With the effects of COVID-19 still negatively affecting communities and families, United Way of Etowah County came up with a unique way to kick off their fundraiser campaign. The non-profit organization held a drive-thru campaign kick off at the Downtown Civic Center in Gadsden. Donors and volunteers were welcomed to stop by, meet those who are a part of the campaign, and donate cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items or children’s books to this year’s campaign. The dona
That was Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on why an extension to the statewide mask order is needed; to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19. State Health Officer Scott Harris also credited the order to a recent drop in virus related hospitalizations. Governor Ivey says she understands that people don’t approve of the mask order, but encourages everyone to continue doing their part to protect those closest to you.
Ivey wants to also remind those who are attending high school a
Jacksonville State has reported a sharp increase in positive COVID-19 cases since welcoming back students to its campus. The university currently has 143 known COVID-19 cases that are active as of today. Just last week, JSU reported 44 active cases. Recently, the university decided to cancel all in-person student organization events, both on and off campus, for two weeks. Non-residents are also not allowed to enter residence halls on campus.
Governor Ivey is lending a helping hand to clean up the devastating damage Hurricane Laura left behind. It’s only the 10th storm in recorded history to hit the U.S at 150 miles per-hour. Laura made landfall after midnight in Louisiana; killing three people.
Gadsden State Community College’s President has announced her retirement. Doctor Martha Lavender will officially retire from her position on September first. Lavender began serving as interim president in 2014. She’s had an extensive career in nursing, academics, government and consultation that has spanned over 45 years. During her time as president, Lavender has improved enrollment numbers, and the infrastructure at Gadsden State with new buildings and extensive renovations
The Labor Department’s latest report shows that a million more Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week. The report was in line with economists’ expectations and marked a small decline from the previous week. There’s only been one week with under a million claims since the pandemic began taking its toll on the job market in March. That week was at the beginning of August. Continued jobless claims, or people filing at least two weeks in a row, stood at
A new survey found working from home during the pandemic is not hurting productivity. The study from the firm Mercer included nearly 800 U.S employers. It found more than 90% of employers reported productivity at the same level or higher than before the pandemic began. 83% of bosses say even after the crisis is over, they plan to keep flexible work policies in place, such as allowing more people to work from home.
Local Games Moved to Thursday Night
Gaston at Coosa Christian
Childersburg at B.B. Comer
Ashville at Southeastern
Crossville at Collinsville
Glencoe at Randolph
Fort Payne at Gadsden City
*#9 Spring Garden at #7 Cedar Bluff (originally scheduled for Thursday) Friday Night
#1 Piedmont at Cherokee County
#2 Oxford at #2 Pleasant Grove
#5 Jacksonville at #8 Alexandria
Ohatchee at Anniston
Sylacauga at Lincoln
Talladega at Saks
Gaston at Coosa Christian
An employee for a local university has tested positive for COVID-19. A Jacksonville State University Recreation and Fitness Center employee has reported their positive test results to the university. According to the facility’s director Joanna Prociuk, the employee recently worked several shifts at the rec center; other employees that also worked those same shifts have been asked to stay home. The JSU COVID-19 Task Force has begun contact-tracing everyone else the employee ma