Easter Bunny, kids turn out for egg hunts One day before Easter area children searched for more than 2,500 plastic eggs during two public hunts in Calhoun County. A total of about 60 kids attended the separate events, one at JSU and the other on the lawn of The Salvation Army in Anniston.
Juniors prepare for statewide college preparedness exam On April 23 all Alabama high-school juniors will take the ACT, a test traditionally used to determine students’ readiness to attend four-year universities. Until now, college-bound Alabama students took the test on their own time and on their own dime.
Teachers tour Piedmont schools, see tech program About 120 educators from across northeast Alabama who visited Piedmont City Schools Thursday. The visitors came to see how the school district uses the laptops and mobile devices in classrooms, and the guests spent the morning meeting with teachers and students.
JSU educator receives conservation award Renee Morrison, assistant director of the Jacksonville State University Field Schools, received the Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award for Outstanding Educator in Conservation.
Three area 5k runs set for weekend The events include New Desire’s Run to Reach at Southside High School in Etowah County Friday evening, the first Foothills Family Festival Run for Funds 5k at McClellan on Saturday and the inaugural Jax Dash 5k and Fun Run in Jacksonville, also on Saturday.
Piedmont panel examines municipal finances The council's budget committee members are Harper, Frank Cobb and committee chairwoman Mary Bramblett, but almost all of the council members attended the meeting Thursday.
Jacksonville readies for its first Cheaha Challenge Hundreds of cyclists are expected to dash through Jacksonville's Public Square Sunday for the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo. The 104-mile bike ride will begin and end in Jacksonville this year for the first time, after starting and finishing in neighboring Piedmont since 1993.
Dr. Bates Redwine, director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at UAB School of Medicine, said there are too few geriatric psychiatrists in Alabama to serve the population. “Most of these patients are simply treated by their primary care physician,” Redwine said.
University officials hope to get rid of 50 to 100 bats that have infested the university’s music building. The winged mammals made their unexpected debut beneath the stage lights during a jazz performance last week.
The report is an estimate, based on how much money the city would lose if the water is overflowing three times a week, said Jesse McKnight, superintendent of the department. McKnight said the exact amount of water and money lost is unclear.
The city hired architects to design the project more than two years ago, but after paying about $500,000 city officials haven’t moved past the planning phase and now they’re going back to the drawing board.