Bill Wakefield and about two dozen volunteers for Victory Headquarters Christian Center in Anniston gathered in the parking lot of the Wakefield's clothing store on Quintard to begin distributing the makings of 200 Thanksgiving dinners.

A crowd of roughly 80 people gathered this morning for a cleanup in the Norwood Park neighborhood conducted by Anniston Changers, a volunteer group that sprang up with the rise of COVID-19.

Around the nation Friday night, the number of other one-time college quarterbacks turned country music stars performing to raise money for their old athletic programs was probably zero. But at Jacksonville State University, fans enjoyed that privilege, in the person of Riley Green.

With 113 deaths, COVID-19 would likely be one of the leading causes of death in Calhoun County for 2020. In 2018, the last year for which ADPH has statistics, only heart disease, cancer, and chronic obstructive lung disease killed more.

Each volunteer is a court-appointed special advocate, known as a CASA, who works with children whose parents are involved in cases of neglect, abuse, drug addiction or other non-nurturing behaviors.

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