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Free Fishing Day is June 10

May 21, 2017

MONTGOMERY-On Saturday, June 10, 2017, Alabamians and visitors alike will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters including both freshwater and saltwater. Free Fishing Day is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 3-11. Approved by the Alabama Legislature, Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to enjoy […]

Study Affirms Forever Wild’s Impact

May 20, 2017

MONTGOMERY-When it comes to return on investment, very few programs can match the success of Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust. Forever Wild was established in 1992 as a vehicle to preserve and protect important ecological and recreational tracts of land in the state. Voters approved the constitutional amendment that established Forever Wild with an overwhelming […]

Alabama’s April Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.4%; Wage and Salary Employment Tops Two Million

May 19, 2017

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate is 5.4%, down from March’s rate of 5.8%, and well below April 2016’s rate of 5.8%. April’s rate represents 119,256 unemployed persons, compared to 128,610 in March and 126,490 in April 2016. 2,088,884 people were working […]

Beat the Heat

May 19, 2017

Summer temperatures have arrived early in the Tennessee Valley. Try our top tips for painlessly curbing your energy use to keep your power bill under control. TENNESSEE VALLEY-This year—after a mild winter—temperatures are soaring across the Valley even before the official start of summer. Not to worry: To keep us all calm, cool and collected, […]

Northwest-Shoals Nursing Program Holds Pinning Ceremony

May 19, 2017

Phil Campbell, AL – Northwest-Shoals Community College Nursing Program honored 62 registered nursing graduates at its pinning ceremony on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Director of Nursing, Brittany Humphres, faculty and students participated in the ceremony that included remarks by Dr. Lee, president of NW-SCC; Lisa Allen, class representative; and special remarks by Melissa DeFloor, ECM Patient […]

Be aware that all bodies of water can pose health risks

May 18, 2017

MONTGOMERY-The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) would like to remind swimmers of ways to stay safe and healthy when swimming in any body of water.  All bodies of water, both fresh and saltwater, can contain many microorganisms (germs) as part of natural flora and from animals or other species entering the water. Germs are […]

Shoals Storytelling Festival Kicks Off with Community Events

May 18, 2017

FLORENCE-As part of the Storytelling Festival in Florence, AL this weekend, May 19,& 20, from 9am-9pm, storytellers will go out into the community to speak to schools, libraries, businesses and churches Thursday, May 18 as part of the Pre-Festival events. They will have an opportunity to listen to a great form of art-the art of storytelling. […]

29th annual Frontier Day Celebration set for June 3rd and 4th

May 17, 2017

FLORENCE-Florence’s historic Pope’s Tavern Museum presents the 29th annual Frontier Day Celebration on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. Relive the frontier heritage of Florence with crafts, music, period costumes, and food. Celebration hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is free. This […]

7th Annual Sheffield Street Party May 26th and 27th

May 17, 2017

SHEFFIELD – On Friday and Saturday, May 26-27, a benefit concert will be held in downtown Sheffield (on Montgomery Ave.). The seventh annual Sheffield Street Party will benefit the Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) Foundation scholarship fund. The two day concert will feature southern rock bands: Jackson Highway, Wet Willie, Travis Wammack and legendary pop artist, […]

Battle of Akia Commemoration and Pioneer Day

May 17, 2017

TUPELO, MS – Historic Site Coordinator Joseph Smith from the Chickasaw Nation and Brian Mast from the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama will present programs at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Starting at 10:00 am, Smith will present a 30-minute Junior Ranger program entitled “Chickasaw Culture and […]

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