Here's the latest news for Huntsville, AL, from The New Gazette.
HUNTSVILLE - MADISON
METRO AREA
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
News

IMPORTANT

  1. Colorado’s entire congressional delegation sent a letter to President Biden challenging the selection of HSV as Space Command’s new HQ. The letter argues that moving the U.S. Space Command HQ from Colorado Springs to HSV was not an impartial process. It states that “President Trump’s political considerations influenced the final decision.” The Colorado lawmakers want the decision to be reviewed by the new administration before any actions are made to relocate the headquarters. Read more.

    More: Outgoing Secretary of the USAF, Barbara Barrett, stated that politics did not influence her decision to select HSV as the provisional choice for the new HQ. Mr. John P. Roth, the Acting Secretary of the Air Force, has now replaced Ms. Barrett and his stance on her actions is currently unknown. For a deeper dive, check out this article in The Atlantic.

    Context:

    • You can read the full letter from the Colorado lawmakers here.
    • The current provisional headquarters of the U.S. Space Command is Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

NORTH ALABAMA

  1. A nighttime F3 tornado tore through Fultondale, AL, a northern suburb of Birmingham, late Monday night. Current reports say 30 people have been injured, and one teen was killed as the storm left a sudden 10-mile trail of destruction. Basic supplies are available at Fultondale City Hall. Read more or follow updates from the official Facebook page for Fultondale.

    Action: The United Way of Central Alabama has set up pages for volunteer signup and donations. You can also donate to the American Red Cross of AL + MS.

MADISON COUNTY

  1. Madison County Schools will return to 5 days a week in-person classes starting Monday, Feb. 1. The school system will continually evaluate the C-19 situation on a school-by-school basis. There are no changes for the students who are registered for full-time virtual learning. Read more.

HUNTSVILLE

  1. The John Hunt Park Vaccine Clinic is expanding operations to 7 days a week as capacity ramps up. Tracy Doughty, HSV Hospital Senior Vice President of Operations, says they will gradually increase vaccination capacity at this location to 1,000 people a day. Responses to the clinic have been positive, saying it is quick and well organized. Read more.

  2. Downtown HSV sees retail and restaurant growth and no closures during the pandemic. During DHI’s annual downtown awards this week, Chad Emerson, president of DHI, lauded the close-knit community of owners and restauranteurs who have helped each other stay afloat and the community for buying local and embracing take out options from local spots. Canadian Bakin, a bakery and cafe which opened during the pandemic, received the 2021 Best New Business award. Read more.

QUICK BITS

  • Here the latest C-19 numbers from HSV Hospital and the vaccine distribution dashboard.
  • The Huntsville Veterans Affairs Clinic is expanding the C-19 vaccine to veterans 65 years and older beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Read more.
  • Fox Army Health Clinic is providing the C-19 vaccine to personnel that meet the criteria for Phase 1B following the modified DoD population schema. Read more.
  • HSV Police searched Huntsville High School after a bomb threat on Tuesday afternoon and determined there was no threat. Read more.
  • Main Event Entertainment, a family-friendly entertainment experience, will be opening at Bridge Street in 2022. Read more.
  • HSV businesses can renew operating licenses for 2021 before the Monday, Feb. 1 deadline on an updated online permitting system. Read more.
  • Ardent Preschool and Daycare opened a new 22,000 sqft facility at Redstone Gateway off the Gate Nine exit. Read more.
  • HSV Symphony Orchestra will be holding a Sneak Preview of its Classical 2 concert on Saturday at 11 am. Read more.
Spotlight

The Cook Museum of Natural Science, located in nearby Decatur, is a family-friendly, immersive experience for people of all ages to learn about and interact with nature. Read more about the award-winning natural science museum from an interview with Mike Taylor, the museum’s Marketing and PR director. Read more.

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