pandemic

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…

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…

COVID In Alabama: One Year Later

March 13, 2020 was a day that changed everything as Alabama’s first coronavirus case was confirmed in Montgomery County.  Things like social distancing and face masks quickly became a big part of everyday life. “We had a pandemic plan, just no one thought they’d ever have to use it,” shared Montgomery City/County EMA Director Christina Thornton. The Emergency Operation Center…

Two Million More Alabamians Will Soon Be Eligible to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Alabama is officially entering phase 1-c of vaccinations which includes people who are 55 or older. The Alabama department of public health says Alabama will get more Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by March 22nd. Another 5,800 doses of Johnson & Johnson are coming to Alabama in the next two weeks, and the state will be adding 131 new sites to…

COVID-19 Pandemic Putting Damper on Spring Break Activities

Goodbye, sunshine. Hello, study sessions. Colleges around the U.S. are scaling back spring break or canceling it entirely to discourage beachfront partying that could raise infection rates back on campus. Many students looking to blow off steam or escape the cold are still going to hit big party spots. But many say they will be reluctantly skipping trips this year….