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March’s answer: Rooster Hall is one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Demopolis. It was built in 1843 by Presbyterians of Demopolis using locally made bricks. It served as their sanctuary until after the Civil War. During Reconstruction, a garrison of federal troops, stationed in Demopolis, moved the county seat from Linden and used this building for a courthouse. The county seat returned to Linden in 1871 and the building was turned over to the city, which leased it in 1876 to the Demopolis Opera Association. The Opera House closed its doors in 1902, and since then the building has served as City Hall, a fire station, a meeting house, voting station and office building. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Oct. 29, 1975. (Photo and information courtesy of Rural SW Alabama; visit ruralswalabama.org) The randomly drawn correct guess winner is Adam Smith of Arab EC.
Powerful winds cause damage, topple power lines
A powerful storm system with severe winds and heavy rain ripped through the South on March 3, causing damage to structures and power lines throughout the northern part of Alabama.
Three people died in Alabama from fallen trees, according to press reports. A 70-year-old man was killed by a falling tree in Talladega County while sitting in his truck, the local coroner said. A 43-year-old man in Lexington died after a tree fell on him, according to the coroner in Lauderdale County. And in Huntsville, a man was cleaning up tree limbs when a tree fell on him, police said.
There were about 72,000 power outages in Alabama due to the storm. As always, Alabama’s rural electric cooperatives were ready to help sister co-ops restore power.
Tombigbee EC, which serves Marion and Lamar counties and a small portion of Fayette County, received help from Central Alabama EC, Black Warrior EMC, Covington EC, Coosa Valley EC, Clarke-Washington EMC and Tallapoosa River EC.
Joe Wheeler EMC, which serves parts of Lawrence and Morgan counties, received help from Wiregrass EC, Clarke-Washington EMC and Tallapoosa River EC.
Cullman EC, which serves parts of Cullman, Morgan, Lawrence and Winston counties, received help from Coosa Valley EC and Marshall-DeKalb EC.
Restorations in some cases took several days due to the extensive damage, and we thank the crews who worked tirelessly and safely to turn the lights back on.
April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month
More than 16,000 people are living with Parkinson’s Disease in Alabama, with more than 800 diagnosed every year. Alabama residents with Parkinson’s can connect to education and resources to live a quality life with PD through social connections as well as online resources and person-centered care navigation sessions.
The Parkinson Association of Alabama has launched a new online resource center at www.parkinsonalabama.info. The site allows PAA to extend its rural reach and offer equitable access to resources and care.
A care navigation session with the PAA offers a Parkinson’s expert to guide the newly diagnosed through the resources they need and that matter most to them.
For more information, visit parkinsonalabama.com