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

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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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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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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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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.

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Jackson County Revenue Commissioner Jeff Arnold has been named the new president of the Alabama Association of Tax Administrators (AATA). Arnold was sworn in at the annual summer conference recently.

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During Monday’s Scottsboro City Council meeting, the council voted to authorize Scottsboro Mayor Jim McCamy to apply for two grant funds: the City Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development Grant and the American Rescue Plan.

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Scottsboro’s Goose Pond Colony Resort to host 39th annual event

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In honor of her over 50 years of service to the banking industry, the Alabama Bankers Association (ABA) welcomed Carolyn Hall, Chairman of the Board of First Southern State Bank, to their Half-Century Club.

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Horses and buggies will soon be a familiar sight in the Dutton and Section area as well as old fashioned farming with horses.  A group of Mennonites from Tennessee have purchased 500 choice acres north of Alabama Highway 71 and west of County Road 19.

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A rescue effort resulted in the recovery of the body of a Section man, who drowned at Matheny’s Creek at the Jackson-DeKalb County line over the weekend.

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Scottsboro Police Chief Ron Latimer has promoted Zackie Gant, a 20-year veteran of the police department, to captain of the patrol division. Gant replaces Greg Godfrey, who was recently promoted to major.

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Megan Robinson hoping to ‘bring community together’

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During the Jackson County Commission’s work session on Monday, Jackson County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Smith brought to the Commission a proposal to replace the antennae on the southwest corner of the Jackson County Courthouse, which houses the communication antennae for several important systems.

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Veterans, Boy Scouts and other members of the community joined together Saturday, June 12, to participate in Jackson County’s 19th Retirement Ceremony of American Flags.

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The Jackson County Board of Education is currently in the process of selling five acres of property in Hollywood. The property includes the old material center and alternative school buildings, which have been unoccupied for years.

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Downtown Donut Derby part of successful day on courthouse square

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The Economic Development Agency (EDA) for both Jackson County and DeKalb county have combined to have a joint job fair on June 16 at Northeast Community College (NACC).

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Paint Rock Volunteer Fire uses grant to help department