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Thanks to the lingering effects of COVID-19, the North Alabama Agriplex continues to keep its plans for on-site activities in a temporary holding pattern. 

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BERLIN — Seven months after announcing that Cullman Electric Cooperative was going to be providing high speed internet service to members, the first paying customer went online Monday in the Berlin area.

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WEST POINT — While there is no formal request yet, the West Point town council on Monday discussed the possibility of extending sewer lines across Highway 157 for a subdivision in the planning stages.

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Judith Brock’s name, and the spaces for kids she helped create, will always be the kind of fondly-remembered early memory that unites the many kids-turned grown-ups who spent their childhood years in Hanceville.

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After spending the first two weeks working remotely, students in the Cullman County School System will be returning to the classroom on Tuesday.

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Not long before a violent crowd of rioters ransacked the U.S. Capitol — where at least five people were killed, including a Capitol police officer — Alabama U.S Rep. Mo Brooks told the angry crowd to head to the building.

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Alabama’s Congressional delegation was split down party lines on the impeachment vote, with all the Republicans voting against impeaching President Donald Trump for the second time and the state’s lone Democratic representative voting in favor of impeachment.

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COLONY — There are a lot of improvements the town of Colony would like to make to its infrastructure, but first, the council agreed Tuesday, they've got to get a handle on spending.

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The Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force and Karma Coffee teamed up Monday to bring awareness to the issue on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

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GOOD HOPE — The Good Hope City Council approved the purchase Monday night of the five-acre piece of property containing the former Cotton Gin Restaurant. 

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COVID-19 played havoc with last year’s on-site meeting schedule for the Alabama Legislature, and the possibility still persists that the Feb. 2 start of this year’s session may be followed by remote communication and some early down time — though the state has so far made no decision that could affect lawmakers’ efforts to return to normal activity at the Statehouse.

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The Cullman City School Board approved an extension of any unused emergency paid sick leave provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act during a special called meeting Friday morning. 

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Cullman County Circuit Judge Gregory Nicholas sentenced Rodney Looney to 99 years in prison Thursday for the attempted murder of Lieutenant Rex Sorrow of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office. A jury found Looney guilty in October, 2020.

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Students in the Cullman County School System are working remotely for the first two weeks of the new semester, and the system has placed school buses around the county with wi-fi routers to provide free internet service to those who do not have access at home. 

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Michael Thomas Ashley, 43, of Cullman was killed in a two-vehicle accident on County Road 437 at I-65 Wednesday, according to Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick.

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The Wallace State Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program’s Student Occupational Therapy Association is hosting a virtual 5K to support its program and its community partners — The Link of Cullman County, Hope Horses, Inc. and Flourish of Cullman, Inc. 

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Vaccinations for COVID-19 are rolling out to front-line medical and emergency workers in Cullman County, but the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) says there’s no firm timeline on when the vaccines will be available locally to at-risk groups in the general population.

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The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that one of the department’s four-legged deputies has passed away. 

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HOLLY POND — Holly Pond residents who’ve been taking advantage of the town’s access to free wireless internet can look forward to the amenity becoming a permanent feature at both of Holly pond’s public parks.

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BAILEYTON — Baileyton will be accepting bids next month from individuals interested in leasing several parcels of town property. The town owns five parcels of land, a portion of which have been leased out previously for growing hay.

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There’s no denying 2020 was one of the most challenging years in recent history due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Cullman City Schools leaders are looking ahead to what’s next in 2021 — and they have a few goals, hopes and plans for the back half of the current school year.

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A reported surge in local hospitalizations related to COVID-19 is having a ripple effect in local courts, which are delaying some proceedings and moving others online.

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The town of Fairview approved a request from a local tornado shelter sales representative to display his sales trailer on town property a day or two before storms. In exchange, Clint Haynes will obtain a $100 business license and pay the town $25 per unit sold in the Fairview area.

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