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COVID-19 causing blood shortages

The impact of COVID-19 continues to affect the local blood supply, as canceled blood drives throughout the coming months are causing a significant drop in donations. Many businesses, schools and churches remain closed during this time, and all typically host drives with LifeSouth. The decrease in blood drives has resulted in a low community blood…

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Memorial Day weekend wrecks start early

BY RAY Van Cor The Greenville Standard   The Memorial Day traffic troubles started early this year when a single vehicle accident occurred approximately at 12:45 pm. Friday afternoon on Alabama State Highway 55. According to ALEA’s Corporal Hirakawa, the vehicle was traveling north bound on Highway 55 south of Georgiana when it struck water…

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FDA graduates celebrated

Fort Dale Academy (FDA) held their graduation ceremony this past Friday morning. There were twenty-nine graduates honored. Among honors celebrated, the seniors of FDA were offered $1.68 million in scholarships to various colleges. The graduation was held on FDA’s football field to accommodate social distancing practices. Family and friends gathered to watch the ceremony. Pictured…

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COVID-19 guidelines amended again

BY MOLLIE S. WATERS The Greenville Standard   On Thursday, Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey announced additional amendments in the relaxation of COVID-19 guidelines. Mainly, what has changed deals with restrictions that had been placed on entertainment venues, athletic activities, educational institutions, childcare facilities, and summer camps. All of these venues are now allowed to reopen,…

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Farmers Market opens

The Butler County Farmers Market opened this past Saturday and there was plenty of fresh produce and other assortment of handmade items for customers to purchase. Under new safe distance guidelines, plexi-glass shields were installed on each table. The variety of fresh produce included turnips, squash, zucchini, peppers, potatoes, blueberries and strawberries. There were also…

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Farm of Distinction named

A Lowndes County beef, poultry and pecan operation was named Alabama’s Farm of Distinction today during a special livestream of the Alabama Farm-City Awards. Thomas and Melissa Ellis of Triple E Farm and Priester’s Pecans Inc. received more than $15,000 in prizes and will represent Alabama in the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the…

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County slowly gets back to business City Halls and Courthouse still closed

BY BRUCE BRANUM The Greenville Standard   Even though businesses deemed essential have been busy, such as grocery and hardware stores, with walk-in customers, others have closed their doors and opened only by appointment or offered drive through services. Recently, with Governor Kay Ivey’s ‘Safer at Home’ announcement, certain businesses were allowed to have walk-in…

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LifeSouth partners with local hospitals

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers leads the way in antibody testing of recovered COVID-19 patients to identify possible convalescent plasma donors. On April 1, the FDA announced the importance of plasma donated from recovered COVID-19 patients as a critical tool to help those patients severely affected by the virus. LifeSouth moved swiftly to acquire the necessary…

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Ivey relaxes pandemic guidelines

BY MOLLIE S. WATERS The Greenville Standard   During her press conference on Friday, Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey announced she would be lifting more of the COVID-19 quarantine regulations that have been in place for the past two months. “We do believe it’s okay to expand these orders and provide additional opportunity for people to…

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2020 GRADUATES HONORED

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic upsetting plans for graduation this year, the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce (GACOC) incited a unique idea. They lined the streets of Greenville, Georgiana and McKenzie with individually featured 24”x 36” portraits of graduating seniors in full color for all family, friends and any passersby to see. GACOC Executive Director…

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