News & Updates

Scofield elected majority leader

Sen. Scofield becomes the highest ranking Senator from Marshall County since former Sen. Hinton Mitchem was elected Senate Pro Tem in 2006.

Representative Wes Kitchens Presents Community Service Grant Funding to Arab City Schools

Representative Wes Kitchens presented a Community Service Grant award to Arab City Schools at their School Board meeting on October 29, 2020.

Poultry Farmer Stabilization Grant Program Application period October 13, 2020 - November 6, 2020:

Governor Ivey has awarded $26 Million of Coronavirus Relief Funds to assist Alabama Agriculture impacted by COVID-19. These funds will be distributed through seven programs (below). No funds may be utilized for salaries, building projects or capital improvements. Applications for reimbursement and detailed information will be available as they are announced.

Free Covid-19 testing, Oct. 18th, Albertville

Free Covid -19 testing at Chapel of the Holy Cross, 1534 Whitesville Road, Albertville, AL October 18th, 1:30pm-5:30pm

State legislators donate to Boaz

Boaz city officials received a $7,500 donation from Sen. Clay Scofield and Rep. Kerry Rich during Monday night’s city council meeting.

Rep. Kerry Rich presents Check to Geraldine High School

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Hwy 231 in Morgan County, 2 months ahead of schedule

Highway 231 in Brindlee Mountain reopened two months ahead of schedule after being closed since February 2020 due to a landslide.

U.S. 231 bridges nearing completion

Highway expected to reopen in next few weeks

Gov. Ivey Urges Citizens to Complete Census forms by September 30.

With the last day for Census 2020 participation set for September 30, Governor Kay Ivey is urging all Alabamians who have not completed their forms to do so as quickly as possible.

Marshall County Legislators offer support for the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Senator Clay Scofield and Representative Wes Kitchens recently presented supporting funds to the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Rich approves of governor’s order

Representative Rich agrees with Gov. Kay Ivey's extension of the “Safer at Home” order in regards to the coronavirus pandemic.

Comments on the re-opening

Here's what a few local officials had to say about Gov. Kay Ivey opening more segments of business in her Safer At Home order.

Governor Ivey Updates Public Health Order

Order of the State Health Officer Suspending Certain Public Gatherings Due to Risk of Infection of Covid-19

Alabama Department of Labor launches UI Claims Tracker to Assist Unemployment Compensation Claimants

Claims Tracker Launched


ALABAMA Declaration 16364 (Disaster AL-00104) Incident: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) occurring: January 31, 2020 & continuing



Prepare Now by Applying for Federal Financial Relief

Governor Ivey urges Alabama Small Business Owners To Prepare Now by Applying for Federal Financial Relief

Alabama Department of Commerce: Information and resources for business

n these challenging times triggered by the novel coronavirus, the Alabama Department of Commerce wants you to stay informed. In collaboration with our state and federal partners, we have assembled a comprehensive list of resources related to the COVID-19 response to assist Alabama employers and workers. Visit

It’s safer at home; protect yourself and your community from COVID-19 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Suspending Certain Public Gatherings Due to The Risk of Infection By Covid-19 Amended March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Resources in Alabama

Please refer to the links below for current and accurate information related to COVID-19 and available resources for Alabama.

The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America

15 Days to Slow the Spread

Mental health initiatives aim to help law enforcement, students

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Lawmakers announced a package of bills they said would increase access to mental health care treatment across the state.

Longest serving city clerk in Alabama honored.

Carolyn May to retire after over 39 years of service.

Alabama Small Business Commission Listening Session

Community Listening Session

Snead State unveils greenhouse addition to agriculture, horticulture program

Agriculture and horticulture students at Snead State Community College have a new place on campus to develop their skills thanks to the work of several different people.

FTC brings fiber to Guntersville making it a part of Gig Country!

Farmers Telecommunication Company brings GIG service to Guntersville.

Senator Clay Scofield speaks on panel concerning rural broadband at event hosted by Yellowhammer Media.

State Sen. Clay Scofield (R-Arab), Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative’s Fred Johnson, Central Alabama Electric Cooperative’s Tom Stackhouse and Maureen Neighbors of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) were asked questions from moderator Tim Howe of Yellowhammer Multimedia over a 45-minute span at Guntersville Town Hall.

Free Alabama Photo Voter ID Card event

Voter registration forms will be available to register to vote and update voter information.

Ivey signs two major broadband bills into law — ‘Will open a whole new world’

Senator Scofield spearheads rural broadband bill signed into law by Governor Ivey.

APT Capital Journal

House lottery bill, House Committee approves education budget, and Representative Kerry Rich of Albertville.

State Sen. Clay Scofield: Survival of rural Alabama depends on broadband expansion

The Alabama legislature’s long-time champion for rural broadband is seeking new ways to strengthen the state’s flagship program.

Rep. Wes Kitchens Sponsors Bill that would get schools’ unused food to hungry children.

Supporters of a bill filed this week in the Alabama House hope it will make it easier for schools to get unused food to hungry students.

Marshall County Resident, Will Ainsworth, sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of Alabama.

Will Ainsworth Officially becomes Lieutenant Governor.

Representatives Kerry Rich, Randall Shedd, and David Standridge announced to house committee leadership positions

McCutcheon announces committee leadership for new quadrennium

Rep. Randall Shedd Recognized

Named 2018 Representative of the Year by the Alabama Mountain, Lakes and Rivers RC&D Council

Constitutional Amendments Proposed on the November Ballot

#1 Allows posting of the 10 Commandments in public buildings, including schools. #2 Designates Alabama a “Pro-Life” state. #3 Allows changes to the University of Alabama Board of Trustees, #4 Allows certain vacancies to be filled by appointment rather than special elections. Open the link above to read more detail about the amendments.

Bicentennial Community Grants

The deadline is June 1st for funding opportunities to support events, activities and projects commemorating the state's 200th anniversary.

Ainsworth Gun Carry Bill For School Personnel Introduced.

Provisions and requirements set forth in HB435

Space Camp Scholarships

Space Academy for Leading Students (SALSA), ages 12-14, now accepting applications

Alabama Rural Broadband Act

Senator Clay Scofield sponsors bill to help the Internet reach into rural Alabama

Legislative Session Update, Week 1

373 Bills were introduced in the first week of the 2018 Regular Session

Legislative Session 2018

Some things to watch for when the gavel drops on this year's Session.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Highlights and policy provisions included in the tax reform (H.R.1)

Veteran Status Now Available On Drivers License

The State Driver License Committee announces streamlined services to add "Veteran Status" to drivers license or non-driver ID's of veterans. The status can be added at the Probate Office, with proper documentation, when license are renewed rather than having to go to the examiner's office.

Drivers Will Face New Penalties For Driving Without Insurance

Starting November 1st, stiffer penalties are in place as mandatory liability insurance law is enforced.

Parks for Patriots

Veterans to receive free, year-round admission to Alabama State Parks.

Additional Help For The Driver License Office

Relief from the long lines is finally here.

Deadline Nearing to Register for Special Election

July 31st is the last day Alabamians can register to vote in upcoming special election for U.S. Senate.


The House of Representatives worked well into the night on the last day of the Regular Session.

Legislative Session Update, Week 12

Turbulent Week, Long Nights In The Legislature. With only 4 days left in the Legislative Session, there's much work left to be done following 18 hours of partisan filibuster.

Legislative Session Update, Week 11

1,018 Bills Have Been Introduced In Session To Date. Education Trust Fund Budget and General Fund Budget Both Passed Pending Amendments

Legislative Session Update, Week 10

Redistricting, Historic Monuments and Pistol Permits Dominate House

Legislative Session Update, Week 9

With only a few weeks left, Speaker McCutcheon says state budgets, redistricting and prisons are the priorities for remainder of Session.

Legislative Session Update, Week 8

Governor Resigns. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey sworn in.

Legislative Session Update, Week 7

Scofield's Alabama Rural Broadband Act passes Senate

Legislative Session Update, Week 6

Prison Construction Bill Scaled Back

Legislative Session Update, Week 5

Alabama moves a step closer to ending judicial override on death penalty cases.

Legislative Session Update, Week 4

Nathaniel Ledbetter elected new House Majority Leader

Legislative Session Update, Week 3

Representative Ainsworth introduces term limits bill.

Legislative Session Update, Week 2

Resolution to Impeach the Governor introduced in House

Legislative Session Update, Week 1

A prison construction plan, removing the sales tax on groceries, and a pay-raise for state employees among Governor's agenda.

Red Mill Bridge Dedicated

Marshall County citizens and local officials gather to celebrate the completion of $5.1 million bridge.

Appreciation Lunch for Law Enforcement, Firefighters and First Responders

Rep. Will Ainsworth and District Attorney Steve Marshall host cookout to honor members

Constitutional Amendments

A guide to understanding the amendments that will appear on the November ballot

Lottery Bill Dies in Special Session

Local Delegation split on support

Senate Approves Lottery Bill, Action Moves To The House

Any changes made by the House would send the Bill back to Senate.

Re-cap of the 2016 Regular Session

A total of 1,005 Bills were introduced; 574 House Bills and 431 Senate Bills. 277 of those Bills became law. Some of the key accomplishments are outlined here.

Wired Act Goes To The Governor

HB123 will provide wireless networks for schools

Bill Passes Providing Tax Relief for Small Business Hiring

Incentives authorized for businesses who hire an Alabama resident or certain unemployed veterans

Constitutional Amendment to Protect State Parks Will Got to Voters

The constitutional amendment would protect Alabama's state parks from the administrative transfers that have affected their budgets over the past few years. This gives Alabamians the ability to go to the polls and voice their support for our state parks.

Articles of Impeachment

Resolution will create a committee to explore allegations of wrong-doing.

Legislature Overides Governor's Veto of Budget

The Alabama Legislature passed a General Fund Budget in February that would level-fund most agencies next year.

Ainsworth Bill Would Allow Recall of the Governor

Rep. Will Ainsworth introduces HB501 dealing with recalling politicians in Alabama.

Rep. Ainsworth Opposes Proposed Gas Tax Increase

Conservative Alabama Legislators Ask Colleagues to "Stop the Gas Tax"

Governor Robert Bentley Signs "Winston's Law"

The bill will increase the penalties in certain instances of child abuse.

A Vote For Amendment One Would Save Taxpayers Millions.

Passage of the Constitutional Amendment would require officials to make retirement contributions from their paychecks.

Right To Work

The Alabama House has approved a Constitutional Amendment that would reaffirm Alabama as a "right to work" state.

Unborn Infants Dignity of Life Legislation

Alabama House approves the Unborn Infants Dignity of Life Act which would prevent the sale of the remains of unborn children within the state.

2016 Legislative Session Begins February 2nd

Lawmakers face difficult decisions on paying for state services.

Scofield Votes Against Tax Increases

Senate "Gang of Nine" voted against every tax increase.

Second Special Session Begins Sept. 8th

Governor's proposals includes raising at least $260 million a year in taxes as well as budget reform measures

Rep. Ed Henry Discusses The Upcoming Special Session And the Liklihood Of Tax Increases

"There are a number of us that have laid our political lives on the line to stop taxes....but I feel like there are too many people in office right now who have succumbed to this idea that the government needs more of your hard-earned income."

No New Taxes

Rep. Will Ainsworth issues statement reassuring his commitment to no tax increases.

Seeking all World War II Veterans

Senator will provide free charter bus transportation to take local WWII vets to the 70th Annual Victory Day Celebration in Huntsville on August 10th.

Stay up to date on current issues.

To make it convenient for you to stay up to date on the latest state news stories, Ainsworth offers free news clips.

Statements Regarding the Special Session

Legislators comment on the Special Session which begins Monday.

Rep. Ainsworth Appointed To The Commission On Earmarking And Budget Reform

"I'm looking forward to working to tackle the fiscal issues facing our state."

Special Session This Summer

Governor vetoed the proposed 2016 state budget, requiring legislators to go into a special session to tackle the issue


The legislature passed both budgets before adjourning. The General Fund budget is level-funded based on conditionals - if it receives additional revenue. The Education budget is fully funded and includes increases in classroom spending.

Rep. Standridge Chairs House Rural Caucus

A bipartisan group of State Representatives coming together to focus on issues that specifically face Alabamians in rural areas

Standridge Sponsors Church Vandalism Bill

HB 28 would mandate jail time for people convicted of vandalism to a church and provide for restitution to the Church before court fees and fines.


Get a copy of the Marshall County Ballot for the General Election

A Guide to the Amendments

On Nov. 4th, voters will see five proposed statewide Constitutional Amendments on their ballots. Read the ballot language as well as explanations offered for each amendment.


October 30th is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot.

STAR ID Requirements pushed back to 2016

In response to acts of terrorism committed against the United States, and in an effort to ensure the safety of citizens, Congress passed the REAL-ID Act of 2005. To comply with that act, the Alabama Department of Public Safety has developed a driver license and identification program called STAR I.D

Alabama Dual Enrollment Tax Credit

The Alabama Legislature passed the Alabama Dual Enrollment Tax Credit, which is available for Alabama individuals and businesses that contribute cash to the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education for qualifying educational expenses directly associated with the state's Career-Technical Dual Enrollment Program.

Marshall County Polling Locations

A link to a complete list of polling locations for Marshall County.

Don't Forget to Take Your Photo ID On Election Day

Under new law approved by the legislature, poll workers will require voters to show a photo identification on June 3rd.

Kelley's Law signed by the Governor

Law makes it a capital offense when a murder is committed in violation of a pre-existing protection order.

Week 10- Legislative Update

The AL House passes Kellys Law, and a package of bills that will reform Alabama's taxpayer-funded public assistance programs. Legislators Adjourn.

Week 9 - Legislative Update

General Fund and Education Budgets delayed until after spring; Carly's Law passes; repeal of Common Core unlikely with only 3 days left in session.

Carly's Law

The Alabama House has passed Carly's Law and approves $1 million medical study on marijuana-derived oil.

Week 8 - Legislative Update

Alabama Legislators pass restrictive Abortion laws

Week 7 - Legislative Update

House passes a $1.83 billion General Fund Budget. Drug testing welfare recipients focus of Senate debate.

"Common Core"

" Alabama remains firmly in control of our public schools" per our State School Superintendent Tommy Bice

Week 6- Legislative Update

A General Fund Budget was passed out of committee and goes to the House. Committees hold public hearings on abortion and removing the Sales tax on groceries.

2014 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Alabama will hold its third annual sales tax holiday, beginning Friday, February 21,2014 at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday, February 23,2014 at 12 midnight.

Remington Gun Plant coming to Huntsville

Gun maker Remington Outdoor Co. to open manufacturing plant, and employ about 2,000 people in Huntsville.

Week 5- 2014 Legislative Update

A busy week in the Alabama Legislature with many bills seeing passage.

Week 4 - 2014 Legislative Update

Animal shelters, property rights, sunset bills and committee actions top the week in the legislature

Week 3 - 2014 Legislative Session

Although winter weather hampered the legislative session early in the week, a number of bills saw passage before the week was out, including a bill that which would make an alcohol-related death caused by boating under the influence subject to the same penalties as alcohol-related deaths caused by driving any other vehicle.

State takes action to address propane gas shortage

Governor Bentley declares state of emergency due to propane gas shortage

Week 2 - 2014 Legislative Session

Adoption tax credit, protecting rights of healthcare workers, establishing a Fair Ballot Commission among bills passed this week.

Week 1 - 2014 Legislative Session

House passes tax-reform bills in the first week of the new legislative session.

2014 Session Begins

The 2014 Regular Session of the Alabama convenes on January 14th. Budgets, workforce development and tax relief for businesses are among the priorities.

New Photo Voter ID Law

Alabama's Photo Voter ID requirement will go into effect for the state Primary Election in June 2014. Assistance to help people obtain cards will commence in December.

Scofield Makes List Of Top Conservatives

Senator Clay Scofield is named among the seven most conservative Alabama legislators.

Senator Scofield honored to receive an award of appreciation

The Alabama Police Benevolent Association presents an award to Senator Scofield.

Representative Randall Shedd appointed to House Committees

Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard announced that he has appointed Rep. Randall Shedd to serve as a member of both the House Transportation, Utilities, and Infrastructure Committee and the House County and Municipal Government Committee.

Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Highway 278 Completion

Lawmakers from four counties seek updated information and strategy for the four-lane completion of Highway 278 which all agree would be an economic boost to the region.

Company's Coming For Bassmaster Classic (The Lakeside Post)

Guntersville is preparing for the 44th annual Bassmaster Classic to blast off February 21-23 next year. There will be thousands of people in town for the first time, so there’s a big effort underway to make sure the community is ready to welcome them.

Teacher in Need Grant Applications

Representative Long accepting requests

2013 Legislative Session Overview

Representative Long shares Summary of 2013 Legislative Session

2013 Legislative Accomplishments

The legislature continues to deliver on sweeping reforms, promoting job creation, and protecting citizen's rights and values.

The Alabama Aquatic Plant Management Act

Long passes bill to establish state board and trust fund to help fund aquatic plant management programs

One Day Remains in 2012 Regular Session

The Alabama Legislature Has Passed Some Significant Pieces of Legislation

Governor Bentley Signs the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013

Read the Alabama School Flexibility and Accountability Act

The Alabama Accountability Act Explained

This bill allows more flexibility for local schools, gives students in failing schools new options and creates tax credits for those wishing to donate to organizations providing scholarships for students to attend non-failing public or non-public schools

How Sequestration Will Affect States

In this article from the Council on State Governments, the effect of federal budget cuts and how it will impact state revenues is outlined

Long Praises Passage of People's Trust Act

A bill to re-pay money borrowed from the Alabama Trust Fund is the first bill passed in new legislative session.

Revenue Department Extends Deadline to Re-certify Homestead Exemptions

Disabled and over 65 taxpayers who qualify for an exemption from ad valorem taxes will have until January 31st to document their eligibility according to an order from the State Department of Revenue. The form and supporting documents can be submitted by mail.

The Looming Fiscal Cliff

How will Congress' actions affect the State?

Amendment 4 Removes Racist Language

A "yes" vote on Amendment 4 removes the following language from the Alabama Constitution.

You Can Vote Absentee

The deadline to request an Absentee Ballot is 5 days before the election

November 6th Ballot Amendments Explained

There will be 11 state-wide Constitutional Amendments on the ballot in the General Election, and one local amendment.

Proposed Amendments to Reform the Constitution

Statewide Amendment 9 and Amendment 10 were proposed by the Alabama Constitutional Revision Commission to clean up Article 12 on Corporations and Article 13 on Banking.

Promises Made. Promises Kept.

Rep. Wes Long says voters have trusted lawmakers to keep their word and repay money borrowed from the trust fund.

Make Your Voice Heard

New website gives citizens an opportunity to express what's important to you.

Legislative Internships

Internships available for 2013

Changes Coming to Mandatory Insurance Law

Beginning Jan. 1, it will be easier for authorities to enforce new fines for driving without liability car insurance.

Fact Sheet on September 18th Referendum

Keep Alabama Working Campaign helps educate voters on what is at stake in the Constitutional Amendment

Supreme Court Rules on Health Care Mandate

Read the entire Opinion here.

Explaining the Compromise Budget Plan

After cutting more than half a billion dollars from state budgets since 2010 and passing reforms that will save billions over the next 30 years, more money is needed to bridge the financial gap. The Compromise Budget Plan which will be on the ballot on September 18th doesn't raise taxes; avoids teacher layoffs; and prevents cuts that would force the release of prisoners and have critical effects on hospitals and nursing home programs.

Legislative Accomplishments in 2012

Lawmakers passed reforms to help create jobs, reign in spending and give communities tools to improve education.

Voters To Decide: Constitutional Amendment Would Prevent Medicaid Cuts

Legislature proposed plan in special session to balance State General Fund Budget.

Summary of the Alabama Trust Fund

Created by a Constitutional Act ratified in 1985, the Alabama Trust Fund is a savings account funded by revenues from oil and gas leases in the gulf.

Future Amendments

Review all the Constitutional Amendments to be voted on this year

Session Updates

Activity in the Legislature, week 12

Session Updates

Activity in the Legislature, week 11

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Activity in the Legislature, week 10

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Activity in the Legislature, week 9

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Activity in the Legislature, week 8

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Activity in the Legislature, Week 7

Effects of State Budget Cuts

Birmingham News Editorial

Session Updates

Activity in the Legislature, Week 6

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Activity in the Legislature, Week 5

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Activity in the Legislature, Week 4

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Activity in the Legislature, Week 3

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Activity in the Legislature, Week 2

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Activity in the Legislature, Week 1

Job Growth Top Priority in 2012 Session

The Legislative Leadership plans to continue progress with the following job-growth proposals.

Alabama's Unemployment Rate Continues Dramatic Decline

State's unemployment rolls drop by 1.7 percent since August

Certain Gifts Allowed Under Ethics Law

In response to a set of questions posed by the Alabama Association of School Boards, the Ethics Commission makes no distinction in its Opinion between elected officials, legislators, teachers or public employees, saying that gifts of de minimus value are allowed under the law.

Op Ed on Immigration

"Our commitment to Combat Illegal Immigration" by House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh

Agenda for Legislative Session Focuses on Jobs

Alabama’s Republican Leaders yesterday previewed an ambitious agenda for the upcoming legislative session focused on jumpstarting private sector job growth, improving our schools through education reform and making state government more efficient.

Education Budget 2012 Synopsis

Memo explains measures taken in this year's $5.59 billion Education Budget

Alabama Policy Institute Reports on State Pension Program

Report outlines concerns about a looming crisis in the state's employment compensation and retirement programs.

Changes to Retirement Contribution Rates and Insurance Premiums

Where to find information and answers regarding changes for state employees and teachers

Federal Judge Rules on Alabama Immigration Law

Most sections of Immigration Law are upheld (see court ruling).

Public Heariings Slated on Redistricting

Input is sought from interested citizens and groups relating to redrawing Congressional and School Board District lines. (Schedule available here).

Rich's Drug Testing Bill Draws National Attention

A bill that would require drug testing of Alabama welfare applicants is being prepared for the 2012 legislative session

Read the Court Order on Immigration Law

Federal Judge Sharon Blackburn will issue detailed opinions and orders on the motion for preliminary injunction no later than September 28th.

Alabama Legislators Consider Welfare Drug Testing (Sand Mountain Reporter)

Local legislators say drug testing bill will save taxpayers.

New Laws

A list of the 296 bills passed in the 2011 Legislative Session which were signed by the Governor

30 Reforms in 30 Days

The 2011 Legislation Session has been labeled as one of the most productive sessions in Alabama's history

Legislative Session Re-cap

Legislature passes every bill promised in the "Handshake with Alabama"

Rich Pushes Abortion Bill Through On Last Day (Sand Mountain Reporter)

Bill will ban abortions after 20 weeks

Illegal Immigration

Alabama has passed one of the strongest immigration laws in the country.

Education Budget

The FY2012 Education Budget passed the House on Tuesday, April 12.

Special Session on Ethics

Following the December Special Session called by outgoing Governor Bob Riley, Alabama now has some of the strongest ethics and anti-corruption laws in the country.

Legislators present check to Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of Marshall County helps teach students life skills that will make them better employees and grow our economy and we are happy to support the program

Free Covid-19 testing, Oct. 18th, Albertville

Free Covid-19 testing on October 18th, 1:30-5:30pm, Chapel of the Holy Cross, 1534 Whitesville Rd, Albertville, AL

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