Calhoun County's official death toll from COVID-19 rose to 17 over the weekend, according to numbers released Monday morning by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Eli Henderson’s true size was hard to gauge, watching him every other week with the family he had made inside county offices. Physically, he looked a bit over 5 feet tall. Spiritually, Henderson was a mountain.

Federal census counting efforts will now end Sept. 30, about four weeks earlier than originally scheduled, and with Alabama’s response rate not where officials would like it to be, leaders are stressing the need for Alabamians to respond now.

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