Lakeland Community Hospital opens outdoor clinic for those with flu or flu-like symptoms only

HALEYVILLE - Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville has opened a walk-in clinic for persons with fever or flu-like symptoms only.  The outdoor clinic is located at the front entrance of the hospital, off of Highway 195, at the covered patient drop-off/pick-up area.

Community colleges postpone spring graduation activities; extend online instruction for spring semester

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) has announced that online instruction will continue at all of its campuses through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, due to restrictions on event sizes by state and federal officials, all traditional commencement activities will be postponed.

State health officer closing certain types of businesses statewide to help combat spread of COVID-19

WINSTON COUNTY - With the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus-2019 or COVID-19 increasing it seems by the minute within Alabama, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris put out a new health order effective Saturday, March 28, at 5 p.m. for the following types of "non-essential" businesses to be closed to non-employees:

Double Springs First United Methodist cancels Holy Week services

DOUBLE SPRINGS - In a move that saddened all involved, Double Springs First United Methodist Church has regretfully had to cancel its annual Holy Week services, which were scheduled for April 6-10 , due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The health and safety of our friends and neighbors is of utmost concern to us.  So, for the first time in over 30 years, Holy Week will not be conducted this year,"  Lay Leader Jim Baird said.

AHSAA provides guidance to principals and coaches regarding end of spring sports seasons

WINSTON COUNTY - The announcement Thursday by Governor Kay Ivey and State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey that all Alabama public schools will be closed for traditional instruction for the remainder of the school year also means that the spring sports regular seasons and championships are also canceled.

Public access to some portions of recreation areas in the Bankhead Forest temporarily closed

BANKHEAD NATIONAL FOREST - Effective immediately, public access to developed campgrounds, day use areas and dispersed recreation area restrooms in the following locations in the Bankhead National Forest are temporarily yet indefinitely suspended, for the health and safety of visitors and staff due to the Coronavirus-2019, or COVID-19 pandemic.

Areas affected are:

Houston Day Use Area;

Brushy Lake Campground;

Sipsey Trailhead (restroom only);

Natural Bridge Day Use Area (located near Moreland);