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Snakes, best avoided, are vital to our ecosystem

Snakes are found just about anywhere. Inevitably, humans and snakes will cross paths. Like everything in nature, snakes play an important role in their environments. While many people may have a fear or dislike the slithering creatures, there are...

 

Grants can help low income, elderly

Escambia County (Ala.) will get a share of $192,264 awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey to Community Action Agency (CAA) of South Alabama to assist low-income and elderly residents with improvements to their homes to lower energy costs and improve home...

 

United Bank receives development award

The U.S. Treasury Department recently gave a $6 million community development award to United Bank, in Atmore, in south Alabama, one of the largest awards in the department’s Capital Magnet Fund program. The Capital Magnet Fund promotes investment...

 

Clean-up postponed due to quarantine

The 2020 Statewide “Don’t Drop It On Alabama” Spring Cleanup will be held the entire month of April. The cleanup is held annually and coordinated by Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State), which also coordinates and implements the...

 

New app helps identify the poison perils of Ala.

Children's of Alabama launched a new mobile application designed to identify toxic plants and venomous and poisonous animals today, offering Alabamians a simple resource to identify potentially dangerous plants, insects, snakes and common household...

 

County will get money for relief

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed by Congress and signed into law March 27, 2020 by President Donald J. Trump, the local community will receive a combined total of $1,325,041 in Community Development Block...

 

Maverick in Jay back in production

Maverick took advantage of a recent brief shutdown of the Jay Field in the Florida panhandle to perform previously planned, field-wide maintenance, and facility improvements. These actions rendered the field more efficient and even safer. As of...

 

Tips to keep garden vegetables fresh all year

Fresh from the garden vegetables make any meal better. While many fresh garden vegetables are available this time of year, there is a way to have the same fresh selections all year long. With a few simple steps, people can freeze and store almost...

 

Tips to help identify and control Cogongrass

Cogongrass is one of the most significant non-native invasive plants in Alabama. Not only does it invade a wide variety of habitats, but it also disrupts ecosystem function, particularly through fire regimes and fire intensity. Thrives On Fire...

 

Tips to help stay safe this active hurricane season

This year's hurricane season appears to be developing into an active one. Now, only three days from the official beginning of hurricane season (June 1), three storms have already been named. Two named storms developed before June 1 while a third...

 

Tips to ward off scams, especially for the elderly

Even before the onset of COVID-19, scams and fraud ran rampant in many parts of society. More often than not, many of these cases involve older adults. In fact, older adults lose billions of dollars each year because of scams or fraud. “Given...

 

Tips and small ways to help conserve water

Water plays an essential role in the environment. People use it in many aspects of their daily lives such as cooking, washing clothes, bathing and most importantly, drinking. While the Earth is covered by approximately 70 percent water, only one...

 

Brewton hospital names Hines COO

D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital in Brewton has announced that Stacy Hines has been named as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Hines will be responsible to develop short and long-term strategies and...

 

Give blood in Monroeville June 11

The American Red Cross will be at Walmart, located at 3371 South Alabama Avenue, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 11 for blood donations. The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as...

 

Tips for hunters to enhance land throughout year

Deer season 2020 is in the books and turkey season just came to a gobbling close. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System forestry, wildlife and natural resource management regional agent said many hunters ignore their hunting properties through the...

 

Tips to help new or experienced gardeners

Unplanned time at home this spring has helped to develop a new generation of home gardeners. Alabama is also home to many seasoned backyard gardeners. Whether a new home gardener or a long-time lover of backyard veggies, Alabama Extension...

 

FES Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Pre-Registration for Flomaton Elementary School information for students who live in Flomaton School District only: Because students and general public are not allowed on campus, the county has provided a convenient link to pre-register...

 

Food distributions in Jay

The town of Jay, in partnership with Feeding the Gulf Coast and Safer Santa Rosa, will host a food distribution at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 14, at Bray-Hendricks Park, located at 5259 Booker Lane. Participants will need to show their driver's license...

 

Crop producing affected by the pandemic

An unstable commodity market, combined with low market prices, may make this growing season more difficult than usual for Alabama crop producers. Max Runge, an Alabama Extension economist, said agricultural producers across the country are facing a...

 

Students receive EREC scholarship

Escambia River Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Herman D. Johnson Scholarship Awards: Keaton Brown of Escambia County and Kendall Barrow of Santa Rosa County. The son of Chris and Sandy Brown, Brown plans to major...

 

Santa Rosa businesses can qualify for grant program

Santa Rosa County, in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UWF, created the Santa Rosa County Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program and opened the first cycle on Monday, April 6, for one week. A second application cycle will open now and...

 

Retiring with 33 years

Gregory D. Findley, of Flomaton, has retired with 33 years of service in Modern Woodmen of America’s Florida Northwest Region. Findley joined Modern Woodmen in 1987 and earned the Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) and Life Underwriter Training...

 

Coastal Alabama plans virtual graduation

Coastal Alabama Community College will honor its scholars with a virtual graduation ceremony ay 7 p.m., on Friday, May 8, a celebration of graduation for its best and brightest students, while maintaining safety measures during the Covid-19 health...

 

Farms, agribusiness offered financial help

Farmers and agribusinesses are facing unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration (SBA) released an interim final rule on the Paycheck Protection Program...

 

Hand washing is now more important than ever

The phrase ‘go wash your nasty hands’ has special meaning in the South as many of us have heard our parents or grandparents say it just before dinner. Now, it has taken on new urgency under the threat of coronavirus. It is also the current...

 

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