According to an Alabama Department of Labor report released Friday, the county’s jobless rate shrank to 6.8 percent in February from 7.1 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, the state’s unemployment rate grew slightly to 6.2 percent from 6 percent year over year.
A dozen representatives from Calhoun County nonprofits and businesses discussed their organizations’ plans — or lack thereof — for future emergencies during a preparedness work session hosted by the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency.
System maintenance supervisor Dee Ingram said the renovation could begin in late April or early May. It may take a year and a half or more to complete, Ingram has said, and will be undertaken in phases.
Calhoun County Commissioners on Thursday agreed to transfer the $470,781 into an escrow account until, and if, the owners come for it. If the owners fail to claim the money within the required timeframe, the county keeps the cash.
In black chef’s coat and pinstripe pants, Kasie Hairrell leads students between the stainless steel expanse of a restaurant-standard kitchen and an adjoining classroom in Jacksonville. She and her culinary arts students are winning awards for their work.
The Piedmont City Council approved a pay raise for city firefighters at Fire Chief Mike Ledbetter’s request Tuesday. Ledbetter said the raises were needed to improve firefighter retention at the department.
Calhoun County’s population could shrink by a greater percentage than most others in the state by 2040, according to research from the University of Alabama released Monday.
An Anniston man charged in a string of robberies and burglaries in Calhoun and Etowah counties pleaded guilty to those charges on Tuesday.
“We received a tip from a concerned citizen,” Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said standing outside of the Liquor King along Alabama 21. “This is the second time in the last two to three months we have received information about a store having gambling machines.”
An Oxford teen charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with a 2015 shooting at a Jacksonville McDonald’s pleaded guilty on Friday to both counts, according to court records filed on Monday.
A Calhoun County district judge on Monday sent a man’s seven attempted murder and three robbery charges to a grand jury after witnesses testified against the man at a preliminary hearing.
Alabama cities and counties may soon be competing for the chance to build mega-prisons for the state, but St. Clair County officials seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach.
J.C. Penney will close 138 stores next month, four of those in Alabama, according to a release Friday from the company, but the store at Oxford’s Quintard Mall will remain open.
Charles Waylon Motes, 48, was arrested and charged in 2015 with second-degree arson and abuse of a corpse nearly two years after the home was discovered burned with Cheryl Canter Motes’ body inside. Motes’ brother, Hank Motes, faces the same charges.
The nine were nominated by their bosses and the public they serve for “recognition of service excellence,” or ROSE, awards, given by chamber chairman Barry Robertson.