Statewide and in Calhoun County, the coronavirus situation looks better than it has in months. Read the full story
It’s almost springtime, which in Alabama means it’s almost severe weather season, as March through May see the highest frequency of tornado activity throughout the year.
After days of warnings about winter weather — almost all of them aimed at the counties west of the Anniston area — Calhoun County residents woke to a light dusting of snow Tuesday morning, with flakes still coming down.
Most schools in Calhoun County are opening 2-3 hours late Tuesday morning because of possible inclement weather. Cleburne County Schools will close Tuesday, also because of weather.
Temperatures are expected to drop into the low 20s Monday night, but the Calhoun County area should avoid the freezing rain that is hobbling much of the rest of the state.
As of Friday afternoon, no appointments remained available at Calhoun County Walmart stores or other nearby stores in Gadsden and Talladega.
Several Calhoun County mayors signed an open letter Thursday to the Alabama Department of Public Health asking them to extend hours at vaccination sites, set up Saturday vaccination events, or allow school nurses to administer vaccines in school.
More than 4,000 appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations in Calhoun County were taken within 75 minutes of becoming available online Thursday morning. Some additional appointments will be made available Friday morning.
Next Monday through Friday, health workers will offer 1,000 shots per day by appointment, beginning at Oxford Civic Center and later in the week at Anniston City Meeting Center and the Jacksonville Community Center.
Hundreds of people showed up Tuesday at Anniston City Meeting Center to get a second COVID-19 shot — the last big step toward some immunity to the virus that has upended American life for nearly a year.
State health officials announced last week that they’d expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine to new groups, including teachers and people 65 and up, beginning Feb. 8.
Starting Feb. 8, Alabama will offer COVID-19 vaccines to people aged 65 and up and to essential workers including teachers, grocery store employees and corrections officers.
There will be enough vaccines on hand for everyone who got a shot the first time around, and officials are not expecting the long lines that marked the January event.
The lobby, the heart of the COVID wing, is empty and quiet. Sometimes a tired-looking nurse emerges to use a vending machine. Sometimes a nurse comes out to give an interview.
“I know a lot of the drama may be gone from watching the spelling bee,” said organizer Jeff Moon. “But unfortunately that’s how this whole year has been.”
A civil lawsuit has been filed against the Piedmont City School District, two football coaches and three students by a mother who alleges her son was sexually assaulted on school property in 2019.
People age 75 and older can still call the state vaccine hotline and be put on a waiting list for a shot. People on the list can expect an appointment in February at the earliest.
House members debated for more than two hours before voting 232-197 to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time. Mike Rogers was not among the lawmakers who rose to speak.
Rogers came under fire Tuesday in a blistering resignation letter from a Republican staffer for the House Armed Services Committee, where Rogers is the ranking minority member.