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After it finally seemed the U.S. would return to “normal” after a year dominated by COVID-19, the newest strain of the virus, delta, has begun to spread across Alabama and the country, leaving many to wonder what will come next. The delta strain is found to be far more transmissible than the original COVID-19 strain that left a majority of the country effectively shut down for nearly a month.

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The Jackson County Board of Education approved several personnel decisions at a meeting held July 28.

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The rumor mill has been spinning around Scottsboro. The most recent one involving a Chick Fil A coming to Scottsboro. If you were to google “Chick Fil A,” on their website you’ll see a Scottsboro location with a “coming soon” beside it.

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Course registration is underway for the fall 2021 semester at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC). Now is the time to take advantage of flexible class schedules, online courses and degree programs, certificates and short-term certificates and additional financial aid opportunities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jackson County is one of eight communities taking part in this year’s TVA Economic Development Community Innovation Academy, a program and experience to help economic developers create breakthrough ideas together to better their communities.

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Alabamians have reported to AARP on a new phone scam circulating in our state. Scammers claim to represent AARP, Publishers Clearing House, Wal Mart and other reputable brands in attempts to get members of the public to provide their bank account information, saying they need in order to deposit “sweepstakes winnings” into their accounts. Once that bank account information is given, the criminals are then able to empty those bank accounts.

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During Thursday’s Scottsboro City Board of Education meeting, the board approved Collins Intermediate School Principal Jason Hass’ promotion to the Director of Federal Programs/Secondary Instruction.

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In a small gathering in a courtroom Thursday, Circuit Judge Brent Benson talked about the importance of bringing a veterans court to Jackson County, saying the diversionary court would target veterans charged with qualifying criminal offenses.

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Every freshmen entering Scottsboro High School needs to mark July 29 on their calendar as the day for Camp Wildcat. This is freshmen orientation and is designed to help incoming freshmen get off to a good start.

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On Sunday, the Scottsboro Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 6073 had its building full, celebrating its 75th anniversary.

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A Scottsboro teenager died in a single-vehicle wreck early Monday morning, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division.

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Sandra Crawford, of Dutton, was totally surprised when two big pink fire trucks representing “Pink Heals” led a parade past her house.  Her husband Mike Crawford and daughter Amanda Yankey arranged for her to be on the front porch for the event.  Sandra is currently undergoing chemo treatments for stage 3 breast cancer.

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Mountain Valley Playhouse (MVP) will finally get an opportunity to play in front of their community when they perform the play Hey Diddle, Diddle, a play that deconstructs the popular nursery rhyme, at 7 p.m. on July 22 and 23 and at 2 p.m. on July 24.

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Caldwell Elementary School has a new principal, and he is a familiar face to the students and staff there. Zachary B. Holt was named the school’s new principal with July 1 being his first official day in his new position.

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On Monday, July 12, Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint at Skyline Shell Mart that led to the arrest of a Scottsboro man.

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In the parking lot on East Laurel Street outside the Scottsboro Electric Power Board (SEPB), electric car owners can now charge their cars. SEPB recently opened up a Level II charging station outside their building. A Level II charging station is estimated to be able to fully charge a car in about six hours. The rate for charging is $1 per hour but will bump to $2 per hour starting from an hour after the battery is full.

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Jackson county was one of three north Alabama counties to receive a Community Development Block Grant, a grant totaling over $40 million the state received as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Jackson County received $500,000.

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Bart Buchanan holds back tears as he recalls the first bicycle ride he took with the Scottsboro Tri Sport Athletic Club, taking a route, down South Broad Street in Scottsboro, the same route that would take the life of his friend, Dr. Wayne Patterson III.

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Alabama’s 16th annual back-to-school sales tax holiday is slated for July 16-18 this year. From 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 16, to midnight, Sunday, July 18, the state will waive its four percent sales tax for school-related supplies and clothing. This year, over 325 cities and counties will also waive their local taxes.

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HealthPointe Primary Care has been in business a year now

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On Friday afternoon, the front yard of the Jackson County Courthouse is full. Tents are set up, a grill is out, chairs are in front of the gazebo as Judge John Graham is speaking to the seated crowd. Those seated all have one thing common: they’ve all participated in the drug court program. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Freedom Celebration, a cookout open to the public, the meaning behind the name is a multifaceted one.