Lakeland CEO explains testing procedures, cites shortage of certain supplies

Ashley Pool, CEO of Lakeland Community Hospital, explains procedures at an emergency meeting Thursday. Also shown is State Representative Tracy Estes who presided over the meeting.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Ashley Pool, CEO of Lakeland Community Hospital, sent out an important message at an emergency meeting attended by state and local officials Thursday, about steps the hospital is taking during the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Alabama cases jump to 77 in Thursday afternoon update

WINSTON COUNTY - The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alabama jumped to 77  in the Thursday afternoon update released by the Alabama Department of Public Health.  The closest case to Winston County is a case confirmed in Walker County.

Jefferson County still has the highest number of confirmed cases at 34.  Lee County has 10 cases, Shelby County has 9, Elmore and Madison County each have 5, Tuscaloosa County has 4, Montgomery County has 3 and Baldwin, Calhoun, Chambers, Limestone, St. Clair, Talladega and Walker each have 1.


Winston County Commission declares State of Emergency amidst COVID-19 concerns

From left, Winston County Commissioner David Cummings, Administrative Clerk Judy Burnett, Commission Chairman Roger Hayes, Commissioner Bobby Everett and Commission Attorney Hobby Manasco at the emergency meeting held Thursday morning.
DOUBLE SPRINGS  - The Winston County Commission in an emergency meeting held Thursday morning, voted to declare a State of Emergency, enabling Chairman Roger Hayes to carry out routine and necessary operations and expenditures due to the coronavirus or COVID-19 restrictions being issued statewide.

Motion to post for full time clerk null and void after disagreement

Bear Creek Mayor Tammie Batchelor discusses the need to move Town Clerk Jamie Green, center, to water clerk and post the position for a town clerk. Also shown is Attorney Cole Christopher.
STRONG>BEAR CREEK   - A motion on the table to hire a new town clerk and move present clerk Jamie White to water clerk was one of two major votes that fell by the wayside because of a lack of a second from the Bear Creek Town Council.

Tempers flare at BC council meeting over park and rec issue

Bear Creek Police Chief Joey Franks informs Danielle Self she needs to leave the council meeting.
BEAR CREEK  - The Bear Creek Town Council meeting was coming to a close, with a motion on the table to adjourn, when a question asked by  town council member Chris Gillum led into a fiery discussion and comments on whether the town has a legal park and rec board, resulting in police escorting two individuals out of the meeting.

School officials express concern about possible extension of closures

Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland briefs the board of education about concerns over the state possibly extending the closure of schools due to the coronavirus. Also shown, from left, Board President Donna Jones, Chief School Financial Officer Candy Marbutt. In the background are Central Office Secretary Judy Thompson and Dr. Bill Bishop, director of administrative services.
HALEYVILLE  - School officials are expressing concern that the closure of schools due to the Coronavirus or COVID-19 will be extended past the April 6 deadline, which would result in multiple complications administrators and staff would have to address.