Walker County

COVID-19 not the first time county has dealt with a pandemic

WINSTON COUNTY - “Schools and churches closed…Do your part by keeping the children at home.” That quote surely seems relevant today. Both churches and schools have been canceled due to COVID-19. However, the above quote came from a newspaper article in Hamilton from Oct. 16, 1918. It was relevant then, too, as what was known as Spanish influenza gripped the world, including here on our home turf, same as COVID-19 has.

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.


Man charged with capital murder in police officer's death has local ties

Nick O'Rear, who was shot and killed this past week in the line of duty, had recently been certified as the K-9 handler for the Kimberly Police Department.
WALKER COUNTY   - The pursuit of a suspect vehicle, containing a man with criminal ties to several areas including Winston County, ended in the fatal shooting of Kimberly Police Officer Nick O’Rear...