A proposal for a statewide lottery was in jeopardy in the Alabama House of Representatives Tuesday, as advocates tried to overcome objections from opponents during floor debate. At one point, the bill appeared dead after a procedural vote failed, but supporters were trying to revive it as the evening wore on. Read the full story
The Anniston Star has won five honors, all first-place, for work published in 2018 in the Alabama Press Association Media Awards. Read the full story
Members unanimously voted in favor of issuing a bond for the development of an entertainment center at the old mill property at exit 185 of Interstate 20.
Legislation to potentially replace Alabama’s elected K-12 board of education with a commission of gubernatorial appointees will be voted on in a Senate committee on Tuesday.
Rep. Barbara Drummond, D-Mobile, co-sponsor of the bill, said the need for this law was brought to her attention when a superintendent confiscated a Juul, a type of electronic cigarette, from a first-grader during school hours.
Calhoun County could one day have space made available for the care of one additional mental health patient if a local mental health advocacy group is able to secure the money for it. The group, Out of the Shadows Summit Committee, is focused on ending the stigma of mental illness.
The third annual Out of the Shadows mental health summit, to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Oxford Civic Center, is designed to raise awareness and understanding in the public about mental illness.
According to Pati Tiller, Special Olympics and outreach coordinator for the Arc of Calhoun and Cleburne counties, there are 36 athletes from Calhoun County competing in this year’s statewide Special Olympics at Troy University, being held May 17-19.
Hundreds of people lined the shores of Oxford Lake Thursday morning for the Kids Invitational Fishing Classic — a fishing tournament that seems to be undergoing a growth spurt.
Shops across the state are stocking a newly available product — CBD oil — after Congress OK’d its sale last year, though some local authorities say they’re still not convinced it’s legal.
One hundred fifty-seven farmers across the state now have licenses to grow industrial hemp as demand for cannabidiol grows. But how much of a market is there, really?
Seventy-four Republican House members voted for the bill, three Democrats voted against it. Many other Democrats had already left the chamber in protest when the vote was taken.
The rankings from U.S. News and World Report looked at math and reading scores on statewide tests, as well as graduation rates. But the biggest factor was college readiness – and, in particular, participation in Advanced Placement courses designed to give students a leg up on college content.
Senate Bill 282 would leave fire protection on privately owned property used for timber production to the Alabama Forestry Commission, a state agency. The bill was given a favorable report on a 11-0 vote in the Senate Forestry, Conservation and Agriculture Committee earlier this month.
While two of the county’s major municipalities, Anniston and Piedmont, have signed contracts for stray animal impounding at the once-more county-controlled Morrisville Road facility, Jacksonville and Oxford have other plans.