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110 Alabama schools on list of best high schools in the nation
April 21, 2016 
This week, 110 Alabama schools were ranked among the best high schools in the nation.

U.S. News and World Report reviewed 28,561 public, magnet, and charter schools across the nation, and 110 Alabama schools made the 2016 list. Out of those, two schools received a gold medal, 27 received silver medals, and 81 received bronze medals.

There are 365 public, charter, and magnet high schools in the state.
The top ten according to the report are...


Alabama Power Foundation provides funds for 21 pre-K classrooms
By Press Release: Alabama Power | 
Apr 21, 2016
ALABAMA (WTVY) The Alabama Power Foundation has awarded 21 pre-K programs across the state with classroom grants.

The grants are part of the foundation's Brighter Minds education initiative. The $10,000 grants will enable these pre-K programs to improve their learning environments.

"Early-childhood education lays the foundation for lifelong learning and success," said Myla Calhoun, Alabama Power vice president of Charitable Giving. "Children who have access to high-quality pre-K programs are better prepared for elementary school, high school and, ultimately, the workforce. This is an investment in our state's future that we can't afford to overlook."


Faster Internet speeds coming to Calhoun County in third quarter of the year
By Patrick McCreless, Star Staff Writer,

Calhoun County computer users could have access to some of the fastest Internet speeds available in the U.S. by the end of the summer.

Telecommunications company Cable One expects to offer gigabit Internet speed to residential customers in the third quarter of the year, a company spokeswoman said. The rare, fast Internet service seen mainly in larger markets like Nashville and Atlanta could help attract business to the area, some economic experts say.

Patricia Niemann, spokeswoman for Cable One, said her company began launching the service, branded as "GigaOne," in January and will continue to do so through the year.






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