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ADPH Prepares for Increase of COVID-19 Patients

The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Alabama has surpassed 1,000. State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says that between 120 and 130 of the confirmed COVID-19 patients are in hospitals currently and half of those patients are in intensive care units. “We have very large number of patients who are on ventilators, much more than we would expect for…

Storm Shelters Impacted by COVID-19

The Coronavirus outbreak will impact storm shelters in our area. Autauga County EMA Director Ernie Baggett tells Alabama News Network that fewer people will be allowed into the county’s shelters because of social distancing.  The county has two FEMA rated shelters at Boone’s Chapel and Posey’s Crossroads Baptist Church, but as of now Baggett says they will not be open…

Macon County EMA Director Concerned by Lack of Testing

A major concern with Coronavirus testing in Alabama is access in the rural areas.  These areas are already medically under-served and present challenges for state health leaders. Macon County EMA Director Frank Lee says the lack of testing is a big issue in the county.  At this point, he is not aware of any public testing sites in Macon County. …

Plans to Relocate Salvation Army, Montgomery Chamber Business Resource Center

Alabama News Network has confirmed new developments surrounding Montgomery’s whitewater project. Project Catalyst (Source: Montgomery County Commission) This project will lead to the Montgomery Chamber relocating it’s Business Resource Center.  We first reported last month that the Salvation Army has a preliminary agreement to sell its Maxwell Boulevard location to the City of Montgomery. Currently the Salvation Army sits where…

Seeking Trial Delay, Sheriff Accused of Making False COVID-19 Claim

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – Lawyers for an Alabama sheriff seeking a delay in his theft trial falsely claimed the officer was being tested for the illness caused by a new coronavirus. With Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely set to go on trial Monday on felony charges, his attorneys told a judge he was hospitalized and being tested for the COVID-19…

Wetumpka Church Votes to Tear Down Historic Chapel

A Wetumpka church damaged by last year’s tornado has voted to tear down its historic chapel.  Now, the Elmore County Historical Society is asking church leaders to reconsider this decision. The First Baptist Church Wetumpka congregation voted to tear down its historic chapel earlier this week.  The chapel was built in the 1850s and is now on the Alabama Register…

MCSO: Car Crashes into Downed Tree

An early morning wreck had Vaughn Road at Laurelwood Lane shut down Thursday. Photo Credit: Pike Road Fire The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a tree fell across the road and then a car hit the tree.  Captain David Hughes with Pike Road Fire says one person was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. The road…

Voters Head to the Polls for Super Tuesday

As many of you are voting for presidential hopefuls, several local primaries and elections are also taking place on Super Tuesday. There’s an effort by Montgomery County officials to move polling sites from schools because of safety concerns, and because of that, many people are voting at new locations today.  Voters we talked to say besides the rain, the voting…

Extra: Emergency Call: Alabama

Alabama lawmakers are exploring a new statewide emergency notification system this legislative session. The proposal making its way through the state legislature would give all county EMAs a base level notification system.  This would include text and call alerts of severe weather notifications from the National Weather Service. The legislation has the support of Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth and the…

Multiple Break-Ins at Salvation Army of Montgomery

The Salvation Army of Montgomery has fallen victim to multiple break-ins since December.  Just in the last two weeks, they’ve had four break-ins. They’re happening at the Salvation Army Church on Highland Avenue.  They’ve had to repair five windows since Christmas.  Lt. Bryan Farrington says they’ve stolen everything from food, to clothing, to arts and craft supplies, even trash cans….