Residents in the Coleman Lake area who have been without a weather warning siren for about a year will have a new one soon.  The Cleburne County Commission discussed opening bids to prospective contractors to replace the siren Monday night during a work session.

Opened last November, Stitch-a-Doodle offers handmade quilts, gifts, sewing supplies, T-shirts, fabric — and advice, from co-owners Jane Stephens and Brenda Laminack. They opened the business after a sewing group they belonged to had met for a number of years at the Heflin Community Arts Center.

Cleburne County Emergency Manager Crystal Cavender has been designated as an Advanced Level Emergency Manager by the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers.

The Cleburne County Commission discussed a number of topics Monday during its work session, including a request from the new coroner, Adam Downs, who wants to have three deputy coroners when he takes office.

The Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce has set new goals for the new year according to its director, Beverly Ervin. The chamber will continue to support its members, but starting in January will stress development of the local workforce, businesses and tourism.

Cleburne County Elementary was one of fifty schools in the state to receive an unexpected $20,000 last week, money allotted by the Alabama Legislature to recognize schools showing the most improvement in third-grade reading results.

Four-year-olds on bright yellow tricycles raced last week around an oval track which is part of the new pre-K playground at Pleasant Grove Elementary school. The helmeted tykes, along with their other classmates, were enjoying the new playground, which was completed Aug. 1, according to school Principal Adam Dasinger.