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Cullman Times. April 16, 2022.

In a typical year, tax filing day would have been April 15. This year, in so many ways, is atypical. All of us have a short reprieve and temporary reset until Monday, April 18, to file our taxes.

This delay happens during years when federal holidays bump into the April 15 filing date. In 2022, that is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington marking President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act. That act, freeing 3,000 slaves in the DC area and ending slavery in the District of Columbia, was observed April 15. No federal employees at work that day meant no tax processing. So, a reprieve.

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Given the state of the world – war, inflation, pandemic… we could go on – even a short break is welcome, but how much better that this one comes this weekend, during Easter.

A time for resurrection and rebirth in the Christian world, Easter marks a joyful end to the Lenten season of fasting and penitence.

No truer definitions of reprieve or reset could be closer to the mark.

We wish everyone in Cullman County a very happy Easter season.

Dothan Eagle. April 19, 2022.

Editorial: Business is booming

Toyota announced an expansion of its Huntsville engine plant this week to ramp up production of a hybrid engine. That’s big news for Rocket City, which will benefit from the company’s almost quarter-billion dollar investment and likely an eventual increase in its 1,800-strong workforce.

We’re pleased for Huntsville, and for what the economic expansion will mean for the state overall.

However, we’re far more excited by news from a local company, Dothan Warehouse, which announced its second expansion – an investment of $ 8 million and the creation of 25 new jobs. It’s the second phase of a larger expansion initiative totaling about $ 28 million.

We’re not knocking large employers; our area’s industrial recruiters are always working to land a big fish and have done so in the past. However, there’s great value and stability in growing small businesses across a constellation of disciplines.

The economic stability of our region can be attributed to diversification. There are many successful businesses and employers throughout the area in retail, medical, manufacturing, hospitality, and countless other options, many of which have been created and driven to success by local business folk. Dothan Warehouse identified a niche service and is serving a growing regional poultry industry with storage, blast freezing and logistics. The company is looking forward to future expansion as well.

We’re proud of the success of Dothan Warehouse, and are particularly aware of the ripple effect that can follow, as other businesses in related industries stand to benefit from the diversification.

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