Unemployment in Calhoun County rose from 2.9 percent in November to 3 percent in December. St. Clair County stayed level at 2.2 percent for both months, and Talladega rose from 2.8 percent to 2.9 percent.  

More money for mental health care and legislation to increase access to care are expected in the upcoming session of the Alabama Legislature. The potential bills will likely result in the first major discussions in Montgomery about mental health care since the early 2010s. 

A lady remarked a few months ago how much she enjoyed the pastor’s good humor in the pulpit. I remembered how someone else in a different place responded to a worship survey: “The pulpit is no place for levity. The pastor should refrain from joking.”