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Colvin to speak at BCHGS

The Butler County Historical & Genealogical Society (BCHGS) is proud to announce that Dr. Alex Colvin, Public Programs Curator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH), will be the special guest speaker at their Jan. 29, quarterly meeting. Colvin coordinated the Alabama Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee, which commemorated the ratification of the 19th…

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Hwy. 31 crash claims one life

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   A single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, has claimed the life Aaron Michael Bridges, age 33 of Ramer. According to a press release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), the crash occurred when the 1996 Ford Explorer driven by Bridges, left the…

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ALEA announces Firearms Prohibited Person Database

MONTGOMERY – In 2021, the Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama Uniform Concealed Carry Permit Act (Act 2021-246) which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2023. The Act requires the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to develop, create, maintain, and administer a searchable state Firearm Prohibited Person (FPP) Database that enables law enforcement officers across the state…

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Employers to see unemployment insurance tax cut

MONTGOMERY –Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced that most Alabama employers will see a 54% tax cut in their 2023 unemployment insurance taxes and the state has dropped into the lowest tax rate schedule. “Following the economic uncertainty and the record-breaking amount of unemployment compensation benefits paid out during the pandemic, it is…

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Womack appointed President of Southern Company

ATLANTA, Jan. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Board of Directors of Southern Company today announced that, effective March 31, Chris Womack has been appointed president of Southern Company and elected as a member of the Board of Directors of Southern Company. Womack also has been appointed CEO of Southern Company effective immediately following the conclusion…

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Life’s fringe benefits A special quilt

My great grandmother, Eunice Mae Ledbetter, was a very talented with all types of needlework. She could knit sweaters and purses, crochet beautiful doilies, sew almost anything, and piece and quilt beautiful quilts. She grew up in a time when young brides were expected to do this and sewing was a necessity in order to…

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St. Clair County fire remains priority

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Department of Environmental Management reiterated that putting out a smoldering underground fire at the privately operated Environmental Landfill Inc. in St. Clair County near Moody remains the overriding priority for state and local agencies responding to the fire. “Smoke from the fire is a great concern, and the only way to…

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Jan. 7 is Camellia Day

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   Starting in December, many varieties of Camellia japonica bushes have been flowering in Greenville, the Camellia City. A long history, with efforts by Butler County residents, surrounds how Greenville came to be known as The Camellia City, how the Camellia japonica Linnaeus came to be the State Flower…

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Trammel new CEO of RMCCA

Patrick Trammell has been named chief executive officer of Regional Medical Center of Central Alabama, a member of the UAB Health System. Trammell has his Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Trammell began his healthcare career in 2002 and has served hospitals in…

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Frozen pipes flood schools

Overnight on December 25, 2022, the sprinkler system pipes burst in the Greenville High School gymnasium.  As a result, the entire gymnasium floor system, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, concession room and gym foyer were flooded.  Crews from Servpro have been activated to mitigate further damages and the Butler County maintenance staff are working around the…

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