Top Headlines: Holiday travel recommendations, Cullman-area home sales up

Top tip for holiday travelers: Start early
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is getting ready for one of its biggest weeks of the year, and airport officials have tips for holiday travelers. More than 35,000 people are expected to pass through the Birmingham airport from today through Sunday, Dec. 1. To make sure their travel times aren’t affected, airport officials have a few recommendations. For example, travelers are urged to arrive at least two hours prior to departure. –

Fired LEAD Academy principal added back to payroll 
LEAD Academy board chair Charlotte Meadows has confirmed to Alabama News Network that Dr. Nicole Ivey- Price has been added back to the payroll and put on administrative leave after a board meeting took place Sunday night. Meadows says Dr. Ivey will be on administrative leave until the board advises a plan and finds an appropriate position for her. – AL News Net

Two Montgomery tracts, including megasite, get special status
Two tracts of land in Montgomery County – including one made up of more than 1,800 acres – have received a special designation to aid in economic development. The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama has named the two locations as AdvantageSites. They are the Montgomery Mega Site, a 1,842-acre site located approximately 2.5 miles from Interstate 65, and the Kyser Property, a 288-acre site located less than a mile from U.S. 80. –

Cullman-area October home sales up 26 percent from last year
Cullman County home sales totaled 95 units during October, up 26.7 percent from 75 sales in the same month a year earlier, according to the Cullman Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. October sales were up 35.7% from 70 sales in September. Results were 46.2% above the five-year October average of 65 sales. – Alabama News Center

Capstone Building Co. completes Georgia project’s first phase
Birmingham-based contractor Capstone Building Corp. has completed the first phase of a project in Warner Robins, Ga. The first phase of Gateway Pointe opened Thursday. The project, part of the Warner Robins Redevelopment Master Plan, broke ground in October 2018. Capstone Building worked on the project with developer Pennrose, LLC. Kitchen & Associates was the architect. Gateway Pointe is a 90-unit mixed-income community for families and veterans. –

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