Economic damage inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic is easy to spot as scores of Alabamians remain unemployed, but local municipalities have managed to survive — or even thrive — as the virus continues to spread. 

Several people stood under the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Pavilion in Zinn Park on Thursday evening and spoke in front of dozens of people at an emotionally charged prayer vigil organized by the Calhoun County NAACP.

Willie Maude Atkinson lived in Hobson City her whole life, only moving once from her house on Draper Street to the house next door, where she passed away peacefully of natural causes Thursday, according to her daughter.

Health officials across the country have long said that widespread testing will need to precede reopening of the economy. The point may now be moot.

Regional Medical Center and local officials offered a drive-in and walk-up screening for coronavirus in Hobson City Wednesday.

Gathered in J. R. Striplin Park, Mayor Alberta McCrory and others lifted a plastic covering over a historical marker that illustrated what the park looked like in 1917 compared to a current photograph.

Hobson City is set to hold its annual black history program this coming Saturday, but Mayor Alberta McCrory said there will be plenty of looking forward to go along with reflections of history.

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