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. 

A fine sight is 2020 — the Class of 2020, that is, as its members spread themselves out and spread their wings in an assortment of venues across Calhoun County Thursday. Precautions against an epic pandemic prevented them from enjoying all the trappings of their senior spring, but thanks to determined school administrators, they would not be denied their ceremonial walk.

Authorities were investigating Wednesday after, they said, someone threatened Weaver High School through an anonymous SnapChat post. Sheriff Matthew Wade said the threat was reported by a 19-year-old student who'd posted it herself.

Leaders of Calhoun County’s cities have less than three weeks to decide whether to be part of a major settlement with opioid manufacturers, though some local leaders Thursday said they weren’t aware of the deadline. 

There are still plenty of unanswered questions about the events that landed former Weaver resident Cary Poarch in the middle of a presidential tweetstorm.

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