Dr. James Martin said the policy, which restricts students from attending field trips if they have one unexcused absence or three excused absences within a specific nine-week grading period, is in place to make sure students don't miss instruction time. 

STEELE – The community of Steele made its position clear last Thursday night – it does not want seventh- and eighth-grade students transferred to Ashville Middle School. 

Alabama Power officials say they prepared ahead of time this week when forecasters predicted another rainstorm for Wednesday night over an already-drenched northeast Alabama.