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Publix Offering Rent Relief for Businesses in Publix-Owned Shopping Centers

Publix announced Saturday that it’s offering rent relief to businesses operating in nearly 300 Publix-owned shopping centers. This, including 23 in Alabama, that have closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The relief package includes waiving rent for two months, as well as waiving payments for common area maintenance fees and taxes, regardless of the tenant’s access to other relief or…

Macon County Opens Covid-19 Testing Site

Alabama News Network has confirmed via the Macon County EMA Director: After days of lobbying and requesting that Macon County gets its citizens tested, we will have public testing on Monday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m in Macon County at the Macon County Health Department. The screening process for public drive up testing will be provided once all procedures…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Melanoma deaths + Opioid overdose deaths + Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Fewer Americans are dying from Melanoma than cancers of the prostate, breast, or lungs. That’s according to researchers at N.Y.U. and Harvard who found treatments that directly target melanoma cells, as well as advances in immunotherapy, are helping reduce death rates. New data from the CDC highlights some major changes in drug overdose deaths. Overall, deaths involving heroin and prescription…

Elmore County: What You Need to Know to Get Tested for COVID-19

In Elmore County, officials discussed how they’re working to limit the spread of the Coronavirus of there. Mike Bruce with Ivy Creek Healthcare explained what people need to do to get tested in Elmore County. They say first, call the Alabama Department of Health or Elmore Community Hospital. You can reach ADPH at 888-264-2256 and the hospital at 334-514-3713. When…

Despite Coronavirus, Meals on Wheels Continuing to Feed Elderly, Home-Bound

The Montgomery Area Council on Aging says it’s working vigilantly to make sure Covid-19 doesn’t stop its much needed service: Meals on Wheels. Executive Director Donna Marietta said volunteers travel to roughly 400 elderly and home-bound residents in the River Region each day to deliver hot meals and companionship. She said now, they’re ramping up disinfecting efforts. Volunteers are also…

First Eclectic ‘Trade Days’ of the Year Kicks Off

Saturday, March 14th was the first Trade Days event of 2020, and Coronavirus did not stop vendors from setting up and people coming out. It’s held the second Saturday of every month in the parking lot beside Eclectic Town Hall from 8 am – 1 pm. According to the Eclectic Trade Days Facebook page, due to the recent outbreak of…

Former MPD Officer Aaron Cody Smith Released on Bond Pending Appeal

Aaron Cody Smith (Source: Dale County Sheriff’s Office) The former Montgomery police officer found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Greg Gunn in 2016 has been released on bond pending appeal. According to court documents, Aaron Cody Smith was released from the Limestone Correctional Facility Wednesday afternoon on a $300,000 appeal bond. Retired Circuit Judge P.B. McLauchlin stated…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Low blood pressure risks + Cancer and minorities

We know the dangers of high blood pressure, but a new study suggests low blood pressure can be linked to higher mortality among the elderly. The University of Exeter found people 75 and older who were frail had a higher risk of death if their blood pressure was below 130 over 80. Plus, new research in the journal ‘Cancer’ shows…

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: News Anchor Samantha Williams is our Woman in Blue

The word we all pray no doctor says to our loved ones or ourselves: cancer. Unfortunately, it is a word my family is familiar with. When I was in high school, my precious, spunky 6-year-old cousin went to the doctor. Expecting to walk out with nothing more than an ear infection, she and my family walked out with a lot…

Bridge Crossing Jubilee Update: More Big Names Announced

In addition to 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer are expected to be at the 2020 Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, happening this Sunday, March 1st. Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams is also expected to attend. Former State Sen. Hank Sanders says…