Coronavirus

Troy City Schools Pushes Start Date to August 24

Troy City Schools have announced the start date for students has been moved to August 24. Superintendent Cynthia Thomas released a statement to the school system’s Facebook page Wednesday night, stating the reasoning behind the new start date is due to the updated information from the Alabama Department of Public Health and the revised Reopening Plan from the ALSDE. Thomas…

Civil Air Patrol Assists With COVID-19 Test Transport

On June 22-23, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) began transporting COVID-19 testing kits to rural, indigent, and underserved, communities in Alabama. 100 Test kits were transported from UAB to Hale County on June 22 utilizing Civil Air Patrol air and ground resources. Testing was conducted in Akron in Hale County. Testing was performed on June 23rd and the completed tests were…

COVID-19 Testing in Alabama Dropping As Virus Spreads

U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day. It’s a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test and days or weeks to find out the results. An analysis finds that the number of…

Dallas Co. School District Prepares for Face to Face Learning

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Dallas County School officials continue to get ready for the start of the new school year — amid COVID-19. The school district is preparing to bring some students back to school for face to face learning. So officials are now taking the necessary precautions — to bring students back safely. Face shields, sneeze guards and…

Alabama Department of Public Health to Provide Contact Tracing, Parental Notification of Coronavirus Investigations in Schools.

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While many school districts are preparing for full virtual instruction, there are some districts that will begin with blended and in-person instruction. The Alabama Department of Public Health has release their resources for monitoring, reporting, and notifying parents and staff of coronavirus investigations in schools. View the entire “back to school toolkit” here. The 85-page toolkit has instructions on how…

Alabama Power Customers Receiving Credit on Bill in October

The typical Alabama Power customer will receive a $25 credit in October, following a decision by the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC). Commissioners approved the credit Tuesday at their monthly meeting. The newly approved credit is on top of a 3% rate reduction that customers are already enjoying in 2020. Combined with prior rate actions, customers are receiving approximately $300 million in benefits…

AUM Postpones Combined Spring and Summer 2020 Graduation Ceremony

Auburn University at Montgomery’s combined spring and summer commencement ceremony in celebration of 2020 graduates has been postponed indefinitely due to public health concerns associated with large indoor gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. There has also been recent interstate travel restrictions. The ceremony had been scheduled for Saturday, August 15, at Montgomery’s Garrett Coliseum. All Spring and Summer 2020 graduates…

Jobs: Aerotek Looking to Hire Over 200 Workers at Hiring Event

The Sheffield Career Center is hosting a Hiring Event for Aerotek, the recruiting and staffing agency for a solar farm construction project in Cherokee. Aerotek is hiring 200+ general laborers, forklift/skid steer operators, and heavy equipment operators. Base wages start at $15 per hour. Wages for heavy equipment operators are between $19-30 per hour. The Hiring Event is Thursday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Career…

Wave of Evictions Expected in Coming Months

Housing advocates fear that they could see a wave of evictions in the coming months, as states end moratoriums put in place during the coronavirus pandemic. One study estimates that as many as 23 million Americans are at risk of being evicted. Now, tenants across the country are starting to crowd courtrooms – or appearing virtually – detailing how the…