President Donald Trump approves a major disaster declaration in response to the March 19th tornado. The federal disaster assistance is designed to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Calhoun, Cullman, Etowah and St. Clair counties. Governor Kay Ivey says, This declaration will provide much needed assistance to Alabamians affected by the severe storms and will ease the burden on local governments as they continue the recovery process. Individual Assistance is availa
Dozens of people gathered Thursday evening to listen to the thirteen candidates running for Calhoun County Board of Education express their opinions on a number of topics. One issue candidates discussed is the declining enrollment numbers in the county. Current board president, Mike Almaroad says when he started, 29 years ago, there were 12,000 students enrolled, but now there are only 8,800. Republican candidate Carl Hinton says the board should offer students more, by havin
In a special meeting the Gadsden City Board of Education announces the 2 finalists for superintendent. The board names Dr. Regina Thompson and Dr. Gary Gibson. The board is now making plans to visit West Columbia South Carolina, where Thompson lives and to Columbus, Georgia, where Gibson lives. Thompson is an Alabama native and says she wants to call Gadsden home. She has experience in the Lowndes County, Homewood and Montgomery schools, as well as time as an assistant profes
A monthly event is teaching members how to use a popular video website to promote their business. The Chamber held it’s monthly Discovery Cafe teaching members how to build their business by using YouTube. Members learned how to create a channel and how to create videos. The Chamber Program Manager Will Mackey says The Chamber always has something going on for its members. During the Discovery Cafe each month, The Chamber shows members different technology topics. After the o
Authorities say a Cedar Bluff man involved in three separate incidence is behind bars following a car chase. Centre police received reports of Dylon Brown shoplifting at the Walmart on West Main Street around 9pm. A few hours later law enforcement received another call from the Waffle House on West Main Street that a former employee has not paid for their meal. Then an officer received a call from the Grub Mart at West Main Street that Brown has also filled up a truck and lef
One of Talladega Superspeedways most popular events is this weekend and state troopers want to remind you to stay safe. There is no distance too far for NASCAR fans. Hundreds of thousands of people are already at the Talladega Superspeedway awaiting Sunday’s race. The weekend will be packed with heart pounding racing fun. In addition to all the excitement, Alabama State Troopers want to remind everyone to be safe during this weekends activities. Corporal Jimmy Harrell says th
Applications are now being taken for absentee ballots for the June 5th primary election. Applications must be filed out in the circuit clerk’s office, the deadline is May 31st. Voters can submit their absentee ballots by mail or by dropping them off at Etowah County Circuit Clerk Cassandra Johnson’s office in Suite 202 on the first floor of the Etowah County Judicial Building.
An annual event that has people racing for a good cause, is coming up. Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity is hosting its 7th annual Habitat Dragon Boat Festival at Riverwalk Park on August 18th. The opening ceremony will begin at 8:45am with the race to follow at 9am. Team registration is now open for all those interested in participating. Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Suzanne Scharfenberg tells us what people can expect to see at the festival. Scharfenberg says th
A judge has agreed to lower bond for the youth evangelist from Etowah County who is facing numerous child sex abuse allegations. Acton Bowen is charged with with two counts of second-degree sodomy, two counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes, and three counts of second-degree sexual abuse. A Circuit Judge issued an order reducing Bowen’s bond, but imposing strict conditions if he is released. Bowen’s bond has been reduced to $455,000 and changed from a cash bind to a
The owners of one Jacksonville apartment complex destroyed by last month’s tornado are determined to rebuild and reopen by this fall. An EF-3 tornado ripped through the Gamecock Village complex on March 19th, leaving about 800 students without a place to live. The CEO of the company that owns the complex says they are working at full speed to restore the apartments. The company is predicting that they will have 400 rooms ready by August.