Stay safe

These tips can shield you from a storm A local weather phenomenon can create some dangerous situations when severe thunderstorms approach Northeast Alabama. In the valley, a storm might seem relatively minor, but then it hits the surrounding mountains and quickly intensifies, says Paul Smith, Jackson County Emergency Management Agency director. “The National Weather Service…

Taking flight

Alabama Wildlife Center making a difference with care and education Photos contributed by Alabama Wildlife Center Alabama Wildlife Center Executive Director Doug Adair looks around at children taking part in the center’s education programs — nearly 600 of them in 2019 alone — and sees a bit of himself. “It never gets old,” Adair says.…

Wide -open spaces

Help NAEC keep the lines clear At North Alabama Electric Cooperative, linemen must be prepared to respond to outages caused by everything from wildlife on the wires to car accidents taking out power poles. But one of the most common causes of outages on our system is far simpler: falling debris disrupting power lines. When…

A count that matters

Understanding the census Once a decade, the United States counts its citizens, which results in a treasure trove of data relevant to politics, businesses, schools and much more. States use census data to draw congressional district boundaries. And the numbers can even determine how many congressional representatives a state sends to Washington. Locally, many counties,…

Give a Round of Applause

Having a heART for the community CUBB (Citizens United for a Better Bridgeport) is extending a warm and gracious thanks to one of its own humanitarians, Art Roper, a gentleman with an extraordinary heart and many talents. Roper has been a mainstay for Bridgeport’s Christmas parades for 31 years, expecting nothing and giving everything. He…