Bailey Harper, a 17-year-old Jacksonville High School senior, has always lived here, watching older students graduate and drive a few miles up Alabama 21 to start their college careers. Despite changes wrought in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s still upbeat as she takes that giant step herself.

So far, only three people in Calhoun County have died of COVID-19 or its complications. But the rest of nature didn’t stop for the lockdown, the result being funeral guests who have had to either watch the graveside service from a distance or wait for a memorial service to be held later.

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