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Business as usual for some

Today maybe Christmas, but some folks still have to work. For those who might suddenly need something, the Country Convenience on Highway 29 will be open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. If you're closer to the West Bypass or it's after 9 p.m., you can stop by the Andalusia Chevron, which is open 24 hours.

If you're feeling the need to sit in a dark room for two hours to unwind, the Clark Theater on the Square will be showing movies at the regularly scheduled evening times. New movies opening today include Cheaper by the Dozen.

Safety is a priority, even on Christmas Day, and the Covington County Emergency Management Agency will be on call all day.

"We're on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Susan Carpenter, director of the EMA.

While the administration part of the EMA will be closed, all dispatchers scheduled to work will be there.

"We can't close," Carpenter said. "We handle all the 911 calls and most of the police department and ambulance calls for the entire county."

Dispatchers scheduled to work today will work their regular 12-hour shifts.

The Andalusia Fire Department will also be on call.

The firefighters scheduled to work today will come in at 7 a.m. and will work their regular shifts.

"We work 24-hour shifts," said Lieutenant Cecil Smithart.

The firefighters scheduled to work today just happened to have their third day fall on Christmas.