Superintendent Joe Dyar’s salary will increase in increments with the change, from $119,850 now to as much as $134,850 in 2020. Dyar's first raise under his modified contract comes in July 2017; the contract, originally awarded in 2010 and extended in 2013, was to expire in June.

That $82,000 purchase was needed to help that property become a national park, the only one in the country that would be devoted to honoring Freedom Riders, city officials said at Monday’s meeting.

Several hundred people packed stands at this city’s newly opened and nearly finished sports complex for a grand opening ceremony Sunday afternoon, and among them were descendants of the area’s earliest inhabitants.

“The CDC is predicting a fairly normal flu season this year,” Dr. Kevin Harrod, professor in the department of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “The flu vaccine has been generated to reflect the same strains we’ve seen the last few years.”

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