Record COVID-19 Stats; Avondale Bar Controversy: The Week In News

Michael Seale

BIRMINGHAM AL — The Alabama Department of Public Health has recorded record numbers of COVID-19 cases this week, with three of the highest daily totals of new cases recorded in the last seven days. Montgomery County this week became the state's leader in COVID-19 cases among all counties.

The week started off with controversy surrounding comments from an owner of Parkside Cafe, a bar in Avondale. Michael Dykes, a co-owner of the bar, sent a text message to employees criticizing the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, and even criticized Floyd himself. Some employees resigned because of the comments.

Here are those stories and more from the last week on Patch:

Fundraiser Will Give To BLM Cause In Honor Of Ex-Parkside Workers

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to honor former employees of Parkside Cafe who resigned over remarks the bar's owner made in a text message to managers Friday regarding recent protests in Birmingham over the death of George Floyd.

Legendary Vestavia Coach To Step Down After 2020 Season

Vestavia Hills High School head football coach Buddy Anderson announced this week he will retire at the end of the season.

Alabama Tops 1,000 COVID-10 Cases In One Day

Just two days after posting a record number of new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the Alabama Department of Public Health confirmed that record was smashed Friday when more than 1,000 new cases were reported.

Petition Launched To Abolish Birmingham Belles

One former participant of the Birmingham Belles event has launched a petition to end the tradition, citing its reference to slavery.

Birmingham To Consider Making Avondale An Entertainment District

The Birmingham City Council may designate the Avondale business area as an entertainment district later this month.

This article originally appeared on the Birmingham Patch