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In response to a continued increase in COVID-19 cases Gov. Kay Ivey extended the state’s emergency declaration and mask mandate to March 5. The mandate was set to expire on Jan. 22.

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The family fun returns to Rainsville when Loomis Bros. Circus presents “3-Rings of Fun For 2021!”— a limited 2-day engagement running Monday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center with daily performances at 4:30 and 7:30 pm.

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BancorpSouth Bank, based in Tupelo, Mississippi, has acquired FNS Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of FNB Bank, which operates 10 banks in Alabama, including main office in Scottsboro and also offices in Bridgeport, Henagar, Pisgah, Skyline and Woodville.

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The Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett, announced on Jan. 13, that the Space Force has chosen Redstone Arsenal as the preferred location for U.S. Space Command. The installation will potentially employ up to 1,600 personnel and bring improvements to the surrounding counties.

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The city of Scottsboro was awarded a $1.4 million grant from the State of Alabama to pay for improvements to US72 and County Park Road. The grant, called an ATRIP-II grant is part of the Rebuild Alabama Act and will be used to complete safety upgrades to the intersection of the two roads.

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Scottsboro Mayor Jim McCamy hopes that the paving advisory committee will be able to meet within the next two months. Upon the request of City Council President Richard Bailey, McCamy updated the council on the committee’s progress.

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After the Jackson County Commission announced an investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) into inappropriate surveillance in the County Courthouse, the commission has focused much of its time on security upgrades and policy modifications to security procedures.

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The Department of Public Health and the Alabama Medicaid Agency have received reports of citizens being contacted with offers of in-home COVID-19 vaccinations. Additionally, individuals claiming to be employees of the Medicaid Agency have reportedly been contacting recipients by phone or in person and offering free COVID-19 testing.

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Since a fire that burned the dock at the Jackson County Park last January, Jackson Countians have wondered what will happen with the property. During a meeting on Jan. 4, Jackson County Commissioners discussed potential plans to utilize the insurance payout for the property.

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CASA of Jackson County closed its food pantry last year, but the organization is still available to help seniors and homebound, assuming the title “Aging at Home Support for Seniors of Jackson County.”

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Since a fire that burned the dock at the Jackson County Park last January, Jackson Countians have wondered what will happen with the property. During a meeting on Jan. 4, Jackson County Commissioners discussed potential plans to utilize the insurance payout for the property.

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Many Alabama residents are spending more time inside their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means children and adults are exposed to indoor air quality problems that include radon. 

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According to the members of the Jackson County Commission, Chairman Tim Guffey will continue to receive pay and benefits until April 11.

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Smoke began to fill the Subway located inside the Scottsboro Walmart causing employees to call the fire department. At 12:35 Jan. 5, Scottsboro Fire Department responded to a bystander's 911 call.

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Rick Roden, president and CEO of Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the TVA Board of Directors.

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Property owners in Jackson County that have yet to pay their taxes will have until Jan. 4 to pay their taxes without penalty according to Jackson County Revenue Commissioner Jeff Arnold.

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Alabama continues to have significant community spread of COVID-19 that is not adequately mitigated, and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) strongly urges caution during the holiday season. Any gathering with family and friends who live outside one’s own household can increase the chances of developing or transmitting the deadly virus. Postponing travel and staying home will protect yourself and others.

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Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) is welcoming Rachael Graham as assistant foundation fundraiser. Graham, from Stevenson, is a 2013 graduate of Scottsboro High School. She participated in NACC’s Dual Enrollment program while in high school and attended the college as a fulltime student in 2013 and 2014.

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During their Dec. 14 meeting, the Jackson County Commission discussed adjustments to the Jackson County’s holiday schedule as well as the purchase of equipment for various departments.