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After the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly slowed society to a halt last year, the annual Catfish Festival would have to be cancelled. However, it makes its return in 2021, for what will be its 20th year.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), in partnership with Scottsboro Electric Power Board and Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated (a TVA retiree organization) recently awarded Scottsboro Junior High School $5,000 for a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education project.

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Mark Christensen, MD, Director of Emergency Medicine at Highlands Medical Center in Scottsboro and Cullman Regional Medical Center in Cullman was recently selected as one of five 2020 Facility Medical Directors of the Year by Alteon Health, the industry-leading national medical group that manages these emergency medicine programs.

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Like many others, 2020 was a difficult year for Stephanie Urquhart. While most struggled with social lives being disrupted due to the pandemic, Urquhart’s was a different one: She felt she didn’t have enough time for her dog Bailey. That guilt led her to creating something she believes dog owners could use: a set of self-care cards for both dog and owner.

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On Sunday, Axxeum held a demonstration to showcase the capabilities of their Medium Lift Bell 412EP helicopter in both fire fights and rescue missions. Senator Steve Livingston arranged this demo and decided to make it a multi-county event.

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The Scottsboro City Council approved two items during Monday’s meeting that would fund two fishing tournaments, one being a contract for the AL B.A.S.S. Nation High School Fishing Tournament and the other being a tourism grant for the Scottsboro Jackson County Rescue Squad’s (SJCRS) 10th annual 10k Bass Tournament.

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Alabama voters are one step closer to voting on whether to create a state lottery for education and casinos like the one the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) want to build in either DeKalb or Jackson counties due to proximity to Chattanooga.

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The ARC of Jackson County will host its eighth annual Luminary service on May 1, beginning at 7 p.m., at Pine Haven Memorial Gardens. The service was canceled last year due to COVID.

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As crimes happen in Jackson County, Shelia Morris is constantly on the go helping those who have been affected.

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Early last month, Alabama Community Colleges Chancellor Jimmy Baker announced tuition will not increase for the 2021-2022 academic year. In addition, as a result of the declining number of reported COVID cases and an increase in the number of students, faculty and staff taking advantage of access to the COVID vaccine, the ACCS anticipates all community college campuses in the state will resume normal, on-campus operations for the Fall 2021 semester.

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Eric Scott, who played college football at the University of Southern Mississippi and had a lengthy arena football career, will be on trial Monday, April 12 in connection with the death of Anna Grogan Brown, 45 of Hollywood, in March 2020.

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A 3,000-foot addition to the Scottsboro-Jackson Heritage Center is continuing even though work is slowing down due to the delay with shipment of interior doors and door hardware, according to Scottsboro Museum Commission member Brenda Ivey.

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On Monday, Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong announced his candidacy to succeed Congressman Mo Brooks in representing Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. The 5th Congressional District covers Lauderdale, Limestone, Morgan, Madison and Jackson counties across the top of Alabama.

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On March 17, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued IR-2021-59, which provides for an automatic extension of the filing and payment date for individual 2020 income tax returns from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. 

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Remembering the Scottsboro Boys

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Outside the main entrance of Highlands Medical Center last week, many of the healthcare workers were gathered outside when State Sen. Steve Livingston presented CEO John Anderson a resolution.

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Garrett Southers awarded with Eagle Award for osprey nesting project

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With no significant precipitation in the weather forecast for the remainder of the week, the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) is advising people to use extreme caution with all debris burning and outdoor fires.

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A local woman said she received a call from an apparent scammer this week. The woman said she got a call saying she had won money from Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes

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Scottsboro High School’s search for a new head football coach continues after the Scottsboro City Board of Education voted no on an unnamed coaching candidate on Wednesday.

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In the Page Auditorium on Wednesday, March 3, Scottsboro Mayor Jim McCamy announced that a Publix will be coming to Scottsboro.

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Scottsboro City Council member Nita Tolliver has pushed the council for an audit of the city’s finances since shortly after she took office. On Monday, March 1, Tolliver continued this push for an audit of the city’s finances to ensure the city is appropriately managing funds.

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At the Scottsboro City Council meeting on March 1, in an attempt to alleviate extra hours worked by Scottsboro’s department heads, council member Nita Tolliver presented a measure to the council to move the council’s meeting time one hour earlier.