Maggie Ella Robbins
An Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) project to construct intersection modifications on U.S. Highway 72 and Alabama Highway 79 west of Scottsboro is expected to begin this week, weather permitting.
On Tuesday morning Jackson County residents woke to snow on the ground and the cold reality that a second wave of COVID-19, which had been building for all of November, had reached the county.
The Jackson County Commission approved resolutions to vacate two county roads during their meeting on Nov. 23. The Commission recognized a moment of silence for the fallen Scottsboro Fire Fighter Steven Dawson Beaird at the beginning of the meeting.
Scottsboro City Council President Richard Bailey announced the creation of two committees to address issues citizens expressed during the 2020 election cycle — a Paving Advisory Committee and a Building and Zoning Advisory Committee.
Election results in Alabama have been finalized. On Monday, Nov. 23, the state canvassing board met and officially certified the election results. The board includes Gov. Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall and Secretary of State John Merrill.
According to ADPH, 2,837 citizens of Jackson County have been infected with COVID-19 since March — 24 have died. In Alabama there are 228,373 cases in the state and 3,451 have died.
Julie Gentry was honored for her six years of service as a member of the Scottsboro City Schools Board of Education. Gentry served on the board from October 2014, until August of 2020 and was the Board president from May 2017 to May 2020.
Thanks to two Bynum Foundation grants and the partnership of donations from State Sen. Steve Livingston, Scottsboro City Board of Education, Jackson County Board of Education and IMPACT Learning Center, the Earnest Pruett Center of Technology (EPCOT) with county schools and Scottsboro High School have a new, valuable piece of equipment to teach fundamental skills of healthcare.
The Scottsboro City council discussed adding seven structures to the cities list of blighted properties — the list currently includes 25 other properties in Scottsboro. This allows the city to add them to a grant received to demolish or assist in cleanup.
Jackson County Schools Superintendent Kevin Dukes said on Friday there are no plans to go virtual learning after Thanksgiving as neighboring county school systems made announcements to do so earlier this week.
During their Monday night meeting, the Scottsboro City Council considered and approved measures to purchase garbage trucks and approve a uniform service for the Maintenance Department.
Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) has established the NACC Community Scholarship program to help local residents train for a new career or return to college after an extended break. Many residents of DeKalb and Jackson Counties have been impacted by job loss and setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Kay Ivey extend the state’s Safer at Home order until Dec. 11. Ivey said that the amended order attempts to balance public health concerns with economic impact in the state.
The Scottsboro Board of Education recognized various members of the Scottsboro High School Volleyball Team and a member of the High School Football team for their accomplishments during the season.
On Tuesday, Kevin Dukes won another term as the superintendent of Jackson County Schools. Dukes defeated challenger Kimberly Pair-Coates, who ran as an independent, in the general election 12,439 to 2,983, winning just over 80%.
COVID-19 cases continue to rise locally and across the nation as Jackson County alone has added almost 200 new cases in the last seven days.
More manpower in the Jackson County Jail would have likely kept an inmate from escaping last week, according to Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen, of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.