With the help of volunteer guides, the veterans spent their weekend hunting deer on secluded depot property while trading stories and building friendships. The veterans were recognized for their participation and honored for their service during a closing ceremony Sunday.

A recent report from the Alabama Department of Public Health shows that cases of influenza in Calhoun County have risen to significant levels. Some health experts say flu season is now in full swing in the area, but hasn’t reached epidemic levels.

IN THE 20 years I spent as a sports writer for this newspaper, one of my favorite places was Auburn, The Loveliest Village on The Plains. Knowing and visiting with Auburn’s football coach, the late Ralph “Shug” Jordan, is one of my forever soft memories.

That’s been done, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, but it was unclear Friday whether the new masks also meet other federal guidelines that regulate their use at the Anniston facility.

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