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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…

Alabama Mega Church, Church of the Highlands Resuming Services in June

Pastor Chris Hodges, Courtesy: Church of the Highlands Facebook Page Pastor Chris Hodges of Church of the Highlands announced on the church’s website Thursday that the team plans to resume in-person services on Sunday, June 21, with reduced capacity and recommended distancing guidelines in place. Hodges advises people who are at higher risk for severe illness to continue to worship…

The Equal Justice Initiative to Reopen Attractions in Mid-June

The Equal Justice Initiative is planning to reopen its attractions in Montgomery. EJI says June 15th is the day that it hopes to reopen the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, The Peace and Justice Memorial Center, and The Legacy Museum. They have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The EJI law offices have been open during this…

Tallapoosa Sheriff’s Department Conducts Death Investigation on Lake Martin

The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating a case involving a body that was found on Lake Martin. Investigators and deputies were called to the scene Sunday after the body was discovered. Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett says there are no further details available at the moment about this case and will update the public with more information Monday…

Virus Deaths in Alabama Surpass 550 With New Rules in Effect

Alabama’s death toll from the coronavirus climbed to at least 551 on Sunday, according to data from the state Department of Public Health. There have been over 14,400 confirmed cases of the virus statewide. Close to 4,600 cases have been reported within the last 14 days. New rules from Gov. Kay Ivey went into effect Friday at 5 p.m. allowing…

Shortage of Blood in the River Region LifeSouth Needs Your Help

LifeSouth Community Blood Center is in great need of blood donations. It’s currently experiencing a shortage and is in need of all blood types especially O negative. LifeSouth supplies blood to the local hospitals in the river region and wants to make sure its supply is adequate at all times. They are encouraging all community members who can to donate…

Smaller Classes, Online Reservations New Norm As Gyms Reopen

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Big box gyms and local fitness studios are reopening under a patchwork of protocols based on state and local guidance, and others are following basic protocols. including: spacing out cardio machines, using touchless entry, reducing class sizes, and requiring users to clean equipment before and after each use. Even though gym users are required to…

Prattville Man Dies After Truck Strikes a Power Pole

A Prattville man has lost his life in a single-vehicle accident. Sixty-year-old William McDonald Sanders of Prattville was killed Saturday night, May 24, at 10:18 after the Dodge Ram he was driving went off the roadway and struck a power pole. Senior Trooper Michael Carswell said Sanders was not using a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene….

Alabama Coronavirus Outlook Worsening Amid State Reopening

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)- As casinos, churches, and more reopen, Alabama’s coronavirus caseload is worsening. The State’s political leaders and health experts are struggling to make many residents see the continued need for social distancing, crowd limitations, and wearing masks after Gov. Kay Ivey reopened much of the economy. Cases are on the increase, but health officials say it’s impossible to…