Coronavirus updates

As developments occur in the ongoing fight against the spread of the coronavirus we will provide updates to you on a national, state and local scale and help you see how they impact us locally right here Randolph County.

As of the end of the day Friday, still no coronavirus cases had been confirmed in Randolph County, but there were several new changes that impact our area.

Here were some locally important developments from March 20, 2020.

Nationally

The IRS extended the deadline for filing individual federal income tax returns to July 15. The state of Alabama had not made an official announcement on whether it too would extend its deadline, but earlier in the week state officials indicated they would follow suit with whatever the federal government decided to do.

Local application: You now have two extra months to file your taxes, which gives you one less thing to worry about and delays any money coming out of your pockets for those of us who expected to have to pay.

Also, the movement toward stimulus checks for the majority of Americans continues to gain momentum. Details emerged Friday that said that individuals who filed tax returns for 2018 and made less than $75,000 that year will be in line for a $1,200 check from the government as soon as April 6. (Click here for details.)

Local application: This has not been finalized, so don't start spending that stimulus money yet. But, as with the delay on filing returns this year, this is another move aimed at keeping American households well-funded in a time of economic downturn.

Statewide

The Alabama attorney general's office issued a clear warning against those who would attempt to profit illegally by using price gouging techniques for in-demand items. (Details here)

Local application: Just because the meat and toilet paper shelves are constantly empty that doesn't mean stores can double their prices on those items. Also, if you see price gouging going on you can report it using the link above.

Locally

The Randolph County Commission announced the decision Friday to close the county courthouse to the public “until further notice.”

Local application: The courthouse will continue to operate and process transactions over the phone and via mail. Here is the text of the commission's Facebook post announcing the closure of the building:

“The Randolph County Courthouse and Annexes are closed to the public until further notice. Only essential personnel will remain on site. If you have questions, you may call the appropriate office; if no one answers, please leave a message.

If you need to make a property tax payment, you may mail it to the Revenue Office or use the drop box located at the Commission Office 12 East Broad Street, Suite 2 Wedowee, AL 36278. Your receipt will be mailed to you.

The tag deadline for March has been extended to April 15th however, you can mail it or drop it in the drop box. Your tag will be mailed to you.

We apologize for any inconvenience.”

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