(WAFF) - Welcome to the first full week of October! Here's a look at stories we're keeping a watch on in the week ahead...
Flu season in full swing
The first full week of October is a good time to beat the flu bug and get your shot. Flu clinics are being offered in Marshall and Madison Counties starting Oct. 5.
The flu shot clinic in Marshall County will be held Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the health department building on Judy Smith Drive in Guntersville. Depending on your age and insurance, the cost is either $5 or free. Click here for more information.
Two free flu shot clinics will be held in Madison County this week, with the first Oct. 7 at Madison City Hall, the second on Oct. 9 in New Hope. Click here for more information.
Why is it so important to get the flu shot? It's not all just hoopla, as Bobby Shuttleworth explains in this Your Health report.
Jackson Co. Courthouse schedule change
New hours of operation go into effect for the courthouse starting Monday. County offices will operate Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., and will be closed on Fridays.
State offices and courts will still observe their normal operating hours. The changes to the county courthouse hours are due to local budget cuts.
Madison officer heads back to court
Eric Parker, the Madison police officer accused of excessive force, is due back in federal court for a pre-trial hearing Oct. 6.
This hearing is set 20 days before his new trial. Prosecutors intend to prove he deprived the rights of a man from India during a takedown in February.
Parker's first trial in federal court ended in a hung jury. Click here for our gavel-to-gavel coverage of that first trial.
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