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And the sun rises

As our Well Being column writer Danan Whiddon said recently, “Take time each morning to reflect on your blessings, to sit quietly in prayer, and to remember your own personal power. Life is not meant to be lived in panic. It’s meant to be lived in awe. Remember, this too shall pass.” This picture was…

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Gov. Ivey declares stay at home order

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   On Friday, April 3, at 4 p.m. Gov. Kay Ivey made an announcement of changes to the Alabama’s response to the coronavirus. It is as follows:   ORDER OF THE STATE HEALTH OFFICER SUSPENDING CERTAIN PUBLIC GATHERINGS DUE TO RISK OF INFECTION BY COVID-19 (APPLICABLE STATEWIDE) AMENDED APRIL…

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Hwy. 185 crash claims life

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   On Monday, March 30, at approximately 6:25 p.m. Capricia LeeAnn Jackson, age 37, of Butler County was killed in a car wreck on Alabama State Highway 185, approximately five miles south of Greenville. According to a press release by Sgt. Drew Brooks, who is with ALEA and Troy…

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County placed under curfew

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   Butler County Commissioners met in a conference call Thursday, April 2, at 4:30 p.m. to discuss issuing a county wide curfew to be effective April 3, as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread within the state. After discussion the commission approved to adopt the curfew. The curfew…

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Absentee voting for July 14 runoff

Following the postponement of the March 31 Primary Runoff Election to July 14, Secretary of State John H. Merrill reminds Alabamians of the option to vote by absentee ballot. “Amid coronavirus concerns, it is important to remember that Alabamians who are concerned about contracting or spreading an illness have the opportunity to avoid the polls…

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ALEA modifies Driver License Division operations

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is modifying its Driver License Division’s statewide operations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). ALEA’s Secretary Hal Taylor said, “Because ALEA’s Driver License Division touches the lives of many, operations have been modified.” They have suspended road testing (including CDL) and discourages anyone with a weakened or compromised immune system…

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COIVD-19 resource guide for Alabamians

Alabama Department of Public Health Dr. Scott Harris, State Health Officer Contact: Carolyn Burn, Governmental Affairs Director – [email protected] Website: www.alabamapublichealth.gov Provides updates such as public health orders, confirmed cases, testing site locations, COVID-19 call in numbers. Currently has 17 operational screening sites, expecting 25 by the end of the week. Turnaround time for testing…

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Coronavirus and previous pandemics

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   As of Monday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m., there have been 780,336 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID 19) worldwide and 37,551 deaths. For the United States, there were 160,288 confirmed cases with 2,953 deaths according to www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ In Alabama, there were 921 confirmed cases with six deaths according…

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Coronavirus on surfaces

A study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), UCLA, and Princeton University scientists published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine showed the varying stability of the coronavirus on different surfaces. Across aerosols, plastic, stainless steel, copper, and cardboard, the lowest levels of coronavirus transmission possibilities were…

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COVID-19 brings closures for schools and businesses

BY MOLLIE S. WATERS The Greenville Standard   According to Alabama’s Department of Health’s Division of Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Butler County last week. Currently, more than 600 cases of the illness have been detected in the state, and at least four deaths have been attributed to…

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