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Ivey announces 200 schools selected as official Alabama Bicentennial Schools

Brandon Moseley



Alabama became a state on December 14, 1819. The state is preparing for our bicentennial next year. As part of that effort, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) announced on Friday that 200 schools have been selected as official Alabama Bicentennial Schools.

Governor Ivey was joined at the announcement by superintendents, principals, teachers, students, and administrators from the selected schools along with legislators and other dignitaries from across the state.

“It makes me so proud to see such a strong showing of schools participating in the program,” Gov. Ivey said. “It is an honor to recognize these outstanding schools and their projects as we head into Alabama’s bicentennial year. The Alabama Bicentennial celebration is about bringing communities together and getting all of our citizens involved. The schools being honored are a great representation of that goal.”

The Alabama Bicentennial Schools Initiative was launched by Gov. Ivey in 2017. The initiative encourages all public, private, and homeschool students and teachers to participate in the celebration of Alabama’s 200th anniversary of statehood in 2019. In early 2018, all K-12 schools in Alabama were invited to submit a proposal that engages in outreach and improvement projects to connect their classrooms with their local communities.

Nearly 400 schools sent in proposals. Of those 200 schools were selected to be official Alabama Bicentennial Schools and receive $2,000 grants to support the implementation of their projects.

Another 56 schools received honorable mentions and $500 grants. Schools were chosen through a review process involving committees of local educators, community leaders, and private citizens.


“One of the core objectives of the bicentennial is to get Alabamians thinking about what makes our state special, and what they want it to be,” said Steve Murray, co-chair of the Bicentennial Commission’s Education Committee.

“The terrific projects developed by the Alabama Bicentennial Schools will create opportunities for students to learn about the importance of community, and to discover the ability they have to shape the future of their corner of the state.”

The schools represent all corners of the state. The selected schools have developed a wide variety of projects that will make meaningful contributions to their local communities. Ranging from oral history projects to community gardens to mentorship programs, these projects will foster new relationships between schools, students, and local citizens, extending well beyond Alabama’s bicentennial celebration.

The Alabama Bicentennial Schools Initiative is presented in partnership by Alabama 200, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH), and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE).

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Alabama became a state following the American victory in the Creek Indian War by General Andrew Jackson, who would later become President.

To see the full list of Official Alabama Bicentennial Schools by County

Autauga County
Billingsley High School
Pine Level Elementary
Prattville Christian Academy

Baldwin County
Foley High School
Renaissance School of the Eastern Shore

Barbour County
Eufaula Elementary School
Eufaula High School
Eufaula Primary School

Bibb County
Bibb County High School

Blount County
Appalachian School

Bullock County
Bullock County High School

Butler County
Fort Dale Academy

Calhoun County
Ohatchee High School
White Plains High School

Chambers County
John P. Powell Middle School

Cherokee County
Cedar Bluff School
Gaylesville High School

Chilton County
Jemison Intermediate School
Maplesville High School
Thorsby High School
Verbena High School

Choctaw County
Choctaw County High School
Southern Choctaw Elementary School

Clarke County
Clarke County High School
Jackson Intermediate School
Wilson Hall Middle School

Clay County
Lineville Elementary School

Cleburne County
Cleburne County Middle School

Coffee County
Elba Elementary School
Elba High School

Colbert County
G.W. Trenholm Primary School
McBride Elementary School

Conecuh County
Lyeffion Jr. High School

Coosa County
Central Elementary School

Covington County
Florala High School

Crenshaw County
Luverne High School

Cullman County
Good Hope High School
Thistle and Clover Academy
Vinemont Elementary School

Dale County
Harry N. Mixon Intermediate School

Dallas County
Salem Elementary School
Selma High School
Southside Primary School
Valley Grande Elementary School

DeKalb County
Collinsville High School
Crossville Elementary School
Williams Avenue Elementary School

Elmore County
Elmore County High School
Wetumpka Middle School

Escambia County
Rachel Patterson Elementary School

Etowah County
John S. Jones Elementary School
Southside High School

Fayette County
Fayette Elementary School

Franklin County
Red Bay High School
Russellville Elementary School

Geneva County
Samson Elementary School

Greene County
Eutaw Primary School
Greene County High School
Robert Brown Middle School

Hale County
Hale County College and Career Academy
Hale County Middle School
Moundville Elementary School

Henry County
Headland Middle School

Houston County
Montana Street Magnet School
Rehobeth School District
Webb Elementary School

Jackson County
Bridgeport Middle School
Woodville High School
Pisgah High School

Jefferson County
Bluff Park Elementary School
Cahaba Elementary School
Faith Community Christian School
George Washington Carver High School
Greenwood Elementary School
John Herbert Phillips Academy
Leeds Elementary School
Magnolia Elementary School
Mountain Brook High School
Henry J. Oliver Elementary School
Pinson Valley High School
Vestavia Hills Elementary School – Cahaba Heights
Vestavia Hills Elementary School – West

Lamar County
South Lamar School

Lauderdale County
Kilby Laboratory School
Lexington High School
St. Joseph Regional Catholic School

Lawrence County
Lawrence County High School

Lee County
Auburn High School
Auburn Jr. High School
Carver Primary School
Chanticleer Learning Center
Loachapoka High School
Ogletree Elementary School
Pick Elementary School
West Forest Intermediate School

Limestone County
Athens High School
East Limestone High School
Piney Chapel Elementary School
SPARK Academy at James L. Cowart Elementary School
Tanner Elementary School

Lowndes County
The Calhoun School
Jackson-Steele Elementary School

Macon County
Booker T. Washington High School
Tuskegee Institute Middle School
Tuskegee Public School

Madison County
Buckhorn High School
Challenger Middle School
Madison Cross Roads Elementary School
Monte Sano Elementary School
Moores Mill Intermediate School
New Century Technology High School
New Hope Elementary School
Riverton Elementary School
Roger B. Chaffee Elementary School
Ronald E. McNair Jr. High School
Walnut Grove Elementary School

Marengo County
Westside Elementary School

Marion County
Hamilton Elementary School
Phillips Elementary School
Winfield City Schools

Marshall County
Albertville Elementary School
Albertville High School
Boaz High School
Guntersville City Schools

Mobile County
Alabama School of Mathematics and Science
Anna F. Booth Elementary School
Calcedeaver Elementary School
Calloway-Smith Middle School
Bernice J. Causey Middle School
Clark-Shaw Magnet School
Dunbar Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School
Erin’s Gulf Coast Homeschool
Leinkauf Elementary School
McDavid-Jones Elementary School
Murphy High School
The Museum School at Mobile Museum of Art
Old Shell Road School of Creative and Performing Arts
Olive J. Dodge Elementary School
Peter F. Alba Middle School
Phillips Preparatory School
Saraland Middle School
St. Luke’s Episcopal School
St. Mary Catholic School
W.P. Davidson High School

Monroe County
Monroeville Elementary School

Montgomery County
Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School
Bear Exploration Center
Sidney Lanier High School
The Montgomery Academy
Valiant Cross Academy

Morgan County
Decatur Middle School
Eva School
F.E. Burleson Elementary School
Lacey’s Spring School
Walter Jackson Elementary School

Perry County
Francis Marion School

Pickens County
Reform Elementary School

Pike County
Banks Middle School
Goshen Elementary School
Goshen High School
Pike County High School

Randolph County
Handley Middle School

Russell County
Central Freshman Academy
Ladonia Elementary School

Shelby County
Chelsea Middle School
Chelsea Park Elementary School
Coosa Valley Academy
Creek View Elementary School
Helena Middle School
Meadow View Elementary School
Shelby County High School
Thompson Intermediate School

St. Clair County
Springville Elementary School

Sumter County
University Charter School

Talladega County
Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind
B.B. Comer Memorial High School
Munford Elementary School
Pinecrest Elementary School
Stemley Road Elementary School

Tallapoosa County
Alexander City Schools

Tuscaloosa County
Faucett-Vestavia Elementary School
Huntington Place Elementary School
Lake View Elementary School
Myrtlewood Elementary School
Oakdale Elementary School
Paul W. Bryant High School
Skyland Elementary School
Tuscaloosa Academy
Vance Elementary School
Walker Elementary School
Westlawn Middle School

Walker County
Oakman Middle School

Washington County
Fruitdale High School
Washington County Career Technical Center

Wilcox County
F.S. Ervin Elementary School

Winston County
Haleyville City Schools
Winston County High School
Meek High School

Alabama Bicentennial Schools Honorable Mentions by County

Calhoun County
Coldwater Elementary School
Weaver High School

Choctaw County
Southern Choctaw High School

Clarke County
Thomasville Elementary School

Coffee County
New Brockton High School

Colbert County
Deshler High School

Coosa County
Central Middle School

Covington County
Andalusia Elementary School

Etowah County
West End High School

Franklin County
Tharptown Elementary School

Geneva County
Geneva High School

Hale County
Hale County High School

Houston County
Beverlye Magnet School
Carver Magnet School
Cloverdale Elementary School
Heard Magnet School
Hidden Lake Elementary School
Kelly Springs Elementary School

Jackson County
Hollywood School

Jefferson County
Hudson K-8 School
Chalkville Elementary School
Rudd Middle School

Lauderdale County
Riverhill School

Lee County
Auburn Early Education Center
Richland Elementary School
J.F. Drake Middle School

Lowndes County
Central Elementary School

Macon County
George Washington Carver Elementary School
Notasulga High School

Madison County
Bob Jones High School
Central School
Hampton Cove Elementary School
Madison County Elementary School
The Montessori School of Huntsville
Whitesburg Christian Academy

Marshall County
Arab Elementary School
Kate Duncan Smith DAR School

Montgomery County
Booker T. Washington Magnet High School

Morgan County
Austinville Elementary School
Banks-Caddell Elementary School
Barkley Bridge Elementary School
Benjamin Davis Elementary School

Pickens County
Gordo High School

Pike County
New Life Christian Academy
Pike County Elementary School

Randolph County
Handley High School
Randolph County High School
Wadley High School

Shelby County
Riverchase Elementary School

St. Clair County
Margaret Elementary School

Talladega County
Childersburg High School
Lincoln Elementary School
Sycamore Elementary School

Tuscaloosa County
Northport Elementary School

Washington County
McIntosh High School

Wilcox County
Camden School of Arts and Technology

Winston County
Meek Elementary School
Lynn Elementary School

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with eight and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.



Vaccines should protect against mutated strains of coronavirus

Public health experts say it will be some time before vaccines are available to the wider public.

Eddie Burkhalter




Multiple vaccines for COVID-19 are in clinical trials, and one has already applied for emergency use authorization, but how good will those vaccines be against a mutating coronavirus? A UAB doctor says they’ll do just fine. 

Dr. Rachael Lee, UAB’s hospital epidemiologist, told reporters earlier this week that there have been small genetic mutations in COVID-19. What researchers are seeing in the virus here is slightly different than what’s seen in the virus in China, she said. 

“But luckily the way that these vaccines have been created, specifically the mRNA vaccines, is an area that is the same for all of these viruses,” Lee said, referring to the new type of vaccine known as mRNA, which uses genetic material, rather than a weakened or inactive germ, to trigger an immune response. 

The U.S. Food And Drug Administration is to review the drug company Pfizer’s vaccine on Dec. 10. Pfizer’s vaccine is an mRNA vaccine, as is a vaccine produced by the drug maker Moderna, which is expected to also soon apply for emergency use approval. 

“I think that is incredibly good news, that even though we may see some slight mutations,  we should have a vaccine that should cover all of those different mutations,” Lee said. 

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Wisconsin-Madison found in a recent study, published in the journal Science, that COVID-19 has mutated in ways that make it spread much more easily, but the mutation may also make it more susceptible to vaccines. 


In a separate study, researchers with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation found that while most vaccines were modeled after an earlier strain of COVID-19, they found no evidence that the vaccines wouldn’t provide the same immunity response for the new, more dominant strain. 

“This brings the world one step closer to a safe and effective vaccine to protect people and save lives,” said CSIRO chief executive Dr. Larry Marshall, according to Science Daily

While it may not be long before vaccines begin to be shipped to states, public health experts warn it will be some time before vaccines are available to the wider public. Scarce supplies at first will be allocated for those at greatest risk, including health care workers who are regularly exposed to coronavirus patients, and the elderly and ill. 

Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, speaking to APR last week, urged the public to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing for many more months, as the department works to make the vaccines more widely available.

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“Just because the first shots are rolling out doesn’t mean it’s time to stop doing everything we’ve been trying to get people to do for months. It’s not going to be widely available for a little while,” Harris said.

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Tuberville looks forward to public service “probably for the rest of my life”

Tuberville’s term as senator will begin on Jan. 3 when the 117th Congress is sworn in.

Brandon Moseley



Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville during an interview with Sean Spicer on Newsmax.

U.S. Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama, told Newsmax’s Sean Spicer that he looks forward to the opportunity to give back to this country.

“After winning this and after being up here a couple of weeks and seeing how much of a difference we have made just to this point in the Senate has been gratifying,” Tuberville said. “I look forward to doing public service probably for the rest of my life.”

Tuberville said that he was 18 years old when the Vietnam War was coming to a close and then got into coaching so never served in the military and looks forward to the opportunity to give back to the country.

“As I went around the state of Alabama for those two years though I learned the respect of the people and how much that they want this country to remain the United States of America that we know and grew up in to go by the Constitution and those things. As I went through the campaign I got more and more fond of that I want to give back,” Tuberville said.

“I never served, I never gave back, but God was so good to me and my wife my family,” Tuberville said. “Giving back means so much to me after I was given so much for many, many years.”

Tuberville said that education will be a priority for him, getting education back to fundamentals like reading, writing, history and math. Tuberville said that unless the country gets back to fundamentals in education, “This country is not going to make it. We have got to get back to fundamentals and we are getting farther and farther every day.”


Tuberville was the only Republican on Nov. 3 to defeat an incumbent Senate Democrat when he unseated Sen. Doug Jones.

“I want to be the voice for the people of Alabama,” Tuberville explained. “The previous Senator was a voice for his party, the Democratic party.”

Tuberville, a career college football coach, reiterated his position that we should play sports and send kids back to school despite the coronavirus global pandemic.

“I think we are doing a lot better in sports than we are doing in a lot of other areas,” Tuberville said. “I was keeping my fingers crossed back in August that we would let our young kids go play high school sports, number one, and then we get into college sports. There are so many people throwing negatives on why we should not do that. But I can tell you, you can see many more positives if we go back to school and we play sports. It’s important that we attack this virus as it has been attacking us. If it gives us an inch, we gotta take it.”

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Tuberville reiterated his opposition to shutting down restaurants, schools and businesses to fight the virus.

“We have to get back to everyday life,” Tuberville said. “You can’t keep shutting people down. Freedom is a power that we have. A power that we have earned because of our forefathers. We can’t give that up.”

Tuberville is an Arkansas native. He was the head football coach at Auburn University where he won an SEC championship, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, and Cincinnati. Prior to that, he was a national championship defensive coordinator at the University of Miami. He was also the defensive coordinator at Texas A&M.

Tuberville’s term as senator will begin on Jan. 3 when the 117th Congress is sworn in.

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UAB cancels third game

The only remaining game on UAB’s schedule is a game at Rice on Dec. 12.

Brandon Moseley




The UAB Department of Athletics on Thursday announced that it is canceling its final home game of the season. UAB was scheduled to play Southern Mississippi on Friday at Legion Field, but the game was canceled due to continuing problems with COVID-19.

UAB has said that it will “continue to work with Conference USA on the remaining regular-season schedule.”

The only remaining game on UAB’s schedule is a game at Rice on Dec. 12.

UAB currently has a record of just four wins and three losses.

A win at Rice would guarantee the Blazers a winning season, but in this COVID altered season, a four and three or four and four record is probably good enough to be bowl eligible.

Southern Miss has had a dreadful season. They are two and seven and have two remaining games, against UTEP and Florida Atlantic. Both of those games were postponed from earlier in the season.


Unless the season is extended a week to the 19th, there is no way for UAB and Southern Miss to make up the canceled game.

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Official state Christmas tree was delivered

The approximately 35-foot tree will be displayed on the front steps of the state Capitol building.

Brandon Moseley



The 2016 state Christmas tree in front of the state Capitol.

Alabama’s official Christmas Tree was delivered to the state Capitol this week.

This year’s tree was donated by Robbins Taylor Sr. It is an Eastern Red Cedar that was grown in Letohatchee, Alabama.

The approximately 35-foot tree will be displayed on the front steps of the state Capitol building.

The tree will be adorned with lights and decorations ahead of the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 4. Gov. Ivey’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Capitol in Montgomery.

Alabama became the first state in the nation to make Christmas an official government holiday in 1836. Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870.

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