The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama has established the Community Recovery Fund with $250,000 from the Susie Parker Stringfellow Health Fund held with the Community Foundation. The fund will support the unmet needs of individuals who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus through the foundations partnerships with not-for-profit organizations throughout the 9 county region. Donors can join CFNEA in this effort by contributing to the Community Recovery Fund by loggi
Non-essentials businesses across the state have either temporarily closed their doors or laid off some of their employees to reduce operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has forced thousands of Alabamians to file for unemployment benefits. Nearly 17,000 people filed unemployment claims within just two days, sometimes overwhelming the state’s application system. According to the Alabama Department of Labor Spokeswoman Tara Hutchison, the majority of the claims
All Calhoun County facilities will remain closed due to the continuous spread of COVID-19. The temporary closure has been extended and will reopen on April 6th unless otherwise advised by Federal or State government or Healthcare agencies or officials.
The Birmingham City Council has approved a “Shelter in Place” ordinance that would direct residents to only go out for food, medicine, exercise, essential services and work. The ordinance was proposed by Mayor Randall Woodfin and will be in effect until April 3rd. Health officials in Jefferson County had already ordered the closure of nonessential businesses, including hair salons and many retailers’ stores in an effort to slow the virus from spreading. The city of Birmingham
It’s been nearly three weeks since students have been able to walk the halls of their school, interact with their peers and teachers since the global COVID-19 outbreak. Although some people believe that educators are taking this time to relax, many are actually still putting their students' best interest at heart. More than 300 lunch bags were prepared for students by their teachers at Saks Elementary School today. As parents drove up to the parking lot, a teacher would deliv
During the test of times, the Church of the Highlands in Oxford is reminding people that “generosity still wins.” Residents living in Calhoun, Talladega, and Cleburne counties who are confined in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic received meals from the Church of the Highlands and the Salvation Army of Anniston. The meals consisted of canned goods, noodles, juices and rice.
Healthcare workers who are spending countless hours on the front-line, fighting the spread of COVID-19, can get a free tall brewed or iced coffee from Starbucks. Doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and all other healthcare professionals can get a free coffee from now until May 3rd.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning people about the possibility of EpiPen malfunctions. EpiPens are devices that deliver life-saving medication to those who suffer potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. According to the FDA, manufacturing defects or user error could prevent them from working properly. Pfizer and Mylan make and distribute these EpiPens and the companies have warned that the devices could also be difficult to remove from their carrier tubes o
Former local basketball coach Tommy Lewis is one of the 12 inductees in the AHSAA Hall of Fame Class of 2020. In the featured video, hear from Lewis about his induction and his storied career in the East Alabama Community. Official release: Courtesy AHSAA
A basketball coach with a knack of getting the best out of his teams, Lewis, 58, learned to love the game as a high schooler at Spring Garden, where he graduated in 1979. He completed his college degree at Jacksonville Stat
More than 200 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed throughout the state. As the majority of confirmed cases are in Jefferson County, Birmingham Mayor, Randall Woodfin has proposed an order for residents to “Shelter in place” at least until April 3rd. If approved, residents could only go out for food, medicine, and other essential services in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. As of this evening, there are 242 confirmed cases in the state. The ages of those infected range