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ELKMONT, Ala. – Jessie Hobbs III is the fifth generation of his family to farm in Elkmont, and being a family farmer means a lot to him. “I’m proud to say I’m an American Farmer,” he proclaimed. His job is not going away any time soon, and the demand for farmers is actually expected to increase. The America Farm Bureau Federation says the average American farmer feeds 165 people annually. The global population is expected to increase to 9.7 billion […]
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – A cemetery may seem like an eerie sight to some, but it’s a way to preserve history. That’s exactly what the Lawrence County History and Preservation Society did Saturday. Ann Britnell, president of the society, said it’s part of the society’s job. “That’s part of our duties is to preserve the past so people will have it for the future,” she said. A member of the next generation was there to help, too. Treasurer Coty Alred […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The International Symposium on Child Abuse being held in Huntsville focused not only on caregivers, but for everyone involved in the process who might face traumatic and high-stress situations almost every day. For caregivers all across the board, giving to others is their number one priority. “They enjoy helping people, you know,” said HEMSI spokesman Don Webster. “That’s why they get in this industry.” But taking are of themselves can end up on the back burner, and […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The words “mental health” mean something different to everyone. The CDC recognizes more than 200 types of mental illnesses. The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville said many people are scared to talk about their mental health struggles because they are afraid of being labeled. Melissa Thompson is the Chief Operating Officer of Community Foundation and she said the stigma around mental illness needs to be addressed. “Because when people feel like it’s just them. They are in […]
If you have a loved one in high school, chances are they have been exposed to vaping and they may even be doing it themselves. You have to be 19 years old to purchase nicotine products in our state, but the Alabama Department of Public Health says 1 in 4 Alabama teens are using e-cigarettes. The newest generation of e-cigarettes comes in a variety of flavors that are enticing for youth and because they lack the foul odor of regular […]
NEW MARKET, Ala. — Foster parents are needed in Alabama. One couple decided to take on this new role just two years ago. Merri Gardunia had wanted to be a foster parent for a while. As a teacher, she noticed a need in her classroom. Her husband Craig, on the other hand, was not so keen on the idea. Craig admits to being very reluctant at first, but says, “As we went through the training and through the program I […]
DECATUR, Ala. – Meals on Wheels & More is a food delivery service that brings food to the doors of those that need it most. More than 9 million seniors face the threat of hunger throughout the United States. As people age and family moves away many seniors are left alone and vulnerable. Meals on Wheels Decatur aims to help Alabama’s most vulnerable. They go beyond just helping seniors, they want to help anyone who needs them no matter what […]
Phone calls from scammers. No one wants them, but almost everyone gets them. These calls can be frequent and intimidating. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about it. The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama says these scams are being run just like any other business. “A normal business operation to them is calling, making money,” says Julia Cherry with the BBB of North Alabama. “It’s not out of the normal for you to receive more phone calls if […]
Colon cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States, affecting both men and women. But many people who should be getting screened for cancer are not. The American Cancer Society estimates that colon cancer will be responsible for more than 50,000 deaths this year. A new review, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows at home tests are effective for colorectal cancer screening in average risk people. CBS reports that the research looked at […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – 2020 elections are still a long way away, but candidates have already started declaring for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Doug Jones. Republican U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne announced his candidacy this week and stopped in Huntsville Friday morning to campaign. The three-term Congressman from Fairhope stopped at Blue Plate Cafe. “I’m a 6th generation Alabamian, lived here my whole life,” Byrne said. “I look at what’s happening in Washington and I see a fundamental disconnect […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Upon graduating high school there are many different avenues students can take. Some go to college, others play sports and some choose to go to technical schools and begin careers right away. Around 200 students from Huntsville City Schools participated Thursday in a career signing day to be honored for their pursuit in pathways that will lead them to technical career opportunities. The event was held at Huntsville High and was meant to be similar to the […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala, – A years-long library fundraising effort is making another push for donations. The Bessie K. Russell branch library in north Huntsville has served nearly 14-thousand households for more than 40 years. In 2016, library leaders announced plans to move to a bigger facility. But three years later, they still need more money. Right now the building looks more like a trailer home than a library, but the Russell Branch library hopes that will change soon. They just need donations. […]