pandemic

Montgomery Zoo on How They’ve Survived Financially in the Pandemic

“Our zoo is mostly funded by people who come here everyday,” says Steven Pierce, program services manager at the Montgomery Zoo. With a business that is primarily based outdoors, Pierce says they’ve been able to keep the zoo up and running by people coming to enjoy their outside time. “During the pandemic all of us kind of felt that desire…

Annual Golf Classic Benefits Special Needs Children in Dallas Co.

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Dozens of golfers hit the links Wednesday at the Valley Grande Golf Course — to help children in the community with special needs. The 11th annual Evans Special Benefit Fund Golf Classic — raises money and awareness for agencies that serve special needs children. Cahaba Mental Health — Easter Seals — Selma City Schools —…

Alabama Test Scores Drop after Pandemic Interrupts Classes

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Preliminary test scores for Alabama students show an expected drop in student achievement after the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted classes. State education officials on Thursday briefed school board members on the preliminary results from the latest standardized tests. Superintendent Eric Mackey said the drop was expected after the pandemic interrupted classes. The average ACT score for 11th…

Local Business Owners Flourish Despite Starting In Midst of Pandemic

The pandemic has put a halt to many businesses around the River Region, even decades long businesses. For two local business owners, their businesses have thrived in the pandemic. For Keiauna White, owner of The BeYoutiful Boutiques, opening her new store in December of 2020, actually helped her business. “While was on Dexter Avenue,” said White, “I would often say…

MPS Faculty & Staff Take a Look Back at the School Year

From having all students virtual at on day one, to learning in a hybrid setting, MPS staff say this school year was like a roller coaster. With many ups and downs throughout the last nine months, Park Crossing High School principal says the most difficult part was not having control of things that happened with students and staff left. “You…

In-Court Jury Trials Resume in Dallas County

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Things are slowly starting to get back to normal around the state — after COVID-19 shut down activities that required people to gather in confined spaces. The judicial system slowed to a crawl due to COVID-19. Non-jury trials continued during the pandemic — but jury trials completely stopped. The wheels of justice are said to…

February Unemployment Rate Lowest of Pandemic for Alabama

The state says Alabama’s unemployment rate for January declined to 4.3%, the lowest level since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic a year ago. The rate is still well above the pre-pandemic level of 2.7% of January 2020. But it was was better than the revised December unemployment rate of 4.7%. It was also below the U.S. unemployment rate of…