm. Tickets are $35 each. Dinner will be offered prior to this show at an additional $20 per person. This band is a stunningly accurate tribute to the music of The Eagles.  They faithfully recreate the experience of an Eagles concert from their most prolific period. The Eagles are arguably one of America’s most famous bands with their music spanning over five decades.  7 Bridges is recognized as the “Ultimate Eagles Experience”.   Rolling Stone Magazine has called them “the greatest Eagles tribute band on earth”. Mary Hyche, Pastime Theatre Chairman says, “The 7 Bridges Band is our most requested repeat performers.”

We’ve missed you and can’t wait to see you at The Pastime. Call 205-487-3002 for tickets and info. Previously purchased tickets are still good

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May 26, 2021 at 3:12 PM

USDA to Open Signup for the Conservation Reserve Programand CRP Grasslands in Early 2021

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November 13, 2020 at 5:51 PM


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November 3, 2020 at 2:20 PM

New Hamilton Garbage Route Map

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YELLOW SECTION (Southside of Hwy 278 East to US Hwy 43 South)Monday

ORANGE SECTION (Northside of Hwy 278 to County Hwy 1)Tuesday

BLUE SECTION (From Marion County Courthouse up North on Military Trail to Northside of Bexar Ave West)Wednesday

GREEN SECTION (From Courthouse West to Sentry Road to County Hwy 81 through Oak Hill Subdivision to Northside of State Hwy 17 back to intersection at the Middle School)Thursday

2nd ORANGE SECTION (From intersection of Sentry Road West and South of Bexar Ave West to City Limits South of I22 on State Hwy 17 to Fulton Bridge community back to US Hwy 43 South) – Friday

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October 14, 2020 at 7:06 PM

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Hamilton Municipal Runoff Election Results – Unofficial

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PLACE # 1: Wesley Steele – 539 ; Scott Tyra – 714

PLACE # 3: Neil Sellman – 571 ; Matt Sims – 668

PLACE # 5: Sherry Pickard Armstrong – 606 ; Scott Robertson – 641

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October 6, 2020 at 7:12 PM

Guin Municipal Runoff Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR: Max Maddox – 284 ; Phil Segraves – 364

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October 6, 2020 at 7:08 PM

Bear Creek Municipal Runoff Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR: Tammy Rowe Batchelor – 139 ; Robert Taylor – 161

PLACE # 1: Mark Cofield – 129 ; James T. Weeks – 166

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October 6, 2020 at 7:06 PM

Deadline Approaching for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program – Application Deadline is Sept. 11

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August 31, 2020 at 4:18 PM


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August 26, 2020 at 5:09 PM

Bear Creek Municipal Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR : Tammy Rowe Batchelor (I) – 81 ; Ronnie Freeman – 78 ; Robert Taylor – 135

PLACE # 1 : Mark Cofield – 100 ; Jesse Gilbert – 55 ; James T. Weeks – 135

PLACE # 2 – Lamar Dickerson – 93 ; Eric Loden – 175 ; Mark Townsend – 20

PLACE # 3 : Lisa Jordan – 105 ; Alex Price – 178

PLACE # 4 : Chris Hyde – 209 ; Brian Talley – 80

PLACE # 5 : Ricky Hines – 126 ; Eric Mills – 158

Courtesy of Andy Marbutt

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August 25, 2020 at 9:45 PM

Brilliant Municipal Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR : Perry Franks

PLACE # 1 : Kevin Farley

PLACE # 2 : Lori Colley

PLACE # 3 : Heath Sanderson

PLACE # 4 : Mary Ann Hardin – 66 ; Danny Berryhill – 36

PLACE # 5 : Ricky Pollard

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August 25, 2020 at 9:02 PM

Hackleburg Municipal Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR : Darryl Colburn (I) – 288 ; Tim Howard – 41 ; Eugene Marbutt – 52

PLACE # 1 : Pam Pickens – 213 ; Clint Carter – 156

PLACE # 2 : Kenny Hallmark

PLACE # 3 : Don Barnwell (I) – 291 ; Barry McCarley – 89

PLACE # 4 : Jerry Williams

PLACE # 5 : Darrin Wiginton (I) – 275 ; Rodney McCarley – 98

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August 25, 2020 at 8:58 PM

Guin Municipal Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR : Max Maddox (I) – 230 ; Willie Joe Hollis – 62 ; Phil Segraves – 290

PLACE # 1 : Bobby Bellew

PLACE # 2 : Mineo Lindsey

PLACE # 3 : Regina Salter – 290 ; Jimmie Casey – 286

PLACE # 4 : Kelee Baker Williams – 418 ; Curt M. Hubbert – 157

PLACE # 5 : Dr. Gary Randolph – 213 ; Joseph Benton – 369

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August 25, 2020 at 8:49 PM

Winfield Municipal Election Results – Unofficial

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MAYOR : Randy Price (I) – 625 ; Chris Ballard – 287 ; Clay Johnson – 298

PLACE # 1 : Rusty Barnes (I) – 597 ; Ed Posey – 595

PLACE # 2 : Tim Garrison (I) – 657 ; Steve Martin – 521

PLACE # 3 : Reggie Hall – 266 ; Keith “Termite” Pollard – 893

PLACE # 4 : Jeana Roberts Estes – 616 ; Jeff Hughes – 164 ; Chuck Mullins – 402

PLACE # 5 : Anthony Hallmark (I) – 591 ; James Odum – 599

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August 25, 2020 at 8:40 PM

Hamilton Municipal Election Results – Unofficial

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Municipal Elections Results

MAYOR : Bob Page (I) – 1002 ; Tami Lewis Williams – 739

PLACE # 1 : Lenn Holloway – 365 ; Jerry Norris – 73 ; Wesley Steele – 513 ; Scott Tyra – 793

PLACE # 2 : Wade Sullins (I) – 608 ; Ross Reed – 1131

PLACE # 3 : McDavid Franks – 160 ; Tim Holcomb – 292 ; Neil Sellman – 693 ; Matt Sims – 582

PLACE # 4 : Gene Sanderson (I) – 474 ; Wade Williams – 1260

PLACE # 5 : Sherry Armstrong – 587 ; Dale Reese – 77 ; Chris Rich – 503 ; Scott Robertson – 569

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August 25, 2020 at 7:51 PM

USDA Announces More Eligible Commodities for CFAP

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Application Deadline Extended to Sept. 11, and Producers Who Have Approved Applications to Receive Final Payments

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August 11, 2020 at 11:52 PM

Final Candidate Lists for Marion County Municipal Elections

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Bear Creek – Final Candidate List
Brilliant – Final Candidate List
Guin – Final Candidate List
Gu-Win – Final Candidate List
Hackleburg – Final Candidate List
Hamilton – Final Candidate List
Winfield – Final Candidate List

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July 26, 2020 at 2:49 AM

World’s Longest Yard Sale Will Go on As Planned

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Decatur, Ala. (July 22, 2020) – Each year, bargain hunters, yard sale connoisseurs and treasure seekers make their way through northeastern Alabama for the biggest yard sale shopping spree in the world. The World’s Longest Yard Sale, a once-a-year, 690-mile shopping trip, will take place as planned, August 6-9, 2020, and as a mostly outdoor event, there is more than enough space to allow for social distancing among shoppers.

Many shoppers begin the 690-mile, six state journey in Gadsden, taking the scenic Lookout Mountain Parkway to Chattanooga and following Highway 127 all the way north to Addison, Mich. Everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, and dishwares to fresh garden produce and homemade jams and jellies along with food vendors and live entertainment can be found. It is estimated to be more than 1,000 vendors in Alabama alone. Vendors are typically up and running by 8 a.m. and operate until late in the evening each day of the event.  

Along with an incredible shopping adventure, the World’s Longest Yard Sale takes visitors through some of the most scenic rural America in the United States. The 93-mile Lookout Mountain Parkway has been touted “A Must See” by Reader’s Digest, the National Geographic and Southern Living magazines. Along with four days of shopping, visitors can experience true southern hospitality, a world of nature, including breathtaking vistas and majestic waterfalls, and a variety of locally-owned restaurants and accommodations. 

In addition to providing outdoor recreation, this event takes place in mostly rural areas in the states where the route passes through. Many of the vendors who participate earn a significant portion of their yearly income at this event. It also provides a significant positive economic impact to many hotels, motels, RV parks and campgrounds, restaurants and other retail businesses.

Shoppers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, insect repellent and sunscreen and to bring a face mask (when indoors or social distancing is not possible), plenty of hand sanitizer and water. Vendors will sanitize booth/tables frequently and are encouraged to offer contact-free payments and to display all items in the open rather than leaving them in a box to prevent unnecessary contact. For lodging information, directions, road closures and more information, visit https://visitlookoutmountain.com/worlds-longest-yard-sale/ or call DeKalb Tourism at 888.805.4740 or Greater Gadsden Area Tourism at 888.565.0411.

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July 23, 2020 at 2:01 PM

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MCBE Reopening Plan for 2020-2021 School Year

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Link to PDF version – CLICK HERE

Visit them online at www.mcbe.net

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July 14, 2020 at 12:17 AM

News Release – Farm Service Agency County Committee Nominations Open June 15, 2020

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June 11, 2020 at 2:18 AM

Winfield Public Library – Phase II: No Contact Curbside Pickup

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PHASE II: NO Contact Curbside Pickup begins Tuesday June 2, 2020 – Weather permitting. Heavy rain and thunderstorms may delay or cancel Curbside services on a daily basis.
This limited service will be available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday 12 pm – 2 pm.

Patrons with active library cards can reserve items online or call 205-487-2484.
You will set up a time to pick up your items outside the front entrance.
All return items must be returned in the outside book/media deposit on the sidewalk.
PLEASE have your items in a bag if it is raining.

You can view our collection online by going to http://www.winfieldpubliclibrary.com
At the top of the page click the Library Search link. This will let you search or browse our collection.

You have 2 choices to reserve items:

  1. 1. You can call the library at 205-487-2484 and tell staff what you would like to borrow and set up a time for pickup.
  2. 2. While viewing the library catalog, you should see an account log on option in the top right corner.
    Username will be your first initial and last name, all lower case.
    Password will be your library card number. Your library card number is located on the back of your card, use the barcode numbers.
    After you log on you can click on the items you would like to checkout, then click on the reserve button.
    When you see the message “Item reserved successfully” you can click the top right X and continue to browse and reserve.
    You will still be limited to 6 items with a 2 movie/TV series limit.
    The library staff will get a notification that you have placed items on reserve.
    The staff will gather your items then call or text you when they are available to be picked up.
    You need to be sure we have your current phone number on file.

We ask that patrons stay in their vehicle and call the library at 205-487-2484 to inform staff you are in the parking lot.
The staff will let you know if your items are ready and will place on a table outside in a bag with your name attached.
We ask that all patrons follow social distancing protocols while waiting for your items.
6 feet spacing will be marked outside but waiting in your car will be the best procedure.

Safely reopening the library in phases. Please be patient as the library remains closed until further notice.

The Covid-19 virus has had an unprecedented impact on the library and the communities we serve.
Our plan to reopen is dependent on factors such as recommendations from local and national health agencies,
social distancing protocols, critical community needs, and a sustained reduction in new Covid-19 cases within
the community for at least 14 days. The primary consideration is maintaining the safety of library patrons and staff
while finding ways to provide necessary services that the library is uniquely positioned to perform.


PHASE III will be announced ASAP. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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May 29, 2020 at 1:16 AM

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