Lowndes County

Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise

A new report on sanitation and drinking water has singled out Lowndes County, Alabama for its widespread lack of sewage systems for its residents.

According to the report from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, around 80 percent of Lowndes County residents don’t have access to municipal waste treatment and have to install their own septic systems. Those systems can cost up to $30,000 thanks to the type of soil in the area, and the median household income in Lowndes County is just $26,000.

The attorney general's office and state troopers have raided an electronic bingo casino in Lowndes County and seized more than 350 machines.

Attorney General Luther Strange said a search warrant was served Friday at Southern Star Entertainment Center in White Hall after an investigation of several months.

The casino opened in March with what it described as legal bingo machines, but Strange said they were illegal. He said cash was seized along with the machines.