“ACE gives you the structure of how to work on these things, then it goes through the steps of how to accomplish them,” said Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, who was elected in 2008 and is serving his third term.
Located in the northwest corner of Alabama’s Winston County, the City of Haleyville had a population of 4,173 in the 2010 census. The city is located approximately 60 miles south of the Quad-Cities area, 90 miles northwest of Birmingham, and 75 miles north of Tuscaloosa. The city is bordered on the west by Marion County and to the north by Franklin County. The main vehicle traffic thoroughfares in and around Haleyville are Alabama Highway 5, Alabama Highway 129, and Alabama Highway 195. Railway service is provided by the Norfolk Southern Railroad. Industries and private citizens utilize Haleyville’s 5,000-foot runway at the Haleyville Airport.
Haleyville has its own city school system that is considered one of the better school systems in Alabama. The city also offers excellent recreational facilities and programs. Industries are mainly tied to the furniture manufacturing business and suppliers to the manufactured housing industry.
Haleyville’s physical development has been influenced by several factors, including the location of the railroad, proximity to major roads, availability of a labor force, and ownership of property. The original development occurred along the railroad, which provided jobs. Doctors, dentists, horse traders, blacksmiths, and druggists came in 1929, along with a 5 & 10. The present-day Dixie Theater opened in 1948. Supermarkets, cafés, and a drive-in arrived in the 1950s. Cotton production and a cotton gin were the source of income for local families. A radio station, newspaper, and television followed. Main Street in downtown Haleyville filled up and was the center of activity, especially on weekends when everyone “went to town.” The major impact on the commercial and industrial development is the limited city limits.
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