Coronavirus

Selma Church Provides Free Hot Lunch for 100 People

From the West Alabama Newsroom– People in Selma were treated to a free lunch today — thanks to the members of a local church. Northside Baptist Church members bought a hundred hot meals at Vasser’s Mini Mart in Selma. Then gave them away to people in the community — on a first come — first serve basis. Church member Gene…

Carver High School Honors 2020 Graduates

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Wind Creek Prepares to Reopen Casino Doors

Many entertainment venues are reopening their doors after months of closures from the coronavirus guidelines. Wind Creek Hospitality gave Alabama News Network a look at some of the changes its made prior to reopening casinos and hotels next week. “We’ve spent the last couple of months in great detail going through, working through the options, finding out what the CDC…

Alabama COVID-19 Cases Surpass 18,000

Test tube with blood sample for COVID-19 test. Positive test. Alabama has topped 18,000 cases of coronavirus. The state’s Department of Public Health says Alabama had more than 18,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 600 deaths as of Monday. Nearly a third of the cases were reported in the last two weeks as the state loosened restrictions on gatherings…

As COVID-19 Cases Rise Montgomery Considers Making Face Masks a Requirement

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery could become the latest city in Alabama to require the wearing of face masks in public as the city continues to cope with the rising COVID-19 cases. Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said Friday that the proposal may be brought to the city council as soon as Tuesday. Birmingham currently has an ordinance requiring face masks…

Positive COVID-19 Tests Cause Partial Shutdown at Dallas Co. Courthouse

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Two departments at the Dallas County Courthouse have been shutdown after two employees test positive for COVID-19. The courthouse just reopened to the public about two weeks ago — after a two month shut down due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn says one of the employees who tested positive worked in the…

How Will Alabama Public Schools Look in 2020-2021?

Alabama Public Schools are slowly making the transition back to some form of in-person instruction. Starting on June 1st with summer school, some students and teachers will return to the classroom.  Some schools will continue to offer virtual instruction in summer. State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey says there will be limits to the number of students that can be let…

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Produce Sales?

Local Farmers are going to be challenged to get their vegetable crops picked this year because of COVID-19 and Social Distancing. The grocery shopping consumer has really placed a high demand on fresh vegetables this year. Wright’s State Farmers Market says business is great right now with their produce and that they have sold more vegetable crops this year so…

Infirmary at Kilby Prison Quarantined After Two Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19

The Alabama Department of Corrections says a prison infirmary has been quarantined after two inmates there tested positive for coronavirus. The inmates were transferred to a hospital and the infirmary at Kilby Correctional Facility placed on quarantine. The prison system said in a news release that a total of 55 staff members, including contract staff, and 11 inmates have so…

Rural Alabama Hit Hard by COVID-19

Sparsely populated Lowndes County has the sad distinction of having both Alabama’s highest rate of COVID-19 cases and its worst unemployment rate. Lowndes County and nearby poor, mostly black counties were initially spared as the disease ravaged cities, but are now they are facing an increase in confirmed infections. Experts say that’s creating a “perfect storm” in areas that lack…