9 adorable Birmingham pandemic pets that will make your heart melt

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Imagine coming home to these sweet faces after a long, stressful day of work. Mood instantly boosted. Photo via Jay Wennington

The pandemic has definitely taken its toll on a lot of us, and we’ve had to find creative ways to keep our minds busy to distract from all the chaos that occurred. Some of us discovered new hobbies. Some of us worked on our fitness. But a lot of us adopted pets.

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Gov. Ivey awards thousands to help pets whose owners are in domestic violence situations

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A grant to help pets in tough situations. Photo via Shelby Humane’s Facebook

Looks like Governor Kay Ivey is looking out for our beloved pets just as much as we are. She awarded a $52,000 grant to help pets whose owners are in domestic violence situations. Keep reading to learn more.

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James Spann, Sloss Furnaces among Alabama ornaments featured on national Christmas tree

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Vulcan, James Spann and other Birmingham landmarks are now on display on the national Christmas tree in Washington D.C. Photo via Shelby County Schools

Drop the papier-mâché—nothing I ever created in art class made it further than my mom’s dresser. The same isn’t true for these Shelby County High School art students. Their self-designed Alabama ornaments hang on the national Christmas tree in Washington D.C.

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A trip down the Shelby County Wine Trail

Sip, sip horray. Let’s take a trip on the wine trail. Photo via Ozan Winery & Vineyard’s Facebook

A lot of people may forget that parts of Birmingham run into Shelby County. Our neighbors across the Jefferson County border have a lot going on, including local vineyards. Grab some friends, your wine glasses and let’s take a trip down Shelby County’s local wine trail.

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4 things you need to know about Shelby County’s plan for growth

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Shelby County’s 2020 career readiness volunteers recognized at the chamber’s annual Industry Appreciation Reception. Photo courtesy of The Shelby County Chamber

Just south of Birmingham is Alabama’s fastest-growing county (according to the last census). Odds are, many of you reading this live, work or at least spend time in Shelby County. The county chamber is currently in the middle of an ambitious five-year plan. Here are four things you need to know.

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Did we forget about libraries? Why you should be taking advantage + where to find public libraries in Birmingham

Birmingham public library. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now.

Some of my favorite summertime memories as a child involved going to the library. During those long, hot summer days (before Netflix came around), my older sister and I would run out of entertainment fairly quickly. So, once a week, we would grab our library cards, hop in my mom’s car, and ride down to our local public library. The excitement of scanning the shelves, finding a new novel or maybe the next book in a series I’d been burning through- nothing could compare. I feel confident that I am not alone in that memory. Which begs the question, Birmingham- why have so many of us forgotten about libraries?

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Report ranks Shelby County as healthiest county in Alabama, while Jefferson County has some work to do

Photo from the Jefferson County Department of Health via their public Facebook page

According to the recently released 2018 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report for Alabama, Shelby County has been ranked 1st in the state of Alabama for health outcomes and factors. Respectively, Jefferson County, Alabama’s largest county placed 22nd in health outcome and 7th in the health factors categories.

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Shelby County follows the Magic City with Revitalization

Restoring, but never forgetting, the old buildings in a city is needed to progress through the years.

What better way for Columbiana to ring in the New Year by restoring the Davis Drug Company building – the first of many.

A contributed photo given to the Shelby County Reporter depicts the beginnings of renovations started on Dec. 19th.

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