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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Debt Management Center Suspends Veteran Debts

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Debt Management Center is suspending all actions on veteran debts under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department for 60 days.  The USDVA said it will continue to evaluate an extension of this timeline during the COVID-19 crisis. If the suspension is extended, the USDVA will update its website at…

Huntsville Synagogue vandalized with swastikas

A Huntsville synagogue has been vandalized with swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti at the start of Passover. News outlets report that Huntsville police are investigating after the Etz Chayim temple was desecrated Wednesday night. Photos show at least two Nazi symbols on the exterior of the building along with religious slurs. A statement from another Jewish congregation in the city,…

How to Safely Grocery Shop During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Everyday tasks that were deemed as simple are now turning into a hassle all because of the coronavirus pandemic. While grocery shopping we now have to take certain precautions that we never had to think of before. Mirjam-Colette Kempf, Ph.D., MPH, an infectious diseases expert and a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, gave a few tips…

Gov. Ivey Awards Grant for Auburn Training Connection Program

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded an $80,000 grant to assist in the development of a program that assists startup entrepreneurs. The Auburn Training Connection is using grant funds to help with business guidance as well as aiding in developing prototypes for Alabama entrepreneurs. The ATC will review applications from Alabama entrepreneurs for the program and select those who meet the…

The Town of Fort Deposit Implements New Laws Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak

The Town Of Fort Deposit has issued an “Order of The State Health Officer Suspending Certain Public Gatherings Due to the Risk of the Infection by COVID-19” and, also passed a resolution “Declaring The Town of Fort Deposit State of Emergency.” A curfew from 10 p.m-5 a.m has also been issued.  Anyone violating this curfew will face the following fines:  1….

Pike Road Schools Change Curbside Meal Schedule

According to Pike Road school’s Facebook page, starting Monday, April 6th, the school’s curbside meal schedule is changing. The free meal pickup program will be held on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Participants will receive seven days worth of meals, and the program will continue every Wednesday until the end of May. The meals are part of Pike…

Virus Infections and Deaths Continue to Rise in Alabama

COVID-19 infections continue to climb in Alabama as residents are now under an emergency order to stay home as much as possible. Health officials say more than 40 deaths have been reported as of Sunday among more than 1,600 cases in the state. Gov. Kay Ivey’s order took effect at 5 p.m. Saturday and is scheduled to last until at…

Andalusia Police Department Seeking Info on Drive-by Shooting

The Andalusia Police Department is seeking information in the investigation of a drive-by shooting. On the city’s Facebook page, the shooting happened at about 10 p.m. Friday on Packer Avenue. An investigation determined that several shots were fired, including one that hit a car and another that went into a house and hit a sofa. Authorities said a woman was…

Lowndes County Implements Curfew Following Statewide Shelter Order

Saturday morning, Lowndes County Sheriff Chris West announced a county-wide curfew. The curfew started Friday, April 3rd and will run from 10 PM until 5 AM. “We want to stay ahead of the game,” Sheriff West said. “We don’t want this thing to hit us and have not done anything to prepare. We’re trying to prepare our community to take…

Montgomery County Officials Address COVID-19 in the Region: “I think it’s not resonating because people don’t see loved ones and neighbors dying right next to them.”

Mayors Steven Reed and Gordon Stone, along with other city officials held a briefing Wednesday addressing the latest on COVID-19 in the region. Both Reed and Stone pleaded with the community to abide by the guidelines for social distancing and cleanliness. Reed addressed his concerns about others not taking the pandemic seriously and enforcing the curfew. Montgomery Police Chief Ernest…