Like an athlete testing her leg after getting the cast taken off, folks were out and about Saturday seeing what they could do and how it felt doing it following the easing of restrictions in public activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unemployment skyrocketed to 12.9 percent in Alabama in April, according to figures released Friday morning by the Alabama Department of Labor. Anniston had the second highest unemployment rate among the state's largest cities, at 22.1 percent. Calhoun County’s unemployment rate was 18.4 percent.

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