COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE INFORMATION

COVID-19 UPDATE June 30 10 AM

Cleburne County residents please be advised, effective Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 8 AM, the County Road 84 Truss Bridge will be closed for maintenance. The bridge is expected to open by 3 PM tomorrow afternoon.

 


Jax Fest in the city of Jacksonville will be held Friday July 3rd at Jacksonville High School’s Football Stadium. There will be live music, live fireworks and food vendors. Bring your lawn chair and or blankets to sit on. Social distancing between families is required. Music begins at 6 pm and fireworks at 9 pm.


Governor Kay Ivey has extended the Safer At Home Order that was set to expire on July 3rd to July 31st. Again, the Safer at Home order from the State of Alabama has been extended to July 31st.


Calhoun County has moved from the “Moderate” rate to the “Moderately High” rate of COVID-19 cases in in the last 14 days. This designation indicates a higher level of community spread of the infectious disease as the number of cases each week are increasing in the County. Overall, the percentage of positive tests as well as hospitalizations continue to increase across the State of Alabama. The four categories the Alabama Department of Public Health uses are; High, Moderately High, Moderate, and Low. Until this point during the Pandemic, Calhoun County has remained in the Moderate or Low categories.

Although, Calhoun County has now entered the “Moderately High” category, Calhoun County’s confirmed cases per 100,000 people still remains the second lowest in the Alabama, with Cleburne County as the lowest. At the time of this release, Calhoun County has recorded a rate of 58 cases confirmed in the last 14 days. This is the most cases recorded in a 14 day period to date. The second closest was back on April 12, with 55 cases.

Individuals in Calhoun County are highly encouraged to take precautions such as social distancing, wearing face coverings, and practicing good hygiene in order to keep yourself and others safe.


The Alabama State Department of Education has released guidance concerning the reopening of schools for the upcoming year which will begin on August 5th for the Calhoun County School system. The Calhoun County Board of education is asking Parents to fill out a survey on their facebook page. This survey will help them plan as well give their stakeholders a chance to join the conversation. 

https://forms.gle/9U9teJPqJQMh5ZmV8


COVID-19 UPDATE June 25th 10 AM

Jacksonville City Schools will be providing meals again on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Jacksonville High School. Please go to https://bit.ly/JCSFeeding15 and fill out the form by 9 pm on July 8, 2020, to pick up meals. You will need to fill out this form even if you filled out the previous forms. The guardian’s name listed will need to be the person who will be picking up the meals. There will be ten days of meals provided at this pick up.


Weekend Meal Kit distribution today (while supplies last) at Cleburne County High School from 10:45 am – 1:30 pm. This is for Cleburne County Students that are not taking part in the Baylor Meals To You Program. Check out the form you can fill out to help improve efficiency through the Cleburne County School Nutrition Facebook Page


Main Street Farmers Market is going on today in Downtown Oxford! Vendors will be there until Noon today


Etowah County Sheriff’s Office is warning about Fake checks being sent with attached instructions to participate in a Resident Research Secret Shopper program, instructing participants to purchase gift cards at CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart. Do not be a victim of this scam. Please let your neighbors know to be on the look out for anything suspicious.


COVID-19 UPDATE June 24th 10 AM

Calhoun County Schools– WE ARE IN NEED OF DRIVERS! IF YOU ARE A RETIRED TRUCK DRIVER, HOUSE WIFE, COLLEGE STUDENT OR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO DRIVE A SCHOOL BUS PLEASE CONTACT JIMMY DOYAL @ 256-741-7957 AT THE CALHOUN COUNTY TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT! ONCE FULLTIME YOU WILL HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS!


Ohatchee Drive thru COVID 19 testing site is up and running this morning at Ohatchee Town Hall! We will be here until 12:00pm. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below come out today while supplies last. Symptoms related to COVID-19 listed on ADPH’s website are:

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fever

Chills

Muscle pain

Sore throat

New loss of taste or smell


Ohatchee High School-The following items can be picked up in the Main Office from 8:00 – 4:00 Monday – Thursday:

-InfoSnap Codes

-Report Cards

-Athletic information


COVID Update JUNE 23rd 10 AM

CALHOUN COUNTY JOBS? Here are a few….

Alabama Power-Anniston Office

Administrative Office Assistant

Apply on Google Link Below

https://g.co/kgs/zsHU4H

 

General Dynamics-OTS-Anniston

*Apply Through Indeed

Sr Contracts Manager

Financial Analyst 2

Sr Materials Planner

Sr Continuous Improvement Leader

 

Kronospan-Oxford

*Apply Through Indeed

Receptionist

Thermally Fused Laminate Assistant

VITS Bander/Packager

Flooring Bander/Packager

Lamination Assistant

Payroll and Benefits Specialist

Particle Board Finishing Bander/Packer

Flooring Assistant

Lab Tech

Warehouse Lift Truck Operator

Particle Board Press Assistant

Particle Board Press Operator

Particle Board Drier Assistant

Day Maintenance Technician

Maintenance Planner

Day Shift Electrician

Shift Maintenance Electrician

Electrical Engineer

 

Associated Metalcast-Oxford

Send resume to amihr@associatedmetalcast.com OR Indeed

CNC Machinist 2nd Shift

Production Supervisor 2nd Shift


FREE DRIVE-THRU COVID TESTING CLINIC on Wednesday, June 24th, from 1-5p @ the Riverview Regional MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING located at 303 Bay Street, Gadsden Al. 

YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT by calling 256-442-5153 and COMPLETE THE COVID FORM at www.riverviewregional.com 

Print off the completed form and bring it to your appointment with your insurance card.


COVID UPDATE JUNE 18TH 5 PM

Piedmont Elementary is excited to announce that we have a new PreK classroom with some open spots for the upcoming school year! If your child will be four years old by September 1, 2020, please register online at the link below. Spots are on a first come/first serve basis. Be sure to select Piedmont Elementary as the site location.

Registration Link:

https://alprek.asapconnected.com/


Jacksonville Community Center will not be open on Sunday June 21


Cleburne County School Nutrition is excited to offer a weekend meal distribution on Thursdays through July 30th, from 10:45 am – 1:30 pm (while supplies last) at Cleburne County High School. If you haven’t already, please complete the form on the Cleburne County School Nutrition Facebook Page to reserve your meal. Each meal kit will contain 3 breakfast and 3 lunches. If your child qualified for the Meals to You Emergency Feeding Program through Baylor University and are receiving meal kits mailed to your home, please DO NOT complete this form. This program is for those who may have missed the deadline or who did not qualify. We look forward to continuing to serve you this summer. Please contact the Cleburne County Child Nutrition Program with any questions.


2020 Census Assistance Day at the Glen Addie Community Center (426 Mulberry Avenue in Anniston.) from 12-2 PM this afternoon. Receive assistance for filling out the 2020 Census form if you haven;t already. Those filling out their census will be entered into a drawing to win one of five  $25 Walmart Gift Cards.


Blueberries, blackberries, and pecans and a lot more today are at the Main Street Farmers Market today from 8 AM – Noon at Simmons Park in Historic Downtown Oxford.


2020 Oxford Parks and Recreation Cheerleading Registration:

Dates: June 23rd and July 4th

Time: 3:30-6:00PM

Location: Oxford Civic Center

Information: $100 (includes registration fee and uniform)

$35 if child already has uniform

Must bring child to registration to be sized for uniform


Jacksonville State University is hosting another Future Gamecock Sign and award certificate pick up on Saturday, June 20th at Pete Mathews Coliseum from 10am-12pm. If you missed the last one, be sure to register for Gamecock Orientation before Friday and join us next Saturday! At jsu.edu/undergraduate/scholarship-recognition


COVID UPDATE June 17th 10 AM

Don’t forget! Free COVID testing or Hepatitis A shots until 11 AM at Dwight Baptist Church in Gadsden.


Oxford Elementary on-line link to registration. You must live in the OES district to enroll. You may come by the OES office M-Th from 8-11 to enroll instead of completing the online form. Get your child registered early!! 


Also Oxford Elementary First Class Pre-K Registration

Student must live in Oxford Elementary School Attendance Zone. Student must be 4 by September 1st, 2020.

Register at : children.alabama.gov/pre-registration/


CANCELLATION OF 2020 HERITAGE FESTIVAL & UPDATE ON CITY PARK RENTALS

Due to the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, event organizers and City of Anniston officials have both confirmed the cancellation of the 2020 Heritage Festival. Efforts were made to reschedule the event for a date later this Summer, yet those efforts were unsuccessful. However, event organizers were able to maintain the 2020 Heritage Festival’s featured artists, Evelyn “Champagne” King and Ronnie Bell. Thus, we greatly look forward to both artists performing at next year’s Heritage Festival, which will take place on June 19, 2021.

In addition, the City of Anniston would like to thank the Heritage Festival’s sponsors for their patience and understanding. The success of this uplifting event is largely due to the generosity of local sponsors, who have gone above and beyond to support this wonderful quality of life experience for the deserving citizens of Anniston.

The City of Anniston understands that our annual Heritage Festival celebrations honor the Juneteenth holiday, a day of deeply significant meaning. Yet, it is out of an abundance of caution, concern, and consideration for the health and well-being of our community that the decision to cancel the Heritage Festival was made. Furthermore, some of you may have seen advertisements for another Juneteenth event; however, please know that said event was organized without having followed the appropriate city channels for park rentals as established by our city’s Parks & Recreation Department. This is why that event will not be allowed to take place this Saturday, June 20, 2020.

It is out of this same consideration for the health of our community that the City of Anniston has yet to make its parks available to rent for the purpose of large gatherings. Alabama’s recent increase in COVID-19 case counts has given our state one of the highest rates of spread in the nation for the disease (Link: https://bit.ly/37EnG5E). Therefore, we appreciate the public’s understanding and patience at this time as we strive to ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens, which is always our top priority.

COVID UPDATE June 16TH 10 am

The Main Street Farmers Market will be Thursday, June 18, 2020, from 8 AM-Noon at Simmons Park in Historic Downtown Oxford. It’s the first Main Street Farmers Market of the season!

Vendors will have fresh, local produce, shelled pecans, hanging baskets, and assorted herb plants.

The market is outdoors, so there is plenty of space for social distancing. We will be following the Alabama Farmers Market Authority Guidelines concerning COVID-19. According to those guidelines, no dogs are allowed at the market unless they are an ADA defined service dog.


The Calhoun County Safe Reopening Committee has worked with local churches to put together some helpful tips and recommendations for churches as they begin to have services. Watch the video at the Calhoun County EMA Facebook page to learn more and find more information at: http://www.calhounema.org/safe-reopening


Anniston Water Works and Sewer Board has been notified that a contractor for the city will be relocating a water main between the 300 and 700 blocks of Noble Street today. Water service for customers in this area may be interrupted throughout the day until work is complete.


Talladega High School Cheer Tryouts for 2020-2021 Season

Will be July 6-10 from 11 AM-1 PM at the THS Gym

Tryout fee is $30

Attire: Reb Bottom, White Top, Hair in a ponytail

Must have up to date Physical, Concussion, and AHSAA Release Form- Mrs. Campbell at Talladega High has the forms.

For more info contact Coach Keith at 256-589-1380 or kkeith@talladega-cs.net

Due to COVID 19 if you feel sick or have a fever, please don’t attend


Out of concern for public safety, Jacksonville State University has made changes to the Spring and Summer 2020 commencement ceremonies scheduled for July 31 and August 1, 2020.

All ceremonies will now be held outside at JSU Stadium to allow for proper social distancing and ventilation. As a result, the ceremony times have been adjusted around the hotter times of day.

The new schedule is, as follows:

July 31, 2020

9 a.m. – Summer 2020 Undergraduate Ceremony

7:30 p.m. – Spring and Summer 2020 Graduate Ceremony

August 1, 2020

9 a.m. – Spring 2020 Undergraduate Ceremony for the School of Arts and Humanities, School of Business and Industry, and School of Human Services and Social Sciences

7:30 p.m. – Spring 2020 Undergraduate Ceremony for the School of Education, School of Health Professions and Wellness, and School of Science

We understand that these changes may pose an inconvenience to our graduates and their families who have already arranged to attend commencement at previously announced times. We apologize for the frustration this may cause, but ask for your patience and understanding as we work to host ceremonies that will be safer for you, your family, and the JSU community.

For additional information regarding the changes and safety precautions being implemented visit  https://bit.ly/2BdtsPe


 

COVID UPDATE June 15th 10 AM

To the Parents and Students of Etowah High School.

We will again be distributing meal kits on a first come first serve basis on Monday, June 15th from 11:00 to 1:00 at Etowah Middle School. Children must be present to receive a meal kit.

Etowah High School offices will temporarily be located in room B02 at Etowah Middle School. Our staff will be present from 8 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Thursday. We may be reached through school email or by calling the main high school phone number.

High School Report cards and Senior Tee-Shirts are available for pick-up in Room B02 at Etowah Middle School.


Alabama Runoff Schedule Information:

Primary Runoff Election-July 14th

Deadline to register to vote for runoff election- Monday, June 29th

Deadline to submit an Absentee Ballot APPLICATION- Thursday, July 9th

Deadline to RETURN an Absentee Ballot to the Absentee Ballot Manager is CLOSE OF BUSINESS – Monday, July 13th

Last day to postmark an Absentee Ballot is Monday, July 13th

Voters who are eligible to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act will have until Tuesday, July 14 to postmark an absentee ballot.

The Local Absentee Election Manager:

Shasta Platt256-241-2822- Office is located inside the Calhoun County Administration building on Noble Street in Anniston Suite 111 

Register online and find more information at the Alabama Secretary of State website  https://www.sos.alabama.gov/


It might be a good idea to check your school system’s social media accounts as many of them have forms and surveys they are trying to get feedback on to help better determine a path forward for the next year or other vital information they need to better serve their students.


Ohatchee High School Students must pick up their belongings from their locker by June 18th. The school does not have enough storage space to hold the belongings over the Summer.


Piedmont High School will have meals available on Monday and Thursday of this week for students 18 and under in the city from 10:30 until 12


COVID UPDATE June 12th 11 AM

JAX PARD

**PUBLIC SWIM TODAY**

Session 1: 9:00 am – 12 noon

Session 2: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$2 per person/per session


City of Talladega Summer Food Program starts Monday, June 8-July 24th. All sites will be serving breakfast and lunch 9:30-10:59 and lunch 11am-1 pm. No meals July 3rd.

Sites: Curry Court Rec. Center

Westgate Community Center

Knoxville Recreation Center

Spring Street Recreation Center

The Word Center Ministries

Canaan Estates 2

St. Campbell Baptist Church Alpine

Morning Star Baptist Church

Brentwood Apartments

Pine view Landing

You can pick up at same times. Contact Joanna Medlen 256-362-8186 for more information or questions.


COVID-19 #Testing remains available and accessible in Calhoun County:

Calhoun County Health Department (3400 McClellan Blvd) Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 10:30 am

Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center (230 East 10th St) Monday- Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm


COVID UPDATE June 11th 4 PM

The City of Anniston is hiring and has a vacancy for the following position:

 Electrical & Building Maintenance Worker – Public Works (Full-Time)

➡️ You may #Apply online by going to the employment opportunities tab at www.annistonal.gov


Talladega High School announces Football Conditioning Summer Schedule

Football conditioning takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays at THS’s fieldhouse at 7:45 AM. Parents will need to meet with Coach Felder to fill out football forms.


Jacksonville City Schools will be providing meals again on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Jacksonville High School. Please go to the JCS facebook page and fill out the form by 9 pm on June 17, 2020, to pick up meals. You will need to fill out this form even if you filled out the previous forms. The guardian’s name listed will need to be the person who will be picking up the meals.


There will be a drive up Covid 19 Testing Site and Hepatitus A Vaccination Thursday June 17th 8 AM-11 AM or while supplies last in Gadsden at Dwight Baptist Church, 520 N 29th Street Gadsden, AL 35904. For more information call The Etowah Health Department at 256-547-6311. Criteria for testing is:

Being in a High Risk Category or Symptoms of Cough or Fever or Shortness of Breath

AND

Has Comorbidities or Immunocompromised

Or

65 years or Older

Or

Be a healthcare worker or associated with a long term health care facility

Or 

Patients with Moderate/Severe or Worsening Symptoms 10 years old and up.


There will be an upcoming Rabies Clinic in Calhoun County. Shots will be $13.00. No other vaccines will be available. For additional information call 256-435-8387 Locations include:

Jacksonville High School from                            8 AM-9 AM

Ohatchee Municipal Complex HWY 77              9:30 AM- 10:30 AM

Alexandria High School                                      11 AM- 12 PM

Stewards Market Gas Station (White Plains)      8 AM- 8:45 AM

Golden Springs Pharmacy                                  9 AM-9:45 AM

Saks High School                                               10:15 AM-11 AM

Weaver Park                                                       11:15 AM-12:15 PM


Cleburne County Health Department is offering Drive Thru COVID-19 testing every Tuesday, 8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. Call 256-463-2296 for an appointment.


COVID UPDATE JUNE 10TH 10 AM

Jacksonville Water Works, Gas, and Sewer Board REMINDER: All past due balances are due today, June 10th. We haven’t been following our normal delinquent process for the last few months but are starting back this month. PLEASE, if you owe a past due balance, please take care of it today.


A Skilled Industrial Job Fair will be held today, June 10th from 2 PM-6 PM at the Oxford Civic Center located at 401 McCullars Lane. A number of companies and organizations looking for skilled industrial workers will be present. Be sure to bring your resume.


Effective June 15, The Anniston Army Depot will allow military retirees and their dependants to resume utilizing the depot’s legal services. Appropriate face coverings are required while interacting with the legal staff. 


COVID Update June 9th 10 AM

Calhoun County Recycling Roll-Off Bins will soon be at the following locations: Fort McClellan, the Calhoun County Recycling Center, Ohatchee (by the volunteer Fire Dept.), Lincoln City Hall, the State Probation Office (across the street from the Anniston Police Dept.), Heflin (by the volunteer Fire Dept.) & JSU!

Also, the recycling center is working with the City of Oxford, in order to have a roll-off placed there as well!

Please note the following recycling #Tips:

➡️ Plastics: The recycling center only accepting Plastics #1 & #2

➡️ Cardboard: Please break it down before recycling it

➡️ Plastic bags cannot be recycled, thus please take them back with you after you empty your items out from them

In addition, know that there will be an #Electronics Recycling Drive on Friday (June 19th) from 9:00am until 3:00pm at the Calhoun County Administration Building!


Effective Immediately: The Fort McClellan #TrainingCenter is returning to normal #Access levels. Most previously allowed services are now available to military retirees, dependents, and those not conducting official business.

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The following conditions or restrictions are in affect:

➡️ Until further notice, the gym is only open from 6:00am until 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, for transient units and individual service members training at Fort McClellan.

➡️ Alabama National Guard service members working at the installation and in the local area are authorized to use the gym (occupancy and other restrictions are posted).

➡️ The I.D. card office is open, and customers must follow the directions posted on the door.

➡️ Customers entering the Post Exchange must wear a face covering.

➡️ DA Photos are not authorized at this time.

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“We are committed first and foremost to our constant mission of keeping our state and communities safe, but cannot allow our most effective weapons in that fight-our Soldiers, Airmen, civilian employees and their families-to suffer in that pursuit. Thus, we will remain as active and vigilant as ever in the changing circumstances of the day, while continuing to take precautions to protect those who protect us all.”

– Respectfully,

SGT Jones


The City of Anniston is encouraged to see the peaceful demonstrations and gatherings that have taken place over the last week. However, we would like to take this time to remind everyone of the process required to #Rent and/or utilize our #PublicParks for planned group #Gatherings.

➡️ That said, it is simple and short and only requires you to fill-out this form and return it to us: https://bit.ly/3f3wSD6

We thank you for your cooperation and we hope everyone has a blessed start to their week!


Covid Update June 8th 10 AM

St Clair County School System Child Nutrition Program will begin their summer feeding program Tuesday. Meals will be served curbside on June 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 11:00-1:00. Meal pick up sites include Ragland, Ashville, St Clair County High, Moody Jr High, and Springville Middle School. Children should be present to receive their meals. Please have the trunk open to allow for safer loading of meals into your vehicle.


The Cleburne County Schools’ Child Nutrition Program is looking to continue a weekly meal service program throughout the summer. If there is enough interest, this program will begin Thursday, June 18. Please complete the form below to reserve your meal. Pick up location will be at Cleburne County High School from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Each meal kit will contain 3 breakfast and 3 lunches. If your child qualified for the Meals to You Emergency Feeding Program through Baylor University and our receiving meal kits mailed to your home, please DO NOT complete this form. This program is for those who may have missed the deadline or who did not qualify. We look forward to continuing to serve you this summer. Please contact the Cleburne County Child Nutrition Program with any questions.


All locker items at Ohatchee High School  should be picked up from the school by June 18. We do not have room to store them through the summer. Thank you!!


💥Industrial Job Fair

💥THIS Wednesday, June 10

💥2pm-6pm

💥Oxford Civic Center

💥Bring Your Resume


Attalla City Schools will be providing meal kits to all children in our community that are 18 years of age and younger. Pick up for these meal kits will be available from 11 am until 1 pm on Monday, June 8th. Drive-thru pick-up will be at the Etowah Middle School lunchroom (children must be present). These meal kits will be given out on a first come first serve basis. Please enter the parking lot on the Etowah Middle School office side, receive a meal kit, and exit the parking lot on the lunchroom side of the building.


Covid Update June 4th 5 PM

Both houses of Congress have passed the PPP Flexibility Act, which should be signed into law shortly.

How does this impact your PPP loan?

◾️ “Covered Period” is now 24 weeks, or 12/31.

◾️ Required payroll ratio is lowered to 60% (from 75%)

◾️ Up to 40% allowed for utilities, mortgage interest, etc.

◾️ Removes forgiveness reduction for businesses that were unable to rehire employees or hire new employees to return to pre-disaster employment levels.

◾️ Extends the loan term to 5 years at 1%.

◾️ Borrowers have 10 months from the end of the covered period to submit a forgiveness application.

◾️ Owners can receive PPP and are still allowed to defer payroll taxes.

Note: As of 5/30, over $120 billion is still available for businesses that want a PPP loan.

The Alabama SBDC is working on a forgiveness application walk-through that reflects the new PPP guidelines; we will let you know when a webinar date/time has been set.

 


If you haven’t signed up for the Cleburne County Emergency Alert system Head over to their website and there you can not only sign up for weather related alerts, but you can also opt in to receive alerts on other emergency events that may affect you and your family. This system can reach citizens in Cleburne County by cell phone, landline phones, text and email.

You can even sign each of your family members up that don’t have access to the internet or those that you want to make sure receive alerts. It’s easy, all you need is their home address and phone number.

Check it out.

https://www.cleburnecounty.us/


Meal service today for anyone 18 years old and younger, Piedmont Hight School cafeteria, 10:30-Noon.

 


The City of Anniston has partnered with the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and the Anniston Housing Authority in order to provide assistance to citizens in completing their #2020Census!

We will be out by the Envision Center, at Constantine Homes, on June 4th (Thursday) from 10:00am until 12:00pm!

Anyone who still needs to complete their #Census may come up and do so! We will also be happy to help answer anyone’s questions about the Census!

Also, everyone who completes their Census at this event will be entered to #Win one of five $25 Walmart Gift Cards!


City of Talladega Summer Food Program starts Monday, June 8-July 24th. All sites will be serving breakfast and lunch 9:30-10:59 and lunch 11am-1 pm. No meals July 3rd.

Sites: Curry Court Rec. Center

Westgate Community Center

Knoxville Recreation Center

Spring Street Recreation Center

The Word Center Ministries

Canaan Estates 2

St. Campbell Baptist Church Alpine

Morning Star Baptist Church

Brentwood Apartments

Pine view Landing

You can pick up at same times. Contact Joanna Medlen 256-362-8186 for more information or questions.


Covid Update June 2nd 5 PM

A curfew has been imposed for the city of Jacksonville on all city parks that begins Wednesday June 3rd 8 PM to 6 PM and will last until further notice.


Noble Street Festival 2020 and the Sunny King Criterium has been cancelled. If you want to look into a refund for the races you may have signed up for, please contact the race leadership by email to see their options for refund.


The Anniston City Council will hold its regular scheduled meetings on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The Work Session will begin at 4:00pm, and the Council Meeting at 5:30pm.

Both meetings will be in the Main Hall at the Anniston City Meeting Center, and will be streamed #Live via Facebook.

The meeting will be limited to Council, essential staff, and 1 media representative. Access will be strictly monitored to ensure prescribed social distancing and safety measures are adhered to.

 


Round 2 of our Small Business Relief Fund review process is officially underway! The biggest change to application guidelines is that small businesses with 25 or fewer employees may apply. If you’re a sole proprietor, now is the time to apply! Visit https://www.yourcommunityfirst.org/small-business-relief-f…/ to read the application guidelines and apply today.


RMC has updated its visitation guidelines. You can see the full set of new guidelines for Covid Patients, Non Covid Patients, Surgical patients, End of Life Patients, Maternity, Emergency, and behavioral at rmccares.org/coronavirus-information


The City of Anniston Parks and Recreation Department is aligning with 90% of ARPA affiliates statewide and #Canceling the Spring season. They are actively working on ways now to make sure that the full Fall youth recreation programming will be safe and available to all.

#Fall Registration will begin after July 4th. In regard to Spring registration fees, a full #Refund or #Credit to Fall registration will be offered. If you request a refund, please call/email Darren Spruill at: 256-820-3860 or dspruill@annistonal.gov.


Application is found at http://cityofgadsden.com/160/Community-Development

City of Gadsden begins COVID-19 Utility Assistance Program.

Gadsden, AL – The City of Gadsden has a new utility assistance program designed to help Gadsden residents who’ve fallen behind on their utility bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds were allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to make this program possible.

Applicants must demonstrate a financial hardship due to loss of income, reduction in income, a household member tested positive for COVID-19, or a household member had to quarantine because of close contact with a person that tested positive for COVID-19, and the household must meet federal low-moderate income requirements.

Gadsden residents that meet the above requirements, may qualify for up to three consecutive months of utility assistance. Payments will be based on the actual bills, up to $600 per household, and payment will be made directly to the utility provider. Qualifying utilities include garbage, water, electricity, and gas.

Applications are available on the City’s website at www.cityofgadsden.com or on the first floor of City Hall. Additional requirements and procedural requirements may apply and funding is limited.


 

COVID-19 UPDATE May 29th 4 PM

Munford High School For those students who still have a device, please return it by Wednesday. You may bring it to the main office between 9AM-3PM. Letters concerning damages/missing items will be included in report cards and will be mailed June 8.


Etowah County School System Meal kits will be distributed from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 & Wednesday, 7/1. Distribution times will last for 2 hours, or until meals are gone. Meals are FREE to all students age 18 and under. Students must be present to receive meals. Each kit will contain 7 breakfast and 7 lunch meals.

Meal Distribution Locations:

Gaston

Glencoe Elementary

Highland Elementary

Hokes Bluff Middle

Ivalee Elementary

John S. Jones Elementary

Sardis Middle

West End High


Drive-Thru Testing Site in Piedmont

The Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Public Health will be conducting a drive-thru testing site at the Piedmont Sports Complex located at 5960 Old Piedmont Gadsden Hwy on Thursday June 4th from 10AM – 2PM.


Testing at Cherokee County Health Department Every Tuesday

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, testing will be performed at the Cherokee County Health Department every Tuesday between 8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. by appointment only. To make an appointment call 256-927-3132. To be tested at the Health Department you must meet the following criteria listed below.

The patient is symptomatic with at a minimum (measured or subjective)

*Fever OR cough OR shortness of breath, AND

*Immunocompromised or have co-morbidities, or

*Age 65 years or older, or

*Healthcare worker, or

*Associated with a long-term healthcare facility, or

*Symptoms are moderate, severe, or worsening.

If you have no symptoms, testing is not recommended. If you have mild symptoms and do not fall into one of the above high-risk groups, it is recommended that you self-isolate at home and call

1-888-264-2256 if your symptoms worsen.


If you missed the deadline for the Emergency Meals to You program or did you not qualify for the program with Cleburne County School System? They are offering an additional meal distribution today at Cleburne County High School from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. They have a limited number of bags, so it will be first come, first serve. They are planning to have more opportunities for meal kit pick ups, so watch the Cleburne County School Nutrition Facebook Page for dates, times, and details. 


Sign-ups for Oxford PARD Softball have been extended to June 8th. To register, please call or stop by the Oxford Civic Center. Open to Ages 5-12  The number is 256-831-2660. Cost is $60 and includes uniform and insurance.


JSU is pleased to announce the availability of Cocky CARES grants to provide financial assistance to eligible students during this difficult time. The federal government has awarded special aid to universities through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which is part of the Coronavirus Assistance, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. JSU will distribute its share of the student funding in a way that prioritizes students with the greatest demonstrated need and ensures that funds are distributed as widely as possible.

According to federal guidelines, to be eligible for this aid, students must have been enrolled in a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate program in the Spring 2020 semester and must have been eligible for Title IV funds for the Spring 2020 semester. International students and students enrolled in fully online, dual enrollment, transient, or non-degree seeking programs are not eligible for funding.

To learn more about the Cocky CARES grant visit ➡️ http://www.jsu.edu/coronavirus/cockycares/


COVID-19 UPDATE May 27th 10 AM

Anniston Given that the 2020 political season is on the horizon, we wanted to be sure that everyone was aware of the city ordinance that governs the placement of political signs!

You should know that it is #Illegal to post any sort of sign (including political signs) on utility poles.

It is illegal to post political signs, or any other signs, on city properties or right-of-ways.

Please, reference the City of Anniston #Ordinance Number 34.6 for a deeper explanation of our city’s policies regarding sign placements!

Remember, #July21st​ is the last day to qualify to run for municipal office!


There will be a Covid 19 Drive Thru Testing in Etowah County Wednesday May 27th from 10 AM to 2 PM or until supplies run out. The location is the Youth Football Field at 3333 Main Street in Altoona. For more information, contact the Etowah County Health Department at 256-547-6311. To be tested, you must be symptomatic with Cough or Fever or Shortness of breath AND Have comorbidities or immunocompromised or 65 years or older, or a healthcare worker, or work with long term health care facilities, or have moderate/severe/ or worsening symptoms.


Primary Runoff Election-July 14th

Deadline to register to vote for runoff election- Monday, June 29th

Deadline to submit an Absentee Ballot APPLICATION- Thursday, July 9th

Deadline to RETURN an Absentee Ballot to the Absentee Ballot Manager is CLOSE OF BUSINESS – Monday, July 13th

Last day to postmark an Absentee Ballot is Monday, July 13th

Voters who are eligible to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act will have until Tuesday, July 14 to postmark an absentee ballot.

Alabama Secretary of State website  https://www.sos.alabama.gov/


Local School Systems that will still be doing a local food program for the time being

Calhoun County Schools

(UPDATE 5-26-20) Calhoun County Schools will distribute food for students every Tuesday from 10 AM-12 PM at all 7 Elementary Schools

Jacksonville City Schools

(UPDATE 5-26-20) 

JCS will be providing meals again on May 29, 2020, at JHS. Please go to https://bit.ly/JCSFeeding10 and fill out the form by 9 pm on May 28, 2020, to pick up meals. You will need to fill out this form even if you filled out the previous forms. The guardian’s name listed will need to be the person who will be picking up the meals.

Piedmont City Schools

(Update 5-26-20)

There will NOT be meal pick up on Memorial Day. We will resume meals on Thursday, May 28 from 10:30 until 12. Beginning June 1 the meals will be available on Monday and Thursday from 10:30 until 12


COVID UPDATE May 26th 4 PM

The City of Anniston will host its annual #Summer Day Camp Program. The Summer Camp will run from June 1st until August 7th, from 7:00am until 5:30pm (Monday – Friday), and it will take place at the following 3 community centers: the Anniston Aquatic & Fitness Center, Norwood Hodges, & Wiggins! #Registration forms may be picked-up at each community center camp site. To download a printable version of the Summer Camp registration #Form, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2WUwqRn. Once you have filled-out your registration form, you may either #Mail it to:

The City of Anniston

Parks and Recreation Department

P.O. Box 2168

Anniston, AL 36202

Attn: Day Camp

Or you may #Deliver it to any Anniston Community Center!

For more information you can call one of the three hosting community centers


Anniston Given that the 2020 political season is on the horizon, we wanted to be sure that everyone was aware of the city ordinance that governs the placement of political signs!

1️⃣ You should know that it is #Illegal to post any sort of sign (including political signs) on utility poles.

2️⃣ It is illegal to post political signs, or any other signs, on city properties or right-of-ways.

Please, reference the City of Anniston #Ordinance Number 34.6 for a deeper explanation of our city’s policies regarding sign placements!

Remember, #July21st​ is the last day to qualify to run for municipal office!


There will be a Covid 19 Drive Thru Testing in Etowah County Wednesday May 27th from 10 AM to 2 PM or until supplies run out. The location is the Youth Football Field at 3333 Main Street in Altoona. For more information, contact the Etowah County Health Department at 256-547-6311. To be tested, you must be symptomatic with Cough or Fever or Shortness of breath AND Have comorbidities or immunocompromised or 65 years or older, or a healthcare worker, or work with long term health care facilities, or have moderate/severe/ or worsening symptoms.


The Jacksonville City Council will hold its City Council meeting this evening. The work session will begin at 6:30 PM and Meeting at 7 PM. YOu can watch the meeting on YouTube. Find easy access to the link on the City of Jacksonville’s Facebook Page.


It’s FOOD DISTRIBUTION DAY IN HEFLIN! Hearts of Cleburne County will be set up in the Heflin Baptist Church parking lot (129 Almon Street-beside the Hearts building) from 9am until 2pm to distribute food to anyone in need. Please follow signs and stay in your car. We look forward to serving you!


There will be a free fruit and vegetable giveaway for those in need today in Talladega from 12 PM to 3 PM or until gone. There will be a limit of two 20 pound boxes per car. Drive Thru pick up at the Brecon Recreation Center with no sign up necessary. The address is 1001 Horne Drive in Talladega. This giveaway is sponsored by the USDA, The City of Talladega, and Community Transformation Ministries. Call 256-362-8775 for more information.


Cleburne County High School Graduation will be Tuesday June 9th at 7 PM at L E Bell Stadium with a rain out date of Friday June 12th. Seniors will receive 6 Tickets each for guests. There will be no graduation rehearsal. Seniors may pick up their tickets along with a packet with detailed instructions about graduation on Tuesday May 26th and Wednesday May 27th from 8 AM- 3 PM at Cleburne County High School. Seniors will need to pay any outstanding fees and return their ChromeBook. There will also be guidelines to keep everyone safe during the graduation ceremony and help lower the potential of spreading Covid 19 between those in attendance. If you would like to see all these guidelines you can see them at The Cleburne County High School Facebook Page


Covid Update May 22nd 11 AM

Republic Services Trash Pick up WILL be running on Memorial Day, May 25th


August 29th is now the final day to complete your 2020 Census form. Lets get to 100%!


Jacksonville Parks and Recreation has posted that Information concerning pool opening day and youth sports will be announced next week. All information will be posted on the Jacksonville PARD Facebook Page. You can already find information about the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Summer Camps. They were announced to be opening for the summer earlier today. 


Jacksonville City Schools will be providing meals again on May 29, 2020, at Jacksonville High School. Please go to https://bit.ly/JCSFeeding10 and fill out the form by 9 pm on May 28, 2020, to pick up meals. You will need to fill out this form even if you filled out the previous forms. The guardian’s name listed will need to be the person who will be picking up the meals.


You can watch the Faith Christian School Graduation ceremony on the Faith Christian School Facebook Page tonight beginning at 6 PM


The Heflin Parade of Seniors celebrating the class of 2020 will be tonight in downtown Heflin. Show up along Ross Street to celebrate the Seniors as they drive by this evening. The event will begin at 6 PM. Please practice social distancing as you cheer the seniors on tonight and masks are recommended.


The Anniston Museum of Natural History and the Berman Museum will open to the public on May 26th (Tuesday). Both museums will operate Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am until 5:00pm. They will both be closed on Sunday and Monday.This will be a limited re-opening, as to comply with the State of Alabama’s ‘Safer at Home Order’ and CDC recommendations; therefore:

➡️ NatureSpace will remain closed until further notice

➡️ Group tours will not be able to be accommodated

➡️ Outreach programs will not be scheduled during this time

➡️ Rental events will need to comply with the limited re-opening policies or be postponed until further notice

➡️ Signage will be installed, reminding guests to maintain an appropriate 6 foot distance from one another

➡️ Reminder: The Longleaf Botanical Gardens remains closed to the public


The City of Anniston will host its annual Summer Day Camp Program. The Summer Camp will start June 1st and will take place at the following 3 community centers: the Anniston Aquatic & Fitness Center, Norwood Hodges, and Wiggins. The Summer Camp will comply with the rules and guidelines set forth by the State of Alabama’s Amended ‘Safer at Home Order,’ as they relate to Summer camps.

➡️ Please note, in-order to better comply with state guidelines, each camp site will have a limited number of registration slots available. Both Wiggins and Norwood Hodges will be limited to 30 campers, while the Aquatic & Fitness Center will be limited to 40 campers.

➡️ Registration slots will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.Those who are unable to get a slot will be placed on a waiting list, where we will try to accommodate them in the event additional slots become available at a later time.

➡️ Registration forms may be picked-up at each community center camp site. Individuals may also register online at https://bit.ly/36p1UC3. To download a printable version of the Summer Camp registration form, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2WUwqRn

➡️ Each registrant will receive a copy of the Summer Camp’s safety rules and guidelines. This information will also be distributed at each camp site when the program begins.


The Anniston Downtown Farmers Market will begin on June 6th, and it will operate from 7:00am until 11:00am, every Saturday until October 31st. The Farmers Market will be at a new location this year: 101 E. 10th Street, Anniston, AL 36201. Furthermore, the Farmers Market will follow the rules and guidelines provided by the State of Alabama’s Farmers Market Association in regard to COVID-19 precautions. Thus, please be aware of the following precautionary measures that will be in place at the Farmers Market until further notice:

➡️ Masks will be available on site for individuals who would like to receive one

➡️ Hand washing stations will be made available

➡️ All vendors will have hand sanitizer available at their booths

➡️ At this time, in order to adhere our Farmers Market to the State of Alabama’s Farmers Market Association’s guidelines, pets will not be allowed (please note, this policy may change based on future state recommendations)


MAY 21st COVID Update 4 PM

The Anniston High School Graduation will take place on June 4th 2020 at 7 PM at Lott Mosby Stadium:

Social distancing will be in place for all attendees

Each student will receive 5 tickets. All in attendance 2 years and up will require a ticket

Mask must be worn into the stadium and throughout the ceremony

This will be a regular graduation ceremony

Students will take a picture receiving their diploma

Everyone must leave the stadium immediately after  graduation, no congregating on the field will be allowed

A videographer has been secured so folks who can;t attend can watch the ceremony 


New Updates to the Alabama Public Health Order Effective May 22nd at 5 PM:

-Entertainment Venues (arcades, theaters, bowling alleys, etc.)

– Athletic Activities

– Educational Institutions

– Child Daycare Facilities

– Summer Camps


The Oxford Public Library will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day


At Oxford Elementary School Thursday, May 21 2-5 pm Grades 2 and 3 – and their younger siblings need to please pick up student supplies and yearbook. Please drop off Reading textbooks , I- Pads, and Library books. Students can Say Hi to their teachers too!!  If you did not purchase a yearbook they will be on sale $30 correct cash only.


Congratulations to all our Seniors in the 979WVOK listening area. The DJ’s and Staff are proud of your accomplishments and wish you the very best in your future endeavors.


There will be a Free Drive Thru COVID-19 Testing Site:

Today May 21st from 10 AM- 2 PM at Oxford Civic Center (401 McCullars Ln, Oxford, AL 36203). You do not need a physician referral, but you do need to be symptomatic with a cough or fever or shortness of breath. This will be a low contact testing and results should be available in a few days.


979WVOK will broadcast the Oxford High School Graduation Ceremonies tonight and tomorrow night. Listen to both ceremonies both nights live on 97.9 FM, streaming at 979wvok.com, or on our 979WVOK Mobile Apps that are free to download for Iphone and Android. We are honored to be able to help celebrate the Class of 2020 and allow another avenue for their loved ones to be a prat of the ceremonies.


MAY 20th COVID Update 5 PM

A Great and important message from the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency

Today is a day we should celebrate in Calhoun County!

– Only 9 new cases in the last 7 days

– Only 11 “active cases” (within 14 days of being positive)

– 0 COVID positive hospitalizations (first time since March 29)

– 0 deaths in the last month (Since April 20)

Good job Calhoun County! Thanks for all you have done and keep up the common sense approach to protecting yourself and other from COVID-19!

COVID-19 #Testing remains available and accessible in Calhoun County:

➡️ Calhoun County Health Department (3400 McClellan Blvd) Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 10:30 am

➡️ Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center (230 East 10th St) Monday- Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

➡️ Community test site scheduled at Oxford Civic Center (401 McCullars Ln, Oxford, AL) on Thursday, May 21st from 10:00am – 2:00pm. (Community test sites will continue to be scheduled throughout Calhoun County)


The Calhoun County #Recycling Center would like everyone to know that it has removed the recycling bins from Jacksonville, McClellan, and Ohatchee for updates. The center plans to have these bins back out around June 1st.

However, during this time, there will be #Bins available inside the gates of the Calhoun County Recycling Center (4500 Bynum Leatherwood Rd, Anniston, AL 36206). This is also referred to as the fairgrounds property at times. The #Hours of operation for the center are Monday through Friday, from 8:00am until 4:00pm each day.

The center asks that you do not leave any materials outside of the bins. In addition, please take note of what items can and cannot be accepted:

✅ Accepted: Cardboard, Mixed Papers, Aluminum Cans, and Plastic #1 (the kind of plastic that is most used in water and beverages bottles, food jars and containers, salad dressing and oil bottles, mouthwash bottles), & Plastic #2 (sturdier bottles for cosmetics and cleaners, plastic stools, chairs, toys that fit into the bin, as well as water juice and milk jugs).

🚫 Not Accepted: Glass, Plastic Bags, Styrofoam, Tin and/or other Household Trash is not accepted.
Lastly, if you use #TrashBags to transport your materials, please #Empty them into the bins instead of placing the entire bag in the bin.

If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to call:
256-237-8339!


The Jacksonville High School Senior Spotlight Parade will be Thursday night at 8 PM on the Square.

Jacksonville roads will be closed at 745P.M to allow the parade to line up. The Jacksonville Police Department asks that you plan your route ahead of time and be prepared for delays if traveling on Pelham Road South. The Parade will travel south on Pelham Road from First United Methodist Church and end at the high school football stadium. If you want to support our seniors please come to the square, or you may park at the Public Safety Complex and walk down to George Douthitt Drive to support the parade.


In an effort to promote health and safety, Riverside City Hall and Municipal buildings remain closed to the public. Municipal employees are onsite with revised work hours for “essential services only” and appointments during this time. You can still take care of your payments and business by using the Drop box outside City Hall, calling the office you need to get in touch with, or online for some services at riverside-al.com. For more helpful information you can visit www.riverside-al.com/news or call 205.338.7692

To schedule an appointment at City Hall call 205.338.7692 ext 4 and leave a message.

Police and Fire Assistance, call 911 for Emergencies only, call 205.884.3333 for NonEmergencies 


Today will be the last day of meal distribution for the Cleburne County School System. They will be using the same distribution locations and schedule as in previous weeks.


May 19th COVID Update 10 AM

There will be a Free Drive Thru COVID-19 Testing Site:

Thursday May 21st from 10 AM- 2 PM at Oxford Civic Center (401 McCullars Ln, Oxford, AL 36203). You do not need a physician referral, but you do need to be symptomatic with a cough or fever or shortness of breath. This will be a low contact testing and results should be available in a few days.


Jacksonville City Schools will be providing meals again on May 22, 2020, at Jacksonville High School. Please go to https://bit.ly/JCSFeeding9 and fill out the form by 9 pm on May 21, 2020, to pick up meals. You will need to fill out this form even if you filled out the previous forms. The guardian’s name listed will need to be the person who will be picking up the meals.


The St Clair County Schools Child Nutrition Program will be serving meals tomorrow, May 19th , from 11:00-1:00 at all cafeterias except for Moody Middle School. Meals are free to any child 18 years or younger. Children should be present to receive these meals. Please have your trunk open and ready for volunteers to load these meals into your vehicle. We will NOT be serving meals next week on the Tuesday following Memorial Day. We will update you as soon as possible for meal service options during the month of June. Thanks and have a great evening.


Meal kits will be distributed Wednesday, May 20th, at ALL Etowah County schools. Meals are FREE to all students age 18 and under. Students must be present to receive meals. Each kit will contain 7 breakfast and 7 lunch meals. Distribution times vary and will last for 2 hours, or until meals are gone. Please see the list below for school meal distribution times.

Times:

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Carlisle Elementary

Duck Springs Elementary

Gaston

Glencoe Elementary

Glencoe High

Highland Elementary

Hokes Bluff Elementary

Hokes Bluff Middle

Ivalee Elementary

John S. Jones Elementary

Rainbow Middle

Sardis Middle

Sardis High

Southside High

West End Elementary

West End High

Whitesboro Elementary

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Hokes Bluff High

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Southside Elementary

 

 

May 18th COVID 19 Update 10 AM

Talladega County Offices have reopened with new guidelines in place to protect both visitors and employees. Please be advised that according to the Alabama Department of Revenue annual registration and renewal of vehicles during the month of March, April and May 2020, the registration deadline has been extended through June 19, 2020. (See Below)

FOR VISITORS TO COUNTY OFFICES:

  • Exterior doors will remain locked at all times
  • Entry will be regulated by security personnel
  • Visitors/members of the public will enter through the screening areas:

o At Talladega – only the entrance in front of the Ritz (Battle Street entrance closed to public)

o At Sylacauga – no change in entry location

o At Judicial – no change in entry location

  • Only individuals conducting business with the County will be allowed inside. They may not be accompanied by another person unless that person is accompanying an elderly or disabled person who needs assistance conducting their business.
  • All visitors must wear masks. We will attempt to have disposable masks available for visitors who do not have them.
  • Anyone entering the building will be screened

o Ask if any symptoms or exposure

o No-touch temperature check

o Individuals with exposures, temperatures, or who are exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed inside

  • Questions will be asked to find out where visitors (non-employees) are going in the courthouse – what they are here for or what office they will be going to (tags, driver’s license, probate, water, etc.)
  • Appointments should be made directly with the appropriate department by phone or other electronic means. Departments scheduling appointments may bring in no more than two visitors at one time and are required to escort them in and out of the building. These visitors still must be screened for COVID and will be required to wear masks inside. Contact numbers for these departments will be made available on the County’s Website and at the front entrances of the Talladega & Sylacauga courthouses. Visitors may call from the courthouse entrance and be escorted in by the appropriate department as soon as possible.

o Reappraisal – personal property & mapping

o Probate – title and all other types of research

o Water – new service

  • Deliveries will be coordinated by the Maintenance Department & Commission Office
  • Maintenance/Repair contractors will be coordinated (screened & escorted) by Maintenance or IT, as appropriate.

 


The Anniston City Council will hold its regular scheduled meetings on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The Work Session will begin at 4:00pm, and the Council Meeting at 5:30pm. Both meetings will be in the Main Hall at the Anniston City Meeting Center, and will be streamed #Live via Facebook.

To remain in compliance with the State of Alabama’s Safer at Home Order, the meeting will be limited to Council, essential staff, and 1 media representative. Access will be strictly monitored to ensure prescribed social distancing and safety measures are adhered to.


There will be a Senior Spotlight Parade for Jacksonville High School Seniors on Thursday May 21, 2020 at 8 PM on the Square. The Parade route will move South on Hwy 21 in Jacksonville past the Square. The parade will make its way to Jacksonville High School where the Seniors will make a lap in their cars around the track at the Football Field where they would have graduated. Seniors in their cars will be the only people allowed on the JHS Campus while in their cars and then the parade will disperse. So make plans to be on the square if you want to come out and celebrate the Jacksonville High School Seniors, Make signs, Posters, Wear your Golden Eagle Gear. Please practice social distancing and safety protocols while enjoying the parade on the square.


979WVOK will broadcast the Oxford High School Graduation Ceremonies on Thursday and Friday night. Continue listening for details of exact start times on air. The ceremonies themselves will be at 6 PM and 8 PM Both nights. If you aren;t able to attend or get the live streamed ceremony coverage you can tune in on our Mobile Apps, Live Stream and of Course on your radio at 97.9 FM

 


Munford High School Due to rainy conditions , Chromebook drop off and item pickup Monday and Tuesday will take place behind the school. Please circle through the bus route behind MHS and stop at the awning.

Monday 9AM-3PM

Tuesday 2PM-5PM

Senior Pickup Tuesday 10AM-12PM

 

Munford High School Due to rainy conditions , Chromebook drop off and item pickup Monday and Tuesday will take place behind the school. Please circle through the bus route behind MHS and stop at the awning.

Monday 9AM-3PM

Tuesday 2PM-5PM

Senior Pickup Tuesday 10AM-12PM


Oxford Elementary School Kindergarten Drive Thru Graduation will be Friday May 22nd 2 PM to 5 PM at Oxford Elementary

 


Attalla City Schools will be providing meal kits to all children in our community that are 18 years of age and younger. Pick up for these meal kits will be available from 11am until 1pm on Monday, May 18th. Drive thru pick up will be at the Etowah Middle School lunchroom (children must be present). These meal kits will be given out on a first come first serve basis. Please enter the parking lot on the Etowah Middle School office side, receive a meal kit, and exit the parking lot on the lunchroom side of the building. Each car will also receive a bag of pre-cooked chicken from Tyson Foods in Gadsden.


To the Parents and Students of Etowah High School.

Seniors,

On Tuesday, May 19th from 12:30-1:30, you may pick up your cap & gown; cost is $65 cash or money order unless you have prepaid.

Academic honor cords for AP or Dual Enrollment, Career Tech, and Top 10 % may be ordered for $10 each cash or money order.

Also on May 19th, we will have our student school item return and pickup. Please follow this schedule.

8-9:00- Freshman

9:30-10:30- Sophomore

11-12:00- Juniors

12:30-1:30- Seniors

Along with the above items are these.

Seniors signing off for Transcript.

Seniors pick up a hard copy for Graduation Ceremony requirements.

Any student return books, calculators, etc.

Any student purchase Yearbooks.

Any student pays outstanding fees. (Seniors, this is necessary to participate in the Graduation Ceremony)

Any student pickup Locker items (bagged and labeled)

Cars will be directed to park in specific spots in our front parking lot. Occupants are to stay in their cars. Staff will come to you to help with your drop off or pick up.

Go Blue Devils!


PIEDMONT HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER READING

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL HONORS ENGLISH CLASSES

As a student within an honors English class, you will be required to read a book over the summer. Your teacher has spent time and energy choosing a book that is relevant and interesting to you.

It is up to you to acquire the recommended book for the grade you will be going into during the 2020-2021 school year. You may check with the teacher to see if she has a copy of the book (if so, these will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis). We also recommend you check with 2nd and Charles in Oxford as this is a used book store, and you can get the required book at a discounted price. Public libraries and upperclassmen are other resources that may have the book you need.

You will be tested on your knowledge of the book during the first full week of the new school year. Class discussions, writing assignments, and/or projects will also be part of your learning experience with summer reading. Be sure you are prepared for these when the new school year begins.

9th Grade Honors English (Ms. Downey): “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton

mdowney@pcsboe.us

10th Grade Honors English (Mrs. Chambless): “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson

achambless@pcsboe.us

11th Grade AP English (Mrs. Odam): “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green

lodam@pcsboe.us

12th Grade AP English (Mrs. Odam): “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah

lodam@pcsboe.us

 


May 15th COVID UPDATE 10 AM

The Calhoun County EMA will be doing a live update today, Friday May 15th at 2 PM to give a COVID-19 situation update and to talk about the reopening process & moving forward.


The deadline to apply for the Small Business Relief Fund is TODAY at 5 PM! If you are interested in possibly receiving funds from this program you can find the link to apply at the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page. 


The Ohatchee Police Department announced that the make-up Court date for April and May will be June 18th 2020 at 8:30 am. Everyone that had court dates in April and May in Ohatchee will see the judge on that day. Remember they will be practicing social distancing and proper PPE. It is expected to be a long day and they ask for your patience during the day. Again that is June 18th 2020 at 8:30 AM for a makeup court date in the city of Ohatchee that will take care of April and May Court dates that were missed.


Mac Book Drop Offs for Piedmont High School will be

Friday, May 22 – PHS cafeteria

9th grade – 9am

10th grade – 10 am

11th grade – 11 am


Piedmont High School GRADUATION 2020

With the lifting of restrictions on public gatherings by Governor Kay Ivey, we are excited to announce that Piedmont High School’s Class of 2020 Commencement Exercises will be held on Thursday, May 21st, at 7:30 p.m. at the Field of Champions.

Due to social distancing regulations from the Alabama Department of Public Health, seniors will be given ten (10) tickets each. These tickets are required for admission, and family groups must enter into the stadium together. Only ticket holders will be allowed to enter. Each person must have a ticket, including small children.

We will use both the visitors and home sides of the stadium for seating. The parking areas and seating arrangements will be assigned. Tickets and information for families will be given to the students at practice on the morning of May 21st.

Guests are encouraged to wear a mask at the ceremony. Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for the virus should not attend. Furthermore, social distancing must be practiced while on the school campus.

After the ceremony, guests will not be allowed on to the field and will be dismissed by sections.

For those who cannot attend, the program will be streamed live on our school’s Facebook page.

These changes are necessary to comply with regulations, and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Though we are extremely grateful for Mayor Bill Baker and the City of Piedmont being willing to allow for a parade before the lifting of the restrictions, we will not have a parade. Additionally, we will continue to monitor to see if the state will allow a prom to occur at a later date.


May 14th COVID UPDATE 4 PM

 

Talladega City Schools Baccalaureate 2020

The 2020 Talladega High School Virtual Baccalaureate Service will be held Sunday, May 24th, at 2 pm, from The Champion Church at Christ Deliverance Christian Center, 34810 Alabama Highway 21, Talladega, Alabama, Reverend Tim Embry is the church pastor. The service is sponsored by The Pastoral Care Department of Citizens Baptist Medical Center.

The Chaplain’s Ministry will host a drive through “Gift Pick-up” for the graduating seniors from 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Champion Church Parking Lot. Seniors will need to have their graduation gowns in their cars in plain sight in order to obtain their gifts.

Pastor Kory Burel of Bemiston Baptist Church, Talladega, will be the guest speaker. You may view the service on Facebook at Champion Church Talladega and on Instagram at champion_church.


Cleburne County Elementary Packet Return will be May 18, 19,20 from 9 AM to 1 PM

 


Piedmont Elementary School – All completed distance learning work packets are due tomorrow, Friday, May 15, 2020. These packets count towards each student’s final 9 weeks grade. Library books are also due! Avoid book fees by turning in your library books! You may drop off packets and books between 11-5 PM.


Munford High School 

Tuesday, May 19, 10AM-12PM Seniors are asked to drive through the MHS car rider line in front of the school to pick up cap and gown, cords/honor stoles, graduation information, and tickets. Payments will be accepted for unpaid fees.


Gadsden City High School Has announced Graduation plans for 2 nights at Titan Stadium. Thursday May 28th for last names beginning A-L and Friday May 29th for last names M-Z. Both Ceremonies will begin at 7 PM. Social Distancing measures will be taken including using both sides of the stadium. Each Gadsden City High Graduate will receive 6 Tickets for Family and guests. Graduation practice will be announced later. Everyone who attends no matter the age must have a ticket. For those unable to attend the ceremonies will be live streamed free to watch at home.


Talladega City High School Seniors

Cap & Gown will be given out by the following schedule this Thursday May 14th. Please only come at your listed time. Social distancing will be enforced.

  1. ALL academic course work must be completed.
  2. All debt, fees, lost books etc. must be paid
  3. Senior fee must paid which includes the cap & gown etc.

Times based on last name

A-F. 9:00am -9:45am

G-M 9:50 am – 10:35 am

N-Z 10:40-11:15 am


Anniston, Oxford, the Calhoun County Commission, Alabama Public Health, RMCl, and St. Michael’s Medical Clinic have teamed up  to provide a #Free COVID-19 collection clinic at:

➡ 4500 Bynum Leatherwood Rd, Anniston, AL 36206 (CalhounCounty Agricultural Center)

➡️ May 14th (Thursday) from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

➡️ This collection clinic will be #DriveThru only.

➡️ Results will take 3-5 days. St. Michael’s Medical Clinic will contact you with your results if you are positive.

➡️ Those without insurance or a primary healthcare provider, who’s collection tests positive, will be offered enrollment into St. Michael’s Medical Clinic’s free COVID CARE Program.


Etowah High School Graduation

Seniors and Senior Parents.

With consideration to provide families enough time to prepare, and the Alabama State Department of Education guidelines to help ensure the safety of all involved, we have set our graduation date as Thursday, June 4 at 8:00 PM in the Jim Glover Football Stadium. For safety reasons, we will provide each senior with tickets for 6 guests so that we can maintain social distancing in the stadium. These tickets are not transferable and are for the guests of the graduate only. To further comply with social distancing we are requesting that guests wear a mask at the stadium. All Seniors who wish to participate in the 8:00 ceremony will be required to attend graduation practice on June 4 at 9:00 AM at the stadium. Only Graduates and Etowah High School Staff will be allowed on the field. Etowah High School Staff will take pictures of the graduates receiving their diploma which will be emailed to the graduate at no cost. The ceremony will be live-streamed on Facebook Live. More information will be coming from the senior sponsors about this and other graduation information.


May 13th  COVID Update 5 PM

JSU Opening:

JSU’s campus will begin reopening on Monday, May 18. Offices will maintain regular hours to assist students Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All student service areas and frontline offices will be open Monday, but some areas of campus will be phased back in between now and June 1.

Anyone on campus is asked to maintain at least six feet of distance between themselves and others, use the hand sanitizer stations installed throughout the buildings, and wear a face mask when possible. Employees will also be following these guidelines. 

Library: Beginning May 18, the Houston Cole Library will be open only to faculty, staff and students with JSU ID, with the following schedule: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, 2-6 p.m. 

 

Bookstore: Beginning May 18, the Campus Bookstore will be open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Customers will be required to wear face masks to enter the Bookstore. Contactless payment and receipt options will be available. Book sales for the Summer 2020 semester will be processed online only. The central warehouse is currently striving to ship all orders within 1-2 days. Students may use financial aid this summer to purchase textbooks, supplies, laptops and more, through June 23. Book buybacks for the Spring 2020 semester will begin on May 18 and run throughout the Fall 2020 semester. A valid JSU student ID is required to participate. The deadline to return spring textbook rentals is June 15. Students may mail rentals back to the Bookstore with a complementary return label or return rentals in person, beginning May 18. 

 

Dining: Sodexo will provide food service to campus this summer through the Jack Hopper Dining Hall and WOW. Jack Hopper Dining Hall will be open May 13-July 23, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. WOW will be open May 15-July 19, Friday-Sunday, 12-7 p.m. 

 

Rec Center: The Recreation and Fitness Center will reopen on May 18 with reduced capacity and reduction of services. Strength and cardio equipment will be spaced appropriately and pool usage will be modified for social distancing. Locker rooms, showers, steam rooms, and hot tubs will be closed, and towel service will not be available. Only the outer lane of the track may be used, except when passing. The climbing wall will not be open. Basketball and racquetball courts are available for individual use by appointment (reserve a court by calling 256-782-8689). The Adventure Recreation Center will provide equipment checkout by appointment (call 256-782-8690 to schedule pickup). View hours of operation online.

 

Tutoring: The Division of Student Success has partnered with tutor.com to provide free online learning support to students during Summer 2020. More than 3,000 online tutors are available by appointment 24/7 to assist with a variety of subjects, including mathematics, science, world languages, computer science, nursing and health sciences, history, social sciences, literature, and business. For access, log in to Canvas, click the tutor.com link located in the navigation menu, create an account or sign in to tutor.com, and click on “Connect with a Tutor.” Contact Debra James at dmjames@jsu.edu for more information. 

 

Writing Assistance: For the first time, JSU’s Department of English will operate its Writing Center during  the summer semester. Virtual consultations are available by appointment Monday-Thursday, from May 13 to July 17 (except for Memorial Day). Students of any major may receive help on any type of writing task at any stage of the writing process, including understanding assignments, brainstorming, developing ideas, organization, integrating sources, proper citation, revision strategies, and grammar review. The Writing Center also provides assistance with APA and MLA styles, as well as multi-modal projects and speeches. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit the Writing Center webpage. For questions, contact Mysti Nichols, Writing Center Coordinator, at mnichols1@jsu.edu. 

 

Credits and Payments: The summer payment deadline is May 21. Prorated housing and meal plan credits from the spring semester have now been applied to the accounts of qualifying students. Students who graduated in spring should receive a refund for prorated housing and meal plan funds, if applicable, by the end of May. Please make sure JSU has your updated address or direct deposit information.

 

CARES Act Funds: The US Congress has allocated funds to assist college students during this time of economic insecurity. JSU has not yet received these funds from the federal government. It has also not been determined which students will qualify, although we do know it will be needs-based. The university will distribute additional information to students as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, students are encouraged to apply for assistance from the JSU Student Emergency Fund if they need financial assistance to meet immediate, essential expenses because of a temporary hardship.


Oxford High School Graduation Schedule:

May 21 and May 22 

6 PM and 8 PM Each Night

Graduation will be by academy

May 21 6 PM

Top 25 and Academy of Business Technologies

May 21 8 PM

Academy of General Studies and Athletics, Academy of Education and Training

May 22nd 6 PM

Academy of Health Sciences, Academy of Digital Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, and Communications

May 22nd 8 PM

Academy of Fine Arts and Languages, Academy of Engineering Technologies, and Academy of Industrial and Commercial Technologies

Each Senior will receive 4 tickets for guests when they pick up their caps and gowns. More details about the graduation ceremony will be released on Friday May 15th

Jacksonville PARD and Community Center

*FITNESS ROOM AND WALKING TRACK ONLY**

Hours of operation will be:

Monday through Thursdays 6 am – 9:00 pm

Fridays 6 am – 6pm

Saturdays 6 am – 2 pm

Closed on Sundays

*Enter building through the front doors

*Locker rooms will be closed so please be dressed to work out

*Bring water bottle for hydration. Water fountains will be off.

*Members temperature will be taken upon entrance

*Each person entering the building must have a membership card

*Basketball court is closed

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*All of the parks are open for public use.

*Disc golf course is open but you must bring your own equipment.

*Playgrounds, and outdoor basketball courts remain closed.

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YOUTH SPORTS — DAY CAMPS — OUTDOOR POOL

The Governor has not given clearance for any youth activity to take place. Once the Governor gives clearance please give us a few days to get the information together. All information will be posted on our FB page concerning dates/credits/refunds and etc.


The Feeding Cleburne Organization will hold four food distributions MAY 16, 2020 at the following locations:

  • Ranburne, 10 a.m., Way of Life Fellowship, 21459 Main St.

. Bethel United Methodist Church 10 am, 1795 County Rd 80, Muscadine, AL

  • Heflin, noon, parking lot at 714 Ross St, Heflin, across the street from The Community Church.
  • Edwardsville, 2 p.m., Edwardsville Church of God, 4111 Main St.

For each distribution line up in your vehicle for registration and proceed through the line where volunteers will load groceries into your vehicle. (You may be served only once but may go to either location.) The event is held the third Saturday of each month and serves the nutritionally challenged who reside in Cleburne County and other counties that are served by the Alabama Emergency Food Assistance program. Visit Feeding Cleburne’s Facebook page for more information.


The City of Heflin is Holding a Parade of Seniors for Cleburne County High School Students  On May 22nd at 6:00 p.m., they are asking their Seniors to participate in a driving parade through Downtown.

For those watching the parade

SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED

MASKS RECOMMENDED

Important Parade Details –

Line up at 5:00pm.  Enter Ross Street from the Cleburne County Nursing Home.  Line up will not be in any order but you will need to check in with City staff to ensure your name will be called.

Limits – To ensure safety, Only 4 student per car and 2 student to a back of a truck.  Any students in violation will be asked to leave the parade.

Police will lead but please keep 10-20 feet between vehicles and maintain a slow parade speed.

Please wear your cap and gown.

Decorations of the cars and trucks are encouraged.

Names of each graduate will be called out as he/she passes by the Amphitheater located next to City Hall.  To keep social distancing at the forefront, the ceremony will be on Facebook Live on the Heflin Main Street Facebook page.

Banners:

Banners of each of our Seniors that made a drape/tux photo are also going up on the poles in Downtown.  The City would like to keep these banners up until June 30th then they will be available for each of you to pick up at City Hall.  


The City of Anniston has partnered with the The City of Oxford, Alabama, the Calhoun County Commission, Alabama Public Health, RMC Stringfellow Memorial Hospital, and St. Michael’s Medical Clinic to provide a #Free COVID-19 collection clinic at:

4500 Bynum Leatherwood Rd, Anniston, AL 36206 (CalhounCounty Agricultural Center)

➡️ May 14th (Thursday) from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

➡️ This collection clinic will be #DriveThru only.

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Please, see below for additional details:

➡️ Results will take 3-5 days. St. Michael’s Medical Clinic will contact you with your results if you are positive.

➡️ Those without insurance or a primary healthcare provider, who’s collection tests positive, will be offered enrollment into St. Michael’s Medical Clinic’s free COVID CARE Program.


 

May 12th Covid Update 4 PM Update:

CITY OF OXFORD FACILITIES REOPENING INFO

City Hall

Open Monday-Friday

8:30AM-4:30PM

Hand-sanitizing stations throughout the building available.

Employees temperatures are taken every morning.

 

Police Department

The Police Department is running normally with proper personal protective equipment

answering all calls to service. No inmate visitation until June 7th, 2020. The Municipal Court is

working to reopen as soon as possible. The court will send out an opening notice to those who

have business with the court this month.

 

Fire Department

Stations are still closed to the public.

Running calls per usual, with precautions and proper personal protective equipment

 

Oxford Building Department

Open M-F

8am to 4:30pm.

Only two persons allowed inside at the same time. Face cover preferred.

All permitting, zoning and other requests are available by phone or electronically with payment

by debit or credit card.

Inspections and other questions should be called in to 256-831-9685.

Parking lot service available upon request.

 

PARD

PHASE TWO (Beginning May 11, 2020)

This is for the Oxford Civic Center, Bynum Community Center and Friendship Community

Center:

Temperatures will be taken upon request for patrons. Employees temps will still be taken.

Employees will wear a mask if general public is in building

Social distancing will be maintained throughout building. The total number of occupants

inside the building have been calculated for occupancy. Social distancing will be continued

throughout the building. EX. If a room is: 46X24 we will allow 32 people for 26X37 24

people)

The catering areas will be closed at this time.

Ice machines will not be available to patrons…HOWEVER employees can get for them.

All facilities will continue to clean and sanitize all rooms and areas. The restrooms will be

checked and cleaned every hour.

Day Camp is NOT recommended during this phase.

Senior Center Building is still closed during this phase.

We will continue to go throughout the city and disinfect/sanitize picnic tables and park

benches every night.

The weight room in each facility will be open with social distancing being advised.

The rooms will be sanitized/wiped down after each use.

 

PARD FACILITIES

The City Pool will NOT open during this phase.

All Recreational Fields at Choccolocco Park, Oxford Lake Softball, Earl Martin Fields, Big Jack

Fields and Bynum Fields will remain closed during this phase.

(For team play and practices)

Playgrounds will remain closed during this phase.

Tennis courts will open during this phase after completion of renovation. Social distancing

will still be in effect.

All pavilions at Oxford Lake and Choccolocco Park are still closed for rentals at this time.

**All facilities will close at 4:30 UNLESS there are instructional classes going on and/or

meetings.

 

Public Works

Public Works is operating at full capacity as we have been throughout this pandemic. We are

checking temperatures of over 40 employees daily and maintaining our work crews to small

groups to help prevent large scale spreading of the virus should an employee contract it.

Library

Facility

  • Remove porous surfaces from public spaces

o Upholstered chairs

  • Re-install upholstered chairs. They can be cleaned as the CDC recommends.

o Computer chairs may be placed at each computer.

o Study tables/carrels will have chairs at normal intervals.

  • Computer stations will be sanitized/cleaned when necessary.

o Patrons do not use printer. Staff retrieves prints for patrons.

  • Surfaces throughout the library are cleaned when needed.
  • Add tape on floor to places to stand in line

o Circ desk – two lines

o Reference desk – both sides

o Adult desk

o Children’s desk

Procedures

  • Cash payments

o Do not touch your face after handling

o Ask customers to place cash on the counter rather than directly into staff’s hand

o Place money directly on the counter when providing change back to customers

o Wipe counter clean between each transaction

o Sanitize/wash hands between transactions

o Place two drawers at circ desk and reference desk to reduce cross-contamination

between staff members.

  • At the staff members’ option, gloves may be worn when handling money. If

not wearing gloves, hand wash or sanitize frequently.

  • Staff are not required to wear masks when interacting with the public, but they may at

their discretion.

  • Social activities will be instated for the public that can be safely administered.
  • Gatherings that are individually active can continue with adequate spacing.

o Knitting

o Crocheting

  • Fines

o Grace period will change to four days (instead of one)

  • Check In

o Books are quarantined for three days before checking in. Fines will not accrue

during this time, due to grace period being extended.

o All books will be returned in the outside book drop.

o Book limits will continue to be overridden to accommodate the three-day

quarantine.

  • Check Out

o Patrons will stand on floor markings to accommodate six-foot social distancing in

lines.

o RFID Cards will not be placed in the back of books to reduce touch points in

checking in/out.

  • Copying/Faxing

o Patron will place materials on the table

o Staff member will pick up materials and perform action and return to the table.

o Patron will pay by placing money on designated space on Reference Desk.

o Staff will return change in designated space

o Table and space will be sanitized between uses

  • Community Outreach events are cancelled.

o Daycares

o Daycamp

o Nursing homes

  • Community Room is available for rental as before the pandemic.

o Library events that use the Community Room will require staff to clean

tables/chairs to be used before/after each use

Etowah County School Meal kits will be distributed Wednesday, May 13th, at ALL Etowah County schools. Meals are FREE to all students age 18 and under. Students must be present to receive meals. Each kit will contain 5 breakfast and 5 lunch meals. Distribution times vary and will last for 2 hours, or until meals are gone. Please see the list below for school meal distribution times.

Times:

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Duck Springs Elementary

Glencoe Elementary

Glencoe High

Highland Elementary

Hokes Bluff Elementary

Hokes Bluff Middle

Ivalee Elementary

Rainbow Middle

Sardis Middle

Sardis High

Southside High

West End Elementary

West End High

Whitesboro Elementary

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Hokes Bluff High

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Carlisle Elementary

Gaston

John S. Jones Elementary

Southside Elementary


To all Etowah High School Band Students.

We will be collecting band uniforms on their hanger in the bag and band hats in the box with the plume on May 14th and 15th from 11:00 to 3:00. The band directors will be collecting them outside the band room entrance on the Etowah Middle School side. Please remain in your car. Make sure Mr. Hamilton checks you off when you return your uniform. If you have an instrument to pick up, it will be brought to your car. The uniforms need to be dropped off to receive your final grade in band.


ChromeBook Return for all Munford High School Students is May 18th 9 AM-3 PM and May 19th 2 PM-5 PM. Clean out the bag of everything except for the Chromebook and Charger. HAve your name and current grade level on the bag, Drop off in the Munford High School Car rider line. A letter will be mailed if anything is missing.


Jacksonville City Schools will be interviewing three candidates for the position of Superintendent on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The interviews will be conducted via Google Meet and will be streamed live. The times for the interviews are 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:00 PM. Links for the live stream will be posted on Thursday before the interviews start.


Cherokee County High School Seniors will be able to pick up their Caps and Gowns beginning Wednesday, May 13. Caps and Gowns will also be available for pickup on Thursday (14th), Monday (18th), Tuesday (19th), and Wednesday (19th). Pickup times will be from 10AM – 2PM each day. All outstanding fees must be paid and textbooks/library books/technology items need to be returned or a cap and gown will not be issued.

Graduation will take place next Thursday night, May 21, at 8PM. The new location will be Warrior Stadium. Participating seniors will receive 5 tickets for guests. This is due to current spacing requirements set forth by the State of Alabama and our seating capacity. The faculty of CCHS will be meeting tomorrow morning to work out details concerning the ceremony. An email containing the details for graduation will be sent asap.

Seniors, please complete the Google Form sent to your student email no later than Friday, May 15 if it is to be included in the graduation program.


Talladega  City Hall is OPEN to the public. Please continue to call or schedule an appointment with the department you need! The Mainline for Talladega City Hall is 256-362-8186. Find the full list of department numbers outside city hall and the extensions inside city hall at the 979WVOK COVID-19 Info Page.

 


May 11th Covid Update 5 PM Update

After seeking clarity on the Governor’s Amendment to the State Health Order, the City of Anniston will continue to keep all playground equipment on city parks, and other outdoor recreational structures such as basketball courts, temporarily off limits to the public at this time (per the guidance of the State of Alabama’s Health Officer).

2️⃣ In addition, the following time changes have been made to the Anniston PARD Aquatic & Fitness Center‘s #Pool hours (effective 05/11/20):

  • Open Monday through Friday from 5:30am until 10:30am & from 2:30pm until 6:30pm
  • Open Saturday from 7:00am until 12:00pm
  • Closed Sunday
  • In addition, only “Lap Swimming” will be permitted in this facility’s pool, and those who wish to swim must come dressed

Calhoun County Health Dept will be offering COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing every Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. To schedule an appointment call 256-237-7523. They ask you remain in your car and call the clinic when you arrive for your scheduled appointment.

To be tested you must be symptomatic with Fever or Cough or Shortness of Breath AND must be 65 Years or older, be a health care worker, or have a preexisting condition that puts you at higher risk such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other conditions that weaken the immune system. If you have no symptoms, testing is not recommended, if you have mild symptoms but do not fall into the risk categories please self isolate at home and  call your physician 1888-264-2256


If you have a child enrolled in the Cleburne County School System, you can apply to receive meals for them, and the meals are mailed straight to your door. The enrollment period for the Emergency Meals to You Program will begin Monday, May 11 and end Friday, May 15. No enrollments will be allowed after Friday!! Go to mealstoyou.org and choose the “emergency” option and then choose the “individual” option to fill out the application. The link for the application includes an instructional video. Be sure to select Cleburne County Schools on the enrollment page. If you need assistance, contact Kellie Grubbs at 256-463-5624 x5911.

https://mealstoyou.org/emergency-meals-to-you-application/


Hearts of Cleburne County Heflin FOOD DISTRIBUTION day is today from 9-2. Heflin Baptist Church parking lot!


City of Jacksonville Reopening Information:

Effective on Monday, May 11th City Hall will be opened to the public by appointment only. Enter through the main door. Exit through the door near the Finance Office. 

Out of Caution, please continue taking care of your business with the City by phone or email, when feasible. However, if it’s absolutely necessary for you to come to City Hall, please be sure to wear a face covering/mask and be prepared to have your temperature checked. Individuals with temperatures of 100.4 or above will not be allowed to enter City Hall. 

Jacksonville Community Center ***UPDATED POST***

We will re-open Tuesday at 6 am.

**FITNESS ROOM AND WALKING TRACK ONLY**

Hours of operation will be:

Monday through Thursdays 6 am – 9:00 pm

Fridays 6 am – 6pm

Saturdays 6 am – 2 pm

Closed on Sundays

*Enter building through the front doors

*Locker rooms will be closed so please be dressed to work out

*Bring water bottle for hydration. Water fountains will be off.

*Members temperature will be taken upon entrance

*Each person entering the building must have a membership card

*Basketball court is closed

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*All of the parks are open for public use.

*Disc golf course is open but you must bring your own equipment.

*Playgrounds, and outdoor basketball courts remain closed.

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YOUTH SPORTS — DAY CAMPS — OUTDOOR POOL

The Governor has not given clearance for any youth activity to take place. Once the Governor gives clearance please give us a few days to get the information together. All information will be posted on our FB page concerning dates/credits/refunds and etc.


If you did not purchase a yearbook before school got out you can still purchase on the Oxford Elementary website. The cost is 30.00 and we will post a date for pick up soon! 


JCS will be providing meals again on May 15, 2020, at JHS. Please go to https://bit.ly/JCSFeeding8 and fill out the form by 9 pm on May 14, 2020, to pick up meals. You will need to fill out this form even if you filled out the previous forms. The guardian’s name listed will need to be the person who will be picking up the meals.


The City of Anniston has partnered with the The City of Oxford, Alabama, the Calhoun County Commission, Alabama Public Health, RMC Stringfellow Memorial Hospital, and St. Michael’s Medical Clinic to provide a #Free COVID-19 collection clinic at:

➡ 4500 Bynum Leatherwood Rd, Anniston, AL 36206 (CalhounCounty Agricultural Center)

➡️ May 14th (Thursday) from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

➡️ This collection clinic will be #DriveThru only.

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Please, see below for additional details:

➡️ Results will take 3-5 days. St. Michael’s Medical Clinic will contact you with your results if you are positive.

➡️ Those without insurance or a primary healthcare provider, who’s collection tests positive, will be offered enrollment into St. Michael’s Medical Clinic’s free COVID CARE Program.


May 8th COVID Update 5 PM

Governor Kay Ivey’s May 8th Amended Safer At Home Order

Graphic breakdown of the Safer At Home Amended Order


The City of Oxford will be following the state’s lead on the amended Safer At Home order. We will distribute more detailed information about our city on Monday, May 11th.


Anniston city leadership urges all of its citizens to continue social distancing practices and to adhere to the health and safety guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control, the Alabama Department of Public Health, and the State of Alabama’s Health Orders, which were amended on 05/08/20 and shall remain in effect until 05/22/20 (Link: https://bit.ly/2SMML7U). Furthermore, be it known that in an effort to adhere our community to the safest practices recommended by both the CDC and the Alabama Dept. of Public Health, the City of Anniston will execute the following precautionary measures for the health and safety of our residents:

PARTIAL REOPENING OF DESIGNATED FACILITIES & SERVICES

The following City of Anniston facilities will open to the public at 8:00am next Monday (05/11/20): Carver Community Center, Norwood Hodges Community Center, South Highland Community Center, and Wiggins Community Center. The hours of operation for said facilities will be as follows: Open Monday through Friday from 10:00am until 6:00pm, Closed Saturday, and Closed Sunday. Until further only structured activities will be permitted within these facilities, that is to say no “free play” will take place. Furthermore, any structured activities will adhere to the social distancing and sanitation guidelines as set forth by the Alabama State Health Officer.

The Anniston Aquatic & Fitness Center will open to the public at 5:30am next Monday (05/11/20). The hours of operation for this facility will be as follows: Open Monday through Friday from 5:30am until 7:00pm, Open Saturday from 7:00am until 4:00pm, and Closed Sunday. This facility’s pool will also open to the public at 5:30am next Monday (05/11/20); however, its hours of operation will be as such: Open Monday through Friday from 5:30am until 5:00pm, Open Saturday from 7:00am until 3:30pm, and Closed Sunday. Until further only structured activities will be permitted within these facilities, that is to say no “free play” will take place. Furthermore, said structured activities will adhere to the social distancing and sanitation guidelines as set forth by the Alabama State Health Officer. In addition, only “Lap Swimming” will be permitted in this facility’s pool, and those who wish to swim must come dressed.

The Anniston Multimodal Station (Amtrak Station, Greyhound Station, Trolley Station), located at 126 West 4th Street, Anniston, AL 36201, will have its hours of operation altered to the following: Open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 7:00pm, Open Saturday from 8:30am until 4:00pm, and Closed Sunday. Please note, an emergency phone line has been made available at this facility: 256-310-7723.

All City of Anniston public parks will be made accessible, effective next Monday (05/11/20) at 8:00am. In addition, all playground equipment on city parks, and other outdoor recreational structures such as basketball courts, will also open to the public next Monday (05/11/20). Groups that visit city parks or utilize the city’s outdoor recreational facilities must maintain an appropriate 6 foot distance from one another at all times.

Please note, effective next Monday (05/11/20) there will be no restrictions on the number of individuals that can be in a group at the walking trails at the Anniston Museum and Gardens, the Cane Creek Golf Course, the Hill Golf Course, and all city parks and outdoor recreational facilities. However, groups that visit these walking trails and outdoor areas must be able to maintain an appropriate 6 foot distance from one another at all times.

Cane Creek Grill will conduct dine-in services, starting next Monday (05/11/20) at 8:00am. This restaurant shall maintain a 50% occupancy limit, and proper social distancing guidelines shall be enforced in regard to seating arrangements.

The Anniston Museum and Gardens will remain temporarily closed to the public until Tuesday, May 26th, at which time we shall be forthcoming with details on our plans to reopen its facilities.

The Anniston City Meeting Center shall remain temporarily closed to the public until further notice. However, know that details on renting this facility, and/or other city facilities that can be rented, shall be given to the public at the beginning of June 2020.


St Clair County Schools are now working on a new graduation plan for all St Clair County schools that will follow the revised State directives. They will send a message over the weekend once the details are finalized.


Talladega City Schools KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION is TUESDAY, MAY 12th from 8:30 – 2 p.m.!

Please go to the school in which your child is zoned to register. If you already have a packet, return items to the school along with the following:

  1. Birth Certificate with state seal
  2. Social Security Card
  3. Proof of residency (utility bill or lease agreement)
  4. Blue Slip (shot record)

**County students are welcome to register. You will need to complete an OUT OF DISTRICT form to be approved by the superintendent.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE this announcement.


The Jacksonville City Schools summer student worker application deadline has been extended to May 13. Current 9, 10, & 11 graders are eligible. Applications were emailed to JCS student accounts.


May 7th Covid Update 10 AM

Emergency Meals-to-You (eMTY) provides weekday breakfasts and lunches to students who were receiving those meals through the National School Lunch Program at a free or reduced price but temporarily cannot receive school meals due to emergency school closures. eMTY mails 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches every two weeks directly to the student’s home while schools are closed due to COVID-19.

Parents who have students in the following School Systems will need to apply to the program within a certain window. Two of those systems registration windows close this week so it is important to register as soon as possible.

Talladega City Schools May 8th

Talladega County Schools May 9th

Etowah County Schools May 18th

Got to Mealstoyou.org to apply for these school systems and select the emergency Option.


In response to the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our local small businesses, the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce has announced a partnership with the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama in creating the COVID-19 Small Business Relief #Fund.

This is a competitive process with applications being accepted beginning May 1, 2020. All applications must be received by 5:00 PM on May 15, 2020.

The application is available online at http://www.yourcommunityfirst.org, click on Grants, and click on Small Business Relief Fund.


Weaver Elementary School is Now Enrolling New Students. The School Office is still closed to the public but you can request a digital enrollment packet by contacting the Weaver Elementary School Facebook Page with a message, Calling and leaving a message at 256-741-7101, or send an email to lknighto.we@ccboe.us


MAY 6TH Covid UPDATE 5 PM

Jacksonville High School has set its Graduation ceremony for July 23rd 2020 at Pete Mathews Coliseum on the campus of Jacksonville State University at 4 PM. Mandatory Rehearsal will be July 22nd at 1 pm also at Pete Mathews Coliseum. More information will come at a later date on the number of guests allowed based on ADPH guidelines and there is a possibility of a Senior Breakfast and Awards Ceremony on the morning of July 23rd in the JHS Cafeteria, but that has not been confirmed yet.


The Oxford Batting Cages will be reopening this Thursday! Hours of operation are:

Sunday-Friday 1pm-7pm

Saturday 10am-7pm

We are working hard to reopen Oxford safely, so please continue to be prepared, not scared, as we try to flatten the curve.

Social distancing is still in effect, and we will be sanitizing and disinfecting the cages regularly. If you are not feeling well, please stay home.


The last day for medication pick-up at JHS will be Wednesday, May 13th from 9-12.


It’s Meal Pick up day for Cleburne County School System, see the times and locations on the Cleburne County School Nutrition page or on the 979WVOK.com COVID-19 Page under School Food INfo


Free Drive thru & Walk-up COVID-19 Test Site Wednesday, May 6th from 10 am – 2 pm at Hobson City Hall (715 Martin Luther King Dr, Hobson City, AL 36201). Physician referral is not necessary, but you must be symptomatic with Fever or cough or shortness of breath to get tested. Results in 3-5 days. Positive tests who don’t indicate a primary care physician or insurance provider will be offered enrollment into the free St Michaels Medical Clinic Covid Care Program. Walk ups in Hobson City call 256-831-4940 to schedule a collection time. Other walk ups call 256-236-3422 to schedule a collection time.


The Cleburne County Convenience Center is Open this week Thursday through Saturday from 8 AM- 5 PM


Ohatchee High is looking for a great custodian. If you are interested you can deliver an application to Ohatchee High School Main Office Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 1:00 or mail it.


Summer Ammons of Talladega Parks and Recreation has announced that the 2020 Talladega Baseball and Softball season will be cancelled. The safety of everyone involved is their top priority as noted in their announcement. They will be contacting Parents in order to provide a full refund. If you have any questions, please contact Talladega Parks and Recreation at (256) 362-0514.


May 5th Covid 19 Update 4 PM 

In response to the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our local small businesses, the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce has announced a partnership with the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama in creating the COVID-19 Small Business Relief #Fund.

This is a competitive process with applications being accepted beginning May 1, 2020. All applications must be received by 5:00 PM on May 15, 2020.

The application is available online at http://www.yourcommunityfirst.org, click on Grants, and click on Small Business Relief Fund.


Jacksonville High School Textbook Drop off and Locker contents pickup

9AM-11AM on the following days

Seniors- May 11th

Juniors- May 12th

Sophomores- May 13th

Freshman- May 14th

8th Grade- May 18th

7th Grade- May 19th

The Process will be Drive Through Only at the Back Canopy of JHS

There will be one more opportunity Wednesday May 20th during School Office hours


The Cleburne County Courthouse is open.

Court will be held May 11, 12, and 13, so for your safety, please plan ahead for all your County business to avoid being caught in the court lines on those dates. It’s suggested that you should avoid any courthouse business on those dates, May 11th, 12th, and 13th, due to the difficulty of social distancing with that many people in the building for court cases. If you are getting tags renewed or other business, please make sure you have all the appropriate paperwork with you before you go into the Cleburne County courthouse to avoid having to go back outside to get it. 


Alabama Department of Revenue Commissioner has issued an additional order extending the March, April, and May motor vehicle registration renewals through June 19th. 


The deadline for the Calhoun County School’s Digital Art Competition has been extended to August 20, 2020. Click here for information


There are multiple ways to get good information in the Calhoun County Area regarding COVID-19

First, for regular updates regarding COVID-19 in Calhoun County. Text CALCOVID to 888-777

To get connected to the Covid-19 Resource center for any questions you may have about the virus and related information simply dial 211 to be connected with someone who can help answer your questions.

In Oxford you can visit the Oxfordstrong.com website for a lot of helpful information or you can dial 3-1-1 for information about services inside oxford and other inquiries.


The March 31st Alabama State Primary Runoff election has been rescheduled for JULY 14th.

Secretary of State John Merrill reminds Alabamians they have the option to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming runoff if they wish to avoid contracting or spreading  an illness on election day. You can access the application for an Absentee Ballot online here or by visiting or calling their local Absentee Election Manager’s Office. You can also contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (334) 242-7210

Primary Runoff Election-July 14th

Deadline to register to vote for runoff election- Monday, June 29th

Deadline to submit an Absentee Ballot APPLICATION- Thursday, July 9th

Deadline to RETURN an Absentee Ballot to the Absentee Ballot Manager is CLOSE OF BUSINESS – Monday, July 13th

Last day to postmark an Absentee Ballot is Monday, July 13th

Alabama Secretary of State website  https://www.sos.alabama.gov/


May 4th Covid-19 Update 5 PM

Alabama Department of Revenue Commissioner has issued an additional order extending the March, April, and May motor vehicle registration renewals through June 19th


Free Drive thru & Walk-up COVID-19 Test Site Wednesday, May 6th from 10 am – 2 pm at Hobson City Hall (715 Martin Luther King Dr, Hobson City, AL 36201). Physician referral is not necessary, but you must be symptomatic with Fever or cough or shortness of breath to get tested. Results in 3-5 days. Positive tests who don’t indicate a primary care physician or insurance provider will be offered enrollment into the free St Michaels Medical Clinic Covid Care Program. Walk ups in Hobson City call 256-831-4940 to schedule a collection time. Other walk ups call 256-236-3422 to schedule a collection time.


Cleburne County Elementary School Packet Return will be MAy 18th, 19th, and 20th from 9 AM to 1 PM on all three days. You can also pick up a yearbook on these days and times. If you’re purchasing the yearbook, they’ll be taking cash only at the pick dates and if you would like a yearbook for Cleburne County Elementary School you can contact the school office.


May 5th and May 12th court dates for the Jacksonville City Municipal Court will be reset by separate orders. The Jacksonville City Municipal Court will continue to suspend all in person hearings and trials until May 15th to protect citizens, employees, and those required to be present from exposure to COVID-19. Inmate cases will be monitored and handled as necessary. When Operations do resume in the courts all attorneys, parties, witnesses, and persons will be required to wear a facemask, no exceptions. Only Parties, Witnesses, and Attorneys will be allowed in the courtroom when operations resume, and parties and witnesses will not be allowed to bring minor children or other persons in the courtroom.


Multiple County Administration, City Hall buildings and other local governmental buildings will be opening back up to the public today. Some of those include, Calhoun County Administration Building, Anniston City Hall, and the Cherokee County Administration Building. Those that are opening still suggest that citizens conduct their business online if possible for them to do so. Be ready for possible restrictions that may vary from location to location like required masks, temperature checks to enter the building, limited capacity, etc. 


Oxford Elementary School Online Kindergarten Registration is underway. Due to Covid -19 restrictions we are unable to conduct in person registration. Use the link on their Facebook Page or Oxford Elementary School’s Website to register your child. You must live in OES school zone for your child to be eligible. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020. New students will need the following items:

– birth certificate or other documentation with proof of age

– Alabama immunization form

-2 proofs of residence recent power bill and lease or mortgage statement

– Parenting papers if divorce or guardianship

-Copy of parent/ guardian state or government issued identification.

OES Pre-K students school year 2019-2020 are already registered. You will be contacted at the end of July for updated information. 


Jacksonville City Schools will be providing meals again on May 8, 2020, at Jacksonville High School. Please go to their facebook page to fill out this week’s form by 9 pm on Thursday May 7, 2020, to pick up meals. You will need to fill out this form even if you filled out the previous forms. The guardian’s name listed will need to be the person who will be picking up the meals.


It is Teacher Appreciation Week This week and we want to say a big thank you to all our teachers who have continued to work hard to keep their students on track, encourage them, and keep in touch with them. We appreciate you so much, teachers 


It’s May 1st and time to remind everyone that vegetative burning is prohibited from May 1st to November 1st each year in the following counties: BALDWIN, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, Morgan, Shelby, Russell, and Talladega. This burn ban was established by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to minimize air quality impacts in critical months.

Illegal open burning can result in ADEM imposing a fine to the responsible party.

Any questions regarding the yearly burn ban, please contact ADEM at (334) 271-7879

Calhoun County 105 confirmed cases and 3 deaths from COVID-19


Pell City Schools This week will be the last week for the Grab and Go Meals. The Child Nutrition Program will offer the last of these grab and go meals to students who need them tomorrow, Monday May 4th at Iola Roberts Elementary School between the hours of 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

This will be the only serving day this week and will include meals to last the full week. Bags will include 5 lunches, 5 breakfasts, milk and juice. Some items will need to be refrigerated.

Please help our staff practice safe social distancing when picking up meals by having a space available in the trunk of your vehicle. The safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff during this time is of utmost importance. Thank you for working with us to provide these meals for our children – stay safe!

CHILDREN, 18 and under, MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE MEALS

We would like to say thank you again for all the hard work and dedication from our Child Nutrition Staff for these weeks of preparing meals for our children.


St Clair County School System will be resuming our meal program for students beginning of Tuesday, May 5th. The meals will be offered between 11-1 and we will continue to offer meals every Tuesday, unless something prevents us from doing so. The meal program will operate as it did before; however, we will be adding additional locations. All lunchroom sites, with the exception of Moody Middle School, will offer these meals to students. Anyone interested in applying for free & reduced lunches, may do so on our Child Nutrition website https://www.sccboe.org/domain/61 or complete a paper copy that can be picked up at the feeding sites beginning Tuesday.


Attalla City Schools will be providing meal kits to all children in our community that are 18 years of age and younger. Pick up for these meal kits will be available from 11am until 1pm on Monday, May 4th. Drive thru pick up will be at the Etowah Middle School lunchroom (children must be present). These meal kits will be given out on a first come first serve basis. Please enter the parking lot on the Etowah Middle School office side, receive a meal kit, and exit the parking lot on the lunchroom side of the building. Thank you! I hope you are all continuing to stay home, stay safe, and stay healthy.


MAY 1st COVID-19 Update 5 PM Update

 

ANNISTON CITY MUNICIPAL COURT REOPENING

The City of Anniston will begin reconducting court on May 19, 2020 at 7:00am. You must attend court with a face covering. None will be permitted in the courtroom without a face covering of some kind. Seating will be limited to only the defendant, victim, and/or witnesses. No children or babies will be allowed. No purses, bookbags, or handbags of any sort will be allowed in the courtroom.

If you had a previously scheduled court date that was impacted by COVID-19, letters will be mailed to defendants, victims, and witnesses with their new court date and time. You may also contact the court at 256-231-7614 to make an inquiry concerning your court date and time.

 

ANNISTON CITY AQUATIC CENTER MEMBERSHIPS

Citizens who had an active yearly or six month membership to the Anniston Aquatic & Fitness Center will get a one month extension on their memberships for each month the facility was closed due to COVID-19 safety precautions. In addition, citizens who had an active Group Fit or Monthly membership will have the time on their membership extended in accordance to the amount of time the facility was closed due to COVID-19 safety precautions.


Hobson City has partnered with the City of Anniston, the The City of Oxford, Alabama, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama Public Health, RMC Stringfellow Memorial Hospital, and St. Michael’s Medical Clinic to provide a #Free COVID-19 collection clinic at 715 Martin Luther King Dr, Hobson City, AL 36201 (Hobson City Hall/Old C.E. Hanna School) on May 6th (Wednesday) from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

This clinic will offer both drive thru collection, as well as walk-up collection. Anyone with symptoms is welcomed to come.

____________________________________________

Please, see below for details:

➡️ Criteria: Patient is symptomatic with at minimum: a Fever OR Cough OR Shortness of breath. Patient could also have at least two of the following symptoms: Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat and/or New loss of taste or smell.

➡️ If you are planning to participate in the walk-up collection and reside in Hobson City, please contact 256-831-4940 to schedule a collection time. All other walk-ups may call 256-236-3422 to schedule a time.

➡️ Results will take 3-5 days. St. Michael’s Medical Clinic will contact you with your results if you are positive.

➡️ Those without insurance or a primary healthcare provider, who’s collection tests positive, will be offered enrollment into St. Michael’s Medical Clinic’s free COVID CARE Program.


CHEROKEE COUNTY FACILITIES TO OPEN TO PUBLIC ON MAY 4TH

In consideration of the State Health Officer’s April 28th, 2020 Order, the Administrative Building, Library, Animal Shelter and Highway Department will open to the public on Monday, May 4th @ 8:00 AM. These facilities will operate under restrictions as outlined in the order. The six (6) foot social distancing requirement remains in full effect and modifications to operations within the above-mentioned facilities must be made. Social distancing requirements should be maintained inside and outside the facilities. Modifications for each facility will be outlined at the bottom of this release.

The Courthouse and Nutrition Center will remain closed to the public through at least May 15, 2020. A determination on the future status of these facilities will be made prior to May 15, 2020. In the meantime, individuals who need to pay fees/fines or request an Absentee Ballot for the 2020 Primary Run-Off Election may call the Circuit Clerk’s office at 256-927-3340.

Per Order of the State Commissioner of Revenue dated April 1, 2020, March and April motor vehicle registration deadlines have been extended through May 15, 2020 without penalty.

The Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency will host press conferences every Tuesday at 10:00 AM through the end of the COVID-19 emergency. Press conferences may be viewed on the Facebook pages of the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency – Alabama and WEIS Radio.

The Cherokee County Commission is committed to the health and well-being of its employees and citizens. We are taking the appropriate and necessary steps to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus while continuing to provide services to the County. Modified operations at County facilities may cause longer processing and wait times. We understand that this may cause minor inconveniences for some customers. We ask that you please be patient and respectful of these temporary changes. Thank you for your understanding and commitment to keeping our community healthy.

ADDITIONAL MODIFICATIONS COULD BE IMPLEMENTED AT A LATER TIME. UPDATES WILL BE PROVIDED, AS NEEDED.

Administrative Building

Cherokee County Tags/DMV: Limit of six (6) customers in the building at one time. Customers of the Tag/DMV office will enter through the right set of doors at the front of the building. The line for this office will form along the sidewalk under the canopies.

Cherokee County Probate: Limit of six (6) customers in the building at one time. Customers will enter through the left set of doors at the front of the building.

Cherokee County Revenue Commission: Limit of six (6) customers in the building at one time. Customers will enter through the left set of doors at the front of the building.

Cherokee County Commission: Limit of three (3) customers in the building at one time. Customers will enter through the left set of doors at the front of the building.

Cherokee County EMA/911: Limit of two (2) customers in the building at one time. Customers will enter through the left set of doors at the front of the building.

Cherokee County Board of Voter Registrars: Limit of two (2) customers in the building at one time. Customers will enter through the left set of doors at the front of the building.

Cherokee County Library

Limit of ten (10) customers in the building at one time. All programming for May has been canceled. The conference room will remain closed through the end of May. Patrons may choose to make a “book appointment” by calling 256-927-5838.

Cherokee County Animal Shelter

Limit of two (2) customers in the building at one time. Please call ahead to notify Shelter staff of your intended visit at 256-266-1390.

Cherokee County Highway Department

Limit of two (2) customers in building at one time.


Starting May 4, kids will be able to visit a FREE Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza zone where they can start and keep their reading streaks, earn special rewards, and more. To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/2VQkShh


Attalla City Schools 2020-2021 Student Registration

Attalla City Schools Students and Parents – It is time to register for the 2020-2021 school year. Ms. Hardy and Ms. Brand have emailed your student the 2020-2021 electronic registration form. Please read and review all sections completely and make appropriate selections. Registration must be completed by Friday, May 8, 2020. If you have questions about registration, please e-mail Ms. Brand (11th and 12th) kbrand@attalla.k12.al.us or Ms. Hardy (9th and 10th) nhardy@attalla.k12.al.us.


CITY OF ANNISTON

Anniston city leadership urges all of its citizens to continue social distancing practices, and to adhere to the health and safety guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control, the Alabama Department of Public Health, as well as the Alabama State Health Officer’s ‘Safer at Home’ order, which is effective from 04/30/20 at 5:00pm until 05/15/20 at 5:00pm (Link: https://bit.ly/2VLy0ED). Furthermore, be it known that in an effort to adhere our community to the safest practices recommended by both the CDC and the Alabama Dept. of Public Health, the City of Anniston will execute the following precautionary measures for the health and safety of our residents:

EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY CLOSURES:

The following City of Anniston facilities will remain temporarily closed to the public until 5/15/20 at 5:00pm, at which time their closure will be reevaluated: Carver Community Center, Norwood Hodges Community Center, South Highland Community Center, Wiggins Community Center, Anniston Aquatic & Fitness Center, the Senior Citizen & Therapeutic Recreation Center, and the Anniston City Meeting Center. However, all of these facilities will be staffed from 8:00am until 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, and may be contacted via phone during the hours of operation listed above. Please note, these temporary closures may be adjusted in the event a new state health order is issued prior to 05/15/20 at 5:00pm.

The Anniston Museum and Gardens will remain temporarily closed to the public until 5/15/20 at 5:00pm, at which time its closure will be reevaluated. Please note, this temporary closure may be adjusted in the event a new state health order is issued prior to 05/15/20 at 5:00pm.

The Anniston Multimodal Station (Amtrak Station, Greyhound Station, Trolley Station) located at 126 West 4th Street, Anniston, AL 36201, will maintain its altered hours of operation, until 05/15/20 at 5:00pm. Said hours of operation are as follows: Monday – Friday: 8:00AM until 7:00PM, Saturday: 9:00AM until 3:00PM, and Sunday: Closed. Until the station’s 05/15/20 reevaluation, an emergency phone line will be made available: 256-310-7723. Please note, these altered hours of operation may be adjusted in the event a new state health order is issued prior to 05/15/20 at 5:00pm.

PARTIAL REOPENING OF CITY HALL & PUBLIC PARKS/TRAILS

Anniston City Hall will reopen to the public, effective Monday (05/04/20) at 8:00am, as so citizens may come to pay their bills in person. Proper social distancing guidelines will be enforced, and city staff will ensure this facility is routinely disinfected and sanitized.

All City of Anniston public parks will be made accessible, effective Monday (05/04/20) at 8:00am; however, all playground equipment on city parks, and other recreational structures such as basketball courts, will remain off limits to the public until 5/15/20 at 5:00pm, at which time said limitations will be reevaluated. Groups that visit city parks must be no larger than 10 people and all individuals must maintain an appropriate 6 foot distance from one another at all times.

The City of Anniston’s municipal golf courses (Cane Creek Golf Course and The Hill Golf Course) will be open to the public from 8:00am until 8:00pm, Sunday through Saturday. Groups that visit these golf courses must be no larger than 10 people, and all individuals must maintain an appropriate 6 foot distance from one another at all times.

The walking trails at the Anniston Museum and Gardens will be made accessible to the public, effective Monday (05/04/20) at 8:00am. Groups that visit these walking trails must be no larger than 10 people, and all individuals must maintain an appropriate 6 foot distance from one another at all times.


Talladega County Schools will now be offering home meal delivery through the Meals to You Program.

Sign up at www.mealstoyou.org/emergency-meals-to-you-application/


CALHOUN COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS  RELIEF FUND GRANTS:

In response to the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our local small businesses, the Calhoun County Area Chamber & Visitors Center is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama in creating the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund. The program will provide grants of $2,000 to $5000 to select small businesses

This is a competitive process with applications being accepted beginning May 1, 2020. All applications must be received by 5:00 PM on May 15, 2020. The application is available online at http://www.yourcommunityfirst.org, click on Grants, and click on Small Business Relief Fund.


April 30th COVID-19 Update 5 PM Update

Piedmont Municipal Court has suspended all Misdemeanor and Major Traffic cases for the month of May 2020. We will resume all normal court proceedings in June 2020. New court dates notices will be mailed to the most recent address on file. You may also call the court for the correct court date for your case. 256-447-3370

Piedmont Municipal Court will continue to be open normal business hours for all payments and minor traffic cases. Again, please call for the most current information regarding your case.

Due to social distancing, only 1 person is allowed in the building at a time. If someone is already present when you arrive, please wait at the door until they leave.

Thank you for your continued patience as we all work our way through the COVID-19 situation.


 

ETOWAH COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COVID-19 DRIVE THRU TESTING

WHEN?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

*While testing supplies last

*Self-swabbing technique of nostrils now available

WHERE?

East Gadsden Methodist Church

201 South 8th Street

Gadsden, Alabama 35903

For Information please call

Etowah County Health Department

(256) 547-6311

Please bring your calmness and be patient as this is a trying time for all.

MUST MEET THIS CRITERIA

The patient is symptomatic with at minimum (measured or subjective)

  • Fever OR cough OR shortness of breath

AND

  • The patient is immunocompromised or has co-morbidities OR
  • The patient age is 65 yrs. or older OR
  • The patient is a healthcare worker OR
  • The patient is associated with a long-term healthcare facility OR
  • Patients with moderate/severe/worsening of symptoms (10 years old and up

 

The Ken Joiner Calhoun County Administration Building, Calhoun County Courthouse and other County Facilities, with the exception of county community centers and parks, will reopen to the PUBLIC on Monday, May 4, 2020. In compliance with the new “Safer at Home Order” Regulations for admittance into County Facilities are as follows:

  • LIMIT ENTRY TO ONLY THOSE INDIVIDUALS CONDUCTING BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS
  • WEAR FACEMASK OR FACE COVERING UPON ENTRY
  • YOU AGREE TO A TEMPERATURE CHECK UPON ENTRY
  • REMAIN 6’ DISTANCE FROM OTHERS AT ALL TIMES
  • ADHERE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES IN PLACE
  • If you or any of the persons living in your household, or persons you’ve been in contact with are showing or has shown symptoms, DO NOT ENTER County facilities. It is important that you not expose others or our employees.
  • Please utilize respiratory etiquette – such as covering coughs and sneezes – practice social distancing while in the facility, along with frequent hand washing/sanitizing.

Please note no “Snip-Tickets” will be sold until further notice.

To the greatest extent possible we continue to encourage everyone to utilize the on-line, telephone and mail-in options that are available to you.

Your patience, understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated


 

Anniston City Schools parents and guardians. Monday, May 4, ACS will distribute meals on Monday only. Parents will come with their child or children, and pick up a week’s worth of meals per child. The load will be extremely heavy, so a strong adult is needed. Some items will also require a freezer. Please be patient with us. We are preparing large quantities. Also be mindful that the Federal Program requirements are only for kids age 2-18. ANY ADULTS THAT COME WITHOUT A CHILD WILL NOT BE GIVEN LUNCHES. A CHILD CAN ONLY GET “1” LUNCH.

If you would like to volunteer; please come to Anniston Middle School at 8:00 a.m. on Monday!

AHS Sites and Times

9:15-9:45 Hodges Golden Springs Community Center

10:00-10:30 South Highland Community Center

10:45-11:15-Willow Pointe

11:30-12:00-Fox Valley

12:15-12:45 Glen Addie Community Center

1:00-2:00 Constantine

AMS Sites and Times

9:00-9:30 Carver Community Center

9:45-10:15 Washington Homes

10:45-11:15 Parkwin Homes and Wiggins Community Center

11:30-12:00 Fairview

12:15-1:00 Cane Creek

1:15-2:15 Norwood Boys and Girls Club

Who may receive meals:

  1. Any child 2-18 may receive a free pre-packaged breakfast and lunch
  2. No proof of residence is required. Any child from anywhere may participate.
  3. An adult or older sibling may pick up a breakfast and lunch BUT, 1 child must be present.

If you have any questions, contact

Director of CNP, Ashley Alexander, at alexandera@anniston.k12.al.us or call or text 205-541-3411.


There will be a Free Drive Thru & Walk Up COVID-19 Testing Site:

Today, April 30th from 10 AM- 2 PM at Oxford Civic Center (401 Mc Cullars Ln, Oxford, AL 36203). You do not need a physician referral, but you do need to be symptomatic with a cough or fever or shortness of breath. This will be a low contact testing and results should be available in a few days.


Governor Kay Ivey issued a Safer at Home order Tuesday that will be applied Statewide. The order will be effective Today April 30th at 5:00 p.m. and will expire on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


The Ohatchee Police Department announced that court dates in Ohatchee have been cancelled until further notice. According to a post on their facebook page. The next court date will be posted on their facebook page as soon as it is determined


The City of Heflin Childcare Program will open this Monday, May 4th.

Hours: 7:00am-5:30pm

Monday -Friday

Lunch will be provided Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Children can also bring a lunch from home.

All children need to bring an afternoon snack, a large beach towel, and their school work packets.

We will keep the work packets at the center and turn them in to each school when completed.

*All children should bring a lunch from home on Fridays.

Contact 256-591-0812 or 256-371-1631 for more information. See you Monday! We have missed you so much!


Oxford City Schools will be distributing food for students today from 11 Am to Noon at the following locations: 

Oxford Elementary

CE Hanna Elementary

Hobson City Park Pavilion

Coldwater Elementary

Students must be present 


St Clair County School System will be resuming their meal program for students beginning Tuesday, May 5th. The meals will be offered between 11-1 and they will continue to offer meals every Tuesday, unless something prevents them from doing so. The meal program will operate as it did before; however, we will be adding additional locations. All lunchroom sites, with the exception of Moody Middle School, will offer these meals to students. Anyone interested in applying for free & reduced lunches, may do so on the Child Nutrition website https://www.sccboe.org/domain/61 or complete a paper copy that can be picked up at the feeding sites beginning Tuesday.


Talladega City Schools has applied for and been approved for the Baylor University and USDA Emergency Meals-to-You program. This program will deliver 2 weeks’ worth of shelf stable meals starting in May and will continue through the end of June. All families must complete the online application through the website provided below. You will be able to start registration as soon as Talladega City Schools appears in the list under Alabama tab. This opportunity is available for all students who were approved for Free or Reduced meals during the 2019-2020 school year. If you have any questions or need assistance, call Melody Bailey, CNP Director at 205-602-8494.

https://mealstoyou.org/emergency-meals-to-you-school-distr…/


Pell City High School ChromeBook Returns will be on the following Mondays: May 4th, 11th, and 18th. 7:15 AM-8:15 AM


COUNTY FACILITIES TO OPEN TO PUBLIC ON MAY 4TH

In consideration of the State Health Officer’s April 28th, 2020 Order, the Administrative Building, Library, Animal Shelter and Highway Department will open to the public on Monday, May 4th @ 8:00 AM. These facilities will operate under restrictions as outlined in the order. The six (6) foot social distancing requirement remains in full effect and modifications to operations within the above-mentioned facilities must be made. Social distancing requirements should be maintained inside and outside the facilities. Modifications for each facility will be outlined at the bottom of this release.

The Courthouse and Nutrition Center will remain closed to the public through at least May 15, 2020. A determination on the future status of these facilities will be made prior to May 15, 2020. In the meantime, individuals who need to pay fees/fines or request an Absentee Ballot for the 2020 Primary Run-Off Election may call the Circuit Clerk’s office at 256-927-3340.

Per Order of the State Commissioner of Revenue dated April 1, 2020, March and April motor vehicle registration deadlines have been extended through May 15, 2020 without penalty.

The Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency will host press conferences every Tuesday at 10:00 AM through the end of the COVID-19 emergency. Press conferences may be viewed on the Facebook pages of the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency – Alabama and WEIS Radio.

The Cherokee County Commission is committed to the health and well-being of its employees and citizens. We are taking the appropriate and necessary steps to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus while continuing to provide services to the County. Modified operations at County facilities may cause longer processing and wait times. We understand that this may cause minor inconveniences for some customers. We ask that you please be patient and respectful of these temporary changes. Thank you for your understanding and commitment to keeping our community healthy.

ADDITIONAL MODIFICATIONS COULD BE IMPLEMENTED AT A LATER TIME. UPDATES WILL BE PROVIDED, AS NEEDED.

Administrative Building

Tags/DMV: Limit of six (6) customers in the building at one time. Customers of the Tag/DMV office will enter through the right set of doors at the front of the building. The line for this office will form along the sidewalk under the canopies.

Probate: Limit of six (6) customers in the building at one time. Customers will enter through the left set of doors at the front of the building.

Revenue Commission: Limit of six (6) customers in the building at one time. Customers will enter through the left set of doors at the front of the building.

County Commission: Limit of three (3) customers in the building at one time. Customers will enter through the left set of doors at the front of the building.

EMA/911: Limit of two (2) customers in the building at one time. Customers will enter through the left set of doors at the front of the building.

Board of Voter Registrars: Limit of two (2) customers in the building at one time. Customers will enter through the left set of doors at the front of the building.

Library
Limit of ten (10) customers in the building at one time. All programming for May has been canceled. The conference room will remain closed through the end of May. Patrons may choose to make a “book appointment” by calling 256-927-5838.

Animal Shelter
Limit of two (2) customers in the building at one time. Please call ahead to notify Shelter staff of your intended visit at 256-266-1390.

Highway Department
Limit of two (2) customers in building at one time.


COVID 19 Hourly Updates April 29th 9 AM

A Drive-up COVID-19 Testing Available In Centre in Cherokee County Thursday, April 30 from 9 AM to Noon or while testing supplies last at the CHerokee County Health Department 833 Cedar Bluff Road in Centre.

A drive-up COVID-19 testing clinic will be offered by the Cherokee County Health Department to patients who meet the testing criteria and while testing supplies last. Please call (256) 927-3132 to make an appointment.

The patient needs to be symptomatic with at a minimum (measured or subjective)

*Fever OR cough OR shortness of breath, AND

*Immunocompromised or have co-morbidities, or

*Age 65 years or older, or

*Healthcare worker, or

*Associated with a long-term healthcare facility, or

*Symptoms are moderate, severe, or worsening.

If you have no symptoms, testing is not recommended. If you have mild symptoms and do not fall into one of the above high-risk groups, it is recommended that you self-isolate at home and call 1-888-264-2256 if your symptoms worsen.


 

There will be a Free Drive-Thru Covid- 19 Test Site Thursday in Oxford at the Oxford Civic Center located at 401 McCullars Lane. from 10 AM-2 PM. The test site will be located on the side of the building that faces I-20. To be tested, you must be symptomatic with Fever OR Cough OR Shortness of Breath. This testing site is in cooperation with RMC, ADPH, The St Michael’s Medical Clinic and The City of Oxford.


Talladega City Schools will be providing Grab-N-Go meals this Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Talladega High School, Houston and Salter Elementary Schools and at the Knoxville, Curry Court and Westgate Community Centers.

Meals will be distributed from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. while supplies last. Please check our website for the possibility of future opportunities for meals for your students. 

 


Cleburne County Schools will also be doing meal pick ups today. Check the flyer for details.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE April 28th (1 PM Update)

Gov. Kay Ivey reopening parts of the state in a plan dubbed “Safer at Home.” A stay-at-home order is set to expire April 30. The new plan will be in place through May 15.

What’s changing:

People are encouraged to stay at home and practice good sanitation procedures.

All retail stores will be allowed to reopen, subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines. Occupancy will be limited to 50 percent.

Beaches will reopen with no gatherings of 10 people or more allowed. People must maintain 6 feet of separation.

Elective medical procedures will restart with all COVID-19-related rules and guidelines from the state in place.

What’s not changing:

Restaurants, bars and breweries remain limited to take-out, curbside or delivery.

Churches are closed, encouraged to do drive-up or online services.

Non-work related gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited. Drive-in gatherings are permitted if people stay in their cars with members of their own household.

Senior citizen centers remain closed except for meal pickup or delivery.

Schools remain closed for in-person instruction, with an exception for “daytime special activities programs.”


The Calhoun Baptist Service Centers assist the residents of Calhoun County who are hungry or food insecure. At this time the centers ask if you would consider making a food donation? You can call 256-237-5171 and ask the Director, Janice for more details. If you prefer to mail a check for a monetary donation instead, you can get the address information by calling the number mentioned, 256-237-5171


There will be a Drive Thru Free Covid-19 Testing site at the OXFORD CIVIC CENTER on April 30th from 10 AM-2 PM. It will be set up on the I-20 side of the Civic Center building. The address for the civic center is 401 McCullars Lane, Oxford, AL.


Calhoun County School System will be offering meal pick ups at each of our 7 Elementary School locations each Tuesday from 10-12.


Oxford City Schools will have Distribution of food for students Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 AM- 12 PM at the following locations:

–Coldwater Elementary School Parking Lot

–The Pavilion at the park in Hobson City

–Oxford Elementary School Parking Lot

–DeArmenville Elementary School Parking Lot 

***STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT TO PICK UP THE FOOD***

These Tuesday and Thursday distributions will go through April 30th

These times and locations may change as need arises, listen to 979WVOK and check our School Food Info Link on the 979WVOK.com COVID 19 Info Page.


There will be a drive-thru/ walk up covid-19 test site at Constantine Homes in Anniston today April 28th from 10:00-2:00 for patients with Covid-19 symptoms.

 Please, see below for details:

-Criteria: Patient is symptomatic with at minimum fever OR cough OR shortness of breath.

-If you are planning to participate in the walk-up collection and reside in Constantine Housing, please contact 256-831-0901 (Ext. 1) to schedule a collection time. All other walk-ups may call 256-236-3422 to schedule a time.

-Results will take 3-5 days. St. Michael’s Medical Clinic will contact you with your results if you are positive.

-Those without insurance or a primary healthcare provider, who’s collection tests positive, will be offered enrollment into St. Michael’s Medical Clinic’s free COVID CARE Program.


 

APRIL 27th COVID 19 Hourly Update 3 PM UPDATE

There will be a drive-thru/ walk up covid-19 test site at Constantine Homes in Anniston tomorrow April 28th from 10:00-2:00 for patients with Covid-19 symptoms.

 

Please, see below for details:

➡️ Criteria: Patient is symptomatic with at minimum fever OR cough OR shortness of breath.

➡️ If you are planning to participate in the walk-up collection and reside in Constantine Housing, please contact 256-831-0901 (Ext. 1) to schedule a collection time. All other walk-ups may call 256-236-3422 to schedule a time.

➡️ Results will take 3-5 days. St. Michael’s Medical Clinic will contact you with your results if you are positive.

➡️ Those without insurance or a primary healthcare provider, who’s collection tests positive, will be offered enrollment into St. Michael’s Medical Clinic’s free COVID CARE Program.

 

In partnership with RMC, ADPH, and St. Michael’s Medical Clinic there will be free COVID-19 testing in the Oxford Civic Center parking lot at 401 McCullars Lane this Thursday, April 30th from 10AM-2PM. It will be set up on the side of the Oxford Civic Center that faces I-20. Results will be available in a few days

 

JCS will be providing meals again on May 1, 2020, at JHS. Please go to https://bit.ly/JCSFeeding6 and fill out the form by 9 pm on April 30, 2020, to pick up meals. You will need to fill out this form even if you filled out the previous forms. The guardian’s name listed will need to be the person who will be picking up the meals.

 

Munford SENIORS…If you have not returned your Chromebook, you have another opportunity this Thursday, April 30, from 4PM-5PM. For students taking AP exams, a date will be set in May for you to return your device. Email rklinner@tcboe.org if you have any questions.

 

HEARTS will be distributing food for Heflin area clients today from 9-2 in the Heflin Baptist Church parking lot. 

 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will resume accepting Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 9:30 AM from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower.

 

Today, Piedmont Elementary School will be collecting completed distance learning packets for grades K-3. They will also be collecting library books. Additionally, they will be handing out new distance learning packets for all grades PK-5 from 12:00-5:00 PM. To make pick up easier, they will use one central location – in front of the main building in the car rider circle. (There will be no pick up at FEW this time.) Please remember to stay in your vehicle. They will ask for your children’s names and grade levels and bring packets to your car like last time and collect completed packets and library books. Nurse Julie will also be set up to return student medication for those who were unable to pick up last time. 

 

Pell City School System

To support our students through school closure, the Child Nutrition Program will offer grab and go meals to students who need them tomorrow Monday April 27th at Iola Roberts Elementary School between the hours of 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM

This will be the only serving day this week and will include meals to last the full week. Bags will include 5 lunches, 5 breakfasts, milk and juice. Some items will need to be refrigerated.

CHILDREN, 18 and under, MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE MEALS

 

 

 

 

APRIL 24 COVID 19 UPDATE

 

Food Resources List – COVID-19 Response 

Anniston Soup Bowl – providing to-go lunches Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Katrina Dorsey – 256-236-6794 – annistonsoupbowl@cableone.net 

The Salvation Army – Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 10:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00 Jennifer Graham – 256-236-5643 – jennifer.graham@uss.salvationarmy.org 

All Saints Interfaith Center of Concern – Client will need a referral in Charity Tracker. Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Beverly Hill – (256) 236-7793 – bevhillannistoncoc@gmail.com 

Community Enabler – Monday – Friday, Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Audry Noel – 256-237-6144 – commenab@gmail.com 

Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pat Borstorff – (256) 435-1891 – jacksonvillechristianoutreach@gmail.com 

Piedmont Benevolence Center – Office hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m 

Fresh Produce: Monday & Wednesday 11am – 12pm Food Distribution: 3rd Saturday 8:30am – 9:30am Brenda Headrick – 256-447-2220 – piedmontbenevolencecenter@hotmail.com 

HEARTS: Emergency food anytime Mon – Fri 9am to 2pm 

Ranburne distribution – 2nd and 4th Thursday from 9 until 12 Heflin distribution – 2nd and 4th Monday from 9 until 12 Robi Mobley – (256) 568-5003 – robi.mobley@heartsofcleburne.com 

Jacksonville State University Food Pantry: For JSU Students 

Located in the basement of Sparkman Hall 

**Currently, students that need access to the food pantry can email jsuhousing@jsu.edu. Then we 

are able to schedule an appointment with the student so that they can access the pantry. They 

will just need to bring their JSU ID. 

 

Calhoun Baptist Service Centers: South and North Centers. – Open Mon., Tues. and Thurs 10:00am – 2:00pm 

Jacksonville “For The City” – Open: Mon., Tues. and Thurs. the first two weeks of each month 10:00am – 2:00pm Janice Schetlin – (256) 237-5171 – jscheitlin@cbasbc.org 

 

Please note, Anniston City Hall is still issuing building permits. All contractors MUST obtain their required permits. Individuals seeking a permit may call this number for more information: 256-231-7720

In addition, the building permit application may be obtained on the city’s website at: www.annistonal.gov. Once completed, the application may be submitted to the city via email at: permitting@annistonal.gov. Note that payments via credit card may be made over the phone, and arrangements may be made to pick-up check payments.

St Michael’s Medical Clinic- Covid Care Program is available for low income and uninsured. If you fit these criteria and have tested positive for COVID-19 Call 256-240-5505 Monday – Friday to learn more about enrolling in this program. This program will give you access to the St Michaels Medical team to do check up calls with you to help monitor your symptoms, provide guidance on medical care, and help connect you with organizations that can assist you in your needs during a quarantine period. That number again is 256-240-5505

 

Food Resources for Etowah County

Rainbow Church of Christ 1st Monday or 3rd Thursday of the month Rainbow City 256-442-1856.

Father Love South 11th Street

3rd Saturday of the month 256-442-1856.

The Church at Wills Creek Wednesdays 256-546-9236.

Church of the Master Attalla 1st Sunday of the month 256-538-0830.

The Way of the Cross Forrest Avenue is giving out free boxed lunches daily Monday-Friday 11:00 am -12:30. Pick up at the door no one is disqualified 256-543-1003.

The Calhoun County Courthouse will remain closed to the public until April 30, 2020, pending further assessment.

Even though the courthouse is closed to the public, the Clerk’s office has been, and will continue, working during this closure to ensure the public’s needs are met. Feel free to use the dropbox for payments you may be required to make. Include your name and case number

If you need further assistance call:

District Court: 256-231-1850

Circuit Court: 256-231-1750

Family Court: 256-231-1740

If you need a PROTECTION FROM ABUSE Petition (PFA) please call 256-310-1896.

 

For local info in Calhoun County about COVID-19 you can dial the number 211 to be connected to the Covid-19 Local Resource Center to get answers to any questions you have about the subject.

 

Don’t forget to take a few minutes to fill out your 2020 Census form in case you haven;t already to help support your local communities and to make sure Alabama doesn’t possibly lose a seat in The US House of Representatives.

 

Alabama has launched altogetheralabama.org, an online resource that will serve as a hub of information for the state’s response to the coronavirus crisis. Business owners, for example, can learn about the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which launched April 3 to provide a direct incentive for them to keep their workers on the payroll. Displaced workers, meanwhile, can use the site to learn about enhanced unemployment benefits.

 

In a message from Republic Services Trash collection company, the company sited residential garbage at an all time high volume. A lot of trash cans are to the top and “coned” over. Republic Services asks that customers please bag their garbage, to prevent spillage in full trash cans.

They also ask that cutomers make sure that their trash can is not blocked by a car on pick up day as drivers are not getting out of their vehicle for their own safety. If a car is blocking the trash can they may be unable to service it.

For questions, please call Republic Services at their Anniston number: (256) 237-7219

(COVID-19 UPDATE 4-23-20) 3 PM 

Jacksonville City Schools will be distributing food as a part of their Student Nutrition Program. If you need food for your student or students, please fill out the nutrition interest form on the Jacksonville City Schools Facebook page even if you have already filled one out for previous meal pickups. The name of the guardian picking up the food will need to be the name on the form. Please make sure it is filled out before 9 PM tonight. Pick up will be tomorrow from 9 AM-11 AM at Jacksonville High School.


A reminder that both Talladega City Schools and Cherokee County Schools have moved their school pick up days to Friday as well at the originally scheduled times. All that info can be found at 979WVOK.com’s Covid-19 Page under School Food Info.


If you need info about Covid-19 in Calhoun County, dial 211 to be connected with someone at the Calhoun County COVID-19 Resource Center. 


For information and services about the city of Oxford you can dial the number 311 or find information at oxfordstrong.com

The Cleburne County Convenience Center is open this week. Come by Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m


There have been multiple trees reported down this morning across the 979WVOK listening area. Please drive safe and stay home if you don;t need to be out while crews are cleaning up. Remember that Traffic Lights that are out should be treated as a four way stop.


If you live in the Ranburne area and need food, HEARTS will be distributing today from 9-2 in their parking lot. Please share!


Talladega City Schools Kindergarten Registration Packet PICK UP Schedule…

April 27th at the local schools

Salter 10 -12

Graham 8:30 – 12:30

Houston 8:00 – 12:00

Young 9:00 – 1 at the front office

(***AT R.L. YOUNG- IF you are a current pre-k student, pick up from the teacher)

PARENTS, do not bring any documents on April 27th. Documents required for registration may be brought on May 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Talladega City Schools have also pushed back meal pickups from today to Friday due to the possibility of Severe Weather


Cherokee County School System Food pickups will be on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. instead of today due to severe weather potential

Locations include;

Cedar Bluff High School

Sand Rock High School

Spring Garden High School

Gaylesville High School

Centre Middle School

FEMA Building in Leesburg


CLEBURNE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COVID-19

FREE Covid-19 Drive-Up Testing (while supplies last) at the Cleburne County Health Department, Friday, April 24, 2020, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

You MUST CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT. That number is (256) 463-2296

Cleburne Health Department’s address is:

90 Brockford Road

Heflin, AL 36264


For Information please call

Cleburne County Health Department

YOU MUST MEET THIS CRITERIA:

The patient is symptomatic with at minimum (measured or subjective)

  • Fever OR cough OR shortness of breath

AND

  • The patient is immunocompromised or has co-morbidities or
  • The patient age is 65 yrs. or older or
  • The patient is a healthcare worker or
  • The patient is associated with a long-term healthcare facility or
  • The patient has symptoms that are moderate, severe or worsening.

 

If you haven’t filled out the form for Cleburne County Student Nutrition Program please do so at the Cleburne County School Nutrition Facebook Page so they can better prepare for demand in coming weeks.


  

 

 

April 22 Covid-19 Update 5 PM

 

ALERT: Talladega City Schools have moved their meal pick up to Friday April 24th to avoid the expected bad weather on Thrusday. Parents/students will pick up their breakfast/lunch package for the entire week from Talladega High School, Salter Elementary, or Houston Elementary School on Thursday, April 23.

Meals will also be delivered to Knoxville, Curry Court, and Westgate. Pickup times will be between 11:00 and 12:00. Students should be in the car when the pickup is made. Students may pick up their meal at school or the neighborhood delivery location.

Please remember that Talladega High School, Salter Elementary, and Houston Elementary School are the only school locations available for “Grab and Go”.

 

 

Cleburne County: Beginning Monday (April 27th, 2020) the County Engineer’s Department will start work on a pipe replacement project on County Road 10 between County Road 25 & County Road 51.

Expect delays and partial closures.

Approximate time frame is 5 weeks.

The Oxford Alabama Public Library is open for curbside service! Reserve your items using their online catalog at http://oxfordpl.org/ or give them a call at 256-831-1750 ext 2.

The Oxford Alabama Public Library is open for curbside service! Reserve your items using their online catalog at http://oxfordpl.org/ or give them a call at 256-831-1750 ext 2.


Piedmont School System is giving out school lunches to students today at Piedmont High School from 10:30 AM-Noon


Cleburne County Schools will also be distributing meals for their students today. Find locations and times on the 979WVOK.com Covid-19 Info Page under School Food Info link or on the Cleburne County Schools Nutrition Facebook Page.


The City of Anniston has partnered with Alabama Public Health, RMC, and St. Michael’s Medical Clinic to provide a free COVID-19 collection clinic at the Glen Addie Community Center (426 Mulberry Ave, Anniston, AL 36201) on April 22nd from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

This clinic will offer both drive thru collection, as well as walk-up collection.

Please, see below for details:

➡️ MUST MEET CRITERIA: Patient is symptomatic with at minimum fever OR cough OR shortness of breath.

➡️ If you are planning to participate in the walk-up collection and reside in Glen Addie Housing, please contact 256-236-1575 (Ext. 130) to schedule a collection time. All other walk-ups may call 256-236-3422 to schedule a time.

➡️ Results will take 3-5 days. St. Michael’s Medical Clinic will contact you with your results if you are positive and if you did not name another physician.

➡️ Those without insurance or a primary healthcare provider, who’s collection tests positive, will be offered enrollment into St. Michael’s Medical Clinic’s free COVID CARE Program.


  

April 21 Covid-19 Update 5 PM

UPDATE ON Cleburne County ROADS:

County Road 640 is now open.

County Road 949 is now open.

Per the County Road Dept.


Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Talladega City Schools KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION will look a little different this year! THey will not be registering students tomorrow, April 22.

Schools will have REGISTRATION PACKETS available for pick up on April 27, 2020. They will be announcing the pick up schedule Wednesday APril 22nd for each school. 


In a press conference earlier today, Governor Ivey Reiterated that the current state health order is in place until April 30th at least. She said she wants everyone to get back to work as soon as possible but that the state needs to make sure the numbers are right and the supplies are in place for better testing before sending anyone back to work too soon.


The Anniston City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The Work Session will begin at 4:00pm and the Council Meeting will begin at 5:30pm.

These meetings will be in the Main Hall at the Anniston City Meeting Center, and both will be streamed #Live via Facebook.

Please note, that due to the declared state of emergency for the State of Alabama, and the continued rise in the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the meeting will be limited to 10; including Council, needed Staff, and 1 Media representative.


**Ohatchee High School Locker Item Pickup Update**

Due to rain/storms on Thursday, all grades will come tomorrow (Wed, April 22) to pick up locker items. You can pick up items from 9:00 – 12:00!! You will pull up to the front of the school, tell the teacher your name/locker #, and your items will be brought out to you.


School Food Distribution today will be for the following School Systems

Oxford City Schools Food For Students Program will be Today from 11am-12pm at the following four locations:

Coldwater Elementary School

Oxford Elementary School

DeArmanville Elementary School

The Pavilion in Hobson City

1.) All students receiving meals must be present (In the vehicle) or

2.) The person driving the vehicle must provide us the names and identification of all OCS students whom they are picking up meals.

3.) Students will receive 2 lunches each day we deliver meals.


Calhoun County School System will distribute food today at all 7 of its Elementary schools in the system for Calhoun County Students. Students must be present in the car for pick up.


Cherokee County School System will distribute food today from 10 AM-11 AM at the same sites they have been using except for Cherokee County Career and Technical Center. 


There will be a drive up covid-19 test at Pell City High School today from 10 AM-2 PM while supplies last. 

TO BE TESTED YOU MUST MEET THIS CRITERIA

The patient is symptomatic with at minimum (measured or subjective)

  • Fever OR cough OR shortness of breath

AND

  • The patient is immunocompromised or has co-morbidities or
  • The patient age is 65 yrs. or older or
  • The patient is a healthcare worker or
  • The patient is associated with a long-term healthcare facility or
  • The patient has symptoms that are moderate, severe or worsening.

 

For more information call the St. Clair County Health Department at 205-338-3357


The City of Anniston has partnered with Alabama Public Health, RMC, and St. Michael’s Medical Clinic to provide a free COVID-19 collection clinic at the Glen Addie Community Center (426 Mulberry Ave, Anniston, AL 36201) on April 22nd from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

This clinic will offer both drive thru collection, as well as walk-up collection.

Please, see below for details:

➡️ MUST MEET CRITERIA: Patient is symptomatic with at minimum fever OR cough OR shortness of breath.

➡️ If you are planning to participate in the walk-up collection and reside in Glen Addie Housing, please contact 256-236-1575 (Ext. 130) to schedule a collection time. All other walk-ups may call 256-236-3422 to schedule a time.

➡️ Results will take 3-5 days. St. Michael’s Medical Clinic will contact you with your results if you are positive and if you did not name another physician.

➡️ Those without insurance or a primary healthcare provider, who’s collection tests positive, will be offered enrollment into St. Michael’s Medical Clinic’s free COVID CARE Program.


 

CoronaVirus Update (4-20-20) 12 PM

-The Last Day to pick up medication from Munford High School is today April 20th 3-5 PM. Any Medicine not picked up will be disposed of per State Guidelines. If you have any questions email, amy.willingham@tcboe.org


 

-As of Noon on April 20th there have been 72 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 2 deaths in Calhoun County according to Calhoun County EMA.


 

-CLEBURNE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COVID-19

FREE Drive-Up TESTING 

Friday, April 24, 2020 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

MUST CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT

(256) 463-2296

(while supplies last)

WHERE

Cleburne Health Department

90 Brockford Road

Heflin, AL 36264

For Information please call

Cleburne County Health Department

Please bring your calmness and be patient as this is a trying time for all.

MUST MEET THIS CRITERIA

The patient is symptomatic with at minimum (measured or subjective)

  • Fever OR cough OR shortness of breath

AND

  • The patient is immunocompromised or has co-morbidities or
  • The patient age is 65 yrs. or older or
  • The patient is a healthcare worker or
  • The patient is associated with a long-term healthcare facility or
  • The patient has symptoms that are moderate, severe or worsening

 

-JCS will be providing meals again on April 24, 2020, at JHS. Please go to https://bit.ly/JCSFeeding5 and fill out the form by 9 pm on April 23, 2020, to pick up meals. You will need to fill out this form even if you filled out the previous forms. The guardian’s name listed will need to be the person who will be picking up the meals.


Oxford City School Parents, If you are having computer issues please fill out a helpdesk ticket on the right hand side of the screen at www.oxfordcityschools.com. If for some reason you can not complete a ticket please call 256-241-3914 and leave a detailed message including name, phone number and your computer issue. One of our technicians will call you as soon as we can. If you have questions concerning your child’s classwork please email their teacher.

 

Oxford City Schools will also be distributing food for their students tomorrow from 11 AM-12 PM at all Oxford City School system Elementary Schools and Hobson City Park at the Pavillion. Students must be present to pick up the food per federal guidelines.


CoronaVirus (UPDATE 4-17-20) 2 PM

Food Resources List – COVID-19 Response 

Anniston Soup Bowl – providing to-go lunches Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Katrina Dorsey – 256-236-6794 – annistonsoupbowl@cableone.net 

The Salvation Army – Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 10:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00 Jennifer Graham – 256-236-5643 – jennifer.graham@uss.salvationarmy.org 

All Saints Interfaith Center of Concern – Client will need a referral in Charity Tracker. Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Beverly Hill – (256) 236-7793 – bevhillannistoncoc@gmail.com 

Community Enabler – Monday – Friday, Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Audry Noel – 256-237-6144 – commenab@gmail.com 

Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Pat Borstorff – (256) 435-1891 – jacksonvillechristianoutreach@gmail.com 

Piedmont Benevolence Center – Office hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m 

Fresh Produce: Monday & Wednesday 11am – 12pm Food Distribution: 3rd Saturday 8:30am – 9:30am Brenda Headrick – 256-447-2220 – piedmontbenevolencecenter@hotmail.com 

HEARTS: Emergency food anytime Mon – Fri 9am to 2pm 

Ranburne distribution – 2nd and 4th Thursday from 9 until 12 Heflin distribution – 2nd and 4th Monday from 9 until 12 Robi Mobley – (256) 568-5003 – robi.mobley@heartsofcleburne.com 

Jacksonville State University Food Pantry: For JSU Students 

Located in the basement of Sparkman Hall 

**Currently, students that need access to the food pantry can email jsuhousing@jsu.edu. Then we 

are able to schedule an appointment with the student so that they can access the pantry. They 

will just need to bring their JSU ID. 

 

Calhoun Baptist Servic Centers: South and North Centers. – Open Mon., Tues. and Thurs 10:00am – 2:00pm 

Jacksonville “For The City” – Open: Mon., Tues. and Thurs. the first two weeks of each month 10:00am – 2:00pm Janice Schetlin – (256) 237-5171 – jscheitlin@cbasbc.org 

April 16th COVID 19 Hourly Update sponsored by Anniston EMS

HEARTS of Cleburne County will be set up at WM Grocery in Heflin TODAY from 11am until 1pm giving out weekend kids meal packs. Drive through service only, we bring to you. The Only requirement is Kids! Just look for the Hearts table at WM Grocery today!


Some taxpayers in Cleburne County are receiving a notice in the mail claiming they have to pay a company for a copy of their deeds. The Office of Probate Judge Ryan Robertson wants you to know you can obtain copy of your deed for just a couple of dollars from Judge  Robertson’s office. Please don’t waste your hard earned money.


 Cherokee County Offices Will Remain Closed Through April 30

This includes the County Courthouse, Administrative Building, Library, Nutrition Center, Animal Shelter and Highway Department. These closures will not affect public safety services. County offices will remain partially staffed during normal operating hours during this period to answer questions and provide assistance to the public over the phone by calling the normal numbers. Payments received through mail and the county’s online services are being processed normally. Please Note: Per Order of the State Commissioner of Revenue dated April 1, 2020, March and April motor vehicle registration deadlines have been extended through May 15, 2020 without penalty.

 Further extensions may be required in the future but those decisions will be made at a later date


 The Woodstock 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run for 2020 has been cancelled. The Anniston Runners Club felt it was in the best interest of the participants, as well as the race, to cancel this year’s event.

CURRENT REGISTRANTS:

Anyone who has already registered will be deferred to the 2021 race for which planning is already underway to make it the best race ever for the Woodstock. There will be no refunds.


Jacksonville City Schools is looking for a qualified senior maintenance worker. The position announcement, job description, salary schedule, and link to apply are posted on the Jacksonville City Schools Facebook Page and under General School Info on the 979WVOK.com COvid-19 Local INFO Page. Or click here https://bit.ly/JCSEmployment


 

CoronaVirus Update (4-16-20) 3PM

Please note, Anniston City Hall is still issuing building permits. All contractors MUST obtain their required permits. Individuals seeking a permit may call this number for more information: 256-231-7720

In addition, the building permit application may be obtained on the city’s website at: www.annistonal.gov. Once completed, the application may be submitted to the city via email at: permitting@annistonal.gov. Note that payments via credit card may be made over the phone, and arrangements may be made to pick-up check payments.


St Michael’s Medical Clinic- Covid Care Program is available for low income and uninsured. If you fit these criteria and have tested positive for COVID-19 Call 256-240-5505 Monday – Friday to learn more about enrolling in this program. This program will give you access to the St Michaels Medical team to do check up calls with you to help monitor your symptoms, provide guidance on medical care, and help connect you with organizations that can assist you in your needs during a quarantine period. That number again is 256-240-5505


Food Resources for Etowah County

Rainbow Church of Christ 1st Monday or 3rd Thursday of the month Rainbow City 256-442-1856.

Father Love South 11th Street

3rd Saturday of the month 256-442-1856.

The Church at Wills Creek Wednesdays 256-546-9236.

Church of the Master Attalla 1st Sunday of the month 256-538-0830.

Open Hands Food Distribution 04-07-2020 8 am -10 am and 04-19-2020 2:00 pm-4:00 pm 256-442-3550.

The Way of the Cross Forrest Avenue is giving out free boxed lunches daily Monday-Friday 11:00 am -12:30. Pick up at the door no one is disqualified 256-543-1003.


If you’re looking for something to pass a little time, Have you filled out the 2020 Census yet? It only takes a little bit of time and can help your community greatly to get the funds needed for it’s citizens. Funds that could help you and your neighbors. If you haven’t filled it out yet  Go to 2020census.gov


For a whole host of information regarding the city of Oxford, visit Oxfordstrong.com. If you have questions about services or need assitance in Oxford, dial 311.


Alabama Department of Public Health is doing Drive Thru COVID-19 Testing on Thursday, April 16th from 10 AM – 2 PM at Jacksonville State University Pete Mathews Coliseum (775 Park Ave NW, Jacksonville, AL). The patient is symptomatic with at a minimum (measured or subjective)

  • Fever OR cough OR shortness of breath, AND
  • Immunocompromised or have co-morbidities, or
  • Age 65 years or older, or
  • Healthcare worker, or
  • Associated with a long-term healthcare facility, or
  • Symptoms are moderate, severe, or worsening.

If you have no symptoms, testing is not recommended. If you have mild symptoms and do not fall into one of the above high-risk groups, it is recommended that you self-isolate at home and call

1-888-264-2256 if your symptoms worsen.

Local leaders urge calm and patience during this trying time for all.


Ohatchee High School Locker Item Pick up will be available on the following days 

April 22nd for 7th-9th Grades

April 23rd for 10th-12th Grades

All Items have been bagged and labeled with Name and Locker Number

Each Grade will have a table and the bags will be on them

Teachers and staff will be available for assistance


Talladega City Schools Lunch/Breakfast Plan for April 13-17.

Starting the week of April 13, parents/students will pick up their breakfast/lunch package for the entire week from either Talladega High School or Houston Elementary school on Thursday, April 16. Meals will also be delivered to Knoxville, Curry Court, and Westgate. Pickup times will be between 11:00 and 12:00. Students should be in the car when the pickup is made. Students may pick up their meal at school or the neighborhood delivery location.

Please remember that Talladega High School and Houston Elementary School are the only school locations available for “grab and go”.

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We do not have the personnel to have meals available at every school.


St Michael’s Medical Clinic- Covid Care Program is available for low income and uninsured. If you fit these criteria and have tested positive for COVID-19 Call 256-240-5505 Monday – Friday to learn more about enrolling in this program. This program will give you access to the St Michaels Medical team to do check up calls with you to help monitor your symptoms, provide guidance on medical care, and help connect you with organizations that can assist you in your needs during a quarantine period.

That number again is 256-240-5505


The Feeding Cleburne Organization food distribution scheduled for Saturday April 18, 2020 has been cancelled.

This affects all four locations, Ranburne, Bethel, Heflin and Edwardsville. This is due to circumstances beyond our control and it is with heavy hearts that we arrived at this decision.

The distribution should resume in May and an announcement will be published, and posted on the Feeding Cleburne’s Facebook page.

For more information you can email us at FeedingCleburne@gmail.com.


Pell City High School Seniors, don’t forget that if you ordered invitations tomorrow is the day for pick-up! You may pick them up from 11:00-12:00 in the bus tunnel. No walk-ups.


 

Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department Quarantine Contest: Blanket Forts

Build a blanket fort and send us your pictures of the inside and out to our Facebook messenger. Deadline to submit your entry is Sunday, April 19th. We will post the pictures beginning Monday, April 20th for our followers to vote for the best blanket fort. Go big or keep it simple, we can’t wait to see your creations!

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE April 13th

Oxford City School Students who need Internet Access can access free WiFi at the following locations from the parking lot:

Oxford Public Library

Hobson City Public Library

Friendship Community Center

Bynum Community Center

Struts of Oxford

McDonalds on Quintard in Oxford

Burger King on Quintard in Oxford

Arbys on Quintard in Oxford

Lowes Home Improvement Store in Oxford on HWY 78

Jacks on Snow Street in Oxford

Jack’s in Coldwater

Express Oil Change in Oxford on HWY 78


Oxford City Schools  Collection of Food for their program will remain at Oxford High School Cafeteria on Monday’s and Wednesday’s with a new time for collection between 9AM-12 PM. If a different time is needed for drop off call 256-591-7507 to make arrangements.

 Guidelines for donation: 

1-No PEANUT BUTTER

2-Items must be individually packaged.

3-NO large package items such as loaves of bread or family sized boxes of cereal.

4-Protein (Such as soup, ravioli, spaghetti-o’s, can meats, Easy Mac,ECT)

Breakfast items (cereal, instant grits, oatmeal, granola bars, pop tarts,ECT)

Snack items (Chips, cheese crackers, honeybun, cookie, ECT)

Sturdy Fruit ( Apples, Oranges, Tangerines, ECT – no bananas please)


Cleburne County Schools Meal pick-ups will begin again this week. They are moving to a one day a week pick up, which will begin on Wednesday, April 15 and will be every Wednesday after through May 20th. Each child will receive 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches on meal pick up day. See their Flyer on Their facebook page for schedules and locations or it is also posted on the School Food Info Link at with other COVID-19 local info at 979WVOK.com.


Anniston City Schools parents and guardians. Anniston City Schools  will distribute meals on Monday, April 13th. Parents will come with their child or children, and pick up a week’s worth of meals per child. The load will be extremely heavy, so a strong adult is needed. Times and locations will follow this message.These meals are for children only, not adults-These times are also listed on our website.

East Anniston Feeding Sites and Times

9:15-9:45 Hodges Golden Springs Community Center

10:00-10:30 South Highland Community Center

10:45-11:15 Willow Pointe

11:30-12:00 Fox Valley

12:15-12:45 Glen Addie Community Center

12:45-2:00 Constantine

West Anniston Feeding Sites and Times

9:00-9:30 Carver Community Center

9:45-10:15 Washington Homes

10:45-11:15 Parkwin Homes and Wiggins Community Center

11:30-12:00 Fairview

12:15-1:00 Cane Creek

1:15-2:15 Norwood Boys and Girls Club

 


Jacksonville City Schools will distribute food to students on Friday April 17th  instead Monday April 13th this week. Please fill out the form on their facebook page or on the School Food Info link at 979WVOK.com’s CoVID-19 INFO Page. This form will help the school prepare enough lunches. Please fill it out by 9 pm on April 16, 2020, to pick up meals. You will need to fill out this form even if you filled out the previous forms. The guardian’s name listed will need to be the person who will be picking up the meals. Also, due to new USDA COVID-19 guidelines we now have to ask for the names of all children you will be picking up for.


Cherokee County Schools Meal pick-ups for April will be on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10AM-11AM and will include several days worth of meals. With the exception of CCCTC, the same sites will continue serving. 


St Clair County School System will be suspending their meal program based upon additional confirmed Covid-19 cases within our school system, and based upon our inability to maintain at least a 6 feet distance during the preparation and distribution of food. St Clair County Schools have been in contact with an organization to continue food service; however, at this moment, they did not have confirmation. If anything changes, families will be notified.  


Cleburne County Schools This is a reminder that instructional packets will be ready for pick up at your school on

Monday, April 13, 2020, from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Any packets that are not picked up on these two days will be mailed to the student by the end of the week.

The pickup line will be drive-thru only. Do not exit your vehicle. A packet will be brought to your car.

If you or anyone in your family is sick or has potentially been exposed. Do not come pickup a packet. It will be mailed to your address.


From the Pell City School System:

2020-2021 Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration to be held this Tuesday, April 14th from 4:00-6:00 PM. 

Each elementary school will host a drive thru registration for kindergartners and students who were drawn through the lottery for our First Class Pre-K classrooms. 

Incoming kindergarteners can print off their registration paperwork from their elementary school’s website. 

Pre-K parents may have already picked up registration paperwork from the school where their child was drawn for a Pre-K classroom. 

If you have not printed your paperwork or picked up your Pre-K packet, you can do so on that day. Pre-K Parents if you have already picked up or printed off your paperwork, you can turn it in that day. 

If you haven’t already gotten your child’s Pre-K Paperwork you can pull over and fill out the documents on that day. 

A photocopy of your child’s birth certificate, social security card, immunization form, parent’s driver’s license, any custody paperwork, and a proof of residency will be required. A proof of residency can be a power or water bill in the custodial parent’s name. If you do not have a power or water bill in your name, you can get an affidavit from the Pell City School System Central Office later this summer. 

We will not be able to make photo copies of these items for you during registration, so please come prepared. If you can not access copies of these documents, drop them off or email them to your school at a later time. Do not let that be a barrier for you to register on Tuesday! We would prefer you attend our drive thru registration even if you do not have the documents you need. 


Talladega City Schools Elementary schools will have two packet pick-up dates. Our information will be posted by each school today.

Packet Pick-up for April 13

Graham 8:30-12:30

Houston 8:00-12:00

Salter 10:00-12:00

Young *see specific post on school blog and Facebook page

Packet Pick-up for April 27

Times TBD

Packet Return Dates (this will be a drop-in box process)

April 27

May 18

 

Jacksonville City School Parents who would like help with the tools being used by students at home, the technology department has posted an Engaged Learning at Home Quick Guide for Families on the JCS Distance Learning page located at jcsboe.org.

 

Coronavirus April 10th Update 5 PM

Tornado Shelters in Calhoun County should you need them Sunday. The Shelters are opened when we go under a Tornado Watch. A Tornado is a greater immediate threat than the CoronaVirus, so if you need shelter, go to one. Get to shelters before a warning is issued to be sure you are there in plenty of time. Wait in your car until a warning is issued before going into the shelter and Wear a face covering as a precaution to help cut down on time exposed in close quarters. Shelter locations are below:

 

Jacksonville Public Safety Complex

A public tornado saferoom is located at the Jacksonville Public Safety Complex, which houses the Jacksonville Police Dept, Fire Dept, and Municipal Courtroom. This saferoom will be opened during a tornado watch.

Webster’s Chapel

A public tornado saferoom is located at the Webster’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department.

Another saferoom is located on the next-door property at the Webster’s Chapel Community Center.

White Plains Saferoom

A public tornado saferoom is located at the White Plains Volunteer Fire Department (Station #2). This saferoom will be opened during a tornado watch. For information, please contact the White Plains Volunteer Fire Department.

Ohatchee Saferoom

A public tornado saferoom is located at the Ohatchee Volunteer Fire Department. This saferoom will be opened during a tornado watch. For information, please contact the Ohatchee Volunteer Fire Department.

Oxford Saferoom-Bynum

A public tornado saferoom is located at the Oxford EMS building in Bynum. This saferoom will be opened during a tornado watch. For information, please contact the Oxford Fire Dept.

Oxford Saferoom-DeArmanville

A public tornado saferoom is located at the Oxford Fire Dept Station # 5. This saferoom will be opened during a tornado watch. For information, please contact the Oxford Fire Dept.

Piedmont Saferoom

A public tornado saferoom is located at Piedmont High School in the athletic workout room.This saferoom will be opened during a tornado watch.For information, please contact the Piedmont Police Department.

 

Thankful Park

A public tornado saferoom is located at Thankful Community Park. This saferoom will be opened during a tornado watch. For information, please contact the Calhoun County EMA.

 

 

Anniston City Schools parents and guardians. A.C.S. will distribute meals on Monday, April 13th. Parents will come with their child or children, and pick up a week’s worth of meals per child. The load will be extremely heavy, so a strong adult is needed. Times and locations will follow this message.These meals are for children only, not adults-These times are also listed on our website.

East Anniston Feeding Sites and Times

9:15-9:45 Hodges Golden Springs Community Center

10:00-10:30 South Highland Community Center

10:45-11:15 Willow Pointe

11:30-12:00 Fox Valley

12:15-12:45 Glen Addie Community Center

12:45-2:00 Constantine

West Anniston Feeding Sites and Times

9:00-9:30 Carver Community Center

9:45-10:15 Washington Homes

10:45-11:15 Parkwin Homes and Wiggins Community Center

11:30-12:00 Fairview

12:15-1:00 Cane Creek

1:15-2:15 Norwood Boys and Girls Club

 

 

You are still able to contact city and wwgsb departments as normal. The only difference is when you call city hall at 256-435-7611 the receptionist will have to give you the direct line of the department you are trying to reach. But please know that we are all still here for you for any questions, comments or issues you may have arise. Also, we still have necessary forms set up in the foyer at city hall if you need to stop by there for business license, permit information, etc. 

 

Cleburne County we need your help!

Hearts of Cleburne County is looking for supplies they need to be donated and need your help as the demand has spiked due to the CoronaVirus

HEARTS is needing the following:

Water, Juice, Milk

Meats, Fruits, Soups, Veggies

Cereals, Poptarts, Oatmeal, Granola Bars, Pancake Mix (Syrup) Gummies/Fruit Roll-Ups, Chips,

Mac-n-Cheese Cups/Dinners, Applesauce, Ravioli/Spaghetti Cups, etc.

Instant Potatoes, Rice, Beans

Deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush/paste, antibacterial soap

Masks, Gloves, Tylenol

Disinfectant Cleaner, Toilet Paper

Buggies are marked and located in the front of WM Grocery and Piggly Wiggly in Heflin to leave donations

(If you don’t live in Cleburne County, please consider donating to your local food bank or organization during this time)

 

 

There is a video on an easy way to make a facemask from a tshirt and rubber bands on the 979WVOK facebook page. 

 

Parents of Fruithurst Elementary Schools students, Please make plans to go to Fruithurst Elementary School Monday, April 13th or Tuesday, April 14th between 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM to pick up student work packets for your child. Please plan to take all library books and textbooks when you go to pick up work packets. Go to the back of the school to the car rider area for pick up. Please share this information with other parents. 

 

Talladega City Schools Elementary schools will have two packet pick-up dates. Our information will be posted by each school today.

Packet Pick-up for April 13

Graham 8:30-12:30

Houston 8:00-12:00

Salter 10:00-12:00

Young *see specific post on school blog and Facebook page

Packet Pick-up for April 27

Times TBD

Packet Return Dates (this will be a drop-in box process)

April 27

May 18

 

Ohatchee Elementary school will be giving meals out again on Tuesday, April 14th from 10-12. This is for students of Ohatchee Elementary and Ohatchee High School and their younger siblings. Each child that you are receiving food for MUST be in the car.

Parents of Fruithurst Elementary Schools students, Please make plans to go to Fruithurst Elementary School Monday, April 13th or Tuesday, April 14th between 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM to pick up student work packets for your child. Please plan to take all library books and textbooks when you go to pick up work packets. Go to the back of the school to the car rider area for pick up. Please share this information with other parents. 


Talladega City Schools Elementary schools will have two packet pick-up dates. Our information will be posted by each school today.

Packet Pick-up for April 13

Graham 8:30-12:30

Houston 8:00-12:00

Salter 10:00-12:00

Young *see specific post on school blog and Facebook page

Packet Pick-up for April 27

Times TBD

Packet Return Dates (this will be a drop-in box process)

April 27

May 18


Ohatchee Elementary school will be giving meals out again on Tuesday, April 14th from 10-12. This is for students of Ohatchee Elementary and Ohatchee High School and their younger siblings. Each child that you are receiving food for MUST be in the car.

 

Coronavirus April 9th Update 10 AM

The Calhoun County Animal Control Facility has extended it’s temporary closure to May 4th due to the Corona Virus Stay at Home Order. County officials will monitor the situation for any changes that may allow the facility to reopen earlier.


Weaver City Hall is temporarily closed to the public. Any payments for water or other services that have to be paid at city hall, please use the dropbox. Any water turn on services will have to be by appointment only. 


Calhoun County Schools will distribute food for students every Tuesday from 10 AM-1 PM at all 7 Elementary Schools


The Calhoun County School System, wants Seniors to know that they are working on plans for your Prom , Sr Night recognitions and Graduation. These important Senior experiences will be scheduled for you, they may be different than normal but they will occur. 

If you have any questions please contact your school office from 9-1 Monday through Thursday. We will as there will be staff monitoring phones during those times.


The AOD Federal Credit Union Location in Bynum will now be able to remain open due to staff restructuring beginning Thursday April 9th.


If you need a pick me up today, the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners will premiere, The Virtual Salvation Project on YouTube today at 12PM CST! Watch the Stay-At-Home Marching Southerners perform “Salvation is Created”. We can all watch together!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJINUv9JZFs

The Marching Southerners dedicated this virtual performance to the Jacksonville State University Administration, Faculty, and Staff for their continued leadership, transparency, and information during this crisis.


The Cherokee County Sheriff’s OfficeThe FBI and FDA are warning of several COVID-19 scams. The scams are attempting to take advantage of citizens in the 979WVOK listening area and around the Nation.

The FDA warns there are currently no approved COVID-19 home testing kits. If you see an ad for a home testing kit, ignore it.

The FBI is warning of several email scams. The emails, claim to be from the CDC, have links attached to malware or ransomware that will damage your electronic device. Other scamming emails are attempting to have individuals verify personal information.

If someone calls you caliming to be from the IRS asking for verification of your bank account regarding your stimulus check, hang up the phone it is a scam. The IRS will not contact you by phone for this information.


If you are a Jacksonville State Univeristy Student and you have questions for the administration, Acting President Killingsworth and Provost Shelton will be doing a virtual Town Hall meeting on Instagram LIVE tonight! Students can watch to see how Jacksonville State University is responding during this time.

📱: https://www.instagram.com/jacksonvillestateuniversity/

: 6:30 PM Central Time

📆: Tonight, April 9th


Talladega County School parents and students that are having issues with your Chromebook, please complete the “Tech Help Request” form at www.tcboe.org/hometechhelp. You will be contacted with further instructions on returning the device to Munford High. If you have questions, please email Rebekah Klinner at rklinner@tcboe.org.


Munford High School Seniors need to return their Chromebook Laptops April 13th or 16th from 10 AM-Noon. Make sure you clean out the bag, place the device and charger in the bag, make sure your name is on the bag, pull through the Munford High School Car Rider Line to return on the specified days. Letters will be mailed if there are damages or missing items. These return dates do not apply to Munford High School Seniors taking AP Exams in MAY.


The Jacksonville City School meal pick up day has changed for the week of April 12th. Meals will be distributed on Friday, April 17th at Jacksonville High School from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The change was made to attempt to not interfere with virtual lessons. Due to the increase in cases of COVID-19 in our county, we provided two weeks of meals this past Monday, April 6th. The Alabama Department of Public Health, CDC, and NIH have stated this week and next week are critical in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Please fill out the required form online by 9 pm on April 16, 2020, to pick up meals. You can find the form on the Jacksonville City Schools Facebook Page or on the 979WVOK COVID-19 INFO PAGE under School Food Info. You will need to fill out this form even if you filled out the previous forms. The guardian’s name listed will need to be the person who will be picking up the meals. Also, due to new USDA COVID-19 guidelines we now have to ask for the names of all children you will be picking up for.

Should you need meals prior to Friday, April 17th, the Calhoun County School System has open meal sites just like ours. They are open at each elementary school on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Feeding Cleburne has sadly announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will NOT be able to distribute food for April 2020. They pray that everyone stays safe and healthy, and appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time.

 

The Cleburne County Convenience Center is open this week. Come by Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m


Attalla City Schools – Remote Learning Assistance Hotline

Parents and Guardians, to provide further assistance during this time of remote learning you may now dial 256-459-7648. From there you can leave a voicemail that will route directly to school administrators that will assist you with your request as soon as possible. You may also email to: aeshelp@attalla.k12.al.us, emshelp@attalla.k12.al.us, ehshelp@attalla.k12.al.us.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE APRIL 8TH (5 PM)

The AOD Federal Credit Union Location in Bynum will now be able to remain open due to staff restructuring beginning Thursday April 9th.


An updated list of Oxford restaurants that are offering take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery is posted at the City of Oxford Facebook Page. Support local businesses today, so they can keep their doors open tomorrow.



Weaver City Hall is temporarily closed to the public. Any payments for water or other services that have to be paid at city hall, please use the dropbox. Any water turn on services will have to be by appointment only. 

 

Oxford City Schools Distribution of the food will be Tuesdays and Thursday beginning Tomorrow April 7th from 12 PM- 1 PM at the following locations:

Coldwater Elementary School Parking Lot

The Pavilion at the park in Hobson City

Oxford Elementary School Parking Lot

DeArmenville Elementary School Parking Lot 

These Tuesday and Thursday distributions will go April 7th – April 30th


Due to the continuing concern for public safety, the Calhoun County Courthouse will remain closed to the public until April 30, 2020, pending further assessment.

Even though the courthouse is closed to the public, the Clerk’s office has been, and will continue, working during this closure to ensure the public’s needs are met. Feel free to use the dropbox for payments you may be required to make. Include your name and case number

If you need further assistance call:

District Court: 256-231-1850

Circuit Court: 256-231-1750

Family Court: 256-231-1740

If you need a PROTECTION FROM ABUSE Petition (PFA) please call 256-310-1896.


People may call the Calhoun County COVID-19 Resource Center by simply dialing 2-1-1 from any phone, and a call specialist will connect them with the Calhoun County COVID-19 Resource Center.

To get regular updates by text concerning the CoronaVirus Situation in Calhoun County from Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency text CALCOVID to 888-777

Inside the city of Oxford if you have questions or need service you can call 311

Starting Thursday April 9th, Talladega City Schools meal pickups will be at the school the student attends except for Graham Elementary. Graham will pick up at Zora Ellis. Pick up will still be 11 AM-12 PM. You still need to have a student in the car with you. Students may pick up their meal at school or at the neighborhood delivery location. Remember, each school is a delivery location except Graham which will pick up at Zora Ellis. That again is for Talladega City Schools.


The Cleburne County School System will continue with their school meals service after Spring Break. In an effort to better plan for the number of meals needed, They are asking that you complete the interest form on the Cleburne County School Nutrition Facebook Page or you can also find it at 979WVOK.com’s Covid-19 Local Info Page under School Food Info.


For those of you that need a tag for a new car in Calhoun County you will have to fax all your paperwork that you receive from the dealer, a copy of everyone’s driver’s license that’s on the paperwork, proof of insurance, and a call back number to 256 231 1892. They will get in touch with you as soon as they receive your paperwork as far as cost. This is only for in state purchases.


– The City of Anniston Community centers, Aquatic Center, Senior Citizen Center, and Meeting centers will remain temporarily closed to the public until 04/30/20, at which time their closure will be reevaluated

– In addition, Anniston City Hall will remain temporarily closed to the public until 04/30/20, at Online payments for sanitation, traffic citations, business licenses, and planning permits are available on the city’s website. All payments may be made in-person, through appointment, by calling City of Anniston Finance Director, Julie Borrelli, at 256-231-7780. All payments may also be made over the phone, between the Monday through Friday hours of 10:00AM until 2:00PM, by calling 256-231-7780.

– This temporary closure of facilities will not affect the City of Anniston’s business operations, as all public services (i.e. brush pick-up, works orders, inspections…etc.) will remain available and may be contacted via phone or email (Link: https://bit.ly/3dgJd6y) between the Monday through Friday hours of 8:00AM until 5:00PM.

– All City of Anniston public parks will remain accessible; however, all playground equipment on city parks is off limits to the public until 4/30/20, at which time said limitations shall be reevaluated.

 


Oxford City Schools are collecting food today for their Student Food Distribution at The Oxford High School Cafeteria from 9 AM – 12 PM. If a different time is needed for drop off call 256-591-7507 to make arrangements.

 Guidelines for donation: 

1-No PEANUT BUTTER

2-Items must be individually packaged.

3-NO large package items such as loaves of bread or family sized boxes of cereal.

4-Protein (Such as soup, ravioli, spaghetti-o’s, can meats, Easy Mac,ECT)

Breakfast items (cereal, instant grits, oatmeal, granola bars, pop tarts,ECT)

Snack items (Chips, cheese crackers, honeybun, cookie, ECT)

Sturdy Fruit ( Apples, Oranges, Tangerines, ECT – no bananas please)


Calhoun County Recycling is temporarily shut down due to COVID 19. Please do not leave items at dumpster collection sites. Bins will return as normal operations return. Please help us spread the word.

 


The City of Anniston is continuing with Brush pick up despite the Corona Virus. Crews will be on the East side of the City on the first and Third Full weeks of the month and on the west side of the city on the 2nd and 4th Full Weeks. Be sure to put your brush out for pickup no later than 6:00am on Monday, during the week our team visits your area of the city! Please note, loose leaves are NOT picked up by the brush truck, it only picks up BAGGED leaves. Thus, be sure and #Bag your leaves, if you want them picked up alongside your brush!


Free meals will be distributed today from 10:30 am until noon at the Piedmont High School cafeteria for anyone 18 or younger.

Students in Edgenuity, ACCESS, and Middlebury Programs:

Your virtual “check-in” class meetings will start this Friday, April 10th. Here are the times and location:

– Mrs. Odam, 9AM, Blackboard, lodam@pcsboe.us

– Mr. Lynch, 10AM, Google, plynch@pcsboe.us

– Mrs. Yakely, 11AM, Blackboard, cyakely@pcsboe.us

– Mr. McMah, 1PM, Blackboard, dmcmath@pcsboe.us

If you have questions, email your teachers.


For those of you that need a tag for a new car in Calhoun County you will have to fax all your paperwork that you receive from the dealer, a copy of everyone’s driver’s license that’s on the paperwork, proof of insurance, and a call back number to 256 231 1892. They will get in touch with you as soon as they receive your paperwork as far as cost. This is only for in state purchases.

 

 

COVID-19 Update April 7 (3 PM)

The Cleburne County Probate Office will be closed on Friday, April 10th in observance of Good Friday.


In a message from Republic Services Trash collection company, the company sited residential garbage at an all time high volume. A lot of trash cans are to the top and “coned” over. Republic Services asks that customers please bag their garbage, to prevent spillage in full trash cans.

They also ask that cutomers make sure that their trash can is not blocked by a car on pick up day as drivers are not getting out of their vehicle for their own safety. If a car is blocking the trash can they may be unable to service it.

For questions, please call Republic Services at their Anniston number: (256) 237-7219


Alabama has launched altogetheralabama.org, an online resource that will serve as a hub of information for the state’s response to the coronavirus crisis. Business owners, for example, can learn about the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which launched April 3 to provide a direct incentive for them to keep their workers on the payroll. Displaced workers, meanwhile, can use the site to learn about enhanced unemployment benefits.


The Anniston City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The Work Session will begin at 4:00pm and Council Meeting will begin at 5:30pm.

Both meetings will be in the Main Hall at the Anniston City Meeting Center, and both meetings will be streamed #Live via Facebook

Due to CoronaVirus safety guidelines, The meeting will be limited to 10; including Council, needed Staff, and 1 Media representative.

Access will be strictly monitored to ensure prescribed social distancing and safety measures are adhered to.


From the Jacksonville Municipal Court:  those required to be present in Court on April 21st and April 28th, 2020 shall be reset by separate orders. Inmate cases will be monitored and handled as necessary. This is in compliance with the Alabama Supreme Court Order dated April 2nd, 2020, that all in person hearings and trials are suspended in municipal courts through April 30th, 2020 and also in compliance with the State of Alabama’s shelter in place Order dated April 3rd, 2020. This Court’s March 16th, 2020, Order of the Court, is extended until further Order of this Court again that is for the Jacksonville Municipal Court


Callers may call the Calhoun County COVID-19 Resource Center by simply dialing 2-1-1 from any phone, and a call specialist will connect them with the Calhoun County COVID-19 Resource Center.

To get regular updates by text concerning the CoronaVirus Situation in Calhoun County from Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency text CALCOVID to 888-777

Inside the city of Oxford if you have questions or need service you can call 311 and find other information about the city at www.OxfordStrong.com

If you wish to vote by Absentee Ballot in the upcoming July 14th Primary Runoff Election You can access the application for an Absentee Ballot at online  at sos.alabama.gov or by visiting or calling your that you can also find online at sos.alabama.gov. You can also contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (334) 242-7210

Primary Runoff Election-July 14th

Deadline to register to vote for runoff election- Monday, June 29th

Deadline to submit and Absentee Ballot APPLICATION- Thursday, July 9th

Deadline to RETURN an Absentee Ballot to the Absentee Ballot Manager is CLOSE OF BUSINESS – Monday, July 13th

Last day to postmark na Absentee Ballot is Monday, July 13th

Voters who are eligible to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act will have until Tuesday, July 14 to postmark an absentee ballot.


The jacksovnille City Council will have a city council meeting today at 1 PM. Links to watch the City Council Meeting online and the meeting’s agenda can be found on the City of JAcksonville’s Facebook page or online at the daily update section on 979WVOK.com COVID 19 Page, 

Agenda: https://www.jacksonville-al.org/council-agenda/

1:00PM: https://studio.youtube.com/…/UCvjF…/livestreaming/dashboard…


Due to the continuing concern for public safety, the Calhoun County Courthouse will remain closed to the public until April 30, 2020, pending further assessment.

Even though the courthouse is closed to the public, the Clerk’s office has been, and will continue, working during this closure to ensure the public’s needs are met.

Should you need assistance, please use these contact numbers for the specific divisions:

District Court: 256-231-1850

Circuit Court: 256-231-1750

Family Court: 256-231-1740

If you need a PROTECTION FROM ABUSE Petition (PFA) please call 256-310-1896.

You may also utilize our Dropbox outside the courthouse entrance to leave payments, etc. (please make sure to include name and case numbers).

If you have an emergent need, please contact me at 256-310-1896.


CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).


Oxford City Schools Distribution of meals for students will be Tuesdays and Thursday beginning Today – April 30th from 12 PM- 1 PM at the following locations: 

Coldwater Elementary School Parking Lot

The Pavilion at the park in Hobson City

Oxford Elementary School Parking Lot

DeArmenville Elementary School Parking Lot 


Alabama has launched altogetheralabama.org, an online resource that will serve as a hub of information for the state’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

Governor Kay Ivey said the site is a guide to help and empower those hurt by the coronavirus crisis, and a landing place for those looking to help.

Business owners, for example, can learn about the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which launched April 3 to provide a direct incentive for them to keep their workers on the payroll. Displaced workers, meanwhile, can use the site to learn about enhanced unemployment benefits.

 

Oxford Public Library will be Closing all services for the Easter holidays.

April 10th -12th. (Friday-Sunday)

They start their curbside pick-up and internet cafe services again on Monday, April 13th

 

The Cleburne County School System will continue with their school meals service after Spring Break. In an effort to better plan for the number of meals needed, They are asking that parents of cleburne county school students complete the interest form on the Cleburne County School Nutrition Facebook Page or you can also find it at 979WVOK.com’s Covid-19 Local Info Page under School Food Info.

 

– The Anniston Multimodal Station (Amtrak Station, Greyhound Station, Trolley Station) located at 126 West 4th Street, Anniston, AL 36201, will temporarily change its hours of operation to the following:

Monday – Friday: 8:00AM until 7:00PM

Saturday: 9:00AM until 3:00PM

Sunday: Closed

Until the station’s April 30th reevaluation, an emergency phone line will be made available:

256-310-7723.

Covid 19 Update April 6 (6 PM)

Alabama has launched altogetheralabama.org, an online resource that will serve as a hub of information for the state’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

Governor Kay Ivey said the site is a guide to help and empower those hurt by the coronavirus crisis, and a landing place for those looking to help.

Business owners, for example, can learn about the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which launched April 3 to provide a direct incentive for them to keep their workers on the payroll. Displaced workers, meanwhile, can use the site to learn about enhanced unemployment benefits.


Oxford Public Library will be Closing all services for the Easter holidays.

April 10th -12th. (Friday-Sunday)

They start their curbside pick-up and internet cafe services again on Monday, April 13th


The Cleburne County Revenue Commissioner’s office will be closed Friday April 10, 2020 in observance of Good Friday. 256-463-2873 for questions.


Due to the Stay-at-Home mandate, the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County is CLOSED. All checked out items will be due May 5. Or you may put your items in the drop box. Please do not return games or hotspots to the dropbox. Stay home and stay healthy!


– The Anniston Multimodal Station (Amtrak Station, Greyhound Station, Trolley Station) located at 126 West 4th Street, Anniston, AL 36201, will temporarily change its hours of operation to the following:

Monday – Friday: 8:00AM until 7:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM until 3:00PM
Sunday: Closed

Until the station’s April 30th reevaluation, an emergency phone line will be made available:
256-310-7723.


– The Anniston Calhoun Transit System (ACTS) fixed route currently allows only 5 passengers on the vehicle at any one time. In addition, fares are currently being waived, and Paratransit and Demand Response services will continue to provide essential transportation trips.

If you have any questions or are in need of further information, call  256-237-6741.


The Cleburne County School System will continue with their school meals service after Spring Break. In an effort to better plan for the number of meals needed, They are asking that you complete the interest form on the Cleburne County School Nutrition Facebook Page or you can also find it at 979WVOK.com’s Covid-19 Local Info Page under School Food Info.

Click here for form


The statewide stay-at-home order by Gov. Kay Ivey means evictions and foreclosures are on hold for at least a month. The order issued last week by Ivey comes with a supplemental order prohibiting evictions and foreclosures for at least a month. However, You still have to pay rent or Mortgage payments. Nothing in the order “shall be construed as relieving an individual of the obligation to pay rent, to make mortgage payments or to comply with any other obligation that an individual may have under a rental agreement or mortgage,” the order states.


Starting Thursday April 9th, Talladega City Schools meal pickups will be at the school the student attends except for Graham Elementary. Graham will pick up at Zora Ellis. Pick up will still be 11 AM-12 PM. You still need to have a student in the car with you. Students may pick up their meal at school or at the neighborhood delivery location. Remember, each school is a delivery location except Graham which will pick up at Zora Ellis. That again is for Talladega City Schools.


For Jacksonville City School Parents and Students, To help with Chromebook support the IT department has an online helpdesk for you to submit a ticket for assistance. This will allow the IT team to try to assist via email before a drop off is needed. If it is determined that a drop off repair is needed a time will be scheduled for you to drop the Chromebook off at the Board Office. By scheduling times this should help with social distancing. Once a ticket is opened someone from the Jacksonville City Schools IT team will respond as soon as possible. The link to open a ticket can be found on the Jacksonville City Schools website, www.jacksonville.schoolblocks.com and click JCS Distance Learning. 


Ohatchee High School Main Office Hours are Monday-Thursday 9 AM-1 PM

If you need a work packet for your students, pick up times are as follows:

7th-9th Grades Wednesdays 9 AM-1 PM

10th-12th Grades Thursdays 9 AM-1 PM

IF YOU HAVE INTERNET ACCESS YOU DO NOT NEED TO PICK UP A PACKET. THE WORK WILL ALSO BE ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM

You will turn in your packets the following week when you pick up the next week’s packet


 

Oxford Elementary School Parents, if your child did not get their Reading Book or Math Workbook on Monday March 16th. You may pick them up by Drive Thru Weds April 8 from 1-3 pm and Thursday April 9 from 9-11 am.

Medicine Pick Up on Thursday from 9-11.


Talladega County Board of Education has set up mobile wifi locations to aid students in their school work if needed 

-SCHOOL PARKING LOTS (WORKS WITH ANY DEVICE) NETWORK: TCBOE OPEN

-SCHOOL BUS MOBILE WIFI HOTSPOTS (MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS NOON-2 PM) (Only works with School Chrome Books)

  • Childersburg- Sadie Lee Homes Rec. Field and Desoto Caverns
  • Comer- Pinegrove Church and First Free Will Baptist
  • Fayetteville- Cowboy Church and The Tabernacle
  • Lincoln- Rocky Mountain Missionary Baptist and Eastaboga Baptist
  • Munford- Stockdale Baptist and Providence Baptist
  • Stemley- Hepzibah Baptist and Rocky Mountain Missionary Baptist
  • Sycamore/Winterboro- Old Sycamore School and Stockdale Baptist

PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLES WHILE AT THE LOCATIONS.


The Cleburne County School Nutrition program will have a new survey soon that will help them prepare meals after their spring break. They will more than likely be reducing the feeding schedule down to one day a week, filled with 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches, to help keep you and their workers safe. 


 The Oxford City School system nutrition program has a few changes

 Collection of Food will remain at Oxford High School Cafeteria on Monday’s and Wednesday’s with a new time for collection between 9AM-12 PM. If a different time is needed for drop off call 256-591-7507 to make arrangements.

 Guidelines for donation: 

1-No PEANUT BUTTER

2-Items must be individually packaged.

3-NO large package items such as loaves of bread or family sized boxes of cereal.

4-Protein (Such as soup, ravioli, spaghetti-o’s, can meats, Easy Mac,ECT)

Breakfast items (cereal, instant grits, oatmeal, granola bars, pop tarts,ECT)

Snack items (Chips, cheese crackers, honeybun, cookie, ECT)

Sturdy Fruit ( Apples, Oranges, Tangerines, ECT – no bananas please)

 

 Distribution of the food will be Tuesdays and Thursday beginning April 7th – April 30th from 12 PM- 1 PM at the following locations: 

Coldwater Elementary School Parking Lot

The Pavilion at the park in Hobson City

Oxford Elementary School Parking Lot

DeArmenville Elementary School Parking Lot at the following 

These times and locations may change as need arises, listen to 979WVOK and check our School Food Info Link on the 979WVOK.com COVID 19 Info PAge.

As for the whole city of Oxford, a wealth of information can be found at Oxford Strong.com


 If you are looking for COVID-19 Resources or have questions in Calhoun County, you can call the Calhoun County COVID-19 Resource Center by dialing 2-1-1 from any phone, and a call specialist will connect them with the Calhoun County COVID-19 Resource Center for that information.


The City of Anniston has extended its temporary closure of facilities in the city through April 30th. This includes all community centers, The Aquatic Center, Senior Citizen and THerapeutic Center, and Anniston City Meeting Center.

This closure includes Anniston City Hall, though the city is still working meaning, all public services will remain working like brush pick ups and work orders. You can contact the city for those services Monday-Friday 8:00AM until 5:00PM by email or phone. Payments for traffic citations, business licenses, sanitation, etc can still be made on the city’s website, over the phone or in person by calling Anniston City Finance Director Julie Borrelli at 256-231-7780 Monday through Friday between 10 AM and 2 PM.

 

– All City of Anniston public parks will remain accessible; but, all playground equipment on city parks is off limits to the public until 4/30/20, at which time said limitations shall be reevaluated.

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