COLUMBIANA — A longtime city police officer has been chosen to fill the police chief position vacated by Tim Gladis in November due to retirement.,On Tuesday, council unanimously approved hiring Bill Myers as police chief following the recommendation from City Manager Lance Willard.,Willard said that Myers has supervisory experience, and has worked with all of the city departments over the years.,I think he has a passion for our town, and a passion to get out there and hit the streets and continue working with the storefront owners and the community,” Willard said.,Willard said the Civil Service Commission will provide the city with a list of the top 10 candidates to choose from and that the list is typically good for two years or until depleted.

COLUMBIANA — A longtime city police officer has been chosen to fill the police chief position vacated by Tim Gladis in November due to retirement.,On Tuesday, council unanimously approved hiring Bill Myers as police chief following the recommendation from City Manager Lance Willard.,Willard said that Myers has supervisory experience, and has worked with all of the city departments over the years.,On a related matter, Willard said that more than 20 people have signed up to take the civil service test to become a police officer.,Willard said the Civil Service Commission will provide the city with a list of the top 10 candidates to choose from and that the list is typically good for two years or until depleted.

STRATFORD, Conn. — A Stratford woman is under arrest for trying to impersonate an officer while in the nation's Capitol.,U.S. Capitol Police say Linda MaGovern, 63, tried to talk her way through a security checkpoint.,Authorities say the MaGovern drove up to the United States Capitol Police Presidential Inauguration checkpoint at First Street and Columbus Circle Saturday morning.,Capitol Police ordered her to turn the car off and present a driver’s license but instead, MaGovern drove off.,She was processed by U.S. Capitol Police and remains in custody, charged with False Impersonation of a Law Enforcement Officer, Failure to Obey an Officer, and Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer.

For the past four days, the Shelby County Health Department has reported new coronavirus cases in the 400-500 range.,There were 533 COVID-positive patients in area hospital beds as of 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the Tennessee Healthcare Resource Tracking System.,About 40% of patients in area ICU beds were COVID-positive (149) or suspected of having the coronavirus (8).,About 19% of patients in area acute care beds were either COVID-positive (384) or suspected of having the coronavirus (38).,As of Wednesday, the agency reported 670,482 total coronavirus cases, including 8,232 deaths, 2,964 current hospitalizations and 596,883 inactive cases (recoveries).

The recently opened Not a Coffee Shop is at 761 National St., in the Heights neighborhood, near Summer Avenue and National Street.,The area includes Brinkley Heights, Mitchell Heights, Highland Heights and Graham Heights.

The National Risk Index, put together by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is based on calculations by 80 experts over six years and reveals the risks for each county in the United States for 18 natural hazards including earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis and even winter weather.,The 18 natural hazards included in the index are avalanches, coastal flooding, cold wave (a cooling of air), drought, earthquake, hail, heat wave, hurricane, ice storm, landslide, lightning, river flooding, strong wind, tornado, tsunami, volcanic activity, wildfire and winter weather.,While the risk of hurricanes is not applicable in Los Angeles County, several other hazards are very high, including wildfires, earthquakes and river flooding.,Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; Score: 57.72 Most at risk for heat waves, ice storms, lightning, river flooding, strong winds, tornadoes and winter weather.,The county is at very high risk of heat waves, ice storms, strong winds, tornadoes and winter weather.

A new ski school building is on the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission agenda for Jan. 19.,Mount Southington General manager Jay Dougherty said the plan is to demolish the existing tiny ski school building and replace it with a 2-story, 2,820-square-foot structure.,The terrain park at Mt. Southington last Saturday.,Dougherty has also been constantly reminding guests that face coverings are required at the base area, including the lift lines.,Mount Southington is 100 percent open with base depths of between 18 and 24 inches.

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Coming off a 72-58 victory over Westbrook Christian on Tuesday night to clinch hosting the upcoming Class 2A, Area 12 basketball tournament, the Sand Rock Wildcats (14-3) moved up three spots to No. 7 in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association rankings.,New Hope (7-5) read more