Missing cousins found in Brilliant

BRILLIANT -  The Marion County Sheriff’s Department, with the help of  Brilliant police and fire departments and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) safely rescued two missing male juveniles, 10 years old and 4 years old, in Brilliant on Thursday, April 2.
Along with the law enforcement agencies, 10 volunteer fire departments from the area quickly responded along with the Marion County Emergency Management Agency and Marion County Emergency Medical Service’s ambulance service.

Service held at Blue Moon Drive-In


Due to social distancing mandates in Marion County, Winfield-based Faith Fellowship Church held its Sunday church service at The Blue Moon Drive-In Theater in Gu-Win on Sunday, March 29, gathering members of the church and visitors from the county.

GU-WIN -  Due to social distancing mandates in Marion County,  Winfield-based Faith Fellowship Church held its Sunday church service at The Blue Moon Drive-In Theater in Gu-Win on Sunday, March 29, gathering members of the church and visitors from the county.
Several cars pulled in to hear pastor Harry Saylor’s preaching while still being able to follow the directions of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on keeping six feet apart from each other.

Statistics yet to reflect impact of COVID-19

Marion County ranked 13th in the state for unemployment during February, recording a rate of 4%, according to the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL).
The latest unemployment data for the state was released in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The economic impact of the pandemic and state, local and municipal shut-down measures are expected to be reflected in March’s unemployment report, which is set to be released at the end of April.

Ivey stresses importance of participating to Census

MONTGOMERY -  Gov. Kay Ivey stressed the ongoing importance of the 2020 Census, which is currently underway and available for immediate online, phone or mail response.
“It is an unprecedented time in Alabama, however, we must remain committed to Census participation,” said Gov. Ivey.
“The COVID-19 pandemic shows the importance of state representation on a national level. If we lose a representative due to a low Census count, that would mean one less voice advocating for Alabama’s needs during critical times in the future.”

 

County orders 24-hour curfew, quarantine

In an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, Marion County's commission and probate judge's offices have issued a 24-hour public safety curfew and countywide at-home quarantine.
The order comes in the wake of Gov. Kay Ivey ordering non-essential businesses to close to the public and schools to finish the 2019-2020 school year from home.
The curfew and quarantine went into effect Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m. and is scheduled through Friday, April 17, at 5 p.m.

COVID-19 tests limited


Elizabeth Foster (right), Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) emergency preparedness coordinator, is shown speaking to Marion County Engineer Mike Shaw during an informative meeting on COVID-19 emergency preparedness for Marion County.

HAMILTON - Elizabeth Foster, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) emergency preparedness coordinator, informed Marion County officials that testing for COVID-19 is now being limited to those who fall under a specific criteria.
This information was given during a meeting involving Emergency Management Agency Director Eric Terrell, several mayors, police officers and the Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams on Tuesday, March 24, at the ADPH building in Hamilton.

Today is Census Day

MARION COUNTY -  Today marks the official 2020 Census Day in which individuals are officially counted in their homes.
The Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories.
In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census in the mail. Once the invitation arrives, individuals should respond for their homes in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.

PeoplesTrust to help cover grocery loan fees


Hackleburg Town Councilwoman Tabby Lolley looks through a catalog prior to a vote by the council to purchase a new set of playground equipment for the town park.>

HACKLEBURG - PeoplesTrust Bank has agreed to cover any outstanding legal fees it incurred on behalf of the Town of Hackleburg when it was attempting to save its local grocery store.
Former Hackleburg Market owner Wally Kemp announced in July 2019 that he was shutting down his store after five years of operations.
When news emerged that the town’s grocer would be closing last summer, the town sought to purchase the $2-million facility and its equipment.

Council enacts shut-downs


LOUIS MELLINI/staff Guin City Councilman Bobby Bellew is pictured reading aloud Mayor Max Maddox’s proclamation regarding the City of Guin’s COVID-19 response plans during a regular meeting on Monday, March 16, at Guin City Hall.

GUIN -  The Guin City Council unanimously approved a proclamation made by Guin Mayor Max Maddox regarding the COVID-19 response plan for the city during a regular meeting on Monday, March 16, at Guin City Hall.
Councilman Bobby Bellew read aloud the proclamation in which the city has ordered for the closing of all City of Guin-owned facility or property, including Guin city hall, Guin public safety, Guin public library, Guin recreation center, Guin senior center, and the city’s public parks.

Cochran calls courthouse prayer


Marion County District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran is shown during a prayer meeting with the Marion County Commissioners, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, Marion County Courthouse staff and other members of the community on Friday, March 20, in front of the courthouse in Hamilton.

HAMILTON -  Marion County District 2 Commissioner Kenneth Cochran called a prayer meeting with the Marion County Commissioners, Hamilton Mayor Bob Page, Marion County Courthouse staff and other members of the community on Friday, March 20, in front of the courthouse in Hamilton.
Cochran called the prayer meeting to pray for the county and the entire nation concerning the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus).