Easter Bunny, kids turn out for egg hunts
One day before Easter area children searched for more than 2,500 plastic eggs during two public hunts in Calhoun County. A total of about 60 kids attended the separate events, one at JSU and the other on the lawn of The Salvation Army in Anniston.
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Jacksonville panel approves expansion at assisted living facility
"We're ready to break ground. we're ready to get going," said Barry Ray, president of Legacy Senior Services, the company that owns the assisted living facility.
Apr 17, 2014 |  0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jacksonville annexes land for new school site
The 65-acre lot of city-owned property is on the southwest corner of Jacksonville and includes about 30 acres of land that school leaders plan to use for a new elementary school.
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Juniors prepare for statewide college preparedness exam
On April 23 all Alabama high-school juniors will take the ACT, a test traditionally used to determine students’ readiness to attend four-year universities. Until now, college-bound Alabama students took the test on their own time and on their own dime.
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Teachers tour Piedmont schools, see tech program
About 120 educators from across northeast Alabama who visited Piedmont City Schools Thursday. The visitors came to see how the school district uses the laptops and mobile devices in classrooms, and the guests spent the morning meeting with teachers and students.
Apr 10, 2014 |  0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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JSU educator receives conservation award
Renee Morrison, assistant director of the Jacksonville State University Field Schools, received the Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award for Outstanding Educator in Conservation.
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Three area 5k runs set for weekend
The events include New Desire’s Run to Reach at Southside High School in Etowah County Friday evening, the first Foothills Family Festival Run for Funds 5k at McClellan on Saturday and the inaugural Jax Dash 5k and Fun Run in Jacksonville, also on Saturday.
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Piedmont schools official: Drop in funds not an emergency
Piedmont school board members learned Tuesday that the board’s main bank account holds half the money it held a year ago. But superintendent Matt Akin said much of the drop is due to normal monetary fluctuation.
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Jacksonville leaders consider annexing large swaths of unincorporated land
Officials have researched the steps they must take to start the process and they will discuss the possibility more over the next year, said Mayor Johnny Smith.
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Storm leaves plenty of rainwater, little damage
A storm that passed through Alabama on Sunday night inundated much of Calhoun County and flooded some neighborhoods in other parts of the state before moving east.
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Month's worth of rain falls in 24 hours
About 3.4 inches of rain fell in Anniston between Sunday morning and Monday morning, sending stormwater rushing through drainage ditches and swelling creeks.
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Piedmont panel examines municipal finances
The council's budget committee members are Harper, Frank Cobb and committee chairwoman Mary Bramblett, but almost all of the council members attended the meeting Thursday.
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Jacksonville readies for its first Cheaha Challenge
Hundreds of cyclists are expected to dash through Jacksonville's Public Square Sunday for the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo. The 104-mile bike ride will begin and end in Jacksonville this year for the first time, after starting and finishing in neighboring Piedmont since 1993.
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Dry weather sparks woods fires
Foresters and firefighters battled three woods fires that burned across a total of 46 acres Tuesday, according to the Alabama Forestry Commission.
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Piedmont council prepares for pool opening
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Apr 01, 2014 |  0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
t a Tuesday meeting, Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Formby recommended charging residents $100 for a season pass or $5 for daily usage, per person.
City leaders surprised by Cheaha Challenge pricetag
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 31, 2014 |  0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
The City Council on Monday voted to allocate $15,000 for the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo, a 104-mile bike ride to begin and end in Jacksonville for the first time this year.
Hospital officials say psychiatry unit for senior citizens may expand in Jacksonville
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 30, 2014 |  0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
Dr. Bates Redwine, director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at UAB School of Medicine, said there are too few geriatric psychiatrists in Alabama to serve the population. “Most of these patients are simply treated by their primary care physician,” Redwine said.
Piedmont budget panel to seek departmental input to help make ends meet
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 27, 2014 |  0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
Councilman Frank Cobb is calling on the city to cut 25 percent of its expenses from its $3.5 million general fund. That would give the city almost $1 million more to make ends meet.
Committee to find new use for Kitty Stone campus
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 26, 2014 |  0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
Some residents say they worry the historic site will sit vacant and attract vandalism once students leave, though officials in Jacksonville say they won’t let that happen.
Council donates land for new school
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 24, 2014 |  0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
The City Council voted Monday to donate land to the Jacksonville school board, a move that will allow educators to build Kitty Stone Elementary School on a site near George Douthit Drive.
Slow market: Retail customers scarce in Piedmont after industries’ closure
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 23, 2014 |  0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
“If you can land some industry, you're going to start getting jobs,” Councilman Mark Harper said. “It’s still going to be a couple of years before retail catches up.”
Coldwater Elementary School wins sweepstakes
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 21, 2014 |  0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
Principal Michael Maniscalco told an academic pep rally of about 400 kindergartners through fourth-graders and their teachers that the school had won a boxtop sweepstakes.
JSU evicting bats from music building
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 19, 2014 |  0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
University officials hope to get rid of 50 to 100 bats that have infested the university’s music building. The winged mammals made their unexpected debut beneath the stage lights during a jazz performance last week.
Two companies eyeing warehouses in Piedmont
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 19, 2014 |  0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
Two companies that already have facilities in Calhoun County may soon move some business to Piedmont.
Piedmont council spends money to save money: Water-monitoring device to be bought
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 19, 2014 |  0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
The report is an estimate, based on how much money the city would lose if the water is overflowing three times a week, said Jesse McKnight, superintendent of the department. McKnight said the exact amount of water and money lost is unclear.
Jacksonville school board finalizes contract with architects for new school project
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 17, 2014 |  0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
The local school board on Monday signed off on a contract with an architecture firm for the design of a new elementary school planned for the community.
Piedmont students visit Dauphin Island via video
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 14, 2014 |  0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
Friday the students got to see the inside of a lion fish that was dissected during a video chat with Jennifer Latour, an educator with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Jacksonville firefighters ready to break in new truck
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 13, 2014 |  0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
Thursday morning a $375,333 fire engine with a 500-gallon tank, more than 2,000 feet of hose and a new-car smell in the cab was parked at the Jacksonville Fire Department on Chinabee Avenue.
After spending $500K, Jacksonville still at drawing board for municipal building
by Laura Gaddy
lbgaddy@annistonstar.com
Mar 12, 2014 |  0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
The city hired architects to design the project more than two years ago, but after paying about $500,000 city officials haven’t moved past the planning phase and now they’re going back to the drawing board.
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